February 11, 2016

Snowflake Party Pretzels

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My sweet girl's birthday is right around the corner and I have been trying to come up with fun snacks to serve at her party that all the kids will enjoy. I can bring whatever food I want to the party venue... which is always my preference and makes things so much more fun!

If you know my daughter (or have seen my social media at all) you won't be surprised to hear that she wants everyone’s favorite ice and snow-themed princess party. When I was trying to think of fun snacks I immediately thought of Goldfish® crackers, since they are basically a staple in every family's pantry! I am pretty sure I have served these at every single one of my kids birthday parties!

I decided these Snowflake Party Pretzels would be a hit with the kids, while looking pretty set up in little bowls. They take just a few minutes to make, and are sure to impress your guests!

For this recipe you will need:
  • Pretzel Goldfish Crackers
  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Coconut Oil
  • Blue Food Coloring
  • "Ice Queen" Sprinkles
First, I melt the chocolate in two glasses by putting them in the microwave for 30 seconds-1 minute. Mix in a little coconut oil (1/2 a teaspoon or less) until the chocolate is super smooth and shiny. (this makes it much easier to work with)

Add a tiny bit of blue food coloring into one of the batches of chocolate. I made mine a light teal, to match the dress of the princess and the rest of the decorations. Scoop the chocolate into two separate Ziploc bags and seal them up.
                 

Grab a cookie tray and line with wax paper. Spread the Pretzel Goldfish crackers flat on the tray. Snip a tiny hole in the corner of the plastic bag and drizzle away! I think this method works best and prevents any big clumps of chocolate that can make your masterpiece look sloppy. I do one color at a time. Then I grabbed the kids and they went to town on the sprinkles. We used all different kinds.. including Mila's favorite snowflake sprinkles.
                 

Next, just pop them in the fridge for at least 20 minutes and you are DONE. When you take the tray out it will be one big sheet of Goldfish cracker goodness! I break it up into smaller pieces, leaving some clumped together just for fun!

I picked up 2 of the bulk cartons of Goldfish Crackers at Wal-mart, since I also plan on putting out some Cheddar crackers for the kids to snack on. I found them in the crackers aisle & they are currently a rollback item!
                              

How amazing do these look? They are so easy to make and I know all our party guests will love them! 

There are so many ways to have fun with your own #GoldFishMix... check out this website for more ideas!


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Valentine's Day Blogger Gift Swap


I took part in a Valentine's blogger gift swap  put together by Jasmine from "Classy Sassy & a Bit Smartassy" and Alexis from "A Blissful Haven." I was so excited when I found out I got one of my favorite bloggers, Tarnished Tiara Mom! We 'met' when I first started blogging and we have been supporting each other even since. (She also made these amazing Lego soaps that my son LOVED) When I sent off my little envelope full of Valentine's goodness to her.. I thought I NAILED it. I threw in a bunch of fun little goodies along with a Target gift card, since who doesn't like to treat themselves?

Then I got her box of amazingness. I know some people save the best for last, but I am going to share my favorite item first. When I saw this custom Working Mom Magic wine glass I was in LOVE. I can't believe how talented Mr. TTM is and how perfectly they captured the look of my blog on this glass. It is my most favorite glass ever and if it ever breaks I will pay her any amount of money to make me another one. To go with my fab glass, she included a super cute sign.

I also really loved the heart handmade soaps and foot balm she made, since homemade gifts are so thoughtful, and anything she makes rocks. She also gave me Valentine socks and adorable heart earrings. A football cookie and peanut butter dip mix, which sounds amazing! Some sweet treats and lip balm were also included. AND a Target gift card.
                        

Tarnished Tiara Mom didn't only think of me, but also my KIDS! Sending them items totally customized to them and they loved the surprise! So thoughtful! (Hudson refuses to give the ninja star valentines to his friends.. he wants to make them all and throw them around himself)

I LOVED every single thing TTM sent me (and for those who are curious, she does have a name, but since TTM doesn't share it, I won't either) but after opening my box I couldn't help but wish for a do-over! (but I am so not creative and nothing could top that wine glass... let's be honest) Head over to Tarnished Tiara Mom to see what I got her. :)


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February 8, 2016

5 Tips to Get a Perfect Stitch Fix Delivery

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If you saw my first Stitch Fix post, you know I was hesitant to even try it. I really liked my first delivery, but I wasn't crazy about it last month. They emailed me with some tips to help me get a better fix and it definitely worked.

Here are a 5 tips to get a perfect stitch fix delivery:

1. Take time with your style profile: Your style profile is what your stylist goes back to the most, so make sure it is as accurate as possible. If you really don't want accessories or shoes, say that. Also, don't fudge the truth when it comes to your clothing sizes. I know lots of friends who admitted to me that their 1st fix didn't fit since they put a smaller pants or dress size then they really were.

2. Leave detailed notes: Your stylist wants to make you happy, so tell them what you want. For example, if you have an event coming up be sure to tell them the specific items you are looking for. In March, I am hosting a baby shower and we also host Easter, so I asked my stylist for ALL dresses in the next fix.

3. Link up a Pinterest board: I finally updated my "Mommy Fashion" board and I think that made a huge difference for me this fix. (my stylist specifically referenced items on there in her note to me) Explaining what you like is important, however it is much easier to get a 'feel' of your style by seeing what you pin to your fashion boards.

4. Be honest: If you want Stitch Fix to work, you need to be brutally honest. When keeping or sending back items, in addition to the questions they ask, there is also a spot for notes. Be very specific in telling your stylist why you didn't like an item. Was it the fit? The color? The clearer you are, the better your next fix will be!

5. Don't be afraid to pick favorites: If you find a stylist you love, tell them! I loved this month's fix so much I asked for her to style me again. Not everyone has the same style and there is nothing wrong with preferring a certain stylist.

Now to the best part... my latest fix! I was obsessed with what they sent me this month. I knew right away when I saw the 2 tops that I would love them. They are total 'Me' shirts and they both fit perfectly.
Trying on my looks (with some help)
I wasn't too sure about the pants, and I would have never selected them if I saw them in a store... however the fit is amazing. They are so comfy and work well for the office and the weekend. I know I will get a ton of use out of them. Also, I did look up the brand and found the exact same pants for $10 MORE on Nordstrom.com. (I am always on the hunt for the best prices)

I also got a necklace in this month's fix, which I love. But thanks to Rocksbox I have a ton of accessories, so I decided to take accessories off of my style profile.
All the items in my fix!
They sent me a dress and I could have sworn it was the same one they sent me in my 1st fix. When I tried it on, I spotted a tiny tear near the arm/shoulder area. I emailed customer service about the hole and the fact that I was disappointed that it was the same dress I had previously sent back. (since I wanted to buy all the items to get the extra 25% off) They wrote me back the very next day (on a SUNDAY!) saying they were sorry about the rip and they checked and the dresses were not the same, but he admitted they were very similar. He told me to send the dress back and they would give me the 25% off if I wanted to keep the other 4 items. (which I did)

The kind and quick way they handled my email is what turned me into a real Stitch Fix fan. When you have good customer service you have my heart... for real. I may have started as a skeptic, but now I am a totally Stitch Fix fan girl. Here's how I styled my looks from this month's fix. If you want to give Stitch Fix a try here's my referral link & also you should check them out on Facebook & Instagram.
How I wore the pants, with a top from last month's fix.

I paired the lace top with skinny jeans and flats

Lace up flats & cropped capri's with the polka dot top (& I am now obsessed with Snapchat!)


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February 2, 2016

January Family Favorites

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I hope you guys had a fantastic January! How are those resolutions going? So far, my #MoreMEin2016 initiative has been awesome. I read 2 books this month, took more time for myself and even enjoyed a date night with my amazing husband! Now let's get to our family favorites.
We finally saw the new Star Wars in 3D! 
Lauren
The Wet Brushand L'Oreal Sleek It Heat Spray
This is kind of random but I am OBSESSED with an $8 brush this month. A friend of mine recommended it since my daughter hated when I brushed her hair. So I buy the brush and it works. (*cue angels singing here*) My daughter was even shocked and now she always asks for her "No hurt brush." It didn't take long for ME to try it and I could immediately tell a difference. This brush kind of strokes the tangles out of your hair instead of yanking them out. After being yelled at by my toddler every time I borrowed her brush, I finally just bought my own. Get this brush. It is amazing. Bonus hair-related item: I needed a new heat protectant spray and this one was on sale so I got it. I don't know if it really protects my hair better than the last kind I used but I will say this smells SO FREAKING GOOD. I use it everyday since I just love the scent.  Consider yourself warned though, the ingredients in this do make the bathroom floor slick and slippery even days later... but even though this spray nearly killed me, I still love it.

Donnie:
Garage Shelving
A blanket last month and shelving this month.. please believe me when I tell you that my husband is much more fun than his family favorites make him out to be. But seriously, my husband did a huge garage clean out and reorganization this month (I can actually pull my car into the garage! say what!) and he is obsessed with these shelves. He lined an entire side with them and they hold so much stuff.
This makes my hubby happy. 
Hudson:
Qixels
Hudson got these for Christmas and he plays with it all the time! You can create little figures using beads and different templates. You just spray your design with water and 20 minutes later you have a new toy! It reminds me of those beads that use the heat to stick together, but this does it with only water. Hudson has created dinosaurs, planes and ninjas. I have to admit, I love playing with these as well. Him and I can sit at the table for a good hour creating different Qixels!


Mila:
Play-Doh
A few months back we found some old Play-Doh in a craft bin and Mila was so excited! She screamed, "WE HAVE PLAY-DOH??? I PLAY WITH THIS AT MY SCHOOL!" So Santa was kind enough to being her some fresh play-doh of her very own along with a Princess play-doh set. She has been playing with it almost every morning. She plays with it forever.. rolling it out, cutting it up and creating little princess skirts. The kit she got is a lot of fun and has all sorts of different ways to play with the doh. I love watching what she comes up with!

What is your family loving this month? Any holiday gifts a big hit?

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February 1, 2016

#StartingIsBelieving Twitter Chat

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January 27, 2016

5 Ways to Decompress After a Tough Day

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I work long hours in what can sometimes be a crazy stressful job. Every day is different when it comes to TV news. I love my job, but some days are harder than others. Mass shootings, kids murdered, a family killed by a drunk driver... my job can be downright depressing sometimes!

However, the anxiety and adrenaline of a day filled with breaking news is NOT something I want to take home with me. My time with my husband and kids are precious. When I walk in that door I want to be happy, present and peaceful. So I have a few tips and tricks that help me decompress quickly after a long day at work... maybe they could help you as well!

Here are 5 ways to decompress after a tough day:

1. Call a Friend: This is my go-to. Nothing cheers me up more than speaking to my best friends. I pop in my ear buds and start dialing. My friends expect this call, answering with something like, "Driving home from work?" or "You know this is when most people are eating dinner, right?" Ha! But they always chat with me and it always brightens my mood. I love my friends so much and I feel very lucky to have them in my life. Instant happiness.

2. Put on a Favorite Play List: Music has an amazing ability to brighten your mood immediately. My favorite Pandora stations are Riptide Radio, The Killers Radio and Britney Spears Radio. (shut up, you know you lover her) I just plug my phone into my car radio and after a few minutes I feel immediately better.

3. Take Deep Breaths: At red lights, I try to take deep breaths. Take a deep breath in through your nose, hold it for a second or two, then breathe out through your mouth. Instantly you will feel your body relax and your anxiety level go down.

4. Listen to a Podcast or Audio Book: Listening to audio books or podcasts helps me take my mind off my work day and focuses my thoughts on something else. Podcasts are so much fun to listen to and can be really motivating.

5. Drive in Silence: Sometimes I like to just drive home in complete silence. I can enjoy the quiet and think about all the things I have to be thankful for. I will think about my kids, my husband, that I am thankful to have a job to help support my family... stuff like that. I make an effort to think about ONLY positive things going on in my life, while actively pushing out any negative thoughts. It helps put me in a better mood immediately.

I have a 30 minute drive home.. so when I am in a foul mood.. I need to turn it around quickly. These methods work well for me, hopefully they can help you out the next time you need to shake that stress!

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