Monday, November 21, 2016

Momming in the Mundane: having the nice things

So this happened a while ago and while the picture isn't much to look at, it is a glass pitcher that we got as a wedding gift on top of my kitchen counter in pieces, having been pulled off of the fridge shelf and dropped while full of sweet tea by a sweet Little that just saw a handle to pull and pulled it.

I'll be honest, my first thought, after making sure the Little was okay (he was, just confused a little bit and covered in sweet tea goodness), quickly taking off his wet clothes and moving him to the living room to be sure he didn't step on any glass while I cleaned up, was "this is why we can't have nice things."  It was mostly a joke.

Everyone told us to put away the nice things once Little was mobile.  But, we don't have lots of fancy things anyway, so I haven't been too worried about it.  But here it was, my pretty pitcher in a little pile.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Easy homemade tomato [sauce] dip

Today, I'm excited to share a fun little recipe that I've made recently that is healthy, yummy, and versatile.  This dip was inspired by the fresh tomato sauce from this yummy eggplant pizza recipe (which I also made recently and LOVED).  

But, when I had some extra peppers in the freezer and half an onion from the cookout we had for Little's birthday, I decided to throw it all together and see how it turned out.  In a word, delicious.

The Italian seasoning make this a little less salsa like, but I still really enjoyed it with chips for a good afternoon snack.  It's got a small bit of a sweet taste that is just perfect.  I think this would also work really well on a larger scale in spaghetti or any pasta dish that calls for tomato based sauce.  If hubs didn't really dislike onions, I would be making spaghetti with this sauce tonight. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Life lately

Y'all.  I thought it had been about a month maybe a month and a half since I wrote last.  It's been over two months!  We recently had dinner with a friend from college who pointed out to me that it had "been a while since you've written anything". And it looks like she was totally right!

I've actually got about 4 posts saved in draft form that need tiny little edits before publishing, so I haven't been completely neglecting blog land - only you can't see the work until it's out there.  

It feels like things have been non-stop over here though.  Little has started taking one nap on most days and although he learned to sleep through the night, it only lasted about two weeks before he got a cold and that was wrecked and now he's got molars coming in and ends up with me every night.  We've got to figure something out, but we haven't yet, so I don't have anything to report on that front. [It also means that I don't have a lot of computer time period, so the blog is in WAY last place on the to-do list.] 

Since we've talked last, we have:
- celebrated our Little's first (!!) birthday
- visited the pumpkin patch
- planned a fun fall vacation
- went to Little's first football game
- dressed up like Ninja Turtles as a family for Halloween

I have so many things floating around in my head, y'all.  I want to share them, I do.  But it's taking time.  I'm still reading your blogs when I can and love seeing what you're up to.

I'll be back, promise.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Healthy Banana Pancakes

Hey again - it's me.  I'm still here - actually actively reading and following some of my favorite blogs, but without too much time to edit and post photos for new posts in the recent days.  I've had this one in the draft stage for quite a while, but hadn't gotten around to writing the text for it until just recently.

Today, I'm sharing a healthy little breakfast recipe with you all that I've enjoyed making and sharing with the Little in the mornings.  I found it on Pinterest a while back and don't even know if I pinned the recipe because it was so simple. 

They are super easy, and tasty - but with a totally different texture than a regular pancake in my opinion.  If your bananas are really ripe and sweet, you don't need any syrup!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Little slept through the night.

Y'all.  This is big time over here.  I'm coming to you refreshed and fully awake after our Little slept through the night for the first time in his life last night.  Not the "sleeping through the night" that the internet tells you can mean 5 hours straight (which is also great, so no complaints), but the whole night.  Like, I only got out of my bed once to use the bathroom, not to check on baby.  So this morning, I feel like this:

How Your Best Friend Makes Life Better, Even When You Really Don't Want Them To (GIFS)

It may or may not be a fluke.  But it happened and this morning, I am rejoicing in it.  I'm watching his little feet moving on the monitor (and actually ready for him to be awake now), and I am just so proud.  You did it, sweet thing!

We've had our share of back and forth successes in the sleep department around here, so we are celebrating today.  I'm writing it in the baby journal so we don't forget!

Rest is a glorious thing.  Am I right?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Budget Recap: July 2016

I may not be keeping up with much else on the blog these days (lots of drafts going on behind the scenes though!), but I am keeping up with these budgeting posts.  If you missed the first two, you can find them here and here.

Basically, hubs and I have allocated $75 of "fun money" or "fun funds" if you prefer each month that we are able to spend how we please.  This is a fun way for me to document what I bought - and then allow me to look back to see if it was worth it after the fact.

July seems a little bit like a blur to me to be honest.  I didn't buy very much and it feels like it flew by.  But, it also feels like July 4th holiday was so long ago.  It's funny how time works that way.

You're here for the purchases though, I know.

I picked up this pair of sandals from Target so that I would have a pair of flat sandals to wear that look nicer than my crocs (my go-to).  They are regularly $15.99, but I scored them on a deal and was able to use a coupon code online to get them for just $10.94.  I like them, but they rub a little on the back of my foot when I wear them for a long time.  I think they just need to be broken in though.  I have had this sandal in years past from Target, so I think I'll end up getting lots of use from these shoes. 


Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekend Recap 7.25.16

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fun filled and relaxing weekend!  I know it definitely was that for us over at the Thrift for Today house and I remembered to take some photos of all the happenings around here! 

I got this awesome voxbox from Influenster and Mayfield Ice Cream in the mail on Friday and I cannot wait to get some ice cream!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Momming in the Mundane

Before you say it, don't worry, I already know.  Momming isn't a real word.  But, it's a made up word and I use it somewhat frequently in real life when people ask what I do.  Hubs even laughed at it and likened it to the other made up word that is making its way so quickly around people my age and younger these days - adulting.  And just to be clear, I don't use that word.

But, momming, man I love so much that I get to be a mom to our sweet little.  So, today, I'm starting a little series here called "Momming in the Mundane: Appreciating the everyday joys of motherhood" in which I hope to document some of the little things that happen around our home that just make my heart swell.  Sometimes these are major milestones, and more times they are sweet baby giggles when I make a silly face.  But I want to remember it all. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Budget Recap: June 2016

I feel a little late with this post this month, but I want to be sure to post it anyway.  Last month, I started posting budget recaps of the things that I purchased with my "fun budget" in the previous month.  If you're interested, you can check out May here.

Basically, hubs and I allocate $75 to each of us each month in a "fun budget" pool.  This amount is what we can each spend on things that are totally for us because we want it.  Since going through my closet post-partum, I've really been wanting to update my wardrobe with pieces that I love, make me feel confident and put together, and that I will get lots of wear out of.  In June, I spent most of my budget on that.

Sunglasses: $5.99 from Ross Dress for Less.  I don't have a photo of these, but they will definitely make an appearance soon.  They're my only pair, so if you see me in sunglasses in a photo, they're the ones.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Here's to four and many more!

Yesterday, hubs and I celebrated 100 months since we first started dating and today we get to celebrate four years of marriage!

I find myself sharing the same pictures on our anniversary each year, but this is one of my favorites from our wedding day, so here it is again.  Surely there are some new folks here this year that haven't seen it, right?  

To be totally honest, I'm not even sure what our plans are for today, but I'm good with that.  I went back to an earlier anniversary post and wanted to reshare some of the bible verses that are encouraging to me through marriage.  

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8

"Be completely humble and gentle; Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace."- Ephesians 4:2-3

"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken." - Ecclesiastes 4:12

"Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.  Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.  Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." Ephesians 5: 21-27
This has been one of the most fun years of marriage so far.  I love sharing life with my hubs and I love even more getting to parent with him.  Little ADORES his Daddy and it is so fun to watch the two of them together.  
Happy anniversary, my love. and all the others.  

Monday, June 20, 2016

On Goals and To-do lists: how my listmaking got a makeover

This post contains affiliate links.  

If you've been around here for any length of time, you may have guessed that I am a list person.  I write things down in my planner that stays on the desk (or sometimes in my purse).  I write things down on the family calendar that hangs in our kitchen.  I write things down in notebooks and scrap pieces of paper so that I don't forget things that are important for the day, but maybe not part of our regular routine.  Now that I am at home, I am especially aware of this new season in my life and want to be intentional about the goals I set and how I spend my time here.

It's only been two months, but today I'd like to share some of the things I've learned so far about my goal setting and list making as well as information about an awesome resource that has been a tremendous help to me along the way.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

What I Wore: Green linen tunic and white cropped jeans

Happy Wednesday!  This week is kind of a doozy for us as we've got things to do and places to be outside of the house every day.  The little and I are also on the mend from a small cold that we were fighting last week.  Yuck. This week for me is all about efficiency, lists, and being proactive to get things done and keep all the things moving. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Influenster VoxBox: Bloom Box Review

Happy day, friends!  You all know I love a good mail day.  (Good mail day = anytime there is personal mail and/or a package on my doorstep, FYI)  I especially love when the good mail day includes new goodies for me to try out from Influenster's voxbox program.

I got this "Bloom" voxbox for spring a few weeks ago and I've been trying all the things so I'm sharing those reviews with you today.  The box was complimentary, but all the opinions are my own. 

As you can see, this was a fun box - with a little of this and a little of that.  There was some nail polish + remover, a little granola bar snack, travel size deodorant, hair lift produce and body oil.  Where to even begin?  (hint: with the snack.  Always start with the snack.)

Sunbelt Bakery Granola Bars: Oats & Honey 
I cannot tell you enough good things about this little nugget.  I'm eating one right now just for good measure, in fact.  I loved the way this tasted.  The texture was perfect and it was just sweet enough to feel like a treat.  They aren't kidding when they say this tastes like it's from a bakery.  It's not dry like some other chewy bars I've tried.  I also LOVE that it has a little bit of coconut in it - perfect flavor.  I've already bought 2 boxes of these for our pantry.  They come 10 to a box and were on rollback at Walmart for just $2 recently.  (Regular price is $2.69).

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads
These worked really well.  I don't do my nails that often if I'm honest, but I do like to have my toe nails painted for the summer.  I think that these are more accurately described as polish remover sheets, but soft, pad like sheets because there are pretty big for what I was expecting.  One of them was enough for me to take the old polish off of all of my toe nails without any trouble.  I've got lots of nail polish remover under my sink already, so I haven't bought these yet, but I think they would be GREAT for travel and on the go.

Sinful Colors Nail Polish in VIP (1231)
This is a really fun color for the summer!  I love all the red/pink/orange/coral colors this time of year.  Sinful Colors is a great polish if you are looking for something that isn't very expensive.  In fact, it's one of the cheapest polishes I've seen that still works well (just 1.99-2.99/bottle).  I've been wearing this on my toe nails for a week without it chipping, so I'll be using this throughout the summer.  I only put one coat on my nails, and it's lasted about 3 days so far and is starting just now to show some wear.  Sinful Colors has tons of colors to choose from and can be found almost anywhere that sells nail polish.

NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil
This oil claims to nourish, repair, and soften face, body, and hair quickly and easily with lots of botanical oils and vitamin E.  But I'm not a huge oil person.  That said, I've tried it and it definitely did make my face feel nice and smooth when I used it before bed.  I'm not totally sure about it on my hair, but I don't have a huge hair routine to begin with and my hair is almost always up these days with the Little.  I did love the smell of this oil though.  It's got a light fragrance and is just lovely.  I would definitely use this as a moisturizer before going out.

Secret Outlast Xtend Invisible Solid
The weather has really warmed up around here (along with the humidity - oh, the humidity) so I feel like I start sweating the minute I go outside and then just don't stop sometimes during this time of the year.  Deodorant that lasts a long time is a must.  This fits the bill.  I got the completely clean scent and I really like it.  It is fresh without being overbearing.  It claims to have 48 hour protection, but I really can't go more than 24 without reapplying, so I can't speak to that.  This is a deodorant that I'd like to try more of though and would recommend.

Not Your Mother's Plump for Joy
This hair lifter spray claims to add volume and shine to your hair.  I tried this once, and it worked well. It is lightweight, which I really appreciate so it doesn't weigh my hair down or feel icky after a while.  It's also got a very light scent, which I really like.  I think this is great if you have thin hair, or are looking for a little pick me up for your hair, but I don't plan on buying the larger size since my hair is already thick and usually in a ponytail.  I do plan on keeping this sample though - it should last a while!

And that's it.  Have you tried any of the products listed here?  Which are your favorites?    

Friday, June 3, 2016

Happy Doughnut Day!

Is it doughnut or donut?  Or is it either?  I always spell it doughnut, but I think that's becoming less popular.  There needs to be one way to spell it.

Either way though, it's NATIONAL DO[UGH]NUT DAY!  

So you better believe I got mine.  In fact, on my family's group text thread, one sister sent a reminder out to everyone to which I responded with a pic of the doughnut above with the text "Done."  My youngest sister quickly sent another text:  "I had NO doubt, ML."  It's like they know me or something.  

Anyway, I hope you get a free doughnut today.  It is Friday after all. 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Budget Re-cap: May 2016

We like to budget around here.  It's something that we are committed to and feel strongly about as we work to be good stewards of the resources that we've been entrusted with.  I've talked on here before about why we budget, how we budget, etc.  (You can find all of those posts at the bottom of this page).

What I realized that I don't talk too much about here are the specific ways that we spend our budget and while I do enjoy a good personal finance blog - I tend to go back and forth about what I feel comfortable with for blog life vs. keeping personal in real life.  That said, I was recently inspired by one of the blogs I read, The Cream to My Coffee when she did a budget rewind post a few weeks ago.  That is, she went back to things that she purchased long before and reflected on whether or not they were good purchases.

So today, I'm sharing what I spent my $$ on in May and hope to use this as a monthly little check in to see what I'm spending on - to share some of the deals that I find and to explore ways to keep thrifty over here.  Each month, hubs and I allocate $75 to each of us for what we call our "fun money".  That is, recognizing that we have different spending habits and things that we enjoy buying for ourselves, we each get our own little pot of money each month to spend how we want.  This might not seem like a lot, and some months it really doesn't seem like a lot, but it is what it is.  $75 is for us to "play" with if you will.

This month was actually a really low spending month from the fun budget for me.  Which is not terrible since I bought lots of things and went out with lots of friends in April since it was my last month working in the office.  Fortunately though, there were some fun free things I did this month that I didn't even think about spending from my fun money that much.


I ended up getting these two long sleeve t-shirts from Target (links below photos) on clearance for just $4.48 each.  With an additional online coupon code and 5% with the redcard, the total for both of these, with free shipping of course because of the redcard, was just $7.47.  Major score.  It's actually way too hot to wear long sleeves often this time of year, but I love a good comfy white tee that is versatile in all seasons and I really just loved the mint color, so welcome home little shirts.  


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

What exactly is "thrift": on blogging as Thrift for Today

This old blog has been through many iterations since its birth back in 2012 (!)  I'm not even sure what made me decide to start a blog other than I really enjoyed reading other blogs and thought I would be able to to the same.  I knew that if I started it though, I wanted to keep up with it.

Once we got married, we really started to learn more and more about personal finance and being resourceful and I decided on the blog's current name, Thrift for Today.  Over time, the blog has certainly had its share of good times and not so awesome times - when I was posting fun things regularly and when I forgot it even existed.  And frankly, our lives have changed a lot since we started the blog and I often find myself wondering what to do next.

Does Thrift for Today really fit anymore?  Should I start over and rebrand as something new?  I'm not sure there is a definite right answer here, after taking a look at the definition of thrift and asking myself just what exactly I enjoy about this blog, I realize that yes!  It does still fit.  It is still appropriate, and while I might not always be posting specifically about saving/managing money these days, thrift really is an undercurrent of so much that we do as a family.  And let's be real - I do not really have time to change this whole thing up right now.


So what then is "thrift"?  According to Google (above), it's the quality of using money and other resources carefully and not wastefully.  It's this last part that really affirmed my decision.  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekending. 5.22.16

Last week when I looked at the weather forecast, it was calling for cooler temps and cloudy/rainy weather this whole weekend but man!  This weekend really turned out to be full of fun and beautiful weather with some clouds and rain mixed in.  But WAY more pretty than not.

Last week felt really long to me.  I don't think there was anything totally crazy or different about it, but it just felt non-stop and by Friday I was tired.  I planned on cooking a pizza for us for dinner because it is super easy to cook, eat, and clean up which was really what I needed on Friday.  But, hubs came home with coupons for Moe's so we packed up a dinner for the Little and went out to eat.  It was so nice and relaxing and fun.  We haven't eaten out as a family in a while and it is so much easier now because Little can sit in a high chair and I can pack solids for him to eat and things to keep him occupied.  It was such an unexpected surprise idea from hubs and I really appreciated it.

Saturday, we went to a local park first thing in the morning just to get outside before the rain that they were calling for.  Little can really only enjoy the baby swings now so we weren't there very long but it was fun to be on the playground with him and watching him explore new things.  Because the weather cleared up though and ended up being beautiful, we met friends for lunch and headed to a local farm to pick fresh strawberries. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thrift Tip: Saving Money on Groceries with Ibotta

Now that I'm staying home full time (aka not earning a regular income), I have taken on a much larger role in our family in terms of looking for and implementing ways to save money around our house.  This goes for household supplies, family activities, etc.  A big part of that though is groceries.  We spend money on groceries every single week.  We plan all of our meals and try to keep an eye out for when things are on good deals so that we can stock up.

That said, I feel like I'm a little late to the grocery saving apps, but I'm sharing today in case some of you haven't tried it yet.  I've tried several, and I've really stuck with Ibotta.  It is super easy and user friendly.  It's a rebate app, which means that you create an account, link up your grocery store loyalty cards in some cases, shop like you normally would and then scan a photo (with your phone) to get $$ back. 

One of my favorite things about this app is that each week there are several "any brand" rebates that you can use for pantry staples like a dozen eggs, bananas (or other fruits), bread, milk, etc.  The any brand rebates are only about $0.25 each, but they can really add up.  I kind of think of it as "if I saw a quarter on the ground, would I pick it up?"  And for me, that answer is always yes.  

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

What I Wore: All Gap all the time and a little of life lately

Happy Wednesday, friends!  We were away this past weekend and got home later than we planned so our week has been non-stop.  I had every intention of taking lots of photos of our fun and family filled weekend (which was a treat since we just had a fun, family filled weekend with Mother's Day just a couple of weekends ago, too).    I even took an extra battery and just knew I would have time to get it up on the blog at least by Monday night.  But I didn't even take the camera out of my bag because we were just having too much fun.  So there's that. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Stripes on Stripes - transitional weather

Y'all.  I cannot even believe how quickly this year is flying by.  It's true what they say that time flies by way more quickly when you have kids and frankly, I knew it but now I really know it.  Our little will be 8 months old this week - which sounds a lot closer to one year that it does being a little baby.  That said, I do pick him right up to me almost everyday and tell him that I'm going to hold him like a little baby.  Then I just kiss that sweet neck and tickle those little sides and he laughs and laughs.  I eat it up.  Every single time.

And since that's what most of my days consist of these days, I'm rocking the mom pony-tail on the regular.  Don't worry, I'm still washing my hair and even drying it, but I haven't pulled out a straightener in a minute because my hair is getting so long now that it's becoming quite unnecessary especially when I know it's being pulled back soon anyway.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Mother's Day Re-cap

Happy Monday, friends!  I hope everyone had a fun and relaxing weekend.  Ours was filled with fun and family and we had a really great time.   

Friday night was really low-key.  I cooked a pizza and we went for a family walk after dad got home.  Nothing too exciting, which is just they way I think a Friday night should be.  

On Saturday, I spent some time with one of my sisters who recently moved to help her pack things and move some of the last things from the old apartment to the new.  It's way easier to help someone else move than to move yourself - that is for sure!  Hub's family came up to visit for the afternoon/evening and we just hung out at home with them.  The weather was PERFECT so we were able to play outside (Little and I watched Daddy and his brothers play basketball), go for a walk, and even have dinner outside.  

Sunday, we went to church early in the morning and then came home so the Little could nap (he didn't) then drove to visit my parents.  This was super fun since all of my siblings were also able to visit.  We haven't all been together since Christmas so this was a real treat - and my mom was really thankful to have all of us there. 

Friday, May 6, 2016

Five on Friday

Friday!  Friday!  Friday!  Oh, I just love a good Friday.  It means a weekend is coming up and we get to do all the fun things as a family for the next two days.

I'm also excited, because I've been able to put together a top 5 list this week for you all!  These little lists are good for me to go back and recognize some of the little fun things going on around here each week. 

ONE.  Shopping trips with my sister.  Earlier, I mentioned how my sister has an awesome style and I'm feeling a little bit in a rut with my wardrobe.  Since I don't love to complain without acting, I got to go shopping with my sis recently and started to revamp my spring/summer wardrobe.  I was just thrilled.  I need to shop slowly because I don't want any buyer's remorse and I need to stay in my budget so it was really fun to have my sister there to help me decide which pieces to get this month and which to leave behind.  

I ended up with 6 pieces - 4 tops and 2 crop pants for just $64.  This is pushing it pretty close to my monthly budget, but I think it was totally worth it.  I ended up with the pink striped shirt and coral tee from LOFT, a lime green linen tunic, an awesome chambray top (remember when I posted about wanting to add this to my wardrobe?  I can check this and the puffy vest off at this point!) from Gap, orange crop pants from Gap and white denim crop pants by Merona for Target.  We shop second hand, so we were able to find sweet deals without breaking the bank.  I seriously think someone totally unloaded their LOFT collection though, so I am hoping to snag a few more pieces next month when my budget resets.  Loft and Gap are two of my favorite brands for comfort, style, and fit, so it was a real treat to find these pieces there!  I'm excited to start wearing these soon!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Strawberry, orange, & almond salad

I don't know about you, but the warmer the weather gets, the more I am craving fruits and veggies, which is helpful since one of my new goals is to eat healthier these days.  Today I'm sharing a super simple and extra delicious salad that I have been eating way more than I expected.  I'm not tired of it yet, and I think it's a great salad for the summer.  It's also a great salad for any social event since it is so easy and I'm sure it would be a crowd-pleaser.  

Before you say anything, I'm eating it out of a mixing bowl because I've been eating it for lunch and not as a little side salad and I need some room for my greens!  :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

New goals for a new season

Well friends, we're almost two weeks into this new stay at home mom season and I am in love.  That said, I also can see how important it is to find some sort of routine for your family when you're at home.  I'm a list person, but I think you know that by now, so it should come as no surprise that I've made a list of new goals for this new season. 

I decided to keep the list short and manageable, but there are of course lots of other little things that fall on each day's "to-do" list, but those are simple and everyday and while they are off-shoots of these goals, I wanted my goal list to be a little bit deeper than "pick up toys" (which I only sometimes do). 

But, I really do want to embrace this new season for more than just time to sit on the couch, or scroll through social media feeds while I'm at home, so it was important for me to keep these goals in mind in my decision to stay home. 

I'd love to hear what others do each day or how you find your routine to keep the house running smoothly. 

Monday, April 18, 2016

On going back to work and then deciding to stay home

This is a big post.  You can tell it from the title.  Life is changing around here in a big time way.

I went back to work on December 14 after just over 12 weeks of staying home with the little.  We had had some great times and I was nervous to go back to work.  But, we were also thankful to have a wonderful nanny that we shared with some friends that live close by, so that made it way easier.  Like truly - if we hadn't found an awesome nanny I don't think I would have gone back period.

 But I went back.  And frankly the transition was a lot smoother than I anticipated.  There were no tears (the little did not cried one single time when I dropped him off with the nanny) and I think we both had a fun day.  I've got a great boss and terrific co-workers who all made the transition really smooth.

In all of it though, there was a little itch in the back of my head that has really always been there - way before having the little - that one day I would like to stay home.  I didn't expect to be home so soon after going back to work, but due to a few different turns of events, the hubs and I decided it was time.  And so, I'm becoming a stay at home mom.  Like, I walked out of my office for the last time on Friday.  (Except for going back on Sunday afternoon to get some of my last things and leave my key.)

Leaving is bittersweet, but also really exciting.  I really love mothering and I am beyond excited to be able to do it full time now. 

Through it all though, I'd like to share a few things that I've learned along the way.  I'm not an expert, just sharing some of my thought processes.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

What We Wore: Skinny jeans and wedge sandals

I have a little confession to make.  I'm tired of a lot of my clothes.  I need some help.  I need some inspiration.  It occurred to me recently - when I tried to squeeze my post-partum bod back into some old shorts of mine that while the number on the scale is finally back down to where it was pre-Little, I've got some work to do to get back into some of my old clothes still.  Then I realized that the last time I wore those shorts was the spring/summer of 2014 since last summer I was in maternity clothes that I borrowed, so I was really just living it up with my friends' style (which is awesome by the way).  So here we are.  I also realized that I used to live in dresses when I didn't know what to wear this time of year.  But I'm still breastfeeding, and frankly, that just wasn't a consideration when I purchased any of the dresses in my closet. 

I finally pulled together an outfit that I felt really good in and thought of taking some photos, then I realized that it was an almost identical outfit to a post I made back in the yester-years of the blog.  And then one of my sisters rolled up to the house for Easter lunch looking totally fab, and I had to stop myself from asking her to trade clothes with me.  Only kind of kidding.  She was looking great and wearing colored pants - which are so on trend and out of her former comfort zone so I was basically oohing and ahhing over her style these days.  And she convinced me to wear wedges with my skinny jeans, so props to her.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Homemade bbq chicken pizza

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had a fun weekend!  It's cold all of a sudden around here, but our weekend was packed with fun!  My sisters spent the whole day with us on Sunday and we got to have lunch with a couple of neighbors on Saturday at a fun brunch place in town.

We're working hard to keep the posts regular over here.  Today I'm excited to share what a homemade pizza recipe that has become a staple in our meal plans these days.   I really think I love pizza more now that we make it at home and while I do still love restaurant pizza now and then, I would rather have homemade than frozen any day of the week.

One of the best things about making your pizza at home is that the options are close to limitless in terms of what you put on top.  We do pepperoni quite often because that's easy to keep in the fridge and hubs likes it.  Sometimes I add some veggies like peppers or artichokes.  And sometimes we mix it up and have another favorite: barbecue chicken pizza.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Five on Friday: back in business

Happy Friday!  I am feeling good about le blog again, friends.  I realize that the posting still isn't back up to the frequency of its prime, but I am finally feeling good about writing and remembering to take photos of things and happenings in the day to day to share here.

So today, I'm glad to finally be able to jump back into the Five on Friday game with you all to share this week's top 5 in photos and storytelling.  I'm also linking up to lots of other fun top 5 groups today.  Those links are in the bottom of the post.

Homemade pizza. We've been making pizza over here on the weekends pretty regularly these days.  We've been doing it so much so that I really prefer this to going out for pizza and it's becoming a fast go-to when I'm not sure what to cook, but need something quick.  The thing I mostly like about this is that you can really make it how you want it.  We have pepperoni a lot since it's the hub's fave, but every now and then we mix it up.  This week, it was bbq chicken pizza on the menu.  Yum in my tum  It was so delicious.  I'll have to share the details here in another post.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Breakfast on the go: Quaker breakfast flats review

Happy Monday!  We had a fun filled and way too fast weekend over here.  Hub's family came over to celebrate his mom's birthday which meant that I made this yummy cheesecake that I've been waiting for any excuse to make and we got to spend lots of family time.  

I also got to try these new little snacks from Quaker courtesy of Influenster.  Y'all know I love a good mail day and I especially love mail that involves packages of fun things. 

I was really excited to get these breakfast bars in the mail to try as a new snack to have on hand here for on the go, but was a little skeptical at first, because I don't tend to be a fan of the crunchy breakfast bars, but rather prefer the chewier granola ones. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

A[nother] leap year in review | What I Wore

Happy March, my friends!  I can't totally get my head around the fact that it is March already, but here we are and I am ready to embrace it and spring and flowers and sunshine and all the goodness that comes with this season!

This year is especially fun because it was leap year - which basically means a free day in the year.  And since hubs and I started dating 8 years ago on leap day, it's a super special day for us.  You may remember, if you so happened to be around 4 years ago, that on our first leap year anniversary, hubs planned a super awesome walk down memory lane for us.  If you don't remember, no worries.  Just catch up here.

This year things were a little different, but we still took the whole day off of work and still sent the little to his babysitter so we spent the whole day together to celebrate.  It was SO fun to get out of the house and the weather was PERFECT - high 60s with lots of sunshine.  

We started our day by all sleeping in a little late,  then we took the little to his babysitter.  After, we went to get a new car battery (romantic, I know, but the practical things gotta get done, too), then went to Home Goods to pick up lots of frames to work on a gallery wall I've been wanting to create on our stairwell.  (We had some professional photos taken, and we had to get rid of our living room gallery wall recently when we bought new bookshelves - more on that to come.)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Baby's Favorite Things - Part 1

I cannot believe (and I repeat cannot believe) that our Little is almost 5 months old!  I love watching him grow and learn so much each and everyday.  Today I'm sharing some of the things that he has really loved playing with these days.  Most of this, he was using at 3 months - although he has transitioned out of the swaddle at this point. 

First of all, let's be real about the first three months.  Lots of eating, sleeping, pooping, and repeating.  But man oh man, how totally different it is by the third month!  I posted before about how hard I thought the first 2 weeks were, and I still think that is true and I was not exaggerating over here.  But, babies grow so quickly and it is incredible how quickly (relatively) mamas adjust.  These are some of the things that our Little has been loving recently.  (As I'm typing this, I'm thinking of about 5 other things that should be added to this list, so we're going to have to do a Part 2 on this.  Bear with me.

Monday, February 8, 2016

On being strong not {necessarily} skinny

I always knew that my body wouldn't be the same after giving birth.  I'd read all the blog posts about how pre-pregnancy weight did not equal pre-pregnancy body and frankly, I've never had serious body image issues and this was especially true during pregnancy.  Pregnancy made me feel strong - sure I couldn't move as quickly especially toward the end and I was definitely limited in some physical activity, but I was growing a human inside of me.  My body was doing that.

 And lest we forget, our little was not so little after all - at a whopping 9 lb. 2 oz. And that all happened in my body.

I gained almost 45 pounds during pregnancy.  Much of that was baby related (30 pounds came off no problem within the first 6 weeks) and some of that was brownie and mac-n-cheese from weeks 35 following related.  (I still blame the pregnancy, but those brownies will do that to you...)

Friday, February 5, 2016

#LiveRadiantly: St. Ives Skincare Review

I love a good mail day.  I get excited to check the mail everyday and love when there is something personal rather than the usual junk.  I get ESPECIALLY excited when there is a package on the doorstep.  I'm not sure what it is about it, but I just love to have something delivered.  It should be no surprise then, that I am stoked every single time I get a little VoxBox for review.

My most recent box had 3 full size products  from St. Ives - their Even & Bright exfoliating body wash in pink lemon and mandarin, oatmeal scrub + mask, and their Refresh and Revive body lotion in Pear Nectar and Soy.  

What a treat!  I've been using these products for the last couple of weeks so that I could give an accurate review and I'm happy to report that the review is positive.  Below are my thoughts on each product: 

Saturday, January 23, 2016

2016 Goals: for my personal and blog life

Happy New Year [almost] a month late, my friends.  What a new year it has been.  So much has happened since this post last year where I shared my goals and plans for the new year.  Of course the biggest change from 2015 is that we are now a family of 3 (!!!)  So three cheers for that.  I am learning so much this year already as we adjust to our new roles as parents, going back to work, and taking care of a little.

Realizing it's a month after the fact, I'd like to share some of my personal and blogging goals for the new year - mostly because if I write them out on the internet, I'll keep them, right?  (right...)  And we're snowed in this weekend, so what better time to get back online?

Happy New Year glitter

Thrift for Today Blog Goals for 2016
Really, there are just some basic things I would really like to take care of on the blog.  I've learned that while I like to post consistently (and I think that's important to growing the blog), this can be tricky since sometimes when we're living in the most blogworthy times, stopping to post about them can be tough.  So, with that, I'd like to accomplish the following on the blog this year:

1 - Create a new header.   And I'm open to your ideas about how to go about that.  I want something simple, but something pretty and not too flashy.

2 - Update our "home" photos.  Just because they are really outdated.  I mean, we have a nursery now.  And no more pink walls.

3 - Blog more consistently.  Maybe at least once a week.  I think I can. I think I can.  This is a really fun outlet and I love to keep up with what you all are doing also, so I would really love to get to work on this front.  I've got a few post ideas bouncing around in my head, but getting them down isn't always the easiest.