Apparently, Halloween candy makes for a perfectly good breakfast the day after. Especially when shared with your favorite sister, a soft blanket and your pal Dora.

call me betty + make your own cinnabon

I don't know about your weather, but the past few days here have been overcast and sprinkly. Decked out in the infamous velour tracksuit, I literally holed myself up 1/2 the weekend on the couch with my cookbooks, and's amazing what you can make with a little bit of flour. Like my new favorite recipe ever....Cinnabon cinnamon rolls! And YES, they taste just like them! You have to try're family and friends will LOVE you! And don't be scared about the yeast and kneading dough part......if convenience food girl here can do it, so can you.

Here's some pics of the process.

A few other things I made over the weekend (from scratch):
coffee cake (Sat. breakfast)
cheeseburger soup (Sun. lunch)
biscuits to go with the soup
oh...and the hub's joined in the fun on Friday nite and made some homemade peanut butter cookies.
There's even talk about us getting new pans. Feels so Betty Crocker!
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brush up

Funny little moment. Today after lunch I told the girls to go brush their teeth. "No thank you", Luci politely declines as she walks into the other room. "No thank you" repeats little sister as she marches behind big sis into the other room. "You don't want to get rotten teeth" I say. "What are rotten teeth?" asks big sis. Well....glad you ask I think to myself as I google it and come up with this blog with nothing but rotten teeth pics.

As I came to the bottom of the second page of pics, Luci gets up and heads to the bathroom as she says in a very matter of fact voice...."Well.......looks like we are brushing our teeth".

And because I couldn't leave you with such a nasty are some pretty spring pics from Polyvore. And that is all.

jeweled bib necklace tutorial

Wanna learn how to make this cute jeweled bib necklace? Head on over to Love Stitched to check out my tutorial.
It's super easy and only requires a glue gun and a few inexpensive supplies. So what are you waiting for? Hurry up and you'll have it just in time for date night. Happy Friday!

Awkward and Awesome Thursday

*Forgetting to rip the price tag out of a gift.....and it was on clearance.
*Getting asked when you're expecting.........and you're not. Not wanting to make the situation awkward for them because, clearly it already is for you, you make up a fake due date and play along with the questions that follow. "Ummm yes, we were hoping for another boy"...considering the one we have at home is only 6 weeks old, I'm sure they would be besties.
*Someone referring to you by your embarassing childhood nickname in public, or worse.....on your FB wall.
*Mixing two different circles of friends at a get together.
*Registering at Pottery Barn for a non-existent baby shower just to take advantage of the 10% off everything you didn't get on your registry discount. Actually, that was pretty awesome! Okay, now on to the.....

*Drinking orange juice out of your fancy crystal glasses for no special reason....except that it makes the orange juice feel more special.
*PAYDAY! - nuff said.
*For this one, rewind 11 years ago. (all you late twenty-somethings on up should get it) Newly married.....hubs is sleep talking. Wanting to find out what he's dreaming about you whisper in his ear..."what's my name?" He responds................."Snoop Dogg". True story- didn't even remeber that conversation the next morning. Had he uttered anything else, this would have obviously been on the other list.
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fairy play

Today I was in the company of fairies.

We were whisked away by unicorns to a magical fairy kingdom.

We ate fairy cakes on tiny tables, hid inside the clouds so the intruders could not find us, danced and sang and laughed.

At the end of the journey the tired little fairies needed a rest, even if it was only a pretend one.

etsy fun

Don't you just love loggin' on to the home page of ETSY? You type those 4 little letters into your google browser....wait for it to for a second, some of us longer than others and then wham...there it is! You are greeted with the home page 12. Instant eye candy! And it rotates a few different times a day.

The title for this post was actually going to be Fun Job Friday, where I was going to talk about what a fun job it would be to be the front page picker for etsy and then share a few quips about the training for such a job..etc, etc, etc. Welllllll.....although I am too busy to organize the office and pick up the play area.....apparently, I managed to find time to research this highly important matter. And good thing! Because I may have just found your new part time hobby. Yup, that's here and find out how you can be the etsy picker too!

Hope you all have a good weekend and do something FUN! We will be finishing up a play kitchen we are making for Lola's 2nd birthday.

Awkward and Awesome

There's this little blog I read about fashion and such by the darling Sydney Poulson. And every Thursday she does an Awkward/Awesome post. I often wonder how she comes up with fresh material for each Thursday's post. Then I started jotting down my own list and was surprised with how long it got. Like seriously, folks.....I'm talking enough for 5 future posts. And keep in mind, this stuff has all happened to me and most within the past two weeks. So here goes........

* Staring out the window facing the neighbors house, daydreaming; only to come out of it and realize they are watching you watching them.
* Getting in line to pay for groceries......realizing your wallet is at home on the computer desk where you left it when making that online purchase. (dang it, next time I'll use paypal) Then watching them, in front of everyone, wheel your entire shopping cart away (to place in the walk-in) while you promise to return within 35 minutes.
* Sneaking in some bites of your favorite coffee ice cream while cooking dinner.....getting caught by your kid and having to share your stash.
* Trying out your new perfume hubby gifted you with....then getting told by your six year old that you smell like their grandmother.
* The pic on the top right of moi.
And what am I supposed to be doing with my hands....oh yeah I know, I'll put my thumbs in my pockets..... how very avant garde of me. wink

* Realizing that this year you'll be getting a sizeable tax refund....that is unless your state doesn't issue IOU's again.
* Being surprised with an extra anniversary present the week after your anniversary.
* Mid week date night at home with a new release and take out from your fave restaurant.
* An uninterrupted conversation with your husband. (ps. we have four kiddos)
* Sleeping in until 9:30 on the weekend.
* The pic on the top left of my sweet Luci.
* 1/2 off day at your local thriftstore.

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midweek makeup

So, I usually save the makeup routine for Sunday mornings and going out on the town. How-eva when I saw Ashley's self portrait challenge I figured, why not get dolled up midweek and take some self portrait pics. And you know what? It was actually kinda fun. You don't have to worry about posing for someone. And your weirdo surprise expressions will no longer be a surprise because you're lookin in the mirror as you're shooting. You should totally try it sometime!

Have a great Wednesday!

twenty-eleven.....bling it on

I'm so excited about the new year and all the possibilites. Kind of like these sparkles sitting by my desk waiting to be made into something pretty.

So here's my to do list for 2011: (in no particular order of importance)

* Lose weight. (This one never makes it off the list.)
* Try a new hair color.
* Read my Bible more (anything would be an improvement on last year).
* Visit Disneyland.
* Post a minimum of 2-3 blog posts per week.
* Accomplish a project everyday. (Could be a craft, sewing something, organizing the laundry room, cooking a new recipe...etc.) By the end of the year, I should have a clean organized house, lot's of cool handmade stuff and a recipe repetoire not limited to tacos, spaghetti, lasagna and chicken.

So, has anyone been keeping their resolutions so far? I'd love to hear how it's going!