Weekend Recap

Monday, February 20, 2017
Hey, hey friends! I hope Monday is off to a great start for you! We woke up to thunderstorms and rain but highs in  the 60's! Can't beat that in February! It was ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL this weekend. High's in the 70's in Iowa, in February- almost unheard of. We took full advantage of the weather and spent A LOT of time outside! 

Friday night, we went to a local pizza place and celebrated my sister's and mom's birthdays. We ate till we were stuffed and headed home to get the girls in bed. 



On Saturday, I made this for breakfast. It was a mix between monkey bread and donut holes and it was so easy! 



One can refrigerator biscuits (I used the big can but any amount works)
1/4 cup sugar
1 TBS cinnamon
4 TBS butter

Preheat oven to 350
Grease a shallow baking pan 
Melt butter, put in small bowl
Mix sugar and cinnamon together 
Cut biscuits into 4 pieces
Take each piece and roll in a small ball
Take each ball and dip in melted butter
Roll butter covered ball into sugar/cinnamon mixture
Place them into baking dish

They can all touch, just move them around until they all fit! 
Bake 18-20 minutes.

Some of our inner pieces didn't cook and needed more time. I'm guessing if you use less and pack them in there less then you might not have that problem. We just cut around the less done parts because we were too lazy to put them back in the oven. We gave the girls the outer pieces as they were done to perfection! =)

The girls gobbled it up and then we got ready for the day. Sophia and I headed to her first piano lesson- she was SO excited and had been counting down the days. I got to sit in the room while she had her lessons and I was so surprised at how fast she picked it up. The first lesson was mostly getting acquainted with the piano, learning about the finger positions and beginning to learn about the keys. She has homework every week to complete as well as practice. We don't have a piano but it's something that we'll need to look into if she continues with lessons. When we left, she exclaimed, "I liked that! I like Dr. Grant!" And let's be honest- seeing her sitting at a piano was just about the cutest thing ever!


After piano lessons, they're only a half hour, we headed home to scoop up WM and Saidey to head to my aunt's house. It was so nice to sit out on the deck and hang out with family. The girls played outside pretty much the entire time we were there. With the sun glaring, I can't believe I'm going to say this but it actually felt HOT! 

Fresh air does a girl good



We ran to my mom's quick so that WM could help her with her TV set up and then we headed home and had a little quiet time. The girls were quite tired and so we had a little later dinner. It was a quiet evening in. 

Sunday morning was church and then we stopped at the Hyvee Market Grille for brunch. After some bacon and pancakes, we ran home and the girls played outside while I started cleaning and working on laundry. Our day consisted of mostly playing outside, cleaning and laundry. The windows were open and the dog and girls were going in and out from the deck and it was exactly what Sundays are made of. 

This adorable set was included in Saidey's Mac and Mia box. It will be a perfect addition to her magical unicorn birthday party next month!


Sunday afternoon, I went to a movie with a friend and caught up on life. It was so good to see her and after an afternoon of cleaning, felt well deserved. =) 

I got home in time to help with baths, books and bed. The girls rested well and I think we're all ready to start the week! 

Also, I'm over on Des Moines Moms Blog today with a post about mental health. Don't forget to check it out!


Hope you all had a great weekend!

xoxo




Show and Tell Tuesday: My Loves

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Happy Valentine's Day friends! Whether you celebrate this day or not, it's hard not to get a little into all the hearts, red, and pink, is it not?! I absolutely love celebrating a holiday and Valentine's Day is no exception! I am linking up with Momfessionals today to re-introduce to you all my loves of my life. 



First up

The guy behind the blog. He doesn't have a big presence on this blog or on my social media accounts but he is the guy behind it all. He is a HUGE support and my biggest cheerleader. Without him, I might literally lose my head. He brings out the very best in me but also gives me the extra "oof" I need when I lose it myself. He is the first to call me out when I'm second guessing myself and knows just what to say when I'm in a funk. 



You can read our love story here and a fun post here about all the ways he wins my heart all over each day! 

Sophia
This girl. Where do I start? There are so many reasons why I love just love her so. Not only did she make me "mom" she also makes me wanna be the best mama I can be. She is one of the most kind hearted kiddos I know. Her personality is so unique and it has been an absolute joy to see it unfold. She loves her girlfriends and is a rule follower. Her favorite place to be is snuggled right up by me and she is definitely mom's side kick. She has a sassy fashion sense and loves putting her own outfits together. 


Saidey
Oh my baby. She is something fierce, that one. She came out ready to go and lives life that way, always. She is adventurous, strong willed and the life of the party. She jumps with both feet before looking, (which is kinda scary in parking lots) and in all our six years of parenting, if we end up in the ER, it will be because of this one. She is a problem solver and always has been. Can't reach something? No problem- she will find a way. One minute she is karate chopping me and the next moment, crawling into my lap for snuggles. She is definitely the definition of sugar and spice. 


Odin
Well, I guess this can't be a post about my loves without mentioning this fur ball, Odin. He is two years old and a ball of energy. Sort of like Saidey, he is feisty and energetic but loves him some cuddles. As soon as one of us goes to sit on the couch, you know that he will be joining you. He loves snuggling up in blankets and then running to the living room to bark at a motorcycle passing by. He has brought so much joy to our family and as much as some days I want to accidentally let him outside and run away, life just wouldn't be the same without him. 


So, there you have it- my greatest loves. 

Happy Valentine's Day! 

xoxo

Weekend Recap

Monday, February 13, 2017
I've somehow fallen off the blogging train and my weekend recaps happen less and less. So, I thought what the heck and threw one together at last minute. 

Our weekend was nice and slow without any real plans. The next few weekends that will change so we're soaking it up for right now. 

We got home Friday night, ready to settle in and have Friday night pizza night and watch the Trolls. We realized that we left Saidey's blanket at daycare. Oh the horror. Seriously guys. This was her face when she finally grasped that we left it at school and could not get it until Monday. I know it was probably mean to take a picture when her world was ending but I just couldn't stop myself. All was well when we headed upstairs to find a suitable replacement. But she did not forget the entire weekend that we forgot her blanket. #momfail


We watched Trolls and the girls had pepperoni pizza and Will and I had taco pizza from Casey's- YUMMO! 

The girls thought it would be a good idea to wake up at the wee crack of dawn (ok, 6:30) and so we let them watch cartoons while we tried to get a little more rest. 

Once we arose from our slumber, we headed downstairs for breakfast and MORE TROLLS. We had an Office Depot and DSW run to do and so we got ready to go! 

She has been LOVING getting her dolls dressed and today- TWINNING! 

Saturday's weather was GLORIOUS! Is it really only February!? At any rate, a trip to Starbucks was in order! 

 Strawberry refresher with almond milk! My go to drink! 


We ran to my mom's and hung out for a bit and then stopped at an awesome BBQ place that's a little hole in the wall. Their mac and cheese? So good and creamy! And the BEST cornbread topped with honey.. Yes MA'AM! 


We had a quiet rest of the day, ending the night with Walking Dead. Have you guys seen it? For some reason, we are just now getting into it and started Season 3 this weekend. 

On Sunday we played hooky from church and we all slept in. (Oops). We got ready after sending Will on a donut run and then got ready for a Target run.



Ready for TARGET! 

Once we got home, we started working on Valentine's! 





Meanwhile....

And then the girls spent the rest of the afternoon playing

Sophia loves her Lego's too. We have a permanent spot set up in our dining room of a table for just Lego's. We set it up one weekend and haven't taken it down. 

I'm not sure why we thought we needed to move- the girls have their own bedrooms now and a playroom in the basement and still seem to play in anywhere BUT those areas. 

Will had to go into work for a few hours so it was just the girls and me. We cleaned out the fridge for dinner and ran to Dairy Queen for a treat. We ran home and it was baths, books and bed. I settled in for the night and watched the Grammy's. By 10:30 though, I had to hit the sack. 


We have a fun week- tomorrow, of course is Valentine's Day- I took the afternoon off to help at Sophia's party and then we're going to have a special family Valentine's dinner. On Saturday, Sophia starts piano lessons and is so excited! I can't wait for her to begin learning and playing! 

Happy Monday all! 

xoxo



February Goals

Monday, February 6, 2017
Hey friends! It's another Monday and of course, I'm behind on sharing my monthly goals with y'all! But- HELLOOOO February! So good to see you! January went by like a whirlwind.

We had a great weekend, no set plans so we did the usual- a trip to Target, HyVee, and did a few things around the house.

Friday night we headed up to Ames to the ISU gymnastics night. They had Daddy/Daughter princess night but we all decided to go. The girls loved it and got to walk in the "Princess Parade" before the meet. I love taking the girls to Ames and sharing my love for the Cyclones with them.

Saidey kept asking "Why that bird dancing, he supposed to be angry!" She thought he looked like an angry bird from the movie!


Sophia loves Cy-cones! =)

So does Saidey!

And then on Saturday we watched the Cyclones Men's bball team take down Kansas! WOO HOO!!


Let's take a look back at my January goals and how I did:

1. Get office furniture: SEMI check! I got a couch and some cute accent chairs. I still am on a hunt for a desk, desk chair, a shelf, and of course, some decor.

I got two of these chairs and am going to create a cozy, sitting spot in my office


After sending these to the wrong address, (just to the neighbors across the street) I got my business cards in the mail! Feeling official now! =)

2. Credentialing- I have my applications sent in for the companies I want to start with. One of them has progressed to the second step so that's good news.

3. Trips- No progress. We haven't even touched this subject yet... hopefully more to come on that in February!

4. Organize: This month, I decided to tackle the girls' bathroom vanity. It was a mess of lotions, bows and headbands. I picked up a few storage containers from the Container Store and got to work. I'm super happy with how it turned out and it's functionality.

An organizers dream come true! =)

We were in really poor shape under their vanity...

A mess of pony tail holders, headbands and bows

The angels are singing!

Everything has a place!

These storage containers can be found HERE

So, now for my FEBRUARY goals!

1. Valentine's- We decided on these for the girls school... super easy and they can help me assemble! The finger lights were SUPER cheap on Amazon as well as the self sealing envelopes. I just need to get the cards printed and we're good to go!


We have 5 teacher gifts to do and I'm thinking I'm going to do this:

I think this is super simple to put together and can be reasonable on the wallet, too. 

2. Organize- I'm going to tackle another area of our home this month- I just haven't decided which one! Our basement storage area is a HUGE goal but to be honest, I'm putting it off! Check back here next month to see which area I chose! ( I know, I know, I'm letting myself off the hook by not choosing a specific spot now #donttellonme)

3. Plan Saidey's birthday party- Saidey's birthday is towards the end of March, but I'll need to start putting some ideas together. We've decided on a magical unicorn party. You can see my Pinterest inspiration here:



4. Trip- We're thinking of an adult only trip to Chicago this Spring to celebrate Will's graduate program graduation. He is SO close to being done and will have his master's degree- so proud of him. We also want to start planning a family trip for the Summer, too. 


4. Get a trim! I've been growing my hair out for about 7-9 months now and I got it trimmed FOREVER ago and so I really need to just get an appointment scheduled to get it trimmed. 

This was a picture of me at this time, last year:

woah- hello close up! But look at that SHORT hair!! 

AND NOW! I can't believe the difference! My goal is to grow it out to right above my chest, maybe longer, we'll just have to wait and see. I've been THIS close to chopping it all off again several times throughout this process.

Alright, so there's my FEBRUARY goals! 

Happy Monday- I'll be back later in the week sharing my FIVE mama must haves! 

Thanks for visiting! 

PS. I'm linking up for the first time for Mom Life Mondays! Check out all the other amazing blogs and mamas! 



xoxo

What's Up Wednesday

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Hey friends! Happy Wednesday! Hope the week is treating you all well! I'm linking up with Mix and Match Mama to bring you What's Up Wednesday- one of my MOST favorite link ups!! 

What we're eating
Monday: Breakfast for dinner
Tuesday: Noodles and Company for the girls
Wednesday: Crock pot chicken sliders
Thursday: Hamburger soup
Friday: Friday Night Pizza Night

What I'm reading....
Jodi Picoult "Small Great Things" 
I can't recommend this book enough! It's a great read and the stories of the characters are mesmerizing. 
Also on my "to read list" 



What I'm looking forward to...
I can't believe I'm saying this but SNOW! Iowa weather has been wonky and we haven't seen a drop of snow since before Christmas and even that was measly for Iowa. We're supposed to have MAYBE 2 inches by tomorrow morning, we shall see. We either need to get dumped on soon or just move right into Spring. 
Edited to add: No snow. BOO Iowa, you're killing me! 
What I'm loving...
Chrissy Teigen's cookbook. OMG. Guys. I have tried several recipes from this cookbook and not ONE recipe has disappointed. Our favorites have been: chicken lettuce wraps, chicken pot pie soup and biscuits and gravy. To die for. I will add that most of her recipes take a bit longer so we usually make them during the weekends, when we have more time. Also, lotsa buttta involved in some of the recipes. Not that I'm complaining. =)



Armadillo cheese bread. One word: YUM

What we've been up to...
A whole lot of this...





What I'm watching...

My favorites: Vanessa, Danielle M, and Raven

What I'm excited about...
February festivities (Valentine's Day and celebrating my mom and sister's birthdays!)
What I'm working on...
A magical unicorn 4th Birthday party
See my Pinterest inspiration here

Valentine's for the girls' school
See my Valentine's Day Pinterest board here..
Getting my office set up! We're officially in our new space and it's so exciting to see things taking shape! My couch and chairs arrived last weekend. I am still on the hunt for a desk and decor. Things are coming together and I'm so tickled about it! 
Click here to see my website 


What I'm listening to....
Ed Sheeran- "Shape of you"
What I'm wearing....


So, tell me... What's up with you?! 




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