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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Leapin' Leopards

Olivia decided last year that she's too old to go trick or treating. Let me tell you, it was sure bittersweet. We didn't even carve pumpkins. I just hate that my little girl is growing up.
Now, because she's older, it's not trick-or-treating that she dresses up for, it's Halloween parties.
This year she was invited to a party at a friend's house and after many costume ideas, she decided on being a leopard. I personally feel it was a great choice. All we needed to buy was her headband/tail (combo at Claire's for $10.00) and her shirt ($5.00 on clearance at Deb). She had what little else she needed to complete the costume.
Personally, I think the best part is her make-up. Yes...she did it herself! Thanks to a tutorial on        you-tube she found exactly how she wanted her face to look and went at it. Mind you, she only practiced one time (partial face) before doing the blow-out full facial for the party. This girl has some serious talent when it comes to art!
Without further ado, here she is

(i love her new look with braces)

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

What's New?

Hey blog friends,

What's new with you? Not much here on my end which is why you haven't seen a post in 2 weeks. I don't know what it is, but I just NEVER find things to blog about.

Since I don't have much to talk about, I'll at least let you know that I'm super excited about my shopping trip coming up in 3 weeks. My two local sister-in-laws and my mom and I are heading to Gurnee Mills in Gurnee, IL and then IKEA in Bolingbrook, IL. We'll be gone over night....basically Gurnee one day and IKEA the next. Yep, a whole day dedicated to each place. We are going to shop til we drop. This is the 4th year in a row for us. A tradition has begun!!

In my mind I'm thinking of all kind of things I want to look for/purchase while I'm gone. Soon I will get it all down on paper (or on the notepad in my phone if I feel real techno-geaky). Doesn't it always seems when you're looking for something you never find it? I'm hoping that's not going to be the case for me.

Have you ever been to Gurnee Mills or IKEA? If so, what's your favorite part of each place?

Hope you're all doing well and enjoying the cool Fall temps and beautiful colors out there. Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


Remember I posted about a J.Crew giveaway? Well, guess what? I won!

I won, I won, I won! I'm so excited. I've never shopped at J.Crew but I'm ready to do so!

Monday, October 1, 2012


 In 366 days (leap year) we went from this.....

to this!

More to come on his birthday party later. What a fun, fun time we had!