Friday, July 29, 2016

Friday Favorites ~ Summer 2016 Edition

Hellooooooooooo friends!!!!  How the heck are you?  OMG, I can not even believe that May was my last blog post although at the same time, I can.  Once mid-May hit (pretty much the date of my last post) life has taken on a whole new kind of crazy busy.  Mid-May kicked off the end of the school year crunch time, followed by our Disney vacation that promptly began 2 days after school ended.  I pretty much lost all control of any kind of blogging schedule after that.  I have been missing the ole' blog lately and with that start of a new school year on the horizon (3 weeks away, eek!!!), I am ready to get back at it, or at least attempt to while Summer is still in session.  



I am linking up today with my friend Erika for her Friday Favorites so bare with me as I catch you up on our Summer happenings!

Disney


As I mentioned above, we left for Disney 2 days after school ended.  Trying to prepare for a 10 day Disney vacation all while trying to stay on top of the end of the school year activities made for an interesting couple of weeks.  We had an amazing time at Disney but was certainly playing catch up for a full week after the trip just trying to get our life back on track and used to our new "normal" Summer routine.  



The kids had an absolute blast in Disney, a few highlights was the new Star Wars focused Hollywood Studios...



....meeting Kilo Ren...


...playing life sabers with the Storm Troopers




...and Jedi training!  A few other highlights of our trip were meeting Joy and Sadness...



...the Bippity Boppity Boo Boutique...


 and watching the Electrical Parade!

Cleveland Cavaliers

As I was looking through all of our pictures taken so far this Summer, I couldn't possibly leave out our amazing Cleveland Cavaliers!!!  A lot of time was spent at the beginning of this Summer glued to our television watching the amazing playoff run of our beloved Cavaliers.  I can't even explain the emotions felt after we beat Golden State in Game 7 of the Finals and the pride we felt for our amazing city. 


 It was something I will always cherish for the rest of my life.  Once the Cavs returned home, we decided to head downtown to celebrate with 1.3 million of our closest friends and attend the victory parade downtown.  I am so glad our kids got to experience this once in a lifetime event!!!!


I still get chills just thinking about it!!!  So thrilled for our city.  Finally!!!

Kids Activities



Dance recitals, baseball and swimming lessons....oh my!  In June, Jillian wrapped up a successful year of dance classes with an adorable dance recital.  She did such a great job, I can not believe how much she has improved over a year.  She is certainly my sweet, little dancer!!  


Both kids were involved in baseball this Summer and Jeff even coached Jillian's baseball team.  Baseball was a full blown family affair this Summer!! Many a week nights and Saturday mornings were spent watching my sweet babies (and husband!) play baseball.


I love my sweet little baseball players and Jillian's coach was pretty cute too :)


We are so blessed to have a pool in our neighborhood and we have certainly made the most of it this Summer!!  We also took advantage of the swimming lessons offered at our pool.  It's been so nice being able to WALK to swim lessons in the morning!!!  

4th of July


My neighbor and I were in charge of planning our annual 4th of July neighborhood parade this year.  I love that our neighborhood has so many kids and the parents all love to plan fun activities throughout the year to create a close knit community for everyone to enjoy.


My precious babies!  Love them!

Cedar Point

We took the kids to Cedar Point for the first time and they had a blast!  


I used to spend my Summers at Cedar Point with my family and loved that the kids are finally old enough that they could finally enjoy it too!  We also spent the day with my parents, sibling and their families which made for an extra special day.
We are so blessed to have had such an amazing Summer so far.  The weather has also been truly perfect!  I can not even think of a day where we have had to spend it inside due to rain.  And it's not over yet!  We have plans to finish off the Summer with a quick camping trip and a week in Myrtle Beach.  Looking forward to making even more precious memories with my sweet family.  I hope you all have been having a wonderful Summer too!

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Friday Favorites



Hello friends and Happy Friday!!  I hope you all had a great week.  We have been dealing with 2 sick babies over here so we have been forced to slow down and take it easy.  I can finally say as of this morning they seem to both be over this nasty virus and we can resume our end of school year crazy schedule :) 
 
Per usual, I am linking up with Erika for my Friday Favorites!!!  Here is what I have been loving these last few weeks...

ONE
 
 
This sweet boy and Spring flag football.  This Spring was the first time we had signed Nicholas up for a competitive sport and he is LOVING it.  I just never realized just how much I would LOVE it too.  And he is good!!  I may be a little biased but he has beyond impressed me with his skills.  And all the little boys playing football are just too precious for words.
 
TWO
 
 
 Spring class field trips.  One of my dreams as a stay at home mom would be to always be available to attend school activities and field trips.  I am certainly living the dream being able to go to the Lake Farm Park TWICE this Spring, once with each baby.  This past week we had Jillian's class trip to the Farm Park and it was every bit as fun as my trip with Nicholas a few weeks prior.  This Mama even got to ride the school bus which was an extra treat for me.  My girl and I posing for a little school bus selfie :)
 
 
This sweet girl even got to milk a cow!
 
THREE
 
 
We had a fun filled Mother's Day weekend with this crew and both sides of our families.  Sadly, it was so much of a whirlwind, I didn't snag any pictures.  #momfail  So thankful for these 2 special babies who made me a Mama!
 
FOUR
 
 
I have always loved MAC Makeup and have been loving MAC lipsticks once again.  I have been obsessed with bright pink colors this season and have actually bought several off of eBay if you can believe it.  I even was able to find my absolute favorite Mac lipstick color on eBay, Skew, that had retired several years ago.  Score!!!  Who doesn't love a good eBay find?  It was like having a long lost friend return. 
 
FIVE
 
 
I saw this graphic on Facebook yesterday and it made me chuckle.  Loved it!  What I am not loving about it is how spot on it is and a very accurate description with how our May has been shaping up.  Yesterday it was almost 80, this weekend is going to be around 55.  I may have to bust the Winter coat again for Nicholas's football game this Saturday.
 
I hope you all have an amazing weekend friends!!

 XOXO,
Karen
 
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Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday Favorites

Hello friends and Happy Friday!!  Wow, has it really been 2 weeks since I last blogged?  It's crazy how time is just passing us by as we get closer and closer to the end of the school year.  We have been swamped the last few weeks with kids activities and have had something to do every night this week.  Looking forward to a much easier schedule next week (or at least I hope!)

Per usual, I am linking up with Erika for my Friday Favorites!!!  Here is what I have been loving these last few weeks...

ONE


Eating healthier!  We are leaving for Disney in a few weeks and I need to quickly find away to get rid of those Winter pounds that have seemed to have outworn their welcome.  Jeff and I have been doing a great job in watching what we eat, one of them is making our own Pizza instead of ordering out.  So far we are both down a few pounds and feeling motivated to keep up our progress!!!
TWO
 
Speaking of losing weight, I have been extremely diligent in tracking my calories and my exercise activity these last few weeks with the help of the Fitbit and Fitness Pal Apps.  These are both amazing tools to track both and I have been utilizing them to their fullest potential.  My daily goal is to burn off more than I consume and it's been so rewarding reaching my goals every day. 
THREE
Spending quality time with this silly guy!!  I had the chance to join in Nicholas's class field trip to the Farm Park and get to the do the same with Jillian's class next week.  He insists on making silly faces during our selfie moments :)


FOUR


My "new" Erin Condren Planner!  Did you know that you can carefully cut the ring holes in the covers of your old Erin Condren planners and swap them out with the now removable covers 2016 Erin Condren planner?  I did this yesterday with all of my old planners which didn't have removable covers and can't wait to be able to reuse all of my old planner covers again.  I absolutely loved the print of my very first Erin Condren planner and love that I can use it again!

I hope you all have an amazing weekend friends!!

XOXO,
Karen

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Friday, April 15, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday friends!!  I hope you all had a great week!!!  I just dropped Jillian off at the bus stop and was really enjoying the sunshine this morning on my walk.  It is shaping up to be a beautiful Spring day!  It's Friday and you know what that means...I am linking up with ErikaAndrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.


I love everything about this outfit! And I am starting to get even more comfortable with the wand, it might be time to retire that curling iron for a little while.  Outfit details: Top is from Jane and Kendra Scott Style necklace from GroopDealz.


We celebrated this Storm Trooper's birthday this past weekend with our family.  He is one lucky little guy!  He is into everything and anything Star Wars lately and I love seeing his little imagination come to life.


Before the party, Jillian decided to make her brother the sweetest Darth Vader card for her brother.  I just love her heart!!! 


In an attempt to eat clean a few nights this week, I made this amazing Cilantro and corn salad.  Delicious!! My friend Casey posted it and I had to duplicate it.  Looks so colorful, doesn't it?  Anything with Cilantro is a win!  I will try and post the recipe next week.

I hope you all have an amazing weekend, thank you so much for stopping by!

XOXO,
Karen
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Stranded with Erika and Shay


Hello friends!!  I hope you are all having a wonderful week :). Today I am joining Shay and Erika for a fun new link up...Stranded!  We are all sharing this week which 3 items we would bring from our medicine cabinet if we were stranded on a deserted island.


Before we begin, does this come to mind for anyone else while thinking about being stranded on a deserted island? 


Or maybe this?


Loved these movies!!  Anyway, here are the three things I couldn't possibly live without if I were stranded on an island.

If I was stranded, I would hope my family would be with me :). If so, then we could not live without Children's Tylenol.  We must go through 2 bottles every Cold and Flu season and who knows what kind of germs would be lurking on an island.

We would also have to have an endless supply on Band-Aids on hand.  I am not sure about your kids, but we seem to use band-aids daily in our home.  Even the slightest cut or boo-boo requires a Band-Aid to make it feel better.  I just roll with it, whatever stops the tears right? Ha!


And for me? I couldn't possibly live without my Rodan + Fields skincare.  The AM Cream even contains sunscreen which is a must for any deserted island!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!!  


XOXO,
Karen


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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

April Goals and Weekly Plan With Me


Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend.  We celebrated my sweet boy's birthday and also woke up to this the morning of his party.


Wow, right? We received some serious snow on Friday night and thankfully it melted as quickly as it came.  Let's hope this is the last of the snow until the Fall!



I sat down this morning with my coffee in hand and decided it was time to organize my April and jot down my goals before the month got too far away from me.

Read Two Books


I purchased these two personal development books recently, "I Am That Girl" and "You Are a Badass" and really need to sit down and read them.  I am prone to just picking up my iPhone late at night after the kids are in bed and will just aimlessly scroll through Facebook.  A total time waster when I could be reading something with a little more reading.   Time to put down the phone and pick up a book!

Donate, donate, donate!

For the first time since we have had kids, I am starting to feel overwhelmed with all of the extra "stuff" we seem to have in our home these days.  We have boxes and boxes of baby clothes and toys that are no longer being used and just taking up space all over the house.  

I also cleaned out my own closet this Winter and pulled together a bunch of old suits and over 20 pairs of Ann Taylor work pants from my Corporate America days.  They are simply just collecting layers of dust in my closet.  Throw in 3 under the bed storage boxes of maternity clothes that I recently discovered and we are suddenly on the verge of an episode of hoarders.  

Something needs to be done and I simply need to just make the time in my busy schedule to take these items to a Woman's Shelter and Once Upon a Child.

Workout and eat healthier!

I know this is one goal that pretty much goes without saying, however with swimsuit season on the horizon, it's time to take this a bit more seriously!  I have dusted off my 21 Day Fix DVD's and trying to put aside 30 minutes a day to get in a workout. 


Frames for my Office

bought this adorable cabinet over the holidays for my office with the intention of hanging 4 inspirational quotes above it.  Here we are in April and it is still looking pretty lonely :)  Hoping to knock this one finally off the "to do" list!


Blog

One of my goals for 2016 was not only to blog more but get back into the Blogger community.  I want to get back to reading all of the blogs I love, comment more and truly get back to where I used to be.  I have met some amazing bloggers that I am fortunate to now call friends over the last 10 years and really want to get back to what I love about blogging.  I can slowly feel myself getting my blogging "groove" back and excited for what the future holds. 

Plan With Me

Planning out my week in my Erin Condren planner certainly helps bring a little sanity to our busy schedules.  To add to the chaos, both kids began swimming lessons yesterday in preparation of the warm months ahead.  This week I am using my new April weekly kit which is color matched to Erin Condren's color palette. 




Thanks for reading today, see you back here tomorrow where I will be linking up with Shay and Erika for their first STRANDED linky party.


I will be sharing What three things would you take on a deserted island from your medicine cabinet?  Stay tuned!

XOXO,
Karen


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