September 10, 2018

Currently... September 2018

Hi friends! Here's what I'm up to lately...

WATCHING: Disney Movies!
We've been watching a bunch of different Disney Movies lately with our little girl. We've planned a trip to WDW in December, so we've been doing a little movie countdown with a new movie and themed snack every 10 days. So far, we've watched Finding Nemo with Goldfish, Winnie the Pooh with Teddy Grahams, Dumbo with popcorn, and Toy Story with alphabet cookies. 

READING: nothing.
After making some good progress on my reading goal for my 18 for 2018 challenge, I took a bit of a break. The start of the school year has kept me pretty busy, so taking a break from reading just seemed natural right now. I do have a few books lined up and waiting though... I just can't decide what to start up next!

LISTENING: to the Harry Potter series on audio
We started listening to the audio books this summer when we took our road trip to Ohio. I had heard such good things about Jim Dale, the voice behind the Harry Potter audio series and all those good things are so true. It wasn't actually the plan to start listening to Harry Potter at the 20 year anniversary mark, but it all fell into place. Loving it!

EATING: lunches packed up in my brand new lunch box
I've been in the market for a new lunch bag and decided to get another Ju-Ju-Be. That's right... Another one... Our daughter has a Ju-Ju-Be lunch bag and we absolutely love it. In fact, I like to borrow hers from time to time, so I decided I should probably get my own. :)

DRINKING: coffee with almond milk
I've been trying to lower my sugar intake, so I've been experimenting with various ways to sweeten and add cream to my daily coffee. Right now, I'm trying vanilla almond milk. It's okay... If you have any recommendations, I'd love to hear them!

WEARING: lots of black dresses :)
I think I'm just most comfortable in simply black or black and white dresses. Now that school is back in session, I'm back to my normal wardrobe. Last week I wore these four favorites which I will probably rotate again this week...

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I have this one from Target in black, of course, but I wish I had gotten all the colors!

Merona Women's Striped Knit Swing Dress Black Stripe Sz XS NWOT
Another Target dress... This one is from a couple of years ago. I actually have it in white (with black stripes) for when I want to mix it up from my usual black and white. LOL. I absolutely LOVE that this has pockets. Again, I should have gotten the other color!

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These Old Navy dresses are inexpensive and are great staples to have in your closet. I got these over the summer on super sale, but they are still available! 

I'm always on the hunt for flattering and affordable black and white dresses, so if you know of any great ones, be sure to send them my way!

MAKING: a blanket
I've been working on a big project lately - a memory blanket for my little girl. I've been cutting up little tiny baby outfits and planning out the layout right now. It's tedious work, but lovely to look at! I'm hoping to start sewing soon!

We'll be celebrating our 10th anniversary in December and decided to take a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! We are SOOOOO excited!

TRYING: to make blogging more of a habit
I've been so bad about blogging. Sadly, it just isn't part of my routine anymore. I'm trying to get better... Really! Blogs aren't really a thing anymore though, are they? Oh well... I'm hoping to add more content soon. Please leave me comments and love to keep me motivated.

WANTING: all the Ju-Ju-Be bags
Okay, confession time... Ever since I ordered my new lunch box, I've become a little obsessed about Ju-Ju-Be bags again. We have a few pieces, including a diaper bag and some organizational bags and I just want MORE, MORE, MORE! Check out this video or this one for inspiration...

FEELING: exhausted
The first week of school was just a little crazy. We had crazy thunder storms at dismissal on the first day of school and the days have just continued to challenge us. Our daughter keeps saying "mommy works after 5:00!" when our school day ends at 4:00. If she's aware that I'm working late, you know it's a problem...

ENJOYING: watching our daughter start school
Our daughter started Pre-K 2 last week and she is absolutely loving it. It is so much fun watching her. She loves learning which makes it so much more enjoyable. Plus she has an AMAZING teacher (who is actually a parent of one of my former students) so it has made the transition so easy for us. It is just wonderful to watch her as she has been growing up into a little person :)

August 20, 2018

The Lego Castle

It's done! Finally! I'm just thrilled and tickled pink by it!

It's been almost a month now... and I'm just that bad at posting on my blog! Oops! Anyway, last month, Hubby and I completed the 4,080 piece LEGO Disney Castle. You may recall that it was gifted to me for Christmas - two years ago - and in January of 2018, my sweet husband and daughter carved out a little corner of their play room to create a LEGO station for me. 

Quite honestly, I don't believe it ever needed to take this long to build. Hubby was pretty insistent that we share in the joy of building and make the fun last as long as possible... That meant that we only worked on the castle together, took turns building, and did small sections at a time, only building once every few weeks.

It. was. torture. 

But in the end, it was all worth it. 
Also, I secretly love that item 1 on my 18 for 2018 list was the first to be complete. 

July 31, 2018


Earlier this summer our rose bushes were in full bloom and I enjoyed every bit of it that I could. I started clipping the beautiful pale pink blooms and adding little clusters of fresh flowers around our house.

I snapped this photo and sent it along to my good friend Naki, who used the photo as inspiration to make a gorgeous card! Naturally, she inspired me to make a card as well (although it just took me a lot longer...) 

Before I talk to you about my card, let me just mention how sweet Naki is... Not only did she recently send me her beautiful card to me for my birthday, but a few months ago, she sent me a bunch of crafty goodies, (including the stamp set that I used on this card), as encouragement to start stamping again! The stamps featured here are actually ones that I had been eyeing for a while, so it was extra special to receive them in the mail!


Paper: Artist's Loft 140# Watercolor Paper, Gold Foil Sheets, Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock, Texture Cuts wood Sheets 
Stamps: Circle Scribble Flowers (My Favorite Things), Perfectly Preserved
Ink: VersaMark
Embellishments: 4mm Marshmallow Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), crepe paper, washi tape (Sugar Paper for Target)
Tools: Pierced Rectangle Stax Die-namics (My Favorite Things), Simply Said Hello die (Avery Elle)