24 July 2015

Random Friday Chit-Chat

Happy Friday! This Friday is especially awesome for us because it marks the beginning of Kyle's block leave!! Thats nearly two weeks of straight up family time. YESSS!!

I say "nearly" two weeks because Mike and I will be gone for approximately three days during that two weeks. My cancer scans kind of crept on us this time. By kind of I mean big time! I literally booked my airline tickets and hotel room this week...I leave on Monday. Way back when, our intention was for the whole family to go to Houston and kind of make it a mini vacay. At the last minute Kyle and I decided that we would save a couple bucks and our sanity and just Michael and I would go. (Flying with two kids, one being an insane toddler, in the arms of two parents really doesn't sound that fun after all. Flying with a breast feeding baby all the way!) Kyle and Mallory have big outdoor activities planned while Michael and I are away and Michael and I have big shopping plans in between scans and doctor's appointments. See, we all win here. ;)

Oh! Did I tell you we sold our house?! Well, we went under contract anyway. Hate to jinx it... As much as I enjoyed decluttering and having a clean house, keeping it clean CONSTANTLY really quite sucked. It's nice to be able to actually live in our home again.Toys out, dishes in the sink, you know, the good stuff. Even if we are only in the house a little while longer...

funny real estate ecard

Back to the whole, having Kyle around for two weeks part. I'm really excited to have him around to help me with Mal. To put it as delicately as possible, she's been a real pain in the ass this week. "No" is a straight up reflex for her! She is excellent at sniffing out a moment of parental weakness (ie. nursing her brother) and exploiting the hell out of it. I mentioned her sleep regression yesterday, and I'm tasking Kyle with un-f*ing that situation first, then can he move on to tantrum negotiations. I mean really, whose child is this? (Oh hush Mom and Dad! I can hear you laughing from thousands of miles away.)

parenting comic

I want all the tassel keychains! Remember several weeks ago I purchased this one from the Michelle Ensign Shop on ETSY? Well, I use it every single day and looovvve it! 

leather tassel key chain

Then I saw this one (not freaking online, but it's pictured in the photo below) at H&M. Sidetone: Alaska finally got an H&M!!! It just opened last week. Needless to say we flocked... Anyway, It's only 5 bucks!! I mean really? That's basically free. So I tossed it in my shopping bag. I knew immediately what I would do; put the large black one on my Longchamp and the new colorful one goes on my keys. Easy. "But for $5 shouldn't I just grab a couple?" Really Amanda?! What are you going to do with 7304 tassel keychains?! 

leather tassel key ring h&m

I should have gotten more... Oh! H&M also has a tassel keychain that is very similar to my ETSY one if ETSY isn't your thing. The only differences were the color of the hardware and obviously the "leather" on the one from H&M is fake... but it's still super cute!

Speaking of shopping, have I told you about my new ish "stop making so many random impulse purchases prevention plan?" I don't think I have... Let me preface this by saying I'm a shopper by nature, not a buyer. Like, I could spend 3 hours at the mall and the only purchase I make is a coffee from Starbucks. Of course that isn't always so, but generally, that's the case. What I've been doing is keeping a running "wish list" in the notes section of my iPhone. I only add items to this list when I'm not actively shopping. Then, when I'm out shopping or browsing online and see something I think I want/need, I consult the list. If it's not on the list, I don't buy it. Doing this for the past month or so has prevented me from purchasing no less than 15 things. THATS CRAZY! Crazy. 


So, I've been in the throws of a blogging "come to Jesus" if you will. I've been writing this blog for a year and a half now and decided it's high time I really zero in on what I want things to look like. This all came about during my massive house declutter. I got the urge to simplify everything, including Marry Mint. Are these changes going to be noticeable to you? Maybe. The design will not change and as far as content goes, the changes won't be severe. The primary focus of this blog with continue to be my family, beauty and style, just presented a little differently. An example of the types of changes to expect would be : When I started blogging I intended to really develop my photography skills since taking photos is something I really enjoy. I've done NONE of that... The photography WILL improve on this blog. Another big thing is that I think I've finally come to a resolution to my fashion crisis...but that gets its own blog post. ;) I don't know. I guess it just feels good to have some peace about "cleaning" up my blog.

Hows that for a random ass blog post?! So we are going camping this weekend and I'm not sure how cell service will be, but I will try to update Instagram so you can follow along. Also, my trip to Houston is at the beginning of next week. We would greatly appreciate prayers for clear scans! Again, I will let you know how things are going via Instagram, so make sure you are following me there. (Shameless, I know.)

Talk to you soon and have a great weekend!

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