Body Care Products That I Am Currently Obsessed With

Soap & Glory is a British brand founded in 2006 by beauty entrepreneur Marcia Kilgore. I was immediately attracted to this line because of the marketing. The pictures on each product are so fun and playful. I was not disappointed when I tested each item. The scents are amazing and so fresh.

Soap & Glory has been supporting the Clean of England since 2006. Their goal has been solely to formulate fun, and quality body care products that can fit into anyones beauty budget. And Soap & Glory definitely is affordable and worth every penny. Luck me, I was able to catch these products on sale earlier last month at Walgreens (buy 2 and get 1 free). It was a deal that I could not resist.

I have been wanting to sharing my review on these products since the day I purchased them. However, I wanted to be fair and test each item over the course of at least a month so I could provide my readers with honest reviews.

Body

The Way She Smoothes ($12.00)

This softening body lotion is so refreshing and hydrating. The scent is “Call of Fruity” and is blending with the following fruity and exotic fragrances: mango, coconut oils, papaya, passion fruit, and algae extracts.

I love using this lotion in the mornings right out of the shower. The fruity scents is very rejuvenating when waking up and is a great scent to jump start your day.

It has vitamin E and smoothes onto your skin so nice. It is a light weight lotion that is hydrating and lasts at least 12 hours, without having to reapply. One thing that I really like about this lotion is that is easy to rub in and does not leave your skin feeling sticky throughout the day. Those are two of my biggest issues when it comes to lotion.

Want the simple way to smooth, ship-shape skin? That’s SMOOTH SAILING™ Softening Body Lotion – a gorgeously refreshing and hydrating formulation in our tropical CALL OF FRUITY™ fragrance. Be transported to your Caribbean dream holiday without ever leaving your bathroom.

-Soap & Glory

Smoothie Star Body Milk ($12.00)

Body milk is another moisturizing lotion blend. Scented with Smoothie Star Almond & Vanilla. This blend is mixed with the following fragrances: oats, honey, yoghurt and cocoa. I personally prefer to use this lotion at night, right after showering before bed.

The scents are so relaxing and the smell of oats and honey really helps with relaxing you and your body into a good nights sleep. I know this lotion is part of the Smoothie Star line, but it more so reminds me of a vanilla almond milkshake.

This lotion is a deep moisturizing lotion. And I love how it is a bit thicker which makes it perfect for bedtime. After applying this lotion before bed, I wake up with my skin feeling just as hydrated as it was the night before.

Feel like rubbing shoulders (and knees, and elbows) with the elite? Loaded with skin-softening cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil and Soap & Glory’s WATERLOCK™ moisture-trapping matrix, it also conditions thanks to its delicious (but in this case, definitely not edible) oat, yoghurt & honey formula. With its delectable almond, oat & brown sugar scent, it pairs perfectly with Soap & Glory’s Rich & Famous™ Bath & Body Wash and maple-fragranced Breakfast Scrub™ Body Smoother. Soap & Glory is obliged to inform you that despite the hunger-pang inducing scent, Smoothie Star is not a food.

-Soap & Glory

Bath

Call of Fruity Bubble in Paradise ($10.00)

For those long days when I just simply need to relax… bubble in paradise helps me do just that. Every once in a while when I have time to myself I like to enjoy a nice hot bubble.

This refreshing body wash is part of the exotic cool formula, blended with the following fragrances: juicy mango and mandarin extracts. While, I enjoy the call of fruity line for Soap & Glory it would be nice if I could find a body wash like the Smoothie Star line with a almond and vanilla scent. I have looked for this but have not come across a Soap & Glory body wash with the almond & vanilla scent. Please comment below if you have a recommendation for me below in the comments.

Cleanse all your troubles away with this incredi-bubbly body wash. The refreshing blend of juicy mango and mandarin extracts makes for an energizing experience! Plus, it’s fragranced with our new CALL OF FRUITY™ exotic scent-sation.

-Soap & Glory

Pretty Active Shower Ranger Cooling Body Wash Original Pink ($9.00)

After every workout this is my go to body wash. When I first picked up this body wash I didn’t realize that it is a cooling body wash. After, my first use I was surprised by the cooling effect.

Reading the label more carefully I realized that it is part of Soap & Glory’s Pretty Active Collection. This body wash is perfect to use after a hot and intense workout. The cooling effect is great to use to relax a sore body and muscles post-workout. The revita-cool formula does exactly what it advertises leaving you feeling fresh, clean and confident after working out.

This body wash is scented with Original Pink and is fruity and floral. Mixed with a refreshing blend of cucumber and chamomile extracts.

Our REVITA-COOL formula, with cooling agents, aloe and cucumber, instantly cools skin to make you feel invigorated and energized. This wash keeps you smelling fresh & odor-free whilst active, leaving you feeling clean and confident. You’ll feel fresher for longer than with your regular body wash. Scented with our signature Original Pink, fruity & floral fragrance to leave skin smelling scent-sational.

-Soap & Glory

Why I Support Soap & Glory

I highly support companies who use good ingredients. Having sensitive skin myself, I look for simple yet quality products; free of dyes and Soap & Glory fits the description. I hope they continue to design their products and use the retro designs that they use. It’s nothing more appealing and sexier than products that make you feel good. Self care is all about creating a enjoyable and fun experience.

Price Comparison and Deals

Since using Soap & Glory I have searched around and compared prices at a few different stores. Walgreen‘s does price this product slightly higher ($2 or so increase), compared to Target. However, Walgreen often runs specials on the Soap & Glory line. Currently, Walgreens is offering: buy 1, get 1 50% off and a free gift with purchase on many of the products in this line. As much as I shop at Target I have not seen Target run a special on Soap & Glory. I am all about sales and getting more bang for my buck.

Have you used Soap & Glory before? If so, what are your favorite products in the line? Comment your favorite products and recommendations in the comment section. On my next store run I will be picking up some of Soap & Glory’s facial care products to try. Subscribe to my blog to stay connected with my latest reviews.

Erica ❤

Working out at Home while America is Social Isolating

Gyms are closed. How are you coping?

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Gym is closed? Everyone is social distancing. No worries. You can still work out at home. In a generation where everyone has exclusive gym membership let’s not forget that you can work out from home. Honestly, working out at home is the healthiest and safest thing to do at this time. And for the majority of us working out at home is our ONLY option at this time as states continue to make decisions to shutdown all non-essential businesses with hopes of better managing the spread of COVID-19.

How I am coping through home workouts:

Last night, I started back up with my home workouts which consist of a balanced combination of pilates and yoga. I incorporate strength training- working my core muscles, and meditation. I get the best results out of my workout when I use my resistence bands and light hand weights.

Pilates

Pilates has really helped me through guided movements and strengthened my ability to control precise movements with repetition. The primary focus when doing pilates is all about posture, alignment, and movement. You must focus on each movement, while staying present and intentional. I feel like I have full control when practicing pilates. Since practicing pilates I have improved my posture and strength.

Yoga

Yoga has also helped me in building my strength, as I challenge myself with holding each pose. This type of workout is really good at warming up your muscles and improving flexibility and range of motion. With practicing yoga, comes meditation. The intention is “savasana” to gradually relax one body part at a time. Clearing the mind and fully surrounding to the movement. Through yoga meditation it allows you to focus on your breath breathing in and out. This technique is used to calm the mind and relax your body. Yoga is all about the mind-body and spiritual connection and must be continuously practiced.

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Working out at home may not seem as intense as going to the gym but it can be just as intense and effective. So do not forget to stay well hydrated. Drink water before, during, and after your workout. I have really committed myself to drinking a minimum of 8 glasses (64 oz) of water per day which is the daily recommended.

I find that I am most successful with meeting my daily water intake when I have the right water bottle. The right water bottle has to be big enough to hold the right amount of water for me to drink in a day. I have had some ‘ok’ water bottles that look cute but simply did not hold enough water. I find this to be a major inconvenience. And lets face it if something that you are trying to be a habit is inconvenient– you are simply going to fail at doing it.

There has been too many days when I would not drink nearly as much water as I should because I chose to leave out the house with the wrong type of water bottle. Ultimately, I set myself up for failure. So, when I researched and found a jug that holds 73 oz it immediately sold me.

Purchasing my Hydro Jug was the best thing I could have possible done. Each day I know that I have to finish my jug and I will have exceeded my daily water goal.

It’s super convenient and doesn’t require me to have to purchase water and refill my bottle throughout my day unless I consume more water than average. Another cool thing about Hydro Jug is the super cool sleeves and carries you can purchase to hold your water jug, making it even easier to tote around throughout your day.

The carriers gives you a neat place to store your phone and keys. This is especially helpful for gym days (in the future). I have even incorporate my Hydro Jug in my home workouts by using a full jug as a weight as I squat, similar to a kettlebell.

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Mountain Nesting | A Weekend of Isolation: 5 Things to Do While Isolated in the Mountains

The world has been dealing with the rapidly spreading coronavirus for weeks now. As more testing is made available, the number of those infected continues to rise. Not only America, but the entire would is in panic.

Bread, toilet paper, and water still remain out of stock in many stores. Schools and local libraries are closed. Restaurants have closed their doors to the public. All American’s have been advised to quarantine for 14 days and practice social distancing.

What better way is there to practice social distance other than running to the mountains? There is no better way for us.

Blue Ridge Mountains

Being a Virginia girl myself, home for me lies within the Blue Ridge Mountains. Beginning in Carlisle, Pennsylvania… stretching all the way to Mount Oglethorpe, Georgia, a total of 615 miles. Trailing through the following states: Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. Mount Mitchell is the highest point along the Blue Ridge, with an elevation of 6,683.

A weekend nestled away in the mountains is exactly what the doctor recommended for social distancing. Being able to wake up to the sounds of birds chirping, a perfect view of the sun rising, and no traffic since you are miles away from the city. It’s just what we needed and the kids love it when we stay in the mountains. It’s our home away from home, aside from the beach.

What to do while in the mountains

There’s no need to utilize the do-not-disturb feature on your phone. Phone service is nonexistent at this elevation. This weekend gave me time to do the things I enjoy and love with no distractions.

Things to do while in the mountains:

  1. Catch up on reading- Setting time aside to read can be so difficult when you are constantly distracted by notifications from social media, and or surrounded by things to do at home. When I am at home there is always something to do, an item to put back, clothes to be washed, and dishes to be put away. When I am in the mountains there is always time to read and the hours of the day seem longer so I honestly am able to get more reading done with limited distractions.
  2. Study your bible- Use this time for quiet time with God. Set aside time in the morning or evening to pray and open your bible. Study the word. I enjoy using my Bible app to follow daily devotionals.
  3. Play Board Games- Confiscate all electronic devices and bring out the board games. Isolation with family, kids specifically calls for board games. As we disconnected ourselves this weekend, it stretched to the kids as well. We replaces electronic devices with board games like Trouble, Pictionary, and Candyland.
  4. Enjoy Nature- Take a walk and simply breathe in the fresh air. My favorite time to enjoy nature and take a walk is in the morning as the sun is rising, when the dew is still in the air. With each breath I inhale and exhale.
  5. Gather Inspiration- I was able to gather inspiration from Liz Marie Galvan book, Cozy White Cottage. Liz’s blog has given me so much inspiration as I redecorate our home to fit a more rustic farmhouse decor. I recently purchased her book and decided to take it along with me this weekend so I can read through her 100 ways to love the feeling of being at home. So, far her book is amazing and is a easy read. She even includes some D.I.Y to get you started. I have mapped out my next project.

I hope each of you are practicing social distancing and isolation during this time. Don’t look at this as a punishment. Use this time to refocus and cleanse your mental. Catching up doing the things you enjoy and love.

This time will soon pass. Until then, continue to take precautions, practice good hand hygiene, and respect the space of others. Be mindful when making purchases and do not over-buy. Be considerate of the elderly or just others who may need what you are purchasing a excess of.

I pray that each of you remain healthy and safe.

Erica ❤

3 Simple Ways: How to Reduce Stress While Social Distancing

It’s hard to reduce stress when every television channel and social media outlet is reporting news on the COVID-19 epidemic we are facing here in America. Today, the Trump Administration has recommended social distancing across the United States. You are ordered to stay home from work if you are sick. Gathering in groups of 10 have been discouraged and as a result restaurants, clubs, and gyms are closing their doors.

My anxiety and stress has been high as a result of the ongoing changes regarding the rapid community spread of COVID-19. While, at home I have found 3 simple ways that has helped me cope with reducing stress while social distancing.

1. Exercise at Home

Going to the gym is no longer a option. With the gym closing their doors, we must seek alternatives to still incorporating exercise into our lifestyle. Do not allow social distancing hinder your activity level, by becoming a couch potato.

Exercise is known to combat stress. The more physical stress on your body, relieves the mental stress and anxiety you may be feeling. The greatest benefits of exervise is achieved when you exercise daily. Those who fail to exercise daily are at an increased risk of feeling more stressed than those who exercise daily (Jennings, 2018).

Benefits of Exercise

  • Stress hormones: Exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones — such as cortisol — in the long run. It also helps release endorphins, which are chemicals that improve your mood and act as natural painkillers (Jennings, 2018).
  • Sleep: Exercise can also improve your sleep quality, which can be negatively affected by stress and anxiety (Jennings, 2018).
  • Confidence: When you exercise regularly, you may feel more competent and confident in your body, which in turn promotes mental wellbeing (Jennings, 2018).

I have used this time at home to reincorporate yoga back into my daily schedule. My favorite Yogi/Youtuber, Adriene of Yoga With Adriene brings the yoga studio right to your home with her youtube series and yoga practice. I have really been enjoying her session, Yoga for Anxiety and Stress.

Yoga with Adriene

Benefits of Yoga

  • Improved posture
  • Improved flexibility
  • Mindfulness
  • Increasing muscle strength and tone
  • Improve overall health
  • Increase energy levels

If you are seeking ways to remain active I would highly encourage you to implement a simple yoga practice into your daily schedule. If there was ever a good time to start a yoga practice, the time is NOW.

2. Read a Book

Take charge over your health. Pick up that book that has been sitting on your night stand or bookshelf. This is the perfect time to get some reading in while you are at home.

I am currently reading two books and since I have been at home I have had so much time to read. Reading is a excellent stress reducer. I often read right before bed because I love the sense of calmness that reading brings over me.

Benefits of Reading

  • Mental stimulation
  • Stress reduction
  • Memory improvement
  • Improved focus and concentration
The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme

Allow reading to clear your mind. Read to escape. I am currently reading, The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme. I am mentally on vacation in OBX thanks to this book. The magic about reading that I enjoy is the ability reading has to take you to different places and times. A good book will pull you in to that world and that is amazing to me. I have always enjoyed reading and find that is is my safe haven when I am stressed.

3. Relax and Take a Moment to Your Self

Kiwi and Blueberries

The best thing for you to do if you are self quarantining or simply practicing social distancing, is to simply relax and take a moment to your self. With school being out and the kids at home my days has consisted of a well developed schedule beginning with breakfast, school work, lunch, school work, dinner, and then bedtime. It’s busier staying at home than actually leaving out of the house.

I have been taking advantage of my ME time after the kids go to sleep at night. My nights have looked a little like this…

Curled up on the couch with hubby, watching a good movie — Contagion (2011 Film), and eating a yummy snack (fruit). Tonight, I enjoyed some sliced kiwi with blueberries. I absolutely love fresh fruit and it is my late night indulgence. What are your favorite fruits? And what are you doing to relax and take a moment to yourself?

Erica ❤

References:

Jennings, K.-A. (2018, August 28). Retrieved March 16, 2020, from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/16-ways-relieve-stress-anxiety

Weekend Recap | Sunday Self Care

Sunday is my favorite day of the week. I consider Sunday to be the start of my week, not Monday. Sunday is the day where I typically get all of my planning done for the week ahead, laundry, meal prep, and grocery shopping. Oh, and I never forget to end Sunday with a little self care.

Journey with me on my weekend recap:

Grocery Shopping

Target

This weekend my husband and I decided to grocery shop on Friday instead of Sunday due to the hysteria surrounding a potential America lockdown, due to the rapidly spreading coronavirus. Even when we went out on Friday, the shelves at all of our local stores were bare. But, we managed to get all of our usuals like every week. It was unbelievable to see all empty shelves where all the basics (bread, water, cheese) and toiletries once use to be.

Baby Andrew secured the paper towels in the cart.

Meal Prep

Spaghetti

Starting meal prep for this upcoming week is spaghetti. Instead of prepping for the entire week (Monday-Thursday), I decided to only prepare for two days at a time. Through trial and error of meal prepping I found that we would often get tired of what I have prepped by day two or three. Instead of wasting food I decided to meal prep for a few days at a time. By day two or three I can always switch up dinner with something new. Generally, I stick with main base throughout the week. This week my planned meals are based with ground beef.

For later in the week I have planned to make either chili over rice or taco bowls. Basic main ingredient (ground beef) but we have options to tweak the menu with three different dinner options. This keeps the picky eater protesters hushed in my household. But, honestly I also get tired of eating the same thing after day three.

Planning my meal preps for the week with a variety has been very efficient and successful. It still saves me a lot of time from cooking daily in the kitchen and we aren’t wasting food.

Self Care

Check out this amazing skin mask I picked up at Target on clearance. This Que Bella Skin Brightening Papaya Peel Off Face Mask is only $1.99. And the smell is amazing. It smells fruity, just like a papaya. It was a plus that this was actually on clearance at my local Target. I always pick up a few of these every time I go to Target for Sunday nights like this. There’s nothing better or more refreshing that giving yourself a facial or face mask treatment.

A little self care goes a long way. It is a great way to take care of yourself as you move into a new week, a fresh start. After removing my make up tonight I cleansed my face and then spread this peel off face mask on my face with my fingertips. I let it sit for 30 minutes while I loaded the dryer and folded clothes. After 30 minutes, I peeled off the mask and rinsed my face with cold water. I must say… my skin feels amazing and is glowing. This mask even reduced some redness I had been experiencing. I definitely will continue to purchase the Que Bella face masks from Target. This brand is my favorite and works well with my sensitive skin.

Hulu & Chill / Late Night Snack

To conclude my Sunday night, I am curled up on the couch with hubby watching US (2019 film) by Jordan Peele. It’s a awesome movie, go watch if you have not seen it yet. I must warn you that it is a typical Jordan Peele film, good but MIND BLOWING.

My late night snack of choice is fresh strawberries loaded with heavy whipped cream.

I am feeling refreshed and ready for the week ahead. Before bed I will sneak in at least fifteen minutes of reading. That always helps me quiet my mind and fall asleep.

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How are you ending your weekend?

What does your Sunday ritual look like?

Erica ❤

Surviving COVID-19 in America | The Media | Grocery Shopping Horror | American Panic & State of Emergency

The Media

We are now months into the COVID-19 epidemic and with each day we Americans are losing more and more of our common sense. This is all a result of the media’s coverage and scare tactics. I honestly have protested turning on the news in our household. If you turn your television on BEWARE to be absorbed into the COVID-19 scare frenzy.

Yes, COVID-19 is a serious and airborne virus. However, if we all take the necessary precautions (hygiene) we can stop feeding this virus. The problem is we are taking the proper measures. Proper measures include: postponing travel, social distancing, washing your hands, and covering your cough.

People are so stuck on not wanting to postpone travel that we are growing the virus. This is why it has traveled so quickly to so many continents since starting in Wuhan, China. People have done nothing but spread it, and at a fast rate. Those who are traveling should stay in place. If you have traveled, despite having symptoms or not- self quarantine for 14 days as a precaution. Your decision to continue to travel and socialize in public is impacting the public health and safety of yourself and others.

I repeat… even if you do not have symptoms but have traveled- self quarantine for 14 days as a precaution to yourself and others. Take the precaution and practice healthy habits of social distancing. Keep a meter (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Wash your hands and sanitize often. Refrain from touching your face and mouth. Cover your cough. It’s just that simple. Do everything you would (should) do if you had the common cold, hygiene wise.

From a healthcare standpoint, you are still advised to continue with your 14 day quarantine even if you begin to have symptoms. You are only to contact your doctor if your symptoms severely worsen. It is at that time when arrangements will be made for your to be tested for COVID-19 and arrangements made to receive a higher level of care at a medical facility as deemed necessary.

Right now, people are over reacting and requesting for testing from the onset of the slightest and mild symptoms. This has done nothing but waste resources, as the CDC has been working to obtain more testing kits. People are also running to the hospital, creating more exposure and maxing out resource usage on an even broader range. Hospitals are to capacity. If you can self-manage at home it is highly recommended.

Grocery Shopping Horror

I do not think anyone has a answer to why everyone is buying a year supply of toilet paper and food supplies. This is a virus, not a world disaster. And even if COVID-19 was the end of the world to human existence, all of the supplies Americans are stocking up on will not be able to save them.

I went out last night to do my normally weekly shopping and I shelves were wiped clean. I had planned on meal prepping spaghetti for this week. However, I could not find any tomato sauce, after visiting my local Wegmans, Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Trader Joes, Walmart, and Target. Thanks a lot America.

My husband and I couldn’t even locate a single pack of baby wipes. We were thankfully able to buy our necessities, and we have enough wipes to manage. I feel so sad for any older citizens who may need a gallon of milk, dozens of eggs, and a loaf of bread. All of those items were out of stock. People are really not thinking about what they are doing and the effect their decisions and actions are having on others.

There is absolutely no need to over supply yourselves. In talking to another shopper who was an older gentleman, probably in his late 70’s, he shared that never in his lifetime has he seen a grocery store so ransacked. Not even for hurricanes or any other weather disasters, have people prepared to this extent. For those who are purchasing 30+ gallons of milk I hope you have sufficient plans to use it all and not waste it.

I guess the puzzling part for me about this grocery shopping frenzy is that people are still not self-quarantining. So, what is your purpose?

Even, for those who are quarantining for 14 days if you did run out of food and do not have family or friends who can bring you something to your door there are so many services you can use that offers home delivery of goods.

Or, we should copy the measures Italy is doing…

2020 Italy Coronavirus Lockdown

We should be following after Italy and ordering for quarantine of America if we want to really take back control over COVID-19. Italy is gaining control by limiting public movement. Italian residents are only able to leave their homes for food and medicine. And only one person from each household is able to go the grocery store.

We are more at risk by traveling in large crowds at the grocery store. In Italy those who are working and visiting the grocery store are gloved and masked. Everyone is practicing social distancing. Schools and work has been suspended until further notice. There are multiple checkpoints lined up throughout Italy to ensure everyone is adhering to the lockdown in place.

American Panic and State of Emergency

Mostly, every state has declared a state of emergency. Counties have announced school closures for the duration of two weeks to one month. However, not many jobs have closed. Federal government employees have been authorized max telework, if applicable to your position. But, what about those who do not have that as an option, or non-federal employees? Are these measures really protecting the public health and safety?

As, I am typing, a CNN headline just came across my phone that France’s Prime Minister has just announced new measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus in Paris. It has been declared in France that all restaurants, cinemas, and clubs are to close due the coronavirus. I don’t think this is a bad idea at all. We must stop the spread by limiting movement with the United States. Everything must close down. It’s extremely hard for me to envision this in America.

I am thankful that our President Donald Trump is making decisions to restrict travel in and out of the United States. However, I think it should be a stricter travel ban and this decision should have been made early on from all countries not just Europe, UK, and Ireland. I read earlier this morning that possible domestic travel restrictions are being discussed. I think this is very necessary. Sorry millennials who may be forced to cancel your $100 roundtrip tickets to the Islands. Public health and safety first!

Yet, with these measures in place there are still some issues we are facing. County schools restricting children to stay home is impactful. But, have we considered the number of parents who are essential healthcare workers? Essential healthcare workers who are caring for, diagnosing and treating COVID-19 patients daily. I am not sure what we can do. With each positive case, those who made contact must be quarantined for 14 days.

For those children of essential healthcare workers, the contact is being made and when schools reopen, those children will migrate once again with their fellow classmates. I am not sure if there is a solid solution to prevent the exposure and spread of the virus, despite any of the cautious methods of preparedness we agree to implement.

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We are facing a challenging epidemic. But, let’s not lose our sanity and common sense. New information is constantly being developed.

Continue to:

  1. HANDS Wash them often
  2. ELBOW Cough into it
  3. FACE Don’t touch it
  4. FEET Stay more than 3 feet apart
  5. FEEL sick? Stay home

Use your resources. If you have any questions seek advice from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, or your local health department.

Helpful Information

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus:

Happy Heavenly Birthday to Our Daughter, Hope <3

Wishing you where here today,

for even just a while.

So I could say happy birthday

and see your loving smile.

The only gifts today will be

the sweet memories you left behind

of laughter joy and happiness.

That echo on, in my mind.

I’ll gaze upon pictures.

I’ll think of you with love.

And hope you’re doing fine

in heaven up above.

May our friends & family in heaven

hold you closely and sing you a song.

And I’ll be sending

a million hugs and kisses

today and all year long.

-Anonymous

Dear Hope,

Hope I will never forget this day. The day your Daddy got to hold you for the first time before me. I am glad we have this moment of the two of us holding you for the first time in a picture. This still moment captured in a picture can not speak enough how proud we were this day.

It definitely was a happy moment in our lives. A reminder that we never gave up “Hope” on you even when Doctors doubted that it was even possible for you to make it to delivery. God had a different plan and we trusted in him. Because we trusted and had faith in God, he gave us 11 months to enjoy before he called you home for his purpose.

Today Hope… you and your big sister Abigail would have both been 5 years old together. Our two Irish twins, only 10 months apart. In the 11 months you blessed us on this earth you taught our entire family so much about love. You have given us a strength to endure any and everything that life can and will ever hurdle at us. Because of you, we are stronger.

We love and miss you always.

Love,

Daddy, Mommy, Abigail, and Baby Andrew ❤