Friday, January 13, 2017

Five Things Friday

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The Crown. Who's watching/watched it? It's my new favorite. I watched all 10 episodes of the first (and only right now) season in 3 days. Yes, 3 days. Lots of late nights. But I couldn't stop. The only down side to binge watching it, is that I have to wait until November for Season 2. I'll probably watch Season 1 again, I loved it that much. I've always been so intrigued with Queen Elizabeth and the royal family and this show seems pretty close to accurate. I would pause throughout to google and read more about something that happened or one of the characters and it seemed right on with what I read on the internets. And you know the internets never lie. Either way, fascinating stuff.

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Well, gone are the days of cute little birthday parties for my sweet little girl, WHO WILL BE SEVEN IN 3 WEEKS! After getting a couple emoji-themed presents for Christmas she became emoji-obsessed. So when I asked her what she wanted to do for her party, she of course said she wanted all things emoji. I've managed to get away with limiting the emojis to the cake, cookies and invites but today she asked me why the plates and napkins didn't have emojis on them.

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Today I am painting Harry's room! Ugh. I've been dreading it all week. I am excited to have it done but getting there is going to be painful.... We decided on the dark blue/green color thinking it would disguise dirt better. Harry is filthy and could care less, so his walls are already pretty dingy just after a year of living in our house. But now that I'm getting ready to paint I'm slightly regretting not doing a gray color. I like light and airy and I'm hoping this color is not too bold and dark. Once its done its done though because I won't be painting it ever again. Next time it will be painted is when Harry's old enough to care and then he can paint it himself.

Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandal

I just finished this book and it was so good. Heartwarming and sweet but also with moments of suspense. If you are looking for a new book, I highly suggest you read it! I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Zander | Zalen Leopard | Zalen | Zabra

I resolved in the New Year to shop less. But Maude is making it SO. DANG. HARD. Dying over all their new arrivals. All the new shoes are killing me, especially all the Dolce Vita sneaks. I think my favorite would have to be the top left style. I would wear them every day. But, I'm not going to get them. I'm going to practice a little self control. Crying all the while.

I am so thankful it is Friday. T.G.I.F. Truly. Thanking God it is Friday! It has been a super long week. And I'm ready for a little R&R. Hopefully I get Harry's room done today so I can actually veg out some this weekend.


Monday, January 9, 2017

My Favorite Christmas Present

My family did good with my Christmas gift this year. I've been hinting around for the last few months how I would love a coffee Ninja Coffee Bar. I kind of figured that Aaron wouldn't get one because our Keurig is only 2 years old but they delivered and I love it. It is so fun. The day I took it out of the box I made approximately 8 specialty drinks and I was so caffeinated I couldn't sleep that night! But they were just too fun to make that I kept making one after another. The Ninja came with a recipe book loaded with different coffee drinks. I didn't (and still don't) have any syrups so I've been limited on the drinks I can make but so far my favorite ones that I've made are the simple au lait (espresso + frothed milk) and the cafe con miel au lait (espresso + honey + cinnamon + frothed milk). As I am typing this I'm drinking an au lait. And dare I say they are 100 times better than Starbucks coffees. I even made a pumpkin spice latte even though I'm not a huge fan because I had the ingredients on hand and it wasn't too bad. The Ninja recipe calls for pumpkin spice seasoning and half and half not a sugary syrup so I actually liked it.

Ninja Coffee Bar Single-Serve System
Now that I have this awesome coffee maker I want an equally awesome coffee station. But the problem is the space where I keep my coffee maker is small but its the perfect spot because it has a single cabinet above it and a drawer and cabinet below to keep my beans, grounds, teas, cups, etc. So I'm going to have to get creative to make it pretty and functional all the while not looking cluttered.

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These small space coffee bars are all so pretty, clean and functional. I love them all. Now to get going on my little coffee bar.


Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Harry's Bedroom

It's Wednesday! And, for me, that means my children are back in school. It's kind of a bittersweet day really. We've had the best time the past two weeks. The first two days were rough with the sibling fights and the running of a gazillion errands trying to get ready for Christmas but once we got that out of our system we had the best time. Aaron actually got the Friday before Christmas off and just went back to work yesterday so we have had some good family QT and it's been really good for the soul.

Our days consisted of sleeping in, lounging around, going to the movies, watching new movies that Santa brought, playing with Junie, cleaning house, making room for new toys, playing with said new toys, finishing a few projects around the house, cleaning the garage, eating out too much, trying to find Aaron a new car, and so on and so forth. It seemed busy but it really wasn't. So back to reality today is going to be rough.

We are having Elle's birthday party at our house in a few weeks (how is my baby girl almost 7?) so I would like to get a few projects finished before we have company. And one of the things is Harry's bedroom. I really wanted to tackle it over the break but he's been having the best time playing in his room with all his new toys (hello, Batman Batcave, best Christmas present ever!) so I just decided to let him be and have his room over the break and work on it when he started back to school. SO, I'm hoping next week I can get it done.

In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to share my ideas for his bedroom with you.


We have it all ready to go. Except for wall art, I'm going to wait until I get the room painted and everything put in it's place to figure all that out. But we have the bed, bedding, dresser (Aaron put it together on Monday!), paint for the walls (it's a really dark teal navy color, kind of hard to explain) and teepee (Santa brought it!). Harry is all set to have a super cute big boy room for sure. He just needs his lazy mom to get it done for him.

Maybe by posting my ideas it will motivate me to get it done sooner than later so that I can share it with you :)


Monday, January 2, 2017

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"Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you have always wanted to do but could not find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you do not think you can keep. Walk tall and smile more. You will look 10 years younger. Do not be afraid to say I love you. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world" -Ann Landers

HAPPY 2017 sweet friends. 2016 was such a good year for our family and I can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for us this new year. I pray that this year is full of many blessings for us.

I dare not make resolutions because I have a hard time keeping them but when I saw this quote from Ann Landers I knew it would be my mantra for this year. 

I want to be better and work harder. I want to spend less money and be more content with what I have. I want to work on the hard relationships and cherish the easy ones. I want to finish the projects that I've started around the house. I want to have people over more. I want to blog more. And I want everything that is quoted above for 2017. And I'm going to try my hardest to get Elle through this second semester with no tardies. Ha ha!

It's going to be a great year, I can feel it in my bones. 


Saturday, October 29, 2016

What I Wore {Summer Rompers in the Fall}

Jo Johnson, the genius behind the camera at Maude, took some pics for me a few weeks ago. Love how they turned out and as awkward as having pictures of yourself taken is for me, she made it enjoyable. Way more enjoyable than when Aaron takes my pictures. Which he hasn't done in so long (hence why there haven't been any WIW posts lately) because it's torturous....for the both of us!

Anywho...I love ROMPERS. They are effortless,  stylish, and on trend. I thought it would be fun to pair a couple of my favorite summer rompers with fall staples for a fun transitional look. And in Arkansas, with our fall weather allllllll over the place, you can wear either of these outfits well into November. End of October and the high today is 80ยบ. Feels like June. And I swear it always seems to be sunny and in the 70s on Thanksgiving Day.

tencel tank romper [here--on sale!] | coney plaid button up [here]
combust cut out bootie [here] | handbag [similar]

I got this romper from Gap over the summer and love it so much. I wore the heck out of it this summer and love it paired with this flannel and booties for the fall. And y'all this flannel is EVERYTHING. It's long so you can pair it with leggings and it is so super soft.

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wide leg jumpsuit [here] | denim shirt jacket [similar]
handbag [similar] | sandals [similar]

This jumpsuit is everything. I got it over the summer for an event I went to and it is so comfortable and easy to wear! Super flattering and looks great with heavy jewels and fancy shoes for a night out on the town. But also so great paired with a denim jacket for a more casual look.

-->> don't forget when shopping at to use code: HELLOHIGH at checkout to receive 10% off! the jumpsuit, booties, and the flannel are all still in stock! and as always, they offer FREE SHIPPING. woo hoo! 

Happy H A L L O W E E N weekend ghouls + goblins. Hope its spooky + spectacular!


Friday, October 21, 2016


Parenting has been no joke lately. Sometimes I wonder why at all did we go into the whole having kids thing thinking it would be all sunshine and rainbows. At this point in our lives it is anything but. We have a 3 year old that just started his school career in September and we have yet to hear from his teachers (except for maybe the first and second days) that he has had a good or any sort of positive words at all regarding his 3 1/2 hours at school. And then we have our sweet-as-pie 6 year old who leaves 80% of her sweetness at school. We (and by we I mean Elle and I because Aaron had a work meeting he couldn't miss) had her first parent-teacher conference last week and heard not one negative thing. She listens, hears, sets a good example for her peers, reads on a 4th grade level, plays well with others, is a great helper to her teacher and I could go on and on. I was beaming and so was Elle. It was pure delight to hear someone say so many nice things about your child. And then, the moment we got in the car she had an epic 6 year old meltdown.

Many moons ago. In my early twenties, when Aaron and I would talk about having the big family we always dreamed about, I would envision so much love and togetherness and joy. And while our children bring all the joy in all the world and we wouldn't change a thing, I do wonder why no one tells you what having a family actually entails.

And then there's the infertility thing. The big family we always wanted is never going to happen. I know God's timing is perfect, yada yada. When I try to talk to someone about our struggles and hear that, it really is like nails on a chalkboard. And then, conversation over. But then again who wants to talk about sad and hard things anyway. Saying "God's timing is perfect" is the easy way out of the conversation. I know God's plan is perfect. I know this through and through, just don't want to hear it. We have tried all the channels that we were willing to and nothing has worked so we our moving on past the dream of wanting to grow our family past 4 but I can't help think about how that 3rd baby would just provide this family a whole new dynamic and happiness and joy during these rough parenting ditches we find ourselves in! Or maybe it wouldn't? Maybe for me it would just add more stress. I'll go with that and move forward.

Oh, and then there's the birthday party we went to recently. It was a large group of kids that Elle didn't know well except for the birthday girl and she felt so left out. The moment we got in the car it was a stream of tears until we got to Chickfila for dinner. At 6 years old she is already having moments of insecurity and self doubt. She said "Mom, [birthday girl's] friends don't like me, they wouldn't even let me play with them and were running away from me". And I witnessed it all and it was so frustrating and broke my heart. At the time I just didn't know it was actually affecting her and it was. At one point I looked over and she was riding the ponies all by herself. I mean, all the cry face emojis for that. All of this, every bit of it, I knew we would be dealing with eventually I just never would have thought at a 7-year old birthday party. I am not ready for this. I am not prepared to parent through these situations.

It just always seems like there is something...

We took the kids to Silver Dollar City last Saturday and it was such a perfect day. Even with all the people it was such a fun day. The kids had a blast and we had so much fun just being with them. It's like we have to remove ourselves from our home to actually enjoy each other. AND I NEVER WOULD HAVE EVER DREAMED THAT WOULD BE THE CASE. I love my home, I love being home and its so sad to me that for us to have fun and enjoy each other we have to be doing something. As I type this parenting diatribe I am fully aware that it is not my children it is me. I have no clue what I am doing, I have not since day one. I am just trying to get by one day at a time but it just seems these days are long and hard but look forward to when parenting produces more days of joy than not and I finally feel like I'm actually, maybe, just a little, doing something right.

I love my family. They are more than everything to me. If I didn't have them, I don't even know who I would be or what I would do. And I know because I do love them so much and because I do feel these things that I am not failing them totally. I want to be a better mom and I want to produce better human beings. Its just a process that is never ending.

And because I am a very PROUD mama (and because I can't do a post without a visual). Here is a picture of my cuties at one of said enjoyable outings. This was a couple of weekends ago at a pumpkin patch where we got pick our own pumpkins. It was so fun and we found and spent way to much money (Aaron was really happy about that) on some really unique pumpkins.

If you made it to the end of this, thank you for reading and listening. We are all in this together and I know we all feel like failures at one point or another. Maybe some more than others. Me, raising my hand here. Parenting is not for the faint of heart and I really do wish before I had kids that someone would have spoken wisdom to me about what having children REALLY looks like. You hear all the baby advice but no one shares what its like actually raising the baby.

T G I F. Every Friday is a TGIF.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Saturday Style {Style Bloggers You Want To Follow}

My main responsibility at Maude is facilitating style blogger collaborations and I absolutely love it. Anyone who knows me, knows I love clothes and good style so this has been so fun for me to read through applications, choose blog ambassadors from each state and communicate with them. I have come to really admire these bloggers. They have made a passion for fashion into successful blogs and businesses. I can only dream of having a blog as successful as any of theirs one day but goodness, gracious it takes a lot of time, creativity and smarts. All of these ladies have just that and I thought it would be fun to feature some of these very stylish and in my opinion super cool ladies with you. Assuming that you like style blogs as I do.

blogger_wearfateblogger_wearfate_instaFirst up, the beautiful Mollie Moon of Wearfate [blog][Instagram]. She is the definition of boho chic. Impeccable taste and styling and imagery.

blogger_sparklingstickystyleblogger_sparklingstickystyle_instaManda Lee, our South Carolina ambassador. She blogs at A Sparkling Sticky Style [blog][Instagram] and perfectly pairs trendy and classic in every post. And that HAIR. Major hair envy here.

blogger_musingsofglitterblogger_musingsofglitter_instaOur Arkansas Girl, Emily. She blogs at Musings of Glitter [blog][Instagram] She's so fun and gorgeous. I look forward to her daily Instagram and blog posts.

blogger_lovelenoreblogger_lovelenore_instaOur Missouri gal, Jacy, blogger at Love Lenore [blog][Instagram]. She has such a playful look on current trends. I love when I see a new trend that I'm initially intimidated by on someone and it makes want to try it out and Jacy does that for me!

blogger_candidlychanblogger_candidlychan_instaOur Illinois ambassador, Chandler. She blogs at Candidly Chan [blog][Instagram] is such a joy to work with on top of all her posts and has the most unique style and imagery. She is my definition of cool and she doesn't take a bad picture. I want to be friends with her in real life.

SO. It's October 1! We woke up to temps in the 50s and the high is 70 today. It finally feels like fall and this weather is just amazing. I wish it lasted all year long. I keep thinking I need to move to So Cal where its sunny and 70s every day.

Hope you have a great week and drop me a comment if you have a favorite style blogger that I should check out.