Friday, August 31, 2018

Friday Favorites: Last One for August

Happy Friday! I can't believe this is the last day of August. Man, it's going to be fall before we know it! 

-ONE-
Since it's Labor Day weekend, we'll be spending it with my parents, and we are all so excited about that! Can't wait to see my family and do a lot of this: 





-TWO-
Did you catch yesterday's post? My Instagram friend Jamie-Lynne shared with y'all some amazing fashion dupes between Nordstrom and Walmart. My jaw was hitting the floor at them! I think Jamie-Lynne needs to make this a regular thing! ;) 

I actually ordered the Walmart pullover and picked it up from the store Sunday. It is so soft, so comfortable and even Brandon couldn't get over how much it looked just like the Nordstrom version



-THREE-
Speaking of clothes, I actually picked up three cute tops from Amazon over the weekend and one from, you guessed it, Walmart! Y'all know I love a good bargain and I couldn't pass up these cute steals: 

This one is technically a "plus size" shirt, but it's in Asian sizes (per the website) and doesn't feel "plus size" to me at all. For reference, I normally wear a U.S. size 2/4 or small, and I ordered a small in this top. It's such a cute transition piece for fall! 



And I ordered the following from Amazon: 

Long-sleeved blouse ($17.49 + free shipping)



Tie-Front Top ($13.99 + Prime eligible) 


Peplum Top ($15.99 + free shipping)

-FOUR-
Yay for Invisalign being finished (finally)! I shared with y'all a bit of my backstory on my Invisalign journey here, but I'm happy to report I finished yesterday and here's a little before and after picture for y'all (before on the left and after on the right): 


-FIVE-
Brandon and the boys have been getting in their last month of swimming lately before it starts to get too cool in the pool to swim. In North Texas, it can still be hot on Halloween {and Christmas -- eye roll}, so it's a total gamble as to when their last official swim of the season will be, but they've really been enjoying it. And, to be honest, we are really enjoying having a pool much more than we thought we would! Yes, it's a lot of maintenance, but it's so great when you live on the surface of the sun 4-ish months of the year. 



-SIX-
TOMY sent Knox the Thomas and Friends Big Loader set (available on Amazon here) recently, and he loved playing with it! He's pretty into Thomas lately and really enjoyed playing with Thomas and Percy (his two favorites) and of course, he and Walker fought constantly over who would get which engine. #brothers

Overall, it's a cute toy. I personally felt like the tracks could have stayed snapped together just a bit better, but overall, if your child loves Thomas the Train, then this would be a cute gift for them. (I think ages 18 months-3 would be perfect for it even though it says 3+ on the box.) So thanks for sending to us, TOMY! The boys are really enjoying playing with it and I enjoyed getting to cook supper in peace the night it came in. ;) 



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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thoughts for Thursday: Fashion Dupes

Good morning and Happy Thursday, friends! 

Y'all know I'm all about finding the best bargain, so when my blogger friend Jamie-Lynne sent me some dupes via Instagram messages last week, I knew immediately that y'all would love to see them, too. So I asked her if she wanted to do a guest post and share them, and I'm so thankful and grateful that she said "yes." Jamie-Lynne is a new mom and is as sweet as can be. So without further adieu, here's Jamie-Lynne with today's post of "Fashion Dupes!" 

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Hey there! My name is Jamie-Lynne and I live in downtown Chicago with my husband Ben, our daughter Eloise, and our sweet puppy Sophie! After having our daughter earlier this year, I left my career in the medical field to stay home with our little girl. 

I’ve always been a bargain hunter and get a bit of a thrill when I find trendy items at a budget friendly price. Knowing our family was going down to one income, it was important to me to make sure we kept a tight budget while still being able to enjoy a bit of shopping. 


On my latest hunt to find some new fall pieces I turned to Nordstrom for inspiration!  Knowing great style doesn’t need to break the bank, I was able to find some awesome bargain friendly dupes at Walmart!  

Leopard Flats 
Designer: Steve Madden (Nordstrom) - $89.95
Dupe: Time & Tru (Walmart) - $14.96



Black Sneakers
Designer: Steve Madden (Nordstrom) - $69.95
Dupe: Big Buddha (Walmart) - $16.88


Pink Quilted Sneaker
Designer: Steve Madden (Nordstrom) - $59.95
Dupe: Time & Tru (Walmart) - $14.88


Twist-Front Shirt
Designer: Bobeau (Nordstrom) - $34
Dupe: Time & Tru (Walmart) - $11.94


Utility Jacket
Designer: Halogen (Nordstrom) - $119
Dupe: Time & Tru (Walmart) - $22.96



Pullover Sweater
Designer: Thread & Supply (Nordstrom) - $78
Dupe: Time & Tru (Walmart) - $19.96



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I hope y'all enjoyed Jamie-Lynne's fashion post today! I might see if she wants to be a regular contributor because this was so much fun for me! :)


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

What's Up Wednesday: August 2018

Hey, y'all! I haven't done one of these in a while, so I thought there was no better day than today to link up with Mel, Sheaffer and Shay for "What's Up Wednesday" to share a bit about what's been going on here this month. 



I'll be answering the following questions: 



{1} What We're Eating This Week 
Lots of yummy things! Crock Pot BBQ Chicken; Low-Carb Crustless Taco Pie; Homemade Sloppy Joe's; and grilled chicken with sides of roasted asparagus and Party Potatoes. We have been doing Keto and love it, but we aren't as strict about it now after being on it for a month. I'm happy to report that I've met my goal weight and I'm thrilled to see how my body responds to a low-carb diet! 

{2} What I'm Reminiscing About
Our sweet summer. We had such a ball this year and I loved every minute of it (except that week we were above 110* in temperatures...I sure didn't love that). The boys were at such a fun age this year and I loved finally being at a year without morning naps, packing up bottles (and a gigantic diaper bag full of newborn essentials) to go anywhere, Knox fully mobile and they were just at the perfect age to get out and do/go. It was so special! 















{3} What I'm Loving 
Services:
+ Instacart Delivery (seriously THE best service for moms of little ones, older people and just anyone who doesn't have time/the desire to get out and grocery shop in a store). Use my referral code here for $10 off your first order!

+ thredUp: Not necessarily a "service," per se, but I'm loving how easy it is to get precious clothes (many NWT) for a fraction of the price in stores. I am obsessed with finding deals and this site just makes my bargain-hunting heart happy. Use my referral code here for $10 off your order! 

+ Amazon eGift Cards: You don't even have to get to a store or get a physical gift card. You can just use their website or your Amazon app and send an eGift card to someone's email or phone via text. It makes it so simple to send something to someone going through a rough time, or a gift you forgot about, etc. What a time to be alive. 

Products: 
+ I bought this Vitamin C Serum during Amazon Prime Day and am really loving the results I've seen so far: smoother, more even skin and less blotchy spots. Definitely a winner for me. 




+ This liquid eyeliner that I've been using for about a year now and am obsessed with. I recently ordered more and was reminded why I love it so much: it goes on smoothly, isn't goopy and stays on all day long! 



+ This microneedling tool. It helps with skin smoothness, acne scars, uneven skin tone, and helps your skin absorb product. I've been using it for about 2.5-3 weeks and really notice a difference in my skin. 


+ And this coconut coffee that tastes like you're on a beach somewhere in the middle of nowhere. Delicious! 



{4} What We've Been Up To 
We've had a much slower August than the rest of the summer. We made a trip down to my hometown to see my parents for a few days before school started, and that was really fun and a nice change of pace (and scenery). The boys started school last week, so we had about 2.5 weeks between their summer camp at preschool and the start of their actual "school." (Too bad the boys got sick soon after, but I guess such is life.) It's been nice to get into a routine with that. But other than school starting, we have been swimming in the pool a lot, had play dates with friends, and Brandon and I even snuck in a date night at the beginning of this month, which was so nice! I also helped host a shower for my friend Emily two weeks ago that was so sweet! 






{5} What I'm Dreading 
I'm not sure if "dreading" is the right word, but I'm not looking forward to the hustle and bustle that fall and winter brings. I feel like I will blink and it will be Christmas, and I'm just really wanting to savor each season (literally and figuratively) we are in right now. 

{6} What I'm Working On 
With the boys back in school, I'm really trying to work on this blog! I took a nice little summer hiatus, but it's nice to be back. I polled my Instagram followers last month asking for the types of posts they'd like to see, and I got a lot of great feedback. So I'm really working to get those blog posts written and also write about things that are meaningful and important to me. 

{7} What I'm Excited About 
Routine! I'm a creature of habit, so while I love summer, I also crave routine and really thrive off of it. I'm also loving that football is back (all the praise hands!). 

{8} What I'm Watching/Reading 
Of course I can't stop watching "Bachelor in Paradise," as much as I hate to admit it, along with "The Real Housewives of Dallas" and "The Real Housewives of Orange County." I'll definitely be ready for fall TV to come back soon!

I recently finished reading "Slightly South of Simple" and "The Secret to Southern Charm." I have really enjoyed this series and can't wait to follow it up with some of Kristy Woodson Harvey's other books. 



{9} What I'm Listening To 
If I'm not listening to 90's on 9, we've been jamming out a lot in the car to "The Greatest Showman" soundtrack. I love hearing my boys sing those songs in their sweet little voices!



{10} What I'm Wearing 
It's still hot here in North Texas (and will be until at least mid-October), so I basically live in Nike shorts, a T-shirt and flip-flops these days. If I have anywhere to be, though, I'll throw on a pair of white jeans and a cute top. Some recent purchases I've made (and can't wait to wear when it cools off a bit) include: 

This shirt and this cardigan from J.Crew Factory: 





This shirt from Nordstrom: 



And this top from ThredUp (which I'm obsessed with; you can use my referral code here for $10 off your first order!): 




{11} What I'm Doing This Weekend 
We're celebrating Labor Day Weekend with my parents, and we're all so excited to see them again. 



{12} What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month
Our one last hoo-rah: Labor Day Weekend. I can't believe it's already that time! But I'm also excited that college football's regular season starts next month, too! 

{13} What Else is New
Not too much other than what I've listed here! I hope y'all have wonderful Wednesdays! 


*Also linking up with Jessi and Jenn 

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Monday, August 27, 2018

A Bit About Me

Happy Monday, y'all! Walker was sick all weekend long with a fever that just wouldn't break, so we laid low and I have absolutely nothing to write home about. My weekend highlight included sneaking away for two hours to get a manicure and pedicure with a girlfriend, cleaning my house top to bottom and washing anything that could fit into my washing machine. 

So since that's no fun at all, and because I feel like there are a few new faces around here, I thought I'd do a little reintroduction and a bit of "getting to know you." 

My name is Brittany, and I've been married to my husband, Brandon, for nearly eight years. We got married Oct. 9, 2010, before Pinterest was a "thing" and I checked my Blackberry on on the plane when we got home from our honeymoon. ;) 


We have two boys, Walker (4) and Knox (2). Never in my life did I picture myself as a boy mom, but I truly can't imagine our lives any other way. Even though I love to dress them in smocking, Jon Jons and Sun Sans when I can, they still love to run around outside like banshees, kick soccer balls with each other, accompany their dad to the golf course and wear T-shirts and shorts like any other little boy. 


I'm a true Southern girl. I was born and raised in southeast Texas and grew up dropping the "d" on a lot of words and still to this day the accent comes back the second I'm on the phone with my Nana. I believe in personalized thank-you notes sent in the mail, making meals for people after they have babies, and saying "yes ma'am," "yes sir," "no ma'am," and "no sir." 

I was very fortunate to be raised in the same town as my grandparents and we lived catty-corner from my dad's brother and his family (my uncle, aunt and their two kids who were exactly my age) and across the street from my dad's sister and her family (my aunt, uncle and cousin). We went to the same Baptist church as my grandparents and aunt, went to the same schools as all of my cousins, and I would see my grandparents weekly for sleepovers or just at church. It was truly a wonderful place to grow up and I'm sad my children won't get that same small town upbringing. 


I attended Baylor University and graduated in December 2008 with a degree in journalism/public relations with a minor in corporate communication. I'm your resident grammar freak and it kills me when I see grammatical errors of my own. I'm the one you'll see reminding you each Christmas season that it's "The Whitacres" on your cards as opposed to "The Whitacre's." I'm pretty passionate about that. ;) 

I was a Zeta Tau Alpha at Baylor, but honestly wasn't very active now that I look back, wish I was more involved. Brandon and I met our senior years at Baylor in January 2008 in class for his major and my minor. We dated for two years before we got engaged on March 27, 2010. (I moved to Dallas a week after graduation and two days after Christmas for work.) 



Before we had children, I worked for two separate public relations firms and then a local school district doing communications. My first job out of college was working for a PR firm representing Samsung Mobile, and then I moved to another PR firm and my main client was American Airlines. I was with them before, during and after their bankruptcy and through most of their merger and rebranding. I walked into American's headquarters the day (Valentine's Day, as a matter of fact) that they announced their merger with US Airways and walked out that night to a completely new company. Another cool thing I got to do in that job was work as part of Bud Light's PR team during Super Bowl XLV when it was in Dallas. There was a giant ice storm that practically shut Dallas down and I got the flu a week later -- and got to meet Chris Harrison and Ryan Cabrera! -- but it was worth it. It was a fun job with lots of cool travel, but it wasn't a job that was conducive to having a family. So, I left and started working in the communications department for a local school district. I met two of my best friends there and had a big mixed bag of emotions leaving to stay home with Walker in August 2015. 




I'm now a stay-at-home mom and am very thankful and grateful for this opportunity. We spend our days doing fun things, going to fun outings and also just lazing around watching TV and playing on iPads sometimes, too. The boys attend preschool twice a week and we go to BSF once a week. It makes us all a bit more sane. ;) 


Brandon and I love to travel, but we're also on a budget. We try to get away at least once a year together, and now that we have kids, try to take one family vacation, too. A special place for our family is Sandestin, Florida, and we love going there each summer. 


Places we've traveled together include: 

+ Orange Beach, Alabama (twice)


+ Antigua (honeymoon) 


+ CancĂșn


+ Miami (Babymoon) 



+ Fredricksburg, Texas 


+ Jamaica 


+ New York City (Babymoon #2)


+ Charleston 


+ Scottsdale


+ Destin 


+ Las Vegas


+ And Destin again


We love traveling and have some fun trips scheduled for 2019! 

Brandon and I are both Christians and love the Lord. Our biggest prayer is that our children become Christians and love and serve the Lord however He leads them. 

Thank you for reading along here and if you have any questions about me, feel free to leave them in the comments! 

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