The Adventure Starts Here: 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Kids Behind The Blog | June 2017

While I'm no longer really blogging, I love "The Kids Behind The Blog" linkup so much that I can't give it up!!!  Not only is it my favorite linkup, but I really love having these monthly interviews of Noah and would really regret it if I just stopped!  In case you are new here, Noah is my "kid behind the blog". He is 4 years old, goes to school 3 mornings a week, and spends the rest of the time home with me.  I have been recording our interviews on video and I love how it documents his personality, growth, and speech development.

As much as I love asking Noah the questions each month, I also have so much fun reading what your and my co-hosts' (CrystalBethJessicaStephanie) kids have to say each month! And in case you are new to the linkup, here's a little background information. We came up with this idea because we are such huge fans of "The Guys Behind the Blog" and wanted to create something similar to do with the "kids that made us mamas".  Each month, we have a set of questions to ask our kid(s) and we will share their answers on our blogs. We sure hope that you will do the same and link up with us each month! We can't wait to read what your kids have to say!


This month's questions were:

1. Do parents get a summer break?
2. If you could change your name what would you change it to?
3. How much do you grow in the summertime?
4. Would you rather go to the beach or to Disney World?
5. What is your favorite kind of ice cream? Least favorite?


A few notes...
1. I have to admit that I take Summer pretty seriously and do tend to slack on my house cleaning and meal planning... so I guess I really do get a break ;)
2. This was my favorite answer this month.  And in case you don't watch tons of YouTube like we do, his first name was from Hobby Kids TV.
3. While his answer was a little exaggerated, Noah does tend to grow a lot over the summer!
4. I should be glad since we will be going to Disney Land next week, but I was kind of surprised he didn't say the beach since he really loves going there.
5. I am surprised he said he didn't like Strawberry... while it's no longer his favorite, just 6 months ago he was asking for it a lot!

I'd love for you to share what your kids had to say this month. Just grab our button and link up at the bottom of the post! Also make sure to stop by CrystalBethJessica, and Stephanie's blogs to see how their cute kids answered!

And as for next month, the link up will go live on July 12th

July Questions:
1. What do you need to make s’mores?
2. What is your favorite summertime treat?
3. Would you rather fly in an airplane or ride on a ship?
4. How would you change the world if you could?
5. What comes after summer?

We really hope you will follow along and link up going forward!  As always, it will be on the second Wednesday of each month, on the following dates:

July 12 | August 9 | September 13
October 11 | November 8 | December 13



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Kids Behind The Blog | May 2017

I haven't blogged in a month, but today I'm back with another installment of "The Kids Behind The Blog"!!!  Not only is it my favorite linkup, but I really love having these monthly interviews of Noah and would really regret it if I just stopped!  In case you are new here, Noah is my "kid behind the blog". He is 4 years old, goes to school 3 mornings a week, and spends the rest of the time home with me.  I have been recording our interviews on video and I love how it documents his personality, growth, and speech development.

As much as I love asking Noah the questions each month, I also have so much fun reading what your and my co-hosts' (CrystalBethJessicaStephanie) kids have to say each month! And in case you are new to the linkup, here's a little background information. We came up with this idea because we are such huge fans of "The Guys Behind the Blog" and wanted to create something similar to do with the "kids that made us mamas".  Each month, we have a set of questions to ask our kid(s) and we will share their answers on our blogs. We sure hope that you will do the same and link up with us each month! We can't wait to read what your kids have to say!


This month's questions were:

1) If you had a magic tree-house that could take you anywhere in the world where would you go?
2) Finish this sentence...red rover, red rover...
3) What is your best childhood memory? (this could be funny since they're all still kids!)
4) What is your favorite part about nature and being outside?
5) What do you think Mommy would like for Mother's Day?


A few notes...
1. Noah's love for Chipotle clearly runs deep!
2. I'm not surprised Noah had no clue how to answer this question.
3. When he was 3... haha!
4. Bike riding is always his go to answer about what he loves about outside.
5. While I was recording this video I just wanted him to sit up in his chair ;)

I'd love for you to share what your kids had to say this month. Just grab our button and link up at the bottom of the post! Also make sure to stop by CrystalBethJessica, and Stephanie's blogs to see how their cute kids answered!

And as for next month, the link up will go live on June 14th

June Questions:
1. Do parents get a summer break?
2. If you could change your name what would you change it to?
3. How much do you grow in the summertime?
4. Would you rather go to the beach or to Disney World?
5. What is your favorite kind of ice cream? Least favorite?


We really hope you will follow along and link up going forward!  As always, it will be on the second Wednesday of each month, on the following dates:

June 14 | July 12 | August 9
September 13 | October 11 | November 8 | December 13

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Kids Behind The Blog | April 2017

In case you haven't noticed, I've been very MIA from the blog recently.  While I love this space, right now I feel like my time is better spent focusing on other aspects of my life.  At the moment, I'm not sure if this will be a temporary hiatus or a permanent one, but I'm enjoying the extra time.  So while I haven't had a regular post in a while, I can't turn my back on "The Kids Behind The Blog"!!!  Not only is it my favorite linkup, but I really love having these monthly interviews of Noah and would really regret it if I just stopped!  In case you are new here, Noah is my "kid behind the blog". He is 4 years old, goes to school 3 mornings a week, and spends the rest of the time home with me.  I have been recording our interviews on video and I love how it documents his personality, growth, and speech development.

As much as I love asking Noah the questions each month, I also have so much fun reading what your and my co-hosts' (CrystalBethJessicaStephanie) kids have to say each month! And in case you are new to the linkup, here's a little background information. We came up with this idea because we are such huge fans of "The Guys Behind the Blog" and wanted to create something similar to do with the "kids that made us mamas".  Each month, we have a set of questions to ask our kid(s) and we will share their answers on our blogs. We sure hope that you will do the same and link up with us each month! We can't wait to read what your kids have to say!


This month's questions were:

1) What is your favorite thing about Spring?
2) If April showers bring May flowers what do May flowers bring?
3) What does a flower need to grow? 
4) Do you like that it's starting to get warmer or do you like the cold and snow better?
5) What do you want to do over your Spring Break?

Bonus: What is your favorite thing about Easter?


A few notes...
1.  We have definitely been going on lots of walks and bike rides, but we haven't flown a kite since the Fall... I guess we better get on that!
2. I was kind of surprised he knew this saying... he told me later he learned it at school.  While I was trying to get him to say bees, I liked his answer even better!
3. I crack up how he says water like such a New Jersey kid!
4. Haha, I love that he loves Chipotle... just like me!!!  But we had Chipotle A LOT this winter, so I don't know what he's talking about!
5. This is Noah's go to answer whenever I ask him what he wants to do.  He is such a homebody! I'm actually amazed we get out of the house as much as we do!
Bonus: Those are all the things I love about Easter too!


I'd love for you to share what your kids had to say this month. Just grab our button and link up at the bottom of the post! Also make sure to stop by CrystalBethJessica, and Stephanie's blogs to see how their cute kids answered!

And as for next month, the link up will go live on May 10th

May Questions:
1) If you had a magic tree-house that could take you anywhere in the world where would you go?
2) Finish this sentence...red rover, red rover...
3) What is your best childhood memory? (this could be funny since they're all still kids!)
4) What is your favorite part about nature and being outside?
5) What do you think Mommy would like for Mother's Day?


We really hope you will follow along and link up going forward!  As always, it will be on the second Wednesday of each month, on the following dates:

May 10 | June 14 | July 12 | August 9
September 13 | October 11 | November 8 | December 13



Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Guys Behind The Blog | March 2017

Just like I love interviewing Noah every month for The Kids Behind the Blog, I also love hearing from Chris each month.  This month's questions were interesting.  Some of these were kind of hard decisions to make.  I think this was the first time we actually discussed the questions in person instead of me just emailing him the questions.  When we were out for my birthday dinner, I started going through each of the questions and thought it was pretty funny hearing Chris' immediate reactions.  He also got to hear my opinions on the questions too.  I'm thinking we will have to do these interviews in person going forward.  


So here we go... the questions for March:

1 // Would you rather have your dream job and make less money or have a job you hate but make tons of money?

Job I hated but I made tons of money. I'd enjoy myself on weekends with my tons of money! haha

While I think having both is possible, if I had to choose I'd pick the same.  

2 // Would you rather play a hero or a villain in a movie?

I'd rather play a hero in a movie. They're loved by everyone!

I agree, though a villain is probably more fun to act.

3 // Would you rather always have to say everything on your mind or never be able to speak again?

I'd rather say everything on my mind. A la LIAR LIAR. 

This kind of surprised me because I find Chris is really good at filtering what he says and keeps a lot of his opinions to himself.  I can't imagine him saying everything on his mind!

4 // Would you rather go back in time and meet your ancestors or go into the future to meet your great grandchildren?

I'd like to go into the future and meet my great grandchildren. I'd love to see their flying cars and drones and other wild technology too!

I feel the same way! I think it would be so cool to meet my future great grandchildren.  We can already read stories about our ancestors but have no clue about the future!


5 // Would you rather swim in the Arctic Ocean with nothing but a swim suit (no wet suit) or walk through the desert in the middle of the summer having to wear sweat pants and a sweat shirt?


I'd rather walk in the desert with sweat pants and a sweat shirt. I'd be hot but the question doesn't say anything about being able to drink lots of ice cold water!   

I have to agree!  And I love that he thought of a "loop hole".


6 // Would you rather live like a king but have no friends or family or be homeless with your friends and family?


I'd sadly rather be homeless with friends and family. It would get very boring very quick if you were a king with zero friends and family.

I'm glad this isn't a choice we actually have to make!


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Decorating for Easter

With Easter less than a month away, I thought it was time to decorate the house for Easter.  I have to admit it felt a little strange pulling out all my bunnies, eggs, and pastels when there's still snow on the ground.  But I figure why not make it feel more like Spring, even if it's only on the inside.  And the best part is, after Easter is over, I can remove the bunny and egg decorations and still have some really pretty decor perfect for all of Spring.  

Last year I shared how I decorated for Easter, and honestly, most of it is the same.  I added a few new pieces and moved some things around, but the general feeling of it all is the same.  When we first moved into our house I was experimenting with what I liked and was constantly on the search for new decor.  But now I'm pretty happy with what I have and don't feel the need to switch it up every year.  And Chris is thrilled since it means I'm spending less money ;)

When decorating for any holiday, I usually stick with the living room and dining room and add a wreath to the front door.  First up is the living room.  When we lived in an apartment I couldn't wait to have a fireplace.  Not because I wanted to sit by a roaring fire (we have never used this one for it's real purpose), but because I was desperate to decorate a mantel.  And I'm happy to report that I still love switching up my mantel decor based on the holiday/season.  Just like last year, I hung my egg garland, put up my blue candles and pots of fake grass.  But this year, I switched out the vases for these pink ones I got for my birthday last year.  I love how the pinks and blues from the garland are repeated in the candles and vases.  

metal pots and fake grass 
candles (Target) | candlesticks (Home Goods) | garland (old Pottery Barn Kids) | vases (old Crate & Barrel)

Over the years, we've collected quite a few stuffed bunnies.  They really are the perfect addition to an Easter basket.  Many of these are from Pottery Barn Kids, but the Jellycat bunnies are some of my favorite... and softest!  While we don't keep them out year round, I love pulling out these super soft stuffed bunnies (and sheep), and displaying them as some kid friendly "decor".  


As for our dining room, I kept with my favorite decorating formula.  Since we use our table for much more than dining (think game boards, puzzles, and Lego making), I prefer not to "set the table".  Instead, I cover the table with a seasonally appropriate runner and add my new favorite gold tray filled with pretty decorative accessories as well as the necessities, like a box of tissues (cause Noah always seems to have a runny nose when we are in the middle of a game!).  


I've had this bunny candy dish for years and love filling it up each year.  It must be a popular item, because Pottery Barn still carries it at least 6 years later!  I'm actually shocked I haven't picked up any Easter candy yet... I definitely plan to remedy that situation as soon as possible!  And can we talk about this runner!?!  Another gift for my birthday last year that I was so happy to take out this Spring.  I love the delicate material, but my favorite part is definitely the beautiful floral print.  

gold tray | bunny candy dish | runner (old Crate & Barrel)

Another repeat decor item is my cake stand topped with a nest of eggs.  If you'd like to make your own, I shared exactly how I made mine in last year's post.  And if you are extra crafty, you could even paint your own eggs!  

placemats - Ikea | cake stand and bunny - Home Goods

Another piece of decor that I bought last year is this pink wreath.  I knew it had faded when I was putting it away last year, but I didn't realize how much until I compared these photos side by side.  While I love the amount of sunlight our house gets (especially for indoor photography reasons), I have a real problem with fading wreaths.  My boxwood wreath looks so horrible after one year that I am embarrassed to use it again.  While I love how vibrant this pink wreath was when I bought it, at least this one looks like it could have been light pink all along.  I wonder what it will look like by next year!?!


Here's the blinding sun I was talking about...


Do you decorate for Easter???

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

What I've Been Wearing | Mommy Style

I've been making an effort to wear more of my closet.  I found that there are a few pieces that I tend to grab for more often while leaving other pieces virtually unworn.  It's not that I don't like them, I just gravitated towards my newer pieces.  By taking photos of my daily outfits, I had physical proof of what I wear most.  This past month, I separated my closet by things I had already worn (and photographed and shared) from the tops I had yet to wear this winter.  I then made an effort to reach for those neglected pieces first.  It was rather refreshing and felt like I had a new wardrobe!  Just goes to show you that it's nice to wear some of your oldies but goodies!  And if you still don't want to wear them, then it's probably time to donate it.  

Here's what I've been wearing the last few weeks...


School drop off/pick up followed by taking Noah for a hair cut.  

chambray shirtblack jeans | leopard sneakers (old Gap, but these are similar)

Book Club - I love getting a little dressed up, even if it's just a casual book club at someone's house :)  This random February evening was so warm (relatively) and I was able to go out without a coat!  I took advantage of the warmth and swapped my usual boots for my favorite lace up flats!

blouse (old Loft, but this is pretty print for spring) |  jeans | lace up flats | necklace (with tassel)

I dropped Noah off at school and then ran some errands at Target, Costco, and Old Navy!  I was shocked we were blessed with another warm day in February.  Since the temps hit 70, I jumped at the chance to wear short sleeves!  

jeans (only $29!!!) | shirt (Gray Monroe) | sneakers (old Loft) | necklace (with tassel)

4 year old birthday party - The warm weather was short lived and we were back to cold and windy! I shared this outfit here as well as what it looks like with a mustard scarf perfect for Spring!

 jeans | striped shirt (other colors, but love this option)
boots (similar) | earrings (similar) | scarf (old Loft) 

Other than bringing Noah to school, we spent the day at home.  And since the temps were still low, I love how this sweatshirt keeps me warm but makes me feel ready for Spring!


Another day of school drop off.  While we didn't really have any plans, I did go to chapel at Noah's school.  

top (similar) | jeans | necklace (similar)

Swim school, grocery shopping, and then home to do laundry.  I used to wear these Express shirts all the time and was surprised that I hadn't reached for them recently.  I also realize I need to clean my mirror!

shirt (old Express) jeans

My 33rd Birthday!  After dropping Noah off at school, Chris and I went out for breakfast and then to the mall.  That evening we went out to dinner with my parents and enjoyed some cupcakes for dessert.  

sweater (old Limited) | jeans | boots (similar) | necklace (old, but I love this one for spring!)

I kept it super casual in the morning since we were just heading to the mall for another appointment with the Apple Genius Bar.  

shirt (old Express) jeans  

I changed my outfit for a special birthday dinner out with Chris.  Here's another sweater that I've had for years but haven't worn recently.  

sweater (old Limited) | black jeans | booties (old Banana)

After Noah had school, lunch bunch, and art enrichment, we went to do some outlet shopping with my mom.  Back in the fall I shared three ways to style this red gingham shirt.  


Noah was gone the whole morning at school.  Since I was spending the day working on my computer and doing tons of laundry (which you see behind me), I decided to stay comfortable with a tunic and leggings.  

Lou & Grey tunic (current colors, I'm very tempted to get a few more) | ponte leggings

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Give me all the rainbows!

Noah's always been into rainbows.  And who can blame him, rainbows are so pretty!  While we've made our fair share of St. Patrick's Day and rainbow crafts (Fruit Loops Rainbow, Rainbow Pot of Gold, Rainbow Clouds), we couldn't resist making another one this year.  Last week, we grabbed our scissors, glue, and sheets of card stock in all the colors of the rainbow and got to work!  


Back in December, my mom showed Noah how to make those paper chains and he absolutely loved it.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to make another paper chain... this time as a rainbow of sorts.  I measured out 2 inch strips onto each color paper and Noah did all the cutting.  As long as Noah takes his time, his cutting skills are top notch.  I then helped him glue each of the strips into rings, connecting them all in rainbow order.  Noah is a pro with the rainbow colors (partly because of Mickey Mouse Club), but this would be a great activity to help your child learn the colors and the order.  Then just to make sure they were secure, I also added a piece of scotch tape.  



Finally, we added a little pot of gold to the end of our rainbow chain.  I freehanded the pot and then used the cap from a bottle of water to trace the gold (yellow) coins.  Noah glued the coins to the pot and then added some gold glitter glue for some extra sparkle.  I cut out a short strip of black card stock in order to attach the pot of gold to the rainbow chain.  

We debated quite a bit on where to hang this chain.  I wanted to hang it in front of our kitchen window, but Noah was adamant that it's in a place that people had to walk through and see.  Since I didn't want taller people running into it, we compromised and hung it in the doorway leading from our living room to the kitchen, but put it towards the side.  I was getting a little frustrated at how particular and stubborn Noah was getting about this.   My mom however was cracking up at the whole situation, saying that Noah is exactly how I was as a child (and even today) lol.  


And speaking of rainbow crafts.  While I'm usually the one to do crafts with Noah, I'm always surprised and impressed with the things Chris and Noah sometimes come up with.  While I got the construction paper for them, they came up with the plan for this rainbow all on their own.  And just as Noah doesn't always agree with my artistic visions, he was also debating with Chris on how to execute this rainbow.  He didn't understand Chris' idea to make the red the largest semi circle and keep adding smaller semi circles in the remaining colors.  But once he understood, he was on board and they made this really cool rainbow!  So simple to make and really great for your child to practice cutting and gluing.  


And just like in 2015, we had a Rainbow Pancake Breakfast.  Since our last pancake breakfast, I've been making quite a few pancakes.  It's one of Noah's favorite breakfasts and requests them to either be in the shape of Mickey Mouse or to be a certain color.  While we stick with one color on a regular day, we enjoy making all the rainbow colors for St. Patrick's Day.  I use the Krusteaz Buttermilk Pancake mix (I get the big bag from Costco) and simply add some gel food coloring.  It really could not be any easier!  My only issue is figuring out how to keep them warm while I make them all.  Should I put them in the oven??  I would love some suggestions!


I mixed the batter together, which is really just adding water, and then Noah helped mix all the food coloring in.  Chris and Noah then showed my mom all of their new "games" while I made the pancakes.  Currently I'm just using a large frying pan, but now that I'm making pancakes more often, I really think I need to upgrade to a large skillet.  I just can't decide whether to get the kind that sits on the stove or one that plugs into the wall.  Any recommendations???

 ^^^ Noah was showing off everything he got at the parade ;)

And we obviously had to wear our matching Flinn shirts!  Chris' parents got us these back in 2013 for Noah's first St. Patrick's Day.  This was the first year that Noah's actually fit!!!


What will you be doing this St. Patrick's Day??



 
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