Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!

First of all, the Duchess of Cambridge has magical unicorn powers -- and an amazing glam squad -- to look this gorgeous a mere hours after giving birth. I looked like a swollen, exhausted beast for weeks after giving birth and didn't touch makeup for months...and you better believe I wasn't squishing my swollen, fat feet in a pair of heels! 

And, I give her major props for standing outside the hospital for the world's media with her fresh little baby -- and you know girlfriend is rocking those mesh panties under that Jenny Packham dress. I know it comes with her territory, but it also kind of makes me sad that she's forced to do this hours after having had a baby. I like to think she's cringing inside and thinking, "Just get me home, William!" and dreaming of sweatpants and nursing bras like the rest of us did at that stage. ;) 

After doing lots of research, I started taking two organic activated charcoal capsules each day, and I really feel like I've noticed a difference in bloating and toxin removal {especially after a glass of wine at night}. Without going into too much detail, I struggle with bloating and this is one of the products that actually helps and I can tell an immediate difference within a few hours. It's honestly a pretty weird concept, but it works! 

Seriously, Old Navy for the win. I got this top in on Wednesday and I love it! {You might remember that I mentioned ordering this dress in last week's post, and I love it, too.} And yes, I'm still totally loving the off-the-shoulder trend! 

Our master bathroom is slowly but surely coming together. It has been exactly a month today since they demo'd it and I'm so, so ready to just be able to use my own bathroom. I know it's all a total #FirstWorldProblem and a self-inflicted one, at that, but it's just hard to feel settled when your house is under construction and there are workers in and out of your house all day {and when there's a fine layer of construction dust all over everything}. I can't wait to share with y'all the finished product! They've promised they'll be finished by EOD today, but I'm not holding my breath. 

Did you catch my Mother's Day Gift Guide I shared Wednesday? A big highlight are the bouquets of flowers you can send via Amazon Prime! I mean, what can Amazon not do?! 

I hope y'all have wonderful weekends! 

Linking up with April, Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie 

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Mother's Day Gift Ideas

Happy Wednesday! I can't believe Mother's Day is right around the corner. I have Walker's little Mother's Day Tea at school next week, and since he keeps asking me, "Mama, what do you want for Mother's Day?" it's on my mind, so I wanted to share a couple of Mother's Day gift ideas. 

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I absolutely love Kai products and this body scrub is no exception. Every mom says she wants a long, hot shower or bath alone in peace for Mother's Day {am I right?!} and while she's in there, there's nothing better than polishing her body and getting a semi-spa experience. :) 

Kendra Scott recently released these earrings and I adore them! I've seen them on a couple of celebrities (they looked precious on Kyle Richards) and I've been wanting them since I saw her wear them. They would certainly dress up any outfit. 

Every mom needs a beautiful robe, and this one is no exception. I love the lace detail and the length, and it looks so soft. 

I told Walker to tell Brandon that this is what I want for Mother's Day, because I'm constantly losing my car keys and cell phone {#mombrain}. Tile works with both Android and iOS devices with Bluetooth. 

Did you know that you can send flowers via Amazon Prime? Seriously, what does Amazon not do? No joke, this is an amazing service! {What a time to be alive, y'all!} I have a friend who just moved to a completely different part of Texas and just needed some cheering up, so I sent her these this weekend. I will for sure be doing this again -- and maybe even for myself! :) 

I smelled this unisex perfume at Nordstrom recently and thought it smelled absolutely delicious! So much so that it's been on my wishlist since then. The smell evolves with wear and from what I've read, a tiny amount goes a very long way. But it smells delicious and I totally want this for myself! 

My grandmother gave me this bracelet for Christmas and I wear it almost daily with my watch and a couple other stacking bracelets. It's the perfect layering piece and so versatile. I love it! 

Brandon gifted me with this necklace after Walker was born and then added the other charms when Knox was born, and I absolutely adore it and wear it every single day, no matter my outfit. I have had so many people compliment me on it and ask where I got it, so of course I had to include it in this gift guide because it's the perfect gift for a mom -- new or "seasoned." 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

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Monday, April 23, 2018


Happy Monday, friends! We had a fun little weekend spent with family, and as always, I'm a bit bummed that Monday is already here, but we have a fun-filled week ahead. Here is what we were up to this weekend: 

+ My grandparents were driving through town on their way to Angel Fire, New Mexico, so they stopped by to see our new house and take the boys and me to lunch. Even though it was just a short time spent with them, it was time well spent. I love my grandparents so much and I'm so thankful that my boys get to know and love their great-grandparents! 

+ The workers were still at our house around suppertime and had shut off the water to do some plumbing work, so we had to go out to eat. We decided on a farm-to-table restaurant near us and we're so glad we did; it was delicious! We had this delicious dip to start that was warm pimento cheese with jalapeño, Granny Smith apples, and bourbon chili bacon jam. Oh my word, it was so, so good! 

+ It was pouring down rain, but we had purchased tickets to "Day Out with Thomas" at the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, so we put on our rain gear and made the best of it! The boys had so much fun riding Thomas and loved splashing in the puddles. 

Walker's rain jacket is here and Knox's rain jacket is here; Knox's rain boots are sold out in that color, but similar ones are here

+ After the boys' naps, we tried out a new-to-us church! We really liked it, but are going to try out a few more before making a decision. And, we love that there's a Saturday evening option. 

+ We got some things done around the house and garage all day long, so no pictures at all of Sunday. Whoops! Brandon took the boys to the park to play; I did a ton of laundry; Brandon organized the garage; my aunt, uncle and cousin stopped by to see the house; and the boys did a ton of playing outside. 

I hope y'all have wonderful weeks! 

Linking up with Biana

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! Coming atcha today from my desk in my office, which I'm so excited to finally have. I would previously blog in my bed or on the couch, so it's nice to have a designated place to get some work done. 

Speaking of work done, our master bathroom is still a work in progress. We've actually been dealing with a nightmare of a company trying to get this done, and they've promised they'll be done a week from today...but I'm not holding my breath. They've made mistake after mistake and have talked down to me as a female and it's just been an awful experience, and quite honestly, hard to feel "settled" when your home is under construction and workers are in and out of your house (and not treating it like a home) all day long. Anyway, here are some "in-progress" pictures, and I'm sure hoping to have some "finished" pictures to share soon enough: 

You can see where they tried to get away with having a crooked shower and we weren't having any of that. So, back to the drawing board (for them). 

Away from discussing anything about the house again, I shared here but wanted to share again: Walmart has the cutest faux-Natives for little ones for $4.98 in stores! I bought them for the boys and they're so adorable -- and for that price?! Also, if you're not following @whoawaitwalmart on Instagram, you so need to!

Sweet Knox has been battling croup and RSV this week, and the poor thing has been pitiful. He was completely fine Saturday and woke up Sunday with a croup-y cough, so I took him to the doctor on Monday morning and he was diagnosed with croup. He kept getting worse and worse, so I took him back on Wednesday morning and he was diagnosed with RSV. It's been pretty sad hearing and seeing him like this, but thankfully he's on the up-and-up and we're hoping to get to enjoy the nice spring weather outside next week after being holed up at home this week. 

Also this week, Walker had spring pictures at school and WHY DOES HE LOOK 12?!? Ugh, my heart. 

Walker's shirt is sold out {similar}, shorts and shoes 

I have a little Mom Tip for y'all that my friend shared with me: download Chick-fil-A's app and, instead of waiting in line with your toddlers flailing all about/running around the restaurant/screaming that they're hungry/etc. {not that I know anything about that}, order your food from the app and select "Carry Out." When you pull up to the restaurant, it will notify you that you're there and ask you to pay. By the time you're out of the car and into the restaurant, your food is ready and waiting for you at the "Carry Out" section of the counter. And, you can customize your meal (like asking for extra salt or light ice or a special "3 and Under" toy) and it's all there waiting for you. What a time to be alive. 

I bought this dress yesterday and I cannot wait for it to get here. I just love the blush color and thought it would be so cute for this summer! Old Navy for the win. 

Special, special thanks to Photowall for sending us this amazingly gorgeous American Flag canvas to hang in the playroom! It's so beautiful and exactly what I was wanting to add to the play area to remind the boys daily just how blessed they are to live in this country. Thank you, Photowall! We love it!

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

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The New House: Some Before-and-Afters {Thus Far}

Hey there, friends. I don't have too many before-and-after pictures to show thus far, since we just moved a little over a week ago and our contractor thinks that going on three weeks (and not showing up for work until 10:30-11 a.m.) is acceptable. (But woosah on that, ha!) 

But we have done a lot to our kitchen, living room, entryway, dining room and guest bedroom, so I wanted to share that with y'all today, as well as a couple of "in progress" pictures of our master bathroom. Once things start progressing in there, I'll share more. 

Here is our entryway before, taken from the pictures from the online listing: 

And here it is as of last night: 

In this room, we kept the original paint color and floors, but stained the banister and replaced the carpet, as well as stained the back of the front door to match the banister. I still need to find something to go on that stairwell wall, as well as a cute chair and small table to go in that little enclave, but other than that, I'm really happy with this progress. 

Banister color is Sherwin Williams Brazilnut {SW 3130} 

Here is our dining room before: 

And here it is as of last night: 

In this room, we kept the original paint color, hung a new chandelier and brought in our dining room table and chairs from our previous home, as well as the mirror -- which is photographing yellow but is actually a beautiful, creamy off-white. 

Chandelier; Table {old, but similar here}; Chairs; Rug; Mirror is an old Pier 1 find

Here is our kitchen before: 

And here it is as of this weekend: 

We did a lot of work to this room and aren't finished yet (namely have to add a can light over the sink where they had a funky pendant light, replace the faucet with this one, and replace all the hardware with brushed nickel). I really wanted the kitchen cabinets extended to the ceiling just to draw the eye up, and we logistically needed a place for our microwave. So, after scouring Pinterest, I was able to provide a couple of pictures to our carpenter, who made our kitchen dreams come true. 

Instead of getting all new cabinets, he added an extension to the top of them, moved the existing crown moulding up, and gave us a small space to store things with glass-front cabinet doors. Our painter came behind him and painted all the extensions and the doors. For the microwave and wine fridge, he added an entire section of cabinet, which allowed us to have both appliances, as well as storage above and a place to house wine glasses. 

Light fixture; table; chairs; wire rack is a Canton Trade Days find, but here is something similar

Here is our living room before: 

And here it was as of this weekend {with the lovely pink contractor paper on the floor}: 

We also did a lot in this room, and really all we kept was the original paint color. They had a ton of big, bulky, dark furniture in this room and so we: changed the fan, added built-in cabinets to the left of the fireplace to match the right side, and just didn't add *as much* décor to the built-ins. 

A lot of my shelving décor are finds from Canton's Trade Days so unfortunately I don't have sources. :( I'm not fully done in this room yet; I need to find another, lighter lamp for the built-ins, change up what's beneath the console table and since the picture was taken, I have replaced the sofa pillows with these from Wheaton Whaley Designs. 

Couch; chairs; coffee table; small table between chairs is a Hobby Lobby find, but this is the exact one; console table; rug is a random find from The Dump

And finally, the guest room. This room was a lovely shade of hunter green (on the walls and ceilings) before. Yikes!

In this room, we painted the ceiling and walls, changed the fan and all of the carpet upstairs to include this room. 

Paint Colors: Walls - Sherwin Williams Sea Salt (SW 6204); Ceiling - Sherwin Williams Extra White (SW 7006) 

Headboard; nightstand 

The bedding (including sheets, pillow and dust ruffle) are Home Goods finds; the plates were hand-painted by my great-grandmother; the mirror was Brandon's grandmother's; and the candle sticks and lamp are also Home Goods finds. 

So, we have a long way to go, but we are slowly but surely getting there, one box at a time. :)

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn 

Monday, April 16, 2018


Happy Monday, friends! Apologies for that weeklong radio silence; it's been a bit busier than I anticipated moving, having a revolving door of contractors in the house, and of course, doing my wife and mom duties. :) 

Anyway, we had a wonderful weekend that was filled with house projects and a little bit of fun, too. Here's what we were up to: 


+ Brandon brought the boys donuts, so they enjoyed a fun, sugary breakfast. Any morning that starts with donuts is always a good one, right?!

+ We picked up groceries from our new {awesome} Walmart, and I was reminded again why I do their free grocery pickup service with two boys who were wild and crazy after that donut breakfast. Ha! If you've never tried Walmart's free grocery pickup, you can use my referral code here for $10 off your first pickup order. I can never go back to traditional grocery shopping! 

+ After our Walmart trip, the boys had tons of fun playing outside in the puddles from the previous day's and morning's rain. Hearing their sweet giggles just made my morning! They were so messy, so I gave them a bath and we had some lunch before nap time. 

+ We usually have pizza on Friday nights, and since the weather was so gorgeous, we put our pizza on paper plates and had our first al fresco dining experience on the patio. It was a fun little Friday night! 

+ Once the boys were in bed, we grabbed a bottle of wine from the Winc gift my friend Laura gifted us for my birthday/moving. I had never heard of this site before, but it's so neat! It's basically a personalized wine club and you can decide to be a member or not. You can order on the site yourself, or you can give it as a gift to someone, which is what Laura did for us. Anyway, we had an awesome Pinot Noir and watched "The Greatest Showman," which we loved! I have got to order the soundtrack for both Brandon and my cars because we adored it!


+ I took Walker to a local children's theater to see a play, "Curious George: The Golden Meatball." It was so cute and perfect for his first "theater" experience. He was so excited to see George, The Man with the Yellow Hat and Chef Pisgetti. I loved having a little one-on-one time with my biggest little guy! 

These are my very favorite white jeans ever! You can find them here

+ I made a Target run while the boys were taking naps and Brandon hung new light fixtures throughout the house, and then Brandon's brother, our sister-in-law, nieces and my in-law's came over to see the house. 

+ We had a little family night out to a local Mexican restaurant, and then we all came home and crashed after a long day. 


+ We were all set to try out a new church {as in, I had ironed outfits Saturday night and everything!} but Knox woke up with a horrible cough, so we decided to stay home for his benefit and the benefit of the other kids in the church nursery. 

+ So, I put my Crock Pot Shepherd's Pie in the slow cooker, threw my hair up in a bun and we did house projects all day while tending to sweet Knox, so, no pictures for this day. ;) 


I'll be back on Wednesday with some house progress pictures! Thanks for bearing with me as we get all settled in our new home. :) 

Linking up with Biana

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!

It's a busy weekend over here: today is move-out and move-in day -- and my 31st birthday is tomorrow! We won't be doing anything for my birthday other than unpacking boxes, but I'm A-okay with that. 

But, before we go today, were able to get one last picture in front of our beloved 114 earlier this week and I'm so thankful to have this to remember our sweet first house by. We love you, 114! 

Speaking of the house, we've had lots of progress made this week, and I feel like our carpenter and painter are working double-time to get this stuff finished. (Our contractor for our bathrooms...not so much.) Here's a bit of stuff that has been worked on this week: 

+ Cabinet-to-ceiling extension and built-in area for the microwave and wine fridge 
{This has now been primed and painted, and we will have the doors for the upper areas next week. They're glass-front so that's taking a little longer.} 

+ Pocket door in the master bedroom/closet
{This has since been completed and painted. Woo hoo!} 

+ Built-ins to match right side of the fireplace 
{This has also been completed and painted; we're just waiting on cabinet doors} 

We have had the weirdest weather in Texas this week. Monday was cold, Tuesday was hot and humid {followed by a weird out-of-the-blue rainstorm and then sunshine}, Wednesday was cold again, yesterday was actually quite nice, today it's supposed to thunderstorm (because of course, moving day!) and tomorrow it's supposed to be in the upper 50's. Seriously, I think Texas must be drinking a little. So needless to say, this back-and-forth weather made packing our clothes quite the challenge this week and I found myself rifling through boxes to find long-sleeve shirts and jackets one day and shorts and sandals the next! Ugh! 

Is the weather weird where you are? 

I can't believe I'm going to be 31 tomorrow. For some reason, 30 didn't bother me, but 31 feels so much older. This time last year, we were in Charleston on a fabulous vacation; oh my word, take me back! {Also, if you've never been to Charleston, I would so recommend it! It's one of my favorite cities! You can read my vacation recaps from that city here and here.} 

I love Natives for my boys, but I honestly hate the price tag for something they grow out of so quickly. So when I saw these at Target for $14.99, I had to scoop them up! They're technically girls', but they honestly could go either way to me. Also, I found similar ones at Old Navy {here} on sale for $13.99 for Walker (but accidentally ordered a size too big, so I'm hanging on to them for when he can fit into them) and even Walmart! Unfortunately, I can't find the Walmart ones online, but they were $4 and some change (and were navy/white) and so I got the boys each a pair for this summer and next summer. Can't beat that! Walmart has been killing it in the shoe game lately. 

I hope y'all have great weekends! I'm off to get the last remaining things packed in boxes and meet the movers here in a couple of hours! :)

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