Thursday, November 20, 2014

friday favorites

Happy Friday! 

I don’t know about you, but I am pretty beat at the end of this week. We don’t have any plans this weekend, so I’m hoping for some time to relax and catch up on projects, reading, and what not. Here are my favorites from the week:

I have to take a proud mom moment :)

The boys are getting so smart! Nolan’s sentences have gotten really elaborate, and some of his thoughts are incredibly imaginative and funny! He will occasionally break into “Super Nolan” mode. He will shout, “Super Nolan to the rescue!”, raise his arms, and run around the room. When he does this, he gives us a running commentary of everything he’s doing, and refers to us as Super Mommy and Super Daddy. And when that boy gets an idea in his head—he is bound and determined for the rest of the day to get what he wants. 

As for Ephraim, he has started to sign “more” when he is ready for the next bite! And if he does something that makes me laugh, he will do it over and over again, watch for my reaction, and then laugh with me. It’s precious!

My favorite face! He puffs up his cheeks and blows air. It’s absolutely darling, and makes me laugh!

I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite bloggers on Saturday! I won a giveaway on Kacia’s blog, Coconut Robot, to attend a day conference for moms. I had lunch with Kacia (and her adorable two-month-old Jones), and she could not have been sweeter!

Steve picked me up from the conference, and on the way home, we stopped at Chick-fil-a for some soft serve. :)

There has been major work going on in our kitchen! I mentioned that we are a little obsessed with the show “Rehab Addict”. A couple of times this week, I headed out to the store or out to lunch with friends, and I came home to see pieces of the kitchen gone. As if Steve doesn’t have enough work to do :)  Our kitchen is from the 50’s—and I was pretty happy to see the scalloped wood pieces taken down.

He tore out the drop ceiling above all the cabinets. He also took out a couple of shelves, the accordion doors of the pantry, and a panel above the fridge.

It looks awesome, but there is disgusting peeling paint that needs to be dealt with soon!

We also lost a big chunk of the wall on Wednesday afternoon, haha.

I made a couple of free printables this week. Feel free to right-click and save them to your computer. I typically have them printed on cardstock at Staples, and they turn out really nice for my walls. I needed a little Thanksgiving reminder for this week!

Free Print: Always Be Thankful 

And another:

Free Print: Represent Him Well
This one I had posted before, but tweaked it a little bit since then.  It hangs next to our back door, as a reminder to be Jesus-like in our actions as we interact with people outside the house.

I have been meaning to share a final tally of what we grew in our garden this summer. I was waiting for all of the crops to be done before I posted—and we were still getting raspberries last week! Now that it’s terribly cold and snowy, I figure we aren’t getting anything else. :)

2581 raspberries!!
5 pumpkins (including one large, 22 pounder)
950 green beans
9 spaghetti squash
66 tomatoes (although most had been affected by some kind of blight)
27 zucchini
47 cucumbers
11 carrots
0 peppers—they never came up!
This was our very first garden, and I was going to be content if we only had one or two good vegetables. It came to the point in September where I had more green beans, cucumbers, and zucchini than I knew what to do with! I can’t wait to start again next May :)

Thanks for stopping by today. Hope your weekend is full of relaxation and hot chocolate! 

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pretty accessories c/o GroopDealz

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GroopDealz swag bag
I’ve quickly fallen in love with GroopDealz. First of all, it is just FUN to scroll through all of the products they’re selling at any given time. The items come from small boutique stores, so the choices are very unique. I often see handmade pieces, with an option to personalize them. They offer everything from women’s clothing to girls’ hairbows, jewelry, wall prints, and holiday decor.

Second of all, the sale prices are irresistible. The majority of the items are being sold for 50% off or more!

I was thrilled when GroopDealz offered to send me a “Swag Bag” of fashion accessories. The package included six beautiful items:

1. The bag itself—a tote bag with a cute geometric pattern (Above).


2. My favorite piece—a peachy pink infinity scarf. It’s incredibly soft, and I had just been eyeing a similar one last week! More colors here.

3. A black & white polka dot hard-covered wallet. Super cute, although when I tried to fit my phone inside, I broke the seal on the cover. Bummer!

4. Gold and pink bangles. I’m always in the market for some arm candy :)

5. A turquoise popsicle necklace (with a tiny chomp out of it!). It can be worn short or long, and adds that perfect bit of color to any shirt.

6. And some oversized bronze sunglasses that are right up my alley.

Please note that GroopDealz is a daily deal site, and sales are only available for a few days or while supplies last. I’m currently contemplating a state graphic tee (I’d choose Illinois). And you know, if I had a little girl, I’d be looking at these Christmas sparkle headbands and this Christmas dress!

I’ll be doing a Holiday Gift Guide from GroopDealz in the near future, so stay tuned for that!

Enjoy your Thursday :)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

what i wore wednesday

Tribal sweater, Pink scarf
On a freezing cold November day, one obviously grabs the warmest sweater in her closet :) Yesterday was a COLD one. We got a sprinkling of snow, but nothing like the “Wall” that hit Buffalo. I lived on Lake Erie for two years, and it can be a beast in winter! While taking these photos (in under 2 minutes), you can see my lips got a little purple, and a hot mug of coffee was downed when I returned inside!

I can definitely see myself wearing this outfit again and again. The black and white sweater is really complemented by the burst of peachy pink in the scarf. My boys are needier than ever these days, so I have about five minutes a day to brush my hair and swipe on some makeup. These are the golden years though. :) I may be pretty worn, but I have more joy in my life than ever.

Tribal sweater, Pink scarf

Tank | Gilligan O’Malley at Target
Sweater | TJMaxx or similar type store
Scarf | c/o GroopDealz
Earrings | Nickel & Suede
Jeans | American Eagle
Clogs | Troentorp

Tribal sweater, Pink scarf
Tribal sweater, Pink scarf
 Tribal sweater, Pink scarf

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014


A little bit of adorable for your day . . . Nolan and Ephraim in matching PJs. :)

Even though it’s currently snowing, it’s the first bright morning in days—perfect for a few photos!

You only have a minute before the little one crawls away. . .  :)

Now I’m on the lookout for cute Christmas PJs!

Monday, November 17, 2014

5 ways to foster a love of reading + giveaway!

5 Ways to Foster a Love of Reading
Today’s post is an excerpt from the book “Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World” by Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane.

Scroll to the bottom for a chance to win a copy of this book for yourself!

5 Ways to Foster a Love of Reading for Your Child

“1. Read aloud to your child.
When your child is young, place him in your lap and read to him every day. Not only are you teaching him language and bonding with your child, you are creating a happy memory that will draw him to books in the future. As your kids get older, they can sit next to you while you read a book the whole family will enjoy.

2. Visit the library regularly.
Most things in life aren’t free, but the library still is. Take advantage of the vast resources of your local library. Look up favorite authors in the library catalog and request those books if you don’t see them immediately available. That will give your child something to look forward to during the next trip to the library. And don’t forget to pick up a book for yourself.

3. Reading time for screen time.
Some parents have successfully helped their children embrace books by making reading a prerequisite to screen time. If your child reads for thirty minutes, she can earn thirty minutes of screen time afterward.

4. Find books that interest your child.
What does your child enjoy—stories about ponies or biographies or baseball heroes? Look for books your child can’t put down. Ask your friends with kids the same age or older for reading suggestions. Don’t give up until you find a good fit for your reader.

5. Let them catch you reading.
When your child sees you snuggled on the couch with a good book, it will encourage her to do the same. Talk to your kids about what you are reading and show them by your example that books are helpful and engaging.”

Growing Up Social
Already at three-years-old, Nolan is frequently asking us if he can watch one of his favorite shows. Oftentimes the word “no” does not satisfy him, and he continues asking, or he tries convincing the other parent. And to be honest, he’s an easier kid when he’s watching TV, so it’s tempting to turn on a show for him. But I do worry that his generation will be SO addicted to screens. We don’t want our sons to be the kids playing games on a phone at weddings, holidays, and other family gatherings.

“Growing Up Social” really prompts parents to think about the effect of technology on their kids (and themselves!) There are handfuls of advice about limiting screen time so that kids find the skills to show affection, appreciate others, deal with anger, apologize for mistakes, and pay attention.

The end of the book has discussion questions for each chapter, in case you want to work through the book with your spouse, a friend, or a group.

“Gary Chapman is an author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. Visit”

“Arlene Pellicane is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today Show, The 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Visit”

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