A Peek Into Our Christmas Day

Yesterday was magical. I couldn’t have picked out a better day for us. The night before Christmas, Bella opened one present (carrying on the tradition from my family), put cookies and milk out for Santa, wore the cutest Christmas nightgown ever, and took an hour and a half to wind down and pass out.

Christmas 2014

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Swiffer Sweep & Trap: For Big and Small Life Messes


Swiffer Sweep & Trap Review
Last fall, we moved to a home with almost all tile on the floors. I wasn’t sure how this would work at first, being a lover of my vacuuming and seeing those darling lines on the carpet.

::nerd alert::

In the  months that have passed, we’ve grown to love having tile more than carpet. In fact, we both agree that if at all possible, we’ll never go back to a home with mostly carpet again. It’s so easy to clean and care for, and makes cleaning up after the pets and Bella a breeze. The only thing I wished was that I didn’t have to lug the tile vacuum (there is such a thing) in and out for every mess. The dust buster was too small. The broom brushed it all over.

When Swiffer launched their new Sweep & Trap at Target, I was curious to see if it would be the answer to the small, nonstop messes I cleaned up throughout the day. I’ve given it a try for a few weeks now, and here’s what I think:



  • SUPER lightweight. Bella uses it with ease.
  • It stores nearly anywhere because of it’s size.
  • It not only cleans up the mess without power or batteries, but the cloth behind the sweeper picks up any dust/crumbs left behind.
  • Uses the same dry cloths as the Swiffer Sweeper.
  • Rotating blades and dirt bin are easily removed for cleaning and just as easy to reattach.
  • Rotating blades are soft so they won’t scratch your hardwood floors.


  • It only works moving forward, not backward. After a vacuum that took a little getting used to.
  • The design isn’t meant to get into corners.

How it works:

The Swiffer Sweep & Trap uses rotating blades to pick up large particles and flicks them into a dirt bin while the attached Swiffer Sweeper dry cloth traps dirt, dust and hair that brooms can leave behind. This innovative combination cleans up big and small messes in a single swipe, so you can embrace life’s little messes. It’s only intended for dry pick-up on hard floor surfaces.


Right now, you can get $2 off of a Swiffer Sweep & Trap starter kit at Target.com by going to http://clvr.li/1dPxU3G and entering coupon code TGTBBAGU. Offer is only valid through 2/28/14 at Target.com so hurry!


I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Glorious Mundane

Naptime. These two – I can’t even. Jynx loves Bella so much.

This week has been insanely quiet. We really  haven’t had anything happen at all. Just the normal, day to day stuff.

I’ve longed for that.

As much as I miss Kaden, I do not miss being sick and pregnant. I don’t miss feeling “off” all the time. I don’t miss the incredible anxiety and stress pregnancy placed on me. It’s almost abnormal at this point to not feel any of those things. I’m so used to feeling like my world is going to explode any moment.

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Glimpses {Link Up} Week 2

So this week was exciting for us with a move to a new home, close by, starting tomorrow! We’re also trying to get ready for Sam to head back to work soon, a conference next week, and Kaden’s memorial service that so many of my never-met-but-dearly-loved friends are trying to come out for.

I’m also helping host a campaign for Wendy’s – I’d love for you to click through the link, and then if you want upload a 6 second video for a chance to win $6,000 (a winner a week!). I’m doing mine later today. Use the hashtags #6SecondsFlat and #dianawrote6.

Don’t forget to link up your own post below! Last week you all shared some really amazing posts.

glimpses2-5 We have a new (rented) home that we’re moving to starting tomorrow! Yes, we wanted to buy but Sam isn’t sure how long past another year we’ll be in El Paso so that was the end of that. Isn’t it lovely?

Processed with VSCOcam One of Bella’s chores each day is to make her bed. She often just tosses her comforter on and calls it a day, but this morning she did it with “no lumps” and pillows and was so proud she asked me to come see. Also? Where is my small child??

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I’m alive

I’m here – just taking a break to recoup from getting a cerclage and still being sick on and off.

Baby is doing good! I was able to see it yesterday on a 3D at 15 weeks and everything is on track. We do know what this little one is but we’re not telling publicly yet. I just want to keep it a bit private for now, and we have zero names picked out.

And I want to do a really cute announcement. ;)

Sam is home in 2 (2!!!!) days. We are so excited to see him again. It’s been nearly 7 weeks since he left for training in Georgia. Somehow this time has seemed longer than any other. I think it was just the onslaught of everything I had to do and then trying to figure out how to do it without him helping.

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