Hodge Podge Tuesday

By 4:42 PM , ,
It's Tuesday and that means it's time for my weekly hodge podge of my favorites this week.


Sorry to be mush gushy but God did me the biggest favor in giving me this guy as a husband. He is the best supporter and is over the top amazing to me and our little guy. This past Sunday morning I wasn't feeling so great, the bug has been going around our house, so he got up early with the little guy so I could sleep in and surprised me by bringing me heart shaped chocolate chip pancakes in bed and Micky Mouse shaped pancakes for E. Sleeping in + chocolate + breakfast in bed = the way to my heart. 

2. September 1st

It's officially the first day of September which means fall is right around the corner. It also means PSL is out and in full force and I plan to get one on the way to work tomorrow.

3. College Football Starts Saturday

Should I say it again?!? COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARTS SATURDAY! I am over the hills excited. And we have a new quarterback who is a transfer from VA so I am excited/anxious to see him in action. GOOOO DAWGS!

4. We will be at the beach next week

Finally, we get to take our family vacation. So excited to spend some much needed R&R with my guys at the beach. We are in full prep mode over here this week.

5. Parenthood

We have recently started binge watching this show on Netflix and I'm hooked. I think I cry every episode. So good. 

What is going on in your world this week?

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Some of my favorite blogs to stalk

By 1:40 PM , ,
Thank you all for bearing in there with me as we work some construction changes on the blog. I am hoping it will be more user friendly by the end of it all but I would love feedback on what you think so far...it is still a work in progress but we are nearing the finish line. :) 

Photo property of You Can Sit With Us Blog: screen shot of this awesome blog

O.k. now on to the fun stuff. I thought it would be fun to share with you all some of my favorite blogs that I stalk on a daily basis. I love reading these blogs getting inspired by these women who are such amazing mothers, business woman, home decorators, chefs, Christians, and friends. Check them out below and show them some love! 

  • Mix and Match Family: Shay is a food blogger but her Mix and Match Family blog is all about her family. Shay is the sister of famous bachelor, Sean Lowe, and has the most precious family. She recently adopted the cutest little girl (Ashby) from China and writes all about fashion, food, and family. This is hands down one of my FAVORITE blogs to read. 

  • My Sweet Savannah: Want to be totally inspired when it comes to home decor? I love Melanie's sense of style and her taste. 

  •  House Tweaking: I really like Dana's photos and her style of writing. 

  • You Can Sit With Us: A lifestyle blog written by my amazing cousin (in-law) Joanna and her three amazing friends. Love this blog as you get posts from four awesome women at four very different stages of life. This blog is the perfect mix of a little bit of everything. 

  • Pinterest Told Me To: First of all anyone with an awesome name like Sheaffer of course I had to read their blog. Secondly, this girl is BFF's with Shay from Mix Match Family. She write hilarious Bachelor, Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise recaps and features some awesome outfits! 

What are some of your go-to daily reads? Please share in the comments below.

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Book Review Dark Rising: Book #2 of the Archangel Prophecies

By 2:49 PM
Thank you to Monica McGurk for sponsoring this post. Click here to check out Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies by Monica McGurk.

If you have been reading my blog since last August you will remember me posting about the first book in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy called Dark Hope: Book One of the Archangel Prophecies. Well, I am excited to tell you that Monica McGurk has done it again! I had the opportunity to read her second book in the series and it did not disappoint

Dark Rising written by Monica McGurk continues the story of Hope Carmichael who is the survivor of a child abduction and currently on the run. The only problem is Hope is not completely sure who she is running from...the mark on her neck has branded her and the Fallen Angels think that Hope is the long lost answer to getting in to Heaven by force. Hope, on the other hand, is searching down the true item that will open Heaven's gates so she can destroy it all while also running from the group of human traffickers that are searching for their revenge. This book explores some deep themes including love, jealousy, fate, trust, and identity. 

I enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to my friends. However, I must warn you. This book similar to the first in the series, is one that will get you thinking about some deep and even dark themes including human trafficking and empowerment. 

For those of you who don't know Monica McGurk (the author) is passionate on ending human trafficking and a huge advocate for women.  You can check her out on social media below:

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The 20 Question Game

By 3:31 PM ,
It's been a while since I've done a get to know you post so when I saw this 20 question game on Meet the Sullivans I decided to join in on the fun!

1. Favorite food:
Easy. Mexican hands down. I could eat it five times a week. I love it so much that I totally don't count Moe's as eating Mexican. :) 

2. Flip flops or high heels:
Flip flops all the way. I a not a friend of sore feet. Although I do wear them several times a  week to work but I also totally rock a cute wedge. 

3. Favorite places to shop for yourself:
Pretty much all of my clothes come from TJ Maxx, Marshalls, online boutiques, or everyone's favorite....Target! 

4. Standard Coffee order:
Chai Tea Latte or Pumpkin Spice Latte when it is in season

5. Road trip must have snack:
Chewy Sprees (I'm an addict), Mentos, and anything cheesy. 

6. DIY or hire it out?
I would say we are DIYers 80% of the time. My husband is SUPER handy and has been known to replace our water heater, change oils in our cars, paint our home, change out light fixtures, and more. However, when it comes to the things we don't find fun we are not opposed to hiring it out. We have a SAINT who cleans our house every three weeks and have hired out our exterior of our home to be painted. Basically we take the fun stuff or things we can't bear to pay for and hire out the things that are going to suck tons of time and are basic. 

7. Top 5 TV shows:
Bachelor/Bachelorette, Walking Dead, Revenge, Modern Family, Jim Gaffigan Show, Duck Dynasty (if you have not seen Jon Luke and Mary Kate's wedding you need to...adorable!)....I have also recently started binge watching Parenthood and have become addicted

8. Favorite Book: 
Heaven is Real is one of my all time favorites.

9. Favorite Form of Exercising:
Pure Bare or Walking.

10. How tall are you?
5'5.5" and in case you were wondering, yes that extra 1/2 an inch matters

11. Do you try something new at restaurants or stick to your favorites?
I'm a creature of habit and stick to my favorites. 

12. One make up item you can't live without:
My phone.

13. What's on your nightstand?
A framed picture from our wedding, candle, coaster with a picture of my mom and in in college, lamp, phone charger, and baby monitor.

14. What's one thing motherhood has taught you?
Only one thing? That's tough. I guess if I could just pick one thing it would be that time is SO precious. Babies grow so fast....you blink and they are a toddler. Soak it up people and don't blink! 

15. Music that reminds you of high school:
N'Sync or get ready...Nobody's Angel...google it all all 2000 kids.

16. If you could live anywhere in the world besides your current city where would you live?
I think I would love living in Nashville or Charlotte...

17. Tell us something about you we might not know:
I'm a bit of a germ avoid-er. I do not share drinks with anyone besides my husband and even if I do that (which is seldom) I have to have two straws. I won't share a dessert so if you go out to dinner with me we will need to get two plates and cut the dessert in half and put it on our own plates before eating. Also, airports gross me out. I don't touch the railings on the sky train...ew! 

18. Websites you read/browse (besides blogs):
Goodness, I'm lucky if I get to pursue Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and my favorite blogs everyday.

19. Morning person or Night owl?
Morning person for sure!  I am way more productive in the morning...and crash at night!

20. Favorite Breakfast meal:
Donuts...I have an obsession. It is my guilty pleasure.

What about you? Want to play along?

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Bottle Feeding Doesn't Have to Be Stressful

By 3:23 PM , , ,
Bottles. I have a love/hate relationship with them. For real. Love them because they provide a way for my baby to eat when I'm not there which as a working mom is super important. Hate them because they can be hard to clean and babies can be super picky when it comes to which bottle they will take. 

Well, fear not mommas! I have found a bottle that I would recommend you try out. Mimbie is a high quality soft silicone baby’s bottle teat with revolutionized design-functionality that nurtures a newborn’s instinctive breastfeeding technique.The bottle is BPA free but the most amazing part about the bottle, especially for those newborns, is that the bottle creates no difference in a babies feeding pattern after having a bottle versus nursing. 

Mimbie is perfect for moms like myself that are breastfeeding mothers who need to go back to work as the product is comfortable for babies to feed from and also supportive of continued breastfeeding. 

Seriously, do yourself a favor and add this bottle to your registry today. You will thank me later. Here are 3good reasons to try this bottle and get excited about the fact that you can both bottle and breastfeed.

1. Bottle feeding lets dad, grandparents, etc. bond with the baby as well.
2. The Mimbie bottle air vent adjusts to your baby's feed rate. 
3. The Mimbie bottles are made of glass so you do not have to work about BPA junk. :) 

Disclosure:  I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this company. The opinions on this blog are my own.

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