Hayes’s First Fiesta: The Fiesta Details

We had Hayes's First Fiesta at the historic home where Todd's firm is located. They have some gorgeous grounds around the property and we held the party on the grounds. It was so … [Continue Reading]


Hayes’s Noggin

Thank you all so much for your comments, texts, tweets, emails, and phone calls yesterday. I could really feel them and so much of my worry was taken away. Todd and I have a fairly … [Continue Reading]

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You Are My Sunshine baby shower!

This weekend, with 5 of my friends, I co-hosted a baby shower for a very dear friend. We decided on a You Are My Sunshine theme for the shower. We focused on yellow and orange … [Continue Reading]


battles and wars

Oh, life as a mom of a two-year-old. Is there anything more humbling? This post is not going to be pretty. Lately, I've just been feeling like I'm failing. I know that a lot of … [Continue Reading]

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I’m a boy mom

Boy mom. I hear this title used a lot. It's not a title I ever thought I'd have. I always imagined myself having two girls and then having a baby boy. You know, when I'd play … [Continue Reading]

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4 years of blogging

If you're new to Blue-Eyed Bride, this is a pretty decent recap post to get you all filled in since the beginning. Every September, this date rolls around. I don't celebrate it … [Continue Reading]

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now that I’m a mommy…

I say things like, "Because I said so" and "go to your room." I find myself counting to three and taking deep breaths to avoid confrontation with family members. I know how to … [Continue Reading]


my home organization notebook

A few weeks ago, I mentioned my desire to create a Home Organization Notebook based on the one I saw on Honey We're Home. I was so inspired to have everything all in one place … [Continue Reading]


Green Eggs and Ham birthday party: the details

These posts are going to have to be broken up into two or three parts because there are so many things to see! This post is just going to be the details: decorations, food, … [Continue Reading]

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the night before…

Our lives are going to change tomorrow. There's no way around it. We're checking into the hospital at 5:30 tomorrow morning and the induction begins at 6:30. I have no idea how … [Continue Reading]

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Simplifying the Every Day

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We’re currently smack dab in the middle of a simple summer. We’ve gone to the beach. We go to the pool almost daily. We pack lots of lunches and spend our evenings at home watching movies.

There is still plenty of laundry to be done and plenty of meals to prepare, but I’ve learned that I can take a couple of simple steps to make life just a little bit easier in these areas.

On Sunday nights, I set aside five outfits for each of the boys. I make sure all of their swimsuits and swim shirts are clean and easy to find. When morning comes, the boys can choose which of the five outfits they want to wear. The idea is not revolutionary, but it helps our mornings run so smoothly.

On Sunday afternoons, I sit down to plan our meals for the week. I plan a crock pot meal for the weekend, and three other meals. The rest of the nights we will eat leftovers. I prepare my grocery list and head to the grocery store without kids. I can move through the store so quickly when I’m alone and I don’t end up buying any impulse purchases that my kids have requested. But by planning our meals out for the week, and having all the ingredients ready, I can save myself many extra trips to the store during the week. And when it’s supper time, I’m ready to cook!


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July Goals

June Goals Revisited

Well…. I treated my goals about the same way I treated my blog. Out of sight, out of mind. I didn’t read three books, but I read two. I didn’t walk Boudreaux every day. We did make a little bit more progress on Hayes’s big boy room. But, most importantly, we spent time out of the house every day. We were either at the park or at the pool and we’ve been having the most fun summer. I haven’t been eating all that well. After the beach, I completely fell off the wagon. But I feel great about myself. I think the Vitamin D does that for me!

June was a great month of fun and family and sweet reflection. We haven’t been taking life all that seriously and it’s just been nice to be intentional about family time and fellowship with friends.

All that said… I do have some July goals, if only for the sake of a blog post.

July Goals

 1. Read three books

Okay, okay. I put this down every month, but I love to read. I only read two books last month because I got sucked into Season 2 of Orange is the New Black. But I’m planning to read The Orphan Train, The Book Thief, and Goldfinch. What’s on your list?

2. Go to the pool four days a week

This isn’t all that challenging either. It’s the only way we can spend time outside in the summer and the boys love it!

3. Register Hudson for fall swim “team”

Hudson is quite the little fish and I want to make sure he has the opportunity to continue to do something he loves after school starts. He’s not a huge fan of soccer because he’s not super competitive. But he got really excited when I mentioned swim team to him.

4. Host friends for dinner at least once.

We had out of town visitors for a few days in June and we will have friends visiting again in July. We’re also hosting a going away party for our dearest friends in July, which will be fun, but I am not at all happy about it. So sad.

5. No spending. Period.

I do not need anymore clothes. The boys do not need anymore clothes. All we need are groceries. Amen. And I’d love to save to buy our curtains for the family room and breakfast room.

How did you do in June? About like me? What are your plans for July?


Lisa Leonard Giveaway!

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I've teamed up with some of my favorite friends for a fantastic giveaway today! I promise to do a life update soon... I took a completely unintentional, but wonderful, break from blogging this month. But I do have some fun family memories to share! I absolutely love Lisa Leonard and her jewelry. … [Read More...]

Inspired to Entertain


*This post is sponsored by Aladdin, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  It's no secret that I love to entertain. One of my resolutions for the year was to show hospitality and I have a recurring monthly goal to invite friends and family over to our house for supper. I love … [Read More...]