Friday, July 20, 2012

My Review of Midnight Kiss

Originally submitted at Diamond Candles

Do you remember your first kiss? This sensual fragrance is a seductive blend of berries, blooms, and musk that is bound to be a welcome accompaniment to any romantic setting.

Cannot smell this candle

By Amanda from Texas on 7/20/2012


1out of 5

Cons: Smell is too faint

Describe Yourself: Budget Shopper

The color of this candle is beautiful dark blue. It burns really great but we cannot smell at all unless we are standing right on top of the candle and even then it is very faint. I had company over and they even commented on how they did not realize I had a candle burning.


Friday, June 29, 2012

Where Have We Been???

I've been neglectful of this little blog but it hasn't been on purpose.  We have just been busy living life to the fullest. 

Our last three months have looked a lot like this.

Cameron has finally learned to appreciate hunting for Easter eggs so we took him to the church hunt the Saturday before and he brought home a bucketful of candy-filled eggs.  Later that day we had a mini egg hunt at the house so that baby sister could get in on the festivities.
 Haley was more interested the dirt and bugs in the yard but it was still fun to watch them interact.  Cameron's preschool had the annual zoo field trip.  I was able to take off from work and go with him.  It was a fun-filled but exhausting day.  I had not been to our local zoo in a couple of years so I got to see the renovations they had done.  One of them was adding this bird aviary where you go in and the birds are not caged so you can feed them, pet them, etc.  The kids loved feeding the birds in such a hands on way.
 We tried to enjoy as much of the Spring weather as we could so we spent many afternoons and evenings outside. 

 We have this local Tex-Mex restaurant in town that we go to so often they know us by name.  They have fresh made salsa that is good but HOT.  Cameron will not touch it but Haley would pester us constantly for chip and dip.  Finally one day we were there and the salsa did not seem as hot and we let her try it.  She LOVED it.  Now every time we go she ask for her own bowl of salsa.  Just the other night she took her fork and was eating just the salsa.  Crazy girl!

More time soaking up the nice weather.
 We took a trip to Houston to watch Grandpa and the Shriner's.  While there we got to visit with my Great-Aunt and her husband one afternoon.  We even got to meet up with a cousin for dinner.  It was nice.  Even though it is only 4 hours away, everyone's crazy schedules make it hard to get together.
Hitting the Road for Haley's first road trip
Cheesing it up on the Kemah Boardwalk
 It has started to warm up so our outside time is much more limited.  There is not much you can safely do when the temperatures are in the 100s and the real feel with humidity is in the 110s.
Enjoying the rare summer outside time searching for bugs
 We just had a Garden Ridge open here in town so to escape the heat I took the kids in to look around.  Cameron saw this chair.  He climbed in test it out and Haley followed suit.  Don't they look comfortable
Chillin' at Garden Ridge

We had registered Cameron and Haley for preschool to start in the Fall but were notified last week that the Board of Directors for the preschool that they had decided to close their doors.  This call ended up being a blessing.  I really wanted to put the kids at a different school but this past Spring they had a waiting list and I didn't want to lose our spot at our current school and no where to go this Fall so we just registered and were going to go with the flow.  After I got the news, I called the school we wanted them to attend and turns out they have an opening in the program for Cameron.  Haley will not be starting because she will only be 18 months but that is good.  She gets an extra year with Nana and it will be easy to get her in the program Fall 2013.  So while we were a little saddened about the closing we are excited and looking forward to a new school in August.

And that folks is what we have been up to.  Summer is officially here in Texas and it is HOT!  We are staying in as much as possible and playing as much as we can.  Only 8 more weeks of summer vacation left.

Monday, April 2, 2012

March Photo Challenge - Playing Catch Up

Yikes it seems like I fell of the bandwagon quick with the challenge, we survived our first (of many) bouts with allergies for the season and then in the rush of getting caught up I haven't spent any extra time on a real computer.  Blogging from my phone is a pain.  So here are the pictures from March challenge.

Day two: Fruit

Day three:  Neighborhood

Day four: bedside

Day five:  smile

Day six: 5 pm 
Picked up the kids and I'm headed home
Day seven:  something you wore
I forgot to take a picture on this day.

Day eight: window
View from my office window
Day nine: Red
My daily "pick me up"
Day ten: Loud
I kind of felt like a stalker taking this one : -)
Day eleven: someone you talked to

Day twelve: fork
Fork in the road in my neighborhood
Day thirteen:  a sign

Day fourteen: clouds

Day fifteen: car  
My recently acquired "mom" car.  I LOVE the space!
Day sixteen:  sunglasses

Day seventeen: green
My Leprechauns

Day eighteen:  a corner of your home

Day nineteen: funny

Day twenty: Before/After
I did not take a picture on this day

Day twenty-one: Delicious
I did not take a picture on this day

Day twenty-two: Kitchen sink
The kitchen sink in my office. 
 Day twenty-three: Moon
I rarely see the moon these days.  Once I get the kids in bed, I go to bed.

Day twenty-four: animal
No animals today.

Day twenty-five: breakfast

Day twenty-six: key

Day twenty-seven: Your Name

Day twenty-eight: trash

Day twenty-nine: feet

Day thirty: toy

Day thirty-one: where you relax
 This was party day at our house, I took lots of pictures but none were relaxing ;-)

I will not be trying to do this during the summer months.  Our schedule is already crazzzy!  I do not have an open weekend until Memorial day.

Friday, March 23, 2012

One Year Ago

After 39 weeks and 27 hours of labor, I finally was holding our baby girl.
She has had her daddy wrapped her finger from day 1
and now our baby is one!
Happy Birthday!  Mommy and Daddy love you so much.  We cannot believe that we have been so blessed.

Saturday, March 17, 2012


Just taking a break from Spring cleaning to wish everyone a Happy St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 15, 2012


It is Spring here in east Texas after not much of a winter.  While the temperatures are warm and the sun is bright the kids and I have been staying in while everything starts blooming.  With the help of my little friend here, I am starting to feel better. 

The icky nose and itchy eyes under control with the help of allergy medicines and nasal sprays.  Now as long as the weather doesn't take a crazy turn...  Since a certain baby girl turns ONE next Friday, we need to feel better ASAP. 

I have my pictures for the photo a day challenge and hopefully I will be able to play catch up and stay on track. 

Friday, March 2, 2012

March Photo Challenge

Day 1: UP

This is my view from the living room floor.  The kids and I spend a lot of time down here playing. 

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Love and Marriage

I never believed it when I was a kid and people would tell me that one day the years will fly by but they were right.  It seems like every year goes faster than the last.

Nine years ago tomorrow, I married the love of my life.  Our path has been bumpy and our life and marriage certainly is not perfect but we have made it through and learned a lot on the journey.

©Tales From The Smiths
The years have flown by and so many things have changed. We have shed tears over loved ones lost and tears over the birth of our own little ones. We have supported each other through jobs lost, returning to school and career changes. I am thankful for the years that we have had and look forward to many more.

©Tales From The Smiths

Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Jason commented over the weekend that he sure got lucky when he married me.  Valentine's Day is one of those holidays the I'm ehh about.  I don't care for the crowds and the prices being raised up just because every one is expected to buy cards, candy, valentines, go out to eat, etc is ridiculous.  Beside, March 1st is our anniversary and if he is going to spend money on me I would rather it be on a more personal day.  But this year, Valentine's Day was the best ever.  Cameron had his party at school and his excitement when he got home was magical.  He couldn't wait to get in the car and tell me all about it.  We picked up a pizza for the kids and ordered Carino's To-Go for the hubs and I.  A night in with my three sweeties was awesome.  No, we didn't get dressed up and it wasn't some fancy restaurant but , it was a night filled with love.  After all isn't that what the day is about.  Best part of the we were walking out of the pizza place, Cameron grabbed my hand and said "Mommy, you're my valentine"  (Melt my heart).
©Tales from the Smith's

Monday, February 13, 2012

The Monday Real

Linking up with Jess and Britt today for The Monday Real. 

I'm so tired today I need toothpicks to keep my eyes open despite the inhumane amount of caffeine I have drank to try to help.  Haley is cutting some more teeth and wakes up screaming every 45 minutes unless she is plastered face to face with me, literally her cheek has to be pressed tightly against mine.  Even this does not stop the constant waking, it only ends the screaming.  This has gone on for almost a week.  I do not know how much more Mama can take.  Everything except the kids has taken a backseat.  My laundry has been washed for the last week but is just sitting in a huge pile in the middle of the dining room floor.  Between the allergy/cold sickies that struck in January and now teething, the mantle is still bare since I only finished taking Christmas decorations down weekend before last and I haven't cooked in a week.  I'm so tired of cold sandwiches, cereal and canned soups that I'm considered taking a cranky child into a restaurant tonight.  I'm sure I won't because it is cold and wet out but maybe To-Go will be an option.

That's my Monday whine.  Here's to a better night of sleep.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Working Mama in east Texas

Today I am going to link up with Kelly at Kelly's Korner Blog for Show Us Your Life Working Mom in hopes to connect with other mom's that work outside of the home.

Hi,  my name is Amanda
©Tales From the Smith's

and I'm blessed to call two, beautiful children mine.  I live in east Texas and work full-time outside of the home.
©Why Wait Photography
This is Cameron.  He is my lively 3 year old.  He has the most tender heart and wants more than anything for those around him  to be happy and cared for.  He attends preschool two days a week.  I have been amazed at how much he has grown this year.  I cannot believe that my baby turns 4 this summer.  He talks non-stop if he is comfortable around you otherwise he is bashful.

©Why Wait Photography

This is Haley.  She will be 1 in six weeks!  iiiyyyii where did the time go???  She is crawling everywhere and has taken a step here and there but hasn't been brave enough to turn loose and go just yet.  She eats anything and everything but is so petite.  Too be young and have awesome metabolism again *sigh*  She also talks non-stop and has the sass to go with it.  

Being a parent is tough work whether you work outside the home or stay at home.  I've never been able to stay at home with my babies so I have no idea how stay at home mom's do all they do and I admire you ladies.  Too be honest I do not think that I could stay at home full-time that is just not my calling but I would love to have the best of both worlds and only work 15 - 20 hours a week so that I could be at home more.  Instead I work 7:30 - 4:30 Monday - Friday in the administrative offices at one of our local health systems.  I have been blessed with understanding co-workers who have already been through this phase of life but on the flip side that leaves me really lonely.  My co-workers are all 20+ years older than me and my friends here in town either do not have kids or stay at home so they do not understand why I rarely want to give up my weekend time with my family.  I know that making time for me is something I need to get better so I am a work in progress. I'm blessed that my kids stay with my mom while I'm at work and that my commute to work takes only 15 - 20 minutes depending on traffic.

I wish I had tips or suggestions that could help someone out but I feel like we run like crazy 5 days a week and the weekends are not much better.  My only advice is do NOT beat yourself up over the little things, just LOVE on your babies and husband, make time for YOU and GOD (this one I'm still working on)and do not ever think bad of other mom's.  We all do things differently from one another but at the end of the day we are all just trying to make it work and you never know what her situation is.