Thursday, June 14, 2018

Old Time Photo Number 5

Earlier this month we took a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains. We are always finding something new and interesting to do while there. While browsing Groupon, which you can sign up HERE for free, we came across a Groupon for an old time photo and I had to snag the deal. 

At Old Time Photo Number 5 of Pigeon Forge you will find a variety of backgrounds and costumes to please any of your family. I have to say we were blown away at all the options and we enjoyed that they are all historically accurate. They really go out of their way to make your experience as authentic as possible, right down to the etched framing you can get with your photos.

We had a unique need during our session. Our oldest daughter has Aspergers and Sensory processing disorder, as a result some textures and clothing can be hard for her to wear. Our photographer, Stephanie, went right to work helping ease worry. She was so lovely and professional with our daughter, she picked her out a very nice cowgirl/gunslinger outfit (dresses are just not our Lilly Rose's favorite). Having someone understand your child has a unique need and go out of their way to accommodate that need, really speaks volumes of the customer service of Stephanie and everyone at Old Time Photo Number 5.

Lilly Rose

For myself and our youngest daughter Emma Kay, who is my little fashionista, we were very excited to be turned into Southern belles, complete with all the accessories. She was just itching to have her photo taken in front of the piano, Stephanie did such a wonderful job on all our creative poses.

 Emma Kay

Our photographer made sure that we all had individual poses, poses as a family (which at the moment my computer is on the fritz, otherwise, I would have loaded those), and couple photos. There are a number of filters that can be done to your photos as well and your photographer will walk you through this at the end of your session. They will also go over their packages with you to find the one that best fits your needs. I highly suggest, as we did, the package that includes the DVD with rights to your photos. You can copy off as many as you would like and any size that you would like (which Walgreens is having a free 8x10 special for Father's Day, just use code PRINT8X10 at check out).

Check us out! This was back in Barry's gambling days.

All in all, we absolutely loved our session! It was so much fun to see us all dressed up as gunslingers and Southern belles. The great part is we have photos for the memories and they make wonderful gift for the grandparents. 

Call Old Time Photo Number 5 of Pigeon Forge today to schedule your session at 865-365-1550. 
You can also find them on Facebook HERE or their website HERE. Let them know the gunslinging McCords sent you!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Affordable Silk flower arrangement from Silk Plants Direct, brought to you by CSI Wall Panels

Today's blog is brought to you by the good people at CSI Wall Panels. If you are in the market for new architectural panels in wall, wood veneers, tiles, felts, acoustics, or ceilings, you will absolutely love their site! The best part of CSI Wall Panels is their customer service,  they are here to listen to you as a customer, your desires for your space, and help you make that dream a reality by working together.

You can order a catalog or take a look at the advantage of using CSI Wall Panels by visiting

I would love to give a big thank you to them for providing me this lovely silk flower swag from Silk Plants Direct at

I really love silk flower arrangements. The variations are endless and can be found to go with any decor you may have. It really brings a bit of nature, color, and a focal point into a room. One of the great perks of adding silk flower arrangements to your decor is that they can literally last for years! They are easy to dust and keep clean, as well.

I was able to pick this beautiful swag arrangement from Silk Plants Direct, thanks to our good friends at CSI Wall Panels. I was very impressed when it arrived this past week, with fast shipping. The metal, of the swag itself, is very sturdy and a lovely dark color. I think the color went very well with the color of the flowers used in the arrangement. The flowers are made of silk and very lifelike.

This swag is the perfect accent piece to our dining room, as it is decorated in a mix of sunflowers with blue willow prints. I look forward to enjoying the freshness and pop of color it adds, as we enjoy our family meals together or entertaining company. I'm also happy for how little upkeep this decor piece will require in my daily cleaning routine.

*Information on swag*
You can find this swag at Silk Plants Direct  at this link

Sku is: C2394S
Measurements27" x 12" x 4"

Friday, March 23, 2018

Funny Emoji Slippers Review.

This was such a fun review for the girls! This past week we reviewed these adorable and fun Fandian emoji fuzzy slippers. If your children are a fan of any of the emojis, they will absolutely love these slippers and love wearing them around the house.

My girls are a size 3 and size 8.5, both were able to fit these slippers comfortably. They are very well stuffed, very fluffy, and the bottoms are very soft, no cardboard type filling here! When you order online you can pick from a few different emoji designs.

If you are still having cold afternoons you will love these fuzzy and warm emoji slippers. These would make great birthday, holiday, or just because gifts. They are just so much fun and comfortable to wear.

Some of the benefits of Fandian slippers:

  • They are unisex.
  • Come in a variety of emojis.
  • Indoor friendly.
  • Very warm and fuzzy for the winter months.
  • They mold really well and stretch for a variety of shoe sizes.
  • They would make great birthday or a gift to cheer someone up.
  • They are fun and a great conversation icebreaker. 
  • These slippers are extremely affordable and can  be purchased with Amazon Prime, for free shipping.

For more information you can visit here :

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Bitor Exfoliating Foot Peel

I have been reviewing the Exfoliating foot peel by Bitor, in an attempt to get ready for flip flop season. When you open the package you have two sealed booties that are filled with a lightly scented lavender solution. You simply trim off the tops of the booties, place over your feet, and attach the included stickers for a comfortable fit. While the scent wasn't overwhelming, I did find the time needed to wear the booties (60-90 minutes) a bit time consuming. During this time it's suggested not to walk around and you're pretty much stationary. If you are movie watcher I think this would be great, but I found it difficult to sit that long with two children and a nightly routine. After using the foot peel, I found my feet to be very smooth on the bottom. I am a few days out and my feet have only peeled around the toe area. I found this product as an exfoliating foot peel to be a bit disappointing, but very impressed as a moisturizer. For information visit here:

Monday, March 19, 2018

Unicorn Cake Topper Set.

This year Emma Kay has been wanting to have an unicorn themed party. She turns 9 in August and she is already planning.

I was very excited when I was able to review a few unicorn themed party kits. So, if you are looking to save a little money on a birthday cake, this unicorn party set will do just that. This set includes 6 beautiful cupcake toppers (with pretty rose accents and made out of heavy quality paper), 1 golden horn, 2 white/golden ears, and 2 eye lashes.

I am planning to apply the cake topper to a white cake with white frosting. I then will add a few edible flowers on top. I think this will make for one gorgeous unicorn cake and much more budget friendly than any professionally made cake. The cupcakes with glittery unicorn toppers will also make great accents against the main birthday cake.

Did I also mention the cake topper set is washable and reusable! You can pass it on to another party or even use it again, if you having a couple of unicorn fans in your household.

This kit is only 9.99 and more information can be found here:

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Feltbo Felt Board Review.

My last review of the day is this wooden felt letter board set from Feltbo. I am definitely giving this item a 5 out of 5 stars! This is such a fun decor piece to go in your home. You can customize it for any occasion and it comes with an easel, for easy placement anywhere in your home.

My only complaint is that it attracts pet hair like crazy, but that's to be expected with felt and a lent roller could probably solve that.

This board comes with 300 letters and can be used for so many things, from family bulletin boards to even homeschooling. Right now it's residing in my oldest daughter's room and soon we will move it to the living room as a family bulletin board. I even think it would make a great menu in the kitchen, as some of my chalk markers have not worked out. I have even viewed a few photos on Instagram for people using them for monthly update photos of their little ones, which is a really great way to document memories and at an affordable cost.

You can learn more about this item here:

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Reuse and repurpose

Over the years from coupons, giveaways I win, and yard sales I've built a little smell good selection for free or little out of pocket cost (BBW will send you coupons for free mini sprays and lotion). I feel like some scents get overlooked and forgotten, so I've been wanting a tray for the dresser. Thanks to all the frugal ladies that I watch/follow and inspire me, I avoided temptation last night! I found a beautiful gold mirrored tray at Burlington for 11.00, but kept hearing "Save that money! You can repurpose something!" I remembered a kitchen tray I tucked back, that I paid about .50 for at a thrift store. Repurposed it for the lotions and sprays, saved 10.50 and did not dip into our misc.budget. It also encouraged me to declutter and remind me of just how many of these items go to waste when unused, free or cheap it's still wasteful.