Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Place Card Printables!

It's almost Turkey Time! Here's a recap of Thanksgiving related printables from years past. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy! 

Don't let holiday guests waltz in and sit wherever they want. Take control of the situation and tell them where to park it. 

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Looking for something more traditional? How about these from last year?! Simple & Fancy Fall Place Cards can be found HERE.

Here's a little "gratitude attitude" reminder that works all year 'round. 

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Disney Surprise!

What's better than a trip to Disney? A SURPRISE trip to Disney!!

Here's how it went down: Justin already had to be at Disney for a work conference, so that's what started this whole idea for a surprise trip. 6 months of planning and we were still able to keep it a surprise, even with reaching out to teachers to get their homework before leaving. I packed for them and sent Vaughn's clothes with Justin who left a couple days before we did. I picked them up from school early, told them we were going to get flu shots, and then headed to the airport! 

They were shocked beyond belief and their reactions were priceless. I love that we were able to do this for them and hope they'll remember it forever!
"What? What? No way!!!"

We stayed at Disney for a few days, then headed to Universal, primarily to see the Harry Potter world.

I packed Vance a Harry Potter robe, just in case he wanted to wear it, but never thought he actually would. I loved that he got into it and had fun with it! 

Mid October is way busier than mid September at Disney and we hit Universal over the weekend. It was way more people than I imagined and by noon on Sunday, we were all done with the crowds and the lines. It was an unbelievable trip, but exhausting. We all needed some down time at the pool and it was a great way to end another great family vacation!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday 5: It's Fall!

5 things from the week

Eucalyptus has been keeping the house smelling spa-like lately. Aaaahhhh......

The kids and I have been enjoying these cookies a little too much. The ginger ones are great too. 

Fall-ish clay bowls with Vaughn and a friend. Once they're dry, we'll give them a coat of paint. 

I always buy too much Halloween candy. Hopefully this handy formula will help out. 
Image credit: apartment
Rodan + Fields unveiled a new product and I received mine this week. Excited to see how the Lash Boost works on my teeny tiny lashes!! Let me know if your lashes need a boost!

Cheers to a great weekend!!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday 5: mid-September already!

Wrapping the week up with these 5 highlights! 

Pumpkins have been placed here and there around the house, the fall wreath is hanging on the door, and Halloween costume magazines are starting to show up. If you're listening, Mother Nature, consider this your personal invite to start dropping the temps! Looking forward to finishing up this watercolor over the weekend. 

I'm happy to report that Justin is back from the land down under. Life is always crazier when I'm one-man-banding it. Thankful to have him back at home!

Contractors started working on our basement last week, which is really a brilliant way to add more stress on top of a stressful "husband out of the country" situation. I survived and am happy that they could get started early because I was over the baby blue walls and painted star floor the minute we moved into the house. Which was over 4 years ago. 

I used to have a collection of Architectural Digests from the 70's and 80's, which is why I probably found this article on awesome 80's bathrooms thoroughly entertaining.
Image credit: The International Collection of Interior Design
Last but not least, I wanted to share my current favorite Rodan+Fields before/after:
Julie didn't think her skin was "that bad" starting out, but she couldn't believe her results when comparing her before and after pictures. The differences are remarkable and shows that patience and consistency pays off! Let me know if you'd like to chat about your own skincare concerns. 

Have a great weekend! Cheers!

Monday, August 22, 2016


Summer break finally came to an end and the kids went back to school last week. While I love our lazy summer days together, being back on a schedule is always nice. Towards the end of  break, I was having a hard time keeping track of what day it was, and for me, that's a sign that it's time to get back to work. But not homework. My brain hurts from proofreading paragraph's already and I know the math problems will be coming soon. Ugh! On a positive note, the kids are settling in and both are enjoying school so far. 

What I really want to talk about today are alarm clocks. That's what helped both kids get excited to wake up early for school. Rolling with the excitement, I went out and spent a bunch of money on fancy alarms with bluetooth speakers, remote controls, all the bells and whistles. They were so darn fancy that the kids couldn't use them. Vaughn's was so complicated that both Justin and I couldn't even work them. Not wanting to be outsmarted by a device from Potterybarn, I sat down a few times with the instructions, and each time I thought I had it, but no. No, I didn't. And, it was so loud, that even on the lowest setting, the radio was blaring and too loud for Vaughn to go to sleep to. 

The day before school started I took them to Target and bought old school alarm clocks. Vaughn's was under $8, she can set it and turn it off herself, and she loves the different colors.  

Vance's was under $15 and it works perfectly for him.

Moral of the story? Fancier isn't always better.  

Vance is going to keep his old one because it also functions as a wireless speaker that he can take with him outside, but if anyone would like a great price on Vaughn's old one, let me know!

Happy Back to School!!!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Friday 5: Take it to the Beach

Trying to pretend our vacation isn't over by recapping it here today. I know there are people who prefer the mountains, but I'm all beach. If I listen carefully, I can still hear the ocean......

Cheers to a great weekend!

Friday, July 29, 2016

How Vaughn Gets Through a Baseball Game

 The End. 
Have a great weekend! Cheers!


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