Tuesday, December 16, 2014

So Into / So Over - Episode 19

If you know me personally, you know that I am a very honest person and not at all shy about sharing what I think, whether it is good or bad.  So Into / So Over posts provide me a forum to share my thoughts on things that make me happy as well as things that make me, well, not so happy.  Here's what I've been So Into / So Over this week:


So Into:  Holiday Cards
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One of my favorite parts of the holidays is receiving holiday cards from friends and family from both near and far.   Normally, My Love picks up the mail on his way home but during the holiday season I happily stop at our mailbox to pick up the lovely pictures and sweet sentiments from the people we love (as well as all the other mail in our box).  We hang the holiday cards we receive up in our house and it warms my heart to see the smiling, happy faces of our loved ones throughout our home.

I'm so into the pictures, updates and year end letters that holiday cards bring us each year.  In this digital age, it is so nice to receive something so special in the mail!


So Over:  Elf on the Shelf Plastered Everywhere
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We picked up an Elf on the Shelf when Lovebug was two and Mr. Elf has appeared in our home every year since.  I've seen on Pinterest and Facebook that some elf's are mischievous, but lucky for us, Mr. Elf is well behaved.  He simply moves around the house finding new hiding spots (sometimes he hides in the same spot two nights in a row to trick Lovebug!) so that Lovebug can find him.  He keeps a close eye on Lovebug (and this year Littlebug) and reports back to Santa every night.  Mr. Elf has brought so much joy to our holidays and we hope he continues to do so for many more years.

When we first got Mr. Elf, he was nearly impossible to find but now he can be found on the shelves of pretty much any big store.  What drives me crazy is that most stores keep him right up front as you enter and/or right next to the register as you exit.   How are parents expected to keep the magic of the Elf of the Shelf alive when retailers have them on full display for kids to see?   Honestly, it completely defeats the purpose of having an elf that "magically" travels from our home to the North Pole every night when Lovebug sees him in every store!!  How are we expected to explain that?

I am so over the lack of strategic placement of Elf on a Shelf at stores.  They really should be placed on higher shelves so young children don't see them and have the whole experience ruined.


I'd love to hear from you!  Do you agree with me?  What are you So Into and So Over?  Products? Projects? Gadgets? Books? Anything really!  Leave a comment to share.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was a kid, my mom would make us homemade chicken noodle soup whenever we got sick.  I can't prove that chicken noodle soup cured our colds.   But, there sure is something comforting about a hot bowl of soup to make you feel so warm from the inside out.  There really isn't anything that feels or tastes better when you're fighting a cold.

So, when my whole family was down with one illness or another a couple weeks ago, I set to work on this Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.  It is comforting, filling and just what this doctor ordered!
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath

According to my schedule, I should be sharing a Side Dish Roundup today.  But, I have so many projects I've been wanting to share with you that I've decided to stray from my schedule a bit to get caught up.

Earlier this year, I made a simple burlap wreath to use as a backdrop for seasonal decorations in my home.  Each month, I am changing the embellishments on the burlap wreath to create entirely new wreaths to celebrate holidays, seasons, etc.  

Here is how I embellished my burlap wreath so far:
July
August
September & October

For November, the focus of my burlap wreath is Thanksgiving!  Most of my Thanksgiving decor is neutral in color with lots of orange pops.  So, I decided to use some orange and brown burlap ribbon I already had and picked up a patterned burlap wreath to add some dimension.  I debated on what to write on my sign and ultimately decided to keep it simple with "Happy Thanksgiving".  I really love how it turned out.  Simple, colorful and festive!
Thanksgiving Burlap Wreath

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

FR-AMILY = Friends So Close You Consider Them Family

Do you have fr-amily in your life?  You know, friends so close that they have become an extension of your family?

We have four individuals in our world that we love so much that they have become part of our inner circle and whom we lovingly refer to as our fr-amily.

Fr-amily = friends you consider family

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What's for Dinner?

I'm surrounded by sick germs....

My Love woke up with a sore throat on Friday morning and felt worse as the weekend progressed.  So, he spent the weekend sneaking in naps between meals and activities.

Meanwhile, Lovebug fell asleep at 6:30 Friday night, which should have tipped me off, but I didn't think much of it.  She had a piano recital Saturday morning and spent the whole recital complaining of being cold and having a tummy ache.  So, we headed straight home where she spent the whole day on the couch alternating between being hungry, tired and saying her tummy hurt. Luckily, a tummy ache and a slight fever were her only symptoms and both had subsided by Sunday afternoon.

Last but not least, is Littlebug.  She has been a little snot monster for the last several days, which is always fun.  Luckily, she doesn't seem to bothered by it and is as happy and playful as ever.  But, seriously, how does a human so small have so much snot in her tiny little nose?  So gross!

I did my best to fight he sick germs but last night, they won the battle.  I went to bed around 6:45 feeling completely sick.  I think I literally caught everyones sick germs.  Boo!


So, what's for dinner?

Sunday: Chicken Noodle Soup (recipe coming soon)

Monday:  Pizza (Dough & Sauce) and salad

Tuesday Chicken Tetrazzini

Wednesday: Eat out

Thursday: Thanksgiving Feast!

Friday:  Leftovers



What's on your menu this week?

'What's for dinner?' That question used to haunt me until I started Menu Planning a couple years ago. Now, menu planning is a scheduled part of our weekend routine. See how we do it here.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

#DisneyKids Sofia the First Royal Tea Party Playdate

** I received free products in order to host this Disney Kids Playdate.  However, the opinions expressed here are my own.


Over the summer I attended my first blogging conference, which was hosted by Disney Social Media Moms.  It was a magical event, in the way only a Disney event could be, and I learned so much.  Plus, I got to meet some incredibly talented women via various social media platforms and in person at the Phoenix event.  

Fast forward to October, when the amazing people at Disney reached out about an opportunity to host a playdate courtesy of DisneyKids and MomSelect.  So, I jumped at the opportunity.  I mean, who wouldn't?  

We were thrilled to learn we'd been selected to host a Sofia the First inspired playdate and decided a Royal Tea Party would be the perfect event.  Lovebug could hardly contain herself, she was so excited, and kept a running countdown until her tea party.  It was the cutest thing!
Sofia the first Royal Tea Party

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

So Into / So Over - Episode 18

If you know me personally, you know that I am a very honest person and not at all shy about sharing what I think, whether it is good or bad.  So Into / So Over posts provide me a forum to share my thoughts on things that make me happy as well as things that make me, well, not so happy.  Here's what I've been So Into / So Over this week:


So Into:  Mommy-Lovebug Day
Lovebug's first mani / pedi!
A couple months ago, I traveled back home to California for a week long business trip.  Littlebug was still nursing at the time, so I took her with me and had my family watch her while I was at work.  Meanwhile, Lovebug stayed home with My Love, who spent the week spoiling her all kinds of fun activities.  In fact, two days into my trip, they had already rode bikes to the park, gone to the movies, made fun snacks, etc.

I was a bit envious of the time they got together so I promised Lovebug that she and I would have a Mommy-Lovebug day full of fun activities after I got back.  We knew that I would have Veterans Day off of work and that her school would be closed as well, so it was the perfect day for us to go have some fun while My Love was at work and Littlebug was at school.  So, we set a date and it finally arrived last week!

We started the day with a huge breakfast, complete with a giant hot chocolate with tons of whipped cream for her.  Then, went to pick up a couple things from the party store for her tea party play date.  After that, we headed to my favorite nail salon, Pink Polish, for Lovebug's first mani / pedi salon experience.  She loved it and I loved sharing the experience with her!!  (I see a lot more mani/pedi dates for my girls and I in our future!)  She wanted black nails with white polka-dots but ended up getting the opposite and I went with a fall brown color.  Once our nails were dry, we headed to one of her favorite restaurants for lunch then squeezed in a movie and ice cream before heading home for the day.

I had such a great time with my sweet girl!  I haven't spent that much uninterrupted quality time with her since Littlebug's arrival and it felt so good to focus just on her for a little while.  I could tell that she really enjoyed having my undivided attention as well.  So, it was good for both of our souls.

I'm so into spending quality one-on-one time with my family.   It just fills my heart with happiness to reconnect and make so many fun memories.  I hope to do this more often with both my girls.

So Over:  Changes rockin' my world

I am a creature of habit so change of any kind takes a bit of getting used to.  Today, I learned of a pretty big change at work and I have to admit, I'm not into it.  I really enjoy my job and a big part of what I like so much is the people I work with.   So, to learn that there will be changes in my client group has me in a major funk.

I know that I'll adjust to the change and that I just need some time to digest and get used to the new normal.  But, right now, I'm struggling to wrap my mind around the changes that are to come.  

What is frustrating me most is that I had finally gotten into a groove of balancing things since adding a new little human into our world.  I was just beginning to feel like I had things under control and then, of course, something new is thrown at me.  I realize that's what life is about, but couldn't I just have, I don't know, a week or two to enjoy feeling on top of things? 

Anyway, I wouldn't say I'm so over change, because change is good. Plus, I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.  But, it would be nice if things in this control freaks world were just a tad more predictable!  Honestly!


I'd love to hear from you!  What are you So Into and So Over?  Products? Projects? Gadgets? Books? Anything really!  Leave a comment to share.
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