Weekly recap.

Recapping our week on the blog! Girls dinner, Halloween, mammogram, and a UC Bearcats football game.

Monday October 30
Started out the week by having dinner with the girls from high school. Had to bring the kids along, and they were pretty good. It’s hard to sit and talk for long with Huxley, he made it about an hour and a half. Came home and took a bath, and he went to bed.

Tuesday October 31
It had been a few days since I worked out, so I did a quick workout on the Nike fit app. Brady came over in the morning to use our scanner, it was nice to hang out with him for a little bit. He played with Huxley and hung out for a few. On the way to get my hair done, sometimes I’ll text my hair girl if she wants something from Starbucks. She wanted a pumpkin spice latte, and I got my favorite chai tea latte with pumpkin foam. While I was getting my hair done, Kevin and the kids carved pumpkins and got ready for trick-or-treat! Hadley was Hermione Granger from Harry Potter, and Huxley was a super easy DIY Mickey Mouse. I waited too long to buy an outfit, so I just did something simple. Halloween was absolutely freezing this year, so cold that little Huxleys hands were so red and cold. Kevin and Huxley went back to the house and passed out candy, and Huxley watched all the trick-or-treaters from the window. Hadley and I went out for about an hour, it was cold! Hadley loves to organize her candy.

Wednesday November 1
Some days after school, Hadley likes to hop in the shower after she finishes her homework. I try to have her wait until after dinner but sometimes this is how it goes. I just love how Hadley is with Huxley, we couldn’t have asked for a better big sister! On our daily walk to check the mail, we stopped and checked out the backhoe parked on our street. Huxley loves construction vehicles!

Thursday November 2
Happy mail got sent out this day, Thanksgiving invites! I will always be a paper fan, especially invitations. Kevin was on a run that involved horses on the highway, and it made the news. The horses were okay, it was a truck fire that was hauling the horses in the trailer.

Friday November 3
My annual mammogram, and an ultrasound of my boobies. I’d been having some pain and wanted to get it checked out and it worked out that it was time for my annual mammogram anyway. They found nothing wrong, which is great news! I wonder if the pain is hormonal, guess we’ll wait to see what the doctor says. Huxley and I headed to Kroger later in the morning, he loves those kid carts. I feel like he lasts in the store longer in those than the regular carts.

Saturday November 4
We took Hadley to the UC Bearcats football game for her birthday present! Her birthday is later this month, but it worked out scheduling wise to go to this game. She loved it! She is such a sports girl. It was a beautiful day for football.

Sunday November 5
Started out the morning with a workout. And then we just hung around all day and got used to the time change. The fall-back time change, I feel is the worst. I like the spring forward one much better! Every year I always say we should pull out our flowers for the winter, before they die and just look horrible all winter long. After almost five years of living here, I finally ripped them out. Hadley helped me, and then we raked up the mulch a little bit.

Happy Tuesday everyone, have a great week! And as always, thanks for reading!

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What I Ordered from Amazon in October 2023.

Hi friends, here is what I ordered from Amazon in October.

Hadley wore this shirt to a Taylor Swift themed birthday party! I was shocked she wore it because it’s pink, but she picked it out on Amazon so there ya go! Shirt can be found here.

Taylor Swift stickers for part of the birthday gift. Stickers can be found here.

Birthday cake lip balm for part of the birthday gift. Lip balm can be found here.

Glitter for part of the birthday gift, what little girl doesn’t like glitter? Glitter can be found here.

We put all of the goodies into this bag. We also ordered another cute Taylor item, but it didn’t arrive in time. Bag can be found here.

Hadley is having a few friends get together to celebrate her birthday, bowling style! Plates can be found here.

Lollipops that are going in with part of the goodie bag for the birthday party. We are going super low key since we already went to a college football game for her gift. Lollipops can be found here.

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If you’d like to check out what I’ve ordered in previous months, check the posts below!
March 2022
September 2022
October 2022
November 2022
December 2022
January 2023
February 2023
March 2023
April 2023
May 2023
June 2023
July 2023
August 2023
September 2023

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Friday Favorites.

Hi friends! Happy Friday! Here are the favorites this week.

I want to try these boots so bad; I think they are so cute! For my bum feet, I bet they aren’t super comfortable, but they are still styling! Boots can be found here.

I’ve been using this for a month and love it! I want to try other brands, but these makeup sticks are awesome. I just use a blending brush and it works so well! Multi stick can be found here.

I don’t know if my hair is long enough to use this, but I’ve wanted to try this. Heatless rod can be found here.

Hadley had a friends birthday party, and the theme was Taylor Swift. I convinced her to get this shirt, and she loved it! Shirt can be found here.

Eye masks are my favorite thing right now. I love trying new ones! Eye masks can be found here.

Happy Friday everyone, have a great weekend! And as always, thanks for reading!

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Currently – November 2023.

Happy Thursday, friends! Linking up with Jennifer for this month’s edition of currently. We’re talking about what we’re currently loving, savoring, celebrating, remembering, and trying this month.

Loving: Getting my nails done about twice a month, I love getting them done! I wish I could do it all the time, but it can get expensive. Hadley is the biggest help, she will randomly put the groceries in bags if there isn’t a bagger, she helps put the garbage cans out. She is the best.

Savoring: How much Hadley loves softball, she never complains about going to practice, games, none of it. She is excited every single time!

Celebrating: Reading books! Hadley loves to read; she amazes me every day and the number of times I see her reading just because. She has inspired me to start reading! Kevin had a birthday, and we celebrated at home with dinner and watching football.

Remembering: How pretty the leaves are! And Huxley never wants to go inside, it’s a fight every time. The boy could live outside, no matter the temperature.

Trying: Pumpkin foam at Starbucks! I’m not a big pumpkin fan, like at all really, but the pumpkin foam is so good! It’s very light, and not super overpowering.

And that’s what I’ve been up to currently!

Happy Thursday!

30 days of Thanks.

For the month of November, I am going to do a little project for myself or anyone who wants to follow along. Each day, I’ll post a photo of something I am thankful for. I do this every few years. My goal for this project is to focus on something every day, to help me feel more appreciative. When I started to look ahead at my fall calendar, it can get to be a lot with the holidays coming.    

Gratitude and thanksgiving are essentially one and the same, having a thankful heart, giving thanks, and sharing our blessings. We have so much to be thankful for indeed!

November 1st usually starts a trend, especially on social media. #thankful #blessed #30DaysofThanksgiving are some of the hashtags I’ll be using. We use them ourselves to remind us to share with others what we are thankful for. They are a good reminder that November is a month of thanksgiving!

I encourage you to participate or just follow along! Instagram handle @lifewithmandyjoy.

“Gratitude is an appreciation for every moment in your life. It is a feeling of abundance.”
– Brenda Nathan

Birthday date with Hadley #10.

Hadley and her Dad went to the library for her October birthday date! She loves to do the scavenger hunt throughout the library, finding all the clues, and then getting to pick a prize at the end. She was a little disappointed when the prize was an eraser the size of her fingernail. It was a hard time coming up with an idea this month, so it was something super simple, but still time with one of her parents.

And this is the only photo her dad took of their birthday date LMAO!

She loves the idea of having special one on one time with her parents each month. We are going to take turns each month so we both get a chance to have our time with her throughout the year. I’m not saying we don’t get one on one time with her; I get a lot of time with her with my husband’s work schedule, but there is something special about planning something each month with her. It can be as simple as playing board games in the basement, coloring for an hour, going to a playground and eating dinner, just simple things. The point is, to be with just her and give her our undivided attention.

Previous birthday dates:
Birthday Date #1
Birthday Date #2
Birthday Date #3
Birthday Date #4
Birthday Date #5
Birthday Date #6
Birthday Date #7
Birthday Date #8
Birthday Date #9

Weekly recap.

Recapping our week on the blog! Lots of playing outside, ladybugs, pumpkin project, and Kevin’s birthday!

Monday October 23
They township we live in has been repaving the main street, and we couldn’t be more excited. The street has been awful for at least five years, since we moved in! Huxley loves to watch all the trucks and construction vehicles, so we walked up the road after school to check it out. After Huxley went to bed, Hadley and I got some mums and haystacks for our front porch. And then before bed, Hadley started to work on her pumpkin project.

Tuesday October 24
Huxley eating breakfast! Some mornings he devours his eggs, and other mornings he isn’t a huge fan. I do give him eggs almost every day, so he may get bored some days. After homework was all done, we went outside to play. We have so many ladybugs on the exterior of our house, and these weird bugs that are red and black but not lady bugs. Whenever it’s time to go inside, Huxley throws a full-fledged tantrum. This day he ran over to our neighbor’s garage and tries to get away. It’s pretty comical. I finished my second book, I’m so proud of myself!

Wednesday October 25
Hadley got an out of uniform pass the day before, and she always wants to use it the very next day. We always try to convince her to save it for a random day, but she just can’t. After school, Kevin cut the grass, and we played outside. Hadley finished her pumpkin project, she had to pick a character from a book and make a pumpkin out of the character. It was a fun project for her! And I started my third book!

Thursday October 26
After school, I bribed Hadley with going to Starbuck’s if she would go to our cousin’s house and drop off a little something to Kevin’s godson. I tried the pumpkin foam with the chai tea, and it was delicious!

Friday October 27
Hadley read a book in one day, and she took an accelerated reader test on it today and got a 100%. She amazes me, and I constantly tell her she inspires me to read more! She got her school photos, and they are so cute!

Saturday October 28
The only photo I took on a Saturday! I went shopping with my mom late afternoon, and then went to dinner. We bought Hadley some Bengals jammies!

Sunday October 29
Kevin’s birthday! We celebrated by chilling at home. We had a roast, carrots, and potatoes for dinner. My parents came over, and we watched the Bengals win! It was a chill calm day!

Happy Monday everyone, have a great week! And as always, thanks for reading!

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