Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Favorites - May 18th

It's Friday! And we are back!

It's been awhile, but I am happy to be linking up with ErikaNarci and Andrea!

Let's just jump right in, shall we?

Favorite #1

Small Town Brewery's Not Your Mom's Iced Tea


Friends...I could drink this by the gallon. I won't, but it is so darn good. I fell in love with this brewery's Not Your Father's Root Beer not long ago. And now, this is my newest love.

I am not a big drinker. Never have been. But guys...this is hardly like drinking. I think it tastes just like an Arnold Palmer. I used to like (and still do) mixing Firefly Sweet Tea with Lemonade for my favorite, light summer  alcoholic drink. I would serve it at parties. But heaven in a bottle. 

Can you tell I like it?? If you drink, please hunt this down and give it a try. I am confident that you won't be disappointed. AND if you like root beer and haven't tried Not Your Father's Root Beer, grab one of those too, while you are at it!

PSA: NOT an advertisement. I just really, really like this! Maybe too much!

Favorite #2
Last week for Mother's Day, my family surprised me with...

A roomba!

We named it DJ Roomba after Tom Haverford's Roomba in his Rent A Swag store on Parks & Rec. Anyone? Bueller? that we have a dog, I think this was a wise investment. I have set it to run everyday, and either we are that filthy or it's eating the carpet in our living room. I wish I had taken a picture to show just how much it collects every. single. day. Seriously shocking.

I am already in love with this thing. Not having to vacuum is such a luxury. Listening to the whirring of the little motor as I do other tasks is oddly satisfying. It's getting done...and I don't have to do it!! #youknowyouareamomwhen... 

Favorite #3

I have stumbled onto some pretty fantastic Instagram accounts lately with some very uplifting messages. This one really spoke to me.

I don't know if it is just me, but I (bear with me, ok?) feel like women have been taught to feel "crazy" if you reveal your true feelings about something or someone. And I am not talking hate, I am talking about love. I have learned in my life, love is really all that matters.

That being said, I have, in the last several years, started to tell friends and family members (that aren't usually the lovey dove types...we all have them! You know who they are!) that I love them. It is a different type of love than most people think of, but why not say it?? Don't we all just want to be loved and appreciated by the people closest to us?

The point is, this one struck me. I strive to be open and honest (as is socially acceptable) as possible. And it isn't always received well. So, to that I say, be honest! If you lose it (being the friendship or whatever the relationship is) then it was never yours to being with. 

Favorite #4

One of my best friends gave me a small version of this candle last week. She rocks! Let me tell is PERFECT for the season. Everyone thinks it smells amazing! Because it totally does!

Today, I hunted down the larger size, and you'll never guess where it came from...
Target. Of course it did. #allthebeststuffcomesfromtarget

Anyway, hurry over to your nearest Target (twist your arm, right?) and give this a sniff. I can almost guarantee it will put you in a summer state of mind.

Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!! 


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Ladies Who Link: May Edition: Memorial Day Plans and Summer Kick Off!

It's the 3rd Thursday of the month! That means it is time for Ladies Who Link with these lovely ladies!

We would love for you to add your thoughts to our linkup! At the bottom of the post, add your link so we can check out your Memorial Day Plans and how you are planning to kick off Summer!

Every Memorial Day for the last several years, our closest group of friends comes over with their kids to celebrate! We hang out by and in the pool, have some drinks, eat some food, roast marshmallows and make s'mores by the fire pit!

And this year will be no different! 

Last week, I went to Target (where else?!) to stock up on some fun party things for the kids. Because let's be honest...if the kids are having fun and occupied, the adults are having fun too!

I love to have these around for parties! They are so convenient! I got them from Party City, but I have  purchased them from both Amazon and Target in the past. I HIGHLY recommend them. And the gingham pattern is so cute and festive for a summer party. AND the other one is clearly marked for recycling.

I bought these from the dollar bin section for the littlest kids to play with in our water table.

Another dollar bin find...I think the older kids are going to go bananas for these! I got them in green, blue and pink! Fun!

ALSO dollar bin...super cute straws, napkins and drink parasols! I don't know about you, but when I was a kid, those parasols were SO exciting to get in a drink! I expect them to be a hit! Note to self: buy some maraschino cherries!

I bought these guessed it! The dollar bin at Target! We love to make s'mores as a group, and normally the kids go a little crazy, I thought this might help to preload them in portion controlled sizes for the kids. Parent approved!

Spoiler alert: got these from the dollar bin! I thought the kids would really enjoy these and...BONUS they can use them for the 4th of July too!

You'll NEVER guess where I picked these up...

Bubbles for the littlest ones.

You guys. This is THE. BEST. BUBBLE. MACHINE. 
Think we have enough bubbles???

And a few decorations from guess where!

I hope you have a WONDERFUL and safe Memorial Day! Hope you get to celebrate with great friends too!


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ladies Who Link: April Edition - Favorite Target Finds

Today, we are hosting and linking up with A Gal Named AlCoast to CoastMommy In A Nutshell and Pink Lady!

If you have ever read our blog, you know we are HUGE fans of Target. And there is always something good to be found.

I went yesterday and found these gems!

These are from the dollar section. We have a Memorial Day Party every year and I thought these would be fun to stock up on.
I picked up the fun drink umbrellas and flamingo straws!!

They had cute glass resealable bottles with flamingos and matching drink stirrers and can cozies.

And more matching tableware.

And fairy lights!

Baby Shower decorations!

More party matching stuff.

Every end of school year, I get each of my kids some fun summer things as a last day of school gift. This section would be perfect to get that started! 

I LOVE Target's pajamas. I thought this shirt was cute, soft and I love the quote.

Gilligan & O'Malley pajamas are my jam. They are super cozy and I love them!!!

Another great Target find! Puzzles galore! I love to do puzzles! I grew up doing them with my Dad and now I am trying to get my kids into them. It is sort of like the adult coloring book phenomenon. Relaxing.

Another fun summer toy for the kids! Wubbles! The Easter Bunny brought my kids the water Wubbles.

These were a big hit last year! The bunch of balloons! This year they have added a filler gun. Using a hose was tricky. The filler gun might make its way into their summer fun bag!

Ok. This was THE COOLEST THING!! It is a brand called Antsy Pants. And they are selling kits to build and play for kids with easy to put together pieces! And covers to make lemonade stands! No more giant cardboard boxes needed to sell lemonade this summer! What a fantastic idea!

My kids (and new puppy!) would go nuts over this obstacle course in our yard! Might be a worthy investment to keep them occupied this summer!

Who doesn't love the mason jar trend? Ball has these new spiral jars that are so cute!! You know I had to grab some!

Look at those fun plastic glasses for summer! I loved all the colors and prints! Unfortunately, I didn't need glasses, but if you do, check them out! Super cute!

I love Frizz Ease!!! I have thick, wavy and fairly coarse hair. And Frizz Ease helps! It is one of my all time favorite Target finds!

I don't know about you, but I carry around water all day, everyday. And, I love my Thermos insulated water bottle with a straw. They are getting harder and harder to find in the size I use (I think it is 18oz.)!!! I thought I would give this Contigo insulated water bottle a go. I'll keep you posted!

Ok! I fell for it! I have "chicken skin" as I call it on the backs of my arms. I saw this ad on TV and I was sold! Bought it! Trying it!

And finally...Brit + Co craft kits!! I love their site and their social media!! Why not love their crafts too! I am a craft girl. I actually couldn't leave this there...

I have been dying to try to learn this calligraphy trend. So, I bought this one. I'll keep you posted on that as well!

Happy Target Shopping everyone! I can't wait to see what fun things you found! I will totally go back and see what I missed! Maybe tomorrow! Is it bad that a lot of the employees know me there?????

Thank you so much for stopping by! Please be sure to add your favorites to our linkup below!!


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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ladies Who Link-March: Go-to crockpot recipe

With my family's busy schedules, my crockpot is definitely one of my favorite kitchen appliances!  I love being able to come home to a hot meal after a long day.  One of my favorite go-to meals is my chicken tortilla soup.  My girls call it "chicken chili".  

Chicken Tortilla Soup

1 pkg. of raw, boneless chicken tenderloins
1 15 oz. can of diced tomatoes
1 10 oz. can of enchilada sauce
1 medium onion, chopped
1 4 oz. can of green chile peppers
3 cloves of garlic
2-3 cans of chicken broth (depending on how much liquid you want)
1 pkg. taco seasoning

1 oz. bag of frozen corn

First, I lay the chicken tenderloins on the bottom of the slow cooker.  (I used tenderloins because they are smaller and easier to shred at the end, but boneless chicken breast works too.)  Then, I open everything else and pour it on top.  It is truly that easy!! Honestly, my 8 year old did most of the work with the can opener.

Cook it on high for 4-6 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.  About 30 minutes before serving, take the chicken out using a slotted spoon and shred it with 2 forks.  The chicken is so tender that this does not take long.  Serve with shredded cheese and sour cream.  My girls like to eat tortilla chips or corn chips with their soup.  It is delicious!  

Friday, March 3, 2017

Friday Favorites-March 3rd

If it's Friday, you know we're happy to be linking up with ErikaNarci, and Andrea!

It has been so WARM here this week!  It feels like summer.  In some ways I am ready for it, but the teacher in my would love 1 more snow day!  We'll see what the rest of the winter hold.  Here are some of my favorites this week:

Favorite #1
As I blogged about last Friday, we went to Pittsburgh, PA for a dance competition last weekend.  This was out first time visiting this city and I must tell you that it is AWESOME!  It is honestly one of the best cities that I have visited.  It was beautiful, clean, and everyone was friendly.  Our hotel was located near Point State Park, which is very near the baseball and football stadiums.  My husband, who loves all sports, was in heaven!  The views of the rivers and city were breathtaking.  We were able to do a lot in our short time there.  I am working on a blog post on this visit and what we did with our kids.  Stay tuned!  

Favorite #2
My youngest daughter was in another play this week, a mini version of The Sound of Music.  This is one of my all time favorite movies!  My girls love it too.  I am always amazed at the confidence that my girls have on stage,  I was not brave enough at 8 years old to get up on stage and sing and dance in front of a live audience.  I cannot wait to see where all of this bravery takes this young actress in the future!

Favorite #3
On Tuesday, we celebrated the 100th day of school in my kindergarten class.  This day is so much fun and helps me to realize that we are getting closer and closer to the end of the school year.  Each child makes a cape with 100 items attached to it to wear during the day.  Below is my youngest daughter in her cape.  (We didn't do the capes when my oldest was in K.)  I love creating this memories with my class.  They are "my kids" for 180 days and I adore them!

Favorite #4
I don't get a lot of time to read, but one of my favorite authors, Kristan Higgins, has a new book out so I had to get it.  She writes contemporary romance books.  Her books are always touching with humor thrown in as well.  Her newest book is called On Second Thought.  I have not finished it yet, but so far I am really enjoying the book.  It is about 2 sisters who deal with love, loss, and life in general.  I honestly love every book that I have read by Kristan Higgans.  If you are looking for a new book to read, you should give her books a try!

Enjoy your week!  


Favorite #1

Spring Break! 

My family is off on a Spring Break trip next week! We are very excited. We are going on a Disney Cruise for the first half of the week. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it! For several years, my family and I used to cruise on Royal Caribbean every Spring Break with my brother and my niece and sometimes my nephew, and another family. We haven't been on a cruise in a while and we missed it! So, we thought we would give a Disney Cruise a whirl!

The last half of the week, we are spending a couple of days drinking Butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal! We went to Universal a few years ago and had such a good time, we had to make time for it again. I look forward to sharing the highlights with you when we return!

Favorite #2

Girl Scout Cookies!!!!!!!

Do I really need to say more? I love them. This is the best time of year, other than November at Trader Joe's for the shortbread Star Cookies. Our family's favorites are Thin Mints and Samoas. We like Tagalongs too, but not as much as the other two. I also hear this year's S'mores flavor is good too. I haven't tried the yet, have you??

Favorite #3

My kids use these every day in their snacks. We love them. They are easy to clean (top rack dishwasher safe!!), easy for little hands to open, and hold perfect portion sizes. I like that they are stainless steel. If you are looking for reusable containers for snacks, but anything small, I can't say enough positive things about these!


Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Happy Friday!

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