Peach Apple Smoothie

Did you know, March 16 is Incredible Kid Day? I have 4 Incredible Kids that love to help me create delicious food in the kitchen.

My boys love to create new recipes with me in the kitchen. I find they are more willing to try new foods and flavors when they take part in making the food. We’ve recently been trying out new smoothie recipes. My kids love smoothies and it’s a great way to incorporate a lot of fruits and vegetables into our diets all while tasting delicious.

The boys have created a new smoothie recipe using Juicy Juice.

Peach Apple Smoothie


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup Juicy Juice Peach Apple juice
  • 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal-not cooked
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 5 ice cubes

Add ingredients in the order listed above to the smoothie cup. Blend on low speed until large pieces are broken up. Finish on high speed until well blended.

Kid tested and Kid approved. My husband said it tasted like drinking a pie… I think that’s a win.

Juicy Juice has a lot of fun with flavor. Food Network Star Jeff Mauro is helping families discover a world of flavor using Juicy Juice products in some pretty awesome ways. Check out a few other creative kid friendly Juicy Juice recipes:
Sweet & Smoky BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders
Kiwi Strawberry Lemon Shake Up

The featured product was provided to me free of charge for review purposes. The opinions expressed in this post are my own and not influenced by the company.


Let’s Talk About Rugs

The majority of living space in our new house has wood (laminate) floors, so we are in the market for a few rugs.

Now I would love to buy all vintage or handmade rugs from around the world. Like this beautiful Turkish Rug from Loom + Kiln. (Or Pretty much anything they sell.)

At $1,178 it’s a little beyond our budget. We’re on more of a discount budget so I’ve been looking at retailers like Target, World Market, Wayfair, Amazon and RugsUSA. I’ve found a few decent rugs that I might get and I thought I’d share and maybe you guys can weigh in on which you like best.

nuLoom Grey Moroccan Blythe Rug – Amazon

Threshold Tufted Persian Charcoal Heather – Target

Ivory Diamond Tufted Wool Kelsey Area Rug – World Market

Temptation Traditional Totem Rug – RugsUSA

Fields Pink Area Rug – Wayfair

Also, I really like this runner…

Aztec Fleece Runner – Target

I already bought this runner and I really wish the rug wasn’t sold out.

Pink and Gray Vintage Wool Rug – Target

As you can tell I really like the more geometric prints. I like something unique but subtle. I like colors but muted if possible and worn but not overly distressed.

Which rugs are your favorite? What is your style?

3 More Weeks – House Update

In 3 weeks we will close on our new home. So much has happened over the past 2 weeks. They installed all the doors, trim, counter tops, sinks, faucets, back splash, toilets, and air conditioner and painted all of the interior.  We also have a driveway and back patio and even house numbers.

We had a little back and forth with the builder about some troubles with had with our lot premium and they offered us $3000 worth of “non structural” upgrades. Basically, appliances and blinds. So we went back and forth between getting a new washer and dryer or blinds for the whole house. We finally decided on the whole house blinds because we already have a washer and dryer. We had planned on buying a different type of blinds for the house but we settled on the free blinds because, we’ll they are free. It ultimately saves us money which was the point of the concession from the builder.

So, we are finalizing the details for our mortgage, home owners insurance, inspections, movers, etc… Since we are working without a real estate agent we are a little nervous we will forget something but we have done a ton of research and have great support people helping us with all of the details.

We’ve started packing and purging and these next few weeks are going to be so busy but we are so excited.

Win a Classroom Party from Entenmann’s for Recycling

My boys love Entenmann’s Little Bites. Sometimes I pack them in their school lunches or we just have them for a snack. This coming weekend they will take them on their scout camping trip. I like that they come in a variety of flavors and are made with real ingredients, and never contain any high fructose corn syrup.

Earth Day is on April 30th and Entenmann’s and TerraCycle have teamed up to encourage children to recycle their Entenmann’s Little Bites® pouches. Fans take the pledge and recycle Entenmann’s Little Bites® pouches to be placed in the running to win a Classroom Party for a K-12 school

TerraCycle®, an international recycling company, turns waste into plastic that can be used for products such as park benches, recycling bins and playgrounds. Through the free recycling program, you can collect waste, like Entenmann’s Little Bites® pouches, and ship to TerraCycle® for processing using a pre-paid shipping label

From now through April 30, 2018, TerraCycle® and Entenmann’s Little Bites® want to reward you for making the pledge to make eco-friendly choices a habit. Plus, if you collect Entenmann’s Little Bites® pouches on behalf of a K-12 school, you could be placed in the running to win a Classroom Party. It’s easy to participate: make the pledge, send in the waste, and earn more rewards

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A Wrinkle In Time – Movie Review


I didn’t read a lot of the classic children’s books when I was growing up, so I missed reading, “A Wrinkle In Time” by Madeleine L’Engle. But I’ve heard a lot of good things about the story and it is on my “to-read with the kids” list. All that to say I had no expectations going into the screening of this movie.

From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

Storm Reid is Meg Murry and Levi Miller is Calvin O’Keefe in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.

This is a great movie for tweens. The reason I specifically say tweens is the imagery and story might be a little too advanced for young children but the dialogue is very “kidded” down. I really loved the story even though there were some plot holes in the movie. After talking to some friends that read the book I was able to fill in some of the parts that didn’t make sense to me. Without giving away any spoilers let me explain. The story is about a daughter that is trying to rescue her father, well in the end the father kind of comes off as a jerk, in my opinion. However, everyone that read the book says that is because they eliminated an important scene in the book.

The dialogue was very basic which made parts of it seem cheesy but I had to constantly remind myself that this is a story about a rather complex subject but written for children. I think my older boys would really like this film, especially if they have read the book first. It’s a fun movie and a great story, however there are some glaring flaws in the overall production of the film. In addition to plot holes and simple dialogue the cinematography was a little distracting. I’m assuming some of the bizarre direction choices were meant to be symbolic but they kind of became distracting for me. There are so many close up shots of people’s faces while they were talking. It almost seemed like the characters weren’t even on the same set as they were talking to each other. I wonder is some of the direction was meant to be symbolic because some times the characters were very far apart from each other while they were talking… maybe that meant something.

I really loved the child actors in this film; Storm Reid, Levi Miller and Deric McCabe. Their performances outshone the adult actors for sure.

All that to say, I think if you’ve read the book you will enjoy the movie. And if you haven’t read the book, read the book!

Mindy Kaling is Mrs Who in Disney’s A WRINKLE IN TIME.

I received passes to the featured event in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Coco DVD Review

I previously wrote a review on how much we love the newest Disney Pixar film, Coco. Since writing that post I have watched the move twice and I still have such fond thoughts about this movie. Coco is probably my favorite film from 2017. Granted, I don’t see a ton of movies but out of all the movies I saw last year, Coco is my favorite. So, it’s no surprise that we watched Coco again this weekend for our family movie night.

Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz —despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead following a mysterious chain of events. Along the way, he meets charming trickster Héctor, and together, they set off on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

On February 27th, Coco is released on 4K Ultra HD, DVD and Blu-ray. I recommend buying the Blu-ray/DVD just because I think everyone should own this amazing movie. In addition to the feature movie there are many amazing bonus features you don’t want to miss.

  • Deleted Scenes with IDirector Lee Unkrich and co-director Adrian Molina
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • The Music of “Coco”
  • Paths to Pixar: “Coco”
  • Welcome to the Fiesta
  • How to Draw a Skeleton
  • A Thousand Pictures a Day
  • Mi Familia
  • Land of Our Ancestors
  • Fashion Through the Ages
  • The Real Guitar
  • Dante
  • How to Make Papel Picado
  • Un Poco “Coco”
  • “Coco Trailers”

Our favorite of the special features was, How to Draw a Skeleton. The boys loved learning how to easily draw a skeleton from Pixar artist, Daniel Arriaga. I really loved the watching, The Music of “Coco” and Fashion through the Ages, both short documentaries that show how much thought and artistry went into creating such a beautiful and vibrant film.

I received the featured Blu-Ray in exchange for my honest opinion. My opinions are not influenced by the company.

I almost went to college to study….

1998 Me – I could have sworn I was super fashionable?

Most of you may not know that I have a Bachelor degree in Communication. It’s a pretty broad degree which means you know a little but not a lot about various forms of communication… like radio, television, newspaper, magazine, etc… I went to school before social media was really a thing so I didn’t study that but somehow ended up here.

Anyway, when I was in high school I originally thought that I wanted to attend a college to study interior design. Every college I visited was for some type of design, except for the one I actually selected. I don’t regret not studying interior design. But I do still enjoy the process of interior design when I get the chance. The first few years of our marriage, we were never in a financial position to do much interior designing that I like. We owned a lot of hand-me-down furniture pieces and function over style. I’m a person that is content with what I have if I can’t have what I really want. Meaning, I’m not going to invest in something I only sort of like. I’d much rather save my money and wait until I can get exactly what I like, therefore I’m just content with what I have at the time.

Despite not being able to do much home design the past decade or so I always appreciated great style and kept up with the latest trends. Now that we are building our first home I’ve finally be able to exercise my design muscle and it feel great. There are parts of us that have to be put on hold while we tackle other ventures (for me it was having lots of babies). It doesn’t mean our passions are gone but they are just on hold until we are able to pick them back up. I don’t know if I’ll every do interior design professional, it’s not really something that interests me, but I am enjoying the process right now.

I have high end taste but I’m very frugal so I really like the challenge of recreating a high end design on a budget. As we move into this new phase of home ownership I hope to share some of my design ideas, inspiration and budget friendly tips on this site. I have so many ideas swirling around in my head, I can’t wait until we are in our new home and I can see all of my design ideas become a reality.

House Update – 5 weeks till closing

We’re in the home stretch. By the time we close it will have been almost 8 months since we signed our contract to build this house. We are excited, nervous and not at all ready. We have 5 weeks until closing and we haven’t started packing at all.

Despite our lack of work to prepare for the move the builders are working hard and have made some exciting progress over the past week or so.

First, all of the drywall is finished. They did a very good job from what I can tell.

Next, they tiled the master bathroom. The flooring and shower is almost complete. We opted to stick with the standard vinyl floor in the laundry room and secondary bathroom (the boy’s bathroom). They also installed the vinyl floor.

The exterior is almost complete. They installed the correct color shutters, painted the columns and finished off all the trim work. Now we just need gutters, a garage door and the front door painted.

The interior doors and trim work are ready to be installed.


But the most exciting part is that our cabinets have been installed.

It’s really exciting to see our plans and all of the details we selected becoming a reality.

Moving day will be here before you know it. I guess I should start packing.