Friday, March 24, 2017

Five on Friday – My Birthday Wish List

Happy Friday!  My birthday just happens to be right around the corner (April 5), so today I’m sharing my birthday wish list.

O N E – For the Home


Serving Tray in Silver – I have been wanting a round serving tray for a while, but they seem to never be in stock when I have a gift card handy.  I love this one in silver!

Champagne Flutes – These might look familiar because they were on my Christmas wish list.  I have had the same champagne flutes since I was ohhhh probably 21 and they are cheap ones with a tacky blue stem.  Haha.  Definitely in need of some new ones even though we don’t drink it but once or twice a year.

Blog Life Mug – Well if that’s not perfect for me then I don’t know what is!  This one is from Etsy and you can customize the font color… I think I’d rather have the font in black even though the pink is really cute.

Volcano Candle – I have seen one billion people talk about how this is the very best smelling candle ever and since we don’t have an Anthro here I’ve never had the chance to smell one… guess I just need to get one so I can try it!  It can’t be bad, right?!

Bar Cart – You guys, I am dying for a bar cart.  Dying.  We’re about to give the kids’ old high chair the boot, and that will free up the perfect place to put one.  I think I’m most excited about styling it!  Haha.  


T W O – Clothes



Pom Pom Sandals – Dying for these, too.  Dying.  Need need need and if I don’t get them for my birthday I’m probably going to go buy them myself.  Although, no half sizes.  Sigh.  I guess I'd need them in an 8?  Anybody know if these run big or small?  I also adore the Target ones, too.

Gold Necklace – I love a good long necklace and I’m getting tired of wearing my same gold bow necklace over and over so this one would be perfect, too, because it goes with everything.

Nike Air Presto Sneakers in Melon – I’m in desperate need of new running shoes as mine are now five years old and have holes in the heel area.  I’m loving the look of these!  I hate that Nike doesn’t have half sizes, though, because I’m typically a 7.5.  These will have to be bought in an 8!

Sweatshirt in Small – This is me pretty much 90% of the time at home, so it’s perfect.


T H R E E – Things



Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast – I’ve seen this all over the place and I want to try it so bad, but I can’t bring myself to just buy it because of the price tag.  It would make a perfect gift, though!

Mini StepperAndrea posted about this on her blog one day and I was intrigued.  I’ve been wanting something tiny that I can use at home while I watch TV and this is awesome.

Keychain – Because – POM POMS!  And I love those colors together


F O U R – Books

I’ll be needing some good reads for the beach and the summer, and these are all on my list!


ONE // TWO // THREE
FOUR // FIVE // SIX


F I V E – Gift Cards

All of my faves!

Well, I’m off with my lovies today so it’s going to be a great day!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites,  September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for Oh Hey, Friday, Meet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, and Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Playlist

Spring is officially here and the weather is surely reflecting that here in good ol’ Georgia!  It’s a time to throw the windows open, clean out the cobwebs, and let the sun shine in!

I don’t know about you, but we love being outdoors this time of year (aside from the pollen, of course) and we try to spend every spare second out there when the weather is nice.  The year before last we extended our covered back porch across the entire length of the back of the house, and it was one of the best decisions we have ever made.  Since then, we have spent countless evenings eating dinner out there and watching the kiddos play in the yard as B and I sip glasses of wine.  There’s really nothing like stepping out your back door into your own little paradise of twinkle lights, cool breezes, and good music. 

Since spring is such a carefree time, we always tend to listen to lighter, happier tunes and I’m sharing a few of my spring favorites today, so throw your hair up, grab a glass of wine or a crisp cocktail, add these songs to your music playlist, and kiss that post-Christmas funk goodbye!


What about you?  What are some of your favorite tunes for spring?

  *Linking up with Home of Malones for Thoughts for Thursday.

 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday Wish List – Pom Poms

To say I’m obsessed with pom poms right now would be an understatement.  I’m sure that this will eventually be a trend that I look back on and say, “Why in the world did I wear that?!” (I’m sure some of you are probably already thinking that.  Haha.) but for now I’m loving it and I’m embracing it.  They are just so darn cute and festive for summer and they are perfect to wear to the beach… it’s like a walking partay! 

I think I mostly love them because they are bright and cheerful and my love for the colors of the rainbow runs deep.  My friend Jeannine and I used to rainbowtize everything in high school and we were constantly doodling rainbows and rainbow colored things on the notes that we would pass in class.  Things in ROY-G-BIV order make my heart happy.

And when referring to pom poms in this post, I mean the cute ones down below… I’m not talking about anything like this.  Yikes.  Lol.

Here are some of my favorites…


ONE // TWO // THREE // FOUR
FIVE // SIX // SEVEN // EIGHT
NINE // TEN // ELEVEN // TWELVE

This is probably a trend that you either love or you hate… all I know is I love it all!  What are your thoughts?

*Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I What I Wore, Life in the Green House and Taz and Belly for Wardrobe WednesdaySydney Fashion Hunter for Fresh Fashion Forum, Pumps & Push Ups for Oh, Hey Girl! Link-Up, The Mummy ChroniclesTucker UpShopping My Closet for Style Me Wednesday, Classy Yet Trendy for Trendy Wednesday Link-Up, The Blended Blog and Jessi's Design and Going the Distance for What's Hap-"Pinning" Wednesday.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Brian’s Grandmother’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

I’ve mentioned a few times on the blog how B has been baking his grandmother’s chocolate chip cookies lately, and many of you have asked for the recipe. 

Well, ask and you shall receive!

These are the epitome of the perfect chocolate chip cookie.  They are gooey on the inside and chewy around the edges and they pretty much taste like heaven.  Of all of the chocolate chip cookies I’ve tried in my day, these are my favorite.    


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2 1/4 cups sifted flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup shortening (we use Crisco)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs beaten
1/2 tsp. vanilla
6 oz. chocolate chips

Make It

1.    Combine flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

2.    In a separate large bowl, combine shortening, white sugar, and brown sugar.

3.    Add eggs and vanilla to shortening and sugar mixture.

4.    Add flour mixture to shortening and sugar mixture.

5.    Stir in chocolate chips.

6.    Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

7.    Let cool on cookie sheet.

Makes around 30 cookies.






This recipe is one from Brian’s Dad’s Mother’s kitchen, so it is tried and true and it has been loved for many decades. 

The only thing I hate about it is that I never got to meet the chef behind the recipe.  <3 




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Monday, March 20, 2017

The Weekend + Two Birthday Celebrations

This weekend was good for my soul, y’all.  The weather was gorgeous, we got lots of good family time in, and I got lots done around the house.  Fun + productive weekends are always the best kind in my book!

Friday evening our city had lots of St. Patrick’s Day festivities going on downtown, so we headed down with the kiddos right after work.  We started the evening with pizza and vino at one of our favorite places, and then we stepped outside to enjoy the festivities.  There was lots going on… lots of beer stands with green beer, a St. Patrick’s Day 5k race, live music, face painting, and lots of other things.  They had blocked the whole street off, which was nice, so the kids were free to roam and we didn’t have to worry about traffic. 



They had turned all of the fountains green, so the kiddos wanted to go check those out first.  We hung out by one of the fountains listening the music for a while and then Olivia wanted to get her face painted.  Jacob (our conservative, typical first child) didn’t want anyone painting anything on his face.  Lol.  I swear, those two could not be any different.









After face-painting, the kids got in line for the balloon lady to make some balloons for them.  They each requested swords.  We decided to make our way down to the new ice cream place that we’ve been frequenting lately, and we all indulged in some yummy dessert.  The ice cream place is at the other end of the street a couple of blocks away from where the band was playing, and down at that other end, some of the local college students were blasting hip hop music on the square and having a dance-off.  Jacob begged and begged to go dance with them, but he wanted B or me to go with him, and we were like HECK NO.  Lol.  I would have needed a couple of green beers before doing that.  Haha.  Poor J didn’t want to dance by himself, but he had fun watching them.

We headed back down to watch the band some more and let the kiddos dance off their ice cream, and then it was time to head home.  B and I put the kiddos to bed and then watched a couple of episodes of Gilmore Girls before calling it a night.

Saturday we awoke to a little bit of rain (which was unexpected) so I started organizing my cookbooks and cleaning out a few of the kitchen cabinets while the kids destroyed my carpet played with Play-Doh.  One thing lead to another as it always does when I start purging, and I ended up spending the afternoon cleaning out my master closet.  I got rid of SO. MUCH. STUFF. and it feels so good!


Saturday evening was church, and then we headed to grab some Chipotle to take to my aunt and uncle’s house.  The whole fam gathered there to celebrate my grandmother’s birthday.  She’s turning 88 today!  We spent the evening eating and drinking and chatting and we had the best time.  I love my extended fam so much.







Sunday morning we watched some cartoons, I finished cleaning out my closet, we did some laundry, and then we headed over to my MIL’s house to celebrate her birthday.  The weather was perfect so we spent the afternoon in their back yard.  I played baseball with my nephew while Jacob and Olivia played in Nana’s garden.  The weather was so beautiful that I didn’t want to leave.





Sunday evening was dinner at my parents’ house and it was the perfect ending to a great weekend. 

Unfortunately my allergy issues have been creeping up again… my ears are plugged, my nose is running like a faucet, and there is a ton of pressure in my head again.  Fortunately the nasal congestion seems to be staying at bay, though… must be the Flonase!  As long as that stays away, I think I can put up with the rest.  Definitely didn’t let it ruin my weekend, but if anybody has any remedies for head pressure and stopped up ears, I’m all ears… if I can hear you over the blockage, that is!  ;o)

I hope your Monday is off to a great start!  Enjoy your week!  Mine is only three days this week, so I know I will!  ;o)


*Linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending, My Glittery Heart for Hello Monday,  More Pieces of Me for Hello Monday Linkup, and HoHo Runs for Weekly Wrap.


Friday, March 17, 2017

Five on Friday – Randoms

Happy St. Patty’s Day to you all!  I’m part Irish, so I’m rocking my green today! 

Some random happenings from our week…

O N E – Happy Mail

I ordered the cutest romper for Olivia from Nel & Witt last week, and it arrived Wednesday.  It is so stinking cute and I can’t wait for her to wear it!  Now we just need the warm weather to come back.  And I just love shopping with small businesses.  The amount of care that goes into each package that they send is just so extra special.  Olivia’s romper arrived this week all wrapped in tissue paper and tied with twine, and they had sent a thank you note along with it that I later found out was designed using one of the owner’s artwork.  It’s little finishing touches like those that make me find myself shopping small more and more.


T W O – Funny Assignment

Y’all may have seen this on Instagram last week.  I meant to put it in my post last week, but it slipped my mind.  It’s so funny I couldn’t let it go by without being documented, though.  Jacob had an assignment to write a recipe and this is what he brought home:


I was dying, y’all.  The way he spelled those ingredients is perhaps the funniest thing I had seen all week.  I cracked up.  Life with kids is never boring, that’s for sure!

T H R E E – Our Little Shopper

Last Friday evening, B and Olivia stopped by Cracker Barrel to pick up dinner to bring home, and they had to wait a few minutes until it was ready.  For those of you who know and love Cracker Barrel, you know that they have a little store at the front of every restaurant and they have the best stuff.  Well, Brian said that Olivia found the little girl’s clothing section, and she was flipping through the racks to find stuff that she liked.  When something would catch her eye, she would pull the hanger off the rack, hold it up and eyeball it, and then put it back on the rack.  He said that she looked like a pro!  He also said that one of the ladies who worked there said, “Looks like you have a little shopper on your hands!” 

And I’ll have y’all know that I don’t ever bring her with me when I shop because I always do my shopping alone on lunch breaks.  That means that she didn’t get any of this from me!  Maybe she’s just a natural… a future buyer for a big department store?  A fashion designer?  Only time will tell… 

He sent this picture of her while they were there and she just looks so sweet!

F O U R – More Concert Tickets

Remember how last week I was all excited because Ed Sheeran announced tour dates in the US?  Well, the presale for fans was Monday and we were able to get tickets for the Atlanta show and… the Nashville show!  And the tickets for the Nashville show are in the FOURTH FREAKING ROW.  I’m so excited I can’t even stand it.  As of now, I would guess we’ll probably sell the ATL tickets and keep the ones for Nash.  I have been dying to go, so this would be the perfect excuse.  And it just so happens that it falls on a weekend in October when UGA is playing Vandy… which is also in Nashville!  Well looky how that worked out!  I think I feel an Ed Sheeran/GA Game/Nashville trip coming in the fall!  #GimmeAllTheWallMurals

F I V E – Allergy Testing

If you’ve already seen my Instagram post, then you can probably just skip this since you already know.  My allergy test results are in and according to my allergist I'm "like a fine wine..." I "just keep getting better with age." Haha. 

I’ll elaborate. 

At my last allergy test 11 years ago I was severely allergic to the majority of the things they tested me for. At this week’s test I was still mildly allergic to most of the things but only severely allergic to three – bahia grass??, maple trees, and sycamore trees.

Since I've improved so much these last 11 years, the doc wants me to try to manage my symptoms with three daily prescriptions instead of allergy shots. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but I am glad that I’m becoming less allergic to things as I get older, I suppose.  I go back in six weeks to check my status and he said that if things haven’t improved we’ll start the shots. 

I’m not sure which I would prefer to happen at this point.  I, of course, want to get better, but I also don’t want to have to worry about these seasonal flare ups.  Aaaand I also don’t like the fact that I’m now on three new prescription drugs.  Eeeeks.  It seems that it might be better to just start getting the shots.  That way in a couple of years I should be shot and prescription free… I would hate to have to be on prescription drugs for the rest of time…

Hmmmm…




Finally, in case you missed it, I posted about our Leprechaun Trap earlier this week in case you're needing a last minute St. Patty's Day project for the kiddos. 


And I also put together a roundup of all of my favorite off the shoulder tops… they are trending for spring and I’m all over it!


  One / Two / Three / Four

I'm so ready to put these guys away...


Well, we’re off to work and then to get the weekend started… our city is doing some fun stuff downtown for St. Patty’s Day this evening, so I’m hoping that we can check it out!  Happy weekend!

*Linking up with A Liz Adventures and Carolina Charm for Five on Friday, A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites,  September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for Oh Hey, Friday, Meet @ the Barre for Friday Favorites, and Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday.

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