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oh, hey friday | tis the season

I am not usually gung-ho about decorating for Christmas in early to mid November, but this year I was totally onboard.
Perhaps a bit of nesting kicking in?

Our tree is decorated.
Our Christmas presents are purchased and delivered - thank you Amazon!
Our house is festive, and I love it!

In all of my early planning I ran across some kids gifts that are so SO cute.
If we had a huge house, I am sure that I would have purchased these things… but alas, our house is small and I need things tidy.
And my boys need approximately zero new things.

If you have the space though, check out these awesome presents that I'm sure your kids don't need…

1 | teepee
Can one child have too many teepees? I'd like to say no - but like I said, we don't have the space. I have soft spot in my heart for teepee's though, and THIS one is so darling. And if I had a girl, which I obviously never will, THIS one would be a must.

2 | sports
My boys are active, and if I don't keep them busy, they will tear apart my house I imagine. THIS little golf set is super cute and with a little training might be able to be used indoors during the winter. :)
Or, you could go all out and just buy them THIS bounce house. We all know how I feel about bounce houses.

3 | books
While my aunt was here last week she brought the boys SO many awesome books. Reading books, activity books, coloring books, story telling books, etc. They love them and I do too! You can never go wrong getting your kids some great books. Since by big boys are covered for a while now, I thought maybe I should think about this tiny babe in my belly and get a head start and not neglecting his baby book with THIS first year book.

4 | make believe
Kids imaginations are something else. I never thought that my boys would be interested in play kitchens, but every single time we have a play date with friends, they always head straight for the kitchen. They love it! There are so many adorable ones out there to buy but THIS and THIS one are my favorites.

5 | art and creativity
Nothing like a gift that can be time consuming! If they can assemble it and create it themselves, and then play with it… win, win. There are so many great kits available. My favorites are make your own… superhero, tutu, animal, and insects. You could even make your own kit to save some dollars too!

What are your favorite gifts that you are eyeing for your kids this year?

Before you go, don't forget to link up.

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AND just an FYI… we will not be doing this fine link up next week. We will give everyone some time to recover from your holiday gluttony. :) See you back here in two weeks.

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!


36 weeks | ready or not

After having my doctors appointment this week {which is now a weekly occurrence}, I realized that this little babe is coming, and maybe sooner than I was expecting.
I have been thinking that this pregnancy was taking forever to go by, and now, all of the sudden, it feels like I have no time at all before he is actually here.

I am dilated to 2 cm {tmi?} and for me, that seems to be quite a bit considering I got to the hospital to have Beckam at 3… and Brody was induced. This really means absolutely nothing, except my doctor did say it is very unlikely I will go past my due date, and he will most likely be a bit early. Or not. Maybe the Turkey Trot that I will be doing in one week will help. :)

And, you guys, I still have to get my shiz together!
I haven't packed a hospital bag, and have forgotten what I even packed the last two times I went through these steps. Any must have recommendations?

Also, after getting rid of ALL of our baby stuff since we thought we were done, I am having to remember everything that is necessary for a newborn. Like… oh a carseat!!
I did purchase diapers and a baby bath this week, and his dresser is full of clothes, so I guess we will be set.

I can't help but want to buy this little guy a new outfit to wear home from the hospital too. Even though he will be able to wear it a total of two and half times. I am thinking THESE pants, THIS shirt, THIS hat and if I were rich… THIS sweatshirt is sure cute.
Ooh, or. THIS cozy little number.
Clearly I shouldn't have started online shopping.

Now, all of this to say... who knows how regular my blogging will be in the upcoming weeks.
It may be holiday related and the fact that we will have cousins visiting for the next week + OR maybe I will be birthing a kid. Who knows.

To stay up to date on whats happening you may want to follow along on Instagram!


recipe | madsen family famous PUMPKIN BREAD

This pumpkin bread may not be famous in terms of how many people know about it.
But it should be.
Don't just take my word for it, make it.
And while you are at it, triple the recipe. Believe me.

My dear friend Stephanie {who, by the way, JUST birthed a sweet baby girl} introduced me to this family recipe probably about 15 years ago.
It has since become my favorite holiday recipe. For obvious reasons...

What is not to love about pumpkin bread, full of chocolate chips with a delicious glaze on top?
Nothing. The answer is, nothing.

1 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup chocolate chips
3/4 cup walnuts, finely chopped, optional

Combine flour, salt, soda and spices.
Cream butter. Gradually add sugar and cream well.
Blend in eggs. {I used cornstarch and water because of my sweet allergy boy}

At low speed add dry ingredients alternately with pumpkin.
Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
Spoon into greased 9x5 loaf pan.
Bake at 350ยบ for 65-75 minutes.
Let cool. Glaze….

Glaze recipe:
Combine 1/2 cup powdered sugar with 1/8 tsp. nutmeg and 1/8 tsp. cinnamon.

Blend in 1-2 tsp. cream until consistency of glaze.
It should be pretty thick. You may need to add a tiny bit of milk to make it the correct consistency.
Now the recipe says to wait like 6 hours before cutting into it, but I have to say it is SO good warm that we rarely ever do this. It may not stay in a perfect slice, but it truly melts in your mouth.
Seriously delicious.


oh hey, friday | don't be lame like me

Oh hey guys! It's Friday. Boom, just like that.

Did you see my new blog design? Or the nursery reveal? If not, check them out - because they are both oh so pretty.

This week really flew by, and was so so busy! And now to finish off the week, my Aunt is here visiting from California and we are having so much fun. So much so in fact that I am not writing a post today. Whomp whomp.

BUT you should totally still link up and meet some fabulous new bloggers. Don't be lame like me.

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Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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