Friday Finds

Friday, November 10, 2017

Happy Friday, Friends!   Hope you are all having a wonderful week--I'm actually off work today, so this is the start of a 3-Day Weekend!      I would like to say THANK YOU to all of our Veterans who have served our country so we could be where we are today!

Today is just going to be a round-up of lots of things I've been loving lately.....things I'd like for myself, for our home, gift ideas for the holidays, etc.   We've decided to postpone our kitchen upgrade/renovation to a time when the kids are a little bigger and are able to occupy themselves a little better.   But for now, we'd like to rearrange our living room, possibly hang our tv on the wall, and I'd love to create more of an "entryway" to our house, since we don't have a foyer.   I'm looking for some ideas for a tv stand, how to decorate around it, what to do with our end tables, a sofa slipcover, and things like that.    

If you read my blog post from Sunday, you'll know that I'm starting to look for a Cricut machine or something similar.   My biggest fear about that is either becoming too busy to keep a small business running, or actually getting bored with it and having spent all that money to buy a Cricut (because they're kind of expensive, in my opinion).   

Anyways, here are some cool things I've found lately that I'd like to share!

This super cute Weekender Bag from Scout on Amazon!   I'm loving this and it comes in all sorts of colors and patterns--does anyone have one?

This Round Mirror from Pier 1....I can't decide if I like round or rectangle mirrors more!

This Console Table from Wal-Mart

This Weathered Rose Mirror from Pottery Barn is gorgeous, but the price is a little steep for my liking :(

Loving this Bronze Mirror from Hobby Lobby!   And it's 50% off!

This Copper Leaf Mirror from Bed Bath & Beyond is only $50!    I usually get a 20% coupon from BBB every once in awhile, which would make it cheaper!

The Cricut Machine from Amazon!   Which model would you recommend??

Also loving these Placemats from the Hearth & Hand by Magnolia Collection.  I've been looking for placemats for our kitchen but have been unsuccessful--I think these will be the winners!

Do you have any recommendations for a mirror or Cricut machine that you think I should invest in?   Let me know in the comments below!     Stay tuned for another post this weekend--I'm trying a new recipe for Banana Bread with Cinnamon Crunch topping!  Yum!


Sunday Ramblings: Starting a Small Business

Sunday, November 5, 2017

I need advice.

I'd say I lead a fairly busy life, working full-time and having two kids.   But there's a sort of a longing, or nagging, if you will, to do something to let my explore my creativity.   What I'd really love to do is invest in a Cricut machine or something similar, and make some nice banners and other party decor.   

Look at all these gorgeous colors from Paper & More!!

I'm not sure if it's easier to sell through Etsy or set up your own website, or what.   Obviously I have a lot of research to do, but this idea keeps coming back around often enough that I'm really considering it.   I definitely don't want to copy off of other people, but I know there are currently a lot of people on Etsy who are selling the same types of products.   I'd have to create my own style and be able to say, "Hey, this is what sets me apart from everyone else!"    Is there a big demand for this type of product, or would I just be wasting my time?

And then I have to consider all the logistics of opening a small business, such as marketing, shipping, accounting, having supplies on hand, etc.....and sometimes I get overwhelmed by it.    But still, the idea keeps coming back.

I know I have a lot to think about regarding this idea.....can anyone give me any insight into starting a business (especially if you also work full-time)?    Or why you wouldn't do it anymore?

Thanks for all of your input!


Halloween & Overnight French Toast Bake

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween, Friends!    Hope you are all having a wonderful, festive time!    We had a fun weekend taking the kids to my in-law's to show them their costumes, and we went to my parents house on Sunday for brunch and pumpkin painting!  They had so much fun! 

Before we painted pumpkins, we enjoyed a kind of potluck brunch at my parents house.   I wanted to try out a new recipe and make something on the sweeter side to take with us.  Enter Pinterest searching.  I came across this Overnight French Toast Bake and thought it sounded delicious!   We didn't need a whole 9x13 pan, so I used a baking dish I have that I got for my wedding shower, and adjusted the ingredients accordingly.

(Courtesy of Cakes Cottage)

Ingredients (for the 9x13 pan)
-1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
-1 cup brown sugar + 3 tablespoons brown sugar
-1 loaf Texas Toast (Our grocery store was out, so I used brioche)
-4 eggs
-1 1/2 cups milk
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-2 teaspoons cinnamon
-1 tablespoon powdered sugar, plus more for sprinkling
-honey or maple syrup for topping

-Melt the butter in the microwave and stir in 1 cup of brown sugar until combined.

-Pour the mixture evenly over the bottom of the pan

-In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, 1 tablespoon of the powdered sugar, and vanilla

-Place the bread in a single layer in your pan so it covers the whole bottom

-Pour half of the egg mixture over the layer of bread

-In a small bowl, stir together the 3 tablespoons of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon

-Sprinkle half of the mixture over the first layer of bread

-Arrange a second layer of bread on top of the first, pour over the rest of the egg mixture, and sprinkle the remaining brown sugar & cinnamon on the top

-Cover with aluminum foil (or lid) and put in the fridge can leave it in the fridge for a few hours, but it works best if left overnight.  
-Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and let your dish sit at room temperature while the oven is warming up

-Bake for 30 minutes with the foil on top, and then bake for 15 minutes without foil until the top gets crispy

-Sprinkle some powdered sugar on top and you can use maple syrup or honey for topping!   I actually didn't use any syrup and it was still delicious!

My bread arranging skills are less than stellar  :(

A super easy dish to make for a cold morning, or a perfect breakfast idea for Christmas morning--I think this is what I'm going to make!   I'm excited to keep trying recipes to share with you all!
Let me know if you have any requests!  

Until next time!


Fall Shoes & Bags

Monday, October 9, 2017

If there's anything in my closet that I own more than one of, it's definitely shoes and bags!   I'm a sucker for a cute pair of shoes, and even will buy some in multiple colors!    

This fall season, I've been really into the colors navy, gold, burgundy, and gray, and I think my wish list will definitely reflect some of that!

Gray Wedges--Maurice's

Burgundy Cross Body Bag--Old Navy

Steve Madden Mules--Amazon

Candice Reversible Tote--Charming Charlie

Kathrina Boot--Nordstrom

Plum Ballet Flats--Loft

Black Ruffle Flats--Target

Rose Gold Wristlet--TJ Maxx

What colors are you loving this fall?    What kinds of accessories do you have your eye on?     Drop a comment and let me know!     Now, back to planning some fall activities and sipping my pumpkin spice coffee!   #basic   :)   

Until next time,


Mini Vacation to Michigan!

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Whoa, it's been way too long since the last time I blogged!   We've been busy, busy with work, summer activities, a mini vacation, birthday party, and lots more!    I thought I'd share some photos from our little vacation to Michigan a couple weeks ago!  

We didn't want a full blown vacation, because we took one last year, and we'd like to do some things around our house this year.....but we still wanted to get away for a few days!   I enlisted the help of my Facebook friends, and we decided to travel towards the Lake Michigan coast of Michigan!

We left on Monday morning and returned Wednesday night.   First up--the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners.  Now I'm not a car person, but this place was pretty cool!   We got to see so many cars in various styles from throughout the years.   Imagine old Fords, Lincolns, and Chevrolets from different times during the 1900s!   They even had a Disney set in the museum, from the movie "The Gnome-Mobile" which I had never seen or even heard of when I went there.  

The next day we checked out Windmill Island Gardens in Holland, Michigan.  It's like a big flower garden with a Dutch Windmill out in the middle.   To be honest, I was a little disappointed with Holland--I figured it was going to be a little more like a Dutch town, similar to Frankenmuth, if you've ever been there, but everything was spread out over a bigger town.   The Island Gardens were beautiful though!  I'd love to go back in the spring when all the tulips are in bloom!

Since we went to check out Lake Michigan, what better way to spend our last day than at the beach?!?  This was the first time the kids had ever been to the beach and played in the sand, and they had a blast!  I felt bad because we forgot to bring sand toys, but we made do with some plastic Starbucks cups #momoftheyear  ☺   If you're ever on the shores of Lake Michigan, check out the beach at South Haven!    Clean, not too crowded, close to town!    We did have to pay to park, but it was only $10 for the whole day and we didn't have to walk far!  

I hope you all have had an amazing summer!    It's been kind of chilly here lately, but I LOVE IT!   I'm ready to take on fall--bring on the jeans and sweaters and fall colors!!

Until next time,


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