Wednesday, April 16, 2014

splurge vs save

I'm mostly a saver, but I do splurge when I think I'll get the most bang for my buck.  Some items in my closet were marked down after a mark down then 50% off of that red priced tag.  I love hitting a good sale- I just feel so smart!  It makes me giddy.  I'm always so proud of getting something at a good price and if I didn't get something on sale, I feel a little embarrassed.  I honestly think I have a disease that forces me to blurt out how much something cost when people compliment me.  I think I'm probably too old to shop at forever 21 (like 9 years too old) but then I'm also too cheap to get basics elsewhere.  When I do shop there, I search for the things I'm currently stuck on and just can't shake for the moment - tassels, embroidered, boho , floral .. I always order a size or two up there as well.  But I just like things a little bigger rather than tighter on me.  ASOS is another place I spot a lot of keepers for little cash.  Their love line is affordable and basic enough that with the right jewelry look classic.  I've been obsessed with mara hoffman (25% off with code INTHEFAMILY14) for a few years now, but just can't bring myself to spend that kind of cash on a piece... even when they go on sale.  I did find this knock off for $33!  and so it's not perfectly mara, but it sure would look good on a little pregnant lady or well, anybody this summer.
Though on the splurge side of things, I always love to get a great print.  When tory came out with this "madura" print in these pants and the price dropped significantly I pulled the trigger.  But only after watching them for quite a while.  And I love those darned pants - always get compliments on them!
I also think there are brands that I love to wear for special occasions - camilyn beth is a big duh for that, lilly, rachel pally, and a beautiful dress from Anthro all have staying power in my wardrobe.  Though they are all quite a bit of pocket change to get - they identify with my personal style that hasn't changed in ages.  So I get the most for my money by wearing them over and over - plus I think a good dress from those brands is pretty much timeless.

Would love to know what you save on & what you scrimp on?


Friday, April 11, 2014

healthy toddler smoothie

This little concoction is what I give Tuck around 10am, when I too, need a little blood sugar pick me up.
Here's what's in it:

Mix it all up and put it in a sippi with a straw!  Happy Toddler (:     

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

an ugly truth of mine

this whole internet world is amazing and also incredibly strange, all at the same time.  Amazing because I have been able to tell my story, share my heart with people, and meet life long friends.  And then incredibly strange - how attached we are to our avatar, the image we project, the caring of what someone you don't even know outside of instagram thinks of you.  it can get a little sickening.  it can get quite exhausting.

I innocently got an app that made my instagram look like a pinterest board - I loved it.  But then on the upper hand corner it had a little button to find out who unfollowed you.  I guess I was feeling particularly low when I checked.  And it hurt, y'all.  Then I told my husband why I was having a case of the mulligrubs.  JB looked at me like I had three heads, you know?  Because he is so far removed from this and he has this knack to always be like - doesn't everyone love me?!  and also, who cares if they don't?  {big IF in JB's mind, because remember rule #1-everyone loves him. ha} one of the many reasons I'll always admire him.

Then it sort of sinks in, you know, my life isn't what it used to be {quite all right by me}.  I still love looking at travel photos, and miss those days of complete abandon but now I love pictures of other peoples babies maybe even more than travel photos.  weird new mama thing.  So you get it, why people unfollow.  But it still stings a little.   it's hard not to take it personal when someone unfollow's you - even though, really, you should not take it personal especially if it's an avatar you have no real connection to.  I'll try taking my own advice one of these days ...

I love this post by Jen Hatmaker.  Especially, "I can splinter my time and energy away until there is nothing left for the people I live with, live by, live for".   That. Hit. Home.

I'm not saying instagram or any of it is bad- I guess I'm just saying that these feelings I have when someone unlikes, unfollows, whatever - stink.  and it's splintering my energy away from the people in my life i live for.  It's stupid, its ugly, and it brings back feelings of being a freshman in high school and a whole "you can't sit with us" mentality...

I know you all know I'm sensitive, I mean I've mentioned it like 23,000 times here on the blog - but, well, I am. I'm also a people pleaser - I'm trying to overcome that one.  I honestly want to like everyone's everything and encourage them in all the right ways.  I want to be every bodies friend, so long as they are maybe up for being mine.  But I realize where my real focus has to be on my family, my faith, and the people God has entrusted me to take care of.  God accepts me, likes me, follows me around all day not just on the internet, and that's what matters.  That's what is eternal.   I guess my whole point of writing this here today is that I feel like no one ever talks about this ugly side of the internet and to just encourage myself, and others to focus on what is eternal.  always.

in the mean time, I'm going to try to be a little more like JB in this area.  His worth isn't tied up in smoke and mirrors, photo filters and followers.  Nope, he knows who he is and whose he is.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

what to cook tonight

{this photo photographed and styled by Sophie & cooked by her papa!  Free recipe right here of their chicken fajitas}
{love this platter from my sweet steph}
{gulf shrimp!  the best for apps!}
{tray and seafood bowl c/o Kohls Bobby Flay}

My lovely friend Sophie and her father  (first let's just pause and talk about how adorable that is- a father daughter team!) launched this awesome cooking site - 
Which makes meal planning a cinch with weekly grocery lists, and new exciting recipes for each night of the week.    
I love how simple yet flavorful my first WTCT recipe was.  
We used hog fish (which JB speared for us fresh) instead of chicken but used the same seasoning recipe WTCT uses and it was so good! 
annnnd let me tell you their Guacamole recipe puts my previous one to shame!
Always fun to cook for my whole family every once in a while since we are always going over to my parents for my mamas home cooking.  Everyone loved their hogfish fajitas and fixins'!  
Thanks Sophie and Andrew - can't wait to try more WTCT recipes (:  
Find the whole recipe here - gauc and salsa recipes are there too!
 and don't forget to check out their drool worthy instagram .  
happy tuesday y'all! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Traveling with a Toddler

I haven't even traveled with a toddler yet.  So who am I to give advice?  Nobody, that's who.  Yet I have been researching incessantly because Tuck goes from Florida to California on Sunday.  And though he's flown to mexico at two months and europe at 6 months ... toddler hood is a whole other ball game.  Also ....I will be following a few days later.  JB, his parents, and Tuck will make the maiden toddler voyage together.  So I'm trying to pull out all the stops that he has a good flight over - for everyone's sake.  {And you know I will try to enjoy my time with magazines, work, and books on my ride over - but I still wish it was me that was flying with him.  even if he did drive me batty the whole way over.  motherhood!}
Here's what is going inside the mother of all diaper bags.  This is my largest bag that I carry for Tucks stuff - and perfect for a flight as it wipes clean, has tons of pockets, and clasps onto strollers or rolling bags easily.

toddler headphones  - For the iPad.  Which if there was ever a time to bust that bad boy out, I'm pretty sure a flight is the right time.  Also - I have no idea what apps to download.  any suggestions for a just over one year old?

brica backpack with harness - at tucks one year check up my pediatrician was a little shocked how tuck had literally NO stranger danger in him.  He is definitely making sure I'm around but he pretty much thinks everyone is the coolest ever and deserves hellos and hugs and ... well, our ped said we just need to watch it.  So never say never.  like the time i said i'd never put a leash on my kid ... looks like i'm eating my words, oh-14 months in of being a mama.  is it bad i also think it'll be so cute to see a back pack on my little guy?  because i think it's gonna be the cutest.

 melissa and doug travel shape sorter - this is tucks new toy for the plane.  he's really into sorting, so hopefully this will entertain him for a bit.  I also plan on one last trip to Target this week to get him a few little new toys to introduce to him when he needs to shift his attention.  Just little stuff; a little people car (he loves his little people!), some stickers, and whatever random "one spot" jumps out at me.

 lollipops - these were my favorite when I was pregnant.  and I've read that it can help toddlers swallow... So they are going in the diaper bag.  Just in case.

changing pad - this three in one gem of a changing pad also turns into a high chair cover or a grocery seat cover.  and major bonus points for having a little comfy head rest and wiping clean.

hand sanitizer - so I'm getting better at not being a total freak about sanitizing things.  because I get it, kids "need" germs or so I'm told.  But the one time I will remain a germaphobe is on an airplane.  those things are filthy.  I love the honest hand sanitizer spray- so I pretty much spray every square inch of our tray and seat.  I'm okay if I look a little crazy.  #gotitfrommymama  and if I had seen this little gadget last year when tuck was an itty bitty and traveling, i would have probably purchased.

a few books - so I'm sure your toddler is light years ahead of mine and likes a ton of different books.  But all tuck wants are the jellycat ones - on repeat.  So I'm going to surprise him with a new one.  and bring old faithful "if i were a puppy" with us.

snacks - something i think would work pretty well are raisins or teensy fruits - that kid loves picking up these things one by one (i.e. this could kill some time).  so those are going in there.  some carrot sticks, apples, and  squeezey pouches.  This is Tucks absolute fave.  A bottle & a sippi cup.  I'm in need of sippi cup recommendations so help me out if you have a fave (:  the ones we have tried have not been worth mentioning.

diapers, a ton of baby wipes, change of clothes, a light blanket, and diaper disposable bags because that stuff downright stinks even worse now that he's a toddler. and I thought it couldn't get worse from when he's a teeny!  i stand corrected.  again.

so people that have actually traveled with a toddler on an airplane please chime in - what am I forgetting?  what worked for you?  what should i leave behind?