Thursday, October 27, 2016

Sundae Surprise Party with Wet Ones

Today I'm partnering with Wet Ones® Hand Wipes to share an idea I've had for a while and was so excited to get to put together yesterday.  My kids often talk about our "ice cream day" this past summer and how much they loved having ice cream for dinner and I thought that it would be so fun to surprise them with a full-on sundae bar after school!  I made mine festive with pumpkins, stripes and such - but this could easily be done for just about any occasion (or none at all).

I wanted to use our kids table, but since it isn't in our kitchen any longer and I didn't want to host the party in  Mason's room I moved it out front to this little "nook" on the side of our house.

I used my wooden tiered tray and loaded it up with some of their favorite candy toppings.

Gummy worms, candy corn, gummy bears, mini Reese's cups, brownie bites and whipped cream.  

The kids were coming straight from school - so I had the Wet Ones out on the table as well for both pre and post-snack hand cleaning.  Wet Ones® Antibacterial Hand Wipes are the convenient 2-in-1 way to wipe out dirt and messes and kill 99.99% of germs when soap and water aren’t readily available.... like when you're making ice cream sundaes in your front yard ;)

The black and white striped paper was a roll of wrapping paper I picked up at HomeGoods!  Such an easy way to add a lot of character to the table for under $3. It also made cleaning up super easy!

And all the Texans said Amen ;)  #allthebluebell


Cleaning up before digging in!

Time to indulge!

Clean fingers mean we can get hands-on with the candy!

Cutest little sundae surprise party!

Sugar is kicking in :)

Wet Ones® wipes come in this great portable package which is perfect to toss in your bag or purse without being super bulky.  I love that I can keep them with me and not worry about the kids getting messy (because let's face it - they are ALWAYS getting messy!). For more information, visit

And that's a wrap!  It was a short and extra sweet little afternoon for the kids.  What's more exciting than ice cream sundaes loaded with your favorite candy?   Ice cream sundaes loaded with your favorite candy before dinner :) 

Happy Thursday, Friends!

This post is sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Wet Ones®. I have received product or an incentive from the brand.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

What's Up Wednesday - October Edition

I'm excited to be linking up with Shay, Sheaffer and Mel today for What's Up Wednesday!

What We're Eating This Week

I feel like we haven't been home to eat AT ALL the past week or so.  Between birthday dinners, girls night, the rehearsal dinner, wedding and Harvest party we've had a LOT of special meals.  That said this week I'm looking forward to resuming business as usual and have a few of our family favorites on the menu this week including taco pie...

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... and creamy chicken and noodles.

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What I'm Reminiscing About

My parents just bought a lake house which has me reminiscing about so many fond memories I have at my grandparents cottage growing up.  Running around outside, making mud pies and paddle boating around the lake.  I can't wait for my kids to get to make similar memories!

What I'm Loving

This advent calendar!  I think that this one would look fantastic in our playroom.  Aren't the pom poms precious?!?!

What We've Been Up To

I feel like we've been up to #allthethings lately and Monday I took the day and went to the lake with my parents.  It wasn't a bad way to spend a Monday :)

What I'm Dreading

The WEATHER!!! It is still hot as you know what here and I wake up every morning hopeful that the 10-day forecast magically changed overnight.  I mean - it's like 88 degrees and it's almost November.  Mama wants to wear a scarf!!!

What I'm Working On

Christmas cards, christmas cards and oh... more Christmas cards :)  I'm working my way through emails and starting to get proofs out... and loving every single minute of it.  I'm also enjoying a TON of Starbucks :) hahaha

What I'm Excited About

This.  Enough said.

What I'm Watching/Reading

My mom gave me this book a couple of weeks ago and I'm not that far into it but am really enjoying it.  It has some really insightful and practical advice and I'm highlighting like crazy.  A lot of it is a little "ahead" of where we are as parents, but you can never be too prepared!

What I'm Listening To

The minute my last class gets out my earbuds go in.  I find myself to be WAY more productive when I'm listening to music and have been listening to lots of my favorites

This one has been on heavy rotation...

I don't know why I love it so much but I do :)

What I'm Wearing

I've been wearing these booties all. the. time.  They're comfortable and great with dresses as well as jeans.  I find myself reaching for them more than any other shoe right now and get compliments on them all the time.

What I'm doing This Weekend

Carving pumpkins!  Mason has informed me that this year he's "not afraid of the guts".   Look how little they were in 2014!!!

Griffin also has her costume day at dance and she wants to be a kitty.  Look how sweet she was last hear as the heart eye emoji! :)

What I'm Looking Forward To Next Month

Thanksgiving!  Family time and food - it doesn't get a whole lot better than that! I'm also excited to celebrate all these "first" holidays in the new house!

What Else Is New

Not a whole lot.... Griffin wasn't feeling well yesterday and we're crossing our fingers that it was a quick bug.  

What's Your Favorite Halloween Memory/Tradition/Picture

Well... there are tons.  I could go on and on and on but two of my VERY favorites are these...

We didn't do the pumpkin patch when Luke was 6 months old, but in October 2009 he was 18 months and we decided to go.  I was ready to fulfill all my new mom pumpkin patch fantasies and in a total rookie move we headed on a cool day after a morning of rain :)  The whole thing was nothing like I had imagined.  Way less picturesque, way more muddy and gross.  But still one of my favorite memories.

And then there was Luke's very first Halloween :)  He as a "Halloweenie" and I'm not sure it gets much cuter than this...

Happy Wednesday, Friends!!!

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Weekend Recap Part 2 - Harvest Party

Sunday morning came EARLY after a late night at the wedding, but we got up and at 'em and headed to church even if we still had hairspray in our hair and bags under our eyes :)

We spent the afternoon cleaning up after a crazy couple of days and getting ready for our Bible Fellowship Group's annual Harvest Party.  When we joined the class 10 years ago I don't think anyone had kids.  Everyone would get together, bring a crock pot to share and hang out around the fire until WAY late.  Once babies started arriving the party got started earlier and we had to ditch the fire.  We traded in a late night for a bounce house and a friends backyard for a location that could hold all of us and our kids :)  It is such a fun night and I love that my kids already have great memories of The Harvest Party and will continue to make more as they get older.  There is not a whole lot better than getting to "do life" with friends!

Dave and I are the social directors for our class and so we were there early to set up and meet the bounce house company.  While the bounce house inflated I snapped a few pictures of the kids in their costumes which was perfect since they were clean and still had all their costume pieces still on ;)

Griffin was IN LOVE with her twirly Little Red Riding Hood cape. 

Luke and Mason were Star Wars characters (a Flame Trooper and Commander Rex, I believe) and were in full character ;)

While we waited for the obstacle course to get set up we set off to explore a bit...

And it ended up being the perfect setting for pictures of Little Red (the boys are WAY too fast for me. hahaha)

Friends started showing up and the party got started.  All the kids come in costume and seeing everyone all dressed up is THE BEST!!!   Sweetest Belle EVER!

By this point my kids had stripped their costumes off as to not hinder their times on the obstacle course :)

Scott's our teacher and he and his wife Debra are such awesome leaders for our class.  

Scott was our teacher for several years and then he and Debra moved and we had a party for him complete with custom t-shirts... then they moved back (YAY!).  Here's the only photographic proof I have that the shirt existed...

me on Nerd Day a few years ago ;) hahaha  I think the pregnant belly makes it that much better!

We had 40+ kids running around and it is complete and utter awesome chaos :)


... Iron Man...

... and the most amazing inflatable obstacle course EVER!!! If you're local and looking for a WONDERFUL inflatable company I can't say enough great things about Firehouse Bounce.  Luis came through for me in a total pinch (I had a last minute cancellation and he was a ROCKSTAR helping me!!!)

Seriously y'all.  It was incredible.  The kids were on it the entire night and it totally made the party.

While the kids bounced and crawled and slid, the adults chatted, ate and admired the prettiest sunset!

I. Mean. 

Love these cute girls!  Look at those million-dollar smiles!

Just a few of the girls - gorgeous inside and out!

Hanging out at the salsa bowl... my kind of boys ;)

I think we had 12 crock pots.  My favorite meal of the year :)  We do chips and uncrustables for the kids and there was a separate table JUST for desserts.  #amen

It was such a pretty night and a great time with friends.  I've already booked our spot for next year :)

And just for fun... here's a picture of Luke before the Harvest party in 2009...

... a group picture from 2010...

... 2011...

... my boys before 2012...

Our little farm family ready for the party in 2013...

(and one of my favorite pictures from 2013!  Anybody recognize those cute little girls???)

 Out crazy crew in 2014...

And then last year...

Sooooo many precious memories!!! 

Happy Fall, y'all! :)