Labor Day catch-up!

I have an extra set of hands around here today, so I’m actual going to try to get a blog post for each day this week. Lately, I can only make it to Wednesday before falling behind. These days, I have to do things in 30 minute increments (or so it feels).

  • I started another strict round of Whole 30 today. I’ll go ahead and say I plan on eating a couple of cheat meals when we go to the beach in two weeks, but nothing over the top. I thought it would be better to start a strict round of Whole 30, rather than eating what I want to for the next month just because of a beach trip.
  • We went to the lake Sunday evening and had the best time doing nothing. BK especially loves the lake, she things it’s fun to find sea shells. Judson just loves to be outside, and he’s happy the whole time!



  • Jud is rolling over from front to back and back to front. It’s put a real kink in his sleeping, especially nap taking. He rolls around in his crib, gets his arms stuck, gets mad. So naps are shorter and he’s a little more fussy during the day while we figure this whole mobile thing out.
  • I was nominated for the ice bucket challenge while I was recovering from my wisdom teeth extraction, I finally took the plunge and completed the challenge at the lake yesterday. Braylen decided she wanted to take part in the fun, but specifically requested no ice.


  • I’m a lover of fall and spring, the milder seasons, but I can’t bring myself to get hyped for fall just yet. Not until the temperatures decide to come out of the 90′s and not until I see my beloved Gulf Coast. It’s iced coffee, sandals, and shorts around here for at least a few more weeks.
  • But, I am ready for the return of a few of my favorite fall shows! I need a little Olivia Pope in my life.
  • Football season kicked off this past weekend and my husband was especially happy. I’ve been scheming and trying my hardest to get him to let me turn our back porch into an outdoor living area. He finally agreed when I mentioned it would be great for football watching this fall. We’re still waiting on curtains, but I can already tell we’ll be spending a good bit of time out here.


  • Let me tell you about the cutest tennis shoes ever. BK’s school requests that they wear tennis shoes (obviously for safety reasons on the playground), so we found the cutest pair of glittery Puma’s and she wants to wear them everywhere we go!


  • I haven’t read a good book since before Jud was born. I need a few good recommendations for beach reads. Anyone read anything lately (or this year) that they love??

back to school

On Monday night, we went to meet BK’s new teacher. She was a little sad at first when I told her she wouldn’t have the same teacher, but thankfully, she warmed right up to her new teacher and was telling us how excited she was before bed. I’m so impressed with her personality, she thrives in new situations rather than shying away from them. She’s not afraid to go and meet new people, to introduce herself or to make new friends. We love that side of her personality and I think Allen and I both wish we had a little more of that in us.

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Sidenote: I had my wisdom teeth taken out Thursday and I was actually worried that I would miss “meet the teacher” or the first day of school. Thankfully, it was a fairly quick process and I was ready to get out of the house Monday night. Another note, don’t delay having your wisdom teeth removed they might need to be removed at the most inopportune time. We’re all just thankful it’s over and done!

Yesterday morning, she didn’t want to get out of bed. Isn’t that crazy how that seems to work? If I needed her to sleep-in she would have been up before me. We snapped a quick picture and we were on our way.

bk first day

BK has been going to the same MDO program for three years now, just two days a week for a little more interaction with children her age. While I worked, she stayed home with my Nanny who would come to our house everyday. On the days BK had school, Allen would go in late and Nanny would pick her up and bring her home. Teachers don’t have much flexibility in their schedule. Yesterday, I was reminded just how thankful I am for this season, no matter how crazy our days get, no matter how many times Jud refuses to nap, or BK refuses to listen, I am blessed to be able to spend my days with them. After working and being away for the first few years, it’s something I refuse to take for granted now.

So when BK came home, we baked cookies and had a little time together while Jud talked to his toys in his swing and watched his big sister.


It was a great first day, indeed!

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Story Stones on Every Day Cheer

Since all of my teacher friends went back to the classroom last week and I’m missing those kindergarten projects and all the first of the year fun, I’m posting about one of my favorite ways to inspire creativity and imaginative play on Every Day Cheer. Click over to see how I use Story Stones and make a set for your kiddo or class tonight.


Decidedly Snack Time with Del Monte

Summer days are my favorite. They are simple and carefree and everything that embodies childhood.  But, you know what else they are? HOT! We live in the Deep South and during the summer the heat and humidity can be downright miserable. We have to take plenty of breaks from playing outside or swimming to refuel with a glass of water and a snack. I’m all about independence with my four-year-old, and she loves gaining independence. A few weeks ago, we created a snack drawer in the refrigerator. It includes easy, on-the-go, snack options for a quick refuel during long summer days. And my daughter? She’s obsessed with her snack drawer and offers anyone who comes over one of her snacks.


If you’re like me, you’re always looking for new snack options for your toddler or preschooler. A few things we like to include are healthy snack options like fruits, vegetables, and cheese. I especially love to include the Del Monte Fruit Burst Squeezers (the Peach Mango is a personal favorite). They offer one and a half servings of fruits and vegetables. Even though they offer tons of vegetable goodness, the fruit flavor is predominant, so it’s more like a sweet treat. Simply Fruit Squeezers are another excellent choice! The Apple Cinnamon is especially delicious!


You don’t have to keep Del Monte Squeezers and Fruit Cups in the refrigerator; they do well in the pantry, too! But, we prefer them chilled around here; it makes them even more delicious and refreshing on summer days.


And this snack drawer won’t be disappearing when school starts back. We’re going to keep it around and let her pick out different things to include in her lunch box, there are tons of options from diced pears and peaches to mandarin oranges. For us, it’s important to teach her to choose healthy snacks and give her a little independence in her choices. Del Monte Fruit Cups are another staple in the snack drawer. The fruit cups are an excellent option and they don’t include high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors, they’re full of vitamin C and gluten free!


And have you tried the pineapple coconut? I’ll confess, that I’m always raiding the snack drawer for fruit cups and the pineapple coconut is my favorite. It makes me think I’m somewhere other than my back deck relaxing by the kiddie pool. I love that I can pick up all of these healthy snack options at my local grocery store. There you have it, the ultimate solution for the summer snack time dilemma! For more healthy and fun snack choices be sure to follow Del Monte’s Pinterest boards.

I’ve also created a board with more snack time ideas you can use as you create your own Snack Drawer.


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ten on tuesday

ONE: We had a packed weekend! A gender reveal, birthday party, lunch after church on Sunday, a few dates with the barre, and dinner with our neighbors. I love a good weekend of fun. But, this weekend I’m making an executive decision to take it down a few notches.

TWO: We zoomed through The Good Wife and Friday Night Lights thanks to Amazon Prime and Amazon Fire TV, we’ve moved on to Parenthood. We’re taking this series a little slower, I can’t quite hang with the late nights these days.

THREE: BK started swim lessons last week. I’m hoping this will give her the little confidence that she needs to finally swim on her own without fear. She’s great about going under, but still panic when swimming to us from the side of the pool and forgets a few essential techniques.


FOUR: I started the Whole30 diet last Wednesday (sorry, Weight Watchers) and it’s going so well. Today is day 7 and I’m coming up with so many fresh and delicious food ideas. I don’t think I’ve ever been on a diet this long without having a small cheat somewhere along the way. I’m going to give you a more detailed post about the diet later this week.

FIVE: Judson has entered the grab all the things and put them in his mouth phase. He’s been on the verge of grabbing things and it’s been so fun to watch as he figures out just how those little hands work. He’s provided us with some fantastic entertainment.


SIX: I’m going on a month of being back at Pure Barre and I still feel like my core strength is basically nonexistent. Those c-sections really take it out of you. I’m happy to see some progress, but my goodness, I can barely do a sit-up during the warm-up’s some days.


SEVEN: Anthropologie has the cutest set of Glittering Serveware on sale and it had to come to my kitchen! Seriously, it’s a great price when paired with the justbecause free shipping code. Go snag some from the sale section pronto.

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EIGHT: Back to Whole 30, I’m realizing that most of my calories must have come from drinks, and I don’t even drink alcohol. I’m talking daily Starbucks runs and embarrassing amounts of  creamer in my morning coffee.

NINE: Is anyone caught up on their childs baby book? If so, do you want to come catch the two up at my house that have been neglected? All the info is right here on the blog, it won’t be too hard.

TEN: I’m having mixed emotions about not going back to work. I see all of the school supplies out when I go shopping, and I can’t help but feel a little sad about all of the freshly sharpened crayons I won’t be purchasing for my classroom. At the same time, I can’t imagine going back to work. It’s such a bittersweet time, but when it comes down to it, I know this is right where I need to be.





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