Thursday, November 20, 2014

10 Days left of NaBloPoMo

In a strange twist of events tonight, I was at basketball and Justin was at an art studio. He knew I'd be jealous, so he thoughtfully texted pictures. 

Justin and I have starting watching Dexter on Netflix and have one show left in season 2. That's exactly why I'm going to leave this post short tonight. Can't wait to see what happens!!! 

(10 more days of daily posting and the countdown is definitely on!)  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What else are doorknobs for?

Currently there are coats hanging from both doorknobs on the hall closet door. There's one hook on the door and 3 of Vaughn's jackets are hanging from them. There's a coat on the floor, one draped across a kitchen chair, and nearby in the laundry room, there's a coat hanging from another doorknob and one jacket hanging from a hook. I'm hanging on by a thread here, people! Where are all the coats coming from?! It's as if the kids are displaying them! 

Because I cannot continue to live in these conditions, I went out and bought the big pack of Command hooks. The good news is that the kids now have more than enough coat placement options. The bad news is that I actually found a coat on the floor today. Looks like we need to go over our roommate agreement again. Animals.


Monday it was brown rice noodles, haricot vert's, and French bread.  
Tuesday it was Tuscan Bean Soup. (Add Sriracha on top!) 
Wednesday it is burrito bowls and guacamole. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Please Stop Believin'

I have come to the realization that I'm the only one on this planet who does not like the Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'". Am I the only one with a problem with that power ballad?

It came on the the radio at Vaughn's gymnastics class and by the looks of all the toe-tapping that was going on I am definitely the only one.


It's Day 18 of daily posting with NaBloPoMo and I'm finding it harder and harder coming up with things to write about. Thanks for hanging in there with me and tolerating sub par content. I promise when NaBloPoMo is over I'll stop cluttering your inbox with dailies! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas Tree Topper Round-Up

Christmas Tree Toppers

No one remembers exactly how the tree topper broke last year. It's very much a he said, she said type of case and we decided just to leave it at that and start the hunt for a new one. 

I'm loving the origami stars because of the bright colors but it's hard passing on a traditional shiny star. I'm sure Vaughn would love the fairy. She's sweet, but not the right fit for our main tree. All I know is that it's hard to choose. 

How do you top your tree?

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fall gave in. So I did too.

This might have happened today
and then this
and then possibly this too.

I know, in a matter of days I went from a Grinchy "No Christmas!" to full-out Oprah, "you get a tree AND you get a tree AND you get a tree!" I will say it wasn't my idea but I didn't protest it either. It was Sunday, we had zero plans, and it was snowing outside. Perfect conditions for decorating Christmas trees. 

I wasn't the only one who gave in today. Fall gave in to winter and now the trees, still covered in leaves, are also wearing a layer of snow. 
I'm definitely not ready for snow but the kids played outside for hours meaning SNOW = BABYSITTER. I'll take that any day of the week!
On Saturday, Vaughn and I bought matching cabin socks. These magical socks are infused with aloe and feel like you're walking on clouds. I have a feeling that we'll be getting a lot of use out of them this winter! 

Hope you had a great weekend!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Gonna Be Gapers

Gaper: A novice who stands out as being clueless on the slopes. 

We are prepping for our first family ski trip and we're totally going to be gapers. Apologies now, brah. I have skied once which makes me the expert of my group. The kids and Justin have never skied, so this is big.

Today we tried on helmets and goggles to see what brands we like and what sizes fit. Starting the process is taking some of the stress out of the whole process and I feel like I have a better grip on the situation now. That being said, I will welcome any advice that you may have. 
What ski tips do you have for us?!?

*Vaughn was not unhappy on this trip, I just happened to catch her in between smiles. Notice that she's rocking some serious red rim? Girl can't stop licking her lips and they are ridiculously chapped! I feel all kids go through this stage and this is a right of passage...but I'm done with it and hate it for her. I keep chasing her and putting on chapstick, coconut oil, heavy duty lotion, and and everything! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Products I've tried lately. One is edible. The other two are not.

Let's chat about stuff today. Specifically, stuff I've recently tried out for the first time. Product review time. Lets go!

I'm a fan of the Immaculate Brand. Everything I've tried is great so far (cinnamon rolls, chocolate rolls, pie crust, crescent rolls, biscuits...see? everything is good) but have never seen the pretzel dough before this week. 
 I'm not a huge fan of soft pretzels, but Vaughn had a blast twisting them into pretzel-shapes. They grew on me though! I kept breaking off a piece every time I walked on by. Next time I think it would be fun to add cinnamon and sugar after baking for the ultimate treat!

Don't eat the next two items!
This little gem was a part of Sephora's November birthday gift. (Are you a rewards member? If not, sign up! One of the perks is a free birthday gift!) I have tiny eyes and eyelashes and am always scared of a big mascara wand, but I'm really liking this one. I think the taper makes the difference. 

I picked this up at Whole Foods on a whim one day when my skin was excessively dry. I didn't get a good shot of the top - it works like a giant chapstick, you twist the bottom for more to come up. The balm smells citrusy and it's not too oily. I like it, but it's not a perfect product. Not sure if I'll restock when I run out of this one.  

I love trying new things. What have you tried out lately?


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