Thursday, August 28, 2014

Nap time sale shopping.........

Nap time takes on an entire different meaning with only one child is in the house. And the fact that she actually sleeps.  I am a little ahead of the game today so I thought I would browse some sales, and tell you about the good stuff ;) 

Revolve Clothing is having their huge summer sale! They are one of my favorites because of their super fast shipping, and free returns!
PS that dress at the bottom that looks like a midi is actually a full maxi, that girl is 5'10!!!

Tory Burch  just started their Labor Day sale!! Totally worth it to grab a pair of boots or even flats and a few accessories! 

Last, Lulu and Georgia are having their Labor Day sale where you can save 25% off your entire purchase with the code LABORDAY25. Love everything in this store!! Taylor's rug is from here and I can't sing its praises enough!

An average day..........with a toddler and kindergartner

So, I sometimes get the question what do you do all day?  I actually really enjoy reading what other peoples days are generally like so I thought I would give you guys a little peek into ours. It has really changed recently with Carson going to kindergarten so I thought it would be fun to document how it is right now.

6:00- I wake up go straight for a cup of coffee, fix my breakfast, and if I am lucky sneak in a few minutes of quiet time before Taylor wakes up. She is usually ready to rock and roll by 6:15- 6:30 at the latest. 

6:30- Taylor is awake so I make her breakfast and milk. Todd is just coming in the door from the gym, so we chat for a little while why he makes himself breakfast. I usually go ahead and wake Carson up during this time so he will have time to eat and get dressed.

6:30-7:30- We are all running around trying to get it all together. I usually put on a TV show for the kids while I attempt to get ready, pack Carson's lunch, and get him dressed. When I say attempt to get ready I mean I usually just pull my hair back, brush my teeth, and throw on a little makeup (unless I have plans that day, then I wait until the boys leave and I will take a "real" shower).

7:30- Todd leaves to take Carson to school before heading to the office. At the moment Taylor is home with me, but she will start MMO next week in the mornings so my day will change a little from how it is now.

8-10- This is my favorite time with Taylor, she is wide awake and full of energy. Since it's not blazing hot outside at this time she and I will usually go outside, maybe go for a bike ride (I take Todd's since his has the seat on it), go to the park, or just chill inside and play. She has really been into my old doll house lately so we play that a lot! It is so sweet watching her play house just like I used to do. 

10-1- We usually try and get out of the house around this time. I go stir crazy sitting around all day. We either go meet friends for lunch (this happened a lot this summer, and yes, she is with me for ladies lunch ;), go to the pool, the bookstore, or just hit up Target and run errands.

1-3- Taylor goes down for her nap and I work on my blog, respond to emails, and usually start to prep what we are going to have for dinner. This time is precious to me, but probably when I feel the busiest. I just know it's crutch time and I only have a few hours so I've got to get it done.

3pm- Taylor wakes up and immediately requests her milk and Mickey Mouse. She likes to just chill for about 30 minutes and wake up good. She is either really ill or really snugly during this time, you never know what you might get :) 

3:30- Carson gets home and we are all very excited to see him! He will usually chat with me about his day then he is ready to play his Wii. I have been trying to only let him play for about 30 minutes, but I know he's tired from school and just wants a few minutes to zone out. Taylor usually colors, paints, or we do stickers. She is really into stickers right now, she could sit and play with them for hours if I would let her. 

4-5pm- This is always a toss up. We either play outside, play inside, go to a neighbors house and play, or have neighbor over here. 

5-5:30- Todd comes home and we hang out for a bit. Todd does a lot of grilling for dinner so he and the kids will usually go outside while he grills and I will get whatever sides we are having together. 

(Carson now gets to help cook at night as part of his homework. Isn't that awesome!)

6pm- We all sit down and have dinner together. If the kids eat good they will get some kind of snack or dessert, if not, dinner moves pretty fast. 

6:30- 7pm- Todd takes them up for bath time while I clean the kitchen, or if we have time we take a family walk or bike ride. Lots of times while Todd is bathing them I will take a bath myself and get my pajamas on. I love getting in my pajamas early!

7pm- We try and start to get Taylor ready for bed and Carson works on his homework. His homework is not traditional homework, its really quite neat. It's called Learning Extensions. Here's a full explanation of what this is below. We all love it!  

7:30-8pm- They both get one book, then off to bed. They are usually both asleep by 8! Sometimes Carson maybe closer to 8:30 depending.

8-10pm- Todd and I hang out. We usually get in the bed and talk, watch tv, or he reads. Something we plan to start this week is reading together. Todd suggested we read a chapter of The Magic aloud to each other every night until we finish it. I am actually pretty excited about this and I can't wait to report back as far as what I think of the book. 

* Now, this is just an example of a day in our life. My days are not exactly the same everyday. I have a sitter once occasionally twice a week in the mornings so I can train, run errands, hair appointment, etc. Sometimes Todd will come home on his lunch break so I can make a quick run to the gym too. At the beginning of the summer I signed up for a gym with childcare, but my kids never liked it and I just wasn't comfortable taking them knowing they felt this way. So gym time has been a little tricky this summer :) 

* Todd and I also do a date night once a week, so obviously between 6-9 on Tuesday's things run a little differently. They love our Tuesday night sitter and are always so excited to see her so that makes it much easier to leave them. 

Wowza that was a lot, if you are still reading, bless your heart. Ha! So in a nutshell, this is a little peek at a day in our life. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Brain Dump.........

I feel like Wednesday is a great day to let it all out! I always feel like I have a lot on my mind mid- week so it's the perfect brain dump time. 

* I may have done a little, actually, big happy dance when I heard the news that Nordstrom just started their 40% off clearance sale!!! Ahh..... y'all there were a few things from the sale last month that went so freaking fast I didn't get the chance to grab them, so I was so happy to see some of it brought back!!!
 Let's chat about the must haves first.

Let's all freak out together that they finally marked these down!!! Prettiest shoe Tory has ever made!
If you did not grab this jacket you need to now! It's so much better in person and the color is so much prettier. Totally horrible picture snapped with my phone, but I promise it's amazing!! The leather is unreal soft! I got a size small so I could wear sweaters under it too.

This is one of the bags I really wanted and it was seriously gone in one day!! Not letting it get away this time!

And here's the rest of the story................. I mean the rest of the sale ;) So many good things!!!!
Also, my tank worn here, is now 40% off!!!

* I had a contractor come look at our kitchen. I am very excited and found out that we could raise the area above the bar so I can add pendant lights!!!! I have a few that I like, but these are at the top of my list. I can't decide though if it's too much white?

I also found out that my existing sink has gotta go. ;(  I actually loved our sink and didn't really want to have to put more money into that, but on the bright side I am now obsessed with a farmhouse sink!! Anyone know where I can find one under $700.00???

* Is this dress a good idea or not? I really want to add in some plaid this year, but I look like a short man when I put on a plaid button up. No really, I do :) I was thinking this would be such a cute look belted with booties?

* How stinking cute are these skirted leggings ? I am in need of some new workout pants for fall so I planning to add these.

* We are all slowly getting into the routine of Carson being at kindergarten all day. I am still pretty sad about it, but he's loving it!! Plus, I am getting some much needed one on one time with Taylor and that has been so nice. She is such a mess and she says the funniest things all the time! 

Last, I have been making a real effort to try and stay away from unhealthy foods. The struggle is real folks and these s'mores aren't making it easy on a girl! How fun would it be to host supper club and have a s'mores bar for dessert? I mean, Holy Deliciousness!!!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New sales you don't want to miss........

So my plan was to just give you guys our anniversary recap, but I know with sales this good sizes will go fast!! So I thought I would share now! 

Shopbop just added tons of great things to their sale!! I really want these gold  Tory Burch flats, along with about 10 other things!! Number two on my list is this Parker blouse, how amazing would it look with a black leather jacket over it?

Also, Rebecca Taylor just announced an additional 40% off of sale!! Use code RT14LD40 to save!

Today is the last day to save 30% off your purchase with Banana Republic. Use code BRPRIME to save!!! I will for sure be adding this vest!!!

The Sancutary.... a little recap

It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever stayed, and hands down, some of the nicest people I have ever met. The service really did blow me away. 

When we arrived on Friday morning we were greeted and told Happy Anniversary by everyone. We had a delicious bottle of champagne with a sweet note waiting for us in our room. Our room was gorgeous and honestly I could have spent a lot more time in that bed.

This was the view off of our balcony. It was so pretty.

We spent pretty much all of Friday at the pool, with the exception of taking an hour to go eat lunch at Jasmine Porch.

Yep, that pool is a dream.

Y'all, this salad was insane!! I actually had it for lunch on Friday and Saturday!

 It was so fun being able to just sit, clear our heads, and talk about life. We made lot's of new goals, fun future plans, and even discussed a few life changes we wanted to make. On Friday night after dinner at The Ocean Room we walked on the beach and watched the sunset. Wow is all I can say, it was breathtaking. I will admit that I was slightly disappointed with my meal at the Ocean Room. I got the gnocci and it was dry and really bland. Other than that the rest of the food was great.

Todd surprised me with a beautiful onyx necklace. I though it was so sweet that he actually did a little research and found out that the seventh anniversary stone is onyx. Such a special gift that I can't wait to hand down to Taylor one day.

On Saturday morning we got up around 8 am and headed to the spa for our couples massage. Oh have mercy, it was awesome. I love, love, love a massage. Todd even said he felt amazing afterwards and really thought we should start getting one once a month or so. Sign me up! ;) This was by far my favorite part of the trip!

After we were done with our massage we went to what is called the Garden Room and enjoyed hot tea and fresh granola bars. It was so peaceful in there that we actually sat with our tea and magazines for almost an hour. 

After that we headed to the pool where we enjoyed early morning cocktails and loaded nachos!! 

 We spent the rest of the day by the pool and on the beach. It was such a beautiful, sunny day. I worked on my tan just like I had planned. Ha!

 Late that evening we headed home. We weren't quite sure if we were going to stay Saturday night or not. There was room available, but we knew we had access to the place all evening and in the end we couldn't see paying that money just to sleep in the room. With us only living 25 minutes away it just seemed like the practical thing to do. Plus, if I am being honest, a quiet night in our own bed and early morning coffee on our deck was pretty nice. Quiet and morning never happen at our house when our little ones are home ;) 

This weekend was just what we needed. I feel really refreshed with a clear head and a happy heart. 

I hope you all have a great Tuesday!