Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Favorites #139

Happy Friday! Today is my day off, taking a Dance Jam class to learn how to do the Thriller Dance, so fun! I have two left feet, but it's fun to try and learn. Then I'm off to take Mini Fox to the doctors...with promises of Corner Bakery she's totally okay with her elbow being frozen. Okay let's get to today's favorites.



Monday: $10 Target Halloween Decoration Haul
Tuesday: The Best French Onion Soup
Wednesday: 7 Fall Outfits/ Common Threads Challenge
Thursday: 3 More Family Outfit Ideas

Remember when I told you on Monday that I had another thing I wanted to decorate with but didn't have it ready for Monday? Well I finished it and here it is! I made bats with my Cricut!



So fun right?



Saturday we drove 20 minute to go to a play place to realize it was closed to the public that day, who knew...but now we do...then we decided to check out this new place, and guess where it was? Just down the street from where I lived...doh! Full circle man. Anyway it a trampoline place meets Ninja Warrior...so awesome. I didn't get a pass for me to participate, but you better believe I'm joining in next time!









We went to the pumpkin patch on Sunday, man was it a ZOO. It took us 40 minutes to get out of the parking lot when we were done, plus it was 90°, which made for some cranky kids. We got probably a 1/3 of the photos we normally get, heck I didn't even get a picture of just my family, oops!







We were going to head to the beach, but ended up at the pool gym instead. Mini Fox took her swim test, and passed! So proud of her, now we don't have to be within 10 feet of her at all times.



The coveted yellow bracelet that let's the kids go anywhere in the pool.


In other big news. Baby Fox got to finally go down the slide. Mr. sweet talked the life guard to ignore that last 1/4 he missed the height requirement by. I think they went down 20 times before the shift change...the new lady wasn't as forgiving...


Then we headed home and a friend came over so we could craft a bit...doesn't everyone travel with their Circuts?


We let the kid run a muk while we crafted, it was awesome.




As always, linking up with The Blended Blog for Friday Loves, which we share other bloggers that we've been loving this week.

As you know the last few months TBB has been doing Q&A's, we ask you answer. It's a simple post for  Monday morning. Plus we have fun prompts for the Mondays in November and we actually got our act together and have all of the prompts for November, so get to planning! Can't wait to see you there!


 

 

Yesterday was Shelly's birthday, and I just love her post and how she broke down each year of life and the significant thing that happened in it...So going to do this for my next big birthday! Great idea Shelly! Now go check out what happened to Shelly the last 48 years.


Work from home? Finding it hard to get the motivation to get dressed? JeeYoung from Simply Every has every closet staple you'll need to create a work from home wardrobe. Here are a few she mentioned, go check out her post to see the rest!




This is the coolest ever! How awesome would it be to be that talented, I have no idea how I would use that talent to make money, but super cool!


These are so super fun. If only Baby Fox liked pizza I would totally make these for the kids.



Since we're on a Halloween kick, this lady can transform into any celebrity...how cool is this?


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Thursday, October 19, 2017

3 Complete Family Photo Shoot Outfits

Hello Foxy Friends! Today is my Friday cause tomorrow is my off day, woo hoo! Although I have to take Mini Fox back to the doctors to have her wart frozen again, poor thing. But with the promise of Corner Bakery all is good in her world. A few weeks ago I gave you 3 ideas for family fashion...today I'm giving you three more ideas! So that's 6 outfits, and I'll have three more next week too! Next week I'm going to try and go a little more casual, cause all of these outfits are dresses, I just really love wearing dresses for photoshoots, mostly because you don't have to suck it in as much as with pants and a shirt, LOL. Alright here we go!

Family Outfit #4
what should I wear for family photos
Mom:  DressHeelsNecklace
Dad: Sweater / Jeans / Shoes
Boy: Plaid Shirt / Jeans  / Shoes
Girl: Dress / Tights / Sandals

If you have more than 2 kids in the family, you can consider using these outfits as well, or mix and match!

Girl: Dress / TightsShoes / Headband
Boy:  Shirt / Vest / Jeans  / Shoes


Family Outfit #5
Mom: Dress / BootiesNecklace
Dad: Sweater / Jeans / Shoes
Boy: SweaterJeans  / Shoes
Girl:  Dress / TightsBoots

Again if you have more kids...here are some other choice.
Girl:  Dress / Shoes
Boy: Sweater / Jeans  / Shoes

Family Outfit #6

Mom: Dress / Shoes
Dad: ShirtJeans / Shoes
Girl: Dress / Shoes
Boy: ShirtJeans  / Shoes

Here's an idea for a big group photo for those who have more than 2 kids.






Girl 2: Floral DressShoes
Girl 3: Pink DressShoes
Girl 4: Burgundy Dress / Shoes
Boy 2: Burgundy Sweater / Jeans  / Shoes
Boy 3: Button Down / Jeans  / Shoes
Boy 4: Button Down  Large Plaid / Jeans  / Shoes



There you have it, 3 more family photo shoot outfits! Stay tuned next week for 3 more! So have you taken you family photos yet? What are you wearing?




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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

7 Fall Outfits

I've mentioned this a few times, but this month I am participating in the Common Threads Challenge, where we pick 5 things from our closet and then each day have to use one of those 5 things and pick our outfit around that. So here is day 11 through 17.


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Day 11

I worked from home on this day, and admittedly wore some workout pants and this pink t-shirt. I had to take the kids to get their shots, so I threw on some pants, flip flops and called it a day. No make up, I don't even think I brushed my hair, oops!



Day 12


Shirt / Skirt  (similar)*/ Shoes (Similar) / Sweater (similar here, here and here)


Day 13




Sweater / Jeans* / Flats (similar)


Day 14



Tee (similar) / Jeans* / Flip Flops

Day 15

I wore this outfit again and forgot to take a picture again. It was 90° out, and we went to the pumpkin patch and then headed to the pool to enjoy the sunshine...One day I'll document this outfit...it's really the only warm weather outfit I can do, considering everything else I picked is for cold weather, oops!

Shorts (Similar) /  Shirt* / Flip Flops
 
Day 16


Skirt (similar) / Shirt (similar) / Heels (Similar)

Day 17

This might be my favorite outfit of the week. I totally wouldn't have put this together without this challenge. Even though blazers and dresses aren't a new thing.


DressBlazer* / Heels (Similar)











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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Best French Onion Soup

Hello Foxy Friends! Today I'm joining a few other bloggers for a little Fall Recipe Blog hop. When I was trying to figure out what I make for fall, we were/are still expereincing a heat wave. So the temps were pretty high, and it was hard to think Fall food when we are still wearing shorts and tank tops, haha. But I finally thought of something that both Mr. and I love! French Onion Soup.

What You'll Need:



1/4 Pound Butter
2-4 Pounds of Sweet Onions
1 Tablespoon of flour (2 Tablespoons if using 4 lbs of onion)
2 Quarts Beef Stock (if you prefer, you could use chicken stock, although I've never done this)
2 cups Dry White Wine (I picked Chardonnay)
salt and pepper to taste
Swiss Cheese
1 loaf French Breach

Directions:

Step 1: 

Cut the onions, I cut off ends of onion, cut it in half and then use my food processor. I used to cut by hand, but this is SO much faster. Mr. and I LOVE onions, so we like to go heavy, and even with 4-5 pounds it's never enough! If you like the flavor but don't like all the onions, go on the 2 pound side.


Step 2:

Melt 2 Tablespoons (if using 2 pounds of onion, 4 tablespoons if using 4 pounds of onion) in a large pot.


Step 3:

Add in the onion. It will look like a ton but trust me, it cooks WAY down!


Cook until transparent and brown.


Step 4:

Add the flour, if using 2 pounds of onions us 1 tablespoon if using 4 pounds use 2 tablespoons. Mixing the flour with the onions will make it slightly sticky and gummy (for lack of better word).


Yep this is 4 pounds of onions...see I told you it cooked down, so don't skimp on the onions!


Step 5:

Add in the beef stock. I use Better than Bullion, but you can use what you want. Stir in and let it come to a boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes.


Step 6:

Add in the wine...and continue to simmer for 30-60 minutes. Know that the longer you simmer the better flavor you are going to have. If you start to lose too much liquid, partially cover it.

Side Note: We have tried all sorts of wines with this, whatever wine you chose it will have an undertone with that wine, so if you use 2 buck chuck, that is what it's going to have a slight taste of. Mr. says that this is the BEST one I had ever made, so after 12 years of searching I think we found the wine that made it the best. So get the Castle Rock Chardonnay while you can!

Step 7:

Meanwhile, cut your bread into thin slices, you can do this several ways. You can butter both sides, and broil, you can toast it like regular toast, then butter, or not butter.


Step 8:

Set oven to 375°. Over the years, Mr. and I have decided that we don't like putting the bread into the soup, like they normally do at resturants, we REALLY like the crunch the toast part gives, and it sometimes just gets soggy if your slices aren't thin enough, so we've ditched the putting the bread in. However, if you want to add the bread in the soup before melting the cheese do it as follows to keep the crunch.

Add soup to bowl, add a shredded layer of cheese, add the toast, add sliced layer of cheese. This sort of protects the bread a bit from the soup and it getting soggy. Put in oven until cheese is bubbly and golden.


There you have it, the BEST French Onion Soup EVER!



Now go check out all of the other ladies recipes, my tummy is wanting all of these delicious Fall recipes!




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