Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday 5: Best of the Week

~ 5 things from the week ~

Here's to something fun.
Who's your Daddy? Well, in a few weeks we'll know exactly just who Justin is! For Father's Day we bought him a genetic testing kit. Spit in the tube, mail it back, then it tells all about your DNA and ethnicities. 

Here's to Vance's golf game.
Now that baseball is over for the season (53 games in 3 months!), he can focus on his golf swing. I was getting ready to say that now we can focus on something else besides baseball during the weekends, but I just remembered softball. Vaughn's season isn't over yet. Close though!

Here's to manners and personal space. 
This man bypassed many empty chairs to come sit directly next to me and proceeded to CLIP his nails. Better yet? I was eating a snack (roasted bell pepper hummus, if you're curious). Then he left. Why me?

Here's to National Selfie Day!

Here's to having competent swimmers. 
They're up there and I'm down here. Having kids that can swim on their own is the best thing ever!
(Vaughn was pretty darn close last year, but she still made me nervous. If I wasn't in the pool with them last year, my eyes never left the top of her head. This year? I'm good with the scan every few minutes. She's a fish!)

 Here's to my Rodan + Fields picture of the week.
The multi-function eye cream is a favorite and it's definitely working for these ladies! It's called multi-function because it can be put other places, like 11 lines and expression lines. Oh, and it's not just for ladies, guys. Works just as well for you too! 

Looking forward to a calm weekend and maybe catching a movie to get out of the excessive heat that has moved in. Whatever you may be up to, hope it's fun! Cheers!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Perfect Summer Dessert: Kahlua Cake

Sharing an old (old!) post today because it's just so dang good and perfect for summer parties! 
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Kahlua Cake

A cake that Sandra Lee could be proud of. 

*hiccup*
There's 4 parts to this cake.

1. Cake
Bake a chocolate cake. Any box mix will do. When it's cool poke holes with a fork or skewer all over it and pour Kahlua on top. 1/3 of a cup or whatever you feel necessary. Let it soak for an hour or even overnight. When ready to assemble the cake use a knife to cut the cake into 1 inch squares - or cubes.

2. Mousse
Make chocolate mousse. Any chocolate mousse will work. I've used a brand called Dream Whip, then added a box (4 serving size) of Jell-O instant pudding and pie filling to make the mousse before. The recipe is on the side of the Dream Whip box. There's a ton of different mousse products out there. Just choose one and go with it. 

3. Cool Whip
Pretty explanatory. Get a big container or two small ones. Either way you'll have some leftover - but you need more than one small one.

4. Candy Pieces
My favorite candy to use is Skor bars, but they're hard to find. Heath bars are an alternative. I've used the already crumbled ones that you'd find in the chocolate chip aisle but prefer to buy the candy bars and smash them myself with a meat pounder. I like the bigger chunks. You'll need around 5 or 6 bars. You can freeze any leftovers for cookies - or more cake later on.

Assemble
Any deep bowl is acceptable. Normally 2 layers are used, but doing just one layer and using a deep sided lasagna pan would work too. 

Work with what you've got.

Start with a layer of cake cubes. Then goes a layer of the chocolate mouse. Then a layer of Cool Whip. Then sprinkle candy pieces. Repeat ending with the Cool Whip and candy on top. 

Easy Peasy

This looks like it would be heavy and over the top. However, you'll be surprised just how light it is. The mousse and the Cool Whip are responsible for the lightness.

It's a crowd pleaser. Make it. You'll be glad you did.


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Friday, June 17, 2016

Friday 5

~ 5 things from the week ~

Lots been going on, let's get to it!  First things first, I got a job.  

Seeing these amazing before and after pictures, like this one, was what sealed the deal for me. I've been spending a lot of time learning about the company and the products and I'm excited about the opportunity! Needless to say, If you're curious about Rodan + Fields, please let me know! I'd love to help! 

We spent last weekend in Memphis for a baseball tournament. While Vance's team got to go down on the field and watch batting practice for the Memphis Redbirds, a few mom's snuck over to the Peabody to watch the ducks and drink a little bubbly. A great way to kick of the weekend, if you ask me!

White jersey's + sweat + 3 games in one day  =
So gross! I scrubbed it (and his pants) in the hotel sink that night just to get some of the filth off so it wouldn't stain. Happy to say it looks like new again! 

Jump camp was this week, which always stresses me out, but the kids love it and they come home each day like tired puppies, so it's a win. Jump camp is a crazy mixture of water park/carnival/church and somehow they manage to get thousands of kids in and out of there each day with ease. (Official numbers aren't in for this summer, but last summer over 2 weeks of camp they had over 6,111 kids!) There's close to 1,200 volunteers and darn it, if they aren't the happiest people you'll meet. Not the best picture, but the guy in the far back that's directing traffic was my favorite everyday. He directed cars with dance-like movements and always had the biggest smile on his face. His smile was contagious and I'd always pull out of there in a good mood, and not just because I had dropped both kids off. Thankful for people like him!

 It's been a busy week with softball and baseball games and tonight we get a night off. So excited to have some downtime before we jump into tourney games tomorrow morning! 
Hope you all have a great weekend! Cheers!

Friday, June 03, 2016

Friday 5

~ 5 things from the week ~

The first week of summer has been slow, which has been good for all of us. No camps, just TV, errands, and downtime at home, which these busy kids aren't used to. You can tell that boredom set in yesterday afternoon by the glazed look in their eyes, which means we might just have to head to the pool today. Let's hope for sun!

Here's to giant bubbles!

Here's to wedding anniversaries!

Here's to kids that cook! 
Vance gets a cooking bug every summer, so we've been in the kitchen a lot this week. I know they look like balls of poo, but these energy bites are so good! 

He made salsa too! This batch had a bit too much jalapeƱo, but that hasn't stopped us from eating it. My goal is to have him making complete dinners by the end of the summer, ha! I know summer will start to get busy and I'll see less and less of him, but I've enjoyed having some one on one time with him in the kitchen this week. 

Here's to fun sandals!
Credit: HonestlyWTF

I hope everyone has a great weekend! Cheers!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday 5

~5 things from the week~

Here's to the first trophy in four years.
The boys were bummed to have lost by only a few runs, but were more than happy to at least get second. I think his smile says it all!

Here's to the last day of school.
I can't believe they're out! Let's compare first day and last day pictures:

I think they both have grown!

Here's to off the bus celebrations!
Silly string!

Here's to a break in lunch packing.
I had my own little celebration of finally tossing these dirty, smelly, hardworking lunch boxes into the trash. Though it may be hard to tell from the picture, I assure you - it was time. 

Here's to Vance.
Today is his birthday and we quasi-celebrated last night with dinner of his choice (pizza) and cookie cake decorated by Vaughn. Can't believe we have a 11 year old in the house!

Here's to a great Memorial Day Weekend! Cheers!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Printable Summer Bucket Lists 2016


Ready or not, summer break is here! The end of school definitely snuck up on me this year, but I'm happy to have a break from early mornings, lunch packing, and homework.
I'm learning that summer breaks get easier as the kids get older, as they don't require as much entertaining. We didn't do a bucket list last summer, but I made one just in case for this summer.

I did think of a couple new ideas that I think the kids would enjoy. How fun would it be to buy a ton of Ben and Jerry's flavors and have an ice cream taste test with the kids and their friends? Or how about painting along with a Bob Ross video? (I stole that one from a childhood friend that does that with her husband and boys!) So. Much. Fun!!!

I made a blank version too, in case you'd like to write in your own ideas. I'll be suggesting these for my kids, ha! Here's to a great summer!

Click HERE for the Summer List

Click HERE for the blank Summer List

Lists from years past: 2012  2014

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday 5

~5 things from the week~

Logic would suggest that since this is the last full week of school, I'd be in full swing stocking up on groceries and finishing last minute projects before my two associates are back with me for the summer. However, all logic has been thrown out the window because I've spent everyday this week helping out the kids and school in some fashion. It's been a busy week and I'm happy that it's finally the weekend! 

Vance laid a very thick and strategic guilt trip on Justin awhile back because he's never chaperoned a field trip and this was the very last one before leaving elementary school. Justin caved, of course, and Vance was so excited to have his dad be there. Even better, this trip was an "all school" field trip, which magnified the chaos of a zoo field trip by 10. I went with Vaughn's class, so we all brown bagged it that day. 
Fun fact! All kids look the same from behind while wearing ponchos! Making sure you had your assigned kiddos was a challenge because so. Also challenging? Taking little ponchos on and off for bathroom breaks. All in all, we made the best of it and had a pretty good day at the zoo.



Next up was 5th grade fun day! The 5th graders enjoyed a day of games, swimming, and fun food and snacks. I was busy serving food and popsicles and didn't get any good pictures of the other stuff. That same night was the 5th Grade Farewell ceremony, which had a Hollywood theme. Their pictures that went along with their stars were hilarious! Glad they were all good sports and had fun with it!

Vance was rewarded with a phone for being an upstanding citizen and ever since, it's been like this:


I kid, I kid. (Kind of!) They're great buddies and it makes me a bit sad to think the next time they'll be in the same school again, Vaughn will be a freshman in high school and Vance will be a senior. I prefer all my birdies to be in the same nest, so it will take some getting used to.

Can't believe there's a middle schooler in the house! 

Here's to the weekend! Cheers!!

 

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