Monday, September 15, 2014

Pretzel Mix Recipe!

1 large bag of Rold Gold Pretzel Thins
1/2 bottle Orville Redenbachers Popcorn Oil
2 tsp of dry Ranch Dressing Mix
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Lemon Pepper
1/2 tsp Dill Weed

* Combine all ingredients in a gallon size Ziplock bag*
rotate several times over the next 24 hours


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Explore & Dream with Gymboree!

As you've read on this space before, we spend most of our days curled up together to read as a family. Over the past 3 years Harper's love for reading has grown daily and her imagination is always in full swing. Last year we made this sweet craft to celebrate this tiny caterpillar and all of the joy it has brought into our home and today, we're celebrating once again! Eric Carle has partnered up with Gymboree to bring a playful and colorful line to families around the world to spark the imagination in not only the children, but in us parents too! I am reminded daily of the joys from my childhood that books brought as I sit and read with Harper and with this clothing line by Eric Carle she can dream and explore while enjoying his stories too. 

This new collection that has hit stores is based around two of our favorite books, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Harper absolutely LOVES her new pajama's and has requested them every night since we brought them home! Colors, creativity and adventure fill all of these amazing books and we are so thrilled to have them on clothing now! How adorable are they!?

Inspired by Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, from 9/2-9/30, we will be hosting a photo contest, where we are encouraging parents to help their little ones take a picture of what they see. Entrants can submit a photo via Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr or via our designated direct photo upload site, using the hashtag, #WhatDoYouSee. 

For even more fun, download our iPhone app so you and your little one can add some Eric Carle fun to your photos and play a caterpillar game! Entrants of the #WhatDoYouSee contest will have the chance of winning one of ten Eric Carle gift baskets including: A House for Hermit Crab book, a signed copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar book, figurines, stickers, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sippy Cup, Chunky Colored Pencils, Match and Munch Game, Place Mats Book, and Stage & Play (Valued at $144.99). 

The winners will be announced 9/30/14!

Thank you Gymboree, for sponsoring this post!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Our Bugaboo Summer!

September is here and saying farewell to summer is going to be a tough one! We have enjoyed so many days of sunshine as a family and though we are ready for the next season, we're sad to see this one go so soon! Our adventures this summer have been so much fun with Harper. She has learned so much about the world around her and those sun kisses cheeks make me weak at the knees. Exploring this summer wouldn't have been the same without our Bugaboo Buffalo by our side! You've read about how much we love our Bugaboo on this space here, but today, it's an entirely different story! 

Having a stroller that is durable, comfortable and beautiful is like a dream! We have fallen so in love with our Bugaboo this summer after many days at the Zoo, beach, long walks on Purdue's campus and through crowded streets at festivals and the Farmers Market! Harper is pushing nearly 30 pounds (my teeeeny tiny lady!) and carrying her is hard on my back and Michael's shoulders after hours and hours of traveling by foot, which is where our Bugaboo Buffalo stroller comes in! Harper fits perfectly into her stroller and loves to push it around too when we aren't in a crowded area! She always double checks the trunk to make sure that it's there, ready for action! Also, how beautiful is the soft pink canopy? You sure have done us proud, Bugaboo! Thank you for an amazing summer filled with luxurious travels!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Our Weekend!

We survived our first full week back at Purdue! It feels good to be home in our own beds and finally unpacked after an amazing summer full of family and traveling! We were so excited to have the Holiday weekend together at home! Friday started out like any other Friday around here... you know, dance parties and cinnamon rolls! We also spent the day exploring because we were due for thunderstorms over the next FIVE days... what? No thanks! We're trying to soak of the last bit of sunshine over here! Weekends used to be a BIG deal for us because that was our only time we would be able to see Michael outside of his Aero Lab and now that Grad School is in full force and his class load has decreased we have been able to see him so much more this past week than the entire last 2 years! It's been pretty great! ;-) 

Next up on our weekend blog post.... BROWNIES! Harps always loves surprising people with the tiniest treats so we decided to make Michael his absolute favorite dessert. Also, that robe. Whenever we are home Harper requests to wear her robe around the house, even over her clothes and it's so hard for me to say no to that tiny lady and that tiny robe! There is nothing she adores more than those princesses, let me tell ya. We spent most of our day baking and dancing around the kitchen, making up songs as we we went along. I've caught Harper singing them off and on all weekend. BE STILL MY HEART! Love making memories with my girl!

We ended our weekend at Fair Oaks Farms! Cow + Pig tours, fresh cheese and ice cream and a day full of adventures was the perfect ending to our weekend! Harper's mind was racing the entire day and she kept asking, "What's that do? How does that happen? Why?" over and over and over again. The weather was amazing and we can't wait to go back in the fall for the festivals! Also, lets talk about those pig tails, shall we? Harper wanted me to do her hair like Elsa but her hair is too short so I had to improvise! Presenting ... ELSA TAILS! Aka, Harper's new favorite hair style! ;-) Yesterday she woke up and got ready for school and came into the bathroom so that I could do her hair and insisted that I give her Elsa Tails so that she could show all of her friends at school! She also enjoyed playing Doctor to that pig and seeing the piglets roam around! We hope that you all had a wonderful Holiday weekend!

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