Monday, November 30, 2015

Stocking Stuffers for my Family

I adore stocking stuffers. If I had it my way, that's all we would get, a stocking stuffed full of fun little gifts. Having a bunch of small items just makes it seem like more, you know? And I'm not above giving practical items either (here's looking at you socks.) Bonus: the wrapping is all ready taken care of if it's inside a stocking.
stocking stuffers

stocking stuffers for the hubby


And there you have it! A few of the fun and festive goodies that will be hiding out in our stockings, that have been hung with care :)


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Friday, November 27, 2015

5 on Friday: Tis the Season

Well, what do we have here? A 5 on Friday post! No way! I haven't done one of these in over a year but there's so much good stuff happening around here that I couldn't pass up the opportunity to brain dump ;) After all, tis the season (see what I did there?! hohoho)

Link ups:
Courtney, Elizabeth ,Jamie and I are doing a fun Christmas Desserts link up, tacky sweaters optional (but so festive!) For more information visit here.


Amanda, Beth, Courtney, Courtney and I are hosting the third installment of TTBH and we hope you'll link up your home school/educational/preschool posts with us every third Thursday of the month!

And announcing:

When Crystal mentioned a Christmas PJ link up, I jumped at the chance to join her! How freaking adorable are children all decked out in festive jammies?! And considering I already have Kinsey and Brielana's pjs bought and washed and ready to wear, it's needless to say I am super excited to announce the Christmas Pajama Party link up hosted by Crystal, Elizabeth, Jen, Jess, Liz, Meghan, Stephanie and I. Link up with us on Thursday, December 17th to show off your child's finest holiday cozies. You can also join us on IG and twitter using #Christmasjamparty15. I'm looking forward to oogling all those babes in pajamas! 

Personalized Stamps from Mollie and Lou:


So, I'm not going to lie, I enter a lot of giveaways, and every once in a while, I win! And that was the case with this beauty- my very first personalized anything Christmas stamp! Thanks to Natasha and Dawn for getting me into the Christmas spirit!

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Family Photos:
I saved the best for last! I had my mom shoot our family pictures again this year and I love them. Given the fact we have two kids and a dog in our pictures, I am impressed we got some real winners. And just check out those golden leaves.


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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Where I'm at Wednesday: Thanksgiving Edition

On the Blog//
I Announced the details to this fun link up. I hope you'll join us!

I shared 7 facts about myself for The Versatile Blogger Award.
And shared our favorite Thanksgiving books for preschoolers. Am I missing any?
Eating//
Ever since the WHO released their statement about bacon, red meat and sausage, we have pretty much cut that all out of our diet. We have been eating chicken, fish and some really great meatless brands, Gardein and Quorn being our favorite picks. This isn't my first time opting to not eat meat, I've done vegan and vegetarian diets before and have no qualms substituting meatless meat for the real deal. So, here's to eating healthy!
 Quorn gruyere chicken with sauteed zucchini and pasta

Gardein meatless meatball sammy with pesto and marinara and provolone.

Homemade pumpkin soup

Reading//
It's been a slow-go of reading this month but, life. I will say I have savored Francis Mayes Every Day in Tuscany and can't wait to make some of the wonderful recipes included in this book. And I read through Sue Grafton's X wayyyy too fast and was sad to see it end. I'll probably reread it soon.

Watching//
Supergirl. Because our super hero fascination would'nt be complete without it in rotation. Being a huge fan of Smallville I'm keeping everything triple-crossed that Tom Welling will reprise his role as Superman in this series. Besides that, I'm not really impressed but I do like Jenna Dewan Tatum's Lucy Lane.

Wearing//
Knits and kicks. Sorry, my love for alliteration go the best of me.


Also, I got my hair cut and l-o-v-e it!

This week//
Thanksgiving tomorrow! How did that happen? Here's to being thankful for every blessing bestowed upon us throughout the year and not just on this day. Amen? Amen! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Next month//
Bring on Christmas!!! I was torn on whether or not to wrap up 25 books for a book countdown, but then I realized I may never have this opportunity again and so I better take advantage while I still can! And I may have been inspired by Courtney. Surprisingly, I own exactly 25 Christmas books and hoard tissue paper so 30 minutes later I ended up with this:



Now, where to stash them...



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