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Christmas Wish List 2014

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I’d like to call this a gift guide, but let’s be honest, so many great bloggers have already put together wonderful lists full of great gift ideas for women. Honestly, I didn’t put a whole lot of thought into what everyone else my age and in my demographic might want, but I do know what I want.

If the sky is the limit, and there isn’t a budget, then Santa, this is what I’d like for Christmas. So if any of you see the man himself, or perhaps my husband, please direct his attention here.

I even have photos to make it easy for everyone.



I realize that this is a large order to full fill, but let’s face it, I’d be happy with any of the items on this list.

ONE: Michael Kors Touch Of Glitz Runway Watch – Rose GoldMy Michael Kors watch was hands down my favorite ever, but it sadly bit the dust a few months back, and I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’ll never be the same. I’ve moved on and my eye is on this pretty rose gold beauty!

TWO: Journaling BibleI love the idea of a journaling bible and my margins aren’t quite large enough for fun doodles and inspirational notes.

THREE: The Skinnytaste CookbookSkinnytaste is one of my favorite sites and I think I would cook everything in this book! She hasn’t let me down yet.

FOUR: Mini Pizza StonesDo y’all even realize how much pizza we eat around here? And we all love something different, these would be perfect for individual pizzas.

FIVE: MacBook- My MacBook has seen it’s better days, and I think an upgrade is due! I don’t know that Allen would agree, but it’s certainly worth a shot!

SIX: Michael Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Medium Saffiano Tote And I don’t think my list would be complete without a good handbag.

What’s on your list this year?



Parties, Santa, and an SEC Championship

We’ve been busy, friends! Sometimes I like to pretend like we’re going to have a slow holiday season, but let’s be real, that never happens around here. In December we are busy, and it’s really okay, because January will slow down, but for now, we’ll enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

Last Thursday evening, we had a Christmas party for Allen’s company at our house. You should know that I wrote the party on my calendar for next Thursday. I was a little off, and I figured out my mistake on Tuesday. It gave me just enough time to have Moe’s cater the food and order a cake for dessert. It was tons of fun and I’m fairly certain they weren’t aware that I almost forgot about the party. IMG_2190

We even managed to snag a photo of the four of us.


Friday evening we met up with our neighbors for pizza and did a little shopping. I actually dropped the ball on Christmas outfits this year, so we headed to Gap to find them something coordinating for the Santa photos. BK is never, ever shy about anything, but she decided she wanted to be a little shy around the big guy. She doesn’t really know what she wants for Christmas this year. She just keeps saying, whatever Santa wants to give me. I’m glad she’s not set on a certain item because there’s a massive Barbie doll house in the works. 


Jud wasn’t too sure about Santa holding him, but there were no tears shed, so it was a win for all. And let’s face it, even if he decided to cry a bit, the picture would have been funny.


On Saturday we were headed to do a little Christmas shopping when I said, I would love to be in Atlanta today watching the SEC Championship game. And Allen said, well let’s go, and we did! There’s a lot more to that story. Like how I almost backed out, but he wouldn’t have it. We met my mom and she graciously took BK and Jud for the evening, and headed to Atlanta around 12:30. We’re about 2 1/2 hours away from Atlanta and the game was set to kick off in approximately 2 1/2 hours. I watched the ticket prices drop over the course of the next two hours, and with about 4 minutes to spare, we made it to the game, and somehow ended up on the front row at the Georgia Dome. Allen is definitely the spontaneous one, he’s notorious for calling me on a Friday lunch and saying, let’s go out of town this weekend. I feel like a lot of that changes when you have kids, so it’s fun to be a little spontaneous and remember those carefree days every once in a while.


I felt like we were right in the midst of the action, and I laughed today when a friend of ours sent me these photos from the game. You should know that Allen is a huge Auburn fan. And typically, Alabama and Auburn fans don’t get along too well. I’m a lover, not a fighter, so we do just fine. But, it was huge for him to take me to the game, and super funny that he ended up on under the headline, Alabama fans cheer on the Tide at the SEC Championship game. 


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Sunday was back to normal and we headed to two birthday parties after church. BK loves partying it up, she’s a big fan of cake and playing her little heart out with other kids her age. She has the best time! 


And can you believe we finally put this little guy in the big bath tub? I think he’s a fan.



love, riffraff

This month, I tried out the Love, Riffraff surprise box from Riffraff.  Now, I must tell you that I absolutely love a good surprise. I won’t try to guess what in the wrapped presents beneath my Christmas tree, I won’t peek where I shouldn’t, I genuinely love a good surprise. Being the surprise lover that I am, I thought it would be fun to try out the Love, Riffraff box.

Basically, it’s a monthly box that costs $50, inside you receive two items and fun ways to style the items. Purchased separately, the items would exceed $50, so it’s a great deal. Plus, if you’re indecisive like myself, you get someone else to do the decision-making for you! Win-win, right?

So this month, I received the most comfy pair of socks and the coziest sweater. I immediately wanted to slip them on and sit by the fire!



I’ll definitely try out this box again in the future! It was such a fun surprise in the mail!

I picked up a few other Riffraff goods this month, and the theme is definitely comfort! I want soft and cozy shirts I can wear over leggings and call it a day.

First up, the mountain lodge thermal top  (sold out, but sign up, I did and that’s how I ended up with this top). It’s perfect with leggings and boots! I’m seriously in love with this shirt, and I wear it all of the time.


Next up, this swing top. Riffraff is always posting comfy swing tops, so be on the lookout with their new arrivals. It’s soft and perfect for throwing on and running errands.


Remember that new arrivals are up on the site daily, and you can always use the code “LIFEINTHEGREENHOUSE” to take 10% off. Go ahead and treat yourself for the holidays!


thanksgiving 2014

Let me just go ahead and catch you up on a few fun Thanksgiving festivities. BK had her annual Thanksgiving program and art show at school. True to form, she sang loud and proud on the stage. We don’t expect anything less with this girl, she loves being the center of attention and being on stage is right up her alley. She did make some pretty funny faces and when we asked her about them after it was over she said, well Mrs. Kristie said we should smile when we’re on stage and it’s hard to sing and smile at the same time. 



She’s been singing these songs for us for weeks, so we were happy to see her sing them on stage with her classmates. I was a little worried about how Jud would act, because we end up sitting still for a good hour, but he did just fine. He was actually pretty interested in the show.


Wednesday night, we celebrated Thanksgiving with Allen’s family. It’s become a little tradition to have a non-traditional Thankgiving dinner the night before (think steak and baked potatoes) and it’s so much fun.

BK wanted to wear her princess crown to dinner.


Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favorite days of the year. There’s food and family without the fuss over gifts and with fewer expectations. This is the third year we’ve hosted Thanksgiving at our house. I think there were between 35 and 40 people at our house on Thursday. It seems to grow each year and that’s fine by me. If you know us, you know that there is rarely a weekend we aren’t opening our doors for friends or family. Be it a football game or a birthday party, a last-minute Halloween hay ride or just a quick dinner, we’re often surrounded by people we love. And we like it that way.

I didn’t hesitate when my mom asked if we would just do Thanksgiving at our house again. Of course, we would. My mom and I spent most of the day on Wednesday baking casseroles and desserts. Both of my grandmothers bring their dressing, Allen’s mom brought a huge turkey, and everyone else bring their favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Our kitchen was filled with food, and Allen put together a corn hole tournament in the back yard. The weather was perfect and we were reminded of all of the wonderful people we are thankful for, all in one place.


Allen was loved by all of the kids because he put together a big leaf pile in the front yard. It provided entertainment all day long. Allen was totally trumped by Chase when he brought the leaf blower out, it was basically the best thing ever in the kids minds.


And we managed to snag a family picture at some point during the day. At this point, I’m not concerned with us all looking and smiling, just that we’re all in the same frame.


I hope your Thanksgiving was just as sweet!

Judson is 7 months old!


7 whole months? I know I’m always shocked when another month comes and goes, but seriously. Seriously. 7 whole months. You are the sweetest little baby, we’re all just smitten. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people ask, is he always this happy? Yes! You are always happy. I feel like you might have a little bit of your dads cool and calm demeanor and I couldn’t be more happy about that fact. You love when people smile at you and talk to you and you’re always ready for someone to play with you. You love to be cuddled and we don’t mind one bit.



You’re really quick as you “army crawl” across the floor and find your way to your big sister. You could sit and watch her all day and she loves playing with you, too.

At seven months:
  • Eating- you eat every 3 hours during the day.
  • You still take several naps throughout the day. Braylen’s school schedule messes things up a little, but you still squeeze in a few good naps.
  • Most nights, you put yourself to sleep at night and sleep until about 1:00, then your up again about 3 hours later, and for good at 7:30. But, some nights are good and some nights you prefer to have midnight chat sessions with me.


  • You’re rolling and scooting (on your tummy) everywhere, and sitting up unassisted, you get on all fours and rock back and forth, we’re pretty certain you’re close to crawling.
  • You have one tooth! It’s on the bottom and teething was not your friend. There’s another one right beside it that will be here any day.
  • You still love bath time, you’re still using your 4moms tub in the sink and we all love it!
  • You love being outside, moving, the exersaucer, chewing on toys, blowing raspberries, Sophie, soft blankets, and toys. You also love playing peek-a-boo, trying to catch Coco, and swinging.
  • You’re still babbling and talking all of the time! We hear “ma-ma” and “da-da” these days!
  • You want to chew or suck on everything, including your fists and feet.
  • You’re still nursing, you don’t mind taking a bottle though.
  • You’re really not a fan of the paci.
  • You love to laugh, you’re so ticklish!
  • You weigh around 18 pounds.
  • You wear a size 3 diaper  and 9 or 12 month clothes.
  • You a huge fan of eating! You love everything we’ve introduced, and we’re all big fans of Baby Led Weaning.




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