Hats, my Sister, Tables, Scissors, and other Saturday Laughs

5. So I *LOVE* Black Friday, but I could tell that it wasn't Cupcakes' favorite... at least she had a lot of fun trying on these awesome hats: 4. Usually, TR gets one jar of baby food... one veggie or one fruit.  But since it was Thanksgiving, I thought he should have a feast like we did so I let him have the following (in jar food): Turkey with Gravy, Green Beans, Sweet Potatoes, and Apple Sauce.  It was just like our meal!  Anyway, he was disgusting when it was all over so my mom and sister … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone! 2014

  Today I'm going to be... * Sipping some delicious hot beverages * Watching some spectacular parades * Rooting for some unexpected football teams * Munching on some amazing Thanksgiving dinner and *Thanking God for all I have. I hope you all have a truly wonderful holiday! Thank YOU for reading my blog!  <3 … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving Paper Chain Craft

Here's a fun and easy craft you can do with your kids or students to help them focus on the reason for the season!  Cupcakes, Hobbs, and I took turns coming up with things we're thankful for, things we want to thank God for.  It was a great teaching tool for Cupcakes! It was also a great craft for practicing use of scissors and glue.  I cut some strips and then I let Cupcakes cut some "strips":     Cupcakes' "quasadilla" Then, as a family, we all talked about … [Read more...]

Have a Hassle-Free Thanksgiving Feast at Buca di Beppo!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Buca di Beppo® for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. I am SO excited to bring you this post because I LOVE Buca di Beppo!  We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here, we've celebrated accomplishments here; it's a wonderful place to go for special occasions or just ... lunch! First of all, Italian cuisine is my absolute favorite kind of food.  Ask my husband!  Anytime he asks me what kind of restaurant I'd like to go to, I answer, … [Read more...]

7QT: Back to Chi Town

- 1 - Happy Friday I'm sad that our vacation is over, but I'll tell you one thing I'm very happy about: normal eyes!  I found out this past week that I am very allergic to dogs (I thought it was just cats).  WOWZA my eyes were in agony!  I'm happy that they're much better now!! - 2 - Dessert of the Week PIE!  Pumpkin Pie for our early Thanksgiving!  It was so super delicious as was the Pistachio Pudding and Blueberry Delight!  Wish I had pictures... here's the Thanksgiving spread at … [Read more...]

How to Stuff and Cook a Thanksgiving Turkey. Simple.

I'm not great at cooking Thanksgiving dinner.  One could say that I can't do it at all.  There are definitely parts of cooking this meal that had my stomach turning, and I was very glad to have a husband who could do those icky parts.  We're not fans of using the actual liver and innards of the turkey to make the stuffing and later eat, so here's my Mother-in-Law's recipe for stuffing and cooking the turkey in a more delicious and much less disgusting (IMHO) way! INGREDIENTS: Tom.  A Whole … [Read more...]

7QT: Happy Black Friday!

- 1 - Happy Friday! This week was short for me.  Since I work at a daycare center, I'm off today and was off yesterday for Thanksgiving.  Today I'll be shopping til I drop.  I want to talk about Black Friday in this post... - 2 - Black Friday I've always gone Black Friday shopping.  I think it's because I love shopping and Christmas shopping is so exciting for me.  I don't think I'm over-commercial.  I'm all about the *true meaning of Christmas*.  And I don't go over board.  I don't get … [Read more...]

Giving Thanks

Cupcakes made this adorable turkey banner for Thanksgiving at daycare last week.  I love it so much! So what are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? Here's my list: * My little family <3 * Our new baby * Our apartment * Our jobs * Warm blankets, warm clothes * Yoga pants * My new sparkly shoes * Blankets * Cupcakes' health * The Daycare * My Blog!! * Our extended families * 'Merica * The Sacraments * Teachers & Priests * Being in the 4s room * My awesome friends * The … [Read more...]

7QT: Black Friday and My Vacation

- 1 - HAPPY BLACK FRIDAY! It seems that there are two types of people in the world: those who do and those who do not go shopping on Black Friday.  While I totally understand why one would insist on skipping it because of all the craziness, I'm a do person.  I love shopping, being out and about and great deals!   The crowds are probably my least favorite part, but we're not too hardcore; we leave if we want, we do what we want.  It's just for fun.  :) Linking up with Conversion Diary. - 2 … [Read more...]


I'm thankful for... 1. My life. 2. My fam. 3. My little fam. (Hobbs and Cupcakes.) 4. The health of my baby toddler. 5. Hospitals. 6. My freedom. 7. Everyone who has every fought and/ or died for my freedom. 8. Running water, especially hot. 9. Clean drinking water. 10. Our jobs. 11. My laptop. 12. My blog and All of my Readers! 13. Everything my husband does for me. 14. Our friends. 15. All the times we've been able to hang out with them in recent months. 16. The sacraments: … [Read more...]