J.R. WATKINS, I got this all-purpose cleaner from Target, and I'm obsessed! It's natural cleaning and they have a TON of products from home care, to baby care!
Hunger Games got me back on track with my reading, and then it was 50 shades of grey, then I started the twilight series ( I know, better late than never though)! I read the whole series in a week, couldn't put it down!
Some shows I'm OBSESSED with right now....
it's on HBO and is hilarious!
Duck Dynasty which is pictured at the bottom (oops for out of order pics), this family is hysterical!
Don't you love these mason jar soap dispensers I just ordered off of etsy?!?
and hydrangeas! They are in full bloom in my flower garden! LOVE!
It's so much fun to put fun sayings, and quotes up, and it's just plain pretty!
I have tons of old black frames around, so I spray painted this one white,painted the glass with chalkboard paint, and added the ribbon for hanging!
I love it!
I love the fact that it's covering up my ugly un-used phone jack as well :)
FYI, yesterday's post on the chicken and rice recipe....it didn't really rock my boat. It was good, but the kids didn't eat it, and I don't think it's something I'll keep on my meal rotation list, however the sour cream chicken I made last week was a TOTAL keeper, stay tuned tomorrow for the recipe!
We had a great day filled with family, outside playing, giggles and lots of love! The husband outdid himself by making me a CD with the Big Girl singing all of her favorite songs!
I cried, I admit it.
It's so sweet to hear her sweet 3 year old voice coming out over the speakers, her musical montage included
you are my sunshine
row row your boat
twinkle twinkle little star
look out justin bieber, the new kid sensation is living in MY house!
In other news, for the past month I've been slaving away trying to plan out all of our weekly meals.
I'm the lady in the grocery store who looks like she has no idea what she is doing, or where she is for that matter.
So, of course that means, I buy a lot of junk and spend way too much at the grocery store!
My kids, are human garbage disposals and snack constantly, I swear I feel like all the food I buy is JUST for them!
Anyways, soooo I've been meal planning.
I'm not an amazing cook, and I like to keep it simple, so I've been making simple stuff, but just by planning out lunches and dinners, and really thinking about what I'm buying, I've cut our weekly grocery bill by half!
I'm trying a new crockpot recipe tonight, chicken and rice!
I'm still in minor shock over it all, and it seems my little girl has become a little lady overnight.
Lots of changes have been going on in our house this week!
We partied this last weekend with family to celebrate our big girl, and began our week Monday with dentist appointments for all 3 girls.
This was our FIRST dentist appointment EVER!
I was scared I was going to get the evil eye from everyone there because I have a 3 year old that still uses a pacifier!
I have to say, the Dentist was AWESOME! The babies did amazing, the big girl had a total freak-out session, but we made it through and everyone is cavity free, so yay for that!
The Dentist did say he could see that the big girls pacifier was causing her front teeth to protrude and a narrowing of her palate. He recommended we toss the pacifier, but he admitted it was easier said than done, he was going through the process at home with his 2 year old son, and said it was terrible! hahaha, how's that for honesty???
Anyway, the hubs and I decided if we were going to do away with it for one, we may as well with all of them!
So Monday was our first night with NO pacifiers for all of our girls.
To say I was terrified is an understatement.
I was fully expecting to be up all night, but they actually slept great! It takes some effort getting them to sleep but once their down, their down!
The big girl didn't even sweat it at all.
She simply said "Paci's are for babies, mommy and I'm a big girl"
yes, yes, you are sweet girl :)
Well enough background on my week, let's get to the party stuff, I know that's what everyone wants to see!!!!!
So here's the set-up! That's the fab table and chairs I scored off amazon (finally put together). They weren't intended to be a birthday present, the hubs just happened to put it together the night before her birthday :)
Don't you love the doll table and chairs??? It's the cutest thing ever, and super sturdy, the babies actually sit in the chairs! The cute tea pot and tea cups came with the table and chairs set!
Of course there is strawberry shortcake herself!!! She's a Madame Alexander Doll, 18 in, cloth and she smells like strawberries! She is super cute and really soft and snuggly!
Here's the big girl on her birthday! MAY 4th! She's opening the tea set we got her! Word of caution, I wanted to get her a tea set she could actually drink out of. You really have to read reviews and the fine print on a lot of the tea sets that are out there, because a bunch of them have lead and say they are not intended for actual use! This was an alex toys tea set, and we love it! She can drink out of it (we've only done water so far) and they have a ton of different designs to choose from, we went with the pink and red hearts.\
I love her face in this picture!
This is the Melissa and Doug Birthday cake, I highly recommend this toy! It's a wooden cake with velcro, and you can decorate it, this thing keeps her occupied for the longest time! WINNING!
Friday night, we rang in 6:25 p.m. (which was the time she was delivered) with cupcakes and the Happy Birthday song!
3 years old is kind of a big deal!
Saturday came and it was party day!!!
Strawberry Shortcake themed! Don't you love her dress?!?!
Don't you love her cake?!?!?
Seriously, this thing was so awesome! More importantly, it was DELICIOUS too! I mean, hands down the best cake I have ever had! The woman who made it, does cakes on the side, her full-time job is a NICU Nurse!
The Birthday Girl
Strawberry Shortcake banner from Party City
Strawberry Shortcake bottle cap necklaces as favors!
Tiara's from Party City.
Red Velvet Cake Pops, also made by the awesome woman who did the Big Girl's Cake.
These things were sinfully good :)
Here's a shot of the big girl on her strawberry shortcake scooter!
Yep, strawberry shortcake is totally making a come back! I got this bad boy from Toys R Us.
The Food! We had fruit salad, chicken ceasar and turkey and bacon wraps from Bakers Crust, pink lemonade, cream cheese and strawberry jelly sandwiches for the kids, as well those Ella's kitchen squeezies, the babies love those things!
More pics of the fabulous Cake!
A Happy, Happy Day!!!!!
Here's a breakdown of gifts and party stuff.....
I got all plates, napkins, tiaras and the birthday banner from Party City
I don't know why, but my once rock-solid sleeper (the big girl) who could be counted on to sleep in til at least 7:30 a.m. has now become an early riser.
6 a.m. and she's at my bedside, poking me in the face saying "mommy, mommy, hey mommy, I'm ready to go downstairs"
I can handle 7:30, I can handle 7, occasionally I can even handle 6:30, but 6 a.m. is not doing it for me, it will never do it for me, it MUST stop!
I'm hoping it's just a weird phase she is going through and will end soon.
Thank god I'm a coffee drinker! I have at least a cup (or two, or three) a day, I'm obsessed. I love my hot mug of caffeine every morning, but with the weather getting warmer, sometimes it's nice for a little change, as in, ICED coffee.
I picked up this bad boy at the grocery store yesterday...
It is seriously SO good! I could probably drink the whole half gallon in a day (gasp)!
If you are a coffee-junkie like me, I HIGHLY recommend :)
Speaking of the Big Girl, she's about to be a VERY Big Girl! She turns 3 on Friday!
That's Gabby in the background, but as I look at the picture, I thought it was Annabelle! It's seriously getting bad, I'm having trouble telling my kids apart!
I snapped a quick pic of this super cute necklace!
I got them off etsy ( I promise I'll make a big post on all the supplies after the party) I'm pretty sure they were $12 for 6, which is perfect because we are only having family over for the party, so that's 3 for my girls and then 3 for their cousins :)
I love a good in-season sale on kids clothes! When I can find one, I stock up! Having 3 girls all in different sizes, definitely keeps me on my toes, but Old Navy is having an awesome baby and kid clothes sale right now, so head on over or jump online and take advantage of it!
I got a bunch of cute dresses for 12 bucks, tees for $6 and tanks for $4 :)
Check out some of the cuties I scored below....
love it, and these are just a few!!!! Mama may have splurged on herself as well :)