Aug 30, 2013

Friday Finds- Back to School Pt. 2

Book bags have been packed, lunches have been made, and school has officially started here in Pennsylvania.  With the start of school everyone needs a few new things to spruce up their wardrobes!  Today I'm going to share a couple of fun finds that I purchased for the new school year.  I will continue to substitute teach this school year with a few projects on the side.  I'm working on crafts for a craft show my mom and I are entering this December, it definitely keeps me busy while Harper is napping!  Matt just got a job teaching 7th and 8th grade math at a parochial school, he is pretty excited.  With the school year starting for us, I need to be prepared!

Let's get started!  I had a birthday last week so most of these purchases are made with birthday money!  I had to be good considering we don't have the best paying jobs right now, but let me tell you it was HARD, there are so many cute things out there!!

I had A LOT of luck at Kohl's this year (sometimes a hit, sometimes a miss for me).  Anyways, as always they were having sales, I had a 20% off coupon, and a gift card...that is a winning combination for me!

Here are a couple of cute things:
I'm obsessed with all things scarves; I have one for just about every color in the rainbow.  I really love the infinity scarves, but I'm also learning how to tie the regular ones to make them look cute! This is an infinity scarf which I got on sale for 15.99 and then 20% off!  I loved the colors in this scarf (I got the green)!
http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1536742/apt-9-abstract-infinity-scarf.jsp?color=Green

I found this boyfriend blazer (in black) to spruce up my casual outfits.  I'm a jeans kind of girl; I love anything casual and comfy.  When I go out I want to be able to "fancy" up my outfit a bit and I thought this would be the perfect way to do so!  I got in on sale for $49.99 plus 20% off!
http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1391687/lc-lauren-conrad-boyfriend-blazer.jsp?color=Steel%20Gray

For subbing you definitely want something that is dressy but comfortable.  I found this shirt and I knew it would be perfect for my job!  Plus, it ties in the back to add to its cuteness!  I got the black because they were out of my size in the purple.  I love both colors though!  I got in on sale for $24.99 and I can't wait to wear it for my first day subbing this year!
http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-1504568/lc-lauren-conrad-floral-pleated-top.jsp

Lastly at Kohl's I discovered their discount jewelry section.  Oh my goodness it was pretty awesome.  I actually got a really cute necklace for $1.90!  I got two necklaces (with earrings), one set of plain earrings and a bracelet all for $13.00!  I was so excited!!  If you haven't checked out the discount jewelry section, it's definitely worth the visit the next time you are in Kohl's!

That about wraps up my finds at Kohl's!  I have one last fun find that I want to share.  My husband couldn't understand why I wanted this so badly, but I love it and can't wait to use it in my next home!  I found this chalkboard at Marshalls a few weeks ago and fell in love with it.  I have seen so many cute ideas for chalkboards on Pinterest, one of those being a weekly menu board for the kitchen.  Now I figured when I went to buy one later down the road I wouldn't be able to find one I liked, so I wanted to buy this one now.  It was the perfect size, color, everything.....but it was $40.00 way more than I could afford to spend!  Then, I had a birthday and knew just where to spend the last of my money....at Marshalls on the perfect chalkboard, so that is what I did!

The color is bad in this picture, but the wood is a pale greenish, really pretty!


I hope you have enjoyed my Friday Finds, I know I enjoyed finding them!!  September is coming Sunday, can you believe it?!?  To kick off the new "back to school" month I have decided to make some fun changes to my blog.  In honor of going back to school and the dreadful packing of the lunches, I'm going to feature a fun lunch idea every Monday on my blog.  It won't necessarily be a lunch to pack for the kids, just a fun and different kind of lunch...no boring PB&J's for me (at least one day a week)! :)  Also, all of my Tasty Tuesdays for the month of September will involve apples...I do have teacher in me everyone, September is like national apple month in school (at least my previous school it was)!  Later in the month we will also dust off the crock pots for some easy and hearty meals!  I hope you will stop by Monday for my first fun lunch!  Have a wonderful,
long weekend and thanks for stopping by!

Aug 29, 2013

Firecracker Chicken

Tonight's dinner is simply awesome, that is if you can handle it!  Last weekend I made Firecracker Chicken with Matt for the first time.  He has asked to have it again twice since we made it.  My husband never likes to eat the same thing in a week.  I could eat pizza everyday, he likes a variety. That is how I know that this is a good find!  

This dinner is really simple and pretty quick to prepare, but it is definitely hot!  I do think Matt added a few more red pepper flakes then he needed to, but still really spicy!  I enjoyed it though!

My pinspiration: http://therecipecritic.com/2013/08/firecracker-chicken/

Ingredients:
For chicken:
1/4 cup canola oil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt
Pepper
1 cup of cornstarch
2 large eggs, beaten
For sauce:
1/3 cup of buffalo sauce (use more if you like a lot of heat)
1 1/4 cup of packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. water
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes

Directions:
For directions, click on the link above!

I don't have a picture of dinner because I forgot to take one.  Check out my link above for a picture and once you see it, you will definitely want to make it!  It really is a great dinner!!


Rare quite moment-I caught her reading books while sitting in the rocking chair in her bedroom.  Gotta love that she is reading, it makes the teacher in Mommy very happy!

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Aug 28, 2013

Sidewalk Paint

Lately I have been looking for fun, cheap, and easy activities to do with Harper.  This child is on the go all day long and I want to find fun things to do with all that energy!!  I saw this recipe for making sidewalk chalk paint and I knew I had to try it.  Not only is it really easy to make, but most likely you have all the ingredients already!  

My pinspiration: http://domesticcharm.blogspot.com/2011/05/liquid-sidewalk-chalk.html

Ingredients:
1 cup of water
1 cup of corn starch
food coloring

Directions:
Click on the link above for directions!

I used paper cups so it would be easy to clean up.  The blog I found the recipe at suggested mixing the colors and then pouring them into a muffin tray, that is another great option.  As far as brushes, I used those cheap foam brushes from Michaels.  I'm sure paintbrushes would be great too!

This was a neat alternative to the regular sidewalk chalk!  Harper really enjoyed playing in the colors too!  I knew it would most likely be messy so she tried them out in just a diaper, no clothes. In case you are wondering, the paint came off the driveway with some water from the hose!  When Harper got the paint on her it turned kind of powdery and came off easily!  



She enjoyed carrying the paint all over!



It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to do it again!!  

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Aug 27, 2013

Coconut Bundt Cake

Yesterday was my mom's birthday, I love celebrating birthdays!!  I knew I wanted to make her a cake and I knew it had to involve coconut, she LOVES coconut!  For my dad's birthday I found the perfect bundt cake for him and it was heavenly.  I decided to check back to one of my favorite blogs for another great bundt cake.  Shay, the mama at Mix and Match Mama spent the past year creating 100 different varieties of bundt cakes.  Since I loved the first one so much, I decided to try another.  I feature her recipes a lot on here because they are so quick, easy, and tasty!  Check out her blog if you haven't yet!  

Coconut Bundt Cake: 
http://www.mixandmatchmama.blogspot.com/2012/04/bundt-cake-33-coconut.html



Ingredients:
1 box of white cake mix (I used yellow because that is what I had)
2 small boxes of instant coconut pudding (you may use vanilla if you can't find coconut)
1/2 cup of veggie oil
1 1/4 cup of water
4 eggs
4 cups of sweetened flaked coconut, divided **check my note below about this!
1 small can of Eagle Brand Milk
1 can of vanilla frosting

Directions:
Click on the link above for directions.  I do want to point out the one adjustment I would make next time.  The cake itself called for 2 cups of coconut in the batter. **This is where I would make my only change.  We loved how the cake turned out except there was a bit too much coconut in the cake.  It was a little too thick; I wanted something more light and airy.  The next time I make this cake I'm going to skip putting the coconut inside the batter and just use the coconut pudding for the batter.  I would still include the coconut in the frosting and on top of the frosting.  We did love the cake though!   It is up to you, if you enjoy a heavier cake then I would say include the coconut!**

It was easy and definitely delicious!  


By the way, we went to dinner for my mom's birthday at Max and Erma's.  They had some kind of burger challenge, I forget how much meat it was but it was INSANE.  This is my brother just before trying to tackle the burger.  


Lol, don't mind his expression, I caught him between smiles!  Crazy, huh?!  It was pretty fun though, they timed him.  He didn't come close to eating it all, but we had fun!  The record is 9 minutes, don't know how but somebody out there is crazy!!

Come on by tomorrow for a fun activity to do with your little ones!

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Aug 26, 2013

Weekend Catch Up

Monday mornings always get here so quickly!  I hope everyone had a relaxing and fun weekend! We had a busy weekend but we got in plenty of family time which is all I care about!  

Friday night we took Harper to see Disney Junior Live.  My dad was lucky enough to score us some free tickets!  It was a Pirate/Princess show.  Jake and the Neverland Pirates and Sophia the First performed.  Doc McStuffins was the opening act.  It was cute, Harper wasn't so sure of it at first but she warmed up quickly.  Luckily we had open seats next to us because this child can't sit for long at all!  She was up in the chair, on the floor and in our laps the whole time.    



Such a sweet little busy body!  

On Saturday night we took Harper to the Crawford County Fair.  I'm not really a fair person, they are kind of boring to me.  I do love the food (unfortunately) but who doesn't love a corn dog and freshly squeezed lemonade!  I was looking forward to taking Harper though.  I knew there would be animals and she, like most little kids, loves animals!  She had a ball looking at the animals and trying to stick her fingers in their cages.  It was definitely worth it taking her!  This weekend she learned to say two new animal sounds, "roar" and "moo".  

She loves anything with a steering wheel; she thought the tractors were pretty cool!



We wrapped up the weekend with a hike yesterday morning.  We strapped Harper into one of those backpack carriers and explored local hiking trails.  It was a beautiful, warm, and sunny afternoon.  Harper had a great time and it didn't even seem to bother her that she was strapped into a backpack!  




Nothing beats spending time with this little rascal!  

Of course don’t let all the fun pictures food you, this weekend was filled with plenty of fussy pouts and screaming too!  I think we are entering the terrible twos a little early at our house!  This child sure does love to push the buttons! 

After the creek I enjoyed some "me" time and spent the afternoon finishing up my back to school shopping!  I will share some fun finds on Friday!  Come on back tomorrow for a dessert, Wednesday for a fun kids craft, and Thursday for a dinner idea!  What did you all do this weekend??  

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Aug 23, 2013

Friday Finds!

Today the finds are all about Back To School Clothes! I have a few back to school outfits I bought for Harper and myself.  Even though Harper isn't going to school she could always use some fun new clothes.  It is so hard to turn down cute toddler clothes; there are so many sweet outfits! 

Harper, my mom, and I went to Grove City Outlets yesterday after work.  It is always such a nice time when we go to Grove City.  It is about an hour from our house but every time we go it feels like we are on vacation!  We got dinner and a really good mini doughnut after dinner and then got busy shopping!  

I'm going to post pictures of a couple of the sweet things I got Harper and a few shirts I found for myself.  Getting new clothes for the fall is always so much fun; it sure gets me into the back to school spirit!  

Harper's stuff first:


This pink cardigan will look great with the dark denim, and the jeans flared, so cute!  The jeans were from Old Navy and the cardigan is from Carter's.  


I fell in love with these adorable flannel shirts-the gray one has white stars (hard to tell from the pic) and the other is pink and gray plaid.  Both shirts are from Carter's and I got stretchy pants to go with each shirt.


October wouldn't be complete without a few sweet outfits.  I got this one from Carter's and I can't wait until little miss wears it!

Leslie's Stuff:



I'm a sucker for a striped shirt.  I love these striped sweaters, they can go with so much and are really comfy!  Very simple and basic and great for the cooler weather!  I couldn't find a link for these, but I got them at the Gap Outlet.  The top one is tan and pink, the bottom is navy and white (one of my favorite color combinations).  

The last find of the day:


I also got this same shirt in two different colors-the top is navy (showing the front of the shirt) and the bottom is a mint green (showing what the back of the shirt looks like).  These shirts are lightweight and would be great for layering.  I could take off a jacket and still look professional with one of these on!  I also bought these at the Gap Outlet but couldn't find a link.  

It was a great day shopping with my mom and Harper!  I love getting in some good girl time!  Hopefully you all are enjoying the back to school time, and having good luck finding great sales!  I hope everyone has a great weekend and can finish up all that back to school shopping with ease! See you Monday!

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Aug 21, 2013

Pepperoni Balls

Pizza is probably my favorite food if I had to pick.  I LOVE cheese with mushrooms, onions, or banana peppers.  I don't really like more than one topping on my pizza at a time and that one topping would never be pepperoni; however, I love pepperoni balls!  Erie has a few local places that make really tasty pepperoni balls, and I have been craving some lately.  Last weekend we had a cookout to go to and I decided to make some, they turned out great and they were a big hit!  With college football starting soon, these would be a great staple at any tailgating party! 

One of my good friends used to make pepperoni balls and bring them to our house for different get togethers, I tried to remember how she made them and created some kind of off the top of my head (they weren't tricky, so I could do that).  



Ingredients:
Cooking spray
1 package of these dinner rolls -I used 24 of the 36
1 package of pepperoni-I used spicy pepperoni
1 block of Monterey Jack cheese (or your favorite kind of cheese) -chunk it up
1 egg
Garlic powder-to sprinkle over rolls
Oregano-to sprinkle over rolls
Parmesan cheese-to sprinkle over rolls

Directions:
Spray baking sheet with a small amount of Pam or other cooking spray. 
Thaw out 2 times the amount of pep. balls you would like.  For example, if you want 6 pep. balls, thaw out 12 rolls.  One side will be the top, the other the bottom.  They don't take too long to thaw out!
Once thawed, lay out half of the rolls onto a baking sheet-you will want to roll them out a bit (I used my hands for this).
Then, add a few pieces of pepperoni (I used 5 for each) and 2-3 chunks of cheese.
Next, roll out another piece of dough and place it over the pep. and cheese.  Then, roll up the bottom of the dough over the top of the dough. -I used a fork around all edges to seal the dough.
Then, crack an egg and give each roll a quick egg wash using the egg white.
Add a sprinkle of garlic powder, oregano, and parm. cheese to the tops of each pep. ball.  
I baked mine at 350 degrees for about 15-20 minutes (I think).  I have to be honest, I would keep an eye on the time, I made these last weekend and I already forget how long I cooked them.  I know it wasn't that long, but keep an eye so they don't burn!  Also, I did have to throw mine back in for a few extra minutes because they weren't quite a hard as I wanted them.  

I hope you all try these out for your next football party, or fun get together, I promise you won't be disappointed and neither will your guests!

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Sorting, Counting, and Necklaces, Oh my!

Today I'm going way back, well not that far back but in my current life it seems like forever ago.  I'm going back to when I was a classroom teacher, yes, I used to be tired, excited, overwhelmed, anxious, and all around crazy at this time of the year.  Back to school.  I can't believe it is here already, although I say this every year, summer flies by too quickly.  In the spirit of all of our little friends starting school within the next two weeks, I decided it was time to do a craftivity that all of the teachers out there would be proud of! Today we will sort, we will count, and yes, we will create really cute and tasty necklaces!  

Any parent to a school-age child will know what a HUGE deal the 100th day of school is.  There is a party, usually some kind of take home project where kids find 100 objects at home, and there is always some kind of snack!  Well, as I was pondering over what I wanted to blog about for a back to school post, I thought of all the fun times I had in the classroom, which of course made me think of the 100th day of school!  What a great day!  The craftivity (yes, I have heard other bloggers use this and I think it is really cute) can be adapted to work for any day.  

I got two pieces of computer paper
2 pieces of card stock (just so happened to be red and green)
1 box of fruit loops
1 piece of yarn
tape (to tie off the ends of the yarn--much easier to string fruit loops this way)

As you have already figured out, yes, we are making fruit loop necklaces.  But why the paper?  Well, my first year of teaching I gave my kids a bowl full of fruit loops and told them to count out 100 for a necklace. Did I ever mention your first year of teaching is a lot of experimenting, and tweaking, and definitely changing!  I quickly realized it was a chaotic mess, and then I saw a co-worker using these wonderful mats:



All I did was lay out two pieces of computer paper next to each other and glue down the middle.  Then, I cut out 10 different colorful circles and glued them on.  Now, this is where it can become your own creation.  I am showing you what I did for first graders, obviously counting by 10's to 100 is too much for little ones (or I would think).  So you could always adapt your mat to fit your own needs!  Maybe you want to count by 5's to 25, or count by 10's to 30, possibly count by 2's to 10??  It is up to you and your child.  I just found the visual so much easier for my first graders to use!  Then, along with counting out the fruit loops, they could take it a step further and sort them out by color.  Check it out below:




After they are done, practice counting by whatever number they sorted, we counted by 10's to 100! Then, we created these fun necklaces:

I ran out of yarn on mine, so my necklace only has 90.  

This doesn't just have to be a necklace; it could also be a fun snack!  Head on out, buy a box of fruit loops and have fun counting!

Stop by tomorrow for a game night snack!

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Aug 14, 2013

Brinner Time

It's time for brinner at my house.  Have you heard of it?  It's breakfast for dinner and it sounds like a great idea, right?!  Matt would request brinner once every week or two if he could.  He loves pancakes, bacon, hash browns, whatever the breakfast item he pretty much loves it.  I on the other hand am not as crazy about breakfast and he is.  I enjoy breakfast but I don't LOVE it, give me a bagel and cream cheese and I'm a happy girl!  I do like a pancake, a piece of French toast, or some hash browns every now and then, and sometimes it is fun to spice things up.  That is why I love Pinterest, I found two great ideas for new and exciting brinner items!  

Breakfast Cupcakes-they were pretty easy and really tasty.  Something different than the usual scrambled eggs and they tasted good with some hot sauce!  
Pinspiration: Breakfast Cupcakes

Pancake dippers-these don't look as beautiful as the link's pancakes but they were so good!  I always see sausage wrapped in pancakes, but I have never seen bacon with a pancake.  I have always wanted to try out the combination and then I found a great link for an easy recipe!  I would highly recommend these, they were delicious!  Something about the bacon, pancake batter, and maple syrup is a real winning combination!  
Pinspiration: Pancake Dippers

So there you have it, two fun and easy brinner items.  These would also be a lot of fun for a Sunday brunch!  Both recipes were a hit at my house!  

One more day until fabulous Friday!  We can do it!!

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Colorful Rice Creations

Last Friday was my last day for Arts and Crafts and I'm really going to miss it and my kiddos!  It was a lot of fun and I loved crafting all summer long!  On Friday we made rice creations with the younger kids.  I dyed rice and the kids got to go to town with it!  I traced their hands on paper plates and had them glue down whatever colors they wanted.  I unfortunately forgot to take pictures of how the projects turned out.

I decided to share a few pictures I found on Pinterest for using dyed rice!

Mamas Like Me: Dyed Rice #Sensory Play and The Weekly Kid's Co-op - Includes a tutorial for dyed rice!  So easy and fun! #preschool
Have you heard of sensory bins?  These look so fun, I think Harper would love them!  I also love how they color coordinated the rice with the objects!

Art projects with home-made dyed rice!  Colors really POP on black construction paper!  Make designs with glue and decorate!  Instuctions for rice on link.
This is cute, and I think printing out your child's favorite cartoon character or some other kind of picture from the computer would be fun to fill with rice!  

Great idea for sorting from: http://sinemetudesigns.blogspot.com/2011/11/fall-leaves-tactile-art-project-for.html

Patriotic decorations made with dyed rice! Fun project to do with the kids.

The cool thing about the rice I dyed was that it smelled great!  I came across the idea of using Kool-aid to dye the rice instead of food dye.  This was a great idea and my kids loved guessing the different scents, they did smell awesome!  By the way, it was really easy and quick to do!  


Let me know if you create anything fun with your rice!  I'm thinking of making some sensory bins myself!!  Happy Hump Day! 

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Aug 12, 2013

Weekend Catch Up

This past weekend was wonderful!  Friday night Matt and I went out to dinner, alone!  It was awesome to be able to eat in peace.  No little one climbing out of the highchair and onto our chairs, no chasing her around while we try to squeeze bites in here and there, and we actually got to complete some conversations in one sitting!  Haha, not that I would trade Harper for anything, but it sure is nice to get some adult time every now and then!!

Saturday I got to clean and do laundry...two things I actually do enjoy doing.  Well maybe not doing as much as having done!  It always feels so good to have a clean house and all the laundry done, for about 2 hours until the next laundry pile forms and the toys get scattered everywhere! :)  Saturday night Matt, my sister Kellie and I had a bonfire.  We did hot dogs and smore's ....I definitely skipped my calorie counter on Saturday!   Anyways, I went to peek on Harper during the bonfire and she was still up.  I broke one of the most important rules of parenting and I got her out of her crib!  I just wanted her to be part of the fun!  Well, Kellie and Matt convinced me to let her try a marshmallow, she wasn't a fan but at least we can say she tried one!




On Sunday we took Harper to an amusement park again.  It was so much fun watching her enjoy the rides and waterpark.  My parents went with us, Harper insisted on holding Papa's hand all day...I'm pretty sure he was loving every minute of it!  It was a perfect warm, sunny, fun, summer day!



She's not sure about this one!



I love weekends where we can create fun memories with the whole family!  Stop by tomorrow for a dessert, Wednesday for a craft to make with your little ones, and Thursday for some BRINNER!  

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Aug 8, 2013

Friday Finds

Happy Friday!  I'm loving that it is another great Friday, and I'm hoping a sunny, fun weekend!  I plan on spending some time with Harper and Matt and possibly some ooey gooey smores!

This week I really don't have much to share, but hopefully you will enjoy!

I came across this website and was really excited about it!  It shows you where to go to get locally grown organic foods.  It has a map all across the United States.  There are farmers' markets and family farms on the website.  I have found some new places around my home to check out!  I am definitely interested in finding some local organic food for a reasonable price, it gets so expensive to buy!

I found these two fun sites for amazing botique style hairbows.  My goal is to figure out how to make some of these wonderfully fun and adorable bows!!  Check them out!
http://www.etsy.com/shop/JamesonMonroe?section_id=10033071&page=1
http://mommyslittlesunshine.com/product-category/designer-headbands/

Finally, I have wanted to lose a little weight for awhile now.  Nothing seems to fit the same way it used to...that is totally my fault.  I haven't made much of an effort, I need to!!  I have some 5-K's coming up soon, I need to be in better shape!  I found an app awhile ago that I have used on and off for the past 6 months or so.  It is a really great app that can find tons of different foods.  I have logged in Olive Garden, Wegman's food, and lots of other random products.  It also has a barcode scanner that allows you to scan foods for a quicker way of logging in.  I really do love the app, now I need to put it to use a bit more!  PS- you can use it on the computer too!  Check it out: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/


A few rare ones of Harper actually looking at the camera! 

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Aug 6, 2013

Marble Painting

I have been having so much fun finding crafts to do with my little ones at Arts and Crafts camp!  The other day I came across some marbles in the craft closet.  I had seen some marble painting ideas in the past and knew I had to try it out.  The project turned out really cute and I think the kids really enjoyed the process of marble painting!

What you need:
Paper towels...yes, it gets VERY messy!  I did it with a large group of kiddos, 1 or 2 would be no biggie!
Box, deep cookie sheet, or a large deep lid
Marbles
Paint and paint cups
Construction paper
Yarn
Hole puncher

How we made them:
First, we lined a box with paper towels.  You could use a deep cookie sheet or some other deep lid.  I tried a basic cookie sheet first and the marbles rolled off easily...not ideal when they are covered with paint!

Then, I had pre-cut hearts out of white construction paper and hole punched them ahead of time.  I laid the heart in a box and got the paint ready.  I placed multiple marbles into each paint cup.  


Next, I swirled the paint around to cover each marble.  Once the marbles were covered, I dropped them inside the box on top of the heart.  (Messy...you all can probably come up with a cleaner way.) 

Then, it was time for fun!!  The kiddos got to tip the box left and right and all over the place as the marbles painted everything, including the box and paper towels!  They enjoyed this!  After one color, we switched to another and another until it turned out looking like this...

The marble did roll under the heart at times, so I let it dry with a paper towel underneath it!  When it was completely dry I hung it with a piece of black yarn!  Easy, cute, and fun!  

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Weekend Catch Up and a Tasty Tuesday Cookie!

This weekend was a lot of fun and tiring too!  I spent Saturday morning catching up on laundry and finishing school work for my class.  Matt got home late in the afternoon and we headed to Cleveland to spend time with his family.  When we got there we had a relaxing night of dinner and hanging out, nothing better in my book!  At the end of dinner we actually heard an ice-cream truck coming down the street.  Naturally, I couldn't pass up an ice-cream truck!  I am pretty strict with what Harper eats, but every once in a while I let her have a special treat...she needed a first official ice-cream truck experience, so she had one!  A fudgsicle, and she loved every. last. bite! 



Haha, what a sweet little face! 

After ice-cream we got all cleaned up and ready for bed.  Harper's Grandpa read her a story (Pat the Bunny, her favorite of the moment).  Then, Grandma read it to her too!  


Sunday we woke up and headed to the Cleveland Zoo.  Harper was excited to go, she loves the animals, but more importantly, she loves the "choo choo."  She has become obsessed with "choo choos" lately and loves to ride them!  We go on the train at our zoo every time we make a trip there, she loves it!  



 Quality time with her Uncle, she loves him!  


This picture is so sweet, Harper really enjoyed holding Grandma's hand at the zoo!  Then, at a shopping center near Matt's parent's house there was an event called Touch a Truck.  Kids and their families could go and get inside different community helper vehicles and meet officers.  It was really cute and Harper kind of enjoyed it.  Although she was so tired from the zoo she slept all the way to Touch a Truck.  By the time we got there she was a little shy and cranky.  She managed to hold it together to get inside a police car and cable tv truck.  She also got to sit on a Police motorcycle, she wasn't a fan of that.
  
2 seconds before the tears started! 

She quickly found the siren!  

We finished off the trip with some sidewalk chalk and a little more quality time with Uncle Mark!  

She had to lay just like Uncle Mark, hilarious!!

It was such a nice trip and I'm so thankful that we live close to family again.  We couldn't have all these moments if we still lived in North Carolina!  Feeling pretty darn blessed to have such a great family!

Today I have a link for some delicious cookies!!  I didn't have a chance to make them recently, but I made them awhile back and they were amazing!  Here is the link:  Monster Cookies Check this blog out and these cookies!!!  In case you can't tell, I'm a cookie monster!!  I love to find different recipes for cookies, these are definitely worth a try!!  Cara, the blogger, as has a fabulous blog with many other great recipes I have tried!  Check it out, you won't be disappointed!

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