Monday, October 24, 2016


We had a fun-filled weekend full of spending time with family! I'm bummed Monday is already here; don't the weekend days just seem to fly by?! I need another day between Saturday and Sunday. ;) 

-FRIDAY we...

+ Met my friend Stacy and her kiddos Silas and Marlee at a local park. It was an absolutely gorgeous fall day, and we were excited to spend some time outdoors with our sweet friends! 

+ Had a lazy afternoon and evening, which was welcomed after a crazy week! Brandon brought home some barbeque and some yummy sides from Babe's, and we feasted on that for supper. 

+ Started Season 1 of "24," which is so ridiculously addicting!  


+ Went to my niece, Ellie Kate's, third birthday fiesta! We had fun celebrating the sweet birthday girl, and the weather was absolutely perfect to have the party outside on my sister- and brother-in-law's back patio. 

This is the same picture, a little over two years apart: Walker on the left and Knox on the right. Apparently their Aunt Becca just tastes so good! ;)

+ Had my in-law's over spontaneously after the party for supper. I made these easy, yummy homemade Sloppy Joe's and they were a hit!

Walker working with Mimi to circle his Christmas list in the Toys 'R' Us catalog

-SUNDAY we...

+ Had a lazy morning before church watching "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" {again}. Loved seeing these three boys cuddled up together! 

+ Went to church, came home and had leftovers for lunch, and Brandon and "Walker" mowed the backyard. 

+ Watched some football on TV and got a lot of things done around the house: laundry, dishes, cleaning and meal prep. 

+ Made this for supper and called it an early night to ensure we were ready to tackle this week head-on! 

Linking up with Biana

Friday, October 21, 2016


Happy Friday! I'm limping across the finish line this week, but we are here and that's something to celebrate! 

Did y'all catch my guide to Waco on Wednesday? It's a city that's near and dear to my heart and I was so happy to share some insight to it with you. If you missed it, go take a peek!

I can't believe Halloween is just a little over a week away! Walker's little school has been getting them in the spirit there, with each week a different Halloween/fall theme: pumpkins, spiders, orange, etc. We've been getting in the spirit at home, too, and yesterday I introduced him to the greatness that is "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!" To say he's in love with it would be an understatement. It's just not Halloween to me without this sweet show!

My favorite new show? "This is Us." Seriously, y'all. ALL THE FEELS. I am crying one minute and laughing the next. It's the new "Parenthood" and basically I am obsessed and can't get enough.

I have raved on and on about Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo...but I totally cheated on it the other day and found a new love: Aquage Dry Shampoo Style Extending Spray. It smells absolutely heavenly {as all Aquage products do} and the best part? It's clear! No white residue. I'm not sure if I can go back to Living Proof after this...eeek! And bonus? It's cheaper!

Did y'all see the news that "Ladies of London" season three is premiering on Bravo on Nov. 29?! I love, love, love this show and can't wait to watch it this winter. From the sneak peek video, it looks like it's going to be quite the interesting season!

Linking up with: April, Andrea, Amy, Amanda and Katie

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: My Guide to Waco

Having grown up going to Waco during football season {back before Baylor was even remotely good and winning was a rarity}, and then attending Baylor for undergrad, I have spent a lot of time in Waco, Texas. I have always loved that little town and would gladly move back there in a heartbeat! To us, Waco was always "Waco" -- that stop halfway between Dallas/Fort Worth and it makes us giggle a bit to see that people from all over the world are migrating to Waco these days, thanks mostly in part to the fab duo of Chip and Joanna Gaines! {Chip and JoJo truly are a great couple and the things they've done for both the Waco and Texas economies are outstanding!}

So with the recent flocking to my old stomping grounds, I've had a few people ask me, "So what should we do in Waco {besides the Silos}?" I'm so glad you asked! Here are our favorites:


+ Magnolia Market at the Silos 
601 Webster, Waco, Texas 
Of course, you can't come to Waco without stopping off at the city's newest, biggest attraction! Visit the Market, play on the lawn, get a bite from one of the food trucks on location, or grab a cupcake from the newly-opened bakery. It gets really crowded on the weekends {especially during Baylor's Homecoming Weekend}, so if you can go on a week day, it will be much less crazy. 

+ Baylor University
Having gone to college here, I personally think it's one of the most beautiful campuses in the South! It was chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and is the oldest continually-operating university in the state. It's so gorgeous to just walk around and see the beauty that is Baylor; some campus highlights include Fountain Mall, Pat Neff Hall, the Bear Habitat {with real-live bears, our mascot}, the new McLean Stadium and Riverwalk, the Armstrong Browning Library, and the beautiful Baylor Sciences Building. If you have prospective students with you, contact Baylor about setting up a campus tour; click here for more information.  

If you're in the area on a Saturday during football season, a home game at McLean is not to be missed. Sailgating...need I say more?! And of course, we always enjoyed a beautiful spring day at Baylor Ballpark taking in a Baylor baseball game. During basketball season, try to get tickets to a Baylor basketball game at the Ferrell Center. 

+ Cameron Park Zoo
1701 N. 4th Street, Waco 
I've always thought that Cameron Park Zoo was such an unassuming little zoo! It's the perfect small size for kids {and adults} to not get overwhelmed, and if you go in the summer {or basically anytime it's hot in Texas, which is often!}, they even have a little splash area -- so bring a change of clothes!

+ Cameron Park 
2601 Sturgis Road, Waco 
A 416-acre park, Cameron Park will make you forget you're in the middle of a city! Its winding roads, views of the Brazos from tall limestone cliffs and myriad of things to do is a highlight of Waco. Pack a picnic, play disc golf, hike up to Lovers Leap, take the kids to the Cameron Park Splash Pad, or walk or bike along the tree-lined trails. 

+ Spice Village
213 Mary Avenue, Waco 
I spent many an hour {and dollars} in Spice when I was in college! A collection of shops located in a converted warehouse in downtown Waco, Spice has practically everything you're looking for from designer clothing to furniture to Baylor gear to accessories to baby garb. You won't want to miss this fun little gem! 

+ Museums 
Waco has a ton of museums, which always surprised me for the size of the city! Whether the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame & Museum {100 Texas Ranger Trail, Waco}, the Mayborn Museum Complex and its awesome children's area {1300 S. University Parks Drive}, Texas Sports Hall of Fame {1108 S. University Parks Drive} or the Dr Pepper Museum {300 S. 5th Street, Waco}, there's a museum for everyone.

+ Waco Suspension Bridge 
Doris Miller Park, Waco 
This bridge, opened in 1870, is a Waco institution! Many a photo has been snapped here before a fraternity or sorority dance function, and you have to do what the locals {and college students} do: throw tortillas down to feed the birds and the fish. Don't ask me why; it's just what you do! ;)  

+ Balcones Distilling 
225 S. 11th Street, Waco  
According to my husband, this is the best single-malt whiskey around! Stop in for a taste in their new facility.

+ Waco Downtown Farmers Market
400 S. University Parks Drive, Waco 
Open every Saturday from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and Tuesdays from 3-7 p.m. from April-July and September-November, this place and its locally grown produce doesn't disappoint. Put the kids in the stroller, the dog on a leash and wander the market! There is lots of food for sale and some cute little activities for the kiddos. 

No chain restaurants on this list; Waco has some of the best local food to offer in my opinion!

+ Vitek's  
1600 Speight Avenue, Waco 
Two words: Gut Pak. Trust me. I promise you, it's worth whatever wait in line there is. Vitek's and the Gut Pak are a Waco must-have. 

+ George's 
1925 Speight Avenue, Waco 
Another Waco institution so famous Pat Green wrote a song about it. My favorites are their chicken fried steak, fried pickles, Bear Bites and of course, the famous Big O. You're welcome. 

+ Health Camp 
2601 Circle Road, Waco
Located on Waco's famous traffic circle, Health Camp is absolutely delicious. They've been in their same tiny little joint since 1949 and is worth the wait! My favorites include the Health Burger, onion rings and chocolate malt. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! 

+ Dubl-R Burgers
1810 Herring Avenue, Waco 
Many a lazy afternoon was spent at Dubl-R! It's a bit hard to find and not in the best area of town, but it's worth getting lost for. I adore their greasy cheeseburger and fries, and the folks who work there are second to none. 

+ Kitok
1815 N. 8th Street, Waco 
For an uncommon stop, visit Kitok, a Korean-American restaurant that's popular with locals and Baylor students alike. Try the oriental fries and the Pho and I promise you won't leave disappointed. 

+ Baris 
904 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco
Not a fancy Italian place by any means, but cheap, delicious and good. Ask for their famous "pink sauce" on anything and your tummy will be pleased. 

+ Poppa Rollo's Pizza
703 N. Valley Mills Drive, Waco 
This place has been making pizza since 1969, and you can tell. A quirky interior, I personally love to dive into their Rollo's Special. 

+ Schmaltz's Sandwich Shoppe
105 S. 5th Street, Waco 
One of my favorite sandwich shops, hands down! It's a tie between their basic cheese sandwich {I know, I know, but trust me on this one} and their Schmaltz's Special. Yum!  

+ DiamondBack's 
217 Mary Avenue, Waco 
For a fancy evening out, this Texas-style steakhouse is perfect. It's expensive, but when you taste the food, you'll know why. I love their onion ring tower, bleu cheese-crusted filet and basically every single one of their side dishes. 

+ Heritage Creamery 
1125 S. 8th Street, Waco   
I haven't personally been here {yet}, but my family has and I've heard great things! They're an independently owned and locally operated ice cream shop and I've heard their ice cream is absolutely delicious! 

+ Lolita's Restaurante 
1911 Franklin Avenue, Waco
This authentic taqueria, where they speak mostly Spanish and sell delicious pasteles, is not to be missed. Their breakfast tacos -- which are served all day long -- cured many a hangover in college. {Not that I'm speaking from experience or anything...} My favorite is their potato, egg and cheese on a corn tortilla with their delicious homemade salsa. They're closed on Mondays, but open at 6 a.m. Tuesday-Friday, 7 a.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday; they close at 2 p.m. each day. This isn't a fancy establishment, but the charm {and breakfast tacos} always kept me coming back for more.

+ Common Grounds
1123 S. 8th Street, Waco 
Stop off at this Baylor favorite on your way out of town. It's so quirky and fun, and we even took some of our engagement photos there! Our favorites include the always-trusty Cowboy Coffee and Frozen Snickers.

(C) DHP Studio

Brandon and I met in Waco and it's a city near and dear to my heart. I hope you enjoy the city when you visit, and eat all of the yummy food for me! 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

Monday, October 17, 2016


Happy Monday! We had a fun weekend spent with our little family, and I'm linking up with Biana to share a bit about it.

-FRIDAY we...

+ Spent a rainy, yucky day inside all. day. long. It was fun to spend a lazy day with the boys, but I was definitely ready for a glass of wine by 5 p.m.! ;)

Walker decided to "feed" his stuffed animals in my bed. ;)

+ Had this cute chipmunk-cheeked boy join us at the table for supper! {And don't worry: he was buckled in and the food in front of him was Walker's that he thought his brother needed to "try." We haven't started solid foods yet. Just had to put the disclaimers out there! ;) } 

+ Watched the Amanda Knox documentary on Netflix after the boys went to bed and I think I'm just as confused as I was before I ever watched! 

-SATURDAY we... 

+ Hit up our local farmer's market for the very first time! It was absolutely packed, but it was fun to wander through the stalls and see all of the locally-grown Texas produce, cheese, meat, etc. I came home with two bars of handmade soap -- Tea Tree and Eucalyptus scents. I'm loving them so far!  

+ Watched Baylor beat Kansas during the Homecoming game. We were so sad to miss Baylor Homecoming this year, but are looking forward to taking both boys next year for their first time! 

+ Took advantage of a warm, windy day and got out Walker's kite to fly after naps. He had so much fun and was so amazed.

This is him telling me "thank you" for the kite-flying experience. Love him!

+ Had ice cream sundaes and watched our latest "Dateline" episode after the boys went to bed. {Clearly our only time to watch anything these days!} 

-SUNDAY we...

+ Had a very slow morning, after which we took Walker to a local mall to let him ride the carousel. That boy LOVES him a carousel!  

+ Then, Brandon let him wander through an arcade they have there and he had a ball. I'm pretty sure he touched every button and spent about 10 seconds at each arcade game before moving on to the next. He kept asking us to go back to "the button place." Ha! 

+ Watched the Cowboys vs. Green Bay win! Go Cowboys! 

+ Ate this super easy, yummy meal for supper, and then cuddled up to watch "Killing Reagan" when the boys were down.  

All in all, it was a relaxing, fun little weekend spent together and while we are sad for Monday, we're already looking forward to a full week!  

Friday, October 14, 2016


Happy Friday! I don't know where on Earth this week went, but I'm thrilled the weekend is here! 

I purchased this dress for my sweet friend Laura's rehearsal dinner next month, and I'm just in love! I'm beginning to wonder if J. Crew can do any wrong.  

I recently read somewhere that Vaseline helps your eyelashes grow in length, as well as add fullness. Never one to turn down any fun, I decided to try it out. I wash my face at night and then use my index finger and thumb to gently put some regular ol' Vaseline on my eyelashes. {But be careful because it's not fun when it gets in your eyes!} Then I go to sleep, and wash my face in the shower when I wake up -- and use a gentle eye makeup remover pad on them before I put on makeup. If I know I'm not going to wear makeup during the day, I'll also put the Vaseline on after my morning shower.

So far, I'm noticing that my eyelashes are much fuller when I put on mascara. I'll keep you updated. ;) 

Brandon and I are excited to sit down and watch "Killing Reagan" on Sunday night on NatGeo. {Does this officially make us old?}  

I love to share the wealth when I find a good product that actually works, so y'all, these personalized labels are awesome! I bought them on Etsy to label W's lunchbox container, water bottle and lunchbox, and I have been so pleased! They're dishwasher safe and don't fade or come off after being in the dishwasher or being hand washed. {These would also make great baby bottle labels for day care, MDO, the nursery, etc.} I have used sweetgrass prints more than once and I plan to use her again. 

Not sponsored, I truly just love this product! 

One of Walker's favorite activities this week was the blanket fort I built him on our dining room table. I removed all the stuff from the table, pushed back the chairs and threw blankets over the table and he has sat in that thing for ours upon end: playing cars and trucks, "reading" with his flashlight, laying on a pillow and playing with his LEGO train. He kept saying, "Mommy! I love this fort! Thank you!" Precious, precious! 

So lesson learned for me this week: never underestimate the value of {and peace that comes with} a simple blanket fort!

Linking up with: April, Andrea, Amy, Amanda and Katie

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday: Currently

Happy Thursday! I thought I'd link up with Annie and Natalie today to share a little bit about what I'm currently up to. 

Currently I'm...

+ Watching  
All the fall TV! I'm so glad it's back. Our current favorites are our old standbys of "Modern Family" and "Dateline," but we're also loving "This is Us," "Designated Survivor," "Dancing with the Stars," RHONJ, and I'm so looking forward to Netflix's "The Crown," which is coming out next month!  

+ Reading 
After a brief hiatus, I'm finally on the last few chapters of "For the Love" and will finally, finally start on "Come Home." It takes me forever to finish a book these days!

+ Listening to 
I've been really enjoying our pastor's three-part sermon series on Race, Politics & Faith. Sunday nights are hard for us to make it to, so we listen to it on podcast the next day. It's been so comforting during this crazy brutal election season, and I'm so thankful for a church that is willing to delve into the tough stuff and not be afraid to step on some toes. If you'd like to listen, please email me and I'd be happy to send you a link. 

I've also been listening to this song on repeat lately. I'm obsessed!

+ Eating 
I finally reached my pre-pregnancy weight and I'm so excited about that! I now only have five pounds left to go to be at the weight I was when we got married. I know it's not about the number, but after two babies, sometimes seeing that desired number on the scale is really exciting. ;) 

That said, I haven't been as great as I was about eating the Paleo and/or Whole 30 diet. Maybe it's because it's fall and all I want are warm, filling foods, but lately my favorites have been: banana bread, chicken zucchini casserole, and my aunt's spaghetti pie.

+ Buying 
I was a sucker and bought a few things at Old Navy for myself the other day, but I've been sucked in by Smocked Auctions yet again and couldn't resist these cute shirts for the boys for Christmas. They have to have something cute and festive to wear when they sit on Santa's lap, right?! 

+ Preparing
...for a really busy next few weeks/weekends. As always, October and November are pretty crazy around here and I'm trying to just mentally prepare. Our sweet Knox is being dedicated at church next month, and we'll have our families over for lunch afterward, so I'm just trying to already get my house in some semblance of an order. I mean, I pretty much feel like all I do all day long is pick up after my kids anyway, so what's new?! ;) 

+ Wishing 
The cool weather would just stay here in North Texas. We had a beautiful weekend with cool, fall-like temperatures, but it's supposed to get up into the 90's here this week. What the what?! I am also wishing this election would hurry up and get here -- and be over with already. It's a lose-lose situation so I'm just ready to have it behind us and ready for 2020 to give us a new pool of {hopefully good and normal} candidates. #sorrybutitisthetruth 

And finally...

+ Obsessed with  
This shampoo // this brow duo // this brush //  these bottles for Knox // this book for Walker

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: My Favorite Toddler Learning Activities (Revisited)

I wrote a post about this earlier this year {here}, but I wanted to update it with some new, fun stuff we have been using lately to learn at home. 

Like I mentioned in my post earlier this year, playing and learning go hand-in-hand. One of my favorite quotes is from good ol' Mr. Rogers: "Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood."

Children learn so much from pretend play (with baby dolls, Matchbox Cars, dress-up clothes), fun outings (like the zoo, aquarium, children's museum, etc.) and simple things like coloring and puzzles. But I also like to keep a bevy of educational activities on hand for Walker that are fun -- and that he doesn't realize he's learning from. 

Walker goes to school twice a week, so it's important to me to hear from the teachers what he's learning there so I can reinforce it at home. If I know they're learning about the color orange and the square shape, I'll try to put more emphasis on those two things that week, whether with orange Play-Dough or using our trusty shapes puzzle. I'm definitely not the best at it, but I try! 

With all of that said, here are some of my new favorite toddler learning activities (and Walker's, too!): 

one || two || three

four || five || six 

seven || eight || nine 

These activities are definitely not just for those kiddos and mamas who are at home, either! These are great learning tools for every mama and her little one(s) to learn from, play with and bond over. :) 

What are some of y'all's favorite learning activities for your little one(s)?
Linking up with Jenn and Jessi