Things I’m Loving Friday #395

Friday is here and our family is psyched! Late this afternoon, after Chase gets out of school, we are off to Great Wolf Lodge for the weekend and we cannot wait! We first went to Great Wolf Lodge a few years ago when Ryder was a baby and loved it so much. We took the boys around the holidays and swore that when we returned, we’d come around Christmastime again because it was so magical. We’re so pumped for Santa sightings, pretend snow, pajama story times, indoor water park playtime and more!

I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy today’s roundup of Friday favs, Things I’m Loving Friday style!

Things I’m Loving Friday

  • Family Photos

Last night I received an email from Kelly of Grace Hill Photography with a link to our family photos! Considering the fact that I waited until the morning of the photos to plan our outfits and the timing of the pictures was less than ideal for our kids from a nap time perspective, I love how they turned out. They’re clearly a testament to Kelly’s incredible talent and I am so excited to have these beautiful photos to help us remember our boys at these fun and crazy ages. If you’re local, I cannot recommend Kelly enough! We booked a mini session with her and I am blown away by the quantity and quality of the images she was able to capture in such a short amount of time. She made all of us feel relaxed and was absolutely wonderful with the boys!

(Cropped Hoodie: BP / Joggers: Free People / Sherpa Slides: Old Navy / Beanie: Universal Thread via Target but from last year // Picture credit goes to Ryder man!) 

Oh happy day! My Black Friday order from Old Navy arrived earlier this week and, other than the gifts I ordered for family members, I was most excited to receive the Sherpa Mule Clogs and Sherpa Slides I couldn’t resist when they were on super sale. I ordered them almost exclusively to wear to and from school drop offs with the kids now that temperatures are dropping. (The sherpa clogs looked so much like these clogs from Madewell I’ve been eyeing so I was psyched to find a less expensive version. The Old Navy clogs are sold out in a bunch of sizes but these sherpa clogs from Gap look almost identical and the price point is still good!) I’m a sucker for sherpa anything this time of year and the clogs and slides are everything I hoped they would be — warm and cozy and easy to slip on and off when I’m flying out the door!

  • Return of Fisbee

I know the whole Elf on the Shelf thing is polarizing but we are big fans in our house. I think a big part of the reason we enjoy it so much is the fact that we keep it suuuper low key and the boys still get SO excited. Chase has so much fun writing our elf, Fisbee, letters and loves drawing him pictures every single day. We typically stick to just moving the elf overnight but if we want to spice things up a bit, I turn to a group text I have with my friends for inspiration and also swear by Googling “Elf on the Shelf toilet paper” for the EASIEST ideas out there that take almost no time. We will occasionally have Fisbee surprise the boys with something like new Christmas pajamas or re-purposed holiday toys I stashed away from the prior year that they forgot about since last Christmas and it’s just a fun way for our family to add to the holiday magic! If any fellow Elf on the Shelf fans out there have elf antics you’d like to share, I’d love to hear about anything you’ve done that your kids have loved in the past!

  • Instant Pot Fajita Bowls

Last night’s dinner was so easy and so delicious that I knew I had to share it with you guys today! I whipped up fajita bowls that came together easily thanks to the Instant Pot. I combined 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs with 1 pound of frozen sliced bell peppers, 1 sliced onion, 1 3/4 tablespoons fajita seasoning (I used Fajita Magic) and 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth in the Instant Pot and cooked it on high pressure for 9 minutes before shredding the chicken and dumping everything in a colander to drain off the broth. I then served the chicken over brown rice with black beans and avocado and it was so good! We often do some variation of salsa chicken in the crock pot so this was a nice way to change things up a bit!

  • November 2021 Top Ten

Top 10 Blog Posts

Top 10 Best Sellers

  • Our Place Always Pan (A Black Friday deal that proved too good to resist!)
  • Laura Mercier Caviar Eyeshadow Stick (One of my favorite beauty finds of the year. Gorgeously creamy and makes my eyes look more awake without the harsh line of eyeliner.)
  • Sam Edelman Combat Boots (I was on the fence with the whole combat boot trend but once I ordered this pair and realized they go with basically everything, I am ALL IN!)
  • Daily Page Notepad (Perfect for daily organization. I love mine!)
  • Black Bodysuit (Love for this bodysuit is still going strong and for good reason! It’s a budget-friendly find that is so flattering and pairs well with many different looks.)
  • Tineco S3 Wet/Dry Vacuum (Worth its weight in gold. I use it multiple times a day and it’s been a game-changer for keeping our hardwood floors clean.)
  • Mealtime Magic Mia Doll (A gift guide fav! Mia eats magnetic food and is a less messy version of Baby Alive my niece and a bunch of Chase’s friends love.)
  • VOLO Microfiber Hair Towel (Soft and gentle on your hair and the plush microfiber material makes it incredibly absorbent. It dramatically reduces drying time by 50 percent and reduces frizz and breakage. I LOVE mine!)
  • Crayola Color Chemistry Lab (Another gift guide hit and filled with easy experiments our boys love.)
  • Electric Lighter (So simple but so awesome and it makes a great stocking stuffer.)

 

  • Friday Flashbacks

Peppermint Icebox Cake (A favorite holiday recipe made with homemade peppermint candy whipped cream and Oreos!)

Oreo Peppermint Icebox Cake

Holiday Cheesepuff Casserole (Our family’s Christmas morning breakfast!)

Question of the Day

What is one thing making you smile today? 

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Things I’m Loving Friday #395