Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends! I hope everyone had a great week. I can't believe the summer season is coming to an end so quickly. I say season because everyone always associates going back to school and Labor Day as the end of the summer. The reality is, we still have until mid September and I'm hoping to soak up all the fun. 

As always, I'm looking forward to this weekend. We'll be visiting a few bbqs and spending time with friends and family and whatever else comes our way. 

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

1. Little nugget's bday: it's official, we don't have any more babies in the house. I mean, they will always be my babies, but we have two full blown toddlers running the roost. In case you missed it, little nugget turned two over the weekend and I am still trying to wrap my head around how this happened so quickly. His party turned out to be so much fun and thankfully the rain held out for us.

2. Pool fun: we keep telling ourselves that our next house we are definitely getting a pool. I always wondering how people who have pools say they never end up using them. I think we would live in ours if we had one. Maybe its different when you have one there day in and day out...maybe the excitement goes away? Who knows. Regardless, we love us some pool time and hope to make this happen sooner than later for our family.

3. Grandpop: we visited my Grandpop this week and he surprised me with one of the sweetest little gifts. It's no secret that our goal one day is to have chickens. I love that my 90 year old Grandpop fully supports this and got us a book all about chickens. The title cracked me up because it's called Cool Chickens. 

4. Scoot away: we learned a few valuable lessons this week. First, toddlers and birthdays are rough. I'm not going to lie, A had a bit of a hard time seeing little nugget open his gifts. He wanted to play with everything and help him open things too. Little nugget is pretty easy going for the most part and included him in on this, but there were a few toys that some grabbing and pushing took place.

Second, if you ever get a gift for a kid that requires batteries, buy the batteries to go along with it. Don't assume the parents have a stock pile of triple A's laying around. And, if you get any type of riding toy, the proper safety equipment should accompany it.

And lastly, when teaching your kids about buying gifts for others try to encourage them to get something that person would enjoy. A is convinced I want a transformer for my bday (insert laughing emoji face).

5. Farmers Market: if you caught my instagram post yesterday then you probably saw my little pic with our farmers market trip. Shopping with both of the boys is no easy task. Sometimes they are great and other times I can't get out of the store fast enough. This trip, the boys had fun picking out the giant peaches and little nugget couldn't put them in the bag fast enough. He kept saying fast, fast, fast! Then, I turned around for 5 seconds to grab a bag and I saw peppers rolling on the floor and caught little nugget off in the corner trying to eat a banana. I laugh about it now because, chaos, always some sort of chaos. But even in those crazy moments, the easiest thing for me to pick will always be them <3

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all the Friday fun and link ups through out the week. 

Bringing Some Drama To The Office

Give me all of the dramatic sleeves and fun tops that are really on trend right now. I have been loving all the different styles but so many of them limit me to where I can wear them. They're mainly all cold shoulder, off the shoulder, one shoulder, and well, all about those shoulders. While I still love them, that's just something I can't rock in my office. So I made it a challenge to find a good compromise. 

One thing about me is am pretty much a drama free person (for the most part). I look back and laugh at some of the things that used to bother me back in the day or being worried about what certain people thought. But I think once you get to a certain age (gosh I sound old) you start to really realize what, and who, are important in your life and let the rest roll off your back. 

The only drama you will find with me is with my sleeves. How fun is this frill shoulder top (currently on sale wearing an xs)?! If you've been following me for a bit then you know stripes is my go-to pattern, so this was a double win for me. I love how easy this top is to take from work to every day wear, and the best part is, it's office appropriate yet still allows me to bring a sense of trendy style with it. Not to mention, when I love what I'm wearing I also feel more motivated to accomplish the day. I'm on to you work week, we got this!

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Look Who's Two

I still can't believe my little nugget is now two. Time, I would be totally fine if you went just a little slower. We had such a fun weekend celebrating our little love and spending time with our friends and family. Thank you so much to everyone who was wishing those rain clouds away for us because the day turned out to be overcast and the rain held out. We were still able to have everything outside and enjoy all the outdoor fun. The sun did peek through a few times and boy was it hot when it did. I was actually thankful it wasn't beating down on us all day. 

Last weekend I took a few pictures of little nugget at one of his favorite places, the beach. If you've been reading along then you've seen some of our beach pictures and might have noticed that little nugget always has his shovel or net in hand. It was the perfect little setting so capture his favorite summer things, and you guys, he did so good for me. He sat there and smiled, asked if he could dig in the sand, and then said mommy, take a picture! I jump up and down. I mean melt my heart and can I squeeze him forever.

He is obsessed with anything and everything that has to do with balls so I thought it would be cute to do a beach ball themed party. I got these cute beach ball sippy cups, beach ball cupcake toppers, and had over 20 beach balls floating around the pool. We had water balloons for the kids that they couldn't get enough of and my mom surprised him with a bounce house which was a huge hit.

You all know how much I love my pictures, so when I came across this popsicle garland I thought it would be super cute to turn it into a photo backdrop and get some silly props for everyone to take pictures with. I'm so happy it was a hit because we all had fun snapping some silly pictures. The best part was both A and little nugget loved using the goofy glasses and big lips.

To my little nugget, there is something so special about you that I cannot get enough of your sweet, sweet personality. When you stop to ask me for a kiss I will drop everything to get one from you and I love how you like to pick out a spot on my cheek to make sure you kiss just the right spot. I can't deny that I secretly love how clingy you are to me right now. I can't help but smile when you stop anyone who tries to help you and say, no not you, mommy do it. You are talking so much now and your little voice is like music to my ears. I love how you try to pronounce anything and everything and if you aren't sure about something you will ask, what's that. I can't thank you enough for being ambitious and for going on the potty since you were 18 months, even if I think you're purposely doing it some nights just so you can stay up a little bit longer. I'm pretty sure you'll fully be in big boy pants very soon. You want to do everything your older brother does and have no problem voicing your opinion if you aren't getting your way. We're still working on sharing and keeping your hands to yourself, but sometimes I have to stop and remind myself just how old you really are and that you still have so much to learn. The world is ahead of you my little love. I pray God's continued blessings over your life and that His love will shine through you as an example for others to see. You can do anything you put your little mind to and I will do my best to guide you in the right direction through this journey. We all love you more than you will ever know <3 

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!! I am in an extra happy mood today because I took off from work to relax a bit and get ready for little nugget's party. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the fact that he is going to be two tomorrow. 

This week was a pretty low key week for us with the weather being all over the place. It's nice to have a break from the humidity but I did not like waking up and feeling cold in the morning. Summer, please don't leave us too quickly. 

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

1. Beach: because I'm holding on to every last bit of summer there is no way the beach couldn't make this list (surprise, surprise). We had such a fun weekend at the shore and I shared more about what a typical beach day looks like with us earlier this week. 

I also had a melt my heart moment, maybe more like heart in a puddle moment, when A found a shell that he said was shaped like a heart and came over and gave it to me because he said it belongs to mommy. He also gave me the biggest hug and kiss and I might have squoze him a little too hard not wanting to let him go.
2.Crabbing: I absolutely love that both of the nuggets enjoy fishing and crabbing and aren't afraid to get right in there and pull the traps up. We decided to switch it up a bit and went early in the morning before heading to the beach. We caught a ton of crabs, but, majority of them were too little to keep so we only walked away with one each for us. We keep joking around that we'll be back in a few weeks for them and at that point they'll be bigger and we will get them.

3. Little nugget's bday prep: majority of my week has been spent doing a few diy projects for nugget's bday this weekend. I shared last week that we are having a small beach ball themed party for him and I wanted to add some more focal points other than the 20 beach balls we will have floating around my dad's pool. We are hoping the weather holds out for us but of course they are calling for some rain, which is odd because it never really rains down by my dad (hoping that's the case this time). If you could all say a little prayer that those rain clouds blow on out of here it would be much appreciated. I'm not really sure how I would pull off a beach ball pool party in the house but we will see what happens.

4. Two year pics: speaking of little nugget and turning two, he was such a great boy over the weekend and let me snap a few cute pics of him playing in the sand. Here's a little sneak peek and I am looking forward to sharing more of these next week along with his party.

5. Wedges: you've probably seen me wear these wedges in some of my posts. I have these in the tan color and since they are so comfortable for me and the wedge is the perfect height, I jumped at ordering them in black. I saw they are currently on sale for under $30 and available in all sizes! They came this week and I might have already worn them a few times. Hey, when the shoe's comfy, and a great price, why not wear it ;)

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all the link up fun.

My Dream Vacation-Girl Chat Link Up

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Thank you for joining us for another month of our girl chat link up. It's always nice to connect with other bloggers and get to share our thoughts together. Sometimes this blogging world can make you feel like a tiny fish in a huge ocean, so having those supportive friends is a big help. 

Speaking of fish, and oceans, let's talk about my dream vacation, shall we...

This one was kind of hard for me because if you've been visiting this little space of mine then you already know I'm a bit of a travel bug. I would love to visit as many places as I can and I feel like I have so many one day trips on my list of places to visit. But, for as long as I can remember I have always wanted to go on a vacation and stay in one of those over the water huts/bungalows—my top pick would be in Tahiti. Have you seen the pictures of this place?! Talk about paradise. Not only does it look beautiful, but while my Grandfather was in the Navy, he always talks about how San Diego and Tahiti were his all time favorite places when he traveled. Just hearing his stories makes me drift away in my mind envisioning how amazing it must be to visit this little slice of paradise. 

Of course we've looked into planning a vacation here but there's one little problem, it's not exactly the most cost effective trip. I'm hopeful that one day we will be able to get there and when we do, I'm sure it will be a dream. 

As much as I would love for this to be a special trip for Eric and I, I think I would want to make this a whole family thing. I would love all of us to experience this together because it's probably not a place we would go to often, like the Dominican where we've already been three times. Here's my thinking too, if we were to have grandparents come along then we would have built-in babysitters which would still allow it to be a special trip for Eric and I :)

I could just imagine how amazing it would be to be over that beautiful water and feel like you're floating off in the sea. I hear that a lot of the huts have glass floors so you can see fish swimming under you. How cool is that?! I would also have to jump off the dock right into the water, because why not.

I would love to explore the island and see a few waterfalls and swim with the sea turtles, but I really think this is a vacation I would want to relax and just take it all in. We love exploring on our trips, but we aren't the type of family to try and pack it all in in one visit. The last thing I want to do is feel like I need a vacation from my vacation. Thankfully this mindset has really worked for us and allows us to have the best time on our trips. I'm coming for you one day, Tahiti.

Now that I'm off day dreaming about being there, it's your turn...where would your dream vacation be?


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