Dec 5, 2016
You guys, these two little days know as Saturday and Sunday just go by too fast. Too fast I tell ya! Ever since we moved to Georgia it has kind of been an unwritten ritual that Saturday is just our recovery day. We do a whole lot of nothing. We sleep in. Or well, I definitely sleep in. Chris still gets up much too early for my liking to go for a run, but it is considered sleeping in for him I guess. The kids take their time waking up and making their way downstairs to place their breakfast orders, and then I feel like I am making 100 different dishes before 11am. But it is always so funny to watch the kids running around in the morning. The dogs chasing after them, things getting knocked over by the weight barreling around every corner. It sounds completely chaotic and destructive, and it is. But also so fun to watch. My mom would never have allowed us to run through the house with our dogs, jumping over couches, people getting knocked down, cushions flying through the air. She was a smart lady. My standards have lowered significantly. But the fun level is heightened.
Other than that, we left the house twice. Once was a diaper and wipe run, so does that really count?
OH! But get this, I did rummage through the garage and found a Christmas wreath AND I placed that wreath on the front door. No set date on an actual tree making it into the house though. You can feel bad for my children, it's fine.
What I lack in speedy Christmas decorating, I make up for in near death experiences like running with two hundred pound animals on hardwood floor.
But I do it wearing leopard!
Dec 2, 2016
Oh I am so excited it is Friday!!! This week was a little loco, particularly the part where I had to take three kids to the DMV, not once, but TWICE! A miscommunication between Chris and I and who was renewing our tags from Alaska since that is still our state of residency, but then I was 24 hours away from my tags expiring, and the panic set it. Then I had no black printer ink to print off my new insurance card, so it printed in pink which was so cute. The lady at the DMV thought it was particularly funny that I have an Arizona license, Alaska is considered my home state, and I now have temporary Georgia tags. Hashtag Army wife.
But my life would be nothing if I didn't have the chaos I have created.
I am counting down the schools days till Christmas break, nine and a half left to be exact! Not that I have done any kind of decorating around here. My children are like "mom doesn't Christmas come after Thanksgiving?" Uhh....what? This weekend...this weekend I will pull out a wreath, promise.
In other news, there are still some great sales going on. J Crew Factory is doing 40% off clearance items, and there is some really cute kids stuff!! J Crew is doing 30% off your purchase as well!! Gap is doing 40% your purchase this weekend, and the Christmas pajamas are a must. I scored some on Black Friday for the kids and they are so cute!! Also, Anthropologie is doing 40% off sale items!
We have been back to whole30 this whole week but my cravings are SO BAD!!! I want pizza, queso, raviolis.....basically anything with cheese! So to kind of trick my mind a little bit I am going to make this buffalo chicken dip today, with these sweet potato fries and dip. It is nowhere near pizza, but besides the cravings, I am feeling good this week. So the clean eating train continues!
I kind of forgot how great fall/winter in the South is. I was so used to dreading winter in Alaska, although beautiful, it is just so damn cold. But here I am like...a light jacket? Just a sweater! Even open toed shoes are still a go! I seriously love it. And I laugh every morning at drop off when I see these kids walking in with hats and gloves. The teachers must think I am a real witch because my kids jump out in a sweatshirt. Ace still asks to wear shorts.....
Which brings me to varsity jackets! I love them!! I bought this one a few years ago, and I am so happy to see them popping up again this year. Truth be told, I still have my letterman's jacket from high school, and either I shrunk or no one told me my jacket was three sizes too big. Was that a thing? I can't remember.
Dec 1, 2016
When it comes to holiday parties, I am always kind of torn between being festive and well....being myself. As much as I think a sparkly number, or a red dress that warrants the accompaniment of the red dress lady emoji, I always feel like I am more comfortable in black. Black may not be the ultimate Christmas color, but I mean, my favorite holiday is Halloween. However, there is something so classic about black lace. Lace is clearly the ultimate feminine piece to have in your closet, but I am always drawn to masculine pieces as well, so throwing on this vintage long line blazer is the perfect juxtaposition for me. Belting it gives it structure, and the peaking lace keeps it sexy yet totally mom friendly.
Who knew so much thought went into a holiday outfit?
I actually like to have a couple party ready outfits put together in my closet just incase. It never fails that Chris will give me a six hour notice to some kind of work thing, that will require me to be semi dressed up. So I thought I would share those here, just in case you want some out of the box holiday outfit inspiration.
Here are some perfect lace dresses for all your holiday needs!
Nov 29, 2016
I wasn't too much of a coffee drinker until we moved to Alaska. Three kids and no sunlight will do that to a girl. But Alaska is also where I fell in love with the taste of coffee. Not all the filler stuff. Don't get me wrong...I'll put back some creamer. But when you strip it all away, good coffee just tastes good! Whole30 also ripped away my love for creamer. I will indulge on occasion, but for now I stick to some almond milk. I am truly not the coffee connoisseur in our house though, that is Chris. If you know Chris than you know he is a go big or go home kind of guy. Once he gets fixated on something he doesn't stop until he has read all the books....bought all the things....tested all the outcomes (it can be exhausting). I have just been in the kitchen soaking it all in. I don't know all the different grinds and roasts and water temps, but I do know that I love the taste of good coffee.
Coffee and coffee things also make some great gifts. I know we are always sending coffee related paraphernalia to family and friends for any occasion, so I thought I would lay out some of my favorites.
First up, the pour over stand! This is my morning cup of coffee method. I love the rich taste of a pour over! This is my favorite coffee dripper as well.
Some mornings require a strong cup of joe, and for that I turn to the french press. I also love giving these as gifts because they just look nice as well.
If you really have a crazy coffee person in your life, the Aeropress is a great gift! I got this for Chris a couple years ago and he used to keep it at his office to make coffee. He also takes it to the field with him because it is small and compact. It makes a nice strong cup as well!
If you want to step up your coffee game, then a burr grinder is your best bet! Grind your whole beans for the freshest flavor, and to your brewing method of choice. This one is also very quite, which is needed in the early morning with small children that must stay asleep!
If you aren't sure what a friend or family member has going on in their coffee station at home, a box of different coffee blends is a nice holiday surprise. Blue Bottle Coffee (totally not sponsored, but Blue Bottle if you happen to see this...holla at yo girl!) happens to be Chris and I's favorite, but we live nowhere near a location. So we frequently order a blend box. We also send these out to family and friends who we know really like their coffee.
Every coffee station needs some fabulous mugs! This is the latte set that sits next to all our coffee contraptions. I love how big these cups are! They are perfect for the mornings that you have a little more time to froth some milk, and get all fancy with it! They would also make an amazing gift....even for your own kitchen!
And finally my favorite little coffee accessory, that light up coffee sign right there in the middle! The kids love to turn this on in the morning and pretend to make me a million cups of coffee. Get this for coffee loving BFF, thank me later!
So there you have it. My obsession with coffee laid out for you.