Monday, December 11, 2017

Most Popular Posts of 2017

Every year I like to highlight some of YOUR favorite posts of the year.  These are the posts that got the most views, most comments, etc.  Maybe you missed a post or two this year and it's a fun way to look back at the most popular highlights.  :)

And if you're wondering why I'm doing this so early in December, it's because I'm taking some time off after Christmas and my calendar is all filled up next week.

Last year, this was the list...{It was ALL ABOUT THE VACATIONS.}
#5 Slaughters in Mexico

The Slaughter family traded in our Florida beach trip for a Mexican vacation this year.  From dolphins to sand to tacos by the pool we had a BLAST!  I shared it all in Part 1,Part 2Part 3, and Part 4.

#3 New York City Fall Trip with the Family

The kiddos and I packed up and headed to New York City with Tab for a trip to the Big Apple and a West Point football game.  I shared the family fun in Part 1Part 2, and Questions Answered.

#2 New York City Spring Trip with Shay

Earlier this year, I accompanied Shay on her first trip to the Today show and my first trip to New York City!  We did all the girly things you can imagine and I shared it in Part 1Part 2, and Part 3.

#1 Spring Break Disney Cruise

For Spring Break this year, we packed up and headed south for a Disney Cruise with the Shull family.  It was five days full of fun in the sun.  We can't wait to go back!  I shared it all in Day 1Day 2Day 3Day 4, and You Asked.

See what I mean?  The vacations were definitely the highlight over on the blog.    

This year, this sweet face dominated the Top Five for sure. :)

2017 List:

This one deserves an honorable mention.

This was one of Britt's first weeks home.  It was a typical hot random mess of things including some pictures from the pool, my first week solo while Tab was working out of town, and a few hours to myself (pictured above :)).

#4 Spring Break Trip

We spent the first couple days of Spring Break in Denver and ended the trip in Vail.

#3 Britt turned TWO!

#2 Bringing Home Britt

On May 9th, we headed to Beijing to begin the trip of bringing home our Britt.  I blogged all the details-

#1 Slaughters are Adopting

We shared our exciting news {that we'd been keeping a secret for over a year!} and left just a few days later to get our girl.

THANK YOU for being a part of this little piece of the internet with me.  I'm so thankful for you girls.  Your comments, messages, e-mails, and texts mean so much.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Favorites

EEK!!!  It's December 8th, friends!  Just 17 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

Britt just can't believe it.  17 MORE DAYS UNTIL HER FIRST CHRISTMAS!

All the holiday festivities have me wanting to let my kiddos stay up way too late so we're excited to be one day weekend closer to Christmas break.   I'm linking up with Narci and Andrea to share some favorites with you today.  #likealways

First up, Nordstrom asked me to talk sweaters with you and one thing is for certain this year-I'm having a love affair with sweaters so I knew this would be perfect for me.  

I have two sweater tips I learned this year...1. In the past, I've always ordered my normal size in a sweater and let me tell you...that is not the way I prefer a sweater.  I like them a bit oversized.  This year I'm ordering one {if not two} size up.  If you've never given this a shot, you might want to try.  2. I prefer a front-tuck with a sweater.  Some sweaters tend to be on the short-side for us long-waisted girls but with a little front tuck IT DOESN'T MATTER!  You should grab a cute belt and try this tip ASAP!

Seriously, you might have been doing these two things for years, but they're changing all my thoughts on sweaters!  #someoneshouldhavetoldme

I have ALL the heart eyes for this sweater.  I LOVE the's a white, ivory, grey combo.  It can hang ALL WINTER LONG!  The sleeves on this one are fun too.  I'm normally a small in tops, but for this one I ordered a large and I LOVE it!  I paired it with these dark jeans, a leopard belt {mine is sold out but this is super similar}, and these booties.

This sweater is very similar in the color scheme.  It says, "Red", online but it definitely looks more ivory/maroon combo to me in person.  For size purposes, I ordered an "8".  This one is a bit shorter than the first sweater, but with the front tuck it doesn't look too short at all.  It might be hard to tell from the picture but the neckline on this sweater is really pretty.  Can't you see me in a ski lodge by the fire drinking my coffee and reading a book with this sweater?  ;)

This Dolman sleeve mock-neck sweater comes in three other colors and is under $40.  It's not a thick sweater, but will be perfect for mildly cool days {mostly what we get in Texas}. I ordered a small and it fit great.  You could size up or stay true to size on this one.

I tried to only focus on sweaters you could wear before AND after Christmas.  This red sweater caught my eye and I just couldn't look away.  The sleeves on this top are fun.  They bring the party, that's for sure.  I ordered an "8" in this one as well.  I think I could have ordered my normal "4" and been fine, but again, I like the oversize look as long as I pair it with skinny jeans to give some balance. The color is gorgeous for Christmas.  If you've been looking for a fun, festive holiday sweater, look no further.

This sweater just got marked down-40% off {within the last two days!}.  I absolutely love the length on this top.  It does have side slits and I'd say it's more on the loosely threaded side as well.  {That's my way of saying-It's not tightly woven.  You can't see through it, but it wouldn't hurt to wear a tank underneath.}  I love this ivory color paired with dark denim or black for the holidays, but it also comes in two other colors as well.  I ordered a medium so I'd say I sized up just one.

Maybe you have a ski vacation coming up or are looking for another Christmas gift?  No matter the case, I hope I helped you see something you like today!

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this portion of the post.


Let me introduce you to the newest member of our family, Blue Sparkle Diamond Slaughter.  The Shull family gifted this fish to Bowen for his birthday.  And Bowen has never been more excited!  I'm pretty impressed with our pet skills...Blue Sparkle Diamond had to stay in a little plastic bowl for only three days, then we had to transfer him to the tank with special water-at room temperature, and feed him just the right amount.  It's been almost two weeks and I'm so happy to report...Blue Sparkle is doing great!


This past weekend was the holiday dance recital {or actually I should say that in plural form because there were three performances} for Ebby Lee and Kensington.

They performed in both Nutcracker shows.

Her cheering section was there and we were so proud of her.

Can you spot Ebby Lee?  She's third  from the Sugar Plum Fairy.

She also performed a tap and jazz number.  I was so proud of these girls!  They smiled, did their very best, and had fun!


This is the Slaughter house all decorated for Christmas.  If you missed my inside home tour, you can see it here.


Sunday morning before church I realized we were all MAID FOR PLAID so we snapped a selfie.  I'm not sure where Britt is looking.  haha!  #oops


On Wednesday, Britt took the shortest nap known to man and then thought it was time to go about her day.  This girl loves to color so I set her up in the floor beside me while I worked at my desk.  I glanced down and had to laugh.  She's got her sippy cup, goldfish, and crayons-but she's laying there like she's a big kid coloring!


This popped up on my FB feed from five years ago.  Look how tiny they were.  Ahhhhh!!!

I hope you guys have the BEST weekend!  XO

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Entertainment with Erika

It's time for some ENTERTAINMENT talk!

I wish I did this series every month, but I don't because the truth is-I go on reading kicks where I read in any extra spare time I have and then I go on a reading freeze for a bit.  Where I glance at my night stand full of books just waiting to be read and think-WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN READING?!  Then I pull up the covers and keep watching Bravo.  ;)  #booksandbravo #onrepeat

Instead, I'd say these are the books I've read in the last two months.

I'm sure you've heard of this series by Elin Hilderbrand.  I'd heard about them over and over, but I'd remember I wanted to read them in June.  Not that I couldn't have read a winter series in June, but I didn't want to.  I wanted to read them in the middle of the Christmas/winter season.  This October, Shay and I were talking about what books we'd read when she mentioned she'd just read the fourth one in this series.  BINGO!  It was the perfect reminder for me to read them "in season".  I'm not going to share about each book in the series, but they're very cute-Family Stone meets rated "R" Hallmark Christmas movie?  If that description makes any sense.  You fall in love with the characters in the first book and are rooting for them all throughout the rest.  It's centered around a family with four children and they're just like any American family-they have their issues.  There's jail time, rehab time, and more so definitely some twists and turns but if you're a fan of Elin Hilderbrand, you should definitely check these out!

This is what Amazon had to say about All the Missing Girls, "Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago."

If you were a Gone Girl, The Woman in Cabin 10, or Girl on the Train fan then you should read this one!  Super suspenseful and I didn't want to put it down until I figured out what had happened!  #thelaundrysufferedwhileIread

What I'm Currently Reading...

I read this one last year, but if you're looking for a great read during the Christmas season consider Max Lucado's Because of Bethlehem.  I read it last December and it is so good!

Have you guys heard anything?  I found that it should be airing on February 7th and CBS has it set to go up against the Winter Olympics!  EEK!  I also learned the Celebrity Edition is only running for three weeks-four nights a week I should add-but just three weeks.  Please let us all know if you've seen the list of house guests!!  {I couldn't find that.}

That's all I have for today!  I'm off to finish a book.  #ortwo

Happy Thursday!