Wondering What To Do With That Leftover Candy Corn?

Wondering what to do with that leftover candy corn?  Just in time for a sweet snack at Thanksgiving – oh yum!

Add salted peanuts to the mix for a treat that takes just like a payday candy bar.  I use half nuts, half candy corn for the right balance.  Serve it up in a cute container, with festive napkins or a small plastic cup.

You’ll definitely have a crowd pleaser.  Happy Thanksgiving!

My best to you.

Cristi

Back to School Essentials: Kindergarten Here We Come!

Well, here we are.  The first day of kindergarten for these two ladies.  They marched straight into their classrooms (separate classrooms, that is) with all the confidence in the world.  I’m so proud of them, and also really glad that first day was a huge success.

We love our new school, and the teachers are already such blessings for our family.  We feel like we’ve hit the jackpot.

So, if you are still searching for the back to school essentials, let me help you out with a couple of items we’ve tested.  These will go down as some of my best ‘finds’ this year.  If they can pass the test of these 6 year olds, trust me, they are good.

The backpack of all backpacks!  The Kanken Mini.  It’s the perfect size for kindergarten through second grade.  Love them.  And thanks to our friend Russell for sending them our way.

And this lunchbox has saved our lives.  The Bentgo.  We’ve put everything you can imagine into those little compartments…and no leaks.  The individual compartment seals keep everything in.  Seriously, no leaks.  I also ordered the extra inserts so we can prepare two rounds of lunches at a time.

And lastly, this terrific waterbottle from Thermos.  This bottle keeps the water cool all day with one ice cube.  The cube doesn’t even melt.  Not sure how it works, but we’re going with it.

To those sweet Moms and Dads of kindergartners – it’s going to be a terrific year!  We got this.

My best to you,

Cristi

Let’s Flamingle to a 5th Birthday Swim

You are thinking, hmmm…didn’t the girls just turn 6…  Yep, that’s right, and I completely forgot to post pictures from their 5th birthday swim.  A friend of mine reminded me of this recently, and well…thanks Mandy for the reminder.

A lot of life has happened over the past 12 months, so we’ll just call this a catch up blog post 🙂  We just had a few girlfriends over to swim, but I can never resist a reason for cupcakes and a couple of decorations.

These sweet friends are keepers, and even though we’re going in lots of different directions for school soon, we love them so much.

Cute Mud Pie flamingo swimsuits make pool time fun!

All pink snacks and tacky plastic flamingos make the perfect, quick table setting and yard decor.

I made these flamingo embellishments with popsicle sticks, free printables, pink feathers, and hot glue.  So simple and saved a fortune by buying simple strawberry cupcakes.

Ribbon makes everything prettier.

And lastly a little pink welcome for our friends.  Pink boa wraps, with tulle along the edge, hot glued to round frames made the simplest DIY wreath.

The days can sometimes feel long, but the weeks and months are short.  They are growing up so quickly, but each season seems to get sweeter and sweeter.  Grateful for these precious gifts!

My best to you.

Cristi

Choosing the Sweetest Watermelon for Summer

Happy summer!  I know watermelon.  I mean, I REALLY know my watermelon.

Just about every summer family story I can recount includes watermelon.  It may sound strange, but there’s cousin watermelon fights, backyard neighbor watermelon with lots of salt, lots of elementary questionnaires – what’s your favorite food – watermelon, and even the first 3 months of pregnancy with the girls all I could keep down (sorry about the TMI) was watermelon….like, a watermelon a day.

Not exaggerating, I know watermelon.  So you can imagine how many watermelons we consume each summer.  Recently my mom told me about this tip for selecting the sweetest watermelon.  I know there are lots of these ideas floating around the web, but I swear it’s worked every single time.  We’ve enjoyed the sweetest watermelons since giving it a try.

Look for the watermelon with that yellow sitting spot.  The bigger the better because it means it’s been waiting for the perfect picking time.  It should have lots of good veins around that spot indicating the bee had plenty of time to pollinate the fruit.

I swear it works.  Give this a try before summer is over.  You can’t go wrong.

My best to you.

Cristi

The Sunscreen Secret | Younger Hands

We think about sunscreen for our faces every single day, but what about the place that shows aging the fastest – our hands.  This has been a hard habit for me to get into, but I’m slowly remembering each day to apply sunscreen to the tops of my hands.

This is my favorite – Elta MD because it has a smooth application, yet not greasy.  After I apply the sunscreen to my face, I take the small amount that’s left over and apply it to the tops of my hands.

That’s it.  I’m definitely seeing a difference.  So as we enter into the amazing days of summer in Texas, give it a try.  Your skin 10 years from now thanks you.

My best to you.

Cristi

Room Makeover | From Toddler to Big Girl

When the girls told us their bodies were outgrowing their converted crib beds, we finally gave in to makeover their room from toddler to big girl.  It’s been a work in progress, but we’re finally there.  They sleep better than ever before in their comfy new beds.  So comfy I often fall asleep next to one of them as we sing to sleep.

Grammy has this amazing scripture she quotes over us regularly, and I’ve been itching to use it since before the girls were born.  I found an Etsy designer who took my custom order, and I can’t imagine a better location than framed over the bed, speaking truth into these little lives each night.

I’m still not sure about the unicorn or the flower, so I’ve swapped them out here.  We’ll see. Options are good.  Those silver arrows were on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  The original distressed wood didn’t work with the room, so I painted them silver.

These are the paper butterflies from the Pottery Barn baby mobile, originally in the nursery.  I couldn’t part with them so I cut up the mobile and tick-tacked them to the wall.

The sweetest corner that reminds me how quickly they are growing up.

Repurposed framed baby dresses, and beaded hearts from Restoration Hardware that I’ve had my eye on since the girls were born.

And lastly, a little DIY jewelry stand the girls and I did together.  The cold, gray stand needed an update of pink pom poms, so we hot glued the fringe for a cute update.

Not gonna lie.  There may have been a few tears shed when those cribs were given away, but what a sweet time in life for our family.  New found independence, and a deeper bond than ever between these two, make for special days.

My best to you.

Cristi

3 Minute Time-Saving Hack to Boost Productivity | So Easy!

It’s that time of year when most of us are thinking about goals and priorities.  And, I’m slightly obsessed with efficiency and productivity to save time, save money, save energy.  So this always shows up on my list.

There’s great advice all over the web about saving time, but I still think after six years, this one is the all time best.  And it came from my friend Kevin.  Thanks Kevin!

Here goes.

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