Wednesday, August 15, 2018


What a week!!  We are back home after our much-anticipated summer vacay to Orange Beach, Alabama and we had an absolute blast!  And unlike years past, I had no major #momfails (whoop whoop!), no one got stung by a jellyfish (or bitten by a shark--I worry about that a lot!) and I only wanted to hide in the bathroom to get away from everyone a couple of times.  It's a LOT of family togetherness and sometimes mama just needs some alone time.  Right?!

Our family typically takes one big vacation a year (although we're going to Disney in November!) and for the past 6 or 7 years, we have been dedicated beach rats.  ;)  It is our happy place.  The sand, the sea, the sun, the salty breeze, the sunsets... (We don't wake up early enough to see the sunrise or I would have included that too.  I mean, we're on vacation, people!  So maybe I should throw in one more "s" word---SLEEP!)

We've been to several different beaches over the years (Destin, Ft. Walton, Orange Beach and Gulf Shores) and we loved them all but each one has it's pros and cons.

For the past 4 years, we've been in the Orange Beach/Gulf Shores area.  The boys love it there and have their favorite spots and at this point in our lives, our family vacations are all about our kids.  So even though I may wish for a quieter beach trip to somewhere like Seaside, I just can't convince my kiddos to go anywhere else.  They started crying when I suggested going anywhere else.  So that was that.  We'll have plenty of time to take more adult-friendly vacations when these kids grow up and LEAVE ME.  (Wahhhhhh!!!)

So last Monday, we packed up the car and headed out!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Beach'n 2017. {Rewind Series}

Hey hey friends! It's the night before we leave for our annual beach vacay and I know I said I wasn't posting this week but I thought this was the PERFECT TIME for another segment of my Rewind Series!

If you aren't familiar with this series, it's basically just me sharing throwbacks from my past.

I've only done a couple so far.  You can find my Pregnancy Post here and my Bahamas vacay from 2009 here.

But today, I'm just throwing out my links to last year's beach vacay recaps because I was looking over them last night and they got me feeling all mushy.  My kids have grown so much over the past year.  And it's just all going by so fast.  I'm so happy that I have this blog to document all our memories!

So if you want to check out last year's beach trip, you find those recaps below!

We had the greatest time and I'm praying that we live up to that or outdo it this year.  I'm also praying that we check in to the correct condo this time and that no windshield wipers fly off during a downpour on the interstate!  Eeek.  #sonotfun

 I'll be a chronic over-poster this week on Instagram so you can follow me over there @amandanall if you want to see what we're up to this week! 

I'm not sure if I'll be back oo the blog any this week but I'll keep you posted on IG and in my FB Group!  Have the best week, y'all!!

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Friday Favorites #68.

I am super excited today, y'all.  All Etsy orders have shipped so I am finally on VACATION!  Whoop whoop!!  We are in full beach prep mode so I'll be spending a lot of time this weekend making lists, shopping for all those last minute things, organizing, and packing before we head out next week!

If you want to check out our vacay from last year you can find it HERE.  We had the best time!

I can't wait to stick my toes in the sand!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

July Book Review. {2018}

It's Book Review day, y'all!!  So open up your Amazon carts, your library lists, your Audible store...however it is that you read...and get ready because you may want to add all of these!  It was a good book month!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Giant Book Review Roundup.

Hiya, friends!  I will be taking next week off from blogging while we (finally!) make our way to the beach so this week is all about beach prep!  Right now, I'm struggling over outfits for beach pictures.  My kids and husband loathe beach pictures and get all cranky.  (Like it's hard to stand there and smile?  C'mon people!)  So I'm debating on whether or not I want to put myself through all the grumbling.  Please tell me I'm not alone in this.  Bribes work though.  So I've got that in my back pocket.  ;)

We also have our in-laws and sweetie-pie niece, Scarlet, at our house this week which is fun!  The boys ADORE their cousin and they have been looking forward to this.  So between beach prep, houseguests and finishing up all my Etsy orders before we leave, this week is going to be busy!

But I did want to drop in a reminder about the Book Review Link-Up that will be happening TOMORROW!

This will be my second month doing this.  Last month, I technically had a link-up but I literally thought to do it AFTER I'd published the post and everyone who was going to read it, read it.  Haha.  So I thought I'd give a little more warning this time around.

So all you fellow bloggers and bookworms:  If you've got any good book review posts, feel free to link up!  More than one is totally fine and it doesn't have to be from this week or even this month.  I just want to see what all y'all have been reading!  :)  I don't know if I'll make every month a link-up yet but I am tomorrow.

For my July Book Review, I've got the 5 books I listened to this month (God bless audiobooks, y'all) including one that came from my new Kindle Unlimited membership.  I'm going to give my thoughts on Kindle Unlimited as well!

In the meantime, you can check out all my past reviews below.








And find a huge list of favorite books in my Amazon Store and in my Book Club album in my Facebook group.

See you tomorrow, friends!


Friday, July 27, 2018

Friday Favorites #67.

Happy Friday, y'all!!  It is the last Friday of July and I'm seriously scratching my head wondering where the summer went!  I feel like I was just typing "only 3 days left of school before SUMMER BREAK!!".  And now somehow, we're only 3 short weeks away from it starting all over again.

But I can't worry about right now.  Today is Friday Favorites with my girls Andrea, Narci, and Erika so I'm just going to focus on that.

Let's get started!


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Instant Pot First Timer.

So this Instant Pot craze, y'all.  I was a holdout.  I didn't think I needed it.  I didn't think I'd use it.  I had a crockpot.  What was the big deal about the Instant Pot?  I didn't get it.

When it popped up for 50% off during the Amazon Prime Day sale, I thought about it.  But then it sold out before I could grab it so I was all "Oh well.  No biggie.".  

And then it came back.  

And the more I thought about it and the more Pinteresting I did for Instant Pot recipes, the more I decided I should just go for it while it was half off.  And if I hated it or never used it, I'd just give it to my mom or mother-in-law or whoever may want it.  

Yesterday, I asked for some of your favorite Instant Pot recipes in my FB Group and one of my best girlfriends ended up texting me a giant list of her favorites.  #thankyouDani  

I also learned that a lot of you have Instant Pots that you've either never taken out of the box or you've used it once and haven't bothered since.  ;)  Maybe this will give you the inspiration to bust it out again!