Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hey Everyone!

HAPPY FRIDAY!  I've teamed up with some of my favorite girls, Narci and Andrea, and we're hosting a fun FRIDAY FAVORITES link-up!  We'd love for you to join us next week.  :)

I have some family fun mixed in with some reader e-mails/questions for you today.

Let's get started...

Every year the teachers at the big kids' elementary school go caroling around the neighborhoods.  They post what time they'll be at each location.  They are transported via a school bus all decked out with Christmas lights.  The teachers are all sporting lots of red and green.  It's just a fun, festive night!  And it's a great way to meet your neighbors with school age kids!

The teachers sang three quick songs for us.  They gave out some hugs and then hopped on the bus to head to the next stop.

We mingled and chatted for a bit before we called it a night.

If you're a teacher/administrator, I'd highly recommend you suggesting this for your school.  The Slaughter six give it six thumbs up!


On Wednesday, I went to grab Britt from the gym {please note her "CHEESE" face} and Madeley Shull started fake crying on me.  She said that she wanted to go with Ya-Ya {what she calls me}.  You guys!  I was like putty in her hands.  She could have asked me for a pony at that exact moment and I would have found a breeder!  It was in the moment that she wiped a pretend tear from her eye that I decided to spring her from the childcare.  I'm actually proud of myself for not having two chocolate milks pictured above.  It's because Madeley didn't think to ask for it.  #icanttellthatgirlno

One day...these two will be trouble. 


 Britt had a big doctor's appointment in Dallas yesterday so we made it a family affair.  Miss Britt got GREAT news!  PRAISE THE LORD!  And then Tab took us out for a Mexican lunch.  It was a win-win for us Slaughter girls.  :)


A sweet reader, Emily, sent me this picture this week.  I LOVE it!  If I'm being honest, I could probably have a couple laundry trees decorated in my house!  ha!  Now is the perfect time to remind you about the post earlier this week explaining how I stay sane during the holidays.  Here's a secret...I don't do it all.  During the Christmas season, laundry is the first to go.  It's all fun and games until everyone's out of underwear.  ha!  You can read the entire post here.

 And if you missed it, Shay and I are hosting this new link-up for 2018!  We'd love for you to join us for HOW WE WEDNESDAYS!

This is the line-up...


I got two e-mails about this jacket Tab is wearing.  I thought if two of you were asking a couple more might be wondering too.  I got this jacket for him last year for Christmas.  And it was a hit!  It's a really cute heather grey color and to be honest, I spied another dad wearing it at the park one day.  And hunted him down to ask him questions.  {That sounds super creepy and weird but I knew the dad so it wasn't SO strange.}  The color is really cute in person.  I found the exact jacket here on Zappos.



Atlanta, Georgia, girls-PLEASE help me out!  What are the MUSTS to do, see, and eat in your city {Family-friendly, I should add}?  I think we're staying in midtown-if that helps?  I'm thinking the World of Coke looks like a must?  What are your thoughts on the aquarium?  I must tell you-I kind of feel like if you've seen one you've seen them all?  But tell me your it a MUST?  Has anyone done the movie tour?  You guys know I love a studio tour so that caught my eye.  Or do you have other recommendations?  Please help me out!   THANK YOU!!

I'm off to run some errands, doctor's appointment, grocery store know all those fun Mom things.  Hope you have a great weekend!  XO

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Seeing BLACK

Hello, December 14th!

We see you and we're totally ready for you.  After those posts yesterday with all the ways to stay sane over the holidays you can BRING it!  We've got our game faces on.  Right, ladies?  If you missed it, check out the link-up yesterday here.

The last couple years I've chosen a color I was really feeling that particular holiday season and shared all kinds of goodies featured in that color.  I was SEEING RED in 2015, SEEING NAVY in 2016, and this year I'm seeing BLACK.  Which can go two can think that sounds depressing OR you can just be in awe of all the cute things retailers are featuring in black this year!

I happened to spy a lot of goodies I've featured before that are now on SALE in BLACK!
First up is my beanie.  That BLACK and white plaid combo is perfect for this post but of course, it's sold out at this point. However, I found an ivory/BLACK combo that's on sale for under $10.  Still looking for a stocking stuffer?  This is it!  And Britt's red beanie with the leopard pom pom is found hereBritt's puffer coat is here and is an additional 20% off with code GIFTNOW.

After seeing this cute grey/BLACK North Face vest on sale at Zappos, I ordered one for myself and decided I had to share!  It comes in other colors as well!

This BLACK dolman style sweater is now 40% off making it under $24.

They're hard to see but I'm wearing my favorite BLACK faux leather leggings.  I bought them last year and love them so much more than regular leggings.  There's texture so they're way more like a pant than other leggings.

This BLACK Zella pullover is great for the gym or let's be real-anyday for that matter.  It looks like the black is sold out, but it's available in a couple other colors.

I got this puffer last year, but there's a super similar one on sale right now (The coat comes in BLACK, but I think the fur is just a different color) and with the code GIFTNOW you save an additional 20% off.

These BLACK jeans with the fun hem are on sale for 33% off right now!

These BLACK and red pajamas are cute, comfy, and the perfect start to Christmas morning.

You guys were big fans of this varsity top and it's now been restocked along with lots of new colors added!  It's now available in 12 colors including BLACK!

Hope you guys enjoying SEEING BLACK today!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Workin' It Wednesday

Hi Friends!

I can't even believe it's our last WORKIN' IT WEDNESDAY link-up of the YEAR!  We've had some FUN this past year.  Once a month Shay and I team up to share how WE WORK IT.

Let's do a little recap of the good times we've had. {And we have our new link-up planned for 2018.  Keep reading!}

All the topics we've covered this past year:

Today, we're chatting...
Staying SANE during the holidays.  :)

How do you do it?
Maybe you spend every Christmas season feeling a bit like this minion.  ;)

I absolutely LOVE the Christmas season and everything it brings.  Along with all the fun we have though we do have to also juggle our everyday responsibilities, work,  regular meal planning, all the laundry (Sigh), and add in as many exciting activities as possible.  I find myself sometimes falling short and maybe you do too.  Remember one is perfect!!  So when the laundry piles up, I just have to LET IT GO amidst another round of family charades-Christmas style.  It's all about making memories and I have no doubts my children won't care a bit about the laundry being backed up but they will remember the fun we have all season long.

Maybe you have some thing or some things you need to let go of as well?

I have no idea where I got this recommendation, but someone mentioned this book to me.  The author says she struggled with not being able to slow down all Christmas season and really enjoy the moments so she did an experiment.  She did her best to be completely present during the season and documented her entire process.  I've only just started this book, but if you're someone who struggles with this-I'd highly recommend you grabbing it.

I've shared before but lists are my BFF during the month of December.
*A list of Christmas gifts everyone is receiving.
*A list of all the activities we have planned for December.
*A list of all the parties we're attending that need a host/hostess gift (and a running list of what's been bought).
*A list of all the teachers/therapists/babysitters we buy gifts for.
*I also have running work lists for travel things as well as blog things.

If you don't have a list going right now, GRAB A PEN.  :)

But my number one suggestion to stay sane this season would be...
Make some amazing memories with your people and have some fun, friends.

And if someone could remind me where I put those return address labels I bought back in November, that'd be great!  #weallhaveourthings

Now for 2018!!!

I'm SOOOOO EXCITED about this new link-up!
Every month Shay and I will be sharing HOW WE do something and we'd love for you to join and share HOW YOU do something.  The hope is we all learn a little bit from each other.  :)

This is the list of topics...
If you're new {or old} to the blogging world, we'd love for you to join us!  The second Wednesday of every month we host the link-up.  At the bottom of the link-up there's a spot for you to add your blog.  You click that little button and then follow the prompts to add yourself to the blog party. 

Hope you have the best day!  And remember-give yourself some grace today, ladies!