Thursday Things I Love: Make-And-Takes, Zoo Meet-Ups, and Small Treasures

It’s been such a refreshing week – full of good food, people, and things I love. Take a look

this relationship

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Their relationship melts me. Look at that. JUST LOOK AT IT! Adorable. 

this sweet score

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This is one of my favorite scores from my clothing exchange last Friday. I’m so in love with this dress, and how awesome does it look with the choker?!

this comfort food

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I served this tomato bisque at my clothing exchange and it was a huge hit. My kids also love it. I’ve made it on the stove or in a crockpot. I’ve doubled the recipe and tripled it. It’s always good. Always. Do yourself a favor and try it tonight. My only suggestion is to puree everything before you serve it, as that gives it a much better texture. Also, I used two 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes instead of two 14 oz cans of diced. It made the pureeing easier and I felt like the extra tomatoes were a better balance to the other ingredients. Also, I made homemade croutons to go on top because, well, bread.

this fun thing

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A friend invited Theo to bowl and I had so much fun watching him do something new, interact with a friend, and generally be the awesome little boy that he is.

this make and take

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I have a friend who sells essential oils and she did a make and take night and it was a total blast. She had a menu of options for us to choose from, recipes printed out, and all the oils, ingredients, and containers that we needed. All we had to do was make our selections, put things together, and chat and generally have a ball. My boys are loving our new oil routine in the evening before bed, and I’m loving my “happy momma” roll-on because, well, that is pretty self explanatory.

this family dinner

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Actually, this family dinner was kind of a hot mess, but I’m still a huge fan of going out to eat with my kids. I mean, it gets us all out of the house, I don’t have to cook or clean up, and it’s a great learning and growing experience for us all. And even if the kids don’t behave their best or we end up yelling at them to stop yelling at each other, we still get to eat good food. So that’s a win in my book.

this classic Beatrice moment

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I’m looking at the camera trying to take a photo with my little girl and my little girl is hard core staring down my veggie lasagna because girl likes to eat. She proceeded to demolish my lasagna, by the way.

this amazing meet-up

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I’ve had this instagram friend (I know, it sounds fake) for awhile now. Majda even graciously allowed me to feature her and her vintage shop on my blog awhile back for a My Beauty Uniform interview. I was in Cleveland Tuesday and, knowing that she lived in the area, I reached out to her the day before and asked if she would like to meet, like for realz. She said absolutely and suggested we meet up at the Cleveland Zoo. It was a gorgeous, sunny and warm November day, and Majda and I and our sweet little crew had the best time hanging out. It’s just the absolute best meeting new people.

this little boy

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Oliver loved the zoo. Loved it. He kept running around, pumping his fist in the air shouting, “I’m so excited!” If that doesn’t warm your heart than I just don’t know what will!

these small things

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My boys love to bring me treasures, and I love being the recipent of such treasures. The other day, Theo and I were getting into the van. I was buckling my seat belt when he ran up behind me, thrust his hand between the seats and said, “Here. I collected these for you.” Then he ran back and hopped into his seat.

I don’t know. There is just something so lovely, so endearing, so incredibly sweet about these gifts.

There is something so special about the way a little boy loves his momma. It’s a gift I’ll cherish forever.

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