Friday, October 11, 2019

5 Favorites From Our Week

It's Fri-yay! It's been a week full of meetings, dinners, and very little down time. I'm looking forward to a relaxing weekend and spending some time outdoors (albeit cold time outdoors!). Of course there's little perks that get me through my week. And of course, I want to share them with you. Just in case you want to know what coffee to drink and sticker sheets.

1.) I fell in love with these cute Charlie Brown sticker sheets and had to order them. While I love The Great Pumpkin, I'm so excited for our Charlie Brown Thanksgiving meal we do next month. It's my absolute favorite, a favorite of the kid's, and I have a few kiddos who haven't experienced it yet.

2.) I'm all for being basic when it comes to pumpkin spice. Pumpkin spice everything this time of year! I even forgo my Starbuck 2x's the caffeine K-cups for pumpkin spice cups instead.

3.) Soothing music is kinda a necessity for my days. Coffee House Radio has been a favorite this week.

4.) I am a HUGE fan of grocery deliveries and pick ups. It's unbelievably easy to make a list, stick to it, have someone else do my shopping, pick a convenient time of day, and have our groceries put into our vehicle. It's wonderful. Since I've need a lot of extras (art supplies, toiletries, small furniture, containers, etc.) on top of our groceries, I've been using Walmart Grocery quite often. It's saved me loads of time, money, and headaches.

5.) Emergen-C is my go-to this time of year. My two oldest had influenza-like virus and it was rough. There's plenty of other coughs and sniffles in my days as well. Whenever I feel myself feeling worn down, I tend to put two or three packets of Emergen-C into my system (in a 24 hour time period) and that seems to kick whatever I may come down with. I'm not saying everyone should do this and I'm probably going to develop some wicked kidney stones at some point from excess Vit C, but it keeps me from getting every cold and sniffle that sits on my lap. Worth it.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Kicking Off Hiking Month

We've spent many October's hitting up various pumpkin patches in our area. This year I'm more fiscally conservative as we have several fun vacations planned. I'd much rather see the money goes towards that than a month of corn pools and jumping pads (not that those aren't fun, but spending $400+ every weekend is killer). This year we decided to do a hiking month to prep us for New Mexico at the end of the month. The weather here in Iowa has been rainy, so we only had one decent day to work with. That worked out well since I had an event to work Saturday. It was pretty perfect because the event was at Barnes and Noble. I love rainy Saturday's in book stores. My minis love it too because they got to pick out books, play with play dough, and sip on coffee from the cafe.

My "help"

Bonus of the event being at that particular Barnes and Noble location: it was right next to Chick Fil A. Elizabeth requested her own tray of nuggets for dinner (face palm, but she ate them!). Since we had nothing else planned for the day other than going to bed early (which was accomplished), we decided to carve a pumpkin. You know, just in case we run out of time later in the month.

We cleaned the seeds and have been noshing on roasted pumpkin seeds all week! Yum!

We have the "cleaner outers" and the "cutter" in our family.

Sunday morning jam session while eating pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Then we got ready for our first hike. It was finally nice and cool out. Of course, I was ready to go while the rest of my family were walking around like they've never gotten ready for a hike before. I had to sit on the couch so I didn't lose my shit with one of them. FINALLY (two hours later) we left for one of our favorite local hiking spots, Brown's Woods.

The last time we walked this trail we ended up covered in mosquito bites (even in our boots!) despite being covered in bug spray. This time we lucked out with very few bugs and only three bites (between two of us).

"Turn around and let me take your picture." All three had different interpretations of my instructions.

The minis requested McDonald's because "burgers just sound so good...but like, fake burgers." I couldn't say no since it was on our way home, I had errands to run, and they deserved it. Of course, they walked in looking special after our hike.

The rest of the day consisted of chili, watching football, getting the daycare room ready for the week, and reading their favorite Halloween children's books. They prefer to read them to themselves now....which makes me sad because I do an awesome Room On The Broom reading!