Monday, November 23, 2015

Weekend Recap

Who else is ready for Thanksgiving?!? A few days off work, time with family, and then let the Christmas decorating begin!

This weekend wasn't all that eventful. Ben finally got over his cold only to give it to Jack who seems to have now passed it on to me so I was feeling a little blah.

Here's our short and sweet recap...
 first snow of the season // naps you just can't wake up from
Gingerbread+cheesecake, so not healthy // Pirate's booty, healthier

made this for breakfast & added an egg // ornament from friends who went to Alaska
Dollar Spot Target pillows-go now! // Family dance parties perfecting our whips & nae naes

Things not pictured: 
-our niece's 5th birthday at Chuck E Cheese and Jack screaming hysterically at that creepy mouse 
-lunch at the OG (olive garden) where Jack shoved too much food in his mouth, gagged at threw it back up
-watching The Walking Dead and being SO freakin happy about the beginning

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What's Hap-Pinning Wednesday

I can't believe that this is my first What's Hap-pinning Wednesday but I'm so excited to be joining in and linking up with Jenn.

These Grilled Maple Sriracha Chicken Kebobs from Table for Two look amazing and I'm not even that big of a Sriracha fan. 

This vest looks so comfy, plus I feel like you could wear it a million different ways.

Every year I say I want to do something fun with our elf and this year I'm determined to make it happen.

I sometimes laugh at the "homemade christmas gift" ideas posts because some of them are absolutely ridiculous and something nobody would actually want. This post though has great DIY ideas for gifts you would actually want under the tree.

What have you been pinning lately?
Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekend Recap

Before I get into the details of our weekend I want to take a moment and say how absolutely heartbreaking and terrifying the events in Paris have been. I visited Paris when I was 18 years old fresh out of high school and it lived up to all the wonder I thought it would be. For me, what makes these attacks so scary is that the people killed were just out enjoying their Friday night, having a beer at a restaurant, listening to a band, watching a game. Although always sad, normally terrorist attacks don't make me feel truly anxious, but for some reason this attack had my mind racing in the early morning hours. It could easily happen here, to any one of us.

Now, let's move onto the fun stuff like donuts, Old Navy, and Starbucks, where at least for the time being, no one is arguing over those stupid red cups.

Speaking of red cups, our Target finally got a Starbucks. Anybody else's Target still have the "cafe" with the stale pretzels and icees or were we the last ones. I couldn't get a drink without getting the kids something and although I showed some self control and didn't get a cake pop for myself, you better believe I snuck a bite. 

Backing up to Friday night, we let the kids eat dinner picnic style and all watched Inside Out. Ben and I saw it in the theatre this summer and it was just as cute the second time around. 

After the movie I attempted to re-do my Halloween chalkboard into a Thanksgiving one but I was having no such luck getting the chalkboard pen to erase. After a quick Google search, lots of people had luck with magic erasers but even after that, the design was still pretty prominent and the eraser was starting to take away some of the chalkboard. I finally decided to just go back over the design and leave it as a Halloween one. At $3 for the chalkboard it's not that big of a loss.

And while I already had the chalk pen out, I designed my Christmas board which also happened to be a $3 dollar spot find.

Speaking of dollar spots, if any of you find the advent calendar below in your dollar spot and want to grab an extra for me, I will pay you for it and the cost to mail it. Seriously. Help a girl out! #ourdollarspotislame

After the kids went to bed J and I ended the night with popcorn and Mike's Hard punch which instantly brought us back to the college (cough pre-college) days. To make it even classier we drank it out of red solo cups. Oh yes we did.

Saturday was spent getting donuts (yay holiday box), Target-ing, and getting professional pictures of the boys taken. J and I weren't feeling the family photos this go around and let's face it, the ones with the kids are always the cutest anyways. 

After pictures, I dropped the boys of at my parents house while J and I grabbed some Mexican and margaritas to which I have no pictures of because we scarfed it down in record time.

Sunday was spent lazying around doing the usual weekend stuff. I did manage to whip up a batch of Krispy Kreme copycat donuts and while they had a hint of the KK taste, nothing will compare to the real deal. Still good though and I'll post the recipe soon.

After donuts it was grouchy faces from the boys (you'll notice grouch number 2 on the stairs) and lots and lots of laundry.

Laundry isn't so bad when you're washing these adorable clothes though. Old Navy had such cute shirts for Jack although I'm wishing I'd sized up one. Anyone else think Old Navy's clothes shrink a lot?

And because we didn't check the mail Saturday, we got this nice surprise in our mailbox Sunday night! We're heading to Disney with J's mom, brother, and our niece in about a month and I'm so excited to see Disney at Christmas!

I hope you all have a fantastic and productive Monday!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Thursday, November 5, 2015

DIY Ikea Spice Rack Bookshelves

I know I'm one of the last people on earth to do this Ikea hack, but just in case I'm not, here's the super easy tutorial for creating these cheap and easy bookshelves.

What You'll Need:
-Ikea Spice Racks (I used 4, but you can use as many as you want)
-Wood Stain
-Foam brush
-Piece of cardboard
-Screws/Nails for hanging

1. Unwrap and assemble the spice racks. There's directions included, but they're super easy to put together.

2. Stain or paint your wood. I used my favorite Minwax brand in the color Provincial 211 and applied it with a foam brush and then used a paper towel to wipe it off.

3. Cut a piece of cardboard to the size of the rack and then mark and punch holes in the cardboard from the back of the spice rack. When you're ready to hang the rack, use the cardboard to help mark your holes on the wall. This makes hanging the racks so much easier.  

4. Add books and get to reading!

Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Not Another Hunter Repeat

So last year I told my husband that I wanted a pair of Hunter rain boots for Christmas. I told him this in October and November and then come December I was starting to get nervous. Long story short, by the time he tried to order the boots Nordstrom was sold out, Zappos, you name it. He ended up buying them off Amazon from a place in the UK but they delivered the wrong size and I ultimately had to send them back which was an ordeal in itself since they were from another country.

After Christmas, some stores had them back in stock and I ended up getting them a few weeks late. In the grand scheme of things it wasn't a big deal at all #firstworldproblems. But in order to avoid confusion or delivery issues this year, I'm making a list of things I'd like, along with pictures and links to where they can be bought. And my husband is not only totally fine with this, but prefers a list because it saves him SO much time and stress of getting exactly what I want. Now if only I could convince him to get me every thing on the list.

*Note: none of the links are affiliates, they're just things I really love

Have you made a wish list yet? What's something you really hope to get this Christmas?
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Halloween 2015

I posted a few of our Halloween pictures yesterday, but I also wanted to do a post with all the pictures in one place. Unless your family or just really love seeing cute kids in costumes, this post might not be all that exciting.

Our first Halloween party was at my work on Wednesday night.

Next was Jack's party at school (Ben's school had a "reading party" all day)

And finally the real deal Halloween night. We went to my mother-in-law's house for dinner and then trick or treated in some nearby neighborhoods. So many of the houses go all out-check out the picture of the witch and apothecary type booth.

It was so nice that Halloween was on a Saturday this year and we didn't feel rushed to head out early or come home early because of school/work the next day. While the other kids rallied until almost midnight, poor Ben held on as long as he could before passing out on the couch.

 I'm already thinking about next year and how I can bribe my 6 year old into doing coordinating costumes.