Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday Favorites: Last One for September

Happy Friday! It's the last Friday of September; can you believe it!? October is always a fun, full month for us with lots of family birthdays and our anniversary, so we're gearing up for a busy next month with lots of traveling and lots of celebrations. So let's get to my Friday Favorites, shall we? 

-ONE-
Y'all, Walmart does it again! I have found the cutest tops there lately and have been shocked about it. I've actually found cuter stuff at Walmart vs. Target lately -- and that's saying a lot! I wore this bell-sleeved top on Monday. It's so comfortable and soft and is the perfect piece to wear as we transition seasons and weather. (And you can't beat that $12.88 price tag!) 


-TWO-
My boys FaceTime-ing with their 100-year-old great-great grandfather on Tuesday was enough to make my heart melt. Can you believe he's 100?! Or that my kids have a great-great grandfather?! Oh, how blessed they are! 


-THREE-
I've been on the hunt recently for some cute button-down shirts for Walker to wear to church this fall and winter. He has some already, but they're in spring colors and I needed to get some that were more fall/winter-focused. I ordered this one and this one from Gap for him, but I really need to hit up Kid2Kid to see if there are any others for super cheap. Our Kid2Kid is amazing and I always score some good deals there. 

PS: Gap is offering a great deal right now (until Oct. 1): 50% off almost everything plus an extra 20% off your purchase with the code "TREAT." I used it and got these shirts for Walker for $33 and some change. 




-FOUR-
Walker and Knox have finally nailed down what they want to be for Halloween this year, and after a little back-and-forth from Walker (including ordering a costume per his request, getting it in and him deeming it "too scary,") we now are officially Daniel Tiger (Knox) and "a camo guy" (Walker). Walker's couldn't be easier thanks to me being from East Texas and a quick order on Amazon for this little outfit and Knox's costume was a quick Prime, too. And because I'm sappy, I can't believe this was a year ago -- and I also think these will forever be my favorite Halloween costumes ever! 


-FIVE-
And finally, did anyone watch "This is Us" this week?! I think this was the first episode I (surprisingly) didn't bawl my way through, but I'm definitely intrigued for what this season holds. 



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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Halloween Outfits + PJs for Kids

Happy Wednesday! Can you believe it's almost October? I absolutely cannot; wasn't it just Memorial Day?! 

Y'all know that I adore dressing my kids in holiday-themed pajamas and outfits when and where I can. Take all my money, Old Navy and smocked longalls people! ;) 

Here's a roundup of my favorite Halloween-themed pajamas and outfits for babies, girls and boys: 

For Baby


one || two || three {available in bigger kid sizes, too}|| four

five || six || seven {available in bigger kid sizes, too} || eight 

nine || ten || eleven 


For Girls



one || two || three

four || five || six 

seven

For Boys 


one || two || three

four || five || six 

seven || eight 


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Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekending

Happy Monday, friends! We had a rainy, cool weekend, which was a nice way to usher in fall. We usually don't get cool weather like this in September, so it was a treat. 

\\ FRIDAY: 

+ It was drizzly and nasty outside, so I took the boys to Toddler Time at one of our local indoor trampoline parks to get some energy out, and then drove through Chick-fil-A for them on the way home. 



+ Early Friday evening, we picked Brandon up from the airport. He made it in just as the weather was getting horrible, and I was so thankful and grateful both he and his luggage made it just in the nick of time. 

+ We had dinner together as a family at TruFire, one of our favorite places. Their spicy garlic noodles cannot be beaten! 

+ We came home, watched the Texas Senator Debate and called it an early night. I was beat! 

\\ SATURDAY: 

+ Brandon and Walker were up early, so they ran out to get us some donuts. I love donuts and coffee on a rainy Saturday morning! 



+ The boys played and got some work done outside while I cleaned the house and did some laundry. I finally sat down to watch the tail end of "Father of the Bride" and started "Father of the Bride: Part II." They are such great movies and some of my very favorites! 


+ My brother, his girlfriend and our aunt came over and we got to visit for a while, and we watched the Baylor game once they left. The boys both took epic naps and we couldn't stop laughing at Knox's post-nap hair. 


+ I made Crock Pot BBQ Chicken (which I served over sweet potatoes and topped with coleslaw) for supper. We watched some more college football before calling it a night. 

\\ SUNDAY: 

+ Another rainy, yucky day, but we made it out to church. Walker learned all about The Tower of Babel in Sunday school and loved telling us all about that; I love seeing him hide God's Word in his heart!


+ After church, we headed out to brunch at FnG Eats, one of our favorite farm-to-table restaurants. I absolutely love their Pot Roast Eggs Benedict and Brandon can't get enough of their chicken and waffles! 

Love my two guys in their buffalo check! 

Knox is giggling because he devoured a waffle, scrambled eggs, fruit and polished off most of Brandon's fruit, too. I seriously wonder where it all goes! 


+ Our Sunday afternoon was nice and slow: football on TV, naps for everyone, some laundry, and I made white chicken chili in the Crock Pot (and served it with cornbread). It was so delicious and perfect for a cool, drizzly fall evening. 

I hope y'all have great weeks! We are gearing up for a week full of dentist appointments, preschool, BSF and haircuts -- a pretty "normal" week week around here. ;) 


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Friday, September 21, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all! Has everyone had a good week?

-ONE-
Brandon was out of town this week traveling on business, and so that time between post-dinner and pre-bath/bed felt just a little extra long this week. {Insert that crazy faced emoji here, ha!} Anyway, enter Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube. I had seen a few other moms' Instagram stories about it, so I decided to give it a try in the game room. And the boys loved it! It totally calmed them down before bed, gave them an activity to do to get their bodies moving since it was nearly 100* outside a few days this week, and gave me a few minutes of sanity. I highly recommend it! 



-TWO-
Another thing my boys loved this week were these pumpkin waffles. I found them on a whim at Target praying they would like them, and thankfully they did. We aren't gluten-free in this house, but I loved that they have quinoa in them for a bit of protein and of course, we love anything and everything pumpkin in this house (even when it still feels like summer in mid-September). 


-THREE-
And speaking of pumpkins and 100 degrees, I put out some live pumpkins on Tuesday and I can't say I'm sad about it. I decorated for fall last Sunday, but as I told an onlooker at Trader Joe's as I was packing my buggy with pumpkins: "If we build it, they will come." Meaning: if I put my pumpkins out, the fall weather must follow, right?! 

I found this dough bowl from Wayfair and it's my most favorite thing ever!


-FOUR-
Does anyone watch "Call the Midwife?" I started watching it when I was pregnant with Knox (which, in hindsight, probably wasn't the best idea...), but anyway, I have been watching it for two-ish years and just love it! The seventh season recently came out on Netflix and I've been binge-ing it this week while Brandon's been gone. It's such a great show! 


-FIVE-
And even though the first day of fall is tomorrow, that means absolutely nothing here in North Texas, where the highs next week will still be in the 90's and the humidity will still be sky high. So, we'll be doing a bit of this like Knox (eating watermelon and likely swimming) while burning pumpkin candles, blasting our A/C and staring at our fall d├ęcor while wearing shorts and flip-flops. Le sigh. 


Have great weekends!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Little Boy Toys + Storage

Happy Wednesday! Like any normal two- and four-year-old little boys, Walker and Knox love to play with toys. Of course, we love to color, do puzzles and, like any children anywhere, love to watch shows on TV and play on their Kids Kindle Fires. (Or as they say, "iPads," and I'm certainly going to let them think they're iPads as long as I can get away with it. Ha!) 

Anyway, they're typical boys and love cars and trucks; NERF Guns; construction vehicles; toy tools; and anything and everything PJ Masks. I've posted below some links to their very favorite, can't-live-without-them toys, but first I wanted to show y'all my modern mom's game room closet. 

This is it right here. Nothing fancy, nothing Pinterest-worthy, and nothing worth writing home about it. (In fact, I took this picture on a random Wednesday afternoon right before I put them down for naps...didn't even attempt to tidy it up whatsoever.) I bought the gray bins (small and large), clear baskets, wire crate and giant Tupperware container from Target. (Where else?!) I had my friend Megan make me the labels on her Cricut. 



So onto some of their most-played-with and loved toys: 

+ Matchbox cars: They love Matchbox cars and are always "zooming" them around the house and always have one in the car with them. In fact, I keep a few in my glove box at all times just in case! 

+ Tool sets: Knox is obsessed with the screwdriver ("drew-dry-der," as he says) from this set and Walker loves the accessories from this tool bench my parents gave him for his birthday. 

+ LEGOs: Hands-down a big-time favorite in our house. I buy all kinds of Duplo sets so both boys can play with them and I don't have to worry about the teeny tiny pieces from the older LEGO sets. 

+ Toy kitchen: One of our friends gave us this toy kitchen and they love playing with it daily! Santa found some pretend food from Tuesday Morning, and they'll be getting some more to go along with it this year, too. 

+ PJ Masks toys: They really like these PJ Masks cars with the little figurines, and they're getting this set for Christmas that Santa found when Toys 'R' Us was closing. They also adore these PJ Masks costumes

+ Construction vehicles: There are a ton of toy construction vehicles on the market, but the boys really like this excavator, this bulldozer, and this front loader

+ NERF Guns: NERF Guns may be the death of me since I find those dang bullets all over my house in places I wonder how on earth they even got there. But the boys love them and have so much fun chasing each other around the house with them, so I'll pick up the random bullets every now and then. ;) 

+ Big cars and trucks: Walker really loves this crane truck and Knox carries around this ambulance. Really, they love any toy-sized emergency or construction vehicle. They don't discriminate! 

+ Lawn mower: Walker got this toy lawnmower for Christmas his second year and Knox has now adopted it for himself. He loves pushing this thing outside on the driveway! 

+ Power Wheels Dune Racer: By far the boys' most favorite toy is this Power Wheels Dune Racer. We love that it has two seats so they can both ride together, and they have a ball driving it around the backyard and on the driveway, and often ask to drive it around the neighborhood (so of course I get a good walk in chasing them!). 


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Monday, September 17, 2018

Weekending

Happy Monday, friends! I can't believe we're already in mid-September and only have one more Monday left in this month. Time is absolutely flying. 

We actually had a full weekend but managed to squeeze in some family time, too. Here's what we were up to: 

\\ FRIDAY: 

+ The boys and I had a lazy day: play time, a trip to Target to let Knox pick out a toy for being potty trained and lazing around while it rained. I wish I had some tried-and-true potty training tips, but the thing that's worked for our boys both times is to let them tell us when they're ready -- and reward with marshmallows. :)



+ Friday night, we attended Play Street Museum - Flower Mound's "Pajama Jam & Story Time" event. We were invited to attend this event and it was absolutely precious! The kids got to wear pajamas and, in addition to having a ball playing at the museum, they got to take part in their bear-themed evening: bear crafts, bear snacks (Teddy Grahams, so cute), read books about bears, and they got an adorable goody bag filled with the book "That's Not My Polar Bear," bear stickers and some fun Play Foam

We hadn't yet been to the new Flower Mound location of Play Street Museum, but I can assure you we will be back. We love PSM, but this location was extra precious! It was a park theme with a play structure (complete with a slide), an adorable pretend post office, house, diner, pet store and the typical PSM tables with play foam, colors and of course, Walker's favorite, the astronaut-themed activity mat. It felt bigger to me than the other PSM locations and the boys thought the big pretend tree in the center was so cool. We will for sure be back! {Special thanks to Play Street Museum - Flower Mound for inviting us to attend Friday night!} 










\\ SATURDAY: 

+ We had a lazy morning together as a family and then got dressed to go to Grapefest in downtown Grapevine.  

I wore my "Game Day" shirt from HomeGrown and green/gold earrings from Tenfold Collective in hopes of seeing our Baylor Bears win, but alas, it was a sad loss. Sigh. 


+ Our friends Liz, Chris, their girls, and Chris's mom joined us for Grapefest, a huge outdoor wine festival that's catered to families with petting zoos, carnival rides, face painting, lots of food and of course, wine! We all had a ball. 






\\ SUNDAY: 

+ We went to church and the boys were so precious telling us about Noah's Ark and all they learned about the great flood in Sunday School. 


+ Our Sunday afternoon was actually crazy busy: I did three loads of laundry, unloaded the dishwasher, had our groceries delivered via Instacart, Brandon washed both of our cars, we did some work to the yard outside, cleaned house, etc. It was busy but we felt better prepared to tackle our weeks by doing it all. 

I hope y'all have great weeks! 

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all! 

-ONE-
First and foremost, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you in the path of Hurricane Florence. After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas last year, I know the true devastation it can cause, and I pray you all stay safe. 


-TWO-
Many of you know April and have heard that her precious daughter, Charlotte, was diagnosed with Leukodystrophy in July. Through blogging and LipSense, April has become a sweet friend of mine, and my heart, like many others, completely shattered when we received the news about Charlotte. When April posted about their focus on joy, I asked my mom to make a sign for she and Charlotte with Psalm 126:3 on it for both April and Charlotte to see each day, and I asked many other bloggers to go in on it with me. April received it earlier this week and my prayer is that they can focus on the joy during this difficult season. I can't even imagine and I wish there was more I could do. 

Special thanks to the following women who helped make this gift to April possible: Emily, Kelsey, Danielle, Jenn, Jessi, Jessica, Victoria, Elizabeth, Christina, Lynn, Julie, Annie and Chesson



-THREE-
I blogged about this top a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to share it today again, too, because I love it so much! I wore it to BSF on Wednesday and it's so comfortable and I love the color. It's a bit lighter in person (and after I washed it) than online, but overall I really like it and you can't beat the price tag: $14.62! I think I might get it in navy next. 

Here's the picture of it on me: 


And here is the picture from the website: 


-FOUR-
One of my favorite things lately is watching the boys wave goodbye to Brandon in the mornings (if they're awake before he leaves). It just melts my heart and I'm so thankful for how much they love and adore him. 


-FIVE-
This scrub is technically marketed toward men (it's the Jack Black line), but I recently bought it over Labor Day Weekend and LOVE it. It makes my skin so, so soft and it has mint in it that makes my face have a nice tingle in the shower. It has really small granules that remind me of microdermabrasion, too. I bought the 3 fl. oz. size for $18 and I think I'll be using it for a good few months. (I use every other day and just squeeze out a tiny pea-sized amount.) 


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