Fall Bucket List Recap & Linkup

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Can you believe it's almost Thanksgiving and we are transitioning from all things fall to all things Christmas but before we do, I wanted to join some fellow bloggers for a fun link-up and share our fall bucket list recap with you all.  If you have a post to share, make sure to link up below!

You can find our original Fall Bucket List post here.  Let's take a look at our progress.  All items marked in red, we have completed!

As you can see, we have had a fun fall, full of memories.  I love bucket lists for that exact reason!  They help remind me in the midst of all the busyness, that we are making time for things important to our family!

We picked out and planted mums!

We decorated the house for fall!

We cheered on our beloved Cyclones at every home football game!

We swam in a corn pool!

We watched Solon play flag football!

We enjoyed fall walks on the bike path!

We picked pumpkins!

We petted the goats!

We rode on not one but 2 hayrack rides!

We slung some apples at the apple slingshot!

We attended school fall parties!

We watched the harvest in our backyard!

We boo-ed our neighbors!

We carved pumpkins!

And we picked out costumes and went trick or treating on one of the coldest Halloween's on record!  Read more here.

You can read more about all our fall fun in these posts --

2 Favorite Fall Recipes --

We had a great fall - we can't wait to cross the last few things off of our list this week with a family vacation, thanksgiving and eating pies!  What was the best part of your fall?

Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko

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New Night-time Pamper Routine | Professional Whitening At Home

Friday, November 17, 2017
**This post is in collaboration with Smile Brilliant Professional At Home Teeth Whitening.  All opinions and results are my own.

You may remember, this summer I cultivated a new habit of getting up before my kids.  I loved that new routine, so it propelled me into thinking about other habits I want to cultivate.

Fast forward, to this fall.  Our kids were back to a normal bedtime with school and I found after they went to bed, I flopped on to the couch to stare at my phone for the next 2 hours. I wanted to be more intentional with my downtime so I started a couple new habits, I thought I would share with you today and I have a fun giveaway for you to enter at the end so keep reading!

This time of year, we can get so busy with our to do list, it's nice to develop some routines that are good for us too!  Are you starting any new habits lately?

1.  Teeth Whitening

You all know I am an avid coffee drinker.  With that comes staining, unfortunately.  I had noticed the tooth discoloration and the more I do live video for the blog, the more I notice it.  So, when Smile Brilliant shared their awesome professional teeth whitening system with me, I was more than ready to try it. 

Their system is super easy to use, they give you step by step instructions for each part of the process.  They even provide you with molding gel to make an imprint of your teeth.  You mail the imprints in so your teeth whitening trays fit your teeth perfectly, optimizing the whitening experience.  It took less than a week to get my trays back and I was ready to get whitening.

The great thing about the process was it helped me to cultivate those evening habits I had been wanting to try because I would brush my teeth (with just water), fill my trays with the whitening gel and then head down stairs and let the gel do the work.  You can watch a video of how it works here.

2.  Watch TV with my husband

We don't always love the same things on TV so we were excited when we found a couple of shows we both love.  Right now, we are watching Poldark (PBS Masterpiece), This Is US (NBC) and Last Chance U (Netflix).  If we are feeling like we need a good chuckle, we turn on a rerun of Friends.  We normally get in one show a night and it's a great way to be together and relax!

3.  Get Ready for Bed

I wash my face, change into my pajamas, remove my whitening trays and brush my teeth.  Then I rinse out the trays, dry them and place the desensitizing gel in them and put them back in my mouth for 15 minutes.

4.  Read for 15 minutes before bed

15 minutes is just the right amount of time to do a little reading before bed. I have always wanted to read before bed and since starting the habit, I have been reading so many more books.  When the 15 minutes is up, I simply slip the trays out, rinse them off, and head to bed.

5.  Go to bed on time

After a little reading, it's time for bed.  No more getting lost on the internet and realizing it's way past my bedtime.  I have been using the clock bedtime function.  It plays a little sweet bedtime jingle when I have it programmed for bedtime (10pm), a great reminder to turn out the light and go to bed. Then, on weekday mornings, at 6:15am it plays a tune that gradually gets louder until I wake up. It's a fun hidden feature!

So there you have it, my teeth are whiter and brighter and I have made some new habits that will help me in the craziness of the holiday season.  It's a win in my book.  Have you ever heard of Smile Brilliant before?  Are you an avid coffee drink like me?

If you are like me, you probably want to try this at home teeth whitening too.  You can! One lucky tribe member will win their own set by entering here.

Don't worry, even if you don't win, Smile Brilliant is offering $15 off any tray set using the code perfectlyportfamily15.  This giveaway is open to USA, UK, Australia & Canada residents.

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko

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Cooking With Kids | 4 Ingredient Chicken Pot Pie

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I thought I would share this super simple chicken pot pie recipe Vera and I made the other day.  We used canned chicken but you can substitute leftover turkey from your thanksgiving feast instead.

My sous chef loves to help me in the kitchen.  She helped me gather the necessary supplies including a shallow baking dish (you can use a pie plate), a spatula for mixing, a can opener and a bowl to mix up the ingredients.

Next, we gathered the ingredients --

1.  Refrigerated pie crust
2.  Cream of Chicken Soup
3.  1 bag of mixed vegetables
4.  I can of all white meat chicken in water 
**Alternately you can use 1 1/2 cups shredded leftover turkey

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Then, drain the chicken and place in the mixing bowl along with the mixed vegetables and can of chicken soup.  Place the first, of the 2, refrigerated pie crusts in the greased, shallow baking dish.

Pour the mixture into the pie crust.

Smooth the mixture evenly with in the pie crust.

Unroll and place the other refrigerated pie crust on top.

Make sure to go around the edge, pinching the sides closed.

Carefully make a few slits on top in a pattern of your choice.

Once you have filled your pie crust and pinched the edges shut, you can place your pot pie in a pre-heated oven (350 degrees) for 30 minutes.  The crust should come out golden brown. You may choose to allow it to rest for a few minutes to set-up before serving.

We like to serve our pot pies with a side salad, fruit and, if I am feeling generous, bread & butter.  It makes a delicious meal to use up leftover turkey or a great meal to take to a friend.  It's great for a busy night because it takes no time to prep or you can prep ahead and freeze.

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Do you like pot pie?  How do you use up your turkey leftovers?  Do you have any little sous chefs at your house?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  I love hearing from you!

If you are looking for some other ideas for cooking with your kids, here are our other favorites --

Until next time, keep on keeping on with a joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko

Linking up with my friend Jenna for her monthly recipe exchange - check out the linkup for more cooking inspiration

Linking up with Johannah for her monthly recipe link-up, and Fresh Market Friday for Christian Motherhood Inspiration.  Make sure to check out their blogs out!


Monday, November 13, 2017

Yesterday, we hosted our first family friendly Friendsgiving (say that five times fast) and we had so much fun.  I am pretty sure a tradition was born. Do you host a Friendsgiving?

We invited our church small group over for lunch, all 20 of them, that's 5 families worth!  We provided a ham, that cooked while we were at church, as well as the paper platters (because #food), drinks and a side.  Everyone else brought 2 sides too, so there was no shortage of food.  Who doesn't love a good old-fashioned potluck? I do!

In true holiday tradition, we had a kid table and an adult table.  The adult table was in the family room and consisted of two folding tables and a fine linen tablecloth because it's about balance.  Paper platters and a white table cloth!

After lunch, the kids played in the backyard and in the basement while us adults sat around our table and laughed, chatted and got a few extra helpings of the hash brown casserole, snicker salad and parmesan corn casserole.  A few frosted pumpkin cake cookies were consumed too.

Before everyone left, we took some time to play a few Thanksgiving inspired games.  First up, I found these holiday favorite Jelly Bellies (like these).  We did a blind taste test and everyone wrote down what they thought each jelly belly tasted like.  

Closing their eyes to focus on the flavor of those jelly bellies...

Next we played turkey feather race.  All we needed was some straws and feathers.  You had to blow through your straw to get your feather from your end of the table to the other end.  If your feather was blown off, you had to start over.  The picture below was the final championship round for the adults, I won't tell you who won but I was orange ;).

We also played round robin table tennis with a travel table tennis set (we have this one, there is this one too).  It was a little harder for the kids but it was super fun for us adults.  You have 4 paddles (so you will need 2 more than the set comes with). The first person vollies it to the other side and then moves clockwise, and the next person in line hits.  After you hit, you keep rotating clockwise around the table.  If you miss, you are out. 

All you need for a fun old-fashioned, family-friendly Friendsgiving are some fun games, some disposable platters, some great food and elastic pants!  I promise you, it will be a favorite part of your holiday festivities. 

Have you ever hosted a Friendsgiving? Are you part of a small group?  Do you like to play games at your thanksgiving?  We plan to play these same games with my family on Thanksgiving.  The kids can't wait.  

I plan on sharing some more fun Thanksgiving inspired games to play with your family this Thanksgiving, Tuesday on Facebook live at 2pm!  

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Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko

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10 Gifts for Her | Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide

Friday, November 10, 2017
Psst....I have no brain but thanks to Foxy's Domestic Side for reminding me that today is a link-up :) Oh heavens send a brain stat!  Make sure to link up below with your favorite gifts to give!!!

The weather has chilled significantly, we have had a hard frost and we are knee deep in Christmas planning around here.  I don't know about you, but sometimes adults can be the hardest to buy for.  Often, when shopping for my sister and friends, I think about what I love and what I use and then shop accordingly!  It never fails, I have an internal battle to buy one for someone else and one for myself ;).  Anyone else?

I love a good gift card but there is something so meaningful about an item hand-picked for you, but that can be harder than it sounds.  Especially, when you have several hard to buy for people on your list.  So, today I am sharing 10 gifts I either have or would love to receive.  Some are simply luxuries and some are practical.  What's on your Christmas list this year?

1.  Bracelet Stacks

You all know I love some bracelets.  They instantly up the ante even when paired with gift idea #2.  My friend Ellie In Her Element makes the most beautiful bracelets including stamped and personalized ones.  If you type in tribekoko at checkout, you will get 15% off until December 1st.  

She will be accepting orders until December 15th with guarenteed by Christmas delivery. (This is not sponsored, I just love supporting fellow women!). Make sure to follow her on Instagram.

2.  Comfy clothes

It's winter and we all just want to be cozy.  I love a good sweatshirt and Amazon has some darling ones right now including the one pictured above for $18 (cough cough sweet hubby).  I also love this one for under $8!

3.  Candle

My dear friend bought me one from Bath and Body Works that I loved.  Nothing says cozy and winter like a good smelling candle burning in your home!   My insta-friend Tavia also shared that the new Bath and Body Works coffee candle is delightful, if you love coffee, which I do! 

All Bath and Body Works 3 wick candles are on sale for $12.50 right now!  Attach a gift card and give to your favorite friend, teacher or co-worker :).  If you can't burn candles, I love these so you can enjoy the scent without a flame.

4.  Cordless Vacuum

Y'all are going to laugh, but I asked for a Dyson cordless vacuum (I got the $249.99 version) for my birthday and I adore it.  We have hardwood floors and my other vacuum never had enough suction to do the job so inevitably I spent every evening sweeping.  

I can vacuum the entire kitchen in under 10 minutes and if I am feeling extra energetic, I can turn the suction down with a simple press of the button, and vacuum the living room while I am at it.  I put our other vacuum in the basement and have not touched it once since we got this one.  I know not everyone is into getting appliances as gifts but practically speaking, this is life changing #notoversellingit.

5.  Wallet

I received this wallet as a gift.  I have had it for about 2 years and it is still going strong.  I can carry it as a clutch and fit my phone inside one of the compartments.  It comes in a lot of colors and has plenty of room for loyalty cards, a spot in the middle for frequently used cards and such.  

6.  Stainless Steel Tumbler

Once I started drinking my coffee and hot tea in a stainless steel tumbler, I can't drink it any other way. I take it with me on trips, that is how much I love it.  My friend Heather from Oh My Glitter has the cutest vinyl decals to put on a tumbler which makes it such a darling Christmas gift for all your favorite women in your lives!

7.  Soap

It is such a simple, sweet indulgence to throw in a stocking or wrap up with some cute towels like the new Hearth & Hand towels.  I especially love Mrs. Meyer's and J.R. Watkins Soaps.  Both can be found at Target and often go on sale or have a Cartwheel coupon! You don't have to look too far on Pinterest to find a cute printable to affix to your soap for a cute Christmas gift!

8.  Gel Nail Polish

I have been loving a gel nail polish top coat.  Even with all the dishes and chores, my nail polish stays on so much better.  You could even include a pedicure, manicure or massage gift card with some nail polishes!  I am especially loving navy and white nail polishes right now!  I love Essie, OPI and Julep brands.  I also love this gel top coat for under $5.

9.  Slippers

I spend a lot of time at home and I hate having cold feet.  A nice pair of warm slippers would make a great gift this Christmas.  You can find darling slippers at any price point!

10.  Personalized Signs

Do you have a favorite scripture verse, quote or motto that you live by, maybe even a love letter written by your spouse or your child.  My friend Tara at Adamo Design DSM is amazing at making beautiful signs.  All holiday orders need to be made by November 18th.  

You could have all your family's important dates on a sign or all the places you have lived. The options are endless but a beautiful sign would be such a sweet, thoughtful, personal gift this Christmas.

Don't forget about these ideas too --

Graphic Tees

I love Charm and Grace Designs, if you are looking for a small business to support.  If you own a silhouette, you can make your own.  I love this vinyl and these tees

Personalized Photo Gifts

Each year I make a photo phone case for my mom and myself.  I have always used Shutterfly.  I normally use a coupon and so they make a great and affordable gift!  My dad loves the photo collage coffee mugs too!  There is always cute photo stationary you can make for grandparents and relatives!

What is on your Christmas wish list this year?  What do you love to gift?  Experiences like a date night gift card complete with babysitting is always nice too.  You can read why moms need a date night out.  I also shared 15 family friendly board game favorites here and my 10 things you need to do in November post here.  

Here's a look at my favorite gifts to give in 2016 to for more inspiration.

Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko

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