2.23.2018

FIVE ON FRIDAY

Hi friends! Has this week gone fast or what? I swear I meant to have a post up on Tuesday, but we've just had so much going on. It's about time we catch up... :)

ONE

The last you heard from me I mentioned I had to have an ultrasound done and I was still waiting to get the results. Well, they ended up calling me to tell me that they found 2 nodules on my thyroid that looked worrisome so they suggested getting a fine needle biopsy. I wasn't shocked when they told me but it has scared me A LOT. I mean, who wants to hear that?! And who wants a needle stuck in their neck? No one. However, I had already mentally prepared myself that something might be found simply because of how bad I've been feeling, but it was still really sad and I'm nervous as heck. Nodules can be pretty common and most turn out to be benign, however because I've been on thyroid medicine for 3 years and I've had many symptoms come on somewhat suddenly (and not being able to catch my breath at times) I truly feel something more is going on with mine. Maybe I'm just trying to prepare myself for the worst possible outcome or I'm being really negative - but that's just how I feel. I actually have a consultation with the surgeon THIS morning to get more information, so I will report back next week about that.

When things happen with your health (and when you consider yourself a healthy person) it kind of changes your perspective on life a bit and forces you to re-evaluate what is really important. And even more so now that I'm a mom. I've really been in the "live everyday like its your last" mindset for the past week (even though I KNOW I will be ok and make it through this!) and just want to do what I need to do to get better again. Hoping for some answers so that this can happen. Phew...okay, onto happier things... (but thank you to those who have reached out to me and sent prayers! they mean a lot to me.)

TWO

Something making me happy is Target's BOGO 50% off Swimwear! If you have a vacation coming up or just want to be prepared for summer (or use it as workout motivation) then you better get to shopping! They have some adorable styles....my favorites being this one and this one.

THREE

I haven't shopped at Madewell very often, but I'm thinking that needs to change immediately because I recently bought this striped shirt and it is the softest shirt ever. It''ll be such a a staple for me this spring and summer. Size up one size for a more loose fit! Also, I highly recommend these adorable high rise skinny jeans (!!!) They look so cute on and I love the button detail!

FOUR

Remember how I used to take spin (cycling) class? Yeah, ME TOO...but that was like 2 years ago! I finally signed back up and am taking classes (aiming at once per week) with a girlfriend at Cycle Bar, which is only about 5 minutes from our house, and I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER about it. Let's not even mention the fact that on Wednesday's they serve you wine after the class and on Sunday's they serve mimosas. Totally mad at myself for not signing earlier!

FIVE

Home updates: I just bought these x-back counter stools for our island and I love them. They go perfectly with our other decor and they're such a good price too! The crown molding is finished in the kitchen so now I'm just waiting on another set of hardware for our cabinets to come and then I'm crossing my fingers to have my kitchen pictures posted on the blog.


Also, I posted on my instastories about getting this wood wall clock for our entryway and wanted to share it here too because I had a ton of people asking where I got it. :) If you're shopping around for a wall clock, here are my other favorites:  this one, this one, this one, and this one.

Hope you guys have a great weekend!! It looks like the weather is going to be nice here after many rainy days so I'm looking forward to that!

2.14.2018

CURRENTLY // LOVING LATELY


HOPING FOR: Good news from the ultrasound I had to get done yesterday. The past few months I have not been feeling my best. My thyroid has really been bothering me (swollen, difficult to catch my breath, and just not feeling good overall) and since I have hypothyroidism my doctor sent me to get an ultrasound done of it because of my symptoms and since it was enlarged. I'm really nervous to get the test results back, but I'm trying to stay positive.





FAVORITE PURCHASE: Yesterday I got these jeans in the mail and I'm serious when I say that YOU ALL NEED THEM. They are $65 - high waisted - have the raw hem on the bottom and make your butt look real good. They run big so order 1 size down!!

READING: You Are A Badass! Loving it so far!

LOVING: This gorgeous one-piece bathing suit and these birks for spring and summer! So cute!




COOKING: One of my favorite easy dinner recipes lately has been Aidell's chicken sausage, green pepper, onion, and carrots. Chop them all up and put on a foil lined baking sheet. Toss with olive oil, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes!

SPILLING SOME POTTY TRAINING TIPS: I had a few of you ask me questions about potty training Camden, so I wanted to answer some of them and pass on tips that were given to me. This is my first child that I've potty trained so def not an expert, but I would say the biggest piece advice I have is to WAIT until your child shows an actual interest. You don't want to rush this and it'll go easier and quicker if you wait until they fully understand the concept and are ready. I bought Camden a kids book about going on the potty and we read it together for months and would just occasionally practice sitting on the potty. We never pressured him to go - just to practice sitting on it.

+We do have a small plastic travel potty for on the go, but haven't had to use it yet. We didn't want to teach him to have to pee in the car, so when I'm running errands with the boys (Target, grocery store, etc.) I will just take him to their public bathroom. It's hard getting used to the germs (yuck), but he caught on quickly and haven't had any issues.

+For the first 2 days of actual potty training, I kept him in just big boy underwear (that he got to pick out himself) only with no pants on. I heard this or no underwear on at all is best. The first day I would ask him every 20-30 minutes or so if he had to go potty and then suggest that we go sit, but on the second day (because he caught on so quickly) I stopped asking as often and he would tell me more and more himself. (Sidenote-he had been telling us himself when he had to go potty for a good month or so before we trained him, so that was another way we knew he was ready)

+At nap time and bedtime we do pull-ups, however he actually prefers the underwear now so he doesn't like doing pull up at nap time. He normally wakes up dry so underwear has been fine!

+We always praised him soo much when he would go...high-fives, m&ms (pee), dum dum sucker (for #2.) Once he really got it down, he stopped asking for m&ms less and less and eventually we just said they ran out and he stopped needing them.

WISHING YOU: A happy Valentines day!!! I plan to bake cookies with the boys that I will have them decorate, and just hugging them extra tight. Maybe take them to play somewhere fun since it'll be somewhat warmer. Me and Billy have reservations for dinner on Friday to celebrate just the two of us! What are you guys doing?!

But really, this made my day..

2.12.2018

OUR OFFICE

Hi friends! Happy Monday!

I know. I promised last week I would show what our office looks like, but I'm here now! I love our office because it has a huge window in it which gives really good light and it has these built-ins that I just love styling. I'm pretty sure I walk in here and move something every other day! The only work that we did to this room since moving in was paint that back wall of the built ins, replaced the cabinet doors with shaker style ones, and updated the hardware...


I knew I wanted to be able to store the kids' art supplies in this room somehow, and loved the idea of displaying them on the cubed shelf (that was previously used in Camden's nursery!) It's great because they stay organized easily and looks cute. I have the boys' coloring and workbooks stored on the right hand side in the metal wall organizer.

It'll be interesting to see how this space changes over the years!

SOURCES:
+Rug (highly recommend! great quality and super soft for the price!)
+Desk, Marshalls
+Desk Chair
+Cube Shelf Organizer, Target (old-couldn't find online!)
+Succulent Plants
+White Vases
+Orbs, Glass Jug, Milk Jug all from Hobby Lobby
+Blue and White Ginger Jars
+Table Clock
+Gold Display Box

2.07.2018

Mid Week Thoughts & Happenings

Just a bunch of updates from this past week!

+We had our first road trip to Cleveland this weekend with our newly trained toddler + also since Kona has joined our little fam! It really did feel like we had a third kid with us, but she did really well in the car and at Billy's parents house. We celebrated the new baby news with his family (brother in law's baby...NOT ours:)) Camden went the whole weekend without having a single accident which was AWESOME since he was sleeping in a new house and with all the traveling we did in the car! We only had to stop once on our 2 hour drive for him to go potty. So impressed and proud of our big boy.

The boys got to go sledding and got to hang out with their great grandma and lots of other family too! 

+Lately I've been on an organizing kick. I think it's because I really want to keep our house organized and easier to get to things than our previous house - I don't want it getting out of control! I have been buying baskets and glass jars for the pantry like a crazy lady.


+I'm sharing our office space on the blog tomorrow! I will include links with everything that I bought & what all we did to fix it up since we moved in! If you're wondering about our kitchen cabinets, they finished them last Friday and are now hung up in our kitchen! We are in love with the results! I've been going back and forth on the hardware for them and also ordered a sconce for over the sink, so I want to wait until I finish these up before sharing the pictures.

+I have been obsessed with Lil Snappers fruit for the boys! With their "kid-sized" apples, pears, and oranges they help to make preparing their meals a little bit easier (I will take all the help that I can get in this department!) and are perfect for packing in bento/lunch boxes for on the go snacking. Both of my boys eat A TON of fruit so I love how much fruit you get in each bag. (They have a store finder here if you want to look up where you can buy them in your area)



PS-Because some of you might be interested in entering: they are currently having a contest where 11 lucky people can win a Visa gift card and Lil Snappers gift pack valued up to $1,000+! Enter here!

+Couldn't resist buying these adorable rose gold espadrilles. I ordered my true size, 8.5, and they fit great. I really should be banned from shopping at Target for the next 6 months. At least. 

Happy hump day friends!