Hey there guys!! I hope you are having a wonderful Monday! It’s been a minute since I have posted on here and this summer, I want to be a little more intentional about posting more often.
I wanted to share some of the Prime Day deals I found this morning while browsing through Amazon. I plan on finding some more throughout the day but I thought I would share some of the things I found so far.
This teacher mama loves all the support and I appreciate you all more than you know!
What a freaking school year…spoken by a teacher, I am going to tell ya’ll that even with 10 years teaching experience, nothing could have prepared me for the stress that I had to ensue this year. I know I am not the only teacher to feel this way…it has been such a unique time– chaos and the unknown was brought into my profession that I was once confident in.
If this year has taught me anything, its not to take anything for granted–especially within the classroom. I know every state and school has been affected differently, but when I say that teachers deserve all the love–we do 🙂
I have composed a little list of things you can gift any teacher with to show them they are appreciated.
They are all Amazon Prime–so depending on where you live, shipping should come before the end of the week!
I know that teachers appreciate the love more than you will know–anything little present makes our day–especially us high school teachers! Even if a student write a thank you card, or gifts me a little bag of candy, the gesture goes a long way!
I don’t know what came over me this weekend but I was MOTIVATED to get some stuff done.
Not sure about you all, but I get in these moods where I need to nest (even though this mama is NOT pregnant).
Over the weekends, I typically find myself in two different types of moods.
When I am in this mood, my kids and I find ourselves staying at home all weekend–unwinding from a stressful work/school week.
In this mood, grocery shopping is delivered, house is somewhat cleaned, and we spend our time watching Disney movies, eating popcorn, ordering Door Dash, and cuddling on our huge sectional sofa.
Get Crap Done Mood
In this mood, my kids and and I find ourselves havin’ fun while getting some stuff done. Ok, who am I kidding, I am most likely the one getting the stuff done–but they are pretty good helpers.
House is deep cleaned and organized.
We spend lots of time outside.
We bake and make some pretty epic meals at home.
This weekend, I was in total Get Crap Done mood.
Since Friday was an e-Learning day in Greenville County, I was able to work from home, teacher Lilli, all while organizing our toy closet upstairs. We desperately need more storage space in our house and figured I would tackle that project while I was motivated to do so.
I decided to get the kiddos involved and they were ended up helping SO much. We organized things in piles and the kids had so much and almost made it into a competition of sorts. There was a trash pile, a donate pile, a Roblox pile, a Pokemon pile, a figure pile, and a lego pile. Whewww, that was a lot of piles.
With Jonah having mostly toys, we had not gone through Lilli’s closet in quite some time. As she is 7 years old, finding things that were 4T definitely sent me down memory lane.
As kids get older, I think it is important for them to be a part of the process. Being able to determine what they can let go of, donate it, and mentally understand the importance of helping bless others with the things we no longer use or have grown out of.
Feature Wall Update
On top of our organizational Friday, I spent the day Saturday at Lilli’s soccer games and running errands. Sunday, after church, we said goodbye to my parents as they were both here for the weekend, and I started a little project on my own.
As many of your know, we have been turning our SPEC home into our style–room by room. Our last big project was our Front Room–which used to be our dining room, and I was itching to do something else in our home (just not as expensive, lol).
I bought PVC molding for $2.58 a piece (I bought a total of 25 pieces). I basically eyed the pattern and glued the pieces down with a strong glue (linked here) and caulked the seems for a finished look.
All in all, this project cost be about $100 total. Even though I would love an updated sectional, we have to budget a bit before pulling the trigger on that purchase. In the meantime, we love adding a little bit of color and life to the space.
Let me know what you guys think or if you have any questions ❤
How does one begin to explain all that happened in the year 2020? In all honesty, 2020 was a tough year for us all, but so much good came from the year that I can’t help but be thankful–even in the midst of the chaos that surrounds us all.
I think spending some time in reflection will do some good for my heart and soul–for reflection promotes growth. I want nothing more than to grow from my experiences in 2020.
Here goes nothing…
My year started off in celebration of my 31st birthday. After Charlie’s death in December, I needed a break–so I planned a trip to Orlando in much need of friendship and sunshine.
Without getting into too many details, in January, I was told some things that broke my heart. These things would wreck my perception of some loved ones in my life–leaving me to battle things I never thought I would have to face, taking months of prayer and devotions to forgive those who hurt me.
My deepest insecurities came to surface along with the secrets held, leaving me to seek truth in Gods word–CHOOSING not to believe the lies within the depths of darkness.
Friends, the power of forgiveness is so great and we must not let hurt overcome love.
Lilli celebrating her 6th birthday with a Frozen themed birthday party–with close family and friends.
I loved nothing more than celebrating this one in February. Lilli is such a freakin’ joy to be around and we had the best time celebrating her life on her birthday.
Along with her birthday, she also went to her first daddy daughter dance!! After the dance, David told her they could go anywhere for dinner that night–and in true Lilli fashion, she chose McDonalds! She loves her chicken nuggies.
Our First Pandemic
This month, everything started to shut down, schools started closing, and life as we know it–would change for the unforeseeable future.
I went into work for the last time that school year March 17, 2020–fully expecting to return several weeks later. Little did I know, e-learning would continue for the remainder of the year. Not only did I have to attend work everyday–online of course, Lilli was near the end of her Kindergarten year. Along with teacher my own students, I was also responsible for teaching my daughter at home.
I loved nothing more than staying home with my kiddos but this was most certainly a very trying time. With David at work most days, my family living in Tennessee, I had to quickly learn how to manage our new normal.
My Creative Outlet
To add onto my stress, I decided to create a creative outlet–sparking my desire to begin making our SPEC home a little more our own. My first project was our foyer.
Our Foyer: Before
Our Foyer: After
To wrap up the month of March, I bought my dream mom car–A Toyota 4Runner! Nothing like a little shopping to bring a little joy to my life!
I dove into a couple more projects in April, one being replacing all the mirrors and light fixtures in our master bathroom. I loved every second of it and I will never tire of a good transformation.
The kiddos and I spent a lot of time outside, enjoying each other, and embracing the South Carolina sunshine. I also spruced up the guest bathroom downstairs with a new mirror–which completely made a difference to the bathroom.
Downstairs Bathroom: Before
Downstairs Bathroom: After
Mother’s Day Surprise
For Mother’s Day, David surprised me with flying my sister up from Florida. It was the best surprise! We spent some quality time together and my sister even let me give her a much needed haircut (or should I day dread cut), lol!
End of Kindergarten
Even though Lilli’s first year of school will go down in the record books as the most unique year of learning, we were happy for the potential of 1st grade, and super excited to live up the summer time!
Here are some pictures that sum up our May in 2020 pretty darn well!
June 2020 & July 2020
We spend so much time in the sun, sweating and soaking up all the vitamin D! Our 4th of July was also spent with one another, with no trip to the ER this time–Jonah gave us quite the scare last 4th of July!
Laundry Room Project
I ended the summer with my favorite project of them all! The laundry room needed some creativity and I could not be happier with the results. Check out the before and afters–it looks like an entirely different space!
What a stressful month! We received word that school would be starting on a phased in plan…although I would go back to work full time–minus Fridays (for full e-learning days), Lilli would only be attending school one day a week.
Eventually we would be phased in for two days a week, then four days a week, and finally five–but finding child care for Lilli, working full-time while teaching her her 1st grade online work was NO walk in the park.
We also enrolled Lilli in the Center of Excellence program at our local soccer club to expose her to my favorite sport, yes (haha), but also to help her make new friends in the craziness of the world and all the new restrictions placed upon society.
Meanwhile, Jonah did go back to school–his first day of Pre-K 4.
School and soccer are in full swing! Life is crazy busy but we love every minute of it!
Happy Halloween! We are so thankful for friends and the best neighbors in a time of lonliness and isolation. We carved pumpkins at Elizabeth’s house and had the best time!
David and I took a trip to Idaho Springs, CO for our anniversary! I was not sure how everything would go in the midst of the pandemic, etc. but it was a nice getaway and a great change of scenery. See my blog post on the trip if you want a complete breakdown of our experience in Colorado.
The day after we got back, it was Jonah’s birthday! We didn’t do anything special but it was still so fun celebrating our boy and waking him up with balloons and some toys to open!
Lilli also lost her first tooth and I could not be more excited for her but also feeling lots of emotions watching my baby girl grow up so fast!
With the new year approaching, we spent the month of December decorating our house for Christmas and getting ready to spend some much needed time off with our family and friends. David and I wanted to cut down a tree with the kiddos–had the best time doing it, and Davids parents decided to stay in SC for the holiday’s so we spent several days in each others company, celebrating the birth of Jesus, eating good food, and drinking amazing wine!
With all the divisiveness that surrounds us all, lets find reasons to come together–celebrating our differences and embracing them.
I look at my children and crave a better world for them. Since I am one person, I know I can not solve all of the problems of the world, but I know kindness and love start at home. I am thankful for a year that allowed me to spend this time with them. I will never take it for granted.
2020, you were a crazy wild year. You started off pretty freaking rough but I am thankful for all the memories. I will forever cherish every one of them.
I spent a little time New Years Eve perusing Nordstrom–because well, COVID…and this momma did not have a whole lot going on. Last night, we stayed home and I enjoyed every minute of it. 2020 was a lot of things, but for me, it was an amazing year I got to spend with my two blessings–four if you include my pups Winston and McQueen.
I linked all the items above–below the roundup picture, but I will also list them here, one by one, so you can see how cute each find really is!
I wish you all a very happy New Year and I hope 2021 is full of nothing but LOVE and BLESSINGS to you and your family.
Mystic Tree Farm is a family-owned and operated business that has been providing quality Christmas trees, handmade garlands, and wreaths since 1983. Set on 30 acres of beautiful farmland, they provide a wide variety of products that will appeal to any style or decor. They focus their efforts on providing you a fun, stress-free, and friendly shopping experience that will have you coming back year after year!
This was the second time we bought our tree at Mystic Tree Farm and we LOVED every minute of it. We arrived on the farm at about 11 AM on Black Friday. The Farm was pretty pack, but the employees at the farm were expecting the large crowds and handled everything efficiently and professionally. All farm workers followed CDC guidelines but did not shy away from helping visitors finding their perfect Christmas tree.
This year, they had a Train Ride for kids, Pop’s Kettle Corn Co, and The Rollin’ Doughnut.
Along with the various venders they had on property, the tree farm has various trees for your family to choose from. There is something so special about picking your tree, cutting it down, and taking it home to decorate.
Types of Trees on Property
Carolina Sapphire, Blue Ice, Virginia Pine, Leyland Cypress, White Pine, and Fraiser Fir.
The kids decided on a Leyland Cypress–they thought it was the perfect fit for our family. I personally wanted the Fraiser Fir, as they are the most distinctive type of Christmas Tree–especially known for their aroma! The one plus side about the Leyland Cypress is that they do not shed!
Overall, the kids had an absolute blast, and it was a great experience. As long as we are still living in the Greenville, SC area, Mystic Farms is our place–we will be back!
The tree the kids picked looks great in our home and we had a blast putting all of our family ornaments on the tree. Even though I still can’t believe it is Christmas time already, I am so happy its here.
Our Mystic Tree Farm Experience in 2017 made us come back–for the second time, and I am so glad we did!
Mystic Farm Information
Address: 9029 Old White Horse Road Greenville SC 29617 Email: mystictreefarm.com
It has been ages since I last posted on here and I am happy to be back.
Life as we all know it has changed dramatically since COVID and I have felt that change in all aspects of life.
David and I had several trips planned, as you know–to Jamaica (canceled) and Mexico (canceled as well), and we felt like with everything going on, we needed to still get away. Even though Colorado was not the tropical destination we were originally planning for, it still served its purpose, and was incredibly refreshing.
We flew out of Charlotte–direct flight to Denver, CO. Flying with Frontier for the first time, I would strongly recommend finding other flight options as Frontier was below par. You ultimately get what you pay for…as our flight over to Denver for both David and myself was around $180 (including our checked bag). The flight attendants were incredibly rude and the seats extremely uncomfortable–for a longer flight.
When we arrived to Denver, we took a shuttle to our rental car company, SIXT.
I have not heard too much about this rental car company, however, I got a great deal on Priceline–I like to live life on the edge I guess 😉
Sixt is amazing! We were met by the nicest agent who upgraded us to a 4-wheel drive (as when I got the rental car originally, it was not expected to snow). We ended up with a Volvo S90–which was beautiful and worked wonderfully in the mountains/snow. I will be renting a car from them in the future!
David and I both truly loved the atmosphere and quirkiness of this location. The food was affordable AND delicious. David got a brisket and I got the patty melt and ohhh boy, it hit the spot. Even though we weren’t in the mood for breakfast, this restaurant serves it all day. Yes, please!!
After lunch, we walked around downtown Denver. Walking around and seeing how much has changed since our last visit in 2016, I was disheartened! Lots of places had been shut down–as COVID prevented sales, which caused many business to close their doors. Store fronts were boarded up from the recent protests. Overall, I wanted to escape the city of Denver, so we headed straight to our final destination: Idaho Springs.
Click the title above for a direct link to the property site
I found our little cottage on AirBnB. When I saw the property for the first time, I think my jaw literally hit the floor. I love the simplicity within the design and I also loved the backyard stream/creek and privacy the property provided. Downtown is about 5-7 minutes away from the cabin, and there are quite a few food and shopping stores to visit.
This cabin is very chic & modern, and has several fun games & books. It is small at approximately 330 sqft.
The outdoor view is incredible and serene.
There is a small kitchenette for cooking, with a Keurig for coffee & tea, microwave, plugin cook plate, pots and pans, mugs, minimal dishes & flatware, and refrigerator in the pantry.
4 wheel drive is NOT required to access the cabin, parking is directly in front.
The cabin is REALLY small and quaint. If you want space, this is not the place for you. It has a small inside space (330 sq. feet) but the outside space/view does make up for it.
The bed, although comfortable, it super small for two grown adults. If you are used to sleeping on a king sized bed like we are, it will be a little bit of an adjustment.
The price is somewhat steep…currently the property is listed at $239 a night. There are no refunds given by the host–it is a commitment if this is the place you want to stay.
Cell phone service is non-existent, however, great WiFi does allow you to stay connected while on vacation.
Pictures of the Property
Our First Dinner Spot in Idaho Springs
Clear Creek Cidery & Eatery
This place was freakin’ awesome. Even though the service was a little on the slower side, we loved the vibe of the restaurant and all the creative entrees they provided…let us not forget about the CIDER. I was in heaven with their Pineapple Cider. I got the most delicious salad–as I was still somewhat stuffed from our lunch, and David got the Bacon Macaroni and Cheese.
We freakin’ loved this place we went there two days in a row for breakfast. Everyone was incredibly friendly and service was quick and efficient. Everything was made in house, including all their breads–not to mention their fresh squeezed orange juice.
Since it was snowing and very cold, I brought what I could–this Florida girl who lives in South Carolina doesn’t have very many cold weather options. I have link all the outfits in my LIKEtoKNOW.it profile.
If you have made it this far, thanks for reading about our little adventure. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will get back to you 🙂
There are so many cute finds at Kirklands. Every time I go there, I seem to find something “I need” for my house. Okay, okay, it might not be a need, but when I find a #bargain, it is so hard to pass up. Kirklands rarely ever does a 50% of sale, so when I got the email, I had to put some stuff together ASAP!
This weekend (6/27-6-28/2020) they also have a 15% off coupon a regular priced item. Code is SUMMER 15.