Thursday, October 27, 2016

Confessions {10.27.16}

Happy Thursday!

It's time for some confessions!

I confess......

  • There are so many elementary school birthday parties, it's hard to wrap my mind around sometimes! I feel like every week Brayden is coming home with another invitation
  • The weather is looking freaking amazing for Halloween but I will not believe it until I see it - every year it's terrible so I'm really really hoping it will be nice
  • I know Christmas isn't about presents, but I want to buy my kiddos all the things. Good thing we have to stick to a budget or I just might
  • I'm going to be so sad when our basement gets started because I won't be able to run on our treadmill and running outside in the morning won't work because I am still working out when hubby leaves for work. I guess I could run at night but the fact that it's pitch black by 6 means probably not
  • Binge watching Gilmore Gilrs is really effecting my housewife duties, thankfully no one is noticing LOL
  • I've never watched a World Series before this one, (no point) but now, GO CUBS GO!

See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Splurge vs Save

I think it's safe to say I'm a pretty frugal person - I love a good deal as much as the next person. That being said, there are some things that I will splurge on if I feel it's worth it.

I thought it would be fun to round up some things today and see if you would save or splurge?!

First up: duck boots. What are duck boots you ask? Just the cutest accessory to your fall/winter wardrobe! Check out these images from Pinterest. #swooning

     Duck. Duck. Boots! A stylish staple for your cold weather closet. duck boots $24.99 compare at $50:
How to style L.L. Bean duck boots:

SPLURGE: LL Bean Duck Boots - $119

Women's L.L.Bean Boots, 8"

Twisted Women's Becca Two-Tone Insulated Duck Rain Boot- NAVY, Size 6

Next is white canvas shoes - I just ordered my first pair the other week and am loving them!

SPLURGE: Converse Shoreline - $50


SAVE:  Cuevas Canvas Shoes - $19

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Who doesn't love a good military jacket?! I bought one last year and am in love. Although I wish it was warmer

SPLURGE: Tommy Hilfiger Jacket - $199


Women's L.L.Bean Boots, 8"

SAVE: Gap Utility Jacket - $89 (use a promo code too!)


What is Fall without a puffer vest? I have a navy blue one from last year but this year I want to get an army green or red one or even black - and I might as well get a part time job while I'm at it :)

SPLURGE:  Hooded Puffer - $90 (can also use a promo code to reduce the price)


SAVE: Quilted Vest from Amazon - $16-$35

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Scarves are a must have for the fall/winter season and plaid infinity are my faves!

SPLURGE: BP Infinity Scarf - $25


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So, would you splurge or save? 

*linking up with Jessi's Design

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

I am totally my Mother

I don't know about you, but I always said I would never turn into my Mother. and then the unthinkable happened...I did.

Here's 10 ways you know you've turned into your Mother

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  1. You call each of your kids the other ones name and you don't get it right until you've gone through everyone else
  2. You say things like "Money doesn't grow on trees!" and "Do you think I clean for my health!?"
  3. You start to freeze everything (seriously, I use to think my Mom and Grandma were CRAZY and now I'm doing this)
  4. You won't drive when it's dark
  5. Your purse contains enough crap to make it through another round of Y2K
  6. You like to be alone (yep, I get this one now)
  7. You are a borderline hoarder
  8. You worry about everything
  9. You look and feel at clothes before purchasing to make sure the quality is good and there are no holes
  10. You cry at everything, even commercials

Even though I said I'd never become my Mother, I am totally OK with it. My Mom really is my best friend and I'm glad I share these quirks with her

So, have you turned into your Mother yet??

*linking up with Our Pretty Little Girls

Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekly Recap {10.24.16}

Happy Monday, friends! We had such a great weekend and the icing on the cake was that our Cubbies are going to the World Series!! Seriously, how exciting!?!

Here's a look back at our week -

Monday was a gorgeous day outside and we took full advantage. We started our day with a walk after Brayden got on the bus, then home for some fun with magnatiles

After playtime and snack time, we headed out for another walk but this time Avery was lucky enough to get out of the stroller and the girls went on a leaf scavenger hunt :)

Avery was so funny, she basically demanded that she get a turn with the clipboard and later that day the hubs brought home an extra one from work so we won't have anymore arguing mid-walk

This kid, he comes off the bus with his hat backwards and then strikes this pose! 

Tuesday Miss A had a blast once again at her weekly gymnastics class! And this time, she actually kind of listened to the teacher :)

We had more park time with friends and then these girls wanted to play in the mud - I swear they keep me on my toes!

When I pulled up to Ella's school and went back to get her out of the car, I noticed she drew all over her pants with pen! Ugh this girl is going to give me greys!

I love the people Ella draws! 

Brayden and I worked on little goody bags he's going to give out at his class Halloween party. I love that he loves doing this kind of stuff!

Ella was crying this morning because she wanted it to snow and to make a snow angel - #lordhelpme

We had Ella's preschool open house last Thursday night and we all got to go and see her classroom.


More people drawing by Ella - this is our family, the tiny little person is Avery :)

Friday night we headed to the library for family bingo night. I played a few games with the bigs while the hubby chased Avery around and then we switched. Brayden was bummed we never won a game but we still had fun.

Saturday morning was Brayden's soccer game.  The girls had fun on the tire swing with Grandma Pam!

Sunday we went to the pumpkin patch and it was the perect day to go. The weather was gorgeous and thankfully we got there early before it became completely insane.


I love taking these pictures each year! Crazy to look back and see how much they've grown!

Thanks to my sister in law for taking this picture! Everyones looking, it's a miracle!

And now it's 9o'clock and I'm back on the couch binge watching Gilmore Girls! Hope you all have a great Monday!

*linking up with B Loved Boston

Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday Favorites {10.21.16}

Happy Friday Friends!! 

This week I've been riding the struggle bus because of the Cubs - but it's so been worth it! I'm writing this as we're watching game 5 and right now we're up 1-0 and I'm hoping the Cubbies can pull this off!!

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I posted this on IG yesterday, but I have to share again! I am in love with my new shirt!! I worked with Doodle Duds Boutique and Julie, the shop owner, was so so nice and accomodating! I had a vision of what I was looking for and she made it come to life! 


Earlier this week I shared a tutorial on how to create your own holiday cards, if you're interested you can find it here :)


OMG I saw this the other day and it is so me - who's with me?!


I mentioned that I've already started shopping for Christmas presents, and if you are in the market for toys, Kohls is having a great deal right now. You get $10 off for every $50 you spend in toys with code TOY10, and if you have the Kohls card you can use code PUMPKIN30 for 30% off and then code SHIP4FREE for free shipping.  I ended up scoring quite a few things at great prices with all of these combined.

Target is also having $10 off $50 spent in toys or $25 off $100 with code TOYS

And don't forget to shop through Ebates first to get free money back for your purchases!!


This weekend I want to do some baking and these look soooo yummy!

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins - hands down one of my favorite muffins ever!

Have a great weekend, see you Monday :)

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Confessions {10.20.16}

How is already Thursday? I know I get sad when the weekends are over so quick, but I equally don't like when the weeks fly - before we know it, it will be Christmas (which I've already started shopping for by the way)

Today I'm sharing some confessions, enjoy!

I confess....

It is so hard letting go. Brayden came home this week with a permission slip for his first 1st grade field trip - basically his first official field trip. Last year they only went on one and it was to a local farm that is literally down the street. Well this one is for the Lincoln Park Zoo which is in the freaking city, about 40 minutes away. While I know to some this may not sound like a big deal, but for me to put my kid on a bus last year (which drives him 1/2 a mile to school) was hard enough, now I have to put my trust into a bus driver I don't know to take good care of driving my son to and from the city. Ugh, it just makes my stomach turn. 

I told myself I would stop snacking at night and that happened for like 2 nights... and I wonder why I can't lose weight.

We have 2 weddings coming up and while I have plenty of dresses I could wear, I want a new one, at least for one. And I'm going to get one. Shhh don't tell the hubs.

I'm hoping my mom will want to watch her adorable granddaughters next week so I can go look for said dress.

That I may have turned into a crazy person this week trying to find one of those damn hatchimals! Have you heard of them? Those little birds/bears/dragons/ that hatch from an egg and then you take care of from baby - toddler - adult? Kind of like a furby. Anyway, Ella has been saying this is number 1 on her Christmas list (aside from a skateboard, silly girl) but I thought I could wait on it. Well Target and Walmart and Amazon are the only places I know that have them and the certain one she wants is on Amazon for double the price and sold out everywhere else, or so I thought. I literally called every single Target within a 1-2 hour radius (yes, I was even considering driving to WI to get it) but thankfully a Target only 20 minutes away has one! I'm going today to pick it up and I swear if it's not there, I'll cry. The crazy things us parents do for our kids! But I heard this was going to be the "it" toy of the year and I don't want to be hunting this thing down in December.

Brayden came home from school the other day telling me his entire table was making fun of him at lunch. Calling him names over and over. It literally broke my heart and I secretly wanted to go find those kids and flick them (and that's putting it nicely)

These Cubs championship games are killing my sleep schedule! I LOVE where they are and watching is so fun, but I'm definitley drinking more coffee than ever lately.

Hope your Thursday is great, see you tomorrow!

*linking up with Annie

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Design Your Own Holiday Card {tutorial}

I've seen so many bloggers talking about holiday cards lately and it put me in the mood to start on ours! While I wish I could say this would be a sponsor post with Minted or Shutterfly, it is not (but seriously, how can I make that happen because I'm super jealous of all of you)

Anyway, last year I designed our card (for free) myself using PicMonkey and didn't document the process, so I thought I would this year. PicMonkey has tons of options to choose from for free, and they have even cooler stuff if you become a Royale member, but this Mama is all about free, so that's the route I take when I use their site.

Here is last years card (I loved how it turned out!)

Ok, so first thing I do when I'm getting ready to make our card is browse other websites to get ideas. Once I see something I like and that can be closely replicated, I then go to PicMonkey and get started.

Here is the picture I chose for this years Christmas card

Step 1. Once you log onto to PicMonkey, hover your curser over the top of the page and options will drop down.  Click on Design.

Step 2. Click Open and chose your image you are going to design

Step 3. Your image will now be to the right and you need to choose the Tt on the left hand side to get to the text options.

Step 4.  Start messing around with different fonts and choose what you like best. You can customize the color and size as well. Just click add text and a box will appear on your image. You can drag it anywhere on the design.

Step 5.  Click on the butterfly logo to the left - that is where you find the overlays, aka the objects you can use to enhance your design. Choose whatever one works for you!

As you can see, I clicked on one of the stars and just added a bunch to my design.

My idea was to make them look like snowflakes so I changed them to white and made them smaller.

I chose to scatter the snowflakes on each side of my card to look like falling snow

Step 6. Once you are done adding overlays to your design, it is time to go back to the text (Tt) and choose your font for your signature. You can do this at the same time as you are writing your holiday message, but I like to do it at the end.

And that's it, you are done.  I chose to go a more simple route this year and love it!

Now you can upload to anywhere and have them printed.  I usually choose Costco or Vistaprint because they are the most inexpensive for good quality. I also always choose just to buy the cards, not the envelopes because I can go to Michaels and get 50 for a good price while using a coupon of course!

Here's a tip if you do use Vistaprint - upload your image and have it printed on a postcard in your choice of size, it is a fraction of the cost vs. using an invitiation or holiday card template.

I would love to know if anyone uses this method to create their holiday cards!

Oh and if you like this post, you can hover over the below image and pin it directly to Pinterest to save for when you need it! (and it would be much appreciated!)

*linking up with Jessi's Deisgn for What's Hap-Pinning