Andrew’s Favorite Thing in the World

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This is it. The photo I will one day show Andrew’s first girlfriend and he will die of embarrassment.
As we get closer and closer to his first birthday, I can’t help but think of all the little things that define my son’s personality. This is one of them. If I would let him, Andrew would spend all day in the bathtub. And all night too. The boy LOVES bath time.

I turn on the faucet and he tries to climb in, clothes, diaper and all. He can hardly wait for me to take them off. He splashes with pure abandon, taking no care of the water running into his eyes, down his nose or in his mouth.

I remember the first time he figured out how to splash. I didn’t show him how — he did it on his own. At first, it was a tentative splash. Like, “Wow. This is kinda fun.” Then it was full-on, never-looking back splashing. That’s what I’m treated to once he steps foot in the tub. No tentativeness, no shyness — pure on splashing, how it was meant to be done.

And he’s just so cute, I can’t stop him.

When we recently visited my sister, Andrew took baths with Hyrum and Benson. Those poor boys didn’t stand a chance. They huddled together in the opposite end of the tub to escape the tirade of water from my little man.

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These are the moments I’m going to miss the most.

 

HoneyBaked New Recipe Turkey Breast

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Can you believe that Thanksgiving is next week? I’ll admit that I’m in denial, as I won’t actually be celebrating a traditional Thanksgiving this year. We are leaving on Tuesday next week for a two-week trip to Paris. I am super-excited, but a little bummed at missing one of my favorite holidays. I mean, what’s fall in Texas without turkey, cornbread dressing and all the fixin’s?

So enjoy an extra helping of cornbread dressing for me, would you?

I really can’t complain much, though. We got to have a little mini Thanksgiving celebration with just our family the other night, thanks to HoneyBaked’s New Recipe Turkey Breast. The folks known for their delicious ham have revamped their turkey breast recipe and asked me to give it a try. I whole-heartedly agreed!

Precooked and sliced, HoneyBaked’s New Recipe Turkey Breast is so convenient for busy families. The turkey dinner comes with frozen sides, so you just pop those in the oven. I heated our turkey up just a bit before serving.

The brown sugar glaze on the turkey was divine. We chose macaroni and cheese (Andrew’s favorite) and green bean casserole as our sides. They were so good and had me longing for some cornbread dressing to go along with it.

This would be the perfect solution for a busy weeknight meal, or a great alternative to making a huge Thanksgiving meal. Since there’s just the three of us, sometimes it’s hard for me to tone down my need to make giant feasts. This would help with that so much.

HoneyBaked New Recipe Turkey Breast Facts

HoneyBaked Turkey Breast comes in three-pound packages that make 8-10 servings. It is best if refrigerated immediately and eaten within five days of purchase.

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I definitely recommend the HoneyBaked New Recipe Turkey Breast dinner. My family loved it!

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Disclaimer: I was asked to try and review HoneyBaked’s New Recipe Turkey Breast Dinner and received a free product sample to facilitate my review. Information was provided by HoneyBaked, but all opinions and photographs are my own.

Andrew’s Curious George Birthday Party

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Last weekend, we celebrated Andrew’s first birthday with a Curious George Birthday Party. Andrew LOVES Curious George and it was really the only thing I could imagine for a theme for his party.

For those of you saying, “OMG, Andrew is ONE already?” — he won’t actually turn one until Friday. But due to lots of impending travel, last weekend worked better into our schedule. Look for a sob-filled post reliving the day he was born then. Moving on.

I tried not to go overboard with the whole Curious George thing. Instead, I went more with a general red, blue and yellow color scheme and served foods that both adults and kids could enjoy. We tried to have the party outside — it was a beautiful day — but it was too windy, as you can see in my photos of the banner above the table. So we quickly moved the festivities indoors. That suited my dad, my brother and The Nerd — who were engrossed in the Texas A&M/Alabama football showdown — just fine.

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We got Andrew a swing set for his birthday, and he received lots of fun presents from our family and friends in attendance! I think his cousins were more excited to open presents than he was, haha!

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Soon, it was time for the best part of a birthday party — the DESSERT! I ordered Andrew’s Curious George Cake from Hands-On Cake Design. I just LOVED it! And the smash cake was too cute! We also served ice cream and I had a Milk and Cookies Bar for the kids. They loved it!

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Andrew wasn’t too keen on the smash cake. He put his fingers in it for a bit, but that was about the extent of it. Ah well. I’m sure next year he’ll be even more into it!

It was such a great party. I’m so glad we got to celebrate our Little Dude’s birthday with all of you!

 

It’s Me, Mario…

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The past week has been chaos, so please excuse my absence. Andrew and I both have strep and I’m playing catch-up with everything. Nothing sucks more than taking care of a sick baby when you’re sick yourself.

Not to mention that Andrew’s 1st birthday part (WHAT!?) was supposed to be this weekend, but with The Nerd working massive amounts of overtime and my sickness, I really don’t think I can pull it together. I’m feeling like a complete failure. I always wanted to be that amazing Super Mom who throws fabulous parties and makes every holiday memorable. I’m quickly learning that I really can’t do that on my own. I know he won’t remember it, but I WILL. And it breaks my heart. But I’m slowly coming to peace with it. I mean, there’s only so much you can do and I can’t stress over it.

Anyway, sob fest over and moving on. I can’t believe that Halloween has already come and gone. We had so much fun taking Andrew trick-or-treating with River and Eli. He was dressed as Mario, but he refused to wear his hat, shoes or moustache (I didn’t even get any pictures of him with the moustache). So everyone thought he was a farmer.

If you want to see what he was SUPPOSED to look like (when he was being cooperative) check out our Halloween party from last week.

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Did you catch the look on his face when he realized he would be getting chocolate? THAT is what Halloween is all about!

 

Imperial Sugar Homemade Holidays Thanksgiving Recipe Contest

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Can you believe the holiday season has already begun? My taste buds are already anticipating the height of holiday baking, especially with Thanksgiving right around the corner. That’s why I’m excited to share the Imperial Sugar Homemade Holidays Thanksgiving Recipe Contest with you!

One of my holiday baking staples is Imperial Sugar, whether it’s powdered sugar for Pecan Pie Cookies or plain ol’ granulated sugar for Fall Spice Sugar Cookies.

And this year, Imperial Sugar wants to be part of your Homemade Holiday!

Enter your original homemade Thanksgiving recipe — savory side dish, decadent dessert, or whatever suits your fancy — for the chance to win $500!

  • First Place will receive a $500 gift card.
  • Second Place will receive a $300 gift card.
  • Third Place will receive a $200 gift card.

How to Enter:

  1. To submit your recipe, join the Imperial Sugar “Sweet Community” by signing up for an account. (If you are already a member, just log into your recipe box.) Once logged in, scroll down the page and select the “Share Your Recipe” option. Complete the form in its entirety.
  2. You are strongly encouraged to submit a JPEG photo of the entered recipe at a size no larger than 495 pixels wide by 341 pixels tall.
  3. Multiple entries per participating “Sweet Community” account are permitted; however each entry must be for a separate and unique recipe.
  4. You may enter both Imperial Sugar and Dixie Crystals’ Thanksgiving recipe contests; however you cannot enter the same recipe in both contests.

Contest Details & Rules:

  • Contest entry period begins November 1, 2012.
  • Contest entry deadline is November 23, 2012.
  • All recipes must be the original creation of the Entrant.
  • Recipe may not have been previously published or otherwise owned, sold or conveyed to a third party, may not have won previous awards, must not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity.
  • All recipes must include a minimum of one teaspoon of a Imperial Sugar product.
  • Recipes will be judged by our very own Chef Eddy Van Damme.
  • All entrants must meet eligibility requirements outlined in the Official Rules.

Winner will be announced Friday, December 2, 2012.

 

Now, I’ve got to start brainstorming what I want to enter in the contest! What’s your favorite homemade holiday recipe?

 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post — photos and information was provided by Imperial Sugar and I was compensated for sharing this information. All opinions are my own.

Progressive Snapshot Test Drive

Last month, I was asked by Progressive to try Snapshot Test Drive. I’ve seen commercials for it, and thought it would be neat to see if we could get any additional savings. I mean, hey, every bit counts, you know?

When we got the device in the mail, I asked The Nerd to install it for me. I didn’t really know what it would entail and envisioned this complicated process. But in reality, it was so simple! You just plug it into the diagnostic port in your car’s dashboard. So simple!

Once it was installed, it was really simple. I actually forgot about it for a while. Then, I received my first savings report. It was delivered right to my email and detailed what happened that week when I drove.

They evaluate your driving on three things: Hard Brakes (the device beeps every time it records a hard brake), Rapid Acceleration and Miles Driven. The report gives you tips on how to improve your driving, which I found  very helpful.

I got four reports in all, and in the end, Progressive couldn’t offer me any additional savings. But that’s ok. I’m still glad I tried it out, if for nothing else than to see my driving details.

 

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Disclaimer: I was asked to test and review the Progressive Snapshot Test Drive and in exchange, I received a $50 gas card. Information was provided by Progressive, but all opinions are my own. 

Content and/or other value provided by my partner, Progressive.

A Halloween Party Featuring Tyson Any’tizers #MealsTogether #CBias

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This weekend, we invited River and Eli over to have a fun family Halloween Party. As with any party, the food was the first thing I planned. This time I decided to play around with Tyson Any’tizers Ranch Fries to see what sort of spooky twist I could put on them!

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