Turkey Hairclip!

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About a week ago I entered a giveaway from a hair bow shop on etsy to win a turkey headband.  After not winning the contest I set out to create my own turkey headband.  I searched the internet for some inspiration and decided to make a turkey clip that I could add to whichever headband I wanted.

I found this awesome {easy to follow} tutorial over at Mommy’s Little Sunshine and I got to creating a cute little turkey for my turkey to wear on Thanksgiving.

A little timesaver that I came up with along the way to make the bow nice and crisp was to use my flat iron on the edges  🙂

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What do you think!? I think it turned out great!  Gobble Gobble!

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Getting to know me. 7 things.

I’ve noticed that the new fad on facebook has been sharing x amount of facts about yourself.  I’ve really enjoyed reading everyone’s lists and I thought I would join in on the fun!  Here are 7 things about me that you may or may not know!

1.)  I was not into dancing at all until the summer before I went to college.   Now?  Well you cannot get me off the dance floor.  I still can’t believe I was missing out all of those years!

2.)  Anything homemade trumps store bought in my book. Always.  Growing up my grandma was quite the seamstress and fostered a love of creativity in me. I was always amazed at what she could whip up in no time at all, at a fraction of the cost, AND to her complete specifications.   If I see something that I like, I am very determined to recreate it with a little bit of my own spin on it.  I like having unique items for my home and for my children that cannot be bought in the store.

3.)  Hosting parties gives me a high. I love entertaining and making people feel welcome in my home.  All of the little details that go into party planning are fun for me. Staying up late, cutting little decorations, or hot gluing centerpieces is very soothing to me.  After one party ends, I always find myself planning the next.

4.) I looooove having pictures of anything and everything we do in our lives no matter how insignificant the occasion.  I think that I am secretly afraid of “forgetting” certain details of life so I always want a reminder should I need it.

5.)  I still have 2 baby teeth…. for some reason I was born without 2 of my adult teeth! Fortunately I have been able to keep my 2 “babies” in tip top shape to keep them rather than replace em.

6.)  Actions speak louder than words.  If I say I’m going to do something, I try my hardest to do it. I absolutely hate cancelling plans, being late, or feeling like I let someone down.  Something MAJOR has to happen for me to do any of the above.

7.)  My kids are my world.  Becoming a mom has given me a sense of joy and accomplishment that I never knew existed.  I would do anything for these two perfect little people.

Turkey Cookies

Although I am pulling the HOLIDAY trigger early this year, I did not forget about Thanksgiving. In the beginning of the school year when I had to sign up to bring snack for Ari’s class I immediately looked for the “holiday dates”. The classes before Halloween & Christmas were already spoken for so I signed up for Thanksgiving. Determined to do something creative, I stumbled upon the idea on facebook of making turkey cookies. These were super easy to make and were the perfect size for a 2 year old snack (even though it was 730PM on a weeknight). LOL

Turkey Cookies:

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Ingredients:
-Round cookies (I used yellow oreos)
-Baking chocolate
-Candy corn
-Candy eyes (head over to Michaels for these and don’t forget a 40% off coupon!)
-Pretzels (I used chocolate covered pretzels but I think in the future I will use regular)

Make sure to have all your ingredients out and ready to go since the chocolate dries quickly. I first lined my counter with wax paper to have a surface for them to dry. Then I laid out all of my “feathers” in a half moon shape. Once all of that was set to go I started microwaving my chocolate in a glass measuring cup. I like using this because the handle stays cool while I’m taking the chocolate in and out of the microwave.  Follow the directions on your chocolate, but I always heat in 30 second increments at 50% power.

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Once the chocolate was melted and slightly runny, I dipped an oreo in and balanced it on a fork allowing the excess to drip off and the top to smooth out. After I was pretty certain that most of the drips were off I placed the cookie on top of the “feathers” and immediately put on the eyes and beak before moving on to the next cookie.  By the time I got to my last cookie (I only made 13), the first one was hardened and ready for my taste tester (daddy) to gobble up!  In the future I may use yellow and orange colored chocolate for the pretzels.

The Magic of the Season

I Could. Not. Wait. for Christmas this year!

There is just something about having kids that makes every holiday way more special than I ever used to think it was.   The holidays are not about me anymore, they are about the kids and the excitement and joy that they have with every new memory.  This is the first year that Ari really “gets it” and is excited for all things Christmas.  On Sunday when the newspaper came we gave him the toy ads to browse and within minutes he found the Big Elmo and was immediately calling it “ARI’S Big Elmo”.  His little hands were flipping through all the pages and he was excitedly pointing out all of the items that he knew and naming them off.  I loved every second of watching the simple joy he was experiencing just by flipping through a magazine.

That night he just had to sleep with the Target toy ad and a little while after I put him to bed I checked the monitor to see him still awake, sitting up, and shining his flashlight on the pages.   That excitement. That night.  That is what the Holidays are about.

Many people think I am crazy for getting my Christmas tree out on November 11, but it’s not about me. It’s about that little boy.  The one who runs to the family room each morning to turn on the Christmas lights.  The one who has to point out every tree we see when we are out shopping and proceed to “touch it”.  Christmas is about the little boy whose first official word  was “tree”.  If I can give him a couple of extra weeks of that pure happiness, so be it.  Because one thing for sure is that before I know it the magic will be gone.  He won’t be little forever.

That night Mike and I stayed up late listening to Christmas Pandora pulling out all of our Christmas decorations and looking at all of our old pictures.  This Holiday season in particular really makes me look back and see just how blessed we are.

I am SO glad we started the season early this year!

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Both kids around 5 months taken by my husband (https://www.facebook.com/pages/M-Muglia-Photography/350396188411015)

Fall Fun!

Earlier this Fall we had our friend Kathy from http://www.kathydaviesphotography.com/ shoot some family photos of us.  We were armed with a wagon, a ladder, several blankets, changes of clothes, and PLENTY of Fruit by the Foot with hopes of getting some great images.   Per usual Kathy captured some of the best images ever and I am so thankful for her!

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Finding coordinating outfits was quite the task, but I am SO happy with it all came together!  Of course I needed to find a matching hoodie for the doodle! He wears a little boy size 10!

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With all the craziness of our lives these days, I am so glad to have these images of our family.

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Outfits: Mike: Shirt/Mustard Jeans (Kohl’s), Me: Dress (Old Navy) Boots (Kohl’s), Ari: Both Shirts (Target) Jeans (Old Navy) Shoes (Sperrys), Giada: Mustard Dress (Next) Star Dress/Cardigan (Target) Both Headbands (MyLilSweetieBoutique on etsy)