Mom to Iris. Wife to Todd. Our little family lives at the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We love it here and I love sharing little bits of our life.

© 2014 sarahfortune.


Articles written by: Sarah

Nerf Gun to Pull a Tooth?!

Well, it’s hard to believe the day has come – Iris is officially missing her top, front teeth! They were wiggly for quite a while and after the first one fell out, the second was barely hanging on. We heard about this crazy Nerf gun tooth extraction trick from a friend, where you attach a string to the tooth and to the foam bullet. Surprisingly, Iris actually decided she wanted to give it a try. Since the tooth was more than ready to come out, we gave in and bought a Nerf gun while we were visiting some friends in Kansas City. After a couple of tries with the string slipping off, here was our final attempt. Enjoy!

100 Days of School!

Well, it’s true what they say. Blink and you’ll miss it. Somehow our brand new kindergartener just had her 100th day of school! We never celebrated (or even acknowledged) milestones like this when I was growing up, but we celebrate everything now so why not this? Iris looked forward to the 100th day for weeks. Each student was tasked with choosing one thing to bring 100 of to school and Iris chose seashells from our past beach trips.

I thought that her third tooth might come out of the 100th day of school, but it’s still hanging on for dear life. Her top front teeth are very wiggly, so it will be any day now! I have been so sad to see think about these teeth falling out, but now I can tell it’s time. She used to have an adorable big gap in-between them, but now she has grown so much that they look like little Chiclets and the gap has stretched to the other sides. Speaking of growing, today we’re off in search of some pants that will fit our girl. She’s grown two inches, seemingly overnight, and all of her pants suddenly look like high-waters! Wish us luck.

Back to School with General Mills #NewYearNewCereal

General Mills sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

After what seemed like forever and a half, Iris finally went back to school from winter break. Since she’s only in kindergarten, this is our first experience with being out of school for nearly three weeks. At least when she was in daycare, there were a few days scattered between Christmas and New Years to keep us all sane and on some sort of normal schedule. I remember though how much I loved those breaks as a kid. How needed they were. I also remember how hard it was to go back after so much time off. Trying to get back into the swing of things, a little morning motivation to get out of bed is never a bad thing.

So partnering with General Mills couldn’t have come at a better time. Have you guys heard about their new cereals at Walmart? They released mash-ups of some of the best cereals and flavors ever. I’m talking Banana Nut Cheerios, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios, Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shreds, Peanut Butter Chocolate Shreds and – our personal fave – Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes. We picked up a box on Sunday at our local Walmart and Iris couldn’t wait to jump up to try them on Monday morning. As a busy mom trying to get off to work, I’ll take all the help I can get. Especially if that means a happy kindergartner. :)

Find the new General Mills cereals at Walmart and, even better, use this back to school offer. Buy 5 items, scan your receipt with the Box Tops Bonus App and earn 50 Bonus Box Tops! Help earn cash for your kid’s school!

Girl Scout Cookies for Sale!

So it’s official – Iris is a DAISY in the Girl Scouts! She joined last fall and has been counting down the days until cookie time – and today is the day! We spent the morning at Cookie Palooza, where the Girl Scout cookie season was officially kicked off. She’s going to try to sell to our friends and family, but if anyone out there wants a Thin Mint or two, you can actually place an order online and it will go towards her goal! If you’re in Fayetteville though, send me a message or select that option online, as I’ll be helping her do some local deliveries as well. She is super stoked, so any orders will be SO appreciated. Click here to support her goal of 31 boxes (she decided that goal on her own)!

Top 5 Favorite Coziest Things

There are very few things in this world that I love more than being comfy. In fact, I do believe “being cozy” was on my Instagram bio for a while. Maybe even MySpace. And after 37 years, I’ve finally fine-tuned my cozy-status to near perfection. I get a lot of questions about what kind of bedding I use, so I thought why not make a post about it – but I couldn’t stop there. Here are my top five favorite cozy things:

L.L. Bean Wicked Good Slippers
These are by far one of my most favorite things I own. I received my first pair from Todd’s parents over 10 years ago and have been wearing them ever since. While they are very well-made, I’ve had to buy a new pair every few years, but that’s mostly because I wear them literally every single day around the house. One time I tried a pair of L.L. Bean slippers with a hard sole and they were just not the same. While good, you must go for this specific style for maximum coziness. They are even comfier than Uggs if you can believe it.

Brooklinen – Down Comforter & Luxe Duvet Cover
I’d been wanting nice bedding for some time and this summer, I finally took the plunge. After reading a million reviews and asking friends for their opinions, I decided to go with Brooklinen. Their tagline is “luxury bedding, underpriced” – but their idea of underpriced is different than mine (I’m totally used to shopping at Target or TJ Maxx for bedding). I decided to go for the Brooklinen All-Season Down Comforter, the Luxe Sateen Duvet Cover, and the matching sheet set. But if you go all-in like I did, you can save 25% by purchasing the sheets and cover as a bundle.

The comforter is light and fluffy, but still somehow has the perfect amount of weight to it. It is an investment, but comes with a lifetime warranty making it more than worth it in the long-run. I was in search of something that would make me feel like I was sleeping in a luxurious cloud and this comforter helped me achieve just that. But you’ll notice the sheets aren’t bolded above…

Pure Beech Sheets
While I do really like the Brooklinen sheets, I love my Pure Beech sheets from Bed, Bath, & Beyond. My hairdresser/friend told me about them just after I purchased the ones from Brooklinen. Wanting another nice set to swap out in-between washes, I found a 20% off coupon and decided to give them a whirl. Instantly they were my new fave. They are soft and silky, without feeling like satin. Does that even make sense? It’s almost like sleeping in butter. Okay, that’s still weird, but hopefully you get the picture.

Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Robe
For my birthday one of my best friends gave me a pair of Barefoot Dreams socks from a shop in Wilson, Arkansas called White’s Mercantile. They are the coziest slipper socks which I wear either in bed when my toes are freezing or in boots when I want to take the coziness with me. When she told me Barefoot Dreams makes robes too, I immediately ordered one. This robe is heavy, but in the best way possible. It feels like you are walking around in a big hug and the fabric is as soft and cozy as you can get. I have two other regular robes that I used to alternate between, but since I purchased this one I can’t even think about going back.

Ember Mug
This is very new to me, but I felt compelled to add it to this list. Todd gave me the Ember mug for Christmas and I’ve been using it for a few days now. Basically, it’s a coffee cup that’s smarter than I am – it forever keeps your coffee or tea at the perfect temperature. The cute little coaster is actually the charging station and you control the temp through your phone. The cup even knows when it’s empty so it can go to sleep. Overall, not only does this mug keep your drink warm – it regulates the temperature to your desired degree set using the app on your phone. No more back and forth trips to the microwave for me! Instead, I get to lay in my cozy bed with my robe and socks, sipping coffee that never gets cold.

So while I have my favorite things, there are still a couple items I have yet to discover:

Mattress topper – While I love my mattress (it’s a Serta Posterpedic hybrid of memory foam and springs we bought several years ago), I want it to feel even more like I’m sleeping on a cloud, without making the bed too hot. Any suggestions?

The perfect pillow – When I was pregnant with Iris I got used to sleeping with a ton of pillows. Six years later, and I still need at least three to sleep. All of our pillows are, yet again, from Target, and they lose their fluff fairly quickly. I need to know where the best pillows are.

The fluffiest towels – Last New Years Day I fought the crowds at the annual Dillard’s sale and scored some Noble Excellence towels for like 90% off. They were recommended by Todd’s step-mom, whose towels I have always loved when we stay at her house. A year later, they are holding up strong and are still super comfy and soft. But I’m left to wonder if there are any other great towels out there that I’m missing out on?

Please shoot me your favorite cozy things that I’m missing!

This post is NOT sponsored, but does include some affiliate links. xoxo