savannah, by way of the trolley

Aug 22, 2017

Hello! Has everyone recovered from the eclipse excitement? I have to say that the boys were really pumped about going to school and getting those special glasses to see this amazing event. Yet, the cloud coverage rolled in about an hour before and the rain quickly followed. So we didn't get to see much, but their school had them watch it on the live feed. Ha! Gotta love technology! 

Anyway, over the weekend we did something that we have wanted to do since we moved to Savannah. We took a trolley tour!! Whenever we go downtown with the kids they always see the orange trolleys and ask if we can go on. So they were so excited when I told them that Saturday was the day! 
In an effort to beat the heat we made sure we were at location numero uno early and ready for that 9 am trolley! It proved to be a great seating choice as well, as we definitely beat the crowds. Our trolley tour guide was so great, born and raised in Savannah, and her love and enthusiasm about her home town really showed through. Not to mention she was very witty and threw in some pop culture references for the kids along the way! 
Savannah is deeply rooted in American history, and it was amazing to hear just how much every building and square played a role in history. Truly one of the most remarkable things for me to learn was just how much SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, helps to preserve Savannah's architectural history by transforming structures into many different components for the college. As we would pass by buildings we would find out that they were now classrooms, and dorms, and libraries. I was thinking "how cool would it be to go to college here". You know.....if I wanted to go to college all over again. 
One of the best parts about the trolley tour is, that there are 15 stops along the way and you are more than welcome to go on and off at any of them. And then another trolley will pass by every 15 minutes for you to hop back on and continue your tour. We stayed on for a bit until the stop for the American Prohibition Museum. I have heard that this is a fun and interactive museum, even for kids. And that proved to be very true! Although, you know how it is when you go to a museum with kids.....they think it is a race to the finish. So Chris and I are planning a trip back, just the two of us so we can look around and hey maybe even pop into the speakeasy to try one of their signature 1920's cocktails! 
Okay but maybe the best part about this stop was that the museum was right next door to Byrd's famous cookies!!! Where you can go in a sample all the cookies. The kids were not shy in this department. But we all settled on a couple boxes of the chocolate chip cookies. They are SO good! If you are not in the Savannah area, look them up online and order yourself a few bags. You can thank me later. 
After we were all in a cookie coma, we hopped back on the trolley to finish the tour. It was starting to get hot, so the kids were happy to be sitting down and catching the cool breeze as we drove around. I've said it before and I will probably say it 100 more times. Savannah is just the most charming city. This tour made me fall in love with it even more, and helped to add about 50 restaurants that I want to try. 

I would definitely say that if you are planning a trip to Savannah, block out some time in the morning and get on the trolley! It is just such a fun experience and you learn so much about this gem of a city. Now I have my sights set on the Ghosts and Gravestones Night Tour!!! 

A special thank you to the Old Town Trolley for sponsoring this post and amazing experience! 

as close as i'm getting to fall

Aug 18, 2017

For the record it is 94 degrees here in Savannah. The other day my car read 101 when I was in the pick up line. I don't hate it. I don't hate it one bit. I mean, we all love fall in due time, but I am in no rush for it. My social media feeds are just crawling with fall desires, however. Fall for me means that my babies are getting older, particularly Pierce, and I am nowhere near ready for him to turn six! Honestly if I think about it too long I will burst into tears. 

So, let's avoid that!
ruffle bodysuit (similar) // pants: j.crew (old, but LOVE these) // shoes: mango // bag: cult gaia

This is about as fall of an outfit as I will allow myself to have at this time. I mean, quarter sleeves and olive utility pants? Fall-ish. 

I think the arrival of fall scents in stores has brought about a nostalgic euphoria and I can get behind that. I have warm vanilla, and pumpkin candles warming all year around. But the one thing I cannot support is the pumpkin spice latte. You read that correctly, feel free to never click on my blog again. I know this one hit below the belt. BUT there is a good reason and it can all be blamed on Avalon. 

I used to enjoy that little spice of pumpkin in my latte. Chris even said it wasn't that bad back in the day. Then I got pregnant with Avalon and my morning sickness was on another level. One day my sweet husband brought me home a pumpkin spice latte before we headed out for errands that day. At first the smell was off putting as many smells are while nine weeks pregnant, but I powered through. In my head I was like.....I know it will taste good. It did not. I immediately threw up in the kitchen sink. It didn't taste good going down, and it was worse comin' up. 

I felt like I was okay at that point and we loaded up the boys and were on our way. This was when we had just found out that we would be stationed in Alaska, so we were doing some cold weather recon shopping at this cool little outdoor gear store in Columbus. As we were in the store I started to feel so sick and bolted out the door and threw up again. 
I think I tried a pumpkin spice latte for the first time since then, last year. And NOPE! Can't do it. Pregnancy aversions are a real thing! And can be long lasting. 

So that's my story. If you've had a bun in the oven, did you have any food aversions? 

And beyond all that, HAPPY FRIDAY!

what i'm buying from target, online.

Aug 17, 2017

Let's talk Target! We all love that money sucker, don't we? Lately I have actually been avoiding going into the store because we all know exactly what happens. Our bodies are taken over by some mysterious force and we suddenly think we don't have bills to pay and children to feed and we end up spending hundreds more than the diapers and wipes actually cost. Not to mention we walk out with cheap shit from the dollar section because our kids just started throwing things in the cart when our backs were turned. So in an effort to buy things that I know I want, and that I know where I want in my house, I have turned to online only. Plus that whole red card free shipping thing kind of gets me!

So here are a few of my recent purchases!
Large Round Mirror: I just got this in the other day and immediately hung it in our newly bright white bathroom! I hung it over the toilet, and I am on the hunt for the perfect floating shelf to go underneath it!

Hanging Door Mirror: After I changed the girls' room up last weekend, I thought this mirror would be a cute addition. Avalon is constantly dressing up and then running into my room to look in my full length mirror, so now she can get the full effect of her princess outfits right in her own room! 

Storage Cart: I have seen this little cart online for months but it wasn't until I saw it in person that I knew I wanted one or two in the house. Pierce's teacher has it in her classroom and it is just so cute and functional. I got one to organize Avalon's preschool stuff, and art supplies. Then I put the other one in the kid's bathroom because there really is no extra space for all their things. 

Door Mat: New house, new door mat right? Well, maybe not. But our old one was getting a little worn, and this one is just simple and cute. 

Farmhouse Galvanized Milk Jug: Continuing with my bathroom redo, I wanted a galvanized container to put flowers in near our tub. When I saw this one I was like YES, you will do the trick. 

Fur Heels: You know I am obsessed with the Who What Wear collection, and their shoes are just as great as the clothing pieces. My Target doesn't carry all the shoes in store, so when I saw these online my fall heart skipped a beat. I got them in the other day and they are so great! Perfect for fall, on trend, and a mom friendly heel height! 

Makeup Brush Set: I have spent a pretty penny on various high end makeup brushes, and after I have them I always ask myself, "are they really doing something that my drugstore brushes aren't?" and in some cases yes. I don't want the little brush hairs left on my face, I want them to distribute the product evenly, and I want them to be soft. For that I always come back to Ecotools! This set is a great set with all the brushes you need, at an amazing price. 

And I think that is it! Have you found anything at Target recently that is worth sharing? I would love to know!

when only neutrals will do

Aug 16, 2017

Glorious middle of the week, day! This week has been a little coo coo for coco puffs. Monday I wanted to get the girls outside kind of early and have Avalon do some fun preschool things with chalk. They both had fun being able to occupy their own territories of the driveway. Once that all came to an end and as I was picking up the chalk, Odette decided to take herself inside and lock Avalon and I out. 

I looked like a complete psycho as I am trying to talk her into unlocking the door. All she was saying back was, "I no lock the door mama, you did". No no....

I frantically ran around checking windows and doors and realized that I do not know the keypad combo to the garage (I have since reset it). Caspian was inside freaking out because I was trying to essentially break in and he was like, wait a minute, aren't I supposed to lose my mind when I hear these kinds of noises? It was crazy. My phone was inside as well so there was no help there. Avalon was getting nervous as I was saying things like "I'll just break a window". But then.....I remembered that I had opened the living room window the other night and was just hoping that I forgot to lock it. After ripping the screen to find out, we were in luck! We crawled through and all was well. Except when Chris got home and was like, what the hell? Those mama bear instincts....
Then yesterday I lived in rookie mom land as I was unloading the dishwasher. The girls were playing in the playroom and I kept thinking....they are playing so nice, I don't hear any fighting, this is just wonderful. Dumb ass. 

I walk in and Odette in laying on top of the work bench covered in marker thanks to Dr. Selfish aka Avalon. No really, she calls herself doctor selfish and it is hilarious. Avalon looks at me and says "Odette is really sick mom, I don't think I can help her". Oh have done enough. 

Clearly Odette didn't mind one bit. I am sure she was just so excited to play with Avalon. 
tee // jeans // denim jacket // shoes // hat: zara (old)

Moving on to this outfit and how incredibly mom friendly it is not....but I don't care. I love an all white outfit, no matter what I end up sitting in. This outfit for the most part is just so easy and causal, but keeping everything neutral makes me feel just a tad bit more put together. I would totally throw on a nude heel and call this a date night #ootn. 

You know...if those things happened in my life. 


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