Family

Mother’s Day/Presli’s Day

IMG_1359Mother’s Day is a day where your kids, friends, parents, grandparents, and sisters all let you know how important you are in this world. A lot of moms I have spoken to do not feel that they have meaning to this world and if you are one of those people, I am here to tell you that you are wrong. If you are a mother, you have the most powerful feeling in the world because you have brought this beautiful child into the world. Of course you suffered for hours in labor just to have that bundle of joy in your arms as fast as you could. You are their first love, their role model, and the truest friend. Being a mom is beautiful in so many ways and especially to your child. Your own mother is so proud of you for taking on such an important role in life. That my friends, is better than being a boss, a badass employee, an entrepreneur, or anything else you do in life. Priorities are kids and even for pet owners. You are moms too! Even if you are not a parent, your role in life matters to everyone. Please know that you are all special in so many ways.

Presli makes me feel very special everyday, not just Mother’s Day. I write her sweet notes in her lunch box weekly. It may not sound like much, but to her it brightens her day a little more and helps her think of me. She writes me poems, songs, notes, and pictures for me almost daily. I feel so honored that she thinks of me even just once in her busy little schedule at school. She makes me so happy each and every day. This mother’s Day was a little on the lazy side while we watched Finding Dory together. I cherish every moment I get with her even if I am a little grouchy, I try to put it aside because that’s a moment I get to spend with her. Thank you Presli for your role in life and for letting me be apart of it. Thank you Josh for slaving all day for me with food and relaxation. Thank you mama for bringing me into this world and being the most amazing role model and friend I could ever look up to. You made being a parent easier because you were so wonderful for me.

 

xoxo-

Cait

 

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Family

Presli’s Funny of the Day

I would like to share Presli’s funny this morning.

I do not know about any of you, but Presli has a hard time wanting to keep clean! I know kids usually do not like to bathe and she throws the same fit every night for bath time. She does it, but with a frown on her face.

She achieved washing her hair last night fairly well and this morning she asked Josh to smell it while she was getting ready for school. He then said absolutely not because he knows how “well” she washes her hair. (It was not a very refreshing smell).

She expressed to us that “the thing her mom got her to sleep on did not help her memory to wash it well enough that night.” For all of you, I bought her a memory foam MATTRESS TOPPER. She declares that it is not in the least bit helping her memory.

Memory foam- Great for rest, not for memory.

I hope you enjoyed that as much as we did!

Xoxo- Cait 

 

Family

What is your talent? 

So, I just need to start off by saying that my little first grader participated in the talent show today. She has been practicing so hard and I am so proud of her for completing that challenge. All of those kids who participated were so brave for proving their talents to the school and parents. Presli is a beautiful singer and I am just so happy that she faced her fears of being in front of an audience at such a young age.

 


Xoxo-

Cait

Family

Harry Potter- Should You Read It To Your Kids?

YES! Absolutely! My sister, Natalie, recently purchased Harry Potter for my little Presli. Natalie is addicted to it and I myself, have never picked up the book before. I started reading the first book to Presli and it was the one with the illustrations in it, which is pretty awesome! There are a few parents who have frowned upon me when I tell them I am reading it to my little seven year old. They obviously have not read it themselves. In my opinion, it gives children such a vibrant imagination! The words are large and the descriptions are fabulous! Some parts are a little scary, but the sound effects I make just make her giggle, so I feel like I am making it a little bit more at ease. Overall, Presli LOVES it and I have turned into a huge HP fan! We are now on the second book and I have to say it is my new favorite over the first one.

 

xoxo-

Cait

Family

Presli Photoshoot 

I just need to share how AMAZING my daughter is! I have done a photoshoot of her today and I just have to say I planned on 30 minutes TOPS, but she had over plans. We took over 200 pictures in two and a half hours! I could not get her to stop being a camera hog. Take a look at my beautiful little girl!

xoxo-

Cait

Food

Mac & Cheese Pizza 


Oh yes! Yes, I did.

Before making this, I was debating on just making PB&J, but the grumbling in my tummy was too real for that. I put together Presli’s love of Mac and cheese mixed with my desperate love of carbs (crust).

First, you make that dough!

Preheat your oven to 375 

I used what I think is mostly typical ingredients for crust. I did not use yeast because I was hungry and did not want to wait. This took me about 8 minutes to make.

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 cups of flour
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (room temp)
  • 1 cup milk

Just blend these all with either a wooden spoon or a dough mixer until it forms a big dough ball.

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I put that aside while I started boiling the eggs noodles.

The cheese sauce ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups of milk
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • Spoon full of bacon grease
  • Roughly 6 cups of shredded cheese
  • Salt and pepper

Warm 1 cup of milk with the bacon grease until it slightly bubbles. Mix together remaining milk with the flour until blended and slowly stir it in the bubbling milk.

Keep stiring until there are no more clumps.

Wait for the sauce to get thickened before adding in the cheese and spices.

Mix together egg noodles and sauce.

Going back to your dough…

Flatten it out over flour onto a flat surface. Then you just fold over the edges to make a plump crust edge.

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Pour in your Mac and cheese!

I added minced garlic to my crust edges.

I added Panko bread crumbs to the top of the pizza.

Pop it in the oven for 12-15 minutes!

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My 7 year old thought it was amazing!

Josh had several pieces, I am guessing it was good.

For myself, I ate 3 pieces and didn’t look back!

Xoxo-

Caitlin 

Family

Death of a Family Pet and How to Tell Your Child

The sad news of telling your little child that their best friend or family member has passed on can be devastating. This is most often the first time kids come across death if they are at a younger age. Our fish, Tad died after four years. He may only be a fish that you cannot touch or play with, but he was hers and she was his. 

Let me start by saying that the thing that shocked me the most was that she was not the least bit upset! 

I started off with, “something happened and I know it will make you upset, but we will talk about it and I will answer any questions.”
Her reaction to the death of Tad our little blue beta fish was oh… okay. She went on with her business. 

Xoxo-

Cait

Fitness

Work Work Work WORK OUT

My Workout Playlist

Let out that inner Beyonce!


Gym Feels:

  1. Alanis Morissette- Ironic
  2. Ariana Grande- Dangerous Woman
  3. Banks- Beggin For Thread
  4. Rolling Stones- Beast of Burden
  5. Billy Squier- My Kinda Lover
  6. The Chainsmokers- Don’t Let Me Down
  7. X Ambassadors- Kerosene Dreams
  8. M83- Midnight City
  9. Mark Morrison- Return of the Mack (remix)
  10. Maroon 5- Sugar
  11. Nick Jonas- Chainsaw
  12. Nicky Jam- El Perdon
  13. Seather- Weak

Cardio’s Radio is what gets me through:

  1. Bob Marley- A Lalalalalalalala Long
  2. Bullet For My Valentine- Your Betrayal
  3. Shinedown- Call Me
  4. Capital Cities- Safe and Sound
  5. Daddy Yankee- Limbo
  6. Don Omar- Danza Kuduro (FAVZIE)
  7. Flume- Never Be Like You
  8. Five Finger Death Punch- Bad Company (or any FFDP)
  9. X Ambassadors- Gorgeous
  10. Halsey- Castle
  11. Imagine Dragons- Shots
  12. J. Balvin- Ay Vamos
  13. Kaleo- No Good
  14. Kaleo- Way Down We Go
  15. Kat Dahlia- Crazy
  16. Zayn & Taylor Swift- I Don’t Want to Live Forever
  17. ZZ Top- Tush
  18. The Rolling Stones- Gimme Shelter

Xoxo-

Cait