Tuesday, May 3, 2016

q & a

I have noticed a few new faces in the comments section and I am so happy to share this little corner of the web with y'all. This little blog started as a way to connect with friends and family from afar but has really become an outlet for me and a great diary along the way.

Saying all that, I thought it would be fun to do a little question and answer session (Natalie - I definitely stole borrowed some of your questions):

1. What is your favorite food?
Oh goodness, I love any kind of food and am always up to try new things. Although, my favorite is Mexican and the strip mall kind, not the fancy schmacy stuff. I like a low-key meal with a good margarita and even better cheese dip.  The hubs snagged a cheap date.

2. If you had to choose, flip flops or high heels? 
Both - Flip flops are my go-to on the weekend but I love a good high heel every now and then.

3. Where are your favorite places to shop for yourself?
Loft, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Nordstrom - I like good quality clothes but for a reasonable price

4. What scares you? 
Heights. I can easily have a panic attack when just thinking about something really high off the ground, although I love flying... weird.

5. When is the last time you cried?
Thinking about how big my little one is getting. Time is so fleeting and I just want to freeze these moments a little longer.

6. Which one: DIY or hire it out? 
Hire it out - We have DIY-ed 90% of our house and while I am proud, the cost of invaluable time is not worth it anymore. Why spend a weekend on an entire project when weekends are all I get for family time?

7. What are your favorite TV shows? 
I rarely watch shows when they actually air but I catch up on these when I can (I keep my TV standards low) - Southern Charm, Scandal, Modern Family, Real Housewives. I also love a good murder mystery like Dateline.

8. What is your favorite book?
I don't really have a favorite but love to read anything from a beach book to a murder mystery.

9. What is your favorite form of exercising? 
Who has time for that? Kidding... kind of. I have been trying to make running a priority because it is 30 minutes of me-time and gets me out for some fresh air.

10. How tall are you? 

11. Do you consider yourself adventurous? 
No. If given time to think about something, I will always find a way to talk myself out. However, a spontaneous trip away sounds appealing from time to time... I know, living on the edge.

12. What is one make-up item you can't live without? 

13. What is on your nightstand? 
Books, magazines, glasses, cell phone

14. What is one thing motherhood has taught you? 
There are way more than one - Gratitude, Patience, Contentment, Love - in the most selfless way possible.

15. What is your favorite music?
Depends on the mood - Right now I am on a country kick but when I work out, rap all the way. I also love John Mayer, Dave Matthews, really you name it.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live? 
Back home in Alabama. I think living in the city makes you appreciate the slower pace of life once in a while.

17. Tell us something about you we might not know: 
Only my family knows this but I H.A.T.E. the word "moist". It literally makes me gag every time I hear it. I can't explain it but that word just gives me the creeps even typing it out.

18. What is your favorite quote?
"Sing like no one is listening. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching, and live like it’s heaven on earth."

19. Do you consider yourself a morning person or night owl?
Night owl

20.  You've been handed two free round-trip tickets, who are you taking and where are you going?
Of course the hubs and definitely Egypt, which is at the top of my bucket-list. I have had a weird fascination since childhood and always wanted to go explore the pyramids for myself. 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Five.

Can I get a Hallelujah? This week was a doozy and I am ready for some chill time at home. By chill time I mean I fully intend to cross everything on my to-do list that has been internally piling up--welcome to my Type A non-stop mind.

I need to go here. And when I say here, I just mean anywhere. It is almost summer so that means lots of water time, whether it be the lake or the beach. Hopefully it can remove this pasty, white complex that has taken over my body.

I love to cook, but what I really love is having time to cook. I love how I scour Pinterest for the perfect recipe and then realize oh, I don't have time to create a 45 minute meal from scratch. However, Cinco de Mayo is near and we may be savoring this Bang Bang Shrimp  recipe in taco form (I learned a long time ago never to fight the crowds on May 5th--that lesson came with age).

This professionally photographed wall is of our new bathroom. Yes I think we like to cram everything into as little time as possible so I can then wonder why I have 47 new grey hairs. I am kidding about the professional photo if you couldn't tell (ha-I crack myself up). I plan to take legit photos this weekend after I buy some pretty flowers to make you think that is what my life is like all the time. I digress... this new bathroom makes me feel like a new woman. Seriously the stark gold hardware with the poop brown counter were really killing my House Beautiful cover aspirations. 

Last weekend, we trekked down to Mobile for a close friends' wedding. It would have been a great couple weekend had we not thought we were 21 again and could hang like college kids. But really, it was truly a stunning event. The reception was in a 8,000+ square foot tent, that they built, just for this. There was more food than I knew what to do with and the flowers made this peony-loving girl swoon. I also loved that we took an Instagram-worthy photo so my mug could finally grace social media feeds :) 

I will leave you with this face just because I want to. She is truly the funniest, most loving, best person I know (sorry everyone else in the world). I absolutely adore this little bit and am so blessed to be her momma. 

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

mothers day

I think as a momma you learn to appreciate Mother's Day for what it is. While sometimes holidays are created just to make a day out of something, both Mother's and Father's day are days where you can just say thanks. Thanks for all the sacrifices and long nights. Thanks for all the tears you shed, both happy and sad. Thanks for the protection from bumps, bruises and heartache. Thank you for just being there.

If and only if I was to make a list, this are a few things on my mind (note to husband: this is basically my birthday list too).

Tory Burch Perfume |  I ran out of my favorite Chanel a long time ago and scoped up some Tory minis during a Sephora sale. I thought nothing could compare to my tried and true but I actually like the TB aromas.

Lake Pajamas | I love pima cotton for the littles so why can't momma join in with some luxurious pajamas of her own? These are apparently all the rage and I want to be a complete trend-follower and get a set of my own.

Lilly Top | I don't own an ounce of Lilly but for some reason I really love their blouses this year. Could be the colors or needing to dress like an adult on the weekends but I wouldn't hate one of these in my closet.

Beach Cover-up | We head to the beach in about a month and I can.not.wait! This cover-up has tassels to help feed this weird obsession I am currently wearing.

Lemon Tree | Last year, the hubs gave me a peony plant. While I probably won't see flowers for another year, I love a gift that keeps on giving. This year, I want a lemon tree. Yep, I want to channel my inner Yolanda (shout-out to Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and start my own citrus crop. If own the Southern summer will cooperate with that.

Thursday, April 21, 2016


My favorite store could very well be Target. There I said it! Where else can you can pick up wine, nail polish, a cute throw pillow and a toy for your kid all at the same place? Done and done! It takes some serious willpower to stick to only the items on your list. They should give medals if you accomplish this feat.

Here are a few current favorites:

Straw tote -  I need a new beach tote. Well "need" is a strong word ... "could really benefit from" is probably more accurate. | One-piece Swimsuit - Since baby, the belly has not been normal and probably never will be. Stank eye to all you mommas that rock a bikini after your multiple kids. | Marimekko pouf - Who doesn't love a pouf? | Tassel pillow - Tassels are a new love and this pillow is amaze! |  Unicorn Head - Can you say presh? If we had a playroom I would scoop up them all.