Cyber Monday Deals Gone Crazy

Did you go out shopping on Black Friday? I did, but not at 4am like all you freaks, I was out at a casual 10am with the boys and my mom while Jerek worked. We hit up Panera for some brunch and snagged a M&M cookie to bribe the boys with for later. Then we headed off to Target and walked around like normal people because all you walnuts were fast asleep relishing in your $159 50" TV's and $10 blenders.

Now if basement remodels were on sale Friday I guess I should have been up and out at 4am because currently about 75% of our basement is sitting in our garage due to water in our basement. So if any of you guys happened to snag new drywall, flooring and paint on Friday and want to sell it to me at a discounted rate, I'M ALL FREAKING EARS.

Moving on from my basement pity party lets talk Cyber Monday deals! This is something I can get down with! When you shop from your computer, no one can tell you that you should be nice to the retail workers because they are sacrificing "their" time for you to shop. Side rant; did you know that there are people that are police officers, fire men and women, nurses, doctors, cafeteria works in the hospitals, clerks at 7-11 and CVS and many many other jobs that ALSO work holidays and are away from their families, hmm, imagine that.

Anywho, back to shopping from your computer braless.

When I sign up to be on store email lists I have a spam folder things go into through out the year. Occasionally I check when I'm looking for something that way I have coupon codes at my little finger tips, because paying full price is BS yo! When Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes along I stalk my spam folder and I mean STALK! Remember, just because you weren't at Target on Friday at 4am doesn't mean you can't score something online at Target on Monday, yaaa feeelll!

This year I'm scooping up some new pj's for my kids that grow faster then the weeds in between your driveway cracks. With our wedding trip a few months away the boys will be getting new backpacks to take with them as carry ons and since I don't do that characters that they will not like 2 months later, I'm getting them cute but versitile ones.

Jer may or may not be getting some new work attire but only if it can fit in these new stocking's I'm getting because we have a no gift policy between the two of us. And who could resist not picking something up for themselves, this shift dress is too damn cute! Tights and boots for the winter, wedges or booties in the spring

Also, don't forget to sign up for Ebates BEFORE you start Cyber Monday shopping! Each website gives you different amounts of money back on things you are ALREADY buying! Free money sounds good to me! 
Some sales I know that have already started below. Please leave any other good deals you know of in the comment section!

JCREW- take 30% off your purchase, including things that are never on sale! Plus 40% off all sale items. Use code HOLIDAY at checkout.

ANTHROPOLOGIE- 25% off everything with code SHOPTOIT

OLD NAVY- 40% off EVERYTHING! Use code BESTCYBER for Monday only

COLOURPOP- 20% off EVERYTHING! (No code needed)

Nume's Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals continue through today for the following until sold out
Hairdryer's are $39, code DRYBOLD. 
Magic wands are $24.99, code CYBERCURL
White truffle hair collection (is normally $130!!!) is $29.99 for 5 products!!! 
Classic wands are $17.99, code SUCHADEAL 
Straighteners are $15.99, code BFIRONS

Last but not least my Etsy shop, East + Willow, is having 25% off the entire store with the code CYBERMONDAY at checkout! This goes for all the SALE items as well! All orders will be shipped out by December 8th with 2 day priority shipping to ensure delivery for the holidays. Check out the shop for more adult and kids shirts here!

Wedding Reception Outfit: Wedding Talk


Lets continue the pre-ception wedding talk shall we! Last week I shared all the details on the vendors we used including how much everything costs. While I was tempted to talk about clothes I refrained because well, the post was long enough!

I knew going into shopping I wanted to find something new for everyone to wear, something affordable and something we would wear more than just once. I really don't buy things anymore just for one occasion, they need to be multifunctional.

For the outdoor party I was trying to find something long, flowy and NOT white. As you can tell I got neither long nor flowy and I wore white. The reason behind this was because I couldn't find anything that I loved and was reasonably priced. I did find this dress and this dress but I wasn't loving either or price tag.
We got the boys and Jerek's outfits first. I wasn't feeling myself the day we went shopping, most likely I was on the rag and felt like a 1000 pound whale so dressing the boys was more fun at that moment. All three boys got their outfits at H&M with the exception of Jerek's vest and tie he already had that were from Forever 21 Men.
I wasn't going to have the boys match but it just ended up happening that way. The pants and blue shirts are different colors but ultimately, they have the same outfit on, womp womp. If we ever have twins (which secretly I want, you won't catch me dressing them them same, I'm just not really into the matchy matchy look)

Jerek bought new pants and a shirt from H&M and then used a tie and vest that he already had at home. How handsome is this guy!
As I shopped around for myself the more I thought about nixing the dress idea and getting a romper. You see, I still needed to be a mom and take care of kids that day so I wanted to make sure that if I was bending over I didn't have a butt cheek flop out or a post nursing nip slip, you know, casual things.

I ended up going to Forever 21 as you do, and found a little white romper. I was so against white at first because well, WHITE AND BOYS = ONE SLOPPY MESS! Not to mention I'm a slop kabob in real life so white is just not a good idea for me. Truth be told it could have been pink (ew) and I would have gotten it because it complimented my body SO well!

I self tanned the day before and if I'm being honest here, which I always am, I looked hawwwttt! My legs looked like I spent a week in Mexico minus the sun cancer of course. I've raved about this tanner many times, I even wrote a whole post on it because it's THAT great. You can check out the post here or stalk Loving Tans instagram because the before and afters are LIFEEE!

I'll definitely be bringing the romper with us to Mexico while we're there so it wasn't a one time outfit wear that I thought might be happening. At the end of the night everyone actually seemed to manage to not spill wine apple juice on their clothes so I was pretty happy with ourselves!

Hope you guys are having a great week and Happy early Thanksgiving! Don't forget I have a HUGE Black Friday sale on all the T-Shirts in my Etsy shop! The codes are good till December 1st so snag some house of boy shirts, kids, Olsen, Drake and Brunch tee's!

Huge Black Friday Sale

Hello and Happy Monday! Yes, HAPPY MONDAY! I'm here to tell you about the black Friday deals I'm having at my shop and lucky you, they start TODAY!

Black Friday sales are getting earlier and earlier every year and while I'm always down for a good deal I can't stand sitting in line at 4am for a freaking blender, or better yet a TV that is only $50 less then normal price but everyone is popping boners over that 60 inch they just can't liiiiiveeee without! Barf.

So shop away in with no bra and yesterday's makeup on because I'm giving you coupon codes to use from YOUR COMPUTER! No waiting in line, missing work and hell I'm giving these codes to you 4 days before black Friday even begins! The codes are good from today, the 23rd and they are valid through December 1 so shop away!

All orders will be shipped out by December 11th (if not sooner) and arrive 2-4 days later depending on the post and where you live.

In case you missed my big announcement post I'll recap it now. Any shop orders that have come in from 11/2-12/1 will have 10% of the profits donated for gifts for the NICU babies at The Children's Hospital of Michigan, which my family will then contribute on top of that.

These meaning behind the shirts mean a lot to me. Being in the hospital with kids is never fun and over holidays is a million times worse. I want these babies to have a little something special from a fellow NICU mom who spent Christmas there almost 5 years ago. Hopefully the parents may shed a smile when they read the cards and see the gifts that all 43 beds at the NICU will be getting from us!


Buy 1 Adult shirt, get 1 Children shirt 50% off: Code BLACKFRIDAYADULT

Buy 1 Children shirt, get 1 Children shirt 50% off: Code BLACKFRIDAYKID

Buy 4 Adult shirts get $20 off: Code BLACKFRIDAY4SHIRTS

Spend $100, get $20 off: Code 20OFF


There are also still a few of the 'House of Twins' and 'House of Girls' shirts on sale right now that also are available to get in on the Black Friday deals!

All shirts can be gift wrapped and sent to whomever you choose (in the US) and a holiday card can be added at no additional cost. Please make sure you just leave a message in the notes and I will ship accordingly!

Please email me if you have any questions on sizing, colors, etc at

Wedding Pre-Ception Party + How Much We Spent


It's only taken me two months to gather my thoughts and share our wedding pre-ception party and I mean that in THE most sarcastic way possible. Here's to hoping it doesn't take me that long to post wedding pictures and the video after the big day!

Before the many photos lets talk details! I used social media for a ton of the planning aspects. I asked for vendor advice on Facebook and got so much help from fellow moms, brides and friends.

To plan the pre-ception I knew we needed a tent, tables, chairs, table coverings, catering, bathrooms and a bounce house, yes, I refuse to have bored kids at a party. We needed these things to stay on budget so working with family friends, off recommendations and DIYing was the route we went.

Starting off with the tent, tables and chairs. I checked into a few companies but went with a recommendation from our friends and we used C&N Party Rental. They were great to work with, drop off and pick up was done in a timely manner and I was able to add things on and take things off as I got a final count of people coming. We got 80 chairs, 12 banquet tables, 6 high tops, 18 table covers and a 20x40 tent all for $635!

For catering I knew I wanted to go with Dorsey Culinary School. How many of you knew you could use a school to cater your event?! My girlfriend used them for her wedding a few years ago and said the food and service was phenomenal and for an outstanding price. She has great taste so I contacted them right away. Funny story, I found out the catering manager is my 6th grade teachers son, small world! We went with the choice of 4 pass hors d'oeuvres, along with chips and hummus and artichoke dip to start with.
Followed up by an antipasta station that you see below. I was in awe of it really! It was THE biggest cheese and cracker platter you ever saw! I loved how it was basically a antipasta salad bar taken apart to munch on, so clever! For the main dinner we choose Que Pasa Mexicana! In honor of our wedding in Mexico and it being our favorite food; there was a selection of nachos, tacos, or quesadillas and all the toppings.

We also had chicken fingers and mac and cheese, because well kids man, kids. For dessert we did a sweet table dessert station that had mini mousse & tiramisu cups, mini cheesecakes, truffle fruits and chocolate dipped strawberries. I also was dead set on candy bar because my sweet tooth is HUGE. We did the candy bar on our own though because it was much cheaper to do so, plus I got to pick exactly the candy I wanted. I choose to pick candy I actually liked instead of following some color scheme, the last thing I want is candy left over that I'll never eat because it "went with my colors", so not practical people!

The catering part for about 85 people was $1762. Breaking that down it was about $20/person for hors d'oeuvres, pasta station dinner and dessert (candy was purchased separately) and to me $20 a person seemed great for all that food! What was also built into this cost was the two chefs that worked the entire function and not only cooked, they passed and replenished food and cleaned up the entire event.

The candy station jars were found at all different dollar stores and Salvation Army's and the candy was bought on Amazon and at Doc's Sweets by my mom and Tom (thanks for being so sweet guys, get it! Lord I'm funny) I can't tell you how much it all was but I want to say under $200, correct me if I'm wrong mother!

Speaking of my mom and Tom, because they were so gracious to let us use their backyard for the party their one rule was no one in the house. We all know that 85 people using the same shitter can get messy and that's just not something they needed to deal with. We also went by recommendation by my girlfriend that used the cater' and we used Jay's Septic Service. We got 2 standard bathrooms and hand washing station for $285. To be honest, we probably could have just used one but yolo ;)

Originally we invited 120 people with 20 of them being kids over 2 and I knew I didn't want them to be bored so a bounce house was always on the list. We also grabbed a bunch of little toys, play dough and coloring things for them to do so their parents had two hands free to eat and drink! We rented the bounce house from Acme Partyworks that Jerek's sister and wife had used for our nephews birthday before. We made sure to get the one that allowed grownups to go on, because you know, we are children at heart. It was $134 with delivery and pickup and then another $50 for the activities so call it $184 for the kids to give their parents a few hours off. While we anticipated more kids being there it was well worth it to have activities to keep them happy!

All the juice, soda, water, beer, plates, cups, and napkins were all bought at Sams club, Costco and the dollar store. The wine was from Trader joes and the keg at our local liquor store. I have receipts somewhere but it's almost 1am and I'm sitting on the couch typing this so my best guess is it was all under $500.


Tom had the backyard wired with surround sound so I hooked up my iPhone to a Spotify station and called it a day. I really wasn't too concerned as long as it was good music. Free, good, music people!

I did a whole post on the flowers because they deserved their own post! If you want to see how I only spent $130 on all the flowers and why you should hire Amy from MI Honeybee Flowers you can read the post here!

My mother is a wiz with a sewing machine. With that being said I showed her my Pinterest board with all the lighting and bunting hung in the trees and tent she went to work. At first I said I don't care what colors you do so she ordered fall fabric. And then I came in, being a bridezilla for about 5 seconds and changed my mind after she already ordered the fabric. So doing what any mother would do for her favorite daughter, she bought all new fabric and made over 200 feet of fabric bunting. She bought the lights on sale last day after christmas for a few bucks. She then took old barn wood, painted, distressed the parking signs and made us a sign for our house with our last name. I mentioned how great she is right??!!
Odds and ends we picked up through the month were probably about $200 I would say.

I planned a little each week over the last 6ish months. I did research when I had the time but used social media a lot to rely on others for opinions and references. Don't be afraid to do this either, after all, don't you want to know first hand about a bad experience!

I commend you if you've made it this far, I almost didn't. Over all, loosely summing everything up we (not including what my mom bought) spent about $3700. Personally I think this s great for a reception for about 85. We will still be have the wedding portion and reception to pay for in Mexico that is for about 25 people. I included all the pricing because I want you to see that things can be done on a budget and still be nice, tasteful and creative. Most people planning a reception aren't getting away with $3700 just for the booze for their guests!

As for the wedding, we have everything budgeted out to account for flights, the all inclusive resort and wedding reception but you'll have to wait till April to find out more about that! Thanks for following along on our wedding journey! I'd love to hear any secrets you did to save money on the big day, so leave them in the comments below and thanks again for supporting my family!

Our Engagement Story

Today marks 12 years, 12 years of dating, loving, and fighting for each other, for us. We've spent years of working on us, years of loving each other unconditionally, years of parenting together and years of showing everyone that making a commitment to each other is more than just paper and a big party.

You can see our 10 year anniversary post here and our 11 year anniversary post here.

Over the years, before actually being engaged and planning a wedding, I've always said I would never need to be engaged longer than a year. I've been with Jer forever so wedding planning should be easy I said. Jerek was always the one that suggested maybe we get married in 2016, so we have more time to plan the wedding, more time to save, what's the rush. I'm pretty sure we got in a few fights over the topic because I swore "you just don't get it, that's just so long!"..."I WANT MORE BABIES!!!!" *le sigh* 

You win Jer.
You're right.
I'm wrong.
Yea yea yea.

Last month on October 10th, it was one whole year of engagement bliss! I know I know, I sound like a mega cheese ball but honestly it's been a great year. We've been really busy with work, wedding planning and enjoying life that 12 months have flown by. While editing photos form the preception (yes, they WILL be up soon, PROMISE!) I realized I've never spilled the beans on the engagement story! Funny story, Jer tried proposing a few times the month before but things just didn't pan out!

After proposing he told me when these times were. I guess he was going to at our family pictures last September but he left the ring in his jacket which he took off half way through the photos and left it in the car; nice work Jer. Then a few weeks later he had made a sign and had the boys with him and knew my route home from work. I always bitch and moan about my commute so he was going to stop me midway and propose right then and there, but he said he missed me by a minute.

So fast forward to October 10, 2014. He happen to have the day off work, I'm sure I was irritated the whole day about it too. Solely because I wanted to be off work and on a day date with him and not slaving away. I came home early before we needed to go grab the boys from daycare and I walked in to a super clean home with flowers on the counter. Jerek was all giddy with excitement when he opened the door and squealed 'WANNA SEE WHAT I DID TODAY!" Imagine Will Ferrell in ELF...YEA...

He took me to the back family room and showed me the floor that was laying there, under the gross carpet he ripped out. "Are you mad? It's not bad right?" It was actually much better than I thought and honestly that carpet was bad so anything would have been better!

I flopped down on the couch and was exhausted. Work was wearing me out and I probably stayed up far too late watching Netflix the night before so all I wanted was relax for a few minutes before we left for daycare.

Jerek had mentioned a few times about signing Tracen up for indoor soccer and said we should go check it out before we left.  I figured we would go online and sign him up but he insisted he dragged me off the couch and to the soccer dome.

While we drove there I honestly had no idea he was going to propose. No idea why the soccer dome was the slightest bit of importance. Jerek did though, he remembers everything, all the details, all the memories. We pulled up and the bubble wasn't even up yet, the office hours were only open till 4 and it was a little after so they were closed. I think I told Jerek something along the lines of "see, we should just go online and sign up, lets go."

He continued to pull into a parking spot and calmly said, "Come on, get out!" At that point I was so confused what the hell we were doing there but Jerek knew, he knew the whole time.

He remembered back in 2003, when he was in that same parking spot, picking me up from a party down the street (sorry mom).  I met him there and we sat in my car and talked. I think I said something like "so are you going to be my boyfriend yet or what?" because that's who I am people.

Back to present day, Jerek and I were in front of my car holding hands and I'm realizing what the hell is happening. He wasn't nervous, he was calm and smiling and so happy. His voice wasn't trembling, wasn't scared, he was so excited. After his crazy sweet proposal he got down on one knee at the place where we made it official so many years ago. Right across from the high school, the place where we spent years together as just friends. We said yes again, to each other, to continue being best friends, to  keep parenting as one unit, to keep loving each other unconditionally, and to keep waking up next to each other, every, single day.

We were so giddy when we picked up the kids, Tracen asked if he got a special ring when we all get married, Sky just said 'hiiiii, I hungry!'...of course he did. We then left for Washington DC on a trip we had planned for months. Instead of spilling our new secret to everyone as soon as we got there we kept it in. Putting my ring on when in the bathroom, taking photos to put on Instagram but never posting and continunally smiling. We kept in the secret for the weekend because Jerek's aunts had just moved to DC and we were there to celebrate in their excitement.

The whole weekend we just smiled at each other, knowing what we knew. Jer would randomly ask me if I had the ring in my purse, and smile. It was perfect, all of it. We finally told his family at the end of the weekend and they were ecstatic and so surprised since no one knew ahead of time!

You can watch our trip to DC here and our engagement photos video here!

Happy 12 years,
to my one and only.
May the next 12 years
be just as exciting as these have been!

Date night: Murder Mystery Company

They say once you have kids you need to make sure you still go on dates. After having two kids plus two busy work schedules, dates are the most important thing to keep our relationship going.

You can usually find us taking days off work on Mondays or Fridays (sometimes both!), we do this because daycare is a sunk cost at this point and we like to take full advantage of it. It's a prepaid 8 hour date to do whatever we want. These dates usually include Starbucks; red cup, white cup or green cup. I do not discriminate what color or decoration my cup is adorned with just as long as it's served in a cup and not in my bare hands, ja feel.  Once we get our caffeine fix we usually head home to do some laundry, a project that is taking longer than usual or off to brunch for a few hours. Some days we take naps and watch Netflix and other days we run a bajillion errands that no human could ever do with two kids in tow.

Then there are the nights we manage to snag a wonderful family member to watch the boys and we can sneak away for a bit.

For Halloween, Jerek's mom and dad had a grand kids 'No parents allowed Halloween party' so we all dropped and ditched the kids as fast as we could. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, us or the boys! Side note, I can't help but smile and laugh and Emry's face! He was not having picture time! Then there's Sky who is always stealing stuff from my purse, don't worry my 2 year old does NOT eat gum!

You might have seen my photo on Instagram of Jerek and I here but while the boys ran a muck at grammy and grampys we were invited to a Murder Mystery dinner over at the Eastpointe Manner. I have always wanted to go to one and after reading Helene's post I was even more intrigued! While we walked in Jer whispered  'they better not pick on me to do anything, I really don't want to be involved.' womp womp womp! He really should know better because you can't say that and really think you won't be picked to participate, because he totally did.

If you've never been to one I highly suggest finding one in an area, it was a blast! The one we went to was a wedding theme, how appropriate and fun right! I think I was expecting there to be a stage but the actors were mixed in with the other guests walking around, so it was fun to see who was actually involved as the night went on. I'm pretty sure the women picked at our table to be a suspect lived for this shit, because she threw out an accent and acted the part too well if you ask me!

Between the three course meal there were scenes and clues given, everyone was encouraged to get up and talk to the other tables to try and figure out the murder! Since it was a wedding theme each table was told to right one vow and the groom would read it at the alter, i.e: in front of the audience. You would have thought it was a bunch of teenagers because things like "des nuts!" and "big schlongs" and "I will not sleep with any more hookers" were definitely vows spoken, it was great!

At the end of the night our table did guess who it was and why they did it but we didn't go into as much detail as the table that won so we 'lost', yes I'm a sore loser!

After everything was over we headed back to scoop the boys off and head home. Many thanks to the Murder Mystery Co for forcing us to leave our trusty couch and Netflix for the night, it was so fun and well worth putting a bra on! Don't forget to check out the other shows here.

I'm too busy living life to worry about red cups

I love coffee and I love Starbucks, this is no secret, but when the 'news'  starts talking about religion and Starbucks cups in the same sentence I tend to blank out, I mean, COME THE EFF ON HERE PEOPLE.GET.OVER.IT. I honestly hate myself for even starting this post off talking about Starbucks and the talk about it being anti Christmas!

Moving on! I'm back from Mexico {wahoo!} and officially done traveling this year for work, or at least I'm hoping I'm done. I have too much holiday and birthday planning to do to travel further than a 30 mile radius at this moment. If you want to read about my trip last year at this time here ya go but spoiler alert, this time was about 99% better. The hotel was booked properly (thanks to myself), the food was close to great and having a international work phone allows me to talk to the boys whenever I wanted and I was able to document my entire week on Snapchat, important things people. To me Snapchat is an extension of my YouTube channel in a way that its raw and unedited and the quality expectation is lax but fun to watch. I honestly love it and it's a nice little break when I can't have my camera glued to my hand. It almost makes you feel like you're hanging out with the person. My name is 'eastwillowgrove' if you want to hang out, hear me complain about my commute to and from work or want to join me while traveling, at weddings or chasing after my kids.


The last few weeks have been busy busy! Tracen finished up soccer and I think his team won every game. Tracen scored a ton of goals this season but what made me the happiest is that he never once celebrated in a I'm better than you manner, he was a total sweetheart and always cheered everyone! I'm not sure where he gets that from because I'm pretty sure I was a snob in my younger goal scoring years.

We celebrated my brother in laws birthday by going to their boat and having a BBQ at the marina. It was a little rainy at times by Tyler is a freaking genius and used his tarp for the boat to basically enclose us into the area and keep us all dry, can you tell he's an engineer. As usual Skylor was shoving his face with anything he could get his hands on and Emry wouldn't stop smiling.


Halloween was on a Friday and we had taken that day off of work to relax before I left for Mexico. Tracen had a Halloween parade at his school and we felt like stellar parents as we BOTH were able to attend! Trace got his costume about 2 months ago when he begged to have big muscles and he never takes that thing off. I was nervous that it would be garbage when Halloween actually came around.  If you follow me on Instagram you would have already seen Tracen's future wife, Mia, as Napoleon. What you might not have seen is her mom and dad dressed up as Deb and Pedro. I mean, talk about killin it! Jerek and I were Tara and Jax from Sons of Anarchy but the wig I bought wouldn't curl and I cut it bad so unless you saw me with Jerek you probably had no idea who I was, whatevs, Jer looked great though!




This past Saturday we had a girlfriend from college's wedding at the Dearborn Inn and it was beautiful! Talk about crazy, everyone is grown up with big kid jobs, some married, some with kids and not shot gunning beers at a football game, ahh, adult life, how weird are you!

Last but not least I added NEW adult and kids shirts to the shop (East + Willow) 10% of all the profits from the sales before Christmas will go towards gifts for kids in the NICU at The Children's hospital of Michigan. You can read the whole post here. So find a shirt that you, your kids or someone needs a gift and know the money is going towards something amazing!


Happy Tuesday and have a great week!