Sunday, June 28, 2015

Life Recap

Heelllooo!! I'm so glad this week is a short 4 days and I can't wait to celebrate the 4th of July this weekend. Can we talk about the fact that Wednesday is the first day of July? Where in the heck did June go? Seriously.

And since my blogging has been sporadic at best, a weekend recap just won't do so here's a little recap of what we've been up to lately.

Slowly but surely were getting more things done around the house including the much needed project of recovering our kitchen chairs for our everyday dining table. We looked at just getting a new table and chairs when we moved, but couldn't find anything we liked. We ordered the new fabric from KOVI Fabrics and we wanted something durable, but also similar to what was on there before. J and I recovered these one night after the boys went to bed and I am so proud of us. The project wasn't that hard, but the transformation is HUGE!

Last Sunday was not only Father's Day, but this little cutie's 2nd birthday! I still need to recap his party and write his 2 year old letter, but he had a great Olaf themed bash complete with new pjs and this little picnic table among lots of other toys for this spoiled boy.

Although Jack's actual birthday was on Sunday, we had his party on Saturday so we could celebrate the dad's in our life on Sunday. I printed out this adorable banner from here and hung it on the playroom door where the boys insisted daddy open his presents. We got daddy some new drill bits that he had been wanting, a gift card, and some adorable handmade things the boys made at school.

We had my parents over for lunch and ordered pizza from our favorite local pizza place. Both my dad and J love ice cream cake so this DQ cake was a no-brainer. Sadly I didn't get any pics with my dad and J's dad wasn't feeling well that day so we called to wish him a happy father's day over the phone.

We ended the day with J's favorite BBQ meal for dinner and early bedtimes for all.

This last week we finally tried out our new neighborhood pool and it's amazing!!! Our HOA fees are pretty darn ridiculous, but the pool, clubhouse, and workout room pretty make up for it. Jack's buddy Mason came over and splashed around with us.

This boy cracks me up. Some of the things he says and does have me laughing so hard. He did a little wardrobe change while I was making dinner and this was his new outfit.

I've been wanting a blue and white maxi forever and found this one at Walmart of all places. 

After not working out in forever I got back on the workout train last week and woke up at 5:45am every morning to run. We have great paths around our neighborhood so I explored those and then used the workout room once. Although I felt great after getting my workout in, man it's tough to get up early!

I also packed my lunch throughout the week and since my lunchbox has gone missing, Ben so graciously loaned me one of his.

I'm loving this mix of mint green and stripes. I got the hair colored and brows waxed the day after I snapped this pic so no worries.

Our sweet friends Nick and Wendy dropped off this housewarming bucket filled with lots of goodies including a picnic blanket, candle, and squirt guns:)

Saturday morning we picked up these ginormous cinnamon rolls for breakfast and what they lacked in taste they made up for in size. ttss.

Later that afternoon I tried out a new recipe for mini apple pies. While I'm not a huge pie fan, I thought these were too darn cute not to make. J and I each only ate one, but I have a feeling these will be gone at work in no time. Recipe to come tomorrow!

Saturday night I finally watched the 50 Shades of Grey movie. I've read all the books, but it was quite awhile ago. Did anyone else find themselves getting teary-eyed in some parts? I just felt really based for Ana and I don't remember feeling that same sadness when I read the books. Am I alone in this?

Our pool plans for Sunday got nixed when it started raining so we headed to Mexican for an early dinner instead.

My parents were in KC for the weekend and popped in to the Lego Store. They brought Ben back the new Jurassic park lego set. All 520 pieces of it.

I cut up this watermelon I got at the store and I always forget just how much watermelon there actually is. These tupperware were full and I still had a 1/4 of a watermelon left. Any great recipes you've made with this?

I hope you all have a great week and enjoy the last few days of June!

Linking up with Biana.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015

One Skillet Southwestern Nachos

These nachos are not only delicious, but everything is combined into one skillet making clean up a breeze!

What You'll Need:
-1/2 lb ground beef
-taco seasoning
-1 cup rice
-1/2 can black beans, drained
-1 small can Mexicorn, drained
-1/2-1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or Colby Jack
-tortilla chips
-toppings (sour cream, salsa, guac, etc)
Serves 4

1. Brown ground beef in a large skillet.
2. While beef is cooking, in a small pot cook rice until done. I like to use the 5 minute rice for fast weeknight meals.
3. Once beef is cooked, add taco seasoning and heat through.
4. Add rice, black beans, and corn to the skillet. You can add more or less of the corn and black beans based on your preference.
5. Cover skillet and cook for 7-10 minutes on low until beans and corn are heated and semi-tender.
6. Serve over tortilla chips and top with salsa, sour cream, and whatever other toppings you like.

Linking up with Alesha, Susan, & Kate.

Also don't forget to check out this recipe from last week that was the Featured Dish on Delicious Dish Tuesday!
Monday, June 15, 2015

Weekend Recap {In Numbers}

 4. Times I tried to photograph this gorgeous green dress from GAP throughout the day and forget hence the horrible car selfie at the stoplight on the way home from work. Ignore the frizzy hair...for the rest of the Summer.

7. Shots in this frozen drink. J and I needed this after lots of home improvement projects.

3325. Paint Number for Sherwin Williams Blue Mountaintop. I painted this in Ben's room and I love the way it turned out. This color is the perfect blue-grey aka "bleige." Let's make that word a thing.

1. Mircowave that didn't get installed despite lots of work from the husband due to having the wrong microwave trim. Why do stores continue to sell things they know won't work? I've got a full microwave post coming soon...I know you're waiting on pins and needles.

6. Mini Loft House Cookies my husband ate between the time I went to bed and woke up the next morning. Apparently he had a cookie attack.

3. Rides on the carousel at the mall. The first one being Jack's first time. Even with all the choices of different animals, he decided on the bench. And insisted on holding my hand:)

1,000,000. Times infinity. How much I love these two. Jack insists on holding brother's hand and I could die with the cuteness.

Linking up with Biana for Weekending!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, Friday

This week absolutely flew by, but I'm not complaining one bit! This weekend J and I hope to sneak away to catch a movie and we have lots of work to get done around the house including painting a few rooms and finish stripping and staining our deck. Sunday we have a fun little river trip planned with the boys so let's hope the rain holds off.

But before the weekend officially begins, let's get to my 5 from this week.

After Ben's baseball game last week we enjoyed dinner and a drink on the patio at our local brewery. Their Moscow Mules are the best and I'm determined to recreate them this Summer.

Our school district offers Summer School during the month of June. It's different from the regular school day in that there is a theme and the kids rotate to different classrooms/activities throughout the day. Monday was Ben's first day at his new school (where I also went to elementary school). He was a little nervous, but has done a great job all week and I'm glad he has a chance to get used to the new school before he starts 1st grade there in August.

For some reason birds are super attracted to our patio. I first noticed a bunch of them after it rained one day sucking water of the deck floor, but then I looked out there this week and saw a bunch of them again. J's in the process of stripping and power washing it so I hope they don't get any chemicals on their little feet:(

Second snow cone of the Summer, done!

I made these delicious southwestern nachos for dinner one night this week so stay tuned for the recipe on Tuesday! 

And in case you missed it, check out my post from earlier this week on how to recreate Girl Scout Caramel DeLite Cookies aka Somoas.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Linking up with LizKarli, and Amanda.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Decorative Medicine Boxes

One great thing about moving is that it forces you to organize and get rid of things whether you want to or not. We've always kept all of our medicines, bandaids, etc in one big plastic container but it gets messy fast which makes it hard to know what you have. I went through all our medicines and threw away the expired ones and ones we never use. It was scary how many there were. When was the last time you took a look at your medicine stash? I guarantee that you probably have no less than a handful of expired stuff.

After I bought all new medicine to replace the expired ones, I didn't want to just throw them back in the container so I searched Pinterest for a cute way to organize medications and came across these adorable and FREE printables from Dream a Little Bigger. I printed these out and in less than 5 minutes I had a cute and functional medicine boxes.

What You Need:
-Up to 4 Large photo boxes-I found mine at Walmart for $2 
(The printable has 4 different categories, but I only used 2)
-Cheap foam brush 

What To Do:
1. Start by cutting out the categories you want to use. I went with First Aide and Aches & Pains. The other ones were cute, but I didn't want to have four separate boxes and honestly we don't take enough medicine to fill all four.

One end of the box had this label spot so I just turned it around and used the end without. 

2. Using your foam brush, apply a thin layer of glue to the back of the paper. Line the paper up with the bottom of the box then glue into place. You want to glue it at the bottom because the lid will cover a portion of the top of the box once it's on.

Notice how I glued it all the way to the bottom of the edge of the box. The lid covers almost a fourth of the top when it's on.

3. Place items back inside each box. We used First Aid for all the bandages, gauze, Neosporin, aloe vera, etc. All the other medicine went into the Aches and Pains box. 

And there you have it! Fresh and organized, all ready for the next time you need it. 

Linking up with Annie.
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Four Things...

I'm jumping on the Four Things bandwagon for a quick Wednesday post.

Things in my purse
1. EOS lip balm
2. Huggies Wipes
3. A handful of bobby pins
4. A Lego MiniFigure

Shows I'm Watching

1. Scandal
2. Real Housewives of New York 
3. Real Housewives of Orange County
4. Fixer Upper

Things I'd never eat

1. Peas
2. Raw cherry tomatos
3. Jelly on peanut butter sandwiches
4. Olives

Favorite Drinks

1. Moscow Mule
2. Cranberry juice, vodka, and a big splash of lime juice
3. Ice cold water
4. Fountain Dr. Pepper 

Places I'd like to travel
1. Germany
2. Washington D.C.
3. Greece
4. Australia

Foods I love

1. Pizza
2. Caesar Salad
3. Peaches
4. Chips & Salsa

Places I like to shop

1. Target
2. GAP
3. Amazon
4. Nordstrom

Jobs I've had
1. Board Certified Behavior Analyst
2. Child Developmentalist
3. Nanny
4. Front desk staff at a gym

Things I'm looking forward to

1. Going to Chicago in October for my 30th birthday!
2. Finishing unpacking and decorating our new house
3. Going to Branson
4. All things Summer!
Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Copy Cat Girl Scout Caramel DeLites

Now that the Girl Scout cookies you bought a couple of months ago are probably long gone, these cookies can help tide you over until the next cookie selling season begins.

I will warn you, these are pretty labor intensive, but they are delicious and taste pretty much like the real deal.

What You Need:
-1 cup butter melted
-1/2 cup sugar
-1/2 tsp vanilla
-2 tbsp milk (plus more if dough is too dry)
-2 cups flour
-1/4 tsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-Circle cookie cutter

-1 bag milk chocolate chips
-3 cups shredded sweetened coconut (make sure to get the sweetened kind)
-12 oz caramel
-3 tbsp milk or cream

What To Do:
1. Preheat your oven to 350F degrees
2. In a small bowl mix softened butter, sugar, vanilla, and 2 tbsp milk. Set aside.
3. In a larger bowl, combine the flour, salt, and baking powder.
4. Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix. If the dough is too dry, add one tsp of milk at a time.
5. Remove dough from the bowl and place on a floured surface.
6. Roll the dough to 1/4 inch thick then use the cookie cutter to cut out circles.
7. To create the hole in the center of the cookie, use a small circle cutter or knife.
8. Bake the cookies at 350F degrees for 8-10 minutes then remove from the oven and place on a rack to cool. Turn the oven down to 300F degrees.
 9. While the cookies are cooking/cooling, melt 1 bag of milk chocolate chips. Once the cookies are fully cooled, dip the entire front of the cookie into the chocolate. Save the extra chocolate for drizzling later. 

10. Once the cookies are dipped, melt 12 oz of caramel and 3 tbsp of milk or cream in the microwave, stirring until creamy. Set aside to slightly cool.

11. Place 3 cups of sweetened coconut on a baking tray and bake at 300 degrees until golden brown. Mine took about 15 minutes, but just keep an eye on it. 
12. Once the coconut is browned, place it in a bowl and add the caramel. Mix well.

13. Top your cookies with the coconut caramel mixture and drizzle the remaining melted chocolate over the top. 

14. Place the cookies in the refrigerator for 30 minutes to fully set then enjoy!

Linking up with SusanAlesha, & Kate.