Saturday, May 27, 2017

Cheesecake Stuffed Berry Memorial Day Dessert

I'm pretty sure that after Memorial weekend we can all agree that summer starts, since its when the weather gets warmer, kids get out of school, and the family vacations start to happen. With that being said memorial day is literally days away and I thought it would be fun to share a little yummy treat with you all of what I will be making Memorial Day, so happy Memorial day and let's get this started!

  • Strawberry
  • Blue Berries
  • 8 oz of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon of Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Cane Sugar
  • Optional add any choice of berry extract or Lemon juice to add a little sour

Start by washing your fruit and cutting your strawberries. You can either scoop the middle of strawberry out or cut "X" from the top of the strawberry (the tip) to around the middle of the strawberry. Grab yourself a bowl and a hand mixer and add your cream cheese, powdered sugar, cane sugar, and vanilla extract and any optional ingredient as mix until your consistency looks like this below.

To stuff your strawberries, what I did was put my filling in a piping bag or you can use a spoon but I found the piping bag easier! Now add your cream cheese filling to your strawberries and top it off with blueberries! You imagine how more berrylicious it would of been if I topped it off with raspberries, oh yum! That's it guys! They truly are the perfect patriotic dessert with this weekend!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Masons 11 month update

I don't know why but this post seems to be very bittersweet, but mason turns 11 months today, one month away from turning a year old and I'm trying to wrap my head around that he will be turning 12 months old next month. I'm holding onto everyday that he is less than a year old. I've already started planning his birthday, I mean lets be honest I have for a while now (at least knowing the theme of it). Mason continue to grow in his new tricks, skills, moves, and what his new development is. Like I said in other posts I'm trying not to think of the future with mason, you know him being one year old haha. It's hard for me but its also a very exciting thing that Rex and I get to see in Mason. Here's what mason has learned/happened/loves this month!
  • He has taken his first steps
  • Says "Dada" more than "momma"
  • Is learning how to stand up on his on his own
  • Learned how to suck through a straw
  • Got his first official haircut
  • Loves graham crackers, our food, and tries to steal moms Pink Drink
  • Loves Dancing to music
  • Will come over to mom just to get a kiss

There's probably so many more things that have happened/learned/or that he loves but this is what I could think of. It was so exciting to see mason take his first steps, the first step happened at our house and the more frequent steps happened at the park, you should of seen us, proud little excited first time parents, saying "YAY GO MASON, YOUR DOING SO GOOD" haha I'm pretty sure other parents around us knew exactly the excitement we were feeling that day. Mason loves food and tries to take moms or dad's food as much as he can, but hey its exciting and sometimes a little funny to see his reactions to new foods! This little guy loves moving his bum bum, but seriously he loves dancing! It's so cute to see him and move his hands and his head to the any kid of upbeat music. Mason has also started coming over to me just to receive a kiss and I am 100% not complaining, he can get as many kisses as he wants!

Next months update may be a little delayed since he will be turning one and we will have friends and family visiting us from a different state. It will be a combination of his birthday party and his growth for month 12. I already have his cake ordered and design all done and getting his invitations almost ready to be sent. This month is going to be exciting for mason and the family! I'm also putting together a video of masons growth since he was born and I may or may not be ready to start making it.  I know this may seem like a lot of planing for a kids first birthday but I know I'm not alone, were going to celebrate his first year of life, his growth in this year, all the silly and fun memories and trips we have made. Can't wait to share with you all, and mason happy 11 months, we love you so so so so so so much! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

On the Go with a Toddler- Gerber Smart Flow Pouches

Can you believe mason is almost a year old, there is more demand to this kid I must say but I think its because he's growing up and becoming a more independent toddler. Now these things are bad demands, but fun,happy, cute demands. He demands more attention , lol I need to always keep my eyes on him, he demands if were gone from the house for several hours where we would be away from food at home that I better be prepared for a snack on the go in case he gets hungry. Because this guy can EAT!

I've recently discovered for quiet a few months, on to go pouches filled with baby food and thought what a genius thing to do!  The first one we tried and fell in love with were the Gerber Smart Flow Grabbers! I've loved Gerber for all the things mason has tried rice cereal, baby food, and now that (why not) try there new pouches. We went to our local Smith's Food and Drug store, you can also purchase it at your local Kroger store; and kid you not got like all the flavors available! Right When mason saw them he was very interested it's like he knew there was something delicious in it!

Gerber  just came out with there new Smart Flow which has a clear cap, a customized flow, and a molded spout, which means more food in your babies bellies! You don't have to worry about your little one being covered in food because moms lets be honest the less we have to clean up in general, the better and happier we are haha. They have endless of flavors to choose from and the best part is that they are ALL filled with nutritious yumminess! These awesome pouches are perfect when your on the go, seriously I have my diaper bag packed with them and there affordable too so you don't have to worry about it costing a arm or a leg.

As you can tell this guy is starting to become more independent and can totally feed himself, I mean I think he prefers it, It's honestly really cute to see your little child do something on his own. I usually put a bib on him when he eats but these truly create no mess! Mason is in love with these and if he wanted or I let him he wouldn't mind eating all of them, like I said he loves eating! This is a definite must for making snack time or on the go time more easier and you can purchase it at  Kroger, Ahold, or Smith's Food and Drug. I've also include a Coupon you can use when you buy a Gerber Smart Flow Squeezable! To learn about the product I will attach a link below as well! Let me know if you bought this, how your little one likes it, or what your must have to go item!
Gerber Smart Flow Pouches

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

5 Sentimental Gifts for Mothers Day

With mothers day almost here, I thought it would be perfect to create a list of 10 items I think are perfect for mothers out there that are sentimental because let's be honest, sometimes sentimental items stick to our hearts and becomes a keepsake we can cherish forever. Mason isnt at the age where he makes something at school and then gives me a hand painted drawing of me and him and a heart between us saying I love you mommy, which I think are just the darn cutest thing I've seen little's give their mom. So here's for the husbands, children, grandmothers, or just someone you know who is a mother to think of what special gift to give to her.

1. Alex and Ani Mother Day Collection
I personally own several Alex and Ani bracelet and each one has a personal touch to it that hold a memory of a place/time/person. I love choosing what bracelet I will wear or end up wearing all of them, they are light, cute, and truly match with anything you wear! Alex and Ani has a variety of mothers day bracelets  that are sold in single bracelet or in set and range anywhere from $16-$128. Also if your not liking what you see, you can always give her something that describes her, a necklace, or her birthstone, the ideas are truly endless!
Alex and Ani Mother's Day Collection

2. A personalized gift from Things Remembered
I few years back I got my mother a personalized gift from Things Remembered. It was a cute little jewelry box and a heart shape little box that said "I love you Mom" and a little translation in Spanish of a special message that she ended up loving. Sometimes buying something beautiful and sharing a sweet messaging or just the most sincerest of words "I love you" really does become a special item to someone. If you do not have a store near you, you can always order it online, where they have dozens and dozens of items you can buy and/or personalize for the mother in your life. From Jewelry Boxes, Snow Globe, Key chains, to picture frames and necklaces. You think it and they will do it. I love this place you guys I truly do, it's like a magical place to personalize items.
Things Remembered Mother's Day Collection

3. Made with Mary Hand Stamped Jewelry
This is on my list (*cough cough..hint hint*) but thought this would perfect for any mom out there because of the beauty, hand made jewelry that comes from this shop. She is a local here in Utah and you all know I'm all about supporting Local Businesses but you guys have to check out her shop! My personal favorite is the bar necklace. It comes in a variety of lengths and you can truly write what you want, "I love you", "Mother", "Grandma" "Mama" or and inside joke you and your mother share. I believe that the smallest of words can have a impact and why not make it a wearable beautiful message that your mom or you will love?! She also has Double Disc necklaces and bracelets in a variety of styles you can pick from!
Made with Mary

4. A hand made craft
Like I mentioned before I love when children give their parents or moms a personalized gift that they made themselves as a gift. Kids have a big imagination and when it comes to making something for mom and dad or just making something in general and getting excited to show you when they get home from work, is something that was made with endless creativity, time, and love. I went to pinterest, and source of  happiness and craft ideas to share what you can make for your mother or include your children to create as well. They are ideas such as a hand made decor piece that she could hang up in her home, a painted mug with a quote on it, a card that you made, or even a cute plant in a beautiful painted pot that she could put in her garden anywhere in the house!:) Take a look online or on my favorite pinterest and you are sure to find an idea!

5. Customized Artwork
I love artwork, maybe that is because we now have our own house and I want to decorate our house more and now most walls in the house need to have some sort of decoration or artwork. Its exciting and its nice to add your own personal touch. We have a gallery collage wall of photos of rex and I and then us as a family of three and then the letter R in the middle of the gallery. We have artwork that adds a special touch of when Rex and I got married in our room. Artwork can be personalized in whatever artwork form you want. Here are some ideas of artwork shops that you can order from to get to a mother in your life,
Watercolor portraits from Hello Lovely People
Trendy Wood Signs from The Trendy Timber

I hope this has helped anyone trying to think of what gift to get a mother in their life. But hey if you don't like these ideas or have already done them or your short on money, don't worry there so many other things you can give her. Offer her to hang out with her, eat a meal with her, help her clean the house (especially if she has kids, she will love it haha), get her a boutique of flowers, or even just serve her breakfast in bed, she will honestly love anything you give her even it isn't tangible. Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Friday, April 28, 2017

My all time favorite face masks!

Let's talk facial masks, one of truly favorite beauty products to use, you know why...because there's truly hundreds of them, for basically every thing you may need improving for your face, whether its dryness, moisturizing, acne prevention, black head removal masks, even ones that help with anti-aging, but really there's so many more. I've used so many different mask that I finally found the perfect ones! So I decided to dedicate this post to share my personal favorite facial masks that I have used for years and ones that I have recently fallen head over heals with. I'm excited to share them with you, so lets get started!:)
1) Freeman's Avocado & Oatmeal clay mask
This was my first ever clay mask or facial mask I ever used and I've been using it ever since! It's helped clear my pores and get all the gross dirt and oil out from them. I love moisturizing my face and this is what it exactly does! It has Vitamin E perfect for what your skin needs if you're wondering why you're breaking out or your face is a little extra oily; making your skin feel nice and soft after! 

2) Yes to Tomatoes Acne Fighting Paper Mask
This is a new mask I've been using recently and I love it! I don't break out a lot but when I do, I feel like it comes in full rage, anyone else? I've never used anything acne fighting before and kind of just let time go by until the acne went away but this time I thought why not give this a try, and I'm so glad I did! As you know it includes tomatoes but also salicylic acid which helps control and break pimples and blackheads. Kid you not after taking off the mask, my face was so shiny and felt sooooo hydrated! My skin instantly felt better, like I knew that I just got work done on my face! Since trying this mask several times, I noticed a difference in my face, I wasn't breaking out as much and my blackheads were basically gone!

3) Freeman's Rejuvenating Cucumber & Pink Salt Clay Mask
This is another new favorite of mine that again I just love! This wonderful mask exfoliates, detoxes, and clear your skin! It's perfect if your face needs a little TLC and you don't want to used just one mask with one this one has 3 purposes which is like magic in a little pouch haha. Basically say bye bye to pores and hello to clearer skin!

4) Freeman's Pore Clearing- Peel Off mask with Volcanic Ash
So this is not a mask I use but even though it says for men, anyone can use it really. This mask my husband used after some convincing of him putting on a mask with me, ahaha isn't he just the greatest. Just like the title says this mask literally peels off unwanted dirt,pores and blackheads! After my husband took off we could see the blackheads he had and his skin even felt softer! The Volcanic Ash digs into your skin (not painful lol) and cleans out all the imperfections one may have. I highly recommend the man in your life or if you want to give it a chance as well! 

So those are my all time favorite facial masks, I hope you liked it and are going to try them! You can buy these masks at your local Target or Walmart. Let me know if you do or if you've already tried them, what results did you see?

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mason/Infant Easter Basket Ideas

With Easter coming up this weekend, I wanted to create an Easter basket for Mason even though he's an infant. It may not come to mind having one for your infant or baby but it can be fun for both you and your little one! Mason is 10  month old and loves everything he can get his little hands onto (even items he shouldn't grab haha) but this makes everything about Easter exciting! I remember getting my Easter baskets and having it filled with Barbies, candy, and Easter candy galore! For Mason I changed up what he would get in his Easter basket rather than what an older kid would get. I bough a couple of dollar spot target items, because we all know there is always something there that our children will love and well maybe we will love us as well. Guys side note, I feel like I cannot go to target without stopping by the dollar spot, it's truly the best place there! Okay back to the topic. I got mason a little bubble blower toy, which he loves! I also purchased a pair of bunny ears that are to die for, I already know mason will love trying to take them off.  I also purchased a little unicorn swaddle blanket that I thought would be perfect for him when the summer comes and its too hot in the house (thanks swap cooler). I also included masons favorite snack, graham crackers (yours) and I know he will eat them up fast! I found these cute rubber eggs in the Easter section that I thought would be perfect for both bath time or play time, I mean there squicky too, what infant doesn't love a soft toy that has bright colors and SQUICKS, am I right?

I also found in the dollar section these cute suspenders, which I cannot wait to have him wear!!! What's an Easter basket without a toy? I added a little color stack-able toy which may or may not be ignored since everything else besides his toys sometimes are more entertaining than his own fun toys haha. Since I know nursery rhymes really well, I found a cute little book that included all the nursery rhymes and I cannot wait to read it with mason and have him learn them with me! While I was in the Easter Section I came across this little bunny teething toy, which I was guessing would be the same price as Sophie the Giraffe but NO! It was only $5, and since mason is getting more teeth, I wanted to see if this would help.

I cannot wait for mason to open his first Easter Basket and to love all the goodies in it!
Happy Easter Weekend!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Mommy and Me Easter Outfits

I'm trying to find ways to match more with mason, or when he dresses nicely I dress nicely as well haha.  With Easter in a few days I thought I would share what masons outfit and mine would be. Mason is just like his daddy (or his daddy wants him to dress like him) and loves bright colors. So we of course had to put mason in the brightest formal attire we could find! Thanks to a friend from a baby shower gift we already had masons dressy shirt, and it came with a TIE! Talk about the little man! The onsie shirt is from Carters which has the cutest clothes and perfect outfits for your little one for Easter!  We also paired the shirt with some beige khakis and for my favorite part of his outfit his shoes! Freshly Picked recently had a sale and I mean I couldn't miss out on it, and plus I wanted to find some shoes that matched his outfit. I decided to buy the electric palm pair and can I just say how much I love them! This is masons 3rd pair of freshly picked shoes and we continue to be in love with them because there not only really cute but really good quality! I mean look at his outfit! If his face and chubby cheeks don't get your attention, then his outfit definitely will haha.

 In the past my outfit has been bright as well, but I thought why not go with a more soft color and since it is spring, I just happen to find a dress that had a beautiful floral print on it as well. It's not tight by the waist (still working on losing the baby weight) but also flatters your unique shape. I'm pairing it with some pearl earrings, nude heels, and a simple necklace. This dress is so comfortable and works for any occasion!

I love spring and it's getting more excited for taking mason out more and enjoying the warm air, just don't snow on me again, Utah! If you haven't yet bought your little ones outfit, I highly suggest stopping by your local Carters! Plus there whole store and site is 50% off right now!

Happy Spring!