Friday, March 16, 2018

Five on Friday - My Birthday Wish List

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Happy Friday!  My birthday just happens to be right around the corner (April 5), so today I’m sharing my birthday wish list.  Since we’re now a one income family I haven’t been shopping for myself much as of late, so there are quite a few things on the list this year! 

O N E – For the Home

Sit-to-Stand Work Station – All of you who have been reading my blog for some time now may know that I have low back/pelvic problems and the number one thing that causes pain and irritation is sitting.  I often can’t sit more than 30 minutes without my pain kicking in.  When I had my corporate job, they provided me with a stand-up work station and it worked WONDERS for my body.  My pain significantly lessened during that last year that I was there.  Now that I’m at home, I’m not at a computer as often as I was when I worked, but I do still spend a few hours on it each day and my overall pain level has definitely increased because of it.  This is the number one item on my list for my birthday and this one is PERFECT.  I love that it will cover the entire surface of my desk so I can just leave my monitor and keyboard on it and still adjust it from sitting to standing within seconds!

Dot & Bo Benzara 10 Inch Silver Metal Tray with Mirror – My mother-in-law bought a gorgeous serving tray for me for my birthday last year and I love it so much that I want one similar for my office.  The one that I have is 15 inches in diameter which is too large for the space in my office, so I put out feelers on Instagram stories since I was having trouble finding a smaller version, and my girl Jess at The Newly found exactly what I’m looking for.  I want this one so bad!!  

Portable Bluetooth Speaker with FM Radio – I love to listen to Elvis Duran and/or Bobby Bones in the morning while I work, and I need a small radio for my office.  Yes, I know I can listen to them on iHeart Radio (which is what I have been doing for the last 3 months), but I don’t like that there is such a long delay and I also don’t like hearing local commercials for New York.  Haha.  Plus, it drains my phone battery terribly.  So yes, call me old school, but I want a radio!

TV for my office – I haven’t had much luck finding exactly what I’m looking for online, but my requirements are as follows: I want it to be pretty small (like 13-19 inches), I want to be able to watch local channels, I want to be able to watch Netflix, and I would like for it to have a built-in DVD player.  :o)

Crate & Barrel Camille Champagne Flutes, Set of 4 – B and I rarely drink champagne, but every household should have some decent champagne flutes in case a special occasion arises!  I am completely obsessed with my Camille wine glasses from Crate & Barrel, so it’s only fitting that I own a set of four of these Camille champagne flutes as well!  They are just stunning.

Young Living Essential Oils Premium Starter Kit with Dew Drop Diffuser – I keep saying that I’m going to start oiling, and one of these days I will, but can somebody please tell me why oh why they are so expensive?!

T W O – Clothes

Zella Live-In Leggings Knock-Offs, Black & Blacked Pearl 2-pack, Size Medium – I’ve heard amazing things about these and they are a third of the price of the Zellas, plus I just need more leggings, so gimme all of these!

Old Navy High-Rise 7/8-Length Lattice-Hem Yoga Leggings, Blue, Size Medium – I took a random poll a while back and a lot of ladies said that Old Navy’s leggings are pretty great as well.  I love these blue leggings to change it up since most of mine are black.   

Old Navy Jersey-Knit Sleeveless Swing Dress, Robbie Red, Size Small – These are my absolute favorite dresses for summer and I love this one because it’s Georgia red!  This is perfect for the early months of football season when it’s still blazing hot!

Athleta Open Back Flexlight Top, Black Heather, Size Small – I have this top in white and it is one of my favorite tops EVER!  I always find myself reaching for this one work-out days.  I’ve gotten to where I don’t want to wear anything else!

Athleta Fully Focused Bra, White, Size Small – One thing I have always always splurged on is bras and sports bras.  I’m usually a Victoria’s Secret girl, but I’ve heard great things about this one.  Since I love my Athleta top so much it makes me want to try more of their stuff!  And I currently only have one decent sports bra, so I’m in desperate need of another one!

T H R E E – Shoes

Target Emery Espadrille Sandals – Universal Thread, Taupe, Size 7.5 – Love love love these wedges for summer! 

Hunter Original High Gloss Boot, Pink, Size 8 – Y’all, I realize this is excessive since I already have one pair of Hunter boots, but I love them so much and wear them so much (and probably will for the rest of my life) that I really, really want these pink ones, too.  They’re sold out everywhere in my size, though, (waaaahhhh) but I’m keeping them on my list for future reference in case they ever come back in stock.  And I want the PINK ones, not bright pink.

F O U R – Books

Emily Giffin – All We Ever Wanted, Hardcover – she is my favorite author of all time so I purchase every single one of her books!  I’m so excited for this one… it’s long overdue!

Sophie Kinsella – Surprise Me, Hardcover – another one of my favorite authors and she has a new book!

F I V E – Gift Cards

Happy Friday, y’all!

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Girl Chat - Easter Baskets

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Easter is right around the corner so today I’m sharing a few of our favorite Easter basket ideas.  These gifts are for boys and girls, and they are fun for the kids while most are also practical at the same time!

Books – Books are the quintessential Easter basket staple.  When the kids were smaller we loved filling their baskets with fun board books about Easter like this one and this one, but now that they’re getting older, we are also adding books about the things that they love.  Jacob learned a little bit about the Titanic in school a few weeks ago and he has been talking about it nonstop since.  We bought this book all about the Titanic because it’s directed toward children just slightly older than his age group.  I know he’s going to love it.  He is also obsessed with The Magic Tree House book series, and they just so happen to have a book about the Titanic as well, so that one will be in his basket, too.  Plus it doubles as an AR book so it’s not only fun, it will come in handy at school.  #Winning

Legos – In our house you just can’t go wrong with them, and the smaller sets are perfect for Easter baskets.  Jacob is getting this set here this year, and we love it because it’s a 3 in 1 deal so you can make three things with the same set!  Olivia is just getting into Legos as well, and she’ll be receiving this set… you can’t go wrong with Anna and Elsa!

DVDs/Blurays – These always make the perfect Easter basket stuffer because they’re small, but they pack a punch!  Jacob will be receiving the Lego Ninjago Bluray in his basket this year, and we also love giving any of the Disney movies that we don’t have to add to our collection.

Leap Pad Games – The kids each have their own Leap Pad and they are definitely one of the best purchases we’ve ever made for our kids!  Jacob has had his for years and his love for it is still going strong, and Olivia is still loving hers after having it for a couple of years.  The Leap Pad games are always fun, but they’re educational so we don’t have to feel bad letting them have a little bit of screen time here and there.  Some of our kids’ favorite games are Trolls, Frozen (which is currently only $5.99!!!!), Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and so many others.

Spring/Summer Top or Dress – A good new top for summer is always a fun and practical addition.  Jacob is really in to graphic tees and superhero tees, so he always loves a new fun shirt like this one while Olivia always loves a new dress.  Last year she received a floral maxi dress in her Easter basket and that dress will forever be known as the dress that the Easter Bunny brought.  This year she’s getting this dress and this dress in her basket.

Swim Trunks/Swim Accessories – This has always been one of my favorite things to put in baskets because Easter unofficially kicks off warm weather time in my mind.  This is the perfect way to gear up for it!  These trunks are so cute for a boy, and look at this sweet little swim suit for girls!  And y'all, this one is a watermelon!  OMG!

Summer FootwearFlip flops, new sandals, or even Natives are perfect for Easter baskets.  We just got Olivia these milk pink Natives and they are going to go with everything!  And y'all, Amazon has loads of different colors for only $35!!!!  That's way cheaper than getting them at Nordstrom!  Load up!

Miscellaneous Odds and EndsSidewalk chalk, bubbles, squirt guns, water beads, and other small outdoor fun items are always perfect, as well as fun flavored chap sticks, stick-on earrings, slap bracelets, and Hot Wheels cars. 

Candy – We try to limit candy in Easter baskets because we know that they will receive candy from Easter egg hunts and grandparents, but I do usually like to pop one or two little treats in there.  It wouldn’t be an Easter basket without it, in my opinion!  We always love those gummy character lollipops from Target or some kind of traditional Easter candy like Reeses eggs or Easter Kit Kats.

And that’s that, y’all!  Almost everything for our baskets is already purchased… all I have to do is put them together when the time comes!

What was your favorite thing to receive in your Easter basket when you were little?

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

What I Wore - February Recap

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Well, it’s happening… the more I don’t work, the more I’m wanting to wear leggings.  I have a feeling these fashion posts are going to get more and more boring as time goes on.  Haha.  Hopefully we’ll have some warmer weather soon and then I can bust out the shorts and fun, flowy tops because my leggings habit really is becoming bad.  I actually did pretty well wearing "real pants" this month, but I cannot say the same for the first week of March.  Just y'all wait and see!  ;o)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, these Zella Live-In leggings are worth every single penny.  Y’all know I’m a self-proclaimed bargain shopper, but there are definitely certain items that are worth the splurge.  Now if only I had three more pairs!  ;o)

Anyhoo, here’s what I wore in the month of February!  As always I linked as many items as I could.  You can shop each outfit in the captions below each picture.

February 1 - Top // Boots

February 2 - Scarf // Boots

February  3 - Black booties // Toddler Boots

February  4 - Red Hunter Boots

February  5 - Boots

February  6 - Open-Back Top // Zella Live-In Leggings // Nikes

February  7 - Red Hunter Boots

February  8 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Nikes

February  9 - Belt // Boots

February  10 - Boots // Toddler Boots

February  11 - 

February  12 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Nikes

February  13 - Leopard flats similar

February  14 - Booties

February  15 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Nikes

February  16 - Belt // Leopard flats similar

February  17 - Gold Flats // Olivia's Tutu Dress

February  18 - Leopard flats similar

February  19 - Belt // Leopard flats similar

February  20 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Nikes

February  21 - Belt // Converse

February  22 - 

February  23 - Belt // Converse

February  24 - Belt // Converse

February  25 - Belt 

February  26 - Belt // Red Hunter Boots

February  27 - Belt // Booties

February  28 - Zella Live-In Leggings // Nikes
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