Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday (almost) 5

My better half has been under the weather this week, so I've had to step up my parenting game. Monday found me surrounded by a bunch of dudes at two different hitting practices. I doodled my way through, naturally.  

Birds and I didn't get off to a good start. While on vacation to France as a child, a bird landed on my head while watching two men play bocce ball and scared me half to death. Many years later in San Francisco, a dirty pigeon's wing hit my face as it flew from a lady who was pouring bird seed on herself and claiming she was the "Bird Lady of San Francisco". I've seen Hitchcock's The Birds and I'm leery that I just may be the next Tippi Hedren. However, I still like to watch from a distance, and this week has been great for bird watching at our house. These robins have been eating all of the berries from our bushes and we've had a ton of others too. Starlings, blue jays, blue birds, some little gray ones that I don't know of, and my buddy, a giant hawk that visits often.  

I'm trying to break the kids nasty gum habit with more natural alternatives. Picked these up this week, hopefully they'll like it!

I'm heading off to the kid's school today to help with Valentine's Day Friendship Parties. Ready to get it over with and close the book for classroom parties this year! 
Have a great weekend everyone! Cheers!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Spectacular Valentine's

Oh, dear Lord...more Valentine's Day stuff. I hear ya. Last post on the subject, I swear!

Every year I ask the kiddos what kind of Valentine's they'd like to pass out, secretly hoping that they'll say "the store bought kind", and they always say "something creative". (They're my kids for sure!) This year's came together easily, especially since both kids were ok with handing out the same thing. I picked up 4 bags of heart shaped glasses from Target, designed and printed tags, and tied them together. Done and done.

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Valentine's Day for Them. And You.

We typically celebrate Valentine's Day without gifts, but if we did, these would be my go to's. I think they'd work for you and yours, too. 

Because I've been really good this year, I'd pick myself up these flowers and oversized initial necklace

Justin loves these shorts and needs a new pair. Also this book, because he's always asking.

Vaughnie would be adorable in this floral pullover and I'd insist we share those pens.

Vance has made himself a wish list from Vineyard Vines, so this shirt was an easy pick. He'd also love a Bronco's Super Bowl shirt because that's his team!

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Fox Valentine Box

The Room Mom for Vaughn's class is a sweet southern lady and when she asked me if I minded doing some "heads/tails" for the class party, I thought that was southern slang for odds and ends.

I was wrong. 

She actually meant heads and tails. And she's just too sweet to say no to. So I obliged, even though I knew it would be a ton of work. She sent a pin to me of an idea, I recreated it, and figured I'd share it.

I started with a heart shape for the head, then added ears, a medium size for the face, and a small heart for the nose. I made one for each student, plus a few extra, and pre-glued them together. (There's not enough time in the party for the kids to do this.) 

I also cut the tails and glued on white fur on the end. 

25 was a lot. A lot, a lot. 

The kids will add eyes, other decorations, and a heart with their name on it. (Depending on what type of box they sent in will determine where their name-heart will go.) 

 Here's a quick pattern for the pieces. Also, I picked up the red paper at an office supply store for 4 cents a sheet, which I thought was a pretty good deal. 

I think these Fox Boxes are cute and can't wait to see how the kiddos decorate and fill them!

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Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Menu 25

Happy Superbowl Sunday! Hope the team you're rooting for wins!

Indoor soccer starts this week, which now means we have 4 sports active right now, and why menu's have been a little uninspiring lately. But, still, we have to eat, so this is what I've come up for this week. Hope my menu helps with yours!
On Monday, we'll be doing a little detoxing from all the Superbowl snacks with this Spicy Southwestern salad with Avocado Dressing

Soup on Tuesday is my secret weapon against two back-to-back busy nights. There's always leftovers! Homemade Chicken Noodle for this week.

Leftovers or something equally quick on Wednesday.

Tacos on Thursday. Ole! 

Pizza night on Friday. (It's always a game day decision weather we order out or make at home. Lately, making them is our favorite way, since we can't seem to find a good pizza place around here. It's my mission to find good wood-fired crust!)

Out on Saturday! Kitchen is closed!

Salmon on Sunday with my Sweethearts! The kids have never had chocolate fondue, so that's what's for dessert. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Friday, February 05, 2016

Friday 5 (minus 2)

The most exciting thing that's happened around here this week has been Vaughn spilling a trail of honey across the kitchen floor. I didn't see it happen, but saw her wiping the floor, and actually believed her when she said she had it handled. I, myself, have spent some time on my hands and knees scrubbing sticky spots, but everyday new ones mysteriously pop up. Spilled honey is no joke.

Here's a few things making me happy this week:

My little bird and these holly branches.

Working on the kid's Valentine's.

This nail polish remover from Target, that has the pump.

How about you? What made you happy this week?
Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, February 03, 2016


We recently went to Colorado, and thinking back about it, our days can be organized by footwear.

Plenty of days we were in ski boots,

one day we wore snow shoes,

 the kids wore snow boarding boots for a few days (which are way comfier than ski boots),

and there were ice skates,

and sometimes, at the spa wearing no shoes at all. (Which may just be my favorite place to spend on a ski trip.)

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Love to Cook, Hate to Plan: Weekly Menu 24

Plans changed and we didn't have salad and baked potatoes last Monday, so they're back in rotation for this Monday. 

Soup on Tuesday and I'm trying a new recipe - Italian Orzo Spinach soup. Hope it's good!

I'll pick up a rotisserie chicken for a quick dinner on Wednesday and roast some veggies to go along with. 

Two weeks ago, we were supposed to try this Creamy Mushroom Fettuccine, but we didn't get to it, so I'm planning on it for Thursday. 

Pizza on Friday!

Out for dinner on Saturday! 

Superbowl snacks on Sunday! Menu TBD...

Have a great week!!

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Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday 5

Thank goodness for daffodils! They brighten up my mood on gray winter days. A reminder that spring will eventually be here!

I'm cold and everyone in this house is tired about hearing about it. (This is going to be a long winter.) Hot soup helps and this hit the spot. 

Valentine's Day is near and Vaughn has started making hers for the family. I found this on her desk and the sweetness nearly killed me. I mean, I can't even. EYELASHES, people! On a heart with sibling labels, interlocked arrow-arms, a haloed heart, and fireworks. Time please stand still! 

This bag of yeasty stuff showed up this week and I may or may not have given it an eye roll. Vaughn, on the other hand, is super excited about the Friendship Bread, and has been following the daily directions explicitly. Soon we'll have starters to share, so watch your back (or your doorstep's!).  

I've always loved this line from Biggie's song, "Juicy", so I decided to watercolor it yesterday and was happy with how it turned out. It's now my newest addition to my Etsy shop. (I know it's supposed to be sip, not drink.)

This weekend is supposed to bring us warmer weather, so I'm excited about that and the fact that Vance's basketball practice just got cancelled for tonight! We all needed a night off! Hope you all have a great weekend too. Cheers!


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