My 27th Birthday

Today just another day, but it is also my birthday. It's a milestone birthday that many people I'm sure do not consider. While yes it is my 27th birthday, it's also my last birthday with this last name. While many cannot wait to change their last name, I however, have loved having this last name. It has been an amazing birthday as a Collins.



Every year without a headstone is a milestone! - Sophia Petrillo, The Golden Girls

New Obsession: Lipsense Review

New obsessions are constantly popping up for me lately! I am totally okay with following in love with new things! This time, it's all about the lips!



That's right, today it's about Lipsense! All of my own opinion, and trust me I'm giving it to ya!

Finding the Positive in Today

Negative things are rough. And lately in the world there seems to be more and more negativity. And here lately it seems like there is so much negativity that I've been hitting. I know I can be negative. I get that, but I own up to sometimes I'm the problem too. It's the things and people who think they aren't the problem that get to me. And it's not just people, but situations too! But today, I'm saying no to that here is a list of positive things from my day!




The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible. - Winston Churchwill

NICU Awareness Month + 5 Resources and Tips

Up until this year, I've always been go for the gold in September, and I still am. I am a strong believer in raising money for childhood cancer, and St. Jude's. However, this year a little boy and little girl changed that for me. Today is their story, and also how to help future preemies.



It's not the size of the [fighter] in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the [fighter]. - Mark Twain

Maple Holistics: Teatree Oil Shampoo Review

Finding a good shampoo is hard. Finding one that is good for you and good for the planet even more hard. But perhaps, I have found one that trades in these conflicts and makes it easier.



While I was given this as a free sample, these opinions are my own.

3 Football Traditions in My Family

Underwear!? Yep, in my family there are some strange American football traditions, and superstitions we have believed in through the years. Everyone has their own traditions with holidays, but my family, well we are from the south, and football is like religion!



Traditions are always a fun idea, especially when you throw in some wacky ones...

Book Review: Stay by Riley Hart

Book review time! I am so excited to bring this book to you! If you don't care for male/male romance, please just skip.


Dare to stay?

4 Resources for Lunch Inspiration

I tell everyone how crazy busy I am, while that's true. I really love taking the time out of my day to fix the kids lunches, even though they are homeschooled. Our children are all over the place with different schedules and different levels of school. I'm grateful to have this time to hopefully convey that I love them so much with food.


“A man may be a pessimistic determinist before lunch and an optimistic believer in the will's freedom after it.”  ― Aldous Huxley

End of Summer Questions

Well school is back in session in lots of places! Which means the end of summer season and festivities. Though here in Alabama it will stay hot until the end of September and maybe on into October. But I want to end summer on a high note!


Every summer has a song...

Summer 2017 Favorites

Back to school used to bring this feeling of dread through me. I even know parents who dread first day of school because their children are a year older and a grade higher. Summer isn't my favorite season (let's be real it's my least favorite), but there are some incredible memories made while the air is warmer.




And just because it's not my favorite season doesn't mean I have do not have some things from this summer!

College Dorm Ideas and 6 Back to School Resources

If you are just starting out with college, congratulations! If you are returning, welcome back to campus! The buzz is still very different than high school and it's amazing. Trust me, there are times I miss the rush of going back to school over every day lives. Only sometimes.


Resources helped me through college and I hope they can you as well!

Top 5 Products of a Preemie Twin Mom: 2 Months

Becoming a mom of twins wasn't what I was expecting at all. Granted I have been the caregiver for twins before but never while they were babies and especially those that are preemies. Queenie and Freddie are so tiny, but so loveable. I love trying new products with them, finding out what works best for my babies.



July 2017 Favorites & Flip Through of the Month in Life Planner

Yes! It's another month closer to fall! It's the end of July! Back to school sales are in full swing, and the last of the sand needs to be shook from your bags and feet, because crunchy leaves are coming!



I hope you enjoy the new monthly favorites & Flip Through of my Erin Condren for the month of July.

Currents 07.29.17

Hello Everyone! It's been a very long time since I have shown a complete currents instead of a mini one. But it's a treat and an apology. 



Vin's and Mine 6 Favorite Tuscaloosa Date Ideas

Around here people think there isn't much to do in Tuscaloosa. They think because we don't have amusement parks or anything like but I do feel like we have some of the most romantic spots. But what if there was something different beside just going to a restaurant?


The only thing people around here are all excited because a date night means going out to eat to them. And sure that's fun, but what about something outside the normal?

My Travel Bucket List

People talk about my countless trips to London because I adore London. I have visited France, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Australia. But there are so many other places that I want to see in my lifetime. And I'm not waiting until I retire, that is crazy!




Phrases I Remember From College

Words can haunt us. Most of the time the words that haunt are linked with bad memories. But there are the phrases and advice that make us think. There are phrases that we listen to and realize that it was great information.


While most people dwell on being a well rounded person and making sure you pick all the right answers, remember you are human. 

Walking into A Dream-- My Dream Closet

When you get the closet of your dreams and you think you have do everything like everyone else you eventually realize that you should have decorated how you like. Your style can even suffer from pigmented walls. And if you have no theme; crazy things can end up in a room.


Welcome Foolish Mortals...

Top 10 of My Facebook Groups

I always feel bored or anxious when in a group. I'm never able to relax or anything like that. But Facebook Groups are ingenious! I can talk to people all over the world in a relative safe place about a common subject! It's amazing!


I'm a member of over 50 groups on Facebook, but these are mostly my top 10. You'll see what I mean...

Movie Challenge 2017 - How Am I Doing?

A few years ago I complained because I wanted a movie challenge like Popsugar does book challenges. Then this year I discovered the answer to that problem on Pinterest. A movie challenge with a bunch of different categories that aren't just genre types to try out!



Tea Time with Hunter: Q & A

Hello and welcome back to my blog! I appreciate your patience as I have went through some seasons of my life. They've been rather trying for me. And I'm going to be very real and raw in this post, because there is no other way to be for this post.



So pull up a seat and get you some tea (or something stronger.)

My Top 6 Products for the First Half of the Year

Where did the favorites go? Yeah I slacked off blogging my favorites. I've slacked on blogging in general but that for tea time soon. So instead of boring everyone with a lengthy list of products why not do a top six products that have helped me through the first six month of this year.


These are the products that have really changed my year around for the better.


Mini Currents 06.21.17

Hello Everyone! I meant to post this on June 21, butttt I came down with the stomach flu that is all the rage right now! So this post was delayed until I could get ready for it! But there are new things coming and I'm so sorry for the break in posts- again.



More information about my currents and Mini Currents: Why CurrentsCurrents
And why I no longer do currents daily: Tea Time with Hunter Volume 5


Wedding Guest: Style Guide to Looking Your Best

You know what's worse than trying to figure out how to dress for your wedding? Dressing up for someone else's wedding. You try to gauge the event type by the invitation, and you find out it's black tie optional. You are a woman, what does black tie optional mean for you?



I have the answer to that and more today!

3 Southern Rules for Buying from a Wedding Registry

It's that time of year! You can hear the bells--wedding bells that is. Actually do people do bells at weddings anymore? At any rate there is a lot of weddings going on this time of year. Except mine, I am getting married in the later part of the year. We have started on our wedding registry.



Father's Day Uncommon Gift Guide

My dad is a very simple man. He isn't geeky. He doesn't play golf. And as far as his drinking goes, that's simple too. So finding him something he doesn't already have, and will like or use is exhausting for gift giving holidays. Though I think I have finally found the solution. 



The company that has solved my problems with selecting a gift for my dad is Uncommon Goods. They have so many different ways to help find the perfect gift, for anyone really.

The Mirror is Not the Enemy: Be Confident & Bold

Regardless of what anyone says, they have insecurities. Sure, theirs might not be appearances, but something else. We all have them. However, we can all agree that clothes can make us feel better or worse. A starchy blouse is great for the office, but how quickly does that person take off the blouse once she is home? I know I did when I was working as a teacher. Then I started teaching children under the age of 5. Starchy blouses and 4 years old children do not mix well. I learned to dress comfortable. Even then I still felt self conscious. But there are ways to make you feel amazing!



And do not just stick to the same old things!

Wedding Registry - But We Already Have That

Vinny and I are rapidly planning our wedding together. We hit a snag when we started thinking about our wedding registry. We already live together and we pretty much buy what we want. So, what do you get for the people that buy what they want?


We sat down on night with a list of common wedding registry lists and realized most of the stuff on the lists, we already have! So we are gonna have to get creative!

Mini Currents 03.20.17

Hello everyone! I hope you have enjoyed the beginning of the week!



More information about my currents and Mini Currents: Why CurrentsCurrents
And why I no longer do currents daily: Tea Time with Hunter Volume 5


Disney Things I Am Looking Forward to This Year

There are so many exciting this to look forward to the rest of the year at Disney World! I'm not even sure I can contain my excitement!


Eight Tips & Pictures Of Disney World Spring 2017

We had a wonderful trip in Disney World to end February and start March! We did so many things this seasoned Disney Veteran had never done before in my many trips! So it's a lot of fun when you can really let go and see things that you haven't noticed before on trips!


I Broke My Own Disney Rules

Rules were meant to broken... Sometimes. Even if you made them yourself! I have rules about Disney, like Jethro Gibbs does on NCIS. However this trip I decided to be a rebel!


All of those things you read on Pinterest about Disney trips? Most you can break or mold to find your family and needs!

Mini Currents 02.20.17

Hello! It's Monday-- insert groans and whines. That's just what a new week kind of feels like when you have to be at work before your Disney trip! Yep I'm leaving Wednesday for Orlando!



More information about my currents and Mini Currents: Why CurrentsCurrents
And why I no longer do currents daily: Tea Time with Hunter Volume 5


Currently...

Confession time: I gave up on ListersGottaList... But there is no reason not use a list prompt from time to time as blog post. So why not today?



This is sort of like my currents but much shorter and more deep.

Products We Have Used with a Sinus Infection

The soundtrack of my house right now? Cough, sneeze, cough, sneeze, sniff, cough, cough, sniff and sneeze. My ENTIRE household has come down with sinus issues. Not all of us have an infection, some just have sniffles and/or chest colds.


By no means are we a crunchy house at all. We love the stuff that people deem "bad for you." Some things we do healthy and others we don't. But these are the products that have made a difference in our house over the last week.

Movie Challenge

Every time I go to a movie, it's magic, no matter what the movie's about. - Steven Spielberg. I have been wanting a movie challenge for a long time. I had no idea there was one circling until I came across it on Pinterest!



This is going to change my movie watching this year! I want to watch new things. The movies that I wouldn't normally gravitate to on a regular basis.

Disney World Valentine's Day Ideas

So this is love... Yes you can hum this while at Disney World when you are love. I have. It's the most amazing feeling having a romantic dinner at Disney World. It can feel like you are the only ones in the room.



So where are the best places to eat at Disney World for a romantic setting? I am going to give

Checklist for the Big Game

My Crimson Tide may have been defeated by Clemson, but there are some former Tide players I'm ready to see take the field on February 5th! I am going to be throwing a party for this event. It's going to be a lot of my friends from college coming over for the big game.



So to be prepared for that day coming up a checklist is in order.

14 Things You Need to Know to Do Adulting Right

It's a new year so why not try to start the year off on the right direction. These are just a few simple ways of knowing some important information. The information is important, but trust me many times adulting is no fun.



However you can make it fun!

Rights for My Daughter

I will never forget last year when we had to my little girl to the ER. She was almost in a coma and none of us were prepared for what we were about to discover. My Luna has Type 1 diabetes.



She usually had a great deal of spunk, but that week she was just give out. We thought she was recovering from Disney World. And technically it was, the stress, the food, and the physical demand. But her body was having a hard time because of her pancreas.

Life Aspirations Page

Some people call it a bucket list. Others call it aspirations of the heart. Whatever you call them; they are the things that you want to do so bad that it makes your heart pound and/or gets you giddy. These things can also make you set your jaw with determination.



These are the things I will start and continue to share with you.

Mini Currents 01.16.17

Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Before anyone says it, yes if you work retail you are working today. End of story. Onward to the rest of the post!



More information about my currents and Mini Currents: Why CurrentsCurrents
And why I no longer do currents daily: Tea Time with Hunter Volume 5


Top 10 Quotes to Help Me Get Through a Race

Every time I sign up for a race I think about what I'm doing. All the training, room booking, sweating, and water guzzling that will take place until the race weekend. Everyone should have a hobby that keeps them in shape and running insanely all the time is mine.



So to help with the motivation of running are some quotes that help me. The motivation to keep going as things burn within me, things are growing weak, and the ability breathe is constricting, this is what keeps me going.

Reading in 2017

My reading list was fantastic in 2015. I finished an entire reading challenge, and I felt like I had conquered something huge. But 2016 I barely finished 60 books, and I read some more rotten books and I didn't finish strong with my book club. I felt like 2017 needed more.



Do you like to reread your favorite books? Do you have trouble finding books to read?

Living Seasonally

There are the people that literally just decorate their house for Christmas and that's it. I don't see how they do it. My family has always been seasonal. The older I got the more holidays and seasons we decorated for and I loved it.



See what I decorate for throughout the year.

New Year Reflection

It's the beginning of the year! So let's start with some questions! Answer these for yourself for some reflection as the year begins!



These are some more personal questions, that I usually don't answer, but why not this year?

December 2016 Favorites & Lookback

Goodbye December... *Waves sadly* Goodbye 2016 *Waves a little bit harder* Yeah, I really hate to see the holidays end. The sparkling and twinkling goes away and the new year is rung in, and it starts to get rainy, and cold. I can deal with the cold, the rain not so much.



Here is a glance back at my December...

Top 10 Favorites of 2016

Another year has gone, it wasn't the worst year, and it wasn't the best year. However, I'm grateful for 2016. It introduced me to new places, new relationships, and new things! These things are things that I will continue to love into the next year, guaranteed.



From clothing, to makeup, to media these are my top 10 products of 2016.

What I am Looking Forward to, Disney World-Wise, in 2017

Disney World is always changing. People roll their eyes because I go to Disney so much. But it is really changing all the time. I was there at the end of October, and by the time I went back at the beginning of December, things had changed.



So what am I looking forward to that is being forecast for 2017 at Disney World?