Friday, May 26, 2017

Friday 5: School's Out!

Last weekend we were out of town for one of Vance's baseball tournaments. After being seated in the hotel restaurant for breakfast one morning, the waitress came over, looked directly at me, and kept saying, "Are you?...Are you?...Are you?" until I interrupted and said, "Am I what"? She stammered around for a bit before saying, "Are you their mom or their sister?" referring to the kids. Turns out she didn't know whether to offer me coffee or juice (because adults only drink coffee and kids only drink juice) and that's how she chose to go about it, not just ask what we'd like to drink. 

I know I look young, but I'm feeling pretty O L D right now because as of yesterday, I'm officially the mom of a 7th and a 4th grader. Next thing I know I'll be planning a high school graduation party and that scares the bejesus out of me. They're getting older, yes, but the fact that they still can't seem to remember to brush their teeth and are at times scared to go to the basement alone, keeps them young in my heart and mind. I'm looking forward to not over booking them with camps this summer and to just enjoy time together. Party on, Wayne!

L O V E this new shirt

I bought this hat to keep the sun off my face (because I'm old and have been noticing more sun spots), but turns out he keeps the rain off just as well. (See below)

Vance's tournament last weekend saw more rain than it did sun, but we made the best out of it!

I'm on a mad hunt for rugs and chairs! Let me know if you have a great source for either!

A friend from the bus stop made these awesome last day treats for all the mom's. (Thanks again, Jen!)  On top is a shower bomb, which I can't wait to try out! Up to this point, I had only heard of bath bombs. Have you heard of them before???

Just like last year, we silly stringed the kids when they got off the bus, which is always fun. Thinking we need to switch it up next year with water balloons and squirt guns!

Vance's birthday is this weekend and I'm looking forward to celebrating, watching him play some baseball, and especially spending time with family over the holiday weekend. Hope you have a great weekend as well.


Friday, May 12, 2017

Friday 5: Week 3 of Construction

The house has been buzzing with workers, so I've been trying to stay out during the day. I've basically been splitting time between running random errands (like having my wedding rings polished) and going to the gym. My arms are just now feeling normal after big ball day in Pilates on Monday, which I'm taking as a sign I need to keep it up at the gym even after construction is over.

What a difference bigger trim makes! Floors are mostly done and now trim and door casings are starting to go up.

Counters are in and look great! Waiting on backsplashes and cabinet painting now.

Construction isn't the only thing keeping us busy - the kids have had a full week of activities and games too. Vance was inducted to the National Junior Honors Society! There were only 23 kids inducted this year at his school and we couldn't be prouder of his hard work! 

I didn't get any pictures of Vaughn at her softball games this week, but was lucky to catch Vance on the mound and the Flower Moon in this picture. 

Another busy weekend ahead with softball and baseball games, but am looking forward to it! Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama's out there! Cheers!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Friday Five: The Past 3 Weeks

 A little bit of what's been keeping me away from here lately.

Baseball games

Numerous trips to Home Depot

The floors are being redone at the house and we're constantly looking for reasons to get out of the construction zone, so brunch at a fun, new place.

A couple of hold-ups with the flooring has put us behind schedule, which has meant staying out of the house more, but we're back on track now. Smooth sailing from here, fingers crossed!

New stress reliever because of above mentioned hold-ups

Celebrating Vaughn's 9th birthday! 

To add to everything, the kids have been off of school all week due to flooding in nearby areas. This has been the worst week to have the kids home because of the construction and not being able to move freely throughout the house. Things are looking up though - the water is beginning to recede, no more rain in the forecast, the sun is shining, and it's Cinco de Mayo! Gonna be a great weekend! 


Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday Five: Easter Weekend

Another busy week with house and kid stuff! The kid's had a half day of school yesterday and no school today, and I'm looking forward to some downtime this weekend with the fam. What else has been going on? Well, picking a white paint color is always harder than it sounds, had to take back Vaughn's jersey to have it fixed since they forgot the 'n', Muffins with Mom at Vaughn's school yesterday morning, prepping eggs for dyeing, and looking forward to Easter celebrations including more cascarones. Messy but so fun! Hope you all enjoy the weekend too. 

Friday, April 07, 2017

If Money Were No Object...

We're getting ready to have some renovations done to our house and the word budget has been popping up a lot lately, so I thought it'd be fun to make a wish list of items that are just the opposite. Yup, all of these items from DECASO are out of my budget, but as a fan of the arts, I still love to look at these beautiful antiques and designer pieces. It's worth a look if you're looking for something unique!

2. Champagne Prop Bottles (Used as a tool to show buyers the actual size of bottles)

Happy Friday, everyone! Cheers to the weekend!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Get a Grip!

New hardwood floors are in our near future which has me thinking about rugs. I'm going to need quite a few area rugs soon, which also means I'm going to need just as many rug pads too. 

My house sees a lot of action. There's always kids running around and seeing this drives me nuts:

This is the rug in the foyer and it's always out of whack, showing the ugly non-slip pad underneath. The current pad doesn't grip well and with more rugs in my future, I don't want a house full of this situation.

If you've been with me for awhile, then you know my history with smelly rugs. I have a very strong sense of smell and buying rugs and rug pads makes me nervous because so many have a chemical or rubber odor that I can't live with. However, I'm happy to say that I've found an answer. Which is a relief, because really, who wants to spend a lot of time on rug pads? Not me. 

I tried a new company, RugPadUSA, that promised a rug pad without a smell. They use ethically sourced materials - no chemicals, adhesives, or bonding agents. The pads are made in the USA, can be trimmed to your exact measurements, ship for free, and the customer service team can help advise which rug pad that's perfect for your needs. 

Since I've switched to this rug pad, I haven't had to fix my rug once and there's no smell. Win-win! While I'm still on the hunt for area rugs, I know exactly where I'll be ordering the pads from. 

RugPadUSA is offering a 5% discount on top of their current sale with the code charisa123 for today only! I encourage everyone to get a grip and take advantage of this discount!

*I was given this product for free, but all opinions are my own.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Friday 5

 - 5 things from the week - 

First things first, Happy Oscars to everyone! It's my favorite award show, and even though I'll miss most of the red carpet this year, you better believe I'll be right on time for the opening act with a glass of bubbly in my hand! Here's a printable ballot if you'd like to play along too.

I made Living with Landyn's Avocado Chicken Salad this week for a quick dinner and it was so good. Will definitely make it again!  
Photo by: Living with Landyn
I was happy to find this all white candle, with a light citrusy scent, at Target. It's exactly what my coffee table needed. 

Allergy medicine and eye drops have been my lifeline this week. I'm loving the warmer temps, but my allergies are definitely paying a price for the trees starting to do their thang. 

In an effort to declutter, I'm finally throwing the kids baby bedding out and it's definitely pulling at my heart strings. Oh, how I loved these Dwell polka dots, but it's time, and they need the closet space. 

We celebrated Vance and his induction to his school's National Honor Society this week. So proud of him and his hard work! (Kicking myself now because I didn't take a better picture that night!)

Happy weekend! Cheers!


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