Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Favorites: Spring Ready Edition

Happy Friday sweet friends! We have all made it! 

Cheers to the end of another great (but chaotic) week! I'm not sure about you but I am so ready for some lounging in my pjs while not moving from my couch time. 

Linking up quickly with some of our favorite bloggers for Friday Favorites

Last weekend I celebrated my birthday and it came and went in a soccer mom blur. Luckily no one was about to forget my entrance into my mid-thirties. 

This girl took me to a last minute lunch at our favorite spot, Chili's. (Listen, you can't deny the queso is out of this world.)

And because of school drop offs/picks ups/meetings and just general mom life chaos we had to eat when most people were probably still having breakfast. But who doesn't love having their own private dining experience on their birthday? ;) 

My family helped celebrate and showered me with flowers and gifts. I drank good wine, ate a yummy dinner, and had a to die for S'mores pie in lieu of cake. I entered the big 35 just right. Until that whole day light savings thing. 

My second favorite part of the week also happened over the weekend. The littles officially kicked off their soccer season. They've been practicing for about a month now, but because of rain games keep getting canceled. 

The both played well, and I love that they love a sport that I grew up playing. 

And all those soccer skills will hopefully come back to me because you're now looking at the newest U5 soccer coach. I'm still not even sure how my hand happened to raise itself when they asked for a volunteer. 

I've been trying to get back into my workout routine after Disney. The last few weeks have been jam packed with extra stuff, but I managed to squeeze in a workout or two here and there. 

This workout top has been on repeat. I love the back! It feels amazing and is loose enough to be comfortable during a workout, but without being cumbersome. It comes in a ton of colors and I think I'm going to order the Light Blue or Mint soon. 

Here's a better look at the set I am wearing, and a closer look at the top's back opening. The sports bra is also one of my favorites, and comes in a ton of colors. And I've never been one to say no to a good compression legging, and these ones in my mind rival the Lululemon ones I love, but with a slightly better price. They come in a capri length as well as a full length

I've been waiting for Spring to show us what it's got. Bring on the flowers. Bring on the sunshine. Bring on the temps above 30 degrees! 

And by Spring, I really mean I'm ready for Summer.

I spotted these super cute clutches and wristlets when I was doing some spring shopping for the kids, and I instantly fell in love. The pineapple one just happened to hop in my shopping bag. 

(The cutes ones with poms seem to be sold out online so check in stores!)

And speaking of Summer vibes, Chickfila has gone and figured out a way to put summer in a cup. Times two. 

First there was the Frosted Lemonade that I was addicted to my entire pregnancy with B.C., but now they've upped their game with the new Frosted Sunshine. 

A.K.A. all your summer dreams in a cup. 

For those of you located in Atlanta, it reminds me of a Varsity F.O. YUM! But because it's Chickfila, available on almost every street corner. #dangerous

This week I was lucky enough to see CB a second time! We had a meeting with the lovely ladies of one of our favorite local boutiques - Findlay Rowe

We shopped. We swooned over all the new goodies. We redecorated our homes five times over. And we might have picked you up a surprise or two (Hint, hint. Stay tuned...). 

They have an amazing jewelry selection, and I was so in love with this new jewelry line they have in stock. It's called Uno de 50, and it's to die for!  We couldn't wait to try it on! 

I fell in love with this wrap bracelet and leather buckle bracelet

And we were so ready to take this pearl bracelet home with us. I'm thinking I might have to go back and get it! 

Stay tuned for more in a few weeks, but seriously, not a post you want to miss! 

And my last favorite of the week is happening now! The Lilly x Pottery Barn collaboration starts today and I can't wait to check it all out! 

They've given us a teaser here and there, but I'm ready to see the full line! I would love to add some new entertaining pieces to my collection. So fingers crossed! 

That wraps up my favorites for the week. What were some of yours? 

Happy weekend everyone! 

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Basement Tour

Almost a year ago I shared a basement inspiration post and it has taken me this long to finally get around to sharing the finished space.  I did a little update post last summer when we were under construction, but then the project was completed just about the time school started and life got crazy busy.  I had a few free minutes earlier this week and decided to run down there and snap a few photos to share! Nothing is every really done because I have ideas of things I would like to add down here, but for now I'll share what I have! 

We decided to do the same off-white cabinets we have in our upstairs kitchen just to keep it constant. Because this house was originally a 1960's ranch and the basement was original that meant we had low ceilings down there. I knew I wanted everything to be pretty neutral to make it feel more open than it really is.  

Because of the low ceilings we also decided to not put any upper cabinets in and instead do a shiplap type paneling instead of a backsplash.  I might just love this kitchen more than my main kitchen. Shh! 

I also knew I wanted to have an X detail on the ends of the island, and just love how it turned out. It's a simple little thing, but I love the detail it adds.   

I searched for bar stools for quite some time. I knew I wanted them to swivel so that anyone sitting there could sit and eat at the island and also be able to turn around to watch the TV or the pool game behind them. I ultimately went with these and LOVE them.  They were SO affordable compared to others I had found and I love them so much I've thought about getting the same ones for upstairs. The linen upholstery and brass nail heads had me at first sight and the color is just perfect for the space.  

Also in the kitchen space is this built in wine rack that I love,!  My cousin makes and sells personalized signs, wooden pieces and other fun goodies.  She made this GA wall hanging that my mom gave it to me for Christmas and it matches great in the basement. 

Because we don't have upper cabinets, we decided to add an extra set of drawers on the other side of the refrigerator so we could have more storage.  I keep some treats for the kids there and also this fun set up with snacks for when their friends are over they can easily grab something. 

Opposite the kitchen is where the fun happens. 

The pool table was left in the basement from the previous owners and we had it re-felted, refinished with rough cut cedar and then the Mr. stained it.  I wish I had a before picture, because the difference  is like night and day! 

Behind the sliding barn doors is a small workout room the Mr. uses on pretty much a daily bases. I haven't used it once because I have to leave the house to exercise and prefer group fitness classes like Barre. Some might think that is crazy, but if I'm at home I am doing a million other things so I say, to each his own. I do love the barn doors though.  They were a kit from Home Depot that could be painted or stained. 

In the corner we have this papasan chair and it is probably the thing that gets used in the basement the most.  It is SO comfy and I wish we had room to put two of them because everyone always fights over sitting in it.  I LOVED the fuzzy snow leopard cushion that I ordered to go with it and found the sign at HomeGoods which was so very appropriate. We have such busy schedules with the kids so when we have a chance to just be home together and hangout in the basement, it feels so wonderful. 

Also in this space we have a small bar height table I bought at a moving sale that we use for games and also a foosball table that Santa brought this Christmas. 

Right around the corner is this living area. We got a great deal on the furniture and already had the coffee table and end tables.  

I love these buffalo check pillows and the map project that I shared a while back is still one of my favorites. 

The couch faces a brick fireplace that we painted the same off-white and is original to the house. 

There is also a bedroom and bathroom for guests that might stay over. We love sleepovers! 

I kept everything really neutral and we did the same wall color and painted doors like we have throughout the rest of the house to keep it all consistent.  

Now a few things to note... 
We finished the basement thinking it would be a great space for entertaining. We love having friends and family over and wanted a place where we could have our friends and their kids without being in our normal everyday living space.  We also had thoughts of a pool at one time (that has kind of gone by the wayside for now) so we also finished this space with that in mind. 

While we had entertaining in mind when we did the basement, we also love using it as a family of 5.  It feels like a little escape from our regular routines and gives us a place to just spend time together.  If we are upstairs in the main area of the house everyone is spaced out and doing their own thing.  Down in the basement we all hang out together, which I love. 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Destination Disney: Hollywood Studios

This week has been all about Disney! (Are you totally exhausted yet, too?) I'm wrapping it up today, but in case you missed the first parts of the trip you can read about them here...

Our last day had arrived and we were going to make the most of it! We knew we were headed to Hollywood Studios and after a late night and having learned from our past mistakes we took it easy straight out of the gate from the moment we woke up. The Cutes briefly mentioned the pool again, but then they decided they wanted to head towards the Cars section of our hotel to play for a bit. 

The love seeing the characters from one of their favorite movies in real life. 

We played in this area for about an hour and then we headed towards our destination for the day. The kids had never been to Hollywood Studios before, but from the moment we entered they were already  huge fans!

Their favorite Disney Channel characters and Star Wars...what's not to love? 

First up, we headed to the Frozen sing a long show. It was cute and definitely a big sing a long. Cute informed us he could have skipped this one, but the girls were riveted. 

Everyone's favorite part was when the "snow" started falling from the sky. #letitfoam

Next up we caught the Star Wars show. Cute was beyond excited! He was riveted the whole time and wanted to watch it again (it plays several times a day). 

We made our way after this to sign him up for the Jedi training. This is the only time we hit a parent fail the entire day. We should have signed him up right when we entered the park. We were placed on an alternative list because all the time slots for the day were filled. We checked in a couple of times to see if he ended up making it but after a few hours we gave up. I'm sure as the day goes on we would have finally gotten cleared, but it wasn't worth it for us (and for him) to keep waiting around. 

But we settled his disappointment with the Star Wars ride and the Indiana Jones show. Because nothing makes your mood go from bad to good quicker than seeing something blown up in real life. At least in the mind of a seven year old. He loved the Indiana Jones show. He kept asking if it was really a real fire. I should be nervous. 

It was super hot so I went to grab us some waters and came back with a Dreamsicle for myself. It might have been before 5 o'clock, but I couldn't pass up the Magnolia Mamas signature drink

After we were all refreshed we made our way to check out Olaf. Mommy was super excited Olaf had to stay inside in the air conditioning because of melting potential. That pool was sounding kind of nice at this point. 

We grabbed a quick bite of pizza and then we were off on a little Disney and Star Wars character tour. 

The kids wanted to see Chewbacca and by this time Baby Cute had fallen asleep in a post pizza haze so Mr. Cute took them in. The kids had a blast and Chewbacca would apparently only take a picture with Cute if he covered up his shirt. Chewy doesn't support the Dark Side. The kids thought this was hilarious. 

Next up we saw Jake from Jake and the Neverland Pirates, and then Doc McStuffins. 

And then L.C. was so excited because Princess Sophia was walking right by her and gave her a huge high five and hug! One fun thing about Hollywood Studios is the potential for the characters to be walking around. We noticed lots of the characters all over this part of the park. I loved that! I remember the excitement of being surprised by them as a child and wish that still happened at Disney as much as it used to. 

B.C. woke up and we let the kids each pick out a little souvenir. The girls went straight for the costumes. To this day B.C. still hasn't taken off the Princess Ariel costume. Unless it's to change into her Anna costume. The batgirl costume from Halloween might have officially been retired. 

At this point we realized we were "in it to win it" for our last day, and buckled down to stay the rest of the night. When dusk came we made our way to the Fantasmic show.

It was so good! I was so impressed with what they could do with the water! 

The kids loved the show and next to the Happily Ever After show it might have been the best we had seen all weekend. 

Once Fantasmic wrapped up we headed back to the main area to see the Star Wars show.

Now I have no clue about anything Star Wars related. Cute only knows what he has read some books, and none of us have seen any of the movies. With that being said it was a really good show! 

Parts of the movies were projected onto the buildings and then music and fireworks occurred all around. Everywhere you turned was a new scene.

It was definitely cool to see. And a great way to end the night! 

And that wrapped up our trip! We went back to hotel after the late night, passed right out, and then woke up the next morning and headed back to Atlanta. It was a whirlwind of a week, and I came home feeling like I needed a vacation after my vacation, but seeing the excitement from the kids and the memories we made with them made it worth it! 

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