Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies

Why does adding one tiny little person to a photoshoot make picking out outfits so much harder? Our Christmas shoot is scheduled for next weekend {with my talented friend Allison} and I desperately need help finding a cute dress for me, a cute dress for Caroline and well, Matt is on his own. 
 
Does anyone want to help me? No, seriously. I'll pay you in pumpkin spice muddy buddies...
And I have a confession...
 
I made a million little bags of these for Caroline's school bake sale tomorrow. In the list of rules and instructions for the sale, "NO NUTS!!" was written at least 3 times. I really wanted to use fall colored M&Ms but the only Halloween bags I could find in the 10 minutes I had at the Teeter all contained peanuts or peanut butter. So I grabbed a bag of regular mini M&Ms and literally spent Caroline's nap time picking out all of the orange and brown M&Ms while Matt sat across from me on the couch shaking his head in disbelief.
There, I got that off my chest.
 
Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies
Ingredients:
1 box (13.5 oz) Cinnamon Chex Cereal
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup powdered sugar, divided
1/2 cup M&Ms

Directions: 
Pour box of Cinnamon Chex cereal in a large bowl. In a double broiler carefully melt the white chocolate. Add the pumpkin pie spice until fully incorporated. Pour the white chocolate mix over the Chex carefully stir together. Divide the powdered sugar between 2 large bags. Add half of the cereal to each bag. Shake until the powdered sugar fully coats the cereal. Once dry (about 30 minutes) top with M&Ms.
  Now back to my outfit situation...
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Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Brews & BBQ

For the fifth year in a row Matt and his friends competed in the annual Brews & BBQ competition in Uptown Charlotte all weekend. We had gorgeous weather, delicious food, good music, interesting people-watching, fun friends and a very happy baby. It couldn't have been more perfect.
 The competition officially kicked off early Friday morning and the guys spent the day smoking ribs and Boston Butts, playing corn hole, drinking beer and hanging out. And just to make things a bit more official this year, Ryan designed t-shirts for their team.
 Later that day Lindsey, Caroline and I joined the party...
and took lots of pictures of course!
Lindsey, Laura and I cheering on our hubbys {and Caroline cheering on her daddy}!
Around Caroline's bedtime Lindsey and I wished the guys luck and headed home. This year the guys got smart and brought cots, air mattresses and sleeping bags in hopes of getting some sleep in the middle of the street.
The next morning we got there as the judges were arriving to the tent to sample the BBQ! Matt gave the presentation to the judges and we conveniently placed a cute baby nearby in hopes that it would enhance their scores - ha!
The aforementioned cute baby.
Throughout the day we had lots of friends stop by the tent with their adorable minis. How cute is Katrina's 7 week old little man, Callahan? And yes, Caroline is 3 months older than him and weighs exactly the same. 
A little bit later April, Ian and Camille came by! It's been weeks since we've been able to get these baby girls together to play so when Camille showed up Caroline went crazy! She wouldn't stop reaching for Camille, smiling and holding her hand. It was absolutely precious.
Around 6:30 pm the judges announced the final results. Sadly, Matt's team didn't have the same luck as they did last year when they took home 3rd place in ribs. This year restaurants were allowed to participate so it was kind of impossible to go up against Macs BBQ and some of the other great places in town. Regardless, the guys had a ton of fun and that's all that really mattered. It was another great year of BBQ-festing!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Five on Friday!

Happy, happy Friday y'all! 

A quick housekeeping note before we get down to it - thank you to everyone who linked up last week and entered our Five on Friday giveaway! Congrats #110 - Life, Love and Puppy Paws on winning lots of amazing goodies!
 

On to the five! 

- ONE - My sister and her hubby arrived last night and today the boys are competing in the Annual BBQ and Brews Contest for the fifth year! So you can find us taking full advantage of the brews and BBQ in Uptown this weekend. And if you live in Charlotte you should totally stop by our tent and sample some BBQ! Last year the boys took home 3rd place in ribs and I have no doubt that they will be a hit again this year.
- TWO - A few weeks ago I posted about my all time favorite Bath & Body Works candle scent - Flannel. Well this week B&BW is running another awesome sale on 3-wick candles {2 for $22} and I had a coupon so I ran up to the store to stock back up and I was so disappointed to find they were sold out! Ugh! And then I was informed that Flannel sells out quickly every single year early in the season. Lesson learned. So anyway, I had to find a new scent and went with Sparkling Icicles. It's no Flannel, but it sure does smell amazing.
- THREE - Last weekend my friend {and cousin by marriage} August came to visit! Saturday night we met up with a mutual friend for a girl's dinner at Good Food on Montford and oh-my-goodness it was amazing. We enjoyed lots of delicious small plates, wine and polished off dinner with dessert and Kahlua and Cream cocktails {my first ever, and now I'm hooked}. I am dying for a date night so Matt and I can go together. Anyone want to babysit?
- FOUR - Loving my new oversized plaid scarf from Target! Like everyone other girl, I am scarf obsessed so this beauty immediately caught my eye during a recent emergency formula run. At $16.99 and on sale for 20% off, I had to have it.
- FIVE - In the words of my favorite artist Jimmy Buffett, "Wrinkles will only go where the smiles have been." Oh so true! Between lots of smiles and decades of soaking up the Florida sunshine I am now officially at war with my face wrinkles.

Lucky for me, my blog friend turned real friend and Rodan + Fields rep recently announced a new product on her blog called Redefine Acute Care {coming in January} and was super generous to give me some strips to review! Acute Care targets expression lines and wrinkles while you sleep for smoother, more youthful looking skin. Although I've never tried Botox, Acute Care offers similar results yet is more affordable ($198 for 10 treatments), convenient (at home application), painless (no needles) and quick (overnight results). Anyway, I think I'll let the before/after pictures from one treatment speak for themselves...
I'm so terrible at "selfies" so excuse the awkwardness. I thought including the baby would make things a little less weird.
The product is designed to be used every three days for a full month but a lot of people (like ME!) see results after just one use. The only two ingredients are hyaluronic acid and peptides which are both found naturally in your skin. Basically you wash your face, peel the strip and apply in your desired location. You can use them around your mouth, on eye lines or on your forehead. For me, it was a no brainer that I would target my crazy forehead wrinkles. I've only used the strips for one night and already see a little difference so of course I now want to try a whole month! I also started the Redefine regimen so I'll have to update y'all later on that too.

Okay - so the best part?! This line won't hit the market until January 2015 but will be offered to preferred customers only to purchase (through an R+F rep) for a one day flash sale - October 22! It is extremely likely that the R+F website will crash (it already did the day the reps were allowed to purchase) and that the product will sell out quickly, so if you're interested contact Kristen early to place your order! Also, Kristen has generously agreed to give one Acute Care treatment (2 strips) to anyone who signs up to be a preferred customer between now and the flash sale (October 22)!! If you are interested in buying the Acute Care or any other R+F products, you can contact Kristen through her Rodan + Fields webpage.
And not to sound like an infomercial (but wait! there's more!), Kristen is also offering to give away one Acute Care treatment to one lucky reader. You can enter the contest by using the rafflecopter below! The giveaway closes at midnight on October 21 and the winner (chosen at random) will be announced on October 22. Good luck!


Wanna join Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is...
1.) Write your post about five things you're lovin' this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!
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