Friday, December 14, 2018

Currently Loving

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Happy Friday! I hope you've had a great week! My kiddos finally went back to school today and we were all very excited about it! Our whole family thrives off of routine so back to regular schedule for a few days and then it's Christmas break. December is definitely flying by! It's almost Christmas!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly round of what I'm currently loving. I'm still living in and loving all things comfy and cozy, especially after a week of pretty much living on the couch watching Netflix and cuddling. An oversized sweater or sweatshirt and leggings has been my uniform!

Which of this week's picks is your favorite?!

1. R I N G | I love mixing up my right hand ring with fun rings. I love the feminine pearls on this pretty ring and I love that they are different colors!


2. T U R T L E N E C K | Since minimizing my wardrobe, I have been filling in gaps and investing in classic pieces that I'm missing. Something I realized I needed this week was a good quality black turtleneck. It's such a great layering piece and you just can't go wrong with black!


3. E A R  M U F F S | How cute are these ear muffs?! I actually haven't own a pair since elementary school but I put this pair on my Christmas wish list and I hope my Santa delivers.


4. S N E A K E R S | I absolutely love black and white sneakers. They go with everything! I also feel like they are "dressier" than other color combos. I love this pair!


5. H O O D I E | Yes to anything leggings friendly! This adorable tunic hoodie looks so cozy!


6. B A G | This bag is adorable! The color is so pretty and I love the unique style. It would be the perfect date night bag!


7. S W E A T E R | I already own this cute sweater in cream and it's one of my favorites (I actually wore it Saturday and yesterday). It runs pretty oversized (which I always love) so I went with my regular size, a small. It's so super soft, too!


8. E A R R I N G S | I love these simple statement earrings! I love items that make a statement without being too overpowering. These also come in red and blush. So perfect!


Thanks so much for visiting! Have a wonderful weekend!

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

My Favorite Christmas Movies on Netflix

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Hey y'all! My kids are out of school for the fourth day in a row because of snow. When it snows in North Carolina, it clearly shuts us down for a few days. I shared some photos of our snow days and some of our traditions in this post (including my sausage ball and mulled wine recipes) in case you missed it. Today, I'm going to share my favorite Christmas movies on Netflix because with all of these days at home, we've definitely had time to watch a few (okay, a lot) of Netflix! 

Almost all of these movies are family friendly. We actually only own one television in our home (and we don't even have cable; just Netflix) so when the kids are awake, we only have shows or movies playing on the television that are appropriate for them to watch as well. 

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M Y  F A V O R I T E  C H R I S T M A S  M O V I E S  O N  N E T F L I X:

A  C H R I S T M A S  P R I N C E
This movie has been on Netflix for awhile but I didn't watch it until this week. This one has a really good story line that was interesting to my husband and I plus my kids loved it. My husband cannot handle Hallmark kind of Christmas movies and he actually watched this one with us. It's about a journalist who goes to another country to get the scoop on the prince who's about to become king and of course, they end up falling in love!

A  C H R I S T M A S  P R I N C E  
T H E  R O Y A L  W E D D I N G
This one is the sequel to The Christmas Prince and I think I liked it even better! It keeps you entertained and laughing but there's still a great story to it. I loved it!

T H E  C H R I S T M A S  C H R O N I C L E S
I'm honestly terrible about turning on a movie to watch with my kids and then getting distracted by something else. I rarely sit through a movie from start to finish but snow days allowed me to slow day and actually finish movies with them! They watched this one a couple weeks ago but we watched it again (and again) during our snow days. It's a really well made movie! It definitely should have been in movie theaters! It reminded me of my childhood favorite, The Santa Clause. This movie is witty, entertaining, and overall, just an excellent Christmas movie. Two thumbs up!

T H E  N U T C R A C K E R
This is a classic and I honestly didn't think my kids would watch it because it's not a movie like The Christmas Chronicles. But, I was so wrong! My girls (eight and six) absolutely loved The Nutcracker. They take ballet so I think that made it even more exciting to them. I would love to take them to a live performance of The Nutcracker. I think they would love it!

T H E  P R I N C E S S  S W I T C H
I think my oldest daughter turns this move on every single day! I finally watched it with her and it's such a cute story. It kind of reminded me of The Parent Trap but with adults. Vanessa Hudgens looks absolutely stunning in this movie. I really liked it!

T H E  H O L I D A Y  C A L E N D A R
This movie was one of our first snow day Christmas movie picks to watch together as a family. Of course, my oldest daughter had already seen it (I also must mention that she's a super early bird and gets up at 5:30 am every day because she likes to- she didn't get that from me). I wasn't sure if I was going to like this one but it proved me wrong! It was such a fun story about a photographer who has a family Advent calendar that predicts her future. I loved the ending! Also, William Hill from This is Us is also in this movie.

H O W  T H E  G R I N C H  S T O L E  C H R I S T M A S
Another classic Christmas movie. This version of the movie came out 18 years ago, when I was in the eighth grade! I can't believe it's been that long! I loved watching it back then and I still love it. My kids didn't really like watching this version until recently because they found the Grinch to be kind of scary but now they like it. We saw the updated, animated version in theaters a couple of weeks ago and I love it, too! It's super cute. The teacher in me had my kids compare and contrast the two movies and they actually enjoyed doing that! Win!

T H E  S T A R
It's super important to my husband and I that our children understand the true meaning of Christmas and why we are celebrating. The Star did such a great job of telling the Nativity Story. We have watched this one a couple of times and I would definitely recommend it!

B E L I E V E
This movie wasn't originally on my list but after publishing this post, one of my readers recommended it. It's such an inspiring and encouraging story of why it's important stay faithful and to never stop believing. My husband and I really loved this. Such a great movie!

L O V E  A C T U A L L Y
This is obviously the non-family friendly movie on this list. This movie came out in 2003, when I was a senior in high school. I remember going to the theater to watch it! I love the intertwining stories and the overall message of the movie. I watch it at least once a year (or more)!

And, a bonus pick (that isn't a Christmas movie): D U M P L I N'
This movie was just released on Netflix and it's getting great reviews! My husband and I watched it this week and I'm already ready to watch it again. It's about a teenager who wants to prove a point about measuring up and fitting in. This movie is rated PG-13 so it's not necessarily made for children but it's definitely a movie that I would like to watch with my girls in the future.

What are you current favorite movies on Netflix?!

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Instagram Roundup

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Happy Wednesday! It's another day off of school and work. I officially have serious cabin fever! I'm on team cautious so I typically don't go out in snowy/icy weather unless I really have to. Mostly because I'm worried about other drivers who aren't cautious. But, I have to get out of this house today! I have officially deep cleaned my kitchen and bathrooms. I have loved the extra slow pace of snow days but I'm really ready for a little bit of normal routine before Christmas break begins and we are totally off our regular schedule again!

Today, I'm sharing my weekly roundup of outfits and photos from over on Instagram. I have currently been living in cozy knits and festive pops of sparkle! I don't own any red so I have been getting creative with planning holidays outfits with neutrals, glitter, and of course, pink. I have a casual Christmas party tonight and I'm planning to wear black and white plaid with a pop of gold and pink!

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This is my current favorite sweater (wearing a size XS/S)! I have had it less than a month and I think I've worn it eight times (maybe more). It's just so cozy!


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Yes to glitter heels! I have been wearing them as much as possible this month. I love adding a little sparkle to my December outfits! Sweater is a size small.


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I have been a fan of Nickel & Suede earrings for a long time! They are lightweight, leather earrings. They just recently came out with their first post back style and my husband got them for me for my birthday. I love the round design!


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I've shared this hoodie a few times over on Instagram but really, it's the best! I wore it Friday... Sunday... and Monday! Haha! My husband was wondering if I was ever going to wear anything else. I sized up for a cozier fit and I love the pockets on the side! I even ordered a second one because I love it that month. It's also budget friendly and comes in three colors (gray, burgundy, and black)! Wearing a size medium in the hoodie. 


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I just got this oversized turtleneck sweater in the mail yesterday and I know it's going to be worn a lot this season. I stuck with my normal size in this one (a size small).


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This comfy hiking boots are my favorite boots right now. I also love wearing them with camp socks for a cozy look! I typically get a 8.5 in boots but I went with an 8 in these.


Thanks for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Snow Days and Traditions

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Hey y'all! It's another snow day here and I'm not sure when my kids will go back to school?! But, I am loving the time at home to work on unfinished projects, finish my Christmas shopping (online, of course), enjoy some family time, and just relax. December can be such a busy month that feels like it just breezes by and before we know it, it's over. I feel like these snow days are a gift. A gift to just slow down, rest, and enjoy this beautiful season!

Today, I thought it would be fun to share some of our family's snow day traditions (new and old)! 

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S A U S A G E  B A L L S | I shared these on my Instagram stories on Sunday and I was so surprised at how many people had never heard of them. They are a pretty common breakfast item where I live so I have grown up eating them. We also always make them on Christmas morning and really any other slow morning at home. 

My favorite thing about sausage balls is that you can come up with so many different flavor combinations by changing up the type of cheese you use, adding it various seasonings, or using a different type of sausage (we love Neese's with extra sage)!

 This is the basic recipe I use each time I make them:

Ingredients:
-2 cups of Bisquick 
-2 cups of shredded cheese
-1 lb. of sausage 

Directions:
1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix together with hands.
2. Roll mixture into walnut sized balls. 
3. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees.

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P L A Y  O U T S I D E | My husband is way better at this part than I am, haha. Being cold isn't my favorite but I always bundle up with my kids and husband to get outside. We always do a little sledding, make snow angels, throw snow balls, and build a snow... lady. My girls had so much fun accessorizing her with items from their bedrooms. I love how she turned out!

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M U L L E D  W I N E | This is a new tradition for us but I have been wanting to try mulled wine. I grabbed this Winter Wassail when we were at Trader Joe's and an inexpensive bottle of Zinfandel wine to finally make this warm drink (which literally tastes like Christmas in a cup).

Mulled Wine Recipe:

Ingredients:
-4 cups of Winter Wassail (you could also use spiced apple cider)
-1 bottle of dry wine (preferably red but white works, too)
-2 cinnamon sticks

Directions:
1. Combine ingredients in a pot on the stove.
2. Keep the burner on low and let the mixture simmer for at least 10-15 minutes.
3. Enjoy a cup!
4. The remaining mulled wine mixture can stay on the stove until you are finished drinking it but don't let it boil at all. 

You can also add cranberries and orange slices for even more flavor!

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F A M I L Y  T I M E | When my husband is at home, we try to spend as much time together as a family, especially on snow days. I'm pretty sure we watched every single family friendly Christmas movie on Netflix. It's also a tradition to play Uno as a family! We all get a little bit competitive when we play but we have so much fun. My girls love earning candy after each round for showing good sportsmanship during the game!

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What are your snow day traditions?! I would love to hear them!

Thank you for visiting! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Three Things From The Weekend

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Hey y'all! Today isn't a typical Monday. We got our first big snow of the season yesterday and there's no school today. Who knows when my kiddos will go back to school?! Basically, North Carolina shuts down when we get a significant amount of snow. But, I'm not complaining! I love snow and I absolutely love these slow days at home with my family. I'll be sharing more about our family's snow day traditions here on the blog tomorrow! 

Today, I'm sharing three things from the weekend. Since we knew we would get stuck at a home for at least a couple days, we took full advantage of our Friday and Saturday. We squeezed in as much much fun and food as possible (which is basically our two favorite things to do together as a family)! 

1. D O W N T O W N  A S H E B O R O | My husband has some extra days that he needs to use before the end of the year so he took Friday off. The girls were at school so we had a date day together! I dragged him to my workout class, we did some grocery shopping, and then we had a lunch together at The Table. I go there weekly but he rarely gets to join me. We had the best sandwiches, soup, and peppermint lattes. Their food and atmosphere never disappoints!

The girls were in our local Christmas parade (this was Julianna's fifth time) with their dance studio. After we dropped them off at their float, we went to a couple other places downtown, including The Painted Batter. They have the most delicious (and super pretty) sweets! We grabbed a treat for us and for the girls before finding a place to watch the parade. 

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2. D A Y  T R I P  TO  W I N S T O N - S A L E M | We have been wanting to visit a few places in Winston-Salem, about a 45 minute drive from where we live, so we finally went on Saturday. I have literally had Sweet Potatoes on my food bucket list for over a year. We had tried to go before but it was closed. Well, it was worth the wait and it didn't disappoint! Sweet potatoes, like you would expect, are in almost dish they serve. You can get a basic sweet potato, loaded with all kinds of unique toppings like pineapple! I got the chicken and sweet potato waffle fries with hot honey. It was delicious! My husband got the pork chop sandwich and it had peanut butter on it! It sounds strange but it was actually a really good combination. It was also on a sweet potato bun! Overall, we give it two thumbs up and we will definitely be going back soon!

We also visited two super family friendly breweries in the downtown area. We love trying new craft beer and we loved both of the places we tried! We went to Wise Man Brewing first and we loved the atmosphere. The parking situation here is great because they have a big parking lot. Easy parking is important to me, lol. We also visited Fiddlin' Fish Brewing Company and they had a lot of really unique beers! I loved the Major Winston's Wheat. We have been to a lot of breweries and these two were two of the best we have ever been to! We loved the beer and the family friendly vibe. 

Our last stop was George's Grecian Corner for dinner. I am a big fan of Greek food so I love trying new to me places! I got my go-to chicken souvlaki and it was so good. The food was prepared fresh and the staff was super friendly. This is a family owned restaurant and has been in business for many years. We will definitely be back when we are in the area again!

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3. T RA D E R  J O E ' S | Anytime we are in a town that has a Trader Joe's, we have to go! It's just the most fun grocery store of all time. We love sampling the food and drinks! My kids also love going there because you get prizes if you find the hidden stuffed animal in the store. The unique food and drink options plus the gorgeous flowers and plants, keep us coming back! I stocked up on some of my favorites while we were there, including the peanut butter cups, tomato basil pasta sauce, peppermint pretzel slims, wine, and soup! I also added a few new items to my cart to try out. What are some of your favorite items to buy at Trader Joe's?

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Thank you so much for visiting! I hope you have a great day!

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