Friday, December 30, 2016

Lucky Foods for New Years Day

Can't believe 2016 is almost over! It's been a great year, but I have a feeling 2017 will be even better!! To make sure luck is on our side in the new year, we always eat our lucky foods on New Years Day. For my family, that means pork, sauerkraut, and black eyed peas. This year pork carnitas, green chili corn casserole, jalapeƱo sauerkraut, Texas Caviar, and a great bottle of champagne will be on the menu.

Here's to a great another great year! Cheers, everyone!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Holidays 2016!

Hoping your holidays are filled with brightness, love, and light. 
Wishing you the best as you cap off 2016.
 Cheers!!




Friday, December 16, 2016

Santa's Magic Key Printable...Again


Reposting this from 2014. I love this idea to ease curious minds about how Santa will get in if there's no chimney or fireplace. 


Hope everyone has a great weekend!!



Friday, December 09, 2016

Friday Five: 'Tis the Season!

Happy Friday! I officially finished my holiday shopping yesterday, so my mind is clear and I'm ready to start enjoying the season! Here's a couple things I'm looking forward to doing with the kids this weekend and some awesome finds too good not to share.

It's getting cold outside, but these adorable spa socks will keep your tootsies cozy. I picked up two pairs, so Vaughn and I can be twinsies. 

Vaughn and I take our doodling very seriously and these pencil caddies are going to up our game big time. They're padded, zip able, and the best part, the strap on to your coloring book or journal so that everything stays together. 
 Genius! Why didn't I think of that?!? 

 I'll be making a new batch of these ornaments with the kiddos over the weekend. All it takes is cinnamon and apple sauce (I picked up giant bottles of each from a wholesale club). Roll them flat, cut out, poke a hole, and let them dry. They'll smell glorious on your tree!
Cinnamon Ornaments 
2 cups applesauce
2 cups cinnamon
Mix together. If too wet, add more cinnamon. If too dry, add more applesauce. Sprinkle cinnamon on surface and roll out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutters and use toothpick or straw to cut hole. Dry by leaving out for a few days or baking 2.5 hours on 200 degrees. For smooth edges, sand when dry. 

Get your Gingerbread Houses early! My kiddos still enjoy making them, so I picked up 2 of these early on. (Last year I waited to long and had a hard time tracking one down.) 
RO TIP: Use hot glue to assemble the houses. Don't even bother with the icing. Save it to use for decoration. Trust me on this one!  


Last but not least, I'm LOVING my newest accessory, eye lashes. As you can see from my before pictures, I barely had any, but that's changed now! Lash Boost is a great gift idea. Let me know if you'd like to hear more about it!

Cheers to a great weekend!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Place Card Printables!

It's almost Turkey Time! Here's a recap of Thanksgiving related printables from years past. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving. Enjoy! 


Don't let holiday guests waltz in and sit wherever they want. Take control of the situation and tell them where to park it. 

Click HERE for the link

Looking for something more traditional? How about these from last year?! Simple & Fancy Fall Place Cards can be found HERE.




Here's a little "gratitude attitude" reminder that works all year 'round. 

Click HERE for the download








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Monday, October 31, 2016

Disney Surprise!

What's better than a trip to Disney? A SURPRISE trip to Disney!!

Here's how it went down: Justin already had to be at Disney for a work conference, so that's what started this whole idea for a surprise trip. 6 months of planning and we were still able to keep it a surprise, even with reaching out to teachers to get their homework before leaving. I packed for them and sent Vaughn's clothes with Justin who left a couple days before we did. I picked them up from school early, told them we were going to get flu shots, and then headed to the airport! 

They were shocked beyond belief and their reactions were priceless. I love that we were able to do this for them and hope they'll remember it forever!
"What? What? No way!!!"




We stayed at Disney for a few days, then headed to Universal, primarily to see the Harry Potter world.

I packed Vance a Harry Potter robe, just in case he wanted to wear it, but never thought he actually would. I loved that he got into it and had fun with it! 

Mid October is way busier than mid September at Disney and we hit Universal over the weekend. It was way more people than I imagined and by noon on Sunday, we were all done with the crowds and the lines. It was an unbelievable trip, but exhausting. We all needed some down time at the pool and it was a great way to end another great family vacation!






Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday 5: It's Fall!

5 things from the week

Eucalyptus has been keeping the house smelling spa-like lately. Aaaahhhh......

The kids and I have been enjoying these cookies a little too much. The ginger ones are great too. 

Fall-ish clay bowls with Vaughn and a friend. Once they're dry, we'll give them a coat of paint. 

I always buy too much Halloween candy. Hopefully this handy formula will help out. 
Image credit: apartment therapy.com
Rodan + Fields unveiled a new product and I received mine this week. Excited to see how the Lash Boost works on my teeny tiny lashes!! Let me know if your lashes need a boost!

Cheers to a great weekend!!

 

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