Monday, November 30, 2015

30 Days of Thankfulness (Days 23-30)

If you missed previous days of thankfulness you can find those here.

Day 23

I am thankful for modern medicine.

Day 24

I am thankful for help making desserts.

Day 25

I am thankful for a calm pup that likes to snuggle.

Day 26

I am thankful for delicious food.

Day 27

I am thankful for great deals.

Day 28

I am thankful for great recipes.

Day 29

I am thankful all Christmas presents 
have been purchased, wrapped and tagged.

Day 30

I am thankful for a mixer that does 
all the heavy work this time of year.

What are you thankful for this month?

Friday, November 27, 2015

Turkey Day Recap (AKA: what we ate)

I'm going to make this a super quick post so I can get back to the festivities.  This year we went down to Virgina to my in-laws house.  It's not a big holiday for us, but it worked out nicely that we didn't have to cook yet we were still able to enjoy some delicious food! Much like everybody else, there was so much variety of food but I did manage to try a little bit of everything.  And now here are the pics.

These delicious sweet potatoes I may have to do a post on.  They were such a unique recipe (to me at least) on a classic dish.

When you have to have a separate table for all the food you know it is going to be good!  I don't think there was anything I didn't like.  All so yummy.  

Now bring on the shopping!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving wherever you may be!


Please don't forget the soldiers overseas whom are away from their loved ones.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Using Fashion Pins

I love Pinterest as much as the next person but if you aren't going to actually use what you are pinning then what is the point of pinning it.  In an effort to use more pins here are some fashion one I have been using this month.  

Plaid button down shirts.  I am obsessed this.  I own and wear far too many, but they are super comfy.


Boot cuffs are the best!  I love the look of them with a boot.  I found a few cheaper ones on amazon that are double sided.  Gray on one side and white on the other.  I also picked up a brown/tan, black/taupe, and a navy/cream.  I like that I don't have to wear a heavy thick sock to get the look I'm going for.


Layering is key for me this time of year.  Some days are warmer than others around these parts so layering is the way to go.  I can easily take a vest off when it warms up in the afternoon.



Booties.  Specifically taupe with buckles.  similar to these...  I have several booties but the ones I have that are similar to these seem to be my go-to this season.  Granted mine are from Target, but they are uber comfy.


Chunky sweaters.  Who doesn't love a good chunky warm sweater on a cold fall day?  If you don't like these I'm not sure we can be friends.


I have also been duplicating outfits like these...

Mixed prints with plaid.

Tucked with skinny jeans and booties.
I am still getting used to skinny jeans.

A Classic fall look, minus the necklace.
I prefer a simple necklace with fewer layers for
an outfit like this. 

A little Hans Solo like but is super comfy

I use a solid color sweater, but this is just a classic fall look for me.

Again a little Hans solo but its comfy.

What fashion pins have you been using lately?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

30 Days of Thankfulness (Days 15-22)

As you all already know I have been doing the 30 Days of thankfulness this November and so here are days 15-22.   You can see previous days by clicking here.

Day 15

I am thankful for beautiful fall colors.

Day 16

I am thankful I got to go to Target without a toddler in tow.

Day 17

I am thankful they get along so well.

Day 18

I am thankful that my hair is finally long again.

Day 19

I am thankful for surprise gifts from Hubby.

Day 20

I am thankful for movie night.

Day 21

I am thankful for the Cajun cuisine we learned to love and now make at home.

Day 22

I am thankful for a peaceful and productive nap time.

What have you all been thankful for these past few days?

Friday, November 20, 2015

Handprint Turkey

... Times 2

Subject: Art, Pre-Math, Colors
Time: 1-3 sessions with drying time but it could be done in much less time.

construction paper (red and yellow can be small scraps)
Paint or finger paint (yellow, red, orange, green, brown and/or purple)
Google eyes
Scissors or possibly kid scissors
Paint brush or sponge brush

This project, like most, became a multi-day project for us.  The end product made the time worth it to me.  We even made an extra one to send to Grandma.

I started by drawing two circles onto the brown paper then cut them out....  One larger (turkey body) and one smaller (turkey head).  If you have an older child they can cut out the circles.  I also cut out a triangle for the beak and a red worm-like piece for the turkey beard.  Again your child could do this if capable.

I took this time to help Bear put glue on each piece and build the face.  This was put aside for now.

Next we turned to making the hand prints.  Lesson learned; take the large brown circle and place it on the paper near the bottom of the page give more room for the feathers.  Very lightly trace, or better yet mark some spots, around the circle.   It will give you some idea on where to focus the palm of the hand when making the feathers.  This was the main problem the first time around but, you live and you learn.
We started with yellow and made a print on each paper. (Remember we are making 2 of these). I plan to overlap the handprints so I left space for the next day's prints.  It also kept colors from bleeding into each other.

I painted his hands and then helped him put it on the paper.  One at a time with each color.  We stuck with one color and did both so as cut down on the cleaning between paint colors.

We didn't have any more time so this was a great stopping point.  They dried nicely overnight.

The next day we did the remaining handprints then once again let them dry.

Later that afternoon when they had dried, I helped Bear put glue into the large Circle(s) and placed them onto the paper.  I wanted to cover up about half of the Palm.  I did the same with the turkey head we made on day one.  With this, I just wanted to make sure the face was right side up and overlapping some of the body.  

Once it was dry we shipped one off to grandma and hung the other up on the fridge.  It will go in his baby book later.  We did add eyes before mailing I just forgot to take pictures of it.  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Luray Caverns

For Veterans Day this year we took a trip out to Luray Caverns in Virginia.  Which I forgot to write about at the time time.  At any rate here it is now.  It was well worth the long drive out there for us in the end.  Both the drive and the caverns were beautiful!

There is no way a camera can capture the beauty and magnatude of this cavern.  I got some good pictures, but there is nothing like being there and see this in person.  I highly recommend visiting Luray Caverns if you ever get the chance.  Until then, here are some pictures from our trip.  

Bear was incredibly bored on this venture, but I'm glad he had the patience to get through it to the best of his abilities.

Fallen stilagtight. Only one know. To have fallen in the cave.  

Bear really enjoyed running around outside.  It makes me miss the country and wide open spaces.

Barbie Hair Fixes Part 1

Let's jump right on into it.   Every doll hair fix tutorial I could find started with brushing out the dolls hair.  It may look worse...