Friday Favorites

Friday FavoritesThe current favorite activity at our house: Fix the truck and the fireplace. Tools required: Safety goggles, a play blowtorch (yes they make those), a play screwdriver, a lightsaber, and a batmobile scooter.

So here are some of my favorites from this week!

I am going out to buy marbles and rocks, after I read this genius idea. So smart!

Making B’s favorite kid’s cereal into a cookie? Yup, there’s a recipe for that.

I think J would love this little cargo plane balancer. And I’m betting a certain aviator cap wearing buddy of his would love it too!

An eye shadow in the radiant orchid spectrum. I think I’ll add this to my Mother’s Day request list.

Tips for looking great in your thirties. My favorite suggestion is the Butter London lip color.

I love the rich chocolate color of this crossbody bag and these sandals.

Now I need to go back and get the brioche I saw at Publix to make these french toast sticks for breakfast.

I love the clever storage ideas featured in this article, but my favorite is the bunk beds. Adorable and organized!

Because you can always learn more about Disney World.

A list of spring essentials that inspired some of my update purchases for my own wardrobe that I’ll share next week!

Two soups for stormy April weather.

One of my favorites: Emma Watson.

Lego’s in the kitchen? At least I wouldn’t be stepping on them.

One of B and I’s favorite catchphrases: I’m going to write them a sternly worded letter. Apparently no one else actually writes them either.

And lastly, I’m on the search for this little Zebra cloth napkin. Hoping it will show up at our Anthropologie soon!

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Friday Favorites“May I help you?”

If there is one thing J eats well, it’s yogurt. He’ll eat any kind in any form. Any time. I buy enough for him to have two a day (and one for A…he likes it too!) a week and I get a variety from plain vanilla to strawberry-spinach-pear (yup they make that). ANYWAY. On to a few of my favorites from the week!

Spoiler Alert! An extreme form of media detention. I’m going to leave you to ponder why high school kids (I think that’s the age they reference) are watching Game of Thrones. Um, no.

For your inner science geek: seriously cool pictures of lightning as viewed from the international space station.

An adorable DIY felt garden box…J would LOVE this.

Although I tend to play close to neutrals, I love a bright color palette.

Okay, I was wearing this ponytail when I was in fourth grade. Seriously, I’m pretty sure I invented it. Apparently, I need to bring it back.

Plaid shirt on my list for Madewell in D.C., check, check! And here is the outfit that I first saw it styled with. All of which I love.

Pretty much what I love about this flour tortilla tutorial is the video at the end of the grilling process.

A beautiful and well styled apartment. It has SO many good ideas! My two favorites were this book to help with picky eaters, and this felt wall map.

Oh sure, blame your bad jokes on your kids. That’s the ticket.

A camera style tape dispenser for washi tape. Love!

An amazing wall art panel filled with different objects.

Silly pets.

My Mom made a shell mirror like this about 22 years ago. Again, we are ahead of the trend! HA!

Spring worksheets for your spring breakers who may be beginning to spin their wheels.

And lastly, more amazing cherry blossoms. I can’t get enough!

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Friday FavoritesA boy, a box, and markers. Sounds like a plan.

J got his first real haircut this week. Where A had a whole bunch of pictures from his first haircut, I Instagrammed two (a before and after). J does NOT like having his hair messed with, so I was focused on him not throwing a huge fit. It is so much better now, but still gets incredibly tangled, so I’m going to have to trim it in between cuts. I found this great tutorial on cutting kids’ hair that I will definitely be looking at for guidance, and it repeats a lot of what my stylist was telling me for pointers on cutting hair.

I can honestly say, I rarely meet an H&M jacket I don’t love. This cargo jacket is now on my list for Spring.

A list challenge of how many of these great literary works you have read. My number is 35. Yikes! Guess I need to get reading.

I made this broccoli rice casserole for a side on our Wednesday dinner. The boys didn’t take to it so well, but B and I loved it!

Fifteen dinners you can make in 30 minutes. Always nice to have some new options!

For some reason this mountain home reminds me of the rental house we lived in when we had moved back to California in the eighties. I’m pretty sure my memory of it is fairly inaccurate considering I was 5. But then if I had A’s memory I would remember everything down to a perfect detail from age 1. HA!

This yoga top is something that is right up my alley. To run errands in.

Love this piece and tutorial on getting yourself in the camera shot. I’m going to try some of the ideas coming up!

If you know me well, you know how much I love cherry blossoms. Here are some beautiful pictures of them.

This foodie book is on my list to read, and then send over to my Mom to read.

As is this inspiring book for re-inventing and re-imaging dinner.

I spent fifteen minutes this morning reading this article about the overprotected child, and the re-construction of playgrounds. I HIGHLY recommend reading it. It was very insightful.

I’m declaring this nail polish combined with this top coat the duo with the most staying power. I put on the polish, waited ten minutes and then did the top coat and let it sit while we watched Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. It lasted A WEEK with no chips. That’s huge for someone who has to use their nails to separate Lego’s on a daily basis. Seriously.

Have a great weekend!

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March 2014Two boys in their element. A building a hyper speed transformer base ship out of Legos, and J headed out (hands in pockets, natch) to take a walk.

I distinctly remember one of my sorority sisters in college comparing me to Dakota Fanning’s character in Uptown Girls. Now having two boys, I’m pretty sure that commitment to cleanliness is a distant memory. HA! Here are some more ways that she and Brittany Murphy were the perfect couple.

This muscle tee may not be up your alley at first, but pair it with a jacket for spring (white blazer, bomber, jean…you pick!) and it is pretty perfect.

J loves lambs the way A loves bunnies. Which is why this sheep would definitely be one of his favorites. Even if it is for bitty babies.

What’s the point of bay leaves? Something I have always wondered, myself.

These mini guinness floats sound like a great St. Patrick’s Day treat.

Have you heard the campaign about banning the word “bossy”? I think it is an interesting idea, but personally I own that term.

National popcorn day was Tuesday. We are having a belated party tonight to celebrate while watching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Here are some great ideas to throw your own popcorn party.

If I was going to take the longest flight in the world, I would make sure I was on one of these planes (in first class! What, what!).

Loose change, empty fruit snack packages, fruit snacks that have been dropped, random receipts, a dried up pen, lollipops, an epi-pen, little picture folder of my boys, wallet, two lipsticks, powder, roller ball perfume, cellphone and keys. What’s in your purse?

It’s okay to not have all the answers.

A rolling pin, olive oil holder, and pestle all in one. That’s multitasking!

Take that, Spring.

Now that’s using Legos.

And A and I are making these cookies tonight. And homemade pizza. Yum!

Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesThe best thing about having a truck is being able to sit in the tailgate. Add that to your list Jimmy!

This sweet bridal shower has some great ideas that you could interpret into a bridal or baby shower alike.

The twelve shoes every woman should own. I’m not sure the requirement on number of pairs of black pumps, but I’m pretty sure I exceed it. HA!

Great ideas for hosting a soup party to say farewell to winter. And make this artisan baguette to serve at it!

I made these buttermilk chicken thighs this week with honey carrots and biscuits. They were simple and really tasty!

I love the modern style of this apartment, and I especially love the book corner….if only I had a way to keep J from running his hand down those books and then throwing them. Sigh.

How cute is this sweatshirt tunic? It would transition well from winter to spring and you could brighten it up with some pop color accessories.

I love the hair and make-up on this model. And the scarf is cute, too!

I mentioned Seinfeld in my class last week, and several of my students had absolutely no idea what I was talking about. Seriously. I felt old. I mean people are still taking the time to make virtual reality Seinfeld apartments, so it’s gotta be still somewhat trendy, right?

If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, check out B and his buddy’s review of last week’s episode. In case you were wondering why Beth was searching for booze. And no it’s not because she was stuck taking care of Judith again. HA!

Organized closets make me happy.

A coloring book for grown-ups and kids.

This phases of the moon print is really lovely. And A would really love it.

Meyer lemon pudding cakes. Yes, please.

I’ve been mulling with the idea if I should get floor cushions for our living room, or if the boys would just use them as launching pads.

And lastly, a picture of the fog rolling in on one of my favorite cities; San Francisco.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesAbout a month ago, A and J started doing this thing where A tries to put on J’s socks. I took this picture of the boys on Thursday. A was coaching J on how to put on his own socks, even going so far to take off his own sock and put it back on, while verbally telling J the steps. I went to take a picture, and A looked at me and said “if he doesn’t learn to do it on his own we’ll be putting his socks on until his 100 million billion years old.” Truth.

This winter cocktail tea sounds like a great remedy for a cold. With or without the vodka!

I have heard (and read) that kids reach a non-talking phase around middle school at the dinner table. With the amount A talks, I honestly can’t imagine that scenario as hard as I try. However, if it does happen, I will be well prepared with these tips to get him talking again!

Paper lanterns as more than just party decor.

I have been on the hunt for a new snack idea, and I am trying this strawberry almond granola bark recipe this weekend.

This simple, yet slightly dramatic make-up is right up my alley.

We are always on the hunt for a new white wine, so I am keeping this list in my wallet.

This sweet DIY circle mobile has convinced me I need a two inch circle paper punch.

Ten super crazy driving laws…and guess what state is on there? Alabama. Don’t drive with a blindfold, folks.

Items you should never swap out when using cleaning supplies. Good to know!

The best hummus I have ever had was at Amsterdam Cafe in Auburn, AL. We were eating healthy before it was trendy. HA!

B turned to me last night and said, “Oh the Oscar’s are on Sunday, did you know that?” Uh, yes. Here is a list of best actress winner dresses…cause isn’t that we really watch for?

The Amalfi Coast in Italy is on my list of great places to go. Here’s a great guide to eating like a local there.

This Goodnight Moon print is so sweet.

And I thought I was fancy with my Millenium Falcon cut sandwiches. Apparently, not.

I needed a nailpolish pick me up, so I got Parka Perfect by Essie to paint my nails. It is pretty blue, but if you combined it with the Pure Pearlfection top coat it ups the glam.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesPouring over a good book.

A beautiful mobile meant to be moved out of the nursery and in to the living room.

An amazing wooden desk organizer.

This garland would be sweet decor for a party, or anytime!

This terrific striped dress is not only on trend, but would be perfect for work. I have been checking every day to see if it is going to go on sale!

The quest for exploration began very young for my boys. I have always loved spontaneous exploration and hope my boys continue to love it as they grow.

I am always drawn to houses that have lots of light, soft pops of color, and neutrals. This house is a great representation of those ideals!

A and J and B could eat blueberries by the barrel. Which is why I think this blueberry crumb cake would go over well in our house.

A terrific tutorial for how to blow dry your hair like a stylist. Super helpful!

Mint marshmallows. Yes, please!

A great discussion of the Usborne phonics books. I had got these quite a bit when A was younger, and I need to re-visit them now that he is on the track for writing.

This outfit with the pink moto jacket is a must have!

And now that we have been spoiled by warmer weather all I can think about is beach vacations! Only four more months until summer!

Have a great weekend!

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IMG_4870Happy Valentine’s Day afternoon! The boys are going to enjoy chicken nuggets, fruit, and a movie tonight. Our dinner is being prepped by a local caterer, who is doing a Valentine’s special. My parents offered to treat us to the dinner, and we are pretty pumped about it! All we have to do is pick it up, and put the finishing touches together at home.

And yes, I have a few of my favorites to share from the week! Happy day of love!

I got the idea for the boys photo above from here.

Love never ends. Beautiful print.

Red hots crinkle cookies…I am looking forward to making these with the boys this weekend!

I love this Valentine’s themed color palette…it could be incorporated anytime!

I’m trying to decide if these tile coasters would work as wall decor with my current wall gallery in our room.

J loves blankets, stuffed animals, and little rugs. This starry rug would be a great addition to his room.

This tutorial on how to apply blush is really smart!

For boys who love Legos nothing really is better than a movie about Legos. Since they saw it last weekend for my nephews birthday, A has been discussing it non-stop. If you haven’t seen it, here is a great review of the film.

A humorous, but also really insightful, discussion of well balanced blogging. With charts!

This hat has J’s name written all over it.

In case you are making Valentine’s dinner…this chili rubbed steak looks delicious!

A great DIY for a fabric mirror. Yet another idea for our bedroom gallery wall? I keep telling B one day he is going to come home and the whole wall will be covered. HA!

I am putting this secret agent spy kit on my list for the boys to complete this summer.

Not only a great list of crafting basics, but also a terrific set-up of the crafting supplies. Is it weird I like to organize crafts as much as I like to do crafts?

I bought all the food to make these crunch wrap supremes for dinner tomorrow night.

Five things I can check off my list of not to worry about.

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Friday FavoritesThe anxiety of watching ice skating is not lost on the young.

How are you celebrating the opening ceremonies? We are having friends over and making hamburgers, french fries, mac n’ cheese, and coke or root beer floats. I also found this great site that has a Lego activity of creating the symbols of each sport! I think A will have a fun time putting them together this afternoon.

So on to a few more of my favorites from the week!

With the cold weather we have been having I have been searching for indoor activities for the boys. I saw this great idea for freezing toys for J, and I’m planning to try it out this weekend.

On that same note, I found a terrific site called Paging Super Mom that has lots of different worksheets for pre-school and up. I printed off these Valentine worksheets for A to do at home when he is spinning his wheels.

And lastly, on the learning activity front, I also am going to do this Monet study and activity with the boys. I think A will get more of the purpose, while J will love painting with q-tips!

I love chicken enchiladas, so turning it into a dip sounds like a good idea to me!

I am slowly implementing some of my own creativity and items into a little slice of office space for me in our house. Any of these fun desk accessories would be a great addition.

I saw this list of thirty things to own before turning 30 and realized I need to go out and buy a pair of classic Manolo pumps stat! I’m sure B won’t mind…..

The sun finally came out for the first time in several days here and I opened every curtain and blind in the house to soak up as much of it as possible! Here are a few other ways to beat that winter slump.

Speaking of the winter slump, one of the things I do is bake, bake, bake. It makes me happy and the oven warms the house. It also makes B say things like “I really need to start exercising again”. HA! These heart doughnuts are on my list.

Cam Newton’s come a long way from Auburn! Check out his thoughts on date night clothes. Seriously. It’s kind of awesome.

If you skip past all the classy writing, these are really just those stuffies pillows for grown-ups.

Splish, splash Splat! was J’s library book choice of the week. We have read it to him and he has “read” it to himself several times. He yells “Kitty, NO!” and then laughs hysterically when he reads it. Obviously, it’s captivating.

The most amazing puffer jacket I have ever seen.

And lastly, I’m making this party popcorn for our opening ceremonies watching as well. I found great red, white, and blue sprinkles in the dollar section of Target today. Sweet!

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Friday FavoritesHappy last day before February! I am working overtime getting the rest of J’s party stuff prepped and ready to go for tomorrow. I snapped this sweet picture of the boys walking down the hall together. Simple moments.

So, I’m going to get back to party planning and you enjoy a few of my favorites from the week!

This is how to wear pink.

My sister and her family already tried these baked chicken parmesan meatballs and said they were amazing. They are definitely on our list for next week’s dinner!

I said to B the other day, now that I’ve mastered bagels I wonder if I could make my own english muffins. It was as if they heard me!

Best Valentine day card ever.

I believe this fox is saying “back it up.”

This ordinary man documented his journey to the end of the world…of minecraft. I hear it’s all pixelated. HA!

Perhaps the greatest quote about two-year-olds. And very accurate.

Love this pendant necklace. I’m sure J would like to test it out as well.

A loves this beginning reading app.

And I love the lighting in this bedroom. Very sweet!

Have a great weekend!

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