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Tuesday Talk: Still Here!! :)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hi friends!!

How are you???

I am still here!! HA!
It has just been a little crazy lately....we move in NINE DAYS!!!

So- here's what's been going on the last couple of weeks...

2 weekends ago- we went to visit my mom and dad for the last time before we move to North Carolina. We had such a fun time and of course, it was very bittersweet! We know we will see my parents again- hopefully sooner rather than later- but it won't be the same as being 3.5 hours away from them like we are now!
Last week- the girls had a going away party and we had 12 girls over at our house for an afternoon of jumping on the trampoline, playing in the back yard splash pool and they got to make epic ice cream sundaes ;)
It was a super fun afternoon and the girls LOVED having their friends over to play one last time. I was barely standing by the time they all left. HA!
Aaron left last Friday for a super quick trip to Greenville to check on our house and bring a load of stuff down. We are moving ourselves- and all of our things won't fit in our U-Haul moving truck. So he rented a big cargo van, packed EVERY SQUARE INCH of it and rented a storage unit close to our new house for a month. Not the most ideal situation- but it's what had to be done!
He sent me all sorts of pictures when he was at our new house and OMG. It's SOOO pretty!!!!
(that little red heart is covering up our house number :)
He said everything looks wonderful and that I am just going to love it!! I seriously can't wait to get there and see it all in person!!
Here's a sneak peek of our kitchen....our oven/microwave still need to be installed (that's what you see on the left side of the picture) as well as our refrigerator....but isn't it FABULOUS?? I can't believe that's my kitchen!! HA!
While Aaron was in North Carolina, the kids and I traveled to Southern Illinois on Saturday to visit my sister, her husband and my niece and nephew! It was a big trip to take with the kids by myself- with potty breaks- it's a solid 5.5 hour trip. But we made it! And we had such a great time! We stayed in a hotel and my niece and nephew spent the night with us. So- I had 7 kids in a hotel room with me- and you know what- they did SO great! We enjoyed a super yummy breakfast at the hotel on Sunday morning, then after dropping my niece and nephew back off at their house- we started our trek home. The kids did awesome in the car and I was just SO proud of them! 
(FYI: If you are traveling through Southern Illinois- I can't recommend the Holiday Inn Express in Marion, Illinois enough. It was EXTREMELY clean, the staff is amazing and the breakfast they provided is AMAZING! Highly recommend!!)

On our way home- we stopped off to use the restroom at a random gas station and realized we were in Marshall, Indiana!
It was SO bright outside- so the kids could barely open their eyes- but I had to document where we were in honor of our precious little Marshall! :)
And now we have officially started our moving countdown :)
The thing is- despite our house being in complete shambles, moving boxes everywhere and SO not organized...completely opposite of how I normally keep my house- life is just moving right along. It has to when you have 5 little people to take care of every day! Aaron is still working (his residency graduation dinner is this Friday!!! And his last day is next Tuesday!!) and the kids and I are spending our days at the pool, going to the gym, taking trips to the library and just having fun! Boxes are getting packed at night once they are all in bed :) It's really the only time of day we can get any work done :)

So...that's what we have been up to lately!! Life is full, crazy and so good! 

What's been going on with you??
Tell me! I would love to know!! :)

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Weekly Walmart Finds: Some Family Favorites!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Wednesday!!
How is your week going so far??

Today is going to be a fun day at our house- I let each of the girls invite 3 friends from school over and we are going to have a little going away party! We're going to play some games, splash around in our inflatable pool in the backyard, have a dance contest (per my daughter Charlotte's request) and make ice cream sundaes. It should be a blast- and I am already exhausted thinking about it. HA!

So- I know that I am always showing you "Weekly Walmart Finds" - but I don't necessarily show you the purchases I actually make! I always love other people's recommendations- but I love even more when it's not just a "look at what I found!" but- "I actually bought this and LOVE it!" 
I thought it would be fun to show you some of the (many) Walmart purchases I have made recently and how cute they actually are IN PERSON!

So first up is this ADORABLE dress I got the girls a couple months ago! It is seriously the perfect little summer dress- it is lightweight, easy wear and wash- and I really like that it is on the more modest side. It can be SO hard to find appropriate clothing for girls these days!!
I paid $9.97 (each) for their dresses- but they are currently on sale for $8.50! 
The dress comes in this super cute chambray/red bandana pattern as well as a more "boho" pattern!

Here are my sweet girls wearing this super fun dress! Charlotte and Cora are wearing their regular size and they fit them perfectly. Celine is kind of in between a 4/5 and a 6/6x- so I went ahead and sized up for her and it fits her great! I just seriously cannot get enough of my kids wearing red, white and blue in the summer!! It's for sure my favorite "look!" 
 On a whim, Aaron picked up a couple of these Faded Glory Short Sleeve Polo Shirts and he ended up loving them! They are made of a little bit thinner material than the normal polo shirts he wears from J.Crew Factory- but he actually likes that for the summer- as he gets REALLY hot and a lighter weight shirt works great for him! He is also a HUGE fan of Faded Glory's Flat Front Twill Shorts- he has three pairs and every time he wears them- we can't get over the fact they are only $7.00!!
Aaron is a wearing a large in this polo shirt and that is true to size for him. I am telling you- you would never know we paid just $5.00 for this polo shirt- I think it looks so great on him!
Okay- so next up is this ADORABLE outfit set I bought the boys way back in April. I got it for them and put it in their Easter baskets. It is unfortunately all sold out now- but I have to tell you- it was an absolute STEAL! For the polo shirt and shorts- it was $9.94. The shirt is super soft cotton and the cute little shark is embroidered on in the same material as the shorts. It definitely reminds me of an outfit you would get at Gymboree or from Belk!
I mean- don't the boys just look so stinking adorable in them??? I love having the boys wear matching outfits to church- and Walmart is such a great place for me to get those matching outfits because they are at such an affordable price point! And they really are excellent quality! Check out these different outfit sets by the Child of Mine by Carter's line for boys- they are SO cute- and you get 2 shirts and a pair of shorts for under $15!!
 And finally- a recent favorite purchase of mine is this is the Essential Woven Cami Tank by Faded Glory and it is only $4.97!! It is flowy, lightweight and looks so cute with skinny jeans or shorts! It comes in a bunch of different colors and patterns too!
Here it is on me- please note I feel EXTREMELY awkward posing for a picture by myself. HA! Fashion bloggers- I don't know how you do it!! I was in my living room and my husband was taking the pictures and I was a hot, sweaty mess ;)
Anyway- I love this little cami!! I am wearing a regular bra with it and a little layering tank underneath it (from Walmart)- but you could totally wear a strapless bra with it too! I just love how easy it is to wear! And in the spring and fall- it is the perfect layering piece under a cardigan or denim jacket!
I would love to know- if you are a Walmart shopper, what purchases have you made recently from Walmart that you are loving??

A couple weeks ago- I picked up this dress and can't wait to wear it to church!! I will be sure to take a (super awkward) picture to show you what it looks like in person!!

Hope you have the BEST day!

Tuesday Talk: A Little Bit About Our Summer Schedule!

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Hi friends!!! Happy Tuesday!!!

How was your weekend?? Is your week off to a good start?
We went to my parents' house for one last visit before we move and we had a great time!
Aaron gave my parents' fence a MUCH NEEDED makeover- he re-stablized a bunch of loose boards and repainted the whole fence. While he was doing that, the kids, my mom and I played outside, went to the park and took my dad's dog on lots of walks. It was a HOT, fun, chill weekend! We got home yesterday morning and sweet little James kept on telling me that he, "WANTS TO GO BACK TO BABA'S HOUSE!!" He especially loves my dad's dog and he had such a fun time exploring in my mom's fun backyard :)

So- we have officially started our first, FULL week of summer break! 
I would say my girls were kind of in funky moods last week...they had school for the first part of the week, then summer break started, then we went to my parents' house and now we are back home. They really are flexible little kids- but I can tell they need a routine set in place as well as some ideas for what to do when "there is NOTHING TO DO." (Insert major eye roll from me- HA!)

So- last week- I told you we have a "summer schedule" we follow- here it is!
I know it probably seems like our schedule is a BIT detailed...HA! 
It IS detailed- and that's because my girls THRIVE on that kind of routine. They LOVE knowing what they should do next and it really helps to have our day set up like this, because when there are moments of them flopping around on the ground and complaining they don't know what to do, I tell them to go look at their schedule. They really do well with it and honestly keep me on track throughout the day! HA!
The biggest thing we have to work on is understanding that some days we might not be RIGHT on schedule. But that's a good lesson in flexibility and they totally understand that sometimes our day might look a little different than what our schedule "says." 
My kids wake up SUPER early. Like- 5:00 am early. That's not cool. HA!
So- we have their wakeup time on their schedule and we have an alarm clock in their room. Since the girls are older now- they are actually using a regular old digital alarm clock that used to be mine. But before they could understand time- we got them this clock and it worked GREAT. I actually just got it out of their closet because I am going to set it up in James room at our new house. He wakes up ridiculously early too- and while he won't go back to bed- I want to teach him to stay in his room and play/read books, until his clock is "green."
You can find it HERE on Amazon! It's a little on the pricey side- but I definitely think it's worth it- especially if you have several kiddos that will be able to use it!

We are basically a technology free household. Obviously, Aaron and I have smartphones and each have a laptop- but the kids do not have iPads or access to a computer. We do let Charlotte use our computers when she has to do schoolwork that requires the internet- but that's it.
So- with that being said- we are all about being creative and encouraging the girls to independently play. One of their absolute FAVORITE things to do is draw/color/create- and while we do have big tubs of crayons and markers- their favorite thing to use is this art kit by Crayola. They love that their have their OWN markers, colored pencils and crayons and I love that it is kept nice and neat in a case! :)
You can find it HERE on Amazon! One of these cases is definitely more expensive than a box of marker or crayons- but I feel like the "investment" is worth it. Especially since this kit is portable and it would be perfect to travel with if you are going on vacation this summer! My girls like to bring their kits outside and color at their picnic table or they like to sit on the front porch and color. 
I also LOVE giving this art kit as a birthday gift!
Another one of our favorite activities- and one that the girls can do independently- is to play card games. We love the classics- UNO, Go Fish, and Crazy 8's. We have also recently started playing this super fun card game called SLAM with the girls.
You can find it HERE on Amazon for less than $7 and it is Prime eligible!!
I love this card game because I consider it a "learning game"- but it is totally fun and the kids have no idea they are actually working on their spelling/reading skills :)
Card games are perfect for when nobody "KNOWS WHAT TO DO!"
You can play them inside on a rainy day or play them outside on a blanket in the back yard!
We keep our playing cards accessible so the girls can reach them and get them out whenever they want!

Our other favorite things to do during the summer is play outside as much as possible. We go to the pool almost every day, go on nightly walks/bike rides, jump on the trampoline, play soccer in the back yard, go to the park, visit the library and go to the splash pad. We love to stay busy and being outside makes us the happiest!

I would love to know some of your "go-to" activities your family does during the summer!
Do you have a summer "routine" or do you just kind of fly by the seat of your pants? 
I would love any suggestions for fun games your kiddos love to play- I would like to get a few new games to have on hand for the girls to play at our new house while Aaron and I busy unpacking!

Hope you have the BEST day!

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Friday Favorites!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Friday!!
We are officially on SUMMER BREAK and I can't tell you how good it feels to know that I don't have to wake my kids up at 6:00 am and have them out the door by 7:00 am!!
My kiddos are naturally early risers, so they still get up around 6:00 am on their own, but the fact that we don't HAVE to be anywhere is what is making this mama feel so giddy. I am totally ready for a slower pace of life!!

Hope you had a wonderful week...our's has been full with field day, last day of school activities, some appointments and time spent at the pool (our family's happy place :)

Here's some FAVORITES from this past week that have put a big smile on my face!

//ONE//
Last Saturday, my two oldest girls joined me on my early morning run. They rode their bikes while I ran and we had the BEST time! They did so awesome- we covered 3.5 miles and they rocked it!! I have been looking forward to exercising with my girls since they were little bitty babies- so this was a special "mom moment" for me!! 

//TWO//
I totally jumped on the Lipsense bandwagon!! My lip color and gloss came in the mail yesterday and I immediately put some on!! Charlotte and Cora wanted to try it out too- they were just too cute going on and on about the fact that "IT DOESN'T EVER COME OFF!" HA!
To start off, I got a glossy gloss and the color "pink champagne." I am not a big lip color person, so I wanted to go with something subtle. I put it on and then headed off to the pool with my kiddos, then came home and made dinner and when I went to wash my face before I headed to bed around 9:30- it was still going strong! I am a believer!! :)
My lip sense gal is April (you probably know her- she writes over at Smidge of This)- she is fabulous!! She helped me pick out just the right color, got my package to me super quick and I have already placed another order with her for an opal shimmer gloss!! April has a Lipsense account on Instagram where she shares what inventory she has in stock and lots of fun ways to wear all the amazing colors Lipsense has. You can check it out her Lipsense Instagram account at: @smoochbyapril
//THREE//
Now that it is warmer, I have stopped wearing my beloved flannel PJ pants from Old Navy and transitioned to my FAVORITE sleep shorts! If you "know" me, you won't be surprised at all that they are from Walmart. HA!
But seriously- how adorable is this palm tree pattern with the little pom pom detail?? These shorts are $7.88 and I LOVE them! 
And if you are looking for some more neutral patterns- go HERE. They are several more colors/patterns available- I love this cute little stripe pattern! These shorts are my FAVORITE and you just can't beat $7.88 for a cute, comfy pair of summer sleep shorts!
//FOUR//
I have mentioned this before, but my husband really is quite amazing. During the day, he is a foot and ankle surgeon, but he is also an incredible self taught carpenter and just all around handy man. 
 Earlier in the year, after a lot of prayer, it was laid on my heart that "Anchor" was my word of the year. 
So for our new house, he made me this sign and I just LOVE it! I can't wait to find the perfect place to hang it up once we get settled in our house!
//FIVE//
We are in official summer mode and are basically jammed packed with activities until we move (in TWENTY DAYS). Tomorrow, we are headed to my parents' house for one last visit before we move. We are looking forward to some special time with my parents!! Our plans include: spending all of our time outside, playing, eating lots of popsicles and just soaking up the sunshine :) All of my FAVORITE things :)

Do you have any fun plans for the weekend?? Tell me about them!

Hope you have the BEST day and a WONDERFUL weekend!

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites Link Up!

 I am also linking up with April for Five on Friday!

And lastly, linking up with KatieTifDella & Caitlin for High Five for Friday!

Aldi Finds!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hi!! Happy Wednesday!!!

So- several of you have asked me to share more about what I buy at Aldi- which I TOTALLY want to to do! I will be honest though- the thought of writing a post like that kind of overwhelms me- because we literally buy EVERYTHING from Aldi. And Aldi has so many great products- I don't want to leave anything out!! 

Anyway- all that to say- I definitely plan on doing a BIG "what's in grocery cart at Aldi" post- but for today- I wanted to show you some items that you might not necessarily know you can get from Aldi!

We have a family member currently serving overseas and he follows the Paleo diet- so when we send him care packages I like to send him items that he is not able to get at his little base convenience store. 
Aldi has SO many great products that are compliant with the Paleo diet, Whole30 or if you just eat a "clean" diet!

 First up- this dark roast coffee. If you love coffee- this one is SO good! It's dark without feeling like you are going to start having nervous twitches from a caffeine over load. HA!
They also have this kind of coffee in light and medium roast version too! They also carry organic, free trade coffee!
Prices vary at each Aldi you go to- but this coffee is $3.99 for 12 ounces at my Aldi!
 Aldi carries a bunch of different kinds of nut butters! They carry your classic creamy and crunchy peanut butter, all natural peanut butter, organic peanut butter, and organic almond and cashew butter!
The almond butter is $4.99 for a 12 ounce jar which is an absolute STEAL. Cheaper than Walmart's organic version of almond butter by at least $1.
And it's SUPER yummy!!
These "Pure and Simple" Elevation Bars (almost identical ingredients to Lara Bars) are $4.49. They are $0.50 cheaper than Walmart's price for Lara Bars which is $4.98. Now I know $0.50 doesn't seem like A LOT of savings...but it really does add up! And I love knowing that I can get the same-ish bar at Aldi (for cheaper) instead of having to go to a different store to get them!
Aldi carries lots of different types of dried fruit- cranberries, cherries, apples and these banana chips!
 The banana chips are $2.19!
 Since our family member follows a Paleo diet- sending him snacks like pretzels and chips is not what he would prefer. He loves nuts and Aldi has an AMAZING selection of them!! Nuts can be SO expensive- but not at Aldi!
The cashews were $4.89 each, the almonds were 4.99 and the sunflower seeds were $1.99.
P.S. Those chili lime cashews are ridiculously delicious!!
 Unrelated to the items I picked up for the care package, I got this 6 pack of individual white cheddar puffs (almost EXACTLY like White Cheddar Pirates Booty) for $3.49! While it is cheaper for me to buy the bag of puffs for $1.99- I love having individually packaged snacks on hand during the summer for our many trips to the pool, park and for road trips! 
They always carry the big bag of white cheddar puffs- but these individual packs are considered "seasonal," which means they will just have them for a limited time. I picked up two packs to have on hand!
So there you have it! I know many of you shop at Aldi and have your "go-to" items you get there. Some of you have never been to Aldi and probably wonder- "I know I can get milk, egg and cereal there- but what about the OTHER stuff??" 
Aldi, in my opinion, really does have it all- even those more "speciality" items you might think you have to pick up at your regular grocery store!

If you are an Aldi shopper, what are some of your "speciality" items you love to pick up at Aldi?? 
They have an incredible cheese selection..I was thinking about my next post being about all of their awesome cheese/dairy products!! 

Also- I just thought I might share a couple of resources where you and your family could send a little love to a service member who might not have people sending him or her letters or care packages. If you have kiddos at home for the summer- having them write letters/draw pictures for our troops would be an awesome project!!


There are SO many more organizations out there that support our military- these are just a few!

Hope you have the BEST day!!

Tuesday Talk!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hi friends!!

Confession: this is going to be the lamest blog post ever. HA!

We had SUCH a fun weekend- we went to the pool a couple of times, got a lot of stuff done around the house, ran errands, went to church and had a Memorial Day cookout with our great friends.

So while we were having all that fun...my computer remained shut and tucked away in a corner of our living room :)

Insert lamest blog post ;)

I hope you all had the BEST weekend! 
(and if you didn't for some reason...please know I was keeping you in my prayers. I am acutely aware that life is not all sunshine and pool days and popsicles- and if that is your "story" right now- rest assured your struggles are part of my daily prayers :)

My two oldest girls have field day today- and Aaron was able to get off the day to volunteer at the tug-of-war station!! They are SO pumped Daddy is going to be at their school today! :)
Tomorrow is the girls last day of school and then we are officially on summer break. 
I can't really believe it. It went by SO fast! My girls had such an amazing year!!

(If you happen to live in the Northeast suburbs of Indianapolis and are looking for an incredible private school- email me- I would love to tell you about where my girls have gone for the last 3 years!!)

Hope you all have an AWESOME day!
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