Friday, February 08, 2019

Friday 5!

Vaughn chose these Valentine's to hand out to her classmates this year, which just occurred to me that  it's the first time in her school career that they haven't been handmade. (And I'm totally OK with that!) In case you're still looking, they're from Peaceable Kingdom and ship fast from Amazon! (Looking for Valentine's Printables? I shared a bunch on my last post.) 

I finally decided to try these Dark Chocolate Oreo's that I've been hearing so much about and they live up to the hype!  They're so good!! If regular Oreo's are too sweet for you, these might just be the right combination. Worth giving them a shot!

Spotted these socks in Target and they instantly made me think of spring and warmer temps being (hopefully) right around the corner. The pink ruffle detail at the top is adorable!

Did anyone else take advantage of Pottery Barn's 40% off Bedding sale? New bedding has been on my wish list and I couldn't pass up this deal. Looking forward to getting everything washed and put on!

The weather here has been nuts - early last week the kids were out of school due to extreme cold and by the end of the week it was in the high 60's. The temps are dipping again today and for the weekend, so I it's the perfect time to make Vaughnie's favorite soup. It's Chicken Pot Pie soup from Edie at Life In Grace Blog. Give it a try if you need a new idea! 

Cheers to Friday! Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 04, 2019

Printable Valentine's and Classroom Activities Roundup!

This will be Vaughn's last year of passing out Valentine's to friends at school and she hasn't decided exactly what she wants to do yet. While I help her out with that, I thought I'd share some of the Valentine's Day printables and classroom activities that I've made in the past. Hope these can help you out!

Fortune Cookie Valentine's

Spectacular Valentine's

Jewel of a Friend Valentine's
(two different variations)

(Can also be used for classroom party activity)

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Friday, January 25, 2019

Friday 5

Friday 5

Valentine's Day is the carrot that gets me through dreary January and I enjoy putting a few little decorations around the house. I picked up the pink and white versions of these placemats last year but was excited to see the white and black ones this year! Target $1 spot never disappoints! 

I've written about these cookies before and I stand behind that they're the very best you'll ever eat. The cookies are massive and each batch only makes about 16 cookies, which means I need every. stinking. one of them. I made two batches for Justin to take to work for his annual cookie competition and fought off the kids pleading to have one. I did give in and let them split one (again - they're big!) but promised to make another batch next week just for us. If you have some time, check the link for the recipe! 

I don't know what these purple flowers are, but they've been a nice touch mixed in with the greens of the eucalyptus. I try to pick some up every time I go to Trader Joe's because 1. it makes the house smell like a spa, 2. each bouquet is only $2.99, and 3. I need touches of living color when it's so cold and gray out! It really does perk things up. Give it a try! 

Vaughn started bullet journaling, something I admire but could never do or keep up with. She's worked really hard on it and I'm amazed with her creativity! Google 'bullet journaling' to see what it's all about!

It's been a tough week for Minnie the faux mini goldendoodle. Freezing temps and rain have really put a hurting on her walks and overall outside time so she's taking in out on us. What is pictured are my AirPods (I know because of the tiny purple dot on each of them - we have to tag everything because kids) after Vance left them out of the case so he could charge his. (He lost his case so needs mine to charge his.) (Again, kids.) Later on that day, Minnie found another pair of earphones and destroyed those, boosting her life total for number of earphones eaten to a healthy 5 pairs. Because of this, and all the other stuff she's destroyed this week, she spent yesterday at dog school, reviewing her commands, playing with buddies, and working some aggression out on the treadmill. She came home dog tired and napped until it was time for bed. Now, that's the dog we wanted! 😁

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Cheers!

Friday, January 18, 2019

Friday 5

 Friday 5

I'm absolutely loving these cute and oh-so dainty gloves! The temps are low here and these help keep my cuticles in check and dress up any winter coat. Such a fun touch!

These little (literally - they're just about 4 inches long) brioche breads have been the perfect thing to shake up Vaughn's lunch box. She gets tired of taking the same thing everyday and these have spiced up her sandwich game this week. I stumbled onto them in the bakery section of our grocery store. I don't remember the brand but they're imported from France. Oui! Ooh La La! 

I finally made my first appearance at the gym this year! After a too-long hiatus, it felt good to get a workout under my belt. Getting there is half the battle, but it's always rewarding afterwards.  

I'm on a mad hunt to find the perfect LED lightbulb! Does such a thing exist? I keep buying armfuls of different brands and different brightness levels but they're always too blue or too yellow. The hunt continues but let me know if you have a favorite!

A new season of Schitt's Creek started this week and I couldn't be more excited! I love these characters and this type of dry humor. You can catch up on previous seasons on Netflix and the new series on the Pop TV channel. 

Cheers to the weekend! 

Friday, January 11, 2019

Friday 5: Hello 2019!

Friday 5

These awesome bracelets from BuDhaGirl have been a staple on my wrist since I got them for Christmas. They're lightweight, soundless, but most importantly, serve as way to set daily intentions. In the morning, you set an intention as each bangle goes on. At night, when each comes off, remind yourself to be grateful for the day. The creators have a lot to share and I enjoy reading their blog. Check them out

I keep hearing of more and more people being taken over with some sort of nasty illness, so until that comes to a halt, everyone in this house gets a daily tablespoon of elderberry syrup. We're too busy to let the germs win! Wiping down doorknobs and light switches helps too, but I like knowing I'm doing something from the inside to boost my immunity. As a plus, the syrup takes the bite out of apple cider vinegar and makes it more tolerable. Win-win! What do you do when you feel a cold coming on?

Surprise! We got a dog. Minnie is a mini goldendoodle, as cute as can be, and while I'm still on the fence about her presence, I vowed to always keep her in a cute collar. Here's her Valentine's Day collar that just arrived. Please share if you have any favorite Etsy sites for collars or slides! 

I wanted to share one of my go-to dinner recipes. It's fast, simple, and everyone in this house gives it a thumbs up. The recipe is from the The Recipe Critic and is easy to tailor to your likes and needs - I use chicken thighs instead of breasts, sometimes follow her recipe to bread the chicken, sometimes not, and throw in some other roasted veggies. A little prep work, 30 minutes in the oven, and dinner is done with only 2 sheet pans to clean. 

If you're needing something to watch this weekend, try Escape at Dannemora. I think it was fantastic!  It's a true prison break story, Patricia Arquette just won a Golden Globe for her role in it, and was directed by Ben Stiller. They tried to keep it as true to life as possible, even filming at the prison and several other locations where the action really went down. 

Forecasts are calling for a lot of snow this weekend and everyone is buzzing about it. I'm hoping they're right and wouldn't mind a snow day! What are your big plans? Whatever they are, hope you have a great weekend! 


Wednesday, January 09, 2019

It's Time to Start Again

Happy New Year! 

One of my resolutions is to CREATE more, so I figured it was time to come back to blogging.  

I miss writing. 
I miss reading other bloggers.
(Can we start a comeback to what blogging was like 15 years ago?)

I'm still figuring out all the details, but I remembered my Blogger password, so that's a start! 

Looking forward to being back! 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grateful & Thankful Printable

I know Thanksgiving is next week and my timing for this printable is a wee bit late, but nonetheless, if you're needing a little touch to your decor, here it is. Just print, trim, and place. 

I'm in shock by how quickly November is flying by, but you better believe I cannot wait for next week to get here and spend time with family. Gobble, gobble everyone!

Click HERE to print. 

Psst...If you're needing place cards - click HERE!


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