3.30.2015

LDS Women’s Meeting Printables

This past weekend was one of my most favorite weekends of the year! My mom, sisters, neighbors, and I, along with other women around the world had the opportunity to listen to the leaders of our church speak to all the women. We heard uplifting messages about families and our loving Heavenly Father. As usual, I had pages of notes of all the things I wanted to remember. Though I can go back and listen to the talks again (here!), I always try to write down what stuck out to me when I first hear it. I like to refer back to my notes and thoughts every so often, to be reminded of the spirit and inspiration I felt during the meeting. I walked away feeling edified and enlightened and ready to do God’s work. I can’t wait to hear more inspiring messages this weekend. You can tune in right here.

Here’s a few of my favorite snippets from the speakers. You can download them below. The package includes the five quotes (sized as 8x10, 5x7, and a handout page) The watermark is not included. Enjoy! xo

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You can DOWNLOAD the printables by clicking on the image above or clicking HERE.

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3.27.2015

Walking on Sunshine – Ooooooh!

Last weekend, we took a little road trip down to sunny St. George…and Ellie and I decided to stay a few extra days! Brian is hard at work at home with some final remodeling projects (he’s such a good guy!) but we definitely got the better end of the deal. ;) Shorts and sandals every day and glorious sunshine. Ellie loves being at “gramma’s house” and I love watching her play. It reminds me so much of visiting my gram when I was little. Feeding chickens (who would have thought my parents would ever have chickens!?), watering the plants, endless hours in the sun, art projects, treat baking, the perfect childhood vacation. Not to mention, she’s completely spoiled while she’s here. :) Here’s just a few photos from the last few days, with more to come I’m sure. :)

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Watering the plants with gram. When I ask Ellie if it’s time for us to go back to our house, she always replies with “No, let’s just stay at gramma’s house.”

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“Green means go! Red means stop!”

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Thrilled beyond belief to be wearing some goggles!

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Papa’s little helper.

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She LOVES the hose. Just like her Uncle Spenc. ;)

 

Happy Weekend!! xoxoxo

3.26.2015

Wild Child Hair + SoCozy Review

This post was written in collaboration with BeautyStat. All opinions are mine alone. Meet Ellie’s crazy hair:   
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If you’ve been hanging around this blog for awhile, you’ve probably seen it before! This little one has insane hair. (And these were taken on a good day :) Every day we try to tame it. I’ve straightened it, curled it, and used all kinds of products in attempts to control it. No matter how styled I get it to look in the morning, by her afternoon nap, her hair is crazy again. Crazy, I tell ya! We were recently introduced to SoCozy, a new line of salon quality kids hair products. We did a little bit of research on the products (at SoCozy.com) and decided to try it out. Plus, we found out about SoCozy Stylers, a free rewards program that rewards social sharing. I’ve been desperate for a few new products and after being sick for so long, also desperate to get out of the house! So where did we head? Target of course. :) I swear, we’re going to be a first name basis there soon.
 
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We picked up some shampoo, conditioner, and a new detangler (found near the women’s hair care products). Ok, that, and a few other things. Target gets me every time!

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Ellie, as usual, loved her bath. She typically plays in there until her water runs cold and lips turn blue. :) She refuses to tilt her head back or lay down in the tub, so when we rinse her hair we just dump water on the top of her head. She’s never minded the water in her face, and this shampoo and conditioner didn’t seem to irritate her eyes either.
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Her hair typically still has tangles even after bath, but this detangler was fantastic. I’m obsessed with the smell and I didn’t have to use nearly as much as I typically do with other detanglers. It smoothed out her snarls quickly (and for a two year old on the move, that’s a game changer!) I even noticed after her nap (and even the next morning) her hair wasn’t nearly as crazy as usual. That, my friends, is HUGE.
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My opinion on the stuff?  They were a bit more pricey than I typically spend on any of our hair products, but they were good quality, non-toxic, salon products. I felt they didn’t leave as much residue in Ellie’s hair like some of the other products we have tried. We will definitely be going back for the detangler (I even use it on my hair some mornings!)
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The hands in the pockets kill me. All her idea.

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Does your kid have wild child hair? How do you tame it!?

This post is in collaboration with BeautyStat.com, from whom I received products and compensation for this review. All opinions are mine alone and not edited by BeautyStat (as stated in my Disclosure Policy) Thanks for reading and supporting the sponsors who make this blog possible!

3.25.2015

How to Become an Adult #487

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#487: Stop hand mixing everything and invest in a grown up mixer already. :)

For the past almost four years (four!), Brian and I have spent a lot of time experimenting in the kitchen. I love to bake, so we’ve tried out countless recipes of cookies, breads, rolls, doughs, you name it. And for those past four years, we have been mixing everything with our tiny, wimpy hand mixer. You know, the one that sounds like it’s going to die if you add more than one cup of flour. Which has resulted in lots of stirring ourselves, and don’t get me started on kneading bread. Arm workout!

So, we made a very adult like decision and invested in this beauty:
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Introducing the newest member of our family: Bosch Zurcher. Ellie could have cared less, but you would have thought it was Christmas for Brian and I! (And look at those sunburns, we’re not quite used to the southern Utah sun ;) This baby came slightly used and significantly cheaper (thanks for finding us the good deal, Mom!) and we are in heaven. No more kneading dough by hand! No more mixing by hand! Sweet hallelujahs!
 

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Of course, we enlisted my mom’s help to teach us her mixing ways (we knew nothing when it came to working this delightful machine!) so cinnamon rolls we begun. And my mom’s recipe of cinnamon rolls, heavenly! I haven’t had them in years and they were just as delicious as I remember. Turns out, our daughter has a slight addiction to these things (and so do we!) Recipe below.
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Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:
1 1/4 Cups Warm Water
2 Tbsp Yeast
1/2 Cup Oil
2 Tsp Salt
1/2 Cup Sugar
3 Eggs
5 Cups Flour

Cinnamon Sugar
Brown Sugar
Butter

Instructions:
Mix together water, yeast, oil, salt, sugar, and eggs. Add flour, one cup at a time, until dough pulls from the side of the bowl but it’s not too stiff. Let rise in a bowl until doubled. Punch down and roll into a long rectangle. Spread with softened butter and sprinkle generous amounts of cinnamon sugar and brown sugar. Roll into a long tube and slice into even rolls with a serrated knife. Place on greased cookie sheet and let rise. (We let ours rise about 10-20 minutes more) Bake at 375 for 9-11 minutes. Frost with favorite frosting or glaze.
 

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3.23.2015

An Afternoon Pick-Me-Up

This shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KreateMyHappy

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Are you ready for a sinfully delicious afternoon snack? This treat satisfies all my pregnant sugar cravings in one bite! This recipe contains all my favorites: chocolate, peanut butter, and Rice Krispies Treats. Does it get any better than that?! It’s the perfect treat to indulge in during nap time, or make for a girls night out. You can find the recipe and directions below!

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Ingredients:
5 individually wrapped Rice Krispies Treats
4 oz Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate
5 tsp Peanut Butter
1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows
1 tsp Water
Peanut Butter M&Ms

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Unwrap Rice Krispies Treats. Spread 1 teaspoon peanut butter over the top of each Rice Krispies Treats. Set aside. In a small, microwave safe bowl, add 4 oz semi-sweet baking chocolate. Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between each session until melted. Generously coat top and sides of each Rice Krispies Treat. Set on wax paper and allow to set in freezer for 10-15 minutes.

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Just before pulling out Rice Krispies Treats from freezer, add 1 cup JET-PUFFED Miniature Marshmallows and 1 tsp water to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave marshmallows for 10 seconds at a time, stirring in between each session until melted. Take chocolate covered Rice Krispies Treats out of the freezer and set on desired plate. Using a spoon, drizzle melted marshmallow on top. Adorn with Peanut Butter M&Ms. Serve immediately. Makes 5 servings.
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All ingredients can be purchased at Walmart. For more mouth-watering recipes check out Rice Krispies Treat page. (I’m dying to try all of these!) 

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