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Monday, August 13, 2018

Weekend Happenings | August 2018

Gosh, where is the time going! I can't believe some schools are back in session, while others are preparing to go back. We had another busy weekend trying to jam in as much time as we can before our lives get hectic again with schedule changes.

Friday I rented this super cute skirt this week, and it was perfect to wear to work. I paired it with my new favorite sandals and a basic green tank, along with my own braided leather belt. I got so many compliments on it. 

at night we walked down to our city's biggest event - Musikfest. This year it rained a couple days, so we tried to go whenever we could. We stopped into our college's Book Store and got Joey his first 'Greyhound' - Mo! He loved that thing, but not as much as the Penn State Creamery ice cream he got from Hotel Bethlehem.

this picture was actually from Thursday night when we went down to Musikfest with some friends, but I loved the way Joey was so focused on some little kids that were playing in the courtyard!

saturday I had try outs for cheerleading for the 2018-2019 season. We have 13 girls on the squad this year and I'm so excited to get the new season started!

Joe took Joey to his mom's house and out for dinner so I grabbed drinks and dinner with Amy and two other of her bridesmaid to talk about her upcoming wedding in Jamaica! I can't believe it's so soon!!

Sunday Joey slept in which was great because I can not hang as late as I thought and was so exhausted from the night before.  We had a low key Sunday and snuck in a early dinner with my in laws between rain showers!

and that's a wrap on the weekend! Hope you all did something fun!

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Five on Friday

Another week down, another day closer to Summer ending. I don't know about you, but I hate to see Summer end. I do love fall colors and activities, but the fact the days get shorter, the temps start to drop and soon the white stuff will be falling (at least in PA) makes me want to savor every last bit of those Summer days. 

I guess you can call this week's Five on Friday, more like JOEY ON FRIDAY since it's only his world, and we just live in it!!

one. Joe spent the weekend at a bachelor party in West Virgina, so it was just me and Joey and Charger. Saturday morning Joey and I went to a little date for breakfast to Chick Fil A. We also got a platter of chicken mini's (which if you have never tried, you are missing out!!) and brought them over to our friends Zack and Cait's to see our new little best friend, Brayden! 
Shirt | Janie & Jack
Shorts | Gap 

two. On Sunday, we celebrated one of Joey's best girl's little Miss Killian with a monster bash themed party! Buttercups Bakery knocked it out of the park with these monster cupcakes and rice crispy treats! 
Shirt | Carter's
Shorts | Old Navy
Suspenders | Target $ Spot
Shoes | Target
three. I finally caved and busted out the ball pit and maze for Joey. Surprising it wasn't as messy and hard to clean up as I thought! The maze comes in different pieces and fold up to little circles, and there are only about a dozen or so balls.I snapped these pictures of Joey walking and couldn't believe what a big boy he looks!

four. Since it's been so hot in PA we cashed in on some much need pools days. This picture my mom snapped of Joey in our cousins pool. I can't tell if he's thrilled to be in it or wants to get out of that float so bad. On Tuesday, we got some pool time in with our favorite girl Killian too at her nana's pool.

five. This week we had an appointment with a pediatric cardiologist appointment. Before I get into it, I must say, Joey is 100% fine!! At his 15 month check up, the physician's assistant heard a heart murmur, which isn't uncommon for babies, but since no one has heard it before this alarmed her. She sent us a referral to a ped's cardiologist to have them check it out. They weren't able to fit us in until August so to say I was worrying for over a month was an under statement. This week finally was the appointment and Joey did great. He got poke and touched and took it all like a champ. The doctor even said he did great for his age, and was probably the best 1 year old they've ever had. Poor little guy had a EKG and Ultrasound on his little body and stood still through the whole thing... which is something that NEVER happens! When the doctor came in after and almost hour and half appointment and said everything looked normal and that he has what the call an 'innocent heart murmur' was music to my ears. I had such a sign of relief. 
So for my rambling.. to all you mam's out there with babies that have serious conditions I don't know how you do it. Until I heard the doctor actually say he's 100% healthy I was a wreck. I definitely will be saying an extra prayer for you all out there. 

Hope you all had a great week too!
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Friday, August 3, 2018

Five on Friday

It's been a week.. Ya know the kind where you think it's Friday and it's really only Tuesday. Yeah one of them! So let's get to it..

one. I have been trying to wear all my whites and light colors as much as possible in the next few weeks before retiring them for the Fall. These light pink pants have been a staple this Summer in my work wardrobe. 
White Top (similar)
Necklace- Vintage

two. I love our wooden (vintage looking) Graco high chair, just one slight problem, it doesn't extend and Joey has become to big to fit in it!!! I purchased this toddler seat and it came next day! Charger will have a lot more sharing of food going on now, so we have to figure out how to stop that.

three. it has been so rainy all week here in PA, so I embraced my natural curls in my hair too and just added a little texture spray. 
Necklace (similar)

four. when is too soon to light a Fall candle?? Don't get me wrong I will not decorate or do any fall activities until late September, but I had this sitting in the office and decided to light it. It smells so so good! 

five. If you haven't entered already, be sure to enter the giveaway to win $100 towards your own JORD watch! Enter here.. ends August 12!

Hope everyone has some fun plans this weekend! Joe is away at a bachelor party, so it's just me and the boys!

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Wear to Work | Ankle Cut Pants

I'm just pushing the 5'2" mark, so any pants that aren't ankle pants just look sloppy and baggy on me. But there is something so classic about a pant that hits at your ankle especially when you wear a pair of flats or strappy heels. Today I'm rounding up my favorite ones both on a budget and splurge pieces. The best part is you can wear these all year long and not just in Summer. 

Jcrew | $79.50
Loft | $64.95
Vince Camuto c/o Nordstrom | $89.00 
(on the Anniversary sale!!! $58.90)
Ann Taylor | $98.00
Brooks Brothers | $128.00
Budget Friendly
Gap | $59.95
H&M | $14.99
Old Navy | $34.99 (on sale $24.99!)-HAVE EVERY COLOR
H&M | $29.99- LOVE THESE

To let you know how much I love these Old Navy pants , I actually did a post about them in 2013 as well! 
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Buffalo Cauliflower

This past week I wanted a snack, but was looking for something healthier. I opened the fridge to discover the bag of cauliflower I picked up at Trader Joe's last weekend. I know I wanted to spice them up so to my favorite hot sauce I turned. 

These are so easy and quick to make, you will think to yourself why haven't I done this before. Here's what you will need.


6 cups fresh cauliflower florets
2 teaspoons garlic powder
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
1 tablespoon butter- melted
3/4 cups Frank's RedHot sauce


Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Spray a baking sheet and set aside. Mix garlic powder, salt, pepper, melted butter and hot sauce together. Add the cauliflower to a large freezer sized bag and pour in your mixture. Seal tightly and mix together to make sure all cauliflower is covered. Spread on your baking sheet and place in oven for 20 minutes.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Weekend Happenings | July 2018

What.A.Weekend! This weekend we were busy, busy; so the weekend just flew on by! You know by this post that we spent most of our weekend flipping some funnel cakes and fried oreo's at our annual Church Italian festival. But we also snuck in a birthday party, welcoming our littlest, newest friend and a breakfast with my very best friend and her parents! So, let's get down to it!

Saturday. We woke up to the best news that our friends Zack and Cait were in the hospital and their precious son was born at 11:02am!! We can't wait to meet little Brayden Michael! 

Joe made breakfast for him and I. He tried his hand at poached egg with avocado and everything but the bagel seasoning on a toasted bagel flat topped with some hot sauce. It was so good and could have totally devoured another one!  

In the afternoon we headed over to our friend Garrett & Katie's house to celebrate their son Declan's first birthday party! His party was carnival theme, so it was held under a tent with some fun carnival games and things to do for the kids. 


Declan received so many fun gifts, however Joey thought they were his since he has alot of the same ones. Keeping him out of them was a real job!

Joey loved the cheese balls, popcorn, and cotton candy the most as you can tell from the pictures.

Joey's Shirt
At night we worked in the funnel cake stand, watched the fireworks and went home to collapse in bed!

Sunday. Joey stayed at my parents house saturday night, so we took Charger and headed up the mountains to my best friends parents house for breakfast. Charger loved playing with Bingo and was such a good boy!

We said our goodbyes to Brenna and her parents and headed to my parents house to pick up joey! We hung out there for a little before heading home. Since we were so busy all week, we played catch up with laundry, cleaning and meal prepping for the week. 

Joe is going to a bachelor party next weekend, and asked me to make these cigar wraps! It was my first time making them, and boy was it a labor of love getting measurements and everything aligned. not my best work, but they will work out just fine!

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Funnel Cake Stand | 2018

So, the 2018 Big Time has come and gone! This was our third year running the funnel cake stand. If you don't remember from this post, Joe and I took over the funnel cake stand at our huge Italian Church festival called the Big Time. The Big Time is the largest event that happens in my hometown and you can all about the Crowning of the Queen of The Big Time in this book! (ps. I was the Queen in 2006!!!!). Anyway, we took over when the gentleman that had run the stand for over 20 years, physically couldn't do it anymore. Over the past three years, we've actually have had so much fun in the stand. I get all my cousins and some friends to work over the four nights and we share so many stories and laugh and overall have a great time- besides the heat, the smelling of oil and the actual making of the funnel cakes- but that's here nor there! 
Last year, I never wrote about our experience, because honestly, I feel as though last Summer was a blur. With a brand new baby and balancing all that, I was just trying to stay a float. But we did introduce fried oreo's back to the stand and they are such a hit! Sometimes we actually sell out, that's how popular they are. 
Our Thursday night crew!

This year Wednesday night it was spotty showers, but people still came. Rain gear and golf umbrella's on, they poured in (pun intended!!) to get their italian food, beer and funnel cakes of course! Thursday night we were a man down as Joe has a softball game so thankfully our friend Zack filled in on the oreo fryer! It was beautiful weather so we were very steady all night.

My parents brought Joey up to walk around and enjoy all the food- and boy did he enjoy it all. 

Friday night it was storming so early we were busy until the thunder and lightening rolled in. 

Saturday night is always the biggest one! I skipped out on my funnel cake making in the beginning of the night to go hangout with some family and watch the crowning of the Queen. Joey had the most appropriate shirt on and the look below says it all.

This matching was not planned!
Jenn's Dress

Saturday night concluded with fireworks sponsored by the local fire company at midnight. And that's a wrap on the 2018 Big Time celebration.
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