Thursday, December 29, 2016

New Year's Resolutions: Make 'em or Break 'em?

I hope everyone had an amazing holiday and got to spend time with the people you love!  Personally, this was the most fun Christmas yet.  My whole family came to KC and it was so fun to have them all there on Christmas morning!  The boys are at a very fun age and enjoyed both opening gifts and also giving gifts to others.  But now the magic is settling and reality is setting in, time to find homes for the new items we received, clean up my disaster of a house, and stop eating 5000 calories a day. Booooo. 

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Favorite Shimmery Red Polish and Santa Talk

I have a love hate relationship with nail polish.  I absolutely love having my nails painted.  It's just such a girlie thing, and I really enjoy how they look, all pretty and shiny.  But, it just doesn't last!  Even gel polish doesn't last long for me.  All of the hand washing, dish washing, kid washing just takes a toll.  At any rate, I still continue to paint them...when I can.  I seem to gravitate to OPI colors the most.  I used to love So Ho Nice to Meet You, which was almost identical to this color I am wearing today.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Snow Day

I remember when I was a kid, what a wonderful feeling it was when school was cancelled and you had nothing to do but play in the snow!  No homework, no tests, nowhere to go...just play.  It was like the BEST gift you could ever get!  Snow came earlier then normal this year, and we took advantage of lots of playtime, despite the arctic temps outside.

We started the day with a gingerbread house that our elf brought.  Like most gingerbread houses I've had experience with, it was almost impossible to get it to stand up on it's own, so they agreed to decorate it in parts and we would put it together later...only we could NEVER get it to stand up.  Oh well.  It wasn't for lack of trying.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas Card Keepsake

One of my favorite traditions during the holidays is sending and receiving cards.  A lot of people are just sending cards via email or social media these days, but I still enjoy sending an actual piece of paper through the old fashioned mail system.  I love getting other people's cards in the mail also!

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Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Proper Way to Set a Table

My parents sent me and both of my brothers to cotillion classes when we were younger.  I suppose in an effort to shape us into proper young adults.  I think it worked...well, for the most part!  I may not always mind my manners, but at least I know what I am supposed to be doing!  We learned a variety of things from manners, to dance moves, to how to set a table.  As I was thinking of this article, I realized that maybe more of the lessons stuck with me then I had originally thought.  I may not know all of the steps to the Waltz anymore, but after doing some research online to verify my ideas about proper table settings, I surprised myself by how much I actually remembered.

If you are hosting Christmas dinner, and have found yourself wondering, "Where in the heck do I put the little fork?", then keep reading because I'll tell ya!

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Monday, December 12, 2016

DIY: Hand Santa-tizer

I came across this super cute idea from Stamping Rules for Hand Santa-tizer and I just knew this is what I wanted to give Chase's teacher and school faculty this year for the holidays.  It's so cute, and since the schools have hand sanitizer at every corner, I thought it would be very festive, but also very practical.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Stocking Stuffers!

So...we only have 15 days left until Christmas morning!!!  Are you still making lists for everyone, trying to figure out what to buy, or are you one of those people who have all of your ducks in a row and can sit back and relax while everyone else is frantically shopping at the last minute?  I did the majority of my shopping online this year.  With all of the free shipping offers and online coupon codes, it was just too easy to stay in the comfort of my home and shop from my couch!  And, not having to drag a toddler around from store to store is a huge plus too.  Can I get 3 shouts for Amazon Prime!?!?!?  How did we ever live without it?  Sometimes I feel like my Amazon bill is a close 2nd to my mortgage payment.  Eeeeek.  Maybe they make it a little too easy if you know what I mean!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

DIY: Birdseed Wreath

Do you give gifts to your neighbors?  We, (ahem, I) usually bake something yummy and then we go around with the boys and deliver the goods.  In the past, it's been either cinnamon rolls or my grandmother's famous Pig Out Cookies.  But this year, in light of trying to be more conscious of the amount of sugar I consume, I opted for a non-edible gift.  Well, not edible for us anyway.  Because even though I would try really hard to avoid "taste testing" the goodies, I know myself too well.   One cookie leads to two, then two leads to four, and...well, you get my point.  The holidays bring so many opportunities for sweets and treats, so I'm sure my neighbors will appreciate that we are changing it up this year.  This would also be a great gift for a family with food allergies!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Party Time!

Are you going to any holiday parties this season?  If so, you may want to check out these uber cute items I have found for your shopping pleasure.  There are lots of cute things out right now, and it's so fun to imagine myself going to a fancy cocktail party at a 5 star restaurant on the top floor of a luxury hotel with an amazing view and an open bar.  I have to imagine because this is not actually happening.  A girl can dream though!  There's still time to plan something fun for NYE, so maybe I'll set my sights on that.  I do get to go to a holiday party for Adam's work, and I'm looking forward to that.  Parent's night out!  Love you kiddos, but every now and then it's nice to have conversations about something other then tractors and legos.  It's a little more on the casual side, but I still like to get semi-gussied up just because I can.  And, because I don't get to dress up that often anymore!

I love, love, love this dress!  It would be flattering on so many body types.  And, the color!  Love! 
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Friday, December 2, 2016

Cheeseburger Soup

Cold weather just calls for soup.  I am a fan of hearty soups, ones that are satisfying and fill me up.  This cheeseburger soup does just that!  Cheeseburgers are in my husband's top 3 favorite foods, along with crab legs and steak.  He has to have one at least once a week or he starts to get the shakes.  I'll admit though, sometimes I get sick of eating them.  I do appreciate a good burger, but I don't have the desire to eat them quiiiiiiite so often.  So, what's a girl to do?  Get creative!  This soup may have some of the same ingredients as a standard cheeseburger, but at least it changes things up a bit!  So, when it's too cold to grill outside, whip up a batch of this easy peasy soup and stay cozy warm inside.

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Makings of a Family Photo

Well, it's that time of year again...time to pick out coordinating outfits.  Not too matchy, but similar enough that they won't clash.  Time to sweet talk my sister in law into coming to take a few quick pictures of us in hopes that we can get one, just ONE, decent picture to send to family and friends.  You would think that getting one good picture would be easy as pie.  Well, let me tell you...pie is freaking hard to make!  Have you ever made one?  Very labor intensive.  Anyway, back to family photos.  They aren't exactly easy either.  Choosing the outfits is the easy part.  Getting people to wear the chosen outfits is another story.  I have to pick clothing items that meet everyone's favorite color likings, which is why most of our pictures are in green and or blue outfits.  Buuuuut, you pick your battles, so I try to appease them with the color choices in order to have leverage over demanding smiles and acting like we all adore each other, even when the 2 littles were fighting just a few minutes prior.

So, when you get all of those picture perfect holiday cards in the mail this year, just know that it's a pretty safe bet the large majority of them went through a lot of pain and suffering to get that one perfect shot!  Heres a little glimpse at our pain and suffering:

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