We were so fortunate to spend the past few days at Disney World with Matco Tools and my family. My dad has been selling Matco Tools for a few years now, and each year they hold their expo at new destination. This year they held the expo in Orlando, Florida, and my dad took it as an opportunity to send the whole family.
For those who have gone to Disney Land or World, you know how difficult it is to: 1.) Have time to take pictures 2.) Take a decent picture in the crowds, and 3.) Look put together for said picture.
I managed to get a few photos of the castle on my camera, and the rest were on the iPhone. Apologies in advance.
As a first time Disney World traveller, with a toddler, I definitely have a few suggestions to make your trip easier.
- You can order a Taxi that comes with its own car seat if you’re staying outside of the park.
- Bring your own snacks and water.
- Don’t wear pants! We went in February, and we were sweating the entire time.
- Along with not wearing pants, also do not wear uncomfortable shoes. This is not a joke. You WILL regret it. I wore my sketchers the entire time, and my feet still fell like they were going to fall off afterwards. It’s not worth looking cute for, I promise.
- It will more than likely be very crowded, so remember to be patient with all of the other parents, kids, and yourself and your child.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Set up your fast-pass the moment you arrive to the park. Anyone can do it (you don’t have to purchase it, you just have to set it up), so go straight to the kiosk and select the rides you want to use them on.
- Don’t miss the fireworks. They are so worth the wait.
- If you want to eat at the Disney restaurants, make reservations in advance.
- Enjoy every second of it.
Thanks so much to Matco Tools and my parents for making this trip happen. Aspen had such a great time, which made every moment worth it.
There was a break in the weather, so we took off to the beach.
These are the good days. The days where you can put your swim suit on, put your toddler in her car seat, and take off to the beach. All that’s needed is a floppy sun hat, a cute suit, and a heart filled with wonder.
There was a time I hated living here. I have always been entranced by mountains, but had never cared much for the beach. Over time, God has opened my heart to this place, and honestly, the day He calls us elsewhere will be a very sad (but exciting) day for us. Watching Aspen grow here has really humbled me and has made me see the beauty in something I hadn’t really cared about before.
My hope for all of you is to find peace and happiness wherever you are at. Too much time is wasted complaining about circumstances that you can’t change, when it’s so easy to just change your perspective instead! Since I became pregnant with Aspen I have sworn to myself that I would figure out how to bloom where I have been planted. A little over two years later, and here I am. I have found joy in my life all because I have changed my perspective and opened my heart to something that it had been closed to before.
Today, choose joy. Today choose contentment. Today, choose to love your circumstance.
**Thank you so much to Pink Blush Maternity for this beautifully made swim suit.**
I find a classic black one piece is ESSENTIAL for the summer days ahead of us! Shop this one here
Fun fact about me: my favorite season is Spring. Not only is it the season I was born in, and became a mother in, but it also brings back memmories of florals, travels, warm sunny days, and the smell of fresh blooms. I could honestly go on and on about how much I love this season, but instead I will go over how Little Aspen and I celebrated the change in weather today.
First of all, today was also Super Bowl Sunday. Scott spent the day prepparing hot wings and other appetizers to bring with him to the Super Bowl party while Aspen and I went to the store to buy yarn (making a gift for an expecting friend), then drove to Old Navy to get some Spring time essentials (cute sandals and floppy hats, anyone??). Afterwards, Scott joined us at the Navarre Park to catch some rays, watch our little one explore, and snap some photos. When we got home, Aspen and I went on a long stroll to soak up the rest of the bright sun, then made our way home to prepare for the Super Bowl.
Friends, today was so lovely. I can’t wait for transition in season! We are so blessed to live in a place that gets an early Spring. What’s your favorite season, and why?
Shop our looks
SADIE’S OUTFIT: My dress was a gift from Pink Blush Maternity // Shoes are old, similar here
ASPEN’S OUTFIT: Dress is from Old Navy // Shoes are from Target
** thank you Pink Blush Maternity for collaborating with this post**
As a mama, I like to be comfortable. Each day I am bending down to grab toys, giving piggy backs, kissing boo boos, cleaning up messes, and giving baths. It’s not for the faint of heart, nor is it glamorous. But, being a woman, I also like to look presentable and on the occasion, good, even while I am mommin’.
Aspen, while running around outside, fell on some cement and scraped her knee. Immediate she looked up to me, asking me to pick her up. I naturally scooped her into my arms as she buried her face into my shoulder and whispered, “I oh-tay mama”. And instantly my heart melted.
Guys, motherhood is the sweetest. I mean, good Lord, how could it not be when your kid is this dang cute? Don’t get me wrong, she drives me mad some days (basically every day after 6pm, especially when dad isn’t home to help). There have been days where I have had to put her into her room while I hit my knees praying for grace, because sometimes parenting is hard. But at the end of the day, when I look at her sleeping face, I could not imagine a life so perfect. I wouldn’t trade this for anything (even to go to the bathroom by myself).
Top is from target // denim is from American Eagle // Flats are from Charolette Russe // Similar necklase can be found here //
Dress and knee high socks are from Old Navy // flats are from Target // Similar hair accessory here
Having a clean home is so improtant to me, but sharing a home with a toddler, a dog that sheds, and a husband, does not make cleaning an easy task. Not in the slightest. Actually, it can get so difficult some days that I have to give myself some grace and remind myself that my worth is not defined by how clean my home is. Down bellow I have reasonable cleaning schedule, and the products I use for it.
As a perk, all of these items are made with natural and untoxic ingredients and are safe to have around children
- Pick up toys before nap and before bed at night (I do make Aspen help).
- Make beds
- Wipe all surface areas after use. For this, I use Method’s All Purpose cleaner
- Rinse off dishes and put in dish washer
- Spray Febrese’s Heavy Duty spray on the couch
- Spray Method’s Shower spray in the shower after each use
EVERY OTHER DAY
- Vacuum all the floors, including the tile
- Run the dishwasher
ONE TO TWICE A WEEK
- Wipe down appliances
- clean bathrooms
- Do the laundry
I know this seems like a lot, but I promise you it isn’t. I guarentee that if you follow this list, a deep clean is not necessary nearly as often. This schedule will keep your mind sane, and your home manageable. Give it a try one week and let me know how it goes!
**All products displayed in images above (except the sea shells) can be purchased at Target.**
Today was 75 degrees. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Although it is perfectly acceptable to wear shorts and tanks, I opted for some laid back cool weather flannel and denim.
Shope my look: Flannel // denim // flats
I have been living on the emerald coast for nearly five years now. The first winter we were here it was FREEZING. Literally freezing. At one point, they blocked off all the bridges and let kids sled down them. Although there was no snow, there was plenty of ice. Since then, our winters have been very moderate, with only a handful of cold days. But a majority of the time the weather is nice enough to still enjoy our beautiful beaches.
My favorite winter beach attire is a neutral and flowy maxi with a light cardi or jean jacket. To shop these looks:
Favorite neutral maxi dresses can be found here, here, and here
Favorite denim jackets can be found here and here
Aspen’s: similar jumpsuit here// cardi // bow
*As always, a special thanks to those who help me photograph my blogging images. Most posts are a always taken on my camera. If the images are of me, they are taken by either Shelby Hood or my husband. Thanks for being troopers, guys*
I’ve always been a procrastinator. It’s actually something that I have been working on the past few months. I’ve been reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching youtube videos on how to put an end to procrastination and how to reorganize your life. Although it has been incredibly helpful, and I have been practicing quite a few of these methods, I feel like I am not the only one who has mastered the art of waiting until the last minute to do something. So, the next few days, I will be posting last minute Thanksgiving outfit ideas that you already have in your closet, or something you could find similarily at any local store. The first one consists of a basic Tshirt dress, a cardigan, and flats (or in my case, oxfords)
Because these are all pieces I had on hand in my closet, the links might not all take you to the exact item in the images. Rather, they will be linked to affordable and similar items in convenient and typically near by stores.
Sadie’s Outfit: dress // shoes // Necklace// cardi: I made this particular one, but you could shop a similar style here. Crochet pattern for cardi here
Aspen’s Outfit: Clothing set // boots
Lately I have found myself intrigued with the idea of simplistic living, and because of it I have began a week long process of de-cluttering and re-organizing my home and life. The first on my list? My desk.
Why? Because this is where the most cluttered parts of my life stem from. My desk drawer was an absolute nightmare. It was filled with random papers, recipts, old checks, to-do lists from over a year ago, chords to electronics that I have apparently lost, and a clutter of batteries. It’s honestly emberassing how disasterous it was. But after an hour or two of going through each and every item in that drawer, it now has a whole new (and neat) look. Next on my list is to get actual drawer organizers so I can put everything in a specific and purposeful place. I can’t wait to show you all pictures of it when I am done.
But, because I am a thrifty shop-aholic (I get it from my mom), I can’t just walk out ot TJ Maxx without a few goodies. While trying to stay consistent with my more organized lifetsyle, I decided to pick up more intentional pieces, such as: a journal to write out my thoughts, a list to write out my daily to-do’s where I can see them in plain sight, a cute little “mom boss” name plate to keep me motivated, and some delicious coconut cookies (Aspen approved).
Next on my organizational list is all of our closets, and then my coffee bar. And hopefully soon I will have a pretty, white toy organizer for Aspen’s books and toys. Decluttering is something I try to do at least once a year, but I have a difficult time maintaining it. If you have any tips and tricks with keeping an organized home while raising a toddler, please comment and let me know!
When my mom confirmed she was going to be visiting us, I made sure to reserve a night at our newest resturant for a girls night. Conveniently, one of my greatest Florida friends had texted me as we were leaving if we wanted to go out for dinner. I quickly invited her to join us, and for the next few hours we laughed, ate delicious food, and drank coctails while listening to the waves hitting the shore.
It is hard to get he same experience as tourists when you live in a travel destination town. I mean, although we go to the beach bi-weekly, we rarely get to truly experience the natural scerenity this place offers to the anual visitors. But when we have company in town, we try very hard to give them that experience.
I first heard about this new resort and resturant by a YMCA member (btw- I also work at the Y). After hearing about the menu, I immediately decided it would be on our itinerary while my mom was here on her visit. And let’s just say, it did not disapoint. Between the three of us, we spit a fried fish appetizer, a salad, pasta primavera, and a caremel cheesecake. My mom and I also ordered a mojito and a whisky based coctail that was to die for.
All in all, between the views, the breeze, the food, and the drinks, we had a wonderful time and I could not reccomend this place more.
For more details, visit here