Friday, November 17, 2017

5 Things I'm Thankful For

Happy Fri-Yay ya'll!! I'm so excited for this weekend but first I have to get through taking both boys to there 2 and 4 year well visits...alone. Jack is supposed to get all his shots for Kindergarten (wahh) and both boys are getting flu shots. Should be an awesome time. We are going to the Angus Barn in Raleigh with friends tonight, its going to be decorated for Christmas and I can't wait!

I thought I'd do my Friday favorites a little differently this week. Since Thanksgiving is less than a week away and I'm feeling all kinds of thankful lately I thought I would share 5 things that I'm especially thankful for right now.

O N E | Patrick. I dont brag on him enough. He is such a great daddy to our boys and a wonderful husband to me. There is no way we could get through life without him!

T W O | Jack and Graham. Duh. These two bring me so much joy! I wake up thankful to be their mama every day. They are really at such a fun age, and while they drive me crazy I am thankful that I get to spend each and every day with them!

T H R E E | My Father in Law. Ya'll, this man is so precious to me. Most of you know that almost 3 months ago we lost my Mother in Law to pancreatic cancer. It was and has been such a sad time for us all but Steve has continued to be so present in our lives and in the boys lives despite the deep sadness he feels. I adore seeing the boys playing with him and getting so excited to see Grandaddy. We've been going to church with him and last Sunday we all went to the club for lunch, I captured this photo and it is just the most precious thing. In fact, Patrick and I both pulled out our cameras at the same time to get this picture haha.

F O U R | My mom. I am hosting Thanksgiving at my house this year for the first time. She and my dad are coming as well as one of my sisters, her husband and daughter, my Mimi, my FIL, BIL and nephew. There is no way I could pull this off without the help of my mom. She is pretty much doing all of the cooking. Bringing several things from home to help me pull this off. She is a blessing to me every day but I am truly thankful for her willingness to help me and show me how to make a proper Thanksgiving meal!

F I V E | Lastly, I am so thankful that His mercies are new every morning. I try to remind myself that if God didn't grant me grace on a daily basis I would be in shambles. Momin aint easy y'all. In fact its downright hard. Mommin 2 boys that are 24 months apart, its hard! I lose my patience more than I care to admit but I wake up each morning thankful that my slate has been wiped clean and I can begin the day with a grateful heart.

I hope that ya'll have a wonderful weekend! It's truly the most wonderful time of the year. I've already started decorating and last night was our little citys holiday tree lighting, which officially kicks off the season for me!

*linking up with Andrea, April and Katie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide- For Her

Hey Friends! This week Owen, Brittany and I are doing one of our favorite guides!  It's all about the ladies! Ive put together a list of things that either I have that are a favorite of mine or things that are on my list and that I'd love to get! If you missed last weeks guide check it out here, it's all about the kids!

1. Rifle Paper Co. Phone Case - I have this exact case and love it! It doesn't add a lot of bulk but I've dropped it plenty of times and it hasn't messed up my phone! 

2. Tart Eyeshadow Pallete - this is on my list. These colors scream fall/winter to me. I love a good neutral. 

3. Slippers - the best slippers! I have gold glitter ones and they are so comfy!  The red are so festive for Christmas! 

4. Anchor Beads Necklace - I adore these necklaces and the meaning behind them makes purchasing one even better! 

5. Lounge Pants - My friend Brooke introduced me to these pants and since them I can't recommend them enough. They are so cozy and the perfect addition to soft clothes! 

6. Barefoot Dreams Blardigan - I'm sure everyone has heard of this but again, a total staple in my winter wardrobe! 

7. Apple Watch- For the tech loving gal! 

8. Metallic Gold Leather Earrings - I rarely wear big earrings because they are always so heavy and make my lobes hurt. But then I discovered these and am obsessed. They are super light weight, like you can't even feel them in your ears! 

9. Booties- Ya'll know these are a favorite of mine! The best bootie I've owned and right now they are on sale! 

10.  Faux Fur Beanie- A cute hat for those cold winter days! 

11, Glitter Clutch - I recently rented this from Rent the Runway and loved it! It's so festive and fun that it's made my way to my Christmas list and its under $100! 

So there you go! Send this list to your Husbands, boyfriends, kids, dads, moms, really anyone that is buying for you! And be sure to check out Owen and Brittanys lists too!! Next wee will be all about those men in your life! 

Now its your turn, show us those gift guides for all the women in your life! Be sure to grab our button below and link back to us in your post! Can't wait to see all of your lists!!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Crock Pot Pot Roast

Hey ya'll! Sorry for the radio silence yesterday but we had a pretty low key weekend that wasn't worth documenting hahaha. I'm coming to you today with a recipe! I had several request this when I posted about it on my stories last week so I figured that I would create a post about it.

I got this recipe from my sweet friend Brittany! She always has the best recipes and is my go to lately when I don't know what in the world to cook. She's super organized and plans everything out. Meanwhile I'm texting her from the grocery store wondering what exactly I should cook that night.

Crock Pot Pot Roast:

* 2-3 lb Chuck Roast
* bag of baby red potatoes (I used about half the bag and quartered or halved them)
* bag of carrots (washed peeled and quartered)
* can of cream of mushroom soup
* can of beef broth
* Liptons onion soup packet

* Line your crockpot with these amazing crockpot liners (or skip if you don't have them)
* Place your chuck roast in the bottom of the crockpot
* add in your potatoes and carrots
* pour soup, beef broth and soup packet on top of the meat and veggies
* set your crockpot on low for 8 hours
* enjoy the amazing smells that will take over your kitchen all day!
* once its done cooking the meat will be falling apart. I sometimes try to take it out and shred it on a cutting board if it won't totally shred in the crockpot.

This recipe is super easy! I have always been really intimidated by pot roast for some reason. I never knew what cut of meat to buy and how to do it, but thanks to Brittany this has become a weekly or biweekly staple in our house. It's perfect for these cold fall days. I like to serve it with sister schubert rolls!


*Linking up with Beth

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Fri-YAY!! Whew, this week has had me all kinds of mixed up. I don't know if it was the fact that our weekend started on Thursday last week or what but I couldn't remember what day it was for the life of me. I forgot to pack Jacks lunch for lunch bunch Wednesday (thank goodness for Patrick who brought it to him). Let me get right to my favorites from this week!

O N E | I posted this picture on Insta earlier this week and everyone wanted the recipe so here you go! Its so easy.

Pene pasta (or any you like)
2 Chicken breasts shredded (I throw mine in the crockpot and cook for a few hours. makes it so easy to shred)
1 thing of mushrooms
1 bag of spinach
1-2 jars alfredo sauce (I used reduced fat)
Mozzarella Cheese
Grated Parmesa


1. Boil Pasta 2. Saute spinach and mushrooms 3. Shred Chicken and place in bowl with sautéed spinach and mushrooms. 4. When pasta is finished toss it in the bowl and add a jar of alfredo sauce. (if you are splitting the recipe you may need a jar and half depending on how saucy you like it) 5. Add in some mozzarella and parmesa 6. Place in a baking dish and top with more cheese 7. Bake at 350 until warm and bubbly!

Bam, there you go! A super easy and quick week night meal!

T W O | Hope from Elise + Hope posted awhile ago about her wood board she keeps by her sink. I have been on the hunt for one! I found something that was similar at Hobby Lobby and it was doing the trick but then yesterday I came across This while browsing the new Joanna Gains line and its almost an identical match! And only $19.99! I got the medium and the large and ended up going with the large!

T H R E E | We had a surprise visit from Grandaddy on Tuesday night. The boys had the best time playing with him and I just love seeing them interact!

F O U R | Yesterday when I got Graham dressed I realized that this cute little turtleneck was my bestie Kristis sons! Ya'll, he just turned 11! I sent it to her and asked if it looked familiar. I love that Jay, Jack and now Graham have worn it.

F I V E | Did you catch the start to our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide on Wednesday that I'm hosting with Brittany and Owen? Of course that day blogger decided to go whack and wouldn't let comments go through. It's finally fixed (i hope!) So feel free to drop by and check it out...leave me a comment about whats your favorite thing on the list. I'm talking all about kids toys!! And next week is all about the ladies!

Its finally feeling like fall here! It's been in the 50s all week and we have our first freeze warning tonight. I don't hate it! Tonight kicks off NC State's basketball season so P and I are headed to the game! I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

*Linking up with Andrea, Katie, April 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Christmas Gift Guide- Kids

Hey friends! Can you believe that Christmas is going to be here in about 6 weeks? Truly the most wonderful time of year is upon us! And what better way to kick off the holiday season than sharing some gift guides! If you are like me you want to try and get a head start on shopping. If you're also like me, you say this every year and come December 20th you are still shopping. I am determined to do 99% of my shopping online this year. I just don't want to brave the crowds and get in all the traffic. 

So to kick off our Ultimate 2017Christmas Gift Guides, I bring to you gifts for all those kiddos in your life! I have broken it down by babies/toddlers, boys, and girls. I have linked everything below the graphic for easy shopping! 

Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes Be sure to Check out Owen and Brittanys posts too for more great ideas! 

1. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes - We had this for both boys and it was a hit! In fact, they played with it well past baby days!

2. V Tech. Sit to Stand Learning Walker - This was a great toy for the boys. I liked that you can take the front piece off before they learn to walk and they can play with it, and then it also acts as a walker. Graham used this a ton before he could walk on his own. Highly recommend!

3. Fisher Price Rock-a- Stack and Babys First Blocks Bundle - great hand eye coordination toys for growing boys and girls!

4. Little People Mickey and Minnies Playhouse - For your Mickey and Minnie loving babe!

5. Little People Carring for Animals Farm Playset - Little people sets make a great gift for boy or girl!

6. Laugh and Learn Smart Stages Home Set - My boys played with this forever. It has so many interactive parts and they loved being able to go "in and out" of the house.

7. V. Tech Turn and Learn Driver - another favorite of my boys!

8. Toy Vacuum - For the vacuum loving babe!

1. Super WIngs Transforming Planes - Jack loves these transformers! 

2.  Imaginext Power Rangers Red Ranger and T-Rex Zord - This is at the top of Jacks Christmas list! 

3. Imaginext Power Rangers Command Center - Another item on Jacks list! 

4. Paw Patrol Tent - This might be one of the most played with items that we have! 

5. Candy Land - a classic board game! 

6. Nerf Gun - What boy doesn't love a nerf gun? 

7. Paw Patrol Marshall Sea Patrol - For those Paw Patrol loving kids! 

8. Paw Patrol Sea Patroller - Jack and Graham both have this on their list! 

9. V Tech Camera - Another top contender for most played with toy in our house. This camera takes real photos and you can even download them to your computer. 

1. Luvabella Doll - Several of my girl mom friends say this doll is at the top of their daughters list! The baby is interactive and lifelike

2.  Fur Real Chatty Charlie - The dogs collar translates barks to comments so you can talk with him! 

3. LOL Surprise Dolls - All I have heard Jacks bestie Charlotte talk about are these....a must have for every girl! 

4. Disney Princess Dress Up - What girl doesn't love to dress up like a princess! 

5. Fingerlings Monkey - THE HOTTEST toy this Christmas for boys and girls! (Thanks to my bestie Jack will have one in his stocking come Christmas morning)

6. V Tech Camera - Isn't the pink so cute for a little girl? A must have gift in my opinion

7. Hatchimals Twins - another hot Christmas item! 

8. LOL Big Surprise - any little girl would love this! (Maybe from a grandparent who wants to pay for it, haha)

And there you have it folks! The hottest and most fun toys this season! I know two little red headed boys have several things on this list that they would love for Santa to bring them! 

Don't forget we are going to be linking up every Wednesday from now until December 6th (minus Thanksgiving week). Next week is all about the Ladies, I for one am excited about this list! (haha!) 

Grab our button below when you share your gift guides!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Jack Turns Four!

Happy Monday ya'll! I hope you had a great weekend. We had a long weekend here. Thursday Jack, Patrick and I left for Greensboro for Patricks cousins wedding. Jack was the cutest ring bearer and made it down the aisle without a meltdown! We got back Saturday morning (Wedding was Friday) and quickly turned around and left for the State/Clemson game. I was exhausted by the time we got home. Sunday Jack turned the big FOUR!

I just can't believe that he is four! Where did these past years go? The saying "the days are long but the years are short" is so very true! We had a great low key day. We went to the All Saints Service at Patricks dads church followed by a lunch there. Afternoon naps for all of us and then Jacks sweet little bestie Charlotte and her parents came over for pizza and cookie cake with us and Patricks dad.

I remember Jack's birth like it was yesterday. Year three may have been my favorite year yet! Jack you are the sweetest little boy. I love having conversations with you. Your imagination is amazing and the things you come up with make me laugh on a daily basis. You love your brother so much. Your favorite thing is to lay down and have him lay on top of you and give you a big hug.  You too have really started playing with each other. You love to run laps around the kitchen/den and have Graham chase you. Ya'll are wild boys and I wouldn't want it any other way!  Jack, you light up my life. Even if you don't sleep in your bed every night I secretly love having you snuggle up next to us and hear you say "Mommy, its morning!" when it's time to get up. I know soon enough you won't want to sleep with us anymore. You love to sit in my lap or right next to me. I'm okay with that,  I know that soon enough you will not even want to be in the same room as me. Jack, I love when you reach for my hand as we walk to and from your classroom each day. I love that you still give me hugs and kisses whenever I ask. I adore hearing you say "I love you mommy" Just out of the blue. I could go on and on and on about how much I love you sweet boy. I cannot wait to see what year four has in store for you. I know you are going to do big things! We love you to the moon and back Jack!

And don't forget that on Wednesday Owen, Brittany and I are starting our Christmas Gift Guides link-up. We are starting with Kids gifts so get those guides ready ladies, we can't wait to see what all ya'll are shopping for!

*Linking up with Biana

Thursday, November 2, 2017

A Christmas Gift Guide Link-Up Announcement!

Ya'll, Halloween is over which means Christmas is basically tomorrow! I admit that I started listening to Christmas music yesterday and Starbucks even had their Christmas cups out, I was a happy girl! 

Today Jack, Patrick and I are headed out of town to Patrick's cousins wedding. Jack is a ring bearer and going to be so cute! This is a bittersweet time, this is my late MIL's sisters daughter who we are super close to. There is going to be an ever present void during this time but we know Donna will be looking down on us and watching over everything. Graham is staying home with my Mom, we figured it would be easier to keep him home and he will have no idea whats going on. He will have much more fun being able to stay here and play than being in a hotel room for two days. 

Now on to my announcement! A few weeks ago Owen, Brittany and I got to talking about gift guides.  We decided what better way to share our ideas than with a link-up. So thus came our 2017 Gift Guide Link-Up. We are so excited about this! Each week we will be sharing a different guide for you to get ideas from. We also would love it if you are a blogger and linked up your gift guide with us. If you aren't a blogger be sure to check out all of the posts that are linked up, you will find great ideas!  We are hoping this will be a big turn out and everyone can get ideas for all of the people in their life! 

We kick of the gift guides next Wednesday with our kids guide. Be sure to check back here to find all the latest rages as far as kids gifts! 

'Tis the season ya'll!! 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Halloween 2017

Happy November 1st! Y'all, how is that possible? October FLEW by! Halloween 2017 was a success! We had a great day with only one or two minor melt downs, ha #momlife

We started the day with preschool. Jack was able to wear his costume to school and the 3's and 4's did a little parade with some songs. It was the cutest thing ever. I felt like such a mom, so proud of my sweet boy and trying to snap photos and video the entire thing!

Jack dressed up as a Power Ranger for school.

After school it was home for lunch and naps. Once the boys woke up we headed over to see my FIL and show him their costumes. I couldn't get Graham to put on the power rangers costume I bought for him so I improvised and found Jack's Mickey Mouse Costume that he wore when he was 2! I actually loved seeing this on Graham and the side by side comparison of the two of them. Jack decided he wanted to be a fireman again this year. Luckily we still had last years costume, It was a bit small but worked out just fine! The boys were happy and therefore I did not care!

After we went to Steve's house we came home and got ready to have a few friends over for dinner and trick-or-treating. Everyone brought apps and we just stood around the kitchen eating and letting the kids play before heading out. Graham had one epic two year old meltdown over who knows what. Thankfully he got it together and we were able to all trick-or-treat together.

This was the first time we've trick-or-treated in our neighborhood. It was so nice, we live in the back/side of our neighborhood and there was literally no one on our street. We loved it! Towards the front of our neighborhood is insane and people come in by the car load. I was thankful not to have to weave in and out of cars. We went to a few houses on our street and then headed back home. The boys loved it! The big boys really loved it, this was the first year they were running from house to house saying "Trick-or-Treat!" Graham just wanted to chase after them but didn't so much care about getting the candy in his bucket. Sweet James just hung back in the wagon...always so chill, unlike his friend Graham!

It was a great Halloween! So fun to see it through the eyes of my boys!

*Linking up with Jenn