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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.





may favorites

May 12, 2014


Three more weeks of school over here! I am gleefully recycling spelling lists and checking my calendar everyday of what field trip to prep for before it all ends.

As the weather warms up, I am loving my new Josie wrap bathrobe (funny how it’s called Addictive wrap!). I bought it at our local store The Satin Camisole in a teal blue- I could only find it in red online to share with you.  The material is soooo soft and light- great for drying my hair or getting ready as it doesn’t make you hot!

I just finished reading Mudvein by Tarryn Fisher and really liked it. Here is the review- When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her thirty-third birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat…and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.  Only .99 cents on kindle! Here is an interview with the author through USA Today.

On my husband’s side of the bed is Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, by Susan Cain.I have heard from a couple of friends that it’s a fascinating read. I haven’t read it yet, as frankly-  I can’t stop talking.

If I could rationalize this Dinuba Water Jug purchase, I would. But, I can’t see how I will go through 15 liters of water at a party- let me know if you think I need it anyway! I am a sucker for good design!

Now, something I did justify is the Luau Beverage Tub for parties! I love the size of this and I know I will use it lots!  Once our snow melts (yes, deep breath) I know it will be outside ready for a gathering.

Here are my latest cooking accomplishments- Cooking Light March cover of Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions (my kids gobbled this up even after my 6 year old made gagging noises while I was making it), Tequila- Lime Shrimp and Quinoa Salad from Iowa Girl Eats (Tom and I loved this, kids only liked the shrimp- will try with Israeli couscous next time as they don’t like quinoa consistency) and from my friend Jill who eats gluten- free- she wrote “Adam and I love these Thai Spiced Turkey Burgers. Tonight I’m using a jalapeno instead of red chili. We don’t use bread- just top with tomato and avocado.” They are on my list to try!








May 11, 2014

ImageSending out lots of love to my mom today as well as all the other wonderful moms I know and have in my life!! 

Image XOXO mom! I think you did an amazing job. Let’s hope I do the same!


love and marriage

April 29, 2014

handsStruck by this posting today over at Shauna Niequist- On Laundry & Love Stories.  Wonderful reminder, wonderful advice.

how social media has me online shopping

April 25, 2014

ImageAmazing how time spent online can lead us from one site to another site to another site- and you have no idea how you got there in the first place!

First off, saw these Havainas Luna Flip Flops on Sincerely Jules (she has amazing style) and decided to order them. They are like wearing slippers. I kinda like that they resemble a snake twisting around my foot- must be my 6 year old’s influence in my life!

I also stumbled upon Kelly Wynne handbags- and starting following her on Instagram.  I see she is well represented in the southern states, but haven’t seen her out west YET! I hard a hard time figuring out which one I wanted most! GORGEOUS! And all made in the USA.

I am super excited my friend Kelly Khan started a fashion blog – FINALLY! Be sure to subscribe to A Fashion Mantra- Kelly is always great at mixing pieces at all price points and pulling it off effortlessly. As a mom with 2 kids, she gets what my life is like and how I still hope to leave my yoga pants at home a couple days a week.

And for any Tory Burch lovers, she is offering 25% off sitewide and free shipping for Mother’s Day!

Have a great spring weekend!

feeling like spring

April 8, 2014

ImageI think the whole US is enjoying the beginning of spring right now! We are having a beautiful week of temps in the 70′s. It is back to grilling more often and thinking of outside spaces.

I made this Killer Quinoa Salad this week and even without the green onions and apricots, (I did not have any on hand) I thought this recipe was easy and delicious.  I didn’t need all the dressing however, so I wouldn’t use as much next time.

Last summer I bought Chameleon Crocs for my daughter- meaning they change color when they get wet. Loved them! This year Crocs came out with Chameleon Whale Crocs- very preppy, very cute!

Many afternoons, I find myself really tired- usually around naptime for my toddler! I love these Refreshers Very Berry packs I can make at home with water. In fact, I like these better than the drink they make in store. I know there is a bunch of caffeine in them which is great for me as we aren’t coffee drinkers and this helps me carry on!

The pint glasses we all reach for at our house- Bike Party! My sister-in-law gave these to us for Christmas and my husband and I seem to reach for these above all our other pint glasses each time. They are made in Denver and make a great gift!

Last summer I ordered a platter and salad bowl from Pottery Barn - love the roping detail and how you cannot break it (** or we haven’t managed to yet)  Looks like glass but it’s melamine.  May have to get more pieces this summer!

For Cinco de Mayo- these are the cutest and easiest sombrero cookies to make. We brought these to a party and the kids loved them last year- I think we made 2 dozen and ran out in 2 minutes. Will repeat for sure.

As for dying eggs, I try and dodge this craft every year. In fact, I usually hope my crafty friend Kristy will come and do it with my kids!! (It has worked before) This year I just MAY try this because I like how it looks and I am not sure how much longer my 9 year old will want to do this craft! Because I learn best by seeing something, here’s a Rubber Cement Tutorial on dying eggs in a cool way.



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