Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!

It's almost time to kick-off the weekend and I seriously can't wait, but first I need to share with you my Friday Favorites!


Let's start here with this IG post from Madison Vining.  This speaks to really, truly speaks to me...  LOL!


This week I shared some ridiculously cute and affordable swimsuits that I found on Amazon - you can find the post here.  I bought the one on the top left AND the one on the bottom/in the middle and I couldn't be happier!


Speaking of swimsuits, I recently purchased this mermaid two-piece swimsuit for Eliza and oh-my-goodness it's sooooo stinkin' adorable!  Can you believe I bought it for around ten bucks?!  I thought for sure it would disintegrate upon entering the water, but so far so good.

The fit is also wonderful.  Eliza is tall for her age so I ended up going with the XL 5/6 size and it fits her like a glove.  It's seriously the cutest thing ever!

I only wish I had had this when I was little...

Who's with me?

Oh and one last thing, the last time I checked it was for sale for only $6.39.  Score!

Here's my little silly-and-sassy-mermaid-haired-girly-girl modeling off her suit.  ;)



I've finished reading The Magnolia Story and it was everything I'd hoped it to be and more.  Even if Joanna's style isn't YOUR kind-of-style, you'll still find this book to be inspirational...I promise.  I'm never one to re-read a book, but I'm keeping this one close by for motivational purposes.


This meme.  Because The Bachelor. ;) ;) ;)


I'm trying to blog really trying.

Thank goodness for those you who host link-ups, not only do you keep us bloggers (if I can even be called that) connected, but, for me, linking up keeps my brain intact.  LOL!

I'm sure most of you are already well-aware of these link-ups, but for those you who are looking for blogging inspiration and the best virtual friendships ever, look no further than these linky parties!

Have a great weekend, friends!

Marie :)

I'm linking up with AprilNatasha, and Christina for the Five on Friday link-up Paaaaarty!
I'm linking up with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love for my Friday Favorites!
I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for the Oh Hey Friday linky party!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Family, RVs and a Trip to The Found Cottage

I realize it's a little late to be sharing my weekend review, so I'll make this post as short and sweet as possible.

Over the weekend we traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan.  It's an amazing city.  We visited a children's museum, ate some delicious meals, went to an RV show and I attended the re-grand opening of The Found Cottage.

The only other time I've ever visited The Found Cottage was for my birthday last year and trust me, it didn't disappoint.  If I understand correctly, the owners recently moved from a 2,200 square foot building to a 6,000 square foot building - which also happens to be right next door to their original building.  Luckily, we just happened to be in the area for the re-grand opening and I just knew I wanted to attend.

As you may, or many not know, one of the owners of The Found Cottage is Liz Marie Galvan.  You may also know her from her blog, LizMarieBlog.  Now, I don't know about you, but to me bloggers are celebrities.  Why not right?  I mean so many bloggers I follow are inspirational, motivational and creative.  The perfect celebrity if you ask me.  So as you can imagine I was ecstatic as I entered The Found Cottage only to spot THE Liz Marie Galvan checking out customers at the register.  Inside I was screaming with excitement, outside I tried my hardest to contain my emotions (all of this in the non-creepiest and non-stalker-ish of ways).  Haha!  Although, I'm not sure if I did a good job or not!  LOL!

It was so fun to look around the store.  My creative juices were a' flowin', that's for sure.

The store carries clothing, too.  Take a look at this dress.  Oh my goodness, I wanted it soooo bad for Easter.

The floral print.  I loooove the floral print.


Unfortunately for me there was a huge check-out line that went around the inside of the store!  It was crazy.  I soooooo wanted to buy a bunch of stuff, including the floral dress, but since I had left Jon and the kids in the parking lot (don't worry - they were in the car most of the time), I had to abort the mission and instead take several mental pictures (okay and iPhone pictures) of goodies to look for when I go back in the spring.

Of course we had a great time with the kids while in Grand Rapids, too!  There was a lot of fort building, laughter and static electricity (see hair) while at children's museum...

I played "grocery store" with Henry and in my head I thought it was funny to buy lots of fish and coffee...

We ate at Panera, which was a huge treat for me since I never get a chance to go to one...

The RV show was so much fun!  Can you believe this kitchen is inside a recreational vehicle?!


Girlfriend looks a little too comfortable, if you ask me.  ;)

Jon and I took the kids out to dinner at a fancier restaurant/pub that was located in the same parking lot as our hotel.  We didn't plan on going to a restaurant like this, but we figured it had a kid's menu, so we went for it!

Oh my gosh - it was soooo good!!!  The food, the atmosphere, the drinks!  We never did see another child in the entire restaurant and it was packed...and loud, but in a good way.  As Jon and I walked out of the restaurant we kind of felt like bada**es and literally high-fived each other right outside the restaurant's front doors.  We felt so cool.  It's the little things,'s the little things.  ;)

Let it be known, this all occurred around 5:30 in the evening and we were all asleep by 9:30.


Yeah, we don't get out much...

There you have it.  Our high-fiving, RV showing, Panera eating, and The Found Cottage shopping weekend recap.

Thanks for stopping by this little blog of mine!  :)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Cute and Affordable Bathing Suits from Amazon

 This post contains affiliate links.

I know, I know - it's only January, but you guys, trust me with this swimsuit blog post.  You see, we're heading to an indoor water park soon and I don't have a swimsuit to wear.  Wait.  Let me rephrase that.  Ahem.  I don't want to wear any of the swimsuits I already own.  There.  I said it.  Don't think of it as a waste of money and material, rather, think of it as a matter of comfort.  Not to mention the fact that I don't think the ten extra pounds from the holidays seem to be helping much.

Seriously, someone needs to tell me to put the chocolate down.  I'm in denial the holidays have commenced.

Anyway, I headed over to Amazon to check out swimsuits, preferably something affordable, as well as something to cover my mid-section and WOW was I surprised at what I found!  I've got to tell you, I was so impressed with all the options that I just had to share some of my favorites here on the bloggity blog.  The first four are similar, but I couldn't help but share these fun tank-top-type-tankini-suits.

This one spoke to me immediately, so I bought it within minutes of searching for a suit.  It has since arrived, I've tried it on and, you guys, it's awesome!  The tank top is completely removable and the bathing suit itself is so cute and comfortable.  Oh and the coverage.  I love the coverage!  Once I put it on I was giddy.  Truly giddy.  It seems as though I have finally found the one that "suits" me.  LOL!  Pun intended, of course.  Hardy-Har-Har!

Find it here.

Then I got all crazy and bought this one, too.  I purposely ordered it a size too small in hopes that by summer I'll lose a few pounds and add a bit-o-muscle, as well (yeah, we'll see how that goes). ;)  Even though it's a size too small, I still adore it.  Hello?  Polk-a-dots!  The tank part is NOT detachable, but it shows a little bit of skin on my upper torso.  It's so much fun!

Find it here.

Oh my gosh!  Then I found this one.  I may be convincing myself right now as I type that I need this swimsuit in my life.  ;)  I love me some stripes!

Find it here.

How about this one?  Super sporty, right?

Find it here.

Moving on to something a little more feminine.  I think this one is so pretty.  Just look at all the ruffles...and the skirt...and the fit...and the buttons...  Seriously, what's not to love about this pretty swimsuit?  Geez, I'd wear it as a shirt if I could!

Find it here.

Okay, so check out this one!  The straps, the skirt, the floral.  Love it!

Find it here.

And finally - are you ready for this?  It's a swimsuit dress, you guys!!  A. Swimsuit. Dress.  The stars have aligned and all my swimwear dreams have come true.  I had no idea - NO IDEA - that this existed and I can guarantee you that I'll be purchasing this swimsuit dress for this coming summer, well if I can wait that long!  EEK!

Find it here.

What do you think?  Do you have a favorite?  I'd love to hear your opinions.  :)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Friday Favorites

It's Friday and guess what?!  Everyone seems to finally be healthy again over here (knock on wood) and my dizziness and nausea have finally, finally seemed to have gone away - thank goodness.

Let's blog, shall we?

Here we go with some Friday Favorites!


Shoes and Matilda Jane

It's been pretty darn cold here in Michigan lately, so we haven't been venturing outside much, well, other than driving the kids to and from their schools.  However on Tuesday, while getting Eliza ready to leave for preschool, she put on her cute boots (seen below) only to find out that they were way too small.  How did that happen?!  We had no other shoe options so I told her to wear these ones one last time and I had promised her that after school we'd go shoe shopping.  We basically bought the same shoes except a couple sizes bigger and with a darker colored strap.

Also, how could I not take a picture of her adorable Matilda Jane outfit?  Doesn't she look so warm and cozy?!  I want her sweater.  ;)



The kids still must be recovering from Christmas break because not only did I get to snuggle with one kiddo, but both the same week.  Oh my goodness, it was a dream.  Of course I had to take selfies to document these sweet moments.  :)



I'm back, baby!  Well, kind of.  I'm s-l-o-w-l-y getting back to running.  After the rush of the holidays, the widespread family "sickness," and the handfuls of chocolate morsels that I managed to consume throughout the month of December - it's time to get my booty back to work on the treadmill.

The shirt says it all.


Eliza's Hair Salon and Tangles

Eliza has been wanting to play "beauty salon" with me a lot this week.  She does my hair, tells me to read a book (not my choosing and it must be read aloud) while sitting in the "shop," then I make her hot cocoa and I drink coffee as a reward for a long day's work (or approximately forty-seven minutes).

Yesterday, while grocery shopping, I told her we could purchase some "beauty salon products."  We bought hair ties, headbands and styling gel.  Why did I think it was a good idea to let a three-year-old apply styling gel to my head, I'll never know?  Maybe it was because of the forty-seven minutes of uninterrupted sitting, resting and relaxing while reading her choice of books that I agreed to the idea?  I attempted to wash out the gobs of styling gel out of my hair yesterday...not once, but twice. Yup, it's still in there.  One thing's for sure, Eliza is committed to her craft.  ;)



Bun/Ponytail Hat and More Tangles

Speaking of hair...

About a month ago I came across a really cute hat on Facebook or Instagram, I really wish I could remember where I saw it.  Well, there's a spot for your bun or your ponytail to come out of the back/top of the hat and it covers more of your head than the typical winter headband.  I was all, "I need this in my life."  I asked my sister if she could whip one up for me (as she knows how to crochet and I have not a clue on how to even begin).

Over New Year's weekend she gave it to me and boy, did she deliver!  I love this hat because I don't feel like I'm trying to tuck in my bun or ponytail into a hat and in return have a huge protruding object at the top of my head.  Do you ever have this problem?!

Anyway, this was my hair yesterday after the "styling gel incident."  I'm sure you can see that my hair looks wet, tangled and not brushed.  True, true and true.

I just couldn't not share this will you guys today.  Seriously, I love this hat!

So that's it over here.  I'm about to go hit up the gerbil wheel again (AKA treadmill), mostly so I can eat more chocolate chip morsels... ;)

Have a nice weekend, friends.  Stay warm!

Marie :)

I'm linking up with AprilNatasha, and Christina for the Five on Friday link-up Paaaaarty!
I'm linking up with A Little Bit of EverythingMomfessionals, and Grace and Love for my Friday Favorites!
I'm linking up with September Farm and The Farmer's Wife for the Oh Hey Friday linky party!

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

New Year's Weekend - Recap

Happy New Year!

I can't believe 2016 is over.  Boy it sure did seem to fly by, didn't it?  Unfortunately, I rang in the new year by feeling a bit icky.  I still have these overwhelming nauseous and dizzy moments.  Sometimes I'll just go lie down for twenty minutes and then I'll feel completely fine.  It's so weird.  My appetite is barely there, but when it comes back I try to eat as much as possible.  Luckily coffee still tastes good in the mornings, but come afternoon, it's a no-go.  Boo.  I love my afternoon coffee.  Let's hope this illness moves on very soon.

Jon's been great and he's been giving me that oh-so-needed rest when he's around.  

This is how my weekend began.  Henry and Jon made me coffee and brought it to me in bed.  Nubs the cat helped with the snuggles.  :)

My sister and her family came over on Saturday to help ring in the new year!  The kids played hard.

Oh and see my "cheers" balloons, they're originally from Target, but I found them at Goodwill!  Score!  Just to be clear, they were in a package and not already blown up.  LOL!  ;)

Aside from having to go lie down again at around five o'clock due to feeling blah, we had a great time and we managed to stay up until about 1:30 a.m.

Not the kids...oh no.  Although we let them stay up past their bedtimes, they were all nestled and snug in their beds by ten o'clock.

Speaking of the kiddos, my sister and I wanted to do something for the kids to help celebrate the new year, so my sister came up with a super cute scavenger hunt for the kids and I came up with hourly activities.  The kids loved all of it.  We had to make the last few hourly activities more like thirty minute activities as it was getting late and the kids were becoming exhausted.

Our last "hourly activity" read, "Pop!  Pop!  Pop!  Pop!  Happy New Year!  Time to Celebrate!"  So the kids went out on the deck and celebrated with those popper/confetti/string things (technical term, I'm sure).  As you can see none of them were wearing coats or shoes, but, of course, they didn't care.  They were ready to party...well, for the twelve seconds they were out there!  Ha!

The rest of New Year's day was spent relaxing in pajamas with my sister and her family.  After they left there was more relaxation, napping (on my part), reading and cartoon watching.

Monday came around too fast.  My friend, Sara, is hosting her third weight-loss group challenge and I, for the third time, joined.  I know that weight is just a number, but I do need to start eating healthier and exercising more.  This sickness isn't helping me any, but hopefully I can start running again soon once the dizziness subsides.

Anyway, here's my current weight, you know - to hold me accountable and stuff.  Haha!  :0

......aaaaaaaaaaand what's the first thing I do on a the first day of a weight-loss challenge?  Umm...take the kids to lunch, of course!

Hey, it was our last day of vacation yesterday and I wanted to go out on a date with my babies.  Once again, I literally lost my appetite right in the middle of eating due to feeling dizzy, but I'm so happy these little munchkins had a great time!  They love going out to lunch.  :)

We came home, I took Eliza to gymnastics and we prepared for the week.  Thank goodness it's a short one!

Boy-oh-boy, do I already miss sleeping in...  ;)

Happy New Year, friends!

Marie :)

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