Two Teens And Their Mama

Monday, December 11, 2017

Seattle Gift Guide


Happy Monday, friends!  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I finally got a little shopping done, but I'm still behind.  There's only two weeks until Christmas so I better kick it in gear!

Luckily The Blended Blog is sharing gift guides today, and I'm sure to find some unique things for my family and friends.  If you've got ideas, link up with us below.

I decided to put together some gifts that are uniquely Seattle.  If you're looking for a little Pacific Northwest flavor, check these out!

1 / No trip to Seattle is complete without a visit to Pike Place Market to watch the seafood vendors toss fish.  This little travel pouch reminds me of the market.

2 / Dale Chihuly was born in the area, and the Garden & Glass Museum at Seattle Center showcases many of his beautiful creations.  Following in the blown glass tradition, locally owned Glassbaby features unique votives and "drinkers".  This purple "mama drinker" is one of my favorites.

3Smoked Salmon is quintessential Seattle.  It's perfect for mailing since it doesn't need to be refrigerated until opening.

4 / The Maple Frango was originally a frozen dessert sold at the tea room of the Frederick & Nelson department store in 1920.  Eventually it evolved into delicious chocolates, bought by Macy's when F&N closed its doors.  These yummy bites are salty and sweet and make a great hostess gift or stocking stuffer.

5 / For the kid on your list, this 35th Anniversary edition classic story explains why there's a red light at the top of the Space Needle.

Now link up and get to shopping!


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

TBB Style: Winter Dresses & The Boots

Jacket (similar); Dress - old

Happy Wednesday and welcome back to The Blended Blog style.  We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!

Winter dresses, or dresses you wear in winter, with leggings and a jacket or sweater on top.  Either way, it's one of my favorite outfits this time of year.  Since I'm eating all the cookies (see yesterday's post), a dress is a stylish way to be comfy but look pulled together at the same time.


Dress (here); Sweater (similar)

And the boots.  Normally I buy inexpensive boots each year, because I wear them a lot and they get worn out pretty quickly.  But I found these Frye boots (similar) on a super duper sale last year, and I've been wearing them non stop.  They're the perfect color and pretty much go with everything.

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Tasty Tuesday: All The Cookies


I'm at The Blended Blog today, sharing bunches of delicious Christmas cookie recipes, including these yummy Iced Sugar Cookies from Jenny Keller.  Hop over and join us!

Monday, December 4, 2017

TBB Asks: Holiday Edition


I've been a blogging slacker lately, and I just couldn't get my act together last week.  But I definitely didn't want to miss out today for The Blended Blog's Holiday Themed Q&A.  Hope you'll join us by linking up below or on Instagram @tbblog.

Last year the holiday season was a bit ho hum for me.  I was missing Thomas and couldn't get into the Christmas spirit.  This year I'm feeling it again and so excited for the month ahead.  On to the questions!

One / For years we made of day of visiting the tree farm and picking out the perfect evergreen for our home.  And then we realized that my husband's allergies combined with the fresh tree was making him sick.  Enter the fake tree!  We actually have two and I've grown to love them.  They can stay up so much longer, and there are no needles to clean up.


Two / A good old fashioned frosted sugar cookie, preferably snowman shaped.  I hope you'll visit me on The Blended Blog tomorrow where I'll be sharing some delicious recipes in honor on National Cookie Day.

Three / Before we had kids, we always traveled to my parent's house for brunch and present opening.  When the boys came along, we hated to pull them away from Santa's toys, so the festivities switched to our house.

Four / Both.  Clear for the Lenox tree, and colored for the second tree in the family room.  The outside lights are a combo.

Five / Yep.  One of my favorite things about Christmas is getting cards from friends and family, so I figure they're happy to get mine too - probably?

Six / That's a tough one.  Anything my husband has given me.  He's the best present giver - always so thoughtful and perfect.  I, on the other hand, am terrible at this task, but he loves me anyway.  And I do try.

Seven / A trip for the boys to Disney World.  They were so excited!

Eight / My mom cross stitched a stocking for me when I was a little girl, and then ones for the boys years later.  My husband felt left out, so guess what he got for Christmas?


Nine / Nope.  And that ship has probably sailed.

Ten / Traditionally, "Do You Hear What I Hear?"  More recently, anything from the Elf soundtrack.

Eleven / Reading the nativity story with the boys, and then moving baby Jesus to the creche in our nativity stable.  They've gotten too old for this tradition, but hopefully I can do it with grandkids someday.

Twelve / Well, see number six above.  I have this fantasy every January that I will purchase lovely, thoughtful gifts throughout the year, and have everything done and wrapped by December 1st.  I'm 50 and it hasn't happened yet, so... I'm usually scrambling at the last minute.  This past weekend my husband and I stayed in a hotel near the best mall in our area, and got a lot done.  And there's still three weeks until Christmas...

The view from our window.  Do you spy Nordstrom?
Thirteen / It's not totally a Christmas movie, but one of my favorites is "Meet Me In St. Louis" with Judy Garland.  Also Elf, Charlie Brown Christmas, and Shrek The Halls.  "Christmas ain't Christmas til somebody cries" - Donkey.

Fourteen / Hot apple cider.

Fifteen / Of course!  And a note for Santa, and carrots for the reindeer.

The Blended Blog thanks you from the bottom of our writing hearts for all the love and support you've given TBB Asks this year.  It's grown into one of our most popular features, and hopefully we'll be back in 2018 with even more questions!




Wednesday, November 22, 2017

TBB Style: The Blush Coat


Welcome back to The Blended Blog Style We hope you'll join us and link up your fashion posts below, and check back to see if you are featured!

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and I can't wait for turkey and pumpkin pie.  I'm not ready for the day after, when we traditionally decorate for Christmas.  I swear, the older I get, the bigger a chore it becomes.  Everything is so pretty when it's done, but the process of getting there is exhausting!  Last weekend we put up our main tree and the lights, but haven't hung the ornaments yet.  My house is a little confused.

I love to shop Old Navy for trends, but have never purchased a winter coat from them.  When I saw this one online, I was drawn to the blush color and how cozy it looked.  It's heavy and warm, and quite well made for the price.



I'm wearing it with my favorite Kut From The Kloth corduroy skinny pants.  They're stretchy and run a bit big, so definitely size down.


Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends.  I hope you have a wonderful day filled with laughter, love, and good food!

Linking up  with The Pleated PoppyThursday Fashion FilesFashion FridayFabulous FridayPumps and PushupsHow I Style ItNot Dead Yet StyleMy Refined StyleThursday ModaI do DeclaireAgeless StyleWednesday's Wardrobe , Get Your Pretty OnShelbee On The Edge

And now it's time to link up!  I hope you'll join us again this week, and follow along with #theblendedblogstyle. 


Monday, November 20, 2017

When And Where I'm Thankful


This morning I woke up, stretched, rolled out of bed...and remembered that all my favorite guys were asleep under the same roof as me.  Which hasn't happened for over three months, so I was a very happy mama.  It's the little things.

The only way it could have been better?  If we'd woken up in our favorite little beach house.

There's something about the beach, and the ocean, that makes me grateful and at peace.  I could sit there all day with my toes in the sand and watch the waves roll in and out.  I'm reminded that life goes on, day after day, and problems that seem so big eventually become small grains of sand, with time.

It's easy to be thankful at the beach.  So when I need it most, I close my eyes, picture the waves, and remember that the giant in front of me is never bigger than the strength inside.


Linking up today with The Blended Blog to share when and where we're thankful.  Come join us!


Friday, November 17, 2017

More Random Friday Loves


I'm feeling random and rambly as this week winds down.  I keep thinking I'm getting sick, but so far I'm hanging in.  College boy is on his way home for a nice long Thanksgiving visit, and I can't wait to have all my guys under one roof.  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


I'm 50 years old, and up until now I've never worn lipstick.  Maybe a gloss here or there, but never color.  It always seemed so messy and I hated the re-application process.  Then my friend Sarah introduced me to Lipsense.  And now I'm addicted.  I want all the colors.  Lipsense goes on and stays on all day, without transferring to anyone or anything.  It's a miracle!  



I shared this Erin Condren look alike planner on my IG this week, and got some comments that the cover doesn't hold up very well.  I actually have that problem with all my planners, because I haul them everywhere.  This Happy Planner is really pretty and about 1/2 the price of an EC, so I'm going to see if I can reinforce the cover and give it a try.



My favorite moment from Grandpa Ed's recent visit - playing play doh with his youngest granddaughter.  There's a 96 year age difference, but that didn't matter.  He made her a play doh person, and she was enchanted with him, just like we all are.  P.S. Look at that pattern mixing Grandpa has going on!



The holidays are coming, and I haven't bought a single present or thought about what I'm going to wear.  Loved this post from Dawn at Fashion Should Be Fun, sharing some beautiful dresses for women over 40.



I saw this in a store window downtown, and it made me laugh.  Does anyone like raisins in cookies?  I even prefer chocolate chips in my oatmeal!



Be sure to head over to The Blended Blog to link up your favorite post from the week, and come back on Monday when we'll be talking about when and where we feel the most thankful.
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