Memorial Day.

Thank you to all of our fallen heroes and their families today. It is because of them that we are able to enjoy this day off of work and school, relaxing and enjoying the day with my family. Let us not forget those that have died protecting our freedom, and those that cannot spend the day with their loved ones. Let us never forget.

On another note, one of the pages I follow on Instagram Moving With The Military, visited a Veteran’s cemetery this weekend, and posted on her stories her experience. I was in tears. Go watch it if you want, it was very uplifting and had to be rewarding for her.

Stop back here tomorrow for the weekly recap! It’s been a crazy week, and I’ve been super missing in action due to feeling like poo, and then my kiddos feeling like poo. Ready to get back into regular scheduled blogging!

Easter Decor.

Welcome to the Easter decor tour! I put up all the spring / Easter decorations a little early this year, and I don’t mind one bit! Having a little festiveness brings a little more cheer than the usual ho hum am I right?

Having a one year old toddler, that is now walking, it’s impossible to have anything at his level anymore. Now I know why people with toddlers have nothing down low, I mean our entertainment stand is bare empty where I usually put picture frames and little knick knacks. Totally get it now.

Our little side table as you walk into the kitchen from the family room. The one plant that I’ve managed to keep alive, in fact it is thriving and I need to trim it every now and then.

As you walk into our kitchen, we have this glass cabinet where I put some small decor in there along with our normal decor that is in there everyday.

Down the hallway from the kitchen, is our bathroom. I swapped out some of the items on the shelves on the wall. The wooden bunny on the top shelf was made by my Grandpa Vince, I think he gave everyone in the family one of those. I love displaying it every Easter season. Fresh Easter bunny hand towels, and added a small cake stand to move the septic frame off the ground, and a bright colored soap holder. Nothing major, just a few small touches.

In our dining room, a brightly colored tablecloth, and a small wooden board my Mom gave us last year for the Easter bunny! Very small things this year, can’t put much up or little Huxley can grab and reach for things!

Hope you enjoyed this quick little tour of our Easter decor!


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Weekly recap.

Recapping our week on the blog! Workouts, yoga, NCAA brackets, and St. Patrick’s Day!

Monday March 13
Worked out in the morning with little Huxley man. He’s been so good while I workout in the mornings before he goes to sleep! I should say most mornings, sometimes it’s impossible and I have to do it while he sleeps. Some people think that posting a photo of yourself working out is weird, for me, it helps me keep myself accountable. After every workout, I put a sticker in my planner to show that I did some type of movement that day. It’s one habit that I’m so glad I’ve kept up! We had breakfast for dinner, Hadley seems to love it and always eats the eggs more so than normal.

Tuesday March 14
Made Huxley a mini pizza for lunch, it was two tortillas, LaRosa’s sauce, mozzarella cheese, and mini pepperoni’s. He seemed to like it, and it doubled as my lunch too since I knew he wouldn’t eat it all. For dinner, we went out to eat at Cancun and brought along our busy baby mat, we tied his sippy cup to it which was amazing! It never fell to the floor!

Wednesday March 15
This morning I did a very short yoga workout on the Nike app, I’ve been feeling really tight in my neck and shoulders and this felt amazing. I need to do more of it, and longer periods of time. Once a month I volunteer for lunch at Hadleys school, she just loves it! And I love seeing her and all her friends. Late soccer game that was from a makeup game, it was just Hadley and I since Kevin stayed home with Huxley. And, a very happy 40th birthday to my little brother! Cannot believe he’s 40! Time is going so so fast.

Thursday March 16
Hadley was off school Thursday and Friday this week, it’s like a short spring break. We filled out brackets for the NCAA tourney, and just like the rest of the world, our bracket is shot. Love it that Hadley wanted to fill one out though! Kevin and I have always done a bet where the loser cooks the winner dinner. Hadley went to her friends big sisters softball scrimmage, and Huxley and I went to Kroger, spatula and all! LOL

Friday March 17
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! We started out the day with trying to measure Huxley on the ruler in his room. Didn’t really work. Gave him eggs, and colored them green. I don’t know if it was the color, but he barely ate them. Worked out, and then Miss Hadley woke up! I made her four leaf clover cinnamon rolls, and put some green food coloring in the icing, they turned out pretty good! Hadley got some shamrock glasses at the store, and she loved trying them on Huxley. I love to make a simple holiday fun! Hadley put some festive stickers on the windows, we used the flowers that are still alive and kicking from the surprise 50th wedding anniversary, made shamrock shakes, cupcakes from Kroger, and mint oreos. It was a fun day!

Saturday March 18
Kevin had three basketball games to ref in the morning, and Hadley went with him! For lunch, Huxley had his first Skyline chili! He was a fan! Hadley had an indoor soccer game, and then a friends birthday party afterwards! Busy day.

Sunday March 19
Huxley running towards the camera after my workout! Hadley had a basketball game, and the big kids came over. Brady helped Kev coach the girls since the other Dad was out of town. And then after the game, we made dinner and Kevin and Brady started messing around with each other and Brady got on Kevin’s shoulders! What is it with boys and wrestling around? haha

Happy Monday everyone, have a great week! And thanks for reading!

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Weekly recap.

Recapping our week on the blog! President’s Day, playing outside, trivia night, and a birthday party!

Monday February 20
President’s Day means a day off of school for Hadley! We pretty much chilled at home most of the day, and then in the afternoon we went to Target. We haven’t been to Target in forever, and surprisingly we got out of there spending under $100! I always say I can’t ever go in there without spending at least $50! We have been slowly getting rid of bottles for Huxley, and today we did all milk and no formula! He’s doing so good with it!

Tuesday February 21
Huxleys actual birthday, his first trip around the sun! Trying to get the monthly photos were super super hard the last few months! We grilled steak and potatoes for dinner, and gave him a small cupcake! He loved it, but we only let him have a few bites. After dinner, I got my hair highlighted and trimmed. Feels so good getting the hair done!

Wednesday February 22
The only picture I took on this day, Huxley enjoying his breakfast. Eggs, toast, and yogurt.

Thursday February 23
After we dropped Hadley off at school, Huxley and I went on a walk at the trail. It was seasonably warm out and felt amazing. After Hadley got home from school, we played outside for a little bit. Huxley will sit in the bouncer thing for a little bit, and then after awhile he wants out and wants to crawl all over the concrete. So we put him in the grass while Hadley was kicking the soccer ball.

Friday February 24
Hadley had a field trip today to the aquarium, she had fun! Tried to get a workout selfie with Huxley, and he raced to the phone before the camera went off. Had fish for dinner, first Friday in Lent. We had fish sticks and mac and cheese, everyone was a fan of the fish except Miss Hadley.

Saturday February 25
Trivia night at Hadleys school, for the parents. We had fun, and left feeling not so smart haha We didn’t come in last place at least!

Sunday February 26
Breakfast in the morning, and finished getting ready for Huxleys birthday party. I have a post planned for tomorrow, all the details and more! We had a great time celebrating our little man turning one!

Happy Monday everyone, have a great week! And thanks for reading!

Birthday Wish List.

My birthday is next Friday, so in about a week. I don’t really have big plans or anything, maybe get my nails done or use the massage gift card I still haven’t used. So, I thought it would be fun to make a wish list! Most of these items are higher priced, and I would not normally buy right now but it’s fun to have a wish list!

So here are the items…

Aquamarine ring – My birthstone is aquamarine, and I’ve been looking for a nice ring for awhile now. I like this one, and I especially love how you can add two bands to the ring also. I love the thick chunky ring look!

The Encyclopedia of Cocktails – I’ve heard so many good things about this book, I’d love to have it on my bar cart to display and to just use. The book features over 1,000 different cocktails to try!

Rothy’s – I want to try these shoes so bad, but I can’t seem to spend that much on shoes! They look so cute, soft, and comfy. I follow a few influencers on Instagram that rave about these!

Jewelry Cabinet Armoire – I need a good mirror for our bedroom, and I’m in desperate need of a jewelry box. I still have the same one since high school, it’s so tiny and old. My earrings don’t fit in my current one anymore.

Coco Chanel Mademoiselle – It’s been years since I’ve found a really good perfume that I like. The last perfume I loved was Sarah Jessica Parker, and it was discontinued. I want to try Coco Chanel and see if it can be my next favorite.

Popups Tote Bag – I think I saw this on a Facebook or Instagram ad, and it looks like the perfect summer pool/lake bag! It has pockets and compartments that would be perfect for trips to the pool or weekends at the lake.

Romwe Short Sleeve Blouse – This top looks super cute and dressy for the upcoming warmer months. I love the puffy sleeves.

It’s fun looking for wish list items for my birthday! What’s on your birthday wish list?

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6 more weeks of winter?

Will Phil see his shadow? If he does, that means six more weeks of winter. If he doesn’t see his shadow, that means spring comes early. We did a little prediction as a family last night, and here are the results…

Hadley and I predicted six more weeks of winter, and Kevin predicted spring to come sooner! Looks like Hadley and I were right. If you believe Phil that is, see the video of Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow.

It’s fun to do little things like this, some years I have treats but this year we have just the fun facts! Groundhogs are interesting animals!

Happy Groundhog Day!

P.S. The movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray is 30 years old!

Valentine’s Day Hearts.

Starting on February 1st, I’m going to be putting a heart on my daughter’s bedroom door with a note on each heart until Valentine’s Day. When February 14th rolls around, she will have all of these hearts on her door with all of these reasons why we love her so! She’ll be so excited to see a new heart every morning!

Here are a few examples of what I’ll be putting on my daughter’s door every day. I made these in Photoshop, and will print them out on cardstock paper, and cut them out, and then tape them to her door. There are a few different ways you could do this. One, is by getting different colored paper and handwriting a note on each heart and cutting out the heart. Or two, I’ve seen the foam hearts at the dollar store and do it that way, so you don’t have to cut anything out. Tons of different ways to do this simple easy idea for your kiddos!

I can’t wait to see the look on her face when she sees her first heart tomorrow!

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How we celebrated the New Year.

We celebrated the New Year at home in our comfy clothes, just me and my kiddos!

My husband had to work, so it was just the kids and I at home. We did our normal routine and put Huxley to bed, so we had the rest of the night to “party” with my eight-year-old. She was so excited to hangout, and surprisingly enough she didn’t want to stay up until midnight, she knew she’d be exhausted.

We made a regular cake and folded a quarter in aluminum foil and tossed it in the batter before we poured it into the pans. We made two nine-inch cakes and used one can of icing. The cake looked terrible but who cares, it’s all about the experience and making memories. I am by no means a cake decorator, it’s just for the fun of it and Hadley could care less.

I made a charcuterie board for just the two of us, and yes, it was probably a bit much for just us. I should’ve put it all on a much smaller platter but oh well it looked pretty, right? Hadley loved the fortune cookies and opened two of them. I guess it all depends on where you get your fortune cookies from because the fortunes were a bit strange but still fun to open.

The traditional party gear I bought from Kroger, and I love it that Hadley will wear it at this age.

When we cut into the cake, Hadley picked the “H” in Happy, and she got the coin!!! She was so excited! I told her she needs to pick the numbers for the lottery. We did this exact same cake a few years ago when it was just Hadley and I, and she got the coin then also. Lucky girl!

My comfy attire was bubbly pajama pants, a black shirt, and pink champagne earrings. We played a few games of Uno, which is Hadleys favorite game.

I wouldn’t want to spend New Year’s Eve any other way! I did manage to stay up until midnight and watch the ball drop, but was in bed shortly after.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope you rang in 2023 with a bang!