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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Merry Christmas "Week" Friends!

I am taking a little break from blogging this week...I am enjoying having all of my kids home with me and just taking things nice and easy. 

I will be back next week...can you believe it will be a NEW YEAR?!?
So crazy. and EXCITING!!

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week and a fabulous New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!! 

Despite the fact I don't have an "official" post today- please feel free to join in on the Tuesday Talk fun and link up with us!

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Friday Favorites: Merry, Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Hi!! Happy Friday and Christmas Eve Eve!!! :) 
Is your house buzzing with excitement and energy like our's is?!? 
My girls are just beside themselves that Christmas is only TWO DAYS AWAY!!
Which, by the way, I am wondering...how is Christmas just two days away?!?! HA!
Where have the last few months gone??

It has been a full week for us between the girls having Christmas activities and parties at school, Christmas break starting and several doctor appointments we had to go to. I am SO ready to do nothing but hang out and do Christmasy things for the next few days!!

Before I sign off for the next week or so (I am going to take a short break from the blog to just BE with my family and not feel like I "have" to do anything)- I wanted to share some of my FAVORITES with you from this past week!!

//ONE//
Handmade presents from my kids will always be a FAVORITE. The girls have made us several presents at school as well as at home and they are just SO excited to give them to us!! I mean- can you even handle Celine's precious handwriting?!? I can't!! HA! :)
//TWO//
Earlier this month, I picked up these two super cute kitchen/hand towels at Walmart and I just love them! I wanted something fun to have in our downstairs half bathroom and I thought the vintage "look" was just precious! I am crossing my fingers there are some left at my local Walmart when I go shop the after Christmas sales!! I want to pick up some to have on hand for gifts for next Christmas!
//THREE//
One of our family Advent traditions is to go look at this FABULOUS lights display by our house. We went on Tuesday and made a little family date night out of it! We went to Dairy Queen for dinner (our local DQ has family night every Tuesday and you can get a kid's meal for $1.79!!) and then went and looked at the lights! It was such a fun night! Spending time with my crazy crew is a major FAVORITE!
//FOUR//
I asked Aaron to stop by Trader Joe's on his way home from work and he walked in with everything I had put on the list plus these GORGEOUS hydrangeas!! Purple hydrangeas are our wedding flower and they are my absolute FAVORITE! It was such a fun and sweet surprise!! 
//FIVE//
I wanted to share our Christmas card with all of you!! 
I say this every year- but this year's card is my FAVORITE! I seriously can't believe I get to be a mom to these 5 amazing kids and a wife to that super handsome guy. My life is FAR from perfect (SERIOUSLY- trust me on that one)- but man- do I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. So thankful.
I want to wish all of you the Merriest Christmas. 
I am so incredibly grateful for each one of you who takes a little time out of your day to read my random ramblings and it just makes me so happy to have "met" so many of you from this little ol' blog of mine.
Here's to slowing down over the next few days...and enjoying the beauty this special season brings!

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites Link Up!

 I am also linking up with April for Five on Friday!
 Joining Karli for her, Oh Hey Friday Link Up! too!



And lastly, linking up with KatieTifDella & Caitlin for High Five for Friday!


Tuesday Talk: Christmas Ornament Show & Tell!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hi Friends!! Happy Tuesday!!
I am so excited to be joining Johannah from The Sirois FamilyBeth from Our Pretty Little GirlsStephanie from Wife Mommy Me and Heather from My Glittery Heart today and sharing some of my favorite Christmas ornaments!
This beautiful star ornament was handmade by my mom.  She is SO talented and makes so many beautiful things!! She made a star for each of the kids last year- including Marshall- who at the time- was in my tummy :) She monogrammed their names on the back of the star and the girls loved hanging them up on the tree this year!
This precious ballerina ornament is Charlotte's. Cora and Celine also have one :) Aaron's grandmother got them for the girls a couple years ago and they are just the sweetest little ornaments! I especially love them because it reminds me of how much Aaron's granny loves our kids- even though she rarely gets to see them. 
Look at the two BABIES in this picture!! This is a picture of Aaron and I, spending our first Christmas together at my parents' house :) We had been dating for 3 months- and 5 months later- he asked me to marry him! My girls LOVE hanging up this ornament because they know this picture was taken when mommy and daddy were "boyfriend and girlfriend." Insert tons of squeals and giggles! HA!
And here is one of my most prized ornaments- a vintage hand beaded bird- which used to be my grandma's! I love how it clips onto a branch and it makes me think of my grandma- which makes me smile :)
Next, I wanted to share something really special that Aaron's mom made him several years ago. She took all of his childhood ornaments and attached them to a wreath! I thought that was such a neat idea and a great way to enjoy all of his special ornaments from when he was a little boy!
Look at his little handmade school ornament!! So precious! 
And my favorite ornament on his wreath is this tiny nativity set. I just think it is SO sweet!!
Okay- 
So today might be a little confusing (or maybe I am the only one who is confused- HA!)
I have the link-up for the Ornament Show & Tell AND the link-up for Tuesday Talk.

If you want to join us for the Ornament Show & Tell- that is the first link-up listed :)

Just a few things to remember for the Tuesday Talk link-up: 
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Hello Monday!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Hi!! Happy Monday!
How was your weekend??

We had a great couple of days "off."  My girls have school until Wednesday- then we are officially on Christmas vacation!! I am SO excited to have a break from getting everyone up and out the door by 7:10 am!!

It's Monday, so of course, I am linking up with one of my favorite blogging friends, Johannah
I got a lot of holiday baking done this weekend and I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite recipes with you!! I have shared my cookie recipes several times already- but you can never have too many SUPER yummy cookie recipes on hand, especially during the holidays!!

So- here's what I made over the course of the last two days-
- sugar cookies with cream cheese icing
- cowboy cookies with Christmas M&M's
- chocolate chip cookies
- rice krispie treats 
- (not-pictured) cut out sugar cookies

The iced sugar cookies and rice krispie treats are for one of my daughter's Christmas parties this week and the plates of chocolate chip cookies and cowboy cookies are for our neighbors! One of our family Advent traditions is to bake cookies and then deliver them to our neighbors. We let the girls go by themselves and they LOVE it!

I made cut-out sugar cookies for a little cookie decorating party we were supposed to have on Saturday- but one of my daughters got sick on Friday afternoon- so we had to cancel it :( No worries- though- I put the cookies in the freezer and we have re-scheduled our party for this upcoming Friday!
Here's the recipe I use for my "cowboy" cookies with the Christmas M&M's. 
I make the dough as mentioned with the 12 oz package of chocolate chips PLUS about 1/2 bag of Christmas M&M's. Then right when the cookies come out of the oven, I will put several MORE M & M's right on the top of the cookies.  It is important to do this right when they come out so they stick to the top of the cookie.  By putting some on top after the cookies have been in the oven, the M & M's stay nice and pretty and don't lose their color (sometimes when you bake the M & M's directly in the dough they lose their bright color or they crack). 
Here's my tried and true chocolate chip cookie dough recipe. This makes a TON of cookie dough. If you don't have time to bake all of the dough all at once- just freeze it! When you are ready to bake again- just take your dough out of the freezer and let it warm up a bit!
Now onto my sugar cookies :) 
So- I LOVE baking from scratch- but I have tried MULTIPLE sugar cookie recipes and never found one I like. On a whim, about a two years ago- I picked up this sugar cookie mix from Aldi and made them. My husband and kids absolutely LOVED them. I am pretty sure Aaron said something along the lines of, "These are the best sugar cookies you have ever made- stop trying other recipes." HA! Don't have to tell me twice! :) This mix + 1 stick of softened butter + 1 egg and 10 - 12 minutes in a 350 degree oven make the BEST, slighty crispy on the outside, super moist and soft on the inside sugar cookies! 
And finally- for my rice krispie treats- I follow the recipe off the back of the rice krispie cereal box :) Except I add about double the amount of marshmallows....because...why not?!? 

I would love to know- what are some goodies you are making this holiday season??
Any recipes I need to know about?? :)
Hope you have the BEST day!! 

Friday Favorites!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Hi friends!! Happy Friday!! 
How was your week??

We've had a good week- my boys have been sick, but thankfully their medicine has kicked in and they are doing better!
This morning- my three youngest kiddos and I are going to my oldest daughter's Christmas performance...please say a prayer for me- my son James is a RASCAL and the performance is in the school library. I am already having visions of him running around and just knocking down every book he can get his hands on! HA!

It's time for some FAVORITES from this past week!

//ONE//
After the kids go to bed, I usually still have several things I need to get done. Well...on Tuesday night, I took a shower and realized I didn't have anything I had to do. So I got in bed, painted my nails (something I have been wanting to do for about a month now!) and read my newest Good Housekeeping magazine. It was DELIGHTFUL! 
//TWO//
Earlier this week, we got a good amount of snow- and while I REALLY don't like snow- it has made everything look SO pretty. I have loved driving up to my house and seeing my snow covered yard and my porch all decorated for Christmas :)
I pretty much decorated my porch the same as I did last year, except I got a fresh wreath from Home Depot (for $6.88!!!) instead of using one of my burlap wreaths. I love how the fresh green pops against the red door!! Next year, I have plans for Aaron to make me a sign that says "JOYFUL" and I want to put that in place of my "Welcome" sign!
//THREE//
Do you need a last minute stocking stuffer for one of your kiddos? Or a book to bring to a gift exchange? I got this "Ready, Set, Find Christmas" book for James for St. Nicholas Day and it is SO cute. While James isn't super interested in looking at it (I am lucky if he sits still for 5 seconds- HA!), my girls absolutely love looking at it! 
You can find it HERE on Amazon!
//FOUR//
Um. So I have a new FAVORITE candle. I have heard about the fancy Voluspa candles from many bloggers...but have never bought one. They are $16- which is not terribly expensive for a candle...but it's definitely more than I like to pay. Well- I was perusing Aldi's weekly ad and saw they had look-alike Voluspa candles on special this week.
I was totally intrigued!! I had my husband pick me up a couple to try out and OMG. They are amazing!!! They are a soy candle and I got the scents: blue spruce and fireside night. My Aldi also had a pomegranate scent. I burned the blue spruce scent yesterday and my whole house smelled HEAVENLY. They are $7 each and look IDENTICAL to the Voluspa candles...even down to the packaging. I ended up getting two more- one for my mom and one for my sister- because they are the perfect gift!! If you have an Aldi close by- definitely go check out these candles- they will be in the aisle where they have all the seasonal non-food items.
//FIVE//
I wanted to let you all know about one of the best sales that Thirty-One has all year is coming up!!
It starts December 27! If your like me, this would be the perfect time to shop ahead and pick up some gifts Valentine's Day, upcoming birthdays, Mother's Day and Teacher Appreciation Day! I am always SO glad when I take advantage of a good sale and get awesome items at an awesome price :) If you don't already belong to my Facebook group- "friend me" so I can add you and keep you posted on all the details of the outlet sale! :)
Hope you have the BEST day and a super fun weekend!
We are going to some friends' house for pizza tonight and having some other friends over tomorrow to decorate Christmas cookies!

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites Link Up!

 I am also linking up with April for Five on Friday!
 Joining Karli for her, Oh Hey Friday Link Up! too!



And lastly, linking up with KatieTifDella & Caitlin for High Five for Friday!

Holiday Steals and Deals!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Hi!! Happy Thursday!!

How has your week been going??
It's absolutely FRIGID here and poor little James AND Marshall are super sick :( 
I am so thankful for antibiotics and a wonderful pediatrician! :)

Despite the boys being sick, we've been having lots of holiday fun...my youngest daughter had her Christmas program earlier this week and it was just SO sweet!
And now we're just one day away from the weekend- YAY!

Soooo...I just had to share a few holiday steals and deals with you!! 
The sales all the stores are having are just SO good- I am trying to keep my shopping to a minimum...but these are a few goodies that are totally worth mentioning!!

First up is this ADORABLE Christmas tree tunic by Cat and Jack, from Target. I just got this for my girls- it is 12.99, this past Saturday, clothes at Target were 25% off and then because I spent $50, I got another $10 off! Each shirt came out to $8.30 each!! Even at the full price of $12.99- I would buy this cute shirt! It's so soft, it's perfect for my older daughters who aren't really into the "cutesy" Christmas outfits and it's really well made. Heck- I would wear one if they had it in my size! HA! You can find it HERE!
FYI: Right now- the deal is you buy one clothing item, you get the 2nd one 1/2 off!
The next holiday deal that I have to mention- which I am sure most of you already know about- are Old Navy's flannel pajama pants. These are my absolute FAVORITE PJ pant! I am wearing some right now! They are currently on sale for $7.00!!! These make the PERFECT gift and come in so many fun patterns and colors! AND- you have 3 more days to place an order with Old Navy and be guaranteed to get your items by December 23!!
 In the need of new stockings for your family? I know it might be a little late for that- but maybe you realized a little too late you don't have a complete "set" for your family...or maybe you want to get new stockings for everyone for next year! Check out these absolutely ADORABLE stockings on Walmart.com that come personalized for $13.97(free shipping if you spend $50)- there are 8 different patterns available and these precious stockings have been given a 5 star rating by over 400 people!! My two favorite patterns are the snowman and the penguin- you can find them HERE!
And finally, I had to share the perfect gift to get your hubby, boyfriend, dad, brother...any guy or gal, for that matter- would love this stainless steal koozie!! This is perfect for the man in your life that loves a nice, cold beer or maybe your bestie who always has a diet coke in her hand! Aaron has two of these koozies and absolutely LOVES them! They are only $7.74- talk about a STEAL!!

Okay...now it's your turn...any deals or steals to share??? Tell me in the comments!!

Hope you have the BEST day!!

Linking up with Natalie and Annie!

Tuesday Talk: Christmas Decor!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday!!

Well...I missed the party last week when a lot of people linked up with Andrea for her Christmas Decor Show and Tell Tuesday Link Up...but I am going to join in on the fun a week late and show you some of our Christmas decorations!

I didn't do a ton of decorating this year...I actually put up all of our decorations the weekend before I had my surgery- because I knew I wouldn't be up to it afterwards! Even though we don't have multiple trees up and not every room is covered in CHRISTMAS- it feels festive and cozy- which is just what I love the most about Christmas decorations! :)

This is the mantle in our living room...super simple..but festive! I love my silver, glittery cone trees I got from the Target dollar spot last year! 
The kids' stockings are handmade by my mom and I absolutely LOVE them!!
So- our Christmas tree is a hot mess. HA! I strung some different colored beads on the tree- but then let the kids totally decorate it themselves. There are huge clumps of ornaments bunched together, most of the ornaments are handmade and there is absolutely no "theme" to our tree :) And despite the fact that James is constantly ripping ornaments off the tree and then throwing them back on the tree- (he thinks they are just going to magically stay- HA!)...I think this might be one of my favorite trees we've ever had!!
My beautiful, vintage nativity scene given to me by my beloved Grandmother :)
My favorite shelves! I love decorating them for the different seasons and holidays!
My sweet sister-in-law got us our Advent calendar several years ago. It's one of the girls' favorite traditions!
LOVE my Christmas pillows for the couch! Some are from Thirty-One and some are from Walmart!
And our hot mess of a tree all lit up at night!!
And that's it! Nothing major...but our house definitely feels cozy, festive and Christmasy!

Don't forget next week, 
Johannah from The Sirois FamilyBeth from Our Pretty Little GirlsStephanie from Wife Mommy Me and Heather from My Glittery Heart and I will be sharing all about the Christmas ornaments we love the most on our Christmas trees on Tuesday, December 20!!

We would absolutely LOVE if you would join us and link up!
One of my favorite things is to see how other people decorate for the holidays- especially their Christmas trees!! We are so excited for everyone to post some beautiful pictures of their favorite ornaments and tell us a little "back story" on why those ornaments are so special!
I hope you have the BEST day!! :)

Okay- now it's time to link up with my favorite ladies for Tuesday Talk! 

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