Friday, June 29, 2018

Friday Favorites # 169

Happy Friday Foxy Friends! Today is my off Friday, so I'm off working out, and doing the last day camp things with both kids.  But let's get started with this weeks favorites:

Monday: 5 Camping Foods To Make
Tuesday: 5 Ways to Squeeze In Date Night
Wednesday: Summer Work Wear
Thursday: June Boxy Charm - Best One Yet!

Check out what I got.

Last week we went to Great Wolf Lodge and man was it fun! The kids had a blast and are already asking when we can go back. Actually Mini Fox woke up at 3 am the other night asking when we were going back. haha. I'll give you a quick recap. The kids had fun. The end...haha, just kidding.

Little kid area with smaller slides.

Big kid much fun! All of the adults said, we would want to come back just to ride all of the slides over and over. So fun.

Wave pool, this girl rocked at not so much! She makes it look so easy! It was not, LOL.

Waiting in line the next day to get in, Mr. was getting coffee and breakfast.

The kids got to help open the water park.

Howling kids...we want in!

This girl ended up passing the middle of the water park for over an hour...she's NEVER done that before...well since she was a baby.

We came, we played and had a blast and can't wait to do it again soon! I was super skeptical about paying that much money for something like this, but it's totally worth it and SO much fun!

Other randomness from the past week or so...

Last Friday the guys had a poker night so the ladies went on a Mom's Night Out, so much fun!

Sunday we celebrated Baby Fox's half birthday. We don't usually celebrate half birthdays, but Baby Fox's birthday being on Christmas day, we usually do a half birthday party, but this year he decided he would rather go to Great Wolf Lodge.

Grandparents spoiling him, with yet another gift, yes they did give him a birthday gift on his birthday, as well as a ton of Christmas gifts.

I love the look on his fast..pure joy.

This past week started the week of Baby Fox in build a fort and Mini Fox at her very first VBS, she loved it and wants to keep going I guess that's pretty good. Thank you to my friend for sending me this picture.

There was a water gun day at Baby Fox's camp.

Some announcements for The Blended Blog for the summer months. We're dropping our Monday themed posts for the summer, but don't worry, we're working on some fun things for Fall.  But e are going to continue the first Monday of the month, which means #TBBASKS, where we ask the questions and you all answer. Here are the questions, so start prepping your answers.

The Wednesday fashion posts aren't going to have any themes for the rest of the summer, we're  #FreeStyling it. But we'll be back this Fall with some new fun themes for you all!

I don't go to Vegas much, even though my brother lives there, but I think I NEED to get this next time I am there.

I got choked up reading this..I'm on my goes by way too fast. Good read for all of you parents out there. These shoes are the reason I wanted a house with a pool, so that one day my front door would collect all of the shoes.

Hope you all have a great weekend! We're finishing up camps today and then this weekend it's pretty chill, dinner with friends on Saturday and that's it...we'll see what other trouble we can find. Link up your favorites from the week!

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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Favorite Boxycharm Box EVER

Hi Foxy Friends! Another Boxy Charm post, and I think this month might be my most favorite month ever. Mostly I am in LOVE with the eye lashes we got in this months box. If you need some good lashes, get these...right now. Seriously, obsessed! But here is everything I got in video form.

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A breakdown of products:

Brushes - $38

Eyelashes - $26

Eyeliner - $4.50

Cream - $19

Lip Paint - $28

Eyeshadow - $22

I also decided to use some of the products and create a make up look for you guys. So here it is.

My thoughts on the products: The eye shadow was super pigmented but was a little hard to blend. And they were all bold shades, so no transition shades, so I had to use another palette to complete the look. The pencil was a little hard to work with, but I really liked the color, and you just have to warm it up a bit on your hand to get the product to go on nicely. The eyelashes are my favorite EVER! Want to buy them all!

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Summer Work Wear + WUW

Hi Foxy Friends! Today you're going two for one. The Blended Blog is hosting their usual Wednesday fashion post, today is the last themed post, we're taking a break from themes, and the rest of summer will be willy nilly, do as you please posts. But don't worry, we'll be back for the Fall with more themed Wednesdays to help you get dressed each day. Today's theme is Summer Work Wear...for summer my favorite thing to wear is the swing dress, I have them in several colors, and wear them daily. I like to spruce it up a bit with a blazer, cause everything looks fancy with a blazer? At least it does in my head, just nod your head in agreement, thanks! hehe.

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Dress / Blazer (similar)/ Shoes (similar)

 Make Up: Foundation / Eyeshadow / Eyeshadow (used for transition color) / Eyelashes / Blush / Lipstick (in Blossom) / Eyeliner / Eyeliner for cat eye  / translucent powder

It's the last Wednesday of the month and I finally remembered to link up with Shay, Mel and Sheaffer for What's Up Wednesday

What we're eating this week:

We are trying to be good and eat healthy...okay not really, but at least some of the meals will be? This week it's pretty much lettuce, hummus and a veggie patty (this is the best one out there, although my packaging is pink). This one is the best one by FAR! It's actually really good, and if you use a little oil and cook on the stove, it has a slight crunch which makes it WAY better than soggie patty.

Tuesday I'm going out with friends, so excited about that.

Then Friday we're having friends over I'm going to make this recipe. I'll let you know how it comes out.  

What I’m Reminiscing About 

Crazy, this was Mini Fox's first swim lesson 4 years ago...and now she's a little fishy.

 What I’m Loving

Color Street is amazing. It's actually nail polish, but in sticker form. Not need to heat, just place on nail, file down, clear top coat and you're done. When you want to change it out? Use nail polish remover and you're done. Easy right? Comes in solid colors, prints, glitter. I went to a water park for 2 days and they are still in tact. Get some for yourself and you'll find out. I'm going to eventually do a video for you guys, so you can see why I love it so much. My friend is selling them, they have a deal (I'm fairly certian they always have the deal), but it's buy 3 get 1 free. The glitter colors are about $12 each, but you can get 2 manicures out of them.

What We’ve Been Up To

Hanging out with friends. We love jam packing our weekends with friends. 

We usually do dinner with these guys on Fridays.

And we just starting hanging out with these guys a lot more often, and our thing is ice cream.

What I’m Dreading 

Not dreading much...maybe the heat...but it hasn't happened yet, so we'll enjoy the next few weeks of perfect weather.

What I’m Working On 

Working on making workout shirts. I'm obsessed. So far I've made this and this.

What I’m Excited About 

The coming months of summer and all of the activities we have planned. Most of the things we have planned are for August...someone was looking at the work time off calendar, and said, Sarah are you even here for August? Nope, the answer is no. If you want to know what we're doing click here. Really excited to see these folks and their new baby. I"m sensing a theme of ice cream, perhaps it's us that really likes the ice cream.

What I’m Watching/Reading

Not reading much...but watching lots!

Just finished watching a lot of Netflix shows, 3% and The Rain, both are subtitled, but totally worth it! Make sure to take it off of the english dub and put on the original language.

And started watching The Sinner, so far after 1 episode it's good, it's coming to Netflix on Monday.

What I’m Listening To 

Currently Mini Fox singing lots. Oh, and this one is silly, but there is this radio station out here that does "What's That Noise", usually it goes up $100 per wrong guess, and Thursday it goes up $1000, well they had this noise that got up to $50,000! That is a LOT of wrong is the noise if you want to hear it...okay going to give you the answer so if you don't want to know, click the link to hear the noise's the lint trap of your dryer...

What I’m Doing This Weekend 

Doing dinner with our Friday night dinner friends. Then Saturday going to try and hit up the gym, Baby Fox is going to karate and then we're having some more friends over for dinner on Saturday (it's our ice cream friends), yes there will be ice cream.

What I’m Looking Forward To Next Month

Hopefully hitting up the beach lots and going swimming lots. The weather has been too cool for too much swimming...trying to enjoy the cool weather while we can though. And hopefully we'll sneak in a date night in there too.

What Else Is New

Not much else is new. I've pretty much told you everything there is to tell.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

5 Ways To Squeeze In Date Night

Hi Foxy Friends! Today I thought I would continue on with my Marriage Series, it's been on hiatus for a while, but I'm back today talking about how we squeeze in date night.

| One | Find Time

Most important is to find the time. Mr. and I both work full time, so it's really important that we find time for each other. So each night after the kids go to bed, we make lunches for the next day together, then we watch one show together then head off to bed.

| Two |  Day Dates

Mr. and I almost always try to take an extra day after we get back from vacation to spend with each other. So you get an extra day of vacation and you get a date, win-win before going back to normal life. It's a normal day of school and after school stuff, and Mr. and I head out for brunch, movies, shopping, whatever we feel like.

| Three | Make Plans

Schedule date nights far in advance. I know everyone's dance card fills up quick, I know that ours does at least a month or two in advance, so I started to schedule in date nights and get either my parents or a babysitter to watch them so we can go out. We try to go to a nice dinner, so we can talk...mostly about the kids and how cute they are, but it's uninterrupted talking with no Mom, Mom, Mom...

| Four | Trade with Friends

Sometimes it doesn't workout to get a babysitter, but trading babysitting services with friends with kids your kids age works well. We have some friends who have kids that play really well with our kids, so we know that dropping them off there isn't too much of a pain for them, because everyone plays so nicely. And Vice versa, their kids stay with us while they go out.

| Five |  Compliment Each Other

I know this isn't exactly a date night, but families get busy and you can't always get out. The kids are up too late with a cold, or a scary monster in their closet, so when you can't get away at all, go out of your way to compliment your significant other. A "you're doing a great job", or "thanks for bathing the kids", or "thanks for doing the dishes", or "you look nice tonight"...goes a long way. It reminds the other person that you do appreciate all that they do for you and the family.

5 relatively easy ways to squeeze in date night. Mostly you have to make it happen. They won't happen by themselves if you don't plan and follow through. Maybe surprise your significant other by setting up the babysitting situation and telling them you're going out, the babysitter is on the way!

So how do you find time to date your significant other?

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Monday, June 25, 2018

5 Camping Foods To Make

Hi Foxy Friends! Happy Monday! Hope you are all having a great start to your week. This is another short week for me, so I'm happy about that (off Friday for me this week). Anyway, today on The Blended Blog, we are talking more summer things, but this time camping food. So Mr. and I have been camping a few times...the first few times we did the same things, and then this last time in Yosemite, we really stepped up our game. I'll break it down for you, before 2017 and after...

| ONE | Frozen Steak

This is also a good tip. I freeze a steak before we leave, so it acts like both a block of ice and then while we were driving and eating other stuff it would thaw out (we usually eat this on the second or third day). Add some

| TWO | Potato, Onion and Steak and/or Bean Burritos

Cook some potatoes in the microwave before you leave, and put in foil to bring with you. Then you can make a yummy potato breakfast (since you are just cutting and heating the potatoes, you don't have to wait for them to cook). We usually add in some onions and either do a bean/cheese and potato burrito or add some eggs and have a breakfast burrito. Sorry the picture quality is so poor, had to screen shoot from Costco website, I seem to have misplaced these photos...oops!

I can't remember what was mixed with this, bean or steak...but I can tell you it was delicious taco. we added some pico de gallo.

| THREE | Dutch Oven BBQ Chicken, Bacon and Potatoes

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Dutch oven cooking for camping...have you heard of it? When we went to Sequoia last year, we were on a bus with this other family that introduced us to dutch oven cooking in the fire changing I tell ya!

So here is what we bought, a large dutch oven I duh, I bought this one. And then I also realized, how are we going to get this hot thing out of the fire then I bought this. And for easy clean up, because you're camping, and doing dishes while camping I bought these liners to go into our dutch oven, heck ya, they did tear a little bit, but that little bit of mess was WAY easier to clean up than if we didn't use them at all!

We followed this recipe...she has better pictures.

Bonus, you cook the hot dogs for the kids while you are making your fancy Dutch Oven recipes.

Hot off/in the fire pit.

And the finished product, it looks burnt, but tastes delicious!

There was none left over.

Some tips if you make this: rotate the pot in the fire pit, as one side is going to be closer to the fire than the you'll want to rotate it so that one side isn't burnt.

| FOUR | Dutch Oven Lasanga

I know sounds crazy right?! But it was so dang good! We followed this recipe. Of course she has better pictures then I took. But here is what it looks like in the fire, see how  one side is close to the fire? Don't forget to rotate.

This is what the large lid lifter looks like, makes it super easy to get out of the fire.

I think we had too many coals on the lid and it got too time  I would use less on the lid. All of our wonderful cheese on the top burnt...darn! Or maybe put a layer of foil in the top? Not sure how that would work.

But here's what it looked like under the layer of burnt stuff.

There was none of this left over either...

Tip 1: This take a while to cook, like 2 hours...about 45 minutes to get the coals hot enough another another 45 minutes or so be prepared for that.

Tip 2: After you get your coals nice and hot, don't add more firewood to the fire pit...I know you'll want to, but I think it makes the fire way too hot, unless you have a big fire pit.

Tip 3: Don't be afraid to do this! Seriously, we were super nervous, but in the end it was so dang good, and I think worth the effort.  The people we went with said they usually do super easy dinners, but having a nice dinner like these, makes camping way more fun, and it's in one pot over the fire.

| FIVE | S'mores

Obviously, you have to make tons and tons of S'mores. We like to give the kids hersey's chocolate and then the adults step it up a notch with the fancy chocolate...

| Bonus |

I know our friends buy the kabobs from the meat section of the super market, and cook those up, that's always easy and delicious. What are some of your go to camping foods?

Head on over to The Blended Blog to link up your camping foods.

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