January 15, 2018

Minion Valentine Party Favors for Kids

Who is ready for Valentine's Day? Well not me exactly but it's always nice to be prepared ahead of time so I thought maybe I could help with some ideas if you are one to jump on top of projects. 2 years ago I was in charge of gift bags for Zane's class (2nd grade). I have this little problem called crafting, so when I do something it can be time consuming. As I was making all the stuff, my husband said, "Why do you take so much time to do all this"...I then said "look at Jaden she is already 18 years old, we only get our children for a little while, it is well worth the time and effort." At that time our oldest daughter was 18 and now she is 20 and I am still having a hard time grasping the fact she no longer lives with us

So here are some ideas for classroom parties...I did a Minion theme since my son loves Minions.

So the items in the gift bag were homemade Minion mask, Minion Twinkies, bottle cap necklaces, homemade slime, bubbles, and a cupcake parfait.

 You can find these awesome Minion wrappers at HaleGrafx  HERE and HERE
You can also find the heart saying I attached to the back at examiner.com HERE 

 I found a Minion mask on google and used it as a pattern to make these. I then printed up the little saying May I mask you out Minion Valentine?

 For the homemade slime I made I printed up  Slime yours Minion Valentine for the girls and for the boys I printed up Be my Valenslime Minion

 For the bubbles I printed up Just popping in to say Happy Valentine's Day for the girls and for the boys I printed up You blow me away Valentine

 For the bottle cap necklaces/bracelets I found them on google put could not tell you from which website.

 This cupcake parfait consisted up chocolate cupcakes, ganache, banana pudding, banana buttercream frosting, drizzled with chocolate, topped with chocolate covered banana chips and these cute little Minion gummies I found at Walmart.
You can find the cupcake wrapper printable at Oh my Fiesta in English I just added some hearts and a couple of sayings...I'm bananas for you Valentine and on the other side I added You make my heart go bananas Valentine. 

 Here is my handsome little Minion 

And here is the classroom full of Minions! 

I hope you all have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

January 10, 2018

Focusing On Myself for 2018

What is a New Year for? To begin a new chapter in life of course! 2017 was one of those years that many milestones were reached and then it was also a year that I wouldn't mind forgetting. So this year I have decided to make it a year about me. Sounds selfish right? I'm a mother, a wife, etc. how could I possibly take time for myself? Well that's exactly what I haven't been doing and I failed at many things because I was not "right" with myself.

   "She's a dreamer, a soul searcher and a wanderer. She drifts along, deep in thought, 
her mind craving exploration and her eyes telling tales of mysterious adventures." 

 When I decided I was going to blog again I wanted to be honest and being honest meant being real. Real life problems that we throw in the closet and pretend to be okay because it seems like every parenting blog has a "picture perfect" family and struggles with nothing. The house is always clean, the meals are nutritious and made from scratch, the children are angels, the husband brings home flowers unexpectedly, they are perfect...or so it seems. I once blogged and I only posted about the positive things in life, but what if people (like myself) are struggling and want to relate to someone?

I was a stay at home mom and never got out, so if I wanted any type of social life it would be to read other blogs. It was nice if I wanted to see some DIY projects, some baking tips, some recipes, how to get healthy, but connecting with people who go through real life problems seemed impossible to find. So I was inspired to start blogging again and blogging about everything...both the negative and positive things that happen in reality.   

2018 meant a lot of changes and being real with myself. At the beginning of 2017 I visited my best friend I hadn't seen in years, at the end of 2017 I visited her again. I was going through major issues and I needed someone to talk too. One thing that stood out was that when she seen me at the beginning of the year she was appalled because it wasn't the Jodi she knew. She was right...who had I become? I was becoming a people pleaser, so unlike me. I once focused on myself and my family and I really could care less what others thought of me and in the process forgot who I really was. A lot of this change was due to my husband becoming a Pastor. People look up to a Pastor and his wife and expect them to be perfect. If I wanted my husband to succeed at his job I had to be "picture perfect," so I thought. If you read About Me I am far from perfect and have made a lot of mistakes in my life and it was a lot of pressure to fill the shoes of a Pastor's Wife. I was so focused on being perfect...too focused to see that it had taken a toll on my relationship with my husband and children and it was almost too late to fix it. 

BUT here I am and I am ready to be me in 2018! I have some resolutions for the year for the first time in years. I was not much of a resolutions person but this year I am! So let's begin:
  1. Go back to college to get my Master's Degree: I am enrolled just waiting for everything to clear!
  2. Get a manicure and pedicure: Yup, I have neglected myself for so many years that I haven't got a mani and pedi in who knows how long.
  3.  Spa treatment: I think I deserve a nice facial and massage, my husband once sent me to a day spa for an anniversary gift like 10 years ago, I think it's time for another one.
  4. Get a new hairstyle: It's a New Year and a new me so it's time for a new change. I might even color my hair if I feel daring.
  5. Tattoo time: I have been waiting to get my tattoos done for quite sometime but the cost is quite expensive and I have always told myself it could be used on the kids for something more important. Not this year, I have been wanting a new tattoo for 15 years, it's time for one. 
  6. Treat myself to Victoria Secret! Raise your hand if you are a Mom and get your bras and panties at Walmart. I'm ready to get my sexy back and I ain't ashamed to admit it, as wives and as woman we shouldn't be!
  7. Exercising: I think a lot of people put this on their resolution's list and this is no different for me. I was once a runner and fit and now I'm gaining and gaining weight. Not anymore! I actually started working out in November and plan on continuing. 
  8. Eat healthier: Another one on everyone's list. I always feel better when eating healthier but when life gets hectic it's easier to grab some fast food or throw something in the microwave, but this year I have my husband on board, finally! We even cook together and it makes it so much more enjoyable.
  9. Take time to relax. As Mothers and Wives it's hard to relax but this year I want to take 30 minutes a day, with a cup of hot tea and think about nothing. Not how crazy my day will be, that the laundry needs to be done, the house cleaned, but a moment to have to myself with no worries in mind (then I can go back to reality).
  10. Last but not least: Find me, enjoy me, love me, and be me...again! 
Sounds crazy right? So who is on board with me? I know it's a lot of pressure to make sure everyone is happy in your household and for some reason it seems to fall on the wife/mother too often and we neglect ourselves. Years in the past I would have felt guilty but neglecting myself almost made me loose everything I worked so hard to achieve. I am here to say it's okay to take some time for ourselves ladies. It's so important for our self-esteem and to run a crazy hectic household. I have a lot to work on this year but I promise you pampering myself will help and because of it I can make sure that my family is happy too!      

November 5, 2016

Cookie Monster's Birthday Celebration

Hello Blogger Friends!

It has been such a long time since I have been on here...the reason being is in the Fall of 2013 I decided it was time for me to go to college. My last child started school and it was lonely being home alone during the day so I knew it was time to pursue my calling in life. I have officially finished my classes and now I am working on my Internship and will graduate in December!!!

My blog needs a lot of updating because a lot can happen in 3 years and that is exactly what has happened, so bare with me while I make changes over the next few months. I still can't devote a whole lot of time on here because of my busy schedule but I do hope to blog at least once a week. So let's get started!

If you hadn't heart this past Wednesday (November 2) was Cookie Monster's birthday. Back in March Zane had to have his tube in his ear replaced and had to have his adenoids removed, as a we got him a bear to help him recover. Not too long after that my niece gave him a Minion and then my husband got him a Cookie Monster so we had to celebrate. A while back on FB I had watched a video on how to make Cookie Monster bark (sorry I have no reference as I don't remember much about the video). Anyways I decided to give it a try but a little different. 

 The ingredients I used I picked up from Walmart: Store bought chocolate chip cookie dough (gasp..no I did not make from scratch, that would be too easy especially after a long day at work), mini oreo cookies and chocolate chip cookies, eyes, and blue candy melts

 Press the dough into a 9 X 13 pan (I used a cake pan) and bake according to cookie dough instructions (mine took about 5 minutes longer to bake)

 Take out of oven and let cool

 While you are letting the giant cookie cool put the candy melts into a bowl and melt in microwave in 30 seconds intervals until melted

 Now spread on giant cookie

 Add eyes anywhere on cookie

 Now add mini cookies and stick in freezer or fridge until candy melts harden

 Now it's time to celebrate....HAPPY BIRTHDAY COOKIE MONSTER

 Now cut into squares and enjoy some cookies!

Thanks for stopping in! Come back soon!

December 9, 2014

For All The Elf on the Shelf Haters

Wow it's almost been a full year since I have blogged! When I started this blog I had the intentions of posting all the time and committing to it. My youngest started school and I was a stay at home Mom, home alone, with "nothing" to do. Last year I made the decision to go to college and that has pretty much consumed my life. Well that and being a Mom, Wife and all the other fun stuff. So what brought me back you ask? Well I have been seeing all these negative post about Elf on the Shelf and well you guessed it...I have a Elf on the Shelf and I wanted to voice my opinion as to why we enjoy our Elf on the Shelf!

(The kids were so happy when we got an Elf on the Shelf
 that they drew pictures of him)

It all started 3 years ago when I seen the idea of Elf on the Shelf and liked the idea of it. So I bought one and he showed up on our doorstep all wrapped up, sent from Santa himself! How excited the kids were to read the book and name him. The kids decided on the name "POOF!" You wouldn't believe how good the kids started acting knowing that Poof was reporting back to Santa. Each morning the kids would wake up (even my 15 year old at the time) and search for him and each morning I was greeted with much excitement and hey the kids were getting up on their own and getting ready for school without being grumpy! What a great bonus!

 (How could waking up to snow angels and snowballs/truffles not be exciting?)

 So why did I decide to jump on this bandwagon????....because I knew it would be exciting for the kids. I mean what could be so bad about me waiting until the kids fell asleep (I am awake anyways) and hide or do something creative with Elf on the Shelf that would bring excitement to the kids? My kids are only with me for a short time, in fact this is the last year my oldest will be under the age of 18. Yes I will have my first official "adult-child."

 (Look at the joy Poof brought to my 16 year old on her birthday...
even a teenager joins in on the fun)

When I look back on my childhood I don't really remember much about Christmas because it was the same thing each year. We would wake up on Christmas (1 day) and unwrap gifts and then it was over just like that. With Elf on the Shelf we get so much more memories for 25 days (or more). My kids can reminisce such as the time that POOF tried to give our oldest a makeover, or when he turned on the movie ELF and made elf spaghetti and we all laughed. As family we gathered around, popped some popcorn and watched the movie ourselves.

(How is this not a good memory, I laugh every-time) 

 Christmas is the best time of year. We celebrate the birth of Jesus, this should be a month to remember, and we do and we make memories with Elf on the Shelf. Sure I could do it without Elf on the Shelf but I'm pretty sure if I laid out a plate that has dog bacon and dog cookies on it telling the kids that I tried to make them bacon and eggs and that the cookies would not be a good idea to feed to Santa, the kids wouldn't find it very amusing.

(These are just some fun times to brighten our morning)

 So let's talk Elf on the Shelf and how we do it! Well on the morning of November 30, the kids receive letters from Santa and Poof. Each of the letters include "magic beans" (tic-tacs) that the kids plant that night in sugar and that is what brings Poof to life the next day. When the kids awake they find that the magic beans have sprouted into cookies!

 (The kids look forward to planting their seeds each year and waking up to 
these cookies and Elf milk which is green milk)

Each day after that something magical happens. Most of what Elf on the Shelf does I would do anyways for example buy Christmas ornaments, instead Poof hides and when the kids find him he has the ornaments. Or Poof brings a gingerbread house, we do one anyways why not make it even more memorable by letting our little Elf bring it. The kids were never excited that I bought a gingerbread house (they loved to put it together) but when Poof brings it, its a whole other level of excitement.

(Each year we make Gingerbread houses why not let Poof bring them for a little bit more excitement, it's fun to see the joy our Elf brings) 

This is very true, but let me guess you don't do Santa in your house (yeah right)? There are not many people I know who don't do Santa so what's the complaint? I mean my husband's parents the most Godly people I know and who's Dad is a Pastor did Santa for their kids. Of course it is understood in our family what the true meaning of Christmas is but Santa has become a part of Christmas and now in our house so has Elf on the Shelf. Did I mention that Elf on the Shelf is Godly? Let's see when Santa sends letters the letters stress the importance of the birth of Jesus. Poof has brought The Nativity (I highly recommend watching this movie around Christmas, or anytime for that matter), brought crosses for the kids to paint (did I mention I have them hanging on the wall and each time I walk by them I have great memories) and that's to only name a few.  So no Poof doesn't just play hide and seek he also reminds the kids the reason for the season. So not only do they get to hear it from my hubby and I, at church, it also comes from Poof!

 (There is so much that Poof does for our family to make sure that the kids remember the true meaning of Christmas...look how happy they are to watch an amazing movie that little kids might not be so excited to watch had our Elf on the Shelf not brought it)

These memories are made because I bought this Elf on the Shelf. I must admit had I not bought Elf on the Shelf I would not be doing some of the things that I do and I would have missed out on some of the most memorable times with my kids. Poof has brought memories to my house that will never be forgotten and I have pictures to remember them. Each year the kids talk to each other "remember when Poof did this," "remember when we watched that movie Poof brought us?"

 (There are so many memories and pictures I have of us as a family enjoying the long lasting fun that will always be remembered each Christmas season)

All I can say is maybe Elf on the Shelf isn't for you, but why do you have to bash it? My kids enjoy waking up to their Poof and I enjoy watching them and how excited they are each morning. I even made my sister jump on the bandwagon by buying my nieces an Elf on the Shelf, and when my sister found out she was not happy, but if I called her right now and asked her if it was worth it she would say the memories will last forever! So why is Elf on the Shelf everywhere??? Because it brings happiness to the kids each day. Sometimes our Elf does something so simple as to hide in a cabinet, other days he does something creative, other days he brings gifts, but most of all he brings joy to my kids!

(This year we added a new friend, Jingles and the kids absolutely love her just like they love Poof and  we will have many more memories for many years to come...I call those blessed memories. If Poof had not became part of our family our Christmas would consist of waking up on Christmas and that's it. Now it consist of family time together all month long)

February 21, 2014

Baltimore Orioles Birthday Cake

Wow it's been such a long time since I've been on here! I think I might have forgot how to blog! I do miss blogging but I literally have no time to blog now that I am in college :(  In-fact I barley have time to shower lol. I happened to finish my work this week leaving me with a little extra time, I probably could have picked up the house or something but I wasn't feeling good so I thought since I missed everyone so much I would blog!

Yesterday was my husband's 40th birthday so of course I had to make it a special cake! It turned out better than I thought it would and it was yummy!

I made him a Baltimore Orioles cake since it's his favorite sports team. His family is from Baltimore and they are crazy sports fans! Anyways I went through and picked all of their 'official' logos they have had throughout the years and all of their 'non-official' logos they have had. What made we want to do the cake is the O's it's a logo they have and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to use the O's as 0. At the bottom where it has his name and 1944-2014 makes it look like he died, but he didn't. It was to show their logo when he was born and their current logo they have lol. The top left is their very first logo and the top right is Jared's favorite.

 This is a chocolate cake w/almond buttercream (my hubby's request and his favorite).
The cupcakes are red velvet w/cream-cheese frosting.
Everything is edible including the toppers, made by me, you can see how I make them on Edible Cupcake Toppers. It took a lot of time and a lot and I mean a lot of detail work which is not easy with royal frosting, but I got the job done and it was so worth it!

 I just wanted to sneak in a picture of the grass, because it looked so realistic on the cake.

 Around the sides I used crushed oreos for the dirt.

And the birthday boy himself! He absolutely loved his cake...hey what are wives for? 

I hope you enjoyed the cake I made for my hubby, and thanks for stopping in, esp. since I'm not on here much anymore, I do miss my blogging.

December 27, 2013

Christmas Decoration Tour

Wow, I can't believe it's already the end of 2013. When I started this blog I had high hopes for it. I really wanted to put a lot of effort towards it and share so much with all of you. Well as you can see the last time I made a post was the beginning of November. Things have really changed for me. When I started, my youngest started kindergarten and I was a stay at home Mom leaving me with a lot of free time. So I decided that I would blog to keep me busy while the kids were at school. Then I made a sudden decision to start college. With that being said I haven't had a whole lot of time for anything. My once spotless house is lucky if it gets vacuumed once a week lol. It's been good for me though, my "OCD" has now turned into "I hope I can pick up the house before the day ends." I now realize how much time I spent on cleaning the house vs precious time. It really has been and eye opener for me, and a good one. So when I do get time I spend every moment with my kids and if I get lucky, sneak in some cleaning time. College break started for me December 13th and I have taken full advantage of catching up on some things.

Anyways my last post I promised a tour of my Fall decor, well that never happened. Maybe I can sneak that in while I'm on break (better late than never, maybe or maybe not). Because I have been so busy I have a lot to share, but before I get to that I wanted to put this post up first...my Christmas decor. Although I kept it simple, I thought it turned out nice.

 Here is the top half of my fireplace mantle. My favorite Christmas decorating colors is red and gold with white lights. I added some greenery to it and here is a simple yet decorated mantle.

 Here is the middle of the fireplace. I have a Merry Christmas sign, 2 decor trees, 2 glasses filled with ornaments & a touch of sparkle decor, and a vase filled with pine cones w/ a bow for added touch. 

 On the top of the mantle I made this lovely overhang decor piece.

 In the middle I have this decor glass filled with sparkle decor.

 Here's an individual picture of the pine cone filled vase, with a bow.

An individual picture of a simple glass with ornaments and a touch of sparkle decor.

 This piece is displayed on each side of my mantle.

 Here's a red glass filled with greenery decoration flowers.

 Another simple glass decor filled with ornaments and sparkle decor for an added touch.

 A glass turned upside down with ornaments used as a candle holder.

 A glass filled with decor rocks and a pine cone for a simple touch.

 In the background I have a simple lighted garland with added decor.

 Here's an up close shot of the added decor to the garland. This lighted garland is also in the front of my mantle for an added touch.

 On front of the mantle on each side I have these bells with a bow above it.

 Here is the bottom half of my fireplace.

 I have these cute little wooden decorations on once side of my fireplace. I didn't really like where they where, but I never got around to finding a better place for them.

 On the other side of the fireplace I have a simple display with some candles for added decor.

 My daughter insisted that we buy all the Christmas Village Displays at the dollar store. Then she seen the bigger displays at a store, I have a feeling that next year we will be upgrading to more than just dollar store village displays.

 Many years ago my Mom got me this little Nativity set, I usually have it on a certain display stand but was to lazy to get it out this year, so this was it's new home, but I didn't like it.

 Here's our decorated Christmas tree. I am in desperate need to buy a new Christmas tree. I've had this tree for 10+ years, again I found myself to lazy to get a new one. 

 Here is a simple garland wreath with lights I made and put a bow that matches my tree skirt on it.

 This is a German Nativity Pyramid. My Father~in~law was stationed in Germany when my husband was little. I had seen one my Mother~in~law had and just loved it, so she got me one! I love it.

 Here's a closer look at it. I display it on my coffee table with some candle holders on each side for added decor. The German Nativity Pyramid is also a candle holder (but I couldn't find candles to fit), but you light the candles and it spins.

 I filled my crate with a Nativity set that my kids painted last year. I didn't really have a home for my snowman and Christmas tree so I put it on top. Hopefully next year I can put a little more thought into my decor.

 This is my entryway table. The decor consist of my nutcrackers, homemade Christmas trees, Gingerbread houses that we all made as a family, and candy cane decor.

 Here's a side view of the display... I also have large Christmas boxes for decor.

 We have a bunch of pecan trees, so putting them next to the Nutcrackers was an easy decision. Beside the Nutcrackers I have homemade Christmas trees for an added touch of decor.

 Here are the homemade Christmas trees we made as a family.

 Here are our many Gingerbread houses we made as a family night. It was fun and of course was a nice touch to my entryway table.

 Last my candy cane display. In one vase I have a candle in the middle surrounded by candy canes making it a candle holder as well as a candy cane display. Beside it I have a jar full of peppermints and a simple candle holder.

Thanks for stopping in even if it's a little late. I didn't do as much decorating as I would have liked this year but I was still able to keep it simple but still enhancing the room with a Christmas look. I hope everyone had a very blessed Christmas.
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