Friday Favorites

Craft SupriseIt’s a magical thing, when you are having a rough day and half your family is ill, and then Granna stops by and puts a bag full of craft supplies, projects, books, and treats on the front porch and everything is better. The boys are getting so used to the family dropping things off on the front porch that they wait now to wave at the window. Their excitement today was groceries, a separate crayon box, balloons, and cupcakes from my sister. J exclaimed “I have my own bat guy now! And my crayooons!” It’s a magical thing. Here’s praying they don’t have to wave from the window too much longer.

That being said, we’ve done quite a bit of sitting this week and here are some of my favorite things I have found! Enjoy! And get your flu vaccines now! I’m wondering if I can pre-order ours next year….or put in for a pre-flu vaccine special. That’d be awesome.

We stumbled upon these fabulous little Leo Lionni board books at the library, and now I’m anxious to read the rest with J. I love a discussion of who, what, when, where, and why!

I always love changing up recipes slightly, and black pepper buttermilk biscuits sound like a great twist.

I hate to give out this secret, but I’m not a huge pumpkin flavor fan. However, this baked pumpkin oatmeal could convince me otherwise.

Great tips on how to cut down hair blow drying time. Always looking for ways to get ready a little faster in the morning!

A bright yellow coat to add a bit of cheer to fall.

One of my friends from college is an amazing thrift store shopper. This insightful look at thrift store shopping reminded me of her!

I would love to start one of these!

Such a simple, yet effective way to make over your entryway.

When things get rough, our family motto is to dance it out.

One of the items my Mom dropped off was a stack of orange plates to make these masks.

Modern, black and white, Halloween garland. Does it still count if we put it up after Halloween? I doubt I could do modern, black and white, turkey garland. HA!

If you tell me that you found a lipstick that looks good on everyone you have certainly peaked my interest.

If you’re thinking that I have a lot of craft posts this week, you would be thinking right. Like this awesome straw paper plane.

A boys’ room I love from the low shelf to the garbage truck poster.

Since I will already have buttermilk for the biscuits above, I might as well make some honey bread as well with a meatless Monday meal of cauliflower cheese.


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Layers + Pop of Yellow

Let’s say the weather is turning colder. We could also say that my office is typically 10 to 20 degrees below the temperature in my upstairs classrooms. Either way, I love layering and I look forward to those months (that are sometimes preciously short in the south) that we get to do it.

Layers + Pop of Yellow[Express Shirt- Similar Here], [Target Skirt-Similar Here], [DSW Boots-Newest Here], [Anthropologie Belt- Similar Here]

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Birthday Party Day!

Sixth Birthday PartySince yesterday I shared the decorations from the party, today I have pictures of the boys from the party! A had such a blast and it was a perfect day for an outdoor party. He was particularly excited about his shoes :) Here are some more of my favorite pictures from the day…

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Simple G.I. Joe Birthday Party

G.I. Joe Party ThemeEarlier in the year A decided he wanted to have a hiking birthday party. Then he changed his mind at least twenty times and when I finally made him decide on a theme he picked G.I. Joe. G.I. Joe party theme items can be difficult to come by, so I had to do a bit of searching. Here is what I came up with and how I planned it all out…

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Hiking the blue line

Blue Trail 2On one of our recent hikes we went through part of the blue line trail on Monte Sano and I thought I would share our adventure…

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What’s the Matter?

When A started running a fever the Sunday night of Fall Break, I knew it might turn into a long week of staying at home. And after confirming that on Monday, I immediately started thinking of different activities that we could do that week to keep the boys entertained. One of those activities was a little worksheet (PDF for the worksheet here) and science project I made up for A called “what’s the matter?” This really speaks to A’s interest in how things work, what things are, what they are made of, etc.

What's the MatterSo I made this worksheet, and then A and I went around the house and he picked out different things and we discussed if it was a solid, liquid, gas, or plasma. Then he wrote down the different items in the different categories (plasma was hard. We picked lightning, and watched a video about lightning).

Then to get J in on the action we attempted to make flubber….

what's the matterWhich is supposed to be a liquid substance that turns into a solid substance before your eyes.

what's the matterAnd it did that…kind of. I think I needed the water to be warmer, as it half solidified, but not enough for the boys to play with it. However, as we were being scientists we observed and recorded and discussed why it didn’t solidify, and what we could do differently the next time. And that’s it! Enjoy!

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SixThis boy is six years old.

When I started this blog as a way to scrapbook our memories, he was a mere seven months old. And today he is six. He still likes to sing (and make beat box sounds to create his tune), he still loves to read (and is determined to learn “all the words”), and he still loves to talk (as a few notes from school can attest to).

He loves to draw, color, and write stories to go along with his images. He wants to be an artist and his plan of where he will travel and live changes every day. His plan includes me going with him, so I’m sure to do a lot of traveling when he is an adult if he keeps this plan. He absorbs knowledge and wants to learn everything about everything (and asks LOTS of questions on his quest).

His favorite activities are playing with his cousins, building with Legos, playing GI Joes and finding things to take home from our hikes. He loves pizza, lasagna, and will still eat pretty much any type of fruit. He also now loves baked potatoes, which is amazing considering I never thought I would say that about either of my boys.

He is both funny and serious, both joyful and dramatic. And even though each day he tells me what he is going to do when he is 10, 16, and 20, today he is 6, and today we will celebrate him being who he is today, our bright and shiny boy.

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Pumpkin Patch 2014

On what has now become an annual tradition, we headed with my parents and my sister’s family to a local farm to pick pumpkins, go on lots of slides, and have all sorts of fun! Here are a few of our favorite moments from the day.

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Statler, Waldorf, The Oldest, and The Youngest.

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I cannot even begin to describe how good my nephew M is with J. He took J down this massive slide over and over.pumpkin patch 2014

Trying to get a picture with the grand kids. Not the easiest. Hopefully we will fare better coming up!

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Laying and diving and running in corn. I think J packed half that corn to go in his pockets.

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This bounce trampoline looks innocent, but is seriously crazy. And J just kept jumping on it and over and over…that kid has no fear.

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This was one of my favorite moments. J loves animals and was so excited to get to go in the pens with the goats and pigs. He also got to pet a bunny and see two alpaca babies.

Pumpkin PatchPumpkin PatchPumpkin Patch Pumpkin Patch 2014We had such a wonderful time and are so grateful to my parents for treating us to this every year!

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Rose + Black

So I was inspired by this look that I featured on my Friday Favorites a few weeks back and from it I pulled together this:

rose and black

[H&M Top Similar here], [Express Skirt Similar here], [Target Shoes], [Banana Republic Necklace Similar here], [Essie Nail Polish: Skirting the Issue]

I was on a time crunch so I grabbed my phone and snapped a quick picture. Per most of my outfits, a lot of these pieces are old. I was especially excited because the top I had gotten from H& M few years back and could never figure out what to wear it with. Tada! Outfit inspiration.

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Spooky spiders

SpiderLow cost + easy to make + maximum impact = a great paint project for the boys. For a little tutorial on how to make our spooky spiders, read on…
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