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Tuesday Talk: Lighting for the New House Update!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Tuesday!!!

I hope your week is off to a great start!!
We have had sunny, beautiful weather the last few days here in Indiana and it is making me SO happy!! 

So- a couple weeks ago I shared with you some lighting options that Aaron and I were considering for our new house.  You can read it by going HERE!

Well...since I know all of you have been hanging on the edge of your seats waiting to see what we picked out- I thought I would share it with you today ;)

For the eat-in portion of our kitchen- 
We've decided to go with this ceiling fan!
Isn't it SO cool?!? It's from Home Depot!! I don't know how I came across it- but I was SO excited when I did. Aaron loves just as much as I do- so I consider that a major win!
For over the kitchen sink, we decided to just go with a super simple single pendant light. We found this one on Wayfair- but actually last night- Aaron found one almost identical to this light on Home Depot's website- so I think we will get that one instead! On both Home Depot's website and Wayfair's website this light is on sale for under $30- so we are SUPER excited about that!!
 Next up- is the lighting fixture for over our kitchen island!!
We are getting this fixture from the lighting company. This is a definitely "splurge" - but we are bringing a couple of our own ceiling fans to our new house- so we are getting credits for those and it is all working out just fine :)
Don't you just LOVE it??? Or is that just me?
What do you think about it coordinating with the ceiling fan and single pendant light? 
Obviously they aren't going to match EXACTLY- but I feel like they will coordinate really well together!

Here's the chandelier we chose for our dining room!
This is also from Home Depot!
We were seriously getting so frustrated that we couldn't find anything that we liked for the dining room and then we took a little to Home Depot this past Saturday to look at paint colors and decided to check out their lighting department. And I saw this chandelier and was like, "YES! This is IT!" 
I love that it is a mixture of rustic, slightly modern, a mix of metal and wood and that the lights are very simple. I didn't want Edison lightbulbs or regular lightbulbs that were visible in our dining room chandelier. 
Also- I love that the rectangle shapes in the chandelier coordinate with the rectangle detail in the chair rail that is in the dining room! 
And finally- here's the lighting fixture we picked out for the foyer/entrance area when you walk in through the front door! This fixture is from Wayfair!
It's kind of hard to tell- but the fixture is oil-rubbed bronze and I think it coordinates really nicely with everything else we picked out! I love that it's simple but classy at the same time. I don't think it will overpower the foyer at all- but will definitely add some "interest!"

And there you have it!!! We are really excited with what we have picked and Aaron just wants to get everything ordered ASAP so I don't change my mind. HA! Lighting has been a hot topic lately and the poor guy is ready for me to stop saying, "I don't know! What do you think?!?!" HA!

So- the next step for us will be figuring out if we can order the fixtures from Wayfair and Home Depot and have them sent to the lighting company that will be installing all of our other lighting. We would REEALLLLYYY like it if they could install everything all at one time versus Aaron having to install the fixtures we are buying on our own. 
We're keeping our fingers crossed that works out! :)

And just for fun- I thought I would share the latest picture of the exterior of our house!!
This is taken from the road that runs parallel to our house- so it's not the greatest quality- but you can see the stonework, the shutters and the siding are all done!!
WOO-HOO! 
It's starting to feel REAL! This is our house! 
I still can't really believe it :)
Hope you have the BEST day!!

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Friday Favorites!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hi friends!!
Happy Friday!!!

Wow. You know how sometimes you just have a crazy week...but when you try to pinpoint why it's felt crazy- you really can't?!? If I am not making any sense- I totally understand. HA!

Basically- I have just been a loony tune this week. That's all. HA!

VERY glad the weekend is here tomorrow!!
Anybody else with me?!?

Okay...let's get to the fun stuff...time for some FAVORITES from this past week!

//ONE//
This past Saturday we took a walk to our local Fresh Thyme Market and had so much fun! It was a gorgeous morning and my FAVORITE way to spend time as a family is when we are being active and are outdoors! The kids got a free cookie from the deli counter- so their day was MADE :)

//TWO//
Do you read my friend Whitney's blog?? If not- you must start NOW. She is the SWEETEST person and always has the best, creative ideas for how to make everyday life fun and special. She did a post where she shared some fun Easter ideas- and one of them was serving your kiddos' lunch or snack out of an egg carton! I saved our egg cartons all through the week and then put the kids snack in it on Saturday- they LOVED it! Such a cute, simple and FUN idea!
//THREE//
I know I have mentioned how much I love Thriftbooks before- but I have to give them another shoutout. I had several books I wanted to order in my Amazon cart- and they were totaling about $40. I REALLY didn't want to spend that much- so I went over to Thriftbooks to see if they had any of the books I wanted in stock. They had all but one of them!! And guess what?? I paid $17 for 5 books!! Such an awesome deal!! You should really check them out the next time you are looking to purchase some books!
//FOUR//
So- I have to mention my friend Whitney again because she has the CUTEST little Etsy shop!! I ordered some earrings to put in my girls' Easter baskets and she not only sent them to me right away- but she packaged them up SO cute AND included an extra pair for me! My girls LOVE them (and so do I)!!! They are bright, fun and lightweight- the perfect little earring to wear in the summer when you want to have on fun jewelry but don't necessarily want to bother with super dangly earrings!
//FIVE//
This guy. He is my FAVORITE.
Aaron is SUCH a hard worker and with our big move coming up in just under 8 weeks- he has really been extra amazing taking care of all sorts things that just need to get DONE.
Love him and really, really appreciate him.

Little Marshall (who is going to be ONE next Saturday- HOW?!?!) is squawking in his crib- so I gotta run! 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!

 Joining Karli for her, Oh Hey Friday Link Up! too!



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

Recipe Club: Pancake Muffins!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!!

It's the third Wednesday of the month...
so today I am joining two of my blogging besties- Johannah and Heather
and linking up with their monthly Recipe Club!!
Okay- I have the EASIEST little muffin to share with you today.

You probably have already made them!
I don't even know if you can consider this a "recipe," because- guess what- all you need is 
1) Pancake Mix
2) Water
(or whatever ingredients your pre-made pancake mix calls for- I use the Aunt Maple's "just add water" mix from Aldi)
 So- heat your oven to 350 degrees, mix together your pancake mix and pour the batter in either a muffin tin or another fun pan you have! 
I have a heart shape donut pan- so I used that and they turned out so cute!
 I also made some in a muffin pan and added some cinnamon sugar to the top of them!
One of my daughters likes to eat her muffins plain and my other two daughters like to dip their's in syrup!
Either way- add a side of fresh fruit and maybe even some scrambled eggs- and you have such a good, EASY breakfast!

My girls get really burnt out on having the same breakfast over and over again- and this is such an easy way to switch things up- but also keep it SUPER easy. Because this mama can't handle anything more than that! HA!

Also- check out this fun post on doing fun mix-in's in your pancake muffins!


Hope you have the BEST day friends!

Tuesday Talk!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hi friends!! 
Happy Tuesday!! 

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend!! We had gorgeous weather here in Central Indiana (minus a few showers here and there on Sunday) and had the best time being outside and celebrating Easter!  
I will be TOTALLY honest and say that Aaron and I were MORE than ready for bedtime on Sunday night...I swear...there must be some sort of special sugar put specifically into Easter candy...because...WOW. My kids were super special by the end of the day!! HA!
Seriously though...it was a beautiful Easter for our family and I am so grateful!!!

Some fun highlights from our weekend: The girls and I had a lot of fun coloring eggs on Saturday, we were on time (early in fact- woo-hoo!) to 7:30 am Easter Sunday Mass and we made our traditional Easter Bunny Cake! I used a silicone mold for the cake and the girls LOVED it :) I let them totally decorate the cake themselves and I think it turned out so cute!! 
It tasted really good too!! (Semi-homemade baking for the win: Aldi white cake mix + homemade cream cheese icing!)
So totally switching gears- but just thought I'd share a few random things with you today...

1) You need to follow Julie Lundgreen on Instagram- you can find her HERE!! She also has a YouTube channel...and I LOVE her videos. She is funny, extremely insightful, encouraging, honest and every time she posts something on Instagram- I am nodding my head yes and just thinking, "YES! This is SO SO good!!" If you like following REAL, funny, motivating people on Instagram- definitely check Julie out!! 
(and P.S. Julie has no idea who I am or that I follow her on Instagram...I am just a big fan of her's!)

2) Thank you SO much to the ladies who gave me some GREAT bra suggestions!! I tried out the Maidenform Comfort Devotion bra that several of you suggested- and I REALLY loved it! BUT- I ended up not keeping it- I was in between sizes- I really needed like a 34.5- so I sent it back :(
I did order a bunch of bras from Aerie per another reader's suggestion and I am excited to see if they fit- FINGERS CROSSED- because this Mama's bra situation needs some CPR stat. HA!

3) I totally forgot to share with all of you- I achieved my Lifetime Membership with Weight Watchers a little over 2 weeks ago! WOO-HOO! It was a big deal for me! :) The kids and Aaron came with me and I was so proud to have my family there!! I was thinking about writing a post about my weight loss journey (spoiler alert- it's been a LONG one)- would you be interested in reading about that? Don't worry- you can say, "Um. No." HA!

Well...how's that for some randomness?? HA! 
You can ALWAYS count on me for random ramblings ;)

Hope you have the BEST day!!

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My Hope Is In The Lord...Happy Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Taking a break from my usual Friday Favorites post to share just a little bit of my heart with you :)

I hope if you know anything about me from reading this blog, it's that my Hope is in the Lord.
I am nothing without God's love and presence in my life.
On this Good Friday, I am awestruck at the REALITY of what Jesus did for all of US.
The sacrifice of him dying on the cross for ME (and YOU) convicts me, humbles me and inspires me.

Wishing you the most beautiful Easter and praying you feel peace and joy in your life that ONLY God can provide!
I am FAR from an expert on theology and religion- but if you would like to chat more about God's unconditional love for you- please email me! I would love to talk to you more about my personal faith journey!

Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL, BLESSED Easter!

Thoughts for Thursday!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Thursday!!

Time for a little girl talk today :)

 So I have a serious question to ask you today.

What is your FAVORITE bra?? 

See- I told you it was SERIOUS!

HA!

No really- I am in major need of some new undergarments now that I am done nursing Marshall :) I have seen several bloggers recommend this wireless bra by Wacoal and this underwire t-shirt bra by Natori...BUT- I just cannot afford to spend $65-$75 on a bra right now :) I know that you definitely pay for what you get in this "department"- but unfortunately that is just not the price range that fits into our budget at the moment!!
So- here's where you come in- tell me your FAVORITE bras- in the $30 or less range!!
I am okay with wireless or underwire! 

I am assuming Target, Walmart, Kohl's, maybe even Amazon Prime has great bras available- I just honestly don't have the time to go try on 50 bras to see if one of them fits! HA!

So- if you could share some suggestions with me- I would be so grateful!
5 babies in 8 years, nursing each one of them and gaining and losing weight with each pregnancy definitely has encouraged gravity to work against me...if you know what I mean!!
Ha! ;)

Thank you soooo much and I hope you have the BEST day!!
Linking up with Annie and Natalie!

Weekly Walmart Finds: Easter Outfits!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Hi!! Happy Wednesday friends!!
Hope you're having a great week so far!!

So...did you know that Walmart is now doing 2-day shipping??? YUP! It's true! If you spend over $35- and your item qualifies for 2-day shipping (which almost ALL items do!)- it will be at your doorstep in just a matter of a couple of days! SO fun for all of us impatient people out there! HA! Or- for moments like a special event being just a few days away and you realize you need a dress or your son needs a shirt or whatever! :)

And because Easter is this Sunday, I thought it would be fun if I showed you some Walmart "finds" that are PERFECT for Easter AND can be at your house in 2 days! 

Ok. If you have a baby girl- will you please buy this dress?!?! OMG. It is a good thing Marshall is a boy- because I just CANNOT handle all the precious baby girl dresses Walmart has right now!! This gorgeous dress is by the George brand and is on sale for $7.00!! It qualifies for 2-day shipping and it comes in sizes starting at 0-3 months all the way up to 24 months!!! I am OBSESSED with the beautiful bright floral pattern and just think it is the PERFECT little Easter dress!!


Look at this precious dress with lace detailing on the top and a tulle skirt!!! I love this classic shade of pink!!
It is $8.44 (and qualifies for 2-day shipping!) and would be SO perfect for Easter Sunday!! Get your sweet little girl a big ol' bow to match and you are good to go!! This dress comes in sizes 2T through 5T!!
This gorgeous yellow dress is on sale for $7.00 and sizes 2T through 5T are all in stock! And it qualifies for 2-day shipping!! I LOVE the color yellow and I think the simplicity of this dress is absolutely PERFECT!
I got my girls' Easter dresses from Walmart this year (I have for the past 3 years!!) but unfortunately they are no longer in stock online!! :( 
BUT- they do have this beautiful floral dress available and I just think it is SO pretty! It is modest- but still fun with the slightly higher hem in the front and the floral pattern is bright but still very sweet :) It is $17.88, it qualifies for 2-day shipping and it comes in girl sizes 4-12!!
If you are looking for something a little less dressy for your daughter to wear- I love this cheerful butterfly patterned dress! I love the classic cap sleeves and scoop neck- and I think it is such a fun, happy pattern! This would be SO cute paired with a turquoise cardigan and turquoise bow! This dress is $6.88 and comes in girl's sizes 4/5 through 14/16! 
Um. Ok. Can we please talk about this plaid, button up shirt and bow tie combo??? If I hadn't already bought Marshall's Easter outfit- you can bet this would be on it's way to my house!! This is SO adorable!! It is $12.88, qualifies for 2-day shipping and comes in sizes   0-3 months through 24 months!! Pair this shirt with a pair of little khaki pants or light blue chino pants and you have the PERFECT Easter outfit for your baby boy!!
 **It also comes in this adorable multi-aqua color!!!**
 This is the suit Marshall and James will be wearing for Easter!! The picture doesn't really do it justice...it is SO cute in person and very well made!! I love that you can mix and match all of the different pieces- the pants can be worn with another button down shirt, the vest could be used for another special or formal event you might be attending this summer and the purple button down shirt is just SO cute! The boys will definitely be wearing their's with a pair of khaki pants and their boat shoes to church throughout the spring and summer! Depending on what size you get these suits range in price from $14.62- $15.87.
You can find the baby boy sizes in this suit HERE and the toddler sizes HERE!

For those of you with school aged boys- check out this super sharp button down shirt that comes with a super fun preppy, plaid tie!! I am IN LOVE with this! This shirt/tie combo comes in several different colors- all of which are SO awesome and the combo is $10!! Pair this shirt with a super top rated pair of flat front khaki pants and you have got yourself one good looking young man, ready for Easter! ;)
P.S. If these shirts came in Aaron's size- I would SO be buying them!! I just love them!
Ok- now for the ladies :)
I am all about simple, classic dresses with a little something special about them...so when I found this dress- I was SO excited!! I love the pretty, light pink blush color (it comes in several other patterns/colors too!) and I really like that you can wear a regular bra with it! 
My FAVORITE part about this dress is the gorgeous lace detail on the back!! How pretty is that??? I think this dress would look so pretty with a pair of wedges, a pretty nude high heel or even a dressier sandal!
This dress is only $14.88 (and qualifies for 2-day shipping!) and would not only be perfect for church on Easter...but is also simple and casual enough that you could wear it to an Easter egg hunt or any other festivities you might have planned for the weekend!
Don't think I forgot about the guys!!
I LOVE this purple checked shirt! I actually bought this shirt for Aaron- but unfortunately it didn't fit him :( 
We have a hard time finding dress shirts that fit Aaron...he is super tall, but very trim and it is always just hit or miss if things are going to fit him! Anyway- we both LOVED the shirt and were very impressed with the quality of it! It is $15.96 and qualifies for 2-day shipping! 
This shirt comes in a variety of different colors and patterns- but my two favorites are the purple check shown above and this blue check! What can I say- I love a good check pattern! HA! This blue is SO classic- you can't go wrong with it!!
So there you have- Easter outfits for the whole family! As long as you spend $35- you can totally have any of these items in time for Easter!! And just a tip- if you are short a couple of dollars in getting to the $35 minimum- add a couple tubes of toothpaste or some dish soap or another household item that you could use! Walmart ships all of that stuff and if you will end needing to buy it in the store, you might as well add it to your cart so you can get to the $35 minimum and take advantage of 2-day shipping!

Hope you have the BEST day and Happy Shopping!!!

Tuesday Talk

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Tuesday!!!
Hope your week is off to a great start!!

My girls went back to school yesterday after having last week off for Spring Break...and James and I were totally lost and sad without them home! We had such a fun week and I enjoyed having them home SO much!! The official countdown for summer break is ON and we all can't wait!!

In the spirit of being SUPER original and unique (PLEASE tell me you are sensing some major sarcasm ;) I thought I would do a "currently" post today!
I always love when I read what someone else is up to "currently"...so I decided to join in on the fun :)

Soooo...CURRENTLY I am:

THINKING about our Palm Sunday Mass and how the sermon really affected me- in a BIG and GOOD way. I am thinking about being more "quiet" this week as prepare to celebrate the 3 Holiest days in our church....

ENJOYING a cup of coffee in a red polka dot mug :) When I get up in the morning, I pour my first cup of coffee in a mug (versus my heavy duty travel mug) and I take the time to enjoy it- versus chugging it ;) I LOVE waking up early and sipping my coffee when it is quiet and peaceful...it totally sets the tone for my day!!

FEELING excited, grateful, contemplative, happy and hopeful!

WEARING hot pink ruffle pants from Lolly Wolly Doodle and a tank top...in just a little bit I will be wearing some workout gear as I am headed to the gym with my boys after I drop off my girls at school!

NEEDING absolutely NOTHING! :)

WANTING absolutely NOTHING! At the beginning of the year, I read this quote by Ann Voskamp and it has been life changing as far as me "wanting" things to happen or change or go a certain way: "real change comes when we receive life with THANKS and ask for nothing to change." Living this quote has been a HUGE (positive) shift for me!

LISTENING to whatever my husband plays off of his Itunes- he is the master DJ in our house :) Also- still LOVING the Matt Wertz station on Pandora!

MAKING tacos tonight! It's Taco Tuesday at our house today! I always prep our taco meat ahead of time and I also roast some colored bell peppers and make a batch of cauliflower rice! You can check out this post to see how I make my Weight Watchers friendly taco "bowl!"

EATING nothing currently :) I am not a big "eat right when I get up" type of person. I will sip on coffee for a good 2 hours before I eat something. And then at that point- I usually have something super light like a piece of toast and a couple of egg whites or a protein smoothie. 

DRINKING coffee :) I love my coffee :) Now that the weather is getting warmer, I am looking forward to making a big glass of iced coffee versus the hot cup of coffee I have been making throughout the cold months.  Aside from coffee, I am drinking water. That's it for me. I am SUPER boring when it comes to beverages! HA!

Ok- what about you?? What are you "currently" up to?

Hope you have the BEST day friends!

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