Blue and gold banquet

A had his cub scout banquet this past week! He and his den are busily working through the rest of their qualifications to achieve wolf status by the end of the semester. He did a great job cheering on the other dens that have completed their qualifications!

They also participated in other fun activities, like making a little cub scout key chain:

And hanging out with his best bud and cousin:

And eating cake! 

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Boozy rocky road milkshake

This is the perfect weekend treat. Simple, quick, and so tasty!

Boozy Rocky Road Milkshake


1 shot kahlua

1 shot irish cream

1/2 shot vodka

1 shot half and half

2 large scoops of rocky road ice cream

8 ice cubes


Blend ice cubes in a blender until thoroughly crushed. Add all other ingredients and blend until almost smooth.

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Bluebonnets with J

While A and B were in Birmingham this weekend, J and I worked on a canvas to go in our completed study. J was so excited to help with this! Especially because it was a massive canvas. Much cooler than  small-ish canvas, he told me.

We started by building the grass for the background. Lots of different colors of green…

Then we started creating bluebonnets by dotting on sections of the grass with our fingers using different shades of blue:  And this was our completed bluebonnets before J went to bed:  I went back after he went to bed and added a bit more dimension to the bluebonnets and the picture, and then hung it when it was nearly dry to surprise J in the morning:

This was such a fun and dramatic looking finish to the project! In addition it was fairly cost effective since you are mainly using a shade of green and blue and then adding white to it.

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McWane Science Center Trip

This past weekend A and B headed for a cub scout camp-out, except instead of camping out they (and A’s pack…and apparently several other packs in our area) had a sleep over at the McWane Science Center in Birmingham. They had a great time and A couldn’t wait to share all of the pictures when he got home! Here are some of A’s favorite moments:

Reading about fossilized creatures of Alabama:

Working through a lighted maze with his cousin Building a house and car with huge building blocks:Sitting in the car he built:  Creating enormous bubbles: Sitting in a model airplane: Dancing on an interactive lighted floor (with music): Playing a string-less harp: Making creations with a giant push peg board:  Walking “Big” style on a lighted keyboard:Making pictures with a enormous light-bright:  And finally keeping a ball afloat with air tubes: 

A and B had a great time!

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Study re-do 2017

While sitting in the bedroom, listening to the boys yell while playing Minecraft the other day, I told B “alright, I’m done. They’ve got to have another place to play this game.”

Which began study re-do 2017. Our study looked like this:

Essentially a hot mess/piano room/computer room/place for random books.

After a lot of cleaning and purging, we transformed it into this:

The piano is now along one wall where it isn’t taking up the window space and we got a small console, television, and moved several of our consoles underneath it.

We put both desks along the back wall (along with one book case…the other we moved out as you’ll see in a minute), and filed, or threw away papers and moved our filing cabinet to our closet. We have plans to eventually add a rug, update my desk, and update the loveseat, but it works for now.

And my favorite part, we finally got the gallery wall up in the study that I’ve been planning for years. Done and done.

And for the other bookcase:

We moved it to our living room. We also re-arranged some frames and books, and added some decorative elements:

And updated the corner shelves and frame as well:

And now I’m going go take a nap. Ha!



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Friday Favorites 

Simple chicken pho for those cold February nights.

The importance of etiquette

Lunchbox cookies.

The case for under-packing.

Just a small batch of cupcakes.

Why we need sleep. Otherwise known as the persuasive video my students watched this week.

A lighter version of one of my favorite bronzers. 

Vases the look pretty with or without flowers. At my house they’d most likely be without, ha!

And finally a summer suit that has me searching through my closet to try. 

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Energy bars

The little morsel represents why I love my boot camp instructors so much! Our instructor brought these as a treat for us and I may have left with the Tupperware of the leftovers. I had to share so I don’t lose the recipe, and can make them for the boys…because I ate the rest before I shared them. Ha!

Energy Bars

2 tablespoons whole flaxseeds (or approximately 3 tablespoons ground)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup organic sugar
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup chocolate chips
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup sunbutter or a nut butter (peanut, almond, etc.)

1. Preheat oven to 375. Gind flaxseeds and combine with water (or just combine already ground flaxseeds with water). Set aside.
2. Combine oats, flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a mixing bowl. Stir in raisins and chocolate chips.
3. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup and nut/sunbutter and mix until smooth. Combine nut butter mixture with flaxseed-water mixture.
4. Add we mixture to dry and stir well. The mixture will seem dry, but keep stirring until fully integrated.
5. Press the mixture into an 8X8 inch pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 15 minutes. Allow pan to cool slightly, then cut into bars and transfer to a cooling rack.

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Local favorites

I love our city! I especially love our eclectic and lovely shops and restaurants as do our boys (cupcakes and tacos! Yes, please!). Here is a weekly round up of some of our local favorites from sweets, treats, to eats! And bows that are petite! Ha!

Valentine’s cupcakes from Smallcakes

Valentine’s present from Sweet Pineapple

Mahi-Mahi fish tacos from Rosie’s

Little bows for a special little miss from Itty Bitty (which is closing! I’m so sad!)…

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This and that

This weekend we headed to Target because J’s birthday money was burning a hole in his pocket…

And he put together his new set all by himself!

I kept true to my promise of updating my plant game and I’m now actively trying to keep them alive…

And B made chicken, pineapple, and red pepper kabobs and they were delicious:

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