Time to shed that Winter weight!

April 17th, 2014

This is a sponsored post with the Niche Parent Network & Conference. All opinions are my own.

It’s that time of the year, the weather is getting nicer. Ok, so in Wisconsin we had 3 days of Spring weather and then it turned back to Winter. Those few days we were outside all day long, we went for walks, we played in the backyard and we had a blast. Spring also means that it’s time to lose that winter weight!

I have a little bit of a head start, I’ve been losing weight since December by dieting. I’ve lost over 20 pounds, and I am so happy that the baby weight from Aliceana is finally gone, but I still have quite a way to go before I’ll be seen in a swim suit. I’m really hoping that staying active once the weather is nice for more than a long weekend will really help me shed some extra weight. Especially since I’m in that awful space in my closet where my clothes are either falling off of me or their just tight enough to be uncomfortable.

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Last Minute Easter Craft: Easter Mason Jars

April 16th, 2014

I can’t believe that Easter is this Sunday! I seriously can’t wait for Aliceana to hunt down Easter eggs. I’m secretly hoping my grandma buys me a chocolate Bunny like she used to,  she always gave my sister and I the same bunny every year. The Peter Rabbit, I love nibbling at his ears and biting off his candy eyes (Easter bunnies can be a tad morbid, huh?)

All the other kiddos in the family are quite a bit older (and I think they’ve outgrown traditional Easter egg hunts and baskets filled with bubbles,) so I thought I would put together a nice little treat for each of them. Of course it’s the week of Easter, so these are a last minute Easter craft, that’s just how great I am at procrastinating. I did some last minute shopping at Target and came up with these super fun Easter mason jars with the perfect dose of sugar!

Easter Mason Jars. The perfect last minute Easter craft! Edible Grass, jelly beans, and peeps make a simple mason jar into a special treat. Use a cupcake liner to dress the simple mason jar up!

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New Hair, New Necklace!

April 15th, 2014

I received a gorgeous statement necklace in exchange for this review, all opinions are my own. 

My hair was getting so long, like always in the way, getting slammed in car-doors long (that’s really long.) So I decided that it was time for a haircut. I went to my favorite hairstylist, my Grandma. I remember the days when I used to hang out at the hair salon where she worked, and getting my hair cut by her makes me nostalgic. I made a rookie mistake this time though, I told her the length I wanted and naturally she cut it about…oh..two inches shorter. It’s ok though, my lovely locks were donated and I’m left with hair that’s a whole lot more manageable.

I’m sure you want to see the new “do” here you go!

Uncommon goods necklace
How do you like it? Oh who am I kidding? You’re looking at my awesome statement necklace aren’t you?

I don’t blame you.

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What I Wore (On My Shirt) Vol. 2

April 14th, 2014

We enjoyed the warm weather while it lasted this last week, now it’s snowing again and our entire backyard is flooded from the rain storm we had the last two nights. Wisconsin weather rocks. While the weather was nice we did some baking! So here I am letting you know what I made this week and yep, half of these ended up on my shirt this week. This title definitely meshes well with my combination of being a foodie while being the clumsiest person in my family.

I made these fantastic from scratch funfetti cupcakes with whipped buttercream frosting for our friends birthday. (I always type “birthday” as “brithday” it’s a Brittany problem I guess!) These cupcakes disappeared in record time.
Funfetti cupcakes

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Blueberry Biscuits

April 13th, 2014

The weather is finally getting so nice…ok as I type this it’s storming so bad that the lights are flickering and I’m crossing my fingers that we don’t lose power, but you know…still better than being freezing cold, right? At this point I’ll take any sign of Spring we can get. We’ve had so much fun this past week spending most of our time playing outside, so much in fact that Aliceana has been so tired from all of that playing that she’s now taking afternoon naps again. I knew Spring would be great when it finally arrived.

Springtime to me is all about warm weather, flowers blooming, and Farmer’s Markets. Less than a month until our local Farmer’s Market is back in business, hooray! In the meantime I can still snag some spring time berries from our grocery stores produce department and pretend like they’re equally as farm fresh. I love, love, love baking with blueberries there’s something special about a blueberry baked to perfection.

It was time to bake some blueberry muffins. Ok, so it was time to perfect my blueberry muffin recipe, since the first time was a complete flop. This time I used my favorite biscuit recipe, added a tiny bit of sugar and incorporated blueberries (kind of like how you would make a scone.)

Blueberry biscuits recipe

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Get fit with #FitTeaDetox

April 12th, 2014

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Markerly and FitTea, all opinions and words are my own. 

Since giving up coffee I’ve become a tea drinker (I never thought I’d say that!) Now I truly love a hot cup of tea with some local organic honey for added sweetness, it’s a seriously awesome and delicious hot beverage with all natural ingredients. Hot tea is definitely perfect for this time of year, the weather is warming up, but it’s still chilly outside. It’s absolutely perfect to enjoy while watching Aliceana and the dogs play in the backyard, while I’m shivering in the patio chair because I’m not running like everyone else (and also because I can’t handle being even slightly cold ever, 60* means I’m bundled up and my husband is in a tee complaining that he’s too hot.)  So I was definitely intrigued to hear more about FitTea, since you know, it is the perfect season for tea and we can all be a little more fit, don’t you think?

FitTea and fat burner

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#TBT with Netflix

April 10th, 2014

I’m a part of the Netflix #StreamTeam, this post is part of a sponsored conversation. All opinions are my own.

Netflix giveaway

Every Summer the T.V. series that we all love are gone for a season. I know we should be outside playing, but you have to lounge on your comfy couch somedays. On those days it’s so nice to have Netflix. (Does it seem like Netflix has turned into it’s own verb, to you too? it’s getting to the point where I would think “Netflix” should be found in any standard dictionary. I always see social media statuses about days and nights filled with being entertained by Netflix.)

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Pei Wei Asian Diner

April 9th, 2014

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Pei Wei Asian Diner for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Spring is here and along with spring comes a new fresh start, that is exactly what they are doing over at Pei Wei’s Asian Diner. In this new season they have launched their reFRESH campaign and have added some new fresh dishes to their menu as well as a new fresh look to their restaurants.

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Visit Gulf County Florida

April 8th, 2014

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County, Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

I would absolutely love to visit Gulf County Florida. Neither AJ nor Aliceana have ever visited Florida and I know we need to change that! Gulf County is located in Northwest Florida and boasts an incredible 43 miles of natural shoreline. Escape from busy highways and high rises, and get back to nature with gorgeous white-sand beaches with spectacular views of sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph Bay. It’s also a great place for the adventurous family, the area has bayous, wildlife, and the mysterious Dead Lakes. If you’re into adventure and fitness you’ll love the seaside bike trails, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and snorkeling.

Relax, unplug, and getaway. Come visit GCFL

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Spring Into #MakingMemories *Giveaway*

April 7th, 2014

I’m really excited to be sharing this great giveaway sponsored by Sign My Shirt!

I’m hoping that Spring is here to stay, so it’s time to start #MakingMemories. We spent almost the entire day yesterday playing in our backyard and enjoying the 60* weather! It was such a nice change. I can’t believe how much Aliceana can do by herself outside this year. She’s climbing up her little slide and going down it all by herself. She’s also getting into a little bit of trouble outside, like when she was curious and decided to dump the dogs’ water bowl into her boots. It was too cute, so yep we’re already #MakingMemories this Spring, and it’s only just begun!

A few words about the sponsor: Sign My Shirt is such a great company, you can custom design any T-shirt and have your friends and family sign it online. Making memories, no matter how far your loved ones live! I think one of these shirts would make such a great personalized Mother’s Day gift!

Would you like to win some great prizes now? Find the details and entry form below!

spring into makingmemories

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