Tuesday, October 30, 2012

things occupying my brain

Has anyone else visited Old Navy lately? They have been stepping it up in terms of quality and trend-worthy pieces for fall. I scooped up this fun printed tunnic last week and couldn't wait to wear it! Even better, with a promotion they had going on, it was under $25.
 
I am struggling to keep up...the blogging world has grown so much that I feel like I am always trying to keep up with posts. Does anyone else know how to combat this? Maybe I need to shift and "re-focus" because at this pace I am never going to feel like I am with it.
 
I meant to post this a few weeks ago, but totally forgot. I had a bunch of you ask me where I get Caroline's bows from and I wanted to make sure I let you in on the goods...Her shop is Who Made That Bow on Etsy and she is wonderful! At $1 a bow, you can't go wrong (or have too many).
I was lucky to receive an advance copy of a book that is about to go to mass production and I cannot put it down. It's called Friendkeeping: A Field Guide to the People You Love, Hate, and Can't Live Without by Julie Klam and it is AWESOME! Friendships are such important relationships, but sometimes (and yes I am guilty of this), they get pushed to the back burner or we lose touch. This has been extremely helpful for me in wanting to maintain and strengthen those relationships. Youc an get more information about the book here.
 
I've got some really exciting giveaways coming up friends, the first starting Thursday... stay tuned over the next few weeks for all sorts of fun items you can get your hands on...and just the perfect time for the holidays fast approaching, too!
 
Happy Tuesday

Monday, October 29, 2012

just enough family fun...fall fest!

this past weekend, my family had our annual fall festival! it's one of those weekends i look forward to each and every year and this was no exception...except this time we got to play a little dress up with a certain someone so everyone could see miss caroline decked out in her halloween costume!
it was a great day, with our entire family there. perfect fall afternoon complete with chili, hot dogs straight from the fire, and loads of pumpkin bread and apple crisp.
here are some of my favorite snapshots from saturday!
me with gran and papa
pappy tempting caroline
 miss caroline LOVES to eat!
 my gran
 me and the hubby outside ennjoying the beautiful day
 check out my cutie hootie!!
sitting by the fire
cousin lauren with her fur baby gigi
 i love my little family
 reading her halloween cards!
 outfit change...princess caroline!
hope you all had a fabulous weekend celebrating the fun that is fall and Halloween, too! my how times have changed. i used to be out dressing up in fun costumes and closing it down at the bars and now it's even better dressing my little cc...

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Happiness Project...

Ever read a book that you love SO SO MUCH that you just can't wait to share it with everyone you know?? Rarely does this happen, but this is a book I am calling an absolute must read and I am promoting it wholeheartedly because I 100% think it is THAT good. And yes, this is my personal opinion, no one elses and no, this is not a sponsored post.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was reading the above referenced and how much I was enjoying it. Never did I think it would peak my interest so much and never did I think it could be a book to change my world.
To anyone out there who wants to live a happier life, who wants to wake up and savor the small things, and who wants to conquer pesky annoyances, this is the book for you.
I had heard about this story from a few others, but have to admit that I really didn't pay much attention to the meaning or what it was all about. When I finally picked it up (and couldn't put it down), I would lay in bed each night thinking about what I had read and how I could incorporate some of the book's relevant themes and topics into my life.

Here's to say that I'm happy (hence the name of my blog), but I think we can all be "happier". There are times when we get down, when we gossip because it makes us feel better (totally calling myself out), when we get upset and act out because well, we just do.

A little background about the book: Rubin wanted to be happier, so she created a "project" to make her own set of life resolutions, to do things to help make her happier, and held herself accountable for an entire year.

I won't tell you how it ends, but I will tell you I am working on my own happiness project and it's something I am going to start in January. I'll be updating once I establish my own set of truths/goals/rules to live by, but wanted to fill you all in on a book that I loved... sometimes I think these things are worth sharing and I think it's something a lot of you would really enjoy!

If this is something you think would be fun, check out the website with all sorts of helpful advice to get you going!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

splurge vs. steal...favorite beauty products

If any of you ladies out there are like me and like options when it comes to beauty products and such, then I am hoping this post might help you. Let's face it, for your everyday makeup essentials, I know a lot of us don't like to use the pricey brands...we like to be a little more cost conscious. That's when it's really convenient when you find a less expensive option out on the market, and for a few different categories, I have found similar products for WAY less. Here are my top picks!
BB Cream
Splurge: Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream in Light Medium ($39)
Steal: E.L.F Maximum Coverage Concealer Cream in Nude ($3)

Lip Gloss
Splurge: Bare Minerals Natural Lip Gloss in Sugar Cookie ($16)
Steal: Burt's Bees Super Glossy Lip Shine in Nectar Nude ($7)

Lipstick
Splurge: Bobbi Brown Creamy Lip Color in Pink Ballet ($24)
Steal: Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Peach Parfait ($7)

Mascara
Splurge: Clinique High Lengths Mascara ($16)
Steal: Falsies Mascara by Maybelline ($7)

Makeup Primer
Splurge: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer ($36)
Steal: Sephora Collection Ultra Smoothing Primer ($17)

Blush
Splurge: Nars Blush in Super Orgasm ($28)
Steal: Sephora Collection Colorful Blush in Pink Plush ($12)

Eyeshadow
Splurge: Urban Decay Naked/Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette ($50)
Steal: E.L.F. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Palette ($10)

Moisturizer
Splurge: Youth Surge Age Decelerating Moisturizer by Clinique ($52)
Steal: Loreal Revitalift Anti-Wrinkle and Firming (Day and Night Formulas) ($15)

Face Wash
Splurge: Clinique Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser ($19)
Steal: Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser ($8)

Body Wash
Splurge: Philosophy Pure Grace Foaming Bath and Shower Gel ($22)
Steal: Deep Moisture Nourishing Body Wash ($6)

Body Lotion
Splurge: L'occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream ($42)
Steal: Genes Vitamin E Creme ($8)

Shampoo/Conditioner
Splurge: Aveda Color Conserve Daily Shampos and Conditioner ($18 each)
Steal: Clear Hair Damage and Color Repair Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner ($7 each)

Now, here is where you come in...if any of you ladies have some fabulous products that you think are worthy to add to the list, PLEASE let me know!! I know we are always on the hunt for finding new makeup essentials that won't break the bank.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

thoughts and things

The other morning while I was watching GMA (yes I have converted from The Today Show), they featured the Neiman Marcus/Target partnership collection coming to stores on December 1st. I cannot tell you how excited I am for this... all sorts of fun products from Marc Jacobs, Diane Von Furstenburg, Lela Rose, Tracy Reese-the list goes on and on. Needless to say, CC and I will be there bright and early ready to get our shop on. I just hope for Target's sake they have fixed internet issues since they came out with the Missoni collection when everything crashed.
Last weekend, Mom and I were at the mall and of course she had to scoop up some necessities for Caroline at Janie and Jack. We dipped into Williams Sonoma so she could get her favorite hot chocolate and mega marshmallows. Then, Mom looksed at me and said "you need a bag, too" so she bought me the perfect chambray shirt I had been eyeing from JCrew...a girl can never outgrow shopping trips with her mama, am I right?
I'm over football this year...there, I said it. I'm a VOL fan to the core, but one loss after another makes it hard to see the silver lining for this season. Can we get a redo please? I remember the days in college when we were a winning team, and we went to the SEC Championship twice. I remember beating Florida at home in the pouring rain, beating LSU on a Monday night and celebrating until Tuesday morning, and winning against Georgia in Athens and taking over the city with my best friends. Dear football gods, I'd like a few more days like that :).
Check out some of the fun loot Miss Caroline scored at the Bell Buckle craft fair this past Saturday... it was a gorgeous fall day, and us girls had an absolute ball. Funny to see how our shopping has changed from checking out all the jewelry and home decor to EVERYTHING baby. She got some adorable handmade hats for winter, loads of bows, a new bib/burpcloth set, and a dress perfect to wear during the holidays!
And finally, tomorrow is the last day to sign up for the North American Bear Company giveaway!!
You can enter here for a chance to win a $50 gift card to use on their site for wonderful gifts for the little ones you love.
As for us, we are taking it easy today...we all got the dreaded flu shot yesterday afternoon and haven't felt 100% so it seems like a lot of Sesame Street and Real Housewives are in our future, not to mention catching up on countless loads of laundry-can you hear the excitement?? Hope yall have a wonderful Tuesday!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

you're never guaranteed a tomorrow

Yall, I apologize in advance for this heavy kind of post, but I think sometimes we bypass the hard topics for ones that are more lighthearted and happy, rather than things that may need to be said.
This year, I have witnessed some pretty tragic events that have transpired to those closest to me and to friends of friends, acquaintances, etc. The reason for me saying this is that it really hits close to home and makes me stop to think twice.
None of us are guaranteed a tomorrow, so live today like it's your last. I say this all the time, but really...take a moment out of your day to stop and look around and never take one minute for granted. Tell your family and friends you love them and never walk away with words unspoken, because you may never get to say what you wanted and then how would you feel...
"Life is too short to be anything but happy"...one of my very favorite quotes. And yes, that is how I live my life, and you bet I won't be changing that outlook...ever. It's easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and challenges we all face, because life is hard, but don't spend your time worrying about the things you can't change or about the things that really don't matter in the grand scheme of things.
Spend time with the people who make you happy, get outside and enjoy everything the Lord blessed us with on this earth, hug and kiss your children because you can never do it too much, don't get too caught up with work and miss out on living life, and most of all, promise yourself that you'll live the best life you can.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

hello! caroline...7 months

My Dearest Sweet Caroline,
Fall is flying by, and so are your days as a tiny infant. You are growing up before my very eyes baby girl and I can't help but turn into a big bowl of jello as I look back at pictures of when you were oh so little. I know I'll never be able to have those moments again and it makes me a bit sad. These past few nights have been sleepless since you've been a bit under the weather, yet I can't help but cherish the time I get to hold you and rock you to sleep...that's what being a Mom is all about.
Caroline, you are a total ball of energy and you go until you pass out. At times, I know you are tired and you'll wipe your eyes with your hands, yet you look at me like "please don't make me take a nap Mommy"...total heartbreaker I tell you.
Everyone tells me 6-9 months has been their favorite time with their kiddos and so I am trying to soak in each and every moment from this fun/crazy/exciting stage.
Where we're at these days...
Attachment Woes. Seriously, I know one day I will look back and say I wish this lasted longer, yet now that we're in the middle of it, I am hoping we get through this soon...you want me ALL.DAY.EVERYDAY. If I walk away for even one minute, you start screaming at the top of your lungs. Your poor Daddy doesn't feel the love sometimes for he can't console the crying when you want your way. Oh Caroline, I fear that you are a total mama's girl just like me...
The Eating Habits. This past month, we decided to try to get you to down to 5 feedings a day. You take 5 (6-7 oz) bottles and then food/oatmeal 2-3 times a day. You love any and all food, and aren't a picky eater at all THANK THE LORD. Sweet potatoes and pears have been giving you loads of gas, so we try to take those in small doses, but your favorites seem to be squash, green beans, prunes, bananas, and apples...you have also tried avocado, sweet potatoes, strawberries, and grapes (all cut into tiny pieces). You also love Ella's Kitchen/Plum Organic pouches and they are handy dandy for us when we're out and about and you need a little "snack". We have also tried vanilla yogurt and you really enjoy it...the doctor said we could start working juice into the sippy cup, yet I am staying away from sweet drinks for as long as possible.
time to eat=naked baby (far easier to keep her clean)
Size Matters. Looking back at pictures from the past few months, it's safe to say you are "leaning out" a bit and some of that baby fat has gone away (BOO), quite possibly due to the amount of time you are jumping and moving around. You are in 6-9 month clothes now and you look simply adorable in all your fall fashion...you have enough leggings, boots, jackets, shirts, sweater dresses, and such to last for a LONG time. You are still in size 2 diapers, but I am thinking we will be in size 3 Huggies before too long.
Sleepy Time. You take 2-3 naps a day, one in the morning and then 2 shorter naps in the afternoon. I wish I could get you to nap in your crib, but as of now, we still put you in the swing, strap you in, and let the songs put you to sleep. When night time rolls around, you generally go to sleep around 9pm and sleep until 7:30am.
Time Occupiers. You love all your books...LOVE! We read daily and you love to help me flip the pages. Your favorites are Baby Bear Takes a Bath, The Great Big Pumpkin Surprise, Goodnight Moon, and Guess How Much I Love You. We just bought the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Table and you will spend hours playing with it...it's Mommy's new best friend because I can plop you down in the kitchen while I cook and you keep yourself entertained.
Milestones and Such. This has been a BIG month! The week of your 6 month pictures, you decided to start sitting up on your own...we may have been practicing, but you finally took an interest and love to be independent with your toys. You also have 2 of your bottom teeth big girl! When you smile that huge grin of yours, you can't help but see them and you're so proud...you chew on things ALL the time and are drooling quite a bit so we're a bit fretful that your upper 2 might be on their way soon.
We took you to the park for Daddy's company picnic the last weekend in September and we wanted to see if you were ready for the "baby" swing at the park...Mommy was a bit weary, but as soon as we put you in, you got super excited and we knew this was going to be a hit! Of course I managed to get a few shots of you, too!
And as for another HUGE milestone, just this past week you decided it was time to crawl! It first happened the night I hosted bunco and all the girls were over. We plopped you down, put the iPhone in front of you for bait, and then let you go for it. We were all cheering and screaming and you definitely put on a show Caroline. Then on Friday evening, you decided to do it again while we were downstairs and I was fortunate enough to get it on video so we could show everyone. You are officially on the move my little one so I know we better watch out and finish babyproofing ASAP.
Your latest expression is to make a funny snarl...you crinkle your nose and sniff and it's TOO funny to watch. Mimi says it's the exact face I used to make as a child and you keep doing it over and over again because we all laugh at you. You also love to give kisses, pull hair, and have started to take notice in jewelry as of late...watch out friends and family.
That's all I can think to report this month love bug. Our days are filled with so much joy and happiness and we have you to thank for that. So much fun in store this next month and celebrating your first Halloween is only a few weeks away!

Important Dates/Things to Remember
First Time in the Swing: September 29, 2012
First Shopping Cart Ride: October 1, 2012
First Crawl: October 11, 2012
Nicknames: CC, Tuttie, Peanut, Monkey

(By the way, sorry for MAJOR picture overload... I simply couldn't help myself this time!)
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