Monday, November 24, 2014

Our Weekend

Did you all have a good weekend? I know we sure did! 

We actually did some of our Christmas decorating! I know, I know, it's not even Thanksgiving, but we are going to be traveling this year so I wanted to go ahead and get a head start. I still have some garland and some twinkly lights to add to the mantel, but I must admit, it makes me pretty happy every time I walk by these stockings.  Oh, and those cuties in the corner were working hard on a list for Santa.

I also busted out our Christmas china ;) I love this pattern so much, and it's especially fun now that we have little ones. The reindeer may just be my favorite.

The weather here has been so crazy! It was freezing Friday and Saturday, but then on Sunday it was rainy and in the upper 70's! Either way, I am happy I get to dress Taylor in all her precious winter clothes. 

 We spent lots of time outside snuggled by the fire. It's pretty much our favorite thing to do these days. 

 These two guys had to make sure they got in some snuggle time with mama as well ;) 
My North Face fleece has definitely been getting lots of use lately.

 On Saturday evening we headed out to meet some good friends of ours for a double birthday celebration! We went to a new restaurant called Craftsmen, and everything we ate was so delicious. Todd and I both agreed this will be a new date night spot!

We ended the weekend spending pretty much the whole day inside on Sunday. It was nasty and rainy so we watched movies, cleaned out the playroom, and watched more movies ;) We introduced Carson to the movie Home Alone while Taylor napped and I can't think of the last time I've heard Todd and Carson laugh so much. Then (because we are suckers), we let Carson stay up late with us and watch Home Alone 2. I am guessing we probably shouldn't tell him there's a part 3 ;)

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Warm shoes for tiny toes

For the past two years my mom and dad have gotten all the grandkids Ugg Boots for Christmas.  Of course I greatly appreciate that, but I swear my kids do too. When it gets cold out it's always the first pair of shoes they go to grab (I think it's the fuzzy fur inside that gets them). Ha! I am a little bummed this year because I can't find any in Carson's size that I love :( So, I am thinking about going with these instead. 

Nordstrom always has the best shoe selection for kids so I've rounded up a few my favorites. 
(click on the items in images to shop)

Thank you Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.

Friday, November 21, 2014

5 on Friday.........

ONE // 
I couldn't be any happier that it's Friday!!
 We have a ribbon cutting tonight for our good friends that just opened Mathnasium. It's a new math learning center located in Mt Pleasant. I am so very proud of them! I know this is going to be such a wonderful place for children to get the extra help they need.  They are not only the cutest family ever, but they are truly the sweetest too! 

TWO //
Seeing the lights on Wednesday night was so much FUN!! There was barely anyone there so we pretty much had the place to ourselves. If you guys could have seen Taylor's face! She was mesmerized by all the lights. It was quite possibly the most precious thing I have ever seen. She woke up Thursday morning and all she kept saying was, "I wanna go back to the lights...please." The magic of Christmas is so fun through a child's eyes. 

I have always loved a good hat and this year I think I am going to embrace it! I ran across this picture on Pinterest and fell in love.  I tried to put together a similar look-a-like outfit. Now, if only I could borrow her hair ;) 
Hat  // Blouse  // Jeans

FOUR // 
I thought this was good one because sometimes we all need these reminders

FIVE // 

I can not get over the fact that Christmas is less than five weeks away! I also can not believe these pictures were taken almost a year ago to the date. These are some of my favorite pictures of the four of us. A special thanks to my good friend Julia for capturing these.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

$100.00 Lulu and Georgia Giveaway

True confession, I have not bought one gift this year other than presents for my children!! I need get on it, like, yesterday!

 It's no big secret around here that I am a huge fan of Lulu and Georgia, so of course I jumped at the opportunity to join them in their twelve days of giveaways! I mean, I know we could all use a little help picking out a few gifts, and a $100.00 credit doesn't hurt either. 

They have so many great things in their store so I made a little list of my favorites that are all under $100.00 and most are actually under $25.00. You know, that way you can grab more than one thing if you win ;) 

Like I said, so many great things..................

Also, a few of you have asked about the color of my rug that's in my dining room. It's definitely more of a pink than red, but it's a faded pink, not crazy bright. I promise, it's stunning and the quality is amazing! 

Good luck and happy Thursday!! 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This and That.........and a thank you.

** I am always so blown away and humbled by you guys. I am not even a big cryer (well, maybe a little), but yesterday your comments and emails really touched me. I felt like I was reading comments and emails from my family and dear friends. Then I thought to myself, well they are in a way, they're my blog family/friends. That being said, I believe in the power of prayer and I thank each and everyone one of you for praying for sweet Taylor.  I am so happy to tell you she was fever free all day yesterday and starting to feel back to her spunky little self. Our doctor has decided against doing any blood work and thinks this was just a very nasty virus. I sure do love my sweet girl and seeing her sick like this has been horrible, but I am so thankful she is feeling better and back to being herself.

** Tonight we are going with some good friends to take the kids to see the Holiday Festival of Lights. Carson has been begging to go, and we like to visit the lights at least twice, so we figured we would go now before it gets really crowded. I can't tell you guys how beautiful all the lights are, it is so magical even to me, so I can only imagine what it's like to a child. If you don't live too far, you should consider making the drive. It's totally worth it!

*It's supposed to be freezing here in Charleston the rest of the week. I guess this is hello winter!!!
As much as I love a good dress, it's too cold, so it's time to bring out the sweaters. Would you believe I don't have hardly any sweaters in my closet?!? So, on my hunt to add a few new ones to my closet, I found these three that I love. This one is on it's way to me!! 

I am also a big legging fan when it comes to the fall and winter. To me, they are more comfortable during the day than jeans.  I swear by these, but I am dying to get a pair of the faux leather leggings. These look like the real deal, and they are by Spanx, so I am sure they suck you in ;) 

Also worth the mention these and these Rag and Bone booties are 25% off right now!! This style has never been marked down, and sizes are almost gone. So if you want them I would grab them now! 

Last, I can't wait to start burning my Holiday Nest candle this weekend. I just noticed mine is almost all burned down from last year, so time to replace it! Hint hint Todd, this would be a great birthday present ;) 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The side you don't always see

I know this blog is full of pretty pictures (I am not referring to the ones of myself), lust list, and lot's of things I love, but the truth behind the screen is that life isn't always sunshine and butterflies. 

* My baby has now been sick with high fever for six days. We were at the doctor's Saturday morning and then back again for five hours yesterday trying to find a diagnosis. We are waiting for a culture to come back before we possibly have to precede with blood work today. I have been worried sick with fear that something serious could be going on. Combine two parents who are both worried, had little sleep, and I can promise you as much as I love Todd, we don't wake up smiling and high fiving. 

* I saw a neurologist last week about my headaches. The good news is that I have a rare migraine called a hemiplegic migraine (I say good news because the diagnosis could have been something much worse).  The not so great news is with this specific type of migraine I can not take any of the pain medications out there to treat migraines. The neurologist also strongly suggested that I get back on my Lexapro, as he thinks my migraines are anxiety and stress induced. 

* Life while off of my medication has been rocky to say the least. I wake up every morning with my heart racing for no particular reason, I have little to no patience, and I often find myself being snappy to the people I love the most. Even though I know that I am no busier than any other mom I feel like my list of things to do is never ending and almost impossible to complete. In reality, deep down I know I am actually not quite as busy as most women and moms, but in my head that's not the case. It's something I can't exactly explain. When I am on my medicine I don't feel this way so maybe the migraines were my body's way of telling me, "Hey girl, I know you thought you had this, but you need some help.".

All of this is to say, I know in blogland, life can be painted as one big, perfect picture. In reality, that's just not always the case. For the most part, I don't talk about these things for many reasons. I want this to be a place where you come to visit and after visiting you leave smiling. I always try to focus on the good things in my life instead of the not so perfect things. Plus, I am very grateful for everything I have and especially all the wonderful people in it.  All of the things I share with you guys are 100% true and real life, I just tend you show you guys the happier side and not always the entire picture. So today, instead of a new outfit or a perfectly placed Starbucks cup, I wanted to share with you guys some struggles and a little peek into the other side.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

On the Farm.......

It's no secret one of my favorite places to visit is Todd's family's farm. It is truly beautiful there and being there gives you a calm that I can't explain. Todd loves to ride around the farm with his windows down and his country music playing. And secretly, for some reason I can actually handle the country music when we're out on the farm. It just seems right you know ;) 

Outfit Details

Dress // Tights  // Booties (Similar)
 Hat  // Tote  // Earrings

I have always loved a good hat for many reasons (covers a bad hair day, keeps your head warm, and they are adorable). This one is not only affordable, but the fit and quality are great!! 

I went back and forth on what color to purchase in this Tory Burch buckle tote, and in the end, decided to go with black. Nordstrom made it hard considering they carry this tote in five different colors. Believe it or not I didn't have one black tote, had plenty of black clutches, but no totes! So happy with this bag though, it has plenty of room and pockets for storage and the leather is the perfect weight. 

And last, how darn cute are these donkeys?! They are my favorite animal on farm. 

You can shop my entire look below along with a few similar looks.

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