Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday

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

What we're eating this week:
Monday:  Salmon and kids are big fish fans.
Tuesday:  We had some leftovers from the weekend.
Wednesday:  Taco Salads...for some reason I think of Girl Scout camp when I make taco salads.  Can you believe we made taco salads around the camp fire at camp?  As an adult, that sounds like a lot of trouble.
Thursday:  Pasta with Bacon and Corn with salad.
Friday:  We'll go out!

What I'm Reminiscing About:
Last year at this time I was shopping and getting everything ready for our Spring Break Disney Cruise.  It was a vacation full of FUN...the memories, the friends, and all kinds of Disney magic.  :)

What I'm Loving:
These days...field trips, class activities, playing outside, homework in the sun.

What We've Been Up To:
Labeling our Chinese food leftovers so no one else eats them.  ha!  And just life...winter sports are  now transitioning to spring sports.  The boys are starting to practice baseball and tee-ball.  Ebby Lee is still enjoying dance.  The warm weather has given us spring fever and we're READY for Spring Break!

What I'm Dreading:
Our master closet is in disarray.  I'm not sure how it happens so quickly, but it's happened again.  I have to clean that out this weekend.

What I'm Working On:
Mix and Match Travel has been hard at work sending families like these on fun-filled vacations.  Please e-mail us if you'd like help planning an upcoming vacation.

What I'm Excited About:
Tab and I are loading up these crazies and setting off on another fun little Spring Break getaway soon. #cmonspringbreak

What I'm watching/reading:
I just can't stop watching!  If you're watching, make sure you're following along with Sheaffer's recaps.  They are THE BEST!  This week I found myself cheering along with Rachel taking Nick to church!  I was so proud of that girl!

I'm reading Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist.  I like this one SO MUCH MORE than Present Over Perfect.

What I'm Listening To:
These two are on repeat in the car, at home, or anywhere else we might find ourselves.  :)

What I'm Wearing:

What I'm Doing This Weekend:
Remember the closet?  :)  That's on the top of my priority list.  

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month:
Next month might include me, pizza, and a mountain.  And by pizza I mean...I'll PIZZA my way down the entire mountain.  ;)

Hope you ladies have a great Wednesday!  XOXO

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday Talk

Happy Tuesday, Ladies!  

WE'RE BACK!  Ashley and I are back for another edition of Tuesday Talk.  The day of the month we invite you to chat about ANYTHING over on your blogs, grab our graphic, and link up to join us!  If you missed us this month, mark us down on your calendar for next time-March 21st.

Today, I want us to chat about something that's been on my while for the last couple weeks.  Are you ready?? 


I 'm pretty sure I heard some gasps and sighs.  :)

Swim suits are one thing I will hands down splurge on ANY DAY!  It's hard enough for us to feel comfortable in a swim suit so if you find a good one-go for it!

I have a few tips for trying on swim suits...
*I've started ordering suits.  I usually over order-a couple sizes of each, have them come to my house and I just know I'll be returning items.  I like this process MUCH better in ront of my own mirrors.  haha!

*ALWAYS use some sunless tanner before you try on your first suit of the year.  

*Remember the women in the magazines have been air brushed.  You look great!!

Isn't this the truth?  haha!
The weather around here has been crazy nice.  It's got me ready for spring!  And spring turns into summer so I've had swim suits on the brain.  I'd love for us to chat about our favorite places to buy swim suits.  Maybe (HOPEFULLY) we can help each other out and we'll all be feeling great in a new suit this year.

This year my struggle is the suits I'm drawn to are not the ones that look the best on me.  Do you guys ever deal with that?  I want to be one big ruffle at the pool this year but so far all five suits I've ordered haven't worked.  And every year I see some cute one piece I just know will work for me.  Every year this happens.  I'm crazy's never gonna happen.  There are pros and cons to this and one major con piece swim suits DO NOT WORK.  But I have no doubt in 2018, I'll give it another go and will have to remind myself this body just wasn't made for those suits.  

I thought I'd share some places I've shopped for suits over the years....(I'm hoping you share too)!  Keep in mind I'm highlighting a few that catch my eye but they aren't necessarily suits that will work for me.  But maybe they'll work for you.  :)


This just needs a big hat and you're beach ready!  Isn't that cute?

This is a fun twist on a one piece with the lace cut outs.  

Trina Turke always has the best colors and designs.

I like this spin on a bikini top.

Super cute tankini option.

Victoria's Secret:
Apparently, I'm a fan of the high neck this year.  ;)

I look so much better in a colorful suit.  This one looks great.

The ruffles.  Need I say more?

Old Navy:
I told you I have a thing for the ruffles.

And the high neck.  :)  The back of this top made it even more fun.

This would never work for me, but it sure is cute.

A friend recently told me about Revolve.  I ordered the cutest one-piece (WHAT WAS I THINKING?), but it was way too short.
Isn't this suit cute?  The floral print was gorgeous!

Now, let's chat.  Where do you like to buy swim suits?  Please, please share.  Hopefully, we can help each other out and we'll all be feeling like a million bucks at the pool this summer.


Monday, February 20, 2017

Questions Answered-Part 7

So I'm answering.  :)

*Where did you get your bedding?*
When we moved into our house almost two years ago, we got a king-size bed, new bedding, and {according to Tab} WAY too many pillows.  :)  The duvet cover came from Pottery Barn and is completely sold out.  They do have the same pattern in a more muted form in 24-inch square pillow covers.  They came out with those this past fall and they're now on sale.  I got the blue quilt from Pottery Barn as well.  The exact one is also sold out, but this set is very similar.  I added the random throw pillows from Pottery Barn and found the throw at Target.  Again, mine is sold out but lots to choose from at Target.  And the beach towels were only for a special little guy who was working on the underwear at nap time thing. 

If you're local, our bed came from Weir's Furniture.

*How do you keep our teeth so white?*
First of all, THANK YOU.  I wish I had some magic formula, but I don't.  I've tried lots of different things and my very favorite is Crest WhiteStrips.  I've tried every variation and I like them all.  Every couple weeks, I'll use one or two.  I usually put them in when I'm about to shower and then I take them out when I'm all dressed, have make-up on, and hair done.  I should add that I drink coffee and tea, but always with a straw.  I do think it really helps.

*I'm stopping in McKinney.  What should I do?*
Last year I did a post all about this.  I shared "Things to do in McKinney".   Local girls, please add to my list!

*What popcorn did I serve at the Valentine Party?*
(I think Kensington told Shay it was the BEST EVER.) I served this White Cheddar Popcorn...found at your local grocery store, Wal-Mart, or Target.

*Where did you get the metal tiered tray you used at the Valentine Party?*
I got my tiered stand a couple years ago at Sam's Club.  This one is sold out, but I found a similar option at World Market.

I got asked a lot about the paint color in the dining room, but I cannot find it anywhere.  It's from Sherwin Williams-that's all I know.  :(

*How do you handle screen time in your home?*
In the morning, as the kids are eating breakfast they watch some t.v.  After school, they have to play outside, play with toys, etc. until right before bed.  If there's time we allow a show, part of a movie, etc. before bed time.  On the weekends, they can play on I-Pads and have more t.v. time, but during the week we try to be pretty strict.  I have one kid who could care less but two kiddos who would turn into couch potatoes if we let them.  

Last week, when we discussed chores for kids one reader mentioned that in order for her kiddos to get screen time they have to do a chore...clean bathroom, vacuum downstairs, etc. and I LOVE this idea! 

*What self-tanner do you use?*
(This is the picture the reader referenced when asking this question.)  Here's the truth, I've never met a self-tanner I didn't like. :)  I look so much better with a little color on my skin, so self-tanners are my jam.  My favorites include Body Drench Quick Tan,  Dr. Gross Glow Pads for Body, Dr. Gross Glow Pads for Face, and Rodan and Fields' Sunless Foaming Tanner.  I just recently ordered (and have used once) St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse.  The color was great, but I'd highly recommend purchasing a mitt of some kind.  My hands were pretty dark after applying.  I've been seeing a lot of people gush about that Say Hello to Sexy glow gel.  Has anyone tried it?

*How do you and Tab keep the romance alive in your marriage?*

*What is your favorite bible study or favorite Christian books?*
The Seamless Bible Study was SO GOOD.  I highly recommend it.

I'm reading Bread and Wine right now.  I remember lots of friends reading this a couple years ago and clearly I wasn't paying close attention.  I thought it was mainly recipes...there I go judging a book by it's cover. ;)  But I'm really enjoying it. 

Keep It Shut and Let It Go by Karen Ehman are both good.  I'm a big fan of her books.

And my favorite book EVER is Same Kind of Different As Me.  If you haven't read this one, STOP what you're doing now and order this book.  The movie releases October 20th and you know it's always better to read the book first.

*If you could rename all your kids what would their names be?*
Oh my goodness!!  Why is this game so fun?

I did a post about both girl names and boy names, you should check those out.  Lots of you guys left comments with amazing baby name options.

Girl-Mallie, Teagan, Pippen, Quinn, and Tatum just to name a few.  ;)
Boy-Teague...I'm also a big fan of Brick.  (I typed these names, then referenced my boy name post and I said the exact same names two years ago.)

Please note those names would work if I was naming a child without Tab's help.  hahaha!  We have different view points when it comes to baby names.

*What are your favorite workout clothes?*
 Getup on the, leggings, and snow boots (similar).  Outfit on the and leggings.

My go-tos for workout gear are Athleta, Zella gear at Nordstrom, or Under Armour.

*Where did Marla get that bobblehead for Tab for Christmas?*
This is the Etsy shop where she ordered the bobbleheads.  You send in a picture and they make the bobblehead look like your picture.  They also send you an example before they complete it so you can make changes.

*What clothing/shoe items do you deem a necessity for your family and what are the fun splurges?*
Hmmm...where to even begin?  The first thing that comes to mind is shoes.  Our boys have three pairs of shoes, church shoes, and Natives.  I always buy them good brand-name shoes I know will last a while.  Since they only have three in the rotation, I know they're going to get a LOT of wear out of them. 

When Ebby Lee was younger, I went over board on her shoes.  She had a pair for every situation.  Now, I know she's interested in what is comfy and cute.  I bypass having all kinds of options for maybe a few that are a little more expensive but fit her criteria...comfy and cute.

Another thing I did when Ebby Lee was a baby was I saved all her really nice clothes for a special event.  Well, you know what happened?  Sometimes she'd wear a super cute outfit only once because I was so nervous about her ruining it.  It didn't take me long to change my mind on this...if it's something so nice she can't wear it, she probably shouldn't have it.  We have a few nice dresses this rule doesn't apply to, but for the most part if she owns it, then she can wear it anywhere.

I blogged last summer about my favorite places to shop for kids' clothes.  I'm still shopping at those three places the most for the kiddos.

*Where did you find those polka dot sheets with the lullaby for Ebby Lee's room?*

I hope you enjoyed this edition of You Asked... :)
Happy Monday!