Friday, August 30, 2013

Fun Finds Friday.

Ok.
It's no secret that I love to shop.
{Joe teases that I'm at Target and Hobby Lobby MORE than I'm at home}.

Here's what I always remind him of though...
I. Shop. DEALS!

And for THAT....
he should be forever grateful, right?

All kidding aside...I saw an idea awhile back on THIS lovely website and decided I needed to do something similar.

I get lots of questions from people as to where I get certain things for my crafts, parties, entertaining....
and so NOW...when I see things that I think are 'blog worthy' I'll be snapping a pic and letting you know where it was spotted.  

So today I present to YOU..my very first
FUN FINDS FRIDAY:


Pink Pumpkins {ok they're actually 'Fun-kins'.}

How can I resist when I have London as my daughter?
She has a PINK Christmas tree that we put up each year in her bedroom...why not a PINK pumpkin?
LOVE IT!


Chevron is ALL the rage right now and I don't see it going away anytime soon.
I was THRILLED to spot these black and white chevron paper plates as Hobby Lobby as well.
Perfect for a Halloween party matched up with orange napkins.


These would have been PERFECTO for London's Princess Party back in February.
How can you resist Target's $ bins?
They'd be PERFECT for party favors OR to use with handing out invitations.


Target ALSO now has their Candy Corn M&Ms out.
I, myself, am not a huge white chocolate fan BUT....I know there are some out there that are.
{Cameron Avery I am talking to YOU!}

Until next Friday.....

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Mountain Dew Apple Dumplings.


Fall time is the PERFECT time to try out this recipe for yourself.
{And what's not to LOVE about it...it's loaded with Mountain Dew!}

Serve it warm with a side of vanilla bean ice-cream and you are GOOD to GO!
You'll be making it all season long...I promise.

Here's what you'll need {did I mention it's EASY too?}:


1 can of crescent rolls
1 large granny smith apple
1 ½ cup brown sugar
 ½ cup butter
 ½ tsp. cinnamon
 12 ounces of Mountain Dew 

First...slice your apples into 8 pieces.
{It's best if your apples have the skin peeled away first.}


Next...Mix together your brown sugar and cinnamon.

Roll each apple slice in 1 section of a crescent roll..sprinkling with a tiny bit of your brown sugar mixture first.


 Squish the dough together to seal all of the open edges.



Place into a greased 8x11 pan when finished with each roll.

Melt your butter and add to your cinnamon/sugar mixture.


Stir until it's totally mixed together and then 'glop' by the spoonful on top of your dumpings.


Pause now and take an apple juice {OR Mt. Dew} break.

I dare you to look this cute though while sipping.

Next measure out your Mt. Dew...


And pour over all over your dumplings.



{Looks a little funky I know, but TRUST ME....once baked they are DELISH!}

Bake at 350 Degrees for 40 minutes.

As stated before....
serve warm
with
ice-cream.

ENJOY!!!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Family Fall PARTY with ALL things APPLES!


This is the time of year that I always start itching for Fall-ish EVERYTHING!
Living in Phoenix...technically 'FALL' weather doesn't start for another month or two.
But since our family anticpates just about EVERYTHING and ANYTHING we decided to get a head start on our Fall-ish activities.

We threw ourselves an APPLE themed PARTY a couple of weeks ago and it was SO much FUN!

I decorated our kitchen table...


My kids LOVE ANYTHING personalized with their names on it.
Hence...the personalized place settings.


Apple juice was served in mini jars with a cupcake holder on top and straw punched through.


Plates were made from just regular red paper plates from the grocery store and a hand cut stem and leaf {from cardstock} attached onto the back.


We had an APPLE TASTE TEST bar...


Where we tasted ALL SORTS of different types of apples.


As each apple was tasted, we wrote down adjectives that best described that apple.


Carson's quote about the GOLDEN DELICIOUS was hands down my favorite.
We voted at the end and the RED GALA apple came out on top!

Since APPLES are part of TREES, we decided to do a fun litle game based on our OWN family tree!


I printed out pictures of Joe and I's parents AND each set of our grandparents.


As each kid took their turn picking out an apple, they had to guess it's proper place on the tree and then my husband and I told a brief story about each person picked.


This was such a FUN way to teach our kids about their ancestors.

Grandma Lamoreaux was hand to read the kiddos the Dr. Seuss classic
"Ten Apples Up on Top"...


And we played a few rounds of the APPLE stacking game.
{See who can stack the most apples without them falling over!}


London won with THREE and she was pleased as punch!

We finished off the afternoon by making one of our very favorite desserts.


Step by Step instructions WITH recipe...coming TOMORROW!
{Served with a side of vanilla ice-cream, this dish is DELISH!!!}

This post was originally published at Mom it Forward on August 23, 2013.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

2-fer Tuesday.

2 TV SHOWS that just so happen to be JOE and I's GUILTY PLEASURES:

Honey Boo Boo
Stop rolling your eyes.
This show sucks you in.
We literally have to pause the DVR while we laugh hysterically at things like:
Sugar Bear, how much butter they use on everything, and June's spuradic sneezes.

Plus....Mama June really DOES care about her family and she wants the best for them.
It's heartwarming?
{But seriously..can you believe June is A YEAR YOUNGER than Joe and I?}

Ridiculousness
This show is like an AFV but for parents.
Hi-LARE-ious.
If you like watching others get hit in the groin...this show is for you.
{And me and Joe}.

2 THINGS I am LOVING RIGHT NOW:


The Italian Lavendar scent from B&B.
How is it that I am just NOW discovering this smell?
{I can't even find it on their website now.  Sniff!}

Nature Valley Protein Bars
I'm not a 'health nut' by any means...
But I DO love a good Protein bar.
And by GOOD...I mean...doesn't taste like cardboard.  Like most.
These bars are hands down my favorite AND filling.
Plus....Peanut Butter and Chocolate? Yes. Please!

Happy Tuesday.
P.S. Can you do me a favor?
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{THANK YOU THANK YOU!}

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XOXO

Monday, August 26, 2013

This Weekend:

* I met one of my most favorite peeps for breakfast at The Farm House.
This place is probably my #1 for breakfast out.
Love Love Love it there!

* Got the oil changed in my car.
Why is it that they try to nickel and dime you on just about everything at those places?
I DREAD going there.

* The kids had playdates at our house after school.


London had a little boy over who she has a massive crush on.
She insisted on wearing her Christmas dress and requested that I play the "Teen Beach Movie" soundtrack in the background while they played.
Oh. My.
My daughter is 4 going on 16.  

* Date night Friday night HERE.


I seriously LOVE this place.
Joe claims that this was the exact spot, {sitting on these rockers} 11 years ago, where he fell in love with me.  True story. The CB will always hold a special place in our hearts.
{Smile.}

We shopped at the new outlets afterwards and I was sorely disappointed.
They were a ginormous rip-off.
Not even sure how they can technically call them 'outlets' when their prices were still sky high.

* Saturday basketball game for the boys.
GRANT SHOT HIS FIRST BASKET EVER!
His face after realizing the shot went in? Priceless.


They had their 3rd straight win!
Grandma and Grandpa Lamoreaux came to cheer the boys on.
I think they might just be their lucky charms.

* Saturday night we had a pizza party/waterslide night 
at Joe's brother's house.


Fun! Fun! Fun!

* Churchey-church on Sunday.
Our Young Womens lesson was on "Becoming a Righteous Wife and Mother" and THIS quote really touched me:

"My dear young women, with all my heart I urge you not to look to contemporary culture for your role models and mentors.  Please look to your faithful mothers for a pattern to follow.  Model yourselves after them, not after celebrities whose standards are not the Lord's standards and whose values may not reflect an eternal perspective.  Look to your mother.  Learn from her strengths, her courage, and her faithfulness.  Listen to her. She may not be a whiz at texting; she may not even have a Facebook page.  But when it comes to matters of the heart and the things of the Lord, she has a wealth of knowledge.  As you approach the time for marriage and young motherhood, she will be your greatest source of wisdom.  No other person on earth loves you in the same way or is willing to sacrifice as much to encourage you and help you find hapiness - in this life and forever." - Elder M. Russel Ballard

LOVE! LOVE LOVE!

And the BEST part of the whole lesson was that my cute adivsor had previously arranged for ALL of the mothers to write their daughters a heartfelt letter...including MY OWN mother! 
There was not a dry eye in the room, while reading these letters.  So. So. Special!

* We celebrated my mom and dad's birthdays 
with dinner at our house Sunday night.

All of the Lamoreaux Grandkids minus my cute nephew Ryan who is serving a mission in Spain.

Dad, sis Tori, and Mom.
Their birthdays are all within a week of each other.
Joe and I are SO SO blessed to have our families all near us.
Getting together for Sunday dinners is SO great!

Blessed indeed!
xoxo

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Cutest Couple {looking to adopt}.

Today I am giddy with excitement to spotlight one of my favorite families ever.


Meet Lori, Adam and Hudson.

Lori and I have been friends since birth.
Our families grew up together in Fairfax, VA and our moms were {and still are!} the BFFs of all BFFs.

Our families grew up eating Sunday dinner together, going to church together and spending just about every possible holiday together.

Lori and Adam were married back in 1997 and were blessed enough to be able to adopt their very first child,  cute little Hudson,  2 1/2 years ago.


He is their pride and joy. 
They would love nothing more than to be able to adopt a cute little brother or sister for him now.

Lori and Adam currently reside in Utah.  They love the outdoors, love good food, they value education and religion and are SO much fun to be around.  

When Joe and I get together with them we laugh hysterically.
 They are kind, trustworthy people. 



If YOU or ANYONE YOU KNOW are looking for an adopting family...would you PLEASE do me a favor and check out their profile HERE.

I would LOVE nothing more than to see them add more children into their beautiful family.


I feel SO blessed to know them and want nothing but the BEST for them.
xoxo

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Leadership BEE handout.


Last night I held a Board Meeting at my house for all of my fabulous Young Womens leaders.
We had LOTS to catch up on and plan.

I never like to see anyone leave my meetings empty handed so I came up with this little treat idea.
{Inspired by THIS}.


Mini HONEY jars covered with scrapbook paper.
and
HONEY flavored taffy.
All to go with my BEE a little better theme.

For a copy of my FREE printable tag click HERE.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

OH.my.YUM. Banana Bread Recipe.


We LOVE banana bread in our house.
ESPECIALLY if it has chocolate chips mixed in.
Happy to say that we have found THE VERY BEST Banana Bread recipe EVER.
{AND...it's an easy one, too!}

Some banana bread tends to be a tad dry, no?
Not this recipe. 
It is moist {I really hate that word} and tasty.
REALLY REALLY tasty.

Lucky for you....I'm sharing the deets on how to make it.
It's a keeper for sure.

Mix together:

5 ripe bananas
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup butter


Blend until smooth.

Add to mixture:

1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking soda
3 cups flour


Mix well and then stir in chocolate chips.
{That's the best part!}


Pour into 2 greased loaf pans and then sprinkle generously again with more chocolate chips.


Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.  Then reduce heat to 300 for an additional 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Mmmmmmmmm.
I like my sliced with a cold glass of milk.
This loaf lasts a day {tops} around my house.

Enjoy!!!
xoxo