Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a great week. This one felt like it went by super fast for me. There really wasn't anything that exciting going on. We battled some tantrums, had little nugget's wellness visit, and I tried to relax as much as I could because I'm starting to see myself slow down a bit. It rained half the week and then we finally got some sunshine. We (or I should really say Eric) is working extra hard on finishing up the Airstream because we have a campsite booked and will be going on our first adventure next week!

Here's a look at some of my favorites...

1. Little nugget's birthday:

If you missed it earlier this week I shared some of the highlights from his party. It poured that day and we had to set everything up in the house, but it all worked out and he had the best time which is the important part.

2. Peach picking:

Maybe I should say more like peach and nectarine picking, because that's how it actually went down. If you caught my instagram I shared how we first stopped off at the nectarine trees because my #pregnancybrain thought they were peaches at first. Womp, womp. We love nectarines too so it was basically the best of both worlds. I'm also working on sharing bits and pieces of details from our adventures on my different social media platforms so it's not the same information over and over again. If you follow me on all of them (I love you).

3. Favorite quotes:

We had our monthly girl chat link up yesterday where we shared some of our favorite quotes. I love a good quote or inspiration and it's always so fun to see what others share. If you're looking for some good ones be sure to check them out and link up a post if you have some to share.

4. Fun mail:

Two of my sorority sisters who are still some of my closest friends surprised me this week with some fun and thoughtful mail. It makes me so appreciative when people show kindness because it really is the little things that make such a difference. They put such a smile on my face that day and really made me feel special. I now have bump box coming to me for the next few months and I was so excited with the goodies that were in there. My feet have been so sore by the end of the day and wouldn't you know, a foot soak was in there. All the praise hands over here.

Brandi Little's book also arrived in the mail and I am so excited to start it. I'm so proud of her for writing this and getting it published. She's been a great blogging friend and is one of the sweetest people I have come across in this community. If you're looking for a new read her book is One Step Forward.

5. Soccer mom:

If you remember last year A was not in love with playing soccer. He cried most of the time and didn't really want to listen to the coach. Oh yeah, proud parent moments there when your kid is running off the field. We weren't sure about having him play again this year but now little nugget can also play and I will be able to have both of them together. They both said they wanted to play so we are giving it another try. Last year I only made it to one of his games because of work and was really upset that I couldn't be more involved. My boss has been amazing and we worked it out for me to be able to leave early and take them to all of their games. I'm really excited to see both of them out there playing and I hope that they both really enjoy it.

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

Favorite Quotes-Girl Chat Link Up

It's that time again for our monthly girl chat link up. This month we're sharing our favorite quotes to live by. I've always enjoyed a good quote and motivational sayings. Sometimes they come at just the right time to give a little pick me up or end up being the perfect caption for an image or social share.

I also love how you can find a lot of home decor pieces with quotes on them to work into your everyday living area. When we gave our living room a little refresher I based my whole focal wall off of a piece I found that says, it is well with my soul. I still get so many compliments on it when people come over and it's one of the simplest pieces, yet the wording makes a statement. Whatever you like to use quotes for, I think we can all agree there are some great ones out there. 

Here's a look at some of my favorites...

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"Above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it" Proverbs 4:23 

This scripture has always left an impact with me because when I start to hear things come out of my mouth that aren't as they should be, in know I need to dig deeper into my time with God and let Him do a work in my heart.
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"People are usually as happy as they make up their minds to be" ~Abraham Lincoln 

I love this one because I think especially in the blogger/influencer world people get way too caught up in what others have or what others are doing. Heck, forget blogging or anything else, life in general. I've felt myself holding back on things I want to share because I'm not sure how others will view it. But at the same time, I also don't think people should have to hold back on their happiness in fear of making someone else upset. I think it's about approach and not coming off as bragging or in times when things aren't all butterflies and rainbows making it seem like wanting all the attention to be on you. It's a balancing act. It's about being yourself and connecting with others. I think our minds have a huge impact on our happiness and we all have a choice in how we find it. I let my guard down and shared about being happy in the now and it's still one of my best received posts to date. 

"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending" ~Maria Robinson 

I love this one because it's so true. We can't go back and change the future but we have a chance every morning to create a new ending for today. 

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"Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy" ~Hebrews 12:14

I love this one too because I think often it's so quick for people to judge others when it's the exact opposite of what we're supposed to do. This is a great reminder to all of us. 

"Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work" ~C.S. Lewis

This one has always hit home from me. Since becoming a mom it has been a constant balancing act between my time at work, family, even blogging. Some days I just can't do it all and the last thing that should be taking a back burner are my kids. I shared about my moment when momming caught up with me and since then I have tried my best to continue to give myself grace, let the house fall out of order when it needs to, and put down my phone to crawl on the floor and play with my kids. I might have more of a hard time getting up now with my growing belly lol. But I try. 

"Beauty begins the moment we decide to be ourselves" ~Coco Chanel

I've always loved this one because it's also so true. It's great to find inspiration from others and become motivated to try new things, but when you stop being yourself, you're only hurting yourself. You will always be the best version of you. 

I feel like I could seriously go on and on with this post because there are so many good quotes out there! But, I can't wait to hear some of your favorites and read more. 

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Sweet As A Summer Peach

I have to say, I'm kind of impressed with our picking trips this year and being able to knock so many off our list. Peaches were always something we wanted to get around to picking but it seemed like every summer something would come up and we would miss our window of opportunity. Eric and I love making grilled peaches and my mom makes a tasty peach cobbler, so they will not go to waste around here.

We started our season off strawberry picking and then headed over to a blueberry patch for more sweet berries. We also made our way to a sunflower field and even got to experience picking lavender for the first time. We're thinking about adding pears to our list next year and we still have apple and pumpkin picking to look forward to in a few months.

If you caught my post yesterday then you saw I shared about little nugget's third birthday party. While the weather didn't cooperate that day we did have a break in clouds and some hot sunshine for his actual birthday. It felt like the perfect time to go peach picking.

The boys loved taste testing them and might have had even more fun climbing in the trees in the orchard. They are such little explorers and are always up for jumping, climbing, running, and I guess  well, all those typical boy things.

The night before little nugget got bit by a mosquito near his eye and it started to swell. Poor guy looked like he got clocked in the face. I think from being out in the heat it agitated it a bit and you can see it started flaring up again. We gave him some Benadryl and I am happy to say he is back to looking like himself.

Before we made our way to the peaches was also stopped off and picked some nectarines. I noticed that A is my little copycat. He is so much like me in so many ways and in a lot of ways little nugget is a lot like Eric. It's so interesting to see. I asked Eric to take a picture of me holding the nectarine and after A saw what I was doing he asked me to take one of him just like it.

And of course what fun is picking fruit if you can't play with it and make fruit eyes.

After we got all the nectarines we wanted we made our way up the hill to the peach trees. I was staggering behind because this mama is having a hard time keeping up lately. I let the boys run off ahead of me and knew that I would get there eventually. When I saw Eric walking with the boys I couldn't help but snap a few pics because I had immediate flashbacks from our apple picking tradition and getting a picture of him each year with the boys. I also got a little teary eyed thinking how next year there will be another little one in his arms and at that point he will almost be a year, and my little guy in front of me was now three. Cue all the pregnancy hormones.

When we made our way over to the peach trees there was this calming feeling, it's kind of hard to describe. Maybe it's because it took me a little longer to make it up there but it was a sense of peacefulness. It also looked very different from how the nectarine trees were setup. The view of the rows and looking down at the orchards below was such a pretty sight.
I had to bride the boys with a juice box and told them we could get donuts from the shop for them to actually get out of the tree. Parenting at its finest. I really think they would have stayed there all day if we let them. Seeing them in the open land gets me so excited and I love how much fun they have with the simplest things. Forget about all the toys and gadgets, give them a stick, some rocks, and some trees and they are both happy. Now to eat some tasty peaches and get the line, millions of peaches, peaches for me—out of my head. 

Not So Scary Shark Party

If you're a frequent reader around here then you know I've been talking about little nugget's birthday party for a few weeks now. The whole shark theme came about because he loves that song baby shark. I dare any parent who hasn't heard it to youtube it and I promise it will get stuck in your head and your little ones will love it.

One of the things I've been doing is saving a lot of my decor from our parties (I would seriously love a whole craft area or party planning area in my house one day) to make it easier for the next one. I'm not talking about hoarding the trinkets or plastic table clothes or anything, but things in general that I know I could use again. For example, little nugget's first birthday was nautical themed. Do those fishing nets look familiar? Ah ha, see what I did there ;) 

Anyway, he wanted a nice shark party which did make it a little tougher to find plates and napkins that didn't have a vicious looking shark on them that also didn't cost an arm and a leg. So instead, I decided to play up on the blue colors and ocean tones to keep it more simple.

I took off on Friday and of course it was a beautiful day but by the end of it clouds were rolling in and they were calling for a 100% chance of rain the next day. I felt like at one point I was just walking around in circles because I didn't know if I should be setting things up outside, inside, if we could pull off a shark/water type party indoors—basically my head was all over the place. If you caught my insta stories then you saw my little panic and I can't thank you all enough for the sweet messages and words of encouragement. Some of you even sent me pictures and party game ideas, you seriously are amazing and it meant so much.

We were woken up on Saturday to the sound of thunder and Coaty barking so I knew there was no chance we could pull this off outside. By 8:30am A and I were at Party City and Michael's picking up extra party goodies and figuring out a craft for the kids to do inside.

We set everything up inside and in that moment it really made me realize how important counter space is. We have a breakfast bar that extends where we have three high stools under it and if it wasn't for that, I'm not sure we would have made it work. Now of course some people are probably thinking well, you could have just rented a place or had it somewhere else. And yes, we could have, but in all honestly, I find kid parties at other facilities so rushed and not as personable. I won't never say never because we did have A's third birthday at a kid's museum, but that might have been enough for me. The price you pay and the structure they set up with getting the kids in and out, I don't know, I just don't think it's for me. I like having more of a handle on things and adding some personal touches. Like these adorable tent cards and bottle labels that my friend Becky from Paperie Off Park made that were perfect for making it feel more personalized.

I did feel really bad because all little nugget wanted to do was bounce in his bounce house with his friends and do water balloons. He did get a chance to bounce around when the rain let up for a few minutes so he was one happy little shark and it all worked out.

When the kids came in from outside we had a craft and a few games set up for them. They all got to win some extra prizes to take with them. Earlier before guests arrived we left A in charge of opening the prize bags and putting them all in a basket. What we failed to realize was that he also snuck in some left over candy into the mix. At one point I saw one of the father's calling his son over who had his cheeks stuffed with chocolate that he found at the bottom of the prize basket. I had to laugh and apologize because I had no clue A put them in there or that his son was scouting out the sweets.
The best part about the whole day was seeing how happy little nugget was and really all of the kids. They didn't care about the decor, if the food was top notch, if it rained or was the most sunny day around. What they cared about was being with each other and creating memories. And maybe cupcakes. It was a nice reminder to all of us that even though we may have things planned out in our heads, sometimes there are things in life you just can't control. The weather would be one of them. It really is the little things in life that can mean the most and create the best memories. 

The next morning was his actual birthday. Seriously, you guys, he's three. I'm still trying to figure out how this happened. It seems like it went by even faster with him and I'm hoping it doesn't feel that way with our next little guy too. He got to enjoy some homemade pancakes with sprinkles before we went to church and also opened the gifts we got him. The sky did clear for the afternoon so we headed out to go peach picking. Hopefully I'll be able to share more about that tomorrow.

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone had a good week. I'm not even sure where to start because my week was just all over the place. Eric's had to head out of the house a lot earlier for work which has left me getting the boys ready and out of the house for the day. Let's just say one morning they had me in tears with how they were acting. Then other days, they were little angels. I know we all have our days and they are still learning, but boy oh boy did they give me a run for my money. 

I'm doing my happy dance over here because I took the day off to to get things ready for little nugget's party. We are still hoping for no rain clouds and for everyone to just have a good time. If you'd like to see some sneak peeks and party fun, head to my instastories.

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

1. Lavender Field Visit: 

I posted a comment on my facebook page that after the morning the boys gave me, I wished I was back smelling that sweet calming scent of lavender. In case you missed it, we visited a lavender farm and had a nice time cutting bundles and seeing all the butterflies circle around us. It was kind of magical.

2. Little Builders: 

Our weather was so weird over the weekend. It was pouring in the morning and then by the afternoon the sun came out and all was right again. The boys were up bright and early, which is rare because they usually sleep great when it rains. I knew we needed to get out of the house to do something. I've always wanted to check out those workshops at Home Depot so we took the boys and they loved it. They made these adorable bookends and little nugget fell in love with using a hammer. I think we've now added one to his birthday list.

3. World Breastfeeding Week:

My friend Jackie over at Moments of Musing shared a post that's near and dear to my heart and I think speaks so well to all of us. Her post about world breastfeeding week really helped me during a week that normally I'm happy to see shared and celebrated, but has left me with different feelings this year. When we found out baby boy has a bilateral cleft lip and palate our doctors let us know there could be a possibility he would need a feeding tube and there is a slim to none chance that he will be able to breastfeed. Hearing all of that hit me really hard. I was able to breastfeed both A and little nugget and it was something so special to me and something I'm proud of. I'm worried about missing out on those bonding moments with baby boy to come and not having that connection with him. Jackie talks about how no matter how we feed our babies we are all amazing moms, and that's what's important. She's been on both sides and can relate to everyone's situation which made this so special to me. Sometimes it's those little reminders that can help us along the way in knowing we are all doing our best.

4. Favorite Purchases: 

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Speaking about feeding, I'm trying to get some new lunch box ideas together for the boys for the upcoming school year. I still pack their lunches for camp, but I'm getting so tired of hand washing a lot of their plastic containers that we don't end up throwing in the dishwasher. Schools don't go back until after Labor Day over here so we're still soaking up our end of summer fun.

I've heard about these bento lunch boxes and decided to give them a try. I picked up this yummy one and confetti one for each of the boys. Now I'm wondering why I've waited so long to check them out. I love the divided compartments and how I can pack their sandwiches, fruit, and snacks without needed a bunch of individual containers. And, I love how the lid is leak proof. It's also easier for them to remember to pack one thing to bring home and me not needing to label a ton of different containers. I also got these reusable silicone baking cups that I thought would be be really fun to add to their boxes. I loved these ones with the shapes but decided on the regular ones to try out first. We also have these sandwich cutters which are really cute and the boys get excited to see which one I picked out for them in their lunch. Does anyone else find that their kids eat better when their food looks fun?

5. Girl Chat: 

I'm excited that our monthly girl chat will be taking place on Thursday. This month we'll be sharing our favorite quotes and I can't wait to read yours! I love a good quote and inspirational sayings. It was so much fun reading about your summer recipes last month and getting some great ideas to try. I hope that you'll be joining us again! We would love to see some new friends join in on the fun as well.

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