A Bright & Colorful St. Patty's Breakfast

St. Patrick's Day has become one of my favorite holidays because who doesn't love bright colors, rainbows, magic and a little luck?!?!  I always enjoy our holiday breakfasts but this one was extra fun to put together.  It was just the joy and light we needed in this crazy time.  We also got to enjoy it a bit more because we didn't have to race off to school (hello quarantine bonus).

How to Make Lucky Leprechaun Snack Mix

This St. Patty's Day treat was so simple and quick to make and added lots of fun to our holiday brunch.  It stores well in the fridge and can be enjoyed for many days.

  • Lucky Charms (2 Cups)
  • Rice Chex (1 Cup)
  • White Melting Chocolate (Two Squares)
  • Pink Sprinkles

Melt the chocolate in a bowl in the microwave in 30 second increments.  Dump in Lucky Charms and Chex and mix.  Top with sprinkles and lay on parchment paper.  Put in fridge to harden.  Once set crumble up and put in an airtight container.

Giving the Gift of Music- Piano Lessons

My girls have always had a love for music and it makes this mama so happy.  There isn't a single car ride that doesn't involve music requests around the clock and spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen are a thing in our household.  Needless to say "we've got a feeling inside our bones" and we decided to fuel their musical passions with piano lessons recently.

Easy & Sweet Valentine's Day Gifts

I try to find new class Valentine's gifts each year for my girls and I also try to avoid junk since they get plenty of it on this holiday.  This year I gave the girls a few options and they both chose Slap Bracelets.  When I picked up the girls from school several of their classmates had them on and the girls said they were such a hit.  I also found it was a great option for boys and girls.  So many of the cute ideas were only appropriate for one gender.  I found them online in bulk and so it was really cheap.  I found the printable online, printed and cut them out.  Lastly, I used a little craft tape to attach the gift tag to the bracelets.

I've included a couple more ideas that I used in our Valentine's Week of Love.  If you've been around here for awhile you know I've done this activity with my mom since I was a very young girl.  We've continued the tradition my whole life and were so excited to pass on the tradition to my kids.  This year was so crazy that I didn't get to photograph a few of the gifts but here is a small sample:

Donut Valentine's:  "I DONUT know what I'd do with you!" 

Candy Bouquet or Gift Basket with Valentine's Poem

How to Throw a Valentine's Brunch

I live for the holidays and I try to make each one of them extra special for my girls.  I've done a holiday brunch for as long as I can remember and they are no longer a surprise for the girls but they still have a huge amount of excitement for them.  I try to make each one a little different so it's fresh for all of us.  These holiday breakfasts don't take a lot of time or money but I think they have a big impact.  I usually keep things from year to year and reuse them and use things I already have around the house.

Cheers to 35 and 35 Things You Probably Don't Know About Me

This is 35 and how I feel about!
Maybe if I don’t look it won’t happen. 

Here are 35 things you probably don't know about me:
  1. I’m terrified of the dark.
  2. I started dating my husband at 14.
  3. I’m Portuguese, which means I’m loud and proud!
  4. I’ve traveled to 5 different Countries. 
  5. Until recently I wouldn’t walk on street grates for fear of falling in.
  6. My favorite city I’ve been to is Estoril, Portugal. 
  7. I was raised by a strong, brave and selfless single mom. 
  8. I lived in LA for two years and attended UCLA but hated nearly every second so I moved home and graduated from Fresno State. 
  9. I’m a complete Introverted Extrovert. 
  10. My favorite movie is Pretty Woman. 

Fun & Easy Breakfast Options

This post is sponsored by General Mills, but all opinions are my own. 

Break is over which is very bittersweet and back to school is in full swing.  Mornings are always tough but after a long break they are that much more difficult.  I prep as much as I can the night before including picking out clothes, packing lunches and prepping breakfast.  Breakfast time can cause issues when it comes to all the requests.  I try and feed the girls something quick since we have to be out the door pretty early and I also try to just make one thing to save myself some time.