Friday, March 6, 2015

Friday Favorites

These past few weeks have been wild and crazy, but I feel like we must be doing something right. Everyone is happy and healthy, and despite being snowed in, we’ve had more playdates and visits with friends than we’ve had in a long while!

Let’s get on to the Favorites. . .

Hop on Pop

Since it was Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd—this week is deemed SEUSS WEEK! Nolan and I have been diving into some old classics! We started by reading “Hop on Pop” on Tuesday, popping some popcorn, and learning some two and three-letter words from the book!

Dr. Seuss's ABC Book

On Wednesday, we read Dr. Seuss’s ABC Book, and we tried to make it even more fun! My favorite parts are “Doughnuts and a Duck-Dog” and “Painting some Pajamas Pink” :)

Cat in the Hat

Yesterday, we had a snack of “Cat in the Hat” cheese sticks, and then we did a couple of art projects. I love Nolan’s little handprint as the fish!

Today we’ll be doing “Green Eggs & Ham”!

If you missed yesterday’s recipe, I tried another version of my favorite easy toffee! I’ve made Saltine Toffee, Graham Cracker Toffee, and now Pretzel Toffee. All three variations are DELICIOUS!!

On Saturday, my littlest man turned 13 months-old!

A few stats about Ephraim right now (so I don’t forget :)
Walks/Teeters around more than he crawls!
Eats, eats, and eats! Favorites are bananas, bread, pizza, noodles, & squeezie applesauce.
Still fits comfortably in 12-month clothes and size 3 diapers.
Not cuddling as much—wants to be active and moving ALL the time.
Learned how to drink out of a sippy cup (less nursing needed).
Understands “Give me a kiss”, “Sit down”, “Push the button”, “Come here”, and a few other simple commands.
His two top teeth came in this past month, so now he has four total with a fifth on the way!
Hasn’t quite started speaking yet, though I hear “Hi Daddy” and “Ivy” sometimes.
Loves his dog, loves his brother.
Puts up a fight for what he wants.
He is the most precious little guy!

My favorite surprise this week—Stephen painted part of our living room while I was at lunch with a friend on Monday! I came home, and everything had already been put back together. I love the new look of the mantel with a gray background!

I talk about how I love Lowe’s “Build and Grow” all the time! Nolan had fun building a Monster Truck on Saturday. He and his friends ran around the table with their Monster Trucks (for what seemed like) a hundred times! Then we went out to lunch and played some more :)  A week from tomorrow, we’ll be building another Monster Truck!

I took these photos on Monday when we had ice cream with our friend Meghan. The 4 pm light was pouring into the restaurant, and the photos turned out really cute :) Nolan loved that dinky old firetruck!

My friend Elisabeth has a gorgeous Instagram account @instaebeth, and the other day, she posted this photo of my FAVORITE new saying of encouragement, “Beautiful girl, you can do hard things.”

I found that when I’m having a bad day, or the boys are really acting up, I repeat this to myself, and it instantly gives me confidence to keep pressing on. It reminds me of “I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

(Notecard from TheHipsterHousewife)


I made this collage last night of all of our baby photos (around 12-13 months). Who is who?! ;)

Happy weekend, everyone!!

I think this is technically Steve’s “Spring Break”, but with all of the snow on the ground, I think we’ll just call it “Break”, haha.

Follow our fun on Instagram @floralandfudge

Linking up for Friday Favorites with Erika, Andrea, & Narci.


  1. I love your Dr. Seuss activities! I just read a few of the books with my son on Monday. Next year I'll have to make a note to plan ahead a little more and have a little more fun with it.

  2. You did such a great job with the Dr. Seuss fun! Cute ideas! I love the pictures of the boys with the firetruck!! Happy Friday, Rachel! :-)

  3. I need to check out Lowe's in our area and see if they do the same stuff. My son is crazy into monster trucks right now! Love the color above your mantel too :) Have a great weekend!

  4. I LOVE your Dr. Seuss ideas! I can't wait to do that with my son when he gets a little older!

  5. I love that you celebrated Dr.Seuss birthday.. As a teacher this is one of my favorite things to do with my students ;) Happy Friday

  6. What fun ideas for Dr. Seuss! I totally missed that :) I love those pics of Ephram in the sunset. Ok so I've always wanted to try those Lowes/Home Depot workshops with Beckham but wasn't sure if they were more suited for older kiddos. I'll have to check it out. And those pics of all of you Is that your husband in the top left? I think Nolan really looks like him if so.

  7. Great Dr.Seuss ideas! It looks like you had a lot of fun! All I did were the cheese sticks. Ha!
    Enjoy your weekend!

  8. Lol! Enjoy your break!

    Abigail has been alllll about Horton hears a who this week. She must have known subconsciously!

    That pretzel toffee. Ommmmmg.

  9. The pretzel toffee. Oh yum! I love that collage of baby pictures. I think you are bottom right??? But you all look so much alike!

  10. I know I've said this before but i'm going to say it again... YOU are SO creative! Love all your Dr. Suess ideas! And- how fun are those pictures of you all?! So cute, Rachel. Have a great weekend with your sweet little family!

  11. Your Dr Seuss ideas are so cute! And I love the gray wall! Our living room is gray with white trim and I just love those two colors together!

  12. Love your #6! And I love the rug in your living room!


Thank you so much for your comments! I enjoy reading each one!


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