Friday, November 30, 2018

Friday Favorites and Happenings

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Happy Friday all!!! And happy almost December!!! It has been snowing off and on the last two days and I am super excited about it. I hate driving in it, but it is just so beautiful. We have quite a bit on our agenda this weekend, or I do, and I couldn't be happier.

Onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. We are going Christmas tree cutting today. We have been trying to figure out a time to cut down a tree and it feels like we have no time. So since we get off early on Fridays, we are meeting my in-laws and girls at the ranger station to purchase our tree tag and go out and find a tree!! I hope we find the best one!!!

TWO. While looking at Instagram stories a couple days ago, I came across a DIY Christmas ornaments that I made when I was child. Now I want to make them with my girls. They are the ones that you make, bake and decorate. They would also make the cutest little Christmas presents for family.

I wanted to share the recipe with you all in case you want to make them with your kids.


2 cups flour
1 cup salt


1. Add 1 cup of cold water to the flour and salt. Add it slowly and mix.
2. Once it is incorporated, knead your dough for 10 minutes.
3. Let the dough sit for 20 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
5. Roll out your dough and cut out your shapes using your favorite cookie cutters.
6. Poke a hole for a ribbon using a toothpick.
7. Bake for 2 hours.
8. Let them cool down and then decorate.

THREE. This is more of a PSA for people who have dachshunds or dachshund mixes. When we first got Walter, I bought him a gray sweater that we love. It has held up for 6 years, but he really needs a new one. We have bought him about 10 other sweaters over the years and none of them are good. They either unravel after the first wash, unravel after a few days of wear, rub against his legs or are just awful. I wanted to get Walter a new sweater this year and so I searched for sweaters for dachshunds. I found several websites, but decided on the one below. This isn't a sponsored or an affiliate link. I just want to share it with you all in case you have a weenie dog, a mix bread or a dog with a long body.
Dachshund Sweaters

FOUR. So Monday was Cyber Monday and I went a bit crazy. I bought a ton from Amazon, things from Uniqlo (the best heattech shirts for the girls), new Vans (the best shoes for toddlers since they last through anything), new undies from Hanna Andersson, and a few things from LL Bean for them. Wednesday our packages started arriving. I had 6 packages from Amazon outside my house when we pulled up. Can I just say thank you to Amazon for putting everything in their boxes because I don't want my girls seeing that they are getting new bikes with training wheels and those are huge boxes that I was hoping would be in a discreet Amazon box (they were!). 

But I feel like I need that Ring doorbell more now than ever because people suck and steal things. Luckily, all of my packages were there, but I just hope and pray each day that they are. We used to be able to send them to my work, but people abused that, so that is a no-go now. 

Anyways, do you want to see the things we got for the girls for gift inspiration? Since I mentioned the bikes above, I will share those with you right now.

FIVE. So we have been invited to another New Year's Eve party (the same one as last year) and I need a new outfit and your help. Which should I chose? Or do you have a suggestion?
Glimmer of Hope Sequin Top

So this top with a pair of skinny black pants that I already have from J Crew.

Or this top with my skinny black pants from J Crew.
Holiday Sequin Drape Top

Velvet pants and a sweater that I already have.

Or this dress from Leith. It is sparkly, longer (the reviews all say it is long which is good when you are 5'9"), and covers me up.
Leith Shine Dress

Have a great weekend!


  1. That first sequin top is my favorite.I can totally see you in that! Have so much fun going to get your tree!

    1. It is so beautiful right? I love it. I can't wait to get our tree. Have a great weekend!

  2. I bet the sparkly dress would look great on you! I think sequins on a top are risky because if some come off it would be noticeable! When I was away I had an Amazon box arrive and my neighbor took it in for me. She said she saw someone looking at her wondering if she was stealing our package! lol.

    1. Hahah. That is sooo funny. Glad you have sweet neighbors like that. We do that for one of our neighbors too. Or close their garage when they forget. Ha. I like the sparkly dress too!

  3. The second top!! Love it!! And love the sweater for walter. Chloe loves sweaters.

    1. Walter loves sweaters too. He gets cold in the winter and snuggles down wherever he is at.

  4. I can remember making those ornaments with my dad. So much fun!
    So do you get off early EVERY Friday? #jealous!!!!
    I like the first top... I just think it'll look really good with your hair.

  5. I like the first top for your NYE party! Have fun decorating this weekend!

  6. So many great finds! That bike is too cute! The sales were insane all week - so hard to resist! Thanks for sharing, xo

  7. I am LOVING those sequined tops! So gorgeous. I have always done a dress for NYE parties- but this has inspired me to change it up this year! Thanks for sharing some awesome faves :)

    1. It gets sooo cold here on NYE so I’m going with pants this year...maybe. Ha.

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    1. That dog sweater is the cutest thing ever! I used to love to put my doxie, Emma, in sweaters. She hated them haha.

  9. That is a lovely little doggy sweater! If only mine stayed clean enough to wear clothes ;) I can't wait to see more of your tree cutting photos - the photos you've posted so far of the snow are amazing. I'd love to see you do a post on winter / snow wear (as you prob know I spend more time in the field than at parties - sobbb!) - I'd love to be looking for party outfits instead but the reality is it is more a case of shopping for all weather gear instead :(