Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Life Lessons From A Toddler

Yesterday I had some errands to run and since I had my toddler with me, it turned into a bit of an adventure. That's one of the magical things about having kids...they make you slow down and stop and smell the roses, sometimes literally. Errands that would normally take me an hour or so took me a little over four hours and I was totally okay with it. I feel like as a mom that I am not only constantly guiding and teaching my kids, but that they are teaching me as well. The following are some of the lessons and reminders from my one year old yesterday that I think we can all benefit from (in pictures):
Always remember to accessorize.

Slow your roll....even the everyday stuff can be pretty cool.

There is always time for fun.

And lastly:
Never take yourself too seriously. 

Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Painting Project...Before And After

I love paint. I think it is a great way to make old things look new. In fact, a lot of the furniture in my house is hand me downs that I have painted or refinished in some way. My latest project was the picnic table on my back porch. It was a plain wood table when my mom gave it to me years ago and it has had two coats of paint that I can think of over the years. I noticed the other day that it was looking pretty rough, so I decided to give it a face lift.
The first thing I did was decide the colors I wanted to paint it. I knew I wanted to do multicolored because I wanted something bright and fun to liven up the patio a bit. I pinned some color schemes on Pinterest and finally settled on a robin eggs blue and coral combo. 
Next I needed paint. Since I love painting things, I do have quite a stockpile of paint, but I couldn't find the exact colors I wanted in my stash, so when I was at Walmart, I picked up a blue chalk paint. I figured that I would find the other colors at Michaels or Home Depot, but when I got home I was suddenly hit with the painting bug, so I decided to mix my own custom colors for the other two paints that I would use.
I mixed a custom coral pink and grey color.....fancy. And for some reason there is a piece of a Flutterbye Fairy in with the paint.....random. 

Once my colors were ready, I got to work cleaning the table and prepping it for paint. I really, really  needed to sand it, but I didn't because that is how I roll. 
See what I mean....Looking a bit rough. 

Ready, set, GO!

Ting! All done and I lurve it!

I think that was just what it needed....it looks happy now! 

I have another paint project inside the house that has been sitting half finished for a while now....perhaps I will be inspired to get it done now too....and maybe I will blog about it???! Excite.

See ya! 

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Phallic Findings, Proper Tiara Placement, And My New Favorite Snack

Here I am...two days in a row...WHAT?! B is napping so I thought I would share a few highlights from my day so far.

First off, I just want to preface what I am about to show you by saying that I love the Little Critter children's books by Mercer Mayer. I have read them to both of my daughters and we love the stories and pictures. I think they are cute and funny, BUT this pic I found in the book we read this morning is a whole new kind of funny and not the kind of funny I think the author had in mind.....
 That is one happy critter.
Even funnier is that the second I saw the picture and started to laugh, I remembered that I had the same reaction years ago when I read the same book to E. It was like phallic deja vu. Good times.

Next, I thought our fellow princesses would be interested to learn the proper way to wear their princess crowns.
This baby is a trendsetter for sure.

Finally, I wanted to share this recipe from Skinnytaste that I just love. If you haven't been to her website before, I highly recommend it. So many healthy and tasty treats to be discovered I tell you. I have been making this zucchini recipe for a few weeks now every couple days and I just love it as a snack or even as side dish. Delish!

That's it for now, but I have a feeling I will back soon because I am on a blogging roll! Booyah!

What is your favorite low cal snack/side dish?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

No Excuses, Bad Ombre, Car Dancing, And Cinderella Easter Bunnies

Geez...What a lazy lima bean I have been. I will save the excuses...I really just haven't felt inspired to blog for a while now. I figure, just like any hobby, you have to be in the mood to do it or it won't be fun, so I took a little (big) break.
Not a whole lot to catch up on really. I came down with a mysterious (not to mention painful and expensive) health issue back in January that forced me to break my awesome habit of daily workouts....sad. Since I am FINALLY feeling better, I am working on getting back on the workout wagon.

Another wonderful development that occurred during my break was what I can only describe as a "hair emergency". I will write a separate post about the experience, but to give you a little preview, I went to a salon to get a nice subtle "sombre" and my previously all natural dark blonde hair ended up like this....
Sooooo natural! GAH!
My girls are as awesome as ever (growing more and more awesome by the day!). B is learning several new words every day and is so much fun. She is a huge music lover and her newest thing is to wait for her favorite part of a song to bust some serious moves. I can't describe the cuteness, so you will have to watch for yourself.

Ohh the cuteness! She also does some serious lip syncing. I will have to get a video of that up soon because it is amazing.
E has been super busy with school and activities, but that will all be winding up VERY soon with summer break right around the corner. She was in a school play last weekend and had the part of the Easter Bunny. You might be thinking, " Oh, her school does an Easter play?" but no, it was Cinderella. Go figure.
Speaking of Easter, we had such a great family day full of Easter baskets, egg hunts, and (as always) tons and tons of food.
This is just ONE of their Easter baskets....Grandma's are awesome! 
Also for Easter, E and I made giant M&M cookies to share that were amazing. I found the recipe here and we subbed pastel M&M's for chocolate chips. We made them huge by measuring the dough with a 1/4c measuring cup. I like to make them big because I think they look impressive, plus I can say I only ate one when I really probably ate three normal size cookies.
 Bigger IS better (that's what she said). Huhuhuh. 
I think that is pretty much the gist of what has been going on here. Well, a very condensed version, but those are the highlights. I will be posting soon about my crazy salon experience because it was a doozy and I am working on getting into the habit of capturing life as it happens so I can write about it because as fast as my kids are growing and as busy as life gets, I am going to be so grateful in future that I documented these memories (I just need to force my lazy ass to do it).
Until next time...