Five on Friday!


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

{one} I bought this cute gold polka dot binder at Target a few weeks ago. My plan is to create a home organizing binder with it, but I haven’t gotten very far, ha!  It’s on my to-do list, though.

home organizer

{two} I’m loving mason jars and all the things you can do with them! I’m even creating Harper’s 2nd birthday party around a mason jar theme.  I picked up these jars at Target (of course!) and have plans to fill them with different spices and herbs we buy in bulk. I’m also going to use them to store homemade taco season and dry ranch dressing mix (soon to come on one of my Pinterest project posts!).  Have you seen the beautiful blue and green mason jars?  So pretty!

mason jars

{three} While this is not a good picture, I made some lasagna soup from the blog, Carolina Charm, few days ago.   It’s a delicious soup with a creamy, spicy flavor! Though it turned out yummy, it’s definitely not a replacement for the vegetable lasagna I make. I highly recommend this taco soup recipe from Carolina Charm. I made it last week and it was so tasty!

lasagna soup

{four} Birthday party prep!  I created two Instagram photo banners displaying pictures of Miss Harper from the past year.  I made the clothespins from washi tape and mini clothespins.

party prep

{five} I love scarves!  This beautiful scarf was given to me by one of my husband’s co-workers.  She recently returned from a rotation in Afghanistan and brought this back for me from one of the local markets there.  It will join my other scarves in my closet, including another scarf from my husband’s co-worker. So pretty!

scarf love

Have a wonderful weekend!


Weekly Pinterest Project: Week 11-Scarf Organization

Wow-two weeks in a row of not making a new recipe for my Pinterest project!  I’m on an organization kick around here lately, so I decided to tackle organizing my scarves.  On my Pinterest organization board, I pinned several ways to organize scarves.  I was specifically looking for a no-cost way to display my scarves and saw how you could tie your scarves and hang them on the wall.  I adapted this by hanging them on an empty hanging rod in our closet.  Not only does it nicely display my scarves but it also hides a hideous small shoe rack full of shoes we don’t wear very often (I should go through these and donate some).  I thought I had a ton of scarves until I organized them…maybe it’s time to buy some more?!  Anyway, I need to do more organizing in our master bedroom closet, but this is a start!

scarf organization 1

Oh, I just received a cashmere scarf from Afghanistan!  My husband’s co-worker picked up the blue/purple patterned scarf to the far right (you can see it best on the picture below) at a local bazaar while she was on rotation in Afghanistan.  It’s so beautiful!

scarf 2

Five on Friday: Fall Edition


Happy Friday! I’m linking up with Darci from The Good Life Blog for Five on Friday: Fall Edition!

Pumpkin patch

One of our family traditions (new since we have had kids) is going to the pumpkin patch each year.  According to my father-in-law, my husband didn’t go to the pumpkin patch when he was little.  He went once on a field trip in pre-k, he tells me.  How sad:(  Now that I think about it, I don’t really remember going to the pumpkin patch as a kid, either. Maybe that’s why I love our yearly trip to the pumpkin patch–to make up for all those missed trips as a kid. It’s one of our family traditions that we will continue as long as our kids will let us, ha!  Please tell me that I’m not the only parent who coordinates their kids’ outfits when going pumpkin picking…I just had to put them in cute fall-ish clothes for the photos!  By the way, both of their tops are consignment sale steals for $2-3!


I love scarves and wear them year round, though I especially like wearing them in the fall!  It’s hard to tell in this picture since Miss Harper is on my shoulders, but I’m wearing a comfy jersey ruffled scarf from The Pleated Poppy.  I’ve been trying different ways to tie scarves; there’s plenty of how-to’s on Pinterest.

fall weather

I’m loving the cooler weather in the evenings!  To be honest, I was getting a little tired of all the summery clothes.  Don’t get me wrong, I love bright, fun summer colors and outfits, but I was ready for a change.  Here’s Miss H rocking another consignment top.  I’m sure that by the end of winter, I will be so ready to be back in spring/summer clothes, but for now I’m enjoying all the new (or new to us!) long sleeve tops and pants with the pretty fall colors!

fall hiking

WIth the cooler weather comes some fun opportunities for hiking!  We were on a hiking kick in September and explored Humpback Rock and Crabtree Falls, as well as another trail on Skyline Drive.  Our weekends recently have been filled with other fun activities, but we hope to hike several more times before winter.

apple orchard

Another family tradition is going to a local apple orchard.  We started this tradition two years ago with my parents and plan on heading to the orchard tomorrow for our annual trip.  This is a picture from last year’s adventure.  So fun!