The Friday Faves #51

Friday, December 20, 2019

Happy Friday Friends!
I have been sick all week, so I'm keeping things short and sweet today :)

Linking up with Andrea, Narci & Erika for

My favorite coffee mug these days...

I found it at Target for just $5!
It screams me! ;)

Anytime I get to hangout with just Mic and we don't have to work is a favorite!
We had a few errands to run on Saturday morning, so we grabbed a bite to eat at Son of Thurman.
Look at the size of these burgers!!!

They are delicious!
And you typically bring home half of your plate or more!

On Monday I turned 41!
Typically my birthday is a favorite, but this year I woke up sick :(
Hoping to celebrate once this head cold/sore throat thing goes away!


Watching X do his thing in whatever sport he is playing is a favorite too!
Tuesday night he played an incredible game on offense and defense.
So proud of him :)

And that is it for this week!
I hoping to finish up some last minute Christmas shopping tonight and then get to wrapping while X is at a birthday party tomorrow morning.
Then we are off to help my brother and his family move into their new house!
And still keeping my fingers crossed that my Cleveland Browns win out the season (and the Steelers lose out) so we have a shot at the Playoffs!
#agirlcandream ;)

I will be back here late next week, so I wish you all a magical and Merry Christmas!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

What's Up December!

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Welcome to the last What's Up Wednesday post of the year!!!
Wasn't it just January? ;)

Linking up with Sheaffer & Shay :)

What we're eating this week...

Monday - It's my birthday! So we are going out!
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday - Chili & Grilled Cheese
Thursday - Pulled Pork & Veggies
Friday - Leftovers
The Weekend - Out!

What I'm reminiscing about...

This year has gone by SO FAST!
I will be recapping it all over Christmas break :)

What I'm loving...

My hair!
I recently chopped some length off and it feels fantastic!

What we've been up to...

Lots and lots of basketball has taken over our schedule!

Celebrating X turning 8 years old!

Annual father/daughter Browns game with my dad!

And FriendsMas!

What I'm dreading...

Nothing at the moment!

What I'm working on...

Finishing up Christmas shopping!
Just when you think you are done, you realize there is something/someone that wasn't on your list. 

What I'm excited about...

So many things going on at the house!
I will continue the updates on our home renovation in 2020!

What I'm watching/reading...

All the usual suspects - The Voice, Riverdale, The Blacklist, Blue Bloods
I watched a couple more Hallmark Christmas movies too.
My friend had me watch an episode of Fuller House when I was at her house and now I'm hooked!
I'm currently on season 3!
Who doesn't love Candace Cameron Bure?!?!

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I have also been reading a lot more on my Bible app this past month.
Life has been super stressful this past month, so checking in to read the plans I selected each night has really helped.

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What I'm listening to...

Still jammin' out to all the Christmas stations :)
And listening to my little guy sing Christmas carols to me as well!

And guess what song is 25 years old this Christmas...

I remember getting the CD when it came out in high school! 
I still have it and carry in my car during the holidays :)

What I'm wearing...

Boots with the fur ;)
For real though!
Along with my winter coat, hat and gloves.
When I don't have my coat on, I am rockin' lots of sweaters.

Festive attire too!
Like this Buffalo plaid dress from Shinesty.

 And comfy pj's :)

What I'm doing this weekend...

X has a birthday party to go, and then we are helping my brother and his family move into their new home :)
And I'm hoping to get some wrapping done!

What I'm looking forward to next month...

A fresh start!

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As much as I love this time of year, it is exhausting!
From holiday parties, birthdays, sports, and then the end of the year things for owning a business..I'm ready to call it quits!
January typically brings a less crazy schedule all around :)

What else is new...

Just trying to recover from this cold thing I woke up with on my birthday :/
Just when I think I feel a little better, I get knocked down again :(

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Last Minute Deals

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Since I am doing some last minute Christmas shopping this morning I figured I would share all the sales I am finding with you!

Amazon always has some great deals!
These echo dots are 50% off on Amazon at only $24.99 and PRIME!

Reminder: Last day for Prime members to place an order using Standard Shipping is December 18th.
For Prime Two Day Shipping the last day to order is December 22nd.
Items eligible for One Day Shipping can be ordered through December 23rd.


Today Only (12/16) at Target they have up to 50% off TOYS!!! 

Let's be real....once you become an adult/parent household items look really good!
Today only Target has 25% off Kitchen appliances and cookware!
That means that those Air Fryers that are all the rage these days are on sale!
Don't worry...the coffeemakers, blenders, pots & pans, etc. are included in the sale as well!

I'm just adding these next two items because they are cheap and crowd pleasers :)

This mascara is a must have for all the ladies in your life!
It truly multiplies my lashes!
And it is under $9!

L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara - image 1 of 3

These masks range from $2-$5 a piece and come in a variety of needs/scents.
These are perfect to toss in stockings or into that hostess or co-worker gift you are giving.

Yes To Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal Paper Mask - 0.67 fl oz - image 1 of 2

Masque Bar Snowman Sheet Mask - 0.71 fl oz - image 1 of 3

Other sales going on today....
Updated at 11:30am 12/16

Dick's Sporting Goods 
Today Only (12/16) Huge Flash Sale up to 60% OFF

Old Navy 
Today Only (12/16) Cardholders receive 35% off your purchase with code PERK
Jingle Jolt Sale - Up to 60% off EVERYTHING!
In Store & Online Today - 12/24 Cardholders receive $15 off a purchase of $50 or more with code MERRY

 1000's of Gift Specials 40-70% off (clothing, handbags, shoes, kitchen, etc.)

50% off everything + Doorbusters
 FREE Shipping on orders $50 or more

In stores & Online Up to 60% off Almost Everything with code JINGLE

 FREE Shipping on orders $50 or more

FREE Shipping on every purchase + up to 50% on sale

Victoria's Secret 
40% off Holiday Faves
40% off Bras (online only)
40% off Sleep
40% off Lingerie
$10 Slippers
 3 FREE panties when you buy 3 panties
LAST DAY!!! FREE Shipping when you spend $40 with code SHIP40
 LAST DAY!!! FREE 2nd Day Shipping when you spend $125 with code 2DAY125

Bath & Body Works 
$10 off your $30 purchase with code CHRISTMAS
 Body Care is Buy 3, Get 3 FREE

20% off when you spend $100 or more
 15% off with code SAVE
 $10 Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent
 30% 25% 20% off when you use your Kohl's charge

Nordy Clubs Members earn 5 Points per dollar
CARD MEMBERS earn 10 Points per dollar now through December 19th

Let me know what great items you scored and tag me on Instagram @xtremelyv or just comment below :)

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!
Go Browns!!!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

CATS | Advanced Screening Giveaway

You're invited to the most joyful event of the holiday season!


One of the longest-running shows in West End and Broadway history, the stage musical “Cats” received its world premiere at the New London Theatre in 1981, where it played for 21 years and earned the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Musical. In 1983, the Broadway production became the recipient of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and ran for an extraordinary 18 years. Since opening in London in 1981, “Cats” has continuously appeared on stage around the globe, to date having played to 81 million people in more than fifty countries and in nineteen languages. It is one of the most successful musicals of all time.

Enter here to win advanced screening passes to see CATS at AMC Easton (Columbus, Ohio) on Tuesday, December 17th at  7pm.

Good luck!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

The Friday Faves #50

Friday, December 13, 2019

Oh, hey there!
I guess it is Friday.
This has been another week of just busy, busy, busy.
Fingers crossed I can get my act together by the new year ;)

Today I'm linking up with Andrea, Narci & Erika for another week of...

On Friday night we celebrated our favorite guy turning 8 years old!
You can see my full recap here :)

 I woke up early Saturday morning and headed shopping with some friends.
We were in one store for 3 HOURS!!!!
I am NOT a shopper, but it was for such a good cause that it was well worth it :)

That afternoon I headed north to my dad's house to get ready for our annual father/daughter Browns game.
But first, we went out to dinner on Saturday night and I enjoyed one of my favorite desserts during an early birthday dinner :)

We decorated the sports tree at my dad's house while we watched the Ohio State Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship:)

Sunday I was up early again to head downtown Cleveland!
I love this tradition my dad and I have :)

I also love that the drum line marches through the parking lot on their way to the stadium!

It was a great day for a Cleveland Browns football game!

Jamie Gillan's (aka the Scottish Hammer) dad lead the flyover after the National Anthem! 
It was so cool!

We were hungry after the game, so another stop at one of my favorite places for dinner before I headed back home to my guys :)

This week was full of basketball!
Practices and games every night this week has me exhausted!
But I wouldn't have it any other way ;)

And that my friends is it for this week!
I am looking forward to hanging out with friends this weekend for FriendsMas!
And then cheering the Browns on to another victory on Sunday!

What are you up to this weekend?
Do you have all your Christmas shopping done?
Who do you have left on your shopping list?

Thanks for stopping by today!

XOXO ~ Vanessa

Level 8 Unlocked

Monday, December 9, 2019

Friday night we headed to the local trampoline park to celebrate X's 8th birthday with a few 😉 of his friends.
This was the first time we have hosted a party there.
It was seriously one of the easiest parties I have ever hosted!
They ordered pizzas and supplied the water, plates and napkins.

Ready to celebrate our FAVORITE 8 year old!

X isn't a huge cake/cupcake person, so we opted for some yummy donuts instead!
They were a huge hit amongst the kids and parents :)

Those donuts were so good!
They were from the Kroger bakery if you are looking for a yummy and inexpensive dessert.

We set up the donuts and treat bags and were ready for all of X's friends to arrive!

One by one all 16+ boys made their way in and then downstairs to jump.
If the boys weren't playing by the basketball hoops, they were climbing the rock wall,
or on the dodge ball court.

The dodge ball court is definitely their favorite place to be!

Of course, X's favorite part was when the lights go off and the glow lights come on!

After jumping for an hour, it was time for pizza!

They were all pumped for donuts too!

And I cracked up with how excited they all get to see X open his presents!

They headed back downstairs for a little more jumping before the our two hour party came to a close.

X has a small school project that he had to take a picture with his Flat Gingy over the weekend.
I cracked up because a handful of kids brought theirs as well!

We couldn't ask for better friends for X!
He had such a great evening celebrating his 8th birthday!
Thank you to all that reached out with text messages, DM's, etc. to wish our special guy happy birthday 😄

XOXO ~ Vanessa
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