.....just a few happenings from the past week...

seeing: the trees bursting with the reds, golds, greens, and browns of the season.  Every day when we walk Little B to school, it looks like we are walking through a gorgeous movie with the leaves delicately falling all around us and the winds whistling through the tree tops.

prepping: we are hosting Thanksgiving this year.  I feel pretty organized and ready for the big day.  Table decor has been finalized, menu has been planned and groceries purchased.  We are ready!

missing: peaches. The ultimate summer fruit.    

waiting: December 18.  David finishes his LAST CLASS EVER in his Masters program.  It is Little B's last day of school.  My Etsy shop will take a break for the holidays. And we have family coming in to stay with us. It is going to be so great to focus on my people and just soak them in. 

celebrating: see above.  Seriously, December 18th is going to be epic. 

feeling: so excited for Thanksgiving! It kicks off the holiday season. I love watching the parade in my PJs with coffee in hand and I'm really a big fan of all the Thanksgiving eats.
black fridaying: I hate shopping, especially in stores with crowds. If I do any shopping, it is online with a focused in-and-out mentality. Kind of ironic considering that I work in eCommerce and have many times had to work on Black Friday.  But this year, I will be enjoying the fact that I am not on the eCommerce front-lines and will be able to spend the day snuggled up with my family and friends watching football and Finding Nemo for the 367th time. It is supposed to be storming and chilly here.  But if the weather were to be nicer, I would be taking REI's #optoutside challenge and spending some time outdoors taking the girls on a hike.  Love REI.

eating: too many Pumpkin Spice Donuts.  So delicious.  Coffee + Donut = perfect morning.

reading: Just finished Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell on audio.  Loved that. I find that I am still thinking about it even though it has been a week since I finished it. Now I am listening to At The Waters Edge by Sara Gruen.  I'm liking it so far.  It pulls you in quickly and the narrator is good. As far as reading (not listening) to a book, I have no time for that right now with the Etsy shop in full holiday swing of fulfilling orders.  Maybe in January.

watching: we just finished watching The Fall on Netflix.  Oh my goodness!  It is so good.  The main actors are Gillian Anderson (X Files) and Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey). I can not wait for Season 3 to come out.  Now we are watching The Man in High Castle on Amazon, which is also fantastic.  The story is based on the premise of Nazi Germany winning WWII and therefore the US is occupied and run by the Nazis and Japanese.  It is intense and thought provoking.

harvesting: pecans.  We have a huge pecan tree in our backyard and it just spitting out pecans everywhere.  The trick is getting them before the squirrels do.

cursing: allergies.  Sometimes I feel like I could solve world peace if I could just get out of my allergy brain fog.

loving: watching my girls play together. At 2 and 6 years old, I feel like my girls have finally hit their stride where they can play happily and safely without too much mama intervention.  It is so fun to see how their little personalities interact with one another. Singing, dancing, laughing, twirling.  How are these tiny people so loud and noisy?

appreciating: all my Etsy shop customers.  I have met some of the nicest people through orders that have come through.  And it seems like there is a great story with each order - a special wedding gift going to someone that finally found love after waiting for so long.  A woman excited about hosting her first Thanksgiving. And lots of orders are being sent on to loved ones in the military.  There is just so much love and joy.  And in times like these, I feel so humbled that something that little ol' me can do to support that love.  I can't really describe the feeling, but it is good.


Friday Favorites


This week was tough and awesome all at the same time.  Lots of little things that are nagging and causing worries.  But this week, I consciously worked on focusing my thoughts and energies on choosing joy.  And I am so glad that I did because it turned out to be such a great week - babies were born, birthdays were celebrated, a first tooth was lost and I got to hang out with old friends that I had not seen in a while. So much to celebrate!



So this cute girl lost her first tooth this week.  She was so excited when it happened and quickly decided that she needed to call everyone she could think of in order to tell them the amazing news.  She was so proud to walk into school the next day with her toothy grin.  Sweet girl!  I was excited too, but on the inside I actually had quite a mom moment, remembering the day that little baby tooth first came in.  My little baby is growing up.  I wish I could hit pause and she could stay this age for a while.



Who else has watched Newsroom?!  This series has 3 seasons and I just binged watched all of them over the last few weeks while finishing up Etsy orders.  If you are an Amazon Prime member, you can watch Season 1 and 2 for free.  And Season 3, I just checked out from the library. The writing, chemistry, and character development is just fantastic.  I am actually kind of sad that I have no more shows of this to watch. If anyone has any good recommendations for what my next show should be, please let me know.



This candle is my favorite candle of all time.  It smells of fall and snuggly nights by the fire.  It is pricey for a candle, but such a lovely indulgence.



Mad for Plaid.  Without meaning to, I am sensing a theme in my shop items this year.  I think I went a little bonkers with the plaid.  But what can I say... I love plaid.  So more plaid the better!


And of course, I can't have a Friday Favorite list without some sort of food!  We will be making this family favorite this weekend.  Blueberry Lavender Scones are so simple to make and gluten free.  Perfect for a lazy, chilly morning.

Happy weekend ya'll!  Make it a great one.

November Days

November always seems to mean transition for me.  The weather transitions back and forth between humid and hot to blustery and chilly. The season transitions from fall to winter and Halloween to Thanksgiving. Daylight Savings forces our bodies to transition, though my littles are fighting that one hard. Even my girls are seeming to transition with growth spurts, a first wiggly tooth, and developmental milestones.  My days are transitioning back and forth from being crazy busy with work to being slow and free of commitments.  While I often feel like I am turning in circles with all of the constant whirl of change, I also really appreciate it.  One hot, humid day makes me appreciate the chilly temps that roll in later in the week.  And one chilly, blustery day makes me appreciate the warm days where I get to wear my shorts and flip flops a little longer.  The lazy days fuel me for the crazy deadline driven days right around the corner.  Burger dinners out on the picnic table under the Italian lights followed by cozy nights eating chili around the kitchen table.  It is like the world is trying to give me the best of everything all crammed into one month. Lots to be thankful for.

Friday Favorites: Fri-YAY


Even though this week was a short one with Monday being a holiday, it felt like a week of forever.  We all got sick with what I think was strep.  Plus this Texas weather has been ridiculous with recording breaking heat.  So over it!  But as of today we are all feeling better and a cool front has dropped the temps about 15 degrees.  Fri-Yay indeed!



We celebrated this guy's birthday! Looking might fine for 40 years if I do say so myself.  I love this man like no one else.



We also celebrated this little girl's 2nd birthday.  My little miracle October baby.  She is sweet, funny, full of personality. She has 3 modes - smiling, sucking that thumb of hers, or sleeping.  My happy girl keeps me on toes and keeps all of us laughing all the time.  Our family feels complete with her here. Love her!



The house is all decked out for Halloween and I love it.  If I could leave up Halloween decorations all year round and not be ridiculed daily by my husband, I would seriously consider it.  It just makes me feel like a kid again, still believing in fairies, witches, and magic spells.



 I love these little pumpkins.  They are perfect for decorating for not only Halloween, but also Thanksgiving.  My inspiration for making them was actually due to a certain little inquisitive toddler who likes to touch, play and throw everything that is not nailed down.  I wanted something that would look really cute in my house, but not breakable.  So voila... these were born.  I tuck them all around the house - on bookshelves, window sills or even just stuffed in a bowl or basket. The girls rearrange as they see fit. But then for Thanksgiving dinner (which I am hosting this year), I will use them in my place settings. A pumpkin will sit on top of each plate.  Then my guests will each get to take one home with them to remember the wonderful evening.

So if you like these and want a few for your home, grab them quick because the holiday busy season is already beginning and these are selling quickly.  I just shipped out 21 of these little guys today.  And I have a limited supply of fabric.  So when they are gone, they are not coming back in stock.

Happy weekend ya'll!  Make it a great one.