Sunday, November 10, 2019

Halloween 2019-I’m a Barbie Girl

We take things pretty seriously when it comes to the Halloween costume contest. We don’t usually win, but we always think we should:). We decided on a Barbie theme this year. We did win the all staff competition so we were pretty happy about that. Mostly we had a lot of fun dressing up and doing it all together. 

Group of Barbies 

Beauty Queen Barbie 

Baker and Bearded Barbie 

Workout, Pilot, BDI(inside joke), Bride, Ken, Vintage Barbies 

Soccer, Sparkle and Shine, Rockstar, Cowgirl, Construction and Nurse Barbies 

I love my co-workers so much. Halloween is always one of our most favorite times every year. 

Cops and Robbers and the cutest money bag

Star Wars 

Sandy made soup and brought pumpkin bread bowls for dinner. It was a very chill night with friends that are more like family. 

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Tangled theme birthday party

When Celsey and I met years ago at church, we bonded over our love of all things cute and quickly found we have so much in common. We have planned quite a few parties over the years. Typically we believe the bigger the better. Now that her kids are getting old enough for friend parties where the parents don’t stay or even come in the door. We still want a cute party, but the little 5 year olds don’t seem to appreciate all the things quite like we do. We celebrated Mavi’s 5th birthday this weekend and decided to scale things back a bit. The party was still so much fun and so cute. It’s proof that a little extra effort goes a long way. 

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider 

Mummy wrap game-twist “hair” around partner for 20 seconds. See who can untangle their partner the fastest. It was a huge hit and although a big mess, the clean up was so fast. 

We made the piñata from a box and wrapped with a roll of paper perfect for a piñata. The kids had fun hitting it with the pan and swarmed to the candy when it broke/we broke it. If you use a box, make sure not to tape it too tight. 

The treat table was a little more scaled back than our usual parties. The kids has plenty of treats and we had a more appropriate amount of leftovers than our norm. 

Mother Gothel bowling

Each child picked 3 ducks. Ducks with a Rapunzel sticker got a prize. There may have been a little cheating, but there were plenty of prizes to accommodate the cheating:)

We added a few decorations to carry the theme. We used a large roll of plastic tablecloth and bunched it together and wrapped with a little tulle to create a table runner braid. 
All the kids had fun. The party was really cute. Mavi was happy. We were exhausted at the end so I would say it was a success. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Wear it Wednesday-hair extensions

For most of my life I’ve had pretty long hair. Every once in a while I cut it off for a while. Every single time I always wish I still had long hair. That’s the beauty of hair extensions. I can have the best of both worlds. I know a lot of people with more permanent extensions and they are so nice. I prefer the versatility of clip ins or even better a halo. I can take it in and out in minutes and go from short to long hair so fast. 

I have had clip in extensions for several years. They are fun to have, but I honestly don’t use them as much as I want to. I was excited to connect with Rubin extensions to try a halo instead. I really love it. It works well for me since I had a decent amount of my own hair. It’s easy to cover up the halo and all of a sudden I have long beautiful locks. 

Natural hair

With halo extensions from Rubin extensions 

I honestly cannot believe how well these blend. They perfectly matched my hair before I got my hair colored, and they perfectly matched after. They are easy to use and the quality is so nice. If you want to try them yourself, I partnered with Rubin extensions to offer a discount. Use code AUBREY for 10% off. Let me know if you try them. I would love to see them. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Niagara Falls-the Canadian Side

I have always wanted to go to Niagara Falls. All the pictures are beautiful and it seems like a bucket list item. I falsely assumed going to the Canadian or American side would be a similar experience. I was wrong. The Canadian side is much more lively. It is a tourist destination in every sense of the word. 
When Candace suggested Niagara Falls as part of my visit to Toronto I was pretty excited. I had no idea what I was in for. She told me there are quite a few fun things and attractions, but I was still very surprised when we turned onto the main street. It was very lively with all kinds of things to do. 

We started out with lunch at the rainforest cafe. We thought it would be a fun place for G, but Candace and I loved it just as much. We ate yummy food and loved all the animals and rainstorms. 

The actual falls are breath taking. The massive amount of water is unreal. 

We took the boat to see the falls. It was so cool to be so close to the falls. We definitely got wet but it was so worth it. We could really feel the rush of the falls being so close. 

We quickly figured out we had to tie our ponchos pretty tight or else we would be soaked. 

All of a sudden a rainbow appeared out of the mist. 

Ice cream treat after the falls 

Lots to do. We went on the Ferris wheel and had a good view of the whole street 

We did a little shopping before heading back to Toronto. 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2019

College/Anything Care Packages

Need a Study Break? Top Ideas for Your College Student’s Food Care Package

These ideas will be sure to help fuel any late night study sessions

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Even though it’s been a lot of years since I was in college, I am still away from home, family, and many friends. There is nothing better than a surprise care package. I love sending them just as much as I like receiving. It can be a little tricky to know exactly what to send.

Sometimes it’s tough being away from home. You’re in a new environment, making new friends, and studying all kinds of subjects. While all of this is exciting, it can sometimes be a little overwhelming! If you know a college student who is away from home, chances are they’d love to know that you’re thinking about them. A care package is a great way to send a little part of home their way, and is sure to put a smile on their face as well.

We’ve put together this list of some of the best food ideas for you to include in your next care package, and guaranteed to help fuel those long study sessions. So the next time your college student is gearing up to get some serious studying done, they won’t have to worry about where their snacks are going to come from!

Image courtesy of Single serve meals are a great way to ensure your student is getting their meals, no matter what time of day!

Single Serving Portions of Their Favorite Foods

When putting together a care package for a college student, you may have to take a step back and remember what it’s like living in a dorm. You might not think single portion soups are all that incredible, but your college student sure does! Living in a dorm means they don’t have access to a stove top or an oven, and their primary means of heating up food and cooking is definitely going to be a microwave. 

So consider what kinds of foods your student enjoys, and see if it is available in a single portion size. There are all kinds of soups, noodle dishes, mac n’ cheese, and rice options-- all in a sealed container just waiting to be opened. Your student can then just heat up in their microwave and be on their way to enjoying a satisfying meal. When you’re hungry, it can be difficult to concentrate, so make sure to pack a couple of these in your care package.

These are great ideas for marathon study sessions, especially for those that go past the operating hours of the cafeteria. Your college student will appreciate the ease of use of these portions, and having access to it anytime they need it.

Image courtesy of Sending baked goods to your college student will definitely put a smile on their face!

Homemade Baked Goods

When your student thinks of home, they might imagine all the good foods they enjoyed in your kitchen. Keep that memory alive and well for them, and consider adding some homemade baked goods into your food care package. If you love to bake, there are all kinds of options for cookies, brownies, and cupcakes. 

Opening up a package of some of these is like instantly being back at home, and sure to bring a smile. If cookies aren’t your thing, consider baking bread instead! You can customize the recipes to coincide with the seasons-- pumpkin bread in the fall, apple and walnut bread in the wintertime-- and their exam schedules. A fresh loaf of bread will help keep them focused during any study session, night or day!

Not a baker? That’s okay! See if there are any local bakeries around where your student is staying. Chances are they’ll be able to arrange a delivery, or if it is close enough, your student can pick it up instead. Fresh made baked goods are always a welcome addition to any dorm room or study session.

Snack Size Candy

Everyone likes a little something sweet once in a while, especially your college student! While they are hard at work, they might not have a lot of time to get to some much needed chocolate. Why not send them something for their sweet tooth in your next food care package? 

You don’t have to wait until Halloween to get your hands on some delicious candy either, and candy is greatly appreciated at any time of year. Pack a variety of candies, such as KitKats, Reese’s, Snickers, and Milky Ways-- which are sure to make your student’s room one of the most popular hang outs in the dorm.

Snack size candy is also extremely easy to pack into their bags as well. Just throwing a couple into their book bag will make for a nice study break treat no matter where they find themselves on campus!

Image courtesy of Food Network. Granola bars are packed with healthy ingredients for your college student, including fruit, grain, and nuts.

Something Healthy!

We’ve discussed a couple of snack food ideas sure to help out with study sessions, but this list should definitely include something healthy as well! Sometimes college students are too busy to stop at the cafeteria to get a hot breakfast, so make sure they have plenty of other options that they can easily store in their dorm room. Granola bars are a great option that will fill them up and keep them fueled for some serious studying. There are all kinds of options to choose from, so include a couple of flavors. That way, your student can mix it up a little, and not always find themselves eating the same thing. Consider including some herbal tea or healthy crackers to your package as well, as these are always appreciated especially at stressful times.

Although fresh fruit and vegetables don’t keep for that long, you can still send a healthy dried fruit and nut mix to your college student. Nuts are a great option to keep your college student focused on their work, and not worrying about where their next meal will come from.

Now that you’ve got a couple of ideas for food care packages to send to your favorite college student, it’s time to send some care packages! College students love to know that you’re thinking about them, and want them to succeed, no matter what they’re studying! What’s your favorite item to include in a food care package?

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

blogging the paradise..6.finale

who's watching: Celsey and me

I haven' been consistent this season about blogging. I have known the spoilers since before the season started, and I am always very careful not to say anything here about the things I know. For some reason, it hasn't been as much of a priority as it usually is. It has also been a bit difficult with it airing 2 nights a week. So blah blah blah we have made it to the finale.

We start out following all the couples to fantasy suites. As predicted, Hannah and Dylan go to the fantasy suite as do Kristian and Demi. Chris and Kate were a little more unpredictable, but he got it together enough to tell Katie that he is falling in love with her and went to the fantasy. Nicole was fully prepared and planning on going, but Clay had a different idea. She was less than thrilled and they had a little tiff about it. 

After their weird night, Nicole came to the proposal area as if everything was totally normal. She poured her heart out to Clay and expected him to say he was in love when she asked him straight up. He said he wasn't there yet but he was falling. She did not like that and left. 

Katie and Chris woke up all lovey dovey. A few days ago we had no idea if he even liked her, and now they're engaged. It's cute that he finally found someone. The proposal was actually very cute. He was very emotional, and I hope it works.

Hannah and Dylan are engaged. The end.

Demi and Kristian are super happy and also get engaged.

Everyone leaves happy and then we get to the after the rose. From the previews it looks like we are getting ready for some drama. The JPJ-Derek drama was touched on quickly and moved on from just as quickly. Jordan and Christian still hate each other. For a minute it looked like they were going to fight. Luckily they did not. Hannah and Tayshia talk out their issues-kind of. Every little thing gets quickly addressed and move onto someone/thing else. Blake is the first one in the hot seat. He definitely made some major mistakes, but I kind of feel bad the dude. Everyone in that group was pretty upset with him. 

We check in with some paradise couples-Tanner and Jade, Carly and Evan, and Chris and Krystal. Carly and Evan reveal the gender of their baby on the how-actually Wells revealed the gender by jumping out of a cake in a blue adult onesie suit. Wells is the best, and we did not see enough of him on the beach. 

Katie tells Chris and everyone that she still loves Chris even though she's not wearing her ring, but things have been hard. She is pretty emotional. Chris comes out and he is kind of a little emotional and kind of no emotion at all. They both say they want to try to make things better, and she puts her ring back on. After the commercial, they show them talking outside, and we are still so confused about what is going on with them. After some social media searching, it looks like they are figuring their crap out, and they are together. 

Dylan and Hannah are as happy as can be. Kristian and Demi are also happy, and Kristian proposes on stage. 

Peter is announced as the bachelor. I have known that for a while. I'm excited about it. I like him, and I think/hope he will be good.

I love this show so much, but I am also ready for a break. It takes up a lot of time.

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