Wednesday, March 19, 2014

St. Patty's Day at Our House

St. Patrick's Day is never a holiday we seem to prepare for much, but one we all seem to enjoy.  The kids get a kick out of wearing green and I always prepare the traditional corn beef and cabbage dinner.  Over the past few years, I have added the tradition of buying a leprechaun cake and ice cream for dessert.  The day started with preschool for the boys.  As you know Little E and J Bug attend a little Lutheran preschool twice a week (as well as homeschool).  At school everyone wore green, made leprechaun hats, and they got a special treat of shamrock cookies for their snack.

In the evening while they were waiting for dinner Little E decided to use his green play basket and go around finding any toys with green.  J Bug joined in and they had a fun little scavenger hunt.  

Here they are so proud of their green toys.  Even baby N had to join the picture.  I thought this was so cute, because he acted as if he were one of the big boys.  Just look at him!  I love it!

That's a whole lotta green!

After the bigger boys abandoned the basket and hat  Baby N had to try them out.  Tee Hee!

So cute!

This boy cracks me up!

My plate
We also had cream soda with our meal and my hubby had green beer.


(In case your wondering, his shirt says, "Pinch Me, you will not".)

I can't tell whether they like it or not.  

Me and my sweet baby boy

Very excited for dessert!

Our Leprechaun Cake 

Served with mint chocolate chip ice cream

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Happy Birthday, Miss "I"!

Yesterday our daughter turned 12!  I can hardly believe it myself.  We started the day with her special birthday breakfast.  This year she asked for me to surprise her and so I picked chocolate chip pancakes, heart shaped turkey sausage, cantaloupe, strawberries, bananas and chocolate milk.  My husband took the kids out in the morning to a couple yard sales while I prepared breakfast.  When they got home I had everything ready. Miss "I" was so excited! 

Birthday Breakfast

After she ate we gave her the gift from my mom and also the gift from us.  I don't think my mom realizes my daughter's age, she got her a Barbie!  Look at the shock on her face. Haha!

(And look at my son's face. He is loving it.)

Faking a smile

Oh My!  She was so excited for her new Lego Friends set.  We got her the Heartlake City Pool.  We also got her a 2 year subscription to American Girl magazine.

Going crazy!

Mr. "C" is rolling his eyes at her reaction. Haha!

Building her set....

Last night we also went to dinner at Red Robin.  I didn't bring my camera though.  I seriously need to invest in a nice small camera as my great big DSLR is not practical for carrying around to places like restaurants. Grandpa joined us and we had a nice time.  After dinner we came home and played a couple games with the kids.  My daughterl's official birthday party will be Sunday, April 6th.  We will be having a Little House on the Prairie party. Should be a lot of fun.  Stay tuned for pictures of that.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Date

Since the new year, my husband and I decided to start going on a date once a month.  This is a real treat as for the past, oh, 15 years we have only taken a couple dates per year!  Now that we have a teenage son to babysit, it works out real nice.  I guess there is some advantages to getting old!  Haha.  Tonight we went on a date to a local Irish Pub.  We had a real nice dinner.. I had prime rib, salad, and baked potato.  Our dinner came with a bottle or red wine and we also got blueberry cheesecake for dessert.  So yummy!  The only bad thing about our date was all the TV sets this restaurant has.  Three in the main dining room!  So unnecessary!  So, then towards the end of our dinner the Sports Illustrated Model 50 year anniversary special came on the TV's.  Oh brother!!! Does anyone really want to see a bunch of women in bikinis on their Valentine date???? NOT ME!!!  I was about to complain but we were almost done with our dessert and leaving anyway.  Very uncomfortable though.  After our date we rented the movie, "The Vow".  It was very good and based off a true story!  Here is the trailer in case any of you have not seen it yet.  I highly recommend it. ;-)

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Playdough Fun!

Baby N is now 19 months old and becoming more of a toddler than baby.  He currently loves to play with playdough.  You can hear him shuffling around in the kitchen looking for the playdough and then he brings out a tub and whines until you open it.  Once you open it he goes and gets the rolling pin and some cookie cutters. My little boys got a Thomas the Train up and down coaster for Christmas and "N" loves to use the end of it as his own personal table.  It actually works out perfect for his size too. 

 He is so fun to watch! I just love having a toddler in the house.  Every day is a delight.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Lilla Rose Review and Flexi Clip Giveaway!

If you spend much time at all reading mommy blogs I am sure that the name Lilla Rose is very familiar to you. Lately my girls and I have been enjoying trying new styles out with a couple of the Flexi Clips in both the large size and the mini. In addition to the Flexi-Clips they also offer hair sticks, bobby pins, and hair bands. All of the products are just as beautiful and classy as the next!

Lilla Rose has been in business since 1992 and continues to create beautiful hair accessories. They introduce a new piece each month and offer something for all hair types as their clips come in 7 different sizes. The metal parts of each clip are casted in either brass or zinc making them very strong and durable. They are one piece so there are not lost parts rendering the clip unusable. The clips come in a variety of colors and styles to match any outfit you may have!  With their 90 day sizing guarantee if you order a clip and don't like the way it fit your hair you can exchange it for a different size by simply emailing them!

As you can see Samantha's hair is long and thick (just like mine). I got a large clip for us to share and it fits great! As shown in the collage above this clip is so large it works great for updo's for us. It holds all of our hair securely throughout the day. I love how elegant the clips look and yet they are so easy to use! Even a busy mom of six can create a "fancy" hair do on even the most rushed mornings.

Little Katherine still has pretty fine "little girl" hair. I got her a mini clip so she could wear her Flexi-Clip just like the big girls. This clip is super cute and tiny. It really works well for Kate's hair but doesn't fit anyone else. This would be a great Christmas gift for the little girl in your life.

Sponsoring today's post is Lilla Rose consultant, Melody Detwiler. You can shop the Lilla Rose site with her as your personal consultant here and even register to receive occasional emails about sales and promotions. She is also on Facebook and you can follow her for some great updates, the clip of the month, and lots of style ideas!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

New Fall Fashions at Gymboree! The Fox is Hot!

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I love the changing colors, the crisp feeling in the air and of course all the wonderful fall fashions!  Gymboree has some of the cutest fall clothing for children I have seen in a long time.  I adore their woodsy animal prints and fun plaid designs!  From size newborn all the way up to size 12 big kid, Gymboree carries mix & match sets and all the accessories to be sure your child looks amazing this fall (and every season).

For this review, I chose a variety of pieces from both the baby, boy, and girl fox lines.  What fun I had picking these out!  I was equally excited because this also meant I would be getting some beautiful fall pictures of my children.  I just bought a new camera for my birthday and was itching to try it out. 

My beautiful children

My oldest son is wearing the Midnight Blue Plaid Shirt from the bigger boys (size 3-12) Fox Trail line.  We love it because it contains the colors of the Denver Broncos, our home state football team.  What better time than football season to wear this!

This shirt is made of 100% brushed cotton poplin and so comfortable. Mix and match with any of the styles from the Fox Trail line to give this simple shirt some added flair.

My daughter is wearing the Pickstitched Plaid Shirt Dress from the girl's Fashionable Fox line.  This dress features pickstitching, three-quarter sleeves, shirt tail hem and removable belt.  She is also wearing matching fox hair clips and a coordinating necklace (which is actually from one of the summer lines).  Such a fun, stylish outfit for fall and I love the bright berry color.

All the girl's clothing and accessories from the Fashionable Fox line are now 40% off!  Check out the entire collection, here.

Brotherly Love

My word!  Cuteness explosion here.  Don't my little men look sharp in their herringbone caps? Love these.  

J Bug (left) is wearing the Fox & Badger Striped Tee with Corduroy Herringbone Cap.  This tee also comes in babies one piece bodysuit as pictured below.  Made of 100% cotton jersey, this tee is super soft and comfortable for play.  Little E (right) is wearing the Fox In Cap Tee which is my personal favorite from the Fox Trail line.  With matching herringbone applique, this shirt really compliments the Herringbone Plaid Cap.  So much detail with soft velour fur and embroidered fox face.  Not your every day tee! These are so nice, I plan on having my boys wear these outfits for Thanksgiving.

Last we have the "little brother" wearing the Little Brother bodysuit.  This bodysuit also includes embroidered lettering with a combination of fabrics to embellish it.  Comes also in a tee from sizes 3-6 months on up to a 5 toddler.  Super soft and comfy for your little guy!

Gymboree has yet to disappoint me.  I love the style, quality and overall value of their children's clothing.  I will continue to be a loyal customer and am pretty sure my kids are okay with that too! They love Gymboree almost as much as I do!

BUY IT:  Shop Gymboree online or in stores.  To find a location near you, click here.  Stay up to date on all the latest Gymboree fashions, connect with Gymboree on FacebookTwitter and on Pinterest!

FALL SALE- Right now at Gymboree receive 30% off your entire purchase, including already reduced items (while supplies last)!!! With FREE shipping on any purchase $75 value or more.

Disclaimer - Gymboree sent me a gift card for the purchase of clothing in exchange for this review. All opinions are mine, I was not committed to write a favorable review. I received no other compensation. I am disclosing this information in compliance with the FTC Regulations.
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