Gift Guide for 3 & 4 Year Old Boys

1. Walkie Talkies- Matthew got a set of walkie talkies for his birthday and my boys love them! It took them a few tries to get the hang of it but once they did it's been so fun to watch them run around the house talking to each other

2. Lego Juniors Sets - Miller is just getting into regular legos and these junior sets are perfect. Since he's still needs help putting them together these have been a good introduction to legos and hopefully he'll move onto the bigger sets soon as he gets the hang of it.

3. Easel- my boys got this easel about 2 years ago for Christmas and still love it. One side has paper for coloring and painting and the other side is a chalk board.  This brand has been super sturdy and survived my crazy boys for two years so I highly recommend it even though it seems pricey.

4. Super Hero Capes- if you have boys or girls that love super heros you need this set! So much fun for playing dress up and the kids can take turns being different super heros

5. Micro Mini Deluxe Kick Scooter- we got these scooters for the boys last Christmas and they're still a huge hit! I like the deluxe one because you can adjust the handle size so it was perfect for Matthew as a new two year old and will easily adjust for him probably until he's 5 or more.

6. Dinosaur Helmet- I think this is technically a dragon helmet but when Miller was resistant to wearing a helmet last year I bought this and called it a dinosaur helmet and he loved it #gottadowhatyougottado

7. Play- Doh- we love play doh in this house and can never have enough of it.  These are always good stocking stuffers for the boys

8. Magna Tiles- Miller just got into these at school this year. His teacher told me it's pretty much all he plays with so I think we might need a set for home

9. Shark Bite Game-both the boys are so into games now and after seeing about 100 commercials for this one they're obsessed.  Thinking Santa or grandma will bring this one for them to enjoy

10. Hot Wheels Garage- my boys have just gotten really into Hot Wheels over the past few months and really want this garage.  After having dinosaur and animal obsessed kids for the past few years this is a new one for me but it looks like it can do quite a few things and is big enough to keep them both entertained so we'll see if Santa springs for it.

What's on your kids wishlist this year? 

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Five on Friday

TGIF Friends!! I am so happy to see you Friday! It's been chaos in this house the last two weeks with the kids being sick all last week, me and Matthew being sick this week.  I just feel like we cannot catch a break.  Kyle and I have a wild Friday planned to clean, clean, clean this place and wash every piece of laundry there is in hopes of getting rid of all these germs.  I tempted to open the windows since it's 50 degrees out to get some fresh air coming through.  I cannot believe next week is Thanksgiving and I'm trying not to feel the stress of the holidays even though I feel it creeping up on me.  Anyone else starting to feel like that??

So I wanted to pop in today and just share five things I've been loving lately with you all. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

1. Dry Bar Detox Dry Shampoo 

I have very fine hair that gets greasy really quickly. Like by the 6pm of a regular day so I usually have to wash it everyday and I had not found a dry shampoo that actually worked until this one!  I have tried so many of them and always skipped over this one because of the price tag.  Then one day at Ulta I was like it has great reviews I might as well try it and I'm so happy I did.  This is seriously the only dry shampoo that actually makes my hair look good and not greasier than it already is.  I was in shock the first time I used it. It pulls all the grease out of my hair and gives it volume and texture so its not flat against my head.  $23 might be high but it's worth it in my book! I'm hoping this will help my blonde highlights extend a little longer between salon visits this winter.  

Every year we go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving and my mother in law hosts the whole family.  When I saw these wine glasses I knew I had to get them for her!  She loves themed wine glasses and doesn't have any for fall or Thanksgiving so I knew these would be perfect.  Right now they are on sale and I thought they would be a perfect little thank you for hosting us gift.   Since we show up with two kids and our dog ;) 

While I love a lot of pumpkin spice things I haven't been the biggest fan of the pumpkin spice coffee (I like the lattes and the creamer just not the coffee itself) until I tried this the other morning at a friend's house.  It has the perfect amount of pumpkin spice flavor that I didn't even need any creamer in it.  I know we're heading out of pumpkin spice season but I going to snag a container of these at my local TJ's this weekend if they have them before I missed it! Have any of you tried these?  

So in my desperate attempt to get my kids to actually eat their food I bought these plates on Amazon. I had just been using big round plastic plates from Target and I think I may have been putting too much food on their plates and then expecting them to eat more than they actually could.  So I bought these and I really think it might be working.  I've had divided plates before but they were either too big or two small and I think these are the perfect size.  

If you haven't hopped on the mules bandwagon yet you need to start with these!! They're so comfy an easy to walk in, plus I think they could dress up so many outfits but look great for running errands with the kids.  A few people have asked me if I find walking in mules hard and I really don't but I know a lot of people don't like them.  I think my best advice is to just give them a try around your house and try not to think to hard about how you're walking in them.  

What are you loving this week? 

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Thoughts for Thursday: Crockpot Meals, Essential Oils and Life Lately

Happy Thursday Friends!  How is everyone doing this week? Our week has been totally off because I've been down for the count with a cold I got from the kids.  I haven't felt this awful in so long.  I'm on day five and starting to feel a bit better today.

On Monday I broke out my crock pot for the first time in years and made Christina from Carolina Charm's Crockpot Baked Potato Soup.  It was amazing and so easy to make!! I highly recommend this one for the upcoming cold winter months and my Kyle loved it.  I mean who wouldn't?!

I'm not a food blogger so excuse the picture ;)

Crock Pot Baked Potato Soup

1 bag (30 oz) frozen hash-brown potatoes
2 cans (14 oz ea) chicken broth
1 can (10.75 oz) cream of chicken soup
1/2 C chopped onion
1/3 tsp ground black pepper
1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
Garnish: minced green onion, Cheddar, shredded, and bacon

In a crock pot, combine potatoes, broth, soup, onion, and pepper. Cover, and cook on low for 5 hours. Stir in cream cheese, cook 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until combined. Garnish with green onion, and/or Cheddar and bacon if desired.

The crock pot was so easy to use I've decided it's going to be my go to over the next few months. Don't ask me why I haven't used it in years but I would love for you all to send me all your favorite crock pot recipes!! 

After lots of convincing over the past few months I finally broke down and bought some essential oils.  My sister and quite a few of my friends use them religiously so I'm hoping they really will help us kick all these germs out of our house along with keeping this place calm and serene (one can dream right?!)   I went with the Young Living premium starter pack.  If you're into oils I would love, love, love to hear what your favorite oil combos are and what they do!

Last weekend we celebrated my nephew's second birthday and he loves Mickey Mouse so look at this amazing cake my sister got him!  If you're local it's from Cakes by Rachel.

It was our first really cold weekend last weekend so I bundled up in this Loft sweater, which you probably saw on my Instagram but it's so warm and cozy but not too heavy that you can't fit it under your coat easily.  It also comes in black and midnight blue.  

Sweater// Jeans // Booties (which are now under $80)

Our living room furniture got delivered!! We've been waiting for it for about 3 months now so I'm so happy it's here.  Here is a little sneak peek and I'm hoping one day soon to actually share a home tour with all the improvements we've completed around the house.  

If you are looking for new slip on sneakers I just snagged these Vince ones from Neiman Marcus Last Call a few weeks ago. I got them for $95 but they're now marked down to $79.50 and they normally retail for $195!! They're so comfy and the color goes with everything. 

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week!! I'm so excited for the holiday season but also feeling so behind since I've been sick this week and accomplished nothing on my to do list.  Hoping I will have a productive weekend to get ready! 

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