Thursday, July 28, 2011

Random Wednesday {posted on Thursday}.

{Don't ya wish your eyelashes were as long hers?  I sure do.}
* I'm writing a letter to Sonic.  I think they need to have a happy hour that goes from like 9-11 in the MORNING.  That's when us moms get our kids off to school.  Isn't that reason to be 'happy' enough?  Kidding aside...it's when we start our errands.  We {and I mean ME} need a little pick me up to get us going in the AM, right?

* How is it that there are people who order at Subway and CAN'T DECIDE what toppings to get on their sandwich?  I'm pretty sure Subway hasn't changed the toppings that they offer in the last 20 years.  And I'm pretty sure everyone has been to Subway a handful of times in the last 20 years.  So why does it take some people FOREVER to order there?  And why, oh why, do I ALWAYS get stuck behind them in line???

* I just discovered Redbox.  It's true....I tend to be a {tad} behind on stuff like this {I honestly just downloaded my very first song EVER to itunes like a month ago}.  I am in love with it.  How have I missed out on the RB for so long now?  And now...they have wii games.  For $2.  For my kids of course.  {Ok...maybe...just maybe... the Michael Jackson Dance Experiment game was partially for me.}

* The other night I was flipping through the TV channels in bed and noticed that Nick at Nite now shows "Married with Children".  Thats right.  On NICKELODEON.  Is that just a tad weird to anyone else? Seriously...Married with Children.....on Nickelodeon.  Doesn't that go against everything a 'kids network' is about?  I still watched it.

* Does anyone else get up at the SAME time EVERY night to go to the bathroom?  It's weird how it's so exact, every night.  I once had a DR tell me to just 'train' myself to go back to sleep. And ignore the fact that I had to go.  SERIOUSLY???  Who on earth can do that? If I really didn't have to go tinkle...I wouldn't be waking up from the get go, right?

* I have a pet peeve when it comes to shopping stores.  It's when they change their floor plan up on me.  Why do they find it necessary to rearrange everything?  I used to think it was funny when I'd take my Grandpa Misel grocery shopping and he'd say that we had to go to the SAME store EVERY time because he knew where everything was.  I now GET IT.  I'm the SAME way. 

* Speaking of 'elderly'.... Joe and I really should be 'old' people. We like to go out on Fri and Sat nights at like 4:30.  To beat the crowd of course.

* Carson went his entire first day of Kindergarten this week WITHOUT wearing any undies.  And it didn't even phase him.  He prefers it actually.  YIKES! Thinking I need to start buying him boxer briefs now.  Maybe he'd feel a little less confined?

* Have you seen the show "Tough Cookie" on the Food Network?  It's my new fave.

Cinnamon Bites.


Breakfast is pretty much my favorite meal of the day.  {I especially LOVE to eat breakfast OUT. So many yummy things to choose from.}  When I saw this recipe from Oh My Sugar High my mouth started to water.  I'll be trying these out this weekend.  They look DI-VINE!  Click HERE for the recipe.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Strawberry Shortcake party.

London was invited to a Strawberry Shortcake Tea Party today.  It was pretty much the cutest party I have ever been to.  Which is not surprising, because my friend Kapri was in charge.  Her little girl Scarlett was turning THREE.  To say that Kapri goes ALL OUT...well... is an understatement.  Don't believe me?  See below.





For starters...the guest of honor handed out these adorable invitations.  




Which she had on display, surrounded with all things STRAWBERRY.  Strawberry marshmallows, chocolate filled strawberries and strawberry candies.








Strawberry cake pops were served {yes...the cake pops were strawberry cake flavored!}....




as were strawberry and kiwi kabobs....



....and other fresh fruit. {Dont'cha just LOVE the Strawberry Shortcake accents?}





The party was in no shortage of darling pink cupcakes with handmade cupcake toppers...


...which London ESPECIALLY appreciated.


There were darling strawberry water bottles for the adults....




...and the table set-up was pretty much the cutest thing ever.



I took this picture for 2 reasons.  #1....to showcase the cute poms Kapri MADE, which were hanging all over her house..  And #2...to show the cute way that Kapri hung ALL of the kids' handmade aprons.   Yes...that's right....HANDMADE APRONS.  FOR EACH KID!!!




And as if that weren't ENOUGH.....there were cute little goody bags filled with strawberry flavored candy.




London...had.....A.....BLAST!!!!  Can you tell?


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

First Day Adventures.

 This cute boy....


And this cute boy.....


Started school yesterday.  They got NEW backpacks...


And NEW lunch boxes......


And they were happy as could BE.


Grant was excited for his new 1st grade teacher....



Carson was excited to sit at a big long table and mingle with his 'peeps'.....


 And as if you can't tell by Carson's face.....they had a SPECTACULAR first day!

Now...it's just me and her..... 



And by the looks of it....she's plotting something for our next shopping adventure!

Back to School tradition.

My sister has started quite a festive Back to School tradition with her kids.  It's something I plan to copy next year.  And lucky for YOU...I'm sharing the details.  Because WHAT kid wouldn't LOVE a little extra sumthin' on their first day of school?

She starts out by having a BIG breakfast.  All the works.  She decorates the table and has individual place settings for each of them.



She found scrapbook paper and wrote them each a personalized note as part of their 'place mat'.





LOVING the apple with the pencil!  She cut out circles and put an initial sticker on each one representing each of her kids.


She tells her kids how she wants them to EACH meet one new friend a day.  And to bribe them {hey, a little extra incentive never hurts, right?} she tells them that for EACH new person they can tell her about after school, she'll give them a quarter.


Lastly,  she gives each of the kids a bottle of hand sanitizer to take into their teacher.  She removes the label {goo be gone} and fancies it up a little with their teacher's initial.  Cute, huh?

You can find my sister's blog HERE.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

7-UP Back to School goodie.


7/31/14 UPDATE: I now offer a FREE updated printable of this tag!  Click HERE to view and download.

The kids around here start school tomorrow and I wanted to do something cute for each of the girls that I am in charge of at church.  I wanted some way to say "Good Luck" with the new school year! With the help of my cute friend Liz, I came  up with these 7-UP bottles.



7-UP-lifting Ways to Start your First Week of School.




I had fun making them and even MORE fun delivering them to each of their houses tonight!  
Happy School Year Girlies!!!

Linking up to Craft-o-Maniac.
Linking up to Somewhat Simple.

YW Theme Candy Bars.


I got to teach my cute Young Women today.  As a little added sumthin' {I honestly can't teach a lesson and NOT hand out treats...} I printed out the mutual theme for 2011 which just happens to be the 13th Article of Faith. I found the cute candy bar wrappers from sugardoodle HERE.  Bought some Crunch bars {perfect size} and wa-lah! 



Oh.  And in case you're wondering...what in the heck is an Article of Faith?  Click HERE.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A {berry} sweet idea.


Loving this cute idea from Brown Paper Packages via the cute blog Oopsey Daisy.  Just LOOKING at these jars o' jam makes me  happy.  You know what ELSE makes me happy?  The fact that they've provided us with FREE printables for the cute BERRY tags.  There are FIVE and they are all super cute!  Click HERE to see for yourself!  

Does anyone wanna teach me how to make jam? Mmmmmm.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Back to School Teacher gift idea.

It's true.  My kids start school next week. {Gasp!} Tonight was Carson's 'Kindergarten Kick-Off' and tomorrow night is Grant's 'Meet the Teacher'.  I always like to bring a little something for their teachers whenever possible {they deserve it!} and so this is what I came up with.  The labels are courtesy of one of my very favorite blogs... eighteen25.  You can find the printables  by clicking HERE.  Did I mention that they're FREE?  My favorite! The jars were purchased at Hobby Lobby and were the PERFECT size!









Thank You Gift Idea.

Last night, our Young Womens group had one last hoo-rah with the 'old' presidency.  These women were fantastic! So sad to see them go.  Especially since it officially means that now I'M in charge!  I wanted to give them a little sumthin-sumthin to say THANKS for all of their hard efforts.  We had a group picture taken and then had all of the girls sign their names on the mat and then framed those.  Then... I found these flower pot kits at Michaels and spruced em up a bit.





We used three different kinds of flowers...one for each member of the presidency.  Sweet Pea, Lavendar and Sunflowers.



Monday, July 18, 2011

Overwhelmed {just a tad...}

Yesterday I received a new 'calling' in my Church.  I was called to be the new Young Womens President.  For those of you who aren't Mormon....it basically means that I'll be in charge of all of the sweet teenage girls in my ward - ages 12 to 18.  To say that I am {overwhelmed?} is an understatement. I have such a mix of emotions as I start this new chapter.  Beyond excited is one of those emotions.  I feel very blessed.  And as I start this new calling....I just keep thinking....



I want to BE the type of Young Womens President that I some day hope my little London gets to have.  And with that as my incentive...I think I'll do alright {smile!} 

That said...I'll be posting LOTS of stuff having to do with this new calling.  And if any of YOU have GREAT ideas in this dept. of things that work and don't work...PLEASE let me know! I'm gonna need all the help I can get {wink}!

xoxoxo

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cute {free!} Printable.



I love giving away little 'sweets' of sorts to my friends and neighbors.  And you know what I love {almost} even more than making the treats?  Packaging them up cute!  Which is why I am in LOVE with this DARLING printable from Living Locurto.  And yay for us...it's a FREE download!  We can print out as many as we'd like!  Click HERE to see for yourself.  

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Random Wednesday {posted on Thursday}.



* Have you seen the show on TLC "I Didn't Know I was Pregnant?"  I am dumbfounded when I watch this show.  How on EARTH do these people NOT know they are pregnant until the baby is actually coming out of them?  No period?  No tummy getting bigger?  No mood swings?  No hormones?  No NOTHING?  FOR 9 whole MONTHS??  I just don't buy it.

* What's all the hype about TOMS shoes lately?  They look pretty average to me.  Why is everyone raving about them on facebook?

* Why would one purchase SMART water over say DASANI or AQUAFINA? SMART water is almost always more expensive.  Can it REALLY taste THAT much better? Aren't ALL bottled waters pretty  much created equal?

* Have you seen the previews for the new fall NBC show "Up All Night"with Will Arnett?  I am giddy with anticipation. Love him.   

* I just barely finished unpacking from our Utah trip.  We got back a week ago.  I HATE unpacking from trips.  It's like admitting the FUN is over.  Bleh.

* What is Google + ?  Everyone posts about it but no one explains what in the heck it even does?

* I've decided I want to be friends with Jesse Tyler Ferguson in real life. {He's on Modern Family and guest judged on SYTYCD last night.  He's hilarious!} I have a long list ya know....of celebs I think I'd make good BESTIES with.  He's one of them.  Also on the list....Bob from The Biggest Loser, Will Arnett, of course, and Seth Meyers from SNL.  

* I have a pet peeve when it comes to public restrooms.  It's when there are NO paper towels as an option!  I'm no germ-a-phobe by any means...but opening the bathroom door to go BACK outside...grosses me out.  Which is why I always prefer a paper towel to do my dirty work for me.  I get that we're trying to be eco-friendly and all with the air dryers.  But one station of paper towels would not hurt, no?  

* Which reminds me...I saw in a public restroom the other day in a store I was shopping at...a sign that read "Employees must wash hands". Really?  I mean seriously.  Is this to make us feel better about their employees?  Because it's kind of sad that these same employees NEED A SIGN to remind them to wash their hands.  I'm just sayin...

* Remember how I'm a 'tween' at heart?  Well...my new favorite song is THIS one.  Give it a chance.  It's catchy.  And how adorable is Selena Gomez?  Love her.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Yummy Dessert stuff.

I think we've all tried the Jell-O Poke Cake at least once in the past 10 years, no? It's one of my favorites....especially in the summertime served with fresh strawberries on top!  Well... I recently stumbled across a Pudding Poke cake that looks pretty much to die for.  Found on the blog THE COUNTRY COOK you can see the recipe HERE.  I'm needing an excuse to make this dessert pronto!  It's made with Oreo cookies n' creme pudding...MmMMmmm.



And while we're on the subject of yummy recipes I want to try....this one is also on my list:




OREO Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert recipe

OREO Frozen Peanut Butter Dessert
 Found on the Kraft website HERE.


Lastly....the kids start school in just TWO weeks. {Yikes!} I've always thought that it would be fun to do a little 'Back to School' ice-cream party {of sorts} with the boys and their neighborhood friends.  {Now whether or not I actually GO THROUGH with this great idea....is another question}.  I am LOVING this cute idea from the blog Wiley Valentine for a Create your Own Ice-Cream Sammies party. 


icecreamsammies2

Doesn't it look absolutely brilliant?  Click HERE to see even more of her delicious pictures and ideas.