I threw a baby shower for one of our nieces and she wanted a purple and teal color scheme. The colors look so pretty together and she was going to decorate the nursery in those colors so it seemed like the perfect idea.
I bought the gumballs and grape sticks from Oriental Trading.
We got the wooden monogram from Scrappin Plus. We also decorated with paper balls and fans. The orchids matched perfectly.
I got the cake and cupcakes from Publix bakery. Those glass balls are antique fishing balls that just happen to match the theme. They are among my favorite things.
We also had a block making station. I bought wooden blocks from Amazon and then different purple, teal, and gray scrapbook papers and cut them to fit. We just decoupaged them on with Mod Podge.
This was an insert in the invitation. I think this is a sweet idea for any baby shower.
We played a Price Is Right game with baby essentials and then gave them to the mother-to-be.
We served brunch. We had a make your own Belgian waffle table and some egg casseroles. We also had a cinnamon roll casserole and chicken salad with croissants since those were the mommy’s favorite. We also served fruit, coffee, orange juice, and mimosas for the non-pregnant people.
Overall, we had a very nice time with a simple color themed party.
Well, it’s almost that time again. I desperately need to figure out what to get my mother. She always asks for the lamest gifts you can imagine; think garbage cans and toilet brushes (no joke-she’s actually asked for both).
So, buying gifts for her is daunting. My sister is the best gift giver and I am not. I have some perfectionist tendencies that cause me to think and think for the perfect gift and then I never think of one and finally end up buying her those toilet brushes she wanted (Yep, she got them from me). What in the world am I going to do?! This lady is the hardest working woman I’ve ever known. She loves like crazy and is truly amazing in general. I am completely clueless as to what to get her. She would probably love a photo album or some sentimental gift.She would probably love something handmade or super thoughtful…but what exactly??
She’s most likely going to end up with something more along the lines of a paper towel holder.
The kiddos woke up to an Earth Day breakfast. I thought that Earth pancakes sounded so cute.
They were not the hit I’d hoped they would be. Only one of my children would even try them. Good thing I knew that was going to be the most probable outcome and made the rest of the batch normal.
Later, we read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and the two little girls did a couple of worksheets pertaining to the book.
After some school work, we made seed paper out of old catalogs. We tore paper into about 2 to 3 inch pieces and put them into a blender filled about halfway with water. After blending, we took the pulp outside and used an old screen to press out the excess water and mold them into shapes. Then we added marigold and hollyhock seeds. We plan on giving these away once they dry.
We even had a Lorax themed dinner and an “earthy” dessert.
I got the coloring sheet printable from Dawn Nicole Designs. Olivia loves to color and after we read The Lorax, she was so excited to color and frame her work.
I made bow tie pasta (the Lorax’s mustache) with broccoli (truffala trees) with homemade low carb Alfredo sauce with Keto fried chicken. For dessert, the kids used chocolate pudding, smashed Oreos, and gummy worms to make their “earthy” dessert.
My sister was telling one of my daughters about a time when I did a particularly dumb thing. I was probably 7 years old and my best friend lived next door, his name was Lance. He was a year older than I was. If he suggested something, I was usually eager to go along with his idea. So, one night when our parents were playing cards and not paying us any attention, Lance said we should hide from them. I thought it was a grand idea. It would be so funny to see them looking for us whenever they finally realized we weren’t where they thought we were. We hid in the floor of his parent’s Jeep. When they did coming looking for us it was pretty late. They walked right by the Jeep and never looked in. We thought that was hilarious! After a few minutes though, it became apparent that they were frantic and terrified. We lived very close to the lake and I knew they were thinking about all the terrible possibilities. When we finally got out of that Jeep we were in the biggest trouble of our lives.
I wish I could say that was the last dumb thing we did; but we did dumb things ALL the time. We just had very little fear and obviously rarely thought about the consequences of our actions.
Fast forward to now and I am a very protective parent. I realize now that it was only by God’s grace that I ended up okay. I always think through all the things that could have happened. But at the end of the day, we all do dumb things and we just have to pray and hope that God’s protection will overcome anything dumb we may do!
I am not the kind of girl that owns 20 pairs of shoes. I wear Nikes when I work out and the rest of the time I wear slip on flats (except in the winter when I might wear boots instead). I had been wearing just a pair of nude shoes from Target, but the girl at Nordstrom told me I just HAD to try these Sam Edelman shoes. She was so right! They are like wearing shoes with tiny cushions in them. Considering how light they are it is very impressive that they are as supportive as they are. Also, these never gave me a blister. I went to Las Vegas in these shoes. They were the only shoes I brought. I walked 16.5 miles one day in these shoes. I still have nothing but good things to say about them. They were honestly great! So, while I was in Las Vegas I bought another pair. They are saddle colored and so they go with lots of things too. If you’re looking for a nice shoe that’s not crazy expensive and is stylish yet functional, try these shoes. I bet you’ll love them too!!
I love a good pimento cheese spread. I’m pretty picky about them though. It can’t have too much mayo. It better not have too many pimentos. It definitely needs a little heat. I decided to try my hand at a homemade version including all of my must haves and excluding all the things I don’t like.
I put a large block of sharp cheddar through the food processor. I added mayo, jalapenos, pimentos, and cayenne pepper. It was DELISH!!! I can barely wait to find more things to slather it on.
Loved in the South’s Spicy Pimento Cheese
1 large block of sharp cheddar cheese (shredded)
1 cup mayonnaise
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 small jar of pimentos
1 small can of diced jalapenos.
I drained both the jar and can just a little before adding them. Mix everything together and enjoy!
Am I the only mom out there who feels like all my kids like is complete junk? I try not to bring too much crappy food into the house; but also don’t want to give them a complex about food. I try to balance it all out with a little of both. I know parents who don’t let their kids have sugar except on special occasions and those kids always seem to be the ones who eat so many sweets on those special days that they make themselves sick. I want my kids to know that they can eat it in moderation and that there are healthier alternatives too. But many times we get busy and I let them eat too much fast food or just junk in general. I have made up my mind that I have to do more to help them make good choices. The biggest area that needs improvement is snack foods. They always want to reach for the unhealthiest options between meals. This weeks grocery list and menu for the week included a healthy snack for each day. Yesterday, I made banana muffins. To be completely honest, my kids didn’t love the texture, but they were tasty and they are gluten free.
3-4 very ripe bananas
1 tablespoon of honey
1/3 cup of butter or coconut oil
5 packets of monk fruit sweetener
1 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Cinnamon
1 tsp. Nutmeg
1 tsp. Ginger
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 cups hazelnut flour
Mash banana until smooth. Add wet ingredients. Add dry ingredients. Line muffin tin, put 1/4 cup of batter in each. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean.
My kiddos love a good prank. April Fool’s Day has been one of their favorite days as long as I can remember. We usually try to do at least one thing to make the day memorable. Last year I fooled them into thinking they were eating an undercooked lasagna, when it was actually a yummy dessert. This year, I pulled off a Crazy April Fool’s Day Dinner which was actually breakfast for dinner. It definitely takes some advance preparation and quite a bit of work (at least with as many people as we have in our family) to pull it off, but it is so fun! I’ve done a dinner menu like this before and I feel like breakfast items are a lot easier. I used the basic idea and the menu course printables from Dixie Delights. I made some changes, but the general idea came from her site.
To do this, I gave my family a menu of 16 items with funny names. They also had 4 different menu course sheets. On each sheet they had to put four items that they wanted for that course. Each item has to be picked once so that all items are ultimately chosen. They had to pick for all of their courses before I even started cooking; because I didn’t want to give them any hints with the smells in the kitchen.
I had one more trick up my sleeve. Number 9 was the CAFD Special. It looked like an egg, but was really just whipped cream and an apricot.
I pulled out a few Christmas plates to serve this. I also found some “Welcome to 2000” napkins that had never been opened in my party stash. We used those as the Mini Magic Carpet.
Overall, we had lots of laughs. April Fool’s Day is just another good excuse to have a little fun together.
I printed out my menu using Waltograph font from DaFont
Crazy April Fool’s Day Disney Dinner
1. Mickey Mouse 9. CAFD Special 2. Gaston’s Tavern Treat 10. Pluto’s Dinner 3. Dinoco Motor Oil 11. Merida’s Hair 4. Sugar Rush Icing component 12. Elsa’s Bad Day 5. White Rabbit’s Tale 13. Rafiki’s Staff 6. Three Little Pigs 14. Cruella’s Hair 7. Capt. Hook’s Plank 15. Dinglehopper 8. Mike Wazowski 16. Mini Magic Carpet