Tuesday, February 20, 2018

TV Talk on Tuesday.

Happy Tuesday, friends!  

Today I'm linking up with Erika and Ashley to bring you a little Tuesday Talk.  Tuesday TV Talk to be more precise.

This is not what I had planned to chat about today but yesterday I decided to try out a new show on Hulu and landed on this one.


I ended up binge-watching the first 4 episodes of 9-1-1 and y'all, this show is SO GOOD!!

You should absolutely be watching this show.

Here are a few reasons why.

1.  Connie Britton.  I LOVE her.  Long live Tammy Taylor. (Friday Night Lights)

2.  Peter Krause a.k.a Adam Braverman.  He is just as lovable and quietly heroic as he was in Parenthood.

3.  Angela Bassett.  She's always a badass.

4.  There's no shortage of drama and jaw-dropping moments.

5.  The characters are all so compelling.  You will root for them and cry with them.

If you love Chicago Fire (another one you MUST watch), you'll love this!!  The show follows first responders from Fire & Rescue, the police and 911 dispatchers.  There are roller coaster accidents, plane crashes, car crashes, overdoses, giant snakes, and in the first episode they rescue a newborn baby that was dropped down a drain pipe in an apartment building.  I mean...talk about drama.

If this show gets canceled anytime soon, I will cry.  Not even kidding.

And since I'm talking about Hulu, I thought I'd plug it a little here.  I decided to give Hulu a try when I had pretty much binge-watched everything I wanted to on Netflix and wanted more variety.  Plus, I don't have a DVR up in my craft room where I spend all day every day working on Etsy orders so this is the only way I can watch CURRENT shows.  If I miss Grey's Anatomy from the night before, I know I can watch it the next day on Hulu while I work.  Or a million other shows.

So if you are a fellow binger, you should 100% absolutely give Hulu a try.   Plans start at $7.99 a month but I bumped mine up to the commercial-free plan for $12 a month because who wants to watch commercials if you don't have to?  #notme

If you want, you can try it free for 30 days HERE.  And if you need binge watching recommendations here are a few of my favorite from Hulu:

Any Real Housewives franchise (obvi)
The Mindy Project
The Goldbergs
Family Matters
The Good Wife
Ugly Betty
Step By Step
Samantha Who?

This was just off the top of my head.  There are SO MANY OPTIONS!  Of course, there are also tons of movies as well but since we are talking binge-watching I stuck to TV shows.

And something else I've been watching that has been unexpectedly hilarious is...

The Bachelor Winter Games.

I forgot to record it on my DVR so I've been watching on Hulu while I work and it is ridiculous but so funny!  It's kind of like Bachelor in Paradise meets one of those crazy Japanese game shows meets Wipeout.  So far it's just cracking me up.  It hasn't been as cringe-worthy (yet) as past Bachelor in Paradise seasons.  I think it's worth it to just watch all of them bust their butt repeatedly during all the competitions on the snow and ice.  And watching Ashley I. have meltdowns over why she's always stuck in the friend zone is always a good time as well.  Can someone just tell this girl that if she would stop acting like a 12-year-old girl she might get a date?

Anyway, I didn't really mean for this to be a commercial for Hulu but it's a great option if you're bored with Netflix and want to try out something else.  

But don't forget to watch 9-1-1!  Wednesdays on FOX.  The more people who watch, the less likely it will get canceled right?  Do it for me!  ;)

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday Favorites #46.

Helllloooooo FRIDAY!!  I can't wait until you are O.V.E.R.

This week has been long.  I feel like it's been one thing after another that is being thrown at me and I am doing a steady swing-and-a-miss with each one.

I've written several paragraphs complaining about why I feel you should NEVER put Teacher Appreciation Week on the same week as the Valentine's Day madness but I keep deleting them because I sound....less than sweet.  ;) 

Let's just say it's way too much to remember and Teacher Appreciation Week is no longer just bringing your teacher a gift at the end of the week.  #becausethatwouldbetooeasy

Anyway, since my week has been long, my Favorites list is going to be short.  I honestly just couldn't come up with a ton of favorites this week.

These sweet boys will always be my favorite though.  

On Wednesday, I joined the boys at their class parties...

I had been saving this pink sweater, especially for Valentine's Day.  And wouldn't you know it, it was 70 degrees by the end of the day.  I wore it anyway.  ;)  It's so cute and so comfortable and I love the bell sleeves.

Mason dominated at the chopsticks and candy hearts game.

And Matthew was not happy with his hair after he saw this picture.  haha

After school, they came home to a little Valentine's treat.

Candy and Pokemon cards for Mason.

And candy and baseball cards for Matthew.  They are so easy to please.  :)

For dinner, Craig cooked me a yummy steak dinner AND did the dishes.  It was exactly how we like our Valentine's Day.  Delicious but low key.  :)

Other than Valentine's and Teacher Appreciation, it's been more of the same.  Work!

Here are a few of my favorites from this week.  Keep my shop in mind for all your Teacher Appreciation needs!  ;)  SO many cute options!

(Everything available HERE in my Etsy shop!)

And I snapped a couple of pictures of the boys' teacher name signs before I got the rest of their gift all packed up.  These little signs are PERFECT for a teacher gift, y'all!  Find them HERE.

*Turnaround time is about 2 weeks so please keep that in mind! Rush Fee is available!

We are really looking forward to our weekend!  I have 20 orders to get sent out today so once those are done (hopefully by 5pm), I can relax and maybe even do some more work on Matthew's very slow-going room makeover.  I feel like it is a marathon, not a sprint with all my DIY projects.  ;)

And if you missed my last book review, find it here.

And before I go, I have to mention the Parkland school shootings.  There are just no words.  It is HORRIFYING. God bless and comfort the families of the victims and the survivors.  So many prayers.  So. many. prayers.

Linking up with Narci, Andrea and Erika.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, friends!!  

For the record, I actually stopped at CVS on Valentine's Day last year for something random (and possibly a card of my own....) and this really was what I saw.  


Are you a Valentine's Day lover or hater?  I think I fall somewhere in the middle.  I've never been very big on it but I did LOVE the excitement that it provided when I was in school.  

This was basically me...just add braces.  #eek

Back in the day, Valentine's Day was so exciting.

I still remember a boy in 4th grade pretty much shoving a box of chocolate covered cherries at me after school and running away to his mom's waiting car.  And even though I didn't like him "like that" or have any clue he liked me, it made me feel so special.  I forced myself to eat those chocolate covered cherries too even though I hate them.  Just the smell of them takes me back to that day immediately.

In junior high and high school, I always looked forward to sending out a select few Candy Grams to my besties and maybe a cute boy or two.  Then I would wait to see who sent me one and PRAY a cute boy was in the mix.  

Do y'all remember Candy Grams?  That's what we called them.  You paid $1 or whatevere it was and then you got to fill out a little card for whoever you wanted and your card plus some candy/flower was delivered to them in the middle of class. So fun.  As long as someone sent you one.  If not...ughh.  Serious damage was done.

Valentine's Day always reminds me of my childhood so I thought I'd drop in a few nostalgic pictures in case y'all are like me and miss those sweet days.  ;)

Since Barbie was pretty much the theme of my childhood we'll start with Valentine Barbie.

And oh my goodness...look at these awesome 80s Valentines!  Duck Tales!!  Muppets!  Chip and Dale!  (Not the strippers.)  Man, I loved the 80s. 

Aaaaannnddd....I now have the Duck Tales theme song stuck in my head.  
"Duck Tales!  Whooo-hooo!"

Popples!!  Do y'all remember these!!??

They were so cute!!

And possibly my very favorite.  Strawberry Shortcake.

How did I ever decide which ones to get?! 

I'm sweating just thinking about my elementary school self trying to choose the perfect Valentine's box set. 

 Decisions, decisions.

And you could never go wrong with some Valentine's Day MASH!  How else were you supposed to know who you were going to marry, how many kids you would have and if you would live in a mansion, apartment, shack or house?!

My dream ending to a Valentine's Day in the 90s was of course, curling up on a couch in a living room (preferably not my own) with someone who looked and acted remarkably like Jake from Sixteen Candles while watching...Sixteen Candles.  Or Ghost.  Or Dirty Dancing.  Or Sleepless in Seattle.  Or something equally romantic that you now know that boy just HATED.  #ohwell #butdidyouholdhands

I mean...

Those were the days.

Nowadays, Craig and I tend to leave the Valentine's Day fun to our kids.  It's hard enough trying to figure out what the other person might want for Christmas.  It's a gift in itself not to have to worry about that again 6 weeks later.  And then again in a few weeks for our anniversary.  #nothanks

And for those wondering if I get all crafty for Valentine's Day (like my business would lead you to believe), the answer is no.  I don't.

Believe it or not, I'm not a super crafty girl outside of my Etsy shop!  Maybe if I had more time I would be.  My kids' Valentine's are picked up at Walmart or CVS.   I don't add anything special to them.  I just don't have time for that although I wish I did.

Here's what I had going on last night.  I sat on the bed and put together all of Matthew and Mason's cards and threw them in a ziplock for them to pass out tomorrow.  Each card has an animal tattoo.  That's exciting, right?  ;)

And as for their Valentine's boxes, here's what I decided long ago.

When Matthew needed his first Valentine's box in Kindergarten, I made a cute Pinteresty one.  (Remember, this was before my Etsy shop.  I had a lot more time to be a cool mom back then.)  But I did this knowing that this was going to be his Valentine's box all through elementary school.  And if he ever wanted a new one, it was all on him to make it.

I did the same when Mason got to Kindergarten.  And since my kids are 1) boys and 2) super low maintenance, they couldn't care less about switching it up every year.  #thankyouCupid  They love bringing the same one to school year after year.  And I know I will save these things forever.  It will always remind me of their childhood.

These guys aren't exactly in tip-top shape anymore.  They've both gone through some facelifts to get them looking as fresh as possible again.  I've had to replace the eye on Matthew's minion a couple of times now.  And Mason's Hulk/Frankenstein (????) has had a couple of teeth replacements.  Plus he's got some random stains on his as well.  Thankfully, no one cares and they are excited to see what kind of loot they get today.  ;)

Do you celebrate Valentine's Day big?  I'm always curious how other people do things! 

Happy Valentine's Day, y'all!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Monday Morning Mashup.

Happy Monday, friends!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  Our weekend went by so fast.  There really should be a day between Saturday and Sunday.

I went back through my pictures from this weekend to see what all I had actually done since Friday and here's what I found:

Friday I took no pictures.  The boys played with their friends from the second they got home until we had to finally drag them home.  I made tacos for Mason.  Craig met up with some friends at the clubhouse.  And we all laid around like lazy bums until it was time for bed.

Saturday I didn't do much better.  It was ice cold for one and that makes me want to do nothing except curl up under a giant blanket next to a fire.  But instead, I caught up on laundry.  I worked on some teacher gifts for Teacher Appreciation this week.  And then Mason had a basketball game.

After the game, we ran home to get ready for something we've been looking forward to for quite awhile!  The Slaughters had a Murder Mystery Dinner party and Craig and I were assigned the parts of Darcy Drake, a sommelier and his partner, Natalya Hall, a sommelier-in-training.  The theme was Murder in the Alps so the story was set in a ski chalet.  

We all knew our parts and had prepared and studied up beforehand.  Our characters were arriving at the chalet to prepare wine for the guests....and possibly more.  ;)

We were encouraged to dress the part so I wore black pants and a black blazer because when I googled "women sommelier" almost all of them were wearing a black blazer.  I should have gotten a picture of us at the beginning of the party.  #fail

The best part about it was that everyone stayed in character from the moment they got there!  I didn't really know what to expect but everyone totally went for it.

Most of the others were dressed in ski clothes because their characters had been skiing all day.  Once we had all introduced ourselves and mingled to get an idea of who was who, we listened to a recording that told us the details we needed to know about the murder.  After that, we had to play detective and see if we could figure out who did it and why.  

We had THE BEST TIME with this!  There were 14 of us total and there is never a dull moment with this fun group!  Unfortunately, we were all having so much fun investigating that hardly anyone took pictures.  I'm hoping some of the others have a few they'll post.

We did manage a group shot!

(No I didn't chop my hair off.  But it looks so short in this picture.)

Love this group of people!

The only thing on our agenda on Sunday was our very last basketball game of the season.  And even though we didn't win a game ALL SEASON, these boys still had so much fun and got better and better with every game.

Next up:  spring baseball!

To end our weekend, Mason and I watched the Olympics for a little bit until bedtime.  And he loves these Instagram filters.

Except the ones with the hearts.  He's not a fan of the hearts.

Hahahaha...look at that face!  #notimpressed

So that was our weekend!  

And just a reminder that my Etsy shop is full of cute teacher gift ideas!! Just make sure you order early enough!  Turnaround time is 2 weeks plus transit time without the Rush Fee so plan accordingly.  Our Teacher Appreciation week is this week and it totally surprised me.  I wasn't prepared for that so I'll be finishing up my own kids' teacher gifts this week.  

Shop HERE!

And in case you missed my Book Review on Friday, you can find that here!

Linking up with the Hello Monday girls!

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