What’s Up Wednesday

Joining in on some linking party fun for my first What’s UP Wednesday!

On the last Wednesday of every month,  Mel, Sheaffer and Shay do their monthly What’s Up Wednesday and this time I thought I’d join in on the fun 🙂

  1. WHAT WE’RE EATING THIS WEEK

Pasta e Fagioli Soup– Martha Stewart recipe- gotta love Martha!

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Baked Eggplant Fries- just chop, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper and throw in the oven at 425 degrees until they are crispy! They taste better than they look- trust me!

and these banana oat bites that I seem to always have in the house!

2. WHAT I’M REMINISCING ABOUT

My family trip to Italy in 2005. Random I know, but I am came across another blogger’s video of her trip and it made me want to go back NOW but this time with my Husband 🙂

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3. WHAT I’M LOVING

This WI fall weather!! It is almost November and we are still able to enjoy our family hikes and walks around the neighborhood. Counting our blessings now before it gets COLD! I have really fallen in love with fall these last few years and am trying to soak in every minute!

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4. WHAT WE’VE BEEN UP TO

Preparing for Halloween of course! We went to the pumpkin farm and picked our pumpkins, costumes have been chosen and now we are waiting for the weekend! We have some fun yesterday and painted a few of our pumpkins like we did last year!

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5. WHAT I’M DREADING

Mike starting his basketball coaching season. Well part of me is super excited for him and I know we will have fun cheering his team on at games but the late night schedules of practices won’t leave as much time with me and the kiddos 😦

6. WHAT I’M WORKING ON

Patience! Patience in all things I tell you! Whether it is patience with Mia’s threenager sassiness, patience with Joa’s teething pain, patience with things I want now but need to wait to purchase, as they say patience is a virtue, and one I am working on lately.

7. WHAT I’M EXCITED ABOUT

The Holidays!!!!! Too soon? I don’t care! Falalala 😉 I am so excited to have Joa experience his first Christmas!!! We are also traveling to MN for Christmas this year and that hasn’t happened since Mia’s first Christmas so yaaay!! I’m all deck the halls over here and Halloween hasn’t even happened yet lol

8. WHAT I’M WATCHING

New  Scandal fan over here! Almost done with Season 4 and loooovving it!!!  I am also a new Dancing with the Stars junkie! ahhh can’t get enough. Also have been enjoying Drunk History with the Husband. Is there a more fun way to learn history?!

9. WHAT I’M READING

As soon as I get a chance to make it over the the library and get a new library card I am looking forward to diving into the Outlander series I’ve heard so much about!!

10. WHAT I’M LISTENING TO

Since I’m all bring on the holidays over here I’ve been indulging in some Michael Buble Christmas songs….I know and some good ol’ Deano 🙂

11. WHAT I’M WEARING

Posted on this recently here but I’ve been loving my steal of a deal faux rose gold watch, plaid, my new boots, my fab fit fun items and as always my amazing diaper bag! Also this mustard long cardigan that I feel screams Fall. 🙂

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12. WHAT I’M DOING THIS WEEKEND

Halloween festivities start on Friday! My work is going all out and we have a “Truck or treat” event where lots of different food trucks are going to be at corp and we get to try a bunch of tasty treats!  Mia will get to trick or treat at one of the corp buildings ( daycare is at work) and then they have a Pumpkin Patch party that Joa will get to partake in too! They have all kinds of fun events like ghost bowling and decorating your own trick or treat bag. Then Saturday is trick or treating in our neighborhood! Sunday we have a surprise birthday party for a dear family friend. Shhhh! 😉

13. WHAT I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH

Thanksgiving! Of course! Also Mia may start up swimming classes again which will be fun to go with her since Daddy did it last round 🙂 Also making fires in the fire place!

14. WHAT ELSE IS NEW

Joa has started walking with the toy walker and says “All done!” at 9 months!? Craaazzzy!!

15. FAVORITE THANKSGIVING RECIPE

Being Brazilian this holiday was new to my family when we moved to America so I do not have a fave recipe/family recipe to share but look forward to reading everyone’s on here!

Fall Fashion Love

Fall is for sure one of my faaaave seasons for fashion! Boots, scarves, sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, sweater leggings, I could go on 🙂

And so I thought I’d share some of my current must haves for Fall 2015:

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  1. My new boots! I basically live in two kinds of footwear when it gets cold. My black knee high boots and my brown knee high boots. lol I occasionally throw a flat in the mix, but lets be honest, it’s way to cold in the late fall/early winter months in WI to have exposed feet! Last year I wore out my brown pair that I LOVED so much the entire seam came undone! So darn, now I had to buy some new boots. 😉 I searched and searched and finally decided on these super cute Journee Collection Spokane Studded Tall Boots. They are oh so comfy and I love the exposed zipper and studded details! I had a 30% off at Kohl’s so that made the purchase that much sweeter.
  2. fabfitfunGold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask, Flawless Skin® Fluid byDoctor D. Schwab, and Lucky Lip Stain by Manna Kadar Cosmetics. These were all things that came in my first Fabfitfun box! If your haven’t heard about this already, gosh it is so cool! You get a box per season ( think Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) Each time it’s a surprise what you get but they think of all kinds of fun must have items for the season that I know I would have a) never found myself and b) couldn’t afford to buy on my own. These three are just some of my faves from their Fall 2015 box but some other goodies that came in it were a rechargeable battery pack for your phone and a $75 gift card to Canvas on Demand. I haven’t tried them out yet, but for Mike’s birthday I got him a canvas print of a pic of him and the kiddos and I just loved it! Can’t wait to pick out what I’ll do with this gift card!  Anywho back to my top three ( I probably should have dedicated a post just to this!) The facial mask is uhhhmmm amazing! It feels like liquid gold on your face! lol You can really feel the oils soaking into your skin and you face feels oh so soft after you use it! Pair that with the Flawless skin fluid and you will be GLOWING. A little bit goes a long way with this skin fluid but it keeps your face moisturized and adds a healthy glow; which now that we are well into fall, is essential as that summer glow fades.  Last but not least the lip stain is that perfect soft shade of pink that goes with ANYTHING. Gotta love that.
  3. IMG_1742My new rose gold watch! I first saw it on one of my fave blogs. Miss Brittany has a taste for fashion, yes she does and it matched mine oh so well! Thanks for the always awesome finds Mrs. Charming 😉
  4. CaptureMy timi & leslie Rachel 7-Piece Diaper Bag! Oh how many people come up to me and say” Oh, I love your purse!” and then when I tell them it’s actually a diaper bag, they are like “whaaaa? no way!” I decided when I was preggo with Joaquim that I would treat myself to a nicer diaper bag. ( When you  work in retail and are surrounded by people with Michael Kors diaper bags and such, you feel the need to step it up) So as a Christmas present to little ol’ me I decided to treat myself to this lovely piece and I am so glad I did! It comes with an adorable little clutch purse that you can put all your essentials in to just grab when you are not out with the babes ( wait that happens? ) plus a changing pad, a insulated bottle holder, a reusable bag to carry dirty toddler/baby clothes, and a couple different length straps so you an attach it to your stroller and such. My kind of perfect. Plus it is a GORGEOUS bag and great quality.

There you have it, a few of my favorite things for fall 2015!

About last weekend….

Photo dump of happenings in the last week!

Healthy scores at work! Love that they brought the farm to us so we could skip a trip to the grocery store!
Healthy scores at work! Love that they brought the farm to us so we could skip a trip to the grocery store!
A little princess jam session on a lovely Saturday morning
A little princess jam session on a lovely Saturday morning
It wouldn't be Saturday without Daddy's famous waffles!
It wouldn’t be Saturday without Daddy’s famous waffles!
Quality time with my little man
Quality time with my little man
Adorableness at Home Depot when we had to get a new dishwasher
Adorableness at Home Depot when we had to get a new dishwasher
Delicious Moscow Mule on our date night at Fox and Hounds! Such a fun night with my love!
Delicious Moscow Mule on our date night at Fox and Hounds! Such a fun night with my love!