Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Fitness..... Top 5 "gym" must haves

I really feel like I should probably let Todd write this post :)  We have been together for eleven years now and I can count on one hand the number of times he has missed the gym during the week.  I guess you could say the gym is Todd's happy place, and as his wife, I certainly don't mind that he enjoys working out so much ;) 

And with Father's Day being less than a month away, I thought it was the perfect time time to round up some gift ideas for a man that likes to workout.  I asked Todd to give me a hand and pick out his favorite top 5 must-haves for the gym.  No surprise here, Nordstrom had all of Todd's favorites in their workout and outdoor section

One // A good pair of athletic shorts
Todd really likes these Under Armour shorts.  They are super lightweight, and the material is great when you get hot and sweaty. 

While I tell Todd all the time he should probably wear a hat made for the gym, he doesn't listen.  He just always tosses on this Braves cap that I bought him last year.  Either way, at 4:30am when he heads to the gym a hat is a must. 

Resistance bands and tubes can be used many different ways.  Lots of people actually use these at home for a complete workout, but Todd uses his each morning to stretch out/loosen up his shoulders.  After throwing a ball for so many years, his shoulders seem to be the main thing that gives him any problems as far as aches and pains, so he's found that using the bands before a workout is a great way to avoid any lingering aches and pains.  I couldn't find the exact bands that Todd has, but this one is very similar. 

I am happy to take credit for this one.  I ordered my first S'well water bottle last year and every since then Todd and I have been hooked.  When it says it keeps your water cold for 24 hours, there's no exaggerating at all, it really keeps it ice cold for that long.  Todd prefers the large 25oz bottle because he drinks a ton of water while at the gym and also throughout the day. 

Five // Running shoes
Todd ends the majority of his workouts with sprints, so a good pair of running shoes are so important for his legs and knees.  Our entire family are all Nike lovers, they hold up extremely well and our feet are never sore after a hard workout/run.  Plus, they get an extra thumbs up for making colors that aren't bright, blinding neon!  These below come in two different colors and they won't break the bank at $100. 

And for a few more of Todd's "gym favorites", you can shop below. 

PS....... Nordstrom just started their mid-year sale today, so make sure you check out all the awesome markdowns!! 

Thank you Nordstrom for partnering on this post. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

This and That

Hey ladies...happy Tuesday!  Sorry for the absence yesterday, but our little man was feeling under the weather and he needed some extra mommy love.  Thankfully it was just a little virus and he is feeling much better today! 

// This past weekend Todd headed to the lake for a fishing trip with some of his buddies and my parents kept all five of the grandkids (my brother has three).  They do this a few times a year and the kids get so excited!!  They love their cousins so much...they have the best time together!  And my parents even took all five of them to see the Angry Birds movie.  They said the movie was super cute and that everyone did great.  I must admit, I was pretty impressed!!

And for the first time ever I had our entire house all to myself.  I am pretty sure I have not ever been completely alone in our house for more than a few hours, and I am not going to lie, I was really excited!  I had not organized or cleaned out the kids closets in over a year, and they were atrocious you guys.  So when I woke up Saturday morning I got started...I did not stop until midnight!!  I am talking, I didn't get out of my pajamas all day.  I even ordered food so I didn't have to stop...ha!  So, after fifteen hours, I end up with multiple bags of clothes, shoes, and toys.  Their rooms and dresser drawers are looking so much better.  And I am pretty sure Rocky (our dog) enjoyed having the time with just the two of us.  I may or may not have let him eat pizza with me and sleep in our bed both nights :) 

I know this isn't at all Pinterest worthy, but if you guys would have seen the before you would know it looks a heck of a lot better! 

I even gave Taylor's 'Little Critter' house a makeover as well, but as you can probably tell, she found it before I could snap a picture :) 

// I was so ready to see my little family on Sunday when they got home.  They made it home by lunch time, so we spent the rest of the day hanging outside and enjoying the warm weather!  Our cute little neighbor also joined us for some kiddy pool fun :)  

// Later Sunday evening, Todd and I snuck off to what I thought was a couple's going away party for our dear friends who are moving away., it was all girls.  I have never laughed as hard as I did when Todd and I showed up to see that there were no guys, just a table full of girls....oops! 

What I wore. 

Luckily Todd thought it was pretty funny and just laughed, but he decided to head back home and surprise Carson and take him fishing.  Taylor was already asleep, so the sitter stayed with her, and they headed down the road to try a different pond to see what they could catch.  Todd said Carson was so excited, and he ended up catching this pretty decent sized bass after only a few minutes of being there! 

Love at that little snaggle tooth smile.

// Speaking of what I wore, another one of my favorite dresses by Cooper and Ella was just reduced to 40% off!! 

Dress (40% off) also available here // Sandals // Earrings 

// Little Miss Taylor's last day of MMO was this past Friday.  They had a performance where they sang a few of the songs they had learned throughout the year.  It was so precious and our silly Taylor loved being on stage singing. 

Being a silly goose as usual :) 
Taylor's dress is from Shrimp and Grits and you can find her sandals here.
My outfit details. 

// I also wanted to mention that Nordstrom is currently doing their Clinique gift with purchase!!  All you need to spend is $27.00 at Clinique and you get this bag (worth $70) full of great skincare and make-up! 

I grabbed this compact and this eye makeup remover (it's the best), as both of mine were almost out! 

// And last, I wanted to share a few really big sales with you guys that just started!!! 

-  Nordstrom just announced their 40% off  Designer Sale!! I have never in my life bought a real pair of designer shoes, but I want these so bad!!!!  And I certainly wouldn't be sad if this bag showed up on my doorstep either ;) 

- Shopbop just started their biggest sale of the season!  There are so many good things marked down like this Mara Hoffman dress and everyone's favorite, the Free People dress

- Kate Spade just announced their 75% off surprise sale!!  I am talking $600 bags as low as $150, y'all!  Below are just a few of my favorites!  And you know I had to pick up this flamingo tee for $39, and this bow sweatshirt for Tay! 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

2 Must have Bras + selfies lately

Happy Saturday everyone!!! I am about to get jiggy with it organizing closets and getting rid of toys we no longer need around here!  Aren't you super jealous (insert sarcastic face)!? 

But before all that fun happens around here, I wanted to share two bras you may want to grab, and of course, some good old selfies lately ;) 

I would say one of the most frequently asked questions I get is, "What is your favorite strapless bra?" And up until Thursday evening when this one arrived (besides these sticky ones), I had yet to find one that I loved.  Now don't get me wrong, these sticky backless-strapless bras are still my favorite, but sometimes certain outfits just call for a regular strapless bra!  I wore this one all day yesterday, and for the first time ever, I wasn't pulling it up all day.  I actually never even had to touch it one time. Now, as far as sizing goes, I am normally a 32B, but I read in the reviews that the back strap was really tight, so I went with the 34B and it fits perfect! 

And just recently I also discovered bralettes.  I mean, where have these been all my life ladies?!?!  I have tried a few and these and these are my favorites!  I would size down in this lace one because it stretches out, I got the xs and it fits great!  And yep, I am still loving this boob job cream, and using it everyday, and I swear I can tell a difference!  And the tummy tuck gel is finally back in stock now as well!! 

And now, here are some recent outfits I've been loving lately. 

OBSESSED with this dress you guys!!  It's so soft and comfy you will want to sleep in it!  And these colors are so gorgeous together (and even better in person).  For sizing reference, it runs tts and has adjustable straps.  I am wearing the xsp.  And don't forget, you can 20% off everything at Moon and Lola until Monday at midnight with the code CAYCEE20

This dress is super soft and it runs tts.  For reference, I am wearing the xs. 

Dress (only $42) // Earrings (save 20%) // Bracelet // Shoes (almost identical

Loving this one piece and how it hides all my not so favorite parts :)  It has a built-in shelf bra, which I inserted these, and it runs tts.  I am wearing the 2. 

Dress also available here // Sandals // Earrings (20% off) 

Friday, May 20, 2016

Thoughts on Friday + Moon and Lola Tassel Giveaway and a discount code!!!

// Last night Todd and I took the kids along to attend the ribbon cutting and the grand opening of the new La-Z-Boy store in North Charleston.  And I must admit, when I first got the invite I was a little hesitant to go.  I think because when I hear the word La-Z-Boy all I can picture is my grandparents old recliners and big bulky couches, but I was so wrong, so very wrong.  They have come a long way since my grandparents recliners for sure :)  And I am so happy I went and got to see so many of their nice pieces.  I think it's safe to say we will have a few pieces of La-Z-Boy in our new home.  I tried to snap a few pictures while we were there, but having the two kids running around in a furniture store it was a little hard to take too many...ha! 

I loved all three of the chairs in this photo (had seem them online but looked much better in person), plus, they were all super comfortable! 

Lucite side table, yes please! 

And how fun are these gold polka dot pillows!?

What I wore.  You can save 20% off my earrings and necklace with the code 'CAYCEE20' until Monday at midnight! 

// Todd and I had a little unexpected date night on Tuesday.  Carson originally had a baseball game so I had lined up a sitter for Tay (no need in even trying to watch his game with her running around), but the game ended up getting rained out, so we kept the sitter and snuck out to one of our favorite restaurants, the Wild Olive. 

It was so yummy, and if you are local, I highly recommend the ricotta brussel sprout ravioli. 

What I wore. 
Dress (size down one size) // Wedges // Bracelets 

And now for the GIVEAWAY!!!!! 

I don't think it's any secret that many of us are tassel-obsessed this season.  I know for sure I am, and Moon and Lola nailed it in the tassel department with their new summer collection!  I mentioned before that in Dallas I got the chance to meet one on one with the owner and creator, Kelly Shatat, and not only was I blown away with her new collection, she totally won me over with her personality, ambition, and her love for life!  So today, I am so excited to share my favorites from her new collection with you guys, along with a 20% off discount code, plus, a FREE pair of Brisbane tassel earrings for one lucky reader!

I just love how you can mix and match all the pieces, and how they pretty much go with almost any and everything.  They are perfect for dressing up a plain tee and shorts, but also look great with a cocktail dress for an evening out. 

Don't forget to enter the code CAYCEE20 at checkout to save 20% off your entire order!! 

To enter the giveaway : 

1. Leave a comment on this post and tell me what color Brisbane tassel earrings you would choose if you were to win. 

2. Follow Caycee07 on Instagram 

3. Follow Moon and Lola on Instagram 

Please leave a comment for each entry for more chances to win :) 

The giveaway and the 20% off code will end Monday at midnight EST time. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Why do I blog if I struggle with anxiety?

Happy Thursday ladies!  And cheers to Friday only being one day away ;) 

I want to give you all a big thank you for your kind comments and emails yesterday.  At times, it's nice to know that we are not alone in our struggles and insecurities.  No matter how Pinterest perfect things may appear, at the end of the day, we are all human. 

I also want to answer a question that I received yesterday.  It may be one that a lot of you have so it's a question that I think that I should answer. 

Why do I blog and put myself out there if I am medicated and struggle with anxiety? 

- All my life I have let my anxiety take over, and since I was a child, I have literally quit almost everything that I started.  From sports, jobs, and even college, all because I let my anxiety and ADHD (I shared that here btw) take over.  I always felt overwhelmed and that I wasn't good enough so I would just quit.

- I have been blogging now for over seven years and there have been so many times that I have wanted to stop and just give it up.  I have laid in bed many nights crying and feeling like I just wasn't good enough to keep 'blogging' and that I didn't want to continue.  But I have always had Todd, my husband and my biggest fan, by my side cheering me on. 

Every time I feel this way he reminds me to tell myself that, "Yes, I am good enough, and regardless of my past, I am no longer a quitter!"  He also reminds me of all the things I love about blogging and the connections that I have made with many of you. 

- Why do I post outfit selfies and photos of myself if I am insecure? 
Haha...that's actually a really good question.  In a nutshell, here's my answer....

- Even though I am insecure about certain things on my body, I still love fashion and I love sharing what I am wearing.  Plus, it's real, it's what my body really looks like and there are some things that I like and some that I don't :)  Right along with interior design and party planning, fashion is my happy place.  I love to shop (always have) and I love finding new outfits to wear.  Along with all of that, I have also been fortunate enough to make this blog my career. 

If I let my anxiety and insecurities stop me from doing everything that made me anxious or uncomfortable, I probably wouldn't make it out of the bed in the mornings.  I honestly find that the more I take on the things that make me feel this way, the more I overcome them, and the better I feel about things. 

And this is one of my favorite quotes, so I'll end it with this :) 

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

My Anxiety Part 3

I am not sure how, but it has been almost two years since I have shared an update on this topic.  I think it's honestly because I am much more guarded now than I once was on this blog.  But, if you know me in real life, then you know the word 'guarded' and Caycee normally do not go in the same sentence.  Each of us have our own life, and we may not all share the same struggles or opinions on things, but at then end of the day, I think we are all just trying doing the best we can. 

Over the last two years a lot of my anxiety in certain areas have improved, but I can't say the anxiety has disappeared and I definitely still have some.  I do think my weekly therapy and my daily 10 mg of Lexapro help me keep it under control, and I can honestly say I feel happier and more at peace with certain things. 

I have really tried hard to train my brain to focus on the good things in my life instead of harping on the things that get me down or that aren't perfect.  Don't get me wrong, it's still a struggle, but I find that the more I do this the easier it gets and the better I feel. 

Below, I wanted to share a few things with you guys that I feel so much better about, but I also want to share with you things that still bother me and the things I still struggle with. 

 I've let go of wanting and needing everyone to like and accept me.  This was one thing that brought me more anxiety than almost anything else in my life, and it kinda makes me sad that it took me this long to get over this.  I think writing a public blog made this area of my life that much harder for a while.  But with that said, after 31 years I have finally realized living life trying to make everyone love you and accept you isn't living life at all.  It can torture you and it's truly a battle you will never win.  So these days, I am just me, what you see is what you get and if you don't like it...well...bye Felicia! 

Letting go of this was huge because now my social anxiety has pretty much vanished as well.  I don't get nervous and my palms don't get sweaty like they once did when entering a crowd of people.  I mean, I don't know, maybe it's the Lexapro or the wine I have while I am there :)  But either way, I don't worry if I said something silly or shared too much the next day, because that's just my personality, it's just me.

 But then, there are other things I think I may just always battle with.  I still have anxiety about certain things first thing in the mornings.  No matter how busy or not busy my day is I feel overwhelmed at being able to get it all done.  Maybe it's the season of life I am in, or maybe it's just my own crazy brain that makes me feel this way, but either way, I still get really anxious in the mornings. 

I still get anxious about my appearance, which I know is so stupid, I know, but I still let myself get down about things people say.  I second guess wearing certain things because of how they may make my "bigger" legs look, or I am self-conscious about the way I smile in pictures because after extensive (and expensive) dental work I've had done.  After a bone graph, an implant, and a porcelain crown, my teeth still aren't perfect.  Then, I think about my children.  At 31 years old, if words like these can still hurt me, how will they make Taylor and Carson feel?  That's when I start to feel an entirely different level of anxiety. 

So this, my friends, is real pretty outfits today, just real feelings and thoughts. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

This and That

// Last Thursday, we had our monthly girl's supper club, and I look so forward to it every month. Natalie hosted last week, and as we all know, she can cook like nobody's business.  Everything was AMAZING, so hopefully she will share the recipe at some point this week ;)  And excuse my dark photos, but we were too busy laughing and talking that when we finally sat down to eat, it was dark outside. 

I may or may not have gone back for seconds ;) 

LOVE these ladies so much. 

What I wore. 

// This past Saturday, Todd and I attended a really fun trunk show/party at Simply J Boutique.  And don't worry, there were lots of guys there, so Todd wasn't just standing around with a bunch of ladies and clothes all evening...haha!  It was a great night, and I loved getting to see all the new arrivals from Chloe Oliver and Betsy Pittard.  As I'm sure you've noticed, I absolutely love both of these brands. 

What I wore

This off the shoulder top that I wore last week on Instagram is also by Chloe Oliver.  It's super soft and actually stays put on your shoulders! 

// Speaking of off the shoulder, this dress needs to be mine!!  Those stripes and those ruffles both have me swooning. 

// I think it's safe to say the kids and I are both pretty happy about summer break starting next week! Can't wait to start writing in my new Emily Ley planner and wear my new Lilly Pulitzer cover-up / dress. I can not tell you guys how much I use my Emily Ley planner now, so I knew I wanted another one when the new year came out!

And this Lilly Pulitzer cover-up is fully lined so I see myself  wearing it as a dress and a cover-up this summer! 

// On Sunday this past weekend, we drove out to DI and took one last peek at our empty lot!  I feel like things are starting feel so real now, and our entire family is getting so excited!  Todd loaded up our bicycles before we headed out, and we had such a great time cruising around the island.

 Todd and I were also really excited to show Carson how close his new school will be to our house, and how next year he will be able to ride his bike to school everyday.  I told him that I would be riding my bike with him for the first few months and I got some major side eye.  I guess the 'I am too cool to be seen with my mama' stage is already beginning.  Oh yeah, and we are all pretty pumped about the new pool and club house that will be less than a block away from our house!!

// We found out yesterday at our meeting with the builder that they are going to be able to run our fence all the way to the property line in the back!!  We weren't sure that we were going to be able to, because of the protected wetlands behind us, but we got the thumbs up yesterday!!  And you can't see the stake to the right of this photo, but our lot dips down and gets wide in the back.  It's the main reason we wanted this lot so bad.  Being that Todd and I love hanging out in the backyard, we wanted to have some space to enjoy being outside!