Thursday, February 22, 2024

Boys and Girls Clothes

Thought I'd change it up this week and talk boys and girls clothes!!

These are the shorts that I buy 5 pairs of every year for Grady. He wears them year round IYKYK! But they are comfortable, don't stain easily, hold up well and and easy to wash/dry. Gotta get them now while they have his size. Also, I love the tees from here too. So easy to throw on and look as put together for a five year old boy as you can. 

Go ahead and put me on repeat. My kids live in these shoes all summer. Grady has about 10 pairs of navy - one in every size since he was tiny. Ha! Molly Anne chooses a different color every year. Never have great luck with the sparkly ones FYI. 



These are the best girls bathing suits. They don't fade and they hold up well over the years. 



Isn't this dress adorable?!



Best place for girl's headbands!


Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Wal-Mart + versus In Home

I was so curious as to what the deal was with Wal-Mart Plus before I signed up right before Christmas, I figure others may wonder too. So here's what I've learned. 

Wal-Mart + is $98/year but you can get it for $49 at different times of the year. Wal-Mart plus is when you can get free delivery at a set hour that you choose during the day. I think you have to order about 4-5 hours ahead depending on how busy they are. You get your delivery within that one hour time frame you chose by someone in a random car kinda like Uber but these folks get paid by Wal-Mart to do the delivery. And...you have to tip. I usually do $5 or if it's a big order $10. I don't do 20% of the order because that is just crazy and no one I've talked to does that either. These folks will put your order in front of your garage, on a side porch or on your front door step.  

Wal-Mart + In Home is an additional $40/year. But the key here is that you do not tip. Also, a Wal-Mart employee does the drop off in a Wal-Mart van and they'll put it on your doorstep or bring it in to your kitchen for you. Here are the cons - you have to pick a 9am-1pm or 2pm-6pm order delivery window. I'm never home for those four hours straight ever. I did the 30 day trial and I couldn't use it one time over those weeks.

So back to regular ole Wal-Mart + for me. I also occasionally still pick up at the store if it's early in the morning and not on a weekend.  

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Two New Products from Derm

Saw my dermatologist recently (Melissa Boothe, PA - for those that live in Charlotte). Everyone on the mom's group on FB spoke so highly of her. I've seen her a couple of times and really like her. She complimented my skin this time and told me she could tell I had really taken care of it. 

I must admit...it's hard for me being at the beach all summer but I have been very good about using face sunscreen every day. I also try not to part my hair when I'm in the sun. Yes, I'm bad about wearing a hat. As my kids have gotten older and one of them can do their own sunscreen, I've been wearing more sunscreen. I know that's ridiculous but it's true. 

Anyway, back to this visit, she noticed my skin was dry and suggested this body wash. So far I really like it. It's kind of boring. I definitely prefer my Method body washes for smell but I also don't want dry skin! Maybe this for winter only?! 

The face lotion that she suggested is pretty wonderful. They make a tinted version as well but I'm just sticking with this for now. I put it on every evening and let my face soak it in. My makeup has sunscreen in it which is what I put on every morning. 

Yes I'm crazy about dermatologist visits. It took me awhile to find one that actually looked me up and down (my first gal that I loved retired).  No shame in my game - check me everywhere. Too much family history not to! So, here's your reminder - go get your annual skin exam!


Monday, February 19, 2024

Last Minute Weekend At The Beach

I really felt terrible last Thursday and Friday but as you all know, Moms don't have time to be sick. I got my act together to pick up the kids from their half day on Friday. I worked Thursday living on Ibuprofen that day too. 


We ended up staying home Friday then Saturday morning going to the beach. We were going to go on Friday but I didn't have it in me. The kids had off today so we wanted to make a long weekend. We ended up with a good weekend anyway. 

We were able to see the boat lift which was just put in. As you can tell, it's still not finished. We have to get power out to the lift, it needs to be evened out, a panel needs to be swapped from wood to metal etc. They shifted our dock and the pilings over to make room for the lift. It's going to be great to have it all finished for this Summer. 


Still enjoying the new landscaping and fence. The sod is zoysia grass so it'll look better in the spring. It's hearty for the salty environment. It's a long story why the gate at the dock jets out but that's how it is. But I love having the fence, so much safer for kids. Between that and our new back porch, we are in business! Beach places are a never ending funnel of money! So much more wear and tear. 


I love this sign my parents gave me a couple of years ago. I have it sitting on our chest of drawers there. 


Yesterday it was chilly but Mills had himself a day. We walked then took him to the east end to play on the beach. 












Then we headed to lunch, the Myrtle beach outlets, bass pro shop and more shops. Just getting some errands done. Did you all know there's a Lululemon outlet in Myrtle Beach? It's basically a big sale aisle at a regular store. Same pricing. 



Had dinner at Maria's. Working some this morning then driving back. Busy week ahead for work. Talk soon. 


Friday, February 16, 2024

Valentine's Day Recap

Wanted to do a quick Valentines Day recap. I volunteered at my friend Ashley's widow outreach project. She has a flower business and her creations are stunning. In 2021 she started putting together arrangements for widows in the community. It has built to now over 1,000 in the Charlotte area receiving flowers, gifts from local businesses and a card showing that they are loved. It is quite the production of a lot of good people, a lot of donations and a whole lot of love. 






It was so much fun making arrangements with friends! I got to see other friends there as well. It is such a special and wonderful event. 




Vinny, the Panthers DJ, played tunes for us.  Then Hilary and I got to go deliver a bunch of arrangements. It is such a special event and I'm thankful I got to participate. We need more good in all of our worlds! 


Valentine's Day was also the 100th day of school. I guess it wasn't cool for the boys of Kindergarten to dress up because he didn't want to. Bummer! Molly Anne wore her robe over her hearts! She had girls on the run that day too. 


I'm kind of going backwards! Here are all of the treats that morning from Kevin and I! Julie brought them cake pops too. 




It was a fun day. We ended it with breakfast for dinner and did heart shaped waffles and pancakes with eggs, sausage and scrapple. Yum! 

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Thursday Five

ONE - this simple $15 tee is so good. And it seems long enough too. Comes in a bunch of colors and love the big puff sleeve. I'm going to probably hang dry or dry on low so it doesn't become short! 



TWO - these jeans are super cool with heels or sneakers. 


THREE - my favorite work shoes 30% off. 


FOUR - may have to slip over to the mall and get this dress for a work dinner coming up. It's classic for any occasion. 




FIVE - laughing that my friend Hilary made me try hers on the other night because these pants are THAT good!!! I got mine in the mail this week. I'm so happy about them. I don't love the jogger look because it feels too something to me. But these are so buttery soft and they're perfect to put on when you'd wear leggings. I'd say they feel like pajama pants but you can wear them out of the house like leggings! Get your regular size. 



Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Intentions

Parenting is a weird and personal thing isn't it? We can sit back and judge but there's usually always more to the story on why people do things. 

The kids had Ms. Becky watch them both when they were babies. We LOVE Ms. Becky and she taught me so much about being a Mom. She never meant to I don't think but she was full of good information and I always tried to listen. The best thing I remember -

It's all about intention. As long as you have good intentions, all should be good. 

Isn't that something? She's spot on and I think about it often. 

It came up recently because I sent Grady to school and then the school nurse called me and told me he had a he fever about 4 hours into the day. I felt terrible for him and for the fact that I may have exposed other kids. But I didn't know! And I didn't have bad intentions sending him to school that day. I honestly just didn't have a clue he didn't feel good. 

But he got it from a friend then two other boys got it. And I felt so much guilt over the whole thing. They also could have gotten something by going to Target or wherever. I mean it was January and at school with 16 kids in the class. Don't worry I didn't beat myself up too much. I did feel badly though. 

All about those intentions. Keep them good and do the right thing! I'm trying and we can all do our best!