1.23.2015

Friday Favorites {Kate is Eight Edition!}

Happy Friday!!!

Today I'm linking up with Friday Favorites!

Hosted by: Andrea, Erika & Narci


{ONE}
 My #1 favorite thing is that today is Kate's 8th Birthday!!!!!
Birthdays are my favorite and Kate is my favorite 8 year old! 
EIGHT YEARS OLD.
I can't EVEN.
So incredibly proud to be her mom, Kate is one of the sweetest girls I know.

{TWO}
Party Planning is my FAVORITE!
Kate's Pizzeria Party is tonight....I can't wait!

I have been busy this week party prepping....our kitchen is starting to look like an Italian Pizzeria!
To see all the parties I have thrown over the years, click on the Party Tab on my Navigation Bar or just click {HERE}

{THREE}
Our neighbors are my favorite!
I know I talk about it often, but we live on a very special court.
Last weekend our neighbors had friends from Australia visiting & some of the guys (including Kevin) went to the SJ Sharks hockey game with the Aussies and at 10:30 at night, they wanted to bring out the lights & the corn hole boards and play some corn hole!
I was folding laundry & watching HGTV, but of course I came outside to play because cornhole is my favorite and hanging out with my neighbors is my favorite!
This is my typical cornhole outfit because it keeps me warm!
Vest // Leggings // Uggs


{FOUR}
Stitch Fix is my Favorite! 
 I just got an email from them letting me know my Fix has shipped and is on it's way!
It's like Christmas morning every month. This is my 9th month getting a Stitch Fix (you don't have to do them every month, but I love getting them, so I chose the monthly option. :)
You don't have to do it every month, you can customize it to how you want it...every other month, every 2 months, every 3 months, etc.

When you sign up for Stitch Fix, you link your Pinterest Boards to them so that know what styles you like. If you don't have Pinterest, that's okay because they also have a style questionaire for you to fill out & they have collages of outfits and you rate them on how you like them.
Each Fix comes with 5 different items & it comes with a prepaid mailing envelope, so you can easily return the items you don't want.
You aren't obligated to keep any of it! I have kept at least 1 item each time, sometimes I keep 2 or 3.
It's fun!
Click {HERE} to get started!
{FIVE}
Target Dollar Spot/Valentines Spot is my favorite!
They have some good stuff right now!

Bouncy Balls:
 Stickers:

 Slinkies:

 Notepads:

Next week I plan on making more Valentine's printables for you guys that will pair up with some of these items!

Our school allows candy, but they PREFER you bring non-food items (especially in Kinder) When the girls were in Preschool they couldn't bring candy, I brought in Valentines from the Target Valentine Spot.
These go quickly, so stock up now :)

Making Printables & sharing them with you guys is my FAVORITE!
I can't wait to get started on this year's Valentine printables....have to get through Kate's party first....1 project at a time :)

Here are some past Valentine's Printables that I have made over the years, some with candy, some without:

Ring Pop Valentine:
{HERE}

Goldfish Valentines:
They have these Valentine Goldfish packs at Target again this year.
I have 3 different versions of Printables that would work for Goldfish:
{HERE}

Valentine Peeps S'mores:

{HERE}

Valentines using pencils:
(2 versions of this printable. One says "Valentine you are just Write!" the other says "You've got the Write stuff, Valentine"

{HERE}
Here are this year's pencils from the Target Valentine's Spot! Boy & Girl pencils!


  
 Valentine Cookies in a Jar:
I give these to my girls teachers & the School office staff, custodian, crossing guard, etc.

{HERE}
Even though Target is MY favorite....going to Target with 3 kids during their "witching hour" 4:00-5:00pm is NOT my favorite...especially when a certain 2 year old didn't get his nap!
 #sendwine
{SIX}
Speaking of wine....Wine is my favorite (especially after Target trips like pictured above)
In the past 2 weeks, I have  had 2 different friends send these to me because it reminded them of me!
Yes, please!
So, yes....wine is my favorite :)


{SEVEN}
As if you didn't know, Rodan + Fields is my favorite skin care :)
I have loved being a consultant the past 14 months.
I use the Reverse line in the mornings (for sun damage/age spots/melasma) and I use Redefine at night (anti age & fine lines/wrinkles)
Here is Amy, a fellow consultant...look at her amazing results!
Getting FREE things is my Favorite....how about you?
For all new preferred customers you get $20 cash back, 10% off your order, FREE shipping AND a FREE Lip Micro Dermabrasion Chap Stick!!!


It is my FAVORITE for the winter weather that causes chapped lips.
Our Lip Micro-Dermabrasion is an effective and convenient exfoliation stick created specifically for one of the areas of your face most prone to showing early signs of aging: your lips. It removes dead skin cells and exfoliates flaky lip tissues in just a few swipes. This easy to use, conditioning treatment makes lips look and feel more defined and youthful by renewing the surface and reducing lipstick bleeding! I use it each morning and every night before bed. The stick lasts over 4 months!
I would LOVE to help you with your skin care needs!
You can also take this quick 6 question survey to find out what products are best for your skin {HERE}
Email me to place an order or if you have questions.
melissa_larson17{at}yahoo.com

{EIGHT}
My Crock Pot is my Favorite. 
Especially in the winter months, I use it at least once a week.
Earlier this week, I made my Rosemary Beef Stew, I need to blog it!
To see all my other Slow Cooker Recipes, click the Recipe Box!
 I have Slow Cooker Soups {HERE} and Slow Cooker Entrees {HERE}
Next week I am  making THIS soup:

And my Slow Cooker Ribs:
So, there you have it EIGHT of my favorites in honor of Kate's 8th Birthday!
Have a wonderful weekend & check back here on Monday for Kate's Pizzeria Party Post!

1.22.2015

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

Did you know that National Peanut Butter Day is on January 24th?
We love peanut butter in our house! 
One of my favorite combinations is peanut butter & chocolate.
It's no surprise that Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite candy 
(Specifically the Peanut Butter Eggs that they have during Easter! The BEST.)
Here is my recipe for No Bake Chocolate Peanut Bars....otherwise known as copy cat Reeses Peanut Butter Cups (but in bar form) 
 Here is what you need:
1 cup butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 cups of powdered sugar
1 cup of peanut butter (I use Skippy)
1 (12oz) package of chocolate chips (I use milk chocolate, but you can use semi-sweet)


Directions:
Take your graham crackers & put them in a ziplock bag & use a rolling pin to make the graham cracker crumbs (About 1 1/2 sleeves of graham crackers)
My girls love doing this step!
Make sure the crumbs are nice & fine without any big pieces.
In a bowl, add the melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar and 1 cup peanut butter:
Tip: Spray your measuring cup with Cooking Spray so that the Peanut Butter is easier to scoop out!

Mix until well blended:
Press evenly into the bottom of an ungreased 9x13 inch pan.
In a bowl over simmering water, or in the microwave, melt the chocolate chips.
 Make sure you are stirring occasionally until smooth. 
Spread over the prepared crust. Put into the refrigerator for at least one hour before cutting into squares.
I cut them up & then I store them in an air tight container in the fridge 
(I put a piece of wax paper between each layer so that they don't stick together)
My family goes crazy for these bars!
 Hope you enjoy them!
If you like Peanut Butter/Chocolate as much as we do, you might like these other recipes:

Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cookies:
Recipe {HERE}

Reeses Peanut Butter Cup Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Buttercream:
Recipe {HERE}

 Peanut Butter Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats:
Recipe {HERE}

Peanut Butter Ritzies:
Recipe {HERE}

Valentine Peanut Butter Heart Cookies:
Recipe {HERE}

Peanut Butter Blossoms:
Recipe {HERE}

Chocolate Chip Snickers Cookies:
Recipe {HERE}

Monster Cookies:
Recipe {HERE}

And, if you want a healthy peanut butter treat, you can make my Chocolate Peanut Butter Avacado Smoothie:
Recipe {HERE}

What is your favorite Peanut Butter Treat?

1.21.2015

What's Up Wednesday!

I thought it would be fun to share about What's Up?
A little random, a little bit of everything!
Maybe I will do this once a month!
What We are Eating this week:
I am all about Meal Planning. 
Every Sunday I do our meal plan for the week. 
It helps me stay organized!
Monday- Calzones
Tuesday - Slow Cooker Rosemary Beef Stew
Wednesday - Leftovers
Thursday - Chicken Tortilla Casserole
{Recipe HERE}
Friday - Pizza at Kate's Pizza Party!

I also like to bake something each week. 
 This week I made my Best Ever Chocolate Chip Cookies:
Recipe {HERE}

What I'm Reading:
Reading books is my favorite. LOVE all the suggestions that you had on THIS post. 
If you are looking for books to read in 2015, check out the post and read the comments of all the great books people suggested.
Reading "The Best Yes" now and when I am done with that I am going to read "What Alice Forgot"

What I'm Reminiscing about:
Since it's Kate's birthday week, I'm reminiscing about Kate! 
January 21st was my due date...she was born 2 days later.
I've been looking back at pictures from when she was a baby & a toddler. 
Can't believe she is turning 8. Where has the time gone?!! 
If you love birth stories like I do, you can read hers {HERE}

What I'm Looking Forward to:
I am looking forward to February 2nd...that is when Rodan + Fields launches into Canada!
Such an exciting time!
The R+F launch in Canada is the 1st stop in our global expansion.

 Does starting your own INTERNATIONAL business from your phone, iPad or laptop that's completely flexible get you excited? It should! 
Canada will explode very quickly, and I LOVE sharing this opportunity with others.
This is a Ground Floor Opportunity!
What if 2015 was the year you...
-- paid off your school loans
-- started filling college funds
-- have a fun and successful biz while still getting to put your kids first
-- (fill in the blank)
How would you fill in the blank?
PS. Proactiv (created by Dr. Rodan and Dr. Fields)  owns 83% of the Global Acne market...we will do it again. 
We have some specials & discounts going on for joining our team (up to $100 cash back!!)
If you aren't interested, but do you know anyone in Canada or in the US?  
I would love your referrals for customers or business partners!
If you refer someone to me, I will give you FREE product or cash! 
We have a great referral system.
Email me if you have questions! This side "gig" has been such a blessing to our family...and I spend less than 15 minutes a day on it!
melissa_larson17{at}yahoo.com

What I'm loving:
Happy Customers! 
I love when I get emails from customers letting me know how much they are loving the products and how they feel more confident with their skin & how they look.
It's not just about anti-aging. 
We have 4 main product lines.
Redefine is for fine lines & wrinkles.
 
Reverse is for Sun Damage & Age Spots & Pregnancy Melasma
 
 Unblemish is for Acne...
It works on teens:
 
AND it works on adults! Unblemish is my most popular product!!
Soothe is for sensitve skin, exzema, rosacaa, facial redness!
I even use Soothe on my kids, especially when Luke gets a bad diaper rash...it clears it right up!

Want to know what products are best for your skin?
Take this quick 30 second survey {HERE}

We have other products, not just regimens.
We have an amazing eye cream, 
 And, we have our 2 amazing tools the Macro Exfoliator (cleans out pores and dead skin) and AMP Roller (that helps get rid of fine lines & wrinkles)

ALL of our products come with a 60 day empty bottle, 100% money back guarantee!
You have nothing to lose for trying them out!

I am also loving the promotion we have going on for the rest of January.
For all new preferred customers you get $20 cash back, 10% off your order, FREE shipping AND a FREE Lip Micro Dermabrasion Chap Stick!!!
It is PERFECT for the winter weather that causes chapped lips.
Our Lip Micro-Dermabrasion is an effective and convenient exfoliation stick created specifically for one of the areas of your face most prone to showing early signs of aging: your lips. It removes dead skin cells and exfoliates flaky lip tissues in just a few swipes. This easy to use, conditioning treatment makes lips look and feel more defined and youthful by renewing the surface and reducing lipstick bleeding! I use it each morning and every night before bed. The stick lasts over 4 months!

Email me to place an order or if you have questions.
I would LOVE to help you with your skin care needs!
melissa_larson17{at}yahoo.com

 
What we've been up to:
Several family members have birthdays in January, we celebrated my Father In Law's birthday over the weekend!


What I'm Dreading:
Grading tests, Vocab Flipbooks & Homework Packets!
Our semester ends this Friday so I have TONS of grading to get done by the time our grades are due on Monday! 

What I'm Working On:
Getting things reading for Kate's Pizza Party this Friday!
I still have SO much left to do for her party....food labels, thank you labels, favors....sometimes I do my best work at the last minute....any other procrastinators out there?


What I'm Excited About:
I'm excited to celebrate Kate! She has a lot of opinions about her party and she is so excited for it which makes me so excited for it!

What I'm Watching:
January TV means The Bachelor & American Idol are back! 
 2 of my favorite shows! Do you watch either of them?
I know it's just the auditions for AI, but this guys has my vote.
I totally cried during his audition! SO talented!!!
Watch it here:


What I'm Listening to:
Kevin and I just finished listening to the Serial Podcast!
Have you listened? SO good!
You can download it for free {HERE}

What music am I Listening to:
 Taylor Swift! My girls love rocking out to her.
I am also loving Maroon 5's Sugar!

What am I annoyed by?
Right now I am annoyed that the Superbowl is going to be the Seahawks & Patriots.
I wanted it to be the Packers & Colts
(Well, I really wanted the 49ers to be there, but we didn't even make the playoffs. Now that is annoying!!)

What I'm hoping for:
I am hoping for RAIN!!!!!
Even though it rained  a lot in December, it hasn't rained since then and we are still in a huge drought in California. All the snow in Tahoe is melting. Not good! Praying for rain!

What I'm Wearing Today:

What else is new:
Once January hits I get the bug to freshen up our house.
I got a new rug for our living room (Ikea!) and some new pillows (Home Goods) 
Totally changes the look of our living room!

 So, what's up with you?

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