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Hey lovelies, welcome to SDB! I'm Natasha. I am a walking, talking mombie fueled by coffee. I am obsessed with shoes, all things glittery and/or sparkly, and I have an owl obsession. We talk about everything from motherhood, lifestyle, and all things inbetween. I am a mom of three kids and we reside in the Pacific Northwest. Thanks for tagging along! Now lets sit back and sip on a cup of coffee in the AM or wine in the PM and lets relax.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Top Ten of Fifteen

I can not believe that the year is coming to a close. I know I say this every year, but this year went by really quick. So many wonderful things happened this year and it truly was a great year. Here are some of our top tens for 2015:

1. Amari turned five in February.  

2. Trevor and I celebrated our four year wedding anniversary in June. We also celebrated six years together in March.

3. In July we bought our new car! We traded in Beast Mode for a Ford Flex with a third row. It's beautiful and we absolutely love it! Car shopping was an ordeal and every vehicle we wanted had something wrong with it. I think it was the Lord watching out for us and he answered one of our prayers by finding a car that was in our budget but most importantly roomie. 

4. In August Amari started his schools three week Jump Start program. It served him wonders! I'm so happy we signed him up for it. He really benefited from it.

5. In September Amari started kindergarten. I never finished writing about his first day of school but think I might sometime in January. It's half finished. I might as well.

6. Aurora turned one in September. She had a nice birthday bash and surprised mommy and daddy by walking the day of her birthday! It was a great birthday gift to herself. Two weeks later she was running! 

7. I attended my first parent/teacher conference in October with Amari. He is doing great, just needs to focus more and stay on task.

8. I turned 30 in October. I'm still in denial about it. 

9. Talan turned three in November. 

10. We paid off two huge medical bills this month! It feels great to windle down debt. For 2016 we hope to pay off the last two medical bills and a credit card bill so we can start saving to buy a house. 

2015 has been good to us but I am eager to see what 2016 brings our way. Happy New Years Eve everybody!




Saturday, December 19, 2015

Chocolate Dipped Chewy Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

One of my favorite holiday cookies to make are sugar cookies. Three years ago when my second son was a wee little newborn we didn't have a lot of money to go out and buy gifts for every single family member. I started looking through Pinterest and online for easy cookie recipes so that I could make edible gifts for our loved ones. I ended up finding lots and lots of yummy cookie recipes but ended up giving my Grandma a call instead for her chewy sugar cookie recipe. She made them a lot for us growing up and they are so yummy! 

I ended up adding crushed peppermint candy canes and dipped them in chocolate. They are amazing! I make them every year now. Their is something about that chocolate and peppermint combo that goes perfect together. 

Chewy Sugar Cookie Recipe - 

Ingredients: 

2 3/4 cups flour 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt 
1 1/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
1/2 cup crushed candy canes (about 7)
1 bag semi sweet chocolate chips 

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Unwrap candy canes (about seven) and toss into a food processor or blender; set aside. 

2. In a bowl stir together flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

3. In a large bowl, cream together butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add vanilla extract.

4. Gradually stir in dry ingredients and crushed candy canes until it's just blended. 

5. Roll dough into walnut sized balls and flatten slightly with a fork or your palm. Place on greased cookie sheet.

6. Bake for 8-11 minutes until edges are a light golden brown. Let cool. 

7. While cookies cool prep the chocolate. In a microwave safe bowl melt half a bag of chocolate chips for 1 minute. Stir until chocolate is smooth and creamy. 

8. Dip half the cookie in the chocolate mixture and place on parchment paper. Add crushed candy canes or sprinkles for decoration. Repeat until all cookies are done and let sit until chocolate hardens.

These cookies are the bomb-dot-com. They are soft, chewy, sweet and chocolatey! I promise you will love them. Enjoy! 


Thanks for stopping bye.










Sunday, December 6, 2015

Stocking Stuffer Ideas for the Kids

Out of all the Christmas traditions that we have as a family I would say that stockings are my absolute favorite thing. There is something fun about walking into the room on Christmas morning and seeing all the stockings hanging from the fireplace and packed full of goodies.

As a child our Great Grandmother would fill our stockings with all sorts of candy, socks, and underwear. Yes she was that lady. After she passed away and we moved in with our guardian Neil he would fill our stockings with all sorts of things like Starbucks gift cards, nail polish and lipgloss for my little sister and I, fun Christmas socks, DVD's, and other goodies. 

Now that I am a mother of three under the age of five it gets a bit tricky with filling stockings. I like to limit the candy intake as much as possible and fill it with things my kids need but actually like. I have put together some ideas to help those who might need some stocking stuffer ideas for the kids. I based them off my three but you can switch things up depending on the gender of your littles and their age. Here are some of the items that I have picked out.

For the baby or toddler girl in your life:

1. Socks 
2. Pacifiers 
3. Bibs
4. Teething toys 
5. Books 
6. Shampoo and body wash
7. Toothbrush and toothpaste 
8. Boogie Wipes 
7. Moccasins - Sweet N Swag or The Little Doe Baby 
8. Winter Hat and gloves
9. Yogurt Bites
10. Puffs
11. Gerber pouches 
12. Headbands - ThinkPink Bows and Aurora Rose Designs 
13. Hair clips 
14. Brush and/or comb 
15. Sippy Cup
16. Wash clothes 
17. Small Stuffed Animal or doll
18. Sock slippers 
19. Nightie or Pajamas 
20. Onesies 
21. Small Toys 
22. Face Wipes 
23. Detangler Spray
24. Baby Leg Warmers 

For the toddler boy in your life: 

1. Bath Books
2. Bath toys 
3. Socks 
4. Underwear
5. Hot Wheels 
6. Legos 
7. Glow Sticks
8. Crayons 
9. Stickers 
10. T-shirt 
11. Pajamas 
12. Play Dough 
13. Stacking Cups
14. Puzzles
15. Small Superhero Stuffies 
16. Trains or cars
17. Gerber Applesauce Pouches 
18. Clementines 
19. Banana 
20. Bath Crayons 
21. Body Wash
22. Shampoo 
23. Toothbrush 
24. Toothpaste 
25. Gold Fish Crackers 
26. Bubbles
27. Chalk 
28. Movies (Big Lots sales $5 Thomas the Train and Bob the Builder DVD's)
29. Moccasin's or slippers 
30. Matching Cards from Target or Dollar Tree
31. Stickers

For the school-aged boy in your life:

1. Socks
2. Underwear
3. Hot Wheels 
4. Legos 
5. Hex Bugs found only at Target
6. Superheroe Action Figures 
7. Bubbles
8. Toothbrush 
9. Toothpaste 
10. Bath Wash 
11. Shampoo 
12. Chapstick 
13. Puzzles (25 to 48 piece puzzles from the Dollar Tree) 
14. Pencils
15. Crayons 
16. Stickers
17. Movies (Big Lots has Barney, Thomas the Train, and Bob the Builder for $5)
18. Glow Sticks 
19. Fun Erasers 
20. Hand Sanitizer 
21. Baseball
22. Gloves 
23. Winter Hat 
24. Gold Fish Crackers
25. Tree Top Applesauce Pouches
26. Clementines 
27. Banana
28. Sight Words Cards from Target or Dollar Tree
29. Colored Pencils 
30. Markers 
31. Play Dough 

I hope these stocking stuffer ideas are helpful. I am pretty sure I forgot some things but these are some of the things my kids love to get in their stockings each year. I don't get them every single item on the list but I do like to have variety. Enjoy your Christmas shopping. There are 8 more days until Christmas! 

Thanks for stopping bye.