Monday, February 23, 2015

A Snow Day

This weekend we were pretty much stuck inside due to snow and we got a lot.

We played in it. We went sledding in it. It made a couple of us cry. We even ate it (instant slushie, just add juice!).

My favorite part about the snow is when you're outside in it, it's so quiet. It's very peaceful.


I think the baby enjoyed it the most (as you can see). He got to go sledding for the first time and ended up doing a face plant. No biggie to him though.

For those of you that get snow, what are some of your favorite activities to do when you're stuck inside?

Friday, February 13, 2015

Insta-Friday

H's "new" dresser. / 15 month well check. / Trying out his b-day present.
Don't be fooled by that cute face. / Animal sound practice. / French Toast Bake.
He was mad I wouldn't let him a=have an old bottle. / Valentines. /  Morning vs. Afternoon.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Freeze!

You know the game Freeze Dance? Some days I feel that's how I live my life. Everything and everyone moving so fast that I just want to yell, "FREEZE"! I want to time to slow down. I don't want to forget who they are at this moment.

Some days being a mom to these goofy boys is all I need. I take comfort in the fact that they are all mine and I am theirs. They don't care what I wear or if I need to get my hair done. I love that all they need is me (or their dad) when they're hurt or sad. To them, I am perfect and so are they.

Why I love photography so much is that you do get to freeze time. When my husband and I are old and gray, we will look back at all these photographs we took with such fondness.

I encourage you to freeze time a bit and jump in the pictures with your kids. You don't have to share them with anyone but I guarantee your kids will thank you when they're older.


And don't be afraid to take some silly ones too!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Share The Love Giveaway!

Today some of my favorite bloggers and I have come together for a share the love giveaway! $75 for you and $75 for someone you love! Just in time for Valentine's Day! Isn't that exciting? We sure think so. You can pick whoever you want to receive the other $75, parent, sibling, best friend, etc!

 
Share the Love Giveaway

Prize: $75 PayPal cash for you and $75 PayPal cash for someone you love Co-hosts: Sarah Halstead, Crosbie Crew, A Grande Life, Our Holly Days, Behind the Camera & Dreaming, Alyson M, Little Us, Just Julie Ann, Fresh Mommy Blog, Kendall Rayburn, A Sorta Fairytale, 2 Paws Designs, Simple Stavish, and Faithfully Free. Rules: Use the form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 2/14 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email. Share the Love Giveaway $75 for you & $75 for a friend

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

5 Tips For An Organized Pantry

Hi everyone! Today I'm over at Our Holly Days sharing 5 easy tips for organizing your pantry. Please stop by here and say hi!


Friday, January 30, 2015

Insta-Friday

Hanging with my baby. / Pine Car Derby Race.
Vans are our fave. / Wild & free.
Treat from Grandpa & Granny. / A treasure from our walk.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Making Forts & Marshmallow Popcorn Bars

I remember as a young child building forts with my younger brother and the other kids that were at my babysitter's house. We would take every blanket she owned and turn her living room into one giant fort. Each kid was given their own space to turn into their own little space and in those moments, that's what childhood was all about. We were given the freedom to make up our own rules, to learn to build together (and fix lots of mistakes), compromise, have fun and make long lasting memories.

Now, as a mom of 3 boys, I hope to instill in them childhood memories that they will want to one day do with their own children. Having fun with your kids doesn't always have to cost a lot of money, in fact, you probably have most of what you need right in your home. My two biggest items for building a great fort are blankets and a really good snack.


So let's work on that snack. It might sound silly but popcorn is something I associate with a good time. We eat it at the movie theater, at home movie nights, parties, fairs and special outings. And this recipe is so easy and really yummy!

What you need:
-2 bags of Pop Secret Popcorn (I used the home style)
-4 cups of mini marshmallows
-1 stick of butter
-1/2 cup white chocolate chips
-mini M&Ms
-sprinkles

Directions:
1. Pop your popcorn according to the box and allow to cool. Take out all the kernels that didn't pop and throw them away. Place popcorn in a big mixing bowl.
2. Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick spray.
3. In a medium sauce pan, melt the butter. Once melted, add the marshmallows. Keep stirring until they melt.
4. Add the melted marshmallows and butter on top of the popcorn and stir until it's completely mixed. Then spoon it into the 9x13 pan. Press it all down so it's even.
5. Place your white chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave to cook for 45 seconds. Stir, place the bowl back in the microwave for another 10-15 seconds. Keep doing this until the white chocolate chips are melted.
6. Using a spoon, drizzle the melted white chocolate over the popcorn. Then just spread your M&Ms and sprinkles on top!  Enjoy!

The boys were all about helping me build a cool fort. It had to be big, we needed lots of blankets and pillows, we needed some lights and of course, our Pop Secret's popcorn snack. What we decided to do was utilize our dining room table. Think about it, its already like a fort, it just needs some walls.


To start the pillow fort,  we removed the dining table chairs and placed them in another room. Then we moved the table a little farther away from the wall to allow for a bigger fort. I allowed the boys to pick and choose what blankets went where, after all, this was their fort (I was reminded a couple of times!). I helped with getting the blankets over the table and used the layering to keep the blankets from sliding. Next we laid a big quilt on the floor so it could "be more cozy" as my 5 year old said. Then we threw in some pillows to lay on. The boys were so proud of themselves!


Later, at night, we added some Minecraft flashlights and glow sticks bracelets to kick up the cool factor. The boys loved playing the iPad in there (and my husband and I got to watch our show in peace. Cheers!)


Next time you want to surprise your kids with a fun night, buy them some Pop Secret Popcorn, get some blankets ready and help them build a fort. They are going to love it!

Get a $1 off Pop Secret coupon here.

Thank you to Pop Secret for sponsoring today's post and inspiring me to build a pillow fort. All pictures and opinions are 100% mine.