Friday, May 6, 2016

Celebrating My Mom, Today and Everyday

I know Mother's Day isn't technically until Sunday, but I'm sharing all the love I can for my mom today. I found the perfect card and was so excited to share the words with her when we celebrated on Wednesday that I wanted to make sure I included it here for others... 

It talked about how she was my very first teacher, the one who taught me most everything in life: how to tie my shoe, how to overcome challenges, how to be kind to others, the list goes on and on. More than a mother, she has been my world, my rock, and continues to do so even to this day. 

Mimi has faced her share of obstacles in life and for how she has handled those setbacks with unending grace, dignity, and strength, I'll never know, nor could I imagine. This past year has tested us all emotionally, spiritually, and mentally, but we have come out stronger on the other side and I'm so proud of our Mimi for taking cancer on and winning. 

Mom, for everything you do, for everything you've given, for the love, the kindness, the advice and unending hugs and kisses, I hope you know I am honored beyond words to be your daughter. You are the role model most could only dream of and even now, you still manage to teach me new things each day.

You're an incredible wife to Dad, Mimi to our girls, mother-in-law to Jeff, sister to Denise and Michele, daughter to Gran and Papa, and friend to so many who know and love you. I am so very proud to call you MY Mom. Happy Mother's Day... I love you the most! OXOX

Thursday, May 5, 2016

She Wore Blue || Fashion Fun with Tobi

Who needs neutrals when the world is full of good looking color?? Today I'm here showing you three different and oh-so-fun spring and summer looks via Tobi.

A little intro to Tobi, an online retailer of Dresses, Rompers, Maxis, Cocktail Dresses, Accessories, MidisSwimwear, and more. The best part is that new customers receive 50% off their very first order... yes, I said 50% off! That makes it a fun and easy way to try a new shopping destination to scoop up some new goodies for warm weather months ahead filled with events, adventures, and travel. 

First up is their Boho Beauty Maxi Dress, a favorite among all us mamas and ladies who love to look cute but still want a casual, comfortable, and practical ensemble. The pretty blue print mixed with a flowy silhouette make this dress a summertime staple. And at under $30, it's not breaking the budget either. 

I'm in the festival mood with Tobi's Peace and Love Dress. The swing style looks great on petite figures that also help give me some curves, while the stretchy cotton is forgiving for every body style... add a simple hat to this outfit and you're ready for summer concerts, birthday parties, outside events, and more.

And finally, you guys know I love a good romper and this Lost in the Moment Peplum Romper is a dressy one-piece, perfect for date night, a fun girls' celebration, or when you want to make a statement and stand out in color. The low-cut, detailed back is my favorite hint of party fun and I love the overall fit for this tailored little one-piece. 

Other new arrivals I've got my eyes on include these black buckle sandals, this floral swing dress, this everyday essential dress in navy, and these matte sunglasses. Happy shopping friends... enjoy! 

Photo Credt via Alli Golden Photography

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Let's Go to the Beach || Necessities and Outfit Styling

Not that I am counting or anything, but in just three days this crazy circus train heads to the beach!! Rosemary Beach, we are coming for you... bring on the surf + sand, plenty of real sun, that pristine 30A blue water, adult beverages, and loads of quality time with my babies, husband, and friends. 

I'm making my list and checking it twice, making it I don't leave any of the essentials at home and attempting to pack as lightly as possible to ensure I don't end up with 124 outfits the girls and I simply don't need. 

We are having our family photos taken with my fav beach photographer, Amy Riley, on Monday evening and I cannot wait... she captured THE sweetest pics of our little foursome two years ago (see that post here) and it's going to be fun to meet up with her again to get new images of the girls and us! And yes of course, I've been outfit planning for a few weeks now so we have the perfect colors... here is a little inspiration board of our "looks":

And of course I'm not forgetting all the other necessities we're packing in our bags: 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

a day in the life || part one

You've been asking and I've been putting it off for far too long, but I am coming through FINALLY... better late than never! It's here, my fabulous so exciting day in the life post [hence my sarcasm??]. And yes, I am being dramatic because you're either about to be bored OR think I am crazy... hell, maybe both. 

6:15AM: Wake-up time! I would like to say I wake up chipper and perky, but that would be a blatant lie. Basically, my eyes are exhausted, my husband is too loud while he gets ready, so I figure I better get up before the girls do. Instantly, I make the bed [because an unmade bed makes my type-A self crazy], brush my teeth, make myself a HUGE cup of coffee and then hit the shower so I don't scare anyone. 

no filter, no retouching... I'm brave, right????!?! this is the "before"
 and "the after"... I will give props to you out there who don't need or like to wear makeup, but I do and it hides my under-eye circles from exhaustion
 it takes a small village... low maintenance = not me [and yes, I own it]

6:45AM: Caroline and Carson are UP! It sounds like a pure, chaotic circus once the little ones rise and shine... full-on breakfast time, chasing them down to take vitamins and brush their teeth, make their beds, etc... it's a tornado, but we usually manage! Then it's a little bit of TV time as we get Lulu out, and let Chloe out in the yard.. yes, remember our dog Chloe... the one you laugh about because I never "show" her. Well, look there she is! She truly does exist. 

7:15AM: Today just happens to be a school day for the girls so then it's prep time for lunches... thank goodness for pasta, PB&J or ham sandwiches and chicken nuggets as acceptable forms of nutrition at Mother's Day Out or else my kids would starve. And did you know that fruit and veggie pouches count as a vegetable? Only the best for Caroline and Carson. 
P.S. seersucker backpacks via Chic-a-Dee Embroidery and Food Containers via PBKids

That's when daddy usually heads out the door, we say our goodbyes, and then we sit down to watch Good Morning America while we work on a puzzle, play a game, and start the day's activities... throwing laundry in the washer, picking up toys and clutter left out from the night before, scheduling our plans/to-dos for the day, etc. 

8AM: Kara arrives and she and I usually have a 5-10 minute "pow wow" to talk about their schedule for the day, outings/playdates/visits to the library, museum, etc and then I head to work right down the hall! I know it's a luxury having the opportunity to work from home with a small business of my own... but it's also mighty tempting because my babies are just a few feet away!

just the normal desk necessities: money, stationery, a selfie stick, 
PB and apple for my snack, and coffee... random, huh?!?!

9-11:30AM: On today's agenda... finishing up my quarterly taxes, writing thank-you notes to everyone's orders going out today, dropping off packages to the post office, drafting a few blog posts, catching up on emails, inputting inventory into our system, and crafting social media posts for the week. The girls are off to MDO today from 9am to 2pm so Kara is helping me with Sugar Bit tasks and household errands [picking up the dry cleaning, doing the girls' laundry, going to the bank, etc]. 

12-1PM: Gym Training Session. I wish I was able to make it to the gym as much as I used to [or want to], but these days it's something I have to cram in when my schedule allows. I'm thankful for weekly training sessions with my friend Julie and our trainer Brian at the YMCA... he busts us and keeps us doing all sorts of crazy moves, rotations, and workout routines to keep us from crying out in pain! It's a good way to hold me accountable, too. 

Stay tuned for part two AKA the other crazy part of my day... 

Friday, April 29, 2016

five on friday

one. murder mystery date night 
We are always on the hunt for original date night ideas in Nashville, and when I learned about The Murder Mystery Co, I was instantly intrigued. Jeff and I went to the show last weekend and had a ball... basically, it's a roaring 20's type scenario where you play a detective or a suspect and throughout the event, you meet with your team and try to solve the murder while enjoying an Italian style dinner at The Old Spaghetti Factory. 
Although we weren't able to dress up, they encourage participants to come dressed in their best flapper or mobster looks in the hopes of winning the costume contest, too. 
I think this would be SO MUCH FUN for a large group night out on the town and I am totally going to be recommending we go back for our Bunco Grub Club soon! 
Looking for an upcoming show? See their website schedule here. 

two. nordstrom price matching
Maybe I've been the only one living underneath a rock, but I just recently noticed that Nordstrom has a section completely devoted to all things Price Matched. Find an item cheaper somewhere else? They gladly price match, which means superior customer service! I rounded up a few favorites currently discounted right now:

three. peacock alley linens
I had the pleasure of meeting the ladies of Peacock Alley at their design showroom on Wednesday afternoon... founder Mary Ella Gabler was in town signing copies of her book and I was so excited to learn more about the maven behind their notorious bedding brand. I so look up to other women who successfully run their own companies and it was so exciting to have the opportunity to ask her questions about her success, her tips and tricks, and what her best advice would be to someone like me... P.S. she told me the most important thing is to love what you're doing! 

And for those who asked about my dress, you can find it here for just $44... it's comfy, stretchy cotton, and flowy to flatter so many body shapes! 

four. one busy week
It's been a whirlwind of a week... it's been days filled of takeout and Chick-Fil-A, early morning wakeu-ps and late night tuck-ins due to work and play and everything mixed in between, but goodness I can't complain because we've managed to build in nightly walks to see the beloved baby geese, to savor in all the springtime weather, to meet new friends at another local Sugar Bit pop-up shop, and of course spend time with my two best girls... cheers to the weekend! 

five. mother's day sweets 
Still on the hunt for her favorite Mother's Day gift?? I stumbled across the goodness of Vermont Nut Free Chocolate last week and it seems as though everyone in my house has been loving these goodies, especially my oh so picky husband that loves that everything is nut-free... and yes, totally good for those nut-allergy friends and family members we all have, too! P.S. try the Pretzel Mini-Twists, you won't be disappointed ;) 

Adios my friends... it's been real! Hope you all have a SPLENDID day!! Be sure to link up below to share your Friday Five and visit with my gal pals April and Christina, too... 

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