Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Spring Break Needs with Social Threads

Who is packing up and going somewhere warm for Spring Break?? I wish I could raise my hand to that, but unfortunately we will be here. We rarely travel over spring break because 1. it is insanely expensive to fly and 2. it is always super crowded

However, we are heading to the beach just the month after Spring Break - and I cannot wait!! I also cannot wait to sport my new items from Social Threads! my hat and these beach pants are going to be my favorite, I just know it!

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The thing I love about this sun hat is that the brim in the back is smaller so you can lay down and relax in a beach chair comfortably!

Social Threads also has the cutest dresses that would be perfect for a beach vaca!

Z Supply Camo Split Neck Dress
Love Stitch Watercolor Floral Button Front Tea Dress

Love Stitch Hand Stamped Button Front Maxi Dress

Social Threads also some really cute accessories! I am loving this bracelet!! So fun and colorful!

Spring Break Rectangle Stretch Block Tile Bracelet

If you're heading out into town, this top would be darling paired with jeans and heels!!

Jack Force of Nature Leopard Cami

You can shop all Social Threads collections here

Social Threads is a great company to follow, it is owned by 2 moms (who happen to be sister in laws) who are juggling life just like the rest of us! They wanted to give us gals a place to shop and find an affordable selection of clothes that we feel great in. How awesome is that?!

What's also awesome is that I have team up with them to give one you a $100 gift card!!!!!! 

Here's how to enter:

Join my FB group if you haven't already, there will be a post later today for the giveaway

Like the FB page - Social Threads 

Bonus entry for commenting below with what you would buy if you won the gift card

Giveaway will run through Saturday, 2/22/2020. Winner will be announced after giveaway closes - GOOD LUCK!!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Valentine's Play Date Ideas

With Valentine's Day around the corner, my girls are asking for a fun themed play date with friends. They both have different interests but I rounded up some fun ideas that would work for either, and better yet, any kiddo!

I went to none other than Pinterest for ideas!

Heart Shaped String Art

Valentine's Day Kids Craft - Heart-shaped beginner String Art! {Reality Daydream}

Valentine's Day Gingerbread House

Valentine's Day Slime

You and your kids will LOVE making this easy DIY Valentine's Day Slime project. This fun craft makes a great party favor too! #Slime #ValentinesDay #Crafts #DIY #Kids #KidsCrafts #PartyIdeas

Heart Puppets

Silly Heart Puppets: an open-ended Valentines craft for your toddlers and preschoolers

This heart suncatcher craft is simple, colorful and perfect for an afternoon Valentine's Day craft. All you need is paper plates, color confetti and clear contact paper to make this colorful heart suncatcher craft for Valentine's Day.

I can't wait to have their friends over and see what they decide to do!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Weekend Recap 2.10.20

Oh hey there Monday! You came too fast! Last week we were battling some sickness (myself & Avery) so not much got done around here, but that's ok. I was mainly just so happy Avery felt better in time to go to the Daddy Daughter Dance Friday night!

Unfortunately some of our friends who they go with every year were sick, so it wasn't the same :( nonetheless, my girls were SO excited to get dressed up and go out with their Daddy!

Avery wanted a dress that sparkled and twirled when she spun around and Ella wanted to design her own shirt to wear! I love how different they are!

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When they got home, they were wiped out! Rick said they had so much fun, and that makes me so happy to hear!!

While they were out having fun, I took Brayden on a Mom/Son date night to Dave & Busters. We both love arcade games so we had a blast!! We won so many bonuses and went home with way too much crap, but the memories we made were worth it!!

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Saturday was a slow morning, then Ella had rehearsal for the musical she is in, both her and Brayden had a basketball game, then all 3 kids had playdates with friends in the afternoon.

The 5 of us went out to dinner which was really nice (everyone behaved, woohoo!) then it was home for a movie - have you seen Playing with Fire?! such a cute, funny one!!

Yesterday was my nieces baptism but Ella woke up with a headache and a slight fever so we decided to stay back while Rick and the other kiddos went.  I was sad to miss!

This is a short week for the kids, they have half day Thursday and no school Friday, throw in Valentines parties in there and it's going to be a good one!

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Valentine's Day with Jerky Gent

Year after year I struggle with what to get the hubby for Valentine's Day. We don't go totally overboard for each other but we do like to get something. Usually I do a bunch of his favorite candy.

Well recently I discovered Jerky Gent and man, is the hubs going to love his gift this year!!! JerkyGent makes it easy to discover and try great-tasting craft jerky brands every month. 

All jerky subscription box orders include a curated assortment of delicious, gourmet beef jerky based on your flavor and spice preference. Every order is hand-picked and shipped out of sunny Las Vegas, Nevada.

There are 3 subscription boxes to choose from, you can see them here

JerkyGent Craft Beef Jerky Subscription Box

Or you can do a gift box, one time only or multiple times! see those here

JerkyGent Beef Jerky Gift Box, One-Month
You can also order individual flavor bags - those can be found here

With all that Jerky Gent has to offer, you are bound to find the perfect gift for the jerky lover in your life!

You can shop all the items they have to offer here

Have you heard of Jerky Gent? Head over there today to see all they have to offer! This week you can use code VDAY10 to save 10% on all gift orders!!

*thank you JerkyGent for sponsoring this post

Friday, January 31, 2020

Friday Favorites {1.31.20}

Well here we are, the last day of the month that seemed to be never ending! I don't know why this month has felt so long, but it has and I'm ready to see it go!


I am obsessed with these Whisps!! it's so bad, I could eat the whole bag in one sitting (which isn't hard to do!)


with the big game on Sunday, these would be so cute to make!!

Football Rice Krispie Treats! These cute footballs are perfect for any pee wee team party, super bowl party or game day!


I saw this self tanner went on a big price drop and grabbed it! does anyone use this?? I hope I like it!

St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse, 8 Fl Oz


I didn't get around to do a weekend recap, but we saw Disney on Ice last week (me and the girls, my sister and nephew) and it was definitely a favorite!! The kids' faces were lit up the entire time which made it that much more amazing!!!

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After watching You, I decided to go back and watch Dexter.  I can't believe I never watched this! I'm almost to season 7 (jeez there are alot of episodes!!) and I think I cringe every time I watch waiting for him to get caught! definitely been a favorite of mine lately!

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That's a wrap - our weekend should be a fun one! We have a Girl Scout field trip later today, kids' basketball games tomorrow, as well as a Mommy/Daddy night out, and Sunday Super Bowl with friends!! Hope you all enjoy your weekend!


*linking up with A Little Bit of Everything

Friday, January 24, 2020

Friday Favorites {1.23.20}

Woohoo, here we are, another Friday!! We have a fun night planned - I'm taking the girls to Disney on Ice and Rick & Brayden are doing a dad/son night. the weather is going to be awful though so that won't be fun - mix of snow/rain. I would much rather just have snow!

On to the favorites of the week:


I ordered this top last week and am loving it!! Its super soft and since I'm a shorty I can easily wear with leggings too! it's still part of a 40% off promo so go get it!!

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I'm trying to eat low-er carb in an effort to drop some holiday lbs that are still hanging around. I have never been one to truly diet, but I do know the one time I did lowish carbs I lost some weight. Anyway, I'm on the hunt for tons of yummy low carb recipes - I made this one this week and it was delish! - if you have any good low carb dishes, send my way please!!


It was snowing all day yesterday and I was stuck at home with a plumber replacing our pressure tank - we had no water for several hours so there wasn't much I could do (laundry, dishes, etc) so I just binged some Dexter and worked in my group - this was the scene out the window, it was so pretty! (although I can't wait to get back into our pool this summer!)


We are patiently waiting for the Ice Castles to open so we can go check them out! they are in the next state but it's a short drive so we'll do it on the weekend - has anyone ever been??

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I saw this meme floating around and laughed out loud - for some reason January is really feeling long this time around!!

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Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Weekend Recap 1.20.20

Happy Tuesday! We had an extra long weekend with MLK day yesterday so I'm here today to recap it all.

We picked the kids up from school early on Friday and headed a couple hours away to a cute town for a friends/ski weekend! the plan for Friday was go out to dinner and relax at the rental house but once we arrived in town the snow was coming down so hard. We decided instead of driving into town for our reservation we went to the clubhouse in the neighborhood for dinner - all together there were 17 of us and it was a little chaotic at times but fun too!

After dinner, we went back to the house and all hung out and we probably let the kids stay up way too late

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Saturday morning it was up early to get moving to the ski mountain. the kids had ski school and we had to get them all set up and dropped off around 8:30 - once that was done I went to get my rental equipment and headed off to a lesson. I've only been on skis twice and never had a formal lesson so I was glad to do one.

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After my lesson I met up with Rick and the rest of our friends and we skied for a while then went into the restaurant and grabbed a drink before we had to get the kids from their lesson.

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We all had lunch then we took the kids back out for a little, but the weather took a turn for the worse and a crazy wind storm came in so decided to call it for the day - we were all EXHAUSTED. I was incredibly proud of our kids for giving their all in their lesson - it was a long time to be away and learning something new but they did great!!!!

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We ordered in some dinner later on and played some games and got the kids to bed at a decent hour without any pushback on their end (they were all so tired!) the adults stayed up a while playing this fun game then we needed sleep.

Sunday was a nice big breakfast then cleaned up and headed home. We relaxed the rest of the day which was so nice.

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Yesterday since the kids were off and we had snow, a bunch of us went sledding. the kids lasted over 2 hours and would have kept going! we took them to lunch then home for more play in the snow!

Phew, looking forward to a scheduled rest of the week!

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 watch😂😂

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!