Friday, September 30, 2011

Broke, Fat & Happy?

Like all of you, I am obsessed with pinterest and I wanted to share some of my recent loves.


Source: via Beach on Pinterest

Ordered these on Monday - I love them. I think that they will be the perfect shoes for chasing Trey around in while still trying to have some sort of "style".

I just love this outfit and it has me on the hunt for a perfect orange sweater. Any ideas of where I should look?


Made this the other night and it was amazing. J.D. loved it too - and SO easy!!

Also made these and while I think they are best as an appetizer - we thoroughly enjoyed them!!!

And Happy:

This needs to be on my fridge.

This makes me think of all of my awesome friends!

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I need to get this card for J.D.!

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This had the caption "The reason photoshop was invented" and that my friends, just makes me smile!

I hope everyone has a WONDERFUL FRIDAY!! WOOO HOO!!

I am so excited for a cool, sweater wearing weekend and celebrating an amazing little one's first birthday!!! Where has the year gone?!?!?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Secret Menu for Starbucks?

Y'all. Look what I found on Pinterest! Seriously?

I'm pissed. They have been holding out on us!

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday

Look Mama!! DIRT!!!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Favorite Toys at 13 Months

I thoght I'd share some of the toys that Trey is loving right now. He is REALLY into "playing" lately and he definitely has learned how to pick favorites when it comes to what he wants to play with!
I was inspired to write this post after I saw that my sweet friend, LG had shared what her sweet one was loving right now. I always love to read these posts to see what I should get for Trey next, or what would be a good birthday gift! 

Source: via Beach on Pinterest

Ahhh the bike. The most amazing thing we could have ever bought this kid for his birthday. He LOVES this thing. We take it everywhere. And I mean EVERYWHERE! It just stays in my trunk with his stroller because he loves it so much. I was skeptical about how much we would use this when I ordered it but I am so glad we did. A few of his friends have the same or similar ones and we will all meet at a big local park and they will "ride" together - they look like a little bike gang - ha!! (If you are thinking about getting one of these - stalk amazon for a few days - the price seems to fluctuate pretty heavily and anything under $100 seems to be a good deal!)

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Every time we would take Trey to the library, Dr.'s office, etc and they had one of these big wood activity cubes he would instantly gravitate towards it. I was SO excited to pick this up for him. We have so much fun sitting and playing, and going over letters and animals on the sides. He's still a little small for one of the sides but I'm excited that it will grow with him!! And the beads on the top - HOURS of enjoyment! 

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Future Travis Barker in the making thanks to this thing. It has all sorts of "instruments" inside of it and that seems to be half the fun - taking them out and putting them back in! I like it, it's not too loud and its really fun that J.D. and I can each grab an instrument and we can have our own little band! 

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Trey's Nana and Pops gave him this wagon for his birthday and it has been so fun to take it on evening rides, we take it up to the frozen yogurt place, we took it to an outdoor movie. It even has a little compartment to store things. I like that when we have friends over, both babies can ride in it together. 

When I ordered this I didn't realize that it had suction cups on the bottom. I was so confused - and then it dawned on me. DING DING DING - perfect restaurant toy!! I keep this in my car and we take it into places to eat. It's not loud, it keeps Trey entertained for a decent amount of time. Total win! Trey & I had dinner with a friend and her 19 month old the other night and her daughter LOVED it. She played with it forever! 

Boys. Cars. Any questions? I like this because he can stand up and play with it. It makes enough noise to keep him interested but it's not obnoxious. I love that you can buy more "Little People Wheelies" for it. J.D. picked him up a new fire truck one just the other night. Trey is also officially saying "Vroom Vroom" and "Go go go" - I'm pretty sure it's because of this! 

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Trey's sweet friend, Cooper got this for him for his Birthday! And like the M&D stackers that he loves so much he instantly took to this. He loves to put the balls in it in different places and watch them come out. I don't know what it is about these toys but they really seem to entertain for such a long period of time. I love that they are wooden and will be played with by our future babies too. But I'm not going to lie... I did have to take the hammer away a few times, that thing is dangerous!  

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And the leap frog fridge farm. I feel like I always come back to this when talking about favorite toys. It really is growing with him. At first he just liked the sounds. Then he just wanted to throw the pieces. Now that we are really working on animals it's fun to see him identify them!! This has been a great help while I am cooking!! 

That's it for now y'all! I'm going to work on a post about favorite books next! We have some really funny ones that we are reading right now!! And as always, let me know if you have any questions!

p.s. All of these were bought by us for Trey or gifted to him from friends and family. I was in no way, shape or form compensated for this post. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday

I sent this to J.D. at work the other day just for fun!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Two on Tuesday: TV & Cleaning

2 on Tuesday

It's Tuesday, so that means I am linking up with My Chihuahua Bites
for Two on Tuesday!

Many fall shows are starting up again this week. What two shows are you most
looking forward to?

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Y'all know about my obsession with Breaking Bad, and this season is just SO GOOD!!

Modern Family & Up All Night both make me laugh so hard and I'm sure I will be tuning in each and every week to watch both.

Yes, I know that's 3.... I just couldn't narrow it down anymore!


What two cleaning products make your life easier?

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I use these everywhere I possibly can!! I feel like I am always wiping down something these days! And as one of my mom-friends who turned me on to them would say "they smell like the SPA!"

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I'm a new JR Watkins fan, and while I love, love, love some Method products I am really enjoying these as well!

I am such a dork because I'm so excited to link up and see what everyone else is loving for cleaning products these days!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Day 20: Picture of Yourself

Gosh, I had a hard time with today's blog challenge post. And then it hit me. When was I happiest? When did I feel glowing, beautiful and amazing?

When I was pregnant!!

So here you go - a picture from my maternity session with Megan Garrison - in May 2010

Day 19: Nicknames

Today's Blog Challenge topic is nicknames. Here are mine:


And lately all I'm called is:


And that is my FAVORITE nickname!!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Laugh for the Day

Sometimes you just need something silly to make you laugh.

You're Welcome. :)

Blog Challenge Catch Up: Days 14-18

I need to catch up on the past few day's of Katie's 30 Day Blog Challenge so I decided to combine them all into one post.

Day 14: Things I am Looking Forward to: Pumpkins, Halloween, Holiday Crafts, Peppermint Mochas, Playing in the snow with Trey.
Remember, I'm embracing the "F" word... maybe even the "w" word.... Maybe?

Day 15: Advice for New Bloggers - If I could pick just one piece of advice for new bloggers it would be to blog for yourself. Meaning if you want to write a post that you feel is something that you'd like to remember or something important to you - go for it. Who cares if no one reads? Which will matter more 2 years from now?

Day 16: 5 Favorite Blogs - I can't pick just 5, if you'd like to see some of my favorites just take a peek at the sidebar on the right of my page.

Day 17: Regrets - None. I know, I know that sounds weird but with all of the family issues I have had I'm learning to live in the moment and truly enjoy each and every day.

Day 18: Something You Miss - My Nanny. I know that she would just be so in love with Trey and I hope that she'd think that J.D. and I are good parents. Luckily I know I have her looking down on us and I ask her for advice a lot!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Missoni Madness

AKA... Part of my quest to break out of the Mom-Uniform

I can't remember when Missoni first caught my eye but I'm going to guess it was in a magazine what feels like a million years ago!

You can of course imagine that I rejoiced and celebrated with many others when it was announced that my favorite store (Target - duh) was set to debut a line this Fall.

I stalked the look books on fashion sites, texted with some of my girlfriends for weeks, plotting about the morning of September 13th.

I decided to hoof it rather than trying to go through and hit up my local Target at 8am on Tuesday morning. There were a bunch of other ladies, some nice, some snooty - but no fights broke out like what I heard happened in a California Target. I saw a few overly full carts that were clearly headed home to be put up on eBay.

I was lucky though! I got everything I wanted and then some! My haul - 2 Dresses, 2 cardigans, a ruana, flats and heels!

And then today I fell in love with this gem! Thanks to my Twitter friends, I decided I *needed* it!

I'm on the fence about a couple pieces, luckily I have a mom-friend coming over for a playdate tomorrow and to assess the dress situation! I'll let y'all know what I end up keeping and what goes back!

Did you score any Missoni for Target? Did you think the website crashing was a marketing ploy? Because I totally do! Regardless, well done Target, well done!

{Almost} Wordless Wednesday

Looks like I'll be ordering these off of Amazon today....

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Day 13: Favorite Quote/Bible Verse

Well, y'all know that I couldn't pick just one for the blog challenge today!!

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And probably my favorite quote of all time, something I try very hard to remember every day:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Day 12: Goals for the Next Year

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Today's goal challenge post is a good one!

(Much better than discussing fears.... just sayin')

Today our topic is - goals that we would like to accomplish in the next year. I have to say that I haven't really given any goals much thought lately. I'm almost at my "goal weight" and am on track to be there within the next month. I have been going to the gym a decent amount lately. And I am neck high in a pile of things that are for our garage sale next weekend. Which has been a huge help in organizing my house.

Here are some things I would like to do within the next year:
  • Turn our guest room into a "mom office". I really need a place for all of my Shakeology stuff, stationary, wrapping, etc. I'd still like to have a place for guests to stay, but the room is tiny. So I am going to try to find maybe a day bed or futon type thing for it to give me a little bit more space.
  • Make more time for crafts and to be creative. I know how important it is for Trey to do these things - we've been playing with crayons, finger paints, making music, etc for as long as I can remember. J.D. has a big love for making music and enjoys it often. But, me? I don't really have too much creative-ness on a regular basis and I'd like to change that.
  • Make and order the rest of "Trey's Firsts" books via Snapfish, etc.
  • Maintain my goal weight and continue to be more active. Work on weight training and run a 5k, 10k, or half marathon
  • Start meal planning on a more consistent basis. This makes it so much easier for me to have something already cooked and ready when JD gets home from work. And basically eliminates the "what should we have for dinner" convo that we all hate so much!
What goals have you set for yourself lately? What helped you attain them?

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Day 11: Fears

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Today's blog challenge topic is fears. I have pretty bad anxiety and I take medicine for it every single day, it helps a lot but I still get freaked out about so many things. I know, this makes me seem a little on the crazy side, but we all have our "things".

At the top of my list hands down is driving. I was in a few accidents when I was younger and the fear has resonated since then. I don't mind just driving here and there around town but places with LOTS of traffic freak me out. I somehow did ok while we were living outside of D.C. - I had white knuckles a lot but basically made myself "suck it up". I think it was actually good for me, and helped me get over a lot of my fears but didn't get rid of them completely.

Basically the jest of this post: if we are going on a long road trip, you probably don't want to count on me driving too much. Really, it's for everyones benefit!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday Morning Scene

This morning J.D. took Trey to Little Gym and then the park so that I could sleep in and get some shopping done by myself! It was so great but the funny thing is, I was up and showered before my usual time - weird right?

J.D. sent me this picture from the park and included a caption:

"This is how Superman does it, mama!"

Happy Saturday y'all!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Day 10: Your Special Someone

Today's blog challenge topic is all about your "special someone"! I'm so excited to write this post because it was so long ago that J.D. and I met and fell in love and I'd like to share that!

We met in 12th grade English class. Thank goodness for alphabetical order because we were placed next to one another. He was always staring at me and I kept thinking "what is he looking at?" "Is he looking at me?" "OMG does he like me?" Well a mutual friend confirmed that he did in fact, like me.

Days later he came over my house to watch Robin Hood for extra credit in class. We had our first kiss that day and it was magical. I still can remember every detail even today!

13 years later.

That's right, this October 12th will be 13 years since that first romantic (as romantic as one can be at 17) moment.

Like with any couple, we have had ups and downs, highs and lows but at the end of the day I know for a fact that there isn't anyone else I'd rather raise a family with, share my life with, and grow old with.

I feel so loved and secure when I am with him. No one else can ever make me feel so calm and happy. He always stands up for me and makes me feel like I am one in a million. I know this all sounds like a total sap fest but it's true, I love that he is Trey's Daddy because I know he will look up to him and want to be "just like da-da" and that makes my heart smile. I know that J.D.'s main goal everyday is to make sure that Trey and I are loved and well taken care of, I know that we are truly blessed.

So pardon all of the mush around here today but I thought I'd share some old random pictures of "my special someone"!

I started stealing pictures off of my Snapfish account and got a little out of control. Feel free to skip the picture overload that is about to occur!

We like a decent amount of silly with our holidays!
He loves baby Zoe SO much!!

He does so well dealing with some of my crazy shenanigans.

Watching him turn into such an amazing father has made me fall more and more in love with him!

He's my soulmate and best friend and that's all there is to it!