Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating.

Here's to Vaughn doing a fantastic job at her 1st grade music program.

Here's to finding magical mermaid drawings all over the house.
(Got scrap paper? Send it my way. We go through a TON!)

Here's to...look closely...what's missing...
Here's to finally getting rid of bathroom step stools for the kids!
(8ish years with those suckers! Nice to have them out of the way!)

Here's to naan pizza's saving dinnertime once again. 
 Crazy day? Busy night? You're 3 ingredients away from dinner in a pinch. (Naan, spaghetti sauce, cheese.) If you have a bag of salad in the fridge - bonus points! Makes it look more like a well planned dinner! 

Here's to the end of Parenthood. 
I've enjoyed this show and am sad to see it come to an end. Whether you watched the show or not, do yourself a favor and watch the movie the show was based on. It's a good one and a favorite of mine. 

What are you raising a glass to tonight? I double dog dare you to leave a comment and tell me!
Whatever it may be, cheers!!! 

Thursday, January 29, 2015

2015 Superbowl Style

Let's be real here. I can't even pretend to be excited about the Superbowl. While I loathe football, I am quite fond of the two members of this household that love it, so I support them by making snacks of their choices. This year, we'll be at home, so the format is everyone gets a choice. Here goes!

Justin's choice is chicken wings. I don't eat them, but according to Justin, I make pretty good ones. Vance's pick is 7 layer dip, but in reality when I make it, it's only 4 and some change. Vaughn chose turkey sandwiches with a specific demand that they be cut into little triangles. Edamame found it's way on the menu because the kids love it and I have a bag that needs to be used. I'm choosing brownies because I have a football shaped dish and it's my attempt to be festive and fun. 

Drawn up, it looks like this:

In real life, it may look like this, minus a couple:

I don't even know who's playing - do you? What will you be snacking on? 
(Think Justin will mind when I ask him to turn to Downton on Sunday night???)

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Fortune Cookie Eraser Valentines with Free Printable

Erasers are the thing now. They come in every shape possible and if that's not enough, some fit together like puzzles, because kids don't have nearly enough toys to play with. Like most toys, I find them scattered all over the house and even though it's my first instinct to dislike them, I think they're adorable. Little ice cream cones, penguins, soccer balls, I could go on and on. My kids are crazy about them and I'm guessing yours are too! 

Enter Friendship Party season. I was hoping Vaughn was going to pick the cupcake and ice cream erasers to pass out to classmates, but she loved the fortune cookies from the get-go. I found them  at Target (they have a slit already cut into the back of them) but have seen them online also. It's also a fun alternative to a non-candy treat! What I did has been done before, but here's my spin.  
I made a quick printable with fortunes and printed them onto card stock. Click HERE to download. This is an important tip, because the slits in the erasers are a bit wide. In order for the fortune to stay tucked inside, the paper needs to be thicker. 
Cut along the lines and don't forget the signature!
Then you can play with them. Or not. (I couldn't help myself. The sun came out and the natural light was a nice reprieve from our gray winter days.)
Fold them down the middle and tuck inside the the slit.
Moonlight and Mason Jars Link Party

Monday, January 26, 2015

Jewel of a Friend Valentine's: Free Printable!

I made these "Jewel of a Friend" valentine's for my daughter's classmates last year, but just now updated it with a printable to make Valentine's one step easier of you! The jewel eraser rings can still be found at Target or at Oriental Trader. 

All you need to do is print out the printable HERE onto the paper of your choice (I used colorful card stock), punch a hole, have your child write their name, and tie the eraser onto the card. Easy and a nice break from candy! (The original post from last year can be seen below.)
Valentine's Day. Wether you love it or loathe it, if you have kids, they are going to want to hand something out to their friends. Here is a quick little hand made card if buying a box of licensed character cards with tattoos isn't your thing. 

When coming up with ideas for Valentine's I always try to remember two things. One, your child has to like it and two, it will be thrown away so do not spend too much time on it. This was a cinch and I only spent a whopping $3. Here goes.

The inspiration for these were the giant jewel ring erasers that I found at Target. 24 of them came in the bag and they were $3. 

I could have done the next step in many different ways including just hand writing the saying onto paper but I decided to get a little fancier. I used PicMonkey to design the words and banner then uploaded it into Pages (or Word for PC users) to get the dashed line around it. Make sure to leave enough space for a signature and for a hole to be punched. I printed mine out on colored card stock that I already had on hand. 
After printing, I cut them out and rounded the corners with an edge clipper. 

From this point on my daughter took over. She signed her name and stuck on a few jewel stickers that we had from a leftover project. I used a hole punch to punch the hole and twine to attach the ring erasers. Super simple!

What about you? Are you a buyer or a maker when it comes to classroom Valentine's?

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating.

Here's to Vaughn being reunited with her ladies after being away on vacation.
(She always needs alone time after being with people for too long.)

Here's to all the unmatched socks of the world.
(Not that I'm celebrating orphan socks or laundry, but this broke the record for "Most Single Socks from One Load" and I found it comical. Ugh! Kids!)

Here's to Influenster* providing after school snacks this week. 
(The kids love this with apples and it's been a fun treat for them! The Back to Nature graham sticks are good too!)

Here's to cute, cheap lamps that I found at a new-to-me discount store.
(Need I say more?)

Here's to Vaughn and her the cute way she tells us to stay out of her room.
(More polite than, "Stay OUT!")

What are you celebrating tonight?

*Product was given to me to test and review.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Us against the Mountains

Every year when planning family vacations Justin mentions skiing and every year he gets out voted for a warmer destination. Not this year though! He finally got his wish and it may just end up becoming a yearly vacation. 

Skiing, for me, is as much physical as it is mental. Maybe even more so. First day? No problem. I remembered the basic moves from skiing as a kid and I was the only one who didn't fall. Second day?   First half, no problem. Second half, I was DONE. I had my first, second, and third fall of the day and veered off course and ended up having to do a run of moguls to get down. I saw things differently from that point on and it took another whole day to get over the mental block I had created in my head. However, I do enjoy skiing and love the fact that it's something that families of all ages can do together.

I think trying new and challenging things together makes relationships grow. We cheered for each other, we helped each other up (physically and mentally!), and laughed at ourselves more times than we can count.

The kids loved skiing and it brought the best of their attitudes out. Vance, my shy and timid child, is a daredevil on the slopes and was always up for trying harder and difficult runs. Vaughn fell 30 times the first day and never once gave up. On the second day, something clicked and it was smooth sailing from there on out. I'm so proud of both of them!

 The mountains are beautiful and we were thankful to have great weather for the entire week. Glad we remembered sunscreen!

Lindsey Vaughn?
Cheers, to a great family vacation and looking forward to many more!

Friday, January 16, 2015

The Friday 5: Vacation Edition!

6 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating.

Here's to nice people. Everywhere you go. 
We've had a ton of questions ranging from gear, to getting places, to which runs to take and everyone is always eager to help, which makes you feel a little less of a doofus. 

Here's to selfies at 11,400 feet. 
What else is there to do during a 6 minute lift?

Here's to heated pools and pavement and crazy kids that still think it's warm enough to swim when it's 19 degrees outside.

Here's to cookies that are served at the bottom of the mountain everyday at 3:15.
This is just one of the reasons that Beaver Creek's motto is, "Not exactly roughing it", which I hugely appreciate. 

Here's to mountaintop restaurants that not only have beautiful views, but the best tortilla soup I've ever had. ( I WILL figure the recipe out!)

Here's to fearless kids that propel themselves straight down mountains only to ask, "Can we do it again?!" when we reach the bottom. I, on the other hand, do not share their sense of enthusiasm. 
It's been a great week! Lots to celebrate! What are you raising a glass to? Cheers!


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