Friday Favorites

Friday, September 22, 2017

My Favorite Post to do is Friday Favorites! I love to pass along all the things I am loving because who knows who else might benefit from the ideas or the items! Linking up with Andrea and Erika for the first time in a long time for this random edition of ....

My favorite thing to do around the house is decorate and little by little different areas of the house are getting finished.There is still so much to do, but every little thing that gets done gets me excited. Today I am going to show you a few of my favorite spots around the house!

These shelves. You guys, I had a vision and it looks exactly as I expected it would. I could not love these shelves more. I had picked up some of the items used to decorate them over time, knowing I would have them someday! Then I picked up a few new fall decorations to finish it off. 

I could not be happier. And, they were so easy. So, so easy. I bought these brackets on Amazon which you can find by clicking here

Then Mike bought 2x8's and cut them to size for me. I stained them, Mike hung up the brackets and in an afternoon the shelves were done! Amazing. I would definitely recommend these rustic brackets, simple yet the whole thing really makes a statement!

Gallery walls are my favorite! I am still working on choosing pictures for this set, but the look makes me happy when I come up the stairs. 

I bought this set of 9 frames on Amazon. Perfect Gallery wall, it even comes with a template that you hang on the wall to make hanging the frames super easy, I could do it myself! I bought 2 sets of frames so that I could cover the whole wall. 

I had 3 frames left over, that for now, I put over my bed! 

That isn't their forever home because I have big plans for the wall behind the bed someday, but one thing at a time!

My favorite decorating project this week had to do with paint and a floor! If you follow me on Instagram (and if you don't, you should @slitcher) I instastoried (is that a word??) about the process when I started the other day. I am hoping to maybe finish it up today and I will probably put some updates on Instagram again! I can't wait to see it all finished.

OK, my favorites for my friends that aren't into decorating, how about some TV and book talk? 

#1 Younger

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Have you watched this show? If you haven't you totally should. I could not stop watching it. I love a fun 30 minute comedy. I was able to watch the seasons on Hulu, then catch up on the current season, which sadly just ended!  

#2 Ozark

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This is a Netflix original that Mike and I have started watching. This is definitely one of those shows you could binge on. We have to try really hard each night to cut ourselves off after one or two episodes. 

#3 This is Us

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It's almost back!! I can not wait to watch this again! If you have not watched it yet, you have a few more days to catch up on season 1 before season 2 starts!  

Book Club is my favorite! I love that because of book club, I have to read some books that are different than the usual book I would pick out. We have read books that I would never have chosen and then really loved. And who doesn't love to sit around with friends, have a glass of wine and chat? Last month we had sangria and sat out on a deck, it was a perfect fall night! This month we are reading The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. Has anyone read this one? I am going to order it, and was curious if I could read it with Olivia? If anyone has read it, let me know if I can read it with an eleven year old, I would appreciate it! 

Some other favorites from the week...

A hike and lunch with one of my friends that I don't get to see very often. 

Date Night! We had dinner and drinks out with friends this weekend!

This boy scoring goals in soccer this year. Wow has he improved! And he ran in his first track meet!

This girl went to her first Middle School dance...what?? I still can't believe it! 

I think that about does it for favorites this week! Next week I am thinking about a health update! Stayed tuned to find out what is going on in the health department. I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend! Till next time! 

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It's Fall Y'all

Friday, September 15, 2017

I often wish I had a southern accent and could say y'all anytime I want, but unfortunately that is not the case. I do feel though that I can get away with the fall y'all saying at this time of year which for me, fall starts on September 1st. I know technically there are still a few weeks, but in my mind, it is here!

Fall brings cooler weather , pumpkin everything, new decorations, blanket snuggling and my favorite...back to school! Y'all, I love my kids so much and the last few summers have been amazing. They are older and able to do all of the same things for the most part and getting up and going has been so much easier so we are out and having fun a lot. By mid August though, I am exhausted and have had zero time to myself. Also, the kids are exhausted from the traveling and the late nights that they start to fight and get on each others nerves. I get it too, I really do, they have spent a ton of time together, heck, I am sick of them too #sorrynotsorry so everything goes downhill. During this downhill spiral we have to get organized and ready for back to school. This means I have to catch up on the piles of laundry so they have clothes to wear, and we have to buy school supplies and clothes, rooms need to be cleaned and backpacks and lunch boxes get brought back out. And all this occurs while the kids are whining and fighting and telling me they are bored. I swear it works out well because instead of being sad after the amazing summer, that they are heading back to school, it makes me very excited! It is a celebration! I send them off and at the end of the school day I am happy to see them come home! I love you, fall!

Enough about that, now what does fall mean for me this year?? So much! First, I am so happy to be back here blogging and filling you all in on my plans. I have had a few people ask if I was planning to blog again when the kids went back to school and the answer, of course, is always yes! I really do love this, I don't know why it is always the first thing to go when things get busy, but that is the season of life I am in right now.

Second, I just took my test for the professional organizing course (which I rocked with a 100!) that I have been taking alongside my interior design course. I am looking to link the two together in a business that I am starting next month. Yes, next month! I am not quite finished with my interior design certificate course, but it focuses a lot on big projects and I am really looking to help out with room redesign and organization at this point, so I am going to get started with the experience that I have. I did a few projects over the summer and they were all a huge success. Stay tuned to see some before and afters as well as more details on my business...coming soon!

Third, as always on this blog, I am working on getting in shape. Yeah I know, you don't even want to hear it, but it's true. The summer wasn't good to me, or I should say I wasn't good to my body this summer. So, my plan for right now is adding more fruits and veggies and drinking more water. I have been doing some tracking on my fitness pal. I am also slowly doing the couch to 5K with a friend and get myself back into shape.

So what is my blog plan? Once a week at least and you will get either random thoughts, a health update, or organization and decorating ideas and pictures! I am so thankful to all of you that follow along and wonder where I am when I fall off the blogging wagon!

I hope everyone has a great week and I will be back next week when I choose one thing to dive a little deeper into and fill you in on the details! Till next time!

#TransformationTuesday - May 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ok, here it is 4 months later, after I told you I was going to update you on my weight loss every week. Ha! First of all, I need to stop fooling myself into thinking that I have the time to take the right pictures and put up a transformation post every week, especially, if I want to continue to blog about other things as well. Second of all, there isn't a whole lot of progress to show you.

I know, I know...some of you are not surprised.

Since I wasn't blogging the posts, I decided to take the accountability to Instagram. Starting 3 weeks ago, I have talked a little about the struggles in my instastories and posted some pictures of the scale. Let  me show you a little collage from these pictures.

Do you see a trend here?? Monday - Friday the scale goes down, then I don't get on the scale over the weekend and Monday my weight is up, by Tuesday it is heading back down again. Up down, up down and essentially getting no where. Ugh.

My small goal starting April 24th was to lose 10 pounds by May 19th for a weekend trip away with Mike. I figured since I have so much to lose, it would be simple to lose weight faster at first. As of today I have lost 2.4 pounds. I still have a few days to make that a little more, but I probably won't get to 10 pounds. Ugh. Debating whether to be happy that I lost almost a pound a week?? Or sad that I didn't reach  my goal?

My next small goal is another 10 pounds by a trip we have June 29th. I really feel that if I could stay consistent on the weekends, I would be able to see a much bigger loss. How am I going to break this cycle??

Random thoughts:

1. If I could only do something that would take off 10 pounds fast... a cleanse?? I know, I know you shouldn't try fad diets and stuff like that because they don't work in the long term, but I just feel like if I could see some results, a significant loss, it would motivate me to keep going. Anyone ever feel like that? I see like a few pounds come off, but not enough to get me excited and stay on track for the weekends. I know I shouldn't, but any suggestions?? (I wrote some of this post last night, I may have woken at 4AM unable to fall back to sleep and researched some cleanses, I may have purchased an eBook on a 3 day cleanse, I may be doing it next week and if all goes well, I may tell you all about it)

2. If I could only take the weight off, I clearly have no problem maintaining! So I know that I have to put in the hard work, and then this, work hard during the week and relax on the weekends mentality will work for maintaining my goal weight. BUT I have to get to my goal weight first, that's the issue.

3. I very easily get off track. I was on a roll with walking on the treadmill. Then we went on vacation and we had people staying with us and some family stuff going on, and it took me some time to catch up on everything, so walking took a backseat. Why is working out the first to go for me? Because I hate it? Because it has never been a routine and I haven't stuck with it long enough to become a routine?  Because I am so out of shape that it makes me tired to just think about it, never mind do it?

These are all the things that go through my mind regularly lately. Same old, same old, I guess you could say. I am so tired of having to think about it. I just wish it was second nature to me, I just wish I didn't have to track, think about or feel guilty about every thing I put in my mouth. I wish I had a good relationship with food. I wish I didn't love it so much, I wish I didn't love beer. I wish I thought of food as fuel only. I wish I loved to exercise. I wish, I wish, I wish. Wishing is not going to get me to lose weight. I have to put in the hard work.

Because I love a good ecard, I have to share...

My goals for this month:

1. Track everyday, even the weekends
2. Do a cleanse
3. Meal plan every week (I have gotten off track)
4. Walk 4 days/week on the treadmill or outside (got in my walk this morning already! It helps to get up at 4AM, although I don't see that happening very often!)

If you want to keep up with the progress, you can follow me on Instagram, that's where I like to tell my stories! I would love for you to follow along!

Bentley - Our Sweet Boy

Tuesday, May 9, 2017


Twelve and a half years ago, I fell in love with a Golden Retriever and pretty easily talked Mike into bringing him home. We were living together, but not yet married and had no children. Bentley was our baby. He was a little ball of fluff that melted our hearts. 

Years went by and not without challenges, a broken paw, surgery and not always the most well behaved dog. We joked that he liked people more than other dogs because he would absolutely run circles around anyone who walked in the house or the yard! 

Then we had Olivia and I got overwhelmed with taking care of her and Mike took over the care of Bentley. Then Owen came along and for me, Bentley became just more work. He was a counter surfer or the food ninja as we called him. There were entire dinners or kids lunches eaten in the matter of seconds and I hate to say it now, but I just couldn't deal with him. 

As much as his naughtiness drove me crazy, I was grateful for how good he was with the kids. They could do anything to Bentley and especially Owen, tried it all, but Bentley never got mad. Most of the time he just laid there and took it, sometimes he would get up and walk away. For those years I always loved him for that. 

Then the kids got older and so did Bentley. Yes he still stole the occasional food, or lets face it, a lot of food. But we got a little better about guarding it, and I wasn't running off to a crying child and leaving plates as much. He was slowing down. People could come in the house and I didn't have to worry that he would knock them over. The kids didn't need my constant attention anymore and Bentley started to get more of my attention again. It's funny how it all comes full circle. I feel guilty sometimes when I think back, but honestly as a mom we are all just trying to make it through sometimes, am I right? 

Then one day last April he stopped eating, and started acting lethargic. We brought him to the vet to find out he had a urinary tract infection and a tumor on his spleen. Ugh. 

We fixed the urinary tract infection, but at 11 1/2 we were not going to put him through surgery to remove his spleen. Plus he had spots that appeared to be tumors in other places as well so surgery could have been for nothing, we would have been in the same position a month later.  A week later he collapsed and we thought it was over, but a short stint on prednisone, he was back to normal. We knew at that point May 2016, that any day that could change. 

Our boy gave us a whole year after that. We didn't think he would make it to his 12th birthday and he did. We are so grateful! 

Then one day we noticed he was sleeping a lot more than normal, slowing down a lot. He started to skip meals and if you knew Bentley, you knew he didn't skip meals. We let it go on for a while because he was otherwise happy, but I think we just didn't want to know. We knew what was happening. Finally when the meal skipping became more frequent, we brought him in. They did an ultrasound and found that the tumor on his spleen that was just small at the bottom, had taken over the entire thing. This was causing Bentley to be in pain, but also could rupture at any moment. This would have been horribly painful. We took our boy home with heavy heavy hearts and spoiled him rotten for a week before we brought him back to the vet for the last time to say goodbye. 

You know when you get a dog that someday it will come to this, but you don't realize how hard that day will be. Especially two kids later. Those kids loved their pup and to watch them learn this tough life lesson for the first time was devastating. To see my husband lose his "best friend" was also harder than I imagined. I just wanted to make sure all my people were OK, and that my Bentley was not in pain. I still expect to come around the corner and see him laying on the floor. I know it will be a while before that feeling stops. 

He was a part of our family and he is missed so much. Mike found this poem which I love and can't read it without tears coming to my eyes...

Have you a dog in Heaven, Lord? 
Is there room for just one more? 
Cause my little dog died today; He'll be waiting at your door. 
Please take him into Heaven, Lord and keep him there for me. 
Just feed him, pet him, love him, Lord, that's all he'll ask of Thee

We love you Bentley and I hope you are pain free, just swimming and eating with all your friends. As Owen says, we will see you again someday. 

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