Mother’s Day Weekend 2014

Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you and your family had a wonderful weekend:) We had a great weekend!

On Friday afternoon after work, I stopped by our local toy store, Pufferbellies (I mention them a lot on my blog since they’re such a great store with a super staff) to pick up a free gift certificate. Pufferbellies gave away free gift certificates ranging from $3 to $20 all day Friday to any mother who came to the store. Last year and this year I received a $5 certificate. How cool is that?! They gave away over $1,000 in free gift certificates!

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My sweet girl.

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Will came home from preschool on Thursday with a secret gift for mommy. He was so excited about giving it to me and couldn’t wait until Sunday! I received a beautiful card and a vase of flowers with his picture in it. So sweet! Love you, Will!

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On Saturday, we ate breakfast and headed to a local craft fair.  My childhood friend’s father sells his woodenware at the craft fair, so we always stop by to visit (he’s the one who makes the wooden stools you see Will and Harper sitting/standing on in my pics!).

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I loved this jewelry from CameraSHY Photography, especially her custom photo necklaces.

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We had fun wandering around the booths and browsing the beautiful crafts, but it was kind of hard with two kiddos who wanted to touch everything!

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Our plan was to eat lunch at the craft fair but it started raining. We played for a few minutes on the playground before getting in the car and deciding to head to a new place for lunch.

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My husband randomly found an awesome pizza place called Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.   We ordered the Popeye pizza, which was topped with spinach, caramelized onions, artichoke hearts, roasted garlic, mozzarella, cheddar, and feta.  It was one of the best pizzas I have ever had! We both loved the roasted garlic on the pizza…now I’m on the hunt for some good roasted garlic recipes! This restaurant was very kid friendly too, which is a must for us right now! Any place that has crayons and paper for kids to draw is great!

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As we headed back over the mountain on our way home, Will and Harper took a nap.

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Before going home, we stopped at a local garden center to pick up a blueberry bush and a lily.

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It was rainy, but Will and Harper had a blast running around the garden center and helping daddy push the wagon, as evidenced by Harper’s muddy shorts!

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Today, we attended church and have been home hanging out all afternoon.  We tried our best to get a picture of me with the kiddos…this is one of the outtakes!

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It’s hard to believe that I’m celebrating my fifth Mother’s Day! On my first Mother’s Day back in 2010, Will was only eight days old. Two years later, in 2012, we celebrated Mother’s Day with a two year old and sweet Harper, who was seven weeks old.  I love you, Will and Harper! You both bring so much joy and fun to my life:) Love ya!

5 on Friday!

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Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Carolina Charm and several other bloggers for 5 on Friday:)

{one} Panera Bread is one of our new favorite spots for eating out with kiddos.  A huge Panera opened up last year near us, and it has a nice play area.  We met a grandfather, his son, and two kiddos there last weekend. The grandfather came up to us and said that his son comes here about once a week with the kiddos, just because of the play area, ha! If you ask Will and Harper their favorite places to eat, they will say, “Depot, Cracker Barrel, Chick-Fil-A, Baja” and now, “Panera.”  The Depot is a local restaurant right next to the train station.  They enjoy eating there since we get to visit the cat who lives in the store next to the restaurant and because we usually head up the hill and over the bridge for a little walk.  This gives us a nice view of the city.  They enjoy Baja, a fresh Mex restaurant since the restaurant has cool doodle pads yummy chips and queso.  Cracker Barrel and Chick-Fil-A are loved for their food, and the kiddos now love Panera since they get to play after eating their meal.  Win for both parents and kiddos:)

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{two} Spring is coming!  Below are some beautiful spring and Easter displays at our all time favorite toy store, Pufferbellies. I know I talk about Pufferbellies a lot, but it’s because it’s such a wonderful toy store (and because we go there A LOT!). I love looking at their creative window displays, which change frequently.  I’m loving the hippity, hoppity displays!

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{three} Speaking of Pufferbellies, one cool thing they do is have birthday baskets for kiddos.  We started doing this last year when Will turned three. This year was our first year creating a birthday basket for Harper, and we plan on doing this each year. You select gifts your kiddos would like for their birthday and Pufferbellies displays them behind the counter.  It makes it very easy for people to pick out gifts for kiddos, and even out of town guests can purchase items from the wish list online.  The store will wrap the gifts and all you have to do is pick them up (or, they deliver if you are within a certain mile radius).  So fun!

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{four} Does anyone else collect/use Fiestware? I went the non-traditional route when I got married and registered for Fiestaware. I initially wanted just a few colors, but after a few years, my collection grew into a rainbow of colors.  Each year, Fiestaware announces a new color. This year, they recently released a picture of their 2014 color, Poppy. While I like it, I was really hoping they would jump on the Pantene color of the year and go with a shade of purple.  However, I will purchase one piece of the new color to add to my collection.

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{five} I’m loving Lisa Leonard’s new “My Wildflowers Necklace!” So pretty! She comes out with beautiful new pieces all the time!

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Happy Friday!

Organization-baskets, baskets, and more baskets!

I love everything organization! Here are a few ways I use baskets/containers in my home to stay organized:

~Baby changing basket full of diapers, wipes, diaper cream, lotion, hand wipes. This basket stays on my dresser right beside our pack n play/changing table.

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~This basket, which sits beside our phone in our kitchen, holds pens, pencils, sticky notes, my camera (for quick access to take pics of the kiddos), and any recent mail/bills.

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~This is a peek into my pantry. Several years ago I bought the white containers and labeled/organized my pantry.


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~I organize all of my thank you cards, birthday cards, and miscellaneous cards in this basket. It also includes stamps, an address stamper, tape, a stapler, pens, my address book, and anything else I need when mailing letters. While I like sending handwritten letters and notes, I hate picking out the cards. Each January I buy all of the birthday cards I need for the entire year! This system works very well for me! I also purchase several additional cards that I might need throughout the year. Having an address stamper is a nice time saving tool as well!

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~My Keurig cups are organized in this pretty ceramic basket from Target. I don’t have room on our counter to display it, but when we have guests stay with us, we get it out.

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~I have two linen boards in between the mirror above my dresser where I hang my jewelry. It’s a very pretty way to display my necklaces (which tend to stay on the board more than on me-with having little kiddos, I often forget to put on jewelry, ha!).

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~This is one of three baskets from The Land of Nod for organizing toys. My son has a green one in his room and we have a light blue one in our bonus room (where the majority of the toys are). The brown basket stays in our living room downstairs and blends in fairly well with the decor.
20130722-145712.jpg~How do you use baskets to organize?

Five on Friday

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Hello, Friday, I’m so glad you are here! It’s been a very long first week back to school. I’m linking up with Darci from The Good Life Blog for Five on Friday.

{1} I’m loving Miss H’s rompers and am getting kind of sad that this will probably be her last year wearing them:( Next year, she’ll more than likely be too big for this style. They are just so cute! I am looking forward to fall outfits and colors, though. So many pretty colors out there for the fall. It’s feeling like fall already in Virginia…the past few mornings, the temps have been in the 50s. Speaking of fall, I need to start searching for outfits for our fall pictures!

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{2}I love seeing my husband read to our kids:) Miss H. often goes up to daddy with a book and plops herself down on his lap. We are participating in a 1,000 books by kindergarten program at our local library, so we’ve been trying to keep track of all the books we read. It is apparent that we have some favorites in our household. It tends to go through phases, though. For a while, it was the Gossie books (some of our favorites!). Then it was Brown Bear, Brown Bear and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Now we’re reading lots of Dr. Seuss. I’ve been rotating books from our living room up to Will’s room so that we have more variety. It seems to help!

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{3} Now that I’m back at work, I’m starting to wear necklaces more often. Over the summer, I didn’t wear them at all. I tend to forget about putting jewelry on, but I’m trying to make more of an effort now that I’m at school. My mom got me an Origami Owl necklace for my birthday (see below), which is cute. Some of my favorite necklaces are by Lisa Leonard Designs. Below is the “mama” necklace I have of hers. I rarely wear bracelets or earrings, but I do like necklaces:)

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{4} I recently got prints of our summer pictures in the mail (mpix is the way to go-you get nice, high quality prints). I swapped out last year’s pics with this year’s summery ones. I love it! I would love to get several nice canvases for a wall display but they are expensive. Any suggestions?

20130813-202231.jpg{5} I don’t really like oatmeal, but I came across some yummy tasting recipes that I just might have to try from Chocolate Covered Kate. Chocolate chip cookie dough oatmeal (I love all things chocolate chip cookie dough!), sugar dough oatmeal, frappuccino oatmeal!! They sound delicious! This might have to be my next Pinterest project.