October 27, 2015

Pumpkin Patch Fun

In October, we not only attend a Fall Festival or two but, like many other's, we also visit at least one pumpkin patch. The girls (they are so fun at this age) had been asking for weeks when we were going to go to the pumpkin patch so last weekend we went to our favorite pumpkin patch.

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This family farm has SO much to do! We were there for nearly 5 hours and still didn't do everything they had to offer! We started with a ride on the carousel and moved on the animal barn where there are goats, sheep and rabbits.

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After the petting barn, the barrell train caught their attention so we headed that way and discovered they were giving rides for the little kids. TnT jumped on and loved every minute of it. This barrell train was genius! They built little cars out of barrels, linked them all together and attached them to a mowing tractor. I'm thinking JMac might need to come up with something like this for home.

The driver drove through this big field snaking back and forth. All the kids were giggling and had huge smiles on their faces. The ride was a good 3-4 minute ride.

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Once the train ride was over, the girls darted off to the Super Slide. They were a little leery at first but after watching the other kids they decided to try it for themselves.

At one point, they came down one right after the other. Tillie came down first and didn't get up and move fast enough so Tensley plowed into the back of her legs as she was standing up and knocked her down into Tensley's lap. They were laughing so hard they had a hard time getting up and off the slide. They finally managed to get out of the way right before the next slider reached the bottom.

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Several turns down the slide later and we headed off to explore some more. We came across this little area where they had the balls with handles that you sit on and bounce. The girls had a bit of a hard time figuring it out so I decided to show them. Big, fat, fail. I bounced once and then rolled right off the ball flat on my back. This time it was me laughing so hard I couldn't get up. Thankfully no one was around to document that little incident (well my mom was there but she wasn't fast enough with the camera). Also thankful that I didn't get hurt or sore from that little display.

The girls finally got the hang of it.

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After the bouncing balls, the girls bounced on the giant jumping pillows (these girls love to jump!) for a while and then we took a little break for a snack and to get something to drink and then went right back to playing.

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We ended our trip with a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick out our pumpkins and then the girls played for a bit on the playground while Momma and MiMi sat and rested for a bit.

Tensley, of course, had to pick the biggest pumpkin she could find. The free pumpkins aren't that big but still a pain to carry around. Anyway, I made her carry hers as long as she could and then, of course, Momma and MiMi got stuck carrying all the pumpkins.

Pumpkin-Patch

We had a blast and the weather was perfect! The girls are already talking about going to the pumpkin patch next year.

October 25, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan + Week 43

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Our temps are finally cooler! Hello soups & stews! I can't wait to start adding winter comfort food to our menu.

It just occurred to me today that I am off on my weeks. I'm not sure how that happened but I'm going to carry on instead of making the correction. I hope it doesn't mess anyone up.

Week 43 Meal Plan

Sunday
Spaghetti & Meatballs / Green Beans

Monday
Chicken & Biscuits / Mixed Veggies

Tuesday
Chicken Quesadillas / Salad

Wednesday
Hamburger Steak / Mashed Potatoes / Green Beans

Thursday
Chicken Enchilada Casserole / Salad

Friday
Pizza Casserole / Salad

Saturday
Chili / Frito Chili Pie

 

Meal Plan Monday

October 20, 2015

Home Tour + Kitchen

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In our house before the rebuild, we would constantly talk about all the things we would like to do to the house when we had the money. We had sketches upon sketches of an add-ons to rooms and rooms where we knocked down walls. I had Pinterest boards full of home décor ideas and couldn't wait until the day we could afford to start even the smallest project.

I had big plans for my kitchen. I wanted to remove a wall, paint the cabinets, install a tile backsplash and get new countertops. I never in a million years would have (or could have) imagined I would have the kitchen I have now (thanks mother nature). It still amazes me that we were able to come up with this kitchen using the same footprint as before.

Because the kitchen is in the center of the house, there's not a lot of natural light (and it made it very hard to photograph) so I made sure I had LOTS of light. In addition to recess lights and pendant lights over the island I demanded under the counter lights as well. I'm so glad I did because they are the most used lights in the kitchen.

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It's not often my kitchen is clean. As I mentioned above, it's literally in the center of the house so anything that makes it through the utility room ends up being dropped in the kitchen. I've been waiting to do a tour post until I could get it just right but I've come to terms with the fact that's not happening any time soon (in some of these pictures, you might notice little finger prints and smudges on the cabinets…that's life with kids, right?)

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Kitchen-Tour-Island

As far as the layout (I so wish I had good pictures of the before), the only thing we changed was removing a wall and pushing out a wall. In doing this, we were able to open up the kitchen to our breakfast area. The guts of the kitchen? Well they are totally different than before. I don't have good pictures of the before so you'll just have to take my word for it. Just imagine autumn oak colored cabinets and white laminate countertops. I have no one to blame for the design choices but myself for the design choices in our previous kitchen. My excuse was that we were only 23 when we built that house and it was our first house so I had no idea what I was doing.

Kitchen-Tour-Island-View

At a little over seven feet long  by three feet wide, my kitchen island a party planner's/hostess with the mostess's dream! We have already hosted all of the holidays, a few parties and a few get-togethers and the island is always the center of attention (because that's where ALL the food was).

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When we chose the granite and sink I initially had a 60/40 sink picked out. After using my best friends basin sink I changed my mind. Let me just tell you I was hell bent on having a divided sink and now? I don't think I'll ever go back to a divided sink.

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My ceramic stove top and pot filler are my two top favorite things in my kitchen. I love how the stove top blends into the black granite and doesn't stand out. However, aside from the island, my vent hood with built-in spice racks is the show piece of the kitchen.

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Kitchen-Tour-Coffee-Station

I'm pretty much a minimalist when it comes to things on my countertops. I can't stand clutter so the only appliance that I leave out is the can opener and our Keurig/coffee station. All my other appliances are in my walk-in pantry.

So there's my kitchen. I hope you enjoyed the tour!

You might notice I didn't mention the cabinetry much, I've decided there was too much info on our cabinetry for this post so it will get a whole post of it's own.

Source List

  • Wall Color – Color Match to Glidden Pebble Grey
  • Cabinet Color – White Picket Fence (H.I.S. Paint – Local Paint Company)
  • Island Color – Custom Stain -  Dark Mahogany/Espresso
  • Pendant Lights – Lowe's
  • Granite – Local Granite Company
    • Island:  Alaskan White
    • Counters:  Black Pearl
  • Marble Backsplash Tile – White Venatino Marble (Lowe's)
  • Faucet and Pot Filler – Lowe's
  • Bar Stools – Target
  • Appliances – Local Appliance Company
    • Whirlpool Gold Series
  • Large Clock – Hobby Lobby
  • Metal 'Home' Sign – Home Goods

October 19, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan + Week 40

We had a great weekend, lots of pumpkin patch fun, cleaning and a lot of eating out. Oops. We are sticking to the meal plan this week though…eating out is expensive!

I'm looking forward to our meals this week. Who doesn't love Taco Tuesday and I haven't had a meatball sub in a long time! The oven baked chicken is a new family favorite. Even my Chick-fil-a loyal children will eat it!

Weekly Meal Planning 

Week 42 Meal Plan

Sunday
Leftovers

Monday
Orange Chicken / Fried Rice

Tuesday
Tacos

Wednesday
Meatball Subs / Salad / Chips

Thursday
Oven Fried Chicken / Mashed Potatoes / Green Beans

Friday
Homemade Pizza / Salad

Saturday
Chicken Alfredo / Steamed Veggies

October 17, 2015

Handmade Halloween Paper Goods

In my former life (before TnT) I had an Etsy shop where I sold handmade cards, gift tags, and scrapbook embellishments. After they were born I didn't have time to keep up with making items and keeping up the shop so now that I have a little extra time (ha! ha!) I have gone through everything and have quite a bit of leftover inventory that I NEED to clear it out to make room in my office/craft room for my new venture with embellishology.

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I have these handmade Halloween Cards and tags for sale on my embellishology Instagram account. I also have other themed items I will be posting but I figured with Halloween so close I better try to clear them out now. I'm debating if I want to re-open my old shop to sell all of my handmade paper goods inventory or if I just want to list them in my current shop. Until I decide what to do, I'll post them to Instagram.

October 15, 2015

Not-So-Scary Halloween Movies for Preschoolers on Amazon Prime & Netflix

Netflix-&-Amazon-Halloween

TnT have been excited about Halloween this year and have wanted to watch all the Halloween movies and shows. However, some of them are a little too scary for them so after much research, I've found a pretty good list of not-so-scary Halloween titles for toddlers and preschoolers. I'm sure this list will continue to grow but for now I'm going to share what I've found so far!

Let's start with Amazon Prime Instant Video. If you don't already have Amazon Prime, let me tell you, it's worth it. Not only do we get free and quick shipping but we can also stream movies, tv shows and music!

The Halloween Problem

  1. Bubble Guppies:  Haunted House Party
  2. Backyardigans:  It's Great to be a Ghost
  3. Backyardigans:  Scared of You
  4. Team UmiZoomi:  The Ghost Family Costume Party
  5. Peg + Cat:  The Parade Problem/The Halloween Problem (Also on Netflix)

Now on to Netflix…

Room on the Broom

  1. Room on the Broom
  2. Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
  3. Spooky Buddies
  4. Super Why:  The Ghost Who Was Afraid of Halloween
  5. Peg + Cat:  The Parade Problem/The Halloween Problem (Also on Amazon Prime Instant Video)
  6. Cat in the Hat:  Trick or Treat/King Cecil the Seahorse
  7. Jake and the Neverland Pirates:  Night of the Golden Pirate Pumpkin/Trick or Treasure
  8. Jack and the Neverland Pirates:  Tricks, Treats & Treasure/Season of the Sea Witch
  9. Clifford's Puppy Days:  The Halloween Bandit
  10. Children's Favorites:  Halloween Treats
  11. Sofia the First:  Princess Butterfly
  12. A Little Einsteins Halloween
  13. Handy Manny:  A Job From Outer Space/Sounds Like Halloween

I'm really, really hoping I can talk them into watching A Nightmare Before Christmas (hello! big Tim Burton fan here) but I'll wait a year or two if I must. For now, I'll just watch it after they've gone to bed.

Is there any I've missed? Please put them in the comments below and then I can update the list!

October 13, 2015

Non-Fiction: Death by Umbrellas

Death-by-Umbrellas

This morning as we were getting out of the car at church for bible study, I saw one of those big black fuzzy jumping spiders sneak inside under the floor mat in the back seat just behind the driver's seat. I yelled at the girls to hurry and get out so I could go after it but it was too late. The spider had disappeared….no where to be found.

As we walked into church I prayed that we would find the spider when we came out because I certainly did not want to drive with a giant jumping spider roaming free in my car.

After bible study, I picked the girls up from the nursery and we went to the car. My palms were sweaty and I couldn't even think about driving until we found and killed that spider. When we got to the car, before letting the girls in, I opened the door and did a quick survey of the floor in both the front and back seat. No sign of that spider anywhere. There were, however, already signs of webbing under the driver's seat. I started to get sick at my stomach. That darn spider had to be in there somewhere but where?

I went to the back and armed each of us with an umbrella. Tillie, my brave little girl, voluntarily went in first. The girls jumped up and down all over the floor mats in hopes to squish that little devil. Then we all poked and prodded every nook and cranny of that car but was never able to lure him out. After several minutes, I gave up and was able to convince myself that it was gone….had snuck out through some little crevice in the car and if not, I would just park it outside in the hot sun (it's still in the upper 80's here) and hopefully fry the little sucker. We all got in, buckled up and off we went.

I really needed to go to Target but could I stay in the car that long believing that there might still be an evil fuzzy creature roaming free? Would he crawl up my leg and send me into a complete nervous breakdown? Would there be a viral video of another woman jumping out of her car because of a spider? Even though these were all possibilities, I decided to suck it up and go.

We get to Target, I get out of the car, unbuckle Tensley, go around to unbuckle Tillie and then I go to the passenger side front seat to grab my Target bags. When I leaned in the car, I spotted it. That sneaky black fuzzy eight legged creepy crawly spider. He/she was right there IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FLOOR MAT ON THE DRIVER'S SIDE! I HAD DRIVEN ALL THE WAY TO TARGET WITH THAT THING UNDER ME THE WHOLE TIME!!!!!

The girls, still armed with their umbrellas started pounding at it as I ran back around to the driver's side and opened the door to make sure one of the three of us got it. (In case you're wondering, the aim of a four year old is not that great.) When I got around to the driver's side, that sneaky little devil sped out of the car and in between the seal of the door and the car! I took my umbrella, which had a pointy tip and poked around at the seal because I wanted to make sure that sucker died! He finally fell to the ground and met his untimely death.

We each took turns pounding that spider with our umbrellas until we were absolutely sure it was dead.

Death by 3 females armed with umbrellas.

If that's not girl power, I don't know what is.

P.S. When we got back to our car, the squished spider was gone! I'm really, really, really hoping one of the birds that were swarming the parking lot got it because zombie spiders that come back from the dead? No thank you!

October 12, 2015

Our Super Busy Weekend Recap

Happy Monday friends!

We had a great weekend full of checking things off our project list. Here's a little recap with pictures.

On Friday morning the girls had their Four year well child check. They were all excited until we got to the end of the exam and they realized they were getting shots. Here's what they thought of the shots….

Just Wait til You have Kids | Weekend Recap

Poor things. They insisted on going to school so we grabbed a quick cheeseburger lunch (their request) and then I dropped them off at school. When I picked up the girls from school Tillie requested "sweet chicken" so when JMac got home we headed off to Pei Wei and, of course, made a little visit to Target after (it's like right next to our Pei Wei). By the time we got home, Tillie was complaining about her sore leg from the shots. Tensley was a little sore too but it didn't stop her. She did run a very slight fever on Sunday that I suspect was from the shots.

While the girls were in school I ran to Aldi to do my grocery shopping. Grocery shopping without kids is definitely the way to go. Hello! I got my shopping done in about 30 minutes. Anyway, if you've been reading my blog for a while you might be aware of my new found love of Aldi. Everything in this picture totaled less than $100 and that's me doing the bulk of my grocery shopping at Aldi. I only need a handful of things from other stores.

Just Wait til You have Kids | Aldi Shopping

Saturday I woke up with energy so I decided to tackle some of the bulk baking I have been planning to do. Since it's technically Fall (will someone please notify Mother Nature?) I am all about all things pumpkin right now so of course first on my list was pumpkin bread (it's already almost gone…I'll have to make more next time). I also made some Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal and some Apple Baked Oatmeal to have for quick and easy breakfasts (the verdict is still out on these).

Just Wait til You have Kids | Baked Pumpkin Oatmeal

All weekend I had been browsing Pinterest for some fall fashion inspiration. About 97% of my clothes are too big so I really need to do some shopping. I had this idea to try to wear my booties with some denim capris so on Friday I laid out this outfit to wear for the day but once I got it on I just couldn't do it.  I think because the denim capris were just a little too baggy and I felt like I looked sloppy. It looks great laid out on my bed though, don't you think? LOL

Just Wait til You have Kids | Denim Capris & Booties

I tried again on Sunday with some Rock Star Skinnies from Old Navy and I think I was able to pull it off. Skinnies definitely looked better…at least it did for me. Maybe I'll try again with some better fitting boyfriend jeans or capris.

Here are some of the inspiration pics I found on Pinterest. (If you like this style, head on over and follow my 'Things I'd Wear' Pinterest board.)

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I think on that last outfit I'd wear either black or camel colored boots. I'm also still on #TeamUggs so realistically I'd probably wear a pair of those with it.

Sunday was a good day. We had some time to kill before church so we took a family selfie. I know people knock the selfie stick but seriously, how else would we mommas get in the pictures without it?

Just Wait til You have Kids | My Family

I have been wanting to fill my big pots on our front and back porches so after church we went and bought some mums. I decided to put them on our back patio because it gets more sun than the front porch (our front porch gets ZERO sun). I love, love, love the red mums so that's what I picked.

We also cleaned out my car (it was nasty….a byproduct of having kids). Every inch of the car got scrubbed…especially the car seats and the covers. Once that was done, we worked a little on cleaning out the garage. It needs to be organized badly.

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This reminds me…I need to go out and water the mums today.

Also today, I'm working on this…..the aftermath from our busy weekend (Insert bug-eyed emoji).

Just Wait til You have Kids | Real Life Laundry Room

What was your weekend like? I hope it was a great one!

October 11, 2015

Weekly Meal Plan + Week 41

"I feel the earth, move, under my feet…"

I've had this song in my head since yesterday when we had an earthquake that I actually felt! I was upstairs in my office working on well, work stuff and felt the floor move and heard a rumbling. Normally we don't feel them but I guess since I was upstairs it was easier to feel? Anyway, I ran into the theatre room (it's just outside my office/craft room) and asked JMac if he felt it. As we were standing there talking, another earthquake hit. Needless to say, we hauled butt downstairs for a bit in case another one decided to strike. Everything was fine. We had no damage other than our nerves being a little shot for a few minutes. Reports say it was a 4.5 magnitude earthquake.

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Meal Planning

If you're not meal planning, you really should be. I can't even tell you how much stress it takes off of you. When I don't meal plan I am totally lost about what to do for dinner. Meal planning really isn't that hard. If you already have a list of go-to meals, it should only take you a few minutes…hour tops to plan your meals for the week. Since we get paid every two weeks, I meal plan two weeks at a time and it doesn't take me long at all.

Week 41 Meal Plan

Sunday
Ham & Cheese Pinwheels / Chips

Monday
One Pot Chili Mac & Cheese / Salad

Tuesday
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas / Rice & Black Beans

Wednesday
Beef Stroganoff / Peas

Thursday
Leftover Buffet

Friday
Chicken Pizza Pasta / Salad

Saturday
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches / Tomato Soup

 

Meal Plan Monday

October 7, 2015

Halloween Decor + Free Fall Printable

We are finally starting to feel and see signs of Fall around here!

I finally got around to putting out my Fall décor when my girls demanded I decorate for Halloween instead. I don't normally decorate for Halloween but when I had four blue-eyed puppy dog eyes staring up at me I just couldn't resist.

I used to have a box of Halloween décor but it got blown away along with all of our other holiday decorations so we had to go do a little shopping. We are starting out small but I'm sure we will add to the Halloween décor a little every year.

Thanks to Hobby Lobby's 40% of sale, Dollar Tree crafts and a little bit of my own craftiness, we managed to make parts of the house look a little like Halloween.

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Ok, now for the free printable….

If you missed the Halloween freebie you can get it on my freebie page.

I'm kind of loving the simplicity of this fall printable. The best part about it is that since it is such a simple design, you can cut it down to an 8x10 or a 5x7 to suit your needs!  I hope you enjoy it too! Click on the button below to download your print.

Free Printable - Happy Thanksgiving Art Print

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