dylan the villain!

I try to read at least two books to Scarlett every day - usually random books that I grab from the library that I think look interesting. We just read one called Dylan the Villain and I think it's one of the cutest books we've read in a while. 

It's the story of a little boy named Dylan who was born a super villain - much to his parents' surprise. They think he's the greatest and most wonderful villain of all time and he agrees - until he goes to school and meets Addison Van Malice. 

This book was adorable and I kind of want to be Addison now - blue hair and all. If you have littles [or even if you don't] you should totally check this book out. 

love & cupcakes,



Happy Friday! We [barely] made it through another week. This week has been crazy - Halloween, sickness, trips to the doctor... But we made it! Here's what I'm up to...

Reading - I'm seriously slacking on reading lately. I blame Netflix. I need to get back into my library books like crazy! The pile is stacking up... 

Watching - Still majorly bingeing on How I Met Your Mother. I'm in the middle of season six and still going strong... 

Anticipating - I have to go to the library later and I'm hoping to make a nice, quiet morning of it for myself. I'm going to try and get some reading done, maybe grab a coffee and just relax. Scarlett has her first real field trip on a bus today so I'm going to need some quiet time before she comes home full of stories about her trip to the farm. 

Listening To - Scarlett likes to choose a "jam song" to listen to each morning on the drive to school and lately she's been going back and forth between "Oceans" by Hillsong United and "Cake By The Ocean" by DNCE. Quite a variety, right? 

Eating - I'm currently obsessed with garlic hoisin chicken and green beans over rice. It's so good - I could eat it every night. 

Working On - Right now I'm working on getting myself to feel better. I'm going to spend some serious time relaxing and hopefully feel all better by the weekend. 

I hope your weekend is looking awesome. What are you up to?

love & cupcakes, 


the comeback kid

Scarlett started to feel pretty under the weather the other day and it quickly spiraled into a full on sick day complete with a visit to the doctor and medicine to take home. 

Scarlett was such an amazing trooper - she even brought her barf bowl [which ended up being thankfully unnecessary] with her to the doctor and was so good during the breathing treatment. We spent the rest of the day yesterday resting up and watching a bunch of TV in between naps. 

Thankfully, this morning she woke up feeling much better and was all ready to head back to school. She's so happy to be back! She was super upset to miss a day of school - hopefully she won't miss any more. 

Yay for quick comebacks! Now to get me feeling better... Couch - here I come! 

love & cupcakes, 


halloweekend fun!

The weekend before Halloween this year was full of fun. On Friday night, Scarlett's school had a Halloween dance and it was the cutest thing! All the kids dressed up and danced like little maniacs in the multipurpose room while a DJ played music, threw glow bracelets to the crowd and pumped out so much fog from the fog machine that the fire alarm went off. You know a school dance is awesome when the fire alarm goes off - especially within the first half hour! There was a gorgeous double rainbow in the sky right as the dance started and Nick even made it in time to enjoy the dance, too! 

On Saturday I was feeling super under the weather so Nick and Scarlett gave me the day off and let me stay home to rest while they did gymnastics, hung out at the mall and visited with family. When they got home that afternoon, Nick gave me the best anniversary card ever and a black diamond necklace! I full on ugly cried. It was the sweetest thing ever. 

Sunday was a kick back day and ended with pumpkin carving and a huge pizza for dinner. Scarlett designed the pumpkins and Nick carved them. As much as I love Halloween, Nick knows how much I hate getting my hands all yucky and covered in pumpkin guts so he did the dirty work for me. Now we have a front porch full of jack o'lanterns and a cookie sheet full of pumpkin seeds that are ready for roasting. 

All in all, a super great Halloweekend...

love & cupcakes,


a halloween parade...

Scarlett had her very first school Halloween parade earlier today and it was the cutest thing! The entire school lined up in a big square in the middle of the schoolyard and all the kids sat around the perimeter. Then, they started playing the Ghostbusters theme song [all the office staff dressed up as the Ghostbusters] and the littlest kids got up and walked around the inside of the square to show their costumes off. As they walked, more classes joined the line until the entire school had walked the perimeter and waved to all the other students and all of us parents who had crowded around to watch. After everyone was done, the assistant principal said that if there were any younger siblings who had to come watch the parade and were dressed up, they could take a walk around the square and have their own parade. So cute! I'll admit, I got a little choked up when Scarlett started her walk. I remember having a Halloween parade every year when I was in elementary school and now I get to watch from the other side as one of the parents. It was bittersweet but so wonderful.

love & cupcakes, 



Happy Sunday! Tomorrow is Halloween - are you ready? I just spent the afternoon sewing Nick's pocket back on to his shirt for his costume. He's going as a Trader Joe's employee with a stuffed animal stuck to his back and lollipops in his pocket. Do any of you look for the hidden stuffed animal at Trader Joe's, too? Scarlett loves to try and find it - getting a lollipop for telling a crew member where it is is just an added bonus. Here's what I'm up to right now...

Reading - I'm reading The Hammer of Thor, the second book in the Magnus Chase series. I love everything Rick Riordan writes and the Nordic gods have a special place in my heart, so this series is basically the greatest thing ever. 

Watching - I'm still bingeing on How I Met Your Mother. I think I'm in season four now. Only five more to go! And my mom told me that I should check out American Housewife and she was right - I totally love it! 

Anticipating - I'm excited for Scarlett's Halloween parade at school tomorrow! It'll be her very first one! She's pretty excited. 

Eating - Nick took us out for sushi the other night after Scarlett's school dance [It was so cute! Post to come...] and now I'm craving more. So yummy! 

Working On - I'm working on clearing out some space in our apartment. It feels pretty crowded in here lately and with birthdays and the holidays coming, the more room we have, the better! 

Wishing - As much as Scarlett has grown up this past year, I wish she could just stay little for a while longer. She tried to make coffee for us this morning and didn't do a terrible job of it. And I found these old Vine videos and it's killing me how cute and small she was...

I hope your Halloweekend is going amazingly! What are you up to?

love & cupcakes, 


a case of the sniffles...

Scarlett came home from school a few days ago with a bit of a cough. Not a big deal. She wasn't feeling sick or anything, but the cough progressed a bit and the other night she was having a really tough time falling [and staying] asleep because she kept coughing. I was laying down with her and trying to keep her comfortable when sure enough, she coughed right into my open eye. So gross. And once someone coughs in your eye, you're done for. Sickness caught. 

Cut to two days later, and I'm hiding out in our apartment for the day while Nick takes Scarlett to her gymnastics class [It's her first day in gym 2! Go Scarlett!] and lets me rest. I don't know about you, but generally, I feel like I'm in major need of a rest day. The day to day cleaning and running errands and watching the kids and following the schedule wears me down little by little until a day without a huge to do list sounds like a dream. But now that I have one, all I can do is think about all of the things around here that need to be done! I've already read about a quarter of the library book I just checked out, took a shower, did a few loads of laundry, washed the dishes, cleaned off the counter, made the bed, cleaned the bathroom sink, watched a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother and tidied up the living room. 

Being a grown up sucks. 

love & cupcakes, 


scarlett style...

Happy Wednesday! Here's what Scarlett's been rocking lately...

She had Rainbow Day at school last week and wore her most colorful outfit. And she got to wear her Frankie Stein costume for her cousin's birthday party - she loved it! 

love & cupcakes,


sunday at the pumpkin patch...

Last weekend Scarlett and I spent the morning with friends at a pumpkin patch run by a family farm. It was such a fun day! We got to see a kid's concert put on in a barn and Scarlett got to "join the band" and play the washboard up on stage. She went through hay mazes and tunnels, saw some farm animals [including a mini horse!] and ended the day with a hayride to the actual patch where we got to pick out our own pumpkins to take home. 

We had so much fun! I can't wait to do it again next year...

love & cupcakes,