This weekend we had cousin time…
Got Girl Scout cookies:
Played in between the raindrops:
Watched B work on his metal Star Wars figure:
And watched The Incredibles:
The boys are very excited for The Incredibles 2 to come out this summer! J loves superheroes!
This was a week of Valentines, lots of grading, and still recovering from ear infections, and virus created coughs. I’m trying to stay in my mantra of enjoying each moment and taking each moment as it comes, but honestly, at this point, I’ve got spring fever. I just want it to be warm and be able to start planting my spring flowers. For now, I’m just going to cuddle up with my tea and imagine spring. Here are some of my favorites of the week!
1. The rules of buttoning a suit coat.
2. I got a gel manicure for the first time and I’m obsessed! Here’s how to remove it, when my nails outgrow the manicure.
3. The Last Mrs. Parrish, on my reading list, per my sister’s recommendation.
4. A week of meals.
5. Panko crusted lemon chicken.
6. At home work-outs in 30 minutes or less.
7. I love that this coat is stylish, but also looks as cozy as a bathrobe. A win-win in my opinion.
8. Buttery crab bread pudding.
9. A lovely trip to Paris.
10. Perfect Spring trench.
11. Easter table setting.
12. Audiobooks for A for spring/summer road trips.
After several bouts I’d sickness and non stop rain, we dodged the rain drops to get outside again:
Happy Wednesday! And Happy Valentines Day!
My nephew turned twelve this weekend. Twelve! He’s the oldest of all the cousins and I still look at him in wonder as it seemed like only yesterday B and I were exhausted from building Lincoln logs with him all afternoon (who knew kids were so exhausting?).
And checkout this awesome photo I took:
I’ll treasure it always. Ha! So, my nephew requested molten lava cakes for his birthday and my sister made these:
They’re a copycat of Chili’s and I can say as a former Chili’s employee, they’re better than Chili’s. They were AWESOME. I cannot even do justice to these. You will make them, eat them, and then want to make more.
J’s room is a space that I constantly feel like I’m trying to keep up with. Where A’s room is a large box, J’s room is smaller and awkwardly shaped. A also doesn’t like anything to change in his room, where J is more open to updates. I updated it last year, and found myself again this year, struggling to keep up with his massive Lego buildings and art pieces. I’ve realized that we need to move up, instead of keep adding longer furniture. I’m also planning to re-paint in a cooler gray, to lighten the room and help it transform from little kid to big kid.
I love this room color:
And the character items here, J would love:
And I have ordered several Target items, and have planned a trip to IKEA to pick up a few more storage and decorating solutions:
One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine, Ten, Eleven, Twelve
There’s a lot of white in my choices and that’s because J has several rich mahogany dressers and a smaller book case in his room already. Instead of trying to match to these pieces I go in the complete opposite direction with contrasting whites. I’m also bringing in some navy and blue tones with a couple pops of orange….and not just because we’re Auburn fans! I’m excited to pull it all together over the next few months and can’t wait to share the finished result!
I’m officially ready for winter to be over. A is sick for the second time in a week with a totally different virus. J was sick two weeks before that, and now I feel like I’m getting whatever A has (not flu, we visited the doctor to make sure). Between that, work, Birthday parties, and pinewood derby weekend, I just really want to hide under the covers and sleep the weekend away. Which is also why I’m just now posting my favorites for the week!
1. All the sweaters of the season, while it’s still cold.
2. Olympic garland.
3. The cutest little Valentine door hangers.
4. A cozy study with double bookshelves (B’s favorite).
5. Rainbow felt macaroons.
6. The best decorating rules.
7. Living room basics.
8. Amping up a classic pump.
As much as I love the convenience of tablets and smartphones, I love print. I love reading my checked out library books, I love when my Instyle magazine arrives each month, and I love when every quarter Magnolia Journal is in my mailbox. This quarter I tested out the quiche recipe, swapping out bacon for broccoli (and leaving out onion for B). I was a little worried about how it would turn out:
And it turned out fabulously! But then I was a little worried the boys wouldn’t eat it:
However, it turns out theylove quiche. And they didn’t even miss the meat! It’s kind of like Panera’s broccoli cheese soup in pie form. Yum!
Fresh lettuce from B’s winter garden:
Considering J wore a Batman costume to Christmas last year, to say Batman is his favorite super hero would be a bit of an understatement. This was a big birthday for J! First, he turned six. Officially headed towards big kid territory. Second, he had his first kid party and he was so pumped. The party theme was simple, but I have to say this was one of my favorites!
We has a batastic banner:
A light box and cityscape:
A birthday Mickey with petit fours:
A Vine and Branches sign:
Some carefully guarded treat bags:
And of course:
Converse twinning with my favorite nine year old.
1. Weekend lover.
2. Prepping for a batastic birthday weekend.
3. Hold on to your crockpots.
4. Fantastic cabinet update.
5. DIY heart cookies.
6. Adding to my bookshelf.
7. My new Instagram (@favoritedisneydishes) dedicated to our favorite Disney foods.
8. Pinwheel homemade rolls.
9. Winter layers for a dreamy bedroom.
10. Super Bowl queso.
11. Japan in winter is magical.
12. Wear your heart on your sleeve…or your shirt!