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Simple chicken pho for those cold February nights.

The importance of etiquette

Lunchbox cookies.

The case for under-packing.

Just a small batch of cupcakes.

Why we need sleep. Otherwise known as the persuasive video my students watched this week.

A lighter version of one of my favorite bronzers. 

Vases the look pretty with or without flowers. At my house they’d most likely be without, ha!

And finally a summer suit that has me searching through my closet to try. 

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One last pic from J’s birthday week. This is him listening as his great-grandparents sang him happy birthday over the phone. It was my favorite part of his day. So sweet!

Chili to make with our chili starter in the freezer. 

For my non-boot camp days when J is outside swinging. 

A week of outfit inspiration.

Abstract graphic and cubism inspired prints make me happy! 

Paint pallets to inspire your next art project

Sky blue for our blue sky February. 

The pretzel bites we had for our super bowl snack. 

Thoughts on Creativity, Inc. to further my class discussion on organizations. 

Best Valentines ever. 

How fun is this cherry paper wreath

An article on a soul food chef, both insightful and mysterious.

Reading after kids. 

Potential Valentine’s meal. 

Chai tea sugar? Yes, please. 

And finally, I’m testing out Olay’s depuffing eye cream after reading through a list of potentials. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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J is FIVE! How did that happen? It’s like we blinked and there he was from an infant, to a toddler, to a little kid, to in his words “a great big kid!”. This is a picture of him with his sweet Pre-K teacher as his class sang him happy birthday. I had a lovely meeting with her this same day where she told me what a sweet boy he is at school, so quick to help others, and incredibly patient. We could not be prouder of him! Since it’s J’s special day here is a list of ten of his favorites:

  1. Reading books. His favorites currently are The Greatest Bear in All the World and his Bible.
  2. Swinging and singing. He’s making up songs daily and he sings while he plays, while he rides in the car, and while he swings outside.
  3. J could eat macaroni & cheese and sandwiches all day.
  4. He loves stuffed animals and plays with them in a way that reminds me of Andy from Toy Story. They’re such loved toys!
  5. He loves going out to dinner, although he almost always orders the same thing (chicken nuggets, quesadillas, or mac and cheese).
  6. Coloring, drawing, and painting are some of his favorite activities, and he prefers to always use plain paper than a coloring book.
  7. He is PUMPED about playing T-Ball this Spring.
  8. J is always ready for dessert. Cupcakes, cookies, candy, you name it, he loves it!
  9. He is a puzzle whiz and can sit patiently putting them together all afternoon.
  10. Whether it’s Sorry, Monopoly Jr., Trouble, or any game you can think of J is ready to play.

J is so excited to be five, he’s already talking about being six. I’m hoping he slows down just a bit, so we can catch up!

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A teaching J piano. Love this!

Color blocked basket for displaying cozy blankets, or large toys.

All the must eats at Disney World. 

Bright and happy home space.

I’m not a fan of face masks, but the reviews of these (from Target!) are so good I may give them a try.

The lipstick that looks good on every skin tone. 

A cozy bedroom that’s full of brights and fun. 

Best Target home purchases.

A lemon pie for our food saver Meyer lemons. 

The Valentine popcorn I’m thinking about prepping for J’s birthday.

Think before you speak.

And finally, a bright yellow coat to dream about.

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 Bedtime!

I have been really enjoying reading the Sherlock Holmes anthology, so naturally now I’m looking for similar stories. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes is at the top of my list.

What to wear with your leggings.

Styling your bangs while you’re growing them out.

Revelation instead of resolution.

Winter wear…in case winter comes back again.

J has decided he needs chapter books because he can read a few words now…which is the funniest thing ever. He now calls out different things (a tree! a window!) and says the since he can spell it, he can say it. He can’t, but it’s nice to see his enthusiasm!

Pride and Predjudice in an Instagram era. Insightful!

Great selection of brights for winter.

The art of the handwritten note.

Weeknight recipe: Pork shoulder with pineapple and sesame broccoli. 

And finally, the eye shadow video I watched this morning that made me get out my unused NARS primer sample. 

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New stack of books!

Beachy waves with volume. 

The pizza rolls I was planning to make for New Year’s Eve but didn’t, so I’ll make them for dinner in the new year! 

Getting cozy when the temps drop to twenty degrees.

An idea for the many pork tenderloins I get from Costco.

How to plan a winter getaway. You know, to get away from all this snow we’re having. Insert eye roll.

And with that getaway, picking out the best shoes for travel.

Easier to complete than typical resolutions.

Inspiration for our future bonus room, seriously wondering if I can build one on our current house, ha!

Creating cold weather layers.

Bored of playing in all the snow piled up outside? Check out this cat commercial. It’ll make your day! 

I’m going to food saver this chicken wonton soup for lunches since no one in my family can eat it but me.

Seven steps for road mapping your career progress. Great ideas for my business students!

 The smoothie project

And finally, stripes! You know I love them. 

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Playing Santa and bringing presents to all of our wonderful teachers and helpers in our life!

A simple and abstract reindeer wreath.

A living room that combines neutrality and pops of color. 

This would be a great activity & gift craft for the boys over the holiday. 

Baked crab artichoke dip, this is so eighties fabulous. 

Kitchen essentials to put on your Christmas list and start your new year off right. 

Make-up trends to test out at all your holiday parties. I’ve gone to at least four so far. Three of which were kid parties. Ha!

Remarkably average parenting. This made me laugh out loud. 

A beautiful nativity

Cozy throws for those eighteen degree temps coming up. 

A holiday hug.

Pink + pink + pink

Five things in Atlanta

And finally, a chocolate tart that will make your holiday guests put down the cookies. 

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This week we watched the rest of the leaves fall…Friday Favorites

Saw the first rainy day in months: Friday Favorites

And graded lots of papers and prepped final exams: Friday FavoritesThis weekend we are headed to see Santa, expecting a bit more rain, and hopefully I’ll get the rest of my grades done. Wish me luck!

Tortellini + meatballs = weeknight dinner

A month of outfit inspiration.

A dry-erase notebook! Thus is revolutionary!

Fixer-upper Christmas decorating ideas.

A Thai coconut soup perfect for cold winter nights.

Finding your joy

Stylish sweatpant solutions. 

Re-defining your weekday mornings with music.

Rigatoni dinner with fresh bread.

Holiday stove simmers to make your home smell yummy. Just don’t forget they are on the stove!

And finally, the beautiful paintings of Felix Dolittle. I really want to get the bookmark set for A.

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Friday FavoritesPracticing piano.

If they’re Disneyland peanut butter cookies they’ve got to be good!

Cold weather layers for running…or fast mall walking. Which is what I do. Or I run like Phoebe from Friends. Either works.

Mashed parsnips and potatoes. Is a parsnip the same as a carrot? Is therefore, B allergic to parsnips? #thoughtstoponder

Wondering if I can convince J to have a Winnie-the-Pooh fifth birthday party.

Great tips for avoiding burnout. I seem to be posting this a lot. It’s one of my favorite communication topics, ha!

My inspiration for our fire place mantle this Christmas.

The Jimmy Fallon + Metallica rendition that will make your day!

Take that, Harold.

Gift guide for your favorite dude.

And finally, I found tsum tsums on sale at JcPenny online. I seriously need to stop, ha!

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