Friday Favorites 

A little old school fix the chair playing this week.

Travel tips for flying with kids. Always good to have on hand!

Apparently, now it’s trendy to sleep?

Taking a cubicle from drab to fab.

Perfect date night outfit.

For when you’re lost at Home Goods.

Making your mantel all Springy.

Alright, I guess I’ll run some.

Easter in London sounds lovely.

Perfect felt crowns for pretend play.

Pegboard as wall art.

And finally, the chicken curry on my dinner list.

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Bright eggs

I’m not going to lie, especially this year, the Easter bunny is a hard sell. A said “so a bunny…who only has paws, is carrying eggs with candy into the house?” and J said “how does the bunny know we’re home? How does he get in the house?” So….next year I may need to revisit the whole bunny discussion. For now, I’ll just plan to do what I did this year, which is re-focus on how Easter is about Jesus and we celebrate to celebrate Jesus, just like Christmas.

So when we were dying eggs, J said “well I hope both the Easter bunny and Jesus appreciate our color choices.” Ha! Appreciate, indeed.

We go really old school for our eggs, some food coloring, vinegar, and hot water. And like magic they were brightly colored!




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Cherry Crumble

This is the easiest dessert to make, and so delicious! A bag of frozen cherries, a Meyer lemon, some pantry ingredients, and an hour of bake time is all it takes!

Ingredients

12 oz frozen cherries (pitted)

1/3 cup flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 stick of unsalted butter diced

1 Meyer lemon

Pinch kosher salt

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 8 x 8 glass pan with canola oil. Spread cherries in bottom of pan. Grate Meyer lemon peel over top of cherries, and then squeeze juice over cherries. In a medium bowl combine, flour, sugar, salt, then mix in cold butter until it resembles sand. Place bowl with combined ingredients in fridge for five minutes then spread over top of cherries. Place in oven and bake for one hour or until bubbly. Let cool for five minutes (it’ll be super hot!) and serve with ice cream.

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Friday Favorites

So anyone who knows me well, knows I love Victoria Beckham. So…of course when I found out that she was creating a line for Target, I created a list of favorites. However, I didn’t hold out much hope for getting anything based on the Missoni and Lily Pulitzer debacles. For Lily Pulitzer they were actually kicking things out of my cart as I’d load them. So if you’re thinking I woke up at 2 a.m. to order stuff, you’re wrong. NOTHING at this stage in my life is more important than bedtime sleep. I get up for kids who are sick or have nightmares only. Ha! However, I was pleasantly surprised when I was eating my cereal Sunday morning before church that they had things still available. I quickly ordered my top four items: the shirt you see me wearing above, and these three dresses:

You can see them better here:

And then I headed out to Target after church and lunch and picked up a pair of pants, my Mom also grabbed a pair, and I got a sweater:

So after getting all of our loot, and trying everything on, here’s my “in my opinion” analysis:

Dresses: All winners. I can easily wear the two black ones to work, and the floral is a great Spring dress for outings. Lovely fit, especially the ruffle knit.

I’m planning to pair the dresses with a low wedge, a flat, or a heel.

 

Pants: Weird fit, both my Mom and I are returning them. They were too large in the waist but tight in the thighs, and almost too high waisted.

Sweater: So cute and fun for Spring, and so incredibly soft. Yes, it’s a girl’s shirt, I got an extra large.

Shirt: Obviously I love it, since I’m wearing it, ha!

And finally I couldn’t help picking up this:

A paper doll book! This is for myself, I loved paper dolls when I was a little girl. My plan is to actually take the pieces apart and put it in a matted frame in my office at work. I’ll be sure to share when it’s completed! You can find all the pieces in the collection here.

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Avocado hummus

I made this as our side dip for dinner on Saturday night. It’s not easy to find a dip that my whole family can and will eat. I served it with pita chips and the boys ate it up! It has a guacamole quality to it, but without the salsa. Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients

2 avocados

1 can white beans, drained and rinsed

1 lime

1 tsp kosher salt (more to taste)

1 small bunch cilantro

1/4 cup olive oil

Directions

Place all ingredients in a food processor, pulse until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary!

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Easter Baskets

Here’s a little glimpse of the boys Easter baskets this year:


The boys LOVE Tsum Tsums right now, so I watched for a sale, and then bought them a stack for their buckets.

Here’s a breakdown of what each bucket has:


Each boy got two books, a little Melissa & Doug paint item, sunnies, pajamas, and Tsum Tsums.

And for filling their eggs this year:


The boys aren’t big on candy right now so we are dividing their eggs by color and then filling them with a few small toys. We’ve got a big week of Easter activities ahead of us!

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Friday Favorites on a Saturday 

Currently we are having an epic throwback weekend. On Friday we played Wii Link’s Crossbow Training and on Saturday we watched Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. J’s played TBall, our grocery shopping is done, and B & I are currently watching the end of Season 2 of Better Call Saul. So while I wait for Netflix to switch episodes here are some of my favorites of the week!

Finishing up grading, getting woken up by my 5 year old at 1 a.m. an eye brightener is always on my list.

A little paper placement creates a silly scene.

Love this geometric clutch. Perfect for spring weddings or dinner out!

Making a classically simple sourdough.

How seven flowers shaped our world. Fascinating!

We can’t resist a good board game!

Never knock intuition.

One pot chicken pilaf, perfect springtime dinner.

Classic nineties dress with a modern update.

And finally, spring reading list to start after I finish after my current read.

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Pledge of Allegiance

A’s den for Cub Scouts has been working on learning the flag ceremony, and he got the opportunity to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at a very special ceremony for Cub Scouts who earned their Arrow of Light. The Arrow of Light is the highest achievement of a Cub Scout and it takes a lot of effort, time, and hard work. My nephew received his Arrow of Light at the ceremony and we were so proud to be a part of the event! My nephew’s den was led by my brother in law and he and the other volunteers did an amazing job helping the scouts achieve their Arrow of Light.

Here’s A prepping for the pledge:


And here he is saying the Pledge and narrating the rest of the flag ceremony:


We are so proud of A!

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