Questions Answered-Part 7

So I’m answering.  🙂

*Where did you get your bedding?*
When we moved into our house almost two years ago, we got a king-size bed, new bedding, and {according to Tab} WAY too many pillows.  🙂  The duvet cover came from Pottery Barn and is completely sold out.  They do have the same pattern in a more muted form in 24-inch square pillow covers.  They came out with those this past fall and they’re now on sale.  I got the blue quilt from Pottery Barn as well.  The exact one is also sold out, but this set is very similar.  I added the random throw pillows from Pottery Barn and found the throw at Target.  Again, mine is sold out but lots to choose from at Target.  And the beach towels were only for a special little guy who was working on the underwear at nap time thing. 

If you’re local, our bed came from Weir’s Furniture.

*How do you keep our teeth so white?*
First of all, THANK YOU.  I wish I had some magic formula, but I don’t.  I’ve tried lots of different things and my very favorite is Crest WhiteStrips.  I’ve tried every variation and I like them all.  Every couple weeks, I’ll use one or two.  I usually put them in when I’m about to shower and then I take them out when I’m all dressed, have make-up on, and hair done.  I should add that I drink coffee and tea, but always with a straw.  I do think it really helps.

*I’m stopping in McKinney.  What should I do?*
Last year I did a post all about this.  I shared “Things to do in McKinney“.   Local girls, please add to my list!

*What popcorn did I serve at the Valentine Party?*
(I think Kensington told Shay it was the BEST EVER.) I served this White Cheddar Popcorn…found at your local grocery store, Wal-Mart, or Target.

*Where did you get the metal tiered tray you used at the Valentine Party?*
I got my tiered stand a couple years ago at Sam’s Club.  This one is sold out, but I found a similar option at World Market.
I got asked a lot about the paint color in the dining room, but I cannot find it anywhere.  It’s from Sherwin Williams-that’s all I know.  🙁

*How do you handle screen time in your home?*
In the morning, as the kids are eating breakfast they watch some t.v.  After school, they have to play outside, play with toys, etc. until right before bed.  If there’s time we allow a show, part of a movie, etc. before bed time.  On the weekends, they can play on I-Pads and have more t.v. time, but during the week we try to be pretty strict.  I have one kid who could care less but two kiddos who would turn into couch potatoes if we let them.  

Last week, when we discussed chores for kids one reader mentioned that in order for her kiddos to get screen time they have to do a chore…clean bathroom, vacuum downstairs, etc. and I LOVE this idea! 

*What self-tanner do you use?*
(This is the picture the reader referenced when asking this question.)  Here’s the truth, I’ve never met a self-tanner I didn’t like. 🙂  I look so much better with a little color on my skin, so self-tanners are my jam.  My favorites include Body Drench Quick Tan,  Dr. Gross Glow Pads for Body, Dr. Gross Glow Pads for Face, and Rodan and Fields’ Sunless Foaming Tanner.  I just recently ordered (and have used once) St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse.  The color was great, but I’d highly recommend purchasing a mitt of some kind.  My hands were pretty dark after applying.  I’ve been seeing a lot of people gush about that Say Hello to Sexy glow gel.  Has anyone tried it?

*How do you and Tab keep the romance alive in your marriage?*

*What is your favorite bible study or favorite Christian books?*
The Seamless Bible Study was SO GOOD.  I highly recommend it.

I’m reading Bread and Wine right now.  I remember lots of friends reading this a couple years ago and clearly I wasn’t paying close attention.  I thought it was mainly recipes…there I go judging a book by it’s cover. 😉  But I’m really enjoying it. 

Keep It Shut and Let It Go by Karen Ehman are both good.  I’m a big fan of her books.

And my favorite book EVER is Same Kind of Different As Me.  If you haven’t read this one, STOP what you’re doing now and order this book.  The movie releases October 20th and you know it’s always better to read the book first.

*If you could rename all your kids what would their names be?*
Oh my goodness!!  Why is this game so fun?

I did a post about both girl names and boy names, you should check those out.  Lots of you guys left comments with amazing baby name options.

Girl-Mallie, Teagan, Pippen, Quinn, and Tatum just to name a few.  😉
Boy-Teague…I’m also a big fan of Brick.  (I typed these names, then referenced my boy name post and I said the exact same names two years ago.)

Please note those names would work if I was naming a child without Tab’s help.  hahaha!  We have different view points when it comes to baby names.

*What are your favorite workout clothes?*
 Getup on the left…top, leggings, and snow boots (similar).  Outfit on the right…top and leggings.

My go-tos for workout gear are Athleta, Zella gear at Nordstrom, or Under Armour.

*Where did Marla get that bobblehead for Tab for Christmas?*
This is the Etsy shop where she ordered the bobbleheads.  You send in a picture and they make the bobblehead look like your picture.  They also send you an example before they complete it so you can make changes.

*What clothing/shoe items do you deem a necessity for your family and what are the fun splurges?*
Hmmm…where to even begin?  The first thing that comes to mind is shoes.  Our boys have three pairs of shoes…tennis shoes, church shoes, and Natives.  I always buy them good brand-name shoes I know will last a while.  Since they only have three in the rotation, I know they’re going to get a LOT of wear out of them. 

When Ebby Lee was younger, I went over board on her shoes.  She had a pair for every situation.  Now, I know she’s interested in what is comfy and cute.  I bypass having all kinds of options for maybe a few that are a little more expensive but fit her criteria…comfy and cute.

Another thing I did when Ebby Lee was a baby was I saved all her really nice clothes for a special event.  Well, you know what happened?  Sometimes she’d wear a super cute outfit only once because I was so nervous about her ruining it.  It didn’t take me long to change my mind on this…if it’s something so nice she can’t wear it, she probably shouldn’t have it.  We have a few nice dresses this rule doesn’t apply to, but for the most part if she owns it, then she can wear it anywhere.

I blogged last summer about my favorite places to shop for kids’ clothes.  I’m still shopping at those three places the most for the kiddos.

*Where did you find those polka dot sheets with the lullaby for Ebby Lee’s room?*

I hope you enjoyed this edition of You Asked… 🙂
Happy Monday!

Follow me on Instagram

Leave a Comment


  1. 2.20.17
    Megan @ Letting In The Light Blog said:

    St Tropez is by far my favorite self tanner. But the mit is an ABSOLUTE MUST!!!! Great post today!

    • 2.20.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      So you can only imagine how "tan" my hand was!!! Hahahaha!

  2. 2.20.17
    Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said:

    That popcorn is my JAM. Every road trip, I have to get a bag – and momma doesn't share 😉 Good call, btw, on girls' names. You know which one I'm partial to, ha! Funny enough, if I had to rename or got to use name another girl, I'd totally go for the southern "two name" like Ebby Lee. I love those! Something like "Annie Claire" or "Anna Kate" or "Gracie Ann". So sweet!

    • 2.20.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      You and the Megan above both have adorable Quinns! I think that name is precious! And who knew the popcorn would be such a hit?!

  3. 2.20.17
    Mix and Match Mama said:

    Eeeeeks! There was too much in one post! I want to comment on like 12 things, but I'm going to just pick one: I have people email ME about how YOU keep your teeth so white. Seriously. Like all the time. Hahahahaha!

    • 2.20.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      Hilarious!! I should have added-I think the light in certain pictures really helps.

  4. 2.20.17
    Bailey Bryant said:

    I think it's great that you encourage so much PLAYING after school. As a teacher, I see lots of kiddos who have a hard time paying attention and yes, actually playing with their friends. So many kids these days are used to being entertained by some form of technology that they don't know how to entertain themselves. Imaginations need exercise, too!

  5. 2.20.17
    Unknown said:

    Love this! I have so much to talk about! First , I totally remember you saying that about Ebby Lee's outfits and not saving them for a special day! So, we started doing the same and never looked back! 2nd, your dining room color is just so pretty!! I love it! 3rd, you have the prettiest white teeth! I need to start using my white strips more! Great tip about using them in the shower!! Happy Monday!

  6. 2.20.17
    Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said:

    Fun post!!!!! And Crest should pay you to be a spokesperson. Your teeth can SELL THOSE STRIPS!!!!!!

  7. 2.20.17
    brookerichardson said:

    My kids are obsessed with that popcorn!!! Loved this post, I'm about to text you to see if I can read Bread and Wine when you are done.

  8. 2.20.17
    Megan said:

    Going to get a straw for my tea right now!! Ha!!

  9. 2.20.17
    Shelby Morgan said:

    The St Tropez tanner is great and mostly fool proof! Instead of a mit, I use disposable gloves! I find that the mits don't last long and I feel like I can get better coverage using a disposable glove. And just another plus, they are super cheap and you can find them at any grocery store 🙂

  10. 2.20.17
    Erika Slaughter said:

    I'm so glad you said this! Good to know. Thank you!

  11. 2.20.17
    Kara said:

    Do you have trouble keeping your duvet cover on without it sliding all around and extra material hanging? I have seen tips on how to see elastic straps to hook around buttons but I haven't tried that. Just wondered if you had any tips 😉

    • 2.21.17
      Erika Slaughter said:

      I don't have trouble with ours but I do have these magnetic buttons on Ebby Lee's duvet covers. I ordered them on Amazon. 🙂

  12. 2.21.17
    Paula said:

    Great post! So much to commit on…
    But popcorn…my go to! The closing rule, totally on board!

  13. 2.21.17
    Whitney Pegram said:

    Great post!! And I love your bedding!

  14. 2.21.17
    Mary Deckert said:

    For self tanner I use the one time use really thin rubber gloves you get at the grocery store. Sally's also sells some reusable gloves (for hair coloring) that work a lot better than the heavier Playtex gloves.

  15. 2.24.17
    Simple Purposeful Living said:

    Those bobble heads are awesome and I love Rodan and Fields self tanner…pretty hard for me to mess up (which is saying something) ;)! Have a great day xoxo ERIN

  16. 2.25.17
    Angela Ellingson said:

    So much to say, but I love that about not saving special outfits because then they hardly get worn! Guilty and it's not a fun feeling when they outgrow them and they're practically new. Changing my mindset on that!