Saturday, November 28, 2015


I hope that all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving week. We spent a lot of time with family, ate way too much turkey dessert, and enjoyed all that we have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is one of our busiest holidays. Four celebrations in one day is pretty exhausting, but I wouldn't have it any other way!

The turkey and traveling hit some people a little harder than others! Rowan wasn't feeling his best, but he still managed to scarf down some sweet potatoes and flash some smiles before crashing at stop number 3. Easton was extra exhausted, because he was celebrating Thanksgiving AND turning 2 at the same time! Talk about wonder he was tired!

Overall, we had a wonderful holiday. We have so much to be thankful for, especially our amazing family.
Now, it is time to finish decorating for Christmas! Tis the season!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Cold Weather Favorites

The temperature is slowly dropping, and that can only mean one thing...winter is on its way! I love fall, and I am certainly not trying to rush it along, but there are so many things that I love about winter. Fall is such a busy time for us, and winter seems to slow down just a little. There is nothing quite like curling up with a blanket and a baby and watching through the window as the snow lightly falls. (Last winter Rowan was still teeny tiny, but let's be honest, this year curling up will probably consist of wet kisses and hair pulling.) Surely, snow is still a while off, but in the mean time I have decided to put together a few of my wintery favorites.

Cozy sweaters, leggings, and warm socks are the best attire for those days when you are snowed in.

Warm hats! I am a cold blooded gal. Cold hands, warm heart...right? Anyway, I have to keep my ears from getting cold, and this cozy hat looks like it would do the trick. Bonus points if it hides the crazy hair that I sport most days!

My favorite Christmas album from Pentatonix! Yes, I am one of those people that starts listening to Christmas music on November 1st...don't judge! I am very thankful for Christmas music, and I certainly can celebrate Thanksgiving and listen to Christmas music at the same time...I call it multitasking!

Wintery scents are a must during the colder season! Northern Lights Black Spruce is a new favorite essential oil around our house. Oh, and we have to keep Thieves handy for a little immunity boost. After all, staying healthy is important with all of the holiday festivities.

What are your cold weather favorites?

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Weekend Adventure Part 2: Chicago

You may have read about our Normal adventure earlier this week. Well, Normal was only half of our fun! Friday night, we continued our little road trip up to Chicago, home to Dane's sister and her adorable & growing family!  (Eeeep...aunting is one of my favorite things, and I am so excited about welcoming another niece in a few short months.) We got to town just in time for supper... mac n' cheese from the Honky Tonk...YUM!!! It was a pretty relaxed evening. Well, as relaxed as it can be when you have two crazy babies chasing each other around. We just got to sit and visit and catch up on life, and that was awesome!

The next morning we went to breakfast at Hashbrowns before Lerisse had to leave for work. The boys had fun (Rowan usually enjoys anything that involves food!) and we tried to plan our day of activities. Of course, it was raining...again!

We thought it might be best to stay indoors for the day, but at the last minute the sun came out and we decided to go to the Lincoln Park Zoo! Rowan had never been to the zoo, so I was excited for him to see all of the animals. The zoo was really crowded. Apparently, it was their Halloween day, and they were giving out candy to little kids. We worked our way through the swarm of princesses and super heroes to see most of the animals. Rowan's favorite were the ducks...go figure! After a couple hours we made our way back to the car and shortly after that it started raining again! Talk about perfect timing!

Our time in Chicago was quickly (too quickly) coming to an end. We loaded the car, gave hugs, said our goodbyes, and had to hit the road again.

Ultimately, our weekend trip was a huge success. Rowan handled the car ride like a champ, we got to spend time with people that we love, Rowan and Lendon got to have some quality cousin time, and we had a blast!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Our Normal Adventure

The Normal/Bloomington area is quickly becoming one of my favorite places. There is a little bit of farm and a little bit of city a Target, which is pretty much the recipe for success in my book. Oh, and did I mention it is the home of a few of my favorite people! So, I was very excited to take a little road trip for a fun, fall, family day!

Unfortunately, it started raining and our fall day ended up consisted of Chick-fil-A for lunch, a quick trip to the pumpkin patch, and Rowan chasing my aunt's dog around the living room...which was absolutely perfect! Every time we visit Normal we get to do something new, and we always have a good time. Below are some pictures of our fun at the pumpkin patch and a list of great spots for your family to enjoy. 

I suggest getting an early start to the day, and heading over to the Rader Family Farm! It is seriously the cutest pumpkin patch that I have ever seen and there is so much to do. You can stop in their cute little cafe and grab a pumpkin donut and some hot apple know, to fuel up for the corn maze. They have a petting zoo, slides, sing along wagon rides, a bouncy station, and SO MUCH MORE! You could really spend the whole day there. 

Just down the road is a cute little farm complete with baby Jersey cows and cheese! We plan on taking Rowan the next time we are in the area...he LOVES cows! 

Miller Park is one of the spots that we went to the last time we were in town. It was so pretty! There are little trails that wind through the park and it is home to the Miller Park Zoo

The last place on my list is Constitution Trail it is a beautiful bike/jogging trail...perfect for a day outside! We drove by part of it while it was raining and it was GORGEOUS!  The trees were all bright orange, yellow, and red! Seriously, beautiful! 

Well, we didn't get to spend much time outside, but our day could not have been better! The key to a perfect fall day is spending it with people that you love, and that is exactly what we got to do!

If you are ever in the area I suggest visiting planning to spend some time in Normal and Bloomington. There is so much to do including events like festivals, fairs and the Halloween Treat Feast! Who doesn't love festive events?! (PS...If events are your thing, you need to check out Eventbrite and their Event Planning and Management page!)

Coming up: Part 2 of our weekend getaway...Rowan's first trip to Chicago. 

Monday, October 5, 2015

Fall Favorites

FALL-la-la-la-la!!! Fall is in full swing around here, and I have rounded up some of my favorites for the season!

I don't really like football, unless it is the local high school team. BUT these leg rolls + football leg warmers may make me a fan of the sport! Let's face it...these are the only leg warmers Rowan will ever be allowed to wear!

This fall scavenger hunt for kiddos is so cute! Rowan is still too little to enjoy this, but I am sure he would love to watch his cousins play...or try to eat everything they find. 

Cool weather is great for so many outdoor activities, However, curling up with a book, a blanket, and a baby is pretty sweet. Right now the only books I really read are kids' books. Dracula and A Halloween Scare in Illinois are our top picks for October, but I would like to get Fletcher and the Falling Leaves to add to our collection. 

Express was running a sale on this sweater! It pairs so well with leggings and boots, making it the perfect sweater for fall! 

Fall is the perfect time for chili. We like ours loaded up with sour cream, shredded cheese and Freetos, but this recipe looks pretty delicious (another reason I need a waffle iron)!!! I really want to have a fall party with some of our friends. A chili bar, some cold beer, and a fire pit sound like a good idea to me! Who's in?!

I am still swooning over this nail color from last year. I don't really have time to paint all 10 nails in one sitting, but my half a manicure will probably be Fall in Line.

My list of fall favorites could go on and on, but I will stop there...for now! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Weekend Recap

We had such a beautiful fall weekend! The weather was perfect, and we tried to spend as much time outside as possible. Friday was our town's homecoming. I love the festive spirit of the our community during the high school football season! Everyone was decked out in purple in white. Rowan even sported his Uncle Layton's number! The game was a nail biter. Luckily, the boys were able to whip up some awesome defense and pulled off a win...with seconds left! It is always a fun night cheering on the Panthers! 

Saturday was the homecoming dance, and I got to take some pictures before the big event. My brother is a junior (I know, I am still wrapping my head around that.) and he went to the dance with his adorable girlfriend. I cannot believe how grown up he is! Of course, Rowan had to crash the photo session! He really just went to check out all the pretty girls. He was eyeing up all of their pretty necklaces, and trying to figure out how to get them in his mouth! He is actually a pretty good assistant for these photo shoots...he can get anyone to smile! I mean, look at that face! 

Sunday, Dane went with my bother to he Steelers game, and Rowan and I went to the local pumpkin patch. He got to ride in a wagon, and that made him pretty darn excited. We picked out some pumpkins and some apples and loaded up on kettle corn. Have I mentioned that I love fall?! I think it is safe to say that Rowan is also a fan. He may or may not have tried to eat a pumpkin or two. 

Now, I am going to spend the week enjoying SIXTY degree weather and making crock pot apple sauce. Hope you guys are enjoying fall as much as we are! 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Happy Fall

Hooray for the first day of fall! I always look forward to the arrival of cooler weather, pumpkin spice, and crunchy leaves! It really is my favorite time of year. I also love harvest, scarves, and oh birthday (which just so happens to be TODAY!) Yeah, I share a birthday with fall, it is pretty awesome!

Fall holds some of my fondest memories...bonfires, trips to the pumpkin patch, our wedding, and so many more. This is Rowan's first fall, and I am determined to make it special! He took his first ride in the combine earlier this week, and he loved it!

Harvest always keeps us busy. We make a lot of trips to the farm, and the guys spend a lot of time in the field. When I was younger, I remember loading up food with my mom or grandma and having supper picnic-style in whatever field the guys were working in. I hope that we can do that sometime this year! 

One of our favorite orchards is down the road, and I really want to go apple picking. Rowan loves apples, and I think some homemade apple sauce is on my must make list for fall! I found this recipe for crock-pot apple sauce, and I have been wanting to try it! I also want to go to the local pumpkin patch, and we have already planned a trip to the zoo!

I am sure this is going to be a fall that we remember forever, and I can't wait! Let's get this season started!