Wednesday, January 30, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Valentine's Day

Y'all know we love to celebrate silly little holidays, and Valentine's Day is no exception. Any excuse to eat chocolate, right?! 

Each year we give the boys a little "happy" for Valentine's Day and try to make it special and fun. This year, our boys are getting a plate from Target's Dollar Aisle, a book and some pajamas. They both have parties at school that day, so I'm sure it will be nice and crazy (and sugar-filled). 

I wanted to share some of our favorite Valentine's Day books, as well as some cute outfits and PJ's for the special day: 






And of course, no Valentine's Day is complete without a cute little outfit and PJ's! Here are some I love: 


one || two || three || four 

five || six 


Happy (early) Valentine's Day! 

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Weekending

It's Monday again! How did that happen so quickly?! I feel like weekends absolutely fly by. Here's what we were up to (and yes, I realize I totally need to get IN more pictures, ugh!): 

\\ FRIDAY: 

+ My parents gifted us a membership to the Fort Worth Museum of Science & History for Christmas, so the boys and I met my friend Nicole and her daughters for a fun morning there. It's the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo right now, and since the museum is on the rodeo grounds, we had it practically to ourselves. It was wonderful! We are really looking forward to using this membership this year. 







+ Friday night, we had pizza and wine and watched the "Fyre" documentary on Netflix once the boys were in bed. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it! Usually by Friday night I'm falling asleep on the couch as we watch a show, but I was totally engaged in this show and couldn't get enough! 

\\ SATURDAY: 

+ We got a ton done around the house and then after naps, I took the boys to their friend Peyton's birthday party at Small World Big Imagination. Peyton is the daughter of my good friend Liz, and she was Walker's very first friend (and future wife, ha!). Brandon stayed home and got some stuff done and then met us and Liz, her husband and kids for dinner at Chuy's afterward. We finished the night with cookies from Tiff's Treats. Always fun hanging with our great friends! 





\\ SUNDAY:  

+ Brandon let me sleep in until 7:40 a.m. -- a time I haven't seen in a while! I know it's silly to call 7:40 a.m. "sleeping in," but hey, #parenthood. 

+ We spent our morning checking off major items on our ever-growing house to-do list, and then had lunch at Hopdoddy Burger Bar. It was delicious! (A giant bowl of Parmesan Truffle Fries -- need I say more?!) We then walked to Barnes & Noble to let the boys pick out a book, and then sat in the sunshine and enjoyed our random 61* temperatures. Walker picked out a Star Wars early reader, and Knox, of course, chose a Peppa Pig book. We're heavy into Peppa right now!

+ I then took at two-hour nap and we went for a walk, did some yard work (SO MANY WEEDS!) while the boys played in the backyard, and finished our night with breakfast for dinner (pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon) and a rousing game of Zingo! We got that game for Christmas and we love it! It's such a cute little game for kids -- and even 2.5-year-old Knox was getting into it! 







Hope y'all have wonderful weeks! 

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday Favorites: Last One for January

Happy Friday, and the last one of January, at that! (#allthepraisehands) Here's what I'm loving this week:

-ONE-
This side-tie top from, you guessed it, Walmart! I got it in blush and really want to go back and get it (or order it) in white and black. And for $11.88, you can justify it! ;) 


-TWO-
I'm officially the person I said I'd never be: the person diffusing essential oils in her house! Don't worry, I'm not jumping on the bandwagon at breakneck pace, but I am trying them out to see what all the hype's about during sick season. 

I bought this $13 diffuser from Amazon and a few essential oils from there, too (all under $10): lemon, eucalyptus, peppermint and tea tree -- and I threw two kids' roller-ball oils in my cart, as well, because clearly I have no self-control. I got Germ Destroyer and Immune Boom

I have no idea if these will work or if it won't do more than deodorize my house, but hey, I'm willing to give it a shot! 


-THREE-
In case you missed it, I shared my recent Amazon favorites on Wednesday. You can find that post here


-FOUR-
Did you catch the Duchess of Cambridge's gorgeous hunter green outfit she wore on Tuesday to her engagement at Family Action? Oh my gosh, I loved it! The dress is bespoke Beulah London and looked precious on her. 


-FIVE-
I caved and found the cutest swimsuits for the boys (yes, in January -- insert monkey covering its eyes emoji here!) at none other than Target! I know it's early, but I love being prepared and having them ready to go and buying them before all the sizes I need sell out. Plus, we can wear them starting in early May around these parts! 

I ordered the first four online and then found the last one in-store since online didn't have my boys' sizes. And when I went in, I found some other cute ones I didn't see online, and even called my sister-in-law and asked her which ones she wanted after texting pictures back and forth. ;) Ha! 

Colorblock ($9.99):


Blue ($9.99): 


Plaid ($9.99):


Oranges ($9.99): 


Mock seersucker ($9.99): 


I hope y'all have wonderful weekends! 

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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Recent Amazon Things I've Bought (and Liked)

Hi, friends! I'm an Amazon junkie and readily admit that I Prime more than I probably should. But hey, #MomLife, right?! Anyway, I wanted to share some of my recent Amazon Prime favorites with y'all in hopes that you'll like them, too: 


1 // 2 // 3

4 // 5 // 6

7 // 8 // 9

-ONE-
I love these recordable storybooks -- especially for my parents to do for our boys since they live far away. I recently bought this one and asked my mom and dad to record it for the boys. The story is really sweet and is about people who are far away from each other, but still see the same moon. It made me cry! 

-TWO-
This clip-on strainer is awesome! If you're like me and always lose the ground meat when draining the fat, or other liquid when straining something, then this is for you! You just clip it onto the side of your pot and drain like normal. I'm obsessed! 

-THREE-
I had wine charms for our wine glasses before we moved last year, but I lost them in the move. I never really LOVED them (because people couldn't remember which charm they had), so enter these wine glass markers! You just write names on the glass and it washes off easily with soap and water (or in the dishwasher). 

-FOUR-
'Tis the season for germs, viruses, and bacteria and I'm not here for any of 'em. Enter these bleach germicidal wipes that targets 51 microorganisms in three minutes. I saw them recommended by an infectious diseases doctor in a New York Times article about cleaning up after the dreaded stomach bug and I figured if it was good enough for them, it was good enough for me. So I Prime'd them and have them ready to go. 

-FIVE-
I wanted more than just water (or a harsh cleaner) to clean our fruits and veggies, so I bought this one. It's all-natural and removes dirt, wax and chemicals from produce. Jus spray it and rub it (and then I rinse it afterwards). I've been impressed at what all comes off of my produce in my sink. Gross!

-SIX-
Walker is out of toddler sizes (in most brands) and officially in big-kid sizes, and with that comes clothing designers who think that just because a little boy in a size 6 clothing, it must automatically be athletic wear or things with tacky sayings, and pajamas must either be boxers or characters. Anyway, enter Leveret. This isn't sponsored in the least; I truly just love these soft, sweet pajamas that make my five-year-old look five and not 15. 

-SEVEN-
I bought this hat to take with us skiing next month, and I love it! It's so cute and you can change the little puff out on top with different colors. I don't often wear hats because I think I look silly in them half the time, but I actually really liked this one. 

-EIGHT-
It's winter, and winter always brings sickness along with it. I bought these Elderberry gummy vitamins for myself recently and I really think they're helping me. I also give the boys a daily liquid elderberry syrup, too (along with a probiotic and multivitamin). 

-NINE-
File this under "things I said I'd never own but here we are": a fanny pack. I won't be wearing it out and about, though -- just under my ski gear for sandwiches, etc. when we go skiing soon. ;) Note: I bought this on Amazon a few weeks ago, but it's currently unavailable. 

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Monday, January 21, 2019

Weekending: Walker's FIFTH Birthday!

Hi, friends! Happy Monday! We had a full weekend celebrating our (almost) five-year-old. (Can't believe my baby is about to be five; ugh, it's hitting me hard.) My parents, sister and one of my brothers and his girlfriend came into town for the weekend and we had lots of fun family time. 

My parents came to our house on Friday evening, and then we spent Saturday at another birthday party, running party errands for Walker's party, and then having a family dinner at Kenny's Italian Kitchen

Saturday night, I had Card My Yard come and do a special sign in our yard for Walker's birthday. He was so excited! 

We had Walker's party on Sunday and it was such a fun time! As I do each year, I get so choked up looking around the room at our friends and family singing "Happy Birthday," just knowing how much love, support, prayers and friendship they give us. We are so grateful to celebrate our five-year-old and can't believe the years have flown this quickly!











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Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone has had a great week.

-ONE-
We are celebrating Walker's FIFTH birthday this weekend! It's a bit early, but since family will be in town this weekend, we figured it was a good time to go ahead and celebrate! I can't believe my baby will be five soon. I'll be honest, five is hurting a bit. I know everyone says it, but it has honestly gone by in the blink of an eye. He will start Kindergarten in August and it's just so hard to believe. 

And because I apparently like to torture myself, here's a little now-and-then for you: 

(C) Liz Haas Photography 

(C) Caroline Jurgensen Photography 

-TWO-
I'm trying hard to be on the ball this year and plan gifts and holidays out in advance (if I can). And for some reason, Valentine's Day always sneaks up on me! I saw Beth's recent post and she inspired my teacher gifts this year: white tea towels and my favorite soap! I put them in a cute bag and will make a little heart-shaped tag and tie it to the bag with red and white baker's twine. Voilá! 


-THREE-
Speaking of Valentine's Day, I've had a hard time this year finding cute Valentine's Day jammies for the boys. And yes, I readily admit that I'm crazy and will put them in themed shirts/jammies until they tell me they no longer want me to. Ha! 

Anyway, I found these at Old Navy over the weekend and thought they were so cute! 



-FOUR-
And since this is apparently turning into a Valentine's Day post, I wanted to share the cute books I got for the boys for their little Valentine's Day "happy." Brandon and I always get them a cute little something on holidays like Valentine's Day, Halloween, etc. just as a way to create memories for them. I found two cute little plates in Target's Dollar Aisle and will give them that and the following books: 

You Are My Heart (for Knox) and The Valentine Bears (for Walker). 


-FIVE-
One of my sorority sisters from college, Victoria, is a BeautyCounter rep and sent me lots of goodies to try out. She sent me the Recovery Sleeping Cream, the Pure Calm Cleansing Milk, the Adaptive Moisture Lotion, the Intense Moisture Serum and the Cleansing Balm

I was a little hesitant to try it, just since I have my tried-and-true products and love what I currently use. (And y'all know I never share things here I don't actually try.) But, I really have loved the cleansing milk, cleansing balm and serum especially. But with all of the products, I was shocked at how soft my skin was after two days. I couldn't believe it! 

You apply the Cleansing Milk to a dry face, and I'll be honest that it took me a few tries to really adjust to that feeling. But I was completely shocked at how it completely removed my makeup! The Cleansing Balm is like a Vaseline mask for your face and body. I actually applied it to Walker's chapped lips, Knox's dry cheeks and shins and my elbows, too! It really made them so soft. And the serum did a wonderful job of really keeping moisture in with this cold, dry winter weather we've had this week. 

I will say, I did feel like the Adaptive Moisture Lotion and Recovery Sleeping Cream weren't really stand-outs to me and I felt like, other than the "clean" standard for Beauty Counter, they were very similar to what I currently use for my day time and nighttime moisturizer. I also did feel like the prices were pretty steep and I'm not sure if I would (or could) pay as much for it, but I did like the softness it offered my skin and did like knowing I was putting completely clean products on my face. 


I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! 

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Belated Weekending

I have felt like I just couldn't catch up yesterday, so I'm sharing our weekend a bit late. 

\\ FRIDAY: 

+ We met my friend Stacy and her kiddos at Play Street Museum and the kids just had a ball playing together while Stacy and I caught up. 




+ Friday night, my college roommate Brittany and her family came over for dinner and to let the kids play. They have two boys just like us, so we had four boys (who just love each other!) playing together: 5, 4, 3 and 2. So loud and crazy, but so much fun! 


\\ SATURDAY: 

+ I spent my morning doing a podcast with Kelsey Peacock for her Essential Life Podcast and it was SO MUCH FUN! I was honored she asked me to be on and I'll be sure to share it with you once it's live. 

+ I wish I would have taken pictures not just on Instagram, but I did a little bayalage to my hair and I really love it! It's really subtle, but gives my hair a nice contrast and just a little something. I'll share pictures on Friday. ;) 

+ We had a super lazy rest of the day: cleaning, laundry and such. We are super cool! 

\\ SUNDAY: 

+ We made Joanna Gaines's homemade biscuits {from the Magnolia Table cookbook} for breakfast, and they were delicious! I have made a lot of things from the cookbook and I put say, it doesn't disappoint. The cookbook is currently on sale on Amazon for $17.99 (down from $29.99). 


+ Our boys are really into fighting and arguing with each other lately, so I pulled out the "Get Along Shirt" and made them wear it for a few minutes until they could apologize. They love each other so hard, but they also fight like cats and dogs and can just be mean sometimes! 


+ We had lunch at Central Market and then ran some errands, finishing up at our home away from home, Jabo's Ace Hardware. The boys love looking at the chicks and ducklings and the big rooster outside, too. 


+ We are going skiing next month, so we had the boys try on their ski clothes to make sure everything fit. And I couldn't quit laughing thinking of that kid in "The Christmas Story" who says, "I can't put my arms down!" 


Since we know they'll grow, we ordered little OshKosh bibs/jackets from Amazon and some snow boots from Target. 

Have a great Tuesday! 

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