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".

Nicholas has been doing a great job so far with preschool although I was a little nervous in the beginning.  He pretty much told everybody "No" who asked him this Summer if he was excited for school.  He definetly had some anxiety about leaving me but in the end, he did a great job.  I was so proud of him!  A little fussing here and there at home but once we were actually there, he was fine.  Thank goodness! It would have broken my heart to encounter any kind of before school meltdown.

A few things that helped with Nicholas's separation anxiety was the visitation day that was held a few days prior to the first day of school.  I was able to hang out with Nicholas as he got used to his new classroom and got to know his teacher.  I also requested that Nicholas have Jillian's 3 year old preschool teacher whom we loved and was a very familiar face for him.

On Nicholas's first Official Day, we took pictures with the same sign I had made for Jillian for her preschool years.  I will never forget his priceless reaction as he realized all of the fuss and attention was for him.  When I handed him the sign he exclaimed "This is for me?!?" It was so sweet!  He is so used to his Sister experiencing all of the "firsts" and his face completely lit up when he realized it was his turn to be in the spotlight.  It made me realize that all the fuss we do make over these special moments certainly does mean a lot to them.

A few other significant things to mention about this new stage in life is that Mama officially has 5 hours of free time on her hands.  Crazy, I know! I am beyond excited. As sad as I am to see my babies growing up, I would be lying if I didn't admit that I was enjoying this little extra free time.  It's like I don't know what to do first now!  Do I go to Target?  Work out?  Work on my Rodan + Fields business?  Clean something?  Those few hours are over quickly but I try to make them as productive as I possibly can.

Hope you are all having an amazing week friends!!


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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!!!!!

Today I'm linking up with NarciErika & Andrea today for our weekly favorite things.  And if you missed What's Up Wednesday, you can read that here.  
{Pumpkin Decorating: Plans vs Reality}
I posted this picture on Instagram yesterday and truly I am not feeling alone in this one.  So many people commented that they struggled with this too.  I think we all have good intention with this one but with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, our porches ended up looking like picture #2.  LOL!  #thestruggleisreal
{Taking Care of My Skin}

As a Rodan + Fields Consultant, I always love to take care of my skin.  Around 18 months ago, I encountered a horrible case of hormonal cystic acne and will never take my healthy skin for granted again.  I feel so blessed every day that I now live with clear skin and love taking great care of it.  Typically I give these out as samples, however, I am treating myself to one of my very own mini facials tonight. It is one of my favorite treats for my face!  If anyone would ever like to try a Mini-Facial or any Rodan + Fields product, please email me at  I would love to help you out!
{Take Care of My Hair}

I mentioned in my What's Up Wednesday post that how excited I was that I finally mastered the modern beachy wave.   I was a straight hair addict and I basically needed a 12 step program to finally put a stop to it and embrace the new curly style.  I am so glad that I did!  I love doing my hair now and it is actually EASIER for me to style than my straight hair was.  #curlingironforthewin #woohoo  My sister asked me the other day what products I used on my roots and thought I would share them with you are well.  Love, love, love both of these products.  You can buy the poor powder at your local Target or here, and also the Aquage here.
 {Taking Care of My Family}
The cooler temps have certainly brought out my desire for making comfort food.  Yesterday I made my Homemade Mac and Cheese and it was a huge hit.  Any meal that all 4 of us will eat is a win in my book!! 
What are your big Fall plans for the weekend?  We are hoping to visit the Holden Arboretum this weekend and I have plans for a cut and color.  Woohoo!  Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!
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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.

What We're Eating This Week

It was feeling a bit Fall yesterday so I decided to bust out the Crock Pot and make my Easy Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken.  This is truly starting to become a staple in our home because it is so versatile!  You can serve it as a sandwich or over with rice and vegetables like I did yesterday.  THAT was yummy and looking forward to eating it again tonight.  It is such a simple meal with so many possibilities!

What I Am Reminiscing About

Ever since Jillian started Kindergarten last month, I have been thinking a lot about her as a baby and how much she has changed.  We truly are in a different stage of life now having a school age child and find myself missing this sweet baby every now and again. 

Kindergarten has also brought on another new stage for this sweet girl...the visits from the Tooth Fariy!   This is the second tooth she has lost in a matter of only a few weeks. Jillian's Tooth Fairy Pillow can be found here.

What I Am Loving

Curling my hair!  This may seem odd but I finally mastered the art of curling my hair.  I know I am a little late to the party, but I was a hair straightener addict for years and just couldn't seem to get comfortable with it.  It would take me forever trying to figure out how to get that "messy curl", hold the rod the right way and how to style it once I had a head full of curls.  Half the time my curls would be gone in a matter of hours after spending over an hour curling it.  After watching more Youtube Videos that I can count, I finally got it down to a Science.  What did we ever do befor Youtube? I have found with my hair that a few issues I was having was that I wasn't allowing my curls to cool long enough and to lightly break up the curls with a large pick, not a brush.  I am loving this new style and feel that it is now easier to do than wrestling with my flat iron.  I also can go 3 days without washing my hair with this style, I now just re-curl, fluff and go.  And when it comes to my thick and unmanageable hair, any time I find a easier way to style it is cause for celebration!
We all got free headshots at the Rodan + Fields convention, so thrilled to finally have a professional picture taken with my curly hair!

What We've Been Up To

We have been very blessed with a beautiful September and have been enjoying all of the fun Fall activities that our area has to offer.  This past weekend we spent the day at Patterson's Fun Fest which has so many fun activities for kids.  My babies loved the slides and the tractor rides.

I spent a few days in Austin, Texas for the Rodan and Fields Convention which was pretty much the highlight of my September.  I had an amazing time and can't wait for next years Convention in Vegas!!!


What I Am Reading

On my flight to Austin, I finished reading "The One and Only" by Emily Giffin.  I was so excited that I posted about it on Instagram which actually received a like from Emily Giffin herself!!  How cool is that? 

Love her and love all of her books!
I absolutely love reading personal development books and currently reading "How to Win Friends and Influence People" and currently have this in my Amazon Shopping Cart..."The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson. 
My monthly goals are to read one "Beach Read" and one Personal Development book a month.

What I Am Working On

I am taking an extra effort lately to eat better and exercise more.  My Sister In Law recently became a Beachbody Coach and I participated in one of her 21 Day Fix support groups.  It wrapped up a few weeks ago and it was wonderful getting back into a regular workout routine again.  Regular workouts for me was definitely one thing that certainly fell to the wayside after leaving my job to become a Stay At Home Mom.  I now workout 4-5 times a week and I am feeling so much stronger and my clothes are also fitting so much better.  I only lost 4 pounds but know that there were inches lost as well just by how much better my clothes are fitting.   Another thing I am truly working on is blogging more.  Now with Summer over and that we are more into a routine, I am trying to fit blogging more often into my already crazy routine.  A new Blog Header is in the works so stay tuned for that! 

What I Am Excited About

Decorating for Fall!  I took out a few things this weekend and realized a trip to Home Goods and Hobby Lobby might be in store.  Target had some cute items too which I already added to my d├ęcor. 

What I am Wearing

I loved visiting Austin this month which gave me so many amazing opportunities to dress up!!!  My go to dress up clothes during the Summer are typically maxi's and tank tops, skinnies and wedges.  Looking forward to busting out the leggings, tunics, cardigans and scarves for the Fall!


What I am Doing This Weekend
I am getting my hair trimmed and colored this weekend.  Yay!!  Who doesn't love a fresh cut and color? For some family time, The Holden Arboretum is having a fun Fall Activity ~ The Goblins in Garden this Weekend which I am hoping we can attend.  We have never been so I am looking forward to making this an annual tradition for years to come.

What I am Looking Forward To Next Month/Favorite Halloween Tradition

There are so many things to get excited about for October! Our calendar is jam packed with Fall festivities with the kids.  We are so fortunate to live in such a family friendly area that has so much going on for families!! 
Every year we go to the Haunted Hayrides at the Lake Farm Park, Mapleside Farms Pumpkin Village and Hullabaloo at the Strongsville Rec Center.  And who doesn't love Halloween for the fun jammies?  Those are a fun favorite tradition in our home!
Hope you all have an amazing Wednesday!
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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. 

This chevron beauties are from

And this one was a thoughtful gift from my sister...the Pinterest Told Me To must have scarf!  Thank you Debbie!!

My Sister-In-Law bought me one of these beautiful fringe scarves in Black at a cute boutique in Arkansas.  The one pictured below can be found on

A few other favorites I found are...

This Buffalo Plaid Scarf from Express...

and this beautiful navy and hunter green blanket scarf from Etsy.  One thing I had to mention is that Etsy has a HUGE selection of plaid scarves, certainly something to check out!!

And how cute is this scarf hanger from to hold all of your beautiful scarves this Fall?

What's your favorite scarf this season?  Plaid?  Blanket?  Fringe?  
Happy a great week friends!!


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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!!  

I love documenting the changing of the leaves behind our home every Fall.  I took this picture this morning after dropping Jillian off at the bus stop.  In a couple of weeks, this view will be a little different. 
I am excited to kick off the weekend linking up with ErikaAndrea and Narci with a Friday Favorites post.  Here are a few of my favorites from this past week....
I am typically a slow starter when it comes to seasonal decor and changing out my closet so this year I am making a concious effort by staying ahead of the game this year.  By doing so, I hit the mall and headed straight to Bath and Body Works to purchase some Fall soaps for our home.  They have a deal going on right now, 5 soaps for $18!  Nothing says Fall like these delicious scents!!!

I also bought these adorable pumpkins in Targets dollar section which seem to fit our decor perfectly.

How cute is this top?  I bought it this week at Dillard's and love that it looks like flannel material but really it's chiffon.  I can't wait to wear it with denim skinnies and these booties from Target.



My next item in my Fall agenda is to makeover our front porch.  
Here is a picture of Fall's past and hoping to mix it up a bit this year.  I am excited to hit the stores tomorrow in search of Mums.  A new Fall wreath from Etsy is definitely on my wish list.

Isn't this the cutest?   I don't know about you, but every year I struggle with what color I think our Mums should be.  I am feing Yellow or Burgundy this year, we will have to see what will end up as the winner


And it wouldn't be Fall without a little College Football...Our flag is already out and proud, hoping it brings our Buckeyes some luck for yet another championship season.

What are your big Fall plans for the weekend?  We are hoping to visit a few local pumpkin patches this weekend.  Don't these look amazing?  I CAN. NOT. WAIT. to make them already!  I just love FALL!!  Hope you all have an amazing weekend!!


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