Winter Break and Bored Kids… not this year!

Winter Break and Bored Kids… not this year!

Isn’t it funny how you can hear a song many times, but never really pay attention to some of the words? That happened to me the other day. We were in the car listening to Christmas music when “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” came on. Perry Como sang “… and Mom and Dad can hardly wait for school to start again.” I died laughing. So, it turns out winter break has been an issue for parents for quite some time. H & L had no idea what I thought was so funny.

I am looking forward to my kids’ school breaks. We can get up and be a little lazy. No fights over brushing L’s hair, not saying”put your shoes on!” 15 y, no making school lunches or trying to remember all the forms/donations I’m supposed to send in. I can’t wait. The flip side… constant sibling squabbles, a really messy house, and bored kids who ask for a snack every 10 minutes. I don’t want to plan every minute of our Christmas break, but I know we are going to need some activities to look forward to and stave away the cabin fever. Below are some ideas I have for my own family.

George Ranch Historical Park
This 20,000 acre working ranch isn’t far from us, and there are four separate home sites you can tour. You can also see a blacksmith working, cowboys roping and sorting cattle, hands-on activities and costumed staff!

Discovery Green Ice Skating Rink
I love Discovery Green. I think Houston did such a great job with this park and really all the parks around the city. We have never taken advantage of the ice skating rink, but recently the kids have been asking about ice skating so I think this is the year we are going to try it out.

Loop
While we are downtown, we also plan to check out Loop, a new art installation, near the George R Brown Convention center. I don’t think I can accurately describe this, so just check out the link and plan to check it out for yourself!

Sugar Land Holiday Lights
There is something magical about Christmas Lights and in Sugar Land they have over 2.5 million lights set up at Constellation Field. This is definitely on our list to check out this year.

Kemah Boardwalk
While this may not be my most favorite item on the list, I know my kids would love the rides and being by the ocean. The Boardwalk has TONS of things to do in December (check out their events page), but we might go check it out after the first of the year.

Christmas Village at Buffalo Bayou

This looks amazing! My mom sent this information to me and I’m hoping we can find a night to take the kids!

Do you have any plans for Winter Break? I am excited that we are not traveling this year and can take advantage of the fun, exciting things to do around our city! I love Houston!

xoxo –

My Favorite Things

French fries with champagne and football on TV
Dark Chocolate almonds and freshly brewed coffee
Athleta leggings and dresses in spring
These are a few of my favorite things…

So, I’m relatively new to this blogging thing and now that it is December 1 I realize I should have started curating a gift guide in September! Yikes… I didn’t do that. Next year I’ll aim to have one of those bright shiny gift guides other bloggers provide you. This year though… you’re going to get a list of my favorite things. Maybe this will help you buy gifts for others or maybe you’ll find a few things on here to add to your own list.

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The O Key Ring
I love this key ring so much more than I thought I was going to! I am usually carrying at least two bags and two water bottles out the door (not to mention my coffee!)  every morning and this key ring allows my hands to be free to carry all that stuff!

Apple Watch
I don’t know what I did without my apple watch and heaven forbid anything happen to it!

Yeti Rambler
As moms it can take us three hours to drink our cup of coffee, but my Yeti helps keeps it warm whenever I can get around to drinking it! And I have one that is personalized!

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Bare Minerals Mascara
My friend, Erica, and I are always on the lookout for the best mascara. My go to used to be Lash Paradise by L’Oreal, but now I’m loving Lashtopia by BareMinerals. Another good stocking stuffer!

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Athleta Leggings
I had such a mish mash of work out clothes that I decided I really wanted to find a pair of pants that felt good and held up well. I tried several, but ultimately Athleta Run Free and Contender leggings did it for me! They are pricey so I’m slowly adding to my collection. Hoping a pair or two show up under the tree this year.

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White T Shirt
I think I have made my love for white t shirts abundantly clear on this blog. These are a few of my favorites! Yes, you’re asking yourself – am I really spending $39 on a white tee? It’s held up well for me so far, but I’ll be honest that I waited for a sale to come along before I purchased. I’ll keep you posted on any deals that pop up with this one. Or, you could just get the $8 Target t shirt!

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Goodr Sunglasses
I have a pair of “nice” sunglasses, but sometimes there are occasions where you need functional, but not expensive sunglasses. These are them! They are $25. Polarized. And come in so many fun colors! I don’t mind wearing these to the pool with the kids, on the lake or to the beach!

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Emily Ley Planner
In elementary school, my report card would come home and while my teachers would praise my academics, they would always comment on my lack of organizational skills. Being naturally unorganized is a tough thing when you are a mom of 2. In a perfect world, I would always have it together. I don’t, but I am much more prepared when I use my Emily Ley Planner. I get one every year and I love that it becomes a little diary of our family.

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Bubbly Splits
I would say that champagne is my favorite adult beverage. Sure, I go on a craft beer kick or decide to make moscow mules at home, but I always come back to the bubbly. The thing is… I can’t drink a whole bottle in a sitting. I guess I could, but I’d be pretty worthless the next day. So, I opt for these splits! I’m hoping to get a set of “less fancy” flutes to use for everyday.

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Instant Pot
Do you have one yet? If not, put it on your list! This week alone I used it to make spaghetti, General Tso’s Chicken and Honey Mustard Chicken. All were a hit with my family.

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Virtue Jewelry
I know I say I wear Virtue Jewelry everyday and it’s true!

Things that I *think* could be my favorites and are on my wish list!

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Skinnytaste Cookbook
I have the other 2 skinnytaste cookbooks, and I am hoping to get her new one as well. One pot meals are my favorite to make… less dishes to clean up!

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Espwa 4 Things Tote
These “4 Things” tote are fun because while they are personalized, it’s not with a monogram – it’s your four favorite things! You have to move fast though to get these before Christmas and put a “rush order” on it. Otherwise, keep it in mind for a fun birthday gift! I would put “Coffee, Champagne, French Fries, Football” on mine! What would you put on yours?

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Mark & Graham Convertible Crossbody Bag
Crossbody bags are my favorite because my hands are free, but I feel like I’m always on the hunt for a good clutch. Well, here you go – the Mark & Graham convertible clutch! So many colors to choose from (I’d probably pick black or camel. Or red.) and the monogram is understated which I like.

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Recipe Tea Towel
Aren’t these recipe towels are so sweet? They would make great gifts! I have a couple of recipes I’d love to get made.

Remember that you can shop most of my favorites on the sidebar AND… follow me on the likeitknow.it app! Download it and follow me! It would mean the world to me!

Have a fun, festive weekend!

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas… in my closet!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot like Christmas… in my closet!

I  love December! The lights, the music, the joy, the bubby that is at every party (that might have something to do with all the joy) and… the clothes! Ha! Really though, it’s a full month of holiday wear and it can be like a little daunting. No fear, I pulled some holiday-inspired clothes from my own closet to help you out. Most of these items I already owned, but a few are new pieces. I linked similar items to the clothes I purchased in previous years so you can buy the look now.

Psst…check out the sidebar. Now you can shop my looks straight from the blog! Also, you can follow me on the LiketoKnow.it app. Remember though… shop your closet first!

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This may not scream holiday, but I love the colors and it has some metallic thread that goes through it which makes it more festive. Vests for our southern fall/winter are perfect and while this is one I found last year (you ready for this… at Sams. Yes, the wholesale club!), I linked another one that would work. Ideally I would have worn this to go get our Christmas tree. Instead, I never changed after my workout and wore lululemon leggings and a white tee shirt!

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Anthropologie has my number. I’d pretty much buy anything in that store. I went in for this gorgeous Christmas plaid skirt, but it didn’t look quite right on me. I tried this snow flurry skirt on and loved it! Paired it with a red sweater (it is SO soft) and voila… looked like I was out of an 50’s holiday movie. Ok, maybe not, but I wore it the Nutcracker and may pull it out for some parties later in the season. I can see wearing this skirt all winter. with a white top. And the red sweater will make a repeat appearance in this post.

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Well, here it is again! I bought these velvet pants from Loft last year. I’ve linked similar ones they currently have in stock. How easy and classic is this outfit? I’m totally wearing this to one of my kid’s school parties. Here’s a tip when you wear red… if you are wearing red lipstick it needs to match exactly. If it doesn’t, opt for a pinky nude color. I learned this from Lauren at About Face in Mandeville. Miss that place!

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There was a time when I thought I would die before I wore faux leather leggings. Ha! Well, this is my second year owning these Spanx leather leggings and I adore them. I love pairing them with a pretty blouse for either a holiday happy hour or dinner. This banana republic shirt is from last year, but I linked one I had my eye on at Anthropologie. Pardon my door in the shot… I’m trying to get better at this!

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Christmas Plaid is my jam. I have Christmas plaid place mats, Christmas plaid ribbon for our tree and a Christmas plaid blouse! I bought this top from Madewell last year, but there is TONS of Christmas plaid out there this season. I’ve linked a few of my favorites! And… my velvet pants. These are going to show up a lot.

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Did you think I was going to forget about my cropped Paige denim in the winter? No way! And look – more Christmas plaid! I bought this shirt several years ago from J Crew (remember y’all… shop your closet first!), and I still wear it. It’s flannel and so comfy. At some point we will take the kids to the Holiday Lights at Constellation Field and I plan on throwing this on to wear assuming it isn’t 80 degrees outside!

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A sequined bomber. This is one my most favorite things I purchased when I worked at a darling boutique in Mandeville. Here I have paired with my black flares and some glitzy shoes, but it would just as cute with some skinny jeans and tennis shoes for a casual NYE celebration! I’ve linked a beautiful sequined blazer from Nordstrom so you can get the same look.

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Ok. Now this is one of my all-time favorite tops! It’s Crosby by Mollie Burch. If you haven’t checked out this line, you should. It’s pricey, but for a few statement pieces, I think it’s worth it. There is something about a pretty black top. I’ve worn this top more times than I can count in the past year. For the holidays I paired it with my velvet pants, glitzy shoes and some shiny earrings. Also, funny story, every time I wear all black I think of Tiffany at We Five Kings (are you following her? you should!). She posted a funny meme about how she doesn’t usually wear all black so every time I do I think of her!

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You didn’t think I’d leave this post without styling my favorite white tee for the holidays, did you? Really though this is all about the velvet blazer! I bought this last year at Nordstrom (linked a similar one!) and I wore it over my cocktail dresses to holiday parties and over white tees for a girls night out!

So, maybe you don’t have ALL of this in your closet, and you aren’t about to go spend a ton for an entire holiday wardrobe so what should you get? I’d vote for the velvet pants or velvet blazer. Both of these items can be worn in a casual or dressy setting and you can find both at a decent price point. If you are really feeling it also maybe get a Christmas plaid shirt. You’ll wear it year after year!

Next post… the two cocktail dresses I’ll be wearing to all my holiday parties!

Have a holly jolly day friends!

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p.s. Do you like the OFF can on my front porch in the first picture? ha! It’s obvious we live in Texas!

 

Child Advocates Santa Wish List Program

Child Advocates Santa Wish List Program

A quick post on something that has been burdening me lately – gratitude. I mentioned that we are trying to work on gratitude in our house. Not just for the kids, but for the adults, too! I would give our family a C for hitting our “gratitude goals” leading up to Thanksgiving. Now, we enter a fun, but also sometimes tough, season – Christmas! The focus is always on what we want, especially for the kids.  While I think that is fine (children SHOULD enjoy the holiday season!) I’m hoping to elevate Christmas for my children a little this year.

Sidenote: I always thought we would be the family serving Thanksgiving to the homeless and doing all sorts of good deeds during the Christmas season. That hasn’t happened. Maybe the kids are too young. In the six years we’ve had children, we have donated a few items to Toys for Tots and brought some cans to a food drive. I’m not knocking those things. They are great! But I’m ready to do a little more to make these acts of generosity more personal for my kids.

My neighbor posted on FaceBook about the Child Advocates Santa Wish List Program. You can easily purchase items for children in Child Protective Services custody through Amazon or Target.  You can also host a toy drive or sponsor an individual child.  The drop off for the gifts for individuals are December 4 – 6 which is why I wanted to post this information sooner rather than later. This year, our family decided to sponsor an individual child. Her name is Zoey and she is 10 years old. We received her wish list via email and we plan to shop for her as a family on Friday evening. H & L have been pretending to be elves all week so I’m planning on telling them we are going to be Zoey’s elves. My hope is that we can bring some joy to Zoey’s holiday season. All children deserve that. I also hope that having a specific name and age will make an impact on my children and will spark conversation so they can begin to understand how privileged they are; not to feel guilty, but to feel a sense of responsibility that comes with privilege.

I’m not posting this for anyone to congratulate us on being “good” people (see above… a few toys and cans are all we have done so far!) I’m posting this to help keep me and my family accountable as we enter a season of “more, more, more.” What do you do during this season to keep gratitude in check?

I had to post a photo of my cute elves and I’ll  will post our shopping trip on my IG stories!

Stay Merry!

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An Imperfect Pinkalicious Party

An Imperfect Pinkalicious Party

I’ve told several people this week I am not a crafty mom. I am an Amazon Prime mom, but for some reason for L’s 4th birthday I decided to move out of my wheelhouse and attempted to be crafty. I will say it was more fun than I was expecting because L was really excited. I did have to call on my craftiest friend, Brittany, several times for help! My biggest lesson… a glue gun is your best craft tool.

Don’t get me wrong… I love throwing parties and I think L does, too! She was full of ideas! L knows what she wants and declared in July that she was having a Pinkalicious themed birthday party… in November. It was a fairly easy party to plan because I just followed the book starting with…

The Outfit
Remember, I’m not crafty… and I definitely don’t sew which is why Two Bunnies Custom Sewing is my go to for Halloween Costumes. Emily is great and I knew she would do a wonderful job on a Pinkalicious dress! L loves it and I’m already planning on using it for future Book Character Days at school.

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The Cupcakes
Sweet Stories made the perfectly Pinkalicious cupcakes! They look exactly like the cupcakes in the book! Tonia was so sweet to work with.

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The Food
The party was in the afternoon so we kept the food light – pink popcorn, strawberries and raspberries, and pink jelly beans. We also had pink lemonade to drink! Of course, the cure for Pinkititis is green food so we also had cucumber and hummus, chips and guacamole, and green grapes.

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The Favors
Instead of putting together favor bags, we ordered these paperback Pinkalicious books and included a label in the front thanking them for coming to the party.

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Activities
When the kids arrived we had them decorate wands. This is where my glue gun came in! I bought pre-cut felt stars and dows. Glued some glitter ribbon on them and had stickers for the kids to decorate. We also had the kids play pin the cherry on the cupcake. This cupcake gave me fits, but once again… Brittany and the glue gun came to my rescue. It definitely wasn’t perfect, but when Lucy came home from school she gasped and said “OH! It’s perfect!” My primary audience was happy so I was, too!

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Lucy loving my imperfect cupcake was a great reminder, too, because I think sometimes I do birthday parties (and similar activities) to somehow validate my own worth as a mother and I want it all to be perfect. If the party is perfect than I can be a perfect mom, right? Ha… if only that were true! I fail every day and I wish there was some magical glue gun for correcting parenting mistakes!

All in all, our girl had a great party and we are so thankful for all who came to celebrate with us!

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xoxo

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Gratitude Before Gifts

Gratitude Before Gifts

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

Be honest, have you started decorating for Christmas yet? I haven’t, but a few ideas about how I will decorate our new house this year are banging around in my head. I’m really excited for the holidays this year. We won’t be travelling much and I’m looking forward to all the holiday activities in and around Houston like Zoo Lights and the Nutcracker.

There is a part of me though that is reflecting on how we now jump from Halloween straight to Christmas. In the past I was OK moving right on in to the holiday season (I figured if I was going to put up all those holiday decorations I would enjoy them as long as I could!), but this year I feel hesitant to skip over Thanksgiving. I’ve noticed in the past few months that my kids are acting entitled. They want something, usually a toy or some candy, and they think should have it just because they want it. It doesn’t matter how many toys they already have at home or that they just pulled in a half ton of Halloween candy – they always want more. I get it… they are kids. But think about the entitled adults you know; they don’t have the childish charm to pull it off, do they? And isn’t it my job to teach my children how to be grateful for what they already have before they get inundated with more stuff at Christmas?

I’m constantly relearning the lesson that kids will do what you do regardless of what you say so if I want to teach my children gratitude, I need to look at myself. And yikes, y’all… that was a scary refection staring back at me. I want more. I want more clothes. I want more house décor. I want more vacations. I want more dinners out at nice restaurants. I want a nicer car. I want more money. Talk about entitled. My kids had nothing on me in that department. I need to be grateful for what I already have and when I think about it… I have a LOT for which to be grateful. So really, it’s just as important for me to spend the month of November giving thanksgiving. Here’s what we are going to do in our home to foster gratitude before the Christmas gifts come…

  1. Every night, either at the dinner table or before bed, we are going to tell each other something specific we were grateful for that day.
  2. We have a hand towel (from the Target spot!) where we write down what we are grateful for and it is in a place we can see it everyday.
  3. Everyday, I’m going to tell someone outside of my family that I’m grateful for them. This will be genuine, not just an item I need to check off.

How do you help your kids be grateful? How do you stay in a place of gratitude? I’d love to get more tip!

Have a wonderful Monday, friends! Find something to be grateful for!

How I’m Eating More Vegetables!

How I’m Eating More Vegetables!

I know the holidays are around the corner and now is not the time you are thinking about vegetables and eating right, but don’t you think if you start focusing on nutrition now maybe those 5-10 holiday pounds would be easier to keep off? One way to do that is to focus on eating more vegetables. Since I’m trying to cut out some things (mainly grains and dairy) from my diet for, I really need to up my vegetable intake. Luckily, I’ve found an easy way to eat tons of veggies and have an easy lunch: soup.

The last two weeks I made soup on Sunday and have been eating the leftovers for lunch during the week. I love that I don’t have to think about what I’m eating, spend a lot of time making something during the week for lunch, and it’s healthy! Below are my favorite soup recipes chock full of vegetables we should all be eating more of.

Black Bean Soup with Quinoa and Kale

Easy Lentil Chickpea Stew

Detox Chicken Noodle Soup (I left out the orzo)

These are some others I’m going to try soon!

Nutritarian Pho Noodle Soup

Dr Fuhrman’s Ultimate Vegetable Soup

Tailgate Chili with Black and Red Beans

Have a souper day!

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My Menu: More Veggies!

My Menu: More Veggies!

My menu may look a little different this week. It’s not anything too crazy, but for a while I’ve thought grains may affect me adversely. I’m talking doubled over in pain at times. The best I have ever felt in my adult life was when I was doing a Whole 30. But, after the 30 days I never did the reintroduction phase properly. Anyway, the other day, after my initial appointment with a GI doctor, I thought… why do I keep eating grains if I think they affect me so much? I’m going to continue to work with my GI doctor and see if we can get some conclusive answers, but in the meantime, I’ll conduct a little experiment of my own. So, that’s why my menu looks a little different this week. And why I’m eating Brussels sprouts, sweet potato and avocado for breakfast! I’m cutting out grains, eating less meat and trying to eat more veggies. Unless it’s a special occasion, like L’s birthday, and then I’m having a cupcake!  Also, has anyone ever done the Everly Well Food Sensitivity Test? I’m really interested in doing it!

Sunday: Black Bean Soup with Kale and Quinoa
My friend posted this soup and it looked delish! You should follow her on Instagram – @wholefoodie_tx. We will see how well the kids eat this! I always keep a box of Annie’s Mac and Cheese in the pantry so I might make it so they can have both!

Monday: Loaded Baked Sweet Potatoes
I love this because I can set it up like a baked potato bar (remember those were all the rage at early 2000s weddings?) and everyone can choose what goes on their sweet potato.

Tuesday: Baked Ziti with Spinach and Salad
So, I don’t really want to eat dairy, but I know the kids will eat this. I plan to get gluten free pasta.

Wednesday: Turkey Burgers (no bun for me) with Carrot Fries
The one vegetable both my kids will eat without a fight are carrots. I figured carrot fries might be more fun to go with turkey burgers than just plain ol’ carrots!

Thursday: Grilled Salmon with Avocado Bruschetta and Salad
My kids don’t really eat salad. L will eat cucumbers and I’ll probably throw some baby carrots on H’s plate. They will probably have some fruit, too – strawberries or grapes. Why is it so hard to get kids to eat vegetables? It’s pretty easy to get them to eat dougnuts!

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J is gone for part of the week next week and then on Friday, my friend Erica from Mandeville is visiting me for the weekend! I’m so excited! We are going out to eat, just the two of us, on Friday. Any restaurant suggestions?

Have a wonderful Saturday! L and I are meeting up with my mom for some Holiday Card Shopping today! I’m hoping to knock out a good portion of my Christmas shopping.

xoxo –

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It’s That Time of Year… Holiday Card Shopping!

It’s That Time of Year… Holiday Card Shopping!

It’s beginning to look a lot like…

I know, I know. It’s only mid-October. Purists are going to stop reading because I’m talking about Christmas too early, but hear me out! The last several years my husband’s family has done a Thanksmas… where we celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas at the same time. We did this mainly because we all lived in different states, but I started to really enjoy it because it forced me to get my Christmas shopping done early. This meant  I had a little breathing room in December to actually enjoy the holiday season. Or, you know, just be crazy with all the school parties, work parties and other activities without having to worry about getting all my shopping done.

This year, since I’m back in the Houston area, I am taking advantage of the Houston Holiday Shopping Card. The card, which you purchase for $75, benefits the American Cancer Society and gets you 20% off at various retailers for 11 days around town. You save money and you can help raise money for cancer research. A win win.

There are so many stores that participate that you should look them up, but I wanted to highlight a few that I’ll be stopping by over the next week and a half to make some gift purchases.

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I adore this place. The first time I walked in I was 2 days away from giving birth to H and couldn’t buy any clothes, but I did purchase a gold coin necklace I wear to this day. They have great gifts (I got my O key ring there) and even a little area for baby gifts.

Anthropologie
I always find fun things to buy people here. Whether it’s a coffee mug, book, candle or clothes.

AG Jeans
OK, this is just for me. I love AG jeans and they aren’t cheap so if I can get 20% off of them I am!

Berings
I think Berings is like a high end Target. I always find myself wandering around there finding things to buy I didn’t know I needed! J came back recently going on and on about their new men’s store, so I’m going to have to go check it out!

Bonobos
This is for the guys in your life! I always buy J a little something outside his comfort zone to wear. Not too far or he just won’t wear it, but I’m sure I can find something here that will look great.

The Container Store
Y’all know about their fabulous selection of holiday wrapping paper, right? It is THE BEST! Plus, they have cute, quirky and useful stocking stuffers!

Cornelius
I need mums for my front porch! And maybe a few more pumpkins!

Doodles
If you have a baby or mom to be on your gift list go check out Doodles in Rice Village. So many things for H’s nursery came from here.

Emerson Sloan
I have been wanting to check out this party goods store for a while and now I have the perfect opportunity since L’s birthday is just around the corner and I have the Holiday card to save 20%!

Hamilton Shirts
Another one for the guys! I’d love to get J a custom fitted shirt!

Itsy Bitsy Boutique
I usually buy my kids’ Christmas clothes in October so I’m taking advantage and saving a little money while I do. Also, L needs shoes in a bad way so going to scoop some up while I’m there, too. Did you see in my IG stories what we purchased yesterday! She is going to be so cute!

Kuhl – Linscomb
What can you not get a Kuhl Linscomb?! I already purchased some stocking stuffers for the kids, but I plan to go back when I can look around sans kids.

Lucchese Boots
Ok, this is just for me, too. I’m not really planning on buying a pair, but I want to go look! And if you need boots for rodeo season, why not get them now and save 20%?

Magpies
My friends in Sugar Land keep rave to me about this gift shop, but I haven’t stopped by yet. They also have locations in Cypress and Bellaire.

Orvis
We can’t forget about our furry friends! Our little dog, Maisie, is going to get her own personalized collar for Christmas!

Saint Lo
I’ve been wanting to check this Heights boutique out! Have you been yet?

Sur La Table
For the foodie or chef on your list!

Toys to Love I love this Toy Store! I’m getting some of L’s birthday presents here.

Tres Chic
This mother/daughter owned boutique was one of my favorite places to stop by when I lived in Houston years ago. I haven’t been back yet, but I plan to with my holiday card!

Here are some Sugar Land specific stores that are participating this year: Coach, Enchanted Forest, Escalante’s, Kendra Scott, Luggage & Leather, Magpies, Pottery Barn, Relax the Back, Sheri’s at Riverstone, Soft Surroundings, Sur la Table, Twenty Two Fifty Interiors and Gifts, Williams Sonoma.

Happy Shopping! Tomorrow… a menu plan for the week that is going to look a little different!

 

 

 

 

Finally a Fall Menu!

Finally a Fall Menu!

It’s Fall! Well, it has been for a few weeks, but this week it is actually going to feel like fall! And you know what that means… chili! It’s on my menu this week for sure! And the photo above is a dessert I’m making tonight. It’s Ina Garten’s Tres Leches. I’ll keep you posted on how it turns out!

Next week is a fairly normal week for us, so dinner will be at home every night, which we actually like! J and H are heading out on their first scouting camp out so I think L and I will find somewhere fun to go to dinner on Friday night – just us girls! Does anyone have any suggestions for a fun restaurant in the Sugar Land area?

Ok, here it is – our menu for next week!

Sunday: Breakfast for Dinner. Not going to lie… I’m sort of phoning this one in. I love doing pretty much nothing on Sundays.  We have some Kerbey Lane pancake mix in our pantry so I’m going to throw those pancakes together and scramble some eggs and call it done. Isn’t it funny how kids just love breakfast for dinner?!

Monday: Quinoa Enchilada Bake. This is easy to prep ahead of time and then pop in the oven when it’s time to eat. Monday’s are our busy day, so this is perfect for us.

Tuesday: Paleo Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili. The forecast calls for rain and cooler weather so my appetite is calling for chili. This is my favorite chicken chili recipe because you just dump it and go. And it’s delicious.

Wednesday: Slow Cooker Turkey Meatloaf. This was requested by J. It’s one of his favorite meals.

Thursday: Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Apples and Brussels Sprouts. If you can’t tell I love sheet pan meals. And roasted brussels sprouts!

This is our last lazy weekend for a while so tonight we are grilling fajitas and enjoying our back porch with friends!

Have a great Saturday! And Hook ‘Em!

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