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.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

Holiday Gift Guides for Her & Him

Hello December! I cannot believe it is already upon us and the count down to Christmas is on! Have you finished all your Christmas shopping? I know some people that are already done! But if you're like me you still have some some shopping left to do.  Today, I am sharing a couple gift guides for all those special ladies and gents in your lives. I hope these guides will help you! I actually love seeing what everyone else has on their gift guides because I am always looking for gifting inspiration.

Bonus: Below I will list some of my favorite shops for stocking stuffers. I have so much fun picking small items for my family's stockings!


1. Printed Scarf // 2. Erin Pelicano Jewelry, click here for their ultimate gift guide, Use code GlitterJ for 15% off or 14kGlitterJ for 10% fine gold) // 3. Cozy Socks // 4. Faux Fur Slippers // 5. Velvet Hair Clips // 6. Kendra Scott Gift Set   Check out their gift section for more ideas! // 7.  Bearpaw Liberty Slides // 8. White Barn 'Tis The Season Candle (my favorite holiday scent along with Fresh Balsam

Other Gift Ideas for Her: Cozy Throw, Phone Accessories, Coffee Mugs, Wine Glasses, Shoes, Fragrance, Make-up, Nail Polish, Lip Gloss/Lipsticks, anything personalized...


Other Gift Ideas for Him: Nintendo Switch, Printed Boxers, Fun Socks, Travel Toiletries Bag, Passport Cover, Tennis Shoes, Phone accessories, Video Games...

My favorite places to shop for Stocking Stuffers for the family: 
Target Dollar Section
World Market
Five and Below 
HomeGoods
TJ Maxx
 Ross 
Kirkland's 
Wal-Mart 

Stocking stuffer ideas (especially for kids): bath bombs, hair ties, lip balm, nail polish, small candles, candy, favorite snacks, small toys, art supplies like pens or markets, stickers...

Thank you so much for reading my post! If you still have no idea what to get for someone in your life, feel free to shoot me a message in the comments of find me on Instagram or FB and I'll be more than happy to provide any suggestions! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Weekend in New York: A Travel Guide

Planning a weekend getaway in the big city? Here's a travel guide from our recent trip to NYC to make the planning process easy!

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Small Business Saturday

Happy Saturday, friends! I hope you all enjoyed your shopping yesterday. I also wanted to share the love for some of my favorite small businesses and I hope you'll consider them when you're Christmas shopping this season! 

Erin Pelicano: If you're looking for custom inspirational & mom jewelry.  Check out this awesome gift guide to find the perfect gift for your loved ones! 
You can use my code "GLITTERJ" for 15% off your purchase or "14kGLITTERJ" for 10% off fine gold! 

Nickel & Suede: Lightweight Leather Earrings and more! These are my favorite earrings ever. I own several pairs and wear them daily because they make a fun statement and you can't even feel them in your ears! Today, to celebrate Small Business Saturday they are giving away a free gift with any purchase over $25! 

Moss & Marsh: Unique and Coastal-Inspired Baby/Mom Items! I love all my Moss & Marsh products. Their bath set is my favorite to gift new parents! Use code "FALLFAMSALE" to save 30% off site wide. Also, get a free tee with orders over $100! 

Logan & Lenora: Waterproof Totes and Handbags- These handbags/pouches are my favorite baby items! I use it in my diaper bag for endless uses! I use them to hold snacks, pack extra clothes and more. They have super fun prints and are high quality! 

If you're local to Savannah, below are my favorite small shops!

Happy Shopping! 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Black Friday Deals



I haven't been out to the stores on Black Friday in years. I couldn't even imagine taking the kids out in it unless I was indeed crazy. 

I do like checking out all the sales and deals online. If it says free shipping, I'm in!

FAVORITE SALES

Loft: 50% off your entire purchase with code THANKS

Old Navy: 50% off your entire purchase

Kendra Scott:
Buy More Save More
20% off all purchases
25% off $100 or more
30% off $200 or more

J. Crew Factory: 40%-50% off site wide with code ADD2CART

J. Crew: 40% off your order with code TOGETHER

Madewell: 25% off your purchase

Target: So many good Black Friday Deals!

Kohl's: extra 15% off with code JOY and $15 Kohl's cash for every $50 spent

Bath & Body Works: Buy 3 Get 3 Free, $30 Tote with $30 purchase with code TOTESYES

Happy Shopping!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Quick and Easy Recipes + Weekly Meal Plan Template

A couple weeks ago I shared a few of my favorite meals on Instagram Stories. Many of you asked for me to share the recipes and my weekly meal planner. I didn’t create a meal plan for this week since Noah is out of town but I thought I'd share my last meal plan along with the recipes I used.

I grocery shop weekly so I usually create a weekly meal plan. It isn't always easy coming up with new recipes so I always head to Pinterest when I need inspiration. I usually start my Sunday mornings with a cup of coffee, browse Pinterest then, I'll make a grocery list.

I usually go with recipes that 1) don't have a ton of ingredients and 2) won't take longer than 30 minutes. I do not have time to cook elaborate meals that have a ton of ingredients I can't use often.


Monday, September 17, 2018

Fall Finds Under $50

Shopping for fall pieces in the south is confusing. It's so hot out, yet all the stores have started to put out sweaters and scarves. Today, I am sharing some pieces that you can wear now and will be great when the weather is cooler too! The best part is all the items I'm sharing in today's post are budget-friendly!

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Other Side of Motherhood


Being a mom has been the best decision of my life. My children give me purpose and fill my life with so much happiness. On most days you'll find me sharing all those special moments with them on my Facebook, through family group texts on even on this blog.

But can we talk about the other side of motherhood for a moment?

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

5 Quick Hair Care Tips

Summer is coming to an end and with a new season brings on different elements and an opportunity to switch up your hair care routine. Today, I'm sharing 5 quick hair care tips so your hair can live it's best life!

After getting a fresh new do at Hustle & Blow Dry Bar I am feeling like a whole new person! It's amazing what a new hair cut will do for your confidence and attitude! If you need to switch up your hair routine give these super easy tips a try!


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

What I Learned at #TBSCon


#TBSCon may be over, but I am still feeling so energized and inspired.  Last week, I shared a recap (Read it HERE). However, today I want to share what I learned from attending my first blogger conference. Even if you aren't a blogger I believe these lessons can be applied in your life as well. 

Friday, August 17, 2018

#TBSCon Recap: My First Blogger Conference



I did a thing. This year I decided to attend my first blogger conference.  I attended #TBSCon! It's an annual conference hosted by The Blog Societies exclusive to members for three days of learning and networking.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

My Picks for Binge-Worthy Shows To Watch


Are you looking for a new show to watch? Today, I'm sharing my recommendations! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Summer Recap and Life Lately

Seriously, where did the summer go? It just goes by so fast these days. I know I talk about how crazy life can be with four kids but I feel like time goes by quicker when there's always a million things going on. That's just daily life at the Cruzan house! I thought I would share a recap of the summer and share what's happening lately for my "little" crew.

I'm so sad we didn't make it to the beach this year! This is our second year not going. Last year Mia was just born and this year I don't know what happened. Maybe the thought of taking the family to the beach was too overwhelming. If you have kids you know what I'm talking about. There is a beach trip pre-kids where all you really need is a beach towel, chair, sunnies and a good book.
Then, there is the beach trip with kids... the one that consists of floaties, goggles, sand toys, extra clothes, sun block, umbrellas, wagons, coolers.... you get my drift. The thought of packing us to the beach is overwhelming. So, maybe next year. I am super sad and also extremely pale!



Monday, July 30, 2018

Happy 10 Year Anniversary: Botanical Gardens Styled Shoot

This past spring I had the opportunity to collaborate with Hilary Hull Photography on a bridal greenhouse photo shoot. It was fun to play dress up for a morning and I even recruited Noah to join me. It has been almost 10 years since I was last in a wedding dress I thought it would be so special for Noah and I  to celebrate our anniversary by being a part of this shoot. It was wonderful to work with Hilary on this collaboration.

I pitched the idea of taking photos inside of a greenhouse and Hilary loved it. She worked with the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens and we scheduled an early morning shoot. 

We had some amazing vendors to make this shoot really come to life. If you're planning a wedding I definitely recommend looking into the following vendors! 

The venue was just beautiful the morning we shot. It was the perfect landscape for a wedding. 

Photography By: Hilary Hull Photography @hilaryhullphotography


 
















"Every day that passes by, 
makes my love for you grow even stronger. 
I love you now
and even more tomorrow."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

A Perfect Night in Savannah: Wine, Dine, Play & Stay

A few a weeks ago I had the rare opportunity to sneak away with my sister on a date! We haven't been out together in forever so it was so nice to catch up and check out Savannah's newest spots!

Savannah is always so charming and there is always something new to discover. My sister Cecilia and I started the night out at The Wayward, a chic bar nestled in the Perry Lane Hotel  where we enjoyed a drink, played skee ball (yes, they have an arcade room), and watched Step Brothers in the theatre room while we waited on our dinner reservations. For the record, I am a way better skee ball player than my sister!


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Savannah Influencers Night On the Rooftop: SIxCCAC

"Using influence to promote a positive change. We all have a unique purpose in this world. This is ours." 

I joined the Savannah Influencers group two years ago and I could not be prouder of what we have achieved in just a couple short years. Don't mistake us for just a group of bloggers. We are a powerhouse group of women of all different backgrounds that have one common goal- We want to use our influence to make a difference in our community. 

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

One thing that never gets old for me is seeing Noah with the kids. There is something so special about all the love. We were just two love birds and then we added our babies to the mix and that love has transformed into something so much more beautiful.

All of our kids adore their dad like he is truly a super hero. He's always there to check for monsters at night and to beat up whatever is making the kids cry, even if it's a piece of furniture. He battles the dragon ("thunder") during rain storms and he's a jungle gym when the kids decide to pile on top of him.

Noah is so hard working and he loves his family fiercely. I'm so proud of him. I'm so grateful to have an equal partner in parenting. I don't ever feel alone and I know I can count on him when I need help!

I want to wish my man the happiest Father's day today and every day! We love you so much! 

Photo taken by: Midnight in Georgia Photography

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