Thursday, November 30, 2017

Holiday Bucket List {2017}

Tomorrow's the first day of December and Christmas is a mere 25 days away. This time of year can be stressful and chaotic, but I'm determined to not let the craziness of the season get to me. I'm choosing to focus on joy and the magic of the season with some glasses of wine as needed :) Here's a few things on our bucket list for the next month.

//Decorate a gingerbread house//
We actually do a village that way everyone gets their own house and there's less fighting

//Read the nativity story//

//Attend the Holiday Parade of Homes//
I've never been and I'm nosy and love to see other people's houses

//Drive around and look at Christmas lights//
In Christmas pajamas

//Adopt a family in need//

//Donate money to Salvation Army Bell Ringers//
I'm thinking of giving each boy their own little sack of coins to bring with them when we go to stores

//Visit Santa//

//Make reindeer food//

//Clean and organize the playroom//
We're keeping only what we love and the rest is going

//Watch Home Alone//

//Visit the live nativity//
And remember the real reason we celebrate this season

//Decorate cookies for Santa//

//Mail Christmas Cards//

//Take pictures and label ornaments//
I really want a picture of each ornament with a description of where we got it/why it's important. I don't want to forget the special details.  

//Go to a tree lighting//

//Bake cookies for neighbors or friends//

//Create family resolutions//
I want us to have family goals that we'd like to accomplish in 2018. I may even have the kids write some of their own. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

Weekend Recap

Happy Thanksgiving week! Unlike some weekends, this one didn't seem to fly by which is always nice. It probably helps that I also took Friday off which made the weekend seem extra long.

A fresh cut and color was much needed going into the holiday season.

You may have seen this on my Instastories but I did a little thrifting this weekend and found this military jacket from Old Navy for $8! 

And the good luck continued when the shoes I've been eyeing went on sale. The Juvenate seems to be pretty popular and either sold out or full price at other stores. 

I wrapped up a little Christmas DIY that had been on my Pinterest board for years. Here's a sneak peak before I added the branches and bows. 

On Sunday we met up with my sister and her family downtown for the holiday parade. A certain 8 year old had to stay home with dad due to a bad attitude so it was just Jack and I. 

And Santa.

Linking up with Biana for Weekending
Friday, November 10, 2017

5 on Friday

Between time change and a little sickness we just can't seem to kick I'm glad it's Friday. I'm leaving Sunday afternoon for a quick overnight for work so I'm making the most of the short weekend but first I've got my 5 things from this week.

Anyone else a lunatic like me and stop and take random pictures of fall trees? They seem so vibrant this year I just can't help myself. Please tell me I'm not alone. 

Parent teacher conferences were this week which made a good excuse for my first holiday cup of the season. This week is brutal on teachers so bringing them a little caffeinated beverage is much appreciated. And a good alternative to what they really want, wine.

I have been wanting a sleigh for my front porch at Christmas but didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for one. I found this one and it was only $29. I've already started fixing it up and I can't wait to show you guys the final product.

This steak burrito bowl recipe from Six Sister's Stuff has been on my Pinterest board forever. I finally made it last weekend and it was amazing. The BEST fajita type steak I've ever made and super simple. Now I'm wondering what else from their site I need to make.

Kate at The Small Things Blog posted about these Sam Edelman Boots on her Instastories yesterday and I fell in love. I don't really need a new pair of brown boots but I also don't love the ones I currently have. Anyone else have this boot? Do you love it? Is it comfortable?

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Christina and Amanda.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Halloween 2017

Can I tell you guys something? I'm not a huge fan of dressing up for Halloween. I know that makes me lame but it always seems like a lot of work and money for something I'll only wear once. That being said, nothing like a little work themed Halloween contest to put you in the mood. We had so much fun and our "Unbirthday birthday party" was a hit.  I seriously have the best coworkers. Can we talk about how perfect my friend Kim is as the Mad Hatter is? 

After leaving Alice behind, it was all things superheroes. We went over to my parent's house for dinner and then trick or treating with my sister and her family.

How cute is my niece's Wonder Woman costume? My other niece and her friend went one last time with us before they head off to college next year. Cue all the tears. 

And that's a wrap. Anyone else's kids already planning their costumes for 2018? 
Wednesday, October 25, 2017

"Handy" Halloween Snack

I'm bringing back this festive treat from the archives since so many of you loved it last year. Enjoy!

Are you stressing because Halloween's in just a few days and you don't have anything for your child's school or that costume party you got invited to? These "handy" snacks are just the thing that will make it seem like you totally have your life together without actually having to have your life together. And don't we all need that.

Bonus? No cooking, baking, or refrigeration required which is always a plus during busy times.

What You'll Need:
Latex free plastic gloves (I got mine from Walmart)
Popcorn (You can pop your own or use Smart Pop or even Pirate's Booty)
Candy Corn
Twine or Ribbon
Plastic Halloween Rings 

What To Do:
1. Place a candy corn point down in each finger hole of the glove.
2. Fill the glove with 2 handfuls of popcorn then crush it a little, and shake the glove so the popcorn falls down the finger holes.
3. Fill the rest of the glove with popcorn leaving enough free space to tie the glove shut.
4. Tie the glove opening with baker's twine.
5. Place the ring on one of the fingers (I cut the ring on the back to make it easier to put on the glove and kids will still be able to wear them)

Now turn on Hocus Pocus, grab a glass of wine, and get to work.
Monday, October 23, 2017

Weekend Recap

How is there only one weekend left in October? This month has flown by and this weekend was no exception. On Friday night J and I went to a gala for my work where almost $400,000 was raised for autism research and services. 

Our Saturday was pretty typical complete with our morning donut run (in my pajamas) followed by a solo trip to Target (not in my pajamas).

I finished MindHunters on Netflix and if you haven't watched it you definitely need to add it to your list. It just came out so there's only 1 season, but I'm already looking forward to the next. 

J and I also watched 1922, the Netflix original movie based on Stephen King's novel. It's hard to explain how I feel about it. It was good, but super super dark. Worth checking out if you've got an hour and a half to spare.

Sunday was dreary and cold so we hung out at home. The tree in our front yard is the most beautiful red and this picture doesn't do it justice. That night was another beautiful sunset followed by the season premeire of The Walking Dead. The perfect way to end the weekend!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 
Monday, October 16, 2017

Our New Home {Guest Bathroom Update}

The title of this post may be a little deceiving because when I say "new home" I mean the home we bought 2 1/2 years ago. So rooms have been updated for awhile and I'm just now getting them on the blog and we still have work to do on others. The guest bathroom on our main floor has been updated for awhile now and it was a pretty easy update but it made such a big difference.

The bathroom is pretty tiny and you see it immediately when you come in from the garage. It was a dark navy blue which made the already small room feel even smaller and it had an ornate gold mirror which was totally not our taste. 

The Before

The After
I can't tell you what a difference the paint made. I went with Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams and it's the perfect light and airy color for a small space. I also replaced the gold mirror for a simple gun metal silver one from Menards. 
The plant is Ikea, frame is Walmart, and print is a free printable I found on Pinterest. 

 I'm thinking about putting a small rug in front of the sink and would love your thoughts. Do you think it needs it and if so, what kind?

Friday, October 13, 2017

5 on Friday

Happy Friday the 13th! Hopefully this day brings you lots of good luck and nothing too spooky. The weather forecast for this weekend keeps switching between sun and rain but either way I feel like Hocus Pocus will definitely be on the agenda again. Linking up with Christina and Amanda to bring you my 5 for the week.

Last weekend was the Parade of Homes and one of the homes happened to be a few houses down from ours so I decided to stop in and take a look. The house was beautiful but the staging was even better and I feel in love with this outdoor patio space. Now I just need someone to recreate it for me.

In case you missed it earlier this week, you can go here to read all about how my car was stolen early Monday morning from our garage. Thankfully we were able to find it, but it has been quite the ordeal.

Sorry the picture quality isn't the best, but this sweater from Target is so adorable. I wore it to work yesterday and not only is it cute but it's also SUPER comfortable.

I made this butter pecan banana bread from Handle the Heat and it didn't last more than a day. I'm not a huge banana bread fan, but everyone else loves it so I end up making it pretty often. The secret to this recipe is the buttered pecans which are super easy to make.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Crush Fest 2017

Fall & festivals go hand in hand and each year we try to go to as many as possible. We love festivals so much that they always end up on our fall bucket list and Crush Fest is no exception. This was our second year attending and while 87 degree temps aren't the ideal fall temperature we still had fun.

Unlike last year, we didn't actually stomp the grapes due to an abundance of swarming bees. I'm not sure if it was the warmer weather or what but they were everywhere.

After the activities it was adult beverages for us, grape juice for the kids, and a perfect view of the Missouri river.

See you next year Crush Fest!

Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.