Friday 5

Oh hey!  It’s Friday!  Here are 5 quick things…

ONE }  Lance is heading to Florida this weekend to watch some spring training games with his good friends.  I’m 100% supportive of him doing fun things…but that doesn’t mean I’m not also 100% jealous that he will be kid free and living it up for 3 days.  I convinced my Mom to come down for the weekend so that she can take care of me….I mean the kids….I mean HELP ME take care of the kids 😉

TWO } If you live in KC and like good beer then you’re probably aware of the KC Tap Tour promotion currently going.

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You pick up a $5 “guidebook” and make your way around the KC beer scene getting it stamped and taking advantage of the drink coupons/discounts. Even though we’ve been to the majority of breweries in the guide we are on a mission to complete it by the end of May so we can get the free Charlie Hustle tee…I mean duh.  We hired our trusty local babysitter a couple weekends ago and knocked out 3 of them.  Then last weekend we took the kids along to Martin City (since they have food!) and knocked that one out.  Big fan of that place as well and I can see us going back this summer with the kids and enjoying the patio!

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So if you’re into beer make sure you grab a book and get touring…and invite me along because I have no idea how we’re going to get all these checked off because #kids and also #not21anymore.  Can’t hang like I used to.

(Oh and if there was any doubt I’m not getting anything for saying this…not even a free beer though that would be nice…I’m just a huge fan of local beer and supporting local things :)

THREE } I recently bit the bullet and bought a couple tops from Gray Monroe* when she had a 50% off sale stuff deal.  I was so excited to get them only to have them both be too big (I went with medium per my usual size) …womp womp.  However I decided to give it another go when she had all the tops on happy hour sale one day after seeing and wanting this top:

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I’ve got a thing for loose peplum tops at the moment so I gave it a shot and WIN!  I went with a small this go around and it fits great and looks cute!  Of course I haven’t worn it yet because it’s white and I have kids…soooo need to find an excuse to escape my kids and wear it. Now I’m debating getting this romper

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I feel like this is way out of my comfort zone…but hopefully if I keep up with the beachbody workouts and (attempting to eat well) I can rock it confidently this summer!  Of course #2 above counteracts that whole “eating well” thing… #lifeishard

*this is an affiliate link…not that I expect anything from it…full disclosure people 😉

FOUR }  I’m about a month into my new job and so far so good!  It’s always awkward being the “new person”, especially in a place where new people are not hired too often.  So everyone notices you and wants to ask a lot of questions.  It’s been nice having human interaction again…granted sometimes it’s a bit TOO much.  I’ve been enjoying getting dressed in the mornings like a real put together person…but then of course I can’t wait to get home and put my leggings back on and baggy old tee shirt 😉 Somehow I have a lot more laundry now too.

FIVE }  We’ve been upping our crock-pot and meal planning game now that I work out of the house and this is one of the recent winners. Crock Pot Salsa Verde Chicken… So Good!  You have to get the Archer Farms salsa though…pretty sure that’s the secret.

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OK THAT’S IT! HAPPY FRIDAY!!

*linking up with…

September Farm & Momfessionals

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Mug Love Exchange

As any Mom will tell you, enjoying a hot cup of coffee on a weekend morning is a rarity.  I’m lucky if I can sneak in a couple sips before I inevitably set my mug up on some high shelf in order to pick up my crying child…only to forget about said coffee until later.  Which by that time it is of course cold…but I still drink it…cause ain’t nobody got time to heat it back up.

Regardless…there is the rare Saturday morning when my kids are being little baby angles and playing happily on the floor long enough for me to enjoy my coffee while it’s still hot.

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So of course…being the coffee addict that I am…when I saw that Sarah and some fellow bloggers were hosting a mug exchange I jumped right in.  Who doesn’t love a fun mug?!

Well lucky for me I was paired with Mary of Eat Drink & Be Mary …and she totally spoiled me with a cute mug and fall goodies!  Mary’s blog was new to me and I had so much fun getting to know her through her blog…she seems like a total sweetheart.  She just turned 25 so you should go wish her Happy Birthday!  I’m over here about to turn 34 and still look fondly at 25…oh to be young and free (from kids) again 😉

On to the goodies!

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See what I mean…spoiled!  I have already used my mug twice…and washed it by hand just so I could use it again this morning.  Oh and Pumpkin Ale bread mix?!  Um yes…that will be getting made next weekend for sure.  I guess I’ll have to go to the liquor store and stock up on more pumpkin beers!  So thanks for giving me another excuse to go buy beer Mary 😉

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I seriously love everything…it was such a fun fall package to get in the mail!  So thanks Mary for totally spoiling me and indulging my love for all things Target dollar spot 😉

And now for the bad news…the mug I sent her BROKE in the mail!!  Seriously…how horrible am I at packaging?!  When she messaged me about it I felt so bad…ugh.  Of course I instantly ordered her an even cuter mug off Etsy and left the packaging/sending part up to the seller…so hopefully it gets to her in once piece and she loves it enough to forgive my poor mailing skills.  So yep…I’m officially fired from all future blog exchanges.

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Thanks to all the lovely bloggers for hosting this exchange!  They are also giving away a Starbucks gift card so go enter.

Courtney of A + Life
Whitney of Work it Mommy
Lexi of A Blissful Haven
Stephanie of Wife Mommy Me

Friday Hodgepodge

You guys…I’m running on fumes over here.  Allison decided she was NOT going to sleep from 1-4am last night but instead scream a lot.  Then she was up for good at 5…and brother came wandering out soon after exclaiming “It’s still dark out!”.  Yep buddy…it sure is.

Anyways…5 things on my mind this Friday (besides sleep)…

Reading:  Liane Moriarty’s new book “Truly Madly Guilty”

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I tend to go all-in when I find an author I love…like after reading Gone Girl I immediately read Gillian Flynn’s other two novels.  Same goes for my gal Liane.  My favorites being What Alice Forgot and Three Wishes…but they are all so good!  I’m only about 6 chapters into this one so the story hasn’t fully taken shape yet…but I’m definitely intrigued.

Listening:  I’ve been getting back into podcasts lately.  My favorites right now include This American Life and The Longest Shortest Time.  A recent TAL bit involved Aziz Ansari reading off texts guys send to girls to make first contact (ep #559)…it’s pretty hilarious.  Then Lance and I tried to remember when texting became “the thing”.  I remember the summer after I graduated college getting a couple texts and thinking it was THE WORST.  Like having to respond required typing the numbers several times to get the right letter.  I hated it.  Now I write novels to my friends via text…

Watching:  The Night Of

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I don’t know….I don’t think he did it…but maybe he did?  Anyways…it’s pretty good.  It’s the one show Lance and I watch together right now so it’s our Sunday night thing.  Also Omar is in it.

Oh and obviously I’m watching Bachelor in Paradise.  Drunk Chad reminds me of over-tired Jack…minus all the “dollar dollar bills” and “murdery” talk.  But basically the same thing.  I kinda loved Chad when he ate a raw sweet potato…but after his episode on BIP I’m off the Chad Wagon.  Well except his line to Chris Harrison about drinking mimosa’s in a bathrobe…that was tv gold.  I also love reading these two bloggers’ recaps…almost better than the show itself:  JenF & LC   OH and Wells (from bachelorette) does hilarious drunk-snaps during the episodes and they are pretty good.  He’s like my favorite now.

Digging: The new stories on Instagram.  Of course it comes now that I’m finally following enough people on snap to waste a good 20min watching stories.  So now I just waste time on both.  It suddenly feels more personal…esp when you hear someone’s voice after only knowing them via carefully curated pictures.

Writing: …for KCMB!  I’m pretty excited to be a new contributor for the Kansas City Mom’s blog.  Granted I’m also a little nervous…I hope I don’t suck.  I tricked them into letting me write about beer…so that’s fun.  It goes up next week so stay tuned!

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#BoyMom Box Swap

Before I had kids I always envisioned myself as a boy mom.  I was never much of a girly girl.  Throughout high school and college I had more male friends than close girl friends.  I liked sports and beer…not celebs and nail polish.  So when Jack ended up being…well Jack…I was pretty stoked.    Of course it didn’t take long to learn what being a boy mom actually meant…pee everywhere.

Even though I’m now the mom of a little girl as well…I wear my #boymom badge proudly.  Well most of the time anyways.  I also find connecting with other boy moms to be invaluable…because let’s face it…some stuff is just boy specific and can only be understood by those who have been there before.

So when fellow boy mom Sarah (who will be upgraded to the #boymom lifetime achievement award this coming fall) posted about hosting a #BoyMom box swap with fellow bloggers Stephanie and Elizabeth..I couldn’t resist!  Jack loves getting stuff in the mail so I knew he would be all about it…and I love putting little gifts together for other people so win-win!

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We were paired with Brittany over at Just Another Day in Paradise and her son Charlie!  I was pretty excited to see I got paired with Brittany because hello…she’s from KC and I’ve been a faithful follower of her blog for some time now.  In addition to Charlie (who is almost 4) she has a little girl (Maddie) and another (surprise gender!) on the way!  Super mom for sure!  She’s pretty busy prepping for that baby #3 right now but hopefully when things calm down we’ll be able to meet up in person and become instant BFFs….er I mean mom friends 😉

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Jack had so much fun opening the box and tore right through it before I really knew what was happening (hence the blurry photos).  He kept saying “oh my gosh Mom look!”  Brittany and Charlie spoiled Jack with a new Rubble Paw Patrol toy (he’s obsessed with that show and all things PP…if you’re lucky enough to also have a PP obsessed child do yourself a favor and go read this.) a giant bag of Dum Dum suckers, and a Royals ball.  It wasn’t until about an hour later when Jack was walking around eating a bag of Doritos that I realized those were part of the box as well.  Kids!

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Of course the first thing Jack wanted to do was eat the entire bag of Dum Dums…nice try kiddo.  Then he threw the Royals ball at the cats while I wrestled with Rubble’s packaging…you win again Paw Patrol.

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Jack had a lot of fun making Rubble scoop things up and insisted I take a picture EVERY TIME.

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Needless to say…the box was a huge hit and Jack loved the little gifts Brittany and Charlie picked out for him.  The Royal’s ball has even made the ride to daycare a couple times so far which is only for the “best of the best” of his toys.

They also included a little something for me too which was really sweet!

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I am a sucker for everything in the Target dollar spot but have a particularly hard time resisting ALL THE STATIONARY things.  So obviously the to-do list and binder clips are perfect and give me giant emoji heart-eyes.  Oh and STARBUCKS…no explanation needed.

So thanks again to Brittany and Charlie for putting together such a fun box for us!! (Go check out what we sent them here!!)  And thanks to the hosts for putting this little swap together!

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That’s mine!

So while I was trying to get caught up with the bajillion posts in my google reader…I came across this post from almost a month ago over on Brenda’s Wedding Blog

hmmm…that bouquet in the middle sure looks familiar no?!

It’s mine!!

I loved my bouquet…it was my idea to wrap it in burlap and then lace…I think it turned out pretty darn cute too!

Thanks to Brenda’s Wedding Blog for showing off my beautiful bouquet! 

(oh and Lance’s fun bout too!!)

Birds & Tree Stumps

Heather and Grayson always shoot the most awesome-est of awesome weddings…always a treat for the eyes when I see a new post by them in my reader!

I’ll let the pics explain what I mean…

A peony bouquet with really thin lace wrapped around the stems…yep love it.

cute bridesmaid dresses from Anthro…always a good idea!

…and the assortment of lovebirds and tree stumps!?  Ack I want them all!

If I could only get my hands on some antique bottles/jars like these…def my type of alter!

this one is getting stashed in my hair inspiration folder!

See what I mean?!  Those two crazy kids get all the fun weddings!!  Check out their blog (Jagger Photography for more from this fun wedding!)

*all pics by Jagger photography

flats…and some tulips too.

I remember seeing this wedding a while back on Melissa Jill’s blog…and made a mental note to post it…and much like everything else I make mental notes about…I forgot.

Until today…thank-you BC!

There’s a few things I love about this wedding…first up…the purple flats!

I sorta want to get a pair….and those socks!?  Yep…Lance and his GM are wearing the same ones!

oh and then there are the beautiful BM bouquets…

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oh and the cute BM dresses too…

and last but not least..tulips!

…and how cute are those tiny S&P shakers?!

For more of this beautiful purple wedding head on over to the Cafe!

*all pics by Melissa Jill via The Bride’s Cafe

**Coming up next….my first GIVEAWAY!!!

Friday Hodgepodge

so remember when I used to post these??  haha…yeah that happened all of like 2 fridays…oh well…it is Friday…and so bring on the Hodgepodge!

A lot has been going on in the land of wedding planning…yesterday we reached the 100-days-till mark…which means we are now in the double digits!  eeeek!  Not only that…but work and everything else has been crazy busy as well…which may or may not be to blame for my lack of posting.  So with that…I’ll just touch on a few recent things and hopefully find time to dig deeper into them in later posts 🙂

* So when I went back home I had my bridal shower!  …and because I’m lazy and don’t want to re-post…you can read about it here.

* Also back home I met with our florist…and since I didn’t go in with a “I MUST HAVE THIS FLOWER!!!!!!” attitude I got to hear her suggestions and we just sorta came up with stuff as we went along!  I think everything is going to look great…I’m not really worried at all.  I still need to gather some photos to send her of bouquets, bouts, jars… so she can have a better idea of what I’m after when it comes time to putting things together.

* I also met with our pastor and went over some readings/stuff that we want to include in our ceremony…I think it will shape up to be pretty awesome!  I’m excited to work more on this and make it personal to us and memorable for our guests!

* I went looking for shoes for a bit…and stumbled upon these…

but in grey…love them!  I tried to get my sister to buy them to wear with her BM dress…but apparently the heel isn’t high enough.  Yeah we’ll see how she feels about that when she is sinking into the grass…teenagers.  Anyways…I like them and they DO come in a plum color

…but I’m not sure.  Maybe it’s just me but this almost looks more “berry” than “plum”.  Perhaps it is just my screen…and in real life they are more of a purple color.  So anyways…the shoe hunt is still on…I’m considering just buying a few pairs online and trying them on…and then returning the ones I don’t like.  I’m just not seeing much that I like in the stores I’ve been too….at least not for a reasonable price.  (oh and I’m considering finding a cute pair of flats to wear once my feet get tired…which I’m sure they will)

*  After I find shoes I’m making a B-line for the dress store where my dress currently lives..all alone…so I can get that sucker sized!  I have this weird fear that the lady is gonna say…”um yeah…we can’t alter that to fit you”…I know…lame…but this is what I fear.  Thus the sooner I can get shoes and get the dress fitted…the better.

*  I am one proof away from finalizing the invites.  There was something about the first proof that just didn’t look right…and then the second proof made the first look much better…ugh…decisions.  Don’t worry…as soon as these are finalized, ordered, addressed, and sent out I will reveal them!!  (Sorry…it might be a month or two…just saying)

OK SO ENOUGH ABOUT WEDDING STUFF…it seriously is taking over my life!!!

Let’s talk about fun non-wedding related things shall we!

Last weekend a bunch of Lance’s guy friends were in town…it was great to see them all again…and all at the same time!  On Saturday we all went skiing up at Snowbird.

us looking awesome in our grey hats…(I knit mine btw!)

You might find this hard to believe…but even though the resorts are a mere 20mins from our house…we never go.  I guess I just never really got into it…never mind it is one of the most expensive hobbies I think a person can have…I mean $50+ for a lift ticket!?  And don’t forget all the stuff you need…like $100+ snow pants, coats, and $70 gloves.  I mean whoever is making this stuff is seriously rolling in dough.  I think I’ll just stick to my $100 pair of running shoes every 6 months.  But it was still fun…even though I spent a majority of my time on the chickadee slope…and then when I attempted a ‘green’ one…I fell and got laughed at by all the 6yr olds flying by me…ok not really but I’m pretty sure they were laughing in their heads.

All in all it was a fun weekend that ended with me getting to meet a blogger in real human form!!  Abbie!! She was in town with her friend to do a little Ikea shopping…ya know…the place where you justify buying a giant Wok…even though you rarely make wok-esq food… just b/c it is $7!  You can read about her account of the trip here…including a scary accident we wittnessed!  Crazy Utah drivers!!!

We went and had dinner at one of my favorite local eateries…The Porcupine…they have a wide selection of local brews on tap (pry cause you can’t get away with having normal beer on tap here in UT) which is why I love going there…oh and their food is pretty good too 🙂  Anyways…we talked about wedding stuff…non-wedding stuff…random life stuff…funny stuff…and then dinner was over and it was time to go!

Abbie left me with 2 big boxes of mason jars (hooray!) and after I dropped her and her friend off I was pretty sure she would never email me again!  haha!  I was pretty nervous about meeting her…kinda like going on a first date!  We had been emailing/commenting back and forth for quite some time so when it came to actually meeting I was worried she would think I was a total nerd …or super lame.

But all was well (minus my crazy driving) and it was so fun to finally get to meet her…she is just as cute and as fun in person as she is on her blog…actually even more so if you ask me!  I’m jealous of her short hair…I can’t wait to chop mine post-wedding!!  Hopefully our paths cross again and we can meet up another time…but until then we always have email and the internets!!

OK somehow this post become less hodgepodge-y and picture-y…and more just me blabbing.  So I will cut myself off and update you on knitting and running stuff later!  (YES I still do both!)  Oh and how I failed my final test for the push-up challenge (only 60!  wtf!)…no worries…I’m not giving up that quickily 🙂

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this wedding looks really fun…and the GM shirts (and ties!) are awesome!

No seriously…Lance and I always joke about buying these giant-animal-all-across-the-front shirts and wearing them around to embarrass each other.  We are easily humored.

haha…it just makes me laugh.

see what I mean?!  it looks like they are having a blast!

When Lance and I discuss what we want the “feel” of our wedding to be the one word that we always come to is ‘Fun’…we want our guests to have fun…like the kind of fun where you are sad that it has to end.  Because in the end that’s what people remember….not the color of the napkins.

So if you are in need of a little friday fun…check out the rest of the pics from this wedding shot by Jill Devries.

(who took all the fun pics you see here!)

*Oh and BTW…their colors were a mix of purples, grey and greens.  Sound familiar??  And the bride’s dress is beautiful!!!

hodgepodge of lovelies

just a sampling of lovely stuff around the interwebs…

one of my favorite quotes from one of my all time favorite movies…found here…go get your own FREE printable poster!

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this cute pillow case set…that you can make yourself!  Creature Comforts has the iron-on transfor pdf that you need…so go get it!

oh and  you can also grab the freebie printable for these cute mini-chocolate wrappers!

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hmmm…it appears I am in a Valentine’s day sort of mood.