Thursday, February 16, 2017

Current Loves

Back with another "Current Loves", and this one is heavy on the shoes and the snacks :)
The staples, ya know.

First up...let me preface this particular item with the fact that I haven't actually worked out in these workout pants. 
But, hubby was kind enough to pick these out for me for Christmas... (apparently we like to passive-aggressively send messages to each other through our gifts.  I gave him a razor.  His beard had to go.)
So, I don't work out in these.  I do, however, chase the children, go to the park, run errands, eat ice cream, and watch The Bachelor in them.  And I love them.  They hold ya in, and they don't budge.  The lines are flattering, the quality is top notch, and the price is hard to beat.  And I am a bit of a legging connoisseur.

Champion Workout Leggings 

Ok, shoe time!  First up are these Fringe Sneakers.  I first saw them on Erika from Urban Grace Interiors, and I fell in love.  She mentioned that they were more like a sneaker and a run-around-town kind of shoe, which I love.  They may be a "love them or hate them" kind of shoe, but I for one, love them.  The pop of hot pink underneath the leather fringe is so fun, and I really do end up reaching for these on an almost daily basis.  (They are hard to find!  My sweet friend Brooke sold me hers, so I was lucky! I linked a few websites below with random sizes).


Sanuk Fringe Kat Shoes
(buy here, or here, or steal them from your friend's closet!)

More sneaks.  When I'm not reaching for my Fringies, I'm reaching for these!  I've only had 'em for a week, but they are my new fave.  So comfy.  So cute.  So affordable.  Another hard shoe to find - I linked them below, but shipping is unavailable at this time.  But stalk your local Target, and maybe you'll be lucky to snag them!  Don't hesitate - they are such a great find!  And I love the blush color for spring!

Dolce Vita for Target Slip On Sneakers

Another staple in my current wardrobe has been these skinny jeans.  I've loved the classic Rockstar jeans from Old Navy for years.  When colored jeans were all the rage, I think I owned them in every color (!).  Well now, they are even better than before...beCAUSE, they have a new magic sculpting power.  Don't ask me how it's done.  But it's awesome.  They are like denim Spanx.  And they are skinny all the way down to them ankles, which I gaping at any point.

Another great affordable find, and you can always find a coupon or sale going on so you don't have to pay the full price.  (They are a tad bit pricey for Old Navy.)  But I loooove these jeans.  I prefer a lighter wash in denim for spring, so I opted for the "Jolene" color.

Old Navy Rockstar Built In Sculpt Jeans (in "Jolene")

Now onto food and drinks.
I typcially am a La Croix gal, but I stumbled upon these sparkling waters at Target this month, and this flavor intrigued me.  I'm so glad I tried them!  They are so delicious, and I highly recommend!!
  And for some reason, the slim can makes me feel kinda fancy.
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Simply Balanced Sparkling Water
(ginger peach is delish!)

Have y'all boarded the Halo Top ice cream train yet?!
I was introduced to them just in the past 2 months or so, and I'm embarrassed to tell you how many pints I've gone through.  They are a "healthy" ice cream, packed full of protein and natural ingredients.  Super low in sugar and calories, you can eat an entire pint for 240-280 calories!  Say what?!  Not to mention, they're so yummy!
My fave is the peanut butter cup.
If you've tried them, whats your flavor of choice?

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Halo Top Ice Cream 

One more snack.  I think I was hungry when I sat down to write this post.  Also, every day time I walk into Target, I'm greeted by six thousand neon bikinis, so I'm reminded daily often, that I need to start getting a little healthier with my snacking.  Thus I'm trying some new things, and wanting to share them with y'all!   These chips.  I found them at Target (has anyone noticed a trend?  I swear this post isn't sponsored).  They are delicious, filling, crunchy, healthy, and they come in tons of flavors and varieties.  I'm loving the sweet potato tortilla chips, and I think they have maybe 5 (super healthy) ingredients!  A guilt-free snack that I will definitely be repurchasing!

Way Better Snacks - Whole Grain Corn Tortilla Chips Sweet Potato - 1 oz.
Way Better Chips
(I love the sweet potato!)

And before I close,
raise your hand if your'e so pumped that Rachel has been named the next Bachelorette!  I heard the secret was leaked before it was going to be announced, thus ABC had to make the official statement at a bizarre time of the season.  I just think she's great.  So smart, charismatic, fun, out-going, and classy.  I of course love the diversity this will bring to the show, network, and fan base.  Already rooting for Rachel and her chance at love.
 I realize I sound super cheesy and this show is cray.
 I realize this.  But I watch.  Every time.

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What are you CURRENT FAVES??
Clothing, snacks, TV shows, books??
Do share ;)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Lots of Love

Blushing Love
Happy Valentine's Day, Loves!

Hoping your day is filled with lots of sweetness, rather if it's through hugs and kisses from your babies, snuggles with your fur babies, cards from your loved ones,
flowers from your man,
or just a spoon and a big ole pint of your favorite ice cream.

I thought I'd share a few pretty things with you, perfect for today, tomorrow, or any day!  Festive earrings, matching mugs, yummy candles, my FAVE top, and more!

(1) Tassel earrings (2) Softest Lounge Top  (3)  Drop Earrings  (4) Sunnies
(5) Boho Blouse    (6) Candle  (7) Wink Beanie  (8) Mug Set  (9) Lip Set 


11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, 
God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."

1 John 4:11-12

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Andrew - 3 Years Old

Dear my THREE-year-old BOY!  
You are not a baby anymore, or even a toddler.  3 years old is old.  I have all the emotions of a mom sending their high-school senior off to college.  Which feels like it's gonna be tomorrow.  Too soon. 
Too fast.  The years have flown by, but let me just say....
They have been filled with the greatest joy and love that I've ever known.  

Because of you.  Because of the gift and blessing you are to our family.  
From the day we found out we were expecting you, our hearts have grown and grown with love for you.  And don't think for a second that our hearts are maxed out.  Because guess what?
Somehow, some way, God keeps making room in our hearts for more love.  

When you quietly sing "Jesus Loves Me" or climb up onto our laps to read your favorite books.
When you rush over to comfort Ellie if she falls down or gets upset.
When you give one of your sweet compliments to me...."I love your dress, Mama!" 
When you say you're sorry and tell us how "po-wite" you are.
When you give us bear hugs.
When you belly laugh while Daddy tickles the mess out of you. 
When you eat all your dinner ;)

You are so loved sweet boy. 
Thank you for making our family so special.   
Happy 3rd year of your precious life. 
God is so good.

*I have kept a journal in my phone of "Andrew-isms" during his 3rd year of life.  Whenever he says or does something sweet, funny, or just memorable, I jot it down so I won't forget it.  
Here are a few "Andrew-isms" at 3 years old.*

A perfectly healthy Andrew:
"I can't carry my toy's too heavy.  And my leg hurts."

Looking down at his feet in the grass outside:
"Watch out - those 'squitos are gonna git me!"

Ellie coughs.  
Mama: "You ok, Ellie?
Andrew (fake coughs): "Don't worry, I ok, too Mama."

Taking bites out of his graham cracker and waffle:
"Look it's a chair!" "It's a choo choo train!"
(quite the imagination!)

Pushing Ellie in stroller outside around the carport.  Puts her stroller up to back steps.
"Alwight baby, we made it!  We are AT the museum!  I'll be right back. Now let me put the shade down so there's no sun in your eyes."

Drawing on his dry erase board, scribbles something:
"Look, Mama!  Do you love it?"
Mama: "I do love it!"
Andrew sighing, "It's beautiful."

Holding play phone up to his ear, nods to Gigi and whispers to her:
"I've just got to go make a quick phone call."

"Stay here Ellie.  I've got to go pee pee and poo poo. I'll be right back.  I'ts gonna be a big one."

Andrew calls from living room:
"What are you doing, Mama?"
Mama: Oh just cleaning the playroom, what are you doing?"
Andrew: "I'm reading books and singing songs for Jesus!"

Driving out of the driveway on the way to school:
"Oh, wait! I forgot my lipstick."

Mama singing "Joy to the World" maybe a little passionately: 
Andrew: We are inside, Mama.  That is waaaay too wowd."

"I just can't reach it.  My arms are too big."

Picking Andrew up from school and buckling him into the car seat.
Mama: "Oooh what color lollipop did you get to bring home? Looks like you got yellow!"
Andrew, gazing at my face, "Yep, yellow.  Like your teeth."

Mama getting Ellie dressed, and pulls her dress over her head. 
Andrew walks in at that moment.
"Oooh baby, you look beautiful."

Instead of "this", he calls is "that":
elbow: "uncle"
ipad: "puter"
sponge: "squish"
elevator: "alligator"
nothing: "nuffing"
cracker: "cwacka"
cupcakes: "cukcapes"

Food: banana with peanut butter
Book: Little Blue Truck 
Song: ABC's and Jesus Loves Me
Toys: Fire truck and airplane, disposable camera

30 lbs
38" tall

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Fire Truck Birthday Party

The only thing better than Andrew's "Birthday at the Fire Station" was the next day!  His "Fire Truck" birthday party!  Months ago when I asked him what kind of party he wanted, this was the first thing out of his mouth!
"And a fire truck ladder on my cake, please!"
Done and Done.

We had our family over for a fun-filled fire truck day, and Andrew loved every second of it!
Balloons, presents, Chick-fil-a, and cake - what could be better?!

(breakfast with the birthday boy!)

(these sweet cousins are just 1 year and 1 day apart!  Evie turned 4 the next day!)

We really had the BEST day!  Andrew loved sharing his day with all his family and cousins.  And of course was so excited about his fire truck themed "everything"!

Thanks to everyone for all the sweet gifts, cards, and birthday wishes!  We are blessed and grateful for your love for our sweet boy and our family!

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