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5 Years of Halloween

I cannot believe that on Thursday we celebrated our 5th Halloween as a family of three! It was the first “big” holiday that we celebrated after becoming a forever family and being an October baby myself, it has always been a fun day for me. When we got home from our church’s Trunk or Treat event, I started going through pictures from past Halloweens and most definitely got teary eyed!

Our last 5 years of Halloween:

A History of Abby's Halloween

Can I just say that there is hardly any of her “baby face” left? She looks so grown up in this year’s picture! Look at this closeup:

Abby as Glinda the Good Witch

She made a glowing Glinda of Oz this year! I think we went through multiple costumes before she decided on which one to wear to Trunk or Treat. Thankfully she has quite a collection of dress up clothes which made costume changes easy!

October (and Halloween!) is one of my favorite times of the year! There needs to be more holidays that require costumes!

What is your most memorable Halloween costume?

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What I Wish I Was Wearing Wednesday

I’ve totally been a slacker this week with taking pictures for What I Wore Wednesday. I’m having an internal argument with my body these days. Not the same argument that I wrote about yesterday but instead one regarding where I was one year ago weight-wise and where I am now.

 

This time last year I had just reached my goal weight of 125 marking a 43 lb weight loss in a year! I was so excited to slide into those size 3/4 pants at Maurices. This year I’m sitting about 15lbs heavier. Not where I want to be at all. I will acknowledge that 125 was probably too low a goal to maintain for my post-menopausal body. The crazy high pain levels, surgery, and post-op Megace treatments have not helped matters. However, I still need to take ownership that my poor decisions have contributed as well (even though its very tempting to blame it all on the Megace since weight gain is the #1 side effect).

 

While my husband really likes my body at its current weight (I gained my curves back!), I would like to lose at least 5-8lbs. I think I would feel much more comfortable if I weighed between 130-135. So while I’ve been browsing Pinterest for cute outfit ideas, I’ve also been building a motivation board to help get me back in gear to make some healthy decisions. I’m not going to say diet but rather a lifestyle change. As much as I looooove my Dr. Pepper, its about time that we broke up. The holidays aren’t exactly the best time to kick the sweets to the curb, I know its a choice I won’t regret. I’m hoping the Sisterhood will have a challenge that kicks off after Christmas!

 

Enough of the shop talk – let’s talk clothes shall we? While I stunk at taking pictures this week, I did plenty of pinning! These are some of my favorite outfits from Pinterest* for what the series should be named “What  I wish I Was Wearing Wednesday” instead:

Gray-Holiday-Cocktail-Dress

Source: Birdsnest.com.au

*Dress/Outfit is no longer available*

Words cannot describe how much I love this dress! I feel like its a bit edgy but feminine at the same time! I would have to trade out the shoes thought. Maybe black or even a pop of color like pink.

Black-Sequin-Holday-Dress

Source: French Connection

Lucinda Sequin Dress

This would be so fun for a Christmas or even a New Years party! What girl doesn’t love sequins & sparkles?

Collection Designer Fashionable Holiday Dresses

Source: Net-A-Porter Fashion Fix

See above.

Fun Holiday Outfit Jeans Blazer and SequinsSource: Tumbler

This one is more causal but still includes some sparkle! Love the mix of the sequins and animal print!

Let-It-Snow-Casual-Holiday-OutfitSource: Let It Snow – Polyvore

This is a totally casual outfit but I think it would be perfect for a holiday shopping trip or hanging out with family and friends!

If you got to pick a dream outfit for the holiday season, what would it be?

***Important Note: If you love these outfits as much as I do and want to add them to your favorite Pinterest boards, please click through by clicking on the image or the link below so that you can pin the outfit to its original source***

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Memorial Weekend Recap Part 1

I hope everyone had a wonderful (and pain-free) Memorial Day weekend! Hopefully not many of you were like me and actually had the day off yesterday (I had to take a vacation day to be like the rest of the country but it was worth it)!

Summer is officially in full swing here in NC and boy is it HOT! Today’s high is 97 and tomorrow will be 98! Holy cow! What is July/August going to be like? Honestly at this point. I don’t want to know.

My parents joined us for the weekend. I took my dad to the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday and twisted my mom’s arm to keep Abby (real tough to convince her LOL). We had a great time! The weather was beautiful. Thankfully the storms left us Friday afternoon and gave way to clear skies for the weekend.

I probably didn’t do that good of job pacing myself so it was a good thing I planned a vacation day for yesterday to recover!

We hung out. We shopped and found some great deals – for Abby of course. I never get to shop for myself these days but when you have a little girl as cute as mine, you really don’t mind.

Here are some pictures from our weekend:

abby water table

I will post pics from our big day at the Coca-Cola 600 on Thursday! It was so fun!

 

What did you do this weekend?