Friday faves

snowymoonhome[our home reflecting a beautiful sunset after a random snow storm last week]

I don’t normally buy nice shoes for myself, but if money wasn’t a factor, I would for sure get myself a pair of M.Gemi Felize loafers. I also really like their Fortuna and Stellato flats in the blush color. In the mood to treat yo self? Get $25 off your first purchase through M.Gemi!

Oh Joy for Target has done it again, and this time it’s for our furry friends. Check out the new line for pets. How cute would Karl be in the striped bowtie collar?

We are enjoying¬†some abnormally warm days lately and it’s making me wish for spring. And while it’s not quite here yet, I’m going to bring a little green into the house this weekend as my sister and I are planning a trip to Harvey’s Greenhouse right down the street from us. Their cacti and succulent collection is EPIC!


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Download: Valentine’s Day 2017

I spent the weekend pulling together a few Valentine’s gifts for my boys and treats for family and friends.

[Everett’s cut up paintings make great gift tags]heartcookiecutter
[baking with toddlers can be awesome and awful at the same time…]heartsugarcookie
[sprinkle mania when Everett’s at the helm]spitzbuben[love making my Grandma Dreiling’s spitzbuben]

Our Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without a heart-shaped pizza from Papa Murphy’s. The finest of the fine for my crew ūüėČ


Cupid treated me quite well this year. And while my husband did get me a gift card to one of my favorite local stores¬†(eden!), cupid was pretty much me. And you know what? I’m cool with that.


One of my favorite fragrances is Tocca’s Florence. Not sure which scent fits you? Try this rollerball fragrance collection.

fullsizerenderAfter hearing about this brand from a few fellow moms, I’m kicking myself for not having one of these gowns for those early postpartum months. It is buttery soft and I can’t wait to wear it around the house and tie it up in the front for running errands.


I found the¬†silver F¬†initial necklace from local shop,¬†Accents+Interiors, and love how it pairs with my gold E (love this cool gothic style version) that I purchased from the same store after Ev was born. Side note: Kind of funny that my boys first initials say ‘EF’, as in,¬†“how in the EF¬†am I ever going to keep the house clean with two boys?!”


You already know how I feel about these red beauts! Can’t wait to wear them when it warms up later this week.

All in all, I feel very loved. Even though there is a bit of the seasonal crud hanging around our house right now, I have the best little valentines and am showered with love, slobber and snot. What more could you ask for?!


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TTD DIY: last-minute Valentine

There should be no shame in your last-minute game. So I’ve decided to create a FREE printable for tying on to some Valentine’s Day donuts. This would be a perfect idea for teachers, co-workers and even kids.


I love that you can print the PDF and use which size works for your pack of donuts. The larger format for a box of dozen from your local donut shop or grocery store bakery.


The smaller format for a bag or pack of minis from the local grocery store or gas station.


I also think you could attach these tags to some cute donut-themed gear like a fun iPhone case, comfy jammies, a snarky tee or an inflatable pool floatie. Any of these would definitely make a memorable gift -Valentine’s Day or not!

Hope you donut¬†forget to use these as a back-up this Valentine’s Day!

[DOWNLOAD free printable]

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Friday faves

bestteacherever[the cutest V-day¬†tumblers for Ev’s teachers from Hobby Lobby]
similar items: teachers gonna teach // metallic heart // dream big

Guys, I’m that person that prepares her coffee maker the night before going to bed¬†and have dreams about that first warm cup in the a.m.! So it should come as no surprise that I love finding a good local coffee shop to frequent. My current faves are Zanzibar’s and Twisted Bean, but I can’t wait to check out a few that will be brewing (HAR HAR) soon: St. Kilda Cafe & Bakery,¬†DSM Brew Coffee Company and Horizon Line Coffee.

Kids + heels usually = a disaster, so I’ve had to pick up a few pairs of more manageable heights and this stylish pair from Sole Society has been on repeat. It can go from work to a night out with the hubs in a flash!

It’s supposed to be in the 50s today and I am celebrating by allowing myself to¬†start thinking about¬†summa-summa-summatime. I’m a huge fan of the Cat & Jack line at Target, but I think they’ve outdone themselves with these cactus swim trunks. They are a must for the boys!

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Big Night VII: setting the table

One of my favorite parts of the Big Night experience is setting the table. I love coming up with something different each year and spending time with my bestie Molly to create the vision.


The look from this year can easily be replicated and would be perfect for a baby shower, bridal shower, dinner party or even scaled down for a romantic dinner at home.

Like the look of the tablescape?¬†Here’s how you can make it yourself!

Williams-Sonoma Hotel Hemstitched Dinner Napkins, Set of 12
One Kings Lane Vintage Silver Plate Napkin Rings, S/6
Vista Alegre  Harvard Charger Plate
Mela Artisans Monroe in Brass Lantern
World Market White Metal Taper Candleholder with Gold Tip
Pottery Barn Antique Silver Sentiment Napkin Ring, Set of 4
Godinger Lighting by Design Large Metal Candelabra
Target Threshold Terrarium Gold Large
Anthropologie Faceted Votive
CV Linens blush tablecloth
Anthropologie Assemblage Candelabra

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Big Night VII: Finale

It’s back and bigger than ever as this is the last year we will be indulging in the Big Night feast. Without a commercial kitchen at the chefs’ disposal moving forward, feats such as this just won’t be the same. We hope to continue the tradition on¬†a much smaller scale in the future, but for now, we are signing off.

Take it away Chef Marcus…

The seventh and final installment of the Big Night. What a ride. It all started with an idea to recreate an incredible meal we saw in a movie and has ended with the exact same meal! Some of you might think that is lame, but have you seen the movie? Nate White, Kevin Spellman and Peter Larkin are my best friends and somehow we get along in the kitchen and actually have an incredible amount of fun. That in and of itself is amazing as I don’t even get along with my own mother in the kitchen (or my wife).
The team started cooking days ahead of time making stocks and sourcing the ingredients we would need. Friday was full of craziness, as we all have full-time jobs and still needed to accomplish hours of grocery shopping. You can imagine how many stores we had to visit…
The guys and I started cooking around 7 p.m. making whatever we could ahead of time (namely: hand-rolled penne pasta, the sauce, the risotto – 3/4 of the way, pesto, the Italian cr√®me cake, brine the pig, the meatballs, the list goes on and on). We shut ‘er down around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, just to crank the ovens and stove back up at 9 a.m. to try to beat the clock before guests arrive at 5 p.m. Whew, did I mention we have to shower and change in there too?
The guests arrived promptly at 5 p.m. to be welcomed with appetizers, champagne and cocktails. Apps included toasted focaccia with chevre, caprese skewers and countless Italian cured meats and cheeses.


After what seemed like five minutes but was nearly two hours, we sat down to enjoy our first of many courses; Italian Wedding Soup. Homemade mini meatballs, pasta, carrots and spinach in a savory chicken stock.


Next on the list was risotto three ways! Did you watch the movie yet? Pesto, parmesan and seafood (scallop, clams and shrimp).

bignight17_1Game hens with Italian sausage and oyster stuffing, served with asparagus.


Palate cleanse ‚Äď grapefruit and basil sorbet with a splash of prosecco!


Oh sweet timpano! Look at those layers…sausage, egg, meatballs, salami, cheese, hand-rolled penne, and that sauce! Holy cow!


Roasted trout with beets, artichokes, and roasted garlic.


As if you weren’t full already…the suckling pig gets carried in. Brined overnight, stuffed with onions, garlic and citrus fruits, prepared with a citrus glaze and the standard red apple in his mouth.


Lastly, the Italian Crème Cake that Peter Larkin is world-renowned for.
There was coffee and grappa, dancing and singing, and of course, more wine consumed as we wound down the last greatest night we will ever celebrate in Terrace Hill.

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Friday faves

[Big Night 2017 is tomorrow night Рfollow along on my Instagram stories]

So while Marcus was out of town on his annual ice fishing trip last weekend, we decided to hunker down at my parents house because mommin’ ain’t easy. While there, I borrowed from all of my sister’s products and absolutely loved the way this scrub felt. It’s for dudes, but who cares!

Sometimes Sunday dinners are a drag because you know the weekend is coming to an end, but crockpots always help. Last week on the fly, I did a quick search and came across this local blogger’s Crockpot White Chicken Chili recipe. When Marcus raves about how good it is, I know I can claim mealtime victory!

Instead of working out one day this week, I made a beeline for my nearest Target to pick out a special Valentine’s Day gift for myself – these beauties in red! #obsessed


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