Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

You know what is NOT my favorite? This cold rain after 4 days in the high 60's. I suppose it is January, though. I don't know about you but I would love one good snow day. I wanna sled and build a snowman (come on let's go and play.... you're welcome for getting that song stuck in your head) and then I want it to all melt and be 75 degrees and sunny with a slight breeze until summer. Is that too much to ask?

Today I thought I'd link up with some internet peeps to bring you my Friday favorites!

I'm in spring clothes buying January. The local boutique starts some of their spring preorders in January and I just can't help myself!

I'm loving finding some of my favorite Sweethoney dresses from last year on the facebook resell boards!
Mustard Pie has released 2 spring lines and they are to die for! I grabbed the outfit below from The Posh Closet and I can't wait for April to put it on Miss A!

The far right dress is Matilda Jane from an older line but I am hosting an MJ party February 6th if you want to come! If you're not local, you can still order through my trunk keeper. Contact me at if you're interested!

2. Livie and Luca Pro Tempore Shoes
Oh My Heavens. I was at our local boutique picking up the above tunic when I saw an angel of the shoe gods descend from the ceiling with a sign that said "50% off" hovering above these sparkly suede Livie and Luca Limited Edition Pro Tempore Petals...which is a heck of a name for toddler shoes.

Yes, I realize she'll only wear them until March but then I'll resell them next September for more than I paid on the Livie and Luca facebook resell boards. I kid you not. People go crazy for these things. I bought them in aqua and marigold.... my Paypal account appreciates the violet and gray were out of stock in her size. They're 50% off right now, making them $30 but you need an online code to get that price. Call the boutique linked above and they'll give it to you or refund you the difference :)
Of course it rained today... so I put the marigold ones on her anyways and carried her everywhere. I wish I were kidding.
3. Spring Bathing Suits... for toddlers.... I'm not ready to see myself in one yet!
There is a new brand that I'm scared to tell you about because it's still easy to buy and a great price for boutique quality. I feel like if I spread the good news, you'll buy my size, making it harder to get. So, promise not to go buy anything in a 2T or 3T but for the rest of you, check out Eleanor Rose! They're a sister company of Kelly's Kids (yes the clothes our moms dressed us in when we were 6 to match our siblings) but they're adorable! I'm LOVING their bathing suit line coming soon! Follow them on instagram for all the sneak peaks of what's coming!
Kelly's Kids also knocked it out of the park with this fabric! In true Kelly's Kids fashion, there is also a matching bikini, boy's swim trunk, t-shirt and mommy & me cover ups.

For days when we're in the sun for long periods of time, these Swim Zip bathing suits are awesome! Not as pretty as the first 2 but definitely functional and a must have for babies! They have a lot of patterns to choose from plus they were on Shark Tank... which makes you want to buy it even more, doesn't it?!
So are ALL of my favorite things today toddler clothes related? No... but they should be because they're so darn cute! I could literally make this entire blog about toddler girl's fashion while I am wearing patterned leggings and a Target sweatshirt/tunic and boots that I found on clearance at Rack Room so I'm not sure I'm qualified on the subject!

4. Sherwin Williams Sea Salt Paint
Painters come next week to paint THE WHOLE HOUSE. No, not our new one, the one we're STILL trying to sell. We're hoping all new paint and turn key status will sway buyers to pull the trigger! My mom's neighbor happens to be a home stagger so she came Thursday to give me some ideas. This was her suggestion for our bathroom and I'm now in love. I may never leave my bathroom once the muddy brown is replaced with this....

5. M&M Ice Cream Sandwiches
These may be the very reason I'm not ready for bathing suit season!
 They're on sale this week at Harris Teeter and I don't care how old you are, these things are delicious.... and terrible for you but so delicious it makes it worth it. #treatyourself

What are you loving this week? Post here or on the comments section on facebook!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Dear Letters

Back by popular demand....

Confession... I had to reset my blog password just to log on... it's been awhile and I make no apologies for it. We are living life in a very real way...homeschooling, play dates with friends, trying to sell our house and compulsively cleaning. Did I mention we're trying to sell our house?

That brings me to today's post... a rambling list of passive aggressive letters that I have no intentions to actually mail to the offenders but need to write because they're festering and what better way to do that than to do it publicly for you to enjoy and hopefully share some of your own!

Dear whole world,
We have a wonderfully, darling family home. Could someone buy it already? Yes it needs paint... paint that I'm offering to pay for. It even comes complete with a crew to accomplish said task and you get to pick the color. What more could you want? Granite? Got it. New Floors? Already done. Freshly laid tile? Yep. Irrigation? Check. Sod? Freshly laid last summer. I mean for the love of marshmallows, people. I've resorted to making cookies, setting up a coffee bar and offering bottles of water. Would you like a cheese plate? I'll do it.

Dear Neighbors,
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Oh wait... that was like 22 days ago and yet Snoopy, Mickey Mouse and every other inflatable and mismatched Christmas light you could find on sale still remains in your "yard." That's right... air quotes... because yard is a very loose term for what is in front of some of your houses. I think it's time to "let it go" possibly forever and invest in some nice garland and white lights that are removed by Epiphany...or January 2nd if I had it my way. It's not like I'm trying to sell my house or anything... thanks for the help. This should serve as your notice that by Feb 1st should they not be removed... I'm very sorry to hear that someone stole them overnight. That's just horrible.

Dear people on facebook who suggest locking your children in their rooms,
That's right. I wish I were kidding. Twice this week on different friend's statuses did I see people suggest to lock their toddlers in their rooms at night. You have a CHILD... not a puppy. They have emotional needs so yeah... sometimes they get out of bed because they need the comfort of their parents. So your child has a bad dream, they try to come find you for comfort but they can't because you've locked them in a room.. They get sick in the middle of the night, they try to come find you but they're locked in their room so they sleep in puke. Sound awful and mean? Well you're right... it is.

I'm not saying "co-sleep" (although we allow our children to come into our bed if they wake up) but I am saying be available. Toddlers are hard. I get it... but so is reversing emotional damage you've caused your children by your inability to do your job. You're parents 24/7... not from 6am-8pm or whatever hours you decide to clock out. It doesn't work that way. Quit locking your children away like dogs or Disney Princesses. When they're out of the house, I doubt you'll look back any of these long nights and wish that time away.

Dear high school drivers,
Did you know that you can get from point A to point B without your phone in your hand? Shocking, I know. I was at a stop light this week when high school let out. I counted 13 cars in a row pull out of the HS parking lot where the kids had their phone in hand. The 14th had a SUPER SWEET new ride and I can only assume he was on Bluetooth. It is also possible to make a turn without peeling out. Your tires may even last longer... you should give it a try. In addition, did you know that the crazy lady who yells at you to slow down in a neighborhood actually means it? Clearly you don't think I'm serious since you do it DAILY but fun fact.... my road is actually not a runway and no matter how fast you drive, you will not take flight. It's disappointing, I know.

Dear people on Facebook "market sites",
I too love a bargain but no, I will not meet you 20 minutes away to sell you a $2 book. I think these sites may be more of a hassle than it's worth!

Dear Realtors,
When you no show, it's rude.... and I'd be lying if it doesn't ruin my day. It's not like I haven't cleaned for hours, made cookies, brewed coffee, packed up my menagerie and driven around in my swagger wagon for 2 hours so you could come or anything.We love showings! .... when you show up. Oh and feedback, fill it out.... and be tactful, I do have feelings. For the % commission you make (which seriously makes me ill), at least show up, fill out feedback and eat a damn cookie.

Dear body,
We don't turn 30 for another month... what's up with the sudden slow down in metabolism and crows feet? Let's not rush this aging thing.

Well there ya go. I feel lighter. :)  Post your passive-agressive "Dear Letters" here or in the comments section on facebook.

Remember this is a NO JUDGEMENT ZONE... kinda. I mean.... it is the internet.

...and it's been a sweet forever since I logged on, look how much P&A have grown! They're like little people now... no more babies (Yay? Tear? ...depends on the day)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Back to School 2014

Could it be?! A new blog post? Maybe this time I'll get on a roll and stick with it... maybe.

It's that time of year! Back to school! Last year we sent the kids to preschool. Avery went 2 days and Parker went 4 days. This year, Parker is old enough to go to Kindergarten but we had decided to hold him back and do TK (transitional kindergarten). Avery was going to do preschool 4 days a week but our hearts never felt comfortable with this decision. After a lot of prayer and research, we pulled both kids off the preschool registration list and registered our playroom as a home school! 

We have chosen "My Father's World" Kindergarten curriculum for Parker along with some supplementary math, science, writing and reading to mix it up. We'll do Kindergarten this year and hopefully keep up with the pace so he can start 1st grade next year but if we need to take it at a slower pace, then we have that freedom. Avery is participating in a good number of his activities currently as well as doing some preschool workbooks, activities, and educational games during school time. She has the attention span of a squirrel so keeping her engaged seems to be our goal right now!

We started half pace homeschooling 2 or 3 weeks ago to get our minds dusted off and started full pace today. So far, so good... minus one epic brawl over who got to put together the elephant during the magnet shapes/color/critical thinking game. Should you be wondering, Avery won. Parker went for the head with his fist but Avery brought the nails to the face which wins every time. 

Even though I wasn't sending my kids off to traditional school this morning, I still made them snap a few 1st day of school pictures. Last year I would have fought Parker to not wear his Spiderman costume but this year, I've chilled out a lot. If letting him dress himself means our mornings start off on the right foot, then sure.... wear lime green and red. Pajama shirt with plaid shorts? Love it. A Spiderman costume? Awesome. 
2014. When he grows up, he wants to be Spiderman! Shocking, I know.
2013. When he grows up, he wants to be Iron Man!
2012. He wants to be a cow when he grows up! haha
2014. When she grows up, she wants to be Avery! I have a feeling, she'll succeed.
2013. When she grows up, she wants to be Parker!
It took a few tries to get Parker to take his mask off. Otherwise this would have been this year's back to school picture.
I suppose it is a true portrayal of where we are in life right now!

After our back to school mini photo shoot, Avery and played in the driveway in a slightly misty rain while Parker stood in the doorway all sorts of upset that we were getting wet in our clothes. #sensorykidproblems

This little lady is so full of life and such a ham! I thank God every day for these 2 precious treasures that I get to spend my days with! Seeing everyone's back to school pictures this morning in the 6 and 7 oclock hours made me SO thankful that we've chosen to home school! Wise Academy starts after breakfast... which they eat after they wake up at their leisure. Can I get an Amen?!

I hope your back to school days have been/will be great as well!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Natural Bloom Photography Shoot

I can't wait to share Parker's birthday party pictures with you but I know that's going to be a lengthier post so until there is time, I wanted to share some fun pictures a local photographer took. 

Remember the lady I met in Old Navy that I overwhelmed with my "shocking enthusiasm" for all things photography? Well, we met up one morning 2 weeks ago and snapped a few springy pictures for the photographer's media pieces. It was the day after daylight savings so we were a little off on the "good light" but still got quite a few keepers. 
It was a tad chillier than we had hoped since winter just doesn't seem to want to let go but Avery was a trooper for the most part. It's amazing what bubbles, balls and whacking your head with a stick while dancing behind the photographer will get you!

I love this Persnickety outfit! Girl clothes are SO fun!

 This is Avery's default face... we see this face MANY times during the day. Sassy little thing!
 I picked Avery up to change her outfit and she latched on like a Koala... could be because it was like 40 degrees. Thankfully, any time Avery has a photoshoot, I always coordinate in case I need to be in any pictures to get her to smile or keep her safe (ie, heights, in a tree etc...)
 I love my sweet girl!

 I finally got the little booger changed but she wouldn't let me put her down! I certainly didn't mind the snuggles :)
 This floral dress is from Cheeky Plum on facebook. They have sales as they have inventory but you better be fast! They sell out in minutes! A similar company I've also been purchasing from lately is SweetHoney. Their outfits sell out in 1 minute or less.... literally! It gets my heart pumping... so really, online shopping with them is basically cardio! Check them out... or don't.... I wouldn't want you decreasing my chances of scoring one of these pretty frocks!
Target of all places is rocking it out this spring with adorable little girl shoes! 
 I hope she always lets me hold her like this. When I'm 60, I hope my 34 year old daughter will let me pick her up and she'll snuggle into my neck. You think I'm kidding...
It wouldn't be a photoshoot with a 2 year old without an outtake or 12....

Sorry I'm not sorry for photo overload. I'll never get tired of blasting this blog with pictures of my treasures from heaven! 

If you're in the Charlotte area and are looking for an affordable family photographer, check out Natural Bloom Photography!