This has been a crazy week! My classes had their final meeting days, I’m trying to get courses prepped for next semester, grades in from this semester, the boys had basketball practices this week, plus homework, plus, oh yeah A got sick midweek and I had to bring him to work. I’m so ready for the weekend! Our elf, Link, shows up tomorrow, and we are headed to Santa’s Village at some point to see Santa! The boys are very excited!
Buffalo chicken dip is perfect for pre-game holiday snacking.
The key to improvement.
Homemade orange rolls for Christmas Eve.
Perfect holiday travel wear.
Peaceful home in Coastal Spain.
Reading up on one of our bucket list travel places.
The organization blog of my dreams.
Oreo ice cream pie for Christmas Eve Eve.
My current hair cut and color.
And finally, a birthday that is the GOAT.
It is sitting below 35 degrees here, and I’m living in this fleece. It is fluffy, so warm and may be my new favorite item, especially if warmer weather doesn’t return until spring. I’m also currently obsessed with the newest coffee B picked up at Starbucks:
It is so good, friends! And yes, it also comes in k-cups. Okay enough chit chat, here are the rest of our favorites from the week!
The boys have been watching the ESPN Basketball: A Love Story documentary. We love basketball a lot right now at our house!
I have started encorporating yoga into my routine at least four days a week, and Yoga with Adriene is by far my favorite set of you tube videos.
And when the boys aren’t watching basketball, I’m watching The Great British Bake-Off Masterclass.
Asian roasted brussel sprouts, perfect to make with jasmine rice and salmon.
The most amazing gray polka dot coat.
How to be a more patient person.
A timeless hobo bag.
And finally, creating a memorable camping weekend.
While these two play a giant piano….
I’m excited to share a Sephora themed stocking stuffer Friday favorites! The Sephora sale is now open to VIBs and I’ve been working on my cart all week, so I’m excited to share my purchases from the sale that will be going directly to B’s side of the closet until Christmas.
1 & 2. Verb ghost shampoo and conditioner. I got these as a sample and loved them. I’m loyal to my Bumble and Bumble hair products, but they are so expensive. These are lightweight, safe for color treated hair, and smell amazing.
3. Benefit blush bar. These are five full size versions of benefit blush/bronzer/highlighter. The packaging is my favorite (ballet!) and I love having multiple options in one palette.
4. Winter is coming, friends. The time of year where I run a humidifier constantly, and am always reaching for lip balm. I love fresh lip products and this set is three of their classics.
5. Clinique take the day off. Best for removing eye makeup and cleaning beauty blenders.
6. And speaking of beauty blenders, mine needs to be replaced.
7. And finally, I have every NAKED mini palette, except one. This one. So obviously it’s on my list.
We’re rolling into the weekend and November! I’m literally holding back all the boys in my family from trying to put up the Christmas tree. I’m not quite ready to put up our fall decorations just yet, but I have got my eye on some holiday decor and my Christmas gift list is taking shape on my notes app on my phone. This weekend we are headed to a birthday party, basketball tryouts, disguising a turkey, and piano lessons. And maybe a little holiday shopping. Here are some of my favorites of the week!
Candy pork sounds like the perfect way to use the pork tenderloin in my freezer.
Sometimes you’ve just gotta read a book.
Reading about the origin of paper because Spaceship Earth is that inspiring.
My favorite new podcast about make-up and more.
The cooking show I’m planning to binge watch on Netflix.
Wedge sneakers to wear with jeans and slipper like flats to wear with work pants. Or jeans.
Marbled maple cornbread is on my Thanksgiving recipe list.
Finally, the holiday cups on my list for my little holiday coffee station.
In between soccer games and creating a pumpkin that looks like Milligan from The Mysterious Benedict Society, there was paint by sticker. J has always loved sticker books, so this next level sticker book is his current obsession. We are headed toward a weekend of soccer, the school Halloween party, pumpkin patch, and celebrating my Mom’s birthday! It’s a fun filled weekend, and the boys couldn’t be more excited!
Go with the flowy is the perfect winter gray.
Great transition pieces for Fall.
Making apple cinnamon rolls over Thanksgiving.
Why the boys’ shoes go in a bucket by the backdoor.
Creating the perfect cheese board.
Avoiding winter make-up meltdown.
Beet salad is my lunch for next week.
Southern scratch essentials and all the cookies is on my Christmas cookbook list.
And finally, Ross proving he is not THAT guy, is my favorite laugh of the week.
We had a blast in Disney! The boys are already asking when we are going again and I’m still in disbelief that we have a ten year old.
Fall essentials: pullover, pajamas, and book.
Love the two wall paintings.
The illustrator behind The Great British Bake-Off.
Perfect Fall dinner.
Print-outs to color with J and A.
Also on my reading list.
Pop of Fall berry.
Finally, a pumpkin biscotti to go with my Trader Joe’s spicy chai tea.
Our Fall garden is ready to go! Hopefully it won’t be too hot for the plants. I’m knee deep in midterms right now and I’m really looking forward to our Fall Break coming up!
A travel guide to Tokyo.
Best advice ever.
Best skin products based on age.
Cider braised crock pot short ribs.
Why we get the Disney photo pass every time we go.
The haircut I’m considering.
Current book I’m reading on my kindle and the one in my Amazon cart.
And finally the Podcasts I listened to this week:
– Loveis Wise interview on Good Company
– Taking your creativity seriously on WorkParty
– The “scary” enthusiasm of Christina Tosi on Women Rule
– Bobbi Brown cosmetics on How I Built This
There’s a bobcat in our midst! J earned his first rank in Cub Scouts this past week. We are so proud of him!
J loves puzzles, so I’ve got this pizza one on my list for him for Christmas.
The hiking backpack I have on my Christmas list.
Lunch next week.
Since my work commute is now taking about an hour I’ve started listening to podcasts. One of my favorites so far is In Good Company and now I’ve got Genevieve Gorder’s new Netflix series on my list, too.
Pattern mixing for Fall.
Melting potatoes and apple pot pies.
Cozy light filled home with lots of plants.
Under the lights.
J is playing his fourth season of soccer. He is our first to make it all the way to U8 soccer and he is loving it! His favorite position is sweeper, and he really wants to play goalie eventually. His team officially started games this week, so we are busy cheering them on in between school, homework, work, and Cub Scouts. He’s got a game this weekend, we’ve got a fall garden to plant, and some general recouping to do after this week, including watching the new season of Great British Baking Show and I’ll be reading The Secret Rooms and Pasta, Pane, Vino.
A study and homework space that dreams are made of! Trying to figure out if I could recreate this in our own study. Along with some great printables to decorate the walls…
Currently dreaming about soups for Fall…
Including a sweet corn and pepper soup and a Thai coconut soup. I love that both of these (with just removing the onions) are allergy friendly for all of us! It’s hard to find a soup that is these days.
And finally, loving these two fall looks with skinny jeans, a lovely top, and neutral loafers…
How is it that a long weekend makes the week feel too long? It’s almost like we had too much recovery time and now we can’t handle it, ha! This weekend we are having dinner with friends, soccer practice, Cub Scouts, and hopefully also get the boys’ piano lessons in as well. And sleeping in! I mean for us, sleeping in is 7:30 a.m., but I’ll take it!
These hammered leaf prints would be a lovely fall craft.
The Secret Lives of Color.
Chilled dough makes the best chocolate chip cookies.
“Lies, all lies!”
Cinnamon raisin bagels.
Sweatshirt I’m adding to my Christmas list. For that one week it’ll be cold here.
We learned the hard way last year that fall tasks are important.
Romantic and flannel = two things that don’t seem to work, but do.
Sheet pan chicken, with a bonus recipe!
Lovely light filled house.