Tuesday, January 1, 2019

How to Slay your Goals in 2019

A new year means a fresh start right? 

I recently got my hair cut and it couldn't come at a more perfect time. I think a fresh new cut is a great way to start the next chapter.

I'm excited for what 2019 has in store for me.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Best of 2018

2018 was a year! I love reflecting on all the memories made with my family. Let's get to it!

Mia experienced more firsts in 2018. January gave us our first Savannah Snow for the first time since 1989 so Mia was able to see snow! All the kids had such a fun two days playing in it!

Mia also celebrated her first Valentine's Day, Lunar New Year and Easter!

We celebrated lots of birthdays, too! 

Ava turned eight (8) and she had an epic slime party! She loves to make silly music videos and binge Fuller House on Netflix. 

Lily turned seven (7) and we hosted an awesome slumber party. She loves to play outside and is obsessed with LOL Surprise dolls. 

Levi turned three (3) and we celebrated with him at the Jacksonville Zoo. He loves super heroes and is the funniest kid! 

Mia turned ONE (1)! Her birthday theme was georgia peach because she is so sweet! She is by far my easiest baby. Except when you ask for kisses, she'll say no and laugh. But I steal them all the time! 

2018 was filled with fun! 

-Levi was potty-trained successfully! 
-Ava, Lily and I had fun screen-printing tees! 
-Took the kids strawberry picking this summer
- We had fun at the pool, beach and even in the sprinklers! Mia is a water baby like the rest of the Cruzan crew. 
- Ava and Lily spent two weeks this summer in Virginia with their aunt/uncle and cousins!

- Ava discovered Harry Potter! 
- We visited family for Fourth of July! 
- For mother's day we had a special photo shoot on the beach! 

-Levi and Mia enjoyed Halloween this year going door to door to trick-or-treat
-Mimi came to visit since she moved back to Virginia
-Daddy traveled alot for work, but we (I mean me) survived! 
- I went to my first ever blogging conference and saw Taylor Swift in concert! 

-Daddy gained a Panthers fan!
-Noah and I celebrated 10 years of marriage! 
-Ava met her best friend, Addison! 
-Lily learned how to ride a bike without training wheels! 
-Noah and I traveled to New York for our anniversary trip! 

-We enjoyed a date night and a concert in Charleston! 
-We traveled to VA for Thanksgiving!
-Levi visited the dentist for the first time! 
-Ava joined her first school club and had a couple of McAllister Musicians performances! 
-Mia learned to walk! 

2018 was a ton of fun! My life may be crazy but I would not change it for the world. 

Happy New Year and I wish you all a wonderful 2019! I cannot wait to see what it has in store for us! 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Christmas Past and Christmas Present

I was asking my sister the other day about what she remembers most about our Christmases growing up.  We grew up in a very Catholic family and we remember dressing up for midnight mass. We reminisced about my grandfather's colorful tree and decorations. I always looked forward to spending time with all our cousins and opening up my favorite present- these surprise packs from Sanrio that contained Hello Kitty stationary. Now, I know where Lily's obsession with blind bags and LOL Surprise Dolls comes from.

I don't remember stockings or leaving cookies out for Santa ever. I don't remember even having a Christmas tree every year. I think one year my parents put lights on our fake orange plant in the living room we were never allowed to play in. I do remember always having a manger scene in the front yard and in our living room.

I don't remember the presents all that much. I mostly remember opening up clothes, or items we needed on Christmas day.

We didn't have matching pajamas or sprinkle reindeer dust in the front yard. We didn't have a little elf doll that moved around the house each night. Our tree was not Instagram worthy. I'm pretty sure the tree I have up this year is not Instagram worthy.

I remember the smell of roasted chestnuts that my mom would bake. She loved fruit cake and cherry cordials too.

We did get to open presents after midnight mass. I think, only one though.

It was not about all the details of Christmas that I remember most. I hold on to and cherish the joy I felt. We were surrounded by love and family, always.

I think we can get caught up in the details and chaos of having to do it all. I know I am guilty of it.

But as we build on our traditions each year as a family, I want my kids to really remember the love and the joy of the season.

What do you remember most about your childhood Christmases?

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! 

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