Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Easy Breakfast Idea

If you are anything like us, you are in a mad dash each morning to get the kids up on time, dressed, fed and out the door to school.  All moms want to make sure we are feeding them something healthy that is going to fuel them all day long, but there are times when a PopTart or a frozen waffle is about as good as it gets.  My middle one was sick of the same old breakfast ideas that I was offering her, so we came up with something new!  She loved these egg muffins and I loved them because it is something I could make ahead of time and just warm up quickly on busy mornings.  

We're sharing the recipe over on Savvy Sassy Moms. Click HERE to check it out!

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Monday, September 9, 2019

Get Game Day Ready with Findlay Rowe {Giveaway!}

Fall is full of sports fun and we are HERE FOR IT! There is nothing we love more than sporting our team colors with pride and cheering on our favorite teams. We love us some baseball (Go Braves!), and have really gotten into rooting for our professional soccer team (Go Atlanta United!), but the season we wait all year for is finally back - football season!

You can't step a foot into the south without realizing that football is a religion all on its own. Team pride is everywhere you turn. Front porches don game day decor year round. School merchandise can be purchased at almost any retail location. And game day attire is really just every day attire.

Football is officially back, and we are so excited! And because we are so excited we have decided to kick off football season this year in a major way. Like tailgate party and huge giveaway major!


We decided to do something a little fun to kick off football season this year. We chatted with some of the best tailgaters we know and for months have been working on details. We are teaming with our friends at Findlay Rowe to host a fun tailgate party - and you're invited!!

Here are all the details (minus a few fun surprises we have up our pom poms)...


We have tons of fun things planned for you guys during the tailgating event, but one of the highlights will be seeing everything Findlay Rowe has in store to get you game day ready. And boy do they have all of your bases covered. From serving pieces to game day attire to delicious tailgate worthy snacks, they have transformed their store into a one-stop Game Day Ready shop!

Here's just a quick peek at some of our favorite goodies they have in store...

There's no shortage of serving and drink ware pieces. Findlay Rowe carries a ton for college teams as well as general football/game day needs. 

We loved these "pairs well with football" wine glasses! 

And we love that there's no shortage of cheek either. What's football season if you can't throw a little shade at your friends/neighbors/family? 

Football season might be in the Fall, but let's be honest it's hot until almost the end of the season. So when we saw a whole wall of these...

...we were excited! 

Corkcicle game day tumblers. In all sizes! Perfect to keep our drinks cool now, and later (for that one possible cold game of the season) to keep them warm. We also thought these would make for awesome holiday or teacher's gifts for anyone who likes to shop ahead.  

Cat Studio make the cutest game day pillow and cups, and love that they have tumblers as well.

Because even our tiniest of fans like to show their support. 

And let's take a minute to chat about Findlay Rowe's stadium approved purse selection. The ladies of Findlay Rowe recognized that no woman likes going anywhere with a hideous plastic purse. They've done their best to find the most adorable, most stylish stadium approved purses we've ever seen! There are team specific options, as well as a huge selection of neutral options available. 

We love their huge jewelry selection! These Dawg earrings are just too cute! 

From head to toe, you won't have to go anywhere else for game day attire!

And let's be honest, aside from the actual game snacks are the main event. Look at all these yummy munchies...

Voted the best marinade by everyone! 

Go. Fight. WIN!!!

Football fever is contagious and we are doing our part to spreading it far and wide. We just couldn't resist picking out a little something for YOU. The ladies at Findlay Rowe shared with us some of their favorite tailgate items, and we picked up a few of our own. We put them in this nice big package for one lucky winner! 

Winner will receive...
- 1 "Kick Off Time" Serving Set from Mud Pie Gift
- 1 Gold stadium approved purse
-1  White Corkcicle Stemless Wine Glass (with monogram of color choice)
- 1 Set of football cocktail napkins w/serving spreader
- 1 Savory Party Cracker Seasoning
- 1 Bottle of Captain Rodney's Marinade

Enter below to win. Entries open until Friday, September 13th at 11:59p.m. Winner will be chosen randomly and announced Saturday, September 14th. Winner must be 18 and over, reside in the U.S., and claim prize with in 48hrs. 

*Additional chances to win will be given at our Tailgating Event with Findlay Rowe on September 13th!! Look for one of us to unlock your extra entry! 

**You can also enter to win on Instagram HERE

Good Luck everyone and we can't wait to see you on Friday!!


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Friday, September 6, 2019

Home Sweet Home Tour {Entry and Office}

It's time for another Home Sweet Home Tour post today!  I'm loving this series and y'all are, too!  In case you missed the first two posts I've linked them below:

I decided to start from the front door and kind of take you through the house that way.  I consider all of you friends and when my friends come over they almost always enter through the front doors so it just made sense. Today is all about our entryway/foyer and office. 

Because we were starting with an existing house and footprint there were some things with the layout that ended up being a certain way and we just had to deal with it.  The foyer was one of those things.  It was kind of a larger than I had originally wanted and I wasn't sure how we would set up the space, but now I love having the big open feel when we walk in.  

I wanted to do something really cool with the ceiling in this space and we saw a smilier idea of the trim work in a model house. I loved it so we took a picture and had our trim guys recreate it here. I love that it adds some interest to the space.  We also decided to paint all of our interior doors a darker color so we had the tongue and groove painted the same color. 

 That door on the right leads to a small powder room that we almost didn't put in because we have another 1/2 bath on the first floor and were using existing plumbing for.  Adding a second one seemed kind of excessive, but I am SO happy we added it. I'm telling you, when we are ready to leave the house and all 3 kids need to go potty it is great to have two downstairs and also because this one is right by the front door it is great when kids are outside playing and just need to run in really quick.  

 Lanterns//Rug (similar)
Wall Color - SW Silver Strand 
Trim Color - SW Canvas Tan 
Door Color - SW Backdrop 

Notice our pup, Walker, in the above picture. He can be found in this spot 99% of the time looking out the window to see what's going on outside. :-) 

Looking at the other side of the foyer from the front door there are a set of doors that lead to our home office. 

That antique washstand belonged to my Great Grandmother!  I have had it since I was married and painted it a few years ago (see the post HERE)  to move to this space. It holds all of my kids tests, papers, etc. for the school year and just sort of serves as a spot for me to house it and get it off of the counters until I can sort and file it. I still have last year's stuff in there so I need to go through it!  The monogram canvas was also an easy DIY (see that post HERE).   

This room is what the Mr. uses as his office at home.  When he is in there trying to get anything done he appreciates the doors being able to close. The office in our hold house didn't have doors and it was always something we knew we would add when we built a home. 

It's kind of a hodge-podge of things we had in different parts of our house before moving here and just kind of threw together to make it work.  

Desk//Chandelier//Rug (similar) 

He keeps all our UGA memorabilia and other things like that in this room! 

I love the vaulted ceilings in here and we added the beams at the last minute and painted them to match the interior doors.  That red chair was my grandmother's and I had it reupholstered in college and have just always found a spot for it in our home. The Mr. would like to get some leather chairs for the office so I might have to find a new spot for my red chair, but for now it lives in here!  

I found a great deal on the chandelier at the Ballard Designs Outlet.  Such a good deal that I actually bought two of them and we have the other one hanging in our dining room! 

That's it for the entryway and office!  Stay tuned for next week...I think I'm going to share our mudroom and my little command center desk area which is how we enter and what you'd see if you come in from the garage! 

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Lunch Box Ideas

A few weeks ago I posted something on our Instagram stories about my kids' lunches and had SO many questions about the small Palmetto cheese packets that I had packed for them.  People wanted to know where they could find them! The other big question I got was where I got the containers for their lunches.  SO that got me thinking about a lunch box post to share some ideas of things I pack in their lunches.

I am not claiming these lunches to be perfectly balanced or even the most healthy options.  Do I give them chips sometimes?  Yes. Do I usually include a dessert or treat? Yes. BUT, I try to keep it fairly healthy and all of these are things my kids will eat. Some of them like certain things that others don't and sometimes I get them mixed up and give someone the wrong thing, but these are most of my tried and true, easy and quick to pack lunches.

What containers do I use? 
Like I mentioned above, one of the questions I got the most of was what containers I used to pack the kids' lunches. I bought THESE Tupperware brand containers a few years ago from a Tupperware party and have used them almost every single day! It just makes packing multiple things so much easier and I cuts down on the waste of ziplock bags.

I also have a collection of THESE and use them frequently, too!

What goes in the lunches?
I always try to give them a "main dish", a fruit or vegetable, a cheese or yogurt, some kind of crackers/chips/pretzels, and then some sort of sweet treat.  I used to always pack a juice box just because that is what I always had as a kid. However, my neighbor told me she packed the mini water bottles in her kids' lunches and I have been doing that ever since for the past 2 years.  They take a large reusable water bottle to school each day to drink throughout the day and after PE, Recess, etc. They usually forgot to bring it to lunch though so I like to send a little water bottle in their lunch boxes.

Main dish ideas:
Turkey roll-ups
Chicken salad with crackers
Bagel with cream cheese
Guacamole packet with tortilla chips for dipping
Turkey, cheese, tortilla shell rollups cut into bite-sized pieces
Peanut butter packs with pretzels for dipping
Pepperoni, cheese and crackers
Hummus packets with Wheat Thins or pretzels for dipping
Laughing Cow cheese spread with crackers
Sandwich on Hawaiian Roll, mini-bagel or croissant
Palmetto Cheese packet with crackers for dipping

Fruit/Veggie ideas: 
Apple slices (with no skin for my picky one)
Carrots with ranch in a little cup to dip

Dairy ideas: 
Cheese sticks
Cheese slices with crackers
Danimal yogurt drinks
M&M or Oreo yogurt
Flavored greek yogurt
Pimento cheese
Laughing Cow cheese spread

Hot Lunches 
One of my three loves to have a hot lunch, but doesn't love the idea of buying school lunch. For her, occasionally I will send something hot to eat in a Thermos container like THIS.  I will heat it up in the morning using the microwave (usually double the amount of time I would normally so it is very hot) and put it in the Thermos container. She says it stays pretty hot by lunchtime so I guess it works pretty well!

Hot lunch ideas: 
Ravioli with pesto sauce
Spaghetti with marinara sauce
Macaroni and Cheese
She has even taken left over chicken pot pie before.  (For the record, this makes me want to gag, but she was happy about it!)

Lunch box short cuts 
If it comes in an individual packet (hummus, guacamole, pimento cheese, peanut butter, etc.) then I buy it that way. Sure, I could get a large container and put it smaller ones to save a buck, but I HATE packing lunches so this makes it easier and a little less painful to me so it is worth it in my opinion!

I like to have my kids help with packing their lunches and if we have a rare night at home, then I do have them help. However, most days as soon as they get home from school we are off to practices or games and by the time we get home they are eating, doing homework and going to bed so I generally end up doing it just to save time.

I always prep the lunches the night before and stick them in the fridge.  In the mornings all I have to do is stick everything in their lunch boxes with an ice pack to keep it cold.

Some school's have plastic forks/spoons available to kids, but some do not or only have those for kids buying their lunches. I always make sure to stick in a napkin (not that it ever gets used) and a plastic spoon if they are having yogurt that day.

What are your kids' favorite things for their lunch boxes?  I'm always looking for more ideas! 

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