Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites


It's good to see you.  ;)  Now please invite the nice crisp fall weather to join you.

Narci, Andrea, and I are sharing our Friday Favorites from the week.  Like always we invite other bloggers to join us and then link up.  It's great way to find new blogs to read and for others to find you.

We've enjoyed FALL WEEK over on the blog.  If you missed any posts you can see...

Our house all decorated for fall.  I wish I could start a fire, make some coffee, and invite you all over but right now with the weather-I should just have a pool party.  ;)

Now I have a more hot random mess of pictures from the last week or so to recap how we ring in fall around here...

This was a little over a week ago, but did you hear the good news?  We had Britt's check-up from her palate repair and the doctor said it looked great.  He released her to eat ANYTHING and we got rid of her arm restraints.  Again, thank you for all the prayers.  It was a tough surgery and recovery time, but I'm so glad it's behind us.

I got a lot of questions about what her arm restraints looked like.  I didn't take many pictures, but I do have this one where I happen to be making that awkward mid-blink face (so I covered my face right up).  They were soft, velcro pieces with a strap that connected them on her back.  I was envisioning much much worse when the doctor first mentioned arm restraints BUT they were still annoying when you're used to rolling around while you sleep.

Do you guys follow House of Belonging on Instagram?  If you don't, you should!  This swaddle/wall hanging is everything.  Isn't it?

On Saturday morning, this is us pre-face washes and one of us has her chocolate PediaSure spill all over her pajamas BUT this was our reaction to a gecko that got squashed in our door.  Yes, squashed.  What are the odds when we closed the door Friday night a gecko would be halfway through and get squished?  My first thought was-we'll have to skip Nixon's game because there's no way we're gonna make it to the car.  (The gecko was stuck in the door to the garage.)  Neighbors saved the day and removed it for us.

Saturday evening we went to the Mesquite Rodeo.  I've heard about this rodeo numerous times and just never really thought about taking the kids.  We had zero plans on Saturday evening so I decided it'd be fun to check out.  I'm SO glad we did.  The arena was so nice and clean, had air conditioning, and the rodeo was definitely entertaining.  

We had great seats.  :)

We had space for Britt to walk around which was so nice.  Ebby Lee's reaction to the bucking broncos was priceless.

RIGHT in front of us.

Mackenzie (holding Britt) began watching baby Ebby Lee for us years ago.  She's watched our kids grow up and has graduated both high school and college.  She's now back with a "real job" living pretty close so I invited her to join us for the evening.  We absolutely love this girl!

Bowen got into the whole cowboy thing rather quickly.

There was a nice guy who'd bring his horse over for the kids to pet every so often.

Texas girl at heart.  :)

We stayed for the end because BULL RIDING, got home way too late, and woke up to Bowen asking when we could go back to the rodeo.  Definitely a successful night!

I hope you guys have a great weekend!  Enjoy your first FALL day of 2017!  XO

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!

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.  :)

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.  ;)

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'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'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'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...

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

Thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post.