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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

So much

Thank you for staying tuned in, my friends.
I have so much to share from the last month or so.
Finding the words is a little tough. Some really great, some...well, heartbreaking.
Thank you for bearing with me while I find my words.
Looking forward to the new year.
Praying for the words.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Christmas Ice Cream Cones for Education #SmartFinalSupportsSoCalSchools

I love ice cream.
Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall. 
Nearly every flavor, any time of day. I love it.
This week the temperature has really dropped at my house- as in overnight lows of 17 degrees dropped.
When it's 17 degrees outside, frosty cold ice cream doesn't sound so great.
I recently discovered a warm alternative.
Warm ice cream doesn't sound appealing to you?
How about a sugar 'cone' cookie with melted ice cream butter cream frosting?

Now do I have your attention?
Smart & Final is teaming up with the California Milk Advisory Board helping Southern California elementary classrooms, schools and students with their "Help Our Teachers, Help Our Kids" promotion. Schools collect Real California Milk seals from milk and dairy products to earn cash and scholastic books!
What better way to say thank you to our teachers this Christmas than with a double whammie! Yummy treats AND cash and books for their classrooms?
You will need:
2 sticks (1 cup) of First Street unsalted butter

Betty Crocker sugar cookie mix
1 egg
1 1/2 cups of your favorite First Street Ice Cream (melted)
3-4 cups powdered sugar
Begin by combining 1/2 cup First Street butter with Sugar Cookie mix and egg to create batter per package instructions
(note: you can use any sugar cookie recipe you prefer, but THIS sugar cookie mix tastes JUST like ice cream sugar cones! The perfect pair to my melted ice cream frosting)
Spoon cookie dough onto baking sheet or stone and bake according to package instructions
Next, combine 1/2 cup First Street Butter and 1 1/2 cups of melted First Street Ice Cream (I chose vanilla for my recipe) in a mixer until smooth and creamy.
Slowly add 3-4 cups powdered sugar to obtain desired flavor (I used 3 cups)
Since the girls were helping me, they decided our frosting needed to be green!
After the cookies are baked to buttery, sugary perfection, move them to a baking rack to cool.
Next, frost your cookies with your melted ice cream frosting (if there is any left in the bowl-it's tough not to eat by the spoonful!)
(again, since my girls were helping me, our cookies have sprinkles, too!)
Our intention was to wrap up these yummy Melted Ice Cream treats for the girls' teachers, but they didn't last long in our house!
Don't forget, keep collecting your Real California Milk labels for the CA Milk Advisory Board "Help Our Teachers, Help Our Kids" program.
Why not spoil YOUR teachers with some homemade dairy goodness this Christmas!

The California Milk Advisory Board is going to announce winners in February.
For more info go to #SmartFinalSupportsSoCalSchools
This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for  #collectivebias #CBias

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What We Wore

I have a new photographer.
Well, technically 2 new photographers.
Since the clocks fell back, Breadwinner isn't home until after dark. He leaves well before the sun and I get up- so early morning shots are out, too.
When we get home from school, my 5 year old puts the camera strap around her neck, holds the camera as straight as possible-which is no small feat with the heavy lens and extra side grip- puts it up to her eye and shoots away. It makes for lots of photo editing-cropping, straightening....
Every once in a while I get one of the teachers at the preschool to grab my camera and try to help out.
I know, I know..I have a timer, remote shutter, many options.
My littlest helper is enjoying her new roll.
The weather is getting colder and some of my favorite pieces are coming out!
Sweaters, scarves, hats, jackets.
I love winter!
It was still in the 60s during the day when I wore this outfit
coral ruffled tank, cocoa ruffled cardi, brown belt-NY&Co
new trouser jeans (another Black Friday score!)-American Eagle
animal print kitten heel sandals- JC Penney- I'm sure they will come back out when it warms up again
It was a wet ponytail, no make up day- but I tried to make up for it in my outfit pairing
What do you think?

The girls are loving the cooler weather, too...and dressing themselves every morning.
Madison is getting SO sassy!
Fancy Nancy reincarnate
or just a crazy kindergartener
sweater dress-Crazy 8
white tee-Target
Mrs Claus Christmas Warmies- made by me last Christmas

Kennedy's nickname is Monster. It's so fitting. She is sweet and kind one minute, then running, pouting, growling the next! She's a wild one! 
floral dress-Target
owl leggings- Gymboree-hand me down from best friend's daughter
green stripe socks- Gymboree-gift
silver mary janes on the wrong feet-ALWAYS-Target

With weather still in the low 60's last week, I got to wear my brand new Stacy Lynn skirt!
This little beauty's been on my wishlist since April first shared it.
At the fall Queen Bee Market a few weekends ago I picked one up for myself!
I love all different flecks of color and it's super fun worn high on the waist with a belt
fabulous yellow skirt-Stacy Lynn
gray v-neck tee- Old Navy
camel belt-Target
plum tights-NY&Co
camel boots-hand me down from my best friend
lovely headband that perfectly matches all the colors of my outfit- birthday gift from Ramona  at Inspired by Faith
bonus: I got to meet her in person finally when she came to the Queen Bee Market

The weather has cooled down significantly since these photos were taken-teens at night, low 50's and gusting wind during the day. 
Get ready for more heavy sweaters next week!

Linking up with Lindsey and Nina.

Missing You

As my girls would say, I've been missing you!
It's been a zoo around here the last month or so. Lots of fun details and stories I can't wait to share with you! Thanks for sticking with me through my unplanned nearly 2 week hiatus.
I'm back with a few old photos to share.
Posting will probably stay sparse this week- but next week...oh Glorious next week.
Trust me- you will want to check back frequently.
Every year we run out and pick out our Christmas Tree Thanksgiving weekend- usually Friday or Saturday when I get home from from my insane late night/early morning shopping runs! This year was no different...well, except for one BIG change. I wanted the biggest tree known to man. One that would dwarf the Rockafeller Center display (almost) and most of our tree lots were still bare!
More on that great adventure next week.
The girls decided they wanted to wear the Christmas tree lots. Oh, and they wanted to wear some of their new (E.L.F.) makeup....and curl their hair like Mommy.
We looked like Toddlers in Tiaras as we searched for the perfect tree.


Big Sister-Madison
blue sweater dress-Crazy 8
Most of you know me with dark hair, but I was blonde majority of my life. Madison is a Mommy mini me- down to the sass!
Little Sister-Kennedy
sweater dress- hand me down from my best friend's daughter
white tee, ruffle socks, silver mary jane's-Target
Christmas Stitch doll wearing a Pampers diaper...gotta love 3 year olds
She gets all those pouty faces from Daddy. He was JUST like her at this age!
I was slightly more practical for our tree hunting adventure...which came in handy when I had to help unload and move our 200 lb tree!
slouchy navy and white pin stripe tee-NY&Co
navy tank, brown belt, and new Vintage cut jeans (Black Friday find!)-American Eagle
Mustard ruffle flats-Target

Want to see the monstrosity of a tree?
Next week... ;)

As always, linking up with Lindsey and Nina for fashion inspiration!