Friday, December 30, 2011

A New Year and A New Me

I don’t know about y’all, but I’m ready for the new year! Remember the list I made last year of things I would like to accomplish in 1,001 days? Yeah, well, I’m scrapping that list and starting over. I need a new start. I need a new me. I’m tired of trying to do things on my own – I need to put all my trust in God and allow Him to lead me.

This past year was full of struggles. One of the main issues I face is where do I belong, what am I supposed to be doing w/my life (other than being a mommy and wife - which I LOVE every second of)? I have a great job and at times I really enjoy it, but sometimes I sit and think that I’m wasting away 40 hours of my life each week sitting at a desk. Is this really where God wants me? What is my purpose here? I’m always praying for God to lead me somewhere where I can do His will for my life…somewhere I can make a difference. I’ve learned that THIS is where God has led me and where he wants me right now. Even though at times I may hate it, He has me here for a reason and I need to work as hard as I can to do a good job. I need to live my life in a way that people that I work with know that Christ is my main focus. I need to be an example. One of my prayers for the upcoming year is that no matter where God leads me, I will work my hardest and try to be an example to those who are around me that I live my life for Him. I want people to know how God has changed my life and how He can change theirs.

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” Psalm 32:8

Here are a few other things that I would like to accomplish in the new year:
*Lose weight, workout daily and just become healthier in general
*Get organized
*Blog more frequently
*Save cash for a new car
*Paint our bedroom (I’m doing this Monday - pictures to follow!)
*Go on a vacation
*Put 6 months of living expenses into savings
*Take more pictures/videos
*Buy new furniture (bedroom, den and dining room)

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas 2011

This Christmas was definitely different than year’s past. Last year, my dad was in the ICU, so we celebrated Christmas in the lobby of UAB. We ended up having our family get together in February once he was out of the hospital and feeling better. I’m SO glad we didn’t have to go to the hospital this Christmas. We do miss him VERY much, but he was able to celebrate our Savior’s birth with Him! How awesome!

Christmas Eve Eve – we had my birthday dinner at my mom’s house. My grandmother would always fix me whatever I wanted for my birthday and I would always choose – chicken fingers, mashed potatoes and green beans. So, that is what my momma made me! It was SO good! My birthday cake was an ice cream cake from Cold Stone. Mom bought me a sewing machine for my birthday and I can’t wait to use it! I just need her to teach me first :)

Christmas Eve – Brad grilled ribs for my mom’s side of the families Christmas/birthday lunch. My sweet, beautiful cousin and her family came and we enjoyed spending time w/them and celebrating Luke’s first Christmas. I’m not sure Addi knew what to think about another baby being there! After they left, my mom let Addi open her Christmas presents from her. She got a cute little table and chairs, a baby doll, Elmo DVD, clothes and her first dollhouse. She LOVED her table in chairs…I got on to her for standing in the chair. I told her if she did it one more time then I would put her in time out. Well, she did it again and then walked over to the wall and put herself in time out – haha! We couldn’t help but get tickled at her.




Christmas Day – mom spent the night w/us Christmas Eve and was able to see Addi open her presents from Santa (Side note – when did parent’s stop letting their kids believe in Santa?? I don’t think he should be the main focus at all and it’s our job as parent’s to teach our children the real meaning of Christmas, but Santa just adds a little more fun to all of the excitement of the season. I could go on and on about this, but I will stop my ranting :)) We bought her a blow up thing w/balls in it and she LOVES it. That’s the first toy she ran to. She also loves going in and out of her playhouse. Those were her two favorite toys. We also got her a Let’s Rock Elmo (I think I had more fun w/it than she did) and a few other things. After opening presents and eating a yummy breakfast Brad cooked, we went to church. It was a great service and I’m so glad we went! After church, we went to Brad’s parent’s house to open presents. Addi was exhausted and not feeling well, so she needed lunch and a nap before she would have anything to do w/gifts.



Monday, we were all off work and mom and I went and did a little after Christmas shopping and had lunch at the Cheesecake Factory (one of our favs!) We found some great deals and then headed home to rest and prepare for the work week!

I’m now back at work wishing I was at home w/my baby girl! At least we have another 3 day weekend this week.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Santa Baby

We took Addi to see Santa yesterday after church and she obviously didn't care for him too much.  Maybe she will have a better experience next year :)

I think it's safe to say I have an obsession with Christmas themed clothing...













Little girls are just so much fun to dress up and I have a hard time resisting all of the cute clothes! 






Wednesday, December 7, 2011

21 Months And An Update

I just haven't been in the mood to do anything lately, much less blog.  But I thought it was time for a MUCH needed update!


 Addi turned 21 months old on the 4th.  I guess I better start thinking about her 2nd birthday.  That makes me so sad! She's growing WAY too fast and I just want time to slow down.  Her are a few things about my baby girl:

*She loves the word "purple" - it's one of the few words that she says very clearly and will randomly shout it out - haha!
*She loves to ride in the car and watch "Elwo" and if you mention watching "Elwo" she comes running.
*"Me" and "mine" are also popular words these days
* She's still carrying around a plastic pumpkin from Halloween and putting toys in it and then saying "out" so I will dump them out and she can put them back in again - this little activity keeps her busy for a while ha!
*She's become a pickier eater and LOVES to dip her food in anything - ketchup, honey mustard, ranch, whatever!  We went to Chili's the other night and we caught her dipping her fingers in the ranch and licking them - yuck!
*I think we won't be going back out to eat w/her anytime soon....she's so busy and never wants to sit still in a high chair. :)

In other news...Christmas is going to be really hard this year. In fact it's already been a lot harder than I thought it would be.  We all miss my dad so much and he loved the holidays.  As sad as this sounds, I kind of just want to skip over Christmas, that way I don't have to deal w/the sadness it will bring.  HOWEVER, i'm trying to get in the Christmas spirit.  Addi will have so much fun opening gifts.  She already loves the lights and trees.  I just need to focus on the true meaning of Christmas and just having fun w/Addi and family. 

I found the following idea on Pinterest earlier this week.  It's a felt tree that Addi can decorate herself! I started on it after she went to bed and it only took me about an hour to make.  All you need is felt and a hot glue gun.  I KNOW she's going to have a blast putting the ornaments on herself.  The only thing you have to glue on are the presents at the bottom and any other decorations that you want on the ornaments.  I was happy w/how it turned out...
Here's our tree this year and an ornament Addi made at daycare...I love anything that includes her handprints!

We have a lot on our to-do list over the next few weeks that includes a trip to see Santa, Christmas shopping (I haven't really started yet), and Christmas parties.  Maybe I will find time out of my busy schedule to blog more than once a month :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Monogram Swap

I thought I would link up with Kelly for her Monogram Swap! I don’t have anything to sell right now, but I’m in the market for anything monogrammed w/an “A”, “Addi” or “aAk”. Sizes 2T/3T.

If you have anything to sell, you can either comment below or email me at bradandmb@gmail.com

Thanks!

Friday, November 4, 2011

20 Months

 It's hard to believe that in 4 short months Addi will be TWO!  That's just so crazy to me.  She is growing like a weed and turning into such a big girl.  

She is continuing speech therapy twice a month.  I talked to her therapist the other day and she said that Addi is doing great.  She thinks that b/c of what happened to Addi when she was born is causing some kind of disconnect w/her brain and speech and even if this is the case that it doesn't mean Addi isn't smart, but she is just having a harder time expressing herself through language.  She told me that Addi plays "beautifully" and they normally look at play skills and how they interact with others to help determine if there is an issue w/mental development.  Addi does talk, but she pretty much says the same things over and over, "momma", "nana", "mi" (mine or more), "eat", "ba" (bath), "kitty", "teddy", "papa" (paci), and there are some other words that I just can't think of at the moment. :)  She's definitely getting better at imitating me though.

We went this past Friday to the eye doctor.  Her teacher at school was concerned that her eyes were crossing when she would pick up and look at a toy/book, etc.  I was told by her pediatrician that he thought she just had some extra skin under her eyes and it was just an illusion that made them look like they were crossing.  But as a precaution, I made another appt w/the eye doctor.  She pretty much confirmed what the pediatrician said and just told me to bring her back in a year.  She also doesn't need glasses at this point either.  BTW, I think it's unbelievable how they know that w/out being able to talk to Addi and ask her if she can see or not! 
 Here are a few more things I want to remember about Addi at this age:
  • She is still as independent as ever and wants to do everything herself.  
  • She's a total daddy's girl and will choose him over me most of the time.
  • She loves to dance and every time music is on she busts a move.
  • She tells everyone "Hey!"
  • Every time she's in front of a mirror she sticks out her tongue and makes faces.
  • She loves puzzles and can put all of the pieces in the right spots.
  • She loves reading and points to everything on the page and says "that?" 
  • She wears a size 5 diaper and 24 months - 2t clothing
  • Every night we ask her if she wants to go "night, night" and she shakes her head yes and goes to her bed.
  • She won't keep a bow in her hair for anything or let me put her hair up.
  • We are still using a paci for car rides and bedtime - I'm hoping to get her off of it by the time she turns 2.
  • She is just so much fun and FUNNY!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Halloween 2011

Our Halloween was spent at our church Fall Festival.  Addi was the cutest little ladybug that I have ever seen!  Here are some pictures from her big night...
 When we first arrived at the festival she was a little overwhelmed and shy
Starting to warm up
She found a game she likes!
Such a daddy's girl
My little love bug!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Sick Day

For the past week Addi has been congested and had a runny nose.  Last night, she developed a 102 degree fever and just wasn't acting herself.  I know when she refuses to eat she's not feeling good.  I thought she had an ear infection b/c she kept pulling on her ear, but when I took her to the doctor today he told me that she has a sinus infection.  She is now on antibiotics and will hopefully be feeling better soon!  At least she is still sleeping through the night!

I always enjoy my days off with her, even if she's not feeling well.  We just cuddle, watch tv and nap all day.  I did manage to get some cleaning done, but not as much as I had hoped.  Here are a few pictures of our day...
She woke up not feeling so great :(
At the doctor's office
Happy her daddy is home!

 She is now resting peacefully and I'm wide awake b/c I took a nap with her and decided to drink a cup of coffee an hour ago!


Crafting

I decided to try my hand at some crafting this past weekend.  I tried to "dress up" our front door for Fall and bought some mums and pumpkins, but something was missing.  I needed a wreath!  I scoped out Pinterest and found one that I liked and decided to give it a try.  First of all, I'm not very crafty.  It's something that I really want to be good at, but I just lack the creativity.  I'm always the type of person who buys all of the supplies to make something, just to let them sit in their original packages and eventually be given to goodwill. 

Anyways, here is my creation...







Keep in mind, I've never made a bow before in my entire life - haha.  I'm happy with how it turned out and I know w/practice it will just get better! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Weekend Fun...

This weekend was super busy. We decided to have a yard sale Saturday morning. After that and a MUCH needed 2 hour nap, we went to Brad’s parent’s house for the Bama/Tennessee game. Addi was spending the night w/them so Brad and I could go to Talladega to the race Sunday. While we were watching the game, Addi started doing some type of dance. She would slowly reach down and touch her toes, lift her hands back up, clap her hands and turn around – haha. It was SO funny! I’m assuming it’s some moves to a song they sing at school, but I’m not exactly which one it could be!

Our alarm clocks went off at 7:00 Sunday morning and as we were laying bed Brad told me that if I didn’t want to go just to let him know. I seriously thought about not going so we could sleep in, but I’m so glad we went b/c we had a great day together! It’s not that often that it’s just me and him.

This was my first race and I really enjoyed it! Occasionally, I will watch the races w/Brad, but it’s so much better in person. I would definitely go back again. There is definitely a mix of people that go to these races and I had fun “people watching”. My driver (Tony Stewart) didn’t win, but he led some of the day. The only reason I cheer on Tony is b/c I think him and Brad kind of look a like – haha. Don’t you think so?? Kind of??

Monday, October 10, 2011

19 Months Old

Well, Addi turned 19 months old last week and we’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to write an update! I took a much needed vacation with some of my best friends this past weekend (that will require a separate post) so when I got home last night my time was spent with this little booger… (and my sweet hubby who took excellent care of her all weekend!)

She is talking more and more. I will ask her say certain things and for the most part she will imitate me. She still sees a speech therapist twice a month and her ST can already tell how much she has improved in the little time that she has been seeing her. Her teachers at “school” are also a huge help when it comes to her improvement. She loves Mrs. Katie and Mrs. Jean (or Jean as Addi calls her )

I stayed for her PT visit last week at school - we both agree that she is doing age appropriate things (walking up the stairs, jumping, kicking the ball, etc) so she is being discharged from PT! I’m SO proud! I know I’ve said this before, but I’m so thankful that we were able to work with Early Intervention and receive this therapy. It’s so scary to be told that your child will most likely be behind developmentally, but EI has helped us every step of the way and have always been quick to address any concerns that we have had and answer ALL of my questions . Thankfully, we have a beautiful, happy and HEALTHY baby girl who is right on track!

She is still as independent as ever. She doesn’t want her hand to be held and will swat you away if you try. My mom said that I was just like her when I was little and whenever she would try to hold my hand I would say “I hold my own hand” haha – I can so picture Addi saying that one day!

She loves to play Ring Around the Rosie and knows the motions to Itsy Bitsy Spider and If You’re Happy and You Know It – these are her favs. If you ever start playing Ring Around the Rosie w/her, be prepared to do it for a while b/c she LOVES it and will keep saying “more” until you give in – trust me!

She is terrified of dogs. We have a cat, which she loves to chase after, but she’s never been around dogs. Whenever we go to our friends Jared and Amber’s house, Addi clings to Brad for dear life and will not get down and she never takes her eyes of that dog! Brad wants to get her a puppy for Christmas, but I’m still thinking she’s way too young. Plus, he would have to build a fenced in back yard b/c I don’t want an inside dog.

Addi continues to grow like a weed and this age is so much fun – I love watching her learn new things!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Busy Weekend

We had a jam packed weekend filled with family time and hanging out with friends.  Our weekend ended w/Addi getting sick and having a fever.  At 3am this morning we were up watching Mickey trying to get sleepy.  I stayed home with her today and she seems to be feeling better.  Here are a few pictures from our weekend...
Playing w/the purse Aunt Sissy got her
Riding on the tractor Aunt Donna let us play with
Cheering on the Tide w/friends
Enjoying some toast after waking up not feeling so well on Sunday

I hope everyone else had a great weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Menu Plan Monday

I have done a horrible job of planning my menu lately. We mostly went out to eat last week and I’m SO tired of fast food. I thought I would try to get back in the swing of things this week and get in the kitchen! Be sure to visit orgjunkie.com for Menu Plan Monday and link up along with me.

Ever since the weather started to get a little cooler at night, I have wanted to make chili. Tonight, I will make that happen! I thought I would share our most favorite chili recipe with you:

Mexene Chili
1 lb. ground beef
¾ c chopped onion
1 clove minced garlic
2 tbsp Mexene Chili Powder
1 tbsp flour
1 tsp salt
½ tsp cumin
½ tsp sugar
1 – 8 oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water

Directions: Brown ground beef with onion and garlic. Drain fat. Combine remaining ingredients with the ground beef and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve with cheese, sour cream and fritos – yum! The hubs really likes this chili, so I normally double the recipe.

Monday – Chili and grilled cheese sandwiches

Tuesday – Swiss Chicken - I use white wine instead of the chicken stock

Wednesday – Taco Cornbread Bake - This stuff is SO good!

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Out of town

Saturday – Out of town

Sunday – Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

I have recently been on a peanut butter and jelly kick. I forgot how much I like them! Haha. I will probably eat one everyday for lunch this week  :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

First Beach Trip

This past weekend we took a MUCH needed beach trip.  We left Thursday and got back this afternoon.  It was wonderful not having to worry about anything and basically just take a break from life for a few days.  I'm dreading going to work in the AM.

Apparently mid September is the best time to head to the coast.  There weren't that many people on the beach and the restaurants weren't crowded at all.  The weather was perfect!  This was Addi's first real vacation and I was worried if she was going to like the sand and water or not.  She LOVED it!  The pool was probably her favorite.  Thank goodness they had an indoor pool, so I didn't have to worry about lathering her up w/sunscreen as much. 











She's definitely not scared of the water (which makes for a very nervous mommy).  We have to keep a really close eye on her or she will just dive right in.  Saturday afternoon, we were standing with our feet in the ocean and people started screaming "shark!".  We looked and there were at least three sharks in MAYBE knee deep water.  It definitely gave us a scare.  I'm not much of an ocean person anyways - I would much rather be at the pool, but this definitely made me want to never get in the ocean again. 

 One of the best purchases we made before we left for the beach was a folding red wagon similar to the one pictured above.  We were going to buy just a Radio Flyer wagon, but this one takes up way less space when traveling and the wheels are much better for rolling in the sand.  We mainly bought it to lug all of our beach necessities to and from the condo, but Addi also fit perfectly in it!



I wish I would have taken more pictures, but sometimes I think it's best to just enjoy the moment.  A lot of times I'm trying so hard to get good pictures of her that I can't take in everything that's happening.  I hope everyone else had a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Trusting in Him

Do any of y'all ever feel like quitting your jobs, packing up your family and moving to some exotic island somewhere?  Some place where you don't have to worry about anything. I have felt like that this past year and a half, but especially these past few months.  Not exactly sure what's wrong with me, but I've been super emotional lately.  I won't go into details, but I have been praying for something specific these past few months and nothing has happened yet.  I know good and well I need to be patient, not worry and just rely on God.  I know deep down in my heart that He is faithful and just.  I also realize that He is making me wait on His timing and teaching me MANY lessons during this waiting period.  His plans are ALWAYS better than mine.  It's tough when you want something to happen so badly, but instead, everything just keeps going wrong. The devil is trying to weasel his way in and put doubts in my mind.  I'm trying to focus on the following two verses:

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us" Ephesians 3:20

"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart" Psalm 37:4

So, I'm going to continue to trust in Him and I look forward to seeing what He has planned for my life!


Monday, September 12, 2011

The Zoo and Boo Boo's

Saturday, my mom and I took Addi to the zoo for the first time.  Mom had to go to a funeral that morning, so we decided to wait until that afternoon.  I thought Addi would be ok going with out a nap - BIG mistake.  We started out with the Children's zoo.  Addi was not at all interested in petting goats or looking at chickens up close.  She wouldn't sit in the stroller without screaming and when I let her walk beside us, she refused to hold my hand.  The only two animals that even remotely caught her attention were the turtles and the giraffes.  I definitely learned my lesson and she will be taking a nap before our next visit (next year)!!

After our "memorable" zoo trip, we went to meet up with Brad at some friends' house to watch the game.  Again, Addi being Miss Independent, ran from me and fell and scraped up her nose on the concrete.  She was already banged up from a previous fall at daycare the day before.  She is so clumsy!! I think i'm going to buy her a helmet and some knee and elbow pads!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

18 Months

 Sunday, my baby girl turned 18 months old.  She is such a mess and SO independent.  We went to her 18 month check up this afternoon and she acted like such a big girl.  She is 30 lbs and 35 in tall - 99th percentile in both height and weight.  She had to get a flu shot and a Hep C shot which caused a little bit of a meltdown.

She has learned the Itsy Bitsy Spider at daycare and she is so cute doing the motions - it cracks me up.  Also, I'm not exactly sure where she gets her dancing skills from but they are so funny! I will try to get a good video of her dancing and post it.

Monday, my friend Sadie and I took Addi to a little place where they have blow up slides and several things kids can ride/play on.  She LOVED it!  Mommy, on the other hand, is a getting too old to be climbing and running around - but it was fun!
Her on the little choo-choo train
I think she could have stayed in this baby pool filled with balls all day

She's at such a fun age and we are having a great time playing and going different places!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Football and Family Time

My Addi girl is 18 months old today!  We go for her 18 month doctor's appointment this week, so I will do an official update after our visit.

Alabama football started up again this weekend and for the rest of the season, our Saturdays will be spent with a household full of people or hanging out at friend's houses.  I personally don't care as much for football as I do the food and company!  Doesn't she look cute in her little Alabama cheerleader uniform??
Today, we spent some much needed family time together.  We shopped, ate lunch w/my mom, and met our future renters!!  They seem like really nice people and I hope it works out.

I just have to document this next idea my hubby had.  It's totally out of his character to suggest something like this and I want to remember it - haha.  Today, he suggested that we hire someone to clean our house.  Umm, heck yeah we should!  I HATE cleaning, like with a passion.  Doing laundry keeps me busy enough.  I would be happy if that's all I had to do and I could get someone to sweep, mop, vacuum and dust.  I still can't believe he suggested this and i'm definitely holding him to it.  haha!

Thank goodness for a three day weekend!! I hope everyone else has a great Labor Day!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Crockpotalooza!

I thought I would join in Kelly’s Crockpotalooza! Head on over and link up with her.

I LOVE my crockpot. It’s so nice to know dinner is done when I get home from work and I’m able to spend some extra time with my family!

I had a major crockpot FAIL yesterday. I threw some chicken breasts in and covered with bbq sauce. My result was dry, half-burnt chicken – yuck!

Here are a few of my go to recipes that never fail me –

Salsa Chicken
3-4 chicken breasts
1 jar Picante Sauce

Simply put the chicken in the crockpot and cover w/the Picante Sauce. Cook 6-8 hours on low. I usually serve this over rice and top with cheese.

Potato Soup
1 – 30oz bag of frozen shredded hash browns
3 – 14oz cans of chicken broth
1 can cream of chicken soup
¼ tsp ground pepper
1 pckg cream cheese

Combine all ingredients, EXCEPT the cream cheese in a crockpot and cook on low 6-8 hours. About an hour before serving, add cream cheese and heat until completely melted. Serve with cheese, sour cream, etc.

I found this recipe on Pinterest and it is the best recipe for potato soup I have found – plus it’s super easy!

I had planned on cooking this Crockpot Lemon Chicken today, but I was running late this morning.  Instead, we are having oven baked chicken and potato pancakes (made w/leftover mashed potatoes) - did anyone else's mom make these when they were younger?  They are one of my favs!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Wonderful Weekend...

The Alston household had a GREAT weekend! I was able to spend some quality time with my momma which is always nice. Friday night we went to a consignment sale. I always get so pumped about consignment sales and I imagine all these great deals that I’m going to find only to be disappointed with stained/worn out clothes. Ugh. I ended up finding a few things, but not as much as I had hoped. Afterwards, we went to dinner and a movie. We saw The Help. I haven’t read the book yet, but the movie was really good and I plan on reading the book soon!

Saturday morning my mom, Addi and I went to another consignment sale put on by some ladies in a local neighborhood. I found way more at this sale that I liked! It was much nicer stuff and in was in better shape.

My mom and I have been on the lookout for a riding toy for Addi. After the sale, we went to Target and Wal-Mart on a mission to find one. We ended up getting this one…
 We were trying to decide between two different ones and I know my mom chose this one because it’s what my dad would have bought her if he was here. This was definitely a “Pop” purchase. She LOVES it!

That night we went to Uncle Chad’s house to watch the race. Addi LOVES her Uncle Chad and spent most of the time sitting in his lap.

Sunday was church and CLG. We attempted to take Addi with us to our small group, but we had to leave early b/c she was just getting restless and wouldn’t be quiet (it was past her bedtime). Overall, she was in a great mood this weekend and was so well-behaved.

This week I will be busy getting clothes ready to put in a consignment sale and cleaning. We are having everyone over Saturday to watch football. The festivities will begin at 8 am. The boys are planning on cooking bbq and wings. I’m still trying to decide what else to prepare - which means spending some time on Pinterest. I might blog my finds tomorrow! I hope everyone has a great week!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

What I'm Loving Wednesday

I thought I would link up again with This Kind Of Love's What I Love Wednesday.

I’m loving that I got to spend my morning volunteering at Greater Birmingham Ministries. This is a great organization that has a clothes closet and food pantry that they open up each week to 50 needy families in the area. They also provide for 250 families at Christmas. Currently, they are in desperate need of boys and girls clothing. If you live in the Birmingham area please consider cleaning out your kid’s closet and giving to this ministry!

I’m loving that I spent my lunch hour at a local consignment sale and bought 6 outfits for $26. There are several consignment sales happening all over the area the next couple of months and this is a great way for me to buy daycare clothes dirt cheap!

I’m loving that in a few weeks we will be making beach trips 2 weekends in a row!

I'm loving this yummy new recipe that I tried tonight- Plain Chicken's Taco Cornbread Bake. (I made mine minus the black beans)  I LOVE her recipes and we have really enjoyed the ones I have cooked so far!  I made her Pizza Puffs earlier this week and they were yummy too!

I'm loving these boots from Anthropologie.  I think I need them!


Last, but certainly not least, I'm loving this little one.