Friday Faves!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Woohoo it's FRIDAY!!!  I've been in a workshop all week that's lasted every day until 3:30 and while I've learned a lot, getting back into the school routine has been tough!  I've got two weeks left of summer, and I plan to enjoy every day!  Dustin and I have a vacation planned that we booked/paid for in March and I've been looking forward to that for MONTHS!!!

And just a reminder that we are keeping out PayPal account open for donations.  If you wish to donate, you can give through  We are so unbelievably appreciative of the generosity shown to us!

Now, for my FAVORITES from this week!

 I'm desperately in need of some new back to school clothes, so I picked this dress up from a local boutique.  (This dress is similar.)  I loved the solid color and style because I felt it was very Meghan Markle-esque!  (I've had lots of questions about my shoes before.  I bought them last year? at Nordstrom.  They don't carry them anymore, but here's a link to them for a cheaper price!!)

 Sunday night I threw Dustin a family birthday party, and it was a Braves baseball theme!  I served "ballpark food" and I had recorded the Braves game from earlier that day and it was on during the party.  The cake was SO GOOD!!  I told Dustin that once we have a baby, I'll quit throwing him the themed birthday parties haha!

Wednesday we had our physicals scheduled, which are required for our home study.  Those we scheduled in the evening, so once I finished with my workshop that day, I threw on workout clothes and went to the park to walk.  I love listening to podcasts while I walk and that day I was listening to one from Risen Motherhood--I've been listening to RM podcast for almost a year now in preparation for when we have children!  (Side note: I live in a small small in that as I was walking at the park, my dad pulled up to play disc golf with his friend.  I laughed because only in a small town do you run into your parents!)

 Out running errands 😊

Last Friday I went to Birmingham to meet up with my bestie and our old college women's minister, Kim!  I still remember when Janie and I walked into the Baptist Campus Ministries (BCM) in August 2007.  And here we are 11 years later and we are still friends with all of our friends we made at the BCM and with Kim!!  I'm a huge advocate of getting involved in a campus ministry in college!

And for my FAVORITE song of the week...

Take Me Out to ShaneyFIELD!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

We celebrated Dustin's birthday Sunday night since we'll be gone on our vacation on his actual birthday.  I'm a HUGE sucker for throwing a themed-birthday party.  I LOVE THEM!  My mom always threw my sister and I themed birthday parties, so I told Dustin that this is most likely his last year of getting a themed party since hopefully next summer we'll have a baby!!!

I realized a few things about Sunday night:
1. I need to take more pictures
2. I need to document that people actually attended

Dustin loves watching the Braves and this season has been extra fun watching them since they've been pretty good!  Because of that, I threw him an Atlanta Braves Baseball Party!!

 We grabbed a quick picture before the party started and I'm glad we did because this was our only one all night!

The rest of the pictures are food set-up.  I decided to serve "ballpark food" aka food you'd buy in the ballpark.

 One of the foods I served was a Frito pie.  I went ahead and got the trays prepped with the fritos so our guests only had to add the cheese and chili if they wanted.  I ordered these trays on Amazon!

 I ordered the baseball plates and napkins from Amazon and had those set out at the beginning of the line.  Then I borrowed two tiered galvanized stands to set out hotdogs and bags of chips.  Dustin grilled the hotdogs early, and I wrapped them in foil in their buns--kind of like when you buy them at a ball field.

 This was the other side.  The hotdogs went on the bottom tiers of both stands and condiments went in the red tray on the right.

 You can't really see it on the sign, but it says "Welcome to ShaneyField"--I loved it!  I had out a bucket of Cracker Jacks and a few bags of Big League Chew as favors.  The cake was out of this world delicious!!!

Happy early birthday, D, and I can't wait to celebrate your real birthday at the beach!!

Making a List of Baby Must-Haves

Monday, July 16, 2018

Hi friends!!!

I need your help today--I'm starting to make a list of baby must-haves that I can keep my eye open for!  So if you have any recommendations or advice, then I'd love to hear it?

Below is a list of random questions I've come up with...
-What is are the must-haves in a nursery?  
A monitor...yes, but a diaper genie...probably not.

-Favorite diaper bag?  
(I'm thinking a backpack would be easiest to tote around.)

-Swaddles with the velcro sides??
-Do babies still use pacifiers?
-How many crib sheets will I need?
-Sound machine?
-Do I get blackout curtains or can you train a baby to sleep without those curtain?
-Favorite bath time stuff?

**Are there any other items that you feel were lifesavers to you during the first few months?


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