Thursday, December 13, 2018

Casual Cozy Holiday Look

My two favorite winter words to describe my preferred style is casual and cozy.  Don't get me wrong, I do love an occasion to get dolled up. Those occasions just aren't that often.  Comfort is key for me always! 

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Cruzan Crew: Fall Recap and Life Lately

It has been awhile since I wrote a post about what's going on with the Cruzan crew. My last recap was back in the summer! I love writing these recaps because it brings up all the family memories we have made so far. Plus, I'm super forgetful and this is a nice way to remind myself what we've been up to!

While it is fall for most places,  Savannah holds on to summer as long as it can. We finally made it to the beach! We didn't go all summer so the kids were super excited for a beach day. We are very lucky to live so close to one. It was Mia's first real trip and she loved it. She wasn't scared of the waves at all and kept running into ocean like she knew how to swim!

I survived a weekend alone with the kids. Noah typically travels during the week and is home on the weekends. While he traveled for work a ton this fall, the kids and I kept busy. My weekend alone was jammed back with trips to the farmer's market, running through the sprinklers in the park, baking and movie watching! 

There was no pumpkin patch trip this year but we did manage to get pumpkins and carve them.

Mimi moved back to Virginia so we were super excited for her to come back to visit us this fall. She arrived just in time for Halloween and Levi's birthday. The kids loved having their Mimi again. It's been a hard adjustment for everyone because we are used to seeing her on a daily basis. 

This year for Halloween we met up with friends to trick-or-treat. Levi had more confidence in going door to door even though he thought he was supposed to give people candy instead of receiving it! Mia was not too interested as soon as she got that first piece of candy. The wagon came in handy. 

Noah and I took advantage of Mimi in town and we actually had a date night! We traveled to Charleston for the night for a concert. Date nights are rare for us so any time we get to spend time together I cherish them! 

I'm proud to say, Ava has discovered Harry Potter! I have been a fan from the beginning and it's been so fun to have her join my nerdom. This fall we went to Frogwarts, a HP-themed event at the Savannah Railroad Museum. It was a super cute event and we had so much fun even if Ava got sorted into the Slytherin house! 

Ava is in third grade and joined her first club! It's called McAllister Musicians and is like glee club. She has come to love music and theatre like me and last month she performed for the first time for the Veteran's Day program. They sang a medley of patriotic songs and she loved every minute of it! 

Our Levi man turned three years old on November 9th! He is such a big boy now. He quickly conquered potty training! He is all boy- loving all things ninja turtles, super heroes and mickey mouse! He is very independent and competitive. We race almost everywhere we go. That includes at home when he has to go potty. But, Lordy, for everyone's sanity please let the kid beat you! He doesn't grasp the idea of good sportsmanship just yet.  He has introduced us to so many things because all we knew before were girls. Levi is silly and his laugh is the best! Well, actually we love his Darth Vader and Chewbacca impersonations! 

To celebrate Levi's birthday we spent the day at the Jacksonville zoo. 

For Thanksgiving, we traveled to Virginia to visit with Noah's sister, mom and family. During that trip Noah and I finally celebrated our anniversary by spending a few days together in New York early in the week. We had a great time exploring the city and just getting some alone time! 

Thanksgiving break was so nice. I took the whole week off and it was good to spend it with family. The kids had so much fun with their cousins. We squeezed a girl's night in to watch the Fantastic Beast movie and went to the National Zoo for their Zoolights event. 

Mia has been growing so fast! We just had her 18 month well check and she's still in the 6th percentile in height! She will definitely be petite! She is so smart for her age and she holds her own in the house with her siblings! She continues to be the easiest baby! Her little face melts our hearts every time! 

Levi's first dentist visit was a success! I was so proud of him! The tooth fairy has visited our house lately quite a few times. Between Ava and Lily we have lost lots of teeth! Lily is now missing her front two teeth, just in time for Christmas (all she wants is her two front teeth, get it?) 

Speaking of Lily, she will be celebrating her birthday soon! This angel will be turning 7 on December 12th! She is so excited too, counting down the days! She's one of my biggest helpers around the house and has the heart of gold. She is constantly thinking about her siblings and gets her sensitivity from me. We call her dirt ball because she doesn't care about getting messy or dirty! She loves LOL Dolls and we will celebrate her with a fun sleepover this coming weekend! 

I love writing these posts! It's fun to look back at our adventures. It's also a little bittersweet because they will never be that young again. They grow up so fast and I try to just soak it in! Sometimes time doesn't even allow you to do that. It just keeps passing by too fast! 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Have Yourself A Cozy Little Christmas: Cozy Sleepwear

I noticed the other day I could use some new sleepwear. Do you know what I sleep in most nights? Random tees and sweat pants. Sexy, I know.

But, let's be real. I do not sleep in cute silk teddies. Well, not since I became a mom. I am all about comfort these days and that's perfectly okay with me.

But comfort doesn't mean it can't be cute, right? So, I've rounded up some super cozy sleepwear options I've added to my Christmas wish list. I've got all the heart eyes for those chenille leggings!

Where are your favorite places to shop for pajamas? What do you go to bed wearing? Tell me I am not the only one in my husband's old tee and sweats!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Teacher Gifts: DIY Christmas Hand-Painted Clear Plastic Ornaments

This year I wanted the kids to be involved in their teacher gifts and I thought it would be fun to make our own Christmas ornaments. The ornaments turned out so cute and I really hope their teachers love them.

I love homemade ornaments from the kids because they are always adorable, make great keepsakes and we make great memories doing them.

I headed to Michael's and the Dollar Tree for supplies and used some supplies we already had around the house.

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