Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating. 

Here's to watch week at dance class. 
(Dance class is mysterious in the sense that Vaughn goes in and 75 minutes later she comes out, not having anything to say about class, even with me prodding. Parents get 2 or 3 chances to go in and it's much appreciated.)

Here's to trying to grow an avocado plant despite the frigid elements outdoors.
(Regardless of me telling the kids over and over that we don't have the right climate to grow avocados, excitement hasn't faded on their end.) 

Here's to finishing another item for my Etsy store. 
(Check it out and all my other items HERE!)

Here's to Mythic Oil. It's changed my hair-doing life.
(I rarely buy products at my salon, but it came highly recommended. It's an oil that comes out in a fine spray which tames frizz and leaves hair smooth and shiny. I've also noticed it combats creases from sleeping, meaning I don't have to wash my hair everyday and flat iron it less. I even use it on the kid's hair now. I've given my stylist the go-ahead that if she ever hears of this being discontinued to buy an extra case for me.)

Here's to the dress. What do you see? White and gold or blue and black? 
(I'm the only one in the house that sees white and gold. It's been fun though! Here's the story and the source of the picture)

Cheers! What are you celebrating tonight?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Green Chili and Corn Casserole

Let's say you plan on making two corn casserole's for Thanksgiving but end up only making one and are tired of seeing the cans of corn that you never usually buy in the pantry. Then you realize you don't have a side dish for Veggie chili night and there's no time (or desire) to run to the store. Poof! You get creative and Green Chili and Corn casserole is born. The picture looks less than appetizing, I know, but it tasted really good.

Green Chili and Corn Casserole

1 can corn, drained
1 can creamed corn
1 box corn bread mix 
1 cup of sour cream
1 can of green chilies 
1/2 stick of melted butter 
1 1/2 cups of pepper jack cheese, shredded

Mix ingredients, except cheese, and pour into a greased 9x13 baking dish. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes - 55 minutes or until golden brown and cooked through. Remove from oven, top with cheese, and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted. 


Monday, February 23, 2015

Flip Flop Wishes and Warm Weather Dreams

We finally got snow last week. The kids played, school was cancelled, and now I'm officially ready for winter to be over. Mother Nature is killing me because the Feels Like Temp is -6 degrees right now. The state of my skin and cuticles are in dire condition due to the cold, but the show must go on. Errands still need running and kids still need chauffeuring to nightly activities despite all urges to hibernate through these cold months wearing sweats and watching Netflix. 

The only way to survive when it's this cold is to dress for it, at all costs. I laughed at myself when I realized I was out in public on Wednesday (it was ridiculously cold and windy) with no makeup, hair up in a claw clip, a giant puffy winter coat, lined studio pants (warm, but slide down my nonexistent hips, so I have to constantly pull them back up or else I will walk right out of them. Normally I don't wear them out of the house) and tennis shoes. By the way, the unlined studio pants are not this way and are so comfy that if I were going to be buried, I'd want to be wearing these.

I feel there's a certain camaraderie amongst strangers when it's this cold since we're all deep in the "whatever it takes" mentality. At least I hope so. Or I guess I really just stop caring what others think when the temp is at extremes.  

What I want is to wear flip flops again and to buckle my seat belt without pushing layers of down filled coats out of the way. 18 days until Spring Break and it can't come soon enough. 

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity PLUS! a Quick Valentine's How-To!

Here's to 5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating AND a bonus! quick Valentine's cake topper!

Here's to Vaughn's new shoes and to her first indoor soccer game. 
(Are these shoes her or what?!)

Here's to being brave enough to try and to having the determination not to give up.
("I don't like this bike! I wanna keep trying! I don't like this bike! I wanna keep trying!" Vaughn learning to ride without training wheels might need a post of its own.)

Here's to this Big Lady falling asleep in my lap. 
(This hasn't happened since she was a baby and who knows if it will ever happen again. I loved every minute of it!) 

Here's to Room Mom's that plan parties to make Valentine's Day exciting, even for 4th grade boys who are kind of over the whole thing.
 (The secret? Whipped cream and a little competition. Vance is hoping to win the Best Sports theme for his Valentine Box and doesn't even know that he'll soon be diving face-first into plates of whipped cream. Also notable, where did my baby go?)


Here's to finishing the painting in the dining room and being one step closer to it being totally done.

But wait! There's more! A Valentine Quickie!

This week has been crazy, but I din't want Valentine's Day to come and go without any to-do, so I whipped these cake toppers out in about 10 minutes yesterday. I used leftover glitter paper, but any paper will work.  I traced a heart shape, cut it out, and hot glued it to a bamboo skewer. 

Then I cut out a bunch of "L" shapes and a few triangles to make arrows. 

So, I don't have the actual cake done yet (Vaughn has her heart set on helping make it, so it's on the agenda for this afternoon), but hopefully you get the idea!

Cheers and Happy Valentine's Day!
What are you celebrating this weekend???

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Monday, February 09, 2015

Grammy Differences

Song of the Year | Record of the Year | Album of the Year

What's the diff? I had to look them up to because I had forgotten, too.

The Song of the Year award is for the songwriter of one song. The Record of the Year award is for the artist, producers, engineers, and mixers for one song from an album. The Album of the Year award is for the entire team, but for the entire album of work. 

{In case you didn't watch last night, Sam Smith won for Song and Record of the Year (plus a bunch of others) and Beck won for Album of the year. I haven't listened to Beck since their Odelay album, so looks like I need to check them out again.}

Sadly, I yawned through the The Grammy's. I wanted more dance numbers, less ballads. I loved Sia and Kristen Wiig, after I understood what the hell was going on. Let's be serious though, my favorite action is always on the Red Carpet. Off the top of my head, Rhianna and Gwen were two of my faves. Nick Jonas's footwear bothered me as did Madonna's...dress?...leotard? whatever it was. 

It snowed here last Wednesday and on Saturday it reached 71 degrees. Sunday was beautiful too and, needless to say, it was an amazing weekend just because of the weather. We soaked up every ounce of sunshine knowing Monday is going to cold and gray again. A big thumbs down to that! 

Will have to dig deep and go within to find some internal sunshine today! Happy Monday! 

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Friday, February 06, 2015

Friday 5: Celebrating Simplicity

Here's to 5 simple happenings from the week worth celebrating.

Here's to starting out the week with Vance making breakfast for us all by himself.

Here's to catching snowflakes on your tongue. 
(While I'm done with winter, the kids are excited for even the smallest bit of snow.)

Here's to $4.99 tulips from Trader Joe's.
(While it's still winter outside, it makes me happy to have some spring inside.)

Here's to kids wanting to make dinner.
(He's leaving no cookbook unturned and is making dinner for us on Saturday. I could get used to this!) 

Here's to learning not to put my foot in my mouth. 
(And here's to kids who never give up hope.)
Months and months ago, Vance wanted to enter a contest that was advertised in his Sports Illustrated Kids magazine. I helped him enter online and every day for weeks after that, Vance would come home from school asking if I'd heard from the contest people yet. I told him that thousands and thousands of kids probably entered and we'd most likely never hear who won because that's how these contests work. Fast forward to last month when I received an email that Vance had won. A little paperwork after that (contracts, signatures, copy of my drivers license - it takes a lot to win a free prize) and yesterday a Nerf Demolisher showed up at our door making Vance the happiest boy ever. "Mom, I won! I can't believe I won!" 

What are you raising a glass to? 


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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Love is in the air: Valentine's Guide

I know love is blind because Justin hasn't asked me about the 100 chopsticks that have been on my desk for the past week. You guys, I found a keeper. 

Since love is in the air, here's a few things to help you score some points on Valentine's Day.

This card says it all.

Little stuffed hearts to surprise your loves. (I hide them in pockets or where I know they'll be found.)

Speaking of tiny hearts, giving this necklace will score you big points.
French Enameled Heart Pendant

Or any one of these. I personally would have a hard time deciding between the "I been drankin" or the "Now we sip champagne when we thirsty". Erica Weiner, I like your style.

I'd like a dozen of these, please.

For all those classroom moms, here's a printable for guesses for estimation jars.

In case you need more ideas.

Thursday's yours. Go get it.


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