Friday Favorites

In between soccer games and creating a pumpkin that looks like Milligan from The Mysterious Benedict Society, there was paint by sticker. J has always loved sticker books, so this next level sticker book is his current obsession. We are headed toward a weekend of soccer, the school Halloween party, pumpkin patch, and celebrating my Mom’s birthday! It’s a fun filled weekend, and the boys couldn’t be more excited!

Go with the flowy is the perfect winter gray.

Great transition pieces for Fall.

Making apple cinnamon rolls over Thanksgiving.

Why the boys’ shoes go in a bucket by the backdoor.

Creating the perfect cheese board.

Avoiding winter make-up meltdown.

Beet salad is my lunch for next week.

Southern scratch essentials and all the cookies is on my Christmas cookbook list.

And finally, Ross proving he is not THAT guy, is my favorite laugh of the week.

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Why I went back to Prescriptives

This is going to sound like an ad, but it’s not! Lately I’ve been in a foundation rut. I was wearing a Smashbox foundation, but then they stopped selling my color. Then I was wearing L’Oreal, which was fine, but in our humidity state it wouldn’t last all day, even with my Laura Mercier primer. Then I bought Laura Mercier foundation at Sephora, and to be honest, I don’t love it. It makes it look like I’m wearing foundation, which I don’t love. I was scanning beauty blogs and thought about Giorgio Armani’s luminous skin, but the price point is so high.

When I started running out of my current foundation, I had a realization that I could buy my Prescrptives foundation online, and I thought, duh. This was my favorite foundation when I was in college, and through most of my twenties until they stopped selling it in store. They also have free shipping and returns, and I have my color memorized (ecru in fall/winter, cream in summer). I got it with a discount and I got four sample products that made me remember why I used to save up to buy their other products as well, including the false eyelashes mascara, and the comfort cream. Now it’s my mission to keep them in online business, so I don’t have to find another foundation, ha! Happy make-up shopping!

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Cub Haunted

The boys headed out this weekend to their favorite camp-out of the year, Cub Haunted. They did a trail, a hay ride, shot B.B. Guns, and practiced archery. We had a cold snap this weekend, so they braved the chilly temps, and were very glad they were in a little sleeping cabin instead of a tent. Here are a few pictures from their trip!

Eating the taco salad dinner:

Checking out their sleeping cabin:

Walking the trail:

And dominating the obstacle course:

They had a blast and came back with lots of stories to share from their adventures! This was J’s first time getting to camp at Cub Haunted and he was thrilled to participate like all the big kids.

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Coral Reef Review

This was our second trip to Coral Reef in Epcot, and it was much improved from our first meal. The first time we ate at Coral Reef two years ago, our food was okay, our table was decent, and our waiter was fine. On this trip I requested a table by the aquarium (which we got), the food was excellent, and our waiter was wonderful. My advice with this is never count a Disney restaurant out. This was my husband’s pick on this trip, and I was reluctant to go. However, when the boys left the restaurant still chatting with the waiter and flying their Buzz Lightyear light up toys, I was sad it was already over! Now to share more about our experience!

Here is our friend that sat by J throughout dinner:

And A checking out the kids’ menu:

We started out with a basket of rolls (always a win in my book). These were fabulously fluffy yeast rolls, sprinkled with flour, and served with fresh butter:

Next we ordered the calamari appetizer. These were a tad salty for me (but I hardly like salt at all), otherwise they were perfectly tender, and the boys ate them up. They come with a very light corn salsa, which is a refreshing twist on the typical cocktail sauce you get with calamari.

For the boys’ meals A ordered Alfredo shells, which were creamy and rich:

And J ordered shrimp and grits, which were not overly spicy, so it was very apparent that the chef was mindful that this was a kid dish (which I appreciated greatly!):

The boys ordered fruit cups with their meals which were filled with fresh fruit:

I ordered the seared mahi mahi with jasmine rice, coconut and cilantro-lime sauce, and avocado mango salsa. The fish was flaky and tender, the salsa was refreshing, and I can see why it’s one of their highly recommended dishes:

And B ordered the grilled sirloin steak, and the steak was exactly medium as he requested and the mashed potatoes and creamed spinach were shared around the table!

And finally, the boys had ice cream sandwiches for dessert that were truly a sight to behold:

Fruity pebble “bread” with vanilla ice cream center and a chocolate pearl. Very instagrammable! They were a little tricky to eat, but they managed to make the fruity pebbles not taste overly sweet, and they kept their crispiness with a great chew added by the marshmallow.

The boys left the restaurant  zooming Buzz Lightyears through Epcot:

That matched the glow of Spaceship Earth:

And then we took a quick trip on the Nemo and Friends ride:

To finish off a great dinner and evening!

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Friday Favorites

We had a blast in Disney! The boys are already asking when we are going again and I’m still in disbelief that we have a ten year old.

Fall essentials: pullover, pajamas, and book.

Love the two wall paintings.

The illustrator behind The Great British Bake-Off.

Perfect Fall dinner.

Print-outs to color with J and A.

Also on my reading list.

Pop of Fall berry.

Finally, a pumpkin biscotti to go with my Trader Joe’s spicy chai tea.

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Target shoe style

I’ve bought some great shoes from Target lately that are all dupes for more expensive shoes, but at a far more wallet friendly price. I’ve also been buying more flats lately since my trek to teach is longer than what it has been. I thought I’d share my favorites, and a pair I have in my cart for winter.

First are cream loafers:

Second are black mules:

Then there are these leopard booties:

And finally my favorite everyday sneakers (these are more comfortable than my converse!):

And right now I have this pair in my cart:

Happy shoe shopping!

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Big Top Souvenirs

 

We had a blast at Disney last week and I can’t wait to share all of our adventures, treats, and eats with you! First up, I had to share the boys’ favorite store/candy shop in Magic Kingdom. Storybook Circus is tucked away behind new Fantasyland and it houses a splash pad, the Dumbo ride, several circus themed character meet and greets, and the Barnstormer ride. The only time we entered Storybook Circus before this trip was when we were collecting candy at Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party last year. Friends, we were missing out! We entered Storybook Circus on a whim this year, and we were able to walk on to the Barnstormer ride. We also headed into Big Top Souvenirs, and found a treasure trove of unique items.

First, in addition to many adorable plushies (Dumbo and his Mom!) there were more Tsum Tsums than any other shop we’d seen…

Including Wreck it Ralph Tsum Tsums that are currently not available elsewhere:

 

 

Then they also have a candy counter in the center that you can watch the cast members make the candy:

And they have a variety of sweets, including cake pops, candy apples, and rice crispy Mickey ears:

 

 

After much deliberation the boys settled on m&m coated Mickey ears:

And they tasted as good as they looked!

Big Top Souvenirs is now a must stop on our next trip! And speaking of the perfect treat, this kid here:

Is a perfect ten today! We were so glad to celebrate his birthday last week at Disney! He is kind, smart, funny, and my forever snack connoisseur and shopping buddy. He’s the best and we love him to pieces!

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Friday Favorites

Our Fall garden is ready to go! Hopefully it won’t be too hot for the plants. I’m knee deep in midterms right now and I’m really looking forward to our Fall Break coming up!

A travel guide to Tokyo.

Best advice ever.

Best skin products based on age.

Cider braised crock pot short ribs.

Why we get the Disney photo pass every time we go.

The haircut I’m considering.

Current book I’m reading on my kindle and the one in my Amazon cart.

And finally the Podcasts I listened to this week:

– Loveis Wise interview on Good Company

– Taking your creativity seriously on WorkParty

– The “scary” enthusiasm of Christina Tosi on Women Rule

– Bobbi Brown cosmetics on How I Built This

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Friday Favorites

There’s a bobcat in our midst! J earned his first rank in Cub Scouts this past week. We are so proud of him!

J loves puzzles, so I’ve got this pizza one on my list for him for Christmas.

The hiking backpack I have on my Christmas list.

Lunch next week.

Since my work commute is now taking about an hour I’ve started listening to podcasts. One of my favorites so far is In Good Company and now I’ve got Genevieve Gorder’s new Netflix series on my list, too.

Pattern mixing for Fall.

Melting potatoes and apple pot pies.

Cozy light filled home with lots of plants.

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