Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What The Teacher Wore Wednesday

I'm linking up with The Pleated Poppy today for a little What I Wore Wednesday.

Super short post today :)
I actually got dressed this week!  Okay...I got dressed once.  But that was once more than the week before.  I've been living in swimsuits, cover-ups, and workout clothes.  However, Father's Day called for a change of attire :)

I am absolutely OBSESSED with this dress.  The description says it's red/cream, but it's definitely NOT.  Orange and white for sure.  My mom used to wear dresses like these all the time when we were younger and I'm only now starting to appreciate them.  This dress is the perfect fit, too.  I love the length (I'm 5'3").  Not too short...not too long.  And it hangs a little longer in the back.  It's really darling and for the price, you can't beat it.  Forever 21 for the win...AGAIN!!!!  I started out with wedges, but ended up in my favorite sandals by the end of the day.  I always bring a back-up pair of sandals because I know myself way too well.  I love wedges like crazy, but when my feet are tired, they're tired.  Boom.

Wedges: Calvin Klein Nikole Wedge in Camel (last year)

I start traveling again next week and then I'll be in Vegas for a week so I'll definitely be getting dressed more often in the weeks to come :)

Monday, June 22, 2015

Super Mario Bros. Birthday Party

As a parent, it's so much fun watching my kids get into things that I used to love as a kid.  I remember spending endless hours playing Nintendo when I was the age my boys are now.  Duck Hunt.  Super Mario.  Zelda.  The list goes on.  I still prefer the throwback version of the games even though today's graphics are, as my boys would say, so much "cooler".  Bless.

My boys love all things Mario.  The games...the figurines...the books...the it was no surprise to me when my oldest said he wanted a Mario party.  He was so excited just thinking about it.  What was a surprise, however, was his insistence on having the party on the 20th.  9 days before his birthday and about 10 days after he told me he wanted to have a party.  So I quick whipped up an invitation and texted it to some of our friends because my planning...sad to say...was so last minute.   #storyofmylife.  I love how the invitation has absolutely NOTHING to do with the theme :)   

I started scouring Pinterest for ideas about 5 days before the party.  I needed simple and easy because I knew I'd wait 'til the last minute to throw it all together.  I put the PRO in procrastination.  For real.  

On Wednesday I ordered a few party supplies off of Amazon...tablecloth, napkins, and party favors...and on Friday I headed out to pick up some snacks, streamers, balloons, and a few extras.  Since the kids would be swimming and eating pizza I didn't have to do too much, but I did want to make it special since this was the first "friend" party he's had since we moved here 3 years ago (we're always in Indiana on his birthday).  When he woke up Saturday morning, he was ecastatic and that made everything SO worth it!

Happy birthday banner - Hobby Lobby (8 years ago)
Mario Tablecloth - Amazon

The set-up was super simple.  Streamers, balloons, and lots of snacks!!!  The boys were gifted those brick looking blocks for Christmas years ago.  I had them in the attic and knew they'd be perfect for this theme!  Do you see why it's so hard for me to get rid of stuff?!?!  I feel like I might always need it!  Even if it is only once a year ;)

There were so many great ideas on Pinterest, but since I waited until the day before the party to start putting it altogether, I knew I couldn't incorporate everything.  And really, there was no need to!   I found the polka dotted party cups at Hobby Lobby and picked up a couple dozen for people to use to store their snacks.  They went perfectly with our little theme.

The snacks couldn't have been easier....and cheap, too.  Cheese puffs, marshmallows, peach rings, jellybeans, malted milk balls, and cotton candy.  I got the candy at the Dollar Tree and was able to keep the cost to a minimum.  I made all the labels in power point and I had tons of leftover ribbon from different projects I used for an extra touch of fun.  When Landon saw all the snacks and the labels he said, "Mom!!!  This is SO clever!!!"  Thank you, Pinterest, for making me seem a lot more creative than I really am.

The "toadstool marshmallows" were super easy to make.  I used a bag of Wilton red candy melts and mini powdered marshmallows for the spots.  How easy is that?!  

These "star power" rice krispie treats were probably the most time consuming, but dangit...they were good!   I made the rice krispie treats following the original recipe, but when  I was melting the marshmallows I added yellow gel food coloring. After I cut them all out, I put little mini chocolate chips on each of them for their eyes.  

I made the cupcakes and then topped them with these cheesy rings I bought on Amazon.  Landon thought these were amazing.   Bless him.   I mean, he seriously couldn't have been more excited....

I also set out these little pirahna plants and some Super MarioKart fruit snacks. (#walmartforthewin)
I just used cardstock to make the pirahna plants and then glued a skewer on the back to make them stand upright.  I stuffed them in a little pot I found at the Dollar Tree (pack of 3 for $1) and then filled it with the scrunchy gift bag filler I found there, too.  These were really easy to make and made for really cute and inexpensive table decor.

The party favors sat right next to the snack table because I didn't want anyone to forget them on their way out.  I taped mini yellow paper plates (Wal Mart) to the wall as gold coins and then scattered a few more of those brick blocks on the shelves.  

The party favors were SO simple.  I mean, let's get real.  They all get thrown in the trash anyway, so I didn't want to go too crazy with them.  A little Mario figurine,  Mario mustache whistle, Mario tattoo, and MarioKart fruit snacks.   All in all, I think the party favors averaged out to about $1.32 per bag.  
 I had the lollipops leftover from a different occasion and just slapped a label on them and put those out for fun.  I wanted them out of my house and this was the perfect occasion to get rid of them :)  I made the labels in power point and bought the figurines,whistles, and tattoos on Amazon.  The little gift bags are from Hobby Lobby (12 for $3)

The kids spent the day swimming and playing on the water slide.  I also had a little bucket full of cheapie water guns they could play with as well.  I wasn't sure they'd get touched, but they LOVED them!!!  It was too cute! 

Obligatory family pic :)  I thought it would be fun to dress the part, too!  I found my shirt in the boy's section at Target for $9 :)  Landon has already requested that I give it to him because I don't need to wear Mario stuff....and really, it was probably too small for me anyway.  Ha!

It was a great day celebrating with our friends and seeing Landon so happy...and so very, very grateful...made everything so worth it.  

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sippin' On A CopyCat

When I was a kid, I would get SO excited to see packets of Kool Aid in the cupboards.  That usually meant we were in for a treat.  Whether it was a pitcher of fruit punch or Kool-Aid flavored DIY popsicles, seeing those packets really excited me.  As we got older, we graduated from Kool Aid to Countrytime Lemonade.  YUM.  Still love it to this day.

My boys are HUGE fans of lemonade.  We have big plans to have a lemonade themed week and end it all with a lemonade stand and sale in July.  It will be the first (of many, I'm sure) for my boys.  I'm always looking for ways to make a delicious pre-packaged drink mix even better.  I like shortcuts. I don't always have time to make everything from scratch.  This drink most definitely fits the bill!

This little spin on the traditional glass of lemonade has quickly become a family favorite.  We've got the ingredients stocked and ready to pour so we'll have it on hand all summer long.  I hear this is a copycat recipe...a Red Robin special.  I've never been there so I can't tell you how closely it comes to the original, but ohmiword, it's SO good!!  (And it's delicious with the addition of fine spirits, too ;))


2 TBSP frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
1 1/2 C. Minute Maid or CountryTime Lemonade

This recipe above is for a single serving.  Just fill your cup halfway with ice and pour the strawberries and lemonade on top.  Stir to combine and garnish with a lemon wedge for fun!  Delicious and refreshing...the perfect summer drink!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday - The Makeup Edition

I haven't been the best about snapping pics before I head out the door.  In fact, I haven't been really even getting dressed the last week. #ilovesummer  So instead of showing you pics of my pj's and workout wear, I thought I'd share what I'm wearing on my face these days :)  

My mom worked at a modeling school for 15 years or so when I was younger.  She taught makeup application and skincare.  Growing up, I would hear her say things like, "For every night you don't wash the makeup off your face, it will age you seven days", and "Less is more", and "What did you do to your eyebrows?!?!?!".  #tweezerhappy

I don't have a great skincare routine and I'm already regretting my lack of routine now that I'm approaching my late 30's.  Gah.  I can hear my mom saying, "I told you so!"  (Just kidding mom!!!)  But seriously.  What I'm doing is very simple and I probably need to up my game.  These crows feet and forehead wrinkles aren't getting any smaller.  I do exfoliate *almost* every day.  I've been using my Clairsonic for the last couple of years and just LOVE it.  I pair it with Philosophy Purity face wash and love the combo.  
I always follow up the face wash with my favorite moisturizer.  My tried and true Oil of Olay :)  I've tried fancier moisturizers, but I always come back to this one.  I love it.  I think much of my admiration for this product is tied to memories of my great-grandma.  She used this exact one and I can vividly remember her putting this on every time I spent the night.  I think of her every time I moisturize :).

See...pretty simple.  A little face wash, exfoliation,  and moisturizer.  Can you suggest anything else I should add to my bag?!!?

Moving on to makeup...

I remember growing up my mom would tell us not to use foundation.  She didn't want us growing up too fast, bless her heart. I really only started using it about 4 years ago.  My mom's words stuck with me :)  I don't like the look of heavy foundation and I was always scared my foundation game would be too strong.  I went on a trip with my girls and one of my friends let me try her NARS SHEER GLOW FOUNDATION  and I was hooked (I wear Santa Fe).  So light and just perfect!  I started wearing that for a few years and then one day I went to buy more, but they were all out.  The girl talked me into trying CK ONE FOUNDATION instead (I wear Sand).  Took me back to my junior high days when that perfume was all the rage.  Anyway, I went ahead and bought it...for half the price of NARS...and LOVE it!!!  I switch back and forth between the two because they're both light and not heavy in the least.  I also like to mix my foundation with the L'OREAL MAGIC LUMI LIGHT INFUSING PRIMER.  This stuff is AMAZING!  Since I'm in the sun a little more this time of the year, I'll often forego the foundation altogether and just wear the primer!!!  It's great for a little natural glow!

When I do wear foundation, I always set it with a light, translucent powder.  I switch it up all the time so I'm always wearing something long as it's light and translucent!

I do love a good concealer and absolutely LOVE my MAC PRO LONGWEAR CONCEALER.  This is my favorite.  It doesn't crease and I can't see any lines with wear, but it does provide full coverage!  The GARNIER SKIN RENEW ANTI DARK CIRCLE ROLLER  is another little something I LOVE having on hand.  I don't wear the concealer and the roller together, though.  I just love using the roller when I'm not putting on a "full face".  It's such a great product!  And it really does tackle those dark circles :)

Now onto the eyes. 

I always start with my most favorite eye primer.  MAC PRO LONGWEAR PAINT POT - PAINTERLY.    I LOVE this stuff.  My eye makeup always used to smudge and smear ater a full day of wear.  I'd look really sad and scary by the end of the day.  Once I started using this, my eyeshadow stayed put!  It doesn't crease and it's perfect for all day wear.  

These are my go-to shadows these days.  I know they're more "Fall" in color, but I love them.  And I always tend to gravitate toward warmer colors on my eyes.  I'll mix it up every now and then with green shadows, but this is what you will find me wearing the most.

From left to right.... MAC Nylon (great for highlighting the beneath the brow.  I also brush this lightly on my eyelid and then toward the corner of my eyes as a  highlighter);  MAC Amber Lights (I use this one in my crease.  I use two different brushes for application and blending);  MAC Brun (I use this one on my outer lid)

This is my go-to eyeliner and mascara.  The STILA STAY ALL DAY WATERPROOF EYELINER is my favorite product.  It really stays put ALL.DAY.  I have extremely watery eyes...even worse when allergy season is in full effect.  Waterproof eyeliners and mascaras are a must for me.  When my Ulta was out of Stila recently, the salesgirl suggested I try Urban Decay liquid liner.  I'm sure it's great for some people, but Stila spoiled me and now nothing compares.  The best eyeliner out there!

The COVER GIRL LASH BLAST FUSION WATERPROOF MASCARA  is hands down my favorite.  I swear I've tried every mascara out there.  Buxom was okay.  Better than Sex wasn't better than anything.  Lorac Pro was a hot mess on my eyes.  I could go on and on.  I'm pretty sure it's the wand that makes the difference and the Lash Blast Fusion is the best (in my opinion).  My mom bought it after seeing me wear it and she didn't like it at all.  So I know it's just a matter of preference.  This just happens to be my personal really does make my lashes look so much thicker and longer than they really are...without making them look too spidery in the process.

I'm not a huge fan of blush because I'm always afraid I look like a clown when I wear it, but I do love this shade...MAC PEACHES.  It's a little warmer and not bright at all.  I love that it's more of a natural look.

For my everyday lip, I like to wear neutral shades.  My most favorite neutral shade is MAC CREMESHEEN GLASS BOY BAIT.  Just a hint of color.  It looks great on top of any nude lipstick, but I love it on it's own.  

I'm also a HUGE fan of the generic Ulta brand lip glosses.  #2 and #17 are two of my favorites...both neutral with just a hint of color.  

When I'm all finished applying my makeup, I love adding a little spritz of  MAC FIX PLUS  to give me just a little glow.  And it smells good, too :)  

Since it's so hot here during the summer, I tend to get a little shiny.  I carry this with me when I'm out and about and apply as needed.  BENEFIT THE POREFESSIONAL AGENT ZERO SHINE.  This stuff is great for keeping the shine at bay!!!  And it fits in my crossbody just perfectly ;)

So can you think of anything else I should be using?!!?  Especially in the skincare department.  I need suggestions!!!!!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Shirmp & Stuff

We're currently hunkering down and trying to prep for the tropical depression that's slated to dump buckets of rain in these parts the next few days.  More rain.  Yay.  I'm praying it stays as far away from the families that were affected by the last round of flooding as it possibly can.  They don't need any more devastation.  

My littlest one is laying right beside me watching Chicken Run and nursing a fever.  I hate it when my kids are helpless!!  However, I do get lots of cuddles and snuggles, so it's not all that terrible ;)  Not exactly a great start to the week.  This is how we spent our one-on-one time yesterday after spending a few hours at Chuck E. Cheese...

The first week of summer is behind us and it was a fun camp for the boys and lots of poolside shenanigans for mommy & daddy :) Good times!  

We've also spent the last couple of Thursday nights at our favorite local vineyard.  We take our picnic blankets, lots of cheese and other snacks, and then sit around listening to live music while the kids run around playing, climbing trees, and catching frogs.  Goodness I love this place!  

We've been grilling a lot more these days, too.  I love all kinds of food on the grill, but grilled shrimp and corn are definitely two of my favorites.  This little dish is a combo of both and it is SO good!  I love the kind of meals that are filling, but don't make you feel stuffed after consumption.  This one will be on repeat all season long!  


1 lb. raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1-2 ears of corn
1 medium tomato, diced
1-2 limes
1 jalapeno pepper, chopped
1/4 C. red onion, chopped
1/4 C. cilantro, chopped
1 TBSP. olive oil
Salt & pepper, to taste
Tony Chachere's seasoning (optional)
Artisan romaine or butter lettuce

To get started, you'll need to do a little advanced preparation.  Soak your skewers in a shallow dish of water for about 10 minutes prior to grilling (this will keep them from burning!)  Peel & devein shrimp and then put them on the skewers.  Season shrimp & corn with Tony Chachere's or your preferred seasoning. That just happens to be our favorite.  

Now go ahead and grill both the corn and the shrimp.

While the shrimp and corn are grilling, prep the salsa.  Chop your tomato, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro and toss in a bowl.  Squeeze the juice from the lime over the tomato/onion/cilantro and mix well to combine.  Once the corn is grilled, cut off the kernels using a knife and add to the tomato/onion/jalapeno/cilantro mixture.  We used two ears of corn and then added extra lime juice to the mixture.  Now add the olive oil, salt, and pepper and mix well unti combined.  

To serve,  remove the shrimp from the skewers and place on a leaf of lettuce. Top with a serving of the corn salsa, wrap, and eat!  YUM!  This was a definite winner!!!  Mr. Spouse had several servings and I went back for seconds :)  Such a great summer meal and one that would be perfect for entertaining, too!!  

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

What the Teacher Wore Wednesday

Our last day of school was last Thursday and things have been going full speed ahead since then.  We ended the year with a "WELCOME TO SUMMER" surprise when the boys got home on the last day.  They were so excited.  I filled their Easter baskets with lots of  Dollar Tree goodies...bubbles, water wands, spray chalk, etc.  I'm happy the Easter baskets got some extra play this year ;) 

Since then, we've been keeping busy.  I'm not the biggest fan of "busyness".  I like low key days the best.  I like lounging around the house with absolutely nothing to do.  Those are my favorite kind of days.  Today is just that.  I do plan on working while the boys are at basketball camp, but other than that, my feet are staying planted at home.  SO, I'm linking up again with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

I ran some errands and went to lunch in this fun little cami dress from Forever 21.  If you can't tell, I love that place.  I can always find something.  I prefer shopping with them online as opposed to in the store because it's so overwhelming.  I love this little dress, but I have to wear a tank under it otherwise I feel a little too exposed :)  

My sister's gender reveal party was on Saturday.  We were technically supposed to wear our team colors...either pink or blue...but I was the only one who knew the gender and I didn't want to give the secret away.  SO...I had to wear something neutral.  This is the only thing I own with both pink and blue.  I bought it last year before we went to Vegas thinking I'd wear it a whole lot, but shoo...this is the first time I put it on since then.  I bought a cute tan belt to go with it, but with all the construction going on in our room, I couldn't find it.  So I wore it with my favorite sandals to dress it down a bit.  I remember thinknig this outfit was very "Saturday Night Fever" when I bought it last year, but I love it.  
Jumpsuit:  The Impeccable Pig, last year

My sister

My best friend and her family came to visit on Sunday and it was the absolute perfect ending to a perfect weekend.  I love this girl like crazy!  #soulsister  We hung around the pool the whole day and tooled around the neighborhood on the golf cart.  It was hot as all get out and the weather called for a comfy romper.  Kara's was absolutely ADORABLE and I didn't ask her where it was from, but it was too cute!  Mine is a linen-blend number that can be dressed up or worn over my swimsuit.  Since we were staying home for the majority of the day, I wore my beloved Reefs...the comfiest flip flops in the history of ever.  

And that's about it. Not a lot of dressing up on these lazy summer days!!!  Pretty much perfection in my book!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Gender Reveal Party

I am THRILLED to announce that my "baby" sister is pregnant again!!!  More like ecsteatic.  I was beside myself when she had her first.  I couldn't wait for another little nephew to join the family.  And I couldn't wait to watch the bond between our boys grow as they get older.   And let me just tell boys are smitten by their baby cousin.  They love him to pieces.  

When I found out Sara was pregnant this time, I offered to host a gender reveal party for them.  I've never been to one and I always find myself in a puddle of tears when I watch the reveal videos.  I (selfishly) crossed my fingers in hopes she'd agree and she loved the idea!  Yay!!  

We hosted our first gender reveal party this past Saturday and went with a simple pink and blue theme. Team Blue or Team Pink....What Do You Think?!  We didn't get too fancy.  I just sent out a quick Evite with a little blurb asking our guests to choose a team and then wear their team colors to the party.  Score.

Chalkboard:  Michaels

I decorated the snack table, the mantle, and that's it.  Everything was pink and blue.  Let me just tell you that I had the best time buying #allthepink.  I love my boys like crazy....and I love all the boy "stuff"... but having a little bit of pink in the house sure was fun :)  

Here's the snack table.  Since the party was at 3, we decided not to serve lunch.  Instead, we had a table full of punch, candy dipped Oreos, cupcakes, candy/sprinkle coated marshmallows, and mommy's cravings...pickles and fruit salad.  We also served baby meatballs, tailgate chips, quarterback queso, and baby corn dogs :)  

Hanging decor, tablecloths, straws, paper goods, scoreboard chalkboard:  Hobby Lobby
Drink dispensers:  Wal Mart
Mini Chalkboard:  Michaels

I know I could've outsourced the cupcakes, but I really didn't want to.  I have a huge problem spending money on things I feel like I can do myself.  I mean, don't get me wrong.  I love a good bakery cupcake.  And theirs most ALWAYS looks and tastes way better than anything I bake.  However, I love making my own.  Less expensive and so much fun and homemade cupcakes are just so darn good.  I cheated...of course...and used a box cake mix as the base...but then I used THIS RECIPE to amp it up a few notches.  Ohmiword.  Y'all.  Some of the BEST cupcakes and frosting I've ever had!!!!  It's a MUST try!!!!  I dipped the golden Oreo's in the pink and blue colored Wilton candy melts then tossed a few sprinkles on them, too. 

The punch was insanely good and they both make the most delicious summer cocktails (with the addition of vodka or rum.  You could even go old school and toss in some Malibu :) ).  

2 jugs of Simply Lemonade (Raspberry)
1 liter of Sprite
(You can toss in a few raspberries and lemon slices for an extra touch of fun!)

1 jug of Berry Blue Typhoon Hawaiian Punch
1 liter of sprite
Countrytime Lemonade (I used two capfuls - 4 qts. - of the powder mix)

I found blue & pink cups and then adhered little chalkboard sticker labels to each of them and just wrote "team blue/team pink" on each.  I also found some fun pink and blue straws and set those out by the pitchers of punch.

I also loved the idea of having a little setup of mommy's cravings.  Right now my sister is craving pickles and fruit.  So I set out some Dell Dixies and then a bowl full of fruit salad.  The fruit salad included pineapple chunks...with a little bit of the juice undrained...chopped apples, raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries.  Then I took a package of instant vanilla pudding and poured about 3/4ths of it on top of the fruit and mixed it up.  It was like a dessert!!!  YUM!!!

We also set up a scoreboard in the middle of the food so that our guests could add their tallies to their team pick :)  

I set out a little "Suggest a Name" station for the guests to fill out while they were waiting for the reveal.  Girl names were written on the pink paint strips or post its and the boys were written on the blue.  It was so much fun reading all of the suggestions.  Even funnier was reading the suggestions from my oldest.  Somehow I don't think "Princess Peach" or " Mario" will make the cut :)

Large chalkboard & mini pink and blue chalkboards:  Michaels

I went really simple on the mantle and just hung a few little decorative circles and a little chalkboard banner that read "Oh Baby".  Then I made a chalkboard of Old Wives Tales gender predictions.  I had it all written out and then waited to complete it as a little party activity with the parents and all of their guests.  It was so fun!

Hanging decor:  Hobby Lobby;  Chalkboard banner - Michaels;  Large Chalkboard:  Marshall's

After we filled out the old wives tales, we headed outside for the big reveal.

My sister wanted balloons, so I picked some up at our local party store and then (very poorly) wrapped them up in a big ol' box.  I decided to weigh the balloons down with a gift bag (full of clothes) so that they could take pics next to the box when they found out the gender.


It's a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!  Aaaaahhhhh!!!!!

They decided to wait to find out along with everyone else and they were overcome with emotion :)  I LOVE IT!!!

I couldn't be more excited for them!!!  And I'm SO excited I'll have a baby niece to dress up :)  This side of the family needed some estrogen.  

Before our guests left, they got to take a little snack for the road.  I made some pink & blue sugar cookie puppy chow for party favors.  IT was SO yum!!!!  

9 cups of Vanilla Chex Cereal
1 cup of powdered sugar
3 cups of Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix (in a pouch)
3/4 cup Blue Wilton Candy Melts
3/4 cup Pink Wilton Candy Melts

Set aside two large bowls.  Add 4.5 cups of the chex cereal to both bowls.  In two separate, small bowls mix together 1/2 c. of powdered sugar and 1 1/2 cup of the sugar cookie mix. Melt the blue candy and pour it over one bowl of the vanilla Chex.  Mix until combined.  Now pour the powdered sugar/sugar cookie mix  over the blue vanilla chex.  Cover the bowl (I used Press N' Seal) and shake until all of the cereal is evenly coated.  Pour out onto baking sheet to dry.  Now melt the pink candy, pour it over the remaining bowl of vanilla Chex and mix until combined.  Repeat the process adding in the remaining powdered sugar/sugar cookie mix over the cereal, cover, and shake until combined.  Pour out onto wax paper covered baking sheet to dry.

Such a FUN day and such a precious memory.  I'll never forget the way my sister reacted when she found out they were having a girl.  I can't wait to spoil this little girl rotten...and then send her back home to her momma ;)