30 May 2014

The Potpourri Five {You see what I did there?!}

 Let's get to it, shall we?


My Birthday is next Wednesday plus mommy and daddy are looooong overdue for a night out so we have a babysitter and reservations at Chops on Main for dinner, drinks, and me probably dancing on the table at some point during the night. I keep it classy.



I finally found the perfect swim suit for my little Chickie and side note - why is shopping for a toddler's suit as stressful as trying to find a wedding dress??!! Craziness. 

Anywho, here it is:
{Child of Mine by Carters}

I can't wait to see Chickie in this suit. It summarizes her perfectly: vintage, timeless, and classic. 


And while I was doing a little shopping for Chickie, I felt it only necessary to buy myself a little something too...
{Monogram earrings from Jane.com}

You really can't beat $6 for a super cute pair of earrings. Monograms, y'all. It's a southern thing.


I'll admit it. 

I got sucked into watching Tori Spelling's Dean-cheated-on-me-and-I'm-so-shocked-and-hurt-but-why-should-I-be-because-he-cheated-on-his-first-wife-to-be-with-me tell all show, True Tori.

Ay yi yi. Where to even start with this train wreck. Its been on for the last few weeks and Tuesday was the last episode and thank God. I really don't know how much more I could have handled seeing Dean wear fedoras while throwing tea parties with kid poop on the coffee pot handle acting like it was no big deal.

{Yes, that really happened. I'll let you think about that for a sec.}

Moving on. This show was nuttier than bat shit from the word go. A lot was shown over the four week period; counseling sessions, fits of rage, hospital stays, etc. but here's my take on it all, bottom line:
  • If he cheated with you, he will cheat on you. Girl, your relationship was built on lies. You both cheated on your own spouses at the time to be with each other. How you ever thought you would end up with the "fairy tale" is beyond me. 
  • It's really sad that in order for you to have the opportunity to tell your side of the story, you had to drag your innocent children through the mud with you. I guess being a fame whore has no limits.
  • Please stop talking about your "true love." Here's a tip: if you both really shared a true, passionate, committed love, this would have never happened. True love respects. True love is committed. True love has character. This is everything that Dean clearly is not. Girl, wake up. A tiger never changes his stripes, so good luck with that.
Have any of you gotten sucked into this show? What's your take?


Let's talk blog love for a minute, m'kay?

I've been giving some thought lately to hosting a link-up and would love to partner up with some great mommies. I should probably say up front that I have no clue of what the topic is, but that's where you would come into play {I love the creative process}! I'm open to discussing just about anything and everything and would truly relish the opportunity to get creative with you guys. There's so much to talk about where this parenting gig is concerned so let's do this! Who's interested? Let me know and we'll get cracking! {I should confess I just squealed with joy a little bit and nothing has even happened yet}

Secondly, I'd love to share the love! Let me know if you're interested in a button swap and we'll make it happen!

That's all I have for today. Have a great weekend friends!



28 May 2014

It's the Little Things // 17

Y’all remember this past Friday I talked about the awesome Memorial Day weekend we had planned (Read here) complete with lots ‘O fun and a trip to the water park?

Yeah…that didn’t happen.

What did happen was an ear infection for Chickie complete with 103.8 temps, my car was broken into, and we were stuck at home all weekend…mostly watching Star Wars…

BUT – it’s all good, friends. We were still able to enjoy a couple of days with my parents and my sister Jordan who swung into town on their way back from a trip to Savannah and by Monday, we were able to get out a little bit. 
{This is how Chickie likes to "smile" lately. This kid...}
 Being with my family is always a good time and a great reminder that while having big plans is fun, it’s truly the little things that mean so much. 

Oh - And this. Who knew Mr. Potato Head's glasses could be used in so many fun ways!
{How you doin?}

Linking up with Ashley from Words on Waverly! Join in on the fun!


23 May 2014

Cinco de Friday

Let's do this!


After dinner last night, we stopped by the grocery store. Michael ran inside to grab the few things while we waited in the car so I took the opportunity to do a little mini-interview with Chickie. I'm pretty certain she was in her post cheeseburger, french fry, and ranch-induced haze but regardless, it was pretty darn entertaining. 


Her highness got her very first manicure this past Saturday. I was so incredibly proud when she walked over to pick her color and breezed right by the sissy pink and instead opted for a neon green color. 


What is everyone up to for Memorial Day weekend?

My parents will be in town with us on Sunday and Monday so we thought it would be a great time to head on over to Splash in the Boro - Statesboro's very own water park! 

Lazy rivers, slides, wave pools and so much more! I have to admit that I'm pretty excited about this plus, you know the people watching should be pretty excellent too. 


Statesboro's Habitat donation drop off has been sitting like this for weeks. And yes, I laugh every time I drive by and see it. I'm that immature. #sorrynotsorry
{Habitat kindly reminds you to leave your used items here}


I took some time this week to spiffy up my 'About Me' page. I wanted something with more of a personal touch. Give it a looksy and tell me what you think, m'kay?

Have a great weekend everyone!


21 May 2014

Hump Day Mommy Confessions

Happy Hump Day!

Forgive me Father for I have sinned. Its been (God knows how long??) since my last Hump Day Mommy Confessions post. I'll take two bloody Mary's and we'll call it even, m'kay?


I absolutely cannot stand when people blow their nose at the dinner table. Case in point: A few weeks ago we were at dinner and the woman behind me blew her nose and then proceeded to exclaim to her husband, "Oh, look honey! That's the big one I've been trying to push out for a while now!!" 

Need I say more?


Going back to being a full-time working mom has been a harder adjustment than I thought it would be. When we lived in Colorado, I was home with Chickie on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Looking back, I longed to be at work full-time. Now that I have my wish, I find myself missing those days home with my favorite girl. And this my friends, is just a tiny bit of the constant struggle and guilt of a working mom.


Chickie is turning three in July and as of today, is still not potty trained. Her school says she is doing a great job of using the potty while she's there {Although I have no proof this is actually happening aside from the fact that her butt cheeks touch the toilet seat} but she refuses to do it at home with us. The running joke between Michael and me is that it's an urban legend that she knows how to use the potty since we've never actually seen it happen. At any rate and all jokes aside, the fact that she isn't potty trained yet leaves me feeling like a huge failure. 


I still own one pair of maternity jeans and wear them on a regular basis. They are so comfortable. 

I haven't been pregnant in three years. 


I usually forget to brush Chickie's teeth at least twice a week. I don't really know why this happens which in and of itself is worse. Is my memory really that bad??!! Parent of the year right here, folks.


Once, about five months after giving birth, a woman asked me if I had any intention of losing my baby weight. I asked her if she shaved, waxed, or went au-natural "down there." What's that? You don't like personal questions? Neither do I. 


I seriously contemplate joining the gym for no other reason than having access to the free day care. Work out? Get out of here.

Fess up moms! What are your confessions for this week?


20 May 2014

Liebster Award!

A while back, my friend Jenny who blogs at The Chronicles of We nominated me for a Liebster Award. Thanks Jenny! 

I've seen these done by a few of my blog friends and the award is a really fun way to get to know your friends in the blogging community. Jenny gave me 11 questions to answer and in return, I'll nominate a few of my fellow bloggers and give them 11 fun questions as well to answer. Here we go!

1.    What’s your favorite blog post you've written and why? Wow, that’s a hard one. I have several posts that I’ve written that are near and dear to me but if I have to narrow it down to one I’d say it was a post I wrote back in October called ‘Last Tuesday, I Lost My Shit.’ It was a very raw, honest, and point blank look into the mind of a mom {Yours truly} who snapped past the breaking point. I think as parents, we all get to that point but we hesitate to share or admit that we do. That post was my way of venting and saying, “It’s OK. We’re all human.” This parenting gig can be hard!

2.    Why did you start blogging? Initially it was to document my life as a new mom but the more I kept digging into the blogging world and finding blogs to read, it seemed to me that there were very few moms who would talk about real parenting – you know, the realness of parenting: PPD, Breastfeeding issues, how it’s not always fun. Those types of things. Parenting isn’t always a walk in the park but most moms will make it out to be that way for fear of not keeping up with appearances or for fear of being perceived as anything less than wonder woman. I decided I wanted my own little place on the Internet where women could come, kick back, let their hair down, and talk about the challenges of parenting as much as “sunshine and roses” part is discussed.

3.    As a mom, what is your favorite go-to snack for your kids? I always have a zip lock bag of original Cheerios at the ready at all times; one in my purse, one in my car, and one in the house. You can’t go wrong with Cheerios and my daughter loves them!

4.    What's your favorite healthy meal? Hands down my Black Bean Stoup. You can make it all organic, low to next to nothing fat, and is low on calories. You can find my post for this recipe by clicking here.

5.    What's your favorite restaurant? If we’re talking breakfast food then Cracker Barrel. Otherwise, I could eat at Carrabbas every night of the week. Their lemon butter sauce? Just pass me a straw and let me suck that stuff up…*SLURP*

6.    If you could have any career in the world what would it be? Michael tells me all the time that I should be an attorney. I am very analytical, strategic, and methodical in my thinking. I however would love to be a vet. I’ve always had a love of animals.

7.    What does your ideal family weekend look like? Nothing! Absolutely nothing. Enjoying a leisurely breakfast or brunch and getting a nap. While jam-packed weekends can be fun, I prefer to have my weekends open to let us go where the wind takes us. Maybe snuggle time on the sofa watching movies – who knows!

8.    If money was no object what would be your dream car? You guys are going to think I’m crazy but I’m a die hard Nissan owner. I’ve always loved Nissan cars and the fact that my PaPa retired from Nissan simply seals the deal for me. So on that note, either a top of the line Armada or Murano {I feel like I’m cheating on my Rogue by saying this!!}

9.    What's your favorite sport and why? FOOTBALL!! Namely, Tennessee Vol football. Six national championships, my friends. Enough said.

10. If you could have any superpower what would you want and why? That’s a hard one too! Hmmm. I guess I’d have to say the ability to become invisible when I want. I mean, just think about how awesome that would be!

11. If there were no barriers where would your ideal home be? On the beach! 

Here are the fabulous ladies I'm nominating for a Liebster Award:
Courtney at A + Life
Courtney at Sweet Turtle Soup

Here are your 11 questions, ladies!

1. What is the meaning of your blog's name?
2. What is your best piece of parenting advice?
3. What is the one thing you love most about blogging?
4. What is the one thing you dislike most about blogging?
5. What is your most favorite place to shop for yourself?
6. Share a favorite blog that you love to read daily
7. What is your favorite thing to do sans child?
8. What special talents/hobbies do you have/do?
9. What's your favorite jam that you have on repeat right now?
10. What goal(s) have you accomplished lately that you're proud of?
11. What do you like on your pizza?

Happy Tuesday, loves! I hope you're all having a great week and thanks again for the nomination Jenny!!


19 May 2014

Flowers // Feet // Family

One of the best things about moving to Georgia is that my family is now only about 3.5 hours away from us instead of 3.5 days from Colorado.


I love being with my family and it makes me so happy that we can now see them anytime we want. On that note, we decided to get out of Statesboro this weekend and headed to grandma and poppy's house for a little R + R. We had a great weekend and as I sit and type this, it makes me sad that it's over...BUT Memorial Day weekend is coming our way and we'll see everyone again this weekend. 

Good times.

{Road trip!}

{My beautiful sister Ashley. I heart her.}

Saturday mornings call for Starbucks and a little pampering!
Chickie got her first manicure!

{We don't want no sissy pink - Incredible Hulk green it is!}

{Mommy opted for a color called Cajun Shrimp. Sure...why not.}

{Even daddy got in on the action}
After a shopping trip to Target and lunch, it was family nap time.
Look y'all - I get to sleep with Fidel Castro!

Saturday afternoon flower planting with grandma
{Actually, grandma did most of the planting. Her highness doesn't like to get her hands dirty.}

Saturday evening found us relaxing on the deck and enjoying drinks & dinner ...

And a few Cheerios...
{Someone looooves their Poppy!}


Such a great time! Can't wait for round two this weekend! How was your weekend?

Have a great week, friends!


16 May 2014


While going through my FB albums yesterday, I came across a lot of old photos of Chickie that I haven't seen in a while. While most of them were the every day snap shots, I was surprised to see how many of her "firsts" I've actually captured over the years. Of course there are the traditional first steps, first words, and first sitting up and the like but the more I went through them, the more I realized I captured so many other "firsts" that usually don't get the same pomp and circumstance as the big ones but are just as important {And honestly, far more endearing}. 

So without further adieu, I give you my top five favorite firsts of my Chickie:

{ONE} The first smile. 

Her highness was smiling pretty much into her second week of life and I know most people like to pass that off on gas but I don't buy that for one minute. I believe our kids come into this world with feelings and emotions and are able to express themselves to some extent through said feelings.

{TWO} Eating solid food for the first time.

After months of nothing but fluids, I can't imagine what was running through her mind. Maybe something along the lines of, "Wait just a damn minute! These fools dine on filet and I get dry cereal with water?!?"

A picture is worth a thousand words...

{THREE} The first snow.

Michael and I are both huge snow enthusiasts. Love it. Can't get enough of it. Chickie seems to feel the same!

{FOUR} Meeting my grandfather for the first time.

As most of you know, I was very close to my PaPa. When he passed in February, the overwhelming sadness I felt was due in part to knowing that Chickie wouldn't have the chance to know him as I did. He was only able to see her a few times because we lived in Colorado at the time while he was in assisted living in Georgia but my grandmother told me that he asked about Chickie all the time. Even in his last days when the Parkinson's was so bad and when he had no clue who any of us were, he knew Maddy and asked for her. 

I will never forget the last time she saw him - it was this past Christmas. We went to visit him in assisted living and when we walked in, we found him sitting in his wheelchair looking off into space with no life to him whatsoever but when he saw Chickie...oh my. His eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas and he literally squealed out in happiness. He reached out for her to come sit on his lap and said, "I've been waiting for this beauty." {And that's all I can say about that without losing it...} I'm so happy I have these pictures of her and him to treasure always.

{FIVE} First bath time pictures.

Y'all, is there anything cuter or better than a baby at bath time?!  I don't think so!

We're off to grandma and poppy's house this weekend for some much needed family, rest, and relaxing time. Have a great weekend everyone!