Wednesday, May 27, 2020

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY | MAY 2020

Hey friends!  Welcome back to the May installment of What's Up Wednesday with Sheaffer and Shay!



These posts are always a little long so let's dive on in!

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Thursday, May 21, 2020

"FAVORITE THINGS" BIRTHDAY & A GIANT WATERSLIDE | THIS IS 12.

Oh my heart.  My baby boy is 12, friends.  TWELVE. I know it's so cliche to say that "it feels like yesterday" that he was just a tiny baby but it really does! I remember his first little photoshoot for this birth announcement.  We were completely obsessed with our sweet new baby boy!

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Friday, May 15, 2020

MAKEUP, NEW SUMMER READS, REALITY TV & MORE | FF #131

Happy Friday and welcome to another edition of Friday Favorites! 



I know we've all got things to do, kids to homeschool, work to get done, and other blogs to read...so let's get straight to it!

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Friday, May 8, 2020

MY HAPPY PLACE | SUNROOM REVEAL!

Happy Friday, friends and welcome to my Happy Place!!

No, I'm not talking about my blog, although I do feel like that is also a happy place (unless I'm whining about homeschool).  😬

I'm talking about my SUNROOM!!


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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

APRIL BOOK REVIEW! | 2020

Hey there friends!  It's Book Review Day!  I had a very good April, book-wise.  I listened to five really awesome audiobooks and love them all!  I love when that happens!

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Monday, May 4, 2020

WINNER WINNER, DOG HUNTING & WEEKEND FUN!!

HELLO MONDAY!

meme-cleaning

Hahaha.  Funny but kind of true too... ;)

Craig and I were supposed to have been in Phoenix this weekend for a charity golf tournament while his parents watched the boys here at home.  So this is was our first big plan that was ruined by this pandemic.  I'm not really sure how it will affect our summer vacation.  Not that we have anything scheduled yet.  It's all been put on hold indefinitely and I'm trying to figure out how best to go about getting in a vacation safely this summer.  We shall see.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY | APRIL 2020

Hey hey!  Welcome back to the April installment of What's Up Wednesday with Sheaffer and Shay!
It is hard to believe that we are now 6 weeks into this mess.  When our kids got out for Spring Break (March 9th-13th), we had no idea we wouldn't be returning to school.  But when we found out, it was still all so new, the kids were excited and we were embracing it and making the best of it.  (We also didn't start homeschool officially until late March so that was awesome.)  

At first, it was all family game nights, movie nights, puzzles, staying up late, sleeping in...it was nice to be forced to slow down and really bond and make some memories.  Everyone wanted to find the silver lining in the devastating circumstances surrounding the quarantine and we did.  But if you're anything like my family, the newness has worn off a little. And while we still have family movie night, it's more like once or twice a week now as opposed to 5 nights a week, and we still work on puzzles sometimes but this latest one has been sitting on our table for 2 weeks without more than 5 pieces put together.  We are getting BORED.

We're over here giving it our best shot at trying to keep things fun and light while also trying not to pull our hair out with distance learning.  I don't know about your kids but mine need to be reminded on a daily basis that this is not summer break and they need to get.to.work. School is still in session whether it feels like it or not.  We have four more weeks and I need these kids to hold it together just a little while longer.



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Thursday, April 23, 2020

UPDATED SKINCARE ROUTINE & REVIEW WITH COLLEEN ROTHSCHILD

Oh happy day, friends!! I told you girls several weeks ago that I was in the process of trying out a bunch of new (to me) products from my beloved Colleen Rothschild skincare line and would be reporting back with a full review along with any updates this may bring to my skincare routine and today is the day!



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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

BIRTHDAY BUDDIES! | 41 & 10

I know I've been a terrible blogger lately but this quarantine has me feeling so unmotivated when it comes to certain things right now and blogging just took a backseat last week without me even meaning to.  But today's got me all inspired because two people in my house have a birthday today!

Craig turns 41 and Mason turns 10!  Part of me is having trouble with the fact that I'm old enough to be married to someone who is 41...which just seems old!  Until I remember that I am 38.  Sigh.  And then the other part of me wonders how it's been 10 years since my water broke in front of my mother-in-law while my husband was out to dinner with his friends celebrating the night before his birthday!😂😂😂

Yes, that happened.


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Friday, April 10, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #127 | 'RONA MAKEUP & HAIR TALK

Helloooooo....Friday? Right?

Kidding.  I know it's Friday.  It's GOOD Friday!!

On Good Friday Jesus hung on the cross and died and the enemy thought he had killed the Son of God. It's Friday - but Sunday's coming! #Matthew #WomensBibleStudy #GoodMorningGirls

I just love those words.
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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

HOW WE QUARANTINE.

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I thought I'd share a little bit of what our daily lives are like while we are trapped at home during this pandemic.  I still feel like all of this is just SURREAL, don't you?! Honestly, if I think about it too long I start to go way too deep and get myself thinking "What if I'm really in a coma right now and this is all just some sort of crazy dream that I'll eventually wake up from?".  Yeah, things are getting freaky over here. 😂 #sendhelp


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Friday, April 3, 2020

TOP 10 SUPER FUN FAVORITES OF THE WEEK | FF #126

It's Friday again, y'all!  Ummm...not that that really means anything anymore really.  Every single day is basically Groundhog Day, right?  

We are still doing fine over here living that Quarantine Life.  Everyone is still healthy (minus a bout of food poisoning with Mason...more on that at the end of this post. #lordhavemercy) so we are thankful for that.

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

MARCH BOOK REVIEW | 2020

Well, it's been 6 months since my last official book review and to this day, I still don't know why I stopped!?!  My last one was back in August and it was a crazy time with school and sports starting and adjusting to our new schedules so I guess all of that just threw me out of rhythm.  But I'm hoping to do better and get things back on track because y'all know how much I love my (audio)books!  I mean, I love real books too and reading on my Kindle is my favorite thing to do during the summer but for the rest of the year, I'm strictly an audio girl while I go about my work/chores/errand-running etc.

Needless to say, all five books I read this month were audiobooks so keep that in mind when I say I "read" them.


This was a great month to get back into doing reviews because all of these were pretty great!  Some I liked more than others though so let's dive in!
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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY | QUARANTINE EDITION

So apparently it's Wednesday?  😂

All of my days are running together and I feel like I'm living in an alternate universe.  I have never wanted to go wander the aisles of Hobby Lobby more than I do right.this.minute.  Get me out of here!!

I'm linking up with Shay and Sheaffer for this month's What's Up Wednesday where we discuss all the things that have been going on lately so here we go!

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Friday, March 20, 2020

CORONA CRISIS & BOREDOM BUSTERS | FF #125

Oh my goodness, y'all.  So much has changed in a week!  My post from last Friday was full of my thoughts on the Bachelor finale which feels ridiculous now and also feels like a million years ago!  Can you BELIEVE that just last week the hot topic all over Instagram was Barb and her despicable behavior towards Madi during the live show?  That was LAST WEEK!  It blows my mind.  I feel like it was last month.

Everything changed in one week.  The whole WORLD changed in one week.  It's scary, it's distressing, it's annoying...but it's real life right now.  I still feel like it's all a dream we're waiting to wake up from, don't you?

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Friday, March 13, 2020

BACHELOR FINALE THOUGHTS, THE PERFECT VINTAGE-Y GREEN TEE & THE BEST DEODORANT. | FF #124

Oh man.  Bachelor finale night--what a mess.

Before I start, I wanted to tell you that I am linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci for Friday Favorites so if you aren't a Bachelor fan, then scroll on down for a couple that you can't miss!

And if you are a Bachelor fan, then settle in.  I have thoughts.  So many thoughts.

I'm going to do this stream of consciousness style so bare with me.

THOUGHT #1

Image result for favorite bachelor pete memes

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Friday, March 6, 2020

BEAUTY BOXES, CLOUD-LIKE SNEAKERS & POP CULTURE FAVES | FF #123

Teachers, teaching, spring break, second grade, much needed.

Oh hey there, Spring Break!!  

Somehow we've jumped from Christmas to Spring Break in the blink of an eye and I'm not mad about it in the slightest.  January and February are the most boring months of the year, in my opinion.  You come off the holiday high into the coldest months and sit around waiting for warm weather and pretty flowers to arrive again.  Am I right?!

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

THE BACHELOR: OTHER PEOPLE'S CRAZY THEORIES & MY (NOT SO CRAZY) ONE.

HEADS UP, FRIENDS!  IF YOU DON'T LIKE BACHELOR SPOILERS AND THEORIES THEN YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS POST! :)

But if you do then you're in the right place.
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Ok, so yesterday I fell down a rabbit hole of all things Bachelor related.  I found this (below) and posted it to my stories and was about to type out some Bachelor thoughts afterward but honestly, I had too many.  They needed a full blog post of their own.  A slide or two would simply not suffice. ;)


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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

THE MANDA STRONG GALA 💜

HOLY COW, y'all.  The Inaugural Manda Strong Gala was such a huge success!!  It raised over $133,000 for mamas fighting cancer here in Collin County and I still can't believe that number.  The foundation is growing exponentially and with all these donations I can't wait to see how many hurting families are going to be blessed by it.  This foundation is about providing whatever they can to help these brave moms make lasting memories with their kids.  Each case is unique and special so that can come in the form of so many things--trips, special photos, something at home the whole family can enjoy...it's just all about passing on what Manda wanted most for this foundation.  She wanted these moms to get to make lasting, cherished memories with their kids in the midst of all the darkness.

Eight of my girlfriends were on this committee and worked their magic for this event and it went off without a hitch!  I'm so proud of them and all their hard work. They actually sold out of tickets before the event even went on sale to the public so this will be so much bigger next year, I'm sure. But everything was so perfect.  The space was so neat, the band was awesome, and the food was incredible (still wish I could have licked my plate without judgment b/c I totally would have 😉). 

Craig was out of town for a football camp on Friday so unfortunately, he couldn't come.  Not that galas are really his thing so he wasn't terribly upset.  haha  (Although this was not a formal gala with ballgowns and tuxes, thank goodness.  Cocktail attire was much more everyone's speed so good call on that.)  Since I was dateless, I asked Dani to come with me and as bummed as I was that he couldn't make it, I was so glad Dani was there!

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Friday, February 28, 2020

THE BEST SWEATSHIRTS & FUN BEAUTY FINDS | FF #122

HAPPY FRIDAY!!

We have one more week of school until Spring Break over here so let the countdown begin!  

As always, we aren't going anywhere over the break though. Womp womp.  So I'm not sure what I'm getting all excited about.  Maybe I'm excited to hear my kids tell me "I'm bored" 12,000 times a day while simultaneously stuffing empty Cheez-It wrappers behind couch cushions and leaving half-drunk cups of milk all over the house.  I mean, yeah, maybe. That must be it. 😉

I thought this was a great post and it really spoke to my heart about not letting your clean house become an idol. :-) Housekeeping Matters: 5 Habits that Help
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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY | FEBRUARY 2020

Hey hey! It's the last Wednesday of the month which means it's time for another round of What's Up Wednesday with Sheaffer and Shay!

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Friday, February 21, 2020

HUGE LOFT SALE THIS WEEKEND | SEE MY HAUL! | FF#121

Ahhhh! Totally ran out of time to post this to Friday Favorites after my try-on sesh at Loft yesterday afternoon and before I had to start getting ready for my fun GNO to go see the #imomsohard ladies!  But this sale is so good and it's the perfect time to stock up for spring (while all the good stuff is still in stock!) that I had to post randomly in the middle of the day, which I hardly ever do.  But I didn't want you to miss it if you also love Loft and love snagging $60 shirts for $30.  🙋‍♀️


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Thursday, February 20, 2020

CURRENT MAKEUP FAVES.

Hey hey, friends!! How about some good ole makeup talk today?!  I did a post about my makeup routine HERE back in June but I love mixing in new products and changing it up every once in a while so I wanted to show you some things I'm currently using and loving. ❤


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Friday, February 14, 2020

VALENTINE'S & AMAZON FINDS | FF #120

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!

I'm back today with a list of Friday Favorites and I'm ready to get started because I've got a hot date with my hubby. ;) Ok, maybe it's more like a movie date at the "fancy" movie theater in the middle of the day while the kids are at school but still.  haha  We're beating the crowds so that's how we roll!  We'll spend tonight with the boys doing family stuff which I'm guessing will include our favorite family movie night tradition and just maybe they'll let me pick the movie this time!

Anyway, let's get started with Favorite #1...


Do you guys remember the excitement of Valentine's Day when you were a little girl?  (Sorry boys...if there are any of you reading this.  I know Valentine's Day probably wasn't quite as magical for y'all as it was for us.)  But I remember how much fun it was to make my Valentine's box on the days leading up to V-Day (usually in class) and picking out the PERFECT box of Valentine cards to pass out to my classmates.  I'd agonize over who got which specific card and then overanalyze what each card I received might mean...especially from the cute boys.  (4th & 5th grade specifically on that one!  And this overanalyzing thing just got worse as the years went on..haha.)  

Now I realize that not only did those 4th and 5th-grade boys not care ONE SINGLE BIT which card I got, their moms probably did it all themselves anyway. 😂  But not me.  I was always very hands-on when it came to this romantic holiday.

Valentine's Day
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

SWEET & SAVORY BROCCOLI SALAD | KETO-FRIENDLY!

I've got a quick little recipe today for all you low-carb and Keto fans!

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

CURRENTLY...

Hello Tuesday! I thought I'd go with a little "currently" post today because I haven't done a random life roundup lately.  So this is kind of a "What I'm currently...loving/wearing/doing/dealing with" etc. 

I posted this picture after church last Sunday in my Deals Group because I am obsessed with this velvet cardigan.  It's slinky and silky on the inside and super duper soft on the outside. This is on Jane for $12.99 right now but the deal ends tonight so grab one while you can!  If you miss it, you can also find it on Amazon but you'll pay a little more.

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Friday, February 7, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #119.

Happpppyyy Friday, friends!!


I'm back today with another roundup of Friday Favorites!  So glad to see another weekend!  It's been a chilly week here in Mckinney and we even had a small chance for snow on Wednesday...that did not happen.  Boo.  We had some sleet but that was it.  However, it was rainy and COLD for most of the week which gave me all the excuses to wear all my warmest and most comfy clothes and I do love that.  (Can I also point out that it was almost 80 just days before the snow that didn't happen? Crazy TX weather.)
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Wednesday, February 5, 2020

OPEN BOOK.

Short post today just to say that I'm too busy to blog because I'm completely engrossed in Jessica Simpson's new book, Open Book! I've been listening to it all day while I work, while I cook dinner, while I wash my face, do laundry.  I can't stop.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #118

Happy Friday, y'all!  Another weekend is before us and as always, I'm not mad about it.  We have nothing planned (per use) which is how we like it.  All my kids want to do on the weekends is sleep late, hang out with their neighborhood buddies, play on the Xbox (Minecraft and Forza Horizon are their go-to's) and not have to be anywhere at a certain time.  I typically spend my time purging a closet or reorganizing junk drawers...or pinning things on Pinterest that gets me all inspired and then before I know it, its 5pm on Saturday night and now I'm too tired.  Haha.  Oh, the things that thrill me these days. ;)



#not 😂😂

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

THURSDAY THOUGHTS: THE BACHELOR


Ok. I told y'all yesterday I'd be back today with some thoughts on the Bachelor up until this point and OMG.  This season is crazy.  

There.  That's Thought #1.

Thought #2 is that this post took way longer than it should have because I got sucked in by all the memes out there.  😂😂😂
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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

WHAT'S UP WEDNESDAY | JANUARY 2020

Welcome back, my friends!  Today is the last Wednesday in January which means it's time for another What's Up Wednesday roundup with Shay and Sheaffer!
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Friday, January 24, 2020

STEPPING UP MY SKINCARE GAME

Ok, girls.  You've seen me post about it frequently.  You've even HEARD me talk about it (while overcoming my fear of Instagram speaking) last week. But today I'm dedicating the entire blog post to what I'm affectionately calling my new Big Girl Skincare Routine.

A few weeks, ago I posted a little about my skincare routine and what I was using at the time.  (It was in my All-Stars of 2019 Favorites post HERE if you want to check it out.)  I did tell you that my routine changes frequently because I feel like I'm just always on the hunt for new and better products...while holding on tight to favorites...but I'm also a little hesitant about spending a small fortune on this stuff.

HOWEVER.

I'm 38 years old now.  My skin is aging much quicker thank I'd like (especially my eyes and neck--thank you tanning beds from 2001) and I just decided its time to invest in my skin a little more.  I went into this knowing that there isn't a cream or serum on this planet that will take 10 years off my face in 3 months or 6 months or even a year.  We are all continually aging so really, we just want to soften the effects and maybe slow them down. And there are LEGIT products out there that will do that.

Which brings me too...

Colleen Rothschild.  I guess all my gushing about their products lately caught their attention because they asked if I'd be interested in partnering with them to share my new routine!

Why yes, Colleen.  Yes, I would. #thankyouforasking 


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Monday, January 20, 2020

MONDAY MUSINGS.


Hello Monday and Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. day! I'm here to day with some Monday Musings because I haven't done an official one of these in a while and thought it'd be a fun way to catch up on some bits and pieces of things going on around here lately.
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Friday, January 17, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #117.

Hey girl heyyyyy!!  Lord have mercy.  I am so glad it's Friday!  My house has been in complete disarray all week long because I ran out of time for all my projects last weekend (cleaning and reorganizing) and had to stop in the middle because Monday came!  Stupid Mondays.  I cannot wait to put my house back together!!  Saturday and Sunday--it is ON.

For all the procrastinators or cleaning fiends who need a break from washing, dusting, and organizing Bored Panda has put together a list of hilarious cleaning
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

THE BEST KETO PIZZA CHAFFLES EVER!

I've got a super-easy Keto recipe for you today and I'm guessing if you're a fellow Keto-er then you have already heard of it or made it yourself.  But for those of you who are new to the Keto train, I had to share!


If you just want the recipe then scroll to the bottom of this post!  But if you want a little update and more to my Keto story, keep reading!

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Friday, January 10, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES #116

Hello hello!  It's time for another round of Friday Favorites!  As always, I'm linking up with Andrea, Erika and Narci to share some of my favorite things from the week!

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

CATCHING UP: CHRISTMAS 2019

Well, it's over.  Christmas has come and gone and I am always a little depressed when it leaves us.  Everything just looks so blah after Christmas.  My house looks dark and boring. The neighborhoods slowly start to go from colorful to ordinary. It's no fun.  Not to mention all the after-Christmas things that need to be done.

Take down decorations. (painful)
Redecorate your house and try to remember where everything goes.
Clean up all the wrapping paper/boxes/candy wrappers. Schedule a bulk trash pickup.
Clear out (or eat..) all the junk food and leftovers.
And then add "lose 10 pounds of holiday weight" to your to-do list. 😂

Sound familiar?

This year was no different but we completely enjoyed our Christmas while it was here!

The day before Christmas Eve, I took the boys to get haircuts.  Mason was just coming off a 24 hour virus of some sort (you can still see it in his eyes I think!) but was acting 100% and didn't have a fever so off we went.  He was so pumped about how it turned out.  Anytime he lets me take a normal picture of him where he's not trying to turn his face inside out means he's feelin' cute.  haha

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Friday, January 3, 2020

2019 FAVORITES! | MEGA ALL-STARS EDITION


Happy New Year, friends!! I hope everyone has had a great start to this new decade!  I still can't believe it is 2020.  It feels so futuristic even to say it.  I still remember all the ridiculous Y2K pandemonium from 20 years ago like it was yesterday.  (To this day, I still have no idea what that was really all about. I just remember thinking everyone seemed to be overreacting. 😂)  But I am excited to start a new year and I just pray that it's a good one.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Just like last year, I decided to round up a list of some top favorites from this year. Some of these are repeats from my 2018 All-Stars list.  Which means they are REALLY good. ;)  And some are new products or finds that are really recent but managed to score high enough marks with me that they landed themselves here with the All-Stars.  So let's take a look!

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