Friday Favorites!!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Hey hey friends!!


Am I the only one who thought it was Friday yesterday?!? 
I seriously cannot get my days straight!!

I sure hope you've had a good week. 
Our's has been filled with lots of FUN in the SUN and that has made me so happy!!

Here's a few FAVORITES of mine from this past week!!

Last Friday- Aaron had the day off and we got all packed up for the day and took a ferry boat to Cape Lookout National Seashore. It is one of our FAVORITE beaches to go to and we had the BEST day!!
We spent the whole day on the island...going on several long beach walks looking for shells, we played in the ocean, had a picnic lunch and truly just RELAXED. It was an absolute GIFT and I am so thankful we made the effort to go!!

Love this crew of mine...going on adventures with them is my FAVORITE!
For Father's Day, we got Aaron a Solo Stove. It was supposed to arrive by Father's day...but ended up getting delayed. We got it delivered last week and used it for the first time this past weekend!

S'more assembly line!!
 We had so much fun sitting around our new fire pit and the kids definitely consumed at least 50 marshmallows between the five of them. HA!
We got the most RANDOM rain shower a couple of days ago...and ended up with this incredible double rainbow in our backyard!!
I know FOR SURE it was my dad sending us a big hug :)
And my most FAVORITE thing that happened this past week...Marshall teaching himself how to swim!!
A couple of weeks ago...he decided, on his own, he was done wearing his puddle jumper and started swimming like a fish in the shallow end (where he can touch). Then just a couple of days ago- he told Aaron that he wanted to jump in the deep end without his puddle jumper! We totally encouraged him (Aaron was obviously in the pool with him) and he just WENT FOR IT! He is a total fish and has endless energy in the pool!
With him being our baby...I will definitely admit any time he hits a "big kid" milestone- it's bittersweet for me!! He's my last kiddo to do all the things. But as bittersweet as it is- I am SO SO grateful he is a healthy, growing boy who is SO excited to learn how to do new things!
What do ya'll have planned for 4th of July weekend?

We are laying low...we are going to have some friends over to swim in the morning on the 4th and then will just spend the evening together as a family. We're going all American with our menu and grilling out burgers and having ice cream cones for dessert! :)

I hope whatever you have's a wonderful time spent with either family and/or friends. And even though this 4th of July will look SO different than what we are used to...we have SO much to be grateful for...and it can still be a day to celebrate the amazing country we live in and the principles it was founded on.

Also...just a little heads up...I am going to be taking a break from posting for about 2 weeks.
We are headed on some summer adventures soon...which I can't wait to share about once we get home!!

Hope you have the most wonderful Friday and FABULOUS 4th of July weekend!

Linking up with Andrea and Erika!

Coffee Chat!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hey friends!!!

Happy Wednesday!!

Wow. How are we already in a new month?!?
Today felt like a good day to just have a good ol' fashioned chit-chat. I am currently drinking an iced coffee as I type this... and wishing I could have all of you over on my patio to just hang out and talk about all the random things!

We are headed out on a VERY fun family vacation soon and we will be going on a fun adventure. I needed a long sleeve rash guard for said adventure and ended up ordering THIS ONE from Lands End. I absolutely LOVE the will go with either my black swim bottoms or my black running shorts- so I know I will get lots of use out of it- outside of what I need it for on our vacation! Lands End's prices are definitely a little higher...but I find their quality to be excellent.  For something that I am going to wear a lot- it's worth it to me to pay a bit more for it- and know that it will last!
Another fun purchase I recently made was this Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector. It comes in 2 shades and I got the "medium to deep" shade. It is SO pretty and it TRULY conceals and brightens at the same time!!! I don't know about you- but even with the little bit of a tan I have during the summer...right under my eyes always just looks a little DULL. This stuff really works wonders and a little goes a LONG WAY! You can get it at Ulta and Sephora....but if you are a first time customer with you can sign up for a 20% email coupon and they have free shipping and returns! Totally the way to go if you want to try it out!! That's what I did! :)

Okay...switching gears a bit...I am wondering how ya'll are feeling about it being July 1st?!?
Do you love a FRESH new month as much as I do??
Did you set some goals for yourself last month....and now you need to set some new ones??
Are you feeling like despite being at home MUCH MORE...time is kind of flying by and you don't know really know what the heck is going on most days!? HA!

I am definitely feeling a bit apprehensive about the upcoming school year. Our school year is set to start mid-August...but with everything continuing to change daily- I truly think it's going to be a game time decision on what plan our school follows (they have several plans set in all depends on the current state of COVID at the time of school starting). I have considered taking the year off from regular school and homeschooling (I feel NUTS even saying that)- and I will never say never to that- but right now, both Aaron and I are feeling very strongly about sending our kiddos back to school. They DESPERATELY miss their friends and the social interaction....and if we do go back to remote learning- I know that the procedures our school has in place are very solid. Our teachers did NOT miss a beat when we started remote learning this past March and my kiddos continued to receive an incredible education. So that's where we are at with that right now.

As far as goals...I have been focusing on getting back to a place of wellness with my nutrition and overall health and wellness. I have been working on losing some extra weight that I have gained and really just trying to find a place of balance with daily movement, fueling my body with good food and working on my tendency to emotionally overeat.
I have to tell you- and you probably already know this- but there is NO magic formula for losing weight, becoming stronger and getting healthier. You just have to keep SHOWING UP. Every day. That's when you will start to see results. You are not always going to motivated. Heck...almost every day, at some point, I "lose" my motivation. It's what you choose to do in those moments which will lead to lasting, SUSTAINABLE success.
I am still working on losing a few pounds...but what has really kept me going is seeing the positive correlation between being consistent in my nutrition and daily exercise in relation to how my body FEELS (and is physically changing). The fact of the matter is- when I overeat- I physically and mentally feel terrible. Then that carries over in to me not wanting to workout. Which makes me feel worse. 
It's a terrible cycle and one that I have no interest in being a part of!
So consistency. Staying focused on WHY you make yourself, daily movement and proper nutrition a priority. We were meant to be fully alive...which is why God has called us to treat our bodies like temple. That's what I cling to when I want to give up, emotionally overeat or not show up for myself!!
By the way..I know most of you are familiar with my healthy and wellness journey- but if not- you can read all about it HERE, HERE and HERE!
Also- if you don't already- you can follow me over on my health and wellness Instagram account...where I talk about this stuff ALL THE TIME :) You can find me HERE if you are interested in following along on my journey! 

Okay friends...time for me to go!
I am getting my hair done this morning!!! YIPPEE!!

I had a MAJOR color malfunction back in December with a stylist who unfortunately ruined my hair. I have been going to a new stylist since January...but it has taken several appointments to correct all the damage. Today should be my last appointment for awhile...which I know will make my husband happy. HA! (After being married for over 12 years...he still can't fully grasp how expensive it is to get your hair done. HA!)

Hope you have the BEST day!!!
Thanks for "chatting" with me today! :)