Friday Favorites!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Hi friends!!

Happy Friday!! 
PHEW. It's been a week! HA! 
James ended up not having anything more than a virus- which I am SO thankful for- but I have been picking him up early from school so he can rest more at home. My babysitter has been out of town- and she is the one who picks up Marshall from school for me a couple of days a week while I am working- so I have had to change up my schedule a bit AND the kiddos randomly got out of school at 11:30 yesterday because of something taking place at our church. Combine that with several appointments and a crazy on call day for Aaron-- and I kind of feel like I have been on a hamster wheel...running my little legs (even though my legs are NOT little-HA!) as fast as they can go!


I've got some major random FAVORITES to share with you today!!

First up- this fun little organizer bar we put up in our hallway closet!!
Originally- we just had our broom and mop just stacked up against the wall. I picked up this organizer bar off of Amazon and now everything is put away!
I's the little things! HA!
Do you think I am the LAMEST person ever for sharing a picture of my hallway closet as one of my Friday Favorites?!? HA! I just love that everything is off the ground and it's just a better use of a small space! You can find the organizer HERE!
I picked up this scent of wax cubes at Walmart last week and I have to tell you- they smell LOVELY! 
Yes. Floral Candy. Kind of hard to imagine the combination of both of those together...but I love it! It's light, slightly fragrant...but still has a very fresh smell to it! 
Friends. Walmart's girls' section is AMAZING right now!!!
They have the CUTEST tops that totally look like something from Crew Cuts. Not sure if you can see in the pictures...but that is embroidery on the sleeves and it's just SO cute!
Also- totally obsessed with the t-shirts with the eyelet ruffle detail on the sleeve and at the hem!
Since we are North Carolina...I think we might have some of the spring stuff out a little earlier than maybe up if you don't see any of these shirts in your Walmart store now- just keep an eye out for them!
I read this and it made me laugh out loud! 
My friend Laura- who doesn't blog- even though she should- totally have this relationship. There are moments when we are sending DMs to each other over IG- and I have 2 IG accounts- so a lot of the time- it's back and forth on both accounts while we are texting each other. I can also call her with the most RANDOM question/topic and before you know it we've been on the phone for an hour. We met when we were living in Cleveland and we have remained great friends since then! 
I don't have a ton of "local" friends...but I do have a handful of friends I have made over the past 10 years when we were moving around a lot- and I am SO thankful we've made the effort to keep in touch and that we can text each other 50 times in a row and it's totally normal :)
One of my best blogging buddies, Johannah, did it again and designed the most precious graphic for something my friend Emily (@threeboysandagirlblog) and I are doing for Owen, who writes over at the blog, Davis Duo (and you can find her on instagram @mrsordavis).

If you don't already know from social media, Owen had twin girls, Lucy and Molly, at 24 weeks old and they have been little warrior angels since the day they were born! Owen and her husband have been spending every minute they can at the NICU with them while also taking care of their precious 2 year old Vivi. They are such a faith-filled, amazing family who is demonstrating so much grace and strength in such a HARD time. Lucy and Molly have already had to fight off several infections and little Lucy just had surgery on her tiny hip yesterday at Duke Medical Center. Owen and her family live right here in Greenville, so along with the help of her sister and Emily (who lives in a nearby town), we are doing a cinnamon roll fundraiser to help them with any and all costs that come up during a time such as this.

If you feel so inclined- even if it's just giving up your Starbucks for the day and donating $5- it can make a big impact! Here is the link to the paypal account that has been set up in support of the Davis family- ALL proceeds will go directly to them!

Please be praying for Lucy and Molly (and Owen, Garrett and Vivi) as they have a long journey ahead of them. 
And THANK YOU Johannah for ALWAYS creating me the most beautiful graphics!! 
And that's all I have for today!!

I have to work for a little bit this morning, I need to sneak in a workout, return a few things, get to the store...and somehow fit this all before I have to pick up my hooligans from school this afternoon! HA!
We've got a family Valentine's dance at our church tonight and the girls keep asking me if I am REALLY going to dance. Yes. I am. Yes they will probably be mortified.
I used to have some it's just more like awkward, Elaine from Seinfeld type dancing that I do. HA!

Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!

Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci!

Linking up with TifBeckyDellaWhitney and Katie too!

Hello Monday!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Hi friends!! Happy Monday!!

I'm back!! YAY!

So- the good news is: Charlotte is healthy and back at school. Not so great news- James is dealing with a yucky cold/respiratory junk- so I have to take him to the doctor this morning! I am just praying it is an ear infection or just a virus. PLEASE. NO.MORE.FLU!!

Despite James being under the weather this past weekend...we still managed to have a really good weekend and I finally feel like I am (fairly) caught up on life!

I am not a huge decorator for holidays...but I do like adding seasonal touches here and there...I got silvery pink throw pillows and two SUPER soft velvet "love" pillows for Valentine's Day/February.
I am loving the touch of pink and those gray "love" pillows are insanely soft and so comfy!!!
Does anyone else have a throw pillow obsession like me?? I was texting my friend Whitney, telling her that our guest bedroom closet has pretty much been taken over by my expansive collection of throw pillows! HA!
Just another little touch of Valentine's Day...I picked up this cute sign at Michael's!
Also- here's our menu plan for the week in case you need some inspiration!! I start our meal plan on Saturday and go through Friday! This menu is the kid version....Just a FYI: I always list both the kid AND adult menu plans on my @fullhandsfullheart_fit4life account!
Saturday afternoon, the girls got out all of their Valetines and got to work putting them all together for their friends! I LOVE the kits from the Dollar Spot at Target- and I ALWAYS get them as soon as they put them out- which is early January- because they sell out so quickly! 
And not only did they get all of their Valentines done...they did their brothers' Valentines for me!! 
I was SO excited they did that!! Talk about helping mommy out!!
And they had a blast doing it! 
Raising young ladies is NOT for the faint of heart...but gosh- they are good little helpers and I am so thankful for them!
Sunday was a nice and easy day of church in the morning, hanging out while Marshall napped and then we made a run to Target and then hit the park before coming home for dinner!
I made these two desserts for our Sunday night treat! They are both from Aldi and they are good! We all agreed...not as great as homemade...but definitely yummy and perfect for a quick treat if you don't want to go all out and make homemade treats! You can find them in the baking aisle at Aldi!
And now we're back to Monday!!
What do you have going on this week?

We're pretty packed with work, school, some activities in the evening and then Valentine's Day on Thursday and our school's Valentine's Dance on Friday! Lots of fun things this week!

Sure hope ya'll had a great weekend and here's to having the BEST Monday!

Linking up with some of my most favorite bloggers: HeatherJohannahTanya and Lindsay!

Be Back Soon!!!

Monday, February 4, 2019

Hi Friends!! Happy Monday!

PHEW. The past 7 days have been a smidge crazy over at Casa Leshikar.

Charlotte got a pretty severe case of the flu, I got sick (thankfully not the flu!!) for a few days and Aaron was out of town for 5 of those days.

I missed a whole week of work and just got behind on life in general.

Just wanted to pop in and say "HI" and promise that I will be back, all fresh, shiny and new next Monday. I have lots of things to chat about and a few, EASY yummy recipes to share. 

I sure hope ya'll had a great weekend....and if you were in the trenches like me...

I am always here to be a support, an encourager and a prayer warrior for any of you- please just email me or DM me on Instagram! I would be honored to pray for your intentions.

Much love to all of you and I will "talk" to you SOON!

 Linking up with some of my most favorite bloggers: HeatherJohannahTanya and Lindsay!

The BEST Birthday Getaway!!

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Hi friends!!

Happy Tuesday!!!

Today is a VERY special day for our's our number one guy's 40th birthday!!!
Yup. My hubby is 40. And looks pretty dang good if I do say so myself! HA! ;)

In honor of his birthday today...I thought it would be fun to recap the BEST birthday getaway we had this past weekend!!

A couple months ago, I asked Aaron if he wanted to do a big party or just something special with me for his birthday. He said he wanted ME :) So- I got busy planning a fun birthday weekend for him!

We drove up to Raleigh Friday night and spent the night at my brother's house. Early Saturday morning, we headed to Pinehurst, NC- which is only about 1 hour 15 minutes from Raleigh. It is the CUTEST town...and is VERY well known for it's golfing community and the fabulous Carolina Hotel and Resort.

We went straight to the Pinehurst Golf Club for Aaron's tee time which was at 10:00 am!
It was FREEZING but I came prepared with a hat, gloves and not one but TWO coats. HA!
As a special surprise, I had a bag tag waiting for him when he checked in at the pro shop! I wanted him to have something memorable from golfing at Pinehurst :)
The third line that is engraved is the longitude and latitude of course #8- which is where he played his round of golf! He loved it and immediately put it on his golf bag :)
He had the BEST time and was totally in his element! I have never golfed with him, so it was SO much fun to drive around with him in the golf cart and learn more about the game!! 
BEST morning with the birthday boy!
After we finished our round of golf, we headed to the Pinehurst Brewing Company for some lunch! Aaron got some soup and I got a salad and we split the smokehouse platter. This barbecue loving, Texas boy was SO happy!!
Our lunch was SO good and we just had the best time sitting at the bar hanging out and talking!! 
After lunch, we headed over to Southern Pines, which is a little town, literally RIGHT NEXT to Pinehurst. They have the CUTEST little downtown and we had so much fun walking around and checking everything out. We ended up at Swank Coffee Shop, where we re-fueled with some caffeine!
Once we finished walking around downtown Southern Pines, we headed over to our hotel. We stayed at the Marriott TownePlace Suites in Aberdeen, NC (another town SUPER close to Pinehurst) and were SO surprised when we walked into our room and saw that it was decorated and there were all sorts of goodies and beverages for Aaron!
One of Aaron's really good friends, who lives in the area, stopped by and dropped off his favorite adult beverages and put up a bunch of really cute 40th birthday decorations. SO SO nice of her!!
We hung out for a bit and then got ready to head to dinner! We had to take an obligatory mirror picture...because that's what you do when you are kid free and dressed up for a fancy dinner! HA!
We had dinner at the Ironwood Cafe and it was PHENOMENAL!
Our waitress, who was SO fun, made us take a "kissing" picture. 
I wasn't mad about that one bit! HA!
We both had filets with fresh green beans and roasted potatoes. Everything was SO good and by far, the best steaks we've ever had!
And for dessert, our waitress brought out homemade creme brûlée for Aaron! 
After dinner, we headed back to our hotel, got in our jammies, turned on the Food Network and then promptly passed out about 10 minutes into watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It was the PERFECT end to a PEFECT day!
The next morning we were up bright and early and went to church at 8 am. 
After church, we headed over to the Carolina Hotel to enjoy their famous breakfast buffet in the Carolina Dining Room.
Oh my goodness. Everything was SO delicious and the dining experience was just LOVELY. It was the perfect way to end our weekend!
After we were finished with breakfast, we got changed into "comfy" clothes and hit the road back to Raleigh to pick up the kids!
We got a great report from my sister-in-law and brother- which made us SO happy. It's always nice to know that your kids aren't TOTALLY crazy. HA!
We got back home in the early afternoon and spent the rest of the day getting ready for the week. We went grocery shopping, I made lunches for the week, we did all of our laundry from the weekend and I managed to get a batch of muffins and Aaron's birthday cake made!

I know I probably sound like a broken record...but it was the most wonderful little getaway. We were only gone for about 30 hours total...but the time away, just the two of us, was SO rejuvenating and it was SO much fun to spoil my husband and celebrate the incredible man that he is!

So thankful God put Aaron in my life 12 1/2 years ago. 
He is MY person and totally lights up my life.
He is steady, hysterically funny and so incredibly helpful.
He loves me and our children fiercely and is always seeking God to lead him through this crazy journey of life.
Here's to 40 years babe!! 
So thankful for you and cannot wait to see what's in store for you and for us this upcoming year!!!

Hope you have the BEST day and thank you for letting me ramble about my love!! ;)

Linking up with HeatherJohannahTanya and Lindsay Hello Monday and with StefanieKeriMauriSarah, and Lindsay for Welcome Wednesday!

Friday Favorites!!

Friday, January 25, 2019

Hi friends!!!

Happy Friday!!!

How was your week??
It was a "short" week for the kids- but I had to attend a work meeting all day Monday, while they were off from it has not felt as short to me! HA!
The good news's FRIDAY!!

I am going to make this short and sweet today and just share a FEW favorites! I have a lot of things I need to get checked off on my to-do list before I pick my kiddos up from school this afternoon!

Two Words: Apple Pie.

I shared this picture of an apple pie I made Aaron this past weekend in my Monday blog post and many of you commented how good it looked! Thank you! :) It was GOOD. HA!
I used the simplest recipe ever and I thought I would share it with you!
Here's the full recipe!!

Apple Crumb Pie

Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees

1 unbaked 9" pie shell
6 cups peeled and sliced apples
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup flour
1/3 cup butter

Place sliced apples in unbaked pie shell. 

Combine 1/2 cup of the sugar with cinnamon; sprinkle over apples.
Combine remaining 1/2 cup sugar with flour; cut in butter until crumbly.
Sprinkle crumb mixture over apples.
Bake at 400 for 40-50 minutes.

So here's my semi-homemade shortcut. Store bought pie crust! My absolute FAVORITE is Aldi's pie crust. You can get it in the refrigerated section!!
For the pie I made Aaron this past weekend- instead of doing a crumb topping- I used another pie crust and did a little "woven" top. Aldi's pie crust come with 2 separate crust in each box- so I used 1 of the pie crust for the base of the pie and the other one for the top!

I always keep a couple boxes of these pie crusts on hand...they are so great for making a quick pie or even just an easy apple crisp! My kids love it with I spread butter all over a (raw) pie crust, cover it in cinnamon and sugar and then bake it until it's golden brown. It's such an easy, YUMMY treat!!
Ok- I know I have professed my love for Shadowsense many times. But I had to share about my FAVORITE eyeshadow again!! I literally use these two Shadowsenses
For those of you not familiar, Shadowsense is a cream based eye shadow made by the company that makes Lipsense (that lipstick that you have to buy from a distributor that "never" comes off). I personally, don't care for Lipsense...but I LOVE Shadowsense and so many other products made the Senegence company!
These are the two colors I really can't live without: Pink Opal Shimmer and Sandstone Pearl Shimmer. I use the Pink Opal underneath my lower lash line to brighten up my under-eye area. I will either use Pink Opal or Sandstone Pearl all over my eyelid, always finishing with a little extra dab of Sandstone Pearl on my upper brow area for a little highlighting! If I am doing more of a "dramatic" eye, I will use another Shadowsense in the crease of my eyelid to add some definition. Friends- this stuff does not MOVE. It looks beautiful from the time you put it on until you wash your face! I get mine from April (who most of you know of- she is AMAZING)- you can reach out to her on Instagram through her account: @smoochbyapril
She will help you with any questions you might have and I guarantee you- if you give Shadowsense a try- are going to become HOOKED! ;)
This picture just makes me happy :)
I have been loving having a dedicated office space and a desk to sit at and work on my computer! My planner, my personalized notebook and a bunch of colorful pens. I mean...what else does a girl need?!?
These pens are my FAVORITE!! And thanks to the fabulous Andrea, who blogs at Momfessionals, I picked them up on sale for just under $7.00 on Amazon!! You can find them HERE!
I got them in the mail yesterday while my girls were at school yesterday...and then later in the evening we were all hanging out in my office and they all said, "MOM. Did you get new pens???? I LOVE them. Can we have some??" HA!
Love my girls. They know what's good in life: colorful pens. 
And that's all I have for today friends! Short and sweet!
As I mentioned...I have a busy day ahead of me...I need to get a lot of stuff done...because this evening, once Aaron gets off work- we are headed to Raleigh to stay at my brother's house. Tomorrow morning, Aaron and I leave bright and early for an overnight getaway to celebrate his 40th birthday (which is on Tuesday)!!!!

He has no idea where we're going or what we're doing and I am just SO excited to spoil my amazing husband and get some special time with him!
I will be sure to post a recap of our fun little overnight trip next week!!!

Hope you have a FABULOUS Friday and a WONDERFUL weekend!!!

Linking up with AndreaErika and Narci!

Linking up with TifBeckyDellaWhitney and Katie too!

Weekly Walmart Finds!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Hi friends!!

Happy Wednesday!! has been way too long since I have done a Weekly Walmart Finds post!!
Honestly- I haven't been doing much shopping at Walmart (minus getting groceries) lately!! I always have a tendency to take a breather from shopping in general after the holidays...and let's be honest- my wallet needed a break too! HA!

This past weekend, while I was at Walmart getting a few random items, I walked through the women's clothing section and saw some CUTE things. And of course- HAD to share them with you today!!

First up is this ADORABLE striped sweater by Time and Tru!! 
If you follow the IG account @whoawaitwalmart- then you might have already seen this!
It is NOT online currently- but it is in the stores!! It's SO cute and is more of a lightweight type of sweater. For the colder weather we are experiencing right now- it would look SO cute layered over a denim button down shirt- or layered under a denim jacket paired with some black skinny jeans!! You can't beat the price- it's $11.84!!
Next up is this perfect open front cardigan! I saw this at my local Walmart and was like, "Oh. that is CUTE." Perfect to wear right now with a long sleeve layered underneath it...and then it can totally transition into spring with a short sleeve top!! I just feel like this style of cardigan looks good on EVERYONE and is such a closet staple!! Ok- so the "original" price tag on this cardigan is $16.94- and that's what you will pay if you get it in the store right now. BUT- online- it's currently on sale for $10.50!!! At that price, you should pick up two of these! This cardigan comes in this pretty gray color as well as white, black and a tan-ish nude color. All PERFECT, classic colors!! I feel like this might be the "it" shirt from Walmart this spring. It is SO SO CUTE.
It's already in my Walmart store...but I have found they stock warmer weather clothes much sooner down here in North Carolina than they did when I lived up north! 
It's online- but the colors and sizes are VERY limited- so you will need to be on the lookout for it at your local Walmart! It's by Time and Tru and it is $11.88!
It's a super flattering, longer length top with these sweet bell sleeves. Another one of those tops that will look good on any body type! Get one of these tops and pair with a pair of jeans and you are SET. How good would that coral color or one of the floral patterns look with a pair of white jeans??
What I love most about this top- is that while it has a "flowy" look to it- it is definitely NOT oversized. It's got just enough room to it that you can feel comfortable but not so much that it will look like you are wearing a big sack. HA! You know what I mean?!?
So, FOR SURE, be checking your Walmart for this top! It's a total winner in my book! Or you can check it out HERE!
And finally- I am ending with this adorable short sleeve knot t-shirt! Again- I know it is not necessarily something most people can be wearing RIGHT NOW- but I saw it at my local store and just had to share about it!! It's just your average t-shirt material...VERY soft and it has a nice weight to it- but it has this super cute knotted detail on the sleeve! It's a closet staple- totally elevated! It comes in SO many pretty, fresh colors and it is $9.96. I mean, SERIOUSLY. You need to get at least one or two of these!! 
Ok. Who's ready to go shopping?!?!

Have you been to your Walmart lately?? Seen anything cute??

Hope you have the BEST day!
 Linking up with StefanieKeriMauriSarah, and Lindsay today!

Hello Monday!!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Hey friends!!

Happy Monday!!

How was your weekend??

Our's was good! If I am being COMPLETELY times- it felt, a bit, ahem, long. HA!
Aaron worked allllll day Saturday and for most of the kids and I were flying solo and it was just bit much at times. HA! Just keeping it real!! ;)
(You'll be proud of me though...I kept my feet planted firm where God put them and just prayed to have a joyful heart even in the midst of some pretty "special" behavior moments we had! HA!)

The kids and I went and did a huge grocery shopping trip at Aldi on Saturday and we are pretty stocked up for the next couple of weeks.

I snapped a couple pictures of some meal ideas from things I buy regularly at Aldi!

These are our "salad" staples for the week. Mini cucumbers, shredded carrots, a big container of spring mix (it's prewashed and ready to go!) and croutons!!
 And for Taco Tuesday- here's what I always have on hand!
Taco seasoning mix (for ground beef or for shredded chicken in the crock pot!), brown rice (takes 90 seconds to cook in this package- YES!), shredded cheese, salsa, fat-free refried beans and taco shells! We alternate between having ground beef or shredded "salsa" chicken as our protein on Taco Tuesdays!
Saturday night, Aaron met us out for dinner and then we went to get frozen yogurt to celebrate the girls getting straight A's! 

Sunday we had church in the morning and then in the afternoon, I decided to be a "fun" mom and let the kids decorate a gingerbread house. We picked up four gingerbread house kits at Aldi when we were grocery shopping the day before. They were marked down to $0.25 per kit- so I figured..."what the heck?" HA!
The mess was ABSOLUTELY epic...but the kids had a blast and it was fun to use a "pre-made" kit. We always make our own gingerbread houses, very simply, using graham crackers and homemade this was definitely a fun change!

After I cleaned up the last bit of candies and icing off the floor and every other surface in our kitchen- we headed to Walmart to return this Dyson Handheld Vacuum. We wanted to LOVE this vacuum!! We were SO excited to use it! But- truth be told- we just didn't think it was worth the money! 

We currently have this Black and Decker hand vacuum- and it works just fine! It's nothing special, but it gets the job done. However, we've been noticing it's kind of losing it's suction that's why we thought we'd try out the Dyson! 
So- basically- you need to tell me what hand vacuum is your favorite. Before we got our Black and Decker hand vac, we had a Shark hand vac...and that worked great too! The problem is- we literally use our hand vac MULTIPLE times a day and we have them for about 1-2 years...and then they just seem to stop working as well as they did initially. 
I feel like I just spent way too much time talking about hand vacuums. HA!

Anyway...back to Sunday afternoon :)
We got home from Walmart...made some dinner and got everyone showered and in bed. 
I made Aaron one of his favorite desserts- APPLE PIE- and we caught up on a couple of our "Chicago" shows that we missed this past week! 
And now it's Monday!!

My kiddos are off school...but I have a work training all day.
We're taking them to daycare this morning and then Aaron is going to pick them up at lunch time and they get to spend the afternoon with Daddy!
I would definitely rather be hanging out with my kiddos today...but I am thankful for a husband who does A LOT of rearranging of his own schedule so that the kids don't have to be at daycare all day today! 

What are you up to today??
Do you have the day off? Kiddos home from school??

Before I forget- here's our family's menu plan for this week!!
Hope it helps a little bit if you are stuck on what to make your crew for dinner!!

Kid Version (and sometime's Aaron's version- HA!)
 Grown Up Version!
Hope you have the BEST day!!
Linking up with some of my most favorite bloggers: HeatherJohannahTanya and Lindsay!