Friday, November 2, 2012

Fun Halloween!!

This was B's first Halloween!  For H's first, she was a lobster in a pot so I knew I had to do something fun, too!  Thanks to my friend, Melissa, I stole her idea (her daughter was a bowl of spaghetti the same year H was a lobster for a costume contest (her second year).  Her are my beautiful kiddos!!  (H wanted to be "a bug that says, "Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz"."  So, she was a bee (and the cutest one I've ever seen!)

My favorite part of this picture?  B's face LOL

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Wedding Fun

Let your bridesmaids pick out their flowers..

Have your girls tell your mom (or whoever is helping with the planning of your wedding) teir favorite flower and tell them NOT to tell you!  Each BM (haha, bm) will carry their own flower and YOU will carry a bouquet made up of their faves!!  :-)

And it's fun to get a picture of the Bride's reaction to the flowers....



Have your girls tell your mom (or whoever is helping with the planning of your wedding) teir favorite flower and tell them NOT to tell you!  Each BM (haha, bm) will carry their own flower and YOU will carry a bouquet made up of their faves!!  :-)

And it's fun to get a picture of the Bride's reaction to the flowers...

Bath Time Fun

Ok, so ALL OVER the internet there have been pictures of kids in the bathtub with glow sticks...  Great Idea...unless you're me!  For some reason, I have this issue with using glow sticks...  I can't handle the fact that they will be used for a short period of time in the tub but still have HOURS and HOURS of "glow time" in my trash...  also, I just can't justify using new sticks each and every night (once my kid likes something, she likes it to death LOL).

I was in Walmart (gasp, I know) the other day and a bunch of their pool supplies are going on sale!!!  I always look (nope, we don't have a pool, but I keep hoping that someday....) and found those little floating things that go in the pool at night :



Before those, bath time was boring:



NOW IT'S A BLAST AND AND AND AND AND....I can REUSE them many many many many times!!! 








Saturday, July 28, 2012

Polka Dot cake

Ok, so this isn't exactly a "round" polka dot cake...it turned out more like just random splotches of color :-)  Probably because I didn't use the cake ball maker, I used my cake pop maker...yes ladies and gentlemen, there IS a difference!  (Yep, I didn't know either).

Anywho, this is how I made my cake!

Ok, first I started out with WHITE cake mix (I had two boxes)

I mixed the first box as the directions said...then put about 1/3 of a cup of the batter in each of these little cups and colored them the colors I wanted *you will have a lot left over...I saved that for the next part--I add the rest of this batter to my next box if I use a white cake mix for the cake part...you could totally make cupcakes or just throw this part out*


Now, bake your cake balls/pops
While those are cooking, mix the other box of cake mix (I did white cake again, but you could totally use whatever kind you want---I've also made a Chocolate cake with colored blobs...turned out cute...)

Next, after the balls/pops are cooked (they do not need to be cooled, but don't burn yourself!) Pour enough batter into your pans (I used 2 9 inch round ones) to cover the bottom...then add some cake balls/pops to it

I also added some to the sides of my pan (you will notice that some look odd, that's because with the pops pan, it makes them too tall, so I cut them in 1/2 but if you just used cake balls, you would just put the whole ball in.  After you have all the balls/pops you want in there, pour the rest of the batter over the pops  (sorry, forgot to take a picture)  And Bake...  with the cake balls in it, the cooking time may be a little off, so just keep checking it as it gets closer to time.  (I have this nifty thing that goes around my pans that makes the cake not have that round top...it keeps it flat... I don't have any idea what it's called!  Sorry...but it's sold at Michaels)

Now that it's cooked, cut off the top to make sure it's perfectly even (since I used the left over cake batter from the pops, my cake was huge and rounded up once it got passed the top of the pan LOL)

Place on whatever serving dish you are going to be using (my cake carrier is in my car and I'm too lazy to go get it so I just used a plate)

Put some Icing on the top


Top with the next layer

Ice it and add sprinkles (Ok, you don't HAVE to put sprinkles, but I'm a redneck and well, sprinkles and glitter make everything better :-D)  


Cut it open and enjoy the Ooooooo's and Ahhhhhhhh's  Just be warned...you are probably going to be asked to make this for a b-day part...or 5!





Tuesday, April 17, 2012

To all the parents out there.

I just want to take a moment to say, "GOOD JOB!"  As long as you are taking care of your children, that is.


There seems to be this 'great divide' between stay at home parents and working parents.  The working parents think that the stay at home parents are lazy SOBs that sit around on Facebook and Pinterest all day.  While the stay at home parents think that the working parents are neglecting their children... I mean, "why would you want someone else raising your child"?  (not my words--I do not think that working parents neglect their children)

But what neither side ever talks about is, 'we are all doing what is best for our families'.  Some families work better with one parent at home.  Others work better with both parents at work and their child(ren) at daycare or an after-school program. And other families work best with other family members watching their children while they are at work.  And any of these above family dynamics are GREAT and RIGHT...for your family!

I am a stay at home parent.  I love my job.  But, there are some times when I envy those of you who get to interact with the 'outside' world daily.  My kiddo's (the older one) face lights up each and every time my husband comes home... What a great thing to come home to---I personally love when we leave her with a sitter because when I come in the door (even if we've only been gone for an hour) her face lights up like she hasn't seen me in days!  I also am friends with many working parents.  Some of which have told me, "You're so lucky you get to stay at home."  The grass is always greener people.

SO I type all of this to say, "Good job parents!  Good job at loving your kids, at providing for your kids, and showing your kids that no matter what, you will always do what is best for them...and your family."

Monday, January 9, 2012

WFD week of 1/9/12

I hate having to choose what's for dinner (WFD)...HATE IT!  And it doesn't help that my wonderful hubby and I are by far some of the most indecisive people on the planet!  

But I go grocery shopping every Tuesday morning (while my daughter goes to school...pre-school that is)

SO, dinner for this week

Tonight, we (the hubs and baby---don't know how much of a baby she is since she's 2, but whatever, she's MY baby...and when the new kid gets here, that baby will be the "little baby").  But anyway, we will be eating at the basketball game.  

1/10/12  The hubs wants Steak...  so we will eat steak and probably baked potatoes and some veggie on the side...  
1/11/12  Lasagna Soup (O how I love Pinterest.  This recipe was found there.)
1/12/12  We will be eating out.  I have an OB appointment early Friday morning so my parents will be watching the baby for us :-)  yay for mommy daddy time!!!
1/13/12  Potato Soup (Yet another Pinterest find!  Did I mention I love pinterest?!?)
1/13/12  Left overs...  YUM!  


Thursday, December 29, 2011

Just Because

Just because

Just because you don’t know how, doesn’t mean you can’t. There is much you can learn by simply getting started, and you have plenty of ways to learn even more.
Just because it’s difficult and complicated, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. For you are able to make a little progress, one step at a time, then make a little more and a little more, until the goal is reached.
Just because something is standing in your way, doesn’t mean it has to stop you. The fact is, you can take the necessary actions to get beyond whatever obstacles may confront you.
Just because people tell you that it can’t be done, or that you can’t do it, doesn’t mean they are correct. Remind yourself, again and again, that you can do what you choose to do, making use of your commitment, thoughts, and actions.
Just because there is strife and pain and negativity in the world, doesn’t mean you have to give up on life. You can change your own life, and many, many other lives for the better, when you decide to do so.
Just because you’ve been reckless or frustrated or disappointed in the past, doesn’t mean the future has to be that way. Today is a new day, your life is yours to live, and there’s no limit to the goodness and joy you can now create.
— Ralph Marston


From:  http://greatday.com/motivate/111229.html