December 30, 2011

December 27, 2011

checking in

We had a wonderful time at Great Wolf Lodge Christmas Eve Eve.  The next day was full of family and presents and then Christmas Day was a nice quiet day at home.  Our days have been filled with legos legos and more legos...did I mention legos?  I don't mind...they are fun for me too!

Hope you all had a blessed Christmas!  Taking it easy this week with the family.

December 18, 2011

mamma's new ride

Well I said the other post was my last...but I got a new car last night and I'm excited so I had to post about it!

I didn't want a sedan or a mini van and we all ready have a SUV- so what's a girl to choose?  How about a Mazda 5!? It's not a van or a wagon...they call it a mini mini van or a mini wagon.  There's really no name for it.  It's a car but the back doors open like a mini van which is nice for getting things in and out- it also has a third row of seats. 

This car is fully loaded...heated leather seats, AC (of course), sun roof, blue tooth enabled...you can even program your garage door opener so you just have to press a button on your rear view mirror and your garage door opens.  AND it has an auto setting for your head lights and and wipers so you never have to turn them off or on- they turn on automatically.  Cool huh??  The whole process was trying...as all car negotiations are but the hubsters was tough and he got them to what he wanted.  Score for mamma!

The only thing that would be nice is more cubbies and storage space.  I didn't realize how much stuff I had hidden away in our xterra until I had to clean it out.  I had to downsize to get it to fit in the Mazda. We'll most likely do our traveling with the third row of seats tucked down so it creates a lot of space in the back for groceries, long trips, etc.

From the pics it totally looks like a mini van...you can see better ones at the Mazda site HERE.




December 15, 2011

last post of the year...maybe

We're all through with Christmas programs for church and school, Munchkin Pants only has one more day of Pre-K left and then he's off for two weeks.  We have lots of fun things planned: three p.j. parties, a night at the Great Wolf Lodge (so excited!!!), new car shopping (mamma's getting a new ride!), date night, a whole week together with the hubby/daddy on Christmas break, spending time with family OF COURSE on Christmas and then lots of relaxing. 

Wishing you and your family a...

December 14, 2011

you're only as old as you feel

An elderly couple walked into the lobby of the Mayo Clinic for a checkup and spotted a piano. They've been married for 62 years and he'll be 90 this year. Check out this impromptu performance. We are only as old as we feel, it's all attitude. Enjoy! They certainly do!



December 13, 2011

what's the most annoying kind of facebook update?

I'm not on facebook anymore but I thought this list from Real Simple magazine was spot on!

24 percent: Intentionally vague posts meant to generate concern and attention, a.k.a. vaguebooking. “Jennifer wonders whether it’s all been worth it.” **Oh man this always drove me crazy! **  Or when people talk smack about other people and you know who they are talking about--yea not vague at all!

20 percent: Chronic complaining. “Ugh, who ordered this RAIN? It’s making my carpal tunnel act up again.”

19 percent: Meaningless calls to action. “If you want to fight world hunger, put the color of your socks as your status update for the next half hour. I want to see who is brave enough to take a stand.”

14 percent: Oversharing. “Note to self: Next time, wear a thong with that wrap dress.”

13 percent: Miscellaneous posts—including polarizing religious or political statements, indecipherable txt spk, and game updates.

10 percent: Posting too frequently. “12:03: Chicken salad or tuna? 12:12: Chicken! Thanks for the responses.”

Now I'll admit I'm probably guilty of all those things mentioned that's why I found it so funny. 

Here's the full article if you're curious to read more.

December 12, 2011

what do you do when...

you need thirty presents for your co-workers?  My mother in law asked me to bake cookies for all her co-workers and while I love baking and icing cookies I wasn't too gung ho for that since I just baked a bunch for the cookie exchange. 

So...I thought what could be easier and quicker?  Chocolate covered pretzels!  They turned out really cute!  A brown and white one in each bag with a Merry Christmas tag from Shindig Parties to Go (they're free!).  I made it even easier on myself and bought the lollipop bags that all ready have the ribbon laced through them at Michael's- those were awesome and saved a lot of time. 

They are really so easy...messy but easy!

holiday cookie exchange

This past weekend I held my first ever holiday cookie exchange.  It went really well!  It was a small group of friends and family.

There was a lot of appetizers, drinks, cupcakes and cookies!  We even had a special door prize...a holiday cupcake bath bomb set. 



December 9, 2011

burlap bags

A friend of a friend makes bags out of coffee bean sacks when I saw one I knew I had to have one!! I asked her to make me two one for a friend and one for myself (of course). Pink for me (of course) and red for my friend.

Here they are-- pretty clever eh?

If you'd like to order a bag please leave a comment and I'll email you the information.



December 7, 2011

oy vey

It's been one of those weeks!  My son is sick ... well not sick sick- drippy nose and cough but can't send him to school like that sooooo we've been hanging out.  The hubby has been working really loooong hours.  Makes the days drag on but we'll have a nice break during Christmas.

I found some fun things for the holidays on Pinterest.  By the way...I made the gingerbread play dough- it's awesome!



Source: sunset.com via Amy on Pinterest


December 5, 2011

milk fly {holiday gift guide #10}


Felt Food from Milk Fly

Milkfly encourages the kid in you to come out and play! Fun gifts for yourself and friends.

Each item is hand made to order using Eco-Friendly felt
.

$14-$40.00

Visit Milk Fly

Bungalow Bath and Body {holiday gift guide #9}

Whipped Sugar Scrub Peppermint Mocha Cream - 8oz Jar - Paraben Free - Limited

Sugar Scrub whipped soap in Peppermint mocha cream.

Vanilla Sugar, Pure Peppermint, Marshmallow Fluff, Creme de Mint with a touch of Mocha make a delicious smelling body scrub with sugar and jojoba beads.  A moisturizing and cleansing whipped soap with added sweet almond oil, lightweight and non greasy.  Our whipped soaps are Paraben-Free, Propylene Glycol Free and contain no SLS/SLES.

$10.00

advent calendar

This year I made a simple advent calendar for my son...I'm sure he would have loved the super cool lego advent calendar but I wasn't paying $39.00 for a calendar! Lisa over at House Full of Moxie provided some fun printable numbers so I used those on some little bags. Yea I know you can see through the bags but my son doesn't care and they were the only ones I had. He's all about the candy and counting anyway.

Candle Confection {holiday gift guide #8}

Cupcake Candles and Bakery Tarts from Candle Confections

The PERFECT gift for teachers, friends, hostess gifts, you name it!

$6.49-$14.99

December 2, 2011

Little Punkin Munkie {holiday gift guide #7}


Cupcake Ornaments from Little Punkin Munkie

"These sweet little ornaments look like the real thing! Hang this adorable treat on your own Christmas tree or give as a gift. They are made of non-breakable materials and are very light so they won't weigh down your tree branches. Each measures aprox 3"H x 2.5"W. "

Make great gifts for ....
~ Teachers
~ Secret Santa
~ Grab Bags

$4.50-$27.00 

December 1, 2011

Holiday Collection at Party Box Design

I mailed out my cookie exchange party invitations, you can see them pictured above.  They turned out so cute and I love the pink and turquoise colors!

Check out Party Box Design and order your Holiday Invitations and Photo Cards!

Super cute Holiday Tags just added too!

November 29, 2011

My Treehouse Treasures {holiday gift guide #6}


primitive looking (Family Rules Subway Art w/ custom family name)
teal with cream vinyl lettering pine wood sign
from My Treehouse Treasures
This sign measures approximately 9.5" wide x 24" tall x 3/4" thick. It is made from hand selected pine wood which has been painted TEAL and has CREAM vinyl lettering.

-It has been distressed and stained to make it appear like a primitive sign. It is not uncommon (and is to be expected) for there to be cracks, knots, slight warping and imperfections in the finished sign

Comes ready to display with a sawtooth hanger on the back

$40.00

November 25, 2011

North Pole Breakfast

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  We had a lovely time at my in laws.  The hubs is off hunting so I had him bring in all the Christmas decorations from the garage yesterday.  Well they were just sitting there staring at me...what else was I supposed to do?!?  Decorate of course!  Yes I decorated for Christmas on Thanksgiving, don't hold it against me.  I LOVE Christmas!

This morning my son woke up to a special North Pole Breakfast and his special guest of honor, Elfie.  They feasted on donuts, chocolate and three candy canes.  Yes three!  We even decorated a gingerbread house- it's no Williams-Sonoma house but hey it's made with love and a 5 year old!

hmmm...something is off in this picture...

November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

May your day be filled with family, friends and love!

November 22, 2011

free christmas printables


back and busy!

I had a blast in Arizona!  The sun was out and it was in the upper 70's, I all ready miss it.  Nothing but cold and rain here in the Seattle area.  Joy joy!  We saw Breaking Dawn, well we actually saw all of them in a row thursday night.  It's definitely better to see it with true Twilight fans.  We went again on Sunday and there was no woot wooting, clapping or anything...they hardly laughed at the funny parts.  When we saw it the first time there was clapping- cheering and lots of awwwws.  Much better!

Breaking Dawn was good- probably the best yet.  What totally baffles me is moms who bring their little kids...what's the deal with that?  The movie is PG-13 for a reason- I don't want to watch it with a noisy 2 year old behind me...or a 8 year old sitting next to me.  And yes that happened the second time we saw it.  Talk about awkward and inappropriate.  Come on moms!

Speaking of movies...Snow White looks likes it's going to be awesome!  A new Underworld movie is coming out too!  Oh...The Hunger Games- read it or don't read it??  Give me your thoughts.

Anyways...moving right along.  I just can't believe Thanksgiving is in two days, it snuck up on me!  We'll be spending it with my hubby's parents.  I'm in charge of dessert and everyone is requesting cake balls so I guess I'll be making those along with pies.  Today I volunteered at my son's school during their Thanksgiving Feast.  I used to be a preschool teacher so I had to reign myself in a bit.  I don't remember the kids being quite so squirrely or maybe I just don't have as much tolerance or energy?  It was fun and I enjoyed seeing my son interact with his classmates.

I have a lot to do so signing off for the week!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

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