Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites || 8.11.17

Lately, Cam has really become the master of interpreting one year old language.
Conley is really good at talking right now, but every now & then, there's the occasion where we look at him like what???  He's usually very persistent, & repeats himself over & over...AND over again.  But if he wasn't doing that, he'd be saying something else.  You guys, we have two children who never shut up from the minute they open their eyes to when they shut them.  All I know is they take after their daddy!  
Cam typically steps in:  "What he's saying is...blah blah blah." 
 Annnnnd 9 times out of 10 he is usually right...๐Ÿ˜‚

He's been helping Conley say the prayer & last night he was at dinner prompting Conley to repeat him.  
"Conley, say Dear Lord" 
Conley: "Dear Lerd"
"Conley, Say sank you for our trespasses..."
At least they're getting the gist of it...right??๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜œ
They are something else these days.  
I had to share that.  Now, to Friday Favorites!  Can you guys believe summer break is already coming to an end?  It always goes by at warp speed...

one.  favorite kid products
It's a tie between Sleepize & these reusable swim diapers! 
 I've been using both these products this beach trip, and it's so nice to not be having to keep stock of MORE(๐Ÿ˜ฑ) diapers or dealing with rashes that come with wet skin rubbing that diaper material.  This little swim diaper has been so nice!  And it was on clearance at the actual store for 6.99 rather than 9.99๐Ÿ˜˜

  I'm also excited to share, that after experimenting all summer (DRUM ROLL PLEASE) with the best oils for sleep in our house...Sleepize + cedar wood have to be considered my children's own personal sweet dream potion:)  
I think I'll even make a linen/pillow spray with it next week!  
To learn more about Young Living oils & how you can use them in your home and with your family, don't be afraid to send me a message guys! 
I won't just hook you up, but I will be there with you to help you make the most of your oils๐Ÿ˜‰

two.  favorite laugh
We were in for a few hours yesterday due to stormy weather, so we filled our time with funny stuff.  This right here!  My little brother & I totally have a picture just like be back in the 90's, y'all.

three.  favorite sweet treat
RUN, don't walk to Target!  They have the Reese's Peanut Butter Pumpkin Cups out!๐Ÿ˜

four.  favorite back to school things
My focus is all on bed routines (as I've worked the whole summer on making that better for us).  I found this little graphic on Pinterest helpful for myself (as I really need to make the most of my early mornings rather than late nights) as well as these organizational tips.  Cam is going on year two of his little dragon backpack & I love it because of it's size (perfect for Pre-Kers and durability;)  He has the smaller version!  When he's not in school, he crams it full of toys & carries it everywhere as well๐Ÿค“

five.  favorite devotional
I am halfway through this book now, & every devotion resonates so well with me.  I love how I never brush off having some Jesus time d/t "not having time", & though short, the punch is powerful.  I highly recommend this for mamas:)
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Photo (or two) Every Hour || Beach Day 8.8.17

We are having such a great time being together on vacation!  
Here's a day full of memories to look back on one day... 
 A day in the life - summer of 2017๐Ÿ˜Ž

5 am
Up & at it!  Planning family things needed before school starts/capsule wardrobe for all family members/blog/work planning.  R e a l l y trying to embrace the portion of Proverbs 31 when it says, "She gets up while it is still night" and "She sets about her work vigorously."  I fail miserably at this in general, but there is a fresh school year upon us, right?

6 am
Finally, light to read the word!  Nothing like reading the bible by the ocean with a good cup of coffee!๐Ÿ˜

7 am
Good company waking' up!  The Mr.'s allergic reaction has made a turn for the worst๐Ÿ˜ข  He's heading to urgent care.  For some reason he wanted to go alone๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป

8 am
Breakfast with the brothers๐Ÿ’™

9 am
Let's head to the sunshine!

10 am
Little brother is just too sweet today...

11 am
Lunch & the ever unpopular...nap time 

12 pm 
The Mr. finally came back with meds & bad news.  He ended up with an infection from the allergic reaction:/  No sun for him today.  He fell asleep with the boys & (though not good circumstances) I went to the pool ALONE.  Not happened since before I got married 7 years ago!  HOW. DO. I. DO. THIS?

1 pm
My Dad joined & shares everyone is still sleeping.  So much for peace and quite.  He looks like Sparky Polasky (Bring It On choreographer?  Anyone?) in his all black jeans, shirt, and work boots sitting by the pool at the beach.  All while playing his favorite song, "Made in Japan," from HeeHaw at top notch volume, while everyone at the pool glares.  
Maybe I'll go check on the boys...๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ™ˆ

2 pm
Boys STILL sleeping!  #thankyouoils
Hubs is up & ready to do naturally-we go to get our
(car)oil changed + to mail eBay happy mail ๐Ÿ˜‰

3 pm
Boys are finally UP!
Bieber jams + getting ready for early dinner๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

4 pm
Dinner @ Dee's Hang Out ๐Ÿ˜›
Mock bang bang shrimp for the win๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿผ

5 pm
Rollar skating is a logical idea...right?  Camster lasted 5 minutes.  
He looked like a new born deer learning to walk๐Ÿ˜‚...
Buh-BYE 30 buckaroos๐Ÿ˜
On the bright side, we all got super cool white socks...

6 pm
We totally redeemed ourselves with the arcade...(for all three boys๐Ÿ˜)
*Until Cam walked out crying because we weren't going to go bowling or go ride go carts next.  ๐Ÿ™„

7 pm
Winding down with a drawing session, which is becoming quite the favorite thing around here✍๐Ÿฝ "Draw Josie!"  is Conley's favorite request (Papa's cat๐Ÿฑ RIP)

8 pm
Turn on the "confuser" (aka Cam's interpretation of "diffuser") & diffuse the Sleepize, 
it's time for a good nights rest!
What??  Judge us hard, y'all   Skate one lap around the rink with a 70ish lb 4 year old on your arm & chase a one year old around an arcade for an hour, & you'd sleep like another person's baby, too!

Monday, August 7, 2017

My Capsule Wardrobe || Summer

So, I'm t o t a l l y late in curating my summer capsule wardrobe...
but that doesn't mean that I haven't been thinking about next year!

And what better time to purchase quality summer pieces than the end of the season when everything goes on sale?๐Ÿ˜‰  Plus, I love that a lot of pieces can transition me into the fall!

Here's what I've done with the capsule wardrobe steps so far:

1.  Purge & Pile
cleaned out my closet! 
In the process of selling the things I decided I didn't "love"...

2.  Make a List/Pin/& Plan
after I gutted everything, I made a list in my little notebook of seasons/a pie chart of my daily clothing needs which I found were:
 "50% mom comfy clothes,  40% work/"out and about" clothes/10% church) which I shared here.  Therefore, yes-tees and jeans were at the top of my list...  Then, I hit Pinterest & cleaned (am STILL cleaning out as free time happens) my seasonal boards to only consist of styles I have or want to invest in.  
IN PROCESS  ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿฝ  3.Figure Budget & Pre-shop
Over here trying to find "my style," the patterns/colors that I am drawn to, utilizing most of the things I already own & putting it together to make the right outfits!

You can find a lot more in depth steps if you'd like, but they overwhelm me.  So, this is my interpretation & how I went about curating a capsule in a way that best met my needs๐Ÿ˜˜.
*Most tutorials suggest doing a "fashion show" (try on outfits/take pictures of outfits you can put together), which I didn't do <<yet>>, but I guess packing for the beach with what is left has been a form of being creative & putting things together.  
P.S. My boys are w a y more stylish than I could ever think of being...see below๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ
After purging my closet, (we're talking two different consignment shops, taking the rest home, taking pictures of each piece, and uploading to Facebook yard sale/eBay pages... with two small children to plan around-mostly this happened during their nap time or late at night) I finally feel like I earned enough money to start adding a few pieces now!  I wanted to share with you some of the things I'd like to add to complete my summer capsule.  Don't worry (like you are๐Ÿ˜‚), Fall is hot on it's trail.  It's my favorite season to dress for!๐Ÿ‚
sandals || tee || shorts || suit || hat || cardigan || sneakers || blouse
*Yes, you need sweaters in the summer...go inside anywhere & you'll freeze to death!
AND these items don't necessarily "go together"...they are just pieces I need to get outfits similar to below.
Outfits I find myself gravitating toward for late summer/early fall...
Seems like I have a boho/athleisure type style when it comes to the outfits I saved & the type of clothes I already own?  Idk.  
I think the pinning & pre-shopping part is my favorite!
Obviously, right?  ๐Ÿ™ˆ

But the great thing now, is that I know the characteristics of the pieces I love, what makes me feel happy and beautiful, and what I still need in order to complete my capsule!  I have also found that I have an extra picky eye to make sure I only buy the things I know I'll want to wear for a couple of seasons instead of impulse buying & ending up with something I'll wear one time!  Anybody else do that?๐Ÿ˜

P.S. I no longer have a personal laptop๐Ÿ˜ž. Read here to see why.  That's why things have been kind of quiet around here lately...Pray for a Christmas miracle, as I really need one to come into my life soon - not just for blogging-but work, too!  
Until then, I'll be stealing my  mom's every chance I get๐Ÿ˜  Sorry, mother dear.