Friday, February 17, 2017

H54F || Where Did Winter Go??

Well.  We didn't get that Valentine blizzard the Farmers Almanac "was supposedly calling for."  I could probably hold up the number of cold winter days this winter on ten fingers or less.  I think most Southerners can appreciate that, but I'll be honest... it makes ME a tad bit sad!  It seems like we get hot weather y e a r r o u n d.  I'm a l l l l l about the seasons, y'all   :)  If I have to, I am trying to pep myself up about the warmer months & holidays ahead.  Flowers spread all over our house are my condolences right now;)


one.  magnolia journal + valentines
I got some very sweet happy mail on Valentines Day!  In no way did I expect a full bag of Valentine cards/treats/goodies!  My preschoolers are p r e c i o u s.  I love love love them all.  I also had a Christmas gift of The Magnolia Journal laying in my mailbox when I got home Wednesday...s w o o n.

The ULTIMATE PARENTING FAIL: So, there has been a long running promise I made to Cam to come to his Valentines Party.  One day I was working at his school & I didn't (couldn't) stay for nap time to "cuddle with him."  This kid is all about cuddling (& I love it).  He cried several times over that one.  SO.  I promised him I would take off from work early & come to his Valentine party + cuddle with him afterwards.  WELL.  His teachers didn't really have a set time & told me it would be after lunch which was at 12.  So, I worked til' 12 & when we (Cade decided to come too) showed up at 12:22, they were laying down for nap😭  His teachers said he's been looking for you, saying you were coming!:/  The minute he seen us he burst into tears & our hearts burst into pieces.  
Worst.  Thing.  Ever.
The good thing about three year olds is that they are resilient.  The minute I told him we had him a Shark Valentine in the car the tears dried up.  Good grief.  What a mess I made!  Easter party here I come😁

two. my handy man
Just call him Chip.
I can't believe all the things my Mr. can do now:)  I knew he could be a handy man if he just tried.  He can do anything now.  So proud of him.  We've hung shelves, lanterns, pictures...we're going to build something next...I just know it!  HA.

three.  diet days
A little progress.  I ate minimal bread/grains & avoided cake.  I've got to get better at feeling hungry.  I start getting the shakes even right after I've ate my clean foods!  I am also the worlds most likely to be hungry if I am watching what I eat:/ 

 I tried to continue working out in North Carolina at home, though it was challenging b/c the boys won't to lay on top of me & refuse to sleep if I am not right there.  It's like they can smell me.  Seriously, I have figured out the only way to truly workout is to go to a class.  Alone.  They n e v e r sleep early or late enough for me to do it before they wake up or go to sleep.  I went to my workout class at 5:30 yesterday morning & Conley woke up at 5:30 am😖  He knows, you guys.  He knows.  
I'm not crazy in saying it's impossible for me to workout.  It literally is.
which leads us to...
four. obsession
okay.  I liked it to begin with.  But now, it's officially became an obsession.  I'm obsessed with working out again.  Right now, it's b/c of barre.  I crave that soreness I walk away with everyday I'm not able to go (aka when I'm in NC).  It kinda feels like I'm going to ballet class, too.  And let's not even discuss all their cute leggings & tops.  Just what I need.  An obsession with gym clothes.  So practical-NOT.  
Or maybe it is if I consider they are comfy for my mom duties, too? ;)

five. the shutters are here!
numero uno on the home improvement list can be checked off the "to do" list & right on to the "pay off" budget list.  SO much to do-I'm trying not to kill Cade in the process.  
<<He is as bad as I am though if we want to get technical.>>
Linking up with the girls of H54F...


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Thursday, February 16, 2017

February at Home

Valentines may be over, but that doesn't mean we have to take everything down today.  I think the romantic touches of February are a good way to transition from the quiet days of winter to the tiny traces of spring that seem to come in March!  
Here's a glimpse of what this little household has been up to this month:)






Cam brings me the vase of flowers from the breakfast nook at least 3,432 times a day & says, 
"Here mommy!  These are for you!" 

Of course, big brother could bring me a piece of poop & I'd still treasure that little glimmer of excitement in his eyes each time he gives his mommy something "so special!"  Never, will I ever, forget these moments <3  
Talk about blessings from above, girls!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Valentine Fun || Guest Blogger Series

I am SO excited about having a guest blogger to share with us here at Peaches & Pearls.  This is a hoped for series I shared about a couple of weeks ago & it has been on my heart a long time!  There are so many inspirational mommies out there that may not want to have the "stress" or find the extra time to create a blog, but that have a lot to say & wonderful talents/perspectives to share!  I am determined to have them share here if they so graciously will.  :)  

Our first inspirational mommy (aka guest poster) comes to us from one of my oldest friends (oldest as in longest friendship ;) Whitney.  We met at a campground the summer just before we started Kindergarten in 1993 & once we discovered we were in the same classroom, the rest is history!  From flicking hair bows across the floor during nap time, carpools to tap, jazz, & ballet, to her famous "Christmas Sleepover" up into the high school years, we've been friends ever since!  I just love her & I know you will too.  Take it away, Whit!


Hi everybody! I'm Whitney! 
I'm a stay at home wife to my husband, Donnie, of almost 9 years.  We've been together for almost 14 years total!  I'm a mommy to a full of energy, gets into everything from daylight till dark, 3 year old Zak! And a dog Mom to Addi, our 9 year old weenie dog, 6 year old Jed, a Pomeranian/chihuahua, along with our 1 year wild blue heeler Gabby! 
     My husband is a welder/foreman so we are on the road ALOT! When he started working away from home, we bought a fifth wheel camper & hit the road. Two years later we had zak , so we are enjoying traveling together getting to spend as much time together as possible before Zak starts kindergarten! 

     I love to bake and do crafts (whether they are Pinterest fails or not lol)! Anyway enough about me, that is why Cassidy asked me to be a guest on her blog! Because me and my sidekick Zak are always baking and crafting! Cassidy and myself go way back! We met while we were both camping with our families before we ever started kindergarten! What a throwback, y'all! If I was home I would dig up old pics of us 😀  (told 
y'all;)!)

    So with Valentine's Day coming up I already had some things in mind I wanted to do! First, Zak loves to paint, so we did some hand/feet painting that we do for every holiday! He's really big for his age so I don't no how much longer we will be able to fit his feet on a canvas lol! 


We made a love bug out his feet and he finger painted in Valentine's colors the word love! 
   Next we made a robot wreath (from Pinterest of course) which my hubs doubted it would turn out the way it did, but it turned out good and we are happy with it! We spray painted a slinky red because it's not easy finding a colored slinky! Then we made the robots face and the hearts and hot glued everything on the wreath. All the items were found at Walmart and was very easy to make! 
   Then we attempted to make a heart tree that looked so easy on Pinterest but it ended up looking nothing the pic but Zak had fun glueing all the hearts on the construction paper. 
To finish off our Valentine's Day festivities we made heart shaped pizza for lunch and decorated Valentine's Day cupcakes! 
   Thanks Cass, for inviting me to be a guest and Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!!! 

    Some Mom advice I have would be:
 "Make memories while they are small because they grow up so fast! Limit time on the phones and get in the floor and play with your kids!!!"


Isn't she awesome, girls??
Whitney, thank you so much for taking the time to share your beautiful family (isn't she gorgeous & Zak a cutie??) along with fun things to do with our babies for Valentines Day!  
I spy a bit of snail mail coming your way in appreciation;)

If you, or someone you know, would like to contribute as a guest blogger, please don't hesitate to contact me at cassidypadams@hotmail.com!  Even if you don't know of the exact topic you would like to post about, I can help!  Sometimes you need someone else to help pinpoint those strengths & things your best at.  We can brainstorm together:)  I am in need of someone for the month of March!  Think St. Patricks Day, Spring, Easter type things!  
Happy Mommin' ;)

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Friday, February 10, 2017

H54F || Valentines Tis Near!

Valentines day has never been my favorite holiday.  As a child e s p e c i a l l y.  I really don't know why...I guess it was because I was scared to death that I would give a boy a card that suggested I "liked" them.  I would spend hours making sure a name matched a non-love suggestive message on the card.  OCD much?  Cooties, right? :)  Fast forward to today & here I am having a b l a s t helping Cam get ready for his first Valentine party + decorating the house with lots & lots of purple flowers!  All the tulips, please!


Here are the high fives for the week...

one.  prayer journal
I'm ashamed to share with you that though I mutter little prayers throughout the day, I don't have make time during the day that I shut everything out & just talk to God.  I try to write down prayer requests & glance at them throughout the week.  When someone tells me to pray for them/asks for prayer I try to pray RIGHT then so I don't forget.  But I let myself get so busy that I am not a purposeful prayer warrior.  When I tell someone I will pray for them that is a HUGE thing.  A HUGE responsibility.  I don't want to make a habit to just "say" that-I think that happens in my Southern culture sometimes.  It's a way we see we can comfort one another or what we can say when there is really nothing else TO say.  But, I r e a l l y want to make an effort to share their needs with my Heavenly Father!  
I'm most convicted/concerned about it b/c a little advice card from Cam's baby shower keeps coming to mind..."pray for him everyday."  I would say that I pray for my boys everyday, but it's usually in passing.  Occasionally specific, but not often.  Usually just a "Lord, please be with my boys."  Not with a burden or concern knowing the world they will face as each day passes.  The world gets in my mind & I have such a hard time staying focused & staying on task.  Generally I try to pray as I go to sleep & end up falling asleep before I finish.  That is why, I started this prayer journal.  It's specifically to pray for my boys & Mr.  I want to SEE my prayers.  THINK them out.  I don't want the careless things of this life to effect my most important purpose in life.  Please pray for ME as I can already see Satan at work trying to hinder me in this effort, but I am never going to stop trying to grow in Christ & being the mother & wife God intends for me to be.  Let's band together & fight for our family, girls!      

two.  barre workouts
Last Saturday, I signed up for a free barre workout class just for fun.  I'm in such a rut of not working out & I figured it would be a way to give myself a little jump start.  I ended up loving it!  I could barely walk the rest of the week & the soreness reminded me how much I love working out.  Let me preface the remainder of this paragraph by saying that I have the sweetest guy e v e r.  He found an extremely good Groupon deal for two unlimited months of classes at the studio I went to.  This may be one of the sweetest things he's ever done for me as he is never able to surprise me...he likes to tell his secrets:)  I'm so excited!

three.  diet days
Not this week:/  I did p e r f e c t Super Bowl Sunday, even after eating Red Lobster-NO cheddar bay biscuits) & baking the Mr. a birthday cake.  But then.  Then we went to NC & celebrated my mom's birthday/had minimal groceries/meal plans & I failed.  Good thing Cade surprised me with the workout classes!  Now to get back to meal planning, right after tasting Maker's donut of the week (it's cookies & cream this week, y'all.) 
and that pretty much sums up this weeks food in one picture

four.  weekend mornings & nights
It's a good thing I love coffee & my ninja is finally getting back to making good coffee.  I love my weekend mornings & nights so much, that I never want to go to sleep.  I love waking up early, reading my bible & writing here by the fire.  And then I love a late night after the boys go to sleep with my Mr.  We have been trying to find a new netflick obsession (we did gossip girl & once upon a time a couple years ago), but so far all we've done is watched about three episodes of Grey's Anatomy.  I used to love this show at the beginning, but quit watching.  It almost sounds a little too crazy these days for me to develop a desire to keep watching it.  
Not convinced.  Any recommendations?

five.  Cam-ism's

Right after Cade sent me this message, Cam came in the bedroom to snuggle with me.  He shared the exact same thing again with me & then said, 
"Mom, are we going to the children's hospital tomorrow?"  
Me: I hope not!
Cam: Well, Daddy said we are.
Cade: what!?
I mean, where did he get that we were going to "the children's hospital???"
LOL!

Oh, yeah!  And Conley had shots yesterday + we met with the Kitchen Gallery about our built-in shelving options for the living room.  Of course they wouldn't share their renderings of the future space- but we got an idea of what to budget for.  
It's been an extremely productive week so far!  Now to rest a little.
Tagging up to the girls of H54F.  Click here to learn more about the link-up!
Tune in tomorrow for our first guest blogger:)  SO excited!
Happy Friday, y'all!

Friday, February 3, 2017

H54F || Super Bowl Weekend

Other than Cam & I arguing over whether to pick Snoopy vs. Ninja Turtle Band-aids during our weekly grocery trip, we've had a pretty uneventful Friday!  Thurday was m u c h more eventful as we were Superheros all day, celebrated Makers 1st birthday with free donuts (tried 2 new local coffee shops), & drove around exploring our new stomping grounds til' the babes fell asleep for the night!  Tonight, my Mr. wants to go try out the chinese restaurant close by...THAT will be fun for "clean eating" me!  Aye.
 Do you have fun plans on this chilly first Friday of February? 

one.  daddy's 28th birthday!
The best part was going to eat Mexican, having them rub ice cream all in his face & watching Conley cry in protest to mistreating his daddy.

Sometimes I think we take just how special birthdays are for granted.  So thankful to have been a part of this boys life for around 14 years now.  We have been through a lot together & God has blessed us so much!  I love this little adventure we are on.
two.  diet days
I've struggled this week.  Definitely d/t lack of planning & our crazy hectic schedule.  I wait too long to eat, get the shakes, & eat something I shouldn't (like a free donut).  I have made lots of changes to the way I think about food in general, so I consider that success:) 

Here's a glance at what I've been trying.  Let me just say, feeding my boys is no easy task.  They are shoving food in their mouth from daylight to daybreak.  We are in trouble.  If only Cam was the same eater he was two years ago!  My main concern in my eating plan has definitely been how to make it something I can eat-but that they will eat & enjoy, too!

This was a sausage+shrimp Whole 30 skillet for me, but we added noodles/cheese sticks/grapes for the boys (including Cade).

three.  coffee experimentation
I have this weird desire to be able to make Starbucks/gourmet coffee shop like coffee at home (oh, wait-I'm sure that's not all that uncommon...)   I recently learned how to steam my milk in the microwave to add some froth to it...now I'm kind of hooked on experimenting with how to make it better.  Anybody have experience here?  If I was single without kids, I would totally work at a coffee shop just to learn their ways!

four.  old prom videos
A classmate loaded prom videos from my junior & senior year to Facebook this past week & ohhhhh the fun we've had with that.  Cam said, "Daddy, your face is so weird!"  Mr. Skinny Mini Cade back in the day.

five.  february is here!
I'm finally getting in the mood for Valentines Day.  I found the boys some Valentine pj's at Gap Factory for 12 bucks as opposed to the usual 30!  They are "mer-cycle" ones as Cam calls them;)  I'm starting to get an itch to decorate again, too.  I browsed a few antique stores, along with Marshalls/ Ross & found the following three items for less than $5 a piece!  Then Cam & I looked for fun Valentine Card holders thing-ma-jigs to make for his class Valentine Party.  What are you most excited about for Valentines Day?
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Happy Friday, y'all!
Linking up as usual today with the girls of H54F:)

 
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