Friday, July 22, 2016

Friday Roundup...


Week Recap

I always get confused when people say summer is so chill. I find that summers are just as full minus the consistent schedule (I could add equals tired kiddos and regular meltdowns). All that to be said summer is still my fave and I am enjoying it!

Some of my Instagram photos from the week!

Finally added a little decor to this wall :)

This big man had his one year check up... and when I say big I mean big coming in at just short of 30 pounds!!!


On the Blog this Week

*Jman turned one last Friday... Someone please explain to me how babies grow up so quick? This time last year I had a squishy newborn and just like that I have a walking toddler! I shared a full update on the big man :)

* And check out these 8 Things to do instead of Scrolling on your phone. I know unreserved a little list and the motivation to do something more meaningful with my time!

*I am pondering reopening the budgeting diaries series since so many people found it encouraging in the past. It probably won't be a weekly thing right now, but let me know if you wan to guest post!
What is your story? Or do you have some tips or pointers or anything you think would be encouraging to readers trying to be good stewards of what God has given them? Email me at and you can share a post! :)


On Other Blogs this Week

*Tif at Bright on a Budget is Sharing about Handling Fashion Emergencies on the Go She has a little kit that will handle all sorts of emergencies!

*Lately I have been SO SO busy chasing the kiddos that I have not been drinking enough water.  Seriously it is bad.  Emily at Morning Motivated Mom always has the best printable and this one does not disappoint!  She also gives great advise about getting enough H2O!

*And last but certainly not least Holly really hit home with me this week with her 21 day love challenge! 



*Am I so behind... when did the Nsale become a thing?  I remember sitting in postpartum in my PJs last year thinking- "hmmm a sale everyone is talking about... " and again this year.  Nope... don't have any picks for you, because I don't have that kind of mula to spend right now. BUT no worries there are a million other bloggers that do ;)

*Y'all THESE PENS.  Have you tried them?  They are my favorite!

*And... this dress that Becky is wearing over at BYBMG


God is teaching me...

“"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit."”
Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV

May we be firmly planted at the source of life, that we may persevere through trials and bear fruit!

How was your week?

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

8 things to do instead of scrolling

You know it... We all do it.

There is an empty little block of time, or you don't know what to do with your hands or no other reason than it is just what you do.

So you pick up the phone and scroll. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter... whatever you are feeling that moment.

We have developed a bad habit.
I have developed a bad habit.
Ps... I don't think scrolling everyone once in a while is bad... It's just when you do it at every spare moment. 

So I have thought up a simple list of things to do instead. All be it some of this are still on your phone, I would say that most are more productive, helpful and fulfilling than just scrolling.

1) Budget... 

Seriously if you don't have a budget you can make one in just a few minutes using Every Dollar (my favorite right now) or Mint. Spend two minutes that you would have spent scrolling each day managing your money- boom you will be budgeter!

2) Read scripture... 

The Bible app and She Reads Truth have great plans that you can jump on anytime you are on you phone. 

3) Read a book... 

Whether is an actual book you can hold in your hands or an ebook, I can almost guarantee you that reading will be more fulfilling than scrolling.

4) Memorize Scripture- 

I have made every excuse in the book about what I can't do this. But it is actually easy to do in spare moments in the day. Make a note on your phone with scripture you want to memorize. Go to that three minutes of the day that you would have spent scrolling. Viola :)

5) Pray... 

What if we spent half the time we scroll in serious prayer? For real y'all, I think it would be life changing.

6) Write... 

Journal, grocery list, blog, or whatever you need to write. Fellow bloggers... I wrote this whole post in time I would have been scrolling.

7) Be still... 

Do nothing. Yep I said it. For some reason in our world today we can't just be. We have the cumpulsion to pick up our phone at a stoplight, during a lull in conversation and everywhere in between. It is okay to have stillness in this productivity driven world!

8) Be present... 

Maybe you should get on your phone at all. Maybe you need to be totally present with you friends and family.

What about you... What do you do instead of scrolling? 


Friday, July 15, 2016

JL 12 Months... 1 YEAR!!!

Jameson Luke 12 Months…

What a difference a year makes!!!

 Monthly Milestones... 

*Walking... though my preferred method is still crawling!

*Knows exactly what he wants- says yes (by nodding) and no all the time

*Recognizing and saying more things.

Favorite Things... 

*My sister…

Especially her kisses
*Pool time!!!

*Being outside



*Family time :)


 We have been coming in at 29  pounds and some change!


Somewhere around 32.5 inches

Clothing Size… 

*We are pretty solid 2T at this point… but some 2Ts are so narrow but too long.  And can we talk about how 2Ts don't have snap bottoms??? 

Sleep Patterns… 

Usually a 20 minute morning nap, and hour or two afternoon nap and 12 hours at night!

Eating Patterns… 

Just go ahead and give me all the food!  He makes a loud yelling noise when he is hungry (pretty much all the time.)  Then we remind him to sign "more" or "please" and he does.  But if he take too long he will yell again.  

He still nurses 2-3 times a day.

Outings and Celebrations… 

*Father's Day

*Birmingham trip/Pop's 60th bday!

*Beach Trip

*First 4th of July (your due date last year- you will always be "America Baby")


*Mini- Andrew
*Drool Monster
*Grump master

Things others have said about you...

*"He looks so much like Andrew"… this is said almost every single day!
*"He is so big!"
*"How much does he weigh?"
"His eyes are so blue!"

Things we have noticed about you...

*You really like to get into everything… EVERYTHING
*If I don't see you for even 5 seconds I am worried! You have usually gotten into something.
*You are daring and will not be left behind.
*You crack yourself up and laugh at your sister too.
*People are really drawn to you!
*You are more interested in being quick than walking.
*You are processing everything now!

For Jameson Luke…

And just like that it is here.  12 sweet months with you coming to one year! It has been so quick and we have trie to soak in every last snuggle while embracing your every change!

You are daring, smart and your own little man.  You love your family and friends.  You dance, walk crawl, talk, "jump" and more.

Each year you will grow and change more and we are excited!  We continue to pray for your heart, that it will come to know Jesus and share Him with the world!!!

And all the pictures...

Catching Up…