Thursday, October 31, 2013

Blog-ember: Life Lessons....

November 1
One of the best lessons life has shown you

Never burn bridges. Ever. 



I've learned this time and time again and not always because I have burned bridges, but because I haven't. 

As you grow older, it's so important to keep relationships, even if you don't think you need them. 

Sometimes it's for selfish reasons (because you want more Arbonne customers). 

Sometimes it's for the simple easiness of life (like seeing a could-be-enemy at the playground with their babies and realizing that you are both humans/moms).

Sure there are people that I don't agree with and maybe I didn't like them in high school, but who cares? We are all human. We are all worthy.

This goes along with one of my favorite quotes:


"Always be kinder than necessary. Everyone is fighting a battle of their own."

Happy Friday-eve, all!! Here's to a friendly, fun fall weekend!


I can never write a post that's too serious!

xoxo
Jess

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Our Weekend: Football, Cars and Red Sox!!

Friday Night Lights: Pizza and Football Game with Uncle Donnie, Aunt Stacie, Grandpa, Mom and Dad





Saturday: Car Shopping and Chad's Birthday
We had plans to go to IKEA, but we ended up being at car dealerships all. day. long. But, we did end up with a beautiful Jeep Wrangler Unlimited!


How do you keep a toddler entertained in a car dealership? Let him play with all of the pumpkins!

Saturday night, my dad came over to watch Cam, and Chad and I had a mini date/birthday dinner while watching the Red Sox!


Some other random pictures from the weekend:


The mostl stylish little man I've ever seen!



Learning to blow his nose....

and rip the tp off the roll!



best consignment store find ever!


HELLO, FALL!


He found our stash...we are in trouble!


Our weekend was very busy, but very productive! Cameron is loving Halloween candy, we are loving our new cars and we are loving that that Red Sox are playing Game 6 of the World Series AT HOME tonight!!!!

xoxo
Jess


Monday, October 28, 2013

Be still my heart....


Really? I get to see this amazing bond grow stronger every day. Thank you, Lord. 













Blog-ember


I am joining Tahnie in her Blogember challenge - to write every day in November! I always get so excited and have high expectations, but this one is different...I can feel it. I won't write everyday. I'll just put that out there. But I do love doing some of these that make me think or make for great reads a few years down the road....Play along, if you want!



November 1: One of the best lessons life has shown you
November 2: Favorite inspiring quote
November 3: 5 favorite blogs
November 4: Write for 5 minutes on the prompt: Freedom
November 5: Share a favorite recipe (can be yours or someone else's just make sure to give credit)
November 6: 5 favorite apps
November 7: A day in your life
November 8: 5 minutes on the prompt: Time
November 9: 5 favorite places to shop online
November 10: A time when you felt unstoppable
November 11: 3 albums you would take in a deserted island
November 12: Your first pet
November 13: An epiphany you had this summer
November 14: 10 photos on 10 past the hour
November 15: Favorite Halloween costume of yours
November 16: 6 word memoir
November 17: Favorite year in elementary school and why
November 18: Happiest moment of your life
November 19: First job
November 20: Your first concert
November 21: 5 unique facts about you
November 22: 10 places you would love to visit (or have visited)
November 23: Reverse bucket list
November 24: 20 things you are grateful for
November 25: A love letter to yourself
November 26: Favorite teacher in your life
November 27: A book that honestly changed your life
November 28: Your life's soundtrack
November 29: Your take on the prompt Be Ridiculous
November 30: If you wrote your memoir, what would the title be and why?

See you on November 1st!!

xoxo
Jess

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Happy Birthday to you....


Today is Chad's birthday, and we are doing exactly what he wants: Breakfast, IKEA, lunch with friends, then date night. I threw a surprise birthday dinner for him on Wednesday, so that was our big celebration. Today will be all about him and I couldn't be happier.

Here's to the love of my life, my best friend, my support system, my baby-daddy and my other half. You really do complete me.













Happy Birthday, Baby!!!


Friday, October 25, 2013

5 on Friday: Random Thoughts


This is a totally random list of things I have been wanting to share and links I have been saving. Enjoy my smorgasbord!








1) My New Love

This mascara is my new favorite. It might be a lifer. It doesn't flake off during the day and it actually does make my lashes look way longer!






2) Toddler Apps 

Cameron is finally at the stage where he understands directions and cause-and-effect, so when Sara posted these Toddler Apps, I had to check them out! I can't wait to let Cameron try some of these!






3) Someday....

I know that traveling to random places is still far in the future due to family obligations, weddings, etc... but these are some amazing places to keep in mind! (However, we are going to Vegas for my birthday in December - and to see sweet baby Brooklyn. I can hardly contain my excitement for three baby-less nights. I may burst out in tears from missing Cam so much, though!)









4) Revlon - 1; Maybelline - 0 

I am, by no means, a make-up pro, but I do know when I use a bad product. I first picked up the Revlon Photoready Airbush Foundation and loved it. It glided right on and you couldn't even tell that I had it on. When I ran out, I picked up the Maybelline version at Walmart and figured it would be the same...I was so wrong. I finally got around to picking up the Revlon version, and it's like night-and-day. I'm hooked.

YES

NOOOO




5) Pictures

I have been totally slacking in the picture-taking department. I didn't many last weekend, and I didn't take a single one from Chad's surprise part on Wednesday!!! Bad girl! However, we had a blast; I just can't share it with you in pictures. :)

Happy Weekend, all!! We are off to IKEA tomorrow and will be celebrating Chad's birthday all weekend with donuts, costumes and lots of cocktails. :)


xoxo
Jess

Friday, October 18, 2013

5 on Friday: Fall Food Essentials




Maybe it's Cameron's age, maybe it's just being older, maybe it's the warmer weather lately, but this fall has been amazing. Simply perfect. We have been able to be outside a ton and have started some really fun traditions that I am already excited to do next year!





1) A Good Fall Beer

I am no beer connoisseur, but I do love me a good fall beer. It can be pumpkin flavored or not, but if it's a fall beer, I will try it.



bon appetit put out a great list of their favorite beers, and I am so happy to see that Shipyard Pumpkinhead is on the list! It is brewed right here in little 'ole Portland, Maine, and it. is. delicious. 

Another local brewery is Gritty's, and their "fall" beer isn't pumpkin flavored, but it is oh-so-delicious. 



2) Chili

Chad makes a bomb-a** chili that I beg him to cook at least once a week in the fall/winter. It usually coincides with the Patriots game, which works out well. ;) It also ends up being awesome leftovers for lunch and dinner.

this is how I like mine: sour cream, cheese and nacho chips...yum!!




3) Yankee Pot Roast

This is a staple in our house lately...another easy dish with super leftovers!







4) A Hot Drink

Coffee, tea, chai latte, Hot Buttered Rum...pick your poison. I'll have one of each!

            



5) Pies

I am not a huge pie fan, but gimme a slice after a comfy dinner and it will be gone in 2.2 seconds. 

how cute are these mini pies? 


What about you? What are your favorite fall foods?

PS Check out my guest post on being a Working Mom over at E, Myself and I!

Happy Weekend, Friends!!
xoxo
Jess


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

What a Weekend!


Friday night was our usual Grandpa Date...this week was Texas Roadhouse. God Bless America. There's not much better than people watching while drinking a beer and chowing on some steak!

After, Chad and I went on a date. Yes, you read that correctly...a date! No baby. Alcohol. A movie. It was bliss. (And Gravity was amaaaazing in 3D.)

Saturday morning, Cameron got a haircut, we hit up Lowe's and Cameron took a 2.5 hour nap!! Holy moly.



before the haircut....I love getting him a "big" boy haircut!


I rarely pull out my "real" camera anymore; it's so much easier to just snap away on my iPhone. But, I've realized that I don't have any printable pictures of Cam - we need some updates in our home! When we planned on heading to a local Fall Festival, I decided to charge up my big girl and have some fun. 

However, Cameron had a different idea. He had just woken up from a nap, so he was very mellow the entire time. That's ok, but I got some very sweet, innocent pictures of my baby big boy. 


He looooved the hens...we couldn't get him away!



sweet baby



listening to some tunes with Daddy



my sweet loves






















After our fun Fall Fest, we decided to stop for some Pumpkin Beer at a local brewery that also happens to have a playground and playhouse behind it. Win-win, I tell ya.

(back to the iPhone pics)











Sunday and Monday were Mommy/Cameron days since Chad had to work. We ran errands, had a playdate, had a donut-date and took a two hour nap in the car. :)

breakfast with LouLou...someone LOVED the blueberry muffin!








MY BOY


Sorry for the picture overload, but we did a lot!! I hope you all had a great weekend.....Happy Hump Day!!!!
xoxo
Jess






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