Friday, May 29, 2015

High Five For Friday

This has been a great week. I feel like I've been pretty productive, while also getting in plenty of time to relax, all while hanging out with some friends and family - those are the best weeks in my opinion. With Memorial Day this week, we had lots of opportunities to hang out with some of our friends from church and those times easily made my week! But more on my awesome church friends on Monday...

On to some top moments from this week (and for some reason a lot of them involve eating):

1.) Tolar and our friends, Brad and Jessi, got an opportunity to play music at the Draper Mercantile on Friday night. They are all three so talented (I always pretend Jessi's voice comes out of my mouth when I sing) and wow me every time they play together.

2.) Baby K loves yogurt, so much so that when she eats she gets it everywhere. So I tied her hair into a top knot to help keep her somewhat clean and I think that just upped her cuteness factor by about 50 points.

3.) I finally tried frozen grapes for the first time yesterday and my mind was blown...they are so good!!! My freezer will be full of grapes this summer I am sure.

4.) Baby K ran errands with me earlier this week and man was she good! I mean, she was the biggest trooper ever and never fussed. I think the fact that she and Roo both got their own seat in the cart at Target helped to keep her in a good mood.

5.) Baby K hasn't been all that interested in eating a lot of dinner lately. Wednesday night around 5:30 p.m. she was walking around the house saying "chicken nuggets, chicken nuggets" over and over again. So we piled into the car and took her to CookOut for some chicken nuggets, because when she asks for a specific food I'm going to give it to her if that means she will eat something other than Cheerios.

I'm linking up this post with September Farm, Bright on a Budget, Style Elixir and Meet @ the Barre.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

"THE" Grocery Store app

Organization is one of my favorite things allowing me to simplify my life and keep everything in order. I am normally a pen to paper type of girl who used to take a hand written shopping list to the grocery with me every week. But my technology loving husband has changed my life by introducing me to a fantastic grocery list app. The app I am loving is call Any List. It can actually be used for any type of list, not just a grocery list, but I primarily use it for my groceries. And this is the thing that I Couldn't Live Without this week!

Allow me to share a list of why I love Any List. :)

1.) You can sync your lists with multiple users. I have my grocery list synced with my husband so we both can see what is on the list. When one of us updates the list, the other will get a notification. I absolutely love this feature because as soon as I start crossing off items from my list, it will send a notification to my husband which then alerts him that I am actually at the grocery store. If he remembers something at the last minute that he wants me to purchase, he can add it to the list and I will see it!

2.) You can have multiple lists organized. I always have a list for Target and a list for the grocery. Then I will often have other lists of things I need to do (i.e. house cleaning items, nursery decor items I need to buy).

3.) When you enter your items, the app will automatically organize everything by category (i.e. frozen foods, dairy, condiments, etc). You can also edit every item that you enter to make sure it is organized under the correct category.

4.) The app "remembers" items you previously added and once you start typing will pull up suggestions for you.

5.) You can cross things off your list as you add them to your grocery cart.

6.) You can also add notes to your items. I like to track when I have a coupon for an item so I don't forget to use it or if I need 6 of a certain item, I will note that. Also, if my husband is doing the grocery shopping and I have a specific brand of something I want him to purchase, I will use the notes section to designate what I need.

7.) The app is extremely user friendly. 

Check out Any List. I'm not getting paid to tell you this, I just absolutely love it! I hope it makes your grocery shopping and planning a bit easier!!!


Now's your chance to link up with me and For Lauren and Lauren for our weekly link up!

Link up with us and share something that you couldn't live without: a recipe, a piece of clothing, a person, an iphone app, a bible verse, a baby product, song...whatever. Just share something that made your life better this past week.
You can link up on either of our blogs. And feel free to grab the button below to help us spread the word!!!!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Beach Still Calls My a giveaway

Since summer is (un)officially here, I often catch myself mentally planning our next beach vacation. We had a terrific time with my family and I cannot wait to do it again. I think Baby K feels the same way because she woke up yesterday talking about the beach and her cousin!

Feast your eyes on these fun pictures from our beach vacation. I couldn't help myself, there were too many that I wanted to share. My heart comes alive when I get to spend time with my family and this vacation has filled me up for awhile!

(And stay tuned at the bottom, there is a giveaway for some serious cash too!)

Getting back into the swing of things after a vacation isn't always easy.
Good news… it's a shorter "work" week.
Better news… we've got a giveaway going on with a lot of goodies that you could likely win.

Starting off with some moola.
Like, a lot of cash.
$105 isn't anything to shake a stick at.

Now, take a gander at these lovely ladies who are so generously offering you this fabulous giveaway:

 That's a wonderful group of beautiful women.
Now, go and show them some love and then get entered below.

Friday, May 22, 2015

High Five For Friday

Of course this has been a terrific week - we were at the beach. Sadly we are now home, but we spent the week making some sweet sweet memories. Here are some fun moments from the week!

1.) This magnificent and beautiful house is where my family stayed while at the beach. I'm telling you, renting a house is the way to go. Especially when they have beach chairs, a golf cart, kayaks, bikes, games, umbrellas and so much more. Renting was definitely better than getting a hotel and lugging all of that stuff with us.

2.) Sweet daddies and sweet kiddos. This picture melts my heart.

3.) We took my nephew and Baby K to a putt putt course for the first time, they both had an absolute blast. I had so much fun watching them that I didn't even finish playing my own game.

4.) Baby K loved riding in the golf cart, I think it was the highlight of our trip for her. And "driving" the golf cart was a special treat!

5.) Check out these adorable kissing cousins! Potential cover for a future romance novel??? :)

I hope your week was fantastic!!!

I'm linking up this post with Bright on a Budget, September Farm, Meet @ the Barre and Style Elixir.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The App I Couldn't Live Without

We are back from vacation...ho hum.
Getting away was so great for us, we really enjoyed the sun and the sand and the laughs from Baby K and my nephew - those two kept us all smiling.

If you have ever traveled with a baby or a toddler you know one thing to be true: they require A LOT of stuff. Going on a beach vacation is no different, you still need to take so much stuff with you. In fact, it felt like I had to take even more stuff with me this go round! I've never been a light packer (you never know what situation you might get in to and what extra clothes you might need), but I definitely try to find ways to simplify. And there is one iphone/ipad app that has simplified my life and made it so I could leave one thing at home.

We have used a sound machine with Baby K since day one. We use it more so to drown out the noise outside of her room so that we don't disturb her sleep and yet can still go on with our lives without having to tiptoe around the house. But I don't like to travel with her at-home sound machine because it is one extra machine that I have to pack and could potentially get damaged in transition. So when we travel, we use the Sleep Pillow app.

This app is awesome because there are so many settings that you can select. From a fire crackling, to waves crashing, to rain falling you can sleep peacefully to virtually any sound you would like. Volume controls allow you to adjust to whatever level you prefer (we like to turn it up louder especially when traveling because we tend to make a little more noise). There is also a timer associated with the app in case you only want the noise to play for a couple hours until you (or baby) fall asleep. Or you can leave the app on all night. And one really great thing that I love, this app does not drain your ipad battery. We leave the Sleep Pillow app running all night long (which is about 11 hours) and it barely takes any battery life. And since I'm already taking my ipad on trips, it makes sense to just use this app instead of adding another thing to our suitcase. The Sleep Pillow app has saved us from waking Baby K on numerous trips.


Now's your chance to link up with me and For Lauren and Lauren for our weekly link up!

Link up with us and share something that you couldn't live without: a recipe, a piece of clothing, a person, an iphone app, a bible verse, a baby product, song...whatever. Just share something that made your life better this past week.
You can link up on either of our blogs. And feel free to grab the button below to help us spread the word!!!!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

My Lasts

This photo has nothing to do with this post, but I just couldn't keep this cuteness to myself!

The last...

Thing I ate: a crab cake sandwich when Tolar, my sister and I went out for a yummy dinner - child free.

Thing I watched: Pitch Perfect. Yes, I've seen this movie a thousand times, yes I have it on my ipad and watched it when it came on ABC Family, but I can't help myself. I just love it. And I cannot wait to get my booty into a movie theatre to see Pitch Perfect 2.

Account I followed on Instagram: Little Elle Boutique. Oh my goodness, can you say cute hairbows for little girls?!?!? Check them out, I'm totally in love. Thank you to my sweet friend Ruthie for introducing me to this shop.

Activity I did: Packed. We are heading home from the beach tomorrow afternoon (so sad) and I spent a little bit of time packing everything up. (Although I'm heading home to a clean house and the laundry is finished - so I can still relax at home!)

Product I used: Rodan + Fields eye cloths (did you have to even guess on this?). I love to use these eye cloths to take off my makeup.

Time Baby K shocked me: Last night; she went kayaking with my sister and home girl was not scared to get in that boat one bit. She was so excited to wear her life jacket and to get on the water. K loved every second of being in the boat.

Really cute thing that Baby K and her cousin did: Kiss! Oh my goodness, we told them to give each other a goodnight kiss and it was seriously the cutest thing I ever did see. And no, I didn't get a picture. But I will certainly try again tomorrow when we have to say goodbye.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

First Beach Day

Vacation...what a wonderful word. We are currently at the beach with my parents, my sister, brother in-law and nephew and we are having a blast. This trip is Baby K's very first visit to the beach and I have loved every second of watching her experience all of these new things. I'm taking an embarrassing amount of pictures which is ok in my opinion because she will only be this young and carefree once.

Our first beach day was quite a lot of fun. Baby K loved playing in the sand and running around kicking a ball with her daddy. She was a bit timid getting into the ocean at first, but that was just because the water was a bit cool. As the temperature rose and heated things up, she quickly decided that playing in the water was pretty fun too.

And a great word of advice, go to the beach the week before Memorial Day. The beaches and roads are not crowded and the weather is still perfect!!! We will be making this a yearly habit.

Friday, May 15, 2015

High Five For Friday

I LOVE that you guys love my High Five For Friday posts. Here are the top moments from my week!!

1.) I went to a Rodan + Fields business training with my sister down in Charlotte, NC. I am so blessed that I get to be in business with my sister and also live closer to her. I really enjoy getting to see her as often as I do.

2.) While mommy is away, Baby K and daddy will play. Tolar took Baby K out for dinner at Cookout while I was out of town, K had a blast.

3.) I had a pretty great Mother's Day. I was showered with jewelry: both a Stella & Dot bracelet and an Origami Owl necklace. Plus we went to brunch with family and lifelong friends. And then we relaxed! It was a terrific day and I'm oh so grateful to my little redhead for making me a mommy.

4.) My in-laws were in town visiting this week and Baby K soaked up all of the extra attention. Spoiled doesn't even begin to describe this picture.

5.) There is a fun little cookie shop in Radford called Crumb and Get It. They have super yummy cookies and a cute little shop. And if you live locally, they deliver. Um, that is amazing!!!! (list of things to do, figure out how to live in Radford)

Have a fantastic weekend party people!

I'm linking up this post with September Farm, Bright on a Budget, Meet @ the Barre and Style Elixir.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Can You Share Your Beach Tips With Me?

I'm going to turn the tables on you a little bit and ask for your thoughts/suggestions/tips today. Any and all help is appreciated!

We are getting ready to take our first beach vacation with Baby K and I need your help!!! Baby K has only been on sand once and that was when we took her to the local lake last summer. She didn't really play in the sand, so this will be a new experience for her.

I'm packing plenty of sunblock for my little redhead, I've got several swimsuits (and all six pairs of her sunglasses) packed, we have lots of sand shovels and buckets and I'm going to have lots of help since we are going with my parents, sister, brother in-law and nephew. So tell me....

  • What important things should I pack?

  • Do you have any fool proof tips for leaving the sand at the beach?

  • What are the best toys/rafts for a 2 year old?

  • Any safety tips you want to share with me?

  • Are there any fun things you recommend that we do besides the normal playing in the sand and putting Baby K's toes in the ocean?
  • What else do I need to know?

Friday, May 8, 2015

High Five For Friday

And here we find ourselves with another weekend upon us! This weekend is jam packed for me, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Before we hit the weekend, let's recap some of the best moments from my week.

1.) We have an incredible small group, I mean incredible - be jealous. The group is made up of a bunch of couples and almost everyone has children (or tolerates children!). In such a short amount of time we have gotten close and been able to trust each other with some pretty important stuff. And in addition to all of the deep goings on, we also have a lot of fun. Or rather the kids have a lot of fun! Who would have thought that a snow sled would be THE toy for a fun spring evening outside?

2.) Earlier this week Baby K, Tolar and I helped my Dad plant some potatoes in his garden. It was a very country day for us, one where I found myself asking "who am I?" (Marcy you know the answer!)

3.) I just love my Rodan + Fields team for so many reasons, but the biggest reason is the friendships I've made. My business partner Ashley sent me an e-gift card to Starbucks just because! She knew I needed it!

4.) I got to hang out with my girl Erica over the weekend. We went shopping, talked a lot and Erica made dinner!

5.) Yesterday morning I found my lap running over with blessings. Morning cuddles are the best. Heck who am I kidding, cuddles any time of day are the best.

Have a super weekend friends! I'll see you on Monday!
Oh and Happy Mother's Day to all of my Mommy friends!!!!

I'm linking up this post with Bright On A Budget, September Farm, Style Elixir and Meet @ the Barre.