Friday, July 24, 2015

What's in my bag

Packing has started for the birthday festivities and this is what's in my bag.  I'm pretty smitten with every single one of these dresses!  If you know me in real life, you know that I like to look cute but I have to be comfortable.  That's really a nonnegotiable for me.  It would also explain why I am hardly ever seen out in heels.  So when I was looking for birthday weekend wear I knew I needed things that could be worn with sandals or wedges. The dress in the middle was a last minute purchase at Old Navy today.  A steal for under $30!  While I was there I also picked up this dress for a little throw on dress or as a bathing suit cover up.

I can't wait to enjoy brunch at Orsay in Jacksonville with the family before the hubby and I head to The Sanctuary for a few nights. 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Happenings Lately

Summer has been speeding by.  I can't believe we only have a few more weeks before school starts back. 
Today I got some of my goodies from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale.  I love getting little presents to me from me!  This top is super comfy and I like the fit.  Definitely a keeper for Fall. 

I made what was supposed to be a quick trip into Target for just a handful of items.  Not one single item in the cart was on the list!  It's my black hole.  And for the record, I love my Tito's!
In honor of my birthday quickly (very quickly) approaching I have spent some special quality time with the people that will always be welcome to the table of my life.  I love "my people" that know me so well.  With them, I can always be real.  That is the best gift I could ever receive.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Birthday Girl

Ahh, July.  My birthday month.  This year I turn 40.  The big 4-0.  For years and years, I dreaded this quickly approaching time.  Actually I more than dreaded it.  I loathed the idea of it.

But in my 39th year I have been granted the gift of perspective.  For the next 26 days I am going to totally enjoy being a 30 something, but on that day that I turn 40, I am going to welcome it with arms wide open.  Will I still bitch about the development of more wrinkles and grey hairs?  Of course.  But that number that has loomed over my head will no longer own me.  I plan on making 40 my time! 

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Happening Lately

The Faithful Family will soon be putting our home up for sale and we have been giving the house a little "facelift".  As far as decorative pieces, I'm trying to pick things that I could incorporate in the home we build. 
I wanted to add some contrast to our bedroom and what better way than a few throw pillows and black lamp shades!  I'm thinking I want to add some Euro Shams with a Greek key trim just for a tad more color and pattern.

After Spring Break the master bathroom floor will be ripped out and we will be installing this.  I cannot begin to express how excited I am about the marble inlay.  I feel like it will give just the right about of pizazzz!
We have already added the granite countertop and these new sinks, faucets and light fixtures.  I'm still trying to decide on the exact color of paint I want to put up and contemplating glass knobs for the cabinets.

We have loved this house for the last 10 years of our lives.  Two of our babies have only known this as their home and it is filled to the brim with memories.  As much as I love it though, I am ready to build our (hopefully) forever home.  Having these little projects has only made me more excited for the prospect of designing and decorating every nook and cranny of a home from the ground up.  Cross fingers for us!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Throwback Thursday

Four years ago at one of our most favorite places on Earth.
They were all just little peanuts.
I am one blessed Mama.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday Favorites: the lips

This product is literally my addiction of choice!  For every single Mother's Day, birthday, and Christmas for the past 4 to 5 years I have asked for this Trish McEvoy lip gloss in Irresistible Petal.  My children make fun of me for how attached I am to this one product!  It gives the perfect amount of shine and I love the texture.  And bonus points, I feel like it makes my lips appear a little more plump!  If you haven't tried any Trish McEvoy products, make this one you start with.  (Their make up brushes are fantastic, too if you are in the market for any new ones!)
This Aquaphor Advanced Therapy ointment isn't necessarily a lip product, but I will say it has been a great little discovery for me during these winter months.  I like to do a little sugar scrub and then put a dab of this on before bed and I wake up with silky smooth lips in the morning!  A+ in my book! 

Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Looking for a change

The Faithful Family have decided to put our home on the market come Spring!!  Eek!  We want to build a cottage farmhouse, but can't move forward with that dream until we are out of this home.  This has been a dream of our's for some time and with Lovebug only getting older we knew we wanted to be in a new home in time for her to have many happy memories there and for it to feel like "home" when the day comes she heads out on her own.  To say I am a little nervous is an understatement, but I am completely faithful in God's timing and know things will happen as they should.  I'm also dreading the constant cleaning up after the little people (and a messy Hubby!), but I know that is just part of the process. The last time we sold a house we managed to do it in one week, but I only had one child to clean up after and take care of at the time.  If any of you have recently purchased or sold a home, any tips or words of wisdom you would like to share would be greatly appreciated! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Weekend Highlight

This was hands down the highlight of my weekend.  Laying in bed trying to learn how to arm knit while enjoying a mini mocha cake with homemade whipped cream.  No sugar or flour used!  I even delivered one to a sweet friend for her birthday yesterday.  This is the ticket to curbing my sugar cravings right now.  The recipe can be found in the Wheat Belly Cookbook.  Our entire menu this week is coming from this book so I'll be sure to post a review of the good and bad soon.  Happy Rainy Monday my friends!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday Steals

 I snatched this cute little top up at Old Navy for the Glitter Girl for under $12.  If they had one in my size I swear I would have gotten it for myself!  The picture doesn't do it justice.  I swear it looks like something from J. Crew in person.
This was my major haul.  All 3 jackets came in under $100.  I went in to see about a green quilted vest (they didn't have any left!) and came out with all of this!  The camo jacket is for moi while the other two pieces are for Lovebug.  She showed resistance at first, but after I styled the them for her she came around to my way of thinking.  Loving finding some cute new pieces for a great price!

Friday, January 9, 2015

Five for Friday

I haven't had a brain dump in a while so I thought I'd give it a go.

1. I've learned in my attempt to cut grains and reduce my sugar intake, that living without bread is easy.  Living without sugar, not so much.  I love sugar.

2. Having a young teen isn't as horrible as I prepared myself for (so far).  I love being able to have real conversations with her.  Sharing shoes can be an added bonus (especially since she just got the coveted L.L.Bean duck boots for Christmas!).

3. Birdie would like to have her name changed on the blog to Glitter Girl. From here on out, the middle child shall be referred to as Glitter Girl.  She needs a cape with a big G on it with lots and lots of glitter!

4. Boys are different.  They never sit still.  I need moments of quiet and stillness...he does not.  Too bad it doesn't count as exercise for me just watching him buzz around.

5. My wonder lust daydreams intensify while I'm stuck inside during cold weather. 

Cheers to the weekend my friends!

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Yummy Yummy

I have decided I am going to try to give up grains and reduce my intake of sugar to see if that helps clear up my skin issues as well help me lose those 5 pounds that I let creep up on me.  Here's this mornings breakfast and all I can say is "Delicious!".  It's one egg over easy & some uncured meat (any of your choice will do) over sliced tomatoes with a sprinkle of fresh basil and a little salt and pepper.   Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


It's cold.  Really, really cold.  I did manage to wear my Frye boots paired with a super cute plaid jacket when I was out in public, but the minute I walked in the door I slipped on the bedroom shoes and got comfy.  If I have to get out of pj's on days like today, this is exactly how I need to be! 

Bundle up peeps and pray the snow skips over us for now!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

One liners

"Mama, you're a pie---a cutie pie"~~~ the perfect pick up line straight out the mouth of the 5 year old, G Money! 

Monday, January 5, 2015


While I am not usually a fan of all the rain, I have enjoyed the gift it has given me. I can't remember the last time I spent this much time just "being" with my little family. The other night I was out with some girlfriends talking about resolutions and choosing a word of the year instead to live towards. The rain has made me realize my theme for the year, Just Be. Just Be in the moment. Just Be happy. Just Be myself. Just Be.