Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday!

Happy Friday, y'all! We have a busy weekend ahead with not one but two birthday parties, Walker's soccer and hopefully a nap for all of us {fingers crossed on that one!}. 


Here's what I'm loving this week: 

-ONE-
Good customer service makes such a difference and goes such a long way with me. I had two instances of good customer service recently: with J.Crew and Walmart. 

The first, I had ordered this dress from J.Crew, but when I tried it on, realized I needed a smaller size {all the praise hands for that!}, but then remembered I had thrown the receipt and all the packaging away when I got it. I called J.Crew a couple of weeks later, and not only did they expedite the shipping on the size smaller dress, they emailed me a copy of my receipt and a printable UPS label to send the other back, and since it was a higher price now than when I originally purchased it, they honored the lower price. So thanks for that, J.Crew! And y'all, the dress is precious on! I can't wait to wear it on Easter Sunday!



The second, I had ordered my groceries from Walmart Online Grocery like I do every week, only to get home and realize they had left out about six items and by my mistake, I'd ordered the wrong type of aftershave balm for Brandon. So, I gave them a call and explained the situation. They immediately refunded me the money for the items I didn't receive from them, as well as the wrong type of aftershave balm; had me come back up to get my six items {that I wasn't charged for}; and while I was there, gave me a $15 gift card for my troubles; and then emailed me a $10 off promotion code to use on my next online grocery order. I was really pleased with their extra efforts to make it right!

And if you've never tried Walmart Online Grocery, seriously y'all, it's the best! I used to be a "Never Walmart" girl, but I can't resist people doing my shopping for me, loading it into my car for free, and the lower prices. It's a win-win all around! {Click here for $10 off your first online order!} 

-TWO-
Does anyone have a good spring-y lip gloss they would recommend? I'm in need of something lighter in both the coverage and color department for spring/summer. Brand and price don't matter; just hit me up with what y'all have! ;) 


-THREE-
The Champagne Supernova posted a link to this article recently and I was just dying laughing reading it: "8 Things You Think You'll Do With an Hour of Free Time vs. What You Actually Do." Y'all, I was rolling. You have to read it. #momlife for sure! 


-FOUR-
I'm turning 30 in exactly two weeks. Ummm, what?! How did that happen?! Although I must say, I'm actually excited about another decade. My 20's were good, but I have a feeling my 30's are going to be great. I'll have some fun birthday-related posts in the next two weeks to celebrate because, duh, it's birthday month around here! ;) 

And aren't these balloons just the cutest?!


-FIVE-
I'm still chugging along with diffusing essential oils in my house, and I even got a little hippie {for me} and rubbed some Thieves on the bottoms of our feet last weekend when we started to feel a little icky. Before Lent started, I ordered Ylang Ylang and can't wait to diffuse it this spring. {I also ordered Joy and Rosemary, too.} And we're still loving our diffuser


Linking up with April, Amanda, Amy, Andrea and Katie 
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Life Lately

Happy Thursday, y'all! A good ol' "Life Lately" post for y'all today. Here's a bit about what we've been up to: 

+ Dentist Appointments

Both Walker and I recently had dentist appointments, and while his was awesome, mine was less than. I'm still planning to get Invisalign next year to fix my crooked front teeth, but I'm still nervous about it since I'm actually missing a lateral and would have to go with a "dummy" tooth for a few months. I know it's all vanity, but still. Sigh. 



+ Enjoying awesome spring-like weather
In Texas, we have about a month and a half of "spring" before our temperatures turn to summer from about May-September, so we try to get out and enjoy our cool evenings with low humidity as much as we can. One of our favorite parks in the area also has restaurants in walking distance, so we've been hitting those up. Drinks on the patio while the kids play? Yes, please! 




+ Rodeo Day
Walker's little "school" recently had Rodeo Day, and it was just the cutest thing ever. We are so thankful for his preschool and will definitely miss it this summer! ;) 


+ Trying new foods
Knox is definitely my great eater, and that boy loves him some blueberries. And can we please talk about those eyelashes?!


+ Enjoying 
We had an Oklahoma Redbud Tree planted outside our kitchen window last year, and it's blooming beautifully! I love looking out of my window and seeing this gorgeous tree blooming! Spring has sprung! 


+ Play dates with friends
We were on Spring Break last week and had lots of fun play dates with our friends: The Galleria, The Tubes, a local park, a fun indoor play place, lunch with Brandon, and more! 






+ Cuddles with my boys
So beyond thankful for them each and every day and can't believe these precious souls call me "Mommy." 






So, while definitely not the most exciting, there's a bit of our real life over here! :) 


Linking up with Annie, Natalie and Julie 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: My Favorite Easter Basket Books

Y'all, I can't believe it's less than a month until Easter! Without sounding too cliché, where did the time go?! Wasn't it just New Year's Day?! Yikes! 

Anyway, y'all probably know by now that we {read: I} like to do holidays pretty big around here. I want my boys to look back when they're older and remember that Mommy tried to make the day special and fun -- or so I hope! 


Every year, we give our boys an Easter basket filled with goodies, but I also like to fill it with one or two holiday-themed books, which then get put out in a basket in the living room leading up to each holiday. It's fun to grow their collection! 


Here are some of my favorite books for the Easter Bunny to bring this Easter: 



one || two || three || four 

five || six || seven || eight 

nine || ten || eleven || twelve 



Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

Monday, March 20, 2017

Weekending

Happy first day of spring, y'all! So finally my favorite season is finally, officially here. 

We had a wonderful weekend full of no plans {which turned out to be heavenly} and one of those weekends where I would just smile because it was just good: family time, sunny days and utter contentment. I'm so thankful for my people and I'm definitely missing those 2.5 lovely little days today! 


Here's what we were up to: 

+ FRIDAY: 
We had a fun little St. Patrick's Day! It was our first day of the week with absolutely nothing on the agenda and we relished just hanging around the house. 

Walker got green milk with his breakfast {regular milk with a few drops of green food coloring}; I dressed them in their best green ensembles {thank goodness we're Baylor Bears and one of our school colors is green!}; Walker and I did a little craft; we ran a few errands and picked up a shamrock-shaped sugar cookie from our local little bakery on the way home. 





We had leftovers for supper, and Brandon and I watched "Allied" when the boys were in bed. It was...meh. Good, but I was hoping it would be better. 

+ SATURDAY: 
Walker had his very first soccer experience! He was super into it at first, but after about 20 minutes said, "Okay, guys, I'm done!" Ha! But he did do really well and we were very impressed with the organization. We can't wait to see more of the cat-herding that will happen each week. ;) 



The clouds broke Saturday morning and we decided it was high time to get our garden ready for spring. We went to our local mom-and-pop nursery {always a favorite!} and got lots of flowers and plants to make our backyard look pretty. A little butterfly landed on some flowers while Brandon and I were deciding and Walker was just enamored with it. 



...but then our boys were just over it, so we headed home. 


They had fun playing peek-a-boo while we got things unloaded and Brandon got things planted, and it made my heart melt. I love these sweet brothers! 


It was high time for me to renew my library card, so I went while the boys were napping and Brandon was watching March Madness. It was so fabulous to wander the rows and rows of books alone! I chose this book that I've been wanting to read for years, and I'd highly recommend the two books I just finished: "The Magnolia Story" and "Come Home." 


The weather was so lovely, so Brandon took the boys out for a walk around the neighborhood so I could get supper ready. We joked that Knox was in his "chariot," but in true toddler fashion, Walker didn't want to ride with his brother and instead pulled his old tricycle out and followed them. ;) 


I made this for supper and we both fell asleep on the couch while watching "Dateline" {we're real party animals, let me tell you!}. 

+ SUNDAY:
We went to church, which was great! Then, we came home and spent as much time outside as we could. I'm telling you, if you ever want to visit Texas, come in late March/early April. I think it's our prettiest, best-weather time of the year. 

Knox has been making the funniest "little old man" faces lately and it absolutely cracks us up! He was content to just sit on our little mini trampoline with Brandon and watch the airplanes, while Walker "helped" me pull weeds. 



We all took Sunday afternoon naps, which were heavenly. Truthfully, one of my favorite things in the world is a sunny Sunday spent at church and falling asleep with the sun shining into my bedroom. It's the little things. ;) After our fabulous naps, we dropped some stuff off at my in-law's, then came home in time for the Baylor basketball game. 

I made homemade breakfast tacos for supper, which were great! I was kind of in a dinner rut and didn't feel like cooking a full meal, but didn't want to eat leftovers, and nothing out sounded good. So breakfast tacos it was: just corn tortillas, scrambled eggs, cheese, refried black beans, sour cream, salsa and avocado, sprinkled with a little Tony's. {Such a great little addition to breakfast tacos -- try it!} 


I hope y'all have fabulous weeks! 

Linking up with Biana 
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Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday!

Happy Friday, and Happy St. Patrick's Day! Are you wearing your green today so you don't get pinched?! 

Here's what I'm loving this week: 


-ONE-

Leopard is totally a neutral, right? My grandmother got me these Sam Edelman sandals for Christmas, and I've been wearing them on repeat with everything -- and I do mean everything -- thus far this spring, seeing as how it's been in the 70's here already. {And I'm not complaining!} They're so comfortable and versatile, and bonus: they come in a myriad of colors and patterns. Love them! 



-TWO-
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty much over getting rid of bath toys due to the gross mold that gets in them, getting new ones, and then repeating every six months. No matter how much I try to squeeze the water out of them, they still get moldy and I definitely don't want my kids munching on those {Knox} and squeezing them everywhere {Walker}. So when I saw this bath toy on Amazon, I knew the Easter Bunny would need to tuck this in Walker's Easter basket for he and his brother to share. Do any of y'all have this? Thoughts? 



-THREE-
A side dish that's on repeat around here lately is this Italian Summer Pasta Salad. I could eat it alone, but Brandon always requests it as a side to some sort of meat, but y'all, I could eat this dish all day, errr day. 



-FOUR-
Our family beach vacation is officially booked for this summer! We're so excited to take the boys to Destin for their first beach trip. So, if anyone has any Destin recommendations {restaurants, kid-friendly activities, etc.}, please let me know! :)

Maybe it's because I'm from the South, but I truly love the Gulf Coast! Orange Beach {picture below from our trip there in 2009} is one of my favorite places, but we decided on a very kid-friendly resort in Destin for the boys' first trip. Wish us luck! 




-FIVE-
Okay, can we please talk about The Bachelor? Yes, I still watch the train wreck that is that show! [Avert your eyes if you've yet to watch the season finale and/or the After the Final Rose special.]

But for real, Nick drove me nuts this season. I'm not sure if it was the way he ended every sentence like it was a question, his lack of opening his mouth fully when he talked, or his wannabe hipster wardrobe at age 35, but either way, it was just a total blah season. I really liked Vanessa from the beginning {but wasn't a fan of her on the last episode and the ATFR} and totally called her winning. 

The way they brought her out alone on the ATFR special {usually they bring her out to him sitting on the couch}; the way they talked about fighting so much; and their overall uninteresting in each other on that finale special was cringe-worthy! I mean, mad props to them for admitting the real world isn't all sunshine and roses {too much with the roses comment?! ;) } but they just seemed about as interested in each other as I am with my worst enemy. So, there's my two cents on that subject.


Linking up with: April, Amanda, Amy, Andrea and Katie 
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: My Favorite Walmart Finds

I shared with y'all last week my favorite Target finds, and I thought today I'd go to the other big-box retailer, Walmart, and share with y'all some of my favorite items from there! 

If you don't already know, I'm definitely not one of those bloggers who's going to shill a $150 top and call it "affordable." That's just not me, that's not how I shop and I'm a sucker for a great deal. #justkeepingitreal 


So, when I stumbled across the "Whoa, Wait, Walmart?!" Instagram account the other day, it got me thinking -- and got me in the store to find some cute pieces on the cheap. Walmart can get a bad rap, but I was able to find some cute things that I wasn't expecting to find there! 


Here are some of my favorites: 




+ Big Buddha Pom Lace-Up Sandals {here

+ Women's Pom Pom Tassel High-Waist Shorts {here


+ Big Buddha Fringe-Toe Sandals {here


+ Lyss Loo Wait and See Off-the-Shoulder Dress {here


+ Faded Glory French Terry Striped Dress {here


+ Mupoo Chiffon Off-the-Shoulder Halter Neck Long Sleeve Shirt {here


Whoa, Wait, Walmart Hi-Lo Slip Dress {here




Linking up with Annie, Natalie and Julie 
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: My Favorite Books for Construction-Loving Boys

I was talking with a sweet friend last week about our construction-loving boys and their favorite construction-themed books, because y'all know Walker is pretty obsessed with anything and everything construction, as evidenced by his 3rd birthday party and the fact that he requests to drive up to our church to see the constriction happening there on the regular. ;) 

So many of these books I can -- and do -- recite in my sleep! They're all so cute and just the perfect gift for the construction-loving boy in your life, and all make fabulous birthday gifts! 

Here are some of Walker's favorites: 






Honorable Mentions: 


Linking up with Jessi and Jenn