Friday, December 8, 2017

Friday Favorites

EEK!!!  It's December 8th, friends!  Just 17 MORE DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS!

Britt just can't believe it.  17 MORE DAYS UNTIL HER FIRST CHRISTMAS!

All the holiday festivities have me wanting to let my kiddos stay up way too late so we're excited to be one day weekend closer to Christmas break.   I'm linking up with Narci and Andrea to share some favorites with you today.  #likealways

First up, Nordstrom asked me to talk sweaters with you and one thing is for certain this year-I'm having a love affair with sweaters so I knew this would be perfect for me.  

I have two sweater tips I learned this year...1. In the past, I've always ordered my normal size in a sweater and let me tell you...that is not the way I prefer a sweater.  I like them a bit oversized.  This year I'm ordering one {if not two} size up.  If you've never given this a shot, you might want to try.  2. I prefer a front-tuck with a sweater.  Some sweaters tend to be on the short-side for us long-waisted girls but with a little front tuck IT DOESN'T MATTER!  You should grab a cute belt and try this tip ASAP!

Seriously, you might have been doing these two things for years, but they're changing all my thoughts on sweaters!  #someoneshouldhavetoldme

I have ALL the heart eyes for this sweater.  I LOVE the color...it's a white, ivory, grey combo.  It can hang ALL WINTER LONG!  The sleeves on this one are fun too.  I'm normally a small in tops, but for this one I ordered a large and I LOVE it!  I paired it with these dark jeans, a leopard belt {mine is sold out but this is super similar}, and these booties.

This sweater is very similar in the color scheme.  It says, "Red", online but it definitely looks more ivory/maroon combo to me in person.  For size purposes, I ordered an "8".  This one is a bit shorter than the first sweater, but with the front tuck it doesn't look too short at all.  It might be hard to tell from the picture but the neckline on this sweater is really pretty.  Can't you see me in a ski lodge by the fire drinking my coffee and reading a book with this sweater?  ;)

This Dolman sleeve mock-neck sweater comes in three other colors and is under $40.  It's not a thick sweater, but will be perfect for mildly cool days {mostly what we get in Texas}. I ordered a small and it fit great.  You could size up or stay true to size on this one.

I tried to only focus on sweaters you could wear before AND after Christmas.  This red sweater caught my eye and I just couldn't look away.  The sleeves on this top are fun.  They bring the party, that's for sure.  I ordered an "8" in this one as well.  I think I could have ordered my normal "4" and been fine, but again, I like the oversize look as long as I pair it with skinny jeans to give some balance. The color is gorgeous for Christmas.  If you've been looking for a fun, festive holiday sweater, look no further.

This sweater just got marked down-40% off {within the last two days!}.  I absolutely love the length on this top.  It does have side slits and I'd say it's more on the loosely threaded side as well.  {That's my way of saying-It's not tightly woven.  You can't see through it, but it wouldn't hurt to wear a tank underneath.}  I love this ivory color paired with dark denim or black for the holidays, but it also comes in two other colors as well.  I ordered a medium so I'd say I sized up just one.

Maybe you have a ski vacation coming up or are looking for another Christmas gift?  No matter the case, I hope I helped you see something you like today!

Thank you, Nordstrom, for sponsoring this portion of the post.


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Let me introduce you to the newest member of our family, Blue Sparkle Diamond Slaughter.  The Shull family gifted this fish to Bowen for his birthday.  And Bowen has never been more excited!  I'm pretty impressed with our pet skills...Blue Sparkle Diamond had to stay in a little plastic bowl for only three days, then we had to transfer him to the tank with special water-at room temperature, and feed him just the right amount.  It's been almost two weeks and I'm so happy to report...Blue Sparkle is doing great!

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This past weekend was the holiday dance recital {or actually I should say that in plural form because there were three performances} for Ebby Lee and Kensington.

They performed in both Nutcracker shows.



Her cheering section was there and we were so proud of her.


Can you spot Ebby Lee?  She's third  from the Sugar Plum Fairy.

She also performed a tap and jazz number.  I was so proud of these girls!  They smiled, did their very best, and had fun!

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This is the Slaughter house all decorated for Christmas.  If you missed my inside home tour, you can see it here.

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Sunday morning before church I realized we were all MAID FOR PLAID so we snapped a selfie.  I'm not sure where Britt is looking.  haha!  #oops

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On Wednesday, Britt took the shortest nap known to man and then thought it was time to go about her day.  This girl loves to color so I set her up in the floor beside me while I worked at my desk.  I glanced down and had to laugh.  She's got her sippy cup, goldfish, and crayons-but she's laying there like she's a big kid coloring!

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This popped up on my FB feed from five years ago.  Look how tiny they were.  Ahhhhh!!!

I hope you guys have the BEST weekend!  XO


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Entertainment with Erika

It's time for some ENTERTAINMENT talk!

I wish I did this series every month, but I don't because the truth is-I go on reading kicks where I read in any extra spare time I have and then I go on a reading freeze for a bit.  Where I glance at my night stand full of books just waiting to be read and think-WHY HAVE I NOT BEEN READING?!  Then I pull up the covers and keep watching Bravo.  ;)  #booksandbravo #onrepeat

Instead, I'd say these are the books I've read in the last two months.


I'm sure you've heard of this series by Elin Hilderbrand.  I'd heard about them over and over, but I'd remember I wanted to read them in June.  Not that I couldn't have read a winter series in June, but I didn't want to.  I wanted to read them in the middle of the Christmas/winter season.  This October, Shay and I were talking about what books we'd read when she mentioned she'd just read the fourth one in this series.  BINGO!  It was the perfect reminder for me to read them "in season".  I'm not going to share about each book in the series, but they're very cute-Family Stone meets rated "R" Hallmark Christmas movie?  If that description makes any sense.  You fall in love with the characters in the first book and are rooting for them all throughout the rest.  It's centered around a family with four children and they're just like any American family-they have their issues.  There's jail time, rehab time, and more so definitely some twists and turns but if you're a fan of Elin Hilderbrand, you should definitely check these out!





This is what Amazon had to say about All the Missing Girls, "Like the spellbinding psychological suspense in The Girl on the Train and Luckiest Girl Alive, Megan Miranda’s novel is a nail-biting, breathtaking story about the disappearances of two young women—a decade apart—told in reverse.

It’s been ten years since Nicolette Farrell left her rural hometown after her best friend, Corinne, disappeared from Cooley Ridge without a trace. Back again to tie up loose ends and care for her ailing father, Nic is soon plunged into a shocking drama that reawakens Corinne’s case and breaks open old wounds long since stitched.

The decade-old investigation focused on Nic, her brother Daniel, boyfriend Tyler, and Corinne’s boyfriend Jackson. Since then, only Nic has left Cooley Ridge. Daniel and his wife, Laura, are expecting a baby; Jackson works at the town bar; and Tyler is dating Annaleise Carter, Nic’s younger neighbor and the group’s alibi the night Corinne disappeared. Then, within days of Nic’s return, Annaleise goes missing.

Told backwards—Day 15 to Day 1—from the time Annaleise goes missing, Nic works to unravel the truth about her younger neighbor’s disappearance, revealing shocking truths about her friends, her family, and what really happened to Corinne that night ten years ago."

If you were a Gone Girl, The Woman in Cabin 10, or Girl on the Train fan then you should read this one!  Super suspenseful and I didn't want to put it down until I figured out what had happened!  #thelaundrysufferedwhileIread

What I'm Currently Reading...

I read this one last year, but if you're looking for a great read during the Christmas season consider Max Lucado's Because of Bethlehem.  I read it last December and it is so good!

Have you guys heard anything?  I found that it should be airing on February 7th and CBS has it set to go up against the Winter Olympics!  EEK!  I also learned the Celebrity Edition is only running for three weeks-four nights a week I should add-but just three weeks.  Please let us all know if you've seen the list of house guests!!  {I couldn't find that.}

That's all I have for today!  I'm off to finish a book.  #ortwo

Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Reindeer Games

I've shared most of these ideas before, but let me tell you...I think they deserve to be shared again.  :)

My family is a GAME FAMILY.  When we all get together, you'll find us eating and playing games {in no particular order}.  Through the years I've collected a variety of games we've played before but I'm updating it all today.  If you have a get together, party, or any event coming up consider playing one or all of these.  It just makes your party more festive!

Bean Boozled Game
This one is pretty simple.  You purchase this game.  You can play a variety of ways...everyone spins the spinner and you taste the color you land on.  We played where you had a partner and one of you spins, then you both taste the color the spinner lands on.  Typically, one person got the sweet treat and one got the nasty one, which made it a little more fun to watch.  :)

Family Feud-Christmas Style
We used this edition of Christmas Family Feud.  The blogger has done all the work for you.  Our big group just split into two teams.  My mom in the picture above is being Steve Harvey {one of you will have to be the host asking questions}.  Then you play-just like the Family Feud you watch on t.v.  The fun part about this is ALL the questions are Christmas related.

Plastic Wrap Game
For this game, I bought lots of gifts ranging from a cute beanie to a Beauty blender to hand sanitizer and then wrapped them all up in a big ball of plastic wrap.  {I started by wrapping one gift, then add more plastic wrap, then add another gift, and more plastic wrap, and so on...}  We had chose a number...like one on the dice and anytime someone rolled our special number they could start unwrapping the plastic.  {It kind of takes a while because you know how plastic wrap is!}  The next person who rolls the special number gets to start unwrapping.  Any gift they break free while they're the person unwrapping they get to keep.  This was lots of fun for adults.  We did a child game as well with kid toys, but they weren't as pumped when the same person kept "winning" goodies.  Just keep that in mind. 

I'm not sure WHY I call it Left Right Center, but Left Center Right just doesn't sound right to me!  For this one, we asked everyone {even kiddos} to bring three-one dollar bills.  You put them in front and when it's your turn to roll the dice you do what they tell you to with the money, so if you get all LLL, you'd send all your $1 to the person on your left.  At the end of the game, one person goes home with all the money.

Pass the Ornament
This is a minute-to-win-it type game.  Separate your group into two big groups.  You give each group one big round ornament and the first group that gets it passed all the way through their line by neck only-no hands-wins!

Snowflake Drop
With this game, you'd keep your same two big groups.  One at a time, you put a little Vaseline on your nose and then must transfer all the cotton bowls from one bowl to the other.  I'd try eight to ten cotton balls.  The group that goes through the line first-wins!  {Or you could do this just two people competing as well.}

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman
Each player gets a popsicle stick and you go through the line stacking four dice {like a snowman} on the end of your popsicle stick.  When you get them all stacked, then it's the next person in your groups turn.  Again, we played like two big groups competing, but you could have just two people going head to head.

Ornament Relay
Instead of doing some relay race keeping a ball between two people, we used an ornament.  :)  You could time people, make two groups, or just have four people competing.

Reindeer Relay
This one might have been my favorite ever!  We had our two big groups...each person had to run down to a grandparent, blow up a balloon and stuff it in the panty hose.  The first team to have ten balloons stuffed, had to sing-Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer, and they were winner!


Check out my grandparents being such good sports!

Christmas Charades
For this one, my mom just made slips of paper and on each one she wrote the name of a Christmas song...everything from Feliz Navidad to Away in a Manger.  {You could google Christmas songs.}  We played charades with typical rules but the added Christmas touch just made it more fun!

These games would be great for school parties, youth group Christmas events, or a gathering of friends.  I'm telling you...they always make our time together a little more festive.  You should try one!  #ortwo

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FREE PEOPLE GOODIES

I was going to add these to my Friday Favorites because any good sale is always a favorite.  :)  I'm just afraid the discount will be over by Friday!

This top is on major sale at Macy's right now.  And with code FRIEND you get an additional 30% off.  You've also seen it here...

Marla has it too.  :)  It comes in two other colors as well.  I'd recommend either true sizing or sizing down if you're in between two sizes typically.

This teddy bear Free People coat is also on sale with the code FRIEND for 30%.  I recommend sizing down in this one.

My Thanksgiving top is also on sale with the code, FRIEND.

This top is on major sale with the code in red only, but would be great for Christmas.

I'm doing  weird head-tilt thing and the tops is hard to see but I'm wearing this top {on sale at Nordstrom} with these leggings.

Another shot of the leggings...except not really.  #toomanylegsintheway

If you've had your eye on a Free People item and have been waiting for it to go on sale, now is the time.  You can see all Macy's has in stockNordstrom is pricing matching most Free People items, but I'm not seeing as many sizes and such.

I've recently become a huge Free People fan. Their items are all so unique.  Many are oversized so I just make sure to pair them with skinny jeans and I think that helps balance out the outfit.  #hopethatmakessense

Hope you guys have the best day!
XO