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


Monday, June 18, 2018

I Like Big Bows and I Cannot Lie

Hey, Hey Friends!

Happy Monday!

I want you to know I had plans to add this as a portion to my Friday Favorites post and the more I thought about it, the more I decided this topic deserved it's own post.

I've got a confession....I LIKE BIG BOWS AND I CANNOT LIE.  :)

 I mean...isn't she the cutest?

The second Ebby Lee entered the world she pretty much had a bow or headband of some sort in her hair or on her head.  And Britt is following the Slaughter trend.

I think it's partially a "Southern" thing and partially just a preference.  Ebby Lee does her own hair on most days and she puts a bow in her hair all on her own.  She still prefers to wear one daily {and I'm totally okay with that}.  I know she'll grow up sooner than I'd prefer anyway, so the longer she wears bows and ruffle pants-is totally fine with me.  #whywouldirushthat

Do you know where I get all of their bows?


From Casey at One Stop Bow Shop, of course!

{Keep reading for a coupon code, girls!!!}

I met Casey years ago {Casey is Shay's cousin} and she's so sweet.  With two girls of her own, she has an eye for accessorizing and her bows are amazing!  Do you know you can wash them?  They hold up so well in the washing machine and then I just sit them out to dry.  They're the best quality bows I've ever seen.  If you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter, or some sweet little girl in your life, I highly recommend them!

Here's a little more proof our love for One Stop Bow Shop runs deep...








I'm telling you we love us some One Stop Bow Shop around here.  :)

The bows come in a wide range of sizes.  We have a variety of sizes, but most of the time Ebby Lee wears the "XLarge Jumbo" and Britt wears the "Large".  Even though it looks like Bowen did that for me, it was actually me.  ha!

Have you heard of One Stop Bow Shop's Monthly Bow Box?  This would make an awesome baby gift for a little girl, first birthday gift, or just a special gift for a mom to be to help her start her bow collection.  The subscription cost is $20 per month and you receive five bows varying in size, four are solid and one is a print that coincides with the season.  

Check out the June box!!  So cute and all the colors you'll need this summer.  The June boxes are shipping now.

This mermaid bow is so cute it deserved to be seen.  :)  Isn't that bow CUTE?

And the July box {you can pre-order} is just as darling.

Ebby Lee flipped over this unicorn bow.

I'm telling you WE LIKE BIG BOWS AND WE CANNOT LIE.

And we just so happen to love One Stop Bow Shop as well.  :)

I have GREAT NEWS...Casey is offering a code for us to receive 10% off the June or July bow box.  If you enter, "Erika", at checkout you'll see your discount.  Thank you, Casey!

Happy Monday, Friends!
XO