Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PeeWee Football Banquet 2017

Jax had a fantastic season of football this year.  He was slightly timid last year and still feeling out his spot on the field, but with a huge knowledge of the game of football a.k.a. SMARTs, and increased confidence, he really BROUGHT IT on game days.
They are the "PEEWEE" football players of Glenvar.  Their record was 6-4.  
We celebrated their season at Fellowship Christian Community Church.  
Each player received a handsome, 31 bag, with their name and a football on it. Along with a Glenvar sweat towel.  
I am forever grateful to my husband who is following his calling to be a coach.  It is truly his passion and those boys are BLESSED to have his assistance and mentorship.
Each coach spoke and shared their thoughts on the season.  It's always interesting to hear what they have to say.  This year the theme comment was, "We are a young team and our players are small, but each and every player gave it their HEART!"
Everyone brought tailgate style foods and the head coach and his wife purchased these football cupcakes for everyone.  
 We start basketball Saturday!!! Adios football.  #NeverADullMoment
One of the parents made an end of the year video, reaping all of the highlights.  This is part of the boys' reactions to all of the great plays, tackles, and touchdowns.  

Friday, November 10, 2017

He Will Wipe Away Every Tear!

Over the passed year, I have become sociable with a sweet girl named Lexi.  She is a Glenvar High School cheerleader.  She lost her father suddenly, on October 18th, from a tragic accident.  Being my love language is gift giving, I felt the sudden urge to begin finding things to temporarily comfort her during this difficult time.  This beautiful bracelet was purchased on ETSY from the seller LoveDesign.  The day of Lexi's dad's funeral, I spotted it on her.  It blessed me immensely to know if meant that much to her.  

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 
~Revelations 21:4
I made this cake for Lexi's dad, but mores for Lexi.  I have been doing the best that I can to witness to her and be a strong support system for her, in my own way, all while still managing life with three kids of my own.  As I get to know her more fully, I want to keep her dad alive and the memories of him, so periodically I have been asking her about some of the things he loved or THEY loved to do together.  One of their favorite shows was "Stranger Things".  Being I am always looking for a reason to bake, I decided to bake HER/HIM a cake on her father's birthday, which was on November 3rd (about 3 weeks after his passing).
I have NEVER seen the show.  I don't know the name of the characters or the significance of ANYTHING on this cake.  The cake isn't even PRETTY, but it's what google images CLAIMS a "Stranger Things" cake is supposed to look like.  I would bet my right arm that it tasted PHENOMENAL though. Haha. I took my time and I made it with extra love and ingredients.  

A little love and tiny details go a long way, especially for someone hurting.  STOP and take the time to serve others.  It's actually a command from the Lord.

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep." 
~Romans 12:12-15

Bloody Cupcakes!

A few weeks ago, I found these Wilton's finger toppers at Walmart.  I had to have them. 
I picked up some BubbleCake cupcake minis and some red food dye....
Then, I went to town designing some FUNNY and GROSS cupcakes for my kids' afternoon snack.
I thought they would squeal "EWE!" or "What the heck?", but instead they immediately wasted NO TIME eating them.  I have always said, "With my kids, the gorier the better!" 
It definitely did NOT stop them from digging in.  Hehe.  Oh and by the way, they said the fingers were not tasty at all.

Boo Brownies!

I signed up to bring Mrs. Scott's 3rd grade class a sweet treat for their Halloween "non-party".
I decided to make some ghost brownies. love the way these turned out. I baked a simple brownie mix, using a pan that individually bakes one brownie at a time (12 to a pan). I love that pan.  I borrowed it from a friend and I have been looking for one for our home. After the brownies are FULLY cooled, pour some melted frosting onto each brownie.  Using the standard size marshmallows and Wilton's "food writer markers", draw two eyes and a nose.  BOO! Your ghosts are now created. Stick your ghosts onto the melted frosting. In no time... the frosting will re-solidify.  Keep in an air tight container.  
I love them.  They are so BOO-tiful.  Both Lilah and Jax said that so many of their classmates exclaimed, "You have the best mom ever!" Those brownies were sweet, but not nearly as sweet as their appreciation and comments.  

Halloween Pretzel Rods!

I am always trying to come up with something NEW to give out for each holiday and/or to my children's classmates.  
These pretzel rods were SIMPLE and so impressive.
Pretzel Rods
Wilton Candy Waffers
Halloween Embellishments
My favorites was Mr. Frankenstein and the Witch's finger.
I snuck these into my kiddies lunch boxes and they were so excited.
What did you make for your Halloween festivities?

Monday, November 6, 2017

Halloween 2017

This Halloween, I allowed my children to dress up in what ever way their little hearts desired.  The "holiday" really snuck up on us and every time we went out looking for costumes, we either found nothing worth buying or the costumes were way overpriced.  I just felt that spending $60.00 x 3 kids was financially irresponsible. With that being said, it seems almost backwards that I did offer my kids a $50 bill EACH to skip dressing up altogether and head downtown for a yummy dinner and a treat to The Candy Store.  It didn't matter what temptation I threw their way... they wanted to do what every child in America wanted to do... trick or treat.  I decided to just accept it and to appreciate it because after all, they won't desire to do this MUCH LONGER.  Needless to say, as my children get older, capturing the moment/event gets harder.  It's DARK and my kids RUN from house to house.  SO... this is all I've got people.  
Above: You will see that my children did get some goodies in their lunch boxes and the school teachers got some awesome gifts as well.  
A little something goes A LONG way.  I just gave them a little draw string bag, note, and their favorite "pack" of gum, Ice Cubes, along with a Halloween pencil.  I made the note below.  Click here, if you would like to use it.  
I laid out some SMALL goodies for them when they returned home from school. AGAIN, a little something goes a LONG way.  My twins SQUEALED.  Ty had practice, so he didn't see this until close to trick or treating time.  
Jax got to work FAST. He used his play foam and created a heart for me.  So sweet.
I made the below printable TOO! Truly something to think about and something to beware of. I am realizing MORE THAN EVER that people are NOT truly who they proclaim to be sometimes.  
Lilah was Miranda Sings at one point, for a Halloween Party, but she felt like it was TOO MUCH to be Miranda for Halloween.  Her hair needed to be dyed and straightened and she just wasn't up for it.  SO... I allowed her to be a very simple unicorn.  Short and sweet.  
This will go down as the year that I gave up complete control and let my kids design their own Halloween costumes.  I'm really not sure what to call them other than embarrassingly weird, but they were so proud and happy.  In the end, that's all a mom really wants... for her kids to be happy, right?
I left our trick or treaters a little note that asked to politely take TWO pieces of candy, so everyone has a chance to trick or treat at our home.  
We went trick or treating with the Harris family and the Schoonover family. It's kind of a tradition at this point.  The Harris family goes for a quick 45 minutes, lol, and the Schoonover family meets us when they leave and then we finish up the night with them.
These two are so adorable together.  Just like sisters...
I didn't dress up per say... but I did have on some adorable Halloween leggings on and sported a FUN, spooky, Halloween lipsense combo: Blackberry and She's Apples LipSense.  

Anyone who knows Darren, knows he loathes candy of all kinds. He out right thinks candy is DISGUSTING.  GROSSSS! He does love to organize it though, so ....
I hope you all had a fabulous Halloween.  Until next year...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Remember this...

Miranda Sings Look-A-Like

Every single year, we try our best to come up with UNIQUE Halloween Costumes. This year, Lilah wanted to dress up like the famous youtuber Miranda Sings. It was a pretty easy costume. I bought these darling, red pants at Children's Place and the baby blue, pinstriped shirt at H&M. She already had the shoes.  AND OF COURSE, we needed red lipstick, red nail polish, bobby pins, and black hairspray.
We used white stickers, purchased from Michael's Crafts, to create Miranda's well known pants that scream, "Haters Back Off".  
Then, Lilah did what she does BEST... act.
She's watches her show ENOUGH to be able to mimic both Miranda's mannerisms and silly speech impediment.  
We just cracked up during the entire photo shoot.
I used this costume as an opportunity to create some funny memes for my LipSense business.
Enjoy a short video clip of the Miranda Sings look-a-like.