Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Favorites

Another busy week.  I had plans to write more posts, but I got into crazy designing mode and have been popping out printables for my shop.  The week started off rough with some sickness that kept us home-bound, but I’m hoping we’re in the clear.  Here are my Friday Favorites for the week (actually last couple of weeks).
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I have several favorite moments from the last couple of weeks.
Date night with this guy!  It had been forever and we had fun seeing a movie and going to dinner!  Thanks mom for babysitting!

Morning coffee (actually it was Spiced Chai Tea Latte) from my FAVORITE coffee shop in our town.  If I can, I like to grab coffee after I drop the kids off to sip on at home while I work.

IMG_1892I had two girls nights last week with two of my FAVORITE people!  Love these gals!

IMG_1894  Little man doesn’t sit still anymore so this was a sweet moment of these two watching a show.  He absolutely loves his big brother!  Seeing this bond is my FAVORITE.

We were all three playing in Beckham’s room (let’s be real, I was picking up) and Beckham tells me he wants to make his bed.  He did this all by himself.  All those times of him watching me make his bed paid off.  The wrinkles didn’t even bother me…I was so proud.

This is my FAVORITE thing right now.  Maddox wants me to sing him “You Are My Sunshine” song after his bath each night.  He used to let me do this when he was a baby, but stopped a few months ago.  He likes to watch me in the mirror and then look at my face real quick to see my lips moving…for some reason, he thinks this is hilarious!

Lastly, getting a pedicure is always one of my FAVORITES!


I have made so much food lately, but haven’t taken one picture of any of it.  I did however take a picture of Maddox’s plate the other day (I’m trying to write another “Toddler Meal Ideas” post).  This was lunch and consisted of Applegate Organic Uncured Beef hot dogs (grass fed beef), pickles, and raspberries.  I’m super weird about hot dogs and won’t buy anything other than these or Hebrew National. 

Y’all, this is the BEST cleaning product I’ve ever used.  I won it at a Favorite Things party last week and I get happy to use it.  Yes, happy.  It smells so good!  Just trust me and go get some.  I think you can find it at Target, but I found it online HERE also.  It advertises to be a “greener” cleaner…it boasts non-toxic and natural, which makes it even better.  And it’s only about $3.00!


Groupon!  Often people will ask us how we eat out for such a low monthly budget and this is one of the reasons.  I’m sure you’ve heard of this, but we use it for a ton of things, especially eating out or the movies.  Before we go anywhere, we check out the site and see what they have.  They’ll send you emails on the deals they have and Ryan will snag any good deals.  When we want to go to the movies, we buy tickets from Studio Movie Grill for $5 each.  Most of the deals we get are 50% off. 

I found the following quotes on Pinterest and I just love them.  I’m going to make the first two into printables.  The t-shirt one is just funny!
And I just love this quote and laugh every time I see it.  #1 because it’s true.  And #2 because Melissa McCarthy is probably the funniest person ever.

I loved these two outfits from the week! 
IMG_1852I got both the top and shorts at Kohl’s.  The leopard heels are Crocs.  Pretty comfy.

My FAVORITE type of outfit is a loose fitting shirt and jeans.  Add a statement necklace or scarf for some “flavor.” :)  Jeans are old and the shirt is from, but I can’t remember the boutique.  And the necklace is from a boutique in my parent’s downtown. 

I found these yummy quesadillas on Pinterest and can’t wait to try them!  They’re from The Garden Grazer.

Random pictures from the week…

This cutie is climbing everything!

My heart melted!

Has anyone seen the movie Signs?  It’s with Mel Gibson and about aliens coming to Earth.  The daughter leaves her water glasses everywhere, but it ends up being the key to killing the aliens (dumping water on them) – I know weird, but Ryan always says I remind him of the girl from Signs.  I just tell him, I’m preparing for the aliens.  I laughed when I got in bed and saw this by my bedside.

This might be my FAVORITE thing from this week.  Got proofs of school pictures and this is what I scroll down and see.  He was the ONLY kid crying in his school pictures out of the entire pre-school program.  This is hilarious to me.  I have the EXACT same picture of me doing this when I was his age.  I’ll have to find it and do a side by side.  I had several friends texting me and posting on FB saying how funny it was (you can see all the kids pics on the proofs).  Oh Maddox!  And apparently B developed an under-bite, side smile for professional pictures.  ???

Hope you have a great weekend!  Link Ups: Friday Favorites with Erika and Momfessionals and The Pick with Astleigh

Monday, October 5, 2015

October 2015 Goals

Last week was SOOO busy due to two very LATE girls nights.  They were really fun, but the effects afterwards made the week a little sluggish (hence no blogging last week).  I’m hoping for a much calmer week.  I’m very much behind on blogging, so hopefully I can catch up this week!

Let me quickly go over last September’s goals
1. DRINK 64oz. WATER A DAY – I didn’t do this consistently, but I did drink more water than I normally do.  It really makes a difference for me.
2. KEEP SUGAR INTAKE BETWEEN 30-50 GRAMS – I was good about tracking this the first part of the month, but life got busy and I didn’t track it as well and indulged on several occasions.  I do keep in mind though how much sugar I’m eating/drinking now and it really does help me to count it.
3. RUNNING – I’ve decided to NOT do a race right now.  It is just impossible for me to find time to run consistently.  I can do the gym a little easier, plus it burns more fat anyways which was my purpose in running to begin with (lose weight)
4. FINISH SMART MONEY SMART KIDS by Dave Ramsey and Rachel Cruz (his daughter) – I finished this and I HIGHLY recommend it.  The bottom line is that it’s imperative we teach our kids about one of the most important and impactful subjects on this planet, and that’s money.  If we don’t teach them the correct way to use money, the world will (or our bad habits will) and that is a deadly end.  This book is encouraging for both those who have diligently saved and for those who have not.  Even if you’re child is in high school, it’s not too late to help them go to college debt free.  The statistics in this book will blow you away.  Pick up this book! 
4. ADD 10 SIGNS TO MY SHOP – I added 8 signs to 
the shop, but created 10.  I just need to simply add the other 2.
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5. TRANSITION THE BLOG TO WORDPRESS – I’m  holding off on this right now.   
6. SCHEDULE ACTIVITIES WITH THE BOYS – I realized I already do a good job of doing this.  We like to stay busy in the morning (usually out of the house), have lunch at the house, take a nap (B play independently or watch TV), and then play outside before dinner.  These two think I’m a horse :) 

7. CLEAN GARAGE – I cleaned about 3/4 of the garage last month.  I got rid of a lot of junk and we installed a SafeRack, which looks awesome.  Once we have a shed out back that can store the lawn equipment and get it out of the garage, I’ll complete the last stage.

My To-Do List:
1. Purge extra items around house and in garage – For the most part.
2. Schedule a dentist appointment – Nope.
3. Paint underneath kitchen sink – Nope.  
4. Clean vacuum cleaner – Nope.
5. Buy new running shoes – not going to right now.
6. Go through Maddox’s clothes – Yes.
7. Consign baby items and some clothes – I did sell some on Facebook.
8. Get a small teacher gift for kids’ teachers and create their favorites list –
Yes and they loved it.

Now on to OCTOBER goals:

I feel like I should concentrate on ONE goal and that would be sleep.  It’s the catalyst to all other things.  If I’m tired (which is always), I find it harder to be productive, hold my temper, and work out (and make good food choices).  I really have a problem with getting in the bed early.  I know why…I just feel like I’m sleeping away precious time I could use doing one million things at night when the kids are in bed.  It’s a problem, but I am going to commit to still trying to get in bed earlier.  Other than sleep, I do have some other goals.

1. WORKOUTS – My goal is to go to the gym twice a week, have one good run (probably on Saturday), and do a video at home twice a week (the days I don’t go to gym).  I’m not a home fitness person, but it’s tough going to the gym with kids.  Period.  No matter what people say. Overall, I’d like to workout in some manner 6 days a week. 
*I was looking into getting one of those double jogger/bike trailers to take the kids on a run now that the weather is great.  We’ll see though.

2. BE AWARE OF CALORIES – I’m not going to go crazy and stress over exact number of calories, but I am going to count as much as possible.  Calories can really get away from me and when I count them, I’m much more aware of what I’m eating.  I like using My Fitness Pal to help me.  I’d also like to continue keeping my sugar below 50 grams per day.

3. EAT MORE AT HOME / AVOID THE GROCERY STORE DURING WEEK – Y’all last month, I would casually go in the grocery store way too many times when we were out and about, just to grab “one or two things” (turned into 5-10) and it killed our grocery budget.  In addition, I want to cook more at home.  We have plenty of food as I just stocked up yesterday.  I’m going to be very intentional and try and plan the day before to keep us eating at home!  It’s both healthier on our bodies and nicer to our wallet.

4. SLEEP – I know I sound like a broken record, but I’m not giving up on this goal.  My goal?  7 hours.  12:00-7:00am will be my goal, give or take the time.

1. BUDGET DAILY – This means record what I spend every night before I go to bed.  This helps me see where we are in our budget so I don’t over spend throughout the month.

1. ADD 10 MORE SIGNS TO SHOP  - 10 signs was a tough, but manageable goal, so I’m planning on doing the same as last month.

2. DO SALES TAX – Not a fun goal, but sales taxes are due this month.

3. ETSY SPREADSHEET – I purchased a spreadsheet last month that helps me keep track of EVERYTHING finance related with my shop.  I just need to import my data into the spreadsheet so I can get started.  This should be pretty helpful when tax season comes around next year.

1. MORNING DEVOTIONAL – This has gotten away from me and I simply need to consistently do this.  My plan is to read my Bible (I have a 1 year plan that I’ll use as a resource) and read a little of something else (I have several different devotionals from MOPS, apps, and Jesus Calling)…whatever floats my boat that morning.

1. BECKHAM’S 4TH BIRTHDAY PARTY – I need to start planning his party.  You’ll be surprised what I decided to do this year. 

2. BEHAVIOR/CHORE CHART – Ugh, why I have I not started this yet?  Shame on me.  I will do this asap!

3. LEARNING – Work on writing Beckham’s name with him (that may just be the letter B) and read more books to Maddox.  Simple, but really important.

4. FIND BECK A DENTIST – His old one retired and it’s time for him to go back, so I’ll need to look for another one.

TO DO’s:
1. Organize closet and Ryan’s clothes (I cannot express how hard this is)  #packratVSme
2. Schedule dentist appointment…if my teeth don’t fall out first.
3. Paint underneath sink and caulk the edges on top.
4. Clean vacuum cleaner (I’ll assign this task to Ryan).
5. Hire someone to refinish door and replace/extend fence (these will be huge if we get this done).
6. Get Halloween costumes for boys.
7. Schedule times to go to the State Fair and pumpkin patch.

We’ve got a busy month with TONS of parties and all the fun seasonal activities.  Fall is here and I’m pumped!  I love connecting with y’all.  My Facebook,Instagram(@snyderstellall) and Pinterest.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites

This week started off rough with Maddox having a stomach bug, but he’s finally over it and we’re back into routine!  Y’all I woke up SO late for MOPS today.  AND I was supposed to bring food.  I woke up when kids were supposed to be dropped off and texted my friend to let her know.  She insisted I still come up without my food so I did.  Talk about a true hot mess!  My alarm didn’t go off, my kids didn’t cry to wake up…I have no idea.  Going to bed at 2:30am totally made me pay!  Here are some favorites from the week. 

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My favorite moment (besides Maddox getting better) was eating my lunch and watching my cooking show all by myself yesterday.  The boys were at school and I usually go, go, go during that time, but I sat down right before I left to pick them up and had this delicious sandwich and watched The Pioneer Woman.
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We have been eating leftovers and anything we can find in the fridge this week, but I did enjoy that BLTT above.  We had family over for the Cowboys game and I made some really good queso and a Butterfinger poke cake that is always my favorite (I forgot to take a picture of it with the cool whip and Butterfinger…just with the caramel and Eagle brand milk drizzled on top).


I ordered this super cute shirt and it arrived in the mail this week.  It fits perfect, is soft, and has the cutest saying on it: Jesus loves this hot mess! :)  Perfect attire for today!
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I also have to mention my new favorite diaper rash cream concoction.  I shared this on my IG this week, but here it is:
-1oz. Desitin maximum strength cream
-1oz. A&D ointment
-1Tbsp. liquid Antacid (like Maalox or Mylanta)

I wish I could show you the difference.  His stomach bug completely took a toll on his little bum and it looked like his skin was literally burned off.  The pediatrician’s office gave me this recipe and I love it.  It made more than the picture shows, but this is what I have left.

Not grocery shopping this week (well, not very much).  The grocery budget is killing me lately and I’m doing a bad job staying within budget, so this week I’m trying to be really creative and use the food already in our house.  I’m also putting off several things I want and need right now in order to stay in budget.  And I’m starting to think ahead to Christmas and getting prepared for that since that’s always a HUGE cost!

I’m nearing the end of Smart Money Smart Kids and it is SOOOO good!  Here are a couple of good quotes from the book:
“Make sure your heart is full of gratitude for the blessings in your own life.  Let your children witness this in you, and they will want to respond with gratitude for the blessings in their own lives.”

“Contentment is a manner of traveling.  It’s an attitude of peace and joy where you are, even while you are working to be somewhere else.”

“Leaving adult children a great value system but little money is still a great legacy.  But leaving adult children a great value system and wealth to impact and help others is a stellar legacy.”

Aren't’ those good?  A lot of people think I’m naturally frugal and enjoy it.  NOOOOO!  I most definitely do not enjoy NOT spending money and it is not natural at all to me.  I struggle with contentment, but what I do enjoy is knowing we are spending our money wisely, not wasting it on interest or house payments, saving for an AMAZING retirement, and leaving a “stellar legacy” for our kids and their kids.  We are blessed to be a blessing! 

Again, I didn’t take a picture of any outfit besides the one above, but I love this outfit I found on Pinterest.  I cannot wait for cooler weather to wear some jeans a booties!

I didn’t pin too much this week, but I did pin this cauliflower pizza crust.  I haven’t made it yet, but it looks pretty good.

Some other sweet moments this week.  Beckham is my hilarious, independent boy, and Maddox is definitely my cuddle bug.  I got extra cuddles this week and I'm just obsessed with this age!

And lastly, this special family has been on my heart lately.  Madeline was just diagnosed with Osteosarcoma.  She is in 7th grade and is one of the most precious little girls and her family is the best.  I taught her older brother in 3rd grade.  Madeline was in 3rd grade also when I was teaching, but she had my best friend, Kristen, for her teacher.


You can order a t-shirt (today is the last day) to help support them.  Proceeds go to cancer research.  Her parents also have a blog to document and share their journey.  Most of all, keep them in your prayers.  This was so shocking to find out and I am just hurt even more now that I have my own kids.  I can't imagine.

Hope you have a great weekend.  I’m hoping for an overdue date night with Ryan and a relaxing weekend at home. 

Link Ups: Friday Favorites with Erika and Momfessionals and The Pick with Astleigh

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Fall Y’all

I’ve had my Fall decorations up for 2 weeks now and I thought I’d share how I add some Fall flare to our house…on a budget of course.  I cleaned out the garage a couple of weeks ago and decided to get the Fall décor down since I was already in there. 

I’ve also been burning my Scentsy with Fall scents (I’m using the ScentSationals brand from Walmart).  Each one is $2.00 and they smell great!  I bought Warm Apple Pie, Pumpkin Spice, Sugared Pecan Pumpkin, and Vanilla Cookie Crunch.  Aren’t you hungry now?  I also stocked up on Fall scented soaps from Bath and Body Works when they had their 5 for $18 sale.  I’m now waiting for the candles to go on sale to grab a couple of those.

My mom gave me several Fall décor pieces of hers when we got our own house.  I also bought several things when we had Beckham’s 2nd Fall Birthday Party.  And this year I added 2 new things and have cut myself off.  Hobby Lobby and Michaels are my go to stores for seasonal décor.

This is the new Fall wreath I bought at Michaels this year.  I’m a sucker for sparkle and gold.

When you walk in the door, this is the entry way table.  I made that wreath 2 years ago with my sister in law and decided to hang it here this year.

And this is what you see when you walk in.  The lighting in this picture doesn’t do it ANY justice, but it is so pretty when you walk in (even with the high chair) :)

My mom gave me these two wicker pumpkins a long time ago and this is my first year to use them.  I absolutely love them and they’re perfect next to the centerpiece I bought this year (my 2nd new décor piece).  I like simple on a table because we actually eat on it and I don’t feel like moving décor every time we need to eat.

IMG_2940My mom also gave me those pumpkins and I love how they add some Fall-ness to the table but are simple.  I’m loving simple décor more and more these days as it’s clean and clutter free.

The bookshelf is the same as last year’s décor as well.  I need to print off a picture of B and M in last year’s Halloween costumes and put it in that frame (I put the previous year’s Halloween picture in that frame each year).  That owl holds candles and is really pretty when lit. 

Our fireplace this year.  Very similar to last year, but I took away that subway art and added it to our kitchen.  I love this garland.  It’s one of my favorite purchases.  I got it for B’s party.

A couple of little door hangers.

And this stays on our bar.  Also very pretty when the candles are lit.

This is where I put the subway art I found at Hobby Lobby last year.  Or maybe it was Michaels. I can’t remember.  It sits next to my Scentsy to hide the cord and plug.

I can’t believe the boys last year.  Maddox’s costume was great! Winking smile

Fall signs are popular in my shop right now.  Here is a collection of most of my Fall signs.
Fall signs

And this is a new one I created this year.  It’s my favorite.  I have a color version and a black and white version.
ETSY Listing Give Thanks
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And if you’d like a FREE fall sign to use as some décor, just right click on this image and download to your computer and you can print it from your home computer.  It’s designed as an 8x10.
8x10 Fall is Wonderful

I’m impatiently awaiting the cooler temps and will really be able to enjoy Fall when I can cozy up with my favorite Salted Caramel Mocha outside on the patio while the kids play!