Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Puffer Jacket

Last winter we didn't get much of a winter. It would randomly be 70 degrees in February and we played outside in short sleeve shirts. This winter, however, is a whole different story. It is currently in the single digits here and absolutely freezing. We've gotten snow and temps so unbearably cold it's best to just stay inside and never leave the house.
One thing I wanted to purchase this year was a new coat. I have a lot of wool coats and I have my ski coat but I wanted something inbetween. A coat that wasn't as casual as a ski coat but something that would keep me just as warm. Enter, this coat. It is seriously the warmest coat I've ever owned.
I had a ton of layers on when I purchased this and just threw this coat on over it so I could keep on shopping and I was legit sweating. Ha! Turns out when you have this coat on you don't also need a puffer vest, sweater, and long sleeve shirt on under it. Just a shirt will do which is nice because tons of bulky layers can get uncomfortable after a few hours.
This has been my go-to coat since I purchased it. I love it so, so much and know it will keep me warm for years and years to come!!! It also comes in a vest and it's beautiful. I'm going to keep my eye on it to go on sale because I may need to add it to my coat closet as well.
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Monday, January 15, 2018

Kid Free Weekend

I had a fantastic weekend! My parents took the boys for the weekend so Scott and I got some much needed time to ourselves. I realized a week ago I haven't had any kind of mom break/life break (other than Mothers Day Out) in a year. It quickly depressed me once I realized it. I think time away to refresh and regroup is so important. I was due. My Mom offered to take them and I didn't even hesitate to say yes. We met each other halfway, switched cars so we didn't have to mess with car seats, and went our separate ways. Campbell and Bennett were beyond excited to go to Pops and Gammas house. Scott I and I wondered if they even noticed we weren't there. Haha! Once I got back into town I did a little shopping then Scott and I had date night--dinner and a movie! Say what?!
We tried out a new restaurant at our mall called MidiCi. I know they have several locations but this was the first time I had ever eaten there and we were blown away. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect. This will be a new go-to for us, no doubt. It's perfect for when you want to go to dinner and a movie since it's so close to the movie theater. After dinner we walked to the theater to see All The Money In The World. It was really good!
We slept in the next morning, I went for a run, then we got moving and took care of some errands that are hard to do with kids in tow. We ate lunch, went to the mall and well, just did whatever we wanted to do! It was great. Later that evening we had a nice meal at Ruth's Chris then came home to watch a movie.
We kept talking about how awesome our weekend was. This was our first stay-cation since having two kiddos and we absolutely loved it. I may prefer it over a real vacation which is crazy but true. Our house was so quiet and clean and life just felt easy. It was nice for a few days.
Of course we were excited to squeeze our sweet babies once they got home. I don't think they missed us. They both bawled their eyes out when Pops and Gamma left them with us. LOL. Felt the love for sure. Great weekend. I'd love to have more like them and hopefully not wait an entire year for the next one!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Life Currently

Hey all! I thought I'd give a little update on life here lately. Things are fun around here right now with our home build because a lot is happening. In the past I've always popped by the house maybe once a week. Now I'm going in almost daily because so much is happening and changing every day.
Our cabinets started getting installed last week. They are almost all finished installing all of the cabinets. I took this photo of our kitchen yesterday. I've been looking forward to this getting installed since we started the process so seeing it was really exciting for me. I remember sitting in the meeting with the guy who designs cabinets for Scott and discussing the tiniest of details of what all we wanted. Seeing it come to life is awesome! They have a tiny bit more to do in the kitchen then it will be complete. As I was leaving the house yesterday, they were getting started on my pantry--another area I've been excited about since we started. It looks like they may be saving my closet for last. Pure torture! I'm so anxious to see it come together.
Once the cabinets are all in and the trim is finished, they're going to start painting. Hopefully that will be sometime next week. The boys playroom is all done. They've installed the built-in's (and I am SO SO happy with them!!) and they've done their closet in there and I love how they arranged the shelves. I know that may seem so silly but they really maximized the space so a lot will be able to be stored in there. We did shelves all over the closet but there is one small space where we did a mini hanging bar for dress up clothes/Halloween costumes to be stored. Also we're doing a pull out sofa in there so if we have guests staying in that room they have a small little space where they can hang their clothes. It's the little details like that, that make me happy. I love the design of the playroom closet. Haha!
One of these weeks I'll get organized and do a week of house stuff. So many of you tell me how much you enjoy the updates I share on here and Instagram. I think we all love seeing homes come together....which is why there is an entire channel on TV dedicated to it! Ha!
Campbell is currently spending his days doing puzzle after puzzle. He was super into puzzles around this time last year. Then after a few months the puzzle flame died off. But on New Years Eve we went to a friends house for a little bit and they were working on a 1000 piece puzzle and Campbell "helped" and it reignited his puzzle flame. He knocks out his 48 piece puzzles pretty fast so Scott and I thought it would be fun to challenge him with a 100 piece puzzle. Earlier this week I took him to the store to pick one out and he chose this butterfly one. He has completed it once a day since we got it. It's the first thing he does when he wakes up in the morning. It takes him a couple of hours but he can do it and is getting faster each time! He LOVES it and every time he gets a few pieces he yells at me "Hey Mommy! Come see this!"
Meanwhile, Bennett is still just as busy as can be. He has changed a lot over the last month and I'm happy to report he no longer screams every second of the day. I wrote a month or two ago about him turning 16 months old and that same week he began screaming his wants and it was driving me to the nut house. It lasted about three insanely long months. A few weeks before Christmas it stopped and he's been going strong since. I am now able to enjoy his presence again and not only do I enjoy him, I find him to be more adorable than ever and he is currently at my favorite stage thus far. Isn't that how it always works? Hard to be around one week, can't get enough of them the next. Toddlers...
Ivy and Madison are still just living the dream. Same ol' same ol'.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

Friday, January 5, 2018

Leather Feather Earrings

Happy Friday folks! This weekend has been long anticipated. Long as in all week long I've been looking forward to it. Ha! It was a little rough jumping back into the normal swing of things after the holiday break, right? I could use a weekend for sure.
Today I wanted to share these earrings with you all that I'm currently obsessing over. These lightweight leather earrings are so fantastic and they go with everything. I love a bold earring but more often than not, they're too heavy and I can't wear them for long. These aren't heavy at all which makes them a go-to for me!
These earrings are hand-made, one of a kind. I wore them in one of my Instagram Stories video earlier this week and had several of you ask where they were from so I wanted to share! I also have a leopard pair that I looove. These are less than $10 so it's definitely worth grabbing yourself a pair or two (or three!). Check out this fun shop and see all of the other awesome designs they offer.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Cozy Cable Throw

Hey all! This cold weather has me dragging. If I didn't have kids, I'd spend my days curled up in a blanket, fireplace on, napping to movies like The Holiday and Harry Potter all day long. When I was pregnant with Campbell that's pretty much what I did every day and it was glorious. Ha!
Speaking of blankets, y'all, I have to share with you the best blanket in the world.
When we were at my parents house over the holidays, I kept curling up with this cable knit throw. It may look like a simple cable knit throw on one side but on the other side....
It is covered in the most luxurious, soft, plush faux sheepskin that makes it hands down the most comfortable blanket you will ever snuggle yourself into. I kept going on and on and on to Scott about it and told him I had to go to Pottery Barn and get one like, immediately. I guess he never used the blanket and didn't understand my obsession until I went to Pottery Barn and brought one home. I was curled up in it and told him to come sit by me so he feel how good this blanket is and when he did he immediately said "oh my gosh.....we need more."
Campbell lugged this thing all the way up to the playroom upstairs so apparently he's a big fan too. I ended up getting the one with the pom pom balls on it. My Mom has the one without and they're both the same. I may or may not have spent entirely too much time trying to decide which one and color I wanted. I even called Scott to ask him his opinion. LOL.
So basically what I'm saying is you're missing out on one of the best things in life if you don't have this blanket. I'll link them for those that are interested. They aren't on sale online but I got mine in store for almost half off.
You're welcome.
Pottery Barn Cozy Cable Knit Throw