Tuesday, March 20, 2018

3 Tips How To Throw A Surprise Party

Hi Foxy Friends! Over the weekend we actually pulled it off and threw a surprise party for my aunt who was turning who was turning 60! I can't believe we did it, seriously, she has her house on serious lock down! Has the Ring doorbell and everything, so there was no way she was leaving the house for any amount of time for us to get the house ready. So without anyone to host the party nearby...we did the next best thing...snuck in and decorated her whole house WHILE she was getting ready. That's right folks, we snuck into her house while she was getting ready to go out (what she thought was to a neighbors house for dinner) and we decorated.

So we did have one advantage, the way her house is laid out, her house is in the back bedroom in the way back of the house, and she usually keeps the TV on really loud so she can listen to the news while she is getting ready. So we had that going for us. As soon as she went back to take a shower my uncle texted us and we were there within seconds, unloading our car. The main decoration was all of these flowers. Since we knew we only had about 30 minutes to get everything set up.

So all that being said here are some tips on how to throw a surprise party.

| TIP 1 |

Don't stress too much about the surprise part. It's nice if it happens the way everyone envisions, with the guest of honor walking in on a dozen family and friends yelling surprise! But you know what? Even if there is just the people setting up yelling surprise it's still a surprise to the person coming.

Like I said, my aunt has her house on lock down, so we snuck in and decorated while she was getting ready. We got all of the flowers out, and the food even came 30 minutes early, and we had all the food out too, so it was even more of a surprise to have a huge buffet full of food set up.

I ended up making a pallet sign for her, and decided Saturday morning to have everyone sign the back. It ended up super cute.

| TIP 2 |

If your guest of honor is home when you are there, less is more. We went big with the flowers, but if you have more time, these 5 steps on how to throw the best party are helpful. I would have loved to go big with a ton of decorations but I knew our limitations and was aware of it.

| TIP 3 |

Enjoy the process, go with the flow, in the end you're doing something super nice for the person you love and no matter if they find out, like my sister did when I tried to throw her a 40th surprise party and she was going to back out of going to the "dinner" I had planned, and ended up telling her. It was still a surprise at the moment and she was thankful in the end I made her go.

Now go out and plan the perfect surprise party! It will be worth it!


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Monday, March 19, 2018

$10 Target Haul March Edition

Hi Foxy Friends! I know two posts in one day, crazy pants right?! But I really wanted to do both of these posts with some fun blogging ladies, so here I am another post down for the week. For this months post, I actually got to go to Target alone...so...truth be told, I told Mr. I was going to the grocery store and then "accidentally" stopped at Target on my way, haha! Anyway, mostly it was all the stuff there was Easter related, so I got some Easter stuff. In hopes that I would decorate for Easter...maybe? I've been super lazy decorating for the seasons this year, not sure, just don't have the motivation?

Here is what I found:

I thought I would use the bunny as the center of my door Wreath.

The kids love the window cling ons...so had to get some of those.

I loath dying eggs, I have no idea why. But I just don't like it, we've never done it with the kids. I found those eggs that are fake and they can color on them and they are already decorated..done. They were excited when they saw them, so mission accomplished, on me more year of no egg dying is good for me.

I actually realize while I'm writing this I also bought some hair things for Bella but she tore into them as soon as she saw them. Oops.

How did I do spending wise?

Easter Eggs: $3
Bunny Sign: $3
Window Stickers: $1
Hair Clips: $1

Total: $8.60

Darn I could have spent another dollar, hehe.  So what did you buy? Anything good?

My 5 Favorite Hair Products

Happy Monday Foxy Friends! Today you're getting two posts from me. I know, crazy right? But I really like both of the posts, so I couldn't say no. I'm linking up with the Blended Blog for March Beauty Monday's and this week is all about hair. It's been a hot second since I've updated my favorite hair products, back in 2015 and then again in 2017. Then there was that year I decided I wanted to try and figure out how to do my hair, so I did my hair in all sorts of braids and was learning what products to use. These were my favorites back in mid 2016.

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After my hair challenge I wrote a post on 5 things I learned in my hair challenge.

Okay onto my favorite hair products...Some are the same as before some have changed.

| ONE |

The key extending your time between washing is find the perfect balance between your shampoo, conditioner and dry shampoo. There are some shampoos I cannot use because no matter how hard I try the dry shampoo does not work. Then there are others that I use that I could keep using dry shampoo forever. This is one of the good ones. And I have recently been using this one, it's a close second.

| TWO | 

I have always said how much I like this dry shampoo, nothing has changed. I have tried 5-6 different dry shampoos and nothing beats this.


New to the list this year, is what I use to blow dry my hair. I spray this in my roots, and this on my hair ends and blow dry. I think it helps to extend the life of my time between washes too, and it makes my hair super soft and silky after washing it.

 | FOUR |

I don't know why I haven't mentioned this before. But I love using my Paul Mitchell hair protection when I am going to curl my hair. I really believe that it helps my curls stay longer.

 | FIVE |

I love my curling wand. I was using a regular curling iron and nothing made my curls last, but after using this, I can go between washes and  have the curls last up to 5 days!

Day 1 of the curls

Day 3 of the curls

| Bonus |

You need really good bobby pins if you want to do your hair. The ones at the grocery store has nothing on the really good sturdy ones. Once you buy these, you'll wonder why you ever did anything else.

Those are my current favorite hair products. Anything that I need to try? I love finding new products! Anyone have a good deep conditioning product they love? Head on over to The Blended Blog to link up your posts!


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Friday, March 16, 2018

Friday Favorites #155

Hi Foxy Friends! How have I been doing Friday favorites for 155 weeks? Not consecutive, but wow, that's a big number! This weekend we're doing something really fun, but can't reveal, JUST in case the person is reading this...I don't think she will, but JUST IN CASE! Anyway, will reveal what it is next week! Alright, let's get to it.

In case you missed it this week:

Monday: Bathroom Organization + Video
Tuesday: Mom Fail and Lived To Talk About It
Wednesday: Easter Fashion for The Whole Family

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In other favorites, I am participating in a Favoites collab over on my YouTube Channel. I have 5 super random things that I have been loving lately.

Takstar Microphone
Ped socks
Portable Car Jumper
Cordless Vacuum/Dust Buster
Dry Shampoo

I found this dress for Mini Fox and she has nothing to wear it to, but I'm in love and had to get it for her. I was waiting and it went out of stock, and I was super disapointed, so I knew if it came back I HAD to get it for her...soon, is it okay that I want one for myself too? They also have a version of it on Amazon.

They also have a plaid version on Amazon, how stinkin' cute is this?


This is strange and super fascinating at the same time...like what made them try this in the first place?

haha, this is me...with toast...

Yep need to make these STAT...Mr. did say he wanted Cheese cake for his birthday...this would just be a slight variation of that...

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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Happy Birthday Mr.

Happy Birthday Mr.! Today is Mr.'s 41st birthday....I feel like it was just yesterday that we were celebrating 40. Although today is just a normal day of work, and baseball  practice, I wouldn't want to do life with anyone else. Okay enough about the mushy stuff. Last time I shared things I love about Mr. this time I thought I would share some random facts about him.

  • He is a huge tea drinker and drinks at least a cup a day. But also really likes coffee and we just recently got a coffee machine, because he thought his addiction would be too great if he could make his own coffee at will. It didn't and he's pretty good to making one cup in the morning and then drinking tea for the rest of the afternoon.
  • Speaking of tea and coffee, he has a whole coffee/tea station in our kitchen.

  • He can only drink tea from a ceramic cup (minus paper ones), but will not drink it from a plastic or steel cup as he thinks he can taste the plastic/tin in his tea. His tea cups are ginormous!

  • Makes a point to drive his "fun" car to work once a week and drive with the top down. I call it the yellow car...well because it's yellow, but it's a 1998 Mercedes...something or other.

Man that took longer than expect to find a picture of the yellow car.
  • His next fun car he wants a Porsche of some sort. (mine is going to be a Maserati)
  • Has lived on his own since he was 18.
  • Bought his first condo (the one I moved into when we got married), when he was 22.
  •  Plays several instruments and went to a performing arts school for high school. 
  •  Was in the California All State Band and was first chair (for those that know music that's a big deal)
  • Self taught guitar and piano
  • Writes songs in his spare time (like he has spare time!)
  • Got his MBA last year and is now working on a second masters. 
  • Really wants a 100 inch TV
  • He really likes being organized, see his tea cabinet above. Our garage cabinets looks similar
I think that's enough random stuff for Mr....hopefully he's not too embarrassed by it all.

Happy Birthday Mr.! Here is to many more years of birthday celebrations. Sorry I didn't have time to make cheesecake like you requested, but I will make one in the near future for you!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Easter Outfits For The Whole Family

Happy Wednesday Foxy Friends! Today I thought I would share some Easter outfits for the whole family. Surprisingly it was super hard to find things that I liked. Normally I go crazy and have a bazillion outfits I want to style, not so much this year. But I was able to put this together. Yellow isn't my color, but I think it looks great on so many people. I went a little more casual as it's typically pretty warm here for Easter.

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Mommy: Dress / Heels / Necklace
Daddy: Shirt / Pants / Shoes
Little Boy: Shirt / Shorts Shoes
Little Girl:  Dress / Tights  / Shoes 

Here are some other options I found for you. I am in love with the white jump suite. Sad that I typically can't wear them #shortgirlproblems


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So what is your family wearing for Easter? Do you have it all picked out yet?

Now link up your fashion posts below!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

My Mom Fail And I Lived To Tell The Tale

Today I'm linking u with Shay and Ericka for another round of How We...today's topic is mom fail and lived to discuss. Gosh where to start with this one....haha.

So we're at Legoland...we are with my cousin and her two kids.

Her husband was working, so it was her, her two kids, myself, my two kids and Mr. Mr. is being the crazy guy he is an entertaining the kids via, driving the stroller like a madman. My cousin rented a stroller from Legoland, while we were using our double Bob. He had all the kids (yep all 4 of them) in the rented stroller. We had a fast pass, for lack of better word, that would get us into the fast track lane of all the rides. The kids wanted to go on this shooting game that has an Indian Jones type feel to it. So we all race to what we thought was that fast pass entrance. The man told us, no it's over there, so we all race over there. All of us thinking that Mini Fox was with us...so we're in front of the line, and we're discussing who is riding with who on the ride...when suddenly we realize, Mini Fox is missing. Mr. and I immediately start running toward where we last were (about 50 feet), and we see Mini Fox crying hysterically running towards us...thank goodness! All in all, it was probably 2-3 minutes she was missing! But really 20 seconds from the time we discovered it! We asked her what she was doing for those 1-2 minutes before she started running...she said...I was running in circles. Suffice to say, we always keep a good count of who is where now!

Please tell me one of your stories so I don't feel so bad!

Monday, March 12, 2018

3 Steps How To Organize Your Bathroom

When I saw this on Keri's blog I knew that I wanted to participate, stuff like this kicks my butt into gear and gets stuff done! This week we're working on bathrooms. Truth be told I did this declutter last year for my year of organization, but never posted pictures, so I thought this would be that perfect opportunity.

So here is where I started:

Pretty bad right? Let me give you a close up.

Related: How To Organize Your Pantry

Okay here is what you need to clean out your bathroom. Remember it's always going to get worse before it gets better.

Step 1:

Take every single thing out of the cabinets. I tried to categorize as I was cleaning out, and then also purging, you know things that had a layer of oil or was a funky color went immediate in the trash.

Step 2:

Figure out what sort of storage you want. Ideally this step is done after you figure out what you have and what you need. But for my purposes, I knew I needed more drawers, so I bought this drawer system, and then bought a variety of different size drawers to go in it, so I could pick and choose. This worked out perfect for me. I just returned what I didn't use.

Next time to organize what you are going to potentially want in each drawer.

Step 3:

Make drawers and start organizing. I know easier said than done, but it can be done!

And then 6 hours later you're done! Okay it took me that long, but I did stop to make dinner and feed the kids...you know parenting stuff.

Now I just need to get our cabinets re-stained and I would be golden.

I know easier said than done, but in reality, when you're done you just feel better about yourself.

I also made a video on how exactly I organized my bathroom, in case you are a more of a show and tell type person.

Time to get organized with the Clear the Clutter Challenge!

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