Sweet dreams and peaceful bedtimes

I’m not quite sure how we ended up in our current sleep situation. Braylen is vibrant and full of life and she has such a difficult time shutting everything off and falling asleep at night. There aren’t meltdowns or fits, she just lays and tosses and turns, sings songs, talks to her stuffed animals, she just has a hard time settling in and drifting off to sleep.

As a former kindergarten teacher, I recognize the importance of reading. Letting your children see and hear you read, letting them read to you, it’s a foundation for all other learning, so we are sure to emphasize reading in our house. We always read several books before bed, but they certainly don’t lull her to sleep. Instead, they usually come with a million questions and silly comments.

When I received the book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, I was a little skeptical about a book helping with our sleep routine. It truly seemed like we were probably just dealing with difficulty winding down and she may be one of those people who takes a little while to finally get to sleep. IMG_7729   I’ll happily say I was so wrong about this book. It was amazing. It follows the story of a rabbit who can’t fall asleep, so he goes to visit his uncle and on his way meets a few friends who help fall asleep. It is more than just reading, it actually teaches the child how to fall asleep. I have to admit, I had a hard time getting up out of the warm and comfy bed when the book was over, and by the fourth page, Braylen was fast asleep.

The next day she said, can we just start in the place we left off because I’m afraid it will make fall asleep again before we finish. I can’t tell you what a game changer this simple book was for us. We read a few favorites first and end with this book and she is always fast asleep before the book is finished. I love that she is getting in bed at an earlier time and not struggling to fall asleep. The craziest thing happened last night, she brushed her teeth and I went to grab a few books to read to her from the playroom, when I returned she was sleeping soundly.

My husband and I are were both shocked and super impressed. I have a few sweet friends who will be getting this book for Christmas. I feel like I need to share the stress-free nights with the people I adore. If you’re in search of a way to get your children to sleep peacefully, this book is the ticket. Share your bedtime nightmares.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Hop — Side Dish: Pasta Salad


I’m joining some of my favorite bloggers today to bring you everything you need to create a wonderful Thanksgiving, from the recipes to the tablescape, we have you covered.

I’m sharing a side dish recipe that you’ll definitely want to add to your Thanksgiving menu this year. It’s full of delicious goodness like roasted sweet potatoes, feta, and cranberries. And how could I leave out the brussel sprouts? I mean, they’re obviously having a moment right now, so I like to add them anytime I can get away with it.


It’s coated with a delicious poppy seed dressing, I’ve been having the leftovers for lunch all week and I added a little chicken for protein. But, it makes a perfect side dish to accompany your Thanksgiving turkey.

Thanksgiving Pasta Salad
  • 12 ounces pasta
  • 1 pound brussel sprouts (trimmed and halved)
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, ½ inch dice
  • ½ c pecans
  • ¼ c crumbled feta
  • ¼ c dried cranberries
  • Dressing
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  1. Dice sweet potatoes and trim and half brussel sprouts, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet.
  2. Roast for 20 minutes at 400 degrees.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta to al dente, drain and place in a large bowl.
  4. Brown the butter on the stovetop. Cook until it is just browned, don't let the butter burn, you only want it to change colors, then remove from heat.
  5. Mix all other dressing ingredients together, set aside.
  6. Add roasted vegetables to the bowl of pasta.
  7. Pour dressing over top and mix well. You may not use all of the dressing, depending on your tastes.
  8. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to coat.


thanksgiving pasta salad

If you’re looking for a more sinful side dish, take a look at this Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese.

I have to say, Thanksgiving is one of my absolute favorite holidays. All of my favorite food and people, gathered at my favorite place (my house, we’re hosting this year). I am always looking for anything to help make it less stressful and I love all of the ideas from the blog hop, be sure to click over and check them out.

Hostess Ideas – Thuy 
Tablescape – Taryn
What to Wear – Ashley
Appetizer – Sandy  
Traditions – Erika  
Thanksgiving Printable – Kristin
Drink/Cocktail – Molly
Drink/Cocktail – Ashley
Kids Craft – Andrea 
Kids Craft – Ashley
Dessert – Destiny
Hostess Ideas – Heather


Tis the season… Minted holiday favorites + $100 giveaway

In a world of emails and Facebook messages, is there anything more refreshing than opening a mailbox full of holiday cards? Christmas wishes and festive envelopes make my heart happy. I love every step of the process, from choosing our cards, to picking out the perfect photo, to sending them out to friends near and far.

I’m teaming up with Minted to show you some of my favorites for this year. But, let me be honest, the site is full of gorgeous options. I had such a tough time choosing my favorites, and I’m still not certain of our final choice.

Friends, you’re going to be so impressed by their selection, the quality of the paper, and the overall experience that comes with ordering from Minted.

I’ve narrowed it down to a few choices, and they all have one thing in common, FOIL. Pretty, sparkling, shiny, gold (or silver) foil. What says merry and bright more than shiny holiday cards?

And you can get them for 20% off through Monday.

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gilded brush foil cards

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There are seriously pages and pages of gorgeous options.

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