Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Fall Bucket List

Just like every mom out there, I'm trying to remind my kiddos to use their manners, we're working on math facts, learning our letters, and the list goes on and on.  All the while...I try to do the best I can to plan fun events and special happenings for our family.  When our kiddos are all grown, I want them to remember these extra fun things we did each season just to make life a little more grand.  These do not have to be expensive or super thought out by any means.  My kiddos are absolutely stoked if we have a movie night WITH popcorn and I have no doubts they'll remember those just as much as the things we do that cost money.  

I'm sure this list looks like almost every other family's for the fall season, but it's FALL WEEK on the blog.  I wanted to make sure to include the things we'll do this season to make it special...

*Halloween Parties
From preschool to Sunday School to neighborhood parties, we try to hit up as many Halloween parties as we can for two reasons.  Number one they're just plain fun and number two because we like to get as much wear out of our Halloween costumes as possible.  ;)  The party pictured above is our annual Sunday School party for our adult group.  Every year, Andrea reserves this big barn/park area and rents a bounce house.  We all bring slow cookers full of yummy fall food, the kiddos all show off their costumes, and we visit.  It's a great time.  If you're the social person for your Sunday School class or neighborhood or something, consider this party idea as your fall social option!

*Rodeo
This is a new one I'm adding to our Fall Bucket List.  I decided on a whim we should give the Mesquite Rodeo a try and I'm so glad we did.  We had a GREAT time!  The arena was air conditioned so it felt great inside.  We were up close to the action so my kiddos were tuned in the entire time.  And they just loved it.  I grew up going to some small town country rodeos, so the rodeo took me WAY back.  :)

*Fair
The Texas State Fair is something my kids talk about all year long.  I don't even bat an eye if they randomly start talking about something and mention Big Tex (He's the big talking mechanical statue guy at the fair).  It's super normal around our house.  We love everything about the fair...the food, the rides, the lights, the crowd.  (Except that one time our stroller was stolen-we didn't love that.)

*Make Smores
And I'm a peanut butter/chocolate girl so I love to substitute the Hershey's for a good ole' Reese's Cup.  You can thank me later for that idea.  ha!

*Scary Movie Night
And by "SCARY" movie...I mean something released by Disney like Hocus Pocus.  ;)

*Trick-or-Treating
This picture is a couple years old, but let's face it...I'll never be able to top those expressions with another trick-or-treating picture.  Right?!  Every year we meet up with friends and trick-or-treat in our local neighborhoods.  We love this tradition.

*Birthday Parties
I'm saying "PartIES" because this sweet thing has a fall birthday too...
We'll be celebrating Britt turning TWO in the middle of November and then we'll party hard when Bowen turns FIVE at the end of the month.

In the fall, you can guarantee I'll always have the three ingredients at my house needed for these muffins.  The kiddos and I love these on a cool crisp fall morning.

*Sit Around the Fire
A camp fire just screams FALL to me.  Granted, our fire will be in a little fire pit in the back yard but it still gives off the fall vibes.  Right?

*Pumpkin Patch
These cuties and I will make sure we find a patch and pick some pumpkins.  Bonus points if the patch has a hayride.  ;)

*Football Game
Since Nixon was born, I've tried my best to travel with the kids and attend one of Tab's games every year.  I'm not sure it's happened every single year but we've gotten close.  Last year, we loaded up and made it to the West Point game.  I was just telling Tab last week there's no way we'll ever be able to top that.  That long weekend in New York City in the fall was unbelievable.  BUT...we'll do our best to make it happen.

I think this list sums up what we'll be doing this season.  What about you?


Have a GREAT day!  XO

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

A SPECIAL Tuesday Talk

Happy Happy Tuesday Everyone!

This is one of my favorite days of the month...the third Tuesday of each month, Fancy Ashley and I host a link-up called Tuesday Talk.  It's super open-ended.  You can chat about ANYTHING, ask for ideas, share your thoughts, show us a new room, highlight new scarves, or more.  The topic is up to you.  We invite you to join us by adding your blog to the link-up at the bottom of the post.

Since Friday is THE FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF FALL I thought I'd declare this FALL WEEK over here at A Little Bit of Everything.  Yesterday, I showed you how our house is all FALL ready.  And today, I thought we'd talk about our FAVORITE FALL LOOKS.  Nordstrom reached out and asked if I'd be interested in highlighting some of my favorite FALL finds with you.  I have a new FALL look that I've been dying to share and then a few of my FALL go-to's to throw in as well.

But first I must tell you why it's a SPECIAL TUESDAY TALK, because Ashley and I are giving away TWO $100 NORDSTROM GIFT CARDS.  One for YOU (the winner) and one $100 Nordstrom gift card for you to gift to a friend.  Hopefully, you can spend it on some new FALL finds.  Simply enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win.  We'll be randomly selecting a winner and announcing on Monday.  Good luck, everyone! (The giveaway isn't sponsored by Nordstrom.)


Now it's time for some FALL FAVORITES FINDS...

First up is this new FALL look...I've been seeing these bomber jackets all over and knew I'd like to give one a try.  I ordered two and to be honest, really like them both.  I need to choose a favorite though...let me know what you think.   I'm wearing a stripe shirt (Online it recommends ordering a size down.  I don't recommend that), army green bomber jacket (I'm wearing a small but for a longer length I'd size up), tassel earrings (come in three other colors-I have the wine), raw hem jeans (true to size), and booties.

Or in this look, I'm wearing the same stripe shirt, champagne green bomber jacket (you guys this JUST sold out.  I'll be watching it and let you know if it comes back in stock.  It's a brand I've never tried before but you can see other items here), earrings, jeans, and booties.  Which one is your favorite?  I'm loving this fall look...it's the "bomb".  Right?  #CHEESY  
I couldn't resist.  :)

You can see lots of other bomber jacket options here.

When we're talking FALL, it's practically impossible for me to post with out mentioning scarves, sweaters, or plaid shirts.  Those three all scream FALL to me!

This plaid shirt (this one just sold out as well-I'm so sorry-but again, I'll keep you posted.  This option is by the same brand and is that same comfy plaid) with the fun sleeves is perfect for this time of year!  Again, paired with same jeans, earrings, and booties.


I threw on this tie bell sleeve sweater...it's a light sweater so it works for cooler days here in Texas.  Even though the picture looks like it's swallowing my hand, let me guarantee you it wasn't. haha!  I just noticed that after I had this entire post finished!  I think due to the bell sleeves-they're longer but not a crazy long length.


And then the sweater with this scarf.  Love the plaid for FALL!

I was gonna stop there and be all finished but I'm throwing this top in because HOLY CUTENESS!  I ordered it on a whim but loved the fit...it's a light weight top, has a fun neckline, and fitted sleeves.  Another perfect FALL find!  This one comes in six colors...I ordered the red because copper was out in my size at the moment but now it's back in stock!

You can shop all the looks I shared today here...





Don't forget to enter the Rafflecopter below...

a Rafflecopter giveaway


As always please add your blog to the link-up.  Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.


Monday, September 18, 2017

A Peek Inside...

Do you guys know what Friday is?

FRIDAY IS THE FIRST OFFICIAL DAY OF FALL!

I'm a girl who is a big fan of all four seasons.

I absolutely LOVE the summer...no major schedules, staying up way past our bedtimes, meals made on the grill, and days spent pool side are some of my absolute favorites but when school is back in session I begin thinking of everything fall.

I start craving the crisp fall mornings, all the pumpkins, and layers of clothing (we still have some time on this one here in Texas).  So while I was home bound helping Britt recover, I invited my favorite fall decorator over to help.  Marla (my mother-in-law) to the rescue!  

We whipped my house into FALL shape!  Here's a little peek inside...

(Let me add-the lighting is pretty awful.  I tried to steer clear of areas with full-blown sunlight, but our house gets a lot of sunlight.)

Marla outdid herself this time and we found ourselves moving furniture around just to give three rooms a new look.

A closer look at the front room fireplace...

I love the way this mantel turned out...pumpkins, cotton, and leaves!

The living room is a much more casual room.  As much as I want the pillows to all stay neat, tidy, and in place, I want this to be a space my family finds comfy and cozy.  Marla and I found that moose and knew it would be perfect on this mantel.  

 Some pumpkin pillows with a plaid throw (and a whole lot of baby toys).  :)




I try to stick to more "fall" decor...not necessarily "Halloween" so I can keep it up until I change it out for Christmas.  I decided to keep the Halloween decor to just this one spot so I'll just switch this area out when Halloween is over.  

I'm by no means an interior decorator, but I think it's important and just plain fun to add seasonal touches throughout our house.  And drinking from those pumpkin mugs just makes me happy.

Here's to hoping the weather cooperates and sends a little "FALL" our way.  XO

Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Happy Friday, Friends!

It's Friday!  You know what that means?  Andrea, Narci, and I are sharing our Friday FAVORITES and we'd LOVE for you to join us!

Typically, every Friday I share a "hot random mess" of FAVORITES and today is no exception.  :)


The weather last week and the beginning of this week was AMAZING!  A FAVORITE for sure!  We hit up the park one day after school and I was having a sweet snuggly moment with these two cuties.  Madeley is on point with her selfie skills while Britt wasn't impressed.

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Sheaffer surprised me with a fun birthday gift last week...THESE NICKEL AND SUEDE EARRINGS!  I've seen them before, think they're lovely, but have never ordered any for myself.  But let me just tell you...they're my new FAVORITE earrings!  I wore them three days straight last week.  They come in a variety of colors and are super lightweight.  Thank you again, Sheaffer!

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This package of goodies arrived in the mail this week.  My new FAVORITE cookbook is a MUST for all you busy mamas.  We can dump everything in the slow cooker while working, shuffling kiddos, doing laundry, and when it's dinner time our meal is READY!  Shay outdid herself on this one!  So proud of you, friend!

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#littlesisterproblems

This weekend the weather was great.  Bowen and Nixon were playing right outside while I was getting some things done in the kitchen.  Britt walked over in her walker and just stood watching them through the window.  Her brothers and sister are her FAVORITE!

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This picture was a complete blogger fail mom moment.  I realized AFTER Nixon's first flag football game was over and they were lining up to shake hands that I forgot to take a single picture!  I'll do better this weekend.  My FAVORITE thing is watching my kiddos participate in something they enjoy.  Now that Nix is in second grade, sports are way more fun to watch.  They really "get" what they're doing. 

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While we were watching Nix play flag football, Ebby Lee was spending the weekend with Tab at his football game.  He officiated the TCU/AR game in Fayetteville.  Ebby Lee hung out with Marla during the game but afterwards she got to ride the shuttle back with all the officials.  She had a BLAST getting to be the only kiddo on the trip.

M got her all game day ready!  She carried a Razorback purse and sported TCU earrings.  #wereneutral  #withtherefs

I've gotta be honest.  I missed this girl BIG TIME.  She's the best helper with Britt and her help was dearly missed!  haha!

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Please excuse the next few pictures...the lighting is terrible, you might even see my legs in the pictures, but I wanted to let you know Old Navy is KILLING IT in the toddler girl's department right now.  I went last week to grab Britt a few fall things and wanted it all...

Cat Dress-Floral Dress (this color is sold out)-Leggings-Vest (not online or all sold out)


Chambray Tunic (not online yet or all sold out)-Fur Vest (you know my love of a vest!)-Floral Leggings

The fall colors and all the floral had me swooning!  My FAVORITES!  Now if the weather would cool off a bit Britt could model these for you.  ;)

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We HAVE to talk Big Brother (A FAVORITE!) for a minute.  It's getting SO good, but this is the moment during the season when I wish it started right after Memorial Day and was over by Labor Day.  It's hard to keep up with all the kids' activities, school, and Big Brother three nights a week.  Right?  #firstworldproblems 

What do you guys think?  I CANNOT believe the house hasn't turned on Paul.  What are they thinking?  He'll beat anyone left in any competition if he just tries.  Right now, I'm proud to be TEAM JOSH!  It's so sweet how he gets so emotional when he votes someone out.  He seems like such a nice guy.  Granted, I wish he'd tone down the tears just a bit, but I'm definitely cheering him on!

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I think that wraps it up for today.  The kiddos and I have lots of fun scheduled for the weekend.  I hope you do too.  XO

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Workin' It-Transitioning Your Wardrobe

 Happy Wednesday, Everyone!

Today marks two weeks since Britt's surgery.  I'm PRAYING when we go back tomorrow the doctor says, "She can now EAT!".  I might cry if he denies her food another week.  #imnotevenkidding

Shay and I are WORKIN' IT!  Every month we share a topic and how we WORK at that topic.  We invite you to join us by blogging and adding your blog to our link up at the bottom of the post.  If you've missed any topics, so far this year we've shared...


Today, we're chatting about how we WORK at transitioning our wardrobe from summer to fall.  Here are my top five ideas...

1. Mix it up
This isn't exactly pictured, but right now I do a lot of long sleeve tops with shorts.  Like the one above paired with my denim shorts.  (I wore this to Nixon's football game on Saturday morning.) Or...I'll wear jeans paired with a sleeveless top.  I feel like if you mix the items up a bit...shorts with long sleeves or long pants with a sleeveless top, then it is a great transition.


2. Make it a flat
 I also feel like I can pair a plaid shirt with the cuffed jeans, and loafers on left, or ballet flats on right.  A flat or loafer seems like more of a transition shoe rather than a boot or bootie.  Right now, I'd pair this outfit with either shoe and then when the weather is cooler, I'd trade out the shoes for booties.


3. Add a jacket
This comfy cotton dress  can make a smooth transition from summer to fall.  The colors are perfect and in the mornings and evenings I'd just add a jacket.  During the day, the temperatures are warm enough for it to be worn without a jacket.  By adding a little jacket, this outfit goes from summer to fall.  Depending on the weather, you could change out the sandals to a flat or loafer as well.


4.  Keep it Light
In the outfit above, I paired a light short sleeve top with jeans.  It's not too hot, not too cool and is perfect for the weather right now.  You can see all the pieces here...Ruffle Top-Distressed Jeans-Mules.


5 Close the Toe
I definitely don't abide by this rule all the time because #HOT but I think wearing closed toe shoes makes the outfit look much more "fallish".  On those warm fall days, when you're struggling with the heat-if you wear a tank with shorts and closed toe shoes it gives off a more "fall" look.  Top on sale or top in black, denim shorts, and sneakers.

There you have it!  Those are my best tips for transitioning my summer wardrobe to fall.  What about you?  How do you do it?  PLEASE, PLEASE share any tips or tricks you have.  We'd all love to hear them.

Next month, we'll be sharing how we make our homes cozy.  If you missed the link-up this month, please join us next time.


Thanks so much for stopping by, today!  XO