Friday Favorites-Celebrations

Happy Friday, friends! It's been an exciting week over here with a lot celebrating going on. We kicked the month off with my sister's birthday, Eric's birthday was on Wednesday, and cue all the C's birthday is in less than two weeks. I'! We'll talk more about that once it gets closer, but for now, I'm going to take my mind off of things by working on some small details for his party and sneaking my kids leftover halloween candy. 

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


I mentioned it was both my sister and Eric's birthdays this week. We've all consumed way too much cake and goodies, but they deserve to be celebrated, and that's exactly what we did. It will continue to carry on this weekend as well. Since Eric's was during the week, and my sister got to enjoy hers last weekend, we'll be headed to a tricky tray and our sixers are back home for the next upcoming games! I was so disappointed to see their 5-0 winning streak come to an end this week, but we are keeping our fingers crossed they'll pick up the pace again. 

Anyway, my sister wanted to celebrate her birthday at a few local wineries and that's exactly what we did. NJ actually has a ton of great wineries to visit (those of you that have been around for a while know that I had my wedding reception at one). Eric being the amazing dad that he is offered to watch the boys so I could go out with my sister, brother, cousin, and my sister's best friend. We started at one winery, headed to another, had some drinks, laughs, fun, and then everyone wanted to come home and hit golf balls in our backyard and ride on the quads. I think my sister had a pretty epic birthday.

Eric's was more low-key since it was during the week and he also had a work dinner to go to that night. We met for lunch at a new spot for us and had delicious burgers. I had a coffee burger which is kind of ironic because I don't even like coffee. But I do love the smell of it. I decided to give it a try and I was not disappointed. Yuengling which is one of Eric's favorites drinks, is native to PA, and they partnered with Hershey's to produce their first chocolate beer. The place we were at happened to be one of a handful of places to carry it for a limited time. The owner was nice enough to give Eric a limited edition glasses to take home with him. I'm not a big drinker, but man this was tasty. The boys go to sing to him and give him his gifts before he headed out to dinner.

Flea Market Finds: 

there's a popular flea market not too far from us that we've been wanting to stop by for awhile. Sundays are always their big day but it's hard for us to go in the morning with church. By the time we get home, everything is already picked over. Since it was daylight savings, we decided it was a great day to try and head there. It was the best idea, ever! I think we're going to make it a fall daylight savings tradition now. If everyone is going to wake up super early we might as well take advantage of it. We walked around the whole thing, got breakfast sandwiches, made some purchases, and still made it to church on time. That would not happen at any other time. I've been on the lookout for an old ladder but didn't want to spend a lot on one. I checked all the typical places, letgo, FB marketplace, etc, and all were more than I wanted to spend. I found one here and was able to talk the guy down to $8! I'm going to clean it up a bit, and I have an idea of how I want to use it as some party decor for C's birthday and also do something fun with it for the kids around Christmas. I also found an old crate, an old standup chalkboard, and Eric found some hand saws that we can use for our trees. Overall it was a very successful trip and I'm looking forward to doing some of these projects this week.

Thankful Pumpkin: 

after we got hit with frost we decided it was time to pick our little batch of pumpkins that we grew. None of them ever really turned a true orange color, yellow and green instead, but the boys were so excited to get them and bring them home to paint them and decorate with them. We've been doing a thankful pumpkin ever since A was little and decided to use our one big yellowish pumpkin that we got as our thankful pumpkin this year. Every night we talk about and write down on the pumpkin something that we're thankful for.

You guys will never guess who we got to take this family picture for us. I tell you, we are really random. Quick story, we were getting our mail, which is pretty far from the front of our house and up by where we have the pumpkins. We were coming home and stopped to get our mail and saw a UPS truck sitting in our cul-de-sac. He told us he was just stopping for a few minutes to take his break. I figured since he was already up there I'd ask him if he could snap a picture of us picking our pumpkins. You guys, he was the coolest! He was all into it and even took some candids. He was so nice! Hey, you gotta use your resources, right?

Recent Posts: 

well look at me with three posts this week. whoop whoop! I'd love to keep this up but we'll see how time permits. I've really been trying to focus on family first, especially with the holidays coming up. You all know you can peek my stories and see some fun over on my instagram as well. This week I shared some funny things my boys have recently said. I always enjoy hearing what little ones say and seeing how their minds work. I'm going to miss when they outgrow the wrong phrases or literal terms, so I'm documenting what I can.

I also shared three different looks to transition a dress from summer to fall. I love pieces that you can wear throughout the seasons. And my $11 dress will be getting a lot of use out of it!

Favorite Finds: 

speaking of finds, is anyone else excited for Old Navy's friends and family event? It's no secret we're big old navy shoppers. I get sooo many deals on things and they have such great finds for the boys. Plus we're big fans of their built-in karate flex pants for the boys. I have so many things in my cart and I am just waiting for the 9th to hit when it will all be 50% off! I'll let you peek my cart...this plaid scoop neck midi dress is sooo cute! I'm trying to figure out a theme for our Christmas cards and I'm not sure what direction I want to go in just yet, but this is a big contender. I also love this blanket scarf as a gift idea for some of my girlfriends. You can never have too many winter accessories and I always appreciate them as gifts. I also love the color of this swing dress for the holidays. I really love these animal print slip ons and hope that they do a full restock of sizes on them. This gooseberry plaid coat is also amazing! My boys are all into those sequin type shirts that change when you flip them up or flip them down. I found this beanie that has sequins as well. I'm in need of a new pair of slippers and these sherpa lined slippers have me thinking they are some kind of cozy. Speaking of cozy, these fun Dad cozy socks would make a great stocking stuffer. Happy shopping!

I hope everyone has a great weekend! 

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