Friday, October 31, 2014

Friday Faves -- Happy Halloween!


How awesome is it to all of us bloggers that Halloween happened to fall on a Friday!?  Hello themed post!  You'll find lots of Halloween strewn about this post...Happy Halloween to all of you lovely ladies (and men??) out there in blogland, hope everyone is feeling frightening and festive!  Linking up with Amanda!


Favorite Moment:
If you noticed that I was MIA this week it’s because we are so busy right now with the house and life in general.  Joe is busting his ass to get the siding up and it’s looking amazing!  I’ve been painting my life away on windows and trim and running errands practically every day after work including a hair much needed hair appointment on Thursday.  Life, please slow down!



 Halloween Plans:
I’m kinda bummed and out of the Halloween spirit this year since I didn’t have my own house to decorate.  I decided not to carve a pumpkin & I probably won’t be passing out candy.  I also realized I’ll probably never pass out candy again once we live at the new house since we only have 1 neighbor, kind of sad.  We will have to drive our kids into some town so that they can trick-or-treat.  But tonight I'm planning to watch Hocus Pocus before we go to a local bar to watch a couple bands play.  I’m excited to be wearing my “I put a spell on you” sweatshirt from Jessica & SaSeaDecor



FET Progress:
Monday is my next ultrasound to check my lining and make sure the Lupron is doing its job.  Weird side note, I’ve got a mouth full of canker sores and I ended up with a cold sore, luckily I took my anti-viral in time to kick it before it got too bad.  I’m prone to both of these things but not all at once like that, maybe a nasty side effect of the hormones?



Favorite Pin:
how cool are these candied apples?! whose having a Halloween party I can make these for?

Favorite Funnies:








Friday Faves -- Happy Halloween!


How awesome is it to all of us bloggers that Halloween happened to fall on a Friday!?  Hello themed post!  You'll find lots of Halloween strewn about this post...Happy Halloween to all of you lovely ladies (and men??) out there in blogland, hope everyone is feeling frightening and festive!  Linking up with Amanda!


Favorite Moment:
If you noticed that I was MIA this week it’s because we are so busy right now with the house and life in general.  Joe is busting his ass to get the siding up and it’s looking amazing!  I’ve been painting my life away on windows and trim and running errands practically every day after work including a hair much needed hair appointment on Thursday.  Life, please slow down!



 Halloween Plans:
I’m kinda bummed and out of the Halloween spirit this year since I didn’t have my own house to decorate.  I decided not to carve a pumpkin & I probably won’t be passing out candy.  I also realized I’ll probably never pass out candy again once we live at the new house since we only have 1 neighbor, kind of sad.  We will have to drive our kids into some town so that they can trick-or-treat.  But tonight I'm planning to watch Hocus Pocus before we go to a local bar to watch a couple bands play.  I’m excited to be wearing my “I put a spell on you” sweatshirt from Jessica & SaSeaDecor



FET Progress:
Monday is my next ultrasound to check my lining and make sure the Lupron is doing its job.  Weird side note, I’ve got a mouth full of canker sores and I ended up with a cold sore, luckily I took my anti-viral in time to kick it before it got too bad.  I’m prone to both of these things but not all at once like that, maybe a nasty side effect of the hormones?



Favorite Pin:
how cool are these candied apples?! whose having a Halloween party I can make these for?

Favorite Funnies:








Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Winter Essentials

Being a northerner in the world of blogging I find to be somewhat unique.  The majority of my fellow bloggers are actually southerners, many of which I see are still enjoying temps in the 80’s and still wearing shorts and tanks.  Unfortunately, here in Illinois that is not the case.  We had our first frost this past weekend and sweater weather is undoubtedly here to stay.  If you’re not aware, last winter we had record-breaking snow fall and temps.  According to NOAA, 2013-2014 winter was among the coldest on record in the Midwest.  Rockford Illinois (about 60 miles north of where I live) was the 3rd coldest city on record last winter!  Chicago had its 3rd snowiest winter ever recorded with over 80 inches of snow last year, their snowiest was 89 inches in the winter of ’78-’79, and the heaviest snowstorm of last winter was 11.7 inches of recorded snowfall on Jan 4-5th.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  What it boils down to is that it’s cold and snowy here and it sucks!

I thought I’d compile a list of the essentials that every northerner should have to survive these brutal winters, this winter is predicted to be worse than last!



I’m in the market for a new pair and I’m loving these.



I found these at Dick’s a few years ago, you’ve gotta keep your toes warm when its below 0 out!

Globs of lotions and lip balm

 
Winter=dry.  Your lips will be chapped, your face will be wind/cold burnt, and your skin will be scaly!  These are my tried and true favorites!


Your hair will be full of static every single day.  Using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner will have combat that.  Adding hairspray which is full of alcohol that makes hair even drier, is not the answer, moisture is.

 Can’t stress MOISTURE enough.  This will help with your skin too!  This Crane humidifier is a little pricier, but it works so good, well worth the money.
  
  All necessities.  I always try to buy texting gloves because once winter hit’s you almost never go without your gloves on.  Scarves are a must as are hats and hoods to keep in the heat!  I'm loving all 3 of these perfect winter accessories from Target!

Fabulous & Warm Coats
I 100% believe that coats should cover your ass.  When it's cold, and it gets COLD, I want as much coverage as possible.  I think a classic wool/wool blend coat and a puffer are both necessities! And a hood is a must!  I recently purchased the coat on the left & I'm loving it!

If you live in the South or somewhere warm where it doesn't snow, can I come to visit?  

Winter Essentials

Being a northerner in the world of blogging I find to be somewhat unique.  The majority of my fellow bloggers are actually southerners, many of which I see are still enjoying temps in the 80’s and still wearing shorts and tanks.  Unfortunately, here in Illinois that is not the case.  We had our first frost this past weekend and sweater weather is undoubtedly here to stay.  If you’re not aware, last winter we had record-breaking snow fall and temps.  According to NOAA, 2013-2014 winter was among the coldest on record in the Midwest.  Rockford Illinois (about 60 miles north of where I live) was the 3rd coldest city on record last winter!  Chicago had its 3rd snowiest winter ever recorded with over 80 inches of snow last year, their snowiest was 89 inches in the winter of ’78-’79, and the heaviest snowstorm of last winter was 11.7 inches of recorded snowfall on Jan 4-5th.  Do you see where I’m going with this?  What it boils down to is that it’s cold and snowy here and it sucks!

I thought I’d compile a list of the essentials that every northerner should have to survive these brutal winters, this winter is predicted to be worse than last!



I’m in the market for a new pair and I’m loving these.



I found these at Dick’s a few years ago, you’ve gotta keep your toes warm when its below 0 out!

Globs of lotions and lip balm

 
Winter=dry.  Your lips will be chapped, your face will be wind/cold burnt, and your skin will be scaly!  These are my tried and true favorites!


Your hair will be full of static every single day.  Using moisturizing shampoo and conditioner will have combat that.  Adding hairspray which is full of alcohol that makes hair even drier, is not the answer, moisture is.

 Can’t stress MOISTURE enough.  This will help with your skin too!  This Crane humidifier is a little pricier, but it works so good, well worth the money.
  
  All necessities.  I always try to buy texting gloves because once winter hit’s you almost never go without your gloves on.  Scarves are a must as are hats and hoods to keep in the heat!  I'm loving all 3 of these perfect winter accessories from Target!

Fabulous & Warm Coats
I 100% believe that coats should cover your ass.  When it's cold, and it gets COLD, I want as much coverage as possible.  I think a classic wool/wool blend coat and a puffer are both necessities! And a hood is a must!  I recently purchased the coat on the left & I'm loving it!

If you live in the South or somewhere warm where it doesn't snow, can I come to visit?  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites


Happy Friday Blogland!  Linking up with Amanda this week!  I am sooo happy this week is over.   I was ready for it to be over as soon as it started since we kicked off Monday with a funeral, what a way to start a week.  I am still completely heartbroken by the loss of my co-worker, I just can't get him out of my head.  He was one of my favorites and I will really miss him!  I am ready for this weekend! We have a wedding for some good friends of ours and we are ready let loose and celebrate!


On a more positive note, as the week progressed, things got better.  You might've seen Monday's post, where I was feeling pretty down, but by Tuesday after a doctor's appointment, I started feeling better.  Things are moving quickly this cycle, my transfer is only 18 days away!  I continue with Lupron, start Vivelle (estrogen) patches on Friday along with Doxycycline and pre-natal which I've been taking.  My next ultrasound is the 3rd with transfer set for the 11th.  They also did blood work to check my thyroid and all checks out normal for that!


And I can't believe how close we are to the holidays!  I ordered a Christmas wreath from a co-worker this week that I'm planning to hang on m door at the new house even though we won't be living there!


Favorite Pin:

Favorite Recipe:
I made this super easy beef broccoli & it went over well.  I omitted the sauce because I don't know what "oyster sauce" is but I hate the sound of it so I bought an Asian spice blend at the grocery store and made my own.  

House Update:
Joe has been busting his ass to get the siding on going out there each and every night after work and working until it gets dark which doesn't give him much time these days as winter is approaching fast.  I got the propane all lined up to be trenched & installed (exciting, I know!) in the next couple of weeks so as soon as that is done we will have heat!  Hooray!  I'm hoping for electricity by the end of the month as well!

One full side completely done! Lots more to go!


Love how these bump outs are looking!

 Favorite Funnies:





 
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