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Hi Everyone!

Happy to be back here in this space.  I hope everyone had a good weekend.  Sports started back up for us this weekend so it was busy, busy but I loved every second of it.

Shay and I are back with another episode of The Bestie Breakdown!  Today, we're breaking down DIET!  And we're using that term very loosely to cover...what we eat, favorite foods, etc.  Spoiler alert-I had the grossest breakfast every day my freshman year of college.  Trust me, you'll be grossed out.  Looking back on it, WHAT was I thinking.  But at the time it seemed to work well for my freshman self.  😂😂

You can always listen on your favorite podcast platform or find all the episodes {including the new one} right here!

We've gotten some amazing suggestions for podcast topics as well as random reader questions.  If you have a recommendation or question, please e-mail us at thebestiebreakdown@gmail.com.  Thank you!  Hope you listen!

XO

Friday Favorites-8.27.21

It's FRIDAY!!

And we have a fun weekend planned full of sports.  This mama is HERE for it!  
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Andrea and I are here with our FRIDAY FAVORITES!

My FAVORITES today are all about this girly, my five-year-old who's about to start preschool next week.  Britt is used to being entertained by one of her many siblings and typically there's someone here to play with.  Since the big three are all in school, it's way different when she's the only one here at home.  I'm thinking many of you might be in the same situation...having just one younger kid at home or {if you're like me} having just one younger kid at home just one day a week once preschool begins. Either way it can still be challenging. I'm often torn between the mom guilt of making our "just us" time memorable and getting my work done.  I'd already jotted down in my calendar to share our FAVORITE ways to stay busy when it's just the two of us so when Walmart reached out to see if I'd like share some Walmart end of summer activities with you, I jumped at the chance.  Walmart makes ordering any supplies you might need so easy.

These are just a few of our FAVORITE ways to stay busy...with at home-crafts!  A few of our FAVORITES are...Play-Doh with Peppa Pig, Play-Doh Kitchen, Robot Window Art, Unicorn Painting, Slime Kit, Spirograph Jr., Wooden Flower Garden, and Frozen Giant Coloring Pages.

With Britt at home and me trying to work we often find ourselves at the dining room table, me on my computer and Britt with a craft of some kind in front of her.
One day last week we invited a neighborhood friend over to craft with her while I was busy working.  These girls made the cutest wooden flower gardens with their little kits.  {And I was super impressed with all the pens, flowers, and the bag included in the kits.}  These would make great birthday gifts!

They got messy with slime.

{Please note it was laundry day in our house and the laundry was overflowing to the back staircase.  haha!}

Then they both painted unicorns and they'd have said this was their FAVORITE activity. 

These two stayed busy, busy moving from one craft to another.  With the outside temperatures so hot, this is the perfect way to keep your younger kids busy inside while you're getting work done as well.

A few other ways Britt and I like to stay busy:
*Bubbles
*Read Books {a FAVORITE in our house}
*Play Kitchen {her FAVORITE thing is "diner"}
*Go for a Walk
*Swim
*Get Crafty-I put random items out on the table and she loves creating with glue sticks, scissors, paper, markers, etc. 

To celebrate our last big day before she heads to preschool we're off to visit Peppa Pig World today!  We're pumped! 

Huge thank you to Walmart for sponsoring this post!! And to shop all the items featured today...

Have a great weekend, friends!
XO

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Slaughters Head West-Part 4 Yellowstone

I'm back with another vacation recap!  I know.  I know.  It's about time these are over.  The problem with that is, I want to make sure and fit all the information in these posts.  If I cut them down, then I'll miss something.  Don't worry-I'm almost finished!  Please grab a big cup of coffee and get comfy because a big post of our day in Yellowstone National Park is going down now.  :)

If you missed my previous posts about this summer vacation out west, you can see them all here...

I have several friends who visited Yellowstone last year so I basically dissected everything they'd offer up .  The biggest suggestion everyone made was splurge on a private tour guide for your Yellowstone Day.  We decided to do just that.  One of the main reasons is because we had two rental cars and the idea of keeping up with each other without cell service inside the park sounded daunting.  We went with Yellowstone Day Tours {we did the lower loop private tour} and were so happy.  Our guide did the entire lower loop of the park but was very open to customizing the tour for our family.  He also provided a lunch {that we ordered previously} of sandwiches, chips, fruit, and a cookie as well as lots of water.  Unfortunately, I forgot to take a picture but a van that seats 15 arrived at our hotel in Island Park at 7:30 a.m. to pick us up.  The guide was so nice and stopped for coffee as well as our lunches on the way into the park.  He was so knowledgeable and did a great job of stopping us at all the best spots around the south loop for pictures and viewing purposes.

A first stop was this area {can't remember the name} that contained a wide variety of landmarks.

We spotted basins that bubbled.

Steamed

And our guide was quick to explain the differences.  But Mom Brain...I can't remember now.  

This was one of my favorite spots...this boardwalk allowed us to walk around three different basins and each was a little different.

There were signs everywhere explaining the importance of not stepping off the boardwalk.  People have died by getting off the boardwalk and stepping into the basin.  YES!  I know!  That knowledge spoken to my boys ended in them dangling lots of limbs off the boardwalk and taunting me.  #boys

The colors of these basins were absolutely incredible.


The Grand Prismatic Spring was the prettiest.  Those colors were stunning.

Our tour guide had connections at the Old Faithful Inn so we were able to pop over to check out that hotel, grab a little snack, and then watch Old Faithful erupt from the patio on the second floor of the hotel.

The weather was so nice and our views were great.

We watched from here and took it all in!

Two girlies just catching Old Faithful erupting.

Our guide then gave us a really cool tour of the hotel.  Years ago these desks were where guests would sit when writing letters to let friends and family know about their adventures.

That fireplace though.

This was a great little stop and had some great restrooms, which I've learned is super important when touring national parks.  Our guide knew where all the best restrooms were located.  



The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone was where I realized my fear of heights was getting to me in some locations.  I was constantly telling kids to "step away from the ledge", "be careful", "don't touch each other", and the list goes on.

These views, while the most petrifying, were the most spectacular.


We spotted elk deer staying cool in the shade.

Our guide supplied us with binoculars and...

this scope.  Since the stand was little, Britt seriously thought our guide was getting this out for just her.

And I had to include this one because REAL LIFE!

We got to see some buffalo up close.

One of my kids' favorite books when they were little was, "Underwear!"There's a part in the book with a buffalo and we all were reminded as we gazed.  If you have boys, I highly recommend that book!

Views from the van. :)

Our guide was absolutely incredible and had a mental list of all the big must-sees on the lower loop of Yellowstone National Park.  He never kept track of the time or limited us to certain hours.  He was great!  He even offered to stop and grab us dinner on the drive back to our hotel.  

But instead we ended the night with pizza from the little pizza place next to our hotel and a big game of football.

Our guide dropped us off at our hotel at 6:30 p.m. A FULL eleven hour day!  After experiencing the private tour we'd highly recommend it!

Whew!  If you made it all the way to the bottom of the post, THANK YOU for making it all the way through.  I'll be finishing up the rest of our trip soon!

Have a great day!
XO

What's Up Wednesday-8.25.21

I'm linking up today with Sheaffer and Shay for What's Up Wednesday.  

What We're Eating This Week...
I'm still riding high on the back-to-school train living my best organized life so we've had some great meals lately...
Monday-Angel Chicken with Rice
Tuesday-Salmon with Broccoli
Wednesday-Tex Mex Chicken and Rice Soup with Quesadillas {I make cook extra chicken in the slow cooker and am making chicken/cheese quesadillas for kids to eat with soup}
Thursday-Pizza Meatballs with Pasta and Salad

What I'm Reminiscing About...
My baby is growing up!  Britt starts TK next week and while I'm excited for her to get to have fun during the day, it's always so sweet to have her home.

What I'm Loving...
One of my besties, Sheaffer, has a new fall collaboration with Victoria Emerson and I'm LOVING IT!  LOVE celebrating my girlfriends' successes and especially when it ends in cute jewelry!  Right now these items are all buy one, get one free.  The discount is automatically applied at checkout so be sure to add two to your cart!  If you're wanting to add a little "fall" to your closet now, check out these goodies!

Sheaffer and Victoria Emerson knocked it out of the park on this collection!  I think you'll LOVE it too!  Camo, leopard, cheetah, navy and more!  And she has the cutest huggie earrings!

A few of the gorgeous wrap bracelets in the line....aren't they cute?!  You can see the entire new collection now!

Love this girly and super proud of her!  Pictured on my wrist-slate/white bracelet {the Ashby} and cheetah print paired together.

You can see the leopard print {the Manda} paired with the brown leather.  I really like the look of two bracelets paired together.

I paired one of the Sheaffer's bracelets from the last collection with the brown leather bracelet.

What We've Been Up To...
We're in the midst of our new back-to-school routines but when we get free time we love to still head to the pool!  Still SUPER hot in Texas!  This past weekend Shay and I met there with these cuties.

What I'm Dreading...
This explains my pantry right about now.  When I open the door, it looks like there's so much food but yesterday I pulled out three boxes that were empty!  Completely empty!  I've gotta do a big pantry clean out but I'm dreading it.

What I'm Working On...
I think we're about to shuffle some kids' bedrooms around and completely get rid of our guest bedroom.  We don't use it that often so it makes sense to give each kid their own space.  I'm working on figuring that all out!

What I'm Excited About...
I'm excited about all the fall sports!  Bowen is playing flag football and fall baseball.

Nixon is playing tackle football for the first time and playing a little baseball too.

Britt is doing gymnastics and cheer this fall.  

And Ebby Lee will have her first football game to cheer for soon!  As well as she's playing volleyball too.  I don't feel like I'm some crazy sports mom but I do love getting to watch them enjoy activities they love.  

What I'm Watching/Reading...
BIG BROTHER!!  My goodness every time I think I have a favorite house guest, something happens and then I get a new favorite.  Right this second, I'm hoping Xavier doesn't get sent home tonight.  I think he seems to be playing an extraordinary social game and doesn't have a big target on his back.

And do you guys remember this movie?  I watched growing up and am pretty sure I cried when I watched!  The kids and I watched this past weekend and everyone enjoyed it!  If you need a good family friendly movie {there were a couple bad words}, check out Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken.

I'm currently reading Good Apple.

What I'm Listening To...

The Bestie Breakdown's latest episode-Breaking Down Birth!

What I'm Wearing...
I've been wearing all the fall transitional tops with shorts because Texas heat.  This quilted sweatshirt is super comfy for whatever I'm doing...working from home, errands, laundry, you name it!  And it's paired with old shorts and the Ashby and brown leather bracelets!

Another fall transitional top with these shorts, the Manda bracelet, and the brown leather bracelet.  I did a lot of computer work earlier this week hence the blue light glasses.  AAHH!  I was wearing my favorite huggies and didn't realize they weren't pictured until the next day!

A fun short sleeve top with cute details paired with shorts?  Yes, please!

Don't want you to get the wrong idea-sometimes my entire day has me looking like this.  This is a I'm-staying-home-all-day-and-am-getting-lots-done look.  This pullover is back at my favorite spot to buy vintage looking game day wear!

What I'm Doing This Weekend...
It's gonna be a GOOD one!  Our high school kicks off their first home game, College Game Day is back on Saturday mornings, Nixon's team has their first football game of the season, and both boys play baseball on Sunday.  I'm looking forward to it!

What I'm Looking Forward to Next Month...
Our town is hosting Oktoberfest next month and I'm looking forward to attending!  Hoping it's a little cooler than it was when we were there and sweating in 2019.  :)

Thanks for reading today!  See you tomorrow!
XO