On Tuesday, Ryan and I celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary!
(One balloon floated out of the frame but I attached little notes with 8 reasons why I love Ryan to 8 balloons as a little anniversary surprise. Thank you, Pinterest, for this idea!)
We kept things pretty low key but really enjoyed talking about the past 8 years of our marriage. Something about anniversaries always makes me want to reflect and we both said it’s hard to believe that the past 8 years have been filled with three moves (Orlando, Ocala and Charlotte), buying our first house, two kids, some amazing travel opportunities (both in the United States and abroad), job changes and plenty of wonderful memories. Also, when I shared a picture from our wedding on Instagram on our anniversary, I had quite a few of you chime in and say you remember reading about our wedding on the blog in real-time 8 years ago. That truly means more to me than you know and I want to say a big thank you to the long-time readers out there for following our family for so long! You guys are the best!
And now let’s move right along into this week’s Things I’m Loving Friday and chat about what we’re all loving most this week, shall we?
Things I’m Loving Friday
To the parents with older children, is Halloween one of those holidays that just gets better and better as your kids get older? I thought Halloween with a two-year-old was so fun last year but Chase’s enthusiasm took it to another level this year! He was so into trick-or-treating with two of his best friends and watching his little dragon-dino tail wag as he sprinted up various neighborhood driveways was too darn cute.
We ate pizza and went trick-or-treating with our friends and their little ones and had the best time! Ryder sported the same pumpkin costume Chase wore that my mom made for him when he was a teeny little guy back in 2015 and handled my desire for a million “baby’s first Halloween” pictures really well!
(My hair ribbon was another recent American Eagle find!)
Also, this is kind of random but I am officially declaring Halloween my all-time favorite day on Instagram. I get the biggest kick out of seeing everyone’s creativity come to life in various costumes (the costumes with the puns are the BEST) and I just found myself smiling all day long on Wednesday! Maybe next year we’ll feel a little more motivated to tackle the whole family costume thing because those are always so cute!
The Queen of Hearts by Kimmery Martin
I briefly mentioned this book on the blog earlier this week, but add it to your must-read list if you are a fan of medical dramas! I absolutely loved reading The Queen of Hearts and thought it was a great break from some of the more suspenseful thrillers and murdery books I’ve found myself picking up lately.
The book follows the lives of Zadie and Emma, two best friends who met in their early 20s when they were in med school. Now successful doctors with families they love and adore, a blast from the past in the form of a former chief resident, Dr. Xenokostas, reappears in their lives when he accepts a job at the hospital where Emma works and brings with him pain, secrecy, regret, guilt and the ability to potentially cause a long-lasting friendship to unravel.
If you like TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, I think you’d also love this book (though it absolutely has more depth to it)!
A while back, I remember reading somewhere that the clothing sold at Gap Factory stores is manufactured specifically for the factory store. When I was browsing Banana Republic Factory’s website for my leopard slides, I clicked over to Gap Factory and was pretty darn excited to see the exact same baby clothes I had my eye on at Gap for sale online on the Gap Factory website for way cheaper. I’m not sure if this is always the case but I considered it a major score!
I absolutely love Gap’s zip-up footie onesies and couldn’t resist nabbing a few for Ryder and Callie. (The black and white stripe onesie on Ryder in the above pic is part of the set I bought for him that also came with the cutest penguin onesie!) Aaand I may have put a couple more in my cart when I stumbled upon their holiday pajama section as I was typing up this post. (And just FYI, they’re currently having their Friends & Family sale so everything is 40% off + free shipping with the code FFTIME.)
StitchFix Kids Delivery
StitchFix did it again! They sent some big-time winners our way in Chase’s latest fashion fix and we ended up keeping six of the 10 items. I requested some comfy tees for layering, a nice sweater and a hoodie for playtime and they nailed it! This may sound silly but I get incredibly excited for Chase’s StitchFix deliveries because I often feel uninspired when it comes to dressing him but at the same time I can fully appreciate quality kids’ apparel. I also love the price point of the clothes they sent our way (our items ranged from $12 – $35 and the most expensive item was the jacket) and I am looking forward to his next delivery already!
How to Keep a Toddler Entertained on a Long Road Trip (With the holidays on the horizon, keep this blog post on your radar if you have little ones to entertain during holiday travels!)
Crock Pot Coconut Chicken Cauliflower Rice Stew (Healthy comfort food in a bowl, this Crock Pot Coconut Chicken and Cauliflower Rice Stew is the perfect weeknight dinner to serve when the temperatures outside begin to dip.)
Question of the Day
What was one of the most creative Halloween costumes you saw this year?
What is one thing that made you smile this week?