Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday Favorites

I can't even believe it's happening, but the SUMMER COUNTDOWN IS ON!  I mean...May is eleven days away.  Texas needs to get the memo it's almost summer time.  :)

In true Friday fashion, I'm teaming up with Narci and Andrea to bring you Friday Favorites!  It's our weekly link-up every Friday where we invite bloggers to join us and share their FAVORITES!

Today, I'm answering some e-mails via the blog.  Often times I think if a couple of you are asking, then maybe it's something everyone would like to know.  :)

WHERE DO I GET MY SUNGLASSES?

I've shared before that I'm no good at keeping up with an expensive pair of sunglasses, so I'll never be someone who sports a $100 pair.  I lose them, they get sit on, or something else happens to them, so I started buying these sunglasses from Nordstrom a couple years ago.  When I purchase, I stock up and grab several at a time.  Then if I lose them, it's not a big deal.  You can find a wide variety of styles all under $20.

WHERE DO YOU GET BRITT'S CLOTHES?  AND WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THEM WHEN SHE OUTGROWS THEM?

I get these questions a lot.  :)  I buy her lots of Matilda Jane clothes.  I also love Old Navy, Nordstrom, Gap, and boutiques (when I'm looking for something different).  And we have some fabulous friends...Madeley and others who don't have blogs that have passed down some of their clothes to us.  So, in the interest of "paying it forward", I typically bag up clothes and shoes and pass it on to friends with younger kiddos.

WHAT KIND OF ZIPLOC BAGS DID YOU USE TO PACK FOR TRIPS?

I mentioned in a "What I'm Priming" post that when we went to China I packed everyone's clothes in Ziploc bags.  I got Ziploc gallon size freezer bags {and tried to be the ULTIMATE ORGANIZED PACKER} and labeled each one-"Ebby Lee Day 1", "Ebby Lee PJ 1", etc.  I didn't pack enough clothes for us to have outfits everyday without having to do some laundry.  So once we were all out, I washed some clothes and refilled some bags.  I did the same thing on our Disney trip over Spring Break.  It was nice and easy.  I'd just throw a bag at each kiddo in the morning and everything they needed for the day was in there...underwear, socks, bow, etc.  I hope to start using those packing cubes, but for the last couple trips Ziploc didn't let me down.

HOW DO YOU STYLE YOUR FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS?

I actually got asked this question a ton last year around the Anniversary Sale so I did an entire post on how I wear my faux leather leggings the most.  These are mostly fall/winter looks, because I don't tend to wear them much in the spring or summer.

IN THE COUPLE NEXT DOOR DOES THE BABY DIE?

SPOILER ALERT...In the e-mail the reader explains she just cannot handle reading this book if something happens to the baby.  I completely get it and the answer is no.  :)  The baby is safe.

WHAT DO YOU USE TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH AND WHO'S YOUR DENTIST?

I've shared before that my go to teeth whitening is simply Crest White Strips.  They're super affordable (especially compared to other whitening systems), are easy to use, and definitely work!  For local girls, I go to McKinney Smiles here in McKinney.  I've been going for years and have been very happy with every appointment.  #notsponsored  #justansweringthequestion

WE'RE COMING TO MCKINNEY,!!  WHAT DO WE DO?!

This is a super common question around these parts and I've actually blogged about it before.  If you're pit-stopping in McKinney, I highly recommend you take a look at this blog post.  :)  Lots to do and see in our cute little town.

WHERE'D YOU GET THE SQUIGGLY WOOD WORK ON YOUR FRONT ROOM WALL?

Local girls, Marla gifted this to me for Christmas one year.  She happened to stumble upon it in Round Rock during one of their big markets.

MORE DETAILS ON YOUR MURDER MYSTERY DINNER!

I think I shared any and all the details in this post about our Murder in the Alps, but if you have any specific questions, please comment below and I'll answer.  :)

*This isn't a question, but just a comment that wouldn't post and I want to make sure you see it-just in case you're working on having grateful kiddos too.  :)  One reader recommended this book, More Than Enough:  Living Abundantly in a Culture of Excess.  I've ordered it already and can't wait to read.  In case you missed my post on Tuesday, I asked about how we make sure we're raising grateful kiddos.  You guys are simply amazing and left lots of comments with GREAT ideas!  You should check out that post just to read the comments!


Okay, friends!  I think that wraps it up for my questions and my favorites.  Have an awesome weekend and I'll see you Monday!

XO


Thursday, April 19, 2018

Birthday Party Full of Boys

I want to start this post off by saying that I've come a LONG way in the birthday department.

Whew!!!!

And the truth is, it feels REALLY good.

Pretty much the day I had Ebby Lee I started thinking about her first birthday party.  I chose a "candy" theme, tried to incorporate anything and everything "candy", invited lots of people and we had ourselves a BIG OL' PARTY!  I remember working on decorations the month prior to us even celebrating!  

Our family of three...about to be four in just a few more days ready to PARTY!

One of the ladies I taught with had just opened up a bakery specializing in cakes and she made the CUTEST cake.

It was the PERFECT day, but I'm so glad we've reached that sweet spot of kiddos having preferences for their parties and for me allowing them to have some independence in what THEY want.  It's a GREAT place to be.  :)

When Nixon asked for a football party at the park, I LOVED the idea.  The closer we got to planning it though, I started panicking about the weather.  The spring in Texas can be all kinds of crazy and WHAT would I do with a bunch of eight-year-old boys at the last minute if it rained??  I saw an Insta Story from Andrea where she was sharing an indoor Nerf War party spot.  I called her to discuss thinking MAYBE we should go that route and as we were talking she told me she was having Mason's party at Fieldhouse USA in Frisco, and that sounded like something Nixon would LOVE!

Just a few hours after getting off the phone with her, I'd booked his party!

Fieldhouse USA was the PERFECT spot for a party FULL OF BOYS!

We had access to this party room (which happened to be RIGHT across from the turf field).  Since Nix was hoping to play football, we put the turf field on hold for the party.  He got to pick two other sports, but decided on just kickball and flag football.  

We arrived and the party hostesses had sports' plates set up and ready!

The party was from 6-8 p.m. last Saturday night and they served the boys dinner.  They started the party by asking everyone their order.

Then we hit the field...
A panoramic of my view :)

They started the night with a big game of kickball.

I should add-Bowen came to the party and played!  I was expecting him to get upset, not be able to hang, and the boys be frustrated he was slowing them down.  But you guys!  Those boys were so sweet to him!

Halfway through party time, we sent them all to get drinks and then flag football was next.

During flag football, Bowen "sacked" the quarterback by fulling his flag and his team went crazy.  He had the biggest smile on his face and was pumped!  One kiddo even picked him up.  Made his DAY!

Then it was DINNER TIME!

We picked up a cake that afternoon at our local grocery store because #fancyparty.

And I'm not sure WHAT face this is, but it's the only picture I have of him alone!

After dinner and cake, they had a few minutes to run amuck on the field (probably their favorite part of the night) before the night ended.  

This location is about twenty minutes from our house so I offered to drive the boys to the party-just to save the parents a drive on a Saturday night.  The boys were good, but let me tell you....eight-year-old boys are LOUD!

The parents were all at our house to pick up when we arrived and then this was us after a party with sixteen boys...
hahaha!

Relaxing on the couch!

If you have a sports' lovin' boy like mine and you're local, I'd highly recommend this spot for a party!  And the night we were gonna have the party at the park, it HAILED here so I'm so glad we moved the location.

Happy Thursday, Everyone!

XO

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Girlfriend Chat

EEEEK!!!!

Stop what you're doing right now and head over to Shay's blog to listen to our GIRLFRIEND CHAT.  

I've gotta be honest.  I talk to Shay approximately twelve times a day, but this time I had a sweat going, was on the verge of breaking out in hives, and was NERVOUS!  {You guys know I'm NOT a public speaker!  haha!}  

I felt great until the LAST question....you should listen for my answer.  hahaha!  {But I'll go ahead and spill it.}  Shay asks for three words that describe me and to be honest I can't even remember at this moment what my first two words were BUT THEN I say..."Down for a good time".  WHAT?!  Where was-MOM, WIFE, or SINNER SAVED BY GRACE?!  No, in my panicked state I said, "down for a good time" is another way to describe me.  Oh my goodness!  Folks, that right there is why I did everything I could in college to NOT take public speaking.

You should go listen!  And then come back and let me know what you think.  :)

Happy Wednesday, Friends!
XO