Oct 12, 2018

Life Lately | Sept & Oct

I was remiss in not posting about back to school! Evie and Audrey started in August, and Heidi started pre-k in early September.
Billy Madison Adam Sandler GIF - BillyMadison AdamSandler BackToSchool GIFs 
The girls are all enjoying their classes and we're (mostly!) in our groove for getting everyone out the door on time- although admittedly early mornings are not my forte.

At the end of September Heidi turned four! We had a favorite dinner of hers, celebrating with brownies and presents on the actual day, and she was able to bring in a treat to school (Costco Rice Krispy treats ftw). 
In the days leading up whenever we asked her what she wanted for her birthday she responded, "chocolate cake!". :) I love uncomplicated four.
That weekend we gathered with family for pizza and cake and celebrated our Four Girl some more.


A Goodwill opened this past week five minutes from our house! Suffice it to say I am *quite* excited to make regular visits. While the other girls are in school Cora has been my errands and thrifting buddy.
Going out with just one kiddo in tow I'm all:

 meanwhile Cora is:
Get Me Out Of Here GIF - ViolaDavis GetMeOutOfHere Exit GIFs

so we keep our store visits short and sweet. :)

Back in August Tim and I watched the Netflix version of "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society". Has anyone else watched it? It's been several years since I read the book and while I liked the casting in the movie I felt without the whole letter aspect like in the book, a good bit was missing from the dialogue.

I never thought I would say this (as I love drinks from coffee shop$), but I've found a good Pumpkin Spiced Latte recipe to make at home! I use this recipe but prefer it with 1 1/2 cups of milk and add a little agave to sweeten. 
Fall in a cup!

That's all for now- have a great weekend!

Sep 24, 2018

So They Say {6}

Evie (frustrated with Cora impeding her cleaning up, while "Wouldn't It Be Nice" is playing in the background):
"Wouldn't it be nice if Cora was older."

Regarding our trip to Ireland-
Evie: "Will you see Saint Patrick while you're there?"

Heidi: "But we can't eat a crab."
Me: "Why not?"
Heidi: "Because. It's not food. It lives in the sea."

 Regarding the Oktoberfest music Tim put on-
Audrey: "Why are you playing this music? It's not the 4th of July."

Heidi: "I don't want to get married."
Me: "Why not?"
Heidi: "I'm too little. I just want to bring flowers."

The day before Heidi started pre-k-
Evie: "Heidi, you're going to homeschool and I'll be your teacher. We're going to do some reviews of pre-k and maybe Kindergarten."

that's marker on the budding tattoo artist's legs

Looking in the window of a Nail Spa at the mall-
Audrey (noticing the chairs): "Look, it's a dentist!"
Evie (upon closer inspection of the sign): "No Audrey, it's an 'S' 'P' 'A'."

Me: "Cora, are you intent on being miserable?"
Cora: "Ya."
Heidi: "Why is she a miserable?"

Evie: "Mermaids don't have legs."
Heidi: "Yes they do- under their swimming fing."

Unable to find a specific American Girl book to show me a picture of a tart; holding up a different one instead-
Audrey: "Mom, I couldn't find the book but it was this species of book."

Sep 2, 2018

Five Summer Favorites

Joining Ashley with some favorites of late!

Over the summer we read through all the Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books and I found them so enjoyable and easy to read. I love how Hilary Knight illustrated some of the books, too. Poor Audrey cried over coming to the end of the final book, so here's hoping we can find another series that she likes just as much!
E.L.F. lip balm- this gives some color without feeling high maintenance or a full-on color commitment. I've found it both at Walmart and the Dollar Tree, too, so- cheap!

Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate- I've tried both the concentrate and the ready to drink kind, and although I prefer the concentrate more both work nicely for an afternoon "mom treat" (however, if chocolate chip cookies are around they always win out in the afternoon).

L'Oreal mascara- I've used the same Rimmel mascara for several years, occasionally trying another brand here or there that I didn't find to be as good (or as cheap!). After hearing a few different places about this one I decided to give it a try and it is GOOD STUFF. It gives volume and length without being clumpy or goopy; one tip I read on a blog was to add a couple of drops of saline solution to the bottle if it starts drying up. I've done that and it really helped! I saw that Costco carries a two pack of it and am curious about how the price compares to Amazon.

Notepad- I just came to the end of my kitchen notepad and have my eyes on one of these pretties! Aren't they so cute?

Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!
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