Wednesday, April 26, 2017

What's Up Wednesday | 4/26/17

Today I'm linking up with MelShay and Sheaffer for their What's Up Wednesday series!






What we're eating this week:
I made tortellini with spinach in a creamy tomato sauce that was super easy and yummy last night.

Sushi tonight

Flat bread pizza tomorrow night.

What I'm reminiscing about:
This little cutie.

What I'm Loving:
FOOD!
This time of year when the weather starts to warm up I get so excited about food, in particular:
Pasta Salads
Hamburgers and Hot dogs on the grill
Corn
Watermelon
Pretty much anything that screams cookout and summer!

What we've been up to:
It's been raining for the past couple of days here so I've had to get creative with the indoor activities.

Indoor picnics
Hide and seek
Heading to the movies (we went to see Smurfs on Sunday afternoon, it was cute)

What I'm dreading:
I don't think I'm dreading anything right now.

What I'm working on:
I've been feeling overwhelmed by the amount of stuff we have so I'm working on going through everything and getting rid of all of the STUFF!!

I'm doing it a little at a time but I'm starting with my clothes and then moving on to closets.

What I'm excited about:
Going to Lowe's and getting some plants for the yard and around the house.
This time of year everyone's yard's look so nice and fresh and our yard does not because we've been busy and not able to get out and cut the grass.  So I'm excited about getting to clean everything up and have it looking nice and ready for summer!

What I'm watching/Reading:
Watching:
Southern Charm
The Discovery on Netflix
Fortitude on Prime

Reading:
Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

What I'm listening to:
I listen to books during my commute so I'm currently listening to Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
At night we listen to trolls and sing soundtrack during bath time 😃

What I'm wearing:
I got this UGG robe and it's pretty amazing.

What I'm doing this weekend:
Yard work
Pool
Shopping for Teacher Appreciation Week next week

What I'm looking forward to next month:
The pollen going away so we can spend more time outside and gear up for Summer!

What else is new:
Not a whole lot.  Look for a book review roundup and some teacher appreciation inspiration next week on the blog!

Bonus question this month: What is your favorite spring/summer shoe?
I love my Tom Wedges, they're great for work and for the weekends!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Favorites | Catch Up Post

Happy Friday, friends!

I'm linking up with these amazing bloggers for some Friday Favorites. Erika, Narci and Andrea.

It's been a while and that's because March and April are always crazy times in my house, we are in full on Birthday mode during these months and then throw in Easter and it's out of control.

I'll catch you up on what we've been up to (that just happen to be my favorites as well).
This guy had a birthday at the end of March and we celebrated with a delicious dinner and the yummiest Neiman Marcus bars!



Next we celebrated my sweet mamas birthday that fell in early April and my parents are adding on to their house so there were some diggers in the yard and Grandpa let little man in for a ride. #yearmade



 A little strawberry shortcake with store bought angel food cake.


 Blooming Rosemary, so pretty.

Then this one turned 4, I mean how is he 4 already?!?!?  
He was just born! #holdme
These past 4 years have been a blur and the best in my life.  
I just wish time would slow down so I can savor it more. 


So Mr. Man turned 4 and we celebrated with a dinosaur bowling party that was a hit!  



We had the party the day before his birthday so on his actual birthday we spent the day opening presents, jumping in his bouncy castle and just enjoying the beautiful day!


 4 year old on a mission!



 Birthday kisses from Daddy


 Birthday family selfie


Showing off some of his presents.

And then it was time for some Easter Egg hunts and Peter Cottontail coming to town.  I can't believe I didn't take a picture of his Easter basket but we were rushing around getting ready for Church and I completely forgot. Oh well.  






A non-party favorite is this book!  I'm going to do a proper book review next week of what I've been reading, but this book gets a favorite mention because it's definitely an amazing read!  It's a page turner ya'll and by far my favorite book of 2017!  


Ann-Taylor Loft is another recent favorite.  I haven't shopped there in years but they had a 40% off everything event right before Easter and I was in need a new Easter dress so stopped by there and found 2 gems that went home with me.  Love them both!



And that's it for now.  
Weekend plans are another birthday party and lots of running around to do.
Happy Weekend ya'lll!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Favorites! | Birthday Gift Addition

Woohoo it's Friday!

 I wanted to share some of my favorite birthday gifts ideas with you today.

We are well into birthday season over here for John's friends and it can be tricky to buy for a number of different 4 year old's.  Their little personalities are developing so fast at this age that they could be into any number of things.  I find that games are an easy universal go to and can work for both girls and boys.

Little Ones
So my go to gift is Yeti in My Spaghetti - fun, easy, the kids love it and bonus - it won't break the bank!
John actually doesn't have this game but he will be getting it for either his birthday or Easter.

The cheapest place I've found to purchase it is actually on Amazon.  It's less than $11 - I mean what a steal!
I always like to throw a little something in with it, usually a small transformer or doll or even a book.

This ends up being a less than $20 gift that the kids love!

Family Members
I love gifting these throws with special pictures on them!

Collage.com is awesome, they always have good sales and they are quality products with super fast shipping and great customer service!

I'm actually ordering one of these blankets for my mom's birthday in April with a picture of the wild horses in North Carolina's Outer Banks.  My mom loves them!

The Hubby
John's birthday is at the end of March so I've been brainstorming what to get him.  
Why are men so hard to shop for?

I end up getting him a couple of things....
1. Something he's asked for
Like this hoodie

2. Something sentimental
I'm getting him a canvas print of little man and I (which he also asked for)
You can get a 24 x36 canvas for less than $40!  
I got him one for Christmas and it was great!

3. An experience
This can be tickets to a concert or in our case, taking him to dinner.
Haven't finalized this one yet but will probably end up going to one of our favorite places, The Boathouse.
It has everything, amazing food, atmosphere and it's close to home!
So there you have it!  Some of my go-to's for gift giving!  I hope you got a little inspiration out of them.

Linking up to these lovely bloggers!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Picky Eater | Hulk Muffins

Round 2

If you missed the first round you can catch up here.  I decided to try this recipe that I found on pinterest and I changed the name of it to Hulk Muffins because I have a three year old little boy who is obsessed with superheroes.  #whateverworks

These muffins are not hard to make at all and if I can get my son to eat spinach then that's a major win for me!




The verdict?  
He loved them!!  
The next day he even asked for them for breakfast!  Yes!!

Kid: 1
Mom: 1

You seriously can't taste the spinach at all, they just taste like a sweet bread.
If you have a picky little eater in your house you should definitely try these!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Life Lately

Happy Tuesday Friends!
Thought I would share some of what been going on in our world lately. 😃

When you run out of ideas for what to give your toddler for lunch, go with the ice cube tray.  It's a great way for your little one to try a variety of things.

 Following his daddy while coaching a soccer game. #bless #allthehearts

 Nothing like a good game of Pie Face.  He loves this game, mainly because he gets to eat the whipped cream!


 Bowling, he's crazy about bowling!  His 4th birthday is coming up in April and we're planning a bowling party, he's so excited!


 #coolkid

Okay, cuteness overload ya'll!  His pre-school does bunny pictures every year with REAL bunnies!!! I mean these poor little critters, but how cute is this?!?!

 And last, I had to make this delicious popcorn chex mix that Jessica has shared on her blog many times.  It's even better than I thought it would be! Yum!

That's it ya'll.  We're in the middle of birthday party season and have already been to two and have two more lined up.  I'll share my go to present for 4 year olds later this week!

Question for you - do you have a go to present for little ones around this age?


Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday friends!  Wow, what a week!  Is it just me or should Tuesday really have been Friday!?!?  Linking up to ErikaAndrea and Narci to share my favorites from this week!


Let's get started with the obvious....

Valentines Day
 Definitely a favorite this week!  
John had so much fun at his class Friendship party! #allthelove


Just a little Elton John inspired Snapchat Valentine


All of his valentine's loot


I loved doing this for him!  Andrea shared this idea on her blog and I started doing it as well.  Definitely a tradition that I will continue to do every year!


Monday....
was not a favorite.  But this coffee cup got me through.
#truestatement


Warm Weather!
OMG - it's been so up and down where I live in Virginia.  One day it's in the 70's and then next the low is in the 20's.  But let me tell you when it was warm you better believe we were soaking it up as much as we possibly could!

This is a trail right beside my office at work and when it's warm I walk the river at lunch.  It's great!


We took advantage of the amazing weather on Sunday and headed down to my parents house at the river after Church.


As you can see we were very happy about the warm weather!


DIY Necklace, big flowy cardigans, Lauren Condrad Cords, and Tom's wedges are my favorite this week!


Flowers
I got these flowers from Aldi's the day after Valentines for $1.99!!!  
Can you believe they were only $1.99??? 
I was so excited, nothing beats a lovely bouquet of flowers on your bedside table....and for $1.99 - what a steal!



Salads
Trying to eat more salads and so far I'm loving them!  
So easy for a quick weeknight dinner.
#givemealltheveggies

Love this little Hulk!
Funny story I have to share - after I took this picture he took off the mask and hands and was trying to take off the shirt but it got stuck over his head.  I asked him if he needed help and he said no he could do it himself.
After trying to take it off with no success I went over and pulled on one of the sleeves to get him free and he exclaimed, "ugh, why did you do that!?  You ruined my life!!!"
I mean I had to slap the magazine I was reading over my face to keep from laughing out loud!  I ruined his life at 3 years old!!!
Heaven only knows what I'm going to do when he's 13?!?!
#Ihaveathreenager


But then he looks like this when he falls asleep and it's just the sweetest thing ever!


Happy weekend friends!!!!