Friday Favorite Time

Happy Friday, friends! You will always find me in a good mood on a Friday, because, well...Friday! This week was a little rough for us with little nugget teething and sleep wasn't exactly on our side, but we worked through it and I think he finally found some relief. 

With these unusually nice temperatures going on we soaked up all the fun we could get in which certainly gave us spring fever. We were spoiled the last few weekends with not having much going on and being able to relax. This weekend is basically the opposite and even though it will be busy, I'm really looking forward to it!

I am so excited that two of my best friends are coming up for brunch this weekend, we have a birthday party we'll be going to with the nuggets, and my Mom and I will be trying our luck at a local tricky tray fundraiser tonight. 

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. All the spring vibes: with so many of us experiencing these great temperatures I have a feeling the weather will be a favorite for a lot of us. I love when A's little personality comes out and he is his cute goofy little self. I also kind of love that we were both sporting our mirrored sunnies (cheesy yes, but carry on). If you caught my favorites last week I was between two pairs of Quay sunglasses. After heading to Bloomingdale's after work {these} looked so much better on me and I've pretty much been wearing them ever since.

After our fun outside we decided to head out to grab something to eat. I seriously think we tried some of the best hummus ever. It's a good thing I don't get my hands on this often because I really think I could eat it everyday. It was smoked hummus with garlic toasted homemade pita chips. Yes, please! Eric and I also split a meat sampler that did not disappoint.

2. Harlem Globetrotters: We had tickets to take the nuggets to see the globetrotters and my mom decided to come along with us too, We enjoyed seeing them do all of their flips and tricks. At first we weren't sure if the nuggets were too young for it but they happened to really enjoy it and little nugget was glued the whole time. 

We tried to get a family picture once it ended but the nuggets wanted nothing to do with that #reallife. They were more interested in trying to get out on the court and run around. 

3. Park fun: with these awesome temperatures we had to fit in a few park visits. I think everyone else had the same idea because every park was sooo busy. The nuggets still managed to have a great time and let out tons of energy. That's a win for me! A's new thing is climbing trees. Lord help me. And, wanting to jump out of them. 

4. Lake visit: we thought about taking a drive down the shore over the weekend since it was so nice, but knowing it would probably be windy and a little cooler down there we decided against it. I mean, our temperatures were in the 60's so it wasn't exactly beach weather. I think all of us were just a little overly excited about this happening in February. 

We decided to take a drive to a local lake which ended up being a nice compromise. All things dirt, sticks, and climbing on rocks made for one fun afternoon for them. Eric has always thrown the boys around since they were little (don't get all crazy now we aren't talking like newborn status here) and they just can't get enough of it. He could do it 20 plus times and they will always say, more, more, more. I was happy to capture this fun moment of him and little nugget. 

5. Painting party: I've always wanted to go to one of these paint nights but it's never worked out. One of my good friends was celebrating a birthday so we thought it would be fun to organize a girls night to celebrate her. I don't consider myself very artistic and my poor kids have a hard time recognizing my stick figures, but this was a lot of fun and something I would definitely do again. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where I'm linking today and throughout the week for all the linkup fun. 

Watermelon, Ice Cream and Donuts, Please – Custom Sticker Fun

Now that it's officially the last week of February I have all things spring on my mind. I cannot wait for spring colors, warmer weather, and longer days. Can you tell winter isn't exactly my favorite season?

For now incorporating fun things into my surroundings are what help to give me all of the happy vibes. Things like having fresh flowers around the house, fun stationary at work, and bright stickers that I've been guilty of bribing my little ones with. I was so happy to collaborate with StickerApp to customize the perfect stickers for me (c/o StickerApp).

What I love about StickerApp is they have the option to create a sheet of stickers with several different styles or just one if that works for you. Of course I couldn't make up my mind and keep it to just one design – but I was able to narrow it down to some of my favorites.

We also have a few parties coming up and I thought it would be cute to dress up some of the packages with a few of these watermelon and ice cream cone stickers.

I made these stickers with the custom sticker option and used the trendy clipart feature. I then picked the size and quantity I wanted and finished it off with the contour-cut option. You can also upload your own design or image and customize it to how you want.

I'm thinking a watermelon, donut, and ice cream party might have to happen in the near future because these are seriously too cute. A girl needs all the watermelon, ice cream, and donuts she can get – even if it's from stickers :)

Laid Back Lace Look- Fashion Elite Linkup

Top-Zara (here or here) / Jeans-Banana Republic Factory (here) / Shoes-Converse (here) / 
Sunglasses-Target (here)

One of the things I promised myself when I became a mom was to try and not lose my sense of self or style. Now don't get me wrong, I love a comfy pair of yoga pants and a soft tee just as much as anyone, but I didn't want my everyday style and full wardrobe to fall into the typical "mom uniform" stereotype. 

I found this lace sweatshirt at Zara (I'm wearing an xs) and knew it was a piece I could easily wear to the office yet run after my active boys on the weekends. These jeans are my go to favorite and I can't get enough of them. You know that pair that just fits in all the right places and goes with so much, well this is that pair for me. They're currently on sale and I think I need to just go ahead buy another pair because I'm not so sure that rip on my leg can get any bigger. 

I also love an outfit that can easily be transitioned from day to night. This look is so easy to switch out my converse and throw on a pair of heels and be set for a relaxed night out. 

I'm so happy to be co-hosting the Fashion Elite linkup this week with Jessica from J Petite. Join us below for some fashion fun.

Hello Friday, You're Always a Favorite

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you all had a great week filled with lots of love and happiness. Now that Valentine's Day is over I'm even more ready for spring and some warmer weather. I think we're supposed to get a taste of it this weekend with temperatures expected to be in the 50's. I will gladly take anything above freezing. 

I'm really looking forward to a laid back weekend and hopefully spending some time outside. The only real plans we have are to take the nuggets to see the Harlem Globetrotters. I've never been before but I hear it's a lot of fun. I'm sure I'll be sharing some shenanigans on my instastories if you want to check it out.

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. Valentine's Day: we did some celebrating over the weekend with the nuggets so we weren't planning on doing much on actual Valentine's Day. In fact, all the years that we've been together we never really do much on the actual day. Things are a little different now that we have the kids so I treated them to a special little  breakfast before we headed out for the day.

Eric ended up surprising me when he arranged for a sitter and we got to enjoy a dinner out at a local Italian restaurant. We never really do gifts for each other, but one thing he does know is that I do love fresh flowers and won't really ever turn them down. It was a nice treat when he came home with a bouquet of them that included gerbera daisies that were part of our wedding flowers. My mom also got me roses and had the boys give them to me. Melt my heart. But, not long after the picture below did they decide it was more fun to use them as swords and knock all of the petals off. Luckily I still had 10 others to admire.

Funny enough, both Eric and I got each other cards with some lottery tickets, because hey, you never know. Well unfortunately he didn't win on the scratch offs I got him but...I happened to win $200 on mine! Whoop whoop! This Momma's getting a new pair of shoes and I have my eye (ha ha) on some sunnies. Continue reading for more about that...
2. 18 months: I can't believe my little nugget is already 18 months. Well, I kind of can because sadly I have been saying he's been 18 months for probably the past four months now. Especially now with having two nuggets, keeping track of how many months he is after his first birthday is no easy task. Some days I barely even know what day it is. I was never really one of those mom's that went around saying my kid was 27 and 1/2 months and knowing everything down to the wire (major props if that's you). But at what point to do you stop? I kept track (well tried to at least) up until his first birthday and then after that he's either a year, 18 months, or in the next month or so I'll probably just starting saying he'll be two soon. Two?! Ugh, where is the time going :( 

He's at a really cute stage right now where his little personality is really coming alive. He sure knows how to use the word no a little too often, and wants to do everything his big brother does. He is a dancing machine and loves to pick up a book and act like he's reading. He still calls water agua and he's now onto saying zapatos and huevos. Side note, we are not bilingual (although I wish we were). He has a few kids in his daycare class that are and he's really picking things up from them.

3. Ice carnival: I shared earlier this week that we took the kids to an ice carnival over the weekend to celebrate Valentine's day with them. It was one of the coolest (no pun intended) things I have ever seen. That ice slide was awesome and the carousel made out of ice was magical. I hope they have this again next year because it's something I would definitely check out again. 

4. Wide angle lens: I finally bit the bullet and purchased a wide angle lens. For what I need it for, it is life changing. No more straddling the tub and doing some crazy acrobatics just to try and fit a smaller space all in the frame.  Eventually once I get better at lighting (it has to get better at some point, right?) and all that good stuff, I have contemplated looking into real estate photography. In the meantime, here are a few pictures of the finished kitchen over at our investment property. I am happy to say that within the first three days of us putting it up for rent we got an overwhelming response of interest and over 50 potential tenants contacted us. We've since pulled the listing down and will be making our decision by the end of the week.

5. Treat yo self: ok, so onto the fun stuff, shoes and shopping. I know I mentioned my little Valentine's Day winnings and what's a girl to do with some extra cash? Shoes, of course. I purchased these pineapple soludos last year before our vacation to the Dominican, and I think a lot of other bloggers will agree with me that these are one of the most comfortable pairs of shoes ever. They have so many fun designs that it was hard to narrow them down. I was between these flamingo ones or the orange slice ones. I ended up going with the orange slices, and like I did before I sized up because they do run a little small (at least for me). Now I'm thinking I might need the flamingo ones in my life too, or how cute are these lips sneakers?!

I'm also thinking about getting another pair of sunnies because my cheapy pair of blue mirrored ones I had I ended up breaking. I'm a big fan of Quay sunglasses and Bloomingdale's is currently having a sale (extra 20% off with code newarrivals). Any chance to get some extra money off and I am one happy shopper. But of course I'm torn between two pairs and can't make up my mind. I'm thinking these or these?!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! You all know I'm linking up with some of my favorite bloggers not just on Friday but throughout the week. Check out where I enjoy linking and join in on the fun.

Love One Another

Happy Valentine's Day, friends! I hope love is in the air for you :) More importantly, and if nothing else, I hope today brings you all kinds of happiness. 

Last week I shared about our Valentine's Day last year and the plans we had for this year. We also did some early celebrating with the nuggets over the weekend and took them to an ice carnival. It was one of the coolest things, ever!

The nuggets will be waking up to a special breakfast this morning before we head out for the day that will be filled with fresh fruit and all the heart shaped pancakes. Well about those heart shaped pancakes, of course I searched high and low for my heart shaped cookie cutter last night, but wouldn't you know I didn't have any luck. I'll try finagle something with a sandwich cutter we have but let's just say they might not be the best looking hearts around. I'll try to share more of their breakfast on my Friday favorites or if you can't wait until then I'll more than likely be sharing something on my instagram stories.

The nuggets are excited for their Valentine's Day parties in their classes today and I got a surprise when I found out Eric arranged for a sitter tonight. We normally don't go out to eat on actual Valentine's day and just hang out at home, but I appreciate the thoughtfulness and will gladly enjoy a dinner out. We've been wanting to try a local Italian spot in town so this is the perfect opportunity.

I always try to put the nuggets in some sort of festive shirt for the day but this year it was really weighing on my heart to go a more non-traditional route. With so much going on in the world today I feel one of the greatest accomplishments I can achieve as a Mother is to teach them about God's love and for us to be an example and show His love to others. 

When I came across these shirts I knew they were perfect for the message we are trying to teach the boys and something that could be a great conversation starter with others.

So today, whether you are decked out in your favorite bright pink outfit (mine might happen to have lips on it), anticipating those flowers and chocolates, or rolling your eyes because you just aren't into a hallmark holiday–let's all try to remember above all else to love one another.

~Love one another. As I have loved you~ John 13:34
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