Stilettos and Diapers: March 2011



We haven't been doing anything around here. Like seriously, nothing.
I have no recipes to share, haven't gotten dressed to go anywhere and I certainly haven't been crafty. Therefore, serious lack of blog post.

Anyhoo, Cooper hasn't shown a shortage of the funnies. That kid cracks me up.

On opening the pantry to find an empty box of Phineas and Ferb fruit snacks, "What the heck, Mom, no more fruit snacks?!"

In the wine section of Wegmans (the greatest grocery store in all of life) Cooper announced "this is Mommy juice and Daddy likes beeeer. Freakin crap, I want some beeeer!" (I understand this is highly inappropriate, but seriously, funny. And no, Cooper doesn't drink beer.)

He has gotten quite independent going upstairs to read in his room. When on his way up last night, I said, "be careful, Cooper", to which he responded, "You got it. I'm so careful."

At Target yesterday, on one of our ever too frequent trips there, Coop was actually sitting in the cart like a good boy. Rare, people. I thought I smelled something a little funked, so I asked him if he had poops. He stands up and says "Yes, Momma". Awesome. He then proceeds pull up his shirt and say, "See, Mom, I do have boobs." Umm, not what I asked, Coop, I said do you have poops? I was completely startled by the pointing at his bare chest and screaming at the top of his lungs that came next:



Birthday Party Planning!

We're almost a month away from my little man's 3rd birthday! I just can't believe how fast the time has flown or how insistent he is on having a "Toy Story Party". I've been doing tons of research and I am determined to make this an over the top, Toy Story everywhere kindof party. Oh, my at the cute stuff I've found.

This is the most essential part of the party. Bakerella's Cake Pops.
 I DIE over these adorable pops.
 All these other ideas are from the Disney Family site.
 They have such awesome printables and cute ideas!
 I should probably start making food tomorrow to get all this done, right?
 Eek!! Jessie hat cookies for all his little lady friends.
This is his first party with more than family and I think I may be more excited than him. Hehe.
I want to know if you have any suggestions, recipes or ideas for me! Anyone else done a Toy Story party?


Rainbow Jello - {RECIPE}

This is a fun kid-friendly dessert that you can make to match whatever theme you want. I remember our pastor's wife making it for every event when I was little so eating this brings me right back to childhood.

I did springy colors since its getting a bit warm here!
 The Players:
4 different flavors of Jello
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
7 packets Knox Gelatin
Jello layers - 1 box of jello, 1 packet of gelatin, 1 1/3 cups boiling water.
Pour 1 layer into 9x13 and chill 1 hour.
 While chilling, mix 3 packets gelatin, 1 2/3 cups boiling water, and sweetened condensed milk.
 Divide evenly into 3 glasses
 Once jello is set, add milk layer and chill 1 hour
 Repeat jello layers and milk layers chilling until firm in between.
Slice into 1" squares.

Here are some tips.
Mix all the jello layers in separate bowls in the beginning. You don't want to pour hot liquid onto the other layers or it will break them. If the jello or the milk mixtures get firm, microwave for 10 seconds and stir before pouring in the pan.

I bought the Knox gelatin in a big container since I've made these multiple times. 1 packet = just shy of 1 Tbsp gelatin.

I've done red and green for Christmas and red, white and blue for July 4th. You can make colors to match birthday or party themes. You can also put a couple drops of food coloring in the milk mixture to make it something other than white. Have fun!


Fashion for mid-week dinner out.

I love when the hubs springs that he wants to go out to eat in the middle of the week. I adore cooking, but there is something so fun and spontaneous about putting your half cooked dinner in the refrigerator and heading out.

Since I'm always ready to dress up for something, I decided to carpe diem. I put those day old curls into my go-to pin back do, and off we went.
 This dress is practically antique. I wore it as a shirt when I was massive preggo with Coop, and its still a fave in my closet. I am a huge fan of "keeper" pieces like that.
 Have to throw in some color. Forgot I had this necklace until I hung my jewels on my new frame jewelry holder.
 I feel like these are a bit Wicked Witch of the West and I luuuurve them.
 {Can you spot Winnie the Pooh?}

Outfit Deets:
Dress - Forever 21
Sparkle Cardigan - ?? (Also redic old)
Shoes - Target
Tights - Target
Clutch - Ross
Bracelet - Gift
Necklace - Pirated from sisters closet
Ring - Tiffany & Co

On a unrelated note, if you would love some awesome new recipes and or amazing food porn, you need to go see Krysta at one of my new fave blogs, My Life in Food. Beware: You will drool.


You know you're a fatty when...

All this is eaten singlehandedly by you.

No one else in the house eats dark chocolate, twizzlers or coffee creamer. That means I can add the calories and fat from the entire package and stick it directly on my bootaaay. {Baby got back}

Where can I get some self control?


Picture Frame Jewelry Holder

I just started getting together with a couple neighbors for craft day. This week, we made picture frame jewelry holders.
I hung it in my closet right by the door so I can never forget jewelery before I leave.
This was a super easy craft that took about an hour. I'll post a DIY soon!


Big boy bed success and failure.

Its been about 2 weeks since we moved Cooper to his big boy bed and it kills me every time I go check on him at night. He's just so...BIG. But somehow looks so little in the big bed. And I love how much he loves it.
He has gone to sleep perfectly, never escaped, never asked for his crib.
That = Success.

So what is the problem? Instead of waking up at 7:30-8, he's waking up at 6. 6AM. I haven't seen that time in a couple years. And its killing me. More importantly, he is MISERABLE. He's yawning by 7:30 and in full on melt down mode by 10am.

We tried putting him to bed earlier = Failure.
 Tried putting him to bed later = Failure.

I need some tips from you been there done that Mommas. The hardwood in his time out spot is worn to the beams. I know he's freaking out because of the exhaustion, so I feel like I really shouldn't be disciplining him.
What the frick to do?


Happy Twittiversary to me!

Hi, my name is Molly and I've been a tweetaholic for 2 years today. Also, I have no plans to stop.
2 years and 7,195 tweets later, I'm a complete addict. I mean, how does this happen?

Why do I feel the need to share what delicious fattening food I just bought, what floor cleaner makes my hardwood super shiny, or my thoughts on every reality show I watch?

The even BIGGER question is, why do y'all care? I guess its the same reason I care what you tweet. I "talk" to y'all more than my own mother sometimes. (Sorry, Mom)

Bottom line is, twitter is awesome. Its taking over the world. (Okay, maybe not THAT crazy) I ask questions and you answer them. Never again will I search cookbooks to find a substitution for baking soda. I'll get a tweeted answer in 5 seconds flat. And those running shoes I wanted to buy? Got all the reviews I needed tweeted right to me. Thankyouverymuch. Need a pee your pants laugh? Twitter hits the spot.

Are you not a tweeter? You don't even know what your missing. Or how many hours a day you could be wasting spending typing randomness and chatting with some awesome people.


Winner, winners! picked #10 as the winner of the Hallmark Recordable Storybook Giveaway.
 Congrats to Brandi from The Life of A Small Town Girl! picked #28 as the winner of the E-Mealz Giveaway.
Congrats to Rita of Me as Mom!

I will be emailing you both! Thank you all for entering and look out for more awesome giveaways on the review blog!


CSN and Rachael Ray {GIVEAWAY} on the review blog!

If you have been following my blog, you know that I am a huge CSN fan AND I love doing giveaways and reviews of their products. I am going to use some credit I have there to get the hubs some office furniture (that we STILL don't have) soon! Go enter the Rachael Ray Bakeware giveaway from CSN on my review blog now!

Mini carts.

You've all seen them. Those tiny carts at the grocery store your "little shopper" can use to be just like Mom. Before you get all excited about them, you should probably know a few things.

The Good

They're adorable. Who doesn't want their sweet child pushing a mini cart around the store filling it with cheese puffs, fruit snacks and ice cream vegetables, fruits and whole grains? It's just sooo cute.

They're a distraction. They give your child something to do at the store instead of opening every single bag of potato chips unsalted pretzels.

They make great Twit pics and Facebook mobile uploads. Who doesn't want to share a picture of their precious child with the whole world? All while proving that being a stay at home mom is filled with picturesque moments? (Of course the picture would have to be taken pre-shopping to try to prove this.)

The Bad

They're not actually pushed. Your child my push it through the door, but the rest of the trip, you will have one hand on your cart and one on the mini cart. You will be bent over in a ridiculously awkward position trying to pull your sweet wee one along.

The contents are unacceptable. To avoid any freak outs, you will let your child put anything you're buying in his cart. Even wine. This makes it look like you're an enabler.

It overflows. Once your child's favorite toy is put in the cart, (most notably a large stuffed Winnie the Pooh) there isn't much more room for food. Your child will still insist on more stuff which will fall out. You will then have to go back and pick stuff up off the floor and try to sneak it into your cart.

The bar you hold onto isn't actually held. While you are bent in your awkward pulling position, you will look back to notice your child isn't actually holding the cart anymore. He is 2 aisles back eating those freakin potato chips unsalted pretzels.

The Verdict

Think long and hard before you let your child lay eyes on those suckers. Get blinders or a hat for the run in, buckle him in the seat of the regular cart and be done shopping in half the time.

You're welcome.
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