Friday Favorites!

It’s Friday and I’m back with my favorites! Today, I’m linking up with Erika, Narci and Andrea and all I can say is, TGIF!!img_82011. First up, Halloween!

I have a love/hate relationship with this holiday. As an adult, I don’t really get into coming up with a costume (mostly because I’m just not that creative to think of anything good) and I don’t like to waste the time and money thinking about it. I do, however, love to help the kids choose their costumes. I don’t love when they decide, after I’ve already bought said costume, that they want to be something else. #FTL! I typically stay home and pass out candy, I love seeing all of the kids and the costumes they’ve come up with. I don’t love when the doorbell is still ringing after our kid’s have gone to bed. #shhhdontwakethebaby I love walking up to doors with our own kids and hearing them say “trick or treat” in their sweet little voices, I don’t love all the candy they haul home. #sugarfordays    It’s kind of become a tradition that my brother, his wife (Missy) and my niece Skylar come over on Halloween for dinner and trick or treating. Skylar is just 7 months old so she hung back with Cami, while my brother went with Jared, Parker and Laney. Overall, we had a great night. See you next year Halloween!

Camryn the kitty
Laney as a Good Witch Parker as Ash the Pokémon Collector
All 3 of our munchkins and my niece Skylar the cupcake. I’m not sure she knows what to do with all the commotion at our house!
The outtake. This pic was taken just after Jared had taken Cami’s bottle away from her before the picture was taken. Camryn “give me back my bottle Daddy!”. Parker “Dad, are you sure this is a good idea?”. Laney “Give her the dang bottle already Dad.” Hahaha! Thanks for catching this pic Uncle Tyler!
All of the kid’s in their jammies after trick or treating!
Camryn checking out the empty candy bucket the next morning, haha!

2. Kate Somerville’s Dry Skin Saver

I stopped into Nordstrom’s last week to get a new mascara, while there I asked the salesperson if there was anything she would recommend for dry, chapped lips. My skin gets sooo dry and my lips get so chapped when the weather starts to cool down. It’s really bad and lasts all winter long. I’ve tried all different kinds of lip balms and try to stay hydrated but nothing seems to work. Well, the salesperson recommended this Dry Skin Saver , for the face, body and lips. Downside is, it only comes in this large bottle so you’ve got to put it in a smaller container to take it on the go. So far, I feel like it’s really helped to keep my lips moisturized. Anyone else have anything they swear by to remedy dry, cracked lips?

kateS3. Trish McEvoy Mascara

Since I mentioned that I had gone to Nordys for my mascara fix, I should probably tell you which one’s my fav.  I LOVE Trish’s High Volume Mascara.  I’ve been a mascara “snob” for a long time and think that you pay more for a better quality mascara but I have friends who SWEAR by their Maybelline mascara or other drugstore brands. So a few months ago, I cheated on Trish and bought some Maybelline. I didn’t mind the drugstore mascara too much but in my opinion it doesn’t last as long and is much more difficult to get off than Trish’s. So back to Trish I went. I’m showing you a stock photo because I actually didn’t get my mascara that day. Starting today, Nordstrom’s is running their buy 2 get 1 free mascara promo (I’m not sure how long it runs). I gave all my info to the Nordy’s salesperson last week and once the sale starts they’ll just ship them to me. Nothing beats Nordstrom’s customer service. For those of you wondering if the mascara will keep if you’re buying 3 at once, the salesperson told me that as long as the tube stays closed it can last 10 years. Yes, 10 years. Now, I go through one tube every 3-4 months so I’m not too worried;)mascara

4. Hallmark Movies Now

Last week, I noticed a new app on our Sony Blu-ray player called Hallmark Movies Now. We only have basic TV channels, Amazon Prime and Netflix. There are so many more options out there now to watch my favorite shows than there were 5 years ago. It’s getting easier and easier to access the shows I want without having to pay the premium price of having all of the cable channels. Anyway, Hallmark Movies Now offers a free 7-day trial period and then is $5.99/month after for the subscription. I’ve heard there aren’t any holiday movies on the app but maybe that will change once Christmas gets a little closer. #onecanonlyhope  For now, I’m enjoying the large selection of sappy movies:)

5. Grace, Not Perfection

I finished this book while we were on our trip to Chicago a couple of weeks ago. I’m really not great about “reviewing” books, all I can say is I really enjoyed it. The author, Emily Ley, designs daily planners so the aesthetics and design of the book are beautiful and eye catching. The book itself offers words of encouragement to us mamas who are in the trenches of motherhood and trying to fake it till we make it!

6. Mani/Pedis with one of my besties

I escaped the house last Sunday for pedis with one of my besties. Getting away with my girlfriends, especially this one, is definitely one of my favorite things. We were chatting too much and I forgot to take a pic but here’s a pic of my perfectly polished nails. Woot!img_8797

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you all have a great weekend spending time with friends and family! Wish me luck this weekend, I’ll be flying solo while Jared’s off hunting deer with my dad and brother.