Monday, October 20, 2014

Inspiration Monday - Oktoberfest Afterglow

Happy Monday!  Whew what a weekend we just had!  Another successful Oktoberfest celebration in the books.  It was a wonderful day on Saturday with family and friends in our home enjoying homebrew.  The weather was fantastic.  I couldn't have asked for more!

I was excited when I saw the two birds Inspiration Monday picture for today early last week as I was planning on wearing a similar sweater to my party, so now I have an excuse to share my Oktoberfest outfit here today!  Here is Alessandra Ambrosio in a fabulous aztec sweater.

And here is my take on it!  I found this awesome sweater at the thrift store a few weeks ago now and had been looking for a good excuse to wear it - I finally found one I guess!  I was so cozy, especially while saddling up to the bonfire we had after the sun went down!

Sweater - Old Navy (thrifted), Cami - Gap
Jeans - Old Navy, Boots - Target
Necklace - Stella and Dot 

Oliver did pretty well for his first Oktoberfest celebration too.  He hung in for the first couple of hours but then got pretty tired out so we sent him home with Nate's parents so he could sleep in a quieter house for awhile!  We went back and got him after everything wrapped up as it wasn't too terribly late of a night.  

It was a good time, nice to see people we haven't seen much in a while and we love sharing our love of homebrew with others.  The clear winner was our apfelvien - which is almost more of a hard cider/wine than it is beer, but that seems to be the favorite every year!  My personal favorite I think is our current raspberry porter, it's a nice roasty beer with raspberry flavor and it's so tasty!  I'm glad we were able to pull off having our annual event after taking last year off.  I missed it last year and I'm pretty impressed we could make this happen even with an active 10 month old at home!  The best part - our house is now the cleanest it's been since before Oliver was born!  I am hoping we'll keep that trend up, but who am I kidding?  

For more Inspiration Monday looks, head on over to two birds over here!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Life Lately

I'm off of work today to get stuff ready for our big annual Oktoberfest tomorrow!  I am SO excited.  I still wanted to get a blog post up today, so here's just a little "life lately" post to tide you over on all your Bethie and family needs until I am able to spend more time here, ha.

Oliver has started his coffee habit.  Ok, I'm kidding.  But he found my (empty) coffee mug last weekend and thought it was pretty awesome.

I haven't talked about the kitties in quite some time here but I assure you they are alive and well. They were cuddling together last weekend and I always love catching them together.  Oliver has taken to trying to crawl after them now, especially Taylor.  Poor cats!

I was supposed to sing at a wedding last weekend but sadly due to miscommunication that didn't work out.  I had stopped at Target on the way to the wedding to pick up a couple of things for Ollie and decided, hey, since I'm making a little extra cash today I'm going to treat myself.  So I bought this adorable bag that reminds me of a Kate Spade style.  Then I didn't get to do the wedding and didn't get paid so practical me said, maybe I should just return the bag.  I was totally going to.  But it kept calling to me.  It said "let me live with you Bethie, please?"  I couldn't refuse it's sweet little voice so I said yes.  I also took to Instagram and many of you told me I made the right choice in keeping it.

On a separate trip to Target to get something else for Oliver (seeing a pattern here?) I also was weak and gave into temptation on two items I've been seeing everywhere between other bloggers and Instagrammers and well, I am a follower you guys.  I want to be like the cool kids.  So this mustard sweater and blanket scarf now live in my closet too.

We took a huge leap into the 21st century this week and said goodbye to our landline.  It's so strange to me.  But it was necessary, we were getting horrible service and we always both have our cell phones, so it was seriously just time.  I mentioned on Facebook that it's strange to me that Ollie won't grow up knowing what a landline even is - and ironically, now his favorite toy is the old school Fisher Price phone!

So that's where we're at.  I'm now off to run errands and clean my house like mad in preparation for tons of people to be in it tomorrow.  I'll be sure to share all about it on Monday.  I hope you all have a great weekend, wish you all could be here too!
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Thrift Style Thursday - Sporty Chic

Today's Thrift Style Thursday theme was a CHALLENGE.  I was totally on board when the other gals suggested we do "sporty chic" this week and then later was like, what was I thinking?  Here's the thing.  I am not sporty.  Not even a little bit.  So I was like, how am I going to do this and also make it work for work??  Well, I pulled a little something together I think works pretty well.  And it's my Friday today, so if there was ever a day to have a little fun with what you're wearing to work it's on a "Friday", amiright?

I knew I would wear these comfy canvas shoes I bought at a consignment store a few years back.  I also decided I would attempt to dress up a sweatshirt for work as well.  I pulled out this denim skirt and some knee highs and here we are.  Nate said I look like I'm ready to go play tennis.  I can dig that I guess.

Sweatshirt - Mossimo (Target), Skirt - Loft (thrifted)
Shoes - Dansko (Consignment), Necklace - Swap 

The whole time I was putting this together I kept thinking of the Spice Girls for some reason and Sporty Spice - she was never my favorite.  I felt kind of bad for her, she wasn't really as pretty as the other girls and didn't get to really wear as many fun clothes.  I guess someone has to be the tomboy though right?  I was never that girl!  Nate was not sporty either.  We often wonder what Ollie will be like - he has already taken a liking to all sport type balls - soccer, football, baseball - so who knows!

For other Sporty thrifted looks, check out the other Thrift Style Thursday gals at their blogs below.

And check out our Facebook group to join in the fun yourself!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Braun Thermometer Review

I was chosen for another Influenster VoxBox and I wanted to share about it here.  This time I got the Braun VoxBox which included a Braun Forehead Thermometer.  I was pretty excited about it, we wanted the forehead thermometer when we were expecting Oliver but ended up receiving an ear style thermometer instead.  I thought I'd share some pictures here of how easy it is to use with my thoughts - and also share a dorky little video demonstration Nate helped me make!  I have to also state that Influenster gave me this item for my testing and review.  Thank you Influenster!

So, the thermometer is pretty small in size actually - which I think is great, you could easily put it in a diaper bag or something if you were on the go.

It's super easy to use. Turn on the power button.  It will beep once and then the display lights up with a green light, three blank lines and the F for Fahrenheit.

To take a temperature reading, you push the little gray button that has a picture of a thermometer on it and then hold it up to your child's (or even your own) forehead.  You can be up to two inches away and get a read, but the closer you can get to the forehead the better.  It will give you a reading very quickly, within seconds. 

As you can see, I do not have a temperature, so the light is green and you can clearly read the result (I often run low).  If you had a fever, the light would be yellow in addition to telling you what the reading is.  If you are not getting an accurate read the light is red and says "error" so you just need to clear it and try again.  We've found the error message comes up if you get hair in your way.

Another nice feature is you can turn the sound off on the side so it will not beep - this would be a good thing to consider if you wanted to check your child's temperature without waking them up. 

So overall, it's so easy and I like this so much better than the ear style thermometer!  I certainly do not wish any illness on my household this winter, but it's good piece of mind to know we're ready just in case!

And as I mentioned above, Nate helped me make a demo video too - I'll share it below here, it's not great, Oliver was kind of squirmy, but you can see it in action at any rate!

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Plaid + Stripes = Fall

Gasp, an outfit post on a day that isn't Thrift Style Thursday? What is this craziness??  I've been trying harder to get more than one outfit post on the blog in a week but it just hasn't been happening lately.  But here I am today!  I just loved the look I pulled together today, if this doesn't scream "FALL", I don't know what does!

I combined two of my favorite prints - plaid and stripes.  Top it off with a denim jacket and boots and it's just the perfect fall outfit.  Not to toot my own horn or anything, but toot toot.  The end.

Jacket - White House, Black Market (Consignment), Plaid shirt - Old Navy
Skirt - Merona (Target), Boots - Target
Necklace - Charming Charlie

It's nice enough that bare legs aren't terrible today.  I do look forward to wearing tights, but I also enjoy not having to deal with them quite yet! There will be plenty of time for that!

What type of clothing screams Fall to you?
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Monday, October 13, 2014

Weekend snapshots

Happy Monday! Well, ok, really, can Monday be truly happy? I try to keep a positive attitude, but I tell you, it's cloudy and dull outside and I've been a little clumsy so far today, and my to do list for my Oktoberfest next weekend is getting bigger and bigger so it's a bit of a challenge today.  I'm just going to keep drinking my coffee and instead of looking ahead too much and panicking will instead reflect on a nice weekend spent with my boys.

Friday evening we spent quietly at home, went for a walk before Ollie went to bed, then made some chili cheese dogs and watched a movie called God's Pocket, which was just ok in my opinion.

Saturday we got up and headed out into one of the chilliest mornings so far for a round of disc golf.  We made sure Ollie was bundled up nice and warm - even Nate and I ended up wearing gloves!  It was one of the best rounds I think I've played so far though, I'm starting to get a little better at my throwing skills! We headed home and attempted to put Ollie down for a nap, but he resisted a bit.  So, instead we cleaned up a bit and went to lunch at one of our favorite restaurants - Brasa in NE Minneapolis.  Oliver had a great time, we ended up sharing almost all of what we had with him and he ate it all.  He loved it.  By the time we were heading home he was finally tired enough that he pretty much passed out and took a long early afternoon nap.

I was supposed to sing at a wedding, so I headed over to the church only to find out they double booked singers and because the mother of the bride contacted the other singer, they would not be needing me.  Sad panda.  So I ended up with a little down time instead before Oliver woke up from his nap.  After he woke up, we met up with some friends that we haven't had the chance to hang out with in awhile at a new to use brewery in St. Paul, Tin Whiskers.  We shared a beer flight, had a chance to catch up with our friends and Oliver finally met his new buddy, baby Alexander, in person.  Sadly though, Oliver was not happy to just sit still for terribly long so we headed for home by about 6:00 so we could get him ready for bed.  Nate and I just had some leftovers for dinner and watched a much better movie called Are We Here?

Sunday we all slept in and then Nate made us some delicious breakfast at home that we enjoyed while Ollie had a morning nap.  After he woke up, Nate and my dad started working on an area in our backyard where we've had trouble with water coming in the house while my mom and I took Ollie to Once Upon a Child for a little bit.  We came back and she helped me go through Ollie's dresser real quick to pull out the items that he's outgrown or are not really for the season any longer.  Then she left and I put him down for an afternoon nap and then I baked cookies for Nate and my dad and my "brother" Dave who had also come to help as a form of payment for their work.  Dad and Dave left and Nate and I chatted a bit about what we need to do for Oktoberfest and were just getting ready to go to the park with Oliver when Nate's parents called and invited us out to dinner.  We're not ones to turn down free food so we met up with them and Nate's sister and went to Red Robin.  Ollie did really well there too, he had fun sitting in his high chair at the table with us and Nate offered him scraps of various things on his plate.  After dinner we headed home and put him to bed, though he was so excited from his adventures it took him a bit to calm down for the evening.

So, it was a pretty decent weekend overall.  I didn't take a lot of pictures this weekend as you'll notice - sometimes I think it's good to live in the moment and just be, so it was nice to step away from my phone/camera a little bit and just be present.  I'm working on that balance, I want to make sure I capture moments I don't want to forget with Ollie, but again, I want to be sure I'm in the moment as much as possible too.

Looking ahead it will be a crazy week, but we'll just take it as it comes! 
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