Monday, January 7, 2019

Ten on Tuesday [No.54]

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One of the best parts to me about a new year is looking back on the old one.
If you follow me on social media, then this is probably going to sound a lot like a broken record, but honestly 2018 was the best year yet for Chris and I.
On January 1, 2018 we found out that we were expecting Baby Upchurch.
Then we announced to our friends & family, then his gender reveal, baby showers, maternity photos, and all the little adventures along the way were the best buildup to welcoming our sweet Charlie!
Then to top it all off, we were selected as the 2018 Alabama Outstanding Young Farm Family-which is something both Chris & I have dreamed of for many, many years (before we were even together!)
 And for my blog's instagram. . .
TWO

I don't know about y'all, but I love an exciting read!
This book, "A Fever, a Flight, and a Fight for the World" is actually geared toward the middle school crowd (which I used to teach and read to every single day!) but I found it enjoyable even at 25. As a teacher, I taught a reading class and we enjoyed the Giver series, the Call of the Wild, and other exciting, adventurous books and I think my students would have really, really loved this book as well.
It follows a doctor working in epidemic conditions in East Africa and what happens to him during that time period. I don't want to give too much away, but the doctor finds himself on a deserted island near death and his only companion to help him is another survivor of the epidemic.
The really blood-pumping part of the story is their adventure to return to Africa and their discoveries along the way-needless to say, it turns into a fight for not only their lives, but also for justice.
I think if you enjoy a good adventurous story and especially if you have children somewhere between around 9 to 13, this would be an awesome book to share with them (or to read for yourself, I won't tell!)
THREE
This is absolutely not sponsored content, I just found this out and had to share!
Did you know that you can get one free soft photo book from Shutterfly each month?
You do pay $7.99 for shipping, but I'm going to do my first one this month & I'll report back to let you know if it's as good of a deal as it sounds!
I've got tons of pictures of Charlie on my phone and I really need to print them off, I think having them in a book is a great way to have them out where they can be seen and their safe if something happens to my laptop/phone.
Plus, wouldn't that be an awesome gift idea?!
FOUR
I had four bananas that had honestly seen better days, just with all the holiday snacks and treats those poor bananas got overlooked and went uneaten...enter in banana nut bread!
I used this recipe and made two loaves, one for Chris & I and another for his parents and grandfather to split and I think it turned out really well.
I personally enjoy having a thick slice for breakfast with my coffee or tea-so yummy.
FIVE
I recently realized just how much I love & use Amazon-it's seriously the best since having a baby!
I decided to create an Amazon shop so I can share all of my favorite finds with y'all, I haven't added much yet but you can check out my ever-evolving list for things that I highly recommend!
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Chris & I leave for New Orleans on Friday (!!!) to compete in the National Young Farmers & Ranchers Achievement Competition with the American Farm Bureau and so I had to get some new business casual/business appropriate attire since I really hadn't bought anything like that since I stopped teaching...
Y'all, I picked up these black flats from Dillard's and have been wearing them to get comfortable in them and they are so cute & so comfy-highly recommend! I've been wearing them with these jeans and these black Spanx leggings and they're a favorite.
They also come in a leopard print that I would love to have, too.
SEVEN
Have y'all ever done Walmart Grocery pickup?!
If not...what are you doing with your life?
Seriously though, one of the hardest things right now about this stage with Charlie is grocery shopping because he's still in his carseat so it's hard to fill up a buggy...but since grocery pickup is free, I just do my shopping online & my actual shopping trip to Walmart takes about 5 minutes now-a miracle, truly!
If you want to try it out you can sign up for your first trip using this link and save $10!
This isn't sponsored either (although if Walmart wants to pay me, hit me up! 😂) I used someone's sign up link and wanted to pay it forward for a service I love. . .now if only I could find someone to also bring my groceries in the house and put them away too...
EIGHT
I know Christmas has come & gone, but in the midst of all of the shopping for friends & family, I couldn't help but find a few things I wouldn't mind having for myself.
I fell in love with the Dakota Hide Tote & the Telluride Bag from Mark & Graham and may have to use some of my Christmas money to pick one of them up for myself!
NINE
This little turkey is going to be FOUR MONTHS OLD this week, can you believe it?!
Time is flying by, but this stage is honestly so, so fun.
He's really getting a precious little personality and is laughing and sticking his tongue out and rolling over and all the precious baby things that we love.
I just adore my little man & can't wait to see what he's going to do next.
TEN
The Lilly Pulitzer After Party Sale is live & in it's last day today!
My wishlist of things that I absolutely don't need, but would if I had unlimited funds & closet space are this shift, this versatile piece, and this bathing suit.

If you shopped the sale, let me know what you picked up below!

Until next time. . .
xoxo, 

3 comments:

  1. 2018 was a great year for your family! And now I reallllllly want to make banana bread :)

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  2. You had such a lovely + exciting 2018; I can't wait to see what 2019 holds for you!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  3. Hey there! I've been reading your weblog for a long time now and finally got
    the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx!
    Just wanted to tell you keep up the good job!

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