I can’t believe it snowed twice in southern Alabama this year! So crazy! It normally only happens here once every 4 or 5 years, but this has been the best surprise. Of course, in the south we really don’t have the equipment or resources to treat our roads when it snows so it can be dangerous and we end up getting snowed in for a couple of days, but it is really fun to play in the snow when you never get to. It also created a lot of memories for my little family and we got in some serious snuggles by the fire which was nice. I take a good snow day (or three) any day of the winter!
Keeping New Years Resolutions or staying on track with our goals can be extremely difficult after the new year, new you motivation starts to wear off. For me that is usually around week 3. When that diet starts getting really tough or you are really sore from working out and want just one day off. You know what I’m talking about? This year, I didn’t even start implementing my new year goals until last Monday, so I am still going strong, but I like to think that is in part due to my determination and also to a new yummy protein snack that I will share with you in a bit.
It’s that time again! A New YEAR which means new year GOALS! I love this time of year becaise it feels like we are getting a do-over or a fresh start! I love a clean slate, and I don’t know about you, but I felt like I needed it this month! With all of the ear infections, sickness and busyness of the holidays, I fell way behind on our house up-keep, blogging, Instagram and basically everything else in life. I need this time and reflection and a new set of goals to get back on track. SO, here we go:
I can’t believe another year has come and gone! So many huge milestones were celebrated with my babies, especially Weston in the year 2017. We celebrated 6 years of marriage, 5 years of blogging, dream-come-true collabs (with Madewell, Gap Kids, Carter’s and bob Sweep to name a few), new blog friends, new readers, the start of my newsletter (it’s a work in progress, but I’m tackling it this year so be sure to subscribe in the sidebar!), I joined rewardStyle and so much more! I can not ever express to you how much this space means to me and how much each of you mean to me. I look forward to continuing to get to know you all in 2018 and hope to build an even stronger community. For now, I am going to share my top posts, and top sellers over the course of 2017.
photo by Allison Hilyer Photography
It snowed in my hometown for the first time in 4 years over the weekend! It wasn’t much, but it was still so fun! Watching my babies discover the snow for the first time was precious and hilarious. Weston loved it and was very curious about it, but Sophie screamed as soon as she touched it because it was “cold.” Bless her little heart. Hampton warmed up to it pretty quick once our neighborhood kids all started a big snowball fight – which he was all about! Our fun didn’t last long because it was all melted by lunch and we were left with muddy slush. BUT, it was pretty and fun while it lasted and we are so thankful for that magical day. Now on to some GREEN MONDAY sales!!
My family loves all things deer. All the men in my family hunt and we always had deer heads hanging on our walls, growing up. I realize this may be controversial or foreign to some of you, but in Alabama, it is extremely common. My mom always had lots of deer mixed in our decor – especially at Christmastime! I love continuing the tradition in our home! While Ryan does not hunt and we do not have deer heads on our walls, I do love adding deer decor where I can. When I saw these deer sweaters, I had to have them for Sophie and me! They are two of my favorite colors and both have the sweetest deer on them!
I feel like I haven’t done a life update in forever! I’ll be honest, I’ve been struggling lately with how much is too much to put on my blog. As I’ve grown, it has been something I have had a harder time with. Putting yourself out there for the world to judge can be difficult, but ultimately, I don’t care about myself as much as I do my kids. I did promise myself that if I wanted to continue blogging (which I do) I have to be open and honest with y’all. So, these are just a few things going through my head. I know a lot of other bloggers who struggle with this, and you can’t be too careful these days. I am also thinking of doing a post on ways to keep your family safe as you blog through life. Would you guys be interested in seeing that? Let me know! It can be tricky when your life is your work and your work is your life. They intertwine for me and it is hard to not show my kids because they ARE my life. At the same time, it gets scary sometimes. If you’re a blogger, how do you deal with it?
I love this time of year. It really makes me reflect on all of our blessings and helps me refocus on what really matters in life. Family, our health, jobs, and YOU. I am so thankful for you, friends. Every year I am continually humbled by how many of you stop to read, comment or like my posts. You encourage me daily. For every troll/ ugly comment that I receive, there are 20 of you that fill me up with encouragement and good. Without you, I wouldn’t have found my passion. I wouldn’t absolutely love my job, and I probably wouldn’t be at home with my babies.
In the spirit of the season of family, friends and thankfulness, I wanted to share some of my favorite bible verses on thankfulness to hopefully encourage you today. Also, there is a little giveaway if you make it to the end! 😉
Hi friends! I can’t believe I have not posted since Monday. I’m sorry about that. Things have been a little crazy around here. Nothing really new has been happening, we have just been really busy this week and Ryan has been out of town so, you know. Busyness. Anyways…I wanted to pop in today to tell you about a few of our favorites this week!