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Maybe in time for Cyber Monday? Some of these items are on sale today. Just wanted to fill you all in on some random things I love.

1. First up? Posey Roe tees. I ran across Kelli on Instagram and we became fast friends. Her shirts are AMAZING. Caroline loves, loves, loves them. I have a couple for myself, too. They are a soft vintage feeling and so comfy. Once I wore mine for three days straight. Whatever.

2. Mpix Premium Panoramic Photobooks have been Christmas gifts for the grandparents for a couple of years now. The quality is really nice and I always order an extra for myself. I always get the ‘tusk’ color and choose the book jacket as well. You won’t be disappointed.

3. Chatbooks is having a sale RIGHT NOW if you want to snatch it up. I use the app to automatically print Instagram books and they arrive in the mail every time I get to 60 photos. It’s the lazy girl’s way to scrapbook if you need quick and painless. If you’re new to Chatbooks you can use the following link to get your first book FREE!


4. Zappos. Well DUH. And these nice people ARE having a Cyber Monday sale. That’s today, People.

5. Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Home The one we have is different, but is $500 on Amazon because it’s discontinued. I don’t think you want to go that route so here’s the link to the new version instead.

6. Angel Dear Lovies Josie was given one of these and it has become her ‘Bunny Love’ as I call it. They are so soft and the perfect size for little hands. We have three of the same one. You know, just in case.

7. Three Squares Bento Box It took me a bit of research, but I found the perfect lunchbox for the girls. This bento box has a younger version with pictures on the bottom, but also a more ‘mature’ version for bigger kids. They are cute, easy to clean (dishwasher!) and fit perfectly inside their lunchbags.

8. Yeti 18oz rambler bottle We found these in loads of colors at our local hardware store. They are great for the girls and we get a lot of use out of them.

9. Boudreauxs Butt Paste I really don’t have to explain this one. Josie gets hiney issues. This fixes it.

10. Mochi Things Better Together Wallet LOVE LOVE LOVE this guy! And they are having a sale today, too!

11. Nitecore flashlight If you’re looking for a gift for the man in your life, I promise you that he will love this. This flashlight is bad to the bone and rechargeable. It is SO BRIGHT and I have to keep reminding the girls not to shine it in the neighbors windows when we are walking at night. Ha!

12. Vera Bradley Lighten Up Just Right Backpack This is Josie’s diaper bag only in a different pattern. It’s small, but just the perfect size for all she needs. The fabric is water resistent polyester and has cup holder pockets on both sides. I use one for her bottle and one for my phone. Looks like they are having a sale, too!

13. These handmade reusable snack bags and sandwich bags are so cute and machine washable. They are made like the old fashioned training pants/diapers.

14. Camera strap I have one similar to this one (from the same shop, but mine doesn’t seem to be available right now) and get so many compliments on it.

So, that’s it! Hope you enjoyed this little Favorite Things post and maybe you gathered up some gift ideas or caught a sale, too!

Also a random picture just for the fun of it. This guy recently celebrated his 5th birthday and here he is doing is favorite thing. Sniffing the lasagna-filled air around the counter.


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  • Carolyn - THANKS for your favorites list!!! We should have lunch and go to my 10 favorite local shops….I hit Queen of Hearts today!!! Their Vendors are amazing!ReplyCancel

Caroline: When blind people drive, how do they do it?
Me: Well, they DON’T drive.
Caroline (leaves the room and comes back): Oh. So their DOG does it.


Allison: Why, in movies, do they always show apples on the teacher’s desk?
Caroline: I know! I don’t get it. Ms. Abernathy eats POPCORN.


Me: Did you turn in your project today?
Caroline: Yes. But we didn’t presenTATE it yet.


Caroline: Mommy? Since you have a Coke, can I have a Francesca? (Fresca)


Caroline: _____ is one of my best friends. I thought she was a fashion girl? But it turns out that she’s really a fart girl. So I like her a lot.


Getting in the car to take Izzy home:
Izzy: They should have Uber for kids.
Emily: WHAT?! That’s like kidnap me dot com.


While hiking at a nearby park after I promised her a milkshake for helping wash the car:
Caroline: I’m only doing this for the milkshake. I’m kidding I’m doing this for the fun.


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  • Bonnie Smith - Absolutely hilarious and precious.ReplyCancel

With the holidays coming up and the kids being out of school, it’s likely that we will watch a couple of movies together. With that, I thought I’d list some of our favorites for you all to check out. Keep in mind, our girls are 13, 11, 8 and 11 months; however, it’s safe to say that I would let kids 7 and up watch these movies.

McFarland USA
I could watch this one every single time it’s on. I actually DO watch it each time it’s on. Definite favorite!

The girls make fun of me because I love this one so much.

Million Dollar Arm
Great movie and has lots of funny parts

Great lessons here and we had great discussions afterward.

Moms Night Out
This one makes me giggle just thinking about it.

OF COURSE Rudy is included in our favorites! I cry every single time.

The Man From Snowy River
A favorite of Tony’s and the girls, too.

The true story of a boy and his cheetah

The (new) Karate Kid
You can’t go wrong with the story of a kid who whoops up on his bully. 😉

The Pursuit of Happyness
I can’t even TELL you how much I love this movie. So many lessons here.

Field of Dreams
This one is a bit tricky for younger ones to understand, but still a great one.

Because OF COURSE Elf is on the list.

The Goonies
If your kids haven’t seen this are you REALLY going about parenting the right way?! I don’t think so.

Akeelah and the Bee
Another no-brainer, I think.

The Sandlot
Haven’t seen this one? You’re killin’ me Smalls.

We love both versions of Annie, but mostly recently this one.

Sea Biscuit
Another true story with great life lessons.

So, there you go! A list of our favorite family movies. Movies that kids love, but also grown ups will enjoy as well. I’d love to hear some of your favorites in the comments!

(and an unrelated picture just for fun)


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