.april favorites.

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 The end of the school year always just roars by.  I’m looking forward to my summer holiday, but I’m also trying to soak up the last few weeks with my class before it’s time to say goodbye!  Today I’m detailing our favorites in food, clothing, product, media, and Annabeth.

Food:

  • Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers ($5):  I love the way I feel when I avoid grains and sugar, but I miss crackers.  These have been such a perfect snack and they come in several different types of flavors.  I love them with chicken salad, pimento cheese spread, or spinach dip!
  • Collagen Peptides ($27):  I slip a scoop of collagen into my coffee each morning and anytime I cook soup or bake something, I also add collagen in for an added boost.  I’ve noticed such a difference in my hair, skin, and nails since starting this practice.  I really struggled with hair loss after Annabeth was born and then again when I weaned her last fall–this has helped tremendously and it’s also been really great for my gut health.
  • “>Hair, Skin, & Nails Vitamins ($7):  I take these religiously and I’ve noticed a huge boost in how quickly my hair grows and also in the quality of my nails.  Plus, they taste delicious!

Clothing:

  • Twill Shorts from Old Navy ($18-$22):  It’s almost time to breakout my Summer Mom uniform which includes a combination of these Old Navy shorts and a coordinating slub knit tee.  I have long legs and a super short torso, so the 3.5 inch inseam is just right.  I love that these shorts are so comfortable and come in so many colors!
  • PSP Hat ($18):  I love a good baseball cap and I especially love it when it matches my Old Navy mom shorts and my slub knit tees 🙂  I don’t wear hats as often as I should when I’m outdoors, but I’m trying to be more conscious of the skin on my face and guarding it from the sun’s harmful rays.

Product:

  • “>Strivectin Retinol ($115):  This stuff is the bomb.  It’s definitely an investment, but I’ve had the same tube since September and I still have plenty left.  This stuff is a powerhouse and I’ve seen a major reduction in the fine lines on my face and neck.  I usually apply this each evening after I’ve washed my face and used my glycolic acid toner and I concentrate heavily on my forehead and around my eyes.
  • Colour Riche Shine Lipstick in “Gentle Fawn” ($8):  This is such a great neutral lip.  I suffer from corpse lips, so if I don’t have a little color on, I look like I should be laid up in a casket!  This is a really moisturizing formula and it’s been the lipstick I’ve reached for over and over again this spring.

Media:

  • Avengers Endgame:  Still sobbing about it, honestly.  We’re both MCU junkies (believe it or not) and Coach managed to snag 6:30 p.m. premiere tickets so we could avoid the spoilers and finally know.
  • Poldark:  I love it.  Coach tolerates it.  The music is beautiful, the setting is a character itself, and the actors are pretty.  The story line is pretty compelling and I think there are books that go along with it that I’m going to check out this summer!

Annabeth:

  • Sugar Dumplin’ Clothing (varies):  This is a newer-to-me brand of classic children’s clothing and I’ve been so impressed by the quality, the customer service, and the price point.  It is a pre-sale style company but they always feature extras on their website.
  • Wet Brush ($8):  The time has finally come to retire Annabeth’s soft-bristled baby hairbrush in exchange for a big girl brush.  I use a Wet Brush religiously so it was a natural choice for my girl.

What have been your favorites for April?  Do you also feel like this month has just flown?

XOXO,

Court

.best jeans ever.

Having a baby is such a tough job on a person’s body.  My doctor told me that it takes a full 18 months for a woman’s body and hormones to fully recover from pregnancy and giving birth and I totally believe him.  I shed my baby weight really quickly (I talk about that here) and was back in my pre-pregnancy jeans about two weeks after Annabeth was born.  I’d always worn the American Eagle High-Waisted Jeggings and I loved how soft they were.  I only had one pair at the time and had worn a hole into one of the knees, but I was hopelessly devoted to them.

When she was around four months old, I ordered a new pair of the same old jeans and discovered that they’d changed something about them.  They went from being a soft, legging-style material to a really harsh, stiff denim.  The waistline had dropped a bit and the button hit at an uncomfortable place on my abdomen.  At first I thought maybe my body was just fundamentally altered and that the jeans wouldn’t fit anymore.  Then I did a little research and found out that they really had changed everything about my favorite cut of jeans.  I suffered through those jeans for almost two years and finally decided that it was time to stop shopping at American Eagle and buy myself some grownup jeans.

I did lots of research because spending more than $30 on a pair of jeans made me anxious.  I finally settled on a pair of jeans by Madewell called the Roadtripper Jeans and on a recent weekend trip to Raleigh, my friend Cara accompanied me to Madewell at Crabtree Mall because (go figure), the closest store to my home in Georgia was on the other side of Atlanta (actual #smalltownprobs).  The girls at Madewell were super sweet and helpful in finding the right size and length for me–they also gave me a 20% discount for being a teacher which was really great!

I’ve had these jeans for over a month now and they really do live up to that road trip claim (that you can wear them cross-country on a road trip without feeling uncomfortable).  I don’t wear jeans often and especially not at work, but it’s great to have a pair of grown up jeans that fit really well and are really flattering.  They’re easy to dress up or dress down and I really have worn them on two road trips and been totally comfortable!

As a mother, it’s easy to let the little things like a decent pair of jeans slip to the wayside.  It feels like things for Annabeth should always come over dropping $75 on a pair of jeans that I only wear once a week, however, when I feel good about myself, I’m a better mother.  Period.  I want to be at my best for her and for Coach, so that means taking care of myself.  You can’t fill others up if your own well is empty and sometimes the things that fill your well up might be a decent pair of jeans, a cute pair of shoes, or a killer new lipstick.

Do you have a splurge that you can’t live without?  Realistically $75 for jeans isn’t even all that bad considering!

XOXO,

Court

PS:  Per the instructions of the gals at Madewell, I still haven’t washed my jeans!  After I wear them, I fold them up and stick them in the freezer (which kills any bacteria).  They recommended waiting at least ten wears before even thinking about washing them and said that since I only wear jeans once a week or so, that I could probably get away with washing them once a quarter.  They said to wash them turned inside out on the most delicate cycle in cold water and then lay them flat to dry.

PSS:  Madewell offers free monogramming and alterations when you buy a pair of jeans which is really great!

.my new planner.

Each year, I look forward to buying myself a new planner.  It makes everything feel fresh, like a world of possibilities awaits me.  We’re religious users of our shared Google calendar, but I’m an old-fashioned gal who likes a paper//pencil planner that I can drop in my tote.

For years and years, I used a Lilly Pulitzer jumbo-sized academic planner.  It was fantastic in college and in the early years of my career, but it also felt like it didn’t leave enough margin.  Last year I swapped out my standard LP planner for an Emily Ley Simplified Planner and I fell in love.

I’ve been a long time lover of Emily Ley and her Simplified message.  I own and have read all of her books many times over and we both look forward to our bi-annual ruthless declutter challenge.  We’ve adopted her mantra of best, favorite, necessary and it has changed so much about our home and its functionality.  It felt natural to try out one of her Simplified Planners last year and I eagerly re-ordered a new Simplified Planner for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Simplified Planners come in several versions (weekly vs. daily and academic year vs. calendar year).  Last year I decided on the Academic Weekly planner and this year I made the upgrade to the Academic Daily planner.

Here’s a look at how I used my Weekly Planner:

Prior to a new month beginning, I’d check our family’s Google Calendar and import all of the information into the monthly spread in my planner.  Our Google Calendar houses our meal plans, our daily comings and goings, and (of course), the all-important football schedule.  We also keep track of our social obligations, civic obligations, and church events in our online calendar.

Once all of those things are recorded in my monthly spread, I take each Sunday evening to transpose everything into the upcoming week’s spread.  Coach and I usually do this together with our calendars so we’re on the same page, especially if one of us is working late or Annabeth has a playdate that interferes with football practice.

Having this little meeting on Sunday evenings seems funny, but it’s something we got into the habit of quite some time ago.  We love Sally & Clay Clarkson and in The Life-Giving Parent, they talk about the Biblical importance of numbering our days by taking advantage of having a regular planning date with our spouse (and even our children).  We feel grounded and ready to tackle the week after we’ve had our Sunday meeting.

My new daily academic edition doesn’t actually begin until August, but I foresee myself filling in each “week” from my monthly spread each Sunday evening because it refreshes all the things I have to do in my brain.

I don’t ever want to wish away my life, but I am looking forward to August when my new planner begins.  In the meantime, I’ll stick like glue to my current planner!

Do you still use a paper calendar?

XOXO,

Court

PS:  Emily Ley has tons of free printables!

 

.grove collaborative review.

This post isn’t sponsored.  Grove.Co, if you want to sponsor me, hit me up.  I do have a coupon code for a five-piece gift set that can be yours for the very best price:  free!

Maybe it’s just me, but becoming a mother was all about control.  I have very little control outside of my home, but within those four walls, my control reigns supreme.  I made all of Annabeth’s baby food because it gave me a little control over what she was eating and I knew that what I’d made was organic, clean, and high-quality.  I used an Owlet and a baby monitor because both made me feel in control.  Babywise?  All the way because it allowed me to feel like I was proactively in control.

People tease me for looking for natural products–I’ve been told time and time again that it won’t make a difference.  Even if using natural products doesn’t make a difference in the long run, it makes me feel like I’m being proactive as a mother and that makes a difference for my emotional well-being.  Small price to pay if you ask me.

Before we were expecting, we started using The Honest Company as a resource for cleaning supplies.  We kept our subscription for about a year before we discontinued it.  It was a good service, but I felt like many of the products weren’t great at cleaning and I had a backlog of products to use up (my laundry room looked like an Honest Company storefront).  Last fall my friend Braden told me about Grove and how much she loved the natural options that they have available, so I used a coupon code for my free five-piece gift set and got hooked.

Grove Collaborative offers multiple brands of natural cleaners (and tons of other stuff) all in one easy-to-use mainframe.  I have a box setup to deliver every two months and always have staples like Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap and my favorite Caldrea counter spray in my order.  I’ve also found other favorites like a really great detangler for Annabeth’s curls and some really awesome cleaning tools.

The yearly subscription costs $20 and that gives you access to Grove and covers shipping for the year.  My favorite part about Grove is that you can order as much or as little as you want.  With Honest, you were locked into spending at least $35 (or more) per box.  With Grove, you aren’t locked into any particular price point–just order what you need, when you need it.

The order timeline is totally adaptable to your needs and they are constantly offering free gifts to subscribers that they include with orders.  I’ve gotten cleaning caddies, hand sanitizer, chapstick, and scrubbing pads for free just for being a member and ordering things that we needed anyways.  I have found several brands that I really love and I feel good that they are natural and safe for our home.

I enjoy keeping a tidy home and having quality products that smell great and clean well are such an incentive to clean.  I actually find myself looking forward to wiping down our counters at the end of the day because the products smell so amazing!

What about you?  Are you a Clorox and ammonia kind of gal or are you full on crunchy?  I’m kind of in-between, but it feels good to clean my home in a more natural way.

XOXO,

Court

PS:  If you’re Disney freaks like us, this Caldrea Tangelo Palm Frond room spray makes us feel like we’re at our favorite resort slurping down a Dole Whip!

PSS:  I think I’m going to order these next…do you use dryer balls?  Do they really make a difference?

 

.drugstore spa favorites.

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Josh thinks I’m gross for doing this, but I love a hot bath.  He calls it stewing in your own filth, but I call it completely and totally relaxing.  I only wash my hair once a week, so I turn that ritual into my Saturday evening spa routine.  Here are my favorite drugstore//TJ Maxx finds that make this night go from stewing in my own filth to utterly decadent 😉

  1. Epsom Salts.  I go hard with my HIIT workouts all week long.  I do all the burpees.  I squat until I want to cry.  I get sweaty and gross because excuses don’t look cute on the beach.  As a result, I’m usually pretty sore by the end of the week.  Sunday is my rest day, so I like using epsom salts in my bath to take some of the ache out of my muscles.  Sometimes I use unscented ones and add in some essential oils, but I usually just use bath salts that are already scented.  My favorite is the Dr. Teal’s brand that you can find at any drugstore.
  2. Sugar Scrub.  My skin is super sensitive.  I have eczema that can get pretty bad, especially during the winter.  I also have issues shedding dead skin cells and I find it really beneficial to exfoliate once a week.  It’s easiest to do this in the bath.  A lot of sugar scrubs you find at the drugstore are heavily scented and have dyes or oils in them that irritate my skin.  Instead of spending money on such scrubs, I just use plain old white sugar!  I use it everywhere except my face and my skin feels so smooth when I get out of the bath.  Sometimes I’ll mix in olive oil with the sugar, but that can get a little messy so I usually just use the sugar.  I scrub it into my skin using circular motions and especially concentrate on rough areas like my elbows.
  3. Sheet Mask.  I love a good sheet mask.  Nothing can take the place of staying hydrated, using good sunscreen, and utilizing a quality skincare, however, I feel like a sheet mask can hydrate, plump, and depuff my skin.  I usually pick mine up at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s and I also like to use the collagen eye masks once or twice a week.  As a special treat, I keep my masks in the vegetable crisper so they’re super cold when I apply them.  I’ve used this one before (from Ulta) and the lavender scent is so relaxing.
  4. Deep Conditioner.  I’m pretty boujee when it comes to my haircare and skincare, but nothing beats Aussie’s Three Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner.  Because I only wash my hair once a week, I need a really moisturizing conditioner.  After using a clarifying shampoo and then my favorite purple shampoo, I comb a quarter-sized dollop of this deep conditioner through the ends of my hair (avoiding my roots!) and let it sit for three to five minutes.
  5. Tension Tamer Tea.  When I do my Saturday bath night, I always take a big glass of ice water and a large cup of Tension Tamer Tea with me.  I like the ice water because I want my water temperature in the tub to be as close to boiling as possible.  My friend Braden once said that you know it’s a good bath if you have to get out and sit on the edge of the tub for a minute to take a break (ha!).  I like the Tension Tamer Tea because it has chamomile, peppermint, and ginger in it.  A cup of this goes a long way in helping me fully relax and enjoy my tub time.

Are you a bath person or do you think it’s gross?  Do you have any drugstore products that you really like that help you relax?  I’ve heard good things about magnesium and magnesium tea, but have yet to try them.

XOXO,

Court

PS:  I love using my jade roller after face masking–I keep mine in the freezer and it feels so good.

PSS:  We’re sugar-free in our home and these are my favorite little treat to take into the bath.

.january favorites.

Now that January’s 850 days are finally over (why is January so long?), I thought I’d review my favorites for the month.  As always, the categories include food, clothing, product, media, and Annabeth.

Food:

  • Breakfast Bowls.  This is our super simple go-to meal on busy weeknights and it’s a crowd pleaser.  We scramble up eggs, fry some thick-cut bacon, and build a mountain with the breakfast goodies + avocado, cheese, sour cream, and fresh salsa.  Annabeth goes nuts for breakfast bowls and we’ve added this into our weekly rotation (usually on Tuesday nights since those are especially busy).
  • Siete Grain-Free Chips.  We’re about 98% grain-free in our household.  I say 98% because the occasional cheat happens (yesterday we had Bojangles biscuits for breakfast and it was glorious).  This means no chips and salsa which is just kind of sad.  These grain-free chips are so good.  I sneak them in my bag when we go out for Mexican food and we eat them as a guilt-free snack with Daddy’s homemade salsa in the afternoons.  Grain-free life is not easy…in fact, it can be downright inconvenient.  Regardless, I feel and look my best when I don’t have grains in my system (and the patches of eczema that have cropped up thanks to yesterday’s cheat are proof that cheats need to be few and far between!).  These chips are great and make life easier.

Clothing:

  • UA Recovery Gear.  Just before Christmas, Josh did a leg workout that was so above and beyond what he normally does that he was complaining about it for days.  I love him, but the man can stub his toe and be incapacitated for a week.  I was annoyed at him hobbling around our home for days on end because of a choice he made, so in a majorly passive aggressive move, I researched recovery sleepwear to put in his stocking.  It’s pricey, but I found some on Amazon on a Deal of the Day and you can also find it at TJ Maxx or Marshall’s pretty readily.  My passive aggressiveness paid off because those doggone things actually work.  I don’t understand the science behind it, but if it keeps man flu symptoms from entering my home, I’ll pay any price.
  • Nalgene Bottles.  Not really clothing, but I always have a Nalgene in my hand, so I’d consider it an accessory.  I try to drink at least two Nalgene bottles of water during my work day and one in the afternoon/evening.  We both have Nalgene bottles that we picked up at our favorite store in the mountains, but you can find them pretty much anywhere.  They have a lifetime warranty–last summer my brother’s lid shattered and Nalgene immediately replaced it (the bottle was at least five or six years old).

Product:

  • Kristin Ess for Target.  The woman behind Lauren Conrad’s amazing hair has a whole line of haircare products at Target and they smell divine.  I’ve been using her purple shampoo for about a month now and I’m truly obsessed with it–I only wash my hair once a week so I need whatever product I use to be with me for the long haul and it does the trick.  I’m hoping to pick up some more of her stuff to try especially since Josh is so in love with the scent.
  • Jade Roller.  I turned thirty last year and have since become a slave to my skin.  I’m all for aging gracefully, but the Lord invented products to make that a little easier.  I drink tons of water, avoid sugar and grains, and use a quality line of skincare products, but this jade roller is so great for working my lotions, potions, and serums into my skin and it feels so good.  I keep mine in the freezer and roll it up my neck towards my hairline and it instantly takes care of any puffiness.  I feel like it would also be great to use for headaches.

Media:

  • Mary Poppins Returns.  I loved it so much I saw it twice in theaters.  I love Emily Blunt and I feel like she did the role justice.  It was super touching and the music was fantastic.
  • Make Something Good Today.  This book was so good.  I cried and laughed and read parts aloud to Josh and then cried some more.  I love watching Hometown because Erin and Ben Napier seem so genuine and this book only solidified that.  If you live in a small town (like me) and want your little corner of the world to be a better place, definitely pick this up.

Annabeth:

  • Castles & Crowns.  If you have known me for more than five seconds, you know I’m 100% traditional and also 100% extra.  Shopping for smocked outfits for Annabeth is one of my favorite things to do.  I discovered Castles & Crowns late last year and I have been so happy with the quality and with the prices of their products.  Seriously, y’all, they have SUCH good sales!  Josh was pretty resistant to smocked clothing until he saw a toddler who was dressed like a teenager, so now he’s all on board.  If you’re in the market for something sweet, give this brand some love!
  • Buddies.  Shocker:  our kid is obsessed with Disney.  Most toddlers are, but Annabeth didn’t really stand a chance.  There will be no Dreamworks or other off brand stuff in our home–it’s Disney or bust.  My mom discovered these Disney play sets at Disney World last fall and they’ve become some of Annabeth’s favorite toys.  I think she likes them because they fit in her little hands and she can hide them all over the place.  She calls them her “buddies” and it’s super sweet.  We pick up a set each time we head down to Disney World, but you can also find them online.

What are your favorites this month?  Did you also feel like January was 1,000 days long?

XOXO,

Court

PS:  I’m still so happy with all of our Grove products.  If you haven’t yet, be sure to use this code for FIVE free products (including lots of Mrs. Meyer’s stuff)!

PSS:  Did you have pretty weather last week where you live?  It was amazing to have 80 degree weather in February!

.what I love: September 2018.

It’s been so long since I’ve blogged that I literally had to request a new password login for WordPress.  It’s a little depressing because writing is so life-giving and I genuinely enjoy planning content and writing, but graduate school is a demanding mistress.  One day when I’m totally finished, I hope to blog at least once or twice a week–we’ve even thrown around the idea of starting our own YouTube channel just for the heck of it, but until I’m done with research, data, research, data, APA, and more data, I’ll have to settle for little pockets of time when my coursework is turned in, my husband is busy, and my toddler is sleeping.

Here are my favorites from September (PS, can y’all believe it’s October already?  And that it’s still 95 degrees everyday?):

Food:

  • Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips.  These are perfect when I throw them into grain-free pancake mix.  Josh and I are both dark chocolate lovers, but the milk chocolate chips are great, too.  I like that these don’t have that sugar alcohol aftertaste that you run into so often with sugar-free products.  And seriously, nothing is cuter than Annabeth Shealy when her face is covered in butter, melted dark chocolate, and bits of pancake.
  • Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers.  I’ll be honest, I miss the convenience of grains.  My favorite lunch is a tapas-style snack plate (cheese, a little fruit, some olives, cured meats, and some crispy, delicious crackers).  Sometimes you just need some crunch that doesn’t come from a pork rind!  These crackers are SO good–we love all the flavors.  I usually pack a handful of these to have with a Laughing Cow cheese wedge.

Clothing:

  • THML Tops.  I’m a boutique kind of gal.  Don’t get me wrong, I’ll totally shop at J. Crew and Old Navy and Belk, but I love finding unique pieces at boutiques.  My recent favorite transitional pieces (because it’s still miserably hot here in Georgia) include lots of THML tops paired with white jeans and boots.  I love the intricate embroidery, rich colors, and the fact that most of them don’t require any ironing.  They also look great paired with a cardigan or green army jacket.
  • Tieks.  It’s usually around this time a year that I start wearing my Tieks on a daily basis.  In February we spent a week in New York City and I wore my Tieks nearly everyday and felt totally comfortable (walking 25,000 plus steps a day while pushing a stroller).  I sized up when I bought mine and have been super pleased with them.  They’re pricey–like, made my stomach hurt when I clicked “Purchase” pricey, but I have literally lived in them.  When you try to run a Google search for negative Tieks reviews, you won’t find many.  They’re a high quality product and the company has great customer service.

Product:

  • Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.  Seriously the best foundation I’ve ever used.  It’s definitely a heavier foundation…if you’re looking for something lighter, the Water Fresh Double Wear is great, too.  I’ve been using Double Wear since May and I don’t foresee myself swapping out for anything else.  Bonus:  Estee Lauder counters will color match you and whip up a 10-day sample to try for free!
  • Clinique Moister Surge Intense Moisturizer.  My friend Cassie brought me a jar of this moisturizer when I was hospital after delivering Annabeth.  I hadn’t used Clinique in years, but this stuff is the best.  It’s so moisturizing that it makes my skin feel full, but it isn’t greasy.  I have super dry skin so I like the “intense” version of this moisturizer.  I also love that a little bit goes a long way–last year I only went through three jars.

Media:

  • Jack Ryan.  We’re huge fans of The Office and this show (featuring Jim Halpert 2.0) was fantastic.  Josh has started reading the Jack Ryan/Tom Clancy novels in order because this show was so intense and amazing.  It felt like they literally ripped the plot from the headlines.  Bonus:  it’s only eight episodes, so you can totally binge it in one weekend.
  • Audible.  Audible is an audiobook subscription available through Amazon.  For $15 a month, you get one credit to use towards any audiobook in the Audible library (there are thousands). We’ve actually had it a long time and forgot about it, so we had a ton of credits built up that we’ve been putting to good use!  We each have about a 20 minute commute, so we listen as we drive and we also listen while we run.  Sometimes I listen to whatever I’m “reading” while I get ready in the morning or while I’m cooking dinner.  So far I’ve “read” The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society (FIVE STARS), The Coincidence of Coconut Cake (FOUR STARS), America’s First Daughter (FOUR STARS), and I’m currently listening to Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow.  Josh has been listening to Patriot Games and I noticed just yesterday that he’s already downloaded the next Tom Clancy book in the lineup.
  • The Greatest Showman Soundtrack.  Amazing.  I literally cry every time This is Me comes on.  We haven’t even finished the movie yet (I KNOW), but we listen to the soundtrack almost every day.  We especially love listening and dancing around before bathtime and Annabeth’s bedtime routine.

Annabeth:

  • Squeaker Shoes.  They’re super obnoxious, but they make Annabeth so happy (and it’s easy to keep up with her in a crowd).  I tend to stick to the classics when it comes to dressing Annabeth, so we’re not really into Converse or super trendy items.  These little Mary Jane shoes are cute and she loves wearing them.  When Josh took them off of her last night, she cried and demanded, “Shoes ON, Daddy!”
  • Dohm White Noise Machine.  Annabeth is a fantastic sleeper, but she’s pretty particular about her sleeping arrangements.  She’s a creature of consistency so she likes her blackout curtains, her Owlet (she can now request it by name), her Halo Sleep Sack, and most importantly, her Dohm.  I’m not quite sure how it works, but it sounds like a really loud fan, but it doesn’t blow any air out of it.  I actually don’t mind when we stay in a hotel room with her because I like sleeping with it, too.  It’s adjustable and has an on/off switch (most white noise machines that have timed options only run for ten hours and she sleeps for twelve hours each night).

Is it still super hot where you live, or do you actually get to enjoy some autumn weather this time of year?  We’re heading to the mountains next week and it’s supposed to be much cooler–I can’t wait!

XOXO,

Court

PS-Football season has been both wonderful and exhausting.  I’m dreading the end of it, but I’m also really looking forward to it.

 

.what I love: May 2018.

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May is my favorite month.  I’m not sure if it’s because of the gorgeous weather or the fact that it’s my birthday month, but the bees are buzzing, the flowers are blooming, and it’s almost summer vacation and it’s nearly too much for me to handle.  Here are the things I’m loving this month:

Food:

  • Kroger ClickList.  I guess this falls more under a service rather than a food, but I love it.  If you’ve never heard of it, it’s the greatest.  You complete your grocery shopping online and set a pick-up time and date and leave the rest in the capable hands of the ClickList staff.  They do all the heavy lifting and you get to “shop” without ever leaving your car.  I save so much money because I’m able to make my list while browsing my pantry, refrigerator, and freezer.  It’s $4.99 per visit, but my time is far more valuable than that.
  • Trader Joe’s Parmesan Crisps.  We’re full-on keto right now and these have become our go-to snack.  They’re totally gluten and sugar free and the serving size is obnoxiously large.

Clothing:

  • Birkenstocks.  Apparently Birkenstocks are a thing again.  When I was in high school, you were nobody if you didn’t have a pair of (hideous, albeit comfortable) clogs.  Now the sandals are back with a vengeance and I’ve been wearing mine nearly everyday.  Just like the Birks of old, these easily mold to the shape of your foot and are super easy to throw on with a casual outfit.  I’ve found myself favoring these over my trusty Chacos because they’re a little more polished.
  • Callahan Shorts.  These are a bit pricey, but as a Southern woman it’s part of my genetic code to favor the bright and airy pieces that Lilly Pulitzer is famous for.  I like the 5″ Callahan shorts because they are easy to throw on and aren’t sloppy looking like Tempo shorts or yoga pants.  If the price throws you off, definitely check out Facebook for BST options.

Product:

  • Not Your Mother’s Blonde Moment Treatment Shampoo.  Did you know that purple shampoo is a thing?  It keeps my balayage blonde from getting brassy.  I’ve continuously been going blonder since about November and I use this twice a week to keep everything looking fresh.
  • Banana Boat Aloe Vera Sunburn Relief Care After Sun Lotion.  This is such an oldie, but it’s the best.  I have fond memories of my mother smearing me down with this after a day at the pool and just the smell brings back so many memories.  I never let myself get to the point of a bad sunburn, but if I ever start to get that pink tinge after being outside, a bit of this goes a long way in helping that pink turn to a nice, healthy tan.

Media:

  • Avengers: Infinity War.  It rocked.  It rocked my socks off.  We had opening night tickets and feeling exhausted the next day was 100% worth it.
  • Community.  We are so bad about getting stuck in the typical Netflix cycle of The Office, Parks and Rec, Friends, rinse, repeat.  We haven’t watched Community in years and we never actually finished the series, so we’ve really been enjoying the newer stuff this go-around.
  • Hamilton.  We’re still obsessed.  We listen to it nearly everyday.  We’re 25 days away from seeing it live.  The end.  Amen.
  • Gillian Flynn.  I’m normally not dark and twisty, but I’ve been really into anything Gillian Flynn lately.  We loved Gone Girl and I’ve also recently read Sharp Objects and I’m finishing up Dark Places.  I’m super pumped that HBO is doing a Sharp Objects miniseries with Amy Adams.  Warning:  do not read before bed.

Annabeth:

  • Honest Company Sunscreen.  Mineral sunscreen is a pain in my rear, but it works really well and is perfect for Annabeth’s baby soft skin.  She is surprisingly complacent when it comes to lotion/sunscreen application (praise hands), so it doesn’t bother her that it takes literally forever for this stuff to rub in.
  • Carter’s Rompers.  Annabeth is still so tiny.  Like, I swear I feed her.  She’s petite just like her Mama, so 12 month outfits that have pants or shorts are often just right lengthwise and far too large for her waist.  Enter:  the Carter’s romper.  Length and waist size don’t matter when it’s a romper!  We have ten of these that we rotate throughout the week because they’re easy and comfortable.  We found them all at our local Sam’s Club for about $6 a piece.

 

What is your favorite part about May?  Are you loving this weather or totally over the heat already?

XOXO,

Court

PS:

-We just watched The Magic Pill on Netflix and it was soooo great.  Josh has done keto before and we were already planning to start cutting out grains and sugar this month, so this was such a great motivator.

-I just ordered a new planner and setting it up has been a blast…can it be August already?

-Speaking of planners, we just finished a ruthless decluttering of our home a la Emily Ley and it was great.