Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! 

We have had lots of fun this fall (despite all of our rain). We have gone to the pumpkin patch, painted and carved pumpkins and made a trip to the Arboretum; watched a local high school football game; and made fall cookies. We are hoping the big rain we're expecting today doesn't cause a washout for trick-or-treating tonight; I know a certain Daniel Tiger and Army man who are going to be quite disappointed if so! ;) 

We have seen so many pumpkins and the boys just love it every time. I'm definitely excited for November and can't wait for my favorite holiday: Thanksgiving. The months are flying! 

Here's a little peek into our fall fun: 



















I hope y'all have wonderful and safe Halloweens! 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn
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Friday, October 26, 2018

Friday Favorites: Last One for October

Happy Friday! I, for one, am thrilled it's the last Friday of the month. Bring on November! Here are some favorites this week: 

-ONE-
This hooded anorak jacket from, you guessed it, Walmart ($21.96)! Y'all, Walmart's just been on the ball lately and I love the complete knock-off from this Nordstrom jacket ($119). I paired it with a knotted-front long-sleeved white top from Target that I bought last year (similar here), my Old Navy jeans, Sam Edelman leopard flats and Laura Cox Designs earrings. 



-TWO-
Pumpkin painting! We painted pumpkins Sunday night using these washable paints and it was so much fun to do with the boys. We did it outside on the back patio and it was ridiculously easy clean up with the washable paint, doing it outside on a beach towel and using paper plates for the paints. The paint washes right off of hands (and off the towel and concrete)!





-THREE-
Alright, so I've been a little underwhelmed with the Duchess of Sussex's wardrobe on their Australian tour. The lack of color (so much navy, black and white!) BUT! I absolutely adored the Safiyaa blue dress she wore to the state banquet in Fiji earlier this week. Such a beautiful color on her and Meghan, if you're listening: please continue to wear color! You look radiant in it! 



And speaking of blue, I wasn't a fan at all of the Duchess of Cambridge's blue Alexander McQueen gown she wore to the state banquet. It was a little too 80's prom for me. BUT, I did love that she was wearing the Queen Mary Lover's Knot Tiara and the Family Order from Queen Elizabeth. 



-FOUR-
I've had a lot of people ask me lately what mascara I'm wearing, so I wanted to share here, too: it's the L'Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Primer and Mascara. I also put this eyelash growth serum on my eyelash line before bed every night and I can really tell a difference in lash growth (and bonus that it's not $100 -- it's from Amazon and $19.96!). 





-FIVE-
I shared with y'all last week about starting Smile Brilliant, and I have to say that I love my results! This is just from one week, but I can tell a huge difference. It's so easy and I, most of the time, put it on and wear the trays (which I can't even feel since they're not hard and more of a flexible material) while I'm showering. I even wore them for an hour or so when I was power washing the driveway last weekend, ha! 

I definitely recommend Smile Brilliant! 

And if you want to try it, too, Smile Brilliant is offering y'all a 15% off coupon code: brittanywhitacre15. 



Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Confessions

Happy Wednesday, y'all. I hadn't done confessions in a while, so I thought today was as good of a day as ever to do it. 


I confess...

+ That I'm sick and tired of everyone in my house being sick. First it was me down and out with the flu the first two weeks of October; then Brandon went out of town and both boys got croup the third week; and then yesterday, Knox started with this chest-y cough and I was with him at the pediatrician while Walker was at school. I'm hoping the antibiotic they gave him will kick in soon. 

+ I'm thankful for doctors and medicine and pharmacies and good insurance, but I feel like I've lived at our doctor's office this month and joked with them that we just need a punch card. "Another day, another co-pay," as my bestie said yesterday. 

+ My children have watched more TV and played on their Kindle Fires this month more than they ever have in their lives. And it makes me feel like a horrible mom. But between sickness and all of the rain we've had this month, it has basically been the only option. 

+ That this month has felt like 74 days long. Usually I love October (it and April are my favorite months) but this year I'm happily ushering October out the door and welcoming November with open arms. 

+ That I feel guilty for even complaining because I know someone out there is thinking, "Girl, you have it so easy." I know I care what other people think too much, but sometimes it just feels good to get it off your chest. And I confess that I'm having a hard time coming up with confessions that don't sound completely bratty or would offend someone or hurt someone's feelings. 

+ That I've contemplated giving up blogging for good. It's such an outlet for me -- and a great way to look back and see what the boys did at each age -- but I just wonder if anyone reads here anymore? If anyone reads blogs anymore? 

+ That there is so much more that I want to do to our house, but obviously we can't afford to do everything at once and I'm getting antsy. I know that part of it is due to our "Pinterest Perfect" culture and I'm totally guilty of getting sucked into it. Let's just say that patience isn't my strongest virtue and I need to work harder at being grateful in the moment. 

+ That I sing the theme song to "Team Umizoomi" in my sleep. ("In a land that's not so far awayyyyy...") 

+ I have seen people taking Christmas card photos already and it's making me feel behind the eight ball. Ours aren't scheduled until right before Thanksgiving?! 

+ And speaking of that, I adore Christmas. I just cannot believe Christmas Eve is two months from today. Like hello time, slow down PLEASE AND THANK YOU.

+ And speaking of that, Halloween is in one week from today and I haven't purchased candy.  This is our first Halloween in this neighborhood and from what I've heard from our neighbors, going through two Costco-sized bags of candy is the norm. Sooooo I guess I better hightail it to Costco or Sam's ASAP. 

+ The older I get, the harder time I'm having being four hours away from my family. I probably cry about it once a month. My Dad is running for re-election for our hometown school board and I want nothing more than to be able to cast my vote for him. 

+ I'm so tired right now that I feel hungover. I just feel like I could sleep sitting up. I know it goes with the territory of having young kids, but man, I just wish I could sleep for a couple of days straight. 

What are you confessing today? 

Linking up with Jessi and Jenn

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Weekending

Happy Monday! We finally had a weekend without rain (hallelujah!) so we got out and enjoyed the sunshine. (Our weather man said that we haven't had a weekend without a drop of rain since Sept. 1-2! Insane!) 

\\ FRIDAY: 

+ Brandon took Walker to a doctor appointment for me in the morning and I deep cleaned the entire house. Then we had a lazy day at home. Friday was our last day of rain and we were struggling finding things to do after a month plus of gross weather, so it was a Chick-fil-A picnic upstairs At the end of the day, we made tea cakes using Brandon's grandmother's recipe and cut them out with fall cookie cutters. 


+ I put a roast in the Crock Pot and we enjoyed that for supper and caught up on "This is Us" once the boys were in bed. 

\\ SATURDAY: 

+ Our driveway and back patio had gotten so moldy and dirty with the rain (and I'm pretty sure it had never been cleaned a day in its life), so we power washed the driveway Saturday morning! It was oddly satisfying to me, so I volunteered to do the majority of it. It was weirdly therapeutic! Ha! 


+ I asked Brandon to hang one thing in our dining room and that turned into me re-arranging practically our entire house while the boys napped Saturday afternoon. I really like what I did and am now on the hunt for a few key pieces to tie our study and entryway together. 

+ I made our family's famous meatloaf recipe for supper and once the boys were bathed and in Halloween jammies, we watched popped popcorn and watched the Michael Jackson Halloween special on CBS before calling it a night. 


\\ SUNDAY: 

+ It was an absolutely gorgeous day, so we ventured out to the Dallas Arboretum to play in the Children's Adventure Garden and look at their amazing annual pumpkin display, and have lunch at one of our favorite Dallas Tex-Mex restaurants, Desperado's. We were at the Arboretum with absolutely everyone in DFW, but it was still a fun time -- and we ran into two friends from the boys' preschool! 

I put the boys in their cute shirts from Elizabeth James Designs and they looked so cute among the pumpkins! 

It was muddy and cool out, so my Caslon knit jacket and Zella leggings were the best option for the day!






+ After the Arboretum and lunch, we came home for naps and the Cowboys game, lots of playtime outside to enjoy the beautiful fall weather, and leftovers for supper. 

It was a nice weekend and we are looking forward to a fun week this week! 

Linking up with Biana 

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Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, y'all. Whew, I have not longed for a Friday to get here like I have this week. Both boys had croup; it was rainy and cold all week (seriously, I'm about to build an ark); and Brandon was out of town Monday morning - Thursday night. I am just so glad for the weekend! 

Here are some of my favorites this week: 

-ONE-
Smile Brilliant. The company reached out to me about trying their custom-fitted whitening tray system, and since I had recently finished Invisalign, I was totally onboard with "finishing" my smile with whitening. Since I had a bridge for so long, I couldn't whiten like I wanted to, because it would whiten all of my real teeth and the bridge would stay the same color. When I got my Invisalign done, I did white strips to whiten my teeth before the new bridge was put in, and my dentist did a better tooth color match this time around (and updated the bridge material), but I just got busy (as moms of two- and four-year-old boys tend to do) and I stopped whitening my teeth post-Invisalign. And I could tell. Between not using any other whitening product except whitening toothpaste and drinking my beloved wine and coffee, I noticed a difference in the color of my teeth. 

So, this came at a great time. Smile Brilliant sent me their T3 sensitive whitening kit, which came with everything I needed to make my own impressions for my custom trays, nine whitening applications and nine desensitizing applications.  



I took my "before" shot, which was honestly pretty humbling. 


And then I made my molds for my trays at home following their detailed instructions. I have a super sensitive gag reflex, so making my top tray mold made me gag and totally reminded me of doing the molds for braces oh-so-many years ago, but the bottom didn't bother me at all. I sent them off to Smile Brilliant and awaited my custom trays. 



I got those in the mail in a little case and got to work! 



It was a really easy process and I didn't experience any sensitivity with it at all. It was really easy to put them in once the boys went to bed and I kept them in while I washed my face and got ready for bed. 

I'm on day three and I can already tell a difference! I'll be coming back next Friday to share my full results. I can't wait to show y'all! 

-TWO-
We are slowly making updates to our house, and even though we did this with our former home, I forget how long it takes -- and how expensive it becomes. So, one thing at a time. We took off our yucky faux-wooden blinds our former homeowners had installed in our living room and breakfast area; they had big dogs and half of these blinds were chewed up, taped with Scotch tape and yellowed. Gross. 

And while I love the natural light, it's just weird to not have anything there at night. So, after a bunch of research, I ordered the Classic Light Filtering Roman Shades in linen from SelectBlinds and can't wait to get them in! They were offering 45% off plus $50 off your first order and free shipping, so I couldn't turn that down. 



-THREE-
Who else is excited about the newest Royal Baby news?! I was a little shocked at how quickly it happened, but to each his own. ;) My guess is a boy and that his name will be Philip. But, if it's a girl, my bets are on Alice, Victoria or Elizabeth. While Meghan is a U.S. citizen (but working on her British citizenship), I think they'll go for a traditional royal/British name since I feel like the British Royal Family has a bit of pull. And, I think the Queen will issue letters patent to ensure this child (and any of Harry and Meghan's future children) are granted the HRH style and "Prince" or "Princess" titles. 



-FOUR-
Old Navy was recently having a major sale on their jeans, so I scooped up two pairs of their Rockstar jeans -- they're my favorite! 

I got these for $30 (regularly $39.99)...



And these for $24.49 (regularly $34.99) using the code "ENJOY" (30% off any amount). 



-FIVE-
When we stayed at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house over the weekend, it reminded me of a few things we needed for our guest room. I'm on the hunt for the perfect console table (our guest room is really small), the perfect comfy chair, and the perfect blush-colored coverlet to put at the end of the bed. But, I did find this topiary and this ring dish for the room. Priorities, right?! ;) 






Linking up with: Amanda, Andrea, Claire and Katie
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

What's Hap-pinning Wednesday: Pumpkin Patching

Happy Wednesday! 

The weather here in North Texas has finally become fall-like, and I'm loving every second of it. We are enjoying lunches and dinners on the patio (all the praise hands for no more mosquitoes!), I love sitting out there and getting some work done while the boys nap, and family walks have become a routine again. I love when the heat and humidity finally go away. 

Anyway, each fall, one of our family traditions is to visit the pumpkin patch. We have gone to the same one since Walker was a baby and it makes me so nostalgic to look back at pictures of the boys in the pumpkins and each year I'm just shocked how much they grow. 

Here's a look back at our pumpkin patches of the past: 

2014:




2015: 



2016: 





2017: 



2018:






Some of our other fall traditions include: carving a jack-o-lantern, going trick-or-treating, and having potato soup for supper on Halloween night. What are some of your fall traditions? 

Linking up with Jenn and Jessi
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