Monday, September 16, 2019

Our Week - The One with Jacob’s First Hit

We had a nice, relaxing weekend and I feel like I’m ready for the busy week ahead… I have lots of appointments and meetings this week so things are going to be a little hectic!  Anyway, let’s get to the highlights from our week!

Thursday, September 12

Thursday was crazy!  Olivia has ballet and tap every Thursday at 3:45 so we always head straight there from school.  This week Jacob ended up having his second baseball game on Thursday at 5:45 so we had to go straight from school to ballet and tap and then straight from ballet and tap to baseball.  Ever wonder what it looks like when you have #allthesports plus school on the same day?  Your car is filled to the brim with #allthebags.  Ha!

Jacob had two chances to bat in his second game and in his second at-bat he got his first hit!!!!  He got a single and was then sent all the way to third by the next hitter, and then he was batted in to score his first run after that!!  They ended up calling the game early due to the mercy rule and Jacob’s team ended up winning 12-2!  After the game, they had their team huddle and coach ended up giving Jacob the game ball because he had gotten his first hit!!!!  We are just so proud of him!  And y’all, look how stinking cute he is.  Gosh, I love him so much.

Friday, September 13

This past Friday was one of the few Fridays that we have free this fall, so we took full advantage and headed downtown for the evening.  We had dinner and drinks at one of our favorite brew pubs followed by some shopping at the local craft beer store.  Then we grabbed some frozen yogurt for the kids and walked down to the other end of the strip for the Friday evening outdoor concert.  The kids played and danced around for a bit and then B and I stopped at one of our favorite places to grab our favorite s’mores ice cream before calling it a night.

The kids went straight to bed when we got home since we were out later than usual, and B and I spent the rest of the night starting Chernobyl.  Have any of y’all watched it?  Did you enjoy it?  I thought the first episode was pretty good but I starting dozing during the second one because it was so late and I couldn’t hang.  I’m sure we’ll watch some more this week, though.   

Saturday, September 14

Saturday morning started out the way most of our fall Saturday mornings do – with homemade waffles and ESPN College GameDay.  Georgia played at noon so we sat around all afternoon watching them beat Arkansas State 55-0.  All of the Georgia fans did the best thing at the game on Saturday and they wore pink to honor Wendy Anderson, the Arkansas State coach’s wife, who passed away from cancer a month ago.  It was such a sweet tribute to her and to their family and I’m just so proud to be a Georgia fan.  That is what it’s all about!

After the game was over it was time to get ready for church.  Olivia requested curls and I just love how her hair looks when I curl it!  I wish we had time to do it every day!  And even though we didn’t go to the Georgia game, B and I wore our pink to church in honor of Wendy and their family, too.  <3

After church, we met my parents at our favorite Mexican place, and then we followed dinner up with Dairy Queen Blizzards.  We normally don’t go out for ice cream twice in one weekend, but D    Q has their pumpkin pie blizzards this month, so we obviously had to go! 

Sunday, September 15

My MIL and step-FIL didn’t cook on Sunday and Brian had a tennis match early in the afternoon so we ended up eating a quick lunch at home, and then the kids and I went out to run some errands while B was at his match.  It’s been FREAKING HOT for what seems like forever so the kids haven’t been getting too much outdoor time, so I took them to the shadiest playground in town so they could burn some energy without catching on fire.  Haha.  Seriously, THIS WEATHER CAN GO NOW. 

After they got 30 minutes of playtime we headed to CVS and Publix.  As per usual, they wanted to sit in the “airplane cart” at Publix (the kid carts with the steering wheels) and I came to the realization today that they won’t be sitting in those much longer.  Both of them are getting too big.  Cue all the tears!! 

We grabbed our free cookies from the bakery (Publix gives free cookies to all of the kids in case you didn’t know!) and then we did our shopping with about 95,000 other people.  Whew.  I was quickly reminded why I NEVER grocery shop on the weekend. 

My mom had decided not to cook dinner Sunday evening, so I decided to take the reigns since we didn’t have any other plans.  The rest of the afternoon was spent baking brownies with the kiddos for dessert, putting away the groceries, and prepping for Sunday dinner.

I made my mom’s baked ziti recipe (soooo simple and soooo good) with a salad, some fresh strawberries, and garlic breadsticks.  My parents, brother, and grandmother came over here and we spent Sunday evening together as we always do.  Lots of talking, laughing, and wine!  Don’t forget the wine! 

Happy Monday, y’all!

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Five on Friday - New Planner! New Album! New Fall Diffuser Blend!

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Can you tell by the title that I’m excited about today’s post?  Haha.

Another week has flown by and it’s Friiiidaaaay!  We actually don’t have a lot going on again this weekend, so we’re going to spend lots of time relaxing, watching football, and soaking up every cozy September second.  I feel like I’m at my very best during these last four wonderful months of the year and I want to make sure I’m as present as I can possibly be while we’re in it. 

Are y’all ready for some favorites from the week?  You’ve probably already guessed that I have some good ones today…

O N E – 2020 Planner

Y’ALL, MY NEW SIMPLIFIED PLANNER IS HERE AND I’M SO EXCITED I CAN’T STAND IT!!!!  I may not be able to use it until 2020 but I get to spend the next few weeks getting it all set up!  That’s one of my favorite things to do ever so I’m totally in my element right now.  Emily received hers earlier this week as well and she and I both texted back and forth about it forever!  I love being able to talk to someone who loves them as much as I do.

If you don’t have a planner for 2020 yet and you’re in the market for one you can check out this post that I did last week about my love for the Simplified Planner.  They are a little pricey up front, but they are worth every penny.  I use mine every single day of the year and it keeps my life as well as our other family members’ lives organized in every aspect.  I’m just so grateful that I finally found the perfect system that works for me.  It took years of trial and error with other planners and systems and methods so it’s nice to say that I’ve finally found THE ONE.


Lumineers lovers, REJOICE!  They have a new album out today!!  B and I have loved them forever and we’ve seen them in concert twice (once as an opener before they were mainstream and once as the headliner) and they are just incredible live.  I was so sad when their cellist left the band last year to go solo and I’m very eager, but a little hesitant, to hear what the new album is going to sound like without her.  I truly think it’s going to be fantastic no matter what, though!  I’ll be downloading the album today and I’m sure we’ll have it on repeat for weeks to come.  Our kids love them, too, and I love that it’s something the four of us can all agree on and enjoy together.

T H R E E – Dreamy New Fall Diffuser Blend

As most of you know, I started a journey with essential oils earlier this year and I’ve since used them for a variety of different reasons/issues/ailments.  One of the main things I use them for is to make our home smell yummy, and now that it’s unofficial fall in our house, it’s time to bust out all of the yummy fall scents!  I’ve been burning the Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin candle from Bath & Body Works in our house for more than a decade and it is one of my favorite scents in the entire world.  That scent takes me back to so many different years of sweet memories and I’ve been wondering how essential oils would stand up to the goodness of that candle.  I recently ordered Cinnamon essential oil and Nutmeg essential oil and I created a blend of 5 drops of Cinnamon and 2 drops of Nutmeg earlier this week and it smells like PURE HEAVEN, y’all. 

The essential oils blend is every bit as good as the sweet cinnamon pumpkin scent, but because the specific scent of the B&BW candle is linked to so many fond memories in my lifetime, I just can’t bring myself to get rid of it completely.  Therefore, I’ve decided that I will still be keeping one on hand this fall.  However, instead of burning it for hours on end every single day like I used to, I’m replacing most of my candle burning time with my good clean cinnamon/nutmeg EO diffuser blend and saving the candle for special occasions and times when I’m feeling the most sentimental. 

I’m hoping with time that I can make new memories with the scents of the yummy essential oils aromas and eventually give up my beloved chemical-filled candles for good.  I just have to wean myself off of them if that makes sense... although it sounds ridiculous when I put it that way.  Haha.

I have noticed that diffusing essential oils doesn’t give me headaches or make me feel short of breath like candle-burning does sometimes.  There have been so many times in the past that I’ve had to blow out a candle because they make me feel bad, and that just doesn’t happen with the EOs because they’re clean!

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F O U R – Flashback Friday

Oh my goodness, look what showed up in my Timehop the other day, y’all.  Look at my chunky chunk baby munch!!  These were taken on a whim one hot afternoon on our back porch when Jacob was nearly one and they ended up being some of my favorite pictures of the two of us ever.  I seriously just want to eat him. 

F I V E – New Treadmill Record

Are y’all tired of me talking about my treadmill adventures yet?  Lol.  I’m sorry, but I like to keep my successes journaled here for reference, so I’m adding another one to the books today.  On Tuesday I beat my previous calories burned record, which means that I walked faster than ever on a higher incline than ever!  Whew!  It kicks my butt in the best of ways and it always leaves me feeling great for the rest of the day!

Now for some Friday funnies…

Why do I have so many of these friends?  Lol.
'Tis the season... #footballseason


I hate it when the weather can't get on my festive level.

And ICYMI, this week’s blog posts…

Happy Friday, everybody! 

*Linking up with A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favoriteand Polka-Dotty Place for High Five for Friday.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fall Fashion Favorites Under $30

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It’s no secret that I love me some fall, and one of my favorite things about fall is the fashion!  I’d take jeans, boots, and scarves over shorts and tanks any day of the week because… I love to be cozy.  I love oversized sweatshirts and fleece leggings and fuzzy sweaters and warm scarves.  I love wrapping myself up in a cozy throw and I love snuggling with Brian and our babies while we watch TV on the couch.  Give me all the snuggles and all the coziness!! 

Unfortunately here in the south, our cool/cold weather only lasts about four months of the year, so we just don’t get a lot of time to wear the cozy stuff, but you better believe I wear it every chance I get.  Today I’m linking up with Emily and Sarah to share some of my fall fashion favorites… these are the staples that make up my fall and winter wardrobe and almost every single one of these is under $30!


I wear leggings a lot during the colder months so I have a collection of tunics to wear with them.  Here are a few of my favorites available right now…


When I’m at home, I live in a sweatshirt because I’m always cold… even during the summer.  The softer the better!  And I love to buy them oversized for an even cozier fit.  Here are a few great options…


I love a good sweater with jeans and booties or boots during the fall, too.  Amazon has some of the cutest options I’ve ever seen…

Graphic Tees

I’m the queen of graphic tees and I have them for all of the different holidays.  There are so many cute options for fall… I want all of these!


I’m very picky about leggings and I only own two brands – the infamous Zella Live-In Leggings, and these 90 Degree Reflex leggings… because they’re nearly identical to the Zellas at a fraction of the price.


Scarves are a great way to add a fun pop of color or a cute pattern to any outfit, and they’re also a great way to add layers and warmth to an outfit.  In the morning when it’s cold, start the day off with a scarf, and then in the afternoon when the temps rise, just take it off and cool off!  That happens here a lot here in the south.  ;o)  Here are a few that are on my wish list…


I wear three types of boots during the winter – riding boots, rain boots, and booties.  My exact riding boots are the ones below from Amazon and they are the most comfortable boots ever!  I also love my Hunter rain boots… I have them in red for football season and pink for spring and summer.  And finally, booties are a great way to make the transition from the hot weather to the cold weather without sweating to death.

Buffalo Plaid

Buffalo plaid (or just plaid in general) is the quintessential fall pattern and there are so many cute things that you can wear to incorporate it into your wardrobe.  Just look at all of these options…


Leopard is another pattern that’s great for fall, and it’s definitely on trend for the upcoming season.  I can’t go anywhere without seeing leopard.  Good thing, because it’s my favorite animal print!  Here are some great pieces available on Amazon right now…

Now come on, cool weather!!!!  We’re not-so-patiently waiting for you!!!!

*Linking up with A Little Bit of Emily and Meet the Shaneyfelts for Fall Favorites.