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It’s the 3 Little Things: Cozy Bras, Virgins, & a Taser

Friday, November 20th, 2015


Hey, did the title get your attention? It’s been so quiet around here that I thought I would lighten the mood and bring you in before the holidays. I miss your comments, friends! I have been considering starting a private Facebook group where we can chat. Would you be interested in something like that? Let me know in the comments today and I will try to execute that before our new year!

This week included a rather surreal moment of seeing a product I designed in a real store for the first time.  It’s been such an honor to be a part of the Hazel & Ruby team for the holidays and my Holiday Knitted Boot Cuffs Kit has been flying off the shelves. Don’t forget it’s available at Jo-Ann’s nationwide I hope you can snag one before they run out. This would make a lovely holiday gift for yourself or for a friend.

You can read a fantastic post from Kim (from Everything Etsy) on what she thought about it as well as read Crystal’s (from Money Saving Mom) experience with knitting in the round for the first time. I’m so proud to know these ladies and thankful for their support on this adventure!

This week I just started this book that you all have been raving about and I plan to listen to this one on audio while I tackle my Thanksgiving feast today. I want to give it a listen before I see the film which looks INCREDIBLE! Have you read either of these?

Here are a few other things that are making me happy this week!

Coobie Bras


I was in Asheville this past week for a conference and popped into a boutique that was selling a bra called the Coobie Bra. I decided to buy two since they looked super comfortable and I am IN LOVE with these bras and their affordable price tag!  What makes these so special? Well, I can’t wait to tell you!

Coobie Bras

So here is what the bra looks like all on display which, to me, looks just like a tank top or a camisole when it is peeking out of other layers, but it doesn’t add a lot of bulk under bulkier clothing items. The reason I love them is that they have no wire, no hooks, no clasps, and are perfectly lightly padded. I mean, what more could a girl ask for?  It comes in the plain version (like I am showing here- these are the ones I purchased) or you can get ones with a lace detail if you prefer a lacy cami look. They are intended to fit women from a 32A to 36D, but they also make a full-size version for  just a few dollars extra if you need a little more support.

I am LIVING in these and intend to buy a few more as a treat to myself. It’s the next best thing to no bra all! Am I right, ladies? Ha!


Jane the Virgin- Acting Perfection

Netflix secured the first season of Jane the Virgin and I thought I would give the show a watch since I had heard it was so highly rated. You guys, have you watched this? It is AWESOME! The story is about a girl named Jane who comes in for a routine Pap Smear and is accidentally inseminated by her doctor when she mixes up the patient’s procedures. Jane is a virgin, thus her name, and finds out that she is pregnant which is just what she has avoided her whole life. Newly engaged and ready to start her life with her boyfriend, she is faced with a pregnancy with a man who just so happens to be her handsome boss. Delightfully campy coupled with incredible acting, it is so dang good and I am loving every minute of it. The first season is available for streaming on Amazon if you don’t have a Netflix membership! You must watch it!

Infini'Silk Pro

Taser Tuesdays (Laser Hair Removal At Home)

My dream is to never shave my legs again, but the treatments are not cheap and I am also very bad about escaping work to make any appointments and there are many to get rid of body hair.  I did a ton of research on at-home laser hair treatment options and this Veet Infini’Silk Pro was rated the highest and seemed to have the best results from reviewers. I went ahead and bought it for myself and once a week, I spend about an hour doing this one evening a week. This night has been lovingly nicknamed Taser Tuesday by my husband. Isn’t he such a funny guy?

Is it painful? Well, I was using an epilator so this feels like sunshine & roses in comparison. Sensitive areas like the backs of thighs, the bikini line, and a little under the underarms can be a little painful, but not unbearable…just maybe a tad uncomfortable.

After three treatments, I am down to shaving about once a week so I do feel like it is working, but I am an ideal candidate for this. Fair girls with dark hair are exactly who they recommend to give this a try.

I will keep you guys posted on this one, but for now I am seeing results that make this girl very happy and fit into my price range. Have you ever tried laser treatments or the DIY kits for at-home? I would love to hear your experience.

No Soliciting Unless You Are Justin Timberlake

Final happy- this sign made me laugh in Asheville.  I thought you would get a kick out of it too! I hope you have a wonderful weekend! xo

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Electric Kettles, Taco Tuesday, & Fresh Eyes

Friday, November 13th, 2015

It's the 3 Little Things

I hope you guys are having another wonderful week! I hopped on a plane yesterday to head to Asheville, NC for a Type-A Parent Super Summit. Do we have any readers from that area? If so, let me know what to catch in your town! I’m rooming with Kelly from Centsible Life  and looking forward to making lots of memories with my friends while hopefully learning how to manage this business better for you. After almost 12 years writing online, this old dog could use a few new tricks!


Before I get started with the happy, I know that this is the season where we are selecting names from trees and giving gifts to those in need. The dollar limit on the names I gathered was $20 for each child. The items listed? A warm coat, shoes, pants, and shirts. How can I deny these kids good coats?  $20 wasn’t going to go very far so I actually checked thredUP for my kids this year and I got BEAUTIFUL coats and adorable tops for the amount that I was allowed to spend. If you prefer new items, you can click under Condition and select that option. I opted for barely used so I could get more for my money. If you use this link, it will give you $20 to spend on your first order- that’s about all you would need to help one kid. Consider grabbing an extra name and giving a gift to a child in need this year! I can’t wait to wrap up these beautiful Gymboree coats I scored!

Let’s get to this week’s happy!

Aroma Digital Electric Kettle

Aroma Electric Kettle

We are already almost through our first batch of diy hot cocoa mix  for the season. This electric kettle was gifted to me by Celestial Seasonings last year when I visited their headquarters. I honestly had never really considered an electric kettle before and had always been content with the good old-fashioned variety. This kettle is incredible though and makes the hottest water ever in about two seconds. I can see my kids running up to the door, put the kettle on, and have a cup in their hand in a matter of minutes. You can have the water keep warm so when one kid gets off their bus they have cocoa and an hour later, the other kid has a hot mug too.

really loved this on the world’s most miserable weather day (Halloween) and made myself a tall mug of cocoa after being the world’s best mom and visiting every house in the neighborhood.

Like I said, who knew an electric kettle was so awesome? It’s definitely bringing the happy in our house!

Spotify Dinner Music

Taco Tuesday (And Other Great Themes)

One monthly membership we splurge on is our Spotify membership. You don’t have to have pay for a membership to enjoy it, but you do have to endure the advertisements (which I didn’t love during our family meals). Regardless of the type of membership you have, I really love to listen to all of the different stations they have assembled for you for every mood you are in. We started taking advantage of all of their Dinner stations to go with our dinners and the kids absolutely love it. For Italian dining, we enjoyed our Italian station, for taco night the Taco Tuesday station was just perfect, and Sundays including A Soothing Supper (it’s good for the soul!).

As a kid, music was very important to my Dad and to me. I played the violin, sang in the choir, and did musical theater so music was such a big part of my life growing up. On occasion my Dad would find a composer or a music that would go along with the theme of the meal. I remember those as such special meals and I really want the kids to have that too.

As I prepared Taco Tuesday on Monday (hey, you can’t have everything!) my daughter came in from her dance classes with my husband and heard the music. In her leotard she started dancing around our kitchen while I made the tacos and it made my heart happy. Music is everything and I love how a little themed dinner music can make our family meals more special.

Yes to Cucumbers Eye Makeup Remover Pads

Eye Makeup Remover Pads That Really Work

I’m still sampling lots of offerings from ePantry for our feature here and I decided to give these Yes to Cucumbers Eye Makeup Remover Pads a spin. I absolutely hate removing eye makeup and my eyes flare up with everything. Waterproof makeup is a real struggle to get off and I usually end up with swollen and achy eyes. These didn’t look like they had a lot of product on them so I was doubtful that they would do a good job. After a night out with particularly gooped up eyes, I gave these a shot and they work like a DREAM! My eye makeup came off with minimal rubbing and my eyes didn’t feel awful after I took the makeup off. These worked even better than my old trick of using baby oil. You must try them- they are so good!  This link should give you $20 to spend if you want to give the ePantry thing a try, otherwise I am sure you can find them wherever you shop for your toiletries!

That’s all the happy for this week! If you want to follow me eating my way through Asheville in my stretchiest of pants, you can catch me on Instagram this weekend!

Happy weekend, friends! xoxo

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It’s the 3 Little Things: At-Home Facials, Halloween, & Soup Deliveries

Friday, November 6th, 2015

It's the 3 Little Things

I hope you all are having a wonderful week! Gosh, so much has happened this week that it is impossible to put it in a list of three. Obviously, top on the list is having my Knitted Boot Cuff Kit out in the world. I have been working on that since the summer (if you can believe it?) and I am really proud to have something I designed in a craft store.

Hazel & Ruby Holiday Crafternoon Knitted Boot Cuff

I woke up this morning and it’s me- IN STORES. So I have a field trip planned now that it says there are three available in my town! They also happen to be on sale so be sure to snag one!!

Other little things that brought me joy this week was the unexpected warmer weather we had where I got to share an evening with my girlfriends around my picnic table in November (unheard of) by the twinkle of candlelight, I’m having our ’60’s home painted professionally for the first time (ceilings, windows, cupboards, walls…) so it feels like I am walking around in a new house, and I spent last night seeing The Avett Brothers put on a spectacular show!

This number, in particular, made me just weep. It is one of my favorite hymns.

See what I mean? Really good stuff!

Here are a few other things that made me happy this week!


Skin Authority 3-in-1 Cleansing Brush

Affordable Facials At Home

I had been debating on purchasing a Clarisonic Mia because I have heard so many good things about it and what it can do for your skin. The thing is, I am too cheap to shell out $150 to wash my face, no matter how good it is. Skin Authority reached out to me to see if I might like to try some of their products and I noticed that they had a 3-in-1 Skin Cleansing System that cost only $59!! I told them I would love to try it out so I could share a cheaper alternative to the Mia with you and I am LOVING it.

I have super sensitive skin and was a little worried that my skin would flare up with this, but it doesn’t at all and I feel like the products that I use on my face are absorbing so much better, giving me a healthier glow. I can’t believe the difference in the texture and fine lines in my face even after one week.

There is also a microdermabrasion brush that I plan to use once a week for exfoliating, once my skin adjusts to the brush, and it has a makeup applicator to help airbrush your foundation. I love that it can do all of this for a third of the price of the one I was considering.  Between that and my new argan oil addiction, my skin is looking awesome!

In lieu of a charging station, it uses batteries, which is great since our bathroom is so small so this fits my budget and my home!

Halloween Hermione Costume


Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and this year was no exception. This was the first year my husband and I took our daughter, just us two, out to trick-or-treat. My son has outgrown the tradition and prefers to hand out candy, but Emily could not wait to loop through the neighborhood in her wizard robe. We have been on fire for Harry Potter since our trip to Universal and the Harry Potter Illustrated Edition came out.

I know our days are numbered with trick-or-treating so I drank in all of the sweetness this year. It poured rain and the weather was miserable, but nothing a big mug of homemade cocoa and pumpkin pancakes couldn’t fix around our kitchen table. Her rosy cheeks and watching her run full force for candy through the ‘hood as my husband and I held hands was a memory I hope I get to treasure forever.

Where's Waldo & Carmen Sandiego Couple Costume

My hubby & I also hit a costume party this year so we had to come up with a couple’s costume for the occasion. You know we always take this task very seriously. He purchased a Where’s Waldo costume and busted out his messenger bag to complete the look. I happened to already have a red trench and got a floppy hat from Target (sadly, no red in stock!), and a yard of yellow fabric to tie in Carmen Sandiego’s signature yellow scarf. We were pretty proud for pulling this last minute costume together rather affordably this year. It was such a fun night!

Spoonful of Comfort

Comforting Soup Deliveries When You Are Low On Time

It seems to be a difficult season in life for so many people we know. Unfortunately, it is also a difficult season to make time to care for everyone that I want to help thanks to the holidays ramping up and my kid’s activities.  My friend Jessica, from The Mom Creative, told me about this great company called Spoonful of Comfort that is just great if you are wanting to go in on a group gift for someone in need. The concept is a half gallon of homemade soup, rolls, and cookies that arrive through a doorstep delivery to someone you want to help with a note to let them know you care. Whether is a mom on bed rest, a family member that is ill, a college student who could use a little homemade TLC, or a housewarming gift- I can’t think of a better concept for people to go in on a group gift than this. For $70 for their most popular package, it’s a great one to have everyone throw in $10-15 for a gift that will really help someone. I love the mission of the company and I love this sweet gesture that you can offer for a busy family!

PS- I have found loads of coupon codes so be sure to Google those before you place an order to take off shipping or a percentage on your order!

Happy weekend, friends! xoxo

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of  It’s the 3 Little Things

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Card Games for Teens, Nighttime Snacks, & iPhone Projection

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Jem & the Holograms

Well, hellloooo, LONG weekend! My kids are off of school for five whole days and sleeping in and not meeting a bus today really tops the happy list. We don’t have a ton planned, but my daughter & I are taking a road trip all the way to Valpo to see the Jem & The Holograms movie. I promised her the outing and I just want to NOT thank you Mishawaka/Niles for making us drive so far to see this. When a mom makes a promise though, she follows through. We are also squeezing in a pumpkin patch visit and I bribed my neighbors to let me set my tripod up on their beautiful property to take our family Christmas photo today. We are going to save a bundle and my family knows the quicker they cooperate, the quicker they can take this painful endeavor off our list of holiday to-do’s!

Here are some other joy givers this week!


Jif Whips on Rice Cakes #winning

I’ve been hitting the gym hard which means I deserve every moment of my nighttime binge. I make no apologies for the balanced life I lead! I wanted to switch up my Nutella + Sea Salt + Rice Cake game and found these Jif Whips in all sorts of different flavors at our store. This Whipped Peanut Butter & Chocolate is a heavenly topper for apples, strawberries, or rice cakes.  It reminds me of a Reese’s Cup, but lighter with a good balance of both flavors. It’s airy like a whipped cream so it is easy for dipping and spreading.  It’s also little lighter on the fat grams than Nutella, but just as satisfying. I’m looking forward to trying some more flavors to switch up my snack game.



Boss Monster- A Game Teen Boys Will LOVE!

If you are local, I just want to share how proud we are of our friend’s Dan & Lydia who have opened a new game store in Elkhart called Secret Door Games. It is a DREAM for parents because unlike ordering online, you can actually have someone who is passionate about games teach you how to play them and introduce you to new games that your whole family will love. If you are holiday shopping locally, this is a MUST-VISIT for fresh Christmas gift ideas.

Secret Door Games

It is through Secret Door Games that my son found his new favorite game Boss Monster. Do you see teen boys getting excited about anything that isn’t a video game? I mean ever? This kid LOVES this game and he loved it so much that my husband treated him to an expansion pack for it.  If you aren’t local and don’t have Dan to help explain it to you, Boss Monster is a standalone card game that challenges 2-4 players to become videogame-style villains and build deadly side-scrolling dungeons. Players compete to see who can lure and destroy the most adventurers. But beware! You must make your dungeon as deadly as it is attractive, or the puny heroes might kill you first! It’s pixel-illustrations are so awesome and this one is recommended for kids 13 and up.

Hearing my husband & Ethan play it together brings me immeasurable joy. I love the break from the screens and I love seeing them bonding over this game. They also got the Boss Monster Tools of Hero-Kind to build upon it.

Have a teenager gamer on your hands? Be sure to get this for them!


iPhone Projection

Netflix has REALLY been rocking this month so if you haven’t dug into Netflix in a long time, may I suggest making a Netflix binge a part of your weekend? My new obsessions include The Great British Baking Show, Fixer Upper, Jane the Virgin, &, most importantly, The Time In Between (almost like a Spanish version of Downton Abbey!!).  Many moons ago I got a 3M Projector to review for the site and it has served us so well over the years. Not only have we used it for outdoor movie nights at home, but it is so compact that we travel with it and take on trips to our vacation homes to create a little at-home theater.  I have discovered that it pairs well with my favorite inexpensive speaker and it plugs right into your phone for Netflix or Amazon Instant Movies.

This is a pricier happy than usual, but it makes any blank home in your wall a theater. The other night we enjoyed a bottle of the ALDI’s wine-of-the-month paired with a flick when we discovered shifting a painting off our little mantle made for the perfect projection spot.

If that wasn’t enough… ADELE is BACK!!!! Check out her new video!

Happy weekend, friends! xoxo

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Wrinkles Be Gone, Inspiring Documentaries, & a Great Blowout

Friday, October 16th, 2015

Fall in Indiana

Our yard is filled with God’s beauty and I couldn’t enjoy the pretty hues more- it’s been quite the leaf show this season! I mixed up a batch of our favorite cocoa mix and I have spent a couple of cozy mornings by my little fireplace I painted last winter. I am loving the crisp weather and thankful I scored this blanket cape at TJ Maxx for these cool mornings (a steal at $20!). Picture me cozying up in that with this book that I am tackling for book club this weekend. It’s so out of my typical genre, but I am really loving it! Have you read it yet?

Here are a few other things that are making me wildly happy!

Purador Argan Oil

I Feel 5 Years Younger in a Single Week

As I near 40, I am seeing more fine lines on my face, despite my best efforts at moisturizing and caring for my skin. I have used Argan Oil on my hair occasionally (a freebie that came with my hair straightener, but I never knew the benefits of putting it on your skin). Friends, within one week the majority of these lines on my face are smooth and my skin feels unbelievable- it is almost like getting a mini facelift.

You want to rinse your face and pat it dry, leaving it slightly damp to apply the oil on.  I put two drops on my face in the morning, allow it to settle in (it’s a dry oil so not greasy!) and then use my favorite Aveeno BB Cream and my normal make-up routines.  In the evening, I wash my face with Cetaphil cleanser (or my St. Ives Apricot scrub if I need to exfoliate).  Again, keep your face slightly damp and then I put two drops on my skin and top it with a generous layer of  Ponds Cream and I am telling you, I feel like a whole new woman.

I can’t brag enough about how awesome this stuff is and I have heard it is particularly helpful for people suffering from acne, eczema, psoriasis,  or cracked/dry skin. It can reduce scarring as well. It’s basically a miracle in a bottle.

I plan to make this a part of my regular beauty routine forever and I am hopeful I will have the face of a newborn child after a year of using it. Not only that, but it has even reduced the circles under my eyes. MIRACLE STUFF, people.

Have you ever used argan oil? What do you use it for? I’d love to hear!



Batkid Begins

I Was Inspired By Documentaries

I can’t get enough of documentaries these days and try to watch a minimum of one a week. This week I squeezed in three (two over our weekend and one over my marathon cooking day!). If you are looking for inspiration this week, here are three that I recommend trying!

BatKid Begins- I followed the story of Batkid, a child granted a wish by the Make a Wish Foundation to become Batman for a day, but I never knew how they managed to pull it off. This movie is about the incredible volunteers who made a little boy’s wish come true and it was incredibly inspiring to see how excited the entire town was about granting this special kid’s wish. This is a feel-good movie that the whole family can watch together. I can’t recommend it enough!

Dior And I

Dior & I- You don’t really even have to love fashion to appreciate this incredible documentary about Raf Simmon’s first haute couture collection that he debuts as their new artistic director. You really get a feel for the level of detail of each of the pieces, there are incredible interviews with the seamstresses who execute the designs, and the overwhelm of it all is captured beautifully as Raf pulls it all together with his team. From a business standpoint, you will be in awe at how they work together, and if you are in a leadership role it’s a lot to aspire to in team-leading. This one was rated R so not for the kiddos!

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

A Brave Heart: A Lizzie Velasquez Story- My girlfriend shared about a story she read in People about Lizzie and told me about this documentary. I couldn’t wait to watch it and now will be rewatching it with my kids this weekend. This is the story of a brave girl who was cyberbullied in a very heartbreaking way and what she did in response to that bullying that is inspiring congress to change their laws on bullying. It would be impossible to watch this and not be inspired, but it also is a great lesson for your entire family about choosing your words and how those words impact people (even when those words are just said online). Lizzie’s family support was probably one of the sweetest things I have ever seen. I highly recommend it for a Docu-Pizza night with your family.

Conair 3Q

I Was Forced to Get a New Hair Dryer (And I Love it)

I am terrible about spending money on myself, but when my hair blower went out, I was at the mercy of my husband’s purchasing decision to run out and snag me one from Target before we headed out for an evening. I buy the $20 blow dryers and replace them every couple of years so I was nervous sending him out for me. He came upstairs and handed me the bag and said, “Don’t melt your face off.” Um, okay. Well, now I know why. This Infiniti Pro by Conair blow dryer is incredible and, for the first time ever, I have completely dry hair in no time flat.  They claim it reduces drying time, is quiet, and reduces frizz. It really does all of that stuff. They also claim it will last longer than other blow dryers. Fingers crossed that is really true.  I’m not happy about how much he spent on this, but it has decreased my blow drying time by half. For that, I’m pretty darn happy!


Happy weekend, friends! xoxo

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It’s the 3 Little Things: Curling Wands, Harry Potter Illustrated, & The Martian

Friday, October 9th, 2015


I hope you guys are having a lovely week!  It was such a fantastic week for our family and we enjoyed a happy occasion this past weekend celebrating our Granny getting married.

Emily got to be a flower girl so I scored this cute little flower girl dress from thredUP for the occasion (I hate spending a fortune on one occasion dresses!) and we got all dolled up for the event. I still stuck to my capsule and am thankful I added a little black dress to my wardrobe for occasions like these. This was Emily’s flower girl debut and she rocked it and walked her Granny down the aisle like a true professional flower girl!


I am no wedding photographer, but my grandma asked me to take some pictures of their big day. I don’t know how wedding photographers handle the pressure of capturing those big moments and I’m thankful my grandma wasn’t expecting anything too professional because THE PRESSURE!!   This is one of my favorite pictures that I snapped of them though! Isn’t it precious?  I combined a million coupon codes and got some photo albums printed from Shutterfly and made sure to blow this one up in an 8×10.  I can’t wait to give them their pictures.

This image, in particular,  just makes me really happy!

I’m looking forward to a quieter weekend with my family and just scored another big stack of books from the library to dig into!  Let me know if you’ve read any of these- I always love your opinions on books.

Here are a few other things that are making me happy this week!

Conair Curling Wand

I Finally Mastered My Curling Wand

Years and years ago I purchased this Conair Infiniti Curling Wand (just a little over $20!!), tried to use it, promptly failed,  and put it back in the box to never be used again. It may have been the length of my hair, but I really think it was the fact that I couldn’t figure out how in the heck to use it. Curling wands require a bit of a learning curve. If you saw me, you would have died laughing- it was awful.

My sweet friend, Abby from Twist Me Pretty, had this incredible tutorial on how to use a curling wand and I started using that and finally got the hang of it. Her curls are much looser thanks to the larger barrel on the iron, but I am happy with what can acheive with my $22 curling wand that had been gathering dust in storage. Since my hair is coarse and thick, it takes a long time for me to curl it all, but once I have it curled it actually holds until I wash it a few days later!

Conair Curling Wand

Here is a close up of what my hair looks like with using it and that picture from my grandma’s wedding (above)  also gives you an idea of what the waves look like. I always wondered how people achieved (and held) their waves like this and now I know the secret. If you have wanted to experiment with a curling wand, I can’t recommend that tutorial and this inexpensive wand enough!

Harry Potter Illustrated

The New Harry Potter Illustrated

We got to take part in an Instagram campaign to share about the new Harry Potter Illustrated which was so exciting.  Today this is not sponsored in any way, our family is just madly in love with this new book.  For those that haven’t heard about it yet, Jim Kay is going to be illustrating the entire Harry Potter series in this colorful book and this is the first book in the series. This first one had over a hundred illustrations, but each illustration is like a million illustrations because of his incredible detail. Watch this piece on BBC to get a peek at his technique and artistry- it is jaw-droppingly beautiful! What is more impressive is that he is putting his own interpretation on each of these characters which I would think is one of the biggest challenges since the movie versions are so beloved.

My daughter asked to take this book to school yesterday which upset my son who also wanted to take it into his art class to show them. When we picked up my holds at the library, guess what was sitting there…yup, this Harry Potter Book. My son checked it out so they would each have their own copies and they both have been rereading it with these illustrations nonstop.

We were almost late for our bus this morning for this very reason. I’m not kidding.

If you have a Harry Potter fan, I would definitely add this to your Christmas or birthday wish lists. It’s simply stunning!

The Martian

The Martian (With My Dad)

I have been impatiently waiting for The Martian to come out ever since I read the book. You may recall that Andy Weir joined me in our Sundays With Writers series to talk about his book and the upcoming film. I had my husband help me craft the questions because the science behind so much of this story was so astounding that only a genius mind could have ever come up with such an incredible survival story for an astronaut stuck on Mars in this book.

I encouraged my Dad to read the book and he absolutely loved it as much as I did. We planned to see the movie together when it came out and I got my movie date with my Dad yesterday which was AWESOME! The movie was just as incredible as the book which, in my opinion, rarely happens. We didn’t get to see it in 3D, although I have heard that the elements are really amazing if you can see it that way, but the visuals were still really incredible.

My Dad read the book more recently so he remarked a couple of times on a few things that were missing, but we both thought it was a really good interpretation and kept that humor that we loved.

If you haven’t seen it yet, I can’t recommend it enough. For those that have asked me if they can take their space-loving kids to it, there are several F-Bombs (although fewer than the book) so I guess it depends on how comfortable you feel with that. If that element wasn’t in there, it would have probably been a PG film! I hope that helps!

PS- Can you believe how affordable a movie before noon is in our town? Such a steal!!

Happy weekend, friends! xoxo

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of  It’s the 3 Little Things

Now it’s your turn! What’s making you happy this week?




It’s the 3 Little Things: Night Reading, IG Love, & Fall Capsule Planning

Friday, September 25th, 2015

Picture Day

Well, I can already tell you what made my daughter’s happy list this week. It was PICTURE DAY at school which is THE BEST DAY EVER because you get to dress fancy. It is that the one day out of our school year that we don’t have to wear uniforms which is an incredible day for a budding fashionista.

I slipped out while she was dolling up to grab my camera and snap her at our little vanity. I told my husband that I would love to do this every picture day as she grows up over the years.

He told me to shut my face because she can’t grow up.

Watching these kids grow up is so bittersweet.

I am hosting my book club today with a mimosa kick-off.  ‘Ain’t no shame!  We read this adorable book and I am excited to share an interview with the authors in our Sundays With Writers this week.

We have been eating our way through my food preparations this week and it has been another delicious week of eating.

I also have a fresh stack of books from the library (any opinion on these picks?)  and started this book which is absolutely captivating me.

I happened to take every new documentary they had on their library shelf and am looking forward, in particular, to watching this one! Have you seen it? I am captivated by fashion as we age. I really need to sit down and write about our favorite documentaries for you all!

In the meantime, here are 3 other things that are making me happy this week:

Mighty Bright Book Light

Mighty Bright Book Light

I have become a bit of an ebook addict, but I have found that it is harder to share ebook joy and make that pretty on my IG feed so I have went back to stacks of books, mostly to impress you. Don’t you love the mind of a blogger? Of course, the appeal to the ebook for me has been portability and I love night reading on my iPad because of the bright screen.

I had to bust out my trusty book light again and I’m falling back in love with reading on paper. My brother got me this Mighty Bright a few years ago for the holidays and it is the perfect reading light. If you don’t have one, I can’t recommend this one enough. Not only is it great to read with, but it has saved us in a few power outages when we couldn’t find our flashlights.

Do you see the book pictured? Hiccuping sobs may have occurred that night. As if the book light wasn’t annoying enough in bed, I am sure seeing your wife curled in the fetal position crying is another soothing way to drift off to sleep.

Book Light Funny


This perfectly illustrates the joy that my husband experiences now that I am back to my book light reading. Why this is so bothersome? I don’t really care because reading is more important than his sleep! Ha! Is anyone else’s husband like this?

Folded Pages Distillery

An IG Feed for Book-Lovers

This week, through Delicious Reads, I discovered the Folded Pages Distillery IG feed and I am telling you that you will want to just spend days looking at these beautiful book vignettes they put together around the books they are reading. It is such a treat for the eyes. Be sure to give them a follow and check out their blog for some incredible book reviews.

I am already dreaming of my next stack of library books thanks to these gorgeous images!

Fall Capsule Wardrobe

Fall Capsule Planning is Underway

Now that Fall is finally in full swing, I have been working hard this week on putting together my next capsule (here is last year’s for inspiration).  I really need to sit down and write about my reflections now that I have been doing this for a year. Out of the 33 items, I have only purchased 6 new and the rest of my wardrobe is secondhand thanks to the affordable offerings on thredUP.

This documentary really inspired my shift to strive to purchase second hand (and investing wisely) and I cannot recommend it enough. You can watch it through your Netflix membership. It has forever changed my thoughts on purchasing and on donating. I am still thinking about it weeks after watching it.

I did treat myself to one item from eShakti. As a petite girl, it is impossible to find a midi skirt that hits at the right length. The company was offering free customization so I got to plug in all my dimensions and the skirt will be made to fit me perfectly.  Here is $40 off a $70 order coupon if you are a petite girl who has midi skirt woes. I ordered this denim skirt and I can’t wait to add it to my wardrobe year-round.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and that you found something on here that might bring you happiness too! xoxo

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Now it’s your turn! What’s making you happy this week?



It’s the 3 Little Things: No Cooking All Week, a New Netflix Addiction, & Hotel Deliveries

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Madewell Dress

I hope you all had a wonderful week this week! It has been so good to be home since getting back from our vacation and I have been staying up way too late reading this adorable book- have you read it?  I also had the pleasure of speaking at the Staff Day at our local library yesterday about my experience growing my blog audience which was so lovely! I have been working on the next capsule wardrobe for Fall and thought I would show you a sneak peek at this incredible Madewell dress I found on thredUP (for only $25.92!) that I wore to speak in yesterday.  It’s going to be such a workhorse and I love that it has the mandatory pockets that are required for a good dress.

Not to brag, but I got this in the mail which is really surreal to see all your hard work packaged up with your name on it. I’m super excited about seeing my knitted boot cuffs kit hitting JoAnn’s nationwide in November from Hazel & Ruby.

Here are 3 other things that are making me happy this week!

The MomAdvice Make-Ahead

I Haven’t Cooked Since Sunday

Last Sunday I decided to try work on making some food ahead (I documented what I made over here) and see how this would work with our family. I am so happy to report that we didn’t eat out once this week (although I did sneak in a glass of wine with my girlfriends) thanks to my stocked fridge.  Other than steaming some vegetables and making my gluten-free noodles, it has been a simple process of reheating our food each night. We have eaten almost everything I have prepared and we have eaten really well. I actually feel a lot better because we have been eating so well so I am excited to try and tackle this ahead again this weekend.

I am really pleased about the decrease in food waste which is something that has bothered me a lot over the years. I hate wasting food and wasting my money and having things prepared help us actually eat them before they went bad.

For our family, this combo was a win this week.


Another Netflix Addiction to Binge On

While we had our evenings free on our vacation my husband and I caught several episodes of the This is Life series with Lisa Ling. I would call this an adult version of MTV’s True Life series as it tackles pockets of America that you may not be aware of or things happening in society that we are afraid to talk about. Most of the topics are pretty controversial, but it has led to some really great discussions after they are over about how we feel about certain things.

One of the most compelling was episode #5 called, “The Genius Experiment,” where she explores an exclusive sperm bank that offered specimens from highly intelligent donors in the 80’s and she visits a family who had three children from these donors and what they are like now. It was pretty incredible and gave me a lot of food for thought.  I’m looking forward to watching the rest of these episodes in this series soon!


Hotel Room Deliveries

While we were in Florida, I was a little concerned about having enough snacks, water, and sunscreen for the week. Since we were only packing carry-on luggage, I had the genius idea to utilize our Amazon Prime membership for a Prime Pantry delivery to our hotel room. For a flat shipping rate of $5.99, I was able to get everything ordered and shipped to our room for a fraction of the price we would have paid at our hotel. Look at this price on water (CRAZY cheap!)  We had everything from boxed cereal to sunblock to Larabars shipped right to the hotel. The packages beat us there and we had everything in our room before we had even unloaded our suitcase.

Since this was my first Prime Pantry delivery, I was a little worried if everything might get crushed in route, but it was beautifully and minimally packaged- not a crushed box in sight! I highly recommend trying this if you are traveling to Disney or Universal to save a little cash!

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of  It’s the 3 Little Things

Now it’s your turn! What’s making you happy this week?

It’s the 3 Little Things: Blenders, Grinders, & Doorstep Deliveries

Friday, August 28th, 2015


I hope you guys had a wonderful week this week! We are looking forward to a quiet weekend finally. My daughter and I just started this television series and we can’t wait to curl up in our little shed and have a girl’s day together watching it. Did you know that there was a pilot movie that was over an hour and a half long? I don’t know if I ever saw this before so that was surprising to both of us! This picture clearly shows just how happy this is making me!

Here are a few other things that I am thankful for this week!

KRUPS blender

A Blender Built Like a Tank

Five years ago I stopped buying crappy blenders that stopped working annually and did a little research trying to find a blender that would work well for our family’s needs. After a ton of research,  settled on this KRUPS blender (to the tune of almost $300) and it is still making smoothies for me today. My morning smoothie routine is back on now that I am getting the kids on the bus and need some portable protein and this baby grinds up my oranges, ice, frozen berries, and spinach like a champ!  I loaded up my cart with this green smoothie recipe and am loving it all over again!


Doorstep Deliveries

I have a mad love affair with doorstep deliveries and ePantry has been such a blessing for our family! With trying to get back on track with school, I had completely forgotten to pick up a few toiletry items and cleaning items we needed that week. It was a happy surprise to get a delivery on our step this week of our standard shipment of goodies that keep our house running smooth. They are offering a free Grove Candle and $10 to give their service a spin this month and I can’t recommend it enough. I love to keep a few of the Mrs. Meyers hand soaps and candles stockpiled for hostess gifts or last-minute birthday gifts!  If you haven’t tried them, I share my experience with it over here. Have you tried ePantry? I’d love to hear if you love it as much as I do!

I have been also stockpiling a few items from thredUP for my Fall capsule that I can share with you in a couple of weeks. Once again, this capsule will be almost 100% secondhand! I had been using Twice as my main source, but now I am discovering the joys of thredUP. They currently are offering customers $20 to spend on their first order!


Don’t think about this place just for you though, you can use that $20 to put towards your kiddos too! My grandma is getting married and Emily has been crowned the flower girl for the festivities. I didn’t want to spend a fortune on a dress she would wear just once and I found this beautiful number that would be perfect for the autumn occasion. I’m planning to buy our Christmas frocks through thredUP this year to save on the festivities. Between now and Christmas, there should be plenty of beautiful options to choose from. I also really love that we are helping the environment in the process by purchasing our items gently used. My thinking has been forever changed after seeing this documentary. Please watch it!

Hamilton Beach Coffee Grinder

Freshly Ground Goodness

My coffeemaker died (RIP) a few months ago and then IT DIED AGAIN. I brought back the stupid coffeemaker and replaced it with the same stupid one hoping it was a fluke (and keeping my receipt this time- thank you, Target, for honoring the first purchase without proof). This new coffeemaker did not offer a grinder built in like my old one, but I kind of blame the grinder for my coffeemaker giving out because there was no good way to clean it and I think some of the grounds got trapped inside. That’s just a long story to tell you that I got this Hamilton Beach coffee grinder for less than $15 and it works like a dream.  I just fill it up to the correct measuring line, pulse it a bit, and then take the cup out and dump it in my coffee filter. The cord wraps and stores inside of it so it takes up very little room and I am loving having freshly ground coffee again for my mornings. There is a BIG difference in taste that is worth the moment of effort!  This is a pretty affordable way to have freshly ground coffee back in your life!

*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of  It’s the 3 Little Things

Now it’s your turn! What’s making you happy this week?


It’s the 3 Little Things: Frittatas, Boot Cuffs, & a Big Dream

Friday, August 21st, 2015

It's The 3 Little Things

Happy Friday, friends! I hope you are having a great week! It’s been a great first week back at school and it seems as the years go by that the transition goes a little better each year. I hope it is that way for you too! If you want to check out my cuties on their first day, I shared a little picture over here. This will be their last year at two different schools and then they will have one year together before my son heads off to HIGH SCHOOL. So wild!

Have you guys headed back yet? I hope your mornings have been going smooth and I’m looking forward to chatting about better mornings next month in our m challenge series!

Konmari Funny

I also am really happy about this. This will be happening! I hope you snagged that printable from last week! Although I should tackle categories, as recommended in the book, I can’t access my laundry room thanks to it being the family dumping ground so I have a date with that project today while binging on podcasts. After that though, GET READY FAMILY!

Here are three things that are making me happy this week!

Easy Sausage & Vegetable Frittata

Frittatas for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

I have gotten into some terrible summer breakfast routines that involved two tiny pieces of gluten-free bread (AKA ELF BREAD) with a little peanut butter and have been starving before it is even lunchtime. This week I made two of these frittatas for my mornings and I am feeling so much better! Last year I finally invested in this food processor (after I burnt the motor out on my old one)  and it has been a DREAM for grating everything from sweet potatoes to making batches of homemade laundry detergent. Since it works so good, it’s made the process of making a frittata pretty darn painless!

It was also pretty lovely to share one of these on my best friend’s exciting day of sending her last one off to kindergarten. I only waited a decade for that so mimosas and fancy frittatas made a perfect at-home celebration.

Hazel & Ruby Crafternoon Knitted Boot Cuff

I Made a PRODUCT, You Guys!

I have had some serious knitting marathons this week as I put the finishing touches on my first craft kit that I will be selling at JoAnn Fabrics nationwide! Hazel & Ruby has launched the cutest Crafternoon collection and they will be launching a Christmas Crafternoon collection for the holidays.  They asked if I could help them design a knitted boot cuff kit to sell and I have learned so much through this process. From pattern-writing (my first time!) to creating prototypes to packaging… it’s just been a really interesting process for me. They said I could share a little sneak peek so here you go!  I will have more information as we get closer to time, but I’m really proud of how this turned out and what I have learned along the way about product development!

Book Proposal

A New To-Do

I find that saying my goals out loud really helps me with accountability, but it’s always scary putting it out in the world! After doing my first book, I really didn’t think I ever wanted to go through that entire process again, even though I am really proud that I did it. I have felt that way since doing it… until I came up with a really incredible idea for a book. I am so on fire for this idea and what it could mean to others that I am having a hard time keeping my mouth zipped about it. Of course, I am a great idea person and not so great at executing it (anyone else?) so I am putting it out in the world that I want to write another book. This process takes a lot of discipline so if I am a little quieter on social media, you know I am in the trenches trying to get something really incredible out in the world. It’s kind of like birthing a baby!

That’s my happy list for this week and I can’t wait to hear what made your lists!


*this post may contain affiliate links- I only recommend what I love though. Check out past editions of  It’s the 3 Little Things

Now it’s your turn! What’s making you happy this week?