Monday, August 20, 2018

This and That

// Hello my long lost friends! I know it's been a little over a week since I've written a post, but to me it feels like forever! I am so excited to tell you all about our trip to Turk and Caicos, and share all the pictures. Hopefully I get all the photos uploaded so I can get the post finished sometime this week. 

Also, because I've had a lot of questions about these, here are mine and Taylor's matching swimsuits. I found that they ran pretty tts. I'm wearing a small and Taylor's wearing a 4/5. 

// Today was Carson and Taylor's first day back to school. They both woke up excited, so this made it so much easier to hug and kiss them goodbye this morning. And I'm not going to lie, I am excited to get back into a routine, and also set some new goals for myself and our kids. 

// While the kids are at school today, my plans are to answer my overflowing inbox of emails, meal plan for the week, and finally finish up laundry! 

Pajama Set - runs tts and I'm wearing a small. 

I've been meaning to share these handmade set quote cards that Todd and I picked up while we were in Atlanta. We bought these to read to Taylor and Carson each morning, and while they are both a little young to understand them all, it's been neat explaining them. Plus, they give Todd and I motivation and inspiration each morning as well. 

And last, here are two recent SUPER affordable outfits you're going to want to snag!

Jumpsuit runs small, so go up one size. For reference, I'm wearing a medium. 

Romper runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

What's In My Suitcase - Turks and Caicos

Good morning!! 

In just a few hours we will boarding a plane with our kiddos and flying to (what I've heard) is one of the most gorgeous places in the world! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to have five days of quality time making memories with my family. And I can't wait to see Carson and Taylor's faces when they see the clear blue ocean and a white sandy beach for first time! 

I'll be taking the next week off from blogging, but still posting some on my Instagram and Instastories, so if you don't already, you can follow me here! 

Below, I snapped a few pictures of a lot of the outfits that I'm bringing on the trip. I am hoping that having all of this in one place, along with size / fit information will make it easier for you guys to shop anything you see and like on my Instagram this week. 

Swimsuit runs small, so go one size up from your regular size. 

Swimsuit runs tts I bought it in the Size small US 6. 

Jumpsuit runs small, for reference I am wearing it in the size medium. 

Dress runs tts and for reference I am wearing it the size small. 

Tank run tts and I am wearing a size small. Shorts run small and I am wearing them in a medium. 

Dress runs tts and for reference I am wearing it the size small. 

Bohemian Tunic Dress // Earrings // Similar Sandals

Dress runs tts and for reference I am wearing it the size small. 

Romper runs tts and for reference I am wearing in the xs. 

Dress runs tts and for reference I am wearing it the size small. 

Swimsuit runs tts and for reference I am wearing it the size small. 

Bikini Runs Small and for reference I am wearing the size 6. 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Home Favorites Under $100

I hope everyone is having a great week so far! I am in full-on pack mode over here, and my goal is to have the kids completely packed no later than tomorrow morning! Hopefully, the rest of the stuff I ordered will be here this evening and I can make it happen. 

Anyway, on to today's post. I had a few reader request via Inastagram to do a blog post on affordable home decor. Thanks to my insomnia, I spent five solid hours searching away for all things home decor. And I must say, I am pretty pleased with all the great pieces I found.

Everything below is under $100, and all had awesome reviews. I seriously couldn't get over how many things I found that look almost identical to pieces I've seen in home decor shops and online for a fraction of the price! And if you guys want to see even more of my home favorites you can click here to check them out!

This basket would look so good with one of these fiddle fig leaf plants in it. And if you wanted something taller, I love this palm

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

This and That

Good morning, friends! 

The kids and I are about to head out for a beach day with friends, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet :) 

I've ordered a few new outfits for our Turks and Caicos trip so I thought I would share! 

Ruffle High-Waist Midi // Earrings // Sandals (on sale) 

Runs small in the chest, so if you have a larger bust I would go up one size. For reference, I'm wearing a small.

Dress runs tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

2 Piece Loose T-Shirt Mini Tank Dresses // Earrings // Sandals

Dress and tee run tts, and for reference, I'm wearing a small. 

I am wearing the size small here, but I am sending this one back and getting it in the medium (it runs small). It was too snug around my bust and pulled a little through the crotch, but I love it so I'm hoping the medium fits! 

I also have more stuff like cover-ups, hats, and easy toss-on dresses that are on the way, so I'll be sure to share those when they arrive! 

// Speaking of travel, I started a new "family travel" page on Amazon! I ordered a lot of this stuff for our trip, and I am hoping it makes traveling out of the country with two kids run a lot smoother, while also keeping me organized.

// This is one of the audiobooks I talked about on Instagram stories yesterday. I just finished listening to Brene Brown's Braving the Wilderness and it was amazing, inspiring, and will make you realize IMPORTANT things in life that we often forget about. I cannot recommend this book enough! 

// Last week, I had toyed with the idea of doing Whole30 again for two weeks in hopes of getting off some of this weight I've put on this summer, but my heart nor my mind were really in it this time. That being said, I decided to just try and eat healthier last week and the rest of this week. And to my surprise when I weighed this morning, I was already down 4lbs. I am guessing that the last time I weighed after our trip to Palmetto Bluff I was holding a lot of water weight...and biscuits...ha! 

But anyway, my whole point in all of that was to share the salad I ate last night. Todd grilled chicken and vegetable kabobs, while I roasted asparagus. I cut everything up into small pieces, and then added a very small amount of feta and about two tablespoons of Tessemae's creamy ranch was so good!!! 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Our Trip To Palmetto Bluff

After Todd and I left Atlanta the Friday before last we headed for a two night stay at Palmetto Bluff to continue our early Anniversary celebration. I took a girls trip about three years ago and we stayed at Palmetto Bluff for a long weekend. I fell in love with the place, and every since then I've been dying to take Todd there. 

We pulled in right as the sun was setting and everything looked so gorgeous and picturesque.

And while I knew they had added on a beautiful new Inn since the last time I visited, I had no idea they had also added new restaurants, shops, and pools. That being said, this was a really fun surprise to see all of this for the first time! 

Todd and I were up early Saturday morning ready for a delicious breakfast at Octagon Porch! I always joke with Todd that I eat like the man, but it's really not a joke at all, especially when it comes to plate always looks like a dudes...ha! 

And if you guys ever make a visit, you have to try the Octagon Porch Breakfast's to die for!

After breakfast, we walked around for about thirty minutes and took in some of the amazing views. 

After our walk, we were ready to hit the water and do a little kayaking. Todd and I have kayaked a few times before, but we both agreed this time was our favorite. The water was calm and smooth, and we brought along our Boom portable speaker to listen to music. We ended up kayaking for over four hours and it was so much fun just talking, singing, telling old stories, and just relaxing on the water together. 

Here's a better view of my outfit below. This tank and these shorts are made out of the best luxletic material, and they are so cute and comfy! 

Todd and I were both so tired after kayaking that we decided to shower, order room service, and watch a movie. And when we walked into our room we were surprised with champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, and the sweetest card ever! 

Room service, champagne, pajamas, and a good movie is seriously my favorite kind of night! 

On Sunday, we were both up bright and early again. Both of us have the hardest time sleeping in, and we're always ready to eat in the mornings! 

The trail on our walk to breakfast was so pretty and peaceful. 

And while yes, this is my plate, Todd's looked almost the same this time :) Buffalos has the most amazing breakfast bar with the best biscuits and gravy you will ever eat!

After breakfast, we rented bicycles and rode through a few of the trails. It was so pretty, and with all the trees and the nice morning breeze it felt great! 

And how cool is this treehouse we passed on one of the trails. I know Carson and Taylor would love playing on it. 

After the bike ride, we headed back to the Inn to shower and pack up. 

This was one of the hallways inside the Inn. I was so obsessed with the carpet and the lighting that I had to snap a picture. 

And since it was almost time for lunch, neither one of could resist stuffing our faces with the delicious food at Buffalos one more time...ha!

 What I wore on Sunday.