Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Almost Halloween! [Countdown to Halloween Linkup]

Hope everyone's October is going well so far; I can't believe we're almost to Halloween!

Thank you all for linking up with us the past 2 weeks - I've loved seeing everyone's fun activities and festive decorations.  If you're new, make sure to check out this post to get the details and then link up with us below!

This past week, we didn't do quite as many 'fall' activities as I would've liked, but we still managed to do a few fun things.  We have a park near our house (literally about a 2 minute walk), and we've been going there most days after dinner.  Reese LOVES to swing, so we plop her in and let her swing to her heart's content.  She's never happy when we leave, but because it's so close, we come back the next day and she's happy again :)

If you follow me on Instagram (which you should!) you might've seen the wreath I made recently.  Crazy easy to make, all you need are these supplies: a grapevine wreath, fall garland, ribbon of your choosing, and a hot glue gun.

Simply lay your garland on the wreath and proceed to glue it on.  Once that's done, you can attach a ribbon or whatever other decorative things you'd like.  I followed this tutorial on how to get a ribbon to look pretty and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I'd recommend using wire ribbon though, since it would be easier to form, and mine was not.

We also went to the Milwaukee Zoo last week, and it was so nice!  I took off of work on Thursday and headed to my mom's house for the day.  Because the weather was pretty crappy in the morning, we went after Reese's (very short) nap.  We picked the perfect time to go, as there was almost no one there, and ALL the animals were out and about.  It was kind of crazy to walk around with no one there, but also so, so nice!  Now I know the perfect time to go for future trips :)  Check out the awesome colors of the trees!

My sister Abby, Reese, & I - Abby works at the zoo with the sea lions!

That was our week in a nutshell!  I'm excited for this upcoming week, since it includes trick or treating!

Don't forget to grab a button, and link up!

Cocktails & Carseats

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Hello Friday!

Crazy, crazy week, so I'm very excited the weekend is here!  Yesterday was kind of my Friday since I took the day off, but regardless, Friday is here and I'm happy. :)

On to my favorite random-ness for the week!

1. I'm a BIG fan of Scandal, and I think the new collection from The Limited is amazing!  I can picture Olivia wearing everything there, and it's not terribly priced.  I can't afford anything currently, but will be saving my pennies for sure!

2. I always struggle with packing my own lunch and often run out of ideas or containers. I love the idea of this Lunchblox set, since everything snaps together.  I think bento-style lunches are pretty awesome, and this set is perfect for that.  I won't be doing any cute animals or anything for myself (I'm saving that for when Reese is in school), but I think it would definitely help me pack better and healthier lunches.  Plus they have a salad kit, which I love.  Off to Amazon I go!

3. My go-to chap stick is Burt's Bees, but I'm intrigued by this one that I came across recently.  I love that it's all natural, and it claims to be super hydrating, which is something I need.  It's a little expensive for chap stick, but I'm pretty sure I'll be trying it out in the near future. :)

4. This week, we've had crappy, rainy weather, so I was very happy to finally see the sun poke through yesterday afternoon!  Reese and I went to the Milwaukee Zoo with my mom for a few hours, and it was perfect!  I'll share more next week, but for now, I'm sharing this photo of the gorgeous, gorgeous trees that were everywhere!

5. I think my favorite thing about Fridays is having a drink with my hubby after we both get home from work.  I've switched to wine now that cooler weather is here, and it's the perfect way to kick off the weekend.  I toast to you my friends!

Linking up with September Farm & The Farmer's Wife

Also linking up with The Good LifeA. Liz AdventuresCarolina Charm, and Hello Happiness.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

More Fall Fun [Countdown to Halloween Linkup]

Welcome back to the 2nd week of the Countdown to Halloween Linkup!

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen a preview of this week's fall fun.

We started off with some pumpkin cookies, which Reese was a big fan of.  Not homemade this time, but still delicious!

I also got the paint out to do mess-free fingerpainting.  I had to go with orange since it was a Halloween-y color. :)  Another hit, so thanks to the gals who gave me the idea!

But the best part of last week, we visiting our local pumpkin patch/farm.  There's a few by us, but the one we went to is about 5 miles from our house, which is awesome.  They had so many different animals, and TONS of activities for kids, so I was really impressed.

We saw a few goats, pigs, cows, bunnies, kittens, chickens, and ducks, and little miss loved them all!  She didn't want to touch any of them though, which was quite funny.  We kept asking her if she wanted to pet the bunnies or kittens, and she'd reply with 'nope'.  She loves my mom's dogs but so far doesn't want to touch any other animals.  At least I know she won't get bit then :)

Notice her pig hat :)

After wandering through the barn, we grabbed some lunch from a food truck (burgers and fries, yum!), while Reese ate some food I had packed for her.  

They had all sorts of other fun play areas, like big tractor tires for kids to climb on, old pots and pans to bang on, a slide, a mini corn maze, and lots more.  Reese played on a few of the tires, and then we went and did the big corn maze.  They actually had trivia at each turn, and you had to pick the correct answer to figure out which way to go.  Kind of a cool idea I think.  It was all related to Wisconsin farming and agriculture, so quite educational. :)

I love this picture :)

After our farm fun, it was back to our house for naptime.  Definitely a perfect day, in terms of family togetherness and weather!

Our family of pumpkins

What activities have you been up to?  Link up with us below!

Cocktails & Carseats

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Monday, October 13, 2014

House Tour

I love seeing house tours on other people's blogs, and am happy to finally be doing my own!  Thanks to Courtney for nominating me!  [Check out her recent holiday home tour here!]
My husband and I built our house in 2010, and is a 1400 square foot ranch.  Building a house together was definitely difficult at times, but I love how everything turned out, and we've made it into a home.


Welcome to our humble abode!

View from the front door into our great room - living room, dining room, and kitchen are all one big room.

View from the front door towards the kitchen

Our kitchen!  Dining room is to the left and right now we have our table pushed up against the wall, since it leaves more room for Reese to play.  We eat at the counter you see here.

A peek into our walk in pantry

Standing by the pantry, looking towards the living room - dining room is to the right

Our living room

From left to right, guest bedroom, main bathroom, and Reese's room is to the right around the corner

Main bathroom - notice the ducky :)

Guest bedroom with treadmill

Looking towards the other end of the house where our master bedroom is.  Around the corner to the right is a hallway to our garage.

Door to the garage

Master bedroom - closed door on the right is the closet

Master bath

A peek into our closet - just a peek since it's rather messy :)

Hubby's beloved garage

Thanks for stopping by!

For next week's tour, I nominate Amy from Keepin' up with the Smiths.  Make sure to stop by and check out her house next week!

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