8.26.2016

Charlie Beth || 9 Month

These days it seems like every month goes by a little bit quicker than the month before. The more I will time to slow down, the faster you seem to be growing up. The other day I caught myself looking through my phone at pictures from your first few weeks of life. You were so tiny! While I miss seeing you that little, I absolutely love watching you grow and learn every day. I'm amazed by you every single day.
We had your nine month well visit at the doctor's office this week. You weigh 21.3 lbs (75%) and are standing so very tall at 29.5 inches (95%). You get that height from your daddy! You are wearing anything from 12 to 18 months and are still in size 3 diapers. You're growing by the minute, kid!
This was certainly a month of milestones, and you hit a huge one right before you turned 9 months. The week before we celebrated your ninth month of life you took your first steps! We were at your Nana and Papa's lake house visiting with family when you decided to show off your skills for the first time. I caught it on camera, and I'm so happy that I did! I can't believe my little baby is already WALKING!
You are chatting up a storm these days and are so close to saying your first words! As much as I was hoping that first word would be "Mama," I don't think it's going to happen for me. You're much closer to saying Dada, Yaya, and Nana. According to your dad and two grandmothers you have already said their names, but I'm not counting it quite yet. ;)
You now have 6 teeth now, and I love when you flash a big ole' smile to show them off!You are using those teeth of yours to chomp down on some food. You're now strictly on table foods, and you love just about anything I put in front of you. I'm amazed most nights at how much your dinner looks like a toddler meal. It just reaffirms to me how quickly you're growing. Some of your favorite foods include: eggs, spaghetti, mac n cheese, avocado, turkey, sweet potato, and baked beans. You certainly love your carbs. Like Mother like, daughter, right? :)
You spent a ton of time at the lake this month visiting family. You even met some of your family for the first time! We had so much fun making lifelong memories with your aunts, uncles, and cousins. You, little girl, are already such a lake girl! I can't wait to watch you grow up on the water. If you Daddy has his way, you're going to be skiing by the age of three.
We've made some strides in the sleep department. Although you still wake up 3-5 times a night, you are now officially sleeping in your own crib! It was such a hard transition to get you to fall asleep in your crib, but with some hard work and persistence, we did it. Next stop, sleeping through the night! You actually did sleep through the night for the first time ever a few weeks ago. I was crossing my fingers and toes that you had finally turned that corner, but no such luck. We'll get there one day! Mama may be exhausted now, but I know I'll miss these days when they are over.
Some of your favorite things this month include: playing with your dogs, walking around the house holding onto mommy's hand, playing with your toys in your playroom, making a mess, napping in your car seat, getting into anything and everything.
You are one of a kind, Charlie Beth, and Mommy and Daddy are so blessed to call you our little girl. We love you more than you'll ever know! Please don't grow up so fast, ok?

8.15.2016

Dreaming Of Fall Weather With Burt's Bees Baby

It may be August in Alabama, but that doesn't mean that we aren't dreaming of the crisp, fall days ahead. The vibrant colors of the leaves falling from the trees, the sound of football on tv, the aroma of pumpkin flavored everything, and mostly, the fashion. What's not to love about Fall?
Charlie Beth and I are preparing for the upcoming season the best way know how, by making room in our closets for new clothes! I could shop non-stop for this little girl. Clothes are just so much more fun when they come in mini-size. When Burt's Bees Baby sent us these adorable clothes I couldn't wait to have Charlie Beth try them on. I mean, how adorable are these dresses? And do they come in my size? 
 

The quality of these organic baby clothes are unlike anything I have felt. They are just so incredibly soft! Charlie Beth is going to stay looking stylish and feeling comfortable all season long in her adorable new outfits from Burt's Bees Baby
Have you checked out the Burt's Bees Baby Fall 2016 line yet? Whether your little ones are heading back to school or just trying to grow their fall wardrobe, there is something for every occasion. 

8.12.2016

TORUK - The First Flight By Cirque Du Soleil - Is Coming To The Magic City {{And Your Chance To Win Free Tickets}}

Yall, I am so excited about this show! For three days only James Cameron’s Avatar will come to life in the spectacular Cique Du Soleil show at Birmingham’s Legacy Arena. Mark you calendars for five breath taking performances from Friday, August 19 - Sunday, August 21. This is one show you are not going to want to miss! If the description of the show alone is keeping me on the edge of my seat, I can't imagine what the live performance is going to be like:

Through a riveting fusion of cutting‐edge visuals, puppetry and stagecraft buoyed by a soaring cinematic score, Cirque du Soleil applies its unique signature style to James Cameron’s imaginary world and “makes the bond” between two kindred artistic visions that capture the imagination.

Set thousands of years before the events depicted in AVATAR, The story of TORUK – The First Flight follows the show’s heroes, Ralu and Entu, as they set out on a quest to save the Tree of Souls. They venture high up in the Floating Mountains to find Toruk, the mighty red and orange predator that rules the Pandoran sky. Prophecy is fulfilled when a pure soul rises among the clans to ride Toruk for the first time and save the Na’vi from a terrible fate.

This live immersive experience also bears the distinct signature of directors and multimedia innovators Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon. It is a living ode to the Na’vi’s symbiotic coexistence with nature and their belief in the basic interconnectedness of all living things.
I've been anxious to experience a Cirque Du Soleil performance for as long as I can remember. I'm in awe at the movements these performers are able to effortlessly perform! From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is a major Qu├ębecbased organization providing highquality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 artists from more than 50 different countries. Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to close to 150 million spectators in more than 300 cities in over forty countries on six continents. For more information about Cirque du Soleil, visit www.cirquedusoleil.com.

Take note, you will only have five opportunities to catch this show. Below is the schedule of performances this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama:

Friday, August 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 21 at 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, August 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased at CirqueduSoleil.com/TORUK or by calling 205-458-8400. Better yet, I'm giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win four (4) tickets to the opening show Friday night. Enter below for your chance to win. Winner will be announced Thursday morning. Good luck! 

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8.10.2016

I Wanted A Simple Repair, And Now I'm Afraid I Will Never See My Wedding Rings Again

If you follow me on Snapchat (@morganrsparks) you've heard me talking all week about the nightmare I'm having with Kay Jewelers regarding my wedding rings. At this point I'm frustrated, annoyed, and severely disappointed in the service that I've received over the past three weeks. Let me start from the beginning:
On July 20th I dropped my rings off at the jeweler to get soldered together and have the diamond reset (when I first received the ring the diamond was loose. I took it in to get tightened and they tightened it down crooked. It's been driving me insane for the last 3 years!). I was told it would take two weeks to do the work and was given a promise date of Tuesday, August 2nd to pick up the rings. 

Tuesday came and went and I never received a phone call letting me know that the rings were ready. Wednesday morning I decided I would give them a call to see if my rings were there waiting on me (my bare finger was starting to feel very lonely!). The sales representative I spoke with let me know that they were not in store yet, but there was a shipment coming in that morning and he was certain they would be in that shipment. He promised a return phone call letting me know either way. 

He never called me back. 

Thursday I once again picked up the phone and gave them a call. This time I was put on hold for over five minutes. When the employee came back on the line she let me know that they were trying to "locate" my rings. Something in the tone of her voice gave me the sinking feeling that my rings had been misplaced. I knew my gut that they were gone. When she finally returned to the line I was told that my rings were still at the shop and wouldn't be ready until Monday. Six days after my promise date. I was never given a reason for the delay nor an apology. They were supposedly shipping from the workshop to the store that evening, so I asked if she could have my rings expedited in order to have them in time to wear to an event Saturday night. She said "it wasn't really in her control" but she would make a phone call to see what she could do and would call me back.

She never called me back.

When my husband got home that evening I gave him the update on the ring situation. He decided that he would place a phone call to the store to see if he could get any answers. He spoke with the manager, and after a lengthy conversation the manager promised that he would have my rings expedited to the store and they would be there at 10:00am on Saturday morning. Perfect!

I had an appointment Saturday morning, so Steven stopped by at 10am sharp to pick up my rings. After a week and a half I was anxious to have my wedding rings back on my finger, and just in time for our event later that night. That anxiousness soon turned to disappointment, however, when Steven called me to tell me that my rings did not, in fact, make it to the store. They wouldn't be there until Tuesday. You could imagine my frustration at that moment. 

To the manager's credit, he did do what he could in that moment to amend the situation. He loaned me a bridal set so I would have rings to wear until my set arrived. He also credited Steven a new wedding band. Those were two things he certainly didn't have to do, but he wanted to make things right. Still, I couldn't shake the feeling that something bad happened to my rings. I truly believe they were lost in the process, and I will never see them again. 

I did what I could to forget about the situation for the time being. I hoped that when I put my rings back on my finger on Tuesday (an entire week late) that I would actually be putting on the same ring that Steven slid on my finger the night he proposed to me and not a replacement. I just wanted my rings back on my left hand!

Yesterday was the day. There was no excuse for my rings not to be ready, right? I didn't even put in a phone call to double check. I drove to the jeweler that morning ready to turn in the loaner set and have my rings back on my finger. 

You didn't think the story was going to end there though, did you?

Nope. Just as you probably guessed, my rings weren't there. I was pretty fed up. The manager told me that a shipment would be by around lunchtime and my rings would be on it. Right...

So, that afternoon I once again drove to the jeweler expecting to finally have my rings back. 

Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. 

My rings were still "at the warehouse." I left once more with an empty promise that my rings will be there today. I'm not getting my hopes up. In my gut I still truly believe that my rings are lost. At this point, I just want the jewelry store to take responsibility for this mess. There is absolutely no excuse for the run around that I have been getting for the past week. None. 

I debated whether I should share my experience or not, but at the end of the day I was wronged. I have been treated poorly by a company that doesn't seem to value their customers, at least they don't seem to value me as their customer, and I want others to be aware. I would hate for another bride to have this experience. 

I hope this story ends today and my wedding rings are finally back on my fingers. My expectations, however, aren't very high. I'll be posting an update later today on Snapchat, so make sure you're following along.