Friday, November 17, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all! Can you believe that Thanksgiving is Thursday?! I'm in complete shock at how fast November has flown by. 

Brandon has been traveling on business since Sunday, so this will definitely be me tonight...plus, you know: wine: 



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Thank you to those of you who linked up with Emily, Owen and me on Wednesday for our Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide! This week we shared gift ideas for ladies, and oh my gracious, I loved seeing y'all's ideas! {You can see my post here.} I haven't bought for my mom or grandmother yet, and y'all definitely have given me a few options for them. :) 

Just a note, we are taking off next week for Thanksgiving, but we will be back Wednesday, Nov. 29 and sharing gift ideas for men, so be sure to link up with us and share some gift ideas for your favorite guy. 



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Have y'all heard about Honey? Brandon shared this gem with me and I'm obsessed, because I love saving money anywhere and everywhere I can -- and I like for it to be easy to do so. Basically, it's a tool that automatically finds and applies coupon codes for tons of online stores. I use it mostly for Amazon -- and it works! I've found, say, a travel golf bag that my father-in-law wanted for Christmas listed at $59.99 with free Prime shipping. Well, Honey automatically found one that another Amazon seller had listed that was $54.99 with free shipping, and automatically applied the discount and showed it to me. It's already saved us at least $40-50 this holiday season. You can use my referral code here to join and start saving! 



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So I totally copied April and ordered this white top...on Amazon! Now, I'm totally unsure of what it's going to look like on me {even though it looked adorable on April} but I figured for $12.99 and free shipping, it would be worth a shot. It's supposed to be delivered later this month, and I hope it will be here in time to wear to allllllll the Christmas parties if it fits! Fingers crossed! 



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Who remembers those pre-Internet days of your mom handing you the J.C. Penney or Sears catalog, giving you a pen and telling you to circle what you wanted for Christmas? {I'm probably showing my age here but I actually remember when my parents got dial-up Internet in the house for the very first time...and the Dot Matrix printer...and the Gateway desktop computer. Ha!} 

Anyway, I recently handed the boys the Target Christmas catalog, a pen and let them go to town. Walker circled everything, Knox had no idea what was going on, and I got about 15 minutes to work on dinner. It was a win for everyone! ;) 



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If you're looking for a cute book to read to your kiddos about Thanksgiving, might I suggest this one? My Grammy gifted it to my boys last year and Walker loves when we read it to him! It's a great little reminder of why we celebrate Thanksgiving! {This one is also super cute.}



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TOMY was so sweet to send us the John Deere Monster Treads Mega Wheels toy and y'all, my boys adore it! Walker is really on a tractor kick right now {he has asked us and Santa for a tractor for Christmas many, many times} and he has had a ball with this sweet toy. The tires expand when they push it down, and the sounds activate when the tires expand. This would make a fun gift for a little guy in your life! Thanks, TOMY! 



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We were also thrilled to receive a sample of Maple Holistics' Tea Tree Oil Shampoo, which smells great and I loved the tingle. I have psoriasis on my scalp, and I could definitely feel it working on those areas of my scalp. Brandon also loved this, too! {And I was super impressed that their "sample" was a full-sized product! Color me impressed!} Thanks, Maple Holistics! 


I hope y'all have great weekends! 


Linking up with: AprilAmanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie 
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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Walker's Thanksgiving Feast

We're exactly a week away from Thanksgiving -- can you believe it?! 

Walker's class at preschool hosted the cutest Thanksgiving feast for the kids and their parents, grandparents and siblings on Tuesday. It was just precious: the kids were donning pilgrim and Indian "hats"; there was a ton of food for the kids (and one mom made a homemade pumpkin pie, homemade apple pie and homemade whipped cream -- color me impressed!); and then when the feasting was over, the kids got to share what they were thankful for. Walker was thankful for mommy and daddy, Thanksgiving, and the sun and the moon. Ha! 

Knox had fun trying to snatch food off of Walker's classmates' plates, and thankfully Walker's sweet teacher let me make a plate for him and let him sit at the table with the big kids. ;)  My in-law's joined us, too, and it was such a fun time. 



The boys with my in-law's. Walker's shirt is from Caught Ya Lookin'


Walker and his sweet teachers 

The gang's all here!

I'm officially in the spirit for Thanksgiving after that cute little party! Can't wait to eat lots of turkey, sides and pumpkin pie NEXT WEEK! :) 

Linking up with Annie, Natalie and Julie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Ultimate Gift Guides Linkup: Gifts for Ladies

This linkup has been so much fun so far, and Emily, Owen and I are so thankful for those of you who have joined us and shared your gift guides! All you have to do is link back to us in your post, add our image to your post {below} and include your link at the bottom of this post to join us. It's a great way to find new blogs and get some great gift ideas. :) 



This week we are talking about gift ideas for ladies! I don't know about you, but this was the most fun for me...and yes, I definitely had to stop myself from adding items to my own cart for myself as I was doing "research." ;) 






one || two || three

four || five || six 

seven || eight || nine 

We are continuing this gift guide linkup series through Dec. 9, so be sure to join us! 



Please note we are taking a week off next week to let everyone spend some time with their family and friends for Thanksgiving! We will see y'all back here on Wednesday, Nov. 29 to talk about gifts for the guys. 

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Weekending

Happy Monday! I felt like our weekend flew by in a flash. Here's what we were up to: 

\\ FRIDAY: 

+ The boys and I started our day out with an extra huge cup of coffee for me and cinnamon rolls for alof us. It was a slow morning and I loved just lounging around with my sweet guys. 



+ The boys and I call each other the "Three Musketeers," and so the Three Musketeers ventured down to the Dallas Zoo for a fun outing! The weather was absolutely beautiful and we had a ball feeding the giraffes, seeing all the animals, having a picnic and riding the carousel. 










+ We met some friends at the park after naps, ran a few quick errands and came home to a surprise: Brandon was home early from work! It was nice to start our weekend an hour or so earlier. 

+ We did our traditional pizza dinner, and Brandon and I watched "The Parent Trap" before going to bed early. 

\\ SATURDAY: 

+ It was Emily's daughter's first birthday, and we were thrilled to celebrate her Saturday morning! Of course, no detail went unnoticed and it was a precious birthday brunch for sweet Betsy! 



This is a horrible picture of Knox and me, but we had to give it a good college try! ;) 

+ We had a very low-key afternoon: football, naps for everyone, laundry and some cleaning and organizing. Brandon grilled hamburgers for supper and we called it an early night -- I was worn out! 

\\ SUNDAY: 


+ We made a visit to a winter wonderland...and may or may not have seen The Big Guy. I'll let you be the judge of that. ;) 


+ Our Sunday was very relaxed: lunch out, naps for all and lots of purging for me: closet clean-out, drawer clean-out and some pantry organizing. #adulting 

I hope y'all have a wonderful week! 

Linking up with Biana

Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! I hope everyone has had a great week. Ours has been pretty low-key: a play date with friends, Bible Study, a surprise anniversary dinner for my in-law's, and school for Walker. It has honestly been a nice change of pace from the busy last few weeks. 




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In case you missed it, Owen, Emily and I had our first Christmas gift guides linkup on Wednesday! {You can see mine here.} Thank you to all of you who joined us and linked up your Christmas gift guides. It was so fun for me to see what everyone is giving their littles -- and I got some great ideas for the boys, our nieces and nephew! 

You can join us on Wednesday and share your gift guides for the ladies! And please do, because I have no clue what I want for Christmas this year and would love your ideas! Just grab our little image {below} and link up with us on Wednesday! 




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I shared Brandon's famous grilled cheese recipe yesterday! Click here if you missed it. It's so delicious and even littles love it. 



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I have seen so many great sales going on lately...and of course Nordstrom's fall sale sucked me in. Up to 40% off? Twist my arm, Nordstrom, twist my arm. ;) 

I was able to pick up a couple of things as gifts and a few things for myself: 

Calson Long Sleeve Side Tee {$23.40} 



Halogen Ruffle Hem Tee {$35.90} 



Gibson Cold Shoulder Top {$39.53}



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If any of you boy mamas out there are looking for a good, quick read, I would highly recommend "Raising Men, Not Boys." My mother-in-law {a mother of three boys} gifted it to me recently and it's been so eye-opening. 

Other books that have helped me as a mom have included: "Bringing Up Boys"; "The New Strong-Willed Child"; and "Parenting with Love and Logic." 




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Because I just love them. This sweet picture was taken over the weekend when Brandon took them to a local aquarium while I was in Canton. I just love Walker's look of wonder and amazement (and Knox's silly little grin) and it just reminded me that they're such kids and to never try to take away their wonder and amazement at even the little things. 



Happy Friday, friends! 


Linking up with: AprilAmanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie 
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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Brandon's Grilled Cheese Recipe

One of my favorite meals is grilled cheese -- especially this time of the year. And man oh man, does my husband have grilled cheese down pat. 

I know, you're thinking: "How hard is it to stick a slice of cheese on a piece of buttered bread and toast it on the stovetop?!" But, as Elle Woods said, "Well, this is so much better than that!" 

Bread. Butter. Turkey {or ham}. Guacamole. All toasted to perfection on a griddle. Yes ma'am. Bonus points if it's served with a side of tomato soup. 



Brandon's Grilled Cheese

Ingredients: 
+ 2 pieces sandwich bread
+ 2 pieces sliced cheddar cheese
+ 2 TBSP guacamole {homemade or store bought}
+ 2 slices deli turkey or ham {more if thinly sliced} 
+ Butter 

Directions: 
+ Heat the griddle 325*. 
+ Lightly butter one side of both pieces of bread. (Be sure to not over-butter so as to ensure a crunchy grilled cheese vs. a soggy one.) 
+ Place buttered sides of bread face down on griddle. Lay the cheese on both pieces of bread.  Next, put your choice of meat on one piece of the bread. On top of that, add your guacamole. Marry the two and flip occasionally every 30 seconds until it's a nice, crispy, golden brown. 
+ Move to a plate and cut into triangles and serve. 

*Yield: One sandwich 



Linking up with Annie, Natalie and Julie 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Ultimate Gift Guides Link-up: Gifts for Kids

It's here: our first Ultimate Christmas Gift Guides Link-up! Owen, Emily and I are so excited to link up today to share our gift ideas for kids. All you have to do is add your link below to join us! It's a fun way to find new blogs and get some great gift ideas. :) 



Since I have two boys, all my brain can think about are cars and trucks, trains and planes. But there are so many things on this list that would be great for boys or girls. {But girl mamas, please link up and share your girly gift guides so I know what to buy my nieces!} I separated mine into two guides: one for younger kiddos and one for older. Here we go: 

For Little Ones:




one || two || three || four 

five || six || seven 

eight || nine || ten


For Bigger Little Ones:



one || two || three 

four || five || six 


eight || nine || ten  

And remember, we're continuing this gift guide through Dec. 6, so be sure to join us each week! 



Thank you for linking up with us today! 


Monday, November 6, 2017

Still in a Weekending State of Mind...

Happy Monday, friends! I'm still totally in a "weekending" state of mind today and just couldn't get it together to write a normal blog post after being away for the weekend. 

I joined my mother-in-law, two sisters-in-law and my mother-in-law's best friend in Canton, Texas this weekend (a little over an hour outside of Dallas) to do their monthly "First Monday Trade Days." We also hit up cute stores like Laurie Anna's and Paul Michael, all of which made me want to re-do my house...and stat. I found some really cute stuff at all three places: a couple of olive buckets, a vintage tabletop fan to decorate with, a cute hanger rack to display the boys' artwork, some vintage Coca-Cola crates, an awesome vintage military-issued ammo box from the 40's, and some delicious-smelling candles. And of course we got not one photo the entire weekend -- we were too busy digging for treasures! ;) 

Brandon stayed home with the boys (thankfully taking off work Thursday and Friday so I could go), and they had a ball doing all the fun stuff: cinnamon rolls for breakfast, a trip to the aquarium, our church's fall festival, and lots of walks to our local high school's practice football field to run some energy out. It was so good to see them and squeeze them when I got home; two nights is the most I've ever been away with them just me. We played hooky from church on Sunday so I could spend time cuddling them and being with all my guys before the craziness of the week started back up. 

And speaking of a crazy week, I wanted to remind you about the fun gift guides linkup that Emily, Owen and I are starting THIS WEDNESDAY! All you have to do is grab our little image (below) and link up with us on Wednesday morning! It's a great way to get some gift ideas and find some new blogs. :) 

I hope y'all have a wonderful Monday, and I'll see you back here Wednesday for our gift guides linkup! 



Linking up with Biana

Friday, November 3, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday! I'm actually in Canton, Texas right now to go to the big flea market with my mother-in-law, two sisters-in-law and my mother-in-law's best friend. We're making a little weekend out of it {well, Thursday to Saturday at least}. I've never been, so this should be an adventure! 

Here are my favorites this week: 

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Do y'all follow What Kate Wore on Twitter? I'm pretty obsessed with both the website and Twitter account for fashion inspiration from the Duchess of Cambridge. Well, they tweeted earlier this week about a dupe for the Temperley sweater Catherine wore earlier this year at a BBC interview...from Target! You better believe I scooped that dupe sweater up in a heartbeat! It was only $24.99 with a 20% off coupon! Much better than Catherine's, which retailed at $550. ;) 

I'm planning to wear it in our Christmas card photos, so I'm hoping it matches well with what I have planned for the boys to wear. 



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Every year when Brandon shops for Christmas, he orders the majority of my gifts online and has them sent to the house. He knows I'm a snoop, so he puts "Do Not Open, Brittany!" in the "to" line so I'll see this when I get the package from the front door. And every year I just crack up at it! 



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We have been readying our yard for winter: doing the last fertilizer, mowing, pulling weeds and cleaning up. And sweet Knox just loves to be right there along with Brandon as he's accomplishing it all. I love how he grabs his pretend lawn mower and "mows" right alongside Brandon. So precious! 



-FOUR-
I am so excited to be included in a Health magazine article about early pregnancy signs (not pregnant!!!), which you can read here! It's so interesting to me how pregnancy "symptoms" can vary from woman to woman and even pregnancy to pregnancy. Did any of y'all have any weird things happen with your body and you just KNEW?

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This week was kind of a doozy for me in terms of parenting. With Halloween and preparing to leave for the weekend, plus just a ton of other things I had signed myself up for in addition to my million daily tasks, I was honestly feeling a bit overwhelmed and almost like I was drowning. To be honest, I wasn't fully thrilled with getting away this weekend {even though I knew I needed to} because it just felt like one more "thing" to have to do. But I can honestly say that we, as moms, need to remember to take care of ourselves, too! It was so helpful when I saw that Gifts.com had created a ton of self-care ideas to try in order to maintain some sanity! Whether it's treating yourself to a spa day, attend that yoga class you've always wanted to try but never had the time to go to, or just sitting on your patio and reading a book while the kids nap -- it was a great reminder that we moms need to take care of ourselves, too, so we can take better care of our littles. 



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Don't forget about the Christmas link-up that Owen, Emily and I are starting on Wednesday! We are so excited to share with y'all our gift ideas and can't wait to see y'all's, too! All you have to do is grab our button {below} and share your gift ideas. Easy as pie! 






Linking up with: April, Amanda, Andrea and Katie
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