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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. 
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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.

one.
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.

two.
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.

three.
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.

four.
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.

five.
Truth.

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.
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Stolen.

Sunday night we accidentally left our garage door open. I didn't realize it until early Monday morning when I went to go to the gym, opened the door to the garage, and my car was gone. We usually keep our keys in our car in the garage but put the garage door down. My husband happened to take his key fob in the house with him Sunday night, and although they rooted through his car, they obviously didn't find his key or take anything. 

Luckily I didn't have anything of value in the car and we're even luckier whoever stole it didn't walk right into our house from the garage since our door connecting the two was unlocked, as it usually is. After filing a police report and contacting our insurance company all we could do was wait, keep our eyes open, and hope we heard something from the police. 

Later that afternoon I received an email from a woman who works for the same University as me that said her husband found my work ID badge near a trail area about mile from our house. I contacted the woman and also spoke to her husband who helped narrow down the specific area. My husband decided to go on the trail and see if he would find any other things that they might have tossed along with my name tags. Just as he got to the end of the trail, he noticed some apartments that backed up to the trail and...my car. 

The Sheriff and police interviewed people in the apartment complex and of course no one knew anything. After inspecting the car, they dusted and were able to get a few good sets of fingerprints. I'm guessing this isn't these people's first rodeo, so I'm hoping they're already in the system and the fingerprints will turn up a hit. Everything in the car was gone including the boys' carseats and Ben's backpack. They also found a wallet and some items from another girl that they must have stolen as well. 

To be honest, this entire situation was been one huge pain in the ass. For my own mental sanity I'm telling myself that the little assholes must have really needed a carseat and backpack and that it went to some innocent little kid instead of being trashed in a dumpster. I keep thinking that if I had just shut the door or gone back out to get something from the garage I would have noticed the door was up. 

In the past day we've changed our locks and garage remotes and codes, upgraded our security system, and put in extra security cameras. We now lock the door from our garage into our house and keep our cars locked in the garage as well. Since we don't live a "bad" neighborhood, I never thought we needed to do these things. One of the things that surprised me the most in talking to people about this experience is just how many people have had their car stolen or broken into. And we all have similar reactions. You feel violated, annoyed, on edge, but also grateful.

While I was waiting for the police to arrive, the sun was beginning to rise, and I was finally able to calm down and get a little perspective back. While it's annoying and a huge inconvenience, at the end of the day it's just a car. We were safe, we learned some valuable lessons, and we put safety measures into place that we should have been doing already. Scary, shitty things are going to happen in life. But so are wonderful awesome things. And I'll be celebrating those things while cruising in my car with the windows down :) 
Friday, October 6, 2017

5 on Friday

It's been forever since I've done a 5 on Friday post and it feels good to be back! I'm linking up with the usual gals, Christina and Amanda to bring you my five things.

one.
How adorable are these acorns that At Charolette's House posted? They're the perfect fall DIY and would look so cute displayed in a little glass bowl.

two.
This book finally became able to download from our library after being on hold for weeks. It has thousands of great reviews and I can't wait to start it this weekend.

three.
Jack had picture day this week and I snapped this picture as we were going into his school. He's just the most precious little boy. Most of the time :)

four.
Anybody know what kind of berries these are? There are some bushes along a trail in our neighborhood with hundreds of these little things.

five.
In case you missed my post yesterday make sure you head over and read about the Last 90 Days challenge I'm doing in order to finish 2017 with purpose and intention. Anyone else already doing the challenge? I'd love to hear how it's going. And don't forget to sign up if you want to join me! 
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Last 90 Days

October 2nd marked the last 90 days of 2017. How crazy is that?!? Like a lot of you, I vowed to start the year strong and even created a list of resolutions. And while I'm not doing too bad on completing them, I didn't want to end the year crawling my way into 2018.

If you're not following Rachel Hollis on Instagram or reading her blog then you're seriously missing out. When I heard about the The Last 90 Days Challenge she was hosting I knew it was meant to be. The point of the challenge is to finish 2017 just as strong as you started it and complete the Five to Thrive list every single day. So what's the 5 things?

1. Get up an hour earlier than you normally would
2. Workout at least 30 minutes
3. Drink half your body weight in ounces
4. Give up one food category
5. Write down 10 things you are grateful for

Today starts Day 4 and while I haven't been perfect these last 4 days, I'm definitely making improvements. The best part of this challenge is you have a big ole tribe of people who are also doing it who offer support and encouragement. I plan to update my progress here on the blog as well as on Instagram so make sure you're following. 

And in case you want to join the challenge with me, you can sign up here

Cheers to finishing 2017 strong!
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

5 Fall Inspiration Outfits From Pinterest

We all know that Pinterest can have the ability to make you feel like your home, hair, and baking aren't up to par, but it can also be a great source of inspiration when you're looking for ideas or feel stuck in a rut.

One of my favorite things to do on Pinterest is browse through the fashion pins and get ideas for my own wardrobe. There's often times when I have similar pieces to everything in a photo, but I would have never thought to style them together. Now that I'm finally breaking out the cardigans, booties, and blanket scarves I'm sharing my 5 favorite fall inspired outfits that I hope to recreate this season.







If you're not already, don't forget to join me over on Pinterest. 
Monday, October 2, 2017

Birthday Weekend Recap

Happy October! One of my favorite months is finally here and with my birthday falling on October 1st it's a great way to start the month. First of all I need to say THANK YOU for all your sweet messages, texts, and birthday wishes. You sure know how to make a girl feel loved. 

This weekend was just about perfect. I left work a few hours early Friday afternoon and treated myself to a mani pedi. 

Saturday morning my family participated in the MDA walk and our team raised almost $3,000 for muscular dystrophy research. My niece (5th in from the left) was diagnosed with limb girdle md a year ago and thankfully with new research and medications the prognosis is quite good. 

Saturday night J and I went to dinner at our favorite steak restaurant and I was in bed asleep by 10:00pm. Wild party animals. Sunday morning involved Starbucks and a solo trip to Target and Old Navy, the perfect way to begin my actual day of birth. I usually use a 1 inch curling iron, but busted out my 2 inch and I'm loving the loose waves it creates. My sunglasses were five!! dollars from New York & Co. and a total dupe for these Ray Ban ones.

The boys took me to lunch at a brewery followed by presents and some mopping back home. I know what you may be thinking, mopping-on your birthday! And while this is usually the case (I loathe mopping) I've been dying for a Shark Steam Mop. This thing is no joke. J and I were both so excited to use it. The particular model I got can also be used as a clothes steamer and comes with attachments for steaming things other than the floor. 


We wrapped up the night with dinner, cake, and the most beautiful sunset. A perfect ending to a wonderful weekend.


Linking up with Biana for Weekending.