Friday, October 21, 2016

Five on Friday - The Bloggers Who Started It All

I’ve been blogging for a year and a half now, and I’ve met a lot of lovely ladies along the way.  The list of blogs that I read daily is longer than I could have ever imagined it would be, and I always enjoy pulling up a chair and following along… it’s like having coffee with a good friend each day! 

During my early years of blog reading, there were only a handful that I read each day.  These ladies who I have been following the longest have a way of drawing me in and making me feel like I’m right there at home with them, and I feel like I actually know them after all of these years… and I mean that in the least stalker-ish type of way!  Haha.  These are the ladies who inspired me to follow my dream and start a blogging journey of my own, and for that, I’m very grateful.

Jessica’s blog is the first blog that I ever stumbled upon.  I was never a blog reader until about five or six years ago, and hers was the very first one that I started reading regularly.  She is 100% relatable, she is brutally honest, and She. Is. Hysterical.  You will feel like you’ve known her forever.  Not to mention she has the best sense of fashion and excellent taste in home décor.  Her two oldest daughters, Harper and Eloise, are just a few months apart from Jacob and Olivia, so we tend to reach milestones around the same times, which is always fun since everyone is always looking for someone with whom they can relate. 

T W O – Mix and Match Mama

I could write a book about the love that I have for Shay.  She is just such a super, super lady and such a renaissance woman at that.  She’s a wife and mommy of four who creates the yummiest recipes (she even has her own cookbooks!), she runs her own travel agency, and she shares my same love for old standards music (Michael Buble, Steve Tyrell, Rod Stewart, Frank Sinatra)… pretty rare for people at our young age. 

She posts about her family, she posts about fashion, she posts about food, and she posts about life in general.  She is a godly woman who just seems to constantly radiate goodness.  She loves her friends like family, and she loves her family more than anything.  She and her husband recently adopted two little girls from China, and the way that she loves those babies like her own is nothing short of admirable.

I found Erika’s blog shortly after I started reading Shay’s blog since they are real life friends (lucky girls!), and she is just so entertaining!  She’s cute as a button, she has the most adorable kiddos, and she seems so genuine. 

I love her sense of style… I turn to her for all things fashion because her style is one that mirrors mine very closely.  I wish she and I could share a closet… I don’t think there’s a thing in her closet that I wouldn’t wear!  She and her family also recently moved into a new house, and I’ve really enjoyed following along with her decorating process.  Y’all know me… I love a good home tour!

F O U R – This Happy Life

Once upon a time, Lizzie was not a stay at home mom, and instead she worked full-time for the same company that I currently work for.  We were several hundred miles apart as she was at a different location that me, but she and I dealt with the same accounts so we had to email each other often.  We ended up bonding over certain events and eventually became friends, often emailing each other back and forth all day, none of it work-related.  Neither of us blogged at the time, but I remember the day she told me that she was thinking of starting a blog and I remember when she actually started it. 

Lizzie is my “fun things to do with kids” guru.  She is constantly posting the best crafts for kids, the best holiday activities for kids, and she is constantly out and about and doing so many fun things with her kids.  Her love for her three sweet babies is evident, and I love watching her do her mom thang!  

F I V E – A. Liz Adventures

April is a good southern gal like myself, so I feel like I relate to her in many ways.  She’s classy, she’s down to earth, and she always has some amazing ideas for recipes and entertaining.  Y’all know us southern girls are all about good southern hospitality! 

She is a mommy of two precious girls so she also gives the best recommendations for all things for the littles – clothes, products, you name it!  Not to mention she always loves to find a good bargain just like me!  All of the products, tips, and life hacks that she posts about has me constantly returning to her blog for more.  

I found Jennifer on Instagram a few years back, and I enjoyed following her on there so much that I immediately checked out her blog.  It was love at first sight!  She throws the best birthday parties for her two sweet babies, so if you are ever short of ideas, you can always turn to her blog.  She also has some great DIY ideas as well, and her craft room is drool-worthy. 

She currently hosts a fashion link up on Wednesdays with Taz and Belly, and she has such a cute sense of style.  She is also a Whole 30 guru, so for those of you looking for Whole 30 recipes or ideas, look no further!  I personally would love to try Whole 30, but I think I would have a hard time giving up the wine.  ;o)  I have to say, Jennifer has me seriously considering it, though.  The recipes she posts sound so good… she makes Whole 30 look easy!

S E V E N – House of Rose

Her house, you guys.  Her house!  I found Mandy’s blog via Pinterest because her gallery walls are out of this world!  Chances are, if you’ve ever browsed Pinterest for anything home related, then you have stumbled upon pictures of her dining room, living room, and kitchen.  Every inch of her house is decorated beautifully.  If you ever need ideas for decorating walls, Mandy is your girl!

She has recently refocused a lot of her attention to her marriage, so her blog reflects that as well.  She and her husband started a Marriage More series, and they do a lot of work together on there.  They are oh-so-cute together and their marriage is such a great example of what marriage is and should be!  They also recently adopted a baby girl – their first girl in a household of all boys – so it’s been exciting following along with them on their journey. 

Well, I guess you got a "Seven on Friday" today, but I just couldn't leave anyone out.  Such inspiring ladies, each and every one of them, and I’m forever thankful to each of them for helping me find and nurture my passion. 

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites,  September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for Oh Hey, Friday, Meet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday, and Our Pretty Little Girls for Rewind Friday!

*All pictures were used with permission.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Confessions {10.20.2016}

It’s time for another round of Thursday confessions!

I confess…

… that I’m so relieved that they moved This is Us to the 9 PM slot.  Now I can watch it in real time and not regret my decision the next day!  #OldLadiesRejoice

… that I am at the point where I’m just so disheartened at the current state of affairs of this election that I’m pretty much just trying to block it all out at this point.  It appears that everybody hates Donald and everybody hates Hillary, so shouldn’t we all just band together and vote for the third guy?  #IDontEvenKnowAnythingAboutHim

… that we are approaching the last episode of Friday Night Lights and I am not ready for it to be over yet.  I want to take it slowly and savor it, but I also want to watch it during every spare second that we have, so I’m sure we’ll be done with it in the next few days.  #Withdrawals #CoachTaylorForever

… that I bought that Coach Taylor Forever tee that I showed y’all last week, and I plan on rocking it often.  #WhoCaresThatHesOldEnoughToBeMyDad #TimRigginsWho!

… that I’m seriously considering watching Bloodline on Netflix just so I don’t have to give up watching him.  Does anybody watch that?  Is it any good?

… that I’m currently trying to wear Brian down to watch Gilmore Girls with me.  Somebody, please tell him that it is a show for dudes, too!  #EvenThoughItsProbablyNot

… that sometimes I don’t feel like having to wash any dishes at work, so I use a paper cup for my tea instead of a mug. #Lazy

… that I cringe every time I look at my sweet baby’s face that is currently marred with two black eyes.  It hurts my heart to see him like that, even though he’s totally fine and hasn’t been in any pain for a while.  I love him so much it hurts sometimes.

… that after several days without a voice, I’m so thankful to have it back (for the most part)!  You never realize just how much you use it until it’s gone.  #NonStop

Happy Thursday, friends!  

*Linking up with Sparkles and Lattes for Confessional Thursday and Home of Malones for Thoughts for Thursday.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Fall Fashion Must-Haves for Minis

I’ve always loved fashion, and once we had kids my love went into overdrive.  Having these two little nuggets to dress is pretty much the best thing ever.  I actually love the fact that they outgrow everything so quickly because that means – more clothes!  More shoes!  More cute little things that I get to shop for!  I’m sure Brian will disagree 100%, but never mind him.  ;o)

Since the season is officially transitioning from summer to winter, I thought that I’d share a few things that we I picked up for our babies for the upcoming chilly weather… if we ever actually get any, that is.  <eyeroll>


I always told B that it was going to be T-R-O-U-B-L-E if we had a little girl, and I was right.  I get just as excited about buying clothes for Olivia as I do for myself these days.  Everything is just so darn stylish for little girls right now and I often find myself wishing that I could find some of her clothes in my size.  My favorite places to shop for little girls are Old Navy, Carter’s, Target, and GAP. 

Old Navy is seriously killing it this season, and I think that about 80% of Olivia’s fall wardrobe is from there.  And if you’re looking for the perfect skinny jeans for toddler girls, look no further than GAP.  Last year Olivia lived in her GAP skinnies, and we have already made it to our local store to load up for this year as well. 

Here are a few of my favorite things that are currently sitting in her closet just waiting to be worn…


Jacob wears uniforms to school five days a week now, so that doesn’t leave but two days a week that he actually gets to wear what I want he wants.  Therefore, aside from navy pants and red or white polo shirts, we buy a lot less for him now than we used to.  It is a little bit of a bummer.  Because of the fact that he wears uniforms and because the weather still hasn’t changed here, I haven’t picked up much for him for the upcoming season, but here are a few things that I have my eye on…

Come on cold weather!  We’re ready for you!!  

*Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I What I Wore, Life in the Green House and Taz and Belly for Wardrobe WednesdaySydney Fashion Hunter for Fresh Fashion Forum, Pumps & Push Ups for Oh, Hey Girl! Link-Up, The Mummy ChroniclesTucker UpShopping My Closet for Style Me Wednesday, Classy Yet Trendy for Trendy Wednesday Link-Up, The Blended Blog and Jessi's Design and Going the Distance for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Few Things Y'all May Not Know About Me... Quirks

Today I’m linking up with Andrea to share some of my quirks.  I figured it would be a good way for you guys to really get to know me… to get deep down into my psyche… Haha, just kidding.  Y’all don’t wanna be in here!  And since you can’t (and probably don’t want to), then I thought that I would just share a few of my weird “things.”

Y’all, go ahead and settle in because you’re in for a treat.  ;o)

+ I shave my legs every single day of the year.  Every. Single. Day.  I can’t stand stubble or obviously anything longer, so I literally shave every day.  There have been several times recently where I’ve had to skip a day and it totally freaks me out.  I really need to look into getting lasered.  Think about all of the money and time I would save!

+ I will not eat anything on a bone.  It grosses me out terribly.  Give me processed chicken fingers over fresh fried chicken any day!

+ I have to eat M&Ms in twos.  And I have to eat two of the same color each time.  I’m aware that the different colors are not different flavors, so it really doesn’t matter, but it matters to me.  #OCD

+ And speaking of doing things in twos, if I do more than one exclamation mark after a sentence, I have to do them in either twos or fours.  Same with emojis – if I send more than one, then I always sent them in twos or fours.  You’ll never see three exclamation marks or three emojis from me… go ahead, I’ll wait right here while you go check all of your old texts/comments/emails/messages from me… trust me, you won’t find any in threes… I’ve been doing this for years.

+ Whenever I interact with cash, all of the bills must be facing the same way and the largest bills must be on the top.  I was a bank teller for a couple of years while I was in college, so I used to handle a lot of money.  And you can bet that every single bill was facing the same direction… and all of the little guys on the bills had to face me.  :o)

+ I don’t like any of my food touching on my plate… and Jacob has also inherited this from me.  Just the other day he put his taco on the table because he would have rather had it there than brushing up against his beans or his tortilla chips on his plate.   

+ When I sit in a restaurant (or pretty much any room for that matter), I like to face the majority of the room… and I also like to face the door if possible.  Please don’t ever make me face a wall… I will go insane.

+ I also like to sit smack in the middle of a table as well.  I like to have the same amount of people on each side of me for the symmetry.  If I don’t have that, I feel unbalanced.  I’ve learned to get used to it since we had kids because we’re often stuck down at the end of a table since we have to sit in a spot convenient for a high chair. 

+ I only drink milk if it’s ice cold… and I literally put ice cubes in it to get it that way.  It grosses me out if it’s anything less than ice cold.  And I only drink it if it’s accompanied with sweets. 

+ I refuse to drink beer in a can.  It just doesn’t taste good.  I’ll take it in a bottle, or you can pour it out of the can and into a glass for me, but in a can?  No thank you.

+ And speaking of canned drinks, as far as Coke, Root Beer, and all other sodas go, I like them the best in the can.  And don’t put ice in them… I hate when carbonated beverages get watered down!

+ I am a germaphob and I have Wet Ones Antibacterial hand wipes everywhere – in my car, on my desk at work, in my purse, in the kids’ diaper bag – and I use them constantly.  After I pump gas, I will not touch anything in my car until I have thoroughly wiped down my hands.  And then I wipe down my steering wheel and all other things inside the car that get touched daily – the door handle, the A/C knob, the volume and presets, the gear shifter… everything.  I wipe my hands and phone down every time we go to a restaurant, but I always wait until after the waitress/waiter has picked up the menus from the table... I don’t even want to think about the germs that are on those things.  Yuck.  I even wipe my hands before communion at church because I’m worried about the germs that I may have picked up from shaking everyone’s hands just prior.  I have a problem.

So do you think I’m a weirdo yet?  I could keep going, but I’ll stop now while I’m ahead…  Am I even still ahead?   

What are some of your quirks? 


*Linking up with Momfessionals for Show and Tell Tuesday, Our Pretty Little Girls for Tuesday Talk


Monday, October 17, 2016

Pumpkin Patch Weekend

Friday started off a bit on the wrong foot, so I was afraid that this weekend was going to turn out to be a disaster, but we ended up having a great time.

After work Friday, B met me at the car dealership to drop off my car as they finally have the parts in for my recalled passenger airbag!  Hallelujah!  The plan was to swing by the vet and pick up Maui and then swing by Carrabba’s to pick up some take out, but we got held up at the vet FOR-EH-VURRRR.  Long story short, we had to start using a new vet, and this was our first time at this new place.  Apparently when your pet goes in for their annual check-up and they call you to say that you can come pick them up, you can’t just come, pay, and pick them up. 

You have to wait 30 minutes in the waiting room until an exam room opens, and then you have to wait again for the veterinarian to come in and talk to you.  Then you still have to pay and then you have to wait again for them to bring your pet out to you.  What should have been a five minute wait turned into a forty-five minute wait, and when you have hangry kids waiting in the car, that’s just not acceptable.  Needless to say, I’m not sure that we will ever be going back there again. 

Anyway, by the time I got back out to the car, the kids were about ready to kill each other because they’d been stuck in an unmoving car for 45 minutes at that point.  We hightailed it over to Carrabba’s to pick up something for dinner, and on the way there B got a call from work saying that they needed him to do something, so he unexpectedly spent the rest of the evening on and off of his laptop and on conference calls.  Ugh. 

On top of everything else, B had finally succumbed to a minor sore throat and runny nose, and after a couple of days of having some gunk in my throat I started feeling my throat close up as all of the gunk (and swelling) was moving to my voice box again.  Just like five months ago when I had something that seemed similar to croup.  Sure enough, Friday evening I could barely talk and then Friday night I didn’t sleep well as my breathing was labored due to my throat being constricted.  Fortunately I had some leftover Prednisone from last time, and I was able to take a dose of that Saturday to open everything up.

So like I said, not off to a good start!

Saturday morning we had already planned to go to the pumpkin patch, and since I didn’t feel bad – so weird, I still had no voice but had no sore throat, no runny nose, nothing else – we decided to go ahead and go through with our plans.  And boy are we glad that we did! 

We swung by Starbs so I could get something warm (and pumpkiny) for my throat, and then we took the kids to get donuts before heading out.

The pumpkin patch that we went to this year was one that we had never been to, and this one did not disappoint.  There were plenty of things for the kids to climb on – tractors, tire swings, big pumpkins, and there was a hay maze, as well as some animals for the kids to see – pigs, goats, cows, and chickens.  The kids loved the hay maze more than anything else!

We picked up some tickets for the hay ride out to the pumpkin patch, and Olivia loved every second of the hay ride.  She was cheesing the entire time!  Each of them picked out little pumpkins for their bedrooms and then we headed back.

Saturday afternoon was spent watching Georgia lose (sigh.) and icing Jacob’s head (it is still swollen, y’all!).  We decided to skip church this weekend just in case any of us were contagious, so we picked up some Cracker Barrel veggies and biscuits for a quiet dinner at home, followed by some bubble blowing and watching the sunset on our back porch. 

B and I got the kids down for bed early, and then we had time to watch three episodes of Friday Night Lights.  My PJs and a big mug of herbal tea and local honey accompanied me as I was still nursing that throat that was still not allowing me to talk.  So weird.  And side note, it is nearly impossible to parent two young children when you have no voice.  #TheMoreYouKnow

Sunday we awoke to the sound of rain pitter pattering on the roof, and we stayed in bed until almost 9… even though the kiddos had awakened us around 7. 

We spent the morning eating leftover donuts and watching Halloween movies.  Thanks to all of you who gave me suggestions for kid-friendly Halloween movies the other evening on Instagram.  We watched the Curious George Halloween special this morning and Jacob loved it.  We’re probably going to be hearing about no-noggin’ for a long time to come.  Haha.

The rain cleared up mid-morning and left behind a nice cool, cloudy day.  Perfect for some time on the playground and a nature walk. 

We finished the weekend off at my parents’ house with some White Chicken Chili and wine, and it was the perfect end to a weekend that turned out to be pretty great despite the way it started.

Happy Monday!

*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.