life // wild & precious lives



Sometimes I wish I had one of those nifty gadgets that stops time.
Or at least slows down certain moments.

As a mom, there are lots of those moments that seems to pass by in an instant. Ones you will cherish forever and will be stored away in the evergrowing memory bank. 

I am so thankful for all the technology that we have now that allows us to capture these moments on a daily basis. 

I will continue to wish these little ones will stay little forever as they grow before my eyes. And will continue to cherish all these precious moments that I have with them.

"Wild & Precious Lives" they truly are!

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recipe // creamy chicken pasta salad

 Sometimes I feel like it takes so much work to come up with new dinner ideas, which makes the task that much more daunting. Luckily we live in the new age, which means we have Pinterest to help out- not sure if it's a good thing or bad. And while I do love browsing for new recipes for hours beyond hours (ok so I might not look at recipes the entire time) I find that most of the time I never have on hand what I need to fulfill the newly pinned meal of choice. And yes I could easily plan out my meals like a normal, organized person... But I don't. I then came across this recipe, I didn't have all the ingredients listed, but I had enough of the ingredients to adapt it to something I could feed my family. And we liked it so much, this is our second time eating it with in a week! Bonus Factor is it makes a lot so there is plenty of leftovers!!


playlist // my current jams

Confession: I still purchase CDs.
Most of my music listening is done in the car, hence the reason I still buy them. Although I think my car has some shnazzy way of downloading music, but ain't no body got time for that!
I don't have one particular favorite music type, it ranges from all music genres. I really have to love the artist as a whole before I ever commit to buying their album too. It takes me a few weeks before I cave and make the purchase. If it has an amazing playlist and has nothing to do with Justin Bieber, then I am sold!

*Note: Some of these albums are explicit, and I only listen to on Kid-Free car rides or I don't listen to the inappropriate songs with them in tow *

What are you listening to right now?? Do you have any of these albums on repeat as well?? I would love to here what's on your playlist.

Also not listed above, I am DIGGIN' Robin Thicke's new song Blurred Lines which you can watch/listen to here. Debated on whether or not to post the video (the clean version) here, but didn't want anyone to get their britches twisted! But seriously, it's pretty amazing and will have you thinking "Justin Who??" Oh yes, I just went there!


mustache bash // lil guy turns 2

When it comes to throwing my kids birthday parties, I like to think outside "the kid birthday box". I really am not a fan of the traditional kid birthday themes, not saying that they are bad ideas (totally not knocking them if that's what you choose) I just personally have never been a fan of them. And I am sure now that I say this, when my kids have an opinion to choose their themes in the future, they will probably opt for those traditional themes.
 So when it came to throwing Lil Man his 2nd birthday party, of course I had to do mustaches! (Although this theme has become more common lately with the mustache craze, I still love it!) I went nuts about 2 weeks prior up until the day of getting things ready! I actually even decorated the house about a week before the actual party! I was trying to make less work and stress for myself, and I have to say that it really helped!! I am usually a last minute person with everything, so getting lots done in advance was pretty much amazing.
 I have to say, that I am extremely happy with how the entire day went. Lots of smiles and laughter through out the house- I think that equals SUCCESS!
  • I covered our hutch with one of those plastic table cloths. I rubbed chalk all over it to give it that chalkboard look, did this before I hung it up. I wish I would have put the table cloth in the sun or something to get rid of the fold-lines, but it worked for what it was.
  • I found a mustache paper punch and went crazy punching out little mustaches and made some garland with them using the sewing machine. I love how it turned out (it was a pain to untangle though when the kids got a hold of them several times!)
  • If you don't have a pom pom maker- GET ONE! I know there are tons of tricks out there to make them, but using the pom pom maker made it go quick and less problems! Strung it up to make a fun garland.
  • I ordered these cardboard banner cut outs to make his birthday banner. 
  • Used some tissue balls to hang up to a fun, unexpected element above the dessert table.

 I tried to keep everything in the Black & White theme, the food as well. Also trying to keep them as "mustache-manly" as possible, but kid appropriate. Trail mix, pretzels, cookies, chocolate, tootsie rolls, marshmallows... For actual nutritional food, we had ribs and meatloaf sliders- which were completely gone by the time I went to go snap pictures of them!

 Drink station! Mini water bottles covered in mustache duct tape, topped with mustache bottle toppers. I grabbed a pack of bottled Starbucks from Costco to make "milk" bottles (don't worry, no drop of Starbucks wasted in the process!) Seriously the easiest and cheapest way to get the look of those vintage milk bottles; just a little soaking and scrubbing and TADA! Added a little "Wet Your Whiskers" tag with some mini mustaches to tie into the theme. I found these stacking drink dispensers at Target, great space saver, plus super cute!

 For favors, I grabbed treat bags so everyone could take as much sugar home with them so it wasn't left at my house! Less I have to store and hide from the kids, the better!

Most importantly, my Lil Guy had so much fun! He was of course spoiled, with not only gifts, but LOTS of love!!!

 Now to start planning Lil Miss' 4th birthday! Luckily I have until December to get that all squared away!!
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