Monday, January 23, 2017

Owning It

It's everyone's favorite day of the month, OWNING IT!  The day when a guest blogger comes to share her crazy and we all tend to read while nodding our head in agreement the ENTIRE TIME!

Today, I'm sharing a blogger turned new friend in real-life...KRISTIN GILL!  Kristin and I share a mutual friend, Katy, and Katy had been telling me for years to read Kristin's blog, Growing Up Gill.  I finally started reading and fell in love!  She shares motherhood stories, her fashion finds, and all kinds of laughs in between.  You're going to love her.

Here's Kristin...
Hi guys!  I am Kristin Gill from Growing Up Gill and I was so excited when Erika asked me to 'Own It' on her site!  I am a former elementary school teacher, wife and mother of three {Grant 5, Stella 4, and Beau 2}.  My blogging skills are very green, but I am a professional in the crazy department.  To be totally honest with you, I was really struggling at first with what to write about.  Major writer's block.  But the other night I got to writing, and man, the ideas JUST KEPT COMING!  Ha!  Welp, without further ado, let's jump right in...welcome to our crazy:

My kids pretty much live in Natives {aka holey shoes} until it's Ugg weather and then we switch...why?  
Because I freaking hattttttte toddler socks.  So we don't wear them.  
Truthfully, Beau doesn't even wear shoes most of the time.  I feel like they are oddly expensive for how tiny they are, they little my house and I can NEVER find a matching pair.  I have zero clue where they vanish to, but hunting them down is downright exhausting.  And ain't no mama got time for that. So, we wear Natives until their toes begin to show signs of frostbite, then we switch to boots.

I will spend $50 on a darling dress for Stella, which she will outgrow in a season, but I will agonize all around Target with a $15 top for me that I really like...only to ditch it at the register.  And I don't plan on outgrowing my things anytime soon!  
And why is it that I never seem to care about throwing everything from the dollar section into my cart but then have a mild heart attack when at the register it "suddenly" totals $65?  I am smart.  I can do math.  But it always surprises me.

About cooking...simply put, I don't do it.  I am bad at it.  I don't enjoy it.  And I hate the mess.  I attempted a meatloaf for my family for Christmas Eve dinner.  Ended up in the trash so this is what we ate for breakfast Christmas morning.
Thankfully this is seriously my kids' favorite meal ever so they thought I was super mom.  So young and naive!  
We live a mac and cheese, yogurt, hot dog, rotisserie chicken kind of life.  And I'm thankful we have really yummy Mexican restaurant in town.

I am equally as scatterbrained when it comes to birthday parties and important dates.  In a small town, where everyone is everyone's friends, the kid parties are ennnnndlessss.  So I put every invite the kids get onto our fridge so I will remember.  
I can't tell you how many birthday parties have come and gone and we totally missed, even when it is right in our faves.  So I am going to use this opportunity to apologize in advance to all of our friends and family.  


It even happens to my own kids.  At Beau's one year check up, they couldn't find his shot records and we realized it was because in his file almost all of his paper work had the same birthday written down as Stella's....and while we were trying to sort this out, I had to call Chad to see which kid was actually born on November 16th.  Dying.  Do you ever totally blank when someone asks you a question...pharmacy drive thru?  All the time.

If my car were to get lost in a snowstorm on some rural highway, I think my family could survive for 5 days before we would need to panic...and not because I am doomsday prepared, but because we suffer from 'lest-bring-all-of-our-stuff-to-the-car-but-never-take-it-back-in-the-house-itis'.  People, I am talking shoes, coats, granola bars, 6 packs of Dr. Pepper, happy meal toys.  
On the other side of that, we were out that other night without my diaper bag, so obviously Beau pooped, and not a single diaper to be found in the entttttire car.  Yep.  Only the really really close friends ever see the inside of my car.

I started a new workout plan 23 weeks ago and am so confused why I haven't seen more progress than I have...I ponder this as I sit in the Sonic Drive Thru twice a day waiting on my 32 oz. Dr. Pepper...

Bedtimes around here are rushed and crazy and you may question whether or not I even like my kids as I'm scurrying and hollering through brushing their teeth and extra pottying and all the stories...but as soon as they are asleep I climb into my bed and whip out my phone to stare at the pictures and videos I took of them.  
I actually start to miss them.  What?!  Truth.  Then I wake up at the crack of dawn and the mental countdown to bedtime starts all over again.  

I pick up frantically the night before the cleaning lady comes.

I obsess over white teeth but hate brushing my kids' teeth.

I consider myself pretty fashion forward, but can be found in yoga pants 5-6 days a week.

I order a freakish number of things on Amazon to avoid going to Wal-Mart at all costs.  Deodorant, hair spray, protein bars, goggles...There is no happiness like "I see a package by the front door happiness".

Oh my gosh somebody stop me.

Well friends {I have to call you friends now because I  have let you in on all my chaos}, that's just a taste of what it's like Growing Up Gill.

Those who love me, know me well and seem to openly accept all the crazy, unorganized-ness {I make up words a lot} that comes with me.

I like to think I am scattered in a Goldie Hawn charming kind of way, but most of the time I think it is more likely in a bald Britney kind of way.

Thankful to be surrounded by a 'nonjudmental, easy to laugh, and assume the best' kind of girl squad.  

Would love to see you again over on the blog {or over @Kristin.Gill} I share a lot about my family, being a mom, and what I'd like to fill my closet with!  And as you can probably imagine, I love hearing your comments...and will likely respond a couple days later!  HA!!
Thanks, Erika!  
xoxo
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Isn't she fabulous?  Thank you, Kristin, for sharing your CRAZY with us!  I was laughing and shaking my head, YES!  We can all totally relate with one thing or another.  Thank you!

Thank you guys for stopping by today!  See you tomorrow!  XO

Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, Friends!

I hope you've had a great week.  It's been a short one around here.  Andrea, Narci, and I are sharing our favorites.  I have a "hot random mess" for you today...


First off, I found a couple items I own that are ALL on sale!
Lush Top/Lucky Booties (I have them in leopard, but leopard is sold out)/Free People Sweater/Nike Sweatshirt/Ruffle Top


A bit of our week...
 On Wednesday I had lots of work to do and this little guy asked if he could sit on my lap to rest while that was happening.  We tried and it just wasn't working, so we brought the beanbag down so he could nap in the office.  #winwin  One day I'll look up and he won't care a thing about napping in my office so Wednesday I soaked it up!

These girls had dress rehearsal for the talent show and rocked it!  Ebby Lee has a shy personality so anything that involves her performing on a stage has me all kinds of proud.  I'd be proud even if she wasn't shy...just wanted to clarify.  I'm just glad she steps out of her comfort zone.

Proof of my mom uniform...plaid top (similar), jeans, and booties (and 45% off).



A Little More Random...
I sent this to Shay this week.  I'm SO Type B when it comes to the e-mail on my phone.  This just made me LOL.

I'm all set to share this next week for my What's Up Wednesday post, but I just can't hold it in any longer.  We've been listening to this soundtrack 24/7!  Everyone in my car LOVES it.  It's hard to listen and not dance just a bit.  Check it out!


A Little Blog Recap...
Fancy Ashley and I hosted our first Tuesday Talk of the year!  Every month on the third Tuesday we invite you to join us by linking up!


Yesterday, I shared all the fun we had in Park City over the weekend with the Shull crew.

I hope you have a great weekend!  See you back here on Monday!  XO

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Park City Adventure

On Monday evening, we got back from a fun-filled no-kids allowed getaway with the Shulls.  Shay is sharing our trip as well today, so make sure you check it out over on her blog too.

We left super late Thursday evening so we arrived crazy late or early on Friday depending on how you look at it. :)

We were up early on Friday for a quick breakfast before the guys left to ski.

Shay and I were chilling in her room before spa appointments and we saw THESE!!  We flipped!  Just to the left of this picture is a pretty big road and across the lake was our building!

I usually don't post three pictures of the same thing, but you GUYS!

Crazy, huh?!  And just like that.  They were gone.

The guys set off to ski/snowboard and we did what we do best...SPA.  I'm telling you we turned that word into a verb on this trip.  Our resort had an amazing spa and we took full advantage.

My get-up for the spa...top, leggings, and snow boots (similar).

These guys were having a blast.

After spaaing all morning, we headed to the sports bar/grill in our resort for the most delicious french onion soup and lobster grilled cheese.  Yes, a LOBSTER grilled cheese!  Delicious!  And check out ALL THAT SNOW!

We stayed at the Hotel Park City.  It's a Marriott property and if you're looking for a place to stay, you should check it out.  We stayed in a suite so we had this super cozy living space (with a hot tub right outside that door).

A bedroom with a king bed that just happened to be super comfy.

And a GORGEOUS view!

This was our third trip to the Park City area and I never fail to forget how gorgeous this area is.  It's BEAUTIFUL!

And another little shot of the living room/kitchen area of the suite.

Pros to this resort...*It was super close to Main Street area.
*Spa was amazing.
*A sports bar/grill and a Ruth Chris' inside.
*Free coffee all day.  ;)
*Our room was great.  
*Never felt a bit crowded.

Cons to this resort...*It isn't a ski in/ski out, so the guys took a shuttle to the base of the mountain every morning and either shuttled or Uber'd back in the afternoon/evening.  This is the only downside to the resort and I'm sure it's the reason our resort never felt busy.

Our first night out on the town we had appetizers at...

No Name Saloon-this place has a cool atmosphere and was PACKED!

Then dinner was at Prime Steakhouse.  The steak was good, but the creamed spinach was where it was at.  :)

My handsome date :)

Day two started out like this...my view was amazing.

The guys were busy doing this while Shay and I were doing this...

eating more french onion soup at a cute little bistro in downtown Park City.

We walked by Robert Redford's restaurant, Zoom.  We hit up the shops on Main Street.  Park City has such a cute little downtown area.  Great shops and great dining!

After shopping, we grabbed coffees and our books and made ourselves cozy in front of the lobby fire.

We headed to our own rooms for a little rest before dinner.  I checked some e-mails and watched Netflix.  #cantstopwontstop  haha!

Night number two we hit Main Street again.  Isn't it cute?

Grappa Restaurant was on the menu...this was my favorite meal.  We had the best table right by the window with a great view of Main Street and the gorgeous snow.  

Our last full day Shay and I hit up the spa again.  Do you see a theme?

On this day, I had the Pure Indulgence...think dry brush scrub, massage, and a wrap.  It was fabulous!

Cozy outfit for the spa...top and leggings.

This picture of the guys cracked me up!

We ended our night at Grub Steak Restaurant.

Ready for a night out!  Sweater, leather leggings (similar), and booties (sold out).

I Facetimed with this cutie on Monday morning before heading back home and somehow this happened.  It paused and I could barely make out his face, but could hear him?!  Have you had this happen?

And in no time at all it was BACK TO LIFE, BACK TO REALITY and all the laundry.  :)

This vacation was everything grown up trips are made of...great food, all kinds of fun, and lots of relaxation.  Thank you, Shulls for a FABULOUS time!!  And thank you to my mom for holding down the fort at home!  We couldn't have done it without you!  XOXO