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?

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...

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

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