Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Easter Weekend + Easter Crafts

I'm a week late with my Easter recap and I had started writing it, but never finished. I still wanted to post it. It's a long post, too, with lots of pictures!

The girls and I have been doing Easter crafts for the past few weeks and decorated the house. My favorite decoration this year was this Easter centerpiece. Thanks to Pinterest for the super creative idea! We also did a few other crafts (below).
Jelly Beans / Easter Grass / Peeps / Tulips
 Washi Tape Egg
 Painting Eggs
 Dyeing Eggs

A couple weekends ago Ellie's school had an Easter event. It was very well planned and organized. There were crafts, decorating cookies, games and egg hunts according to ages. Both Summer and Ellie participated and loved it! 

Saturday we went to another one at the playground we frequent. The girls had a blast and saw the Easter bunny. Ellie loves him and happily smiles for a picture. Summer, again, wanted nothing to do with him up close, but this time she reached in her basket for pieces of candy and tossed it to the bunny. It was so funny. It was nice of her to share, and such a funny idea.

Saturday night my parents hosted Easter dinner since we were all unable to be together on Sunday. My parents just returned from a week long vacation in England so it was great seeing them (we missed them!) and hearing about their trip. My parents always make the best homemade dinners. Afterwards my brother hid about 100 eggs in their backyard. The cousins had so much fun looking for them, then eating some of the candy. 
Love their matching dresses!
 Summer couldn't wait to eat that chocolate!

The Easter Bunny stopped at our house Saturday night. Ellie told us he would be here "when it's very, very dark out and the owls are out." He filled the girls baskets and left a new pink fridge for the girls kitchen. He taped on a pink bow with bunny ears. He also hid 22 eggs (10 for each filled with chocolate plus 2 gold eggs filled with money).

The girls were so excited and all smiles this morning! After they sorted through their baskets and found the eggs we made bunny pancakes. I saw this idea on Instagram and we made pancakes as we usually do and I cut them to make the bunny.
Tablecloth & paper cups via Target

Ellie, unfortunately, wasn't feeling well. She had a fever last night, then threw up once (but not again). She skipped breakfast, took a long nap and felt much better by dinner time. We still made it to my in laws for dinner. While Nick and Ellie napped Summer and I made these adorable chocolate peeps, wrapped them in a bag with a cute bow, and used these free printables. We dropped them off to our neighbors in the evening. It was a nice way to end our Easter weekend.

I made this side dish and it was very popular.
Asparagus Bundles
 I omitted the puff pastry to keep it a lighter dish. I also used Prosciutto instead of Pancetta. It will definitely be a dish I make again. It was delicious and so easy!

I love how Ellie always has her arm around her little sister. Summer is just too cute for words. I love these girls! It was such a fun, memorable weekend!

Easter, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Recent Buys + Wish List

In addition to the girls' new Converse sneakers I also ordered them Natives and Salt Water sandals. Ellie wore her Natives all of last summer and they are so versatile. She wore them to the playground, the pool, and with dresses. She also loved her sandals- they were her "gold shoes." I bought them again in gold for both girls since they match everything and purple Natives.
Save 25% with the code FRIENDS
I have been wanting a new pair of white jeans and bought these, which I love. They fit so well and I love the distressed look, as Ellie calls my "broken jeans."

Some things on my wishlist:
Another maxi dress (love the back on this)
Love this mini bucket tote
 This suit is so pretty!
Now we just need some warm weather!

** Affiliate links are included in this post. 
All links are items I own or items that I would like to purchase.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Weekend Recap

Friday night we celebrated my Mom's birthday. We made it over to my parents through the 6 inches of snow we got that day! It is always a fun time hanging out with my family. All of the kids play so well together. Here is Summer eating her ice cream (she loves ice cream, and really who doesn't?!).

Saturday we had plans with Ellie's friend to see Cinderella, but it was sold out. So she and I went to an earlier show at another location. It was my first time taking her to the movies (she's been there with her grandparents). She even had to tell me to get a booster (I had no idea they even had them). We shared popcorn and saw the Frozen mini movie, which was great. Ellie loved that part the most, I think. She got a little bored at times throughout Cinderella and I can understand why, especially because it wasn't animated. On the other hand, I loved the movie. It definitely had me tearing up at times, too. At one point she was asking when "the ball was going to happen" so we ran out and got her a cup of Hershey kisses (she only had 4, which was more than I wanted her to have, but it kept her occupied). She sat on my lap for a lot of the movie and we snuggled. I love that!

Initially I was skeptical about taking her to see Cinderella since it wasn't animated, but also a lot of reviews I read said it wasn't for younger girls because of the parents dying, the "mean and ugly" name calling, but I thought it was totally fine. I really don't think Ellie even understood the parents were dying. I highly recommend it!

After the movie I dropped Ellie off at our house and went to the mall to do a few errands. The view outside was so beautiful with all of the snow on the trees.

I stopped in Williams Sonoma to pick up a couple things and their Easter table display was so pretty and colorful I couldn't help but take a picture! I love the pastel plates and napkins and all of the bunny table decor.

This morning I went to Whole Foods to do a big food shop. I bought the ingredients to make 3 dinners this week:
Tonight: Meatloaf, roasted potatoes, and sauteed mushrooms
and Pesto Pasta (for the girls primarily)
Monday: Shrimp, Chicken, and Sausage Gumbo (Skinny Taste Cookbook)
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Cauliflower Chowder
Friday: Leftovers 

During Summer's nap this afternoon I was very productive. I reorganized the storage in our basement and went through the bins of the girls' clothing. I had started a bin of clothes from the girls' closets that were too small, but it was a mess and needed to be resized into new totes. I also made a couple bags of clothing that's not in great shape or won't be worn again (if we have another) to donate. Ellie and I also did arts and crafts, read books, and she played well by herself while I finished. 

The girls are sleeping now and I'm going to watch some basketball with my husband. I can't believe UVA lost! They were in my final 4. It's so much more exciting to watch when I'm doing a pool. 

And, two pictures from dinner last week. Love this one of me and the girls!
 And, I love their outfits. Ellie dressed herself from the boots to the flower head piece. Summer also picks out her outfits in the morning (I give her two choices). She is wearing those $1 cowgirl boots I bought her last winter at Old Navy (one of the best deals ever).

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Luscious List

Today is the first day of spring and it's snowing here. I'm still dreaming about the sun and warm weather. Today is also my Mom's birthday. This day is fitting for her. Spring makes me think happy thoughts and my Mom is such a happy, positive person to be around. She inspires me to be a better person all the time. She devotes her time to everything she is passionate about and makes time for all of these things- it always amazes me. Running, working out at the gym, going to the library to hear authors speak, art museum exhibits, ballets and movies, and mostly spending time with her family and grandchildren. She is patient, caring, thoughtful and generous. I really can't say enough good things about her. And, she is a teacher. She will always look for the good in everything and go out of her way to make someone's day a little brighter. Happy Birthday, Mom!
Halloween, 2014
This week I started decorating for Easter. It's much more fun decorating for Easter with children. I bought a few new decorations this year since I was lacking them with this Holiday. Summer loves the glitter bunny and gives him kisses! It's so, so sweet. I bought the banner and straws from Michael's this week, as well as these eggs the girls and I will decorate (yes, I'm excited to paint them, too). Last year Ellie did these and covered them in glitter. Both bunnies are from Home Goods.
 This would make a fun centerpiece at the Easter table!
One night this week we took the girls to the mall after dinner to buy new shoes. We stopped by to say hi to the Easter Bunny and took a ride on the carousel. The girls got matching hot pink Converse sneakers. They are so adorable!! I'm obsessed with Summer's high tops. I remember having yellow high tops back in the day. 
 I really want to try cauliflower soup. My sister in law sent me a recipe and this one looks really good, too!

On Monday we went to the zoo with friends. It was great weather and we spent 4 hours there! The girls loved the petting zoo where they brushed goats and petted them. We also took a ride on the carousel. It was a fun day!
So sweet that they hold hands!

We decided to get Summer a reward jar since she was always so interested when Ellie got a ball to put in her jar. She obviously doesn't understand the concept of filling it up to get a reward, but she gets excited.

Summer is napping at the moment, Ellie is watching a show in my bedroom and I have some peace and quiet for a little while. Ellie has been waking up late every morning (8-8:30), but this morning it was 6:45. We have been playing ever since: home, dollhouse, hiding Easter eggs for each other (this was a fun game), painting eggs, and dress up. Hope you have a great weekend!