Monday, August 21, 2017

This Weekend:

* Our weekend didn't really begin how I thought it would.

Joe went in for a routine physical with our family doctor.
Upon giving blood for normal lab work, he passed out and started having seizures.  SEIZURES!?! He's NEVER had these before.  EVER! When the nurse called me {I was at home} to inform me she said - - 'your husband has had some difficulty giving build and has had a few seizures and the paramedics are on their way'.....

Wait.  WHAT?!?!

I tore down to our doctors office which is about 15 minutes away {but felt like 60!} and arrived just as the paramedics were finishing up.

My husband is such a good sport - he knew full well this pic would end up on my blog.😂

After multiple tests - - he checked out AOK.
Apparently, giving blood is NOT his thing.
Or mine.
Or Grant's.

Heaven help us all!

He was ordered NOT to go to work and NOT to drive for the rest of the day. And it's a good thing.  We stopped for a quick breakfast HERE since he was famished....{their breakfast burritos might just be my new fave!}...

....and headed home where he pretty much slept the rest of the day.  He woke up feeling MUCH, MUCH better,

It only takes one little scary episode like this to put things into perspective, am I right??

So very grateful!

* Since Joe was back to his normal self by Friday evening, I went ahead with some plans I'd had scheuled for a couple of months now.  

I met up with some fun friends for dinner HERE 
{their Happy Hour for burgers and apps is the BOMB!}...

...and then we headed across the street in downtown Gilbert to the cutest litle Studio 223 to spend the rest of the evening whipping up cute home decor signs.

We had a BLAST all together and I loved FINALLY being able to see how this process is done.

LOVE how mine turned out.
It's going right in my family room.


Is this not the CUTEST wall EVER?!?!
{This was painted in their bathroom.}

* Saturday morning breakfast at McDs.

{Side note: If you have not downloaded the McDs app for your phone - - then what are you doing?!?! It seriously has the best steals and deals.  Every week or so there's a FREE drink! FREE milkshake! Buy one get one breakfast sandwich....}

* Joe and I spent Saturday evening at our stake center helping out with a 'Standards Night' for all of the boys and girls in our stake, ages 12-13.

Yup - - that includes our Grant and you KNOW we wouldn't pass up an opportunity to spy on him at an event like this.
{Yup...we are THOSE parents!}

I helped my sweet friend with the dinner.
Did I mention there were 160 kids there???
We had ooodles and oodles of pasta and it was so fun to get to help put this on.

The kids rotated thru classes, had a lesson on proper etiquette and another lesson on the proper way to dance with a member of the opposite sex.  The kids had SUCH A BLAST!  Such a fun night for everyone involved. 

So grateful for the wonderful community we're apart of.

* Sunday morning London woke up sick with a sore throat so I took one for the team 😅 and stayed home with her. 

I'm pretty sure she just needed extra snuggles from Cubby because she perked right up as the afternoon rolled in.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Back to School Printable.

It's BACK TO SCHOOL time around most of the country.
My kids started about 3 weeks ago and it's been BLISS having the house all to myself again.  
Wait. Did I just say that out loud?!?😁

It's always a good idea to shower your kiddos teachers with LOVE. Today I'm sharing an idea of mine from the past. 

This is a perfect little something to bring on the First Day of School or your Meet the Teacher night.

Just add markers!!
I went with Sharpies....

All I did was pick up a soup container from my local deli.
{They usually sell them to you at your grocery store for like $0.10!}

I filled the container up with my Sharpies and then printed off my printable, glued it on and tied around
 some bakers twine.

Easy. Peasy.

My printable is complete for YOU to print out for FREE - - with all 6 grades included.

Download & Enjoy HERE.

And if you like spoiling your teachers ALL THROUGHOUT the year - - be sure to check out my SET on Etsy - - there's a downloadable tag for just about EVERY occasion.

And teachers! if you love spoiling your students - - be sure to check out my set JUST FOR YOU HERE!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

2fer Tuesday.


Joe and I just finished watching the 2 part documentary series on Princess Diana from last week on ABC.

{London watched most of it with us, too. It's totally normal that she wants to be Diana for Halloween now, right?}

Did you see it? Thoughts??
I'm completely obsessed.
What a sad life she led for most of her life.
I just adore her.

There's a family out there called 'The Bucket List Family'.
They quit their jobs and sold everything so that they could travel the world with their kids.

Get. This.

Their next project is to stay at Disney World for 30 days and 30 nights at a different Disney World hotel each night.

What the what??!! 
You can read all about it HERE.

But seriously - - who's funding this for them if they don't work???


Ughhhhh...who can relate?!?
I have such a love/hate relationship with trying new recipes.
LOVE trying them.....HATE when my family doesn't eat em.

Speaking of food...


I bought it {already seasoned} from my local grocery store {Fry's} and my cooking guru friend told me how to cook it {since I don't know how to work our grill and Joe wasn't home in time from work to grill it.}

I broiled it!
I set the broil temp at 500 degrees and broiled it for about 5 1/2 minutes on each side.  

Then...I let it set for about 10 minutes.

You have GOT to try it.


Monday, August 14, 2017

This Weekend:

* Friday morning started off with a bunch of errands.
And when I run errands near a Goodwill - - you know I have to stop, right? If you follow me on Instagram - - you know that I may have an obsession with the books I find there.

* Afterwards, I met up with one of my favorite friends for lunch.  This friend LOVES trying out new restaurants just as much as I do so we're pretty much a match made in food heaven.

Locals: Add this place to your list of MUST TRY restaurants!
It's on Alma School and Ray and it's a tiny little place.

They serve hand pies - - ALL kinds!
TO DIE FOR hand pies! 

Before we even ordered they let us sample their dessert hand pies...

I'm not even kidding when I say that I've been dreaming about this chocolate ganache hand pie all weekend long.

The chocolate inside of it was AMAZING!!!

Their traditional chicken pot pie also stole the show for me...

They have a few sides to choose from and I would DEFINITELY recommend the bacon mac n' cheese that my friend ordered.  

So. Delish!!!

* Eye Appointment for Carson on Friday night.

Poor kid takes after me when it comes to vision.
He'll be getting glasses SOON and he's OH SO EXCITED about it! 

* We ordered take-out with the kids on Saturday night from one of our favorite mexican joints.

Fact: The greasier the take-out bag holding the chips - - -  THE BETTER!

* Saturday I hunkered down in my craft room and worked on Etsy orders...

So grateful for this little side biz of mine.
It makes me SO very happy to know that people loved our family back to school dinner so much so - - that they want to recreate it for their own families.  Heart.  Full.  

* London and I played school.

Any guesses on who was the teacher?

* Date night Saturday night.
MORE mexcian food {shocking, right?} with one of our favorite couples! 

I order this 'Flying Saucer' every. single. time.

* Sunday we got to sleep in and kick it in our jammies until about 2 in the afternoon.  Then we gussied ourselves up and headed to the Tucson Arizona LDS temple dedication.

My heart just about BURST Sunday afternoon being able to be there with my whole family. I love these people more than life itself.


Can you even stand how gorgeous this new temple is?
I pretty much blubbered my way thru the entire ceremony - - the talks given were SO good and just what I needed to hear.

Plus - - hello? Silver Fox aka President Uchtdorf?!?
He hits a home run with me every time he speaks.

So. Much. Joy.!!!!!!!!!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ice-Cream Party.

This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading.
I received items from their company for review however all opinions are my own.

School has been in session now for 3 weeks and it was time to celebrate with an ICE CREAM party! I let each of my kids choose a few friends to come home with them one day after school and we snarfed down all things sweet!

This little shin-dig was SO much fun to plan because hello?!? who doesn't LOVE ice-cream?

I used paper lanterns for decoration as ice-cream scoops and then just added a brown posterboard rolled up as the cone. 

The kids LOVED it and were SO excited to come home to this spread.

I'm almost positive no one ate dinner for their parents afterwards 😁 I might've let them have seconds.  And thirds.

To throw your own ICE-CREAM party - - be sure to check out the I SCREAM FOR ICE-CREAM Oriental Trading products HERE.

Also from this party:

{I'm pretty sure I need one of these in EVERY color now!}