Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday Favorites {1.17.20}

Another week has flown by! Seriously, where are these weeks going!? anyway, we are leaving early today for a ski weekend with some friends and I can't wait! It's even suppose to snow so that will make it that much better! I've only been on skis twice, and the kids once, but we're all taking lessons (except Rick, he's good at everything)

I rounded up my favorites of the week:


I ordered this coat since it's a knock off version of the more expensive Amazon one (how funny there are knock offs of Amazon) - anyway, it's SO GOOD! and perfect for Chicago weather which is just now starting to drop and be FREEZING! It comes in other colors too but I'm happy with the grey!

Halifax Oversized Hooded Fleece-Lined Puffer Coat


I bought these knot headbands this week and love them!! such an easy way to make any outfit a little extra! I also found this bin that holds them perfectly!

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I'm really trying to eat better and also low-ish carbs - I can't commit to something completely like Keto or crazy low carb, but I do know if I cut carbs, I will lose weight. It's the only thing that has ever worked for me. I just need to drop 5 holiday pounds and if I can do that, it will be a miracle because I love food and wine so much. Anyway, I made this recipe recently and it was a huge hit! The hubs ate it on a bun but I just loaded mine with cheese, jalapenos, ketchup & mustard and paired it with zoodles from Trader Joes - soooo yummy!!


I mentioned we are going skiing this weekend and last time we went, none of has goggles so I decided to order some for this trip - I was so happy to see this 3pk for a great price! perfect for the kiddos then I ordered Rick & myself some cheap ones too 

Ski Goggles, Yidomto Pack of 3 Snowboard Goggles for Kids,Boys,Girls,Youth, Mens,Womens,with UV Protection,Windproof,Anti Glare(Black/White/Blue)


I recapped our NYE earlier this week, if you missed it, you can read about it here

I'm off to get last minute things together for our little getaway - here's to hoping I don't break anything while skiing - not sure learning to ski at my age is the best idea - maybe I'll just hang out in the chalet drinking wine and people watchπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

Monday, January 13, 2020

NYE 2019 Recap

Happy Monday friends! We had such a low-key weekend that was very welcomed! It was suppose to snow a ton but we only got like an inch, womp womp. We still managed to get out sledding with the kids which was fun!

Now to recap our NYE - we had such a fun night!! We decided to host at our house and had my sisters family over and 2 friends' families. We had our new ping pong table set up in the garage and brought our dartboard from the basement and had another fun game in there, it was almost like a bar set up LOL

I made a saran wrap ball game for the kiddos and we played this really fun horse racing game

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We managed to all stay up to midnight and then some! the next day was so nice just laying around and watching movies - then we all got hit with the stomach bug so that was no fun - thankfully it's all gone now!

How was your NYE?

*linking up with Lindsay's Sweet World for Hello Monday

Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday Favorites - 1.10.20

Happy Friday! Are Friday Favorites still a thing in blogland? It's been a while but I'm back with my favorites for the week! Today I'm sharing 5 shows I am LOVING

{ONE} You

I think everyone is as obsessed with this show as me - it is SO GOOD! I binged the entire 2nd season in 2 days over winter break. I think I probably negated too many of my Mom/Wife duties during that time, but I didn't care, it was that good.

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{TWO} Don't F**K with Cats

OMG....after I finished You, I heard I should check this out on Netflix. So messed up! At first, I wasn't so sure, but as soon as the first episode ended, I was in.
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{THREE} Single Parents

This has been a favorite of mine since it debuted. The cast is so funny and I am just waiting for Will & Angie to get together!!

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{FOUR} Last Man Standing

I was so sad when this show ended but then so happy when Fox picked it back up!!! So so funny!!!

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{FIVE} Mom

This is another I have watched from the beginning. It's changed a little over time, but my gosh is it funny!! At the same time, it's really heartfelt most of the time too

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What show are you loving?? Watch any of these??

Hope everyone has a great Friday - I'm off to volunteer at the kids' school followed by a pizza/game night with the fam!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Christmas 2019 Recap

While Christmas is still fresh in my head, I need to recap it! We had such a nice Christmas and the kids truly were so happy and thankful for everything they got. They even said it was the best Christmas ever - umm, I'll take it!!

Christmas Eve the kids woke up to a goodbye letter from Twinkles, they were so sad he had to leave that night. It's crazy the magic of the elf, but again, I'll take it. It's so innocent and sweet.

We got our house all ready for my mom and sister's family to come over. We had such a nice time celebrating with them and the kids loved everything they got - the girls especially loved their new Barbie Camper!



My family left around 6 and while they were headed to my aunts house (we chose to stay home this year and start a new tradition) we feasted on our yummy dinner. It was our first time making prime rib and it was delish! After dinner, we let the kids open 1 present that was addressed to the entire family and it was matching pj's for all! This was the first year we did this and we all loved it!

Rick purchased a new tripod this year so we set up for a photo in front of the tree.

Then it was time to watch a Christmas movie,  Christmas Vacation was voted and I was not going to oblige since I love that movie and we hadn't watched it all month yet. After the movie, we set out milk & cookies & carrots then went outside to sprinkle the reindeer food on the lawn.

Rick read Twas the Night Before Christmas and the kids were off to sleep.

Earlier in the month I had already assembled the Barbie Dream House which was a combo gift for the girls from us and it was hiding in the garage. I was so happy I didn't leave that to do until Christmas Eve.  Rick on the other hand, had to assemble the ping pong table we got for Brayden #sucker 😜

We were up pretty late moving presents around making sure the kids were in fact asleep and I think we finally went to bed by midnight.

Christmas morning the kids were sleeping in actually! All but Ella, she's always the first one up. We actually had to wake Avery around 8am!  The best part of the morning is always sitting back with a cup of coffee watching the joy in the kids' faces. It really is the best!



After our slow morning, we had our homemade cinnamin rolls that the kids ask for every year and I love making. We headed to church around 1 then to my in-laws around 3. It was a fun-filled day and I love looking back and seeing all the happiness that was around!!

I'll be back next week to recap NYE which was also a great time!


Monday, January 6, 2020

Crescent Cranberry Brie Bites


I shared this recipe in my group a month or so back and thought it would fit perfectly to share here too!! This may be more of a holiday app but really, I would be happy to eat these any time of the year!

Crescent Cranberry & Brie Bites
(makes 24)
You’ll need:
❄️ I package of crescents
❄️ a jar of cranberry sauce
❄️ a wheel of Brie (I used about half)
❄️ optional: walnuts or pecans for the topping
Roll out the crescents and push together the seams to connect - cut 24 squares (about 1” or so) put the square crescents in a mini muffin tin (I LOVE my silicone ones —> (ad) )
Cut the Brie into 24 little pieces, place on top of crescents, add a little bit of cranberry sauce and top with nuts if desired.
Bake at 350 for 15 min and that’s it!!! Sooo yummy! πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹πŸ˜‹

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Friday, December 20, 2019

Merry Christmas 2019!!!

I know I have been a little (ok ALOT absent) from the blog this year but I still want to try and keep at it, and hopefully 2020 will bring just that!

We are just 6 days away from Christmas and I am scrambling to do ALL THE THINGS while also remembering to SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY THE MOMENT. We have had so much fun this month getting ready for the holiday - we've made cookies, drove around looking at lights drinking hot chocolate, made a gingerbread house, went to a couple holiday events, met Santa and this weekend we have tickets to see the lights at the Botanical Garden which I cannot wait for!!! This time of year is truly so special!

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From our family to yours, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!


Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Wedding Weekend in LA

A couple weekends ago my best friend got married!! She moved out to LA a few years and found the love of  her life and they decided their wedding would be out there. I'm not going to lie, as soon as she told me she was engaged and the wedding would be out there, I panicked a little. I knew that meant us leaving our kids, on a plane and well, if you have anxiety you know where that leads you.

All these months, I kept not thinking about the flying part (I'm a terrible flyer and also Rick and I have never flown together without the kids - he has flown and I have flown, but not together) but then it just snuck up us! I pushed all my negative thoughts aside and we headed off to the airport right after getting the kids on the bus. It definitely felt weird and a little awesome at the same time!

We were right on the water in Redondo Beach and it was gorgeous! The first night was rehearsal and the welcome dinner - we made sure not to stay out too late because it was a long travel day
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The next morning Rick and I headed out for some exploring. We rented bikes from the hotel and rode the beach path all the way to Hermosa Beach. We stopped and had breakfast at the cutest little place overlooking the ocean. The food was amazing too. We walked the pier and tried to find some stores open to get the kids something but nothing was open at 9am, just restaurants LOL.  After that, we biked back and it was time for me to get ready and join the bride & bridesmaids in the bridal sweet.

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After our hair and makeup was done, it was time for pictures. I loved the photographer, she was so cute and so good at her job. After pictures we headed over the ceremony outside. They had such a gorgeous day and I couldn't stop the tears from flowing. I am SO happy my friend found her happily ever after.

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After the ceremony we got to hit up cocktail hour since we already took our pics (they also did a first look before the ceremony) Then it was dinner time, speeches, & dancing.  It was a whirlwind of a day and we actually left the ceremony around 10:45 because we were wiped and had to get up pretty early for our flight home.

I had so much fun being away but couldn't wait to get back to our little loves!!