Easy St. Patrick's Day Class Treats

Popping in today to share some cute treats with you!

I wanted to do something for Cailee's class to celebrate St. Patrick's Day that wasn't all just sweet treats!

After just a few seconds of walking the aisles of Party City with my 6 year old we agreed on the goodies!
We came to a perfect compromise a little fun and a little sweet.
I suggested some cute stickers and sunglasses, which were both approved by the boss!
And we compromised by getting some gold chocolate coins!

We were both pleased with the selection of goodies and I am sure the kiddos will enjoy these little baggies!

The tags are from Eighteen 25! They are free printables and come with different sayings. 
All I did was edit the font colors to green to give it a little something extra!

I got these stickers, they came in a pack of 5 sheets but you can cut them in half and get more out of it!
I got these sunglasses for $5.99 and 12 come in a pack.
The gold coins were from Party City too for like 12 cents each! I literally stood there and counted 72!
Oh ps I got the clear bags at Party City too for $3.99 for a 25 count BUT I was at the Dollar Tree and they had the same clear bags for $1 for a 25 count!

Can't wait to give these to the littles ones and see what they think!

What are your go to class treats for St. Patrick's Day?!!


A Small Act of Kindness {Lunch Baggies}

When we started our family my husband and I discussed that we would teach our children the valuable lesson of giving back to those in need.

We are not wealthy by any means but we have more than we need. 
We come from very humble beginnings and we never want to loose sight of what life is really about. We want our children to be compassionate human beings. 

I tell both my daughters that a small act of kindness can make a BIG difference in someones life!  

That is how our family "Small Act of Kindness Lunch Baggies" came to be.

Before we leave the house to run errands the girls and I put together these little lunch baggies. When we are out and come across someone in need we offer them a lunch baggie!
If we don't see anyone on our outing we simply come home and my hubby enjoys the sandwich and we put back the bar and water bottle back in the pantry!

The lunch baggies consist of a water bottle, Simple Truth Organic Fruit and Grain bars, and a peanut-free soy butter(I buy this Don't Go Nuts twin pack from Amazon) pb&j!

I like to put inspirational quotes on the baggies because honestly I feel like it just makes people happy!

These small acts of kindness are so important and it makes my girls feel like they really can make a difference in someones life!

Since we have started this "small act of kindness" we have had other family and friends do their own acts of kindness! Each different act of kindness but with the same goal! It has be amazing!

I hope this inspires you all to go out and do something kind for someone else!

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Walt's Barn

This post has been sitting as a draft for several months and I have no idea why!!

Last summer we explored a local hidden gem...Walt's Barn!

Walt's Barn is every Disney Fans dream. 

Located in Griffith Park and not far from the Disney Studios in Burbank, California!

What is Walt's Barn you ask?

Quoting their website:
"Today, Walt's Barn is a living showcase of Walt's passion for railroading. Operated by the non-profit Carolwood Foundation, Walt's Barn is filled with trains of all scales, many of which were donated to the Foundation by his animators and friends that shared his hobby. Many of Walt's personal items and tools are on display and he even hand-made all of the work benches"
As a Disney fan this place was magical! Seeing all the Disney trinkets and learning about Disney history was awesome! 
The kids on the other hand would rather have gone to Disneyland but they did enjoy the mini train rides next door!
If you find yourself in Southern California, I highly recommend visiting this little piece of Disney history!
The Barn is open the third Sunday of each month from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM, weather permitting. Admission(donations are accepted) and parking are free.
Enjoy all the photos...

The pin collector in me couldn't leave without adding this pin to my collection!


Trader Joe's Must Haves

Its no surprise that I love Trader Joe's and these posts are pretty common around these parts!

So I will dive into my recent Trader Joe's new finds that have quickly made their way onto my must have list!

First up is this little gem that I found in the frozen aisle and are $4.49! Its a great light lunch item! I made it the other day for the hubby and I but I added some shredded chicken on top and it was perfect! I would eat this on its own for sure!

 This Mushroom Fettuccine dish is so good! Cooks best on the stove top in my personal opinion! I add two garlic cubes to give it a little extra something. Perfect for two people with a side of salad! $5.99 and found near the pre-made meals/salads.

These vegetarian black bean and jack cheese burritos are great for lunches on the go!
They are super cheap ($2.99 each) and yet delicious!

These Crushed Garlic cubes are everything!! I add this to almost all my meals. I never leave the store without grabbing a couple of these bad boys.You can find them in the frozen section!

At my Trader Joe's these carrot spirals are right next to the garlic cubes! My kids gobble these "noodles" like it is nobodies business! I add the garlic cubes and a little bit of avocado oil and top it with Parmesan cheese!

I've tried cooking Okra before and it was a complete disaster! So when I saw these in the chips/cracker aisle I was hesitant but thought why not! Surprise they are yum and the kids actually eat them!

Share you TJ favorites!! I love trying new items :)


Five Questions for Five on Friday

Happy Friday Everyone! 

This Friday's Five on Friday is courtesy of April from Smidge of This!

I saw her blog post yesterday that was a set of 5 questions and thought it was fun so why not join in on the fun!

| one | Where do you live? Born and raised in Southern California!

| two | If married, how long and where did you + your spouse meet? We will be celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary this March! We have been together for 8 years. My husband and I met when I was about 5 years old! His brother and my sister went to elementary school together!

| three | If you have kids, how many and how old?
We are the parents to two little girls Cailee (6) and Charlotte (almost 3)!

| four | Favorite trip you've ever taken? Honestly I have to say it was a Vegas trip the hubby and I took pre-kids! We had a blast and had no cares in the world! We drank too much and laughed even more! It is a trip we still talk about!

| five | Favorite meal? It isn't really a meal but burgers have to be my all time favorite food item! While I haven't really had a burger in quite some time they still hold a special place in my foodie heart!

Play along if you wish and share your answers in the comments below! Or join in on the link up fun by clicking the logo below!

Have a great weekend everyone!


Cars Gift Ideas

A certain little girl I know will be celebrating her third birthday in just a few weeks! 
Just like her Daddy she is quite the car enthusiast! She loves pretty much any kind of car but she gravitates more to Disney Cars!

It is no surprise that her birthday party will be Cars themed and of course all she wants is more cars of course!

I put together this little gift guide in case you find yourself needing to buy some cars gifts for a special someone in your life!

| one | The Mack Micro Racers Transporter Set is the perfect gift for the fan that has a fleet of cars and needs something fun to store them! Charlotte got this as a gift for Christmas and loves taking Mack around with all her prized possessions in suit! We may need another because well she has already run out of room for her cars!

| two | The Fabulous Lighting McQueen Die Cast Car is sure to be a hit with any little kiddo! This is by far the most sought out toy when ever we got to the Disney Store or Disneyland. These cars are $7.95 and so fun to collect! We have yet to find this model of Lighting McQueen but when we do it will be purchased!!

| three | The Gap Kids Cars sleep set is absolutely adorable! While I was Christmas shopping I spotted this gem in the little boys section of Gap Kids and knew I had to buy this for Charlotte! She loved it obviously and I am highly considering buying them in the next size up since they are on sale!

| four | The Cars Cozy Cone Alarm Playset from the Disney Store is just so freaking cute! So its like $60 and isn't actually an alarm clock. It is strictly a decorative item. I defiantly want to get this item for Charlotte's room but will be waiting for it to go on sale!!!

| five | The Disney Pixar Cars 3 Lighting McQueen 6V Battery Operated Ride On car is the splurge item on the list but I totally think its worth every penny! Its currently on sale at Walmart! We are thinking of getting this for Charlotte because she would be the happiest little girl with this gift!

Time for me to go and start party crafting!!


Wine Wednesday

Welcome to  Wine Wednesday!

Up this week is another Moscato!

What can I say I am on a major Moscato kick.

I stumbled upon this wine during my trip to Aldi last week. I didn't go in thinking I was going to buy wine but when I walked by and saw this gem for only $2.39, I thought what the hell!

So for this weeks Wine Wednesday feature we have...

Winking Owl:

Here is the 411...

Winking Owl is a brand of wine found at Aldi and this lovely little bottle was only $2.39(sure I already mentioned the price above but c'mon $2.39!!!). 

In its description says to have ripe citrus, apricot and peach flavor.

I want to say it is has a much more sweeter taste than the California Roots wine from Target but still really good! 

Would I buy this again? Absolutely! Will definitely stock up next time I visit the store.
Would I recommend this to a friend? Yes! If anything just for the price tag alone, its worth the try!

Stay tuned for next weeks wine!


Favorite Lentil Recipes

I am a big fan of lentils and normally would only cook them from time to time as a side to our main dinner meals!The hubby and kids weren't real big fans of the bland taste of the lentils I would make. Thanks to the wonder that is Pinterest I have incorporated lentils into our main meals and have made my family lentil lovers too!

These three recipes have been a fan favorite at my house!

First up is the Slow Cooker Lentil and Quinoa Chili from Aggie's Kitchen! Anything that I can prep early in the morning and not have to worry about for hours is a lifesaver for me! This meal is delicious! I like topping it with cream cheese (no one else in my family cares for that topping)! and green onions.

Second up is the 6-Ingredient Easy Lentil Tacos from C it Nutritionally. I found this recipe on a whim when I was searching Pinterest based on the ingredients I had in the fridge and voila. This recipe turned up just in the knick of time! So easy and quick to make. This will be added to our dinner rotation for sure!!

Third up is the Vegan Lentil Loaf from Yummy Mummy Kitchen. This recipe was surprisingly so easy to whip up! Tasted just like meatloaf but obviously way healthier! We ate it with a side of salad and grilled asparagus. I'll be honest my kids did not want to eat this when they first saw it but after they took a bite they were hooked! 

I am already on the hunt for some more lentil recipes! If you have any good ones send them my way!

ps I always buy these lentils from Trader Joe's and used them in all the recipes above!


Five on Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!

We have an exciting weekend of cleaning out the garage planned for ourselves!
Its not really how I want to spend my free time but it is something that has been on our to do list for months! So I will be very happy to finally check it off the list!

Before I start the day with full fledge cleaning lets have some Five on Friday fun!

| one | 

My youngest daughter Charlotte is turning 3 in just a few short weeks, so party planning has started. Albeit a little late but nonetheless it is under way! This years celebration will be a small one but will be filled with plenty of love and laughter. We are just inviting our immediate family and will serve some appetizers, pizza and of course CAKE! Oh and the party will be Cars themed because our little princess loves everything Cars. I've spent the week combing through Pinterest for some party inspiration and found these...how cute right?!!?
Both parties can be found at Catch My Party

| two |

This week I visited Aldi for the first time (see that here) and picked up a frozen fruit & veggie  smoothie blend!It had fruit I normally don't add to to smoothies but I was pleasantly surprised with how delicious it was! The package says makes 4 smoothies but I don't think I added enough orange juice/water so our package only made enough for 3 of us. I would would totally buy this again! Smoothies are a sure way to get my youngest to have veggies! 

| three |

I have seen letter boards all over Instagram and even saw them at Hobby Lobby! I knew I wanted to buy one but didn't care for any of the price tags I was seeing! So when I went into Target the other day for toothpaste and I saw this cute letter board for $5 in the "Dollar Spot" I quickly threw it into my cart! I even found an extra set of letters for only $1. The best part of this shopping trip was that I had a gift card for Target that I earned with Shopkick(what's shop kick?..see that here)...so the letter board was basically FREE!!!

| four |

I have been kicking butt lately in the making healthy meals department! The other day I threw these items together for a quick but healthy lunch for the hubby and myself! It was delicious, healthy and pretty darn filling! Everything for this lunch was purchased at Trader Joe's minus the diced prosciutto that was grabbed during my trip to Aldi! 

| five |

I love floral prints and got a little carried away the other day and ordered both of these tops online from LOFT with a gift card I got for Christmas! They currently have a great sale going on right now, so if your needing to update your wardrobe now is the time! 

Have a great weekend everyone!