Wednesday, March 14, 2018

DIY Shamrock Marshmallow Stamp

Every year around St. Patrick's Day I start saying, "Top of the morning to you," in my best Irish accent which is actually pretty terrible. Anyone else do this? No? Since I won't be passing off as a true Irishman, I've got a festive DIY that will help you and your child get in the St. Patrick's mood.
DIY Shamrock Marshmallow Stamp- Your kids will think this shamrock marshmallow stamp is so cool and the best part is it requires no effort on your part!--Cortneyandco.
When I told my kids that we were going to stamp with marshmallows they were so excited you would have thought I told them we were getting a puppy. Not only did they love this craft, but it requires almost no effort on my end which is always appreciated.

I ended up adding some Rolos at the end and we gave these out to some of the kids' teachers and friends. 

What You Need:
-A handful of jumbo marshmallows (it only takes one for the stamp but it's nice to have extra just in case)
-Green paint
-Rolos (optional)
-Hot glue gun (optional)

What to Do:
-Dip the marshmallow lightly in the green paint (you don't need a lot)
-Press the marshmallow on the paper making three slightly overlapping circles
-To create a stem, use the edge of the marshmallow and make a thin line down
-If you want to make the card, place small thin circles of hot glue one at a time and stick on the Rolos. (You'll want to do very thin circles so the glue doesn't melt the chocolate).
-Add a saying, have your child write their name, and you're done!

Friday, March 9, 2018

5 on Friday

Happy Friday! I've got lots of fun things to share so let's get right to it. 

It's no secret that I love Rachel Hollis so when I got to meet her on Wednesday I felt like I was going to either pee my pants or puke. Besides being so cute, she's also just as genuine in real life as she is on social media. 

My friend Abby.

Keeping the good times rolling, I tried my first ever beeragrita and it was actually delicious despite the fact I'm not a big beer fan. 

Sweet little Jack is officially enrolled in Kindergarten and I don't even know what to do with myself. Good thing I still have awhile to get myself together before school starts. 

I've been in love with these shelves from Restoration Hardware but there was no way i was spending almost $600 for them. Six.hundred.dollars.

Not one to give up, I turned to Pinterest where I found this DIY hack. Here's a little sneak peak of how mine turned out. I still need to touch up some paint and style them, but I'm super happy with them. 

Last but not least, if you missed any of my recent posts make sure you check them out.

Linking up with Christina and Amanda
Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Cheesy Hot Onion Dip

I'm not going to lie. I had my doubts about an onion dip. I don't particularly love onions, but so many people raved about similar dips that I had to give it a try. Guys, it's good. It's also something different to bring with you to the next party or potluck and I promise, it will be demolished. 

What You Need:
-12 oz  softened cream cheese (1 1/2 blocks)
-1/2 cup sweet onion 
-1/4 cup mayo
-1 cup Parmesan cheese 
-dash of garlic powder

What To Do:
1. Chop onion into tiny pieces. I did mine pretty tiny so no one would bite into a huge chunk of onion
2. Combine cream cheese, mayo, Parmesan cheese, and garlic powder in a bowl and mix until smooth
3. Add onion and stir
4. Place mixture into an 8 inch round pan or 9x9 pan
5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until the top is brown (You definitely want the crunchy brown crust-it's the best part!)

Serve with tortilla chips. Fritos, or vegetables 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Goals Update: February

Another month gone so let's see how I did.

//Write down ten things that I am grateful for at the end of every single day//
Why is this one so hard to remember to do? Especially since it requires the least amount of time and effort. 

//Complete at least 3 devotionals or bible studies//
I have a few recommendations, but would still love more! I don't want March to pass without beginning one. 

//Workout at least 4 times per week for at least 30 minutes//
Despite missing a Monday here and there I didn't let it derail and declare the whole week a bust. Last week was the worst since I came down with a sinus and ear infection, but I'm back at it. 

//Lose 20 pounds//
I’ve lost 9.4 pounds since January and I've noticed that my clothes are definitely fitting better. 

//Give up soda for at least 30 days//
I completed this one at the end of last month. I had 3 sodas in the month of February but that was it. 

//Wake up an hour earlier on weekdays in order to have the best start to my day//
5:30 am seems to be a more realistic time than 5:00 and I'm still able to have time to myself before the kids get up. It also helps that the sun is coming up earlier and it's not quite as cold. 

//Drink half my body weight in ounces of water each day//
Still at it. Taking a big mug of water with me to the gym in the morning also makes sure I drink a lot before my day has really even started. 

//Read 12 books throughout the year//
This month I read 2 books so I'm still way ahead of schedule. I also joined a book club with some friends from work which not only holds me accountable to read, but it also forces me to read some books I might not have otherwise. 

//Declare our house a yelling free zone and create a plan on how we'll do this//
The boys are still getting into some yelling matches with each other, but I've really worked on taking a moment before I feel like I'm going to lose it. I said this last month, but there's something about having a clean and tidy house that helps so much. Less stuff = less stress= less yelling.

//Have bi-weekly date nights with my husband. Whether we go out or do something at home, a time carved out for just the two of us to strengthen our marriage//
This month we had a belated Valentine's dinner as well as several at home movie nights after the kids went to bed. Having time to connect with just the two of us has been so important. 

//Continue to create a budget each month and update the budget at least weekly//
I budgeted and tracked our spending for the entire month of February and March's budget is ready to go. We've got lots of fun activities and trips coming up so I'm focusing on saving for those as well. 

//Create a house where stuff does not cause chaos. Each room will only have things we love and all of those things will have a place//
Like I mentioned above, I notice a huge shift in my mood when the house feels cluttered or un-clean. Since I was sick most the weekend, we took an hour on Sunday night to get laundry put away, bathrooms cleaned, vacuum, etc. It didn't take long, everyone pitched in, and we were able to start our week off on the right foot. 

February Feelings: Loved, Relaxed, Connected, Calm  

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

4 Crime Podcasts You Can't Stop Listening To

As much as I love a good book it's also nice to just turn on a Podcast and listen to someone talk. If you looked at my library you'd find a wide range of Podcasts from women entrepreneurs to reality tv gossip to the latest financial information. But some of my favorite podcasts are those that involve mystery, unanswered questions, and the search for the truth. If you like the same thing, then download these 4 podcasts immediately!

//Atlanta Monster//
Atlanta Monster documents the story of 25 African American children who were kidnapped and then murdered in Atlanta during the 1970's. Although a man was arrested and tried for the murders, nearly 40 years later he still claims he's innocent.  

//Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Elizabeth Andes//
This is the first season in the Cincinnati Enquirer's podcast. The podcast is presented by one of the Enquirer's journalists who is now investigating the death of then 23 year old Elizabeth Andes. Elizabeth's boyfriend was tried and acquitted and many people were left undecided about who actually committed the crime. 

//Accused: The Unsolved Murder of Retha Welch //
This is the second season from the Cincinnati Enquirer. In this season, you learn about Retha Welch who had a deep love for Jesus and counseling prison inmates. She was found killed in her apartment and police arrested and accused an ex-con she had been counseling. In January 2017, after 28 years in prison, her alleged killer was released from prison after a Grand Jury failed to have enough evidence for a re-trial. 

//Dirty John//
Unlike the other podcasts, there's no denying who the bad guy is. John's got everyone around him fooled, until people slowly start discovering the truth. Then things get weird. Really, really weird.