Friday, March 22, 2019

Friday Favorites: JORD Wood Watch Giveaway, Etsy Shop Discount + More!

Hey friends! Hope everyone has had a great week. I have a giveaway and a coupon code in this post for y'all, so keep on reading for that goodness! :) 

A precious blog reader, Ashley, sent me these adorable mason jars + the faux flowers to decorate my home for spring. She has an Etsy shop, ATZ Home Design, and is offering y'all a 10% off coupon for anything in her shop! Just use the code BRITTANY10 (good until May 31, 2019)

I absolutely loved getting my house spring ready with these mason jars and flowers! Thank you, Ashley! 

I was so excited when JORD reached out to me about their beautiful wood watches! If you haven't yet heard of JORD, they are the creators of unique, hand-crafted, all-natural wood watches -- and they are gorgeous!

They sent me the Frankie, which is dark sandalwood with an emerald face (with sapphire crystal glass), and I absolutely love it! It's so lightweight (but doesn't look that way at all) and is just beautiful! I have worn it this week and received so many compliments on it. And in fact, I personally think it could be worn by a guy, too. JORD watches make great gifts for any girl (hello, Mother's Day!) and guy (hello, Father's Day!) on your list; the options to choose from are endless. And they also offer watch engraving for an additional cost. 

The process to measure my wrist was so simple; I just printed out their handy ruler and measured my wrist size in centimeters, and the watch arrived perfectly sized to fit me. Included in the box it arrived in was a cloth to clean the watch and wood preserver oil to ensure the watch is always looking as beautiful as the day it arrived to me. 

JORD has been so kind to host a giveaway for y'all! You can enter it HERE. But it doesn't stop there: they will send everyone who enters the giveaway a 10% off discount code, while one lucky winner will receive a discount code for $100 off of a JORD watch! 

*I partnered with JORD for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

We have been trying to be a little better about what we're eating with swimsuit season quickly approaching, so our recipes lately have been healthy (well, most of them, anyway), yet delicious. 

Here are some recent favorites: 

+ SkinnyTaste's Dijon-Maple Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash
This is not only easy, but delicious. I could eat the sauce with a spoon! Even the boys enjoy this dish and it tastes even better heated up for leftovers the next day. 

+ Low Carb Crustless Taco Pie 
This is actually a Keto recipe, but we all love it so much! It's so easy to put together and again, my boys love it! We serve each portion with some guacamole, sour cream and salsa. It's delicious! 

+ Salmon Croquettes 
I don't have a recipe for these exactly, as I melded Natalie's recipe with a family recipe to add some flavor. I don't normally fry things, but these were 100% worth my house, hair and clothes smelling like fried food. So yummy and Brandon took a couple to work for leftovers for days!

+ Almond Flour Banana Muffins 
We loved these this week! In fact, I made 12 on Sunday evening and by Wednesday morning, these puppies were gone! The boys love them and I love that they're pretty healthy (made with almond flour, bananas and sugar-free chocolate chips), but still a nice treat. 

A few recent Amazon favorites: 

+ Cactaki Water Bottle

I struggle with drinking enough water throughout the day, and this handy BPA-free water bottle has time markers to remind me when it's time to chug. It's 32 oz. and you fill it up once a day for a full 64 oz. of water a day. (And trust me, I can tell that I'm drinking much more water this week! I've been back and forth to the restroom and my skin is already looking better!)  

+ Hold.ME Three-Ways Hairspray

My hairstylist used this on me when I had my hair done a couple of weeks ago, and I loved it so much that I purchased it on Amazon on the drive home. It smells SO amazing and holds my hair without being too stiff or tacky. But the cool thing about it is that it has three levels of hold: light, medium and high, and you simply choose which level you want by twisting the nozzle. So cool! 

+ Beauty For Real Lip Revival Sugar Lip Scrub (Orange Spice)

My lips were just generally dry and I wanted something to exfoliate them and ensure my lipstick goes on a bit smoother, so I found this one on Amazon and not only does it work, but it smells delicious! I use it about once or twice a week (as needed) and it makes my lips so soft and smooth. 

We have absolutely been living outdoors this week, and I couldn't be happier that spring has officially arrived (and am praying it stays weather-wise for the time being!). We have loved getting back out on walks, playing at the park and even eating supper outside on the patio before it gets to be 100+ degrees with 100% humidity and the dreaded mosquitoes are back! Spring, we love you!

These are my sunglasses I found in a little EZ Mart in Angel Fire. Well, Knox broke them soon after this picture was taken and I was so bummed! But, I did a. little research and what do you know, Amazon had them for a little over $9! I quickly scooped them up and was so excited I found them! Here is the link if you want them, too!

Hope everyone has great weekends!

Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Della

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Wooden Wrist Watch

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Our Bathroom Before & After

Hey, y'all! So two weeks ago, we updated both upstairs bathrooms: the boys' shared bathroom and the guest bathroom. We used a wonderful contractor who made the process seamless, easy and, dare I say it, somewhat enjoyable. (Local friends, I'm happy to share their contact information with you.) 

When we moved into this house (which we dubbed "The Brass Palace") last year, we knew updating the bathrooms was a must-do -- namely the boys' bathroom, which wasn't functional for showering whatsoever, and the drain leaked as they bathed. Not to mention, both the boys' and guest bathrooms had 20+ year-old toilets that barely flushed, so it was time. 

So here is the boys' bathroom after, and I'll get to the before and share all the sources at the end of this post:

The boys' bathroom originally had a Bath Fitter in it, and according to some wall damage on our first floor, a leak somewhere. Add to that old toilets that were apparently made for itty bitty people and barely flushable. 

Here's the before from the listing photo: 

Here's the before from the day they ripped it out: 

What we did in the boys' bathroom: 

+ Removed the one-piece Bath Fitter, toilet, cabinets above the toilet and vinyl flooring 

+ Replaced the Bath Fitter with standard stainless steel tub and elongated white subway tile to the ceiling 

+ Replaced the vinyl 8x8 square flooring with wood-look tile floors 

+ Updated shower hardware 

+ Added exposed wood shelving in place of former cabinets 

+ Replaced toilet 

+ Replaced baseboards 

+ Added a pocket door in place of former traditional swing door 

(Last year, we replaced the faux marble and shell sinks with quartz and under-mount sinks, as well as replaced the light fixtures, sink fixtures, hand towel fixtures and mirrors. Brandon also updated the traditional single-pole light switches to rocker switches.) 

And here's the guest bathroom after

Here's the guest room before from the listing photo: 

What we did in the guest bathroom: 

+ Replaced toilet 

+ Replaced flooring 

+ Replaced the vinyl 8x8 square flooring with wood-look tile floors 

+ Replaced the faux-wood blinds with Roman shades 

(Last year, we replaced the faux marble and shell sink with quartz and an under-mount sink; replaced the frosted glass/bronze shower door with a seamless door with nickel trim; as well as replaced the light fixture, sink fixture, hand towel fixture, toilet paper holder and mirror.) 

So whew! A lot of work, but we are so pleased with the final results. I'll link all of the sources below, but if there's anything I missed, please let me know. :) 

Boys' Shared Bathroom: 
+ Toilet: Home Depot 
+ Tub: Home Depot 
+ Tub Fixtures: Home Depot (we replaced the shower head that came with this with a larger one that was on clearance)  
+ Wall Tile: Floor & Decor (Meringue Ceramic Tile, size 3 x 12) 
+ Floor Tile: Floor & Decor (Beechwood White Wood Plank (size 4 x 48) 
+ Wall Color: Sherwin Williams "Sea Salt" (at 75%) 
+ Shelves: Hobby Lobby 
+ Print: Etsy
+ Frame: Target 
+ Glass Container: Target
+ Faux Snake Plant: Target 
+ Wire Basket: Target
+ Towels: Target 
+ "Remember to Flush" Sign: Target
+ Shower Curtain: Bed, Bath & Beyond 
+ Light Fixture: Home Depot
+ Mirror: Home Depot 
+ Soap Dispenser: Target
+ Toothbrush Holder: Target 

Guest Bathroom: 
+ Toilet: Home Depot 
+ All Fixtures: Home Depot
+ Light Fixture: Home Depot 
+ Floor Tile: Floor & Decor (Beechwood White Wood Plank (size 4 x 48) 
+ Wall Color: Sherwin Williams "Sea Salt" (at 75%) 
+ Roman Shade: Select Blinds 
+ Mirror: Wayfair 
+ Towels: Target
+ Soap Dispenser: Target
+ Faux Topiary: Kirkland's

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Our Spring Break

Last week was the boys' Spring Break. Granted, it's just from preschool and BSF, but it's still a week off of everything -- and I'm not even going to mention how this time next week will be actual Spring Break from Kindergarten for Walker. 

Last week started out cold and rainy (and just overall yucky), then turned really stormy (with two boys in our bed on Wednesday morning), and then quickly redeemed itself Wednesday afternoon through this weekend with absolutely gorgeous Texas spring weather. We spent so much time outside and couldn't get enough of the sunshine. 

Here's a bit of what we were up to: 

+ We kicked off our Spring Break with dinner on the patio -- our first of the season -- and made Natalie's Greek Chicken, which was a total hit! (And it may have been on leftover-from-Christmas plates from Dollar Tree but whatevs!) 

+ We went to our local golf course for dinner and the boys ended up getting a little golf lesson from the pro out of pure chance. It was great! 

+ We had the boys allergy tested on Monday and that was a bit traumatic, but the place we went couldn't have been better and more tailored to kids. Knox hated the Lidocaine/Saran Wrap pre-test prep while Walker (who went second on the testing, BTW) hated the actual testing part. Thankfully my mother-in-law went with me to help and that was a huuuuuuuge deal. Turns out Walker is allergic to molds and Knox trees, so we are starting allergy drops today in hopes of desensitizing them to their personal allergies and ultimately kicking them. 

+ We watched lots of "Peppa Pig" in the tent upstairs with snacks on the first few rainy days of the break. I love that Knox has a little British accent when referencing Pappa and it cracks me up. 

+ My friend Liz and her kids were on Spring Break, so we met them for a play date at KidMania (which was, in fact, MANIA!), and then went to Chick-fil-A, followed by more play  time at their house. Loved hanging with them! 

+ We visited Brandon's office and had lunch with him; the boys loved sitting at Daddy's desk making deals and trying to work just like him! 

+ We joined the rest of the DFW Spring Break crew at the Fort Worth Museum of Science + History, which was crazy crowded, but fun. Since we're members, we were able to skip some of the craziness and instead used our IMAX passes to see "Backyard Wilderness." It was the boys' first IMAX experience and while Walker loved it, Knox wasn't a fan. ;) 

+ We also had super lazy days at home, playing lots of board games, watching lots of movies and playing outside. 

+ We had Brandon's parents over for dinner, as well as our friends over for dinner + play time. 

+ On St. Patrick's Day, we had green eggs and ham for breakfast, went to church, took naps and played outside pretty much all day. It was a great way to end our Spring Break! 

This week has given me a little tease of summer, where we can sleep in, not pack lunches, not be out the door by 8 a.m. and just generally have a more lax schedule. 

Hope y'all have a great week! 

Linking up with Biana

Friday, March 8, 2019

Friday Favorites

Hey y'all! Hope everyone has had a great week. It's officially Spring Break in our house and I can't believe it! Only two more months left of preschool for Walker before he's a Kindergartener -- excuse me while I go cry now! 

But moving on, here are my Friday Five: 

The boys had Rodeo Day at preschool on Tuesday and it was seriously the cutest thing ever. (Because of course in Texas "Rodeo Day" is a thing! ;)) I found their little hats here; it was a set of two for $8.18; can't beat that! 

They had fun in the "OK Corral," made a trail mix over a pretend camp fire, sang songs like "The Eyes of Texas" and made precious bluebonnet, cow and Texas crafts. If there's one thing to know about Texans, it's that we love Texas! 

Their shirts are from Gap, but from the fall so they're sold out. But here is an insanely similar option  from Amazon! 

I shared some Walmart fashion dupes on Wednesday! You can read that post here if you missed it. I can't get over how similar the clothing is to high-end designers!

We're doing a few home updates and part of that is updating the boys' bathroom. They had a random set of cabinets above their toilet and they were just off-center, awkwardly placed and took up so much space (both in width and length). I've been eyeing these from Hobby Lobby and ordered two to put above their toilet, kind of like in the picture from Pinterest below. 

Here's my idea (photo via Pinterest here): 

I was so sad to hear about the passing of Luke Perry on Monday. He was always my favorite crush on "Beverly Hills: 90210." (And I heard they were possibly doing a re-boot of the show, too, and it just won't ever be the same without him.) Did any of y'all watch 90210? 

I've been seeing the gold under-eye masks around lately, so I decided to order some of my own and I truly think they work! They're supposed to be anti-wrinkle and de-puffing, and of course I need all of that I can get with young kids. Between that and my Vitamin C masks, I'm hoping I'll slow the aging process down just a bit. We shall see!

Have great weekends, everyone! 

Linking up with: AmandaAndrea, Claire and Della

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