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Monday, August 31, 2015

Weekend Recap

This weekend was lazily busy (busy, but in a good, non-time commitment sorta way) and one that I didn't want to end.

We've had unusually cool weather this time of year (60's & 70's) so it was only fitting to bust out a more fall like nail color. Of course today it's back in the 90's.

I might be the last blogger to take advantage of the Ikea spice rack turned book shelf. We got them hung this weekend and Jack was so excited to read ALL the books. (Full post on these coming soon)

Friday afternoon Ben's class had a decorating party for their writer's notebooks and I went and helped out. His teacher this year is on top of it, super organized, and takes pictures almost everyday and sends them to us. #representthetigers

The moon was beautiful Friday night and Ben said it looked like heaven as the light flooded through the clouds:)

Mustache jammies and Saturday morning snuggles.

We spent a little time at a local event where they had carnival type games, characters etc. Despite Olaf being Jack's most favorite character, he wanted nothing to do with him irl.

Sunday was spent brunching outside before it got too hot, followed by a Target run. 

During my Target trip I picked up a few Fall/Halloween goodies including these two wire pumpkins and a cute Boo banner, but our dollar spot has really been lacking lately. They've had bottled water on several of the shelves in the last couple of weeks instead of cute decorations and other things that I obviously need upon seeing them. wtf.

After Target we spent the rest of the day visiting with J's parents and doing 1st grade homework (Ben not me). J and I also started watching Fear of the Walking Dead. Has anyone else seen it? We watched the first episode and it was kind of slow. Does it get better?

Hope you all have a great Monday and last day of August!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

20 Questions {& Answers}

Sunday night/Monday morning I came down with a pretty nasty 24 hour stomach bug which I'm really hoping wasn't food poisoning from my favorite sushi place because that would make me very very sad. Either way, it will be a long time before I eat any kind of sushi roll again.

Thank goodness this 20 questions post has been floating around because it makes for a perfect little post as I recover. 

1. Favorite Food?
This is a hard one...but I'd have to say pizza.

2. Flip Flops or High Heels?
Although I love the look of a good high heel, I definitely wear flats most of the time. When I have to wear a high heel I'm usually regretting it about an hour in.

3. Favorite Places to Shop?
Target, GAP, ETSY, Amazon

4. Standard Coffee Order?
I'm going to say something which is like the biggest blogger faux paus...I don't really like coffee. Ahhh I know. While everyone is enjoying their pumpkin spice latte I would much rather prefer a caramel apple spice.

5. Road Trip Must Have Snack?
Mini Ritz Cheese Crackers and Fountain Dr. Pepper

6. DIY or Hire It Out?
For things like decorations, little house projects, etc we usually DIY. My husband is great at the bigger DIY projects (reinstalling lighting in our kitchen) but those make me a little more nervous and I prefer to hire it out.

7. Top 5 TV Shows?
Most of the Real Housewives, Flea Market Flip (HGTV), Fixer Upper, Homeland, Scandal

8. Favorite Book?
Firefly Lane

9. Favorite Form of Exercise?
Running/Walking Outside, TreadClimber in the gym 

10. How Tall Are You?
5.5 

11. Do You Try Something New At Restaurants or Stick with a Favorite?
I'm open to trying something new unless it's a go to restaurant with a really amazing dish

12. One Makeup Item You Can't Live Without?
Eyeliner

13. What's On Your Nightstand?
Nada. We have yet to find nightstands we like in the new house. Or a headboard for that matter.

14. One Thing Motherhood Has Taught You?
The importance of patience

15. Music That Reminds You of Highschool?
Hot in Herre

16. If You Could Live Anywhere Other Than Your Current City, Where Would It Be?
Probably somewhere in Colorado or anywhere that didn't get over 100 degrees in the Summer

17. What's Something About You We Might Not Know?
If I get really overwhelmed by a task or lots of things that need to be done I shut down and don't do anything

18. Website You Read/Browse-Besides Blogs?
CNN, US Magazine, Buzz Feed, Facebook

19. Morning Person or Night Owl?
Morning Person, but not before 6:00am

20. What's Your Best Feature?
My Eyes


Your turn. Copy these 20 questions and get to answering!
Friday, August 21, 2015

Friday Friday

I'm linking up with LizAmanda, & Karli to get our weekend started off right with 5 things from this past week.

//one//
After our little vacation here, it was time to get back on the healthy(er) eating train. I tried a strawberry greek yogurt smoothie the other day for lunch and it was pretty good and only 250 calories. You have to be careful with these things because sometimes with the sugar and calories in some smoothies you might as well be eating pizza.

//two//
Anyone else obsessed with the cards at the Target dollar spot? I can't help myself. Really. I have way more than I need, but I can't stop buying new ones. Please tell me I'm not alone.

//three//
Wednesday morning we woke up to 60 degree weather! 60!!! Although it warmed up some, the entire day was beautiful. That night we walked to the park in our neighborhood and the kids had a blast.

//four//
Before I left for work one morning I decided to set out some frozen croissants to let them rise so we could have them to go with our dinner. Well boy did they rise! They were literally as big as the kids heads. One croissant almost fed all four of us.

//five//


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!
Thursday, August 20, 2015

Live Music Capital of the World

You might think this nickname is awarded to somewhere like Nashville or New York, but believe it or not Branson, MO actually stakes claim to that name.

Branson's got something for everyone. The Ozark mountains, 2 huge Lakes, the Strip, Branson Landing, Silver Dollar City, and of course any kind of show you could imagine. I'm no stranger to this city, in fact we went there 3 years ago when Ben was not much older than Jack is now. Click here to read about that trip.

Last time J had to work and stayed behind, but this time we were so glad he came with us. My parent's also came along and the kids were glad to have their Mimi and Pampa with us too. We left early Friday morning and managed to time it just perfectly so we could eat at Lamberts just outside of Branson.
After lunch and a short 30 minute drive, we'd made it into Branson. The main strip of Branson is where most of the hotels/shows/attractions are. There is also LOTS of traffic so you can expect to sit for awhile even if you're just going a few miles down the street. I won a Branson pkg through a silent auction at a work fundraiser which included a hotel stay at the Best Western Center Pointe Inn. The hotel is right on the strip and next to the Titanic museum. It was pretty good for what it was, but we've also stayed at the Holiday Inn-Green Mountain Parkway and I like that one better.

After checking in we hit up both the outdoor and indoor pool since the water outside was pretty chilly and then it was showers and time to get ready for dinner.

A few miles from the strip is Branson Landing. It's filled with restaurants, shops, play areas for the kids, fountains, and a few bars. No cars are allowed down the street and it's just a neat place to walk around. We ate a new Mexican restaurant, Cantina Loredo and it's not your typical Mexican. The food is more modern and upscale and everything we ordered was delicious. Their frozen pomegranate margarita was so so good that I had to limit myself to just one. #selfcontrol
After stuffing ourselves with chips we strolled around the landing, bought two ridiculously overpriced stuffed animals at Build A Bear, and let the kids burn off some energy on the playground.


And even though we were all tired, we headed back to the strip to do a few laps on the go-cart track before heading to bed.

Saturday was spent at Silver Dollar City and the weather ended up being beautiful. To learn more about SDC click here.

Since no trip to Branson is complete without seeing a show, after quick cat naps we got ready for Dixie Stampede. From their website: "Dixie Stampede is an extraordinary dinner show with thirty-two magnificent horses and a cast of top-notch riders. They will thrill you with daring feats of trick riding and competition, pitting North against South in a friendly and fun rivalry. You will enjoy a barrel full of music, dancing, special effects and family friendly comedy along the way."

One thing that makes this show so fun is that there is no silverware and you eat all the food with your hands. Although this show is one of the more pricer ones, it's definitely a must see if you're in Branson.

My dad got chosen to participate in one of the games during the show and the kids thought it was hilarious that their pampa was on the stage.

We had tickets to the 8:00 show since we knew we'd be at SDC all day so by the time it was over we were all pretty pooped. Jack and I crashed back at the hotel, but J took Ben for one last ride on the go-carts before coming back and passing out as well.

Sunday morning we woke up to lots of fog, but that didn't stop us from enjoying some fresh Krispy Kreme donuts for breakfast. 

Our sugar high gave us just the energy we needed to check out of the hotel and head to the fish hatchery to feed the thousands of trout. Jack didn't really love having to give fish "food" and not being able to eat it himself-although he sure tried...several times.

After the hatchery we did a little back to school shopping for Ben and then headed back over to the landing for a late lunch at Catina Laredo (it really is that good). By the end of lunch Jack looked how we all felt and with full bellies and lots of memories we headed home.

Until next time Branson!


Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday.

**This was not a sponsored post and I was not compensated by any of the companies mentioned or linked in this post.
Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Obligatory 1st Day Photo




Monday, August 17, 2015

3 Cheese Hot Corn Dip

Happy Tuesday! Sorry for the silence-we took a little last minute trip before school officially started today. I spent yesterday catching up on laundry, unpacking, and battling a little cold I picked up while we were gone.

I'll recap our trip later this week but until then, check out this delicious dip that's perfect for a party or just enjoy it solo as you rejoice or cry that school has started again.


What You'll Need:
-2 11oz cans of Mexican
-2 cups Monterey Jack cheese
-2/3c grated Parmesan cheese
-4 oz cream cheese (softened)
-1 cup mayonnaise
-1 tsp garlic powder
-cooking spray
-corn chips or tortilla chips for dipping

What You Do:
1. Drain corn and add to a large bowl
2. Add the garlic powder and mix with corn
3. Mix in all cheeses and mayo
4. Spray a 9x13in pan with cooking spray and pour mixture into the pan
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
6. Remove from the oven, let sit for 5 minutes, and enjoy! 


Linking up with AleshaSusan, & Kate.
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Mini Apple Pie Fritters

There's something so Summer about apple pies and these little mini apple pie fritters are the perfect little individual treat.


What You'll Need:
-2 cups diced Granny Smith apples peeled and diced (I ended up using 4 apples and leftovers)
-1/4 c sugar
-1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 
-1 pkg Pillsbury pie crust with 2 crusts

1. Place peeled and diced apples in a pot with cinnamon and sugar on low-medium and cover with a lid. Cook until apples are softened and can be mashed with a fork. Mine took about 20 minutes.

2. While the apples are cooking, unroll dough and use a circle cutter or glass to cut 3 inch circles. Make sure to flour your surface so the dough doesn't stick. 
3. Once apples are softened, mash with a fork and remove from heat.
4. Place a tablespoon of filling into the middle of a circle. Dip your finger in water and wet the outside of the dough before folding it over and using a fork to press down the edges. *The picture of my hand is for size reference.

5. Place enough oil in a pan to cover the bottom and then add your mini pies. Do a few at a time to make sure you don't over-crowd your pan. Cook on medium-high until pies are golden brown. Mine took about 2 minutes on each side. Once golden brown, place on a paper towel lined plate and then top with powdered sugar.


Linking up with Alesha, Susan, & Kate.