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Monday, October 25, 2021

Hello Monday - Halloween Charcuterie Board

Happy Monday!

We're officially under a week until Halloween! WooHoo!  I seriously can't believe it.

After seeing some Halloween charcuterie boards around Pinterest and over on Instagram I thought why not give it a go myself.  On Friday afternoon I put together this cute little charcuterie board for the kids as a surprise for when they got home from school.  It took me only minutes to throw together.  To say they were surprised is an understatement!  Who knew such a simple treat would make them so happy.  I'll definitely be making one for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Anyway, I'm super proud of this easy and fun little board of goodness and eyeballs and wanted to make sure it was shared over here on the blog!

Have a wonderful Monday, friends!

Marie :)

I'm linking up with The House on Silverado for Sundays on Silverado.

I'm also joining in on the Monday fun and linking up with My Glittery HeartThe Other Side of the Road and The Sirois Family!

Friday, October 22, 2021

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday to one and all!

Can you guys believe that Halloween is just around the corner?!


We've been crazy busy over here and while I'm not mad about it, I certainly wasn't bothered to have had a couple of extra-curricular activities canceled this past week.  It most definitely added in some breathing room for this busy Mama-on-the-go!

Today I'm here to share some of my Friday Favorites and I'll be joining the fun with...

Andrea - Momfessionals
Erika - A Little Bit of Everything

First up, Jane's spooky Halloween shelf decor.

I'm sure if you're on Instagram then you've seen so many adorably decorated Halloween shelves.  This was super easy to throw together.  We have lots of seasonal books on hand so I really only needed a decoration or two.  I headed over to Walmart and few bucks later we have ourselves a spooky little shelf display.  

Henry and Eliza had their conferences this past Wednesday and I can't tell you how happy it made my heart to attend.  The last time I was in our 2nd/3rd grade building was March 11th, 2020.  Also, the kids are doing great!  Love them so dang much!

March 11th, 2020.  Oh my heart.

I've also had two opportunities to get into Henry's brand new school.  It's an absolutely gorgeous building and we, as a community, are so fortunate to have it!

Next up, all-things-Disney.  We'll be going in February and I'm trying to get a handle on all that has changed, including the new Disney+ and Lightning Lanes and how it'll be implemented into our upcoming trip.

Spoiler Alert - It's going to be much more expensive than I had previously thought.

I follow quite a few Disney Instagrammers and I now belong to a Facebook group called - Disney's Genie, Genie+ and Lightning Lane Tips & Alerts.

This graphic really helped me understand the new Genie system so much more. 

I found this adorable name plate sign at Hobby Lobby and I already have buyer's remorse over not bringing it home with me!  I'll definitely be heading back to get it for our new office area in our home!

This table!

I found this table at Goodwill for $30.00!!!  I randomly walked into Goodwill one day (after not being there in what seemed like FOREVER), happened to walk to the back of the store and saw this pretty table.  I left without getting it.  I thought about it that night and then decided to get it the next morning.  I crossed my fingers it was still there AND that it would fit in my car... and guess what, it's currently in our living room!  What a fantastic find!  I'm in love!

I've been feeling pretty creative over on Instagram lately, but I'm at a silly standstill with followers and would love to follow other creatives from the blogging world.  Anyone else feel this way?  Anyway, I'd love to follow you and would love some new followers, too!  I feel like I'm begging...is this me begging?! LOL!

Has anyone else seen these Magic Mixies?  Apparently they're supposed to be a hot Christmas toy this year.  Santa grabbed one over on Amazon earlier this week without really knowing what it is.  I can just see Eliza wanting one weeks before Christmas and Santa not being able to find them anywhere.  Santa also ventured into the grocery store yesterday and found only one more left on the shelf...so who knows...  *shrugs shoulders*

Magic Mixies

Lastly, these two memes... Bahahaha!

Thanks as always for stopping by!

Happy Friday, Friends!

Marie :)

Thursday, October 21, 2021

A Very Late Hello Monday

Happy Thursday!

Now, let me tell you, I've had this post ready to go practically all week, and while I missed the link up, I'm still going to go ahead and post it.

Let's get to it!

Two Sundays ago Jon's partner mentioned that he and his wife were heading out of town for the day and asked if we would be interested in using their pool since it was so beautiful outside.  Our neighbors were invited, too!  Given that it was such a warm October day and the fact that their pool is heated we took them up on the offer!  My neighbor Amy and I sat and caught up while Jon swam with the kids.  #momhack...bring a husband to do the work.  LOL! ;)

I still can't believe the kids were swimming in a pool, in Michigan and in October!

That same day Jane found another worm.  This girl and her worms...

The kids' school pictures came back.  I regret not having Henry in a collared shirt, but I was out of options and we seriously lack clothing stores around these parts so this is what we went with.

They sure are adorable though!  :)

Our back room in coming along.  I ended up ordering two different sizes of the same rug design.  If this space had been a room/office by itself I probably would have chosen the smaller rug.  But given the fact that the slider leads out to the lake and the door next to the slider leads out to the garage, I opted for a larger rug to contain any future scratches, spills, dirt and crumbs.

I love, love, love this space so much and I told Jon if we were to ever move that I'm taking the room with us!

Jane and I attended yet another story time at the library...

Another ride on Sandy...

We made a trip to a local coffee shop and on the way Eliza thought it necessary to draw cat faces with marker on herself, as well as on her sister.

Never. A. Dull. Moment.

Eliza and I took part in a Witch Bike Ride in our little town and had the best time.  We're already planning for next year.  We'll definitely simplify our outfits and decorations so that the don't fall apart like they did this year.

Witch Bike Ride Photo Dump...

We ended up riding our bikes to Henry's soccer game and we were aaaaaalmost there when part of Eliza's costume got stuck in the wheel of her bike and then we moved like molasses with only yards to go...  

Parenting:  The epitome of what it means to be patient. 

Cat snuggles took place at one point...

I attempted to get pumpkin pajama pictures of the kids and this is how Jane arrived.

Definitely not a pumpkin.  Haha!

I somehow coerced Jane into her pumpkin pajamas by way of food bribery.  ;)

It worked.


My Very Late "Hello Monday" blog post!  Phew!  It's not perfect, but I did it!

Thanks for following along!

Marie :)

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Halloween Home Tour - 2021

I can't believe I'm actually posting a home tour!!!

It's going to be the shortest home tour ever, BUT - I did it!

Woohoo!  Small victories!!!

I've had so much fun decorating this year.  To be honest, I've been utterly exhausted since way back when I was pregnant with Jane in 2018.  I lacked the energy to do much of anything and any energy I could muster up usually went toward decorating for Christmas.  It made me sad for Henry and Eliza because they had grown accustomed to me going all out for the holidays.

Then, I had Jane, then 2020, then virtual learning and then...well, we were all in survival mode...

With all that being said, I hope you enjoy my tiny little Halloween Home Tour and what says Halloween Home Tour more than pumpkins and cabbage in a window box?!  LOL!

I did a similar box last year, but added pumpkins this year and that middle stalk pointy plant thing - a botanist I am not.  ;)

Eliza and I added these adorable bats that I found here.  Amazon for the win!

If you follow me on IG then you've seen this...

These witch hats are so cute for decorating, but they're also actual, real head-sized witch hats.  I was super impressed with the quality, too.  The candles are also from Amazon.  I had them on hand from Henry and Eliza's Harry Potter birthday parties.

I've yet to hang up pictures above our piano since I ended up taking some frames from the family room and putting them in our newly painted bathroom, so this will have to do.  I drew on cute little black circles on those little while pumpkins and I think they're just so dang cute.

Also, the piano isn't finished being painted.  Face palm.  Welcome to my house, where I finish projects at 90% and then apparently just walk away.  Bahahaha!

Our newly painted bathroom received a bit of Halloween decor.

I love this space so much!

Eliza's room received a leftover witch hat and some dollar store balloon wall decor!

Super cheap and super cute!

My little assistant helped me add a little bit of spooky to Henry's room.  I decided not to make it Pinterest perfect for this post.  I cleaned things up, but I love his little stuffed animals that he still snuggles with and all of his books out on display make my heart oh-so-happy.  He's also started to use his own alarm clock in the mornings.  This picture definitely serves as a moment in time...he's still my little boy.

This isn't really home decor, but we've been collecting little treats to send to all of the kids' cousins since we live kind of far away.  Some cousins we haven't seen for over two years.  Hopefully they'll love their little treats.

There you have it!  Now to hold my horses on going wild with Christmas decor!  LOL!

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my itty bitty Halloween Home Tour!

Best Wishes,

Marie :)

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Hello Monday!

Well, well, well...it's Monday again!

I'm joining in on the Monday fun and linking up with My Glittery HeartThe Other Side of the Road and The Sirois Family!

The past week-ish was a busy one.  Time flew, but in the best of ways.

Two Fridays ago we found out that our contractor would be arriving to install our cabinetry we had ordered way back in the spring.  We've been extremely patient, especially considering we've never had a good use for this space since it was finished way back in late 2014, so what was another few months of waiting.

That same Friday we spent packing to head camping with friends.  We try to go camping every year with our group of friends and we camp pretty close to home.  This makes packing up and traveling home not so bad come Sunday.  The kids played and played and Jon and I took full advantage of spending some quality time with Jane.

We rode our bikes everywhere.  The camping "roads" were a blast to ride on and we got going pretty fast.  Henry absolutely loved it.  Alas, I didn't get any pictures of Henry or Eliza.  They were off having far too much fun to stop for a picture.

We did manage to find this cute stage...

Took Janie to the nature center...

She rode her bike like this anytime she could...

We ventured out on the bike trails...

Jane took "Baby" for walks everywhere...

It was a great trip!

Monday was the beginning of our Homecoming Week!

First up, The Flintstones.  The kids weren't entirely sure who The Flintstones were so I gave them a crash course the night before.  I also managed to make up these costumes out of dollar store t-shirts in between unpacking and nap time.  The shirts somehow turned out great!

Tuesday - Jake and the Neverland Pirates day.  Again, another t-shirt costume...

Henry also came home with his last lost baby tooth.  This was an emotional little moment for yours truly!

Henry, Jane and I also swung by our local high school to catch a few minutes of a band invitational.  Henry was loving it so much!

Wednesday - Scooby Doo...

Thursday - SpongeBob.  This was our most difficult day because we've never watched SpongeBob.  We know what it is, but we were kind of lost as to who was who and what was what.  This was the best we could do.  Henry wasn't feeling it...

Friday - School colors day!

The day I went to get Scooby Doo costume materials/ideas was the same day I happened upon these two dresses and had to try them on.

I absolutely loved this velvet dress and if I was confident enough I would've purchased it for family pictures.

I did, however, purchase this dress for New Years and I have no idea why - buy it's now in my possession. I texted Jon and said, "I bought a dress because I'm only getting older." Hahaha!!!

On Wednesday Jane and I drove over to the University of Michigan for her allergy testing.  I don't drive far these days so I was a little worked up leading up to actually having to leave.  I ended up taking the back roads.  It always amazes me that I can take back roads to three universities near where we live all while living far away and in the country.

Anyway, Jane was spectacular and never made a peep for almost two hours.  She actually loved going and I swear she thought everyone was just playing, "doctors," with her.  It's her favorite thing to play.

Jane was tested for sesame and tahini.  I was truly hoping she had outgrown it, but that wasn't the case...

Definitely still allergic and the doctor said she more than likely will never outgrow it.  We're hoping therapy will be an option in the coming years and possibly as early as her next appointment in a year.  We still need to be mindful of fish, lentils, chickpeas and bees.  In the meantime, the doctor reminded me that I have all that I need - the Epipens...and to not be afraid to use them.  

Sesame currently isn't listed as an allergen on most products, but because it's becoming a more popular allergy it'll more than likely start to be listed on product labeling.

Thank goodness.  

We went out to celebrate Jane being so brave.

Thursday rolled around and Jane and I went on our first major grocery shopping trip since before the pandemic began and then we decided to go to Playgroup!  I haven't been to Playgroup since Henry and Eliza were little so I was thrilled it was back!  Jane did fantastic!

On Friday we finally were able to go to our first Homecoming parade since 2018.  There was a storm in 2019, then we all know about 2020.  Womp womp.

This was Jane's first parade EVER!

Henry is playing trumpet right now in 5th grade band, so the marching band had new meaning to him this year!

We went home, made pizzas and waited for the rain to pass and then we were off to Jane's first Homecoming football game!

We arrived, but the bleachers were empty due to lightning.  We decided to wait it out for a bit.  It was past Jane's bedtime so I was a little on edge, but we played it cool.  The football players came out to warm up and the band ended up almost making it down the track until we were all told to leave the stadium due to more lightning.  Dang.

We ended up going home.  The kids were a little disappointed but they seemed happy enough to have seen what they saw.  I was relieved to take Jane home for bed as she was losing her marbles.

Saturday morning rolled around...

Henry had soccer - which he is loving, by the way, and then we headed to get pumpkins...

After grabbing pumpkins we decided to skip nap time and head to our favorite farm.  We didn't get pumpkins at this location because of already set in traditions of getting our pumpkins from the other location.

Photo dump in 3...2...1...

I got talking to someone I knew and then looked over to find Jane doing this.  She's so dang adorable.

And there you have it!  A successful week-ish of all-things-fall and happiness!

Thanks so much for following along!

Best Wishes,

Marie :)