0 In fall/ fashion/ friday favorites/ home decor

Friday Favorites – mules, easy dinner ideas and more decor!

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Happy Friday friends!  This past weekend my baby turned 2 and we’ve been celebrating all week long! I also made a trip to Hobby Lobby and scored some really cute decor. First, let me take a step back. My sister was on the hunt for some decor for her bedroom so I tagged along with all intentions of window shopping and checking out their Christmas stuff. But I found some things I just couldn’t pass up.  I ended up restyling my built ins in the living room (I’ll share that in another post soon), and added some cute farmhouse decor to my kitchen which I’m sharing with you all today.

It’s been awhile since I did a “Friday Favorites” post so I thought I’d share some of the things I’m loving this week.

Mules-

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I have never been a shoe fanatic. My super wide, flat 6 1/2s makes me dread shoe shopping. Until I discovered mules that is. They make you look instantly chic and are super comfy. And I think they’re the perfect shoe for the gal on the go or busy moms. Here are some of my favorite pairs (click images to bring you to the site!)

From Target

 

This tan pair from old navy

 

 

This fur pair from Lord & Taylor

 

 

Everyone needs a pair of leopard print shoes

 

 

White slip on sneakers

 

 

Quick, easy dinners from Trader Joe’s –

Trader Joes frozen meals

So about once a week after I drop off the dude at school I like to hit up TJ’s. I don’t do all of my grocery shopping there but I love them for their frozen meals. They’re great for after working a 12 hour shift or sometimes if I just don’t feel like making dinner but I want to make a wholesome meal.  Our favorites are the mandarin chicken which I serve over some broccoli and brown rice. Or you can serve it with their frozen vegetable rice but sometimes I just eat that as is, it’s so good. And we also love their cheesy spaghetti squash casserole, and butternut squash mac and cheese!

Netflix documentary – The Staircase

Ok so if you don’t know by now, I love true crime documentaries.  I got hooked when I was home on maternity leave and that was all that was on TV.  I just started The Staircase on Netflix. It’s about a woman who was found at the bottom of the staircase in her house and it’s a matter of did her husband kill her or was it an accident? So good. My other favorite for anyone that has HBO is The Jinx. I watched that one in one day.

 

Blanket Scarves – 

bean boots

I snagged this one this week. It’s so big and I love to wear it as a scarf or shawl.  Plus I think this flannel print is perfect for the fall and winter months.

Decorative trays – 

farmhouse decor

I was looking to add a touch of farmhouse to my kitchen. I found this cute Thyme sign at Hobby Lobby. To give it a little height I picked up this tray, added a boxwood for some greenery, and then added some other stuff I had around the house. I love the way that a tray can pull together some little knick knacks and make it look a little more elegant. Plus you can change out some of the little elements for different seasons.

 

this galvanized tray

 

I like this galvanized tray and it comes with the greenery
Rustic tray
I love this rustic wood one from Amazon
Hope you all have a great weekend! I would love to know some things you’re crushing on this week. 
 

0 In marriage/ relationships

Dear Husband, Thank You

Dear Husband,

It is our anniversary. And on our special day, I wanted to say “thank you”.  Because I don’t say it enough. And I know that me sharing this on the internet may make you squirm in your seat but in this busy season of life and parenthood I may not have a chance to sit down and tell you.

First, thank you for giving me a chance. I know when we first met, I may not have given the best first impression. Thank you for sweeping me off of my feet when I wasn’t looking for love.

Thank you for taking those dance lessons I begged you for before our wedding even though you needed some liquid courage.

Thank you for letting me steal the covers and take up 75% of our bed every night. I appreciate your selflessness as you cling to the edge of the mattress so that I can have a good night’s sleep.

Thank you for carrying in all of the groceries.  I’ve never known anyone to fit so many bags on each arm and carry them all in at once.

Thank you for just really getting me. You know that when I come home and whip off my bra and put on that certain pair of yoga pants and your old t-shirt it means I’ve had a rough day. Without a single thought you go out and get my favorite ice cream (chocolate peanut butter cup) and put on Law and Order SVU reruns so that I can decompress.

Speaking of tv, thank you for all the times you’ve watched Grey’s Anatomy, HGTV and all of the Real Housewives with me. Although, I think you secretly enjoy them.

Thank you for putting up with all of my quirks. Like how I load the dishwasher,  have certain towels that are for decor and that you can actually use, and how I turn into a trucker when I get behind someone who is driving too slow.

Thank you for working so hard for our family so that I could stay home longer with our son and be the type of mother I’ve always envisioned.  All of those hours, it does not go unnoticed.

Thank you for understanding that I need my “me time” and never giving me a hard time when I need a solo trip to Target or a glass of wine with a friend.

And when I’m looking for a fight and say some words, thank you for just biting your tongue and walking away (although at the time I may want you to fight back and nothing infuriates me more than your silence.) Thank you for your forgiveness.

Thank you for loving me through my dark times and even though you may not always understand, for your patience and your listening ear.

Thank you for telling me how beautiful I am when I ask if I look fat and for truly still seeing me as the girl you fell in love with.

Thank you for doing all of those things I did not even have to ask. Like filling up my gas tank when you move my car and see it’s empty, picking up that pile of crap we’ve been walking past on the stairs, and taking out the trash.

Thank you for being an incredible father.  From helping with diaper duty, to bath time and our morning marathons trying to get everyone ready and out the door, you do it all with ease. I love the way you get down on the floor and play with our son as you soon as you get home from work, still in your work clothes. And how excited you get showing him different trucks, tractors, and trains. And no one else looks cuter singing Baby Shark (Doo Doo Doo Doo).


Thank you for being my person. The one that I want to talk to about my day.  The one who believes in me, fights for me and always supports me.

You ‘re still sweeping me off of my feet.
Happy Anniversary.

Love,
me XoXo

2 In Amazon/ Fall fashion/ Style

19 sweaters on Amazon you need in your closet

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Fall in Upstate New York is pretty much my favorite time of year.  Like all basic girls, pumpkin spice, flannel scarves, cozy sweaters, and Ugg boots are just a few of the things that make my heart happy (who says being basic is a bad thing?) I live for sweater weather. Sweaters are an effortless way to look put together. Throw one on over a pair of leggings with some boots or a comfy cardigan over a t shirt and jeans and you’re good to go.

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Basic puggle and she’s got no shame

Because I’m obsessed with all things Amazon, I found 19 of my favorite sweaters, each one under $50 and most can be ordered Prime. (Who’s your girl?)

Here are 19 of my favorite sweaters on Amazon

Pullovers

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Cardigans

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Tunics

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Sweater Vests

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Sweater Dresses

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What’s your favorite sweater look? I personally love an oversized, chunky pullover or cardi with a big scarf.

And I’m sharing where you can shop all of my Amazon favorites!

3 In breakfast/ food/ holidays/ Recipes

The Ultimate Apple Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

I love fall and all the comforting, warm flavors that come with it.  This apple cinnamon french toast casserole is so reminiscent of fond memories with family and friends during the fall and holiday season.

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There is just something about fall that makes it my favorite time of year.  I have so many fond memories apple picking with family, the smells of the apples and cinnamon wafting through the house as my mom made her famous homemade pie.  She usually only makes it twice a year, once after we go apple picking and for the holidays and it’s something I always look forward to.  I used to love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and eating a slice of that warm apple pie for breakfast. Having dessert for breakfast just feels so decadent and I love the way that food and flavors can trigger memories.

This past weekend, the temps got a little chilly. You bet I busted out my favorite chunky sweater and we hit up the apple orchard for some picking.  When I came home with my bushel, I was thinking, “what am I going to make with all of these apples?”  I decided to throw together this apple cinnamon french toast casserole.  Now I’m not one for breakfast.  Usually it’s just a cup of french roast with cream for me.  But this apple cinnamon french toast casserole reminds me of my mom’s apple pie and those feelings of comfort and indulgence.

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Ingredients

  • Butter (for greasing your pan)
  • 1-2 loaves of french bread cut into thick slices
  • 12 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 2 tsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp of nutmeg
  • 4 apples cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup of pecans roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar (for topping)
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon (for topping)
  • Powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

1.) Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.

2.) Lightly grease your casserole dish with a stick of butter. (I used my 9×13 corningware)

3.) Arrange the slices of bread into the casserole dish so that the tops are facing up.

4.)  In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg.

5.) Pour the egg mixture over the bread into the casserole dish, being sure to soak each piece.

6.) Add the apples and pecans, pushing them down into the cracks between each slice of bread.

7.) Combine the granulated sugar and cinnamon into a small bowl and sprinkle on top.

8.) Bake in the oven uncovered for 40 minutes.

9.) Let cool before serving.  I dusted some confectioners sugar on top and to make it a little more   special, a dollop of whipped cream.

 

 

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Enjoy! And Happy Fall!

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