Friday, May 25, 2012

Fun Pinterest Friday ~ Pantry Please

Hellooooo, Lovelies!  Awesome news.....we are officially in the Top 50 Elementary Blogs (#15 to be exact)!!!  Yay, thank you SO MUCH for all of your votes!  :)

I have home decor on the brain because we are TRYING to sell our house and I will get to start over with my decorating.  However, the real estate market is pretty much at a standstill and we're just waiting to see what God's plan is.  Sooooo, in the meantime, I'm making lists of things that I either want to change about our house or do in a new one.  

# 1: Fun Pantry Door:  I LOVE cottage / country / rustic decor, and I found some awesome ideas to share with you today for cool unexpected pantry doors!  Take a look.

rustic barn door from the kitchn

country barn door from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar

pretty painted door from The House of Smiths

Have an AMAZING Memorial Day, friends!  I'm off to spend a fun weekend with my family!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What I love Wednesdays

Just some things I couldn't do WITHOUT during the summertime:
Lake time with the family!! 
Thirty One XXL Tote--100% AMAZEBALLS! 
Target Tube Coverup---100% Cotton- totally comfortable and worth every bit of $17.99!
Antifade Spray for Color Treated Hair

We've hit the home stretch---many of you are already enjoying your summer, but to you who have a few more days/weeks left---you're almost there! 


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Too Sweet Tuesday

First up today is our WINNER of the Thirty-one Giveaway.......the winner of the Cinch-it-Up Tote is......Comment # 14, Brianne!!! :)

Congrats, Brianne, we'll be in touch soon with how to claim your gift!

Ok, changing subjects now.  For today's Too Sweet Tuesday, let's talk photography!  Everyone that knows me knows that I LOVE taking pictures of my family!  I'm a big believer in documenting your life in photos!  This coming Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time to take some pictures with your sweetie and your fam!  To get your creative wheels spinning, here's some ideas for patriotic photos, either for couples or families.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Menu Monday ~ Memorial Day

Happy Monday, Sweeties!  Since Memorial Day is this weekend, I thought you may need some ideas for some yummy treats to enjoy with your families!  Just "fire up the grill" below to add some tasty treats to your Holiday menu plans!


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We Need Your Vote & A Giveaway

Hey Friends!  As you may have seen from our sidebar, we've been nominated as the "Most Fascinating Blog of 2012" in the Elementary category!  This is a HUGE honor to have even been nominated and we LOVE that so many of you are reading our little ol' blog!  We love sharing ideas about teaching as well as a little bit of crafting, cooking, organizing, and party ideas too!  So, if you could, {pretty please with sugar on top} vote for us, we would be forever grateful!  Voting actually started yesterday and runs through the Monday, May 21.  

As a little incentive to vote, EVERY person that votes & leaves us a comment here that you did will be entered into today's giveaway to win a...

Our sweet friend & Thirty One Representative, Katie, was so generous to offer this awesome gift for our giveaway.  Here's how to enter (you get one entry for each comment)...

(1) VOTE for us by clicking on the button below & leave a comment that you did.  **UPDATE:  Voting is a little confusing, here's how to do it.  When you click the button below and follow the link to the voting page, just click "Comments."  Then, scroll down to where you see our blog  Then, click the +1 next to our name & you have voted.  If you don't have Google+, you'll have to sign up for it in order to vote.  Sorry it is so confusing! :)

Accelerated Degree Programs

(2) Go to Katie's website HERE and leave a comment with your fave Thirty-one product.

(3) Become Katie's facebook fan HERE and leave a comment that you did.

This giveaway will be open until Tuesday, May 22 at 12:00 a.m.  EST. The winner will be announced later that day.  Good luck friends, and thanks in advance for your vote!!! ♡  

Monday, May 14, 2012

Menu Monday

This week is a little crazy at our house so the menu is a little....well...short. I didn't really "find" them anywhere--I just threw them together. It's a few of my husband's favorite's because I just love him so hopefully you'll enjoy! 

Monday- Southwestern Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Peas, and Homestyle Mac & Cheese
I used:

Here's what you need:

It's kind of simple---the chicken is the only thing that takes time to bake. Everything else is listed on the package, but as you can see from the picture below---the husband enjoyed it! 
Tuesday- Chicken Pesto Pasta & Mixed Salad- this is a pasta I have been fixing for years. I added pine nuts when a friend gave me the idea (Thanks Summer) 
Here's what you need: I forgot to get out the chicken---

1. Boil water for noodles
2. Cook chicken in separate saucepan with olive oil (sorry it's not pictured). Add minced onions, and garlic salt. Cook until browned. 
3. Add the pine nuts---boy I forgot to picture a lot. Ooops. 
4. When water is boiling add the noodles until soft. Drain the water. 5. Combine the noodles and the chicken. 
6. Add the pesto. 
7. Prepare the salad & add almonds on the top and add desired dressing. 
8. If you like you can also severe this dish with garlic bread. Yum! 

Dessert Monday- Rice Krispie Treats- since I have some extra time I have been trying to prepare a special treat for my husband on Mondays. Today's treat was rice Krispie Treats. He LOVES these! 

Here's what you need:
Let me just add that you can't use the "good for you butter" it doesn't work out. 
It's easy---
1. In a small pan melt 1/3 tablespoon butter and 4 cups of mini marshmallows on low heat. 
2. Once it's melted remove from heat. 
3. Add rice krispies.
4. Butter a 9x14 dish and pour inside the dish.
5. pat down with a spatula and cut into squares.
Best if eaten the same day
Here's what you get: YUMMY! 

Wednesday- Sunday Out of Town (See CRAZY week)
Now to go enjoy the premiere of the Bachlorette...Yahoo!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Thrifty Thursdays

Some homemade oldies but goodies:
Just a little shopping tip:

A too cheap treat:
click on the coupon to print

Buy 2 Dove Candy Bars $.88
Use $.50/2 Dove Chocolate Singles printable coupon
Final Price: $.53 each--just awesome! 

Enjoy your Dove bars my friends---

Also, to show our fellow teachers how much we appreciate YOU, please enjoy a 20% off Teacher Appreciation Sale in our Teacher's Notebook Shop from today (May 10) through Sunday (May 13) with everything in the shop being 20% off!!! :)  Click the pic to go shopping! 

What I Loved About New Orleans

I've decided that I really LOVE to travel!  One perk of being home with Noah during his first 4 years is that we have been blessed to go to some amazing places!  New Orleans is definitely one of the most interesting cities I have ever seen!  Here are my favorite parts of the city...

1. The, we did not have a bad meal the whole time and I tried some new foods too!  That's HUGE for me because I am a tad bit picky (ok, hold the tad).  I tried alligator, boudin, and authentic red beans & rice!  YUM!!!

2. The French Quarter........I love all things from France (the architecture, food, language, art) and this part of New Orleans reminded me so much of Paris!  It was awesome!  The French Market was kind of an open-air flea market filled with little cafes, fruit stands, and treasures.  

3. The breathtaking Southern elements.........My favorite tree is the Live Oak and I have always been fascinated by plantations!  My son's middle name is Rhett for goodness sake! So, one afternoon, we travelled to Oak Alley Plantation which was gorgeous!

4. The gators.......not necessarily my favorite part, but it was Noah's and I loved seeing him so excited!  He and his Daddy went on a Cajun Swamp Tour where he got to feed alligators from a boat!  Who knew gators love a snack of hot dogs and marshmallows?  

That's just a snapshot into our week in NOLA, I hope you enjoyed!  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

What I Love Wednesdays...on Thursday.

I'm pretty much addicted to Pintrest! I love looking at outfits that are already put together at! Here are some of my "favs"

This one actually reminds me of Daphne...

The LOVE of my life: 
I am very thankful to have him in my life. We've been together for 9 years and have almost been married for 5 years in July. I had surgery Friday and he's been just a fabulous care taker!! I am beyond blessed. 

Me and my Granny:
she's such an inspiration to me! 

Sonic Cherry Coke!! Oh yes. 

Olive Garden. Baked Ziti. Holy cow---now I have to go.