Friday Favorites

Friday FavoritesThis Friday is A’s 100th day of school. Did you know that A can count to 100? He will be more than happy to share with you that he can do so, and then count to 100 for you. He is now ready to move on to 200 and then 1 billion he told me. He is a high goal setter, that one.  He counted out 100 elbow macaroni to bring to school today. He is proudly displaying it here, with a photo bomb from J in his diaper no less. We keep it classy around here. 🙂

So a few of my favorites from the week:

This quirky mirror would be a great addition to over or mantel. I am adding it to my IKEA wish list.

I love this high bun style (if it doesn’t link up right, look for the January 21 slide).

These DIY heart stamp cups are really cute. Although, in my lazy crafting style, I might just buy the stamp.

B doesn’t like coconut fudge, so I guess I’ll have to make this recipe and keep it all to myself. I don’t mind.

How to create a library wall….another list of items to add to my IKEA list.

And speaking of libraries, this Target library style storage unit is awesome.

I am really loving trench coats this season and the trench plus the rest of this whole outfit is great.

J’s favorite library books right now are the Pigeon Series by Mo Willems. His favorite? The Duckling Gets a Cookie. Mainly because it features cookies. My favorite thing? Listening to him “read” the books. It may be funnier than the actual story!

My sister introduced me to this Pacific brand tomato and roasted red pepper soup two weeks ago. It’s my new favorite lunch.

And lastly, it is SO cold here right now, I am looking forward to this corn and cheese chowder for dinner tonight! Soup’s on!

Have a great weekend!

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Friday Favorites“Wha, me, me!” Which is J’s way of saying “wait for me!” I figured out his new saying this week whenever we were about to take A to school. I would tell A to go get on his shoes and J would say “wha, me, me!” and then say “shoe! sock-y!” while running after A. He definitely works hard to keep up with A.

I love how in the south they predict “flurries” and we see nothing. Half the time I think they do that to make people happy. “Oooh snow!” Everyone in the south exclaims. Rarely in the south is snow “an event”. Don’t get me wrong, it’s happened, but not that often. I just jinxed everyone, so you better get these snow boots. Cause they are adorable. HA! Moving on….

I love Shakespeare. And the idea of teaching it to your kids. It’ll put them a step ahead for when they get into that high school English class!

#myweirdwaiter. Hilarious!

Ideas on how to style your coffee table…for when I can actually do that. I’m thinking I may need my own room to be able to do that, or a really high, non-reachable coffee table.

A New York loft that is amazing, bright, and airy. Love all of it.

So if you didn’t get enough of the Golden Globe run down from my post earlier this week, here are more ideas on the styles and trends from the night.

A DIY no-sew scarf. Perfect weekend craft!

The definitive ranking of chips. My favorite is “baked potato chips, like a Pringle without any friends.”

Super cute Valentine’s day party supplies.

I am really intrigued by these whole wheat chocolate chip cookies. I haven’t tried them yet, but they sound pretty great.

Top ten tips from professional organizers….hold on. Did you know you could be a professional organizer? Why am I not doing this?

An article about turning the movie Frozen into a teachable moment. Point 1: Don’t marry someone you just met. Point 2: If taking children to a movie of this nature, assure them beforehand that nobody is going to die (because they may get concerned and ask like my nephew did)….except if you are taking them to see Bambi. In that case wait to take them until they are 50. Seriously. I’m still not over it. Oh and point 2 is nowhere in the article. Just like the clip from the movie they showed in the TV previews. BOOM! My sister is laughing right now.

Love this DIY painting idea that is an homage to Mark Rothko’s art.

And finally…my super awesome hairdresser and I were having a discussion about loving the trend of leather details on pants and cardigans the other day. Then I found this H&M trench coat with leather details…ah! I really think it would go great with those snow boots too, yes?

Have a great weekend!

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J's car Since J got his truck for Christmas he has created a collection of items that he keeps in his truck. He started with Curious George and his cat. Then he added his keys, a lanyard, an old cellphone, and most recently sunglasses. All essentials when driving around the house.

Now on to a few of my favorites from the week!

Right now I’m loving dressed up sweatshirts. This Madewell one and this Shopbop one are two of my favorites.

I love this little DIY muslin bag for Valentine’s Day.

Ten hot chocolate recipes for me to pick from for J’s birthday.

Love this little table and chairs set, and it is a great price for all the pieces it comes with.

True thoughts about daycare.

This gingerbread snacking cake reminds me of the one my Mom makes for my Dad (it’s one of his favorite desserts!).

The three days it was ultra cold here, I couldn’t even do my hair it was so dry. These tips on how to winterproof your skin and hair were super helpful!

A delicious looking peanut butter honey yogurt dip.

An amazing and informative photo tour of Tuscany. Definitely on my list of places to go!


Friday FavoritesWhether you are traveling out, or just traveling around the house, have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesDouble fisted crafting. One of the many things I love about this boy. J is LOUD, energetic, dramatic, and could play outside all day. However, you give this boy a set of crayons and paper, or a bottle of glue and glitter and he is just as committed to crafting as he is when he is kicking and chasing a ball in the backyard. He and A worked for a long time on the glitter confetti circles you saw behind them for the New Year’s Day picture. It was a HUGE mess, but it was a lot of fun, and nothing a good vacuuming couldn’t handle!

I think everyone could use a set of retro Pac-Man salt and pepper shakers.

It is about to get record setting cold here. This outfit would be a great go to, and probably has pieces you already own in it!

And in case you are traveling out of the cold weather, here is a great travel outfit.

Bring on the Sesame Street! And Sofia the First! And Lego: Star Wars! And Curious George!

Simple stir fried brussels sprouts. In 2014 I invite you to give brussels sprouts a chance. HA!

I absolutely love this shared kid’s room. It’s sweet and simple.

I probably don’t need to add any books to my list, but I love a good travel book.

A really simple, yet tasty looking ginger pear cocktail. I am betting you could make it without the vodka and it would also be delicious.

This circulation chest is going on my long term wish list (the very long term).

Mexican chocolate pudding…yes, please.

Re-creating classic art with Lego’s. Awesome!

I am mainly bookmarking this for myself, but this Atlanta Home uses two amazing paint colors that I don’t want to forget!

Oh and Obi-Wan is a total punk. Let the debate begin, young Jedi.

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

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We have had a lovely Christmas week, and I hope your family has as well! We are spending our after holiday days playing outside in the sunny (slightly chilly) weather, assembling Lego sets, and enjoying the chance to chill out! Instead of my usual links around the web, I have some of my favorite pics from the last few days to share! Enjoy!

Nana and Grandpa came to bring presents and I managed to get this picture…

IMG_4204The fact that we matched all the boys on Christmas Eve by chance:

IMG_4250J playing Christmas music with Granna:

IMG_4242A met his very epic (and solid as a rock) Dojo Michaelangelo from Santa:

IMG_4274I tried to convince J to open his stocking by enticing him with Ninja Turtle socks:

IMG_4281B opening up his big gift from me (and the only item I have ever “ran” for on Black Friday):

IMG_4338The excitement of A’s face in discovering we got him “the truly present, I was so hoping for!! (his words):

IMG_4343J’s cheese grin over his new “tractor!”:

IMG_4346Lunch with Granna and Papa on Christmas (and a whole lot of pretend food throwing!):

IMG_4353J continues to prove that he truly has his Papa wrapped around his finger as he was pushed up and down the hall on demand:

IMG_4356This captured moment of “the calm before the…”

IMG_4363…kids started going crazy and J re-created Auburn’s Iron Bowl win by doing snow angels in the paper…

IMG_4378…and we started taking pictures like these:

IMG_4389And that’s the end!

IMG_4209Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!



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IMG_4170-001This is what four days of no napping looks like.

In other news, apparently I’m allergic to pomegranates. So please don’t offer me any. Thanks. I know what you are thinking, how is this possible that one can be allergic to pomegranates? Well apparently it is, and I had the lovely idea of making it my new snack this past week, only to find out the hard way that I should have gone with my typical hummus choice. My Dad suggested that I should try “normal food” from now on. HA! Thanks Dad. Anyway, now I am on a nice steroid pack and armed with an epi-pen in case some unsuspecting pomegranates slip into my food.

Anyway, on to some of my favorites from the week!

There is a picture of me playing this vintage mac at my Papa’s house when I was two. I was such a hipster back then.

If you are looking for a quick and wonderful little DIY for stockings I highly suggest this best of my days calendar. I made one for A.

I like this sugar cookie recipe because it cuts the sugar in half and adds honey instead.

I pretty much love everything about this home, especially the bench in the kitchen.

Snow boots not just for snow days.

This bookweight is an awesome idea. A why did I never think of getting that before, type idea.

Four ingredient fudge. How can you go wrong?

A and I searched Target vigilantly trying to find the mustache glasses in this picture to give B for Christmas (because A denoted them “HILARIOUS”), but couldn’t find them. So we settled for Star Wars socks.

So I read Gone Girl. And I am going to say I don’t get it. Here’s my synopsis “Hey awful person, you treated me awful, so I am going to treat you awful, and oh by the way I’m crazy, so watch your back, oh whoops I treated you awful some more, and by the way we are stuck together being awful forever. The end”.

On that note…I am reading this Agatha Christie mini novel (you can download it to your iPad, Kindle, or Nook for free from Amazon), and then The Orchardist is on my list to read next.

If you are looking for a new app for your 4+ child I highly recommend Clumsy Ninja. It is a fun, interactive game that helps you guide a new Ninja to ultimate Ninja status by doing little games (like jumping on a trampoline, or holding balloons).

A has told me many times that he wants to take a trip to a big city. I foresee a trip to New York in our future, and this list of kid-friendly restaurants is a great insight.

I love this casual with a pop of a bright blue coat outfit. It also would look lovely with this sweater.

I have got this awesome hat and costume wall on my to-do list for J.

And just in case you are looking for a well price house in Pennsylvania, may I suggest this “slightly haunted” one?  HA!

Have a great weekend before Christmas!

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Friday FavoritesQuite a charming boy, isn’t he?

For your hair, how to get tousled everyday waves.

A gorgeous view of a cherry blossom, from the vantage point of how my boys view the Christmas tree.

One of my weekend plans is to take A shopping for B, and this post really inspired me on how to help him look for gifts.

Dreaming of a bit of summer during this cold snap we are having.

But since it’s not summer I’ll settle for wearing this outfit.

Sparkly white chocolate lemon truffles. The dessert I’m making the next game night.

A fancy yet simple up-do for the holidays.

DIY fancy headbands…for the next craft night….

or this golden nutcracker.

A terrific review of the new children’s book Dusk by Uri Shulevitz. If you haven’t read any of his stories, the book Snow is one of our favorites.

Why you should avoid the snooze button. I found this particularly interesting because I haven’t used an alarm clock on a regular basis in about five years, but I get up at the same time almost every day.

The perfect toy collection….this rocket is my favorite from the list.

And I loved this stocking stuffers list. These bookmarks and this goldie cable keeper are my favorites.

And that’s it! Have a great weekend!

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November 2013

Our elf arrived on December 1st, bringing pajamas and new Christmas books. And the pajamas didn’t fit. And so now OUR ELF is on a mission to find new ones. And by Elf I mean me. HA!

So here are a few of my favorites from around the web this week….I would make this mocha mint frappe and then read through them! Happy Friday!

A cool and quirky bottle opener for the dude in your life.

An awesome splurge Chanel nail polish set.

Gorgeous fox in the night meadow print.

A great laugh-out-loud fashion book.

Thoughts on helping all students with math.

Simple household tasks to do during the holidays.

A holiday party outfit idea…love the coat!

After the Grey’s Anatomy episode two weeks ago, I announced loudly that I was DONE with the show. And apparently I’m not the only one.

These adorable candy cane mice seem like a great Christmas Eve treat for the boys.

I absolutely love these sweet holiday cards. I would like them just for decor.

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Why are you reading this post? Aren’t you out shopping???? HA!

Friday FavoritesA helped put all the Christmas ornaments on the tree…a full day before Thanksgiving. To say that this boy is excited about Christmas would be an understatement.

So in case you are taking a break from shopping…here are my favorites from around the internet for the week!

This necklace would be a great dress up for a plain T.

Just in case you are prepping for next Thanksgiving (only a mere 364 days away!), or reminiscing about it here is a great foodie book about the holiday.

States United. Love this print!

If we ever had a girl, I’m assuming it would be less doll, more awl. Ha!

A great DIY holiday banner idea, with printable!

The solution to all those embarrassing back pocket phone dialing accidents.

Some gift ideas for the grill enthusiast.

Love this shared boys’ room.

We are not planning to travel with a toddler this holiday season (because have I mentioned that J hates the car? No? He hates the car.), but in case you are, here are some great tips.

You may have seen The Hunger Games this past weekend, but have you seen The Hungry Games?

As cold as it has been these past couple of days we could sit this project outside to freeze. It’s a birdseed ice ornament…pretty crafty!

This list of appetizers that should be banned for life made me laugh out loud. My favorite? Cheese Plate on a Stick…How about Cheese Plate on a Plate. Hilarious!

I want this stamp for when I grade topic proposals!

And if you have some leftover sweet potatoes…make this salad!

Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesOur morning routine. J wakes up every morning, grabs his “bankit” and his “nambie” and heads for the couch to drink his sippy cup of milk and watch an episode of Curious George. And for about fifteen minutes of him being up, he is quiet. And that’s it. Seriously. This kid is LOUD.

A variety of ideas to keep kids busy…because as we all know, busy kids = kids not trying to leap off your ottoman.

Love the casual/fancy mix of this outfit. So chic!

I am testing out these rolls this weekend to see if they would be a good repeat for Thanksgiving.

All the tools and tips for a great cookie exchange party.

My sister and I have gone back and forth about going to see the second Hunger Games this weekend (do we attempt the shaky cam, part two?)…but I our movie theater apathy weighed out. Instead we are planning on a craft night with our Mom to make this sugarplum garland and wreath. Super excited!!

Just added this little luggage carrier and plane to my list for Black Friday shopping.

On adventuring and learning outdoors with children. The ending made me laugh because it is the truth of about every trip we take with the boys!

This is a genius little hostess gift. Read more about it here.

Love this little collection of bowls. Also a great hostess idea, or a teacher gift!

I’m off to get my hair done! Here is the cut and color I am doing this time.

And that’s it! Have a terrific weekend!

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