Friday, October 24, 2014

I love Disneyland in the Fall

Well my birthday was on Oct. 18th and this year, being our first year back in California, we celebrated in Disneyland, my favorite place of all time. It was amazing. The hubs surprised me with an Annual Pass so I will be going back a lot this year for sure!

Enough with the chatting, because the photos speak for themselves. Enjoy my trip to Disneyland/California Adventure:

A must if you like Musicals- The Genie is out of this world

Inside the theater (California Adventure)

That would be my annual pass, YAY!

Getting a birthday button for free, at Town Hall or from any cast member is totally worth it. Free dessert! 

My birthday cupcake. How thoughtful the cast members are.






New Entry for Club 33

New Entry for Club 33




Yeah.... those are pumpkins

Goofy, and I. He was my date for the Halloween Carnival since the hubs was napping back at the hotel and Goofy noticed it was my birthday. We walked around and looked at the pumpkins.

Cutest Halloween Carnival Ever. 

Haunted Mansion Holiday... this is a must day. It's beautifully done.


Hidden Mickey... can you spot it?


The Hubs and I on my actual birthday in Disneyland

Cheese.... Apparently Mr. Potato Head isn't too thrilled.


Apple Slush... Yes please.

My favorite ride.

Here we go, Off to Neverland.

She is always watching.

Tickets please...

Monday, October 6, 2014

Alfredo Pesto Shrimp Pasta

Looking for a quick and easy dinner, well this is it. Took minutes to prepare and it's really yummy. 


Pesto, Alfredo, Olive Oil and your favorite type of pasta. 


*There are no exact measurements, just go with what feels right.
Cook your pasta like normal. 
In a pan, heat up some pesto.
Add some olive oil to it. 
Mix it well.
Add the alfredo sauce 
~I also at this point added some chopped up broccoli 
Heat it low and slow 
Thaw out some shrimp (Mine was frozen from Trader Joes)
When the pasta is just about done, add the shrimp into the pasta sauce and raise the heat so it will warm the shrimp. 



Drain your pasta, add the sauce and there ya go.

You can make a little side salad and some garlic bread and you've got yourself a great meal. 


The finished product: 


Monday, September 29, 2014

Love you, for who you are. YOU are enough.

My cousin over at House For Five has joined the I am Brave and Beautiful – a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe, that was started by  Colbie Caillat with her new song and video called Try.

Colbie’s song says, “Take your make up off. Let your hair down… Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you… “


Megan from http://www.brassyapple.com/ and her friend over at http://peacefrom6pieces.blogspot.com/ teamed up to push this movement further. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY and the talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off.  You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed....you might even recognize a few faces in there.




 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don’t need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag –#ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat’s attention since she was the inspiration behind it all! If you don’t want to share your own photo you can still do some good by SHARING this post. Facebook it, tweet it, Instagram it +1 it, and Pin it. Tell your friends, tag your girlfriends, your sisters, your mom, your daughter(s)….When we share goodness it comes back to us in ways that we might not expect.
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go! No filter, no make up... Just me!

I am not the most secure person... like everyone else, I have things I need to work on. I need to drop about a million pounds, I've got dark circles under my eyes, I have... wrinkles, and it would be easy for me to keep going on and on... but I won't. I am enough, I am beautiful, no matter what I look like, with or without makeup. My actions, my character, and my words, that is what makes me beautiful in the most important way. 


share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
Natural beauty untouched photos
raw natural beauty - join the movement
beauty and bravery - women wearing no makeup - Brassyapple.com
#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!







Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fall is here!

Being a teacher doesn't leave time for to much else in my life, but I made sure to carve out some time today to decorate a little for Fall, Halloween specifically. I love to find seasonal decor pieces that I can transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, however I feel you always have to have some Halloween specific goodies as well. Here is a photo of all of the goodies I have put out...so far... to decorate my home.

1. This cute Witch on a Pumpkin banner is from TJ Maxx, last season. 2. I used the wreath I already had on the wall of our entry way and added some black felt bat garland from my local grocery store. The black Sparkly "Beware" sign is from a local gift shop that I found onsale this year for $2.99. The basket stays there all year long and holds our keys and dog leashes. 3. The large metal jack-o-lanterns with handle was a Home Goods find last season. This will hold candy for all the cute trick or treaters we get this year. The little orange felt pumpkin is from the $1 section at Target this year. I bought an orange cranberry and green pumpkin. I'm saving the other to for Thanksgiving. 4. I am burning Sweater Weather right now from Bath and Body Works. The smell reminds me of the sweet, crisp, cool fall days, and it's perfect for this transition into the cooler weather. 5. I just bought these two nice fabric pumpkins by Poofy Cheeks, from a local gift shop along with the cute bat. 6. These are spider votive candle holders. These are adorable and I found them at Big Lots years ago for $2 a piece. I bought two. The little orange candle holders were from Target last season, I got on sale after the holiday. 7. This silly little guy is a candy holder. His head is actually a bowl. He is sitting on one of our speakers next to my entertainment center. *Unnumbered: OOPS I forgot to number the photo with the pillows. I swapped out my turquoise pillows for some that match the colors of the season. The pumpkin pillow I got at a craft show at someone's house 2 years ago and the larger pillow is from TJ Maxx, last year.


Hope you enjoyed my little Halloween Decor post. When do you start decorating, and how do you decorate?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Shining Star


Went to an amazing store called Harper Jo's (http://www.harperjoandcompany.com/) and found this amazing light up star! It's adorable and just what I have been looking for! 


As you can see Pudge likes it too! 

I will post photos when we hang it up! 


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Happy 2014-2015 School Year

Well, I am now a first grade teacher. It happened very fast. I got hired 3 days before school started and I had 2 days to put up my classroom. It was crazy fast.

    Here's a little before  photo of my classroom. 


Here is a video of what it looked like after 1.5 days of working in my room: 

video

I'll try and get a video of the finished room soon. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Nature Box #2 Review

Well another Nature Box goes down in the books as awesome. They even threw in a free snack this month. I haven't had time to take photos of each snack but I will throw up the photos from the Nature Box website. What you see, is exactly what you get.

1. Dried Peaches- They were sold out so no picture sorry. These peaches were amazing. They were soft and chewy, with a wonderful sweet peach taste.

2. Apple Pie Oat Clusters- They were sold out of these as well so again, no picture. This tasted like an apple crumble (similar to a cobbler). They were a perfect small sweet ball of goodness when you crave something sweet but don't want the guilt of eating a whole entire cobbler. YUM!

3. Santa Fe Corn Sticks- You like Cheese Doritos? You will LOVE theses and a little handful will do ya!
Photo from Nature Box Website

4. Sticks and Stones- This is a mix of nuts (almonds and cashews) and sesame sticks. The perfect snack for a salty craving. 
Photo from Nature Box Website

5. PB & J Granola- Now last months granola was crunch and chocolaty. This month's is soft, moist and had dried fruits like strawberries in it. This was a perfect snack on it's own or mixed in with the boring healthy cereal that doesn't have any taste but is really good for ya.
Photo from Nature Box Website
6. This one was a freebie extra snack just to say thanks for getting a nature box. What was it: Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds. Perfect in a salad or on their own they have a great taste. The garlic isn't overpowering. So you can actually taste the pumpkin seeds.
Photo from Nature Box Website


If you want to check out Nature Box, my subscription is only $20 a month which is reasonable if you go compare these snacks to comps in the grocery store, here is a link for you. Click