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What's Up Wednesday


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

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3 months of participating in What's Up Wednesday. #patsmyselfontheback
What's Up Wednesday

WHAT WE ARE EATING THIS WEEK...

Sunday: Spaghetti with bread (same as last time I posted this)
Monday: Take-out
Tuesday: Salads (to prep for the holiday feasts we will be having.
Wednesday: Out of town for the holiday, so dinner out or at family's house
Thursday: Dinner at family's house
Friday: Dinner at family's house
Saturday: We have our rival home game which happens to be the last game, so probably out.

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT...

Each holiday season that we have experienced with the girls. Love this time of year and how we get to share it with the girls now.


WHAT I'M LOVING...

The holidays. I am so excited that they are here. I am even more excited to see how it will all play out this year.


WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO...

Working and trying to get my cases done before the holidays. I have started Christmas shopping, decorating and getting the house all festive and cozy. 


WHAT I'M DREADING...

Nothing. Ok maybe last minute shopping in actual stores. I love to buy everything online.

WHAT I'M WORKING ON...

My Christmas shopping lists for Monday. Cyber Monday where I do 85% of my Christmas shopping. Let's hope I can be good and not buy myself anything, or not buy myself much.

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT...

The holidays.

WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING...

I am still reading The Husband's Secret. I just haven't had that much free time lately and when I do, I binge my favorite tv shows. But I hope to start reading the Marriage Pact soon.

I am watching Jane the Virgin on the CW app (total guilty pleasure), This is Us, Grey's Anatomy, Million Dollar Listing LA, Modern Family and Ozark. I started Ozark on Netflix and I am loving it so far. It has a feeling of Bloodline, but still different. Oh and lots of Hallmark Christmas movies.

WHAT I'M LISTENING TO...

Nothing. I wish I was listening to Christmas music, but some of my co-workers are ba-humbugs.

WHAT I'M WEARING...

I am wearing my new J Crew sweater blazer and a few other things that I bought recently, but most of them appeared in my previous What's Up Wednesday post. Trying to be good and not buy everything.


J Crew Sweater Blazer

WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND...

We are going to our last home game against UNLV and then Sunday we are going to cut down a Christmas tree. I can't wait. 

WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH...

Christmas and all the fun things we do for the holiday. Christmas light looking, Santa train, ornament making, baking cookies, Christmas Eve party, the girls 3rd birthday and so much more.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW...

I am starting to plan out the girls 3rd birthday party. I threw around ideas of having it at a bounce house place, the trampoline place and then at home. I think at home is going to win it over again until they are a little older. But this time I plan to have it catered with some of their favorite foods. And by catered, I am thinking pizza, Chick fil-a nuggets and things like that. My best friend is making their cupcakes too.


ELF ON THE SHELF IDEAS?


I am fresh out of those. I have never done it. This year we are planning to introduce our elf on December 1st. He is bringing Christmas pjs, Christmas books and Christmas socks to the girls. Every few days we will move him, but are not doing all the cutesy things (yet, next year). We are just letting the girls know that he is watching and reporting back to Santa. Then on December 20th, they are giving all of their pacis to the elf to take back to Santa, so he can give them to other babies who need them more than the girls do. I hope it works and we enter into the new year paci free. Fingers crossed.
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$10 at Target - Christmas Themed


Monday, November 20, 2017

It the third Monday of the month which means $10 at Target time.
$10 at Target
I have been going to Target a lot lately because I have been searching for these dollar spot big puzzles. They have a Christmas theme and they are so cute. I have seen them on IG and I can't find them at my Target. Ugh. But I did find some other goodies there...several times. I have been to Target a lot this month. But this is one where I bought a bunch from the dollar spot.

What did I buy on this trip?
Target mini ornaments

I bought some cute mini Christmas ornaments to go on a mini tree that I got for the girls' room. It is about 2 feet tall and 14 inches wide. It came with 35 lights and perfect for the girls. I bought the tree recently, but it is on sale right now for $14.99.

Let it Snow window clings

I loved the Halloween window gel clings that I got and when I saw these Let It Snow gels, I had to get them. We are praying for lots of snow this year, so we can have another amazing ski season. Fingers crossed.

Christmas books

I bought these books to go with the girls Elf on the Shelf reveal. They are simple, cute and short.

Minnie and MIckey Christmas socks

Just as I did with Halloween, I grabbed two pairs of Christmas socks for the girls. When I saw that they were Mickey themed, I knew the girls would want to wear them daily.

So how did I do this month?

Mini Ornaments $3
Let it Snow Gel Cling $1
Christmas Books $1 each, $2 total
Christmas Socks $1 each, $2 total
Tax at 8.265% = $0.66

Total $8.66

What did you buy this month? Be sure to link up below.
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Friday Favorites


Friday, November 17, 2017

Thank goodness that it is Friday. This has been a long week as I have been battling a cold and on top of it, I have been single mommying it up all week. Rory comes home early this evening and I wish I was going out, but I will probably enjoy a glass of wine and get some more sleep.

Onto Friday favorites...

ONE. I have been trying to be good and not buy myself anything until after Christmas, but then J Crew Factory sends me an email saying 50% off everything plus free shipping. I have been eyeing this sweater blazer for awhile and I just couldn't pass it up. Plus I missed out on the one I wanted from Nordstrom a few months ago.
J Crew Sweater Blazer

TWO. Can you all believe that Thanksgiving is next week? We will be spending Thanksgiving with Rory's family this year. You won't want to miss the recap of this event. It involves costumes.

Side note: I am totally bummed that I am missing out on Christmas tree cutting with my family and our family friends this year, but I am hoping my parents want to come out again with us on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. It is a tradition that I hate to miss. Plus I always decorate my house and tree that weekend, so I HAVE to go out and get a tree, ASAP.

Have you all been Christmas shopping yet? I haven't, but I am about to start. I will do a lot of it on Cyber Monday. Plus I have been linking up with some amazing ladies and have put more on my personal wish list, plus added some to the girls Christmas list.
Christmas Guide for Her


THREE. I need your help. I need to grow my hair out before my sisters wedding in June as we are doing updos on the bridal party. Right now my hair is too short and I plan on only doing micro trims between now and then. But I want to grow it out quickly. So this is where you guys come in. I need recommendations on how to do this. I already plan to use more dry shampoo and not wash my hair as often (this will be hard for me), but I need other tips and tricks. Shampoos you can recommend? Vitamins? etc.

FOUR. Remember how I asked if anyone wanted to exchange ornaments this Christmas season? Well, five bloggers and I will be co-hosting a Christmas Ornament Exchange.
Christmas Ornament Exchange

* Sign-ups are open now.
* You can fill out the form HERE.
* You have until November 26th to fill out the form. Partners will be chosen and notified on the 27th.
* We put a limit of $15 BEFORE shipping. If you don't spend $15 on your ornament, please feel free to put in some extra goodies.
* Ship your ornaments by December 4th.
* Come back here to link up on December 12th.

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.
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Christmas Gift Guide For Her


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

I am linking up with Owen (The Davis Duo), Emily (Three Boys and a Girl Blog) and Brittany (Life as the Mrs.) for another round of Christmas Gift Guides. This week's focus is women. 
2017 Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

I actually had a hard time picking things out for us ladies this year, but a bit of browsing on Nordstrom and I found several items I wouldn't mind receiving.

I am sure you have been to Anthropologie and smelt their candles. If you haven't, you must. My favorite is their Capri Blue Volcano scent. It is my go to scent and I buy a candle every time I go in an Anthropologie.

Anthropologie Capri Blue Candle

I am always wanting a new purse. When I saw this blush Tory Burch purse, my heart fluttered. Isn't it beautiful?
Tory Burch Purse

Every year I talk about these butter socks. They are from Nordstrom and they are one of my favorite gifts to give. I even gifted them to the girls teachers last year for Christmas and their new teachers will be receiving them as well. They are soft, like butter and perfect for the winter.
Butter Socks

I don't wear blush that often, but when I do, I buy Hourglass Blush. I love the glow it gives you and it is beautiful on any skin. 
Hourglass Blush

We all love our Hunter boots and I have a black pair that I wear often. I want another pair and I think these red ones are beautiful. I chose the glossy ones this time whereas I have the flat black already.
Hunter boots

I love all of my Kendra Scott jewelry. I have always loved a bar necklace, so when I saw this one, it stuck out. It has the bling to it and it is simple.
Kendra Scott Bar Necklace

I still haven't bought a pair of slippers to replace my ones that have a hole in them. But I saw these and wanted them immediately. I am replacing Ugg slippers that lasted about 6 years, so I am hoping these would last as long. So pretty.
Ugg Slippers

Since I bought an iPhone 8 Plus, I need a wireless charger. Well I don't need one since you can charge it via cord, but I want one for work. I have used my co-workers before and it works great. Especially when you want to listen to Pandora at work and it burns your battery.
Wireless Charger

What is on your Christmas list?

2017 Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide


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A Long Weekend and a Wolf Pack Win


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Happy Tuesday all. Yesterday I felt like my head was in the clouds as I was all stuffed up. I had to stay home and I am so thankful I was able to drop the girls off at daycare since I am single mommying it up this week.

We had a good weekend, even though Rory and I have been fighting colds for the last several days. Our weekend started off on Friday since we had the day off to celebrate Veteran's Day. Let me just take a minute to say how grateful I am for our veterans. Especially my dad. My dad served in the military for over 30 years including a tour in Afghanistan. He is pretty amazing and is a huge contributor to who I am today. So thank you dad and thank you to all the veterans out there. Thank you for our freedom and for taking care of us.

Friday morning we dropped the girls off at daycare and took the day to get things done that we had been slacking on. But first, I had breakfast with some of my coworkers. We may have had a bloody mary or three (I didn't have three, but some of my coworkers did). After breakfast, I headed to the mall to exchange some things and I picked up a new Wolf Pack sweater.

I came home to clean my car of all the girls food, crumbs and dirt that they bring into my car on the daily. I also did some vacuuming around the house. We took Walter for a walk which is the first time it was just us and Walter since the girls were born. Rory left to go have lunch with his friends and I went to the tattoo shop. Yep. I got a tattoo (my second and final one).

I ran a few more errands and then we picked the girls up from school. After getting settled in at home, I ran out to get myself my favorite salad since Rory had a Nevada basketball game that night. First game of the season and the Pack won.

That evening I played with the girls, ate my salad and watched some Christmas movies.

Saturday morning we got up and went to breakfast. Then the park for a bit so the girls could burn off some energy.
toddler park activities
toddler park activities
 A little boy taught the girls how to use the fireman's pole and they wouldn't stop going down it.
toddler park activities
toddler park activities

After the park, we headed home since my dad was watching the girls. We went to the Nevada vs. San Jose State game where the Pack won. Finally another win and they dominated the game. Now let's see if they can beat San Diego State.
Nevada Wolf Pack tailgate
Nevada Wolf Pack tailgate

After the game, we headed home to relieve my parents of babysitting duty. The girls got their nails and toenails painted from grandma while we were gone and were excited to show us. Then we went to an early dinner where I had another salad. This one had soooo many goodies on it and made up for all the tailgating food and drinks I had.

Once we got home, we bathed the girls, watched some football and then went to bed early since Rory had to be up early for his flight.

Sunday morning the girls got up early (surprise, surprise) and I made them some breakfast. They watched some Mickey Mouse Club while I got ready and then at 9:30 my in-laws came over to take the girls on an adventure. This allowed me to grocery shop without them and even take Walter on a walk.
identical twin toddlers

Once they got home, they had some lunch and then napped. I did some cleaning while they napped. After naps, they were still cranky and tired, so we cuddled for a bit before starting dinner. I made sloppy joes for them and I that I found on Pinterest and they were a huge hit. After dinner, we got things ready for the week ahead, watched some Sunday Night Football, read some books, brushed our teeth and the girls went down. They didn't make a peep all night long. I caught up on some shows before going to bed myself.
identical twin toddlers
 I also gave their bangs a trim so they could actually see.

How was your weekend?
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Friday Favorites


Friday, November 10, 2017

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Happy Friday all and a very Happy Veteran's Day to all my friends and family who have served in the military. A special shout out goes out to my dad who was in the military for over 30 years!

I am off today in honor of Veteran's Day, but the girls daycare was still open, so we dropped them off this morning and we are having a day to ourselves because we rarely get that. We have a breakfast out together, hopefully a massage and who knows what else. Tomorrow we have the second to last home football game for the Nevada Wolf Pack and then Sunday I am single mommying it again. Rory will be gone until Friday, so fingers crossed the girls are angels for me next week.

Let's get onto Friday Favorites and Happenings.

ONE. It is that time of year that Bath and Body Works puts out their holiday scents. I LOVE the scent of Champagne Toast. I have it in candles and lotions. Last year when they had their clearance sale on all wintery items, I bought four bottles of it. Yep. I LOVE it that much. I have one bottle left (I did gift one of them) and I will make making my way to get more. Seriously, scoop of everything in Champagne Toast.
Champagne toast candle Bath and Body Works

TWO. I am sure a bunch of you have seen this shirt around IG and other blogs. I saw it and immediately wanted it. BUT, it isn't in my size online (small) and it isn't anywhere close to me. Ugh. I am hoping it comes back in stock before the holiday season because I think it perfect for my friends 30th birthday party (themed black and white for us, gold for her), my Christmas party and even Christmas dinner. Anyone have a scoop if it will be back in stock soon? 
Target Ruffle Sweater
Ruffle Sweater

THREE. Recently Trista from Classy Chaos talked about a PopSocket mount. Remember how I got a PopSocket recently and I love it? Well she mentioned that there is a mount for it which allows you to mount the phone and PopSocket to a mirror, dashboard, fridge, etc. Well I thought this would be perfect for when I travel and rent a car. When you rent a car from Hertz, you now get basically a phone as your navigation system and it sucks. I would rather use my phone, but I don't want to be looking down at it. I am totally getting this mount for my trips. Plus it is only $10.
PopSocket Mount
PopSocket Mount

FOUR. I have been wanting an Instant Pot FOREVER. My MIL has had one for awhile and she has made some amazing mushroom risotto that I would like to make again. Plus I can make my mom's swiss steak in it. Plus a million other recipes that I have found that I can't make unless I have an Instant Pot. So I finally caved in (or begged my husband) to allow me to buy an Instant Pot. It arrives tomorrow and I can't wait to make everything with it. Do you have a favorite Instant Pot recipe? Send it my way.
Instant Pot

FIVE. In case you missed it, this week I posted a Christmas gift guide for toddler girls (even though a few items are gender neutral). So many cute things that the girls will be getting this year.
Toddler Girls Christmas Gift Guide

I am linking up with April, A Little Bit of Everything, Meet @ the Barre and Cup of Tea.
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Girl Chat - Favorite Fall Activity


Thursday, November 9, 2017

It's time for another round of Girl Chat. This time we are talking about Our Favorite Fall Activity.
Girl Chat link up

This is very easy, yet very hard to narrow it down to just one of my favorite activities. But I am going to have to go with our annual trip to Apple Hill. If you read my blog regularly, you know that we love our Apple Hill trips.

Each October we head over to Eldorado County (Camino is the city) which is in California. We go to a place called Apple Hill which features many different apple orchards, apple themed places, bakeries, wineries and breweries. We used to go to the wineries and breweries before the girls were born. Now we only partake in those if they are at one of the bigger locations.

We usually go to 4 or 5 different place and we have a lot of friends and family who join us. Our favorites are....Grandpa's Cellar, O'Halloran's, Rainbow Orchards, Eldorado Orchards, Boa Vista and High Hill Ranch.

Here is a look back on some of our adventures at Apple Hill.

Eldorado Orchards
Apple Hill
 2017
Apple Hill
2017
Apple Hill
 2016
Apple Hill Eldorado Orchards
 2016
Apple Hill Eldorado Orchards
2016

O'Halloran's
Apple Hill O'Halloran's
 2016
Apple Hill O'Halloran's
 2016
Apple Hill O'Halloran's
2016

Rainbow Orchards
Apple Hill Rainbow Orchards

Apple Hill Rainbow Orchards
2016 
Apple Hill Rainbow Orchards
 2016
Apple Hill Rainbow Orchards
2016

High Hill Ranch
Apple Hill High Hill Ranch
2015

What is your favorite Fall activity?

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


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