Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Lake Life

I'm not quite sure when the transition happened. The Fourth of July used to mean hometown fireworks and family BBQs. These days though, when you mention the Fourth of July, I immediately think of the lake - and I wouldn't have it any other way! We'll be spending this Sunday on Conesus Lake with friends at their annual party and then for the Fourth, we'll head out to Canandaigua Lake to meet up with my sister at her in-law's lake house. While Eric & I are excited, I think Ella is most excited. She absolutely loves the lake, mainly because the girl loves to boat! 

This summer, Discover Boating - a nonprofit program sponsored by the US recreational boating industry - wants YOU to experience the fun of boating too! If you're looking to get your feet wet - pun intended - DiscoverBoating.com is an online resource that has tons of information on all things boating related! I personally love that they have a whole page devoted to renting boats - because we aren't in a position to buy right now, but love to get out on the water! They also have a great water safety section - perfect for "kids" of all ages to educate themselves with. If you are in a position to buy a boat, they have a cost calculator, as well as a boat selector tool, to help you through every step of the boat buying process. 

Summer awaits! Get out on the water & enjoy yourselves! 

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Camping We Will Go with Cottonelle Fresh Care Wipes

A few weeks ago, Eric & I left the kids with my parents and set off for the wedding of my brother-in-law, Mark, and my now sister-in-law, Katie. I love getting together with our family, so I was really excited about the wedding portion of the weekend. The portion of the weekend I wasn't so excited about - camping. Yes, at the request of my brother-in-law, the whole family was camping in tents after the wedding. A fact that all of my friends thought was hysterical. I am not the camping type. 

We had to practice setting up the tent that we got as a gift & never used up until this point...

I agreed to camping because I absolutely love Katie & wanted her wedding to be perfect, but let me tell you the the word "tent" gives me anxiety. Knowing this, my husband went to Sams Club & stocked up on anything & everything that might make the experience a little easier on me. 

First, he bought a whole lot of alcohol. Second, he purchased bug spray & sunscreen. Then, snacks. Lots of snacks. And finally, he bought me Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Wipes to make the portapotty a little easier to take & leaving me with a #ConfidentClean

We keep this little box of wipes on the back of our toilet at home...

We always have Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Wipes at our house because Ella has a hard time wiping herself. I love that they get me totally clean, but I can flush them right down the toilet just like regular toilet paper without worrying about any backups. They're completely sewer & septic safe - making them perfect to use at home. But they're also perfect to take on the go with you when your facilities may leave a little to be desired - like when you're camping or on a road trip. 

... and the box is easily taken along with us! 

Right now, Sams Club members will instantly receive $3 off with the purchase of Cottonelle Fresh Flushable Wipes between June 22nd and July 17th - making them a perfect summer purchase for all of those summer activities that keep you on the go! 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Show & Tell - All About Charlie

Happy Tuesday Friends! Today I'm linking up with Andrea to talk about our pets... and since we only have one pet, today is all about Charlie! 

Charlie is a miniature American Eskimo. He's full grown at 30 pounds, but looks bigger or smaller depending on if he's had a hair cut recently. American Eskimos are REALLY smart, which is why they were used as circus dogs. Charlie tends to use his smarts for evil rather than for tricks, but regardless, he's smart.

I fell in love with American Eskimo dogs after a family friend was selling a litter. We didn't get one at the time because Eric & I were living in two different places, but it was only a matter of time until I convinced Eric we needed one! In the beginning, he lived in Eric's frat house during the week, so I was only with him Friday night through Sunday morning. So I'd get adorable pictures like this from Eric... 

They were so handsome :) Thankfully, we moved back in together about a month after we got Charlie & we were a happy little family! Charlie went to doggy day care a few days a week, and spent most o of his weekends at the country house. Charlie loves the country & could run outside for hours. He is able to run on my family's property without a leash & almost always comes back without an issue. 

Charlie has TONS of energy! We keep waiting for him to calm down with old age, but it hasn't happened yet. He loves to run with me & his favorite activity is swimming in the pond. He enjoys being outside in general, which is one of the reasons we love the double lot & huge yard at our house. 

I was really worried about how Charlie would be with the kids. He was the center of my world for almost three years before we had Ella & I didn't think he'd like playing second fiddle. He's adjusted really well over time & is great with our kids though! He's very protective of them & is a great watch dog. We have had issues with chewing up toys/dirty clothes, but never anything beyond that...

with Baby Ella

with Baby Livy
So that's Charlie - my first born & highest strung child. I remember how people used to laugh about how Charlie's life would change when I had Ella, and I shrugged it off because I never imagined I could love him less. But they were right. It isn't that I love him less, it's that I think of him as my dog now, not my child. He still sleeps in my bed, but I don't shell out hundreds of dollars a month for him to go to daycare. He still gets a treat every day, but it isn't from a doggy bakery. He gets lots of love from all of us though & that's what matters most. 

And one final fun fact - Charlie is the same breed as Kevin from The Proposal - which is one of my favorite movies :) 

Be sure to check out Andrea's blog to read up on everyone else's pet today - including her sweet little Jack Bauer! 

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