Friday, October 27, 2017

JOYS of the Week

Happy Friday!  Hope you've had a great week. 

I'm excited to share the joy filled moments of our week with you today.

We've loved gardening and working on our landscaping this year.  It's nice to be pulling weeds and taking care of our plants without sweating.  Our cone flowers are having one last hurrah and our yard is covered in these beautiful red leaves.

I picked up these plaid pumpkins at Target this week.  I didn't think I needed any new pumpkins this year, but I couldn't resist these plaid beauties.  I love picking up unique home decor that catches my eye.  A few new items every year add up to a really great collection over time.

Have you tried this S'more cereal yet??  It's amazing.  Go buy a big box this weekend.  My kids and I can't stop eating it.

I finished reading Be The Gift by Ann Voskamp and loved it.  The pages are filled with thought provoking messages to inspire you to do things to bless others.  It's motivating, inspirational and compelling.  I loved the message, the beautiful photography throughout and the list of acts of kindness in the back of the book are perfect.  There are so many simple ways to show others you care.  Voskamp does a great job of inspiring you to use your time, talents and passions to serve God.  She talks about giving the gift of presence and gives tons of real life examples for how you can be there for others.  I loved her outlook and think this book would be great as a daily devotional or a book to read in just a few sittings.  There are so many elements that would be fun to discuss with a Bible Study or a book club.  I read this book on my own, but found myself wanting to talk about it with others.  I'm going to leave it out on my coffee table as a reminder of the message of blessing others.  I'd highly recommend this book.
*I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review of it.

We did family pictures with my side of the family.  9 kids + 8 adults and we had a mostly great time.  The men grumbled a bit and the kids played in between poses.  I think it was our best family pictures yet.  I'm hoping we got a great picture of my little family for our Christmas cards.

We got to celebrate my mom's birthday together and it was a delicious time.

 My in laws hosted a fun Fall bonfire.  I loved helping decorate and the kids loved all the pumpkins.

 My sister had us over to play and cookie taste test.  I'm happy to do that anytime :)  The kids did a quick costume try on session to show off their costumes since we won't be together on Halloween.

We've been on the hunt for great nightgowns and Kohls came through for us.  They had these DARLING sets - one for her and one for her bunny.  She also got some new slippers. They had tons of cute character pjs right now.

Grocery shopping with this guy makes me smile... unless he's tossing my food out of the cart like a wild man.  

I first mentioned Grilling Cheese a couple of weeks ago with my Hello Fresh review.  I had some amazing grilled cheese tacos and I finally found the Grilling Cheese in stores!  It was at Meijer in the fancy cheese section for under $5!!  I can't wait to make some tacos with this.

 Our Children's Museum has science class twice a month.  The pumpkin volcano was a huge hit!

I asked Fletcher to bring me a few books to read before bed.  He picked out his top 15 or so :)

This week on Polka-Dotty Place:

Monday: Aldi Haul & Favorites
Tuesday: Caramel Apple Crisp
Wednesday: 6 Must Dos When Traveling with Kids

I'm linking up with my friend Beth at Our Pretty Little Girls today along with my usuals


  1. Yay for finding your grilling cheese! There is so much to love about this post Whitney. Your mama's birthday, cookie testing, cute night gowns. I love it all. OH! I have been avoiding that cereal like the plague. I know it is probably amazing... and that would not be so good for me, lololol.

  2. That cheese! I hope I can find some! Your sister's cookies look amazing - you'll have to get her recipe to share with us ;) Such a full, fun week, friend!

  3. So glad you got to come home this past weekend! It was lots of fun and there were lots of funny memories made! I haven’t seen that cereal in the store but I may go look for it today! I also love Olive and bunny’s matching pjs! :)

  4. We love that smores cereal too!! Those M and M cookies look amazing!

  5. Love these, what a fun week! Lawter would swoon over O's Poppy ensemble, I picked up second hand two piece jams for her a month or so ago even though I knew she wouldn't get long wear out of them. The character jams seem to always run small and they were only available in a 3t which is usually fine for her but definitely on their way to being short with this pair! ha Fletchy sitting in the cart- so sweet! Teach your long distance buddy T to sit nicely like that please!

  6. There's nothing like spending time with family! Happy belated birthday to your mom and your sister's cookies look delicious!

  7. Adding that book to my to-read list! I've been a little selfish and self-centered lately, so that sounds like a good and timely read. How cute are the nightgown sets? My daughter is 18 months old and has recently decided that her little Elmo is her favorite thing ever. Maybe Elmo needs a gown! Haha!

  8. So many good things! I love the matching jammies for the bunny! Happy belated birthday to your mom!


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