Monday, November 24, 2014

november favorite things

Monday morning already? Hope you all had a relaxing weekend!
For November’s Favorite Things, I’m sharing five Christmasy items under $10!

We are using this Bath & Body Works “Mixed Berry Tart” soap in our kitchen right now, and it smells heavenly! Steve said to me, “It’s like washing your hands in gummy bears.”

I picked up this gorgeous Essie polish yesterday. The glitter flecks are red, green, silver, and purple. It’s called “Jazzy Jubilant”, and I think it’s a perfect top coat for holiday festivities.

My favorite Christmas candies are out! I couldn’t find them at Walmart, but CVS didn’t let me down. They are hands-down the best holiday chocolate out there. Pricey, yes, unfortunately. But I’ll be stocking up until the mini eggs are out for Easter, haha.

I am not one for Hershey Kisses, but I forgot how good the caramel ones are! (I bought these at Walmart when I couldn’t find the Cadbury balls :)

And for the baby. . . Aren’t these Gerber Puffs the cutest? I love how they jazzed up the normal packaging with these bundled-up penguins! Ephraim is practically going through one can a day! He is hungry and wants to feed himself, but he has no teeth (at almost 10 months), so I am a little limited with what I can give him. He LOVES these! :)

Linking up with Andrea and Erika!  I can’t wait to read everyone else’s faves!

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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!


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