Friday, October 28, 2016

Pumpkin Patch 2016

We went to our beloved Santa's Christmas Tree Farm, which doubles as a pumpkin patch, last weekend with our best friends and had such a great time. We have been so busy with life lately, we haven't really had much time to squeeze in any Fall related activities (seriously, I don't even have Abigail's Halloween costume made yet... eekk!) so waking up to 50 degree weather with plans of hitting up our favorite pumpkin patch on Saturday was exactly what we needed. Billy had to work, which was a total bummer, but we made the best of it! 

These two are such typical best friends, they love each other so much and bicker like they love each other too... just like their mamas ;) 

This pumpkin patch is so fun because they offer so many things for the kids to do. In just under two hours we were able to ride horses, take a hay ride, send the kids off in a barrel ride, jump in three different bounce houses, visit some animals in the petting zoo and pick out some pumpkins to take home. They also have a zipline for the older kids, face painting and concessions.

And this is our 'we survived, daddy!' picture that we sent to Billy on our way home to take naps! 

We love our tree farm so much and can't wait to come back at Christmas time! 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Body Merry - My new life saving beauty products!


A couple months back I mentioned in one of my 'Favorite Things' post (click here to read it) that I was absolutely loving my new Body Merry Moisturizer and Serum. That is still true, I use them everyday and would recommend them to anyone; so you can imagine my excitement when a few weeks after I wrote that post, a package of some of their other goodies was waiting for me in my mailbox. The people over at Body Merry were so nice to send me some of their other products to try and I can't wait to tell you all about them. 
1. Cellulite Defense Gel Cream -  I waited a while to write this post until I was able to use these products long enough to give my full, honest opinion on them. That being said, I absolutely love this stuff. Now, if you say you don't have cellulite, you're either the luckiest person in the world or a liar. It's the gift that keeps on giving and the one that we all wish we could return. But alas, there it is. This cream has a gel like consistency and has a pleasant smell of what I consider to be menthol mixed with chocolate. Once you apply it, it does have a cooling sensation, which I happen to love. I really think this stuff works. I feel like it tightens and smooths my skin where it needs to be tightened and smoothed and I feel good about it after using it for the past couple of weeks. 
2. Super C-22 Toner - This might be my favorite product that I have tried! I wasn't a huge toner person in the past because all of the ones that I used to use (years ago) all burned my skin. This toner is made with witch hazel and is completely alcohol free so there is not stinging or burning when you apply it. I am left with skin that feels so clean, tight and refreshed. I love it oh so much and will continue to purchase this until I'm dead ;) 
3. Super C-22 Moisturizer - I've already raved about this product, but will a little bit more. I use this in conjunction with the serum and toner every day and have noticed such a difference in my skin. It always feels bright and clean and not oily. 
4. Spot On Blemish Smoother - Thankfully, I don't break out too often. Dry patches is usually my go to skin irritation - so I haven't really been able to use this product. I did test it out though and loved the consistency and it smells like cinnamon ;) 
5. Age Defense Super 6 Serum - Again, I've already professed my love for this product but just to reiterate.... before I purchased this serum, my skin felt tired and weathered. I thought I looked like I was aging and didn't like looking at my skin in the mirror (forget about tweezing my eyebrows and having to use the magnifying mirror, WOOF!). Almost immediately after starting this product, my skin did a 180. It perked up, I noticed less lines and it just looked... better! I can't recommend this one enough! 
6. Stretch Marks & Scars - Last, but most definitely not least, is this magnificent creation. Full disclosure - Abigail left me a hot mess. I didn't take care of my skin when I was pregnant (even though I know it's mostly hereditary) and my skin stretched and pulled in all the wrong ways and places. I also had a c-section which left me with an oh so lovely scar. They don't really bother me and don't hinder me from rocking a bikini when I want, but if there was a way to lessen their appearance, sign me up. I've been using this twice daily and can see an actual difference in my marks and scars. It uses cocoa & shea butter with a mix of vitamins to increase your skins elasticity and it works, guys! You can read the reviews for yourself on either their site or on Amazon and see that it has worked for countless others too! 

If you sign up on their website with your email address, you can get 25% off your first purchase. If you purchase any products, let me know which ones and what you think! 
Next up on my 'must have in my bathroom' list are the Lash and Brow Elixir, Charcoal Mud Mask and the Hyaluronic Acid Serum!   


**While these products were given to me to review, all opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Life.

Here's what life has looked like lately... :) 
B & I went out on an actual date the other night, for the first time in way too long. I was sick and didn't want to go, but he made me and we had a great time! 

Abigail's school has Fall pictures this week so they have the full setup outside. I wasn't buying the pictures, but Abigail wanted to pose anyways, so I snapped this picture.... and love it! Totally saved us the $40 ;) 

On mornings when Billy works and I take Abigail to school, we eat breakfast in the car... because both of us like to sleep in and we always, always, always end up rushing. 

Do you ever just stand back and watch? That's what this picture is. She had no idea I took it or that I was even creeping back there in the kitchen. I just watched her eat her dinner in front of the tv (like every parenting book tells you not to... keeping it real!) and watched. And loved. So much love! 

What I'm hoping is a very short faze in her life, Abigail has started waking up around 3 or 4am and wanting to climb into bed with us. Some nights we let her, some we don't (I know that's bad... but she's so cuddly!!). 

We had a breakfast picnic in the park a couple weekend ago. It was so nice to eat pancakes and kick the soccer ball around. She's drinking her 'coffee' here (chocolate milk). :) 

And I'll leave you with this... Abigail hasn't been acting like the best little 3 year old lately. She's had an attitude and is throwing more epic tantrums than I'd care to even think about right now. And I'm just exhausted. Nothing seemed to work. 
I decided to make this super cheap and easy 'Behavior Chart' and after almost a full week, I think it's actually working! She gets a sticker for everything she does in a day and I draw in a big sad face if she does something she isn't supposed to. She totally gets it and gets excited for her stickers. For an entire week, she only got 3 sad faces... things are looking up!! 


And that's life lately! :) 

Monday, October 24, 2016

House Progress & Designing


See that pretty little patch of grass up there?? That's our lot! We love lot 184 ;) 

About 3 days after we signed our contract to officially build, we had a meeting at the design center to pick out absolutely everything that goes into the house. Naturally, I woke up that morning sick as a dog, so I was making HUGE, EXPENSIVE decisions hopped up on large amounts of DayQuil - but Billy was there and I brought my mom for support, so hopefully I didn't screw things up too much. 

So for those that don't know (because I didn't) when you build a house, the contract you sign is for the base price of the house, with any structural changes you want to make; think extra doors, cable outlets, ceiling fans..etc. and then whatever you pick out at the design center is added on to the price of the house. At the end of the day, you more or less have your full purchase price. I'll be totally honest, the design center was intimidating because it's expensive. Things could get out of hand rather quickly. I went in with the 2 or 3 most important things I wanted and also a number that I knew I didn't want to go above and we went from there. 

I walked into the design center knowing that I wanted to upgrade our kitchen cabinets and our floors - to me, it didn't make sense to not spend extra money there and potentially rip out brand new cabinets and floors a year after we moved in. 
After that, we went through a very extensive list of everything you could possibly imagine (and some things you would never even think about) and chose whether or not we would include them in the house. We went with a lot of the standard (or 'included in the price of the house') things but chose to add things on like blinds, rod iron railings for the staircase and kitchen back splash. While we were able to upgrade a lot of the things we wanted, we also made some sacrifices. We opted to not get a porch right away (it was an extra $7k right of the bat.. WOOF.) and plan on adding pavers with a pergola in the near future. 

Here are some pictures from our day at the design center! 
We opted for laminate flooring (because people don't get real hardwoods in Florida) in that dark wood color, white cabinets and that blue kitchen back splash, which is a much brighter blue in person. I am so, so, so excited to see it all come together! 

We even got to pick out the exterior paint colors and landscaping that day too. We went with white and gray and a cobalt blue front door. The Tropical landscape package seemed to make the most sense, since we are in Florida and we wanted some pretty palms! 

The only downside to all of this is that once we left the design center that day (back in July) we were no longer allowed to make changes to our design choices (we could, but it costs $1500 to make a single change). I've since second guessed every decision we made since that day (like the direction of the flooring we chose or the color of the stair banister). 

As of now, we have officially broken ground! Our slab was poured 2 days after Hurricane Matthew hit(thank goodness not before!!) and it's been rolling right along since. Our projected closing date is still set for the end of January, so we are expecting an actual closing date in the beginning of February ;) 

I drove by the property today and was so excited to see how much progress has been made (so much more than the above picture!!) and will be back soon to share more! 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

Well, Billy & Abigail got to experience their very first 'real' hurricane last week (and my first one in 12 years!). Billy moved to Florida in 2005, so he just barely missed the 2004 fiasco (three hurricanes back to back to back, in case you're not from Florida). 
I think around Tuesday, we all kind of realized that this hurricane might actually be one that we needed to worry about, so we all slowly started making preparations. We decided that since we live in an apartment and my parents are only like a mile down the road, we would go stay with them until the storm passed. We got over there on Thursday around noon, which is when news outlets were really telling us to get where we needed to be and stay put. Thankfully, we are in an area that is far enough away that we did not have to evacuate, but know a lot of people weren't that lucky. We spent the rest of Thursday making sure the house was in order and grabbing what ever bottled water and flashlights we could find that were left at the stores. I documented most of the next two days on SnapChat (jlhuff13)but we spent most of the night eating pizza, playing games and watching movies. The storm wasn't really supposed to hit us until around 3am Friday morning and we were under a mandatory curfew starting at midnight (basically the entire east side of Florida was shut down on Friday - so none of us had school or work to worry about). 

I don't think any of us really slept Thursday night, but I was put at ease enough around 1am when I saw that the storm has made a very slight shift to the East, which meant we would be taking a less direct hit. 
Almost on cue, at 3am a roof shingle slammed into the glass french doors of the room that we were sleeping it and I about fell out of bed. That was enough to make it so I didn't really sleep much after that. Everyone else was up bright and early, ready to see what the day had in store for us. For the next 8-10 hours it was very rainy and even windier. There were a handful of gusts of wind that really had me nervous, but I am so happy to say that we did not have any damage. Lots of tree branches down, an almost over flowing pool - but I. will. take. it. We know how lucky we were! 

When the mandatory curfew was finally lifted Billy and I headed to our apartment to see what the situation was over there. We quickly saw that the complex was without power, so we packed up some more of our stuff (and I took a candlelit shower) and headed back over to my parents for another night of camping out. 

I am happy to report, we got power back SO quickly (I think it was less than 24 hours) and we've been back at our place since about 9am Saturday. If you work for Florida Power & Light and see me out in public, don't be alarmed if I run up to you and give you a hug - you're kind of like my best friends right now.  

We know everyone was not as fortunate as we were and our thoughts are with everyone who is suffering from Hurricane Matthew. 


When Billy and I went to our apartment and quickly realized we didn't have power, I had to snap a picture of how creepy our hallway looked. Glad I went back with him or I don't think I would have made it into the actual apartment! 


Saturday, October 8, 2016

Life Lately

Ahh, it's been a while... Let's catch up! 

I have three posts ready to go up on the blog this week, so get ready for Huff family overload. It's been busy around here with work, school, the house and of course the hurricane we went through this week - so, lot's to catch up on! 

I waited until the actual first day of Fall to bring out all of my pumpkins, which was a small miracle. Give me all the holidaysss! 

We spend a lot of our Saturday's at the baseball fields watching my nephew play. On this particular Saturday, Abigail experienced her first bee sting, so that was fun. She actually took it better than me, since I couldn't stop constantly checking her to make sure she wasn't allergic. 

Sometimes I go into her room to wake her up from her nap (only when I have a death wish... or have some place to be) and I find her in positions that take me back to when she was an infant. Except now she has giant feet. 

Last weekend, Billy & I flew to Virginia for one of Billy's best friends weddings. He was a groomsman, so the weekend was jam packed with wedding festivities. It was such a pretty wedding and we had so much fun. We were so happy to be able to be there to celebrate! 

Because it was such a quick trip, we left Abigail at home with my parents. And then they took her to Disney because... grandparents. She had so much fun with them but was completely tuckered out by the end. When we got home from the airport Sunday night, we walked into my parents house and found her in their bed, passed out in her brand new Anna princess dress and Rapunzel doll. Missed her so much! 

Be back soon with more! 
XO!