Friday, November 24, 2017

Friday Favorites: So Thankful Edition

Happy post-Thanksgiving everyone! Today, I feel as though my pants are still a little too tight, and my food coma hasn't worn off. All signs of an awesome Thanksgiving! 

We've had a fun break, and I can't believe how quickly it has flown by! So glad we still have the weekend ahead, and lots of holiday shopping in the future. ;)

CB's had an awesome Thanksgiving break too! I've been living vicariously through her tropical turkey vacation on Instagram. I am anxiously awaiting for her arrival home this weekend so I can hear all about it! 

Today I'm linking up as usual for Friday Favorites. I have so much to share! 

We kicked off the break with tons of fun. First up was seeing my baby cousin get married! Mr. Cute and I left the kids behind early and made our way out with some family for a little pre-wedding cocktail. 

We had a blast visiting with out of town family, eating some yummy food, watching a gorgeous bride, and doing a little dancing. Weddings will always be my favorite. Someone else needs to get married stat! 

The day after the wedding, we met up with some of my out of town relatives for lunch. I brought the kids this time, and they kept us entertained. 

Who knows where they think of these things? But if sliding down on the hotel lobby stairs keeps them happy, fine by me. #badmom

It could have been the result of visiting Rocket Fizz just beforehand. This little candy shop located in downtown Decatur had every kind of candy you could imagine. The kids went crazy! 


It also had a million different kinds of sodas. Everything from peanut butter and jelly soda to pickle juice soda (yes, you read that right!). 

We were cracking up at some of the titles of them. We were even brave enough to give a few a try. 

Thanksgiving obviously makes one of my favorites this week. We hosted this year and while it wasn't our first year hosting, it was our first year making the turkey. 

I was a little nervous, but then I did what any good host would do, and delegated. Mr. Cute took over and I gladly supervised. We made two turkeys (one in the oven and one in the Egg). We figured the odds of ruining two turkeys were small. 

But we still had a few restaurants on backup. Luckily, both were delicious and we can check that life milestone off our list. 

My favorite thing about Thanksgiving though has to be the Macy's Day parade. I love seeing all the different groups that come through and remember loving all the floats when I was a child. On my bucket list is actually being in the parade one day. Anyone know how to make that happen? I don't think I'm quite up to being a Rocket anymore, but could totally rock being clown number seven. 

The kids sat and watched the whole time, and Cute didn't move the entire time. Their excitement at seeing Santa at the end was infectious, and a memory I won't ever forget!

Now that the holidays are in full swing, consuming every treat I can possibly get my hands on is in full swing too. Treats are always my favorite. I've been trying my hardest to stick to our clean eating ways, but somethings are just too hard to resist. 

Like these little snack treat mixes from Target. They have them each year and I LOVE them. A little too much sometimes. The Cinnamon Pecan popcorn and Rudolph's Mix are my favorites. I already need to restock. They make awesome gifts add-ons for neighbors, friends and teachers too!

I put out my favorites for the holiday in my new favorite stoneware pieces. I love the Tara at Home stoneware line, and just received these new pieces. I served the turkey on the Mila platter, and then the mixes in the Mila Ramekins. I love anything that can go from baking, to serving, to storing and still look that good! 

The pattern and quality are gorgeous, and they will be perfect to have out for the entire holiday season!

One thing I've noticed this break is how mischievous B.C. is. She is a climber to the extreme and no spot in the house is off limits. She breaks into child safety locks, and looks at us with a face that says, "That was supposed to be a challenge?!".

Her adventurous ways and lack of fear are not my favorite, but seeing her little personality emerge even more is. I've realized how quickly she is leaving the baby stage behind. She's becoming a her own little person, and aside from giving me a heart attack hourly, its super fun. 

(Yes that's a child lock on my pantry. And yes she dragged a stool over, opened it, dragged the stool again, climbed up and perused her snack options. Heart attack.)

How cute are these little shoes?!? Cute little baby girl shoes will always be my favorite. Always. 

B.C. is obsessed with shoes. She spends all day taking her shoes on and off. Telling people about her shoes. And wearing other people's shoes. Obsessed might be an understatement. 

When I saw these cute little pink boots I couldn't resist! Plus they squeak. And as mentioned before, girl could use some bells on her. 

She thinks the squeaking is hilarious. I love knowing where she is, and if the squeaking stops I know to see what she's getting into (or climbed on). 

There are a ton of other cute options from the same brand, so I'm thinking I might grab another pair for Christmas! I love the patent ones with bows on their toes! 

Speaking of amazing accessories, did you see my gorgeous navy bag?? 

This diaper bag is all sorts of amazing, and I professed my love for it last week on some of our social media accounts. It bears repeating though. It's so versatile and can be worn so many ways. I love how I can be hands free and wear it as a backpack, messenger or as a tote. 

Definitely one of my favorites of all time. AND...stay tuned this weekend on Instagram because a little birdie told me we might have a chance for you to win your own. ;)  

All Thanksgiving cooking aside, this week I actually had time to cook other new meals too. And by cook, I mean break out my favorite crockpot

I few weeks ago, I purchased Mix & Match Mama's Simmers cookbook. I love following along with her on her blog, and when I saw she was doing slow-cooker one I was all in. It's like she was writing just for me! I purchased Carrie Beth and I each a copy because when it comes to cooking (and most things in life) she's my soul sister. 

I gave the Chicken Spaghetti and the Beef Stroganoff  a test run this week and both are winners! So much yum!

 I found both recipes to be super easy and family friendly. Neither took a ton of time or a ton of ingredients. Just how I like it. 

Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, it's on to all things Christmas! I L-O-V-E being a parent at Christmas. It is just so much fun! 

This weekend I plan to use my two favorite shopping BFFs to knock out a ton of holiday shopping. I used to love hitting the mall first thing on Black Friday, but as I've gotten older I'm less of a mall girl and more of a sit in my pjs and order from the Internet kind of girl. 

My first shopping BFF is Amazon. It's my absolute favorite! If you aren't a prime member than you should be. I can't tell you how many times Amazon has saved me at the last minute. They have everything and it can be delivered straight to your doorstep in two days or less! I know this weekend they are doing a ton of our favorites on major sale. The Amazon Echo is one of our all time favorite gifts that we received, and I'm so excited this weekend it's on sale too. 

My second shopping BFF is Ebates. I use Ebates all year long, but during the holiday season you can find some amazing deals and get tons of cash back all in one spot. Signing up is free and it is totally worth it! You can also partner it with tons of stores - including my first BFF. :) 

Do you have other sites that you love? I'm always looking to add some new ones to my shopping squad. :)

That wraps up my favorites for the week! 

Now off to soak up the last of the holiday break, knock out my holiday shopping, and hit the gym so that maybe I can actually wear pants with a button next week. 

Happy weekend friends!

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A DC Super Hero Girls Party

Super heroes are a great source of excitement for little ones. L.C. is no exception! She is obsessed with super heroes, particularly the DC Super Hero Girls. She can't get enough of them! She wears her Super Girl tee on repeat. She plays with the action figures daily. And any chance she can don one of her many super hero costumes, she does!

DC Superhero girls costume

I shared in October how she planned for she and B.C. to be Super Hero Girls characters for Halloween. Well her birthday falls just before Halloween, and her party theme reflected her favorite crime fighting ladies. This is one of those posts that I kept meaning to share, but kept getting pushed back. But the super details are too cute not so share - especially if you have a DC Super Hero loving little girl too!

Oriental Trading has tons of fun Super Hero Girls items in their catalog. It made it so easy, and I had a hard time limiting myself on what to order. I had planned on doing a party in her classroom as well as a small one at home for her on the day of her birthday. We took her and her best friend to the aquarium as her celebration, but still wanted to have our home decorated to make her feel special on her actual birthday.

There were tons of paper good options available, but I went with the napkins, plates, and cups that featured her favorite characters. Super Girl for life, but Batgirl and Wonder Woman are a close second. 

Once paper goods were taken care of, I moved on to the fun stuff. The goodie bags! At first I wanted to do some cute candy favor for her classmates in these cute little Super Hero Girl themed pails. Then I spotted these backpacks, and thought that would be a little more fun for her friends (and something a little more useful).

Then I ordered a bunch of fun super hero themed goodies to put inside. L.C.'s school is peanut free and several of her classmates have allergies. There were some super cute Pez dispensers and other fun food treats, but I decided to steer clear of those so that everyone would have the same thing. 

Super Hero sunglasses. Fun party favor for a super hero themed birthday party.

I purchased some fun super hero themed bandanas, sunglasses, bracelets, and other goodies to put inside.

Looking back on it, among the boys and the girl, aside from the backpacks, the Super Hero Girl bracelets were the biggest hit. Everyone kept pretending it gave them super hero powers and were running around "shooting" from them.

The day of the classroom party, L.C. was so excited. She woke right up and got dressed. We have a ton of Super Hero Girl themed tees, but she skipped right over those for a head to toe Super Hero Girl outfit. My youngest sister made this and had given to her the day before when we celebrated at my parents house. She was so excited to wear it!

We had a super hero themed luncheon, snack, and dessert planned. Then we let the kids run off their super hero sized sugar high on the playground.

Each child loved their backpack filled with super hero stuff and most wore them the rest of the school day. On their tiny little bodies they almost looked like capes, which was all sorts of perfect. 

The next day was L.C.'s actual birthday. I had ordered a birthday banner and some fun Super Hero Girl streamers to decorate the house with for when she woke up.

L.C. loved waking up to see the whole house decorated. Anywhere I could hang a streamer, I did. I love when a decoration is so easy!

Before we had cake with her friend I set out my favorite toddler friendly white table cloth, and sprinkled it with this fun Super Hero Girl confetti and some fun little themed goodies for she and her siblings and her friend. 

Each and every little detail made L.C. so happy. I was thrilled to see that we were easily able to feed into her Super Hero Girl obsession. Even more so that really the only effort it took was by making a few clicks of a button and grabbing the box off my doorstep.

This age is so much fun, and I learned long ago soak in every moment of these cute little obsessions and things they love because before you know it, it's gone. Here's hoping she always stays my little super girl.


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