Friday, December 9, 2016

Friday Favorites {12.9.16}

Oh hey there Friday, you came quick this week! We have a busy day planned with errands and Ella's soccer class and later tonight I'm having some family over for an ornament DIY party and I can't wait :)

Now on to my favorites of the week


Some of my favorite bloggers hosted a Holiday Home Tour link up and I showed off our Christmas decorations - you can see it here if you missed it :)


I shared my new favorite Christmas graphic tee the other day - I plan on wearing this on repeat this month :)


Brayden and Ella wrote their letters to Santa the other night and they are for sure a favorite of mine.

Ella drew what she wanted and in her picture is a doll house, a hatchimal, a bow and arrow, a tea set and a Cinderella doll

Brayden's letter is cute and I made sure he included other stuff than just what he wants - typical kid right there :)


I so want to DIY this card holder my gal Lindsay made - how cute is it!?! I think I'm going to attempt this weekend if I have time

DIY Christmas Card Holder - a place to hang all of your merry mail!:


Favorite funny of the week:

My friends Mom posted this on facebook and tagged her, I about died because my friends and I always used this method to straighten our hair in 8th grade and freshman year - even when we discovered flat irons we always said nothing got our hair straighter than an iron LOL - Please tell me we aren't alone in doing this???

Have a great weekend!!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Confessions {12.7.16}

This week is flying by, how is it already Thursday?? I don't like when the time goes so fast but especially this time of year. I want to be able to really enjoy this month so time please slow down

Sparkles and Lattes

I confess....

I didn't really love the Gilmore Girls - A Year in the Life. After watching all 7 seasons and loving them, it kind of left me just blah about everything.  And the ending! I'll only be happy if it comes back again and hopefully ties up all the loose ends

I literally cry at every cheesy Hallmark Christmas movie I watch. Having kids has turned me so emotional.

I feel like there's not enough time in the month to fit everything in I want to do - I don't want to be super busy but I also want to do all the things.

I know Christmas isn't just about presents, but this time of year makes me want everything, specifically this red coat

My DVR is 97% full and most of it's Hallmark Christmas movies.The hubby keeps yelling at me to delete stuff but what he doesn't understand is when I delete 1 movie, 2 more are set to record (insert crying emjoi face!)

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Christmas Tees with I Love Apparel

Hi Friends! Today I'm sharing a new favorite shop of mine - I Love Apparel. I don't know about you guys, but I am sucker for graphic tees, like give me them all please :)

When I saw I Love Apparel's line of Christmas graphic tees I couldn't wait to get one. I mean who am I kidding, I wanted them all, but ultimately decided on this one:

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Gahhh! How cute is it!? I chose the fitted womens tee vs the regular tee and I also sized up to a Large and it fits great. The material is so comfy and the quality is really really good. 

Check out these other super fun graphic tees - all and so much more can be found in their Christmas section

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Don't Get Your Tinsel In A Tangle T-Shirt & HoodieIt's The Most Wonderful Time For A Beer

Not only do they have an awesome selection of Christmas tees, they have so much more! You can shop by interests and see just how many categories they have.

Another favorite of mine is their selection of Gilmore Girl shirts - I want every one!

Luke's Diner - Stars Hollow, CT T-Shirts & Hoodies | I Love ApparelDragonfly Inn - Gilmore Girls T-Shirts & Hoodies | I Love Apparel

I Was Meant To Live in Stars Hollow - Gilmore Girls T-Shirts ...I Drink Coffee Like A Gilmore T-Shirts & Hoodies | I Love Apparel

If you are in need of that perfect Christmas present or just shopping for yourself, I really recommend ordering through I Love Apparel. 

Readers can use promo code 'thishappylife' to get 15% off your order. I hope you find something you love!

*I was gifted this shirt in return for my review, all opinions are 100% my own

*linking up with Jessi's Design

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Holiday Home Tour {2016}

Happy Tuesday Friends! Today is a fun day over here as I'm showing off our Christmas decorations. I can't wait to see everyone else's too!

Come on in!

When you walk in you see our shoe cabinet in our entryway. I put up a little sign and of course one of my favorite pieces of art made by the kids last year.

A closer look :)

Immediately to your right is our living room turned play room. It's not very decorated but it does have a little tree and a cute sign & wreath.  


Some cute handmade ornaments that I love looking at 


The kitchen also doesn't have a ton of decorations - I would like to change that (I say that every year, maybe one of these years I'll get around to it)

I did put up velvet bows on some of our upper cabinets and I love them

Of course one of my favorite holiday plates is up on the wall too

Here's the view from our kitchen down to our family room - my favorite room of them all

Everytime I look down at our mantel I get happy

I took a page out of Lindsay's book (no pun intended) and put a basket of holiday books on our fireplace. The kids love grabbing one and having us read to them at any given time.

My mom made all of our stockings (except the red one for our pup) and I love them so much

I took some fun bokeh pictures of the kids/dog and the tree, I love a good bokeh tree :)

On the other side of our family room we have a bookcase that I always decorate with snowmen and some pictures


I love this sweet pic of Brayden taken around his first Christmas

I bought this cute snowman decoration when it was just the 4 of us but I still love it - I need to draw on another little snowgirl for Avery :)

And all of our windows look obnoxious like this and I kinda love it :)

Here's a shot at night - Brayden said our house looks lame and told the hubby that we need to do better next year, LOL! While I don't think it looks lame, I do agree we need to up our game next year!

*linking up with Lindsays Sweet World & Our Pretty Little Girls for Holiday Home Tour and Momfessionals Show & Tell Tuesday

Monday, December 5, 2016

Weekly Recap {12.5.16}

I can't believe it's already Monday, the weekend went way, way too fast. But before I get to all that fun, here's a look at our week

We had a couple nice days - high 30's and sunny which meant we could go on walks and stop at the park. 

Brayden sings in the choir at church and they put on a little performance before his religious class last week. He was a little nervous to sing in front of everyone, but he did great and I was so proud!

December 1st came which meant the kids opened their advent calendars :)

Brayden made out his Christmas list and I think he'll be happy when most of this is under the tree Christmas morning

Friday night we went by my sisters for her towns tree lighting. I don't have any pics but it was so pretty. Her town is very charming and their tree made our towns tree look like Charlie Browns.

Saturday we had carpet put in the basement so that took most of the day. The kids were enjoying making snow angels on the carpet and playing with the big boxes our Ikea couch came in (sidenote - putting together an Ikea couch is miserable!)


Later that night we did tons of painting. We made a bunch of window clings and some ornaments. It was so fun to sit and hang out as a family. We also had Christmas music playing which put everyone in a great mood!

 I thought it was going to snow in the middle of the night from Saturday to Sunday and Ella was so excited. Before bed I told her when she woke up to look out her window and she would see snow...well at 5:45am I hear her in her room opening her window then being so upset there wasn't snow. She came running into our room saying "Mom! There is no snow, you lied!" That girl is a firecracker I tell ya

So when it started snowing a few hours later she was jumping up with excitement. She ran outside first to catch snowflakes on her tongue then later on we all headed out to play in it.  My nieces came by for a bit too and the kids were all having a blast.

Later in the day we headed to the zoo lights with my Mom. We had the best time and the snow falling the entire time made for a magical feel.


We got home around 6 and made some homemade pizza and watched some tv; we were all exhausted. Brayden and Avery went to bed no problem but Ella seems wired because as I'm typing this I hear her making way too much noise up in her room. So typical of that silly girl!

Have a great week everyone!

*linking up with B Loved Boston