Wednesday, January 30, 2019

What's Up Wednesday

How is it the last Wednesday in January already?! Here's a little what's up for ya'!

What we're eating this week?
We are back on the low carb train-- well slowly transitioning anyways
Monday: Turkey sausage soup
Tuesday: Pan seared cod with broccoli, mushroom and cauliflower. 
Wednesday: either butter shrimp or chicken with cauli rice. 
Thursday: no idea yet!! 
Friday: takeout
The weekend will be a mix of home cooked and a bit of ordering in, I'm thinking

What I'm reminiscing about
Sunshine-- this cold weather is blah!

But this pic is pretty!

What I'm loving
Monopoly Deal! We are obsessed and we are introducing so many people to it! 

What we've been up to…
Lots of celebrations this month for my big birthday with all of my family coming from NYC, DC and Pennsylvania. 

We all went out for a big dinner!

The more brave among us went sledding

They tried making uni-brows for themselves

The night before my birthday, the 'young-uns' were supposed to go out but D's back has been acting up so we stayed in and enjoyed some bubbles instead!

A little cousin birthday yoga

A birthday lunch at Little Louis'- a burger joint in town

Their turkey burger even without the bun was so delicious!

I got some beautiful blooms for my birthday and they're still going strong. Thank you so much to my sister in law and aunt!

 A birthday martini and dinner out with everyone for win!!

What I'm dreading…
Honestly, I'm missing all the cake I had last week. I ate sugar like it was my job.

If you notice, I had two cakes on the actual day!

What I'm working on
Tax Season is here and it's getting busy!!

What I'm excited about…
Mexico with all the family in less than two months.  

What I'm watching/reading…
Is anyone else enjoying the Marie Kondo series on Netflix? I was getting rid of stuff that didn't spark joy for a while now but this is making me want to clean even more!!  Apart from that, I'm also watching This is Us, A Million Little Things, Grey's Anatomy and The Bachelor. 
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So much books. I will have to do a reading recap very soon. 

What I'm listening to..
Spotify Premium. We are loving it. 

What I'm wearing…
Warm, cozy clothes and socks. 

What I'm doing this weekend…
Superbowl Sunday where wings and nachos are a must! An art studio visit and some skiing for the littles.

A started this year and loves it!

What I'm looking forward to next month? 
One of my besties turns the big 4-0 and though she doesn't want anything big, I'm looking forward to at least grabbing a drink or two with her :-)

What else is new?
Did you check out my big 4-0 and how we celebrated in style?

Have a wonderful Wednesday, friends!
 Linking up with  Shay and Shaeffer

Monday, January 28, 2019

Some American Girl Magic

Such a cold weekend with lots of family time, movies, card games and snacks. We did manage to brave the cold to take the girls to their ski lessons and go to lunch at a friend's place though so all was not at home. Oh and I did laundry like a boss so winning all around. 

Instead of taking pics of all the stacks of laundry, I thought I would share some fun we had when we ventured to the American Girl Store on our visit to Chicago. My sister in law planned it out and it was a visit my girls will remember forever. C went to the NYC store and restaurants when she was four for tea but barely remembers it and A has never been. Both girls were so thrilled to go with their cousin. We made it a girls' day out and spent a few fabulous hours there.

I wanted the brothers to pose with the dolls before they left but this was the best I could get.

So many beautiful dolls to choose from.

My mother in law gifted each of a girls a new American Doll. Here is A deciding which doll looks like her. 

She was one smitten kitten!

It was still decorated for Christmas and so pretty.

My sister in law generously treated us to lunch/tea there.

We had five dolls there as my girls took their dolls from home and then they were gifted the two more! More babies than mommies in this group.

Quite the spread for the kids.

So many delicious sweet treats.

I even got an early birthday treat!

This was after their girls got their ears pierced and they wanted to shop for some outfits for them. I should mention that the outfits cost more than some of my own!

Such a fun day that my girls will remember forever. Thanks to all the family who made it happen. Love you guys!

Linking up with Biana for weekending

Friday, January 25, 2019

Big 4-0 Birthday bash!

Happy Friday, friends! Here are just a 'few' pictures of a birthday party D had for me last Saturday. It was snowy and it was cold but still... 32 of us braved the blustery weather to come out. D knows that I love good food, quality wine, family, friends and lots of pretty so  he and my bestie worked hard to create a magical night. 

He had it in a local restaurant in one of the private rooms so we were able to move around a bit! I came early as he wanted me to check things out and slowly welcome everyone. 

I do apologize in advance for the 1000 pics you're about to view. 

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My parents and my brother. 

My baby brother moved mountains with work and family to get here.

Ten of my family members came from NYC, Pennsylvania and Washington DC. Our house was packed and SO MUCH fun on Saturday and Sunday. We laight so much 

 I'm owning this 4-0!!

And then after the beautiful appetizers (crab cakes, shrimp, scallops and spinach phyllo), it was time to eat (forgive my iPhone quick shots)

This girl worked so hard to make all this birthday magic come alive! Sidenote, some of these things are from her house!!!

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These coconut cake pops were pure magic!

My kids were the only kids there but they had a wonderful time!

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Special thanks to Andrea for taking some wonderful shots of the evening. And special thanks to everyone who made it to the end of this very picture heavy post. 

We were supposed to be heading to a pub locally with a few friends after but as some of my family was only here for less than 24 hours, we headed home instead and  were joined by my two besties and their husbands. We chatted, played games and drank some special adult beverages. I ended up going to bed at 5:30 that night!!! I felt all the love from my nearest and dearest. 

D, thank you so much for my party. You did so good!!! I truly appreciate it and you! 

Happy weekending, friends!

Linking up with
and Andrea, Erika and Narci for Favourites on Friday

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