Friday, November 1, 2013

Time flies when you're having fun!

Time flies when you're having fun...or are super sleep deprived...y'know, whichever (c;

I can't believe so much time has gone by since I updated my little corner of the blog world! It always starts out as "I'm just going to take the week off..." and before you know it, it's been two months! 


I'd like to introduce you to little Leah Beth, she's three weeks old today and I can't even believe how fast time flies with a baby! It seems like every time I turn around she's changed again and I just want time to STOP. That's a possibility, right???

Meeting little sister for the first time...
And the only picture I have of all 3 of them (well, all smiling...):

And that brings us to now...

I have been going back and forth and have written this post a thousand times in my head, but couldn't bring myself to put my words into an actual post...because that makes it *REAL*.

I always told myself that the second that blogging didn't feel like a hobby, like something that I really truly *wanted* to do everyday, I would let it go.

It sounded really easy.

But it isn't.

I have loved and nurtured this little corner of the blogosphere for a long time and it felt like part of my identity. I have had so many amazing opportunities and experiences thanks to this little blog, definitely not the least of which is all the amazing friends that I have come to know and love through this fabulous blog community.

I absolutely adore every single one of you that have brightened my day through your amazing posts, inspirations, comments...y'all are the best! I wish that I could do a blog friend tour and hug every one of you that has made my life better by getting to know you.

But at the end of the day, my heart is in a different place now and I've finally made peace with that fact. I really hope that someday life brings me back to the blogging world, but even if it doesn't, it will always hold a special place in my heart. 

P.S. - If you want to know what I'm up to, I still use my Instagram @allthingsbright3 fairly often and would love to still keep in touch with everyone!


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Transition Time!

Hello, hello, hello!

 See, if you say it three times then it comes off as more friendly and witty, right? (c;

I would like to thank Mindy Kaling for my new mantra until this kiddo decides to show up:
This is pretty much me at this point (c;

However, the kids are still for reals psyched, as evidenced by their crazy poses on our weekend getaway over Labor Day:

We were in cooler temperatures for 2 and a half *blissful* days and let me tell you, I'm just *SO* ready for fall now!

Unfortunately, it's not as ready for the Phoenix area. *BOOOOOOO!!!*

So we're gonna cook up some fashion that can carry us through this messy little "transition" phase! 

LOVE these new sweatshirts from Old Navy, really light-weight and adorable...they will definitely see every statement necklace I own this Fall!

You could totally do this same outfit with shorts and still be pretty summery...I just need those boots to find their way into my closet...push present??? (c;

Sweatshirt * NecklaceBoots * Jeans 

To all of you that are experiencing the Summer/Fall transition: I kinda hate you right now.

I mean that in the nicest possible way...

...or maybe not so much nice as very hormonal-and-tired-of-being-preggers kind of way (c;

Either way, have a fantastical weekend!

Linkin' it up!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Labor Day!!!

There's just something about a holiday weekend, isn't there?

We are actually going to *DO* something for this Labor Day weekend and I'm thrilled that it includes heading to some cooler weather, *SCORE*!!!

And it's supposed to rain a bit, but that doesn't bother me because it won't be 100+ degrees...only the pregnant woman could be happy about a cold rainy weekend (c;

Chillin' with the fam in the mountains = pure bliss 

Labor Day

Happy Labor Day!!!

Hopefully you're not laboring (c;

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Less than 60...

I don't know what it is, but something about back to school time just makes me want to shop like crazy (okay, fine. I want to shop like crazy ALL the time, but this makes me somehow feel like it's okay (c;).

Maybe it's because it was always time for the new fall wardrobe for school or maybe it's all the great sales that go on, but my lust list is getting pretty full:

I can't even believe that we've got less than 60 days until this little one makes her's time to get a move on! On what??? I dunno, but I'm sure I need to get something done before she's hoard sleeping hours like a crazypants (c;

Happy Monday!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Around Town & Around Here, too

Hellooooooo, from the *laziest* blogger EVER.

I know, that's not a very nice thing to say, but darn it, lately it's just a fact. I've seriously thought about throwing in the towel, but the truth is that I can't stand to part with it and with my bloggy friends. I have no idea what will become of ATBAB in the future, but hopefully by the time I figure that out, peeps will still be around to see it (c;

We got to see out little gal this week and darn it if she was completely uncooperative for the picture! Smashing your face into the side of my belly??? Really??? This attitude better shape up, young lady! (c;

32 weeks and feeling super full of it's a shame I have *EIGHT* weeks to go...(c:

I tell you what though, I have been ridiculously grateful for *DRESSES* this summer...they are comfy all the time, no matter how I sit or how hot it gets, still hands down the most comfortable thing to wear.

If I actually felt like getting all dolled up (which, let's face it, is a rarity when you feel huge and less than cute!) I may or may not be seen wearing something akin to this cute ensemble running about town:

I definitely need those flats for now...and for fall...and forever (c: This Bianca Tassel necklace is hands down my favorite necklace right now, I kinda want to wear it every day, but that would be a little crazy, right? Who am I kidding? I'm totally fine with crazy.

Hopefully, we get to relax a wee bit and have a bunch of fun this weekend, 'cause MAN, it's hard to get back into the routine of school! And it's not even me in school!

Have a stellar-dress-wearin' weekend (c;

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Friday, August 9, 2013

What we're up to and Disney's Planes Movie Review!

Oh Friday, how good you look! It's been forever! Like 6 days...(c;

So little man had his first day of 1st grade and guess what???
I didn't even cry! I was so proud of my overly-emotional preggo self. And he still holds my hand as we walk to school {heart that}.

And while the brother is away, the sister will play! This was the catch of the week: A baby gecko.

She was so proud (c:

And now a little word about movies...

So are you thinkin' of going to see Disney's 'Planes' this weekend???

I would advise against it.

I honestly wanted to love this one *SO* bad, I really did! I wanted it to be 'Cars' with planes, one that my kiddos would be entertained with over and over and that I actually wouldn't mind sitting down to myself. 

Not the case.

I really thought that having funny man Dane Cook as the lead voice would make this totally was okaaaaaaay...but the characters in this one just aren't nearly as funny and loveable.

I took my 4 (almost 5) year-old with me to this one and about half way through, she was begging me to leave. *sigh* I have to admit that I thought about it.

I think that a lot of kiddos will be entertained because it still has a good story behind it and hey, it's got PLANES, right? But I would save this one for the dollar theater, my friends. Sorry )c:

Monday, August 5, 2013

Inspirational Monday

So school starts on Wednesday for my little man.


How did that happen??? It's still hot out, which means it's still summer, which means no school, right???

I am, however, pretty proud that I made it all the way through the summer and actually *did* fun stuff with the kiddos, gold star!

This was a good reminder of why I tried not to park them in front of the TV all summer (c;

I've been feeling so tired lately (hmmm, I wonder why??? Oh wait, I'm 7 months pregnant.) and then I don't get everything done that I want to and then I'm frustrated and grumpy.

AKA: I've been kind of frustrated and grumpy.

I stumbled on this quote and it helped me to put things in a little better perspective:

Because trumping yesterday won't be difficult (c;

And this one just made me laugh, gotta love the Golden Girls!

Here's to shopping! Happy new week, y'all.

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

For the Birds

Have you ever passed on something and then never stopped thinking about it???

Last year I found this dress for a ridiculously good deal and it fit like a dream:

I don't know what I was thinking, I'm still kicking myself!

Passing up stuff is for the birds.


I think that's why I have an obsession with finding a bird print dress now (or at least that's what I keep telling myself!).

These are pretty fantastic.
Anthropologie * Boden * Jill Stuart

Any great bird print you've spied lately?

And p.s.- the week is half over! Virtual high five.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Style Crush!

Well hellooooooo, Friday! 

Aren't you just looking scrumdidlyumptious after this week! (c;

Of note this week:

Sprinkles has come out with a Bacon Maple cupcake.


I'm totally curious to know if it really is as delicious as it sounds...

Furbish is renown for their awesomeness which just got kicked up a notch in my book after I spied these totally rad new Snake Prints...


And not really of note (but happening anyways), a whole lotta this:

What can I say? It's HOT.

So as an escape from the heat, I'm thinking of Paris in the fall...a la Carrie Bradshaw.

I still love this outfit that she wears when she first steps into Paris #divine #fashionwaswhyiwatched

But I had to infused some color into my version...hey, I just gotta be me, right? (c;

Skirt * Shirt * Jacket * Shoes * Fedora

So tell me, who is your fashion icon??? 

Anyone else still totally miss SATC???

Linkin' it up!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Summer Sandals!

Summer time, still???

 For another month and a half?!?


This is when it starts getting really hard for us Phoenix dwellers because you realize that even though summer is really only until August for everyone's until the end of October for even though all the retailers are starting to put out those new, shiny fall collections, we have no chance of that for *quite* a while.

Frowny face.


But I'm pretty sure I could cheer myself up with this summery fun (I do love a flat sandal!):

I think I would need to repeat this arm stack with this one, too:

Kate & Stella 

That Stella & Dot bracelet is a new fave and has been in *heavy*'s like the smaller, lighter version of my J Crew link bracelet...what's not to L-O-V-E about that???

And speaking of love, we had out anniversary on Wednesday...

(old pic from we need to take more pictures) 

And since we couldn't go out to celebrate until Friday, hubster brought the celebration to the house and made a pregnant lady *VERY* happy.

He knows the way to my heart (c:

Happy Weekend!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Baby Brain

A bea-u-tiful monday to all of you this fine day!

(If you can't tell, I'm trying *really* hard to sell this idea to myself (c; )

What can I say, I'm out of the magical 2nd trimester and on to the 3rd, which is, well, *less* than magical (except for that end part, that's pretty awesome).

And in case you're wondering how fat I'm getting  it's progressing, I present you the bump break down:

And because I'm terrible at taking pictures, especially selfies, I'm not sure this actually depicts the massive growth of the belly at all, but se la vie, right?

So I've been kicking around ideas of what I want munchkin's nursery to look like...and oh heavens, my brain is *EVERYWHERE*:

Nurseries are some of the *MOST FUN* rooms around, so it makes it hard to narrow down!


If only money grew on a tree in my backyard and we didn't rent!!! #nurseryproblems

What's your fave flav of nursery??? 

Friday, July 5, 2013

Friday's Fancies: Red White & Blue!

Oh I just love the day after a holiday, here's hoping that today is a little slower-paced and more peaceful day...and then I hear mothers of small children everywhere laughing and pointing at the far-fetched nature of this hope (c;

For a very long time, I've been a gal that loves red...not only is it just a gorgeous and bold color, but it's pretty much universally flattering on all makes and models, so win-win! 

And I've been doing a wee bit LOT of Stella & Dot lusting lately, so I figured I would go ahead and share some of these lust-y beauts:

Red White & Blue

We had a good ol' time yesterday celebrating our great nation...I spent a good portion of the time squirting tears because I'm hormonal and patriotism usually makes me cry anyways (weird)...luckily, these two had no problem having a ball:


Hope your 4th looked something like this...only with less face distortion (c;

Happy Weekend!!!

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