Brantley and Grayson’s Spa Slumber Party

On Friday night, we hosted sixteen 7, 8, and 9-year-old girls for a spa slumber party to celebrate Brantley and Grayson’s birthdays.  Since their birthdays are less than a month apart, they’ve been sharing a birthday party- their choice- for years!  The girls were really excited about their spa theme, and I was just interested in keeping it as simple and low maintenance as possible, ha! I found the invitations and printables on etsy, and was able to customize them myself[Read more]

Happy Birthday, Brantley Girl!

Nine years ago today, we were blessed beyond belief as Miss Brantley Parrish entered this world and made me a mother.  She has grown and changed and challenges me daily, and I couldn’t possibly be more proud of her.  She is a natural born leader and a first-born through and through.  She is smart, loyal, helpful, creative, brave, independent, athletic, head-strong, respectful, stubborn, and challenging, and 100% just. like. me.  She makes crazy some days, but when I think about her[Read more]

#LutonSummerBucketList2018

Hello Friends!  IT’S SUMMMMMMMERRRRRR!!  Anyone else as excited as I am that you don’t have to struggle through morning routines for the next 2 months??!  I can drink my coffee quietly at my computer while my kiddos watch tv.  And they can even make their own breakfast now!  BEST. SUMMER. EVER!! We had a great end to the school year and a great weekend.   On Friday, the kids all had their last day parties, and I was so proud of[Read more]

Happy Birthday, Gracie Girl!

Seven years ago today, we were blessed with our sweet little six-pound Grayson Caroline.  She is a free-spirit, the sweetest little soul, a wild card, a nurturer and lover, a natural caregiver, a doting sister, and happiness embodied in child form.  Over the last seven years, we’ve learned so much from our second born, and I thought I’d just share some of the highlights today.  Happy Birthday, my girl, you have filled our lives with sunshine and shopkins and we have[Read more]

To All the Moms on Mother’s Day

Ten years ago this weekend, I had the worst Mother’s Day of my life.  A month prior, I saw those two blue lines on a pregnancy test, and started plotting and planning about how my life was about to change with a new baby and motherhood looming.  Then all hopes and dreams were dashed in a sterile doctor’s office, as I saw the baby but heard no heartbeat.  And two days before Mother’s Day, 2008, I was in the hospital[Read more]

Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide + Weekly Meal Plan

Has Mother’s Day snuck up on you too?  Can you believe it’s less than a week away?!  Well, never fear, I am the queen of the last minute gift!  I am the worst at having the greatest gift-giving intentions, and then, uh-oh, it’s three days before the big day and I haven’t bought a thing.  So if you’ve procrastinated too, I have some great gift ideas that you can order this week and have in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday.[Read more]

Easter Leftovers, Repurposed

If you’re anything like me, you may or may not have about 13 various tupperware containers full of Easter leftovers in your fridge.  My mom and I made tons of food, and as usual, there was plenty leftover!  And like my dad and I were discussing, eating leftovers is a good thing when you had a really great meal that you want to partake in for a second (or third!) time.  But eating leftovers is not nearly as fun when you’re[Read more]

Easter Weekend Recap

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend- He Lives!  The kids had Good Friday off, which made for a great start to our Easter weekend, and to our Spring Break.  Here’s a bit of a recap of our beautiful Easter weekend! It was nice to take it easy on Friday morning.  Ben “built a factory” with his legos.  This kid LOVES his legos! While Brantley was playing Barbies, Gracie was watching tv and snuggling Dolly. But after[Read more]

Hello (Good) Friday!

Hello friends!  Happy (GOOD!) Friday, and first day of #LUTONSPRINGBREAK2018!!! I could not possibly be more pumped that we get one extra day of Spring Break starting today!! We are looking forward to resting and relaxing, cleaning up the house a bit, my parents coming into town for the weekend and for some Easter fun, and then for them to TAKE THE KIDS BACK TO BLUE RIDGE WITH THEM FOR A FEW DAYS!!  Scott and I will have two full[Read more]

Valentine Ideas for the Kids

The kids always get super excited to pick out Valentines for their friends and classmates each year.  Of course, it stressed me out a bit, wanting to find something cute and unique, but not too expensive or labor-intensive!  So I Go straight to the source, and Pinterest never lets me down!  Here are some cute ideas that are a little bit different that we may or may not be using for our class Valentines this year: You’re a KOOL Valentine[Read more]

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