. . . for Lauren and Lauren

November 25, 2014

happy thanksgiving

I often take for granted all the blessings in our life and we are undeserving of all of them.  But God is so good and we have countless things to be thankful for this year.  For Chris' success in his job, the blessing to be able to stay home with Addilyn, family that lives close by, a happy marriage, a house we love, and our sweet Addi Jane.  

I am loving time with family this week, as my sister and her family, and my grandma are in for the week.  I plan on soaking up all of it.  Our Thanksgiving day, meals together, cutting down our tree, decorating for Christmas and spending time together.  

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

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November 24, 2014

Family traditions and cozy mornings

sweatshirt: hanes   flannel: old navy   jeans: kohls   boots: amazon 

Fall and Winter traditions are my favorite.  My family is full of traditions and I love it.  Every year the day after Thanksgiving we go get our Christmas tree.  My whole family goes to the same farm we've been going to for years and cut down our own trees.  We take a tractor ride out to find a tree, cut it down and then eat homemade donuts there.  That day we spend time together, decorate the tree that night and eat deep dish pizza.  It is my favorite day of the year.  

When I got this Hanes sweatshirt in the mail I knew it'd make the perfect outfit for getting our tree. I'm layering it over my comfy flannel tee and new winter boots.  This sweatshirt is perfect because it's soft, has no annoying tags, is warm but not bulky and is only $12, so super affordable.  I also think it will be perfect to get it monogrammed and plan on sending it to my friend to do so soon!  With Hanes making fleeces for the whole family, the adults and kids could wear them to cut down our tree and be comfortable all day in them.  They come in basic colors and fun bright ones too! 

Hanes also sent me this zip up hoodie and I love it.  Like the other one, it's soft and cozy and perfect to wear with leggings and a long tank top.  

I've always been a homebody and have appreciated time at home together, but since having Addilyn I appreciate it even more.  I love weekends and the mornings are my favorite.  Since it's been cold Chris and Addilyn will make a fire together and depending on how well Addilyn slept the night before I will stay in bed a little longer.  I love coming out to the living room with them sitting on the floor watching the fire.  Spending cozy, slow mornings at home together has become one of my favorite things.   What makes it even better is to be in cozy clothes!

Hanes also sent Chris some sweatshirts, which he was thrilled to get something for him from my blog.  He's wearing this hoodie, and they also sent him this pullover and this zipup.  They come in lots of different colors and are super comfortable.  It'll also be perfect for him to wear to get our Christmas tree, and I'm sure he will wear it a lot!  They also sent this hoodie that I was hoping Addilyn could wear but it was way too big.  It's really soft and I love that it doesn't have any tags on it.  And I'm definitely putting it in her bin for next Fall when it fits! We attempted a family picture but Addilyn wasn't too cooperative so she's out. :) 

Hope you're enjoying some cozy moments at home with your family this holiday season!   

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November 23, 2014

Opposites eat

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own.  #TargetWedding

I know I shared many times that Chris and I couldn't be more different.  In our personalities, our tastes and many of our opinions.  This is even true in the kitchen, although thankfully I've come a long way since our marriage.  I now love fish, sushi and even slightly spicy things thanks to Chris.  If it were up to him everything would be doused in the hottest sauce imaginable.
One time in Mexico he took a taste of hot sauce at some sample store and was honestly squatting in the store, sweating and crying.  Yet said it was delicious.

Speaking of opposites, I'm sure like most men Chris could care less about the set up of Thanksgiving meal and decorations.  I on the other hand love decorating for seasons and special days.  If I could pick something new off of the Target registry to prepare for hosting Thanksgiving dinner I'd pick a new set of dishware, as we still have the ones we got ten years ago.  Chris on the other hand cares way more about the cooking part and would pick a new Calphalon stainless steel pan. 
Being opposites we have to compromise a little in terms of cooking.  My speciality is more in the baking department than in the cooking (again, opposite of Chris), but it's hard to find a dessert that we both love.  I often volunteer to bring the dessert, and Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls is perfect because Chris loves the salty peanut butter and I love the sweet chocolate. 

recipe and image from six sisters' stuff

Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

16 oz. peanut butter
3/4 cup butter (softened)
3 3/4 cup powdered sugar
12 oz. chocolate chips (melted)

Mix the peanut butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar together.  Roll into 1 inch balls.  Place the dough in the refrigerator until cool.  

To melt your chocolate I've used two pans to make a double boiler, with water on the bottom and the melted chocolate on the top.  Dipping things in melted chocolate stresses me out because I feel like if you don't go fast enough your chocolate will harden, but this way it stays hot and melted the whole time! 

Dip the balls into the chocolate and set on wax paper to cool.  Keep in the refrigerator or even the freezer to eat later.  Serve it on a cute fancy new dishes and you're good to go! 

Being opposites does make us a good team.   He can cook the main dishes, adding spices to make them tastiers.  I'll bake dessert and set up the table.  All we need is some music playing on a Sonos Play wireless system.  Agreeing on the music may be an issue, but I think I win as Christmas music is a definite must on Thanksgiving!

Target registry makes is easy to get everything you need for your Thanksgiving meal and all holidays!  Tell me your favorite Thanksgiving dish in the comments below and you could win a $25 Target giftcard!  

Giveaway ends one week from today and winner will be picked randomly and contacted by email so make sure to leave your email address in the comments! 

Thanks for entering and Happy Thanksgiving!


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November 20, 2014

Our front door

hello sign for front door

I shared this picture on instagram and a few of you asked about the wreath I made.  I LOVE our front door.  Painting it was the best decision.  It was kind of a pain, but cheap and completely worth it.  I love our front door and think it makes a huge difference in the look of the front of our house.  

My friend has a die cut machine and cut out the hello sign for me out of black vinyl.  I looked at a few tutorials on pinterest for the wreath and pretty much followed this one.  I had some jewelry wire I just used at the beginning and end of each burlap roll.  I used 2 1/2 rolls of burlap.  I bought those two little Christmas floral sticks and just stuck them into one of the loops and used wire to tie them at the top.  I thought it would take a long time, but probably took about an hour.  

burlap wreath
burlap wreath
That O is driving me a little crazy and needs to be moved up a bit!  
hello front door

I think I'll keep this wreath up for a long time and just change out the floral part for the seasons! These would probably be a good Christmas gift to give someone too, and cost under $15 to make. 

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November 19, 2014

In numbers

top: c/o sheinside    scarf: discovery   boots: discovery

TWO days in a row I wore this sweater

THREE days until my sister and her family gets here for Thanksgiving.  

FOUR. the number of pumpkin chocolate chip muffins I ate in one day last week.  

FIVE. the number of healthy days Addilyn has had in the last three weeks.  She always gets colds and it makes me dread this winter.   Last winter was rough and I'm worried we'll have a repeat.

EIGHT days until my favorite day of the year.  The day after Thanksgiving when we cut down our Christmas tree. 

FOURTEEN the high temperature yesterday.  I am not ready for freezing winter to start already. 

I was going to attempt to count the amount of Gilmore Girls episodes I've watched last week but that'd be a waste of time.  It's a lot.  It's so convenient to watch episode after episode on netflix, especially on my Intel tablet before I go to bed.  I'm already sad about finishing them all, which I'm sure will happen soon.  

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