Friday, September 16, 2016

Friday 5: mid-September already!

Wrapping the week up with these 5 highlights! 

Pumpkins have been placed here and there around the house, the fall wreath is hanging on the door, and Halloween costume magazines are starting to show up. If you're listening, Mother Nature, consider this your personal invite to start dropping the temps! Looking forward to finishing up this watercolor over the weekend. 

I'm happy to report that Justin is back from the land down under. Life is always crazier when I'm one-man-banding it. Thankful to have him back at home!

Contractors started working on our basement last week, which is really a brilliant way to add more stress on top of a stressful "husband out of the country" situation. I survived and am happy that they could get started early because I was over the baby blue walls and painted star floor the minute we moved into the house. Which was over 4 years ago. 

I used to have a collection of Architectural Digests from the 70's and 80's, which is why I probably found this article on awesome 80's bathrooms thoroughly entertaining.
Image credit: The International Collection of Interior Design
Last but not least, I wanted to share my current favorite Rodan+Fields before/after:
Julie didn't think her skin was "that bad" starting out, but she couldn't believe her results when comparing her before and after pictures. The differences are remarkable and shows that patience and consistency pays off! Let me know if you'd like to chat about your own skincare concerns. 

Have a great weekend! Cheers!

Monday, August 22, 2016


Summer break finally came to an end and the kids went back to school last week. While I love our lazy summer days together, being back on a schedule is always nice. Towards the end of  break, I was having a hard time keeping track of what day it was, and for me, that's a sign that it's time to get back to work. But not homework. My brain hurts from proofreading paragraph's already and I know the math problems will be coming soon. Ugh! On a positive note, the kids are settling in and both are enjoying school so far. 

What I really want to talk about today are alarm clocks. That's what helped both kids get excited to wake up early for school. Rolling with the excitement, I went out and spent a bunch of money on fancy alarms with bluetooth speakers, remote controls, all the bells and whistles. They were so darn fancy that the kids couldn't use them. Vaughn's was so complicated that both Justin and I couldn't even work them. Not wanting to be outsmarted by a device from Potterybarn, I sat down a few times with the instructions, and each time I thought I had it, but no. No, I didn't. And, it was so loud, that even on the lowest setting, the radio was blaring and too loud for Vaughn to go to sleep to. 

The day before school started I took them to Target and bought old school alarm clocks. Vaughn's was under $8, she can set it and turn it off herself, and she loves the different colors.  

Vance's was under $15 and it works perfectly for him.

Moral of the story? Fancier isn't always better.  

Vance is going to keep his old one because it also functions as a wireless speaker that he can take with him outside, but if anyone would like a great price on Vaughn's old one, let me know!

Happy Back to School!!!

Friday, August 05, 2016

Friday 5: Take it to the Beach

Trying to pretend our vacation isn't over by recapping it here today. I know there are people who prefer the mountains, but I'm all beach. If I listen carefully, I can still hear the ocean......

Cheers to a great weekend!

Friday, July 29, 2016

How Vaughn Gets Through a Baseball Game

 The End. 
Have a great weekend! Cheers!

Friday, July 08, 2016

Friday 5 - Celebrating the Week

~ 5 things from the week ~

Here's to simple neighborhood fireworks.
(Being sarcastic here, folks. We were treated to a pretty amazing show without having to fight the crowds. I love how passionate some are about their fireworks! Happy 4th!)

Here's to the crops. 
(Look at the lengths I have to go to to keep the deer away! It's working though! I've had some minor set backs due to the deer actually pushing their way through the chairs, but I almost have full grown peppers and tomatoes, something I've never been able to do.) 

Here's to new school gear! 
(I'm not sure if I'm winning or losing at summer since the kids were excited to pick out their backpacks and lunch boxes so early. They were bummed that Target doesn't have their Back to School section complete yet either. They get their love of office supplies from me!)

 Here's to technology.
(We've been able to watch my nephew play in Cooperstown this week because they broadcast all games. It's been great seeing his team in action and an added bonus is that you can hear the fans and coaches, so we could recognize voices. Felt like we were there!)  

Here's to my climber.
(We may have found Vaughn's sport. She loves ringing the bell at the top - I lost count with how many times she got to the top. Maybe 20? She's like a ring-tailed lemur!)

Cheers to a great weekend!

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! 

Kahlua Cake

A cake that Sandra Lee could be proud of. 

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.

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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