Monday, September 22, 2014


Recently we have:

-Spent the day in Williamsburg.

-Made breakfast for dinner (pancakes, bacon & omelets).

-Diy-ed three t-shirts (okay, you caught me, two tee's and one onsie).

-Baked some delicious treats.

-Started a countdown until they start selling Wicked tickets.

-Helped my sister start her own blog!  Follow her on Bloglovin here.

-Decided to start doing more fashion/style related posts.  Look for those to come soon!

-Let Sophia and Eleanor match at church.  Sophia was in Heaven, Eleanor probably couldn't have cared less.

-Started a new Insta for my blog readers.  Soon I hope to also start selling a few things here and there also.

-Decided to do a flea market with my friend. Let's hope it turns out better than the disaster of the craft show I tried to do a few months ago.  #neveragain.

-Watched the Gators lose again.  But we're Gators for life, win or lose, ride or die.  I feel like they put up a good game against Bama.  They might have lost, but they went down swinging.

-Pulled out all our decretive pumpkins.  I'm a little bit of obsessed with them.  And by a little bit, I mean soon Eric is going to have to put me on pumpkin buying restriction,

-Participated in Pirate Day at Krispy Kreme.

-Started binge watching Blacklist.

And last but not least,

-Did some laundry.

Yep, we nailed it this weekend.  Okay, we didn't do allll of those things this weekend, but most of them.  We did most of them.  By the way, what manner of evil is Krispy Kreme that they can get their donuts so delicious?  I'm convinced they either borrowed the recipe straight from God Almighty or they sold their souls to the devil to get them so good.  Please don't tell me, I don't want to know.  Krispy Kreme is too delicious.

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 19, 2014

Top 5: Kids Books

So this is one I've been excited to do.  It was so important to me early on to be able to read to my kids.  They both love books and have nearly memorized some of them because we read them so often.  I strongly feel that reading to your kids at an early age is is important and helpful for when they start to learn to read in school.  It was hard for me to narrow down our top 5 between both of my kids, but here they are.  

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  If you have kids and haven't heard of this gem I'd be shocked.  My kids love to read it.  It has counting and some gorgeous illustrations.  It's about a caterpillar and how he eventually turns into a butterfly.  It's expanded greatly over the years since it's release.  There is a "movie" on Netflix (really it's just a reading of the book with a video instead of just the illustrations), toys (my kids have a caterpillar), a finger puppet book, games, puzzles, even clothes.  But it all goes back to this classic book.  If you have toddlers and don't own a copy you better hop yourself right on over to Amazon and order one now!

2. Pete the Cat.  This is another classic in our home.  At three Sophia could recite this book word for word.  She liked to "read" it to me.  Around the same time when Cooper was 15 months we moved to Virginia.  On our flight here Cooper was rather upset on the plane.  I literally recited this book to him (I didn't have the actual book but I've read it hundreds of times and I've memorized it too) over and over and it was the only thing that would calm him down at the time.  I got a lot of crazy looks but hey, it kept him from crying, so, you're welcome.  There are other books in this franchise too and while we do have most of them, this is still our favorite.  In fact, we gave this book to Sophia's K5 teacher on her first day of school.  It turns out her teacher loves Pete the Cat too, they even have a bulletin board with Pete on it.  My kids both have Pete plush animals as well.  We love Pete around here, it's all good :)

3. Llama Llama Mad at Mama. Sophia's Auntie gave her this Llama Llama book the Christmas that I was pregnant with her (you read that right, she gave my child in utero a gift for Christmas).  It was one of her first books.  These things are freaking adorable.  The books rhymes and how one person managed to find so many adorable things that rhyme with llama I'll never know.  There are several books in this series too, but Llama Llama Mad at Mama was our first.  Sophia also has a stuffed llama that she still plays with and sleeps with--even at 5!  

4. Pinkalicious.  These books are so cute.  Sophia has a friend from church, Autumn who likes these books.  One day, Autumn and her mom came over to babysit so Eric and I could go out on a date.  My friend Jamie brought one of these books over so she could read it with Sophia and Autumn and ever since then we've loved Pinkalicious.  We're still collecting some of these and Sophia is determined to have them all one day.

5. Mommy is that You?  This one isn't as well known as the others, but it's still the cutest book.  Sophia loves to read this one and see the little ducks meeting all the different creatures while they're looking for their mommy.  She thinks it's the sweetest thing when they finally find her at the end. It's definitely a quick and adorable read!

So what do you think?  Do any of you have kids that have favorite books they absolutely can't live without?  I'd love to hear about them!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Family Photos.

Isn't this just the sweetest?

So I just can't say enough how much you should hire Nick for your photography if you live in and around the Hampton Roads area.  I'm sure Nick would give me a high five if I also mentioned he's available for travel too :)  Visit him at Nicholas Woolsey Photography.

I love these family pictures of all of us.  Melissa and John with the precious, sweet (maybe a little loud) Eleanor.  My amazing parents.  And then of course my three favorites.  I already have some of these photos gracing our walls.

*Nick did NOT pay me to say these things, we paid full price for our photos :)

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sophia's in Kindergarten!

Sophia had her first day of Kindergarten last week.  I had this bright idea to make her a "homemade" lunchable.  It was an English muffin sliced in half and then she had little tiny tupperware things filled with pizza sauce and cheese.  Much healthier than regular lunchables right?  Right, except it turns out that she hates English muffins and all she ate was the cheese and the apple sauce I sent as a snack.  #momfail.  So when she got home she was crying out of hunger and I felt like a jerk mom.  The next day we decided to go with old reliable, PB&J.  We were all much happier.  For the record, I think I might actually do the homemade lunchable again, but this time I'll use a regular biscuit instead of an English muffin.  I know for a fact she likes those (maybe even a little too much).  In other news, I have 5 English muffins at my house that are probably going to get thrown out in a few weeks once they get moldy.  Any takers?  Other than that she had a great day, is making friends, and got a perfect behavior chart her first week in.  She's doing great!

Shirt by her Nana.  I call this "Kindergarten Couture". 

And just for fun, last year and this year.

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Weekend.

Top: Old Navy, Blazer: Old Navy, Headband: Oh forget it, everything I wear is always from Old Navy.

It's been a while since I've done a weekend post, and since I thought now seemed like as good a time as any to do another.  Just so you know, I'm including Friday happenings, mostly because I'm a stay at home and I like to start the party ASAP.  I mean, why not?

-Friday I took Cooper to the mall so we could have a little play date.  We went to the reading of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Gymboree and colored a coloring page there.  A good time was had by all.  Except for the time Cooper ran off and hid and I seriously thought he was lost in the mall.  He was really just hiding in a corner, but it was enough to give me a heart attack.  But other than that, a good time was had by all!

-On the way out of the mall, we stopped by Mrs. Fields, because, cookies.  I realized that buying a box of day old cookies was roughly the same price as buying two cookies for us, so I bought the box. Holy. Smokes.  Those little beasts were delicious.  Probably a little too delicious.  Forget buying cookies out of the case.  I'm not such a snob that I can't eat cookies that were literally baked yesterday.  Plus they were cheaper and I got a variety.  YUM.

-Sophia's bus is almost not being late anymore.  It's not that I don't love waiting outside for 45 minutes in 90 degree weather, but it's nice to be punctual.  But there is that little matter of, I hate waiting outside for 45 minutes in 90 degree weather.  Be serious.

-We had pizza for dinner on Friday night.  And by we, I mean my kids.  I buy them .88 Kroger frozen pizzas and they literally jump up and down while chanting "Pizza night! Pizza night!".  I wish it was always this easy and cheap to buy their love.

-Saturday was so boring.  So I sewed.  I made 2 zipper pouches (for which I am currently writing a tutorial), 3 small table runners (one for Halloween, one for Thanksgiving, and one for Christmas) and one skirt that I wore to church on Sunday.

-We did end up going to Target on Saturday afternoon.  I saw two tumbler cups that I wanted and Eric said no.  Probably because I already have like ten at home.  They were only $3 though so I'm going back to get the later on this week.  I feel fairly confidant that he won't find out because he never reads my blog.  Then when he sees them at home he'll just roll his eyes and ask if I really needed them.  I'll say yes and he'll tell me to at least get rid of one or two of my older ones.  It's our song, we sing it all the time.

-I got my package from Old Navy on Saturday.  Have I mentioned I'm addicted to online shopping?  I need help.

-After reading this post, I decided to try to be more generous with my life.  I emailed Sophia's teacher and asked if any of the kids in the class needed pencil pouches for the year and if so I could make them one.  I thought she would say needed two, maybe three extra.  Instead she happily accepted and asked if I could make several so she could have plenty of extras for the year!  So guess what I'm now doing this week.  I'm not complaining either :)

-I started an Instagram just for this blog!  Yay!  You can follow me at @letitshineblog.  Go do it now, my low number of followers is making me depressed and when I'm depressed I eat cookies.  The only kind we have in the house right now are Caramel Apple Oreos and let's be honest, that sounds gross.  I will not be eating those.

What did you do this weekend?

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Friday, September 5, 2014

FB Pet Peeves Part II

So, I had an immediately great response to my last FB Pet Peeves post (here) that I decided to write another one.  I love you guys!

1. Duck faces.  Okay, here's the deal.  If you are 17ish and younger, I will give you a free pass to do duck faces every once in a while.  I've done them a time or two.  But if you are old enough to vote and/or buy cigarettes then you are too old to be doing the duck face.  I don't care if you are in college, I don't care if you're drunk.  I don't care if you're trying to be young and care free.  Do it every once in a while as a joke, whatever, I don't care.  If you do it enough so that people can go duck hunting on your profile page, that's too much.  No more duck faces people.

2. Passive agressive statuses.  Grow up people.  Social media is not for dirty laundry.  That's for a laundry mat.  Duh.

3. Itineraries.  So, this one was suggested to me.  I actually can't say I have friends that do this, but apparently some of my friends have other friends who post every second of their day.  I can see how this would be incredibly annoying.

7:00 am.  Woke up, peed, ate the last of the coco puffs for breakfast.  I'm just cuckoo for those things.
7:43 am. Late for work. Again.
8:16 am. My boss just reamed me out in his office.  What prank should I play on him next?
9:03 am.  Just had the most annoying client.  She was one of those grandmas who wore teenager jeans.  'Nuff said.
10:30 am.  Just taking my morning "read a magazine time".
12:00 pm. Lunchtime!  Let's see what my coworkers left in the fridge from yesterday.  I think Suzy from accounting got a pizza and forgot to take it home.
12:30 pm. Had to eat lunch from the vending machine when Suzy caught me trying to steal her pizza.

Okay, honestly you guys, I can't keep going.  If I had a friend like that I would probably hide those statues.  Pronto.

4. Info about poop.  It doesn't belong on FB.  Text your friends about it and be sure to use that little emoticon, but don't post about it.  Yuck.  Have a medical condition that makes you poop?  Just say under the weather.  You don't want people picturing you in the bathroom doing unspeakable things do you?  Didn't think so.

5. Self-depcricating comments.  This one gets me.  Everyone has a bad day and needs encouragement sometimes.  That's understandable.  But to post bad stuff about yourself all the time, what are you wanting?  Someone to agree with you?  Because I guarantee if you do that someone will sooner or later.  Pictures are the worst.  Don't post a selfie and then say "I look rachet, lol!"  If you really think that, then why are you posting it?  I will never understand.

6. Don't be a stalker.  Don't post on one person's statuses all the time.  It's weird, and people notice.  Oh, they notice.  Unless that person is your BFFFF (like forever, forever, forever) then don't do it.  You just look like a creeper.

7. And in the vein of games, don't be someone who announces "I don't have time for silly, childish FB games!" It sounds like a brag.  Like, my life is so cool and important that I can't be bothered to even ignore Candy Crush and I definitely don't have three seconds to block the game.  Be banished!  Threatening to delete your friends because you won't block a game seems quite bizarre to me, to be frank.  Stop being so self-important.  And for goodness sake, everyone uses the bathroom.  Just play a round of Candy Crush on the pot and tell me you don't love it ;)

8. Please don't say you hate drama.  That just makes me laugh. I believe this ecard says it best.

9. Hashtags.  Okay, I'm going to level with you.  I use hashtags now and then.  What I do not do is use and excessive number of them at one time. #blogs #blogsareawesome #iamawesome #justkidding #notreally #readthisblog #orelse #notreally #ilovemyreaders #tagsforlikes #pleasefollowme #please #prettyplease #withacherryontop 

I'm a little grossed out that I did that even for an example.  Three tops people.

10. People who post about every time their kid uses the toilet.  Again, this just seems weird.  Please remember that one day your kid will be old enough to use the internet and that kid may be embarrassed by this.  Also, not everyone wants to know your kids just took a dump.  I know you're proud (I have kids too) but just be proud about that one to your mom or your bestie on the phone.  It's one thing to say your kid is potty trained, it's another to give a blow by blow of the process.

Bonus: Labor Details.  I DO NOT want to see a timeline of your labor.  Ew.  Are you kidding?  I'm delighted to know you gave birth.  Thrilled to hear the name.  I am happy to rejoice in the newness of life with you.  I am not, however, interested in hearing how many centimeters dilated you are, if your water just broke and whether or not you can see or feel hair yet.  That's gross.  Those seem like things you could probably text to a select few (if you can find the mental an physical energy to text whilst giving birth), but birth is not a spectator sport and you should not post every detail of it online so people can watch their FB feeds with a bucket of popcorn waiting to hear how your episiotomy went.  
Again I repeat, ew.

Notice how I left the grammar police off this list?  It's because people show know grammar.  I know we all make typos once in a while and I generally don't think that people are after typos.  They're after the misuse of "your, and you're" or "there, their, and they're".  Stuff like that.  Sometimes they're after a lack of commas.  Because commas are important, as we all know.  They really separate the educated from the slightly crazy.  It's the difference between "I like cooking Grandpa."  And "I like cooking, Grandpa."  One is a statement to your dear old pop pop, the other is murder.  Let's be serious.

So, are there any I missed?  Hit me up in the comments!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Rando photo of me to go along with the random posts.

First things first.  I noticed that this little ole blog of mine had over 2100 hits yesterday.  WOWZA! That's a lot of me. I hope many of you come back.  I am so curious, what let you here and what did you like?  Let me know in the comments or in an email.  Seriously, I am excited that many of you came here and I can't handle curiosity.  Don't make me explode like a little cartoon.  It'd just be Old Navy clothes and blonde hair evvvvvverywhere.

I was trying to sell an old baby gate on Craigslist.  I had a lady write me and tell me she was really interested and wanted to know where we could meet she she could pick it up.  I told her where I could meet her (in Chesapeake) and she told me that was way too far for her because she lives in Williamsburg.  Lady, I wrote exactly where I could meet you in the original post.  I don't know why this was a surprise for you.  SIGH.

Sophia started Kindergarten this week.  WAHHHH!  I can't even talk about Cooper going to Pre-K next like.  Like literally.  Bring it up in front of me and I will lash out like the whitest Madea you've seen yet.

I asked for suggestions on stuff you would like to see written about on the blog.  One of my friends suggested I write more about cookies, and so I shall.  And so I shall...
Is there a suggestion you would like to make?  Leave it in the comments!

I have a sequel to my FB post coming up soon.  You guys had just the best suggestions of things that go down on FB that you hate so I just had to do another one.  Read the first one here, read the next one tomorrow.

Funfetti anything makes me heart happy.

Ya'll, I am MOVING!  Seriously.  We are only moving about 10 minutes down the road, but we are really excited.  We are going to have a huge yard and a garage. It's gonna be awesome.  And we'll finally be rid of my lying, cheat of a landlady.  Calling her a lady is a bit of an overstatement actually.  Just callin' it like I see it.

Just in case you didn't know, I worship at the hair alter of Twist Me Pretty.  Abby is just the coolest girl and she makes awesome video tutorials for how to fix your hair so, well, pretty!  I've been trying out some of her hair styles and if you don't know how to braid she is the girl to watch.  I learned how to Dutch braid watching her videos and every time I wear my hair like that I get compliments on how thick my braid looks.  I love it!  I'm still trying to master the waterfall braid though.  Watch her video on the four basic braids here.

P.S. Abby didn't pay me to say that.  I'm 100% positive she doesn't even know who little old me is, and that's totally fine :)

I am addicted to shopping online.  I can't help it.  And I'm starting to prefer it over shopping in the stores, even for clothes.  I even like to order from stores I could shop at here, like Forever 21 or Old Navy.  They just have a bigger selection and since I already know how the clothes will fit me I just feel like why not shop online?  Then I don't have to suffer through Cooper's temper tantrums to leave the store.  Win-win.

That's all for now, see you tomorrow for round two of FB Pet Peeves!

"For I know the plans I have for you" declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".  Jeremiah 29:11