Month: June 2016

Dollar Store Decor: 4th of July Edition

I am all about saving money, BUT I’m also all about parties. I mean, who isn’t?

So, one of my go-to ways to throw an awesome party but still have a budget is to visit the dollar store.

I just went to one last week and picked up lots of stuff for our upcoming 4th of July ‘Murica Party.

The dollar store is always good for: paper plates and napkins! But this time I also found some super cute (and on trend) paper straws.

We also got the kids Pop-Its (remember those? I used to think they were magic!) and Party Poppers.

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I also picked up some decor for my birthday party in August, but I’ll save that for another post! (hint: it’s flamingo/ pineapple themed!)

Happy Independence Day, America!

Recipe: Shrimp Tacos (21-Day Fix Approved)

I could eat tacos every day for the rest of my life.

In fact, when I met Eric the only two things I could cook were tacos and spaghetti.

When I started the 21-Day Fix last year, learning how to make “Fix approved” meals was a big deal.

(P.S. I now know how to make both spaghetti and tacos that are approved!)

I kind of feel like Bubba on Forrest Gump when I talk about all the different ways I can eat tacos.

There’s:

  • Ground beef tacos
  • Ground turkey tacos
  • Ground chicken tacos
  • Fish tacos (Grouper, Mahi Mahi, tilapia)
  • Barbecue tacos (NOT Fix approved! lol)
  • Steak tacos
  • Chicken (not ground)
  • Shrimp tacos

Ok, so maybe there aren’t AS many as Bubba, but still I would eat ALL of those tacos.

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How To: Make (No Sew) Bean Bags

This week in Emma’s school work for HIPPY, she had to work on her balance.

Which meant I had to make bean bags (one for her head and one for each hand).

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At which point I asked her teacher, “Do you know where I can just buy these since I’m pretty sure I can’t make my own bean bags?”

She assured me I could and told me I could use my hot glue gun. SOLD.

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How to Survive a Dance Recital

It’s the end-of-the-year, which means graduations AND RECITALS. This is my girls’ second year of dancing and I have TWO dancing so these are some of my tips and tricks for surviving the dreaded recital.

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#1- Do not, I repeat, do not volunteer to be a chaperone.  A chaperone is an adult who stays behind-the-scenes of the recital, keeping the kids busy while ALL of the other dances happen on-stage until it’s their turn to go.

Good luck to the poor sap who has to entertain 10+ toddlers for 2+ hours.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

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Recipe: French Toast Casserole with Salted Frosted Flakes

In my last blog, I posted that I made a recipe for my husband for Father’s Day from Chrissy Teigen’s cookbook, Cravings. It was SO GOOD!

So here it goes:

For the base

1 tablespoon softened butter, for greasing the baking dish

1-pound loaf French bread, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes (stale or day-old is fine!)

8 large eggs

2 cups (one pint) heavy cream

1 cup whole milk

1/2 cup spiced rum (because rum for breakfast)

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Happy Father’s Day!

It’s been a while since I did a post and I’m sure we’ve done A LOT since then, but here’s what we did on Father’s Day in case you need any ideas for next year:

My hubby was away on business earlier in the week, but on Thursday, I had set up a photo session for some Father’s Day photos. Here is one of my favorites:

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tea party with daddy

Our girls always have a dance recital on Father’s Day weekend (I think that it’s the perfect way to spend the day as a Dad of daughters lol).

Also, since I have a dad, step-dad and father-in-law, we had a VERY busy weekend.

On Friday, we had our dress rehearsal for the dance recital and then we took the girls (with my step-dad) to go see Finding Dory.

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