Friday Favorites-6.11.21

 

HAPPY FRIDAY, FRIENDS!

If you followed along yesterday, then you know we had a crazy busy day, a baseball tournament, and not much time to work so today I've got nothing but a link-up for you.  Andrea is holding down the fort sharing her favorites and I'll see you back here on Tuesday!

Have a great weekend!

XO

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Peek at My Day!

 


Today is a very untypical summer day in my life but I thought it'd be fun to share a peek.  We have two camps, one baseball tournament, work to fill in the gaps, and an early wake-up to get as much squeezed out of my day as I possibly can.  I hope you join me to follow along!

You can find me at slaughteren over on Instagram!

Hope to see you there!

XO

Let's Look-Summer Bucket List



Just like that...it's already the second week in June, which also means it's time for another Let's Look.  Each month Shay and I team up to share a little peek at something.  Today, it's all about our Summer Bucket Lists.

Nothing I'm sharing is anything earth shattering but if you're like me, sometimes a friend will mention something they've done with their kids and it'll remind me of something to do with mine.  I hope that's what this list is for you today.  Maybe it gives you some ideas to do with your own family or maybe it'll trigger something you've done in the past but completely forgotten about.

I was just talking to a friend yesterday about how the routines slow down in the summer.  We get relaxed on bedtimes and early wake-ups but my job as the chauffeur amps up in the summer.  All four of my kids have different camps and things scheduled this summer at different times which leads to a lot of driving but my hope is in the middle of that we find time to make some amazing memories.  This list is just a good place to go when we're filling any free time with fun.

Hope you get inspired by an idea or two!


Okay, now please help me add to the fun...what's on your summer bucket list?!

Next month we're sharing bathroom organization!  Hope you join us!
XO

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The Bestie Breakdown Season Two, Episode Two

*Edited to add, when I look at this post everything is nice, neat, and the images are centered.  But for some reason, when I publish it's all switched up.  I apologize my blog is being cranky today.  We all have those days, right?  :)

Hey There, Friends!

Hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was filled with some time spent poolside, more rain, and a little baseball. 😊😊

Shay and I kicked off Season Two of the Bestie Breakdown BIG TIME last week with a HUGE GIVEAWAY!  Mix and Match Travel gifted one of you a vacation of your choice.  And today, we're announcing the winner....

CONGRATULATIONS LISA MAO!!!!!

Mix and Match Travel Agency plans trips to Hawaii, Walt Disney World, Alaska, cruises, and many, many other destinations all over the world.  If you'd like to plan an upcoming vacation, let us help!  Reach out to us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com or you can find more information on our website.  We'd love to work with you!

If you missed all my disclaimers last week surrounding Season Two of The Bestie Breakdown, you should read them!  Or just know we're a work in progress, this is a fun little project not meant to be taken too seriously, and this season we're taking one topic to really dive into and BREAK DOWN each week. 

Today's episode is all about TRAVEL.  We took tons of reader questions all travel related and answered each and every one from how do we plan a trip for 12 people to who gets to decide where we eat dinner.  It's an episode full of travel so if you love to travel, love talking about destinations, or are possibly interested in loading up with your bestie to road trip with your children I think you'll enjoy.

You can listen to Episode Two Breaking Down Travel.  You can also subscribe on your favorite podcast platform.

And remember if you have a topic you'd love for us to break down or a random reader question, e-mail us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com.

I hope you enjoy Episode Two!
XO

Friday Favorites-6.4.21

 


Hey Hey Hey!

I hope you've had a GREAT week!

It's been a fun one here on the blog with THREE giveaways happening.  We have the two winners for the $500 Amazon gift cards....

Susan Maskal and Jaci Barber

We're contacting you today!

Don't forget to enter the Mix and Match Travel Giveaway to win a VACATION!!

Head to this post to enter to win the Rafflecopter.

Now, Andrea and I are sharing some FAVORITES!  As always, be sure to join us by linking up your blog to the bottom of the post.

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First up, I have a couple of this guy's FAVORITE things.  If you're looking for a Father's Day gift for the dads in your life, be sure to check these out...

With traveling for football, Tab packs this every weekendIf the dad in your life travels, you might want to consider this packable roller.I've shared this Yeti Backpack Cooler many, many times because it's Tab's most FAVORITE gift ever! Gifts are not his love language so to get him to rave about a gift is a big deal.  We take it to baseball tournaments, we use it on road trips, we've taken it fishing, and we never forget it when we head to the beach.  

Tab was gifted a fancy massage fun for Christmas and he LOVES it!  You can see a wide variety of price points here.

Tab likes these Air Max shoes so much he's on his second pair.

This year Tab is getting this vibrating roller.  A trainer told me about it and recommended it for Tab.  It's as if a massage gun and roller had a baby.

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Ebby Lee recently read Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt and she declared it a new FAVORITE!  I remember reading that book when I was younger and I had all the same thoughts.  If you have a pre-teen, the Slaughters recommend it!

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I just reordered our FAVORITE coffee!  It's SO GOOD!  

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One of our FAVORITE combos from the week is the wiffle ball/bat set.  Our family all plays together, the kids play in the neighborhood, or the boys get together to play with friends.  It's ALWAYS a hit!


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One of our FAVORITE seniors had her graduation party this week and we attended.  She had THE cutest backdrops for picture taking!

This flower wall was incredible!  Right?  Wishing this girly the best of luck when she heads to college in the fall.  We're already sad to see her go!

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That's all I've got today, friends!  Thanks so much for reading!  I'll be back here on Tuesday!
XO

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First Week of Summer

School has been out for almost two weeks and we've really tried to make the most of it despite the crazy amounts of rain we've been having.  Here's a little photo dump at the fun the Slaughter crew has had...

On the first day of summer, Shay and I had big plans to take the kids to do something fun but everything was closed except the movie.  We watched Scoob and I happened to drift off in the first ten minutes of the movie.  When I woke up, Simon Cowell was an animated character-WHAT?!  I couldn't figure out what was happening.  Has anyone seen this?  I was so confused.  I must have missed the most crucial part.  

Nixon and Bowen went to our high school's local football camp last week.

Bowen and one of his best buds both went home with an award on Thursday.  Ebby Lee had cheer camp but I forgot to snap a picture of her.

Our neighborhood hosted our annual, Wall Party, this past weekend.

The weather could not have been more perfect for the occasion.

My forever date.

The crew that hosted this year.   All of these families {except us} have moved into our neighborhood within the last year or two so it's been fun having lots of new neighbors around our age.

This crew is FUN!

We had lots of friends who made it out to hang for a while but this is the only picture we took!  The night was great-I mean any night where twinkle lights are the star of the show is hard to top...right?



Meanwhile, Ebby Lee was at her first youth church camp over the weekend meeting new friends and growing her faith.  She had so many great stories when she got home late on Monday night.  She had the best time!  Her least faves were the showers, the food, and the beds.

It's always sweet to hear stories about the older girls pouring into younger girls.  So sweet to my mama heart!  This was the first time Ebby Lee had done an overnight camp so I was stalking every form of social media our church had to see a picture.  ha!  She did great though and had so much fun!

I think you're all caught up with our summer now.  Thanks so much for reading!  See you tomorrow with a little list of FAVORITES!
XO

Hawaiian Cruise: Ko Olina and Aulani

First up, Mix and Match Travel Agency is announcing our BIG GIVEAWAY!!  It's SO GOOD!  You don't wanna miss it so read all the way to the bottom of the post to hear all about how you can enter.

I'm so excited to finally share this vacation recap with you!  For Spring Break this past year, our family of six along with the Shull six headed to the beautiful state of HAWAII!

Shay and I are always discussing trips, vacations, and destinations on our must-visit list so last year we decided we'd love to make a Spring Break Hawaii trip happen and got to work!

I have a couple quick things I'd love to discuss before we jump right into it...

1. This trip was one hundred percent paid for by me.  Oh, how I wish that wasn't the case.  haha!  If anyone would like to send me to Hawaii, please e-mail me ASAP!  I always share my true thoughts and opinions here in this space but I'd never want you to think a trip was comped so I'm making it sounds much better than it was.  Know what I mean?  

2. Mix and Match Travel Agency can help YOU with a vacation just like this or we can tweak it a bit to make it the perfect getaway for you!  If this looks like something your family would enjoy, please reach out to us.  We'd love to help you! 

3.  If you have any questions about something I'm leaving out or forgetting to share, please comment or e-mail me and I'll be sure to answer!

WAHOO!  Let's get right to it!
We had four super pumped kids ready for the gorgeous beaches of HAWAII!

Check out my cute airplane neighbor.  :)

My vacay tank is here.
Britty was in her happy place.  We let the big kids sit together and I'm almost certain we could have ended the vacation right there with six happy big kids.  A row of big girls and a row of big boys was all it took.

These two have been the best of friends since 2015.

Just a tad bit excited to BE IN HAWAII!

Earrings are here.
Our shuttles arrived to transport us and all of our luggage to the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club.

Each family had their own two bedroom villa.  Ours had king beds in each room with a pull out sofa bed in the kids' room making it the perfect little spot for my four.  They had their own bathroom and plenty of space.
This is a look at their room.

With their own bathroom.

A living room, dining area, and kitchen as well as the nice big patio were all in between our bedrooms.  We didn't hit up the grocery store because we set sail just a few days later but if our family was staying any longer we would.  The kitchen {I forgot to take a picture of} was large with lots of space, refrigerator, dishwasher, etc.

And then our room with the king and master bathroom was on the other side of the villa.


Bowen is my most go-with-the-flow kid.  He was a big fan of island time.

And this girly had heard, "Hawaii", "Hawaii", "Hawaii", so she was excited to finally arrive!

The views from our balcony did NOT disappoint.

The Marriott Ko Olina Beach Resort is nestled right in the heart of Ko Olina on the island of Oahu and just about  twenty miles from the Honolulu airport.  We'd heard amazing things about this area in general....great dining, amazing resorts, and awesome beaches so when we booked our cruise and planned a couple days in Oahu it was a no brainer.  There are three other resorts in Ko Olina and one of those is Disney's Aulani, located right next door to the Marriott.  We chose to stay at this Marriott resort because while I work with most of our Disney clients that's just a portion of our clientele.  Staying at the Marriott, but popping over to Aulani for things was our way of getting to experience two great resorts we could come back and share with our clients.


When I ordered this tank top, they were fully stocked and even had other color options.  Now it's all sold out from the boutique where I purchased, but I found it here.

After checking out our room and grabbing dinner in our resort, we all showered and headed to bed.  We were exhausted!

Thanks to jet lag {it didn't take long to acclimate} I was up early reading my kindle on the balcony with a cup of coffee in hand the next morning.

My pajamas were screaming Hawaii...right?  {Long sleeve available}

Our resort had numerous activities going on throughout the day to keep guests entertained.  We really wouldn't have had to leave and the beach, pool, and daily entertainment would have kept everyone happy.

The gang all met up for a character Aunty's Breakfast at Makahiki at the Aulani Resort.

My cover-up is this one and I'm wearing a medium.
Makahiki had a wide spread of delicious breakfast foods.  Our kiddos had everything from Mickey waffles to fried rice to omelets.  Absolutely delicious!  And then Pluto, Goofy, and Minnie made their way to each and every table for pictures and a few hugs.


All smiles for Goofy!

Britty is a big Minnie fan, but when she made her way over in person she preferred Nixon to be holding her.

He didn't mind one bit. ;)

As we were walking through Aulani, we took a peek at one of the villas that was open for viewing and I knew you'd want to see too...
This is a two bedroom villa with a similar set up to our rooms at the Marriott.  One king with a master bathroom.


And then another king with a pull out sofa in the other room with living room, dining space, and a kitchen as well.

Aulani's resort is spectacular.  The pool, beach area, and all the landscaping is immaculate.  

One of my favorite things about the entire Ko Olina area is the coves at the beach.  It eliminates big waves so the water was always pretty calm, which is great when little kids are playing in the ocean.

Besties...these girls were super sweet together.


Check out that background!  This area was absolutely stunning. 

It's hard to keep your eyes open when it's such a bright, sunshiney day.

See what I mean about the waves?

These Texas kids were living their best lives!

Just another day in paradise...

I could go on and on about this beach, this resort, this location.  The kids and I are already working on a return trip.  Working on getting Tab on board that is.  :)



Smith is now my favorite child.  Can you tell why?
After a quick clean-up, we made our way to Monkeypod Kitchen for dinner.

Night number two had jet lag catching up with us just a bit.

Please notice how Bowen handled his jet lag.
#blesshim

It looks like I took a different guy on vacation with me...I promise it's Tab.  We look a little sleepy too.  This was just one of the many reasons I'm so glad we decided to do a little land vacation before our cruise because it just took us a couple days to get accustomed to island time.  By the time we boarded the ship, we were mostly on Hawaii time.

This was our final full day in Ko Olina so we were determined to make it a great one.  

And if that hip pop is any indication of how it turned out, I'd say we nailed it.

10:30 a.m. brought a daily water slide race...the big girls participated.  The slide is hard to see in this picture, but it's located at the top of the stairs and then they came out...



Madeley was a big fan of beach days!

And so was I.  :)

Bowen, Ashby, and I took a little walk to see the gorgeous views.

Worth it!

The coolest part about this resort was the grounds were stunning and super kid-friendly but it all looked very lagoon-like and didn't scream, "KIDS!".

Night #3 brought matching Hawaiin attire and a luau.  Again in order to experience both resorts we booked our luau at Aulani.  Shay and I debated on matching wardrobes for the night and clearly, matching won out.  I couldn't find a seller that had all the sizes in both boys and girls but managed to find some that looked very similar.

Luau Ready!

Ko Olina has a shuttle that takes you to the other resorts and into town.  We rode the shuttle right over to Aulani.

This luau was tucked into a little secluded area at the Aulani resort in a very pretty, quaint setting.  Tab and I have experienced another luau on Oahu and this one had way less people.  It was a much smaller crowd, which I preferred.  When we arrived the girls set to work making bracelets.


See what I mean?  A very gorgeous backdrop for a luau.

Everyone say, "HULA!".

Just like all things, Disney did a great job on the food, drinks, entertainment, interactions, and so much more.

Fresh tatoos for everyone.



Moana arrived to kickoff the festivities.

And I was excited about it!

We saw flame throwers, lots of hula dancing, and Mickey and Minnie!  Such a cool experience my kids will remember forever!

That wraps up our stay in Ko Olina!  In Part Two, we'll be setting sail and headed straight to Maui!  I can't wait to share all the fun that was had.

Remember, if you're interested in booking a trip to Hawaii, let us help you!  You can e-mail us at mixandmatchtravelagency@yahoo.com or head to Mix and Match Travel Agency to learn more!

Now for the BIG GIVEAWAY!

Drumroll please....

 Woohoo!  One lucky winner is going to get a Mix and Match Travel Agency vacation of their choice!  They can either head to Mexico, Walt Disney World or take a seven night cruise!! 

One winner, three options!

All winners must be US residents. Please note, it is up to the winner to provide the documentation they need in order to travel. This trip includes hotel/cruise accommodations, ground transportation, and for Walt Disney World, park tickets. The winner of this trip can travel anytime between January 1, 2022 and October 1, 2022. This trip is not sponsored by anyone other than Mix and Match Travel Agency and terms and conditions do apply and are subject to change depending on the travel industry. Rafflecopter will randomly select the winner and their name will be announced on Tuesday, June 8th.  All entries do require you to like, follow along or comment on social media.  Blog comments are not a valid way to enter. The value of each destination is approximately $4000 and all accommodations will reflect that price range. If the winner elects to fly to their vacation destination, air travel is not included in any option and must be obtained by the winner. 

We are really excited to travel again and want to bless someone else with a vacation too in 2022!

XO

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