Wednesday, January 28, 2015


Hey y'all!  Over the past year, Anne has asked on and off if she could blog.  I offered a few times to let her guest post here, but she would say, "no, I want my own blog."  I always felt conflicted, and didn't know if I should let her.  I felt like it may be putting her out there on the internet too much and I was unsure.  
Well, last weekend she asked and I decided to let her do it.  She has been really excited about it!  The more I think about it, the more I'm glad she's doing it.  There are so many things that are beneficial about it...she's writing (which means using correct language/spelling), publishing her work, and also getting to be creative.  I can't wait to see what she comes up with!  --Here's the link if you'd like to check it out!
This little girl is something special I tell ya.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


It's always hard getting up and out the door by 7:30 am.  So, since we were out by 7:15, I thought we'd snap some pictures for an outfit post.  It's been a while and I miss sharing outfits with y'all!
Something about it always makes me want to try a little harder to look my best.
I did a serious wardrobe purge back in the fall, so I'm feeling the need to shop and replenish some things.  It's a slow process--because who has the money to go buy a whole new wardrobe all at once??!!

I am loving these novi bracelets so much.  They are so versatile and go with everything!  Shauna is always coming up with new styles and making it hard not to want one in every color and shape!

I always have to include my sweet girl Anne.  She looks cute no matter what she wears, but I particularly love her in navy and white--which are staples around our house!  
Anne's wearing: jacket and shirt/j.crew, jeans/gap,
I'm wearing: shirt/gap, cardigan/forever21, jeans/jcpennies, boots/gianni bini, bracelets and earrings/novi

Monday, January 26, 2015


You may have heard it said, if you don't like Mississippi weather just wait a bit and it'll change.  This is such a true statement...except for maybe in the blazing hot summer.  Last weekend we were having beautiful spring like weather.  I'm talking highs in the low 70's--which is perfect if you ask me!
On days like this, it's almost a crime to stay indoors, so we spent as much of it as possible outside.  We took the kids to Mason park--which is always a good time to capture some candid photos.
When these Hispanic children came, they were so afraid of Pepper.  It totally made me giggle...since she would never hurt a fly!  Before we left though, they loved her.  It was so cute.

Monday, January 19, 2015


One of my most favorite parts of the day is our bedtime routine because I LOVE getting to snuggle up and read with my kiddos...I feel like both of my kids have just always loved books.  One of the first things Michael said when he found out I was pregnant with Anne was "we don't have enough books!"  So, obviously it is super important to us to surround our kids with great books.
Anne is such an independent reader now, but she definitely is not too big to crawl up and read a book with us!  She even likes to read to Liam a lot of the time.  He is loving the Little Blue Truck books right now.  I know we've read the two we have about a gajillion times!  We also read lots of nursery rhymes--today he loved Humpty Dumpty.  He thought it was so funny when we'd say it over and over.
What are some of your favorite children's books?

Sunday, January 18, 2015


We've spent the past week preparing for a video shoot with Nest--the thermostat.  It's kind of a long story, but basically Michael left a well deserved positive review on their website.  After talking with him further, they thought our family and town would make a good promo video!  We were excited to do it obviously, we love our nests!
We only had a week to get ready for it, so we were pretty much in cleaning mode all week.  Thanks to Ms. Sandy for helping us make it happen!

We woke up with the sun to put the finishing touches on the house and get ourselves ready for the day.  I was excited to support my friends by wearing one of Hope's free trade dresses she's selling at the Antique Mall and of course my Novi jewelry!!!

Once they got all the equipment set up, we started the interviews.  Michael interviewed, then me.  It was really fun to get to talk about our town and the movement that's happening in Laurel right now.  I basically got to tell them that you can be negative about any town in America.  You can always find something wrong and some reason not to invest...but you can also find something good if you look for it.  And if you focus on the good and try to make it even better, that's when you start to build a community that people want to be a part of.

Michael's really excited about some of the things the production crew taught him about making films...look out USM, he's got some new tricks up his sleeve!
This was such a fun opportunity and I'm really glad they thought we were something special and would want to come all this way to make a video of us.
Once everything is finished and the video is posted I'll be sure to let y'all know--well, as long as I don't sound absolutely ridiculous on camera!