Monday, April 20, 2015


Happy Monday! 

I'm linking up with Biana and Meghan today for "Weekending."

I took the day off, which was a really nice change of pace. Walker and I had lunch with Brandon, and then we took Walker to a little feed store next to Brandon's office to let the little guy look at the baby chicks, turkeys and ducks. 

Walker was not sure what to think about all these tiny animals chirping and hopping around, and he kept a pretty safe distance from them at all times. It was so cute. 

Mamas, if you are looking for something fun {and free} for your kids to do, take 'em to a local feed store! I'm telling you, we will be going back - and I can pick up some plants in the process! 

Walker was beat and fell asleep about 10 minutes into our drive home. Poor guy! 

I successfully transferred him to his crib and spent the hour folding laundry and putting sheets on our bed while watching the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" reunion. {Holy crazy, y'all!} 

Friday night, we took supper to our friends who recently had a baby. I made this, which was super easy and always a great meal to take to a new mom - especially if she's nursing! 

I woke up feeling kind of icky - and so did Brandon - so we lazed around for a bit. Then, I took Walker out so Brandon could rest for a bit. 

We started out at another free entertainment spot: PetsMart! Walker loves animals, so we spent about 20 minutes looking at the birds, rodents and cats. Mama wasn't about to stop and gander at the amphibians! Ick! 

After PetsMart, we had a late breakfast at Chick-fil-A. Walker devoured his Chick'n Minis and milk, and I thoroughly enjoyed an iced coffee. 

We came home and spent the rest of the afternoon outdoors; it was such a gorgeous day! Our friends Brandon and Kimmie lost power at their house due to some construction, so they brought their new baby - and some pizza! - over, and we just hung out and visited. 

Walker wore this precious Baylor smocked john-john that my great-aunt made for him to church. Pretty sure he was the cutest kid in the nursery yesterday!

After church, we spent more time outside. It was another beautiful day that just begged for us to be outside. Walker loves bubbles, so Brandon spent a while blowing those for him while the little man alternated between chasing them and playing in his sandbox. 

He and I both then took a 1.5-hour nap, which was glorious. There is nothing better that church, lunch and a nap on Sunday! 

When we woke up, we made a quick trip to Home Depot, where he played around in Brandon's glasses. 

Then, we got fro-yo and sat on the patio. Yum!

We did some work in the yard, and Brandon brought in some rose cuttings from our back garden. He put them in the stemless wine glasses from our wedding, and I love the way they look on our island. 

Brandon installed a new light on our back porch - and I'm so glad he did because the one that was there before was 21 years old...original to this house! I didn't even take a "before" picture because it was that ugly. 

We say on the patio and enjoyed being outside. Walker was showering me with kisses, which of course I loved. 

We got Walker bathed and in bed, then watched the ACM Awards, which were held in Dallas at AT&T Stadium. We loved that they started out with George Strait singing, "All My Exes Live in Texas." That man is timeless! 

I've got a busy week ahead - including our biggest event of the year on Friday night. But! I'm taking Monday off, so I am just keeping my eyes on the prize. Ha! 

Hope y'all have a great day and a fabulous week! 

Friday, April 17, 2015


Happy Friday! 

I took off work today and I'm so glad I did. The weather is rainy and icky, and there is not a better day to snuggle at home with my little man. We have big plans of doing nothing except napping and taking a quick trip to the grocery store. And I'm excited about that! 

I made this One-Pan Salmon and Vegetables {via Mom Endeavors} this week and it was seriously one of the tastiest salmon recipes I've ever eaten. Plus, it doesn't hurt that it was literally a three-minute prep and then only baked for 20 minutes. Brandon went back for seconds, and even Walker ate a ton of it - including the vegetables! Put this on your meal rotation stat.

My new favorite shirt right now is this one I recently ordered from Old Navy. It's super comfy and can be dressed up or down. I got so many compliments on it when I wore it yesterday, and people were so surprised when I told them where it was from. 

I don't wear it with the sleeves pulled up, and I wore it with white, skinny ankle jeans and leopard print flats. 

I am in love with this precious swimsuit, but I'm not willing to pay the $125 price tag. Does anyone know where I can get a knockoff?! ;) I want this for our trip to Jamaica this summer!

Nothing melts my heart more than hearing Walker say, "I love you." This was him the other day, and seriously, I started crying! Nothing makes your heart happier than hearing your child say those precious three words!

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend! 

Linking up with:

Amy and Karli

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday: A True Brain Dump

I'm linking up with Annie and Natalie for "Thoughts for Thursday," and today it's a true brain dump today. 

+ I'm tired, y'all. Like, worn the heck out. I just feel like I can't catch up on sleep, even when I go to bed around 9 p.m. I know it's just that time of the year, but we have just been so busy and I feel like I'm now paying for it. I know, I can sleep when I'm dead, but I would just love one night of going to bed at 8 p.m. and not having to wake up until I actually woke myself up - around about 10 a.m.! {Those were the good ol' days. Ha!}

+ I am literally counting down the days until this school year is over: 34. *Insert hallelujah iPhone emoji here.* 

+ Walker has pink eye. Again. I'm super annoyed by it and frustrated for him. 

+ Some days, I totally feel like I have it all together as a wife, mom and employee. And some days, I just feel like a total failure at one - or all - of the above. The latter is typically on a Friday when I'm just beat and we're eating hot dogs and Cheez-Its for dinner. 

+ My 9-month-old CHI straightener bit the dust the other day {only one plate was working, so that's nice} and I was so mad I had to replace it. This is my third CHI straightener in less than two years and I'm beyond annoyed about that. I should probably bite the dust and buy a super ridiculously expensive one {since I use it every single day}, but I just don't want to fork over that kind of money for one. I know, #FWP.

+ I've got some awesome news that I can share with y'all this summer - and no, I'm not pregnant - and it's killing me slowly inside that I can't tell you yet. I know, probably horrible of me to tease you like that.

+ I've been busy uploading all of Walker's 3,000+ photos/videos to Picasa Web Albums so I'll actually have a place for them instead of just in folders on my computer. Going back and looking at his tiny little newborn self has me almost in tears! How he is already 14.5 months is beyond me. 

+ I walked into Charming Charlie yesterday and didn't buy one single thing. I don't know how I had the willpower to do that, but I was pretty dang proud of myself! 

+ My brother called me yesterday and said, "Hey, do you write press releases?" I started laughing and said, "Um, every single day." He was having to write one for his college class and needed a template, but I just found it funny that people not in the PR profession have no dang idea what it is we do on a daily basis. 

+ Pandora's "90s Pop Radio" station is seriously my new favorite. It's so on point. Also, I feel old. Wasn't it 1995 10 years ago?! ;) 

+ Speaking of old, Jordan Spieth, the Masters Champion, was born in 1993. Uh, yeah. 

+ I still rock Walker to sleep at night. Well, not to sleep, but I still rock him before I lay him down at night. I can't bring it to myself to stop doing it just yet. 

+ Which brings me to: I should probably start moving some of his "baby baby" stuff out of his room, but I'm just in denial. Maybe I'll work on that this summer. #howisheatoddler

+ I need new pajamas like nobody's business. Anyone have a go-to place to get cute - yet comfortable - ones? I'm kind of past the Victoria's Secret stage unless it's their comfier "Pink" brand. 

+ I'm getting so addicted to Receipt Hog. If you haven't tried it, do! It's the easiest thing ever. I can't wait to get enough coins to get a $30 cash pay-out. {And all you have to do is snap a picture of any receipt where you purchase something!} 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Favorite One-Year-Old Products

I'm still in denial that my sweet Walker is almost 15 months old! I feel like I was just talking about him using his swing, and our favorite bottles, and any other "little baby" product. {Side note: waaaaaaaaa!} 

Here are some of our recent favorites:

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four \\ five \\ six 

Walker can't stand his stiller anymore {either the Britax or the umbrella stoller}, so when we go on walks, this little car is our lifesaver. We even took it to the zoo! Be sure to spring for the quiet wheels; you'll thank me later. 

These puzzles are awesome. I mean, I could be all, "Woo hoo! Wooden puzzles! All natural!" But yeah, no. We love them because Walker is able to grip them well and it helps teach him sounds. The only thing? You better have those suckers in place at night, less you walk by and a random train whistle goes off, scaring the living daylights out of you. 

My grandmother got this for Walker at one of my baby showers, and he just recently started caring about it. He carries it around, kisses it and pats it on its "back." We'll say, "Where's your lovie?" and he'll run to his crib and point to it saying, "That!" 

Walker never used an actual "sippy" cup; the straws have always just worked better for him. I love the sippy cups with the weights, but these simply hold more and don't seem to leak as bad. I'll throw these in my bag way more than I'll throw the others. 

I don't even need to look at the pages to read this book anymore! It's absolutely Walker's favorite and we read it multiple times a day. Eric Carle books are awesome and I highly recommend them, along with any other "My First Reader" books. 

Walker is obsessed with his sandbox, and Brandon and I always comment how when he's in it, he sits more still than we have seen in many, many months! Yes, having him drag sand inside the house is a pain, but if he's happy, then I'm happy! We threw some beachy/sandcastle toys in there and he's in hog heaven. 

Monday, April 13, 2015


How is it Monday already?! That one came quickly! 

Linking up with Meghan and Biana today for "Weekending"

I had a crazy stressful day at the office and came home absolutely exhausted. I was the only person in the office, and of course, six {yes, SIX!!!} separate incidents occurred in the district. I was absolutely beat by about 3 p.m. 

Once Brandon got home, we went to visit our friends who just had a baby. We stayed until almost 8 p.m., and Walker did great! He loved seeing their baby, Emily, and kept giving her kisses on her head. It was the sweetest thing! 

After some major stress-relieving cleaning, I had a haircut appointment and then ran to the grocery store. 
As I was taking the groceries inside, I had to snap a quick picture of our front-yard flowers! There is absolutely no filter on these. They're just absolutely gorgeous! Spring has definitely sprung. 

Later, my Dad was in town for a quick errand, so he came over and took us to lunch and hung out with us for a while. My parents live nearly four hours away, so it was so good to see my Dad, even if it was just for a little while. He let "Walker" pick where we went, and of course "Walker" decided Chick-fil-A since it was so "Walker"-friendly. ;) 

That evening, Brandon went to the Duck Commander 500 race with his friend Brandon, and so his wife came over with their new baby and we just hung out, had some wine and visited. And again, Walker couldn't quit kissing Emily. It was seriously so sweet. 

I woke up feeling like absolute death. We had been outside a ton Saturday, and my allergies were out of control. My throat was so sore I felt like I was swallowing razor blades! Brandon took one look at me around 7 a.m., gave me a cocktail of medicine and told me to go back to bed. And I did - for three hours. 

Once I woke up, I felt tons better. Apparently I just needed some meds and more sleep! We obviously skipped church and just spent the morning resting. 

I cashed in my birthday pedicure gift certificate {please ignore my white legs!} and even sprung for a manicure, too. It was so heavenly! 

Walker decided yesterday was not a nap day {ughhhhhh}, so we went to our local track and pushed him around in his car and then just let him run all over the place to get some energy out. 

This is him doing his new favorite thing: pointing and saying, "That!" It's hilarious. 

And he's already bringing flowers to his mama. Smart boy! {And yes, he totally snagged this out of our neighbors' yard. Sorry, y'all!} 

We came back home and watched the end of the Masters. So excited for Jordan Spieth; way to represent Texas, dude! 

I made a quick supper and then we went to bed at 8 p.m. No, but really. {!!!} 

I have another crazy busy day today, including a late-night meeting, so I better hop to it. I hope y'all have a great day!

Friday, April 10, 2015


Happy Friday, y'all! 

Thank y'all for all of your sweet words earlier this week about my birthday! It was really a nice day spent celebrating with my family and friends. As my siblings kindly reminded me, I'm 30 in two years! Eeek! 

I finally watched the first episode of this season's "Real Housewives of New York City," and sadly, y'all, I really can't stand Bethenny anymore. I used to really like her, but now I just feel sorry for her. I'll give it to her - she's a hustler! But I just feel sad for her and all of the issues she has. And I'm very thankful crazy Aviva is no longer on the show!

I picked up this shirt from Target on a whim on Wednesday and am pretty in love with it. It is the most comfortable, versatile shirt and I feel like I'll get a ton of wear out of it this summer. The exposed zipper on the back is too cute to pass up, too! 

Now that Lent is over, I'm all about my white wine - especially since it's spring and the weather is warming up. Let me tell you, there is nothing better than an ice cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the patio on a warm spring evening! 

My mom introduced me to this wine, which has quickly become one of my very favorites. It's Kim Crawford 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, and you can get it at basically any grocery store - and World Market! 

Have any of y'all tried this wine? If not, give it a shot and let me know what you think!

We're working on sounds with Walker (e.g.: "What does an elephant say?") and it cracks me up that I ask him what a dog says and he pants like a dog instead of saying, "Woof woof." He also says, "Vroom, vroom!" when asked what a car says, and then "Shhh!" when I ask him what we say to Oliver (our crazy cat). He is just a little mess and I love him to pieces!

We have no plans this weekend, and I'm definitely looking forward to just relaxing after a busy last weekend and week this week. Hope y'all have a great one!

Linking up with:

Amy and Karli

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Thoughts for Thursday | Favorite Maxi Dresses for Spring and Summer

I don't know how the weather is where you are, but around late April and early May in North Texas, it starts getting rather toasty. So much so that I dread having to wear a cardigan over my dresses to work and wish I could get away with shorts in the office. 

But on the weekends, I love wearing maxi dresses. They're casual enough to wear to the pool, but also dressy enough to wear out to dinner. They're the perfect go-to outfit for spring and summer in Texas! 

I'm definitely not one of those girls who purchases clothes that are upwards of $100-200; I just can't justify that right now with a little one in tow. I'm all about finding a bargain and wearing affordable - yet cute - clothes. 

So, here are my favorite maxi dresses for spring and summer - that won't break the bank!

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four \\ five \\ six

Linking up with Annie and Natalie today