Friday Favorites

A vacation week should leave you feeling refreshed, so why are we so exhausted?! A’s birthday was great, he had the “best sleepover ever” and I’m still in disbelief that we have an eleven year old. Eleven! That’s the year that Harry Potter learned he was a wizard, so we anxiously await a Hogwart’s letter soon. Until then, the boys have a camp out this weekend and I have a big stack of papers (virtual as my students turn in most things online) to grade while they are away. So now that A has counted 10,000 steps on his new fit bit, here are some of my favorites from the week!

Perfect print.

Flannel pajamas.

Cutest goat.

Winter boots.

After work.

Uniqlo pants.

Color pop.

Dinner in.

Finally, futuredew.

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Friday Favorites

I can’t believe Fall break is almost over! After going out of town for the past two years, we stayed home this year. We baked cookies, played basketball, read a bunch, watched Into the Spiderverse, spent time building Minecraft worlds, and worked on our Halloween puzzle.

Winner, winner, lemon dill chicken dinner.

Perfect Fall work outfit.

Realizing the goal is difficult is part of the journey.

Farmhouse style.

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Netflix.

Kindness comments.

My favorite yoga practice of the week.

Steak and sweet potatoes.

Grace under pressure.

Modern Asian comfort food.

And finally, perfect throwback lipstick.

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Week of Outfits

It’s finally Fall! I wore out another pair of shoes this week, walking back and forth to teach is starting to wear down my shoe collection. Everything I’m wearing this week I’ve had for at least a year, so check the links for similar styles and/or colors.

Monday:  shirtskirt, loafers (so old…updated here).

Tuesday:  toppants, Nordstrom shoes.

Wednesday:  topskirtwedges.

Thursday:  topskirtwedges.

Friday: toppantsheels.

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Summer to Fall Reads

Reading is still our favorite wind down activity, and while my to read list is longer than what I’ve read, I’m steadily working through my pile. Here are my July to October reads!

Tip of the Iceberg

An excellent travel read. It takes you on an exploration of Alaska and gives you insight into many of the less traveled roads. My favorite story from the book involves two baby bears, an island, and a getaway boat!

The Night Tiger

A fictional mystery weaved with Chinese cultural traditions. It is insightful, captivating, and will keep you guessing until the end. It has three parallel stories that interweave throughout and come to connection at the end…which I realized was a theme of my reading…

Inland

This novel had two intertwined stories that are running kind of parallel in time line, but not exactly? I enjoyed the story, but did have to go back and read several sections. I was also reading it exclusively at night and kept falling asleep while I read it, so that probably didn’t help either. It expertly captures the vast and deserted sense of the “Wild West” in the 1800s.

The Ride of a Lifetime

I found this after coming across an interview with Robert Iger about Disney and crisis communication. I enjoyed the interview so much that I immediately ordered the book. I read the book in one weekend and enjoyed it thoroughly. If you love Disney like we do, have an interest in their organization, and want a behind the scenes look, you’ll love it to. It also gave me great material to discuss with my students!

J has worked his way through the first six 39 clues books and is now reading Percy Jackson. The perils of being the youngest, he wants to keep up with all his older cousins and brother and he’s not interested in reading Henry Huggins anymore, much to my dismay.

A is anxiously awaiting for several of his favorite series to release new books, and has read in the meantime several books including; Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli, Ungifted by Gordon Korman, and Regifted by Gordon Korman. However, he would want to share that his very favorite read and re-read of the season is Mike Lowery’s latest book: Everything Awesome about Dinosaurs and other Prehistoric Beasts!

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Halloween Decor

It was 104 here yesterday. 104. Despite that, it’s October and we are embracing all things Fall and Halloween even if it won’t be here until December. Here is a little tour of all our Halloween and fall decorations!

My main decoration areas are always our fireplace and kitchen hutch, where most of our decorations really shine:

The bats are automated, but we rarely have them turned on because they fall down in the middle of the night and scare us half to death.

My favorite add to our hutch this year was the matte navy latte bowls:

And the vultures are everybody’s favorite. They’re our little Halloween house mascots.

I also spruced up the iron tier stand in the corner:

The pumpkin canvas is one of my favorite purchases from one of our local shops:

And the planter I wanted from Target sold out, so I made my own:

The boys love the light up characters, like this little alien who looks stunned he ended up in the corner:

And I redid our coffee/tea area on our kitchen counter:

 

Our Halloween Nespresso/tea mugs are from Target, and I have Nespresso pods, two Piper and Leaf tea canisters (birthday cake and golden hour are some of my favorites), and a cream cafe with Vital Proteins collagen packets.

I also love putting up different pictures from our Disney Halloween trips:

This little ghost has also been a lot of fun:

And this candle is my favorite of the Fall season. I love it so much I’ve got to go back and get another!

And finally, this little tea towel is glamming up my new oven:

Now it’s time to cuddle up in the air conditioning, and dream of nights where it isn’t 80 degrees for the low temperature. Ha!

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Monster sprinkle cookies

As I’ve blogged about before, these confetti cookies have been our go to weekend cookie for awhile. They can be mixed in your food processor, and now that we have a shiny, new oven I can bake them in a snap with my extra wide baking sheet. I picked up some Halloween themed sprinkle the other weekend, and decided to do a twist on our normal rainbow sprinkles.

 

For the majority of the cookies I used Target Hyde and Eek Monster Mash sprinkles, but I started running out at the end and used the Wilton Sprinkles. The ones with the Monster Mash Sprinkles turned out perfectly:

 

However, the ones with the Wilton Sprinkles:

Were a total fail:

I’m still unsure of what happened, but something in the chemical make-up of the Wilton sprinkles didn’t work with the cookies. I’d recommend buying two of the Target Hyde and Eek Monster Mash Sprinkles to do the entire batch. Overall, these are such a good cookie, and one of my favorite “lunchbox cookies” for the boys! And us!

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Friday Favorites

A had his first golf match this week! Which was great! But after two days of two hour golf, two days of soccer, running club, and a fun run during school, I think they are as ready for the weekend as I am.

Fall break reads.

Sides that make pasta a full meal.

A sky blue sweater like this or this is a fall must have.

Family dinner around the world.

A podcast with one of my Cooking Channel favorites!

Inktober.

Have you heard of peak week? After having asthma for 37 years, I was amazed to learn that the reason I get sick almost every September is actually a thing.

Magic, memory, and the Underground Railroad.

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Week of Outfits

This is my “it’s almost fall weather” wardrobe. Where the walk to class is hot, but the classroom is freezing. I’m running through shoes, I had to completely toss a pair that disintegrated while I was wearing them. I know it’s almost fall weather, when I give up my wedges for flats and then it’s finally boot season.Monday: Piperlime dress (similar), pink booties (similar), necklace (similar)

Tuesday: Top (similar), skirt (similar), shoes (similar), hoops

Wednesday: Anthropologie top (similar), Banana Republic linen pants (similar), Michael Kors wedges (similar)

Thursday: Banana Republic dress (similar), Missoni for Target cardigan, JCrew flats

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Trick or treat mix

Our favorite game day watching snacks are either queso and chips, or candy popcorn. After a Target run this past week, I picked up some festive additions to our candy popcorn to create a fun trick or treat mix. Here are our treat mixes items (plus two bags of popped corn…I’m asking for an air popper for Christmas):

 

I always put the popcorn, pretzels, marshmallows, and a few white chocolates on the parchment paper first:

Then I melt the chocolate according to package directions and drizzle it all over the popcorn mix, then add sprinkles all over the top:

And voila! Trick or treat mix and Saturday college football! And a little bit of the driving range beforehand:

Happy Monday!

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