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*NEW* Toy Box!

It’s been a while. To say the least, we’ve been busy. We’ve been undergoing a lot of changes here lately, and life have been HECTIC! That’s a positive thing though, right? Change is good, right? YES! We like change around our house, but sometimes that means we have to take a step back from the other things we enjoy doing, and figure out one stop before we move on to the next.

Thus, here we are again! Jamie is now 10 months old, crawling, babbling, eating solid foods, pulling herself up and cruising furniture, and fighting every nap she possibly can! I wouldn’t trade it for the world, though. She is a blessing to our little family, and I truthfully could not think of a better job to have. Being her mom is such a wonderful experience. I truly am lucky God blessed me with the joy of motherhood.

Around our house, I try to repurpose things, or sell them if we can’t find another spot of them. With that said, I had this old hamper in my closet for the longest time, and I didn’t know exactly what to do with it. I thought I might use it in Jamie’s room eventually, but until then, It just sat in my closet, collecting bags, shoes, and whatever else I needed to throw in there for the time being. Needless to say, it was ON MY NERVES!

Well, we’ve transitioned my office, to also be a playroom. It’s nice because I am able to work on the computer and Jamie can play. It’s been a positive transition so far, and I only hope that it continues on this way. While making this transition though, all of the toys were just thrown here and there on the floor, with no rhyme or reason. That brings me to my new idea. Why don’t I use that old hamper and make it into a toy holder! It was so easy, it cost around $8.00, and I’m really happy with the outcome!



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  1. Old hamper
  2. Burlap (bought at Wal-Mart, 2 rolls for about $8.00)
  3. Hot Glue
  4. Scissors

What I did:

We used the hot glue gun for adhesive for the burlap, and simply wrapped the burlap around the hamper! I also threw in an old bath towel that I needed to throw away and put it on the bottom of the hamper. That’s really just an option, whether you want to or not.

Seriously! It was that easy! I didn’t over think this, as I’m very capable of doing, and really, I think it turned out great for what we are going to use it for! In the future, I can use it in Jamie’s room too, if we want! Also, right now it’s perfect for her because she’s going to pull herself up on it, and if she falls, it won’t hurt her. DOUBLE WIN!

What do you think? What kind of things have you repurposed that have been really easy too? I would love to hear of more ideas for future projects!

Enjoy!

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An Ode to Mom – My first Mother’s Day

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As Mother’s Day is drawing near, I can’t help but think about how lucky I am to be a mom. I’m celebrating my very first Mother’s Day this year, and while I’m so excited, and honored that I can now be a part of this amazing group of women I know, love and respect, I also want to reflect on the many lessons I’ve learned in just this short period of time. So here it is, an Ode to my mom – and all the mom’s out there, on Mother’s Day!

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Mom,

I just want to tell you – I get it now. While I might not get all of it at this point, I do somewhat understand what it’s like to be a mom. I always wondered if I would hear myself say those words, and now I’m excited and honored to be a part of this amazing journey we call Motherhood.

Remember all those sleepless nights? I get it now. I understand the sacrifice that you made for myself, and my siblings, working, providing for, and making sure that we were nurtured in the best way that you could. You did all these things while staying strong, and trying to keep a smile on your face at all times.

Remember all those missed, or cold meals you had? I get it now. There are times when you would have rather been entertaining your friends and family at gatherings, or times when you were hungry, but we needed you more. You went without those meals, or ate them later, because you love us, and you knew that these times would also pass. You smiled, and rolled with the punches, and never let it get the best of you.

Remember being happy that we were growing and developing, but sad at the same time? I get it now. You were so excited that we were growing, and learning new things, but at the same time, your babies, your children were growing up into their own people, creating their own personalities, and becoming the independent people that we are today. You smiled, laughed, and cried with us all. And did it in the most gracious and loving ways.

Remember thinking that this is the hardest, most tiring, most stressful, but most rewarding job of all time? I get it now. Being a Mother is the hardest, most tiring, stressful job I’ve ever had, and ever witnessed you do. You did it the best way that you knew how, and you did it with a smile on your face. You showed up when it seemed everyone else was walking out, and you have always been by our sides.

Remember that word you always used – Balance? I get it now. I know that you had to balance a job, family, home, and all the other tasks that you took on, all while making sure that we were safe and taken care of. You did it, and you were always there for games, practices, and whatever else we were a part of. You did all of these things, and you did them all with the highest level of integrity, and devotion, daily.

So mom, I just want you to know, after all these years. Thank you. Thank you for being one of the best role models that you could be. Thank you for teaching me valuable lessons on how to be the best mom that I can be. Thank you for sticking by my side, and thank you for being so loving, nurturing, and understanding.

Oh, and mom. I get it now.

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Thirsty Thursday – Lee Harvey Edition

HAPPY THURSDAY, EVERYONE! I’m so ready for this upcoming weekend, I can’t even stand myself. It’s been a week for the books, that’s for sure. I can’t complain though, it’s been a busy, tiring, fun-filled week. This weekend is also Easter, and I’m happy to be celebrating another first holiday with my little family. Those are the best things to look forward to. Oh, the joys of being an adult, and a parent!

So, here I am, sipping on my wine, ready for next week already, and thinking about some of the best places to tell you all about. This one comes because I can’t wait to go back! We have a friend coming into town next week, and when he asked us to take him to Lee Harvey’s, I couldn’t even begin to tell you how happy I was about this! So, without further ado, here is this weeks “Thirsty Thursday” – Lee Harvey Edition!

A small little bar in South Dallas that was made from a house, this place doesn’t even boast small. Honestly, when you walk in the doors it feels like home, maybe a little home from the 80s, but it still feels like home. Drink specials every night from 3-7, and seriously, who doesn’t like a place that makes their own pickles?!

They have bands that play on the weekends, they have this super kick ass outdoor area that you can bring your dogs too if you want. Picnic benches, and even fire pits surround the outside. Makes you never want to leave. Their motto, which I personally LOVE is “a little friendly dive bar that welcomes everyone.” I can’t say enough good things about this place, but I’ll let you check out their webpage for yourself  Here

I’ve even added some pictures of this joint, just so you can get a feel of what I’m talking about.

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Do these pictures not make you want to hang out there, like ALL THE TIME?! If you don’t believe me, you should try it for yourself. Also, if you want to join their mailing list, so you can see when the next event or concert is, just go Here .

So that’s all I have for now, friends!

Have a wonderful night, and BOTTOMS UP!

Cheers!

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Happy Half year Birthday, baby! 

Jamie, Jamie, Jamie… where has the last 6 months gone? It was yesterday that your dad and I went to the hospital on a whim (Link to that story Here) and a few hours later you were born. You know, I really wasn’t sure how life was going to play out before you arrived. I was nervous, excited, hesitant, happy, sad, scared. Any emotion you can think of, they all ran through me, but the minute you arrived, all those feelings subsided. You blessed our family in a way I never thought possible, and I don’t even remember what life was like before you arrived. In this short period of time you have taught me how to love, in a way I didn’t think was possible. 


Seeing you grow and learn, the way you smile at your daddy, when you laugh, all of those things touch my heart. I can’t wait for the next six months, and at the same time I want time to stand still! 


I hope that you know how much we love you, and I hope as you grow, develop, and learn, you continue to spread the love and joy to others that you do now. But most of all, I want you to shine. I want you to walk with confidence, and never settle to be anything less than the person that God wants you to be.


Here’s to the next 6 months and beyond- my sweet baby girl! 💜💜

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Girls and Bows

Before my daughter was born, I swore I wouldn’t be one of those parents that put all those crazy bows on my child.  I don’t know, I’m just not into that fashion trend. We tend to keep things a little more light and airy around our house, and in our wardrobe. So, this sweet friend of mine, who happens to own a bow boutique sent me 2 of her handmade bows. Ya’ll, I’m here to tell you they are GREAT!

First of all, Jamie has been blessed with my small head. That’s a blessing and a curse. The trouble is that no headband really seems to fit her. I have a few that work, but most of them are too big. But the bows from 2ndavenueboutique work great. The elastic on these headbands are PERFECT! They aren’t too snug, nor are they too big. When she moves, they seem to move right with her.

Melissa-the owner of 2ndavenue boutique can do pretty much anything too! As you know, our family is a Clemson Tiger family. (National Champs… WHAT, WHAT!!) Knowing that, Melissa made the CUTEST headband for Jamie! It’s a little bigger than I would have picked out for her, but OH MY GOODNESS, it’s still perfect!


Obviously Jamie loves this bow too. Can’t you tell from her expression?!

There are so many other options that Melissa can do. She’s made bow ties for the men, even a tutu for a wedding! Whatever you can dream of, I’m sure that she can do it. The sky’s the limit with this boutique!


Are these not perfect?! And if you really still don’t believe that she can do anything and everything, look at this cute puppy!


So do me a favor, my family and friends. Go Here and check out her etsy shop! You won’t be sorry that you did. I promise you, I’m not!

Happy shopping, friends! 🙂

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Alcohol at Wholesale Stores

Are you one of the many people that shop at Costco? If you are like me, and the 1,897,650,432 people in the world, you probably shop at Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s, or some other wholesale warehouse type place. I love going to Costco, but truthfully, you really have to plan your trips there. Timing is everything in these places, and if you want to know my personal opinion, they need to serve alcohol. This is why-

First of all, you all know I have a child. I love my child. I honestly never knew that motherhood could be such an amazing gift from God. HOWEVER, I – probably like the rest of us parents – HATES when my child screams in a store. It’s so embarrassing, and there isn’t much you can do about it unless you want to get 0 things accomplished during the day. So serving alcohol to the nice members, with or without children, might make the fact that ALL the children in these stores are screaming at the top of their lungs a little less noticeable.

Second. Bumper baskets. Come on. You can’t even tell me that you haven’t thought about ramming one of those big shopping carts right into another one. Especially when the person is in the middle of the aisle, stopped. Taking up ALL the space. Move it Susan, I’m busy here! Having a glass of cabernet while strolling the aisles might make the fact that I’m wasting my life away in a wholesale shopping center, while my child screams, a little less terrifying. Also, who wants to spill your wine or beer?

Third. THOSE SAMPLE PEOPLE! What else goes best with pretzel bread than a nice red blend, cabernet, or pinot grigio? Maybe even a IPA or hefeweizen for you non wine drinkers out there! But seriously, there isn’t enough drinks for all the samples I can have. I’m honestly feeling like I don’t even get to clean my pallet from the last sample and I’m off to test something else. We don’t get to sample enough drinks, so maybe, if there were wine and beer available- I would be more apt to try ALL the samples!

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Last, but definitely not least – If I have a glass of wine, or a beer,  I would probably stroll the aisles a little longer, filling my basket with more than the things that I had on my list. I would be happier, and more relaxed. I might even stop and grab a bite to eat from the concession stand.

So if you, or someone you know works at one of these wholesale chains. Please do us all a favor and tell them that they are missing out on a big thing here!

Thank you, and you’re welcome! 🙂

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Lady GaGa’s newest fan

Did you all watch the Superbowl? Good game, huh? I mean, has it ever gone into overtime? I think I read an article that mentioned that this was the first game ever to go into overtime! WOW! But let’s get down to business and talk about the most important part of the game. THE HALFTIME SHOW! Ever since that fateful evening when Janet Jackson bared her all to us, and accidentally shows a nipple, we wait for something to go wrong during every halftime show from this point on. Am I right?! Well I’m here to tell you that Lady GaGa’s performance was nothing short of stellar, and why I am now one of her newest fans!

First of all, that performance was AMAZING! I didn’t think there was one issue with it, and seriously she went over the top, and even jumped from the top of the damn stadium. IMPRESSIVE! She’s always been kind of out there (cue the meat suit and cigarette sunglasses) but her outfit was on point, hair and makeup looked good, and everything just flowed.

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What gets me with this performance is while I was watching it I actually made mention to our group that someone, SOMEWHERE will mention her “pooch” if you will, and call it a gut. MAN! These tabloids, and media never disappoint! Are you people seriously calling what she has a gut? For real?

My sister-in-law said it right when she posted “what is the message we are sending to our daughters?” These girls are our future. Why do we expect these celebrities to be a certain shape, size, and color?

We scrutinize Tom Brady for kissing his dad on the lips, and now we are complaining about Lady GaGa’s stomach? Did you not just watch a game where 2 teams played their heart and soul out, and it went into OVERTIME! for the first time, ever? And that’s all we can talk about?

Well- let me tell you why I’m now one of this woman’s newest followers. This post.lady_gaga_sur_instagram

This post here, is just as amazing as she is. I’m so happy that he is proud of her body, and herself. I’m so happy how confident she is. I’m also happy that she mentioned she wants the rest of us females to be as confident. I know for sure that I pray that my daughter will be every bit as confident and happy with herself, and her body when she is old enough to realize she has a body!

So THANK YOU, Lady GaGa- for setting a good example for me, my daughter, and the rest of us REAL women out there!

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