Friday, March 22, 2019

Five on Friday - New Bedding, Fairy Lights, and Something That Could Save Your Life

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Happy Friday, y’all!  I’m looking forward to a nice, normal weekend after our tumultuous weekend last weekend.  We don’t have anything going on other than church and our normal Sunday family time, and I could not be more excited about just getting a few things done around the house and spending some much needed downtime with my lovies. 

Now for some favorites for the week!

O N E – Olivia’s New Bedding

We finally got a mattress for Olivia’s big girl bed this past weekend so her room refresh is officially underway.  I had hoped to have the room painted before we changed the bed over, but after last weekend’s hospital stay, I wasn’t able to paint on Saturday as I had originally hoped. 

Anyway, now that the bed is in place, I was finally able to put her new bedding on and I am so in love.  As I’ve said before, I’m incredibly picky about bedding and there’s just not much that I like.  I saw this set on Amazon first and then discovered that they also had it on and had the best price at the time, so we went with that one but has it on SUPER sale right now, so if you're interested, now is the time to get it!

The set comes with a comforter, two euro shams, two pillow shams, and two decorative pillows.  SUCH a great price for all that you get.  I was a little worried about the quality, but I figured I could order it and just return it if it wasn’t nice enough.  No need to have worried, though, because it is fantastic!! 

I cannot wait to get the rest of her room put together now.  All of the wall décor and other items I have been slowly purchasing these last few months for the refresh have just been sitting in a pile on the floor outside of my office, so it’ll be nice to finally get them in place.  I cannot wait to share the rest of her room with y’all when it’s done!  It’s going to be dreamy.

T W O – Fairy Lights

I just recently found one of the best things I’ve ever come across on Amazon.  These fairy lights are MAGICAL, y’all.  The box I bought came with six small strands of lights.  The lights are on teeny tiny silvery wire and they are battery operated so you can put them anywhere. 

I strung some all around the bulletin board in my office and they look SO COOL.  When the lights aren’t on you hardly notice the wires since they’re so thin, but when they are on they look so magical!  I’m hoping to find a neat way to use the leftover strands in Olivia’s bedroom. 

I can think of loads of different ways to use these and I’m thinking I might incorporate them into our Christmas décor this year somehow.  They would look awesome in mason jars or wrapped around various pieces of furniture or even strung behind light, airy white curtains.  And they would be perfect for wedding or baby shower décor.  I wish they’d had something like this when we got married!

I cannot recommend these enough if you are looking to add a little bit of whimsy to a room!  Also, I'll share more of my office when it's totally done!

T H R E E – Aspirin

After my heart attack scare on Friday (read all about it here if you missed it) I can promise you one thing – I will NEVER EVER not have aspirin in my medicine cabinet!! 

The very first thing the paramedics asked when they got there was did we have any aspirin.  Sadly, we did not.  Then one of the very first things the nurse did at the hospital was to give me four chewable baby aspirin.  She told me that if I was having a heart attack it would stop it and it would also prevent me from having another one.

If you do not have any in your medicine cabinet I urge you to get some immediately and keep it on hand.  It’s cheap so even if you never use it before it expires and you have to throw it out, you won’t feel like you’re wasting a lot of money.  Besides, it’s a small price to pay for something that could save your life. 

Do note that the hospital provided me with the chewable kind because if you’re having a heart attack it may be too hard to swallow pills whole with liquid. 

Just please, please don’t ever be without it... especially you, ladies.  We are more susceptible to heart issues than the guys.  And, yes, I know the whole aspirin for a heart attack is old news… I’ve known this forever, but I always thought, “I’m young and healthy, I shouldn’t need that.”  WRONG!  Get you some!

F O U R – An Old Picture

One of my friends tagged me in an old photo on Facebook this past weekend and I love it so much!  It was taken by the photographer at her wedding back in 2010 and I had never even seen it before.  I was one of her bridesmaids and we were sitting at our table at the reception in the picture.  I don’t even remember the photographer coming over and taking the picture and neither did B.  Just look at us… we look like babies!

Her wedding brings back bittersweet memories for me because it took place just a few days before my ultrasound where we learned that I had miscarried our first baby.  During those last few weeks of that pregnancy I had a feeling in my gut and heart that something was wrong and it was confirmed at my twelve week appointment just five days after the wedding. 

I remember a wave of fear washing over me when I put on my bridesmaid dress for the wedding that day because the dress still fit just as perfectly as it did the day I’d bought it a few months prior.  It should have been too tight around a growing belly but it wasn’t and that was when I pretty much knew our baby wasn’t growing anymore.  I don’t even know if I ever told anybody about that moment either... I was too scared to say it out loud for fear that it might make it true.

I think about our first baby every single day, and even though I still ache for him or her, I am so thankful for the way things turned out.  We have our two healthy babies now and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  Sometimes you just have to get through the bumps in the road so you can pave the way for smoother ground for the long-term, right?

But anyway, this picture is extra special because it’s one of the few that we have of Brian and me together with our first little baby in my tummy.  <3

F I V E – Poshmark

Finally, before I go, I just wanted to let everyone know that I created a Poshmark account and I'll be selling a bunch of our gently used/never used clothing and accessories soon!  I've listed a few items so far, but I'm hoping to really dig into it over the next few days because we have SO MUCH STUFF.  I'll eventually be listing:

- Women's clothing (tops, shorts, pants, dresses, accessories, shoes)
- Maternity clothing (summer and winter)
- Boy clothing (infant and toddler - all sizes)
- Girl clothing (infant and toddler - all sizes)

You can follow me here!

And finally, let’s end with some light funnies, shall we?


Olivia all last week.  Sigh.

This might be one of the funniest things I've ever seen.  I laughed way too hard at this.

How though?!  So true!  Tell me your money secrets, people on HGTV.


Happy weekend, y’all!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Our Weekend - The One with the 911 Call

Well, eventful might be a good word to describe our weekend.  I’m about to type every single detail of how it unfolded because I need to type up the details for my meeting with the cardiologist later this week anyway, so get ready for my longest post in history.  If you’re not interested, I completely understand – just keep it moving – but if you are, you should probably grab a cup of coffee (or maybe a bottle of wine because it’s quite stressful) and settle in. 

As you all know, we’ve had a bit of a rough start to 2019 so I’ve been under a lot of stress and I’ve been having a little bit of anxiety here and there.  Well, last week things had finally started looking up, I was feeling like I had emerged from the grips of my funk, and Friday was FABULOUS!  I was feeling particularly ambitious and I ROCKED a super long to-do list while the kids were at school.  If you follow me on Instagram then you probably saw the list in my stories.  It was long.

I mean I got SO. MUCH. DONE.  I ran some errands, I deep cleaned the whole house (dusted, swept, mopped, vacuumed), I got the trim painted on my bookcase in my office (finally!), I cleaned out and organized a few spaces, and I completed a couple of other little projects that I’ve had on the back burner for quite some time.  I felt like a boss.

When B got home from work he and the kids and I went to Old Chicago for some Friday night pizza and beers and then we went mattress browsing for Olivia before finally heading home for the evening.

We got the kids in the bed around 9 and then B and I had just snuggled in on the couch in our PJs to watch First Man and eat some dessert when things went awry.  It had been the perfect Friday so it came totally out of left field.

About 20-30 minutes into the movie I started having a weird sensation down both sides of my neck that felt like the muscles were tightening, and I also felt a burning and tingling sensation in my neck as well.  I told B that something felt “off” and then things started to spin out of control from there. 

My chest started tightening, I became very short of breath, and the pressure in my neck and chest became so immense so fast that I thought I was going to burst. 

Now, before I go any further, you should know that my allergies had been HORRENDOUS all week and I had been having frequent asthma attacks as well as reflux issues – they always seem to flare at the same time so I’m certain they somehow feed off of each other – so my initial thought was that it was my asthma and reflux acting up.  In addition to that, I had also been having major weird pressure issues in my head because of my Eustachian tube dysfunction all week (due to my blasted allergies), so I was on a steroid to try and regulate that.  I know, I’m just the picture of perfect health.  Haha.   But anyway, my reflux presents as a strangulation feeling at the base of my throat, so unfortunately, I’m no stranger to that sensation. 

Well, this felt way different. 

In addition to the pressure and tightening I also felt hot as fire like I was going to explode, but my body wouldn’t sweat like it was supposed to to cool me off.  I then had a sudden onset of extreme nausea and dizziness and when I tried to stand up my legs collapsed under me like Jello.  I was so weak.

This was definitely different.

Y’all, I am not one to just call 911 so Brian and I debated for a minute or two, but the pressure and tightening in my chest and neck continued to increase and it was so immense that it became unbearable.  Even though, I didn’t have typical chest “pain” I felt like I was being crushed to death and I was pretty sure I was having a heart attack at just 36 years old.  

My grandfather died from a heart attack when he was in his 60’s and I did not want to follow in his footsteps at a much younger age, so I told Brian to call 911.   

I was hyper aware of what was going on the whole time (I never lost consciousness even though there was one point at which I thought I was going to faint, but didn’t) and I stayed surprisingly calm (and Brian can attest to this) while we waited for the paramedics to arrive.  I knew that if I started panicking that it would exacerbate the whole situation.  I have no clue how much time passed while we waited for them to arrive, but it really felt like they arrived quickly. 

The whole team came in, immediately started asking tons of questions, got some oxygen started for me, and then they hooked me up to do an EKG.  Of the three that they did in our living room, one came back slightly abnormal.  The EMT looked over the data and said he didn’t think it was a heart attack but that it was really hard for him to tell.  Because he couldn’t tell for sure, and because the EKG had come back abnormal, he recommended that I be taken to the emergency room.

They wheeled in the stretcher, loaded me up, and took me straight to the ambulance.  B called my parents and told them what was going on and they came to our house to stay with the kids (who were both, thankfully, still asleep) so B could meet me at the ER.

In the ambulance on the way there, the EMT got an IV started and he did two more EKGs, both of which also came back abnormal.  He said that they weren’t so abnormal that they indicated a definite heart attack, but he said that they were most definitely not normal.  He then told me, “I don’t usually tell people to go to the hospital, but I think you need to.  You made the right decision.” 

By the time we got to the hospital I was feeling slightly better, but I was still having all of the symptoms.  Brian got to the hospital just minutes after we arrived in the ambulance and they wheeled me into triage where they immediately performed another EKG.  Same results again – slightly abnormal but nothing definitive of a heart attack. 

I was then wheeled into an ER triage room where they got me off the stretcher and into a bed.  They hooked me up to a heart monitor, a blood pressure cuff, and an oxygen monitor and all of my vitals were normal.  I was at 100% oxygen which was good and my temperature was totally normal, which didn’t make sense AT ALL since my body felt like it was on fire.  By then my skin on my neck and chest were all red and dry like they were sunburned and my body still wasn’t sweating as it should have been. 

The next little while was a blur.  The nurse came in and introduced herself, they got some chest x-rays, they gave me four chewable baby aspirin and told me if I was having a heart attack those would stop it and protect me from having another one.  They drew some blood and sent it off and it ended up coming back showing that I had troponin in my system, which is a chemical that’s released into the blood when there is damage to the heart muscle. 

Shortly after I got into the triage bed the pressure and tightness increased even more and I thought I was going to die.  I couldn’t breathe which upset me even more and the weight of the pressure in my neck and chest were so unbearable that I ended up having a full on panic attack… or at least I guess that’s what happened.  My whole body started shaking uncontrollably, I started hyperventilating and then my whole left side basically shut down… I couldn’t lift my left arm or leg at all and I couldn’t control my face muscles or my groaning, so the medical team thought I was having a stroke (I was not).  I have no clue how long the episode lasted but it felt like forever and all I remember is telling Brian I didn’t want to die. 

They decided then to admit me because they needed to run lots of tests to find out what exactly was happening, but they said that there were no available beds so I would have to stay in triage in the emergency room. 

Over the next couple of hours the intensity of the pressure and tightness decreased somewhat and I was able to rest comfortably.  They wheeled me up for a CT scan of my head and chest at some point and then brought me back down to triage.    

At that point, I told Brian to please go ahead and go home to bed.  I didn’t want my parents to have to stay overnight at our house and I didn’t want Brian to sit in a chair in ER triage all night.  I was at one of the best heart hospitals in the state of Georgia, so I knew I was in good hands and I didn’t want the guilt of knowing I was keeping Brian and my parents up.  Yes, I know that sounds ridiculous, but I just know that guilt would have made me feel anxious which wouldn’t have helped matters.

Brian was super apprehensive about leaving so I basically told him he had to.  Lol.  He reluctantly left maybe around 2 or 3 AM?  I honestly don’t even know what time it was.

After he left, began the LONGEST stretch of hours in my entire life.  I wanted nothing more than to sleep, but I couldn’t because it was SO LOUD in there, not to mention I had fluorescent lights beating down on me constantly.  I was also sharing the triage room with another ER patient so the nurses were constantly in and out checking on one or both of us.  The bed was hard as a rock and I couldn’t adjust it up and down without someone’s help.  I had constant poking and prodding from nurses (and rightfully so) and every five minutes someone new would get wheeled into the ER for check-in right outside my room.  It was awful.  So many people came in screaming or crying or saying crazy things and all I wanted was to block out all the noise because it was stressing me out.  And most importantly, I still didn't have answers.  Did I have a heart attack?

I couldn’t get a signal on my phone in the hospital either so I had nothing to do but look up at the ceiling and wait.  The hours passed soooo slowly.  I always knew when 15 minutes had passed because my blood pressure cuff would click on, squeeze my arm, and click off. 

Morning finally rolled around and I held out as long as I could before texting B and asking if someone could get a bag together for me and bring it to the hospital.  I was literally transported there in a PJ tank top, PJ pants, and fuzzy socks and I had nothing else.  I didn’t even have any shoes. 

Sometime in the early morning, a speech pathologist came to talk to me and do some testing.  Since they had thought I had a stroke, they wanted someone to evaluate me to ensure everything was normal.  I passed with flying colors. 

Shortly after that, my orders came in for an echocardiogram and an ultrasound of my carotid artery.  Those took about 30 minutes and then I was wheeled back down to my room in triage.   

I spent the next little while crying and being upset because I knew that I was going to miss Jacob’s soccer game for the first time ever.  They ended up losing 17-2 (LOL) but that didn't make me feel any better about missing it.  Man, I was missing those two little faces something fierce!

My parents showed up a little bit later with a bag of goodies that B had packed – my toothbrush (PRAISE!), some fresh clothes, a book to read, and some snacks, even though I wasn’t yet cleared to eat.  I was CRAVING conversation so they were a sight for sore eyes.  I was also STARVING at that point, but since they hadn’t yet cleared me to eat I had to wait.  I visited with my parents for a good long while until the hospital finally brought my lunch in around 1-ish.  Two minutes after the food arrived, my MRI and MRA orders also arrived, so I was only able to get down a couple of bites before they wheeled me off.  I said goodbye to my parents and they were off to get the kids so Brian could make his way back to the hospital. 

The MRI and MRA took a cumulative time of about 30 minutes, maybe, and then I was able to go back down to my room in triage and finish my lunch.  I was still feeling a little nauseated, but I was able to get down all of the chicken and some rice and a little of my banana pudding. 

The next couple of hours I was alone again while B and my parents were changing hands with the kids.  I didn’t want the kids to see me like that, and I definitely didn’t want them in that crazy ER, so my parents kept them for the rest of the day so B could stay with me. 

The afternoon dragged and I still had no answers from any of the tests.  I was still not feeling great – still having some of the tightness and pressure, but milder – and sitting in triage in that awful bed was sheer misery because I had zero privacy.  Every single person who came in the ER gawked at me and I felt like I was on constant display.  I still have no clue how the entire hospital was so full that they couldn’t put me in a real room, but I guess at least now we won’t have to pay for an overnight visit.  #SilverLining

They continued to come in and do blood work every few hours and most of the talk was that they were going to keep me for another night for observation.  I told Brian there was no way in hell I was going to stay another night (especially without a room) and I begged and begged the PA to let me out because I couldn’t bear sitting in triage for another night with no promise of a room.  I was so cranky, y’all.

Late in the afternoon, we finally reached a point where a real, actual doctor came in and he told me that all of my tests had come back normal, all of my blood work (besides the first one) had come back normal – no more troponin in the additional tests – but he did say that my white blood cell count was a little high which could mean that there was an infection somewhere in my body.  He also said that my potassium was low.  I had also begun to have some weird ear pain in my right ear so he checked that, but said the ear didn’t look infected. 

I begged and begged him to let me go home and he told me that they were going to run one more blood panel and that if it came back normal I could go home.

Well, as you can imagine, everything in a hospital takes for FREAKING EVER so we waited forever for that panel to come back only to have the nurse come in and take MORE blood for yet another panel.  Sigh.

My last blood panel came back normal and we were finally discharged a little after 7 PM Saturday night with no diagnosis or instructions whatsoever, other than to follow up with a cardiologist.  They did give me a prescription for an antibiotic in case I did have an infection somewhere (because of the high white blood cell count), but other than that, they were stumped and so was I. 

I was relieved to be out after 20 hours in triage, but I was so sad because in addition to missing Jacob’s soccer game, I was also missing our big family get together that we had planned for Saturday night.  #Lindsay,PityPartyForOne

After we were released, I still wasn’t feeling very good and I was still having shortness of breath, mild vertigo, and a little bit of chest and neck pressure.  I had also been awake for 37 hours at that point (and I do not do well without sleep) and I felt SO GROSS so all I wanted to do was eat some dinner, take a shower, and go to bed. 

B and I stopped by Chick-Fil-A on the way home because nuggets were about the only thing that sounded good to me, and then I took a long, hot shower when we got home.  One of the best showers of my entire life!

I wanted to see the kids before I went to bed so I got in my PJs and lay down on the couch until my parents brought them home to us.  I’m pretty sure I fell asleep within seconds, but I woke to their sweet little faces a few minutes later.  I don’t think I have ever been so thankful to hug them and kiss them in my life.  There was a brief moment where I thought I might never be able to do that again. 

We got the kids in the bed and then B and I ended up going to bed a little after 9 on a Saturday night.  We sure know how to party!

Sunday morning I slept until about 8:30 (for a total of almost 11 hours of sleep!) and I felt like a new woman.  I was still short of breath and my vertigo had ramped up a little more, but I was thankful that the tightness and pressure had lessened even more. 

Since I was released without any restrictions and since I’m the type of person who just likes for things to get back to normal after an unexpected event, I told B I wanted to treat the day as a regular Sunday.  I would be careful not to overdo it, though.  My MIL happened to not be cooking because she and my step-FIL were both down with colds, so we decided to have St. Paddy's Day homemade waffles for breakfast and then venture out for lunch and to try to salvage the weekend.

We all dressed in our best green, had lunch at Five Guys, and then stopped by my Nana’s house to pick out a couple of keepsakes for me to treasure.  She hasn’t passed away yet, but she was recently put in a nursing home so my parents have to have all of her stuff out of her house by the end of this month.  Most will be donated, but they wanted all of her family to keep a few things to remember her by… I chose one of her beloved bibles, a couple of glass dish knick knacks that I now have displayed on my tiered tray in our kitchen, a cool old serving tray, and a really cool old scale that she’d had since way before I was even born.  She always kept green grapes on one side of the scale and red grapes on the other and that thing is one of the first things that I think of when I think of visiting her as a child.  I can’t wait to find a good spot for it in our home.

Totally Brian's idea for them to twin... he even found his own shirt so they could match! <3

We had also promised Olivia that we would get her big girl bed on Saturday, and since that had been put on the backburner we just decided to do it Sunday instead.  We ended up getting her mattresses from Sam’s and then we headed back home so B and I could convert her bed from a toddler bed to a full size bed.  #SomeoneHoldMe

As the day went on, I got to feeling pretty much like my normal self, but I noticed that I was getting winded really easily, which is not remotely normal for me.  Every time I would walk up the stairs in our house I felt like I couldn’t catch my breath and my thighs would also burn like I had just done an intense workout.  It’s still happening as a write this.  I don’t know if it is just my body still trying to recover from what happened or if there is something else going on, but you better believe I’m seeing a cardiologist tomorrow per the hospital’s recommendation! 

Sunday evening my Momma took a break from cooking as well, so we took the kids to the playground since the weather was nice, and then we just made hot dogs at home for dinner.  Sunday ended up being a great day and I was so happy that the weekend had been somewhat salvaged.  Olivia even got to sleep in her big girl bed for the first time and she was STOKED, y'all.  The rest of her room is in shambles, but never mind that as long as the bed is there!  ;o)

Well, Monday I ended up having another episode (although, not nearly as intense as Friday’s) and I was pretty scared because I was home alone since B was at work and the kids were at school.  I alerted B and my parents just in case and I tried to go about my usual business, but it was hard. 

After about an hour of suffering, I remembered that three different people had told me to Google “esophageal spasms” because those feel exactly like a heart attack.  Sure enough, I Googled it and it sounded exactly like what was happening to me.  One of the remedies to try and stop an esophageal spasm is to rub peppermint essential oil all over your throat or suck on a peppermint.  Well, I didn’t have any peppermints, but I’ll be damned if I hadn’t just received peppermint essential oil a couple of weeks prior when I ordered my very first essential oils starter kit.  I have held off for years on purchasing one of those because they are so expensive, so the fact that I did it just in time for this makes me know it was meant to be.

I also considered popping some baby aspirin that I had just purchased that morning (AND WILL ALWAYS HAVE ON HAND NOW TIL FOREVER MORE), but I decided to wait a few more minutes to see if the peppermint oil would be as magical as all of those crazy essential oils people say.  ;o)

I kid you not, about 20 minutes after I rubbed the oil on my neck my chest, the tightening/pressure started to subside.  About 15 minutes after that it was totally gone. 

I don’t know if it was a coincidence that it stopped or if the oils are truly magical, but because that peppermint oil worked, I’m now thinking an esophageal spasm could be what happened Friday, too.  Everything I’ve read says that they are very rare, but you are at a higher risk of having them if you’re a) a woman, b) have reflux issues, and c) have been under a lot of stress.


However, the esophageal spasm wouldn’t explain the irregular EKGs or the troponin in my system, but I’m hoping the cardiologist can shed some light on that.  I’m thinking maybe my heart went into slight distress because the rest of my body was under so much stress?  Who knows. 

Whew.  Are you still with me? 

I’m thankful if you are! 

So anyway, a few thoughts before I leave you:

  1. Allergies/reflux/Eustachian tube dysfunction are a bitch.
  2. My esophagus needs to chill the eff out.
  3. I had every medical test known to man on Friday and Saturday so it’s comforting to know that my whole body is healthy and there’s no brain tumor or cancer lurking anywhere in there… well, unless it’s in the bottom half of my body.
  4. I broke my personal best record without having any sleep – 39.5 hours – and I survived.
  5. Being stuck in ER triage for 20 hours is the worst thing ever.  I’d rather eat worms than do that again.  I am not kidding.
  6. How many possible health issues could one 36 year old have at the same time?!
  7. I’m thankful for God’s grace, because my Lenten sacrifice was tested to the max this weekend and I FAILED MISERABLY.  All I can do is pick up the pieces from here and try to make them whole again.   
And a few next steps:

  1. See the cardiologist tomorrow and find out why I had irregular EKGs and troponin in my first blood test.
  2. See the ENT and find out what the heck is wrong with my right ear because it’s still hurting.
  3. See my gastroenterologist to discuss possible esophageal spasms.
  4. Continue using essential oils because apparently they are as magical as everyone says. 
Your prayers for a clean bill of health AND THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN are much appreciated.  XO

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Monday, March 18, 2019

Hello, Monday.

Hey, y’all.  I had planned to have a weekend recap up today as I always do on Mondays, but unfortunately 2019 continues to pummel us and we had a bit of a rough start to our weekend to say the least.  There are a WHOLE BUNCH of details involved and I simply didn’t feel like putting in the time on Sunday to revisit it all, but I promise a full recap back here, probably on Wednesday, since I'm still trying to get caught back up from the weekend going awry. 

And just so I don’t leave you hanging on a sour note, I am okay and, fortunately, the story has a happy ending.  

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Five on Friday – My Birthday Wish List

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In the spirit of my upcoming birthday month (April) I thought I’d share some things on my wish list right now.  I love doing these for my birthday as well as Christmas just because it’s neat to go back and see how my tastes and fashion choices change throughout the years. 

I also love to have everything on my wish list summed up in one post because then whenever I end up with a gift card or extra spending money I can just click on the post and everything I want is right there waiting for me!  All I have to do is make the decision.  Seeing all of the pictures in one place also enables me to prioritize which items I’d like to purchase first.

Most of the stuff on my wish list this year are large items to complete our home once and for all, so this is probably the biggest wish list I’ve ever had!

O N E – For the Home

Woven Wicker Serving Tray Khaki Threshold – I want two of these… one for each of our nightstands to add some depth and texture.

Montreal Wren Assembled Table Lamp White Project 62 – I want two of these as well… one for each of our nightstands.  Our lamps are outdated and they’re also too small. 

Stitched Medallion Quilt Opalhouse, Blush, King Size – The finishing touch for our master bedding makeover.

Davinci Jayden 4-Drawer Dresser, White – I’ve been searching high and low for the perfect piece to go in our living room to house our large DVD collection, and I’ve come to the conclusion that a chest of drawers will be the best option.  The space where the furniture will sit is pretty awkward, so the piece needs to be exactly 36x36.  It also needs at least four shelves/drawers to be large enough to hold all of the DVDs we have, so that’s a requirement as well.  I have browsed media cabinets, media chests, and media storage for YEARS, and I have come up empty handed every time.  I finally stumbled upon this one on Amazon the other day and I cannot believe how perfect it is!  It’s simple and classic and checks every box!

West Elm Candlewick Blanket, Full/Queen – We keep a good snuggly blanket downstairs at all times because someone (usually me) uses it every single night while we’re watching TV and winding down for the day.  Our current one is frankly an embarrassment – it’s torn on all four corners, it’s battered, and it’s covered in stains because – KIDS.  This one from West Elm might be the dreamiest throw blanket I’ve ever seen.  Y’all know I’m the queen of polka dots, so that pattern is perfection, and I want nothing more than to have this on my couch now!

Kenya Fleece Tufted Rug Project 62, Cream, 7x10 – We’ve been living in our house for almost ten years and we STILL do not have an area rug in our living room.  Sigh.  I’m suuuuper picky about rugs and rarely do I ever see anything I would even consider.  Well, #TargetDoesItAgain, because this one would be perfect in our space!  And I don’t think it’s so trendy that I’ll be tired of it in five years. 

Pottery Barn Mia Faceted-Crystal Chandelier, Small – I currently have a ceiling fan in my office that I never use so I’d like to switch it out for a chandelier.  This one from Pottery Barn is soooo dreamy, but pricey.  If anyone has ever seen a dupe anywhere for this one let me know!

World Market Warm Ivory Elsie Upholstered Office Chair – When we first moved in our house, I bought a $20 hot pink desk chair at Staples to hold me over until I could get something nicer.  Well, here we are nine years later and I’m still using said chair.  I think it’s safe to say that we’ve gotten our money’s worth from it and it’s also safe to say that my butt and back could benefit from something a little more substantial.  I’ve had my eye on this desk chair from World Market for months… it will go perfectly in there!

World Market Multicolor Felt Triangle Flag Garland – While we’re on the subject of World Market, I stumbled across this little banner and I love it so much!  I’m a sucker for rainbow stuff and I want this for my bulletin board in my office.  Kind of random compared to everything else, I know, though!  Ha!

Homeelegance Lucille Fabric Upholstered Pub Barrel Chair, Beige – I am going to get rid of the chevron chest and replace it with a cozy chair.  I've been wanting a nice place to read in my office and right by the window is the perfect spot!

Convenience Concepts American Heritage Round White Table – We have this exact table in our bedroom and I LOVE IT SO MUCH.  It's gorgeous!  I'd love to have one in my office as well.  I need a place to put a lamp next to my reading chair!

Refrigerator and Freezer Storage Bin with Lid, Set of 3, Clear – I want this set of three to house all of the medicine/first aid/sunscreen in our master bathroom.  They are the perfect size for my needs!

Ameriwood Home Parsons Deluxe Desk, White – I’ve outgrown my current desk and would like something a little bigger.  This one is perfect because it would enable me to get my printer off of my desktop and down on the bottom shelf.  No more eyesore and, most importantly, MORE SPACE! 

Unique Loom Modern Plush Solid Shag Contemporary Area Rug, Pure Ivory, 7x10 – I’ve also wanted an area rug under our master bed for years and never made that a priority either.  We’re doing our room in whites and creams and blushes right now and I think that this rug will be the perfect touch in there.  And it should never go out of style because it’s simple and classic.

Serene House Supernova Electric Aromatherapy Diffuser, White – I’m starting to dabble in essential oils and I’d love a diffuser for our bedroom.  This one is so dreamy!  It would look gorge on my nightstand!

West Elm Fringe Blanket, White, Full/Queen – My name is Lindsay and I’m a blanket hoarder.  I want this one to put at the foot of Olivia’s bed.

T W O – Clothes

ECOWISH Womens Dress, Blue Plaid, Small – I would love this for our beach trip in June!  So classic!

Wildtrest Women's Pleated Tassel Trim Strappy Loose Casual Flowy Tank Tops, Grey, Small – Looks like the perfect comfy staple for summer.  I'd love one in "Grey" and also one in "Navy Blue 2."

Amazon Essentials Women's Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Puffer Coat, Light Pink, Small – I know it’s weird to have this on my list in March, but I’m in need of a good warm jacket.  We don’t have too many super cold days here in Georgia, but when we do, I always freeze my hiney off because I don’t own a truly warm jacket.  My old puffer jacket is at least 13 years old and it’s so short it barely covers my belly button.  Haha.  I’m not even sure why I still have it. 

Amazon Essentials Women's Lightweight Water-Resistant Packable Down Vest, Blush Pink, Small – Another thing I won’t need anytime soon, but it’s been in my Amazon wish list for a long time!

FASHION BOOMY Womens Zip Up Safari Military Anorak Jacket W/Hood, Olive, Small – This item is the perfect transition piece for spring and fall and it’s been in my wish list for a long time, too!  Love it!

T H R E E – Accessories

Rothy’s, The Flat, Flax Birdseye, 7.5 – Okay, I want to drink the Rothy’s Koolaide but these are way out of my budget.  I’m intrigued, though, especially since they are machine washable!  I live in flats during the winter and I’d love a good sturdy pair that will last for years.  My current ones were $6 at Walmart so I’m sure they’ll bite the dust soon.

Tatuo 8 Pairs Teardrop Leather Earrings – I love the leather earrings trend because they’re so lightweight… this set is perfect because it has every color I’d use… gold, rose gold, silver, grey, and black that would go with anything, red for Georgia games, and pink because it’s my favorite color.  :o)

Chantelle Intimates Soft Stretch Seamless Bikini – You know you’re getting old when you have underwear on your birthday wish list!  But seriously, I am THE PICKIEST about undies.  I like for them to be low on the hips, cover my whole butt and not ride up, and be seamless and thin so that they don’t show lines through your clothes… especially leggings.  I’ve tried so. many. kinds.  the last few years and I finally found the ones that have my heart.  Naturally they’re only sold at Nordstrom and cost and arm and a leg, but they’re worth every penny.  I'll take tons of these in all the colors, please!

Vintga Bamboo Handbag – Yes, these have been popular for a couple of years now so I’m a little late to the game, but I keep seeing this one on Amazon and thinking it would be absolutely perfect for our beach trip and date nights!

Jessica Simpson Women's Raquelle Flat Sandal, 7.5 – These have been in my wish list since 2016!  How fun would they be at the beach?  At one point last fall they had been reduced all the way to $27.99 at one point and I’m regretting not buying them then.

F O U R – Books

F I V E – Gift Cards

Happy Friday, y’all!

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