⚡️Another year where magic still exists for these lil’ wizards!! ✨ They all voted Harry Potter for our family costumes and we laughed so much at Avery’s Sirius Black costume and was freaked out quite a bit with Aaron’s Voldemort costume😂 He found a white cap at the store 2 nights ago and I used bandaids to keep it in place 🤣 We took pictures nearby then went to our Church’s trunk-or-treat, then went to my sister’s birthday party. A full day of makeup & magic was so much freaking fun! And I’m never wearing a corset again😵😂View Post
🎂 Easy semi-homemade Shattered Glass Cake😍 I didn’t have time to bake a layered cake so I purchased a white frosted plain cake from the grocery store. I made an edible blood topping and sugar glass to create a spooky fun cake— perfect for my sister’s Halloween Birthday Party! Save this recipe for your next spooky occasion. This took me less than an hour of prep work! Tap HERE to see a short video of the cake coming together! I bought the “Have A Killer Birthday” sign here for $7.
Edible Blood Recipe
Mix together & drizzle over shattered glass. I poured it in to an empty chocolate syrup squeeze bottle.
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
2. 1 tsp red gel food color
3. 1.5 Tbsp cocoa powder
4. 1.5 Tbsp corn starch
Sugar Glass Recipe
1. In a medium saucepan add in the 2 cups sugar, 2/3 cup corn syrup, and 3/4 cup water. Bring to a boil. Stir constantly until the thermometer reaches 300 degrees.
2. Once at 300 degrees, remove from heat and transfer immediately to a baking pan— lined with parchment paper).
3. Allow it to sit until hardened (about 2 hours on the counter or 30 min in the freezer).
4. Once hardened lift the pan up and drop straight down to crack the glass. Enjoy!View Post
YOU GUYS!!! There’s nothing that I love more than the planning and creating process of transforming a space into something I adore. When we first moved into this home 5+ years ago, passion flowed freely as I thought about HOW much fun it would be to change up All The Things. It’s something that uses all my creative juices. I love a little modern, fun, contemporary, mid-century, romantic boho (the bold florals in the kids playroom and Avery’s room), simple, clean, bold, etc.. I love it all. I carry around bits and pieces of each style that flows into the next room. I’ve realized that I haven’t asked for much advice from anyone about our home because I want it to reflect everything I love instead of someone else’s style or trend. And honestly, I’m so opinionated about my funky style in our house that I’m afraid to hear that someone else doesn’t like it, haha. By making sure that I’m undeniably obsessed with everything I put in our home, it’s become a sanctuary that sparks joy. And thank YOU for popping over to this corner of mine. It’s because of YOU that I’m able to use my passions to redesign spaces and support my family. I couldn’t do ANY of this without your support. All the messages, comments, and love.. I read every single note you send and it melts me. I feel too lucky to have such kind readers!!! I pray and hope to be a place of encouragement and information. Have a question? Drop it in the comments below!
It’s that time of year to pull out all the spooky critters and tricks! We haven’t decided on halloween outfits yet but the house is decorated and the kids absolutely love it! The kids all love the idea of decking the house out in creepy crawlers. And if y’all saw on my instagram stories, the neighborhood kids all got a good scare when my hubby Aaron was hanging up the spiders when suddenly he was attacked by the BIG HAIRY SPIDERS. Half of the on-looking neighborhood kids were terrified while the other half were trying to convince themselves that it was all fake. haha.
I’m super excited to share this highly requested tutorial explaining how to hang these spiders on the exterior of a home! Y’all ready for it? It’s super complicated <wink wink>.
We simply hot glued the legs directly on to the brick and stone. Works like a charm! You can also use outdoor command hooks if you have a painted house.View Post
Happy Fall! The mornings are starting to feel breezy and this mama has been craving biting into a sticky, sweet caramel covered apple! I love to drizzle chocolates and candies on a freshly dipped caramel surface! Unfortunately, my favorite apples can be quite a mess for little sis so she helped me make some easy caramel apple bites. These are a family favorite and a great snack to share! It’s SO simple to make, all you’ll need is 3 ingredients. Tap ON OVER TO INSTAGRAM to see our fun video!
Caramel Apple Bites
- 1 bag mini Pretzel twists
- 1 bag Rolos
- 2 Green apples
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Lay out pretzels on to a baking sheet. Add a Rolo to the center of each pretzel. Bake for 3 minutes until candy is softened (not melted!). As it’s in the oven, chop apples into cubes. Pierce the apple with a long toothpick and push into the Pretzel Rolo. Allow time to cool. Voila!
Gourmet Caramel Apples
- 6 Granny Smith Apples
- 1 pkg meltable caramels
- Few tablespoons milk (or water)
- 6 lollipop sticks for apples
- milk/white/colored meltable chocolate wafers
- toppings — nuts, candies, oreos, sprinkles, etc..
Drop apples into a pot of boiling water for 2 minutes to remove the wax coating. The caramel may slide off the apple if you skip this step. Once dried and cooled, insert the stick deep into the apple. Melt caramels and milk in microwave until caramels are well blended. Cover a baking sheet with parchment and spray with cooking spray. Dip apples, 1 at a time into caramel. Turn them to evenly coat each apple, then use a butter knife to pull off excess caramel back into the bowl. Caramel will naturally pool at the base of the apple as it cools and too much will make it difficult for candy to adhere. Next, decorate with extra toppings and melt the colored chocolate in the microwave. I use a sandwich size bag with a tiny corner snipped off to drizzle the color on top. Refrigerate apples to cool and harden! Enjoy!
❄️Back on our boards! When I wasn’t flat on my face or bum, my legs finally weren’t on fire going down the mountain this time because I braved the art of carving😂! And little did I realize how painful it would be to catch an edge and land right on my tailbone and head. Thank goodness for helmets! I couldn’t bend over properly for a couple weeks afterwards!🤣 I’m fine! I’ll always be fine😉 And to think we brought along 4 little offsprings to join in on the craziness! 🏂🏂🏂🏂 They absolutely killed it and never complained. So grateful for our 4 beautiful babies and their hearts of steel lol! You know we’ll be back to the mountains next year! Tap HERE to see last years Colorado Snowboarding Trip.View Post
What a vacation?!! A few years ago, Royal Caribbean partnered with our family by bringing us out to explore their new ships! This was a dream since Aaron and I have loved cruising, starting with our honeymoon 13+ years ago, and it’s the easiest and (in my opinion) most affordable way to travel and see the world! We LOVE visiting different islands all while not having to cook meals or clean up. So last month, Royal announced their brand new ship was going to sail its maiden voyage March 4-11th to Haiti, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, and CocoCay. The kids had spring break, Aaron was super busy with patients, so I swept away with just my 8 year olds Ethan + Charlotte to board the Wonder of The Seas!
I shared a zillion story videos on Instagram and a post HERE. And if you want to see the sweetest grow-up of the twins in this reel HERE. You can also check out our sailing 3 years ago with the twins HERE. We sailed on the Symphony Of The Seas HERE. And my big sister and I jumped on a cruise sailing on the Odyssey Of The Seas HERE.
It’s spring break so I took off with my twins for a week of uninterrupted vacationnnnnn! Best tradition ever with solo vacations with our kiddos😍 Caught a flight to Florida and boarded a brand new ship and i kinda wanna cry with how sweet it’s been to *just* be with them. We started taking our kids on individual trips 3 years ago. They loved it and so did it we. Royal Caribbean called me with a beautiful new sailing and I took my 8 year old twins! Aaron is always booked out with patients a few months in advance and so I took our twins for their 2022 trip by myself and I’m literally crying rn😭🤣 because it’s been the sweetest trip. If you have kiddos you know what it’s like to be busy in sports and activities… We all love our kids but sometimes we don’t feel as connected as we’d hope 100% of the time. And I’m ridiculously protective of the time I’m away from my kiddos… So the tradition of being with even HALF my kids for a beautiful vacation created the most memorable memories I could ask for. I see them perfectly and more importantly, I see them feel perfectly loved by me bc I’m not distracted🤪 Even when i’m not my best. It’s true what they say.. about wisdom not being wasted on our youth. They’re so much more forgiving and full of joy and empathy than us in our “wise years”. Cheers to 100 more years of solo trips with my babies. When will I ever stop calling them my babies?!😭😭😭 (oh my gosh I’m literally crying in the middle of our cruise ship during a musical show while they’re sleeping in my lap😅) I’m ridiculous, along with my tan lines 5 days in🙆🏼♀️😂
Covid restrictions? Yep! Adults and children over the age of 12 need to be vaccinated to sail. I also needed to take a Covid test 2 days before our cruise and provide the negative test result the day we boarded. Since Ethan & Charlotte are not covid vaccinated, they were required to take a total of 3 Covid tests. The first test was with me (2 days before setting sail). The 2nd test was at the ship pier on the first day of the cruise. The 3rd and final test was on the last day of the cruise. Every test was a simple and gentle nose swab. The twins never flinched or fussed which made it feel like not a big deal! We never wore face masks except a short period while stepping on the pier in Puerto Rico and Florida. Also an FYI, since the twins are not vaccinated I was required to book a shore excursion at every non-private island through Royal Caribbean in order to be allowed off the ship. I booked a family pirate treasure hunt excursion in Puerto Rico and the kids wanted to stay on the ship to ride slides on the Bahamas port day. Sometimes it’s super fun to stay on the ship during a port day because there are less people on deck and all the food & drinks are free 😉 We were able to attend all the fun evening shows and try out a ton of restaurants.View Post
🐍Happy 10th Bday to our snake-lovin’ Savannah Jane. She asked for a snake party and this mama understood the assignment😂 The girls and I had fun in the kitchen all morning making a bunch of slitherin’ goodies, blowing up balloons, and inviting her favorite friends over to the house. Savannah spent the evening gobbling down her beloved homemade chili & cornbread dinner, painting wooden snakes with her girlfriends, laser tag in-the-dark in the backyard, hot tubbing while watching Matilda🎥, and blowing out double-digit candles on her homemade birthday cake!🎂 The kind of gal that wanted this party is exactly what makes her so lovable! I admire her confidence, kindness, uniqueness, and fearlessness. Happiest birthday, Savannah Jane🖤
Savannah asked me to make her a snake cake and I envisioned green colored fondant wrapped around Bundt cakes sliced in half to create that long creepy tail. It would’ve been a disaster on my end since I waited until 3 days before her party to plan the entire thing! In true fashion, I work well in chaos haha. I ordered on Amazon the balloons, green vines, 4 snakes to rest on top of her cake, wooden snakes and paint palates, snake bracelets and headbands for the girls, and Savannah’s rainbow snake top + black soft skirt. The snake-print top is actually a women’s size XS and it has a relaxed fit on her.. she’s OBSESSED with it!!
As for the food, I jumped on my computer and scrolled through Pinterest to find creepy crawler snack inspo! Boy did it come through!! I wrote a grocery list and ran to the grocery store! To nail down her cake, we skimmed through “snake cakes” and she showed me a few cakes and her favorite part of each design. They all looked super weird but I was past the shock factor at this point. Do snakes gross me out? Absolutely. Do I support her commitment? You bet lol. I picked up a large and small chocolate layer cake from our local grocery store. If you followed my Instagram stories, you probably caught my major doubts after an hour of decorating. It didn’t look promising😂. But the more I covered it with random crap, the better it looked. Wise words 😉
We did Snake Eyes Jello (grapes in green jello), Baby Snakes in Dirt (chocolate/vanilla pudding with crushed Oreos and gummy worms), Fruit Snakes (grapes + strawberries w/edible eyes), Snake Tails (fruit-by-the-foot), Popcorn & Worms, and these Gorgeous Snake Cookies! I overnighted a snake cookie cutter from Etsy and asked a talented decorator here in Frisco to make these stunning cookies!! I was so grateful for Beth since I KNOW it’s a busy season and she made these last-minute for us! Savannah also wanted a yummy blue drink, so I just grabbed a gallon from the store and used leftover cocktail cups from last New Year’s Eve. We turned down the lights, tossed confetti and twinkle lights everywhere, and were ready to party! She had the time of her life and I bet she’ll always look back on this birthday with the quirkiest and most fun memories!
Grateful & thankful doesn’t even begin to cover it! ♥️ 🖤 2021 gave us another year together and that’s all this mama needs.☺️😭
Thanks CLJphotography for capturing beautiful family photos
We had this chili & cornbread on Sunday for our family dinner and SO many of y’all sent DM’s asking for the recipe. This is SO easy to make and the clean-up is even easier! It is low-fat, high in fiber, and VERY yummy! I love adding sour cream, cheese, avocados, and tortilla chips. You can also add tomatoes, chopped onion, cilantro, salsa, guacamole, olives, or anything else you’d like!
EASY Mexican Chili
- 1 can ranch style beans
- 2 cans fat-free refried beans
- 1 can black beans (drain & rinse)
- 1 can kidney beans
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 1 can sweet corn
- 1 can rotel original
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 pkg. taco seasoning dry mix
- 1 pkg. Hidden Valley Ranch dry mix (3 T)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
Brown meat with chopped onion. Put in large Crock-Pot with all remaining ingredients (Don’t drain the cans before!). Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6. THAT’S IT!!
- 1 yellow cake mix
- 1 box jiffy corn muffin mix
- 1/4 cup Canola oil
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
Mix ingredients well, pour in greased 9×13 dish. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes. (I usually end up covering mine with foil half way through because it’s browning on the top faster than the inside is cooking. So I’ll just check after 30 minutes by sticking a knife in to see how gooey the inside is. Once the top is browned and it’s not gooey anymore inside, it’s ready!)
2020- Alice In Wonderland!
2018- The Incredibles
2017- Oompa Loompas
Happy Halloween! Okay, this year has flown by and we literally found our family costumes last week! I rounded up Halloween pics from the last 13 Halloweens together. SOOOO many fun memories making all of their costumes when they were little. Aaron and I still love to do a family costume but the kids can choose another costume if they’d like to go trick-or-treating in. We always go around the neighborhood with a bunch of cousins. This year, we were watching a movie and all of the kids picked characters from the movie! Can’t wait to share our 14th Halloween tomorrow!View Post
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Woo Hoo! We jumped in the car early Friday morning to make it to our FAVORITE Texas family waterpark at the JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort! You can catch our previous family vacations HERE, HERE, and HERE! It has a zillion slides, a sandy beach, a huge baby/toddler swim area, delicious restaurants, cabanas, and beautiful rooms. It’s truly our favorite family spot right here in Texas!
One of our coolest memories was the moment we received the news that Aaron made it in to Baylor’s orthodontic residency program! The odds were SO slim (as in 6 spots and 320 applicants) and we were prepared to move out of state to continue his education. We had saved up for a down payment on our first home and had grown to love our community for those 4 years of dental school. The idea of selling our home and moving with our 3 young kiddos didn’t sound amazing… So match day was one of the best days of our lives! You literally get an email that tells you which school you “matched” with and where we’d be spending the next 3 years of our lives! Aaron was beyond thrilled to be accepted into his top choice and one of the very top orthodontic programs in the country, and we were both thrilled to be staying in Dallas!
Over the next 3 years Aaron grew incredibly close with his co-residents and amazing faculty/alumni that taught and mentored at the school. Every year the alumni from Baylor Ortho get together for a weekend of morning lectures for the doc’s and amazing dinners and relaxing by the pool for the families. Something we’re still laughing about was during the final evening with yummy dinner, kids awards, and DJ/dancing. All the kids got an award and got to go up to collect their medal. (like Ethan: “bravest big slider rider”. Avery: “best singer”). Well, when all the kids awards were handed out, a few medals were left so a girl gave one to her mom. Savannah quickly went up and very proudly and loudly announced in the microphone that she awarded Aaron “The Best Orthodontist” award in a room full of incredible orthodontists. The room erupted laughing, then some random booing. Aaron soaked it up and did some very obnoxious bows and fist pumps. The kids made fast friends over the weekend and all of us can’t wait for next year! I shared an IG post HEREView Post
13 years with him!! 💍🥰 Celebrated our wedding anniversary on a beach for the week. We usually fill our trips with adventure but wanted this one to slow down and give us the time we’ve come to appreciate so much to cuddle & talk to understand each other deeply. Our marriage has had the highest of highs and lowest of lows. And when you’re in the thick of the “lows”, it’s easy to forget that it can be totally normal and temporary. For us the lows have become rare and much shorter-lived over the years. On Instagram, you see the sweet moments captured. I LOVE those just as much as I appreciate the countless hours we’ve spent having the tough conversations and learning what’s in our hearts. That time, with all of the playful moments on dates, at home after the kids go to bed, and on these special trips makes him my absolute favorite person. Forever & always💞
Click HERE to catch all the videos from our Cancun vacation!
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We booked 6 nights at Le Blanc Resort in Cancun. The resort and beach views were stunning! Every floor has a personal butler, it felt so posh haha. I could message him from my phone asking for pillows, aromatherapy diffuser, drinks, food, etc. I left my dresses on the bed and he steamed them while we were at the beach one day! I even sent a request for him to draw a bubble bath and set the room up with bath salts and aromatherapy oil. We’ve never experienced such quality service! Truly, creme de la creme.
The food was delish! When we arrived, we set dinner reservations at all of the restaurants for the first few nights. Once we discovered our favorite spots, our butler set reservations for the rest of the vacation. Most of the nights we ate dinner while listening to live romantic music (saxophone player, guitarist & singer, etc..). I highly recommend asking which restaurants will have live music and make sure you book your dinner reservation there! There was a buffet that you could serve yourself and Aaron loved getting the tacos made-to-order! My favorite thing was ordering food and drinks from the beach and pool chairs. I could eat the chips & guacamole + pico + extra lime for every meal every day haha. We tried room service for breakfast and dinner. The Japanese restaurant had an amazing appetizer. The Italian restaurant had phenomenal main courses. The rooftop Terrazzo restaurant had our favorite brunch and dinner dishes! The Mexican restaurant had yummy tacos. And we stopped by the dessert shop every night for an evening treat of macaroons and homemade crepes stuff with nutella + cream cheese + strawberry! Every time we walked outside towards the pool, staff members would quickly come to help us find lounge chairs and an umbrella. They would set up towels on the lounge chairs and brings us an ice bucket filled with bottled waters. Then they would ask if we wanted any fun drinks or food. It was heavenly to say the least. This vacation felt very relaxing and calming. If you’re looking for a beautiful, relaxing, adults-only, all-inclusive resort with impeccable service, this is your spot!
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