Dirt Cups | Dirt and worms

Dirt Cups, oh so fun for the kiddos!

 My good Mommy friend and I decided to go on a dinner picnic at a local park, we were brainstorming ideas for dessert and she said what about dirt cups? Yes this is so perfect for our picnic dessert… Mud, dirt, grass (yes I said grass, my tutorial has this extra ingredient of ‘grass’)  worms – What could be better?!
Dirt and worms cups have been around since I was little! I remember my first one I thought it was the best thing ever;) I wanted to add another ‘real’ element to this traditional dessert to try and gross the kids out even more. But what could make these even more realistic… I decided to make ‘grass’ to add to the traditional dirt cups of mud, dirt, and worms.Oh man did the kids think this was real, haha one said “I don’t want to eat grass!”  So here’s how I made this ‘grass’. 1 cup organic oats, add 1/4 cup corn syrup (honey  or agave nectar would have worked just as well), add green food coloring, mix until it’s completely coated and green. Bake on 350º for 15 min. and voila green grass.
*Healthy twist on dirt and worms dessert* My mommy friend suggested we could have done oats in place of oreos, such a great idea! To make this substitute use 1 cup organic oatmeal, add 2 tbs. of cocoa, 1/4 cup of corn syrup, honey, or agave nectar. Mix well. Bake 350º for 15 mins. Throw the granola, once baked, in the food processor to get the tiny granules to make it look like dirt. Then there you have it a healthier version of this classic kids dessert.

Dirt cups Tutorial:

  • chocolate pudding cups ‘mud’
  • pureed oreos ‘dirt’
  • green granola (see how to above or in pics) ‘grass’
  • gummy worms ‘worms’
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Dirt cups tutorial dirt and worms

 

Flat tummy breakfast 

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Flat tummy breakfast – steel cut oatmeal recipe

It’s summer so who doesn’t want a flat tummy?!

Well here’s a breakfast that’s sure to kick start your efforts.Steel cut Oatmeal and tea. Not only will this breakfast flatten your tummy it’ll keep you full all morning long to fuel your busy morning  and keep you on track🌅

Oatmeal is heart healthy and full of power packed whole grains. It can get boring but only if you don’t change it up every once in awhile. I love adding new toppings to keep my taste buds happy😋

Black tea has great antioxidants that do the body good, and has been proven to boost your metabolism👍 Which is why it’s an easy choice when wanting to get that flat tummy you desire. Don’t get me wrong I love coffee, but to cut all that milk and sugar out that goes along with it makes a huge difference. Making this simple change, you’ll be sure to see a results in no time!

Oatmeal recipe:

  • Organic steel cut Oatmeal 

  • Cranberries  (boil in water)

  • Dasha of cinnamon (metabolism booster)

  • 1 Tbs. Agave nectar 

    

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!

 

Weekend vibes✌

Holiday weekends are my favorite! There’s always so many fun things to do…BBQs, pool parties, festivals,  fireworks. Which means so many fun outfits to be worn 😜 

More and more going shopping can be a challenge I’m finding and not only because I am dragging along two little guys (which is actually a huge reason but not the only one) alls I’m finding everywhere is cropped this and cut off that, which means belly and butt all out there… uh-uh no thank you. I mean it’s great for some people not really my thing. So here’s some inspiration without all that!!

Left look:

  • Guess lace tank
  • Gap white tank
  • Nordstrom ripped shorts
  • Red lip of course

Right look:

  • Target tank
  • Hurley crochet skirt
  • H&M Layered necklace
  • Hot pink lip

✨Hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July weekend 🎇

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!

Healthy Cinnamon Chickpeas Snack

Ever need a sweet tooth killer? But don’t want to eat the whole carton of ice-cream? That’s me pretty much every evening🍫. 

Here’s a simple healthy cheap snack to keep you stay on track! They are crunchy, sweet, and best of all healthy🤗 What I made,  cinnamon chickpeas – nom nom!

  • Rinse and drain chickpeas
  • Set on paper towel to dry for 30 min. 
  • Mix all ingredients (see below)
  • Coat chickpeas in mixture 
  • Bake for 50 min.on 400°