JULY 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

July has come and went; and summer is almost over! As much as I hate watching summer go, I love all the memories we’ve been making thus far.

Here’s a look at our month; hope you enjoy!

things we’ve been loving lately

hey all! it’s been a while since i’ve done a post like this; i figured it was time to share some of our recent favorites that we’ve been loving lately. you guys seem to really enjoy these and i’m sharing quite the variety of items today!

first, lets talk technology! with quarantine affecting us all; i’ve found new hobbies to enjoy and recently have been dabbling in digital illustration. i downloaded the procreate app on my ipad and using my apple pencil i’ve been slowly adding more and more finished pieces to my completed collection.

i’m really enjoy creating new art for our home, including some of our family and one of my craft studio. if you’re looking to have one done, shoot me a message; i’m sure we can work something out!

speaking of family, we recently got new family photos done and knew after doing some re-decorating within our home, we wanted to create a gallery wall using some of our new photos.

let’s be honest, large canvases are typically not the cheapest, but i stumbled across an online canvas company and have nothing but amazing things to say about it.

if you’re interested in ordering canvas prints, i’d HIGHLY recommend checking out CanvasChamp.com they are super inexpensive, offer a wide variety of sizes, and sell other custom items. they are always running great promotions and offer many different codes to save. my favorite is when they run their buy 2, get one free deal. interested in saving more? let me know and I can share a link with you.

our gallery wall turned out better than i had expected and it’s my favorite thing to walk into our home and see these. seriously check out CanvasChamp.com, you won’t be disappointed!

alright lastly, let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart…our pups! recently Buddy Bandana reached out to me about helping share their mission and i was immediately on board.

for those who don’t know Buddy Bandana spreads awareness and raises money for rescue organizations across the country. every purchase they donate a portion to no kill shelters to support and save animals in need.

i don’t receive anything from the sale, but am all about supporting a great cause! use code “OkayToBeShay” at checkout to save 40% on all orders and free shipping!

maci girl and I thank you @officialbuddybandana for the matching bandana/scrunchie set!

Amazon Favorites

if you’ve been around for a bit, you’re no stranger to the fact that i live for amazon prime. i mean, it’s my holy grail for basically everything and such a lifesaver. we even buy a lot of our household items through amazon – no joke, we just got an order of dog food in – and it’s been our lifeline during this crazy pandemic.

my in-store shopping has decreased a lot during quarantine, obviously, but there’s no denying that money still flies out of my wallet just as my fast towards my amazon cart. i realize that it’s been a while since i’ve shared some of our favorite purchases from amazon, so i thought i’d share away.

dog owners who have those pesky dogs that always bark? you NEED this!

not joking. my only regret is not buying this sooner. we have lots of windows in our house and the dogs take full advantage of that and bark at everything. its annoying and i think they like to challenge each other on who can bark the loudest. squirrels, mail men, their own shadow? you name it…they bark.

this bark collar has changed that completely. my favorite part about it is that it has three training modes – beep, vibration, etc. – and we’ve only had to use the beep option. they know immediately once they hear that beep what it means and to stop. it’s even waterproof!

this air mattress -yes adulting at its finest. an air mattress.

this has been one of our most used purchases lately. we have people over quite often and can always use the extra sleeping space. this has come in handy so much! the quality is great and we love that it has a built-in air compressor that works so fast.

it was inevitable…we’re mid-westerners. we gave in and bought our own custom corn hole set. it’s exactly what we had in mind and the guy who built them for us did such a great job.

but we needed the actual bags for it. john found these on amazon and they are great!

we got a board set with one side that has the minnesota vikings logo and the other the chicago bears. we decided to purchase bags sets in both purple and bright orange to match them and are super happy with the quality. we’re looking forward to many, many summers using them.

let me know if you order something on my amazon favorites list…i’d love to know what you think. happy shopping!

our stay home diary.

our quarantine life has become our new normal, for now atleast. i feel a lot more settled than i did when we first were told to stay home five weeks ago.

whether we like it or not, this will be one of the defining moments of our lifetime. and for that reason, i want to remember all the little moments, and thought i’d share.

obviously some parts are tough – missing family and friends, a different routine, the fear of someone we love becoming unhealthy, etc. this period of time has certainly reminded me of what’s important.

but there are so, so many positives – we’re healthy, we’re happy, and we’re together.

our kids are happy. they’re still learning, but having fun. they’ve spent plenty of time face-timing friends and family and we’re lucky that the weather has been pretty decent so they’ve been able to spend lots of time outside.

we’ve been doing more things together and i’ve been enjoying all the extra time we have together now. nearly every night we’ve been taking a family walk in our neighborhood. moments as simple as that are what i’ll remember from all of this; the memories we’re making.

we’re doing things around the house that we’ve put off. we’re doing lots of grilling out and enjoying eating dinner on the deck. trying new recipes have been a new hobby of mine, and i’ve even broke out the ‘ole paint and paint brushes again.

because the kiddos have been able to stay up a little later due to starting school (e-learning) later in the day, we’ve been using that time to have lots of family movies. we make popcorn and all lounge on the big couch. thank goodness for netflix and disney+.

enjoy a few more photos from our quarantine memory book…

until next time…stay healthy and enjoy all the extra time with your family. we’re all in this together!