Life Interrupted

When I graduated high school, I thought I had my life all figured out. i was going to go to Eastern Michigan University to become a teacher. Since teaching jobs, at that time, in Michigan were over saturated, I had grand plans of moving to a place in desperate need of teachers. At that time it was Arizona. I figured once I graduated college, I would meet a guy, get married and live happily ever after and have 2.5 kids (which…I never quite understood how a .5 kid worked, but that was what I was having). Fortunately for me, that is not how things worked out. Life interrupted.

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About a month after starting college (at Eastern…that part did happen), I met a guy at work. I had no intentions of dating a guy from work. I had worked at this place since I was 15 years old…I didn’t want a guy making it awkward. However, he was very persistent. Always walking me out to my car when I got off after dark and always asking me out on dates. I said no for the longest time until one day i looked at him and said, “if I go on a date with you, will you stop asking me?” Little did I know, I would fall completely head over heels for this guy. Life interrupted.

10 months into our relationship, we got engaged. Quite a few people thought it was rather sudden. A mistaken even, but we knew it was the right thing for us. Neither one of us could imagine spending the rest of our lives with anyone else. About a year or so after we got married, and right before I was going to start my student teaching, I got pregnant. I finished my student teacher and graduated college one month before my son was born.

Life Interrupted

After he was born, and as I anticipated, teaching positions were just not happening in Michigan. There were TOOOOOO many teachers graduating at the same time. So I did a lot of long term subbing. I also decided to go back to school to get a Masters in Early Childhood Education. But again, life had other plans for me and I got pregnant with my daughter. Since she made me sick the entire pregnancy, and the smell of dry erase markers sent me running from the room, I finished those classes and didn’t sign up for another semester. Again, life interrupted.

I had my life completely planned out at 18 years old and guess what, not a single thing happened the way I had planned. Sure I got married and had kids (still waiting on that .5 kid…maybe my cat qualifies for that part???), but other than that, it’s nothing like I imagined. I am not longer teaching or have a desire to teach; we still live in Michigan and that guy I went out with just to get him to leave me be, ended up becoming my husband and we’ve been married for 14 years and you know what, I wouldn’t change anything. So while I still have my pipe dream of becoming a published author one day and writing a book or a series that is as popular as the Alex Cross novels by James Patterson and becoming the breadwinner of the family, I am here to tell you that it is OK to have dreams and it is OK to plan your life out, but be prepared for things to jump in your path that completely sends you in a different direction. Everything always has a way of working themselves out in the end.

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Pina Colada Flavored Whoopie Pies

Nothing screams summer like a delicious Pina Colada drink. Whether you like the adult version or the kid friendly version 7-Eleven offers, you know it’s summer when you are enjoying one of those, while smelling sunscreen and cocoa butter lotion! This weekend, if you are looking for a recipe for your BBQ that is sure to knock the socks off everyone there, then you need to make these Pina Colada Flavored Whoopie Pies recipe! I’m telling you, everyone will be asking you for the recipe!!

pina colada flavored whoopie pies

Pina Colada Flavored Whoopie Pies

Ingredients

  • Duncan Hines Pineapple Cake Mix
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Oil
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 bag of Ghirardelli White Chocolate Melting Chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all ingredients into a large mixing bowl.
  3. Mix until all is combined.
  4. Place a piece of parchment paper on to a cookie sheet.
  5. Scoop batter with an ice cream scoop onto a cookie sheet, 3 inches apart.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Let them cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes.
  8. Using a metal spatula, transfer the pies on to a plate to cool more while you prep the frosting.
  9. While frosting is being made, in a double broiler, melt some of the white chocolate melting chips and set aside.

Frosting Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Sweet Cream Butter
  • 1 TBSP Coconut Extract (I like this onepina colada flavored whoopie pies)
  • 2 cup Powder Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 3-5 TBSP Heavy Whipping Cream

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, except heavy whipping cream, in a mixing bowl and mix well.
  2. If the frosting looks like powdery pebbles, slowly add in the heavy whipping cream.
  3. Once stiff peaks are formed, scoop frosting into a piping bag with a round tip.
  4. Pipe icing onto one side of the whoopie pie and place the other side on top.
  5. Using the melted white chocolate, drizzle onto the whoopie pies.

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Is your mouth watering yet? These Pina Colada Flavored Whoopie Pies can, and will be, enjoyed by everyone! Be the star of your next get together and take a plate of these Pina Colada Flavored Whoopie Pies with you!

Adventures in Babysitting on DVD

In the summer, when our schedule is a little lighter, I tend to let the kids watch a little more TV in the evening than I normally do. I love when I can turn on a channel I know has good movies and television shows that I can trust. The Disney Channel is one of those channels. One of the things my daughter gets excited for are the Disney Channel original movies. She sees commercial after commercial and all I hear leading up to the big day is how much she can’t wait to watch the movie! This past Friday, the Disney Channel aired it’s 100th original movie, Adventures in Babysitting and like every movie before it, this movie was a huge success!!

*I received a copy of this movie for the purpose of this review. All opinions are mine alone*

About Adventures in Babysitting

If you are as old as I am, you may remember the 1980s movieadventures in babysitting with the same name. This years Adventures in Babysitting was hugely inspired by that 1980s classic and it stars Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) and Sofia Carson (Descendants). In this particular movie, two girls, babysitting two different families, get the adventure of a lifetime when one of the kids sneaks off to the city and they spend all night searching for him.

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Cast

  • Sabrina Carpenter as Jenny Parker
  • Sofia Carson as Lola Perez
  • Nikki Hahn as Emily Cooper
  • Mallory James Mahoney as Katy Cooper
  • Max Gecowets as Trey Anderson
  • Jet Jurgensmeyer as Bobby Anderson
  • Madison Horcher as AJ Anderson
  • Kevin Quin as Zac Chase
  • Gillian Vigman as Helen Anderson
  • Gabrielle Miller as Donna Cooper
  • Michael Northey as Tiny
  • Ken Lawson as Scalper
  • Max Lloyd-Jones as Officer James
  • Kevin O’Grady as Barry Cooper
  • Hugo Ateo as Hal Anderson

Bella absolutely loved this movie! She thought it was funny and very entertaining. It is definitely one that she will want to watch over and over again. Plus, she really loves Sabrina Carpenter (we are huge Girl Meets World fans in this house)!

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If you missed the premier of Adventures in Babysitting last Friday, no worries…you can pick up your copy on DVD on Tuesday, June 28th!! Preorder your copy hereadventures in babysitting!!

About Disney Channel

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family-inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable in over 96 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney ABC Television Group.

Great BBQ Recipes for Your Next Cook-Out

Getting together with friends and family is one of our favorite things to do in the summer. The kids can run around and play while the adults hang out and enjoy some adult conversation. I’m always looking for great BBQ recipes to take to the various cook-outs we go to on the weekends. I tend to fall back on my favorites like this Oriental Chicken Pasta Salad recipe, but that’s mainly because I didn’t plan for something else, or I was being lazy (probably more like I was being lazy). If this sounds like you and you are stressing about what to take…no worries! I have some of the best and easy BBQ recipes on the web…right here! So just sit back, scroll through, and pick a delicious recipe to take to your next cook-out!

great bbq recipes

I am a HUGE cauliflower fan. Now that Target sells cauliflower crumbles, I find anything and everything to put it in. And, being that Target is the only place that I can find the cauliflower crumbles at, I get my Target fix to! My husband is less than thrilled about that part! This Loaded Cauliflower Salad is definitely something I could see myself taking to a cook-out.

great bbq recipes

Another cauliflower salad I would consider taking is this Broccoli Cauliflower Salad.

Cauliflower not your thing? Do you prefer something a little more traditional? This California Potato Salad (pictured below) or this Warm Tuscan Bacon Potato Salad may be more what you are looking for! And really, a BBQ isn’t a BBQ without some sort of potato salad, right?!?

great bbq recipes

Where there’s a BBQ, there is always a pasta salad or a coleslaw. Like the potato salad, those two dishes seem to be a BBQ staple, as well. You can make a traditional pasta salad, if you would like, but I would give this Southwestern Pasta Salad a try. Sounds delicious!

great bbq recipes

If you are more of a coleslaw fan (like I am), then this Greek Style Coleslaw is one you may want to make. It kind of mixes the flavors of a coleslaw with a pasta salad!

great bbq recipes

Appetizers are always fun to take! This Slow Cooker Meat Lover’s Pizza Dip is a real crowd pleaser…even the kids will like it! If you don’t have it already, travel slow cookergreat bbq recipes is super convenient!!

great bbq recipes

Looking for something a little more summer-y? Try this Fresh Summer Corn Dip!

great BBQ recipes

No BBQ is complete without desserts! Whether you make the Raspberry Swirl Brownies, the No Bake Raspberry Chocolate Cheesecake Bars (pictured below) or the Cheery Pie Bars, you will be the hit of the BBQ with one of those great BBQ recipes!

great bbq recipes

Other great BBQ recipes you may want to consider making are:

So…which one of these great BBQ recipes will you be taking to your next cook-out?!?

Planning Your Dream Vow Renewal

I’ve been married for a little over 14 years and while my wedding was beautiful, it was very traditional. Things like Pinterest and Etsy didn’t exist when I was planning my wedding. I can honestly tell you, if it did exist, I would have had something TOTALLY different! Thankfully I have a daughter and hopefully she lets me go all mom of the bride on her wedding! A few times I’ve thought about how great it would be to have another wedding (to the same man, of course!) and plan it the way I would now. If you were to check out my Pinterest account, you would see my board dedicated to the vow renewal I dream about! Feel free to check it out, repin to your own boards and check out all the great Etsy finds to help personalize your dream wedding or dream vow renewal!

dream vow renewal

First things first…save the dates! I don’t believe we sent those out the first time around. It really wasn’t the thing to do at the time. However, given that we are already married and the whole vow renewal is a little different, I want to make sure that our friends and family save the date!! These magnet save the dates are perfect!!

dream vow renewal

My ideal dream vow renewal would be in a rustic barn with twinkling lights, drinks served in mason jars and everything written on chalk boards. So when I ran across these adorable wedding invitations, I knew they were perfect for the vow renewal! I especially like that you can download the template and print them yourself!! That will definitely save you money!!

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dream vow renewal

The really sad thing about my wedding is the fact that our photographer was horrible. He didn’t take any pictures of my dad and I walking down the aisle together…apparently he didn’t know we wanted that (I have no idea why he thought that). After seeing the proofs, my husband and I broke our contract with him and as a result, we have zero professional wedding photos. That is something that still upsets me to this day. So for our vow renewal, I plan on wearing a white dress again. Maybe not as fancy (or as expensive) as before, but I want it to look like a wedding dress in pictures. This lace wedding dress is perfect…and my daughter saw it and thought it was pretty. Maybe she’ll wear it one day…

dream vow renewal

Over the years, I have seen some really neat guest book ideas. One wedding I went to, they had you stamp a thumbprint on a canvas with a tree painted on it and write your names. It was super neat! This bucket list guest book is unique and definitely something I have never seen before at a wedding!

dream vow renewal

Wedding cake toppers are another way for a bride and groom to show their personality a bit. You can go traditional with the bride and groom figurines on top of the cake or you can do what we did and just add a pretty flower arrangement on top. However, I really like this simple cake topper with our initials and a heart. Made out of wood, it’s simple look fits in with the theme I am going with!

dream vow renewal

At our wedding, we made a mixed CD with our favorite music and that was both the wedding favor and the thing that told people where to sit. I’ve often thought about doing a wedding remix CD. Everyone loved the CD idea and we have people telling us they still listen to the CD! So…for my dream vow renewal, I would probably do another CD as the wedding favor. These custom CD sleeves are perfect!

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Are you planning a dream wedding or a dream vow renewal? What are some of the things you are doing?