What’s Up Wednesday: September 2020

I totally meant to have this finished and scheduled to post before we left for Tennessee…but then life 😉 I had so much to do to get ready for our trip so I didnt get to finish up this post. So here we are! Already in October but going to take a quick look back at September and what’s going on this week…

WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK:

I made this chart and laminated it so my boys would know exactly what they are having for breakfast and snacks throughout the week. It has really helped to stop the arguments about what is for snack (as my youngest always wants bars!). I use a dry erase maker and write everything out for the week and then can just wipe clean at the end of the week!

I am making Mixed Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna from Thug Kitchen, Pumpkin Chili from Thug Kitchen and Butternut Squash Enchiladas (again!) from ____. In addition, I am making homemade marina gar, nut cheese, pumpkin bread and pumpkin muffins from Danielle Walker’s cookbooks.

Usually Saturday morning are for pancakes! I shared these delicious pancake recipe a couple weeks ago and this is what I make on the weekends. If you missed it, here they are again:

Purple Power Pancakes

A dear friend of mine created a version of this nutritious recipe for her family after needing to use a bunch of fresh berries that she and her family picked at a local farm. These pancakes are delicious and full of wonderful, healthy ingredients that your family is sure to LOVE! I have adapted this … Read More

WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT:

I wish we could’ve really celebrated my grandmothers birthday in September, but we did a little porch celebration instead and brought her a homemade carrot cake. We had another lake day with friends which was so much fun! I will definitely miss our lake days and looking forward to next summer!

Locally every year, the Heard Museum has a special animatronic dinosaur trail and we love going! We spent a couple hours one afternoon in September walking the trails and enjoyed the day outside in nature! We also took the boys to a local skate park and they tried their bikes on the BMX trail there, too. My oldest said he likes the “concrete” better than the BMX trail..but this momma likes the soft dirt more than the concrete! Haha!

WHAT I’M LOVING:

I haven’t worn perfume in YEARS (hello stay-at-home-mom!) and so after I dashed into Sephora for more foundation, I asked the gentlemen to help me find a perfume…and he did not disappoint!! I am LOVING my new perfume: Juliette Has a Gun. I got the travel size to start and see if I really do like it! The scent is kind of woodsy and not overwhelming. Its different in a good way and I love it!!

WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO:

Unpacking and washing clothes! Haha! The joys of coming home from vacation! 😉

Other than that, I am editing articles for the November issue of Frisco STYLE Magazine and setting up photography appointments, working on all the miscellaneous writings for the issue and homeschooling the boys. Getting back into the groove of things pre-vacation!

WHAT I’M WORKING ON:

November issue of FSM! October is out and it is gorgeous and I am so proud of all of our hard work! Now we enter the holiday season and it is going to be so much fun!! We have holiday gift guides, a highlight of Frisco Purple Heart recipients, amazing recipes and so much more!! I can’t wait to share it all with you!

WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT:

October is my favorite month for a lot of reasons: 1) It starts cooling down and leaves start changing and ALL the pumpkins! 2) Its our wedding anniversary month! 3) Its my birthday month!!

So much fun in one month and I always love October 🙂

WHAT I’M WATCHING/READING:

We are a bit late jumping on the Alone bandwagon but I am hooked!! We have watched 5 episodes in two nights and we are here for it!! It is so interesting and I would NEVER survive in the wilderness! Haha!

Anyone have any favorites?? We haven’t watched any past seasons but this current season Donny has been a favorite, Ray, and Brady.

And my absolute favorite is BACk!!

Anyone else LOVE this show?!? It is so perfect to have on while doing other things, but I am also so glued to the TV to see what they are creating! LOVE my Brits!

WHAT I’M LISTENING TO:

While we were road tripping’ to Tennessee, I listed to the podcast Mom Struggling Well and absolutely LOVED these two podcasts and highly recommend you go take a listen:

WHAT I’M WEARING:

Every fall I look forward to busting out this adorable booties (but I desperately need a pedicure!!). I missed getting dressed up on vacation so my first day back into the office, I took the opportunity to put on my lashes and actually get ready!

I am loving this easy tee from Old Navy and this cute belt. And my Vince Camuto open toe booties I snagged on Nordstrom Rack a few years back.

My lipgloss/lipstick is a mix of colors – the LimeLife Enduring Lip Color in S’Mores and gloss is Too Faced Show Me Your Coconuts. And my lashes are KISS: Charm.

WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND:

It is our wedding anniversary so we are going to celebrate!! Not sure what the plans are yet, but we will do something to celebrate! It is also going to be quite warm so we are going to take the boat out one day this weekend. Who knows…it may be our last time out so we are taking advantage of every warm weekend we have left 🙂

WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH:

I am looking forward to Thanksgiving with the family , more football games (come on ‘Boys! Don’t disappoint me this season!) and taking the boys to different “fall” activities, like the Arboretum and pumpkin patch.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW:

Not much else! My hubby is looking to take our oldest on a camping weekend soon so trying to find a place that has availability (everything is booked!) and today going to get some pumpkins and mums to decorate our home. We are going to move a few things around in thehouse and convert rooms to better suit us, but all in due time. Just working on house projects here and there.

That’s it for September!! Check back in Friday for another Tennessee recap (no Friday Favorites, sorry!) and I hope you all have a blessed Wednesday!


August 2020 Goals

I decided last month that it would be a good idea to start setting monthly goals. The first goal I had was to read a book a month, and y’all I did it! I finished A Woman is No Man and boy was it good! It was gripping, sad, interesting, thrilling…I didnt want it to end and kept reading to see how it would end. The ending honestly baffled me for a bit. Then I read online that (don’t worry…not a spoiler) “The point of the ending is not Isra’s literal fate, which the readers know all along, but her inner growth as a character and what her strength and courage will ultimately mean for her daughters in the future. It was an ending of hope.”

If you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it! (click image to be directed to Amazon…and it is on sale right now for only $12!)

Now it is my second month to write out my goals.

Before we get to August, let’s recap more of June…

  1. Read one book a month. Like I mentioned, I finished A Woman is No Man, but I am still reading my daily devotionals and listening to an audiobook (when I am in the car solo…which when is that happening?!?).
  2. Not look at my computer on Saturdays. Ok. This one just isn’t happening. I thought Saturdays would be a good day, but because it is the weekend, I am able to have more help around the house because my husband isn’t working…thus I can get some stuff done on the computer. I am not spending a ton of time on it, but still need to check it and write a little bit each day (that was I can manage it better…like laundry…a little every day instead of being complete overwhelmed a couple days a week).
  3. No phone from 5-7pm. Ugh. I didn’t do so great with this either! I didn’t realize how much I use my phone! I need to be better about having a notepad out to write things down when they come to me and doing those things later. I am bad about thinking about things to text or ask someone and if I don’t do it right then, I forget and it will never happen. So I wills tart making a list and make it wait till after 7pm.
  4. Spend one-on-one time with my kids. We did better with this. I took my littlest on a one-on-one walk and played with just him. I’ve been reading to our oldest at bedtime and that is proving some great one-on-one time with him.
  5. Write notes. Y’all! I have failed again!! I did not do this at all! I am good about texting people often and asking how they are and just dropped the ball on writing physical notes. Ugh. Sorry friends and family! I do love you all!!
  6. Yoga at least 3 times a week. Haha…man. Maybe I was just too ambitious with my goals! Instead of yoga, I started walking daily and that has been amazing! I haven’t gotten on my mat though in a while 😦
  7. Break a sweat 5 days a week. SO this is am doing! Does it count that it is so dang hot when I walk that I sweat?!? In addition to my walk, I have been occasionally doing a new Tone It Up workout and sweating it out that way, too.

Now for August! Hopefully I will be better about accomplishing my goals…and maybe not be too unrealistic 😉 haha!

  1. Read one book a month. I am continuing this goal and already working on a new read!
  2. No phone from 5-7pm. I am going to be explicit with this goal…no social media from 5-7pm. I will still have to be on my phone occasionally when necessary, but I will NOT scroll and look at any social media during that time.
  3. Get fall seeds plated inside. Now is the time to get my fall garden going and I hope to have some seeds planted in the next few weeks so they can start sprouting and be ready to be transplanted in the garden outside by early September.
  4. Be better focused with preschool work. Now that I am homeschooling 1st grade to our oldest son, I notice that I don’t have much structure in place for our 3-year old. I created my own curriculum for him but I need to finalize it and get it printed and then gather the materials for the following week. My goal will to have that done in the next week or two so I can officially start preschool work for him by the second week of August.
  5. Date night 1x/week. I want to be better about putting the kids to be a bit early one night a week and cooking a special meal just for the hubs and I and then watch a movie or play a game…whatever it is I want to make sure that I am better about spending quality one-on-one time with my husband.

That’s it for my August goals!!

Also, the planner I use has this great goal setting page before each month. I LOVE my planner and right now they are having 20% off all accessories (no code required). And I just noticed that they have a homeschool planner!! My 2021 planner just might be that one! 😉

Let me know what your goals are for this month!  I love new ideas!!


My Top 5 Favorite Images from June 2020

Today I am taking a look back at June and reflecting through pictures! Join me as I look back at June!

I LOVE this image! This was Clarks second time to wakeboard with Stephen and he absolutely loves it! Stephen had the GoPro with him this day we snapped this pic from the video he took, so the quality isn’t great but I love those smiles!!

This cutie lost his two front teeth within weeks of each other and I just love his toothless, freckled grin!!

By the way, if you need a cute way to save your kiddos teeth, I snagged a tooth album, very similar to this one, on Amazon and love it! Apparently the design we have is out of stock right now. Either way, this is a cute, organized way to keep all their baby teeth!

We had a wonderful time in Mississippi visiting family and picking TONS of blueberries! I love this cuties smile and he was loving helping…at least for a little bit 😉

I love everyone in this picture and there are no words for how full my heart is when I look at it! LOVE!

Pure joy!! I love summer and our lakes days because we get outside, enjoy nature, listen to music, swim and ski, and just have fun! This cutie loves jumping in and I love his enthusiasm!

BONUS!

I couldn’t stop at just five! Haha! This cutie knows how to cheese it up for a camera and I love his little smile 🙂

I’ve had some people ask me which rash guard the boys where and I am linking it here. This is the only one (so far!) that my boys don’t get cold in and protects them from the sun. Most other rash guards freeze them out! 😉 This one is the first one that I have found that doesn’t make them cold when wet.

That’s it for June!

I’ll see you back here on Wednesday where I will be sharing what I eat in a day!

Happy Monday, friends!


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4th of July Sales!

Happy 4th of July friends!!

There are so many things we can be thankful for this 4th of July. Even though celebrations may look different this year, I hope that you and your family can enjoy this holiday and the excitement that only the 4th can bring! From fireworks, to BBQs, swimming, lake days, however you celebrate this weekend, be thankful and responsible.

And you can’t have an American holiday without a good sale, right?! I have searched and gathered up some good sales going on and you will find those below. There are literally so many sales happening…these are just a few that caught my eye and thought you might all enjoy as well!

Happy shopping! Happy swimming! Happy eating! Happy 4th of July-ing! ❤


For the Home

Home Depot – Red, White, and Blue Sale: Vacuums, dishwashers, microwaves up to 35% off, up to $100 off select grills

Lowes – up to 40% off appliances

Overstock – 70% off thousands of items + free shipping

Wayfair – up to 70% off

Joss & Main – up to 65% off plus an extra 15% off with code ‘JULY4

Williams Sonoma – free shipping on orders over $49 with code ‘SHIP4FREE’, select nonstick cookware is 20% off, up to 60% off Cuisinart, up to 75% off clearance

Food/Drink

Truvani – BOGO Immune Support Supplement + the Ultimate Guide to Immune Health eBook for free

This Saves Lives – delicious snack bars – 20% off site wide + free shipping on orders over $40 with code ‘4TH20’

Coconut Bowls – Plastic-free July bundle is 37% off + 25% off storewide with code ‘WKND25’

YourSuper.com – 20% off everything with code ‘SUMMER20’

Clothing/Shoes/Accessories

Kendra Scott – up to 60% Off

Gap – up to 75% off everything! Extra 50% off markdowns with code ‘PERK’ and 10% off everything else with code ‘TREAT’

Old Navy – up to 75% off all clearance; up to 60% off all swim + more!

Love Bug Apparel – extra 40% off sale styles with code ‘OUTLET’

J. Crew Factory – up to 70% off everything

Aerie – Women’s undies on sale 6 for $15 + up to 60% off Aerie Collection

Banana Republic – Sales extra 50% off, regular priced items 40% off

Athleta – $25 off $150, $50 off $250

Carters – up to an extra 45% off clearance items

Skip Hop – 25% off entire site

Vineyard Vines – take an additional 30% off sale items with code ‘SPLASH30’

DSW – 20% off almost everything with code ‘YAYDAYS20’; free Kelly & Katie weekender bag with purchase with code ‘SEAYOULATER’; 50% off the Summer Crush Collection with code ‘DRESSITUP’

Other

Cultivate What Matters – (my personal favorite Bible journals) 15% off Powersheets and bundles

Sephora – variety of items on sale plus free shipping on all orders with code ‘FREESHIP’

The Body Shop – up to 50% off

Amazon – there is so much! Just a few examples: Kids FireHD is $50 off, VitaCup up to 50% off, save $10 on Firesticks, and so much more!

Support Local Businesses

(I asked local Frisco/Little Elm moms on Facebook to share their businesses and any sales they are having for the 4th of July. I haven’t personally tried or used any of these businesses but always looking for ways to support small business owners.)

Karin & Ro – local Frisco, Texas boutique offering 25% off on regular priced merchandise and 40% off all clearance!!

Beautycounter – new customers save 20% with code ‘CLEANFORALL20’

Yoga4RestofUs – offering a free yoga assessment and free trial class

PunkysRooster – $20 off regular unframed hand-painted watercolor pet portraits

Craft Theory – 10% off when you mention ‘FRISCO MOMS’

Naked Facïals – Ice facials for $75 (regularly $95)

Tea Tales – premium teas – buy 2, get 1 free


There are literally hundreds of sales going on! Share below ones that you have found and love!

I pray that however you celebrate this weekend, that God protects you and your loved ones! See you back here on Monday!


July 2020 Goals

Happy Wednesday friends!! It is officially JULY!! I feel like June flew by and hoping July can slow down and we can absorb this last full month of “official summer” before school starts.

I was reading another sweet momma’s blog and she decided that the first of the month she would set herself some goals for that month. I think that is a great idea…especially in the current climate. It seems like everyday is Groundhog Day and with restrictions starting to gear back up, I think setting intentional goals each month is a great way to stay motivated, on track, and to have more fun!

So here you go friends, my July Goals…

  1. Read one book a month. This one seems pretty easy, right? I LOVE to read but finding time to read these days have been a struggle. So my goal is to read and finish at least one book a month. And by book, I mean fiction/nonfiction, something that I will read in addition to my Bible studies.
  2. Not look at my computer on Saturdays. Sundays we have virtual church and Life Group, so I can’t pick that day. I usually do pretty good about staying of the computer on Saturdays but noticing that I am doing it more and more. So Saturday will be my “off” day!
  3. No phone from 5-7pm. I have been on my phone more than ever it seems, so I want to be intentional about not looking at my phone at all from 5-7pm. So if you text me at 5:45pm…I am not texting you back till after 7pm! 😉 Haha!
  4. Spend one-on-one time with my kids. With quarantine and COVID-19 happening, this will be a bit more tricky…but will force me to be creative! From riding bikes together, going on walks, painting together, going for ice cream, whatever it may be, I will find something that we can do together and have solo time, while still observing the current restrictions in place.
  5. Write notes. I love getting cards in the mail, so this month, I’m going to send some to people I love. I know text messages and emails are nice…but so is a good old fashioned card.  I’m very thankful for so many people, and this month, I’m going to be intentional and send notes of encouragement and love to those who I know need some right now.
  6. Yoga at least 3 times a week. I LOVE yoga! Stretching, improving flexibility, and just the overall slowing down to move is so appealing to me and I love it when I do it. I was doing really well and completing my Yoga with Adriene series but then slacked and have fallen off the mat! 😉 So I will do better and my goal is to do at least three sessions a week.
  7. Break a sweat 5 days a week. I have been following the Tone It Up workout series: Summer Tone Up and I love it…but like yoga, I haven’t been super committed recently. I will do better! I am going to make sure to workout somehow 5x a week…be it the TIU app, walks, Body Beast, whatever it may be…but I will move by body and sweat it out!

So that’s that!

What are you focusing on this month?  I’d love to know!


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That’s it for today! See you Friday!