Monday, November 18, 2013

things i'm lovin!

it's been a good while since I've blogged and even longer while since i posted some of my latest favs! regardless, I am alive and well over here... just a little busy, tired & my housework won't ever stop making me feel guilty long enough to sit down & blog! we've all been there, right? anyways... on to my latest favs.

if you live near lafayette, you've undoubtedly tried a coke from the igloo or mccords. we are kind of famous for put flavored cokes around here. people used to rave to me about said cokes and i didn't really get it. well, i recently just needed some caffeine on the go in hopes of kicking an awful headache, so i swung through the igloo and got a coke (just a plain jane coke... i don't go crazy and get marshmallow in it like half of this weirdo city!). and let me tell you... it was so. good. igloo serves their drinks with super skinny straws (think coffee stir sticks) and the ice is little pellets. it was wonderful. and the worst habit i could possibly ever think about committing to...


I've posted about my love for bath & body works things on here several other times. recently, I picked up some of their foam hand soaps in holiday scents (tis the season, iced gingerbread & winter cranberry). they are all delish & I'm a big fan for sure! I've been a faithful aromatherapy hand soap user (also sold at bbw), but was craving something diff for the holidays. love love love! 


my dear BFF got married beginning of oct. she used 'one step closer' as her first dance song and i hadn't really ever heard it before she told me about it (I'm a non-twilight fan & it's from one of the movies). well, this weekend, I heard boyce avenue's version and am lovin it!!! boyce avenue redoes tons of popular songs and most of them are superb!

my fav bag that I'm carrying right now is a classic stella & dot bag in a fab goldy sheen perfect for fall/holidays! this bag holds so stinkin much & is perfect for mamas that don't want to give up their style for an ugly mom purse! big fan!!!

what are you all loving right now?? any fav scents or a new lipgloss you can't get enough of?? do share! :)

Friday, November 8, 2013

my sweet love's bday!

my sweet holden turned the big two yesterday and my heart has been overflowing for days! he's simply the best thing that ever happened to me and is a constant reminder of the lord's goodness. but how does it seem he was this little yesterday?


and by little, of course i mean all 10lbs 4oz of him at birth... ha!

i know these first years go by so quickly that i'm consciously trying to soak it all in. i'm attempting to store every funny phrase and silly face in my proverbial memory box, but still the days, months and now years are passing before my eyes. 

i don't want to forget...

-how he says "cuuudddlllle" in the morning when he's sitting on my lap on the couch, but wants under the covers, too. 

-how when he knows he's doing something dangerous he will say "carefulllll" to himself. 

-that the first thing he wants to do in the morning when he sees daddy is get ok the bed and jump. he asks for this by saying "daddy bed, daddy bed". 

-his love for walks and saying "big jump" over the sidewalk cracks. 

-how observant he is. doesn't miss a beat when it comes to mommy eating something, his bunny missing or the scarecrow fall decoration i set out during naptime. 

-when i realized he really does know his colors (although he tells me a random color every time). all it took was some m&m's and me requiring him to tell me the color before he could have one. little stinker!

yesterday, we had a pretty low key day which is perfect for holden's personality! we started the day w birthday pancakes. i added sprinkles and choc chips and let him dip in syrup. all things that i typically wouldn't do, but felt was completely necessary yesterday! :)


since he'd been up half the night before, we stayed home and played for the majority of the day. i started some of the baking for his bday party this weekend and asked him to help! he is such a good helper and it's obvious how special it makes him feel! 


 we met up w grant's family for dinner and gma brought a little surprise! h loves surprises, to say the least! he kept saying 'prize' and couldn't get it open quick enough! 



i tried to get a pic w the birthday boy, but that wasn't happening. typical toddler pic! 


we chose texas roadhouse for dinner so that h could ride the saddle. well, as expected, he hated it... my sweet boy kept saying 'i scared' and all done. poor buddy! gpa eventually sat on the saddle and held holden while they sang.


he wanted everyone to wear his cowboy hat besides him...


 

like most people, i had a laundry list of things i swore i'd never do/say as a parent (all said before i was actually a parent, obviously). once you step into the journey of parenthood, loving that baby ultimately is waaay more important than not eating cheerios off the kitchen floor or giving your baby a paci. and for that, i'm grateful. 

yesterday, we celebrated the last two years of being this sweet babe's parents and learning what unconditional love really feels like. my heart is full thinking about the friends & family who love holden like their own. it takes an army to raise a child and i personally think our army is the best...

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

so what! wednesday

hey hey! it's mid-week and although this doesn't mean much for me as a stay at home mama... i still appreciate that i not only survived another monday, but i made it through half of the week. big deal, folks! i'm linking up w shannon to tell you my so what's of the week!

Life After I Dew

-so what if my sweet boy has not slept through the night nor stayed in his own bed for probably two weeks now. i'm a zombie, but at least i don't have to get up and go to work after a rough night!

-so what if I need new windshield wipers and the replacements have been in the garage for a week. today's rainy weather might just be enough motivation to actually change them!

-so what if holden's 2nd bday party is on sunday and i haven't bought a single thing, made a single dish or prepared in any way, shape or form. it'll all come together somehow... right?

-so what if i miss my besties more than words can say... some girls just get you and, unfortunately for me, all my girls live in other states! :(

-so what if indianapolis is only an hour away... it feels like an eternity. i am going to force myself to make the trip next week, though. it just seems like it's been awhile & i need some big city in my life!

-so what if I've been realllllly strict w my eating, but all i can think about right now are the reese's pumpkins that i desperately tried to find discounted after halloween & they were sold out. whatever!

what are your so what's today???

Monday, November 4, 2013

weekend love.

i'm a sucker for weekends. always have been. always will be. this weekend was full of fall fun and reminded me why we moved to the fab midwest!!!!

we bonfired...


churched...

footballed...

haybail rode...



and did lots of reflecting. about expectations, disappointments, emotions & what really matters. and then i saw this on pinterest and it sums up everything. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

catch-up.

since i seem to have forgotten i have this lil ol blog, i thought it'd be fun to just jot down where i've been & what's been keeping me just sliiiiightly busier than normal!

-i visited my dear friend, ashley, in nashville last weekend! she took me to all her fav restaurants/local coffee shops, tr swankiest nail salon & her amazing church (worship leaders are all sons & daughters--enough said)! i fell in love w nash & can't wait to go back!!




-yesterday, we attempted our annual fam pics. i say attempted because it's always just short of a disaster. and also remindse why we only put ourselves through thy once a year! since my dear husband is a photographer, he insists on just putting the camera on a tripod and having a family member try to get holden's attention. we always manage to get a usable pic, but it's never as good as if grant or i are the ones making him laugh. oh well! 4 cookies worth of bribery later, we called it quits!

-recently, i've found myself hooked to the show, parenthood. lots of people have told me how good it is/ how much i'd love it over the years, and i just now am taking the time to get into it! love all the story lines and how so many of the situations are real life relatable. check it out if ya haven't!!

-every fall, i find myself itching for a new pair of boots. i can usually talk myself out of splurging, but these bad boys had be at hello. they should be delivered today and i can't wait!!

-christmas music is officially on my radar and i have no shame. in fact, I'm encouraging others to join in on the fun! christmas music does wonders to my mood! 

i'll attempt to have some fun posts later this week!!!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

fall-y things i'm lovin!

there are lots of things that i love/ obsess over/ can't stop thinking about and sometimes... it's just necessary to share! am i right or am i right? :)

here's the latest things i'm diggin:


cinnamon brooms. while we lived in florida, i thought that publix was the only store to sell cinnamon brooms. so, you can imagine how disappointed i was when fall was upon us and i thought i'd have to spend my first fall in 5 years sans cinny broom. well, fear not... our local grocery store up here has them!! and my cinnamon-loving little nose couldn't be happier!


if you have a keurig and haven't tried the starbucks caramel k-cups, you cray. these babies are so delish and brighten any early morning with a toddler. in my humble opinion, at least! i am still going strong with just a little sugar and heavy cream (aka no flavored creamers), so flavored coffee adds a little excitement. (side note: i will say that the green mountain coffee pumpkin spice k-cups are AWFUL. it tasted like burnt pumpkin and made my taste buds pretty darn sad.)


i have been a tried & true yankee candle lover for a long time now. but... when it's fall and bath and body works releases their fall candles, it's 'leaves' and 'leaves' alone here in thompsonland. BUT... and that's a big but... i have recently fallen for another candle and it. is. heavenly! 'pumpkin apple' is the name of my game and it's giving leaves a run for its $$$! check it out of you are a leaves-fanatic like me!

also... not on my favorites list would be flying with a two year old. you heard it here first, folks! share your favs in the comments!!

Monday, October 14, 2013

and the winner is...



did you enter my stella & dot pouf giveaway?? hint: if you didn't... you're crazy! the odds were so good and these poufs are to die for!! anyways... the lucky, random winner has been chosen!!


congrats to my girl, elizabeth!!! you're a mama of two and totally deserve a pretty little pouf! i was so happy to see someone as deserving as you was selected!! :) congrats, girl!!

thanks to all who entered! i'll definitely be doing more giveaways in the future!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

last call!

sunday's are some of my favs for a lot of reasons, but today will be full of busyness!!! i'm having my first stella & dot sample sale tomorrow night (which i'm super excited about!), BUT... before that, my very first stella & dot giveaway is closing!

TODAY is the last day to enter the pouf giveaway and you'd be silly not to enter!!! for real... get on it! :)



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

so what! wednesday: florida edition

we are loving our lives on vacation right now and having a great time!! we head home tomorrow, so that's bittersweet, but there's no place like home! looking forward to getting back to indiana fall and maybe putting away tanks & shorts for a few months! here's my so what wednesday from the sunshine state! :)



- so what if we have been on vacay for 10 days, but we could still appreciate just a couple more before we head back to the real world of strict diets, schedules & cooking at home. 

- so what if we became "those parents" that bought our toddler a toy from disney even though he 100% wouldn't have cared if we didn't. when in rome...

- so what if i married a weirdo. last night, grant said to me 'this world needs a grant jr'... i replied with 'we have a grant jr, this world needs a misty jr' and he goes on to say 'no, we need another son and we will name him grant jr'. hahaha a) where did that come from? b) absolutely not. 

- so what if the friends we have stayed w the lat couple nights have the sweetest dog that holden loves and would love to have at our house... it ain't happenin anytime soon!

- so what if i always said i wouldn't buy a leather couch (just not my style, really)... i already know we will buy a leather couch next time around. word to the wise: don't buy microfiber if you have any intentions of having kids. who knew?

- so what if the jewels continuously fall out of my nose rings. it's annoying, to say the least. 

- so what if i had half a disney cookie and a bite of a disney pb cup for breakfast. oops. 

hope you guys have all had a great wednesday so far! link up w shannon to share your so whats!!

ps-- don't forget to enter for the stella & dot giveaway!! you're automatically entered just by following my blog! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

the biggest wedding of the year!!

my dear friend, becca, and her love, jarred, got hitched this past weekend!!! another eharmony marriage for the win! we are still in florida doing some post-wedding relaxing for a couple days, but since it's currently monsooning & the babe is napping, i guess i should give the ol blog some love!! we have had the BEST time seeing old friends, introducing our wild toddler to our friends' kiddos & marrying off our girl!

traveling with a kiddo can always be unpredictable no matter how much you pack, how early you get to the airport, etc! luckily, we have a pretty low key boy and haven't lost our minds yet! holden has done pretty good overall... he was manageable on the plane, but was a full time job for both grant & i!




thankfully, the flight wasn't full (super rare going to florida), so we had an extra seat for holden. although the extra seat was nice, that doesn't mean i'm gonna enjoy paying full price for holden after next month... 😔


h didn't sleep a wink on the flight into tampa, but konked out the second we hit the road for ft myers. ptl! we borrowed a pack n play while here and h has slept well for the most part... except for that one night he would NOT fall asleep for the life of him and ended up booting grant to the couch so he could sleep w me. sharing a bed w a toddler will never be enjoyable to me. he was on and off of me all night, feet/hands/butt in my face, sweating all over me, etc. however, my view the next morning made my heart happy... #cute


on wed night, a group of us took becca out for a fun bachelorette party! we ate at a cute new restaurant downtown, took her on a crazy scavenger hunt & then went to joslyn's for dessert, presents & marriage/sex info overload!!!


 the gang: julie, kristen, joslyn, becca, rachel, ashley, mel & i


the only pics i have from the rehearsal night! holden was a busy body (aka eating bubbles & running all over kingdom come), so pics weren't really on my mind! jarred was just a liiiiitle excited to get hitched!


smartypants bride had chalk at the rehearsal dinner. besides h being covered head to toe, it provided entertainment for sure!


first looks are my fav! not only does it give the groom a chance to really see how good his bride looks, it makes the schedule go so more smoothly! all pics were done long before the ceremony, so we all got to enjoy the cocktail hour and get out of the heat post-ceremony! we were all spying on the first look from the hotel room! doesn't she look famous w all her paparazzi? guess that's what happens when a photographer gets married...


my girls!!! hauling our butts down the street to sbux. totally necessary! we made quite the scene around town and everyone had a comment about us as a group.


the 4. through thick & thin... multiple weddings, two baby boys & med school. these are my bests.


little buddy rockin the coral like his mama. totally necessary! :)


had to throw in kerry's pic. should be a famous iphoneographer for sure!


remind me to never do crazy eyes like this again! shirley & kerry make any party a good time!


loved the ceremony & reception site. art center downtown ft myers! totally unique. they had these fab lights outside that lit up the whole building. amazeness. 

becca & jarred, i wish you nothing but good cheers! you guys are perfect for each other & compliment each other in all the right ways. being a part of your big day was a dream come true and i expect nothing, but lots of lil babies to spoil in the future!!!! xoxo


PS- if you haven't entered for the stella & dot pouf on last monday's post, you crazy!!! the odds are SO good! go do it now! :)

Monday, September 30, 2013

my very first giveaway!!

hey all! in honor of friday being my 100th post and my love for the blogging community, i am hosting my very first giveaway!! and who doesn't love a giveaway??? :)

one lucky winner will be getting one of my fav stella & dot pieces -- a fun pouf in the amazing frida print! poufs are great for holding all your lipsticks, snacks for the kiddos, a great way to organize things in your car, etc! i promise these poufs have endless possibilities!!



ok, here's how you can enter:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, September 27, 2013

h5f4!!


hey hey! it's friday already again?? today, we have already gone for an almost 3 mile walk and i must say... whoever said that exercising gives you more energy was a liar. anyone else feel like a lazy bum after exercising?? whatever. my best friend is getting married in literally A WEEK and i couldn't be more excited!!! so, my biggest high 5 for this week is that we are going to florida and seeing all of our favs! next week will be full of high 5's! but, since it's still this week... here's my high 5's for this past week! :)

5) praise to whom all blessing flow, my friends! holden has been sleeping in til around 9:30 consistently lately. and it. is. glorious! well... if you don't count that one random day that he got up at 6 something! eeek. that was awful. but, i'm loving the late mornings!!!



4) some of you may not understand how beautiful this sight is, but when you live in a fairly good sized town that pretends to be a small town... us ladies long for things of the big city! like a sephora!!! it's just going to be one of the smaller sephoras inside of jc penney's instead of an independent store, but i'll take it! and would be overjoyed if we got an ulta, too... yes, please!


3) if you know me at all, you know that i surely do not have a green thumb. not in the slightest! so, the fact that i have been a slacker as of late watering my plants and my hydrangea plants look better than ever is a miracle!!!


2) h and i have had lots of quality time this week since grant has been pretty swamped w getting projects finished up before our trip. yesterday, we ventured out to get him a nice new do for florida! his fav part: suckers. 


1) oh, and i got my hair did, too! ptl! just got my roots touched up since i don't want to regret having roots that i see in wedding pictures for the rest of my life. necessary for sure.


did you have a good week?? link up w lauren & jeannett to tell us about it! :)
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