Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday Favorites!

Anyone else have big Friday plans?


It's good to be back after missing last Friday's post!  I'm linking up with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!

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Books are always one of my favorite things and you can find my October post HERE in case you missed it!


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Operation Christmas Child

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Have you ever heard of Operation Christmas Child? It is a wonderful ministry that sends shoe boxes full of Christmas gifts to children in third world countries. We have done this for the past few years and it is a great way to demonstrate the gift of giving for your little ones. We have our box packed and ready and Mason said he can't wait to send it to his friend who doesn't have any toys. We pay to track our box so we know where it ends up and we pray for the child who is receiving it. Drop off week is next week, so go HERE to learn how to participate!

THREE

Holiday Essential Oils
If you've read my blog for any length of time, you know how much I love my doTERRA essential oils. I put in my November order yesterday and I am so excited about receiving my Holiday Blend. It's about to smell like Christmas around here! The enrollment kits are 20% off during the month of November, so if you've thought about ordering one for yourself or for a Christmas gift, go HERE!

FOUR

Ebates

Ebates Coupons and Cash Back

I plan to knock out a big chunk of my Christmas shopping this weekend. I do most of my shopping online because, like the rest of you, I'm insanely busy, and I can save so much money buying online. My secret weapon is going through Ebates to search for the stores I want to shop at and earning a percentage back for each item I buy. I love getting my rebate check after the start of the new year and seeing all the money I "saved" at Christmas! ;) If you click HERE, you can get $10 just for joining and shopping!

FIVE

Hallmark Channel Christmas Movies

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I am obsessed with the Hallmark Channel around the holidays. I'm not quite sure why I can't get enough of these cheesy movies at Christmas, but they make me oh so happy!  I'm hoping to decorate for Christmas on Sunday (don't judge!) and you bet this channel will be playing in the background.

I hope you all spend time surrounded by your happy things this weekend!


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Books and Beans~October 2017

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COFFEE


Even though pumpkin spice lattes have my heart, I am having a moment with caramel macchiatos...yum!

BOOKS

October was a bit of a slow reading month for me with only three books completed. I have a head start on November, though so you will want to check back then as well. I can't believe I only have two more Books and Beans posts in 2017!

by: Kristan Higgins
4 out of 5 stars


I really liked this book. It centers around two sisters who are both dealing with loss; one the death of her new husband and the other a breakup of a long-term relationship. I have read Kristin Higgins in the past and this is one of her best yet!

by: Abby Fabiaschi
4 out of 5 stars


This book was good but a slow read for me. The premise is a mother who has taken her own life, leaving her husband and teenage daughter to pick up the pieces of what used to be their perfect life. The twist is that the mom is watching from beyond and orchestrating things in their favor to help them heal. This book was strange yet engaging and did have a good twist at the end. As you know, any book that can surprise me with a twist is a good read.

by: Kate White
3 out of 5 stars


I really wanted to like this book because I have read and enjoyed Kate White before. This one was just okay, though. I never really felt connected with the characters and there were too many red herrings for my liking. I love a good mystery/suspense, but this seemed all over the place. I actually like this book more until I got to the last two pages. It then reads like an author on a deadline. Pretty good mystery, but if you've never read Kate White, read The Sixes instead!

I'd love to connect with you on Goodreads HERE, Instagram HERE or Facebook HERE. Let me know what I should be reading next!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Favorites!


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Happy Friday, everyone! Once again, I'm linking up with fellow bloggers ErikaNarci and Andrea to share my Friday Favorites!
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I love Nordstrom mail days...especially when the everything arrives just in time for the coldest day so far. You can find my scarf HERE, my shirt HERE and the softest sweater on Earth HERE. It is spendy but worth every penny! I will be wearing mine all the time!


TWO

You all know my love for all things Halloween. I had such a great time taking my little Optimist Prime to the Howl-zoo-een at our local zoo!


Squash Soup at Panera after was a must! Yum!


THREE

This guy earned his first soccer medal on Saturday....


this guy played his last game of sophomore football...


and this guy shot pics of it all!


I love watching my kids do what they love and seeing how they love each other...



FOUR

Dan and I had our very first date on 10-10-10 and had our picture taken in this booth for the very first time. Each year we return to the booth and take a picture. Eight pictures taken so far...love that this first date was my last first date!


FIVE

My October book review will be up next week, but I am already working on my list for November!  Right now, I am feeling a mystery/suspense theme and reading this book...


I really liked her book The Sixes, and so far, this one is good too!  You can buy your copy HERE.

I predict some pumpkin carving and S'mores in my future this weekend! Hope it's a good one for you and yours!

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 HERE...you 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!

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Decorations

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.



TWO

Costumes

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), Costumes.com, 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...





THREE

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.



FOUR

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 :)

SIX

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)


SEVEN

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!

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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!

TWO

Homecoming Fun


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

THREE

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...

FOUR

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. :)

FIVE

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!

xo,
Deanna