Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL: Kay is a 5th grader.

It's that time of the year.  
Back to school for a new grade, new teacher and new friends.
For the last couple of weeks, Kay has been acting different.  She seems more mature, more grown up.
She was all ready this morning.  I helped her choose what to wear, but that was about it.  She wrote her name on her school supplies.  Her handwriting is now the handwriting of a teenager.  She makes the letters all decorative and pretty. She got her lunch ready, styled her hair.  My little girl is growing way too fast.

It was a rainy, cloudy morning but I still managed to snap a few shots.

In past years I had to beg her to smile and pose for the pictures.  This year she was a freaking model in front of the camera haha.  I was like... what the heck happened to you?!?! ☺

I painted her toenails white and she wore this simple flip flops.
She looked so cute!

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Monday, August 11, 2014


This past week, Kay and I worked on giving her trash can a little makeover.  With her room being changed into a more grown up girl's room, this Hello Kitty trash can no longer fitted in.

I told her we should go with polka dots.  Anything I found was too expensive.  Instead we headed to the supply store and grabbed some goodies for our little DIY project.

We sprayed painted the trash can white.  We went with a Satin finish.  I got some gold leaf to paint the wooden beats so we could glue them to the bottom of the trash can.  It was more for decoration than anything else.  I got the idea from Jen's post over at the I heart organizing blog (I love her blog.)

Originally we intended to create the dots with paint but as we opened the paint bottle and saw the color we decided to go with the gold leaf instead. 
I knew it wouldn't be such a clean finish but Kay said she liked the color better.

I used the round brush to dip it into the gold leaf and with a soft hand I dotted the can.

We glued on the painted wooden beats and painted the trim gold.  I might also do the bottom. We have not decided on that yet.

It looks really cute and complements her room decor nicely.
Total cost of supplies used was probably less than $2.00

On Saturday Kay had her first game of this season.  She woke up early to practice with her dad and then we all headed to the game.
I'm really glad she is enjoying playing soccer.
 Ashton took charge of the ball as soon as we got home.

The day was beautiful.  I felt like taking some random shots.

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Monday, August 4, 2014


A few years ago my family and I had a tradition to go out for breakfast every weekend.  We tried different places.  

One day we decided to give Einstein Bro's Bagels a try.  My husband didn't care for his food.  Kay said it was just okay.  Mine, A panini sandwich; was really yummy but a very small sandwich and quite pricey.  One day I was craving it and decided to try to recreate it at home.  Theirs was turkey, egg white and cheese.  I didn't want to add any mayo to my version, so I tried a little bit of hummus as a substitute and added some avocado.  It turned out delicious! 

I used to make it with egg whites only but as I've learned more about whole eggs being good for you, I often just add the whole thing.  I hope you like it.  We definitely think it's a winner.


Sprouted wheat bread (A healthier bread option)
Turkey meat slices (2-3 per sandwich)
Low-fat Provolone Cheese slices (1 per sandwich)
Eggs or egg whites (1 per sandwich)
Avocado slices ( 1/2 avocado per sandwich)


Panini press 


Preheat a pan to cook the eggs.  While that's going, lay out enough bread slices for the amount of sandwiches you are making.  Spread hummus on each bread slice and add a turkey meat slices and cheese.  Cover with top slice and put it in the panini press.  While that's going, get cooking the sunny side up eggs in the preheated pan.  

Once the sandwiches are looking pressed and the cheese is melted take it off the panini press and carefully open it to add the cooked egg and avocado slices.  Serve with fruit and your drink of choice. 

I used thinner turkey slices because that's what I had but a thicker cut from the deli is great too.
I normally use spicy hummus because that's what my family and I prefer.  My local market didn't have any in stock so I went with pesto.  Grab whatever you like.
I made three sandwiches so that's what I have three eggs but remember... one egg per sandwich.
A while back while searching for a healthier bread option. I found a few articles about sprouted bread.  The process is a little different than regular bread.  More goes into making this bread and it's supposed to go easier on your digestive system.
I won't bore you with all the details but if you Google it, you will find a few articles on why is better than regular bread.


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Sunday, July 27, 2014


Today we made a trip to Target.  We went to get Kay's school supplies.
I think I said it before but... I freaking LOVE Target!.  I can shop there forever.  So many cute stuff! 
You know what else I love?  School supplies.  I love the smell of it.  I love that getting ready for back to school means getting closer to the fun part of the year (well, at least for us). 
I'm not just talking about Fall.  There is something really exciting about the start of a school year.  New schedule, new friends for Kay, new beginnings.

I was pretty psyched to be shopping for school supplies with her today.
School supplies remind me of my favorite movie, which I happen to watch every Fall as soon as it gets cold. 

It's my happy movie.  I make a pot of soup and watch it in my Pj's when it gets cold.  It's tradition!  Such a feel-good movie!!  Here is the part that I think of when I see school supplies...

Joe Fox: "Don't you love New York in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address. On the other hand, this not knowing has its charms."

Kay was particularly excited that she gets to put all her supplies in her new desk, which mom scored for $30 bucks off our local craigslist-like website.
Ashton wasn't so amused.  Particularly because he was safely bucked up in the shopping cart and unable to make his mess like he would have hoped for.
I've been eyeing this backpack for Kay but it's a cool $39.99 and although I really like it, it's more for an older kid than for a kid her age.  It has a laptop slip and very little storage space for her stuff.  Maybe if it goes on sale...

Thinking ahead...  These are so cute!! 
That little monster backpack even matched his outfit. haha
Don't worry, I didn't buy it.  This little guy still has a couple of years before we need to start thinking backpack and school supplies for him.

We roamed the store quickly after getting all the school supplies.  I always eye these candles.  This one smells like Summer in a jar.  So good!

We also ran into this little fella.  We almost adopted him and brought him home with us before we realized he looked a little evil. haha

I think he might of been one of the bad guys in Toy Story 3.  =-)

Ashton got this sticker from the cashier.  He threw it on the floor and stepped on it.  "Come on Sir, I just spent an hour buckled up in the shopping cart and now you want to add to the insult by giving me a sticker?" haha.
We got home and Kay immediately grabbed her stuff.  I think she was a little too excited and anxious to put it all away. 
I got some more Castile Soap.  This time I went with Lavender scented soap.
It smells pretty good.  I like that I don't need to add essential oil, just water. 
A picture of all the goodies!
Ashton helping organize haha
Kay loves to draw.  She gets that from me.  We got her some drawing paper so she can unleash her creativity. =-)
These were in the dollar bins.  
Ever since I saw someone post her super cute set of pencils that she bought at Target for a buck, I always check my target dollar bins. You should too!!  

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014


We made a giant banana split to share last night.  It was one of the activities on our Summer List. 
That thing was Gi-normous!!  It was so good though!!  I'll post the recipe soon. 

Ashton almost missed the yummy activity.  It was almost his bed time and he fell asleep while we were watching 'Heaven is for real'.  Speaking of which... have you seen it?
It left me thinking.  I'm a firm believer that there is life after this life so... it was definitely interesting watching a movie based on a true story about a little boy and his experience in Heaven.

Anyways... Ashton woke up just in time.  He of course, enjoyed the activity probably more than all of us together haha.  He is got a serious sweet tooth.  He gets it from his daddy.  Who can say no to those perfectly round brown eyes? 

Kay was pretty happy too.  She is like... "This is THE best banana split I've ever had!.  Well I've only had Sonic's but this one is better."  haha she cracks me up!!.

The best thing about this Summer List project is that it leaves us with pretty good family memories.  Even Ashton who is only 16 months old seems to really enjoy that family time.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014


When Kay is home for Summer break, I usually end up watching more television than I would otherwise. This Summer in particular, I don't know if it is because my husband's schedule is pretty crazy right now or what.  We definitely have been watching TV a lot more and discovering new shows we are both loving.

One show that we enjoy watching together is Food Network Star.  We both really enjoy the twist in the challenges the contestants are given, as well as watching the final presentation of their dishes.

We are both cheering for Loreal Gavin aka the butcher babe or Lenny the cowboy.  He cracks me up with his over the top personality.


Another one of our faves right now is Cutthroat Kitchen.  This show is so entertaining.  You never know what "evil" sabotage Alton Brown is going to come up with.

In case you don't know what this show is about, here is a little description from Wikipedia that pretty much sums it all up.

"The show features four chefs challenged to cook gourmet dishes to be judged by a guest celebrity, but introduces auctions in which they can purchase opportunities to sabotage each other or benefit themselves. Each chef is given $25,000 at the start of the show; the winner keeps whatever money he/she has not spent in the auctions."


Today I saw on Twitter that ABC is already promoting the new seasons/Fall lineup of my favorite shows. 

And of course,  NBC's Law and Order SVU

Another one of my faves is Parenthood. I don't know what NBC is thinking, cancelling such a good. It show should be a crime.  ;-)

Looks like we get one more season.  I will miss the crazy Braverman family.

I'm really excited for all of them to come back this Fall.  Speaking of which... I'm also really excited that my favorite season is right around the corner.  I am already thinking ahead and planning for Fall stuff and Halloween.  I know!  I'm totally lame.  I really need to enjoy Summer and wait before I start thinking about Fall. I think I do it every year.  Fall is just such a cozy, heartwarming season... I just love it!

I'll behave and go back to Summer mode. 
We are making a giant banana split tonight.  It's part of our Summer List activities. Next Thursday is Pioneer Day here in Utah and the hubby won't have class that night.  We are planning on doing our Donuts and Shakes activity.   Back to school is sure coming fast.  It's good we did a smaller list this Summer.

What do you have going on this Summer? Are you as excited as I am for Fall to start?  haha... don't answer that! :P

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