Things to Do - Random Links & 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime

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Happy Friday everyone! We visited the newly renovated National Gallery on Thanksgiving and I took this photo. Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Don't forget to check out this week's 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime!


* I always love KidFriendly DC's Annual Holiday Gift Guides and I'm especially excited that this year Darcy Troutman Photography made the list!!!

* 7 Parenting Superstitions from Around the World

* These shadow drawings are crazy awesome.

* This video made my week!

* 40 book box sets starring girls of all ages.

* Looking for a really funny Xmas gift? My friend, Shannon, just launched Kidsults and it is hysterical! ("Your hugs are boring" is my personal fave).

* I really want these pants.

* I'm loving Miss Moss's color-coded gift guides.

* The 31 best cookbooks of 2016.

* The reality behind photos of National Park monuments. I think it would be fun to go and just take photos of the crowds.


Things to Do/Make - Everyday Advent Calendar (2016)

I know it's super dorky, but I love making these calendars. I keep thinking the kids will grow out of it, but I can't let go.



December 1 (Thursday) - Xmas jammies from Old Navy

2 (Friday) - Outburst (game)

3 (Saturday) - Movie night - Suicide Squad

4 (Sunday) - Fujifilm mini-camera with film


5 (Monday) - The Oregon Trail Card Game

6 (Tuesday) - Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls & The Boys' Book of Survival (I find it somewhat annoying that so many good books have become segregated by sex, so my hope is that all the kids will dive into both books.)

7 (Wednesday) - Movie night - Home Alone

8 (Thursday) - Christmas tees. [Postscript - I AM SO ANNOYED! The tee-shirts never came, even though I ordered them in early November; luckily Amazon sells similar shirts, which I could buy at the last minute.]


9 (Friday) - Love Letter Card Game

10 (Saturday) - Movie night - Sound of Music

11 (Sunday) - Meadowlark Winter Walk of Lights

12 (Monday) - Roald Dahl's Revolting Recipes

13 (Tuesday) - Dinner and games at Dave & Buster's

14 (Wednesday) - Unbored Adventure: 70 Seriously Fun Activities for Kids and Their Families

15 (Thursday)- Dinner out (kids' choice)

16 (Friday) - See Rogue 1 in theaters

17 (Saturday) - Make teacher's gifts

18 (Sunday) - Get donuts or cupcakes


19 (Monday) - Maze: Solve the World's Most Challenging Puzzle and How Do You Get an Egg into a Bottle?: And Other Puzzles: 101 Weird, Wonderful and Wacky Puzzles with Science, and Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World

20 (Tuesday) - Movie night - April and the Extraordinary World

21 (Wednesday) - Family trip to the National Christmas Tree followed by dinner out

22 (Thursday) - Make cookies and ornaments

23 (Friday) - Movie night - It's a Wonderful Life

24 (Saturday) - New socks and slippers


Things to Do - Sock Panda (November 2016)

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Sock Panda continues to be my best random gift choice ever. F waits anxiously for her newest pair and they never disappoint. Who doesn't love a skiing dinosaur?

So if you're looking for the perfect Christmas surprise, look no further. Especially if you have tweens.

Click here for pricing and subscription info. (On the downside, photographing socks has made me realize that our stairs need a major makeover - cleaning won't cut it anymore, painting might be required).

HAPPY MONDAY EVERYONE!! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Things to Eat - 6 Week Meal Plan (October through mid-November)

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Basically, I cooked almost nothing in the last two months and my husband is totally awesome. We'd be either starving or living on fast food if it wasn't for him. So thank you, Dan, I love you!!

(Sorry for all the cheesy family photos, I dragged our family to the National Mall and tried to get some good shots for Xmas cards. Plus, it feels great to finally have some group photos where we all look sort of respectable.)


MONDAY - Carnitas in the slow cooker, served with rice and sides (burrito bowl style).

TUESDAY - Dan makes dinner - fish and roasted potatoes.

WEDNSEDAY - Dinner at the Arlington Cinema Drafthouse while watching Goonies on the big screen!

THURSDAY - P has a birthday party and Dan has softball; so I take F and T to Silver Diner.

FRIDAY - Dan and the kids are in Richmond; I make myself an easy salad.

SATURDAY - I photograph a wedding, Dan feeds the family.

SUNDAY - CAMPING with friends at Prince William Forest Park (this place is incredible!); Dan makes hobo snacks for everyone.


MONDAY - Quesadillas.

TUESDAY - Orecchiette with sweet sausage bolognese (via How to Celebrate Everything). We're all pretty much in love with this recipe.

WEDNESDAY - I have a photoshoot, Dan makes dinner.

THURSDAY - Black bean chilaquiles (recipe here). This is one of my favorite recipes ever.

FRIDAY - I have a photoshoot, Dan makes fish sticks and french fries.

SATURDAY - I photograph a wedding, Dan and the kids go to dinner club.

SUNDAY - I have a photoshoot, Dan makes dinner.


MONDAY - Breakfast for dinner - sour cream pancakes with roasted blueberries. I felt randomly guilty that I've never made the kids pancakes (in my defense I've never made anyone pancakes), so I decided to cook breakfast for dinner using the recipe in Julia Turshen's Small Victories cookbook. And these were the best pancakes we've ever had. Phenomenal. Everyone was super happy.

TUESDAY - Mac and cheese for the kids while Dan and I eat out at Farmers Fishers Bakers and see The Curios Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime at the Kennedy Center.

WEDNESDAY - Bread, sausage, and apple hash (via Small Victories). Another crazy good recipe from this cookbook.

THURSDAY - Silver Diner night (school fundraiser).

FRIDAY - Ground beef tacos.

SATURDAY - I have a photoshoot, Dan makes dinner.

SUNDAY - I photograph a wedding, Dan makes dinner.


MONDAY - Dan makes dinner - fish and potatoes.

TUESDAY - Dan makes dinner - pasta two ways (pesto and tomato/meat sauce).

WEDNESDAY - Dan makes dinner - fish and broccoli (can you tell that Dan really loves fish?).

THURSDAY - Sour cream pancakes for dinner (via Small Victories). Because late night breakfasts make everyone happy.

FRIDAY - I photograph a wedding, Dan makes dinner.

SATURDAY - Neighborhood dinner club.

SUNDAY - Taylor Gourmet carry-out.



MONDAY - Halloween - pizza at our neighbor's before trick or treating.

TUESDAY - Kale, sausage, and white bean stew (via Dinner: A Love Story, the cookbook).

WEDNESDAY - Trader Joe's Indian (chicken in simmer sauce and naan). I wish I could say this was good, but it was sort of blah. Oh well.

THURSDAY - Dan makes dinner - fish, corn, and mashed potatoes.

FRIDAY - I photograph a wedding, Dan makes dinner.

SATURDAY - Neighborhood dinner club.

SUNDAY - I have a photoshoot, Dan makes mushroom risotto and pork chops (so so good).



MONDAY - Dan makes chicken quesadillas.

TUESDAY - I have a photoshoot, we order pizza, watch election results come in, and cry (okay, so the crying didn't start until way after dinner).

WEDNESDAY - Black bean burrito bowls with rice, avocado, tomato, and cheese.

THURSDAY - Dan makes dinner - spaghetti.

FRIDAY - Parker's birthday dinner at Fugo De Chao.

SATURDAY - I have a photoshoot, Dan makes pizza.

SUNDAY - I have a photoshoot, Dan makes homemade clam chowder.


Things to Do - Random Links & 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime

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HAPPY FRIDAY EVERYONE!! When the girls were little I used to dress them in matching outfits and then they rebelled. Luckily, now they'll wear matching rebellious t-shirts. Pretty cool.

Have a great weekend and don't forget to check out this week's awesome on 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime!


* The New York Times' Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2016.

* We visited this canyon as part of our road trip and F still keeps talking about going back.

* The 50 best Joe Biden memes.

* I'm a little bit smitten with feisty pets.

* I want this book.

* What are you fighting for?


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