Saturday, November 21, 2015

Playdate Crafts

I am going to have 6 little boys over at 10 AM for a playdate - lord help me!   I am sure they will spend the bulk of time running in the backyard, but to be safe I am prepared with crafts!

This is where amazon prime came to the rescue again.  I have been so slammed between work and personal commitments that I had zip time to get to the store to get any crafts so I ordered everything Wednesday and had it in hand by Friday.  LOVE, love, love amazon prime!

metallic scratch leaves, fall-themed bracelet beading, superhero mask kit - hopefully something there will entertain

My packed weekend just became even more crowded.  My oldest's football team won at the playoffs so tomorrow we have the championship game. 

Tomorrow we also have his first ever real basketball game.  All the parents pitch in to help run the home games so tomorrow I may be working the kitchen (snacks/drinks) instead of socializing with the other parents and watching the game, but I am still really looking forward to it.

Finally want to record this week's parent/teacher conference meetings.  Whatever they tell you in prek about their personality/work habits follow through every year from my experience so far.  My oldest is super social and chatty, but not really into the work.   My middle was described as a little old man who takes his work very seriously.  How did they come out of the same womb?!

I also want to note that a dad from school told me his daughter talks about my oldest all the time and had over a bunch of her third grade girlfriends and they were all talking/giggling about robby....oh boy I am in for trouble!


Friday, November 20, 2015

Sibling Matching Holiday Clothes

Excited to take the kids to Santa at some point over the weekend.  I usually buy my three boys matching outfits from Janie and Jack for all the holidays, but sadly my oldest is too tall for their clothes this year.  Luckily I found chasingfireflies has matching clothes which fit all 3 (whew!).   Bought them nice pants, button downs and vests - can't wait to see how they look. Until the 29th you can use promo code 4315002R2AD2 to get 20% off + free shipping.

This cracks me up!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Slow Cooker Beef Vegetable Soup

Made this recipe for slow cooker beef vegetable soup yesterday and it was delicious!    I didn't use any canned items -- instead I used fresh potatoes and carrots, frozen organic corn and green beans and added in some water.  It's a keeper of a recipe.

Hope everyone has a good Wednesday!


Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Jack-O-Lanterns and Melrose Place Stars

Had a so much with my three little guys and my oldest's friend yesterday.  We went to the park, out for Chinese food dinner and then to the Blaze.

I went with a bunch of people from town and at one point turned around to say something to someone and instead wound up staring right at Andrew Shue who was there with his family.  Saw him a few months ago walking in the city too!

My son's friend's family went down to the shore for the weekend so we had our first sleepover.  At 11:30 pm when I heard the sound of scotch tape being pulled over and over I went into their room to put the kibosh on everything and told them to settle down.  Needless to say my oldest is exhausted today.

Taking it easy today to recoup.  Made chocolate banana muffins, banana oat bars and tomorrow's dinner of chicken and rice.  I have some sundried tomatoes I have to use up so soon will start tonight's dinner prep of chicken with sundried tomatoes.  Few more loads of laundry and that's about all I can handle today.

Looking forward to getting the middle one out of here soon since he has football and the three of them together can be a quick drive to the nut house!!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Pinterest Weekend

It's gonna be a pinterest weekend!  I have been busy pinning lots of goodies so plan to try some of the new recipes I have earmarked -- specifically new recipes for pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, muffins and more!

I moved pumpkin carving to later in the week so instead tonight me and my three boys are going to attempt to make this pinterest craft.

I bought the exact house on amazon, but I am sure it'll look nothing like this in the end -- but we'll give it out best shot!

Because I like to use my blog to capture special moments as a diary of our days I have to say that my day was just brightened with a unexpected email from my youngest's teacher.  Her note below. I am a proud mama. :)

"Just wanted to tell you how well Joseph is doing in class.  He is a joy- and is a wonderful child.  He listens, plays, participates and does everything with a happy smile.  It is a pleasure to have him in class!"

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Recipes for Leftover Halloween Candy

Why, why, WHY can't it be the weekend already?! UGH!

Looking forward to some Halloween fun this weekend.  Friday night plan to carve our pumpkins with my boys.  Saturday I am taking all 3 of them to the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze.  We are going with a bunch of families from town so we plan to tailgate beforehand which should be fun!  I ordered some blue light stick necklaces and bracelets to load them up with so I can keep track of them in the crowd.

I love Halloween in our town, but I am not looking forward to three bags full of candy the day after. To help it move out of the house quicker I will often make some desserts using the candy -- and even sneak in something healthy -- think it was last year I made a banana cake with chopped up chocolate.   I also love to melt milky ways and other chocolates in milk to make hot chocolate for the kids.  I wanted to share this link that I found on Pinterest that has additional ideas for recipes for leftover Halloween candy.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Oatmeal

It's chilly in NY!   I have on tap to make this weekend Apple Cinnamon Quinoa Oatmeal.   I usually buy a version of this on my way to work when it is cold, but remembered today I have a huge bag of organic quinoa at home so may as well try to make it myself and portion it out for the week. Looking forward to trying it.

Weekend is filled with football (again!) - tonight and Sunday for a few hours.  REALLY excited for tomorrow night for a fun get-together out on the town with some friends.   Hope everyone has a great weekend.


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

New tile for basement selected, new curtains for dining room ordered and these delicious pumpkin chocolate chip cookies baked.  It's been a productive start to the day!