Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Giggle Gobble Wobble

This year we're spending Thanksgiving in New York City!

We're taking little man to the Big Apple Circus, bundling up and watching the Macy's Day Parade, shopping until our arms hurt, taking Baby B to the NYC FAO for the first time (I can't wait to see his eyes light up!) and taking in the amazing city with family and friends by our side.

In the meantime however, I wanted to say HAPPY TURKEY DAY to all of you and send a few funnies your way!

For the creepers ...
For the poor turkeys ...
 For the family comedians (but seriously, this is awesome) ...
 For the dads ...
 For the over-over eaters ...
 For all the kids who wish they could graduate from the kids table (word from the wise: DON'T) ...
 And for all of the crazy Black Friday Shoppers ...
Because no Thanksgiving is complete without several bad jokes and too much wine :)

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
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Monday, November 24, 2014

All The Gold

I remember in high school when I would need jewelry for something and I would always ransack my mom's loot. But I would always come up empty handed because it seemed EVERYTHING she had was gold ... and all I wanted was chunky sterling silver (ohhh teenage Katie, your style was tacky).

But now my dears, times have certainly changed. What I wouldn't give to still live at home and sport all of mom's fun, fashionable, and way nicer than anything I own gold pieces. I'm certain I would wear almost all of it now.

I know, I'm way late to this party ... but I'm loving all things gold right now. As I'm scouring websites for Black Friday deals and ideas I may want to ask Mr. Claus himself for this year ... I can't help but stop on every single dainty gold jewelry item I can find.

All The Gold
1: Lola James Jewelry engraved jewelry
2: Dogeared jewelry
3: Nadri bracelet
4: Argento Vivo knot ring
5: Kate Spade mini 

All the love. All the gold. All five pieces. Happy gobble til' you wobble week!
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Monday, November 10, 2014

Bookworm Blogger

So, I've posted about my love for the book, Gone Girl, and seeing the movie with my momma.  And last Friday,  I chatted about my need for a new book and my indulgence in the 12 Books for People Who Loved Gone Girl List. After spending way too much time dissecting every detail of the list, I made a decision and landed on a series that would occupy a good chunk of my time (because I don't have enough going on with picking up my entire life and moving to another state ... clearly I'm delusional). 

I think I just need a way to relax and escape from all of the craziness that is reality ... and reading seems to do that for me ... so I'm going to try and make time for it. I really wanted to get into something and not be disappointed when the book was finished and I'd have to jump right back into the hunt again. So, I read review after review and landed on the Dublin Murder Squad Series by Tana French. Ekk! I'm so excited.
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1) 
The Likeness (Dublin Murder Squad, #2) 
Faithful Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #3) 
Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad, #4) 
The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad, #5)

Thanks to my fancy Amazon Prime membership I've got books #1 and #2 in my hands (there are book #3, #4 and #5 after that) and I'm ready to settle in with a big ole' cup of joe and indulge in a good thriller. (Ahem, again ... this is clearly an imaginative world where I don't have to wrangle a toddler all day ... hehe). Anywhoodles, here's a little insight into the two books I have on hand that my mind will be consuming for the next little bit:

Book #1: In the Woods
As dusk approaches a small Dublin suburb in the summer of 1984, mothers begin to call their children home. But on this warm evening, three children do not return from the dark and silent woods. When the police arrive, they find only one of the children gripping a tree trunk in terror, wearing blood-filled sneakers, and unable to recall a single detail of the previous hours.
Twenty years later, the found boy, Rob Ryan, is a detective on the Dublin Murder Squad and keeps his past a secret. But when a twelve-year-old girl is found murdered in the same woods, he and Detective Cassie Maddox—his partner and closest friend—find themselves investigating a case chillingly similar to the previous unsolved mystery. Now, with only snippets of long-buried memories to guide him, Ryan has the chance to uncover both the mystery of the case before him and that of his own shadowy past.
Richly atmospheric, stunning in its complexity, and utterly convincing and surprising to the end, In the Woods is sure to enthrall fans of Mystic River and The Lovely Bones. And look for French's new mystery, Broken Harbor, for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.

Book #2: The Likeness
Tana French astonished critics and readers alike with her mesmerizing debut novel, In the Woods. Now both French and Detective Cassie Maddox return to unravel a case even more sinister and enigmatic than the first. Six months after the events of In the Woods, an urgent telephone call beckons Cassie to a grisly crime scene. The victim looks exactly like Cassie and carries ID identifying herself as Alexandra Madison, an alias Cassie once used. Suddenly, Cassie must discover not only who killed this girl, but, more importantly, who is this girl? A disturbing tale of shifting identities, The Likeness firmly establishes Tana French as an important voice in suspense fiction. And look for French's other mysteries In the Woods, Faithful Place, Broken Harbor, and The Secret Place for more of the Dublin Murder Squad.
I'll be sure to report back and give a full review once I've got some pages under my thumbs. In the meantime, if anyone is looking for a new book and wants to read the series with me and then have an awesome online book club party or something ... that sounds pretty sweet too.

Catch ya later ... love, your murder squad book worm blogger
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Friday, November 7, 2014

November's Five on Friday

One: Cookies. Stars. And my toddler.

Cookies or "CoCo" is a hot hot hot item at my house right now. Bennett is OBSESSED with any and all things "cookie". Lucky for me, in toddler world a cookie to him is anything that comes from the magical place we all know and love aka the pantry. My child will stand and repeat over and over and over and overrr "CoCo" until the adult in charge opens the magical doors and gives the poor child a snack.

But in all seriousness, I wanted to share the real "cookie" he's asking for. I am able to skirt him with healthier options that reside in the pantry some of the time, but here's the sweet nectar he's really after: Trader Joe's Yogurt Stars Vanilla Crisp Cookies.  Holy woah, they're so good they make you starry-eyed :). But really though. They're sweet and fruity, and you can eat 8 cookies for only 150 calories, and the sugar content is relatively low compared to other cookies on the market (AMEN for toddler-hood). I wanted to pass along this fabulous treat to any mommas out there looking for a new fun snack for your kiddos (here's a cute post I found where they're used them in a TJ cake)!

Two: New York City Circus

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and its a NYC year!! Since I've been a little kid, my fam and I head to NYC every other year to celebrate Turkey Day. We don't have any family there, it's just a tradition my parents started ages ago and we've kept going ever since. The trip has evolved over the years and our experiences are always different, but this year will be my first year as a parent!!  Just a mere two years ago when we headed up north I told my brothers we were expecting on the plane ride, and this year Baby B will be tagging along!

I think I'm most excited because when I was a kiddo we used to see the Big Apple Circus every year. But, obviously we grew out of that and our interests took us on new adventures. But this year, with a little one in tow, hubs and I are skipping out on the Broadway performance (which 100% transparency really sucks because it's Cabaret and Emma Stone is making her Broadway debut, FAIL) ... but we'll get to see our little guys eyes light up at the Circus! Hehe!

Three: Layering. 

Natasha talked about it today, and I'm obsessed with how simple this look is. Not to mention who doesn't have almost every single one of these similar pieces in their closet. I plan to try it out. I'll report back and let you know how much I failed (because every time I try to replicate an online look it seems atrocious on me).

Four: Books.

I recently posted how Momma and I saw Gone Girl, after we both devoured the book. Now, I'm onto needing a new read. I've got a few trips coming up and that means travel time and lay low time (well it used to, circa pre-baby vacations), but I still plan to try to get a little downtime and I'm looking for a good book. I was indulging in this list and think I may choose one of these bad boys. Any other recommendations I should know about?

Five: Nashville. 

I guess it's time to spill the beans. Family knows, friends now know and today I'm telling you. The hubs has an opportunity to jump start an emerging market in Nashville, TN and we're taking the plunge and moving to good ole' rocky top.  Yeaaaa .... I'm still trying to let that sink in too. Maybe I'll finally wrap my head around that this weekend. Hopefully I'll share more details soon.

Signing off, as a soon to be Nashville Mommy - WOAH :)
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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Halloween Recap Salute

I have excellent memories of Halloween as a kiddo, and I plan to make sure my little ones do too. Check out our past halloweens here-2012 and here-2013 if you'd like to catch up on years past. 

This year, little mister was an teensy tiny Army soldier for Halloween. He's still at an age where all of the store bought costumes seem so big and fluffy; and that mixed with his sometimes not-so-graceful walk seemed like a disaster waiting to happen. Plus, when I saw all of this adorable camo inspired clothing( I can repurpose I might add) on the sales rack at Old Navy, his costume was indeed a no-brainer. 

However, after the weather that so kindly graced our area (sleet, rain, and freezing temps) a fluffy warm costume may have been a not so bad idea. Nevertheless, we invited all the family members and our favorite minis, cooked a big ole pot of white chicken chili and some chicken and dumplings and had ourselves a grand ole time!  Bennett was even a sport about the costume, was utterly in LOVE with the idea of running to and from people's houses to get treats (he even would enter their homes uninvited on occasion), and was sometimes a little too in character ;)

And so friends, let me introduce for the first time on the blog: Sergeant Bennett.

 And every good soldier needs a companion, of course!  So no doubt Sergeant Forest Uttich found his best good friend Bubba aka Maggie. They even share snacks when the trek gets fierce. Ie: Sergeant Bennett in character. 
 Maggie's camo jacket came from the hunting section at Meijer. These two make my heart melt.
 Trick or treat bag: $1.99 lunch box, also from Old Navy … #WINNING

 Time to get them suckaaas (talking about the candy of course).  Ie: Sergeant Bennett in character. 

 Hold up, no one crosses this point without paying the toll (candy is the currency tonight). Ie: Sergeant Bennett in character. 
 Heading into the battle field, making sure the move is secure. Ie: Sergeant Bennett in character. 
 Paying close attention to detail looking for enemy clues. Ie: Sergeant Bennett in character. 
 I spy with my little eye…troops we must head upward! Ie: Sergeant Bennett in character. 
 Army strong.
 HOOAH! Ie: Sergeant Bennett in character. 
 Side note, and added bonus: Old Navy also had a few little jacket numbers so Mommy and Daddy could join in the fun!
 I caption this: Today's Army Wants to Join You! Be All You Can Be. (past Army slogans) Ie: Sergeant Bennett in character. 
 And some of our favorite minis made the trek all the way from the great state of Ohio to join the fun! Here are the twins, Truette and Larkyn aka Mario and Luigi.
 I mean, seriously. Small people in costume. Be still my heart.
 And of course their sweet parents and big sister, Maebyn aka Princess Peach. YES PLEASE!
And our other favorite minis!! Emmie and Brody aka Dorothy and a pirate, ARRGH matey.
 So many treats!
 So much FUN!!
 Onto the next!!

 Cousin LOVE!
 I think he would have stayed out all night if we would have let him. Sweet boy!
 And we rounded out the night with a big ole cousin filled baby bath, but for the sake of all of them hating me when they are older for posting their bath photos online, I'll keep those to myself.

 And for those of you wondering, what does it look like when you are getting four tiny tots in bed at the same time?  A little something like this … all hands on deck.

Too much stinking fun. I want it be Halloween AGAIN!
And a serious heart filled THANK YOU to all of our Armed Forces and also to their families that spent Halloween without their loved ones away fighting for our country. We appreciate all you do.

Until next year, Happy Halloween!
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