Wednesday, May 4, 2016

CURRENTLY | May 2016

Each month, I read so many awesome "Currently" posts and this month, I decided to join in on the fun.

celebrating | the fact that there are only three working days between my summer work schedule and me. I love the fact that I have extended weekends for three months even if it means working a little longer four days each week. I'm also looking forward to seeing my mom, grandmothers, and MIL for Mother's Day and celebrating them!

reading | Skyward by Mary Alice Monroe. I love her books and this one is no exception.

pondering | Brace yourself for this heavy thought - I'm thinking about what I'm going to do for dinner.

sipping | A giant YETI Rambler full of water. I'm so thirsty!

going | Nowhere tonight, I hope. We have something pretty much every day/night the rest of the week/weekend, so I'm looking forward to a night at home. I just want to play with the boys and then relax with my husband when the boys go to bed.

I'm linking up with Anne and Jenna!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016


I feel like I blinked and it was May! I also feel like I'm on repeat because I keep saying that same thing each month, but really, this year is flying! I'm ok  with the month of May flying because I'm really looking forward to June when we have two vacations scheduled. June, though, can take it's time!

In April, I didn't make any official goals on my blog, but I had a few things I wanted to accomplish and did. Most of these centered around organization. Here they are:

  • Organized the craft cabinets - If you're anything like me, you have tons of art and craft supplies around your house. I have a cabinet in my laundry room and one in the kitchen devoted to these sorts of things. I'm happy to have this crossed off my list.
  • Went through the boys' old school papers and organized them - I like to save some of the boys' school work, but what that usually turns into is a pile of papers for each one on the desk in our office upstairs. I went through them and got rid of what I didn't need to keep and put the rest in boxes.
  • Finished photo books for Kaden's fifth year and K.C.'s seventh. 
  • Cleaned out and organized my party closet - I have a closet that has become the "party closet" because it houses party supplies, tons of ribbon and tulle, and lots of different treat bags. I bought a few rubs at Target and organized everything. It's so much easier to get to it all, too!
  • Cleaned out my drawers and donated clothes - Kevin does a good job with cleaning out, but I'm bad about saving a shirt I've had for ten years because I  might wear it one day. I successful gave my nieces two huge bags of clothes and took some others to Goodwill.
I'm hoping May will be good to me in the goals department as I have a few lofty goals. 

1. Paint the boys' bedroom and upstairs bathroom (and maybe the office). I have been talking about this for years, but I haven't done it. Right now, there are several paint samples stuck on the wall and I think (fingers crossed) I've narrowed it down to a color or two for their bedroom. Their room is Clemson-themed, and as much as sweet Kaden wants to paint at least one wall purple, I don't think I can do it. I want to go with a pale gray. My long-range plan is to have the common areas in our home painted that same color or a shade lighter.

2. Read four books. There are four books I'm planning to read this month. Mary Alice Monroe is one of my favorite writers. I just started Skyward and her newest novel, A Lowcountry Wedding is on it's way to my house. I also downloaded I Will Carry You by Angie Smith and plan to read it. I've read Mended and did her Seamless Bible study. I really enjoy her writing. I'm hoping this book will continue to strengthen me as I navigate the murky water that is miscarriage and fertility issues. I've been tempted to pick up Me Before You so many times, but haven't. After seeing the preview for the movie while I was running on the treadmill yesterday, I added it to my reading list because you know books are always better than movies. 

3. Finish our Disney photo book. I started on this photo book not too long after our trip, but haven't finished it.

4. Try one new recipe each week. I really enjoy cooking, but lately, our nights have been filled with lots of fun which leads to lots of eating out. Trust me, I don't hate it because trying to decide what to cook is one of my least favorite tasks, but I feel so much better when I cook for my family.

5. Slow down. Summer is coming and I want to relax and soak it in. It's no secret that I find it hard to relax and am really great with filling up every spare minute, but I'm determined not to do that in May. I want to fill my days with things I enjoy, not things I'm doing because I have to or have committed to too much.

6. Continue journaling what I'm reading in the Bible. I'm reading through Romans now and am enjoying writing down my thoughts and questions. I'm also putting to use some of the commentaries I have from my granddad's study.

7. Write more. I write a lot, but oftentimes, it's things I have to write. I'd like to get my creative juices going and write for fun. My goal is to blog three times a week and also write for pleasure.

What are your goals for May?

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

MOTHER'S DAY GIFT GUIDE | For the mom who has everything

I can't believe April is almost over. It seems like just yesterday I was yearning for warm weather, and now, in less than two weeks, we'll celebrate our favorite mothers.

If you're anything like me, choosing gifts for Mother's Day can be challenging. In our family, Mother's Day falls a few weeks before both my mom and my MIL's birthdays. I like to give heartfelt, thoughtful gifts with meaning, but it's sometimes hard to come up with those gifts in a few weeks' span. My mom and my MIL would both tell you that we don't have to get them anything, but that's really not an acceptable answer (Love you both!) The truth is, sometimes picking out gifts can be overwhelming especially when it involves purchasing things for the mom who has everything (and if she doesn't, she'll go out and buy it when she wants it).

Here are 8 gift ideas to make your Mother's Day shopping trip(s) a little easier!

1. A Stack of Inspirational Bracelets to Show How Much You Care

I am obsessed with MantraBands. I received a few for Christmas and gave some as gifts. I've not-so-secretly hinted that I'd like some in silver for Mother's Day. 

2. Birthstone Alex and Ani Bangles.

I must be stuck on bracelets today, but I think they make good gifts. Why not give the mothers in your life birthstone bangles?

3. Monogrammed Bag

I LOVE Grateful Bags. There's just something about a monogram that makes anything better. I received a tote for Christmas from Grateful Bags and love it.

4. Edible Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

I saw this company on Shark Tank and I have to say, this idea is genius. Who doesn't eat raw cookie dough? Anytime we make cookies, I find our boys and myself dying to eat the cookie dough, but I know we shouldn't because of the raw eggs. Why not give mom some safe-to-eat cookie dough to enjoy? After all, she deserves it!

5. A Day of Pampering

Being a mom is the greatest thing in the world, but sometimes, you get tired. Why not show your mom (or wife) how much you appreciate her by giving her a day to get pampered rather than do the pampering? 

6. Cuisinart Frozen Yogurt/Sorbet/Ice Cream Maker

When I was growing up, I remember my parents making homemade ice cream so many nights. As an adult, I love frozen yogurt and am often the instigator of our trips to get some. Why not make it easy to have frozen yogurt at any time? 

7. Rodan + Fields Products

Rodan + Fields is awesome (disclaimer: I'm an independent consultant). I love knowing that I'm doing something good for my skin when I use my R+F products. If you're interested in trying the products or purchasing some for your mom, please let me know. I have mini-facials I'm happy to send for those just wanting to try to products. 

8. A Basket of Her Favorite Things

I love basket gifts. My sister and mom are both really good at giving these gifts, too. Basically, just a basket of her favorite things. 

VS Giftcard - Who doesn't want a new bathing suit?
Reese Peanut Butter Cups
OPI Nail Polish

Do you have any Mother's Day gift ideas? I really need help!