And the Pork goes to…

winner-is-annaThank you to everyone who entered the #Porktober giveaway from the National Pork Board and Costco!  The winner is Anna!  I hope you enjoy your prize, Anna!

 

S’mores Pie and Huge Mess

chocolate chips and marshmallow cremeI was looking on Pinterest one day and read one of the titles out loud.  S’mores Pie.  My oldest son just about started crying he was so excited.  So I knew I was going to have to make it.

mini-marshmallowsThe recipe was fairly easy.  I only make easy.  Although I totally forgot that they sell graham crackers crumbs so I made my own.  An extra step that I will surely not do next time.

smores-pie-with-crustOur neighbors invited us over for dinner that night so I planned on taking it over for dessert.  This is how it looks before it gets put in the oven.  It baked for 20 minutes and got all golden brown and delicious looking.  Marshmallow was oozing out on the sides.  And because I’m crazy and didn’t want to get my oven mitts messy, I decided the smart thing to do would be to slide it out on to a cookie sheet.

Screen shot 2013-07-24 at 11.15.48 AMAnd then this happened.  I was apparently feeling over-confident about my wrist strength.  The minute the pie pan hit the cookie sheet it was like a domino affect.  It tipped the front of the cookie sheet down and the pie went sliding back in to the oven.  This  photo above was my documentation from Instagram.  But it was quickly followed up with a little of this.

sloppy-smores-pie

I was able to salvage most of it.  And it was pretty darn tasty too.  I will totally be making this again.  But next time I will place it on the cookie sheet before I put it in to the oven.  Now when I use my oven there is this odd mix of sweet, burnt and cleaner.  It’s not that cool.

Find the S’mores Pie Recipe here.  Are you following my pin board ‘Get in my Belly?”

Raskullz Helmets Photo Shoot and Rad Swim Gear

*Not a sponsored post.  This is straight up mom style.  My kid’s were in a photo shoot for Raskullz helmets (set up through my husband) and I wanted to share that fun experience with you.  And because we love Raskullz and think every kid on the planet should have one.  And wait until you see the SWIM stuff!

green dinosaur helmetPlease tell me your child owns a Raskullz helmet, or bike or scooter?  Aside from keeping their heads safe, they are the most fun, creative, just plain rad helmets on the market.  And the characters that they make in to bikes and scooters are beyond!  You may remember that my kids got to be in a photo shoot for them before.  When my husband asked the kids if they wanted to be in another one, they were super excited.

boys-at-the-beachThe photo shoot took place down by the beach earlier this summer.  The boys were super excited to be there.  If I have one regret as a mother it is not taking my kids to the beach more.  I mean, we live about 15 minutes away and this was their first time at a beach other than playing around the tide pools.  Mom fail.  In my defense sand is just, so, sandy.

Raskullz helmetsThe photos will probably be used for line sheets and other company materials as well as online(?) I’m really not sure and we really don’t care.  The boys just love getting to check out all the helmets (I don’t think some of these are out yet) and new products.  I’m pretty sure they wore each one of the helmets at one time or another.

rasullz-transportation-helmeyYou guys!  It is a plane!  And I didn’t get a photo but the tank helmet is also pretty amazing.

raskullz cool kids helmetsI mean…

cool kids helmetsMy younger one had some trouble staying focused (and he couldn’t smize to save his life) my older one really enjoys this kind of stuff.

helmets for kids

raskulls-helmet-photo-shoot-There were action shots.

swim goggles and masksRaskullz got the cutest and coolest kids to come down and be in the shoot.  It was pretty much like one big beach party.

raskullz-swim-maskNow let’s talk about Raskullz Swim!!!!!!!  How awesome is this swim mask?  The kids absolutely loved them.

shark-swim-mask-from-rasullzShark!!!!!!

swim gogglesThey do goggles too.  I’m totally kicking myself for not taking photos of the girl’s swim too.  Freaking adorable!!

behind-the-scenes-for-raskullz-swimThe little one finally decided to sit still and get his photo taken.  I’m pretty sure he is pouting here but luckily the mask hides it.

playing-in-the-water-at-the-beachAnd then they let them loose in the water.  This is where my heart did a little flip flop.  I hadn’t planned on them going in the water so my type A was in full effect thinking about not having a change of clothes for them.  Or towels.  Next came the “oh fu*k” they don’t really know how to swim, a rip tide is going to pull them in and I’m going to have to save them even though I am afraid of water and it’s cold.  Thank sweet baby Jesus I hadn’t seen Sharknado yet.  But I forgot all of that when I saw how much fun they were having.  There were shrieks, there were shouts of “this is AWESOME” and laughter.  We have started swim lessons and hopefully I will feel better about their swimming real soon.  I vow to take them back before the end of summer.

The kids don’t know it but I’m probably going to go buy them some swim masks this weekend (I hear Walmart has them).  How can I not?  They are so fun!!

See more from our day at the beach with Raskullz here, here and a little video here.

Best Summer Vacation Book

spring fever by mary kay andrewsSo I just got back from a long weekend in Scottsdale with a best gal pal.  I will share all of those details with you soon (I’m sure you saw all the amazingness we ate and shared on Instagram…) but one of my favorite parts of the trip was getting to read a book.  I love to read but very rarely get to do it.  I had picked up this book over spring break (you know WAY back in April) and hadn’t had a chance to read it yet.  So I threw it in my suitcase and decided to start it while waiting for my plane.  YOU GUYS!  This book, Spring Fever,  was SO GOOD!  It may have partially been because it has been so long since I got to read.  But I also now know that I really like this author, Mary Kay Andrews.  I pretty much pick my books by what is on the cover.  I like them girly, I like them bright and I like them happy.  But after reading this one, I looked up the author and ordered more of her books.  I realized I had read another of her books years ago and really like that one too.

Why did I like it?  It was super easy to read and had a great love story but there were tons of twists and things I never expected.  It was just plain fun and engaging.  The characters were well written and I didn’t want to put it down.  I even ignored my friend as we drove the 6 hour drive back to the OC (I flew to AZ and drove back to CA).  If you are looking for a good book to read on your vacation or at the beach, go get this one!  I just ordered her newest book.  Coincidentally the main character is a lifestyle blogger.  I can’t wait to read it!

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