What’s On My Bookshelf: July

It’s the last Thursday of the month which also means it’s time to share what I read in July.  Also, it’s my boys’ FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!!  Where did the summer go?

Enough whining about the end of summer, let’s get to the books.  Here are the five books I enjoyed during July…

The Bookshop on the Corner

The title of this book grabbed my attention.  It reminded me of my beloved favorite movie and The Shop Around the Corner.  This book is about a gal who leaves her job as a librarian and moves to a small town in Scotland to open a bookshop in a van.  Think a food truck for books.  I loved the premise of the book, but agreed with a friend that thought the first half was delightful and the  second half focused too much on a cheesy love story line.  All in all I enjoyed it and want to check out some of the author’s other novels, but it wasn’t my favorite book of the month.

The Mother’s Promise

I have heard a lot of great things about Sally Hepworth’s work so I decided to pick up this one.  While a book about a single mother diagnosed with cancer and trying to raise a teenage girl struggling with anxiety isn’t the normal trope I gravitate toward, I have to say Hepworth handled the subject matter well.  It was real and relatable.  While the topic is inherently sad in nature I did not feel as if the story was written solely to manipulate my emotions and make me cry.  The characters felt real.  I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one.

The Identicals

Probably my favorite novel of the month.  I love Elin Hilderband and her newest novel did not disappoint.  It follows twin sisters, one raised by her mother on Nantucket and one by her father on Martha’s Vineyard.  Circumstances occur and they subsequently switch islands for a while.  While the plot summary sounds cheesy and and bit like The Parent Trap, it was a delightful story.  Perfect for an end of summer read.

Rich People Problems


This is the follow up book to Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend.  A different twist on typical chic-lit.  While the list of characters is huge and terms frequently thrown in in several different Asian languages can be cumbersome.  These books are quite entertaining.  Like to watch a train wreck of over the top, over privileged families (I’m looking at you friends who love the Real Housewives ;)?  Then this series is for you.  They may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think they are a hoot.

Secrets in Summer

Nancy Thayer writes fun summer novels on par with Hilderbrand.  This book takes place on Nantucket and is about a girl who discovers her ex-husband and new family have rented the house behind hers for the summer.  I loved the characters in the book, especially her elderly neighbor Mimi.  The perfect way to end July.

That’s it for this month.  I’m already part way into Taylor Jenkins Reid’s new book, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.  So far, so good! And I’m taking a departure from my typical genre and listening to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane.  All I want to do is discuss this with someone!  August is already looking like a great month for books!

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Show and Tell Tuesday: What’s On My Phone

Today for Show On Tell Tuesday I am sharing what’s on my iPhone.  These days our phones are an extension of ourselves.  I feel naked without my phone!

Here is a shot of my main screen and all of my go-to apps to have easily accessible.

It should be noted here that before I took this screen shot I removed about eight million notifications (looks like Instagram snuck one in on me).  I knew that if I posted a pic of how my screen typically looks it would have made Shane’s eye twitch!  Some people need a clear phone, and some people don’t pay those little numbers any attention.  I happen to fall into the later group.  Just last week I had over 7,000 unread emails.  Yikes!

Like most people I constantly reach for my phone to take a quick pic (current count is 4,012 photos on my phone).  My current favorite photo editing app is A Color Story.  It’s free!

Instead of listening to music I most often listen to podcasts or audiobooks.

I love listening to audiobooks and the Audible app gets a lot of use.

I’m currently listening to The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane and I have to say that I am finding it absolutely fascinating.  I downloaded it after asking a friend what she recently picked up at the book store.  I’m so glad I took her recommendation.

Podcasts are also on heavy rotation.

From podcasts produced by NPR, to home decor podcasts, to Bachelorette recaps; I listen to a bit of it all.  What podcasts do you love?

Another favorite is the Kindle app.  While I love holding a good book in my hand, the convenience of always having my current read at my fingertips usually wins out.  I don’t have a lot of extra time in my life right now, but I’m able to steal a few minutes hear and there.  Those little bits of time typically add up to a few books over a month.


I just started The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and I am already hooked.  Taylor Jenkins Reid is quickly becoming a favorite.

And finally, this is may just be my favorite app find.  For years and years I was a die-hard paper planner gal.  I tried numerous calendar apps on my phone only to toss them aside after a week.  I hated them all and loved the satisfaction of a well organized planner.  A friend who loved her planner as much as I did said she had finally found a calendar app that lived up to all of her calendar needs.  So I gave it a try and I was converted.  I finally found a calendar app I love!  It’s the PocketLife Calendar app.

I love that each person in the family can be assigned a color, you can see each event (not just a dot on a calendar), it’s easy to set up reoccurring events, it’s easy to switch between daily, weekly, and monthly views.  Overall, the best calendar I have found that works for us.

Other go-to apps include social media (obviously), drug information apps (#pharmacistlife), the Bible app (how fortunate are we to carry the Bible around in our pocket?), and of course the Target Cartwheel app. Am I the only one that scans every single item in my cart while my kids run up and down the toy aisles?

There are pages and pages of additional apps on my phone, but these are my must-have for daily life.  What are your go-to apps for your phone?

Until next time!

What’s On My Bookshelf: April

It’s the last Thursday of the month.  So that means it’s time to check in on what I’ve been reading this month.

Smart Girl

This was the third and final book in The Girls series.  I loved this one just as much as I loved Party Girl and Sweet Girl.  Such fun and fast reads.  Perfect to throw in your pool bag on vacation.  I was so sad to see this series end.  Rachel Hollis, if you’re reading this: please write more!!


Nine Women, One Dress

If you like movies with ensemble casts, like Love Actually, then this book is for you.  The story revolves around a slew of unrelated characters and how one little black dress ties them all together.

Forever, Interrupted

This is the third novel I have read this year by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  The first one I picked up, One True Loves, I absolutely loved.  Then I read After I Do and was a bit disappointed.  I am so happy that I decided to give the author another go, because Forever, Interrupted  is one of my favorite books I have read this year.  I typically lean toward books that are light and fluffy. I like my entertainment to be just that, entertaining, not depressing.  However this book was a bit more serious than usual for me, all while not being overly depressing.  It follows a gal that loses her husband after being married for less than two weeks.  The chapters alternate between how she deals with his death and flashbacks to their relationship from meeting until marriage.  There was something about this book that just drew me in and I didn’t want to put it down.  I highly recommend it.

The Singles Game

I am a huge fan of The Devil Wears Prada, so I decided to pick up this one by the same author.  The story is about a professional tennis player and her desire to climb to the top of her career.  It was a fun angle for your typical chic-lit novel.

The Best of Us

I have had several people recommend Sarah Pekkanen books to me so on a whim I chose this one.  I have to say this was my least favorite book this month.  I had a difficult time connecting with the characters and the story seemed to drag on a bit.  It wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t my favorite.  Maybe I should have started with another Pekkanen book.  Any suggestions?

That’s it for my April books!  I’m currently reading Truly Madly Guilty which I would have sworn I had read, but apparently I haven’t.  What have you been reading?

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What’s On My Bookshelf: March

We are back from our spring break trip to San Antonio (I’ll be sharing all of the details soon) and it’s time for what I’ve read in March.  I read four books this month.  Three I really enjoyed and one that was just eh.  Now on to the books…

 My Not So Perfect Life

I am huge fan of Sophie Kinsella’s Confessions of a Shopaholic (although the last few books in the series have not been a favorite).  As soon as I saw she had a new book out, I made sure to pick it up.  This was such a fun read.  It is about a gal who is not living the life she has envisioned for herself all while watching her boss live a seemingly perfect existence.  After being laid off from her job she moves home to help her dad start a glamping business.  Expected hi jinx ensues in typical Kinsella style.  If you like Sophie Kinsella, you will like this one.

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

Let me start by saying this is a book aimed at kids ages 10-14.  This book is about five kids that fight Disney villains in Magic Kingdom after the park closes at night.  My Owen LOVES all things Disney World so as soon as I heard about the Kingdom Keepers series I knew it would be something he would be interested in.  I decided to read the first book in the series, Disney After Dark, to make sure it was appropriate for him before he read it.  This book was recommended by a Disney loving friend and she was right, it is perfect for him (and I have to admit after I got into it, I enjoyed it as well).  Owen just started reading it this week, so I will report back on what he thought.

 Sweet Girl

In my February book post I shared my new found love for Rachel Hollis.  This is the second book in her Girls series.  It follows Max and her love of baking.  It was just as fun as the first book, Party Girl.  If you are looking for a fun little series to read on your spring break, I would definitely recommend these.  I’m currently reading the last book and look forward to finishing the trilogy.

 After I Do

Last month I shared the first book I read by Taylor Jenkins Reid.  I really loved One True Loves.  So I was excited to read another one of her novels.  To be honest, I was a bit disappointed and did not enjoy it nearly as much.  It follows an unhappy couple who decide to take a year long break in their marriage.  I don’t know what it was about this book (maybe my strong belief in marriage), but this book just didn’t draw me in.  I still really like her writing style, so I will likely give another one of her books a try soon.

That’s it for books this month.  What have you been reading????

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Friday Favorites

I’m excited it’s finally Friday!  This week has felt looong.

Now on to favorites…

Valentine’s dinner with friends

To celebrate Valentine’s Day we called up the sitter and met friends out at a new restaurant in town called Portage House.  We all loved it and the food and atmosphere was great.  If you go, make sure you get the broccoli appetizer.  It doesn’t sound that remarkable, but it was delicious.  We can’t wait to go back when the weather warms up so we can eat out on the patio overlooking the river.

It’s rare that I get to put on my fun fuchsia heels for an evening out.  These are a few years old, but these are incredibly similar and super comfy for a heel.  (Check out everything else I wore this week on Wednesday’s What  I (Really) Wore post.)

After dinner we had hoped to go to Breakout Louisville, but they were all sold out.  We were trying to come up with a place to all play some games, but everyone’s homes were filled with kids and babysitters.  Then I remembered my parents were out of town, so we decided to crash their house.  Now they can say they went out of town and their 37 year old daughter threw a party.  Ha!  We were are such a wild group.  Graeter’s Ice Cream and the games Loaded Questions and Boxers Or Briefs.

No more arm brace!!!

On Valentine’s morning we were back at the orthopedic surgeon for a follow-up visit for Owen’s broken arm.  Do you feel like this has been going on forever?  I know we sure do!  He broke it at the beginning of November!  This has been so much more involved than a typical broken bone.  More x-rays and…

We got the ok to quit wearing the brace!!!  Yay!!!!!  Such great news.  His humerus is healing well, but the large bone cyst remains.  We have surgery scheduled to fix the cyst in April.  Please pray for a safe and easy procedure and recovery.

Class V-day parties

I loved helping the kindergartners in Anderson’s class make love bugs and guess the number of candies in a jar.  This is my favorite love bug right here.

Later it was second grade and this handsome guy’s turn.

Pi-tee nails

Quinn has a new obsession with having her nails painted.  She sits so patiently while I paint them and as they dry.  Then she will show everyone her “pi-tee” nails.  This time she chose Essie’s Cute as a Button.  This color is nice on me, but is extra “pi-tee” with her skin tone.  I have been digging this color this week instead.

That’s it for this week.  We have plans to get together with dear college friends this weekend.  We can’t wait to catch up with some of our favorite people while cheering on our Butler Bulldogs.

As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea for Friday Favorites.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday Favorites

This week’s favorites are short and sweet, so let’s get right into it!

Donuts with Dad

Last week was Muffins with Mom, this week, second grade Donuts with Dad.  Why do Dad’s get the yummy donuts?????

Monster Jam

On Saturday DudDud treated the boys to tickets to see Monster Jam for Anderson’t birthday.  The girls in the family were conveniently uninvited.  This was the perfect event for a boys night!  And all of my boys loved every single minute of it.

Before the show they were able to go into the pits and get up close and personal with the trucks and meet the drivers.   Anderson declared Megalodon his favorite truck of the night.  Conveniently, it was also the winner.

Owen wanted to make sure to get a pic with Grave Digger while wearing his Grave Digger T-shirt.  I honest to goodness have no idea where this shirt came from, but he insists on wearing it to bed several times per week.

Earphones for protection and cotton candy for a sugar high.  The perfect setup to watch the events.  (If you don’t have noise protection headphones for your kids, we love these.  They are great for loud events or over stimulating crowds, hello Disney.  Especially great for sensory sensitive kiddos.)

Popsicles

After school on Thursday Owen asked if we could make popsicles.  Because nothing says popsicle like a cold windy day.

We blended up some strawberries and orange juice then poured them into our popsicle molds.  Pop in some wooden sticks and done!  A super easy fun little treat.

Coffee and a highlight

This week I got my sanctioned once every six weeks coffee.  Why are mochas so delicious??  If you missed my personal rule about coffee purchases make sure you check out my Steal vs Splurge post from earlier this week.

That’s all I have for this week.  If you are interested in what I’ve been reading or wearing, hop over to those posts from this week.  And if your not following along on Instagram, make sure you check out this week’s #elsburyeveryday2017.

As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Narci, and Andrea.  Until next week!

 

Show and Tell Tuesday: Steal vs Splurge

Kicking off this year’s Show and Tell Tuesdays link-up with Steal vs. Splurge.  What our family saves on and what we feel is worth the splurge.

I would say the main theme of how our family approaches what to save on and and when we choose to splurge can easily be summarized by this:

We like to save on the little things day to day, so we can splurge on the big things that count.

A few ways we choose to SAVE:

  1. Make coffee at home


I shared my coffee rule on my #everydayelsbury2017 post yesterday, but I’ll mention it again.  I limit myself to buying coffee shop coffee to only on the days I get my hair cut/colored.

Not only do I save myself $5 each day by making my own coffee at home, but I’m also saving on a lot of extra calories!

2. Pack lunches

Each night both Shane and I pack lunches for work and the boys each pack their lunch for school. (We love these insulated cups for school and these reusable containers for the kids.)  Eating out for lunch at work every day can add up to an insane amount of money each month.  We skip it and pack our own.

3.  Beauty

There are some beauty products that I don’t believe you should skip on (hello good skin care!) but I am not a gal to go to a nail salon.  About twice a year I get a pedicure with a friend but otherwise it’s mani/pedis at home.  My favorite combo is this neutral polish with this quick dry top coat for every day wear and if I need a manicure to last I’m still loving this at home gel system.

4. Snacks

Everywhere we go I always pack snacks along.  If someone is hungry we don’t need to swing thru a drive-thru or hit up the snack section in a store.  And don’t even get me started with the insanely priced snacks at places like the zoo or museum.  This mama is always ready with snacks from home to save a few extra dollars.

How we choose to SPLURGE:

  1. Vacations

As I said before, we tend to choose experiences over things for our kids.  We love travel and vacations and want to make it a priority for our family.  So we try to make good choices in our daily life so we can later do fun things like vacations.

2. Entertainment

Museums, movies, shows, sporting events.  We love these fun family activities.  And do not even ask me to go to a movie and not buy popcorn.  Not going to happen!  (But I will sneak candy and drinks in my purse for the kids 🙂

3. Home

Our home is our space in the world.  We love doing home projects and making our home our own.  This is an area where we often splurge.  When choosing a tile that we will have to live with for years to come, we want to choose the one that we absolutely love.

We live in our home every day, so we choose to make an investment in our space and the place we are choosing to raise our family.

What a fun topic!  How does your family choose to save and to splurge?  I’d love to hear!

Disney Packing Must-Haves to Add to Your Christmas List

I’m changing things up a bit today.  Owen was (once again) looking at pictures from our fall trip to Disney World and it reminded me that I never posted about the items we consider must-haves for our family to make the trip  bit more enjoyable.  Since holiday shopping is upon us, I thought they might be good ideas for stocking stuffers or gifts for anyone headed to visit Mickey over the holidays or spring break.

Portable Cell Phone Charger

This was our number one must-have.  Not only were we constantly using our phones to check our My Disney Experience app for fast passes or dining reservations but we decided not to bring our DSLR camera this trip so we relied solely on our phones to capture our magical moments in photo.  Among our four adults, someone always had a phone with a dying battery.  We carried this portable charger in the bag we kept with the stroller.  It’s a bit big but it can fully charge multiple devices before needing to be re-charged.  It was also a life saver on our long flights to and from China.

I also had a smaller charging stick in my purse that came in handy.

If a separate portable charger isn’t your thing, I would consider a case that can charge your phone like the mophie charging case.  I have considered getting one of these for a while.

Stroller Fan

Hot humid Florida weather plus a toddler that hasn’t had a nap?  A meltdown ready to happen.  This stroller fan helped Quinn snag a stroller nap on several occasions.  Plus it’s cute!

Disney T-shirt

I am not a person to plan coordinating elaborate Disney outfits for each day, but everyone enjoyed having at least one fun Disney shirt to wear during our visit.  It also makes a great conversation starter with the characters.  For the ladies, don’t forget to check out the kids section.  I scored two of my Disney shirts on clearance at Target in the girls department.  They fit perfectly.

Pop-up Hamper

I cannot stand a cluttered unorganized hotel room.  A small pop-up hamper is a sanity saver.  It gives somewhere for all of those clothes to go at the end of a long day at the park and not spread all over your room. These are great to buy at the Dollar Store.

Packing Cubes

Speaking of unorganized hotel rooms.  An unorganized suitcase can also cause me serious stress.  We bought these eBags packing cubes before our China trip and will never pack again without them.  They help to save so much room and keep everything nice and organized.  I packed a full outfit for myself and all three kids in a bag for each day.  Then I labeled the outside of the e-bag with the day it was to be worn.  For example: The bag labeled Magic Kingdom had an outfit for me, Owen, Anderson, and Quinn.  Just unzip the bag and get dressed in the morning.  No need to search through suitcases looking for socks, etc.

Ponchos

It rained a little every day on our trip.  I was so glad I threw ponchos in the stroller.  We got this pack of ten ponchos off of Amazon.  They are individually wrapped would make a great stocking stuffer.

Native Shoes

There is nothing worse than wet tennis shoes.  But wearing comfortable shoes in the parks is an absolute must.  On the days we knew we would be riding a water ride the kids wore their Native shoes.  They say they are just as comfortable as tennis shoes and they dry super quickly.

Ear Phones

Disney is an overwhelming experience even for adults.  Have a child that is sensitive to noise or with sensory issues?  We packed these noise blocking headphones/earmuffs in the bag for when Quinn got a bit overwhelmed by all of the noise.  They allowed her (and us) to enjoy every experience.  When things got to be too much, she would pull out her headphones. They come in lots of fun colors. All three of our kids own them for loud events.

Fun Suckers

One of these Finding Dory suckers could instantly entertain a fidgety kid while waiting in line for a ride or show.  I picked up a bag at the Dollar Store before we left and I’m so glad we did.  I always had some in my purse in case we were on the verge of a meltdown.

Heads Up

The phone game/app Heads Up was a life saver while waiting in lines.  It’s an oldy but a goody and definitely worth the 0.99.  Plus there is a Disney deck that is free if you download it while on Disney property.

That’s it for my list.  I also realized I never mentioned our wonderful travel agent that helped us plan our vacation.  This was not our first trip and we definitely could have planned it on our own, but it was so nice to have her do some of the work for us.  Why not, it’s free!  I didn’t have to price out a million different resorts or worry about remembering when I needed to book things like dining reservations and fast-passes.  Erika was wonderful to work with and I would definitely recommend.

Happy shopping!

If you missed the recaps of our trip, make sure to check them out:

Day 1: Magic Kingdom

Day 2: Animal Kingdom

Day 3: Stormalong Bay, Disney, Springs and Rest

Day 4: Magic Kingdom

Day 5: Epcot

 

Show and Tell Tuesday: Want, Need, Wear, Read

When I saw that Andrea was doing “want, need, wear, read” for this month’s Show and Tell Tuesday I thought it would be fun to play along.  In case you aren’t familiar there has been a huge movement going around in families in which you give four gifts for Christmas.  Something the person WANTS.  Something the person NEEDS.  Something the person WEARS.  And something the person READS.  While we have not yet adopted this tradition for our family, I think it is a great way to be intentional in your gift giving while reigning in the excess that can easily happen on Christmas morning.

Today I am sharing what would be on my wish list for want/need/wear/read:

Want:

This sounds so old of me, but I really want new flatware.  Our silverware is 12 1/2 years old and not only have several of the forks and spoons gone missing (I’m looking at you Quinn.  Quit throwing them in the trashcan!) but they are starting to get some rust-like spots in some areas.  We are frequently out of clean spoons and small forks by the end of the day.  The problem is that I don’t want to spend money on new silverware and it’s something I feel like is a huge commitment.  I’m picky!  They can’t be too heavy or too light, not too big, but not too cheap feeling.  The struggle is real.  I cant decide if I just want to add more to my current flatware.

Or change to something new.

Need:

New tennis shoes.  I tend to wear the same pair of shoes to not only work out in every day but also to work.  I’m going to be honest with you, my current ones seriously stink.  Like smell so awful I swear I can sometimes smell them when I’m wearing them.  So I just ordered a new pair, but it’s time to admit that I need to own more than one at a time.

I love these and have ordered them over and over

But I have an eye on something like this possibly for my non-workout shoe

Wear:

What I truly want is an apple watch for Christmas.  But that seems entirely too excessive.  I say it would be nice to wear it to receive texts and calls and always be available if there is an emergency with one of the kids because I’m terrible about hearing my phone.  But really I just think it seems like a fun and useful gadget.  Plus look at that fun rose gold face with a lavender band.

Since the apple watch feels to extravagant for a “wear” item, I have also been wanting a nicer/more expensive pair of jeans.  I have been eyeing these but haven’t yet pushed purchase.

Read:

Last year at Christmas I read Elin Hilderbrand’s Winter Street.  It was a great holiday season read.  Plus I love all of her books.

This year I would love to read the other two in the Trilogy.  Winter Stroll and Winter Storms.

Well that’s my want/need/wear/read for this year.  I’m not actually expecting any of them under the tree this year.  Shane and I will likely forgo gifts in exchange for a house project.  The basement is next on my list.

For fun here are a couple of items on the kids lists this year:

Want: Hot Wheels A.I. Intelligent Race System Starter Kit.  This seems to be the boys number one request.

And Quinn can’t stop talking about wanting a Peppa Pig toy.  She doesn’t even watch the show!

Need:  Quinn really needs some new jammies.  These are adorable.

Wear: Owen has really been wanting some slides since the spring, but somehow I keep forgetting.

Read: Owen has desperately been in need of a new book series to read.  That boy constantly has a book in his hand and we are having a hard time keeping new titles in the house.  Just today he got the first five Captain Awesome books and is already halfway thru the first one.

We are also considering the I Survived series


Who Was series

and the Kidsboro series along with several others.

Please leave a comment with any other book suggestions you might have!

Friday Favorites

Another Friday means another Friday favorites.  Let’s get right to it…

1.  Women’s Bible Study

This week we wrapped up our women’s bible study at church.  We did Angie Smith’s Seamless: Understanding the Bible as One Complete Story (Member Book).  It was so good.  I learned something new each week.  I would definitely recommend.

Since it was the last week they had a few prizes.  I won for having a child that pooped all over themselves the day before.  Score!  I won the book for for the next study starting in January, Priscilla Shirer’s Armor of God.  I have heard great things about the book and am looking forward to digging in.  I have not excuse now!

2. Fall Family Photos

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As I mentioned in my post yesterday we received our new fall family photos this week.  I was so pleased with how they turned out.  You just never know.  It’s amazing how a photographer can capture any decent images in all of the chaos.  Also, if you are interested in how I choose outfits for styling our family photos, be sure to click over to this post.

3.  A More Comfortable Arm

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On Wednesday we met with the orthopedic surgeon about Owen’s arm.  I plan to update everyone later on that story, but we were so happy to leave the sling and wrap behind and come home with a much more comfortable shoulder immobilizer.  How dirty is this thing going to get over the next couple of months??

4. Christmas Jammies

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I love love love Christmas jammies.  They are just so festive.  I ordered new matching jammies for everyone this year.  Yes, Shane too.  They arrived this week and are so comfy and cute.  I love that Target carried the same buffalo check ones in sizes for everyone in the family.  Look forward to lots of pics in matching pj’s.

5. Stomp

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We took Owen to see Stomp on Saturday and he loved it!  It was our first time as well and it far exceeded my expectations.  I had no idea what to expect.  How can banging on random household items for two hours be entertaining?  Well, it was amazing.  I highly recommend.

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While we were enjoying Stomp, they were enjoying the Trolls movie and Steak ‘n Shake.  Love the hats!

6. Embracing Fall Clothing

While it was almost 80 degrees on Thursday, most days this week were down right chilly.  I was ready to pull out a few of my fall favorites including my favorite trench that I mentioned in my Stranded post.

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similar trench (I’ve had mine for 5+ years)/top/jeans/leopard flats/China necklace (a great gift for any adoptive China mama in your life)/glitter studs (a great price)

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similar jacket (mine is years old from Old Navy)/similar sweater/jeans/fringe booties/China necklace/leather earrings

That’s it for this week.  As usual I’m linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci.  Until next time!

friday favorites flower look