Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Family, Fun and Fathers Day

The last 11 days have been crazy busy and went by like a blur. But there was lots of fun, love, get togethers, ice cream, and taxi written on my forehead. I am glad we are finally back to normalcy and have planned today as a rest day. However rest day doesn't happen very well with two wild kids. 

This past weekend was so much fun. Saturday morning started off with both kids wanting Brian. This doesn't happen very often that they both want him. Ella is usually a mommy's girl. When this happens it needs documented. It was a great start to Father's Day weekend.

We decided we wanted to check out a local farmers market. We also had no coffee at home so we had to stop somewhere. Ella decided she wanted a donut so off to Dunkin Donuts we went. It was a treat and I promise you it won't happen again anytime soon. All around was a bad experience with drinks being messed up, rude customer service, donuts dropped in the bag so when you picked it up there was no frosting on the donut it was all in the bag. Brian managed a Dunkin for 7 years, I worked there for 6, this is no way acceptable. (this was not a location who we know the franchisee) 

Later on Saturday we had a huge birthday party for Brian's dad. He turned 85 and had all 7 of his kids fly in from all over the US. (Washington, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, and the other 3 are local) 

They had baseball tees made with their names and the year they were born. It was a cute surprise.

Both kids did great while we were at the party. Austin willingly went to his uncle Anthony who he normally doesn't like. 
The kids played in a blow-up pool, played yard games, and had fun. 

I tried this for the first time. OMG is it good but can get you in trouble. It goes down way to smooth and tastes like a red, white and blue Popsicle. 

Father's Day was another memorable morning. Again both kids wanted Brian. 

For fathers day Ella helped me make a mousepad on SnapFish. We just had family pictures done a few weeks ago so it worked out perfect. Ella picked out the layout, pictures, words, and background.

I ordered Brian this grill pizza pan from Pampered Chef from an online party I added a few weeks ago. I can't wait to try it out this Friday for homemade family pizza night.

Brian got two dad shirts. He got this Super Dad shirt and a Mickey Mouse #1 dad shirt also.

Last thing he got was a Best Dad Ever mug that Ella picked out all by herself. She can be very cute at times.
After presents Ella's father picked her up. Then Brian, Austin and I went out to a late breakfast with his family that was still in town. For dinner we were at my parents house. We ended the night at Brian's parents house for dessert before I had to pick up Ella. 
All in all in was such a fun, memorable, loving weekend. It was great seeing all of Brian's family which normally only happens once a year if not every other year. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!!!! It has been a week of new schedules, hot weather, safety town, lots of family, Taxi written on my forehead and lots of fun. Summer is in full force. 

Time for some Friday Favorites of the week with Erika, Narci, and Andrea.

Summer fun is about to begin. We are ready to go with a pool for the kids and their little slide. (eventually they will have a big swing set) 

Austin loves the water. He climbs in the pool whenever he gets a chance, it doesn't matter if he has on his swim trunks or not. 

This little girl and her love for Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream, and it has to be green. She has been spoiled this week with family in from all over the country and her getting dessert. 

Ella, Austin, and I signed up for the summer reading program at our local library. For every 20 minutes that Ella gets read to (she can't read yet) she gets to put an X on her board game. Once she X's so many spots she gets prizes. Every day she makes sure I read to her so we can mark off her board game. 

Have you tried Cotton Candy grapes? They legit taste like amazing delicious cotton candy. But unlike cotton candy, they are good for you. I found them the other day at Earth Fare and had to try them. I swear everyone has been talking about them online. I will say though they are sweet and I can only eat a few at a time and they were pretty expensive. I paid $4 a pound. But so worth it as a treat and I can say I have tried them. 
They are only available I believe 3 weeks out of the year and only found at select stores. If you get a chance grab a bag, you won't regret it. 

Hope you have a Fabulous Friday, a great weekend, and a fun Father's Day!!!!!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Candy, Candy, Candy

Who doesn't love Candy??? Old candy that you can't find anymore, new candy, chocolate, jelly beans, a wall of PEZ dispensers, so much candy and more. B.A.Sweetie is a local huge candy store that you can find pretty much any candy your heart desires. We walked into this store the other night and didn't realize it closed in 10 minutes, we walked around real quick and said we would have to come back another time when they were not closing. I hate to be somewhere right at close, possibly making them stay open longer or keeping them from doing closing duties so they can go home. That's what happens when you work in the service industry for 14 years.
We did not drive to B.A. Sweetie just for the store we actually went there to try out their new Mini Golf course. When we got there they had a corporate challenge group finishing up, so we had to wait about 20 minutes before we could play. We checked out the candy store real quick then stopped in their soda shop and got some ice cream.

The Soda Shoppe is so unique with all their decor. Ella loves the seats that were made out of milk jugs. The table we sat at had a swing as bench and she loved that too, but wouldn't sit still and made it hard to eat and color. The tables were also lined with paper and had a bucket of crayons. 

I had an amazing delicious strawberry smoothie. 

Ella got her usual for anywhere we go, Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. It was very minty but she ate it all.

Brian got a rootbeer float. The soda shoppe has over 100 different sodas to choose from. (all of which come in bottles and you can buy from the candy store also)

We finally got to do our mini golf game. They have two courses, a easy and a hard. Since Ella was with us and this was her first time ever playing mini golf we went with the easy course. 

This was her first swing. Even though she is left handed she still wanted to swing with her right. She did awesome. 

Brian is also left handed and does everything right handed except eat and write. He helped her out with a few of the harder holes. 

She had so much fun and did so well for her first time. Towards the end she got bored and stopped really trying, but that was expected. It was also past her bedtime. 

Throughout the course the theme was candy. There was a PEZ water fall, a jelly bean tree, lollipops, ... it reminded me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate factory. The staff was awesome. This really is a place I would recommend to everyone to check it out and we will surely be back. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My First 5k

I got suckered into running my first 5k ever last weekend. I say suckered as I had talked about doing it, then another commitment came up, then that commitment I wasn't needed for so at the last minute I signed up to support my family. I ran the Pancreatic Cancer 5k Run at the Cleveland Metro Parks Zoo. 

Since it was last minute I didn't have time to physically prepare and be ready to run 3 miles. We always go for walks and I knew I could walk 3 miles with no problem, plus there really wasn't much of a time limit to be able to do the 5k in. I however did message a girlfriend who is big on running and doing 5ks to get some pointers. She relieved so much stress I had before hand.
I started off my morning with a light breakfast of a banana and almond butter and blackberry sandwich (pb&j) and lots of water. (no coffee) Before the race I did a shot of energize (hence the yellow tongue) and was ready to go. 

I prepared Austin as well with a banana for breakfast, milk, water, his diaper bag full under the stroller with snacks and toys. Towards the end he got hungry and I stopped and gave him a snack to hold him over. He did really good and enjoyed just looking around and getting attention from the other runners. We did stop also and look at reindeer's that were next to the path that you normally don't see later in the day. 
Having Austin in the stroller was an added struggled but also made it that much more of motivation. The course of the 5k was very hilly and an amazing leg and butt workout. We took out time per-say but got it done. 

I am proud of myself and got it done in 51 minutes and 49 seconds. My goal was to get it done in an hour. The group I went with average time for the 5k was about 35 minutes. I don't feel like that is to far off and with being prepared (and possibly not having a stroller) I could get my time down too. I did run and walk during the course and pushed myself. 

I loved doing the 5k and can't wait to do another one. Next time I want to prepare more and see what time I can really get. I would also love to do it with someone who can push me and stay at my pace also. This 5k was Austin and I at our own pace as everyone else ran ahead. 

I proved to myself you can do anything you put your mind to. You may never really be "ready" you just have to do it and push through. 

*** I did a 5k Color Run about 5 years ago with a group of girlfriends. We honestly walked the whole time so I don't consider that a real 5k****

Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday Friends!!! This has seemed like the longest week ever. We all have been fighting allergies, sinuses, and colds. Hopefully we are all 100% by next week, we have another busy week ahead with safety town, fun, and lots of family in town.

For now I am resting and hopping in for another week of Friday Favorites with Erika, Andrea, and Narci with some Random Friday Favorites. 

I may have not seen Wonder Woman yet, but at least Ella wanted to wear watching Wonder Women shirts last week. 

This isn't mine and I don't know whose it is but it has been floating around the internet the last week. I need/want it. My next vehicle will 99% likely be a van and I want to Disney pimp it out. 

It maybe kind of hard to see but we have 3 baby groundhogs living under out shed. They are so cute, as long as they don't eat my garden. 

I am loving my new Scentsy burner and scents that I ordered from my girl, Misty. Interested in ordering some Scentsy or hosting an online party check out her website

I finally found jumbo straws that are perfect for drinking my shakes. I really was contempating going to Panera Bread and ordering a smoothie there just so I could have a large straw. I found these starts of all places at Pat Catans, which is a local craft store. 

Since I have been under the weather I have been drinking lots of tea. One of my favorite herbal teas that has been helping is the Breathe Easy tea from Traditional Medicinals. 

Who has a snapchat? I am working on being more active on there and sharing lots of my life with my kids and all our fun adventures. I changed my name so be sure to add me and I will follow back. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

The Grey Stuff Recipe

Tuesday night we had a fun family movie night with a special dessert due to the release of the new live action Beauty and the Beast out on Dvd and Blu-ray. I found this recipe for The Grey Stuff on Pinterest and had to try it. It turned out amazing. Everyone wanted more. 

The Grey Stuff
1 package Instant Vanilla pudding mix
1 1/2 cups of  milk
16 Oreo cookies
3 TBSP Instant Chocolate pudding mix
Sprinkles (optional)

  1. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk. Whisk well and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
  2. Place Oreos in a food processor and blend until they become crumbs.
  3. Mix the crushed Oreos in with the pudding mixture and mix well.
  4. Fold in Cool Whip and chocolate pudding mix until well combined and refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.
  5. When ready to serve, place "grey stuff" in a piping bag (or sandwich bag and cut the corner off) and add a dollop to the middle and then pipe a spiral around it. Top with sprinkles.
  6. Serve and ENJOY!!!!!!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Tooth Fairy Visit

Aubriella is growing up way to fast and showing changes everyday. I knew she had two loose teeth, but I was in denial that they would ever fall out. ( I know, I know it had to happen eventually.) I thought I would have a few more days or weeks. Last Friday was the day. She keep messing with it and she pulled it out. 

She was all excited beforehand that it was loose and she wanted it to come out. Until it happened. Ella saw all the blood (that I didn't warn her about beforehand) and she flipped out. There was lots of tears, lots of blood, and lots of comforting going on.

Once it stopped bleeding and she calmed down, she was on top the world. She wanted to call and tell everyone, take a million pictures, FaceTime anyone who would answer, and shot it from the rooftops. (She had to tell all 3 of her gymnastic teachers, and the lady at Rue 21 who you could tell didn't have kids) 

I rushed to make a "tooth holder" for Ella to put her tooth in for the Tooth Fairy and where the tooth fairy leaves the money. I found some hard felt paper that would do the trick. I glued it together, put some wiggly eyes, and a mouth on it and he was good to go. The glue I used didn't hold up very well but it did the trick for the time being. I now really need to use the hot glue gun or come up with a different tooth holder, before she looses her second tooth that is already loose.
For it being her first tooth the Tooth Fairy left Ella a glittery $5. The original plan was to spray the money with the glittery hairspray. Then I found out the can was empty. :( Onto plan number 2, nail polish. (Yes this is probably illegal, but the things we do for out kids. I only did a few stroke) All other tooth's will only be $1. 
Ella woke up and found her money under her pillow. She then told me I had to buy her a wallet to put her money in, she couldn't use her money to buy the wallet or she would have nothing to put in her wallet. She is a smart cookie.