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$10 at Target - Halloween Edition


Monday, September 18, 2017

I am back from my work trip. Sorry to have been MIA last week. I only posted twice and haven't gotten to read any of my favorite blogs or comment anyone back. Don't worry, I will be working on that this week.

Today is another round of spending ten dollars at everyone's favorite place, Target. This month was a no brainer. I walked into the dollar section and saw everything Halloween and Thanksgiving. And then I headed over to the actual Halloween area and I couldn't help myself. I will definitely be going back once we pull out all the decorations and get a better sense of what I need. In the meantime, here are three things I grabbed.
Halloween decorations

Spider web halloween decorations
 The classic spider web. We have done it in years past, but not recently which is a bummer because I bought huge spider for it years ago. It will be making an appearance this year.

Pumpkin table runner
Isn't this the cutest table runner? It is simple and will look perfect on our new table. Now that I don't have a table that is over 10 feet long, this one will suit us. I can't wait to get more runner like this in the future. Plus for $5, you can't beat that. Especially if my dog gets it which has happened before.

Window gel clings
We have had several of these for each holiday and the girls love them. They love to move them around the windows and I hope to find more. They were out of the other one, so I hope to go back again and snag more of them.

So how did I do this month?

Spider Web $3
Table Runner $5
Gel Clings $2
Tax at 8.265% - $0.83

Total $10.83

What did you buy this month? If you participated, please link up below.
$10 at Target



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Girl Chat - Favorite Fall Recipes


Thursday, September 14, 2017

It is time for our monthly Girl Chat and this month we are sharing our favorite fall recipe(s). I am going to share a few of my recipes that I have featured and made from my blog, but also a couple that I love to make that others have shared on their blogs.
Girl Chat link up

Butternut Squash Soup with Pears and Bacon
Butternut Squash Soup with Pears and Bacon

I found this recipe in a local grocery store magazine. This is a family favorite and we always add a bit more bacon to it because why not?! This soup is easy to make and is amazing as leftovers.

Sweet Potato Nachos
Sweet Potato Nachos

I know I just posted this last week, but these are so good. They are perfect for a weeknight meal or even for tailgating or while watching college or NFL football. We will be making these often.,

Autumn Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts in a Light Ragu
Autumn Penne Pasta with Brussels Sprouts in a Light Ragu

I found this recipe a few years ago and I always make it in the fall. It combines turkey and sausage with a lighter ragu and then you add in brussels sprouts and it is so good, hearty, but light.

Stuffed Shells
Stuffed Shells

These stuffed shells are so good, hearty and perfect for a little date night. I make these year round, but I love them during the Fall. I love making them on a Sunday and settling in with these, a veggie and a big glass of wine while watching football.

To link up - just grab our graphic, link up, and let's getting to chatting!  Make sure to stop by a few others linked up for an extra bit of girl chat! 
Girl Chat Monthly Link Up


Danielle / Sparkles and Lattes - Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Instagram
Emily / A Little Bit of Emily - Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Instagram
Lindsay / Lindsay's Sweet World - Pinterest - Facebook - Instagram - Twitter
Lizzie / This Happy Life Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Facebook - Instagram
Sierra / Beautifully Candid - Bloglovin' - Pinterest - Instagram - Twitter




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9/11


Monday, September 11, 2017

Today is a day that was forever changed. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was a freshman in college and I made my way to my macroeconomics class. It was bright and early at 7 am and upon entering my classroom, the professor was watching tv. We didn't have a real class that day because we were glued to the tv. The planes had hit the World Trade Center and it forever changed everyone lives.

I had new friends who were from NYC who were frantically calling home to see if their families were ok. My father was in the army and we wondered what he was going to have to do following this tragedy. This day brought our nation close together. It changed the way we felt about our nation, our thoughts on our personal safety and made our hearts ache for all the people who died that day.

I can't believe it has been 16 years since September 11, 2017.

My children will read about this day in their history class. It is crazy to think how much we live through and what makes the history books and what doesn't. It doesn't feel like it was that long ago, but we are approaching 20 years.

I visited ground zero several times. I go every time I visit NYC. I went to the memorial site and seen the beautiful Freedom Tower and still to this day, it makes my heart sink and a pit in my stomach.

So take a moment today to remember this day, the people who died during the 9/11 attacks and what our county has become today.
Never forget 9/11
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Friday Favorites


Friday, September 8, 2017

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I am so excited for the weekend! We have our first football home game and we are all geared up for the tailgate and game. I am hoping to leave on Sunday for my work trip, but it all depends on which way Irma heads. Sending prayers to the south.

Anyways, let's get onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. Today my little sister is having surgery on her ankle. It is in the early afternoon, so please keep her in your prayers. Her fiance (still so weird to say that!) will be there with her, so we will just be patiently waiting to hear updates.

TWO. While my sister is having her surgery, I will be getting my microblading done. Finally. I am hoping to document it all so that I can share with you my process. Before photos without any brow pencil to the after and I will even update you all with the healing process which I hear looks kinda crazy. Wish me luck and hardly any pain.

THREE. We finally made a purchase on a new mattress. We went back and forth between another spring mattress, a tempurpedic, a numbers bed and the new foam/gel mattresses. We went to West Elm after seeing they were carrying the Leesa Mattress. We had already tried out the Casper there a couple months ago. I also did research comparing the Casper, Leesa and Helix mattresses. Ultimately we decided to go with the Leesa mattress since it was a more universal mattress. We can try it out for 90 days and if we don't like it, we will try out our second choice, the Helix.

The difference between the Leesa and Helix is the Leesa mattress is more universal in that it is a medium-firm support, is cooling, supportive and for both side and stomach sleepers. With the Helix, you customize your bed based on your height, weight, sleep preferences, etc. This is a cool option, but it didn't have as much support as the Leesa does. I really hope we love our new bed because our current one has me waking up each morning with a sore back.

Here is the article I used to compare the Leesa and Helix.
Leesa mattress

Also if you buy one of these mattresses you either need a platform frame, a bunkie board on top of your box spring or wood slates no more than 3 inches apart. Our wood slates are wider, so we had to purchase a foundation for our bed. Helix does make one that you can purchase, but after more research, I found this one on amazon that gets amazing reviews.

FOUR. Last time I got my hair done (2 weeks ago), my stylist used a new (to me) shampoo and conditioner on me and it has been amazing. If you have blonde hair, this is a must. It is a purple shampoo, but not like most purple shampoos. It is a "light" purple shampoo. I am able to use it daily, it smells heavenly, brightens my blonde and keeps my hair looking great in between appointments. This isn't a sponsored post. I am just letting you know about a game changer shampoo for blondes who need to maintain their brightness, health and beauty of their color treated hair.
Oribe Bright Blonde shampoo and conditioner

FIVE. I know I sound like a broken record, but don't forget to sign up for the Mug Love Exchange. Head over to Wednesday's post for more information.

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.
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Thoughts and Confessions


Thursday, September 7, 2017

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I haven't done a Thoughts on Thursday or Confessions post in awhile, so I thought I would vent and talk a bit. So grab a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

- I didn't do a weekend recap because there wasn't that much to talk about. First Rory got sick and we still tried to go camping, but had to come home early because it was getting worse and worse. Then I got hit with the bug and finally Sutton got it on Monday and she threw up all day. Poor girl got it pretty hard. We think Avery brought it home from preschool and passed it around.

- I took advantage of Labor Day sales at Old Navy and Loft. I bought a few things for work and got the girls more clothes. Did you know that I have to send 6 changes of clothes per child to preschool for potty training? And if they soil their clothes, which it will happen, I have to wash the clothes that night and send them back. But I am totally loving that they will potty train my kids. Ha. Oh and a little TMI, but Sutton pooped in the potty this weekend and that was a huge deal.

- Apple is having their iPhone release announcement on Tuesday and I can't wait. I just hope I can get my hands on one.

- Do you remember when I talked about the popsocket on Friday? Well it seems like I have been in the dark on this genius item. Everyone knows about it and has one. Especially if you are in middle school.

- So I have twins and their sleep habits have been crazy ever since we changed their cribs into toddler beds. Sometimes we end up sleeping on the girls floor which is fine, but so uncomfortable. They at least have a foam alphabet pad for us to lay on, but it isn't comfy when we just want to sleep. So after many nights of trying to use my old pregnancy pillow, the twin boppy and blankets, we bought a twin memory foam mattress. This way we can tuck it under their beds and their friends can use it as they get older. I researched a bit on Amazon, but ended up with one I hope works for us. Now you just watch, we won't use it for a long time because they will sleep very well. Ha.
Linenspa foam mattress

- I have a twin mom hang out coming up that I couldn't be more excited for. I am part of a local twin mom group and then there are a few of us who just really click and have a private message group that we constantly talk on. We vent to each other, celebrate our wins and help each other through our falls, but this small group of girls are amazing. We are finally getting together for brunch where lots of mimosas will be consumed and I can't wait for it. It is almost a month away, but who is counting.

- Speaking of beds, has anyone bought a Leesa, Casper or Helix bed? I am seriously looking into them, but wanted to see if any of my readers has one or tried one.

- Next week is our monthly Girl Chat link up. This month we are sharing our favorite Fall recipes. I hope you join us!
Girl Chat link up

- Also don't forget to join our Mug Love Exchange. It was so much fun last year. You can find all the details on yesterday's post.
Mug Love Exchange


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Mug Love Exchange


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Do you remember last year when I participated in a bloggers coffee mug exchange? Well this year I am happy to announce that I am a co-host for this exchange.
Mug Love Exchange

I love participating and co-hosting blogger exchanges because I get to know other bloggers and then I get to shop for them. I love this exchange even more because we exchange coffee mugs. Who doesn't love coffee and tea mugs?

Last year I received a Be Happy mug and a pair of donuts hand towels, plus a card.
Mug Love Exchange 2016

If you want to participate in our mug love exchange (which I know you will want to), follow the steps below:

- Sign-ups open September 4th and close on September 12th.
- Complete THIS FORM to join our exchange.
- Partners will be picked and notified by September 15th.
- Get to know your partner and go shopping!
- Spend anywhere between $10 - $15 before shipping.
- Link-up and share mug details on September 28th using the hashtag: #MugLoveExchange
- Due to shipping costs, this exchange is only open to U.S. residents.

I hope you join us this year!!!

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Sweet Potato Nachos


Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Last week, I posted a picture of the Sweet Potato Nachos that I made for dinner one night. I had a huge response to it and wanted to share the super simple recipe with you all. I got a general recipe from Nadine and then turned it into my own.
Sweet Potato Nachos

SWEET POTATO NACHOS
Servings: 4

Ingredients:

- 3 medium to large sweet potatoes
- 1 pound ground turkey or ground beef
- 1 taco seasoning packet (or make your own)
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 small to medium jalapeno
- 1 large tomato
- 1 large ripe avocado
- green onions
- olive oil
- salt and pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

2. Peel and cut your sweet potatoes 1/8 inch rounds. Place your sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat the sweet potatoes. You will have to make two or three batches of these to use all of the sweet potatoes. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until they start to brown and crisp. Do not overcook. Turn and bake for another 10 to 12 minutes.

3. When you are on your second batch, brown your ground turkey or ground beef. Cook through and drain your meat. Add in your taco seasoning with 3/4 cup of water. Stir and cook until most of the moisture is gone.

4. Once your potatoes are done, add all of baked sweet potatoes to a cookie sheet (I used the same one after letting it cool down a bit). Your potatoes can and should overlap. Add your meat mixture and your cheese. If you don't have enough cheese, add more than indicated above or to how much you like. Bake at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

5. Plate your portion of the nachos and add on your tomatoes, avocado, green onions, jalapenos, hot sauce and any other taco/nacho items you love.

6. Enjoy!
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