Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Arkansas Children's Hospital Northwest

This post is sponsored by Soapbox Influence and Arkansas Children's Hospital Northwest.



Eight years ago, when Harper was two and diagnosed with hearing loss - we were sent to the only children's hospital in Arkansas.  It was in Little Rock and 3.5 hours from home.  I had to take Harper who was 2 and Hollis who was a newborn to Little Rock monthly for about a year.  We would leave early in the morning, have a 3-4 hour appointment and then drive the 3.5 hours home.  



We did this for the next 6 years.  Eventually we only had to go twice a year but by then I had to take 3 kids with me.  Scott couldn't always take off work so it was stressful to drag all 3 kids by myself on a 7 hour round trip.  We loved our audiologist and had wonderful care and were so grateful to have a children's hospital to go to but it was tough making that trip.  


About two years ago, AR children's opened a hospital in Northwest AR and it's been life changing for us.  Now I can take Harper while the other two are in school and drive 20 min for a quick appointment.  (Unless it's summer and then all 3 kids go with me - but still it's an easy trip).  


And it's been such a blessing to so many of my friends who have had sick kids and have been able to go to ACH here instead of taking a helicopter or ambulance or driving themselves across the state! They are adding specialists all the time which means more kids won't have to travel to be seen.  


AR Children's has been very special to my family and I feel so much comfort knowing that if something were to happen to one of my kids - we have this hospital in our backyard that could help them.  They have an ER 100% dedicated to kids.  


And it's so colorful and kid friendly.  We have seen the cast of Star Wars there and the local baseball team and high school football teams all coming to visit kids.  


If you are in NWA and haven't been to visit - even if you don't have a sick kid - you should drive by and visit sometime.  


I hope my kids stay healthy but I know if we need them - AR Children's Northwest is just down the road and I'm grateful! 

Friday, September 13, 2019

Life Lately

We have had a great week despite the fact that it's a million degrees outside! ha! 



Hollis is taking art classes on Monday nights with her best friend from school.  She was so excited! 


While she was at art class, Harper and I got a workout in.  


Tuesday nights are for soccer.  I love sitting on the soccer field and watching my girl play.  Especially when it's not a thousand degrees.  


Wednesday Laurie and I went on a really long trail walk.  I took her on a trail she hadn't been on before and she loved it.  She kept stopping to take pictures. ha! We had a great time - it's always more fun to walk with someone.  


Harper's best friend's mom owns the best store downtown - Remedy Road.  They had a fun customer night Wednesday night so Harper and I went.  These two are so much fun.  


Yesterday had her first middle school field trip.  Notice she is wearing the same shirt Lillian had on in the last picture.  We got it at the store.  And it's perfect! 


Ten years ago exactly I had a little baby in a monogrammed dress on the beach.  Now she's wearing Nike shorts and loving middle school.  It's hard to believe how fast it really does go by! 


I got Hollis a "granny" wig for Halloween and WH put it on and it made me laugh so hard.  He looks like Hollis in this picture.  Love this kid.  

I'm excited it's Friday! Hope you have a great weekend! 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Holiday Time at Walmart

Yesterday I got invited to go to a Walmart Holiday showcase.  They had all kinds of home, fashion and food items set up and invited influencers to see what is coming at Walmart and walmart.com for the holidays.  This was RIGHT up my alley.  If you know how much I love Walmart! And I'm biased because I live in Walmart town - but they have REALLY stepped up their game in the last few years.  


We were at a really pretty venue and they made it all beautiful! 



How great is that big sign? Most of these things will be hitting stores or online in the next few weeks! 



They had the prettiest food set up to encourage holiday entertaining! 



My friend Kinna is the buyer of cakes and desserts and she showed me that they have a bundt cake coming out in 2 weeks that looks just like the Bundt cake store (that we LOVE) and they are only $10 and beautiful! 



There were lots of different influencers there and I was thrilled to see Catherine Lowe there! I'm friends with her SIL Shay Shull and I loved her on the Bachelor.  But mostly - I love her sweet little family.  She was sooooooooooo nice and friendly.  It was just a small gathering so I thought that was so fun! 


I loved this couch and this green poof! The link they shared with us for the couch is for a similar couch but a little different than what is pictured.  (But I love it too).  The couch was super comfortable.  Here is the link for the green poof! It's really a giant pillow and it's only $12.  It comes in a lot of colors but that GREEN is so amazing! 


THIS is the coffee table they had! 



I ran into the girls who run Whoa Wait Walmart - are you following them? They are so great! They have a new magazine that released this week.  You have to pick it up when you go to Walmart! 



I'm not 100% sure this is the right tree - but it's very similar.  I love the flocked! 


If you saw my stories - you saw the amazing dining room table! What I didn't realize until I later looked it up - they had two of these tables put together so it formed almost a huge square! So if you have a big space - it's a great idea! Or you could just do one in a smaller space.  It's so pretty in person! 


Walmart has for sure come a long way in their style! I love being able to find cute stuff where I grocery shop for cheap prices!  (This was not sponsored in any way!! Totally my opinions!!!)