Friday, August 11, 2017

Friday Favorites-Busy Week!

It's Friday and I'm sharing a few favorites from our week!  We've had a BUSY week and we're trying to cram everything in before we go back to school in two weeks.  I declared today a PJ and movie day because it's gloomy out and I'm tired from the week!  Here's a look back at all the fun things we did...

1. We went to the county fair that I grew up going to!  It's actually the county my mom grew up in and I always went there as a kid so now my mom and I take the girls every year!

They enjoyed seeing all the animals!

Petting goats was a favorite!

2. We had a playdate with one of our daycare friends!  She will be two in a few months and is closest in age to the girls at daycare.  We went to a trampoline park and the girls were SO excited to see each other!  They started laughing, running around in circles, and hugging when they saw each other!  Trampolines are a favorite here and we love going to the trampoline park!

When you're stuck in the bubble pit, you gotta help a sister out!  Natalie thought it was funny to grab Noelle and try to drag her out.


3. More animals!  We had a girls day with Nana and Aunt Chessie.  We went to a little kids farm near us where we got to slide, pet animals, feed goats, ride a hayride and ride ponies!

Hay ride time!

Noelle & Natalie 

I really wanted to bring this one home...he was so little and cute!

Waving to their adoring fans

The farm had several rides and one of them was a pony ride.  I asked the girls if they wanted to ride the pony, thinking they'd say no.  They watched another little girl ride the pony and Noelle said no but Natalie said yes!  I was surprised but we went into the pen and she was lifted onto the pony.  I thought for sure she'd start crying and want down immediately but nope!  She rode that pony like she was meant for the saddle!  Doesn't she look like she's on an adventure with her backpack and sunglasses?!  I walked next to her but she really didn't need me to.  She LOVED it!  Noelle still didn't want to ride but I'm so proud of Natalie for trying it!

Cowgirl in the making.  I sent Ben this picture and he said, "oh no, the horse craze is starting!"

4.  My last favorite for today is finishing a big and fun vinyl project for a friend!  I have a Silhouette Cameo printer and it does soooooo many cool things.  Right now I mainly cut vinyl with it and make different projects.  I'm currently working on Christmas gifts (insert pat on the back here!) and I have a long list of things I want to try with it, including glass etching!

About 3 weeks ago one of my friends asked me if I would make some glasses for her and her fiance to ask their friends to be in their wedding party.  I made a total of 33 glasses (not all for the wedding party, some are for other people and I threw a few fun ones in for them) and there are a few more things I'm going to make for them to complete it once the items get here.  I had so much fun doing it and I don't know anyone does this as a business because it is hard!  To get the placement right, the fonts, all of it!  I had fun doing it for her though!


Happy Friday y'all!  Enjoy your weekend!



Monday, August 7, 2017

Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe

I'd really like to start sharing more recipes on here in case anyone else is looking for new ideas!  This is one I saw on Facebook the other day and it looked so good!  I was in the middle of making my grocery list so I went ahead and added everything to my list.  I'm not a traditional chicken salad fan but this one had all the right ingredients!

I didn't think to take pictures until the second day and by then the avocado started turning brown (still tasty!) and didn't look good for pictures so just take my word that it was good and click on the link!  Best part this is fairly healthy and gluten free!  I think I will be making this for the upcoming school year for lunches!  It's good as-is or with crackers!  Probably would taste great in a pita or wrap too.

-------> Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe

Now, here are the things I did to make the recipe a little easier...

- I used the rotisserie chicken but I kind of just threw chicken in until it looked like enough

- For the corn I just grabbed a steamer frozen bag of corn, threw it in the microwave and dumped it all in.  I like corn so more is good!

- Whenever a recipe calls for cooked bacon, I just grab a bag of those real bacon bits (not the crunchy ones) and use those.  More convenient for me than cooking bacon and chopping it up.

- I used dill weed seasoning instead of fresh.  It's what I had in the cabinet.

- I also used the lemon juice in a bottle.  It's easier then squeezing a few lemons.  Unless the recipe calls for zest, then I use the real stuff.

So there you have it!  Try the recipe out and tell me what you think!  I think it's really tasty and will be a good lunch option for this school year.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Favorites-I'm Back!

Hey y'all, I'm back!  It was a nice break but I actually did miss blogging!  So I'm back and here to stay for the meantime at least.  Today I thought I'd link up with one of my favorite bloggers, Andrea over at Momfessionals and share a few Friday Favorites!

1. Blogging - Ok, so I did miss it which surprised me.  I thought my little hiatus would be nice and refreshing, which it was, but my mind kept going back to my blog, especially when I read other blogs.  So I'm back but I'm giving myself grace to not post EVERY. SINGLE. THING. we do as a family.  In the past, especially since the girls were born, I felt like I needed to document every single thing we did together so that one day we could look back and enjoy the memories but that also made it stressful, especially since I was always late in blogging about it.  So I'm giving myself grace to post when I want about what I want, do more link-ups, share some recipes, etc. and just enjoy blogging for what it is.

2. Summer -  we LOVE summer around here!  I'm trying not to think about how there are only 3 weeks left until I go back to work :( and just trying to enjoy these last few weeks together.  I'm pretty sure we're going to have to practice waking up at 6:30am and not watching Mickey in the morning the week before the girls go back to Ms. Sara!  They love Mickey and we've gotten into the bad habit of watching a few episodes in the morning while they eat breakfast and I get some stuff done around the house.  They're also used to sleeping in till 7:30-8am so we have some work to do!

This summer we've had swim lessons, Mommy & Me gymnastics camp, ice cream, beach time (we only made it once this year, boo-hoo!), putting together a playset, landscaping around some trees (which is really hard when it feels like over 100!), and more!  We went to Dutch Wonderland, a little kiddie theme park in PA, for two days and sadly the girls did not enjoy the rides.  They weren't brave enough to try a ride on their own and while there are several family rides there, many of them are too tall for the girls so I think we went on about 5 rides and the water park the two days we were there.  I really hope they didn't inherit their dad's "I hate rides" gene!

3. Letter Boards - So I've been seeing these pop up on Instangram, Facebook, etc. and really wanted one!!!  I used an Amazon giftcard to buy one and made Ben hang it up right away.  Look how cute it is?!  I'm envisioning fun quotes, Christmas countdowns, birthday messages, and more.

Happy Friday everyone!  Enjoy the weekend!