Friday, November 8, 2019

Friday Favorites

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I am so thankful for the weekend! It has been a long week. Between work, doctor appointments and renovation stuff, I am beat. Luckily, we have a three day weekend ahead of us!

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. I have been shopping all week it seems or feels like. I started buying some Christmas gifts and I started prepping for our elf, Giuseppe's arrival. In preps for our elf's arrival, I have bought the girls pajamas and a book. This is our choice this year.
Cat and Jack Christmas Pajamas

Santa's Underwear Book

Merry Christmas Stinky Face

TWO. I also purchased the girls Christmas outfits and hopeful Santa picture outfits.
Top  |  Skirt  |  Tights

THREE. There is a Sephora sale that started yesterday (for VIB) and I was in need of some refills on my products. Here is what I bought.
Dior Forever Foundation in 2.5N

Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer

This stuff is legit. I bought it after several people recommended it and it works. I always have bags and dark circles under my eyes and this stuff takes it away. It goes on smooth and makes my make-up looks smooth. It doesn't crease at all.

Kerastase Blow- Dry Primer

If you are like me and have fine/thin hair that gets damaged easily, this stuff is for you. I put it on every morning that I blow-dry my hair. I put it on the tips of my hair and in my bang area. 

And I really want this Charlotte Tilbury palette, but I can't justify $75 ($63.75 with my 15% off) on an eye shadow palette with Christmas right around the corner. But how beautiful is this palette?
Charlotte Tilbury Starry Eyes to Hypnotize Eyeshadow Palette

FOUR. On Thursday, I had a mammogram and ultrasound. My doctor found a lump in my breast and she wanted me to be immediately seen. So I had my first mammogram (diagnostic) and then an ultrasound. The mammogram looked fine, but my ultrasound showed a fibrous tumor on my implant. The radiologist believed it was benign, so he sent me data over to my doctors and said I needed to come back in 6 months for a repeat ultrasound and again every 6 months for 2 years. Now to see what my doctor's think about it paired with my wonky blood test results.

But I just wanted to keep everyone in the loop on my health and to make sure you all are doing your breast checks. If you feel anything, call your doctor. It is better to be safe.

FIVE. Weekly funnies.

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Becky.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Halloween 2019

I gave you all a sneak peak of the girls Halloween last Friday, but I wanted to share more. I am doing it now since I didn't have time to write it after the girls went to bed on Thursday night and with home renovations, I just hadn't had the time to write it until now. But it deserves its own post because DUH, cuteness overload!

My girls have been looking forward to Halloween since last Halloween. They have prepped all month long. I thought for sure they would want to be something from Toy Story as it is their favorite movie right now. But nope, they went with Frozen. They are pretty pumped for the second movie to come out this month. I am even excited for it.

The girls chose to be Elsa and Anna. I was sure they would fight over who was going to be which sister, but they did not. Sutton chose Elsa and Avery chose Anna.

Our Halloween had a bit of drama in it, but nothing too bad.

My FIL called to order pizzas around 4:30 and they said they had 75 pizzas ahead of us, so we didn't end up ordering from this pizza shop as it would take way too long. We called another favorite of ours and they said it would be ready in 10 to 15 minutes. We had to make our way there, so we asked for 20 minutes. We grabbed the pizza while my in-laws picked up the girls.

Then we had pizza and while we were eating, I got texts asking to authorize transactions on my credit card. They were not mine and were done in Texas stores all over, so someone had stolen my card. I had to call my bank and order a new card. I was doing this when I was supposed to be getting the girls ready for trick or treating.

We had set out a bowl of candy and a sign saying to take 3 pieces each. Well within 5 minutes, some older kids around 17 years old, tried to steal the whole bowl. But Rory saw it go down and ran after them. He gave them a talking to saying he did that when he was a kid, but it wasn't right. It was for the younger kids and they were ruining it for them. The guys apologized and were almost in tears. Rory said to keep 7 pieces and give him the rest back. And then they drove off.

We were sure they were going to come back and steal it again or egg our house, but they didn't. They were scared after the talking to. We think they were high school students coming from practice and realized what they did was wrong.

Then we got the girls ready, took some photos and headed out.
 Avery was so pumped to be Anna!

Look at how adorable Sutton is as Elsa! Notice our awful carpet in the background? That is going away very soon!!!

And then we took photos outside.

We trick or treated for about an hour and a half.

Even Walter dressed up for the occasion!! He was a hot dog!

The girls got cold and tired. Luckily, we brought the wagon and were able to let them ride on the way home. Once we were home, it was very apparent that they were tired. Small meltdowns ensued, but we got them ready for bed and Rory even hung out in their room until they fell asleep. I had many things to get done around the house. We gave out all of our candy except a few pieces. I call it a win! And that is a wrap on our 2019 Halloween!
Monday, November 4, 2019

October Amazon Prime Purchases

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It's time for another round of what I bought on Amazon Prime. I once again didn't buy too much on Amazon. I know this next month will be different with holiday shopping here, but October was pretty tame.

Prime Purchases
linking up with Tanya

First, I bought the girls some headband headphones. They had some traditional style headphones from when they were younger, but they could never hear the sound in them. So I went online and got them these headband ones so they would stay on, not hurt their ears (another complaint they had) and even pull over their eyes if they fell asleep in the car or on the plane.

Next, I bought the No Poreblem Primer that I have purchased several times before. Amazon has the best price on it and it is my go to foundation primer.

Next, I bought some reusable ear plugs since I was going to Oklahoma and I wasn't sure how much baby Charlotte cried at night. I used them in my Dallas hotel as the highway noise was loud, even on the 8th floor. These are pretty comfy.

Lastly, I purchased a broom and dust pan. Rory had used our other broom to sweep up mouse poop in our garage after trapping a few mice and I just couldn't bring myself to use that broom in the house again. So gross. So I bought a new broom and dust pan.

What did you buy this last month on Amazon?
Friday, November 1, 2019

Friday Favorites

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I hope you all had a good Halloween last night. I know we did. The girls trick or treated, we drank some wine while walking around with the girls and saw all the sweetest kids costumes. That is what I loved about handing out candy...all the cute costumes.

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. Have any of you tried Myro Deodorant? It is antiperspirant free and gets pretty good reviews. I am planning on buying it from Target this weekend to try. I have the Schmidt's Lime and Bergamot that I use after the gym, but I don't like the way it goes on or how it feels after it is on. The smell is good though.

I am constantly seeking out a better for me deodorant. I currently use one swipe of my antiperspirant stuff and then the Schmidt's stuff. That is the only way it is tolerable for me. I just can't get used to JUST deodorant.
Schmidt's Lime and Bergamot

TWO. I mentioned that I bought a few items at Evereve in Texas, but I couldn't find one online. I wore it yesterday and was able to look it up. This sweater is the softest. The flatter black is so soft and then the more knitted black just as soft but a different texture. This was on the hot rack at Evereve and sold out very quickly.

THREE. Yesterday was Halloween and the girls have been looking forward to it for weeks. This year they were Elsa and Anna, from Frozen. But I also wanted to show years past Halloweens.

Elsa and Anna

The cutest Rapunzel's I ever did see!


They were the cutest donuts. I wanted to eat them up!

Thing 1 and Thing 2. Look at how tiny my babies were!

FOUR. Funnies for the week.
This is totally something I would say.

I am linking up with AprilA Little Bit of EverythingMeet @ the Barre and Becky.

Have a great weekend!
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

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I was really hoping to enjoy this month more, but with everything going on around me, I just haven't been able to. Between work, renovations and health, I just want to breathe. Hopefully November will settle down in at least one of those areas.

Onto this months What's Up Wednesday...
What's Up Wednesday
Sunday: We went to pizza night with a bunch of family that were in town.
Monday: Spaghetti Bolognese with Salad.
Tuesday: One Pan Mongolian Beef with Green Beans.
Wednesday: Out for dinner as the girls have swim class.
Thursday: Halloween, so probably take out or pizza.
Friday: Not sure.
Saturday: Hoping to have food at the tailgate, but we don't have a babysitter for the girls yet.

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT... Being less busy. Ha. I am also reminiscing the holidays last year. I really hope we get to enjoy my favorite time of the year with everything going on.

WHAT I'M LOVING... The holidays coming up, travel, sweaters, boots, and all things Fall!!

WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO... I have been working my butt off. I got a rush case at work and I have been soooo busy. Like I have to force myself to take a lunch because I have way too much to do in such little time. We are also starting our renovations, so that should be a fun, awful, crazy and adventurous experience.

WHAT I'M DREADING... Renovations. It is already kicking our butt. You just want to get started and there is so many things that have to be taken care of before you can start. And then change orders, stuff being back ordered and budgets getting blown out of the water.

WHAT I'M WORKING ON... Work, renovations and trying to make this holiday season fun for the girls even though we are renovating at the same time. What was I thinking? Ha.

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT... The holidays. I look forward to this time of year every year. There is so much cheer, fun, amazing movies, things to do, sights to see and seeing it through your children's eyes is even better!!!

WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING... I was doing so good with my reading. I read Final Girls and The Turn of the Key on my last work trip and they were both really good. I started The Silent Patient and I was really into it, but with being so busy at work, I haven't had time to read it. And when I get home, I am sooo tired after doing all the home life stuff that I haven't finished it. Ugh.

I am watching all the Fall shows: This is Us, Grey's Anatomy, the Affair, I'm Sorry, Insatiable, Mindhunter, Million Dollar Listing New York, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Riverdale and a few others. I am really into Mindhunter right now.


WHAT I'M WEARING... I wore my new LL Bean flannel for family photos last weekend. I also bought a few items at Evereve when I was in Texas and those have been on rotation. I also got the softest tank top to wear under my family for family photos and it was great. It is form fitting and tucks into your pants easily since I have the hardest time with body suits (they are never long enough on me).LL Bean Women's Signature Flannel

And then I am really loving this outfit that I bought in Oklahoma. I wore it out to date night last Friday as well.

Court and Rowe Midi Metallic Skirt

WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND... Relaxing....We have a fun lead testing appointment, parent teacher conferences on Friday, a home football game that we may not be able to attend and hopefully sleeping in with the time change.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH... November brings on the holidays. I have a work trip coming up and I am hoping the weather is ok there. I can't wait to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and prepping for our Disneyland trip!

WHAT ELSE IS NEW...So I had my one month post-op nose appointment and my nose is healing so well. I can breathe so much better. But when I did the post-op, he pulled some scabs out of my nose and it totally grossed me out. He said he could only get one side out as the other one was still stuck and he said it would about the size of my index finger. Ugh. Gross too. But it is healing well and I go back in a month for another follow-up and scab removal.

We are renovating our house....the bathrooms, flooring in main living areas, closets, carpet in the bedrooms and lighting. I will document the progress like I did with our kitchen. 

Monday, October 28, 2019

Texas and Oklahoma

As you all already know, but I was in Texas for work and then Oklahoma for fun. I had the best time and it was soooo nice to see some friends. But I am back and managed to get a post together of my trip. I couldn't include a lot of what I did as I can't put my work stuff out there, but I did get to have some fun in between work.

I flew into Dallas, Texas and stayed in the Highland Park/University Park area. Why this is important will come later. Anyways, I worked and worked and had fun in the evenings. I even snuck in a little trip to Magnolia Silos at the end of my Texas part of the trip.

So what did I do?
 The most delicious black pepper and truffle pasta.

 Avocado fries. I could eat these everyday.

 I got to FINALLY meet Lynn from Motherhood in Motion. We have been blogging friends for many years. We text often and I was sooo excited to meet her. She was everything I imagined and more. Go follow her blog. Her daughter had a helmet like my girls did, they are the same age, are all in dance class and just have so much in common. Lynn was amazing!

 Fort Worth police awaiting Donald Trump's arrival. I was working in Fort Worth when this happened and I got caught up in the chaos for over an hour while this was going down.

Chip's Corner at Magnolia Silos
 Yes, I bought a bunch of stuff here.

Magnolia Silos

 A trash can rice dish I had from a food truck. Amazingly good!

Magnolia Silos

Magnolia Silos

Magnolia Silos Bakery

Magnolia Silos Bakery

Magnolia Silos

Magnolia Silos Bakery
What did I end up getting? The Shiplap - vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream and it was just as heavenly as I imagined. Soooo good.

I also drove around Waco a bit and saw how the show translates into real life. What I mean is they always profile these No Trespassing houses and they have a ton of them in Waco. I wish I knew where more of the completed houses were because I would like to see those. I also went to the outlet Magnolia store and bought a few items there.

And then I flew to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to see my best friend. She picked me up from the airport and we spent three days together. It was sooo much fun. I got to see her little girl, Charlotte who is 5 months old and I have been dying to meet in real life. We facetime often. We shopped, we went to her husbands office at NOAA and got a tour, we toured Oklahoma's campus, we had a girls night, we cooked, we binged watched shows and just caught up. It was soooo needed and I miss her so much!
 Baby Charlotte

 This was a sign inside a "club/lounge" we went to on girls night.

 Girls night

Totally missing her and having babies in my life.

It was a fast 7 days, but so amazing and sooo needed.