Elf on the Shelf: Chloe and “P” as in Peter

 

 

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Elf on the shelf party

Elf on Shelf has arrived.

December is finally here.

While I believe in savoring each holiday I’m definitely guilty of peeking around Thanksgiving for all the festivities that will trail behind!

I’m especially excited for this Christmas.

This year Michael and I decided the kids were old enough to finally have an Elf on the Shelf.

Since it was our first year our brown eyed boy and girl elves arrived a week early for a small introduction party and brought treats and a letter from Santa.

After reading our letter we sat down and read all about our elves and how one of the most important rules was that we could not touch them or they would lose their magic. Well of course Sawyer heard a form of no and immediately reached his little hand out, sooo we read it again.

Next we picked out our names.

Ally was pretty easy, she immediately decided she wanted to name her elf “Chloe”. Sawyer also immediately  thought of his elf’s name and proudly announced that it will be “Pee!!”.

I responded with “P as in Peter?” in my best Sesame Street impersonation and his little head nodded in agreement so Peter it was!

As soon as the kids were out of sight our elves flew off for the evening only to return for mischievous and entertaining adventures while we were sleeping.

Night 1 they had a nice little marshmallow roast.

Which prompted a long Q & A about if the marshmallows could be eaten or not.

Elf on the Shelf

The next morning we found our elves making sprinkle angels.

The kids were alarmed at how big of a mess it was and how I (not their dad or themselves) was going to have to clean it.

Elf on the Shelf in sprinkles
Next they had a lovely bath!

Which brought back our Q & A from the first night!

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Elf on the Shelf bath
By Friday morning our elves had decided to do a little decorating for the 1st day of December.

Definitely looks like there’s going to be a lot of clean up for mommy to do the next 23 days!

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Elf on the Shelf decorating

What are some of your best elf on the shelf moments?

 

 

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Adventures of Family Vacation

Adventures of a Family Vacation

 A Road trip to San Antonio

We Got Married!!! So naturally we decide that we want to take sometime off from reality and as a family go on a nice little vacation.

After going back and forward we decide on a few days in San Antonio. San Antonio has something for the entire family.

Michael, my HUSBAND, wanted to make the most out of our trip so he thought it would be a good idea to leave Thursday night after we got off.  That way we can drive down(5hrs) check in that night and have the next full day.

On the other side of this decision is me. Just smiling, nodding and thinking it all sounds simple and easy to accomplish.

We all know better than that, including me currently as I am nodding and smiling.

Michael makes  it home by 630.

By the time we pack the car  and we’re on our way it’s 845.

We’re still an hour out because Decatur (our fur baby!) has to be taken 45minutes out of the way to his “aunts” house.

At 930 we drop Decatur off, settle him in,  and we are on our way.

This is where our fun begins y’all.

Michael decides that it would be quicker to take the highway instead of the major freeway that leads straight there. At this point I’m no longer on the other side of these decisions just nodding and smiling.

I’m side eyeing hardcore.

Michael volunteers to drive the first part of the way while I get a little rest.  All I have to do is just drive the 2nd part while he does the same.

Well, there I am sleeping my worries away when I hear a loud bang as if someone took a bat to the car.  Simultaneously I hear Michael dropping “F” bombs everywhere.

I jolt out of my sleep in “kick ass” mode.

I look around and Michael is still driving like the past few seconds haven’t happened.

So in my calmest adrenaline spiked voice I ask “What the fuck happened?”

He replies “oh, a deer hit the side of the car” like it’s a normal everyday occurrence!

Of course I have questions “why did the deer hit the car?” “Is he still alive” “why is this such a normalcy to you!?”.

His reply to all of these questions is “that deer was an asshole”.

 

We legit have dents in the side of our car and later decide to take the main highway since we kept seeing deer.

 

 

Here is to marriage and happily ever after.

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Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes Recipe

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Yes it is 95 degrees here in Texas but it’s officially Fall Y’all!

Which means that pumpkins will be consuming every part of my life starting with my kitchen.

First of all lets be clear here, I am no Betty Crocker or Rachel Ray. Just a girl who often likes her food quick, simple and homemade. One of my absolute favorite fall recipes are pumpkin spice cupcakes.Why is it my favorite you may wonder

They only use 3 ingredients, they’re vegan, cost less than $5 and they’re mouthgasm worthy! Checkout the recipe below!

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My Heart Says Wine

Exercise to extra fries.

Loosing weight naturally

I once said in my 100lbs recently lost body that losing weight naturally was one of the hardest things I had ever gone through.

I was completely wrong! Losing weight then gaining 70% of it back only to attempt losing it again plus some is by far worse!

I’m sure there are those who wonder how it happens, how you go from exercise to extra fries.

Well I’m not sure about others but I have my own special little recipe.

1c. Divorce
1c. No time
1c. life
1/2c. French fries
1/2c. Added sugars
1/4c. Avoidance
1 tsp I’ll start tomorrow

Mix it all together and you have 2 years of hard work and dedication ruined!

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Tantrum On Aisle 5

Tantrum on aisle 5


How to Survive a Tantrum


Every single time we go out to grocery store we have a routine! We have this routine to try and avoid a tantrum.

The routine goes like this:

•Ally exits the car first then Sawyer.
•We hold hands and look both ways before crossing the parking lot.
•Once inside we go straight for a shopping cart.
•Sawyer sits in the front and Ally in the back.
•We avoid aisles with sweets and toys.

Well blame it on the eclipse, on a Monday, or just the fact that I lost my mind for a minute but I broke the routine!

After a great day at work/school I figured we would make a stop at our local Sprouts. My first mistake was bypassing the shopping cart with seats. I instead opted for the “single person’s cart”. You know the one that looks like a squished in cart with a basket at top and bottom?

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Homemade VEGAN Spaghetti!

There are always two grocery shopping list made in our house.

One for my Omnivores and one for myself.

This past weekend was pretty busy so grocery shopping for myself was overlooked which was only realized Sunday night as I’m standing in the middle of my kitchen trying to think what I can meal prep this week for lunch. One look in the pantry and spaghetti immediately pops into my head only to realize I don’t have my trusty $2 sauce in a jar. Well I asked myself “What Would Martha Do?” and got to work! Listed below is the quick and easy recipe I came up with.

Ingredients:

  • Angel Hair Pasta
  • 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup of Boca Crumbles
  • Garlic (fresh or dried)
  • Basil (fresh or dried)
  • Oregano (fresh or dried)
  • Parsley (fresh or dried)

Method:

  1. Boil your noodles till al dente. Drain and drizzle with a little olive oil then put to the side.
  2. In a separate pan add tomatoes (do not drain) then add Boca Crumbles, garlic then herbs to your desired taste and simmer on low.
  3. Place noodles onto your dish and top with sauce.
  4. Enjoy!!

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Click it or Ticket

Click it or Ticket

I am one of those drivers who has never been given a ticket.

I’ve also never Netflix and Chilled but that’s another blog for another day.

This has always been something that when given the chance, I shout into the universe proudly. Well all of a sudden the universe has decided to team up  with my son to change all of that.

About a week or so ago we are leaving our neighborhood pool/splash pad on out way home when I come to a stop sign.

As I’m sitting there waiting for a car to pass I see movement out of the corner of my eye.  I pretty much know, Sawyer has once again taken it upon himself to remove his seat belt.

I swear that everything happens in a flash!

Sawyer turns around and kneels to look out the window because something has caught his attention. I go to get on to him and pull over when I see the tell, tell sign of red and blue flashing lights. It quickly becomes clear that the something that caught his attention was an officer driving behind us.

I’m instantly upset and disappointed all at once because Sawyer is fully aware that we wear seat belts to keep us safe in case there should be a wreck.

Also because I always imagined that when I had my first run in with a police I’ll look like a decent human and not have empty juice boxes, Cheerios and Pirate’s Bootys thrown everywhere.

I pull to the side of the road and Mr. Officer comes strolling up to my car “Ma’am I pulled you over because he isn’t buckled in which I could see as I was sitting behind you at the stop sign “. Before I even have the chance to launch into my plea Sawyer is attempting to climb over the seat to inquire if I shall be receiving a ticket.

He gives a little chuckle and walks off to make sure I’m not a wanted criminal. He comes back shortly to explain how I’m only getting a warning and I need to be more aware of his safety! I thank him and quickly exit the car to buckle Sawyer back into his seat.

At this point he thinks it is the greatest thing that we were pulled over and tells me how he’s going to tell daddy! Fast Forward to last night as I’m diving home and once again I get pulled over. Sawyer is attempting to inform this police officer about the last police officer and I’m being let off with another warning.

Well universe Sawyer will soon have a nice new seat belt buckle guard (thanks Amazon!) and I’m still ticket free!!

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