Wow, thank you!!!

Thank you everyone for following me😍 I’m pretty excited to have 200+ followers!! I’ve been busy working on a few things I will share soon. So sorry I haven’t posted much lately! I’ll be back at it soon🤗

I appreciate you all. I truly love this blogging community! 

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(Guest post): It’s Up to You

I’m very excited to share my first Guest post from: christinaawritess.wordpress.com  If you love this as much as I do you should check out her blog, she has great inspirational posts about staying positive!

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Malibu pier, CA                      Photo by: Christina Svolos

 

It’s Up to You

“Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn’t know you left open.” – John Barrymore

Happiness is completely up to us. It’s our choice to think positively, act positively, and live with happiness. I offer a lot of advice and ways to do this, but I don’t have all the answers. It’s also not my job to tell you how to live a beautiful life. I’m here to write about what matters to me and the things that make my life beautiful in the hopes of affecting others.

My positivity started from another person’s influence. A simple blog on Tumblr that was filled with positive messages and how great life is got me in a positive mindset. Something clicked. Something was right.

I knew that no matter how difficult things got, there was always a way to turn a situation around. Sometimes it is going to be more difficult than other times to see this, but we have to be willing to let happiness in. It’s not something that can be forced, but rather something that can be learned.

There are so many different things that bring joy and positivity in our lives. There are probably things that could make my life even better than it is right now and I just haven’t discovered them yet. The important thing to remember is that I’m going to learn what those things are, and you bet I’m going to share them with you! Life is an incredible journey and we have to stay positive even through challenging times. We have to keep the door open for positivity.

Thanks for reading this post from christinaawritess.wordpress.com!

Healthy Popcorn Recipe

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easy popcorn snack. healthy lime sea salt popcorn snack

 

Healthy lime sea salt popcorn snack

Here’s the latest in my snack adventures! I love snacks, popcorn has to be my absolute favorite snack to have!! It’s so versatile; salty, sweet, spicy, so many ways to make it, plus one of the best parts about popcorn, it’s super healthy – depending on the toppings but still it beats a bag of chips or cookies any day!

This recipe is probably as simple as they come which is great for when you’re hangry and just need food asap, or have kids asking “Mom where’s my snack? I’m starving!”. I love using my air popper it’s so cute and retro looking, not to mention it’s really cheap – you can check out the one I have here Nostalgia RHP310 Retro Series 8-Cup Hot Air Popcorn Maker on amazon. For my next popcorn popper I plan to get one like this Hamilton Beach 73310 Party Popper Popcorn Maker, Red. Just because no mess involved, goes straight into the bowl, you don’t have to worry about stray popcorns flying about.

Air popping yourself takes almost the same amount of time and it doesn’t have any of the unknown chemicals you may get in a bag of microwave popcorn. So I try and make it this way as much as possible.

Lime sea salt popcorn recipe:

  • 1 lime squeeze all over popcorn
  • sea salt to taste
  • I can’t believe it’s not butter spray (any butter would work, I just love this because no hassle of melting)

 

Thanks for stopping by – Happy snacking! Share in the comments your favorite popcorn toppings or mix-ins!

 

How to: Combo Birthday Party – Teen + Baby

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Teen / Baby party, Emoji party + Baby dino party

What to do for a teen and baby combo birthday party???? That’s what I was faced with when planning my son’s 1st birthday and little cousin’s 14th birthday party. I first came up with the themes for each. Since the day my son was born everything has been baby dinos so his theme was easy. Now for a fourteen  year old, little more tricky… But everyone is into emojis – right?! So I figured this would be fun.

This party was one of the simplest I have done yet. Due to my 8 hour drive to get to the party location I really wanted as minimal party supplies to bring as possible! I made them each their own banner see pics below. I ordered plates, dino squirters, and party hats that said baby dino, and 1st birthday on them from this great website I tend to get most of my party supplies from Birthday Express, well there and the dollar store. I also got yellow plates and napkins from the dollar store for the emoji theme.

The two main colors I tried to stick to were yellow and teal, all the balloons and streamers everywhere were these two colors.It was great because they actually went together really well. I didn’t get a good picture of the cookies but they were sugar cookies I made with dino foot prints on them… Those were a big hit.

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Emoji Party + Baby Dinosaur Party

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Emoji Party + Baby Dinosaur Party

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Emoji props, emoji birthday party

For the  emoji photo props, which btw were so fun, I used regular construction paper and cut out all the shapes glued them on with a glue stick. I used skewer sticks instead of popsicle sticks the length was way better, I cut off the sharp end, and just taped these to the back. The kids, teens, and adults (as you can see) all really had fun with these!

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Emoji Party,  Baby Dinosaur Party, 1st birthday dinosaur cake

I made this giant dinosaur cupcake it was pretty easy. I used a giant cupcake pan, frosted the top portion of the cupcake, and melted some chocolate in a baggie cut the corner off and designed the ‘spikes’ and ‘ 1’ out of chocolate on parchment paper, once they were dried just placed them on the cupcake. This was my sons personal cake. My grandmother made yellow and teal cupcakes for everyone else, and a special cake for my little cousin.

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Emoji Birthday banner

 

 

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Baby’s 1st birthday dinosaur banner

Well that is all! Hope everyone enjoyed and maybe got some inspiration incase you are ever faced with a teen / baby birthday party combo!

 

The Liebster Award

Today I got my FIRST blogging award!!!

How super duper exciting!

I have to thank The Crazy Chic for the nomination, she knows how stoked I am already!

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There are a few rules for accepting this nomination-

  • Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger gives you
  • Nominate 5-11 bloggers that you think are deserving of the award
  • Let the bloggers know you nominated them
  • Give 11 facts about yourself
  • Give them 11 questions of your own

Questions from The Crazy Chic-

1.What is your goal in life? – This is a loaded question… I guess to be the best Mama to my 2 lil guys, and to be known for my positive outlook, and for my fun crazy personality by friends and family!

2. What is the most dear memory from your childhood? – I love my childhood ‘Christmas morning video’ I could watch over and over. So this last year and all the years to come I started making home videos of my boys on Christmas morning – there’s really nothing like it!

3. Favourite food? Cake or I mean frosting with a bit of cake… You know when everyone’s scraping off the thick sugary frosting from the cake??? Well that’s when my friends and family offer it to me! They know me well – haha.

4. Why did you start blogging? I love the idea of sharing fun and creative ideas, food, and fashion. I mean how could you not, right!

5. Your inspiration or your role model? Inspiration is my children, they inspire me to have fun and be silly again (not that I really ever stopped but they are the best reminder). Also they inspire me to just try to be the best version of myself!

6. What is that one thing you cannot live without? (I mean apart from oxygen😛) Besides the kiddos and hubby of course… I would say sweets and reality TV, I know both are things that aren’t very good for you but are both just SO good!

7.  Where are you from? OR

8. How many languages can you speak? Only English. All those years in spanish class and nothing to show for it :/

9. Where do you see yourself 15 years from now? Hmmm… This one makes me think. Probably being some mogul entrepreneur, so guess I better get to work on that, LOL.

10. Do you have any pets? Yes -Petunia, a bunny she’s stinkin adorable. bunny

11. Biggest pet-peeve? People telling you what to do with your kid, like out in public. It’s like keep it to yourself, I didn’t ask!

My Nominations are:

Strictly Lighthearted

Owl you need is Luv

It’s a girl dream

Rianne Jones

The Great Mom Adventure

Mama Makes

Ok now 11 facts about Me…

  1. I have lived in the UK, Arizona, California, Oregon, and Washington
  2. I have 7 siblings, I’m the second oldest
  3. Everyone thinks I was a cheerleader in HS, but I was so anti cheerleading
  4. I worked for Guess? Inc. for 8 years, before becoming a Stay at home Mama
  5. My nickname growing up was Panda – and sometimes still is
  6. I have been married 11 years… Makes me feel so old saying that
  7. I love playing music in my house really loud and dancing and singing with the kiddos
  8. My favorite color to wear is black
  9. Love baking, because I love to eat baked treats
  10. I’ve been to Paris, Barcelona, and Jamaica for vacation – My hubby was in the military so we got to travel a ton when we were younger
  11. My 1st job was working for my Dad’s go-kart business during the summers

My questions for the my nominees are:

  1. What’s your favorite part of blogging?
  2. What is your favorite topic to read about on blogs?
  3. Favorite Vacation destination?
  4. If you could be anywhere right now where would you be?
  5. What is something quirky about yourself?
  6. How many blogging awards have you received?
  7. What is your 5 year plan?
  8. Favorite food?
  9. What was your 1st job?
  10. Who inspires you?
  11. Something most people don’t know about you?

 

Well that was fun! I can’t wait to read my nominations answers!!!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Stay at Home Mama Daily Routine

How I stay sane throughout the day…

or at least how I try to!

When I first became a SHM I needed a routine to keep our day on track, it’s so easy to just run around with your head cut off and try to go with the flow… Then before I knew it, I’d think where did my day go? What did we even do? This made our day feel hectic – now that doesn’t mean we don’t still have those chaotic days ( I mean when you’re working with these little humans who are unpredictable – Yes things can be hectic, regardless of my best efforts). But at least I can try to pick up from where we left off in the day and try to get things back on track!

Not only do my kids totally thrive from knowing we have a set routine for the day, but so do I! I’m the type who just really needs a plan, the weekends we definitely can stray from the routine and that can be a great way to  break up the week. Anyways thought I’d share the routine I came up with that works best for our family, I have a 15 mo. old and 5 year old. Let me know what you find works best for your family♥

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100 Followers!!!!!!!!!!

WOW, I woke up to this exciting news this morning!!!

I never imagined I’d get this many followers! The blogging community is pretty great, I’m loving getting and sharing ideas with everyone out there! My favorite way to get new followers is looking up tags for people with similar posts to mine, and finding fun and creative new blogs to follow! Please share your favorite tip on gaining followers in the comments.

♥Thank you so much for following♥

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