Monday, February 24, 2014

Mustache or bows?

Baby #3 is due in August!
We're super duper excited
but I have a feeling time will fly by
since we have so much going on between now & August...

We're moving again sometime this spring.
This time it will only be a couple hours away instead of across the country,
but still...
Moving is exhausting.
Especially when you're pregnant,
your Hubby is swamped with work thanks to the lovely weather,
& we can't seem to get the house ready to list.
Does anyone want to move to Northeast Indiana?
We have a wonderful house
& the best neighbors in the world!
I'm not kidding.
I want to take them with me.

Little Princess is turning 2 in March,
Little Dudeman is turning 4 in April,
Hubby's birthday is in May.
Busy with their parties all Spring.

The kids & I might also make a super short trip to Utah in May
for my grandparents' 50th anniversary,
but right now with time & money that isn't looking possible...

My sister is graduating in June,
so we'll be heading to Minnesota to celebrate with her.

We're heading to Tennessee in July
to visit family & enjoy the beauty of the Smoky Mountains.

And then boom.
August will be here.
Just like that.
When I think of everything going on between now & then
my brain kind of wants to explode.
Hence the boom.
But we will be happy & surely my brain wouldn't do something like that.
At least I don't think it would.
That would be weird.
Really weird.

But really though...
Blue or pink?
What do you think?

See this post to find out the gender...
post signature

Friday, February 14, 2014

Triple Berry No-Bake Cheesecake

Oh my golly gosh goodness!
I LOOOVE cheesecake (:
I don't care whether or not it's baked,
as long as it's cheesecake...
This recipe certainly does not disappoint!
Someone made this when we lived in Tucson & gave us the recipe.
I lost the recipe & was super duper sad.
I was ecstatic when I noticed this recipe was in my
That cookbook is one of my faves
because you really can't go wrong with cream cheese.
Anywho, this is one of my go-to desserts to bring to potlucks...

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
6 Tbsp butter, melted
3 Tbsp sugar
4 pkg (8 oz each) cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup sugar (I like to throw an extra spoonful of sugar in when I make it)
1 pkg (12 oz) frozen mixed berries, thawed & well drained
1 tub (8 oz) Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed

Line 9x13-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Mix crumbs, butter and 3 Tbsp sugar; press onto bottom of pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling. Beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar with mixer until well blended. Add berries; beat on low speed just until blended. Whisk in Cool Whip. Pour over crust. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm. Use foil handles to lift cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.

Variation: Prepare as directed, substituting 3 cups mixed fresh berries for the pkg of frozen berries and increasing the sugar mixed with the cream cheese mixture to 1 cup.

post signature

Friday, February 7, 2014

U is for Unicorn - Despicable Me

After a 10 month hiatus due to
the movethe funeral, & the holidays
Mommy School is back in session (:

We left off with T is for Tiger: The Tigger Movie back in April,
which means that the letter U is up next...

U is for Unicorn.
I could have easily picked Toy Story 3 because of Buttercup,
but I already did a Toy Story theme so I thought I would switch it up a bit.
Vladimir collects ceramic unicorns in Tangled,
but that seems like such a small detail of the movie that I didn't think the kids would notice.
There is an animated short in Fantasia with unicorns,
but I have other plans for Fantasia.

Although it's not a Disney movie,
when I think of unicorns I think of Despicable Me...
Why you ask?
Because of sweet little Agnes & her incredible love for unicorns!

Photo credit:

So this week was all about Despicable Me,
& of course, unicorns.

Church Theme: Utah Pioneers
Primary/Church Song: 'Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked'
Preschool Song: chorus to 'The Unicorn Song' - (lyrics)
Book: Baby Unicorn & Baby Dragon by Jean Marzollo

While watching Despicable Me, we ate mini pancakes, a unicorn horn (ice cream cone dipped in melted white chocolate), a banana minion, orange unicorn horns (carrots), cookie robots disguised as coconutties, baby unicorn horns (bugles), a twinkie minion, & a Milano cookie minion in a mud pie.

Tumbling Tuesday:
We trotted around on my unicorn stick pony that I've had since I was little.
Living room dance recital.

Field Trip Friday (Wednesday):
After looking at the week's forecast, I decided to switch Wednesday & Friday this week.
Friday's -25 windchill didn't seem like safe weather to play outside in...
So on Wednesday, we went on a 'pioneer trek' pulling a loaded sled through the snow in our backyard.
Now that Friday has arrived, I'm 100% glad we switched days or we would be pulling that sled indoors.

Think About It Thursday:

Word Wednesday (Friday):
U letter sheets
Decorated unicorn horns

I've really missed Mommy School
& so have the kidlets...
I don't know if I'll be able to do it every week like I used to
since we still have a lot going on right now,
but I want to try to pull it off at least every other week or every 3 weeks.
Hopefully I can make that happen!


Thursday, February 6, 2014


I've done a couple book reviews in the past so as you may already know,
I love to read.
Do you love to read?
There's this awesome new site called eNKSPOTy
that hosts constant YA eBook giveaways, freebies, & deals!

Right now they are hosting 3 giveaways:
"A Memory Apart" by Daniel Elijah
"Waterfall: A Novel (River of Time Series)" by Lisa T. Bergren
"The Hunger Games Trilogy" by Suzanne Collins

Don't forget to check out the awesome freebies & deals section...
The deals range anywhere from .99 cents to $3.99, but there are a lot of free ones as well.
There's even deals on classics like "The Anne of Green Gables Collection"!

A sister site is in the works called eNKSPOTc.
It will be geared specifically towards Clean fiction & Christian fiction.
There aren't any giveaways, freebies, or deals listed on there yet
but it will work the same as eNKSPOTy from my understanding...

If you are a young teen fiction or young adult fiction author
and are looking for some extra exposure for your Kindle eBook,
check out eNKSPOTy's current author promotions.
Right now they are offering FREE giveaway, freebie, & deal promotion opportunities to authors.
These FREE promotion opportunities will end on Feb 28, 2014 so act fast!
If you miss that, from March 1, 2014 until June 1, 2014 eNKSPOTy will be offering 1/2 off
to any authors who participate in any giveaway, freebie, or deals promotion.
Pretty sweet, huh?

Seriously though...
What a great site for readers & authors alike!

If you want to check out my book reviews:
"A Memory Apart" by Daniel Elijah
(chapter 1) "Love.Loss.&Oh.My.Heck." by Maryn Hillman

This is not a sponsored post & I was not compensated for this review.
I just wanted to let you know about eNKSPOTy because reading is marvelous.

post signature

Monday, February 3, 2014

LoveCoups Giveaway

Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise asked if I would like to co-host
a fun little giveaway just in time for Valentine's Day!
So here I am, co-hosting this LoveCoups giveaway (:
If you can't decide what to give your sweet someone for Valentine's Day
these love coupons from LoveCoups would be perfect!
You can give them 20 personalized coupons that they can enjoy when they want to!


There is nothing more special than spending time together. is a new twist to the traditional love coupon.
The LoveCoups character creator allows the user to edit their own characters to illustrate the book.
With over 200 coupons, you can select 20 of your favorites.
They print, bind and ship books anywhere in the world.
  • LoveCoups are perfect bound books
  • 20 full-color, glossy, perforated pages in each book.
  • No extra cost per page, 20 coupons for one flat price - $24.95
  • Fully customized characters
  • Over 200 coupons in 16 different categories
  • Adult coupons available (18+ verification required) has a special offer for each of you wonderful readers...
Visit, create an account and use promo code PARADISE15 at checkout to get 15% off your order! And if you do, make sure to enter your account name on the rafflecopter for an extra 10 entries in the giveaway!

The giveaway is only going to be running until Thursday night at 11:59 pm PST
so that the winner has a chance of getting their book in time for Valentine's Day...
Good luck!
post signature

Saturday, February 1, 2014

A few of my favorite things.

In honor of this being my 100th post...

1. my family (& extended family)
2. Jesus Christ
3. our Heavenly Father
4. sunshine
5. flip flops
6. fresandía gatorade
7. the ocean
8. palm trees
9. swimming
10. penguins
11. freshly fallen snow
12. rain
13. Disney movies
14. Disneyland
15. Yellowstone
16. nature
17. waterfalls
18. singing
19. music {all kinds}
20. Culvers
21. In-N-Out
22. Eegees
23. Cheesecake Factory
24. 24
25. Beauty & the Beast
26. Surf's Up
27. TRON: Legacy
28. cheese
29. cheesecake
30. cake pops
31. pineapple
32. Dole whip floats
33. Monte Cristo sandwich at Blue Bayou
34. Otter Pops
35. Nintendo
36. ice cream
37. frozen yogurt
38. frozen custard
39. gelato
40. cheese curds
41. the Indianapolis Colts
42. VW
43. the color blue
44. ice blue raspberry lemonade kool-aid
45. watermelon lemonade
46. watermelon
47. fireworks
48. smiling
49. kids
50. fireflies
51. glow sticks
52. Target
53. Hollister
54. PacSun
55. Phineas & Ferb
56. ice water
57. spiffy mailboxes
58. laughter
59. a good book
60. fruit
61. family vacations
62. hot cocoa
63. the scent of pine trees
64. the sulfuric smell at Yellowstone
65. the smell inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride
66. the scent of citrus groves
67. the smell of rain
68. other nostalgic smells
69. memories
70. traditions
71. stale Peeps
72. Take 5 candybars
73. pajama days
74. crisp fall air
75. seasons
76. animals
77. the number 7
78. spending time with Hubby
79. date nights
80. being a mom
81. playing with my kidlets
82. make-believe
83. catching up with old friends
84. board games
85. being outside
86. going on walks
87. learning
88. Jamba Juice
89. bawls
90. playing video games
91. reading
92. using my imagination
93. musical theatre
94. chocolate chip cookies
95. my wedding flowers - white lilies, dendrobium orchids (stem-dyed blue), & white roses
96. randomly breaking out into song & dance with the kids pretending our life is a Disney movie
97. surprise visits from family & friends
98. hand-written letters
99. serving others
100. blogging

These are a few of my favorite things...
post signature


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...