Thursday Thoughts

Periodically, I tend to share a brain dump of what's floating around in this head of mine and apparently, today is the day.  I like to get way ahead for the week on the weekend when it comes to this blog space.  If I work just a bit then my week goes so much smoother BUT...I'm looking at you, ATT U-Verse, my internet was OUT all weekend so I'm writing this on Wednesday afternoon.

*Tab and I are in the middle of season two of Yellowstone and we can't get enough!  We've never been the type of couple who binge watch shows past our bedtimes because we get SLEEPY!  No matter what we're watching, BUT with Yellowstone we get tempted.  #westillgetsleepytho   I realize we're about two years late on the Yellowstone trend, but we're officially in the obsessed phase.  I've already decided Tab is getting nothing but Carhardt for Christmas, have contemplated dying my hair red like Beth Dutton, and cannot wait to book us a trip to Yellowstone.  Sign us up!  Have you watched?  A few things...1. It's definitely rated R!  2. There might be a better place to watch, but we couldn't find it.  We had to buy the seasons on Amazon Prime.  3. It somewhat reminds me of that mini series, Hatfields and McCoys, that was on years ago.  We loved that one too and Yellowstone is no different.

*On the subject of shows, I'm watching Homeland on my own as I work, clean, do laundry, etc. and I just finished season one.  I.  Am.  Shook.   It's also rated, "R", just like to put that out there.  Typically, I prefer light and fluffy but these intense dramas are changing my mind.  On to season two!

*One more show we must discuss...BIG BROTHER!  Where are my BB fans?  I'm watching this season and so far it's a little meh.  I get it.  As an All-Star, they all want to leave the house and feel good about their game play so there's more real-life happening in front of us versus "game play" actions which just isn't as entertaining when you're watching.  What do you think?  Who are you cheering for?  I keep waiting for someone to make a big move!  Who's gonna do it first?  Right now, I'm a Cody fan and am hoping he goes all the way this time!  But there's still lots of time for that to change.

*I've shared before I have bad meat issues.  I'm very self-aware.  My new go-to super quick dinner meal involves Trader Joe's Argentinian Shrimp.  It comes frozen, defrosts quickly, and can be used so many ways!  Our favorite way is to bacon wrap them and bake them or air fry them.  Super easy and super quick!  Just yesterday {Wednesday}, I grocery pick up'd with plans of making chicken tacos for dinner and the chicken was no where to be found in my order.  Out of stock!  My back up meal involved that TJ shrimp!  And Britt Slaughter asked for THIRDS on her shrimp!  THIRDS!

*Yesterday my blog post was all about tween girl clothes...where to shop, what we've found, and I asked for your recommendations.  You should check out the comments!  I was gonna Insta Story to  share some of those items we've found but I still get stage fright on IG stories and I talked myself out of it.  #hahahaha  So, let's try again today, shall we?

*I should add-that IS if my face looks better.  I got a little laser treatment that targets large pores done yesterday and forgot how red and blotchy and swollen I look afterwards.  It'll look so much better in a few days but for now, I'm kind of a mess.

*Have you tried my favorite coffee?  The Green Mountain Southern Pecan coffee pods!!  I have only found it at Wal-Mart and Amazon, but maybe you can find them at Target too?  I just took a pause from this brain dump and made myself an afternoon cup. 

*Speaking of coffee, I'm using my "It's an 'Add to Cart' Kind of Day" mug and that reminds me lots of you asked about where Marla got it.  If you have no clue what mug I'm talking about, you can read that post here.  And if you're interested in the mug, I can't find the exact one but this one is very similar.

*Taking a hard right turn {just go with it}, let me tell you about one of the nastiest, grossest things I've experienced during my mom life.  We have a closet under our stairs and for years it's been known as "the shoe closet".  The kids all had bins in there with their shoes but periodically we'd have to clean it out because they always end up tossing their shoes and it gets really messy.  Please know we just tweaked it and now they're keeping their shoes in their closets.  ANYWAY, the other day I opened the closet to put something in there and got a whiff of the NASTIEST smell.  Like, I was certain a small mammal had died inside this closet-kind of bad smell.  I started moving things to find the culprit and discovered Nixon's fishing backpack.  It wreaked of something and when I opened the bag there were leftover bacon and hot dogs from his last fishing trip inside just rotting at room temperature in our house.  HOW DISGUSTING!!  It was so bad we chucked the entire backpack in the garbage.

*Please tell me you have a gross Mom story like that in your house to make me feel better!

*I have one more nasty smell story for you.  A couple weeks ago we had a crazy, busy evening so I made Ebby Lee dinner to-go to eat in the car as we drove over to Bowen's baseball game.  Her dinner included meatballs and broccoli.  And it happened to be crazy hot.  Remember that-that part of the story is important.  She didn't eat much and left her plate sitting in the car while we got out to watch Bowen's game.  I didn't notice a thing that evening and she tossed the plate when we got home.  Well, the next morning it was like the hot broccoli had decided to curl up and get cozy in the very depths of the carpet of my Suburban.  It was SO BAD I thought a pack of raw chicken had accidentally slipped under the seats of my car.  UGH!  The aroma of old, hot broccoli took DAYS to air out.  DAYS!

*Have you decorated your house for fall?  I'm thinking I'm going to haul all my stuff out in the next day or so to decorate.  Because it's fall, y'all!  

*FYI, I don't think I've ever said, "Y'all", in real life.  Missouri falls somewhere in between the north and south when it comes to phrases, "you guys", is way more popular.  Do you say y'all or you guys where you live?

Thanks for reading my Thursday Thoughts!  Have the BEST day!
XO

Tween Girl Mom Help

 This post is brought to you by one mom of a tween who's searched EVERYWHERE for really cute, appropriate eleven-year-old girl clothing.  I hope my searches can help someone else out there as well!   

Ebby Lee, about two days before her virtual middle school life began, decided she needed to really go through her closet and get rid of everything that looked too elementary.  She was super sweet, coming from a wanting-to-fit-into-middle-school-kind of way.  Isn't that what middle school is all about?  Blending in...or at least that was my main goal when I entered middle school.

Needless to say, we've been on the hunt for some clothes that aren't too elementary but also aren't giving off the high school vibes either.  We've been laser focused for those tweener-type clothes perfect for the middle school days.  And I'm happy to report we've found some cute things!  So happy, in fact, I'm hoping to help you as well.  :)

In no particular order...{Edited to add-I had these in graphics with photos but they would not publish correctly.  Boo!  I'll try to add pictures over on Instagram today!}

J.Crew is always one of my favorite go-to places but now I have to be very particular about what I'm selecting.  These were all wins...white top, green dress, and leopard flats.

Zara was recommended by a friend and this leopard print top was a top pick!

Nordstrom always comes through with some goodies like these wide leg jeans, stripe top, ruffle sleeve top, and thermal option.

Old Navy didn't disappoint us in the sweater, top, and cardigan department!

Now my girl is SET for this school year! 

Moms of tween girls, please help me add to this list!  Where do you like to shop for your girls?  Do you know of any boutiques that focus on this age group?  If so, please leave the website in the comments!

Thank you for reading!
XO

Our Weekend in Pics

Hey!  Hey!  Hey!

How was your weekend?  Ours began with the cutest little T-WRECKS tee-ball team playing baseball while the Slaughter family cheered them on!  They were THE cutest!  It's hard to remember my boys being so small.

These two are our neighbors {each on opposite sides} and they happen to think my boys are the "big boys" on the street.  We went to dinner at Local Yocal in downtown McKinney and then made our way over to the ballfields to cheer.  These boys will go to kindergarten with Britt next year.  :)

Man, oh man...this whole "big kid" thing happens quickly.  I know when you're in the trenches with little kids it's easy to wish for them to be a little bigger.  Mamas, trust me...it'll be here before you know it!

When we got home after the game, we realized our internet and television were both out.  Of course, it HAD to happen on the first big Saturday of college football.  Womp!  Womp!  The technician wasn't available until Sunday so Saturday we had to change our plans a bit.


My parents arrived late, late, late Friday night but were up early for the first football game of the day watching Nixon and the Irish.  They played two games back to back so we did a little carpooling and my parents took Bowen over to watch him play...
flag with the Tigers!

Nix and I made it to Bowen's game with three plays left in the game.  I'm going to be splitting my game watching every Saturday.  {Pssst....my tee is this one.}

Bowen and his little team kicked off the season with a WIN!

He was so pumped to be back on the field!

I'm not sure who was more excited my parents were in town...my parents or my kids.  :)

M came to watch all the Saturday action too!

Instead of grilling and watching football, we walked around the neighborhood, ordered pizza, and fished in the lake.  Meanwhile, we saw these hot air balloons Saturday morning and again that evening.

One group saw us down on the street below and waved.  

MADE.  HER.  DAY.

 Sunday was LAUNCH Sunday at our church so all the kids moved up to their new classes.  It felt so good to be back in the building!  Afterwards, the internet technician got us all straightened out, but it lead me to question, "How'd we ever live without the internet?".  Really?  We ended the weekend with two evening baseball games for Nixon and began our week really tired.  #truestory

Hope your weekend was a great one!  See you tomorrow!
XO

Friday Favorites-9.11.20



Hello, WEEKEND! 

Why, oh why do those short weeks always feel twice as long as a regular week?  It seems wrong but it happens every time.  Needless to say, I'm glad to see Friday has arrived.  My parents are coming to visit this weekend so we have lots of fun in store.

Andrea and I have teamed up to bring you Friday FAVORITES!  I've got a little mix of FAVORITES from my week.

First up, is this FAVORITE picture from our Labor Day.  We spent the day at pool with friends, grilled at our house for dinner, and ended lake side.  The perfect way to end a long holiday weekend.

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Britt started Pre-K on Tuesday and going to school is her new FAVORITE!  Things look a little different at preschool, and I was a bit nervous about how she'd handle the changes.  But, one thing I've learned this week is how much she's matured emotionally over the last six months.  She's handled it all so well!


Day two of Pre-K was just as exciting!  She was READY!  Until we got in my car to head over...

Not a FAVORITE, that's for sure.  I had one of those moments where I wanted to call my parents to ask them to just take care of it.  

Basically, this meme sums up my thoughts.  Just for the record, I didn't call my parents.  #butiwantedto


Day 3-she asked for beachy waves like Ebby Lee and instantly she looked fifteen.

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Did you see my FAVORITE clothes haul from the week?  This sweater along with lots of Game Day Gear were highlighted and are perfect for FALL!

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The weather here in North Texas was absolutely AMAZING yesterday...a definite FAVORITE!  It was cool and cloudy and absolutely perfection.  

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I hope you have the BEST weekend!
XO

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Are You Ready for Some....and a little Extra

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??

#kindof #maybe #iguessitdependsonwhereyoulive

We got home from dinner after it had already started but our alma mater, Arkansas State University, was one of the team's kicking off the 2020 season this past Saturday against the University of Memphis.  Live sports was one of the things I realized I missed during quarantine {and to be honest-it was one of those things I didn't even realize I liked that much until it was gone}.  I vowed to enjoy live sports more when they're on!  Because ten-year-old son PLEASE don't make us watch another recorded old football game.  PLEASE!  All that to say, I'm pumped about football returning, College Game Day on Saturday mornings and cooler temps!!

Tab and I both graduated from Arkansas State University and since we don't live close, well there isn't a lot of hype about Arkansas State University here in north Texas.  

Basically, when my kids are on a sports' team that has fun gear, I'm ALL about it.  Which leads me to...
LSU fans, look what I found!  Bowen's playing on the Tigers flag football team so this is perfect for watching on Saturday mornings.


Nixon's team is the Irish and I guess I'll be wearing this cropped tee with high waisted jeans, shorts, or leggings in my Saturday morning rotation as well.




Nixon has been a Sooner fan for YEARS so our football game watchin' usually involves OU when I saw this sweatshirt on sale, I grabbed it too.


If you're a college football fan, have you checked out all the goodies on Tailgate?  They're a division of American Eagle and have really cute, vintage looking MLB, NFL, NBA, and NCAA gear!  Be sure to check out what's on sale!

My friend, Kristen, shared this sweater that can be dressed up or dressed down and due to the holes is perfect for fall days.  

This leopard henley is perfect for those fall days that aren't too cool which is what we're having.  #leopardisaneutralright

I grabbed a small in all of those tops and felt like they were very true to size, but if you want a more oversized look in anything, then I'd size up.

I got lots of questions about these sneakers you can barely see in this picture from my post on Tuesday.  I've scanned the internet looking for these.  They're old and I can't find them anywhere.  They are this brand and they have a whole new line-up of options for fall/winter.

How's it looking where you live?  Is your team gearing up this season?  If so, who are you rooting for?  

XO

Let's Look-My School Pictures

Hey!  Hey!  Hey!

Shay and I are Let's Looking today and the topic is SCHOOL PICTURES!  I mean we really could take this a variety of ways and probably after sharing these pictures I'm gonna wish I'd have focused on "Let's Look at How My Kids Dress for School Pictures".  

Trust me, after seeing some of these you might wish I'd have focused on, "My Kids' School Pictures".

But I'm here for the fun and always a good laugh!

Here's a little walk down memory lane with My School Pictures...
I'm starting out young {because my mom sent me a random assortment}.  One-year-old pictures and I'm basically wanting you to remember things started well.  ha!

Four-year-old pictures...WORST HAIRCUT EVER!  #maybenot  #justwait

I had Tab look at these pictures and he couldn't even focus on my hair.  His response was, "What were you sitting on-a camel?". 

First grade picture-this new hair situation is really unfortunate as well, but please note there were real pearls hanging off my sweater.
#doesthathelp

Third grade...Tab said, "Why is your hair feathered over your ears like that?".  Basically, I should have been recording him observing these pictures.

See that print on my shirt?  My pants were that print and I thought this outfit was AMAZING!
What.

Is.

Happening.

7th Grade-Surely, I took the retakes and these were the best of the two.  Right?  I'm not really smiling so I'm hoping this was the best I could do in seventh grade.  

Freshman year of high school-Tab's response, "Ooh...you started coming out of it".

Senior year of high school...Tab said, "Right back in".

Thanks for taking a trip down memory lane with me!  Hope it provided you with a good laugh!  It's what we all need right now.  :)

Blogger friends, please join us next month when we share how we're gonna pumpkin.  {Yes, we totally made that a verb.}  This year that'll probably look much different than in the past.  Hope you link-up!

Have a GREAT Day!
XO
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First Day...#taketwo

Thursday marked three full weeks of virtual learning so our school district began allowing in person learning.  No one knows if it will continue all year but after virtually learning from home for three weeks we've decided we'll take any in person time we can get.  All three of my kids agree they're way better learners when they're in person and while school looks a little different these days they're choosing to count their blessings.  Seeing people face to face happens to be one of those.

Bowen headed to second grade!  He happens to be in a class with two of his best buds {you know one of them}.  He was floored I made him "dress nice" for the first day of in-person learning but after weeks of school with major bed head I thought it was appropriate.  :)

Nixon entered fifth grade this year and he's loving it!  He has several friends in his classes and he's looking forward to all the fun fifth grade brings.  {Hopefully that still gets to happen.}

Ebby Lee went to middle school!  EEEK!!  She wasn't near as nervous about this as I was.  If you saw my Insta-Stories last week, you realized I was had all the nervous Mom energy going!  Thank you for all the sweet messages and prayers!  Her first two days were great!  She loves switching classes, having six different teachers, and getting to know lots of new friends.

She carpooled to school on the first day and this was us anxiously awaiting her ride.  I'm certain I was WAY more nervous than she was at this point.

As soon as she left, Britt and I set off on a day full of errands.  We met a few friends for breakfast, went to Target to grab a few things, then made our way to...
a dentist appointment for me.  I can't even begin to tell you the number of pictures Britt took like this as she waited for me to get my teeth cleaned.

We had some returns to make at the mall, a few things to pick up, and we walked around a bit.

I was attempting a funky vibe with my sneakers and dress.  That morning was nice outside but I walked with neighbors to the elementary school to grab the kids for pick up and had a hot flash/heat stroke on the way.

These four have been friends since they were placed in the same kindergarten class.  They play sports together and have the sweetest friendship.  My favorite thing is hearing them cheer for each other from the dugout after a good hit.  MELTS.  MY.  HEART.

Then I fell off the picture taking train.  We had gymnastics, volleyball practice, and baseball practice all before...
Britt's Meet the Teacher!

Britt starts Pre-K on Tuesday!  She was super excited about seeing several friends from her class last year.  This year will also look a little different for her, but I think her school is doing such a great job to keep everyone safe. 

It's gonna be a great school year!  The Slaughters are looking forward to it!

XO

Friday Favorites-9.4.20


Day TWO of REAL in-person school is happening here!  Yesterday, Britt and I ran so many errands that today we're doing the complete opposite.  The majority of our day will be spent at home.  And that sounds so good to me!

THANK YOU for all the sweet messages, prayers, and texts about my kids' first days.  They all had great first days! 

I've teamed up with my girl, Andrea, to bring you FRIDAY FAVORITES!  My list this week is pretty short and sweet.

First up, Miss Britt gave both a combination dance class and gymnastics a try this week before deciding...


she prefers gymnastics!!  This girly is all registered for gymnastics this year!  It's so funny how kids are so different.  Ebby Lee did gymnastics for a couple years and it was NOT her thing.  She's loved the switch to dance.  Britt enjoyed dance but REALLY likes gymnastics.

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Can anyone else relate?  I don't want to call anyone out but there's was a time in my house growing up where EVERY SINGLE PERSON had a water bed.  Living the 90's DREAM!

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Nixon is playing on a new to him 7-on-7 football team, the Irish.  His first game was CRAZY HOT, but they ended with the W!


Can you tell it was warm out there?

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I purchased this top from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last year BUT Gibson is having a sale on their site directly and this top is only $19!!  I'd recommend sizing up if you're in between sizing.


Speaking of new tops, my Instagram feed kept advertising this tie-dye pullover and well, my thumbs were unable to resist.  I'm wearing my typical size and it's on the shorter side-just keep that in mind.

And did you see my BIG CLOTHES HAUL from earlier this week?  Lots of tops like this leopard puffed sleeve sweatshirt made the round-up!

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Are you following me over on Instagram?  Here I am!  I'll be sharing a fun little Friday treat with you so be sure to follow along!

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Hope you guys have the best weekend!  I'm taking Monday off for an extra long weekend, but I'll see you Tuesday!
XO

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