Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Catching Up.

Hey friends!  Happy Wednesday!  I have been M.I.A. so far this week because I just cannot seem to get back into a normal routine!  We went back to school last Tuesday so we had a short week and Mason got sick and stayed home Thursday and Friday.  Then we were out again this Monday so we have another short week.    I need a regular, normal, boring week to get back into the swing of things.

I've also got a new project started which is taking a lot of my spare time.  Like, way too much.  I'm obsessed.  (I know I use that word a lot but there is no other word to describe it.)  

We are giving Matthew a little room makeover!  He's pretty excited because we've never really given his room a TON of thought before. He's had three different rooms in our house in the 9 years he's been alive.  ;)

The makeover is consisting of painting walls, doors and trim, new bedding, bookcases, decor...basically everything.  I've always hated the color of the walls upstairs but the boys are HARD on walls (and carpet) so we just kind of let it be and figured we'd make it all cute once they were a little older.

But now I'm ready to get on it so here we go!!

I'll keep you posted and will most definitely show the reveal here when it's done!

But for today, I wanted to just play catch up and dump a ton of pictures from things we've done over the past few weeks!

Starting with Christmas in Texarkana with my parents.  Every year, we travel to Texarkana (a little over 2.5 hours away) and get together with that whole side of the family at my grandparents' house.  My grandmother passed away a couple of years ago but my granddad is still there and we LOVE going to his house.  It is part of sooooo many great memories from my childhood.  My great-grandmother used to live right down the hill so we'd run up and down the hill all day and have all this land to play on!  It was definitely some good ole country living even though we weren't quite in the country.

My granddad still has my great-grandmother's old house and they are working on fixing it up.  I love that my kids get to experience the same things I did as a kid!

So here are a few ton of pictures from lately.  :)

About to load up for the ride!  Sweet boys.

Nana and Papa had more presents waiting for them when we got to their house.

They love clothes and stuffed animals.  And that's what they got.  (My parents also got them the Garmin Vivofit Jr. watches that they LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE...)

They also love their dog, Bentley.

We went out to eat to my parents' favorite Mexican place, Ta Molley's.  I grew up eating corn tortillas and butter dipped in salsa at Tex Mex places and Craig thinks it's gross. (#louisianaboy)  But Mason LOVES it.  That's my kid. ;)

After we got home, we got cozy and watched Harry Potter.

And took silly pictures. ;)

The next day, we headed over to Granddaddy's house. These two right here are #marriagegoals.

We have LOTS of first cousins and second cousins and third cousins...  So much fun!

I just adore little Maddox!  He's my cousin, Kaci's youngest.

My granddaddy is the youngest 83 year old man you'll ever meet.  He built this zipline type thing a few years ago and it is so much fun!!  Even my parents love it.  haha!

And Maddox again. I want to squeeze him!

My brother (in the black jacket and hat) loves metal detecting.  He's kind of a pro.  So every time we go out to Granddaddy's he brings his metal detector and the kids help him look for treasure.

My mama and me. :) 

Family group shot.

Craig and I built these cornhole boards for my dad for his birthday one year.  They turned out so well except for the fact that the varnish I used turned the white part SUPER yellow.  #whoops

And my cousin, Collin (left) and brother, Jonathan enjoyed it too.

Next up in my photo dump are pics from New Year's Eve!  Every year we invite our neighborhood friends over for a super casual and family-friendly celebration.  We let the kids run wild upstairs and the adults take over the kitchen and dining room. 

Notice my NYE mantle mixed in with the Christmas stuff?  haha.  I didn't have time to take down Christmas before New Years this year!

Love the pic of all these boys around the table and then sweet Willow looking for a drink behind them.  She looks so tiny!

It has become a tradition to sit around the dining room table and play some sort of game after we all stuff our faces with all the yummy food everyone brought.  (We go potluck.)

This year we played What Do You Meme? and it was a total win.  We were dying!!!  If you are having an adult get-together soon, you need this game!  (Warning:  Definitely adults only and not for the faint of heart.  Don't play it with your parents.  #awkward)

I also made Shay's Cherry Moscow Mules and they were delicious and perfect for the night.  We ran out of grenadine after awhile and added a splash of Sprite instead and that worked great too.

I grabbed this 4 pack of mugs from Amazon for $35.

Love my beautiful friend, Meagan!

The kids came downstairs when it was time to countdown!

We snagged a girls pic at the end of the night (minus our friend, Brooke, who left early because she has littles). 

And the kids took their own kid pics.  ;)

It was such a fun night!!  It was a great way to ring in the new year!

The next day, however, was not fun.  I got it in my head that I needed to clean out our playroom closet and the base of a lamp fell of a shelf, 5 feet up, and straight onto my bare foot.  It was swollen, bruised and impossible to walk on without a major limp for a solid 3 days.  It is still bruised and hurts if anyone or anything touches it so putting on my shoe is still painful.  But once it's on, I'm fine, thank goodness.  

And there are these guys.  My dogs just turned 14 this month, y'all.  They are getting old.  

This is Abby on her birthday.

And Odie.  Odie is not doing great.  He's gotten super skinny, he's pretty blind, at least in one eye and going deaf.  He's also fallen in the pool twice now in the freezing cold temps so we have to watch him every time he goes out.  Bless his little heart.

Matthew covered Abby up with a blanket when she was laying on the couch.  He has such a soft spot for animals.  I can totally see him becoming a vet someday.

And a few more random pics to end the post.  We've been teaching the boys how to light a fire.  (Safely and under supervision.)

And there's Mason...being Mason.  ;)

And the start of Matthew's room makeover!  I put together one bookcase all on my own the night before.  The next day, I told Craig he had to do the other one.  #itsonlyfair

He enlisted the help of the other two stooges and they got halfway through and quit for the night.  #men

Thankfully, he finished it up the next morning.

I can't wait to show off Matthew's new room!  I wish I had all day every day to focus on it but that's just not my life.  Painting is going to be the biggest hurdle.  I may cave and pay someone to come whip that out for me in a couple of hours.  Painting signs?  Yes.  Painting walls?  Ugh.

Still taking suggestions for a light grey paint color!  True grey.  No blue tones.  No beige.  Decisions, decisions!

Have a great day!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday Favorites #41.

Happy Friday, friends!!  Today is FAVORITES day!!  I love Friday Favorites!  I swear I find more cute/cool/must-have stuff on Fridays than any other day of the week thanks to some of my favorite bloggers! 

And thanks to Narci, Erika and Andrea for hosting this awesome little linkup!  They are some of my FAVORITE mamas!

So here are my first picks for 2018!

I feel it's appropriate for my first Favorite of the new year to be a collection of funny memes because I JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH.  If I am ever in "a mood", all I have to do is either turn on Friends or search Pinterest for funny memes.  Especially the autocorrect fails.  Those are my favorites!!! 

But here are some others that I hope will make you laugh today.

(Ummmm...yes.  You absolutely can.)

Many years ago, I used to follow a blog called The Pink Lou Lou.  She was amazing at hair and makeup. She dropped the blog a few years ago after she got crazy busy doing wedding hair and makeup and I was so sad because I LOVED her blog.    Anyway, one day she recommended this product for your hair.  She said it would give you major volume and help with "poofing" if you're into that.  (Southern girls love a little poof.)  And if you're not into poofing, then it'll give your roots the perfect lift.

She had really thin, fine hair and it was just one of her go-to products.  I love to straighten my hair but when I do, it gets really flat and fine but it's also all pretty and straight.  #whattodo  Pair that with my super round face and it's not always my best look.  So I grabbed some of this stuff and LOVED IT.  I need a little volume at the top of my head to keep my face from looking like a beach ball.

I used to be spend so much time trying to figure out how I could get some "poof" into my hair and have it stay.  I would tease, hairspray, watch YouTube videos...anything I could do to get some volume into my hair on the top without making it frizzy and thick on the ends.


So for a couple of years, I used it ALL.THE.TIME.  I'm not sure why I stopped.  I'm guessing it had to do with being a new mom and not caring all that much about how may hair looked.

But a couple of weeks ago, we went to my parent's house for Christmas with my extended family and I asked my mom if she had any dry shampoo.  She didn't but she said "Oh I have this other stuff!  All the girls at work got some together and we love it!"  And she handed me the Osis Dust It Powder! It was a total flashback.  I told her I used to use this all the time years ago!!  

So I used it instead of the dry shampoo and I immediatley remembered why I used to be so obsessed with it.  I ordered more that night and can't imagine ever NOT using it again.  

It goes on in these waxy little flakes.  You barely need any in order to get some slightly sticky texture.  Just rub it in a little and give your hair a little scrunch and you now have volume!!  And that stuff LASTS!  

Grab it here, ladies!  It's not expensive and it lasts forever.

So the next picture has been posted before.  But it shows not only my earrings (Favorite #3) but also it was right after I used my Dust It Powder from #2!  I don't get as poofy as I used to but I love the texture and root lift it gives!  I was totally feeling my hair that day.

So my earrings in this picture are still a favorite because they are still on sale for only $20 AND I just got my new ones in in blue!  

How gorgeous is that blue?!  I can't wait to wear them!  These earrings come in so many different colors.   They are normally $36 but this $20 sale is awesome.  If you've been wanting some, get them here before the sale ends!  And I have no idea when it ends.

And if these are just a little too big, they have smaller ones!  Find those here.

So many beautiful choices!!  All products are clickable!

I'm working on getting a new book review post done about all the books I've read since my last one.  But I had to tell you about this one I just finished.  It's called Nineteen Minutes and it's about a school shooting.  The book deals with the before, during and aftermath of a school shooting that leaves ten students dead and many more wounded.  It's heartwrenching of course but it also gives a look into the background of the killer and why he felt he had to do what he did.

I highly recommend it.  I couldn't stop listening (I'm an Audible girl).

Follow me on Goodreads HERE if you are intersted in keeping up with everything I'm reading! I'm a MAJOR bookworm!  I listened to 39 new books on Audible this year plus re-listenend to at least 10 other favorites.  And when I say I don't have time to read "real" books anymore I'm really not kidding.  I think I read maybe 4?  I love to read real books but with the Etsy stuff, it's just so easy to listen to a great book while I'm painting or glittering.

Find my End of Summer Book Review HERE.
And my Mid-Summer Book Review HERE.

The Etsy shop has new stuff!  Have you seen!?

These little stainless steel wine tumblers are the BEST!!  Personalize them or leave them blank.   They also come with a straw which...I mean...who doesn't like to drink their wine with a straw.  ;)

I've done quite a few coffee tumblers this week!  Choose your glitter color and any little saying in any color.  

And man...there must be a ton of New Year's Resolutions to drink more water this year because I can't keep these bottles in stock!!

I've got plans for new signs soon!  I AM taking custom orders on signs that are not huge right now but I'll have to cut them off once I get so many.  Message me on Etsy to discuss.

  I love these signs so much and think the small 5.5x12s would be awesome to add your "word of the year" to so you could sit it on a shelf in your office or in your room as a reminder all year long.

All signs available in the shop now!

So that's it for today, friends!  Mason is on Day 2 of staying home from school because he's got a nasty cough and possibly bronchitis.  :(  He is not happy because he feels fine other than the cough.  This is my kid who gets insanely bored if he's not doing something entertaining every second of the day.  So Lord help us all day today!  Mama's gotta work so he's going to have to entertain himself with books, the iPad and his daddy.  ;)

Happy Friday!!

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