Thursday, May 29, 2014

A Luau Potluck

During our Memorial Day weekend we hosted a luau themed potluck for our friends and family!
Lets just say it was a blast!
Thank you to everyone who came to hang out and brought a dish.
We had fruits, cookies, shrimp, punch, chicken, pork, drinks, chips, marshmallows, beer, wine, mixed drinks, mixed in with TONS of laughter, Frisbee, water balloons, a splash pad, bubble, a bon fire and good music!

All the men had to try out the coconuts :) 

Frisbee in the rain :)

190 balloons gone in 10 seconds!

Pinterest win!

My babies :)
I can not wait til our next one!
Thank you to:
Terry, Reesa, Aaron, Max, Tracy, Joey, Greg, John, Whitney, Courtney, Dallas, Kristyn, Christy, Michael, Dakota, Alora, Aaliyah and the Hubby for making this such an amazing and memorable luau!
So sorry we missed all of our other friends!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

2 Pinterest Wins for Our Luau

When we host potlucks and usually theme it to help set the mood of the parties. With May being national Luau month that was the theme this time. I have never Bering to a real luau so I was really confused on food.
besides fresh fruits I decided to contribute a shrimp dish, a pina colada punch, and pulled pork.
I researched pinterest for inspiration and took 2 leaps this time for food. (I usually only pull one off per potluck)
First up Pina Colada Punch:
Pina Colada Mix
Pineapple Juice
Ginger Ale
Simply mix the mix and juice together and chill over night with the ginger ale and then mix together before serving.
Not only was this simple but a huge hit for the kiddies at the party! 

The second recipe I did was a shrimp dish. 

Another simple dish!
1 stick of butter
1pound of shrimp 
1 lemon
and italian seasoning

Melt the butter on the bottom of the dish
slice the lemon and layer on the lemon slices.
Place the shrimp on and sprinkle with your seasoning!
Pop that bad boy in the oven at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes and TATDA your finished!

Easy peasy! 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

While We Were Out: Memorial Day Weekend 2014

All I have to say is I really need another 3 day weekend to recover form this last one.
We were BUSY BUSY!
Friday the hubby got off work early and we treated ourselves to a lunch date.
Since he LOVES fried chicken (me not so much) He wanted to hit the local Popeye's. For the Cajun style chicken they offer.

Then it was off to get the food and all for the luau that we were hosting the next day. We spent the evening cleaning and setting up and helping a friend with her new home as she needed some lighting "expertise" and the hubby is an electrician.
Saturday morning it was a luau prepping!
That night we hosted the Luau and we had an AMAZING TIME! (details to come this week)
We had a great turn out and got to see an old friend.
The girls had M and A stay the night with us and they were all sorts of excited.
(they love those boys)
Sunday morning Lo and A were off to my Godfathers to spend the remaining of the weekend there to swim and just chill.
M, D and Boo all hung out with us Sunday morning and we did a little shopping and treated the kids to Moe's for being such good shopping sports (M HATES shopping)
M's mom was kind enough to steal D and Boo and take them over to her new place and have them stay with her for the night which was SO nice and unexpected that we had no idea what to do with ourselves and were n bed at 9:30pm! (We party hard let me tell you)
We got up early yesterday morning and went to breakfast at cracker barrel 
and did some window shopping before getting the kids back. The hubby also needed to go hang some lights for our friend in her old house so we took the time to go there while she was keeping them entertained.
We spent last night lounging around the house working on odd and end cleaning things and early bedtime for us all. We were all exhausted and really looking forward to the shortened week ahead!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend Plans

Memorial day weekend is the "unofficial" holiday that kicks off the summer and we are so excited for a 3 day weekend.
As we all have our cook outs, trips to the beach or lake, I have to say that the REAL reason we get to celebrate and spend the time with our family and friends is because of the AMAZING men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and died for our country...

And thank you to their families who supporting them!
As for us we have a fun and jammed packed weekend planned for us.
This weekend we are hosting the luau potluck with friends and family here. We were to have it last weekend but Mother Nature rained on our parade with well rain and cold temps.
We are ready to distress with good friends, good food and drinks!
I am sure Sunday will be a day of recouping and putting the house together, and some family time.
Monday the girls are out of school for the holiday and I have thought about taking them to Lemon Tree one last time.
Lemon Tree announced that they will be closing their doors and I am so sad to hear this!
I guess we will be on the look out for a new fav spot...

Do you have a favorite yogurt shop?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Organized Choas: Getting Back on Track

When life spirals around you it is very easy to get overwhelmed and there for off track!
As a mom of 3 girls, a wife, a student, a "baby" sitter, and a biz owner of 2 small businesses life has started to manage me instead of me managing it.
While cleaning out for a neighborhood yard sale I quickly realized that my organizational skills have gone from close to OCD to unforgivably chaotic.
I made a pledge to myself to get it together, not only for my sanity (which is thin some days) but for the sanity of my kids and hubby who is on board with me in this insane roller coaster ride that we call life.  
My first step to this was cleaning out of course for the yard sale that is quickly approaching. Of course what we don't sale we donate the rest to local charities to give to people that are in need and not only does it help them but it helps us not to have all the clutter back in our 3 bedroom home.
This last weekend I decided that since there is a possibility of me going back into the working force sooner rather than later that it was time to get the kids involved in household chores.

Since we have not done chores for about 3 years now I wanted to re-introduce them slowly and have them do things that helped lighten the load but did not take all of the chores away.
The kids have simple things like make beds, dust, clean the bathroom and put away their own clothes.

I kept the laundry, dishes and things of that nature until they are ready to take on more things.

The next BIG task is going through and starting a better filing system for my filing cabinets.
This will be chore in itself and I am so afraid to take it on but it offers a good summer project while the kids are between grades. (More on this later)

I also want to reorganize our bathroom cabinet since we have 4 girls in the house you know we have a TON of stuff from make up, nail polish, hair products and more (poor, poor hubby)

How do you keep from life managing you?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Working Wednesday Featuring 3 Little Birdz

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The World of Art

Towards the end of the school year the elementary school that my girls go to host an annual art show.
They spend one day in an art class with an amazing teacher.
The kids learn about all sorts of techniques and create some amazing pieces of their own art utilizing the things that they have learned.
The end of the year art show displays 1 piece of art from each and every child in 1st to 5th grade.
The gym turns into a gallery, hosting the 100s of pieces.
(This is not even half of the work on display)

Boo was so excited to see her "Frog" be the pick of the year.

Lo was excited to see her "Safari" on display but so NOT thrilled I pulled out the camera on her..

The art show always offers crafts for the kids to do while they are there and this year was not an exception.
The girls really enjoyed their sand paper art and magnet making!

With life becoming organized chaos with the girls getting older I thought it would be a great idea to reintroduce chores for them.

They have had these before but I got overwhelmed having them redo it because they did it half assed, that we spent more time with do overs then it would have taken me to do it on my own, plus when I became a SAHM it was easier for me to do it all.
With the thoughts of going back into the working force and biz, building the studio, my school work and my baby sitting gig it was time for me to delegate some tasks to the kiddos.

I will share more about these later in the week and other ways I plan to re organize our lives.

Monday, May 19, 2014

While We Were Away: Our Weekend Recap

Another weekend has come and gone..
I find it totally unfair that these days fly by when the week DRAGS its feet..
With another weekend behind us we have now reached the count down to the last day of school!
12 days folks 12!
This weekend was pretty laid back, lots of cleaning and movie watching since mother nature let summer have a vacation and it was cloudy and umm dare I say it... COLD!
with highs in the 50s and 60s this weekend my So Cal butt wore jeans and a forsaken hoodie!
I am ready for summer....
Due to the rain and cold temps we had to post pone our luau potluck to this next weekend. I am looking forward to the mid 80's!
With a movie, house cleaning weekend we really took advantage of some much needed R&R as a family.
The movie list:
The Nut Job:
I Frankenstein
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
and to tie it all together we watched the Billboard Music Awards (ok so it is NOT a movie)
We love family movie time with the kids it really gives us that break with no fighting between them and since 2 are pre teens these moments are few and fair in between at this moment in time.
What is also great about these is that the kids are exposed to many different "lessons" I know a lot of parents wont agree with me and that is fine but hear me out if you will.
Thanks to movies and my love for all kinds of music, my kids have been exposed to music from numerous genres and dates...
If a song comes on the radio they can name the movie or movies it is in with in the first 5 notes...
AND sing them...
They also learn about exciting places like the Smithsonian. Which my youngest has informed us that we just HAVE to go there!
(Do I hear a project for mom)
They also learn that though movies are fake that there are some actual facts in them that some movies are based off of: (Frankenstein was the Mad Scientist and NOT the monster created by him.)
PLEASE DO NOT get me wrong, I do not think that these are the best way to learn, and I do not allow them to watch movies rated PG13 or over without watching them first but I do think that this is a great way for them to see what is possible in the art fields and what their imaginations can do.  
(D (my oldest) wants to be a video game designer)
With the final count down to school we still have TONS of functions to get through including the Annual Art Show tonight at the Elementary School!
Come see us tomorrow to catch up on the little artists!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Working Wednesday Featuring Light Up Your Life

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Monday, May 12, 2014

While We Were Out: A Mother's Day Weekend Recap

This last weekend was busy!
Friday the hubby got off early and surprised me. I decided to take the rest of the day to spend some time with him since we do not get it often. We spent the day watching movies at home then running to the store to grab some supplies for our luau potluck next weekend.
That evening he decided he wanted to change my breaks and change the oil in my car. Totally needed it and I am thankful he is able to do these manly tasks and I am not having to pay extra for a shop.
Of course when it comes to my cars there is nothing EVER simple about them. Never a quick fix but ALWAYS and extra part needed.... this time was no different as a break caliper went out and we had to buy a new one unexpectedly. Yay...
Saturday morning we were off to yard sale with the infamous Tracy. Unfortunately we did not find a huge amount or cane home with anything amazing BUT I did get a picture of Tracy with a LIZARD! ( if you know Tracy you know this is a HUGE deal)
I have been dying for a movie night with the hubby and I finally got my wish Saturday night when we watched Catching Fire.
Since D and I have both read the books the older girls joined us in watching it and it was nice to have that time with them. The youngest SO wasn't having it so she entertained herself with playing in her room... and was perfectly happy with the "alone" time she got.
Sunday morning was Mother's Day and after being woke up by my youngest to open her gift.
This mamma got a coach purse handmade by Boo. It was filled with lots of "facts" of me and her.
Things like I weigh 33 pounds, I have hasel eyes, and I look best in a wedding dress and high heels (which I have NEVER worn.... EVER LOL)
The best part was the images she drew of things I kept in my purse, like my wallet, a gun, a pocket knife and her daddy's underwear?! DO WHAT?! Well she got 1 right...
(Her teacher probably thinks I am NUTS)
After opening her gift she "tucked" me to bed and told me to sleep in... I couldn't argue and slept in til about 8:30 which is a HUGE feat in my house.
When I awoke I saw these AMAZING flowers on the kitchen table.
I LOVE these and I hope not to kill them before I can get the chance to capture them with my professional camera.
I also got some really sweet cards from my honey and the girlies.
Lo's class did not make anything for Mother's Day so she made her own envelope and stuck a piece of notebook paper in it with a little message.
Her envelope melted my heart as it said she will always be my baby...
(I am glad she knows that, because it is s VERY true!)
(Also I will USE it for blackmail in a few years I am sure)
Once gift time was over we all pitched in to clean ( I wanted to because it needed it) house.
We got all the rooms done to find out that underneath our kitchen sink had broke and it would be a day or two before it got fixed...
Well that meant a trip to the store for foods I didn't have to cook, and paper products to use since my kitchen sink was off limits for the day.
While we were there we picked up an apple pie, and since my mom is 10 hours away from me I celebrated mother's day by having the food she craved when she was pregnant with me.
That evening M came back over to the house so his mommy could go to work and that sweet little boy brought me flowers!
I love that kid. He is such a sweet boy, I am honored to be apart of his life.
He picked these and the vase out all by himself.
We closed the weekend with a movie watching Last Vegas
Cute movie and I could really seeing me and my BFF doing this in about 30 years or so...
After all the babies and all were fast asleep this mamma stayed up to work on homework and was up til 1 this morning.... YAWN...
too old for this...