Friday Favorites

Hi!

We just got back from the sweetest little girly lunch at The Swan Coach House and while the girls are napping, I wanted to share a few of the things I’m really loving right now.

1. Southern Living: Do you have a subscription? If not, you need one. It’s just the best piece of happy mail and such a highlight to find it in my mailbox each month. But even if you’re not into all things Southern, I highly recommend finding a magazine you do love and getting a monthly subscription. When it comes each month, it forces you to find a minute to slow down and enjoy. That, my friends, is good for the soul. We got ours through Magazines.com at a discounted rate. They also send tons of coupons if you sign up for their email.

2. The color Red: I know, so random. But you guys! Red is not just reserved for Christmas and Valentines Day! I’m loving using pops of red in my decor and my outfits. I even pulled out my favorite Kate Spade that Matt gave me a few years ago. At first I thought it was too “heavy” of a color for Spring but that’s pretty silly as evidenced by how cute it looks with my May Southern Living.

3. Izze Sparkling Grapefruit: I got these on sale at Target this week because they don’t have any added sugar and the rest of the ingredients are pretty clean. Hooray. But they are SO GOOD. Especially if you’re like me and don’t drink carbonation at all. Now we have something fun to drink with mexican because carbonation and mexican? Yes, please.

4. Smashbox Shadow Primer: I got this stuff months ago and it’s one of the best additions to my makeup bag. I promise you, the eye makeup will not MOVE if you apply this first. I got mine at Ulta and I think it’ll be especially awesome during those sweaty summer days.

We have a pretty chill weekend ahead, which I’m thrilled about. Weather is supposed to be beautiful here so if you’re looking for us, we will be outdoors.

Coming up next week on the blog… styling my absolute favorite: swing dresses!

Happy weekend, sweet friends!

Laura

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Remember

Hi, friend!

Happy hump day! Hope your day is going well.

First off, just want to say THANK YOU for stopping by my blog today. I get so much joy out of sharing a little bit of my heart here and I’m grateful to have you follow along.

I wanted to share a bit about how I stay on top of keeping some of my favorite moments alive. My kids say and do some amazing things on the regular (ok I think they’re amazing) and one of my biggest fears is that I’ll forget these precious little things they do. I want to be able to look back and recall the nuances of their personalities, especially as they develop so quickly through these early years. I also want them to be able to have some good reading material for when they’re older… wink wink.

So what I started doing is keeping a memory journal right by my bed. So whenever something they do is especially funny or cute, I write it down. I also like to write little love notes to them pretty frequently so that they can read about all the things I appreciated and loved about them as they were growing up.

I think the key here is keeping my book out as a reminder to keep adding to it and keeping it convenient by always having a pen close by. I mean what a HUGE inconvenience to actually have to walk to the kitchen to get a pen. Aint nobody got time for that.

I love love love these notebooks from Rifle Paper Co.

But remember you don’t have to make it complicated. Just start somewhere.

We are the memory keepers for our family so having these little moments written down for future enjoyment is so important!

Hope you have a fun Wednesday!

Laura

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The Mondays

Hi, Friends!

Happy Monday to you!

Let’s talk about this day, shall we? It comes with a lot of mixed reviews. Some people love Mondays because it’s a fresh start to the week and a return to your regularly scheduled programming after crazy weekend shenanigans.

Others hate Mondays because they can be blah and mundane. Going back to “work” after the fun of being off since Friday at 5:02 can be such a drag.

I get it.

I don’t know about you, but I happen to fall into the camp of loving Monday.

I haven’t always felt this way.

I remember years ago when I’d get this feeling… I call it the Sunday Night Sink. Monday Eve hits and the weight of the upcoming weeks starts to ease its way into my mind, distracting my from the blissful weekend.

Then I had an idea.

What if I planned something I could look forward to every Monday? Something I saved especially for this day to give it a bright shiny new appeal. Something to get rid of the sinking feeling for good.

Nowadays, Monday nights mean Bachelor viewing parties with sisters and friends while eating mexican food followed by coconut ice cream.

Take that, Monday blues.

Even when the Bachelor or Bachelorette isn’t on, we still get together and watch The Voice, Dancing With the Who the heck is that, or a movie on demand. We don’t really care what we do. We just hang out.

Your Monday might look totally different than mine. Maybe you could start treating yourself to your favorite Starbucks treat on the way to work every Monday morning. Or maybe Monday could become family pizza night.

Who says all the fun has to be reserved for the weekend? Spread the love and give Mondays a whole new meaning.

Now what to do about Tuesday…

Here are a few of my favorite things I found over the weekend!

Laura

Hello bag – Kohls $14.99 // Straw hat – J Crew Outlet $14.99 // Zip Up Sandals – Target $24.99

Also, the inside of the bag is blue and white stripes. I repeat:
THE INSIDE OF THE BAG IS BLUE AND WHITE STRIPES.

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!

In today’s edition of Friday Favorites… this super cute scalloped edge swim suit!

$12.99 WHAT?!

We have a date night coming up tonight and I am THRILLED about it. We have a new goal of only going to places we haven’t eaten at before. This is a big deal for two people who have been eating at Maggiano’s consistently for the past 15 years. But we are branching out beyond the olive oil and Parmesan (bless it) to explore new eats in our city. Wish us luck.

Saturday morning it’s birthday party time for one of Reese’s friends. Then Saturday afternoon we are heading to the airport to pick up my mom and dad. They’ve been vacationing in England for almost three weeks. My mom is my besty so having her gone this long has been the worst. But I know she’s having a blast so that makes it all worth it. And eating at OK Cafe on the way home from the airport won’t be too bad either. #favplaceinalltheland #givemeallthesweettea

Here are a few of my favorite things right now!

1. Tan Wise: This tanning mousse is uhhhhh-mazing. Not kidding. It’s so great. You can get it from Sally’s or Amazon. I recommend the dark mousse for body and the gel for face. It gives a beautiful glow without making me feel orange. I’d recommend a tanning mit for application like this one on amazon.

2. Speaking of TAN… this bathing suit came in the mail and I love it! The quality is spot on. I wasn’t sure what to expect since it was my first time ordering something from China. I assumed I would probably end up with a scalloped oven mitt. Under $15 AND a great fit. Please and thank you. Just for sizing reference, I ordered a medium and in most suits I wear a small.

2. Hail Merry’s Macaroons: I have a sweet tooth. Ok. Not just one tooth. I think maybe all of my teeth are sweet. Dang it. So I’m always on the lookout for sweet snacks that won’t stack on the lb’s. These can be found at Fresh Market and Whole Foods and they are clean and YUM. You’re welcome. Oh, but don’t try to order them online because they’re way cheaper in stores.

3. Coconut Oil: It’s kind of crazy that the same stuff I took my makeup off with last night is what I used to saute my asparagus at lunch. But coconut oil has SO many amazing health benefits and uses. I fill a small glass container and keep it in my bathroom to remove my makeup at night time or before working out. Rub a generous amount all over your face and then use a warm washcloth to remove your foundation and eye makeup. I also add coconut oil to my favorite smoothie recipe. According to researchers, eating coconut oil helps reduce belly fat. So yeah gimme some more of that… the oil, not the belly fat. We get this kind from Coscto and it lasts us a long time even tho we use it for everything!

4. Nike Frees; I got new running shoes a few months ago and they have been the best purchase of 2016. Second only to the macaroons mentioned above #priorities. They are comfortable with or without socks and they move with my feet so well. Love. Them.

Hope your weekend is filled with lots of laughter, rest, and memory making.

Laura

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Simple Tips for Drinking More Water, Eating Cleaner Foods, and Getting Your Workout On

I think most of us could say that we wish we were a wee bit more disciplined when it comes to the daily drudge of drinking, eating, and working out. Here are a few tips I’ve found to help keep me on track throughout the week!

Drinking More Water…

1. Drink as soon as you wake: As soon as I wake up and brush my teeth, I go ahead and drink two water bottles full of water. This comes out to be about 40 oz. Then as the day gets busy, as long as I can drink one more water bottle full before lunch, one before dinner, and one after bed, I’ve had at least 120 oz of water.

2. Drink from the same water bottle every day: I know it sounds crazy but if I don’t have my trusty water bottle with me, I just don’t drink enough. I love these you can get from target or order from amazon. They’re glass but also durable because kids.

3. Drink lemon or lime in your water: Some people hate the taste of water. I happen to love it but I also love the taste that citrus fruits add to my water drinking experience. So if you’re one of those people that rolls their eyes at the idea of having to drink more water, maybe this could help.

Eating Cleaner and Exercising More…

1. Incorporate Cheat Meals: I love food. Love. It. I also happen to love the typical southern diet of Chick fil a sweet tea and all the fried things. But not only do I dislike the way I feel when I eat a steady diet of this kind of food, I also don’t like the way my clothes fit… or don’t fit. So the way I’ve found to eat clean the majority of the time and enjoy the indulgences is thru a percentage system. I know it sounds funny but stick with me. If you’re eating 21 meals a week and 3 of those meals are “cheat meals”, then you’re still eating about 85% clean. That’s pretty dang good! It’s not all or nothing. Enjoy the foods you love but also try giving your body more of what it needs.

2. Define “Clean”: Depending on who you ask, you’ll get a ton of different answers to this question! Some people stay far far far away from dairy and carbs (I see you, paleo) and other people are all about greek yogurt and whole grains. But I think there are a few things we can all agree on. The unclean foods we want to avoid most of the time would be fried foods, white flour, sugar, and processed foods (anything out of a package). Trying to stick to as many raw fruits, vegetables, and meats on a daily basis will help to keep your body healthy and fit.

3. Exercising More: So many of us struggle on the regular to get into the gym. But nowadays there are so many at home workout options available that don’t take a ton of time but still offer great results. Even if you’re not ready to start a consistent workout routine, just start using dead time to get moving. I found some of my daily “dead time” is while I’m making dinner so I will just drop down and plank for 30 second intervals in between stirring. I also do the same thing while I’m giving the girls a bath at night. When we’re playing outside during the day, I’ll invite them to play “workout with mommy” and we will do jumping jacks, burpees, and sprints. They love it and it’s a great way to get my booty moving!

I have to constantly remind myself that big changes are the result of lots and lots of small changes. Do little things here and there and you’ll start to see a difference!

Happy Thursday!

Laura

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