Monday, July 24, 2017

Weekend Randomness.

Hi, friends!  Welcome back!  Did everyone have a good weekend??  We really did although we didn't do anything special.  (Unless getting my hair cut and colored qualifies?)

 Here's a look at how we spent the past few days...

Friday I worked like a mad woman trying to get as many orders done as possible so I can hopefully have several days before we leave for vacation to just relax.  I am happy to say that I am on track for just that!  I'm down to only 49 orders which may seem like a lot but I think I can probably have them all done by Saturday!  Whoop whoop!

In case you missed it on Friday, the shop is now closed for a few weeks but will reopen again in early August.  Be sure to "favorite" my shop on Etsy in order to get notified as soon as I open up!

After I finished working, I grabbed my book and read for a little while until Matthew came home from a friend's house and wanted to swim.  So I ditched the book, threw on my swimsuit and swam with him.  In what may be some amazing mom moments, I taught him how to spin himself so fast in the donut float that he feels like he's going to puke.  And how to throw one of those rocket pool toys through the water super fast.  Life lessons, I tell ya.  ;)

  It's so nice to get some one on one time with my boys.  They are basically attached at the hip so we don't get a lot of solo time.

By the way, I'm only a few pages into this book and so far it's got me thinking this chick is a little nuts and it's definitely edgier than my normal chick lit.  I'll be sure to share what I think when I'm finished!

Saturday was awesome.  For starters, a few of my Nordstrom orders arrived and I LOVED them!!!

I got this top in the sale for under $30 and it is SO soft!!!  The pictures don't even do it justice.  It comes in black or grey and will be so cute with a pretty scarf and jeans.  It just drapes so nicely in all the right places without being a bulky sweater.  

It can be dressed up with some accessories and cute boots or booties or dressed down with some easy slip ons. I may layer it over a little cami to give it a little more length but it's not necessary.

I feel like it's been overlooked in the sale a lot which is a good thing because it means they still have them available in all sizes (at this moment)!!  You won't regret this purchase!!  It's got the three 3 C's covered...cozy, cute and comfortable!  Find them here.

So I would have ordered the above shirt in black too but I ordered this one (below) as well which is so similar...  It's more expensive but it is just as amazing!!  The material is just SO SO SOFT!!  I don't know how else to say it.  It's like petting a really soft puppy.  But better.  Haha.  I don't know.  

You know when it's rainy and cold outside but you have to actually get dressed for the day?  This should be your go-to, girls!  Have I mentioned that how soft the material is yet??  ;)  And it's  also a little stretchy and has a good weight which makes it hang so nicely!  

I also love how the sleeves are a little longer.  It absolutely covers the 3 C's as well and I've already got a cute scarf picked out that I want to wear with it. Pair it with boots, booties, flats, colorful earrings...  you can't go wrong with this one!

Find it here.  Still available in all sizes too!

I ordered a small in both tops.

And oh how I love my earrings

These came in last week and as soon as I saw them I knew I needed them in at least one more color.  The above color is "jet" and they have dark blue and dark green flecks in them and are just so stinkin' sparkly!  The second color I ordered was the silver/clear ones and they are just as gorgeous.  Plus, they'll go with anything!

These would make a great gift for under $25 (normally $38!) and they come in several other colors.  You can find these here.

Saturday was also my hair appointment!  Y'all, I am the WORST at scheduling time to get my hair done.  My hair is naturally a medium blonde color and I get it highlighted a couple of times a year.  And when I say a couple, I seriously mean that I tend to wait 6 months between appointments.  Where does the time go?!  I really should get better about this.

The last time I had my hair done was in January!!  And every few years, I go a little crazy with my hair in the winter.  A few years ago, I went full on brunette. I was teaching preschool at the time and my sweet 3 year-olds didn't even recognize me when I came to school.  I don't think my boys were big fans either but I liked it!

This past January though, I got another one of those urges to switch things up. I'd always wanted to go red and since I have green eyes, I thought that would be a pretty combo.  So I did!

The problem with dyeing my hair is that it fades SO QUICKLY.  The above picture is the before and after from the salon.  (My ends were so dead and embarrassing.)

It faded pretty quickly but I liked how it did it so I just let it grow.

My split ends were off the charts though so I knew it was time to get back in the chair.

This time we went back to blonde and I love how it turned out!

I probably should have had her cut a couple more inches off.  I may go back.  But I haven't had my hair this long in years so I hate to cut it!  My mom used to tell me that getting my hair trimmed would make it grow faster.  And then I grew up and realized that my hair grows from the roots so that makes absolutely no sense.  ;)

When I got home from my hair appointment, Matthew was in full on swimmer's ear victim mode.  AGAIN.  We just dealt with this a few weeks ago and now it's back in the other ear.  I cannot stand to see him in so much pain so I'm hoping these drops kick in quick.  I've been researching all sorts of pain relieving remedies but so far not much has worked.  The pain tends to kick up between doses of Motrin/Tylenol/Advil so we just have to wait it out until it's time for another dose.  Bless his sweet little heart.

So Saturday night he slept with me and Craig and Mason slept upstairs.  He woke up once in the  middle of the night crying because it hurt so bad and it just about wrecked me too.  I would do anything to take on his pain.

Sunday morning came bright and early though and I let all the boys sleep in because I knew Matthew was in no condition to make it to church.

I, however, had nursery duty (yay!!!!) so I went alone.  And guess who I got to snuggle with for almost 3 hours?!  #youllprobablybejealous

This precious girl!!  

Erika dropped her off in the nursery while she taught the 3-year-old class across the hall and sweet Britt immediately laid back in my lap with a couple of toys to keep her occupied.  She wanted no part in being put down with the other babies which was fine by me, and I was more than happy to snuggle her.  I've been waiting for her to get nice and attached to her family (which she undoubtedly is!) before I could hold her so this was my first time and I mean... heaven, y'all.  This little girl got upset only once when we needed to change her diaper and I had to put her down to do it and even her little cry was adorable.  I got her all fixed up and she snuggled back in like this (above) for the duration.  

I was technically only supposed to be in there from 9:15-10:45 but there was no way I was leaving with this sweet baby asleep on my shoulder.  NO. WAY.  Miss B slept for awhile and then woke up, we played "ride a horsey" (which she thought was funny) and got a bottle.  I haven't changed a diaper, had a baby sleep on me or given anyone a bottle in I was in absolute baby heaven.  I didn't leave until Erika came to get her after the second service around noon.

I also want to add that big brother Nixon may have casually walked by the nursery a dozen times in 3 hours to check on his little sister.  ;)  Could that family be any cuter? #Idontseehow

After church, I stopped by Michaels on the way home to grab some more glitter and walked by the bead section.  I used to make jewelry before I ventured into my current business so I thought I might do a little DIY tutorial on how to make your own beaded bracelets this week!  It is SO EASY!  And the beads at Michaels are so can make the cutest bracelets to go in a stack or wear alone.  And for super cheap.  I used to make the EXACT bracelets I saw at Nordstrom.  It would cost me $6 to make the bracelet they had for $38.  Same beads and everything.  So stay tuned for that!

Craig left to play golf with the Sunday School guys around 3:00 so I took the time to reorganize my craft room (which is still a mess) and then later on, Mason and I climbed into bed to catch up on Big Brother.  Matthew started complaining about his ear hurting again so we put him to bed early.  :(

About Big Brother....

Does anyone else just DESPISE Josh?  When him and Mark got into it over the game of pool, I wanted to punch him the throat.  Seriously.  I think he has a really hard time admitting to any wrong doings. (Yes, Mark shouldn't have thrown whatever that was in his face.  I think he must feel the same way I do about Josh though so I gave him a pass on that.  You know he wanted to throat punch him.)

Josh.  You very clearly double tapped the ball which is a scratch in pool...apparently.  (I had no idea.)  But instead of owning it, you immediately started to deflect and got so defensive.  I'm sorry, Josh, but even I know you don't just do a "re-do" when you scratch in pool.  You lost.  End of story.  Quit being a big, giant baby and man-up.


And what is with him calling everyone a meatball?

I need him to go home.  I'm actually starting to like Cody and Jessica because of him. (What!?!)


Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

Have a great day, y'all!



  1. This is such a simple remedy for earaches, so you've prob already heard it, but have him lay on a heating pad! Someone told this to me last Halloween when one of my children had a very sudden ache come on and I was shocked that it was like instant relief!! Hope it helps!

    1. We actually did that a little last night before bed for the first time and I think it helped! Great tip!! Thank you!!!

  2. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for loving on Britt yesterday morning. She MIGHT have had Mrs. Amanda wrapped around her little finger?!

    1. Oh she definitely has me wrapped around that tiny little finger of hers!! Love her to pieces!!

  3. Swimmer's ear is horrible. My daughter was on the swim team and had it several times. We would use the drops you buy at Wal-Mart and I'm sure they helped but we ended up taking her to an ENT doctor. He recommended using a mixture of half vinegar and half alcohol after she got our of the water. It wasn't to treat the swimmer's ear but to prevent it. She never had swimmer's ear again. It did the trick for her so I thought I would recommend it.

    1. Yes it is! We have the drops from Walmart and we know you're supposed to use them or the mixture after I feel like it's totally my fault he's in this mess again. He just never comes in from swimming and sits down long enough to get the drops and lay there on each side for 5 minutes while they settle in. Which is my fault because I need to force him to. He's usually jumping out of the pool to go run down to his friend's house or whatever the next adventure is. And he hates having to stay behind for 10 minutes while everyone leaves without him. :( I need to be stricter on this!

  4. I agree! Josh needs to go home! Your hair looks so pretty, girl! I love it!

    1. Thank you! And yes he does. He makes me cringe and is just enjoyable to watch! I just want to hit mute every time he starts on about something.

  5. A baby girl looks REALLY good on you! :) I so agree with your Josh thoughts..I hope he goes home this week. It's not entertaining to watch him, it's annoying.

  6. My daughter used to get swimmers ear a lot. My solution was to use the rubbing alcohol/white vinegar (equal parts of each) with a medicine plunger thing in their ears every time after swimming. It helps dry it out to prevent swimmers ear. I don't think she ever got it after starting. I keep a little container premixed with the dropper on my kitchen counter all summer. Just a thought!

    1. We are going to be so much better about doing that! He just hates to lay down for 10 minutes after the drops go in (5 minutes on each side) while the rest of his friends and his brother have run off to someone's house or are outside playing. I'm going to have to start putting my foot down about it though. :( Thank you!!

  7. I know it's hard to believe but getting regular trims does help your hair grow and keep it healthy! I was a cosmetologist before I turned stay at home mom :) still do a few people's hair that only want me to though. When you go too long without a trim and get split ends the split ends can split all the way up the hair shaft and damage it more and you can have a lot of breakage as well. Regular trims just keeps hair healthier! Oh man I'm loving Big Brother this season. Josh is annoying but I'm guessing Paul will want to keep him awhile because he's been on his side. I hate that they let someone come back in the game. I think when you get evicted that should be it. But I also don't care for Cody so that's probably why I don't like it :)

    1. Thanks, Michelle! I knew it kept it healthy, I just didn't see how snipping off the ends could stimulate hair growth! What you said makes sense though! I'm going to try do better this year. And yes, I don't like Cody either but I knew my feelings towards Josh must big mighty because I find myself starting to ROOT for Cody! Ugh! What is this game doing to me!?! ;) They both need to go.

  8. Josh drives me CRAZY! I know nothing about pool but I did know those rules. Come on! Good luck to finishing your orders so you can enjoy vacation. Baby snuggles are the best. Have a great week!

  9. I've just started making leather/pearl jewelry so I would love that post! Such a fun side job to my teaching job!

  10. I love your blog!! And I'm commenting for the very first time to say two things... 1) I thought I was the only woman on this Earth that doesn't go to the salon regularly. Last time I got my hair cut was... 7 months ago. I'm trying to grow mine out as well. Ha! 2) Josh. Omg. Josh. He drives me insane!! And I am starting to like Jessica & Cody more too. Maybe it is because of Josh?! Hahaha!

    1. Thank you, Dana!! And I'm so glad to hear you say that because I thought I was the only one who doesn't go regularly! My poor hair is up in a knot on top of my head almost every day so I just tend to forget about it and think to myself "It's fine! I'll go soon!". And then it's been 6 months... ;) Oh and yes, Josh is driving me to like to Cody and Jess! I kind of feel sorry for them...?!

  11. Love your hair! I'm with you...I wouldn't have left church either with that sweet baby!
    I can't wait for my Nordstrom items to arrive! I can't wait for the bead tutorial either!

  12. I'm catching up on all of your blog posts because I love them and have been too busy lately to read any!! But yes! I'd love a bracelet tutorial and I am so with you - highlights twice a year - and that Britt is too cute!!!


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