InstaFriday is a simple way to document the sweet, silly and otherwise inocuous moments from your week using nothing but cell phone pictures.

I have an iPhone and use the Instagram app (I’m jeannettg if you want to follow), but any cell phone pics will do!  It doesn’t have to be from an iPhone!

Join in, it’s really fun!

A three pound bag of gummi bears in my stocking?

A three pound bag of HARIBO the-best-ever-in-the-entire-whole-wide-universe gummi bears in my stocking?

Christmas will never be the same again.

Note that the bag is less than half full in this picture.

Note that this picture was taken two days after Christmas.

Put your judging eyes away please.

Christmas also brought with it a gift card to Red Robin.

Which rocks because food is basically my love language.

Plus, they have a tower of fabulous onion rings.  Which is kind of like my love language on steroids.

And the restaurant is always loud anyway so it’s a good go-to with the kids.

Family night out and no one pulls their hair out for only a few bucks out of pocket?

Yes please.

The husband scored big this year by getting me the ever coveted glass mixing bowl for my stand mixer.

Someone asked why I cared that the bowl was made of glass.

“Because it’s pretty.  Duh.”

And it matches my glass subway tiles.


I never said I wasn’t shallow.

I can’t stand boy toys.

They all have 8,000 pieces with little tabs on them whose sole purpose is to snap off and make the toy worthless, thereby causing a flurry of tears and general chaos.

Plus, they always come in really obnoxious colors.

So when I saw that Uncle Duncan bought Henry this complicated Hot Wheels track that sticks to the wall, I kinda wanted to ship it straight to Goodwill before it ever got opened.

But I’ll admit that it’s pretty cool.

Even if I’m convinced it’ll be broken somehow in about 6 more days.

It’s almost New Year’s Resolution time.


But if you’ve been thinking about jumping aboard and joining along with us as we journey through Simple Mom’s One Bite at a Time, now is the perfect opportunity!

Starting Friday, December 30, you can get the ebook for only $4 if you use code HAPPYNEWYEAR

We aren’t that far ahead (besides, you can literally start anywhere in the book and go in any order you want…it’s not chronological or set up like a pyramid) so don’t feel like you can’t start now.  It’s an easy read and filled with lots of helpful tips.  Plus, I love when I get to a week and I’m like “Hey!  I do that already!  Two points for me!”

We work through the book and I post my progress monthly.

Everything’s more fun when you do it as a group, right?

Last, but not least, just a quick reminder that there’s still a couple of days left to enter to win a KitchenAid stand mixer, a Bosch Drill, OR a Canon T3i DSLR, or a Kindle Touch!

Xander’s fundraiser ends on December 31, and we are SO STINKING CLOSE to $6,000!!!! Can YOU be the one to help bump us over the edge???

I dare you to give ONE DOLLAR. Double dog.

Okay, now it’s your turn to link up!

Grab a button and then be sure to visit at least two other InstaFridayers and leave them some comment love! We like love around here, so join in!

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I'm a mom to four. A wife to one. I believe in story. I love telling you about mine and would love to hear yours. There's really no sense in wasting our suffering and not sharing in each other's joy. We're all in this together...even if it doesn't always feel like it.

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  1. 1

    Haribo gummie bears, BEST! Love them and I’m kinda jealous of you humongo bag that you got. No judging here.
    What a beaut your mixer is. Enjoy her. As if you really wouldn’t. Looks like a lovely week. Happy New Year!

  2. 2

    I envy your bag of Haribo gummi bears!!

    Happy New Year!
    Emily´s last blog post ..Christmas Eve…and Christmas Eve Eve

  3. 3

    Mmmmm…..gummi bears and onion rings are two of my favorite things. Although not at the same time.
    Heather G.´s last blog post ..Life in Phone Pictures

  4. 4

    Reading this post leads me to believe that you and I were separated at birth. ;) Love, love, LOVE Haribo! And I am the same way with wanting/doing crazy things that no one understands. Of course you needed a glass mixing bowl for your Kitchenaid. No question about it. :) Same way I spent the morning of my wedding day switching out ribbon on the stems of my bouquet from white to off white (which everyone swore was the same color) so it would match my dress.. :) Happy New year, blog friend!
    Katy @ Live Laugh Love Craft´s last blog post ..I’m in love..

  5. 5

    thanks for the party! i just love coming to it!

    i linked up two times! woot woot. gummy bears – as in 3 lbs looks good to me.

    happy new year!

  6. 6

    I need to check that book out. I’m not big on resolutions, but for $4, I think I can see what’s it’s all about!

    I’m so jealous, we don’t have a Red Robin anywhere near us!!
    Jodi´s last blog post ..InstaFriday!

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    I’m incredibly jealous of your 3-lb bag of the best gummy bears ever, so there will be no judging on my part. And I’m glad that I’m not the only one that wants a glass bowl for my KitchenAid “because it looks good”… my husband rolls his eyes at me whenever I bring it up!

    Happy New Year!
    Mary´s last blog post ..{Instagram} Friday

  8. 8

    I want onion rings. In that glass bowl. And it’s your fault.
    Jessica Johnson´s last blog post ..InstaFriday: Christmas and the Aftermath Edition

  9. 9

    Amen on the boys toys.

  10. 10

    1. LOVE Red Robin – best kid restaurant around!
    2. The glass mixing bowl rocks… big time
    3. I hate boy toys too. I refused to get that very toy for that very reason…. let me know if it makes it longer than a week!
    Brooke G´s last blog post ..INSTA-FRIDAY

  11. 11

    I LOVE that you had a 3lb. bag of Haribo Gummy Bears in your stocking! I did the SAME THING for my husband, who is OBSESSED with them, and because every time I go to the store he begs me to buy him some and I ALWAYS FORGET. Always! So I shoved a ton in his stocking instead, eh heh heh!
    Karly @ Three in Three´s last blog post ..Wordless{ish} Wednesday: The Night Before Christmas

  12. 12

    That Hotweels track IS cool! ;)
    Teacher Girl´s last blog post ..InstaFriday {2}

  13. 13

    Nope, not gonna judge about the gummi bears, the Christmas cookies I made about 4 days before Christmas were gone by Christmas day! …I need new pants ;-)
    Anna-Leigh´s last blog post ..Droid Friday ~ Catching Up…Again ;-)

  14. 14

    I love your love language on steroids!

  15. 15

    love love love the mixing bowl!!!
    Kim R´s last blog post ..A taste of a Jenson Christmas

  16. 16

    lovely mixing bowl (& mixer :) Happy almost New Year!
    emily hope´s last blog post ..InstaFriday

  17. 17

    My favorite gummy bears ever!!! Looks like a great week to me ;)
    Chelsea´s last blog post ..Lately


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