6.11.2017

Recent Amazon Clothing Steal Finds!

Recently I was added to a super cool private Facebook group by a friend. Women from the group all share their awesome, and very reasonably priced Amazon finds (among other retailers). Funny enough I had already been eyeing some of the group favorites. I feel like Amazon can be hit or miss with clothing and sizing so reading real recommendations and seeing real photos is nice. 

Here's what I've got headed my way, or soon to be...

MEROKEETY Women's Floral Prints Stripes Tunic Splice Pocket Tops Short Sleeve Tee Shirt Blouse
This cute top. ($14.99)  I've seen this on three different ladies and the length is great. Not too short. It comes in four different colors. It seems to run a little small. I'm waiting for them to re-stock the black stripe one in a Medium. 

Affordable Style - Black Party Dress
I love this dress! ($18.99) I haven't pulled the trigger just yet as I just recently purchased three other dresses that would be for the same type of occasion this one would, so I don't really need it just yet. I've seen several women wearing this and it looks great on all shapes and sizes. The reviews do say it runs a little big.

Navy Sheath Dress - Affordable Style
This cocktail dress is a steal at $17.95! (price does fluctuate). I actually just scored it last night on Lightening Deal! It comes in four different colors. I got the navy and plan to pair with some nude heels. Going off reviews and the input from a few friends, this runs true to size.


OUGES Women's V-Neck Pattern Pocket Maxi Long Dress(Black,S)
I adore a good maxi dress and can't wait for this one to arrive tomorrow. This is actually one I found on my own but then saw it was also a hit in that group. I went with this black floral print. I do love the navy and pink rose one as well, but have a somewhat similar navy floral maxi already. Check out the review photos. Super cute and flattering. This comes in six different colors and also seems to run true to size.

Clothing Deals Kimono
I scored this Kimono on super deal this afternoon. I've noticed the price fluctuates quite a bit, but it's always pretty low. There is also a super cute navy floral one that I may snag as well. These look great paired with some skinny jeans (or even denim shorts), with a tee or tank and a cute dangly necklace. 

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Speaking of dangly necklaces. This find isn't from Amazon, but I also wanted to share. This is another favorite from that group. It's a steal at just over $11. I have the white pendant option headed my way but I'm thinking I may need the pink, too. It seriously looks amazing with pretty much anything!


I'll try my best to get some try on photo's when things start arriving and let y'all know what I think. Let me know if you snag any of these cute steals for yourself! 

April

6.09.2017

Life Lately


WOW. Here I am. Nine months since my last post, Should I just start a completely new blog? Who am I kidding...that would be neglected too. I say "whole new blog" since so much has changed around here. Or at least it feels like a lot has. I guess I should catch up.

Currently, I've retreated to my upstairs office (remember that pretty playroom?). Business took off and Mama's shop invaded half the playroom. To add - office with a glass of Merlot. Because: summer break....and my inability to tell my children "no, you are going to your own room after we watch Beauty and the Beast. I really have been wanting to stop by this little spot for quite some time...but I knew I'd really need to dive in. Now finally felt like a great time, in hopes that my crazy night-owl duo will knock out and I can go back down to sweet sweet silence. 

 Don't worry, I still have a husband. All is well. He is still a chef...so that answers the next question on where he is at this hour of the night. In fact, that may be one the biggest things I can share, actually. His career. If you've followed along here you know that we've been incredibly blessed in his culinary career path. I've shared these steps along the way from early on. He recently accepted a new position. His prior position was also amazing and I know he'll forever be appreciative of that role and his growth from it. 

 But this one, it's a huge step. Funny enough, it's the same restaurant he was a Sous Chef at for nearly five years before moving on to the Executive spot in this last job, a little less than three years ago. Way back, I don't think he could have ever imagined filling this prestigious role, but now, here he is! I know he is honored and super excited about what's to come with this new journey. Many huge names and incredibly successful chefs have headed up this small family of restaurants. Honestly, it's all very surreal and super super exciting. 

This past week before officially jumping in at the new spot he traveled to New Orleans to be immersed in the whole scene (the new spot is based from and originated in NOLA). That type of cooking has always been his style and he loves going there, so I decided to join for a few days, along with our friend, Chris. He gave himself the title of my bodyguard for the trip. Haha. Joe had a very busy schedule so we didn't get to see him a lot. But we did squeeze in some Bourbon street and casino time with him after he finished all of his (super cool) business for the day. There really are too many photos to share (so.much.food!), but here are several. 


Now, on to some other big things that deserved their very own post over these past nine months...

-I'm sure I've mentioned my Meme here before. Well, back in October she passed away after a short battle with cancer. Only two months long. Lung and Brain. It was hard for me then and it still is. She was one of the most important people in my life. The only one who knew all the stupid details of my every day. I talked to her on the phone daily, usually multiple times a day. And she actually cared about my day to day nothings. Cancer is horrible and she didn't deserve what happened to her. I miss her every day. 



-We got a cat. She's cool. She isn't the sweetest thing ever. But...cats. I love her. She loves me. She tolerates the kids. I've missed having a cat. It took me a long time to talk Joe into being ok with getting one. Him and Finley actually got the final choice at the shelter. He likes her well enough ;)



-We got a bunny. Finley's very first pet, "Jenny", the Guniea Pig died suddenly. We still don't know why. My plan was to NOT replace her. But, of course daddy dearest suggested we get one of those cute bunnies like we had just seen at the livestock show and of course Finley LOVED that idea. And really, who can say no to a cute floppy eared bunny? This is Benji and he's pretty darn cute. Also, he might just be the sweetest rabbit ever.


-Finley turned six last month. Carson turns four next month. She finished Kindergarten and he starts Pre-K this coming year. We are into week two of summer break and thoroughly enjoying it. All of us. The break has been so so so nice. No strict bedtimes, schedules or early wake-up's. Much needed.


-My mom moved away. Yep, she moved back to Florida (where I'm from). She retired early and went to help care for my Grandparents. Luckily, we still get to see her often since she comes back to visit and stay with us every couple of months.

-We are going to buy a new house. Build, actually. Wait, what? Yes, we've only been in this one for two and a half years. BUT, we didn't really need a guest room when we purchased this home (see update just above) and we also didn't really need a designated office as I didn't have my business back then. We really do need both of those things now. We toyed with the idea of doing some updates in this home, and even moved forward with finding a contractor and almost pulling the trigger. It ultimately boiled down to not really being happy with our backyard. It's small and we have a two story neighbor directly behind us, which leaves no privacy, even with a privacy fence. Both things we didn't realize would bother us so much, but they do. We haven't been able to find the style of home we want pre-built. Believe me, I check listings almost daily! I feel like home interior styles have changed so much recently. Unless it's something that has been re-done very recently, it's probably not the look we're going for. I'll admit, I am very picky this time. Ask my realtor. Good thing she's one of my closest friends and puts up with my crazy We just aren't going to settle this time. We plan to stay in this one for the long haul, and we will love it. We currently have our sights set on a new construction neighborhood very close to our current one. They are taking their sweet time with opening their new section, so we are patiently waiting. Calling every.single.week for updates. The last update, yesterday, had to do with the rain delaying some road laying and city approvals. Hopefully soon they can move forward with that, we can get under contract, and get the ball rolling! 

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There really are so many other smaller things that I know I'm forgetting. It's been an action packed time for us. Instead of trying to remember everything I'll leave with a few key pictures and hopes to not stay away for so long before next time.

(first year of T-Ball) -Yes, I had a short stint with brown hair- 

(Muffins with mom)

(Three year trophy and studio dance rehearsal)

(Last day of MDO 3's)

(Kinder end of year party, on her Birthday!)

Have a great weekend!

 

9.16.2016

Loving Lately

It's been a long time since I've done a favorites post. It's been a long time since I've posted about anything besides life updates. So I'm due. 
Whenever the seasons start to change up....ok lets be honest...when they *should* be changing (we're in Houston), I get the bug to change stuff up, and to shop. Especially during the fall. Here are some of my new(ish) favs.

1. 
Mac Velvet Teddy || Milani Adorable
I recently went on a Kylie Lip Kit dupe frenzy. These two were a result of that. I really love them both. The Milani Adorable is my favorite but both are really great. They are perfect for my fair skin without being too much. 
2.
Batiste Dry Shampoo
I linked to Amazon but I get this cheaper at Walmart or TJ Maxx. I've been under a rock, y'all. I'd consider myself a dry shampoo expert. I've been using it for the longest time now and have tried most every kind but somehow not this one. I'm on my second bottle and I'm pretty sure I love it more than the KMS Brand that I always go back to. Try it if you haven't yet.
3.
These Cheese Sticks
I've told my circle of friends about these things. I'm that obsessed. We are never without them in our house these days. Every time I eat them I ramble on about how I could live off them. They are pure amazingness. If you love Parmesan Cheese these will be your jam. 
4. 
Next Level Tri Blend Dolman Shirts
A friend recommended these shirts to me. They're simple (and inexpensive!) but super cute on. They are versatile and comfy. I change it up sometimes wearing them off shoulder while other times straight across. They have a cozy, relaxed feel to them. I currently have my 5th on the way. They're that great. I've been pairing them with jean shorts or skinnies with some cute sandals. They fit true to size. 
5.
Game of Thrones
I couldn't leave this out of  a "loving lately" post. I cannot be the only person who is just now watching, right? We are on season four. For the longest time Joe begged me to watch with him. I've always hated anything with that "medieval" feel to it. I would actually refer to it as "your stupid show". BUT I could really tell he wanted me to watch with him (he's super obsessed), so like the wonderful wife I am, I finally gave in ;) and here I am. Listing it here. If you are like me, just watch it. 
That's it for now. This Mama needs to catch up on her shows and it's getting late. Happy weekend!
April

9.14.2016

Carson Starts Preschool | Hubs on TV


Hi! It's been an eventful couple of weeks for us. Kindergarten is still going great for Finley AND Carson Started Preschool last week. He LOVES it! I mentioned a couple of posts ago that he didn't get into the Preschool Finley went to because I waited too long to decide that he was going to go this year. The original plan was to wait until official Pre-K (like we did with F), but then he really wanted to go, and with things being so busy with my biz these days, I figured why not? Gives me a little kid free work time. Anyways, a couple of weeks before school started we got a super exciting call. We'd made it all the way up the waiting list and he was in at our school of choice! All of the other names ahead of us had already found schools. We had too, but there was no turning down a school we've grown to love some much. I'm so happy we'll get another two years there. He's only going two days a week - although I'm pretty sure he'd go every day if he could. He really, really loves it. 

 At Meet the Teacher we filled out a little questionnaire about our kids...their favorite things, people they see often, their pets, friends, etc. Just so the teachers know a little about them to begin with. There was a section to include any note you'd like as well. I thought they should know "he's really sweet, and generally very good". That sums up our boy, y'all. Anyways, after school on the first day that's exactly what his teacher told us "he's such a good boy and he listens so well!". Talk about proud! He can have his moments like any three year old but geez do we love that sweet boy. 


As you can imagine, it's pretty exciting having two kids in school. For me, mainly because it allows for a little uninterrupted work time. But not that first day. Hubs claimed me to tag along with him. We had to take a "kid freeee" shot before we headed over to the restaurant for him to do a a few segments for our local news station. 

(oh yeah, new hair for me! Darker and shorter!)

For the segment, which was a game day theme, Joe made...
- Brisket Loaded Mac N Cheese
- Brisket Tacos (with pico)
-Warm Potato Salad

A shot by your's truly...paparazzi wife.


Here's one of the videos from the morning if you're down for some brisket tacos and the recipes, too! There were several dishes (all included in that recipe link).



Speaking of work, I need to get on that. I have an hour and a half until I head to get Carson from school and a list of orders that keep rolling in that I need to cut! Have a great week!


8.29.2016

Whats new?


It's when I get a new follow on Blog Lovin', the Ourlittleloves Facebook page or a surprise check in the mail that I tell myself "must go write that blog post I've been meaning to". So here I am! Thanks Pinterest for keepin' this place afloat ;)

Big news round here, y'all! We have a kindergartener! Week one is in the books. Today she began week two. Can you believe it? To think I've been writing here since bed rest with her!! My how this place has changed. She's FIVE now {insert big eyed emoji}! Which reminds me - I need to get on picture printing...like last year. 







Big girl is doing great. Although on the second day of school she did ask when she was going to get a day off. School is exhausting, y'all and we like our sleep time in the mornings! So we counted down to the weekend. "So then I'm done?". "Nope. The you go back again for five more days. Then over and over and over." "Oh..." I feel ya, girl. I do... 

To add to all the excitement, we have preschool meet the teacher this week and Carson starts next week! This will be his first year going to school and he is SO excited. He was ready to go with sister! I'll for sure be stopping by to share how school is going for him as well as a "favorites" post soon to come. So much stuff I'm loving lately and I need to share!

Hope back to school has been great for your school age littles (and for those parents who aren't used to being early risers!) as well! 


(P.S - My shop is having a sale until Wednesday. Head on over to IG to snag the code!)
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