Friday Favorites – Kids Favorites Edition {Week 50}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  I am so glad that this week is over.  Last weekend started off well, with a visit from my sister and nieces.  However, they passed their recent sick germs to my daughter who ended up with a bad, luckily only 24 hour, stomach bug.  Luckily, we are all well now and are looking forward to a busy weekend.  I am going to my first blogging event tomorrow and I am so nervous!  I am going to a Snapware and yoga event with Kristin McGee down in NYC in the morning!  Eek!  I will of course write a post all about it!  This week, I am sharing some of my kids’ recent favorites.

Sick Girl

1. Feeling better – My daughter’s number one favorite of the week was not being sick anymore.  My kids have been lucky enough to not have a stomach virus prior to this past week.  My daughter hates throwing up and reminded me that she hadn’t done so since she was about five years old (she’s almost 10!).  So she was pretty miserable on Sunday/Monday when she was pretty much vomiting all day. She’s now back to her usual self and eating a normal diet and she’s so happy!

Origami Yoda

2. Origami Yoda series books – My son has just gotten into reading this series of books and then making the origami characters, from the directions at the end of the books.  The series follows middle school student Dwight and a cast of classmates who create origami Star Wars characters which change their lives.

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3. Hotel Transylvania 2 – The kids had an early dismissal Tuesday due to inclement weather.  My daughter was already home sick, so after lunch we watched this movie together, which I wrote about in yesterday’s post.

Friendly's Royal Banana Split

4. Friendly’s Limited Edition Royal Banana Split Ice Cream Bars – I like to buy ice cream bars since they are individually packaged and great for treats for the kids.  I prefer my ice cream out of a pint container, so buying these also limits my ice cream eating!  The last time the kids and I went grocery shopping together, they couldn’t decide between these bars and the Orange Cream Fruit Swirl Bars, which they ultimately ended up choosing.  So, I recently picked these up on a shopping trip as a surprise for them.  It’s banana ice cream and strawberry ice cream with pineapple pieces covered in a chocolate shell.  I had no desire to try these but they ate these bars all week and liked them a lot.

February 2016 Nerd Block Jr. Boys Box

5.  February Nerd Block Jr. Boys – This box came in the mail the other day and we haven’t had time to open it.  The kids are bursting with excitement and it WILL be opened sometime this weekend!

ICYMI this week on the blog:
Monday I shared 5 Slow Cooker Recipes Worth Making.
Tuesday I shared Tips & Try-Its.
Thursday I shared what we’ve been Watching Lately.

I’m linking up with Tif, Amanda and Andrea!  Have a great weekend!


Friday Favorites {Week 49}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  This week has been a very cold, but relaxing and fun week around here!  The kids had the week off for February week.  Saturday we drove up to Rhode Island to visit my parents for a few days.  Then on Monday, my husband and I headed back home and left the kids to spend some quality time with their grandparents.  We were able to get in two dinner dates, which of course made my favorites this week!

Crab Cakes and Rice from The Chophouse Grille

1. Dinner Date #1 – Over the summer, my parents gave my husband and I a gift certificate to a nearby restaurant.  This tells you how rarely my husband and I get out for date nights, since we just used it this past Tuesday night!  Yes, seven months later it was finally put to use.  We had a great dinner after getting our taxes done.

Peekytoe Crab appetizer with cilantro and jalapeno powder

2. Dinner Date #2 in NYC – Instead of getting presents for each others birthdays, years ago, my brother-in-law suggested that we got out for a really nice dinner to celebrate.  Instead of three times a year, (his birthday, my birthday and my husband’s birthday) it has slowly turned into maybe once a year if we’re lucky!  Knowing the kids were with my parents this week, we planned a dinner.  He had previously eaten at Juni and remembered it being “awesome” so we made reservations.  We did the five course tasting menu and thought the meal was really good!  The Peekytoe Crab appetizer I had that had cilantro and jalapeno powder and topped with uni was one of my favorite dishes of the evening.  We are so fortunate to live so close to New York City where there is an abundance of amazing restaurants.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

3. Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies – The kids did some baking with their grandparents and brought home a bunch of these Peanut butter Kiss Cookies that they made.  These will be put in the freezer so we can enjoy them for awhile!

The Happiness Project

4. The Happiness Project – According to Goodreads, I first read this book in 2012.  My word for the year is “happy” and I thought it fitting that I do a reread of this book.  I am about halfway through and I am enjoying it as much as I did the first time.  I really enjoy Rubin’s research and self-experimentation with this project.

5. Bookmarked Recipe of the week:  These Jamaican Jerk Fish Tacos with Plantain Fried Rice and Pineapple Salsa from Half Baked Harvest.  All I can say is…..yum!

ICYMI this week on the blog:
Monday I shared our weekly meal plan.
Tuesday I posted Tips and Try-Its.
Thursday I gave an update on our February Minimalist Challenge.

I’m linking up with Tif @ Bright on a Budget, Amanda from Meet @ the Barre and Andrea @ Momfessionals.  Have a great weekend!


Friday Favorites – The Week Before Vacation Edition {Week 48}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  This was a crazy week here.  We had some snow earlier in the week causing an early dismissal and a 2 hour-delay, throwing everyone’s schedules off.  The kids were busy with activities and now finally, they are off for a week!  We are heading up to Rhode Island for the weekend after our Saturday morning activities and then the kids are spending a few days up there alone with their grandparents.  So, the husband and I are looking forward to a few, quiet, child-free days together.  However, I am not looking forward to the -25 degrees it’s supposed to feel like along the East Coast.  Have I mentioned how much I hate the cold?!!!  Here are some of our favorites from this past week:

Super Bowl Snacks

1. Super Bowl Food – I am not a football fan, so the Super Bowl doesn’t interest me.  I do like watching the commercials (though this year, there weren’t really any faves) and the half-time show.  My husband ended up making fried ravioli and chili and my son had picked out some chili con queso dip that we had with tortilla chips.  So, yummy eats were had while half-watching an uninteresting game.


2.  Preparing Valentines – The husband and I don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day.  I hate that there’s a holiday to “force” people to profess their love for one another.  Maybe it’s my cheapness but I have told my husband he should NEVER buy me roses on Valentine’s Day!  I’d like to think that we show our love to each other all year round.  However, I do enjoy seeing the enjoyment that the kids get in celebrating Valentine’s Day.  I have tried to not get Pinterest-envy at all those moms out there making creative, homemade Valentines for their kids.  I just hate devoting that time (21 and 23 kids in each class!) to a card that will be thrown out as soon as a child gets home from school.  So, off to Walmart we went, where the kids got to pick out their Valentines and candy of choice for their classmates (Skylanders for my son and kittens and puppies for my daughter, and Tootsie Pops for both).  So, one of my kids’ favorites of the week was picking out and writing their Valentines.  Today they will be having celebrations at school and be bringing home lots of Valentines from friends.

3. Favorite bookmarked recipe of the week – These Spicy Fish Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Slaw from Pinch of Yum.  I have been enjoying making burrito/taco bowls and these sound so tasty!  These might even make an appearance on next week’s menu when the kids don’t have crazy Friday afternoon/evening schedules.  It will make a nice change from our usual pizza Fridays and will fit in with no meat Lenten Fridays.

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4. Better Call Saul – My husband has been binge watching this show all week.  We watched the first one together, but I wasn’t all that into it. He has been a fan of the lead actor Bob Odenkirk since the mid 90’s and the HBO comedy sketch series Mr. Show with Bob and David. Better Call Saul is the prequel series of Breaking Bad where the character Saul Goodman made his debut. Saul is a lawyer with pretty low moral standards and worse television spots on late-night TV. It’s a pretty serious and complex role but there’s always an underlying wink of comedy. He’ll surely finish the series this week because he clearly enjoys it.

5.  Yoga Camp – I found Yoga Camp from YouTube channel Yoga with Adriene from another blogger’s Friday Faves.  Unfortunately, I don’t remember and can’t give proper credit.  I’ve taken yoga classes over the years at different gyms that I’ve belonged to.  I’ve been meaning to get back into it and after seeing another blogger’s post about this Yoga Camp, it was the perfect motivation to get started.  So far, I have completed five of the 30 days.   I really like Adriene.  She’s very down-to-earth and relatable.

ICYMI on the blog this week:
Monday I shared our weekly meal plan.
Tuesday I shared my January reads with the Show Us Your Books link-up.
Wednesday I linked up for the first edition of The Kids Behind the Blog.

Linking up with Tif @ Bright on a Budget, Amanda at Meet @ the Barre and Andrea @ Momfessionals!  Have a great weekend everyone!


Friday Favorites {Week 47}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  The days are going by so quickly that it’s hard to believe we’re almost a full week into February.  I wish my weeks were more exciting, but with work and the kids after school activities we are settled into a nice routine.  Here are some of this week’s favorites:

Yellow Belt

1.  TKD Board Break-a-thon – The kids’ participated in a Tae Kwon Do board break-a-thon last Friday evening.  Their school TKD club went against three other local elementary schools.  Based on their grade, the students had a certain number of chances to try to break each colored board, starting with white, yellow, orange, green, blue, brown and then black. Each colored board was worth a certain number of points.  If the student couldn’t break the board in the given number of tries then they were out.  My daughter was eliminated during the green board.  My 7 1/2 year old son was the only second grader from his school to make it to the black board.  He surprised everyone, but especially himself!  He was so proud, since at practice he had only broken up to the blue board.  And the icing on the cake was that their school came in first place!

2.  Lunch with an old friend –  I reconnected with an old college friend who I hadn’t seen in over two years.  We finally met up for lunch on Saturday.   It was so good getting to see her and catch up.  Unbelievably, I took NO pictures! 

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3.  Foreigner “Classic Hits Live” My husband has been doing a lot more driving since he started his new job and now commutes to work by car.  He’s been filling his driving time by listening to more music on CD. While we usually listen to Pandora in the house we still have hundreds of CDs. He rediscovered this Foreigner CD this week which was originally part of my collection before we even met. I don’t even remember buying or listening to it! He describes it as: “A guilty pleasure. A live compilation of an often over-the-top band performing their greatest hits. Each of the songs recorded at the time they were at the top of the charts. What could be better on a drive to the office?”

4.  Photo A Day Challenge – If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I have been participating in Fat Mum Slim’s Photo A Day Challenge.  I find this challenge so much fun and it gets me posting at least one photo a day to my Instagram feed.  The prompts are fun and you can join anytime!

5. Favorite bookmarked recipe: {One Pan} Skinny Loaded Baked Potato Gnocchi from With Salt & Wit. My husband loves gnocchi!  And our family loves anything “loaded baked potato,” so this dish will be a winner!

ICYMI on the blog this week:
I shared our weekly meal plan.
Tuesday  I shared some Tips and Try-Its.
Wednesday I shared my February Currently and joined Anne and Jenna’s link-up.
Thursday I shared my Happy in January update.

I’m linking up with Tif @ Bright on a Budget, Andrea @ Momfessionals and Amanda at Meet @ The Barre.  Have a great weekend!

Friday Favorites {Week 46}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope everyone had a great week.  This week was a pretty unexciting week for us.  Between work and the kids after-school activities we are busy with our routines.  Here are some of our favorites this past week:

Movie Night

1.  Stay-at-home day– Last weekend, most of the northeast got slammed with blizzard Jonas.  While, I’m not a fan of snow or the cold, I love that we had a mandatory, stay-at-home day.  It was such a nice, relaxing day!  The kids played outside in the snow for a bit, we watched the Minions movie (which ended up not being a fave) with popcorn and hot chocolate, and I got a lot of reading time in.

Homeland Season 1

2.  Homeland – After hearing such good things about this show I borrowed Season 1 from the library.  I know we’re five seasons behind, but the husband and I have been binge watching this show this past week.  If you like political thrillers, I’d recommend you give this show a try,  if you haven’t already.  Unfortunately, it’s not on Netflix and we don’t have cable (it airs on Showtime).  So, we’re left to borrowing the DVDs from the library.


3.  4th Grade Concert – Last night our daughter performed in her 4th grade concert.  This year, she started playing the alto saxophone in the band.  While she doesn’t enjoy practicing, she’s really good.  It was nice to see her get to play with the 4th grade band and sing with chorus.

4. Favorite bookmarked recipe – This Orange Beef Teriyaki Soup from Melanie Makes.  I will be planning next week’s menu today and I’m thinking that I am going to try this soup.  It sounds tasty and perfect for a cold winter night.


5.  Reading – I am almost half-way through the book The Royal We.  This book showed up a lot and got a lot of positive reviews on Steph and Jana’s Show Us Your Books monthly link-ups.  I decided to finally give it a try.  I’m about half-way through now and while I don’t know if I love it, so far it’s a good chick-lit, light read.

ICYMI this week on the blog:
Monday I shared our weekly meal plan.
Tuesday I shared a review of children’s Chinese New Year books.
Wednesday I wrote about our family’s February minimalism challenge to get rid of clutter.
Thursday I posted Family Fun: Do A Puzzle in honor of International Puzzle Day, which is today.

Linking up with Tif @ Bright on a Budget, Amanda from Meet @ the Barre and Andrea @ Momfessionals.  Have a great weekend!


Friday Favorites {Week 45}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday everyone!  I am really looking forward to this weekend.  We are expecting to get hit with storm Jonas Saturday into Sunday.  I love snow-imposed stay-at-home days.  If I must stay inside the warm house all day in my pajamas reading books and watching Netflix…..I guess I will.  Since it’s the only thing I like about winter, I have to take advantage when I can!  I hope everyone who is in the storm’s path stays warm and safe.  So, there will probably be not very much going on this weekend.  This week I’m sharing some favorites of the different members of the family.

Korean Fried Chicken Tacos

1.  Saturday  we hosted our monthly supper club.  The theme was “crispy” and I made these Korean Fried Chicken Tacos from Half Baked Harvest.  These were super tasty!  I will be making the slaw on its own as a side for other meals it was that good!  Definitely a favorite of mine this week!

Darth Vader Star Wars sweatshirt

2.  My son’s favorite this week was his Darth Vader Star Wars sweatshirt.  This was a Christmas present that he finally wore to school this week.  The rule was that while at school he couldn’t zip it up like it is in this picture.


3.  My daughter’s favorite this week is her Shopkins.  Unfortunately, she just got her first Shopkins for Christmas (I was trying to avoid this toy trend for as long as possible!) so she doesn’t have that many. At school her friends like to trade them, but she doesn’t have any duplicates to trade.  Some of her friends who have 100+ Shopkins, with several duplicates of the same kind have given her ones to add to her collection.

Forza 6

4.  The Weekend Chef’s favorite of the week is the video game Forza 6 for Xbox One. He probably hasn’t had access to racing games for a decade since we’ve been a Wii household for a long time. I bought it for him for Christmas and he does find the rare chance to play. He describes the graphics as “amazing” and the realistic cars as “incredible”. This may be a game that he can keep playing for another few years since there are so many cars, tracks, and races. And if that isn’t enough, he can always play with other racing fans online. Now just to find some free time…

5.  Favorite bookmarked recipe of the weekSriracha Bacon Beer Cheese Dip from With Salt & Wit.  When this recipe popped up in my inbox I think I might have actually drooled.  Every ingredient is a “yes please!”

ICYMI on the blog this week:
Monday I shared our weekly meal plan.
Tuesday I posted a review of Medieval Times.

Linking up with Tif @ Bright on a Budget, Andrea @ Momfessionals and Amanda from Meet @ The Barre.  Have a great weekend!


Friday Favorites {Week 44}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  This week has seriously dragged and I am really looking forward to a three day weekend.  The kids are enjoying a 1/2 day of school today and they both will have friends over for playdates later.  It was  hard to come up with five favorites this week, when I could come up with several not favorites – including a recurring sty in my left eye that has prevented me from wearing my contacts and knowing that I will most likely be sick soon, since almost all the kids in the nursery school/daycares/homes that I work in had coughs and runny noses.  But, this weekend should be fun and includes monthly Supper Club hosted at our place, my son’s basketball game, and our neighbor’s 4th birthday party. Here are some of our favorites from this past week:

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1.  Making a Murderer – I think I might be one of the last to watch this show. The Weekend Chef and I binge watched the series in a matter of days.  It’s really hard what to believe after watching the show and then reading what’s been printed in the media regarding the case.  Regardless, our justice system is flawed, as seen by this show and unfortunately, Brendan Dassey was on the receiving end of it.  I’m not sure about Avery……

Disney Infinity

2.  Disney Infinity – The kids got an Xbox One from Santa and whenever they get any electronic time it is spent playing this game.  Despite the fact that they have four other games, this is the one that is constantly being played.

3.  Getting Together with Friends – This week I visited my neighbor and finally got to meet her new daughter.  She is three weeks old and I can’t remember the last time I held a baby that small.  This week I also went out to dinner with a friend.  Two adult-only social gatherings in a week is so rare!

Happy Family       Salt and Pepper Shrimp

4.  Free Dinner out – When going out to eat, we rarely, if ever eat Chinese food, since we get take out often enough.  The Weekend Chef’s aunt gave us a gift certificate to a local Chinese restaurant for Christmas, and we ended up going last weekend.  We were pleasantly surprised at the quality of the food…..much better than the takeout we usually get!  I got the Happy Family, the Weekend Chef got Salt & Pepper Shrimp and the kids shared Beef Chow Fun.  As usual though, we all ended up sharing.

Heather Dubrow's World

5.  Heather Dubrow’s World Podcast – I’ve been on a podcast kick lately, listening to them while I’m cleaning the house or driving to work.  One of my recent favorites has been Heather Dubrow’s World.  When I had cable and watched The Real Housewives of Orange County, Heather was one of my favorites.  I love getting a peek at her world and each week she talks about a variety of topics including health and wellness, beauty and parenting.

ICYMI on the blog this week:
Monday I shared our weekly meal plan.
Tuesday I shared my December 2015 reads.
Wednesday I reviewed the December 2015 Nerd Block Jr. Girls subscription box.

Linking up with Tif @ Bright On a Budget, Amanda from Meet @ The Barre and Andrea @ Momfessionals. Have a great weekend!


Friday Favorites {Week 43} – NYC Edition

Friday Favorites

One week down in 2016!  We had a pretty quiet New Year’s Eve playing lots of board games with the kids, who managed to make it to midnight.  Saturday, January 2nd, we took a trip down to New York City.  We got up early and spent almost the entire day down there.  It was filled with lots of fun and was a great way to end their holiday vacation.  Here are some of our favorites from the trip.  If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen some of these pics already!

Finding Neverland Playbill

Matthew Morrison

1. Finding Neverland – Our main purpose of the trip was to take the kids to their first Broadway musical.  We went to the TKTS booth in Times Square and were able to score tickets to Finding Neverland.  The kids, especially my daughter, loved it.  It was sooo good!  Matthew Morrison (from Glee) starred in it and was amazing.  After the show, we waited for the actors to leave the theater and my daughter got several autographs and even a few pics with some of the actors.  We were so close to Matthew Morrison, but were unable to get an autograph or photo with him.

Tree in Rockefeller Center

2.  The tree in Rockefeller Center – It is tradition for us to go down and see the tree in Rockefeller Center.  I feel like this year we went pretty late.  It is still as spectacular as ever.   When I asked the kids if they wanted to see the window displays in the stores, my son especially was like, “Christmas is over!”  I kind of understood his sentiment and we ended up skipping that this year.

Nintendo Store

3.  Nintendo Store – Right near Rockefeller Center is the Nintendo Store.  We made a stop there last year and of course, our son wouldn’t let us leave without making a stop again.  The store was surprisingly not that crowded this time and the kids got to play for a bit on these Wii U consoles that they had throughout the store.

m&m store

4.  m&m Store – Right near the TKTS booth in Times Square is the m&m store.  We did a quick walk-through of the store admiring all of the m&m merchandise and the m&m figures, like the Elvis, pictured above.  If there is anything that you would want with the m&m logo on it, you will find it here. You can even get personalized m&ms with a picture or words!

Lenwich - Bello Melt

5.  Lenwich – We were on a timeline, as we had a 2 PM show to see, so we were looking for a quick lunch.  We found a Korean restaurant right in Rockefeller Center, but on the weekends, they only had the formal dining room open. didn’t have the time, nor did we want to spent the money, on a lunch like that.  We opted to get sandwiches at Lenwich, a chain of NYC-based sandwich shops.  I opted for the “Bello Melt” – Portobello mushroom, crispy onion, fresh mozzarella, basil and roasted peppers with arugula and honey balsamic in a wrap.  Yes, it was really good!  The kids and the Weekend chef split the “Lenwich,” hot pastrami, corned beef, swiss, cole slaw and Russian dressing on rye and the “Joes,” turkey, roast beef, swiss, lettuce, tomato, onion and horseradish.

ICYMI here’s what was on the blog this week:
Monday – our weekly meal plan
Tuesdayone little word for the year
Wednesday – our Currently January 2016
Thursday – our trip to the NYBG Holiday Train Show

I’m linking up with Tif from Bright on a Budget, Andrea from Momfessionals and Amanda from Meet @ The Barre.  Have a great weekend!


Friday Favorites {Week 42}

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday folks!  I can’t believe that we are one week away from Christmas!  I’m not sure that my brain has realized this yet, since I’m relatively calm.  Our daughter, who was sick last week, has gotten our son and me both sick.  We both have been suffering from runny noses, sneezes, sore throats and coughs for the past two days now.  This weekend looks to be relatively calm, minus the regularly scheduled activities including volunteering at the food pantry, tae kwon do and a basketball game.  I’m sure last minute shopping and gift wrapping will also be done as well.  Here are some of our favorites from this past week:

Family Latke Party

1.  Family latke party – The Weekend Chef’s mom side of the family celebrates Hanukkah.  Sunday we went up for a latke party.  For the first time we had caviar available to put on our latkes as well as applesauce and sour cream.  The latkes were also accompanied by a turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, a fall salad and challah bread.  Needless to say, we were stuffed!  And that’s not including dessert.  Plus, it was nice to get to see some of his family members that we only see a couple of times a year.

TKD Belt Test

2.  Belt test – Wednesday night both kids tested for their next tae kwon do belt.  They went from white belts with yellow stripes to yellow belts.  This is the second year that they have been taking this tae kwon do class at their school.  The looks of pride on their faces as they broke the boards was priceless!

Foam Gingerbread House

3.  Gingerbread houses – My daughter got this foam gingerbread house kit last year as a present.  This week the kids finally sat down to make it.  Made out of foam pieces that required no gluing, this was a fun alternative to candy gingerbread houses.

4. The joy of giving – We have started giving out presents and it’s so wonderful to see how excited the kids are not only to receive presents, but to give them as well. Our daughter especially, has been very thoughtful in her gift giving.  When picking out the latch hook craft kit that she bought for her girl scout secret Santa, she noted that the girl is quiet and likes to do art projects.  We bought a tin of hot cocoa for her piano teacher and she noted that the teacher would probably like to drink it snuggled up on the sofa with a book.

5.  Favorite bookmarked recipe of the week:  Every year on Christmas eve we go to my cousin’s house.  She always has us bring a dessert.  Since there are always lots of desserts, including cookies, I try to bring smaller bite-size desserts.  Past desserts I’ve brought include mini-cheesecakes, cannoli cups and brownie bites.  This year, I think I’m making this Peppermint Bark Cheesecake Dip from A Pumpkin & A Princess.

ICYMI on the blog this week:
Monday we posted our weekly meal plan with photos and reviews.
Tuesday we posted a round-up and review of recently published 2015 Christmas picture books.
Wednesday we wrote about how every ornament on our tree tells a story.
Thursday we reviewed the game Bounce-Off that we played on a recent family game night.

We hope everyone has a great weekend!  Linking up with Tif @ Bright on a Budget, Andrea @ Momfessionals and Amanda from Meet @ The Barre.


Friday Favorites {Week 40} – Recovering from Thanksgiving Edition

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  It’s good to be back with another Friday Favorites after taking a Thanksgiving holiday break.  This week has been all about recovering from Thanksgiving and jumping right in to Christmas preparations!  This weekend is chock full of craziness and fun, which you’ll get to hear all about next week!  Here are some of our favorites from this past week (if you follow on Instagram, then you’ve probably seen most of these pictures!):

Thanksgiving Dinner 2015

1. Spending the Thanksgiving holiday with family.  My sister and her family live in Maryland, so we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like.  My kids love getting to spend time with their cousins, who are finally at an age where the kids can all play together without constant adult supervision.  And of course, can’t forget about Thanksgiving dinner itself.  The whole family pitched in to help cook the deliciousness pictured above!

Bartenura Moscato

2.Bartenura Moscato – I am not a big wine drinker.  However, I do love a good moscato.  Especially a bubbly moscato.  My sister had recently tried this wine and bought a couple of bottles for Thanksgiving.  I think this is going to be my go-to wine.  It is fruity, sweet and bubbly!  If I’m going to drink wine, this is definitely the kind I want to be drinking.  Warning – you have to like sweet wine!

Christmas Tree

3.  Decorating for Christmas – We put up and decorated our tree last weekend and the Weekend Chef also put up the outside lights.   I also bought this Star Shower Laser Light after seeing a neighbor’s house lit up with it.  Now, there are several houses on our street with this, including ours!  For $40 we thought it was worth it.


4.  Smashburger – On our way home from Maryland we stopped at a Smashburger in New Jersey.  We had never been before and opted for that versus rest stop fast food. While I was thinking this chain was similar to Five Guys, it’s definitely a little different.  There are lots more options including burgers, chicken sandwiches and even salads.  Yes, I ate that burger pictured above, while the Weekend Chef ate a Cobb Salad with a burger patty added in.  (He’s good about eating healthy…..I obviously, am not!) A Smashburger just opened near our house and we will definitely be visiting it soon!

Big Apple Circus

5.  The Big Apple Circus – I won tickets to see the Big Apple Circus last night down at Lincoln Center in New York City from Kerri at Raising Three Savvy Ladies.  The kids had an amazing time!  While we didn’t get home until after 10 PM on a school night, it was well worth it!  I will be writing up a post about it next week!

ICYMI, on the blog this past week:
Monday I posted a November recap.
Tuesday I posted about our trip to the home of Franklin D. Roosevelt with our Every Kid In a Park pass.
Wednesday I joined in a monthly Currently link-up.
Thursday I posted a collection of Hanukkah picture books.

Linking up with Tif @ Bright on a Budget, Amana from Meet @ the Barre and Andrea @ Momfessionals!  Have a great weekend!