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Apr 20, 2017

Semi-homemade Reeses Candy Chocolate Brownies








Okay you guys, can we just talk about these brownies for the next few minutes, please, pretty please!!!

Yes I love to bake but I love it even more when I get to skip some of the hard work.  This week just so happens to be my kid's Spring Break and although I was not able to take off a whole week with them, I am able to spend the whole day with them today and tomorrow.  So when this mama is not stressed and finds time to bake or cook for kicks, guess what, I'm baking or cooking for my family!

We've actually been meaning to make these brownies since last month but we hadn't found the time and slowly forgot about them.  

Except this week we had tons of Reese's Peanut Butter cups easter eggs left over because we look forward to these all year long, and yes we bought a couple of bags of them!  But of course as they sit around we all tend to grab one or two a day and well that was starting to get torturus for me personally, therefore today having found the time to bake these brownies, I thought, why not!  Let me just chop down each of these peanut butter chocolate eggs and top these brownies .... best decision EVER!!!









Now let me just tell how easy these are to make.


It all starts with a box of Double Chocolate Brownie Mix by Ghirardelli, follow the instructions on the mix, after you've completed all the steps, pour it in your baking pan.  You can then chop up your favorite peanut butter chocolate candy and just simply top it off and throw it in the oven, follow box mix heating and baking time instructions.

And that's all... that's how easy these are!






Pour yourself a glass of milk and you've got this covered.  

These were all the sweetness we were anticipating this whole time and totally worth the wait.  We're chocolate lovers around here so it'll surprise me if these last longer than two days!

Enjoy!

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Apr 14, 2017

No Joking Matter | Our Latest Scare!




If you guys follow on Instagram you might already know what I'll be talking about in this post, but if you don't, earlier this week our son had to have an emergency surgery.  

In all honesty I did not know a thing about this type of health scare or how this could even happen until this week.  Its funny how much we as parents don't know or are not informed of, honestly someone come up with a handbook already of all possible health risks and scares for children!  It would be endless, I know, crazy right! 


A sudden pain that started late Sunday night, not really being too concerned, because considering he had been sitting most of the day playing video games and the fact that he's at that age when he's experiencing growing changes, we gave him some ibuprofen and off to bed he went.  Of course me as a mother, first thing I wanted to do was take him to the ER but my husband and my son did not want to and did not seem that concerned and wanted to wait and see how he felt in the morning.  What do I know, I'm just a girl, right.

Well apparently I know nothing, because he woke up with no pain and off to school he went.

Except I received the call around 11:30am that same day that he was in pain again and I needed to pick him up.  Off we went straight to the ER from there.  Which by the way doesn't necessarily mean they'll see you right away either, after check in, waiting, taking his vitals, the nurse and doctor looking and asking him questions, well a good 2 hours in, they finally decided to do an ultra sound.

Finally after the ultrasound, things started to move quickly, now the doctors realizing the urgency in the matter.  They found that he had Testicular Torsion, in case you, just like me at the time didn't know what that is, you can read more about it here.  But basically his left testicle was not getting any blood flow and it was because it was twisted.  Such a rare occurrence but common in boys or young men prior to the age of 25, it can happen at anytime starting from the point of being in their mom's womb.

It was so sudden and as much as I was scared because it was just me, my husband still at work and my daughter had her own plans earlier that day, and in situations like this I usually tend to be calm and hide my emotions, and especially this moment I needed to keep it together for my son's sake.  He was scared and emotional for both of us, plenty.


Same day surgery was required, by 530 that evening he was already in surgery, and thankfully my husband showed up just in the nick of time, which by the way surgery only took about an hour.  It was fairly quickly which I can appreciate considering how nervous and anxious we were.  The doctor had specified he was hopeful and would do his best to save his testicle but there was that possibility that it was not save-able.

After surgery the doctor did come out to advise that he was not able to save it but he was able to make sure that the same thing would not happen with his right side.

He had to spend the night at the hospital but we were able to go home the following day.  Besides lots of rest for healing, he is to take it easy for the next week and a half, which is a blessing that their Spring break doesn't actually start until after Easter.  

He was able to attend his last day of school today and looking forward to a very mellow Spring break, kind of break!

As much as my son will probably hate me in the long run for a post like this, although believe me, he's handling it like a trooper and has been such a good and understanding sport about it, so truthfully I doubt he'll mind much.  But I truly felt the need to really talk about this type of scare and situation that any #BoyMom is not aware of and that the possibility of this is 1 in 4,000.  Sighhh.

Do your research and when your boys have their annual physicals with their pediatrician have them check and make sure all is good and normal.

Not that I failed to have my son's pediatrician do his physical thoroughly but its been a while and to be honest I can see how a doctor wouldn't normally check for this type of concern.  Maybe they don't hear about it often because of the rarity of it, but it should be a normality and frequent for your son's sake.  Especially if your son is in sports all things are a possibility.

With this said, I am so thankful for god watching over my son and having taken him the night of or the day after his pain started, it was inevitable that this would happen.  But my advice is don't wait, I wish I would have listened to my mommy instincts and gone sooner and the Doctor reassured me the outcome probably wouldn't have been much different.

I'll be caring and smothering my boy for a little while longer for the next week or so, whether he likes it or not.

Wishing you all a blessed and happy Easter!  If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave them below.


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Apr 7, 2017

A Classic Navy Dresser




Even though I keep saying I'm that much closer to finishing my son's room, just when I think its pretty much done, something else changes.  He changes his mind more so than me.  Interests and style literally change from one day to the next.

So I'll start by giving you glimpses into what is going into his room.  Like I did {here}. Today I'm sharing this classic detailed dresser that once again I found on Craigslist for $12, no joke and absolutely loved the size and classic look.  Although its not as tall as the inspired look on my inspiration board, I'm still very happy with my bargain and good bones find.

Country chic paint carries so many colors and its sometimes pretty hard to choose but navy happens to be one of the colors we've chosen for his room color scheme, so I decided on Midnight Sky


Don't worry it wasn't missing a drawer but I did want to get in a picture before I got started so I snapped a quick one.


This dresser as you can tell had only been stained with a very dark walnut.  Therefore to prep it I first wiped it down and then sanded it all around including the face of the drawers just so the paint could adhere better.  Normally as you may already know, with chalk paint you don't always have to sand the piece you're prepping to paint.  But when its a stain with a sealed glossy finish, you can't play it too safe.

I then just went to town painting it with some Midnight Sky.  One coat is all this dresser needed with a few touches here and there.  I let it dry for a few ours then sealed it with their antiquing wax for a darker finish.


I did the same thing with the knobs, since they're also wooden and I have not yet decided on whether I'll be changing them but I like the way it all looks finished.



Unfortunately the lighting in his room isn't the greatest but I hope to bring you better shots once I have the room put together.

Personally I love how the navy blue turned out and gives it that classic look.  I hope it inspires you to try a some of Country Chic's darker colors because they're stunning.

I hope to bring you the final reveal of his room very soon, I'll try to squeeze in some time next week to get the final details done and the room photographed for a reveal post.

Until then, thanks for stopping by and thank you Country Chic for the opportunity to work with their chalk paints on my current projects.

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Disclosure: I was given Country Chic Paint to use for paint projects.  I am under no obligation to post a positive review, and opinions are completely my own. 







Apr 4, 2017

Bar Stools | Country Style Makeover



I was excited to have found these stools when I did and of course for a steal on Craigslist.

Although we don't have a bar counter top or any type of counter high enough to use these bar stools for high seating, I seeked them mostly for their multi purpose. 

 We don't have a lot of room in our home for multiple couches or large seating therefore these are useful for when guests are over and extra seating is needed. I've also noticed that a lot of times these are useful as side tables too.  All in all I think they were a great investment of ten dollars for both and will look nice and pretty anywhere in the house.  

The person I bought them from mentioned they had only been used for home staging therefore they were only slightly scuffed and truthfully didn't matter because I knew I was painting them anyway.

Here's how they started out and the after of how they turned out after I used some of Country Chic's Vanilla frosting chalk paint.


I failed to get a well lit photo of them outdoors like I normally like to do but you get the gist of how they looked prior.  Your basic light wood colored bar stool.

As always when working with chalk paint, no need to sand the furniture piece down.  Just a good cleaning and dry everything well and you're basically ready to start.

Country Chic Paint is by far one of my favorite chalk paints.  I've worked with plenty and although I like a couple of them more than others, this one is definitely one of my top choices.

It was a little hard to decide on white colors I wanted to use, but I've been on a neutral kick as of lately and I love the clean crisp look it gives our home.  Vanilla Frosting has actually become one of my favorite colors from Country Chic and you can see why.





This color is a slight creamier color than their Simplicity color. 

 Which makes for a perfect look if you don't want that bright white and a more subtle look. 

 I gave the stools a couple of coats of the Vanilla Frosting.

They turned out exactly how I envisioned them.  I thought it would be fun to add a grain sack like stripe to them for some added farmhouse character.  Originally I had considered numbering them instead because I've been on a "number" obsession as of lately, soon you'll see why, but this grain sack look, after going back and forth, was the way to go with these two.





I used Country Chic's Midnight Sky for the grain sack stripes and did only one coat, I let that dry for a couple of hours before distressing all over for that worn look I heart so much.  



After letting my chalk paint cure for twenty-four hours I applied and sealed both bar stools with Country Chic Tough Coat  which is the perfect sealer for furniture that gets a lot of use.  

Its supposed to be scratch resistant, it is also water based therefore very low in odor and will not discolor your paint.  It is my first time using their tough coat, so I'll let you know in the near future how well it withstands the daily use, but I trust that it will be true to its description.  

You want to make sure you use a foam brush to apply the tough coat rather then a regular paint brush for a smooth finish and I simply applied two coats of the Touch Coat.




Let me know your thoughts in the comments below and I have a couple of more furniture makeovers coming soon so don't forget to subscribe to the blog in the home page for future updates!  And for sneak peaks of what's to come follow on Facebook and Instagram too.



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Apr 1, 2017

San Diego Weekend Trip






Yes, please.

Although San Diego is not at all that far from home, just a couple of hours.  We needed and had anticipated this time away.  

Probably one of the few trips I have left with my daughter while she's still in her teens and begins to take her own trips solo, so I cherished every minute.



Her two best friends from childhood joined us.  She wanted this to be a girls weekend.  A time to relax, reconnect and simply explore a few local areas we hadn't been to yet.

We stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn/Bayside, which is literally right off PCH near the Harbor.  It hasn't been there very long, so the hotel is still fairly new.  I scored a deal on our stay at hotels.com of course, so this wasn't a complimentary stay, but it was a comfortable stay, their hotel and service is great. Plus its not crowded.

Considering its not a huge hotel and fairly quaint it still looked and felt like a grand hotel, due to their sleek modern style.  


We arrived Saturday afternoon, checked in.  We enjoyed the views and some of the hotels amenities later that evening we had reservations at Searsucker in Downtown for dinner.  

Beautiful place and highly recommended, I've never experienced friendly and great service like we did here and the food, my gosh, delish!



After dinner the girls wanted to enjoy more of the hotels' perks, we headed back and while they enjoyed the rooftop pool and spa, I stayed behind and enjoyed some quiet time in the room.  Personally I enjoy having time for myself when I can, and the hotel had a great selection of movies plus they have crystal clear TV's in their rooms with plush comfy beds, which you'll want to stay in for the remainder of the night!  

That's how this mama parties while out of town!



The next day we didn't have to check out until noon, so we enjoyed some coffee, the views and a slow mode kinda morning, until it was time to head out.

I wanted the girls and I to visit a place that we hadn't been to yet.  Since we were literally across from the island, we decided to head over to Coronado Beach for some lunch and some sightseeing.

If you're ever in the area, I highly recommend you eat at Clayton's Coffee shop, its a local spot that all the locals go to, the food and service was very welcoming.  They get busy so don't wait to be starving to show up because there is a bit of a wait.  Sunday's parking meters in the area don't apply, therefore parking is free so that was nice not having to worry about a timed parking meter.


Since we were in no rush to leave or move the car and everything is literally walking distance, after lunch/brunch we headed to Hotel Del Coronado.  We simply walked along the boardwalk there.  We were pretty stuffed already so we were basically walking off the calories we had just ate.




If you're ever in San Diego during the warm season and want to experience something different than Gaslamp Quarter in downtown, I suggest you come to the island and stay a while.  We'll definitely be coming back for another trip to Coronado Beach and hoping to visit the USS Midway museum in the harbor as well.  So much to do here in SD.

Thanks guys for stopping by and joining us in celebrating my daughter's eighteenth birthday in a way by following us along on our March madness journey here and on Instagram.

If you're interested, my daughter created a vlog on her channel from our weekend trip, you can view it here.

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