Friday Favorites

Friday FavoritesWe made it. One week of togetherness, where A was too sick for us to go out and do anything. And by the way, you are welcome greater population. I kept my sick child at home instead of parading him out to cough upon your shopping carts. Pay it forward. HA!

So while we were crafting, coloring, measuring, baking, and taking extra naps here are a few things that caught my eye this week.

J loves the library and Sesame Street. Thus, an exhibit he wouldn’t cry through and ask for “pockies” (lollipops). Okay, who am I kidding he would definitely ask for a pocky.

My sister brought an article about the myth vs. reality of back to school expectations to my attention and if you want to laugh (really hard, and out loud) you need to read it immediately.

Great song choices to move from summer into fall.

Pie labels that makes Thanksgiving left-overs sweeter.

Now that it’s hit 75 degrees in the south, it means time to pull out the winter clothes. HA! Here’s how to take care of all those coats and scarves you’ll be wearing while it moves toward 70 degrees (and then plummets to 40…gotta love the south!).

And while you are taking care of all those coats and scarves, you should add a new one to your closet…like this amazing cape.

And in case you need a new scarf in your closet, here are some ways to make one uniquely yours.

Is a leek an onion? And would it bother B? Or should I just make this frittata for myself? Questions I ponder.

After watching a Jimmy Fallon interview with Emma Thompson, I put this updated Peter Rabbit book on my list for J.

Flatbread rosemary + black sea salt. Perfect for a fall soup or a tailgating dip. Or just to eat.

The benefit of buying experiences over things. Pretty sure this falls into my Dad’s “you can’t take it with you” category. HA!

This sweet, nature inspired nursery has a few updates that I would love to incorporate into J’s room.

And finally a book all about taking the train and the experiences along the way.

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Friday FavoritesReading the highly anticipated original “Scaredy Squirrel”. Spoiler alert: He panics about everything and then realizes it’s not that bad. A life lesson if you will.

In general I don’t care for jam. And by don’t care for, I mean I don’t like it at all. However, I do have one exception, and that is raspberry jam. As long as it is on a tasty biscuit.

A gorgeous house tour beautifully mixing cool blues, tans, whites, and blacks.

If you remember my link last week about dressing up your everyday household items, here is a an awesome DIY for a faux-marble utensil holder.

This skirt + this tee = dressy casual fall look.

Treat yo self. The perfect card for any occasion.

A fall worksheet for fall break.

A great idea for how to spend Friday afternoons with the boys.

Oooh a quilt frame DIY…perhaps re-interpreted for holiday craft night??

Celebrating fall yellow.

Tips to help survive planning any kid birthday party. I sure need that over the next two weeks.

Stripes + Trench = Effortless fall style.

Ways to light up your indoors and outdoors with luminaries and lanterns.

A sweet & spicy popcorn perfect for all of our football game watching tomorrow.

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Friday FavoritesHappy late Friday, friends! It’s been “a week” if you will. I headed to the doctor with J on Sunday after he started showing symptoms of  a sinus infection. It was a sinus infection and he started on antibiotics that did not agree with his system, to put it mildly. Which made for quite a long week and several phone calls to his pediatrician to get his antibiotics re-structured and up the amount of probiotics he was taking. Then today after discussing that the house seemed hotter than normal we realized that our air conditioner had stopped cooling. On a Friday. At 7 p.m. So we are turning the fans up high and hoping to make it to Monday to avoid that weekend surcharge fee. There is a book that is a favorite of A’s called “Terrific” by Jon Agee. If you are having one of “those weeks” you should read it. And so without further ado at this late hour, here are some of my favorites that helped make my week a true terrific (rather than a more sarcastic one).

It’s funny because A just asked me today about artists after Pollock. That made this article even more insightful for some upcoming fall break art we are planning to do.

BBQ chicken french breads. Tasty lunch. Quick dinner.

A rose & black outfit that has inspired me for a work look next week.

Thoughts about washing your face twice in a row…I’m too tired to do that.

I love the idea of window boxes outside our front windows. I think J would find one that attracts butterflies especially captivating.

A phases of the moon wallpaper screen that the boys and I both love.

J is going to be “bat guy” for Halloween…I couldn’t resist ordering him a knit batman hat that he can wear beyond trick or treating.

My Mom and I swap book reads all the time…Unbroken is the next non-fiction on my list by her recommendation.

I can never resist a sweet craft book.

I love the idea of having little bits of “happy” around the home. Like dressing up everyday necessity tools.

I love fall drinks, like Mexican hot chocolate.

I like the idea of switching up our pizza dough routine by incorporating some whole wheat.

And finally, toffee bundt cake. To sweeten up any morning brunch.

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September 2014J, happiest when he gets to be outside exploring. A, happiest when he is drawing and coloring his next great adventure.

Giving a sweater dress a feminine + elegant touch.

I’m not in the market for a new diaper bag, but I sure wish I had this backpack about two years ago. It looks amazing.

Ten things NOT to do at Disney World.

A fall perfect textured gray throw.

And speaking of fall some fun (and free) Halloween printables.

The best way to study, I already translated this to speaking practice for my class. So smart!

Obviously I need to find some indoor plants because I keep looking up articles on them. Jade seems like a gorgeous option.

Great style options for fall that include my favorite fall color (or anytime color): gray.

Speaking to every parent that has ever had to potty train a child, or carry a child yelling “NO! MORE TRAIN NOW!” out of a Barnes & Noble while people stare at you like you are crazy. Why do they look at you like you are crazy? I’m not the one yelling, people. HA!

Great ideas to switch up your own lunch routine. The ciabatta sandwich looks amazing and simple. Trying it next week!

We had A’s first parent-teacher conference this week. His reading is progressing really well and I am now getting BOB books to help him along based on his teacher’s recommendation.

This tumblr of mom stock photos will make you laugh out loud. I promise. Go read it. Today.

Every year Santa brings the boys their presents in some sort of organizing container. I’m thinking “he” might get crafty this year and make “his” own. “He” better start working now!

And lastly, as we usher in fall this weekend marshmallow chocolate chip magic bars. You all know I can’t resist a good toasted marshmallow!

Have a great weekend!


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friday favoritesOur summer heat wave is about to take a turn towards fall, so the boys have been eager to expend their last bits of water-filled outdoor time. A has always been super particular about water, so this picture of him soaking himself is a true anomaly. I’ve always said both boys could go out to play in the sprinkler and J will come in soaked through and A will come in bone dry. Not this time.

And speaking of fall (we were talking about that, weren’t we?), one of my favorite things is new make-up trends. I already have this eye liner, and a satiny green nail polish on my list.

I’m trying to decided on floor cushions for our study, and this Chevron one is on my list.

I opened a new Agatha Christie book the other night and was telling B how much I appreciate the smell of a new book. Obviously, that makes my side of the physical book vs. digital book debate clear.

For A’s fall activities we decided to do non-committal tennis lessons and two four-week after school clubs. Our on-going discussion into choosing those activities really resonates with this article on the choices of after-school activities.

A party sign with maximum impact and minimal effort.

Adorable totem animals to introduce geometric shapes to little hands.

A vibrant and playful cherry tree print.

I’m not particularly stringent on rules of etiquette in hosting, but I find the ideas within it fascinating.

Go outside and play.

A little bunting craft, made for doing with your favorite five year old.

Simple lunchbox ideas that I could truly translate to the boys’ lunches.

A lovely living room update that could be done in a weekend and with a trip to Target.

And lastly, A’s birthday party theme, presents, and activities changes daily right now. One of his ideas was “camping where everybody camps. And such.” His words. That boy.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesOnly a two-year-old can see a laundry hamper as a tent/robot costume.

If Emma Stone’s make-up artist approves of these products, then just take me to Target!

On choosing optimism.

Castles in Ireland would make wonderful adventure spots for the boys.

I don’t think I would have married B if he didn’t wear Old Spice. Just kidding! Seriously, though it may have been a factor.

This beach canvas is AMAZING.

Gorgeous gold fleck + green teardrop earrings.

Dark chocolate peanut butter granola bites that would be a great addition to our granola routine.

The next style book I want to add to my nightstand.

Oh mashed potatoes, you are tasty any time of the day.

Super excited about the Wit & Delight Target launch…the geometric platter is on my list!

This focaccia is rising in my fridge right now.

Switching out resolutions from New Year’s to Autumn.

Just found out exactly what I need to do for re-painting our dining table and chairs. And yes, it involves Annie Sloan chalk paint.

I love instant inspiration through instagram…I’m adding several of these illustrators to my feed.

And lastly…who knew teenagers actually are wired to go to bed later? I’m pretty sure it’s why I listened to music on my walkman until 12:30 or later on school nights. That’s right. A WALKMAN. Seriously. Somebody help me find my New Kids on the Block tapes!

Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesThirty-two with these two, is the best.

B has been on a gluten-free diet for the past few weeks (not because it is oh so trendy right now…I would not suggest it. It’s expensive!!), and this recipe was a hit.

Colorful kitchen items make me happy.

Spoiler Alert…Hello Kitty is not a cat. She’s just a Britain school girl who likes apple pie. No, seriously. So…what does that make Keroppi Frog?

Lace + Screen Print Shirt + Pink = End of Summer Perfection.

If we step up our hiking and go camping, we’ll need some essentials.

The must have printable for solving boredom.

A playful set of jacks book ends.

I adore this wooden taxi….I kind of want it for our shelves.

A tunic that could take you from yoga class to errand running to date night depending on how you style it.

A puppy dog I’m sure both boys will instantly love.

When I was picking up my Sephora birthday freebie I had a few minutes to browse and couldn’t resist grabbing the See by Chloe rollerball perfume. It’s apple + vanilla scent is a perfect transition into fall.

You all know I can’t resist a good (and inexpensive) DIY project.

And that’s it! Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesOur week of extracurricular activities, including: J practicing his Hollywood square hand print, the return of story time at the library, and A working to perfect his forehand and backhand swing at tennis.

A gorgeous guest room and I already have plans for doing the magazine hanger DIY.

This detailed double hook for our foyer is a steal!

Innovative uses of color and tapestry.

Clothes perfect for both a trip to Africa and fall in the south.

Buttery, smokey perfect shrimp and gouda grits.

Peach ginger muffins for breakfast or the boys’ lunchboxes.

Addressing the awkwardness that is leaving a party.

Proof that no good can come from liking everything on facebook.

A baseball sweater perfect for fall errand running.

Would love to create this hanging garden on our back porch.

A great read for the boys plus a sweet bedtime project.

Two guys from California try to find the “insanity” of tailgating at Auburn and are met with….politeness. Ya’ll, this is hilarious!

And finally…the boys’ cookie of the week.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesI had to save this little gem of a picture for today. Real life, people. Real life.

All of these basics are what I have found in starting a boot camp program with my sister. It’s the best!

B asked me for a birthday gift list this week…I am putting this tassel necklace at the top.

After some serious searching I managed to track down a pull top Mario themed sports bottle (with lid) for A for school. I had to share because I know there may be some Mom’s looking for the same thing!

I’m going to have to borrow a few tools from my Dad, but I’m planning on putting together this giant DIY frame for our paper wall map.

Downloaded this great review anthology of children’s books.

These adorable back to school printables accompanied A’s cookies for his teacher on the first day.

The inspiration for the blank wall in our study.

Helping me on my quest to switch up A’s lunch routine this year.

A theory to, um, scope out in my classes this year.

Pattern mixing at its best.

And finally, a fossil treasure hunt adventure the boys would love.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesWhen you’re two there’s nothing better than fresh ice cream and a big spoon to eat it with.

I have found the outdoor space to create in our backyard. Now all I need is an extra 3-4 thousand dollars to make it happen. HA!

Be yourself.

The awesome travels of Lego people.

The revival of the postmodern movement.

Cowboy bark brownies that will make you happy even if you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby.

How to freshen up your fridge in a few easy steps.

As today was the boys’ last Friday before school starts, we have been following this choose your own adventure plan. So far A has eaten all his favorite breakfast items at once, tried an orange bell pepper, coached us in basketball, played chalk, play-doh, had pizza for lunch, played Lego’s with B, and ate popsicles outside. A pretty terrific day if you are 2 and 5.

Some great tips for kids that are uneasy about trying fish (like mine).

Considering my favorite nude lipstick is none, any of these would be an update.

Great ideas for indoor plants and containers…I write this as I am looking at an empty plant container on our fireplace mantel. So….I should take some notes.

We love mint ice cream around here. Especially with J approved “CHOCOLATE CHIP!”

I’m thinking about trying breakfast “cookies” for my little pop tart eater next week.

And finally…art makes you smart. You’re welcome.

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