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eclair cake

June 29, 2014

ImageOH MY GOSH. This was a super easy cake (no baking) and sooooooooooooo good. I did double the frosting as frankly, that’s just what I do.

Make this Eclair Cake!

P.S. I made this with my 9 year old today- a fun activity to do with your kids!

summer music

June 23, 2014

broodsI am listening to it all this summer. When I work out, I like my music to be top hits and anything that motivates me to keep going.  When I am home, I always have music on. Here are some songs I like to listen to while I am cooking or hanging out.

My sister sent me this really sweet song by Lee Brice- I Don’t Dance. At first, I thought it was written from a father to a daughter but then I looked it up and he wrote it for his wife. Pretty romantic.  Click on the title to see the video.

The song that makes me laugh is Rude by Magic! Ha. My kids say I am driving them crazy by playing it in the car.

Magic by Coldplay is a great chill song. I don’t think it would get me to add another mile to my workout- but I like the rhythm.  Did anyone see Chris Martin dancing to this on SNL? Very odd in my opinion!

Loving Bridges by Broods!

Please suggest anything you are listening to!





summer shopping

June 11, 2014

capriwrapI asked two friends who sell great products for a couple of  their favorite things for summer- here are some great ideas:

Stella and Dot- Reverie Chandeliers, Capri Cotton Wrap- Moroccan Print, and Avalon Tote- Geranium

Thirty-One- Large Utility Tote (these are great, I own one), Thermal Pouch, and the Cinch Sac

Happy online shopping!





baby foot

June 5, 2014

ImageSeriously, I hope this doesn’t gross anyone out! But I think you all need to know when a product is really worth the $$! Our local and cool salon – She She Lounge sells Baby Foot and I asked some of the technicians what they thought about it- they all said they had used it and it works! Living in Colorado, your skin is so dry, especially your feet in the summer.

Last Thursday night I put my booties on and sat for ONE HOUR (all children were asleep…obviously) while I watched The Bachelorette! Then, I rinsed it off and waited for 5 days to see when it would start working. Well, it comes out of nowhere and then, BAM! you are in business. It’s been about 3 days and I almost took a picture of my foot for you, but decided that’s too much info! So this is a photo that’s NOT mine! But, it’s amazing. Here are some reviews to read in case you are interested.

PS. It doesn’t hurt at all and I am exercising while it’s peeling with no side effects.

summer is here!

May 31, 2014

ImageIt’s the last day of May! Can’t believe it. My kids are out of school and our summer has started!! Very excited.

I just  bought a Speedo Deluxe Mesh Equipment Bag for my son for swim team this summer. My sister had one for her girls when I saw her last weekend and it is a great bag to stuff his gear in plus a towel. The straps are thick enough to wear as a backpack so he can ride to the pool with it on his bike.

Last night I made Iowa Girl Eats Crunch Lover’s Chopped Chicken salad with Chili-Lime Vinaigrette. As she noted, you can use leftover chicken for this which is what I did. I had citrus grilled chicken from a Fresh Twenty recipe I made the night before, so I chopped it up and it was all delicious and FAST. Her recipes are always always good!

Brooke is going through three dresses a day now that fruit is in season and dripping all over every outfit! As pink is her favorite color- she is wearing this one the most, followed by my favorite purple dress, and this knotted dress was too hard to leave in the store.  Thank goodness Old Navy and Gap always have sales!!

I keep hearing about the book All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  Has anyone read it? I think it is next in line for me after I finish Orphan Train and You Should Have Known.

I am surprising my kids this week with indoor s’mores. (I continue to get my $$’s worth from my cast iron pan!) Tell me you can resist this recipe!

I would love to know what you all are reading or cooking! So please leave a note when you can!



martha’s oven baked blueberry pancake

May 20, 2014

ImageI love my Lodge Cast Iron pan and I saw a recipe for an Oven-Baked Blueberry Pancake and decided to try it this morning. My boys are pancake purists so I was taking a gamble adding the blueberries- but… everyone loved it! Plus, it was fast and easy. Thumbs up! Will make again.

summer fun

May 14, 2014

ImageLots of fun things to look for this summer!

Spot it! is releasing it’s new waterproof version called SPLASH and it’s first timed game called FREEZE. Both look like a lot of fun. We still scratch our heads how they figured out how to only match one picture per card!

Have you played Fastrack? My friend Sarah told me about it at Christmastime and we love it. Fast and easy! I saw at the store they now have a NFL version too.

I bought Water Bazookas for both my boys this summer – not sure if this will turn out to be a good idea or not. Time will tell!

Is everyone carrying Mist n Sips at your soccer games? I think they are a great for those really hot sport days.

We will be packing our Waboba balls again this summer when we head to Wisconsin. If you plan on being at a lake or in a large body of water (not a pool) – these are so fun! My brother-in-laws and their cousins played with these more than the kids one year.

My kids don’t know it yet- but they will be playing on a pretzel float this summer. I normally don’t buy stuff like this so I know they will be surprised when I pull it out to bring to the pool. And if pretzels aren’t your thing, check out the donut!

My mom gave us Story Cubes and we just pulled them out again this month. They are really fun for kids and adults. Plus it’s a great game for when you only have 5 minutes but want to spend time together.

If you will be with a big group of all ages, Giant Spoons is great. It’s so easy for young ones to participate! Same thing for Tenzi.

Do you have great games to suggest? Would love to hear what you and your kids enjoy.






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