Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello Friends!  It's Friday!
I saw something on Facebook that said there are just 18 Fridays left until Christmas.  WHOA!  This year and summer are flying by!

I'm teaming up again with my girls, Narci and Andrea, to share our Friday Favorites.  :)

I have "A Little Bit of Everything" for you today...(you like what I did there?)

Bike Riding:
 This kid cracks me up.  Apparently, he was inside without a shirt and when he heard we were going out to ride bikes he skipped running up to his room for a shirt for just putting on his winter coat because you know THE STAIRS!  We live in Texas.  Odds are he never would have survived a bike ride in that coat.  #thatkid

Tomorrow is our anniversary and NOTHING says, "Happy Anniversary" like two bikes and a kiddie bike trailer, right?  We've been seeing the Shulls go on family bike rides (they're stroll by our house every once in a while) and they make them look SO fun!  We decided since our big kids are finally big enough to ride solo-it was time.

My thoughts on bike riding...
*It is REALLY fun to go on a bike ride as a family.
*We went overboard the first weekend and my tush was in SO MUCH PAIN.
*Nixon thinks the legit bike brakes are overrated.  At a four-way stop (Actually it's an 8-way stop but I've never heard anyone say that before), Nixon and I held up SIX CARS while he attempted to stop himself.  I must add he was never in danger, but I'm positive my face was extremely red and NOT from the heat.  hahaha!
*It's a great way to get out and be active with the entire family, but if you have a favorite padded bike seat cushion-PLEASE let me know.  :)

This kid is becoming so independent.  He can pretty much hang with the big kids the majority of the time, but when I see things like this I'm reminded how little he still is.  :)

A Visitor:
My cousin, Kody, had to work in Dallas this week so he came and stayed with us.  My kiddos have loved having him here.

Nixon thinks he's the coolest.

Yesterday, we headed to the Dallas World Aquarium.

It was the perfect little adventure for a hot Texas day.

Bowen was pumped about seeing a "Dory" fish.  #andaboutwearingflipflops

We saw the fish, birds, and reptiles, and then we headed straight to Hopdoddy's for a burger.

Owning It:
If you missed it, Natasha from Hello Happiness was here yesterday sharing her crazy and it was GOOD!  

I hope you ladies have a fabulous weekend.  We have a birthday party, fun with friends, and an anniversary dinner on the calendar.  See you back here, Monday!  XOXO

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Owning It

WAHOO!!  It's OWNING IT time, which means I've invited another blogger friend to join us over here to share her crazy.  You know the funny, strange things that we ALL do?  I love for fellow bloggers to come over and OWN IT by CLAIMING THE CRAZY!  :)  Because, let's be real-we all have some crazy.

Today, I have a fabulous blogger friend to share with you.  Do you know Natasha from Hello Happiness?  I started reading her blog years ago and am SO EXCITED about her being here today!  You guys...she has the cutest family, the most adorable girls, and her house is amazing!  You must pop over and check her out, but first here's her crazy...

Hey friends... I'm Natasha from Hello Happiness and I am ecstatic to be here with Erika as part of her Owning It guest blogging series. I've been a lifestyle blogger for eight years, and absolutely love this creative outlet, which has followed me through this crazy adventure called life. 
I'm a wife to Jeff, mother to Caroline (4) and Carson (3), and owner of a children's boutique called Sugar Bit. You can find me on Instagram, where I love to post about all things fashion, food, fitness, and fun! 

 photo via Amy Riley

Now let's get down to business with my confessions and how I am "owning it":

ONE || I am a Nazi when it comes to stationery etiquette, spelling, and grammar. I cannot stand when people misuse words such as their/they're/there and you're/your. Seriously, it drives me bonkers. This may stem from my love of English way back in school, but I will spare you the details of my math abilities because they stink. And when it comes to sending out party invitations, four to six weeks is common courtesy... I could stand on my soapbox for days when it comes to these types of things... maybe it's because I'm southern??? 

TWO || I don't recycle... there, I said it. Our family probably should because we have a heap of garbage when the trash collectors come each week, but honestly, it's just one more thing that I'd have to add to my already overflowing to-do list each day and this mama doesn't have time for that nonsense. Now I do LOVE to purge through closets and kitchen cabinets and such, so I'm hoping that makes up for that other lack of responsibility and waste?? 

THREE || I hate potatoes. My husband tells me I am completely un-American because it's a staple in everyone's diet, except for mine. I have a weird phobia of white food [except ice cream] and it is something I have tried to remedy, but it's just not happening. Like to the point that mashed poatoes make me want to gag. 

FOUR || My grandfather built me a stage when I was little and I used to make my entire family watch my "productions" whenever we got together. As you can imagine, I am a HUGE extrovert and love attention... I took dance for 12 years and was all about singing and dancing... at my 30th birthday party, my husband and best friends had my stage and made me dance in front of everyone at the party in my tap shoes = no shame in my game! 

FIVE || I LOVE to plan parties... you know those people that go all out for their kids' birthday parties?? Yes, that's me. Judge all you want, but I cannot help it, it's my love language. I create Pinterest boards with detailed inspiration, work with graphic designers for custom party goods and such, and always try to think outside the box when we're planning the girls shindigs... I may not be Betty Crocker, but I love to throw a good themed party! 

SIX || My girls match pretty much every single day... I know people think putting their kids in coordinating outfits is totally weird, but when you own a children's shoppe, it's totally acceptable and almost assumed. Plus, I know there will come a day [sooner than later sadly] when they will refuse so I am doing it while I still can!!

photo via Amy Riley

SEVEN || I've never been one to "collect" things, but it seems this year sunglasses has become an obsession. I have WAY too many pair and am definitely guilty of having multiple pairs in the same style with different lens colors... I know, I know, I need to cut back!

There you have it... random nonsense about me that I am not afraid to own! Thanks to Erika for having me and come over and say hi soon. OXOX

Natasha...THANK YOU so much for stopping by!  I loved your crazy and could completely relate to a few of those.  However, I'm still in shock that you're not a fan of potatoes?!!  hahahaha!!  #iwishididntlikepotatoes #whataboutafrenchfry

Make sure you check out all the cuteness over at Hello Happiness.  You can find Natasha over on Instagram here.  And Mamas...Natasha's children's boutique, Sugar Bit, has some of THE cutest things for babies all the way to tweens.  

If you've missed some past Owning It posts,
You can read Megan @The Butler's Quarters HERE.
You can read Mel's @ Larson Lingo HERE.
You can read Leigh's @ Balancing By Faith HERE.
You can read Ashley's @ The Vanilla Tulip HERE.
You can read Kathryn's HERE.
You can read Elaine's @ House of Hargove HERE.
You can read Sheaffer's @ Sheaffer Told Me To HERE.
You can read Elise's @ Cheers Y'all HERE.
You can read Andrea's @ Momfessionals HERE.
You can read Kelly's @ Kelly's Korner HERE.
You can read Olivia's @ Snyders Tell All HERE.
You can read Narci's @ Grace and Love Blog HERE.
You can read Fancy Ashley's HERE.
You can read Kelly's @ Redhead on the Run HERE.
You can read Shay's @ Mix and Match Mama HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!  XOXO

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

 I'm joining MelShay, and Sheaffer for their What's Up Wednesday link-up!

What we're eating this week:
Our dishwasher is broken.  The part has been ordered, but I dishwasher is broken.  There are many things I love about the olden days, but hand washing dishes isn't one of them.  :)

What I'm Reminiscing About:
These two last year on the first day of school.  Nixon headed to kindergarten and Ebby Lee went to first grade.  Now, I feel like they're old pros, so the first day will be WAY easier on everyone, including this mama. 

What I'm Loving:

I was loving this last month and I'm still feeling the same way.

What We've Been Up To:
If you saw my post on Monday, I've been getting everyone ready for school.

What I'm Dreading:
I'm feeling a little bit OVER the heat.  This week has been cooler and I'm SO thankful for temperatures in the nineties. 

What I'm Working On:
I'm STILL (eek!  I said this last month too!) working on finishing the front bathroom and the front sitting room.  We just had a chandelier hung yesterday in the bathroom so it's almost completely finished.

What I'm Excited About:
Football season is right around the corner.  As much as we miss Tab being gone (when we don't join him), the kids and I really do have a blast in the fall.  Some football games, a destination wedding, and lots of movie nights are on the agenda for us this fall.

What I'm watching/reading:
Big Brother
I shared my thoughts about Big Brother yesterday.  :)

Luckiest Girl Alive
I'm about three-fourths of the way through this book and oh my goodness....has anyone read it?  I  bought it because people compared it to Gone Girl.  I thought Gone Girl was a bit dark but really suspenseful.  I feel like this one is just disturbing.  I wouldn't recommend it unless you like really dark books.  I'm almost finished though and feel like I can't quit now, so I'll give you a recap later.  If you read it, PLEASE tell me it gets better at the end.  I need happy and light!!! 

What I'm Listening To:
The song, Try Everything, has been on repeat at our house.

What I'm Wearing:
Right now, I'm wearing swimsuits and cover-ups, but this fall I'll be sporting my new Nordstrom finds.  You can see my favorites here.

What I'm Doing This Weekend:
This weekend I have a DATE NIGHT scheduled with this cutie.  We celebrate eleven years of marital bliss this weekend.  Well, maybe eight years of marital bliss but eleven years of marriage.  haha!  I kid!!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
Routines!  I'm looking forward to some structure!  ha!  But until then...we're soaking up the late bedtimes and lazy days of summer.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Happy Wednesday!  XOXO