Monday, November 23, 2015

Favorite Things

I am not a huge Oprah fan but girl has good taste. Her favorite things list always has some great finds so kudos to her staff and all these product PR people (just being real on how these things work).

To help you in this gifting season, here is the 2016 (aka every year) Julie's Favorite Things List. These are things I use/wear/drink at least once a week.

Voluspa Candle - I have a candle problem and my weekly Home Goods run doesn't help. Sometimes I can score a Voluspa candle, which makes me do a happy dance on aisle three | eos Lip Balm - Addicted... I own like six | Papermate Flair pens - These make my to-do lists less daunting

Planner - Tangible planners help my Type-A soul feel a little more organized. Paper Source rocked out some great options this year | Tory Burch Flats - While slightly pretentious, I love Tory flats. Tip to those mommas out there.... next time you visit Disney and the little one lays down for that afternoon nap, run to the Tory outlet.... A.M.AZING! | Wine - My new favorite is Frog's Leap, which is majorly out of my weekly beverage budget but a fun splurge every now and then.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Still Here!

I know you all have been consumed with worry on my absence...my two loyal blog readers: my dad and my grandmother. This blog has taken a back seat because we have just been plain busy. Between travel, work, a fast and furious toddler along with just plain life, we have been non-stop these past few weeks. I am glad the holidays are approaching because life just seems to get a little slower with some vacation days and time to unwind.

Here is what we have been up to:

Mary Tilman has been battling some sickness for the past month. Between teething, a runny nose, a cough and now an ear infection, momma needs a break. Yes she had an ear infection even with tubes (I didn't know this was possible). Unfortunately a runny nose due to daycare is inevitable for the next several months. Hello Kleenex stock options!

I am a quarter of the way through my Christmas shopping and am pretty pumped about it. After the Cyber Monday sales are out, I hope to have everything done.

It is weird I think my kid is one of the funniest people I know? She has the best facial expressions and her "words" are priceless.
Top Left | My mom, MT and I went to visit my grandmother in Orlando last month. It was great to spend some quality time with four generations all in one place. This shot was at the airport on the way back home. Mary Tilman met her first celeb, Mr. Will Smith. He called her a cutie as she proceeded to stare at his entourage for walking through her empty terminal, aka toddler play heaven. The mean mug she gave a ba-jillionaire is priceless.

Top Right | Mary Tilman was a pink pig this year for Halloween. I figured I should savor the few choices I have left. It was a hit and she seemed to tolerate it after we wore it for what seemed like a week straight.

Bottom Left | MT loves her dogs... like she squeezes them a lot. Winston (pictured here) tolerates it but Winnie is not a huge fan. We are working on the mutual love and the difference in a soft pet versus a straight-up slap.

Bottom Right | We went to the Pink Pig this weekend and I had to capture the bow. It normally has a 7 second lifespan before it is ripped out and thrown somewhere that I won't find it for at least a week.



My number one goal this year was to be content and boy has that been tough. I am the type to  always think about my next meal, the next trip or the next thing on my to-do list. This was a great post that reminded me the little things are the ones that matter and make up the big moments in life. I have tried to put my phone away for those short two hours before MT's bedtime and to try patience when the toddler spunk picks up. Time is fleeting and passes so, so quickly. One day at a time...