Tuesday, April 30, 2013

English Class Woes

I don't know if I mentioned when I started May's theme that I wanted to share Andrew and I's love story, along with all kinds of other romantic things. I want to encourage romance in my marriage, while hopefully inspiring others to do the same!

Today's focus is how Andrew and I met. The title for the post gives a tad bit away. First, I have to admit that we actually "met" in elementary school, but neither of us were interested then. That was back when girls had cooties and boys were from Jupiter. However, by college that mindset had passed and we were at least willing to speak to each other.

The Meeting

At the end of my first year of community college I took a class on American Literature. (Andrew did as well.) I was always seated at the front of the class. (I had a tendency to be a teacher's pet.) Andrew however always sat in the back with his slightly less motivated friends. Before class the boys in the back would have various conversations, often about dating. I remember thinking Andrew was adorable and sweet, but by the way he spoke, he had little luck with love. Nearly every time he opened his mouth it was a story of dating disasters, love lost, or uneven matches. I wont lie, he pouted. Still, I wanted to get to know him. Of course he had no idea of this! One time I did speak up and referenced his unluckiness in love, saying "Maybe you just haven't looked in the right places." I was of course referring to myself, but he continued to be oblivious.

The next semester Andrew and I ended up in the second part of the class together, once again. This time we both had no acquaintances in the class and ended up sitting together. That is how our friendship began to bloom.

I look forward to telling you how our friendship spread to romance tomorrow. Until then I have a few more tidbits of fun to share.

 Andrew's Romantic Advice

Andrew decided he wanted to give a little advice to the men keeping up with us this month. I figured it would be perfectly acceptable to relay some of his advice today! Andrew's comments are in blue, mine are in purple.

  1. Nothing is more important than when your wife needs time with you. (Andrew has not always been the best in this aspect, he is slowly getting better)
  2. When they tell you not to get them anything, or not to worry about some event or date... ignore them. Do something anyway. It shows that you actually care about the event, not just them.
  3. Throw better birthday parties for your wife than me. Make sure its well thought out and don't spill the beans.  (Yes! Once he planned a surprise party for me. I guessed it, so he canceled it completely and did nothing! EPIC FAIL!)
  4. If you have the money, be spontaneous with gifts. Like, flowers, cards, chocolate, and diamonds (or at the same time). (Why does he not keep his own advice?!) If you are like me and have no money, buying diamonds spontaneously is not so easy. However, you can get creative and make a card or make a dessert, or even give seeds for flowers as a gift. (Yep, I have to work for my own flowers...)
  5. Never turn down an opportunity for sex... unless you have a migraine. haha! Not funny. I don't do that.
My Outfit

Rocking my blazer from Gwynnie Bee one more time. I had to send it back today so I could get more awesome clothing. All I can say about my outfit is that I am craving some new accessories! (That, and shoes as always.) Otherwise, I think I look Spring ready and classy!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Introducing the Hubby

Welcome to the month focusing on the crazy little thing called love! This is my husband Andrew! We have been married for a little over three years and we already have two children. My youngest, Henry is in the picture as well. I figured the best way to introduce my man is by letting him share a bit about himself. However, he was nervous about the idea so I skimmed the web and found this list of 20 questions from imom. This way you will get to know him a little, and I get to enjoy hearing what he decides to say about each thing. Ok, so blue his is response and purple is my thoughts!

  1. If you had to eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, where would it be? "Its hard to choose. I was going to go with my gut impression, but... O'Charley's"       
  2. Which television sitcom family most accurately portrays your childhood family? "Uh, Home Improvement I guess. To some degree... its between Home Improvement and Married with Children."                   
  3. If you were stranded on a desert island for the rest of your life and could only bring three books and three movies, what would they be? "I guess that means you can actually watch these movies? The Complete Sherlock Holmes Stories would be one book. Indiana Jones novel, I don't really know which one, it doesn't really matter. The Bible. And three movies...um... Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Sherlock Holmes Game of Shadows, and Bed knobs and broomsticks"
  4. What does your dream vacation look like? "My dream vacation looks like a month in Ireland."
  5. If you were a superhero, what would your magical power be and who would you save?    "Sorcery. Everyone."  God complex maybe? LOL
  6. What school subject is/was the hardest for you? The easiest?  "Math" and "Social Studies"
  7. Would you rather be bored or stressed?   "Bored."
  8. If you could splurge on one item, what would it be? "Bagel Bites" Food?! Really!? "Yes, really"
  9. Are you a Mac or a PC?    "PC"
  10. What actor or actress would play you in a movie about your life? "I don't know the guys name... he's in the movie Knocked Up and he is BOB from Monsters vs. Aliens"  Seth Rogen
  11. What would your ideal church be like? "The one I'm in now." River Church
  12. What was the best thing about your college experience?  What was the worst?  "Best thing was the dinner hall and the coffee." FOOD AGAIN!! "The worst thing was not having enough money to buy either... just kidding. It was not having better friendships, stronger friendships"
  13. What drives you crazy?  "If I told you everything, you wouldn't need to write a post for another week. We'll keep it short and simple. Dumb People." Fair Enough
  14. What do you love most about your parents?  How would you like to be different? "I like how they make each other laugh." "I would like to be less hermit-ish"
  15. How are your kids like you? "They eat a lot... hahaha. No, they are sweet. I'm sure there are more things, but this is a simpler answer."
  16. If you could change anything about yourself what would it be? "Get rid of my laziness."
  17. Which Gilligan's Island character are you most like?  "Gilligan, but I aspire to be The Professor."
  18. If you had to go a week without your cell phone, computer, or TV, what would you choose? "Cell Phone" Thats because only his mother and I call him, and he doesn't want to hear from either. "No, I don't want to get in trouble because I didn't answer it!"
  19. What was the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you? Tell the world now! "There were lots, I don't remember one specific one." Darn it.
  20. What was your favorite childhood toy or game?  "Can I name two? My top hat and my two old west pistols." 
 Now, if any of you out there have any questions for my "Hub-a Lub," leave a message and he will be GLAD to answer. hehe... Now, back to business!

On Sunday my husband and I went on a date to the opera after church. It was great. We saw Pirates of Penzance. Funny!

My Opera Outfit

 So glad I got this lovely bright coral dress from Gwynnie Bee just in time! It worked out perfectly with my black pumps and Vera Bradley clutch. I wore the outfit to church and went directly to the opera after. Perfect. I was very tempted to buy this one.

Before the Date

Like I said, we went to church first. My youngest son was being so funny! He wanted everything his daddy had. 

Today's Outfit 

Today was a whole new day. Back to work as usual. Loved my Gwynnie Bee selection today as well. Why can I not have enough money to buy everything I want? The butterfly blouse is just perfect for me. It is also a perfect fit my purple skinny jeans! I'm just a little frustrated no one told me my shirt was stuck before they took the picture!

Looking Forward

Get ready for all kinds of fun for the month of May. We will be covering so much lovey-dovey stuff! I'm really hoping it will bring my husband and I together in this really tough time in our lives.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Day At The Park

My family spent the who day together for the first Saturday in a long time. We had to say goodbye to my youngest after dinner because he was heading to NY with his grandma very early in the morning tomorrow. I'm a little sad because I will miss my baby. However, we did enjoy our day together.

I also enjoyed my day yesterday. Yesterday was "Little Feet Meet," part of the Special Olympics for elementary school students. Since I work with children of all levels, I got to help my students participate! It was a blast and the kids were awesome. There is something heart warming about seeing all that support and confidence in one place. I wish I could show you all kinds of pictures, but privacy prevents it. Still, I do have my "Meet" shirt!

My Outfit (Yesterday)

This mighty awesome Eloquii blazer came from Gwynnie Bee. Actually, I want a blazer of my own so badly I am keeping this one to wear it twice! The shirt came with being a attendee and staff member helping at Little Feet Meet. If you are not a supporter in some away already, join the crew! Self esteem and confidence is important for ALL people! Jeans and sneakers are just necessities when you are active on a nice Spring day!

A Day At The Park

Like I said, we spent an awesome day together. I got tons of great photos of our time at the park. Here is a glimpse!

Looking Forward

Tomorrow starts the introduction to one month full of romance! I am super excited about it. It all starts with a date to go see an opera tomorrow and dinner out! I hope the day goes well! I'm sorry I couldn't share more photos, some days Blogger gives me struggles! I look forward to sharing so much this month.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Gwynnie Bee Rocks My Socks Off

I have two wonderful Gwynnie Bee items to show off, a new wig, and a look at my good looking hubby! I just cant wait, so I'll get right to it. I wanted to note that these pictures all came from yesterday, today we dealt with drama, so no pictures!

My Outfit: Work

Once again I wore the orange/coral moto jacket from Gwynnie Bee. I really wanted to see what it would look like with something different. The other items are from all over. The t-shirt is a basic look from a k-mart or wally world. The capris are from Lane Bryant. The coolest item I am wearing is actually my flip-flops. The little decor on the straps snap on and can be replaced with other fun things. This gives an endless ability to change up my sandals. Now I wish I had more of the decorations! 

My Outfit: Date

We went out to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday. I took it as a chance to wear the lovely dress I got from Gwynnie Bee. 
I loved the color and the great lace detail. I didn't find it as flattering as I hoped, but I was still happy with it. I wore nice strappy silver heels and silver sparkly jewelry. I also broke out my other new wig! I like this one a lot. Its thin enough and sits just right on my head.

See how realistic my wig looks? I like the long curls. My hair hasn't actually been this long since my husband and I got married. Speaking of which, here is that good looking man I promised to show you.

This is my husband, Andrew. He will be joining my blog experience starting Sunday! We begin discussing love, marriage, and relationships. I think he is looking forward to "fanning the flame" a little!

Looking Forward

Tomorrow is "Little Feet Meet". I can't wait to tell you all about it! I also have all kinds of family related drama going on. I'm not really sure when or how I will share it, but keep my family in your thoughts and prayers.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Queen Geek

I am a royal queen geek who likes to appear to outsiders as normal. If you know me well however, you know that when I like something- I go all out! I have a whole box a costumes, I've stayed up for hours watching Doctor Who, and I am totally at home in the midst of a Renaissance fair. What can I say? Deep down I am a child at heart.

For all my fellow Whovians, today was "The Fall of the Silence" remembrance day. How many marks did you have on your hand/arm? So far I have six... If you have never watched Doctor Who, I recommend it. The episode I am referring to is called "The Unlikely Astronaut". Check it out.

My Outfit

If I had remembered earlier in the day about Doctor Who fun, I may have dressed for the occasion. Sadly, I was unaware until this evening, so you get what I got.

I kind of just threw this together, so its nothing special. I am trying to rearrange and style my clothes differently. Im learning to mix and match and create awesome looks out of my crazy wardrobe. Practice makes perfect, and I need a lot of practice!

A Look Around

You may have notice some updates to my blog. Over the next few days I plan on making my blog more me. I hope you enjoy the changes and additions. I had no idea how much was out there! I am having a blast exploring other bloggers who share their work for free. My next big blog related goal is coming up with my own "grab it" button. I am in the process of determining what I want it to look like. Any ideas?

Preparing For Farewell

This week I have to pack for my two year old son. He is going out of town for a whole week with my mother, his grandma. I will miss him like crazy! I'm trying to think of some way to make him feel special, loved, and missed by me and daddy while he is away. I am just not sure what to do yet. I plan on sending his favorite bedtime books and hopefully Skyping him several times during his absence.  Beyond that, I need to dig into my creativity.

Looking Forward

Several things are about to come up. I am talking to my husband about starting the "Love Life" challenge next week. I have so much to share; I am almost bursting at the seems. I also have been enjoying my Gwynnie Bee so much, I intend to keep it at least another month. I can hardly imagine my life without it now. Crazy. In the very far future, the summer will bring lots of fun things to the blog! I will have a chance to focus on parenting, crafting, and all kinds of fun. One of the great things about working in a school. Please feel free to share anything you want to talk about OR ask any questions to get me thinking. Remember, my whole reason for this blog in the first place was self exploration.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy Monday!

Don't get down just because it is Monday. I really think we should take advantage of Mondays. We should make them into holidays, reasons to celebrate. In fact, I love to celebrate. Today actually is a holiday. Happy Earth Day! I got two trees I cant wait to plant just for the occasion. I didn't realize what today was when I got up this morning, but I wish I had. I would have planned stuff for my son to do.

Thinking of Earth day really got me itching to get crafty. I want to using my sewing machine something awful. I am looking forward to the summer, I will be able to do so much. I have plans to make reusable sandwich/snack bags, clothes for my oldest son, and several odds and ends for me (including an apron).

My Outfit

I have a fun Gwynnie Bee item to show off today. The moto jacket I am wearing is very unique and not something I would have purchased. I really do love Gwynnie Bee! The rest of my outfit I pulled out of my closet. Sadly, after wearing the sandals today they had to hit the trash. They were the pair I spoke of yesterday, so I knew it was coming. Now I am lacking good brown sandals. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled.

Thinking Out Loud

I saw several things over the past few days that have inspired me. First, I saw a fellow blogger who took a challenge not to yell at her kids for an entire year. This was totally mind blowing to me. It makes me want to take make my own challenge not to yell for an entire year. Period. This is something I may consider doing. Second, my daily devotions have led me to focus on Proverbs. There are so many great nuggets of truth to find. I may be focusing a one a day (or a few in some cases). I plan on sharing that with you all as well. Hopefully it will bless you a little too. Also, I have a few craft projects and children's church ideas bubbling in my brain. Who can say where I will end up?

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Weekends Are Short

Weekends are far too short for my liking. I really think the world should move to three day weekends! Considering how short this weekend has been, I still had a lot to do. I worked on Saturday at event for my job with Growing Up in the Valley Magazine. We had a blast at The Kite Festival!

We had a great view and it was loads of fun! Today was church. I had on a Gwynnie Bee dress, but I was unable to get a picture. I was disappointed with the whole outfit anyway because I couldn't find a good pair of shoes.

Mourning the Loss

I am mourning the loss of several of my favorite fall/winter staples and contemplating letting go of some of the spring/summer stuff I just pulled out that is in rough shape. Farewells so far include, my favorite knitted winter hat and my snake skin loafers. The Spring/summer goodbyes include a pair of chambray pants. Items inching towards death include my fake leather work tote-purse, and my brown with green stone sandals. It is always so sad to see so much go in such a short time.

Lose Ends and Looking Forward

I had hoped to share some schooling things with you and a few other things, but I decided to start Monday out fresh. Considering how I am still currently suffering from melancholy, I hope the new week will refresh me. The early start to my next theme should be starting as soon as I get the ok from my husband. That will mean a likely start will be Friday. Until then, I will do a some focus on a few fun things like educational, crafty, and fashion ideas. I hope you enjoy the little "casserole" you get the next few days!

Friday, April 19, 2013

Two day old melancholy is no good for dinner

Over the past two days I have suffered from a terrible case of melancholy. You know, one of those irrational melancholy days where you fear your marriage is crumbling, your kids are hellions, and the sky is falling. Because of these I think this post may be one of the deepest, most personal posts I've yet to share.

First, I have to admit defeat. My grand intentions to cook all these wonderful, beautiful things have been shattered. This comes the first reason for my woes. At this moment my entire family lives under one roof with my in-laws. Although they have been wonderful to allow us to stay here, the difficulty of having a young family in the home of empty nesters is indescribable.

In the summer of last year, things were looking good. Life seemed to finally be moving in the direction we desired. We had one child and another on the way and were starting to look at houses. Like a whirlwind, jobs were lost, relationships strained, and depression crept in. Needless to say, the idea of a house seems light-years away.

After the birth of my youngest, I suffered from postpartum depression. Not so difficult to understand considering everything going on around me. After a few weeks of suffering, I talked to my OB and got on medication. It took time, but it helped. As I became more involved in church, this blog, and work I felt better. I weaned myself off the medication thinking the slight hormonal balance must have been cured and I no longer needed help.

I still need help. As things get harder for my family and I financially, both my husband and I suffer emotionally. Neither of us know quite how to deal with it. Deep down we both want the other one to fix it all so we can move on with life. However, I am aware things don't work like that.

Now this is where I am at. In the need of deep self exploration that leads to contentment found in who I am and the family I have. I need an inner strength that pull my kids and husband with me through these times that seem impossible. I need the lover of my soul to change the parts of me that I cannot.

I apologize to those of you looking forward to the wonderful dishes I was supposed to make. It saddens me greatly to give up on something I desired so much. Perhaps it is a lesson learned. Life is not something we can plan out in every detail. Sometimes God take the pen a different direction. My book is not yet finished and like most good pieces of literature, a sorrowful beginning may bring a joyful completion.

Thank you for all the support I have received so far and continue to get on a daily basis. I look forward to hearing from my readers and follows. I enjoy blessing the lives of those who are touched by my words. I hope that I will continue to give you something worth reading. If nothing more, you will truly get to know me.

Looking Forward

Since I had to cut "My Julia Project" short temporarily, I will soon move on to the subject I intended on doing next month. (I hope to one day bring this original topic to completion in my own place!) I will have to discuss it with my husband, but I'm sure he will oblige. Until then, I will begin telling you our story. I hope to many great stories from you as well. I intend on having at least one guest blogger during the next month or so. This should be a month of true growth for me and my marriage.

What You Missed- 2 days without me!

Watch out for the two year old driver!

Don't worry we were in the drive way. He thought it was so awesome!

My Outfit

I looked good today for dress down, so its worth sharing.
The blouse I got at Good Will. Truth is, I have no idea who the original designer of the blouse is. Everything else came from my "closet collection".

Thank you for dealing with me. I hope to keep entertaining, blessing, and surprising you!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Caramel Butter Budnt Cake

I cheated! I used prepackaged butter cake to complete this lovely cake ans save time. I also used a budnt cake pan, just to make the cake look fancy. However, I did follow the directions for the caramel icing.  You can find the recipe for both the cake and the icing on the site I shared if you feel so inclined. My thoughts are, if you can make life easier with kids, you should. Because I cheated, the only hard thing was the icing, and it was not bad at all. Plus, it tastes so good!

My Outfit
I am digging having purple hair! I've had purple hair once or twice in my life, but never anything close to this color. It was so much fun to have ombre hair. I ordered this wig through a seller on Amazon. The quality is good. The only issue is the long delivery time. It took about two weeks, which is decent since it came from Asia. Wigs are often a fun way to experiment for those who have hairstyle change phobias. (It is also great for people like me who have really short hair.) It takes time to get used to a wig, but over time it gets more comfortable. I really think having a hair cap would help, even with my small amount. The rest of my outfit was just the normal stuff pulled from the closet.

I was running horribly late this morning. I missed my alarm and had little time to get ready.

The kids at work today also loved my purple hair. During journal time they were given a free prompt. Two kids wrote about my hair.

Kindergarten kids are so awesome!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dont Report Me MIA

I promise I did not fall off the face of the Earth. I've had a frantic past few days and I just haven't had the chance to do any cooking. Unfortunately, I still haven't finished what I intended on doing before this post. The cake I was supposed to be sharing today is still cooling downstairs, so it will have to wait until tomorrow.

One of my wigs finally came in the mail yesterday! I was so excited that I hastily said I was going to wear it today. That didn't happen either. Today was Spring picture day at the school I work at, so I couldn't have purple hair for class photos. Hopefully tomorrow I will get to show off my new look.

Other than my wig, a few other of my Spring wardrobe purchases arrived over the past two days! Yesterday my purple skinny jeans and sparkle sandals arrived and today my black and my gold obi belts from eloquii arrived. My heart is breaking that they are closing, since I only recently found them! Speaking of which, my outfit yesterday had one of their pieces... so I will continue...

My Outfit (Yesterday)
I really wanted to love this blouse from eloquii that I got from Gwynnie Bee. Sadly, I think it didn't look good on me. I think it didn't show off my curves and with my short hair I think it was too masculine. I did love the studded collar. I love anything with a little sparkle. The rest of the outfit was pulled out of my own closet. Perhaps a different pair of pants would have helped.

My Outfit (Today)

With Spring pictures today, I wanted to be bright and colorful. I also couldn't wait to show off my new Spring arrivals!
The shoes and pants are from Lane Bryant. The pants are seven7. I got them on clearance for like $12.50. Not bad considering they are a $70 pair of skinny jeans! The shoes I got on a whim because I needed black sandals and these have sparkles on them. The shirt is from JC Pennys many seasons ago. I just pulled it out of my Spring boxes from storage. Im so excited to be pulling all this fun clothing back out. I wish I had worn a fun necklace to add more to this outfit.

Gwynnie Bee

I cant say enough for Gwynnie Bee, they have really been great. Their costumer service is prompt, the clothes are gorgeous, and the price is reasonable. If you have any kind of issue, they quickly resolve it. I plan on continuing my service at least another month before I decide if I can't bare to let it go. I hope you have had a chance to look at their site. Currently they offer sizes 10 plus, but they are hoping to add more sizes. They have all different plans to fit different budgets, and they offer a 30 day trail for free. It is an awesome deal.

Looking Forward

I am bubbling ideas for next months theme, along with thinking how I will complete this month out as a success. With two jobs and two kids, cooking and baking are way more challenging than I thought. So please help encourage me to stay on track!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Pork Chop Cacciatore

Finally! Something I can succeed on cooking. I was just saying earlier today that if I failed on making Italian food, I was really in trouble. My family heritage is Italian and I've always been proud of my ability to make Italian dishes.

Today's meal was simple and easy. I did however speed up the process, rather than using the slow cooker like the original recipe for pork chop cacciatore stated. The only difference is using higher heat on the stove top. My family enjoyed it and I felt comfortable making it.

We ate the meal with corn on the cob, by request of my mother-in-law. I think it would be perfectly fine on its own. I also covered mine in mozzarella cheese after this photo. I LOVE cheese!

I apologize for not getting the cake done today. It truly saddens me. Sometimes mommy duty takes way too much out of me. I'm hoping to make it early next week.

Looking Forward

I continue My "Julia" project still next week. This is what I hope to make:
  • Pan Seared Steak Rolls
  • Lemon-Ricotta Pasta with Peas and Seared Scallops
  • White Chocolate Lemon Truffles
  • Crepes with Lemon Ricotta and Blackberries 
As well as the cake I missed this past week. I didn't make as high of expectations this week. Hopefully I will actually finish!

My Outfit

I had to show off this great Gwynnie Bee dress. I love it so much, I may purchase it.

Its the first time I've worn a true wrap dress. It was very flattering and comfortable!

A Nice Walk

After dinner my whole family enjoyed the nice Spring weather we had today. I hope you are taking advantage of it if it is nice near you as well!

These photos were taken after our walk. Notice my husband's pleasant expression...

Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Winner Is...

Congratulations, Melanie of My Imperfect Life!

My Imperfect ...

You have been drawn to receive a box full of my favorite things. I don't want to spoil the surprise, but I will tell you that I LOVE all the products I'm sending you! The fun includes everything from child friendly products to my favorite beauty secrets. I really hope you will enjoy it!

I hope everyone will take a moment to stop by Melanie's blog and congratulate her. Well you are there, check out her great posts and get to know her! I'm so glad to share the blogging world with great ladies like her.

Nothing like the written word...

My family and I spent most of our day with my brother- fellow blogger, Roger from A Daily Dose of R&R. He is a very gifted writer who reviews Si-Fi literature, movies, etc. We often join him in his random missions of bloggish fun! Today we were building towers of books.

My boys throughly enjoyed being a part of the process... as you can see. 

I cant tell you how many towers were made today, but I know it consumed several hours of our day. Roger was attempting to win some kind of contest with the pictures of these towers. We are hoping the cuteness factor may help.

Otherwise Today

Other than tower building, we did the normal weekend stuff. Hung out with my mother (Grandma), went to the mall, and visited my husband at work. We had a great time and got to spend lots of time with family today.

I am so blessed to have family who are a big part of my children and I's life. I don't know where I would be without my mother who has been a great support through the process of parenting both my children. She has also become the closest friend I have, beside my husband.

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What can I say? We have a blast everyday!

Looking Foward

There should be plenty of cooking going on tomorrow. I plan to make a cake and dinner tomorrow! That means there will be pictures to share. Hopefully tomorrow's dishes will be the best I've done thus far!

English Beef Pot Pie With Puff Pastry

I think I was just not meant to follow a recipe correctly. I fail just about every time. I have also learned that I can NEVER be a baker. My hands are far too warm. This is the second time I have worked with puff pastry and I cant get it right. I kind of followed a recipe for Individual English Beef Pot Pies, adapting it to make it easier on myself.  I still stayed up way too late making it. It will hopefully be a tasty lunch tomorrow.

a closer look at crust

I have so much to share today it is crazy. I intend to cover my outfit and an awesome weekend craft you can do with your children. If I can keep my eyes open long enough that is...

My Outfit

I hope you were lighting it up blue today! Today was Autism Awareness day. The symbol of a puzzle piece and the color blue have been adopted as the official awareness markers. I currently work with several students who are affected by this daily. Many schools announce this as a special occasion to wear blue and encourage children that each person is special and unique.

I can thank Gwynnie Bee again for my lovely shirt. The rest of the outfit are some of my normal basics.


You know how I love Friday lunches because they are bento days! Below is a glimpse of my son's cute little lunch.

Weekend Project

This is an affordable way to reproduce the fun of store bought scratch art.
Before you begin you need:
  1. Paper (for quicker projects, cut into fourths)
  2. Crayons
  3. Dark Tempera or poster paint
  4. Paint brush
  5. tooth picks or Popsicle sticks  
  1. Have your children color the entire sheet of paper with crayons. The more colorful the better.
  2. Paint over the colored paper with paint. Cover as much of the crayon as possible.
  3. Let dry. This has to be completely dry to work.
  4. After drying, use a tooth pick or Popsicle stick to scratch out a picture on the paper.
  5. Display artwork!
For younger children it may be best to help them color their entire pages with crayon and paint. You can even use colorful paper (like wrapping paper), if you don't have time color for them.

Contest Reminder!

 Remember the contest ends TOMORROW at 8pm. See here to find out how to win a box of my favorite things!

My Night

I just wanted to say good night by showing you a little bit of what we did today!