Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Summer Fun with Oriental Trading Products

Please note that this post was written on behalf of Oriental Trading Company in exchange for product. The ideas and opinions expressed in this post are all my own. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Caprese and Pepperoni Appetizer

A while back my friends and I decided to have an Italian style pot luck dinner when. I knew I wanted to do an appetizer and had an idea of the flavors I wanted but didn't exactly know how I was going to execute.

So after a trip to the store I came up with theme caprese and pepperoni appetizers and they were a hit! They were gobbled up in no time.

What you need:
-small baguette
-sun dried tomato (I used dried but the one in oil would be MUCH better)
-fresh basil
-mozzarella cheese
-olive oil and balsamic (optional)

-cut small baguette into slices, then the slices in half
-wash and dry the basil, rip into as many pieces as bread you have
-my pepperonis were large so I cut in half and folded over
-if sun dried tomatoes are in oil I was drain them on a paper towel and cut if they're too big
-mozzarella cut into chucks. Since I used the string cheese I decided to use two thin slices.
-layer the toppings on top of the baguette and poke with a toot pick, it's that easy!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Acceptance is Learned at Home

As a mama of a child with special circumstances it kills my heart to read stories where kids are targeted for being "different and weird" news flash if everyone was the same this world be a very boring place indeed!

My son's differences aren't something easily recognized as they don't affect his physical appearance at all. He also doesn't display a lot of Autistic "behaviors." In fact, I'm sure many people don't even realize. I know in school the differences between him and other kids are more noticeable. I don't want him to be victimized because kids see him as "weird." His brain doesn't work like everyone else but his brain works beautifully. He doesn't process things like they do but he processes them as he can. My child works hard to succeed in a society that wants us all to think and act the same. 
Acceptance starts at home our kids don't want your pity they just want to be accepted in every day life. When your child comes home from school, does homework and goes off to play know that our kids are doing their homework working with their ABA therapist, attending speech or occupational therapy just to be successful in this rigid world. They are working so hard to live as others take for granted. Whatever you do, please don't feel sorry for them, that accomplishes nothing.

I BEG you, talk to your kids about differences let them know that it's okay to be different above all teach them ACCEPTANCE!!! Let's raise a generation of kids tolerable and understanding of ALL people.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

10 Tips for Pottery Painting for kids with Sensory Needs

I'm over at As You Wish Pottery blog today sharing my tips for painting pottery with a child with sensory needs, go check it out!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I'm Going to be an Aunt!

I'm so excited that coming this Christmas I will be an aunt and my kids will get their very first, first cousin!

Congrats Kelsey and Craig!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

It's a Small World!

God works in mysterious ways!

While going through a bunch of junk in the garage, we found the proof that Dallas played on the same coach pitch team as my Jason for two straight years, 22 & 23 years ago!

Dallas and I didn't meet until 7 years after that and then we didn't date until another year years after meeting.

We always thought that there was a possibility that they played on the same team but could never find the proof. Crazy how my our paths crossed so long ago!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Baby Street is a....


Kinda of crazy to think that we'll be adding some tutus and hair bows to this little brood of ours!

We really thought that we were done after the two boys. I always kind of held out hope that there would be a third baby but I know that Dallas wasn't on board so we waited. I finally started warming him up to the idea when the surprise plus sign showed up!

I really was on the fence about wanting another boy or having a girl this time. Every one I talked to said they were hoping/praying it was a girl. Part of me was like... well we got this boy thing down maybe it would be best to have three boys. I mean little boys sure do love their mama and it could be nice being the only girl. Dallas definitely wanted another boy. But low and behold we saw the three little lines and knew immediately that it was a girl. The tech looked and looked and the baby was in a C shape so getting the parts was a bit difficult I swear I could tell the first swipe through but she wanted the clear shot before confirming.

I cried... but I think I would've cried either way. Finding out the gender of your child is such a big moment and I felt anxious to finally know.

Knowing us and keeping secrets we planned to have immediate family and my two best friends over for a small reveal party. I make spaghetti and a couple sweets and got to thinking how I'd like to do the reveal part.

I finally settled on the idea of a homemade volcano that the boys could pour the vinegar into to make it foam and reveal the color. I purchased both blue and paint for the volcano.
And then I teased everyone with an ultrasound pic.
The day after revealing to my family I brought cupcakes into work, once again revealing the gender!

Friday, April 3, 2015

As You Wish Little Prints

The other night we had the opportunity to take the boys to As You Wish for a little family date night. I was very excited to get to get their sweet little hand prints preserved in clay. When we arrived our artist, Ashleigh was all ready for us. Dallas was really interested in helping her re-wet the clay with a sponge, then it was time to imprint their hands.

Dallas was first and he listened carefully and follow directions perfectly.Griffin followed suit and did great too!
Once done with that it was time to let them paint. They each had a treasure chest and Griffin insisted on needing to paint a race car as well.

We all had a great time painting and taking our time. Lil D loved painting with a sponge brush and he liked painting the intricate lines on a rubber stamp.
While the boys painted I spoke with our custom artist on how I wanted the hand prints painted. I showed her a photo of what I was kind of what I was looking for and they came out perfectly!! Head on over to the As You Wish Blog to see how cute they turned out!

Being a Blog Ambassador has been such a fun experience for my little family. The boys have a growing pottery collection and really enjoy the painting process!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

No Skateboarding/Scooter-riding

This story was too cute that I had to share!

While at the park last week with his brother, dad, and therapist, Jamie. Lil D spotted this sign and studied it for a couple of moments.
A few moments later a couple of kids on scooters came riding by and you better believe Lil D had to alert them that they should stop because they were not supposed to be riding them there!

These seemingly small things bring us so much joy to know that he's getting the world around him!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Disneyside Cars Party

Do you remember last year when I hosted a Disneyside Mickey Mouse party last year? And I didn't even know that I got chosen...a box just showed up at my house? Well wouldn't you know it, the same thing happened this year!
I was sad thinking that I didn't get chosen because I didn't get a confirmation email but one day a giant package showed up at my door with all kinds of Disney goodness to host a Cars themed play date.
I set up all the Disney take home goodies along with pit passes and favor bags at the entry. the kids loved seeing their photos on the pit passes.
These adorable Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater banners were created by me and Jamie and are now available in the Sweet Banner of Mine Etsy shop.

We had such a good time with our friends! The menu consisted of small bites since it was a morning party. We had delicious mini muffins and a TON of coffee for the parents generously provided by The Corner Bakery.  Lets just say the muffins were SOO good that there were no leftovers.. none!
 I also put out bugles for the Cozy Cone, which was an adult favorite!

Rice crispy treats decorated with melted chocolate and mini m&ms made for adorable stop light treats and pretzel rods dipped in chocolate were yummy dip sticks!
Are you digging the simple but cute printables? They're available in the Swanky Shindig Etsy shop.

For activities I purchased wooden race cars and made paper race cars both of which the kids could decorate. The provided place mats were the perfect work surface for them!
 We also let the kids go run aroud and burn off some sugar and play in the backyard too!

Please note that I received a box of goodies from MomSelect and Disney to use to host my party. I was in no way compensated any further. Also, I received coffee and muffins from Corner Bakery for free in exchange for social media and blog coverage.