Decluttering With Me...Take Two

Last month, I shared my crazy chaotic super messy office-both the before and after of the decluttering process.  Lots of you e-mailed me pictures of the progress you're making in your own home after that post.  You're doing GREAT!  If I'm being honest, my goal was one room a week but I learned pretty quickly that was a bit lofty, so now I'm shooting more for one a month.

I started at my front door...so office first and then I moved onto the front room which was crazy easy because there's hardly anything to declutter.  Decluttering this room was basically like when you add something like "Brush your teeth" to your to-do list just so you have something to cross off quickly.  It just feels good crossing it off.  RIGHT?!


You could definitely call this cabinet a "catch all".  Christmas Vacation Village House, books, candles, and workout equipment is definitely a random mix.  But somehow I managed to pull a BAG of trash out of this cabinet!  

The other set of cabinets {the lighting was BAD} houses all of our cold weather gear like scarves, gloves, beanies, etc.

For real-anyone else see so many trash bags from rooms in your house and think, "WHERE WAS I KEEPING ALL THAT STUFF?!".  I always have mixed feelings of embarrassment and shock!

Since the front room really didn't count, I moved over to the dining room as well.  

This buffet was full of randomness and look-NOW I HAVE EMPTY DRAWERS AND CABINETS!  

If you've been working on ALL THINGS DECLUTTERING-this post was meant simply to inspire you to keep going!  It's short and sweet, but just a reminder of when it's all finished we're gonna feel SO GOOD!

My guest bedroom and Britt's closet are up next!  What room are you working on next?

Here's to a weekend full of decluttering!  Have a great day!
XO

What's Up Wednesday-February 2019

Hey!  Hey!  It's the last WEDNESDAY of the month, which means it's time for What's Up Wednesday...with Sheaffer and Shay.  Did February FLY by or WHAT?


What We're Eating This Week...
Monday-We had Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Tuesday-We had ALL THE THINGS so Chopped Beef Sandwiches were on the menu and were eaten whenever you popped into the kitchen or got finished with dance, baseball practice, etc.

Wednesday-Crockpot Chicken Tacos...easy peasy!

Thursday-Baseball season begins at our house.  But first up-Slightly Sweet Sloppy Joes are a family favorite!

Friday-And I have no doubts the kitchen will be closed...dinner out!


What I'm Reminiscing About...
With Spring Break on the horizon, I've been reminiscing about one of my FAVORITE vacations EVER!  Our Spring Break 2018 Disney Land and Sea vacation with the Shull crew.  You can read about ALL our fun in...


What I'm Loving...
I'm LOVING this book and I can't shut up about it.  I wish I'd have known about it when I was potty training my older three because basically everything the author says NOT to do, I did.  It would have saved me a TON of time!  But..the point is-I'm LOVING it!


What We've Been Up To...
We took a little field trip to Peppa Pig World in Grapevine with Shay and Madeley on Friday.  The picture is super blurry but the only one I took!  SO MUCH FUN!  It's basically a big room full of preschool age appropriate things...tricycles, slides, etc. and it's all made out of soft material.  Really-a great place for preschoolers and Peppa fans!  

This week spring sports begins so we've had a bit of a break in between winter and the upcoming season.  Now, it's all sports all the time!


What I'm Dreading...
I'm not dreading a thing right now.  Great news!


What I'm Working On...
I'm in the midst of switching rooms and closets around upstairs.  I'll give you a look when it's all finished.  I'm trying my best to make things as functional as possible.


What I'm Excited About...
The Slaughters are headed back to the slopes for Spring Break this year and I'm READY!  Getting away with my people is one of my favorite things.

This is what I said last month and I'm still feeling the SAME WAY!


What I'm Watching/Reading...
I haven't watched this yet, but I heard I need to watch A Star is Born.  Have you watched??  It's on my weekend to-do list.


What I'm Listening To...
One of my college roommates was a huge Fleetwood Mac fan and she converted me.  Lately, it's been all Fleetwood Mac radio on Pandora.


What I'm Wearing...
I've been wearing these three Amazon finds on repeat...leopard on the left, camo in the center, and pink leopard on the right.


What I'm Doing This Weekend...
It's our very last weekend without ALL THE THINGS.  {And apparently, I can't stop talking about that either!}  If you can't tell, I'm doing my best to soak it up! 


What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
This!


What Else Is New...
I've been swimsuit shopping online lately and I just wanted to offer up my thoughts {without pictures-hahaha!}.  Dillard's let me down but both Cupshe and J Crew made up for it!  Just in case you're in the market for a new suit or two this summer.  I'd highly recommend taking a look at those retailers.


What's My Family's Favorite Board Game...
I've gotta be honest.  Card games like Uno are much more our jam than board games.  Dominoes would be a close second...chicken foot style.

That's all I have for today!  Hope you have the BEST Wednesday!

XO

Manda Strong

February 26th 2019, is the second anniversary of my sweet friend, Manda, seeing Jesus face to face whole and completely healed.  We miss her terribly here on earth but what an awesome day that was for Manda.

Just recently our pastor did a sermon on what heaven will be like.  The entire time I was sitting in the pew I was wiping silent tears from my eyes just thinking about how amazing it was when Manda entered her forever home.  Grief is hard.  It hits at awful times and is an emotional roller coaster, but the sermon left me feeling so full of peace.  I strongly encourage you to listen.

You can also watch Manda's Celebration of Life.  She was an inspiration to so many.  She'd want us to be living our lives the same way she lived hers...pointing others to Jesus.  This verse sums up her lifesong to me...she fought hard and kept the faith every single day.

Manda's family started the Manda Strong Foundation in her honor.  This foundation provides a Christ-centered support system for young moms battling cancer as well as helps them make memories with their families that will last a lifetime.  You can donate to this amazing organization to help them bless these moms.

I wish each of you reading could have known my friend, Manda, but I have no doubts she'll be ready to greet us as we're entering our forever home.  What a day that will be...

XO

How Erika Does...Healthy Habits

Hey Ladies!

Happy Monday!

This weekend was full of ALL THINGS POTTY TRAINING.  Tab was out of town Friday-Sunday and when he got home on Sunday afternoon he told me that I looked stressed.  I'm positive I gave him the side-eye and then it hit me...my husband is AMAZING at so many things but he has never participated in this potty training game.  He didn't get it.  Needless to say, after my answer of why I might appear stressed after a weekend of potty training solo I have no doubts he'll never mention me looking stressed again.  ;)


Once again, I'm gonna mention this book {Sorry, I can't stop talking about it}.  Everything she's suggested has definitely helped.  She has paragraphs for trouble shooting a wide variety of problems that could possibly occur during any of the building block stages.  And I'd like to say a huge THANK YOU to the readers who recommended I read the book!  When I was potty training my other three I definitely didn't know it was an option.  Anyway, if you'll be potty training soon, READ IT!

When I asked for your feedback at the end of the year, I got a lot of requests for more fitness/health related posts.  So today we're talking HEALTHY HABITS!

I did a post ALL ABOUT FITNESS in February last year.  So much of that post is still how I'm feeling today.  If you missed it, go check it out!

I'm not someone who LOVES working out.  Granted, I LOVE the way I feel AFTER I work out but the before and middle parts of working out aren't my faves.  It's important for me to be healthy and more importantly feel healthy.  I try to make it to the gym twice a week for group classes.  I absolutely love our instructor, have friends I do it with, and the workouts are tough.  But as a mom of four who works from home, I can't always make it to the gym.

When I'm working out at home, it's important for me to find workouts that are thirty minutes or less.  That's really all I've got-if I'm working out at home.  Otherwise my mind wanders to pretty much anything other than working out and I find myself shutting that video right down. 

These are my favorite at-home options right now...
Beachbody on Demand
I'm pretty sure the cost is $99.95 a year to have access to all the Beachbody workouts.  The workouts are GREAT!  They range in level, duration, workout type, and more.  I don't do the meal plan but I love having access to all these workouts from my own living room.

An example of a little 21 Day Fix...my favorite set of workouts through Beachbody.

Peloton App
I don't have the Peloton bike, BUT the Peloton app has TONS of workouts you can do at home with just a mat and your body weight.  Shay was telling me about it a few weeks ago so I decided to give it a try and I'm hooked!  My favorites so far are HIIT cardio classes {YES to a TOUGH workout in under 30 minutes!} and the yoga.  I've done several yoga videos and I've never had someone teach as well as lead like their instructors do.

If I'm working out from home, either of those apps are what I'm using.  If you have specific questions, please let me know.

If I'm working out at the gym, my view might often times look something like this.  :)

Where a yoga morning could have me looking more like this...tank and pants.

When it comes to food, I'm all about moderation.  I like cheese.  I like carbs.  I like chocolate.  You get the idea.  And I have all of those things but in moderation with a side of protein and some green veggies.  I attempted dieting or maybe I should say eliminating those unhealthy things from my diet all together and every time I did that it left my mind absolutely consumed with those items I "couldn't have".  I've found I make WAY better choices if I can have the pasta or dessert or queso along with some good for me food too.

That's really all I've got today!  I'm off to do an at-home workout so I can tackle Day #3 of potty training with Miss Britty.  I think we need one more day at home to REALLY feel good about leaving the house without diapers!

What about you??  I'd LOVE to hear your HEALTHY HABITS!

Have a GREAT day, Friends!
XO

Friday Favorites-February 2019

Hey Friends!

Narci, Andrea, and I have teamed up to share FRIDAY FAVORITES!

A FAVORITE outfit from the week...this leopard sweater, {under $20!!!-comes in three other colors.  I went with a medium...it's on the shorter side but nothing a little front tuck can't fix.  Size up if you'd like a little more length} my old jeans that are WAY too busted out in the knees but they're my absolute favorite fit {similar}, the earrings I wear ALL THE TIME, and wedge sneakers {similar}.


Have you guys heard of this brand, Isle of Paradise?  I've officially used this tanner twice and really liked it both times.  It gave me a really pretty color but it wasn't an orangey-color and it wasn't enough color that you could tell I missed a spot.  Horrible explanation but if you used self-tanners before-I think it'll make sense?

I told Shay she needed to try to ASAP BUT it's sold out everywhere and Amazon is taking full advantage and enjoying the supply/demand situation and it's PRICEY over there right now.  I'll keep you posted if it comes back in stock at a better price.  If you've tried any other products, please let me know.


I'm highlighting a new FAVORITE small business...Life and Laundry Apparel.  The business was started by two mamas who create custom workout apparel, tees, and hats.  Look how cute this LOVED tank is.   And it's on SALE NOW!  {It paired so nicely with my new workout pants.}

 Check out this tank as well!

Life and Laundry Apparel is offering you guys 30% off your order with the code SLAUGHTEREN!  EEK!  All of their fitness tanks are such a cute alternative to a solid tank I'd typically wear to the gym.


I'm adding this hat to my cart RIGHT NOW and ordering today!  

Thank you, Life and Laundry Apparel!


Okay, I talked Trader Joe's a few weeks ago and totally forgot to mention that Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.  Yes, I have it.  Thanks to Sheaffer!  I'm pretty sure she dropped some off at my house one time because friends don't let friends eat plain avocado toast.  ;)  I was walking the aisles of Costco recently and came across THIS Everything Bagel Crusted Cod.  We REALLY liked it!  My kids kept saying it tasted like chicken tenders.  MOM WIN!  I served it with veggies and everyone ate dinner with smiles on their faces!  The box comes with six large pieces of cod...I baked them all and we had one leftover.  Costco shoppers-Slaughters highly recommend this!


Did you guys see this?  The TINIEST box of wild rice made it's way to my grocery pick up earlier this week.  I need to order two other teeny boxes to have enough for my people at dinner time.



Another comfy Amazon top for the win...this one might be tunic length on some of you if you size up.  I ordered a medium and it's long but not long enough for leggings as pants, so I front tucked a little bit.  This camo top is softer than the leopard one from my Wednesday post.  It comes in other camo colorways and at under $19 a STEAL!


I FINALLY started reading this potty training book and so far I'm loving it.  So much of the entire process is about ME and MY ATTITUDE.  The author does a great job of whipping the parent into shape before we even begin.  

I spent three days a few weekends ago with Britt in panties really diving into the potty training game and then life happened and I put her in a pull-up when we went out of the house.  WRONG!  Since then I've been using the term, "we're TRYING to potty train", which the author of the book is like...NO, you're not TRYING to potty train.  You're either all in or you're not.  It's basically like the author is giving me a stern "talking to" to gear me up.

Needless to say, it was just the push I needed.  If you're in the same spot and needing a push I highly recommend this book!

That wraps up my favorites from the week!  We have some kid fun planned tonight...you know full of a fun spot that smells like dirty kid feet and then a relaxing weekend before ALL THE SPRING sports begin!  Happy Friday!

XO


Sale Round-Up

It's that time of year when all stores are really marking down all things winter to make room for all the spring goodies.  You might be someone who only shops in the current season and if that's you, then keep on scrolling...but if not, there are some GREAT sales to be had right now!  If you're looking to stock up for next year or just find a few treasures to wear right now until it {FINALLY} warms up, I have some goodies to highlight.

This Anthropologie turtleneck is on major sale!  I recommend typical sizing for this one.  And don't forget about these fur booties on sale too!  Perfect for next year or an upcoming ski vacation.  ;)

This beanie is on sale for under $8!  I really should stock up for Christmas gifts next year!  It comes in one other colorway as well.

These wedges are a GREAT price...mine are the "antique green".

This top isn't on sale, but it's such a great price already you can't go wrong.

Okay, I LOVE the look of these heels BUT they were not the best shoe for me to wear in New York City.  I'm certain there's a video of me floating around somewhere where I'm attempting to walk without moving my feet.  {BECAUSE THEY WERE IN PAIN!}  If you have toes of steel and are looking for a super cute heel, GET THESE!  They're on sale and SO CUTE!  If you don't have toes of steel {no judgement, I learned in NYC I don't either} then check out these heels.  On sale too and almost an inch more manageable. My jumpsuit is here.

These leggings are on MAJOR SALE!  {And they come in other patterns as well.}

 My SHEAFFER top is on sale too!  Along with these booties for a GREAT price-under $50!

Hope you guys take advantage of those prices!  Our family is heading to the mountains for Spring Break so I'm snagging a few other winter items {at great prices} for that trip.  Happy Thursday, Everyone!

XO

Mom Uniform

Hey Ladies!

Happy Wednesday!

I thought I'd pop on today to share a typical "Mom Uniform" in Erika world.  :)

This leopard sweatshirt comes in a wide variety of colors, is from AMAZON, and is a great price.  I grabbed a medium {in the camel} and I'd say it looks like a sweatshirt but it feels more like a regular shirt.  The weather is kind of all over the place here in Texas so this can be worn with shorts on warmer days this spring and paired with jeans and fur booties on the cold days.  Oh, and the earrings you're seeing ALL THE TIME!

Another peek at my look.

 On this particular day, I forgot to grocery pick-up so I had to run to the store to grab stuff for dinner that night.  This is us at 4:30 p.m. grabbing something super quick for dinner with my favorite shopping buddies.

Sometimes we find creative ways to tackle the checkout line.

What happens when you send three hungry girls to the store right before dinner time.
#allthecheese

One of my favorite quick dinners to whip up in the kitchen are these Steak and Wedge Burgers by my bestie, Shay.  Everyone in our family likes them.   I usually make these on the griddle for a quick meal.  I've got no skills on the grill and that way we're not waiting for Tab to get home from work before dinner can even be made, so my tip is I throw all six burgers on the griddle and they're done in no time.  On this particular night, I grabbed that deviled egg tray because my boys LOVE deviled eggs and I'm only making those on special occasions.  I should tell you after our meal there were only two deviled eggs that didn't get eaten!  

I don't know what has happened to me and Ebby Lee.  The last THREE boxes of brownies we've tried to make have turned out weird...like super crazy chewy.  It's like we keep missing the same step or something.  So, this batch of brownies...well, let's just say everyone fought over the middle pieces because the outside pieces could have broken a tooth.  Aren't you jealous of our baking skills?  ha!

Hope you enjoyed a look at my "Mom Uniform" and a family favorite quick meal.

XO