Monday, October 31, 2022

What I Ordered from Amazon in October 2022

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Happy Halloween, y’all!  Today I’m sharing everything I bought from Amazon in the month of October.  As you may remember, Amazon held another Prime Day sale in October, so almost every single thing I purchased was over those two days while everything was on sale.  I’d hoped to do more Christmas shopping than I did, but unfortunately the sale fell during my worst two days with Covid, and I ended up spending my time (when I wasn’t sleeping) sharing deals with y’all instead of actually shopping them.  Here’s what I bought.


Faux Leather Skirt

Leather is trending for fall and winter, and I’ve been wanting some black leather shorts or a black leather skirt.  When this faux leather skirt went on super sale on Prime Day, I grabbed it in black.  Y’all, I LOVE THIS SKIRT.  The material is really nice… it’s very realistic and it’s not too plastic-y or shiny, and it’s soooo soft.  It’s mid-rise, so it hits at just the right spot on my waist, and the length is perfect, too.  It’s not too short, but it’s also not long like a pencil skirt that you’d wear to work.  You could easily wear this out somewhere fun or you could even dress it up for a classy look.  It zips up in the back so it’s easy to put on, and IT HAS POCKETS!  This skirt is such a winner, y’all, and I cannot recommend it enough if you’re wanting to jump on the (faux) leather train.  I would also say that it fits true-to-size.  The small is perfect on me and I’m 5’5”.  It comes in 12 different colors/variations including brown, dark red, and dark green.  As I said before, I got it on suuuuper sale on Amazon Prime day, but I would totally have paid full price for it!  As I'm linking this, it's on sale again!  It's not nearly as good of a bargain as I got on Prime Day, but it's currently 27% off.


Red Short Sleeve Shirt

This top was a last-minute (emergency) purchase late last week because I needed something red to wear to our Homecoming festivities at school.  I have a couple of thick red sweaters and several red tanks and summery tops, but we’re in that weird time of year where it’s hard to dress for the weather, so I wanted to find something that looked fall-ish/wintery, but something that wouldn’t make me die of a heat stroke since it was warm-ish Friday night.  This top was absolutely perfect, and it looks ahhhh-mazing with my new leather skirt.  Y’all will probably be seeing this outfit again when we go to the Georgia Tennessee game this weekend!  And it comes in 43 colors if you don't like red!!  Seriously, every single color of the rainbow, y'all!


Children’s Place Jean Jacket

Olivia has been asking for a new jean jacket since she finally outgrew the one that she wore for years.  I ordered this one on Amazon Prime Day because it was on sale for $15 and it has 4.8/5 stars and 12,000 reviews.  The jacket is excellent quality, the fit is great, and it’s so cute and stylish, but my only worry was that there is zero stretch.  Olivia ended up loving it and telling me she wanted to keep it, but I was skeptical because she doesn’t like anything that’s the slightest bit stiff or itchy or binding.  I ended up finding a Cat & Jacket jean jacket at Target that’s soooo soft and soooo stretchy, so we ended up keeping that one, and we’re sending this one back.  But if your child doesn’t mind traditional jean fabric, then this jacket from Amazon is perfect, and it’s a steal at just $14.98!


Gold Plated Star Necklace

This necklace was another Prime Day purchase, and it would make a great holiday gift.  It’s 14K gold plated and it’s beautiful in person.  It’s currently on sale for just $13.49 (although, I paid even less for it on Prime Day!), and you can also clip the coupon for an additional 10% off.  There are several different styles, too. 


Phone/GoPro Tripod with Remote

I’ve finally started making Instagram Reels and I hope to do more in the future, so I’ve been needing a tripod for my phone.  (And don’t worry, I won’t be going overboard with them… I know a lot of you feel the same way that I do about Reels… I kind of wish they’d just go away.  Haha.)  I bought this tripod on Prime Day because it had everything I was looking for – it folds up very compact, it expands from 13 inches to 62 inches, the tripod head rotates 180 degrees so the phone can be used in portrait or landscape, and the phone holder swivels 360 degrees, so you can film from absolutely any angle.  It also includes a Bluetooth remote so you can shoot from anywhere in the room, and most importantly, it’s very easy to use!  I’ve been very impressed with it so far!  The best part is, it’s currently 50% off, so it’s only $18.39!!  That’s about what I paid for it on Prime Day. 


Donut Squishmallow

This was another Prime Day purchase that we’re saving to give to Olivia for Christmas.  She has been begging for Squishmallows for months and she has zero, so we’re going to be excited to gift her with her very first one.  There are a gazillion different ones out there, but I thought this little donut was particularly cute.  


Melissa & Doug Paint and Decorate Your Own Wand

My niece had a birthday last month, so this princess wand was a purchase for her.  She’s approaching the age where she’s starting to get interested in crafts, so I thought this was the perfect set.  It’s a fairly easy craft to do and then she can use it when she’s done decorating it!  You truly can’t go wrong with Melissa & Doug products either… we had many of them when our kiddos were little and they’re high quality, so they last forever.


Melissa & Doug Disney Princess Wooden Stamp Set

This stamp set was another gift for my niece for her birthday.  Again, Melissa & Doug’s products are all really great, and I’m sure she’ll get a lot of use out of this!


Melissa & Doug My First Daily Magnetic Calendar

Oh look, another Melissa & Doug product!  If this doesn’t prove to you how much we love them, then I don’t know what will!  Haha.  This calendar was on MAJOR MAJOR sale for Prime Day (I even shared the deal in my Instagram stories), so I grabbed it for my niece for Christmas.   It’s currently on sale again for just $16.99 and there’s a coupon you can clip to get an additional $4.17 off!  SUCH a steal!


Face Wrinkle Patches

These face wrinkle patches were an impulse buy on Prime Day.  I came across them while I was browsing, and I decided that I’d try some while they were on major sale.  I’ve been wanting to try the Frownies for years, and in the reviews for these generic ones, several people mentioned that they actually prefer these over the Frownies.  I haven’t tried them yet – we’ve been so busy they’ve just been sitting on my bathroom counter – but I’ll have to report back after I do.  They’re easy to use – you just apply them to your wrinkles, sleep in them, and then pull them off in the morning.  The pictures in the reviews are quite impressive, so I’m hoping I’ll get similar results.  I really only need them around my eyes and there are 160 in the pack, so they should last a good long while, too.



Maui gets one of these nightly as her treat, and we love that they also help reduce tartar on her teeth and freshen her breath.  She needed a refill, and we always get them on Amazon because they have the best price, by far!


Children’s Claritin Chewables

Poor Olivia got my bad outdoor allergies, and she seems to be having more issues in this fall than ever.  We’ve been giving her these Children’s Claritin Chewables daily and they seem to help her.  Per usual, Amazon has the best price on these, so we’ve been purchasing them here.


And that’s it, y’all!  Happy Monday!

Friday, October 28, 2022

Five on Friday - Charcuterie Christmas Ornament, Girls Jean Jacket, and a Puzzle Update

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Happy Friday, y’all!  We have a super fun weekend on deck, and I’m excited to soak it all up!  We have the homecoming alumni social and football game at my alma mater/the kids’ current school tonight, then we’ll be watching the Georgia/Florida game on TV tomorrow, and then we have aaaallll of the fun Halloween festivities on Monday!  Then on Monday at the stroke of midnight, I’ll be flipping the switch to all things Christmas!!!!  Woooo hoooo!!!!  Just over here living my best September – December life!  These are truly the best four months of the whole year!

Ready for some favorites from the week?

O N E – Charcuterie Ornament

As you all know, I put up a rainbow Christmas tree in my office every year, and I started filling it with ornaments of my favorite things a couple of years ago.  Well, we all know that charcuterie boards are one of my most favorite things, so I obviously need a charcuterie board ornament to go on my tree one day.  I was hoping that Target would have something this year since they have so many unique ornaments, but sadly, I have yet to see a charcuterie board ornament there. 

When I can’t find what I’m looking for, I always turn to Etsy because they never let me down!  You can literally find anything on there.  Sure enough, I hit the jackpot, and y’all, just look at these charcuterie board ornaments!  This one is probably my favorite, and I also love this one and this one.  I’ve already purchased my ornament for 2022, so I’ll be saving these in my favorites to purchase next year.  Just thought I’d share the idea, though, in case you know somebody who needs a charcuterie board ornament, too.  ;o)


T W O – Jean Jacket

We’ve been in search of a jean jacket for Olivia since she outgrew her old one.  I purchased one on Amazon Prime Day, and it’s really nice – the quality is excellent, and the fit is great – but it’s made from traditional denim that has zero stretch and it’s not very soft.  Olivia is soooo picky when it comes to what she wears.  She doesn’t like anything rough or itchy or scratchy and she doesn’t like anything that feels tight or binding. 

Since she wasn’t 100% sold on the jean jacket from Amazon, I turned to Target, and I found this darling Cat & Jack jean jacket.  It is soooo soft, y’all, and it’s stretchy, too.  Plus, the fit and quality are excellent.  I highly, highly recommend this jean jacket if you have a child with sensory issues.  As a matter of fact, I love it so much I’m considering buying one in an XL for myself because it’s much more comfortable than the one I have!  Haha. 


T H R E E – Fall Puzzle

Well, we did it y’all, we tossed the Friends puzzle.  We had completed about 80% of it when we realized that there were several pieces missing.  Sigh.  Half of the remaining pieces weren’t fitting anywhere either.  That puzzle was difficult from the start because it wasn’t cut well, so multiple pieces look like they fit in the same spot, and it has just been a big pain in the butt for the last few months.  I’m not normally a quitter, and I do love a challenging puzzle, but this one was just frustrating and terribly made.  We finally made the decision to toss it on Monday evening, and I cannot tell you how much JOY that has brought me.  Hahahaha.  Peace out! 

We also started our new fall puzzle, and I’m in loooove, y’all.  What a fun one to put together this time of year!  And the best part?  This puzzle is well-made and all of the pieces fit together as they should so there’s no question whatsoever what goes where!


F O U R – Taylor Swift’s New Album

I’ve been listening to Taylor’s new album on repeat since it came out, and I’m loving it!  While I don’t think it’s as good as Folklore (I don’t think she’ll ever top that album – seriously one of the best albums of all time), I am LOVING it so much.  My favorite songs on the album so far – Midnight Rain, Maroon, Anti-Hero, and Lavender Haze.  But my very very favorite song on the whole album is Bigger Than the Whole Sky which is only on the 3 AM edition (it's a bonus track).  Have y'all heard it yet?  Oh my word, make sure you have tissues on hand when you listen for the first time, especially if you've ever experienced a pregnancy loss or the loss of a loved one.  I also really love Would've, Could've, Should've, which is another bonus track.  That one goes along with the theme of the Folklore album, so that one would have been great on that album. 

I always love having new music to listen to, and this album has definitely been a favorite this week.  I’m crossing my fingers that maybe, just maybe, she’ll tour in 2023.  I could use some more live music in my life!  It’s my favorite thing on earth!  If you haven’t picked up the album yet, be sure to grab the 3 AM version with all of the bonus tracks!


F I V E – Christmas Music

And for my last favorite from the week, y’all, can I just say that I am absolutely THRILLED that this is the last Friday of the whole year that I’ll be without my beloved Christmas music?!  That’s right, starting Tuesday, November 1, I’ll be Falalalala-ing from now until Christmas!!!!  Christmas music is one of my most favorite things in the whole world, so I absolutely cannot wait!  Give me all the warm and fuzzy vibes. 

If you’re like me and you’ll be getting in the spirit on Tuesday, too, check out this old post from 2015 that I did… it’s my ultimate Christmas playlist!  Things have changed a bit since then as there have been many new Christmas albums released that we love, but this is a good place to start.  And maybe I’ll do an updated Christmas playlist soon!


Friday Funnies

On the Blog This Week

 2022 Mountain Trip – Days 3, 4, & 5

Our Week – The One with the Fall Carnival, a Birthday Party, and Pumpkin Carving

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Easy Chocolate Ghost Cupcake Toppers

Happy Friday, y’all!

*Linking up with A Little Bit of Everything for Friday Favorites.

Thursday, October 27, 2022

Easy Chocolate Ghost Cupcake Toppers

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I’ve been seeing these adorable ghosts all over social media, and I wanted to try my hand at them.  It turns out that they’re super easy to make, and they’re tasty, too.  You could make a batch of these little guys and put them on any treat to make them instantly festive for Halloween.  I decided to add mine to some cupcakes, and they make the absolute cutest little cupcake toppers! 

The best part about the recipe is that you can make the ghosts any color you want!  All you need is a little bit of food coloring.

Use It

Parchment Paper (we use this brand)

Cheese Spreader (these are great!)


Buy It

White Melting Chocolates (I used these)

Food Coloring (whatever color you want the ghosts to be... I used these)

Black Writing Gel or Frosting (I used this)


Make It

1.    Add melting chocolates to a bowl.  I used about 1/4 cup, and it made seven ghosts.

2.    Heat melting chocolates in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir.  Add back to the microwave until chocolates are completely melted.  Remove and stir again. 

3.    Add one drop of food coloring to your melted chocolate and stir.  To make pink, I used one single drop of red food coloring, but you can add additional drops of color until the desired color is reached.  Trust me, though, a little bit of food coloring goes a LONG way.

4.    Spoon melted chocolate onto parchment paper.

5.    Using the cheese spreader, smear the chocolate down into a ghost shape.

6.    Repeat steps four and five for however many ghosts as you need.

7.    Wait for chocolate to harden.  It only took about 15 minutes to harden while sitting on my countertop, but you could put them in the refrigerator to cool and harden them faster.

8.    Using writing gel or writing frosting, draw faces on each of the ghosts.

You can then peel the ghosts right off of the parchment paper.  They come off so easily, and once hardened, they’re sturdy enough to use for all kinds of things… like my cute little cupcake toppers!  They would also be cute on brownies, on a cake, on a dessert or charcuterie board, or even on a plate all by themselves!  The possibilities are endless!

If you make these, I would love to see them!  Be sure to tag me @lindsayssweetworld on Instagram!  

Wednesday, October 26, 2022

Last Minute Halloween Ideas

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Y’all, we are coming down the homestretch… Halloween is almost here!  If you’re still not fully prepared, you’re in luck because I’ve got you covered today!  From costume ideas to a spooky play list to party snacks to simple décor ideas, I have everything you need right here in one place. 


If you don’t yet have costumes for Halloween, you’re in luck, because Target has their costumes and accessories 30% off today!  You can shop the deals here, and you can see all of my favorite Target costumes picks for the whole family here.  Not enough time to wait for delivery?  No problem.  Add to your cart to get the discount, and then select the pickup option to pick up at your local store.


Graphic Tees

And if you’re not into costumes, but you’re still wanting to be festive, you can see all of my favorite fall and Halloween graphic tees here.  Most of them deliver in just two days with an Amazon Prime account, so it’s not too late to get one in time for Halloween on Monday!


Party Snacks

Looking for an easy snack to make for a Halloween party?  I’ve got you covered!  These candy corn fruit skewers are easy to make, they’re so cute, and you may already have all of the ingredients on hand!

You can also check out this post for some easy Halloween charcuterie ideas… and I provided a nice, long list of orange, black, and white foods so you don’t have to rack your brain to figure out what to include.

Play List

We have a family Halloween play list that we listen to on repeat all October, and you can see the details here.  It’s the perfect mix of fun and spooky, and it’s appropriate for the whole family!



We love board books in our family, especially when it comes to holiday board books!  I shared all of our favorite Halloween books for kids here and here… there were so many that I had to split them into two posts!


And finally, if you’re looking for some decorating inspiration (it’s never too late to tape up some bats, y’all!) check out these posts here and here. 

T-minus FIVE days until Halloween, y’all!  Are you ready?! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

Our Week - The One with the Fall Carnival, a Birthday Party, and Pumpkin Carving

Last week was definitely better than the previous week, and much more eventful, too… in a good way!  Here’s the recap!

Monday, October 17

Monday morning, I got up and got ready, and I tested again for Covid to see if it was finally out of my system.  When I took the test, I thought I saw the faintest line ever, but it was so faint that I thought I was going crazy and imagining it.  I called B to look at it, and he said he thought he saw a line, too, but he wasn’t totally sure either.  Since we weren’t 100% sure if it was negative, I took another test of a different brand, and that one came back negative, no questions about it.  Just in case I was still contagious, though, B took the kids to school, so I didn’t have to be cooped up with them in the car.  Can y’all spot the faint line on the top test?!

I felt totally normal aside from a little bit of brain fog and not having all of my energy back, so I hit the ground running… at home, of course.  I reeeeally needed to go grocery shopping, but I decided to wait one more day in the off chance that I was still contagious, and instead, I got a lot of work done for the blog.  I also spent a good part of the day washing all of our sheets, blankets, towels, and anything else that I’d used while I had the funk.  And I sanitized all of the surfaces and knobs and light switches in the house, too.  Covid germs, be gone!

B had all-day meetings every single day last week, so I had no choice but to pick the kids up from school Monday afternoon, so I opened the sunroof and rolled down the windows and hoped for the best.  Thankfully, it was a GORGEOUS day, so it was awesome having the windows down.

After school, Olivia had dance, so Jacob and I dropped her off, and then I took Jacob to piano lessons.  I normally go in with him and wait in their waiting room, but I didn’t want to risk giving anyone the funk, so he went in by himself and I waited in the car.  Right after he went inside, he and his music teacher came outside and headed towards my car and I immediately thought, “OH NO, are they not going to let him do his lessons since I had Covid??”  But fortunately, that wasn’t the case at all.  His music teacher is a just super nice guy and he just wanted to come out and check on me.  Then after they checked on me, they headed back inside for Jacob’s lesson.  Haha.  I was so panicked at first, though. 

Once Jacob was done with his piano lessons, he and I headed home, and I spent the rest of the afternoon folding all of the laundry and putting sheets back on the bed before cooking dinner.

After dinner, I decided to head out for a solo walk, and I was super pleased that I was able to do 2.22 miles.  I took it easy since I didn’t have all of my energy back, but I did run for a short stint just to see how my lungs would hold up, and y’all, I had zero lung issues at all!  I was so happy!  I have asthma, so I tend to have issues even when I don’t have Covid, so I was grateful that my lungs felt nice and strong after having Covid.

As I said, I took it easy and walked the majority of the way, and when I got back, I was pretty darn tired, so my energy level definitely wasn’t back to 100%, but it felt great to be able to get out of the house and move my body!

While the kids showered, I worked on my Friends puzzle – yes, I’m STILL working on that – it’s the hardest puzzle I’ve ever done – and then we all watched an episode of Nailed It before the kids went to bed.

B and I watched an episode of Vampire Diaries after that, and then we went to bed.  B finally felt comfortable sleeping in the same room with me Monday night, so he was back in our room and off of the couch bed. 

Tuesday, October 18

Tuesday morning, I decided to test ONE MORE TIME (sheesh) since I had errands to run, and thankfully, this time there wasn’t even a hint of a line.  It was fully 100% negative, no questions about it!  Woooo hoooo!

After I dropped the kids at school (first time in a week!), I headed to Target to pick up a few things, and then I had my annual checkup with my midwife.  After that, I was finally able to get groceries from Publix, and then I spent the rest of the day at home working on the blog and trying to get my life back together.  Ha!

Tuesday afternoon, as I was getting on the highway to pick up the kids to school, my tire pressure alert popped up on my dashboard.  It had been popping up for a couple of days because of the dip in temperatures (happens every year around this time!), but this time, it alerted me that the tire pressure in my rear driver’s side tire was 12.  TWELVE, y’all.  The normal pressure is 35, so I knew something was bad wrong.

I drove super slow the rest of the way, and I got in the car line, and then when I hopped out of the car to inspect, it looked like my tire was going flat.  Sigh.  I called B and asked him what to do because I’ve never had a flat tire before – LOL – and he met me at the gas station to put air in it.  Yes, I know, I know, I could have done that myself, but I hadn’t put air in a tire in years.  Pitiful, I knoooow.

As he was filling the rear driver’s side tire, he did a little inspection, and there was, indeed, a big nail in it.  Boooo.  So, after he got it all filled up, the kids and I rode to the tire place near our house and they patched it for me.

By the time we were done there, we had just enough time to get home, get Olivia changed, and then head straight back out to get her to dance.  When we got home, Jacob tackled homework, and I got dinner started.

After our late dinner, Olivia still had homework to do since we’d been at the tire place all afternoon, so she got that done, and then the kids both showered.  I got in an arms wrokout and then worked on my puzzle again (somebody come finish it for me!!!!) and then we watched an episode of Nailed It before sending the kids to bed.  It was yet another episode of Vampire Diaries for B and me after that, followed by bed.

Wednesday, October 19

Wednesday morning, we woke up to 35 degrees which is insane for us this time of year.  I had scheduled Maui’s appointment at the groomer, and I felt terrible because it was so cold, and they had to cut all of her hair off.  Haha.

After dropping her, I spent the rest of the day at home working on blog stuff (and my first Instagram Reel!) and then I picked Maui up mid-morning after she was ready.  She wouldn’t even look at me in the car… I think she was mad at me.  Lol.

After school, I whisked the kids over to Publix to get flu shots, but they turned us away and said they weren’t taking walk-ins that day.  Ugh.  I’d been trying to call their pediatrician’s office for two weeks to get them in for flu shots, and I hadn’t heard back.  Which is nuts because every single time I’ve called in the past 11 years, a human has answered the phone right away. 

I finally contacted them on Facebook, and somebody called me back right away, and she apologized profusely and told me that their office has been hit HARD by the flu and that they’ve been extremely short-staffed.  The flu is just everywhere here right now, and we weren’t prepared because it usually doesn’t hit hard here until December/January. 

She was able to make appointments for the kids for the next day, thank goodness.  Olivia had six kids out in her class about a week ago with the flu, so we’ve been holding our breath and crossing all of our fingers and toes and praying that she wouldn’t get it.  Last December when she and Jacob had it, they were both so, so sick.  It was awful.

Olivia had a makeup voice lesson on Wednesday, so we headed over there after our failed attempt at flu shots at Publix, and then we headed home.  I made a new tortellini soup recipe for dinner Wednesday night because it was soooo cold all day, and it was a crowd pleaser… all four of us loved it! 

Brian had tennis Wednesday evening, so the kids and I were on our own for dinner, and then the rest of the evening.  I got in a stair stepper workout while the kids got showered and ready for bed, and then B got home just in time for us to watch an episode of Nailed It before the kids went to bed.

After that, it was another Vampire Diaries and then bed for us.  (I always feel like a broken record when I say this because it’s literally this, like, five nights a week.  Lol.)

Thursday, October 20

Thursday morning, I dropped the kids off in some very cold 33-degree weather, and then I headed home for an hour to get started on some blog work before I had to be back at the kids’ school for Olivia’s Mass and first quarter awards ceremony.  I always love attending the school Masses because I love hearing those babies sing their little hearts out.  It is the sweetest.  Olivia was particularly snuggly, too, and I enjoyed every single second of her church cuddles.

The first quarter awards ceremony for third, fourth, and fifth grades was immediately following Mass, so I stuck around for that.  Olivia got Principal’s List (straight As), Religion award, and AR Completion award, and she got the award for Top 3 AR points earner in the class (she was second place).  I’m just so proud of my girl!

After the awards ceremony, I stayed and chatted with a couple of people at the school for a bit, and then it was time to head home and get some work done!  I’ve been drowning in blog stuff, and I’ve been struggling to get caught up, so that took up most of the remainder of my day.

On the way to pick up the kids from school, I dropped some soup off at my Momma and Daddy’s house because my Daddy was under the weather with Covid.  He didn’t get it from me either, y’all!  Just gonna go ahead and put that disclaimer out there.  Haha.  He and my Momma had gone to Huntsville to visit with my brother and sister-in-law earlier in the week, and we think they brought it back from there as they’re all down now with it, too. 

After dropping the soup, I headed to pick up the kids from school, and then the kids and I boogied on over to their pediatrician’s office to get their flu shots… FINALLY!  Thankfully, that was quick, and we were able to get Olivia to voice lessons on time right after that.  Whew!

The rest of the evening was spent doing homework, cooking and eating dinner, and then I went for another walk/jog after dinner.  My energy still wasn’t back to 100%, but I was able to jog about 25% of the way that evening.  Slowly but surely, I’m getting my energy back after that dumb Covid! 

After my jog, it was more working on my puzzle, and I am THISCLOSE to giving it up, y’all.  This particular puzzle is dumb because there are too many pieces that look like they fit together but they actually don’t, so we’ve had to go back and pull pieces apart and it’s been a nightmare to get it together.  If we ever get this one done, I’ll be donating if afterward.  It’s just not well-made.

After the kids were showered and ready for bed, we watched an episode of Nailed It and then the kids went to bed so B and I could watch Vampire Diaries.

Friday, October 21

Friday morning, I had a meeting first thing at the kids’ school.  I’m in charge of the Reindeer Run this year along with my friend, Becky, so we had a quick meeting about that, and then we delved into something else afterward. 

When I got home, I spent some more time Reindeer Run planning – calling to book Santa, organizing notes, searching online for a few things, etc. – and then the rest of the day was spent catching up on some life stuff.  I had just enough time to do a couple of things for the blog, and then it was time to head to the school to pick up the kids.  Friday flew by, y’all, and I felt like I’d hardly gotten anything accomplished. 

The kids and I headed home after school and I wrapped up a couple of other things, and then the four of us headed back to the school at 5 for the fall carnival.  They had food trucks, so we grabbed some dinner and ate first, and then we spent the rest of the evening hanging out at the carnival, chatting with friends, and watching the kids live their best lives.  We barely saw either of them all night because they were having way too much fun with their friends. 

The carnival ended at 8 and we had to drag the kids out of there… they didn’t want to leave!  By the time we got home, it was getting late, so we hung out for a bit and then sent the kids to bed.  I had to scrub off Olivia's face paint, but she wanted one more picture of it first.

B and I watched two episodes of Vampire Diaries, and then he and I headed to bed, too.

Saturday, October 22

Saturday morning, B had a tennis match bright and early, so he headed to that while the kids and I made homemade waffles and watched ESPN College GameDay.  Jacob had spent the whole evening at the fall carnival tackling the football dummies on the football field, and he had worked out lots of muscles that he doesn’t normally use, so he was on the struggle bus with Jello arms and legs. 

Mid-morning, I got in a cardio workout, I started some laundry, and I tidied the house, and then when B got home from tennis, we made a light lunch.  Jacob had a birthday party to go to for his friend W.J. Saturday afternoon, so he and I + Olivia made our way to the local arcade at 2.  Olivia got to tag along with us because she’s friends with his little sister… they’re not in the same grade at school, but they take dance together, so they invited Olivia to come along, too.

While the kids played arcade games and laser tag, I hung out with the other parents, popping in and out to check on the kids every now and then.  Jacob was thrilled because he won some massive jackpot of tickets (he had well over 3,000 by the time they were done), so he was able to get one of the big prizes.

By the time the party was over, we were approaching early evening, so we headed home to pick up Brian and then we headed to our favorite Mexican place for an early-ish dinner. 

After dinner, we headed back home and watched Ghostbusters per Jacob’s request, and then B and I watched Vampire Diaries as well as some college football before hitting the hay.  Georgia had a bye week, so we didn’t have a game to watch.  Boooo.


Sunday, October 23

Sunday morning, we got up and had cinnamon rolls, and then we were super lazy and watched two episodes of Nailed It.  By the time those were over, I had just a few minutes to do some planning for the week ahead, and then it was time to get ready for the day. 

My MIL and step-FIL decided not to cook Sunday lunch since I’d had Covid the previous week, and since my dad had the same funk, we weren’t going there for Sunday dinner either.  That meant we were on our own all day. 

We ended up going to lunch at one of our favorite local restaurants.  I had a BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado) and it was delicious as it always is!  The weather was perfect, so they had all of the garage doors open, and it was just a really nice time.

After that, we headed to Publix to pick out a pumpkin.  We would have loved to go to a pumpkin patch to pick one out, but we don’t have any good ones in town anymore.  We were able to get a MASSIVE one – seriously, the biggest one we’ve ever gotten – for just $6.99! 

The rest of the afternoon was spent hanging out at home, prepping everything for Monday, working on blog stuff, doing some laundry, etc.  The kids prepped all of their stuff for the week ahead since we have such a busy week, and then they played some video games.

For dinner, we heated a frozen pizza in the oven, and we sat outside.  We hadn’t eaten dinner on the back porch in ages, so it was nice to get back out there.  Then after dinner, we carved our giant pumpkin.  It turned out so cute! 

By the time we were done carving, it was dark outside, so we got our pumpkin all set up on the front porch and then we went inside to watch Amazing Race.  After the kiddos went to bed, B watched the finale of House of the Dragon, and then we went to bed.

And now for a few current things…

Currently Reading


In October, I started American Royals III: Rivals.  It’s been pretty slow, though, so I haven’t made much progress.  The book that I’ve been wanting forever (Every Summer After) finally became available at the library while we were in the mountains, and then when we got back, I came down with Covid, so I wasn’t able to pick it up, and now I have to get back at the end of the long line again.  Waaaahhhh. 


Currently Watching


With B:  We are still making our way through The Vampire Diaries, and I think we’re nearing the end of season four now.  I have to say, this season has been my least favorite and I’m actually a little bored with the current storyline.  I’m hoping it picks up again since we still have several more seasons to go.  Brian just finished up with House of the Dragon and we’re still watching a boatload of college football + ESPN College GameDay per usual.


With the Kids:  We’re working our way through Nailed It, Lego Masters, and The Amazing Race.  And, of course, we’ve been watching all of our favorite Halloween movies – Hocus Pocus, Hocus Pocus 2, and Ghostbusters. 


Alone:  Y’all!!!!  How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is on Netflix now and I’ve watched it, like, 84 times already since October 1.  I freaking love that movie and it has literally been on repeat around the clock while I work in my office.  I did take a break from that one day to watch The Wedding Crashers, though… another favorite. 


Currently Listening To

We’ve been rocking the Halloween play list mostly, but I’ve also been on an Ed Sheeran kick since we just bought tickets to his new tour next year.  Every single one of his albums is pure gold and I love him.  And, of course, you probably know that Taylor Swift released a new album on Friday (unless you’ve been hiding under a rock), and I’ll have that one on repeat for the next week until I make the switch to CHRISTMAS MUSIC on November 1!  EEK!

And that’s what we’ve been up to!

Happy Tuesday, y’all!