Easy Halloween treat bags

Easy Halloween treat bags

Hello friends! So how’s your week going?! My week is good. I feel like I’ve had busy weeks these last few weeks. I’m really thinking about taking a weekend getaway. Ugh does it sound nice. I’ve been wanting a night away with the hubby for a while. Can you believe we’ve never left breaker over night. He’s almost 6, lol! Like both of us together. I think it’s time very soon! We are going to a concert in a few weeks which I can’t wait!

But for today’s post I’m keeping it Halloween themed just like I said I was all October long! I have the easiest treat bag you can make for your kids class, if you don’t have kids maybe your co-workers, some special neighbors or if you have a fun Halloween party planned! They are so easy and inexpensive. But look supper cute and just a little more special rather than the basic candy bags!

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All you need is some mini size paper bags, I got these at Michaels craft store. I also got the ribbon there. Don’t forget to use coupons! You’ll need some scissors and a whole punch!

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Super simple just cut a big enough piece of the ribbon so you can make a cute bow! Stuff your bag with whatever treat you’d like, and fold down, make some holes with your hole puncher and pull that ribbon through and wallah! You have a cute mini treat bag! Super easy super cute! And the kids will love to help stuff these with goodies.

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I also have ones from last year you might want to check out! These were a little more time consuming but cute! 

Hope you liked this easy DIY, till next post!

XO Lisa

Cookies and cocktails Halloween style

Cookies and cocktails Halloween style

Hello friends! Happy October! If you don’t know already, I absolutely love this month! I feel like it’s a fun month for creativity. Whether it’s making your costumes, making party treats or just good old home decorations. It’s just such a fun month! Not to mention my kids love Halloween! Yesterday morning when I turned on nick Jr for Breaker he was ecstatic that the logo was Halloween style, lol! Running around the house saying it’s October 1st I’m so excited for Halloween.

So with that said , I’m dedicating this month to Halloween on the blog! Each week I’ll have a new Halloween themed blog up! This week I’m starting with a simple table set up for a Halloween themed cookies and cocktails! I love a theme!

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The table I kept simple! Fresh flowers are always a must. I kept it skeleton theme. And I liked the idea of cookies and cocktails. Of course you can have a food spread, a charcuterie board is always perfect! You can even ask each guest to bring cookies, to make it more fun. Halloween themed of course! And don’t forget the cocktails. I’d keep it simple maybe some champagne or a simple not so sweet cocktail. Sangria is always fun! I purchased the cool skeleton straws at party city, I thought they were a cool touch.

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The cookies I mean are you dead from how cute they are! These are so cute and just add such a perfect touch for the theme! These are from , With a pinch of love! She makes the cutest cookies and treats. And can match any theme you’d like! I’d say the perfect part of a Halloween party! Even for classes or co-workers! I’ll leave her info below! Order early, and head over to my Instagram for her cute treat bags she makes!

Invite your favorite girl pals over and to set the mood of Halloween, set a theme to dress code. You can do pajama party, black and white! You can have each girl make a Halloween inspired headband and maybe have a contest on best headband! Or make it chic and have it cocktail dress attire!

Hope you liked this simple table set up! Till next spooky post!

XO Lisa

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Back to school chit chat!

Back to school chit chat!

Hello my friends! How are all my Mamas doing with back to school?! We had first day yesterday and oh my was I nervous! I even felt sick on Monday. I wasn’t sure if I was getting sick or just nerves. Well turns out it was nerves. I was praying so hard that Breaker has a great first day. Drop off was scary for me not him. I shed a few tears under my glasses. He was all smiles! Me and the hubby waited until they walked into class and we walked away feeling so weird. Leaving our baby for a full day of big boy school. Pre-school was different I knew it was 3 hours and mommy would be there before he can miss me. But kindergarten is big time! Well we went to breakfast to try to enjoy our morning and the place we go to we see nothing but parents with their babies. I mean just hurt our hearts more. Reminiscing about those fun days when he would sit in a high chair eat mum mums and make us smile. But we knew our strong boy would be fine. So of course what do we do?! We be creepy parents and pass by school early to see if we see him,LOL! Of course we get there early we wait, Bell rings and we are off to get him from class. Walks out with the biggest smile ever saying how much he loves school! Omg mom and dad were all smiles! He even tells us he wants to say bye to his teacher. He gives her a hug and she tells me he’s a joy to have in class, a dream so great! My heart felt so warm to see that and hear that. I know we are going to be just fine.

My Big boy had a great day! I mean sophomore year!!! He’s busy and he’s devoted to school! I know he will do great! I wish him the funnest year and I know he will achieve all his goals!

My morning routine went smooth. If I can share any advice is try to do as much as you can the night before! I lay out all their clothes, prep what’s going in lunches and I shower Breaker! Gives me more time in the morning and gives me that not so rushed feeling. I like to send the boys off to school not stressed. So rushing is just a no for me. Will see if we can keep it up all year long! So when’s Christmas break?! Lol

Happy back to school! Till next post!

XO Lisa

Back to school checklist!

Back to school checklist!

Happy Wednesday! Hope you all are having a great week so far. I know we still have another month of summer, But I always feel once the kids go back to school, Summer is over, LOL! I mean the heat lingers on until October but summer fades away. I’m looking forward to fall weather, Pumpkin spice and halloween, too soon?! But before Pumpkin spice we have to get these kiddos back to school.

So I’ve been doing this for a while, My David is entering sophomore year so I consider myself a Pro. No not really, but I’ve done first day of school enough times to know. And I’m being sarcastic, LOL! I forgot a lot of stuff when it’s the start of kindergarten. So I’m sharing a few things that might help you in the future or if you are going through this now. I found myself running around yesterday getting last minute things done because I wasn’t prepared for these very little but important steps.

Very important and also something we might not realize until we are told. I didn’t realize Breaker’s immunization card wasn’t updated, I know he was updated with all his vaccinations, but it was not recorded on his card. So the school said without that he can’t start. Thank goodness he starts next week. I called the Dr and had the card updated. So just remember and make sure the immunization cards are updated. It’s very important.

If you have a child in sports, make sure they have physicals done. Kids will not be able to practice until a complete physical is complete and if you wait till the last minute, You will be running around trying to get appointments in and proper paper work filled out. Believe me try to get the appointments done ahead of time.

Those are important because you know dealing with Dr’s offices aren’t always a fast turnaround. The rest is basically just making sure kids have proper attire for school, School supplies most schools and classes give list for what’s needed the first week of school. So I normally just buy the basics, and shop for the rest once I have the list from teachers. It saves time and money. Sometimes we buy things they don’t need.

And lastly just relax and try to breathe and enjoy the beginning of school. I’ve learned to just be understanding especially to my oldest. I know the first month of school for him is just trying to find a system that works for him. He’s pretty busy this school year. So I will just try to help when I can and make sure he’s not slacking off, But most important making sure he stays healthy physically and mentally. And for my Breaker, He’s already having a hard time understanding he will be there longer and M-F, LOL! But I know he will love it. How mom feels, TO BE Continued!

Happy first Day of school to everyone and Cheers Mamas, We made it through another summer!

XO Lisa

A Mother’s worry

A Mother’s worry

Hello my friends! Hope you all are enjoying the summer! I know kids are gearing back to go to school. We are preparing for school over at our house. Which brings me to my post today.

So with all the news right now about the El Paso Texas shooting and Ohio shooting just gives me so much anxiety. Never in a million years did I ever think just sending my kids off to school would make me worry so much about stuff like this.

Growing up Mom would drop us off at school to learn and it was a place she knew we would be safe while she was working. Now I can’t help to have major anxiety every time I drop my Dave off at school. I try to have a positive mind and even my Dave doesn’t seem worried. So I like that he goes to school happy and positive. But as a mom I can’t help but worry about my babies.

It’s sad sad that we even worry about going to a public place now. I hate that even if I see someone with a back pack makes me nervous. Us moms have a million worries a day, I pray everyday that something changes. So we don’t have to fear sending our kids to school or even walk into our local target or Walmart. I pray hard very hard this changes.

As we send our kids off to school this year lets pray together, that we don’t have any shootings. Sending love and hugs to all the worried moms. Let’s have positive thoughts for the sake of our babies.

Xo Lisa

My Netflix picks

My Netflix picks

Hello My friends! I wanted to jump right into this post. So with the heat rising and sometimes it’s just too hot to leave the house. I thought how perfect was it to make a list of my favorite Netflix shows. I love a good show or a good movie. But at my older age, LOL! I just can’t sit still unless it’s really good. I also have to love it within the first 10 minutes or else I lose interest and it’s just a waste of my time.

So if you don’t want to waste time on a silly movie or sit and waste an hour with your significant other and decide what to watch. Then keep reading! I promise you will find some good ones on my list.

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First my favorite shows most binge worthy or watch at a good pace to enjoy! Not in any kind of order like favorites or anything. Just my list!

  1. Stranger things
  2. Grace and Frankie
  3. On my block
  4. Ozark
  5. You
  6. Luke Cage
  7. The Crown
  8. The Punisher
  9. Narcos
  10. Jessica Jones
  11. The Umbrella Academy
  12. The house of flowers
  13. Dead to me
  14. Queer eye

And for movies I’m sure there is a lot of movies that are great but I listed Netflix originals that I really liked. That I would even watch again.

  1. kissing booth
  2. To all the boys I’ve loved before
  3. Always be my maybe
  4. See you yesterday
  5. Ali Wong comedy specials(both funny)
  6. Joy Koy comedy specials(both funny)
  7. Secret Obsession

Last Might be one you’ve seen but I watched all the episodes on netflix and it took me like months, LOL! But I loved it so much. I have a slight obsession with anything with vampires and werewolves. So if you are the same I’d highly recommend you watch Vampire Diaries, and if you love that watch the Originals and if you like that watch Legacies. They are all connected and great shows. I mean I was sad when I finished watching, and not to mention some good vampire eye candy to watch, Oops did I say that out loud.

Hope you liked this post and I really hope you find something you like on this list. Pop that popcorn and enjoy! Till next post!

XO  Lisa

Easy homemade Ice cream sandwiches

Easy homemade Ice cream sandwiches

Hi my beauties! Loving the summer life right now. I’m not a huge fan of the heat, but hey I’m not complaining. Ok so do you all know that July is the month of Ice cream, Oh yes it’s a thing. Even Smorgasburg If you live in LA, I’m sure you know what this is. If you don’t I have a post on it here! They have a day that they dedicate to Ice cream. So check it out. I believe it’s in a few weeks. Well today I’m sharing these cute ice cream sandwiches that are super easy and fun to do with the kiddos.

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First you need to make the cookies, I have my favorite recipe here. But if you have your own favorite you can do that too! So basically any kind of cookie you like, Just remember when placing on the cookie sheet you will make them a little larger than you would a cookie. I actually did 2 scoops of my cookie scooper and I kind of pressed them down a little to mold it better because my cookies come out really raised. You want your cookies to be more flat. It just works better. Make cookies ahead of time because you want them cooled down.

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For the ice cream I just bought a regular gallon of vanilla. I let it get a little soft and I scooped the ice cream out onto a square dish about an inch or 2 high. I placed wax paper and put the ice cream on top. I made sure it was even all over. Placed tray in freezer for about an hour.

Once your ice cream is pretty hard, you’re going to want to make circle cut outs about the same size as your cookie. I used a lid from a mason jar it worked perfect because I was able to pop it out really good. Once you have the circles of ice cream cut out place that in between the 2 cookies. Mine were a perfect size. Once this is done You can eat that ice cream up! You can even add some sprinkles on the side or mini chocolate chips. If you are not eating them right away, I strongly recommend just keeping the ice cream in the freezer. You can pre-cut all your circles too and leave them on the wax paper. Leave your cookies out because I did freeze them with the cookie and my son said they were a little hard to eat, Too Frozen. But he said it was still good. I had one like I mentioned and the cookie was so soft with the nice frozen ice cream in between, Perfect! Great for a small summer gathering because you can have everything ready before hand. A cute idea for a party is to have a few side sprinkle choices so your guest can choose!

Hope you liked this post, Enjoy!

XO  Lisa