Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Keepin' It Cozy

It's finally cooled off here in California, and by cooled off I mean it's in the 50's. You'd think for a girl who spent THREE WINTERS (that how we measured timeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚) in Minnesota with sub-zero temps I'd be like, "wow, it's 50 degrees" but I'm here to tell ya' you get turned into a cold wimp fast. Anyhoo, now all I want to be is cozy. I wore this to the airport when we picked up the kids and Katie L❤VED it. As soon as she saw me she told I looked cute. I always feel like I've hit a major score when my college age daughter tells me an outfit is cute.

This was the base of the outfit and is about as comfortable as you can get.  The tunic is from Loft's Lou & Grey Signature Soft collection and they are just that...oh so SOFT.  These leggings are my favorite and I've been wearing them for years. I have them in grey also. They are from Soma and have a nice wide waistband for tummy control  and who doesn't like a little of that?!?! I finally broke down this year and bought these Sam Edelman Leopard flats I'd been drooling over for the last year  and I'm wearing them A LOT. They are in a regular rotation with my Lucky booties and now my Frye riding boots which would also look cute with this combo.

I added a blanket scarf to it and loved what it brought to the party. Kent on the other hand just looked at me and said, "that's a lot of fabric".
Sheaffer over at Sheaffer Told Me To suggested cutting your scarf in half diagonally to get rid of some of the bulk and then you get two scarves for the price of one. I haven't had the guts to take my scissors to my brand new scarf, but I did find some blanket scarves in the dollar spot at Target for $7 a while back (that look identical) and I'm thinking I'll try it with one of those. I'll keep you posted.
#getit #posted

What I failed to take a picture of was the 3rd layer of this outfit which was a red puffer vest and the crowing touch. The mix of red, plaid and leopard was absolute perfection.

red vest

O how I wish I'd remembered to grab a picture of time I will, because you can bet there will be a next time! 

Happy Wednesday friends!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Favorite Holiday Movies - Spiel the Beans Style

Hey there friends and Happy Tuesday to you! 

Hopefully you are well on your way to recovering from Thanksgiving and ready to get your Christmas on. I'm one of those in the camp of no decorating for Christmas until after Thanksgiving.
I haven't completely decided if I will start this week or wait until next week to pull all my things out and decorate our tree.

I'm so excited to be joining Shelly from The Queen in Between and Katy from the The Queen of the Kings for their SPIEL the Beans with Queens link up.

 I just love this topic...Your go to or favorite holiday movies.

I had a list that popped into my head the minute I read this and I bet some of them just might be on your list too.

Christmas Vacation

We watch this every year and every single time we watch it we laugh just like it's the first time we've seen it. It's truly a family favorite.


The Holiday

If you like romance, comedy and Christmas then this is the movie for you. I love all the characters but Jack Black and Jude Law are easily my favorites. The character Jack Black plays is a departure from most of the characters he plays and shows a more sensitive yet still funny side making him very endearing. Jude Law is just so darn cute and plays such a sweet, lovable guy, you can't help but fall in love with him.


I doubt I even need to tell you about this one. I probably only need to say the name Will Ferrell and you can figure out the rest. 

The Santa Clause

These movies are some of Katie's favorites and it doesn't even have to be Christmas to catch her watching them. Our family are big Tim Allen fans so it's only natural we'd all like this trio of movies.

Now it's your turn. What are your go to holiday movies? Leave them in the comments so we can try something new this year. Who knows, maybe they'll become favorites for our family too.


Also linking up for 

Jessica at Sweet Little Ones 
Crystal at Hall Around Texas
Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me 
Becky at BYBMG 
Laura at Life Is Beautiful 
Christina at Waltzing In Beauty 
Meghan at The Adventure Starts Here 
Whitney at Polka Dotty Place 

Here are the rest of the Spiel the Beans dates and topics if you'd like to join in on the fun.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Weekend Wrap Up - Cyber Monday

Black Friday has come and gone and now we're on to

 If you haven't already exceeded your credit limit or melted the numbers off of your credit card, there are still deals to be had.

I've rounded up a few of the deals that are out there to help you do your Cyber Monday shopping.

Let's start with...
Nordstrom - Extra 20% off select sale items with lots of great stuff on sale

Chico's - 50% off site wide and free shipping, use code 73785

Soma - 50% your highest priced item when buy 2 or more plus free shipping, use code 31362

Accessory Concierge - 40% off site wide, use code CYBERMONDAY

Gap -50% off everything, use code CYBMON

Loft - 50% off everything and FREE shipping, use code CYBERMONDAY

Bath and Body Works -  Extra 25% off entire purchase, use code CYBERWOAH

Francesssca's - 30% off entire site + 40% off boots

New York & Company - $30 off $100 (code 4697),  $15 off $50 (code 4726)

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Now onto a recap of our last few days.

We usually eat our Thanksgiving meal late afternoon so that means we have a little nosh while things are cooking.

I think one of the things we always have for our Thanksgiving and Christmas meals that might be different from a others is dumplings. There are different kinds of dumplings. The noodle type and then the more fluffy, cloud type. The fluffier type are the ones my family loves. I am learning to make dumplings because they have always been my moms specialty. I doubt mine will ever take the place of hers, but every year I'm improving...or at least that's what I'm told. Want to hear something funny? I don't even eat them. I've never been a dumpling eater so I have to have the kids taste them and tell me if they are done or not.

(the turkey just looks pink in the pic...don't worry, it was done)

We finished off the night with our Chocolate Ganache Pumpkin Pie I talked about here and playing Mexican Train Dominos.

I am forever thankful for the time we get to spend together as a family.

And I really didn't want to send these 3 back on the plane on Friday morning.

Cassie had left the day before, so we'd already had one goodbye.

Yesterday I got all the beds put back together and ready for their return in 2 1/2 weeks. That made saying goodbye Friday morning a little easier, but Kent and I were both a little mopey the first half of the day until we got out and mixed in with all the Black Friday shoppers.

Now it's time to get down to the business of transforming our house from fall to Christmas. It's exciting and exhausting all at the same time.

Happy Monday friends!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday Magic

I think this cartoon probably sums up how 95% of the men we'll see out today feel.
Can I get an A"men"!

Now it's time to get down to business.

Black Friday magic is happening at Nordstrom and here are a few of the best deals and favorites on my list.

Most sale items are an extra 20% off until 11/28, so don't wait to grab a few up and many items are being priced matched.

Be sure to go all the way to the bottom of the post for more Black Friday sale links.
I'm not giving a lot of commentary, just hitting the highlights so you can get right to shopping.

MAC Gleamstones Powder
Lots of cosmetics deals here

Blardigan (in 2 colors)

All Kendra Scott HERE

Shop the entire Nordstrom site HERE! If you are a regular Nordstrom shopper it is definitely worth it to spend a little time with your coffee and computer looking at all the great deals.

More Black Friday Sales
Click link in green to go right to site.

Carter's - 60% off and free shipping

J Crew Factory - 50-60% off everything, plus free shipping over $50

J Crew - 40% off, use code HOLIDAY

Loft - 50% off everything, use code BERRYGOOD, free shipping over $125

Alex and Ani - 20% off and free shipping (through 11/28)

Lucy - 30% off everything online and in store 

Old Navy - 50% off everything-ish (in store)

Francesca's - 30% off entire site and 40% off boots

Nordstrom - Black Friday Savings, Extra 20% off select items through Sunday

Macy's - Extra 20% off, free shipping at $50

Soma - Lot's of BOGO 1/2 off

Gap - 50% off, use code TGIF50

Target - 30% off clothing, shoes & accessories

Marc James Boutique -  25% off your entire purchase, use code BLACKFRIDAY25 (This is a new online boutique that a friend of mine has opened in Minneapolis...they have some really cute things, so check it out.)


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If you don't want to brave the crowds there are plenty of bargains to be found online and we still have Cyber Monday to look forward to.

Happy Friday Friends!!!


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving friends!

I hope you enjoy a wonderful day with family and friends. 

We've encountered a little snafu and sadness...Cassie accidentally got booked on the flight home for today instead of tomorrow with the others and now we have to say "goodbye" to her this morning.

Here are just a few of the deals I've seen for you to look at while your turkey is cooking or before your after dinner nap.

Carter's - 60% off and free shipping

J Crew Factory - 50-60% off everything, plus free shipping over $50

J Crew - 40% off, use code HOLIDAY

Loft - 50% off everything, use code BERRYGOOD, free shipping over $125

Alex and Ani - 20% off and free shipping (through 11/28)

Lucy - 30% off everything online and in store 

Old Navy - 50% off everything-ish (in store)

Francesca's - 30% off entire site and 40% off boots

Nordstrom - Black Friday Savings, Extra 20% off select items through Sunday

Macy's - Extra 20% off, free shipping at $50

Soma - Lot's of BOGO 1/2 off

Gap - 50% off, use code TGIF50

Target - 30% off clothing, shoes & accessories

Marc James Boutique -  25% off your entire purchase, use code BLACKFRIDAY25 

Blessings to you and yours!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

Today I'm joining in with MelShay and Sheaffer for their What's Up Wednesday link up. 

It's time to find out all kinds of things, so let's get started with...


UGH...I totally forgot to snap a quick picture of our White Chicken Chili we had Monday night. We were all hungry and I just served it up and we dug in.

I do have a picture of the delicious corn muffins I'm planning to share in the near future.

Yesterday we went into the city and I got to have one of my favorite lunches (or dinners) that we frequently get when spend the day over there. Boudin's clam chowder in a sour dough bread bowl.

(image from Google)


Is it to soon to be reminiscing about yesterday?


Having our kids home!!!

And spending time with them.

And having these 2 here with Katie.

And I would absolutely be remiss if I didn't share with y'all just how much "EYE" am loving my lashes since I started using Lash Boost. NO JOKE...this stuff WORKS!!!

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Monday afternoon we had family pictures made. These are just some behind the scenes pictures I had Carter take. I can't wait to see the ones our photographer friend Derek Gaumer took.


Taking the kids back to the airport of Friday. 😒


Getting ready for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I made our Sweet Potato Casserole last week and froze one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. You can read all about the process HERE.


The upcoming Christmas season and my parents coming out to visit. These are pictures from 2 years ago when they were here.


My cousin recommended this book to me and said several people had recommended it to her. I've also seen it mentioned in several blog posts by other bloggers. I've said before that I'm not much of a reader but I'm enjoying this one so far. I'm about half way through it. I read it when I'm on my elliptical. 

We are still loving This Is Us like the rest of America.

And if you haven't been watching American Housewife you really need to give it a try. We think it's really funny!!!


Christmas music!


I finally got to wear this green sweater that I ordered back in the summer during the NSALE. It is so soft, warm and cozy. I love it.

The sweater I'm wearing is no longer available, but here is on that is similar and  here is another one, both by the same maker. These sweaters are made of the softest material and feel so good on.

I also finally felt like it was cool enough to pull out my new Frye riding boots. I had been wanting to get a pair of these for about 5 years and finally broke down and got them for my birthday.


It's wouldn't be Black Friday if we didn't get out and shop with a few thousand of our closest friends #thatwevenevermet


Having my kids home for about 3 weeks and getting to spend some time relaxing with them.

My parents coming for Christmas.

Decorating for Christmas.

Making sugar cookies.

These little cookies are the perfect bite!


Trying to live in the moment and take in every second we get to spend with our children. I'm not quite sure how that last 21 years with them have gone by so quickly, but having these two home is when we are happiest. They truly are an example of your heart walking around outside of your own body.

OKAY friends, it's time to get to work on all things Thanksgiving!

Have a happy What's Up Wednesday!!!


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