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Big Boy turned 3 yesterday.  I can’t believe that my baby boy is 3.  It has been so exciting watching him grow up and turn into his own little person.  We decided to take him to the local train museum.  Yep, we have a local train museum thats 30 min away (with traffic).  We all had a blast and now have to go back again soon.

photo 4 photo 5 photo 2 This was my favorite train car. It was the mail room and it was amazing.
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There is just something magical about seeing a piece of history up close. They were amazing and we plan to go back and take a tour next time so we can get more of the story for all the train cars.
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Long Walks

Jul
2014
14

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photo 1a Climbing up Stone Mountain for the first time.  They both made it all the way up!

For the last 6 weeks we have been taking a long walk together on Sunday.  They started as a way for us to get some exercise and get out of the house.  They have turned into so much more.  We go at least 5 miles with our longest being 14.6.  Sometimes we walk around Stone Mountain, and stop at the playground so the kids can get out of the stroller and run around for awhile.  The most fun walks are the ones where we walk somewhere.  We have walked to our local starbucks and back, walked to have lunch and back. It really is so much fun to drive by later in the week and know where we have been!  We bring snacks for the kids and an iPad for them to watch a movie on the way back.  Our trips take at least 3 hours and if we are on safe sidewalks or paths they can run along with us.

photo 1b photo 3b This last walk we drove to a great path.  The sign was a little intimidating, but true.  We got 5 miles in and came back 5 miles.

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My new walking/running shoes from DSW for 60% off! Cute, comfy and a great deal.

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My phone has a mean streak and paused during the walk so it didn’t tally all the 10 miles from the walk :)   We were exhausted and on mile 8, we saw a friend on the trail.  A beautiful little deer.  She let us get pretty close before she walked away.

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Our long walks are so much fun.  We use a fitbit to keep a daily step count and are shooting for 10,000 steps every day.  Have you ever had a pedometer to count your steps for the day?

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That time I

May
2014
13

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had Yellow Jackets in my house!

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Last week after getting back from the store I unloaded the groceries and was putting them away in the kitchen.  All the sudden the kids come running in and state there’s a bee in the house.  I assumed it was a, as in 1, and that it flew in while I was carrying things in.  Well buzzing by the den window I see 3!  I am a little freaked out but hey I can handle this.  There is no way I can hit 3 of them with a newspaper and not piss them off so I head to the garage looking for bug spray.  On my way what do my little ears here, but more buzzing, there were 2 in the downstairs bathroom!  WTF was going on?  I shut that door to keep them contained and after grabbing bug spray, I went back to the den.  The kids were at the top of the stairs watching and I sprayed those 3 suckers at the window.  I went to the bathroom to get the other 2 and by the time I came back to the den (less than 6ft away) more had arrived!  They were also swarming around the sliding door outside by the window and now were inside too.  I sent the kids upstairs, so I could put the dogs away and kill the new ones.  I also wanted to try to figure out where they were coming from.

Fast forward, dogs put away/kids upstairs and me spraying the crap out of the new 4 that are in here (killing total to 9 now) and the kids come running down the stairs that one is in Big Boys room!  Now I’m  a little more than freaked out.  I told them to go into her room, barricade the door and don’t come out!  I have now put in a frantic call to hubby, who was leaving shortly anyway.  I needed to talk to someone who understand how randomly weird and horrifying this was, so I call my BFF Amber.  Of course she is working, so what do I do, leave her a great message that I find out her and her fiancé listened to multiple times,  Your Welcome.

I am now running back and forth from upstairs and downstairs killing multiple bees in both rooms.  I circled the house and narrowed it down to an area outside that they must be originating from.  I don’t see anymore downstairs but more are coming in the bedroom.  So I concentrate my efforts there.  It didn’t take long and I notice them coming through the vent.  Hubby suggested I close the vents.  I take them all out and now that I know where they are coming in I go outside his window and watch more.  (at this point I had googled what to do in this situation and most said to grab a lawn chair, six pack and wait)  I don’t like beer, so that was out but I did grab a lawn chair and my handy dandy bug spray.  I found out they obviously had a nest where our siding meets the brick.  I waited for hubby to get home, it felt like forever but was actually only an hour or so.

He sprayed some fancy wasp/hornet spray in the hole and they were finally gone.  After 24 hours they were all gone.  We plan to patch in the hole and I am happy to say it now only a funny story.

So there it is.  What happened to me last week, I lived through and conquered the yellow jacket apocalypse and no one even knew…..

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It’s Friday

May
2014
09

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I haven’t done a High Five for Friday in well, a  really long time so here goes!

friends I got to spend last weekend in AL celebrating my Best Friend for her 30th birthday!  Welcome to the club Amber…

targetgone While running errands and what do we discover???  A SuperTarget closed near us!  WTH?  It sucks that they closed but I am seriously hating that I didn’t get to enjoy all those clearance items.

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Our Marble Run project for the Homeschool meet up.  We met at the park, I think the adults had more fun putting it together than the kids, but as another mom pointed out our kids were socializing so that counts. ;)

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We went to the Scholastic book fair this year and man was that fun!  I found a ton of resources for History/Science next year and the kiddos found some fun books too.  Then when we got home my complete collection of American Girl books arrived!  There are really fun unit studies to go along with all of the girls that we will be using with our history through out the years.

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And last, for Cinco de Mayo I talked to family into going out.  Cheese dip and Strawberry Margaritas.  Yum Yum

What did you do this week?

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Mother’s Day is less than a week away!

Mothers Day gift guide
Mothers Day gift guide by hailey-lovelaughlips featuring MICHAEL Michael Kors
  1. Sephora Deluxe perfume samples-One of my favorite gift ideas.  Not only do you get to try multiple best selling perfumes but you also get a voucher for 1 of the full size of your choice!
  2. A beautiful cream or white colored bag.  Featured here is one from Target for under $30!
  3. I love my morning coffee so a coffee mug makes sense.  Here is a really fun one Thanks Mom I turned out Awesome or the more standard World’s Best Mom
  4. Have you ever seen such  cute watch?  Michael Kors can’t make a bad one and these  fun colors are no exception!
  5. Dainty little bracelets, you can wear them with your new watch or alone for an easy option.  
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I really enjoy making printables.  I am constantly adding to my lists and having a fun printable version is right up my ally.  Here are a few I made to help keep track of your blog posts/projects and other things that might come up.

Here is an example of all 3 pages I have.  Click on the links underneath or visit my Printables page to see what else is there!

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January |  February  |  March  |  April  |  May  |  June  |  July  |  August  |  September  |  October  |  November  |  December

 

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January  |  February  |  March | April  | May |  June | July | August  |  September  |  October  | November  |  December 

 

weeklyblogposts Weekly Posts/Projects

I hope you can use these Blog Printables!

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Tot School

Apr
2014
24

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We are in our 2nd year of homeschooling Little Lady and now that Big Boy is old enough he wants to participate more and more.  I set up small activities to keep him busy and he will eventually go across the hall to his room and play trains or cars.

For now we are doing Tot School and just focusing on fine motor skills, puzzles and sorting.  This fall we will start preschool and focus on shapes, colors and letter of the week curriculum.

IMG_1911a IMG_1916a IMG_1918a Here is one of his favorite things to do.  Sometimes I only put a few and others I use the entire set and ask him to sort them.  We purchased ours on Amazon-Splash of Color

IMG_1922a This is the only way I can get him to practice his writing.  Boy does he love thinking he is writing his letters.

IMG_1925a A little lacing practice and puzzles.  Big Sister is working on her Explode the Code workbook here.

IMG_1933a IMG_1935a Here is he putting our Melissa and Doug 4 in 1 puzzles together

And last, making soup….

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So those are just a few of the fun things I line up for him during the day.  Do you have things lined up for your toddler to do?

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Spring Inspiration

Apr
2014
23

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I am so ready for more of this beautiful 70 degree weather! The sudden drop in temperature is constantly making me check my weather app on my iPhone! So in honor of having to transition from winter to spring, spring to winter, then winter to spring again here are some outfits I have to work into my wardrobe.

Here are a few of my favorite Winter to Spring looks!



Hailey’s pin on Pinterest.


Hailey’s pin on Pinterest.

Hailey’s pin on Pinterest.


I need to start looking at this board more often. I can easily get a wardrobe rut and only where the same things. I so enjoy when I take the time to add a little color or fun. What are some of the things you love for Spring fashion?

Follow Hailey’s board What to wear- Spring/Summer on Pinterest.

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Over in my corner

Apr
2014
15

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We have been busy, busy, busy!  Not the kind of busy that you can show so much, as the busy we have felt.  You know when you feel exhausted and are not quite sure what you’ve done?  But really taking a break from the blog wasn’t planned or needed it just happened.  Getting back into it has been an even harder task.  I feel like I have so many ideas built up that I don’t even know where to begin.  So here is me starting.  I want to share our new lifestyle, happenings and continue to show you my love of all things beauty and fashion inspired.

The wedding ended up being an even more important date for us than we originally intended.  It was our new beginning, our fresh start.  We felt as though we were given a reset button and as amazing as the first 10 years were we wanted more.  We have both always been interested in weightlifting/getting fit/being healthier and we finally decided to give it a try.  We started P90x3 in Dec and have since moved on to primarily weightlifting.   We are loving it!  My body is changing and even though its a very slow process, I like where its going. :)

We took a break from school during all the wedding hoopla and have been getting back in the swing of things.  (Thank goodness for homeschooling!)  This is our 2nd year and I can’t believe I ever didn’t want to do this.  Little lady is in K/1st and we will be officially starting pre-school with Big Boy next year.  Right now he is doing Tot school fun stuff. I have another post coming soon with more, but this is our new life.  Homeschool, working out in our home and me still buying way too many hair and makeup products.  And because what post is worth publishing without photos?  Here are a few of what we have been up to.

photo 25 photo 35 Botanical Gardens-we are members this year

photo 3 Trips to whole foods-who doesn’t love that place??  The atmosphere, the tiny carts, the good beer, and the fresh cheese pizza! YUM

photo 4 Putting the huge blocks we got for Christmas to the test.  They made a TV so they could watch the iPad that way!

photo 1 Some of Little Lady’s fun phonics games we have been playing.  She is making leaps and bounds in reading which is huge right now in our house!!

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Here is a quick peak at our closet make over.  We seriously have one of the smallest master closets ever and only half the wall space was being utilized. So thanks to Home Depot we are using all our closet space (almost double the hanging space) and don’t have all my shoes, bags and odds and ends all over the floor!  Win, Win

So stay tuned for all my great ideas because I plan on sharing them soon!

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Little Blue Dress

Feb
2014
05

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It is rainy and cloudy this week following snow and ice last week.  I miss the sunshine (not the heat, just the sun) so here is a look I wore to our rehearsal dinner.  It was beautiful out that day and makes me remember why fall is my favorite time of year.   These are candids taken while we were practicing for the big day.

IMG_1384a IMG_1205a IMG_1203a Dress- Calvin Klien TJ Maxx  /  Handbag- Steve Madden TJ Maxx  /  Shoes- Target (last season)

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