Monday, February 24, 2014

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party Week 23

Welcome back for Life Created Tuesdays! Sarah and I are excited to kick off another week of this fabulous link party!

Join us each and every week in sharing a bit of your life created. Whether it be a recipe, tutorial, life lesson, blog tip, or roundup galore, we want you to share with us. Come here, or It's A Vol!, every Monday at 9:00 p.m. EST to link your latest posts with the Life Created link party.

For those of you joining for the first time, don't be shy! We are here to create a community! Check out your fellow bloggers' posts and leave a comment on what you love. We're here to build each other up!

Let's kick off week twenty-three of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's features!

1.  Bonnie from The Pin Junkie shared her clever ways to Keep Your Pinterest Pin Boards Organized!   


2. Cassie from Lou Lou Girls shared this yummy Pink Velvet Cupcakes Recipe!


3. Cathy from Three Kids and a Fish shared these tempting Pretzel Bites and Dip!


4. Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling shared the first step in getting a High End (looking) Kitchen for a Low End Price!




If you've been featured feel free to grab a "featured" button for your page or sidebar!


Rules & Regs
1) Please link back to either Sarah or me in the form of a link or the button below. We work hard for y'all so we really appreciate it when you link back!

2) Please link directly to a specific blog post and not your blog's main page.
3) NO giveaways or shop links. Period. End of discussion. Violators will be removed.
4) Posting here implies that you give permission for your blog post (including photos) to be featured the next week. We will NEVER remove a watermark or pass your content off as our or own and we will always provide a visible link back to your blog.

5) Posting here gives permission to be added to the Life Created email list. This is one email that goes out every week once the link-up is live. If you do not want to be added to this list but still want to link up please email me or Sarah.

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party Week 22

Hooray for Life Created Tuesdays! Sarah and I are excited to host another week of this fabulous link party!

Join us each and every week in sharing a bit of your life created. Whether it be a recipe, tutorial, life lesson, blog tip, or roundup galore, we want you to share with us. Come here, or It's A Vol!, every Monday at 9:00 p.m. EST to link your latest posts with the Life Created link party.

For those of you joining for the first time, don't be shy! We are here to create a community! Check out your fellow bloggers' posts and leave a comment on what you love. We're here to build each other up!

Let's kick off week twenty-two of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's features!

1.  Julie from Sum of Their Stories shared these beautiful Embroidered Gloves. These remind me of Elsa's gloves from Frozen, perfect for a Halloween costume!



2. Amber from Lou Lou Girls shared this super helpful DIY Grout Cleaner! How perfect  for all the upcoming Spring Cleaning!


3. Blair from The Seasoned Mom whipped up this amazing Wagon Wheel Pasta Bake!


4. Sarah from Nurse Loves Farmer shared her method for making Cake Pops!


If you've been featured feel free to grab a "featured" button for your page or sidebar!


Rules & Regs
1) Please link back to either Sarah or me in the form of a link or the button below. We work hard for y'all so we really appreciate it when you link back!

2) Please link directly to a specific blog post and not your blog's main page.
3) NO giveaways or shop links. Period. End of discussion. Violators will be removed.
4) Posting here implies that you give permission for your blog post (including photos) to be featured the next week. We will NEVER remove a watermark or pass your content off as our or own and we will always provide a visible link back to your blog.

5) Posting here gives permission to be added to the Life Created email list. This is one email that goes out every week once the link-up is live. If you do not want to be added to this list but still want to link up please email me or Sarah.




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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Rolo Pretzel Brownies Recipe

The caramel from the Rolos and salt from the pretzel pair perfectly to dress up your everyday brownie!

Rolo Pretzel Brownie #Recipe

Happy Sunday, everyone! I just wanted to pop in today to share a quick, semi-homemade brownie idea! I'm a sucker for chocolate and sometimes I've just got to have my chocolate fix. The problem? My husband is not so much a chocolate fan. Therefore, I attempt to disguise my chocolate with some of his other favorite items.

You'll see I've tricked him into loving chocolate with many of my recipes and these Rolo Pretzel Brownies were no exception. The caramel and pretzels so easily take it up a notch when using a basic boxed brownie recipe.  Be prepared to love these more than you expect! They had us going back for more and more... :)

Now, I'm off to menu plan and savor the last moments of a rare weekend nap from Jackson!

Rolo Pretzel Brownies


Ingredients

1 box brownie mix (prepared as directed)
1 cup pretzel pieces
1 cup quartered Rolos

Directions

Mix together your brownies as directed on the package. Set aside one cup of the brownie batter. Then pour the rest into your prepared baking dish. Take the brownie batter you set aside, mixing in the pretzel pieces and Rolos. Pour this mixture into your dish. Bake as instructed or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Friday, February 14, 2014

Five on Friday - Snowed In Edition

ONE


Our scene this week: Coffe & Crayons. Oh, and lots of snow.

TWO


To think, our "Famously Hot" town saw snow just two weeks ago and again this Monday all the chatter was about a "wintry mix" that'd hit our area this week. By Monday night, Jim Cantore (who I now know is some infamous weather man) had set up camp in our city. This was apparently sign #1 of our impending icecapades.

As in true Southern fashion, we shut everything down when it comes to even the slightest flurry of a forecast. But this time my friends? It was an eery kind of trip to the grocery for bread, milk and water. Who are we kidding I got diapers, wine and pizza. The point is, the amount of additionally stocked water and bread spoke volumes alone.

THREE


Snow v. Ice

Ah, the great debate. You see, our "snow" in South Carolina often involves mainly ice. This time we saw mainly frozen rain. Frozen rain like I'd never seen before! The tiniest of pellets that packed down like snow but busted apart into a million dippin-dot type pieces when played with.

The few hours of actual snow? Pure bliss. Gah, how I love the snow in all its beautiful glory.

FOUR

The FOUR snow days we've had this week did at least give me time to complete our Valentine's Day gifts for Jackson's friends and teachers. Now...if only they'd go back to school. More Valentine's Day details coming later this afternoon :)


FIVE


From my little snowed-in family to yours, I hope you've all stayed warm and safe this week. I hope the sun is shining down on your frozen streets and that you're able to sneak in a date night with your special someone. Happy Valentine's Day!

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Strawberry Yogurt Cones - a Valentine's Day #Recipe

Today's Valentine's Day post was created in partnership with Bi-Lo. All opinions are my own.


Strawberry Yogurt Cones #recipe #sponsored

While I may have a sweet treat (or two) already planned out for Friday's Valentine's Day date with the Husband, I sought out a healthier alternative to make with Jackson. I spotted these Yogurt Cones on BiLo's Pinterest board a few weeks ago and knew he'd love them.

In fact, Jackson caught a glimpse of these Strawberry Yogurt Cones on my desktop and just about jumped through the computer screen asking for them. Now that's a must-make treat!

Strawberry Yogurt Cones #recipe #sponsored

As usual, this is going to be a simple recipe that you can whip together on any budget.

We tested out both regular vanilla yogurt as well as Yoplait's whipped strawberry yogurt. Hands down, I recommend using Yoplait's whipped line of yogurts for your cones. The whipped yogurt held it's form in the cone making much less mess. I don't know about your kid, but anything I can do to lessen the mess around here the better.

Decorating & Serving Tip: We emptied out an old spice rack to hold our cones. They fit perfectly and helped keep any spilling to a minimum. Also? How fun do they look?! Download this ice cream cone wrapper stencil and use some festive scrapbook paper to dress up your cones.

Strawberry Yogurt Cones #recipe #sponsored

I gobbled one of these down and debated another! These Strawberry Cones would be perfect to put together with your kids this Valentine's Day or to feature at your Valentine's Day parties this week :)

For more Valentine's Day ideas and deals follow Bi-Lo's Valentine's Day Pinterest board and check out their weekly deals to complete your Valentine's Day menus.

Strawberry Yogurt Cones #recipe #sponsored

Strawberry Yogurt Cones


Ingredients

4 oz package Yoplait Whips yogurt (strawberry or vanilla flavors recommended, but you could use anything!)
4 tbsp. chopped strawberries
1 Keebler waffle cone

Directions

Fill your cone beginning with a layer of strawberries followed by yogurt; repeat. Top your cones off with a last layer of strawberries. Prepare just before serving as ice cream cones will get soggy if they sit too long.

Yep, it's that easy! Y'all enjoy!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party 21

Welcome, welcome! Sarah and I are excited to kick off another week of Life Created Tuesdays! 

Join us each and every week in sharing a bit of your life created. Whether it be a recipe, tutorial, life lesson, blog tip, or roundup galore, we want you to share with us. Come here, or It's A Vol!, every Monday at 9:00 p.m. EST to link your latest posts with the Life Created link party.

For those of you joining for the first time, don't be shy! We are here to create a community! Check out your fellow bloggers' posts and leave a comment on what you love. We're here to build each other up!

Let's kick off week twenty-one of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's features!

1.  Rachael from The Rehomesteaders shared her Salad Breasticks! Hello pregnancy craving!



2. Andie from Sweet.Southern.Spirited. shared these deliciously easy 30 Minute King Cakes!


3. Sarah from Nurse Loves Farmer shared her adorable son Braden's Disney Planes Birthday Party!

4. Shelly from Shelly's Creations shared this festive Valentine Mantle!


If you've been featured feel free to grab a "featured" button for your page or sidebar!


Rules & Regs
1) Please link back to either Sarah or me in the form of a link or the button below. We work hard for y'all so we really appreciate it when you link back!

2) Please link directly to a specific blog post and not your blog's main page.
3) NO giveaways or shop links. Period. End of discussion. Violators will be removed.
4) Posting here implies that you give permission for your blog post (including photos) to be featured the next week. We will NEVER remove a watermark or pass your content off as our or own and we will always provide a visible link back to your blog.

5) Posting here gives permission to be added to the Life Created email list. This is one email that goes out every week once the link-up is live. If you do not want to be added to this list but still want to link up please email me or Sarah.


 


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Friday, February 7, 2014

Mothering a Toddler: A Desperate Call for Mom Advice

I look back at the bigger picture of this blog from the last year and I see lots of good. Lots of recipes, memories of travel and of friends and family. Though, the one thing this blog has lacked over the last year in comparison to the years prior are post upon post of updates on Jackson.


In case you’re wondering, Jackson will turn three next month and I still use "Baby J" as his label for posts here on this blog. My friends, my dear loyal readers, this year of parenting has been a true test for me and Brandon as individuals, as Jackson’s parents and as spouses.

Every morning is a marathon of tantrums and tears to get Jackson dressed and off to school. The nights are filled with more tantrums and tears as we get him ready for bed. He dropped weekend naps a good eight months ago. As for night sleeping? He’s weaseled his way into our bed for the last three months. Somehow, we’ve become co-sleepers and I’d do just about anything to regain control of his sleeping habits.

We’re a shell of the people we once were by the time we’ve tricked Jackson into going to bed and collapse on the couch. There are no words or thoughts that I’ve been able to pull from my spirit by the time 9:00 p.m. rolls around to document on this blog. Even more so, I feel as though if I’d come to the keyboard each stroke of the keys would be filled with negativity in respect to Jackson’s current "stage."

All of these tantrums, sleep regression and absolute stubborness have presented challenges that I fully expected but am unaware of how to handle. No article, blog, or parental suggestion has been helpful in calming those terrible-two tendencies and pulling out the sweet, loving kid who’s still buried under all of these emotions.

As everyone warns me three is worse than two, I’m on edge about the balance within our home with his impending third birthday. While the details above may read as your typical two-year-old, Jackson is anything but that.

He’s what most people describe to me as one of those toddlers. I think they're typically called strong-willed. Yep, that’s what we’re working with. I was one. Brandon was one. And so, of course, we’ve been gifted with one of those strong-willed toddlers as well. You know, the ones who go above and beyond in exemplifying every terrible-two characteristic, who need no sleep, who are smarter than you can imagine and have the energy of a banshee.

This is where you come in. I need help, obviously. As said before, I’ve scoured the blogs and parenting sites full of discipline and sleep articles. I’m looking for in-depth tips on how to cultivate happiness, obedience and SLEEP in your toddler’s life.

Please, please, please, leave book suggestions, parenting theories or sites that have in-depth discussions of discipline and/or sleep habits of 2-3 year olds. Although I feel like we’ve tried everything, I know the answer is out there and I’m hoping one of you can point me in the right direction.

If you've survived or surviving mothering one of these toddlers, I’d so appreciate any insight. If you’re parenting a toddler who’s maintained their sleep habits and exhibit minimum tantrums, please share your routines or discipline ideals in the comments section as well. Or, you can give me a shout on Twitter here, my handle is @TheViewFrom510 - yes I'm serious about needing help!

I know my sweet, respectful kid is still in there. In fact, he still shines through every so often, but the terrible-two-year-old and the onset of the three-nager are already winning out. 

Please, friends, help!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Life Created Tuesdays Link Party Week 20

HOORAY! We're here to kick off another week of Life Created Tuesdays! 

Each and every week, I'm so excited to see you join us in sharing a bit of your life created. Whether it be a recipe, tutorial, life lesson, blog tip, or roundup galore, we want you to share with us. Come here, or It's A Vol!, every Monday at 9:00 p.m. EST to link your latest posts with the Life Created link party.

For those of you joining for the first time, don't be shy! We are here to create a community! Check out your fellow bloggers' posts and leave a comment on what you love. We're here to build each other up!

Let's kick off week TWENTY of Life Created Tuesdays with this week's features! Holy cow - week twenty! Thanks to all of you who keep coming back each week. I so enjoy sharing in your posts and projects every week :) Ok, ok, onto the features!

1.  Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling shared this adorable Paper Dollhouse!

2. Robyn from Simply Fresh Dinners shared this yummy Simply Smokin Salmon Burger!



3. Jenn from 550 Westmount shared this delicious Broccoli Cheese Soup!

4. Blair from The Seasoned Mom shared this insanely good Crack Snack!


If you've been featured feel free to grab a "featured" button for your page or sidebar!


Rules & Regs
1) Please link back to either Sarah or me in the form of a link or the button below. We work hard for y'all so we really appreciate it when you link back!

2) Please link directly to a specific blog post and not your blog's main page.
3) NO giveaways or shop links. Period. End of discussion. Violators will be removed.
4) Posting here implies that you give permission for your blog post (including photos) to be featured the next week. We will NEVER remove a watermark or pass your content off as our or own and we will always provide a visible link back to your blog.

5) Posting here gives permission to be added to the Life Created email list. This is one email that goes out every week once the link-up is live. If you do not want to be added to this list but still want to link up please email me or Sarah.




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Saturday, February 1, 2014

SC Snow Day - Jackson's First Snow!

The buzz around town Monday morning was an impending snow storm. It'd been three years since our last snow and this news had me feeling so ambivalent. My deadline schedule was serious this week, but it'd be Jackson's first snow! His! First! Snow! In true fashion, our state government and public schools had announced Tuesday shutdowns by the time I picked Jackson up from school Monday.

Snow Days!


I had us hunkered down with most of the snow day essentials and excited about the snow they were calling for by noon. Well, by 10 a.m. the sun was still shining and I was itching to get out. I packed us up for a quick trip to the super market.

Hitting the grocery just before a snow storm (I use that term lightly) is basically a requirement in our city. While everyone else scurried in for bread and milk, I stocked up on sausage, biscuits and extra butter for a hearty breakfast and some snow day baking :)



Worried the storm would hit, I got us quickly back home. We turned on Frozen, fired up the gas logs and cuddled in to wait for the snow.

We waited. And waited. And waited. And waited.

We watched Frozen so many times Jackson not only grasped the idea of snow but could not wait! I'll have you know those flurries didn't begin until ten minutes after we tucked him in Tuesday night.


Thankfully though, he did wake up to a winter wonderland. Praise the Lord!

It's a special day in South Carolina when the snow flurries begin to stick to the grass then the side walks and streets. It's a rare occurrence we ring in a snow day, as I said this is our first in three years. The last time we had a single flurry, I was pregnant with J. That seems like ages ago.



The time Jackson actually wanted to spend in the snow was minimal but so special. As a Carolina girl, my heart gets so excited about a snow day. I'm also thankful that our snow stays just days so that normal life can resume quickly.

Jackson's first snow day is officially in the book! Hooray! Hope you've all stayed safe and happy in whatever weather you saw this week!

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