I Can’t Decide!!

Mr. Newman and I are getting ready to paint all of our boys’ rooms within the next month and I can’t decide what I want to do!

Our big boys Luke and Jacob we have already decided what colors we’re doing and how its going to look, it’s Baby #3 I can’t decide what I want to do.

I have three options and I love them all but I just don’t know what to do!

I’ll show them to you and let me know what you think!

Option #1.

Light gray on all the walls, and then vertical stripes of blue and green halfway up the wall and possibly a chair rail (haven’t decided on this one)

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Option #2

Again, light gray on all the walls, but there will be two skinny horizontal  blue stripes above and below a fat green stripe.

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Option #3.

Light gray on all the walls, and then blue and green horizontal stripes on just the wall where the crib/bed will be.

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Mr. N’s favorite is the first one. Mine is the second. Like I said, I like all of them.

This is going to be tough.

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Jacob’s Birthday

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Today was my lil man’s birthday party.

He’s really into Batman and Lego’s, so I thought it would only be fitting for him to have a Lego Batman themed party to celebrate his 4th birthday.

Oy….he’s already four.

Anyway, he had a few of his little friends over today and I think they had a blast.

We had some yummy eats..I kind of had a little fun with this.

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I took characters from the Batman comics and made them part of the food part.

For example. ….

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Harley Quinn’s Sloppy Joes.

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After nummy food, we let Jacob open his presents.

 

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Jacob got a slip n slide from mommy and daddy, so we had the kids bring their swim suits to play with it, since it was pretty nice out today.

 

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And it wouldn’t be a birthday party without cake right? :)

 

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Oh My…

Oh my is right.

 

I’m falling behind again with my blog posts. I believe my last post was April 11 and that was to announce that we were having another little person running around here in November.

Speaking of which, we found out the gender of our little bundle.

 

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Yep, another boy.

*Sigh*

I think Mr. N and I – and probably the rest of our family. I know my dad was really plugging for a granddaughter, and my FIL wanted another granddaughter because as it stands there are only 2 out of 8 grandchildren, not counting the one I’m having and my sister-in-law (yes, she’s preggers too) is having.- really wanted a girl.

To be honest, if you look at my Pinterest Baby board, I had a lot of girlie things pinned. Don’t get me wrong about having another boy, I just really really wanted a girl. The more it sunk in that we are having another boy, the more it’s going to be easier on us financially. We don’t have to buy a ton of girl clothes, we can just re-use what our boys have used when they were tiny, he can play with the same toys as our boys did/do.  And I basically know what I’m getting myself into with a boy. It’s not like I haven’t done it before. :)

 

Any who.

What’s new since my last post?

 

Well, I ended up feeling a lot better in time for my super awesome 90’s themed birthday party.

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Luke finished second grade and this picture I posted on my Twitter account as a joke and somehow it got into the hands of an actor whom we love.

 

: Luke’s last day of school. He’s wants to grow up and be Chuck. ” The force is strong with this one.

 

In May we planted some pretty flowers, tomatoes and cucumbers and an apple tree!

 

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We went to the zoo a couple of times.

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My tomater plants growing..

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Let’s see what else…

We celebrated the 4th of July with a few of our friends and my brother, who unexpectedly brought fireworks for entertainment. The kids loved it!

 

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And finally, I went to my first Twins game of the season this last Sunday. It was pretty darn hot out, I’m not going to lie. But it was pretty awesome. They were honoring the Armed Forces and they had T-6 Trainers flying over the stadium and a whole bunch of veterans :)

 

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That’s about it for now.

Mr. Newman is working on some projects for the boys’ room and eventually baby room. Hopefully I’ll get those up here as soon as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hey

Hey so…sorry I’ve been a little absent lately.

It’s all for good reason.

I have a little announcement :)

 

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Yep, we’re expecting our 3rd little bundle of joy in November. So I’ve been basically laid  up with the lovely morning sickness for like the last month.

**Knock on wood**  I think I’m getting a little better. I sure hope so because I have a big birthday coming up in 2 weeks and I don’t want to cancel it!

 

I’ve also been thinking of a possible change with the direction of this blog…but I’m not entirely sure on that one. We’ll see. :)  But that’s all for now!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucky Charms Cupcakes

St. Patty’s day is right around the corner and if you’re still looking for  a fun and super easy treat to have to celebrate, look no further.

I present, Lucky Charms Cupcakes.

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In preparation for this yummy and fun dessert I had to buy Lucky Charms right? Look at this box I found!

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It’s vintage!

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General Mills has a few other cereals out on the shelves that have the vintage picture on the front and I believe the back of the box. Kind of cool I think.

Anyway, back to the cupcakes.

Basically, all you’re going to need is either  your favorite recipe for a white cake mix/yellow or you can cheat like I did and buy a box :) and your favorite recipe for frosting or again you can cheat and buy a can of frosting. And then obviously the Lucky Charms.

Mix up your batter for the cuppy cakes, and then if you have a toddler, let them lick the beater :)

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That’s an order!

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Cuppy Cakes!!

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Now I didn’t cheat when it came to the frosting, I actually just used a recipe I found on the internet, and this is the one I chose. Again, super easy to make.

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Getting closer to being done!

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I picked out the marshmallows out of the box and I felt like a kid only eating the marshmallows out of the bowl and leaving the rest of it to float in the milk.

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In retrospect I probably should have colored the frosting a bit to give it a little umph but oh well.

So there you have it, your treats for St. Patty’s day, they’re magically delicious!

Brain Dump

I’m going to warn you now.

I’m brain dumping on you people.

Some of those who really know me and have been reading/following my blog for quite sometime have known that I love love love, taking pictures. I don’t have photography business, though that would be awesome but I don’t want to step on my friends who are photographers and take business away from them. Honestly, that type of photography is not at all what I’m interested in either. I love taking pictures of random junk, nature and well my kids at random moments. But this isn’t the point of my brain dump.

Again, those who have followed me know that I have done photo-a-day challenges. One was with Fat Mum Slim. I have no idea how I got around to finding her and joining in on the challenge but it was fun and awesome..for a while. I did it mostly last summer when it was nicer out and I could actually go outside and take pictures using the wonderful natural light we do get in the summer and not have to put on a million things to stay warm. I stopped doing her photo-a-day thing because it was hard to see all the pictures that were posted that day and I honestly felt that more and more actual photographers were being brought into the group and my pictures looked like crap next to theirs.

Since then, I joined a different one, one that wasn’t strictly on Facebook but through a separate website. I loved being able to see all the pictures that were posted that day. More people were apt to post a comment on my picture if they wanted to than just the people who posted like a couple of minutes before I posted mine. I enjoyed it for a while but as of late I’ve noticed that after I post my picture, because I generally do it in the morning, other people in the group post pretty much the same thing! It’s like these people don’t have a creative bone in their body. For example, the list for the month is sent out like a couple of days before the month is to start ok? I looked at last month’s list and I noticed that there was one that said “Conversation” I knew what I was going to do for that prompt. I took pictures of those Conversation Hearts, days before the prompt came up,

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I even did some of these for the other prompts that were coming up like, ” Little Heart” “Red”

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Granted, yes I knew that it was around Valentines Day and Conversation Hearts were out, but there are other ways of conveying conversation instead of doing what everyone else is doing.

As far as the other two I posted here. The little heart one, so the one that looks like I drew it….someone totally copied that one. Like it was almost plagiarized. Color and all. I was pissed. And the heart one, someone else did this too..

Why do people have to copy each other? Really?

I mean I know imitation is a form of flattery but I don’t even know these people. Mr. N asked one day after I told him that someone copied one of my pictures, why I was still doing it. The only thing I could think of was that I really do like taking pictures and seeing what other people do for the prompt.

Another thing about my photo-a-day thing is that I’m getting burnt out. I really don’t have any motivation to get my camera out and take pictures. I think it’s the winter. I hate this winter, and I’ll be glad that it’s over. I just don’t know if I should continue. I started making a photo scrapbook with the pictures I’ve taken so far with this photo-a-day group. But I don’t want to quit, I want to be able to complete this, you know? I’m currently four days behind in this group and I don’t know what I want to do for the prompts.

I don’t know what to do.

Any advice?

St. Patty’s Day Crafts!

Now that we’ve got the first part down for our St. Patty’s Day funness, we’ll move on to part 2, crafts!

I love me some crafts!

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My friend Mrs. P and I are going to be doing some fun crafty stuff towards the end of the month and I can’t wait!!!

Anyway, here are your St. Patty’s day crafts, to do with the kiddies or without!

Shamrock Mason Jars

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I may do this one with the kids-Hand clover

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Lucky Charms Bracelet

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Rainbow Wreath

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Ombre Clover Shirt

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Mod Podge Plate

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Printable Party Circles–for cupcakes or tags for goodie bags

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A whole bunch of different printables

Handprint Rainbow–this one would be fun to do with the kids

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Another cute wreath!

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Candle Decor

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Last wreath I swear-Charmed wreath

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Paint chip shamrocks

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Rock, Pots and Shamrocks 

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These all look so much fun!!

St. Patty’s Day Goodies

St. Patty’s day is a little over a week away, and if you haven’t figured out what kind of fun activities to do with the kids yet or the type of goodies to have check this post out. Because it’s only going to bring the best ideas for this holiday!

I’m going to split this up between two posts, a.) the goodies and b.) the activities

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So let’s start with the first!

Marshmallow Pops–this looks so easy to make!

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Twizzlers and Rolo’s –fun for the kids

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If you like mint and Oreo’s try this one–Mint Oreos

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Irish Style Dirt Cake

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If you’re going the healthier route–rainbow fruit

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Clover-wiches

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Mustache Lollies

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Rainbow Ka-bobs

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Green Milkshake

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Grasshopper Cheesecake

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There are just so many recipes out there for green/Irish inspired treats! But there are some to get you started!

 

 

Minon Birthday Party Round-Up

So the Despicable Me has been a thing at our house since we watched the first movie.

Yeah.

We own the first and second movie and have the Minions Mini Movie too. It has a couple of shorts on it like this one.

My kids like to pretend they’re Kevin, or Stuart or Dave (you know, the minions).

My eldest is having a birthday party coming up and he loves loves loves the movies.

So I thought I’d round-up some of the cutest and fun Despicable Me birthday ideas floating around there on the interwebs and share it with you!

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Here are some cute invites that I found:

Customized Despicable Me 2 invites 

This one is super cute,

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Thought these were fun!

Ticket Despicable Me invites

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You can’t forget about the fun stuff!

Bowling Minions

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Or the decorations!

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Photo booth props

Minion bunting

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Printables

Last but certainly not least, the goodies!

Caterpillars 

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Minion Twinkie cupcakes

Shrunken Moon Pops 

Goodie Bags–there’s a ton of stuff from Party City and Etsy that I could throw into these goodie bags!

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I’m so excited! To start planning a Despicable Me birthday party!

Three Cheese Sausage Lasagna

How are we friends?

I’m well. This last weekend was a doozy for me and the Mister.

Oy.

I’ll try to make it short. Mr. N and I were going to a super awesome and super fun couples retreat through our church. Mama and Papa Newman were going to take the boys for a whole week (yes I said whole week, I’m blessed to have these people in my life watch my boys for that long), but…being that we live in the wonderful state we do, we had an awful snow storm the night before. I can’t remember exactly how many inches of snow we did end up getting, but the roads were awful, and there was blizzard conditions throughout most of the state the day of the retreat, ugh.

They are dubbing this winter we’re having the worst winter ever. I would have to agree. Mr. N and his family are a snowmobiling family, so they love winter right? Even he’s done with winter.

Don’t fret. Mr. N and I got the boys to their grandparents and we went to the retreat, but it took us 7 1/2 hours. Yep. Iit would have probably taken us 4 hours-ish. But being as the roads were just nasty, it took us longer. By the time we got to the retreat I was a tad grumpy. Any who, I calmed down and had an awesome time.

I’m enjoying my time without my boys but I do miss the little turkey’s.

Today’s recipe comes from my good friend Mrs. K.  Hi Mrs. K! *wave*

So there’s a funny story behind this recipe.  Mrs. K sent me and some of her other friends/family a couple of recipes for us to check out. They seemed interesting and I wanted to try them. I had it on our menu for this last Sunday, ok? Well on Saturday Mrs. K and her hubby invited Mr. N and I over for games and supper and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to hang out with them more, because they’re just that fun! Anywho, she told me that she’ll be making her white sauce lasagna. Sounds yummy right? Yeah, I didn’t’ realize that this white sauce lasagna was one in the same as the recipe I’m bringing you today!

Without further adieu, three cheese sausage lasagna or white sauce lasagna.

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So you’ll need pretty much everything that in this picture, plus a couple of more items.

You’ll want to get your noodles going and cooked before you venture into this process. I like to cook mine before I dive into the rest of the parts to recipe. That way if I end of having to handle the noodles, I don’t burn my pretty little hand. :)

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Then you’ll want to start to brown your sausage. I probably had a little more than what was actually needed because where we get our groceries they didn’t have just one pounder italian sausage. But that’s ok, I like this stuff!

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Speaking of where we get groceries, in case you can’t tell from the product labels in the picture above, we go to HyVee. Yay HyVee! Earlier this week the company announced that they will be coming to the Twin Cities! WOOT!! I’m super excited.

Next you’re going to throw butter in a sauce pan and heat that up until it’s all melty.

Mmmm butter.

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Basically we’re making the white sauce here. Flour, butter, milk and salt -n-peppa :)

See? Sauce.

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Here comes the fun part. Layering!

I’m going to be honest. I totally screwed this part up. I don’t know how but I did.

I forgot the cheese.

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How can I forget the cheese? It’s the best part!!

Sorry cheese.

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All ready to go into the oven. You’re going to want preheat the oven to 350, throw it in for 35 minutes.

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**DROOL**

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This is soooo good. I’m really shocked though, when we did eat this at Mr. and Mrs. K’s house I saw the spinach and I had an inner monologue going “he’s not going to like it, he’s not going to like it”…Mr. N does not eat spinach and he loved it. So, thanks to Mrs. K  for making this and societal convention making  him eat it! :)

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Now its your turn to try it!

Three Cheese Sausage Lasagna

Ingredients:

1.5 pounds mild Italian sausage

1/3 c. chopped onion

6 T butter

6  T flour

1 tsp salt

1 tsp pepper

3 c milk

9 lasagna noodles, cooked and drained

1 1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese

18 slices provolone cheese

1/3 c grated romano cheese

2-3 c. fresh baby spinach (do not use frozen)

What to do:

In a large skillet cook sausage and onion, drain and set aside. In a small sausage, melt butter, whisk in flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually whisk in the milk. Bring to a boil over medium-low heat, cook and stir for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat.

In a greased 9×13 baking dish, layer a fourth of the sauce, three noodles, half the sausage, half the spinach, 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese and 6 slices of provolone. Repeat this layers once.

Spoon half the remaining sauce over the top of these layers. Then add remaining noodles, sauce, and mozzarella and provolone cheese and top with all the romano cheese.

Bake uncovered at 350 for 35, let stand for 15 minutes before serving. Makes 12 servings.