Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday Favorites! | Birthday Gift Addition

Woohoo it's Friday!

 I wanted to share some of my favorite birthday gifts ideas with you today.

We are well into birthday season over here for John's friends and it can be tricky to buy for a number of different 4 year old's.  Their little personalities are developing so fast at this age that they could be into any number of things.  I find that games are an easy universal go to and can work for both girls and boys.

Little Ones
So my go to gift is Yeti in My Spaghetti - fun, easy, the kids love it and bonus - it won't break the bank!
John actually doesn't have this game but he will be getting it for either his birthday or Easter.

The cheapest place I've found to purchase it is actually on Amazon.  It's less than $11 - I mean what a steal!
I always like to throw a little something in with it, usually a small transformer or doll or even a book.

This ends up being a less than $20 gift that the kids love!

Family Members
I love gifting these throws with special pictures on them! is awesome, they always have good sales and they are quality products with super fast shipping and great customer service!

I'm actually ordering one of these blankets for my mom's birthday in April with a picture of the wild horses in North Carolina's Outer Banks.  My mom loves them!

The Hubby
John's birthday is at the end of March so I've been brainstorming what to get him.  
Why are men so hard to shop for?

I end up getting him a couple of things....
1. Something he's asked for
Like this hoodie

2. Something sentimental
I'm getting him a canvas print of little man and I (which he also asked for)
You can get a 24 x36 canvas for less than $40!  
I got him one for Christmas and it was great!

3. An experience
This can be tickets to a concert or in our case, taking him to dinner.
Haven't finalized this one yet but will probably end up going to one of our favorite places, The Boathouse.
It has everything, amazing food, atmosphere and it's close to home!
So there you have it!  Some of my go-to's for gift giving!  I hope you got a little inspiration out of them.

Linking up to these lovely bloggers!

Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Picky Eater | Hulk Muffins

Round 2

If you missed the first round you can catch up here.  I decided to try this recipe that I found on pinterest and I changed the name of it to Hulk Muffins because I have a three year old little boy who is obsessed with superheroes.  #whateverworks

These muffins are not hard to make at all and if I can get my son to eat spinach then that's a major win for me!

The verdict?  
He loved them!!  
The next day he even asked for them for breakfast!  Yes!!

Kid: 1
Mom: 1

You seriously can't taste the spinach at all, they just taste like a sweet bread.
If you have a picky little eater in your house you should definitely try these!

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Life Lately

Happy Tuesday Friends!
Thought I would share some of what been going on in our world lately. 😃

When you run out of ideas for what to give your toddler for lunch, go with the ice cube tray.  It's a great way for your little one to try a variety of things.

 Following his daddy while coaching a soccer game. #bless #allthehearts

 Nothing like a good game of Pie Face.  He loves this game, mainly because he gets to eat the whipped cream!

 Bowling, he's crazy about bowling!  His 4th birthday is coming up in April and we're planning a bowling party, he's so excited!


Okay, cuteness overload ya'll!  His pre-school does bunny pictures every year with REAL bunnies!!! I mean these poor little critters, but how cute is this?!?!

 And last, I had to make this delicious popcorn chex mix that Jessica has shared on her blog many times.  It's even better than I thought it would be! Yum!

That's it ya'll.  We're in the middle of birthday party season and have already been to two and have two more lined up.  I'll share my go to present for 4 year olds later this week!

Question for you - do you have a go to present for little ones around this age?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Happy Friday friends!  Wow, what a week!  Is it just me or should Tuesday really have been Friday!?!?  Linking up to ErikaAndrea and Narci to share my favorites from this week!

Let's get started with the obvious....

Valentines Day
 Definitely a favorite this week!  
John had so much fun at his class Friendship party! #allthelove

Just a little Elton John inspired Snapchat Valentine

All of his valentine's loot

I loved doing this for him!  Andrea shared this idea on her blog and I started doing it as well.  Definitely a tradition that I will continue to do every year!

was not a favorite.  But this coffee cup got me through.

Warm Weather!
OMG - it's been so up and down where I live in Virginia.  One day it's in the 70's and then next the low is in the 20's.  But let me tell you when it was warm you better believe we were soaking it up as much as we possibly could!

This is a trail right beside my office at work and when it's warm I walk the river at lunch.  It's great!

We took advantage of the amazing weather on Sunday and headed down to my parents house at the river after Church.

As you can see we were very happy about the warm weather!

DIY Necklace, big flowy cardigans, Lauren Condrad Cords, and Tom's wedges are my favorite this week!

I got these flowers from Aldi's the day after Valentines for $1.99!!!  
Can you believe they were only $1.99??? 
I was so excited, nothing beats a lovely bouquet of flowers on your bedside table....and for $1.99 - what a steal!

Trying to eat more salads and so far I'm loving them!  
So easy for a quick weeknight dinner.

Love this little Hulk!
Funny story I have to share - after I took this picture he took off the mask and hands and was trying to take off the shirt but it got stuck over his head.  I asked him if he needed help and he said no he could do it himself.
After trying to take it off with no success I went over and pulled on one of the sleeves to get him free and he exclaimed, "ugh, why did you do that!?  You ruined my life!!!"
I mean I had to slap the magazine I was reading over my face to keep from laughing out loud!  I ruined his life at 3 years old!!!
Heaven only knows what I'm going to do when he's 13?!?!

But then he looks like this when he falls asleep and it's just the sweetest thing ever!

Happy weekend friends!!!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Show and Tell Tuesday (on Wednesday) | My Loves

Happy (belated) Valentine's Day!  I really wanted to get this out yesterday but completely forgot about it!

I'm linking up with Andrea for her Show and Tell Tuesday series and today I'm sharing my loves with you.

These two right here are the biggest loves in my life.  My two John's.  Husband, John, and I have been married for 8 1/2 years and have been together for almost 13 years.  I love this man for so many reasons but I have to say one of the things I love the most about him is what a wonderfully amazing father he is to our son.  I love him more and more each day!

On to my second love, my little big love.  My son, John, is a blessing in every sense of the word.  We tried for two years to have a baby and the day we got to see this little peanut on the ultrasound was one of the happiest in my life.  The day that I got to hold him in my arms for the first time is another moment I will be forever grateful for and never forget.

 He is the funniest, cuddliest, and all around amazing kid.  He'll say things that will make you do a double take and he marches to the beat of his own drum.  My husband and mother-in-law like to say he's been here before.  I believe he's an angel sent from Heaven and he makes our family complete.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Weekend Rewind - Home Depot Workshop

Does anyone else have Spring Fever!  Oh my, it's in the 70's here and I'm LOVING it!!!  I'm over winter and ready for Spring and Summer. #givemeallthewarmweather

This past weekend was a fun one.  We enrolled John into his first ever Home Depot Workshop and he had an absolute blast!  

Look at that face!  He's so proud! 😍

Fun things to note about the Home Depot Workshop:
It's Free
Your child gets a cute little apron
They get to make something and take it with them
They get some 'flair'
It's Free
They get a balloon
They work off some little kid energy
It's Free

I mean we thought this was the coolest thing ever! Loved it, will definitely be doing it again!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Five on Friday and Favorites!

Happy Friday!!  I'm linking up to  ErikaAndrea and Narci for some Friday Favorites!

one // I made Andrea's monster cookies the other week for John and they were a hit!  So easy to make as well, the only ingredient I didn't have on hand were the m&m's but I threw a bunch of sprinkles on top and no one was the wiser. 😉

two // I shared the cutest little valentine project yesterday.  Go check it out if you're looking for an easy adorable idea for valentine's day.

three // Keeping a clean kitchen!  Disclaimer: I don't normally clean my kitchen at night before I got to bed, i know it's awful.  But since the new year I've been trying to clean it up after dinner and either wash the dishes and put them away or at least put everything in the dishwasher, wipe the counters down and have the coffee ready to go for the morning and ya'll, wow it has been making a huge difference.  i love it! I just feel better knowing it's clean.  Now I just need to start packing my lunch up at night too, I may need to ease myself into that one 😉

four // Having an actual date night!  We don't do it often but it's so nice to get out and do some adulting!  We went last weekend with some friends and I didn't get any pics, boo!  But we went to a great restaurant called Portico, delicious food and a great atmosphere.

five // Looking forward to the weekend!  Going to the library, meal planning, getting our house cleaned, going to the gym.  I'm trying to find some good exercises to help with my herniated disk - if you have any recommendations I'd love to hear them!

Also linking up to these lovely ladies, April, Natasha, and Christina!  I adore their blogs!

Have a great weekend Friends!