Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer Bucket List

Summer is definitely my favorite season (with Fall very close behind).  
Maybe it's because I was born in the Summer, maybe it's because of Summer vacation as a kid.
There's just something about the warm weather and long days that makes my soul happy!

I also love a good bucket list, so here you go.

1. Make homemade play-dough - we've actually already done this and it was super easy and fun!
2. Pool Days - going to the pool with a 4 year old is a lot of fun, not to mention a good workout!
3. Homemade Peach preserves - I made blackberry preserves this past winter and now I want to try peach, it was easier than I thought it would be!
4. This project - I have an old tire that's been sitting in our garage for over a year and I decided I'm going to do something with it!
5. Beach vacation (Outer Banks) - my family has a house in Carova, you have to drive on the beach to get there, it's amazing.  It's also where all the wild Outer Banks horses live.
6. Fireworks on the Fourth - looking forward to fireworks with little man this year.
7. Miniature Golf - this will be a first for John.  Can't wait to see how he likes it.
8. Go camping (in the backyard) - This one is all my husband!  I don't do camping, but I'll enjoy watching them from the comfort of the house!
9. Farmers Markets - There are so many great farmers markets in Richmond!
10. Grill grill grill - Summer = grilling
11. Lay in the backyard and look at the stars - I saw an idea on pinterest where you put blankets and pillows in a blow up pool and look at the stars.  Love this idea!
12. Drive-in Movie Theatre - Ya'll, I can't wait to do this one!  All I can think of is the scene in Grease.  It's probably going to be way better in my head but I don't care I still want to do it.
13. De-cluttering John's artwork by making art books - I've saved every scrap of artwork that John has brought home since he started in daycare at 3 months old.  Needless to say it's taking over so this project is a must.  Even though it's going to be time consuming I'm excited to do this and see how it turns out.  Oh and get back half his closet space too!  I'm planning on saving my favorites and then recycling the rest once the books are done.

What's on your summer bucket list?

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Book Review | May

Book Review day!  Yay!

In May, I read/listened to 4 books.

Up first, The Handmaid's Tale.  It was not my favorite.  I've been wanting to read this book for a while since it got such good reviews and was recently a TV series.
But it fell flat for me.  
I hated the ending as well.

I also have not watched the series yet, let me know if you've watched it and what you thought?

Next up is Fall of Giants.
This was my first Ken Follett book and I enjoyed it.  
I will say that I listened to this one and I'm glad that I did because I think I would have had a hard time reading all of the war negotiating parts.
Historical Fiction is not my favorite genre but I did like this one.  
I'll definitely read the other two books in this trilogy.

I had really high hopes for, One True Loves, and it was good but not as great as I thought it was going to be.  
I have read so many amazing reviews of this book that maybe my expectations were too high?
I would definitely recommend this book if your looking for a good beach or pool read for your summer vacation.

Ending the month on a high note with, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
I'm a huge Harry Potter fan so I figured I would enjoy this book, and it did not disappoint.
I finished it in two days, it's quick paced although it's also written in screenplay format which is a little odd but you get used to it. 


That's it!  What books are you all reading/listening to?
Any recommendations?! 

Happy Friday-eve! 😍

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weekend Recap

Definitely feels like a Monday over here friends!

We had a very busy weekend with lots of running around and good fun!

How funny is this camp chair!  It was sitting in front of Bed, Bath, and Beyond and it was HUGE!

This pic is actually from last weekend, we went to the movies to see Boss Baby and little man had to take a pic in the Shark!

We hung out at the pool yesterday.  Pool days are my favorite!!!
I'm working on perfecting my pool snacks.  
Anyone have some yummy pool snack recipes they'd like to share?
I'm all ears!

Saturday hubbies soccer team made it to their cup finals and they WON!
Very proud of him and his team!

Saturday night bedtime (I love how it's still light when he goes to sleep!)

Sunday night bedtime was a different story.

I thought for sure he had gone to sleep when he walks into my bedroom like this!?!
Trying on his too small helmet and rain boots.

Does he look ready for bed?  Nope!
He did fall asleep about 20 minutes later, thank goodness!

These are my go to summer nail colors!!!
The pink is BRIGHT!
And the red is the perfect summer red with a hint of coral!

Happy Monday!

Monday, May 22, 2017

A Day in the Life | Weekend Edition

I'm so excited to share this post with you!  

Day in the Life posts rank in my top five favorite posts to read (along with home tours, holidays, and peaking in your bags, because I'm nosy)

So here we go....since it was Saturday, we slept in a little.

Started the day with some snuggles and cartoons on the couch...

With coffee of course.....

Then it was time to get dressed and ready for the day....

Before makeup....

After makeup.....much better 😏

Our first stop was going to be the Farmers Market but they weren't open yet so we headed to Ross to kill some time and had to pick up a Dory school supply set.

Then we headed over to the Farmers Market and I failed to take any pics, I got too excited about all the fresh produce.  Here's what we got....

After the Farmers Market we headed across town to run some more errands and made a stop at the Starbucks in Target (there was a pirate cake pop purchase that I didn't get the chance to take a pic of because it was eaten too quickly)

After we finished with our errands we headed back to the house for some quiet time.

Little man and Dad worked on some legos.....

 While I read a little of my book (got this recommendation from Mix&Match Mama)

Then I headed to PlantNite at 3pm....I had gotten a Groupon for this because it was going to be done with my team at work but I wasn't able to go when they went due to a conflict.
So this was my makeup day.

If you've never heard of it, it's a lot like the PaintNite that people do but it's plants.  
Super fun!

The PlantNite was actually in our local Kroger so I did a little shopping afterwards and then headed home.

After all the groceries were unloaded we headed back out to Mexican with some friends. 

I was so busy talking and eating that I didn't snap any pics, but my shrimp tacos with goat cheese were amazing!!!

After dinner we walked over to the bookstore (my happy place) and perused for a little while.

The kids enjoyed the bookstore, especially the unicorn masks! haha!

We headed home to feed Flynn....

And read our new book...Dragons Love Tacos 2....really cute!
(sorry the pic is blurry)

And once little man was asleep, John and I started watching The Keepers on Netflix.  This one is hard to watch ya'll.

I fell asleep at 9:45pm.

And that was our Saturday!  I hope you enjoyed it!  Let me know if you've done a Day in the Life post, I'd love to read them!

Happy Monday!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday Favorites | Happy Mother's Day

Happy Friday ya'll!

Linking up with Andrea and Narci for some Friday Favorites today.
Also linking up to Christina for 5 on Friday!

My number one Favorite is something special I get to do with my little man every year and that's "Muffins with Mom" at his daycare.  
It's so sweet and all the kids are so excited.

The teachers always help the kids make something special for Mom and this it's this little tray.  
Not gonna lie, I teared up when I opened it up.  #allthefeels

He also made me this drawing.  
I can't.  It's so sweet.  
I love seeing his little stick figures!  

Next up is my love for the Pioneer Woman, she never disappoints and her line at Wal-Mart is so whimsical and adorable that I just want to have it all!
The best part is it's not expensive, these mugs are less than $5!  

 And this adorable little cake stand is less than $15! 
Somebody buy this for me please!

 I had to pick up this 'lovely' tea towel at Wal-Mart because it will be perfect for Summer and it was less than $2!  #winning

Who else loves a work bathroom selfie!  Haha! 
 I took this pic because my rose gold shoes are one of my favorites, they instantly brighten up any outfit and they make me happy 😊

My final favorite for this week is a new adventure that we had last weekend.  We live in Virginia and are a stones throw away from Colonial Williamsburg so decided to spend Saturday at an amazing park there.  They have a zip line and obstacle course in the park called GoApe.  John loved it!

There were two sides to the course, one with ropes to hold on to and another that didn't.
He didn't care for the side without the ropes but LOVED the side with the ropes to help you across.
The end of the course has a zip line and that was probably his favorite part.

If you live in this area, you should definitely check it out!

That's it for this week!
Happy Mother's Day to all you mama's out there, I hope you have the best weekend!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday | Memory Lane

Happy, Happy Tuesday!

Linking up with Andrea for Show and Tell Tuesday.

I'm an 80's / 90's child and I wouldn't have it any other way.  Man the 80's and (early) 90's were awesome!!!

I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the nostalgia of my youth.  Follow me if you're another cool product of this generation. 😎

Here are a few of the my favorite childhood things.

Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Cabbage Patch Kids, Rainbow Bright and Care Bears were all the best!

I swear if I could smell this again, I would be transported back to middle school.

I loved this lip gloss!  Does anyone else remember these?!?

Annoying siblings and parents for decades!

The Book It!  If you got all your stars then you got a free pizza lunch! #winning

Honorable mentions:
Saturday morning cartoons
Canadian Coolers
Anne of Green Gables (the original mini series)
Jelly Shoes!
Scholastic Book Fairs
MASH - I played this game all.the.time. I needed to know how many kids I would have and if I was going to live in a mansion or apartment!

Good times people, good times!