Friday Favorites

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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Friday FavoritesA little casual sword fighting on a fall afternoon.

Bee thankful printable.

A great fall weekend wardrobe idea.

The most hilarious bunny iPhone EVER.

A great first computer patent print…so us!

Hey ya’ll mind your mittens. And paint your nails this weekend.

I love Japanese maples, this one is especially beautiful.

This great color palette of garnet + plum would bring a pop of color to your wardrobe.

An adorable kids’ table set-up for Thanksgiving, or any holiday event.

This Stila eye palette would be a great substitution for the current one I’m running out of.

Kate Middleton vs. The American Girl Samantha: Who wore it better?

My DIY Christmas project for the boys.

Jim Gaffigan hates the kale movement. Watch more of his testimonial…HA!.

And the honey&pear muffins I’m making for breakfast tomorrow.

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Friday FavoritesLinus. Two lamb blankets and his blue blanket. All of which he insisted on holding while trying to eat a blueberry muffin.

It’s been a long week! But the boys seem to be on the mend. A is taking one more day off of school to make sure he is fully recovered, and ready for next week. The boys are starting to get a little bit stir crazy. We are looking forward to warmer weather tomorrow, so they can get outside for a bit.

On to some of my favorites from around the internet this week:

Pumpkin snickerdoodle muffins. I was most excited about this recipe because I literally had everything in my pantry to make them. Saturday breakfast, check!

Picking a time tested book for kids.

Ten tips for making a cozy winter interior. My favorite suggestion is colorful throws and a fresh coat of paint!

And on that note, ways to stay active and injury free during the winter.

Awesome. Miracles.

While we are on the subject of prints, I am really thinking about this reindeer DIY art for a Christmas project.

I love french onion dip and this heated version looks terrific.

I am contemplating getting J a new stuffed animal for Christmas. I really love this cat. Plus, in our house it is the closest he will ever come to a real cat, ha!

We’re taking the train!

This sweet little gift wrap caddy is an ingenious idea for a teacher gift.

Thinking about purchasing this peplum top the next time I visit Target.

When I was in high school, and college my Mom and I always anticipated the viewing of Oprah’s favorite things episode. It’s not quite the same now that it is on her website, but it still has some great ideas. My favorite are the Genevieve Boots. They are pretty sweet.

And that’s it! Have a great weekend!

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Friday FavoritesJ is looking for some books for his friend H.

So on that note….

Four of J and A’s favorite vehicle/construction themed books:

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

Dig, Dig Digging by Margaret Mayo

Freight Train by Donald Crews

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy E. Shaw

And one new one we are adding to J and A’s Christmas list this year: Steam Train, Dream Train by Sherri Duskey Rinker.

And now on to a few of my favorites of the week!

Sprained ankles: The unknown trend of the 90s. I laughed out loud about this!

A parsons dining table. On my list.

Nine make-up looks for fall.

Almond oatmeal cranberry cookies.

Ideas to help start up an art supply stock.

Love these quirky flat head stud earrings.

A bit out of our price range, but this crane is amazing.

And how to take inspired photos at parties. I am thinking this would be a fun Christmas Eve activity!

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IMG_3698Fall is here! J is lucky to have a whole stock of hand-me-downs from his brother and cousins. A quick trip to our attic and my sister’s house and he was outfitted for fall in a snap! Now just to find the perfect hat and shoes…

My new favorite ice cream…chocolate peppermint crunch.

Dinner for one: roasted mushrooms. It definitely would be dinner for one at my house. That one being me.

Love this military inspired wool coat.

Audrey Hepburn chic.

These wedges for me.

These tiny TOMS for J.

Twenty five easy slow cooker recipes.

Love this collection of classic literature board books.

Solutions for a blank wall. I am always on the hunt for more ideas!

Pit grilling mitt for B…I wonder how well this works.

And that’s it! Stay warm everyone! 🙂

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