Thanksgiving 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015
Good morning, lovelies!! I hope you all had a beautiful Thanksgiving! All the turkey & pie have been eaten and that means it's officially Christmas season! FALALALA!!! Although we've been listening to Christmas music the whole month, we've held off on getting a tree. I'm so excited to pick one out today and spend the weekend decking the halls! Before I dive right into the Christmas spirit though, here's a few snaps of our turkey day. My mom is in town and we've loved having her here! That, combined with delicious turkey, mashed potatoes and WAY too much pie made for a wonderful Thanksgiving this year...

I'm obsessed with Odette's white fur vest from Tar-jay and it's on SALE today! It's the softest thing ever and I only wish it came in my size!!
My little pilgrim!!

Whether you're doing some Black Friday shopping, Christmas decorating or just relaxing this weekend, I hope you have the BEST!!


Monday, November 23, 2015
Ten glorious years of Friends, ten hilarious Thanksgiving episodes! Friends is and always will be my favorite show of all time. Every year, I watch all of the Thanksgiving episodes and laugh just as hard as the first time I watched them! Some are arguably better than others, which you can read more about  here: Every Thanksgiving Episode, Ranked from Best to Worst via BuzzFeed. I happen to like them all, but the one where Rachel makes the trifle is hands down my favorite! As Joey would say, "What's not to like? Custard, GOOD, Jam, GOOD, Meat, GOOOOOOD!" HA!!

Today, I've created a little episode guide for those of you who have Netflix. I can not tell you how happy I am that all ten seasons of friends can be streamed with the touch of a button! Here we go with all the Thanksgiving episodes throughout the years...

Season 1 // The One Where Underdog Gets Away
Monica decides to make her first Thanksgiving dinner and nothing goes as planned. The Underdog balloon from the Macy's Day Parade gets loose over the city. In an attempt to go see it, all the friends get locked out of their apartment, resulting in a burnt turkey and Rachel missing her flight. At least Chandler felt at home with everyone else's misery lol! Somehow they manage to come together and have a good Thanksgiving, despite all the chaos.

Season 2 // The One with the List
Ahh, the Mockolate episode! Monica takes the only job she can get making recipes out of a synthetic chocolate substance named Mockolate lol. Meanwhile, Ross makes a list of horribly degrading attributes of Rachel. Umm, word to the wise... NEVER, EVER make a list like that!

Season 3 // The One with the Football
A classic Thanksgivng Friends episode! The Gellar Cup, aka an ugly troll, nailed to a 2x4! Monica and Ross reveal that their mother banned them from ever playing football again. After 12 years, they decide to play a touch football game in the park. A torn Jersey, flashing, and a mentioning of Tinker Bell & Peter Pan in Neverland, Ross and Monica still have no winner.

Season 4 // The One with Chandler in a Box
Chandler spends all Thanksgiving day in a shipping crate to show Joey he's sorry for kissing Kathy. Meanwhile, things get a little weird for Monica when she invites Richard's son over for Thanksgiving. Spoiler alert: he gets to use the FANCY soap!

Season 5 // The One with All the Thanksgivings
I love this episode because it shows all the flashbacks! These include Joey getting his head stuck in a turkey, Chandler's parents announcing their divorce, Monica chopping of Chandler's toe and Chandler calls Monica fat. Let's not forget the butler asking, "More turkey, Mr. Chandler!"

Season 6 // The One Where Ross Got High
Ross has to explain to his parents that he was one that got high in college and not Chandler. This is also the epsidoe where Rachel makes a traditional English trifle! As per Rachel's description: "First there's a layer of lady fingers, then a layer of jam, then custard (which I made from scratch), raspberries, more lady fingers, then beef sautéed with peas and onions, more custard, bananas and then I just put some whip cream on top." Everyone ends up throwing their dessert out except for Joey lol! Judy ends up telling her, "Rachel, no you weren't supposed to put beef in the trifle, it did not taste good." Joey & Ross also spend the day trying to get out of Thanksgiving so they can hang out with the really hot dancer roommate, Janine lol.


Season 7 // The One Where Chandler Doesn't Like Dogs
Phoebe sneaks a dog into the apartment, despite the fact that Chandler hates dogs. Meanwhile, Ross makes a bet with himself that he can't eat Thanksgiving dinner until he's named all 50 states. Also, Rachel invites her assistant, Tag, over for dinner because he broke up with his girlfriend.

Season 8 // The One with the Rumor
Monica invites her old high school friend, Will (Brad Pitt), to Thanksgiving dinner. Secrets come out, like the 'I Hate Rachel Club' and the real reason people thought Rachel had both male & female reproductive parts. Joey also tries to eat an ENTIRE turkey and borrows Phoebe's maternity pants in order to finish the job.

Season 9 // The One with Rachel's Other Sister
Rachel's sister (The Decorator) shows up unexpectedly and morbidly demands custody of Emma if Rachel and Ross were to die. Ross & Rachel share that Monica and Chandler would get Emma. There's a pretty hilarious scene where Rachel and her sister get into a cat fight on this episode as well!

Season 10 // The One with the Late Thanksgiving
Everyone shows up late to a Thanksgiving Monica & Chandler didn't even want to host. Rachel and Phoebe take Emma to a beauty pageant and Ross and Joey are late because they went to a hockey game. Monica gets upset and locks them all out, despite their apologies. Finally, she lets them all in and finds out her and Chandler have been picked by an adoption agency!

Whew, sorry that was so long winded! Bet you didn't know I loved Friends that much, did ya? If you're pressed on time this week and can't watch all the episodes, here's a clip of the best Thanksgiving Friends episodes from ET...
Have a beautiful Thanksgiving week, friends!

Toddler Girl Christmas Wish List

Thursday, November 19, 2015
There are only five weeks left until Christmas!! I'm beyond excited this year and I can't wait to see Odette's sweet little face light up on Christmas morning. Mike and I snuck away for a shopping date this past weekend & played Santa. Although it was a ton of fun, it was surprisingly a LOT harder than we thought it would be. Mostly because we wanted to buy her things she would use and not just end up at the bottom of her toy bin. After a few hours though, we were able to find what I think are perfect gifts for our girly girl. All of these items are under $25 and hopefully will be enjoyed for years to come...

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DigiBirds: A little bird that moves and sings up to twenty songs! Odette is obsessed with birds wherever we go, loves music and I'm pretty sure she will freak out when she sees this little bird. On the other hand, I may REALLY regret getting her this lol!
Tinkerbell Fairy Shoes: Odette has a few pairs of dress up shoes and is constantly wearing them around the house. She still loves Tinkerbell so these fairy shoes sounded like a fun surprise!
'Do You Want to Build a Snowman?' Musical Jewelry Box: This may just be the ultimate Frozen present for our daughter! I can't wait to see Odette's face when she opens this :) Elsa & Anna actually spin and move snowballs to build their friend Olaf. It even comes with a little heart ring that can start her jewelry collection.
B. Meowsic Keyboard: This was actually on the top of our list of gifts. Mike & I headed straight to Target first and got this cat keyboard. About a month ago we were browsing the toy aisles and Odette had so much fun jammin' out to this. It has a lot of fun melodies, including cats meowing, a recording feature and a microphone to sing along. I'm quite sure this will be the #1 gift Odette receives from Santa. MEOW! Oh, and we also found THIS puurfect shirt to go along with her obsession of Aristocats.

7 Days Hair Clips: How cute are these hair clips? I saw these last week in the newest InStyle and they are unfortunately sold out. Their site says they will be in stock soon, so I'm crossing my fingers they'll be back in the next few weeks.
A-Z Uppercase Magnatab: Odette loved this Magnatab at the Children's Museum last month and when I saw it in the store, I knew she had to have it. I love getting her things that have educational value to them and this is perfect! It has easy-to-follow arrows for kids learning to write, helps develop fine motor skills, all while learning the ABC's.
Cinderella Tea Set: Last week, I talked about how much Odette loves tea parties and I shared some of my favorite tea sets. Well, Odette broke yet another glass cup and I reconsidered giving fragile tea cups to my toddler. (#whatwasithinking, maybe in a few years) Toys R Us had this adorable plastic Cinderella tea set and I think it will be great for tea parties at home. It comes with play tea bags, lemon slices and stirring spoons, sure to make any tea party feel that much more real!
I can't wait to see the magic of Christmas morning as Odette opens these presents! What's on your toddler's wish list? Please leave your favorites in the comments below :)
P.S. You can check out last year's wish list HERE.

Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Can you believe that Thanksgiving is already next week?! It's time to start thinking & DREAMING about delicious turkey, sides and those yummy desserts. Since we are going over to Mike's family this year, I've been on the hunt for some awesome side dishes to bring. Here are my top TEN SIDE DISHES via Pinterest...

So sorry if these make you incredibly hungry...

2 + 1/2

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Just like that my baby is 2 + 1/2 today!! Six months and I will have a 3 year old, guys. That is insane to me!!  Time goes by faster and faster and I am FOREVER wishing I could just freeze time. To our little Odette Brielle, we are beyond blessed to have you in our family! You are the sweetest and most vibrant girl we know and you make every day exponentially better! You will surely be getting chocolate cake today because in this house we celebrate the little things like half birthdays...

Happy half birthday, Dette Cakes!! Mommy & daddy love you more than you will EVER know :)