Link has been hanging out:

We checked the Galaxy of Lights off our Christmas to do list:

I’ve started baking some holiday treats:

We’ve been shuffling between basketball games and practices:

I’ve got hot cocoa ready to go for movie night:

And A went hiking with his Cub Scout den:

And that’s a bit of our life lately!

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Show stopping short ribs

If you want a showstopper dinner, you need these short ribs. The recipe is relatively simple and I modified it further by slow cooking them for about 5 hours after first browning them. The finish roast in the oven is super important, and I cooked our rolls in there at the same time.

And speaking of rolls

It’s the fresh rosemary that makes them awesome:

Serve then up with a side of mashed potatoes and it’s the perfect Saturday night meal:

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Friday Favorites

While you’re finishing up figuring out what you’re going to ask Santa for this year….

Here are some of my favorites from the week.

1. A super cozy pullover for these freezing temps.

2. The Tomorrowland Tsum Tsums the boys are giving each other for Christmas.

3. Sweet DIY wreaths for your window.

4. Merry & Bright.

5. Smart use of an office corner.

6.Tomato tortellini soup.

7. Lavender sugar scrub.

8. Pink coat and boots.

9. Can you hear this, now?

10. What you need to clean, and what you don’t.

11. Denim blue walls with bright whites.

12. Creating meals that work for all different schedules.

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Favorite Christmas Corners

Our mantle and ever growing set of lighted animals:

Including a narwhal:

Our kitchen hutch with candies, popcorn bowls, and cocoa mugs:

Our Christmas tree filled with family ornaments:

Including my very favorite:

My little plant corner:

All of our Christmas books that we are reading:

And a sassy llama dressing up our front porch:


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Friday Favorites

1. Starry print.

2. The hand cream that’s currently saving my overwashed hands (in avoidance of sickness).

3. Supermoon!

4. On taking intentional pictures.

5. Hawk shocked by wasp.

6. The Christmas cactus that the boys declared was soooo cute.

7. The payoff of a beneficial morning routine.

8. Christmas decorations ala Target.

9. I just found Kensington Palace’s instagram and I was all “why haven’t I been following this”?!

10. Christmas in a lunchbox.

11. Ideas for a DIY advent calendar.

12. Boozy mulled apple cider.

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Barbecue chicken pizza

While you’re attempting to dab your way to another Auburn football win…

Make this super easy weeknight pizza! It’s only five ingredients and your kids will devour it!


2 cups cooked chopped chicken (you can buy a rotisserie chicken, or I slow cooked two chicken breasts in barbecue sauce for 6 hours on low, or you can roast the chicken in the oven at 350 for about 25 minutes until done).

Fresh mozzarella torn into chunks

Refrigerated pizza dough

Barbecue sauce

Olive oil

Cilantro & red onion slices (optional)


Preheat oven according to pizza dough directions. Roll out dough and drizzle with olive oil. Bake dough for about six minutes, spread toppings (cheese first, then chicken, then drizzle with barbecue sauce). Cook for an additional 5-7 minutes until crust is brown, but not burnt!

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Currently reading

Besides collaborating on the largest joint Minecraft world over Thanksgiving break (and dressing in matching colors by chance):

We read quite a bit over the holiday. I’m jointly reading (and have almost finished):


And A read an Auburn history book, a history of The Washington Wizards book, the first 39 Clues book, an I Survived book, Kellogg Brands We Know, and he’s currently reading:

And J and I have read our entire stack of Christmas books, plus two of his sight word books, and his current very favorite is:

Happy reading!

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Friday Favorites

Happy Black Friday shopping! Here’s hoping you are finding some good deals out there. I’m most likely at Target trying to check the last few things off my list. And while you’re shopping or putting up Christmas decor, here are some of my favorites of the week!

1. On letting go to simplify.

2. The media list I used in class to show uses and gratification theory.

3. Each year we get the boys a new Christmas book.

4. An exquisite short film on creativity versus conformity.

5. I’m currently binge watching The Great British Baking Show on Netflix. It’s so good!

6. The lob style I’m loving right now.

7. The boys and I are going to dress up our molasses cookies this year.

8. Christmas in New York City.

9. One teacher’s experience in revising their teaching role.

10. Turning an IKEA kitchen cabinet into a bench.

11. Organizing all of your NERF items.

12. And finally, I didn’t even know Esprit still existed. I had the best time shopping there with all the girls in our family in the eighties to early nineties. Here’s hoping they’ll eventually sell product in the US again.

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