Friday, August 29, 2014

love & hate friday

I'm taking a cue from Janet today with this post... I've been reading her blog since before blogging was cool and since I didn't have a post idea for today, I'm totally jacking hers.

love - the long weekend ahead!
hate - that it's the last one until thanksgiving.

love - that it's college football season!!!
hate - that my boys got destroyed last night.

love - that timmy tebow is back on my tv and doing pretty great so far on the sec network.
hate - that it's not in a football uniform.

love - that fall is on the horizon.
hate - that everyone is ringing fall in already. i love fall just as much as the next person... but not yet.

love - all the back-to-school pictures that fill social media.
hate - that it's time for back-to-school already. i'm not one of those moms who rejoices when school starts back up.

love - social media. {facebook | instagram | twitter}
hate - when people update statuses to people who will never see their post (ie: 'dear car that cut me off on the highway... '). that person will never see your status so stop subjecting the rest of us to it.

love - seeing posts of what parents are packing in their kids' lunchboxes.
hate - when people fill their kids up with junk food and chemicals.

love - helene's travel bucket list. i have one too but not nearly as detailed and now i'm inspired.
hate - that i haven't been to more places on my list.

love - finding chip & joanna gaines on social media (she blogs!).
hate - finding out another one of my favorite HGTV shows (House Hunters) isn't as authentic as it seems.

What are you loving (or hating!) today?! Share with me in the comments section and then go enjoy this long holiday weekend and the unofficial end of summer!

 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Ryan's 1st Day of School

We've had such a busy summer that I haven't had a whole lot of time to think about school starting back up but this morning it happened... my baby went off to 7th grade!
I'm such a sap, always have been, but these milestones just completely crush me. Such a brutal (or brutiful, as Glennon would say) reminder of how fast these years go by. I know you've heard those cliche sayings a million times... 'where does the time go?!,' 'they grow too fast,' 'what happened to my baby?!,'... and you know why you hear those cliche sayings so often? Because they're true, every last one of them. 

This all hit me like a ton of bricks yesterday when the high school kids in our town had their 1st day. The incoming freshman class has kids that Ryan is friends with, kids that he's played sports with for years, older siblings of friends... it's the first time we've had a real connection with the kids in high school and it just breaks my mama heart to see them all growing up so fast!

Try as I may though, I haven't yet figured out how to slow down the hands of time. I hope all the kids have a great 1st day of school and the best year ever... and I really hope they all stop growing up so quickly!

 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Weigh-In Wednesday



 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Bits

You would think that since we had one of our only relaxing, laid-back weekends of the year that today would be smooth sailing... but notsomuch. I generally despise the whole "I hate Mondays" argument because, hello, that's 1/7 of your life that you're spending being grumpy just because of the day of the week. But today? Today is totally just one of those days...
On the way out the door this morning my breakfast and snacks for the day went flying out of my hands along with my cell phone and when I picked my cell phone up from the bushes it landed in there was a worm stuck to the back. I should have known right then and there that today would be one of those days.

When I got to work my boss was telling me about how they were talking about Tim Tebow on the radio this morning and he said it sounded just like conversations he and I have had about him. The radio made some good points and my boss thought those points sounded exactly like what I've said in the past. Then the casual-sports-fan-with-no-real-clue-about-sports two offices down chimes in and starts ripping Tebow to shreds. It drives me crazy when people who don't know much about sports try to actually engage in a conversation about them... it's like religion and politics to me, don't even try and debate sports with me. Hashtag I get mad.

Then it was off to a meeting where I about lost my everloving mind. Not that I want to discuss work here on the blog but my goodness... don't sit in a meeting and say, point blank, this is what we want but we have no plans to put the work in to help us get there. Blows.my.mind.

Summer is coming to an end and that has me a bit frazzled too. I'm not sure why because we're pretty ready for it but I think the change in our schedule has me feeling disorganized... which I'm totally not but I still feel that way for some reason.

Would you guys be interested in a post or two on back-to-school lunches? I know that I love seeing people post what they're sending to school with their kids for lunch everyday, I find it so helpful... so I will do the same if you want to see it.

I know this post was all sorts of random but when I'm feeling disorganized and stressed, writing is a release for me... so, this is what you get for a blog post! :) Happy Monday, friends... hope your day is going a little better than mine!;)

 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Football Friday Favorites

I'm being a rebel and combining two different link-ups today... but it's Friday and it works for me so I'm just going to roll with it!
Football Friday
First off, I'm linking up with Erin for Football Friday. Can you freakin' believe it's that time of year already?! I obviously love me some spring, summer, and baseball season but there's absolutely nothing like fall and football season! The crisp in the air, the waking up on Saturday mornings and turning on College GameDay, the fanfare and passion that is college football... I just love it all so much! You won't find me glued to football on Sundays... no, no, no... ever since I started following college football (and the SEC) a few years ago, it's all about the Saturdays for me! As much as I hate to see summer come to an end, bring on the fall Saturdays!
That leads me right into the second link-up of the day... this time with Andrea at Momfessionals for Friday Favorites. College football is definitely one of my favorites so combining these two link-ups was a no-brainer. Other things on my favorites list lately include... 
Momfessionals
Last night. Can I count that as a favorite? Because it totally was. For some odd reason, last night felt like I had all the hours in the world to get stuff done and it felt amazing. I cleaned out my car, organized my kitchen, Emily organized some stuff for back-to-school, we had a nice dinner together, and had plenty of time to play two games (Phase 10 and Yahtzee) after dinner... and she beat me at both in case you're wondering. It was just one of those nights where everything clicked and it was perfect!

HGTV and Food Network. I don't have time to watch much TV but when I do, my TV is either on sports, HGTV or the Food Network. It doesn't matter what show is on HGTV or the Food Network because I'll watch them all! House Hunters is still a classic but lately I'm really loving Property Brothers on HGTV... over on Food Network I really love Pioneer Woman (she used to drive me crazy but now I love her!) and I'll never ever ever get enough of Chopped!

Our family calendar. Seriously, why didn't I start this years ago?! It's already been so helpful and you know when my kids are excited about a calendar that it is much needed!

Earning. I've been earning money and gift cards like crazy lately with a few different apps. Some I've posted about before and some are new-ish. I certainly won't get rich off these apps but it sure is nice to cash them in for some extra money and have some gift cards hanging around just waiting for me come the holiday shopping season! If you're interested in knowing which ones work best for me, just ask... happy to share the details if you're interested!

Haus of Girls- Fit Family. Marta from Four Fit Sisters has been posting on her family's Facebook page what she packs in her girls' lunches for school everyday. I love seeing all the healthy options and getting new ideas for my own kids!

And lastly, just because it made me laugh...
Happy weekend, friends!

 

Thursday, August 21, 2014

5 Concert Tips {That Are Too Good to Keep to Yourself}

A couple weeks ago when I took Emily to her first concert I felt a big responsibility to pass along some concert wisdom to her. That may sound a little extreme for a 10 year old but it was necessary nonetheless. I've certainly been to a lot of concerts and have spent my fair share of time around the music business... I'd be foolish if I didn't pass along some of what I've learned to my newest live music fan!
Here are just a few of the tips that I passed along...
This is a tough one for me to share because it's one of my most useful little secrets, but here goes... don't ever ever ever buy tickets when they go on sale. I know to live by this but didn't actually do it this time because I wanted the tickets in hand for a Christmas gift... and of course I lived to regret it. Wait until the week of the show to buy your tickets and you'll score some great seats at face value right on Ticketmaster. Once the tour gets to the actual venue and sets up the stage, many times they'll realize they have room for an extra row or two of seats near the stage. So what happens? They throw those tickets right up on Ticketmaster and someone who waited until the last minute to buy tickets ends up with great seats at face value. Win win. Also? Tickets that an artist sets aside for friends and family, crew members, etc... a few days before the show, whatever isn't being used up by people associated with the tour are put back up for sale online. I've scored 2nd and 3rd row seats 2 days before a concert this way before as well as pit tickets. I even checked this out with One Direction tickets before our show (and a couple other shows on the east coast) and sure enough, if I'd waited until the last minute, we'd have scored a pretty great view for face value. I know it's a risk and I know it's scary to wait...  but I've always found the reward is worth the risk!

I don't mean to sound like I don't want people to use their manners because I obviously do. But at concerts where there's 50,000 other people, sometimes you've just gotta throw out some of the rules you've been taught your whole life and look out for yourself. The merchandise stand? You can wait forever to buy a t-shirt... seriously, the crowds around a merch table and the wait is a little ridiculous. If you're walking by and notice an opening right up front, go ahead and sneak yourself right up in there. You'll have your souvenir in no time and be on your merry way. You might look at that as rude and cutting in line, I like to look at it as being efficient with my time. This also comes into play during the concert itself. My best friend and I go to a lot of concerts together and we both know that once we're there, it's every man for himself. If you're on the floor 30 rows back and you see an open seat 5 rows ahead, you walk right up there and act like you belong there. Next thing you know you'll see another open seat another few rows ahead of you and before you know it, you'll be at the stage. I'm not saying to steal someone's seat or block their view (both big no-no's) but if there's an opening, you may as well use it to your advantage. The key here is to act like you belong there... don't act suspicious, don't wait for your friends... just go. I've watched many a concert from the very front of the venue just by doing this.

Unfortunately, I had to teach Emily this immediately at our show. You've got to protect your space and if it takes throwing a couple of elbows to get it done, then so be it. Be assertive... if you're not, you'll end up hearing some pretty great music while staring at the back of someone's head all night long. We all want to sing and dance and have plenty of room to do just that... but if someone next to you is going to the extreme, which they usually do at a concert, protect your spot. At our concert, a couple people next to Emily kept bumping into her and (unintentionally) pushing her back so they could have a better view for their pictures. They kept nudging and (of course) each time they did she stepped back a bit. I politely asked them to stop to no avail and I certainly wasn't going to let my daughter miss out on this concert so I showed her how to stand firm and push back a bit. Of course you don't want to encourage confrontation but you do need to protect your own space... Emily did just that and those girls never bothered her again.

Nothing bugs me more than watching someone stand there quietly at a show or checking their phone. You're at a concert, you need to experience it! The artist says "scream!" then you scream... sing along to the music, dance to the beat! Don't spend your time being quiet... let loose and have some fun! You might be worried that you look and sound a little foolish but I promise, no one is watching you... they paid their money to watch whoever's up on that stage, not who's in the seats!

Another huge pet peeve of mine when it comes to concerts or a sporting event. You've paid the money and spent your time getting there... now enjoy the full experience! Sure you may have to wait a few extra minutes to get out of the venue or parking lot but it's all part of the experience. The end of an event, whether it be a concert or sporting event, is often times some of the best moments of the whole evening... don't miss out because you wanted to beat a few minutes of traffic!

Ok, my fellow concert-goers... those are some of my tips and tricks to pass along! What are some of yours that you'd add to the list?

 
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