Friday, January 13, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Everyone! I'm so looking forward to this weekend. My parents are in town from Virginia, we have our first cheer competition of the season, and it's a long weekend for MLK Day! 

It's been forever & a day since I've done a Friday Favorites post, so I'm super excited to share some of the things I'm loving with you all today! 

My watch is in competition mode today with my navy band & yellow font!
So up first is my absolute favorite Christmas present - my Apple Watch. Ever since reading Shay's post on how much she loved hers, I've wanted one. I held off almost a year though because they aren't cheap & I just didn't truly need it. Well, right around Halloween, my FitBit started acting up. It was apparent that I was going to have to replace it, and when I looked into prices for the new models, it made more sense to spend a little extra & just get the Apple Watch instead. I waited for it to go on sale on Black Friday, and then I had to wait until Christmas to open it. And I've only taken it off to charge it since! I absolutely loving all of the features that it has & I completely agree with Shay that I spend less time on my actual phone because of it. 

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Next favorite. Leggings. I truly can't get enough of leggings right now. I wear them at least 3 days a week, plus every night when I get home. Now you may be thinking it's because I gained a few pounds over the holiday & my pants won't zip. And I'm not going to lie to you, that is definitely part of it. The biggest part of it is that nothing else seems to keep me warm lately! It gets cold in my classroom after lunch & tights/dress pants just aren't cutting it! My absolute favorite leggings are the Zella Live-In Leggings. I get them in the high waisted version, which helps to keep everything in place. I am also a big fan of Old Navy Workout Leggings. Since they're less expensive, I tend to buy these in trendier patterns that I won't wear as often, and then I tend to buy my Zella leggings in black. 

My next favorite is my MantraBand that my sister got me for Christmas. It says "It Is What It Is" - which truly is my life mantra. I already have  a sign that says it in my house, so when she saw the bracelet she said she immediately thought of me. I'm big on not crying over spilled milk. I try to accept things, move on, and make the best of the situation. I love wearing my mantra on my wrist all day & they have TONS of other sayings available too. Just this weekend I saw that my mother-in-law was wearing one that said "Enjoy the Journey" which I loved too! 

theBalm Manizer Sisters, 0.11 oz.

And, my last favorite is totally out of my comfort zone but I have to share it. My sister in law, Hannah, is in cosmetology school, so she's always bringing home cool stuff to try. While I was at their house this fall, I tried her bronzer palette & was obsessed. So, she got it for me for Christmas & I still love it! It comes with two bronze shades, plus a blush/bronzer shade too. It's perfect for my super pale skin right now! 

Happy Weekend Friends!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Life Lately...

Life lately has been cold, and snowy, and icy. I know it's only January but I find myself dreamily staring at my sandals from across my closet. It probably doesn't help that my family is planning our summer vacation right now too, so I keep looking at beach houses in my spare time. #Ineedwarmth

Livy has been a wild child lately, so I was excited to capture her in a rare moment of peace while we were at the mall over break. I just love her little personality, but some days she really tires me out. 

On New Year's Eve, my mother-in-law came up for the day. We all went to lunch, then Nancy & I took Ella to see Sing! I personally loved it, but Ella wasn't as into it as I expected. I think that the plot was a little over her head, but she still enjoyed herself.

Ella's homework over break was to take a picture of us reading together as a family. I had Eric take the picture, and this was the best one. My eyes look funky & Livy isn't looking. I figured it was for Ella's class though, so she should be the shining star of the picture. 

Ella's biggest accomplishment of 2017 is learning to write her last name!! She is so proud of herself & writes her full name on everything now! It was literally the first day back from break, so her teacher & I were both surprised when she did it! 

This past weekend, we had one last Christmas celebration to attend. We drove to Eric's dad's on Saturday & got to hang out with Miss Ophelia! We all had lunch at one of our favorite restaurants, then went back to spend the night at Grammy Mary & Grandpa Dan's house. These two were pretty excited about it! 

They love to eat all of their meals together at this little picnic table. Their conversations are just adorable & hilarious. 

And after we left Grammy & Gramps house, we went straight to Aunt Britt's to see Baby MJ! I don't get to see her nearly as often as I'd like because of my cheer schedule & the fact that it's freezing, so I was more than happy to snuggled with her, eat chili, and watch football. 

And yesterday, Eric got to go with Ella on her field trip! They visited a toy library & she absolutely loved it. She had a half day too, so daddy spoiled her & took her to McDonald's for lunch, and then she got to have "the whole house to herself" while daddy worked from home. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Family Time with Goldfish

Our family is notorious for being on the go. We are always off to visit grandparents, practice at the gym, or participate in an activity. This winter though, we've really made staying at home a priority. We're all about hibernation right now. And the best part of hibernating? Snacks. 

Our favorite snack right now is Pepperidge Farm Goldfish. It's a snack that Ella absolutely loves and it's something that I feel good feeding her. Each Goldfish cracker is always baked with real cheese, has no artificial flavors or preservatives, and has 12g of whole grains in each serving! And if we're being honest, I love to eat them too. 

One way we've been spending family time while snacking is by practicing Ella's counting. Our goal for the end of her Pre-K year is to be able to count forwards to 20 and backwards from 10. Goldfish make practicing a lot more fun! I simply have her count out 20 Goldfish, then we practice counting them. Then, we separate the Golfish crackers into two groups of 10 - one group for her & one for me. Finally, we eat our Goldfish as we count backwards from 10! It's such a simple, yet fun way to spend time one on one with Ella. 

Another great way to spend time with your kids on cold winter days? Make a video together! Even the simplest smart phones have the capability to make awesome stop motion videos these days & Goldfish is offering a great incentive for you to get creative. $5000! Yes, you could win $5,000 for creating your very own stop motion video. To get all the details, just click here

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