Wednesday, February 10, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday

It's Wednesday and you know what that means: time to link up with Jenn and Jessi for "What's Hap-pinning Wednesday!" 

Here's what's been going on with us: 

~Brandon and I are officially obsessed with "Narcos" on Netflix. Granted, it's not for the faint of heart, but we found ourselves saying, "Eh, why not?" last Wednesday night and can't quit watching it now. Do any of y'all watch?

~We are the same way about "The People v. O.J. Simpson." I vividly remember watching that infamous car chase that summer and seeing bits and pieces of the trial on the news when I got home from school, even though I was much too young to fully understand or comprehend what happened. And I'm sorry, but Ross Gellar {David Schwimmer} as the late Robert Kardashian is brilliant in the weirdest way possible.

~Speaking of "infamous," that means you're famous for doing something bad, wrong or not good. Use "famous" for something someone is widely known for in a positive manner. #journalismmajor 

~I'm in full-on nesting mode for Baby #2 and seriously want to clean all.the.things. Since we're getting new carpet {as I mentioned in Friday's post}, I can't fully finish decorating his nursery yet, but I'm dying to. And yes, I realize we're crazy to get new carpet when we're having a baby in three months. Le sigh. 

~Speaking of baby, any of you mamas out there have or tried the Rock 'N' Play? Before Walker was born, my parents passed us down the handmade cradle that my uncle made for me when I was a baby {and my brothers and sisters also used}. But Walker didn't sleep in it because he had terrible reflux. {Instead he slept between Brandon and me in the Boppy Newborn Lounger…super safe -- insert all sarcasm here -- and moved to his crib at one month old.} ANYWAY. I can't find a cradle mattress or sheets to fit this handmade cradle that won't cost me an arm and a leg; it's not a standard size and nothing in stores (that are standard size and measure 18x36 in.) fits this cradle that is 15x35 in. So, sadly, I think we are going to have to take the cradle back to my parents and instead  buy the Rock 'N' Play. And this is where I need y'all's advice: did you love the Rock 'N' Play? Hate it? Is it worth it? Help!!! 

~Still kind of can't get over the fact that I have a two-year-old…who totally looks eight years old in this picture. I mean...

~And that same two-year-old had his very first movie theater experience on Monday, and he did relatively well. But once his snacks were gone, he could have cared less about "Kung Fu Panda 3" and cared a lot more about running up and down the stairs and pushing the buttons on his reclining chair. My friend Ashley and I took Walker and her daughter, Caroline, to this new place near us called Moviehouse & Eatery {such an original name!}. They have "Mommy Mondays" where tickets are $6, the lights are kept a little brighter and the movie volume is turned down a bit. We opted to bring in our own packed lunches for the kiddos {the shame!} instead of purchasing from the menu, but it was a fun time overall. ;) 

~I totally confess that I'm dying for an adult beverage at this point in my pregnancy. Once the weather starts warming up here and everyone dashes out to the nearest patio, I ache for an ice cold beer or a chilled glass of Sauvignon Blanc. I know it's only for a short while {except 9 months feels like forever}, but man…it's like Chick-fil-A not being open on Sundays: you just want what you can't have.  #threemoremonths 

~I have my glucose screening in two weeks and I'm already kind of dreading it. My appointment is at 8:45 a.m. and I know I'm going to be ridiculously starving after fasting for 12 hours. I practically wake up hungry at 6 a.m. every day! I mean, can't they let women doing that screening come in at 7 a.m.? This is totally turning into a "Confessions" post. Whoops! 

~Since we're on the topic of confessions, I must confess that I don't understand mean people. Girls especially. I mean, we're in our late 20's and early 30's. Why are we still making hateful, rude or just downright b*tchy comments to each other? Let's all live by the old saying, "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all." Capisce? 

~Any of y'all out there read Jenny Steffens Hobick's blog? I found her five years ago when Pinterest got really big and have loved following her. Her recipes are always super easy and delicious! Just thought I'd share after we recently gobbled up her Penne Pasta Pie. Yum!

I hope y'all have a great Wednesday! I can't wait to read what's "hap-pinning" with y'all!

Monday, February 8, 2016


Happy Monday! I hope y'all had the best weekends! Ours was super low key, which is exactly the way I like the weekends. (Especially since our next weekend is going to be jam-packed. I'm tired already just thinking about it!) So let's get to it, shall we? 

Walker and I had a super lazy morning at home, which we haven't had in forever. We just sat in his room and played with his toys and didn't leave to start running our errands until almost 10 a.m. It was a nice way to kick off our weekend! 

After our errands, we had a little Mommy/Walker lunch date at McAlister's, then came home for his nap and cleaning for me. 

I made this for supper, and Brandon and I watched three episodes of "Narcos" before calling it a night. 

We did absolutely nothing all Saturday morning, and that was glorious. I love lazy Saturday mornings with nothing on the agenda! 

Saturday afternoon, I attended a kitchen shower for my brother-in-law's fiancée. It was a cute little shower and it definitely made me want to upgrade everything in my kitchen after five years of marriage! ;) 

Brandon brought home Pei Wei for supper, and I fell asleep on the couch watching the Republican Debate. We are clearly super big party animals! 

We went to church, and I actually helped out in the one-year-old nursery class during the service and Brandon went to "big church" by himself. After church, we got ready for our little Super Bowl get-together with our friends Ashley, Steven and their daughter Caroline. Brandon actually smoked ribs all afternoon and they were, as Walker says, "dee-yish-iss!" 

It was also a super low-key get-together…we're talking paper plates, plastic cutlery and yoga pants for the moms. I love when it's easy like that! 

I can't wait to read about your weekends! 

Linking up with Meghan and Biana

Friday, February 5, 2016


Happy Friday, y'all! Is anyone else as excited as me that it's officially the weekend? Other than a wedding shower for my brother-in-law's fiancée, we have no weekend plans and I'm thrilled about that! 

Thanks to Emily, I was able to find a replacement for my beloved Gap jersey-knit maternity dress that I had when I was pregnant with Walker (and wore approximately 607 times) at Target! Even though the black was sold out in in small at a few of my local stores, I got the gray and know I'll definitely be able to dress it up for an upcoming wedding rehearsal dinner and even church. Now I just need Target to get it in stock in black in a small! I wasn't able to find the solid black or gray online, but this is a similar style -- and I promise you, it looks way cuter in person than online! 

Some of you seasoned mamas may have already known this, but my sweet friend Liz gave me a tip the other day: Super Target gives kids a free cookie while their mamas (and/or daddies) shop! Walker truly enjoyed munching on his chocolate chip cookie while I bought a few maternity items on Tuesday. 

Liz was also the one who taught me that you can trade in the kids toy at Chick-fil-A for a kiddie-sized Ice Dream cup or cone! What would I do without her?!

There has been so much good TV on lately! Our DVR is full of "The Bachelor," "The People v. O.J. Simpson," "Fixer Upper," "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and of course, my nerdy "Dateline" episodes! 

And speaking of "The Bachelor," Monday's episode gave me far too many laughs and cringes, and I'm going to need someone to make these into a meme…and stat! Olivia is a nut! 

Y'all know my love for "Fixer Upper" and I've told y'all countless times that I would move back to Waco in a heartbeat if Chip and Joanna could do a house for me. (Actually, I'd move back to Waco in a heartbeat period!) ANYWAY! I'm obsessed with the "German smear" tactic Chip did on the outside of the house last week and I told Brandon I'm dying to do that to our "forever home" that we plan on moving into in the next three or four years. I just LOVE it! 

So I'm going to be 29 in two months. My last year in my 20's! And you want to know what I'm giving myself for my birthday? New carpet. You know you're old when… 

We only have carpet in our three bedrooms; the rest of the house is wood and tile…so we don't need that much at all, which is part of the reason we're doing it, to be honest. 

But seriously, I didn't realize how many freaking options there were out there for carpet. Holy moly, y'all. We've narrowed it down to three options {that seriously all look the same} and I felt like Miranda Priestly choosing between the two blue belts. Ha!

Oh! And before I go: don't forget to take a peek at my Valentine's Day gift ideas for little ones! Can you believe that fun little holiday is next week?! Have a great weekend, y'all!

Linking up with:

April + the Five on Friday girls

Andrea + the Friday Favorites girls 

Katie + the High Five for Friday girls

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Thoughts for Thursday: Kiddo Bath Time Favorites

Ever since Walker was born, he loved taking baths. I know that's weird to say for a newborn baby, but seriously, it was the one thing that calmed him down and relaxed him. And to this day, we seriously have to pry that slippery naked boy out of the tub every night. {And that, my friends, is the opposite of calming and relaxing!} 

So as I was bathing him the other night -- and pulling out baby bath stuff for Baby #2's impending arrival in three short months -- I thought I'd share our kiddo bath time favorites  with y'all! These are what worked best for us, so they may not work well for you; you may love them; or you may despise them…but here's what we love around here: 

For babies

one || two || three || four

five || six || seven 

For toddlers

one || two || three

four || five || six 

What about y'all? Any kiddo bath time favorites in your house? Please share! 

Linking up with Annie and Natalie 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: My Winter Skin and Haircare Essentials

Happy Wednesday! 

Even though we enjoyed well above-average temperatures for this time of the year over the past week, the bottom has officially dropped and we're back to cold {for us Texans} winter temperatures. And let me tell you what, my skin and hair have definitely taken notice…and I've been back to using my tried-and-true winter skin and haircare essentials. 

I have very fine, thin hair and combination skin that can never decide if it wants to be oily {in my T-Zone} or dry and flaky on the surface. Here are some products that really seem to work for my hair and skin in the winter: 

one || two || three 

four || five || six 

I have used a Clarisonic since college, but Brandon got me a new one for Christmas and I can't quit singing its praises! My skin is so soft and it really helps slough off rough, dry patches that winter can cause, and it also helps control my breakouts, too. {Especially during this pregnancy.} I can most definitely tell a difference when I use it and don't, too! I use mine in the evening with a salicylic acid face wash, and in the morning with a gentle moisturizing one. 

Since my hair is so fine and thin, the dry winter air really causes me to have static…even when it's not that cold outside. So, I try to use this hair mask once a week or so to help deeply moisturize my hair. It does weigh it down some {but really, what doesn't on my fine hair?}, so I try to do it on the weekends when I know I don't have to fix my hair to go somewhere. I feel like it really helps to keep my hair moisturized, split ends managed and static under control. 

I am not in love with the smell of this oil {or any of the Palmer's Cocoa Butter-related items}, but this oil WORKS WONDERS. I mainly use it for my growing, itchy skin because of this pregnancy, but it moisturizes my dry winter skin wonderfully and absorbs almost instantly. I will most definitely continue using this post-baby! 

Ahhh, Vaseline. How I love thee, let me count the ways. First of all, this is a multi-use product and its uses are immeasurable. {Seriously, this is just a sampling!} I use it as a hand lotion year-round, but especially in the winter. Not only are my hands dry from the season, I also wash them 5,001 times a day because I have a toddler and change diapers all day long. Recently, my hands were so dry that they were cracking and bleeding. Ouch! Brandon pulled our tub of Vaseline out and I have been using it non-stop for nearly a month on my hands {and elbows and knees and heels…} and I've most definitely noticed a difference. Not only are my hands repaired, but they're softer and smoother. 

Brandon actually got this lip balm as a free sample at Nordstrom one time, and I stole it from him and loved it so much that I buy it on Amazon all the time now! Ha! It's smooth, non-greasy and lasts for a long time. I love the peppermint "flavor" and tingle it gives my lips. 

And finally, Cetaphil is seriously the only moisturizer that works for me during the months of December-March. It's thick enough to deeply moisturize my dry winter skin, but also light and non-greasy enough that it doesn't make me look like an oil slick by the end of the day. I use this all over my face and neck both morning and night during the winter and can definitely tell a difference than with other moisturizers! 

So what about you? What are your winter hair and skincare essentials? 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

Monday, February 1, 2016


Happy Monday, and Happy February 1st! We had a fabulous weekend celebrating our sweet Walker's 2nd birthday, coupled with amazingly gorgeous spring-like weather, so let's get to it! 

Friday was Walker's actual birthday, and since Brandon was en route from his work trip, I made Walker breakfast. Waffles (that I have to call "pancakes" so he'll eat them) and fruit! 

That morning, Walker had his 2-year well-child visit at the pediatrician, so we went to that and he did great! I'm still in shock that he's 33 pounds (94th percentile) and 36 inches (92nd percentile)! After a quick lunch, we picked Brandon up from the airport -- it was so good to see him after a week away! 

Once Brandon got home, we got him all unpacked and started to work on our taxes {blegh}. When Walker got up from his nap, he sat down at his "uh-poot-er" (computer) and told us he was doing "work, too." Ha! 

That evening, my aunt joined us in taking the birthday boy to dinner at his favorite restaurant, Chick-fil-A! I went to a local cupcake place to pick him up some cupcakes to enjoy after his meal, and of course he devoured his birthday cake-flavored one in a heartbeat! 

We had a lazy morning lounging around the house, and then joined our friends Ashley, Steven and their daughter Caroline for lunch on the patio at a local Mexican restaurant. Seriously, our weather was in the mid-70's all weekend and it was just beautiful! After running a few errands, the little man was out like a light and Brandon put together his new trampoline from us while he napped. 

He was completely shocked when he woke up to find his birthday present outside! 

We were outside all afternoon and evening: jumping on his new mini trampoline, pulling weeds in the garden, going on a walk, playing at our local track and grilling out for dinner. 

Walker was being such a silly kid on Saturday night and was very interested in what on earth was on my face (make-up). He kept saying, "Wha dat?" Ha! 

Once the little man went to bed, Brandon and I watched "Whiplash," which was actually a really good movie! 

We went to church, came home and ate leftovers, and then promptly went outside, where we spent the rest of the day! We just couldn't get over that kind of weather in January! 

We had such a great weekend enjoying our two-year-old and spending time together as a family before a busy, weekends-packed-full February comes rolling through next weekend. I hope y'all had a great one! 

Linking up with Biana and Meghan

Friday, January 29, 2016


Happy Friday! 

Brandon has been traveling for work all week to the frozen tundra that is the Northeast and has missed the absolutely gorgeous, spring-like weather that North Texas has bestowed upon us most of this week. We have been in the mid-60's almost all week and are expected to get up to the mid-70's this weekend! 

All of that to say, we've been enjoying being outside and trying to busy ourselves while Daddy has been away. ;) But let me tell y'all, it has been A WEEK. Walker is definitely in the midst of the Terrible Twos and it's been a battle of the wills around here. We're talking getting out of bed, screaming at his door to sleep in our bed {which he's never done} and kicking his door. That happened Monday-Wednesday morning, and I was just at my wit's end. If I wasn't pregnant, I'd be consuming all the wine! Ha! 

BUT: Our trip to the Fort Worth Zoo on Monday was a perfect way to kick of the week by ourselves, and we're planning to celebrate our OFFICIAL {as of 12:03 a.m.} two-year-old tonight by eating at his favorite restaurant, Chick-fil-A! 

So the dress I blogged about two weeks ago? A total bust. It had a weird hemline and just didn't look good on me at all. I swear, these "pregnant" models wearing their fake bellies…ugh. ANYWAY, y'all have been so beyond helpful in the whole "finding-a-dress-for-Easter-and-my-brother-in-law's-wedding" department by reminding me of sites like ASOS Maternity and Pink Blush Maternity, so I've been doing some looking around on those sites. 

I'm currently pretty sold on this one for my brother-in-law's black-tie wedding: 

And perhaps this one for Easter: 

I posted two videos on Snapchat of Walker playing with some toys earlier this week and got messages from some of y'all asking what they were. I'm always happy to share toy{s} we love around here, and both of them just happened to be Melissa & Doug, which we adore!

The first is the Melissa & Doug Cutting Fruit Set. Santa brought this for Walker this year, and I must say, he loves it…especially when I give it to him to play with while I'm cooking dinner. It really makes him feel like he's "helping" me! It's wooden pretend fruit that's Velcro-d together, and kiddos use the pretend wooden knife to "cut" it apart. Genius!

The second is the Melissa & Doug Beginner Band Set. Another Santa find, Walker loves to "make muse-ikkkk" with these instruments. {And my Mom gifted him with a little Mickey Mouse Karaoke Machine for his birthday, and he loves to use his "my-ter-pho" -- AKA: microphone -- to accompany his music.} 

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Walker and I had lunch with Liz on Thursday after my doctor's appointment, and she made me laugh when she told me I was always her "go-to" makeup/hair product person when we worked together! I told her about my new favorites: NYX #529 lipstick and Urban Decay Makeup Setting Spray. If y'all haven't tried those, you must! They're my favorites! 

And just because I love them both to pieces, here's a picture of Walker and Liz at lunch. {Or "Yiz," as Walker calls her.} 

I saw this article that Real Simple tweeted out earlier this week, and I wanted to give it all the praise hand emojis. Are any of y'all habitually early like me? I had a choir teacher in high school who always said, "If you're early, you're on time; if you're on time, you're late; and if you're late, don't bother showing up." I still repeat that to myself to this day!

And speaking of Twitter, it's my favorite thing on Monday nights during "The Bachelor." The commentary literally makes me giggle! This Monday was no exception, especially during Olivia's "talent." Y'all, that girl is nuts. She totally reminds me of Amy Dunne in "Gone Girl"…like she's just going to kill you at any minute for taking "her man!" Ha! 

Linking up with:

April + the Five on Friday girls

Andrea + the Friday Favorites girls

Katie + the High Five for Friday girls