Playroom Storage Solutions

Super Easy Minimalist Wall Decals

And just like that the small update in the kids’ playroom is COMPLETE!  We added a few super easy minimalist wall decals, moved some furniture and some toys around, and voila!  Big changes on a tiny (and I mean next to nothing) budget!!

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Plants

My Plant Picks from Target

Well hello there plant moms and dads (or maybe soon-to-be plant parents)!  I’m so glad you’re here! My guess is you stopped by because you, like me, love what plants do to brighten up your home and connect you to nature!  Now, while I have been trying my hand the last 2 years or so at real plant care, I’ll be honest, GOOD faux plants can be just as beautiful and a HECKOFALOT less work!

That said, I took a little stroll through Target this morning (shocker I know), and happen to come across the launch of Hilton Carter’s new line in collaboration with Target.  Y’all.  Show stoppers!!!!  They had real and faux plants mixed in together and I couldn’t tell them apart!!! It was AMAZING!!!  I have never seen such real & BEAUTIFUL looking faux plants!!  So naturally, I had to share them with you guys!  I picked up two new live beauties myself, but of course the live plants can’t be purchased online.  Soooo…instead I’ve rounded up my favorite faux picks, as well as one or two gardening accessories that I love! You guys, I saw these plants myself in-person today.  They are BEAUTIFUL and the quality is amazing!!!

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Summer Activities for Kids

Summer Activities for Kids {Educational & All Under $25}

BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND for helping get us primed, prepped, and ready for summer!

Well.  It happened.  My baby officially graduated pre-school today and will be heading into elementary school in the fall.  😩😭  I know they have  to grow up, and trust me, I love watching it, but man, I’m gonna miss these years.  **Cue the tears,  bring the tissues, save the children bc right now I’m squeezing them extra tight.**

Summer activities for kids

Okay, now that we got the sappy part over with, I can share the real reason behind this post.

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Decorate my planner

My Planner Organization & Planning Go-To’s

This blog post has been a loooong time coming!  You guys have been asking me FOREVER to share my planner organization faves and I’ve FINALLY had the time to sit down and gather it all together for y’all!  Also, the new Life Planner launched from Erin Condren TODAY and I’m LOVING IT!!!!  Y’all know that is my absolute go-to to keep my life in order (well, somewhat in order 😉)!  I can’t remember things without it, seriously.

Anyway, this new launch gives even more options for personalizing and customizing so y’all be sure to check it out!  I’ll be sharing everything I got from the launch here so you’ll get a sneak peek!

Alright, so enough chit chat, let’s jump right in here!!

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Travel Makeup

Travel Makeup Capsule: Lightening the Load

Alright.  Let’s talk travel makeup.  Who here is guilty of overpacking? 🙋🏻🙋🏻🙋🏻  This is a judge-free zone, so it’s okay, you can admit it! In fact, admitting you have a problem is the first step,😉.  I’m kidding of course, but my guess is, you probably consider yourself to be an over-packer as well since you’re here with me!  Well let me tell ya, I used to be TERRIBLE! I mean, it was borderline embarrassing how much I would pack.  So unnecessary; and let’s be honest, when you’re traveling, the lighter the load the easier it is to get around!!

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Healthy Oat Muffins

Healthy Oat Muffins (No Flour, No Sugar, and Only a Few Ingredients)

So apparently I missed the boat on sharing the recipe for these Healthy Oat Muffins with you guys a couple weeks ago!  My bad!  I took all the video and could have sworn I shared it on my Instagram page…but apparently…I did not.

Healthy Oat Muffins

So instead, I figured I’d throw a blog post together so you can see the video of me actually making them!  The best thing about these (besides how healthy and delicious they are) is that they only require a few ingredients, are super easy to make, AND can be customized with your favorite toppings.

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Spring home decor

Easy & Affordable Spring Home Decor Refresh

BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND making our Spring Home Decor Refresh that much fresher! 

Well I don’t know about you guys, but after the crazy winter storm we just had in Texas this past week, spring just can’t come soon enough!  I’m usually in support of the snow, but I’ve had my fill for a while!  So.  In this house, we’re moving on!  Even if the weather chooses not to join us (thanks groundhog) my house is jumping ahead into spring! Continue reading

Discount Codes

Discount Codes & Links

Hi guys!

As promised, here is a round up of all my current discount codes and affiliate links.  If for some reason any of the codes/links don’t work, please just let me know and I’ll get it fixed for y’all! (Occasionally one of my codes will end up on one of those stupid discount sites and then I have to be issues a new one 🙄).  So please be sure to let me know if something isn’t working!  Thanks buddies!

Also, the most comprehensive place to find links to things I’ve shared is my LikeToKnowIt page.


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!

CODES

Beddy’s Beds: RUSTICRETREAT

Boutique Rugs: RUSTICRETREAT55

The C Shop Jewelry: RUSTICRETREAT10

DaxEyewear: NICOLE30

OlliMarie Boutique: NICOLE15

Reef Rain Aria jewelry: NICOLE10

King of Christmas: (code currently inactive)

Affiliate links

Abercrombie & Fitch

All Modern

Antique Candle Co.

My Amazon Storefront

American Eagle

Crate & Barrel

Erin Condren

Joss & Main

Kirklands

Pier 1

Pottery Barn

QVC

Target

Tarte Cosmetics

TJ Maxx

Victoria Emerson

Walmart

Wayfair

World Market

Great gift ideas

Give The Gift That Keeps On Giving


BEFORE WE JUMP IN, AS ALWAYS, I JUST WANNA SAY REAL QUICK, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH FOR ANY AND ALL AFFILIATE LINKS THAT YOU MAY USE THROUGHOUT THIS POST.  I APPRECIATE MORE THAN YOU KNOW WHEN YOU SUPPORT THE BRANDS THAT HELP TO SUPPORT THIS LITTLE BLOG & OUR LITTLE FAM!!
ALSO, A HUGE THANKS TO WALMART+ FOR SPONSORING TODAY’S POST AND making our holiday season that much brighter

It’s officially crunch time y’all! Christmas is just days away.  Have you checked everyone off your list yet??  Are you still looking for great gift ideas?? My guess is if you’re reading this, you might still have that “impossible to shop for” name that you haven’t successfully crossed off yet.  Well I’m here to help!

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Thanksgiving Camping Trip

This Year’s Very Unexpected & Not So Traditional Thanksgiving

Before we jump in, as always, I just wanna say real quick, THANK YOU SO SO MUCH for any and all affiliate links that you may use throughout this post.  I appreciate MORE THAN YOU know when you support the brands that help to support this little blog & our little fam!!
Also, a HUGE thanks to Walmart+ for sponsoring today’s post and Our wonderful thanksgiving holiday!

Well y’all, Thanksgiving 2020 is in the books!!  And I have to admit, I have NO IDEA why I was so surprised when it went NOTHING according to plan! 😂. I mean, that’s just the kinda year it’s been, am I right??  We couldn’t let Thanksgiving get away with taking it easy, it just wouldn’t have been right (has me a little worried about what Christmas has in store but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there).  😂 Seriously though, different doesn’t always mean bad!  We still had an amazing holiday even though it was NOTHING like we expected!

The Original Plan

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know we had intentions to rent a cabin in the woods and spend time with my immediate family for the Thanksgiving holiday.  My family is INCREDIBLY fortunate to live here together in the metroplex.  And because we are so close, we’ve been able to quarantine and remain socially distanced in the community while still being together. I thank my lucky stars for that because I know how rare that is in today’s climate.  Anyway, like so many others this holiday season, we decided it was best for all those involved to cancel our plans and spend Thanksgiving with our own respective nuclear families.  HARDEST DECISION EVER, but definitely the most responsible choice.

I have no doubt that so many of you reading this are in the exact same boat.  And as sad as I was to spend my first Thanksgiving ever without my extended family, (and here comes the silver lining…y’all know me, there HAS to be one) me and this little quartet of mine had the BEST time just enjoying each other.

Thanksgiving 2020

Getting your dog to look at the camera when it’s set on a timer is impossible 😂

24 hours leading up to our trip

The 24 hours leading up to our trip were kind of a whirlwind!  Plans were cancelled and then changed and then changed again, and then cancelled, and then changed again.  It was pure chaos.  I had already packed the kids for a week long trip and I had all my clothes ready to be rolled into the suitcase.  Now if y’all are anything like me, you think unpacking is the WORST!  Well, unpacking WITHOUT having even gone anywhere, not an option for me. 😂

So Matt and I started brain storming…and where do you think we landed?? Yep!  Of course.  The camper!!  This was EXACTLY why we bought the camper.  So in these volatile times, we could just pick up and go and still stay safe and socially distanced!

the new plan

Also that was it…camping!!  The new plan!  Matt got online and started frantically searching for campsites (we knew we still wanted to go to Arkansas since we’d already packed for that weather) and I immediately logged into our Walmart+ account and started planning and buying all the supplies for our trip.  If you guys haven’t heard of or signed up for a Walmart+ membership yet, I’m telling y’all….GAME. CHANGER!!!  It‘s truly what made our Thanksgiving trip possible!

Even though I had done a lot to pack clothes and incidentals for the trip, I didn’t have food, cleaning supplies, entertainment, cookware, etc.  Basically, I had nothing ready to prepare for a trip to the woods. 😂. So, I started adding allllllll the things to our cart and made sure to select “DELIVERY” because there was NO WAY I was going to have time to run to the store before we left for our trip in under 12 hours.

Walmart+ Delivery

Of all the benefits Walmart+ offers (mobile scan & go, member prices on fuel, etc) the free unlimited delivery is HANDS DOWN my favorite!  I can place as many orders as I need to and they’ll all deliver FOR FREE!!  As long as I hit my $35 minimum (restrictions apply) (which let’s be honest, when do I NOT hit that 😂) then they’ll bring it right to my doorstep!  Or anywhere else I need them to bring it, as long as the benefit is available in that zip code!  (More on that once we actually arrive to the campsite…yes, they delivered to us there 🤯).  Seriously though, I DEFINITELY encourage y’all to head over to the Walmart+ page and learn all about the benefits available in your area!!  They were a LIFE SAVER for us on this trip!

Campsite #1

Camping at Thanksgiving

So because Arkansas is quite a haul from where we live in Texas, we decided to break the trip up and stopped in a KOA Campground in Mount Pleasant.   We arrived  at the site, unpacked, and immediately realized all the things we forgot to bring amidst the chaos over the past 12 hours.   That’s just how it goes though, right? 😂.   Toothbrush? Forgot it.  Shampoo and conditioner? Forgot them.  Games for the kids?  Nope.  Camping chairs?  Still in the other car from soccer.  What about our coats and hats for sitting around the campfire in 40º weather?  Of course not….why would we remember those!! 😂 You know what though.  I swear, my usual semi-anxious self didn’t panic at all!  Know why?  Well one, I was on vacation and I was NOT about to let anything ruin it for a 2nd time…but two, because I had already checked the campground address and Walmart+ would deliver anything we had forgotten!!  Thank God, cuz we forgot A LOT! 😂  So we ordered the essentials (plus a few fun extras, duh), they delivered (FOR FREE), and it was smooth sailing from there! (Honestly, I still can’t believe they delivered TO OUR CAMPSITE!!!  I’m a Walmart+ member for life!!!) Thanksgiving camping trip

Staying busy

The next morning we made breakfast and the kids actually helped!  The meal of choice was pigs in a blanket (which is a super easy camp food by the way)!  If you haven’t made these with your kiddos, I highly recommend it!  They’re super easy and the kids love rolling them up!  Plus it got us through the early morning hours where it was just a little too chilly to play outside.

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

Once we had full bellies we spent the rest of the day outside!  Playing games and laughing and crafting and telling stories!  It was exactly what Matt and I envisioned when we said we wanted to buy a camper!

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

Once night took over (which as we all know happens pretty early these days), I was so thankful I had purchased coloring supplies in our Walmart+ order.  Boy did they come in handy!  We also bought some board games, but as every parent knows, you can’t show all your cards at once so we decided to save those for another night. 😂

Thanksgiving Camping Trip


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campsite 2: the ozarks

It was a pretty quick turn around in Mount Pleasant because our real goal was to get out to the Ozarks.  By this time, (thanks to Walmart+) we were finally prepared to make the trek out there!   So we made the 4.5 hour drive, set up camp, and relaxed our week away!!

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

We spent as much a time as we could outside but with rain in the forecast, we had the board games prepped and ready!  We’re definitely a family of gamers so when it didn’t rain, we took the games outside! 😂  I mean, it’s not “glamping” without board games, am I right?

Now, possibly Matt’s most BRILLIANT idea of the trip: adding an Apple TV to the Walmart+ list so we can watch Christmas movies Thanksgiving night!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼  Some of you may be thinking…TV…that’s not camping!  You’re right.  It’s glamping! 😂  I’m kidding of course, but seriously, once it got late and we were done with the campfire for the night, we came back inside, got under the blankets, fired up the Apple TV, and watched Christmas movies by the faux fireplace.  It may not sound Iike much, but for us it couldn’t have been more perfect!

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

Feeling grateful

So.  Was Thanksgiving everything we had dreamed of?  Technically…no (but I did order these awesome paper Thanksgiving platters in our Walmart+ order so we could still be festive 😂.

Thanksgiving Camping Trip

So, no, it was not at all what we had originally wanted, but it was EVERYTHING we didn’t know we needed!  Time for the 4 of us to stop, think, and reconnect with each other!  I’m not gonna go as far as to thank COVID for this, but let’s just say, there’s ALWAYS a silver lining…you just have to find it!

Now that we’re home

Ya know that the funny thing is?  Now that we’re home, we’re still chalking it up to being one of the best Thanksgivings we’ve had as a little family!!  I hope my kids always remember it that way! ☺️

And you know what MY most valuable lesson on this trip was?  Don’t freak out about forgetting stuff on your trip because chances are, there’s a Walmart around to deliver it to you! 😂 No joke though, I was so spoiled with all my Walmart+ FREE unlimited deliveries ($35 minimum, restrictions apply) on this trip that I scheduled one for the minute we got home!!  Now, rather than heading to the store, I have the luxury of staying home, unpacking, and getting the kids ready for the week!!!  Win win y’all!!

Walmart+ Delivery


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(these are just some of the items we needed & were able to get delivered for free through our walmart+ membership)

Now I’d love to hear all about y’all’s 2020 Thanksgiving!!  What was it like?  Did it look like every other year? Or was it drastically different??  Did you also get to use Walmart+? 😂  Let me know in the comments below!!

Talk soon buddies!

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