Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween – They all tried to spook me

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“1, 2 He’s coming for you”

“3, 4 Better close your door”

Yep, the stuff nightmares are made of.  This song and The Walking Dead.  I’m not a fan of horror flicks.  Yes, I’m intelligent enough to know they’re completely fictional.  Doesn’t seem to matter.  Remember this admission?  I’m the girl that still worries that this guy is still lurking in my dark basement…


My husband enjoys watching me squirm during horror films.  I “watch” the entire things with my thumbs in my ears (to prevent me from hearing the gore) and the rest of my fingers covering my eyes.  Sounds like fun entertainment, huh?  Well, maybe for D-man.

So, you can imagine how thrilled I was tonight when we were at the party store looking at costumes and Freddy theme song comes on.

And then the next thing I know, my boys start humming and singing along with it!  ACK!  Nothing creepier than coming out of a store of horror, into a dark parking lot and then having two little voices singing “1, 2…3,4 blah blah blah”. 

Of course, I look over at Derek and he’s thrilled.  Watching me squirm is so much fun.  Love you babe. 

Me:  “Great!  Next thing you know they’ll be standing in front of mirrors saying ‘Candyman’.”

Derek:  “Hey Braden!  Say ‘Redrum’.”

Seriously?  Yes, my beloved was trying to conjure up some “Shining” thoughts.  Nice touch.  Did I mention it was our anniversary a few short weeks ago?  I much rather have a Giant Metal Chicken (confused, see here).

Clearly what he wanted was something like this video from “The Shining” movie which is beyond creepy to me.  Especially since we have the occasional sleep walking boy in our house. 

However, what Braden said, in a sinister little voice was this:

Jokes on you babe. 


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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Time To Send Out Some Holiday Cheer With Shutterfly!

Pin It Can you believe that its time to start thinking about Holiday Cards already!?!  Yep, with Halloween quickly approaching, I’m scrounging around for a recent photo of our boys and need to find the perfect photo card to use this year as well.  I loved last year’s card…
We’ve used Shutterfly for the last few years for our Christmas cards and loved the results.
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If you’re ga-ga for photo Christmas cards like me, then you really need to check out all the great designs available at Shutterfly.  They have the cutest styles and we always get the nicest compliments on our Christmas cards.
I’m so excited about their 2011 Christmas Card collection.
They have everything from bright and fresh…

To simple and elegant…

Love this one too!

With some many cute options, it looks like its going to be hard to choose which to send out again this year!
And if you’re looking for a high quality personalized gifts, check out Shutterfly’s Photo Book options.  I’ve had several books made through them and love the quality of the books.  Their software is super user friendly as well. 
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Fall Returns, Bring on the Soup: Creamy Mushroom & Potato Soup

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Fall is here and my soup cravings have returned.  This recipe was another instance of shopping the pantry and fridge and making something new.  Sometimes those don’t work out so well, but in this case it totally hit the spot. 

Creamy Mushroom & Potato Soup (printable version)


  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound of mushrooms (I like to mix white with baby portabellas, but didn’t this time.)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4-5 medium potatoes, peeled and diced medium, equaling 5 cups diced
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 cups of half and half 
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 cup sour cream, additional for garnish
  • salt and pepper to taste (I add more than you would think because potatoes soak up a lot of salt.)

In a large stock pot over medium-high heat, melt the butter, then sauté the onions, mushrooms and paprika for 5-10 minutes or until onions are translucent. 

From this:


To this:


Reduce heat, add the flour and cook for 3 minutes more stirring constantly.  Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT the sour cream.


Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook covered for 30-45 minutes.  Turn off heat and whisk in sour cream.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Serve immediately.  Add a dollop of sour cream to each serving bowl, if desired.


Hope this recipes finds its way into your fall cooking!  Happy Fall everyone!

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Monday, October 24, 2011

And the winner is…

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Commenter #16…Julie

Congrats on winning the Proud to Support Pink Freschetta Giveaway!

I sent you an e-mail about this prize, Julie.  Looking forward to hearing back from you soon!

Thanks to all of you that participated!

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kiddo Chatter: Deep thoughts with Lanham

Pin It Lanham is a deep thinker.  It comes from out of no where and I kind of think he’s a little genius waiting to explode into his own.  Until then, he provides me with occasional nuggets of how his brain works and I have to share them here or I’ll kill myself later trying to remember them all.

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This first conversation occurred last spring when he was just a measly (ha!) 2nd grader. 
Lanham: “So everyone that goes to college is a “servicer, right mom?"
Me: “Huh?”
Lanham: “Well, Mamaw (my mom) is a servicer.”
Me: “What in the world are you talking about?”
Lanham: “She services people.  That’s her job.”
Me: “She is?  Honey, I don’t think that Mamaw would like that title.” <snicker, snicker, I couldn’t help myself>
Lanham: “Where did she go to college?”
Me: “Mamaw has a clerical job, but she didn’t go to college.”
Lanham: “WHAT?!?  She didn’t go to college?  Then how does she even have a job, mommy!!!!”
As if that was the strangest, most absurd idea EVER.  A person without college = no job???
Wow…times have changed.  And we had a LONG talk about all the different kinds of work there is in the world.  From doctors to truckers…we all have a place in the workings of things.  He still looked at me like I didn’t have a clue…although that’s quite common on a lot of things these days.  I guess I should be proud that he has aspirations, even at such a young age, to further his education.  For some reason, it just bugged me that he didn’t think there were any other options for anyone.  Or maybe I’m the foolish one for thinking this isn’t truly the case.  Thoughts?


This second conversation happened during this past fall baseball season and I immediately shared it on Facebook.  However, since I’m lame and don’t link my FB with my blog, I had to post about it here.  I may be repeating myself for some of you…sorry.

So, while driving to baseball practice, Jessie’s Girl was playing on the radio and I, of course, was belting it out with Mr. Springfield.
Me: This was popular when I was about your age, maybe younger.
Lanham: Does this guy still sing?
Me: It's Rick Springfield...I'm not sure????
Lanham: Well, he probably doesn't sing anymore because he's probably DEAD. Geesh...that was a long time ago...yep...probably dead.
Me: WAH???
Lanham: I bet if he's still around he has a big beard. Yep. Old guys love their beards. Papa has a mustache.
How we got from Jessie’s Girl to facial hair, I don’t know.  But I promise you, this kid is a genius.  I mean, what kind of brain flow chart geos like this:

My homemade Mr. Einstein’s does, that’s who.  Love you Lanham…and that noodle of yours.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

DIY Chore Chart: A work in progress project

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Both of my boys are at an age where they need to have daily responsibilities.  Some of them are things that they should be expected to do (unpack backpacks, clear dishes after dinner), while other things are what I would call chores (taking out trash/recycling, feeding the dog).  Chores = allowance.

Currently, I’ve found myself constantly reminding them of each and every thing they need to do and its driving me a little crazy.  My life revolves around lists, so why not give them their own little To Do List and bring the level of chaos down a notch?

A chore chart?  Yep!

I bought this metal magnetic board from Ikea a few years ago while remodeling the laundry room and never used it.


I’ve stumbled across some great ideas for chore charts and knew that I wanted something magnetic.  Something that the boys to could move from “To do” to “Done”.  My laundry room leftover was perfect for a chore chart!

I think Ikea might still carry this item.  Here’s the label…


To dress up the plain magnetic board, I used a plastic valance from an old blind.


Using a miter box, I mitered the corners and glued it all together to make a top and bottom to the chore chart.  I’m not going to lie…this plastic valance was a major pain to cut through with a miter box.  However, it didn’t cost me a dime so I went with it.  Obviously a piece of wood or MDF trim would work great in this situation.

Once I had the metal framed out, I moved on to setting up the actual chart.  I knew I wanted to make magnets to delegate the chores for each boy.  So, I scoured my newest BFF Pinterest for some inspiration and found this great magnetic idea from Emily at Not So Idle Hands.  

Emily even shares a PDF file of her homemade magnet clipart. I used a few of Emily’s chores from this great PDF…


And then mixed in with a few of my own clipart chores that I made using PowerPoint…


Next, I cut out the chores I wanted to use on my chore chart.  I feel like this is a work in progress and we’ll be adding new chores as we go along.  But this is a start…


To make the magnets, I followed the same steps I used to make my necklace pendants.  However, I glued on magnets instead of putting bails on the glass squares for this project.


I used PowerPoint (yes, again!) to make “To Do” sheets for each of the boys and one that is combined for the tasks that they both need to complete daily.


The Extras area is for the magnets at the bottom.  Things they normally don’t do a on daily basis, but if they do them its like a bonus round.  We’ll see how this goes.

Then, I simply attached these sheets to the framed metal board with tape.  I didn’t want to use anything permanent, since I might want to change this set up in the near future. 

After that, I added my magnets in the right places and stood back to look a my frugal and helpful creation.


Using things that I already had in the house, I hope I’ve made something that’s really going to create some order around our house.


I went over watch each magnet stood for with the boys and they were actually excited about this set up.


No joke.


Again, I think this is a work in progress.  I have the basic bones done and we just need to see how it works out for the boys.  I’m already finding that its hard for them to have the “Shared” chore area since they often complete these tasks at different times.  However, until I make more magnets, this will have to do. 

Hope this inspires some of you to bring some order to your daily chores.  I’d love to hear any ideas that you might have for me to improve our system.  Work in progress people!


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Monday, October 17, 2011

We’re Back!

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Just a quick post to say sorry for my absence.  My husband and I took a much needed vacation to Riviera Maya area of Mexico.  It was gorgeous and SOOOOOOO relaxing.


Fruity drinks included…


We visited the Mayan ruins of Tulum while we were there.


The ancient city is perched on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  Completely breathtaking!


Now we’re back to reality and recharged to tackle the upcoming holiday season.

And these little monsters…


Yes, we got them Mexican Lucha Libre (professional wrestling) masks.  A big hit!

BIG THANKS to the grandparents for making this trip possible.  They watched our boys and kept the Persico machine running while we were away.  MWAH!  Oh and they provided a cute Welcome Home as well…


Thanks Mamaw, O.W.O. and Gammy!!!

PS:  Don’t forget about my GIVEAWAY!

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