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Monday, September 18, 2017

Weekend Recap

Another weekend gone too soon. Despite summer temps returning, this weekend was the perfect mix of all the things. Fun outings, cleaning and purging, and still time to catch up on Instagram

90 degree temperatures on Saturday called for a tank top, shorts, and my favorite Target sandals. 

Saturday morning we celebrated a special 4 year old's birthday. His mom had the cutest details and to make it even more special, they told him he was going to be a big brother for the second time around.

After the party we headed over to our town's Heritage Festival which takes people back to the traditions of the 19th century. The tradesmen and artisans dress in traditional attire for that time period and how people lived back then. 

Saturday night I did a few small projects around the house including this super easy DIY fall centerpiece. All you need is a basket, add a blanket scarf, some pumpkins, and ta-da!

Sunday started off dark and rainy which was the perfect excuse to hang around the house all day. I caught up on laundry, ate way too many "popsicles" at the boys' playdoh restaurant, and continued on my purging spree with the playroom closet. 



Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fall Bucket List {2017}

With the recap of our Summer Bucket List complete, I can focus on all the things we want to add to our Fall Bucket List. Some are a repeat from last fall and others I've added just for this year. I'd love to hear what's on your list and I may just add it to mine :)

//Trip to the pumpkin patch//
It's just not fall without this family tradition.

//Make a homemade apple pie, crust and all//
I've got the perfect recipe pinned, now to actually make it.

//Go to the Homecoming Parade//
A fun way to cheer on our Tigers.

//Crush Fest at the winery//
We had a blast stomping grapes at this last year and can't wait to do it again in a few weeks.

//Make a cheesecake from scratch//
I don't know why making one scares me, but it's time to conquer that fear. Because cheesecake is delicious.

//Decorate our house with some new fall DIY's//
My Pinterest board is exploding with tons of ideas and I want to do them all.

//Visit as many festivals as possible//
Cool weather, fall outfits, and festival food equals perfection.

//Trick or Treat//
The kids already know what they want to be. I wonder how many times it will change between now and Halloween:)

//Carve pumpkins//
Last year I was pretty proud of my Paw Patrol pumpkin. This year I'm thinking superhero theme.

//Find our way through a corn maze//
I'm not super fond of corn mazes but the kids love them.

//Take family photos//
Because it's been far too long and we need a really good Christmas card photo this year.

//Overnight trip just J and I//
For J's birthday I got him tickets to see Jerry Seinfeld live. It's in St. Louis so I plan to make a night of it since it's been forever since we've gotten away just the two of us.

//Finally master how to tie a blanket scarf//
How have I not learned this yet?

//Go on a fall scavenger hunt with the boys//
Different colored leaves, sticks, and anything else nature might have in store.

//Watch Hocus Pocus//
Best Halloween movie ever. 

//Finish purging the rest of our house//
Slowly but surely I'm making my way through the house. I want everything we don't use or love gone before the holidays.

//Create a thankful wreath//
We have so so much to be thankful for and I want to make sure we're really taking the time to reflect on that.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Weekend Recap

It's hard to write a weekend recap when today is not only the anniversary of 9/11, but there is also so much devastation in our country. J's aunt and uncle as well as several of his cousins live in Ft. Meyers, Florida. They didn't evacuate and have prepared everything as much as possible. They're keeping us updated and as of now they've lost power and the streets are flooded, but no water in their house. It's heartbreaking what is happening, but also amazing to see the outpouring of love and support. Just like this day 16 years ago, complete strangers are reaching out and helping one another and it's encouraging and inspiring to witness it. There's no better reminder than today that life is short and to live it to the fullest. 

Saturday morning my MIL and I went to a flea market and antique store. I found this gorgeous pitcher  that looked just like one I wanted from Target except this one cost $4. And I actually ended up only paying $3 after asking if he'd take less :)

By Saturday evening Jack had developed a pretty bad cough and low grade fever. Both boys fell asleep early and J and I watched the original It. J had seen bits and pieces and I'd never seen it. It wasn't really what I thought it was going to be like and honestly, I didn't love it especially since it was 3 hours long. Anybody see the remake?

Saturday night into Sunday morning ended up being rough. Jack was up every half hour coughing or crying and just couldn't get comfortable. By morning time we were both exhausted and running on hardly any sleep. For those of you that don't know, Jack was diagnosed with asthma last year and although it rarely flares up, when he gets a bad cold/cough it can make it worse. After breathing pretty hard for a couple of hours we gave him a breathing treatment and it seemed to help a lot.

While Jack napped and Ben played outside with neighbors I made these S'mores Rice Krispies. They are seriously addicting. Recipe coming this week.

I also made these Asian Chicken Meatballs that unfortunately looked much better than they tasted. 

In between 9 loads of laundry I put up my fall wreath, got my forrest friends out of storage, and burned my favorite BBW's scent, Leaves. Fall has arrived at my house!

 Hope you all had a great weekend and are somewhere safe and dry.



Linking up with Biana for Weekending
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Summer Bucket List Review 2017

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, what better time to see how we did on our good ole Summer Bucket List

//Try as many flavors of shaved ice as possible//
We definitely had our fair share and I'm happy to report my favorites were pink lemonade with a close second going to pomegranate. Of course the boys loved blue raspberry (with a squirt of sour spray) and J's basic AF with grape being his favorite.

//Go on a picnic//
Instead of my picnic basket I used a Walmart sack, but what I lacked in picnic style we made up for in fun. 

//Camp in our living room//
As always, one of the boys' favorite things to do.

//Make homemade popsicles//
Oops. Is there such a thing as fall flavored popsicles? I'm thinking sangria flavor for me, cranberry something for the kids. 

//Fly a kite//
J and I enjoyed this more than the kids who were done after 3 minutes. Did I mention it took 10 minutes to set the kites up.

//Explore 3 new (to us) state parks//
No new state parks, but we did visit a local one and explore a cave.

//Go Berry Picking//
Unfortunately the strawberries came in early this year so they were already gone by the time we went but we did get several buckets full of blueberries. 

//Visit the farmer's market//
Couldn't leave the market without peaches, corn, and a smoothie, naturally.

//Watch a movie in the park//
It was technically the football field instead of a park, but it was outdoors so that counts right?

//Attend a baseball game//
Nope.

//Go to the state fair//
After seeing the horrifying accident at the Ohio State Fair a few weeks before ours we were all ok with sitting this year out.

//Make homemade strawberry shortcake//
There was no shortcake making but I did make strawberry cream cheese banana bread. And I can't find a picture of it. But I swear I did.

//Make a bird feeder//
Does a wind chime count?

//Go on a nature scavenger hunt//
Adding this to our fall list. Bring on all the colored leaves.

//Trip to Arkansas//
We didn't make it to Arkansas, but we did go on vacation to Colorado

//Summer reading program at our library//
Finally one we finished :) Not only did the boys complete all their reading minutes, they each got their names entered into a raffle and Ben won a huge Lego set. 

//Make homemade ice cream//
The eclipse provided us the perfect opportunity to make homemade Galaxy ice cream. While it tasted more like whipped cream than ice cream, it's the thought that counts right?

And there you have it. While there were definitely some things we didn't get to, there was also a lot we did that didn't make the list. Did you do a Summer Bucket List? If so, were you able to check everything off of it?

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Monday, September 4, 2017

Weekend Recap

Summer's over. We technically still have a few more weeks, but in my mind it's done. And man did it go fast. Is it age that makes it seem to go even quicker? Busyness? Kids? Whatever it is I can't believe fall is upon us and Christmas is just a mere three months away. But before I get carried away, here's what we were up to this Labor Day weekend.

Friday night we met my sister and her family at the football stadium to watch Wonder Woman. About halfway through the movie the kids were getting bored and the temperature cooled way down so we packed it in early.

Saturday was the final dip in the pool which didn't last long since the water was freezing.

Sunday night was another outdoor movie with my best friend who was in town for the weekend. Her parents set up Trolls in their backyard and the kids ate boxes of candy under the disguise of darkness.

This is what happens when neither you nor your husband are outdoor camping people :) While we were gone J set the tent up and just like last year, the kids had a blast. And I didn't have to deal with bugs.

On Monday we did some work around the house, I helped my mom recover some dining room chairs, and we wrapped up the weekend at Mexican with my MIL. 

Hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Now here's to remembering tomorrow's actually Tuesday.



Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

5 Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

Whether you work in or outside the home, making dinner at the end of a long day is the last thing I want to do. As much I love trying new recipes, I save those for the weekends when I have more time  and instead turn to my tried and true quick and easy weeknight meals.

one. Ravioli Lasagna
Ain't nobody got time to make homemade ravioli on a weeknight, but thankfully with this recipe you don't have to. 

What You Need:
-1 bag frozen cheese ravioli
-1 jar spaghetti sauce
-ground beef or sausage (I used 1/4 lb, but add as much or as little as you like)
-1 cup mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup parmesan cheese
-9x9 in. pan

What to do:
Boiling water and cook the ravioli to al dente, it will continue to cook in the oven. Drain and set aside.

In a skillet cook meat then add sauce. In a pan, place a thin layer of sauce, then 1/2 c mozzarella then a layer of ravioli. Top with more sauce, ravioli, and mozzarella cheese. After the last layer, top with parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. 
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two. Honey Garlic Shrimp
I know what you may be thinking, but this recipe only takes 20 minutes and is so delicious that there was a point when I was making it 3-4 times a week. To be honest, the boys aren't huge fans of shrimp so they will usually eat chicken nuggets or leftovers from the night before. And let's face it, I'm not above a Lunchable either.

three. Crockpot Chicken Salsa
This one couldn't be easier. Add chicken breasts to a crockpot ( I put them in frozen), sprinkle with 2-3 tbs of taco seasoning, and top with a jar of salsa. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or 4-6  hours if chicken is not frozen. Shred and serve. I use this recipe for tacos, burritos, lettuce wraps, and nachos.
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four. 10-Minute Wonton Soup
Sam at Ahead of Thyme has a 10 minute soup recipe that's perfect for when you want a light yet satisfying dinner. I top ours with crunchy wontons that I found in the crouton aisle. 

five. Breakfast Skillet
Breakfast for dinner can be a quick and easy solution when you're short on time. This skillet recipe allows you to mix up your regular bfd fixings and you can add whatever veggies you have which makes it perfect for when you need to clean out the fridge!

What You'll Need:
-chopped frozen hash browns (as much or as little as you like)
-1/2 lb sausage 
-1 red pepper, 1 green pepper, and 1/2 small onion, finely chopped 
-3 eggs
-1-2 tbsp olive or vegetable oil

What You'll Do:
Heat oil on medium and brown potatoes to your desired consistency-we like ours pretty crispy. While the potatoes are browning, cook sausage thoroughly and drain. Using the sausage pan, sauté onions and peppers for two minutes. When potatoes are done, move them to one side of the pan and scramble eggs. Add sausage and vegetables into the potato and egg skillet, mix well and serve hot.



Let me know your favorite quick and easy weeknight meals. I love adding new ones into our rotation!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Total Solar Eclipse

 It's no secret that the eclipse was this past Monday and we happened to be lucky enough to live in the path of totality. My mother-in-law, brother-in-law, and niece ended up coming over at the last minute so we got to experience the event with them. 

Right before totality the sky turned the weirdest color and then all of a sudden it looked and felt like dusk at 1:12 in the afternoon. All the kids shrieked when it got dark and you could hear people in the distance shouting and cheering. Taking our glasses off, we saw the most beautiful glowing ring around the sun and then before we knew it, it was over. Our pictures definitely don't do it justice, but we will treasure the memories forever. 
Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday Five

Friday could not come fast enough this week. Work has been kicking my butt and it's not about to slow down, but I've got a 3 day weekend coming up and I'm going to saver every minute of it. 

//one//
Let's start with the reason for my 3 day weekend-the Solar Eclipse. I happen to live right in the path of totality so it's a pretty big thing around here. Our city's expecting 400,000+ extra visitors so I'm sure it will be a mad house. Although school is in session, kids are excused if they wish to stay home so we're going to view the event as a family. And hopefully not burn our retinas off since I have yet to get glasses and everywhere is sold out.

//two//
I painted this periwinkle colors on my nails after seeing it on several other people. I love it on others but not sure how I feel about it for me???

//three//
Our schools started back this week and I can't believe I have a third grader. Especially since I look so young :) He has changed so much in one year and how cute is his little squint in the bright morning.

First day of 2nd grade.

//four//
Anyone else completely sick of every single thing in their closet? I'm dreaming of a whole new wardrobe and all the fall pieces. I'll also take this girls legs.

//five//
With the weekend coming up make sure you check out my 5 Must Watch Documentaries on Netflix. They are so good y'all.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!


Linking up with AmandaLiz, and Momfessionals

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