Monday, November 09, 2015

Fall Family Pics

Happy Monday friends! I hope you all had an amazing weekend! Ours was pretty busy, I had a Rodan + Fields vendor event at a local High School which was a lot of fun. 

I love vendor events, I meet so many great people and I get a little Mommy time out of the house. I have another one this coming weekend and one in December.  #lovemyjob

I wanted to share with you our Fall family pictures before I forget all of the exciting (by exciting, I mean stressful) details...let me start off by saying the last time we had professional pictures taken Nicholas was 9 months old.  I know...shame on me, but while planning for this momentous event, now I know why! It was stressful!!!!  So much time and planning was spent on what we were wearing and what we would be doing.  Once I thought I had one person's outfit all figured out, I couldn't make it work for anyone else.  Finally in the end, all of my stress, hard work, mad Pinterest pinning and 8,000 trips to Target and Old Navy finally paid off :)

We had our pictures taken at Squire's Castle by our friend and neighbor, Todd Anguish.  Squire's Castle is a very popular picture destination here in Cleveland.  There were even several other families getting their pictures taken at the same time while we were there.  Luckily, we were all able to take advantage of the beautiful setting before the sun went down.  The Fall leaves were just starting to change which made for a gorgeous back drop against the stone castle. 

On our way to our appointment both kids crashed HARD in the car.  Sigh.. not a good way to start things off.  I knew we would have to wake them up which would make for some pretty groggy and cranky babies.  Perfect for a family photo shoot, right? With a little coaxing from Daddy and Todd, we were able to persevere with minimal damage :)

We started off with a few pictures in front of the castle.  Little by little the babies started to wake up and embrace the whole experience.  Todd then suggested for them to play in the leaves which of course, they loved!

I absolutely love Jillian's face in this picture, this is so her :)  

My precious babies holding hands, they truly do love each other.

To give the other families a chance to use the castle as their setting, we moved things behind the castle and into the woods.  

I absolutely love this picture, we are all looking at the camera and smiling.  This almost never happens in real life.

Another favorite, my heart literally burst out of my chest seeing my babies captured in this sweet moment.

I love this picture of Jeff and I, life is not about just us anymore and we have very few photos these days with just the two of us.

My precious babies!!!  I just love this picture and is it me or does my daughter have some amazing hair??  #hairenvy So sweet!!  I hope that you all got half as much of a kick out of these as I did!  I am now planning a new photo wall along our staircase and these will absolutely perfect for it.  I also plan on swapping out a few of our old pictures in our current photo wall with a few of these.  I have the hardest time replacing pictures in frames because I get all sentimental taking out the old pictures... is it just me??? 

Happy Monday!!

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Friday Favorites ~ Indian Summer Edition

Happy Fall Y'all!!!  Or are we back to Summer? I think we are all feeling a bit confused this week and basically in a state of shock that we were experiencing 70's temps in November.  I can not remember a more beautiful Fall and we tried to enjoy every single moment.  

took my weekly house pic this week to document the Fall leaves and had to use the Instaweather App to prove that it was 64 degrees and it was only 8:30am.  I was on my way back from walking Jillian to the bus stop when I snapped this pic and was actually working up a sweat. I had grabbed my Northface jacket on my way out the door not realizing just how warm it truly was outside.  I guess it's time to bust out those shorts again already.  LOL!

Look at the amazing changes to the trees in the last 3 weeks.  Beautiful!!

Jillian had a day off on Tuesday which worked out perfectly with all the beautiful weather.  My sweet girl and I dropped off Nicholas at preschool and ran a bunch of post-Halloween errands.  We hit Chick FIL A for lunch after picking Nicholas up from school.  After the kids played in the play area, it seemed only appropriate to grab an Ice Cream, just like any other hot Summer Day :)

With both kids in school on Thursday, I was able to catch up on a few things with my Rodan + Fields business. If you had not heard, the most sought after Eye Cream is back in stock.  Yay!  The house was so quiet, it felt amazing sitting in my office with the windows open packaging up Eye Creams for delivery.  

After getting Jillian off the bus, we stayed outside and played in our backyard with all the leaves.  Both kids had a blast sliding down the slide into a big pile of leaves.

We stayed outside as late as we possibly could before it grew dark at 5pm.  Truly one of the happiest, fun filled weeks we have had this Fall just trying to soak up these last few moments of "Summer-like" weather.

I hope you all had as an amazing week as we did!!!  Have a great weekend!


Monday, November 02, 2015

Halloween Weekend

Hello friends! I hope you all had an awesome Halloween.  I absolutely love that Halloween fell on a weekend this year. Despite all of the craziness of the festivities, it was nice having all day Saturday to prepare for the big event.  Can I get an Amen?

Our festivities kicked off with Jillian's Halloween party at school.  I volunteered to be the Head Room Mom this year and am in charge of planning the 3 major parties. As a rookie Room Mom, pulling off my first party was a bit stressful but all in all I think it was a success. I had the idea of making Halloween Slime as a the craft which I think was both a hit and a miss.  LOL!  Overall, the kids had fun and I absolutely loved being able to see how Jillian interacted with her teacher and classmates.  Bring on the school Christmas party!

After Jeff got home from work, we ventured off to a local pumpkin patch to pick up some last minute pumpkins to carve that evening.

The kids were really into it this year and even helped scoop out the pumpkin "guts."

After the pumpkins were cleaned out, I got to work making my favorite Halloween Treat, Roasted Pumpkin Seeds.  Yummy! 

On Saturday, I took Jillian to a pre trick or treat birthday party down the street and Jeff took Nicholas to the a neighbor's haunted garage party.  Afterwards, we met up at home for Trick Or Treating.  

The kids had fun handing out candy to the neighborhood kids for the first 20 minutes, then we headed out for a little Trick Or Treating of our own.  This is the first time in 3 years it has not rained on Halloween night so the entire neighborhood was out and in high spirits.  So much excitement in the air, the atmosphere was just magical!

With the kids getting older and the wether nicer, we stayed out almost the full 2 hours.  After awhile we had to head home because the kids literally could not carry their bags anymore they were so full of candy.  

Shortly after we got home, I had to put these sweet babies to bed.  They were exhausted!  Not to mention, so was their Mama! I wanted nothing more to just go upstairs and snuggle in bed with my babies.  A perfect ending to a perfect day.  Love my babies so much, so glad they enjoyed another magical Halloween, I hope yours was just as magical.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

I Heart Puffer Vests

Happy Wednesday friends!!  I hope you are all having a great week!!  The puffer vest is such an essential piece for me during the Fall.  It’s perfect for layering and obviously it’s going to do a great job at keeping your core nice and warm.  Functional and fashionable, love it! I have quite a few puffers in my closet that I’ve collected over the years and I think this year I’ll try and snap up a few quilted ones as well.  I am in love with the herringbone quilted puffer a “must have” item last year and making sure they came back for an encore this season.  The quilted vests tend to be a little less bulky so while they might not keep you as warm, they still successfully give you the chance to layer and add some dimension to your outfit.  Genuis, if you ask me!

I love a pop of red with  anything so I may have squealed a bit when I spotted this Old Navy beauty on eBay.  Ebay? Yes, eBay.  I have been searching for the perfect red vest and eBay was where it was at.  I actually own it's reliable sister in cream and knew exactly what I was looking for.  
Booties | Long Sleeve Tee | Skinny Jeans

A few other options can be found here and here.  I love this vest because it’s a really pretty bright red and is so versatile.  it’s going to work well in my closet for years to come.  
Have a great Wednesday everyone!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!  It's been a great week and a VERY busy one at that.  Looking forward to a more low key weekend!  This Fall has been beautiful here in Cleveland and the leaves are almost at their color peak before they begin to really Fall.  I capture weekly pictures of the trees behind our home and today's pictures are absolutely beautiful. 

We are so blessed to have such beautiful trees that provide vibrant Fall colors as a backdrop to our home.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Happy Wednesday friends! I hope you are having an amazing week.  We have been feeling that Fall chill here and what couldn't be more perfect on a cool Fall morning than a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffin with your coffee?  I made these last week for our MOPS play date and they were a huge hit. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Nicholas's First Day of Preschool

Happy Wednesday friends! I hope you are all having an amazing week.  We are
back to picture perfect Fall weather here in Cleveland which has been wonderful!  If you can believe it, my sweet boy began preschool this Fall and it's still a bit of a shock to me even after a few weeks. I can honestly say that we are no longer considered "new parents" or "in the baby or toddler stage".  I don't know if I should laugh or cry but I certainly feel like I deserve some sort of badge of honor for making it through those early parenting stages safely. LOL! We truly are entering that next stage of parenthood with both of my sweet babies entering school and I am happily embracing these changes and loving our new "normal".

Friday, October 02, 2015

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!  It's been a great week!  I think it's safe to say that Fall has made it's arrival here in Cleveland.  The temps have officially dipped into the 50's and 60's and I have promptly busted out my velour and fleece SAHM staples.  Brrrr!!!!  The leaves have not started changing colors just yet, however, we live close to Lake Erie and the Lake keeps us a little on the warmer side than the rest of the city which is always a bonus this time of year.  We pay for it though in the Spring time where the Lake keeps us cooler than the rest of the city.  A little fun fact about Lake living in Cleveland for you.  As mentioned in last weeks Friday Favorites, I always take a weekly picture of my home to watch the beautiful Fall foliage change behind out home.  This picture was taken after walking Jillian to the bus stop.  No change just yet but boy was it WINDY!!!!!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What's Up Wednesday ~ September 2015 Edition

Happy Wednesday friends!  I hope you are all having a great week!  It's the last Wednesday of the month which means I am linking up with a few of my favorite girls today... Mel, Shay and Sheaffer for a little What's Up Wednesday.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Transitioning to Fall Fashion with Scarves

Hello friends!  Hope you are all having an amazing week.  We have had the most amazing September weather...mid 70's, sunshine and low humidity.  You truly can't ask for better Fall weather here in Cleveland.  With that said, it seems out of place to be talking about Fall fashion and scarves, yet here we are with mid 50's lurking on the horizon this weekend.  

Scarves are one of my favorite Fall transition pieces because this time of year is all about layering.  The mornings start off cool and require a light jacket or cardigan, yet by lunch time, you are ready to bust back out the short sleeves and shorts.  A scarf can be worn with either outfit and will tie everything together perfectly.  Today I am sharing my favorite scarves from my closet and a few that I would love to add to my closet.

I have shared my love of so I am sure it won't come to a big shock that most of my scarves are also from my beloved online boutique. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Favorites - Fall Edition

Happy Fall Y'all!!!  Fall seemed to have snuck up on us this week since the weather has just been picture perfect.  It certainly does feel like your typical Fall weather here in Cleveland but if this is how our Fall is going to be like, I will take it!!