Friday, November 27, 2015


Happy {Black} Friday, y'all! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We definitely did; we enjoyed time in Louisiana with my Mom's side of the family. As always, I ate way too much, but that's what leggings are for, right? {But seriously.} 

I put our Christmas cards in the mail today! Since it's officially after Thanksgiving, let the wild rumpus start. ;) 

This year, I used Brown Paper Studios on Etsy for a custom card, and I was so pleased with Sarah's work! I have used her in the past for our very first Christmas card, as well as a baby shower invitation, but never a custom card. Sarah worked with me until the design was exactly as I wanted it, and she was so professional and courteous. Not only that, she was fast! I finalized my order last Monday and I had the cards on my doorstep by Wednesday afternoon. Talk about service! 

I had Sarah print the cards for us, as well as print our return address labels on the envelopes for me. Because, you know, toddler and pregnant? Ha! 

Front of card 

Back of card

Return address labels 

All ready to be mailed! 

And yes, I'm not wearing my wedding ring. It was too early in the morning when I took this picture! Ha! 

Walker is now sleeping in his "big tid bed," as he says! I'm not going to lie, the first day he started taking naps in there was rough. After multiple attempts at me going in there to soothe him, lay down with him, pat him and sing to him, he just was not having it. So, I diverted back to my old Baby Wise days and just let him cry it out. After nearly an hour, he finally fell asleep like this: 

Poor sweet baby. But he did it! He napped! And we're officially in the "big tid bed." Granted, he's been waking up at 6 a.m. getting out of his bed and trying to get out of his room {ugh}. Anyone have any tips to help him stay in bed? We put one of these on his interior door handle, which helps keep him in his room, but what about his actual bed? I was thinking about getting one of these; anyone have experience with it?

Confession time: I'm not doing much to change the nursery if this baby is a girl. If it's a boy, it will stay exactly the same. I purchased the bedding from the gender-neutral section of Carousel Designs two years ago, so if it's a girl, I'll add in some creams and a few pink accents, but I'm not going to break the bank. #poorsecondchild 

I know it sounds awful, but I just can't justify completely redoing a nursery…especially when I know I'll be breaking the bank on dresses, bows and girly clothes if this baby is a girl! 

Here's Walker's nursery before he was born and before a few final touches were added to the shelf above his bed. Look how clean and organized it was! 

Just a funny Walkerism I don't want to forget: 

The other day, I sneezed. Walker looked at me for a second, and then said, "Uh-oh! Mommy nose cough!" 

He didn't know the word "sneeze," so he used what words he did know to tell me, in his own little words, that I sneezed. I love how their minds work! 

I confess: I gave up on "Blood and Oil." It was a little too cheesy for my liking. But I'm still loving "Quantico!" Are any of y'all still watching either? 

Linking up with:

April + the Five on Friday girls 

Amy and Karli

Andrea + the Friday Favorites girls 

Katie and the High Five for Friday girls

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Walker's Big-Boy Room

When we found out I was pregnant, we knew we had to use the nursery again in just eight short months. We weren't about to spring for another crib, and since Walker was toying with climbing out of his crib, we knew it was time for a big-boy room. 

We moved Walker to the room next door to his, which was previously the guest room. We sold the furniture we had in there on Craigslist, did a little cleaning, had the closet built out and got to work. 

My original plan was to have two twin beds in this space, but the way the {tiny} room is laid out just wouldn't allow for it. In addition, we don't live in a very big house, so this room doubles as Walker's play room. All of that to say, we have a pretty cramped little room, but it's precious nonetheless! 

We moved Walker last week because we wanted him to have plenty of time to adjust before the baby got here. The last thing I wanted was to be up in the middle of the night with a baby and a toddler, so we got Walker super pumped about his room while we were in the process of fixing it up for him. We'd say, "Wow! Look at this big-boy room! It's all yours!" and "This big-boy bed is just like Mommy and Daddy's. You're such a big boy now!" "This big-boy room is so cool! It's way cooler than the old room!" Things like that to get him excited about his new space and not care about his old room one bit. 

So, with all of that said, here's a peek into Walker's big-boy room, minus an accent pillow for his bed that I've had to literally pull teeth getting it delivered from a seller on Etsy {yikes}: 

Room Sources
Headboard: HomeGoods {clearance} 
Duvet & Sham: Pottery Barn Kids
Dust Ruffle: Pottery Barn Kids
Accent Pillow: Etsy
Curtains: Home Depot {Painter's Drop Cloths} 
Airplane Prints: Pinterest {Free Printable} 
All Frames: Target 
Suspended Airplane: HomeGoods 
Airplane Basket: HomeGoods
Wicker Basket: HomeGoods 
Car Play Mat: Home Depot 
Tee-Pee Tent: RH Baby & Child
"W" Wall D├ęcor: HomeGrown  
Phonetic Alphabet Print: Etsy 
Bedside Table: Vintage
Lamp: HomeGoods
Globe: HomeGoods 
Baskets in Closet: Target
"Stuff" Basket in Closet: HomeGoods

If you have any questions about any of the items in the picture, leave me a comment and I'll be happy to help! :)

Linking up with Jessi and Jen 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Recent Beauty Busts

I love to read other bloggers' posts about beauty products they've tried and loved, and tried and loved not-so-much. {You can find some of my favorites right here!} 

Recently, I purchased a few items that I wished I had read about a little more first before biting the bullet. Some things I deviated from my originals and kicked myself for, and some things I just wasn't impressed with. 

Here are my recent beauty busts: 

{1} L'Oreal Volume Filler Shampoo and Conditioner
I decided to try something new and give my OGX Thick & Full Shampoo and Conditioner a break. Bad move. I don't feel like the L'Oreal shampoo and/or conditioner do any sort of thickening or volumizing in the least. My hair feels a lot flatter, and since I have fine, thin hair, I can't really handle that! When this is out, I'm definitely returning to my OGX; it made my hair look and feel thicker and was much easier to manage.

{2} Clean & Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub
Another thing I tried to deviate away from was my tried-and-true St. Ives Apricot Scrub (Blemish Control). I wasn't a fan of the microbeads {and I know a lot of states in the U.S. and countries are banning microbeads} and I don't feel like this was as much of a "scrub" as it was a "wash." I'm definitely going back to my St. Ives scrub, as it feels more like an actual scrub and I can definitely tell a difference in the smoothness of my skin when I use the St. Ives vs. the Clean & Clear. 

{3} Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks
This was recommended to me and I'm not a fan at all. Since I shower in the morning, this is too thick for me to use in the mornings -- it was so super greasy and I didn't feel like it ever sunk into my skin -- and the smell made me gag. I just threw it away. I used regular Vitamin E oil and lotion on my belly, back, hips and butt when I was pregnant with Walker, but I'd love to hear if any of y'all have any tried-and-true products for stretch marks! 

{4} GlamGlow ThirstyCleanse Daily Hydrating Cleanser
This is a mud-to-foam mask, and while I felt like it was hydrating, I couldn't get past the mud-to-foam aspect. And, it doesn't smell good in the least. To be quite honest, I haven't been very impressed with GlamGlow products, and I've tried quite a few! In regard to a mask, I'll definitely stick with my Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay. {It works wonders!}

{5} Shick Intuition Razor
I purchased one of these after seeing my sister's, and sadly, it's just not for me. I don't feel like I get as close of a shave as I do with my Venus razor, and I feel like the built-in soap cartridge runs out very quickly. {Like in a matter of days quickly.} And, the cartridges aren't cheap! I think I'll just stick with my Venus razor, thank you very much! {Although this razor would be a good option for a pre-teen who is learning to shave, as I don't feel like I nicked myself around my knees as much with this razor!} 

What about you? Any beauty busts for you recently?

Monday, November 23, 2015


Happy Monday, and Happy Thanksgiving Week! We had a super relaxing weekend, which was much-needed before the hustle and bustle of the holiday season begins later this week. 

Linking up with Biana and Meghan today for "Weekending"

Walker slept all night in his big-boy room! Granted, I was up all night checking on him and had to go lay with him around midnight, but he did it! So of course that called for donning some fun sunnies Brandon brought back with him from Las Vegas. {Oh yeah, did I mention Brandon was in Las Vegas last week? Sadly, it was for work and he was at the convention center the majority of the time, but Vegas nonetheless! #jealous} 

We met up with my sweet friend Ashley and her daughter Caroline at a local park to let the kids play; ran a few errands; and got lunch at Chick-fil-A. Walker and I both started to feel under the weather with a cold, so we laid low for the remainder of the day. 

I made a super yummy dinner, then I called it a really early night because I wasn't feeling well at all. Being pregnant and being sick really is not fun. 

Brandon let me sleep in a little bit and made pancakes for breakfast. We had a really relaxing morning watching College GameDay all bundled up by the Christmas tree and our first fire of the season! {I get a little giddy seeing a fourth stocking hung up this year!}

We ran a few errands and came back home to take naps and watch college football on TV. I made another yummy dinner, and we watched our Baylor Bears beat those Oklahoma State Cowboys on the road with our third string quarterback!!! SIC 'EM!!! 

We went to church and heard an awesome sermon from our pastor, then came home for lunch, naps and football. Walker took a three-hour nap, and we actually had to wake him up! While he napped, Brandon and I napped on the couch watching the Cowboys' victory {finally!}. 

I made this super easy Crock Pot supper, got some things done around the house, and we were complete bums for the remainder of the evening. It was perfect! 

I hope y'all had wonderful weekends, too! I can't wait to read about them. Happy Thanksgiving Week! 

Friday, November 20, 2015


Happy Friday, y'all! 

Walker and I went to The Galleria on Tuesday to do a little Christmas shopping, and let me tell you, nothing will get you in the Christmas spirit like that giant Christmas tree in the middle of the ice skating rink! 

The little man kept saying, "Tree, Mommy?" and would just stand there and stare at it. I love seeing the magic and wonder of this season through his eyes. It truly makes me feel like a kid again with all of the anticipation, wonder and awe. I guarantee you I'm going to have a hard time sleeping on Christmas Eve, too! Ha! 

I finally became a Sephora VIB! I know it sounds cheesy, but I'm really excited about being able to shop their sales first and try some new products out. 

Speaking of new products from Sephora, I recently purchased Bliss' FatGirlSleep Overnight Cream on a whim. I must say, I'm really impressed! It was on sale for $28.50 {down from $38}, and I wondered if there was something wrong with it. But no! It's awesome. It comes in a really big tub {6 oz.}, and not only does it smell clean, I really do feel like it works wonders on my skin's troubled spots. 

Totally not a review and I wasn't compensated for that, I just love it so much I wanted to give a shout-out! 

During Nordstrom's annual anniversary sale this summer, I purchased this tunic shirt {in white} that came highly recommended from other bloggers. I love it and seriously wear it at least once a week…especially since I'm in that stage of pregnancy where people who don't know I'm pregnant think I am either just a chunk or drink too many beers at night. Moving on! It's a great tunic because it's long enough to wear with leggings if you're just running errands and wrangling a toddler, but you can also dress it up with skinny jeans. I've also worn it to church with my favorite black cigarette pants and Tory Burch wedges. 

Anyway, as I was strolling through The Galleria on Tuesday, I noticed the blue was marked down to $28 and some change. It's not on Nordstrom's website anymore, but stop by and see if the blue is in your local store. For $28, I couldn't beat that…and it will look so cute this spring {and will be great at hiding post-baby weight}! 

I promise to do a full post next week about Baby #2, but in the meantime, I need some advice from you mamas out there. I'm right at 13.5 weeks with this baby, and I'm having major insomnia. Literally to the point of sleeping three hours a night {not consecutively} and being exhausted all day, but then I can't sleep when I lay down to take a nap while Walker is napping. 

I never had this when I was pregnant with Walker during any trimester {probably because I was so ridiculously sick all day, every day that I was absolutely exhausted at night}, and I just don't know what to do. I've tried taking Unisom, but even that doesn't seem to help, and neither does the Diclegis my OB prescribed me for my nausea, which also doubles as a sleep aid. Did any of y'all suffer from this?

So can you help a lady out? I'm so worn out, but this whole not-sleeping-and-chasing-after-a-toddler-all-day thing has got to stop. 

Thank you in advance!!

Linking up with: 

April + the Five on Friday girls

Amy and Karli 

Andrea + the Friday Favorites girls 

Katie + the High Five for Friday girls

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday: Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers

Christmas is a mere five weeks away! Eeeeeek! I truly can't believe it. 

Since the kids will be out of school for the semester in what will feel like in the blink of an eye, today I'm sharing with you some Christmas gift ideas for teachers…because Lord knows those sweet teachers work long and hard hours to educate our children, whether they're in day care or high school! Let's get shopping! 

one || two || three || four 

five || six || seven || eight 

Stay tuned for more gift ideas for other people in your life each Thursday leading up to Christmas! Check out my gift ideas for toddlers here and for men here. I'll be back the first Thursday in December sharing what I think are the hardest people to shop for: women! 

Linking up with Annie and Natalie for "Thoughts for Thursday"