I realized when I wore this outfit a few days ago that I bought this chambray shirt almost 10 years ago! I wore it in most of our engagement photos and the material has gotten so thin...I’m pretty sure it’s PAST time to replace it 🙈 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ These adorable @jcrewfactory scalloped gingham shorts however are a recent addition to my closet and there are few remaining sizes for a steal of $19.95! If they are out of your size in the gingham...they have plenty of sizes in an adorable black and white leopard, royal blue, red, pink, black, white and teal. I linked the shorts in my bio and use code SWIMMING at check out for free shipping! (Free shipping offer ends today!)
Part 3 (the last) of our California getaway is on the blog. I share about Nickel and Nickel, Calistoga Ranch and whether or not i missed the kids 😬I’m sure you will all be relieved for me to stop talking about this trip so here is my last statement and then I’m done forever: it.was.dreamy!
Going on nearly two weeks of constant rain in Florida, I sadly won’t be wearing my swimsuit anytime this Memorial Day weekend... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I know swimsuit shopping can be one of the worst tasks so I thought I’d share a great suit that is super flattering and chic. I purchased this one last year from @albionfit and have loved wearing it. The ruching in the midsection is very flattering and the quality of the material is so nice. The straps can be worn up which is convenient when I’m with the kids but I love the romantic, feminine feel of wearing them off my shoulders on the rare occasions I’m not with them 😉 It even looks cute worn with shorts over it for a day at the lake/beach. They are running a sale for 20% off today on select styles and while this one I’m wearing (the Bridgette) is not on sale, I posted two that are that are very similar to this one that are. Use code SPF20 to get 20% off until the end of today. I have linked the site to the suits on sale in my profile. I’d love to know if you find something you like! (I’m wearing a size S for reference but could probably go down a size.)
Loving them is simultaneously the easiest and the hardest thing I’ve ever done... because love in its purest form is 100% selfless. It’s often messy, frustrating and maddening...but yet I find myself with more joy and fulfillment than I could have imagined. I’m so grateful for these two little lives and how they have grown and stretched me (literally) in ways that would not have happened if I were not given the privilege of being their mom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m also so grateful for my own mother and her years she spent pouring her own life into ours. The perspective I have now that I fill the role of “mom” leaves me perpetually indebted and forever grateful for her life spent loving me and my brothers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s. You are amazing and worthy of being celebrated today 💙
Is there anything better than snocones in the summer? I have such sweet memories of my Mimi loading up my cousin and I in her 1988 station wagon to go swimming and get snocones. We’d sit in the way back seat that faced backwards and make faces at all the cars who were lucky (unlucky?) enough to be driving behind us 😜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ The simple moments are often the best memories, right?
We started the day Frozen in Norway and were practically melted on Mainstreet USA by the time we left 😜 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today was Sutton’s birthday trip to Disney. We not only celebrated her upcoming third birthday, but also her last time coming to Disney World free of charge😉 We will miss that 2 year old discount! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The flower and garden festival is currently going on at Epcot and the floral designs they have created are truly spectacular. Over 30 million flowers! We grabbed a quick lunch at La Cantina in Mexico and the barbacoa tacos were so yummy. Today was the first day we park hopped and we decided to jump over to Magic Kingdom to see the Festival of Fantasies parade...my favorite! Seriously, it makes me a little misty eyed every time! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Now that we’ve done Disney quite a few times this year, I have some great tips and tricks I’ve learned that I will be sharing soon!
Dwight and his little protégés. He is such a patient and good daddy. I knew he would be an amazing father pretty early on into knowing him but to see it in action...I’m not sure there is much else that brings me more joy than seeing him love our kids. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m so grateful for a God who lavishes his love out for us in both the ultimate gift of Jesus and also the little moments of our lives like a simple Thursday evening in a front yard hitting plastic golf balls. It’s an easy mistake to worship the gifts but may our hearts be inclined to worship the Giver. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God...” 1 John 3:1 ⠀⠀⠀
I should note that they still mainly just want to hit each other with the clubs but we’re *slowly* making progress
You know that Snapchat filter that makes the glitter rain down on your face and suddenly you look like a newborn baby alien with your flawless/poreless skin? Well, now you can have that filter on your face in real life! I am loving the @beccacosmetics soft light blurring powder in golden hour and am sharing a little bit about it today on my story. Would love to hear your thoughts below if you’ve tried this yourself or if you are wanting to!
When I was a new wife and learning to cook, my meals consisted of a lot of pasta, casseroles and crock pot classics. As I’ve gotten more comfortable in the kitchen over and years and branched out into more things, I still find myself coming back to those tried and true original favorites from my novice chef days. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀ This pulled pork was originally introduced to me via The Pioneer Woman but I found @mixandmatchmama recipe a few years ago and that is my preferred way to cook this. It is literally the easiest thing to make and can be used for a weeks worth of dinners prepared in different ways: tacos|quesadillas|topped over a baked potato| over scrambled eggs| nachos|the list goes on... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Tonight we are celebrating my brother-in-laws birthday and I’ll serve this on Hawaiian rolls with baked sweet potato fries, roasted broccoli, a kale salad (bagged...ain’t no shame in that!) and of course some dessert! Not sure if you noticed but my lid won’t even close due to the meat being so big! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Crock-Pot Pulled Pork: ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • 1 pork shoulder/butt ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ • 1 large yellow onion, quartered ⠀⠀⠀ • 1 20 oz. bottle of Dr. Pepper (I’ve also used Coke and root beer) ⠀ • 1 bottle of BBQ sauce of choice ⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Slice and lay onions on bottom of crock pot and then place pork shoulder with the fat side up. Pour soda over the pork and cook on high for 8 hours. Remove meat and dispose of bone and fat pieces and drain juice. Place meat back into crock pot and add BBQ sauce. Shred with forks and serve!
We finally took a ride on @gobrightline this morning and it gave me flashbacks of riding the Eurostar in France when Sutton was Quints age. It was immaculately clean, the kids play area was such a nice perk, the service was top notch and the ride was smooth! The complimentary bag of gummy bears and ginger ale was all Sutton needed to give it two thumbs up! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This is such a fun family weekend activity to do and we can’t wait for the Miami station to open soon. Follow along on my story to see highlights of our day trip to West Palm Beach!
When Dwight and I were in the process of getting married, we decided to write our own wedding vows. The traditionalist in me loves the classic and timeless aspect of traditional vows but there was just more that we wanted to say and promise each other on our wedding day. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀ Of the many things our pastor who married us encouraged us to do, one of those was to have our wedding vows written in beautiful calligraphy and framed in our bedroom. So for our 5th anniversary, I reached out to my talented friend Sarah of @lettered_pages and had her do this for us. Sadly, it took me an almost additional two years to get them framed and hung (life has been a little busy!) but I finally got around to it this week and I could not be happier to see these beautiful penned words adorning our walls for us to see everyday. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I should note that Dwight is by for the more chatty/wordy of the two of us but my vows are almost twice as long as his! Our introvert/extrovert tendencies on full display here!
Is there anything more feminine than a scalloped edge on a garment? These black @jcrew linen shorts (that also come in white, navy, coral and army green) are so fun and can easily be dressed up or down. They are currently on sale for 30% off with the code GOSHOP on their website. Search:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ •3” short with scalloped hem• on their site to find them since I can’t link here in the photo. Also, since we don’t have a full length mirror in our home, this little corner of our entry way has become a nice place to get a snapshot of the outfits I want to share. Now, if you could only see how I secure my phone in between our window shutters to make this photo happen, I think you’d be thoroughly impressed with my ingenuity.