Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Summer in TX 2016

For some reason, the kids like to go outside in this Texas heat.  It is so muggy & hot.  Just so thick.  I can't handle it for too long.  I start to suffocate.
But they love it and it's good for them to get some vitamin D.  I wanted to take a few pictures of them out being with each other.  My favorite ones are the candid interactions with one another.  Just the way that they can be loving and nice to each other and these show that.  I love how each of them have their own personalities that show in these too.  I love each of them.  Kate was absent in these since she's been in Art Camp every morning this week.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Jane's Baby Blessing

We were so lucky to have been able to bless Jane surrounded by family Dec. 27th 2015.  We went to UT for Aunt Camilla's wedding over Christmas Break.  So we decided to wait and bless Jane while we were there.  It really was such a special day.  Both sides of the family was there, except for my older brother, Jake, who lives in Michigan.  Jane was surrounded by a HUGE circle of worthy priesthood holders as Joe blessed her with the sweetest blessing.   Jane had been bugging and nagging me for the past couple of years, letting me know that I was not done having babies.  As much as I fought it, I knew deep down that I too wasn't done.  I could trust in the Lord that Jane was eternally part of our family and that He trusted me to take care of her.  It's an overwhelming thought but I know I could do it.

Afterwards, I took some pictures in my parent's front room.  The dress & bonnet was handmade by Leslie Lherson Couture on Etsy.  She custom designed and I couldn't be more happy with it.  I love how it turned out.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015


So I wanted to share OLIVER + KIT with you all. I stumbled upon it in IG land and fell in love.  They sell muslin swaddle blankets.  Their designs are so bright and fun. So not only are they incredibly soft and perfect for swaddling, but they have some fun colors and designs that have the perfect contrast that even your little one can see!
I got this amazing duo right before Jane was born.  We used them to swaddle but to also lay out on the floor so she could play and look around.

 Even the older kids would end up lying on it. Super soft and comfy. That's what I noticed with them. And we've seen our fair share of blankets too.

I seriously want all ten designs they have. Each one is adorable and bright. Guaranteed people will come up to you and ask where you got your blanket!

I've teamed up with OLIVER +  KIT To give you all a chance to win your own swaddle blanket!

Head over to my IG account to enter! It'll be super easy too.  Make sure you are following me and OLIVER + KIT!  Just like the post, tell me what blanket you love and tag 3 friends!  Contest will end this Monday night, Dec. 21 at midnight.

Good luck!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Nenu Family: Review & Giveaway

My boys love anything in a cup, whether it's yogurt or applesauce.  They love to feed themselves.  We have a variety of spoons from all over.  I let them pick out their spoons too.

So when I showed them the spoons from Nenu Family, they were so excited about them.

The first thing you can see are the nubs that stick out of the spoon.  It's an ingenious idea to help keep food off the table when you set it down.  My boys thought that was awesome.  So did I.  Less mess to me is just brilliant.

The small size of the spoons are perfect for little hands.  Makes it easier for them to control the spoon and eat.  I also love the way the spoon is designed where the food goes.  It's shallow so it's an amount that isn't overwhelming for them when they put food in their mouths.

We also got their adorable bug teethers.  They are designed with babies in mind.
- Size and hardness are designed to mimic their own finger so that it's familiar.
- You can Freeze them! Place teether in a freezer for 20 minutes to get it really cold to soothe sore gums.
- Bath: Use the teether as a toy in the tub during bath time. It floats!
-If you have more than one teether then they can be used as great stacking toys.

All Nenu products are:
- 100% Made in the USA using FDA rated medical grade materials
- Developed, materials sourced, manufactured, tested, and packaged in the USA
- US Consumer Product Safety Commission tested and approved by 3rd party laboratory
- Free of Phthalate, PVC, Vinyl, Latex, Lead, BPA

As a mom of 5 now, i'm very impressed with these products.  I can tell they are going to last.  And I love that they are safe!  There are so many toxins and things going around our food and toys.  It's good I have one less thing to worry about!

And I want to share Nenu Family with you!

2 of you readers to have a chance to win your own set of spoons and teether!

To enter, head on over to my IG account for details!

Here are some rules:

-Entrants must follow both of our IG accounts, like the post and tag 3 friends to enter!

Winner will be announced 10/28!  Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Please note that this giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered, or affiliated by Instagram, Inc. void where prohibited by law. No purchase is required to enter. By entering you are confirming that you are at least 18 years of age, release Instagram from any and all responsibility, and that you are adhering to Instagram's terms of use.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Death by chocolate cookie goodness!

I wanted to share this recipe I found!  It is delicious and my new favorite.


Taste the chocolate explosion.


  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons (25g) packed light brown sugar (or dark brown)
  • 2 Tablespoons beaten egg (crack an egg, beat it, and use 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (32g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)
  • 2 Tablespoons (11g) natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup (55g) dark chocolate chips + 1 Tablespoon, divided (or semi-sweet chocolate chips)
  • sprinkles, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl, mix the softened butter and sugars together with a spoon or fork until creamed. Mix in the egg and vanilla.
  3. In a separate small bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix to combine. Fold in 1/4 cup chocolate chips.
  4. Place the dough in the center of the baking sheet and mold into a tall ball using a spoon (see picture above). Dot the top of the cookie with 1 Tablespoon of chocolate chips. Add sprinkles on top if desired. Bake for 14-15 minutes, or up to 16 minutes. The cookie will appear very soft, but will firm up as it cools. Allow to cool completely on baking sheet

Recipe can be found here:

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

MagSoul Shop: review & giveaway!

I've been crushing on Mag Soul Shop for a while now. A good 2 years! I found them through a friend when I lived in TN. 

She makes amazing headwraps, scarves and skirts! I've only tried the headwraps so far and they are my go-to headwraps!

So what's so different from her shop from the millions of headwraps shops? Probably her unique and original knot twisted design! It has the great look of a knot but without the bulk and pain of the knot. She's designed a way to have the look with out all that stuff.  It lies flat on your head, leaving you with a comfortable, stretchy wrap! She uses amazing cotton knit so it stretches to your head but can go back to shape. It's also easy to wash, as you just throw it in the washer and dryer!  She makes for both babies/ kids and adults!!

There are tons of designs and colors to choose from too!   I'm excited to try her other products too like their nursing scarf and skirts!

So I'm super stoked and excited to be collaborating with MAGSOUL Shop in hosting a giveaway!! One lucky winner will win any 2 twisted knot headwraps in stock!
**For those who don't win, she's giving you lovely readers a discount of 20% off your order with the code "lyssabethblog"!! That's an amazing deal!!'**

Enter to win here here on the blog AND also on Instagram!! 

-Head over to her shop and comment back which item you would love to have!

-Follow her on her FB account: MagSoul
-share this giveaway on FB

I'll pick a winner this Sunday night!

Don't forget to earn even more entries over on IG!!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Back to school festival

We went down the street to the Altus ER building where they were having a fun back to school festival. There were bouncy houses, vendors, samples, demos, free snow cones and a view of a helicopter landing. It turned out to be fun and different than the usual boring Saturday's we have these days. We are still getting things figured out with not only my doctor but with Joe's job. It's awesome...

So here are some pictures from yesterday.  The kids thought the gator was pretty cool to hold!

Then Emma did a work out routine with a local gym. She hasn't stopped talking about them! She wants to sign up to do their kids class... That or Kung Fu....

They gave everyone a snow cone but just let people in charge of putting the syrup on. Let's just say they definitely has 80 % juice and 20% ice😁

 Those alone were worth going for. It was super hot. Like every day...
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