LOVED & LINKED

it’s been a while since i’ve shared some of my recent favorite buys with all of you, so why not share some now?! i’d love to know if you’ve used any of these or now plan to give them a try!

alright. don’t judge, but your girl is already getting hot flashes and this thing has so come in handy! it’s small enough to keep in my purse and the fact that it’s also a power bank is sooo convenient.

if you like a good thriller book to read, this is it. it’s perfect for a quick read and totally not what you’d expect.

i’m a sucker for a good set of press-on nails and these have been one of my go-tos lately. they’re classy, yet durable, and not over the top.

and lastly, who doesn’t love a good body product and one that boosts energy at that?! i stumbled across this line a few months ago and now have them scattered around home and even work. it smells so good and leaves you feeling energized!

Our first few days with Winnie Jo; a photo diary.

John and I have been tossing around the idea for a while of adding another golden retriever to our family. As our girl Maci Bo gets older, we wanted her to have another dog around to keep her young. And yes, we have Mazi, but let’s be honest we don’t call her “Big Mama” for nothing. She plays with Maci, but she can often show her cranky-old lady personality and isn’t always a big ball of energy.

We did some research and came across a farm in Wisconsin that had some puppies that were available to go to a new home. Saturday, June 19th, we woke up and VERY spontaneously decided to make the drive and “look” at the puppies. Look is the keyword, but let’s be real, we were coming home with our Winnie Jo.

Winnie was the third puppy introduced to us and it was one of those things that when we met her we just knew. All the other puppies when we would walk away would wander off, but Winnie wouldn’t leave John’s side. Ultimately, John had told me to make the final decision, but as soon as I saw how much she just wanted to be around us, the decision was easy.

So, that started our story with miss Winnie. It was a cuddly ride home; the whole time she sat on my lap and was just begging for love from John and I. She enjoyed staring out the window and took many breaks in between for a quick nap curled up on my lap.

I swear it was like bringing a new baby home and introducing her to the family. She’s the cutest ball of fluff right now and the kids are all obsessing over her. We’re excited to watch her grow, but hopefully not too fast…we are loving this puppy stage.

Enjoy these photos of our first few days together as a family. We sure love you, Winnie Jo…even your terrible, stinky puppy breath.

MAY 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

Can you believe that May is already over and summer is officially here?

This month was full of celebrations between Mother’s Day and birthdays and a whole lot of fun in between. We ended our month with a family vacation and man, we’re already looking forward to another one.

Hope you enjoy this little video of our month, #LeParteyof6 style!

32 THINGS IVE LEARNED IN MY 32 YEARS

32 years old today, and there has been quite a few things that I’ve learned through the years. I’ve made good choices, stupid choices, and learned that sometimes the only explanation for your actions is, “it seemed like a good idea at the time.” But through it all, I’ve learned.

And firsthand, from my own experience these are some of things that I’ve learned:

Seafood is still disgusting.

Your children pay attention to EVERYTHING that you do. Literally EVERYTHING. Don’t say anything in front of a 3-year old you don’t want repeated.

Soul mates do exist; believe me. I’m one of the lucky ones that found mine.

Having a big family is such a blessing. A benefit too; more kids to pay for a fancier nursing home when you’re older.

Life is much better with a golden retriever.

Work at a place where you actually like your boss and co-workers. Life is way too short to deal with Karens.

No matter how old you get, shots still suck.

Record your life. Have those memories to look back and smile at later.

Friends change and that’s okay. Sometimes the unlikely friends are the best friends.

Grey hairs come a whole lot sooner than you expect.

“One more episode” actually means four more episodes.

Hanger, it’s real.

Kitchens are made for dancing.

I will never be as happy as my two dogs.

McDonald’s Coke taste better than any other coke.

The person who invented Grocery Pick-up is a genius and all we mothers appreciate you.

At this age, you can pull a muscle in your sleep.

Costco is a very glorious place.

Airfryers are the bee’s knees.

Have date nights weekly with your significant other; make that time for each other.

Don’t get drunk and order food on Doordash; you will probably end up with $70+ of Chipotle on your front doorstep. Oops.

Spend as much time as you can with your grandparents. That time is so valuable.

Even if it scares you, still do it. Try those new opportunities.

It is possible to wrongly cook macaroni & cheese…sorry kids.

Sometimes those college degrees aren’t worth it.

Chips and salsa are the best snack.

Dad jokes are actually funny.

Never turn down the opportunity to take a good nap.

Caffeine is your friend.

You don’t need to buy every single houseplant you see.

Getting forehead kisses will never get old.

You can never say “I love you” too much.

EASTER 2021

i hope you all had a wonderful easter whether you were celebrating at home relaxing, around the table with family, or alone. we were so lucky this year with amazing weather here in illinois; it always makes the day a whole lot more enjoyable when the sun is shining.

this year was a little different for us as we only had the two littles with us while the older girls were spending the holiday with their dad’s family. we missed them bunches and can’t wait to celebrate with them when they come home.

we started our morning searching around the house for easter baskets. it only took a few trips around each room for the kids to finally find them and i think they were more than happy with the surprises the bunny left them…new jammies, shoes, swimsuits, toys, and candy. they sure got spoiled!

the four of us made sure to sneak in some quick family photos in our matching outfits before leaving the house. i still can’t get over how adorable the kids looked with their hair all done and in spring colors.

aubrey and i got our matching dresses from amazon; you can find them here. i was pleasantly surprised with the quality of them and how comfortable they were. us girls sure loved that they had pockets too!

we went to family’s for a big breakfast and it was perfect. the food was delicious, the mimosas were tasty, and being able to spend that time with family was my favorite.

the kid’s got to do an easter egg hunt around the house after breakfast and finished with buckets full of candy and big smiles on their faces.

the rest of the day we just spent time together and enjoyed the nice weather with a cook out and a family walk. we had a great easter and sure hope you did too!

March Amazon Favorites

happy friday! the weekend is finally here, spring is right around the corner, and the sun is shining! i thought i’d start the weekend off right by sharing my recent favorite purchases from amazon with all of you. who doesn’t love a good haul?!

john surprised me with airpod pros for part of my valentine’s day gift and i wanted a cute case to go with them to prevent them from getting scratches. i found this one for such a steal for under $7!

we needed a new kitchen mat for near our sink and found these on amazon. such a great price for a pack of 2! we used the other one in front of our stove and the length is perfect. my favorite is the vibrant color that goes so well with our kitchen color scheme.

this gel nail light. i’ve enjoyed doing my nails lately, and with three little girls this thing comes in handy. it’s under $12 right now and is amazing. my nails are completely dry within a few minutes and lasts for easily 2 weeks. if you’re looking for a great gel nail light, this is it!

what are your amazon favorites lately?

Shop Spotlight: Abigail’s Boutique

happy friday, beauties! it’s been a VERY long time since i’ve done a shop spotlight but i couldn’t resist sharing my love for a new boutique i stumbled upon…abigail’s boutique!

lacey owns the cutest online boutique located in fort worth, texas. her boutique offers trendy, affordable style that gets delivered directly to your doorstep. her shop is always offering new items and i can’t get enough of the variety…from jewelry to fashionable workout gear, there is always something i’m adding to my cart!

i wanted to share a few of my recent favorites with you in hopes that you check out her boutique.

and want to save some money? use the code ‘SHAY15″ for a great discount!

cute workout attire makes working out a whole lot better; am i right? and this set is my new favorite!

this wristlet has been my go-to lately, especially while running quick errands to the store. it’s so much more convenient that my big ‘ole bag and i love the fun tassel. unfortunately, i don’t believe it is still available in her shop anymore but you can find other cute matching checkered accessories including this cute wallet and matching backpack!

want to talk about cozy tops? i’m loving this buffalo plaid top for everyday wear, especially paired with some black leggings. you can find similar ones like this one that used to be in her shop here.

i saw this bright pink dress matched with the leopard belt and immediately thought valentine’s day outfit! the bright color matched with the fun print of the belt is so fun together!

this was my very first item from lacey’s shop and is immediately what got me hooked! the julie leopard sweater coat is long and so cozy! i like to pair it with a pair of boots and it keeps me warm all day. it’s on sale right now so run before they’re completely gone!

a few more of my favorite pieces include the sweater weather pullover and black turtleneck top!

i love supporting small businesses and this one is so worth supporting. go give lacey a follow too over on her instagram as she’s always sharing outfit inspiration.

and DON’T FORGET! USE THE CODE ‘SHAY15″ FOR A GREAT DISCOUNT!

5 Things I love monday

the holiday season is officially over and it’s the time of the year where you start to get back in to the routine of things. where the weather is dreary and your missing all the joy of the holidays; the excitement starts to dwindle. but rather than focusing all that, id rather focus on the things that bring me joy.

which is a perfect time that i thought it may be fun to do another one of my renditions of “10 things i love sunday”, so here are some things i’ve been loving lately:

this cardigan from abigail’s boutique. it’s super warm and cozy. it’s my new favorite to just toss on over a cute shirt and head out the door with.

  • our kids are really enjoying this fun find we got for them off of amazon. what kid doesn’t enjoy building a good fort?
  • my planner for the near year. yes, i know i probably should have held off on getting and setting up a new planner for the new year after a lack of one for last year, but i couldn’t pass on that pink color.
  • i’ve been obsessing over one of my favorite purchases from amazon. i love that it’s a mix of a romper and a maxi dress, lined with all the lace detailing. toss on a hat and it makes a perfect boho vibe.

this phone case and the best part is that it’s only a couple bucks. i bought it on a whim because i was bored with my old case. i wasn’t sure i’d like the square design, but surprisingly, i love it!

what things have you been loving lately?

5 things i love monday

hello everyone; it’s been a bit. hoping your pandemic summer is going as well as it can and that you’re all staying safe and healthy!

welp, i thought it may be fun to do my rendition of 10 things i love sunday, so here are some things i’ve been loving lately:

1, this book by rachel hollis. i believe this is one of those books that despite your background or where you are in life, you’ll gain something from reading it. i aimed to read a chapter a day and i felt like each chapter left me with some insight and good advice. i’d recommend; it’s a light read and won’t take you long to get through.

2. i’m sure i’ve mentioned these before, but these are a game changer for bath time. our kids LOVE them and sometimes are the only motivation they have to actually take a bath.

3. i’m a sucker for trying new recipes and this one is getting added to our list of repeaters! it’s super tasty, easy to make, and perfect for any get togethers. the kiddos even enjoyed helping me make them.

4. if you have kids, you need this for the hot summer heat. it’s fairly easy to put up and take down and big enough for adults to sit in to. we broke it out this weekend for an adult-only party and probably enjoyed it just as much as the kids.

let me know if you purchase one of my recent favorites; i’d love to know what you think!

april favorites.

this april was certainly different from the last. a whole lot of time with no where to go and no stores to explore. shopping was a lot more limited due to covid-19, but i wanted to still compile a few favorites to share with you for this month; some old and some new.

a book that takes its time.

this book is perfect for those days stuck in quarantine. i stumbled across it on my favorite website of all time…jane.com. if you’re a paper lover and enjoy art, i’d highly recommend this, it would even make for a cute gift for someone.

it’s well-made with little bits and pieces of fun incorporated throughout. it’s full of little things to help you relax and let go, with fun exercises for self-reflect. my favorite part about it is that you don’t have to start from the beginning to understand; but i would recommend reading it once fully through and go back and re-read the areas that interest you most.

bergamot waters candle.

this. smells. SO. good! absolutely my new favorite scent, one even john more than approves of. it smells of a mix between beach air and citrus; it makes our home smell so clean and energized. we’re also a big van of the blue glass it comes in, when lit it sets such a pretty ambiance. we liked it so much that we went and purchased a few more of them as well as the wallflower plug-ins.

you can get it here from bath and body works!

crocheting.

yup, i said it. let the old lady status commence. quarantine has given me more time to do things that i used to have a lot more time for, one of those being crocheting.

my mom learned how to do it from her grandma and she taught me. my mom is a dang magician with that crochet hook, me? more a turtle. but i’m hoping with practice, and lots of it, i’ll be a speed demon like her. this month’s (more like a few months if i’m being honest) project is a teal blanket to match our living room.