Thursday, June 21, 2018

Beach Trip Prep

Hey Everyone!

Hope your Thursday is looking great!  Like I said yesterday, I'm knee deep in packing ALL THE THINGS for our vacation.  We leave tomorrow to head to Rosemary Beach.  This is so my life right now...

Hahahahaha!!

Because I'm the lady on the left right now and all of my thoughts are revolving around things I should do, items I should pack, or how I'm going to fit it all in I decided I'd give you a peek into my planning mind.  :)

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When we travel to the Florida beaches, we always stay in a condo or house.  I'm a huge fan of that...it gives us more space, we can easily wash laundry, and the list goes on and on.  But do you want to know my least favorite thing?

The Grocery Store
{Imagine hearing that duh, duh, duh music right about now.}

Most beach rentals during the summer rent from Saturday to Saturday so everyone is checking in/out on the same day, which means the grocery stores on Saturday and even Sunday are Black-Friday-type-CRAZY.

This time I decided I needed a new system and I found Be My Shopper Concierge Grocery Shopping.  I'm like GIDDY excited about this!  I went online and ordered all the groceries we want for the week.  Their website doesn't have everything you'd see in a grocery store, but it has a ton of items.  There is a place to add items you don't see online, but I didn't need to add anything extra.  The service costs $50 and a percentage of your total, but you guys {this is the best part} the items are all delivered before we even check in to our condo.  I'm gonna say that again just in case you missed it.  When we arrive at the condo, our grocery store items will already be there WAITING for us.  I asked Tab if he'd like to shop to save the extra money this service would cost and he told me it sounds like the best money we've ever spent.  #notafanofthegrocerystoreeither

I want to add this is not a sponsored post, but I'm seriously pumped about this service and thought someone else traveling to the beach might want to take advantage.  I'll be sure to give you a review of the service when I'm back.  :)

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A beach and a good book just goes hand-in-hand.  Right?

A few of these were recommended by friends and a few I found in the back of my book cabinet {no clue who recommended them}.  Here are a few of the books I'm taking on the trip....





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A few of the new things I bought for the trip...

*This pineapple Target cover-up.  I sized up to a medium because it's junior sizing.
*Coral Beach Dress-this one was calling my name.  You know I have a thing for coral. ;)
*This fringe Target cover-up is junior sizing as well, so again-size up. 
*Druzy Stud Set for cute, affordable earrings that can be worn to the beach or out to dinner.
*Floral Romper-When we need a little break from the sun, I can see myself strolling around town in this outfit.
*Lemon Pajama Set-apparently I'm having a moment with fruit right now.  :)  I tend to never buy myself new pajamas until I'm headed out on a trip.  Then I buy several new sets and trash the ones falling apart.  {Do you guys have those too or is it just me?}
*Bracelet Set-I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this, but I decided it was a cute little set for a great price that just happens to scream, "BEACH!", to me.
*Beach Hat and new sunglasses made the cut as well.

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My kiddos are pretty great about a road trip.  I let everyone buy a new DVD for the car.  We'll pack some other oldies but goodies along with snacks, a few books, and blankets so everyone is cozy and be SET!

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Okay, I'm off to double check all my lists, finish the laundry, and make one more run to the store before calling it a day.  Hope you have a good one!

XO

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

What's Up Wednesday-A Week EARLY!

 I'm joining MelShay, and Sheaffer for their What's Up Wednesday link-up!  And I'm linking up a week too soon.  :)  #earlybird


What we're eating this week:
Am I the only one who makes their family hunt for their own dinner the week before a vacation? 

I have no clue what my family will be eating the next few days, but I promise I'll feed them.



What I'm Reminiscing About:


Our last trip to the beach.  The Slaughter Six are READY!  We leave on Friday for our roadtrip to Rosemary Beach, where we'll be enjoying a week of fun in the sun.



What I'm Loving:



I'm loving that Britty is a big fan of the water this summer.  She absolutely loves the pool.  She's a fan of jumping in...off the steps, off the side, and even off the diving board.  Earlier this week, she competed in the Cannonball Contest at the pool and WON!   {I have no doubts it was her cuteness that won the competition instead of her actual cannonball.  She hasn't mastered that just yet.}



What We've Been Up To:

I partnered with Nordstrom again to share a little more about their amazing gifting services.  Their wide range of price points and gifting services makes gift giving throughout the year super seamless.

I'm highlighting a few of my favorite baby gifts to give {and what new mama wouldn't love to receive these?}...

One gift I always loved receiving was a really nice baby blanket.  I have a girlfriend from high school who bought me a Little Giraffe blanket every time I had a baby and she'd add their monogram to the blanket.  I cherished those blankets so much.


They're super great quality blankets and would make a great gift.  This brand also makes other items a new mom would love.

Sidenote...I wanted to wrap up Britt to feature the blanket, BUT she played hard with the big kiddos yesterday and was napping like a boss!


You guys know how much I love a gifting set for myself...imagine how much I'd love this one for a new baby.  It's the perfect way to try a variety of different products and decide what will be your go-to's as a new mom.  The Honest Company also has other gift sets for new babies, diaper cakes, and diaper backpacks.

I always preferred gifts that I wouldn't normally splurge on for myself or my baby.  Like these Ugg boots {similar to Britt's in the picture}...I would have flipped to open those up at a baby shower.

You can shop all kinds of baby gift ideas below...



In order to highlight these items, I ordered online but selected the "Pick Up In-Store" option.  You guys!  SO EASY!  I received a text from Nordstrom the second my items were all bagged and ready that looked like this...



When I got to the front of the store, {please note, we all stayed in the car...no lugging kids inside to grab one or two items} I called the number and Andrew, the nice associate at my store brought the items right out.  It took under three minutes for this to happen.  Keep this in mind if you're ordering and want something ASAP!

And thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring a portion of this post!



What I'm Dreading:

I'm always the worst about leaving my house clean before a vacation.  I always have big goals and then it just never happens.  I'm making it a goal {again} and am dreading it a bit because it sounds like so much work.



What I'm Working On:


This is SO my life right now.  I'm packing for myself, all four kids, and then trying to also include beach stuff, house stuff, etc.  Tab will throw a couple things in a bag about thirty minutes before we leave.  Sigh.



What I'm Excited About:


AHHHH!!!!  I'm looking forward to this.  The good food, no schedules, no responsibilities, not cooking {much}, sleeping in, and spending time with my people uninterrupted.



What I'm watching/reading:


I just started reading Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery.  I can't remember where I saw a Summer Beach List 2018 and this book landed a spot on that list, so I ordered it.  Thought it'd be the perfect book to get me in the beach spirit.



I cannot WAIT for the Big Brother premiere on June 27th!  Set your DVRS!




What I'm Listening To:

We've been listening to all the summer stations we can find on Pandora.



What I'm Wearing:


Shocking...I was in something other than a swimsuit and cover-up one day this week!  I'm loving this new top paired with my favorite denim shorts.




What I'm Doing This Weekend:


Oh my goodness!  This is SO us!  Every time!



What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:


All things Red + White + Blue, the 4th of July parade, fireworks, more swimming, and more SUMMER!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!  XO

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Tuesday Talk

Hey Tuesday!

Once a month, I join Fancy Ashley and we host Tuesday Talk.  We invite you to join us to chit chat about any and everything.  Here are the list of topics we've discussed in 2018...







Today, I'm keepin' it real for you and sharing a funny mom story.  :)

This past spring Nixon was playing in a baseball tournament early on Saturday morning and there was absolutely no breakfast food in our house.  So we stopped on the way to grab breakfast sandwiches and just ate in the car on the way to baseball.  

No big deal.  Right?

Two days later, I picked up my kiddos from school and also one of Ebby Lee's friends.  On the way to our house the sweet little friend asked, "Why is there a patty in your floor?".  

Hmmmmmm.  Come again?

I'm pretty sure I responded with a, "What did you say?".

And the little girl said, "There's a sausage patty in your floor."

Chalk that up as things I never thought I'd hear, but yes, I realized later I'd been driving around for two days with a sausage patty indeed on the floor of my car.

That's keepin' it real, friends.

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What about you?  Do you have a fun "mom" story that might bring us all a little laugh today?  We'd love for you to share!

Hope you have a great day!
XO