Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

TGIF! Another fast week. Man… before you know it, it will be Christmas!

1. We had a pretty busy, but fun weekend! Saturday we had a house full of people for a church potluck. Tons of fun! And then Sunday afternoon my Bible study group had a little Autumn party. Elizabeth kept giggling and crawling straight for the stairs and quickly crawling up them. Sneaky sneaky!

2. I was just casually scrolling through my various social media spots, and noticed I hit 300 followers on Instagram and 100 subscribers on YouTube!! Both of these accounts are just for the blog, not my personal account, so I’m pretty chuffed! So thank you!

300 followers on Instagram!

3. I couldn’t help it – I went to Target and bought a few clothes items. This, of course, means I can’t wear them until after the 30 Outfits in 30 Days Challenge ends, but it’s just hard to resist the pull of the Target clothes department. But I ended up grabbing a knit navy dress. Pretty basic, but versatile! I didn’t bother trying it on, because trying on clothes with a child is a nightmare.  So I get home, try on the dress, and am shocked at how big it was! I couldn’t believe that my normal Medium size was so spacious! I check the label – an XL. Ooops!! So back to Target I go :)

4. In Elizabeth news, she got two new toys! One was a hiking backpack. We aren’t serious backpackers, but the Baby Bjorn just wasn’t cutting it anymore for our local 3 miler hikes. So we opted for this one. It’s lightweight, easy to buckle her in, and she loves sitting in it! I wouldn’t recommend it if you are doing all day backpacking, but for general hiking, it gets the job done.

She also got a birthday gift from some sweet friends. It’s one of those walker toys, and it took all of 5 seconds for her to figure it out and push it around the house :)

Elizabeth enjoying a new toy!

5. I didn’t feel like having the pumpkin ravioli on Wednesday night…. so we had breakfast for dinner instead! I made these chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes! They were so decadent, but delish!

Anyway, that’s it! Let me know what you’ve been up to in the comments below!  Have a great weekend!

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30 Outfits 30 Days Challenge Fall Edition | Days 13 – 18 Recap

30 Outfits in 30 Days Outfits 13-18 on Cup of TeaView the other 30 Outfits 30 Days Challenge Posts | Summer Edition | Fall Edition KickOff  | Days 1-6 | Days 7-12

Holy cow! How do these weeks go by so fast?? Another 6 outfits down! If you’re not sure what’s up, you can read more here.  But, long story short: I chose 30 items from my closet, and challenged myself to make 30 unique outfits for the next 30 days!

You can clearly see by the below outfits that I got a little lazy :) I was definitely repeating stuff over and over!

Here are my thoughts from this week’s outfits.

Most Worn Item | A tie this week! I wore my skinny Rockstar jeans from Old Navy and my brown wedges from Kelly & Katie in 5 of the 6 outfits. Ha! But I love those shoes! They are pretty comfy, and they go with everything!

Favorite Outfit | I like each outfit for different reasons! But a new-to-me outfit that made me happy was Day 1. Loved the chambray with the pearls! Adding the orange cardigan was a nice addition.

Least Favorite Outfit | Day 2…. I don’t dislike it, but I don’t like it on me. Maybe with a different skirt? But love the idea of a chambray shirt and a full floral skirt! I just think I need to hunt for a good skirt that fits me better.

This Week’s Surprise | I love how easily that cluster pearl necklace dresses up even the most casual outfit. It’s like the blazer of the accessories world!

Hardest Thing About This Week | Getting creative! I know I’m coming up to needing to put some creative outfits together… if you have ideas, pop them down below!

Anywho, let’s recap the outfits!

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Recap of Outfits 13-18 for 30 Outfits in 30 Days on Cup of Tea

Day 1 | Top (similar); Cardigan (similar); Jeans; Necklace; Shoes (similar)

Day 2 | Top (similar); Skirt (similar); Necklace; Bag (similar); Shoes (similar)

Day 3 | ShirtJeans; Shoes (similar)

Day 4 | ShirtJeans; Blazer; Shoes (similar); Necklace (similar); Watch (similar)

Day 5 | TopJeans; BlazerNecklace; Shoes (similar)

Day 6 | TopJeans; Shoes (similar); Jacket (no longer available in green); Scarf (similar)

Stay tuned next Thursday for another 6 day recap!

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Elizabeth’s 12 Month Update

Elizabeth at 12 MonthsForgive me while I shed a tear.

I’m not normally a sentimental girl. My husband is more likely to save every card he’s ever received, and all of his report cards from school.

But the last few weeks I’ve been all nostalgic, remembering this last year.

I’m sure every new parent says this, but this last year has gone so fast!

Elizabeth turned 1 a few weeks ago. It was such a delightful time spent with family and friends!

Elizabeth at 12 Months

Anyway (I’ve gone all sniffely over here!), instead of my typical one month review, I thought I’d just share some pictures.

But first, some of the things she’s done this month!

  • She is now standing and cruising furniture rather fast. She’s not standing yet without pulling up on something.
  • For whatever reason, her monkey toy is her new favorite, but ONLY if it’s wrapped in a blanket like a baby. It’s pretty precious.
  • Elizabeth enjoys playing in her play room all by herself.
  • She also has become a book lover – she hands me books and wants me to read them to her.
  • Elizabeth is such a gabby girl! (When she’s in the mood for it, anyway)
  • She is also now saying “mama” beyond a whiny “help me!” mode. So that’s nice :)

Her schedule hasn’t changed a whole lot from her 11 month update. I thought she was dropping her first nap, but that turned out to be a hoax. :)

Look at how much she’s changed!! Here are her monthly pictures from the last year!

Elizabeth monthly pictures Month 1-6

Elizabeth monthly pictures Month 7-12

And finally, here are a few of my favorite pictures from this last year.

Pictures from 1st year volume 1

Pictures from 1st year volume 2

Pictures from 1st year volume 3

That should probably last you a lifetime for baby pictures :) Thank you for indulging me!!

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Menu Monday #26

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How’s it going? Hope you had a lovely, Fall weekend! We sure did! I am so excited for nice, beautiful Fall weather down here in Durham.

When the weather turns cooler, it always gets me in the mood for comfort foods. I have one of my favorite baked pasta dishes on the menu for tonight. This recipe is originally from Cook’s Illustrated, and it makes a HUGE pan! When I make it, we have pasta for days. Instead, this time I’ll be splitting it up and taking one half to a friend who has just had a baby.

I’ve also got our favorite enchiladas on the menu, but since I’ve got a slew of taco shells that need used up, we’ll have them taco style instead :)

I’ve got one “new to me” recipe on the menu this week – a vegetarian shepherd’s pie! I love shepherd’s pie (when I have a hankering for real meat, which I do occasionally indulge in) but this version looks pretty darn tasty.

Finally, I was really craving a hearty soup for our Friday Soup night! I went digging through my saved recipes and remembered this Wild Rice and Mushroom soup from Cook’s Illustrated. It’s many steps, but oh so delicious! (In case you’re wondering, Cook’s Illustrated is sneaky and stingy with sharing their recipes on the website. THANKFULLY some people cook them, and post the recipe on other sites!)

That was a lot more food chatter than I was expecting! So let’s get cracking!

For more information on how I menu plan, look at this. But if this is your first time reading a Menu Monday post, this is where I post what we’ve got on our dinner menu for the week. And, as always, I have links to as many recipes as I can reference. Some, though, are just “open a can” or “microwave that”. You know what I’m saying??

Monday:
Baked Penne Pasta

Tuesday:
Our favorite Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchiladas
but in taco form :)

Wednesday:
Pumpkin Ravioli from Trader Joe’s
with a Walnut Brown Butter Sauce & Balsamic Drizzle

Thursday:
Eggplant Parm Casserole
(Helps use up ingredients from our penne pasta!)

Friday (Soup Night):
Wild Rice & Mushroom Soup

Saturday:
Lazy Vegetarian Sheperd’s Pie

Sunday:
Grilled Cheese Roll ups with Tomato Soup
(I’ve been dying to try those roll ups!)

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Hey Hey! It’s Friday!

Another week, another Friday! Mercy me!

Onward!

1. This week flew by! I’m still recovering from the party last week, but at least the house is back to normal!

2. I still can’t believe I have a One Year Old! And I feel like this week Elizabeth has been doing silly, new things! For example, I was down on the floor wiping up the schmuk under her high chair (sigh… my least favorite task). I looked over at Elizabeth, and she had grabbed a section of the paper towel and was wiping the floor too! Adorable! So naturally I had to go to the Dollar Store to buy some things for her very own cleaning kit! (Train ‘em young!)

Cleaning up at Cup of Tea

3. It’s finally feeling a little cooler consistently around here! I managed to squeeze in a few walks in the afternoons! Joy!

4. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a dark, berry lip just around the house, right? Is that too much? I hope not, because I’m doing it. I’ve mentioned over and over again that I love the Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in #127. You can see me wearing it MANY times in my recent 30 Outfits in 30 Days post. (Yikes! That was a lot of links!)

5. And then, yay! Remember the giveaway with Tif from Bright on a Budget and Della from Della Devoted? Did you enter? Well we have a winner! Click here to see if you’ve won! If you are the lucky winner,  email me at ktcupoftea(at)gmail.com and I’ll hook you up! Thanks for participating! It was such fun!!!!

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