Convos with a Toddler ep 7

It was bedtime, babygirl had her bath time and was dressed and ready for bed.

I read her the very hungry caterpillar.

We said night time prayers.

She leaned in close and said she wanted to tell me a secret.

“When are you and daddy going to marry?” And she pulled back covered her mouth with her hands and giggled.

It melted me heart how cute she is. 

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Thanksgiving 2017

So thankful. 

Thankful for family and being able to spend time with them. 

We hosted a small thanksgiving at our house this year and we were blessed that both of babygirls grandmas were present. Along with her uncle and her papa, and both her parents! 

Usually D is away this time of year, so it was special that we were able to have thanksgiving with him. And in our home ❤

Traditionally my family doesn’t have a traditional thanksgiving holiday. I don’t know how to make collard greens or candied yams, we don’t usually have sweet potato pie or green bean casserole. But we did have an amazing non traditional spread this year, put together by 3 moms, we served:

Chicken wings

Grilled Salmon

Roasted carrots and butternut squash

Parmesan roasted broccoli

Mac and cheese

Rice and beans

Candied yams

Stuffing/dressing
Carrot cake

Chocolate peanut butter Reese’s Cake


With so much food, and after prepping all day we basically fell into a food coma at like 6pm. Super relaxing to be in our home and be able to just chill out and do nothing. 

But we did other fun things after Thanksgiving, like try on my wedding dress (wooooohooooo), watch movies on the couch, watch our alma mater play at Disney’s Wide Worlf of Sports and just spend time together. 

We also spent one of our vacation days at Disney! Who doesn’t love the most magical place on Earth? 

I’m so excited that I finally got the rose gold mickey wars! I wore them alllllll day at the park.

Weekend in Review- Cupcake Cake

My weekend ended up taking a different direction than i originally planned. I needed to get my hair redone, my garage has been a mess for months, and I wanted to get out to the stores for Tax Free weekend and find baby girl some school pants.

Instead I ended up taking a cupcake cake order, cuddled for nap time and did some meal prepping with my sidekick.

My coworker had inquired about cupcakes for a party a few weeks ago but early this past week asked was I still available to complete the order. I said yes, and I’m glad I did because this order was fun! It was actually my first cupcake pullapart cake.

I ended up doing chocolate and vanilla cupcakes with vanilla buttercream in the birthday girl’s favorite colors.

 
After delivering the cake we stopped at “the grilled cheese” place for lunch/dinner. (Panera) I got a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup. 


Fun fact: i have decided to go back to my pescatarian diet again!

That meant grocery shopping and meal prepping for a week of success. 

I found baby girl some kid safe knives and she was so happy to help me make dinner. I can foresee many nights cooking together in the kitchen.


We ended up making overnight oats for my week snack, veggie stir fry and white rice for lunch and guacamole for the meatless tacos that I ate Sunday night. 

In case you were wondering, she did not want to eat any of her creations but don’t worry I’m working on her and eating more colorful foods. 

🙂 

Weekend in Review- I Said Yes

This weekend my lovely mama came to visit us. Baby girl and I missed her so much !


I set us up for a girls day with a few appointments to look at dresses…


Oh my, I think I have been keeping that a secret from you, haven’t I?

D and I are engaged!!! 


We actually got engaged back in May and things have been pretty hectic around here since then. Birthdays, trips out of town, and work around the house plus side business have kept me away..

 I guess we can start wedding planning together then can’t we? This will be fun, I’ll share all my inspiration pics and ideas of what I have been tossing around in my head. 😀

Anyway, with mom in town it was a perfect weekend to look at wedding dresses. And guess what?! I said yes to a dress!

The only thing I’ll say is that, exactly like all those brides say on “Say Yes to the Dress” I too found a dress that wasn’t what I thought I would pick. You’ll have to wait until my day to see what it looks like though!

 

Weekend in Review –

Do you know what I love about the weekend? 

The same thing everyone else loves about the weekend; time to yourself to do what you choose.

And I love spending time with our family ❤ (or friends that have become family lol) This past weekend we were able to do just that…

D’s sister was in town so that meant mini got to spend time with her auntie and our newly married friends came into town so they stayed with us as well.


I finished up an order on Friday for decorated cookies and chocolate covered Rice Krispies Treats.


I made a set of each animal, and all the girls got eyelashes and blushing cheeks. I think the zebras turned out to be my favorites.


We did a lot of relaxing at home til D’s sister had to leave Saturday afternoon. And our newlywed friends had a wedding to attend in the area so that meant time for a family nap. We all found some space on the couch and powered up for the rest of the evening.

We got up and got dressed to go to D’s cousins house. We ate tacos and I explained to his cousin’s wife all the things to expect when you’re expecting and all the things you don’t need to buy for a new baby. Have I ever wrote about that here? Hmmm maybe I’ll put together a post with the info that I give out to all my new mommies.

Sunday our friends had to leave and that made us sad, but they are traveling to the Maldives for their honeymoon so I’m so excited for them! 

I caught up on some work while mini and D washed the car (and plotted on how to get me outside to splash me) . Then we went to another’s friend’s house for a play date.

We found out that they are expecting a baby girl!! Whatttt! So many good things happening for our friends, I just love it. And then we went out to dinner with them.

Weekend in Review- Wedding Vibes

This weekend baby girl and I were part of one of my best friend’s weddings< 3

I was honored and excited for my girl to marry the love of her life and to have both me and baby girl be involved in their special day.

I had been prepping the wedding Favor thank you’s all last week, which I think turned out super cute:


180 White Chocolate Covered Oreos  decorated in their wedding colors of soft pink and gold.


We drove down to the city where the wedding was to be held Friday and babygirl and I stayed with the bride. All the other bridesmaids were also staying in the hotel so we had a little dance party in the brides room.

I was so excited to see all the girls and spend some time with them too.


Saturday, our day started super early getting dressed and making sure our bride was comfortable and relaxed.


A makeup artist did all of our makeup and I must say she did an amazing job!!! My face felt like perfection and it wasn’t even my big day.


The ceremony was beautiful, the bride was beautiful. We danced and ate and drank and danced and it was a beautiful day for all involved. 

Me and my date during cocktail hour:

I’m so excited for my friends as they embark on this new journey together as husband and wife! This girl is literally the sweetest and most kind thoughtful person and I’m so happy for her to get to her happily ever after moment, especially because I know her husband and how much he adores her and takes the time to always do things to make her happy.

I love love.

My FAVORITE Overnight Oats

Have we ever talked about overnight oats before?

I was NEVER a fan of oatmeal. In life. Ever.

The consistency was similar to porridge or something equally as goopy and unappealing in my head.  I wouldn’t even pretend to entertain the idea of eating it. The texture just seemed so weird. Or maybe it’s me, but I wasn’t going to eat the stuff.


Fast forward to now, I’m older, wiser and with a different more refined palette (at least I think) and its weekly  staple in my breakfast routine!

It’s one of those amazing quick breakfasts that I can make at night and customize to my specific tastes. Or it can be my mid afternoon snack; I can add protein powder and boost it’s amazing health properties even more. I can add any extra toppings and create different flavor profiles, I can use different kinds of yogurt and make it creamier or thicker.


Lately I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this method, to the point where I’ll even call it MY FAVORITE OVERNIGHT OAT variation. I have been making this for my breakfast for a good solid 3-4 weeks now. Exactly this way, exactly these ingredients.


I think this is partially because I am obsessed with chocolate and the base for it is a Chocolate yogurt. But i couldn’t help but try the “chocolate mocha” flavor when i saw it. Usually the larger yogurt containers in the store come in 3 boring flavors: vanilla, strawberry and plain.


So what did I use?


Chocolate Mocha Greek gods yogurt

Rolled Oats (uncooked)

chocolate covered espresso bits

I used a 1/4 cup rolled oats to start.

Added in a good handful of chocolate covered espresso bits, the crunch these little babies give when you eat them is so deliciously good!

And then i cover the oats with yogurt. If i find that the mixture is too thick, I add a little almond milk either right after I’ve mixed it or in the morning when I go to eat it.
That’s all! Enjoy !