Two Fall Essentials

Posted on: Friday, December 19, 2014

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I think everyone needs a pair of boots and a sweater that they can wear with everything! Then when you find a summer dress that is a steal on the clearance rack, you can convert it into a fall dress no problem! Although now it might be a little cold for bare legs today… But in just a couple days I will be down in warmer weather! So thrilled!

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Chocolate Fudge Christmas Basket

Posted on: Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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“Pretty little packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things!” What a perfect way to tie up a little treat for some friends. This year I wanted to do a little something for all our clients at our Pilates studio. So I cooked up a few batches of fudge, added some Christmas sparkle, and packaged them up all pretty. It was a small, homemade, tasty, thoughtful gift, everything you need to say Thank you for being so wonderful to us!

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Directions:

Combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil stirring lightly, but consistently. Keep stirring and at a boil for about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows, vanilla, and chocolate until melted. Line a baking pan with parchment paper, (I actually used a glass casserole dish.) and pour the mixture into the dish. Use a baking spatula to spread evenly until you get the desired look. Add some sprinkles if you’d like here. Place your hand in a ziplock and press lightly on the sprinkles to make sure that they attach to the fudge. Refrigerate for an hour, or until firm. Cut into bite size pieces and place in little bags tied up with pretty strings for the perfect little gift!

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I used this as a little Christmas treat, but this would also be perfect for a little Valentine’s Day gift.

Whoville Costume Inspiration

Posted on: Monday, December 15, 2014

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Christmas is around the corner! Are you ready? Have you been enjoying fun Christmas parties?? Around here we’ve been pretty sick… That would be my explanation for our absence for all of last week and the delay of this post that I have been so excited about! We were sick all week and then spent all weekend playing catch up with the Christmas season. But we are back in full gear and I’m excited to share Part 2 of our Whoville extravaganza with some Whoville costume inspiration! (Part 1 Whoville Hair and Makeup tutorial here!)

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We have so much fun putting together these costumes! We start out by pulling out everything we own that is tacky and Christmassy, ribbons, and wrapping paper included. Then, we pull out everything red, green and white. Next, we pull out anything that could pass as Christmassy that is shiny, sparkly or poofy. And finally, we mix, match and assemble.

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The Who’s have an obvious love of Christmas! For really Christmas Who’s we stuck to red, green and white inspiration!

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Don’t be afraid to layer. Here we have a sweater over a dress and then Christmas socks over tights.

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Get a little creative. In order to show off the fact that she was wearing crinoline and add a touch more of the Christmas colors, we pinned Bernadette’s skirt up with a safety pin and a ribbon.

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I love the scene when the Grinch completely wraps Cindy Lou Who in wrapping paper. If you don’t have much that would pass as a Who costume, put on some spandex, tape on some paper, and wrap a ribbon around to define your waste!

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Another source of inspiration when dressing like a Who is Cindy Lou Who of course! We already covered the wrapping paper idea, but she was always wearing something pink, so this adds a new color to our Whoville pallet.

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Poofy and pink and big cream bows make for the perfect Cindy Lou.

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And we just couldn’t leave Anabelle out of this one!

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Anabelle and the Christmas Tree

Posted on: Saturday, December 6, 2014

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I remember back when I was a kid, how magical Christmas was. At some point that magic disappeared and it became more about family celebrations, and of course, as always, about the birth of Jesus. But little Anabelle has brought so many changes into our life and is always making it, better, more exciting, and more full. And this Christmas she is bringing the magic back, starting the awe of the Christmas tree. She had so much fun helping decorate. She would carefully carry one ornament at a time from Daddy to me so that I could hang it on the tree. And now if she is quiet, that type of quiet when you know she is getting into something, I quickly check on her and she is just standing and staring at the Christmas tree, pointing and gasping occasionally at one of the ornaments. It’s beyond precious as she very slowly walks all the way around the tree. I can’t wait to see her open presents and stockings this year!

A day at the Circus

Posted on: Thursday, December 4, 2014

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Kevin’s Dad simply loves the circus! So he was thrilled to bring Anabelle and everyone else to her first one! We had never taken Anabelle to anything she had to sit through and watch, so we weren’t sure how it was going to go, but she loved it! We did have to leave early because she was overdue for a nap, but she really seemed to enjoy the pre-tired portion! Here are just a few photos from the circus and the rest of our trip.

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