Five on Friday!

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Happy Friday:) I’m linking up with Darci and friends for 5 on Friday!

{1} I’m loving Emily Ley’s products and recently signed up for her newsletter.  As part of the newsletter, she offered this free iPhone lock screen calendar and matching wallpaper.  So pretty!

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{two} I hate how stores put out items SO far in advance.  Bathing suits come out in January and snow pants are in the stores by September!  Crazy!  Let’s just slow down and take things as they come-no need to rush.  By the time I get around to purchasing seasonal items, they are all gone or the stock is extremely limited.  That being said, I love looking at all the cute seasonal items at Target.  Surprise, surprise, they have had their Easter items out for several weeks now (I think probably starting the day after Valentine’s Day, ha!).  Seeing all the bright colors makes me want spring to come soon (as I look out my window and see the snow covered ground, and temps at -1 degree earlier in the day).

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{three} Speaking of the snow, this weather has been crazy!  It was in the 60s over the weekend and the next day, we had snow and temps in the teens.  We’ve been going outside any chance we can get!

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{four} While shopping at Target the other day, both kiddos put on some fedoras and modeled for us, ha!  They love Target as much as their mommy:)

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{five} Yummy!  Will and I quickly threw together some delicious  monkey bread the other evening.  If you haven’t had monkey bread, you must make it! I made an easy version and used refrigerated biscuit dough, chopped walnuts, butterscotch pudding mix, sugar, cinnamon, and melted butter.

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Have a great weekend!

Our Fun Countdown to Christmas Recap!

As one of my Pinterest projects, I created some countdown to Christmas activities. My goal was to have a fun Christmas/winter activity each day from December 1 through Christmas. Below is a photographic recap of some of our activities.

Here are the activities written out for each day.

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I put the slips of paper in this bucket and my plan was to select a different activity each day. This didn’t always happen, ha!

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Cereal necklaces!

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Countdown chain I created. Will took off a chain each morning-it was the first thing he did when he came downstairs each morning.

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We had a blast at our community’s Christmas parade!

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Will insisted on making orange snowflakes!

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Daddy’s work Christmas party-playing Ring Around the Rosy with some kiddos.

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Making peanut butter pinecones for the birds!

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Christmas jammies!

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On the hunt for a Christmas tree.

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Decorating our tree.

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Donating toys to Salvation Army and another organization at our local toy store.

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Reading books with a winter/Christmas theme.

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Last year’s personalized ornaments for Will and Harper.

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Cookie dough in preparation for cookie day!

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Candy cane fruit!

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In our Christmas pajamas, driving around looking at Christmas lights.

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Christmas lights display at the park.

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Annual cookie day!

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Decorating sugar cookies.

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Visit with Santa.

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Making cinnamon applesauce ornaments.

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Crafting a gingerbread house.

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Making the Pioneer Woman’s delicious hot chocolate.

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While these activities were lots of fun, it was difficult to do one activity each day (especially on work nights). We did our best to complete the list but there were a few we didn’t get to. Next year, I plan on creating more of a winter bucket list where we can pick and choose different activities (and not be on such a time constraint of one activity a day). I also love the idea of reading a different Christmas book each night-maybe next year?!

Five on Friday:)

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Hello and Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Darci and friends for Five on Friday:)

{1} This year, we decided to put together two boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  My original plan was to have Harper fill a box for a girl around her age and for Will to create a box for a boy his age.  However, after reading more about Operation Christmas Child, I realized that the most needed boxes were for boys ages 10-14.  As a result, we compiled two identical boxes for boys in this age range.  This was such a fun project for the kiddos!  Will and Harper loved sorting the items and filling the boxes.  At first, Will said, “Mommy, this ball won’t fit in the box, so we will just keep it.”  Ha!  We plan on making this a yearly tradition.

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{2} I decided to go through my closet and get rid of some old clothes that I haven’t worn in years.  My friend recently sent some of her clothes to thredUP and received a decent amount of money.  I bought some nice children’s clothing from thredUP but did not have a good experience when I sent them a huge bag of kids’ clothes.  However, I was planning on donating my old clothes and thought it would be worth it to see if any of them would sell.  We’ll see how much I get!

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{3} My first Stitch Fix came this week!   Here’s my little helper digging into my box:)  I loved the experience of Stitch Fix and plan on getting another “fix” in the future, even though I ended up keeping only one of the five items.  More about my experience with Stitch Fix will be in an upcoming post, hopefully sometime next week if I can get my blogging act together.  Work has been so busy lately, and after the kiddos are in bed in the evenings, all I want to do is read blogs and relax, not write blog posts:(

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{4}  My parents came last weekend and spent the night.  Will loves it when they visit (and Harper, too), especially since he gets to camp out in our bonus/play room.  Will’s bedroom serves as the guest bedroom, so he gets booted out of his room when company visits.  Here are my parents playing with the kiddos:)  While they were visiting, we went to downtown to an event called Sparkles and Sweets.  It’s a holiday kick-off open house where many stores are open until 9pm, including our favorite toy store.  We did a little Christmas shopping and walked around in the freezing cold!  But not too cold to stop at our favorite gelato shop and share some ice cream (I actually had some yummy hot chocolate instead, since I was really COLD!)!

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{5}  Christmas cards, check!  I’m trying to do some holiday prep in advance so it doesn’t become so overwhelming. We had our fall pics taken several weeks ago, and I had been waiting for a good deal on Christmas cards. I typically use Shutterfly for our cards, but the quality isn’t the greatest.  I happened to find a great deal on cards at Minted from The Mom Creative.  I’ve heard great things about the quality of cards from Minted, so I was excited when I purchased 25 Christmas postcards for $8 (including shipping and tax!).  What a great deal! Plus, it will save on postage!  Here’s the front of the Christmas postcards; the back has our address (already printed!) and a pic of Will and Harper.  The cards are made of nice quality, thick paper.  Now all I need to do is narrow down our Christmas list to 25 people!  Ha! I plan on buying a few additional Christmas cards to send to some family members (since I will include copies of our fall pics for them).

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What Does the Fox Say?! A Halloween Recap

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What Does the Fox Say? Have y’all heard that song?  If not, you must google it! It’s hilarious!  Anyway, before that song went viral, we selected a cute fox costume for WIll for Halloween.  It’s so, so cute!  However, due to the popularity of the song, EVERYONE asked Will what the fox says, ha!

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This was Will and Harper’s first “real” year going trick-or-treating.  Each year, we take the kiddos trick-or-treating to Nana’s.  We also visit her mom (Maw) next door and Aunt Kitty, who lives right beside Maw.  However, before this year, that was the extent of our trick-or-treating.  We loved it, but this year we were invited to our friends’ home for dinner and trick-or-treating.  They live in a huge neighborhood and we thought Will and Harper would like to do more trick-or-treating.  So we headed to their house for pizza and got the kiddos decked out in their fox and owl costumes.  It was getting late, and both kiddos were tired.  We ended up going just down the block and back up, but it was fun.   Mr. Fox ran up to the houses on his own and rang the doorbell.  He also asked for an extra piece of candy for his sister…how sweet:)  His sister was the cutest owl ever:)

I hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween!  Now it’s time to get ready for Thanksgiving, ha!