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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Last post for 2013 and our mantra going forward...


We survived the holidays even though  
  we forgot one of our most treasured traditions...Brandy Alexanders on Christmas Eve. We were not complete heathens and did remember to enjoy them on Christmas night...maybe that's a sign to start some new holiday traditions.


We haven't taken our tree down yet...nor did we take it down before new years last year. 2013 was a pretty great year for us so we are going to continue that tradition for the time being and leave that beauty up until the new year arrives (I believe that next year we are going to take a page out of Team Lantz's playbook and get back to a real tree). 

Anyway, I'm not going to bore you with the deets on looking back at 2013 or with a list of my new years resolutions...blah blah blah. But I do hope that with the start of the new year you take time to assess what is working in your life and what is not. Do something that you've always wanted to try and don't regret the thing's that you do just the ones that you don't. Life changes, people change and sometimes it's just time to make changes that benefit you and your team. Surround yourself with people who inspire you, who are positive, who are there to help motivate you. Let's lift each other up and do great things this year. Have fun, be silly and don't take everything so serious. Maybe listen to some rap music...change it up.

Thanks to all who read my blog and I hope you continue to do so.

Last of all be sure to live each day in the merriest of ways...It's our mantra for 2014.


p.s. the black in my armpit is a shadow...I do shave.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Favorites...FabFitFun Winter Box Review!

Remember my FabfitFun Fall 2013 box review back in October?
Well Christmas came early last night when my fabfitfun Winter 2013 box arrived! 
There's nothing better than having a box full of surprises waiting for you at your doorstep!
I'm dying to know what is under this card...
Another box full of goodies!

Here's a play by play on what Giuliana and her fab team picked for us.
The Giving Keys Never Ending Necklace:
They key has a message of inspire on it and you wear the key until you meet someone who needs the message more than you. You then pay it forward and give the key away...
Beauty For Real Lip Gloss:
For real yo...this might be the coolest lip gloss I've ever owned. It not only has a mirror on the side of the bottle but with a press of a button it lights up. 
Lorna Jane Bracelet:
A symbol of of sisterhood and a daily reminder to Move, Nourish & Believe everyday.
She also included a 20% off coupon to use by the end of the year.
Bioxidea Miracle 24:
A nutrient-infused face mask. The package tells me that it will reduce fine lines and wrinkles...I'll get back to you on this one!
TruEnergy Inspired Earbuds:
These headphones are bright and colorful better yet it has a built-in splitter that allows friends to listen with you. My daughter was way excited about these. 
MeUndies Gift Card:
Opening this made me smile...big. I am a huge fan of MeUndies. Their shirts and undies are so soft...I even put their boxer briefs for men on my men's holiday gift guide last week. So I now have $20 dollars to spend here which I will not have a problem doing. 
Skyn Iceland Icelandic Relief Eye Cream:
I typically don't buy eye cream but will def give it a try.
Physique 57:
On-line workouts are becoming quite the rage right now. I'm not really a fan but I now have 5 online workouts to try out. I'll let you know how they go.

These last two items are their fave drugstore finds!
Simple Foaming Facial Cleanser & NYX Eye Shadow Palette:
I've seen this brand but have never used it. It has chamomile in it so should help with soften my skin.
Purple is all the rage right now and I now have this eye shadow to help me stay on trend. I'll have to play around with this and see how I like the color.

The value of this box is $271.47. Not too bad for paying $50! 
Or sign three people up and get it for free.
If you like surprises and are into trying new items you would not necessarily buy check out FabFitFun. Their spring box will be here before you know it and if you use the coupon code EARLY5 at checkout you will instantly save $5.


TGIF peeps!





Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Try It Tuesday-Traditions...


Traditions are huge in our family especially around Christmas time. For example, every Christmas morning (even before my time) the family eats eggs brunch casserole (it's the best and I'll have to remember and share that recipe as well), fruit salad & biscuits. This all takes place after the presents have been opened. BTW-We open our presents in the same order and sit in the same spot while doing so. Another tradition that runs in the family is our Christmas Eve drink.


The Brandy Alexander. 
It has been a yearly staple around the Lantz household on Christmas Eve for years. It's so yummy and almost like dessert. There used to be a red vest that the "bartender" for the night would wear but it has been M.I.A. for decades...would love to know where that disappeared to. But anyway, vest or no vest the tradition keeps going.

I want to know...do you have any holiday traditions? Holiday drinks?

Try It Tuesday... 

Friday, December 13, 2013

friday favorites...

friday favorites

friday favorites by charitylittle featuring StellaDot.com/charitylittle


1. Rebel Pendant is a must have for your jewelry wardrobe. 

2. Ascot and Hart T. It's so soft and it runs big. Order down a size.

3. Hollyberry is the perfect scent for the this time of year.

 4.Liquid sand polish will take your nails to a whole new level.

5. Who doesn't love velour?

6. Lace socks make me smile especially when I wear them with booties.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

holiday gift guide for men...



Still need to buy for that special man in your life? 
Here are some of my favorites (and Mark's) that might be helpful.
12 more shopping days left...


holiday gift guide for men...



T shirt
lululemon.com


Jersey-Knit Lounge Pants
tommybahama.com


Kahuna Short
lululemon.com




Bath body product
marykay.com/janetphillips

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

DIY Try It Tuesday-Filling Wasted Space...


I love the idea of utilizing wasted space in any room.

 My daughter's room has two dormers that needed something other than her window benches. I just didn't exactly know what.
 My mom found this pic while cruisn' Houzz awhile back and we knew exactly what her dormer needed after seeing this amazing girls room which is set up just like Ryan's. 

A built in desk! 

Before pic:

Here's how:

1. Mark mounted 2x3's on the wall to support the desktop. Measure the space twice and cut once is what Dad always says...Desk height should be around 29-30". The depth is 24". Make sure that the 2x3 that makes up the depth of the bracing are cut short by the thickness of your plywood (in this case it is 3/4". 
2. 3/4 inch plywood with a nice finish was used as the desk top. Take measurements at the window and at the edge of the desk to make sure that the board is cut to fit!
3. Nail 3/4" plywood down with finish nails and countersink for improved finish. Cut apron to place in front of depth 2x3s and nail to front.
4. Caulk all seams with paintable caulk and sand.
5. Finish with your choice of paint x2 and Voila!

Try It Tuesday...

Monday, December 09, 2013

It's official...

I'm pretty sure after this weekend it's safe to say that we are officially Texans.
What are the two things you think of when Texas comes to mind?
Football & cheer of course and now my kids do both. I might add that I was reluctant to enroll either one of my children in these Texan institutions...but, when in Rome.

I was surrounded by a lot of makeup and bows... of the gigantic "cheer-kind" all day Saturday.
Ryan's team took home first place in their division only one trophy though for the team. The girls did receive medals for the jumps which added to her hardware.

 Having to be at a cheer competition all day sure beat being outside in the thirty degree weather watching the typical drumming put on by the JV Saints that I have grown accustomed to on Saturdays. If you live under a rock or maybe you just don't care too much about football...uh hmm...Jack's Junior Varsity KYF Saints beat the Ravens 19-0 on Saturday at Rhodes Stadium on the turf.  35 degrees with a slight drizzle is not my cup of tea to say the least. However, I wish that I could have been there to cheer the boys on just one last time this season. 

Jack's hardware to add to his collection.

Happy Monday Y'all...

Friday, December 06, 2013

Friday Favorites...

I live in Texas...
but Illinois will always be home.

I'm not sure how I came across these t's but I did and I had to have one.
Obviously.

It's soft, fitting and another reminder of where it all began.

Check them out at The Home.T and a portion of their profits are donated to multiple sclerosis which is just another reason why you need one.

blazer/leith
illinois t/thehomet.
necklace/stelladot
pants/similar ones at gap
boots/sam edelman





Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Lazy lady's chicken & noodles on Try It Tuesday...

Here's a super easy recipe for a quick version of chicken & noodles that you will want/need during this busy holiday season.
Your family will think you slaved all day in the kitchen making it...seriously.


What you will need:
4 organic chicken breasts
4 cups of organic chicken broth
3/8 c butter
1 box of organic cream of chicken soup 
1 pkg egg noodles (I use amish noodles)
crock pot

How to:
Mix above ingredients together in crock pot and cook on low 8-10 hours.
When chicken is fully cooked remove and shred. Add salt to broth mix and turn to high heat until it boils.
Add egg noodles & shredded chicken and cook for 30 minutes or until al dente.


Try It Tuesday...

Monday, December 02, 2013

Thanksgiving Day This & That...

This is how we started off Thanksgiving morning...2nd annual Turkey Trot in record time. 
Oh by the way it was 37 degrees...maybe that's why we had record time this year. 
We decided we would cross the finish line together and that's just what we did...31 minutes. Pretty good for not training for it.

Buttermilk Pie is a Texas tradition. I've never heard of such a thing until we moved here and everyone seems to talk about it during the holidays. I made one this year along with a pumpkin pie.
Please ignore my crust. 
This was a hit with the family (too sweet for me) so it will be on the Thanksgiving Day menu...other sides I made will not be but that's a whole other story.


I posted this pic of our girl Junie B Instagram
While we sat at the table eating on Thanksgiving she sat in hers. Btw-these white velvet pumpkins you see in the pic are still on my dining room table even though our Christmas decorations are out. I can't seem to put them away. Check them out at LoveFeastShop...everything is 20% off today.

We ended the night with watching Christmas Vacation-a long time tradition with us and enjoyed a weekend with friends and lots of R&R.
 
So other than that our outside lights are up, Johnny is back
and it looks a lot like Christmas around here!










Tuesday, November 26, 2013

What does the fox say...


My kids came home singing The Fox (What does the fox say?) by Ylvis. I can't seem to get this silly song out of my head. Plus I can't stop wearing my foxxy ring!

I also can't get enough of these items. The fox says to try them out for yourself and they would all make great holiday gifts as well.

 A Lifefactory Glass Water Bottle is a great substitute for a plastic water bottle. 
There are a lot of options in choosing size, color & lids.

Crate&Barrel 12 6" appetizer plates are my go to for everything! 
I use them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and yes appetizers!

French Oak Scent Collection by Restoration Hardware
Nothing says fall & winter are here like this scent does. It is my go to candle scent for this time of year.

Try It Tuesday...

Monday, November 25, 2013

weekend wardrobe...animal print style

Last Friday night I was in my p.j.'s at 6:00. It was cold (48 degrees) and after a long week all I wanted was to be comfy and sitting by a warm fire. Mission accomplished.
Saturday morning brought rain & more cold weather so I busted out my robe...remember this one I found last summer? 

Animal print was a theme this weekend...I found myself wearing my faux leopard coat Saturday afternoon.
Every girl needs a fun animal print jacket/coat...so perfect with a t and jeans in my book!

Our Christmas tree is up along with the stockings and a few other decorations. Still can't believe the holidays are here!

We ended Sunday Funday with champs (eggnog for the kiddos) and cheese to celebrate the end of a fantastic week, 15 years of marriage and 3 years to the day we moved to Texas!



Happy Monday!

Friday, November 22, 2013

15...

Wow...what a week! 
 I'm not sure about you but I am sure looking forward to the weekend.
Yesterday Mark & I celebrated our anniversary...lots of crazy travel years, two kids and one dog later here we are...15 years later:
We were able to sneak in a quick mexican lunch (his choice) yesterday! Wish we could have sneaked in a dinner but that's nearly impossible during the week with all the hustle!

Our plan was to have dessert and bubbles after Jack's football practice, but at 8:30 we decided we would have to wait on the hard stuff until the weekend.


So we substituted the bubbles for milk to go with Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free brownies..tried them? You should. We were quite surprised how tasty they were.

We will be celebrating all weekend long. 
Cheers to the freakin' weekend baby, I'm 'bout to have me some fun...who's sings this?

Here's a few links I stumbled upon during the week that you might enjoy...
This will make  you laugh...14 Things All Texans Have Said Once
This will warm your heart and will make you a dog lover if you're not...#TheoandBeau



TGIF!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Old Skool Blogger Q & A


Love to kick it old skool like this...
My old skool homegirl Karen posted this on her blog, who saw it on Olive's blog & Jacqueline's blog so I knew I had to join in on the fun.


Your cell phone?
Is usually right next to me unless I'm practicing yoga, running or sleeping. I'm sort of  am addicted to it. It's my connection to all of my 'peeps!

Your significant other?
Mark. I've known him for 29 years and we've been married for 14 years & 364 days.
He's bald, beautiful and all mine! I don't want to ever be without him. Oh and he's the funniest person I know :)

Your hair?
It's fine...literally. Wish I had my son's hair, who has my mom's hair. Have been blonde all my life and now I'm a bronde. Think I'm diggin' it this time around.

Your mother?
 I talk to her at least two times a day-sometimes more-everyday. I miss her terribly but am fortunate for how much we get to see each other. We're a lot alike and I truly enjoy spending time with her.

Your father?
Grounded. Humble. Hardest working man I have ever known. I don't talk to him as much as my mom but I text him more than I do my mom. He gets play by play texts during Jack's games.
I'm stubborn like him and proud to call him dad. 

Your favorite thing?
My wildfox sweatshirt.

Your dream last night?
If I did, I don't remember it.

Your favorite drink?
Depends on what time during the day:
Morning-Coffee Breakfast-Berry Bliss Smoothie Evening-wine (Chardonnay)

Your dream/goal?
Is to raise my kids to be responsible, caring, hard working, loving, functional, responsible members of society. 

The room you are in?
Living room.

Your fear?
Looking back and realizing that I didn't enjoy life and my family to the fullest. I don't want to have any regrets and not take everything so serious...

Where do you want to be in six years?
I will be exactly where I'm supposed to be. I've learned a long time ago not to look too far ahead and to just enjoy the ride. Believe me, I've been on numerous rides the past 14 years  364 days.

Where were you last night?
Home...eating dinner at 7:30.

What are you not?
Into cooking these days.

Muffins?
Not unless they're my homemade blueberry muffins. Guarantee they are the best you will ever have.

One of your wish list items?
A french press.

Where you grew up?
Edwardsville, IL

The last thing you did?
Made my daughter breakfast-english muffin with peanut butter in case you were wondering.

What are you wearing?
Pink & white striped p.j.'s-I'm not one to get up and get dressed right away.

Your t.v.?
Stays off during the day but at night when the kids go to bed is a different story.
I am admitting that I'm a Bravo junkie...Love my Real Housewives , Jeff Lewis & Rachel Zoe (even though she drives me NUTS) ...

Your pets?
I have one but I always say she needs a "jiggy." Junie B. She is a 9 lb. malti-poo that is in my lap at all times when I'm home. I consider her my third child.
Your computer?
MacBook Pro

Your life?
Chaotic, unorganized but I am grateful everyday for it.

Your mood?
Calm, cool & collected...it's still morning!

Missing someone?
My family in Illinois/St. Louis...miss them everyday.

Your car?
Lincoln Navigator L-Black and I have a love/hate relationship with it.

Something you are not wearing?
A bra.

Favorite store?
Nordstrom. One stop shopping. 

Your summer?
Non-stop fun. Family. Baseball. Travel. Pool. Relaxing. I'm counting down the days until next summer. 

Your favorite color?
White.

When was the last time you laughed?
Yesterday afternoon at my daughter doing impersonations.

Last time you cried?
Last month I teared up at a Charity dinner/auction benefiting the Boys & Girls Country of Houston. The struggles some kids have to go through is heart breaking but the opportunity this organization gives them is AMAZING.

What is one thing on your to-do-list?
To buy a planner for next year...is 2013 really almost over?

Your turn! Feel free to answer as many as you'd like or all of them. Let us know if you play along on your blog too!









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