Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What's Up Wednesday! {11/23}

We are linking up with MelShay and Sheaffer for this month's edition of What's Up Wednesday!

What We're Eating This Week:

T-We are eating wonderful Thanksgiving food like many others out there!  This year is the first time in 14 years of marriage that we are not traveling somewhere for Thanksgiving, so I am doing all of the cooking.  I am actually really excited about it because I can make things just the way we like them.  I also bought a turkey breast this year since there is only 4 of us, and I am going to cook it in my slow cooker.  I found a new recipe online.  I promise to post the recipe if it turns out well!

S- Ditto to Trina! We are hosting a smaller Thanksgiving this year and we will be eating the traditional stuff.  Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole and of course, dessert! I will be making pumpkin pie and apple pie.  But also...

If you haven't tried these little stars from the heavens, you need to get to your nearest Trader Joe's. Seriously. You won't be sorry. I am eating one as I type. SO GOOD!

What We're Reminiscing About:

T-Today in my kindergarten class we had our Thanksgiving program.  It made me think back to when my 2 girls had their programs.  

Aren't they sweet?  Love them!

S- Is it bad to say, nothing?

What We're Loving...

T-I have been loving the great deals that Amazon has had already for Christmas.  I have to admit that I am an Amazon addict!  The last couple of years I have bought the majority of my gifts online, and most of those on Amazon.  There is just something so appealing about shopping in my cozy pj's!  You don't have to wait until Black Friday to get amazing deals.  You can also "watch" items that you are interested in and it will alert you on your phone when it becomes available.  If you are a Prime member, you also get deals that other shoppers don't get. I love it!

S- Hallmark movies. I cannot get enough lately. They are cheesy and so predictable, but I can't stop!  I love that they are lighthearted and someone always falls in love. They are definitely unrealistic, but in a world of really serious topics, I love to wind down with happy, light tv!

What We've Been Up To...

T- We have been busy as always with school and after school activities during the week.  On the weekends, we try to do fun activities as a family.  Most recently we attended a men's basketball game at the University of Richmond, which is a local private college.  I love that we live in an area so close to colleges and universities so that we can take our girls to games at different colleges throughout the year.  

Wow!  My girls look alike, but it is really obvious in the above pictures.  We get asked all of the time if they are twins.  They are 2 years apart!

S- I still have yet to blog about it, but we just got back from a trip to Disney World! I spent all week last week catching up from that trip and trying to prepare for Thanksgiving! We had a great time! We got into the Christmas Spirit a little early by going to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas one evening!

I don't know if you can tell, but for this event, they cover Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom in icicles. It really is a breathtaking sight.  More to come on the trip later!

What We're Excited About...

T-I have been really excited about the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix!  I know that I have blogged about it before, but it is only 3 days away now.  I can't wait to grab a cup of coffee and watch it!  I wish that Sara and I could figure out a way to watch it together.  We might have to Skype through an episode or two!

S- I am with Trina on this one! I CANNOT wait for Gilmore Girls! We will absolutely have to figure out a way to share our viewing experience long distance!

I am looking forward to spending this week and weekend with family. My niece and nephew are coming home!! And we are going to be spending time together and doing some family traditions together!

What We're Watching/Reading...

T-I haven't had a lot of time for TV or reading lately, but the time that I do have has been spent watching THE CROWN!  (I mentioned this is a previous blog post.)   I am obsessed and I can't wait to finish season 1!  Check it out on Netflix!

S- I have been reading Elin Hilderbrand's holiday trilogy. I am currently only half way through the second book, but it is good so far! It's a fun holiday read!

What We're Listening To...

T-Our local radio station started playing Christmas music this week, so every time we are in the car that is what the girls request.  They get their Christmas excitement from their dad.  Don't get me wrong, I love the Christmas season but my husband is known to listen to Christmas music year round!

S-I am enjoying John Mayer's newest single, "Love on the Weekend." And at this time of year, Trina will kill me for telling you this, but we used to love listening to Christmas music in college, and believe it or not, Kenny G!! Anyway, now anytime I hear his music, it transports me back to our college days together and procrastinating studying for exams!!

What We're Wearing...

T-I know that I write about Loft a lot, but I really do wear their clothes most days of the week!  If you have not tried anything from the Lou & Grey collection, you are missing out!  I am all about comfort.  Lou & Grey clothing is incredibly soft.  My newest favorite is the striped boatneck tunic, found here :

S- Plaid shirt, puffer vest, jeans and boots seem to make up my fall uniform this year. I just can't get enough!

Me and my mini-me who wanted to dress like Mommy on this day!

Goofy pic, but I love this Christmas lights necklace because it is so silly and festive this time of year, and the shirt from Old Navy cracks me up! 

What We're Doing This Weekend...

T-We are going to a local farm to pick out our Christmas tree!  We let my girls take turns picking the tree.  It is my youngest daughter's turn.  The farm has an area where we can pet the horses and other animals, a hay ride, and hot chocolate next to a bonfire.  It is so much fun and a great way to start the Christmas season!

S-Family time! We will do our Black Friday tradition of getting our Santa visit and picture done! And watching Gilmore Girls!!

What We're Looking Forward To Next Month...

T-My family goes to Arlington National Cemetery each year to place wreaths on the graves for the Christmas season.  It is an amazing tradition and a wonderful experience.  My girls have gained a true appreciation for the military and the men and women who sacrifice everything for our freedom.  Here are some photos from years past:

S-I am looking forward to everything the holiday season has to offer! The getting together with friends! Visiting with family! The baking! The fun Christmas traditions we have! Spending time together as a family! Celebrating my husband's birthday! Celebrating my niece's 21st birthday! We have a lot going on and coming up!

What Else Is New...

T-Not really something "new", but this time change is killing me!  I hate how early it gets dark. The days are flying by as it is, but I feel like the time change speeds it up even more.  I don't understand why we need to "fall back" anymore!  Who's with me?!  

S- I am with Trina! I dislike the time change as well! And nothing is really new around here either! We are gearing up for the holidays and trying to stay on top of all of that along with everyday life!  It's fun and stressful! I am making an effort to take a bit more joy in the season this year. I tend to get wrapped up in making everything great and doing more than is expected. This year, I want to try to enjoy the little moments a little more, and stress a little less.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!! 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Favorites- November 18th

Favorite #1
THE CROWN!!!!  If you do not know what I am talking about, this is the newly released Netflix series about Queen Elizabeth II.  I have not watched the entire 1st season yet, but the few episodes that I have seen are great!  I must also tell you that I have always been fascinated by British Royalty, so this show is right up my alley.  Give it a try...I hope that you will love it as much as I do!

Favorite #2
My family and I visited my grandfather on Sunday at his home in southern Virginia.  It was a wonderful, much needed break from our busy routine!  Here is a view from his house:

We talked, played corn hole, ate a lot of great food, and played with 2 beagles.  What could be better?!

It was a great day!

Favorite #3
I am only 5'3", so finding pants that are the correct length is always a challenge.  Often, the petite length sizes are too short and the regular length sizes are too long.  I finally found great pants for work that I don't have to hem!  They are the Marisa trouser pants from Loft.  I got them in their "short" length (not petite) and they are honestly perfect.  I LOVE THEM!

If you are short, like me, give them a try.  If you are not short, they also have them in regular and tall lengths as well.  They are comfortable and look great for work.

Have a great week everyone!


Favorites #1-#28


I haven't had an opportunity to blog yet about our trip to DisneyWorld! We just got back a few days ago! We had a great time, especially our little "Belle!" What a whirlwind, and I am still catching up! Did someone say laundry??

There will be much more to come, but here is the obligatory Magic Kingdom photo!

Favorite #29

The Pre-Black Friday Sales! My email inbox is flooded with sales right now! Have you guys noticed this too? I have gotten a jumpstart on my Christmas shopping already. I am looking forward to kicking off the Christmas season with decoration and shopping. And the seasonal specific treats, which leads me to...

Favorite #30

Holiday Spice Flat White from Starbucks

This pic doesn't do it justice. I get mine with 1 pump of mocha syrup, gotta have my chocolate! I think it is a nice blend of spices, but try it and see what you think! I got so excited to see this back on the menu for the season and in the red cups! Love those too!


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