Valentine’s Day Magnet (From the Archives)

Valentine’s Day Magnet (From the Archives)

Hi friends!

I’m pulling one from the archives today since it’s February which means it’s almost Valentine’s Day!  I still have my magnet that he made for me and LOVE it!  I think we’ll do this one again this year and mail them to Grandparents.  Simple but cute way to say I love you!

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Munchkin Meals for an almost 3 year old!

Munchkin Meals for an almost 3 year old!

I’m very excited to be joining Brittany today for Munchkin Meals!

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I’ve missed the past few months so I have been looking forward to linking up this time around.

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Marvelous Castaway Cove Decor

Marvelous Castaway Cove Decor

Good morning!

Let’s get right into the reason most of you are here today.  Marvelous in My Monday!

MiMM MIMM #80 Sister Birthday + More!

Thanks as always to Katie for hosting such a positive link up.  It’s always fun to read such uplifting, happy posts to start off the week.  Thanks Katie!

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Top Post of 2013

Can you believe New Years is in two days!  I know I keep saying it but gosh this Holiday season has sure flown by!  With 2013 coming to an end I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my blog and see what was popular in 2013.  Some fun, some fitness, some information and a lot of food!

Top 10 posts of 2013 

1. Two Paleo Recipes – Almond Butter Granola and Pumpkin Pie Latte

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Christmas Survey

Christmas Survey

Good morning!

Another busy week is almost over.  Woo hoo but also, yikes!  That means we are getting really close to Christmas and I am nowhere near ready.

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Disaster right!?!  The tree was leaning after we put it up but The Hubby said, “Nah, it’s fine.”  Then I’m standing in the kitchen the other day and crash!  Guess it wasn’t fine…. Luckily The Love Nugget was asleep in bed so I was able to clean up without him getting in the broken glass and mess.  On top of the falling Christmas tree it’s been a long week.  Luckily it’s almost Friday and we’ve got a few fun family things planned for tomorrow 🙂

For today I thought I’d update something from the archives that I did last year.

25 Question Holiday Survey

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?

Hot Chocolate for sure!  Although I do like eggnog (I think, it’s been years), I’d much rather have a warm cup of hot chocolate.  Especially one of these!

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree?

The hubby and I just discussed this the other day.  When it was just the two of us, Santa wrapped them all.  Now that we have the Love Nugget, mom and dad will wrap a few but Santa gifts will be put together and unwrapped waiting for him under the tree.

3. Colored lights on the tree/house or white?

All white both inside and outside.  Although we don’t have our outside lights up and probably won’t this year.  We do have two lighted reindeer though 🙂  Our street is super decked out so we feel a little bah humbug being the only house without lights but we just haven’t had time.  Oh well!

4. Do you hang mistletoe?

I haven’t in years!  We used to have a tree by our house that had mistletoe and we would climb the tree to cut it down and try to sell it.  Little entrepreneurs we were!

5. When do you hang your decorations up?

We usually put up our decorations a few days after Thanksgiving.  However, this year with moving we didn’t get a tree until last Friday night and didn’t get to decorate until Sunday.  Next year will be different though!

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)?

Hmmm… this ones a hard one because we are always sampling new dishes.  My aunt makes stuffed mushrooms every holiday that are pretty good and I always loved my grandma’s crab dip that she made every year :-)

7. What is your favorite holiday memory as a child?

I’m not sure I have one favorite memory.  I have lots of memories of my brother and I waiting up for Santa to come, my dad working us up by telling us he could hear jingling, decorating the Christmas tree with all of our ”special” ornaments and spending time with lots of family members.

8. What is on your Christmas wish list?

Since we just moved and renovated our house we aren’t really doing gifts this year.  A new house is a pretty good gift 🙂

9. Do you open gifts on Christmas Eve?

In the past The Hubby and I have opened gifts whenever we could get a night together.  We’ve always been on the road Christmas Eve and  Christmas day so we usually spent an evening opening gifts and hanging out the night before Christmas Eve.  This year my best friend and I are starting a tradition with our little ones where we send them each a Christmas Eve package to open.  We’re hoping to continue it through the years with our kids as they grow.

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?

We decorate with all red and silver ornaments but I’m dying to change it up a bit. Red and gold maybe?

11. Snow? Love it or dread it?

I love to see snow, be in it for a few minutes, then sit inside with a warm mug of hot chocolate looking at it from afar :-)   I hate being cold!  My extremities freeze and turn purple!  I’ve been snowboarding a few times and it always ends up in me being frozen.

12. Real tree or fake tree?

Real!  I love the smell of fresh Christmas tree and there is no candle that can replace it!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?

Gosh, I don’t know that I have a favorite gift.  A few years ago right before Christmas we found out Love Nugget was going to be a boy and that was a pretty cool gift :-) Then we got to share it with everyone else by gifting cookies that were decorated like a little boy!

14. What’s the most important thing about Christmas for you?

Spending time with my family, especially grandparents.


My brothers, cousins and I with my Grandpa

15. What is your favorite holiday dessert?

Oh my, I don’t think I could choose just one!  I love to bake during the holidays and usually end up making way too many sweets!  This year will be a little more difficult since we are just so busy with the house.  I’ll make a few things but not the huge spread I usually do.

16. What is your favorite tradition?

With so much traveling and being in so many different places, it’s hard to really have traditions.  With my family, we always enjoy playing games during the holidays which is a lot of fun!  Now that we have The Love Nugget we are trying to start new traditions.  The Elf on The Shelf, Advent Calendars, Holiday cookies, crafts then making sure to wake up at our house Christmas morning.


Playing a Christmas game last year

17. What tops your tree?

A star that I’ve had since college when I bought my first Christmas tree.  I’m feeling like it’s time to switch it up soon…

18. Do you prefer giving or receiving?

I love giving gifts!  Especially to The Love Nugget.  This year will be even more fun than last year as he’s really into Christmas and totally believes in Santa.  So fun with kids!

19. What is your favorite Christmas song?

I love Christmas music!  Our Christmas playlist has a combination of songs from Michael Buble and the Elf soundtrack.  The Love Nugget is obsessed with Christmas music which I can’t really blame him.  I wouldn’t mind listening to it all year long!


20. Candy canes…yuck or yum?

I like candy cane or peppermint flavored things more than actual candy canes.  Peppermint mocha, peppermint patties, Peppermint Green Tea, Peppermint Cake Pops 🙂  Oh and if you would like to help me win a contest you could pin these images on this link.  That would be awesome!!!!


21. Favorite Christmas movie?

It’s a toss up between the Polar Express and Love Actually.  We watched The Polar Express the other night with The Love Nugget and he was freaking out when the boy would lose his ticket.  Crying hysterically because, “He needs his ticket!”  The anticipation in the movie was killing him!

Love Actually [Blu-ray]

22. What do you leave for Santa?

Usually nothing but this year we’ll leave out cookies for him.

23. Do you have a Christmas morning tradition?

Opening stockings and gifts then we usually are hopping in the car to go to the next Christmas.  This year I’m looking forward to being home both Christmas Eve and all of Christmas day 🙂

24. Do you prefer to shop on-line or at the mall?

I used to do most my shopping in the store however, I’m quickly learning that shopping online with a toddler is much easier than trying to purchase in the stores.  Especially as he gets older and pays more attention to what I’m putting in the cart.

25. Christmas letter or Christmas card?

Christmas Card with photos.  Although this year they are still sitting here waiting to be sent.

Questions – Your turn!  Choose a few questions and answer share your answers :-)

A few Love Nugget Quotes and Toddler Christmas Crafts

Good morning!

I’m finally getting back on track and getting a Toddler Tuesday post up.  I’m not sure I’m going to continue with the link up party for now but I do enjoy focusing on Toddler related topics once a week.  It’s a fun way to share what’s going on with The Love Nugget or anything else kid related.


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Pumpkin Masters Carving Fun!

Pumpkin Masters Carving Fun!

Who remembers carving pumpkins when they were little?  Was it easy?  Hard?  Were you grossed out by the “Guts”?  Did you make pumpkin seeds after?

I have so many memories of carving pumpkins.  Which I guess means I probably really enjoyed it!  Even so, I remember it being somewhat difficult and time consuming.  It took forever to use a spoon and clean out all the insides.  Then using a sharp kitchen knife (yeah, real safe right!?!) we would cut out the basic triangle eyes, nose and jagged mouth.  As we got older we got more creative but it was still a process that took a LONG time.  Fun, but so much work!

These days, Pumpkin Masters is making it so much easier to create a masterpiece in less than an hour.  Well, there are some that take more but the kits I have to share with you today definitely make the pumpkin carving task much easier but still fun!


The package I received had a few different carving kits included.  A Surface Carving Kit, A Decorating Punch Kit, and a Kids Carving Kit.  Which was perfect for The Love Nugget!

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Toddler Tuesday – Let’s learn about the Letter A!

Toddler Tuesday – Let’s learn about the Letter A!

Good morning and happy Toddler Tuedsay!
If you’re just joining us this is a weekly link up where moms can share anything baby, toddler or kid related.  Milestones, activities, recipes, the possibilities with kids are endless!


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Almost Wordless Wednesday

Almost Wordless Wednesday

Good morning!
Lately I’ve been feeling so far behind with reading blogs, commenting, and responding to emails.  So I’m sort of taking today off by posting a mostly wordless Wednesday so I can hopefully catch up on some reading!

Enjoy some pics and a few words from yesterday 🙂

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Toddler Tuesday – Grandparent’s Day Craft

Toddler Tuesday – Grandparent’s Day Craft

Did you know that this Sunday is Grandparent’s Day?

I was blessed with some very special Grandparents and am now seeing how special our parents are as Grandparent’s to The Love Nugget. He LOVES spending time with them all while we don’t get to see them as often as we’d like, it’s so special to watch them being the amazing Grandparents that they are.

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