Tuesday, July 11, 2017

31st Birthday Celebration

I have to admit, turning thirty one felt a little strange. For all of your life you get use to celebrating milestone birthdays pretty often. The earliest I can remember making a big deal about a birthday was ten years old. I was double digits and it was my "golden birthday"! Then comes becoming a pre-teen, then a teenager, then sixteen....you get where I'm going. But after thirty, there's only the decades! How crazy and who says?! Another year that God allows us to breath ought to be a big deal. Though there was no big trips to Key West like last year or parties I really wanted to make the day special. My husband is not huge on his own birthday (he even often forgets his age), he always goes along with my plans because he knows I love birthdays.  He had to work because it was, well Monday but me and the girls headed out for brunch. The plan was for breakfast but I have got to be the worst at getting these kids out of the house!! 

We went to a neighborhood gem we had been wanting to try for awhile. I hate the name of this place and I rebuke it in the name of Jesus Christ but the food was heavenly. 

 One bite of this chicken and waffles smothered with sausage gravy and I was rolling my eyes with pure delight. 

We headed next door to their bakery. Carrot cake was on the menu so you already know!!!

I got to shop in peace before dinner for something to wear and it was a mom dream come true! This dress was on sale which was another bonus (not reflected in link price)!

Guard and Grace was our dinner spot and wow!! It was esthetically beautiful and the food and drinks were great!

Thank you all for your sweet birthday wishes and CHEERS to 31!!!

Friday, June 30, 2017

Try-Day Friday

I was recently asked the question, "what are your fashion fears"? I wasn't quite sure I had any, but when I really thought about it I knew that I picked pieces that I was comfortable with. Without even thinking about it I gravitate to silhouettes and patterns that I feel would look best for my body type. I'm sure most people do this but where's the fun in that? So I accepted the challenge set by Dia & Co. to switch it up and have fun with my wardrobe. They believe in self love and sporting confidence no matter your size. The results were this!

This mid length flared patterned skirt is something I would have NEVER picked up. Not because I don't think it's cute but because I feel like maybe my torso is too small to rock this. Anything high waisted tends to look really weird on me. I paired it with this shoulder cut out blouse with bow accents, both from H&M (which are not available online). My black strap heel and gold feather necklace are both older items I've owned for awhile. For my makeup I went with a subtle brown eye and red lips. 

This outfit was perfect for our Anniversary date night!! I got lots of compliments on the outfit which was really cool. I felt pretty and I was excited that my risk paid off! 

Happy Friday and TRY something different! 

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lo's 9 Month Update

We've got a stage five clinger!! She will not let me walk three feet from her without her losing it. The rules are clear, she is allowed to crawl away from me but I am NOT to walk away from her. It's been building for a couple months but we are at an all time high. She is getting super silly and I am able to get the giggles that were once only for her sister. Lo is crawling super fast and standing on her own. She waves and claps her hands, still no teeth but she loves to eat. Breastfeeding is still going really well but I'd be lying to you if I said I wasn't super excited about being done in 3 months. Her facial expressions are priceless. The last couple of plane rides were a little wild due to her wiggles and loud vocal exercises. She is weighing in at 15lbs 7oz.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Year 7 Anniversary Trip| Belize Part 2

We usually jump around on our vacations to keep from getting bored. We boarded another puddle jumper and headed to Placencia for our last 3 days. Placencia is becoming more and more popular for tourism but it is not yet over crowded. There is a village with great restaurants and lots of shopping. We were met at the airport by one of the managers of the Caribbean Beach Cabanas and the place was just as beautiful as the pictures. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Year 7 Anniversary Trip| Belize Part 1

Ok guys, I'm finally sharing pictures from our trip to Belize. Many of you know that Tj and I take a trip together annually to celebrate our Anniversary. We've been doing it since year one and it is something we look forward to every year. Picking the destination and planning the trip always builds lots of excitement. This was our first time leaving Lois and it seemed like a very long 8 months. So much has unfolded since her birth and it was a much needed getaway for us. Our actual anniversary is not until the 26th of this month but we were due to be in Orlando for my brother's graduation so we planned the trip around this time. We left the girls in Florida and kept it pushing. We made this a shorter trip due to the fact that I was still breastfeeding, which meant lots of pumping for me. Not how I prefer to spend my vacations but nothing could put a damper on this trip. 

I can't tell you why we chose Belize but I'll tell you that it should be on your list! It was absolutely beautiful!! Our first couple of nights were spent on a private island off the coast of Dangriga or Stann Creek Town. This place was INCREDIBLE!!! The island is 9 miles of the coast and is only accessible by boat. The travel it took to get there was quite interesting. We took a puddle jumper from Belize City to Dangriga and then a very bumpy boat ride to the island. 

After what seemed like forever (20 minutes), we arrived to the island. Welcome to Thatch Caye resort. Now be prepared for a LOT of pictures (ya'll know how I get down), but the property was stunning and I want to take you there. The adult only all inclusive resort has a maximum occupancy of only 30 people. It was our first time on a private island and the experience was great. The food was good, the people were very nice and our views were nuts. 


We headed to our overwater bungalow after the tour. 

The beach area was equipped with floats, lounge chairs and this tree, which was the smartest thing ever. 

We snorkeled in the shallow waters that surrounded the beach. If you are a snorkel challenged person like myself, I highly recommend these full face snorkel masks. They were awesome and allowed me to breath out of my nose normally. I didn't panic this time, although I still required a life vest, not a word people! The mask itself actually kind of acts like a flotation device. It was Tj's gift to me! What a smart and thoughtful husband!! Tj's is from Tripod and mine is Go Pro ready by WildHorn

We kayaked around the entire island and saw lots of starfish and some stingray. 

 All the meals were family style, and did I mention the food was really good. Some of the people on the island went on fishing excursions and shared their catch with us. 

Pictured below is a traditional Belizean breakfast and let's just say, I am now obsessed with fry jacks!!

Part 2 coming soon...