Friday, April 20, 2018

Five on Friday - New Kimono, Back Porch Dinner, and Olivia's First Dentist Appointment

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This week was a whirlwind!  It seems like every time I have appointments and errands to run that they all seem to fall in the same week.  This week consisted of loads of doctor/dentist appointments (just check-ups!), errands, after school activities, and other miscellaneous to-dos.  I think this was the first week that I didn’t have a spare second to work on purging/simplifying/organizing and that stinks because I just want to get it DONE!

Today is the only day all week that I didn’t have a full schedule, and it’s also the first Friday in weeks that I didn’t have any commitments, so I’m hoping to go full throttle with the cleaning out and organizing!  We’re aiming for a June yard sale, but I still have to clean out some of the second floor of the house plus the entire first floor – YIKES!  I need to get moving!  My goal today is to get my dresser, night stand, and laundry room cleaned out as well as my planner/to-do lists reorganized and prioritized.  It’s going to be a big job, but I think I can do it!  As always, you can follow along with me on Instagram stories if you want to keep up with me in real time.

Now for some faves from the week!

O N E – New Kimono

Sheer kimonos are all the rage for spring and summer this year and I’ve been wanting one since last year.  When I was grabbing a few things at Walmart last month I just so happened to stumble upon this one and I fell in love with it!  It comes in many different colors and patterns and it’s only $14.97!  Color me impressed.  Walmart has really stepped up their fashion game these last couple of years and the quality of their stuff has really improved as well.  I paired my kimono with my new Old Navy cross-front top (which I LOVE... even more than I thought I would!) and it was perfectly adorable for a spring day!

I saw a commercial the other day saying that Walmart had launched a new line of clothing and my kimono ended up being from that new line.  And as I was pulling up the kimono to link it for you guys, I also came across a few other great pieces from that same line.  Look at this OTS top with tassels!!!!  It’s only $9.94 and it comes in four colors, too!

And hello, Old Navy-esque swing dresses for only $9.96!!  These are the cutest!  And so many colors!

T W O – Work Outs

After a good three weeks of busyness and not being able to set foot in the gym, I finally got back in there last week and this week and it feels so good!  I only use the gym to do my cardio (strength training is done at home) so I always use the treadmill when I go.  A typical treadmill work out for me looks like this – 3.6 or 3.7 mph (super fast walking) on an incline of 10 (really steep) for 30 minutes with a five minute cool down.  This workout typically burns 350-400 calories and gets me to a little over two miles.  Since I do the incline it really works my glutes and legs and I always feel fantastic when I’m done!

T H R E E – Wet Braids

This past week Olivia told me that she wanted to have “curly” hair AKA crimped hair, so after her bath one evening I braided her wet hair into two braids.  She slept on them all night and by the morning her hair was dry and she had perfectly crimped hair that lasted for two days!  Doing this for her brought back a rush of sweet memories from my childhood as my Momma used to do this for me when I was little, too.  <3

F O U R – First Dinner on the Back Porch

Our weather finally perked up this week and we’ve spent the last few days in the seventies and sunny!  Can I get an amen?!  This past weekend we had cleaned off the back porch so it was screaming to be used for dinner, and Wednesday night we did just that!   I got dinner cooked, we turned on some tunes, B and I grabbed a couple of beers, and then we ate a nice leisurely dinner outside.  The temperature could not have been more perfect and the sky could not have been more blue!  After dinner we all went out in the driveway so the kids could use their sidewalk chalk, and I lay down on my back and stared up at the sky for a while, just soaking it all up.  I don’t know how long it’s been since I have done that, but I can tell you that’s it’s been far too long.  It was nice to have a nice, slow moment to just take in the vastness of the blue sky and really think about these creations that we see every day and likely take for granted. 

If you haven’t done that lately, I urge you to pull out a big blanket, lay it out in the yard, and just lie on your back and watch the big, puffy, white clouds go by for a bit.  It’ll put you in such a great frame of mind.  :o)

F I V E – Olivia’s First Dentist Appointment

Jacob, Olivia, and myself all had dental check-ups on Monday and this was Olivia’s first appointment.  I know that you’re supposed to start sending your kids to the dentist way earlier than this, but due to the fact that she doesn’t like weird noises and is very timid in certain situations, we held her off for a little bit because we wanted to make sure she was really ready.

I have been going to the same hygienist for well over a decade and Jacob now sees her as well and she is so, so sweet.  We just love her so much.  We had our appointments scheduled with her only to arrive and find that she had injured her hand and was out on leave.  Womp womp.  Therefore, they had set the three of us up with two different hygienists in her absence and Olivia was going to have to see someone else for her first check-up.  :o(  I was so sad!

Jacob went first so Olivia could watch and know what to expect and he did great as usual.  At his check-up we found out that he now has FOUR loose teeth!  He has yet to lose any (I think he’s the only one in his class who hasn’t) so I was wondering when it would ever happen.  Well, the hygienist wiggled them for me, and one of them on the bottom is really loose.  I’m thinking he’ll be losing it in the next couple of weeks for sure!

After Jacob’s check up it was Olivia’s turn, and as suspected, she was VERY wary of the thing that sucks the liquid out of your mouth because it’s so noisy and weird-sounding.  And wary is putting it nicely.  At one point her little chin started quivering and I thought she was going to full-on cry, but she ended up being so brave and getting through her appointment like a BOSS. 

No cavities for any of us either!  #Winning

S I X - Lunch with Old Coworkers

Thursday I made it to lunch with three of my girlfriends from work and we had a great time chatting and getting caught up.  They caught me up on the latest at work and we also celebrated Gwen's and my birthdays since they're both in April.  As a matter of fact, today is Gwen's actual birthday... happy birthday, Gwendol!!  <3

Well, that about wraps it up!  If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to check out my blog post from Wednesday – it’s all about our trip to Epcot!  I’ll be back next week to recap Magic Kingdom and I can’t wait!

And finally before I go, a funny to get your weekend started... because this is exactly how I feel about both of my kids.  ;o)

Happy Friday, y’all! 

*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.


  1. Love the OTS tassel shirts! So CUTE!
    We love dinners on the back deck! We are grilling out Saturday evening and I'm so excited!
    So glad the kiddos did well for the dentist!

  2. I remember doing my hair like that as a kid and even know when I want natural curly hair going to bed with it in pigtail braids!! Sounds like it was a productive week nonetheless!! Have a great weekend girl! xo,Biana-BlovedBoston

  3. So jealous you guys were able to do dinner outside - that sounds lovely! Good luck getting everything done today. Have a great weekend!

  4. That pink kimono is fabulous as are Olivia's cute braids!! Yep, I need me some dining al fresco asap!!!! Have a wonderful weekend beautiful!

  5. Looooove that kimono outfit! So pretty on you. Yay for no cavities!! That's the best news to hear at the dentist, haha! Happy Friday!

    1. Thank you so much! And yes it is! NObody wants to hear that they need more dental work done! Haha.

  6. The kimono is darling on you!! Olivia's hair turned out so cute with her little beach waves! Have a great weekend!


  7. That shirt with the tassels!!! I'm swooning! And the price?? Even better!
    Yay for porch nights--I'm hoping for more consistent ones of those soon as the weather is STARTING to warm up more and the forecast looks a little more consistent! Love Olivia's beach waves!!!

  8. I've seen lots of advertisements for Walmart's new clothing line and some of the pieces are actually cute! Yes to al fresco dining! And one of my favorite calorie burning workouts is walking on the treadmill on an incline! I like to watch Youtube videos while I do it haha!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  9. That kimono is so cute! Olivia's hair also looks so cute wavy. Yay for getting together with old co-workers and a first dentist appointment. We also took A little later and he still freaked out lol. I am loving the back porch lounging. I hope you have a great weekend! Sierra~Beautifully Candid

  10. Do you follow the account @whoawaitwalmart on instagram? They post so much cute stuff! WM has definitely stepped up their game!

  11. I think I may need to stop by my Walmart and see what they have; that tassel shirt is adorable. Yay for no cavities!

    1. You should! I went by there today and found even more cute stuff that I didn't see online! I could go crazy in there right now!

  12. Emma loves doing her hair in braids when it's wet. It always comes out cute too!

    Have a great weekend!

  13. Loving that kimono! Wal-mart has upped their game. I need to pay attention more. We have beautiful weather today but it is suppose to be stormy again Hope you have a great weekend! Hoping to do some closet purging.

  14. Happy Friday! I love braiding my girls' hair when it's wet too. They enjoy having waves later. Love your new kimono!!

  15. What a pretty kimono! And I love how Olivia's hair came out. How sweet! I know exactly how you feel about dentist appointments for younger ones. We'll be taking Kai to his first little checkup in a month or two. Olivia is a trooper! Hooray for good weather and back yard fun. Hope you have a great weekend!

  16. Ahhh we need a new back patio table so bad! I'm on the hunt! This post has me wanting to find one, like, TODAY so that can we start eating dinner back there. Glad you had a good week. <3

  17. How adorable are those dentist photos, and loving that new kimono! Patio dining and drinking is the BEST <3
    Green Fashionista

  18. I was just at Walmart yesterday and saw some super cute clothes! So bummed I couldn't stay and look at more!

  19. Very interesting that Walmart has some cute clothes! I have not checked that out!

  20. That meme! LOL!!! Yes! Girl, I'm loving Walmart's selection, as well. I bought my Easter outfit from Walmart and I looove it! I love that kimono! Yay for no cavities!!!

  21. I love that tassel top. It would have been perfect for Mexico. Yay for a successful first dentist appointment for Olivia!


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