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Thank You, Elf Yourself

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I know it’s been a couple Fridays without any Thank You notes being shared! What can I say, this mama has been busy and somethings gotta take the backseat.  But today, my pen and paper are ready!! Is your Jimmy Fallon voice ready? OK, let’s get started!

Thank You Notes

 

Thank you, Elf Yourself and Office Max, for providing me with endless entertainment this week as I made countless videos of the cutest dancing elves around!

Thank you, annual work Christmas party, for forcing this Mama and Daddy to have their FIRST date night since becoming Mama and Daddy. Thank you for giving me a reason to get dressed up and look fancy with my favorite guy in the world.  Thank you also to my amazing SIL’s for taking such good care of the boys.IMG_3059

Thank you, online shopping, for allowing me to be done with Christmas shopping without stepping in one single store.  This mom of twins has never been more grateful for such a convenience.

Thank you, sheer luck, for capturing one of the best pictures of the boys yet!! I was just telling our photographer how impossible it is for me to get a good, smiley picture of both my babes. And then BAM, it happens. And they are so darn cute!

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Thank you, Zoo Lights, for becoming a new, and festive tradition for our family of four.  Thank you babies for staying up late and being mesmerized by all the sparkling Christmas lights. My mama heart was overflowing with love and joy; it will be a memory I will never forget!IMG_3149

Thank you, Target, for being my go-to, must get out of the house now, place.  I can aimlessly walk the many aisles as the boys sleep and it feels like a mini vacation for me.  Thank you also for having a Starbucks inside so I can treat myself to a chai latte on my way out.

Thank you, friends and family, near and far, for sending us beautiful cards for the holidays.  I am giddy every day as I check the mail box, and I love seeing all the happy greetings hang ing in our kitchen.

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Do you have any thank you notes to write? Leave me a comment!! I promise to read it using my best Jimmy Fallon voice! If you’re a blogger link up with Mrs. AOK and write your own Thank You notes!

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Winter is a Time for Traditions – That’s What She Said #LinkUp

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How it works

Each month we will pick a quote, the quotes we choose are women’s words… get it? That’s What She Said.

The link up will run for 2 weeks.

We will pin and feature our favorites, the following month.

You will always know what the next month’s quote is, we will have it posted here, and sent to your inbox!

Rules

Please only linkup posts inspired by the quote of the month. We want to see how this quote will get your creative juices flowing.

We would like for you to connect with others, please visit the person who linked up before you, and go show some love.

It would be AWESOME if you would share the link up via your social media. #That’sWhatSheSaidLinkUp

Of course, it’s always fun to connect, let’s follow each other along.

Number one rule: Have fun and be creative 

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Afro Chic Mompreneur, shared how she doesn’t allow her pain to be an excuse to fail, rather it is her motivation.

This month's quote

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Winter is a time for traditions.

Growing up my Mom worked to make my world magical. Every day was filled with magic and love.  But especially around the holidays.  My mother was leaving Santa prints and wrapping books for an Advent calendar for as long as I can remember.  

Before The Elf on the Shelf; there was my Mom and there was Allister McAllister.  

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Allister McAllister arrived at our house on my oldest sister’s very first Thanksgiving; 29 years ago.  Allister would find a special spot each night, after reporting to Santa of course, and we would wake up each morning with great anticipation as to where he would be.  Allister didn’t cause mischief, or leave us extravagant gifts; and we loved him with all of our hearts.  Each Christmas Eve Allister would make his way to the Christmas tree (so he could easily go back to the North Pole with Santa).  I remember feeling so torn; being excited for Christmas morning to arrive yet feeling heartbroken that Allister would not be there to search for each morning.

Last Christmas I was sure to remind Allister (as if he would forget) to make sure he sent a friend to the Wilhelm house on Thanksgiving for the two sweet babes growing in my belly.IMG_3002

And Allister did not forget. Willy Wilhelm arrived right on time; just after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade of course; and not a minute sooner!  Each morning Matt and I take the boys on a search for their happy elf.  The boys reach for Willy and would love to get their hands on him and perhaps more importantly their mouths.  

I look forward to creating a magical world for my sweet babes! Willy Wilhelm is just the start!

What is one of your winter family traditions? I’d love to hear!

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Six Month Old Twin Pictures {Wordless Wednesday}

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Our little ones were six months a couple weeks ago! We met with Liz from Limelight Photography for their next set of pictures in their grow-up series.  It seems like just yesterday that Liz came to our house to do their newborn pictures.  Where has the time gone?? I love these smiley, happy boys with my whole heart!!3sHXDbXAKOVDzP14xewrcENqjMt6MF-QHKKpR9OlgqY,5g0ekKrs2T5YqOvrj3_sOktW5rTuNj88Uzg7KPQm_-Y

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Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just about a week away!? Where did November go? I find myself asking that question often.  I love Thanksgiving.  The family, the thankfulness, and lets not forget about all the tasty food.  Perhaps what I love more than the day of meal is the yummy leftovers. Who doesn’t love a leftover Thanksgiving sandwich; complete with turkey, stuffing, and some cranberry sauce! If that isn’t calling your name do not fret!! I have complied some of my favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes to share with you! There are Thanksgiving leftover recipes for everything from the turkey, to the cranberry sauce! Enjoy!!

 

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for everything from the turkey, to the cranberry sauce! Enjoy!!
Leftover Cranberry Sauce

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for cranberry sauce leftovers!

Caramalized Pear and Cranberry Sauce Panini from The Roasted Root

French Toast Stuffed with Cranberry Cream Cheese from Alaska from Scratch

Cranberry Sauce Bread from Oh My Veggies!

Whipped Cranberry Butter from Good Life Eats

Cranberry Sauce Cheesecake Brownies from Damn Delicious

 

Turkey Leftovers

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for Turkey Leftovers

Turkey Cobb Sandwich from Closet Cooking

Turkey Enchilads from Simply Cooking

Thanksgiving Turkey Pot Pie from Damn Delicious

Thanksgiving Nachos from Girl Versus Dough

Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict from Closet Cooking

 

Mashed Potatoes Leftovers

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for Mashed Potatoes Leftovers

Shepard’s Pie Two Ways from The Roasted Root

Mashed Potato Crusted Quiche from Teacher Chef

Cheesy Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes from Just a Taste

Homemade Gnocchi Made with Leftover Mashed Potato from The Art of Doing Stuff

Leftover Mashed Potato Puffs from The Kitchn

 

Stuffing Leftovers

My favorite Thanksgiving leftover recipes for Stuffing Leftovers

Stuffing Muffins from Yum Sugar

Stuffing Enchiladas from Ready Set Eat

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms from Purely Consumed

Turkey and Stuffing Cakes from Trampling Rose

Chicken and Stuffing Bake from Anderson + Grant

Do you love Thanksgiving leftover recipes?? What yumminess do you make with all your leftovers!?

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What I Learned Taking a Year Off From Running

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When I found out I was expecting twins, one of the first questions I asked the doctor was about running. Since I was carrying two babies, my pregnancy was considered high risk, and I thought this could pose possible concern when it came to running.  My doctor recommended I stop running all together. Walking was ok and encouraged, but running would have to wait.  I took a whole year off.  I didn’t run a single step when I was pregnant, and it took me a couple of months to get our new life together before I hit the pavement again.  I discovered a few things along the way…

 

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1. Running is a Time Commitment
I forgot the time that it takes to get in a run.  Even a quick run is not really quick.  Add in stretching, warm up, cool down, and some more stretching and your quick run is over an hour long. Not to mention sometime running means I have to attempt to squeeze in an extra shower.

2.Running Helps Me Sleep Better
Especially since the boys were born, I often found myself in bed making a mental list for the next day.  I often would wake up in the middle of the night.  I think I am still adjusting to the boys sleeping through the night.  But since I have started running again, I sleep like a baby! Some nights I don’t even remember falling asleep. 

3. Running Makes Me Happy
One day last week was just one of those days.  I was exhausted, the boys were fussy and cranky.  And therefore I was fussy and cranky.  I wanted to curl up and cry but that was not an option.  So instead I strapped the boys in the jogging stroller and went for a run.  Day solved.  All three of us needed some fresh air, and this mama needed a good run!

4. I Love Running in the Fall and Winter
There is nothing better than going for a run and not almost dying of heat stroke.  I am already DREADING the summer months and it is only November. 

5. Slow and Steady is the Way to Go
I have never ran for speed, but after taking some time off it furthers my belief that slow and steady is the way to go. I don’t have the endurance I had before nor do I have the speed I had before, I am completely fine with this.  Running has taken on a new meaning to me!

6. I Love Running… but Also Kind of Hate It
And so it continues. This love/hate cycle of running.  I mostly do love it.  Except when I don’t.  I guess it’s nice to know some things never change.

 

Have you ever had to take a break from something you love? Did it change anything for you? I’d love to hear!

 

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That’s What She Said #Linkup

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Here is how it works:
Each month we will pick a quote, the quotes we choose are women’s words… get it?
That’s What She Said.

The linkup will run for 2 weeks.
We will pin and feature our favorites the following month.
You will always know what the next month’s quote is, we will have it posted here, and sent to your inbox!

What are the rules?
Please only linkup posts inspired by the quote of the month.
We want to see how this quote will get your creative juices flowing.

We would like for you to connect with others, please visit the person who linked up before you, and go show some love.
It would be AWESOME if you would share the linkup via your social media. #That’sWhatSheSaidLinkUp
Of course it’s always fun to connect, let’s follow each other along.
Number one rule: Have fun and be creative ♡

Your Hosts

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Mrs AOK, a Work in Progress                                 Courtney: What’s Up With the Wilhelms                             Katy: Chaos & Kiddos

Our Pick from October Linkup:

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November’s Quote

That's What She Said NovemberI believe everything happens for a reason. Is that called fate? I am not sure.  But I try to live my life without regret.  I know that had I not made certain choices, had life not thrown me certain curve balls, I would not be me.

I believe that even our lowest, most ugliest moments help define us.  What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger, right? That is what Victoria Erickson’s words mean to me.

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You must weather the storm, to enjoy the rainbow! I believe that whole heartedly. In order to realize just how sweet life is, you must also see how tough life can be!

Matt and I struggled to start a family.  

It was without a doubt the hardest thing I have ever faces.  But it changed me for the better.  It made me a stronger woman, made my relationship with Matt deepen, and it definitely made me a better mama. Our struggle gave me courage, compassion, and the ability to not take one thing (even the seemingly bad, hard, crummy moments) for granted.

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When I am running on three hours of sleep, and Matt is stuck on work.  When I haven’t showered in three days, and couldn’t even tell you the last time I shaved my legs.  When both babies are crying, and the phone is ringing like crazy.  When my floor is covered with dog fur, and I have dirty dishes in my sink.  All I can think is Thank Goodness!!

Thank goodness for dirty diapers.  Thank goodness for crying babies.  Thank goodness copious and copious amounts of laundry. Thank goodness for our struggle. Thank goodness for the thought that I would not get to be a mother.  

For those thoughts, which turned out to be just that, thoughts; have made me who I am today.  Our struggle left battle wounds and scars but also left me with the biggest heart, more gracious, mama heart. Our battle left me with the ability to love more than I ever thought possible.

Thank goodness for our struggles, our battles, our ability to get up each morning and say I can do this, I can fit this battle, I will be stronger!

 

What do Victoria Erickson’s words mean to you? I would LOVE LOVE LOVE for you to leave a comment letting me know, or better yet write a post and join the fun! xo

 

Join us in December!!

Let Edith Sitwell’s words inspire you and link up on the 10th!Winter Quote 2

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