Tuesday, May 19, 2015

2nd Kiwi Crate arrived!

Our second Kiwi Crate arrived yesterday and it was another good one!


The theme for this one was 'Interesting Insects'. Fletcher had so much fun creating insects from Model Magic to use as game pieces in the insect tic tac toe. The other project was an easy insect flyer toy that he put together all by himself.

This is a great time to sign up if you've been thinking about it. By clicking this link you can save $10 on your first shipment PLUS they are now running a 30% off special with code: SUMMERFUN

Enjoy!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

our first Kiwi Crate arrived! subscription box review

I love online shopping. Gap, Nordstrom, HauteLook, and Amazon boxes and bags are among the many things that arrive at my doorstep. Recently my daughter has been giving me her allowance and birthday money to buy her things on Amazon too, leading to even more items clogging up our mailbox. I love the rush of opening it up and seeing what is waiting for me {opening up the credit card statements on the other hand is not so fun}. This happiness is not felt for one member of my family though. Fletcher, my five year old patiently awaits every box to see if it's addressed to him, which is rarely never is.

I decided to look into options for monthly surprise deliveries for my sweet boy. I checked out many different subscription box options over at My Subscription Addiction and found that Kiwi Crate seemed like the highest quality, most fun and affordable option. Plus they also have options for younger and older children!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

basket ideas for the Easter Bunny


 Easter is one of my very favorite holidays because of our family traditions that we have created, I am big on traditions so I have come up with a few things that we make sure to do every year. 
 
Chayce's note to the Easter Bunny from 2010, when she was 6.
The night before we leave out all our Easter baskets and paper grass basket filler so that the Bunny can reuse the same ones year after year. We also leave a carrot and a note out for Mr Easter Bunny. Thankfully for the Bunny, Chayce has yet to grill him with a thousand questions like she does to Santa. And yes, she expects hand written responses from Santa. Every. Year. Fingers crossed that she doesn't decide to start quizzing the Bunny too.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Budget friendly kitchen update inspiration

Recently I decided that my house was in a rut. We had focused on updating the kids' rooms with the addition of the last baby (oh, only 19 months ago!) but haven't done much since. When looking over my Pinterest boards for the first time EVER, I noticed a trend - I had pinned the exact same kitchen design over and over in the course of a couple years.


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Like Apples to Applesauce

I often joke about the quality of my mom's cooking - how everything was a dash of this, a bit of that and how when I did ask her to write a recipe down it was as if I had requested she write the story of her life or a thesis on some foreign topic. Once I actually received said recipe the real work began as I set out to decipher a code written in some cryptic language.



Thursday, June 12, 2014

Triple Chocolate Fudge Cake recipe


This is my basic go-to-chocolate cake recipe. It's super easy but after eating it people think that I slaved away in the kitchen all day to bake a delicious, all-from-scratch cake. Then they ask for the recipe and I have to give up and admit that it's really just a gussied up boxed cake.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

basic Chocolate Ganache recipe


Chocolate ganache is a basic recipe that everyone should have in their arsenal. It's easy, versatile, impressive, tastes divine and only uses 2 ingredients.

I use ganache to make homemade chocolate truffles, to glaze cakes and cupcakes, as a cake filling, and as a decadent chocolate frosting. I even eat the leftover ganache straight out of the fridge with a spoon, or stir into milk for a yummy, all natural chocolate milk.