My sweet tooth gets me in trouble. I can’t say no to most sweet treats that end up in my path. If it’s a new dessert idea, I have to try it because I need to stay in the know. If it’s a classic then I need to try it to see how it stacks up to others I’ve had. It’s really not good for my waistline. But you know what is good for me? Reading dessert cookbooks. I don’t gain any weight that way. And because I possess little to no baking skills, I don’t have to worry about making these things at home. But that doesn’t stop me from devouring the pages of a beautiful book. If you haven’t checked out the cookbook, Eat More Dessert from Jenny Cookies, you have to! It’s SO well done. And not only are there super yummy sounding recipes, there is also tons of fantastic party inspiration. You’re really going to love this book!
This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GIVEEXTRAGETEXTRA #Walgreens #CollectiveBiasYou know how it goes. Sometimes it’s easier to do the work yourself than to train your kids how to do it correctly. But I recently realized that my kids are capable of so much more than I gave them credit for. When I was down and out with the stomach flu a few months ago, my oldest floored me by putting away all the clean dishes from the dishwasher. Without being asked. Or bribed. It was HUGE for me. He told me he knew it would help me out and a light bulb went off in my head. One of the reasons I had resisted putting together a chore system for them was because I didn’t want it to be about how much they could earn. I wanted it to be about how their actions could help another family member. We came up with an easy plan where they are incentivized to help out around the house, but the focus is on helping others. I created a chore list to help prompt their actions. I really love how it’s working!
I’ve never met a donut that I didn’t like. My sweet tooth is next level but given my love for dessert-like items, and my proclivity for making things even more fattening, you’d think that I’d go straight for the most ridiculous gourmet donut a shop has to offer. But I’ve got to say, the perfect, sweet/salty treat always wins my heart. I got a chance to do a donut tasting (yes, that’s a thing and it’s part of my job. I love my job) at Poqet Donuts in Irvine. They just released their newest seasonal flavors but in case you haven’t checked them out yet, I’ll give you a breakdown of why you need to go. The Butter Salt donut, above, is a dang good reason. I literally just had to talk myself out of running over there to grab one for a snack…but they have so much more!
We live really close to the beach. But we hardly ever go. Life gets busy (plus I’m SUPER high maintenance) so schlepping everything down there seems like way too much work. A few weeks ago, my family and I did a little staycation at a friend’s house in Carlsbad (about an hour from our city). Knowing that we were free of our daily stresses made enjoying the beach easier. To me, a staycation is any kind of getaway (metaphorical or literal) where you act like you are on vacation even if it means staying close to or at home. There were certain things that I planned ahead for that helped to make our weekend away the best time ever. These staycation ideas will hopefully help you plan a much-needed escape from reality for your family.
In my house, it’s all about getting a candle to lick the frosting off of. Never mind the fact that there is a whole cake with frosting sitting right below them. My kids, and their cousins, fight over the candles every time. So when I learned about these edible chocolate birthday candles I freaked out! The kids are going to LOVE these! And then it dawned on me, the fight is about to get REAL. Looks like no matter how old the birthday boy or girl is turning we will be having 6 candles on the cake, one for each kid.
I’ve been monitoring the chatter about New Year’s resolutions over the last few weeks. There’s a lot of really noble ones about things like turning over a healthy new leaf and spending more quality time with the family. But mine isn’t like that. Mine is to spend more time on me, doing things that bring me joy. Selfish? Nope. Over the last few years I’ve come to learn that I am a better mom if I give myself a break. Working at home and maintaining a household is no easy feat and causes stress and loads of mom guilt. This year I vow to lose the guilt (sometimes that can feel like losing 10 pounds) and do more things that I enjoy! I’ve partnered with Pique Tea to share why I think every mom should put herself first (if not first, at least not last all the time!). Tea time has never been so fulfilling!