Because the best camera you have isn’t the one that cost the most…but the one you have with you.

Everyday moments captured using nothing but a cell phone camera and filtered using Instagram (I’m jeannettg).

I try to keep surprises simple around here.

So when I saw a three pack of Twinkies on sale for $1, I thought it would be a fun, inexpensive treat for the kids.

Are they totally disgusting, chemical laden cakes of filth?  No doubt.

But I was the coolest mom ever after spending a whopping 33 cents on each kid.


His favorite thing in the world?

To be “cozy lozy”.

Even in the middle of the summer, he loves to curl up in the cozy corner spot of the couch with a blanket.

I love that he loves this.

A few nights ago I was just DONE.

I needed a mama break, but the thought of leaving the house to go waddle myself around didn’t sound very appealing either.

So I told Andy I was going to hide.  Upstairs.  In our room.  The door closed.  Locked.  No entry.

He was in charge of dinner and bedtime.

And hid I did.  With my trusty iced water (that somehow tastes better in my Starbucks cold cup), my laptop, and my Kindle with a new bookdownload.

I might just find myself doing this more often.  Maybe living in a two story house has its perks after all.

With only a few days to spare to my c-section date, I’m pretty over the whole being pregnant gig.

Trust me, there will be no love lost if Walty-Poo decides to make his exit a little sooner than anticipated.

So things that I previously would have taken a little easier, are now totally fair game.

Case in point: me + 3 kids + Costco + July 3rd.

At one point, a guy offered to help me lift something into my cart…

“No thank you sir.  I WANT to go into labor!”

And with the tail end of pregnancy comes the Is That Real Labor or Fake Labor Game.

On the way home from a 4th of July picnic I was having contractions.  Of some kind.

When Andy asked if they hurt, my response was “Well…they aren’t painFUL…but I also wouldn’t say they are completely painLESS either…”

So I laid down secretly wishing some tightening mojo on my uterus.

But it turned out to be those sneaky fake contractions that went away after a few hours, some rest, and water.

Worst game ever.

Do you remember this sign?

It’s still one of my favorite pieces in my entire house, and always generates comments from visitors.

My friend Joy makes them for local boutique shows, but had never sold them online or shipped….until NOW.

Bringing home their son from South Korea soon, she’s decided to sell them for a limited time online.

Many of Joy’s signs have hymn verses and sweet reminders.

I love this one I have in my bathroom.

It makes me stop in my tracks sometimes and take a deep breath.

I should probably have one in every room of my house.

I’m also hanging out at Simple Mom today talking about digital file management.

Which on its face is laughable coming from me.  It’s SO that “thing” for me.  That thing I KNOW I need to do…but I’m so overwhelmed by it that the thought of cleaning my toilets sounds 100 times more pleasant.

I tried out the ThisLife service…and well, let’s just say that there is hope for me and my digital hoarding yet.

It was pretty awesome.  For realses.

You can read more about it here.

And don’t forget to enter to win a $599 Oreck vacuum package HERE.  I pull a winner Saturday!

What did you do this week?  Anything more exciting than wishing your water to break in the middle of Costco?

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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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    earliest insta friday post ever! love that
    here in NY I wait for your posts to arrive — what a treat w my morning coffee
    have a super day and feel good
    oh and I LOVE the mini vacation you took to the second floor of your home…BRILLIANT!

    xxoo Jen

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    lol. YOu crack me up!! I remember when I had my first child and was over a week late, I tried to convince my husband to take me for a ride on his motorcycle!

    Love the belly shot!

    Love Twinkies–I know their shelf life is FOREVER but that cream inside is sooo good!
    Theresa´s last blog post ..Thankful Thursday – the July Fourth edition

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    aww you are hilarious! i’m not pregnant, nor have i ever been, but i’m sure i’ll wish my water to break in costco :) :) love it! this is my first time linking up for insta friday and i love it! so much fun! thanks for hosting :) :) happy friday!!
    molly @ still being molly´s last blog post ..Friday High Fives! + Insta-Friday

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    LOVE the bathroom sign and I love that song!

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    I have been following your One Bit at a Time series (I love it, by the way and really want to try it myself) on Tsh’s blog and decided I finally need to make the jump over to your blog! Plus, it’s summer now and I have more time now that’s I’m not working. I look forward to catching up on your past posts during my babe’s nap today. :) Also, good luck with the baby! The end is so tough. Hang in there!
    Nicole´s last blog post ..Happy 4th!

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    Love your instagram updates. I hope you go into labor, soon. I bet that helpful guy at Costco got quite the kick out of that one :) I usually shop a few days before because I know what a zoo stores can be on 7/3.

    Yes, those Starbuck’s cups… everything tastes better out of them. Which reminds me, I need my coffee :)
    creole wisdom´s last blog post ..found it/instafriday

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    You deserve some quiet time – love that you took it. :) Hope you are doing well in these last few days leading up to baby! And I love those signs! Linked up :)
    mandy @ this girl’s life´s last blog post ..{instagram friday}

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    I love that you gave them twinkies.
    love the signs your friend makes, very nice.
    love that you took a vacation and let your husband and kids deal with it.
    good stuff.
    Anne @ anne b. good´s last blog post ..<< my week: 6/29-7/5

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    You rock! I just had my first baby 7 1/2 months ago…never got to the stage of wishing I wasn’t pregnant anymore…I actually still miss it! I know crazy but after being told by doctors that I would never get pregnant, I thoroughly enjoyed every minute! You’re on my calendar and I’ll be praying as you have your c-section.

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    Carrie R. says:

    Loving the belly pic and getting excited for you. ;o)

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    I’ll be praying your baby comes soon! I know all about wanting to hide out somewhere for a mama break, ha! And one of my favorite things is to curl up with a blanket on the couch and read or watch something, that’s cute that he does that even in the summer.
    Linda´s last blog post ..Summer {Insta-Friday}

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    I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT that sign (your friend Joy made). Literally. Earlier today I thought I should remake a version of that sign (I saw on your Pinterest board)… So cute. And so wild you showed that pic today!

    Happy counting down to baby bliss!
    Kerry @ Made For Real´s last blog post ..Hope’s devotion

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    You are a brave, brave lady, having your water sit on the computer like that…but I guess you had no Littles around to knock it over. That is, unless the Little inside knows the punch/kick that makes you jump :)
    Mindy´s last blog post ..175-183 of Project 366

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    I’m so sorry, but I completely laughed out loud when I read…”No thank you, sir, I WANT to go into labor!” Hope your little one arrives soon! ;-)
    Lisa B.´s last blog post ..Insta-Friday

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    I was literally laughing out loud reading this…loved the narration throughout the photos!
    Allison´s last blog post ..Dear Friday, let’s talk abs, artichokes, Palmetto Bugs, and more

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    i am always late to the party, but i swear this is the one and only post that i do faithfully and is ready to go before i hit the pillow thursday night! somehow friday just gets away from me when it comes time to link up!

    i absolutely adore that sign that your friends make! i have a board ready to go in my home for that very same saying!

    have a good week! its baby week right?!
    jenni´s last blog post ..InstaFriday – We ARE Family!!!

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    I went to 41 weeks and 6 days with my son! I kept thinking, “Is this it?” Haha! I’m so excited for you. Feel free to stop by my blog anytime- I’m currently hosting my July giveaway and I host a weekly link party called “This Week the Trend” that I’d love for you to join! I hope you’re having a great weekend!
    Veralynn @ Joie de V´s last blog post ..July Giveaway!

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    Hm. Daydreaming about cooler weather. The only thing I like about the heat is that I get fresh tomatos from the garden.

    Fantasizing about stripping my Nonnos headboard and footboard, repainting it and getting a fabby bed together for my kid. Me, liquid sandpaper and spray paint. Not sure who to blame, you or centsational girl LOL

    I hope the next few days go swiftly for you!


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    I love the cozy lozy! Thats so adorable! Carson LOVES to be Cozy, in the summer he has this tractor sheet and we call it his cozy blanket!

    Go into labor soon! Squee!! New squish for the blog!
    Elena´s last blog post ..Vacation


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