Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope the week has been a good one for you. It's been a whirlwind over here and I can't believe next week is already Thanksgiving. It looks like Thanksgiving will be even more different this year because we'll probably be in the hospital. We also got some snow yesterday and the boys had an early dismal. I'm not sure I'm ready for it to be snowing and freezing cold yet, but there is something really special about the first snowfall.

I wanted to give a quick baby update before I get into my favorites. Thank you so much to everyone who's sent me messages, and DMs on instagram asking how I'm holding up. You all are amazing and it means so much to me. It looks like things are progressing in the right direction and there is a possibility that he could come this weekend. That's what I'm really praying for, but babies have a mind of their own. If he doesn't, then more than likely I will be induced (which I'm terrified about) on Tuesday so that the team of doctors can be ready for us and on hand. I have so many emotions running through me right now. I'm excited, anxious, nervous. You name it and I've probably felt it. We are just praying hard and asking for God's presence and peace to be with us during this time and for everything to be ok once he's here. It will probably be a little quiet around here until I can get back to blogging and I can catch up with everyone. I'm not exactly sure how comfortable I'm going to feel putting him out there on social media but you're always welcome to check my instagram if I decide to share things there. 

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

1. EXPLORING: 

almost all of the leaves have fallen over here and the end of fall feels near. It was nice to get out and enjoy a nice walk admiring all of the colors. The boys love exploring and Coaty always has the biggest smile of his face when we let him off his leash to sniff around. He's always so great and stays right by us. A even asked me if he could use my camera to take a picture of little nugget. I'm so impressed with how he did! Maybe I have a new blogging buddy to take some pics for me ;) 

2. Friendsgiving:

last weekend our good friends had their annual friendsgiving. They always do such a great job with getting everyone getting together and the food is always delicious. Since we aren't sure how our Thanksgiving will be this year it was nice to get a traditional meal in with a great group of people. No judgements on the amount of food on our plates, because give me all the fixings.


3. C is for Cookies: 

we came across this adorable milk and cookie shop that of course we couldn't pass up stopping in and treating the boys. They had a bunch of different flavors and all of the ones we tried were sooo good. I got a pumpkin cookie and seriously could have eaten at least another three of them.


4. Fall Outfit: 

it's hard to believe this could be my last official maternity outfit that I share. I had high hopes of putting together some really cute looks and showing off my growing bump, but a lot of times I was just too exhausted and didn't want to spend a lot of money on an extensive maternity wardrobe that I might not ever wear again. I have been loving simple dresses with staple fall accessories and shared more about it here.

5. Shopping Finds:  

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I hit some great sales this week and couldn't pass up on the opportunity to cross off a few more things from my Christmas lists for others. Every year we do an elf on the shelf welcome breakfast for our boys and our elf, Alvin, always brings them a few little things. We're hoping to take some Christmas card pictures after the baby gets here and I'm leaning towards going with a buffalo plaid/red and black plaid theme. I couldn't pass up these matching hats for the boys and for Eric. I also came across this blanket wrap that they have in two different patterns and is currently on sale for $12! I picked up one for myself and a few for gifts. You can never go wrong with flip top gloves and I love that they have these in so many colors, and they're also on sale.

A needed a new coat for the winter but all of the ones I was coming across were so puffy and he doesn't like wearing them. I ordered this one and I'm hoping it will be a good mix that isn't too puffy for him. I also loved these dino Christmas jammies for A because all of the ones from last year don't fit him anymore. Not that I expected them to, but sometimes he can be in between sizes for a while. I also picked up this makeup case and how cute is this canva lunch tote? I couldn't resist these super cozy cable knit pom slipper socks (currently 40% off) and in so many colors to choose from. And last but not least I picked up this duo car seat head support for baby boy because I actually have no idea where are other one is. This one was really cute and very reasonable.

Speaking of shopping and the holidays, in case you missed it we had our monthly girl chat link up yesterday where we shared some tips for juggling the holiday season. There were a lot of great suggestions that might be helpful so be sure to check it out.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones next week!

Tips For Juggling The Holidays-Girl Chat Link Up

Turkey, ham, cookies, gifts, home decor...oh my! The holidays can be a time of togetherness, traditions, love, and so much more. But it can also be a time of stress, sadness, and some people (gasp) just aren't that into them. Wherever you fall on the all things holiday cheer meter, that's ok. 

This month for our girl chat link up topic, we are discussing ways to help juggle the holidays. If you're the one hosting, traveling, going the extra mile with things, or are a big shopper, there are times when the holidays can leave your head spinning. 

I'm sharing ways that have helped me to enjoy, de-stress, and have a calmer holiday season. 

START SHOPPING EARLY: 

this might sound good in theory, but trust me, it makes such a difference when you don't have to battle the crowds, worry about last minute ideas, if your packages will arrive in time, or stress about what to get. I won't say that I still don't have my moments where I need to run out for that last minute thing, but making a dent and really getting a head start, is really helpful. I've also gotten into the habit of picking things up throughout the year and keeping a section in our attic for gifts. I also take a picture of what I got with my phone so I don't forget about it up there and we know what we got. We hit a major sale at Target last year and got most of the boys shopping done way back when. 

THINK THOUGHTFUL INSTEAD OF PERFECT: 

speaking of gifts, I try my best to get things that I know people could use or need. Instead of getting little things that might never get used, we like to go more practical or treat someone to something they've had their eye on. If it's buying for family, I try to pay attention to little things throughout general conversations that might spark a gift idea. If you spend majority of your time looking for that perfect gift (whatever that might be) then you better start early.  

LET TRADITIONS FALL INTO PLACE: 

one of the best things about having little ones has been the traditions we've started with them and some that we've carried over from both mine and Eric's childhood. While there are a lot that we would like to stick to, sometimes it might not be realistic to get them all accomplished in the holiday season. Like this year, I shared how we won't be making it to the yearly Thanksgiving parade. We also might have to push our yearly elf on the shelf welcome breakfast back a week or two instead of doing it Thanksgiving weekend. My suggestion is to focus on the traditions you are able to keep up with and try not to get discouraged if you can't get to all of them.

DON'T OVER THINK FAMILY PHOTOS:

I know we all want amazing pictures to put on our holiday card to send out to friends and loved ones, but in a Pinterest driven society and age of digital cameras, it can be so easy to get caught up in wanting the perfect shot. There's nothing wrong with hoping for that, but if it causes you more stress or you have unrealistic expectations, is it really worth it? I've shared several times about our failed attempt one year that ended up turning into being one of my favorites. 

BE FLEXIBLE WITH DATES:

sometimes it can be so hard to get everyone together on that one specific day to celebrate. The best thing we did was change things up last year and had everyone over on Christmas Eve instead of Christmas day. It made the day so much more relaxing and allowed others to have more flexibility with how they wanted to spend the day. We also enjoyed getting together over Thanksgiving weekend instead of just keeping it to that Thursday.

CONCENTRATE ON GUESTS: 

if you're the one hosting it's so important to focus on your guests. While the decor and little details are also great, there's nothing like coming to someone's house and feeling welcomed and relaxed. We set out throw blankets, allow people to kick their shoes off, have extra fuzzy socks to put on, and plenty of comfy seating. Most people want to relax and lounge around (especially after that big meal) and sometimes sitting at the table all night isn't what everyone prefers. The more you can make people feel right at home the more others will want to come over. 

DON'T BE AFRAID TO DELEGATE:

this goes back to the hosting aspect of things, don't be afraid to have someone lend a helping hand. Most people want to help, and will offer. People enjoy feeling needed. You can keep some of the small tasks for when guests arrive to help out with instead of you running around like a chicken with a head cut off throughout the whole day. You can also have people bring side dishes or desserts to help with the overall meal.

GIVE BACK:

there's something really special about extending our time to give back to others. I don't know about you, but every time we participate in something philanthropic or give to someone else in need, it is such a humbling and rewarding feeling. Of course these are things that should be done all throughout the year, but they can feel even more important around the holidays. When we take a step back from the focus being on us it really puts things into perspective. 

QUALITY TIME WITH FAMILY:

I'll never forget the first time we hosted Thanksgiving I spent majority of my time in the kitchen and before I knew it everyone was leaving and we barely got a chance to visit with each other. I was so exhausted by the end of it and sad that it went by so fast. After that I made a promise to myself, the dishes can stay in the sink, the cleanup can wait, but the memories and moments created with family need to happen. Ever since then we leave the cleanup for after and make sure we take time to visit with each other.

BE RESPECTFUL OF OTHERS:

as much as the holidays can be such a special and joyous time they can also be a really sad reminder for others. It could be someone spending the holiday without their mother or a loved one, someone who has been trying for a baby is reminded that it hasn't happened yet, or financial reminders for someone who isn't able to give like they want to. Kindness always goes a long way and showing love and support to others can make such a difference. 

Now it's your turn to share some of your tips. I can't wait to see what you've come up with because I can always use some new suggestions and inspiration.

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Dressing Your Bump For The Fall

I'm not exactly sure what I had in mind when I thought about fall outfits while being pregnant. I think I envisioned these really cute looks frolicking through a pumpkin patch and having the best temperatures to do it all in. To be honest, I think being pregnant in the summer is actually easier. I understand there is that whole heat factor that comes into play, but the simplicity of throwing on a maxi dress and flip flops is so convenient. 

Of course this all depends on where you live. For some parts, your fall might feel like my summer and not really get too cold. Regardless, it hasn't been the easiest for me in the home stretch. I'm surprised that I'm actually saying this, but I kind of miss sharing outfit posts with you all.

I also think if you're around the 5-7 months mark of being pregnant, the fall might be a lot more enjoyable. I'm at the point where I have very few things that I really feel comfortable in, there are days where my boots feel too tight, jackets make me look huge, and finding outfits for work have been a challenge. Yes, of course leggings are life when you're pregnant but you still need tops appropriate to cover certain areas, because not all leggings are created equal or have the quality that pants do. 

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Alright, enough about that. Let's talk about an outfit that I really do enjoy and have tried to get away with wearing it, umm pretty much every other week. I've switched up my boots, added different scarfs and accessories, so I don't really think anyone has noticed too much, or they're probably just being nice and not saying anything. I picked up this olive color midi dress and it is so comfortable. I will seriously wear this after I'm pregnant if it works out.

I love a good blanket scarf in the fall and you all know my love for hats runs strong. Eric and I went shopping the other night, and the amazing husband that he is knows that I don't need anymore in my collection. But, I didn't have one in this color and he replied by saying, it looks great on you just get it.

Over the weekend we decided to stop off in Princeton to grab some lunch after church and check out some of the shops. It's such a great town with so many cute places. I couldn't resist snapping a few pictures in front of the University. Random fact, my sister's fiance graduated from Princeton and my grandfather used to work there back in the day as an accountant at the same time Einstein was there.

The boys had fun playing on the steps in front of the old doors, but then we caught them jumping off and running to hide behind the bushes. The knees of their jeans were filthy and I kept finding little twigs stuck to the hood and collar of their jackets. Boys will be boys. A was so adorable when he snuck up beside me to take a picture and hold my belly. Melt my heart.

We joked around that maybe one day one of the boys will want to go to Princeton and how cute would it be to have a picture of them playing there when they were young. Hey, you never know, right?

Dress: here, non maternity here and here | Boots: similar here and here | Blanket scarf: similar, here (on sale), here and here | Hat: here 

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Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! We made it through the first full week of November with a lot of celebrating going on over here. If you caught my favorites last week then you saw that it was my sister's birthday and this week was Eric's birthday. I was wondering if baby boy wanted to share a birthday with him but it looks like he's still cozy in there. 

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

Eric's Birthday: 

my mom watched the boys for us over the weekend and Eric and I got to enjoy a nice dinner out. She also kept them overnight so it was amazing to sleep in the next morning. I kind of forgot what that feels like. His actual birthday was a rainy dreary one and by the time we got home it was dark as anything. Ugh daylight savings. The worst, at least when we fall back, is not my friend. I need daylight. I need sunshine. I can't live in the dark. 

Anyway, we snuck home a little earlier than him to put out some decorations, hide under the kitchen table, and yell surprise when he walked through the door. We ordered food from a Columbian restaurant which was so good and got to enjoy his favorite, cannoli cake! If you caught my insta stories then you might have seen the boys provided some dinner entertainment with unbuttoned shirts and singing, I'm an old man do-do-do. I don't know where they get this stuff from. They have been quite the comedians lately and it's been really cute to see them crack each other up.

Sister's Birthday: 

Continuing with the celebrating, my sister had the cutest fall themed party over the weekend. I loved her hay bales and the fire pit. She had blankets for everyone with hot chocolate and smores. I made these fruit smores and she had a ton of food. It was so fun! 

Thankful Pumpkin:

if you've been following along for awhile now (always a big thank you to those that do) then you know we start our thankful pumpkin every November 1st. Every night after we have dinner we talk about something we're thankful for and write it on the pumpkin. Then at Thanksgiving we have the pumpkin out on the table and it's a nice way to reflect on things that mean so much to us.

November Goals:

speaking of things in November, I don't always do monthly goals but this month felt like a good time to get some things in order. I also think that me sharing it in a post makes me feel more accountable for actually achieving them.

Kids Holiday Gift Idea: 

one of my goals was to try and get as much, if not finish all of my shopping, before baby boy gets here. I shared this fun 2-in-1 RC Monster Truck from Huffy. They also have two other models out that make for a great ideas for the holidays.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Here's where you can find me linking for all of the link up fun. And don't forget, on Thursday we will have our monthly girl chat link up where we'll be sharing tips for juggling the holiday season. I'd love for you to join us and share your thoughts!


Fun Activity-Oriented Gifts With Huffy


Thank you to Huffy for sponsoring this post. All opinions remain my own. 

It's hard to believe the holidays are upon us. I'm still sitting here wondering where in the world has the time gone?! As much as I don't enjoy the feeling of time flying by, this is one of my favorite times of year—especially with little ones. There's nothing like creating those special family memories, enjoying all the good food (oh yes those treats can be so dangerous) and the fun of gift giving.

It's such an exciting thing to see the joy and excitement on your little ones' faces as they open their gifts, and give their opinions about them too. Anyone else have little ones that have opened gifts and said, what, clothes again? While we are teaching them to be grateful for everything they receive, there are those really special gifts that are the icing on the cake for them. We love gifts that truly create great memories and add in so much fun for them. That's why we love Huffy's promise of We Make Fun. And that's exactly what they do.

I can still remember getting my first Huffy bike on Christmas morning and immediately wanting to go outside and ride it. I was still in my Care Bear nightgown and slippers, never mind those cold December temperatures, those pink handlebars had me all excited and I couldn't wait to give it a go. I love being able to share those special moments with my boys now and love Huffy's new, exciting, and innovative products that came out this fall at Walmart.

We are loving their new RC (Radio Control) Monster Truck. We are trying to promote more share toys between the boys and this one is perfect with it's 2-toys-in-1 concept. The truck quickly converts from a monster truck ride-on to a radio-control monster truck when you add or remove the steering wheel. They both have their favorite things to do with this toy so it's worked out really well. I also love the safety features the truck has and that the radio control power only works when the steering wheel is removed, and your child is not sitting on it. I also love that there was little hassle with this and it comes mostly assembled. Not needing to sit here and scratch my head over reading all the directions, umm, yes please!! All we really needed to do was attach the steering wheel.

I loved seeing how excited they were to receive this and it was so cute to see how happy they were when they found out one can use it as a radio control truck and the other can ride on it. I love that this was easy for them to use with the recommended ages being between 3-7 years old and it's great for them because it holds up to 65 pounds. Although, A was really into driving it around the yard and little nugget was all about hopping on and using the foot pedal accelerator to take it for a spin. It was so fun to see the different features that interested each of them.

The holidays are the perfect time to give that special gift that really makes for a fun time and creates great childhood memories. I can just imagine how special it would be to receive this RC Monster Truck under the tree and make the holidays even more special.  Come to think of it, I probably should have added a big red bow to this. Because doesn't a big red bow somehow make things even more special? Looks like I'll be using that idea for next time.
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