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Oh, hi!


Good Friday morning! Yet another week of almost zero blogging and no traditional Five on Friday link up. I am so sorry and I miss checking in here!


What I thought was a battery issue with my computer is actually a MOTHERBOARD issue, so that's awesome. My 1.5 year old laptop will be completely replaced today and luckily they think there should be no problem getting all of my important information off of my old laptop.


It has just thrown me for a loop because it makes blogging really hard, it makes tracking my LipSense sales a little more difficult, and frankly it is just expensive. 


Insult to injury, we also found out yesterday that we have extensive water damage in our home that needs professional remediation. Loud, rumbling machines in our home for the next three days, and then only after that can we begin the process of cutting out drywall, replacing it, repainting it. The one great thing is that we seemingly have no damage to our beautiful hardwood floors!


So, between all of that and the bathroom remodel that will not quit, and super expensive ceiling damages to a rental property we have in Charleston, and an unrelated ceiling leak in our kitchen that was apparently dripping toilet water on our countertop… anyone got a mimosa for me?!


I am staying positive and trying to appreciate the small things, because they are THERE!


While blogging has taken a backseat, please look out for updates on my Instagram page! I will also be posting Instastories. 


XO,

April 

Monday

Monnnnday


Good Monday morning! 


I am glad to be back to blogging again after being on family last week! As I mentioned Friday, right as I lugged my computer, mouse, mouse pad, and charge cord down to the lake, it would not start up… completely dead battery. I Primed one to the lakehouse and it was the wrong size. Close but no cigar. 


We returned home Saturday from the lake and I had the correct battery size shipped to me, only to realize that I accidentally left my laptop charger cord down at the lake. Whooo lawdy. 


So, I am coming to you today from my handy-dandy Blogger app on my phone, because I did want to check in and share a few details about what's happening in our lives!


  • First of all, I am getting really excited about the big eclipse happening soon! I picked up some NASA-approved glasses yesterday and still want to do a little bit more research on it so that I fully appreciate this amazing natural phenomenon. 
  • Secondly, I have maintained my goal of being more active by going to the gym! I got zero exercise last week outside of chasing the girls, but I am ready to get back at it this week. We are going to the gym today and what has kept me motivated is finding some videos on my phone that I like to watch while I am on the treadmill. Music isn't enough for me ... I need to fully zone out!
  • I am planning a post when my computer is back up and running about breakfast ideas. I need a serious extreme makeover on my breakfast routine. I've always woken up so hungry and ready for a "carby" breakfast like a bowl of cereal or overnight oats, but for some reason these days I have just not been craving that at all. But I am also not and eggs/sausage type person. Recently I have just had a cup of coffee or two for breakfast which I know is not a healthy choice! It is not enough calories and it won't keep me sustained or give me energy.
  • Charlotte (16mo today) is getting closer and closer to walking! She is such a comfort zone baby and really only loves walking when she is holding both of my fingers. But recently I have been working every single day with her to build her confidence in walking while just holding one of my fingers, or standing up by herself while leaning back against my shin/knee. Camille walked much earlier so sometimes it is a little hard to not put pressure on myself of trying to get her to walk sooner than later. But she is on her own path and she is doing great!


OK, here's hoping I will be powered back up soon, hope your week is off to a great start!

Friday

Lake FOF!

Hello from the lake! My blog has been quiet this week but all is wonderful and we've been enjoying a little family time at Lake Wateree. 

No traditional link-up this week (I lugged my laptop, charge cord and mouse down here only to find out my laptop battery is dead as a door nail) but here are five photos from our wonderful time down here. 

Happy Friday!







Five On Friday: Bathroom Renovation Update!

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

O N E
This week is all about our master bathroom renovation updates! We first started demo on July 3rd, and I felt like everything was going SO fast, and the momentum kept up, and then all of the sudden ... sllooooooowww. Some were factors in my control (I procrastinated on some decisions) and some were not ... just typical construction stuff. But I think I see the light at the end of the tunnel -- and we may just may be done in a little more than a week or so?!

T W O
Earlier this week I went to In Style to approve the placement of the cuts on the countertop remnant we found. I'm so in love with it. It's a great medium gray quartzite/marble with lots of gorgeous movement. Looks like installation will be this coming Monday!




T H R E E
We are looking for a medium gray wall color ... anyone have good suggestions? Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams was WAY too light for the walls when I put up a few swatches. It washed out the tile, so we are looking for something that will highlight the pretty tile veining a little more.

Our designer said that Benjamin Moore had the prettiest grays. Any recs?

Benjamin Moore's Perfect Gray Paint Colors. Benjamin Moore Storm. Benjamin M... - http://home-painting.info/benjamin-moores-perfect-gray-paint-colors-benjamin-moore-storm-benjamin-m/

F O U R
The big statement light for over our tub is ordered and on the way! I'm so excited ... waiting for it has definitely delayed some progress (tub can't be installed until it is), but ultimately I think the wait will be okay because of the WOW factor it will give. Local Charlotte friends ... we ordered it through Blankenships.

F I V E
We have a fun big square showerhead and need an extended arm to go along with it. We have two options ... one that goes straight out, and one that is adjustable and would allow the showerhead to sit a little higher. Which one, which one?!





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Remember, this is the last weekend to shop the Nordstrom sale. My faves below:
(the shirt shown in black is the one I ordered in yellow... it runs large! i ordered a super small size for me ... XXS Petite ... and it fits great! I normally wear an XS)




That's it for today! Hope you have a lovely weekend -- thanks for linking up with us below!





Wednesday

Rice Krispie Goodness


I have always, alwaaaaaays loved Rice Krispie treats and only this past year did I ever start adding in extra marshmallows to the combined mixture before putting it in the pan. And that makes ALL the difference, y'all.

Here's the recipe I use:

RICE KRISPIE TREATS

5 Tbsp butter
8 cups mini-marshmallows, plus 2 cups
6 cups Rice Krispies

Melt butter on the stovetop over low/medium heat. Add in 8 cups marshmallows and stir constantly until combined. Add in Rice Krispies, stir to combine mixture. 

NOW THE FUN PART. Stir in those extra two cups of marshmallows. They will stay gooey and will only melt halfway. 

Spray an 8x8 glass pan with nonstick spray. I don't even press mine in, I just pour it in allowing them to stay nice and fluffy and uneven. 



And that's it!
If you want a little extra zing, top the pan of treats with a sprinkle of sea salt. YUM!

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Quick update on the Zella Live-In leggings from the Nordstrom sale ... I got mine yesterday and they are awesome! I am actually not going to use them as workout leggings -- I'll (finally) retire my Target maternity leggings and use these instead with tunics and long sweaters this fall and winter.

Zella leggings HERE
$35.90 now through Sunday
Back to $54.00 on Monday
I'm wearing the XS ... I'm 5'2"

Yep, you heard that right, I've been wearing my black maternity leggings all this time, just folding down the extra belly coverage. But they're good leggings!

Perks of these Zella leggings: 1) nice and thick, but not warm/fuzzy thick ... more of an exercise material thick. 2) maaaajor "suck-you-in" power. my fanny felt lifted and my tummy felt contained. 3) inexpensive now as part of the sale. 

Ciao, ladies!

Monday

A Darn Swell Weekend

Some days you're fishing a baby wipe out of the potty and it's only 7:32am. At least you have a pretty swell weekend to reflect back on. 

We got to the pool Friday just in time for a thunderstorm! So we didn't exactly enjoy splashing in the water, but we hung out poolside for a while as a family which was nice. After that, the girls had dinner and playtime with friends in the pool's kids club and Ian and I enjoyed a wonderful and amazingly quiet and calm (!!!) dinner together. I had the lobster roll and a glass of Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc, no complaints here!


Someone in our neighborhood was giving away these to Pottery Barn kids chairs so I snatched them up after the girls bedtime on Friday night. They were so excited to come down the next morning and see them! I need two new covers and want to have them personalized with their names, and then we are all set for family movie night or Saturday morning cartoons!


Saturday night I did something a little different and I went out with some local girls who also sell LipSense! We were gearing up for a training I attended on Sunday which had girls from all over the state and some that flew in from Oklahoma. Definitely a lot of fun and I have so enjoyed meeting some new friends. Never too old to keep making friends, right?


It was a weekend full of nice family time and also feeling proud of myself for going out of my comfort zone and making new connections. We ended the night perfectly last night, Ian grilled out some wings and we watched Dateline on the screened porch.

Friday

Five On Friday: Iced Coffee, Sharing Ice Cream and Candles

It's time for another edition of Five on Friday and I do hope you'll join along!

Remember, all you have to do is post about five things on your mind, add our logo (found at the bottom of this post), and join the party using the linky tools below. Easy, and a great way to find new blogs and be found. :)

O N E
I've been enjoying a nice cold iced coffee in the afternoons! I just brew the coffee in our Keurig over ice, add in cream and splenda, and a few more ice cubes to finish it off.



This Toasted Coconut coffee is my current fave and it's actually Walmart brand, less than $5 a box!



T W O
Camille's photography game is improving. Only took 8 photos last night to get a clear one that didn't include her thumb or bare feet.



T H R E E
We just joined a country club! This is something we've been considering for a while, and Ian and I attended the orientation Wednesday night. I think it's going to be awesome for our family -- I foresee lots of great pool days and family dinners together. Plus they have a fitness facility I can start using instead of the YMCA, childcare is a dollar an hour, and everyone there is SO nice and welcoming. I'm really excited!

F O U R
Yesterday Ian had a work-from-home day and my MIL was in town, so we all lunched together at Jason's Deli. This is actually a really great place to take kids. The girls ate so many healthy foods from the salad bar -- tomatoes, zucchini spears, carrot sticks, red and yellow pepper strips, hummus, hardboiled eggs, bean salad, watermelon. Plus fun things like pasta salad and mini-muffins. :) Char got to taste some of Camille's fro-yo at the end and mannnnn, HEAVEN. She kept saying "more" which sounds like "muhhhhh! muhhhhh!" every time Camille would give her a lick.




F I V E
It's been a good, busy week in the lip biz for me, so I'm treating our home to some of my very favorite candles! The Voluspa candles burn slow, smell strong, and last a while. They even smell great unlit. Part of the Nordies sale now and down from $48, so I'm pouncing. You can find them HERE and the image below is clickable. 


voluspa candles


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That's it for today! Hope you have a lovely weekend -- thanks for linking up with us below!





Wednesday

Two Kitchen Thingies That Kids Love

I'm here today to share two kitchen ... thingies ... that my kids love.

NUMBER ONE
I have posted a few photos of my girls enjoying their cold treats with these popsicle holders and I always get questions about them! You can find them HERE on Etsy as low as $0.95/each if you don't get them personalized! 


Recently we've been enjoying frozen yogurt pops which feels like a treat for them (we call them creamy popsicles) but is a total momming-win for me. 


NUMBER TWO
Do you have one of these crinkle cutter knives?! The girls both love a banana each morning and this makes the banana slices way more fun! You can use it for so much more -- cutting carrots, apples, making your own fries ... and did you know that you can take an empty jar of pickle juice, slice up a cucumber, stick the slices right in the juice and have homemade pickles in a few days?!

This cutter is perfect for making your own pickles! Less than $6 HERE on Amazon. 


Total kitchen wins. 
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