Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Memorial Day Bash.

Memorial Day is becoming a new favorite holiday of mine. BBQ + the Lam fam + Slip n Slide + red white and blue = lots o' fun! Add to that the GORGEOUS weather we had yesterday here in Chandler....it was the perfect day!




Not too many more days the kids can play outside before it starts getting so hot their feet will burn!




Lamoreaux cousin crew eating dessert!



Super easy centerpiece for the adult table. Tins from the $ spot at Target filled with Patriotic Tootsie pops from the $ store and fresh flowers!



Kiddie dessert on a stick.


Food table centerpiece. LOVE pinwheels right now. They seem to be everywhere!

Linking up to Tatertots and Jello HERE.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Patriotic Banner.

Pennant banners seem to be all the rage these days and I LOVE them! I wanted to create a little banner that I could hang for the summer....from Memorial Day through the 4th of July. I whipped this up in one night and it was easy peasy. All I used was scrapbook paper {cut into triangles}, wooden letters that I glittered with glue, toole to tie it all together and some star spangled garland to intertwine with it all.





Happy Memorial Day...From London and Mr. Potato Head's glasses!


Linking up to Skip to My Lou.


Linking up to Tatertots and Jello


Linking up to Bacon Time with the Hungry Hypo

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake tricks + more patriotic goodies.

When I think of Summertime desserts I think of one thing. Strawberry Shortcake. It is a MUST HAVE between the months of May to September. There are so many different ideas popping up of fun ways to serve your Strawberry Shortcake.


Celebrations at Home came up with this super cute 'Make Your Own Shortcakes' bar and let me tell you...it is darling! You must click HERE to see all of it's {berry} sweetness.



Strawberry Shortcake on a stick? Pure. Genius. Found via {Be Different Act Normal} on the blog Lemonade Makin Mama - I am in love with this idea. Click HERE to see for yourself. I would even add a little personal cup of whip cream with each kabob so guests could dip their shortcake and strawberries.

And since tomorrow is Memorial Day.....


I just adore this way of serving fruit skewers. How patriotic! Found on the blog Sisters Stuff HERE.



And aren't these dipped pretzel rods clever? And oh so yummy looking? Found on the blog Poca Cosa HERE. LOVE it!

Happy Memorial Day!

Friday, May 27, 2011

R rated Summer cookies {LOL!}


Summer is just around the corner and I don't know about you...but I would DIE laughing if someone delivered these to my door. So clever! My bro-in-law Jay sent these to me on my email and I instantly fell in love with them {wink}! In case you haven't noticed....they are just heart shaped cookies with the bottom point cut off. You could get VERY creative with the decorating part {smile}!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Random Wednesday {posted on Thursday}.

* My eyes currently feel like they have shards of glass inside of them. Darn allergies.

* I really haven't figured out what all of the {HYPE} over Oprah's last show was about. I get it...people love her. But....THAT MUCH?

* The BOY finalists on the American Idol last night should NOT have worn WHITE pants. Anyone agree? It was a tad awkward. I'm just sayin.

* Speaking of AI.....after watching Steven Tyler perform last night...I must say....as goobily gobily as he is....he's still got it. Very talented man!

* London informed me the other day that I had 'owies all over my face'. She was referring to my zits. Nice. Only 32 years old with gray hairs AND 'owies'.

* I have a NEW pet peeve at the mall play place. {Yes...we are there at least once a week. Soon to be more...with the 100 degree temps about to hit!}. It's when you sit down, next to a random mom....and she talks your ear off and wants to instantly be your BFF. I honestly think that some moms go to play places to make friends. Not me. Definitely not me. I find it very therapeutic to just sit all by my lonesome self, sip on my Diet Coke, munch on my Paradise Bakery cookie and people watch. I could people watch there for hours and not say a single word to anyone. {I just make notes of the people watching on my iphone so I can post about it later...hehe!}

* Gymboree is having a HUGE sale right now. Thank You Lindsay for the TIP! EVERYTHING in their store right now is $12.99 or under. I'm serious. EVERYTHING!!! I could seriously go nuts in there right now. Their summer stuff is irresistible.

*Speaking of sales....Old Navy is having a 40% off ALL Clearance items sale right now too. Thru Memorial Day. I found some cute cargo shorts for the boys for only 5 bucks! You can't get em that cheap at Target!!!

* I have a confession. I cried during "The Suite Life on Deck" finale. It's true. When Zach and Cody graduated....I produced a few tears. Come on....It's the end of an era, right?!?

* I've had 3 different people now tell me that I remind them of Christina Aguilera on The Voice. They say it's our mannerisms. Ummmm......? Really?!? Not sure if I agree or disagree?

* It's just not fair that Joe can fall asleep in .02 seconds at night and me...I toss and turn for a good 30 minutes before I zonk out. Joe could seriously fall asleep at ANY given time in ANY given place. WITH the kids running and screaming all around him. I wish I had that gift.

Clever Dessert Stand.


Spotted this DARLING dessert stand over at A Girl and a Glue Gun and it was just too clever not to share. GUESS what it is made out of? Terra Cotta Pots! It's true. It started out like this:



The thing that I REALLY love about this....you can paint them ANY color to coordinate with your shin-dig! How simple!!! Click HERE for the details!


Sunday, May 22, 2011

Patriotic Party Ideas.

I'm still in disbelief that in just a week...Memorial Day will be here. Then..2 days later...the kids are out of school and then just around the corner is the 4th of July! Where has the TIME gone? This year we'll be having my family over for a Memorial Day BBQ bash and then celebrating the 4th of July with them up at a cabin in the mountains. My mind is already turning with ideas of ways to celebrate our RED WHITE AND BLUE. Of course, most of these ideas involve food....why wouldn't they?


Firecracker Cupcakes recipe

Love these FIRECRACKER CUPCAKES from Kraft Foods found HERE. Coconut is used as the topping/sparkle-y stuff and a licorice string is used in the middle.


Patriotic Poke Cake recipe

Also found on the Kraft website.....this Patriotic Poke cake. I've made these before and let me tell you...they are YUMMY! Loving the Red white and BLUE effect. Blueberry and Strawberry JELL-O are used and it's actually quite simple! Click HERE for the recipe.




Since we have quite a few little ones on the Lamoreaux side...I'm sure these festive Ice-cream Sandwich Pops would be a HUGE hit. Found over at the cute blog Living Locurto HERE.




Love, Love, Loving these simple centerpieces. No Biggie shows you how to make the paper Lollies HERE. Super excited to give these a whirl!



Holiday Fruit Kabobs


I love the simple-ness of these Red, white and Blueberry skewers found over at Make and Takes HERE. I'm positive my kids would eat all three items on this skewer too... so that's always an added bonus!




Patriotic Drink


And speaking of kids....what kid wouldn't LOVE the WOW factor of this patriotic drink? Family Fun gives you the how-to HERE. Hint: It involves cranberry juice, Diet 7-UP and Wild Berry Flavor Gatorade Fierce.

To see how we celebrated Memorial Day last year...click HERE.

And one more thing....I already have London's outfit picked out for this year's 4th of July festivities. Thank You Gymboree for making it so easy! {Note to self: Snag these soon...before they're gone!}

America's Sweetie Tank Top




Stars and Stripes Tutu

Ribbon Flip Flop Sandal

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Buttermilk Pancakes

Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

It's become a tradition in our family....to make homemade Buttermilk Pancakes EVERY Sunday for breakfast. The boys seem to absolutely LOVE this new tradition and they gobble these down each week. Lucky for you I am sharing this super yummy recipe {given to me by my cute friend Molly!} Trust me...you'll never look at a box of Bisquick the same. Making these homemade pancakes is SO worth it!

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups flour
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs, unbeaten
2 cups buttermilk
1/4 cup butter melted

Mix dry ingredients together. Add remaining ingredients and stir until mixed. Then, cook on buttered griddle.

If you're feeling REALLY ambitious...try this mouth watering Buttermilk Syrup. I could devour it by the spoonful.

1 cup buttermilk
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter

Boil 1 minute and add:

1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. baking soda

It will fizz up when you add the baking soda. Serve over pancakes.

Quick tip: Two weeks ago...I realized that I had left my buttermilk in the trunk of my car overnight. It had rolled out of the bag and I somehow missed it when I was bringing my groceries in. My kids were BEGGING me for these pancakes but I knew they wouldn't taste right without the buttermilk. I googled my problem and came up with a 'make your own buttermilk' solution. If you are in a pinch - this DOES work. Your pancakes will not be AS thick and fluffy...but taste wise....it does the trick!

Place 1 TBS. vinegar in 1 cup of milk. Let set for 5 minutes.
That's it!

So for THIS recipe...I do 2 TBS. vinegar mixed with 2 cups of milk.

Photo via google images.

Summer Fun.


I absolutely ADORE this Summer Fun chart found over at The Crafting Chicks. I've been thinking with school close to being out....that the kids and I needed to make some sort of chart with FUN THINGS that we wanted to do together this summer. Then I stumbled upon this chart and realized that they included a FREE DOWNLOAD so we can make one OURSELVES! How great is that? Click HERE to see for yourself!

True story: The other night as I was tucking the boys in bed...I asked them "What are some fun things that you'd like to do this summer while you don't have any school?" They both quickly responded, without hesitation....."Go to IKEA! Can we please?" Wow. I like to think I have my kids {trained} but never did I think I had them {trained} THIS well! It's a mom's summer dream....drop em off at the play center...shop around... and have lunch for cheap with them afterwards! I like the the way they think *wink*!

Friday, May 20, 2011

A taste of our trip...and some Disneyland pointers.

Our Disneyland adventure started out {a little} rocky. First off....it rained.

Be prepared for anything. My smart mom told me to "pack some garbage bags" as we were getting ready to leave town. Super glad she told me this because they were super duper handy when it rained on our first morning there. Luckily....around lunch time....the rain came to a halt, the sun came out and it was gorgeous skies for the rest of our trip. However....


We soon discovered 2 things. #1: London doesn't like to wait in line. Even if it is for a princess. And #2: Fantasyland has some freaky a*% rides. Trust me. They don't seem scary when just YOU are riding them. Or your 5 and 6 year olds are riding them. But when you take an innocent little 2 year old girl on say....Snow White....Pinocchio.......Mr Toad's Wild Ride.....you see it all in a new light. Or shall I say....no light at all because a majority of these rides are in the DARK. We made the mistake of making these our very first rides into the park and London was scared to death to ride anything else for awhile. Luckily...It's A Small World pulled through and she was beaming for the rest of our stay!

We had our fair share of accidents our first day there as well.


My dad tripped and fell in Main Street USA and {almost} broke his elbow. After we were reassured that he was in fact, ok......my mom and I laughed our heads off. It's what we Lamoreaux's do when we see someone fall. Make sure and wear 'traction' covered sneakers to avoid this from happening *wink*. It did leave a horrible, swollen bruise and all joking aside...we were SO relieved he was OK!

Carson had a little accident of his own. Picture this. My mom, London and Carson waiting 30 minutes in line for the Finding Nemo ride. JUST as the submarine pulls up to load them on....Carson lets loose some bubbles of his own. Pee everywhere. Soaking wet. And not from the 'ocean' water. We did learn TWO important things from this 'accident'. #1: The First Aid center at the front of the park has hair dryers. We went there and told them what had happened. They were incredibly nice. They gave us our very own room and Carson was able to take off his 'wet' clothes....and I was able to 'dry' them. They even gave him some Disney books to read while he was 'waiting' for me to finish. Very handy. I'm sure he wasn't the first kid to get so excited in the park that he just couldn't hold it any longer. Disneyland has ALL PROBLEMS covered, I swear. Lesson #2 learned: Go straight back to the ride and tell the 'cast member' working at the line what has happened and they will get you straight to the front of the line again. Phew!



I was actually able to talk Joe into FINALLY riding the SCREAMIN roller coaster with me. I think once he realized that my 65 year old dad was doing it.... he couldn't look like a wuss any longer. Enough was enough. The funniest part about this picture....was the random stranger girl who plopped down next to Joe. He had no clue that he had company until we were all buckled in and ready to ride. My dad and I died laughing the entire ride over this!!!

Other tips:

* You absolutely need TWO FULL days there. We always buy the 2 day park hopper pass. This is perfect. One day is just not enough!

* There is a Disneyland App that you can download called "Disneyland In and Out". It is perfect. It even gives you the 'wait' times for all of the rides in the park. {Granted they can be slightly off 5 or 10 minutes}....it gives you the jist of which rides have the longest lines.

* There is a little Taqueria in Downtown Disney that we LOVE to eat at. When we don't eat at the ESPN Zone...this where we eat. SUPER yummy mexican food! You order at the counter and then take it to their seated section outside. It's perfect if you have kids that don't do well in restaurants!

* They are re-doing quite a bit of California Adventure right now. The new CARS land will not be done until 2012 and the new Little Mermaid ride will be done this summer. Also...the new and improved Star Tours {over at DL} will be open on June 3rd. {The boys were so bummed that they just barely missed it!}

* If you need a break {which you WILL because at some point during your trip...your legs will literally feel like they are ready to fall off from all of the walking}...ride the red Main Street Train around the park. It's a nice breather and allows time for you to rest your feet.

* And just in case you didn't already know this.....bring in your own snacks, water and juice boxes. This saves quite a bit of money....especially with kids!

P.S. How on earth can ANYONE stand to eat one of those gigantic turkey legs? My dad and I were fascinated that so many people enjoy these. The meat is literally RED inside! GROSS!!!




Thursday, May 19, 2011

Back.


We are back from the big D-L. A SUPER FUN TIME was had by ALL. Too physically exhausted to type much. How is it that the Most Magical Place on Earth is also....the Most TIRING PLACE on earth? It is worth it though! Every last step. All the juicy details to follow soon!


Saturday, May 14, 2011

Watermelon Pops

Watermelon Pops recipe

Although I am {dreading} the 120 degree heat that is soon to come....I am {somewhat} looking forward to summer. Bbqs, swimming, 4th of July....I love it all! Thinking of making these darling Watermelon Pops up for our next bbq bash. How cute that they even served them in....an actual watermelon! Love it! Found the idea and recipe at Kraft Foods HERE.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Random Wednesday

* The show 'Extreme Couponing' on TLC literally makes me nauseous. Don't get me wrong. I am ALL for saving money when I shop. AND....I am ALL for stocking up on food storage. BUT....I think that it is all a tad too much. The episode I watched the other night had a girl buying 93 bags of croutons! 93!!!! No one needs that many. And how on earth do these people find the TIME to a) do all of their research and b) go to all of those different stores so that the coupons work? I'm doubting they have little kids. I'm lucky if a) I REMEMBER my coupons out of the house and b) if I actually make it to a grocery store, other than Target, and don't forget one of my kids in the candy aisle!

* I am highly anticipating the new season of Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab. Why for the life does it not post it's premiere date anywhere online? I'm kind of ansy. Especially to see the train wreck that Michael Lohan is.

* I saw a headline shortly after the death of Osama Bin Laden on one of the major news networks that read: "Was the killing of Bin Laden Legal?" SERIOUSLY??? Do we really CARE if it was legal? Who even THINKS to ask that question? Did they forget that almost 10 years ago he almost destroyed our nation and killed thousands? I'm pretty sure....we weren't worried about it being 'legal' or not. Just saying. {It's what I get for being a news junkie I guess}.

* Beyond giddy that Ed Helms will be hosting SNL soon AND......my favorite Justin Timberlake will be hosting the finale. Bliss.

* Is anyone else kinda sad about Maria Shriver and Ah-nuld breaking up? Because strangely....I am. I was really quite bummed to hear the news. I like 'believing' in the ALL-AMERICAN couple. {But then again...I loved Jennifer Anniston and Brad Pitt.....Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey...}

* London has had fried calamari breath for the past 2 days. Yes...we in fact ate some at a restaurant the other night and YES....I have brushed her teeth many times. BUT....that stuff must be potent. It's the cutest fried calamari breath I've ever smelled might I add. Just can't seem to get rid of it *wink*.

* I'm pretty sure when London is potty trained {which best be by this summer!} that Joe and I will still stock up on those Costco baby wipes. Are those not the most convenient things ever? I can't imagine living with out them!

* Lady Gaga. Love {most} of her music. It's catchy alright. BUT.... is she just beyond beyond beyond strange or what? I just don't get it.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Disneyland or Bust.


It's true. I'm obsessed with Disneyland. And NO....I'm not the type of obsessed fan who wears Mickey Mouse nightgowns and Tinker Bell jean jackets. And NO....I don't even wear Mickey Ears while I'm in the actual park. I honestly love it because it is such a MAGICAL place for our little family. There is nothing quite like seeing your kids' faces light up there. Best. Feeling. Ever. {Not to mention...we love the rides. And the food. And the parades....etc.}

I have a super kind husband who 'gets' my obsession with Disneyland {No...HE is not obsessed. He could go once a year and be fine.} Somehow though I've talked him into letting us go next week and we are on pins and needles with excitement! We've been so many times in the past....I thought I would share some of my VERY FAVORITE TIPS for DISNEYLAND. What are YOURS???

* ALWAYS go on the off season. And on a Tuesday or Wednesday if possible. I refuse to go a) on the weekends b) in the summer time and c) on a holiday. I'm not a very patient person {just ask Joe!} and I HATE waiting in lines. To be able to go and walk right onto the rides is SO NICE! You will enjoy your experience SO MUCH MORE if you do not go when it is BUSY.

* The corn dogs on Main Street from the little red cart are AH-MAZING. I am not exaggerating. They are $6 and worth every last penny.

* Always ride Space Mountain first thing in the morning when the park opens. There is never a line that early.

* Pizza Port is a 'must' for lunch time. The kids always split a slice of pizza and Joe and I always split the pasta. HUGE servings.

* Save your cup from Pizza Port and go back in throughout the day for free refills. {In this soda guzzling family...we save hundreds by doing this *wink*}

* If your child wants to 'Train as a Jedi'....get their early and have them sit in the very front. Then...have them jump up and down to get the Jedi's attention while he is picking volunteers.

* If you've been on the "Finding Nemo" ride once....that is plenty. I do not know for the life of me why that is always the very longest line!

* Your best chance at seeing Mickey and Minnie is at ToonTown. They are always there.

* People watching is at it's prime at Disneyland. Bring your camera and create a PEOPLE OF DISNEYLAND post {yes....I will be doing this again *wink*}

* The kettle corn in Downtown Disney is pretty much to die for.

* Don't waste your money on a super nice hotel. It's all about proximity. Find the very closest hotel to the DL main gate {through Expedia} for the very cheapest. Since you're at the park all day and all night....this is all that matters.

* If you find a First Aid center {at the front of the park}....they will give you aspirin, cold medicine, take your temperature, etc. All for free! Last time we went, Grant wasn't feeling well and we stumbled upon this. They took his temp and gave him some tylenol and we were good to go.

* If you take your kids on Tower of Terror {yes....I made the boys ride it with me} be prepared for them to say something like "Yeah mom...I kinda liked it.....but it kinda made my pee-pee tickle" - Carson age 5. We've been laughing at this one ever since! The boys were champs to even try it :) Needless to say...they do not want to ride it again!

Am I missing anything? Please do fill me in.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle.


Peanut Butter + Chocolate is hands down my favorite combo. {Oreos and Mint Chocolate Chip ice-cream is a close runner up}! I attended a church meeting the other night and my cute friend Angie had whipped up this DELICIOUS trifle for dessert. I've been dreaming about it ever since. It is a MUST try! Enjoy!

Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle

9 x 13” sized Brownie mix

1 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

1¾ c. cold milk

2 small packages white chocolate, vanilla or cheesecake instant pudding

2 c. Cool Whip

10 Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Bake brownie mix as directed on box. Cool completely. In a bowl, combine milk with pudding. Whisk until thoroughly mixed. Add peanut butter and cool whip and mix. Cut brownies into 1-inch cubes. Chop peanut butter cups into small pieces. In a trifle dish, layer 1/3 of the brownies, top with 1/3 of the pudding mix and sprinkle 1/3 of the peanut butter cups. Repeat 2 times. Refrigerate until serving.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Things I LOVE about my Mom.

  1. {Isn't she cute?}


    *My mom is the most selfless person I know. Every since I was a little girl, I always remember her doing random acts of kindness for others. She’s been either a ward or stake Relief Society President pretty much her entire life and I have never once heard her complain. She is always giving people rides, making families dinner, calling someone to check in on them....she taught me the phrase “Service never comes at a convenient time” and I know she knows that more than anyone.


  1. *She is ALWAYS positive. No matter what is going on in our lives, she ALWAYS has something good to say and ALWAYS makes us feel better. Joe and I always laugh because if we are ever down and out on a particular matter, my mom ALWAYS tells us....”At least you have your health...and that’s something to be grateful for!”


*She never talks bad about anyone. Doesn’t really gossip either.


  1. *She taught me an appreciation for music at a very young age. I can distinctly remember my mom playing The Carpenters or Christopher Cross on our huge wooden record player at home. She knew all the words to every song. And when she cleaned, she had her ‘cleaning music’ blaring (which was always the local soft rock radio station). We made fun of her for that but I now find myself doing the same thing when I clean.


  1. *She’s the best cook I know. I love Sunday dinners with her. Food ALWAYS tastes better when my mom makes it. She makes the best roast and mashed potatoes I’ve ever had. Mine doesn’t even come close.


  1. *She taught us the value of never giving up. We were never allowed to quit ANYTHING and I am so grateful for that. Growing up, we all went through a spell of wanting to quit playing the piano and she made us all stick it out and we are all so grateful for that talent now that we are older!


  1. *She made the best school lunches. We laugh now, because looking back, if she was out of bread, she would make us a pb&j on Saltine crackers and put it in our lunch. And if she was out of a ‘snack’ she would put chocolate chips in a baggie for us. No matter what, she always had a bag lunch ready for us. And she always left us notes, written on our napkins that told us she loved us.


  1. *My mom is a social butterfly. She attracts friends wherever she goes and seems to make friends instantly. She taught me what it means to be a ‘true’ friend to someone.


  1. *My mom loves Diet Coke just as much as I do. She can have one first thing in the morning and last thing at night without it even effecting her. I’m the same way. Love that.


  1. *She has such a funny sense of humor. She laughs at everything. I think my family is the only family on the planet that finds it funny when we see someone fall.


  1. *She ALWAYS had a hot breakfast for us growing up. Back in VA we had to get up super early for seminary in the morning and my mom always made sure we had something good to eat in the morning. Scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast. It was VERY rare when we had to eat cold cereal.


  1. *She’s a wonderful entertainer. Her motto has always been...”The more the merrier”. I remember having Thanksgivings at our house in VA and we’d sometimes have up to 30 people over. All friends and people from our church who didn't have family to share the holidays with.


  1. *She has made me appreciate diversity in others. Being raised in a suburb of Washington D.C. we were surrounded by people of all different race and religion and we embraced them all and never thought twice about it. My mom has always had friends with such diverse backgrounds and has always treated everyone equally. I love that.


I could go on and on. When I went to college at S.U.U. in Cedar City, UT which is where my mom and dad grew up, people who knew HER, and grew up with HER, were constantly telling ME (when they found out I was her daughter) that I looked just like her and reminded them so much of her. That was the biggest compliment anyone could ever pay to me.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Random Wednesday {posted on Thursday}.

* Busy week. Carson turned 5. AND had his first kiss all in the same week. Yes. I'm not lying. I spied him on the back patio giving our cute next door neighbor girl a peck on the cheek. I've never seen him smile so big. I didn't know whether to think it was cute - or whether to go out there and tell him to knock it off. When I did finally get around to telling him that 'we don't kiss girls until we're much older'....his response was "But we're so in love mom!". Really? Who knew that turning 5 would also unleash a rage of emotions with my little boy? Not sure I'm ready for this.

* I have yet to watch GLEE from this week. I just filled up my 32 ouncer of Diet Coke though and am hoping to fit it into my busy tv watching schedule tonight. I just want to put it out there though that YES....I realize the show has gotten {somewhat} scandalous this season BUT....no....I can't stop watching it. Something about it pulls me in each week. I commend you if you just can't watch it anymore. I for one though....am still hooked.

* I have a pet peeve with radio dj's. {Yes...it may stem from me actually being one in the past}....Why on earth do dj's feel the need to tell us the name and singer of songs that are SUPER OLD and Super popular. For instance...."I Will Always Love You - Whitney Houston".....or "Thriller - Michael Jackson". I'm pretty sure we're ok not having a reminder as to who sings some of the most famous songs of all times. There is a radio dj here in Phoenix that always does this and it KILLS me. Use that time to tell us the weather or something!

* Nobody every looks good in spandex. Ever. So why would one think that it's ok to wear them TO THE MALL? I sometimes think I have an overactive thought process. Sometimes though...I think there are people....who just don't have a thought process at all.

* Why is it that at the play place at the mall....you can almost automatically match up the boogery nosed kids with their parents? Without even knowing? It's one of my favorite games to play while I'm watching my kids smear the flu virus all over their faces {aka...go down the slide head first}. I love to point out the most annoying kids and then scour the benches for whom their parents might actually be. It's usually the ones on their cell phones paying no attention to the fact that their child just body slammed a baby. If I'm right? I treat myself to a cookie at Paradise Bakery. Have I mentioned before....it doesn't take much to amuse me?

* I have a {slight} girl crush on Kate Middleton. And why for the life...is she not a princess? And only a duchess? I know it's been explained a million times since last weekend but....I still don't get it.

* You know how people 'dream' of going bungee jumping....or cliff diving....or scuba diving in some exotic location? Well, I have a 'dream' of someday going on a 'ride along' with a cop. Yes...I'd have to double my anxiety medicine for the week prior to the ride along....but wouldn't that be a rush? I think I've been watching way too many late night COPS shows on TruTV. I am fascinated with it all though. I really just want to see what a typical night as a cop really entails.

* Why...for the love....does Subway only give you ONE napkin with your sandwich? I feel like writing a letter to Jared or something. They almost always give you a crusty look, too, when you ask for more. Like you're putting them out or something. Has anyone else noticed how stingy they are with their napkins?

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Yet another Teacher Appreciation Idea.


Today I gave Carson's preschool teacher {whom we ADORE!} a cute little vase filled with flowers. I found the idea from GIGGLES GALORE AND MORE and thought it was just too darn clever. I ran out the door so fast this morning {as usual} and forgot to take a picture of MY finished product....the above is the cute one I spied on the Giggles blog HERE. I found my alphabet magnets at the Dollar Tree {of course!}.....I had the quart sized jar on hand and picked up a bouquet of flowers for $5. Super simple. You can even print off the cute teacher 'thank you' tags from Dimple Prints HERE. Easy. Cheap. And clever. My 3 favorite things!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Cinco de Mayo.

Cinco de Mayo is on Thursday this year. Joe and I L-O-V-E mexican food so my fingers are crossed that we'll be celebrating at either Tia Rosa's OR Macayo's. Here's a few ideas to help make your day a tad more fesitve:

Sombrero Cookies

These sugar cookie 'Sombreros' are adorable! Made with a gumdrop in the middle, you can find the recipe at Family Fun HERE.






all crafts Cinco de Mayo  ~ 17 Last Minute Food, Printables, Party Decor


Over at TIP JUNKIE I spotted this eye candy. The tomato can as a vase is what really stuck out to me. How absolutely clever!!! Found over at Name is Grace HERE.

Also...I'm sharing with you my THREE favorite mexican recipes. Perfect for a party! Since Joe and I don't drink alcohol...we LOVE making up this non-alcoholic version of Sangria. It is DEE-LISH! Click HERE....I promise you're going to want to make these!