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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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You know, I really try.  I really do.  Being one of those Pinterest mom's is just not in the cards for me.You know the whole post about cookies I just did?  It came out ok, and it was all true - for the most part.

I wanted my own Stars Hollow, and I got it.

But what bothers me now is that I was wholly honest with you the reader.  Did I attempt making the cookies with my son? Sure. What you didn't see, however, is that it was a total disaster and that I will never make cookies with him until he's at least....oh, I'd say...eighteen.

Read on to hear about the cookie disaster of 2016, why I need to fess up, and why Rice Krispies treats saved my sanity...

During the baking process for my last cookie post, my kitchen was a mess, flour was everywhere, sugar ended up in places I'd rather not mention on the internet, my son had very little patience in mixing all the ingredients, he ATE all the frosting instead of spreading it on the cookies, and he was more interested in playing with the raw dough as opposed to cutting it into cute little shapes and baking them.

An activity that really shouldn't have taken more than an hour lasted for over four hours.  Yes, you read that right, four hours.

Despite my promise, I hid that from you.  I wanted it to look good.  I wanted to be a Pinterest mom for once in my life.  But give me credit, I'm coming clean now.

Although I may not be a Pinterest mom, I will tell you that I'm a least a resourceful mom.  So, instead of cookies, I made the best use out what I had in the cupboard.

Let me tell you, thank god for Rice Krispies...


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

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In one of my recent blog posts, I mentioned that our family motto is All You Need Is Love.

It was Tall Dad's and my wedding song, the lyrics are showcased in our new home, and we even say it to our kids almost every day. A new song by Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas, called The Fight, also has these lyrics, and after listening to the song a few times, I realized a lot of the lyrics in The Fight really hit home.

There's this line in the new song, The Fight, that really rings true for us. It's "The fight is never ours alone we're all in this together," and that's honestly how I've felt the later part of this year. Our latest move has put us closer to both of my parents, but especially my mom, and the help from our parents has been tremendous this year for our kids. They love our tiny family so much, and we love them right back.  Read on further, however, to see why the song's origin goes much deeper than just family sticking together. 


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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2016 has been a rough year.  Between dealing with male PPD, an unexpected move, raising another baby, potty training and everything else in between, I think Tall Dad and I have had enough of our fill this time. So, we've decided - that's it. We're going to slow down, relax, and not have such big milestones anymore for quite some time at least. But, I will admit doing that is still hard for us because now we're in the new home and we're still getting used to it. There's so much to still put up, organize, and do around the house.  It feels like we can't relax. More importantly, it still doesn't feel like OURS quite yet. But, after a lot of thought - we just decided to MAKE it ours. Read on to see how we are making it happen with a little help of our good friends The Gilmore Girls, and some good ol' fashioned Christmas baking and cooking...


Friday, November 18, 2016

This post was sponsored by WaterWipes as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review.

I considered myself a messy person for most of my life.  I've had times when I couldn't even see the floor in my bedroom for over two months.  And, yes, it has always driven my husband insane.  But I realized very quickly that my messiness before my kids could be considered borderline OCD clean in comparison to what my life is like AFTER having my kids.  Especially during that first year of their life.  As I like to reiterate to my husband, however, our family motto has always been "Love Is All You Need." Well, maybe someone to help me clean too...and...WaterWipes...and a professional organizer...and a life coach....and a really good nanny...and someone who's really good at mani/pedis.

Ok so maybe Love isn't ALLLL you need - but it's pretty darn close.  Read on to see how my first year with Felicity can tell you why...


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

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So we finally did it - we moved into our new home. It's been about a week and a half and we actually are a lot more settled in than I would have ever thought possible. My kids rooms are put away, we built our brand new podcast studio, our home theater has been installed, and we just bought a brand new sectional that I may or may not have considered leaving my husband for :)  Yes, it's that good.

But as comfortable as we are, and how much our kids love a new adventure, there are still some members of our family that are getting used to the new digs - our cats, Sassenach and Kahleesi.

It's not that they don't like the new place - but they are still getting used to it's smells, new carpets, and the feel of our new home.  It's been a fairly long process for them to become acclimated, but I thought I would share with you seven tips that I have learned through the move with them.


Monday, October 31, 2016

My kiddos decided to skip their nap today...so instead we made a movie! Check it out below :)


Sunday, October 23, 2016

This recipe for Raspberry Baked Brie has been sponsored by Pillsbury - but all thoughts, photos and opinions are mine alone :) #ItsBakingSeason

It's the most wonderful time of the year...and one of the busiest! I love the fall and winter holidays because of decor, music, food and constant merriment with friends. My family LOVES to see people during the holiday season, and since we just moved last week - we are expecting a lot of visitors to our new home over the next few months...which will make this busy season  - even busier!

Having a warm home filled with delicious yummy smells is one of the ways I like to great my guests. A nice bread baking in the oven, or a seasonal pie - just makes a house really feel like a home, doesn't it?

But when life gets crazy, like a recent move (or just having a busy holiday season in general), I can't always find the time to gather a ton of ingredients, mix, measure and wash dishes. So that is why, my dear readers, I am going to share with you my favorite holiday entertaining hack. It's comprised of only three ingredients, all which are delicious even alone - but together they create a brilliant medley that will not only have your house smelling downright delightful, but will also be sure to get any guest's mouth watering. 

I introduce you to Raspberry Baked Brie.