Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Comfy Style & A New Grocery Experience


Attempting a cute hairstyle

Hello! It was a summer weekday here in Georgia and our big plans were to go food shopping! Now before you say, "oh, how boring" let me explain. This would be no ordinary grocery experience.

Was it Trader Joes? Was it Whole Foods?

NO!  It's NEW to our town.

Ok. I will leave you in suspense no more. Today I bring you a mini-tour of the SPROUTS Grocery chain! Sprouts is a cross between a farmer's market and a grocery store. They pride themselves on offering a wide variety of local produce, meats, etc. While perusing the isles you will notice plenty of organic choices as well as conventional options; both at great prices.  Their weekly sales feature a "Double Wednesday" bonus, which basically means you get the last week's sales along with the new week's sales. How fun is that?

Thus I decided to make the 25 minute trip with three of my boys to take advantage of that very deal. Upon arrival we found a very busy parking lot with an equal amount of busy throughout the store, so be prepared in you were planning a trip with a carload of young ones.



Before entering the store, we stop to shop the open market style stands and bag up corn on the cob. It's not organic but I had a hard time passing up 12 ears of corn for $2.00.


Once inside I look over their bread selections. Although I make my own loaf bread, I have yet to add things such as tortillas, breakfast breads, etc to my repertoire.  The organic, raisin english muffins were only $2.29 so I grabbed two packs.

Yeah, me without makeup. Yikes! Keeping it real.

The produce section with local and/or organic fruits and veggies to choose from.


One of the featured items...Organic Ice Cream!! These organic varieties were 2 for $6 (1.5 quart size). They are usually priced at $5.89 at our local grocer so I went for 2. :)


With the 3 boys I did not take much time to look through all their supplements, protein shakes and cosmetics but I did a quick walk through before going up to the registers. Stopping to admire the formaldehyde-free nail polish options priced at $8 a bottle. After the boys dropped two bottles on the floor, I decided we better move on.  (No broken items.)


Well, there you have it. Are you inspired to try Sprouts? For me, the Dekalb Farmer's Market will always by my favorite but it's great to have more options!

And as far as the "comfy outfit", there is nothing new about it. Just pulling from what's been laying around for quite some time. Do you have a Sprouts local to you? If so, what do you think?
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Burnout Tops & Lace


Hello! How is your summer going? Our summer is passing quickly as usual, only this year some of the business is full of trips to Atlanta.* While I neither enjoy traffic nor repeat trips to the gas station, I do enjoy the extra time spent with my fast growing buddies.

We make the best of our windshield time by playing Atlas (I need to study my maps more!) and sightseeing of course. As we cruise along in my fab minivan, a small level of excitement builds once varied structures and elaborate billboards come into view. Ah, the city.  If I were an adrenaline junky I would love the thrill and adventure that comes with changing lanes to exit. Too bad I'm not.  However, I do love learning my way around this popular city.

On our last trip we ventured to a location known as "The Goat Farm". I thought that was an interesting name for an office complex, but upon arrival I realized that it actually was a goat farm surrounded by old brick, warehouses. And those warehouses were not easy to find. The boys sat tensely as I blindly navigated through narrow, dirt roads while gripping the steering wheel and moaning at the unlikelihood of finding a studio at a crazy goat farm!  Twenty minutes, several turns and u-turns later, we finally found what we were looking for and parked in the gravel parking lot.

Dirt filled my heeled-sandals and made a home between my toes as I wobbled my way to our destination. Evan indignantly observed that I was putting holes in the ground with my heels. So sorry! 

And so continued our adventure for the day...I am only sorry that I did not take pictures of the surrounding buildings. In fact, these pictures exist only because we ended up having to wait so long that I decided to take the younger two outside for a few minutes. Thus began their career as photographers...


Outfit Breakdown:

Burnout top: White/Black (last year)
Skirt: Wet Seal
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (look for their clear the rack sales!)
Sunglasses: LOFT ($5)
Bag: Gift from friends


My adorable photographers...


*After our Disney commercial booking last year, the two older boys decided to look into opportunities for more commercial auditions, etc. We are praying for a booking! :) Hopefully more on this later...
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Friday, July 4, 2014

Patriotic Colors & Date Night Ramblings




Banana Republic, Loft and Target clearance finds pair together for a quick patriotic ensemble. It was a rare date night opportunity and this seemed to fit the outside venue.

****Thoughts & Ramblings****

"Would you like tickets to the orchestra?"
"Would you like me to take the boys for the weekend so you can go?"

You had me at take the boys.  Without knowing where or what the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra would be playing I checked our calendar and said "deal".  Because it did not matter! All I really heard was "take the boys for you".

We hugged our boys goodbye and gave my mom an extra hug for the gift of time she was bestowing upon the hubs and I.  Our first evening was business as usual, running some errands and grabbing a bite to eat.  The second day, I began to truly unwind and remembered how much fun we have together as a couple.  No interruptions. No worries about what's for dinner. No demands and no extra messes.  It was just the two of us, with no schedule and it was fun.

We headed out to the Verizon Amphitheater, acting more the part of couples who enjoy each other rather than just partners who help each other raise children and run the household.

I am aware that every couple needs to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of life to re-connect. I know this but making it happen is far more challenging than one would expect.  Before I realize it our calendar fills up with everything but quality time for my spouse.  It takes someone handing us the keys to free time!  However, I think we should do more than wait for opportunities to come along.

This may not be a weekly date for us, but I do see some getaways in our future with dates in between.  I understand that it takes planning, work and discipline to farm out children, clear the calendar, and/or set aside some extra money in able to do more than talk about time together.

In short, I want RECENT memories of good times together so when frustrating moments arise (and we know they will!!) I can choose to dwell on them.  I want our children to know that their dad is my best friend and most cherished human relationship - worth clearing the calendar for.

How do you make time for your spouse? Any tips to share?

A light dinner

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

One Outfit & Aunt Catfish's On the River

Top:Random Store in Mtns/Boyfriend Jeans:Gap/Shoes:Target
Fedora:Khols/Necklace:Khols/Bangles:Charming Charlie
The boys and I had close to two weeks at the beach this year (daddy joined us part way through). The first week we stayed with my family and the second week we were mostly on our own.  In preparation, I packed plenty of clothing options, hats and other acessories. Not sure why. Other than my bathing suit and cutoffs I hardly cared. This outfit was pretty much the only time I made an attempt.

***Aunt Catfish's On The River***

It was Sunday. And for us that means the famous brunch buffet at Aunt Catfish's On the River in Port Orange, FL. It has become a family tradition. This year I woke up all our sleepy heads early, threw on the one and only attempt (complete with roominess and comfort) and we loaded up to get to the restaurant for the early bird special.


Thankfully we waited less than ten minutes, confirming that arriving before 9 was perfect - little to no wait and $3 off per plate. (Rhyming not intentional.)


This is the line for the omelets, pancakes and french toast.  Yeah we still waited in it.


My second trip to the buffet...Southern Egg Stacks (? - a yummy combination of sausage, sweet potato and egg), cheese grits, spiced apples, a bite of fried catfish, sweet roll and something green - parsley salad.


Another well known feature and family favorite...the chocolate fountain



Dark Skin boy's nose is peeling
There you have it. Food cash well spent. 

Do you have a yearly vacation destination or do you change it up? Regardless, I hope you are enjoying your summer. It always flies by.

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Saturday, June 21, 2014

A few casuals

Hello! Summer is well underway with a close to 2 week trip to Florida for my family, followed by a full blown schedule upon our return.   Our church hosted their annual Vacation Bible Camp with around 1500 children and over 500 helpers moving about the building like a colony of ants. So today, I'm taking a breather and trying to remember what it felt like to be on vacation.  

There is no need for pomp and circumstance for these simple outfits I wore right at the beginning of summer.

Skinny Capris


This dress/shirt was found at a yard sale. I'm thinking it may become a bathing suit cover up. The capris were a birthday gift last year.  As for the sandals? I actually purchased those last year during one of Clark's sales.  I'm learning that good shoes take care of not only your feet, but your legs as well.

Breaking out the Hat



This striped shirt from Gap, Clark sandals and hat from Khols were purchased last year. The cargo capris from Eddie Bauer have been around for quite some time now.

Comfy White Skirt


This ensemble hails from Gap as well. And the shoes? Well, they are my son's. I am looking for a pair of comfy casual sneaks. But since he doesn't wear them I thought I'd try them out.

I hope you are enjoying your summer by getting some quality time with loved ones, grabbing a little poolside fun and much more!


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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Chevron Stripes, Casual & My New Fav Shirt


From our Azaleas

I am loving the spring of 2014. And I believe a big reason is how we are able to entertain more. Yay, for having people over! Now we just need more days in the week and more meat in the freezer.

Here is my way of taking advantage of what little blooms we have. We are not skilled in the ways of gardening, but we continue to learn what the hardiest plants are. So when you come to visit (and I know you all will eventually!), you find a lot of hostas, azaleas and more hostas. Someone did pass their leftover flowers onto me, so we also have a few that I have to identify.

So as the days pass through my stubborn grip, I do my best to journal the "little things" in this blog. It's like a virtual scrapbook for those who don't have the space or time to drag out the supplies and get to cutting.

End of the Year Share Day


Butterfly necklace: Khols/Bracelets: Target
To close out this year's Bible study group, we have a special share day. And yes, folks are given the opportunity to share what they have learned throughout the year.    So I pulled out one of my new shirts and paired it with my boyfriend jeans. With the tank top to match my heels I felt put together and comfortable - no better combination if you ask me.  The bracelets were my Target clearance find for under $5.

Field Day for my 4th Grader


Another end to another school year! That means hanging out for field days and class parties. This outfit was also comfortable.  I added the white "jacket" to keep from being self conscience of possible booty stares or flesh going out of place around the waist. Check out my philosophy on those extra pounds for those of you that fluctuate in this post.

Mother's Day Weekend - this shirt

Shirt: Michael Kors/Bermuda Shorts:LOFT/Shoes:Nordstrom Rack

New Shirt! New favorite!! I almost passed up this Michael Kors shirt while shopping the clearance at Nordstrom Rack. It was $22 and I like to stay under $20 for shirts. But I went for it anyway and haven't regretted the decision. I have worn it for Easter Sunday with dress capris, a Mother's day luncheon with skinny jeans and then again on Mother's Day with Bermuda  shorts as pictured here. How many ways can I wear it? White shorts next?? Maybe...


The flower was made by my 10 year old at church. I heard that this was take two. The first one had minimal effort, so his teacher (and my friend) encouraged him to try again. I love it and look how the flower matched my new favorite shirt.

My Boys...


My Mommy...

Hubby pictured too, well his shadow is...
 Hope you are enjoying what is left of the spring. And go ahead - journal about the "little things"!

As always, it's a pleasure to link up with the pleated poppy's blog. :)

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

They're 5! We Gotta Have a Party!



What?? It feels like a short time ago, Glen and I received the news from our doctor that we would be having not one, but two babies! I walked around for the rest of that day in some sort of haze. It was like seeing double. I kept thinking "two, two cribs, two carseats. two." Other moms of multiples would smile and tell me the first few years would be a blur anyway. No doubt, year one and two were all about surviving with cuteness thrown in between. However, I have been gripping year 3 and 4 to no avail. They still turned 5 on me.

We decided that "5" calls for a real party - with friends and all. I came up with the theme when I happened upon red and white striped straws in our garage. A carnival. We would throw a mini-carnival. Easy, right? Says the girl who doesn't host parties. How hard could it be? I already had straws and a bouncy house!  Those of you who have done this before are smiling right now, aren't you?? And so the adventure began...

I spent a day and a half shopping around, while trying to remain frugral. It took an entire evening to ready decorations and games. And of course preparations began early and continued until guests arrived (even with the help of my mom!).

We had a prize basket,  a favor basket, jelly bean jars and rainbow lollipop jars to name of few things.


Sitting in our garage were 8 brown, medal folding chairs awaiting spray paint. Hey! Why not paint them the day before the party?? The colors totally go with the theme.  So we spent the day before cleaning up the yard AND spray painting folding chairs. My husband loves me. hehe




With little experience at hosting events, I'm afraid I was too busy to capture many pictures of the tables, etc. However,  my niece took over the role of photographer and captured memories of the kids at play. That's what really matters, right?

My sweet brother popped popcorn and stuffed individual bags. My hubby hung balloons in groups of 3 from the trees and we set out tables for our carnival/picnic food. NO PIC - BOO! There were corn dogs, deviled eggs, regular hotdogs, fruit, animal crackers, etc.


I wanted to turn our camper into a sideshow or freakshow. Glen nixed the idea and I ran out of time anyway. NEXT time!!


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Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Weekly Roundup


JHardy T-shir, WHBM Jeans, Merrell shoes
craziness continues...

On Earth day this year I just happened to venture with my preschoolers, sister and her 2 little girls to the zoo.

The zoo.

What a perfect place to observe Earth day.

With your...





PLASTIC, disposable CUP??...I drank my smoothie in a plastic cup. I'm so sorry earth!



I don't make a habit of that so I will endeavor to do better next time. Here is a pic of our young ones enjoying the scenery...


Running Errands...

WEDGES: Sam Edelman (Nordstrom Rack)

Plaid:EddieBauer/Chinos:Banana Republic/Scarf:Target

My little buddy photo bombing. He makes me smile! I played around with prints and stayed comfortable by wearing loose fitted chinos.

Off to Church...in a new shirt

Striped, lace T:Rack/Skirt:GAP/Shoes:theRAck
So, the Rack was having an additional 25% off their clearance, which is a sale I had not seen in awhile. Needless to say I was excited but I had two 10 year old boys with me. Yeah. It was a fly through the racks like you've never seen with no time to try on. I made a choice to just purchase and try on later.  This shirt is one of my finds for under $10. I love the lace on the sleeves, the soft feel and the subtle, neutral tone with stripes.  Are my lace-up wedges close enough to the cage sandal that is trending right now?













I'm linking up with the pleated poppy this week.


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