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Three Days of Holiday Outfits

I know when we talk holidays we often talk presents and food, but we have neglected a very important element. FASHION!! There are some important events coming up and you don’t want to be left rummaging through the closet in a panic wondering what to wear. I have put together a few of my favorite looks for Thanksgiving dinner, Black Friday shopping, and your holidays parties (swanky vintage inspired looks that make you feel like a million bucks.

Thanksgiving Day: The key here is layers and stretchy pants to maximize food consumption without showing off your food baby. I think these velvet leggings are perfect because they add a touch of dressiness to an otherwise casual outfit. Plus how adorable is this cardigan??!!!

Thanksgiving Day

 

Black Friday Shopping: Up at the crack of dawn (Brrrr) and in and out of hot cars to cold air to warm stores. Plus you never know if you will be waiting in line. The key here is lots of layers but also something really casual because comfort is key when you are on a mission.

Black Friday Shopping

 

Holiday Parties: I like to go all out for holiday parties. It seems to be one time where it is okay if you are a little overdressed. This look is totally vintage and, I’m not going to lie, totally planned around this gorgeous coat.

Vintage Holiday

 

Disclosure: Modcloth challenged me to put together a few outfits for the season using their fashion. I was not compensated in any way, but thought it was a fun challenge.

20 Titles Streaming on Netflix Celebrating Frienship

So although I am very thankful I’m not in Buffalo (YOWZA!!), we are still getting rather pummeled with snow here in Michigan. We have had two snow days already this week and I am not very hopeful about tomorrow. It is a hot mess out there.

In HERE, we are going a bit stir crazy. I try to send the kids out, but it is cold and they can only last so long before they are begging to come back in. We have done crafts. We have played board games. We have read books. Today the kids even wrote and performed a play. But let’s be honest moms, at some point we just need let the kids have some screen time. Amiright?

Thankfully our Netflix subscription always delivers. This month, with Thanksgiving, there are lots of movies and shows celebrating the blessing of friendship. So many of our favorites are represented. Whether you are stuck inside on a snow day or just want something fun to entertain your kids on family movie night, check out these great titles. Then spend some time talking about why you are thankful for the friendships in your lives.

Veggie Tales in the house
Sesame Street Elmo   Friends
Bo on the Go
Justin Time
The Fox and The Hound 2
Clifford

For the little kids: 

1. Bob and Larry: VeggieTales in the House (a Netflix original- I will love Veggie Tales forever)
2. Bert and Ernie: Sesame Street: Elmo and Friends (Bert there’s a banana in my ear!!!)
3. Bo and Dezzy: Bo on the Go!
4. Justin and Olive: Justin Time
5. Tod and Copper: The Fox and the Hound 2
6. Clifford and Elizabeth: Clifford

Phineas and Ferb
Scooby-Doo Mystery Incorporated
mygirl
Wild Kratts
Adventure Time
Mario Bros Super Show
Charlotte s Web

For the big kids:

1. Phineas and Ferb (a family fave)
2. Shaggy and Scooby: Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated
3. Vada and Thomas: My Girl (oh my WORD get the tissues)
4. Martin and Chris: Wild Kratts (my 5 yo’s absolute favorite show)
5. Finn and Jake: Adventure Time
6. Mario and Luigi: The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
7. Charlotte and Wilbur: Charlotte’s Web (read the book THEN watch the movie)

Gilmore Girls
New Girl
how i met your mother
30 Rock
Breaking Bad
The X Files
Wayne s World
For the REALLY big kids:
1. Rory and Lorelai: Gilmore Girls (on the top of my list to watch)
2. Schmidt and Nick: New Girl (can’t get enough of these two)
3. Ted and Barney: How I Met Your Mother  (SLAP BET!!)
4. Liz and Jack: 30 Rock (one of the funniest shows ever to be on TV)
5. Walter and Jesse: Breaking Bad (the dark side of friendship……)
6. Mulder and Scully: The X-Files (my hubby’s fave)
7. Wayne and Garth: Wayne’s World (SCHWING!!)
The hubby and I are currently bingeing on White Collar which also celebrates a fun partnership between Peter and Neil. And, everyone’s favorite, Friends is coming Jan. 1st (squee!!!). Next up I would love to see them stream Moonlighting, one of the most delightful partnerships of all time. Please Netflix, please!!
What are you streaming on Netflix these days?
Disclosure: I am a part of Netflix’s Stream Team and was compensated with a year-long membership. But I was a Netflix lover long before that. All thoughts are strictly mine.

 

13 Recipes for a Gluten Free Thanksgiving

You can’t avoid Thanksgiving just because you can’t have gluten. Yet most Thanksgiving food is stuffed with it (pun intended). So I headed over to Foodie.com and rounded up my favorite recipes so the gluten free among us can still partake. Suddenly I’m craving turkey…..

Check out A Gluten Free Thanksgiving

by Jill Shepherd Anderson at Foodie.com

In case you want to pin:

Gluten Free Thanksgiving

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Foodie.com

Won’t You Be My Neighbor

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We have lived in the same house since 2005 and really don’t have any plans to move anytime soon. We live in an older neighborhood filled with all ages of families. It is near shopping, dining, and downtown. We can get to several major highways and interstates relatively quickly. The sidewalks are very walkable, lined by beautiful mature trees. It is simply home.

But one thing that has always bugged me about our neighbood, is that while everyone is very friendly, everyone definitely keeps to themselves. We are usually the only people out in the yard, biking up and down the sidewalks and making a general ruckus. Many of the people on our street grew up in this neighborhood and must like that it isn’t a new subdivision with block parties and progressive dinners. So while I would like a bit more of a social neighborhood, we have gradually adapted to the “keeping to yourself” model over the years.

Lately though, I have been feeling more and more like it is time for that to change. I have been on the lookout for ways to get to know and serve the people in my neighborhood. I long for the neighborhoods like the ones of my youth. Where borrowing a cup of sugar was the norm. All the kids played in the streets until dinner. We all knew each other and knew what was going on in each other’s lives. I know that still exists, but it often comes with a side of HOA rules and cookie cutter houses and treeless lots stuck out in mass suburbia.

A new family moved in two doors down late this summer and I kept meaning to get over to meet them and welcome them to the neighborhood. Then our end of the summer was crazy and then the beginning of the school year was crazy and then it just seemed awkward and excuses, excuses, excuses.

Sometimes God really wants to get my attention when I am slacking off in listening to those seeds he plants in my brain. So in my inbox lands a campaign from the Fred Rogers Company celebrating being a good neighbor. I love Mr. Rogers so much. He was such a huge part of my childhood. He began every show asking us to be his neighbor. And now his legacy lives on over at WontYouBeMyNeighbor.org, an amazing destination that celebrates neighborliness all across the country.

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We decided to have a day of neighborliness. The day after Halloween, the kids and I made up a double batch of my Post Halloween cookies and set out to “be a good neighbor.” First stop was our new neighbor. Lo and behold, when we welcomed her we found out her best friend is another mom from school and she also knows Hannah’s second grade teacher really well. I have a feeling we will be able to see much more of each other this summer when it is safe to go outside again. I hope to continue to be intentional with her.

Next we took a plate of cookies to our elderly neighbor. She has not been in good health for about a year and her daughter and grandson have had to move in to help care for her and her adult daughter who has Down’s syndrome. We actually interact with them a fair amount, but don’t get enough chances to serve them with all they have on their plate. It was an easy way to bless them.

After that we walked down to the end of our street to the local fire department. Our kids have all gone there on field trips at one time or another and I knew the firemen would appreciate some home baked cookies. Plus my kids thought it was pretty cool that we got to talk to real firemen. Finally we dropped off a plate to the people who serve Lily in youth group and to her youth group leader who is a college student. She assured me that she and her roomates were very excited about the delivery.

This was NOT a hard or inconvenient thing to do. It probably took a few hours of a Saturday from start to finish. But it also involved a lot of great time with my kids cooking and scheming up who we could bless with cookies. It was so much fun seeing them get excited about giving and blessing our neighbors. I am hoping it is just the start of something that sticks.

The Fred Rogers Company would love it if you would share your stories of being a good neighbor on social media. You can share a special story about yourself or recognize someone else who has demonstrated neighborliness. Simply post your story to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #BeMyNeighbor. Your stories will be shared on the site, inspiring others to do neighborly acts of their own. I love how it could be the start of a movement. Or really just a continuation of a movement Mr. Rogers started so many years ago.

Also don’t miss the #BeMyNeighbor Twitter party this Wednesday, November 19 at 2 p.m. ET.  There will be trivia questions and great Mister Rogers and Daniel Tiger prize packs (another Just Jilly love!!) I will be there and would love to see you there.

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by the Fred Rogers Company and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

 

 

Five Stage Of A Long Michigan Winter

Well apparently winter has already started in Michigan. I woke up this morning to several inches of snow on the ground and we are barely breaking 30 degrees all week. After last years winter that never ended I am a bit nervous for what is to come. Especially since this weather alert is currently on my phone:

… WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH TUESDAY EVENING…

HAZARDOUS WEATHER…

* LAKE EFFECT SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES BEGINNING LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON. SNOWFALL RATES IN EXCESS OF AN INCH PER HOUR IN THE STRONGER BANDS COULD OCCUR.

* WEST WINDS WILL GUST OVER 25 MPH LEADING TO BLOWING SNOW.

* FALLING TEMPERATURES MONDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH MONDAY NIGHT.

* NEAR ZERO WIND CHILLS BY TUESDAY MORNING.

I think this list helps those of you who aren’t familiar with the joy that is living in Michigan in the winter.

Five Stages of a Michigan Winter:

1. Denial: “Those weather forecasts are never right. Surely we are not going to get 5″ of snow this early in the season.

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2. Anger: “I *%&$ hate living in this stupid state with all its #$(% lake effect snow!!!”

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3. Bargaining: “If we get a mild winter I will totally stop complaining about the snow and cold and certainly won’t EVER complain about days when it gets over 80 in the summer.”

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4. Depression: *insert picture of me curled up in bed mumbling something about a happy light and trips to Florida

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5. Acceptance: “All the people I love are in here, I’ve got the fire roaring, sledding and skiing are pretty awesome and it does look like living in a beautiful snow globe.”

Be prepared to go through each stage multiple times a day from November until Feb. If winter hangs on any longer than that expect to hover between stages 2 and 4 sprinkled with a little bit of 1.

Any Questions?