Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's Day! 

We had a crazy busy, fun-filled day yesterday! I got the boys donuts for breakfast, then they both had parties at school that I was in charge of (Walker from 12-1 p.m. and Knox from 1-2 p.m.), and then we had a family party at our friends Brittany and Caleb's house. Whew! It was a sweet little day, though. I love doing small things to make even a cheesy holiday a little more magical. 

Their shirts are here

I found the little plates in Target's Dollar Aisle! Walker got these jammies and this book

I found the little plate's in Target's Dollar Aisle! Knox got these jammies and this book. 

If you missed it on Wednesday, I shared a few before-and-after photos of our new foyer area. You can read that post here

A little preview (before): 

And after: 

I made some really yummy recipes for dinner this week and wanted to share. I am absolutely no food photographer, as I'm sure you can tell. ;) We absolutely loved the Dijon-Maple Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash and the Crock Pot Orange Chicken was also great, too (and out of my cooking comfort zone). 

We had one gorgeous day full of sunshine earlier this week and so the boys and I went outside to play with chalk. (I love chalking on the driveway!) While we were out there, I introduced them to hopscotch, and they loved it! It was such a sweet reminder of childhood. (Excuse our giant trash bins photobombing these pictures.) 

Don't forget to enter my giveaway for the cariPRO Electric Toothbrush from Smile Brilliant! Smile Brilliant will choose a winner and will contact you directly. And if you don't win, they're offering all of my readers a 20% coupon code; just use brittanywhitacretb20 at checkout. Good luck! 

I'm taking next week off for a little trip, so I'll see y'all back here on Feb. 25! Have a wonderful weekend and great next week! 

Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Della

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: A Few Befores-and-Afters

Hey friends! Happy Wednesday! 

I thought I'd share a few before-and-after photos of our new foyer update: a new chandelier! It has really transformed the space and I love the way it turned out. Y'all might remember that we purchased a home that needed some updating (it was kind of stuck in the 90's in a lot of places and they just had SO MUCH STUFF everywhere with lots of dark, bulky furniture) and we are really loving making it our own. We have miles to go in this house, but we're just trying to keep on budget and do one update at a time. 

So here are the pictures, and I've linked the sources below. If something isn't there, let me know! :) 

Here's the original chandelier that came with the house when we bought it: 

And here was the update from the same angle: 

Here was our foyer before (these "before" photos were those used for the house listing): 

And here's a current photo (taken yesterday): 

And another before, from a different angle: 

And after, from the same angle (taken yesterday): 

And the last photo, from the top of the stairs (before): 

And after (taken yesterday): 

We actually kept the existing paint color, which was really helpful! The big things we did in this space were, obviously, changing the light fixture; but also replacing the carpet on the stairs and into upstairs (I would love to have wood there but it's just not feasible with two little boys); and staining the banister and back of the front door. Smaller projects including changing the front door hardware and doing lots of cleaning and updating. 

Here are the sources: 

  • Paint color: Benjamin Moore Regal Select Chelsea Gray (eggshell finish) 
  • Stain color: Minwax Gel Stain "Coffee" 
  • Carpet: Local company; can't remember the name/style 
  • Chandelier: Wayfair
  • Rug: Rugs USA
  • Window panes: Round Top, Texas Antiques Fair (similar here)
  • Ladder: Vintage, gift from my MIL's best friend (similar here)
  • Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig: HomeGoods (similar here)
  • Pew Bench: Kirkland's 
  • Pillow: Pottery Barn 
  • "Let's Stay Home" Sign: Etsy (similar here
  • W Hanger: My mom's store 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

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Monday, February 11, 2019


Happy Monday, friends! We are coming off a jam-packed weekend full of family events, and I must admit I'm still folding laundry, getting my house back in order and I'm for sure taking a nap today! Ha! 

Here's what we were up to: 


+ My sweet friend Nicole came on a (literal) freezing cold day to drop off a latte on my front porch. After a week with Brandon traveling, it was a nice, welcomed surprise. I'm so grateful for fiends who go out of their way to love on us! 

+ And speaking of a freezing cold day, we woke up to ice on our pool net! It was 81* last Monday and by Friday, it was 24*. I cannot with this Texas weather! 

Also, I got a lot of messages on Instagram asking me about our pool net. It's a custom net by a company called KatchAKid and we really love it. It's great for safety and we like it for liability purposes, too. This isn't sponsored in the least; we bought this when we moved in and have been really pleased. (We just knew our rowdy boys would scale a fence so this was a better option for us.) 

+ My best friend sent me a recipe for Spinach Breakfast Muffins (that she dubbed "Hulk Muffins" so her kids would eat them) and so I made those Friday morning. The boys liked them! I made 16 on Friday and by Sunday night, they were gone! 

Here's Walker showing you his best Hulk impression. ;) 

+ Brandon arrived home on Friday late afternoon, and the boys and I went to pick him up from the airport. By the time we got home, got him unpacked and his laundry started -- it was time for me to sit down with a glass of wine!  


+ We went to a brunch birthday party for Knox's best friend, Sawyer! My friend Victoria did an amazing job and the party was so cute! 

+ Saturday afternoon, we got ready for Brandon's brother, our sister-in-law and their three girls to stay at our house that evening. All nine of us met Brandon's other brother, his wife and their baby at Chuy's for an early supper. 

+ We came back, let the kids play for bit, then got all the kids bathed and ready for bed while we visited. We stayed up far too late for my liking, but it was a nice time getting to see them since they live in Waco. 


+ Brandon's aunt, uncle and second cousin were in from Atlanta, so Brandon's mom got all of the local relatives together for a brunch at her house. It was around 32 or so of us! We had yummy food and drinks and enjoyed catching up with everyone. 

Knox is apparently ready for Mardi Gras! ;) (And don't worry, that's just orange juice in his cup, but he wanted one of the "fancy" ones that the adults had.) 

All of the second cousins that could make it  

All of the first cousins that could make it (Brandon is on the far left) 

All of the first cousins that could make it + their spouses

+ We were totally wiped after the brunch, so we call came home to take naps -- and then I spent the rest of the day doing eight loads of laundry! Ahhh! We had leftovers for dinner, got the kids in bed and watched "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Pretty Woman" on TV before calling it a night. 

We are gearing up for a fun Valentine's week full of class parties, a friends' party and celebrating love! :) 

Linking up with Biana

Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! This is going to be a long one, so buckle up! :)

Let me brag on God for just a minute. As our BSF teacher said Wednesday, "We are so quick to thank God for the big things He does in our life (health, a new baby, a new job, etc.) but how quick are we to thank Him for the little, every day things?" Funny how God smacked me right in the face with that yesterday. 

Brandon is traveling this week (all things always happen when he's gone!). When he's gone, I lay the boys' clothes out for the week on their dressers and really have no reason to go in their closets. Our hot water heaters are in a closet inside Walker's upstairs bedroom closet.

Yesterday morning, the boys woke up early and asked to play LEGOs in Walker's room. Normally I would tell them to go back to bed, but I told them they could play. When it was time to get ready for school, I asked them to pick up the LEGOs. Also on the floor amongst the LEGOs was one of Walker's dress-up clothes, which we store in his closet. Also normally, I would have told Walker to put that away, but for some reason (God) I decided to do it myself. 

It was then that I heard this hissing noise coming from the hot water heater closet. I unlocked the door to find water pooling all over the pan and leaking from the top of the hot water heater. I called Brandon, he called a plumber and they got a guy out here immediately. (And special shout-out to my father-in-law for coming over to wait on him while I took the boys to school.) He found a leak in one of the old copper pipes at the top of the hot water heater; a (somewhat) inexpensive, quick fix. 

But here's God. I normally wouldn't have let the boys play LEGOs that early in the morning. I normally would have told Walker to put away his dress-up clothes. We are leaving on a  trip soon, and the plumber told us if we wouldn't have caught it, we would have come home to a flooded house. I hate that we're having to pay money for this part, but I'm thankful it's just a part and not our house, and for the Lord's discernment He gave me to let the boys play this morning and for ME to be the one to open that closet, therefore finding this leak. God is good -- all the time.

On another note: 

I was so excited when Smile Brilliant reached out to me to try out and review their cariPRO Electric Toothbrush! You might remember that I worked with Smile Brilliant in the fall and fell in love with their custom-fitted whitening tray system so much, so when they reached out to me again to try this electric toothbrush, I knew I would likely love it, too. They sent me their Individual Package, which included the cariPRO Ultrasonic toothbrush, two premium replacement heads (with tongue scraper and DuPont bristles) and one wireless charging dock. 

I have been an electric toothbrush user for years after my amazing dentist recommended using one to better clean my teeth -- but that was eight years ago and let's just say my bulky OralB one was starting to bite the dust a bit. (And if you're not using an electric toothbrush, get onboard! My dental hygienist and dentist both told me about a year after I started using one that they could tell how much cleaner my teeth were. And y'all know through all my Invisalign journey that I've seen those two folks a lot in the past year! Ha!) 

Anyway, I got this in the mail and immediately started using it! I love that it's a much smaller profile than my old toothbrush and the black is a cleaner look than my white one that was getting really dingy. I also love that it starts charging the toothbrush the second I touch it to the charging dock. But I think the coolest thing is that it has five different brush modes based on your particular need (clean, white, massage, gum care and sensitive) -- and it brushes in 30 second intervals with a little vibration to let you know when it's time to move to another section of your mouth. I don't know about you, but I'm a busy mom who tries to multitask while brushing her teeth and that little reminder has helped me more than I ever thought it would! I've been using all modes, but I particularly like the whitening mode and I really can tell a difference in the color of my teeth using this toothbrush vs. my old one. 

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A couple of recent Amazon purchases I've made lately that I'm loving: 

This tie-waist top (and if you remember, I have this top in navy/white -- you can see it on me here!). 

These high-waist shorts

And these blue light-blocking glasses (LOVING THESE and I really do think they work!): 

We had some amazing spring-like weather here this week (that immediately changed when winter decided to return again yesterday, ugh!) that allowed us to be outside so much Monday-Wednesday. We got to go to the park (in shorts!) on Monday and had a little Sonic picnic on the patio for lunch afterwards. 

And speaking of Sonic, I love going there for Happy Hour (1/2 price drinks, y'all!) and rolled up at 1:58 p.m. the other day and sure did wait in my car for the clock to strike 2 p.m. so I could get my drinks half price. Anyway, someone told me that if you get the Sonic app, drinks are always half price! WHAT!? So you better believe I downloaded that app really quickly! It's the little things. 

We are slowly doing things to our house (aside from this hot water heater debacle!) and finally settled on a chandelier update for our foyer. I'm so excited about this one and to replace the lovely, super ornate, Tuscan-style one that's currently in our foyer from the previous owners. We have our handyman coming to install it next week; I can't wait to show y'all! 

Linking up with Andrea, Amanda, Claire and Katie 

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Confessions

Hi, friends, and happy Wednesday! I thought I'd share a few confessions with y'all let's get to it! 

I confess...

+ That it's cool to give someone credit. You get an idea from someone? Credit them. You share a product that someone recommended? Tell people who told you about it. I know we live in a world where we all want the credit, but I do feel it's important to give credit where credit's due. 

+ It makes me INSANE when I see people doing Instagram Stories while driving. Not only is it illegal, it's simply not safe and not worth it in the least. I don't care if it's live, on your dash or in your hand -- your life is more important than social media. Please, people, stop doing it. 

+ Since when has motherhood become a competition? I'm so sick of seeing all the articles, stories, posts, etc. comparing which is harder: being a stay-at-home mom vs. being a working mom. Can we not all agree that motherhood is hard no matter which way you shake it?! A girlfriend and I were talking about this at the park on Monday and we both agreed that it seems like it's been everywhere lately. Just mom and move on -- no need for competition because it all isn't a cakewalk, no matter which way you shake it. 

+ We register Walker for Kindergarten next month and I'm really emotional about it. I got the date of the first day of school on Friday and it's in a little over six months. Crazy! I feel like I just started staying at home with his sweet little 18-month-old self and now we're signing him up for Kindergarten. It just all went way too fast. 

+ And speaking of this, I'm already have anxiety over Knox not being able to really nap next year since we'll have to leave to go get Walker around 2:30 p.m. Walker still takes a nap (yes, he's five and still napping!) and I really wanted that for Knox. I guess I'm going to have to move up Knox's nap time? All you mamas who have little ones still napping + big ones at school, what do you do? (And yes, I realize this is dumb to be anxious over but...) 

+ I'm so over winter. Our weather here has gone back-and-forth between the frozen tundra (to us Texans) to springlike weather and then back again. I'm just ready for pretty spring weather where we can spend time outdoors, Daylight Saving Time begins (ALL THE PRAISE HANDS) and suppers get lighter. And honestly, I need some sun because I'm seriously the color of White-Out and it's just really not attractive. 

+ I made a New Year's resolution to spend more time with our friends. I know that sounds so random, but with young kids who need constant attention, it's easy to get into a routine of staying home and eating pizza and watching "Dateline" on Friday nights, and not making plans for play dates during the week. I mean, honestly, sometimes it's easier to just hang out at home, am I right?! Anyway, we made a resolution and I'm excited that we have already had dinner with friends last month, went out to a couple's shower last weekend, and have plans on the books for March and April to go to dinner with friends -- sans kiddos. And Brandon and I have both noticed how much happier we are when we come home from those dinners spent with good friends who lift us up, make us laugh and can relate to us. 

+ Knox is in a major "Terrible Two's" stage. (And all you people who are like, "Don't call it 'Terrible Two's!' Call it 'Terrific Two's!' -- don't @ me because I can't deal with that.) Anyway, it's just not very fun. His temper tantrums and fits and constant changing-of-the-mind are killing me. Walker went through this, too (from 2.5-3.5), and I know it's only a stage, but man, it feels rough as you're going through it. But then he'll do something so super sweet and act like an angel and I feel bad for thinking he was crazy a few minutes earlier. Gah, #momlife! 

+ We are going skiing soon and I'll admit that Brandon has done 99% of the planning. I'm usually Type A, borderline OCD about planning, packing and making reservations, but I just haven't this trip and am so thankful for a husband who has taken the reigns on this trip. (And I'm going to get off of this blog and go make dinner reservations soon...) 

+ My birthday is in April and I legit had to ask Brandon how old I was the other day. (I'll be 32.) Am I alone in forgetting how old I am?! 

+ I feel like this preschool year for the boys has completely flown by. Spring Break is next month and then we basically have two months left of school. What?! 

+ I've been working out lately (thanks to my amazing husband who set me up with a spin bike, weight machine, free weights and Wi-Fi/TV in the garage -- think he was tired of hearing my excuses to not work out...) and I honestly feel so much better and just so proud of myself.  And it's kind of nice to be on the bike and catch up on a TV show while I'm out there. I know this will change as summer gets here and it's hotter than you-know-where outside, but it works for now. ;) 

Alright, those are my confessions today. What are you confessing?

Linking up with Jenn and Jessi

Monday, February 4, 2019


Happy Monday, friends! Our weekend was pretty low-key, save for a couple's wedding shower for one of Brandon's best high school friends on Saturday night. We didn't even do anything for the Super Bowl; it was honestly kind of nice! 

These are the only two photos I took of the weekend; at the shower! Bad blogger alert. 

Aside from this, we spent Friday night eating pizza and watching "Fivel Goes West" with the boys; does anyone remember that movie?! Once the boys were in bed, Brandon and I watched Ellen's "Relatable" stand-up on Netflix; it was hilarious! 

Saturday morning, Brandon took Walker to Krispy Kreme while Knox and I slept and came home with their conversation heart donuts. (They were so delicious!) We had lunch at BJ's Brewhouse and then the babysitter came over so we could go to the shower. Sunday, we had a very productive day at home and then watched the Super Bowl in our comfy clothes. 

We are supposed to have oddly warm (as in upper 70's!) this week, so I'm hoping to get out and enjoy that with the boys before the cold front comes through on Friday and we get winter back. 

Hope everyone has a great week! 

Linking up with Biana

Friday, February 1, 2019

Friday Favorites (First for February)

Happy Friday and Happy February! We are one month closer to spring, which is thrilling for me because I'm done with winter. Bring on the sunshine, warmer temperatures and being outside! 

We had a busy week in our house, so let's get down to my favorites: 

We celebrated Walker's fifth birthday on Tuesday! He had an extra special day, as it was Donuts with Dad in his preschool class and Brandon got to take both boys to school and attend the event. He was quite sugared up on Tuesday, let me just tell you. 

We use this plate for birthdays and I love the tradition! My mom had a dark blue one that we used growing up and I loved the memory so much that I bought one for us to have about five years or so ago.

And then Knox got to celebrate Donuts with Dad in his classroom on Thursday! I loved how special they felt having their dad at school to celebrate with them this week! (This day was also Dinosaur Day, so he got to go around the school stomping and roaring with his "Knoxosaurus" hat on. Precious!) 

I'm really loving blush right now for spring, and when I saw one of my favorite shirts (on Amazon for $19.99) in that color, I scooped it up! I have this shirt in green from Walmart (see that post here) and blue from Amazon (see that post here), too!

Here's a picture of the green one on: 

I've been debating a round rug beneath our kitchen table for a while (mainly because boys + food = mess), but I finally bit the bullet and ordered this one from Target! It was $99.99 and the reviews say you can hose it off outside with a water hose when/if it gets dirty, and I'm totally here for that. It came in in one day (!!!) and I laid it under the table yesterday...and I'm obsessed. So glad I ordered it! 

Here's a picture of it in our kitchen. :) 

PS: I always get asked where I got that hanging rack on the back wall. It's from a little town in Texas called Canton, and they do an event called Trade Days there. I bought it last year on a trip with my mother-in-law and I absolutely love it for displaying invitations, cards, artwork, pictures and more. (I found a similar one here.) 

Also, the sources for my kitchen: 
+ Light fixture (Wayfair)
+ Roman shades (SelectBlinds)
+ Table (Nebraska Furniture Mart but it's no longer available online; linked the exact table from another website)
+ Chairs (Amazon)

We have been loving Zingo! in our house! We call it "Zingo Bingo" and really get competitive with it. ;) Even Knox (at 2.5) joins in the fun. It's great for their picture recognition, fine motor skills and learning how to play a game with rules -- as well as learn how to be a gracious winner (and loser). Not that we have any issues with that in our house or anything (cough, cough, Walker). I highly recommend it! 

Six for today because I am loving the Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer, recommended by Lindsey Regan Thorne. I was a bit hesitant to try it because I just never thought that an under-eye primer was necessary. Y'all, I used it Wednesday for the first time and I AM HOOKED. It was a perfect day to use it, because Brandon's alarm went off at 5:20 a.m. and he didn't hear it, so I was up -- and then my usual sleep-until-7 a.m.-boys were up at 6:15 and 6:30 a.m., respectively. So my usual under-eye circles were even more so. I applied this and in less than one minute, bam -- the circles were so much lighter. I couldn't believe it! I'm  a convert forever and ever. 

Have great weekends! 

Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Della

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