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Happy Friday! We are about to close out the month of October, can you believe it?? There will be no trick or treating over here. It stinks, because we finally live in a neighborhood where we can enjoy it, but Covid has ruined all the social fun this year. I am planning an egg hunt for Zoe in our yard, and I will let her pick which of the many costumes she already has to wear that day. We dropped off three treat buckets this past week to her three besties from school so that she felt included in those festivities. We have had two sweet friends return the favor for Zoe, and I could just see the joy and gratefulness on her face when she got them. My sister also dropped a very nice Halloween bag full of goodies last weekend for her.

There will be lots of football to watch this weekend, cleaning and decorating to do. And I am hoping to get the dining room in order to be painted!!! This is something I have wanted to do since we moved in! I picked up the paint last weekend, and have been slowly clearing the room out this week between working and the usual things.

Favorite Purchase: Since we moved into a new house last year, I knew that I wanted to get a new Christmas tree this year. We have 22 foot ceilings in our living room, so I wanted something taller. My dream tree is a flocked one with traditional white lights. Chris and Zoe wanted colored light show fun that Chris can play with the app on his phone. They won. I am in love. The tree arrived last week, and we put it up last Friday to make sure we wanted to keep it. I spent 2 hours fluffing the branches, so I wasn’t going to take it down just to put it back up a week later!

We will start decorating it and the rest of our house on Sunday. Christmas Wonderland is happening early this year, y’all! Anything that brings joy, because it is 2020 and I will not deprive. We have an inflatable turkey that will be in our front yard for the month of November, ok?! But just look at her and all her glory. LOVE LOVE LOVE. We ordered a pre-lit tree, but you can buy these lights on Amazon for any tree. They are seriously the coolest, and you can make them all white, all any color, all different colors, or have them go to music or a pre-determined light show.

Favorite Aldi Finds: I am obsessed with anything toffee or butterscotch. Basically, I am a 70 year old grandpa. When I saw these chocolate covered toffee pretzels, I immediately put 2 in my cart. I probably should have bought the whole box. They will be gone before our next order if I had to guess. The Rose all day cheese is good. I liked the cranberry cheddar and cheddar with parmesan notes from last week better. I haven’t tried the white chocolate coffee yet, I will report back.

Favorite Recipe: I made Keto Crack Chicken the other night and posted the picture to Stories. I had a few people message me asking for a recipe, and this is the one I used. It comes together quick and doesn’t require a ton of ingredients. Easily adaptable to whatever you like or want to add.

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  • Reply Andrea Nine October 30, 2020 at 8:57 am

    I am so excited to see your Christmas tree all decorated! I actually am starting today and just took a break to answer some blogs. But the tree probably won’t go up until Sunday as I always need Mr. Nine‘s help, it’s heavy, LOL! I’m so sorry about trick-or-treating, such a bummer but you will make it so special. I hope you have such a fun weekend, I’m excited for all the football games!

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer October 30, 2020 at 9:02 am

    This year sucks, point blank. I love the turkey idea! I’m decorating this weekend, too. I hate when people are like “bUt WhAt AbOuT tHaNkSgIvInG?!” What makes you think I can’t eat turkey in front of a Christmas tree, dum dum? Can’t wait to see your dining room and all of your decor!

  • Reply Sierra October 30, 2020 at 9:57 am

    I love the idea of exchanging treat bags! The boys are having a little celebration in class in today but no food allowed, no parade, it’s definitely different. Hopefully things will be better next year. I love that your tree is up! If we didn’t do real ones I would have contemplated putting ours up soon. I hope you have a nice weekend!

  • Reply Laura October 30, 2020 at 10:33 am

    OMG I’m dying at Lindsay’s dum dum comment!! Literally almost spit out my water. I’m afraid to buy those lights for the tree, because that’s just another toy for him to play with. Sign me up for the AA meeting, indeed. Hope you guys have a super fun Halloween weekend!! Is Z going to be in costume for the egg hunt??

  • Reply Missy @MySh*ttyKitchen October 30, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    My sister has a giant inflatable turkey too and it always cracks me up. I am always a give thanksgiving its time first person, but I am allowing anything goes this year! OMG I am totally making that crack chicken. Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Biana October 30, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    You know I’m a fan of the tree since we have it too!! So glad that Zoe was able to sort of celebrate with her friends – we’re doing a mini scavenger hunt if the snow decides to melt LOL!

  • Reply Rebecca Jo Vincent October 30, 2020 at 5:27 pm

    I love those lights on your tree. So fun!
    I have always loved me some butterscotch. Fun fact – my dad always wanted me to get a horse & I said if I did, it would be named Butterscotch 🙂

  • Reply Kristin October 30, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    I love the milk chocolate toffee bars at Aldi. I do pick one of those up when I go, even though I don’t go often.
    I also would dream of a flocked, white light tree. I don’t mind colored lights, especially the vintage looking ones, but I really don’t like blue lights for Christmas, so it’s hard to find strings without blue.

  • Reply Kate November 2, 2020 at 11:49 am

    LOL at basically being a 70 year old man! Bring on the butterscotch! And I need to make chicken – YUM!

  • Reply Danielle November 2, 2020 at 12:43 pm

    The being sick meme as a mom. Yep. I love your tree. Rory wouldn’t let me decorate yesterday. He said I had to wait. But he did let me order another tree (we go chop down a real one) for another room in our house. So I call that a win.

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