December 30, 2015

My 2016 Resolutions

Aaaahh! The end of the year has arrived!! I cannot believe how quick this year has come and gone! So many things I wish I would have embraced and done. Oh well...on to the next year! No "what if's" or "I should have's". Things I want to do, will be done. 

Looking back at this year, I have had many blessings and opportunities. I thank God for blessing my family and I with good health and everything we have is because of Him. We are truly blessed. I'm definitely looking forward in seeing what 2016 has in store. 

Cheers to you all and let's welcome 2016 with open arms! 


God. Above all Him. I know what my beliefs are. I admit in distancing myself and letting my relationship with Him become faint. I want to re-establish my relationship and I want my little family to build their own relationship with Him as well. 

Travel. Whether it's to another city or state, heck-even another town. The Hubs and I have decided we would travel. I gave him a map for our anniversary and we've pinned the places we have traveled to, together as a couple and family. My goal in 2016 is to get a lot more pinned off! Experiencing all that is around us. I want M to know that there is a GINORMOUS world to explore!!

Me. I'm a wife. I'm a mom. I'm a sister. I'm a daughter. I'm also just me! In 2016, I want to make time for myself. From getting my hair done to going out for coffee to working out. I think it's so important to make time for YOU and finding a balance between being everything else. Most of the time, I have my hair in a messy bun, no make up and flip flops on. Not that anything is wrong with that but I also need to find time to doll up. I want to make time and go to happy hour with my girlfriends or get my nails done. 2016, I'm coming for ya-lipstick on, hair curled and all!!!

Cook. No excuses! We spend so much money on eating out. I don't even want to think about it. I was gifted a crock-pot for Christmas and plan to use the heck out of it in 2016. Set it and forget it! I have a menu planner and I don't use it or stick to it as often as I should. Cheers to frugal eating in 2016!

Date. With the Hubs of course! We have such busy lives that sometimes we forget to take a step back and appreciate what or in this instance "who" is next to us. Before M it was just the Hubs and I. I will say, and he'll agree, that I tend to brush him off when it comes to just us two. So, in this coming year, I vow to spend more "us" time...and find a sitter for M :) 

Scrapbook. I have piles of stickers, tons of paper and an even bigger amount of scrapbooks...that are empty!!! Yes. I buy cute card stock and stickers with the intent of scrapbooking and never do! That my friends, will all change. Starting January 1st, I, Stephanie, will begin my scrapbooking journey. The Hubs has threatened to throw everything out otherwise. I've even bought some new gadgets and embellishments to help get this journey started. 

Grow the Blog. I went into blogging because I love reading blogs and writing has always been a passion of mine. I love being able to share my experiences and thoughts with you all. Some of you don't know this but I do maintain a full time job outside of blogging and mommy life. I hope to dedicate more time to this blog and produce more blog content for you.

What are your goals and resolutions for 2016? I'd love to hear them!

December 23, 2015

Coffee and Weekend Fun!

Not gonna lie...I was a bit more conscious of what I wore this weekend. I blame it on this link up but I'm 100% okay with that. I'm in scrubs during the week for work so I love dressing up on the weekends. Heck, I'm fine in leggings too! This past weekend was loads of fun! Full of festivities!! Kept us pretty busy.

We went to a Christmas party on Friday. Requirement: ugly Christmas sweater. Well, I didn't get around to buying a sweater so I opted for a Christmas tee instead. I found it in the men's section so since it was a bit long and I was able to pair it with leggings and boots. 


Christmas tee | JCP {men's shirt}
long sleeve | Old Navy
leggings | Old Navy
watch | Target

Saturday morning was super nice! I opened the windows to let the crisp morning air in. Such a nice sunny morning that I decided to bring my coffee outside while Lola got to run around a bit in the backyard. 


"but first coffee" top | Target
block sweater cardigan | Marshalls {couple years old} 
bottoms | Target
necklace | The Dainty Doe
mug | Walmart {couple years old}

I have been in love with these slippers! I wear them any chance I get. I also probably look like I just rolled out of bed with them on but I don't care. I wear them everywhere! Super comfortable!!


slippers | Old Navy
cozy socks | gift from my niece :) 

We went to a parranda this weekend {Puerto Rican version of Christmas caroling}. They are always such a fun time! Full of dancing, food and drinks!!

I wanted warmth and comfort since I knew we were going to be standing pretty much the entire time. The parranda we went to was in a garage type area so it was a bit chilly. I wore a light sweater {i later realized i didn't get a picture! linked it down below though!} kept me warm enough to be comfortable and the flats I chose were a perfect combo!


top | Old Navy
jeans | Old Navy
flats | Target

Sunday Funday! Two of our friends collaborated and started a party bus business. I am so happy and proud of this new venture for them both. I know it will be a great success! As a special event, they hosted a private party. For your next party adventure contact ThunderDome Party Bus! [more info coming soon!]


jacket | Gap {couple years old-similar one here}
top | Old Navy 
jeans | Old Navy
watch | Fossil
bracelet | Amazon


earrings | The Dainty Doe
lipstick | MAC


booties | Carlos Santana  Brie Booties
{i found my booties at Marshalls}

Don't forget to head on over to The Pleated Poppy and check out all the other fashion inspiration! 

Our Christmas Movie Favorites

Just a few more days till Christmas. We finally finished our holiday gift shopping and now all that is left is wrapping. I don't know what's worse...shopping during the holidays or wrapping gifts. So time consuming! 

I don't know where you live but here in Central Texas it is once again warm {sad face} I'm talking about 70 degree weather. Where is winter?! The evenings and mornings tend to be pretty cool ranging between 40 to 50 degrees. Perfect for opening the window and letting the cool breeze in. Sippin' on coffee or hot cider make it just so much better! 

Family movie nights are a must in our house during the holidays. We love gathering around in our pj's and watching Christmas movies. Especially M. Since he's on holiday break he gets to stay up a bit later than norm...he thinks it's soooo cool haha

These are our family favorites during the Christmas season. I recommend them all! :)



Home Alone : this has always been a must watch for my family during the holidays. I remember watching this on multiple occasions during Christmas "ya filthy animal" [i need to purchase this movie!!]


A Christmas Story : this is the Hubby's favorite Christmas movie. M watched it for the first time last year and loved it as well! 


Elf : funny and full of Christmas spirit! A favorite!!


How the Grinch Stole Christmas : this is my favorite! I grew up watching it and introduced it to M at an early age. While they have the "real" version the cartoon is my favorite!!


Rise of the Guardians : this one is fairly new. Good story line for the kiddos. M loves to watch it! His favorite character in it is Jack Frost :)


Christmas Classics : these are all great for any age group! We {my siblings and I} grew up watching these. I think my dad still has them on VHS. So happy to have found the set and pass it on to M. He watches them throughout the year too! Rudolph is a favorite of ours!!


Do you have a Christmas movie favorite? I know there are TONS of Christmas movies out there. Leave yours in the comments below!

December 18, 2015

Meet Jack!

This year we did the Elf on the Shelf a bit different. I don't feel to crazy about the Elf getting into "trouble" during the night. I just didn't like the message it gave to M even if he thought the shenanigans were funny. I wanted a more positive message.

Anyhoo...so this year we decided to do the Kindness Elf tradition as an alternative to the Elf on the Shelf. Nice deeds during the holiday season and I can even take it out during the year if I want to. 

I brought out the elf on December 1st along with a little welcome note and a special 'North Pole' breakfast. I explained how the Kindness Elf worked...acts of kindness to family members and/or friends along with others in need. The elf also brings words of encouragement and shares the meaning of Christmas. M also got to name the elf...everyone, meet Jack


For those wondering I got Jack at Target...he originally had long braided hair but I cut it off with scissors to make it look more like a boy! Ta-da!! We had a similar elf last year but Lola ate its head...it was sad day at our house. She's learned better and doesn't bother with Jack this year. 

Our first breakfast with Jack consisted of waffles and sprinkles, especially brought from the North Pole! {i totally picked out the red and green sprinkles from a mix i have..oh the joy} M loved it!! The plate is from Target and the reusable Christmas napkin I found on Etsy a few years ago. 



Some of the things we've done is make Christmas ornaments for our family and friends, we've picked an Angel from the gift tree at the mall, emphasized the importance of brushing your teeth along with bunches more! 




I thought I'd share with you what is planned for the last week leading up to Christmas Day! 

8. {today} Brrr...it's chilly! Let's get someone a drink so they can stay warm! Hot cocoa sounds delicious!
7. Let's look thru our pantry and see if there's any canned foods we can take to our local food pantry!
6. What is your favorite Christmas movie? I want to share mine with you...let's have a movie night!
5. I just love your Christmas tree! Have your mom take a picture of you and Lola so we can always remember it! 
4. Here's a craft we can do together! Let's make it and then give to a friend for Christmas :)
3. Santa is almost here! Let's get the dough ready for the Christmas cookies! Santa loves sprinkles so be sure to add some especially for him!
2. It's Christmas Eve! Don't forget to wear your pajamas when you go to bed tonight and leave the cookies out for Santa. Have a goodnight!
1. This is where Jack says his goodbye...below is the letter! 



Do you have an elf tradition at home? Leave your elf stories in the comments below! 


December 16, 2015

What I Wore Wednesday

We had a pretty quiet yet busy weekend. Did some Christmas gift shopping, ate breakfast with Santa, dinner date with the Mr. and took pictures with Santa...again. 

I've linked up with The Pleated Poppy for "what i wore". It's my first time being a part of this and I'm pretty excited to share my outfits with you...I know I get a bunch of outfit ideas from other bloggers and I hope to give you a bit of fashion inspiration as well!! Stay tuned every Wednesday for outfit details! Let's get to it...

We had a gloomy Saturday here in Central Texas and all I want to do on gloomy days is stay in my pjs and watch movies. Since M had breakfast with Santa at his school, that wasn't something I could actually do. I opted for all day comfort....leggings! I love leggings and Old Navy has affordable plus quality leggings I love!


top | Old Navy
leggings | Old Navy
flats | Lucky Brand
purse | H&M {similar one here}
watch | Fossil
id bracelet | childhood bracelet :) 
necklace | The Dainty Doe

Ya'll this outfit is super comfortable. It was like wearing my pjs but looking a lot more presentable :)

The weather on Sunday was a tad bit cooler, which I loved! It was great for taking pictures with Santa because it actually looked like it was cold here! haha gotta take what we get!! 

I love shopping at stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx. I always end up finding the cutest items! I came across this super soft and warm flannel top at Marshalls and just had to get it. It was perfect for the weather we were having.


top | Love Notes Brand {similar one here}
tank |  Abound {similar one here}
jeans | Old Navy
boots | Lauren Conrad {similar ones here}
watch | Fossil

We went to my sisters neighborhood for cookies, Santa and crafts. M got to give Santa his wish list too! I fear that the day is soon to come when he will no longer believe in Santa...oh dear!!


top | Faded Glory {similar one here}


earrings | Forever21
necklace | M made it for me while visiting Santa
watch | Fossil

After a long day out shopping and visiting with Santa we lounged at home and it was utter perfection!! I received a leggings and tank lounge set for my birthday and decided it was the perfect time to try them on. The socks were a gift too-they are super soft and warm!


lounge set | City Streets
socks | Old Navy

Can't wait to share more fashion posts with you!! Stay tuned for next week! 

December 14, 2015

Affordable Gifts for Everyone!

This year we decided to do most of our Christmas gift shopping online. Mainly Amazon to be exact. Let me tell ya...I am addicted!!! My addiction started Black Friday, continued to Cyber Monday and well, here are...still shopping. We are subscribed to Amazon Prime {which I totally recommend} so we get exclusive deals along with free 2-day shipping. SCORE! Needless to say, we are pretty much done with our shopping thanks to Amazon. 

Have you started your shopping yet or are you done? I've put together a few items that you can find for Prime shipping on Amazon or items that you can get on expedited shipping if need be. Hope they give you some ideas or point you in the right direction! *happy shopping!!!

 




1. Druzy Teardrop Earrings : druzy everything is so pretty! These are perfect for some added bling. The shop owner is super great to work with as well. She also has a special listing for expedited shipping in her shop. 

2. Sugar Plum 2016 Planner : love a monthly and weekly planner. This one is such a great size because it's easy to tote around. The kraft background and gold dots are super cute too!

3. Plain Scarf Shawl : it's all about the blanket scarves this season. Perfect accessory and many colors to choose from. 

4. Thermal Mug : travel mugs are so practical and always welcome, at my house anyway. This one is cute and has an open/close slider for easy and safe usage. 

5. Flannel Pajama Set : pajamas are the best and when they are flannel they are even better! Nothing better than comfy, warm pajamas for the cold winter nights. 

6. Makeup Brush Set : no one can have too many makeup brushes. This set covers every makeup need! 

7. Marc Jacobs Gift Set : these mini scents are great! This variety set is perfect for travel and they all smell amazing!!



1. Mira Stainless Steel Water Bottle : these water bottles are great for cold and hot beverages! Perfect for that camper or gym rat in your life. 

2. Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speaker : compact and easy to take with you wherever you go. I know that the Hubby would love something like this! 

3. Timex Expedition Field Chronograph Watch : I just love the leather strap on this watch. It's perfect for everyday wear and can be dressed up for an evening out. 

4. Men's Knit Pants : these are great for lounging around the house. The Hubs loves them!

5. Nike Ignition Sunglasses : can never go wrong with Nike. I bought these for the Hubs to wear during runs and he loves them. 

6. Etched Globe Whiskey Glasses : We have a similar set of these that we received last Christmas and absolutely love! 

7. NBA Pullover Hoodie : I know TONS of guys that would love one of these. They also have many teams to choose from. 



1. Minecraft Legos : the little man is in love with Minecraft and Legos. He has this set and really enjoys creating with it. He asked for a couple more different ones this year too. 

2. ThinkFun Zingo : we received this under the tree last year for Christmas and it's become a favorite. Great for the little ones!

3. Shopkins : I've heard about these everywhere! I know my niece has it on her wish list this year :) 

4. The Good Dinosaur Arlo Plush : my nephew loves dinosaurs and I know he would love something like this! 

5. My Password Journal : growing up I remember asking Santa for a Dear Diary {please tell me someone remembers those!}...I know many young girls would love something like this. Super cute too! 

6. Pro Mini Basketball Hoop : this is such a great gift! M got one last year and he plays with it all the time. The Hubs enjoys it as well :) 

7. Pie Face Game : this is such a great game for children of any age. Will get many laughs and surprises! 

I hope these gave you some ideas if you have yet to get gifts for family and/or friends. If you haven't tried Amazon Prime be sure to check them out! They offer a limited day trial as well!! Great for the holiday season. 

*not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own! 

December 1, 2015

Bucket List: my 31 adventures

Christmas is here!!! Well, not exactly Christmas Day but I can finally start decorating and listening to Christmas music....oh how I love this time of year. I know some of you have already decorated...way before Thanksgiving but I like to go one holiday at a time. We usually bring everything out the first weekend in December...including our Kindness Elf {I'll discuss him in another post}. 

December 1st also marks the day of my birth! You heard it-I turn another year older...and wiser :) I've really been into themed parties lately and am planning a very "cozy" one to celebrate my birthday this weekend. I mean if kiddos can have themed parties why can't adults, right?! You will hear all about it next week. Stay tuned! 

This birthday got me thinking of things I wanted to accomplish, experience, learn, do-you get the picture. I decided to create a bucket list. I made it strictly for this birthday year, keeping it pretty realistic...things that I know I can actually cross off and say they have been done. Nothing crazy like backpacking in Europe...although that is on a different list. 


Do you have a bucket list? I have several. We try to make one every summer as a family and then we have a couples/family one in general-more so of places we want to travel or landmarks we want to visit. 

What's on your bucket list?