Thoughts for Thursday

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Thoughts for Thursday

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Thoughts for Thursday: Naptime Confessions

Happy Thursday Friends!! Well I started this post last night and then completely forgot it was Thursday today.  Daylight savings time and our random Tuesday snow day has thrown this whole week off for me, so I apologize!!

- I did a little blog layout update, which you've probably noticed by now!  I'm still on blogger but have been contemplating the switch to Wordpress, it makes me nervous though, any advice?  So in the mean time I just decided to spruce it up a little and used a template from Get Polished.  They were so easy to work with and I was able to install everything myself.  If you're looking for an inexpensive update, I highly suggest them.

-  I am so bitter that we have freezing cold temps again.  I knew that our warm spring like weather wouldn't last forever but usually we get some reprieve in March with temps in the 40s/50s but not this March.   This week has been so cold and we're going stir crazy inside our townhouse.

- Speaking of going crazy I'm sort of being a little germ crazy right now and not taking my kids to any indoor jump places or open gyms.  I know I probably should be but we had so many sicknesses these past few months I just cannot take it anymore.

- We are taking the kids to Philadelphia this weekend to the Franklin Institute for the Jurassic World exhibition then heading to my in-laws afterwards.   Miller is dinosaur obsessed and is so excited he gets to go to Jurassic World to see the dinosaurs.  I hope it lives up to the hype!

- Our official countdown for our first vacation of 2017 is 7 weeks away!! We are headed back to 30A and staying in Seacrest beach about 5 minutes from Rosemary Beach this year.   We had planned to stay in Rosemary again but couldn't find anything that fit our exact needs for 6 adults and 3 toddlers.  We ended up finding a place in Seacrest that is a 5 minute walk away from downtown Rosemary.  If you've been to that area you know how small it is so it's not that big a deal.  We are going for a week this year instead of just 4 days so we're all so excited to explore more of 30A and get to know the area better.

- Matthew is starting to show signs that he wants to potty train.  I think it's because he's always watching Miller.  My goal was train him before memorial day/summer time so he could be in the big pool this summer but now that it's only 10 weeks away I'm not sure I'm ready.  Miller was difficult to train and I'm not really looking forward to doing it again so soon.

- We are having a hard time keeping Miller in bed at night.  He's nighttime potty trained and no longer wears a pull up so he wakes up once or twice a night to use the bathroom. That part I'm fine with but once he's up he has a hard time not accepting that it isn't morning time and does not want to go back to bed.  We usually end up laying with him or letting him come in our room.  Any advice on how to change this?  I'm thinking cutting out liquids a half hour before bed time and maybe that will help ?!

Well friends that's all I've got for you today!! Hope you all had a great Thursday and as always thanks for stopping by!

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Current Obsessions

Happy Hump Day Friends!  How did those of you in the northeast fair with the snow storm?  We only got a few inches but it was that heavy icy snow so they ended up closing everything down yesterday.  Miller doesn't have school on Tuesday anyway but we decided to just stay inside and take advantage of the snow day.  

Despite the snow and freezing temperatures here I have spring on my mind and I can't shake it! I've rounded up my current favorites this week below:

I picked up this top at Loft last week and I'm obsessed.  I swear I go through phases of hating and loving their stuff and right now it's all so good! It's such a good transition to spring/summer piece that I can layer under sweaters and jackets.  

How adorable are these scallop hem shorts!  You all know I love J.Crew shorts and I love that these are offered in the 4in inseam which is my speed these days.  They come in a few fun colors too.  

Gingham, navy blue, and a one piece.  Check, Check, Check! 

I'm still loving the off the shoulder trend, are you all?  I love this dress from BB Dakota. It's the perfect fun light summer dress.  

Did you all know that Ellen DeGeneres made shoes?? Have I been living under a rock?  Well I was searching Nordstrom for a good basic flat (all I have right now are TB Revas and I need something new) when I came across these and thought they were so cute. They're basic and not too exciting but exactly what I was looking for, oh and under $100.  They have good reviews and I love the cap toe look.  I just ordered a pair so I'll let you all know what I think.  

Loving this tank top as another good winter to spring transition top.  It looks like the perfect piece to layer under a sweater or wear with skinny jeans on a warmer day.  I love this gray but the black and striped ones too.  

More gingham, yes please!! I love this dress and think it would be easy to dress up or down all spring and summer long.  Those earrings, well see next item, because I just bought a pair on sale from Baublebar this week which means I probably need to buy this dress to style them together.  Right? That's how I plan to explain it to Kyle anyway ;) 

I don't know if you all love the statement earring trend as much as I do but I just can't get enough.  In case you missed it Baublebar is still having their 25% off sale today. I picked up these earrings and a pair of blue tassel ones on Monday.   

Love this clutch. Clare V always has a clutch I'm loving. I love the fun colors for spring and the fact that white is the main color. I fall in love with white handbags this time of year, every year.  

I love the feminine style and floral details of this dress.  I think it would be perfect for Easter. I rarely find dresses this length that I like on myself so I'm hoping my local Loft has this one to try on.  

Is it sandal weather yet?? I'm hoping yesterdays snowstorm was our last and final bout of winter because I'm ready for spring.  These sandals would be perfect for ankle jeans or shorts in the summer.  

The reviews don't look promising for this one fitting my long torso but I ordered it anyway because I'm of course obsessed.  It's blue and white striped and off the shoulder, it's basically begging me to buy it.  I will keep you all posted one it arrives.  

Every year, no fail, I fall in love with a white handbag.  Then I remind myself that I have a 3 yr old and a 2 yr old  boy so I would be an idiot to buy one but then I think YOLO, then I come back down to earth and don't buy it.   This one looks perfect though, in all it's white perfection, the only thing missing is the crossbody option which is making me loves and consider this J.Crew one.

This is one of my favorite tanks from J.Crew Factory!! I own this red and white from the past few years and love them. Seriously you will not regret owning this one. They're lightweight and easy to throw on, very flattering, and they cut out pattern on the front just adds something extra.  I will picking up a few new ones this season.

Loving these sandals.  I don't actually think I own any black sandals, I can't remember though since I don't have my full closet here at the townhouse.  I think these would be fun to dress up jeans or a dress this summer. I love the wood block heel and tassel on the back.  

What are you loving these days? Are you ready for spring and summer to arrive?

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Friday Favorites: Beauty

TGIF Friends!  Who's excited the weekend is here?  Today I wanted to share some beauty products I've been loving lately.  One of my favorite things about blogs and social media these days is seeing what other people recommend (it's where I find most things I love) so when I find stuff I love I always want to share it.  I try to make sure I've been using this stuff for a few weeks before I share reviews so I know it really works or doesn't work.  So here we go:

1. L'Oreal Sublime Bronze Self Tanning Towelettes- I have my sister to thank for this one and she actually got this recommendation from Cameran from Southern Charm's instagram.  It's about this time of year that I'm over being pale and sickly looking so I'm turning toward some sunless tanner.  I have been loyal to St. Tropez Self Tanner for years but was looking for something different and easier to try.  So I picked these up when I was at Ulta two weeks ago and I'm obsessed! First of all they're cheap, which is always a win and the towelette is huge so I only need one to do my whole body, including my face.  I found that they give me the perfect glow without looking two fake. You can build up to the tan you want too.  Taking the advice of my sister I usually do it two nights in a row and then I'm good for the week.   It's just the little something I need to pep me up when it's still cold and dreary here.

2. Neulash Lash Enhancing Serum- So I've been wanting to try one of these lash enhancers forever and finally treated myself last month for my birthday.   I have to say I love it and it really works! I've always had short blonde eyelashes so mascara is the one makeup product I never ever leave my house without.  These have made my lashes so much longer and thicker, the only downside is that they're still super blonde so I need to keep wearing mascara so you can actually see them.  It says it takes about 30 days to see results and I agree with that.  I plan to keep using it so I'll let you know if they continue to grow or thicken in the next 30 days.  It is not cheap but so far I think it's worth it and I'll let you know how long it lasts.

3. Alba Botanica Body in the Buff Grapefruit and Walnut- my skin gets so dry in the winter and just felt so flaky and rough even when using lotion everyday.  I saw this in Target and decided to give it a try.  It has helped make my skin so soft!  It does a good job exfoliating my skin without irritating it and it's helping it suck up the lotion so much better.  I also really like the scent which can be a huge make or break for me, it smells clean and fresh without being overpowering.

4. BeautyCounter Rejuvenating eye cream- I am one month into using this eye cream and really loving it.  Unfortunately I have hereditary black circles under my eyes coupled with bad allergies so there isn't really a miracle cream that will fix them but I definitely think this has brightened them and tightened up the skin around my eyes without drying it out. I've found a lot of the eye creams that tighten also really dry out the skin.  My eyes just feel refreshed when I use this.  I've been using it morning and night and would highly recommend it.

5. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser- this is my holy grail face cleanser.  My skin post-babies has been awful. It's dry, has red patches, and likes to break out like I'm a teenager if I do anything crazy to it.  I discovered this cleanser last spring and haven't looked back.  It takes off all your makeup and really leaves my skin feeling clean but without making it feel dry and tight.

6. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydra-firm Night Cream-  I will admit that for years I never  used a night cream. Thanks to having breakouts most of my life night creams were just always another culprit for bad skin instead of good skin.  After having kids and having extremely dry skin I found that the drier it got, the worse it broke out.  So last winter I started using this night cream and it's been such a help.  So far it's the only one I've found that hasn't made my face break out.  If you have skin like mine I would give this one a try.

7. BeautyCounter Lip Gloss in Dahlia-  this is my new favorite lip gloss! I feel like the picture below makes it look darker than it is in real life but I think it's the perfect pop of pink for everyday.  I usually prefer lipstick over lip gloss because lip gloss can be so sticky but this one is lighter than that, if that makes sense, and doesn't feel nearly as sticky as other lip glosses I've used.   I really want it in Coralbell so fingers crossed it comes back in stock soon!

What are your current beauty favorites?  Do you have an go-to's you can't live without?  

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Life Lately

Hi Friends!  How is everyone today? Thanks for joining us for another Thoughts for Thursday. Remember to grab the button and link up below.

A big thank you to everyone who played along with my get to know my readers better survey last week! It was so fun to read everyone's answers.  I'm still working to email you all back if I can. Remember if you're a no-reply blogger you can fix that with these easy instructions.

- Our kitchen is slowly but surely coming along!! We are hoping to move in the weekend of April 1, so fingers crossed that it all works out.  Here is the state it is in now. It still feels like there are 100 things left to do but our contractor is saying it will get done.

- Our lights! I am absolutely obsessed with our pendants over the island.  I also love our dining room light but unfortunately we think it might be too big for the space which just makes me want to cry.   We are waiting for our table to arrive, should be here next week, so that will help us make our decision.

-We picked a carpet runner for our stairs! We are also going to use this as the runner in our upstairs hallway since we added hardwood  up there.  It's from Fibreworks and is a wool blend but looks like sisal so it should be durable to heavy foot traffic.

My littler helped wanted to hold it up for me to take a picture of.

- Sorry I've been so sporadic around here but last Saturday March 4th was my mom's club gala silent auction and fundraiser. I've been working on this event for months and I was so happy the date was finally here! The event ended up being a huge success. We made money for our local charity that we support and everyone had a blast.

I could not have done this event without one of my best friends and partner on this event, Erin!! Despite no event planning experience she was awesome and I seriously could not have done it without her.

I wore my new BB Dakota Jazlyn dress and BP open toed booties.  I'm obsessed with both of them and see them getting a lot of wear out this spring and summer.  

-Did you shop the Shopbop sale?  I tried to be really good and only got this Joie dress. It's a splurge but I'm so happy I waited for the sale to buy it because I know I will get a ton of use out of it this spring and summer!  

- I know I've mentioned this like three times and haven't delivered but I really am working on a kitchen renovation series for you all to share our experience.  It's kind of hard to do when I'm in the middle of it but now that we're nearing the end it's getting easier to organize my thoughts, figure out what we've learned, and talk about if we would do this again or not.  

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Mom Style Monday: Spring Date Night Looks

Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend. I will be back tomorrow with a recap of ours but today I thought I would do something a little different.  I'm linking up with some fashionable mommy bloggers, The Southern Style Guide, Style Your Senses, and The Chic Series for #momstylemonday to share some spring date night looks!   I thought this would be so fun since this time of year I always feel like I'm in a fashion rut.  I'm over my winter clothes but it's not quite warm enough here yet to bust out my summer wardrobe.  Plus who doesn't need date night outfit inspiration.  Make sure you head over and check out their blogs and this fun link up for ideas!  

Here are the looks I've rounded up.  I tried to use pieces that I own and/or are adding to my closet this spring.  I did a couple different looks for different kids of dates.   The top look is a fun night on the town look, the middle look is my dinner and drinks look, and the third look is my day date look.  

Date Night Look 1

Date Night Look 2

Date Night Look 3

What's your spring date night look?  

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