five on friday 10.28.16

Friday, October 28, 2016

Last week the boys and I were in our back yard playing in the water table and this week I dug out hats and gloves.  Our fireplace has been on everyday (which I do love!) and I've been drinking hot coffee and even had tea one afternoon.  I'm wearing leggings and a tunic.  NO!!!!  Too cold, too soon.  I'm not ready for this yet.      Luckily tomorrow it's supposed to be 70!

Now a little catch up post and alot of random thoughts this week:

one.
Last Saturday Christian and I went to a "Famous Couples" Halloween Party.  We had a bunch of ideas and were leaning towards Tarek and Christina from Flip or Flop but ultimately decided on Danny & Sandy from Grease.



This was the best pic of us from the night- ugh.  major fail- but at least it was before my curls flattened!


two.
This weekend we have 20 people from our playgroup coming over for pizza before we head to Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland.  And I'm totally lacking ambition for making a Pinterest-worthy party.  My pre-kids self is completely devastated that I'm not spending every waking hour crafting and whipping up cute treats.  Instead we're ordering pizza and maybe I'll make a veggie tray into a Jack-o-lantern shape.  Lame.


I did make an invitation on red stamp.  That counts for something.




three.

I'm really loving essential oils and have even sold Christian on Stress Away!


Carter had a fever yesterday so it's been non-stop Thieves and lemon diffusing.  And I now am diffusing Lavender and lemon at night.  And this week I've been trying different roller balls.  I'm kind of obsessed.


four.

I've made a goal for myself to make Reid's birth/first year album before he's 2.  So I only have a few weeks left.  I've started one at Shutterfly and I'm just not loving that one.  I also started one on MPix and just recently Artifact Uprising.  They just take sooooo long to make.  Any suggestions for where you got one and loved it?

five.
And now some recent pics...










five on friday 10.21.16

Friday, October 21, 2016

Well it's been an interesting week- I had a broken tooth and a huge new filling and am dealing with some effects of stopping nursing Reid- another post on that another day.

But I did see my friend Lynde, who now lives in Australia!  So that was a highlight!




one.

Image result for young living stress away
I've been having all kinds of sleep issues lately and I think (cross your fingers) I found a solution and it's not taking Simply Sleep like I had been for ages.  I've been using Young Living Stress away if I wake up in the middle of the night (every night!) and I actually go back to sleep!  I've been diffusing for 2 years but just recently decided to try more oils and I can honestly say I feel a difference.  As of now it's safe to say everyone I know will be getting a roller ball for Christmas!


two.


In the last 2 weeks 3 of my friends have asked me about my TOMS.  And I can't recommend enough my TOMS Avalons.  They are so comfy.  I still wear my other pairs, but these are definitely my faves.  I have 2 pairs- a metallic and a black/white/grey stripe (similar).  And almost every time I wear them someone comments on them.  Just FYI- I'd order a half size down- mine are a little big.

three.

Of course, you know I've been loving my 2 pairs of Articles of Society jeans but I really felt a need for some looser fitting jeans too- no one wants to wear skinnies everyday.  So I was super excited when I found these.  But then they sold out before I ordered them.  But they just restocked so I couldn't order fast enough.  I've heard great reviews so I'm hoping they look good- this is my first pair of boyfriend/ slouchy jeans.  For $34 I figured it was worth a try! (if the link isn't working- here's a similar pair but not distressed.)  They sell out super fast!

four.


This weekend my friend is having a couples halloween party and Christian and I are dressing up as Danny and Sandy from Grease.  I ordered the much recommended Spanx leather leggings and picked up some 50's accessories from Amazon.  Both Christian and I are a little nervous about the tight-fitting outfits- but I'm sure it will be fun.  I'll have to sneak a pic though because he demands that no pictures get on social media!

five.




I'm a week behind but last week I went to see The Price is Right!  We had our t-shirts made but unfortunately none of us got to "Come on Down."  It was very similar to the TV show and a fun night!

Happy Weekend!



falling off the wagon

Monday, October 10, 2016

This will be known as our weekend of falling off the wagon.  And I don't mean the dieting wagon or the fitness wagon or the drinking wagon.  I mean the wagon.

It started on Friday when we met Christian after work at a cute pumpkin farm.

We sat in rush hour traffic and it was super crowded but I pushed on for the idyllic pumpkin scenario.  We got a wagon and picked our jack-o-lantern pumpkin, took a few pics, and then waited in line to pay.




And as we waited Carter was playing on the wagon and toppled over, knocking over our pumpkin, breaking the stem, and ultimately landing on the ground on his forehead.  And then all hell broke loose with the screaming.   And of course all the people in front of us had wagons full of 15 different pumpkins and mums as we waited with a screaming child and our 1 pumpkin.  

Not quite the scenario I envisioned.

Then on Sunday we finally had a date with our best fruit-picking friends to pick apples.  We had pushed it back a few times because of weather but we were determined to do this tradition like we have for the last 4 years.  It was cool, fall weather and the sun was just coming out when we arrived.  

 Since it's mid-October the picking wasn't quite as plentiful.  So we picked a few, attempted a few pics, but decided to head up to the farm store for ice cream.  

 Reid climbed on the wagon and was happily munching on an apple and Grace was pulling the wagon and Carter was pushing from behind.  Jess was ahead ready to take a cute picture when Carter started pushing really fast and before you know it, the wagon toppled- all the apples and Reid.  And there ended our idyllic apple picking adventure.  He screamed of course, but just had a few scratches and was fine but this adventure didn't quite live up to our expectations either.

We got ice cream and chatted and decided that, although it wasn't our most memorable year we will definitely continue the tradition next year.


Because although you may fall off, you always get back on the wagon.  

Friday Favorites 10.7.16

Friday, October 7, 2016

This week actually kind of flew!  On Sunday I drove to DC for the day and spent hours sitting outside at a restaurant with 2 of my best college friends.  We chatted and drank glass after glass of wine.  We joked that it was like therapy.  I'm so glad I've finally made it to a point where I'm seeing my friends again and starting to get back to who I was pre-kids, even if it's just for an afternoon.  Where would we be without our girls??

And why didn't we take a picture?!?!  I have to use an old one circa 2010.


The rest of the week was full of playground play dates and school and anxiety over Reid's school anxiety.  It's going to get better...I keep telling myself.  We went to another fair so I've had my fill of 
farm animals and prize-winning produce for the year!  

Most days were the perfect fall weather- chilly in the morning and 70's in the afternoon.  But what is up with the bugs?  There have been so many of the teeny bugs flying everywhere (and biting Reid.)  Yesterday all of the slides at the playground were covered in those tiny bugs- gross!

So onto a few of my faves this week:


A repeat from last week because I love them so much....I raved about these jeans...and girls, I'm currently wearing them as I type.  They are so comfy.  $59.  I'm considering getting another color!



I've been looking at grey jeans and when I saw a pair of grey AG jeans on sale I ordered them.  I tried them on and wore them the next day.  Super comfy too- my only concern is ripping the knee hole when I sit with my legs crossed.  And I sit like that all the time.


I saw this on target.com and then when I saw it in the store I grabbed it. 

 And I got this too.  And I finally have a start to our gallery wall.

I love so much of the wall art at Minted and West Elm and could spend hundreds of dollars on our gallery wall,  But $39.99 at Target is more of our budget!  So now I need to find more before hanging everything.



And finally one night while laying in bed I pulled the trigger and ordered another pair of Uggs.  I really went back and forth about whether I should get them but since they are 33% off and a newer, sleeker cut I thought I'd try them and see.  It's been a few years since I've gotten a new pair and I feared that I'd go to order them one day and they'd be full price again!  When winter arrives I'll probably wear them almost everyday...so we'll see when they arrive.  


 One night this week I was craving cookies and I always know I have an eager baking partner (who makes baking take twice as long and twice as messy...)   Now if I'm really serious I go with this recipe but some nights just call for a good, quick mix & I highly recommend Ghiradelli Triple chocolate chip cookies.  I got a 3 pack at BJ's for less than $6.  They taste better than good old Toll House in my opinion.

Since we got rained out last week apple picking is hopefully going to happen this weekend and probably a trip to the pumpkin farm too AND maybe a final trip to Dutch Wonderland before our season passes end.  Talk about a crazy weekend- ha!