My Cliche 2014 Resolution + 2013 Recap {Gym Membership Giveaway}

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I've decided to do two lists for this post. One for a more serious things that I wish to accomplish this coming year and another of things that I shouldn't have to tell myself to stop doing, I just shouldn't do them.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

I feel like every week there is a new health craze. Last month it was quinoa, the month before that kale was the craze; don't even get me started on last years acai berry fad but lately there has been a lot of talk about chia seed overnight pudding. This definitely grabbed my attention. I already put chia seeds into my yogurt and smoothies because I absolutely love the texture that they take (like a small tapioca) but I had never considered blending them into nothingness. 

For those of you who aren't quite sure what I am talking about, who remembers ch-ch-ch chia! (You know, Chia Pets!) Speaking of chia pets I grew up with the dog one but if you had the Bieber/Obama/B.Spears one I salute you because that is just to amazing for words. 

Something I Love

Friday, December 27, 2013

I love breastfeeding! After such a hard time the first go round we are going 5 months strong and I love it! I love being the nurturer for my son and his comfort. BUT the most awesome thing is when Foster decides he's hungry, he gets himself situated right in front of the tatas and head butts them- if I don't release them immediately he will start yelling at them. Not a quiet cute yell but more like cats dying until I get them out. It's awesome because it's like he thinks they are a living and independent person and just gets right on their level and screams with all his might.  

While he is yelling at them I can't help but think of this

A Very Merry Blogmas

Thursday, December 26, 2013

I'm back! Sorry for the absence from blogging I have been busy spending time with family, baking, seeing Santa and making Christmas traditions.

This Christmas snuck up on me. Not to say I wasn't prepared because we definitely were. The only reason is it still feels like October! In fact it might have been warmer yesterday than it was during Halloween. It didn't seem like Christmas without snow on the ground. My family is in pursuit of snow right now. They are on their way up to Idaho to their cabin were it is definitely Christmas. We're hoping to make a trip up there by March. 

Even with the lack of snow there was something that hit our family and put a teensy damper on Christmas. 

I Bought a Bar Cart {$100 Christmas Giveaway}

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Yesterday I was planning my annual family Christmas party and was deciding on a drink station + decided my kitchen could use a bar cart. There's a little wall with just a couple of pictures on it but always looked kind of blank. I was perusing Pinterest (as always) and was pretty set on making a coffee station but decided with a bar cart I could change it after the party to the coffee station. Win, win! 

I discovered a couple things while searching for the bar cart:

1) Bar carts are ridiculous expensive so I'd have to settle for a not so cute one and just make it cute
2) My husband could care less about it. He didn't want me to get one until I explained it wasn't just for wine and champagne
3) It takes me a lot time to style one and I continuously had to reference my favorite ones
4) This involved multiple trips to multiple stores 

Needless to say I recruited the baby sitting brigade (some family members) to watch the two kiddos while Bryson was at work and set off to find all the cutesy things I would need to make my super drab cart into a fab cart! 

Living in a small town there aren't a whole lot of options for buying things so after stops at Target, Dillards, TJMAXX, Hobby Lobby + local thrift stores I have everything I need for the perfect cart! 

Now I just have to wait for my pictures to hang up above it :) 

Here's some of the inspiration I was using 

I am NOT a Pinterest Mom

Sunday, December 8, 2013

My sweet, handsome, little man fell asleep harder than usual yesterday so I sat him on our soft blanket, slid a little Santa hat on him and did what any sane mother would; I tried to shove his sweet, sleeping body into his monogrammed stocking. 

However, as I was sliding his little pudgy body into the stocking I ran into a small dilemma....or should I say a big dilemma.

The Best {and Easiest} Banana Bread

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Every grocery shopping trip somehow bananas end up in our cart. Don't get me wrong, I love bananas in my shakes and pancakes, Lo loves to snack on them, Foster loves them in his snack net but no matter the good intentions to eat them all they always seem to be black before we can eat them. Lo will not under any circumstances eat bananas that have marks on them. With it being so chilly out now it's the perfect time of the year to make banana bread! Warm, moist, chocolatey, banana bread. 

Bryson took one bite of the first slice and said, "Do we have enough bananas to make another one?" 

Halloween at Our House [After Thanksgiving]

Sunday, December 1, 2013

I love Halloween. I'm not sure if it's the leaves, the smells, the pumpkins, the movies, the crafts or the dressing up but I love it! We make it an all day family event and this year was extra special because it was Fosters first Halloween and it was the first year that Lo touched the pumpkin guts WAHOO! ;) 

So my daughter can be kinda creepy....

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