Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Destination Wedding Punta Cana

As you know, I have a strong passion for traveling. I have countless destinations that I would like to visit in the near future. Recently, I asked readers if they would like to contribute a post regarding their ultimate family vacation.

Adrienne Lenz, is our first Contributor
Below is her story: 


Last April I got married in Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic at the Paradisus Palma Real.  This was BY FAR the BEST family vacation we have ever had.  My brother and sister had never been to an all-inclusive resort, so they were in heaven.  I mean how could you not be at this resort…



We had about 27 people attend, so it was not only family but also some of our closest friends.  We spent the first few days relaxing by the pool or beach and final preparations for the wedding.   

Then is was time for that special day…not a cloud in the sky.





So many great family and friends there!


Love my brother and sister and so happy they were in our wedding!!



We could not ask for better parents!


We were saddened to see all our family and friends leave, but it was so nice to spend a week with my husband!

I know there most likely not be another time where our family and friends could all go on vacation with us, so I cherished every second in Punta Cana.  My house was a shrine of this trip an the wedding when we got back.  We were so lucky to have so many special people share in this experience!

~Adrienne xoxo

You can connect with Adrienne here:


If you have a family, girls getaway, or couples retreat you would like to share, please contact me.
I will happily display your memories on my blog and perhaps you will inspire others to vacation in your favorite spot!
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PSA Parents MUST Read

I called my credit card company to report fraudulent charges on my credit card last week from Apple iTunes.  It seems, someone had ran nearly $300 in charges for Apps. However, my bank was unable to reverse the charges, because they were still in "pending" status, and had not officially posted.

This bought Apple some time to respond to my claim. After 48 hours, Apple responded via email to my grievance (FYI if you find yourself in a similar situation you can ONLY reach iTunes customer service via email, they do NOT have phone access).

After Apple's insisting that I interview my family to see if anyone had made these purchases, I found out that my four year old daughter had indeed bought these so-called add on Apps! I could not fathom how she was able to do this, because with each App purchase, I am required to enter my password. Apparently, once the App is purchased, you can automatically purchase add on Apps without re-entering your password. Obviously, my four year old was unaware of what she was doing.

I wrote Apple and was honest. I told them what had happened and per usual, their customer service was amazing. They reversed the charges.

I don't know about you, but my children love the iPad, iPod and iPhone. We utilize them for traveling as these gadgets keep them entertained. With that said, I was worried this would happen again. Thankfully, when clearing me of the $272 charges, they also instructed me on how to turn off this feature, so that it won't ever happen again (see email below).

Thank you Apple!

"Dear Angela,

It's Joginder again. Thanks you for confirming the purchases.

Angela, as you were unaware of the in app feature, I have reversed the charge for
the in app purchases. In three to five business days, a credit of $272.89 should
be posted to the credit card that appears on the receipt for that purchase.

Also, please note that in apps do not require password confirmation before
purchase and the only way to prevent them is to disable them on your device. So,
if you'd like, you can disable in-app purchases, by following these steps:

1. Tap the Settings icon on your device.

2. Tap General.

3. Tap Restrictions.

4. Set in-app purchases to "off"

Thank you for being such a valued iTunes Store Customer. Apple wants your iTunes
experience to be as exciting as possible.

Have a great day!

Sincerely,

Joginder
iTunes Store Customer Support"


Lesson learned. This Mommy will be more careful with her iTunes account in the future. Hopefully this information will save you from making the same mistake! One final note, I do find Apple's practice of being able to purchase App upgrades without reentering passwords a bit shady. Makes it a little too easy for Apple to make a quick buck, uh, or should I say $300 bucks. I think they need to reevaluate their purchasing practices.
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Monday, June 20, 2011

June Blog Sale

I'm cleaning out my closet. All items must be paid for within 24 hours of purchase.  Shipping is $3.00. Please contact me with any questions or inquiries you may have. Happy shopping!

Lilly Pulitzer Jubilee Collection
Tiger Lilly Print
Lovell Shift
Size 6
NWT
$95 ($395 retail)







Gap Hawaiin Inspired Dress
I wore this in Kauai
Size Small
$15.00




Back Detail
Satin ties into Bow


Gap Knit Dress
Never worn but tried on & took off tags
Purchased after baby #2 makes a great post baby dress
Medium
$15.00






Jcrew Silk Bow Tie Shift - Pink
I LOVED this dress - Looks so much better on
Has Pockets
Worn once
Size 6
$25.00


Bow Detail


Jcrew Collection
Silk Bow Tie Dress (same cut as above)
Dress has Pockets
Worn Once
Size 6
$ 30.00




Lilly Pulitzer Sherman Tunic
NWT
Size 6 (fits large IMO which is why I am selling)
$75.00




Style & Co Halter Maxi
Moroccan Inspired (I wore with large silver Moroccan chandelier earrings)
Size 8 (fits like a 6 IMO)
$20.00 






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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day

My Husband is not here to share his special day with his girls. Instead, he is on an aircraft carrier in the Middle East (but he will be home very soon!). Miss E & Miss O sent Daddy a little video message this morning, via email. It was the best we could do, with so many miles between us. Of all the hats my husband wears, there is one he wears best, and that is Daddy. He is the most brilliant and amazing father and my children are so blessed.

The man you see in these pics can do ANYTHING I can do (and some things better). He changed just as many diapers, bottle fed the girls through the night,  can comfort them when they get boo-boos, cooks, cleans, helps with homework, and has rightfully earned the title of Mr. Mom. He is truly amazing!


Daddy & Miss E on her first day of 1st Grade




This man LOVES his little Girls





Dining at Duke's in Kauai
As you can see, I haven't lost all of my Baby Weight in this pic (look how young E & O are)...Not a flattering pic of moi, but it shows how happy my Husband is when he is with his girls!








Though, Mr. Navy is on the other side of the world, we still celebrated him today! We appreciate the wonderful life he provides us and we are so lucky to have him!
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Yum...Cake

I recently found out that my little sister, Rachael, has a new hobby. However, this hobby has recently started bringing in some cash.  So, it is safe to say, that this hobby has turned into a job that she loves!

Rachael and Moi on her Last Night as a Single Girl


 Rachael's Husband is in the Army. They are currently stationed at the Pentagon. She started making these cakes to pass the time. Oh..did I mention that she is also nine months pregnant, and is due any day! I'm going to be a first time Aunt! I'm over the moon!

Where was I...Oh yes, back to the cakes. This new found talent bloomed, after Rachael became an avid Cake Boss viewer.  Randomly, she decided to attempt a cake similar to the creations on the show. One simple cake experiment, quickly turned into a passion.  Each time she was done with a new cake, she would send it into work with her husband (because as she said, she didn't want to end up the size of a house). Next thing you know, people were requesting her services to make retirement, baby shower and birthday cakes!

Below are some of the cakes she has produced, with roughly five months of practice (did I mention she makes her own fondant as well?). I don't know about you, but I see serious talent and potential in her work. I am so impressed, that I simply had to share!


Rach's First Cake for the Super Bowl





This Pink & Green loving girls ADORES this Cake











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Friday, June 17, 2011

"Funny" Friday

I debated in my little pea brain whether or not I would share this story with you.  Simply because it WILL sound like I am living next door to the quintessential Jerry Springer guest. However the picture from the outside is quite the contrary, the home next door is lovely. Matching his and her Cadillac Escalades in the front yard, guest house in the back with a fireplace, perfectly manicured lawn and landscaping....you get the picture.

This past April 24th, my Wedding Anniversary, Birthday and Easter ALL fell on the same day! My Mom had flown into town to celebrate with the girls and moi. As you are aware, my husband in on an aircraft carrier in the Middle East. He inquired if I would be home on Friday, because he was having something delivered to me. Now mind you, I had told him I wanted nothing. I had just returned from a week long trip to Paris with a dear friend, and had purchased a beautiful Mulberry Bayswater handbag. I didn't need, nor did I want a single thing. I was already feeling spoiled.

I pleaded with Mr. not send anything. Not to mention, I did not want to stay tied to my home to receive a delivery (because I was hosting my Mom and we were out exploring the area). He did not listen.

I return home to find a notice on the door from Edible Creations, stating that my delivery had been left with the next door neighbor. My Mom immediately went next door (cars were in the driveway) to pick up my fresh fruit. No one answered the door.  Two hours later, my Mom goes back over to see if she can retrieve my gift from the Mr., still no answer at the door. At this point I had grown frustrated. I do not know my neighbors, I do not know their cleaning habits and they have something of mine, that is edible sitting in their refrigerator. This germ freak was none too pleased.

I phoned Edible Creations and said that despite the fact that my neighbors appear to be home, I have yet to obtain my delivery. I then asked why I wasn't phoned.  Then, I expressed my frustration that they delivered it to a neighbor that I did not know. They said they did call. I said quite the contrary!

Another trip over the next morning (and coming up AGAIN empty handed), I had grown frustrated with the entire situation and demanded that my husband be refunded. At this point I no longer wanted the arrangement. It had sat at my neighbor's home for over 24 hours. After insisting on sending me another arrangement (and me declining), they finally obliged.

ONE more trip back over to my neighbor's home and still no answer. Now mind you, I have driven past their house while they were out front. They had seen me pull into my garage. Why had they not brought over my Edible Arrangement? Isn't that what any normal and polite neighbor would do?

Saturday evening passed, Sunday evening passed, Monday evening passed and guess what...still no delivery!

Finally, on Tuesday a younger pregnant woman knocks on my door at 9:00 pm (I later find out this is the pregnant daughter of the owner of the home) and proceeds to tell me that they received a delivery. However, when she showed up on my doorstep, she didn't have anything in her hands. She then proceeds to tell me EXACTLY what the card said from my husband. However, she didn't even show up with the card! I felt like my privacy had been invaded. Had my card been federal mail, it would have been illegal. How dare they read my Husband's transcribed feelings.  I was given no explanation as to what had happened to my Edible Creation (one can only assume they ate it). Only to phone Edible Arrangements and they would re-deliver the order.

I closed the door, and didn't know what to say. My Mom's mouth was open and in shock. Who eats an Edible Arrangement that is intended for someone else. Especially when the recipient's husband is deployed on the other side of the world (they knew this because they read MY card and STILL did not immediately come to me).

The audacity and rudeness is comical. I never in my life thought there were such people in this world. I obviously thought wrong, and they just happen to live next door to me! Just goes to show, you can't judge a house by it's cover.


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What I Wore Today

What I Wore Today

J Crew stripe tee
$30 - jcrew.com

Joe's Jeans denim jeans
$163 - piperlime.gap.com

Mulberry leather bag
£775 - mulberry.com

Isharya brass bangle bracelet
£65 - net-a-porter.com

Beading necklace
$14 - nordstrom.com

H M leather jewelry
£3.99 - hm.com