Friday, October 9, 2015

Friday Favorites (October 9, 2015)

Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals HERE

First I will start with my Fashion Favorites right now.....

Sweaters....especially this black ruffle cardi I snagged
 and gotta keep the bright colors in the wardrobe....even in Fall and Winter...another sweater I snagged

I'm also loving the Tory Burch camel flats that I won on Ebay...actually pretty comfortable and go with all of my outfits
 and the beautiful Nadri CZ Necklace...looks great when you pair it with longer, chunkier necklaces like some of the Kendra Scott designs!

and I make memories with scents...another one of my hobbies/habits is having a signature scent for every Summer, it is Cool Water or Miami Glo by J Spring it is Estee Lauder Winter, it is Clinique Happy or Angel and in Fall, it is either Alfred Sung Forever, Marc Jacobs Daisy or my long-time favorite Burberry the beginning of the season, when I spray the first spray...tons of wonderful memories fill my games...tailgating parties...pure Fall fun
My Favorite Things To Do This Time of Year?
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at Roger Williams Park Zoo (just can't get down there this year but NEXT year it will be a must again)....The Milford Pumpkin Festival (didn't get there last year but going with my parents this weekend and can't wait!) and just partake in as many fall activities as games, festivals, and of course decorating!

we are still somewhat mourning the characters on How I Met Your Mother...but we have is time to move on and start a new series so Friday Night Lights it is!  We are 5 episodes in and can't stop watching!

and The Affair has returned- got to watch the first two episodes with Cass at her house...I didn't think it could get better than the first season but it has!  I love the way they are expanding upon the different characters
and I will leave you with my favorite Fall Cocktail (recipe in separate post coming soon)

Caramel Apple Martinis

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Weekly Gratitude

1. Witnessing Pure Joy
2. My Girls
3. My rock...especially taking care of me when I am sick
4. My parents
5.My brother
6. My in-laws
7. My stepkids
8. My work
10.  My church
11. Our health
12. Our home
13. The seasons
14. Our friends
15. Special excursions...long weekends...the beach...
16. The return of Summer each year
17. Technology
18. For knowing when it is time to move on...and for having the courage to do....for no longer being trapped and having to work in the craziness
19. Our community
20. Our life

Friday, October 2, 2015

5 on Friday (October 2, 2015)

Linking up with April of A. Liz Adventures HERE

 My Five Things on This Rainy October Friday....

My plaid blanket versatile...and perfect for the Fall...had to shoot a selfie to capture its can find it HERE

2. My black mesh dress...Zappos to the rescue yet husband is WILD about it...he actually got choked up when he first saw me in it...makes all the dieting and exercising so much MORE worth it!
You can find the dress HERE
3. This...plain and simple...picked it up at the Newport Wine & Food Fest last weekend....right?

4. My little cheerleader...not so little...getting so big so fast...just love this face

5. and my sweet little cooing pigeon...we're walking...we're growing some teeth!

Hope you all have an amazing weekend!

What Eva Has Been Up To (Fall 2015)

and Eva has been busy over the last few months...
thought I would share a few videos of her in action...Enjoy! :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Mini Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

 Are you with me?  Is there anything better than Pumpkin....AND...Chocolate in the Fall?

I get together with one of my girlfriends/neighbors every other week for a Friday morning coffee date...this week, we are getting together at her house and I wanted to make something homemade...and "Fallish" I got Pinterest of course.  Now, I have tried several different pumpkin chocolate chip muffin recipes.  All have been fine but none stood out in my mind.  I decided to improvise.  I combined various recipes and chose the things that worked for me and I gotta tell 'ya...I think I hit a home run.  We will see what my gal pal says on Friday AND I am bringing another batch to a friend's house Saturday night.  So far, Robby B is a BIG FAN!  Hope you try and enjoy XOXO Holly

  • 1 3/4 cups FLOUR
  • 1/2 cup WHITE SUGAR
  • 1/2 cup BROWN SUGAR, packed
  • 1 teaspoon GROUND CINNAMON
  • 1/2 teaspoon GROUND GINGER
  • 1/2 teaspoon GROUND NUTMEG
  • Pinch of GROUND CLOVES (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon BAKING SODA
  • 1/4 teaspoon BAKING POWDER
  • 1/2 teaspoon SALT
  • 2 EGGS
  • 2 teaspoons VANILLA
  • 1/2 cup BUTTER, MELTED
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease mini muffin pans.
  2. In a medium bowl, sift first 10 ingredients - doing this helps make sure there aren't any big chunks of spices.
  3. In another bowl, whisk eggs, vanilla and melted butter until well blended; mix in pumpkin puree until combined.
  4. Mix in the dry ingredients to the pumpkin mixture until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Spoon batter into muffin tins, filling about 3/4 full. I use my small cookie scoop for this - it's about 1 Tablespoon of batter.
  6. Bake for 9-10 minutes or until muffins test done.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's Up Wednesday (September 2015)

Linking up with my favorite blogger Mel HERE

What We're Eating This Week.... first shot at Fall cooking this year was a success!
The Dr. Pepper Crock Pot Ribs were definitely the fave
Even though this was last week, I needed to share my family's enthusiasm
Check 'em out HERE

the Pumpkin Sausage Ravioli Bake....just incredible

That was a special meal...Ally and Aaron came over and we really did it up
During the week, our meals are more basic...we have grilled meat and salads, leftovers and quick things we can grab.
Over the last few weeks, I have been replacing some of my meals with homemade smoothies...and I will tell you, I feel GREAT!

My favorites so far are:
1. Kale (2 cups), Banana (1), PB2 (2 tbls), Almond Milk (1 cup), Ice (1 cup), Cinnamon (dash)

2. Spinach (2 cups), Banana (1), PB2 (2 tbls), Almond Milk (1 cup), Ice (1 cup)

3. Spinach (2 cups), Strawberries (1/2 cup), Nonfat Plain Greek Yogurt (1/2 cup) Vanilla Almond Milk (1 cup), Ice (1 cup)

and a great meal replacement bar I have been enjoying

What I'm Reminiscing About?
Last Fall...Do you do that too?
We had so many fun times and when I look back, I see how much Eva has grown!  I also see Diana losing her baby fat :(

The smash hit "Dorito Pumpkin Cheese Ball" Can't wait to make it again this year!

What I'm Loving?
All of the awesome Fall and Halloween Ideas That I Get on Pinterest...Fall really is the best of time of year for that!
Recipes...Fashion....Decorations...Oh My!

What We've Been Up To

We just got back from the Newport Wine and Food Festival Sunday morning.  Although Rob and I were only gone 24 hours, it was an awesome time to reconnect....although Rob is not a fan of wine, he even enjoyed it.  The food was incredible and the backdrop of the Marble House and the ocean was my happy place.  We met some friends there and had a ball. 

and let me tell you how THRILLED I was to meet the J. Lohr rep Pamela!  She was AWESOME AND she is going to send me an apron...doing my happy dance!

 Saturday Night, we went to dinner at 41 North.  The food was just ok but the ambiance was elegant and the company, even better.  Couples shots!

and what else have we been up to?


even leaving a game at halftime to change in a Dunkin Donuts bathroom to get to a family christening...dedication!

and our ECE clincs are AWESOME...just amazing excited about our stunts

and LOTS of walking...even Eva a.ka. Pidge joined us this week ;)

Play date included a requested pie...famous in our town...we have an orchard called Apple Acres and they make amazing pies BUT their most famous one is their Apple Cream Pie...the girls LOVED is so popular that the orchard stopped taking orders for Thanksgiving because they just could not keep up with the you wanna try it?  You have to get there by the end of October!

What I'm Dreading?
The end of cheer has really helped me to me more has given me an opportunity to spend more time with Diana AND I just love it...don't want to think about November right now

What I'm Working On?
Being prepared....with food and workouts...Scheduling them both!  Thanks once again to Alice!

What I'm Excited About?
The Upcoming Turf Fundraiser/Halloween Bash!
Always a great night out, with friends...can't wait to dance all night!

What I'm Watching/Reading?
Well...I am really sad to post this section.  This is my last blog post update about How I Met Your Mother.  We finished it on Friday night.  It was INCREDIBLE...we both LOVED the ending and found it to be perfect.  We cried-we laughed and we can't believe we can't watch it anymore.  We have enjoyed this for the last six months of our lives.  I remember even watching it when we were in Grand Cayman!  Rob said we will find something else but I will need some time to mourn these characters

and still making my way through Elin Hilderbrand's Beautiful Day...not as much time available right now for reading!

What I'm Listening To?
I actually have been doing my walks/jogs in silence...if you can believe it
So...the only thing I am listening to right now is Kiss 108 and Mix 104.1 in the car
AND lots of Kidz Bop of course ;)

What I'm Wearing? know I love me some Lilly....well this weekend I was finally able to wear my favorite "After Party Sale" purchase and my favorite purchase all saw me in it above in "What We Did This Weekend".

and got to bring out another one of my "After Party Sale" purchases..the coral and navy sweater dress for the family christening a couple weeks ago...Exhibit A

This is what the full dress looks like

and Kendra Scott makes the perfect necklaces to accompany most outfits really...whether you toss on a Lilly or put together a really cute fall outfit....full of layers and such...her bright colors just make outfits POP!

and the shot above is actually me in one of my Stitch Fix Dresses...have you joined Stitch Fix yet? Check them out HERE

It is one of the greatest inventions, especially for working moms.  They will send you a shipment as often or as little as you like.  It costs $20/month and if you purchase any of the 5 pieces they send you, the $20 can be put towards your purchase BUT you don't have to buy anything if you don't like it.  What I like about it, is the convenience and the ideas my stylist provides me for putting outfits together!

and I love my arm candy....baubles galore
What I'm Doing This Weekend?

We have a family baby shower, an ECE Tumbling Clinic and an adults-only Fall Cocktail is what Rob wanted to do on his birthday...and it is a chance for us to catch up with some of his old work pals...but we will celebrate with the kiddos on Sunday...thinking Screeemfest at Canobie Lake Park perhaps?  Diana has yet another birthday party so we may have to put it off to the following weekend...we...shall...see

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month?

Cheer Comps!!

and a Fall Cocktail Party for Couples at a friend's house

a Murder Mystery Dinner at another friend's house

and an annual Harvest Fest at yet another friend's house....that is when the Dorito Pumpkin Cheese Ball will be making its return

What Else is Going On?
Loving What I Do...and Very Very Grateful!!!

Bonus Question For the Month?

What's Your Favorite Halloween Tradition?

Well....I am going to answer this two ways
My favorite tradition growing up was having a "light dinner" homemade by my Mama of course....her cheese souffle stands out in my mind....dressed in our brother and I were eating our family room table, in front of the bay was turning dusk...we were soooo excited waiting for my Dad to come home to take us out trick-or-treating...the dinner...the anticipation...the tradition...amazing
This was our house in Stoneham

and this was a traditional plastic Halloween costume I would wear each year...Lemon Meringue was the choice one year- ha ha!

My favorite tradition, now, as an taking pictures of my kids dressed up....whether we are going out with family or spending the night with neighbors in our "hood"...Halloween is one of those times each year that I am grateful for...and will remember forever

 Diana's 1st Halloween as a fairy...people thought she was an eggplant ;)

Diana's 2nd Halloween as a Lady Bug

Diana's 3rd Halloween as an Angel

Diana's 4th Halloween as Tinkerbell

Diana's 5th Halloween as Ariel...we were blessed to be in Disney thanks to my parents

Diana's 6th Halloween as a "Pop Star"

Diana's 7th Halloween as Ana from Frozen AND...Eva's 1st Halloween as a Lobster!

I cannot to wait to read all of your favorite Halloween Traditions!
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