Friday, October 13, 2017

Friday Favorites! *Winner Announced!*

I'm so excited to announce the winner of the book and Starbucks gift card from last week's post! Thank you to all of you who entered. Jessica Gipson, I emailed you earlier this week. Congrats!  If you didn't win, grab your own copy of the book will love it! Stay tuned for future giveaways on the blog. :)

It's Friday and you know what that means...

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I'm linking up with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!
Since it's Friday the 13th, I thought it would be fun to show you our favorite ways to celebrate Halloween around the Zehr house.  To me, Halloween is just the start of the holiday season and it is the one holiday that is easy and low stress.  So fun!



Pumpkins and mums and skulls, oh my! We love to decorate the house for Halloween and we get our pumpkins early. We either carve or paint them the weekend before Halloween.



We love choosing Halloween costumes. Although the older boys don't dress up anymore, our little is still so excited about it! My favorite sources for costumes are Old Navy (for the littles),, Amazon, and Costco. Dan and I used to attend or host a party each year, but last year we just dressed up and took Mason out. Here are some of our looks in the past few years...


Yummy Soups

Halloween is the perfect night to throw together an easy chili recipe like THIS or a soup like THIS to eat before trick-or-treating. Put all of your ingredients in the slow cooker and dinner is so easy on this busy night.


Halloween Shows

Halloween wouldn't be the same without watching It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, Hocus Pocus or Spookley the Square Pumpkin. :)

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The Extras

Each year, we buy Mason a Halloween plate from Pottery Barn and new Halloween pajamas.  Here are his choices this year...

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PJ's from Gymboree :)


Local Events

There a several fun Halloween events for families in our area and we like to do at least one each year.

Halloween In the Park

Boo Bash (Trick-or-Treating at the high school where we work)


The Pumpkin Patch

We make a trip to a local apple farm each year to pick out pumpkins and get lost in a corn maze. It's the perfect fall day and I look forward to it all year!

I'd love to hear your ideas for making Halloween fun!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Favorites!

It's been another crazy week filled with sad things in the world. It has me thinking about this quote...

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There's not much going on in the world that I can control, but I can control how I treat others.
I'm so happy to share things that made me smile this week. 
I'm linking up with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!


September Books and Beans

If you didn't see my September Books and Beans post, read it HERE and enter the giveaway for a great book and a Starbucks gift card!


Homecoming Fun

My middle attended homecoming this past weekend. They don't come much cuter than these two!


Fall Scarves

One of my favorite ways to transition into fall is to add a scarf to my outfit. There are so many great ones to choose from!  Here a few of my favorites...


Fresh Flowers

I found these flowers at Costco! Aren't they the prettiest fall colors?  I love having fresh flowers in the house and it's even better when they are $14.99. :)


Happy Birthday!

My guy had a birthday last Saturday, too. We celebrated by going out to dinner after taking pictures of the homecoming crew. I love this picture because we look soooo tired but are determined to have a date night despite feeling like we need to nap...for a week! It is such a busy season of life right now and I am so lucky to have him to share it with.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! It's a long one for us with Monday off of school, so we plan to cram in a lot of fun!


Monday, October 2, 2017

Books and Beans {September 2017}-And a Giveaway!

September was a great month of reading! Remember, you can click on the book title or image to be taken directly to Amazon to buy your own copy. There is nothing better than curling up with a good book and a hot drink when the weather turns colder. I'm so happy that fall weather is finally here, so it's time for another giveaway! Enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post for your chance to win!


You all know that I LOVE this time of year and my pumpkin spice latte. This year I have been mixing it up and ordering a pumpkin spice dirty chai and it is sooooo good too! This is definitely my hot drink of choice for this month.


The Light We Lost
by: Jill Santopolo
4 out of 5 stars

I had heard so much about this book and it did not disappoint. The story involves star-crossed lovers who cannot seem to stay in or out of each other's lives. This is an easy read, but definitely not light-hearted. Well-written and tragic, this was a good love story.

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Class Mom
by: Laurie Gelman
4 out of 5 stars

Oh my, this book cracked me up! The main character has two older children and then a young one just entering school...sound like anyone you know? I could totally relate to how her approach to being class mom had changed by her third kid...her being a former groupie, not so much. :) This book includes the emails the main character sends to the other parents in the class and that is hands down the best part of the book.  Hilarious! The author is the wife of Gelman, the producer of Regis and Kathie I dating myself?! Such a fun book.

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Every Last Lie

by: Mary Kubica
3 out of 5 stars

I love a good suspense novel and this was my first one by this author. The story is excellent and the characters are well developed. I was hooked completely throughout this book...until the end.  I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but if you have read this, were you a little lost/disappointed at the end? Maybe it was just me, but it was one of those books that built and then stopped. I'd love to hear your thoughts or if you have read anything else by this author. I truly loved it until the end!

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Of Mess and Moxie: Wrangling Delight Out of This Wild and Glorious Life
by: Jen Hatmaker
4 out of 5 stars

Jen Hatmaker is simply one of the most encouraging, relatable authors in the Christian/encouragement genre. Her books literally make me laugh out loud one minute and tear up the next. Think about the best conversation you've ever had with a girlfriend and that is what reading Jen Hatmaker is like. Please order this book for yourself and a friend. It will be a treasure to anyone who receives it.

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I loved this book so much that I am giving my copy away to one lucky winner along with a $10 Starbucks gift card! I cannot wait to bless someone with this book and their favorite hot drink!  Simply enter the Rafflecopter at the end of this post. Good luck!

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July 2016
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November and December 2016

January 2017
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July 2017
August 2017

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday Favorites!

It's my absolute favorite Friday of the year because it's the first day of fall!

Never mind that it has been in the 90's this week...seriously...go home summer, no one wants you around anymore.

I didn't post last week because it's been a bit chaotic around here. Nothing serious, just a series of things that make you feel blah...sickness, work stress, long to do lists and short on time, helping other people through tough times, things needing repaired, dealing with people or situations that you've prayed about but it still feels pretty hopeless, world news... you know, just yuck.  Sometimes life is just hard and I know all of you can relate. However, I can't stay down for long because there is so much more to be joyful about. Just saying, some days I feel like this...

(Look at Mason's face! Ha ha!)

So after a week of the blahs, I thought is would be appropriate to post about some of my favorite things that lift my spirits. 

I'm linking up with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!

I love to take baths. Although I love bath bombs, I also love adding these to my baths:

This makes your bath a detox bath and it is so wonderful!  
If I have plain Epsom Salts, I add Lavender essential oils and I only buy those HERE.
I also love diffusing this at night.  Love my essential oils!


Of course, spending time with my family also lifts my spirits. On this past Sunday, we went with my parents to our church picnic where Mason won a cake on the cake walk! We then went on a hike as a family. Love this time with my people!


You all know I love reading, but reading something that speaks straight to my soul is a great way to recharge. This book did just that...

Check back for my September book review at the end of the month to win your own copy!


Is there anything better than friends you've known forever and can't imagine doing life without?


Changing out our pictures on our family gallery wall or simply enjoying the ones we have up always makes me feel extremely blessed for these people I get to do life with.


And nothing lifts your blah mood quite like a Pumpkin Spice Latte! I am drinking mine with the air conditioning cranked because, you know, summer won't leave.

Even my coffee is showing me love! I'm looking forward to sharing all things fall in the weeks to come and who wouldn't be happy about that?

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and know that if you are feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, you are not alone. Look for the good all around you!


Friday, September 8, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Why are four day weeks sooooo long??  I feel like I cram five days worth of work into four days.  We are ready for the weekend around here!
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I'm linking up with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!


I am loving this blueberry green tea!  As the evenings get cooler, I am reaching for this more and more.  What tea flavors are your favorites?  I'm always looking to try new ones.


We pulled the old school Mario Bros. out of the attic a few weeks ago and taught Mason how to play.  The other night, I beat world 8-4.  I am my 4-year-old's hero.  We partied like it was 1985 when this happened...


I mean...have you ever seen anything so cute?!  All ready for his first soccer game where he managed to avoid all contact with the ball for the entire hour. :)


It makes me so happy when all of my library books come in at the same time, but it feels a little like homework!  There are so many good ones in this stack!  This month's book review is going to be awesome!  In case you need a book suggestion now, check out any of my Books and Beans posts or see August's HERE.


Speaking of homework, I'm back in school!  I started an online program through the University of Missouri in Positive Psychology.  I am loving it so far!


We love Halloween at our house so it's never too early to start planning costumes!  Mason is smiling under this mask. :) Whenever we are in a store, he has to check out all of the Halloween items.  So funny!

It's September, ya'll!  Go enjoy a fabulous fall weekend with your tribe!