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A U D G E | serenity’s steps

When we moved to College Park, we wanted to be involved in our community… making friends, making it more beautiful, making it a better place to live. The first three years we lived here were fun, really fun. But we didn’t feel like we were actually making any kind of lasting difference. After we started going to East Point Church, a friend introduced us to Leroy.

Leroy had the same vision for his community that we had for ours, he was just able to put it into action. When he and his family moved into his Southwest Atlanta neighborhood, they started noticing a lot of girls working street corners. But rather than avoiding the problem or trying to make it simply go away, instead he decided to get to know “the problem”. So now, that girl had a name. And he knew her family. And she became a real person in his life. He and a friend then decided to start grilling out hotdogs in a parking lot in an area where they knew a lot of these girls who were involved in the commercial sex industry frequently congregated. Slowly they began building real and lasting relationships with these people. As these ladies and their stories unfolded and they started realizing their needs and how they could serve them in a real and practical way, Serenity’s Steps was born.

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The goal of Serenity’s Steps is to form authentic relationships with these people entangled in the commercial sex industry and provide them every practical way to transition out of that lifestyle. This can mean anything from safe housing, vocational training, or even educating our community on ways they can be of assistance to those people in transition. The average age that these girls enter into prostitution is 14. This means that if they do choose to leave that lifestyle, they’re usually homeless, they have little to no job experience, and no high school diploma. One of the ways that Serenity’s Steps is providing jobs is through That Grace Restored, which is a simply lovely journal making venture.

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If you’re into handmade journals, you should definitely check out their Etsy shop… these things are pretty fancy! You can even get in on the action by signing up for their journal making classes called Stitched. In the class, you’ll make one journal for you to take home and one to donate towards their sales. (Girls night out, anybody? I’m all about it.)

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One of the things my dashing and wise husband taught me awhile back was “If there’s something you don’t like, quit complaining about it and figure out what you can do to make it better.”

Want to know a GREAT way you can get involved?? Come to this:Serenitys Steps Comedy Show 2

You can check out the event on Facebook (and to invite your friends to come with you… *cough,cough* *nudge, nudge*) and order your tickets online. It’s $20 if you order them online, or $25 at the door. OR, you could enter **OUR GIVEAWAY!!** and score a couple of free tickets!
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Here at YCSWU, we are all about making our community a better place in whatever creative ways we can. Ministries like Serenity’s Steps are SO powerful because these aren’t just “problems in the neighborhood” anymore. These people become part of a family. Things get personal. We don’t always get the opportunities to be the hands and feet of a movement like this, but I can take a night off, buy a ticket, order a drink and LMAO, right?? To really provide the resources these ladies need to change their lives, this ministry needs funding. Let’s really come together on this one and help them out… you with me?

We’ll have all sorts of chuckles and goodies in store for you… Hope to see you guys there!! Oh, and? This is one time you can actually sit with us. :)

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J O A N N A | Chambray dresses galore

IMG_8724 (600x400)It’s no secret the girls at YCSWU love some chambray. I purchased my first chambray shirt a couple of years ago at J. Crew and called it my denim shirt for about a year… whoopsies. To me it all looked the same… am I completely alone in this? Here’s a great little post about the difference.

I love that the denim look is consistently “in” these days… and in every season too! It’s so easy to make your look casual or dressy.

picstitch (6) (600x600)I got this little diddy at a thrift store for a whopping $8.00, BUT, there are a lot of options out there… like everywhere you look. Here are some that I found for ya and thought were oh-so-cute (and on sale!):

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1 | Nasty Gal $24.00

2 | Gap $22.00

3 | Old Navy $25.00

4 | Asos $23.00

Alright people, that’s all I’ve got today. Stay cool and have a happy Tuesday!

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K A T | new beauty buys

I feel like I rarely change up my beauty regimen. I’ve been using the same MAC eyeliner for years and I’m pretty sure I’ve never worn any powder other than Bare Minerals. I’m what you could call a loyal customer. Once I find a product that I like, I’m not going to stray. I don’t know what’s gotten into me lately but I’ve been trying out some new beauty products and these are my faves!

IMG_4346_1024x1024Tangle Tamer | I can’t win with my hair. When I get out of the shower it’s a huge, tangled mess. Tears are forming in my eyes and I want to hurl my hairbrush across the bathroom.  This is why we condition, right?! Here lies the problem. My hair is so oily that I can only use conditioner on my ends. If I get conditioner any where near my roots, I might as well have not washed my hair. UGH! Insert: Tangle Tamer. I can brush my hair from root to tip in 5 seconds and there is not a snag or tangle in sight. I don’t know how it works but it does! Y’all are going to think I am the lamest person in the world for this one but I live and breathe for this thing.

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Drying Lotion by Mario Badescu | Cason has had this drying lotion for a while now and I always sneak into her room with a Q-tip and use hers. (The joys of having a sister!) Last time I was at Ulta I finally bought myself one and it’s worth its weight in gold. I don’t know what’s in this magic pink potion but if you have a breakout coming up and put this stuff on it, it vanishes! It’s a fast-acting, ache spot treatment that helps treat your breakouts overnight.

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Olay Age Defying Classic Night Cream | The time has arrived and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m almost at the eve of my 27th birthday and I’m using an anti-aging night cream.  I consulted my beauty guru Cason and she agreed that it was time. It’s a non-greasy moisturizer that helps renew your skins youthful glow while you sleep.  If a product promises to renew my youthful glow while I sleep, who am I to turn that down? I have really loved this budget friendly night cream. It’s doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily and it smells great!

My July beauty purchases went great- I am definitely going to keep using 3 out of 3 products! Anyone have any recommendations for products I should try out in August?

On another note…today is not your ordinary Monday, it’s the most dramatic Monday of your life because it’s The Bachelorette Finale!! Don’t forget to tweet with us tonight using #sitwithusANDI. It’s going to be epic!

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C A S O N | summer cocktails

Reality has set in and I only get to be a beach bunny for a few more days. NO! In honor of my current mood and state of mind, I’ve searched Pinterest high and low for the best summer cocktails. Check out these recipes that caught my eye…

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POMEGRANATE LEMONADE

1.5 oz. Ciroc Red Berry
1 oz. Lemonade
.5 oz. Pomegranate Juice
.5 oz. Lemonchelo
.5 oz. Simple Syrup

DIRECTIONS | In a mixing tin, add all ingredients and shake with ice. Strain into a chilled coup glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

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SKINNY SUMMER COCKTAIL

Liter Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water
2 Lemons
2 squeezes of liquid Stevia
Ice
Organic blueberries
Organic strawberries cut into wedges
1-2 ounces of your favorite vodka
Optional: Mint and peaches (sliced)

DIRECTIONS | Squeeze lemons, add mineral water and stevia to taste. Next add blueberries and strawberries. You can muddle them alone or with mint to make a fruity cocktail. Serve over ice.

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ULTIMATE SUMMER SANGRIA

1/2 orange, thinly sliced
1/2 lemon, thinly sliced
1 apple, cored and sliced
2 tbsps fresh lime juice
2 tbsps fresh orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy
1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (like Cointreau or Grand Marnier)
1 bottle hearty red wine
1 750-ml bottle sparkling water

DIRECTIONS | Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher, excluding the sparkling water. Stir until sugar dissolved completely. For the wine, don’t get fancy. A high-end wine is unnecessary and will lose it’s complexity when combined with all these ingredients. Try a Rioja, Cabernet, Chianti, Sangiovese, or Merlot for around $10. Ideally, let the sangria chill in the fridge for an hour or so, then top with sparkling water and serve!

Looking for something non-alcoholic? Check out the Sparkling Strawberry Slushie recipe we featured from Dashing Dish or Audra’s Fizzy Berry Lemonade recipe. It’s Friday y’all. Put your feet up and enjoy something cool and refreshing this weekend!

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A U D G E | baby registry 101

Baby Registry 101 | You Can Sit With Us BlogI’ve had a couple of requests lately from friends to do a post on what to register for with your first baby, so LO AND BEHOLD! Your wish is my command! I want to preface this post with a couple of major points though…

1) Contrary to popular belief, I actually DO NOT know everything. Ok, maybe Tacie is the only one that thinks that, but just know that I by no means consider myself a professional parent (if that even exists), but I’m happy to share whatever wisdom I’ve stumbled upon over these last couple of years!

2) Every single baby is different. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Even both of mine, so I’ll list a couple of different options for some things. Having said that, don’t stress out too much about this. Don’t overthink every single option. It’s seriously all trial and error, you’ll figure out what your baby likes and doesn’t like as you go along.

3) Your baby will survive with much less than what they tell you you’ll need. That suggested registry list is CRAZY huge. Ain’t nobody got time (or closet space) fuhDAT. Also, if you don’t have all of your ducks in a row by the time the baby comes, that’s okay too. I have a couple of friends who made major life changes right before their babies arrived, and were getting so stressed out about the little things. That little bundle of joy isn’t gonna be crying because you didn’t finish painting it’s room and hanging each freshly washed onesie in the closet according to color and size. Don’t get me wrong, that’s the fun stuff to buy and set up. Buuuut all your newborn wants is boob, sleep, and lots of snuggling for the first little while, so take a deep breath. Your baby won’t even notice. And don’t worry, your secret is safe with me! ;)

Alright, so now that I’ve listed all of my disclaimers, let’s get this party started! Here are a few of my baby faves:

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We wouldn’t have survived either baby without this thing. We actually have a couple of them that we keep different places, and these are perfect options if you want to keep something at an in-law’s or relatives house. If you get one that has the higher-up bassinet option, it’s perfect for newborns and you can skip getting  a separate bassinet. We live in an old house, so closet space is precious around these parts. We learned this lesson the hard way, but whatever comes in for baby must one day be stored… so think compact!

C A R R I E R | ergo baby

So I seriously would not have survived having a second baby if it wasn’t for this thing. There are a gazillion different carriers out there, but I’ve only really used this one and a sling that was given as a gift. I kind of have the mindset of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” with carriers, and since we loved the Ergo Baby the first time around we kept using for the second too. We got the newborn insert as well, which you only really need to use for a month or two. Soooo basically find a friend that has one and mooch off of them…

B O T T L E S | dr. browns + the first years breastflow

Tacie nursed for the first 8 months with the occassional bottle here and there if we were apart or I had to leave town for a job or something, and she immediately took the bottle like a champ. And she could go back and forth between nursing and bottles without any issues. We had picked Dr. Brown’s at the time just because everyone raved about them and it kinda seemed to be the normal pick. Ollie however was a different story. He was basically choking trying to eat of a Dr. Brown’s bottle, so we had to explore other options. We ended up trying the First Years Breastflow bottles since it’s supposed to be a closer simulation to breastfeeding, and he did SO much better with them. It has two nipples, and they basically have to latch on to the bottle to drink so it’s a much easier transition for them. The benefits of registering/buying a smaller pack of bottles is that if your baby doesn’t particularly take to one brand, it’s no skin off your back to switch over to another one. But again, don’t stress yourself out about it. Just cross that bridge when you get there!

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B R E A S T F E E D I N G | whosits and whatsits galore

I’ll just go ahead and dedicate this entire little section to your boobs. Ladies, it’s your time to shine! My aunt gave me great advice when I was registering – she said “If you get a cheap pump, it’ll rip your boobs off. Get the fanciest one you can find.” I wasn’t trying to lose my boobs anytime soon, so I went with the macdaddy Medela Pump In Style Advanced Breast Pump and look! They’re still attached to me! I’m pretty sure most people can get a pump for free now through your insurance, so definitely check into that before shelling out the dough. It might not come with the tote and accessories, but hey. Free is free!

Also, I don’t know if anybody has told you this but nursing FREAKING HURTS. Not to totally freak you out. But it’s only for a little bit. Give it a week or two, and then it’s totally normal and a super amazing bonding time with your new baby. But in the mean time while you’re thinking about throwing in the towel, just pop these Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads into the fridge and slip them into your nursing bra after a feeding. It’s God’s gift to nipples everywhere. Their Lanolin Topical Breast Cream is pretty rad too, a personal fave of mine. With my first baby, I also had to use a Nipple Shield for a few weeks which helped a ton – but I would probably talk to a lactation consultant before diving into that area. Oh, and get a pair of Lilypadz Reusable Nursing Pads… they’re a lifesaver if you’re nursing through the summer for swimming/beach/anything with a bathing suit or tank top kinda thing. Alright, that’s it. I’m done talking about your boobs now.

S T R O L L E R | contours options LT tandem stroller

You wanna know my criteria for stroller shopping? 1) Is it heavy? 2) Can I open and close it without looking like a complete idiot? That’s it. I can’t even remember what our single stroller was called, but it was a Peg Pereggo one that our baby carseat could click into, but then you could also use it when they got bigger. That was SUPER convenient, so I’d definitely recommend going that route if you can! Our double stroller we ended up going with was the Contours Options LT Tandem Stroller, and so far we’ve loved it! It’s really giant, but I guess that comes with the territory when you’re talking double strollers. I just loved the flexibility of it and all of the different ways you can arrange the seats as your kiddies grow. And that giant basket beneath?! OMG LOVE ITTTTT. You could probably even fit a third kid in it. (Don’t judge me if I end up making one lay down there one day.)

S E A T S + S W I N G S | the ever-growing collection

This part can be tricky, because at every different phase your baby is going to be into different things. And depending on their personalities, they might not even like it all. Tacie hated the swing. Ollie did for a minute, but now he loves that thing. You never really know what you’re gonna get. I’ll just list out some of the ones that we’ve loved though.

First and foremost, the Bumbo seat. It’s the perfect little trainer for the in-between phase when they can alllllmost sit up on their own but not quite yet. We used it as a highchair too for a little bit, and it’s great to pack for road trips.

Fisher Price My Little Snugabunny Swing is the swing Ollie loves (sometimes). You can rotate the swing in different directions, so you can get a side-to-side swing or a front-to-back swing. It’s also got great spa music… I don’t hate it. He also likes the Fisher-Price My Little Snugabunny Bouncer, which we mostly use in the kitchen while we’re cooking so he can chill out while still being a part of the action. When he gets older, we’ll switch him over to the door jumper swings - those things are always a party!

Activity Saucers were also key to my survival, especially working from home. We got a hand-me-down one which works like a charm, but you can find all sorts of them. If you’re going for the more compact and closet-friendly version, our friends got the KidCo Go-Pod and used it all the time. They said it was awesome for travel too!

As for highchairs, again the one we got is another AH-mazing hand-me-down (get em when you can!) but this Peg Perego Prima Pappa is a pretty similar option to what we have. This one is a little tricked out, you could definitely go much simpler. But one thing I’ve loved about ours is the option to recline in it. It makes it SO much easier when you’re first starting with cereal and they’re still getting the hang of that whole neck thing. Plus if you have them in the seat and you need to turn around and do something, just tip them back a bit. They’re like helpess little turtles stuck on their backs… it’s AWESOME.

There are SO many other things we could chat about… but I’ve gotta keep you coming back for more, right?! These were the biggies for us,  so hopefully it’ll help you get on your way to starting your own registry and make you feel a little less overwhelmed about it all. Because don’t worry… it’s only stuff.

Happy Thursday! Until next time,

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J O A N N A | skyview atlanta

mosaicc6ad12e48357c8a9c9a27d4e26dbb24efdd5cb3e (600x201)Having grown up so close to the (WONDERFUL) city of Atlanta; I like to pride myself on knowing where to send my tourist friends. The world’s LARGEST aquarium, the world of Coke, etc… of course, I throw in some of my personal favorite spots as well… I posted about them a while ago here!

A new attraction opened up last year and we finally made time to check it out… SkyView Atlanta. Skyview is a giant ferris wheel that is located in downtown ATL right across from Centennial Olympic Park. We went right before sunset and waited about 45 minutes. The line doubled in size when the sun went down, so keep that in mind. They sell drinks and snacks, which is kind of fun, and everyone that worked there was very nice and helpful.

DSC_0827 (600x402)DSC_0842 (600x399)DSC_0833 (600x402)It costs $13.50 for adults, $8.50 for kids 12 and under and children under the age 2 ride free. You sit in an air conditioned gondola so it’s really comfortable and feels safe. Your “in flight” time is about 10-15 minutes. I think we completed at least 4 full rotations.

DSC_0856 (600x400)DSC_0858 (600x402)DSC_0857 (600x402)To be completely honest, I personally wouldn’t do it again… unless one of my nephews or nieces asked me to take them and then obviously I would go back in a heart beat. (Those kids have me wrapped around their cute little fingers.) If no kids are involved, the Sundial lounge is only a couple of blocks away with better views of the city, a more relaxing environment, and no wait.

We took some friends that were visiting from Arkansas that had two little boys, 5 and 2; the kids really enjoyed it so I considered the experience a win!

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Happy hump day!

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K A T | shrimp salsa recipe

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Cason, my mom, and I have been in Pensacola, FL for a week now and we are getting our fill of seafood! One of the many reasons we vacation in Pensacola is because of Joe Patti’s Seafood Market. We love going out just as much as the next person but there is nothing better than picking up fresh seafood and trying out different recipes.  So far we’ve fixed crab cakes, low country boil, fried shrimp, shrimp tacos and everything has been amazing! We’ve also been trying out different appetizers but our recipe for shrimp salsa remains a family favorite. My aunt made this for a family gathering several years ago and we all loved it so much, we’ve been making it ever since! It’s so refreshing and not too heavy. If you’ve got an event coming up and need an appetizer idea, you’ve got to try it- it’s super easy and all your guests will love it!

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Shrimp Salsa:

:: 1 lb. shrimp (cooked and deveined)
:: 3/4 Cup chopped avocado
:: 9 Tbsp. chopped onions
:: 9 Tbsp. chopped tomato
: 13 1/2 Tsp. lime juice
:: 3/4 tsp. salt
:: 3 Tbsp. minced cilantro
:: 3 Tsp. chopped jalapeño peppers
:: 9 Tbsp. olive oil
:: Dash of pepper
:: Tortilla chips

Cut shrimp, place in a small serving bowl. Stir in the next 10 ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve with tortilla chips. Bon Appetit!

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Anyone have any great seafood recipes we should fix? I’d love to try it out! Happy Tuesday…I’ll be busy beachin’!

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C A S O N | summer fashion

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If I can’t be real with y’all, then who can I be real with?! Mom, Kat, and I are down in sunny (mostly) Florida for a couple of weeks of rest and relaxation. To tell you the truth, I’ve been dreading today’s fashion post. Why? Because it meant I had to actually blow-dry my hair and put on a little makeup for the first time in over a week. To someone like Joanna, this is no big deal. She can wash, blow-dry, and style her hair in like 7 minutes – no joke. Y’all, my diva hair has its own Sasha Fierce personality. I finally just told myself to screw it and threw on a hat and the largest sunglasses I packed. Here I am, crazy beach hair and all. Please love me for me.

When I’m packing for a low-key beach week, it’s the bare essentials. After a cooler, beach chairs, an umbrella, and the odd amount of groceries my mom packs, we’re definitely lacking in space. Swimsuits, cover-ups, and pajamas take priority in the small amount of space allotted to me. I usually pack a couple of pairs of shorts and 2-3 tops that can all be interchanged so that I can make it look like I have a lot more clothes than I really do. This means LOTS of neutrals like denim, black, and white. These black and white striped shorts and chambray shirt have been a go-to since we’ve been here.

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 Black and White Stripe Shorts: GAP | Chambray Shirt: Old Navy | Hat: H&M, no longer available, similar here | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: David Yurman | Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Speaking of fashion….we have a winner to announce for our ASOS giveaway. Congrats to  Hannah for winning a $50 gift card to ASOS! Happy Monday folks!

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A U D G E | i’m gonna do it too

LH2013_072Recently I was in Trader Joe’s doing my weekly grocery shopping with both of my kiddies. We’re kind of a package deal these days. Ollie was in the ErgoBaby (nursing, of course. It’s his fave past time while grocery shopping for some reason. Men.) and Tacie wanted to help me push the cart this time instead of sitting in it. I’ve never really let her do this before, but I’ve really been trying to get her more involved in chores and daily activities so I figured this would be good practice. So we’re going down the freezer aisle, and I turn to grab something to put in the cart, and in the 2.5 seconds it took me to turn she managed to accomplish the following things: 1) Climb up onto the side of the cart. 2) Pull it over. 3) Pin herself underneath said shopping cart. 4) Break a dozen eggs all around her and across the aisle. 5) Freak every single person in that aisle out to the point where if they didn’t have kids yet, it definitely isn’t happening now. So here I am (with my boob hanging out), my daughter pinned under a shopping cart laying in broken eggs and totally freaking out. And then I realized… YES. This is my life. Pick it up, give a hug, let’s just keep moving. Life happens. But then you never get to go back to Trader Joe’s.

As crazy as the madness was, I really want her to be an active participant in real life. What I mean by that is YES. It would’ve been a whole lot easier to just let her sit in the cart and play with my phone. Which, don’t get me wrong, I definitely still do from time to time. But I’m really making an effort to cut back on her screen time and find ways to get her involved. Wanna know why? Because we’re all getting super addicted. There, I said it. And I’m building habits for her now that might stick with her, but the scarier part is that she’s watching me and forming habits of her own based off of my behavior and reactions. If I throw my phone at her to fix whatever issue we’re having, what is that saying to her? I want her to be patient when she’s bored. I want her to be servant hearted and want to be helpful. I want her to be observant of the people and the world around her. I want her to compromise and be thoughtful of others. If she gets involved with us living life all together, she can start to see these things unfolding in normal everyday situations. Nothing earth-shattering really, but it’s just really small things that build onto one another. And you’d be surprised with how much they actually do understand and can help you with! Here are a few of my fave things to keep her tuned in with:

  • Washing berries \\ Whenever we come back from the grocery store, I fill a big bowl of water, put it on her kitchen table, and let her rinse all of our berries and produce. Then she lays (whatever she hasn’t already eaten) out on the paper towel to dry. She LOVES it.
  • Making kale chips \\ When we cook dinner, if we’re having kale chips I try to let her prep them. Just spray a pan with olive oil, rip your clean kale off of the stem and into smaller pieces, spread them on a baking sheet and sprinkle with more olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 for 8-10 mins and voila! Kale chips.
  • Baking \\ If we’re making anything that needs to be measured and poured, she’s my go-to girl. I’ll measure everything out, she combines all ingredients and stirs. We’re kiiiiind of like a dynamic duo.
  • Getting out/ Putting away dishes \\ She uses all plastic Ikea + Target dishes (which I highly recommend!) and everything is in a bottom drawer in our kitchen. So when it’s time to eat she pulls out what she needs. When it’s time to unload the dishwasher, she puts her dishes back where they go. And sometimes she’ll even put away the big silverware in the plastic tray, I’ll just pull the tray out of the drawer and put it on her table (and it’s great sorting practice!).
  • Laundry \\ She’ll help me pick up dirty clothes, match socks together, and put away piles of things like bibs, undies, etc. We haven’t mastered folding yet, but we’re working on it… a girl can dream!! :)
  • Grocery Shopping \\ She’ll help me carry our reusable bags to the car, hold the list for me, put items in the cart (sometimes I get surprise items at checkout) and um… push the cart. Buuuut that one wasn’t so great last time. Proceed with caution on that one.
  • Watering Plants \\ This is JoJo’s job, so she’ll help him hold the hose and water all of our outdoor potted plants. She even helped me pot them too by scooping the dirt in and patting it down at the end. Hopefully her green thumb is better than mine…
  • Washing Dishes \\ She would stand at the sink and do this for hours if I let her. Just filling cups, dumping them, scrubbing anything and everything with our little dish brush. It’s awesome.
  • Diaper Runs \\ She knows where all of the diapers and wipes are, so she’ll be the one to bring me a fresh batch if I need it. Learning to serve her brother, even in the smelliest of times…

The list is ever-growing and evolving, but the point of all of this being that my job isn’t just to keep her entertained and pacified. I’m nervous about how technology is changing things already, especially with kids… it’s a love/hate relationship. But I’m going to do what I can to make her feel loved, independent, and kind-hearted.IMG_6770

And Ollie is already watching her every move, so looks like I’m off the hook with that one. (*WHEW!*) Here he is helping me write this blog post… he basically wrote the whole first half. I’ll give him credit where it’s due.

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Hope you guys have a good weekend! Enjoy these last few weeks of summer break… where did it all go?!?

Until next time,

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J O A N N A | #sbscon fashion

IMG_7292 (400x600)Y’all, I am so glad that we got to attend the Southern Blog Society coffee talk event this weekend at the W Hotel. Audge shared a little about it here! It was so great to meet fellow bloggers, pick up some tips, network with some fun brands, and of course, see what everyone was wearing. (DUH!) Everyone’s style was on high alert and I didn’t expect anything less! Check out  some of the cuteness for yourself! (To see more from the weekend check out #SBScon on Twitter and Instagram.)

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I was trying to keep my crazy on the down-low so I went with a casual/professional look… I am in love with this skirt and was excited for an opportunity to pair it up with a comfy chambray shirt and these high wedges.

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IMG_7317 (400x600)Striped skirt: J. Crew (on sale!) | Chambray shirt: T.J. Maxx | Brown Wedges: Audrey Brooke, no longer available, similar here. | Bag: Kate Spade | Watch: Coach (T.J. Maxx) | Necklace: J. Crew no longer available, similar here.

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