Guilty Pleasures-Girl Chat Link Up

One of the things I don't get enough of is idle time and being able to do whatever I want. It feels so far and few between these days. But when it does happen, I have a few guilty pleasures I indulge in. 

Mindless Tv: I used to watch a lot of reality shows when they first hit the air and seemed like one of the only things available on tv. Some very popular ones were right in my own state. It would be funny to see places that we've been too, or landmarks that we pass everyday, and crack up at how people around here are so not like that in real life. With shows like This Is Us, Imposters, The Good Doctor, and any type of home improvement show, I haven't been watching as much reality tv anymore. And I can't say I'm really mad about it. Now don't get me wrong, I still enjoy a good Housewives show and catch them when I can. 

Social creeping: I hate to admit this one, but scrolling through social media. I have such a love hate relationship with instagram. My time with this silly app is usually spent when the boys go to bed and before I know it, I'm clicking on a hashtag that led me to someone's picture, that has some crazy story to it, and before I know it I'm knee deep in their business. Pinterest is another one for me. I could be scrolling and looking for one thing and 15 pins later I'm thinking about redoing my pantry or tackling a DIY.

Give me all the milk and cookies: Cookies might be considered more of a weakness of mine because boy are they oh so good. I don't need anything too fancy, a good old chocolate chip does the trick for me. If and when we have them in the house, I usually eat them after the boys go to bed so I don't have to share #honestparenting.

I also love me some Taco Bell: I know most people look at me like I'm nuts, but Taco Bell is my jam. I could eat a whole cravings box by myself and the cheesy gordita crunch is my all time favorite. 

Sleeping in: I think I've said it a ton of times here, that I am not a morning person. I am not up at the crack of dawn doing all of the things. I am joyfully hitting my snooze button and enjoying my extra 15 minutes of sleep. Sleeping in on the weekends (don't worry it's a rarity) is such a beautiful thing. 

Dream vacations: I can also get lost in a black hole searching for vacation deals that I don't even plan on going on—right now that is. But if one day we splurge for an over the water hut in Tahiti or Bora Bora, I'd like to know how much it will cost. 

Long showers: I am guilty of staying in the shower for longer than I need to. I am especially good at this in the winter when I don't want to get out of the warm water. Maybe if my bathroom had heated floors and a heated towel rack (maybe next house) then I'd be more inclined to save some water.

Sunbathing: I know it's not really good for you, and don't worry I always put sunscreen on, but I love laying out in the sun. I find it so relaxing. I could escape to the beach all summer or float around in a pool if I could to enjoy those warm rays. 

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When Kids Say and Do The Darndest Things

It's been all kinds of months since I've shared some of the silly things that come out of the boys mouths and the crazy things they come up with. I don't know why, but recently it seems like they have been coming out with some funny ones that I've tried to add to the notes in my phone (does anyone else use the notes section in their phone) so I don't forget. 

After I started reading them again, I realized there were quiet a few and thought it would be fun to put another post together. Both of my boys have been very vocal from a young again and talking in 3-4 word sentences from around 16-18 months. I am extremely thankful for that and have loved hearing their silly logic and literal thinking. 

If you remember form a while back, one of little nugget's first words was agua and he was getting so mad at me for not giving it to him because I couldn't figure out what he was saying. I didn't realize how quickly he picked up on the Spanish and sign language they were teaching him in daycare. Anyway, here are a few moments from my boys that have kept me laughing.

Recently one of the things they have been asking about is when is it going to be Christmas again? I keep telling them they have so many things to look forward to this summer but Christmas is on their brain. When I was putting A to bed he asked me if we could bring out this North Pole communicator that we have so he could talk to Santa. I told him it was packed away and that it only works after Thanksgiving (true story because you can set the date and time). He leans over and says, well your ears are really small like elf ears (true in that they are small but no they are NOT elf shaped) and if I talk into them can Santa hear me? No, no, no it does not work that way my son. 

Continuing with the Christmas talk, I told little nugget one night that it was going to be cold so he should wear socks to bed. He never keeps his covers on at night. Anyone else's kids always kicking them off? He says to me, why mama? So jack frost doesn't nip at my toes. I think the song actually says nose, but I can see the confusion there. 

One night, I don't actually remember how it came up, but Eric and I were talking about how Jimmy Fallon's finger got hurt from his wedding band, and that whole debacle. I guess I must have said Jimmy Kimmel instead of Jimmy Fallon, and somehow A must have over heard us. Later on that night, he was crying in his room and I went in to see what was wrong with him. He said he was so upset and that he didn't want Jimmy Kimmel's finger to fall off. I had to laugh because he has no clue who either of them are and I also felt really bad that I didn't realize he was listening and I got him so upset. 

I try to be very mindful of what I listen to in the car with them, because much like the Jimmy story, they pick up on everything. A Pitbull song happened to come on and he was talking about going back to the crib. Little nugget says, the crib? Why he take them back to the crib? That's for babies! 

Little nugget had a project at school where they planted seeds and grew them into a bean plant (sprout, whatever you call it). They were also reading Jack In The Beanstalk. When it was time for the plant to come home, they both got the idea to plant it in the backyard and when it grew taller Jack would come out of the top. We had to explain to them that's not really how it worked but if we were lucky (we aren't exactly green thumbs over here) then maybe we would get some beans. 

I need to get this on video because seriously Eric and I can barely keep a straight face when he does it, but little nugget will really talk with his hands when he gets into a story. Lately, during his story telling, if we mention something that we think is the point he is trying to make, he will tell us, yes that's what I told you. Well, it really isn't what you told us buddy but I can see where you were going with that.

A still loves wearing his Disney band from when we went and calls it his Mickey watch. He wanted to wear it to school one day so we let him. Later on that night at dinner, he tells us he has something he needs to talk to us about but he doesn't want us to get mad. I'm thinking oh geez, what is this boy going to tell us. Well, he let us know that during his time out on the playground he threw is beloved Mickey watch up in the air and it landed on the roof of the daycare. He was so concerned that not only him, but apparently none of us would be able to get back into Disney World. He assured us that his teacher was going to have one of the maintenance guys bring a ladder and get it down for him. He came home the next day with his band and says, yes!!! Now we can go to Disney again! It looks like we'll be planning another trip.

Another night when I was putting A to bed we were laying there and he asked me what season it was. I tried to explain to him that it is technically spring but it feels more like winter. He said. I know what's wrong. Spring is the mama and winter is the kid who is not being a good listener. I'd have to agree with him on that one. 

Friday Favorites-Could It Be Spring

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Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a great week. This one seemed to go by really fast for us. I'm happy to say it was one of the first weeks in awhile that we didn't get snow. I think it might have flurried while I was in work at some point, but if I can't see it and it didn't accumulate, I'm ok.

We are supposed to have a beautiful day today and tomorrow so we are excited for all of the outdoor time. Then it's supposed to drop like 40 degrees on Sunday and we'll probably be bundled up again. We might stop by a cherry blossom festival but it will be interesting to see if there are actually any blossoms because nothing is really bloomed around here.

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

1. Sixers game: if you caught my insta stories over the weekend you might have seen that we went to a Sixers game. Eric and I used to be really big fans back when Iverson played and we haven't seen them this good in awhile. We had courtside seats which were awesome and now I feel like I might have to watch a game that way all the time. Not really, but it was a fun experience. We also got to see them win so that's always a plus when you go to a game. Little nugget was also in his glory because during one of the quarters they had a drum line come out and perform and he was glued! The boys loved all of the snacks that came along with it and they got these adorable oversized shirts that A couldn't wait to put on. It was Franklin the mascots birthday so everything was geared around his celebration. The boys got to go out on the court after and bounce the ball around and they sure had a blast!

Remember that eyelet hem sweatshirt I shared last week? Well, it arrived later on that afternoon and I couldn't help but wear it to the game. I got so many compliments on it and I loved it even more in person.

2. Closet reveal: organizing things is no easy task and can be very time consuming. I am so happy with how everything came together in my closet and it is such a great feeling to know that everything has a place now. If you missed my post you can read more about it {here}.

3. Mother's Day gifts: I can't believe we are exactly a month out from Mother's Day. I shared some gift ideas and a cute idea the boys had to make Mother's Day extra special.

4. Favorite finds: I don't know about you but sandals are probably one of the things I always get new every season. Maybe it's because mine seem to wear a lot, or the fact that I have sweaty feet (tmi? we can all be mature about it ;) but rarely do I have a pair last me through two different seasons. Mine always get the feet imprint on the sole, and well, I just feel like I need to freshen them up. Anyway, back to the point. Last week Lindsay from Bourbon & Lipstick shared these printed bow-tie slides and I had some super cash laying around so I decided to pick them up. They reminded me of the pair from Target that came out in the beginning of the season that of course I waited too long for and now I can't find them anywhere.

I also picked up some solid tees for the boys. I realized they wear a lot of patterned shorts in the summer and I never have enough of plain colored shirts for them.

5. Hunter Boots: I'm sure we've all heard about the Hunter line being released at Target this weekend. I actually do not own a pair of Hunter boots but would love to jump on the bandwagon if I can snag a pair. I'm sure we all would so it will probably be a mad dash for whatever is left. I have my eye on this pair and this pair for myself and I think this pair or this pair would be really cute for the boys. Eric doesn't seem to be into them, at least the ones here, so that makes one less person to shop for.  Does anyone have a connection to Target corporate and have the launch time for when it will hit the web? You can always private email me :) Of course from what I can find they only mention the early morning hours and this mama is not staying up all night. I also heard RedCard holders had a pre-release this week that I wasn't invited to and feel pretty left out. It's all good though, if I get a pair, I get a pair.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all of the link up fun. Speaking of linking, don't forget our monthly girl chat is this Thursday where we'll be sharing our guilty pleasures. We hope you can join us! 

Mother's Day Gift Ideas


Thank you to Jane.com for sponsoring this post. All opinions remain my own. 

I can't believe that we are almost a month out until Mother's Day. Time seriously feels like it is flying on by and I wish there was a way I could make it slow down just a little. If there's one thing I've learned over the years, it's to be better prepared when it comes to gift giving. I've caught myself in too many situations where I waited last minute to get things and ended up buying something I didn't  have in mind or what I really wanted to give.

The best thing I have done for myself is to pick up things as I see them and stash them away for the occasion. It has really changed things for me and has taken off so much pressure when it comes time to gift giving. When I came across Jane.com I knew I loved the sound of it. If you aren't familiar with them, they're a website that has new boutique deals that happen daily and items that are a fraction of the price. They have everything from home decor, kids, women, beauty and wellness, and a lot of other fun finds.

Mother's Day has become such a special time for me. Not only is it the chance for me to celebrate the day with my boys, but also to share them with my mom and others. I know this day can also be incredibly sad so for many but it has really put things into perspective for me and knowing how precious life can be.

The older my boys get the more I want them to focus on giving and doing things for others. When I asked them what could they do to make this Mother's Day extra special? A spoke on behalf of both of them and said, I know! We could put on a concert. I chuckled for moment, but realized how serious they were and after thinking about it, I thought it was a great idea. They took out their guitars and decided to practice for me. Their sweet little voices filled the room and they made up some of the silliest songs that we all ended up laughing along to. I'm sure my mom and mother in-law will love to hear this concert on Mother's Day.



When I thought about what I could give the special women in my life, I looked for things that had meaning to them and what I thought they would really enjoy. This necklace that says love & be loved really caught my eye and was something I decided to get both my mom and I so we could match. I also loved this prayer journal with the perfect verse to empower us women. My mother in-law has a beach house that we visit a lot over the summer so when I saw these personalized beach bags and a pineapple necklace, I knew it was perfect for her. I couldn't help but treat myself a little early something as well. These blush moccasins were too good to pass up and you all know how I have been on a blush kick lately.

Not only is it a special day to celebrate our mothers but also all of the influential women in our lives. Here's to making every woman feel special on Mother's Day.

Master Closet Makeover and Organization

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Thank you to the Container Store for sponsoring this post. All opinions remain my own.

It's not the easiest thing to admit when you aren't the most organized person out there. It's not that I purposely set out on a journey to be disorganized, but sometimes life happens and those things you wanted to tackle get pushed to the back burner. That's what happened with my master closet.

Let me back up for a second, if you've been following my blog for awhile, then you know my lack of closet space in our home has been a big issue. I can't complain about the size of my master closet, but that's also because Eric built it for me. After opening up some walls, re-configuring our master bedroom, and turning what we think was a previous bathroom into my now closet, I can finally say this space feels like a dream. 

I'm a little embarrassed to show you the before pictures, but here we go. I think my closet really became a dumping ground for so many things. I would keep baskets of laundry in here that needed to be folded, an overflow of my clothes because I didn't have enough hanger space, and would hide things like Christmas gifts and all kinds of random things that would make their way in here. To be honest, I didn't really enjoy going in here because it felt overwhelming, even though I knew deep down it had the potential to be an amazing space.

When the opportunity came about to get things organized, I don't think I could type fast enough that my master closet would be the room I would focus on. I think this was the exact push I needed to really get everything in order. I truly embraced this whole project and ran with it even further than I expected.

I could not be happier with how everything turned out. Now I find myself walking in here just because and really using it as my own little retreat. Of course the boys enjoy playing in here as well and going through all of my stuff. They are seriously too cute and you have to scroll down to see them in my hats. We've even had story time in here on my new bench and it's funny to think that an organized closet can create sweet memories.

In addition to utilizing all of the amazing organizational resources The Container Store offers, I also added in a second clothes rod, shelves, a bench, and found ways to properly utilize what was really just dead space before. I also got a large mirror and did a little DIY project to my jewelry box, and had my sister paint me this awesome picture that hangs above it. I loved the chandelier that I had in there and felt that it gave it a shabby chic feel, but realistically, it was too big for the space and hung really low. We decided to switch it out for a fixture that was better suited for the space and I love it just as much. You know what I also love? My new rug that compliments everything and pulls the room together. 

The Container Store's closet sale is going on through May 13th, with hundreds of closet organization essentials (many of my favorites here) for 25% off.

I was able to maximize this space far beyond what I thought was possible. Before, I used to have my sweaters and dress pants just folded on some of those smaller shelves. My shoes were pilled up and stacked on top of each other because I could only fit four pairs across on one shelf. My top shelf had purses randomly tossed up there, next to my hats, and I even found a few pair of shoes up there as well. Now, my lovely hat boxes are the perfect spot for my hats and save me a lot of shelf space. I also love these purse bins that have freed up so much space for me and I love how organized they are now.

I can't say enough good things about these huggable hangers. They have been space changing in my closet and I love that they also have cascading mini hooks that you loop through the top of the hanger and you can hang multiple pieces cascading down. This has been perfect for my cardigans and skirts. I was also able to free up so much more shelf space by using the sweater organizers with both three compartments and six compartments.

Now let's talk shoes. I realized I have a lot of shoes, and some of them that I haven't worn in years. I'm not so sure my days of strutting around in six inch heels will be happening very often. This was a great time for me to go through things and find a lot to donate. I wish I would have come across these stacking shoe bins sooner. I doubled my space on some of my shelves that I could previously only fit four pairs across. I also love these clear shoe drawers and was able to fit two pairs of my flat sandals in them maximizing my space even more.

I think what I realized throughout all of this, is that you don't necessarily need a huge space to feel organized. It's about maximizing and really organizing the space you already have to work with. In my closet, I still only have two clothes rods, which may seem like a lot, but in reality, it's not. This pushed me to think about ways I could still organize things that maybe didn't need to be hung up and could free up some more hanger space for me. That's when these store baskets really came in handy and were a great solution for that. I also love how they look on top of my shelf and add some dimension to the room. 

I will say that having things organized really changes the way I view things. We're hoping to tackle even more projects and find ways to make things more functional. It makes life so much easier when there is a place for your things and you actually know where to find them. Dare I even say this might help me be more motivated to get my laundry skills in order. Maybe I'm getting ahead of my self here, but we're working on baby steps. 
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