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Monday, September 29, 2014

Weekend Recap

This weekend recap is going to be short and sweet as most of the weekend was spent celebrating our friend's wedding. The bride looked beautiful, the groom was as handsome as ever, and Ben was a rock star ring bearer. 

Getting pampered before the big day//Ben striking his model pose before the rehearsal 
His gift from the couple (Legos) which he put together during the rehearsal dinner//Bridesmaid selfie before bed

The beautiful bride//Bride+iphone+ring bearer & flower girl
Ladies lock your daughters up//Love him

The bride's sister and I on the party bus//Lindsey, another bridesmaid, who also happens to be one of the dr.'s who delivered Jack
My gal & Ben's gf Sydney//The hubs and I

I was a little nervous with how Ben would do, not so much walking down the isle, but with all the waiting, pictures, etc. He did AMAZING and was so well behaved. J was also a huge help with keeping him occupied and just being a great dad all together:)

We ended the weekend catching up on things around the house and the boys playing outside. J power washed the deck and the boys ran around as if it were summer again...because it pretty much was. Temperatures reached almost 90 degrees and as much as I wanted to put out the fall decorations, I refuse to do so when it's that hot out.

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with Biana

Friday, September 26, 2014

Oh Hey Friday!

Whose ready for the weekend!? My friend Alissa is getting married TOMORROW and the past couple of days have been spent doing all things wedding. I'm a bridesmaid and Ben is the ring bearer and I can't wait to see him all dressed up in his little tux.

One. 
As usual, Target has been killing it lately with their Dollar Spot items. How cute are all their paper goods? 

Two.
This little thief has learned to open the snack pantry and just help himself to whatever he wants. It's all fun until your hand gets stuck in the Wheat Thin box.

Three.
J owns his own company and they sponsored Ben's T-ball team this season. Ben has loved being on "daddy's team" and telling all his teammates his daddy's company was on their shirts. 

Four.
Soups just scream fall to me and I made my first pot of chili for the season last week. I've also got this recipe on the menu for the upcoming week.

Five.
Next Wednesday is my birthday and the only thing I truly want is a pair of house slippers. And no, I'm not turning 80. These are a few I've had my eyes on.





Happy Friday!!!

Linking up for Oh Hey Friday! and Friday Favorites.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Ravioli Lasagna

I love a good lasagna, but I don't love how time consuming they can be to make. This "lasagna" resembles the popular pasta dish but takes a fraction of the time to assemble and cook. You can also add whatever ingredients you want or have on hand.

What You Need:
-1 25oz bag frozen cheese ravioli
-1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
-1/2 lb ground beef (You could also use sausage)
-1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
-1/2 cup parmesan cheese

What To Do:
1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. In a large pot, boil water then add the ravioli. Cook until al dente. It will continue to cook some in the oven. 
2. Drain ravioli and set aside.
3. In a 9x9 inch pan, place a thin layer of sauce on the bottom.
4. Top with a layer of mozzarella cheese.
4. Place the ravioli on top of the cheese in a single layer. 
5. Repeat the process. On the final layer sprinkle the parmesan cheese on top. 
6. Bake at 350F degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. 


I'm linking up again with Mary for Delicious Dish Tuesday and I'm so honored that this recipe from last week was a Featured Favorite! Don't forget to link up your recipes!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Weekend Recap

Happy Monday and first day of fall! Fall is the gateway to the best time of year.

Our weekend started great, got a little rocky, but we still managed to end on a pretty good note. Friday night Ben had a T-ball game and then his cousin spent the night with us. The kids woke up early on Saturday morning ready to do all the activities I had foolishly told them about ahead of time. Next time I'm telling them 30 seconds before we do something. 

One of my favorite things we did was make edible play-doh using peanut butter, honey, and powdered sugar. Jack played with it for about 20 seconds and then immediately shoved it in his mouth. Good thing it's edible. 

We also played outside and baked cupcakes but then I decided to go to Urgent Care to get my leg looked at. I had a spot that kept getting worse throughout the week and by Saturday afternoon it was so painful I could barely take it. I thought I had been bitten by a spider but turns out it was just a bad infection. 

My MIL ended up picking up my niece since I was pretty useless the rest of the day.

Thankfully after a Vicodin, a couple of doses of antibiotics, and some sleep, I was feeling much better by Sunday. After lunch at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants and a follow up check-in with the Dr., the kids played with their water table for the rest of the day.

And I ended the weekend burning this candle and while I'm usually a Yankee or Bath & Body Works person, but this cheap candle from Walmart smells delicious!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'm linking up with Biana.
Thursday, September 18, 2014

These Are My Confessions

I confess that...

Sometimes on the weekends the kids and I only eat breakfast or lunch. Rarely do we have both unless we go out to eat. 

Even though I love fall, I hate the taste of pumpkin flavored everything. But I do love the smell.

72 degrees is the perfect temperature to be outside.

While I'm reading and pinning recipes or DIY's I'm all, "I'm going to make all the stuff!" Then I realize I have no motivation to actually do it.

I love watching funny cat and dog videos on YouTube even though it's a total time suck.

Sometimes when I hear my favorite bloggers voice in a video it blows my mind. Especially when it doesn't sound close to what I thought it would sound like.

I'd choose a fruit favored candy (starburst, sweet tarts, etc) over a chocolate bar any day.

If I come across a blog where each entry is a novel, I immediately click off it. I need pictures!

I literally laugh out loud reading E-Cards.


What are some things you want to confess?


Linking up with Annie
Monday, September 15, 2014

Creamy Kickin' Ranch Dip

This weekend was our work picnic at a local park. Everyone was asked to bring a dish which is usually not a big deal except that we were also going to a 1st birthday party right before the picnic which meant anything hot was off the list since I had no way to keep it warm. 

After searching Pinterest, I found several cold dip recipes and adapted a few of them to create this Creamy Kickin' Ranch Dip. Like most of my dishes it's super easy to throw together and I think it would be great for all you tailgaters as well.


What You Need:
-1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch Dip (make sure to get the dip packet, not the dressing)
-16 oz container Sour Cream
-1/2 cup mayo 
-1 can Rotel, drained. I used the mild, but next time I think I'll go with the hot
-2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

What To Do:
1. Combine the sour cream, mayo, and ranch seasoning in a bowl. 
2. Add the can of Rotel and mix well.
3. Put in the refrigerator for 2 hours or even overnight. You can serve this right away, but it's even better the longer it sits.


Linking Up for Delicious Dish Tuesday 
Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Favorites

Fall has arrived in Missouri, at least for now. With highs in the 60's and lows in the 40's it definitely puts me in a fall mood. I also love that we can turn off the air conditioner, open the windows, and there's the tiniest bit of a chill.

One.
Favorite fall nail color. I broke out my fall nail polish and went with Essie's Minky Muffs. I tend to use a variety of different nail polish brands, but I think Essie has some of the best colors for fall and winter.

Two.
Favorite "make you say what?" Do I even want to know how they got that bullet hole?

Three.
Favorite dates. J and I have been trying to spend more time together with just the two of us but that doesn't always mean we're able to leave the house. We've had a few at home dates lately where we've ordered some food, downloaded a movie, and just relaxed after the kids have gone to bed. 

Four.
Favorite fall craft. I'm dying to make this sign for Halloween. I like how big it is and the fact that you can customize it with whatever you want.

Five.
Favorite tv obsession. This show has been around forever, but I've found myself fascinated by it lately. Like, if it's on I have to watch it. I'm not sure if it's the courting, engagements, or weddings, but I can't shut it off. Anybody els weirdly fascinated by this show?

Linking up with Amy & Karli 

as well as Amanda
Monday, September 8, 2014

Weekend Recaps + Labor Day

This weeks Weekending consists of not one, not two, but three weekend recaps all rolled into one, including Labor Day. Here's what we've been up to...

I attended a wedding shower for one of my besties who is getting married on September 27th. I can't wait to be a bridesmaid on her special day. 

If you say "cheese" to Jack he gives you the biggest goofiest grin. 

Our Labor day weekend started with a Dilly Bar from the good ole DQ. You know what's really fun? Trying to drive and referee a fight between a 5 year old and a 1 year old who is screaming at the top of his lungs because HE WANTS A DILLY BAR TOO! Sorry, kid. I have no desire to clean that mess up.

Obviously the Dilly Bar injustice carried over into Target.

We made sure to squeeze in one last visit to the pool before it closed for the summer.

Nothing like a little friendly cousin fight to end the summer.

By the time we left the pool, Jack had had enough swimming.

We wrapped up the weekend with baths, popsicles, and a bbq at my parent's house.

The weekend after Labor Day we celebrated Ben's cousin birthday with a Ninja Turtle party complete with a piƱata.

While all the big kids stuffed as much candy as they could into their bags, Jack was content with collecting his 3 little Dum-Dums.

One last swim in Aunt Sheri's pool. 

Although the pool is heated, the temperatures were only in the 70's and unlike Ben who was the last one out, Jack preferred playing with a pool noodle more than being in the actual pool.

There's no better way to end the weekend than a 5 year old demanding you take a selfie. 

And with that lovely image, I hope you have a wonderful week!


Linking up Biana