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.

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!

january 2021, in photos.

we are somehow a whole month into the new year. a lot has changed and a lot hasn’t, but i still have more hope for 2021 than I did for 2020.

with few words, here’s our month in photos.

we got a new bed! we’ve been keeping an eye out for a bed we both liked and for a good deal. wayfair had some great deals after the new year and we both really liked this one. now to work on some artwork ideas we had for above the bed.

john and i went on a small getaway to madison. we explored the city a bit and went iceskating on the lake. for not being regular iceskaters, neither of us fell and i was pretty impressed. the views were beautiful at the edgewater and a place i can see us visiting every year.

my momma turned the big 5-0 this month and kayla, dad, and i surprised her with a birthday card “shower.” if you haven’t heard what that is, you can read a little bit more about it here. she was so surprised! i’m glad that we found a way to still make her feel special since covid didn’t make it an ideal time to throw her a big party.

i’ve always wanted to go into trader joe’s and explore all that they have, but unfortunately the closest one to us is over an hour drive. one day we just decided to make a quick day trip out of it and went prepared with a list of items we wanted to try. i may have found a new found love; i just wish there was one closer! interested in seeing what we picked up? i’m debating on doing a “haul” soon, so keep an eye out for that.

the last few photos are just some of my favorites from the month; capturing our everyday moments around the house as a family of 6.

cheers to another great month!

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?

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL INTERVIEWS (2020).

just like every time around this year, we’ve done everything we need to do: gathered new school supplies, spiffed up the school wardrobe… however, this year was a little different due to covid. they got the option to do in-class learning or e-learning. all three of our girls missed their friends and wanted to try in-class learning.

each year they’re getting more brave, more independent, and ‘oh so confident. this momma was proud of them! i am so looking forward to watching more of them and the lessons that they learn – both in school and in life.

our girls started seventh, third, and first grade this year. we kicked off the new year with some of our typical “first day of school photos”.

and just like previous years, we made sure to do our first day of school “interviews”.

i asked the girls these questions and had to include mason too!

Kaylei

  1. age: 12
  2. grade and teacher: 7th – mrs. dupre.
  3. what i want to be when i grow up: a millionaire
  4. favorite color: orange
  5. favorite movie: kissing booth 2
  6. favorite place to be: at: asleep in my bed
  7. favorite food: sushi
  8. favorite subject in school: math
  9. what do you love: money

Aubrey

  1. age: 6
  2. grade and teacher: 1st – mrs. moyer
  3. what i want to be when i grow up: a window cleaner or police officer
  4. favorite color: purple
  5. favorite movie: matilda
  6. favorite place to be: at: home
  7. favorite food: cheeseburgers
  8. favorite subject in school: math
  9. what do you love: my family

Mahkena

  1. age: 6
  2. grade and teacher: 3rd – mrs. rehnberg
  3. what i want to be when i grow up: a reese’s taste tester
  4. favorite color: pink
  5. favorite movie: home alone
  6. favorite place to be: candy store
  7. favorite food: reese’s
  8. favorite subject in school: art
  9. what do you love: reese’s

Mason

  1. age: 2
  2. what i want to be when i grow up: a hot dog
  3. favorite color: red
  4. favorite movie: shark boy and lava girl
  5. favorite place to be: at: in the ocean
  6. favorite food: carrots
  7. what do you love: carrots

“say yes to one more book, one more hug, one more kiss goodnight, tuck them in and snuggle them tight. one day you will tuck them in and they’ll be grown. they will smile and tell you they can do it on their own.”

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!

february favorites.

february has been busy, but a fun month. between holidays and birthdays, this month has been flying by. with the end of another month approaching, i wanted to share with all of you a few of my favorites; a few new, a few old:

love is blind on netflix – so i’m hooked. it’s a series based off of finding love, soley basing their feelings for one another just on communication. i’m a sucker for those cheesy, reality love shows and this one was no exception.

this bag – need i say more? michael kors did it once again…this one is a beauty and my new go-to.

lunch box notes – one of my sweet friends recently gifted me a pack of lunch box notes for our girls, similar to these, and they were a huge hit. i enjoy being able to write them a quick note, throw it in their lunch, and hope they get a smile from it later.

ham and cheese hawaiian slidersthis recipe is a new family favorite. we tried it out for our new year’s party and have had to make it a few times since. it’s super simple to make and so delicious!

shein – shein is an international online clothing store. they focus primarily on women’s clothes and have such an array of styles, so the variety is definitely there. i’ve purchased a few swimsuits from there so far and am quite impressed.

stocking stuffer ideas for kids.

a sock full of the most random goodies? growing up, stockings were always one of my favorite parts of christmas. you truly never knew what mom, uh santa, was going to toss in there.

when considering stocking stuffers, it is easy to go with the basics. there’s just so many things to choose from these days, but i also like to keep it fun and throw in a few things that the kids won’t expect.

here is a list of fun list of stocking stuffers that your kids and teenagers will love; some of the basics mixed with some non-traditional items!

nail polish

bath bombs

chapstick

face masks

fun socks

flashcards

candy (duh)!

gum

toothbrush

rainbow scratch art

slime

hot wheels

color bath dropz

card games

brush set

puzzles

scrunchies

mad libs

legos

playdoh

i’ve linked a few of the items that can be found on amazon. let me know if you pick up any of these goodies for your kiddos!

#famjams: matching holiday pajamas for the family.

i’m all about making this christmas the best one thus far for our family; starting new traditions and keeping up with the old.

i’ve always pictured waking up christmas morning and having the entire family in matching holiday pajamas. i’m a sucker for those festive, picturesque holiday photos all nestled under the tree opening christmas presents.

this year, i wanted to find matching ones for all six of us, as challenging as it would be to find some in all of our sizes.

shopping during black friday this year, i had “matching pajamas’ near the top of my shopping list. unfortunately, finding six pairs that were all the same was a lot more difficult than i had anticipated and had no luck.

later that day, just when i had given up looking in store and decided to just find some online during cyber monday, the girls and i were walking through meijer grabbing some grocery items and we stumbled upon the motherload.

piles upon piles of matching holiday pajamas, but as soon as i saw the sets with buffalo plaid, i was sold. the girls and i rustled through the pile and found some in each of our sizes and threw them in the cart. the best part is that they were all 50% off!

i’d be happy to share a link of the sets that we got with all of you, but unfortunately, i don’t believe they are sold online. but feel free to check out meijer’s holiday items here.

will you and your family be wearing matching holiday pajamas this year?