Coolest New Gadget

November 4, 2019 at 6:40 am (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I have a new gadget. I’m in love. Meet Lollipop baby camera.

This thing is so cool. We have always loved our baby monitor and it did a great job for years. But the battery is dying and we knew we needed something updated. Six years is quite a long time to use and abuse an electronic. We had heard awesome things about the Lollipop baby camera and really wanted to try it. So glad we got the chance!

First of all, how cute is this design?! I love the modern, simple look. They come in this blue, a pink, a yellow, and now they have a new gray cover option too.

The lollipop itself is bendable and can be posed or twisted to suit your needs and space. You can wrap it around the crib rail or twist it to perch on a shelf. It also came with a little branch to attach to the wall to wrap it around and an attachment that holds the end wrapped around a crib rail. This is what we have used here.

So not only is this guy cute and fun, but he’s also so versatile! This actually makes traveling with this monitor much easier than with our old one. We can simply twist and place in a new location, no charging station or monitor screen to bring… because of the other perk… it shows to an app on your phone!

Yes, that’s Barrett all curled up in the corner. 🤣 Silly goose. But I can see him, hear him, and monitor everything, right from my phone.

And since you use wifi… you can even access the picture when you are away from home! What?! I can check in on the kiddos even when we have a sitter!

It also alerts you of room environment factors like temperature, and if the baby is crying. You can zoom in. And you can record snapshots or video clips of what is going on.

I’m in love. It’s been a huge help for us! Check them out on IG!

Xx, Jess

(I was gifted this Lollipop baby camera to try and review, however, all opinions are my own!)

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Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

October 22, 2019 at 5:27 pm (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

If you know me at all, you know I’m no cook. It’s never been something I enjoy to do, so I have never gotten much better than “able to keep my kids alive” level. 🤣

But, I have a few recipes up my sleeve that make it seem like I know what I’m doing just a little. This is a family favorite. So easy, probably 10 minute prep time, inexpensive, and both adults and kids love it. It makes enough for the 5 of us for dinner plus leftovers. Leftovers are almost even better with this dish! 😉

Ingredients

2 c shredded chicken

1 box spaghetti

2 can cream of chicken soup

1 can original Rotel

1 8oz package sour cream

Large sprinkling of shredded cheese

Tips: use a broasted chicken from the store. Easiest to shred when its warm. Shred then refrigerate if making tomorrow. Shred an overly full 2 cups. There will be just enough left for a couple of legs for kids lunch or to put on a salad, etc.

Instructions: Boil the entire package of spaghetti. Mix with all other ingredients except cheese in a 9×13 casserole pan. Cover in foil. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes. Remove the foil and add a full sprinkling of your favorite shredded cheese. Bake for another 10 minutes.

Viola!

One more tip, a sprinkling of crumbled potato chips tops it excellently. Especially day 2 leftovers! Yumm!

Xx,

Jess

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Save That Money!

September 16, 2019 at 8:03 pm (Mom Stuff) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

I’m sure you all try to save money, especially if you are a parent! Kids are expensive, am I right?! So I love finding new ways to save and still be able to do the things we want and have the things we need. And I found a new, awesome way!

Kids on 45th! You’ve got kids? You like to keep them clothed but also like to keep your money? Yeah, you need to check them out! 😅

This is a mama-founded company that’s all about helping mamas like you save money (yay!) and time (yes!) on your kiddos’ everyday clothes. They ship “surprise” boxes of gently-used (and some new with tags) clothes to moms around the country for super-low prices (items start at $1.99 and max out at $12.99 for a winter coat!).

They were so kind and generous to gift my boys a box to try. We are definitely going back for more.

My favorite part? That they customized the items to my kiddos. I could specify what we do or do not want and even what types of things or colors my boys like or don’t. We said we like camo and animals. And look what they sent! Spot on!!

They even have a ‘Happiness Policy’! They build a surprise box of clothes tailored to your kiddo’s style, but if there is ever an item you are not in love with, two taps on your device will get you a credit for the item.

I love the low prices. You can get quality kids clothes for cheap! They have sizes newborn to 14/16 clothes, all in excellent condition. Prices start at $1.99 for baby items and max out at $12.99 for big kid jackets! You get free shipping when you spend $65 too. And, there is no subscription needed and no styling fees. You get what you need ans that’s it!

I love that this saves me time along with money! No trip to the mall needed. Two minutes for online shopping was all that I needed. I didn’t have to search and scour at retailers, thrift racks, or pages cans pages online. No coupon hunting. And no gas spent. You don’t even have to get dressed. 🤣

One more plus? This is green! We all want to reuse and reduce are footprint here. This is another way!

So, my verdict? We are Kids on 45th shoppers for life. Truly. We are so tickled about our experience and cannot wait to make more orders!

Xx

Jess

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We were gifted a box of clothes in exchange for a review of the service, but all opinions expreases are our own!

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2012 Resolutions

December 30, 2011 at 11:04 am (Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Does anyone ever keep resolutions?  This year I am not going to use the same old resolutions, eat healthier, exercise more, and be more positive.  Nope.  This year I am going to try some fun resolutions that I may actually keep. 

1.  Finish some projects around the house that make me feel happy.

This ribbon organization box is on my list.  I love being organized and using this to wrap up some pretty gifts would definitely make me smile:

 

 2.  Make more handmade gifts.  I think I have the ability, now I just need to believe in myself!

I think these candles would be so cute as gifts!

 3.  Cook more.  Yes, read it again.  I’m sure Jeremy needs to read it 3 times.  But, I’m serious!

This steak and mushroom dinner and the rum balls look like two amazing recipes to try!

 

4.  Host more gatherings at our new home! I mean go all out.  Invitations, decorations, food…

I want to feel like Martha! 

 5.  Make progress with the furniture business.  I’m in no rush to jump into opening a full on shop yet.  But, I would like to try some of my projects in a shop.

A bench like this made out of two old chair would be super neat!

 

 What are you resolutions?? 🙂

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Beautiful Inspiration

June 23, 2011 at 8:41 am (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Desire to Inspire recently featured the works of Claire Larritt-Evans, the ultra talented designer behind Fenton & Fenton.  I found every single image inspiring! This was my favorite:

 

 

Oh, and did you notice the antler chandelier, again? 

Go check out the rest of the awesome photos here:  http://www.desiretoinspire.net/blog/2011/6/21/claire-larritt-evans.html

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The Wheels Are Spinning…

March 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm (Inspiration) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

The wheels in my head are spinning, the ideas churning around.  I said before that I have some big projects in the works, and when I said big I actually meant HUGE.  Here is a bit of the funky inspiration that is going on right now.  Soon I will hopefully be able to let you all know what is going on around here!

I love the shape of this sofa and the bold pattern is growing on me.  Just wait until I can tell you why I am thinking about buying this baby!

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Tid Bits and Projects

July 21, 2009 at 11:02 am (Projects, Tid Bits) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

It seems like I havebeen so busy around here… but where is my progress?  I have so my projects currently on my plate, and have been working on them, really!  But, none are officially completed yet.  So, I thought I would just fill you in on some of the tib bits going on around here and a few of the before shots of some current projects. 

Some awesome flowers have sprouted up in the back yard.  I forgot that I had planted them there in the spring!  I love lillies, any kind, especially orange ones!

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We are also still taking care of Gillian, the salamander.  He is still in the rubber tote sitting on the table, grossing everyone out.  But, we are searching for a small tank to keep him in.  In this picture he is right next to the end of the leaf.  Those two black dots are his eyes; he is burrowed in the dirt.

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The dogs made a nice mess for me to clean up this morning.  They decided that the five minutes they were left alone in the yard was just long enough to dig for moles.  Here they are trying to look all innocent and quite muddy!  Also check out Marley’s new collar.  She thinks she’s tough!

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And, here are just a few sneak peeks of the projects I am working away on…

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Stay tuned…

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Our Engagement Party!

June 22, 2009 at 10:29 am (Tid Bits, Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We finally had it!  It’s all over, even the cleaning up!  It all went great, and we also wanted to thank everybody for coming and for the great gifts and cards!  And, I have a few pictures to share!

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The above is the general view of the backyard before the party.  The picture doesn’t really do it justice.  It was really nice, relaxing, and cozy.  It was impressive for those who had seen our backyard a few months ago when we moved in!

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The above is the table before all of the food.  The vintage table clothe came from Fred and Ethels.  The vintage letters are always hanging in our bedroom, and of course we had to have a big diamond!  Isn’t that silverware bucket cute?  My mom found us that.  We also had some big dice (of course!) on the other end.

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There were antique Ball jars scattered on the table tops and even in the grass that held candles for lighting up the night.

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I love all of the paper lanterns.  These were so easy, they had batteries!  And, they were only a couple of dollars at the dollar store!  They set a nice mood.

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And at night everything glowed! 

I hope some of these simple, but fun ideas help you with your next party.  I loved them so much that I will use some of them for our casual BBQs and bonfires!

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Picnic Tables and Hammocks

June 17, 2009 at 7:46 am (Home Changes and Additions) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

We are getting there!  Almost ready for the party!  And, not to mention, an enjoyable and usable summer yard!  I snagged this little red pillow and teal votive holder yesterday:

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It feels cozy now.  And don’t worry about that plant hanger behind the table.  Something has a spot there, but I will show you in the party pictures.  We also got the hammock in the mail and hung it the other day.  If you have never relaxed in a hammock then you haven’t lived.  This is the coziest spot in our home now!  I can see that Tony will never get the yard mowed now! 😉  I also added a couple pillows there.

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Also don’t mind the bushy, patchy grass.  We are letting that grow as long as possible before the party so that the freshly planted stuff has time to get strong before all the company tramples it.  The grass we planted just a few weeks ago has really taken off though!  (Probably thanks to all of the annoying rain we have had!)

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Look how long and thick some of it is already!  And, see the spruced up chair in the background?  I will post more on that project soon.  The dogs also say hi!

One more thing we added over the weekend was a vintage fiberglass picnic table.  My grandparents have had this table ever since I can remember, and now it is ours.  But, it is sun faded and scratched.  I am looking for a way to refurbish fiberglass if any of you out there have suggestions.  I read that some people have had luck with Penetrol. I tried that last night.  This did give it a great shine, but as far as bringing back color, I didn’t think it worked.  Not to mention it would never bring back the one extra faded area in the middle!   Here it is, and let me know if you have any ideas!

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Sweet, huh?  Don’t worry, the yard won’t be so stuffed full of junk when the party is over.  The other picnic table goes back to the previous owner of the house.  We are just using it for extra seating.  This gorgeous guy stays! 🙂

P.S. I just wanted to say that Tony has put in many hard, hot hours cutting and dragging out tree limbs and overgrown “things” from this yard.  Even though there are still some naked patches and unruly weeds it has come a long long way from the unusable yard it was when we moved in.  Thanks Tony! 😉

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Wedding Decisions and Last Minute Changes

May 27, 2009 at 1:37 pm (Wedding Plans) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

Well, it’s getting to be that time… the time when we need to start making actual decisions and booking things for the wedding.  We had a plan.  Small church wedding, outdoor reception, simple, vintage, black and white, and elegant.  I had a book full of clippings and notes.  And what happens?  We get a new, completely opposite idea and are making some last minute changes.

We are now contemplating the idea of a destination wedding.  A beach, sand, sun, bright colors.  We are meeting with a travel agent and looking at the possibilities.  It doesn’t sound like what I (thought) I had always wanted.  But, oh, how it does sound amazing.  Maybe it sounds so perfect because it’s what WE want and not what I had imagined as a little girl.  Well…we are pretty serious, although not yet booked, about the idea of a tropical getaway wedding with the closest of family and friends. 

 So, in my new planning stages I have been searching for new inspiration. I don’t like themes, and cheesey matchy-matchy decor, but would like to have bright, elegant flowers…not sure what else? 🙂  I thought I would share a bit with you:

This peach and teal combo looks so fresh and beach-y.

 

These centerpieces look beachy and summery, but not too frilly. 

 

Lilies are my favorite flower, and they work well for an island escape wedding.

 

Red and yellow would be a bright, fun combo of color.

 

 

As would teal and yellow!

Yup, I’d have to do this.  Or write my new name for the first time in sand.  Aw. 

Any tropical ideas for us?  Suggestions?  I will keep you all updated on what we decide!

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