Friday Favorites 11/17

Woo-Hoo to Friday and vacation!  I'm so excited for the girls to have a week off.  We have relaxing on the books and little fun too.  Here's my favorites from the past few weeks:

We took our boat out to our family ranch to store it for the Winter and so we took the girls for the first time to see the ranch and dairy.  The ranch was my all time favorite place in the whole world and it's where I spent most of my summers and weekends as a little girl.  It's quite sad that we haven't taken the girls out before but I was so excited to take them.  We fed the cows, climbed the hay stacks, and explored the dairy.  Both the girls were absolutely in love and it made my heart so happy to show the girls a part of my childhood.  




We are far from the clean living household but as I've shared in the past I am trying to make small steps in the right direction.  Don't get me wrong I don't see us ever living chemical free and eating all organic but making some changes for all our health are in order.  I've heard so much about essential oils so I've decided to give them a try.  Not only do the oils excite me but the sisters behind the company are equally awesome.  Sis & Oil was started about a year ago by two sisters, Megan and Shelby when they were looking for a path of wellness.  Essential oils of course have a beautiful fragrance but their benefits far exceed the scents including better sleep, clearer skin, better digestion and better mood.  Sis & Oil use oils from Young Living which can be used in three ways: topically, aromatically or through ingestion.  Oils offer an option that is far less toxic for us and still improve wellness.  If you have questions or would like to try some essential oils please contact Sis & Oil.


Sweet Emily Turns 6!

Emily awoke on her birthday and proudly stated that she was taller now that she was 6 and by golly I think she actually was.  I stared at my beautiful girl and saw a taller and more mature little girl.  Kevin and I can not begin to fathom where the time went and how we have a six year old (who's going on 26).  Emily started her day off with a donut cake followed by a day of spoiling in her class and finished with a pizza party with the grandparents at home.  I think its safe to say that Emily had a fun and blessed day.

Styling Holiday Card Outfits


I get so excited about Holiday cards; I love receiving them and I love planning ours!  I will be sharing my Holiday Card guide in the next few weeks but today I'm sharing how to style your family outfits.  I suggest that you buy a few options and photograph them to see how they pair and what they look like on camera.  I've done that here and would love to hear your opinions.

When picking out your looks keep in mind if you have a theme or what your background will be.  You don't want to clash with your surroundings.  Also please don't be matchy matchy!  Gone are the days where everyone wears a white shirt and jeans.  I have two girls and although they frequently match, when it comes to photographs I prefer that they coordinate rather than match.  When looking at options I highly recommend mixing patterns and textures to give variety and depth.  I frequently love adding layers as well although I'm not doing that this year.  I suggest at least one pop of color for greater impact.  When I'm weighing my options I like to make small changes like just changing out one person's shirt to see how that makes a difference.  As you can see those small changes create lots of options for you.  When trying to narrow it down first decide which color scheme you want.  For example I have a red and blue option and a wine, orange, yellow and blue option.  From there make your final selection.  

Make sure to have everything cleaned, steamed and ready to go the night before.  Don't forget to lay out accessories and shoes as well.  Bring a tide pen with you and a backup option in case anything happens during your shoot.  Happy planning!

Option 1:

Home for the Holidays-Holiday Decor





The clock strikes midnight on Halloween and BAM it's Christmas everywhere (I heard Christmas songs in a store this morning)!  I have to admit that it makes me sad that we jump straight from Halloween to Christmas and breeze over Thanksgiving.  Even though I ban Christmas carols until Black Friday I do start prepping for Christmas early on.  It's such a magical time of year and since you work so hard on the decor and fun you might as well enjoy it as long as possible.  My tradition every year is to do a little Black Friday shopping early in the morning and then spend the rest of day decorating like a mad woman.  My husband does the exterior lights and puts up the trees and I go wild with the decor.  Every year I feel a little like pulling my hair out during the chaos but feel so festive and satisfied when it's all done.  There's nothing like a home at Christmas.

If you're like me and convert to Christmas immediately following Thanksgiving then it's already time to start shopping and prepping.  For me I decorate each area of the house a little differently.  Our formal dining room and living room are white, champagne and silver.  Whereas our family room is traditional red and kelly green.  The girls have a tree in their room and we decorate with shades of pink.  I like keeping everything outside classic and simple so clear lights, wreaths and pillows on our porch bench.  No yard art for this house, lol!

So Cute It's Scary- Halloween 2017

We had a spooky, scary good time on Halloween!  Not only was the day filled with so much fun but the whole month of October was filled with festivities.  Take a look at all our shenanigans:


Last Minute Halloween Food & Drink Ideas

If you're off to a party tonight and need a dish to bring I have some last minute ideas for you.  These are super simple to put together so you can accomplish it by the time the party starts.  I'll be featuring these recipes on Central Valley Today on KSEE 24 today at 3:00 p.m.  Tune in HERE.

Wishing everyone a very spooky Halloween.  Stay safe and have fun!

Candy Corn Crunch


Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. vanilla almond bark or white chocolate candies for melting
  • 14 Double Stuffed Oreos, broken into pieces (who uses regular?!?!)
  • 1.5 cups straight broken pretzels.
  • 1 cup candy corn, divided
  • 1/4 cup Reeses chips
  • 1/2 Peanut M&M's
Directions:

Cover cookie sheet with wax paper.  Spread the broken pretzels, broken Oreo's, and 3/4 cup of candy corn on the wax paper.  Melt the white chocolate according to package directions and drizzle over entire cookie sheet with the use of a spatula if needed.  Before it sets top with remaining candy corn, Reese's chips, and M& M's.  Place in refrigerator to set.  Once set break into small pieces. 


 


Goosebumps Punch

Ingredients:
  • Lemon Lime Soda
  • Green Food Coloring
  • Rainbow Sherbert
  • Gummy Worms

Directions:

Fill cup 2/3 of the way with Lemon Lime Soda, add 1-2 drops of food coloring, 1 scoop of Sherbert and garnish with 1 gummy worm.




Spider Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:
  • Hard-boiled eggs (How ever many you want)
  • Mustard (I eyeball all my ingredients but use a 1:4 ratio of mustard to mayo.)
  • Mayo
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Black Olives
Directions:

Peel eggs, slice in half and dump yoke into a small bowl.  In the bowl add mustard, mayo, garlic salt and pepper.  Mix until creamy and incorporated then fill eggs with mixture.  Slice olives in half lengthwise.  Use one half for body and place in the center of the egg.  Slice the other half of the olive into smaller slices and place for legs.  Continue cutting and placing olives until finished.





Mummy Pizza

Ingredients:
  • 6 English Muffins sliced in half
  • 1 can of pizza sauce
  • Black Olives
  • 3 Mozzarella String Cheeses
Directions:

Preheat oven to 380 degrees and once warm bake English muffins for 5 minutes on a cookies sheet.  Remove and spread pizza sauce on top, followed by two slices of olives for eyes.  Cut the string cheese into thin strips and lay across the muffin.  Bake for 7-8 minutes or until the cheese is melted.  Serve immediately.






Stock Up for Fall

This post is sponsored by Huggies Plus and Pull-Ups Plus at Costco, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Emily literally potty trained herself at 26 months and I was the one who wasn't ready.  I was dreading the novelty of going potty at every public place but Emily started asking to pee in a toilet on her own. I wasn't going to deny her once she started asking.  Needless to say potty training was so easy with her but she's always needed a diaper for naps and bedtime.  

Madi was not as easy to potty train but once I realized that every child is different and they are ready when they are ready it was simple.  I tried potty training too early with Madi and she simply wasn't ready. Potty training is definitely something that you have to do WITH your child, not something you force them to do.  She like Emily still needs a diaper to sleep but does wake up some mornings dry. Needless to say we still use Pull-Ups Plus Training Pants in our household and I don’t think they’re fun to buy. Not only does Costco offer the cheapest option for diapers but also I love the quantity you can buy at one time.  I can't stand running to the store for a pack of diapers.  The less time I spend shopping for items like diapers the better.  I'd rather spend my time doing fun activities with my family.

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I wanted to share with you our nighttime routine which includes taking a bath, brushing teeth, using the restroom, picking out outfits for the next day, reading a story, saying prayers, and cuddling up in bed.  Kevin always lays with each girl once lights are off and I know that's his favorite part of the day.  If I lay with the girls too its when I ask each girl what their favorite part of the day was.  I love this special time because everyone is quiet and calm and its the perfect time to connect and cuddle.  I know one day the girls won't want us to lay with them so I'm soaking it up while I can.