Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Up Wednesday


I am linking up with The Larson Lingo, Shay, and Scheaffer today for What's Up Wednesday. It's the last Wednesday of every month...and yes, I can't believe it's last week of September. We are sharing the answer to this fun set of questions.

*What we are eating this week...
Thanks to Shay and her awesome cookbook, Meal Planner, I have a great week of meals planned.
I did find the breakfast sandwich recipe on Pinterest. I have been wanting to try them for a while but finally made it happen. They were a sucess for sure and there are so many different options on what to put inside...everyone was happy!!!


and the rest from Shay...
Sweet Potato Pie
Cheeseburger meatballs
enchilada chili

*What I am loving...
This week's weather. It has been in the low 70's and the leaves are falling. It's so pretty! I have been taking advantage of driving with my windows down...since I can't have the windows open at the house thanks to dumb allergies. ;( I am hoping we get at least a few solid weeks of fall weather!!!

*What we have been up to...
School, weekend, school, weekend- it seems it's on repeat. Even though I am still not loving this whole school thing (LOL) I am thankful for a routine each day.

*What I am dreading...
Our busy Oct. EVERYTHING in it is fun but it all adds up and makes me tired to even look at the calendar right now. I am taking it a day at a time and being intentional with my time. Memories are being made and I love it!

*What I am working on...
The house...is this just me or does being a homeowner make you feel like you are never finished with projects!?!? Goodness, every season brings more chores. Boo!! I am currently trying to tackle our basement. It needs some major organization and toy clean out.

*What I am excited about...
This weekend...I share a little more about this weekend in a few questions down. ;)

*What I am watching/reading...
Monday I posted a Let's Talk link up all about entertainment. You can read it HERE

*What I am listening to...
I discussed that as well on Monday. ;) I linked the post above.

*What I am wearing...
FINALLY jeans and am anxiously waiting to pull out the booties too LOL!!

*What I am doing this weekend...
I am so excited!! This weekend is the annual Sam A Baker trip. We look forward to this weekend every year. We can't wait. I have posted about the past weekends at Sam A Baker:
 2015 2013 2012 2011 2010

*What I am looking forward to next month...
Fall fun!! We have so many fun things we do in the fall and I can't wait to get them started. Apple picking, Boo at the Zoo, pumpkin carving...and so much more!!!

*What else is new...nothing much, this post seems to cover it all!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blue Byrd Boutique


I am SUPER excited for this post! Emily contacted me and asked if I would partner with her and share about the boutique clothing she has to offer. I couldn't wait for my package to arrive! Emily and I had lots of contact and she couldn't be sweeter. I asked her to share a little about herself and the Blue Byrd Boutique. This is what she shared:


"I am 31, married to my husband for 6 years. We have 3 kids...2 boys and 1 princess. We have called West TN our home our entire lives. I am a Medical social worker for a home health agency. We are a part of a wonderful church, Englewood Baptist Church. We attend small group, assist with preschool ministry, and are involved in the choir. I use my job to minister to others, but this business venture is allowing me to minister as well. I am all about instilling a confidence in girls, and ladies, no matter your age. I especially want to make young girls (pre-teen) feel a beautiful confidence about themselves. I HATED middle school because I had no confidence whatsoever and was miserable. I wouldn't wish that feeling on anyone. After having 3 kids my body is no where near I want it to be, but I will say, since starting this I am slowly becoming more accepting of how my body looks after having 3 babies in 4 years! I am also sooo thankful God led me to Hayley to model. I knew of Hayley in high school. What is funny is my husband knew her husband when they were in high school. I didn't meet my husband until college! Now here we all are living in the same town, at the same church, with kids the same age. I have always been so envious of Haylee's gorgeous looks. But I can tell you that beauty goes all the way into her soul. I do not believe I chose her by accident to help me with this business venture. Finally, and most important, I thank the Lord for the direction he has given me thus far and continues to give. I think this is only the beginning of good things to come for BBB. 1 Peter 3:3-4"





If you can't tell Sloane loved her outfit! The material was so soft. She took off running so that's a win in my book. LOL! The tassles were icing on the cake for this particular outfit. I have seen the tassles on different outfits for this fall, but none seemed age appropriate (too short, belly showing, too tight, etc.) for Sloane until I got this outfit.



Emily has 2 facebook pages...Blue Byrd Boutique and the Blue Byrd Boutique VIP page
You have to check out all of the clothing. There is both women's and children. I can't wait to place my order.

And the best part of this ENTIRE post is....

NOW through Friday you can visit Blue Byrd Boutique (Business Page) and shop the in-stock album and pre-sale album. You will get 10% off plus free shipping!!! All you have to do is use my blog name, They Call Me Mama, as the discount code. YAHOO ladies....

GET TO SHOPPING!!!!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Let's Talk


It's Monday again!?!? Where do the weekends go? I hate that they fly by so fast. ;( We had a great one for sure. I spent Thursday and Friday with my mom and sister. We had a little "get-a-way" together! It was perfect much needed girl time. Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea to talk about ENTERTAINMENT.

I have been totally slacking in the BOOKS department. I recently finished:


It was awesome! I love thrillers like this and I might have read it in less than 48 hours. LOL! I can't wait for the movie to come out!! 


Ok, so I know this one will make you laugh but I totally read it because I wanted to actually know what "they" kept referencing on Bachelor in Paradise. I was totally one of those viewers who fell into the trap and made me want to know all about what she said referencing Josh. LOL!! About 3 pages in I realized it was a self help get over a dating relationship book and it totally made me laugh out loud. I am a happily married woman but I just wanted to read about Josh. Ha ha ha!! There wasn't much but it laid my curiosity to rest. ;) 

Next up on my list is...




As far a TELEVISION goes we are loving fall t.v. over here!!! We watch our fair share of football and golf over here but are loving that our shows are back on. Blacklist, Modern Family, and Blindspot are a few from last year that we watched and are recording again. We started watching Designated Survivor and are loving it so far...we have a few more that haven't started yet but thank goodness for DVR and kids with an early bedtime!!!



MUSIC We recently purchased one of these and I LOVE IT!! It's sound and clarity are amazing!! I can hear it every where in my house. It's Bluetooth so I just run it off the Pandora on my phone. My current favorite station is "classic goes pop." It's perfect for the house, kids, and no tv!!!

If you want to read any of the past Let's Talk you can see them below:


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Apple Investigation


If you have been reading my blog for any period of time you know we love us some apples! Wyatt eats an apple almost every night at bedtime. We go apple picking each fall and we LOVE to bake with apples as well! I have even let my love for apples leak over into a few gifts I have made for the teachers at school. We have enjoyed a few "themed" days that where we complete fun activities along with the book. 

I started talking to the kids about some things they wanted to do this fall. Last year we went to the Millstadt Ekerts and that is totally on their list again this year. We had a blast! 
Instead of a book with coordinating activities I decided to change it up and just pick "apples" to do some fun stuff with....

Since Wyatt is at school every day and Sloane 3 days we don't have the amount of time we did during the summer. We completed these activities over a period of a few days. I started with a Apple YouTube video that has great information and cute sing a long with it. 

We colored, painted, and even sketched anything that had to do with apples. Sloane loves to paint. I drew some apples and she went to town painting with watercolors...

I created a fun worksheet about apples. It asked questions about the different colors of apples. We weighed the apple. We measured how tall the apple was using LEGO's and I also left a spot for them to draw a picture of an apple too! 



Nothing would be complete without baking...Wyatt helped in the beginning but by the end it was just Sis and I in the kitchen making Mix and Match Mama's cute apple hand pies. We also have slow cooker Autumn applesauce  on the menu for this week as well. 


Wyatt and Sloane both LOVE Science experiments. They enjoyed this little erupting apples experiment...we laughed so hard!! 


Lastly there were a few more questions I didn't put on their little worksheets but I still thought they would have fun answering. We concluded our apple fun with a apple investigation...



We had so much fun learning about apples together. I am already brainstorming some fun pumpkins activites and they are looking forward to it as well!!! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday


Today is a link up with Andrea where we share some of favorite blog posts. I was searching back through my archives to find some of my favorites but decided it would be fun to share a few of the posts that had the most readers...;)


One of the most read posts is this one: Our kitchen remodel







Moving on....


A fun evening filled with marshmallow activities...

And lastly a post where I shared about a few "raw emotions

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday Favorites- Fall Decorations


 I am linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci again this Friday to share some of my favorite Fall decorations. I have been searching for fun ideas the past few weeks and have found so many super cute ones! Thanks Pinterest. ;) Last week I shared a few of my favorite Fall (women's) outfits and I loved reading Friday Favorites!

After gathering the pictures I liked together it seems as if there is a theme. I think it's safe to say I am loving the while pumpkins/neutral  this year. Ha ha!! I like how the antlers are set around in this arrangement. 

I love how simple this is...I am sure the basket could be used with decor for every season. Multi use is always good right!?!? 

I can't wait to try this...


I guess I am loving the gold as well...this tiered display is so pretty!! I have been wanting to get one of these tiered stands, maybe now is the time. ;) 


Everyone loves some good chalkboard art right?!?!


How about you...do you have some fun fall decorations you are excited to try!?!?! 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

A day in the life...

It's been a while since I have done a "day in the life" post. They are always so much work but I love going back and reading how my days have changed...the days are long but the years are short, right??!!? 

This was my Tuesday....Sloane woke early and she is usually the first one up. She woke a little before 6am. She loves snuggling on the couch with me and her iPad before starting her day. We leave the lights off and she doesn't usually say much. (Note: this is pretty much the only part of the day she isn't talking) Also yes, she has on headphones. We got Wyatt and Sloane a good pair for vacation and she doesn't like to watch the ipad without them now. LOL! Sloane gets very little milk throughout the day but she does ask for a cup each morning so I got that for her and snuggled in...


By 6:16 both of the kids are awake and there my snuggles are over. I begin preparing for the day. I start to get myself ready, make beds, and get the kids clothes laid out...I get Wyatt his instant breakfast (it's what he drinks every morning) and turn the tv on for him. He needs a few long time before he is actually awake. Mark and I joke he is totally going to be that old man with coffee and a newspaper for a solid hour before he starts his day. He asks to be woken early so he has time to "wake up" instead of getting a few extra mins. of shut eye.

*I am aware the kids can make their own beds and sometimes they do. Right now it's easier for me to do and part of my routine so no judging please. ;)
The kids and I are ready for school and out the door...Wyatt is tardy at 7:25 so good thing we live close. We left at 7am the first week of school...it's obvious it's now been almost a month since school started. I hate to think what May will look like. ;/ Wyatt eats a few bites of a Cliff Bar on the way to school as well. He has determined his instant breakfast doesn't keep him full until snack time.


It's Tuesday so Wyatt has to wear his P.E. clothes. Yes, they have to dress out even in Kindergarten. It's nice though because they get to start in their P.E. clothes then only have to change once instead of twice. (Bless the little Kindergarten teachers heart right!?!?) I love this picture. It totally sums both of their personalities up. Mark gets to go to work a little later on Tuesday/Thursday mornings so Sloane usually stays with him but she decided this morning to ride along with me. ;)


Drop off complete and now headed to grab a few items at the grocery...



By 8:30 Sis and I are home and unloading our groceries. We had to make a stop for Diet Coke as well. FYI One is for Mark...Sloane didn't get one. Ha ha! We didn't need much but a restock on our fruits and veggies and a few items for dinner. We cut and peeled everything and stored them away...Sis had to grab a few snacks first. ;) 
After unloading and putting away I made Mark and I breakfast....


and then we made a quick trip to the office...my neck has been hurting me the past few days so I needed some help. Good thing I am married to a Chiropractor right!?!?


After the office we ran to Target for a few things before heading back to the house. I moved some laundry, made Mark's lunch, got together some things I needed to take to Wyatt's school, put together after school snacks and emptied the dishwasher.



Wyatt goes to school half day. Sis and I got to school a little earlier so what were we to do but play with some snap chat filters!?!? LOL!!!


The best part of the day!!!! 


After school we went over to some friends house that moved over the summer. They are trying to get settled and we went to help with a few things. The kids played outside for a long time before coming back inside. We left there in time to get home and changed for Sis's first night back to dance since summer break. She was SOOOO excited!! They have a fun little set up for mom's (and dad's) to take pictures of the first night! It was so cute!! Wyatt decided to hang out with Maw Maw during dance and that's never a problem. We can drop him off on our way so it's perfect!



After dance we picked up Wyatt and went home. We went through backpacks and did homework. Wyatt is doing really well and finally starting to get the hang of this school thing! Don't get me wrong there is room for improvement but it's not as bad as I thought!?!? Funny, how that works right?!?!?


After homework I made the kids dinner (turkey and cheese sandwiches, strawberries, and carrots) and they took showers. (On Tuesday and Thursday I have to serve dinner in 2 rounds because Mark gets home late.) We have been playing LOTS of UNO at our house lately and they are LOVING it! Wyatt played 1 round and watched a show on the ipad while Sis and I played the second round.



I turned Mark and I's dinner down so it was ready when he got home. Wyatt and Sloane prepared their bedrooms for bed and brushed their teeth. It was about 7pm. 


And just like that...a little after 7pm my house was silent...


I cleaned up the bathroom from their teeth brushing...I mean am I the only one with kids who seem to leave the bathroom crazy messes after brushing their teeth!?!?! I knew I had a little bit before Mark got home so I moved the laundry, unloaded the dishwasher, made Mark's lunch for Wednesday, and set the table...

Just as I sat down and got out my computer he called...it takes him about 15 mins to get home so that's usually when I get the food out/warm. If it's a crockpot dinner I get it out so it's actually edible (and not still on fire) by the time he gets home. LOL! We ate dinner around 8pm. We cleaned up the dishes and were ready to watch some shows by 8:30 or so....


Phew, what a day!!! Thanks for making it to the end of the day with me. LOL!!! You can read a few other Day in the Life posts below:

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