May 12, 2017

warning...lots of bragging



It has been a hot minute since I have done some updates about our family and what we have been up to...So here are some of the highlights of the last month...


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Vivian is 6 months old...Didn't I just have her six days ago?  She is an absolute joy.  She screamed at us for the first three months of her life due to horrible colic and reflux.  It was awful, but then overnight the colic was gone and suddenly we had the sweetest little girl God ever made.  She is as sweet as honey, truly.  She is the most joyful creature I have ever met.  She is extremely vocal and is sitting up.  She has been eating baby foods for over a month and is partial to sweet potatoes.  For the most part, she will sleep around 11 hours a night...but she will still get up at night every so often.  At her 6 month well-check she was 20 lbs 11 oz (90th percentile) and 29 inches long (98th percentile)  She looks more like a 12-18 month old.  She is Bubba's little diamond doll and is one the sidelines with me at every game.  There is absolutely nothing or no one that she loves more than her brother.  She lights up the second she hears his voice or sees his face.  

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Speaking of Bubba...He has had an amazing school year.  He is finishing up Kindergarten and has done incredibly well this school year.  I was concerned that we may have put him in Kindergarten too early as his birthday is at the very end of July...So he turned 5 and then just a few days later, he started Kindergarten.  I was worried that he would not be able to keep up, both socially and academically, with his classmates...some of whom are 6 almost 7 years old.  He has been able to keep up and then some this year.  From sight words to math to art and music, he has excelled.  I am so thankful that I listened to my gut and let him start Kindergarten this year.  Mamas, you know your child the best...take the advice you receive and weigh it all out, but at the end of the day it is your call and no one else's.

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I have to brag on Bubba a little bit more, y'all!  He has had an amazing season of baseball.  His team went undefeated and he improved exponentially over the course of the season.  He was asked to try-out for the County All-Star team and so he did and he made the team!  A year ago, he made a goal to make the All-Star team and he kept his eye on the prize until he achieved it.  This has been one of the most fun experiences as a parent.  I watched him struggle in his first season of coach-pitch baseball.  He struck out a lot and spent a lot of time in the outfield.  Over the course of a year and a half I have watched him dedicate himself to this sport.  He now scores runs in every game, with a few home runs here and there, and has done really well on second and third base.  He has worked hard to get where he is today and it is so rewarding, as a parent, to watch your child work towards a goal and achieve it.  So proud of that boy!


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Hubs and I are about to become more socially active then we have been since Vivian was born.  On hubs birthday, we are going to see the Braves play at the new Suntrust Park.  Bubba is going as well and we are all excited to see the new stadium.  Bubba will get to walk in the pre-game parade on the field with his fellow county baseball players.  A week after the Braves game, we are going to The Dead & Company (Grateful Dead and John Mayer) concert with  a couple of friends of ours.  Four days after that concert we will be going to the Luke Bryan concert in Atlanta with some other good friends of ours.  The first two weeks of June are going to be crazy, but I am so excited about every bit of it!!

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Thankful to have this weekend.  This is the first weekend in about 6 weeks that we have not had anything lined up.  Now that Bubba is on All-Stars, after this weekend we will not have another free weekend until mid-July...I am going to savor every bit of this weekend and prepare myself for the chaos that is being a baseball mama. I wouldn't have it any other way!!


Happy Friday, y'all!


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May 8, 2017

My Armor


I am writing this during an unseasonably cold and wet May day...I am hoping this post will usher warmer weather our way.  Summer is, hopefully, fast approaching, which means it is time to change up your make-up routine a little bit.  Time to get a darker foundation and bronzer!  These are a few of my go-to's for the summer months.


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Baby Skin Primer // Timewise Foundation // Pure BB Cream // Age Rewind Concealer // Magnif ' eyes Shadow // Matte Magic Mist & Set // Lash Love Waterproof // Butter Bronzer // Butter Blush
I am not a girly girl by any means, but I do love make-up.  I stick to the basics though.  During the week I use just about everything on here with the exception of BB cream.  During the weekend I generally do BB cream with some blush/bronzer and mascara.  Make-up is my armor.  There is something about the act of putting it on that makes me feel ready for the day.

I try to always have some type of make up on when I leave the house, but you will never find me outside of the house without mascara on.  My eyes get lost on my face without mascara because they are such a pale blue/gray color.  You may notice that there is no lipstick on here.  I don't wear a whole lot of lipstick.  Most of the time, I just use chapstick or my favorite Rosebud Salve.  Check out my selfie below in which I have on all make-up items listed above, with the exception of BB cream.

Side note: I love that the iPhone 7 has a warm light that flashes on the screen for selfies.  That has completely upped my selfie game!


What are you go-to make-up items for the summer? Anything you recommend I try?

Happy Monday, Y'all!

May 5, 2017

How to look bonafide...





I was born and raised in the heart of the bluegrass and the horse racing capitol.  Lexington, Kentucky.  Derby time is a holiday season where I'm from.  It is celebrated and anticipated much in the same way Christmas is.  In Lex, you will find many people decorate for the Derby and host extravagant parties.  The Derby brings a very Old South feel back to the town as people shop for their big hats and prepare for lavish parties...As a "little irish town girl" like my Daddy calls me, we were more of your blue collar family (and proud of it) so we went to bbq's to celebrate the event instead of galas and fundraisers.

Any bonafide Kentuckian is going to a few things about horse racing.  It surrounds us, so one can only begin to absorb some of it...whether they like horse racing or not..I happen to love it...so here are my tips to impress the host of the Derby party you attend or your co-workers around the water cooler.

| MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME |

During Derby week, Kentucky is everybody's home, so take some time to learn our official state song that will precede the race on Saturday.  People will be impressed and will think you are a true Derby fan.  Click here for the lyrics that are posted on the Derby website.



| THE DERBY IS MORE THAN JUST THE ONE RACE |

Technically the Derby is a week long event.  Opening night is typically the Saturday before the main race.  There is usually horse racing during the beginning of the week, then you have the Longines Kentucky Oaks, which is a race for fillies.  Then the first Saturday in May is the main Derby event.  So if you really want to impress someone with your Derby knowledge, pay attention to the Oaks and learn a few of the fillies names...Bonus points if you know who wins The Oaks!



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There are two iconic names in horse racing, to me, and those are Bob Baffert and Calvin Borel.  There are plenty of other huge hitters that even bigger Derby aficionados can tell you about, but those two are household names in Kentucky.  Bob Baffert is a legendary horse trainer.  He trained American Pharoah, who won the Triple Crown in 2015 along with three other Derby winners. I can spot him in any Derby crowd because he has the whitest hair I have ever seen.  Calvin Borel is the most adorable jockey on this planet.  He is a 3-time Derby winner and is just the most gracious person.  He always makes me cry when he wins because he is overwhelmed with joy to the point you would think he had never won a race before...which is far from reality. As far as I know, Bob Baffert has a horse in the Oaks and while Borel is out of retirement, I don't believe he will be in the Derby this year.  Bring up these guys and people will think you are a Derby socialite!




| HONE YOUR SOUTHERN COCKTAIL CRAFT |

Everyone knows that Mint Juleps are one of the official drinks of the Derby.  Now, do you know how to make one? If not...it's time to learn.  I love any excuse to polish my Gran's julep cups that she won through the years playing Bridge.  I doubt she ever drank out of them, but every time I drink a Mint Julep I think of my Derby-loving Gran. Check out my recipe for traditional Mint Juleps.  These classically southern cocktails are sure to impress.






I N G R E D I E N T S

4 Tablespoons of sugar (Stevia works well as a substitute)

½ Cup of hot water

 Large bunch of mint
                -Bonus points if you have Kentucky Colonel Mint, if not any mint will work

1 overflowing cup of good Kentucky bourbon
                -I suggest: Woodford Reserve, Eagle Rare, Blanton’s, Booker’s or Knob Creek


M E T H O D

Make simple syrup by pouring hot water over sugar and mixing until completely dissolved.  I like to add a few mint leaves to infuse the flavor of the mint into the simple syrup.

Gently muddle about 8-10 mint leaves in each glass or cup

Fill glasses with crushed ice 

Pour 2 tablespoons of simple syrup in each glass or cup

 Pour ¼ cup of Bourbon in each glass or cup

Mix drink together and serve each glass garnished with a sprig of mint.







Happy Derby, Y'all!!

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