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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.

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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!

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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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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!

And….

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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