Five on Friday!

It’s been a wild week! Not only is it my last full week of maternity leave (I return to work on Thursday) but Matt has been out of the country all week for a bachelor party. Yes, a bachelor party. In Germany. I am pretty sure I was still medicated after birth when I authorized the trip. But we’re surviving over here on our own. I commend all of you mamas who do this on the regular! Since Caroline was born Matt has never spent the night away so it’s been super weird for all of us! Pretty sure he shed some tears before he even made it to the airport. 

– one –  9/11 – a day I’ll never forget. I am thinking about and praying for all of the families and heroes who were affected by the 9/11 terrorist attack today. It’s hard to believe that it’s been more than 10 years since this awful tragedy.

– two – I made the cutest cupcakes earlier this week for my friend’s birthday! Posting the tutorial and recipe next week!

– three – Trader Joes roundup. I thought it would be fun to share a few things I regularly throw into my cart when shopping at Trader Joes…

olive oil (we really love all of the TJ options so I try and switch up what I grab) // chocolate chip cookies // mini chicken tacos (perfect for toddler meals!!!) // goat cheese (I usually stock up on these big time. So cheap!) // wine, wine, wine // sesame honey almonds (you must try these if you haven’t had them before) // cookie butter (no explanation needed) // mandarin orange chicken // flowers (duh)

Would love to know some of your favorite TJ items too!

– four – For the Labor Day holiday we brought our circus over to our friend’s house down the street for dinner. We had the best time.


And the adults actually got to eat dinner uninterrupted thanks to Carolines’s fascination with Kid Cuisines. Corn dogs, french fries, corn and a brownie, all smothered in ketchup and separated by individual squares? This girl couldn’t shovel her dinner fast enough into her mouth. 


pre-ketchup smothered picture

– five –  Bedding refresh! Did you see my post earlier this week? I am so in love with our new look in our master!

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Write your post about five things you’re lovin’ this week (or any five things
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  1. LHWinstead
    September 11, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    Glad you shared some Trader Joe favorites — I have only gotten a handful of things from there (mostly wine) so it's good to know what others like 🙂 Happy Friday!

  2. Jess Scott
    September 11, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    YUM, those chicken tacos look good!! I always grab Cam's snacks there (Pirate Booty, cheese and peanut butter crackers and goldfish/rocket ships), chocolate covered salted almonds and chocolate covered bananas (frozen). Can you see my priorities? Haha!

  3. Racheal Bright
    September 11, 2015 / 1:33 pm

    Cookie butter? Explain! Love those cupcakes and the new bedding!

  4. Brittany@TheLadyLawyer
    September 11, 2015 / 1:47 pm

    I love your table setting! Fresh flowers are so easy but have a big impact

  5. Liz Jo
    September 11, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    Love the table setting and the look of your new master! Caroline is too precious.liz jo @ sundays with sophie

  6. Jillian Manesh
    September 11, 2015 / 2:08 pm

    a bachelor party in germany?!?! um im totally jealous! xo jillian – cornflake dreams

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  8. Christina @ Still Lucky
    September 11, 2015 / 3:26 pm

    Those cupcakes are darling. I love them! TJ's, always must get chocolate covered pretzels, orange chicken, french toast, bon bons, cookie butter ice cream, and all things pumpkin when it's fall.

  9. Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld
    September 11, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    My husband is out of town all this coming week as well, so you're not alone, Momma! I've been dreading it! I'm sure I'll do fine with the two littles but it's gonna be hectic! Good luck to you! :o)

  10. Jessica Bradford
    September 11, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Love the cupcakes and the Trader Joe's Roundup is awesome 🙂 I might just have to do the same! Have a great weekend!

  11. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    September 11, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    Love your bedding and I loved that post.

  12. April of A. Liz Adventures
    September 11, 2015 / 6:08 pm

    LOVE seeing everyone's favorites at Trader Joe's and now I think that Chinese takeout tonight is a MUST because that Mandarin chicken looks oh-so-yummy! Your bedding makeover is BEAUTIFUL!

  13. Alicia Rowland
    September 11, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    Have you seen their cookie butter cream cheese.. A-mazing! Also love their frozen eggplant parm and all their cold ravioli/pasta packs.

  14. Christina
    September 11, 2015 / 7:12 pm

    i ended up buying that gray pillow bc of you … it's so adorable!

  15. Trista @ The Classy Chaos
    September 12, 2015 / 2:16 am

    Oh goodness, the end of maternity leave?! That's such a transition time. We're celebrating a first birthday this weekend. I cannot believe it's been a year. Time for another and the maternity leave that goes with it! Okay, not really, but Lord willing, eventually! Happy Weekend!

  16. Angela
    September 12, 2015 / 2:34 pm

    Those cupcakes are adorable! I loved Kids Cuisines when I was little! We don't have a Trader Joe's near where I live, but I really wish we did because I've gone there a few times while visiting my sister and I loved the stuff I bought there.

  17. Brittany Jean
    September 12, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    Those pillows are so pretty!

  18. Sara Elizabeth
    September 12, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    You a and your friends always have the most gorgeous tablescapes!! Those cupcakes are so cute!! Bachelor party in Germany?! That's intense!!

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