Thanksgiving Faves

IMG_4672{pumpkin pie cookies}

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Are you ready for Thursday? I’m clearly running behind this week, as this was supposed to be a Friday Faves post, and then a Monday Faves post, and now here we are, two days before the big day. You probably have all of your menu planning figured out, your shopping done, and everything prepped as much as possible by now.  But hopefully a few of these links might still come in handy, or perhaps like me, you can just bookmark them for next year.

FullSizeRender{Glassybaby + glitter leaves}

IMG_4646{my favorite side dish}

IMG_1041{Harper’s Thanksgiving present from Auntie}

IMG_4767{I got these outfits on sale at Baby Gap last fall – so excited they finally fit}

Friday Faves

IMG_4132{post-halloween indulgences}

Happy first week of November! What are you up to this weekend? I have a family birthday party tonight, and my good friends’ housewarming party tomorrow….two excuses to do a little fall baking and perhaps sangria-making! Trying to soak up these crisp, sunny fall days before they turn into the rain we know is coming. Hope you have a lovely Friday ~ some links and pics, if you’re interested:

  • How delicious does this apple cider sangria sound?
  • Adele is back! (I’ve missed her).
  • Making these tonight for a children’s birthday party.
  • Can’t wait to binge-watch Aziz Ansari’s new show!
  • Should I ask for these for my birthday? (These are cute too, and on sale!)

IMG_4047{kabocha squash and ricotta toasts – more delicious than they look}

IMG_4216{red cups are here! (although apparently the “real” holiday cups debut next week?)}

IMG_4215{can’t wait to read this}

IMG_4218{cutest little pumpkin and little(r) ladybug!}

IMG_4217{and a bonus photo, just because – such mean parents and auntie!}

Friday Faves

IMG_2901{fall foliage + fog}

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I’m off to Key West…looking forward to eating lots of Key Lime Pie, listening exclusively to Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney, and doing everything the NYT’s “36 Hours” article tells me to do. We’ll have more than 36 hours though (5 days!), so if you have any recommendations I would love to hear them! Wishing everyone a lovely fall weekend. Some fun photos and articles for your Friday:

  • Facial mists – I’ve never really tried them, but this article makes me want to start!
  • I’ve been craving this pasta all week.
  • Loved this week’s Modern Love (Last week’s Modern Love? It’s published online on Thursdays but printed in the Sunday NYT, so depending upon how you read it…)
  • I’m really working on perfecting my roast chicken this fall (have you ever made “Engagement Chicken”? My friend Kristy did one time…..but it didn’t work.)
  • I can’t wait to go visit Eagle the Penguin!

IMG_2660{Queso Fundido for MNF – Go Hawks!}

IMG_2937{I made these photo books for Cooper per a recommendation from Cup of Jo – I did one with his monthly photos and one with pictures of his favorite people. He’s currently not that into them but I’m sure he will be at some point….right? I think it’s a cute gift idea, regardless!}

IMG_2938{Such a thoughtful “just because” gift from my dear friend Jessie ~ I’ve been drinking my detox tea out of it all week! In related news, did anyone catch that game last night? Go Dawgs!}

IMG_2932{My two favorite uncooperative photo subjects in the Petit Bateau outfits I got them about a year ago – now that Coop finally fits into his, Harper has almost outgrown hers. Damn those French sizes! And yes, this took two takes, thus the two different bows}

Friday Faves

IMG_2510{early morning on the lake}

Happy October from beautiful Lake Chelan! I had such a whirlwind trip with my sister and little nephew last week that I forgot to post on Friday – so last week’s Friday Faves are this Monday’s Faves instead! We had the best time splashing in the lake and in the pool, chasing ducks, digging in the sand…..and of course lots of wine and cheese! I hope your weekend was equally fun, and that your Monday is off to a lovely start! Some fun links and pics from the week:

IMG_2308{Smitten Kitchen’s apple cake and butternut squash galette (from the cookbook)…..and a salad}

IMG_2426{wine with my sis in my new Husky drinkers}

IMG_2536{obsessed with this anti-aging hand cream}

IMG_2293{Having a little baby around makes holidays so much more fun! Cooper’s pumpkin bag was one of the first things I ordered with his name on it (seriously – I just looked it up in my email archives and I ordered it the day he was born!), so of course I had to get one for Harper as soon as PBK released their Halloween stuff this year (order date: July 20).  And then I set about to fill it with everything I put in Coop’s last year. Treat bag from PBK, books from Amazon, sleepers from Hanna Andersson (similar here, I actually got this version on sale after Halloween last year) and Carter’s, onesie, tutu, and pumpkin hat from Gymboree, Lifefactory bottle with candy, Baby Bling Bows (black and orange knots). *The Gymboree onesie and hat are no longer available, at least online, but if you’re in the market Janie and Jack has some pretty cute options (onesie, hat) – probably would have gotten those for H if I hadn’t already given her her goodie bag! I’m thinking she’ll still be able to squeeze into the 12-18 month next fall, so I’ll be watching the sale racks on November 1st!}

IMG_2294{And don’t worry, Coop got a few things too! Gymboree tee (adorable J&J alternative here), Hanna sleeper (also purchased on sale after Halloween last year, 2015 boys version here), Curious George book, and two Beavs hats that aren’t pictured – really more of just a random purchase than a Halloween gift, but the team colors are black and orange so it’s a two for one}.

Friday Faves

photo-136 {layered carrot cake + birthday candles}

Happiest of Fridays, friends! I know it’s not technically summer for a couple more weeks, but with forecasts in the 80s this weekend it feels like we’ve left spring behind already! Any exciting plans for the weekend? We’re celebrating a dear friend’s birthday tomorrow, and I’m excited to sit out on a gorgeous patio and drink my favorite Moscow Mule in the sunshine. Sometimes it’s the little things, right? Wishing everyone a stress-free Friday and a lovely sunny weekend! Some favorite links and photos from the week (slash, past two months! A backlog of faves, as usual):

  • Love this list of Joanna’s top 12 recipes (I would like a #10 right now, please)
  • I ordered this on Wednesday – hoping it will be as amazing as advertised (thanks, Emily, for the tip!)
  • Can’t wait to try this salad and this salad – both from Bowl + Spoon (below – a double (triple?) fave this week!)
  • Love a cute summer tote (I would like 1, 2, 4, and/or 8)!
  • Has everyone read this post by now? So heartbreaking, but at the same time really beautiful.

photo-135 {a really good hostess gift/three of my favorite things}

photo-124 {my new summer treat}

photo 1-45 {Love Sara and Hugh’s new cookbook!}

photo-134 {So excited for summer with my two best buds!}
Chairs and sun hats from Pottery Barn Kids, beach towels from Serena & Lily, sand toys from Green Toys, and Fourth of July jammies from Hanna Andersson.

Friday Faves

photo 2-31 {two weeks until spring!}

Happy Friday, friends! Two blog posts in one week, can you believe it? Let’s see if I can keep it up for the month of March. St. Patty’s Day, March Madness, a new baby niece….so much material, how could I not? That’s right – I’m officially an auntie times two! Little Harper Elizabeth joined us on Wednesday, a week early (so I hope she didn’t expect her blanket to be finished!). She’s pretty perfect…and so tiny!

What are you up to this weekend? Something fun I hope! I’m heading out of town tonight (sadly, not to Vegas for the WCC tournament), and I’ll be frantically trying to finish up Harper’s blanket on my flight.  Wishing you a wonderful weekend. Go Zags! Some fun links and pics from the week:

photo 1-35 {I gave my friend Lindsay the “single malt” glassybaby drinker for her birthday and she sent me this picture ~ almost makes me want to start drinking bourbon}

photo 1-37 {this new “adjustable” rolling pin has changed my life – or at least, my cookies}

photo 2-29 {lemon ricotta pancake at Tallulah’s with my friend Jessie, right before we both started our diets healthy eating lifestyles in preparation for her wedding in Hawaii in May}

photo-97 {One of my favorite things that I did for Coop, so I had to do it for Harper as well.  She’s going to be a sporty little gal if her dad has anything to say about it! Rattles from Land of Nod, burp cloths from Swaddle Designs.}

Friday Faves

photo 1
{New Glassybaby: Cherish, Valentine, Princess. Happy Valentine’s Day to me!}

Happy Friday the 13th! I just realized what day it is, yikes! I’ve had the hardest time getting into this blog lately, but I couldn’t miss a Friday Faves the day before Valentine’s Day – way too much pink and red to post. I hope everyone has had a wonderful week and is looking forward to a fun and/or relaxing weekend ~ and a happy heart day! Some fun links and pics to get you a little closer to 5pm:

photo-109
{spectacular venue for my friends’ Katie and Brian’s lovely Seattle wedding last weekend}

photo-111{last minute valentines}

photo-110{Coop and I are in the spirit (even if he won’t look at the camera)!}

photo 1-32
{treat baskets for my two favorite babies}

photo 3-16
{basket and liner from pottery barn, books, lifefactory bottle (with valentine peanut butter m&ms of course), sleepers from old navy and gymboree and onesie from the baby gap, valentine glassybaby, heart teether from land of nod, reusable squeeze packets from amazon, and stickers from etsy}

photo 4-12
{basket and liner from pottery barn, books, lifefactory bottle (also with m&ms), sleeper from hanna andersson, onesie from old navy, heart tutu and headband from gymboree, pink headband from nordstrom, princess glassybaby}

Friday Faves

photo 3-15 {hot cocoa cookies}

How is this the last Friday before Christmas? Are you ready? I have pretty much everything checked off my list, but I keep feeling like there’s something (or some things) I’m forgetting. I do have a dinner party for 23 to worry about on Monday, and then Christmas Eve dessert for 25. Any ideas?  I’ve been too busy trying to process the Serial finale to worry about entertaining.

I’ve decided not to stress out about it, though, because Christmas should be fun, not stressful. Right? Wishing everyone a calm, peaceful weekend.  I hope yours is filled with yummy treats and lots of time spent with your favorite people (and maybe a manicure). And if you need any last minute entertaining tips or gift ideas (or maybe just want to see a picture of my favorite little guy):

photo 1-29 {easy idea for hostess gifts}

photo-102{satsumas at the market}

photo-94 {loving my new “Grace” Glassybaby}

photo-96 {Coop’s first Christmas photo}

photo-98 {special wrapping paper for my little buddy…}

photo-99{and my new little buddy to be!}

Friday Faves

photo 2 {love my new Christmas candle (and so does Oprah!)}

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!! I was shopping downtown yesterday for the first time in a while, and all of the lights and decorations (and of course the big tree!) made me so happy.  I did 99% of my Christmas shopping online this year, and while I didn’t miss the crowds or the parking, I guess I missed out on a little Christmas spirit.  Or perhaps I can appreciate the ambiance more since I’m not running around trying to buy a million gifts and then getting back to my car before I have a $35 bill at the garage (or a parking ticket!).

How are your Christmas lists coming along? I thought about writing a gift guide (every blog must have one, right?), but when I started thinking of ideas I realized they were either what I’ve already bought for everyone on my list or what I hope to receive myself (although, they’re all really good gifts so maybe that’s ok?!?!). Anyway, I linked to a few of my favorite already-written gift guides instead (below), plus maybe a few things I wouldn’t mind finding under the tree on Christmas morning. You know, just in case Santa is reading. Happy Friday!

  • Cup of Jo gift guides: Mom, HusbandSister, Brother, Kiddos, Best Friend.  Lots of clever ideas on these lists – especially for guys, who are always hard to shop for!
  • I still love my friend Yoona’s gift guides from a few years ago – for men and women.
  • I really wish I had thought to write this blog post myself. Every year I get dozens of these cards, and every year I debate calling the culprit (aka my friend or relative who was kind enough to send me a Christmas card) and giving them a helpful tip on how to use (and not use!) an apostrophe. It seems kind of mean so I never have the nerve, but really I think it would be the right thing to do. Hopefully they will just read this instead.
  • My goals for hostess gifts, neighbor gifts, etc: homemade hot chocolate mix, homemade marshmallows, and gingerbread biscotti.
  • Things I wouldn’t mind finding under the tree (and probably no one else would either): this hat (which I didn’t even know I wanted until I saw it last night), a good hair dryer and flat iron and/or curling iron, anything from Jo Malone (the new unisex fragrances are kind of amazing), magazine subscriptions (I love Martha Stewart, Bon Appétit, People, Vanity Fair – or what about the Sunday New York Times?) And of course, my all time favorite gift to give and to receive: Glassybaby.

photo 2 {My favorite new Christmas accessory: red lipstick. I’m only about five years late to this party.  I love these two (lipstick queen and besame, plus liner).  Next I need the matching gloss and then probably this one (in “scoundrel”), which Mindy Kaling claims everyone can wear}

photo 4 {getting in the spirit – care packages for my two favorite college freshmen}

photo-95 {power outage + glassybaby}

photo 1 {my little buddy loves Mariah just like his auntie}

Friday Faves, Black Friday Edition

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{stockings for Coop and Baby (Girl) N – stockings, jammies, bottles (with candy!), ornaments and ornament kit (here, here, and here), personalized book, teethers, toys – and I’m just getting started!}

Happy Black Friday! I hope you’ve recovered from yesterday’s festivities (green smoothie for breakfast?). I had one of the best Thanksgiving nights in recent memory thanks to the Seahawks game (and this hilarious post-game interview).  And now we need to gear up for Christmas!  I’ll be spending my Black Friday on the couch with my laptop – so many good deals out there, and not one single crowd/line/parking nightmare to deal with. In case you need more convincing:

  • 25% off at Madewell (thru Sunday).
  • 30% off at J. Crew (plus 40% off sale and 50% off Factory, thru Sunday).
  • 30% off Lucy (thru Sunday).
  • 40% off C. Wonder (thru Monday). Sorry Tory! So many cute gift ideas!
  • 50% off at Gap/Banana/Old Navy (Gap: today only; Banana: 50% off only one item, the rest is 40% off; Old Navy: in store only, although lots is on sale online).
  • 25% off at Hanna Andersson (for my mommy friends – or if you’re a crazy auntie like me). This one is in store only, which is a bummer. But potentially worth it, depending on how many kiddos in your life need Christmas jammies!
  • 50% off at Kate Quinn (also for moms/baby gift givers – thru Monday).

photo 1 {not to brag, but: my most successful pie crust to date!! 100% from scratch! (I finally figured out how to keep it from shrinking during par-baking and am pretty proud of myself. I’m sure 99.99% of you don’t care, but if you’d like my newfound secrets let me know)}

photo-85 {for when you need a break from shopping: happy hour red + glassybaby at Liam’s in the village}

photo-88 {my favorite christmas treat}

photo-91 {baby genius, all tuckered out from his first Thanksgiving!}