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Oh Thank God It's Friday

Happy Friday, friends! This was an interesting week for me and really opened my eyes to a whole new appreciation. An appreciation for single parents. Eric has been away in London for work so I've been holding down the fort with the nuggets. I've been with them by myself plenty of times before because he usually has a few big trips a year where he's off somewhere in Europe. I'm telling you, one of these trips I'm finding a way to tag along. This time around with my nuggets it was a little different. They're both very active, and a handful, and this momma is tired. 

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. Little helpers: as much as my nuggets can be a handful, overall they were really good this week and were my little helpers. We had some unusual weather going on over here where the beginning of the week had snow and then by midweek it was melted and we were up around the 60's. 

Funny thing, I always used to think people (more like adults) were weird for talking about the weather so much. I'm referring to back in the day when I was younger and I had more important things to discuss, like Hanson or who was dying their hair. I mean, it's the weather. You can't control it, you go outside and see what it's like, and that's it. Well isn't it funny the older I get the more the weather seems to be a topic. Now I'm probably one of those weirdo adults to the younger generation.

2. Sledding...not so much: you might have seen some of these pictures on my instagram, but our sledding plans (or lack thereof) didn't exactly go as we hoped for. Eric was over at one of our other properties getting things ready before his trip, and I was home with the boy who were really excited about the snow. They kept asking to go sledding and use our new snow tube so I promised them we would go. Once Eric got home we suited up to venture out in the cold. Boy was that a process. We heard it all, snow boots were too tight, their hat was itchy, one of their gloves had a scratchy tag. Oy vey!

Once we got over the debacle of bundling up, we loaded them in the car to go sledding. We stopped by two hills we had in mind but both of them had signs up that said no sledding allowed. Instead, we decided to just head home and pull them around in the backyard. Well that lasted all of but one lap before both nuggets toppled out and little nugget ended up with a bump on his head and a cut under his eye. The snow tube made its way back into the house and they enjoyed watching a movie in "the big tube".

3. Office decor: I did get a chance to do some errands during my lunch break (thank God for lunch breaks) this week and came across some cute stuff to brighten up my office. I always feel more productive in a fun inviting environment and since my Christmas decorations came down, I just felt like I needed a little pick me up. I'm loving {these} office supplies I got in these adorable corked jars. A little bit of green always adds to a space, and who doesn't enjoy some inspirational art?!

Sweater and Scarf Ready

I know it's winter now and the cold temperatures are to be expected, but yikes. I mean, it's cold. Really cold. Like I got into my car yesterday and the temperature was a single digit. And, it's probably not even as cold as some other areas of the world—so I'll just stop with my rant. 

I will say though, it's very hard to do fashion posts in cold weather temperatures. My poor husband was freezing his hands off while taking pictures (you're such a trooper babe), and I can't say I was exactly the most comfortable either. But, if you live in a warmer climate area that is experiencing some in between weather, this look could be perfect for you. 

Side note, I have two weaknesses I'm guilty of—street art and colorful doors. If we were out somewhere and one of these two popped up (added bonus if they're both in the same place) then you better believe we are taking some sort of picture. I've even seen some pretty doors that if I didn't think it would be creepy to walk up on a strangers porch and just start taking pictures, I would. I haven't gotten to that status yet, but the thought has crossed my mind. Anyone else just drawn to fun colors?

First Friday Favorites of The Year

Happy Friday!! I hope 2017 is off to a good start for you. Mine has been a little interesting so far with a virus that seems to be making its rounds over here. I'm not complaining though. We are still so fresh into the new year with plenty of time for all the fun. 

Here's a look at some of my favorites from the week...

1. New Year's celebrations: in case you missed it I shared our 12pm kids countdown that we had so much fun doing with the nuggets and hope to make this a yearly tradition. I wasn't feeling well and at one point wasn't sure if I was even going to make it out for new year's. If you remember, I was torn between two dresses I order, but after trying them on several times I knew {this} was the perfect one to wear. I pulled myself together and faked it until I made it.

I'm glad that I did because I haven't missed a new year's with two of my closest friends since we've basically been celebrating new years. My one friend Anita and I have spent every new year together since we rang in the millennium in 2000!  

This was the second year we celebrated at the Union Trust in Philly and had another great time. It's a very classy atmosphere with a crowd that's more our style (at this stage in our lives), with good food, great music, and little details that really make it feel special. Like giving out chocolate chip cookies and philly soft pretzels to go along with your champagne toast at midnight. It's the little things. 

2. Brunch: one of my all time favorite things to do is brunch. There's just something about mixing breakfast and lunch food together that I cannot get enough of. It just felt like the perfect way to kick the new year off so we met up with my sister and mom and went to one of our favorite places, Keg and Kitchen.

They had one of the cutest things I've ever seen for kids, a juice flight. A loved sipping his different juices and found it even more interesting that it came out on a wooden board.

New Year's Eve Kids Countdown

Three, two, one...Happy New Year! 

Boy did we have fun with this one and all the gold and silver confetti that was involved. I think I still found a piece of it in my hair yesterday, but totally worth it.

Since Eric and I were going out for new year's and we knew the boys would be fast asleep by midnight, we thought it would be fun to do a kids countdown at 12pm.

Unfortunately I came down with something the night before and was not feeling like myself at all. But, when you make a promise to your three year old, and he knows there's confetti poppers involved, you keep your promise.

Starting The New Year Happy {Giveaway}

Happy New Year, friends! I hope everyone had a great time celebrating and is ready to see what 2017 has in store for all of us. 

I've never really been big on resolutions or putting pressure on myself to complete them. Instead, I like to reflect on the previous year, figure out what I enjoyed most, things I would like to change or do better—and strive for that in the year ahead. Ok, maybe it's the same difference, but for some reason the word resolution just never really vibed with me. 

This year I'm focusing on happiness. Life is too short to be upset about the small things (or large things for that matter). When I look back at life's highlights I want to feel genuinely happy. I want to know that my family and the people I care about the most were happy.

That's why this custom cell phone case from CaseApp is perfect for me to carry into the new year. 

I had a generic gold case for the longest time that was starting to peel and had pretty much seen its day. When I looked through all the different cases CaseApp offers for iphone and android phones along with the option for you to customize your own, I was hooked! 

I thought about uploading my own image (you can do that too) but I loved this shimmer case and decided to go with something different than I originally thought I wanted. Once I selected the case I used the clipart feature and found the perfect saying, be happy.

I think we can all agree that our phones are one of our best accessories, so why not have fun with different cases? I've already gotten so many compliments on this one and can't wait to break out my amazing flamingo case in the spring. I envision many days sitting on the beach with this one. Ahhh, the beach.