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The Longest I’ve Ever Been Pregnant

As of Saturday I’m more pregnant than I’ve ever been.

(I had my two bios at 37 weeks, 5 days and as of today I’m 38 weeks.)

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And lord knows, it ain’t all sunshine and roses over here. I’m sore, my core literally aches 24/7, my heartburn is constant, my skin itches, my face is puffy, my fuse is short, and I’m D-O-N-E.

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That being said, I know that the Natalie of almost a decade ago that was trying so desperately for another child would have been plain ticked off to hear someone complain about pregnancy when it was all that Old Natalie wanted. You know that saying: “I still remember the days I prayed for the things I have now”? Well, it hits home for me.

(Buuuuut, I am human, haha! And I am over being pregnant.)

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I can tell #4 is happy as can be in there too and doesn’t have any plans on coming out of his/her own (I am “not dilated at all; not even one little bit” as my OB told me last Tuesday) so until the doctor decides *I* am healthier with it on the outside (meaning it’s doing more harm than I can handle), it’s staying put.

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Which means it may be in there until November 14th at 7:30am. (Please please please don’t let me go to 40 weeks, 1 day is what I pray ’round-the-clock.)

So, there’s my update: my baby is still cooking with no plans of coming out anytime soon!

All pictures in this post were taken at 37 weeks, 5 days…too bad the most recent ones {taken by MM!} were not in a hospital gown!


Two Down, Two to Go

…to be in school all day that is.

{And since one isn’t even born yet I’ve got A LONG time until they’re all in school! But oh what a sweet day that will be! ūüėČ }

Here’s some pictures from yesterday’s first day of school adventures.

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(I can’t help but post this¬†of MM on her first day as a kindergartener three years ago…gosh, time flies, y’all! ¬†One thing funny to point out–MM was NINE INCHES taller than Moseby when she started school, HA!!)

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MM told me every minute detail of her day {of course}, whereas Moseby told me “I don’t remember” about basically everything {of course}.

Here’s hoping for another 179 good days this school year!


Back to School Teacher Gifts

I’ve mentioned before on here that I love giving teacher gifts.

Specifically themed gifts (I posted about teacher¬†Easter baskets here and their¬†end of the year baskets here). I just can’t help myself–I love a good theme and I’m an elementary school teacher myself so I know how fun it is to GET gifts.

Last night was MM and Moseby’s open house at their schools. We brought in two giant bags of school supplies each (with mermaid labels for her and pirate labels for him on them), but we also brought each teacher a basket. At their schools the grade level puts down a wish list (markers or paper towels or stickers, etc.) so we made sure to get each item from the wish list for their teacher plus a little more.

Moseby’s teacher was also MM’s kindergarten teacher and so I knew what she liked (chocolate turtles are her jam) and also what her room theme was (paw prints). I send a little questionnaire into my kids’ teachers (homeroom, specials, counselors, administration–everyone!) the second week of school to get to know them better–I’ll have to post the form I use on here next week for you–but I wish I knew more about MM’s teacher(s) so I could fill her/their basket with a few more personalized goodies because compared to Moseby’s it’s small. #sosad

Here is Moseby’s teacher gift.

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The baskets came from Target and I had a friend do the vinyl decals. The paper plates, Ziplock bags, magic erasers, and reward sticks were on the wish list. Everything else I got because it was fun–lots of fun-colored Sharpies and Expos, fun tape, copy paper, the teacher’s favorite reward candy, pawprint-themed items, and masking tape (because she asked for that specifically).

This is MM’s teachers’ baskets (she has a homeroom teacher and another teacher that teaches two subjects).

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If you’re a teacher what’s your favorite teacher gift to receive? Mine is fun colored Sharpies or felt tip pens. Though card stock is pretty sweet too!


Off to Camp She Goes {and a care package}

On Sunday we drop MM off for her first¬†sleep away camp. It’s for six nights at an Episcopalian camp in the Georgia mountains.

It will be the longest she’s ever been away from us and I’m sad about it and excited for her and nervous for her–you mamas know that crazy mix of emotions you have when your kids start growing those wings.

Mama’ing is hard, y’all.

I thought I would share with you how I got her ready for camp in case any of you are going through something similar this summer. It’s been 25 years since I’ve been a camper (though I was a 4-H counselor in college) so I wasn’t sure how to pack her…hopefully I did an okay job. ūüėČ

I used waterproof clothing labels (I got mine here) for all her clothing (including swimsuits and underwear).

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I used another kind of waterproof labels for all her bath stuff, bug repellent, and sunscreen. (I got these labels here)

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And since she’s only 8 I thought it would be best if I put her outfits in individual bags so each morning she can get up, choose a bag, and have her shorts/shirt/underwear/socks/hair bow all together. I’m sure they’ll be wrinkled doing it this way, but at least it will be one less thing for her to worry about (’cause she would worry if she thought she didn’t match).

One of my best memories of camp (and C.’s too when I mentioned it) was getting letters from home while you’re there. So I’ve been working on several (she’s only there for four days that’s not a Sunday or a holiday).

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What’s nice about Camp Mikell (and maybe other camps, I have no experience with this stuff!) is that you can bring your camper a care package at drop-off and they’ll deliver it on the day you ask instead of having to mail it.

This is the one I came up with for MM (she’s receiving it on Tuesday–the 4th).

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Just a bunch of little things: a girls’ magazine, a Mad Libs, a magnetic hang man game, candy, a water bottle, a fan, pajama shorts, and some July 4th bracelets and stuff.

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I have no idea what other parents do for care packages. Who knows, they may give their child one every day or maybe most of them don’t even give them. I honestly have no clue. I’m sure I’ll hear all about the quality of her care package¬†next weekend when we pick her up. ūüėČ

So, been-there-done-that moms, how’d I do? Any tricks up your sleeve when getting your kiddos ready for camp that I need to know about? Any advice on teaching an eight year old how to brush her very thick hair and put it in a neat pony tail in 48 hours?! Asking for a friend.


My Dad’s Birthday Fun Days Continue & Georgia O’Keeffe Costumes

I mentioned recently that we are doing weekly outings for my dad for his 70th birthday (which is next Wednesday). The first week we went to a Gwinnett Braves game, the second week we went strawberry picking (so I could make him a strawberry cobbler), and this week we went and did bumper cars/laser tag/arcade games. We were supposed to go fishing last week, but it was crazy cold & raining so we took a raincheck {literally}. We also have to squeeze in a quick trip to Mayfield Dairy to grab some ice cream–my dad LIVES for his daily evening ice cream treat (I wish I could eat as much ice cream as he does and not gain weight #geneticsarentfair).

The reason we did bumper cars yesterday is because Daddy had such a good time with MM and Moseby doing them on vacation this past summer. I Google’d nearby locations for bumper cars and I only found one place near their house–Stars & Strikes in Dacula. But I found something pretty cool–on Tuesdays you can play all the arcade games (but you don’t win prizes), laser tag, and bumper cars you want for $9.99/person¬†(or you can do all the bowling you want + shoes for the same price). Y’all, that is a STEAL. We spent almost three hours there yesterday afternoon and everyone–even Lala who spent the time being carried around on my back in the Tula–had a blast.

Here’s a few pictures from our day from my¬†phone.

These two are the best of buds. So much so that if Pops (who Lawson causes “Dah”) is around he’s all like ‘Mama who?!’.¬†

The kids (& my dad too) are having a blast with these weekly celebrations–they love getting to do something fun on a random weekday night and we all love celebrating this special guy.

In other news, MM is doing a wax statue museum next week–basically she dresses up like a famous person and pretends to be them as “museum goers” walk around from famous person to famous person. She chose Georgia O’Keeffe (girlfriend LOVES art) and she’s just a tad bit disappointed that her costume will be baggy jeans, a white button down, and a long black cardigan…and a severe-looking bun. I did tell her she could wear lots of my silver southwestern jewelry so that made it a little better (she likes to accessorize!). I can’t wait to see her all dressed up and acting like the famous painter. (We bought a large print of this painting to put on an easel behind her.) Stay tuned. ūüėČ



Tour Texas: Fort Worth Stockyards

On Monday morning I woke MM up at 5:15 and told her to hurry up and get ready–that she & I were having a special surprise Mommy & Me date that day.

What I didn’t tell her is that we’d been planning it for a month. And that it wasn’t just one day, but THREE.

See, MM’s love language is attention and one-on-one time. And that’s hard to get when you’re the oldest of three and have two high maintenance little brothers. She’s my helper and my kind & responsible child. She’s had all A’s all year long in school. She never ever gets in trouble. We wanted to fill her “love bank” by taking her on a special little trip all by herself where she could get alllllllllll our attention.

So she and I hopped in the car to a destination unknown {I had packed our suitcases earlier and put them in the back without her knowing the night before}. I thought she would figure it out by the time we parked, but nope, the airport signs and all the planes didn’t give it away (HA!).

She was over-the-moon excited when I told her she would be going to Dallas with Mommy (C. left on an earlier flight and she didn’t know he was actually going to be in the same city with us until we got out rental car!).

When we got on the plane the pilots ushered her to the cockpit (I have no idea why!) and they let her welcome the passengers on the PA system. They showed her all the buttons and gave her wings & a card. She was on cloud nine.

She enjoyed her flight so much that she promptly passed out and slept like this for most of it. #Icouldntfeelmyarm

Once we touched down and found C. we decided to head to the Fort Worth Stockyards for the afternoon and it was awesome. She had a blast!

Our first stop was Joe T. Garcia’s which sweet Allison¬†recommended last week in a comment (thanks, Allison!). It was delicious. C. got the mixed fajitas and they were hands down the best fajitas I’ve ever tasted. Cookies (75 cents!) were delicious. And the patio? Gorgeous.

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A quick two or three minute drive and we were at the Stockyards.

They had steers you can ride.

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A maze you could complete (and get this prize if you finish it–oh la la!).

A petting zoo. A museum. Old timey pictures. TONS of shopping.

Carriage rides.

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They have a herd of cattle walk down the main street every day at 11:30am and 4pm with real cowboy herders.


Link to photographer (not me).

Our favorite part was going inside the stables to see the horses, mules, and reindeer. I don’t know if people knew they could go in there or not because we only saw one other family the entire time we were in there. We wouldn’t have known to go had the carriage ride driver not told us!

And isn’t it random they have reindeer?

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We had a really good time and everything was reasonably priced. A carriage ride was $25 for all three of us. Sitting on a steer was $5. The maze was $15 for all three of us. The petting zoo was $5. The cattle drive, museum, and the stables were free.

I definitely recommend the area if you’re going to be near Fort Worth!

After we left the Stockyards we drove into downtown Dallas. MM promptly set up the desk in the hotel room with all her new souvenirs and writing and art supplies (’cause isn’t that what YOU do first thing when you get to your hotel room?!) and then we went up to the rooftop pool (which was too cold for us old folks).

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Yesterday we went to Waco and today we’re going to the Perot Museum before we head home (stay tuned for pictures of that!).

Oh! And as you may know, I post on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays…but something happened on Monday and I scheduled the post for NEXT Monday not realizing it. So I’m sorry if you came here looking for me on Monday…I was flying somewhere over Mississippi at the time and didn’t catch my mistake until yesterday. Oops! ¬†But no worries: I’ll be here Friday. Pinkie promise. ūüėČ



Friday Five

Oh y’all, what¬†a fun few days we have coming up. Eek! Today…probably right at this very second in fact {I write these posts in advance and schedule them to be published right at 8am, in case you couldn’t tell}…my cousin Jess is having her baby! I probably won’t be able to sleep, I’m so excited! I’m going to go ahead and put my prediction out there on Baby B: 21.5″, 9 pounds, 8 ounces (even though he’s only 39 weeks!), and another redhead.

I’m honored that she asked me to take pictures of Emery and B. meeting for the first time this morning. If she gives me permission I’ll share one on Monday.

Eek! Eek! Eek! Another baby to love on!

So excuse me if this post is all jumbled, but I’ve got Baby Brain!

Let’s get to it, shall we?

  1. First up, one of my sorority sisters {click here for her site} sent me a sample of No. 3 Balancing Facial Mask from Beautycounter when she heard I love trying new masks. It’s a charcoal-based mask. This is a little before and after. In real life I could tell a difference in pore size and skin tone/color/pigment (which is a big deal when you have problem with skin tone to begin with). It didn’t dry my skin out either like so many masks!

2. I don’t really ever think my oldest and youngest look alike. MM looks so much like me (with straight hair) and Lawson looks so much like C. (with curly hair)…or so I thought.

Uhm, twinsies. Yes, his upper eyelids are a little more…uhm…absent, haha…like C.’s, but y’all, they look so much alike {minus eye color}! ¬†I love genetics.

3. Maybe it’s because I’m a teacher myself, but I love giving teacher gifts. If it’s a holiday, we do gifts. It’s just our thang. I should’ve taken a picture our St. Patrick’s Day little gift that included chocolate coins, leprechaun socks, and lucky 7’s scratch-off lottery tickets–it was a cute, cheap, fun idea. Anyway, this was our Easter baskets we delivered last week.

Yellow containers. Bunny kitchen towel. Easter pasta. Rustic rabbit. Sisal chick with bunny ears. Bunny canvas. Flower in tin can.

4. In a recent post I mentioned items I was out of and reordering. That got me to think about my current haircare routine and a couple of new items I’ve added recently.

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I’ve been using Pureology Hydrate Shampoo + Conditioner for a couple of years now (here it is in a regular size bottle–that lasts me 4-6 months), and I’ve been using Aveda Smooth Infusion Naturally Straight¬†and Aveda Smooth Infusion Style-Prep Smoother¬†for at least three years now. The two latest things are Pureology Fanatic Multi-Tasking Hair Beautifier–it’s like a vitamin spray–and Matrix Turbo Dryer since I have so!much!hair! and it really does cut down on drying time! Very pleasantly surprised.

5. We are getting so excited about taking MM on her surprise trip to Dallas on Monday. She has NO idea. ..and I’m totally not telling her until we pull into the airport parking lot.¬†I’m going to pack her suitcase and put it in the car the night before so she won’t even know we’re spending the night anywhere…much less several states away! …much less with JUST her mommy & daddy! I can’t wait to see her face! Eek!

Hope you all have a great weekend. We’ve got babies and trips and gorgeous weather here. And I can’t wait.


Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I should write “For Me” at the end of the title of this post because the things pictured below are TOTALLY what *I* am wanting right now. ¬†…so if any of you are looking to get me a present, HA!

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We’ll start from the top {just now realized I totally should of numbered these in the collage, OOPS!, you live and learn}:

  1. Free People Coastline tee. AND it’s currently 25% off (and you know Free People *never* goes on sale!). Comes in grey,¬†red, and lavender and I love the flouncy hem. Perfect for a Valentine’s Day lunch.
  2. Away Carry-On in Green. They will even handpaint your monogram on there. Yes, please! C. travels for work weekly and I’m trying to find an excuse to buy him this suitcase {but with my initials…I kid I kid!} so that I can use it too.
  3. A custom watercolor of our house. This is totally frivolous as we already have one done in oils, but this is in watercolor AND it’s only $30. What an awesome gift for a new homeowner in your life!
  4. Living Proof ‘Perfect Hair Day’ Dry Shampoo. I ran out of the Pureology dry shampoo I have always used a couple of weeks ago and have heard great things about this one. I’m wanting to put it on BEFORE working out to see if it makes a difference afterwards. I’ll let you know!
  5. GapFit High Rise Barre Strap Leggings. I don’t do barre, but man, I love these leggings! They’ve been sitting in my shopping cart for weeks now. And today they’re 40% with code OVERTIME. Eek!
  6. Adjustable Rolling Pin with Removable Rings. I get so confused when a recipe says to roll something 1/4″- or 1/2″-thick. Like, how am I supposed to be able to tell the difference?! Please say it’s not just me that has this issue! I love this rolling pin because it has “rings” that you move to adjust the dough height so you get the right thickness.
  7. Lucky Brand ‘Bashina’ Booties (mine are ‘Brindle’). These are the booties I talked about last week that I wanted…and I ordered them. I told C. he did a great job picking out my Valentine’s Day present when I got them in the mail on Saturday. ūüėČ
  8. Gap Eyelet Three-Quarter Blouse. Doesn’t it look like the most comfortable thing ever?! I think it’s a piece I could wear spring through fall (40% off wide code OVERTIME).
  9. Bobbi Brown Tube Soap. The saleslady I always work with at the Bobbi Brown counter at Macy*s {Hi, Denise!} raves about this soap.
  10. Hand Made Pottery Salad Plates. C. & I went to King +¬†Duke in Buckhead for the anniversary of our first date (December 28, 2003) and they had the most beautiful hand made pottery for their bread plates…and really great food. I haven’t been able to get those plates¬†off my mind since and have quite a few saved in my Etsy Favorites folder.
  11. Nike Juvenate Tennis Shoes {in ‘Melon’}. Oh, these are cute! And pink. And perfect. #allthehearteyes
  12. Crab & Cleek Tote {in ‘Vintage Thermos}. I mean, come on, how cute is this tote bag?! I so don’t need another tote bag {I kinda have a collection}, but it’s just so fabulous!

So there’s my random hodge podge list of things I’m currently crushing on and think would make great gifts. Is there anything in particular YOU’RE wanting for Valentine’s Day/birthday/because it’s Monday? I’d love to know!

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Also, I mentioned on Friday that C. and MM had a special daddy-daughter date night and they had a blast. They ate at the very swanky Chick-Fil-A in our mall food court and then headed to the community center for a dance. She got a fancy new dress and wore her first pair of heels (sparkley gold, of course!). I let her wear the diamond necklace I wore the day I got married to her daddy and she felt oh-so-special. C. gave her a corsage wristlet with roses and a small orchid and she kept smelling it and smiling. I think she felt loved and wanted and protected and cherished–and I hope one day (a verrrrrrrry long time from now!) she’ll find another man that makes her feel that way too.

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And in case you want to go down Memory Lane with me, here’s the other daddy-daughter dates that started when she turned 2.

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I think it must be getting dusty in here or something because my eyes are watering!
Happy Monday, y’all!

In honor of the Super Bowl yesterday I thought I would post the best cookie cake recipe I’ve ever found. Here’s a picture of the cookie cake I made for our hometown team {and yes, I’m 110% completely ignoring the outcome of the game!}–please don’t look at my icing work. I am so NOT skilled in this area. ūüėČ

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Natalie’s Everything But the Kitchen Sink Cookie Cake¬†

2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups every kind of chocolate or PB or whatever chip you’ve got (I used white chocolate, mini semisweet, regular semisweet, bittersweet, and milk chocolate chips…what can I say I LOVE my chocolate, ha!)

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 14-inch, light colored, round pizza pan with parchment paper and grease the parchment paper (*you can also use just cooking spray with flour*)
In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Add the eggs, beating well after the addition of each.
In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt and mix with a whisk. Add to the butter mixture, mixing to incorporate, and add the vanilla extract. Fold in the dark and white chips and the nuts. Spread across the bottom of the prepared pan and bake until the edges are golden and the cookie is set but the center is still slightly soft, 20 to 25 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Note: This recipe makes two of the cookie cakes seen above.


Things I’m Loving {Friday Five}, #2

Can I just get an ‘amen’ that the weekdays¬†following a three-day weekend are sooooooo much longer than a normal week?

Glad we agree.

But there’s always something I’m loving, or five. ūüėČ And here they are in no particular order on this fabulous Friday morning:

  1. Easy shredded chicken!

Shredding cooked chicken {it can be poached or baked or saut√©ed} in my mixer is a beautiful thing. Dump it in there fully cooked, turn the mixer on {with paddle attachment} and in a couple of minutes it’s all shredded perfectly. Makes my heart sing–no more burned fingers trying to cut it up or shredding it by hand while it’s still warm!

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2. My six favorite cookbooks right now!

I keep them on my counter & the pages are stained and dog eared & there are notes in the margins ’cause these are that good. {If I had to pick my #1 favorite it would be this one (I even made cupcakes from it today!).} I’m going to do a review on each one (eventually) and post some pics of my favorite recipes inside each. Just wait ’til you see the cake I made for New Years Day from the cookbook on the far right!
From left to right:¬†The Southern Baker,¬†The Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook {it’s a bakery in Savannah and is DELICIOUS and is a Savannah must-do!}, Back in the Day Bakery: Made with Love¬†(less than $14!),¬†¬†The Southern Cake Book, Slow Dough, Real Bread, and Marbled, Swirled, and Layered.

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3. My new Clarisonic Cashmere brush head!

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I’ve been using this puppy for a couple of months now (I use¬†my Clarisonic Mia {that I’ve had for a looooong time now} at night before I go to bed. Note: I do NOT use the cleansing oil with my Clarisonic even though they’re pictured next to each other–it just fit on the tray, HA!–I use that in the mornings. I use the cleanser in the container to the left with my Clarisonic) and I’m in love. I’ve always liked the sensitive brush head¬†(thanks¬†rosacea for the sensitive skin!), but this new one is a dream. It still exfoliates, but it’s!so!soft! you could even use it on your eyelids! ¬†If it’s time for you to get a new brush on your Clarisonic–they recommend every three months though I usually hold out for six since I use it just once a day–you NEED to try the cashmere brush head. Oh la la!

{This picture makes me realize I need to do a skincare regime post soon!}

4. 100th Day of School for MM!

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On the 100th day of school she is allowed to get out of dress code (hooray!) and dress as a 100 year old person (hip hip hooray!).¬†And this year’s¬†outfit is on point. Dress, cardigan, knee highs, heels, & {the most amazing} sunglasses found at Goodwill by Moseby and I this week. Walker from one great-grandmother, purse {with Kleenex sticking out of the top} from another great-grandmother. Sassiness? All her own.

Oh, and her face? That’s what she thinks old people look like, HA!
5. Click Magazine

If you like photography, you’ll love this magazine. I devour each issue–I love the talk about lenses, photography styles, external hard drives, etc. Last month there was an article by a photographer who takes pictures {mainly of her kids} just because she enjoys it. She doesn’t get paid–she just does it because it brings her joy. And it spoke right at me because (as of now–because never say never, right?) I have no interest in “professional photography”–I’ve always done it because I love it and it makes me happy. Something about this woman’s article gave me permission to just enjoy it. I think I may take some more classes {I haven’t taken any in 7 or 8 years} this summer when I’m off just for fun.

And that’s my Friday Five for you! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend–we’re having four of MM’s friends over to eat hibachi, go to a movie, and spend the night tonight. Pray for me! We were supposed to go two weeks ago, but it was snowed out (high that day: 32, today’s high: 72). #southernwinter


Weekend Uniform

Eeek! Today I’m sharing my first outfit on my blog. EVER.

It feels crazy strange being in front of the camera by myself, instead of behind it. I guess now I know how my kids feel, HA! And speaking of being behind the camera, guess who my photographer was? My four year old {I think it weighed more than him!}. The only payment he wanted was to take a picture with my baby pink Instax camera of our cats afterwards–he LOVES that thing!

So please excuse the blurriness, the over-exposure, the un-centeredness, and my feet being cut off–he’s still working on his photography skills. ūüėČ

I swear I wear this outfit every weekend. It’s warm and comfortable and has a gigantic pocket across the front to stick my keys or my cell or a diaper in. Can it get any better?!

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If you came to our Christmas tree farm this past Christmas season there was a 50% chance you would have even seen me in this exact outfit, that’s how often I wear it!

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Outfit Details:

  • Hat by Judith March {in red}. It’s no longer available in navy, but you might can find the navy¬†on eBay
  • Gap grey & white striped top¬†that’s long enough to cover your bum in leggings¬†is¬†40% right now with code ‘WINTER’. Size range XS (0) to XXL (18/20).
  • Zella Black leggings {I don’t workout in these–they are reserved for “daytime use”} They fit like a dream, don’t fade, and don’t stretch out. Size range: XXS (00) to XXL (18). Size 18W to 24W can be found here.
  • L.L. Bean fleece pullover in pewter is one of my most favoritest things I’ve purchased this past fall. I saw it on a blog last winter & when it went on sale in October I scooped it up. It looks like most sizes are on backorder, but there’s always eBay. ūüėČ Size range: XXS (00) to XL (18/20). ¬†The pullover doesn’t come in plus sizes, but the¬†jacket version does. Size 18W-26W can be found here.

I love-love-love my hat. It’s soft and distressed and features the best state, hands down. I got mine at Mint Juleps in Sugar Hill, but it was a while back.

january 6. 7. mm birthday sleepover. snow day. comfy yoga pants outfit_0026_edited-1

I would like to note, just because I read just enough blogs to wonder this kind of stuff myself, but photos of me will not be touched up, other than lighting. I’m not going to Photoshop my thighs or my crows feet or any other part for that matter because I think it’s important you see what clothes look like on a “real” person–not one with a Photoshopped thigh gap. For size reference, I’m 5’5″ and a large 6/small 8 in pants and a medium in tops (though I’m wearing a large in the pullover above, but could’ve have gotten away with a size smaller). If something comes in plus size I’ll let you know {’cause I’ve been there and it’s the!most!frustrating!thing!ever! to find clothes} and if I find something that¬†doesn’t fit true-to-size I’ll let you know that too.

I can’t wait to show you the bracelets I had on in these photos that you can’t see (I’m such a newbie at this!). My mom got me a custom cuff for Christmas with the kids’ names engraved on it and I’m in love. I’ll post pics next week, promise!


In other news, somehow my itty bitty baby that once looked like this:

Now looks like this:

january 8. mm's birthday_0017_edited-1

She turned 8 yesterday and she makes my heart happy with the little lady she is turning into. She’s kind and helpful to her core, a lover of art and the color yellow, and the best big sister ever. Oh, and she’s smart. How’d I get so lucky to be her mama?

{This is our sign I hang on our front door when we have a special day at our house (birthdays, good behavior, trying really hard, losing a tooth, etc.). It’s by Artist Tree {they usually write “Happy Camper” on there, but I had this one custom made} in Dothan, Alabama. Doormat by Boutique Monogram.}



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