Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday Favorites

Hey Friends!  Happy Friday!

Narci, Andrea, and I are sharing our Friday Favorites and we'd love for you to join us!

First up, I have another little Instagram Story hint to share.  Last week I told you how my Insta Story skills are lacking MAJORLY!  So I vowed to learn some tip or trick weekly {hopefully} and share it with you!  I'm a bit nervous about this one because there might be a quicker easier way than what I'm suggesting.  If there is, PLEASE share with us!  

An Instagram Story video can only be fifteen seconds so WHAT do you do when you have a video you'd like to share that's longer?  Here are my hints...

*You can be watching the little recording timer and make sure you ONLY record videos fifteen seconds or less.
*OR...you can download the Cut Story App.  Allow the app to have access to your photos and videos and then you can select a video.  It will cut the video down into several fifteen seconds increments so then you can post to Insta Story.  The app was super easy for me to work. If I can do it, trust me, YOU CAN TOO!  :)

That's my helpful hint for the week.

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I'm not the best at book reviews because I've shared before the SECOND I close the book I can't remember any details.  This year I thought instead of sharing book review posts, I'll just throw books in my Friday Favorites every time I finish.  I have a couple this week because of our out of town trips.

I was a big fan of this one!  This is told from two sisters' points of view.  These sisters don't have a close relationship, but after both of them go through major life events they learn to lean on each other like never before.  Chick-lit at it's finest, in my opinion!  {Rated R for language...someone asked me to mention ratings. :)}

In this novel, a freshly married couple's world is rocked when the husband is killed.  The wife has never even met her husband's family {I'm talking FRESHLY married couple} and has to learn how to handle the grief when her FOREVER suddenly becomes INTERRUPTED.  {Rated R for language and maybe some scenes.}

When the character's fiance' dumps her abruptly, she pretty much has a one way ticket on the Hot Mess Express.  After lots of coaxing from friends and family, she lands a job in the admissions department of a New York City school, where it's super competitive and following along is highly entertaining.  I liked this one because I think it's so interesting to read about city life in New York City because it's SO different from my suburbs. {Rated R for language}

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I found a couple goodies I own that are on sale and wanted to share those with you!

This cardigan is on sale-at 40% off.  It comes in two other colors and my favorite thing is the colors are very "winter".  It doesn't look like fall or Christmas so you can wear this one NOW!

I bought this tie bell sweater back in the fall and now it's 40% off.  The grey is sold out, but it comes in black and a cute lilac.

And my jeans are 33% off now as well.

These cozy fleece pajamas are on major sale and come in a variety of other colors-stripes, polka dots, etc. that are just winter. 

This casual top is on sale 40% off as well.

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My FAVORITE product of the week {I'll do my best to keep this up all year as well} is the L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil.  Have you heard of this?  In the winter months, my skin gets CRAZY dry.  Like I'm talking I should look different every spring because of the amount of dry skin I flake off every winter.  I got this shower oil for Christmas and I'm a BIG fan.  When you lather up with this oil, it becomes a thick foam.  It leaves my skin feeling super soft and hydrated.  If you struggle with dry skin, check this out!

I'll go back to my Bath and Body Works' shower gel in the spring and summer, but this will be my go to in the fall and winter.

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I need your help!  What's your FAVORITE eye cream?  It's time for me to purchase something new {almost all out} and I'd love to give something new a try.  Please send me your recommendations!

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I'm probably like the majority of you guys...trying my best to start 2018 being more healthy and let me tell you new workout clothes are one way to get me motivated.  I grabbed these pants, this bra, and this top last week at the mall.  I had some Christmas money burning a hole in my pocket.  ;)  I wore it earlier this week all day, did an at-home workout, and ran some errands.  I wore it tied because the top is a little longer but when I go to the gym I probably won't tie it.  

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If you missed it, I hosted Tuesday Talk with Ashley, where I shared a little problem Tab and I are having with the key fob in my car.  You guys are passionate about keeping up with your keys and totally delivered when I asked your opinion.  The consensus is I need to carry a purse with me at ALL TIMES and leave my keys in there.  I should also get Tab his own key.  :)  I must tell you my FAVORITE answer was, "Your car.  Your rules.  Put that key fob on the console, Tab".  hahaha!

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for some Q and A posts so I'm giving them to you.  The first one (and most highly requested) is a Q and A post with Tab!  A lot of you have football related questions you wanted to ask, so please ask away. You can leave a comment here or e-mail me at alittlebitofeverything83@yahoo.com.  

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Hope your Friday is fabulous!  XO


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Slaughter Kid Update

Hello, Everyone!

I must tell you when I did that survey back in December I LOVED reading your responses.  For the most part, if you see a random blog post pop up, please note odds are someone asked me about the subject.  I can't guarantee that's the case because it's "A Little Bit of Everything" going on over here.  Anything could happen.  :)

I got asked about the big kiddos several times.  Miss Britt has been getting the spotlight in this space for the last eight months and you guys are wondering about the big kiddos.  So today I'm sharing a few little updates about them.


Here are a few little updates about my kiddos...

 Ebby Lee:

*She is my people pleaser.  She's happy to do anything she's asked.  She's the first to pick up, she puts her own laundry away like a champ, and no doubt-her closet is more organized than mine.

*She's playing volleyball this winter and is also busy with dance classes.  She's added hip hop to her mix of classes and is LOVING it.

*Ebby Lee is the sweetest big sister.  Her favorite after school activity is taking Britt upstairs to play.  #meltmyheart


 Nixon:

*This is my ALL-BOY kiddo that has two buttons...either he's outside playing some kind of sport-maybe even one he's made up OR he's a couch potato and wants to be watching Dude Perfect trick shots on t.v.  #noinbetween 

*His teacher recently switched over to a new position in the district and he got a new teacher at the beginning of this January semester.  He's handling the transition like a boss.  It would have been hard for even me to get a new teacher mid-year with new rules and such, but he's go with the flow and it's going great.

*Nixon can find ways to annoy Ebby Lee and Bowen in under two seconds flat, but he is putty in Britt's tiny hands.  I've never seen a kiddo get so wrapped around a baby's finger before.  He'll do anything and everything for her.  My favorite is listening to him talk to her.  He's mush, I'm telling you, but it's precious to watch.


Bowen:

*Bowen is in that sweet spot between preschooler and total big kid.  He's found a way to enjoy all the perks of his small self while getting the benefits of big kid status as well.  For example, he sleeps with the big kiddos, has the same bedtime and everything, but when it comes to carrying up all his clean laundry he's convinced me his arms aren't strong enough.  #imasucker

*I'm not sure about you, but after Christmas we need ALL THE ORGANIZATION.  I was going through things and had made little piles at the bottom of the stairs for each kiddo to carry up and put away.  Some items might be random things they had brought down but others were brand new gifts they'd just received.  I gave them time to put them all away and then told them I'd be throwing away things left on the stairs.  This usually puts them in high alert and gets them moving QUICKLY.  Except Bowen, he came down to the bottom of the stairs, slowly looked over everything in his pile and then replied with, "Mom, you can throw my stuff away.  I don't really want any of that."  YOU GUYS!  It had NEW toys he'd just gotten for Christmas, but he was TOO LAZY to put them up!  Um...NO!  Needless to say, he got a big talking to-and quickly put all his new toys away.  I'm still shaking my head about him saying this!

*He's going to preschool three days a week this year and absolutely loves it!  His teachers, his new friends, and his school is going great.  I cannot believe he'll be in kindergarten this fall.  My plan this semester is to soak up our Mondays and Fridays around here doing fun things.


 Britt:

If you missed my post all about her yesterday, you can check it out here.


That's what's going on around here with these cuties.  :)

Hope you enjoyed our update.  XO

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Adoption Update-Eight Months

I can't even believe it.  Eight months have passed since we brought our Britt Bradford home.

Eight amazing months.

Eight months where we have felt God's presence more than ever.

I couldn't love this quote more.  Prior to adoption, I remember being worried and praying about having an immediate connection with her.  I wanted to get her and instantly feel love.  I wasn't sure if it would work like that, but let me tell you God answered this prayer.  They placed her in my arms and she had my heart.

 This was a big month for our girl.  This month she graduated from occupational/physical therapy!  Which is AWESOME!  They basically said she was all caught up.  Our plan is to check in once every month or two to make sure we're still on track, but we're so thankful Britt is caught up at the moment.  She's walking, stacking blocks, climbing stairs, and more.  She's even attempting to run and jump, which is adorable to watch because her little body doesn't leave the ground.

She's still going to speech therapy weekly where we're hoping she starts using more words.  Since she's the fourth kiddo, a lot of her speech delays are highly related to her siblings doing whatever she wants for her without her having to speak.  You guys know what I mean?  She points and makes a little grunt and three people jump up to get it.  We're trying to stop that so she has to talk, but it's a hard habit to break.

Her hair is growing like crazy.  See the proof?!  

When it comes to eating, Britt prefers all of my favorites and by that I'm talking carbs and cheese.  haha!  She can eat anything and everything.  She is not a fan of meat.  She likes eggs, pasta, rice, cheese, and bananas the most.  She can now drink from a straw like a BOSS!  She prefers to use a fork when she eats but she still digs in with her hands as well.  

She's had a lot of adventures over the last few months....her first Thanksgiving, her first trip to Missouri, her first Christmas, her first LONG road trip to Atlanta, and her first ski trip.  And she handled it like a champ.  She knows her people and as long as she's with her people, she's good.

Britt can be both sweet and spicy....seriously, she walked into the kitchen the other day and just hugged my legs and walked out.  So sweet!  But two seconds later, Bowen got too close to her face and she swatted him.  Very spicy!  {We're working on this, by the way!}

This girl has stolen our hearts in such big, big ways.  Adoption is amazing.  I can't say it enough.

We couldn't love this girl more if we tried.

If you'd like to see more adoption posts, you can check them out here...

Bringing Home Britt Posts...

Adoption Questions Answered...

Post Adoption Updates...

I'd like to say a HUGE thank you to all of you who were praying for us along this journey.  And for those of you who are still praying.  God has had his hand in every step of this journey.  I'm so very thankful he chose us as Britt's forever family. 

If adoption is on your heart, please know I'm praying for you.

XO