What’s Up Wednesday and Cardigan Love

Hey friends and Happy Halloween! So it’s the last Wednesday of the month and the last day of October, and that makes it What’s Up Wednesday. You know what’s really up? This is my 3rd post this week. What’s up with that? HA!  I thought this meme was funny and about 98% accurate. The Christmas season just seems to creep in early every year. Pretty soon we’re going to be hanging our stockings with Easter Eggs in them. LOL

I don’t always have much to share on some of the questions, so I’m just going to pick the ones that I feel like answering. Finally doing it this way is very freeing and so here’s my version of What’s Up Wednesday.

What we’re eating this week….
Last week I made ghost cookies to send to my kids and then Saturday I made pumpkin bread, so I guess you could say we are eating all the seasonal foods. Look under the recipes tab for both of these recipes.

Halloween Ghost Cookies

Last night we had pizza made on Trader Joe’s Cauliflower Crust. I talked about it in this post. This makes for such an easy, throw together, uninspired dinner. LOL I just put pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, Kalamata olives, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella on for a delicious combination.

cauliflower pizza

What I’m loving….

Yesterday I shared my first Instant Pot recipe for Italian Chicken Noodle Soup. I was absolutely giddy when this soup turned out so delicious and I pulled off the IP conversion. I’m already thinking about what my next Instant Pot recipe will be. Instant Pots run on sale a lot, and with the holidays coming up and Black Friday being just 3 weeks away, there’s a good chance you can find a good deal. In the meantime, if you just can’t wait, you can order one from one of these retailers.


What I’m reminiscing about….

Is there any parent of grown children that doesn’t think back to the days of when they were little and all the Halloween’s past? I miss those days and the excitement, but I remember being exhausted by the time trick-or-treating rolled around. Carving pumpkins, making dinner, arranging parades, and being room mom could wear a mama out. Stay strong girls and enjoy your little ghosts and gobblins. 

What I’m dreading….

Hmmm, honestly nothing. That’s a really great feeling. 

What I’m working on….
Would it be bad to say spinning my wheels? I’m forever working on 15 things at once. That’s the plight of someone who’s (A) a multitasker by nature and (B) self-proclaimed ADD. But what I’m really working on is *Trying to start getting my ducks in a row for the holidays
*Thinking about changing up my holiday decor a little, I think it may be the Christmas of buffalo plaid

*Starting some shopping
*Still trying to finish up the guest room I started revamping last year (I stalled out because I’m having trouble deciding on what kind of bed I want to get)

What I’m excited about….
In 2 1/2 weeks we fly to Nashville and pick up Katie to drive to my aunt’s house in Virginia. We haven’t been to her house since moving from Richmond, so it’s been at least 8 1/2 years. We will get to see some family that we haven’t seen in that same period of time, so it will be a lot of fun. My parents are meeting us there and my brother is planning to come too. This will be our first Thanksgiving without Benny, so we knew we didn’t want to stay in California. He and Erin are going to Disney World with her family. Poor kids, don’t you feel sorry for them??They will have a ball. They will be coming to us for Christmas and I’m super excited about that. This begins a new chapter for our family and I think it’s going to be a really good one.

What I’m wearing….
It’s taking a while for fall to reach us over here on the West Coast which is making it hard to figure out what to wear. I love the warmth, but I’m also ready to start wearing some of the things I’ve purchased for fall.  I’ve been doing some outfit planning and flat lays, so here’s what I have to look forward to.

What I’m looking forward to next month….
See what I’m excited about.


The Blended Blog gals are talking about cardigan love today. I am a HUGE fan of the cardigan and find myself wanting all.of.them. Last month for our Ageless Style link up we talked about “The Power of the Cardigan” and you can read that post here.

You can find some of my favorite cardigans here

Happy Wednesday friends and may your day be filled with all of your kids favorite candy you sneak out of their bags. #shhhhiwonttell




  1. Lauren Koepf Sparks
    October 31, 2018 / 7:41 am

    I love your ghost cookies and printed the soup recipe to try! Visiting you today from Sarah Fraser’s link up. laurensparks.net

    • October 31, 2018 / 7:54 am

      Thank you Lauren. They are quite the magical taste combination. Who would have thought?! Hope you try the soup and love it. Have a fun Halloween!! XO

  2. Living on Cloud Nine
    October 31, 2018 / 7:55 am

    Whoop whoop so much goodness! Especially LOVE Benny and Katie’s costumes! I should’ve shared the boys. Your game is so high right now, fabulous recipes, flat lays, fab finds, decorating..you got it going on! Love you BIG TIME! Now go eat some candy corn and peanuts! xo

    • October 31, 2018 / 9:53 am

      Yes, I’d love to see your little boogers all dressed up. YES…I will be having my candy corn today dad-gum-it!!! YUM. Have a sweet Halloween!! XO

  3. Kellyann
    October 31, 2018 / 9:10 am

    I am crazy about everything here and it’s like you read my mind! I have a cauliflower crust and I was going to ask you what I should put on it! Then here you are today sharing a recipe – isn’t that just SPOOKY!!!! Ha! I know you see what I did there!
    Those pics of the kids are too dang cute. Girl you are killin’ it with the flat lays – I need to get on board with that. You have me just about convinced I need an instant pot. How big is that thing? Where the heck can I store it?
    Love, love, love you friend!!!

    • October 31, 2018 / 9:53 am

      Awww, thanks so much sweet friend! Happy to fly in on broom just in the nick of time with a recipe. LOL The IP is big and kinda heavy. Mine is on the floor of my pantry. I need to try to use it once a week!!! Happy Haunting today! XO

  4. October 31, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    Your kids were so cute and I love the little ghost cookies. Brandon is long since done with trick-or-treating, but Lauren (13) is still insisting on going out. She has a whole gang of girls she’s going with. Happy Halloween
    X, Julie | http://www.thismainlinelife.com

  5. October 31, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Loved the post, the outfits and recipes but oh those adorable children of yours! And I was amazed how Katie looked so much like you from a really early age.
    Happy Halloween hugs from Mary, x.

    • October 31, 2018 / 3:33 pm

      Oh thanks so much Mary! Such sweet, sweet memories. XOXO

  6. October 31, 2018 / 5:17 pm

    Oh those ghost cookies look super cute – my grankids would love making those. I love the throw back pictures of the kids from Halloween past ! Hoping you are having a fabulous week lady !

    • October 31, 2018 / 7:49 pm

      Thanks Tammy! They are so good! The perfect combo of candy and cookie. Happy Halloween!!!

  7. November 1, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    I love all the outfits you’ve been wearing lately! I need to pull out some of my florals! You have some really cute floral tops! I love the look back at your kids’ costumes! So cute!

    • November 6, 2018 / 7:43 am

      Thanks Laura!!! I sure wish I could go back for a day and play with them when they were little (and thought I was the bees knees?) XO

  8. Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    November 1, 2018 / 8:11 pm

    I need to try those Ghost cookies next year, they’re so fun! I just love all of those outfits, you’re a master at outfit flatlay! I don’t want to think about my kids growing up and not doing all of the Halloween stuff, but you are right. It. is. so. exhausting.


    • November 6, 2018 / 7:42 am

      Yes to the ghost cookies. Your kids will love them. They are such a magical combination. I learned a lot about flatlays from you sweet friend…still learning though. You are such a pro at photography. XOXO

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