A little bit of this and a little bit of that…

Hello all you lovelies. It has been a minute since I have been on here. My PC computer was so frustrating and would constantly turn off/delete/not work that I just was not able to get anything done on it. I had planned on getting a laptop once we moved into our new home in February and start up blogging then but guess what…

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Sweet hubby surprised me with this on Christmas morning. I am so excited. Even though I have no clue how anything on it works I am grateful that it doesn’t have an agenda to freeze every hour.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas!!! Originally I was going to do a gift post, or a new New Years resolution post but lets face it we have all seen many of those so I decided to just do a random one haha. I feel like everyone is in limbo between Christmas Eve and New Years Day anyway.

This year we decided to give our kids just one large gift, instead of many little ones. The pre teen years have proven to be a hard thing to shop for. Sometimes I miss the days of coloring books and stuffed animals. Although they were spendy the gifts are something that both of them are passionate about so we felt like it was a great investment.

They were both in heaven!!!

After Christmas we took the day to re coup because between the 4:40 am wake up call from the kiddos and a family Christmas of 40 people, we were all exhausted. David left for a snowmobiling trip with his brothers the next day and although we miss him terribly when he goes, I try to make the time I have with the kiddos special. We had lots of friends over and went sledding, which was so much fun!!!

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And after the busy days I treated the kids to a little movie night

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Express was having a major sale!!! So i went and snagged an outfit for a deal that can’t be beat. They don’t have what i got online, I’m thinking all their clearance stuff varies by store. Both of these items are such classic pieces and under $20 each!

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Nordstrom is also having a major sale, I ordered this basic in two colors.

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I’ve been cooking up some major comfort food and loving every minute of it.

Classic home made tomato soup and grilled cheese.

And nothing says comfort food like chili and cornbread

Hope you all lovelies have an amazing New Year. I am excited as to what 2018 has in store for our family. I think 2017 has definitely  been one of faith for me and I just know that the Lord has even greater plans.

See you next year!!!

Love, XoXo Julia

 

Express and Lunch

It’s that time of year when everything seems to be going in hyper speed. End of the school year, dance competitions, beginning of sports, tons of work and of course all those beautiful days that you just want to soak in as much as you can. In addition to all the wonderful adventures and memories that summer holds, we have been blessed to buy land and build our forever home. The excitement is too much for me to even express. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would be possible, but good thing our God’s plans are so much grander than our silly little dreams. I’ll be documenting the building process through the blog and Instagram, but for now all we have is a large piece of dirt and a blueprint.

I went shopping with my girlfriend this past weekend and got the cutest outfits for summer. Most of my shopping actually happened at Express. I don’t buy a ton there so I was surprised I had found so many cute and simple things for summer. Here are a few of what I scored on their Memorial Day sale.

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I have been eyeing this dress since I saw it on Instagram a few weeks ago but I had no idea it was at Express. Imagine my excitement when there it was. Of course I snatched it up! I also got a few pairs of jeans. Even though I was shopping for summer clothes, I always buy jeans if I see a pair (or 2) that I like.

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Love the distress on these jeans and the fit couldn’t be more perfect.

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I have been excited about trying the frayed bottom jeans. I think I may have to trim the fray just a tad for it to work for me.

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This shirt is so soft I bought it in two colors!

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This shirt is perfect with jeans, shorts or jean skirt. I got mine in a pale pink and cannot wait to wear it.

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This soft tie front shirt is super cute with some high waisted jeans.

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Also grabbed these Guess sandals for more casual days.

Now that summer is officially here I have been working on re vamping my grocery and meal planning ideas.  I love Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain .My family loves her Sesame Orange Chicken along with many other favorites.

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My kids also love tacos, so we usually have them about once every 2 weeks or so.

And the best is when you can sneak in a mini lunch date with your love on the patio with a delicious spread like this one.

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Love, XoXo Julia

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It has been a heck of a week. Feels like I’m running on a hamster wheel and obviously not getting anywhere fast. And then I look on my calendar as to whats to come, and a sense of panic comes over me. I have a very bad habit of taking on too much. For some reason I have convinced myself that I can do it all, plus add in a few other things for good measure. I go go go and then one day I just run out of gas and boom my engine blows up. Like my analogy there? So I am trying to figure out a way to still do it all but without all the mental craziness that goes along with it. If any of you super moms have advice on this please please share it with me!

Buuut the show must go to so, unto the Friday Favorites this week!!! I mean I still have favorites even on weeks when I lose my mind.

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Shay’s over at MixnMatchMama’s recipes never disappoint. I loved this on a busy Thursday night!

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It is supposed to be low 70’s this weekend and that makes this girl super happy. I am so excited for fall clothes, fall smells, fall leaves…just all this fall.

 

I put on a long sleeved shirt and booties this past weekend for a dinner out. It was still too hot, but for the hour I did have it on, I loved it!

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This man right here..I am so grateful that I get to do life with my best friend.

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I am loving these 90 Degrees leggings/yogas. They wash perfect and are super comfy for all those workouts and spontaneous trips to the grocery store.

 

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Don’t know that this is a favorite…but I am putting it on here for my own accountability. I need to get my stuff together ya’ll. It has been a very fun summer full of great friends, lazy pool days and tons and tons of food. I am making an exercise plan and meal plan to start in the next few days. Hoping to get back down to my ideal weight within the next month or so. I am thinking of doing updates throughout the week, but haven’t fully decided how I’m going to do it yet. I’ll keep you updated.

Well that’s all for this week. See you Monday for the weekly wrap up!

Love XoXo, Julia

 

Back to School (School Supply Edition)

Back To School Logo - Funny School ImagesWell it’s that time of year again when us four take the kids’ supply list and starting marking things off. Since Lanna, my oldest, is starting Middle School this year (don’t know how that happened, but that’s a whole different blog post),she has been all about re- inventing her style. Although Braden who is going into 4th grade isn’t as picky as her, he does like to have an input on a few things . I decided to let my little ones help me narrow down their favorite items for the upcoming year.

Her Picks

 

Lanna is loving this one. The style and pattern are more neutral and the size is functional. It is definitely a far cry from the princess ones a few years back.

She fell in love with this design a little while ago. After walking around with it, she realized the size wouldn’t really suit her needs for school.

 

His Picks

We love Under Armour for almost all of Braden’s sporting equipment so this choice shouldn’t surprise me.

 

Office Depot® Brand Stellar Notebook, 8 1/2" x 11", 3 Subject, College Ruled, Assorted Colors (No Color Choice), 150 Sheets

We love these college ruled notebooks. I think it keeps the writing neater.

How cute are these Yoobi Double Ended Colored Pencils

I found my lunch packs at Marshalls but I couldn’t link those, but these are the same ones I use for my kids snacks.

 

And these for the actual lunches. I love the different compartments in them.

THERMOS FOOGO Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel 10-Ounce Food Jar, Charcoal/Teal

I am buying both of my kids a thermos this year. I am going to order these ones, but since I haven’t ever used them before I can’t quiet give you a good review.

Well those are some of the basics, minus the hundreds of pocket folders, thousands of sharpened #2 pencils and of course the many options of highlighters. We still have so many things planned for the rest of the summer that the realization of back to school hasn’t quiet hit us yet. It will though, and when it does this mama will probably be a hot mess.

Love XoXo, Julia

 

 

 

 

 

Life Around Here

Hey everyone! I know I have been completely behind on posting, but I am back for good, without any further interruptions. It has been feeling more and more like spring around here which makes this gal very happy!

We have had a wonderful past week!!! Tons of family time, silly time and some organizing time. I mean basically heaven for me 🙂 There has been a lot of chess games at my house. Braden is really enjoying winning…..me. Now my problem is that when he says “check mate” I don’t actually for sure know that I am losing, I am just trusting him on my loss. I think this is why I am his favorite opponent.

You know it's an intense game when he is standing
You know it’s an intense game when he is standing
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Goodness I love this little man!!!

I stopped by Lanna’s school on Friday to bring her an early Birthday lunch. She was excited and of course there was tons of girl chatter at the table. I am beyond grateful for the friends that Lanna has. They are the absolute sweetest and most kind girls.

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Her best friend joined us in for a selfie!

We were back at Buck Hill on Friday night once again. I didn’t take any pictures because after the 8th week there I figured I had enough!!! Lanna’s friend ended up coming over after and staying the night. Those girls are so cute. They let Braden hang out with them the whole time. There was also an hour (maybe 2) of this..

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Saturday morning Lanna, My mama and Myself went shopping. My mom wanted to take Lanna shopping for her birthday. While we were at it my mom and I both got a few cute things for spring.

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Shopping outfit ready!
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3 Generations and Nordstrom

My best friend and I had our two girls 2 days apart. It was amazing. Our boys are 4 months apart. There was no planning involved, however being pregnant with your bff is the funnest thing. Her daughter was celebrating that Saturday. So while the kids swam her and I got some much needed friend time. There is nothing like having a friend that knows your true heart! I am so very thankful for her friendship

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The girls being silly.
And then it was Sunday!!! My baby girls Birthday. We snuck in her room like we do every year and burst into “Happy Birthday”. I can’t believe 11 years has gone by. I just simply don’t know where they went.

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She is excited for her to be 11 and him well…scared would be a correct word haha
She wanted to do brunch at our favorite breakfast/brunch place. So off we went. She did end up ordering off the adult menu as she has been wanting to for so long.

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We took a nap (because if you wake up at dawn on a Sunday you need a nap). And then we were off to her birthday dinner with her aunties and grandma. We decided to just do something small on her actual birthday seeing as she was having a large friend party the following weekend. And she wanted something a “little” fancy so we went to the “Cheesecake Factory” and it was perfect.

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Sending a pic to grandma!

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This sweet little angel was there too
This sweet little angel was there too

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Love XoXo, Julia

Wednesday Link-Up

I am linking up again with some amazing women to let you know whats going on around here!

What we are eating this week…

It’s been a pretty simple week for us. Some Tacos , Some Quesadillas, Some Home Made Mac & cheese. Tonight we will be having a Broccoli and Cheese soup. Yuuuum. It is delicious.

The Best Broccoli Cheese Soup (Better-Than-Panera Copycat) - Make the best soup of your life at home in 1 hour! Beyond words amazing!!:

What I’m Reminiscing About…

Between Lanna getting all dolled up on Monday for dance class and her turning 11 on Sunday I am definitely reminiscing about this sweet time…

What I’m Loving…

I am loving BLOGGING. It has been super fun  and I have already connected with such amazing ladies.

What we’ve been up to….

I have been re-organizing, re-decorating, re-styling…really my whole life. My husband is going on his 2nd snowmobile trip this week so it gives me just enough time to purge everything and get everything ready for him to hang up when he gets back 🙂 I will have lots of before and after images coming soon.

what I’m Dreadng…

Bedazzling my daughters dance outfits. 1000 Beads have to be meticulously put on by next weekend. If you are assuming that I have been procrastinating on this, you would correct. I have found every excuse as to why I can’ do it including the one above. But I think am just going to have to suck it up one nigh this week and get it all done.

Working On…

My house, My office, My closet, Me….pretty much just working on all areas of my life. Sometimes you just need a full life face lift!

Excited about…

My baby girl turns 11 on Sunday. I am so excited to celebrate her and the amazing young lady she is turning out to be! We are doing a small family dinner on Sunday and then doing a friend party the following weekend.

Watching/Reading

I love me some reality drama…

One night David and I stumbled on this little old time show on Netflix and got addicted. We watched the first 2 seasons in under 2 weeks and then to just our luck the 3rd season has started and is on demand on our cable network. It is totally not my usual “go to” but I totally love it.

 

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Ive read this one already but doing a little freshening up!

And because Shay recommended this one I will be starting it, because lets face it I am all about French anything.

Listening to…

I’ve been on the Demi Lovato station lately. It’s just fun, upbeat, encouraging music…

 

Also this is always on repeat. Clearly my music genres vary!

What I’m Wearing…

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Lots of mixes of this!

This weekend…

 

Eeek can’t believe my baby girl will be 11!!!

Next Month

March is a busy one. We have so many birthdays in the family. But the most important one is this man’s right here!!!

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We are also planning on a ski trip a couple of hours up north with the family but seeing as the weather keeps getting warmer and warmer we will have to see!!!

What else is new…

Just the usual!!!

Love XoXo, Julia

 

 

Friday Favorites!

Short week this week and it’s going to be in the 50’s tomorrow…I mean has spring sprung early or what? I am doing my first ever link up with my absolute favorite bloggers!

 

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These two are my absolute favorite of course! The were playing dress up with mine and Davids clothes. What was NOT my favorite was the fact that Lanna could fit into nearly almost all my clothes and all my shoes. How did that happen?

 

Shay @mixnmatchmama has THE best recipes. I am always trying something of hers. This week we had her “Baked Queso Tacos” and let me tell you they did not disappoint.

I am a total book worm. My current favorites are Liane Moriarty and Elin Hilderbrand for a light read. I am determined to read every singe one of their books….only have a few left.

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I also love love anything to do with Parisian style and culture. Ive read many books but I keep Jennifer L Scott’s “Madame Chic” collection on my nightstand because 1) they look pretty and 2) to remind myself that even folding laundry should be done with style and grace, because lets face it I need that reminder a lot!

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Since (hopefully) Spring is arrving early I have been itching to spring clean, give some rooms a face lift and try out a few new styles . I am on Pinterest over load looking for Inspiration. We have a love/hate relationship.

On Tuesday the girls shared their favorite Pins. I just have much too many. But this one pin makes me a bit happy and excited.

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Have beautiful weekend everyone!

Love Xo, Julia