48: week in review

December 3, 2023

sisters by christmas tree- M Loves M @marmar

Happy December! I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! We were greeted with our first snow of the season on December 1st. It was so magical to wake up and see all the white. Augustine and Corinna were outside right after breakfast and probably spent 6 hours outside that day between sledding, making snowballs, and running around. Corinna and I went to see The Nutcracker Ballet this weekend and it was such a special time just the two of us. She had the best time and I’ll always remember how sweet it was sitting with her in my lap the whole time. I surprised her with these glitter shoes which she loved and I packed a little pb&j lunch with carrots and a brownie for the drive. Oh and a cinnamon steamer. I hope it’s a day she always remembers!



I plan to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning. 

MONDAY- Turkey Noodle Soup– anyone else use up some of their turkey this week? This recipe was good although I didn’t add in the potatoes.

TUESDAY- Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas- a go-to of ours! From one of our favorite cookbooks from this past year.

WEDNESDAY- Marry Me Chicken over quinoa- the name intrigued me and we all loved it!

THURSDAY- Singapore (Spaghetti Squash) Noodles with Shrimp- from this cookbook. It was a little spicy for the kids so second dinners were had, but the adults loved it!

FRIDAY- Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries- not the most seasonal for the first day of December but we like what we like!

SATURDAY- Carmelized Shallot and Anchovy Bucatini– This pasta is kind of famous and with good reason! We’ve made it countless times and it’s one of Matthew’s favorites.

SUNDAY- Pan-Roasted Chicken with Grapes, Garlic, and Rosemary– Really excited about this one!

singapore spaghetti squash noodles- M Loves M @marmar

I made the Katharine Hepburn brownies for Matthew and they were really good, and easy too! I’m more of a chocolate chip cookie girl but Matthew loves brownies and I don’t make them nearly often enough.

Tomorrow morning, I’m baking up some homemade sourdough English muffins after church. I can’t wait! I want to re-create our favorite breakfast sandwich from Certified which is a sourdough English muffin with an egg, arugula, white cheddar, avocado, tomato, and bacon.


jenni kayne alpaca cocoon cardigan- M Loves M @marmar

I love wearing my Jenni Kayne sweater this time of year. It’s the coziest one I own and even with leggings I feel somewhat put together. I was joking with Matthew that I’m officially entering cozy season, although I couldn’t help getting dressed up for the Nutcracker with Corinna. I wore an old favorite dress from Shoshanna and a faux fur jacket that kept me very toasty! I also wore the pearl ring from my Grandma which is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry I own.

faux fur jacket - M Loves M @marmar Grandma's pearl ring- M Loves M @marmar


There have been so many good sales lately that I’m honestly trying to not go online. I was tempted by Everlane’s huge 30% off sale to buy these ballet flats that have been on my wishlist. They’re classic and the shape looks so much more comfortable than the ones I have. If you’re looking for a great pair of jeans, I love this pair and this pair that are also on sale.

Anthropologie is always a great go-to for pretty and unique gifts. They have an up to 40% off sale going on right now and other are lots of great gift ideas still available!


This week was a break from our homeschool but we’re starting back up on Monday morning with our Advent study. It’s going to be so nice to have a slower month of December to enjoy the season. We brought out our Giving Manger on the 1st which is one of our favorite Advent season traditions.

I started watching the Masterpiece Theater miniseries of Little Women, which is so good! I’ve only seen the Winona Ryder version once but that was a long time ago so it’s been so fun to get re-acquainted with the story. I’m thinking of reading the novel this winter too! It’s been too long since I’ve read a classic like that one.

One of the best things we did when we moved into our house was hire Tidy Style Home to come and organize our kitchen and then pantry. They unpacked all our things and found the perfect spot for everything. Almost 3 years later, the system is still working for us. All thanks to Tidy Style Home! I’m so excited because I’m having them come back out to help me tackle my… closet. It needs some major help and I’m hoping they can help me organize it in a way that allows me to wear more of my favorites and also get rid of some things too. The time between the holidays is always my favorite for organizing so it will be nice to get a head start in this particular area.

The weather this week has been so chilly but we had some days with clear blue skies which makes such a difference. We got out for some walks and the sunshine felt so good on our faces!  I’m curious to see if our snow from the weekend will melt or if we’ll get more!

We’re currently planning a trip to visit our California family in January so that’s also giving us something to look forward to. We haven’t been back since before Beatrice was born so it will be nice for them to meet her, and also for us to get some sun!!

baby beatrice in a bonnet- M Loves M @marmar the giving manger- M Loves M @marmar bedside table with glass lamp - M Loves M @marmar north face parka - M Loves M @marmar yeti walk - M Loves M @marmar pretty christmas wrapping- M Loves M @marmar

Have a great week everyone!!


47: week in review

November 26, 2023

Happy Thanksgiving weekend! I totally didn’t realize it was Saturday until after dinner when I was like, “wait! I have to work on my blog post tonight!” I’ve always loved the long holiday weekend and we’re soaking up all the extra family time with Matthew who has been off work. He’s been so busy with his new job this year that even one day off is wonderful.


I plan to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning. 

MONDAY- Smoked Ham Hock Soup– My cousin was in town so we had this simple soup recipe that was really yummy! It’s a unique take on a typical ham and lentil soup and we all loved the spices!

TUESDAY- Chipotle Burrito Bowls– This was a hit! The marinade on the chicken was really yummy and made a big difference. We did cut back on the spice a bit though.

WEDNESDAY- Sheet Pan Salmon with Smashed Potatoes- We wanted to keep dinner simple knowing Thanksgiving was a day away.

THURSDAY- Thanksgiving – We make this herby mushroom croissant stuffing every year and it’s our favorite!!

FRIDAY- Thanksgiving 2.0- Hosting is always so busy that I almost don’t get to enjoy it so I love Thanksgiving dinner leftover night!

SATURDAY- Sweet Potato Pierogi- I’ve been wanting to make the cover image of the Half Baked Harvest Every Day cookbook since I got it. I’m not sure how traditional these perogis are but we all loved them! I even had extras to freeze!

SUNDAY- Acorn Squash Stuffed with Curried Beef– Trying to get back to our healthy eating this week. I’m curious about this recipe and hoping the kids like it!

Those sourdough chocolate chip pumpkin cookies I made last weekend have been such a nice treat this week! I’m definitely going to make them again!


For Thanksgiving, I wore this beautiful dress from Baybala and somehow didn’t get one picture in it! It’s such a pretty print though and I’m always so impressed with the quality of their pieces, especially the items I’ve gotten for the kids. Augustine has worn this sweater for 2 days in a row because he loves it so much. And Corinna has been reaching for this dress quite regularly. They’re having a 25% off sale right now too!


Not one sale going on right now, can you believe it?? I wish that was the case. It always feels so overwhelming to be inundated with all the Black Friday sales and I tried to stay very focused on Christmas presents but of course, there are some that are hard to resist.

J.Crew– 50% off everything! I picked up a few gifts and also some staples for myself like this white v-neck tee. Ok, and I also bought this sweater and skirt, thinking it would be a pretty December outfit.

Shopbop– 25% off with code HOLIDAY

Anthropologie– Another favorite for holiday gifts. 30% off sitewide!

Abercrombie– 25% off everything

Target– Lots of deals and gift cards with purchase! Take a look at their books, movies, and CDs too because they have a Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promo! Some of my favorite cookbooks this year have been Cook Beautiful, What’s Gaby Cooking Take it Easy, and Smitten Kitchen. Hearth & Hand with Magnolia is one of my favorite lines and there’s a lot on sale too.

GAP– I always try to stock up on some staples for the kids during Black Friday and Gap’s deals are the best! 50% off everything (and some is 60% off!)


I feel like the past few days have been so frantic shopping sales which I know is not good..trust me! My goal though is to get done with all my shopping by December 1st so that I can truly enjoy the holiday season without unnecessary, last-minute stress. The commercialization of Christmas can be so over the top and while I love finding special things for my people, I don’t want that aspect to take away from what the season is truly about. Even with what I share, know that you don’t have to get anything. There will always be another sale, or not and that’s ok too. Buy what you want/need in a mindful way. That’s my goal anyway!

We’re starting out Treehouse Schoolhouse Christmas study on December 4th and I’m so looking forward to it! There’s still time to order the digital copy and print. You can use code MARAFERREIRA for a discount too.

I’m not sure I’ll have everything wrapped by December 1st but I’m going to plan a night where I can wrap while watching a Christmas movie. I got this wrapping paper and just need to find some ribbon to go with it. I love the idea of green velvet but white might be more versatile. This trio might be the winner though.

We’ve started decorating for Christmas a bit and I’m hoping we’ll get our big tree up before the weekend is over. It’s going to be so festive around here and I love that we will be able to enjoy it all for the whole month of December!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I appreciate you all so much, truly!



46: week in review

November 19, 2023

jones new york quilted jacket M Loves M @marmar

Happy Thanksgiving week!! This is one of our favorite weeks of the year and I am so happy it’s here. We are hosting this year for the first time and it will be so nice to celebrate with our in-town family members. My plan tonight (Saturday) is to finish this blog post and then get my giant grocery list written and organized. I know I’ll feel so much better once that is done.


I plan to share the meals I made the previous week, with links if possible, as some inspiration for your own menu planning. 

MONDAY- Immunity Soup – one of my friends brought this to a Mom’s Favorite Soup Night and I LOVED it. The source is random but the soup is delicious! I think I’m going to always add 10 cloves of garlic to my soups now. I mean, of course, right?

TUESDAY- Cheesy Baked Tacos

WEDNESDAY- Blackened Chicken and Sweet Potato Bowls– This was so yummy! The hot honey mustard dressing was beyond delicious!

THURSDAY- Balsamic Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak with Basil Vinaigrette– I mean a favorite is a favorite! This is going to be in our rotation from here on out, I’m sure!

FRIDAY- Pork Chops and Mac and Cheese for the Kids

SATURDAY- Spinach Pumpkin Lasagna– We made this for our friends and everyone loved it, especially the kids!

SUNDAY- Sheet Pan Salmon with Broccoli and Rice- an easy freezer/pantry go-to!

I also made these sourdough pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and they were so yummy! The recipe makes 2 dozen so I happily have some in our freezer for last-minute get-togethers or surprise treats for the kids.

spiced banana pancakes  M Loves M @marmar

We’ve been making these spiced banana pancakes this fall and they’re so delicious with the warming spices! I’ve been playing around with different combos and today I subbed in some cinnamon and nutmeg and decreased the pepper.


black hatch visitor dress with turtleneck- M Loves M @marmar

Turtlenecks are the perfect layering piece during winter and I’m already reaching for them. I especially love them under this Hatch dress with the v-neckline.

I got this brown quilted jacket from Jones NY and it’s such a great piece for fall. I sized up so I can wear it with light sweaters but I like the slightly oversized look.


Anthropologie– Their sale section is an extra 40% off right now! I always love searching for unique gifts on their site.

Everlane– Up to 50% off almost everything!

GAP- 40% off your purchase & 50% off jeans!


Boise friends, you have to go to see Amber Rose for a facial. I went today and it was so amazing. I’ve been wanting to book an appointment to see Amber for at least the past year. She is so sweet, very knowledgeable, and gives the most amazing facials with really good, clean products. I can’t wait to go back to see her again.

I know I mentioned last week that Amazon Prime Video is streaming some of my favorite movies this month. I watched Oklahoma and I’m currently watching Notting Hill when I go on our elliptical. It’s been a good encouragement for me to get my workout in because I want to continue watching!

This past week (tonight excluded) I’ve been going to bed a lot earlier. It’s been so nice to get some extra sleep because we have very early risers around here. I’m looking forward to taking advantage of getting extra sleep this winter but I also want to catch up on some projects that have been neglected. I realized the other day that we never made a wedding album (from our wedding 12 years ago!). I would love to do that, along with finalizing Baby Beatrice’s Baby book and working on our yearly photo album. Basically, I’m going to be spending a lot of time on Artifact Uprising (Or Minted!). If you have a recommendation for quality photo printing, let me know!

Matthew and I are talking about planning a trip this January to break up our winter. While we haven’t had snow yet, the temperatures are definitely dropping. It will be nice to be here for the holidays, but if we can get somewhere warm for a few weeks this winter that would be amazing!

I loved how much time the kids spent outside this week! They were outside for 3 hours at least every afternoon. We’re soaking in the sunshine when it’s out. I can’t believe a year ago there was already snow on the ground. I don’t think we’ll have snow by Thanksgiving but I’m guessing we will the first week in December. We’ll see!

playing with c in leaves  M Loves M @marmar

I hope you all have a joyful Thanksgiving week!!