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Friday, January 26, 2018

5 on Friday

Welp we made it to Friday. This week seemed like it lasted foorreevver and I am ready for the weekend. The kids will be up any moment so I've got four things to share this morning. 

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Can we talk about Jennifer Garner's hair? I'm trying to grow mine out and always envision it looking like this .
This is what it actually looks like :)

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In case you missed it, yesterday I posted 3 must read books which are some of the best I've read in a long time.

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I took this screen shot from Classy Clutter's Instastories the other day and will you look at those Mario prints? Such a neat idea for a playroom and I'm thinking about how I can recreate them in our space.

//four//
Has anyone tried the new Luxe Line from Old Navy? I need some basic short and long sleeve shirts and I've heard that this line is not only super soft but the tees are also longer so you don't have to worry about any butt bits showing. 




Have a great weekend!


Linking up with Christina and Amanda
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Thursday, January 25, 2018

3 Books to Get You Through Winter


Now that the days are staying lighter a little longer it has me dreaming of Spring and Summer. We've had some bitterly cold temperatures this Winter and all I've wanted to do is stay in the house, curl up with a blanket, and read a good book. Luckily for you, I've got 3 must read books to get you through the rest of Winter and each one was just as good as the last. 

Into the Water
"A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she'd never return."
Into the Water is written by Paula Hawkins who also wrote Girl on the Train, and I have to say that I liked Into the Water more. The connections and stories that wove the characters together really built up the plot line and of course the suspense made me read page after page as quick as I could. 

I Let You Go
"On a rainy afternoon, a mother's life is shattered as her son slips from her grip and runs into the street. I Let You Go follows a woman as she moves to a ramshackle cottage on the remote Welsh coast, trying to escape the memory of the car accident that plays again and again in her mind and desperate to heal from the loss of her child and the rest of her painful past. At the same time, the novel tracks the pair of Bristol police investigators trying to get to the bottom of this hit-and-run. As they chase down one hopeless lead after another, they find themselves as drawn to each other as they are to the frustrating, twist-filled case before them."
I stayed up until 2:00 am just to finish this book it was that good. Halfway through the book was a major twist that I did not see coming at all. I was literally so shocked I had to go back and re-read parts of the book because I thought I had missed something. The ending won't disappoint you either. 

The Child 
"As an old house is demolished in a gentrifying section of London, a workman discovers human remains, buried for years. For journalist Kate Waters, it’s a story that deserves attention. She cobbles together a piece for her newspaper, but at a loss for answers, she can only pose a question: Who has been found at the building site? As Kate investigates, she unearths connections to a crime that rocked the city decades earlier: A child was stolen from the maternity ward in a local hospital and was never found. Her heartbroken parents were left devastated by the loss. But there is more to the story, and Kate is drawn—house by house—into the pasts of the people who once lived in this neighborhood that has given up its greatest mystery. And she soon finds herself the keeper of unexpected secrets that erupt in the lives of three women—and torn between what she can and cannot tell."
I loved Fionna Barton's other book, The Widow, and was hopeful this one would be just as great. The Child is as equally well written if not better. I loved the development of the main characters and how just when you thought you had answers to questions, something new unfolded. 


What books have you been reading? I'm always looking for new ones to add to my list so share away! 
Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Party Preztels

One of the best parts about going to any kind of party is the snacks. And the cocktails. But mostly the snacks.  These Party Pretzels are super simple to make but still "homemade" and I guarantee guests won't be able to eat just a few. 
Party Pretzels--super simple ranch pretzels that are seriously addicting! | Cortneyandco.com

What You Need:
-16 oz bag of mini pretzels
-1/2 cup butter flavor popcorn oil (I used Orville Redenbacher)
-1 package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dip Mix
-3 tsp of garlic powder 

What To Do:
1. Pour pretzels in a large mixing bowl and coat with popcorn oil
2. Sprinkle pretzels with dip mix and garlic powder
3. Toss pretzels until they are coated evenly 
4. Place pretzels on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes

Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Christmas 2017

Before we get too far into the New Year, I wanted to make sure I shared our Christmas.

We spent Christmas Eve with my husband's family, starting with lunch at my mother-in-law's house. She just remodeled her basement and it was the perfect cozy place for present-unwrapping and setting up all 1,742 new toys. 

How adorable is he patiently waiting for his toy? 

That night we want over to J's aunt's house to celebrate with the rest of his extended family. 

Once the kids were tucked into bed and fast asleep, "Santa" ate all his cookies, filled the stockings, and set out his presents. 

I love the boys' excitement on Christmas morning!

Last year we were late to the Hatchimal craze, but the boys did not forget. When we asked them to start making a list they both immediately put one on their list. 

J was pretty sick on Christmas morning so he stayed behind while the boys and I went over to my parent's house for lunch and the last round of presents. 

My sister gave Ben the toilet game and it was hysterical watching people get squirted with water.

Friday, January 5, 2018

5 on Friday

Happy first Friday of 2018! I hope your year is off to a great start. We've been trying to get our lives and house put back together after the craziness of the holidays and I'm looking forward to a weekend at home with no set plans.

I've got some fun things to share with you for this week's 5, so let's get to it!

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Payless has a sneaker that is an almost identical dupe for the Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker and it's on sale for $24.99 There's also a coupon code for an additional 30% making them less than $20! I've been going back and forth between getting the pink blush and the grey. Which one do you like best?


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If you follow Joanna Gaines on Instagram then you probably saw her post on how she saves her children's baby clothes and sentimental items. The internet went crazy over this idea and I can't wait to recreate this.


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I was in a minor accident last week (going less than 5 mph) and although no one was hurt, my didn't come out of it as well. We were planning on getting a new car soon so this was the push we needed. I found a great deal on a 2016 GMC Terrain SLT with hardly any miles and all the bells and whistles. To say I love it would be an understatement and it's so nice to finally have an SUV.

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Speaking of cars, Ben got to play in one at the showroom while we waited for mine. He was in heaven and I saw the next 8 years flash before my eyes.

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If you haven't checked out my goals for 2018 I've listed all the things I'm going to accomplish this year along with some keys things I learned in 2017. If you made goals or resolutions for the new year, leave a comment and let me know what they are.



Linking up with Christina and Amanda

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

December Recap 2017

Although Christmas was the big event of the month, I don't want to forget all the other fun things we did during the month of December.

We started the month off by going to a "Magic Tree" Lighting ceremony. 

And a few days later our elf Sparkle arrived at the doorstep complete with new Christmas pajamas. 

We decorated gingerbread houses and Jack supervised (and judged) his dad's house building skills.

We attended church and the boys listened to a story from the pastor's wife. This visit also reaffirmed my belief that it's time to find a new church.

My mother-in-law and I went on a holiday home tour and I fell in love with this particular house. 

Ben reached the age where he no longer wants to visit Santa (insert crying tears) so Jack and I went solo. We had about an hour wait and he did such a good job coloring while we waited. 

My work had a door decorating contest and my colleagues out did themselves with a Candy Land theme followed by an awesome 80's holiday party.

Both boys had parties at school and ate way too many treats and I got the iPhone 8 and obviously LOVE the portrait mode. 

We loaded up the car in our pj's and drove around looking at lights and visited yet another "Magic Tree."

I wore a cranberry skirt and cranberry lips to dinner with friends at a new restaurant. My drink also came with a pirate flag :) 

One of the best things we got to do was shop for our adopted family. We had a boy who was Ben's age so he really got into it and understood the importance of giving back. He even chipped in some of his money from doing chores. 

Christmas Eve Eve consisted of our annual cookie making and decorating. 

And like usual, Jack ate way more than he decorated. 


And that leads us up to Christmas!