bybmg: November 2015
It's the last Monday of the month, which means I'm linking up with Andrea about my Favorite Things!  Each month, there's a new topic (all the topics can be found here). This month is all about stocking stuffers!  

Stocking stuffers are so fun to buy. Today I'm sharing a few collages of ideas for our family. I also snuck some ideas in for myself at the end!

I've been doing a little studying of the Psalms in their relation to gratitude with a She Reads Truth study. This verse just really stuck with me.

Happy Thanksgiving!  Among the list of things I'm grateful for this year, I would list this space. It is a wonderful outlet for my creativity and a place I love to connect with all of you. 

I'm taking the day off tomorrow, but I will be back Monday with some fun stocking stuffer ideas!
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Happy Wednesday! I hope you're revving up for a great Thanksgiving!  I'm excited to spend some time with family and relax. Here are some of my outfits from the past week!


Sweater: Gap
Necklace; Chloe and Isabel (It's actually a wrap bracelet!)
Tunic: LuLaRoe
Leggings: Kohls
Boots: Steve Madden

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I'm a little hooked on buffalo plaid. Tif over at Bright on a Budget and I have deemed ourselves the Buffalo Plaid Police and will often alert the other of a new find. Today I wanted to round up the buffalo plaid I have in my closer with some outfit layout ideas for you.

This Old Navy plaid shirt is just classic. It is cozy, yet I was able to dress it up a little by adding a statement necklace from Rocksbox. I wore this outfit to church but I feel like I could wear it a lot of places.
I'm so thrilled that this month we have a great bunch of ladies sharing their $10 at Target finds! If you'd like to join in next month, let me know via email.

Elizabeth - Chasin' Mason
Stephanie - Wife Mommy Me
Becky - bybmg

I don't know why, but I've struggled to find some quality time to go to Target! We don't have a Target close enough that I can just swing by after work or over lunch. I think I can blame the struggle to get to Target it on Calvin's teeth. The past two weeks, sleep hasn't been happening like I'd like, and so venturing the 15 minute drive each way after the kiddos are in bed just seems daunting. I'd rather just curl up on the couch. When I made plans to meet up with a friend for coffee last weekend, I made a quick stop to Target to spend my $10. I entered Target in with a purpose and limited time.

Happy Friday!  This Friday is lovely knowing that I only have a two day work week next week!  Just and FYI, my posting will be a little slim next week so I can focus on time with family. 


I had my first red cup of the season last weekend, a Caramel Brulee Latte. Yum!

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Last week's blogging docket was full, so I decided to skip What I Wore Wednesday. So, this week, you get a little extra outfit inspiration! Enjoy!

Also, you hear me talk about ThredUP a lot! I have gotten so many great pieces from there! Right now, when you sign up, you get $20 in FREE credit, PLUS they're offering FREE shipping from now until December 14. It's a great time to try it out with absolutely no cost to you! $20 in free clothes! Give it a try!

Mustard and Animal Print:

Scarf: Old Navy
Dress: LuLaRoe
Cardigan: Gap via ThredUp
Tights: Old Navy
Booties: Dolce Vita via Ebay

As I was going through the Tuesday Talk links from last week, I just LOVED that there were so many fun Thanksgiving ideas. So many so that I can't share them all, but I picked a few to highlight. I hope to accomplish at least one of these in the next week!

I'm loving having my goals in front of me! It's so satisfying to check things off.  I may make it a goal to have monthly goals next year (a goal to make goals... yeah... ) If you missed out on my initial post last month, you can find it here. So, here's where I'm at:

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First off, it's FRIDAY the 13th! EEEK!  Just kidding. But a Happy Birthday shout out to my oldest brother! Happy Birthday, Eric!


When I saw this hat online at Old Navy, I just had to get it. Boy #3, you deserve some new things, and THIS hat is too cute to pass up. Our pastor said, "He looks like Elmer Fudd!" I purchased this hat with the intention of him wearing it for a few pictures when we got family pictures, but it was 75* out, so I decided against it. Nonetheless, we got some cute pictures you can check out if you missed them yesterday.

I just have to note that 12 years ago today, Russ proposed to me!  I haven't ever blogged the story of that day, though it's a memorable and a bit funny one. I do plan to sometime though. Just a little random fact for ya! Now, on to the real post!

When we first scheduled our family pictures with Mark for November 1, I was a little worried it would be cold. I ordered up a cute jacket for Wes, a fun hat for Calvin, and a puffer vest for Henry in preparation. Instead, Iowa weather surprised us with 75*!  I am not one to complain about unexpected warm weather, but I had to revise our outfits a bit. 

Taking photos with three little boys is no easy feat, but our photographer was patient and interacted with the boys a lot. We got a few silly shots like above, but overall I was thrilled with how they turned out! Enjoy!

I've come to really love plaid, so when this month's How I Style It theme was decided, I was thrilled! 

Scarves are my JAM!  If you've been around here, you know that. I've posted about different scarf/top combinations and had a week where I wore a scarf every day last year.  When I heard that Courtney, Elizabeth, and Whitney were having a scarf exchange, I was all in!  I was matched with Aubrey. If you want to see what I got her, pop over to her blog.  Whitney was matched with me. When the package came in the mail, I couldn't wait to open it!  The scarf was beautifully wrapped and there were some faux leaves in there to add to the beauty as well as a sweet note from Whitney!

First off, cheers to daylight saving time ending... not. Though, overall, the boys have adjusted fairly well. We kept them up a little late the night of the time change, and bedtimes have been adjusted accordingly, so we haven't had any crazy early mornings. Calvin is obviously the schedule that is probably most difficult to shift, but we're working on it. 

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I love reading a good book on motherhood, and Hoodwinked didn't disappoint. The full title is Hoodwinked: Ten Myths Moms Believe and Why We All Need to Knock It Off. Right off the bat, the title got me!  One funny thing about this book reading experience is that I'd never heard the word "hoodwinked" before, so naturally I had to look it up to see if it was actually a word.  It is!

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 I totally missed documenting my outfits this weekend, but I have my work week looks for you! Also, make sure to enter a fun giveaway at the end of the post! Enjoy!


Cardigan: Oakleigh Rose
Tank: Target
Skirt: Taylors Custom Creations
Booties: Toms via Zulily
I'm all about easy when it comes to baking. I don't keep a super deep pantry, so making sure I have all the ingredients can sometimes be daunting.

Today, Cake Mix Cookies. Super easy and just a couple ingredients.

See, just a couple things! It's easy and quick!

Aren't they adorable!  Way back when we found out Calvin was going to be a boy, Ninja Turtles for Halloween just stuck in my head. 

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