Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites {8.26.16}

Woohoo for Friday! This week has flown by and that's probably because we are back into somewhat of a routine and Brayden is back in school full time.

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Today's Friday Favorites is pretty random, but isn't it always?


Surprisingly the girls didn't get a ton of toys from their birthday party (which I was TOTALLY ok with), but Ella did get a pink razor that she is obsessed with. Ever since Brayden got one for his birthday she has been all about it, so it's good now that she has her own!



Speaking of the girls combo party, you can see all those details here! It was such a fun, low key party with some cute details.


Halloween with kids is my favorite! I'm already thinking costumes and I think Ella is going to be Little Red Riding Hood and Avery will be Goldie from Goldie and Bear (that is her favorite show ever!) I would love if Brayden would cooperate and be Bear but that is not looking like it will happen! However, if we do go to a Halloween party as a family, he will be forced to be Bear :) Then I'll be Mama Bear and Rick will be Papa Bear or Big Bad Wolf. Now let's just hope it goes that perfectly.

I saw this on Pinterest and love it! I think I might actually buy Ella's costume this year vs making it.

This Kids Red Riding Hood Tutu Costume is an exclusive Little Red Riding Hood costume for girls you won't find anywhere else. Goes well with a group costume.:


I am itching to buy these shoes but don't feel I can justify since I already own 2 pairs of converse, but aren't they soooo cute?! They've been all over blogland forever but really just now I am wanting them!



Some favorite pins of the week

How freaking good do these look!? I want them, like now. 

Pumpkin Caramel Cheesecake Bars with a Streusel Topping:

And this!? 

Pumpkin Spice Crunch Cake:
Fall is not going to be good for my diet!

Happy Weekend, see you Monday :)

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Confessions {8.25.16}

Happy Thursday!  It's time for some confessions!

I confess.....

That although I miss Brayden so much while he's at school, it's kind of nice too.  Brayden is my child who I have to constantly entertain and sometimes it can be downright exhausting.  But my girls? They are so chill and don't require constant entertaining.  I'm kind of liking not getting yelled at for doing the dishes #firstkidproblems

We are probably done having kids and that makes me SO sad. I mean who knows what the future holds but this is where we are at right now.  The thought that I'll never be pregnant or have another little baby of my own to snuggle and hold is alot to process.  I feel us moving into the next season of life with our kids but will forever miss the baby season

I really don't understand how I cannot lose weight or tone up (stomach area specifically) I work out 5 days a week with a mix of cardio and strength training and I can't even explain how frustrating it is to not see results.  It's not like I eat like sh*t either - I am pretty clean with the exception of the weekend and even then I don't overdue it that much.

I am probably way too invested in Bachelor in Paradise. I think the hubby is too.  I really felt for Vinny this week.  This is probably a sign I need to get out more.

Writing thank you cards for the girls' party is the last thing I want to do right now, but I know I need to get on it

I think that's enough for today! See you back tomorrow for some Friday Favorites :)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Fall is near!

I know we still have a little less than a month of summer but once September hits, it reminds me of Fall. I just can't help it.

I rounded up some of my favorite Fall decor pins in hopes to give me some inspiration for Fall decorating.  Last year I didn't really decorate at all and this year I want to change that.

I am LOVING this wreath! I think I could totally DIY something similar :)

Thanksgiving Decor Fall Wreath Fall Decor by HomeHearthGarden:

This would make such a pretty centerpiece!

For a tabletop focal point, nothing draws attention like our arrangement of faux dahlias, complete with a glass vase filled with pinecones. From top to bottom, it tells a story of color, texture and style. Handcrafted exclusively for Pier 1—and you.:

I would never go to this extreme but this is gorgeous!

Serendipity Refined: Fall Harvest Porch Decor with Reclaimed Wood Sign:

This mantel is simple but elegant and I love that giant clock!

Fall Decorations for the Fireplace!:

What's your favorite spot to decorate for Fall? We don't have many areas to decorate in our house, so I always focus on our mantel.

*linking up with Jess's Design for What's Hap-Pinning Wednesday

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Brayden's First Day of 1st Grade

Well, it happened.  My baby boy started 1st grade yesterday! I literally feel like I blinked and I now have a young man living with us.

I get so emotional around this time of year. It's so bittersweet.  I absolutely love elementary school and what it has done for Brayden, and of course growing up is a part of life, but man does it pull at my Mama heartstrings. I kept thinking back to when he was just a teeny tiny baby (which is kind of hard to remember and that kills me) and how fast the time has gone.  I will always want to freeze time but since that can't happen, I embrace these new changes.

The day before his first day I had Brayden put on this t-shirt I made him last year and snap a picture. I didn't want to have to do this on the morning of his first day. I know I will love looking back at how he changes over the years.

And for fun here's last years vs this year. Look at where the shirt hits his legs! He's grown so much already!


At night we read none other than The Night Before 1st Grade and it was a really cute book.  His Kindergarten teacher gifted each kid this on the last day of school last year. I also bought the night before Kindergarten when he was going into Kinder and that one is adorable as well!

Yesterday morning I made chocolate chip/blueberry pancakes at Brayden's request.  I did have to go upstairs and wake him but thankfully he didn't give me too hard of a time.

I asked him 3 questions on his first day:

  1. What are you most excited about 1st grade?

      Answer: Meet new friends
      2. Is there anything you are worried about?

     Answer: No

      3. What do you want to be when you grow up?
     Answer: Race car driver

After breakfast we headed out for a few pictures then my Mom came over and we all drove to school. For the first day I like to drive him in the morning but he will take the bus home and here on out.

Brayden was so sweet including his sisters and my Mom in all his pictures! I love that he shared his special day with everyone so nicely.



Ella even got a goodbye kiss!

1st grade feels so different and I kinda hate that.  Kindergarten is such a big deal, especially since last year was the first year our district did all day, so on the first day the teachers were all outside and it was exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. But 1st grade? You just show up and have your kid walk into school.  A couple teachers were outside but not any 1st grade ones.  Luckily the school janitor let me go in with Brayden and I was able to walk him to his class and snap some pics. (They didn't want parents all over the school so I was happy to get in before the janitor got in trouble for letting us all in)


 With his teacher

I gave him the biggest hug and the tears just started falling. He almost cried but he didn't and I was so proud! (now only if I could have held it together, we would have been good!) His teacher is so sweet and gave me a big hug.  She has 4 grown kids of her own and she said with the first one everything is always so hard, but it gets easier. I know that's true, but I have a feeling I will still be crying like a baby when Ella & Avery hit grade school!

The rest of the day was a little weird, it definitely felt different not having Brayden with us, but us girls managed to have a great day!  Ella and I made Brayden the monster cookies (which he said are his favorite even though I've never technically made these exact ones) and I enjoyed hearing all about the first day!

I know 1st grade is going to be amazing for my boy!

*linking up with Our Pretty Little Girls for Tuesday Talk

Monday, August 22, 2016

Ella & Avery's Ice Cream Social Birthday Party

Today is Brayden's first day of 1st grade and I really can't believe summer is over for him! I am going to miss being with him everyday so much, but it will be so good for him to get back into a routine (me too!)

Today I'm sharing our gals combo birthday party we had on Saturday.

We decided a while ago we would do a combo family party for the girls since they aren't in school yet and don't really have their own friends. Their birthdays are a month apart so I decided on August 20th, a little after Avery's and a little before Ella's.  Poor Ella though, she keeps thinking she is 4 now...

Anyway, I knew an ice cream themed party would be so cute because they both love ice cream so much! (I mean what kid doesn't!?)  This wasn't a huge party by any means and I didn't go over the top decorating, but what I did do turned out pretty cute if I must say :)

I made the invitations by using my silhouette to cut 3.5" circles in purple and pink cardstock, that was for the back of the ice cream.  I just typed up the wording in Word, printed on white cardstock then used a 3" circle punch to punch them out.  I glued the white cardstock inside the pink and purple and also used my silhouette to cut the cones. Easy peasy!

The only other DIY stuff I did was make the banners, which were a little more intricate that I usually do but still pretty easy thanks again to my silhouette!

As soon as we hung the banners Rick said I should have used black letters - yep, I totally should have! I didn't even think about them being hung up against our white blinds! Oh well, they were still cute, but next time, black letters

Using a giant cupcake stand to hold all the cups/cones was the perfect idea! Thanks Pinterest and Aunt Nancy :)

I bought these little wooden spoons to make it seem like a vintage ice cream social - I still have about 80 of them left, ha ha

I used a veggie tray from the dollar store to hold all the toppings and it worked perfect! Except that I left it out during the party before the ice cream was ready because we were serving food first and there were probably more little grabby hands in here than I could count, but hey, what kid could resist all this!? I barely could :)

I snapped a couple pics of the girls before the party because I knew they would not sit still once it started and would probably get very dirty! (I was right about both of those)


My aunt once again made the most amazing cakes!!! Seriously these might be favorite!  I made the 4 and 2 by just drawing free hand and cutting out on glitter cardstock and hot gluing to toothpicks. 


Some party pictures - I was kind of bad and didn't take too many!

See - little hands grabbing the candy, and I told you she would be dirty! Ha!

The weather was perfect until about 2 hours into the party it started raining and a huge gust of wind came through taking our tents with them. Everyone helped to grab everything and we moved the party inside.  I would have loved to sing and do cake outside but Mother Nature had other plans!

I love Avery's face in this picture! Both girls sure knew how special they were on their party day!

After singing and cake cutting, it was time for the ice cream social! The hubby said he wanted to be the scooper after shutting down my idea of prescooping and freezing them so they would just be ready. I must say, he makes a cute ice cream scooper :)


 Sisters :)

Thankfully the rain only lasted 10 minutes and after ice cream we all headed back outside.

We played pin the cherry on the ice cream and pretty much every kid cheated - made me realize I need to have a blindfold next time!

I made another pinata for the girls' party and it was so cute! Each kid got 2-3 turns and then it broke open.  This one was way less chaotic than the one at Brayden's party :)

Ella and her bestie Ava!

Best attempt at a family picture :)

It was a great, low key, low stress party and most importantly the girls had a great time! 

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*linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending