Friday Favorites 7.21.17

 Hello Friday!

And just like that, another week of summer fun is over. This past week has been an exhausting and full week. I feel like it went by faster than any other summer week has so far. After a long weekend from the 4th, and Russ being away for business the following week, I thought this one would drag on forever. Nope! It flew by with friend time, gym time, pool time, and progress on the land. I’ll have a whole post up about the new place next week!

For now, let’s take a look at this weeks favorites.

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Friday Favorites 3.17.17

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Hello Friday!

I’m not going to lie, this week was rough. Like ROUGH. I was grumpy, moody, impatient, and I felt invisible. I’m honestly not sure which came first, but I do know that I did not like it. However, I also know that weeks like these happen to all of us. Life is not always rainbows and unicorns and that is okay.

Let’s take a look at this weeks Friday favorites!

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Rewind Friday V5, Favorite Fall Posts

Welcome back to another month of Rewind Friday!

First of all I have to say that I can’t believe October starts tomorrow. Seriously?! The last three months of the year are always my favorites and it seems crazy that fall is in full swing now. History says we are going to blink 3 times and suddenly we’ll be choosing words and posting resolution or goals. As much as I’m ready, I’m just not ready. Anyone else? 

In the spirit of all things fall I decided to make that this months rewind theme. I know I already did a post on my favorite things about fall, I shared our fall bucket list, and earlier this week I announced the ‘All Things Pumpkin’ link up. But in true #basic fashion, I don’t believe excess fall is possible. 

Rewind 1   

Dutch Apple Pie Bread {Recipe}

I created this recipe last fall when I was up to my eye balls in apples. I love that it is a little healthier than a lot of sweet bread recipes you’ll find.

Rewind 2

The Ghost of Halloween Past

Last year I put together a post featuring 8 years of Halloween photos. I kind of want to do it again, but I should probably wait a few more years so it doesn’t feel like an exact repeat. You can see everything from newlyweds in 2007, first Halloweens, and Emily’s repetitious Minnie costumes.

Rewind 3

Fall Bucket List 2014: Corn Maze

This was year #2 at Pathways Corn Maze. It is a family tradition that goes back to my pre-blogging days. The girls are super excited to make their 4th trip out there tomorrow and the weather is looking to be perfect. 

Rewind 4

Family Photos 2015

When I think fall, I think family photos. Out of all the family photos we have had taken this set was my favorite. It’s just too bad my photographer moved to Colorado late this summer. Maybe Anna and I can get a little more serious on figuring out how to nail this family photo thing ourselves.

Rewind 5

Guest Posting: 3 Fun Fall Busy Bags

Forever ago when I moon-lighted as a blog contributor I put together a post featuring 3 fall themed super easy busy bag ideas. Sometimes I miss the days when my girls LOVED busy bags.

Rewind Friday

Meet the hosts!
Beth // Our Pretty Little Girls
Meghan // The Adventure Starts Here
Stephanie // Wife Mommy Me
Whitney // Work It Mommy

Last months most popular post was this one!


Congratulations to Julianna on being this August’s most popular post!

It's Rewind Friday time and I am sharing five of my favorite fall posts. #RewindFridayParty #Linkup #Friyay #Blogger Click To Tweet

Have a great weekend!
We’ll see you back here on Monday!

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Now it’s your turn to link up and share some of your favorite posts from the past!
The next Rewind Friday will be on October 28th so mark your calendar now and plan to link-up.

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Hello Friday!

Happy Fri-Yay friends!

A typical Friday post around here consists of little things that didn’t end up with a blog post of their own, blog highlights, announcements, and random thoughts from the weird corners of my mind. But today I am breaking away from the normal to share five things that I’m loving right now. 

Five things I love


Floral baseball tee’s

Floral shirt

I recently purchased this shirt with a gift card I won and I am in love. The colors and style are so perfect for fall. I might end up living in this shirt so if you see it on me a lot, don’t be surprised. 


Amazon Prime

Every time I have a free trial of Amazon Prime I can’t get enough of the convenience. Confession: every single email address I use has an amazon account just so I could have a Prime trial. However, when it comes to paying the $99 for the year, I just don’t want to do it. Anyone else?! 


We have yet to really figure out the Prime movies and Prime music. Maybe if I did I would be convinced to go for it. I have a love hate relationship with Netflix and Prime might be a better choice?

Thoughts? Opinions?
I am pretty much begging to be convinced. 


My work space


I know I already wrote an entire post on my work space but when thinking of things that I love, it still was high on my list. I can’t even tell you how much having this little area has meant to me and my productivity. Spending time there is the great and my girls love having me so close during our school days. If you have been thinking about creating a work space to call your own here is some encouragement to do it! Whether it’s a full office or just a little corner like I have, go for it!


Children’s Place Jeans

Having very tall, very skinny girls has proved to be problematic in the shopping department. They need one size for length but an entirely different size for the waist. Thank God for Children’s Place! Their jeans have the pull tabs that I have loved for year, plus they carry slims online making jeans for my girls a reality. Without them I fear we may be stuck in leggings forever. Which really wouldn’t be such a bad thing I suppose.


It’s also my favorite place to buy headbands too.


My diffuser


With fall upon us and the return of germs everywhere I plan to keep thieves in the diffuser for the next 6 months #kiddingnotkidding. I picked up this diffuser last fall after debating on getting one for months and I am still happy I did. It is affordable and perfect for the part of the house that we spend the most time in.

Do you use essential oils?

This #Friday I am sharing 5 things that I am loving right now! #Fridayfavorites Click To Tweet

Have a great weekend!
We’ll see you back here on Monday!

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Friday Highlights, V35

Hello Friday!

It is FRI-nally Friday! I am so happy that we can almost call this week over. This week was supposed to be packed full of fun and plans but my allergies flared up and I put everything on hold. Literally everything. I even went almost 4 whole days without applying a stitch of make up to my face. I am so thankful that I am finally starting to feel human again after a week of sneezing, watery eyes, and blowing my nose constantly. Life was not pretty around here this week, it was all about just surviving. But hey, its Friday now!

Let’s take a look at this week picks.

New glasses

They are here! Emily’s new glasses arrived just over a week ago and oh my word are they cute… and thick. Having a prescription pretty close to hers, I knew what to expect. With a +5.50 lens it is just going to be thick even if you get the thin lenses. She has been having a rough time adjusting to them too. The ophthalmologist warned us that she would hate them at first. Baby girl has spent YEARS forcing her eyes to see. With the glasses now doing the work for her, telling her brain to stop forcing things is easier said than done.

New glasses
But I am excited to report we have already notice an improvement in the eye crossing and we are still praying she won’t need surgery.


Mug love exchange

Did you see the announcement I made on Wednesday?!

Mug Love Exchange
I am so excited to be co-hosting this mug swap. 
To find out the details and sign up check out this weeks post

The first day of co-op

Today we begin our 4th year of co-op. That doesn’t seem possible, but it is. I feel like such a hippie when I say we go to a co-op. In reality co-op is group classes. Every week we are there for about 3 hours. The girls get have gym time and learn about subjects that are better taught in a group setting. We take field trips, have parties, and provide each other with support. It is amazing and I can’t imagine homeschooling without a co-op.

2014 First day photo.

2015 First day photo.

We are so excited for this years classes to begin!

Pumpkin spice life

pumpkin spice

You have probably seen this image countless times already. But, if you are as #basic as I am, you smile every single time. I’m not asking you to join in or even understand. Just don’t be a party-pooper, m’kay?!

Blog higlights

This week I shared…

Free printable grocery store scavenger hunts, three different designs to choose from.
Some grocery store scavenger hunt printables.

Labor Day
Our Labor Day weekend recap.

Our August Picture Perfect Project Post.

This #Friday I am talking about #pumpkinspice, new  glasses, an exchange announcement and more. #ontheblog… Click To Tweet

Have a great weekend!
We’ll see you back here on Monday!

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Friday Highlights, V34

Hello Friday!

Happy Fri-Yay friends. Hands in the air if you are excited for a 3 day weekend?! We are actually kicking off a 4 day weekend around here since it is our last Friday with no school activities. Our schedule goes into full swing next though. We were lucky to have a full month to ease into getting used to our homeschool routine but next week we add in everything else. Home group, Awana, Mom Life (MOPS), and co-op. It is bound to be a BUSY and crazy week. So let’s get back to that 4 day weekend and worry about the rest over a cup of coffee on Tuesday morning.

Here are this weeks Friday picks!

The tooth

Marissa recently had to have a tooth pulled #allthemommyfeelings. If you ask me the technical reasons why, I can’t really explain. What I do know is the kid has a very crowded mouth and we are sure to end up paying for braces eventually. Upon the dentists preference I stayed in the waiting room with Emily and waited what was probably the longest 40 minutest ever. Finally Marissa came bouncing out completely giddy with excitement. She thought getting her tooth pulled was just the best thing ever. I know, she’s weird.

She loved it so much that she decided that she didn’t want the tooth fairy to taker her tooth and she is keeping it. Did I mention that all of this happened ON our anniversary. So #9 will also be known as the day Marissa’s tooth came out. 

Fall Fashion

Fall is just around the corner and I can’t help but get the itch for some new clothes. Reality says Marissa will be the one who ends up with some new things to wear. I mean I guess she does kind of need clothes that actually fit. But I can hope I get to pick up a few thing for myself too, right?

Here is what t I have my eyes on.




Colored Jeans

Utility Vest

What are you hoping to pick up for fall?

New hair cuts

Marissa and I both got new haircuts recently. Confession: sometimes I go 18 months without a hair cut and oh my goodness does it show when I do.

I added a lot of layering and trimmed of my dead ends.

M hair

Marissa shocked me by choosing to keep her length. The past several haircuts she has gone with a short bob, but she didn’t want to this time. We added some layers and trimmed hers up too. I wonder how long this longer hair thing will last with her.

My Phablet

A couple of weeks ago at the drag strip I made a bathroom run with the girls. The bathrooms were very clean but pretty bare bones. There was nowhere to set my camera and Emily still insists on using the stall with me (which is probably for the best really). I ended up watching her, holding my camera, and trying to go to the bathroom simultaneously. I thought everything was going to work out when I heard a plop. At first I thought “What was that?!” quickly to be followed by a “NNNNOOOOO!!!!” I have never shoved my hand into a toilet so quickly friends. I have also never been happier for soap and ALL the hand sanitizer in the world.

Long story short, I ended up with a new phone and I kind of love it. My old Galaxy S3 was more outdated than I ever realized and this new phone is so cool. Downfall, it’s kind of a phablet. Phone + Tablet = Phablet, aka really big. But I don’t care. It does everything and more that I hoped it would.

Little deer
So if you see me posting A LOT more selfies and snaps now, you know why. 

Blog Higlights

This week on the blog I shared about…


All my favorite things about fall
A new way to play and learn
Summer bucketlist update #3
My monthly Goals, September

This #Friday I am talking about fashion, phablets and more. #ontheblog #highlights Click To Tweet

Have a great weekend!
We’ll see you back here on Monday!

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