Weekend Recap + Weekly Meal Plan

Hi, Friends!  I hope you were able to have some fun, active time and some down time like we did.  We had a beautiful Saturday, full of soccer, baseball, and sunshine, and a lazy, rainy Sunday, which was perfect for watching movies, doing laundry, and baking bread!  Here’s a little look at our weekend. Scott was out of town Friday night and back late Saturday, so the kids and I were on our own for two soccer games and a baseball game![Read more]

Happy Friday: Spring Break Recap

Every Friday is a Happy Friday around here, but we are wrapping up our Spring Break, and I am so sad!  Not having to set the alarm clock and get everyone up and ready, but instead having slower mornings and plenty of time for rest and play has been so nice.  The silver lining, though?  The school year is almost over!!  Man, is that hard to believe! The kids have played SO WELL together about 90% of break (and that[Read more]

73 Questions

Have you seen the 73 Questions YouTube posts like this one?  Now, I’m not going to make Scott chase me around the house while he asks me a bunch of questions he probably already knows the answers to, but I will write it all out in a blog post!  Want to know more??  Follow along! 1.Were you named after anyone? Halfway.  My parents just liked the name Amanda (most popular name in 1982, the year I was born), and my[Read more]

Chattanooga Field Trip + Weekly Meal Plan

Hello Friends!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend!  Ours started out crazy and then slowed down considerably which was wonderful. My mom came into town on Thursday night to help with the kids so that I could go on an all-day field trip with Brantley and her FOCUS class.  Scott had an event all day Friday and was unable to take the other kids to school, so Bammy picked up the slack and then some!  I wanted to share[Read more]

What I’m Giving Up for Lent

As of yesterday March 1st, it’s officially Lent season.  And as I have been actively working on (in?) my faith for a while now, I thought it would be appropriate for me to make the sacrifice and give up something for Lent this year. Lent is the 40 days leading up until Easter, reflecting the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus fasted and suffered in the desert before he started His ministry.  According to the Bible, he was tempted[Read more]

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Month: My Miscarriage

It’s hard to imagine these days, with my hours filled with carpool lines, cheerleading uniforms, legos, the toothfairy, sight words, and bedtimes, that there was a time of great loss in my life.  It’s hard to imagine when I look in the eyes of my three healthy children, that there was a time when I wasn’t sure that I would become a mother at all.  In honor of Pregnancy & Infant Loss Month, I thought I would repost my own personal connection to[Read more]

Brantley’s 7th Birthday

Last month, our big girl turned seven!  Her birthday was on a Saturday, and since Scott had an out-of-town work conference in Louisville, Kentucky the same weekend, we decided to treat Brantley to a little trip out of town by herself with mom and dad!  We didn’t tell her the big surprise until the day before, and she was SO EXCITED when she found out that she was going to get a special big girl trip for her special day!![Read more]

Brantley and Grayson’s Outdoor Movie Birthday Party

Since Brantley’s and Grayson’s birthdays are only 3 weeks apart, for the past four years we have combined their birthday parties, and had one big party for them together.  I offered them each the opportunity to have their own much smaller parties this year, but instead of two small ones, they wanted one big one again.  No problem by me, I said, and we started brainstorming!  I had been wanting to try an outdoor movie, and thought this would be the perfect[Read more]

#LutonsLoveSummer2016: Summer Bucket List

We made it!  It is officially summer in the Luton house, and has been since about 3:45 last Friday afternoon!  I was not completely sure I was going to make it through the last week of school with about 10 billion things going on, but we did!! I swear I baked about 400 cupcakes and gave out 650 teacher gifts, got about 2.5 hours of sleep, squeezed in two birthdays, three parties, a water day, ear piercing, and even got[Read more]

Mom-Preneurs

I am so very, very proud to be a stay at home mom.  It is not for every mom, and that is absolutely okay, but it has been a dream of mine since I was a little girl.  I have always wanted to stay at home and raise my children, just like my mom did.  And despite the daily struggles, the ugly moments, and the times I just want to crawl back in bed and shut the door, I honestly would not trade my[Read more]

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