Friday, September 16, 2016

Fridays Favorites

It's that time of the week again!  Read on for my favorites!

1. After dinner bike rides
This is my favorite time of year.  It's when I get outside the most because I love the weather!  And one of my favorite things to do is a walk/bikeride with the dogs and my kiddos.

2.  Flowers from my little guy
I came home from work today and was immediately presented with these beautiful flowers, hand picked by my son at daycare. He was so proud and happy to give them to me.  It was the sweetest thing ever!

3.  I was featured at A Brownie World!
My sweet friend Amanda featured me on her blog this week.  How cool is that?!  Can check out her post and be sure to look around her blog while you're there!
Link to post here

4. Mug swaps
As many of you know, I simply can't resist a blogger swap!  And mug swaps are definitely my favorite! We just got our partners and I am so excited to get to know my swap buddy and send and receive a fun mug package!

5.  THIS

There you have it!  
So what are you looking forward to this weekend?  Saturday the weather is looking pretty much perfect and I'm hoping to get some apple picking in after soccer!

Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Thursday Reveals

Welcome to the latest installment of Thursday Reveals!  OK, its actually the FIRST installment, but I'm hoping this will become a monthly thing. What's this all about you wonder?  What am I revealing? Secrets?  Scandals?  Highly classified top secret previously deleted emails?  You'll just have to read on to find out!

So without further ado, I bring you...
Thursday Reveals...

I have been stumped by my son's 1st grade math homework.  Yup.  Second week in. There were triangles and squares and blanks and I'm not quite sure how we were supposed to come up with a numerical answer from that.  Stupid common core!

I bought an ice cream cone on the way home from work today and drove around for an extra 10 minutes to eat it so my kids wouldn't ask for one and I wouldn't have to share.  This wasn't the first time I have done this either.

I already bought my kids' Halloween costumes.  Even more embarrassing, I have started my Christmas shopping.  I can't help it.  I'm a planner!

I am in love with Patrick Dempsey.  I also have a strange attraction to Patrick Stewart (see next reveal).

I used to binge watch Star Trek The Next Generation in college.  I also have about 20 of the original Star Trek episodes saved on my dvr.  #trekkie

What would YOU like to reveal today??

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hooray, it's Friday!  I may actually be busier this weekend than I was all week, but that's OK because it's mostly fun stuff! Soccer pictures, soccer games, a concert and a quick trip to VT!

Now onto my favorites from the week...

1.  First day of school
The first day of first grade went great and my guy was super excited when he came home.  A good first day is definitely my favorite, as is the spikey hair he requested!

2.  Bento boxes
As I may have previously mentioned, I totally failed at school lunches last year (i.e. lunchables were my go-to far too many times). But in my defense, Nick is a very picky eater and unless it was a lunchable or Subway,  he wouldn't eat it.  So...this year I bought bento boxes and kid eats a healthy lunch!  Small portions of several random things seems to have done the trick.  I pack sliced peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, celery, blueberries, baby bells, pretzels, ham, etc.  Could I have done this last year?  Well, I guess but wouldn't it be strange to pack like 6 sandwich bags of random things in the lunchbox?  Either way, I'm super happy with our new system and love that I don't have to use plastic baggies!

I ordered these from Pottery Barn and they are made to fit the Mackenzie classic lunch bags.  Link HERE

3. IG shop - Maxeenlandshop
This chick makes the CUTEST things and has the prettiest fabrics.  She does Mug rugs, placemats, table runners...the list goes on and on!   I just had her make me these super fun Halloween placemats and mug rugs.  How adorable, right??  Check out her shop on IG!

4.  Funny of the week


5.  Time with my family
They may have drove me nuts 80% of the time, but it was so nice to have a week and a half off together as a family.  Is it next summer yet??

Have a great weekend friends!   Let me know what you'll be up to in the comments!

Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Fall Bucket List!

It's my favorite season of the year and I can't help but together a fall bucket list!  Here's what I hope we'll be doing this fall!

**Apple Picking!  With cider and cider donuts at the end of course!  This is probably one of my favorite fall activities.

**Go for a drive to VT to view the foliage.

**Bonfire with friends.  Fall bonfires are the BEST.

**Hit our favorite fall activity spots...  like Ellms Farm and Liberty Ridge.  Hello corn mazes and pumpkin patches!

**Haunted hayride!

**Bake an apple pie

**Carve pumpkins

**Host a Halloween party???    We'll see on this one...  

**Fall crafts with the kids

**Hit a fall festival or Octoberfest

OK friends, what is on YOUR fall bucket list?

Monday, September 5, 2016

End of Summer Check-In

In my world, it is officially, irrevocably the END of summer.
Vacation is over.
Labor Day is upon on.
School starts this week.
The PSL is back at Starbucks.
And even though the forecast is for high 80's and low to mid 90's this week, I am officially declaring it fall!

So, in honor of the end of summer, lets check in and see how I did with my summer bucket list!!

1.  Take a week long beach vacation
Yes!  Completed!  We just got back from Cape May and had a great time.  We also had an amazing time in York Beach, ME earlier in the summer.

2.  Have friends over for dinner and drinks on the deck
This didn't really happen.

3.  Make S'mores in our fire pit
Well, we didn't get a fire pit, but we DID make S'mores in the oven.

4.  Take the kids to the Drive In Theatre
Nope.  But we did see Secret Life of Pets at the regular theatre.

5.  Visit a couple state parks

6.  Take a day trip to a water park
Nope.  But we discovered the town pool which we LOVE!

7.  Pool day at mom's house once a month 

8.  Go to a concert (not sure which concert yet)
We are going this weekend!

9.  Hit another Red Sox/Yankees game

10.  Impromptu trip with the hubby 
This weekend!

11.  Continue reading!  
Yes!  But I think I only got to 3 new books this summer.

12.  Ice cream dates with the kiddos
Definitely!!  Lots and lots!!

So, we didn't get to everything on the list, but we did a lot!  I would declare this a pretty successful summer.  How about you?  Did you get to do everything YOU wanted to this summer?

Next up on the blog will be.... my FALL bucket list (of course!)!  Stop by tomorrow to check it out!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday Favorites-Make me laugh edition

This Friday Favorites is brought to you by the memes of Facebook that have cracked me up this week!   Why?  Because we all need some humor in our lives every now and then.  Annnndddd also because we leave for vaca tomorrow and I've gotta get packing!   Enjoy!

Which one is your favorite??

Have a great weekend friends!
Be sure to stop by my Instagram to see what I'm up to on vacation!

Linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals

Thursday, August 25, 2016

No more morning monster mom!

Well, here we are.  August 25th.  Remember back around Memorial Day when this day was so far off?  Now it's end of summer, back to school, back to reality!

I can't really say summer was super relaxing and a break from routine. Sure, there was no official homework, the kids went to bed later than usual, and we didn't race around in the morning trying to make it to the school bus on time, but we still had schedules and routines.  Nick had to make it camp, I had to make it to work.  I still had to pack a lunch for Nick, and make sure his backpack had sunscreen, a water bottle, his swim suit and a towel in it every day.  I had to get everyone in the car and dropped off at their designated location.  But still, it was summer and there wasn't that urgency of YOU'RE GOING TO MISS THE BUS!!!!!

Once school starts (2 more weeks), our mornings will be busier and more hectic.  The school day is starting earlier this year, which means our mornings will be starting earlier too (Ugh).  I'll be straight with you... some mornings I am literally at my wits end.  After asking the boys nicely to get dressed at least 4 times, and each time they continue to play legos/watch TV/play on the ipad, and it's now 5 minutes before the bus is about to come and I see Nick hasn't even eaten his breakfast yet, and I'm having a bad hair day and my clothes aren't fitting right, I start to lose my shiz!!  I turn into Monster Mom, and it is not a pretty sight.

This year, I am making a pledge to keep Monster Mom under wraps!  And this is my plan on how to do it.

1. Menu plan lunches for the week.  Did you ever stand there staring in your fridge wondering what the heck to pack your kid for lunch?  It's not fun.  Especially when your kid is a picky eater.  And refuses to buy the school lunch because, "I might not like their tacos."

2.  Make lunches the night before.  This includes mine.  I'm hoping this will be a big time saver.

3.  Ensure homework and all other necessary items are safely zipped in backpacks, ready to go.

4.  Pick out everyone's clothes the night before.  Better yet, plan out the entire week's outfits on Sunday.  Make sure Nick is on board with the chosen outfits so there are no "I hate that shirt.  These pants are too tight!" type meltdowns in the morning.

5.  No TV/electronics until breakfast is eaten and clothes are on.

Seems pretty easy, right?  I'll keep you posted!

How do you keep it together on busy mornings??