Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Shopping!!!


Happy Saturday Loves!!! I've got some really good shopping for you today :) 

Finally grabbed this coverup I've been lusting over! Victoria's Secret is having there spend more save more going on, so now's the time to grab some stuff!! 

$15 OFF A $100 ORDER
$25 OFF A $150 ORDER
$55 OFF A $250 ORDER


I also picked up this suit, the colors are amazing, and it covers your tush! 


Forever 21 online is absolutely killing it this season!!! Here a few things I ordered last week, and I love them all!!! 



So I am thinking I may be a little embroidered obsessed :) And this maxi is going to my next purchase!!!! 


And This Blouse is stunning, as is this one!!! 








Peasant Blouse  (also in white and blue)

 Lets not forget the mini, she must have some pom poms and embroidered goodness too!! 
Added bonus Old Navy is offering 40% off for all card members and 30% for non card members!! 








Friday, February 27, 2015

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



// With each week that passes I see Carson growing from a little boy into a little man.  It's breaking this mama's heart and I am finding myself wishing for summer just so I can see him more (someone please remind me of this mid-summer when I want to pull my hair out).  Kindergarten is no joke, he is gone all day, and when he comes home he is so tired.  Sometimes when I hear him talk, I am shocked to hear all the things he already knows (not in a bad way, but in a "oh my goodness, he's so smart kinda of way").  He already has girlfriends, yes that's right, girlfriends as in plural.  He has also already been, in his words, "dumped"....are you kidding me!?!?  Ahh, I am so not ready for the girlfriends stage.  I know this is only pretend puppy love right now, but I feel like it's a glimpse of what's to come.  All this to say, I make sure every morning before school when he is still sound asleep, I quietly slip into his bed, pull him close to me, and wrap my arms around him and whisper in is ear how much I love him and how very proud I am of him.  He usually rolls over with his semi-stinky morning breath (it's not grown man stinky quite yet) and his response is, "I love you too mom, but do I still have time to play my DS?".  Haha....I always respond with, "Yes buddy, you still have time, but can you snuggle with mama just a little longer?".  He always gives me his little half smile and nods his head.  It's my favorite time, it's our time, and I am going to treasure it for as long as he will let me.



 // I feel like I am slowly becoming the crazy flower lady.  I guess it could be worse, I could be the crazy cat lady;) Oh hell, I hope I didn't just offend any cat lovers!  I am not sure what it is about fresh flowers, but they make me insanely happy, which is so funny because when I was younger I remember how much my mom loved them and I always thought that was so silly and a complete waste.  These days, the older I get, the more I love them.  They really just seem to brighten up a room like nothing else.  I usually pick mine up on Tuesdays at Harris Teeter because thats's the day they get their delivery (kinda sad I know that right).  The prices aren't bad either, three bunches for $15.00, plus they have the most gorgeous selection!  In the picture below I hit the jackpot...these bad boys were 75% off and I couldn't resist grabbing a few (or maybe 45:).  Do you girls love fresh flowers as much as I do or could you care less and think they are a waste? 


// These adorable Sperry Top-Sider shoes are marked 40% off!!  I have NEVER seen these marked that low!  I knew they would be perfect for Easter and all summer long so I grabbed Carson a pair yesterday.  Plus, I am loving the fact that they slip on and do not tie....so much easier for him to slip on and off.


Speaking of Easter, I picked up this adorable bloomer set for Taylor.  Yes, my tiny little bean can still wear 18-24 months in certain brands.  That being said, Mini Boden does run extremely large.  This set is also available in more sizes here



// I am pretty much in shock over how good the new arrivals are at Express!  I am in love with this pineapple print blouse.  You must check out this flamingo one as well (just ignore the terrible skirt they paired it with). 




// I want to get beg my daddy and Todd to build Taylor a playhouse for her birthday.  I would not be upset in the least if it looked just like this one!!  How stinking precious is this!?!?!




// Technically this is 'Six on Friday', but ecards are the best ever.  Plus, who couldn't use a good Friday laugh! 













Thursday, February 26, 2015

No way!!!


Oh yes way!! Nordstrom just marked down a few fabulous Lilly dresses! I am hosting a baby shower in 3 weeks, and I am thinking this will be the perfect little dress for the occasion! Plus it's the Casey print, how can I say no ;) 

It's available it all sizes, and as you all know Lilly on sale never last long! 





And how fun would these bracelets be with the above dresses!! 





Also, totally worth the mention is this Joie blouse that was just marked 40% off!! You may remember that I have the black one in this print, but I love the white for spring! 




Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies


Just when I felt like I was on a roll it happened, they put those dang Cadbury mini eggs on the shelves.  Easter candy is my weakness, it has been that way since I was a child.  I am not sure what is it about those Cadbury eggs, but I can't resist them.  I am not biased either, I love the cream filled eggs almost just as much!! 

So, since Target made me do it, I bought a bag of the mini Cadbury eggs.  I had all intentions of just having a few a day:)  Not so long after my purchase I got on Pinterest and typed in 'Easter treats'.....you know, I was feeling all Martha Stewart and wanted to have a few things saved to make with the kids over spring break.  Well, that's when it happened, that's when I saw the title 'Cadbury Mini Egg Cookies'.   Words can not describe how happy hungry this made me.  I quickly read through the recipe and realized I had all the ingredients on hand!  I wanted to get started right away, but there was no way I was messing these cookies up.  So, I took my butter out and patiently waited four hours for it to soften!!!!



Don't worry, they were worth every minute of that four hour wait!! Trust me when I tell you, you defintely want to makes these cookies!!! 



Carson was too busy outside with Todd making water balloons, so this little lady was more than happy to assist in his place. 


Let's be real though, she ate the eggs and made a mess with the flour, but hey, in her mind she was helping:) 


Carson did, however, love partaking in the hammering of the eggs, and let me tell you, the hammer worked like a charm for smashing up these little eggs. 






Ingredients
  1. 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp baking soda
  3. 1 tsp salt
  4. 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  5. 3/4 cup white sugar
  6. 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  7. 1 tsp vanilla
  8. 2 large eggs
  9. 2 cups Cadbury Mini Eggs
Instructions
  1. Combine your flour, salt and baking soda in a small bowl.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine your brown and white sugar, vanilla and softened butter.Beat until creamy.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  4. Gradually beat in your dry ingredients. Your dough should look like this. Fluffy and soft.
  5. Place your Mini Eggs in a plastic bag and hit them with a rolling pin, or hammer. Whatever you have around the house. You want to leave big chunks.
  6. Incorporate chopped Mini Eggs with your cookie dough. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  7. Drop rounded tablespoons of the cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet or in a muffin top pan like I did in the photo above.
  8. Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 9-11 minutes. Cool in pan for 2 minutes. Remove to wire racks and cool completely.
Adapted from NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE®

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wish list Wednesday

Oh, so many good things on my list this week.  The weather here is supposed to warm up this weekend and hopefully stay that way for a while!! I am ready to welcome spring with open arms! 


*** Update a few of you in Instagram wanted to know where my bathmat was from. It's from Anthropologie but, sadly it's seven years old and longer available. But I did find one very similar here .   


How stunning are these colors together!? Loving the cutouts while still keeping it classy. 


This beauty comes in three different colors. So perfect for those cool nights to throw on over your dress or top. The white and the light denim are my favorites! 




Is this not the perfect pale pink pump? Would be gorgeous for Easter or paired with jeans and a top for a night out. 

This, to me, is chic meets boho. How adorable would this be with jean cutoffs or navy shorts!? 


Such a classic bag for such a steal! 

 Kendra Scott makes such beautiful pieces. I could see this pendant worn by itself or layered.


Pink and black perfection!! I need this swimsuit in my life! 







Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Closing the door to negative

This is something that I have written in my head a millions times, but posting it just never seemed quite right, that is, until this past weekend.  Over the weekend, I made a promise to myself, my friends, and my family that I would no longer look at the negative, hurtful, and untrue things written about me on my GOMI thread.  Now let me say, not everything written there is mean and untrue. There have actually been a few on there that say kind things and have even tried to defend me.  I would secretly find myself feeling so relieved when I would see them comment, but it wouldn't be long before the others would come firing back.  I am not saying I am perfect by any means, heck, I have plenty of issues, but reading the comments daily was really starting to take a toll on me.  I would think to myself, "If they hate me so much, why don't they just stop reading my blog?".  What I really needed to do was take the advice that I wanted to give them.  If I couldn't stand to read the things written about me, then maybe I should stop reading their comments.   

I  understand that I write a public blog and I know with that comes criticism and judgement.  What I can't understand is the name calling, body snarking, and the degrading comments about me as a wife and a mother.  I have slowly realized that I probably never will understand this, and the thing is, I now realize that I am not sure I truly want to.  As a person, I don't really want to know anything at all about tearing someone else down, I want to feel that I have built someone else up at the end of the day. 




I would be completely lying to you guys if I told you the things that I read about myself and my family didn't sting like hell. To be honest, I would get a pit in my stomach every morning as I would go on there to see what had been said, but yet I would still come back to look.  I was trying to convince myself that maybe the criticism would help be become a better blogger, and that maybe I needed to hear what they had to say, but this was not reality.  I never left there feeling inspired, instead, I left feeling down and unworthy.  I would also start questioning things about myself, things about myself that had never even crossed my mind, and I would let these thoughts consume me.  It wasn't healthy for me or my family.  I know I can't control what other people say about me, the only thing I can control is how I react to it, or better yet, not react to it.  Sometimes no reaction is the best reaction. 



Life may not be perfect and I know I am certainly not perfect, but I sure as heck have a lot to be happy and thankful for. That being said, these are the things I am going to choose to focus on from now on. 




I know I had a lot of you wondering where that haters quote came from on my Instagram.  The truth is, I probably shouldn't have posted that.  I'll admit, it was immature, but it came from a place of hurt and anger.  I really felt like doing this post was something I needed to get off of my chest and to finally close this chapter of negativity in my life. 

I am really excited to focus on all the positive in my life!  As far as this blog, you guys are the ones that make me smile, build me up, and make me love writing my posts each day!