werk it, girl

February 17, 2017

I’m all about getting outside and getting a good workout in… I’m also all about wearing workout clothes to eat extensive amounts of unhealthy foods while sitting on the couch. Whatever category you find yourself in, let me introduce you to Senita Athletics.

This company, you guys. Run by two mamas and sisters, they just get it.

Affordable, stylish and quality workout clothes with pockets!! They have bras with pockets, pockets on their tights, hidden pockets on their running shorts, and all with easy access for your phone and headphones. I’ve been wearing their gear for about a week now and I’ve already bought a few more pieces because I’m that obsessed. You cannot beat the prices and they are just so cute.

I put mine to the test in bootcamp last week and am happy to report everything stood the test of just about anything you could think of, from cycling, to boxing, to running, bear crawls pulling weights, box pushes and lifting – I couldn’t be happier.

Lucky you, they’ve offered you all a 10% discount by using code “kellymann” at checkout (Good thru March 3rd). Hop on over to their site and check them out, I promise you won’t regret it!

when I should be doing homework

February 12, 2017

Maybe you know this… maybe you don’t, but I’m a full-time grad student. It takes a lot of time and I can’t wait to finish up in a year and a half (gulp), but just like college, I will happily fill my free time with all the things except my homework. With little ones and life, can you blame me?

Didn’t think so…

So yesterday Merritt turned 9 months old and if you aren’t following me on instagram, you’re missing out on those posts (and if I’m being honest, all of my regular posting). All that to say, when I have my real camera out, I try to take full advantage of it and get a handful of really good photos.

In order to minimize overloading the instagram feed with photos, I thought I’d take some time and just do a quick little post about life right now.

Merritt is 9 months old, she is active and into everything. Crawling, pulling up, chasing after the dogs, and crying for her mom. She loves her brothers when they give her any bit of attention and will generally smile for everyone. Her reflux is awful and she has essentially spent the last 2 months sick with a stomach bug, but things have seemed to slowly start in the right direction and I’m wondering where the time has gone.

This season of life is so hard, but so beautiful. I want to remember all of this. Staying home 3 days a week is a blessing I don’t take lightly, but it can also make me lose my mind. Grad school on the weekends and at night is trying, but the end result will be so, so worth it. Teaching at ACU has become something I really enjoy, and the time away from my kids is just right – enough for my sanity, but not too much. Life is busy and hard and sweet, but FULL.

Halloween 2016

November 1, 2016

I thought last year was going to be the last year I would be able to get away with coordinating costumes, but lo and behold, we pulled it off again. The kids went as PJ Masks {a disney junior show, for those of you not currently in the throws of toddlerhood}. It worked out because there are two boy characters and one girl. I found the boys’ costumes for a steal online back in September and stacked on a coupon code. I figured I could DIY something to make Merritt be Owlette fairly simply and off we went.

Hudson likes Catboy and Beckham likes Gekko so it worked out perfectly. I didn’t really get any pictures of the three of them together because it is unseasonably hot right now, but I did manage to take some pictures individually to remember this year, the spunk and all.

Because the weather has been so NOT fall-ish, I opted out of making Merritt wear her owlette costume to school on their fall festival day. She also had quite the cold and I took her to the doctor that morning, so to minimize the effort on my part, I put a mexican dress on her and said she was Frida Kahlo. I was tempted to give her a unibrow but just couldn’t. A couple of days later I remembered she has a flower crown so I decided it would be a missed opportunity if I didn’t make it happen for a picture.

I hope you all had a Happy Halloween!

Fishing Party

October 31, 2016

I can’t believe Hudson is FOUR! Like, it’s so surreal to me that my baby is getting old because didn’t I just have him?? Anyways, this was the first year that he actually knew what was going on without me having to tell him his party was coming up and he was so, so excited. A few months ago, we sat down and talked about what kind of party he wanted to have and fishing was at the top of the list.

If you know me, you know I love a good themed party. The details and the coming together of all the things feeds my creative side tenfold. Links to my sources below.

The decor started with a pack of 10 white paper lanterns, I painted the bottom half red and then cut strips of cardboard {a dr. pepper case} to use as the tops. I hung them all over the house in bunches.

The red fish netting {I cut in half} and the bass balloon?were also purchased on amazon. Other random decor I either had already or purchased locally at TJ Maxx or Walmart.

I filled the top tray of a tackle box with gummy worms and swedish fish, and made cake ball bobbers – which are significantly more difficult than they seem. I purchased the cutest sugar cookies from my friend Carrie {check her out on instagram @thecookiemomstercarrie}, made a simple two-layer sheet cake that I decorated with blue icing, swedish fish and cake ball bobbers, then threw in some goldfish and brownies to round out the intense amount of sugar offered.

I used some of scrap pieces of cedar from the fence we tore down to add a few more textures to the decor by making simple boxes for things to sit up on and add height, and topped the folding table with a wooden desk top I made myself a few years ago. Throw in some chalkboard art and we had quite the setup.

For an activity, I filled a large under bed storage bin with blue water beads?{I only bought that one pack} and threw in a few plastic fish and fishing lures for the kids to find. They were a HUGE hit!

We loved getting to celebrate our big boy this weekend, broken arm and all!