Friday, April 24, 2015

Five on Friday

One. New Read for the Month
I was struggling to get through my last few books... then I realized they were all non-fiction so OBVIOUSLY I needed some mindless literature to keep me engaged and entertained! I was told by a TON of people to read The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins so I immediately snatched it up this week! Getting excited to crawl into bed tonight (how old am I?) and get started on this new read!
Two. Glitter Mill Grand Opening
Another new local shopping delight is having their Grand Opening party tomorrow and you best bet I will be there checking out all the arrivals and sampling the goods of one of our favorite food trucks, Retro Sno! Giveaways + prizes throughout the day... yes please! The Mill is located in West Nashville and is a storefront for two sisters, Lauren and Allie, and features unique pieces, including women's clothing, accessories, and shoes for the fashion forward Southern woman and price points range from $29-90. Follow The Mill on Instagram for updates on grand opening discounts and giveaways. Doors open at 11am and will continue into the evening with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine and a drawing for a gift basket that includes a gift card and hand picked items from the new boutique. Love shopping small :)
Three. Shopping for a Cause
Monday night, the ladies and I hit up the new Nashville Kendra Scott store to support our friend Jocelyn, and the Our Kids organization and help give back to the community. The ladies of KS were donating 20% of the proceeds during the shopping event to this amazing non-profit and we were able to help give almost $1,000 to Our Kids... job well done! And yes, we took home some goodies for ourselves, too. My newest additions included this fun new cuff bracelet and this gorgeous turquoise ring. 
Four. Finishing Touches
I know some of you have been asking me when am I FINALLY going to give you a tour of CC's big girl room and I promise I haven't forgotten... Kendall and I are working together to put the finishing touches together for her space and complete the art install as well as the little details that always make it stand out and then we can call it our masterpiece. So stay tuned, I assure you it's coming soon! 
Five. Five on Friday Summertime Break
A little bit of update coming your way to round out my five today as a few of us gals are going to be taking a summertime hiatus from our Five on Friday linkup... luckily, April is going to keep our beloved FoF going strong while we step back for a bit, but I assure you I will be participating here and there and checking in with you guys on Fridays because it's a great way to start the weekend off! And no, this isn't a permanent break, just a little time to take some R&R and spend more time with the minis when I can break away from work! 

That's it for me dolls... we have another jam packed weekend full of family time, Emory's 2nd birthday celebration, church, and Chrissy's baby shower so it's time for me to say hasta la vista and hit the ground running so I can finish up all my errands and work! Have a WONDERFUL weekend and cheers! 

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Vacation Wants: One Pieces and Coverups Under $100

I'm a mom and I am on the hunt for a flattering, cute, and still stylish one piece and coverup to sport at the beach next month. Didn't think it would be a task to find this, but I despise swimsuit shopping (like most of you I'm sure), so it's been a bit harder than I first suspected... I have a short torso, petite frame, but my legs aren't my favorite part of my body so I've been eyeing options that divert their attention away from the lower half. Finally I found some I'm loving and some adorable coverup options, too... all budget friendly, which make this savvy shopper smile a little bit bigger. Help!! 
Top: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4

Middle: 5 // 6

Bottom: 7 // 8 // 9 // 10

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Four Things

Found this gem of a post idea over on Katie's blog and thought I would participate too...
always fun to learn more about the lady behind the blog!

Four Nicknames
Tat, Tash, Nat, and Punkaroo (from my Papa)

Four Jobs I've Had
Retail Store Manager (The Limited), Advertising Intern (Young & Rubicam in NYC), Marketing Coordinator (SAIC),
and Shop Owner (Sugar Bit)
Four Movies I've Watched More Than Once
Fried Green Tomatoes, Gone With the Wind, Love Actually, and Forrest Gump

Four Things In My Purse
Makeup, Keys, Notebook, Wallet

Four Books I Would Recommend 
The Happiness Project, Little Bee, To Kill a Mockingbird, Same Kind of Different As Me

Four Cars I've Driven
Honda Civic, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Acura TL, BMW X5

Four Places I've Visited
Barcelona, Spain; Key West, Florida; Napa Valley, California; San Juan, Puerto Rico

Four Places To Visit On My Bucket List
Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Thailand

Four Of My Favorite Foods
Pasta, Pizza, Hot Dogs, and Strawberry Cake 

Four TV Shows I Watch
Real Housewives, Shark Tank, Game of Thrones, Homeland
Four Things I'm Looking Forward To In 2015
Travels (Rosemary Beach and Miami), Growing my Business,
Decorating the House, and Taking More Pictures! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Mom's MedMinder... Small Business Feature

Hey there friends!! Today I'm checking in to tell you all about a business called Mom's MedMinder site and blog
Kelly's company launched in 2014 and her inspiration for embarking on a business was for her two little twins, Ava and Charlotte.  Aren't they adorable?? 
A few years ago, Char had pneumonia and Ava had strep at the same time (when it rains, it pours, right??). Between fevers, antibiotics, breathing treatments, etc, Kelly said she was going nuts trying to keep all the medications straight. Out of habit, she was doing the usual grab a piece of mail and write down when she would give the girls their dosages so she could remember the time. That wasn't working well, so she then created a poster to check off each time she gave them their meds. Smart woman... why didn't I think of that? 

She then began searching for a good medication reminder system on the app store or on-line, and just wasn't thrilled with any of the options  Ease of use and the look of a site makes such a difference on the public's perceptions of a desire to use an app and Kelly wanted to be able to save the info so she could print it out to show the doctor or look back on it for future reference... because easily we forget many of the details when we visit the doctor or try to remember specifics of a medication/sickness/etc.

Kelly (on the right) and her sister / business partner

So, she launched her very own site, and the mobile app launched a few weeks after. Looking to add this amazing app to your list of parental must haves? As a free user, you have the ability to use the MedMinder function... including logging on to access your family's account, which lets you to document, track, and archive medications, treatments, appointments, and overall wellness of your children. I love the fact that all of this information is stored in ONE place! In addition, you can choose to receive a text or email alert when it's time for the next treatment. Looking to use all capabilities? Upgrade to the $12 a year subscription, so you also have access to HealthMinder which helps you to record temperatures, behavior, and whether or not you went to the doctor. You can add reactions, eating and sleeping habits. You can add as much or as little information that you want, and then you can save it and print that out to take to the doctor. It is also helpful to look back at the treatments and what worked. Basically, it's a one-stop online medical journal for your family. In addition, the TaskMinder page lets you enter contact info for all of your doctors, therapists, etc and a calendar to remind you of upcoming appointments.

Any of you ladies out there looking for a part-time career as a brand ambassador? Kelly is NOW HIRING and you can find specifics of the job here:

Friday, April 17, 2015

five on friday

One. Cocktail Mixer Magic Potion
I was recently introduced to ZMIX, and I'm obsessed... even better, it was developed in Knoxville, Tennessee and I am all about supporting local businesses, especially in my home state! You can buy them at local liquor stores, and basically it's a concentrated cocktail mixer with zero calories and all natural flavors. Even better, it'c compact and portable! Amazing, right??
My favorite so far is the Lemon Drop variety and I made a Whiskey Sour using it the other night, after a particularly rough day in toddler land. It was voted New Product of the Year by Beverage Industry for 2014 and I just had to share... I think this weekend will call for "testing" out the other two options, the Purple Hooter and the Cosmo flavors... yummy!

Two. Teacher Appreciation
I've started searching high and low for teacher appreciation gifts for the girls' MDO teachers at school and came across these happy little ideas and printables via Andrea's Notebook. Times like these I am forever grateful for crafty and DIY-people unlike myself who create these goodies and then I can borrow steal them to use as well. ;) I'm particularly loving the Smarties/Lifesaver one!
Three. The Skinny Shake
Lately I've found myself at the smoothie bar a bit too frequently post-workout session, so I was thrilled when I found an alternative to my newest addiction... and one that I can make from the convenience at home, too! It's the Skinny Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Shake and I promise it's legit... add in a little protein powder and call it a day! This is one the kiddos will enjoy, too.
Four. Lilly Reminder! 
It's coming... bright and early Sunday morning my lovelies. I know some of you crazies will probably be there the night before, stalking the people in the red shirts awaiting their arrival, but I'm hoping I can wait until you're gone before finding some goodies for the girls and myself when Target launches their exciting Lilly Pulitzer summer lineup.
Five. The Cozy Guest Room Essentials
We are constantly having out of town friends and family stay with us when they visit and I'm always trying to make their stay comfortable... I found this article via Stone Gable Blog and bookmarked it for an easy way to remind myself about things to check for before our guests arrive. Fresh flowers are always the best!

That's that for my Friday roundup dears! This weekend we plan to take things as easy as possible, as this is the last free weekend we have for awhile between birthday parties and baby showers and trips for the next few months... all these festivities are creeping up on me! Be sure to stop over to my favorite ladies' blogs and see what they have up their sleeve today, too... Christina, Darci, and April. Enjoy your weekend friends.

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