Friday, October 24, 2014

Five on Friday!

Well hello Friday! Let's get right down to it!

- ONE - Earlier this week I made some Pumpkin Spice Muddy Buddies for Caroline's school bake sale. Matt and I had a great debate over how I should price these bags of deliciousness. In the end he said I overpriced them by a dollar but I justified the $2 price tag considering I handpicked every brown and orange M&M out of the bag. Good news - they sold out.
- TWO - I really need to add some fall nail colors to my collection. Any recommendations? I'm loving this color a lot - Shearling Darling by Essie. Also, I had to wash my hands approximately 20+ times before I could take this picture so it didn't look like a 5 year old painted my nails. Tell me I'm not the only person who gives sloppy manicures in bed...
- THREE - Charlie's allergies are terrible right now so I took off work early one day this week to get him a cortisone shot at the vet. He gave me the silent treatment all the way home...
- FOUR - Two new activities we added to our evenings to keep Caroline distracted until bedtime - family selfies in the bathroom mirror and unrolling the paper towels throughout the house...

- FIVE -  An awesome sale on J.Crew Factory Marley Ballet Flats was brought to my attention last week by Katie. I already own one pair of these comfy flats so I quickly scooped up another pair in "burnished sand" at $48. And you're in luck because I just checked and they are now even cheaper...$34 plus an extra 25% off with the code EXTRA25. 

Remember last week when I asked if anyone wanted to watch Caroline so Matt and I could have a date night at my new favorite restaurant? Well, we got an offer for this Saturday night and I quickly took it. I hope this generous stranger coming over isn't a complete weirdo. Just kidding, my in-laws are coming. :) 

Happy Weekend, friends! 

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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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