Friday, May 29, 2015

Friday!

Well hello, Friday! I'm so excited you're here! 

I'm home with Walker today, who managed to pick up Hand, Foot & Mouth from either the church nursery or school. UGH. Little man is super contagious and running a high fever, so please sendallthewine. Our pediatrician told us yesterday afternoon that we were the fifth case he had seen THAT DAY and that it's going around like crazy. So that's nice. 

-ONE-
Why are the short weeks always the longest? We were closed for Memorial Day {obviously}, but I feel like this week has just dragged on and on. Maybe it's because school is out one week from today and my job will be a lot less hectic beginning then. Plus, my Fridays off begin in two weeks. But who's counting...? ;) 



-TWO-
Speaking of summertime, we are going to Jamaica in July and I can't wait! Of course I had to pick up some accessories for the beach when I popped into Target on Wednesday...for greeting cards. How do I always spend so much at Target when I'm going in for something so small?! 

Anyway, I found this precious coverup




I absolutely cannot wait to be on the beach, cocktail in hand!

-THREE-
Have any of y'all heard of Award Wallet? My husband told me about it earlier this week, and while I was kind of confused about it and its purpose at first, I've really come to like it! 

It's very beneficial if you travel for work a lot {like my husband} because he uses different airlines and hotel chains, but it's awesome for the Everyday Joe like myself because it helps track your airline miles, hotel points and other points balances in one place! 

I have loaded all of my points-earning information onto the app {e.g. Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Sephora, PetsMart and more} and it allows me to see - in one place - what my balances are and if I have any gas points I need to redeem, free gifts that are about to expire and any coupons tied to my card. It's awesome! 


-FOUR-
Liz bought this skirt from Loft recently and I'm dying to have it, too! If y'all see a Loft sale going on, let me know so I can go scoop it up! 


-FIVE-
Maybe I live under a rock {which is quite a possibility}, but did you know that two stars from Pitch Perfect are dating in real life? Skylar Austin {who plays Jesse} and Anna Camp {who plays Aubrey}. It's practically the cutest thing ever! 


I hope y'all have a great weekend! 

Linking up with: 



Amy and Karli



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Weekending: Memorial Day Edition

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! It was so nice to have an extra day to relax and enjoy my family, even though I'm seriously about to start building that dang ark! We have had so much rain in Texas lately that it's getting very dangerous and the flooding has caused a lot of devastation across the state. We just need some sunshine! 


Anyway, let's get to this weekending wrap-up, shall we?

-FRIDAY-
Brandon came back from his out-of-the-country business trip, and Walker and I were super excited to see him! We all went to the grocery store together {it was a madhouse!} and once Walker was in bed, we watched "The Boy Next Door." 

-SATURDAY-
Since it was raining cats and dogs, we decided that it was a better time than ever to finally finish remodeling Walker's bathroom and change the light fixtures in our bathroom! We made a trip to Home Depot, and Walker was out like a light between the road noise and the rain!


Brandon started removing the 20-year-old studio light fixture and mirror, only to find the former owners cut even more corners there. If you've been reading this blog a while, you know that the former owners cut corners EVERYWHERE and we have been paying for it when we go to remodel anything in the house. {For example, painting over wallpaper. Who does that?} 

Anyway, while Brandon was re-drywalling the bathroom, Walker and I made a trip to Home Goods for some décor items for his bathroom. 


While Brandon was finishing up the drywall and putty, Walker climbed up in the chair in our bedroom with his little bowl of Cheerios and sat like this, intently watching the news. Ha! 


That evening, my aunt came over for dinner and to see Walker. I made a pork tenderloin, mashed white beans and oven-roasted zucchini; it was delicious if I do say so myself! ;) 

My aunt gave Walker his very first popsicle {the yummy tangerine + carrot fruit ones!}. He kept saying, "Mmmmm!" 


-SUNDAY-
We played hooky from church so Brandon could make progress on the bathrooms before going to The Colonial golf tournament with his Dad. While he went there, Walker and I went to Target to get out of the house and kill some time. He clearly had fun with the light-up glasses! ;) 


Once Brandon got home, we put the finishing touches on our projects. I finally finished distressing the side table in Walker's room {that was Brandon's grandmother's}: 


Brandon finished the light fixtures and mirror in Walker's bathroom, and I decorated it: 


Just for grins, here was the bathroom when we first moved in {yuck!}: 


Special shout-out to my awesome Home Goods for having all of the décor I needed for Walker's bathroom! {Seriously, I have the best Home Goods ever.} 





That evening, I made a delicious Shrimp, Roasted Corn, Bacon and Avocado Salad, which I adapted from this recipe. Instead of making her buttermilk ranch dressing, I just top ours with a lemon vinaigrette and we both love it! 

After dinner, we watched "Jobs" and went to bed. 


-MONDAY-
We had some friends over for brunch in our PJ's and mimosas, of course! Walker absolutely adores their daughter, Emily, and would just lay on her and kiss her all over. It was so sweet! 


Brandon made scrambled eggs with truffle oil and Parmesan cheese; Ezekiel Bread toast and jam; and baked tomatoes. It was to die for! 


Around lunchtime, we went to my in-law's for their annual Memorial Day bar-b-que. Of course, I captioned this photo: "True Life: I Have a Toddler." He didn't want to sit still for the life of him! 


And again, just for grins, here is our little family on Memorial Day last year! 


We spent the day eating, drinking and visiting. It was a nice afternoon, even though we had a torrential downpour and the temperature dropped 15 degrees! 


Walker and my niece, Ellie Kate, giving each other kisses goodbye as we were all leaving. {I'll definitely be using this one for the graduation slideshow in 17 years! Ha!} 


Linking up with Biana and Meghan

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday!

Oh, Friday, you are here! I'm so happy to see you and this long weekend.


-ONE-
After reading a small feature about this book in Glamour magazine at the nail place, I purchased it on Amazon when I got home. "The Residence" is a great book about the inside, behind-the-scenes world of the White House. {Think "Downton Abbey."} I only started reading it this week, but it's AWESOME! I even found a free audio version on YouTube that I listened to during my lunch break at work. :) 


-TWO-
I got a free sample of Bare Minerals Matte with a recent Sephora purchase, and I was so impressed that I went out and bought the full-size version yesterday. Typically, I'll use concealer under my eyes and on blemishes, then put on BB Cream, and then top with powder. But with this, I just put concealer under my eyes and put this over it, and voilà! 

My skin feels like it can breathe a little more, and I noticed I'm not as greasy at the end of the day as I was before. 


-THREE-
Thank you all for your NYC recommendations I posted about on Wednesday! I can't wait to sit down and figure out where we're going to eat...because clearly we love food! ;) 

If anyone else has any other recommendations, I'd love to hear them! 


-FOUR-
After Walker played with our neighbors' son's Bubble Lawn Mower, he became obsessed. {And he may or may not have thrown a fit in the middle of our street when it was time to go home and give said toy lawn mower back...} 

ANYWHO...it's such a fun little toy, especially for bubble-obsessed kiddos. Definitely worth all $26 we paid for this!


-FIVE-
We have had so much rain lately. Seriously, it has been raining off and on for about eight straight weeks. I feel like I live in Seattle...but with tornado sirens. I know I'll complain about the heat and drought in about two months, but for now, I'm just really about to build an ark and start gathering animals up two-by-two. 

I'm really hoping it doesn't rain out our Memorial Day plans, but if it does, I'll just be happy to have a much-needed long weekend. 

I hope y'all have a lovely Memorial Day! 

Linking up with:



Amy and Karli



Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday: Toddler Flash Cards

A lot of y'all commented and emailed about the toddler flash cards I posted about on Monday. We absolutely love them, so I thought I'd share a little insight on them for anyone else who is interested. 


The flash cards on the top left are from the "Teach My Baby" Learning Kit that Brandon's aunt gifted us with before Walker was born. She is a former educator {she even wrote the curriculum for public schools in the state of Georgia!} so I definitely trust her opinion when it comes to educational stuff for children. 

Walker really loves this kit, which includes different flash cards, books, puzzles and puppets to teach your baby first words, numbers and body parts {e.g. nose, eyes, ears}. We typically spend about 15 minutes a day just doing flash cards; he'll even go grab the yellow box and point to it, signing "more" to me. I take that as a good sign! {Pun intended.} 

This kit is for babies 6-18 months, but there is a "Teach My Toddler" Learning Kit that I plan to purchase later this summer for the little man. 


The other flash cards are from a site called Mr. Printables, which I found by searching "Free Printable Toddler Flashcards" on Pinterest. This site has a ton of flash cards you can download and print out, including the alphabet {even in other languages, including Spanish, German, Danish and French}; shapes; colors; numbers; and various vocabulary words. 

I just downloaded them and printed them out on cardstock. My plan is to laminate them soon, but we'll see if I ever get around to that! ;) 



These are really excellent tools for your little one! Truly, they are little sponges and soak everything up; you'll be surprised what they can remember and learn...and fast! Like I said, we try to spend 15-20 minutes a day going over these, whether with Walker sitting in my lap when we get home from school, or when he's sitting at the table having a snack, or even when he's playing in the bathtub! 

Linking up with Annie and Natalie 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

I Need Help!

I need help! 

Brandon and I are going to New York City {sans Walker} in December to celebrate his 30th birthday. We've both been to the Big Apple multiple times, but never together. 

Could you help me out and give me some recommendations on where to go and what to eat? 


We want a mix of touristy and off-the-beaten-path activities, and definitely restaurants that are hidden gems. We aren't picky! 

So, if you've traveled there, lived there before or are currently a New York or New Jersey resident, help a sister out! {Please!} 



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Father's Day Gift Ideas

I love celebrating little holidays, and Father's Day is no exception! Brandon is such a wonderful dad to Walker and provides for us daily, so of course I want to get him a little something from "Walker" to show how much he's loved and appreciated. And, even though we're long-gone from living at home, Brandon and I like to get our fathers a small gift as a token of our appreciation to them for all they have done and continue to do for us. 

You have just at a month to figure out what you're going to purchase or make for the special men in your lives, but I thought I'd share a few fun gift ideas in case you're at a loss as to what you're going to give this year: 



one || two 

three || four 

five || six 




*Some links are affiliate. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekending

Happy Monday! I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend. I can't believe we're more than halfway through May. Bring it on, summer! We have so many fun things going on in the next few months that I'm just thrilled about! 

But let's get to Weekending, shall we? As per usual, I'm linking up with Biana and Meghan


-FRIDAY-
Friday was my boss' last day with us before she left for another job. We "celebrated" with lunch at Babe's. My fellow DFW'ers will understand what Babe's is just by the name of the restaurant, but for my non-DFW residents, it's basically the best home cookin' place ever, with just a few things on the menu: fried chicken, chicken fried steak, chicken tenders, fried catfish and then a myriad of sides, including mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed corn, sugar salad, green beans and buttermilk biscuits. Basically, amazingness! 

I mean, hello giant plate of fried goodness! 


After work, I put together my indoor herb garden my friend Lindsey got me for my birthday. Brandon picked up basil, parsley, mint and sage at a little feed store next to his office, so I quickly planted them on Friday evening before our friends came over for drinks on our patio. 


-SATURDAY-
We've had so much rain in the Metroplex lately that I feel like I should just channel Noah and build an ark! It's so crazy! So, we spent a rainy morning indoors cleaning, doing laundry and working with Walker on his flash cards. He's doing awesome with them, and I'd highly recommend them to any moms with toddlers! 


My mother-in-law came over for a little bit in the afternoon to spend some time with us and get her Mother's Day gift since we were in my hometown for Mother's Day. We had a little reprieve from the rain and spent some time outside with Walker running around playing on his favorite little play gym and showing off for his Mimi! 

Later, we took Walker to a little kid-friendly aquarium near us. It was the perfect size and Walker loved it! 





We came home and Walker ran around for a bit, even though it was ridiculously humid. {Seriously, get it together Texas weather!}


And then someone had his first meal at the table like a big boy! We got rid of the high chair tray and he did great! {Thanks to these awesome disposable placemats - that he can't move!} 


Once the little man was in bed, I made Shay's Chipotle Fish Tacos with Cabbage Slaw. Y'all, they were so good, Brandon got thirds! Definitely try these soon; they're the perfect spring/summer supper!  


-SUNDAY-
We were up for a while because of the super loud rain, so we had a slow morning at home before church Sunday morning. Walker played in his Daddy's boots while I did some cleaning and picking up, and I couldn't help but imagine these boots fitting him in a few years {that I know will come all too quickly}. 


After church, we had lunch at a little Tex-Mex place near our house, then all came home and took about a 1.5-hour nap, which was so nice! 

I then left the boys at home to fend for themselves and got a pedicure - where I read {from start to finish} two magazines! I can't tell you the last time I did that, and it's funny that I actually enjoyed it about as equally as I enjoyed my pedicure. But in all seriousness, I used to feel so guilty leaving Walker for even a short amount of time, but now I realize the importance of mommy time. {Or "mommy time out," as I like to call it.} It's good for the soul, even if it's just for an hour. I come back refreshed, recharged and even a little relaxed. 


Walker grabbed his little vacuum and helped me clean up when I got home. {And why my child is pants-less, I don't know. Ha!} 


For supper, I made a copycat Panera Power Chicken Hummus Bowl {using this recipe}, and it was awesome! I'll definitely be making this again. 

My only changes were that I used lemon instead of lime, since that's what the restaurant does. I also added chopped cilantro, purchased my jalapeño-cilantro hummus pre-made from Kroger and bought two pre-grilled lemon chicken breasts from Kroger's deli. {Have I mentioned how much I love our giant Kroger?!} 


I hope y'all have a fantastic week! I'm looking forward to our long weekend this weekend for Memorial Day! 

xo