Wednesday, September 20

a little bit of news:)

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     Actually, it's pretty big news! haha We are so excited to finally share that we're expecting a new little fox sometime in early March! It feels so great to pass that on. This will be #6, holy cow:)

        We've decided to wait on the gender for a few more weeks, but that will be a fun day when we can share that as well! I was hoping to be rid of this crummy nausea when my second trimester started, but there's still no end in sight:( I've also given up on expecting any surge of energy to come since we already have five running around.haha

     It was so much fun telling the kids, and they haven't really stopped talking about 'mama's baby' and how fat my tummy is going to get!! haha. And the two older girls! They ask questions non-stop and love describing how much they're going to love and take care of the baby, and they've even started saying goodnight to my stomach.haha They were too young to really remember much of when I was pregnant with Evie and when she was born, so this is going to be an exciting and beautiful adventure for us all.

     Well, I'm sure I'll be sharing lots more details in the coming months, so I'll wrap this up for now! If you feel like watching the kids funny reaction when we told them the news, I shared the video on my YouTube channel here.

     Thank you all for the encouragement and support already expressed, we love you guys!

xoxo

Thursday, September 14

We Haven't Forgotten

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     Hey guys:) Well 9/11 came and went this year in such a different way than it ever has since 2001. Of course, there was the time spent pondering back to exactly where we were and what we were doing when we first heard/saw the news of the various attacks. There was also the usual flood of memorial posts on social media with beautiful artwork and quotes, etc, and as always there were many people expressing regret at how united our country used to be back right after we were targeted, and how we've lost most of that unity and brotherly love.
     The first and biggest reason it was so different this year is because of our favorite and most impacting experience from our little NYC visit last month: The 9/11 Memorial Plaza.
     Visiting there was one of our biggest goals for our trip, but it wasn't until a few days in that we were able to go. It just so happened to be raining lightly, and as we sat in the back of the uber headed to ground zero, the dark sky and raindrops down the windows felt really fitting for what we were about to see. Getting out of the car and taking Richards hand we quietly walked a block or so before reaching the two waterfall pools.
   
     It was really so amazing to stand there and take in all the details, the vast number of names, the white roses(a birthday tradition we learned), the symbolism of the massive empty holes in the ground, etc. It would have been extremely humbling at any time of course, but thinking back to the day the towers were hit and about the pain and heartbreak of the families who lost loved ones cut me so much deeper than it ever has before, because of my own incredible loss. Suddenly I could relate to the absolute anguish and grief in a whole new way, and it felt so heavy on my heart.
     Deciding to go through the Memorial Museum was actually a harder decision than either of us had been expecting, once again just because we were both feeling very affected and weren't sure how much more we could take. We decided to get the full experience while we had the opportunity, so we took the hour long guided tour through. It was so deeply intense and impacting, and I can't possibly go into enough detail about everything they have collected and preserved. 
     The majority of the museum is underground between the original twin towers, and tells the story of the event from the morning of September 11, 2001 through the perspective of those that were there. There are over 3,000 names and faces that are honored, and the use of video and audio tech used to share recounts and last words and messages of love is tragically beautiful. 
     Some of the most incredible artifacts to me were a set of stairs that were used by escapees, a mangled fire truck, and the last column that stayed standing after the buildings collapsed. People helping in the aftermath of the destruction started attaching mementos and photos in tribute to loved ones, and it was made into a memorial symbolizing strength for so many. 

     In wrapping up my 'quick' thoughts I suppose I just wanted to add that to all the people I mentioned above (that have always included myself) who feel like our country has since lost all the charity and unity that we gained right after 9/11, we still have so much of that if you just look around. This years anniversary just happened to come right after Hurricane Harvey hit and I saw SO many thousands of people reaching out to help in any way they could. Then Hurricane Irma came and the response was the same. All the wildfires in the West and the horrible devastation that is taking place all over this country and elsewhere is bringing out an urgency in so so many to do make a difference and show their support to strangers who need them. We haven't forgotten how to love one another when others need it most. At least not in my humble opinion:)

     I'd love to hear your thoughts, and if you've had a chance to visit the memorial plaza yourself?
Take care today dears,

Thursday, September 7

Fox on Box: The Zoe Report’s Fall Box of Style Revealed

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     Hey friends, thanks for stopping by! I don't know about you but as soon as September hits I love switching to Fall mode with all its incredible colors, scents, treats, etc, and so I thought it'd be the perfect time to share some new favorite Fall goodies! In case you missed it, I did a live unboxing on my Facebook Page yesterday of my first Box of Style by The Zoe Report, and it was so fun! You guys had some great questions about the different items, so I thought I'd share a closer look and give a more detailed review.
     For those of you that are new to Box of Style, it's a seasonal subscription box of luxury fashion and beauty items that are handpicked by Rachel Zoe, and collectively valued at over $400! Each product is packaged beautifully and delivered right to your door four times a year for only $99.99 per quarter. Sounds pretty great right? Now let me show you what I got inside the Fall Edition box!
      The first item that I curiously unwrapped was this beautiful dark navy Rachel Convertible Clutch from GiGi New York that I felt was literally handpicked for me! It has a convertible strap that allows you to use it as a cross-body purse or as a clutch, so it can easily be taken from day to night, and the size is small enough while still being practical for my everyday use. I could pair it with a simple blouse and jeans for running errands or with some heels and a sleek dress for going out to dinner. 

      The next thing I opened was the Pulse Gel Color lip and cheek balm from Nudestix. I instantly loved the smooth application as well as the shade, and I can definitely see tossing it in my purse as a quick alternative to having to carry a bunch of other products needed to do the same thing. Such a perfect color don't you think?!
     Fittingly, number three out of the box was a 3-step brightening + charcoal mask from Skinesque that I've actually been wanting to purchase for some time! The Fall is always the time when I like to give my skin extra love, after months of Summer sunshine and before the chilly winds of Winter, and this rich 3-in-one system is just what the doctor ordered. I can't wait to upgrade my skincare routine with this puppy.   

     Speaking of extra love, after the masks, I got to treat my hair to the Oribe Supershine light moisturizing cream.  I've never tried Oribe moisturizing cream before so I didn't know what to expect but whoa, you will NOT be disappointed here - it makes my hair feel so smooth and glossy without feeling greasy.  Oh and a total bonus - these hair and skincare items are made with natural, good-for-you ingredients and are totally paraben-free! Love that.
     Next up was something I wasn't expecting which is more of a beauty accessory. It's this simple and sleek gold catch-all tray from Odeme! I love that it's so modern and trendy but also so timeless and versatile, and I can see it going with every kind of decorating style. I put it on my dresser to hold some of my dainty jewelry, but I could see it holding a candle on the coffee table or car keys by the door or your favorite lipsticks on your bathroom counter. What would you use it for?
     There was another final item (or rather two items) that I'd actually been looking for awhile now but haven't been happy with what I was seeing out there, until now!! This delicate diamond ring duo from La Soula is so on trend right now, and is also so versatile in that they can be paired with any kind of outfit! You can get them in yellow gold and because they have an open style they can be easily adjusted for regular fit or as midi rings. I've been so obsessed with simple delicate jewelry lately, I may never take these off!

 
    So in wrapping up (or rather unwrapping up haha), I was so pleasantly impressed by the quality, elegant choices and the value of the items in my first Box of Style, and I felt that this $500+ collection of goodies was way worth the price tag ($99.99!), don't you think? Everything was from luxury brands that are so popular, but that amazingly enough, I can see all of these products fitting every type of style-savvy woman from classic to trendy. I already can't wait to see what comes in the Winter box!
     Don't forget to watch my Facebook Live HERE to see my first impression of the box, and if you want more information about the Box of Style, you can visit the website here! I can't recommend enough that you grab one of these boxes for yourself (or some of you suggested maybe as a thoughtful gift?), just don't forget to use the special code FOX20 for $20 off of your first box! (new subscriptions only)

Retail Value of each item in The Zoe Report Fall Box of Style (Cost $99.99 = Value $526)
Gigi New York - Rachel Convertible Clutch $195
La Soula Two Diamond Ring Set $175
Oribe Supershine Light Moisturizing Cream $52
Odeme Gold Catchall Tray $45
Skinesque 3-Step Brightening + Charcoal Mask $35
Nudestix Pulse Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm $24

     Thanks so much for visiting today, and I'd love to know which of these items is your favorite.  
     Take care Fox Family,

 Thank you to The Zoe Report for sponsoring this post. All opinions and photos are my own.

Tuesday, August 29

Ways to help with Hurricane Harvey relief

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     I can't stop thinking about the people in Texas, I haven't been able to for days. People are suffering so much, and there's no way to know when that will change. When I first heard the news of the flooding in Houston I thought it was just that: some flooding. I also heard that though it was originally supposed to be a hurricane, that it had been downgraded because the storm wasn't severe enough. Then Richard showed me a photo of the water levels reaching a traffic light at an intersection, and I was shocked to think about all of the incredible devastation that must be going on there. I started looking up articles about Houston and the gulf coast and different ways that our family could help, and just felt sick with heartache for all those affected. 

     We've seen the destruction from hurricanes before and we know that water damage takes years to recover from (if your home or business etc recover at all), but we can help! After seeing several friends asking online about ways they could contribute, I decided to share as many different ideas for helping as I could find. Because though it'll never feel like enough, even a small donation of funds or food or service, etc, can go a really long way towards supporting and sustaining all of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

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TO HELP WITH FUNDS

Global Giving has set up a relief fund that currently has over $650,000 in donations with a goal to reach 2 million. They provide food, clean water, gasoline, formula and diapers, hygiene products, and short-term shelter. They also have easy buttons on that page for sharing the fund to your facebook or twitter account.

- Direct Relief USA is accepting financial contributions to aid in offering prescription drugs and various other medical supplies to those in need. They work with clinics and primary care doctors

The American Red Cross has set up a very quick and simple donation page with all donations being tax deductible. 

- Catholic Charities USA is sending donated funds to support recovery efforts including direct assistance, rebuilding, and health care services. 

- The LDS Church is sending truckloads of bottled water, food, hygiene and cleanup kits, tools, and many other supplies. Anyone wishing to provide support in their efforts is encouraged to donate to their church humanitarian fund.

- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Fund has teams on site to offer help, and they are always accepting funds to help in their efforts. 

- Portlight provides relief specifically for people with disabilities, who require medical equipment and assistive technology have what they need as they evacuate. They accept donations via Paypal.

- Save the Children is accepting donations towards their efforts. They've already sent emergency responders to assist anyone in need.

The Salvation Army is accepting funds online, or you can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

- Samaritan's Purse has sent disaster relief units towards the effected areas and are accepting financial donations towards their efforts. 


TO HELP WITH CHILDREN

- The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio has been putting relief kits together for families with tiny little ones who need clean diapers. Since Diapers take up so much space in delivery trucks, most other organizations are choosing to deliver food over diapers, so the diaper bank is helping with that need.

The Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi withstood the storm quite well and is accepting donations now for a large portion of the affected areas. They're also gladly accepting donations of blood for anyone who lives in the area.


TO HELP WITH FOOD:

from The Houston Press: "If you want to give food, these food banks encourage you to consider staples: Pop-top (canned) meat and fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly. Cleaning supplies such as bleach and paper towels will also be accepted. In addition to donating at food bank facilities, local grocers may provide collection points for donations."

Houston Food Bank
832-369-9390   
houstonfoodbank.org

Galveston Food Bank
409-945-4232 
galvestoncountyfoodbank.org

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria) 
361-578-0591 
victoriafoodbank.org
Closed Friday

Corpus Christi Food Bank
361-887-6291
foodbankcc.com

Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont) 
409-839-8777 
setxfoodbank.org

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr) 
956-682-8101 
foodbankrgv.com

Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
979-779-3663 
bvfb.org

Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
512-282-2111
centraltexasfoodbank.org

San Antonio Food Bank
210-337-3663
safoodbank.org


TO HELP WITH SHELTER 

- Trusted World in Dallas is operating three different shelters for people that have been evacuated and displaced. They are needing donations of funds, supplies of all kinds, and volunteers to help sort out the items that are being donated.

- Many people who live close but have not been affected by Harvey are listing their homes on Airbnb for free for evacuees. Most of the available listings currently are in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, but if you live in another part of the state that has not experienced any flooding you might consider joining in this charitable effort.


TO HELP THE HOMELESS

- The Houston Coalition for the Homeless is accepting financial donations to help facilitate shelter for homeless people in the area. 


TO HELP ANIMALS

- The SPCA of Texas is taking in hundreds of animals that have been uprooted by the storm and separated from their owners. Many of them are also coming from shelters along the coast that aren't safe where they are now. They're accepting donations to help with the costs, or you could open your home and foster a displaced animal until it can be reunited with it's owner. 

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     This is by no means a complete list of ways to help, but I think it's a pretty good start:) Make sure that no matter which organization or site you donate to that you check before you donate to make sure you know where your money is going. The Center for International Disaster Information recommends using sites such as Give Well, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau to double check. 

     In addition, I keep seeing stores like Apple and Amazon etc advertising as giving large portions or 100% of their sales to help fund relief organizations, and many grocery stores such as Whole Foods and Walmart have pledged to match cash donations up to $1 million in total to the Red Cross for Hurrican Harvey Relief. So, if you're shopping around this week think about supporting businesses that are putting the victims first at this time. Also, I would love for you to link any shops or businesses below in the comments that you've noticed are doing that!

     Thank you so much for visiting today and for all the charitable efforts already going towards providing assistance in every way.
     
     Texas, we love you, we pray for you, and we stand by you.

xoxo