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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Valentine's Day Love Bugs

Thank you Target dollar spot for the goodies!
On Valentine's Day every year I make a traditional pancake breakfast for my four little love bugs! It's nothing fancy, but they love it. The table is decorated with hearts, balloons and a couple small gifts they receive from us and their grandparents. Check out the latest on my mom's blog whathappensatgrandmas for more of her Valentine craft and gift ideas!

When my oldest set of twins (the boys) were about a year old my mom started calling them the "doodlebugs". They were a busy, bald headed pair of cuteness that loved to curl up in your lap and snuggle! My second set of twins, the "ladybugs" arrived four years later! In honor of my little bugs I decided to have a Love Bug themed dinner this year.


On the menu was homemade cheese pizza, ladybugs on crackers, grape worms, pesto snails, apple and celery insects, and dirt cups for dessert. All washed down with a tall glass of bug juice aka green healthy juice! 

Easy and fun. And of course hearing my son say how cute everything was and my daughter tell me everything is "just perfect" didn't hurt either. Or all the xoxo I got from my love bugs (big and small) that day!


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Friday, February 10, 2017

It's time for Valentines

Cute preschool Valentines from Dollar Tree and printable from The Cookes Family
If you are looking for a budget friendly and easy Valentine idea, I've got one for you! I saw these foam hearts and stickers at Dollar Tree last week and thought they would be perfect for my preschoolers' valentines since their classroom has severe food allergies. And while I am no stranger to using store bought valentines cards, I wanted to do something a little more this year.

I already had the clear plastic baggies I purchased from Michael's craft store awhile back. Although you could use small clear zip lock baggies if you have them on hand. My plan was to create a cute printable that said "Let's stick together" but this busy momma of four and a new pup just doesn't have the time so I searched Pinterest and found this adorable "I'm stuck on you" printable for free from Rachael at The Cooke Family.

The girls signed their names, a quick staple, and as my niece Kaylee would say done! done!

I hope you have a Happy Valentines Day!!

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Outdoor Halloween Movie Night



Ticket for one to Fright Night please! It's no secret that Halloween is big over here, have you checked out my post on our Halloween decorations this year? You can see those pictures by clicking here.
But back to the party...instead of our usual family friendly Halloween party I had an outdoor Halloween movie night for the boys and a few friends. It was an incredibly easy party to set up and host. Unfortunately I had a major phone malfunction earlier this year and lost all my pictures of this party so I will try and set the scene through words

What You Need:
-child friendly Halloween movie
-large white sheet or inflatable screen (these can be rented), laptop, projector, and speakers
-inflatable pool filled with pillows and blankets and/or lawn chairs
-lots of popcorn with candy eyeballs, gummy worms, and candy knives
-optional: bonfire for roasting s'mores
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Orange and black pumpkin luminaries lined the driveway and led our guests to the back patio where they were greeted by life size mummies and a cozy bonfire. Our 5ft tall skeletons were in their best attire (top hats and bow ties) and hanging out in the covered patio where the table was set for dinner. A black table cloth, with black napkins rolled in a spider ring, black cups with googly eyes glued on and black and white straws with bats awaited the boys. Cheese pizza, fruit, veggies, and an amazing display of doughnut eyeballs that one of the moms made and brought were on the menu.

After dinner the boys got to run around and play while I got the movie started. We used our usual bungee cords strung between the trees with a large white sheet. I had the inflatable pool blown up and filled with pillows and blankets alongside our outdoor furniture and cozy campfire going. Once the boys got some energy out they happily sat down to watch the movie while I handed out the popcorn. We finished the night off making s'mores and letting the boys play hide n seek in the dark with glow sticks (hint:if you ever need glow sticks always go to Dollar Tree so you aren't paying more than a dollar!)

This was such a fun party that I will definitely do it again and make sure my pictures don't disappear.

Also, there is two more days left to enter my instagram free giveaway! If you haven't stopped by yet, check it out! 

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Have you BOOED your neighbors?

Happy Friday! This is such a cute and easy way to bring some holiday joy to the neighborhood kids. Or even help connect the neighbors.

You can make your own "We've Been Booed" signs or you can print this adorable one for free like I did from Heidi at Happiness is Homemade. Then simply fill a bag or treat bucket with goodies and leave it at your neighbors door step without them knowing it was you. Part of the fun is to guess who booed you.  On the back of the "We've been Booed" sign are instructions for your neighbors to hang their sign in the window so neighbors know they have been booed and make two copies of the sign so they can keep it going and boo two more neighbors.

I filled a plastic pumpkin I already had with some chocolate, Halloween pencils, stickers, window gel clings, fake mustaches, and stretchy skeletons all from Targets Dollar Spot.

What about you? Have you been booed? Feel free to share what you did to BOO your neighbors!


I currently am hosting a giveaway on Instagram until Monday, so stop by and check it out to win! All you have to do is follow me, like the post, and tag a friend or two. Must be a US resident.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Halloween Home Decor

 This October I finally got to decorate our new home for Halloween! Last year our house was on the market so there was no decorating and my kids were bummed. This year the decor started going up the first of day of October. If you haven't looked at Grandin Road for home decor or visited their famous Halloween Haven I encourage you to do so. They have all kinds of fun and spooky things like these mummies, skeletons, and door mat.

C'mon on in and Mr. Bones is happy to show you the rest of our happily haunted home....




 Once you walk in, come join the party! I think they are celebrating that Halloween is near....



Our buffet table is full of pumpkins, leaves, spiders, and talking heads. My boys picked the talking heads out a couple years ago and think they are the best, they drive me batty. 


 
Cut out paper spiders and tape to the inside of your lampshade for a cute and creepy effect...
 


When it gets dark the soft orange glow of the lights feels warm and cozy.... 



 
BOO! Are you scared yet? There is still more...

 

 When the sun begins to set and the lights turn on.....



Meet Mr. Bones Jr. and his bar cart full party supplies....



And finally, my husband and I waiting for the kids to finish cleaning their rooms....

 

Have a Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BOO BOX

It's no secret that we love Halloween around here! The first weekend of every October my sisters and I would kick off our favorite month with a visit to the haunted house and a pumpkin brew. The pumpkin patch, zoo boo, and our annual Halloween parties always followed. However, many states now separate us so it's time to make a new tradition.

To continue sharing our love of all things Halloween I made two BOO boxes that are going out tomorrow with my nieces and nephews names on them just in time for October 1st!

This year I simply spray painted the inside of the boxes black and used glow in the dark spray paint to write BOO. I then added glow in the dark spider web and a bunch of Halloween goodies from Target Dollar Spot. Glow in the dark necklaces, stickers, a coloring book, monster band aids, gel clings, bath goodies, and Halloween Oreos. I can't wait for them to open these soon and I already have next years box planned!

Have a fun and spooky filled kick off to October this weekend!!

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

DIY Health and Beauty Recipes (that work)

If you are anything like me, you don't want to waste your time and money buying and trying various products. Thank you consumer reviews. Yes, I am one of those people that reads reviews on everything and for the most part, bases my decision to buy or visit on them. All of the following DIY recipes are ones I use on a consistent basis because they work! And the best part? The ingredients are either already in your cupboard, or can easily be picked up at the grocery store. Many of my friends and family have requested these recipes and all agree, they are keepers! So here you go...

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. However, I have used these recipes for awhile now and have done my own research on the products and encourage you to do the same. Please consult your doctor if pregnant.
Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar and all these items are available in the grocery store or Target

If you feel a cold coming on, already caught a bug, or just want a nice cup of tea, you need to try this immune boosting tea. Many studies have shown that drinking tea can do wonders for your health. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been around for ages and has ample usability, one of the most important being that it contains probiotic compounds (the vinegar itself is not a probiotic but the pectin in apples promotes healthy digestion) that can encourage the growth of good intestinal bacteria. However, I would never drink ACV straight as its very acidic and could harm your teeth after continued use. Always dilute with water and again, all you need is a capful. Honey and cinnamon are also two ingredients that have been used for centuries as healing agents in many cultures. These two ingredients together are said to have many health benefits including boosting your immune system and are helpful in clearing the sinuses.

I have made this concoction for years now and swear by it! No, it is not a cure all by any means. But I have personally warded off colds, my husband says it soothes his throat and helps with his sinuses when sick, and friends also use this.  

Immune System Boosting Tea:
*green tea or your favorite flavor of tea
*a capful of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
*spoonful of organic honey (I use and prefer the organic Greek honey hasapis but you cannot currently order this online)
*dash of cinnamon

DIY Teeth Whitener: 
This I found on Pinterest a few years ago but have no idea who to give the credit too. The pinner said her dentist told her this trick. And let me tell you, it's the best one yet! This is my most requested DIY beauty recipe once people see my results. And of course it doesn't cost a quarter of what other teeth whitening products or procedures do.

In a small bowl or cup, mix in
*1 teaspoon of baking soda
*1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide
*half a teaspoon of water
*a little toothpaste (I use a enough to cover my brush)
 Brush 2 minutes and you will see instant results! Use once a week until you get desired results and then once a month afterward.

DIY Clarifying Shampoo and Rinse:
This amazing hair and scalp revitalizer came from Nastassia over at The Healthy Life. Between hair products and hard water I had been finding a lot of yucky build up on my scalp. But before I went out and purchased some expensive clarifying shampoo I wanted to give this a try. And guess what?! It worked. All the build up was gone. Mix the baking soda shampoo and ACV rinse ahead of time and bring both into the shower. 

First use the baking soda shampoo-
*1 Tablespoon of baking soda
*1 cup of warm water 
*mix together in a squeeze bottle (I use ketchup and mustard squeeze bottles I found at Dollar Tree) and apply
*let sit for 5 minutes (honestly I let it sit for as long as it takes to shave my legs) and rinse with warm water

Now for the Apple Cider Vinegar rinse-
*1 Tablespoon of ACV
*1 cup of warm water
*mix together in squeeze bottle and apply
*let sit for 5 minutes and rinse with COLD water (this seals the cuticle and helps keep in the moisture)

I now do this once a month and have not had any build up. Give it a try and let me know what you think?

Detox Bath:
Whether you are suffering from a cold/flu or just need to De-stress a detox bath is very relaxing. You can Google this and find a variation of recipes. I have always used the most simple one. I honestly don't know if this actually draws out toxins and balances your bodies ph level as many claim it does, but I do know that it takes the stress away. Plus, who doesn't love a hot, relaxing bath. Now the real question is if I should drink a glass of wine with this bath?! :)

 *Run a hot bath (as hot as you can handle)
*throw in a handful of Epsom salts
*1/2 cup of baking soda
*optional: essential oils
Soak for at least 15 minutes

Do you have any DIY health or beauty tricks you swear by and would like to share? I would love to hear them and give them a try!


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