Monday, April 14, 2014

10 Goals This Week

Here's how I did (23weeks ago):

Parenting:
  • Finish chapter book
  • Take second kid on a date


Blogging:
  • Record 1-2 vlogs
  • Make March DIY project


Homemaking:
  • Try a new recipe
  • Try glow in the dark bubbles
  • Work on MM party details


Personal:
  • Get 8.5 hrs sleep/night
  • Workout 4-5 days/one day of yoga
These are My 10 Goals This Week

Parenting:

  • Take a kid on a date?
  • Start a new chapter book

Blogging:

  • Record 2-3 vlogs
  • Start review book

Homemaking:
  • Try glow in the dark bubbles
  • Finish up Easter baskets
  • Put up new kids' beds
  • Make Peanut Butter eggs

Personal:

  • Get 8.5 hrs sleep/night
  • Workout 4-5 days/one day of yoga


What are Your Goals for the Week?

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Brownie Batter Dip (Pinterest Inspired)


Really?  Really?  Who can possibly see "Brownie Batter Dip" on Pinterest and not click on the photo?

I can't!

So when we had company a couple of weeks ago, I pulled out this recipe for a yummy dessert.  It had fruit so that makes it healthy right?

Brownie Batter Dip

8 oz cream cheese
1/2 c. butter
2-3 c. powdered sugar
5 Tbsp flour
5 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 Tbsp brown sugar
3+ Tbsp milk
1 tsp vanilla

1. Beat together the cream cheese and butter.

2. Add 2 c. powdered sugar and 1 Tbsp milk until combined.

3. Add flour, cocoa powder, brown, sugar, vanilla, and 1 Tbsp more of milk if needed to thin.  Beat until smooth.  Add remaining powdered sugar and milk until you reach desired consistency.

4. Serve with fruit, pretzels, vanilla wafers, and graham crackers.

Over all, I really liked this.  It was an easy way to serve a fun dessert for family or company.  The dip was a little sweet and I'll play with the sugar in the future.  But it was good.  And I'll definitely make it again.

Have you tried any good recipes lately?

Monday, April 7, 2014

10 Non-Candy Items to Fill Your Easter Eggs

Easter's coming up quick, quick, quick.  Here I am thinking it's great that Easter is so late this year, giving me extra time to think and plan.  But wait!  It's now the second week of April and Easter's almost here.  So if you're looking for an alternative to the standard candy filled egg hunt, here are some ideas to help get you started:

Money--This one's my favorite.  A few rolls of quarters, dimes, and nickels and the kids will love hunting for some change.

Trail Mix--You can pick up some ready made mix or make your own.  I love making a mix of cranberries, white chocolate, and pumpkin seeds.

Stickers--The Dollar Tree carries a huge variety of stickers from seasonal to character.  And they make a great filler for Easter eggs.

Cheddar Bunnies--My little ones love goldfish and cheddar bunnies are a fun seasonal treat.  Plus they're not loaded with sugar.

Legos--My eight year old is obsessed with Legos and they make a great addition to an egg hunt.

Balloons-- Punch balloons, water balloons, party balloons... they're all great ideas for filling Easter eggs.

Bracelets--My daughter loves getting little bracelets, rings and jewels so they make a fun addition to Easter egg hunting.

Playdoh--Homemade playdoh or small containers... what a fun idea!

Bubbles--Dollar Tree carries small containers of wedding bubbles that fill perfectly in an Easter egg.

Cars--Again, dollar store has a great selection for little boys.

Really I'm probably going to pick up a variety of all of these for Easter this year.  We have a variety of ages and genders and it should be fun to see the surprised looks on their faces.

What are your favorite Non-Candy Items for Filling Easter Eggs?

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Kissing Bridge {Review}


Rebecca Troyer is determined never to feel helpless again.  But in order to do that, she must leave her Amish community, risk the shunning, and travel far from home to earn a nursing degree.  Not just for herself, but also for her family.  On a whim, she stops on her journey to visit a friend in Montana and discovers a world where Englishers and Amish work and live alongside each other.  But she also discovers a young man who takes a quick interest in her sense of adventure.

Caleb is running from his own past and grief.  Hiding behind his grandfather's words, he loves his Amish roots, but craves more.  Can any Amish woman satisfy his need for adventure?

Spending one week together in the wilderness, they just might find that running from their pasts won't get them where they want to go.  But it might also lead them to each other.

This is actually the first book I've ever read by Tricia Goyer.  And although I liked the story, it wasn't all that I had hoped for.  Rebecca and Caleb came off as believable humans, but some of the things they said and did didn't line up with their Amish background.  Rebecca, in particular, didn't come across as believable.  Her human emotions where real, but her background lacked in her actions.  And that did eventually affect the story.

I don't know how I really feel about this book.  Eliminate the Amish character, and it's a good story.  Try to make the characters Amish... I just didn't buy it.

*Disclaimer: I reeeived a free copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.


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