8.22.2016

This & That {Back to School Edition} + More Winners!

Happy Monday!
It's been a week since we started school.
I forgot how exhausting the first week is!
It was a great week, but it was so tiring!

Here is some THIS & THAT for your Monday:

{ONE}
The last week of summer, I went to go see Bad Moms with some of my favorite moms!
I LOVED the movie...so funny!! Have you seen it?

{TWO}
This year marks year 13 of teaching for me. Last year was a rough year of teaching. I have a feeling this year will be better.
I saw this quote the day before school started & it totally spoke to me! 
It was the perfect thing for me to read the day before the first day of school!

{THREE}
Here is what I wore on the first day of school, another awesome dress from Stitch Fix :
If you haven't signed up for Stitch Fix yet, I highly recommend it. It's like Christmas morning everytime a box arrives! I get one once a month, but you can get one every other month, every 3 months, every 4 months, etc.

{FOUR}
This long wear Lip Gloss is my all time Favorite & I love that now that school is back, I apply this lip gloss in the morning & it stays on ALL day...until dinner! It's the BEST!
Get it HERE

I heard from a girl at the MAC counter that they are discontinuing it...I am bummed about that, so I am STOCKING up!
I have 3 of the colors. They stay on for hours! Best lip gloss EVER! Get it while you can!

{FIVE}
Our kids elementary school has a fundraiser event every year called Cougars on Cruisers. (Our mascot is the Cougars) They put us in teams & it was an Amazing Race.  
We were the yellow team!
We met at my house before hand to decorate our cruisers & then we biked over to the starting house.

 All of the cruisers:
All of the ladies:
Go yellow team!
 Getting our instructions for the first clue:
Getting more clues....
 It was such a blast!
I look forward to this event every year. The yellow team didn't win, but we had FUN! 
The final stop we had to eat a slice of anchovy pizza....it was my first time ever trying it. SO salty. SO gross!
Our party favor....darling cookies!
 Can't wait for next year's event!

{SIX}
I have a Rodan + Fields Back to School Special going on!
For my Back to School special, all new preferred customers who buy a regimen will get get $20 cash back, 10% off your order, free shipping AND a FREE EYE cream  (a $60 value for FREE!!) 

I started using the eye cream right after Luke was born and WOW, it got rid of the bags under my eyes that I had from lack of sleep with a newborn. 

Our  Multi-Function Eye Cream combines powerful peptides to minimize the appearance of crow’s-feet, helps reduce the appearance of both puffiness and dark under eye circles while special optical diffusers noticeably brighten the eye area.


This brave consultant only used the eye cream on one eye for 3 weeks!
It's less puffy & she doesn't have bags under that eye! 
We have products for ALL skin types! 
Anti Aging, Sun Damage, Acne & Sensitive Skin
The FREE eye cream deal also goes with our other amazing deal that is going on right now.
If you buy our Redefine Regimen & AMP Roller, you get a box of Acute care for FREE! And, a FREE eye cream! That is over $600 in product for $283. Amazing deal!
 All our products come with a 60 day empty bottle money back guarantee.
You can literally return the EMPTY bottles after 60 days for a full refund if you don't like the products.  
I love seeing Before & Afters....
She used Reverse, which is what I LOVE.
It got rid of my pregnancy melamsa & tons of my sun damage!
What is your biggest skin concern?
Take my Solutions Tool HERE to find out what products are best for your skin!
Email me to claim this deal and get your FREE eye cream!
melissa_larson17@yahoo.com

{SEVEN}
One of my favorite Back to School traditions is giving my kids teachers these:
 
I made them 5 years ago when Kate was going into Kinder.
I love giving them to their teachers & getting to know them better & so I know what kinds of treats I can spoil them with throughout the year. 
You can download it {HERE}

{EIGHT}
Now that Luke's Party is over, I am planning Claire's since her birthday is in September!
I made Claire 2 different versions of her invite. She can't decide which one she wants to use, so she told me to ask you guys to vote :)
Choice #1

Choice #2
 Which one do you like best?

I am really excited about this theme that Claire picked. She LOVES flamingos!

{NINE}
Now that school has started, Meal Planning is back in full force!
I love meal planning. It makes my week go much smoother.
I use a snap in meal plan card from Erin Condren.
It just clicks into your planner & you use a white board pen on it. So easy. 
Here was our meal plan from last week:
Also....I need to blog my stuffed peppers recipe....SO good! 

Erin Condren planners are great. I have been using these planners for 4 years.
  This is the cover of my 2016 planner & I love it!
They launched their 2017 planners earlier this summer. I need to order mine soon!
Click HERE to check out all the awesome designs!

{TEN}
I am excited to announce the final 2 winners from my Blogoversary Giveaway Week!
 Giveaway winner from my $100 Rodan + Fields giveaway is:
Kaley!
Annika! 
Send me an email or leave me a comment so I can get your prizes!

Congrats to everyone who won my Golden Blogoversary Giveaways! 
That was fun!

Hope you all have a great week!

8.18.2016

2016 Garden {Month 3} + Winners!

It's been a little over 3 months since we planted our 2016 Garden, so I thought I would do another garden update.

Here is what our 2016 garden looked like when I first planted it:

Here it is about a month later:
And here is it TWO Months after planting it:
And, here it is this week at a little over 3 months:
 My tomatoes are producing a ton! 

I am watering 1-2 times a week (we are in a drought still so I am trying to be smart about watering & that seems to be working well)

About 3 weeks ago, my Early Girl tomatoes started turning red. They are my favorite!
 My 5 varieties of cherry tomatoes are still going strong:
 We love going out to the garden & eating tomatoes off the vine.
 Some of them are so sweet, it's like candy!
One of my favorite meals to make with them is sprialized zuchinni noodles, tomatoes, pesto & a little feta chesse. Delicious!
I have  THIS veggie spiralizer. It's awesome & so easy to use!


The most exciting thing this month is that our pumpkins are totally growing!
 I have 1 orange pumpkin:
 And, 1 pumpkin that isn't orange yet...it has until October ;)
 I hope we get a least 1 more pumpkin so that each of our kids can carve a pumpkin from our garden this Halloween :)

We are still getting zuchinni & squash...not as abundant as it was in July, but we are still getting 1 or 2 a week.
++++++++++++
We started school this week, so I am a couple days behind announcing the winners of some of the winners from my 8 year Blogoversary Giveaway that I had last week.

I did so well blogging last week....5 days in a row. I told you that wasn't going to happen again for a LONG time. LOL! This week as been crazy busy with school starting, which is why I haven't blogged in almost a week. Oops. 
 
The $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway  Winner is Lexi R.
The $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway winner is Rachael M.
The $100 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway winner is Audra W.

Congrats ladies! Leave a comment or send me an email to claim your prize:
melissa_larson17(at)yahoo.com

There is still time to enter the remaining 2 Giveaways:
$100 in Rodan + Fields Products Giveaway ends tonight! Enter HERE
$250 Nordstrom Giftcard giveaway ends on Friday night. Enter HERE

Hope you are all having a great week!

8.12.2016

Luke's Construction Party + $250 Nordstrom Gift Card Giveaway!

Luke's 4th birthday party was last weekend.
He has been talking about having a "diggy" party for the past few months.
(Whenever he sees a Digger or Construction machinery, he calls it a "diggy")
Here is the invite to his party:
 The party was a Construction theme, but it was also a pool party (Luke loves swimming, we have a pool & he has a summer birthday, so every single one of his parties has been a pool party along with theme)
We had 30 people at the party, but it was mostly family. We invited both sides of our immediate family (we are lucky that we all live in the same town) and we invited 2 of our close family friends, 1 family who's son is one of Luke's best friends & the other family is one of our neighbors & their son and Luke are good buddies also.

Since it was a construction party, I had road signs up as people entered the party:

Bathroom sign...aka "Pit Stop"
 
 No Parking Sign:
Entering into our kitchen area:
 The party was at 4pm, which meant I would be serving dinner at around 5:30, so I had a lot of appetizers out for people to snack on before dinner.
Here is the appetizer table:

 I always have fun with naming the food to go with the theme.

Nuts & Bolts (Chex Mix)
Wrecking Balls (Cheese Balls)
Safety Cones (Bugles):
2x4's (Veggie Sticks)
I used some of Luke's construction toys as part of the decor.

 Corn Dip is one of our favorite appetizers! Recipe {HERE}
I thought the appetizer set up turned out cute!

 Close up of the Luke's banner I made:
Opposite view of the appetizer station:

  "Wrecking Balls' hanging from the ceiling:

Orange, Black & Yellow isn't my favorite color combo, but it totally worked for this theme:

 Cups/Straws/Napkins:

Luke's party was also a pool party, so we decorated the pool fence with caution tape & balloons:

I added a "Pool Area" sign to the pool fence:
 
Kids also jumped on the trampoline which I name the Kids Play Area :)
 
 The drink station:

The dinner set up:

Pulled Pork:
Hot Dogs:

Broccolli Slaw:
Tortellini Pasta Salad {Recipe HERE}
Watermelon:

Close up of the Dig In sign:
Dinner was simple & I was able to prep most of it ahead of time!

Now...onto my favorite...the dessert table! :)

I was able to incorporate more of Luke's toys on this also!
 Close up of Birthday sign:

I made a sign to put in the flowers.....Junk Zone...perfect for all the junk food I had at this table :)
Here is some of the junk food I had on this table:
Vanilla Cupcakes with fondant toppers:
The fondant toppers turned out so cute:
I got them {HERE}
Brownie bites:
YUM.
 Spare Tires...aka Chocolate Donuts:
Lumber.....aka Wafer Cookies:

Pebbles....aka Reeses Pieces:
A Rock Pile....aka Milk Duds:
Boulders....aka Whoppers:
Road Rubble....mini Snickers & mini Reeses PB Cups:
The dessert table is always my favorite thing to decorate:

And...of course....the best part of the dessert table....the cake!

If you have read my blog for a while, you know my Mother in law makes the most amazing birthday cakes for our kids!
Luke wanted a big rock pile cake with his "diggys" on it:
This cake did not disappoint...it was amazing!

I got the toys HERE and the cone candles HERE

This was the most chocolatey cake I have ever had! Luke LOVED it.


For the favors, I gave out cookies like I do for pretty much every party/shower I host.
Luke's Crew:
The party was loads of fun :)
I LOVED how the cookies turned out!!! So cute!
Cookies from THIS Etsy shop
They were so cute:

And, they were delicious!

There you have it....Luke's Construction Birthday Party!

Check out his 1st, 2nd & 3rd birthday parties:

To see all my other parties, click the Parties Tab {HERE}

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In case you missed Monday's post, this week is my blog's 8th Golden Blogoversary, so I hosted a week of giveaways! 
Today is the final giveaway & it's a good one!
$250 Nordstrom Gift Card
  Who wouldn't love a $250 Nordstrom Gift Card

Use the Rafflecopter to enter to win the $250 Nordstrom Gift Card!!!!
Today's giveaway ends August 19th!
 
The other giveways are still open until next week:
Enter Monday's $100 Target Gift Card Giveaway HERE.
Enter Tuesday's $100 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway HERE.
Enter Wednesday's $100 Etsy Gift Card Giveaway HERE.
Enter yesterday's $100 in Rodan + Fields Products Giveaway HERE

Good luck! 
This week has been so fun hosting all the giveaways!
I don't remember the last time I blogged 5 days in a row...it has been YEARS!
Ain't nobody got time for that anymore....but I thought my 8 year "Golden" Blogoversary celebration was a fun reason to blog everyday this week.

Thanks again for reading the past 8 years!
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