Are you chocolate bingeing right now? I’m not judging, I just want to know who else is sitting in their fat pants today. Because I’m definitely wearing elastic waistbands all week while I sweat off all the delicious Halloween candy / chocolate I can’t stop
double fisting eating.
Was Halloween as fun for you as it was for us? I love having a teenager on Halloween so much, I can’t even tell you. My girl is a riot. Part of it is that is that she invents and designs and sews her own costumes. Part of it is watching her get inspired and excited about ideas. And I’ll be really honest, part of it, a huge part, is that I don’t have to have anything to do with it.
Sofie’s costume for all her random school musical performances over the last few weeks was been Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas, but the costume she really put time and energy into building from scratch is the one in the photo above: Nyan Cat, (thank heaven for soundless costumes).
Anyway, we had a fabulous holiday and yesterday we celebrated Sofie’s 16th birthday. 16!!!!!!!!!!! Shhhhh, I’m over it already (*SOB*). … >> find out more...
This year our Halloween costumes were straight up D.I.Y. and both kids decided they wanted to make their own costumes without any help from me thankyouverymuch, (hallelujah for this stage of life!). This year was double fun because our friend and photographer Justin Hackworth shot Halloween photos of the kids last week ahead of the holiday so you get a sneak peek into how they’re headed out tonight. I absolutely love how the pictures turned out! He’s a magician, that Justin.
My little Lego brick was super easy. I didn’t actually participate in any of the making of said costume, but here’s the DIY if you want to make your own!
How to make a Lego costume:
- hot glue
- furniture box
- paper plates
- spray paint
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- Cut a circle in the top of the box for the head. Cut out the whole bottom of the box, so you can slide it on. Cut armholes.
- Hot glue paper plates to the front and back of the box. We used 6 to make a 2 x 6 Lego brick.
- Spray paint entire box the Lego color of your choice. We liked how true the blue was to an
This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of Olay. Photo credit: family selfie taken by me on a frozen lake in Spokane, Washington
Did you know that Photobucket isn’t just a resource for finding stock images anymore? It’s true, Photobucket is also a super easy hub for making any and all things photo product related. You want gorgeous holiday cards? They got holiday cards. You want a slideshow? Photobucket has super easy to build slideshows. Remember how I shared some tips for how to get beautiful for holiday photos? I used some of the photos from that post and easily pulled together a super rad slideshow featuring some of my favorite photos from 2014. Turns out, even though our year was less than amazing, there were still some pretty good moments. It took me less than 5 minutes to upload the photos and toss them all together in a slideshow to help me remember those good moments, and then with their handy sharing tools, I shared that slideshow on Facebook in a snap! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Such a fun feature, especially if you’re looking for a low-key alternative to traditional holiday cards or even if you just … >> find out more...
Christmas is one of my favorite holidays of the year. Isn’t it the greatest? The warm feeling of friends and family everywhere, plans of spending time in front of the fire with my favorite books or a 5,000 piece puzzle and even a cup or two of ridiculously rich eggnog. And I didn’t even get to the presents. Not that they count, or anything materialistic like that.
Not to be cliché, but it really is the most wonderful time of the year.
I’m lucky to live in a state where, more often than not, Christmas is a snowy wonderland. I might grumble about it for the rest of the Winter season, but around the holidays there just isn’t anything better than a snowy front yard on Christmas morning.
Like all good holidays, the smells are what trigger memories of Christmases past for me. The Christmases of my childhood and even the smells of new traditions created with my own little family. They all blend in a happy place in my mind, delicious smells and warm thoughts mixed simmering together. In fact, I have a handful of my favorite smells during the Christmas season, ones I count on as part of … >> find out more...
4th of July, 4th of July! You know there’s nothing better than a summer holiday, right? For me, it’s the 4th of July. It’s my favorite holiday, hands down. The weather is gorgeous and hot, the pavement is baking, kids sit on the sidewalk eating dripping Popcicles, and fireworks end the day. It’s the most fun of the whole year, and that’s saying something.
I make my famous American flag cake. We sometimes run a 4th of July 5k and watch the early morning hot air balloons. There’s a parade in Provo, and we never miss it. There are afternoon naps, BBQ’s and frosty cold caffeinated beverages abound.
Cousins, adorable cousins come from near and far.
Sometimes there’s a baby or two, on a good year.
There’s grilled corn on the cob, and squirt gun fights and sparklers and a table full of desserts. There just isn’t a better holiday than the 4th of July.
I have a couple of favorite recipes for you, so you can whip up something red, white & blue for your own celebrations.
A yummy 4th of July dessert recipe made with the most American of ingredients: whipped cream + Jell-O. An American Flag … >> find out more...
When Easter is over, as it is about to be, what do you do with all the leftover Easter baskets? In my house growing up, my mom would stash all 10 Easter baskets back under the stairs, grass and all, to wait it out until the following Easter holiday. I’m not quite as organized as my mother, maybe because I’m free to wing it with only 2 kids instead of 8, which means each year is different than the next. More often than not, I forget I even have Easter baskets under my stairs, or I’m lured into buying new ones every year both by the children and myself.
What does one do with all the baskets of the world flowing everywhere? I’ll tell you what I do: after Easter half the time I send them to a thrift store and the other half I re-purpose them into something useful for the remaining 11 months of the year.
This year my little guy (he’s still little to me) is getting an adorable little monster basket filled to the brim with Peeps and chocolate eggs. And when he’s all done using it I’m filling it with toy cars to sit … >> find out more...
Today it’s how to make your own (inexpensive) DIY Valentines for the big V-day. Let’s say it’s the day before Valentine’s Day *cough* and you need some really quick DIY Valentines that won’t break the bank. Who’s your girl?
Me, that would be me.
Martha did this how to originally, but my version is a little less formal. It’s just how I roll, there’s no helping it. The awesome thing about this great Valentine DIY is that you probably have all the supplies hanging around your house somewhere. Maybe. I hope. If you don’t, they’re muy inexpensive to pick up at your local bodega.
How to Make Your Own DIY Valentines Supplies:
- 1 stalk Romaine lettuce
- large knife to cut lettuce
- stamp pads + / or craft paint
- paintbrush (if you use craft paint)
- card-stock or sturdy paper of your choice
How to Stamp a DIY Valentine:
This is the really easy part.
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- Step 1: Wash + dry Romaine lettuce
- Step 2: When the lettuce is dry use a large knife to slice off the bottom fourth of the lettuce stalk
- Step 3: Turn newly cut side of lettuce down on a kitchen towel and
You need some gift lists + ideas for teenagers? I can help. Thanks to eBay for sponsoring this curation of gift ideas for tricky, lovable teens. Check out my ever-growing collections for more ideas on gift giving, I have many, gift ideas and collections, I mean.
If you’ve ever been in charge of shopping for a teenager you understand the plight that is finding the right gift. See, it’s different for teenagers, because they’re more like toddlers than not during the teen years, and it can get ugly if you don’t get things juuuuust so. I say this as the mother of a teen and someone who WAS a teen for several years of my life. The emotions, they are everywhere. So many hormones, so many feeeeeeelings all. of. the. time. and no one does anything right. It’s genuinely a hard time of life but that doesn’t mean you can’t try to get it right, and I’m always here to help; in fact I sourced my own teen to get some gift ideas so not ALL of you will be hated at your family holiday parties.
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