Weekend Highlights – Unmeasured workouts and grocery store alone time

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Hey guys! How was your weekend? We had another busy one over here. Not as many big outings as we have had recently, but lots of little things and the hubs had events all weekend. It kind of felt like we were just high fiving as we passed each other.

Friday night started with the usual pizza and park with friends, followed by something that doesn’t happen all that often. I went grocery shopping….ALONE.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love grocery shopping with the babies, but it was pretty nice to leisurely stroll the aisles on my own and be able to read labels.  Also, I didn’t forget anything, which pretty much never happens with the entourage in tow.

Saturday morning started with an Orangetheory Class, which was both good and frustrating. It was a great workout, but my heart rate monitor would not sync, so I could not track how I was doing. A definite first world, not a real problem, problem, but I was still a bit annoyed about it.

On Saturday I also had a mini reunion lunch with some of the ladies from my master’s program (it’s been 8 years since we graduated, ahhhh). We had lunch at Culinary Dropout. It was so nice to see them all and catch up on everyone’s lives.  I got the butternut squash cannelloni, which was good, but I was having a little burger envy.  One of the ladies ordered a burger and fries, and it looked so good.  Definitely will have to try it next time.

Sunday started with a little kiddo art project.  They were painting letters to go on their bedroom doors, they were so cute in their technique and application and had me cracking up the whole time.

Followed by another Orangetheory (the soreness is real now). Still wasn’t able to use my heart rate monitor, but I think the problem has been identified, so hopefully next time it I will be back on the board.

After class we decided it was too pretty outside to not be out and about and headed to the farmer’s market, which is always a favorite Sunday activity. The weather was lovely and that cupcake my dude picked out was amazing. Like that frosting is what dreams are made out of.  Also, I was amazed with all the rose bushes around the farmer’s market, they were beautiful!  I have tried to grow roses before and mine never got big or had more than a couple roses at a time.  Gardener friends, whats the secret?

Later in the day, the kiddos and I headed to my book club, which they always enjoy, as they get to play with the other kids and sneak more cookies than I would give them.  It was a great spread of goodies, mostly desserts, as well as the typical good conversation. We read The Power, which I don’t feel I can quite review yet, because I still have about a quarter of the book to read. The premise of the book is that women develop a new power, which is essentially a built in electrical force that can be used as a weapon.  The story then follows how the world changes with the development of this new power in women.   It was definitely a thought provoking book and I enjoyed hearing everyone’s perspectives on it.

Next month I am hosting, so I brought a few book options for the group to pick from. Thank you all for the recommendations, you guys are the best! The group ended up deciding on My Abandonment, which is based on a true story of a young girl and her father living in the Oregon wilderness. Let’s hope it’s a good one, I always get a little nervous when it’s my turn to bring some choices.

What did you do this weekend? Does it throw you off when you can’t measure your workout like you normally do? It always throws me off more than I care to admit.

Hope you have a great day!

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Friday Favorites – 4/20/18 – Who doesn’t love shoes and snacks

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Happy Friday friends! I can’t believe how fast this week has gone by.  I feel like I blinked and we were at the end of the week. How was your week? Was it a fast one or a slow one for you?

I was actually expecting the week to drag a bit, mainly because it has been super windy recently and my allergies have been flaring up.  But despite being a little foggy headed all week, it was a productive, fast and fun one.

Now let’s check out some weekly highlights. I always love hearing about your favorites, so let me know what you are loving this week in the comments.

First up, new kicks! I had been wanting some casual sneakers to wear while chasing kiddos. Not gym shoes, just comfy go with everything sneakers. I was thrilled to find these white Pumas at Costco for 25 dollars, they are comfortable and just what I was looking for. I found a similar style here.

I also ordered these Madden Girl sandals from Thred Up recently. They don’t look like they have ever been worn and fit perfectly. I think they will get a lot of use this Spring and Summer.

The kids and I have a deep love of the unsweetened dried mango from Trader Joe’s. It is so good.  Which ends up meaning the bag is almost always gone the first time it is opened. We were delighted to find a big bag of unsweetened dried mangoes at Costco! Yes to a bag that lasts!

I have also been loving some yoga this week. I had an especially challenging strength workout Monday that left me pretty sore. I attended a sweaty vinyasa flow class Tuesday that helped to stretch out those achy muscles, and a super relaxing yin class last night. It was glorious.

In parenting related chuckles, a friend sent this to me a week or so ago, and it still has me laughing. Bedtime can be a struggle!

Some online favorites this week:

These BBQ Tempeh Chips from Eating Bird Food look awesome!

Tina at Carrots ‘n’ Cake share these delightful looking meal prep breakfast cookies I am looking forward to trying.

This Thai curry from Tastes Lovely looks right up my alley, I can’t wait to try it.

So friends, what are you loving this week?  Any big weekend plans?  I have book club this weekend, and am a little nervous because I host in May, so I have to bring book options to vote on to this meeting.  Any book suggestions?  Especially anything you loved that maybe wasn’t a really well-known book?

Hope you have a great weekend!

A Day in Eats – WIAW – 4/18/18

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Hey friends! How’s your week going? I started the week by forgetting my purse on Monday and stressing about it all day, so you might say I started out a bit scattered. This also meant that I forgot the planned out workout I had for class (it was in the notebook I carry in my purse) and had to make one up on the fly.  This ended up not being a bad thing though as I was really pleased with the workout I came up with and will be sharing it with you all soon.

Today, I thought I’d share a What I Ate Wednesday, or specifically, what I ate on my scatterbrained Monday. It was not the most exciting eating day, it was mostly random snacks and leftovers.  But it was fairly typical weekday and I always enjoy seeing what other people eat in a regular day, so without further ado.

A day in eats….

The day started as it normally does, with a big cup of water and a big iced coffee to sip while getting ready. This particular coffee contained just a splash of almond milk. Though I have recently been making iced coffee in a shaker cup, so I can add some collagen or protein powder to the mix.

On the drive to teach class, I also munched this new to me bar we received in a recent Love with Food (<- referral link) box. The kids wanted to try it, but then refused to eat it, so it became my pre-class snack. It was their loss, it tasted like a more nutbuttery version of a banana bread Larabar to me.

A little later in the morning, I had my actual breakfast of a couple hard-boiled eggs, fruit and string cheese. I love a good picky plate breakfast and have been alternating between this type of plate and smoothies as the weather has warmed up.

While it was delicious, it didn’t stay with me long, so a couple of hours later I found myself snacking on a Kombucha (Health-Ade is BOGO at Sprouts, I think today is the last day), another string cheese, grapes, and some dark chocolate fruit and puffed rice clusters (the picture is poor but they were delicious). That Kombucha is a favorite brand of mine, particularly their pink lady apple flavor, it’s so good!

Lunch was a packed rotisserie chicken sandwich with a wedge of the garlic and herb laughing cow cheese used as a spread. I also ate up our leftover dinner veggies with some dip.

After work/school, we hit up the park with some friends, which is always a major snack time. I had my fair share of these apple slices, as well as a couple handfuls of sesame sticks and banana chips. It was also a proud momma moment for me because my little miss was all about the fresh fruit instead of some of the less nutritious goodies available.

When we do the park after school, we typically get home later than I like to start dinner, so we rolled with leftovers. I had a green Chile turkey burger sans bun with provolone and more carrots and dip. Nothing fancy, but it certainly hit the spot.

Overall it was a decent day, I usually like to get more veggie variety, but felt like I got a decent amount of produce and I really enjoyed my eats throughout the day.

Question:  Are you a creature of habits with meals?  Any especially delicious recent eats?

Hope you have a great day!

Weekend Highlights – We like to party all the time

Happy Monday friends, how are you today? I’m back after what was a bit of a whirlwind weekend with lots of activity each day.

Saturday morning started with the definite highlight of the whole family sleeping until 6:45 am!  Pretty late in our house.  I had originally planned to go to Orangetheory at 7am. But I woke up for a minute around 5:30 and decided that if the babies wanted to sleep in, I should too.  Fortunately, I was still able to squeeze in an at home barre workout before heading out to teach my class.

After class, we ran errands, both the boys got haircuts and we found ourselves at Costco for the second weekend in a row for a little stocking up and a food court lunch.  We then hustled home to all get ready for our evenings.  The hubs had to work and I had a bachelorette party to attend so the babies went to their grandparents for a little slumber party.

The bachelorette party was a blast! A friend of mine I used to go to school with is getting married on Cinco de Mayo, so some pre-wedding festivities were in order.

We started with a sushi dinner. I had a bowl of miso soup and a couple of crab puffs (the restaurant put jalapeño in them, which was a twist this spicy food lover liked), followed by a Tootsie roll and a spicy crab roll. Both were good, but I especially loved the Tootsie roll, which is a longtime favorite of mine.

After dinner we finished getting ready before heading out for a night of drinks and dancing. As I am usually at work or chasing kiddos around, I so rarely get dolled up, it definitely felt good! One of the bridesmaids made these cute goodie bags with beads, a little bottle of bubbly, water and snacks, which I thought was so sweet.  Those little bottles were also perfect for toasting our bride to be.

Sunday morning the hubs and I were up around 7:00 and did some blitz cleaning before the kids got home at 8:30. Then we were off to Target and to a birthday party for two of my little guy’s school friends.

The party was an under the sea theme and had tons of decorations and themed games. I loved all the decorations they made.  The shower cap jelly fish were my favorite, so clever!

They also had a bracelet station where you could make your own foam bracelets. I was wearing one of the kid’s bracelets most of the morning, and when I took it off I was greeted with this pink surprise. We will see how long it takes to wash off completely, it was still pretty pink Sunday evening.

In the afternoon, we had some friends over to play and have dinner. We did a fairly usual summer snack spread of veggies, chips and dip, deviled eggs and black olives, plus a bowl of fruit they brought over. For the main course we went with turkey sliders, a traditional version, as well as a green Chile, bacon guacamole burger. Slider form maybe my new favorite summer burger form. Typically I am a little filled up on snacks and don’t need much by the time dinner is ready, so a little slider was just right.

After saying good night to our friends and tucking some babies into bed, we got ready for the week and relaxed with a little Joel McHale on the couch. I loved Talk Soup when it was on and am happy to see him on Netflix now.

What did you do this past weekend? What’s on your agenda this week?

Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 4/13/18

Happy Friday the 13th friends! How are you today? Are you superstitious about Friday the 13th? I’m not, but it does always make me feel like I should watch a horror movie, perhaps I will see if the hubs is up for watching one tonight.

This week has been a good one.  I am working on being more mindful, and have been really trying to savor the good things as they occur. In true fashion, food and loved ones have been a major favorite feature (because what’s better than food with your favorite peeps?) all week long.

First up, a lovely lunch date with an old friend. I hadn’t seen her in a while and it was so nice to catch up a bit. We went to Corner Bakery, which is a favorite of mine. I had a spring salad (lots of fruit on it) with half an Italian Panini.  The sandwich was ok, the salad was great, but the company was the best part.

Tuesday evening as a whole was a favorite of mine because I felt like it was that perfect little balance of doing what you need to do and what you want to do that can be oh so elusive at times. It had been a pretty meh day for me (not because of anything, just not in the best mood) and I was not looking forward to working out, making dinner or working on unpacking the boxes still in the garage. Which has been a focus of ours this week. Really what I wanted to was chill with the babies and ignore all my chores and to-dos. After consulting with the hubs, a compromise plan was made. He picked up the babies while I hit up an OTF Class, then we met for dinner at a favorite Mexican joint.

Boom, happy life balance achieved.  The workout made me feel better, the babies were excited about burritos and a hibiscus margarita became a new favorite drink of mine. We even managed to tackle a little unpacking after putting the babies to bed.

I have shared my love of getting goodies and samples in the mail many times on the blog, but I don’t know if I have mentioned that Target does periodic sample boxes. You can check them out here. I recently ordered this face mask one for $7.00 and am super excited to try them all out.

As I mentioned above, I made it to Orangetheory on Tuesday, which was a great workout! I have also been doing a lot of online barre workouts through Physique 57. I have been using a trial membership and love their workouts! I don’t know that I will keep a membership, just because I prefer to workout not at home when I can, but would definitely consider it if I needed to do more workouts at home.  Since it is pretty low impact and quiet, it makes for a great nap time workout. I also managed to get in some yoga last night, which was exactly the stretchy meditative self-care I needed.

Online this week:

Glitter on a dime shared this Chocolate frozen yogurt bark earlier this week that looks so good! I can’t wait to try it with the babies, I think they will love it!

I could always use a Healthy one-handed snack.

I stumbled across these healthy peanut butter blondies on Pinterest, and can’t wait to make a batch this weekend.

So friends, what are you loving this week? Any big plans for the weekend? We are looking at a busy one, I have bachelorette party tomorrow night and we a kiddo birthday party and some other little plans, so it should be packed full of fun. Hopef,ully we can squeeze some unpacking and chores in as well lol.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Chocolate Hummus – A 5 Ingredient, Healthy Snack!

Yes, you read that right, chocolate hummus. Sounds strange, but it’s delicious.

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A while back, I saw a chocolate hummus (I think Boar’s Head brand) on Amanda’s Instagram story and was intrigued. A few weeks later, I stumbled across it at Fry’s, gave it a try, and was hooked (thanks for letting me know about it, Amanda!). It pairs perfectly with fruit and/or graham crackers and feels like a treat, but is full of healthy ingredients. I knew I had to recreate it at home.

This dip uses only 5 ingredients, is vegan and makes for a perfect sweet snack! While it is a chickpeas base, you really don’t taste the chickpeas in the final product. Instead, you have a chocolatey, lightly sweet snack.  I found it satisfied my sweet tooth but was also filling and didn’t leave me with a sugar crash an hour later, which made it the perfect afternoon snack for me and the kiddos!

Chocolate Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 tablespoons almond milk (I used unsweetened vanilla)

Directions:  Add all ingredients in a food processor or blender, mix well, stopping to scrape the sides as needed.  Process until a nice, smooth consistency is reached. Serve cold with fresh fruit or graham crackers.

*feel free to add a little more or less cocoa powder or maple syrup to customize to your tastes.  

Let me know if you give it a try!

What are you snacking on these days?  As it gets warmer here, I have been all about cold snacks, give me all the smoothies and veggies with hummus!

I am linking up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for meatless Monday, stop by to check out tons of delicious vegetarian recipes!

Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a great one!

Weekend Highlights – Play Dates and R & R – 4/9/18

R & R meaning really busy with a sprinkling of really good relaxation:)

Hey friends, how was your weekend? I can’t believe it is already over, I feel like the weekend just flew by. Probably because it was a pretty busy one, anytime we have a weekend where we are going from event to event it seems to go by really fast.

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Our Saturday started especially early because the little miss decided that we needed to get up about 4:15.  Her brother shortly followed. Since we were up, I decided a good breakfast was probably in order. We made banana pancakes from the Thug Kitchen cookbook, with a little added in flax-seed. They didn’t come out quite as fluffy as I hoped but were still pretty delicious. I made a double batch, which ended up being a ton, so we now have plenty stocked in the freezer for quick weekday breakfasts.

I also did an online barre workout.  Both of my little guys were very interested in it, they would come do some moves and then ask me to “crawl” so they can ride on my back.  So this 27-minute video took close to an hour, but I’m considering the baby moves bonus strength, lol.  Plus, it was super cute to see them try to mimic some of the moves.

The kids had a birthday party at the same time as my Saturday am class, so the hubs took them while I taught. This left me with an hour or so free before they would be getting home, so I decided to take full advantage and get a facial. We have a skin care school pretty close to us, which I have always had good experiences at. It is totally the spa experience, with awesome organic products, but much less costly than a spa because the services are provided by students.  I got a green tea facial, which smelled amazing and left my skin soft and glowing.

Later in the day, we had a playdate at the park, before heading to an event at the kids’ school. They had a Spring Gala, which was a nice adult dinner and silent auction (the kids had pizza and played in the room next door with some teachers from their school). Followed by an ice cream social with the kids. It was a lot of fun hanging out with some of the other families and hopefully proved to be a successful fundraiser for the school. I got outbid on my silent auction choices, but it was still lots of fun to browse.

Sunday morning started with bagels and some standard errand running to Home Depot and Target.  We are finally starting to organize and decorate at the new place.  It feels SO good to be getting settled in.

Midday, I had one of my book clubs, which was conveniently reading the same book (The Silent Sister: A Novel) as my other book club this month, so I was totally prepared! We went to AZ Wine Collective, which a friend and I had scoped out a week or so ago. It was a delightful little midday treat. They had a “Breakfast time” wine, which was basically a really good mimosa in a can. Paired with a manchego cheese, fig jam and almond crepe from the food truck outside, it was lunch time perfection.

Later in the day, we headed to an indoor bounce house place for my niece’s birthday. We had a bit of a mishap getting there, turns out there are two bounce house places in town, but once we got to the right place it was all good. The kids all had a blast and I always love watching them all play together (I also love climbing through the obstacles with them, #kidatheart).  This place had a “glow party” theme going, which reminded me of going cosmic bowling back in the day.

What did you do this past weekend?  Any big plans for the week?  I am excited to get some Orangetheory’s in.  I normally do one over the weekend and one during the week, but I had used up all my classes for the month early last week (my month resets on the 8th), so I did not go this weekend and I missed it.  I am also hoping to get a yoga class in this week.  I do some yoga at home, but I could really use the full stretch of an hour-long class.


Hope you have a great day!

Friday Favorites – 4/6/18

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Hi friends! Happy Friday to you! How was your week? We had a pretty great one over here. Nice blend of productivity, workouts, family time and a dinner out (highly unusual, we almost never get to all go out to eat together, especially not during the week).

Let’s start with something that is always a favorite in my book, good eats!

I recently discovered these cheese crisps at TJs and am loving them. I think they have been around a while, but are new to me. They are delightfully crisp and cheesy. They are also super rich, so I am happy with a few, rather than wanting to eat half a bag, which is how I normally am with crackers. I would definitely recommend them if you are looking for a high protein snack option or a gluten-free snack.

This week we also enjoyed a celebratory dinner with my parents at a local favorite, Guadalajara Grill. I hadn’t been there in ages, but greatly enjoyed this bigger than anticipated margarita.

As well as an equally huge enchilada sampler. That is a pork Chile verde, chicken mole and red Chile cheese enchilada. All delicious, but the Chile verde sauce was my fave. It was also so much food, I left stuffed, and had enough for my lunch plus half the hubs lunch the next day. The kids were huge fans as well, I’m pretty sure the little lady ate her weight in fresh tortilla chips.

The hubs and I started this documentary called Wild Wild Country on Netflix late last week and managed to finish it this week. It is fascinating!The documentary tells the story of a group in the 80s that essentially started a town in Oregon and did and/or was accused of tons of bizarre and awful stuff. Including trying poison a neighboring town! They were considered a religious cult, though they at one point stated they were not a religious group. At their largest, there were around 50,000 people in it. I won’t give too much away, but it was super interesting and I can’t believe I had never heard of this group before.

In online favorites:

Ashley over at A Lady Goes West is running a Water Challenge this week. Which has been a nice reminder for me to up my water intake a little, especially as it’s started to heat up in AZ.

Warm weather also means grilling weather, this Broccoli slaw recipe from Running in a Skirt sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a grilled dinner.

I really enjoyed this article, How to be a better person from The Greatist. I love little changes that can make a huge impact in your life or your interactions with others.

I have been loving all of Maureen’s cute puppy pics, you can meet her new puppy here.

Now your turn, what are you loving this week? Any big plans for the weekend? We have some kiddo related events and I have a book club meeting on Sunday that I am looking forward to.


Hope you have a wonderful weekend! See you Monday!

Meditation: How to Get Started

Happy Wednesday friends! How’s your week going? I had a pretty stressful Monday followed by a pretty great Tuesday. Hoping it’s a sign of a great rest of the week to come.

Before we jump into today’s post, I wanted to congratulate my Prince of Peace giveaway winner, Erinn!

Congrats girl! I have emailed you to get your mailing info.

At the beginning of the year (I can’t believe we are already in the fourth month of the year!) I did a 40-day program that focused on developing an at-home yoga and meditation practice.  You can find my intro, midpoint and recap posts of that program herehere, and here.  Meditating had always been a struggle for me.  I do notice a difference in how I deal with stress when I am meditating though. In general, I feel like it allows me to be a more understanding and go with the flow person.  So I feel like establishing a practice is worthwhile for me.  I meditated every day during my 40-day challenge.  While I have not stuck to meditating every single day since, I have still been meditating multiple time a week and feel like it is a helpful and calming activity for me.

(One of the best meditation spots I have ever gotten to enjoy, San Diego last summer).

Today, I wanted to share some tips and tricks that have helped me in my meditation journey.  This is still definitely a journey for me as well, so I would love to hear any tips that have worked for you that I might be able to incorporate into my practice.

  1. Add meditation to your schedule or to-do list.  Now, I know this may sound silly, but I know I am not the only one who is more likely to do something if it’s on my to-do list.  I am a total Type A personality, and I love crossing things off my list, so just having a meditation session on my calendar increases the likelihood of it happening ten fold.
  2. Know where you are going to meditate and make sure this space meets your needs.  At home, I have a corner of our bedroom that I have made into a little meditation area.  It is cool and quiet.  I like to lean against the wall and if I am aiming for a longer meditation, will sometimes light incense or put some essential oils in the diffuser to set the mood.  I find meditating at home to be easiest, but you could also take a meditation lunch break, or meditate outdoors.  Really anywhere you feel safe to close your eyes and allow your mind to wander away from whats going on around you.
  3. Take a comfortable position.  I used to think you had to be cross-legged, with a straight back, hands resting on your knees and palms up when you meditated.  This was just an image I had of how meditation is supposed to look.  However, if this is not comfortable for you, it’s not going to work well.  I know it doesn’t do much for me if I am thinking about my tight hips the whole time.  Sitting with your legs extended, resting against a wall, or in a chair may be a lot more comfortable and allow you to open up your mind, rather than focusing on how your body feels.
  4. Try a guided meditation. I find that especially if I am stressed and have a lot on my mind, it’s hard for me to get into my meditation groove. Sometimes a guided meditation can really help. I keep the Yoga Studio app on my phone, which has some nice guided meditations. You can also find lots of apps and YouTube guided meditations.
  5. Try a mantra. If guided isn’t your thing, try a mantra to start calming your mind and easing you into your practice. I personally like “I am” mantras, which a yoga instructor introduced me to. Out loud or just in your head, say “I am…followed by whatever pops into your head (motivated, strong, peaceful, etc). I find that after a few rounds I am feeling much more grounded and able to sink into my practice.
  6. Don’t worry about perfection. When random thoughts or worries pop up during my meditation I try (emphasis on try) to acknowledge them and let them go. I don’t really know that it’s possible to clear all thoughts completely, but I think the exercise can still be so soothing and beneficial.

Question:  Do you meditate?  If so, how do you get settled into your practice?

Hope you have a great day!

Highlights from the weekend – Friend dates and festivities

Hey guys! How was your weekend? Any fun holiday festivities? We had a pretty good one over here until the end.  I caught a bug and was pretty down for the count yesterday

I took a couple of days off at the end of last week, so I got to enjoy an extra long weekend.  Which was nice, because I was able to get lots done and have some fun early on.  I wrote my last post late Thursday afternoon and had some adventures that followed that evening.  So I thought I would start from there and share a few highlights instead of a full recap.

Thursday evening I had a friend date at the AZ Wine Collective. It was my first time checking it out, and I loved it. It is a cute little wine bar, featuring all AZ wine.  They also have local craft beers and a local Kombucha on tap! It was such a cute little place, and you could order takeaway from some restaurants in the plaza, which was cool. After doing a tasting, we wandered across the plaza where an 80s band was performing, it was a really fun evening.

(Sorry for how blurry that bottom picture is).

Friday, the kids and I had a fun day of egg painting, playing and cake baking. We were baking a cake to have for dessert that night, as we had some friends coming over for dinner. They were so excited to make a cake for their friends. As you can see, their cake decorating skills are on point and they are big sprinkle enthusiasts.

Dinner was great!   With the move and everything, it has been a while since we did any entertaining. We had such a good time catching up with some friends and meeting their new baby! On the menu where shrimp and steak tacos with all the sides, chips, guacamole and margaritas. It was a great evening.

Saturday we enjoyed a friend Easter egg hunt and lunch at the park. The kids had a great time playing and looking for eggs with their friends. I was amazed by how quickly a group of kids can find a bunch of eggs. I felt like we hid a ton, but they found them all so fast. Picnicking in the park is also always nice.

Later in the afternoon, we also went and checked out the snakes at a local pet store. They give me the heeby-jeebys something fierce but the kids think they are so cool.

We then headed to my nephew’s birthday party! Unfortunately, a day of outdoor festivities paired with a refusal to take naps meant the kids could not hang, so we only made it about an hour into the party before we had to call it a day, still nice to see folks though.

I started coming down with some sort of stomach bug Saturday evening and sadly was not up to much celebrating on Easter. But I was able to enjoy watching my little loves open their Easter baskets and find all the goodies the Easter bunny left them.

The fam then went to my parents for Easter brunch, while I stayed cocooned on the couch. Not exactly the Easter I had planned, but at least there was lots of fun before the cooties hit.

So friends, how was your weekend? What did you do? Any big plans for the week! Remember there is still time to win the Prince of Piece candy giveaway, make sure to comment on that post today!  I will be announcing a winner on Wednesday.