Archives for November 2015

11.19.15

Planning A Date Night

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Planning a date night as a parent is hard sometimes. I feel like it can become another ‘job’ to add to the list. Date nights are important for maintaining a good relationship with your spouse. Spending time together ALONE is so important. It’s easy to let our roles as Mom and Dad completely absorb the people we used to be. Spending time alone will hopefully keep your relationship in tact. Just like any friendship if you don’t connect regularly you drift apart.

Going on dates used to be so simple. All I had to worry about was looking fabulous! Now I have to find a sitter who can take care of Audrey and Baron, make sure she’s available, set up a time for her to arrive, plan dinner, figure out what to do, make reservations, get cash for sitter, clear our calendars, and try to not think about how much a date night will cost. Just going to dinner and a movie will be $100 when you have to pay a sitter $10/hour. Ideally we would have a date night once a week. But that would add up to $400/month. We don’t have the time or the budget to have a date night once a week, but we find other ways to spend alone time together.

There are things that aren’t directly related to our date nights, but they effect it. I do not like leaving the house when I’m sick. No one enjoys being sick, especially if you have a date planned. We are a family of Emergen-C believers! When Tom and I were dating we went shopping at Walmart together. I went to buy a pack of Emergen-C. He gave me his ‘brainy doctor laugh’ and said I was just buying expensive pee since the body will only absorb so much. Now 5 years later Tom is the Emergen-C addict! He won’t go a day without it. I started having him drink it once a day during a period where the kids were coming home every week with a new illness. Everyone in the house started dropping like flies, but he never got sick. It’s funny that he wasn’t a believer but now he recommends it to his patients! I guess they don’t teach you everything in medical school hehe.“Let Your Healthy Out”! Maintaining a healthy immune system works wonders on your family life. Who needs the added stress of being sick?

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Overall health is important to me. I want to feel healthy. Believe it or not, I really don’t like getting cozy on a date with my husband when I’m not feeling good about myself. I feel off and uncomfortable. The easiest way for me to stay feeling healthy is through regular exercise. When I was younger I was obsessed with exercise. It was very unhealthy. I would feel guilty when I wasn’t killing my body 6 days a week. I was exercising regularly but I wasn’t feeling good. My body was suffering, and I continued to push it. Now I’m much more focused on feeling great and balanced. When I exercise I tend to eat better and they both contribute to me wanting to go out. You have to feel good in your skin before you’ll feel good in those skinny jeans you bought!

It’s also fun to have an opportunity to dress up. I love dressing up and doing my makeup. I always try to look nice because it makes me feel good. When I had Audrey I would stay home all day changing diapers and nursing. It started to make me feel horrible about myself. I didn’t have time for me and I felt neglected. I had to make it a priority to get ready in the morning (even if I wasn’t going anywhere). Mom’s claim they don’t have time with a newborn, but you really have to make time. Being buried in diapers isn’t a good look for anyone! I can do a whole face of makeup in under 10 minutes now. I would nurse, change diapers, bounce my baby, or even wear her while getting ready. Nothing gave me more energy after being up all night with a baby then looking good.

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Getting ready for a date is a great way to remind yourself to do what makes you feel attractive. How fun is it getting to put on those cute heels you never wear anymore? Or that dress you can only wear on special occasions? What about the amazing dramatic makeup looks you can create! How about your the handbag you carry for special occasions – I know I have one!

Make sure you pack your purse with your date night essentials! Here are some that I always have with me:

Wet Ones – you never know when you’ll need them! I only buy the individually packaged ones.

ChapStick Total Hydration – I have very sensitive lips. Almost every lip product will cause my lips to peel. I have to keep they hydrated so I always have ChapStick with me. Its 100% natural and age defying!

Advil  Tablet Vial – I’ve been caught too many times with a sudden ache or pain and I didn’t have any medicine with me. Now I always carry an Advil Tablet Vial in my purse, especially when I’m leaving the house on a date. Even a mild headache is enough to ruin my mood so I want to be prepared. The original round tablets providing safe, effective pain relief for over 25 years.

Oil Blotting Sheets – I hate caking on powder to combat oil throughout the night. I’ll use one of these every few hours which soaks up all the oil so I don’t have to powder as much. I can’t stand my face being shiny! If I feel greasy I feel dirty.

A Camera! – You always want to bring a camera along so you can take good pictures of you and your hubby. Since having a baby we don’t take many pictures just the two of us. It’s nice to have pictures that remind us where the love all started.

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I also have to give thumbs up to Walmart. I really love that store. It’s my ‘one stop shop’ because it has EVERYTHING! When we moved I told my realtor I wanted to be by a nice clean Walmart and she delivered. Seriously though go to Walmart and get everything you need. Flu season is coming so click here to stock your cabinets with Pfizer life savers!

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11.15.15

Cake Pop Recipe

Cake pops can be easy and DELICIOUS. Of course the difficulty level is dependent on what kind of ingredients you decide to work with. I like to use store bought icing and cake out of a box to save time. There are tons of options if you go this route. If you decide to make homemade icing and cake it will definitely take a lot longer.

What You Need:
I bought everything at Walmart

  • Box cake – I used the Betty Crocker Cherry Chips
  • Vanilla tub icing
  • Cardboard cake pop stand
  • Melting chips
  • Pop sticks
  • Sprinkles

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Once your cake cools crumble it with a mixer and slowly add in frosting. Mix in frosting until the mixture can be formed into a ball. Don’t put in too much because then the cake balls won’t hold their shape for dipping.

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Roll them into balls about 1 inch in diameter. Place them on a baking sheet and stick them in the fridge or freezer (15-25 minutes) to let them harden before dipping.

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Melt your chocolate in a microwave safe cup. I like to use coffee mugs. Dip your stick in the melted chocolate and then stick them into the chilled cake balls. Let the chocolate dry before you work with them. Once the sticks are dry in the chilled cake balls you can dip them into the chocolate. Depending on what kind of melting chocolate you used it could be a bit tricky to work with. If your chocolate is thick make sure you twirl your cake pop to get it completely covered. Immediately sprinkle your cake pops with your topping. We used blue sprinkles then set then set them up to harden. It takes a while for the chocolate to get hard so if you are in a hurry stick them in the refrigerator.

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These were the best cake pops I’ve ever made and I think the Cherry Chip cake mix was perfect. They turned out delicious and we wrapped the left overs in foil to eat later. They kept well in the refrigerator until we finished them off.