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Friday Favorites {#78}

Hello! How was your week? We are definitely in “back to school” mode. There’s no tired like “teacher tired” at the beginning of the school year! I sat down on the couch Wednesday afternoon and accidentally fell asleep! It’s been quite the week with early wake calls and a new routine.

I’m excited to link up with Andrea and Erika for this week’s Friday Favorites.

Favorite Kid Quote:

Both of my favorite kid quotes came via my mom. She was watching my kids and took Hayden up to school to see the cross country tryout results. Hadley apparently told Hayden to act like he didn’t make the team when they walked back to her car. He did make the team, so we have another fall season full of races.

My mom gave each of the grand kids a card saying she’d treat them to ice cream during her visit. When my nephew Wyatt finished his cup of ice cream, he apparently got up to get back in line. They asked where he was going, and he said, “I have a coupon for a free cone!” haha

Favorite Pic(s):

My favorite photos of the week come from one of my favorite places…our visit to Del Mar, California. We had a great few days there, and I hope to recap the trip next week.

We had a fun afternoon at the race track.

Favorite Clothing Item(s):

Two of my favorite clothing items I took on vacation were new woven sandals and this pretty blue and white plaid dress.

When the dress arrived, it was in a bag that made me think it was a beach cover up! When I pulled it out of the bag, it felt and looked like a dress. I looked back at how it was styled in the Amazon photo, and the girl was wearing it as a dress, with wedges and a purse. I styled it similarly, and I wore it to the track. I’m so pleased with this purchase. It’s great quality, and so cute. I love the split neck hem, the button detail, and seersucker fabric.

I wore the sandals with shorts and with a different dress on a another night. They are so cute and comfy. I’ve worn them the past two days to school. These are definitely a win!

Lastly, Hadley had a “vision” for her first day of school outfit. She found this black t-shirt at Target, but couldn’t find shorts she liked. Then, she looked on Amazon and found these dark pink lines ones (women’s sizes). She’s very picky about shorts and often just wears athletic running shorts, so I was thrilled that these were school appropriate and can be dressed up or down.

As I was typing this post, I realized some of the colors are now on sale. So, we bought two more pairs since the price dropped to from $21 to $12.

Dress // Sandals // Shorts

Favorite Moment:

My favorite moment of the week was getting back to school. I’m so pleased with how the kids have transitioned to middle school which includes a whole new morning routine as well as getting the lay of the middle school land.

Favorite Food:

Our Back to School Brinner was so delish. I made my favorite breakfast casserole as well as some muffins. Yogurt and fruit rounded out the meal. I love breakfast for dinner.

Other Faves:

Trav’s brother is a sports photographer, and he took Hayden’s baseball team’s photos a couple of weeks ago as well as individual photos.

The team photos are amazing…

…and Hayden is killing me looking like a 16 year old!

Speaking of looking 16, Hadley had competition team head shots this week, and she looked so much older to me too!

We wrapped up the summer enjoying ice cream with friends after the last basketball game of summer league. (Hayden’s team came in 2nd place in the tournament!)

Favorite Mom Meme :

I miss the Olympics already, and I certainly feel like I could win gold in this regard:

Weekly Recap:

I had three other posts this week:

I hope you have a great weekend! We have baseball on tap this weekend and hopefully some down time to catch up from the week! See you back here next week.

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Monthly Musings: Summer Preview

Hello! I can’t believe that May is almost over. I’m so thankful we wrapped up our school year earlier than usual, but I already feel like the first week of summer has flown by!

Today, I’m linking up with Patty and Holly for their Monthly Musings post.

This month’s topic is Summer Kickoff...which is perfect because we are officially in summer mode around here.

1. Favorite Summer Tradition:

The 4th of July is one of my favorite parts of summer. I just love that Travis always has the day off, there are usually activities like a parade or pool fun, we usually gather with family or neighbors to grill out, I love the fireworks, and I always put my kids in something red, white, and blue!

My favorite 4th of July tradition is that I always make red, white, and blue waffles. Always.

Another favorite summer tradition is going on vacation. As the years have gone on, it’s been more and more difficult to find a week to go somewhere, but we try really hard to make it happen.

We love the beach.

2. Vacation Plans:

Well, I hope it pans out, as we’ve already had to adjust the dates, but we are hoping to get to Isle of Palm, SC for a few days in between kids’ camps and baseball games!

IOP October 2018

We’ve stayed in Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, and Hilton Head through the years. The Charleston area is amazing. If I ever win the lottery, I’m buying a vacation home in SC!

3. Ocean, Pool, or Lake:

Well, all of the above!

We spend much of our summer at the pool….

We love a visit to a lake…(KY has many!)…

But…the ocean is my fave…

That being said, I love to look at the water…more than swim it like the kids do. I enjoy a cold beverage, a good book, and a great view!

Photo by Hadley: summer 2019

4. Summer Fashion Items:

Well, I don’t know about summer fashion, but I love to be comfortable in the summer. Honestly, most days are spent at the pool or at a ball game. So, I’m typically wearing a swim suit and cover up or tank and shorts, but I just bought this Amazon dress in two colors, and I love it.


This is my FAVORITE Amazon cover up. I have purchased it in multiple colors throughout the years. (I’m wearing it in blue in the lake photo above!)

Cover up

5. Favorite Summer Recipe:

We grill out a lot in the summer. I love that because it means Travis is doing the cooking, and I usually just make a side dish or two. Also, we love fresh fruit as an easy side dish or snack in the summer.

I’ve shared this post with some favorite sides, and it includes this pasta salad that I found on Pinterest and make often.

6. Strawberry Shortcake or Blueberry Pie:

Confession, y’all! I don’t like blueberries! My kids do, but I don’t. I will eat strawberries all day long, and we love Strawberry Shortcake.

Last year, we picked fresh strawberries, and immediately made SSC for dessert that night.

7. This Summer vs Summer 2020:

This summer will be very different than last summer. We will be at the pool again and able to socialize freely with friends, neighbors, and family.

While Hayden played baseball last summer, it was postponed and then there were tons of rules and regulations. Baseball is on track for this summer and those extra restrictions have been lifted.

Hadley’s doing swim team again since we are back at the pool.

We look forward to a “normal” summer again.

8. Favorite Sunscreen:

I typically use Neutrogena in the summer. The spray is perfect for applying to kids quickly, and the face stick is easy for application as well.

9. Favorite Summer Beverage:

I definitely up my water game during the summer.

For summer cocktails, I love White Claws, Simpler Wines (rose’!) from Trader Joe’s, and then I just found this strawberry margarita cocktail at Trader Joe’s a few weeks ago. It was a hit with all the moms at the 5th grade graduation get together 😉 We just poured it over ice. It was easy, light, and refreshing.

10. Summer Garden:

Travis did plant a few things for this summer like tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers.

Last summer, we didn’t plant a garden, but check out this zucchini from our 2019 garden. We had returned home from vacation to find this guy!

August 2019

What are you looking forward to this summer?

The topic for June is end of school traditions/summer plans:

I hope you are having a great week.

See you back here tomorrow for Friday Favorites!

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Friday Favorites {#64}

Hello! How was your week? We had a great one, but the weather has turned a bit colder with some rainy days. I was busy giving the ACT, so I felt like my week went by pretty quickly, and feel like my weekend “to do” list is pretty long.

Like always, I’m linking up with Andrea and Erika to share my favorites from the week.


My favorite moment for the week was taking these two for their annual exams and having healthy check ups. It’s not lost on me what a blessing it is to have two healthy and active kids!

Per tradition, we made a pit stop for ice cream as a post-appointment (that included middle school shots!) treat.

Kid Quote:

Hayden reached a major milestone at school, and it was so sweet hearing his enthusiasm and sweetness of reaching his goal.

Also, on a funny note, we are a little behind watching American Idol. Hayden loves to watch it with Travis and me. Anyway, last night we were watching the beginning of Tuesday’s episode when Ryan Seacrest said that (my fave!) Wyatt had to go home for personal reasons. Hayden said, “Mom! Check his ‘gram!” (and I did…not specific info–just a post from Wyatt). Kids these days…they can find out the scoop on social media as a “source.”


Travis and I were able to enjoy a few races at Keeneland to kick off our weekend. The weather was gorgeous, and he even won a couple of bets!

We’ve missed this place. During the spring and fall meets, he goes pretty often for work ( and fun), and I try to join him at least once per meet. Due to Covid, I don’t think I’ve been to Keeneland since April 2019.


We met some friends at a favorite restaurant with an awesome patio. I got the pan-seared grouper, and it was delish!

Another favorite food was Hadley made Paula Deen’s Gooey Butter Cake from the box mix I picked up when we ate at her restaurant in Nashville. It was so good! (Almost like having Paula in the kitchen!)

Clothing Item(s)

We have a couple of new clothing items as faves. We got Hadley this Universal Thread quarter zip-up pullover at Target. It’s the “lemon drop yellow” color, and she loves it. (and, because she’s 11 going on 16, she now realizes she can wear small sizes in the Women’s Department. This is a Women’s XS!) This 1/4 zip has an 80s/90s vibe, and I feel like I probably had a similar sweatshirt in 1991.

I’m loving this new dress from Amazon. It’s perfect for a spring day, church, school, and Keeneland (I’m wearing it in the photo above at the track!). It’s legit good, and the price can’t be beat. It comes in a variety of colors, and I think it’s perfect for any body type!

Other Faves:

You know when you go to the grocery store for milk and eggs, and walk out with milk, eggs, and cute springtime napkins and plates? I saw these on a recent trip to Kroger, and for a $1 each, I couldn’t pass them up! So cute.

Oh, I meant, you know when you go to the grocery store for milk and eggs, and come out with milk, eggs, cute napkins and plates, and Girl Scout cookie mini cupcakes? Again, I’d never seen these before, and picked them up. They’ve been the perfect little dessert to snack on this week, and Hadley has packed one in her lunchbox the past couple of days.

Once Easter is over, I take down my bunny door hanger, and put up my jockey silk door hanger. It’s Derby time in the Bluegrass State, y’all!

I’ve seen the prettiest flowers while out for my walks. Of course, my allergies are trying to kill me, but the flowers sure do look pretty!

As the end of the school year draws near, I was running low on lunchbox notes. I usually just search for lunchbox notes on Amazon because I love trying new ones. These arrived and are so cute. Each one is so pretty, has a sweet saying, and they are card stock quality paper.

Bonus! The insert with information said they are made by Hadley Designs! ( My Hadley thought that was so fun!

Mom Meme:

This made me laugh! There are plenty of nights where I give up and just tell everyone I’m going to bed and tell them to turn the lights out! haha

On a more “serious” note, I saw this on Facebook, and I can definitely relate. Being a mom is difficult no matter if you stay home or work outside of the home. I’ve been juggling the working mom sitch for eleven years now, so you’d think I’d have a handle on the what I’m doing. Thankfully, Travis is a very hands on dad and super helpful, but my mind never shuts off. I’m always thinking, planning, worrying, doing, and more. The kids are so busy, and we are on the go so much.

To all the moms out there, I see you. Hang in there. It sure does take a village, doesn’t it?

Bonus Fave: Flashback Friday

I posted this on National Sibling Day in April 2014, and the photo still cracks me up!

Hadley with the hugs…and Hayden wanting no part in it!

Weekly Recap:

Here are my posts from this week in case you missed one!

What do you have going on this weekend? I think we may go to my school’s baseball game, Hayden and Hadley are baking at church, and of course, Hayden has a game!

As always, thanks so much for reading.

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