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Celebrate…in moderation.

Okay, for anyone that knows Scot well, this bag was made for him.  He LoVEs to remind me of this anytime I’m heading out the door with shopping on the brain…especially if my mom & sisters are involved.  We joke that he is constantly pulling on my reigns to keep my spending in tact…and for that I’m grateful, but I might have laughed right out loud when I saw this bag.

But celebrate we did.  Scot’s birthday always gets caught up in the start of school, Labor Day & his family’s beach camping trip that we are always trying to squeeze in an adequate celebration!  On his actual birthday, we spent the evening watching Zack’s skateboard class — such is the life right now.  So instead of making his favorite meal, as per usual, we headed out to eat, which we don’t do too often as a family.  I’m happy to report, it was almost enjoyable!:)

We came home for cupcakes & presents & these kids…they are pretty sure he hung the moon.  The thing about birthdays these days, is I don’t have to do all the prep work.  These guys decorated & blew up balloons, wrapped presents & lit all the candles.  I love that they love running the show & know just what to do.  Zack even had our room all decorated without us knowing.  Cute kids.

We did our birthday date night & I posted this pic on instagram only to have a slew of people wonder how I got Scot to spend a date night shopping.  Let me clear that up: We were shopping for him.

One of my favorite things about Scot is that he tolerates & even encourages all the many hats I wear on my head.  Little did he know that when he married me, he also married my family.  He is happy to let me continue to be a daughter, a sister & a friend to those around me.  He constantly supports me in any endeavor & I’m grateful that he allows me to be well-rounded.  He is really the glue that holds this all together & I’m so so grateful to him for allowing me such a life.  Love you big Scot.  Happiest of birthdays.

Parenting Tips

Let’s preface this first parenting tip, with this: I’m not an expert, nor am I mother of the year, but I’m 3 kids deep & I’ve found a few tricks that work.

Nap time + 2 year olds can sometimes spell disaster.  They’ve got a mind of their own & are willing to fight tooth and nail for what they want…mine is going 6 weeks wearing nothing but bathing suits.  All he actually want is a little control. I’ve given him control on the bathing suits, because who really cares?  Now it is this great conversation starter wherever we go.

But nap time, it is happening & so I’ve shifted the control somewhere else — Do you want to race or have a piggyback ride to bed?  Today it was a piggy back ride.  I’m happy because it is headed to him taking a nap & he’s happy because he got to control how he got there.

I’m all about saving myself from a few negotiations, hopefully this helps save you from some as well!

Survivor Application Video…Or the beginnings thereof.

My little brother, Kevin & I have always joked about applying to go onto Survivor, naturally when we were in Hawaii, we started shooting video clips.  Enjoy my mom, dad & husband in the background…some more annoyed than others with our antics.  For your viewing pleasure:


September 19, 2014 - 9:35 am

Brimley - I was literally laughing out loud watching this. You guys are too funny!! I love your family.

Basic Cookies Dressed Up

Cookie Recipe

I love a basic cookie & I have 2 or 3 that are my go-to.  This one is my most-used & most-loved basic cookie with a fancy twist.  Make your favorite basic cookie — here’s the recipe for mine:

Maury’s Oatmeal Cookies

1 pound butter — at room temperature

2 C brown sugar

2 C white sugar

mix together, then add

4 eggs — at room temperature.  Mixing each egg in one at a time

1 t. salt

2 t. baking soda

2 t. baking powder

2 t. vanilla

Mix together & then add

5 C Old Fashioned Oats

4 C flour — mix these last two ingredients alternating.  1 C oats, then 1 C flour until you’ve added them all.

Chocolate chips — I made these regularly without chocolate chips as well & is how I made them for these.

Bake at 400 for 11-12 minutes, depending on cookie size — I make mine big.

Cookie Recipe

Once you have them baked, put them in the freezer to harden them up for at least an hour.  Then pour semi-sweet chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl.  Melt them by cooking for 30 seconds, then stirring & cooking an additional 30 seconds until melted.

Remove cookies from the freezer & spread with chocolate.  While chocolate is still ‘wet’ sprinkle with salt.  You can eat them with the warm chocolate & cold cookie, or put them back into the fridge to harden up the chocolate.  I usually don’t waste anytime, popping a few into my mouth!