Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Early Christmas Surprise!

So a blog post .....about a gift?
Sorry friends...I am up early and ready to attack my day...I have a big client meeting first thing this morning...before I even head into my office and I came downstairs to my desk and this....

AHHHH!!  I guess this is one of the perks of having a hubby who is my #1 Blog Reader....he snuck out last night to the outlets to grab the clutch I wouldn't buy myself and he surprised me with it....an early Christmas gift he said...we usually don't exchange but he was so happy to be able to get me something I really wanted AND gave it to me early so I can use it for the holidays...ahhhh he is the sweetest AND.....
his note was even better....

I can't wait to use it.....now ready to conquer my day with a twinkle in my eye XOXOXO Love you Rob

Monday, November 12, 2018

Weekend Recap (Quality Friend Time Edition)

So we are coming off a great weekend filled with lots of QT with friends from town.  Although today is technically a holiday, I will be working because it is busy and I am grateful and I need to make things happen!

In between the work, however, we have lots of activity at the house today...from a plumber for our clogged sing to a car detailer to Mimi coming to bring Eva to dance and Diana going off with our besties...ahhh...trying not to think about it all so I don't get overwhelmed...here is what our fun weekend looked like....


 Eva was a rock star at gymnastics- loves to show off her stuff and make us laugh...

 We had our friends the Partingtons over for dinner...and had a great time catching up...I was challenged with making a completely gluten-free meal as three out of the four of these friends are gluten-free...I was nervous at first but everything seemed to come out great- GF Chicken Piccata with Steamed Broccoli and a GF Pasta with a Lemon Butter Sauce...for the kiddos I did a GF pasta with a GF marinara sauce....plates were getting cleaned so that made Mama happy! :)

Showing you a sneak peak of a few Christmas decorations I have put up...Rob is rolling his eyes ;)


We started the day by practicing Nutcracker hair...the style is already getting changed but it is a process and I am learning- as stressful as it is, I am trying to have fun with it :)

Zach suggested we go to breakfast so while Daddy, Eva and Papa Bob were at hockey, we grabbed breakfast at Mary Ann's Diner in town and we had such a fun conversation about our college classes ...Diana observed all wide-eyed...ha ha!!

These two sillies tho...

After that, we ran some errands and got Diana to rehearsal...Daddy spent most of the day battling the leaves in the yard while I cooked and had Hallmark movies on in the background...the "Fab Four" came over for dinner with the hubbies and we enjoyed a relaxing cozy night of catching up!  (Yes I feel like I cooked all weekend but cooking brings me peace...I find it to be very therapeutic...do you?)

 and because you can't see my outfit in the shot above...here it is...what do you think of the top?  It is my new favorite...Macy's always comes through...I bought it this fall for the holidays but couldn't help wearing it already...I think you will see me wearing this once a week!  Those are the same AE distressed jeggings too..another fave!

Although it was a great night, I goofed and clogged up our kitchen sink and we are still waiting for a plumber to call us back...sigh.....


 After mass, it was time for Mama to spend some QT with Lea and help her find some holiday tops...I love being a fashion consultant!  I didn't buy anything but I do most of my shopping online and I have a good start on all of the Christmas things...so I felt it a successful day as I helped her find two great tops, a dress and a pair of leggings...she is set!

We headed to the Merrimack Outlets

and BTW, I wanted this sparkly clutch in Kate Spade but I resisted because Christmastime and all...can't get it out of my head though...and at 70% off it is a great deal...but I was GOOD!

After shopping, we grabbed a quick lunch at Copper Door and splurged when we split the Caramel Macchiato Martini and Bananas Foster for dessert...I regretted it after but the laughs and company were worth it ;)

Last night, I let Diana have some friends over and if you have been reading for a while, you know then, that I obsess about her finding the right friends and being surrounded by kids who bring out the best in her.  Thank God she has found that this year so I am fostering this as much as I can....it was so much fun listening to all of their silliness and warmed my Mama heart to hear all of their laughing and fun...

Since Lea came over to hang out with me, Brooks was in toe and also jumped in for some of the fun...poor Brooks is always surrounded by girls!  Hysterical!

It was a weekend that warmed my heart....what were you up to?

Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday Favorites (Short and Sweet Edition)

WOO HOO! It's.....

 Let's hear it for my favorite day of the week.....
Linking up, as always, with Erika, Andrea and Narci HERE to share some faves from our week.....

 Eva's Dance Class

Mimi and I finally got to observe for a few minutes and were so proud of "Pidge" doing her tap and ballet moves...she kills me!  (Side Note: I got spoken to after I snuck this picture- I guess pictures were not allowed- oops!)

 Eva's 1st Hair Cut

We finally did it!  She has been begging us since all of the kids at school have been getting hair cuts and we finally made it happen.  My Hairdresser (or Hair Magician as I like to call her), Claribel, cut and blow dried her hair and it came out amazing...check out the Before...and After...she was very pleased :)

So grown up- I can't take it!

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

Well the movie was great...fantasy is not my fave but Tchaikovsky's original Nutcracker score helped to make things a little more exciting!   My favorite part of the night, however, was QT with our besties 

Best Pals since 18 months old- grateful

Our Home

My hubby snapped this pic after he blew all of the leaves out of the yard this week- he was proud- I was grateful- every Fall it is a huge project that you have to keep up with- can't just go out once...anyway...this picture made me grateful for our home yet again.....

Starbucks Holiday Cups

and...they're back...enough said!

and...that's a wrap..short and sweet this Friday.....have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Thankful Thursday #1

So glad I found Rebecca Jo and her blog- linking up with her HERE

Any chance to share my gratitude is a win in my book.

Patty (over at Good Better Best HERE ) and I plan on starting a Gratitude Linkup in 2019.

Until then, Rebecca Jo is giving me an excuse to remember and document the things I am grateful for....

So...here it goes......

This Week, I am thankful for

1. Warm holiday decorations

2. Hallmark Holiday Movies

3. New HR searches to work on

4. This season with my husband and kiddos

5. Quality time with some besties

6. Last but not least, Monday Nights with My Mama

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

TBB Asks: Giving Thanks Edition

Time to linkup with the lovely ladies over at The Blended Blog for a fun little November questionnaire and this month's theme is a fave and something I am very passionate about...GRATITUDE :)

Check them out HERE
Here it goes....

1. Have I kept a gratitude journal? 
Yes...actually...on this blog...and I need to get back to doing those Gratitude posts!

2. Hosting Thanksgiving at our house?
YES and I cannot wait!  I love hosting Thanksgiving and all that it stands for...love having the entire family home and the coziness of it all

3. Favorite Food from the Thanksgiving Meal?
I would have to say the "Mashed Potato Bread Stuffing" ...you can find our recipe HERE 
(it's a family tradition from my side and it never gets old!)

4. What one thing in nature are you grateful for?

The ocean

5.  Pumpkin Pie yes or no?
Actually not one of my faves- I much prefer a pumpkin cheesecake- my mom always whips up an awesome one!

6. Traditional cookbook yes or no?
Yes...all the way...love good all standbys combined with new and funky recipes I pull off Pinterest 

7. Oven Baked Turkey or Deep Fried?
Oven baked because that is all I have ever had...I have heard that the deep fried turkey is awesome and would love to try it someday!

8. Thanksgiving Leftovers yes or no?  
Umm YES!?  We like to make a Thanksgiving Sandwich the day after with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and a dollop of mayo- delish!

9. What is a household product you are most grateful for?

Lysol wipes!

10. Are you most grateful for home cooked meals or restaurant meals?

Home-cooked all....the...way....they always have some love sprinkled in :) 

What are your Fall Faves?
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