Friday, December 14, 2018

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!

The boys had "Polar Express"/PJ Day at school on Tuesday, and they were so excited! Walker loved getting to wear his jammies to school; Knox wasn't quite so sure and kept saying, "Jammies?! At SCHOOL?!" Ha! 

Some things I've been Prime-ing lately: 

+ This vacuum sealer machine
My parents have, since I can remember, given their friends each a homemade grilled pork tenderloin for Christmas. They vacuum seal it up with the juice all pretty and give them to their friends. Until I became an adult, I didn't understand why this was such a popular, amazing gift. I mean, what better gift than the gift of a meal?! Brandon and I both have loved this tradition and decided to carry on the tradition for our friends, too -- but we needed the machine to do it. Amazon Prime to the rescue! 

They're my favorite! I've used them for a couple of years now and just needed a few more. And since the pack is so huge, I put a few in the guest room for our guests and in the coat closet. 

Also something I've been using for a while, I love how this serum moisturizes my face (especially in the winter) and I can honestly tell a difference in the smoothness of my skin, as well as the dullness and discoloration. I'm continuing to use it in hopes it will help these crow's feet I have around my eyes...

If your children are anything like mine, they're addicted to "Team Umizoomi" (thanks to Amazon Prime for having these episodes readily available, too). So, I found these cute coloring/activity books + crayon pack and plan to put them in their stockings. 

+ These silicone oven mitts 
After eight years of marriage, my regular cotton oven mitts were biting the dust -- and weren't long enough for our bigger, deeper oven at our new house; I kept burning my arm! Anyway, I found these and love them and love their length. 

+ These silicone pot holders 
Again with the whole "biting-the-dust-after-eight-years-of-marriage" thing, I needed some more of these, too. 

+ These pillows
We are busy trying to get the guest bedroom up to standard, and simply needed two extra pillows for our guests to have in the event they needed them. These were a great deal, are super soft and comfortable and I hope our guests like them (and use them)! 

A big reason we're trying to get our guest bedroom all up to standard is because Walker's birthday is next month and my family is coming into town for it! Walker has a January birthday (which, to be honest, is so super hard), and since I'm trying to save money anywhere I can this time of the year -- and everyone is already getting so much in their mailboxes right now, I sent his invitations out via Paperless Post this year. 

He is really big into Army/camo and thinks the military is such a cool, honorable thing. So, a camo-themed party it was! Paperless Post had exactly what I was needing (and I loved that I could customize the text) and I was able to not only track responses (so much easier than asking people to RSVP these days!), I was able to readily message the guests about signing a waiver for the trampoline park where the party will be held, as well as include a note upon sending about the gift situation this year. 

What "gift situation," you ask? Well, since it's January and Walker won't need a thing (and continuing with the military theme), we are having his friends bring, in lieu of gifts, items to be packaged up and sent to a military service member overseas. I just want my kids to understand the concept of giving back, as well as how to thank those who so selflessly serve our country. 

Here's a sneak peek of the invitation I sent out: 

Did you know that you can print pictures on Amazon?! (Again, seriously, they can do no wrong.) Amazon Prints has them for around $.09 per photo print and I was able to print all of our family portraits out as gifts for around $6 and some change. They also have Christmas cards, photo gifts, etc. What does Amazon NOT do?! 

We saw "The Grinch" recently and it is so cute! The boys loved it. I also highly recommend "Christmas Chronicles" on Netflix, and my boys also request the original "The Santa Clause" on repeat. I love this time of the year!

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  1. I use those same hangers - they are the best! Also your photos turned out INCREDIBLE!! Absolutely gorgeous family! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  2. I love those hangers and need more. I saw your post about the tenderloin and what a great idea! Seriously, Amazon has everything... I mean as soon as it can come to my house and cook and clean I won't have to do a thing!

  3. Yes to these hangers and I have seriously wanted the vacuum sealer forever and a day. I've never thought about using it to gift a meal! That is a great idea. Your family picture is beautiful but I'm kind of crazy over the silly picture. Merry Christmas!

  4. Just ordered the vacuum sealer, thank you!!

  5. What a great idea! My parents have a vacuum sealer that they use for personal use but I never thought of gifting items with it; that's genius! We have seen all three of those movies this month too and they are so cute (and as my guys are 11-14 pretty timeless too!).

  6. Amazon is amazing. I love the jammie story. We are having our Polar Express party in Kindergarten on Tuesday and my students all wear their pajamas and they are so excited. I love this magical time of year. I need those oven mits!

  7. I had no idea Amazon printed photos!!! Thanks for sharing!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

  8. I had no idea Amazon did photos! Seriously... what don't they do?!?

  9. I bet your boys are so excited for Christmas, I remember when my eldest two were about their ages :)

    Thank so much for joining us at The Christmas Link Up. Have a wonderful holiday and see you next year :)


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