Monday, December 21, 2015

CoCo's Musical Debut





CoCo will always hold a special place in my heart.  This boy made me an Aunt for the first time on my side of the family.  That made Liv a big cousin...which is a job she takes VERY seriously.  He also brought the testosterone to this side as well.  PopPop finally got the boy he needed and we learned that boys are...different!  But in an amazing way of course!

I was able to attend his first Christmas Program at school.  Once again, the staff and kids did an tremendous job.  The kids looked so cute all dressed up and were so proud of themselves!  CoCo had his grandparents, Mamo, Mom, Dad, and Aunt JJ is the stands.  He claimed before the big day that we was NOT going to sing.  But alas, the sweet boy was belting out the tunes!

What a ham!


The jolliest St. Nicks around!

Cole's Cheering Section!





Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Holiday Gift Tags

If you asked me what scent reminded me of the holidays, I would have to say Scotch tape.  I know, total weirdo, but that's the truth.  I truly love the ritual of wrapping Christmas gifts.  Well, except now with a small child, the packages are in the oddest, and most difficult to wrap shapes! 

I needed gift tags while wrapping the other day so I created a few and thought I would share.  Most of my holiday purchases are bought, wrapped, and in the closet.  Pretty sure I am turning into my mother though.  I keep finding gifts that I forgot I had bought!  Now mind you, there are a TON of last minute gifts to buy and bake so have no fear, I will still be Crazy Lady Walking on Christmas Eve!  But alas, nothing a little Rumchata won't help!

Here are some easy print and cut labels for your last minute holiday packaging.  They would be beautiful with brown craft paper and some greens.  Or slap them on with some tape...whatever works!

Printable gift tags, free holiday tags
Get them HERE
Just print.cut.hole punch.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Mamo's Cookie Decorating and Peanut Butter Temptation Recipe


My favorite holiday tradition is cookie decorating with my mom.  She has always been our resident Martha Stewart.  Every year she bakes a bazillion different cookies and we spend the morning decorating them.  And every year, the cutout cookies never seem to end!  When she was in retail, she would host an open house with all of her goodies.  Still today, people will stop her and tell her how much they miss her cookies.  For her, baking is a sort of therapy.  It has gotten her through some of her darkest times.  And in true Mamo fashion, someone always benefits from her work. Years ago, she created a cookbook of her recipes that benefited numerous charities.  

Everything she touches turns into something magical. 
 The house was decorated, Christmas music was playing, and the littlest elves went to town decorating cookies and boxes for deliveries!


Mamo's elves.  In typical Jenn ADD style, I took these pictures and forgot to get my sweet cousin JuJu and her girl Emma Lou!


Silly Girls!  They are such incredible kids.  They brought so much joy when bringing their goodies to everyone.
One of her most requested cookies is her "Peanut Butter Temptations


I gotta say, it is too too easy to pop one...or 3 in your mouth!




Friday, December 4, 2015

Liv the Toothless Wonder and My Amazing Slumber

11:11pm.  I just burnt both my thumbs about off with a hot glue gun, gotta move Hank the Damn Elf, drop some cash off from the tooth fairy, and have a busy day tomorrow so I am off to bed.  

Yes.  This happened today.



Speaking of bed.  I am so loving having an electric blanket again.  My rock on awesome parents gave me an early Christmas gift.  I also got to test out these MicroFiber Sheets.  They are dreamy!  They arrived soft, and have maintained after 2 washes.  My only issue is I wish the fitted sheet wasn't as loose!  But they are oh so soft!


Monday, November 30, 2015

Let's Eat!

Ah, the week that is the madness of back to school after Thanksgiving break, working some extra hours, and the dreaded start of Elf on the Shelf!  Here is what we are serving up to eat amongst the chaos!

menu, recipe

Elf on the Shelf...HE'S BAAACCCKK!!!!

It's that dreaded time of the year again. That's right, Hank the Elf is due to return in two short days.  Now I need to confess, this expectation was set by myself.  As my sister AKA Aunt Boo told me, once you go big, you gotta keep up! And of course I always start out with grand plans and appear to be all organized.  Appear being the key word.  I mean it is damn near midnight and I am just getting this post ready!

Each year Hank arrives in a box full of goodies for the season and a welcome letter (HERE) Last year I scored Elf on the Shelf pajamas, chapstick, and band-aids at Target.  This year I scored matching Elf on the Self pajamas for her and her American Girl doll at Kohls, the same chapstick and band-aids at Target, and from the Dollar Store I found an activity set and pencils.  Oh and Hank will look all dapper in his new outfit that she will be able to dress him up in...if she will break the "Don't Touch the Elf" rule for just one time.  On second thought, it better come with a waiver!


So each day he moves and is on some sort of an adventure.  Miss O doesn't think he should be naughty since he reports directly to Santa.  God Bless my peace keeper.  I told her Santa gives him a hall pass to go wild!  Who wants a boring elf anyways?!!  OK, by Day 6 I am ready Passive Hank!

Here is my 2015 Elf on the Shelf activity calendar.
 (You can access my calender HERE and a blank calendar HERE)

Some will be repeat of last year: Brushing teeth with sprinkles, Zip lining, being held "hostage"

The following are links to the other printables and ideas for this year:
 On a Mission * Goodbye Letter * Tic Tac Toe * Hot Cocoa Stand *

Don't Forget to post pictures of your Elf on the Shelf to the LBH Facebook page!

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta


I made these simple and delicious brussels sprouts last night to go along with steak and some Stick O' Butter Rice.  My in-loves watch Miss O after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.  This allows me to work part time.  After homework, trips to the park, and playing whatever Miss O tells them to do, the least I can do is provide them a decent meal.  JoJo loves brussels sprouts so I try to make them when I can.  With just 4 ingredients, you have a tasty side dish on your table in a matter of minutes!

I usually buy a bag of sprouts at the store weighing in at about 2 pounds.  Aren't they so pretty!  I wash, remove the outer leaves, and cut off stems.  Carefully (if you know me, the italicized makes sense) shred the spouts.

Saute pancetta, add garlic, oil, sprouts, season with salt & pepper and Voila!





Our Tuesday night dinner dates...there's a whole lotta love there!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Be*Thankful

Quick printable to thank you, for being you.  For following me on here and for just plain being awesome!  Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
Get yours HERE

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Holiday Specs 3D glasses review


Of all the things I have gotten to review, these are by far my favorite things.  As a matter of fact, I wish I could be like Oprah and EVERYONE GETS A PAIR!!!  Even the Mr. and PawPaw were totally into them.  The Mr. taught Liv that if you shake your head side to side, the snowflakes and snowmen dance!  The Mr refuses to put up the Christmas Tree (I need his lifting skills) so until then, we are using the plug-in lights we have.  I can't wait to see what the glasses do when the tree is lit!

Oh you know.  Just feeding my baby and checking out the lights!

How cool is this?!?!  I do believe these will be the only snowmen I will build this winter.

Let it Snow, let it snow, let it snow!

You can get these glasses at Hobby Lobby.  They would make awesome stocking stuffers or St. Nick gifts.  Or then again, just because gifts!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Young Leaf Organic Detox Tea




I was given the Young Living Organic Detox Tea to review for an unbiased opinion.  This tea. made with all natural ingredients, is a light and refreshing drink.  Unlike many detox drinks, you won't be running to the bathroom all day.  And the 2:00 slump-The one that makes you contemplating napping on a park bench-it goes away.  The only downfall may be the price.  So I shall enjoy what I have while I can!


You can get it HERE

Friday, November 6, 2015

Cuban Style Beans and Rice

Black beans, fast side dish


This dish hits it all-Healthy, fresh, and flavorful.  This was a side dish for some Kahlua pork, but seeing I don't touch that meat with a 10 ft. pole, I had it as main dish.  It was filling and worked out just fine.  It left plenty of room for Miss O's leftover Halloween candy that I may, or may not have eaten.

Like 90% of the recipes used in the LBH, this came from Skinnytaste.  I love Gina's recipes with fresh ingredients that result in robust flavors.  She has all the nutritional values ready to go if you are trying to watch what you eat.  While I don't necessarily count any points, I do know that if I am making one of Gina's recipes, it is on the healthier side.  You wont have any trouble finding a meal to suit your needs.  This girl gives us EVERYTHING!  Breakfast, appetizers, lunch, dinner, and yes even desserts.  I have yet to find a recipe I don't like!


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Home is Where My Heart Is {Review PLUS Printable}


This girl has had a run with the reviews lately.  This has been a mental lifesaver with this bum back.  While I luck out that our laundry is in the basement, that means no craft area as well.  Boo!  Hiss!  Anywhoos, in order to get the review done, the Mr. brought up my Silhouette machine and I made a quick project to see how it works.

I gotta say, I am loving the Vellostar chalk markers.  There's a variety of vivid colors and that are simple and easy to use.  I used my Silhouette to cut out a simple quote and placed on a chalkboard, simply filling in the template...and Voila!  Want to try them?  Get yours HERE!



I can't wait use these markers for the holidays.  Last year, almost all of our Christmas decor was handmade by myself or Miss O.  These are going to help make amazing signs and ornaments!


I made a free printable of the quote that you can get HERE.  Just print.cut.frame!


*Disclaimer: I received this product for free or highly discounted in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are mine.*

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Whiskey Chilling Stones



Recently here at the LBH, we painted the kitchen.  We went for Tuscan, Sunshine, ok Big Bird Yellow to a greyish (I know shocker) ivory, creamer like look.  When emptying the kitchen to prep for painting, I came to a stark realization.  We have a serious bar ware collection going on! Need a red wine glass?  We got ya!  Need to white wine glass?  Guess what...we have that as well!


What we did NOT have was a set of whiskey chilling stones.  Alas, the good ol' blog was asked to review a set!  These soap stones are perfect to chill your drinks without diluting them.  Also, unlike other chilling stones that are not made of pure soapstone, these do not leave a residue.  Since my party days are pretty much a thing of the past, I can vouch that these stones are amazing in soda and orange juice as well!

You can buy them HERE or if in the area, stop on by for a drink!  



Slainte!



Monday, October 26, 2015

TerraCheriƩ Luxury Body Brush Review

So it must be a sign.  I go back to blogging and the items to review thus far are a foot soak, detox tea, a body brush, and whiskey chilling stones.  If that isn't a demand for self-care, I don't know what is!


This TerraCheriĆ© Luxury Body brush will do wonders for your skin.  The makers suggest a dry brush to exfoliate the dead slough from your bod.  Some soft circular motions all over and away you go. I followed the directions and Holy ashy!  As if my skin could appear any paler, Casper came out just in time for Halloween!  Afterwards a nice warm shower and some good old Baby Magic lotion, I was a new lady!

I am continuing to do this every other day in hopes that its cellulite reduction powers will take over and make those bad boys fade into the flesh!

  Get yours HERE!  And it's Prime Shipping!