Friday, October 24, 2014

Fabulous Five on Friday

1. We are almost over our colds-always a good feeling even though we missed a neighborhood ladies night because I didn't want to risk passing it to someone right before Halloween! 

2. We ran to Walmart one night for some lemonade and a few notebooks (hello Christmas planning) and came across this m&m's stand. I wish they had m&m's that big too Brylee.



3. We are ready for Halloween here! Any guesses on Brylee's costume this year?!




4. We bought a new rug for the living room floor. I'm not sure who likes it the best! 


5. I am officially in Christmas decorating mode. I'm trying my best to hold off until closer to Thanksgiving but we will see how well that goes. I'm sure next weekend I'll be begging Dustin to get everything from the crawl space.... 







Thursday, October 23, 2014

RainForest Cafe

A few weeks ago we took a mini vacation to Minneapolis and hit up the Como Zoo and Sea Life Aquarium for a mini family vacation (more on those later) but to end the weekend we had to eat at the Rainforest Cafe to end the weekend with a bang and tie it all together. If you live near or semi near one I would put it on your bucket list. It is a unique dining experience! The one in the Mall of America is actually the first one ever built.


They have a huge aquarium that you walk through to get to the seating area. 
 

 I could seriously stare at tropical fish all day long!

The decor is so much fun (in the back there are a few gorillas that come to life during the "thunderstorms"). We experienced two thunderstorms while we were there and Brylee loved every moment of them...but the first may or may not have resulted in a diaper change:) 

While we waited for our food we pointed to every eye on every frog on the table (seriously a great distraction!) and ticked them too. 

Then an employee came over to take our picture we could buy if we wanted. We totally got suckered but how can you not when it's actually a decent family photo?!

When our food arrived our phones were both dead so I didn't get pictures but our burgers were huge! Like we should have bought one and shared huge. 
We are picky about our meat being well done (we don't want the cow to moo back at us) and our burgers were not cooked fully and the management came over and apologized right away and brought us a plate of nachos! Even brylee was dipping her fingers in the cheese because it was so amazing. 

When the manager (Brenda Lee) came over she sat down next to Brylee and we had Brylee sign "thank you" and she actually started signing with Brylee. One of the only people who has signed back and understood Brylee wasn't just blowing kisses to her. 

Overall the food was great, service was exceptional and setting was amazing! We will be back for sure. 


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brylee the Boss

Brylee's little personality has been shining through more and more everyday.

She likes to stay organized and on top of all the latest news. She even adds her own accessories to every outfit.

She helps prepare the grocery list.



 And she even bosses around the construction workers developing the land behind our house. Best behavior guys she's taking notes! 




Give the girl a pen and paper and she's happy for hours! 






Monday, October 20, 2014

Home Projects

I am slowly getting over a head cold and Brylee is just beginning one. I totally thought we were in the clear with no one else getting sick but me,  but no such luck. I guess she needs to build up her immune system anyways right?! So we've been staying pretty low key except for our 1,356 trips to Menards. We love that store! We have been busy doing lots of home improvement projects.

Yes I have a teeny tiny coupon stockpile! 

 This one  is my favorite projects by far. After every holiday (**cough**cough** Christmas) I stock up on the clearance items. So I ended up with about 20 rolls of wrapping paper just sitting in a storage bin needing a home. Ever since we moved into our house (about 8 months ago) we have bought (and returned) many items we thought would work to make our "gift wrapping station". We just couldn't find the right combination of things. On one of our many Menards runs we found these storage shelves on sale. They can either be stacked together or left shorter like this. We left them separate so I would have a decent sized work table. After seeing how much we loved the shelves, we some how decided to get peg board to hang the wrapping paper on. Best decision ever. So we ran to Menards once again and picked up a peg board, pegs, and some wooden dowels. The board happened to be the exact size of our wall. We got lucky! Then I attached all the little pegs and hung the wrapping paper through the dowels. I'm loving the progress so far. I still have things to add but so far I'm happy with it.


We also hung more pictures, bought stuff to reroute our sump pump for the winter, built a new landing and stairs in the garage. We also put out all of our scentsy warmers with "silver bells" scented wax. It smells amazing. We also picked up another shelf and split it for a shelf/table in the entry way and in the basement under the tv. I love all the projects we have been doing lately. It's so fun being homeowners! 

Little missy also got a new blankey in the mail that I won on Instagram from Love and Lullabies.  I'd say she loves it!
I used to rub my blankets the same way she rubbed this one. It amazes me how our kids take after us in so many ways! 


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Fall is Here

The weather outside has been gorgeous lately. Today it's supposed to break 70. Wahoo! We have been soaking up as much sun as we can!




I love days at the park that just wipe Brylee out. Not only does she nap good, I know she had a great time.


We decorated a little bit for fall and Halloween.

We spray painted some pumpkins with glow in the dark spray paint. They don't really stay lit up that long but they are still cool and saved me from having to deal with pumpkin guts! I hate hate hate the feeling of pumpkin guts and newspaper. It's like nails on a chalkboard for me!


We've done a little shopping. Somebody started her list for Santa already!

This is about the only dog she will pet.

And to top it off a fun car ride. 





Friday, October 10, 2014

Fabulous Five on Friday

1. Brylee and I went shopping at Costco on Monday and this happened to fall in the cart. Monday night after Brylee's bath (I didn't use this yet because I wanted to use up the other shampoo we had, so I stuck this under the sink) Dustin was telling me we should try a new shampoo that smells more fruity/girly and I chuckled and pulled this out. He smelled it and wished I had pulled it out before Brylee's bath and not after. It seriously smells so good. Don't you love when those purchases you think you probably shouldn't have bought get approved by the man in your life without them even realizing it?! 

But alas we did try it out in our next bath...Brylee loved it! 


Probably my favorite picture! I love how she's caressing it:) 

2. Last Friday I attempted to run to Target for a few things Halloween items. We made it to the back of the store before Brylee decided she no longer would sit in the cart seat and hudini'd her way out of the strap and proceeded to stand up. So I took her out and let her walk. She decided she needed to be a gymnast and climb and play with the items on the bottom shelf. Of EVERY. SINGLE. AISLE. Needless to say we left about 10 minutes later empty handed and I called Dustin to let him know what a stinker Brylee was being. He just laughed and thanked Brylee for saving him money. 

3. Monopoly is back at McDonald's so of course we had to try our luck. We won a free medium fry. 


She was very sneaky on the dipping sauce when she thought we weren't looking. She started licking it...



4. Every morning when Brylee wakes up and I go to get her from her crib, she has to point and grunt to her favorite things. She will show me her nuke that is on the floor, that daddy is sleeping behind the door that is shut right outside her door, that her closet door is open, that all her stuffed animals are in her wagon grandpa made, that I opened the blinds infront of the window, that her diapers are on the changing table, to the pictures on the wall. And only after she does all of this will she allow me to take her out of her crib (and sometimes she has to dance first as well). Oh yeah, this happens after naps too...every. single. day.


5. One night this week, Brylee was sitting between Dustin and me on the couch. She would then lean over and give me a kiss. Then she would do the same to Dustin. And then back to me.  This continued for a good five minutes. She sure does know how to make our day!

And a bonus: We officially have grass growing in our back yard! 



Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Meal Plan: Week 3

Monday:

Chicken Parmesan
I used Tyson Panko breaded chicken breasts (seriously so so good), baked about 25 minutes at 400 F and then topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese and baked another 10 minutes or so. (The cheese wasn't bubbly enough for me so I broiled it for a few minutes). I served with some rotini noodles topped with the rest of marinara sauce. 




TUESDAY:

We went to Sonic for happy hour.

WEDNESDAY:

Patty Melts and French Fries

1 lb ground beef
Worcheshire sauce
Seasoned salt 
4 Cheddar cheese slices
Bread
Butter
(Sautéed onions or French's fried onions if you want onions on it as well) 

Combine ground beef, worcheshire sauce and seasoned salt (season to taste) until well mixed. Divide into 4 patties. We cook our burgers until no longer pink but cook until your preference. Top each burger with a slice of cheese. Heat a second pan over medium low. Add butter to a slice of bread and place butter side down in pan. Top with burger and onions if you would like. Butter another slice of bread and place on top of burger,  butter side up. Flip sandwich once golden brown. Cook remaining side until golden brown and enjoy!



THURSDAY:

Marinated Chicken Breast And Rice

I put 6 frozen chicken breasts in a Tupperware container with Lawry's 30-minute marinade (Jamaican Jerk I think was the flavor) in the fridge overnight, so they would be thawed and well marinated by supper. 

Preheat skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until no longer pink and juices run clear, turning occasionally.  
Serve and enjoy. 

I also heated some rice in our rice cooker (one of our favorite kitchen items!) and served with the chicken.


FRIDAY:

Marinated Chicken Grilled Cheese

1/2 to 1 marinated chicken breast (from Thursday)
1 slice cheddar cheese
2 peices of bread (I used Bread Smith ciabatta  bread-yum!) 
Butter

Slice chicken breast into thin strips and heat in the microwave until warm about 45 seconds. Heat skillet over medium low heat. Butter two slices of bread. Place one slice of bread, butter side down on preheated pan. Top with slice of cheese and sliced chicken. Cover with remaining slice of bread, butter side up. Toast until golden brown and flip. Once both sides are golden brown slice in half and enjoy!