Monday, October 30, 2017


Happy Monday, y'all! It was a chilly weekend here (well, "chilly" to us Texans), and we so enjoyed wearing our long sleeves, turning on the fire for the first time in months, and being cuddled up and cozy at home together. 

Here's what we were up to on this lazy little weekend: 


+ It was a low-key day of errands and just hanging out for the boys and me, and then my aunt {my mom's sister} joined us for supper. I made a super easy roast in the Crock Pot; one of my favorite meals on a chilly day. It never looks pretty, but it sure is good! 

The recipe is super simple: just place one beef chuck roast in a lined slow cooker. Pour 1 packet of Lipton Onion Soup Mix; 1 can of cream of mushroom soup; 1 cup of beef broth; 1 bag of baby carrots; and some halved red potatoes over the roast. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours. It's a family favorite! 


+ We had a lazy morning just hanging around the house: an easy peasy breakfast of canned cinnamon rolls, scrambled eggs...and a mimosa because why not?! 

+ We watched "Spookley the Square Pumpkin," then moved on to College Gameday and football, and then we we carved our jack-o-lantern! 

+ I made this "chili" for lunch {perfect on a cold day} and then I got a massage during the boys' nap time. 

+ My aunt (my dad's sister), uncle and cousin were in town, so we went to eat dinner with them and my step-cousin, her husband and their kids who live here in Dallas near us. If you follow me on InstaStories, you saw that Knox was having a grand ol' time making faces at my aunt across the table. ;) 


+ Hand, Foot and Mouth is again going around in our church nursery, so we kept the boys at home and instead had a lazy morning of reading books, watching "Curious George," cleaning and hanging out together on a chilly day.

Linking up with Biana 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Favorites: Last One for October

Happy Friday! I'm so glad the weekend is here. I have lots of fun things to share with you today: 

We took the boys to my in-laws' church on Wednesday night for their annual Fall Festival. My little Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin had a complete ball! Walker is the perfect age to totally get it this year and Knox was just looking at us like, "What are we doing?!" and was more interested in the free balloon he was given the second he walked in the door than anything else. Ha! {Their  little costumes can be found here.} 

I took the boys to the cutest little indoor play place on Monday. {Local friends, it's called Small World, Big Imagination.}  They had a complete ball! Afterward, we went for a ride on the little $.50 carousel outside of the place, followed by lunch at Chick-fil-A. Sometimes it's so nice to have a little day with just the boys and me -- and not to mention, the weather was perfection on Monday, too! Sometimes I get so caught up in trying to have scheduled, structured play dates instead of just taking the boys, just me and them, out to do something fun.

I shared a whole slew of fun firetruck-themed things for kiddos yesterday, from clothes to toys to shows/movies to books! Click here to read that post and check that out. 

I am completely obsessed with Laura Cox Designs and bought myself a little pre-Christmas present the other day: this adorable necklace! I am thinking it will be perfect to wear for Christmas card pictures -- which, speaking of, Liz is taking in a few weeks and I really need to figure out what everyone will be wearing! {And am just praying for one good picture for the Christmas cards and to frame!} 

I am so excited to share that Owen, Emily and I are hosting a fun gift guides link-up beginning Wednesday, Nov. 8! Join us -- and link up with us! -- each week as we share gift guides for husbands, kiddos, hostesses and more. We'll start Nov. 8 with gift guides for kids, so link up with us and share your gift guides, because we all can use a little inspiration this time of the year! 

All you have to do is create your gift guide, grab our button and link up with us to share yours. Easy as pie! 

Linking up with: April, Amanda, Andrea, Katie and Beth 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Thoughts for Thursday: Here Comes the Fire Truck

In the last few months, Walker has become insanely obsessed with fire trucks. As in, he begs me to take him to the fire station (which, BTW, mamas, is a free activity and the kids love it!); begs to watch all the fire shows on TV; and shrieks in excitement every time he sees a fire truck on the road. 

So if you have a little firetruck-obsessed little one like I do, I thought I'd share some of our favorite firetruck-themed books, shows, clothes and toys today. (And these all make awesome gifts, too!) 


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Linking up with Annie, Natalie and Julie

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

What's Up Wednesday: October 2017

Happy Wednesday! I can't believe it's already time to link up with Mel, Sheaffer and Shay for "What's Up Wednesday!" 

As always, I'll be answering these questions: 

{1} What We're Eating This Week
Our menu this week is and has been: my aunt's Hot Hammies and Hashbrown Casserole; my aunt's Poppyseed Chicken Casserole, rice and green beans; Beefy Corn and Black Bean Chili and cornbread; pizza; black bean, chicken and spinach quesadillas with Mexican rice; and a day for leftovers and also an eat out night due to a fall festival. 

{2} What I'm Reminiscing About 
With Halloween next week, I'm reminiscing about Halloweens past and can't believe this is Walker's fourth and Knox's second! 

2014: Lion 

2015: Mickey Mouse

2016: Bob the Builder and recycled lion ;) 

{3} What I'm Loving 
Like last month, I'm still loving thredUp! It's definitely not my favorite for selling clothes just because I don't feel like I get the value for my money, but I do get the value for my money when I buy! I recently got these two cute items and can't wait to wear the black cocktail dress to Brandon's company Christmas dinner if it looks okay. I figured for $6.99 it was worth a try. ;) 

I am also loving this air freshener I grabbed on Amazon. A local play place had this soap scent in the bathroom and I loved it so much, I got the air freshener for our bathrooms when ours ran out. #ilivewiththreeboys 

But speaking of Mrs. Meyers, I'm so #basic and am also loving this soap! I found mine at Target, but I have heard it's sold out at some Targets -- but it's on Amazon! 

I also picked up this mascara at Christina's recommendation and I really like it! I'm still using my Ciaté London mascara, but I figured for $9.99, I could have an extra on hand just in case. And it's totally worth it! 

And finally, I recently shared some of my favorite fall looks {read that post here}. I seriously am having a really hard time not scooping up every single one of these items! 

{4} What We've Been Up To
We have had a lot of fun this month, in addition to Walker's school and our BSF: enjoying watching Dallas Cowboys football; running lots of fall-themed errands; play dates with friends; I worked a garage sale with my mother-in-law while Brandon had a day-o-fun with the boys; sweet ice cream dates with my biggest little guy; our annual trip to the State Fair of Texas; finally getting to don Halloween jammies; a trip to the pumpkin patch; and of course, Brandon and my 7th anniversary trip to Scottsdale

Walker's shirt

Walker's jammies; Knox's jammies

Knox's shirt; Walker's shirt is sold out 

{5} What I'm Dreading 
Like last month, I'm still dreading Daylight Saving Time ending. It's no fun when you have kiddos! 

{6} What I'm Working On 
I'm currently working on some Christmas gift guides! So tell me, what types of guides are you specifically looking for: babies, kids, women, men, stocking stuffers...all of the above? 

{7} What I'm Excited About 
I can't wait for Halloween on Tuesday! I think Walker is totally going to eat it up this year {we're planning to go trick-or-treating with our friends whose kids are Walker and Knox's best friends} and I'm also excited about Thanksgiving next month. Just for grins, here were my boys last Thanksgiving: 

{8} What I'm Watching/Reading 
I'm still loving all of the fall TV: "This is Us," "Law & Order: SVU," "Modern Family," the Law & Order special about the Menendez brothers; "Designated Survivor," "Blue Bloods," RHONJ; RHOC; and RHOD; and I'm really looking forward to "Stranger Things" being back on Netflix! (And of course our old people shows of "Dateline" and "20/20.") 

I'm also still reading my book about Diana, Princess of Wales. It takes me so much longer to finish a book these days! #MomLife 

{9} What I'm Listening To 
Oh yes, I have gone there: we are officially listening to Christmas music around here! Ha! Don't judge me. Walker loves it just as much as I do, and we have been jamming out to this Christmas album -- my very favorite! 

And, a small tidbit: I walked down the aisle on our wedding day to song #5 on this album: "Highland Cathedral." 

{10} What I'm Wearing 
Oh, just my typical mom uniform of yoga pants, a T-shirt and Nikes on most days. But, one of my recent favorite purchases were these high-rise compression crops from Old Navy. The high-rise is important because, um, I've had two kids and things just aren't where they used to be...and I love the fabric, too. They're currently on sale for $10, too! 

{11} What I'm Doing This Weekend 
We honestly don't have any big plans, and I'm really excited about that! I'm getting a massage on Saturday afternoon and am meeting my friend Victoria for a glass of wine on Saturday night. 

{12} What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month 
I love Thanksgiving so much: you get to see and spend time with family without any added pressure of gifts and, for us, there's only one big event so there's no packing up and driving to multiple events like at Christmas. I'm so excited to see my family, spend time with them and really kick off the holiday season. 

{13} What Else is New 
Not much else new to report around here. Happy Wednesday! 

*Also linking up with Jessi and Jenn 
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