Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday

Thoughts for Thursday. 

It's random today, y'all. 

+ Pinterest told me to wear this outfit on Tuesday. So I did. {And yep, when you have a 10-month-old, have to be out the door by 7:15 a.m., and it's the last week before Christmas Break, your denim shirt doesn't get ironed. Sea lo que sea.} 

+ Thanks for y'all's comments on Monday's post about Walker! The antibiotics kicked in on Tuesday {exactly 72 hours, as the doctor predicted...thanks, doc!} and he finally started eating that morning. I caught him mid-bite, hence the hilarious face, but I had to document the fact that my little man was finally acting like himself again! 

+ Liz bought this cardigan at The Rage {where else?!} and now I'm super mad I didn't buy it because it isn't in my size anymore. Boo hiss. 

+ World Market has an entire "Downton Abbey" section! It's so cute and filled with items inspired by the hit TV show, including wine, tea, plates, shortbread, and even wrapping paper! I had to snap a quick pic when I was in there the other day. I almost died! 

+ I'm kind of in denial that it is supposed to be 63* on Christmas Day here. Seriously? Nothing says "Christmas" like 60 degree weather. Get it together, Texas. 

+ Michael Bublé's Christmas in New York special was so fun last night! I am an eternal sucker for anything Christmas...even when Barbara Streisand has crimped hair. For real. 

+ And finally, to warm your heart today: I got the following piece on the news on Tuesday night! A student in our district was surprised by her father, who came home from deployment in Afghanistan 3.5 months early. He popped out of a box onstage at school and I'm pretty sure there wasn't a dry eye in the house...including mine! Watch the two-minute segment here

Linking up with Annie and Natalie today!

Have a wonderful Thursday!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Easy Peanut Clusters Recipe

I have told y'all before that I am not a baker. A cook? Yes. A baker? Not so much. I share that to reiterate to you that if I put "Easy" in the title, you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be just that: easy! 

I make my Grammy's easy peanut clusters every Christmas as gifts for both mine and Brandon's colleagues, but since we have Walker now, they make great teacher gifts, too. Since Walker just moved up to the Infant II class last week, I thought these would be great for his new teachers. {See what I did for his Infant I teachers he's been with since April here.} 

This year, I made them, put them in cellophane treat bags {from Dollar Tree}, tied them with baker's twine {from Michael's} and added this cute free printable {from here}. And there you go! Super easy and yummy. 

Easy Peanut Clusters

-Dry Roasted Peanuts
-White Chocolate Almond Bark 
-Milk Chocolate Almond Bark

1. In a large microwave safe bowl, break the almond bark into small chunks. Microwave for four minutes or until melted. 
2. Pour in the dry roasted peanuts and stir. 
3. Using a teaspoon, scoop out the peanut/chocolate mixture onto wax paper laid out on your counter. 
4. Let dry for about 10 minutes and then enjoy! 

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Favorite Christmas Songs

We are nearing Christmas {just a little over a week away!}, so I wanted to share with you my favorite Christmas songs. I am one of those who starts listening to Christmas music in about...oh, I guess you could say I am a Christmas music connoisseur. ;) So, without further ado, here are my top Christmas songs...

Jingle Bell Rock - Amy Grant 
White Christmas - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters 
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year - Andy Williams 
The Christmas Song - Bing Crosby 
Santa Clause is Coming to Town - Michael Bublé
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Amy Grant 
Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow - Michael Bublé 
O Holy Night - Josh Groban 
Holly Jolly Christmas - Burl Ives
It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas - Bing Crosby

What are your favorites?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Weekending + Our Christmas Card

I'll just start this post by saying that a mother's intuition is always right. Read on to find out more...

I picked Walker up from school, and his teachers told me he wasn't interested in eating anything {which is very unlike him}, and he hadn't really had any wet diapers during the day. {TMI, sorry.} He hasn't been too interested in eating supper at home Wednesday or Thursday night, but I chalked it up to the possibility of teething, or the fact that he had just moved to the Infant II class at school and was trying to adjust to the change. But the no diapers thing really freaked me out; all I could think was, "My baby is dehydrated." 

Anyway, I called his pediatrician on our way home, who told me to monitor him over the weekend for signs of - what sounded like - a stomach bug. So we did. Walker never ran a fever, but he did throw up Friday night and, again, wasn't interested in eating. 

So, our little man was downing Pedialyte {with a straw for the very first time, which he mastered in about two minutes...stop growing up, Walker!}. 

I knew when he went to bed on Friday night that I was very likely going to take him to the children's urgent care by my office the next morning. 

He slept in until 7:30 a.m. {which is very unlike him}, so I knew we were going. 

Brandon and I took him to the children's urgent care {which I can't say enough great things about; it's an excellent place if/when your pediatrician's office is closed or it's after-hours!}. They ran a full gambit on him, and at the very end, it was determined that Walker had a bad ear infection. 

Of course, I felt like a horrible mother, and even told that to the doctor. Walker never ran a fever, never pulled/tugged/messed with his ears...nothing. His only symptom was not wanting to eat. The doctor then told me that not all kids run fevers or pull at their ears with an ear infection; some simply don't eat because it doesn't feel good to chew. Well, there you go. 

Walker is now on an oral antibiotic and taking a probiotic in his three bottles a day. He's still not wanting to eat much - we're basically existing off of yogurt, applesauce, fruit pouches and chicken broth. But we're getting there. The doctor said he should start to feel better 48-72 hours after he started the antibiotic, so I'm hoping tomorrow he'll want to eat. 

During all of this, Brandon had to take my car to get a ton of work done. We went in for new brake pads, and came out spending nearly $2,000 on stuff that needed to be done that we had no idea about. {I loathe spending money on cars...ugh!} The maintenance shop showed Brandon that my front axle was damaged and he could literally move the front left tire in and out of the wheel well with his hands...clearly that should not happen. He told Brandon that, basically, it could have snapped at any moment and that could have been a very bad car accident. So, I am very thankful that we took it in when we did and that nothing bad happened to me or Walker. 

So, that night after Walker went to bed, I did what made me feel so much better: I drank wine, baked and wrapped presents. Because, why not? 

I made my family's easy peanut clusters {recipe coming later this week!} for my colleagues and Walker's new teachers. 

We missed church for obvious reasons. I had to run to Target to get a couple of things for the week {and some giant Tupperware bins to pack away Walker's 6-9 month clothes; sniff, sniff!}. Brandon stuck Walker in the buggy for our ride out to the parking lot, and Walker laughed and smiled the entire walk out there. Whatever works, right?! 

We spent the rest of Sunday cleaning up around the house, doing laundry and getting ready for the week. This is both of our last weeks in the office until January! I get out with the kiddos since I work for a school system, and Brandon is taking those two weeks off to be home with us. I'm so excited!

I hope you have a great week! 

Linking up with Biana and Meghan today. 

I'm also linking up with Lyndsey, Brettni, Amanda and Joy for the Christmas Card link up! 

Our Christmas card this year was so much fun! We had the photographers who took our wedding portraits take it in my hometown. They are good family friends, and we just love them. 

We took these outside near my Dad's office. It was an overcast, super windy day, but the tree behind us was spectacular. We got a bunch of great family shots, and I was looking to use one of those for our card. Well, Walker's new thing is to put his hands on either side of his head when we say, "Oh my goodness!" Well, when we were trying to get the shot, someone said, "Oh my goodness!" and up his hands went. My mom jokingly said, "Y'all should just put, 'Oh my goodness! It's Christmas!' on your card." Well, that was it! Done and done! 

So, here is our first Christmas card as a family of three, and Walker's first Christmas! 

The front says, "Oh my goodness! It's Christmas!" 
and the back says, "Love, The Whitacres"

Merry Christmas, y'all! 

Friday, December 12, 2014


Happy Friday! Let's get to it! 

Walker's Christmas gifts for his teachers were super fun to make this year! After I blogged about it yesterday, it lit a fire under my rear and I went ahead and did it. 

I used this free printable for the top portion, which was my inspiration. I purchased the Essie nail polish, travel-size lotion and cellophane bag from Target. I purchased the foil shreds, glitter toe separators, glitter fingernail file and nail polish remover pads from Dollar Tree. Then, I filled each bag up, folded over the printables and stapled them to the bag. They're super simple, but I thought they were fun! 

We have no plans this weekend. None. And the next two weeks will be a bit crazy, so I'm really looking forward to resting this weekend and recharging. 

I purchased the entire volumizing line of the TIGI Catwalk Your Highness: shampoo and conditioner; thickening gel crème; and root boost spray to try to get this flat hair to do something. Y'all, it works! My hair has been so thick and teasing has become much easier. I would definitely try it! {And I am getting a much-needed trim tomorrow, so I'm definitely looking forward to that.} 

Our tickets to the Cotton Bowl came in yesterday! I absolutely cannot wait for New Year's Day! Sic 'Em, Bears!

In one week from today, I will have 16 glorious days off with this little cutie and I can barely contain my excitement! 

I just got in the prints from our family photo session {via} and I just adore this one of Walker where my brother plopped his big ol' Cousin Eddie hat on his head at the end of our session. The unplanned photos are always my favorite, y'all! 

I hope y'all have a fantastic weekend! 

Linking up with Amy, Karli, April, Christina, Darci, Natasha and Lauren today!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Thoughts for Thursday

Y'all, it has been the busiest, most exhausting week for me in a while. Like I mentioned Monday, I feel like everyone is trying to fit every meeting into this week before all the kiddos are out of school next Friday - and before all the Christmas parties start next week, too! So, quite random and short + sweet for me today! 

+ Christmas is in two weeks from today. Holy moly! I can't believe it. I absolutely cannot wait for Walker's first one ever! Seeing this season through his eyes has been wonderful. I am so thankful that I get to experience Christmas through his eyes this year.

PS: We probably have the best Santa there ever was. ;) 

+ I am so obsessed with this shirt from The Rage {what am I not obsessed with on that site?}. I ordered it {along with this cardigan, below} Tuesday night. Stop making cute clothes, The Rage! Kidding, please don't stop. Ever.

+Speaking of clothes I love, I'm going to need this scarf in my life ASAP. 


+Something I have got to do this weekend is get Walker's Christmas teacher gifts together. I keep putting it off and putting it off, and honestly I'm not quite sure why! I'm going to use this free printable {via} and do a bottle of Essie polish and a mini lotion. I thought these were so cute, and since he has four teachers, also affordable. 

+ Have y'all heard of Retail Me Not? I don't buy anything online without it. Basically, it is a site that holds coupon codes for online retailers - anything from Loft to Nordstrom to Sephora, etc. I have been seriously surprised to find some companies on there! I have saved so much money with my online shopping by just taking two seconds to visit their site, type in the store and copying coupon codes {if any}. I've gotten anything from free shipping to free gifts to 10-50% off my purchases! 

Linking up with Annie and Natalie today! 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Easy Pecan Pie Recipe

You asked, I'm delivering! 

Before this Thanksgiving, I had never made a pecan pie before. I think I always thought it would be really difficult, and I will admit that I'm not a baker. I can cook, yes, but baking is tough for me for some reason. Anyway, I tried this recipe from my Nana's cookbook this year, and it turned out wonderfully! 

If you'd like to make an easy pecan pie for Christmas dinner {or just to have whenever}, I'm sharing our family's recipe below! 

Mozell's Pecan Pie

1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup light or dark Karo syrup {I use light}
3 eggs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup pecan halves
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
1 pie shell {homemade or store bought...I just bought a frozen one at Kroger} 

1. Mix all ingredients together in a deep bowl. 
2. Bake in an unbaked pie shell at 300* until firm in the center {about 45 minutes}. 

I hope you enjoy!