Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Entertaining Tips

Good morning friends! Tonight we are hosting another party in our backyard and it dawned on me that we host parties a LOT and I have never written a post about my hosting tips. I'm sure none of these are anything too new, but sometimes it helps to see everything all written down in one place. (Just a heads up, all of these pictures are taken from Pinterest. I obviously don't have pictures of a party we have yet to throw 😉).

Tonight's party is a going away party for our friend who is moving. We will be spending our time outside in the backyard, and it is a more laid back/casual party. Here are my tips for prepping for a party:
Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Bumpdate Week 31

Good morning! It's time for another Bumpdate! 
This was at 28 weeks.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Motivation Monday-- Organizing Your Week With a Planner

Good Morning friends and Happy Monday! 

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Books I'm Reading-- June Edition

Good morning friends and Happy Friday!! We have big plans this weekend to begin with potty training... wish us luck! We also are going to be doing as much nursery prep as possible. Hopefully we can get a lot of it done! 

We will also be celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary- woohoo! I can't believe we have been married for 6 years already, I know it is a cliche but it honestly has flown by. Life is pretty great when spent with your best friend, huh?
In the meantime, today I am finally getting around to sharing the books I read last month. I read 3 really great books and am excited to share them with you!
The Tattooist of Auschwitz-- Ladies, this book was one of the most moving books I have read in a long time. It was such an incredible story that I often kept thinking "this has to be fiction, there is no way these people actually survived" but it was TRUE. The author, Heather Morris, interviewed the two main characters for years before writing this book and you can tell the amount of thought and dedication that went into telling their story. It was beautiful to see how the characters' love for each other is what helped them to survive. I cannot recommend this book enough! I give it an A+.

The Summer Wives-- Beatriz Williams does it again! She is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. If you love a novel that takes place in a different time, has romance and a little mystery to it, this book it right up your alley. It's almost like the literary version of a soap opera.. but in a good way! I think Beatriz Williams does such a good job of developing her characters and making them relatable, no matter how different from them you might be. You can always understand each character and why they are the way they are/why they act the way they act. I give it an A.

At Home With Madame Chic-- I initially read this book years ago but stumbled across Jennifer Scott on Instagram this month and thought "I want to read that again!". This is a cute little book about an American girl who studied abroad in Paris for a semester and the tips she learned about how to keep a "chic" home from her host family. It doesn't hurt that her host family was aristocratic and lived in a very swanky apartment in an equally swanky district in Paris. I like her tips on how to find the "chic" moments in our lives here in America. We may not have a view of the Eiffel Tower out our windows, but we can easily do some things around the house to make it feel a little more elegant and romantic without it even costing a cent. I don't take every single one of her tips quite so seriously, I think I'm a little more laid back than the author, but it is still a nice and easy read about how to make life at home feel more special. I give it an A. 

Have any of you read these books? I'd love to know your thoughts! Or any other books you'd recommend! Have a great weekend!

Linking up today with Erika for Friday Favorites.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Monthly Goals-- June 2019

Hi there! I am a little behind the curve in getting around to my monthly goals post seeing as it is already the 10th-- oops! But better late than never right?? Before we begin with the month of July, let's look at how June went:

Monday, July 8, 2019

Hilton Head Family Reunion 2019

Good morning and happy Monday! We just got back from our annual family reunion in Hilton Head Island, SC and we had a BLAST! I love all the quality family time we are able to get in and how much fun we all have together. Unfortunately I don't have nearly enough pictures, but the reason for that is because we were having too much fun to remember to stop and take pictures! Here are the few pictures I do have:
Friday, July 5, 2019

Our Trip to Steamboat Springs Part 2

Good morning and Happy Friday! Today I am wrapping up our trip to Steamboat Springs, Colorado. If you missed the first part of our trip, click here to read all about it. 

As I had said in the last post, we didn't do something major every single day, so I want to share with you some of the other fun things we did do while we were out there. I also want to share with you some of the places we ate at because they were delicious and I know I love a good restaurant recommendation when I visit new places.

As far as activities go:

One morning Devin and I decided to hike the ski mountain. We were huffing and puffing and climbed what felt like to the top, only to realize we were nowhere even close to the top. 
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Our Trip to Steamboat Springs Part 1

Good morning and happy almost 4th of July! I hope you all have some wonderful, fun plans with your family and friends to celebrate the 4th. It has always been one of my favorite holidays-- who can disagree with a holiday based around food, fireworks, and spending time outside?? Definitely not me! 

Before we begin I wanted to announce that the winner of the giveaway is Tanya W!! Tanya I will email you this morning so you can choose between a $50 Amazon gift card or a $50 Nordstrom gift card! Congratulations!

Today I am FINALLY getting around to my Colorado post, sorry it has taken me so long! We were in Colorado for a total of 11 days, but we didn't do anything "major" or "extraordinary" every single day because some of our days were just spent relaxing. I will share the highlights of our trip with you rather than a play-by-play since some of our days were more relaxation focused. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

What I've Been Priming

Hello and good morning from Hilton Head Island, South Carolina! We are here for our annual family reunion beach trip and I am loving spending some good time with family on the beach. Also, as selfish as it sounds, I am loving other people playing with my child while I chill and read a book. I know all you other moms understand!!

Today's post is my monthly Amazon Prime update and holy cow it has been another month of crazy purchasing! Get comfy ladies, my shopaholic tendencies are about to become veeeerrrryyy apparent. FYI I will announce the winner of last week's giveaway on Wednesday's post so come back!!

First thing I purchased this month has been this dress in both navy and green:
Friday, June 28, 2019

One Year Blogiversary Giveaway!

Good morning friends! This week officially marks my one year blogging anniversary! I will be completely honest with you... I wasn't sure I'd make it a full year. This was just a fun little hobby that helped to fill the time when I was bored, but I have honestly come to really love it!

My very first ever blog post was June 26th, 2018 and it was about the books I was reading at the time. Pretty fitting since I'm still such an avid reader and love my monthly book posts! In order to celebrate 1 year of blogging, I am going to do a $50 gift card giveaway to either Amazon or Nordstrom, whichever the winner chooses! Keep reading to enter below.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Good Morning friends! This week officially marks my one year blogging anniversary and in order to celebrate I am doing a giveaway!
Nordstrom and Amazon are easily my two favorite places right now to shop so I figured what better way to celebrate my blog than to let a reader do a little shopping herself at one of my favorite places! The winner can choose which store they would like the gift card to. To enter the giveaway, click on the Rafflecopter at the bottom!

Monday, June 24, 2019

Bumpdate Week 27

Hiking in Colorado at 26 weeks
Good morning friends, it's time for another pregnancy update-- or bump date! Tomorrow begins the 3rd trimester and I cannot believe we are already here. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Summer Fashion Edition

Good Morning and happy Friday! It feels so good to be home from our trip and back into the swing of normal life. This weekend we are hosting some friends who are visiting from out of town and have a weekend filled with fun. I am looking forward to spending some good quality time with these friends I don't get to see very often!

Today I'm linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites and sharing some of my recent favorite fashion finds. Starting with this dress:
I initially found this dress through an influencer I follow named Chelsea (@Chelseaolivia13-- see below). I mean how adorable does she look in this dress?? And for less than $20!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Vacation Recovery Mode

Good morning friends! We just got back from our trip to Colorado last night and are hosting guests this weekend... so we are in the midst of grocery shopping/laundry/grass mowing/cleaning the house craziness! I promise to fill you in on the details of our trip over the next week or two, but in the meantime here are a few of our favorite pictures from the trip. See you back here on Friday!
Monday, June 17, 2019

A Day in the Life of Us

Good morning friends! It has been 6 months since our last "Day in the Life" post and these are some of my absolute favorites to look back on. Look at how tiny my sweet girl was almost a year ago at this time:

Friday, June 14, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Another Random Assortment

Good Morning and happy Friday! Our week feels a little off because we are still on vacation in Colorado. Vacation days all kinda feel like a Friday, right?
Before we get started today I wanted to remind you that there is still time to join the "Weekend Highlights" link up from Monday. I love learning more about the people who read my blog, so please feel free to link up with what you and your family have been up to. It'll be so nice to put a face with the names of you sweet readers!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Let's Look... Inside My Suitcase

Good morning! Today I am linking up for Let's Look and the theme is "Inside My Suitcase". This could not have come at a better time because we are currently on our first trip of the summer to Colorado. It was so easy to just snap some pictures as I packed!
Monday, June 10, 2019

Weekend Highlights

Good Morning and greetings from Colorado! Saturday morning our family woke up bright and early and headed to Steamboat Springs, Colorado for our first trip of the summer. I will fill you in on the details of our trip so far in a minute, but before we start, I want to remind you that today begins the first of the new link-up about Weekend Highlights. I love to read about what you all are doing over your weekends and figured the easiest way to get all of us together to catch up about our weekend was through a link-up! If you have a post about any of your recent weekend highlights, please add them to the link up at the bottom of this post. Can't wait to read them 😀

We have been super busy traveling this weekend so mine will be a quick post with many more pictures to come in the future.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Book Edition-- May

Good morning and happy Friday!! I am officially on summer break and our first trip of the summer begins TOMORROW! Bright and early tomorrow morning we are headed to Steamboat Springs, Colorado and I am super pumped about it. I am looking forward to some hiking, "exploring" as Lily Grace calls it, and a lot of reading and relaxation. The perfect way to kick off summer!

Today I am linking up with Erika and instead of my typical Friday Favorites post, this week I am sharing the books I read in the month of May. Now, the books I read in May were good, but the books I read LAST month, were GREAT. If you are looking for some good summer reading books, I would check out my post about last month's books. You can not go wrong with any of them!

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Monthly Goals-- June

Good morning friends!! Today is our last FULL day of school and my last day of actually teaching. Tomorrow we have a half day but thank God our principal fills that day up with some important and fun end of the year activities so the teachers don't have to worry about planning anything on this crazy day!
If you need me tomorrow I will be walking around somewhere looking exactly like this:

Monday, June 3, 2019

What I'm Priming

Good morning friends! It's time for another roundup of "What I've Been Priming". You know how some months you only buy a few things and then other months you go a little crazy?? This month was definitely one of the crazy months.. oops.
Luckily I order a bunch of stuff for school that all gets reimbursed, so I play the "that's for school" card a LOT!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Kids Swimwear Edition

Good morning and greetings from Jacksonville, FL! We are in town this weekend for a wedding and are looking forward to some quality family time, including today's trip to the beach! If you don't already follow along with us on Instagram, come join us! My name is allaboutthatmommylife18

Today I am linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites and the topic is all about kids swimwear... let's get to it!
Our local pool just opened this past weekend and we have already been a handful of times this week. It was a whopping 96 degrees here on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday-- yuck-- so we've been trying to stay cool by hanging out in the pool. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

Good morning and happy What's Up Wednesday! This week is my last full week of school and while I am super excited to have the summer off to spend with family, it is a little bittersweet because I genuinely love teaching so much. I will miss those kiddos over the next two months! We are going to be so busy traveling this summer though that I'm not sure I'll have too much time to think about it :)

Friday, May 24, 2019

Friday Favorites-- A Random Assortment

Good morning, happy Friday, and happy Memorial Day Weekend!!!! I don't know about you, but we LOVE Memorial Day Weekend around here. The weather is almost always beautiful, we get to spend some time outside together with family and friends, and Devin gets an extra day off work to spend with us. It doesn't get much better than that!

Today I am linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites and am sharing a few of my  recent obsessions. 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Best Homemade Guacamole

Good morning friends! I thought I'd share with you one of our favorite things to make around here, and a staple recipe in most houses I'm sure... homemade guacamole. We are bbbiiiiiigggg Mexican food fans around here and have learned a thing or two about how to make the perfect guacamole. Today I'll share my recipe and secret tip for how to get the most flavor possible out of your guac.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Weekend Highlights

Good morning friends! Our weekend was jam packed with stuff but it was wonderful nonetheless. Here were our favorite things from the weekend:

Charlotte Knights Game
Friday, May 17, 2019

Friday Favorites-- Nordstrom Finds Lately

Good Morning and happy Friday!! Today I am linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites to share some of my favorite recent finds at Nordstrom. 
This baby bump is growing bigger by the day and I am trying SO hard to avoid maternity clothes for as long as I can. I have been on the hunt for some "regular" clothes that will still accommodate a growing belly without having that "maternity" look to it. Do any of you hate maternity clothes as much as I do? I am all about spending a good amount of money on clothes, but only when I can wear them year after year. I HATED that so many of the cute maternity clothes were so expensive. I didn't want to drop hundreds of dollars on clothes I may never wear again. Yes, this is my second pregnancy, but LG was born in May and this baby is due in September, which means I don't have any summer maternity clothes-- sigh. 

So I have been on the lookout for clothes that can work with a larger tummy, and unfortunately my favorite go-to store, J. Crew Factory, doesn't have the best selection for that. I hopped on over to Nordstrom to see what they had and was blown away by all the great choices! They had so many cute items that could work with a larger tummy, but also for next year when that tummy is (hopefully) smaller again. 

Here is what I found:
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Bumpdate-- Week 22

Good Morning! Time for another update on how everything is going with this pregnancy! I am 22 weeks pregnant now and am still loving every single second of this pregnancy. The only thing that has me a little nervous is just how fast the baby bumped out this time. I am only a little over half way but already feel like the bump is HUGE! I still have a long way to go...
See what I mean?? 

Monday, May 13, 2019

Tips for Road Trips With a Toddler

Good Morning friends! We have several trips on the horizon and are so happy that Lily Grace will be coming with us for all of them. Two of them are short enough distances that we can drive, and one of them we will need to fly to. I have already started prepping for the long car rides we are about to have with Lil and figured I'd share some of the tips I have learned from traveling with her over the past 2 years. 
Lily Grace running around St. Augustine, FL

Friday, May 10, 2019

Friday Favorites-- A Random Assortment

Good Morning and happy Friday!! Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites to share a random assortment of things I've been loving lately. 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lily Grace's Ice Cream Sundae Birthday Party

Good Morning! This past weekend we celebrated our sweet girl's second birthday. I know every mom on the face of this planet says it, but time is a thief. Where did our little baby go?? 
Monday, May 6, 2019

What I've Been Priming

Good Morning and happy Monday! This past weekend we celebrated our sweet girl's second birthday and I cannot wait to share pictures with you!! But today I am posting my monthly "What I've Been Priming" in order to link up for Prime Purchases tomorrow. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray-- Do you hate when you put your makeup on in the morning but feel like it has all come off by lunchtime? This makeup spray helps your makeup to last all day long and I swear by it! I have been using this stuff for years and absolutely love it. No need to reapply later in the day because it lasts a full 12 hours. If you tend to use more expensive makeup I feel like this ends up saving you money because you don't need to reapply again at night if you're going out to dinner/drinks with friends. 
Ice Cream Bowls with Spoon-- Lily Grace's birthday party theme was "ice cream sundae" this year and we gave these out to her friends as party favors. They are the sweetest little ice cream bowls with a matching spoon. They are the perfect size for a small child because it isn't too much. We put each one in a cellophane bag and handed them out as her friends left! 
Cellophane Bags-- These were the cellophane bags we put her bowls into. They were a tight squeeze, but all fit. I loved the polka dot twisty ties because they matched the serving bowls we used. We also have plenty leftover to use for other parties and they were super cheap!

Rainbow Polka Dot Serving Bowls and Spoons-- I got these rainbow polka dot bowls and spoons to serve her ice cream sundaes in and also to put the toppings in. I figured I'd set out a half dozen with toppings in them and the kiddos (or parents) could scoop the toppings onto their ice cream.
Self Adhesive Paper Ice Cream Cones-- I got these to put at the bottom of several of her balloons to make them look like ice cream cones. These balloons below were my inspiration:

Burt's Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter-- I have been putting this stuff on multiple times a day and have been flying through it... but so far no stretch marks! I am not exaggerating I have put this on 3-4 times a day some days. First thing in the morning? Putting it on. Middle of the afternoon? It's going on. Before bed? Definitely putting it on. My belly is itchy? I'm putting extra on. Let's hope this helps to keep those stretch marks away!
Diapers-- Every other month we get our diapers shipped from Amazon via their subscription services. It makes life so much easier to just have them dropped off on our doorstep!

Thanks for reading along toady, can't wait to see what you all have been priming!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Friday Favorites- Devin's Birthday Edition

Good Morning and happy Friday! Today I am linking up with Erika for Friday Favorites and I am sharing one of my BIGGEST favorites over the past week: Devin's birthday!
 Crowder's Mountain, NC 

The view from the top of the mountain
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Book Club-- April

Good Morning and happy first day of May! I understand that summer doesn't officially begin until June 21st, but in my mind we are more or less there. In our neck of the woods the temperatures will regularly be 80ish from here on out, so while technically it is still spring, it definitely feels like summer! Bring on the iced lemonade, the front porch sitting, and book after book after book!