Friday, July 3, 2015

Fabulous Five on Friday

1. Dustin has today off so we get a three day weekend with him. We're hoping to take Brylee to the splash pad and hopefully it won't be a complete zoo there.

2. Last night Brylee and I ran to Michael's and Home Goods. We found some giant chalk which was the best 60 cents I have spent in a long time. 




3. Brylee found this chair at Home Goods last night as soon as we walked in the store (well played Home Goods, well played). She wouldn't let me leave the store without it. Actually she was so concerned about it that we didn't get to shop at all and had to leave immediately after buying this. 


4. Brylee loves to make herself right at home while watching movies at night. 


5. Happy 4th! Stay safe and don't get into too much trouble;).

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Red, White and Blue Fireworks Candy

Today I made a super easy snack to have while watching the fireworks on the 4th! The longest part about it was separating the red and blue m&m's from the rest (although you could probably buy just red and blue ones at a specialty store).


To make this fun treat you will need:

Almond Bark
Pretzels
Red and Blue m&m's ( I used regular and mini)
red and blue food coloring gel





To Start:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper.


Put the almond bark in a microwave safe bowl and heat in 30 second intervals until melted. It should be smooth with no lumps.



Spread melted almond bark onto parchment paper lined cookie sheet.


Spread red and blue food coloring gel in melted almond bark. Do not use liquid food coloring because it will make the almond bark clump up. 


Spread m&m's over almond bark.


Top with pretzels and push them lightly into the almond bark.


Place in fridge for a few hours until the almond bark hardens. Break apart with a knife.

Snack Stack
Enjoy!




Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Our Weekend

How is it Wednesday already--or more importantly how is it the 4th this weekend?! This summer is just cruising by! We had a pretty low key weekend this weekend. Saturday we went to one of Dustin's co-worker's families lake home. I didn't get any pictures but Brylee had the best time playing with one of the girls who was there. 

Sunday we didn't do much but run a few errand, have a lunch date at Noodles and Company, and then we went to a local pond so Dustin could try fishing a little bit and Brylee could run off some energy at the park. I think she went down each slide about 20 times. 





Hopefully the weather stays nice for the 4th and the bugs aren't too pesky (they are always the worst!!). 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fabulous Five on Friday

I meant to post this earlier today but life happens. So here's this weeks Fabulous Five on Friday installment. 

1. One day while playing in her toy room, Brylee decided to crawl through one of the holes on the side of her ball pit that are meant for tossing balls through. Needless to say she got stuck and was in quite the predicament and being the great mom that I am I had to take a few pictures first!



2. Is there anything sweeter than a sleeping baby? I mean honestly. 


3. I've created a selfie monster! Every time I flip the phone onto "selfie" mode she automatically sticks out her tongue. 


4. Our neighbors dropped these water bottles on our front steps the other day. They say "enjoy life" "best neighbors" and "cutie". Can you guess which one was for Brylee?!



5. We got some exciting news today. Brylee (we) is officially a brand rep for FunBites and a brand enthusiast for NeatCheeks--more on this product coming up plus a super awesome discount code!!

On a side note: I can't believe the 4th is next weekend already. Like seriously where did this summer go. And then Brylee's birthday is in like a month and a half. Like seriously time needs to just slow down a little bit!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

What Brylee Eats: Six

Here's the sixth installment of "What Brylee Eats". Don't forget you can follow us on IG here.

Breakfast:

Chocolate graham cracker, Greek vanilla yogurt with sprinkles and egg in a hole. 

Plate

Hash browns with ketchup, sausage link, pancakes cut out of cookie cutters and whip cream with blueberries. 


Cinnamon Pull apart Muffins, bananas and blueberries, sausage link, scrambled egg with peppers, cut out with a star shaped cookie cutter.


Vanilla Greek yogurt with mini m&m's, peaches, heart shaped pancakes topped with TJ cookie's n cream cookie butter and whipped cream. 

Whip cream and blueberries and pancake bites

Lunch:

Mixed fruit, marshmallow people with mini m&m eyes and pretzel stick arms, Mexican roll ups cut into pieces (spread cream cheese mixed with taco seasoning onto a flour tortilla and place a piece of cheddar cheese on top, Roll up and slice into pieces.)

Plate

Pizza, graham crackers and blueberries.

Plate

Blueberries, mud pie (chocolate pudding topped with crushed Oreo's and fruit snacks), and a Mexican roll up. 

Plate
Peanut Butter sandwich face with mini m&m's and apple slices. 
Plate old but similar here 

Supper:

French fries with ketchup, apple slices, cheese slices, and cut up hamburger patty. 

Plate

Burrito Bake, guacamole and sliced tomatoes.


Pizza, Grinder, and mixed fruit.

Plate

Rice with chipotle gravy, blueberries, and country fried hamburger.


Corn, pasta with spaghetti sauce, chicken Parmesan and a biscuit.


Vanilla Greek yogurt with sprinkles, curly fries, cheeseburger cut up and tomato slices.


Tomato slices, baked beans, cheese slices, pretzel rods, and chicken nuggets.

Plate

See the previous posts here:

Georgetown Cupcake Caramel Apple Cupcakes

Last week I shared that I made these cupcakes and since some of you are interested in the recipe I figured I would share it with you. It's kind of a lengthy process and I would recommend doing it while kids are napping/sleeping or if you have an extra hand in the kitchen. 

Here is the recipe as adapted from Cookbook For A Cause Volume 2 (its a Pampered Chef cookbook thats no longer available)

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted
3 tsp baking powder, sifted
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
16 tbsp (8 oz.) unslated butter, at room temperature
2 cups granulated sugar
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup hot water
2 1/2 cups freshly grated apples (approximately 4-5 medium sized apples--we use gala apples but you can use your favorite type.)

Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting:
4 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
4 cups confectrioners' sugar, sifted
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 oz. cream cheese, room tempereature

Caramel Filling:
1 cup sugar
6 tbsp unsalted butter,  room temperature
1/2 cup heavy cream, room temperature
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a standard cupcake pan with 12 baking cups and a second pan with 6 baking cups. 
2. Sift together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt on a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper.
3. Place the butter in the bowl of a 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Hot Tot Hair Products

A couple months ago Hot Tot Hair Care sent us some of their products to review.


 Let me start out by saying this: this hair care line is AMAZING. We absolutely love love LOVE them!! I'm not going to lie and say that I am a little jealous that these are intended for kids (although adults can use them!) because they smell that amazing! So what do they smell like you ask? Cabbage patch dolls. Wait, what? The doll of my childhood?!?! YES!!! Megan Gage,  the creator of the line sent a Cabbage Patch Doll to their fragrance house and asked them to match the scent. Megan specified that they wanted a very gentle, phthalate (a chemical found in plastics if you are wondering) -free fragrance! And boy does this fragrance they came up with smell amazing!

Megan sent me a full size Spotless (foaming) Babywash and conditioning detangler to try out as well as samples of the ShampooConditioner, and Sweet Pea Curl Serum


After using the samples up and realizing that this was the only product that we will be using on Brylee from now on (more on why in a little bit) Zulily had Hot Tot on sale and I had to stock up!


Now onto Brylee and why we love this line so much for her. Brylee has super sensitive skin. Last winter she got a rash on her face and body. We thought it was just dry skin from winter so I dosed her up in (Johnson's and Johnson's) lotion only to find the rash getting worse. At one of her doctor appointments, we mentioned to her pediatrician that she had dry skin (rash) and whenever we added lotion it only got worse. Her doctor said that its because she has sensitive skin and most baby products use chemicals to make them smell good and that was what was irritating Brylee's skin. Seriously?! I had no idea!! So she sent us home with a list of products to try, all of them scentless (which I think smell horrible) and made for sensitive skin. I was kind of disappointed that Brylee wouldn't have the 'yummy' baby smell anymore but if it made her skin feel better and less irritated then I guess I was OK with it. Dustin kept telling me that "Brylee's a little girl and her hair should smell fruity and fun" and I was like I know but there was nothing I could do about it because I couldn't find a product that was sensitive to her skin that smelled decent. Enter the Hot Tots hair line! We have been using them for a little over a month and haven't had one issue with skin irritation at all.  I have also noticed a difference in Brylee's hair. The back of her hair used to get super frizzy but now its nice and smooth. Want to know whats even better? The scent lasts in Brylee's hair all day and into her next bath. Seriously just adding a little warm water on top of Brylee's head revitalized the signature scent of these products. I honestly can't even describe the smell. Its not "fruity" but almost sophisticated. It is gender neutral and can be used for any age. The Shampoo and Spotless (foaming) Babywash are both tear free too! And your bathroom smells amazing after each bath!!













Thumbs Up, Brylee approves!
Even though we received these products over a month ago, I purposely decided to wait to do my post until after our family vacation to Texas. I wanted to see how well the Spotless (foaming) Babywash did on our trip. It did not disappoint!! We didn't have any issues with it leaking and it made bath time a breeze. I don't know why but Brylee typically loves her baths. At home we can't get her out of the bathtub, but when we were on vacation she would not take a bath. She would cry bloody murder every time we even attempted to put her in the tub so we had to be super quick and get her in and out all while getting her clean. Boy we were glad we had the Spotless (foaming) Babywash, since its foaming it was already lathered so we just quickly put it in her hair and on her body and then rinsed it off. Brylee was probably in and out in two minutes but she would always come out clean and smell amazing. And guess what, Megan just informed me that they are working on a travel line which should be available this fall! Shut the front door!


Brylee's hair is FINALLY long enough for little piggy tails. It's seriously the cutest thing ever! I can't get over how cute it is and how much I love that when her hair is up in pig tails she isn't twirling it with her fingers leaving little knots all over in the back of it. We use the conditioning detangler to help get out the tangles and then use the Finishing Mist to keep it into place. I love that the Finishing Mist doesn't leave a funky residue in Brylee's hair but it keeps all the tiny flyaway's in place all day long. We have also added the Finishing Mist to our diaper bag essentials.








A few more things that I love about this product. It is created by a mom who wanted a quality product(s) to use on her son's hair. It is made in the USA, with only safe quality products. She was on Shark Tank and got the support of Mark Cuban! Oh and the Sweet Pea Curl Serum can totally be used as lotion!!

*This is a sponsored post by Hot Tot. In exchange for my opinion I was sent some products to review. All opinions are 100% my own.