AUGUST 2021; OUR MONTH IN VIDEO

August was full of more birthdays, mini getaways, and football games. Here’s a peek at our month and the life I’ve thankful for.

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!

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?

things we’ve been loving lately

hey all! it’s been a while since i’ve done a post like this; i figured it was time to share some of our recent favorites that we’ve been loving lately. you guys seem to really enjoy these and i’m sharing quite the variety of items today!

first, lets talk technology! with quarantine affecting us all; i’ve found new hobbies to enjoy and recently have been dabbling in digital illustration. i downloaded the procreate app on my ipad and using my apple pencil i’ve been slowly adding more and more finished pieces to my completed collection.

i’m really enjoy creating new art for our home, including some of our family and one of my craft studio. if you’re looking to have one done, shoot me a message; i’m sure we can work something out!

speaking of family, we recently got new family photos done and knew after doing some re-decorating within our home, we wanted to create a gallery wall using some of our new photos.

let’s be honest, large canvases are typically not the cheapest, but i stumbled across an online canvas company and have nothing but amazing things to say about it.

if you’re interested in ordering canvas prints, i’d HIGHLY recommend checking out CanvasChamp.com they are super inexpensive, offer a wide variety of sizes, and sell other custom items. they are always running great promotions and offer many different codes to save. my favorite is when they run their buy 2, get one free deal. interested in saving more? let me know and I can share a link with you.

our gallery wall turned out better than i had expected and it’s my favorite thing to walk into our home and see these. seriously check out CanvasChamp.com, you won’t be disappointed!

alright lastly, let’s talk about something near and dear to my heart…our pups! recently Buddy Bandana reached out to me about helping share their mission and i was immediately on board.

for those who don’t know Buddy Bandana spreads awareness and raises money for rescue organizations across the country. every purchase they donate a portion to no kill shelters to support and save animals in need.

i don’t receive anything from the sale, but am all about supporting a great cause! use code “OkayToBeShay” at checkout to save 40% on all orders and free shipping!

maci girl and I thank you @officialbuddybandana for the matching bandana/scrunchie set!

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.

our christmas: 2019.

i feel like with all the anticipation and excitement of christmas, it seems to take forever for the day to finally be here and then once it’s here, it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

i can’t believe the holidays are over; and with this year being even more special, i hate thinking about how fast it went.

we had a busy few days…wrapping last minute gifts, preparing the house to host, and the holiday events, but i would’t change them for the world.

christmas eve is easily one of my favorite days to spend with family and continue with our traditions. we had the morning to get last minute things done around the house, and then around lunch time family started showing up.

for lunch, we had baked mostacciolli, ham sandwhiches, salad, garlic bread, and the most delicious desserts. all the kids were super excited about opening gifts, so as soon as lunch was over, we let them all open their presents.

i’d say they were all pretty happy with what they got based off of the grins on their faces.

i love that all the cousins got to spend christmas eve together and create those memories.

around dinner time, my family came over for our annual christmas eve traditions. we typically always choose something fairly simple and non-traditional to make for dinner…this year we decided on homemade pizzas. for being the first year, and never attempting them before, they turned out really well and the kids even enjoyed them.

every christmas eve since i can remember, we’ve always opened a few gifts from family members. we sit around the tree and one-by one open one. it’s always enjoyable to see what each other got.

before we knew it we, were watching christmas movies and realized it was time to get the kiddos to bed. but not before they put out milk and cookies for santa, and carrots for the reindeer. i just love how excited they get for this!

once the kiddos were all tucked in and sound asleep, the adults stayed up and had game night. we played one of our favorite card games well into christmas morning.

we went to bed with everything prepared for the next morning, with plenty of gifts under the tree. we were going to have some very happy kids in the morning.

i swear i’m only a morning person on christmas, and apparently our kids are too, because they sure were bright-eyed and ready to go super early.

family stayed over the night before so as soon as everyone was awake and ready to go, we all sat around the living room and started with our stockings. probably an unpopular opinion, but stockings are one of my favorite parts about christmas.

our family probably does it a little different than most, but we then went around one -by- one and each opened a gift, starting with the youngest first. i love that we do it that way just so we can see everyone open what they got, especially the kids.

we spent a good two hours opening gifts, laughing, and enjoying the looks on the kid’s faces when they got something that they really wanted. the aftermath of gifts and wrapping paper in our living room was no joke.

before everyone left, we made some cinnamon rolls for breakfast and enjoyed the rest of christmas morning together.

christmas 2019, was one for the books and without a doubt my favorite one thus far. i loved spending all the time with family and making memories that we’ll cherish forever.

from our family to yours, we hope you had a very merry christmas a wishing you all a wonderful new year!

30 before 30.

 

i’m a lover of lists and enjoy being able to cross things off of them once they’re complete. it keeps me on track and motivated to get things done.

me turning 30 is scarily just around the corner for me; i’m already dreading it so much.

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i’ll be 30 in less than 8 months and am not sure why i’m just now sharing my 30 before 30 list with all of you. but what time is better than now?

1. create a blog

2. visit another country

3. go on a plane

4. get a tattoo

5. buy a house

6. take a pottery class

7. plant a garden

8. go to a nfl football game

9. get my bachelor’s degree

10. see the ocean

11. visit an art museum

12. watch the sunrise and the sunset in the same place

13. watch a movie at a drive-in

14. swim under the stars

15. take a wine and painting class

16. take a yoga class

17. find an active hobby…cycling or running

18. go on a girl’s trip

19. have a booth at a craft show

20. learn to do a handstand

21. do something that terrifies me

22. dye my hair a different color

23. ride in a side-by-side

24. go on a road trip with no planned destination

25. go on a scavenger hunt

26. journal weekly.

27. let go of a floating lattern

28. do a wine tasting

29. pay for a stranger’s meal

30. kick off my 30’s with an adventure

*those in bold i’ve been able to accomplish

june favorites.

june seems like it went by extremely fast.  it seems like i was just celebrating my birthday and planning out all the details for our big vacation this month.  a lot has happened this month: some of our friends got married, we spent a lot of time on the beach in virginia, and my family road tripped to washington dc.

with all the shuffle and hustle that occurred, i found a few new favorites that i’m looking forward to sharing with you:

filofax pocket domino

i’ve been really enjoing my pocket-sized planner lately, but wanted to get something more girly looking and settled on purchasing a filofax pocket domino.  i found it here on amazon and it has become a new must-have for me.  its pink (of course), soft, and super affordable.

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13 reasons why 

during the week nights, my husband and i have a nightly routine.  we put the girls to bed around 8:30, make a bowl of popcorn, and then vedge on the couch while watching our shows.  we recently started 13 reasons why on netflix and can’t seem to want to turn it off at a decent hour so we’re not exhausted the next morning.

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bite beauty lipstick 

i stumbled upon bite lipstick when i was sent a box of their products in the mail to test.  i was instantly drawn to the amuse bouche lipstick in the shade pepper.  the color is very neutral and goes well with just about everything.  my favorite thing about the bite beauty lipsticks is how creamy it is and how long the color lasts.

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hp sprocket mobile printer

on our long road trip i planned to do a lot of journaling and memory keeping and wanted to pick up a mobile printer before.  i did a lot of research of which one had the best reviews and ended up buying the hp sprocket. i didn’t get a chance to try it out before we left , but once we were settled in and were on our way, it was the first thing i drug out. its so easy to use, very quiet, and the quality is well worth the price.

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What are some of your recent favorites? I’d love to hear!

Till next time!