Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Easy Crowd Pleaser Taco Dip

I've been making this taco dip for years - it's the one thing that many people request I make when coming to their house for a gathering. The last couple of years I have switched it up and started using greek yogurt in place of the sour cream, and guess what? NO ONE noticed ­čśë

This taco dip will take you all of 5 minutes to put together - grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and you're good to go!


1 can of refried beans (I use the orignal)
2 tablespoons of taco seasoning mix
plain greek yogurt (or sour cream if you'd like)
shredded cheese of your choice
green onions
black olives (optional - I use them if I have but if I don't, it's no biggie)

Make it:

First, mix your can of refried beans with the taco seasoning. Once it's all mixed together really good,  you are going layer each ingredient starting with that. So you'll go refried beans, greek yogurt, salsa, lettuce, shredded cheese then green onions.

and enjoy!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Weekly Recap {6.26.18}

Phew! Another week & weekend that kicked my butt in the blogging dept, but I need to recap because, duh this is our memory book!!!

Ok let's take a look at our week!

Monday was Brayden's first day of STEM camp - it was a little rough getting up and out by 8:30 but we did it! The girls and I ran all the errands in between (it was only 2 hours so you can imagine just how much we can get done) - right after grocery shopping, it was time to pick him up then let the kids play at the park for a while

Tuesday was camp again then it was craft & fun snack day! We made fish plates and a yummy fish snack, the kids had a BLAST!!



Wednesday was camp, then playing at the park for a little before we met Rick for lunch. After lunch we went to the library to check in for our summer reading program. The girls played a while and Brayden and I played a mean game of checkers


Thursday was camp (see a trend LOL) - afterwards we picked Brayden and his buddy up and brought them back home. I made everyone lunch and they all played nicely for a couple of hours. Later that night we actually just relaxed because Brayden's game was cancelled due to rain.

Friday was the last day of camp - Brayden had a blast all week building a lego robot! We came home for lunch then headed to the library for an exotic animal show. A bunch of school friends met up too so it was really fun


No practice Friday night because of rain so we actually got to go out for pizza! When we got home my FIL came over to watch the Cubs game. Mid way through the game Brayden & I went downstairs to watch BIG, who remembers that movie?! With Tom Hanks? So so good and I love that Brayden loved it!!

Saturday was suppose to be the all-star baseball game but due to all the rain, they cancelled it. It ended up being really nice out but the fields were not good at all. We got some things done around the house then later that night I met up with my friend and her sister and we went to our towns beer/wine event and had so much fun! I took an Uber home around 11:30 and the next day I was tired!

Sunday was a baseball game - the boys played well but lost. Afterwards we got ready and went to see Incredibles 2 with my Mom, Sister, BIL and nephew. Such a good movie!! We went by my sisters after for a little and let the kids play then it was time to go home and go to bed! We were so exhausted from the weekend

And there's a little catch up of our week! This one is already starting out full speed with lots of fun happening and planned!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Friday Favorites {6.22.18}

Woohoo the weekend is here!! This week flew by and was a little bit of a struggle some days because Brayden had a camp that started at 9am - that's not usually early, but this Summer we have been so relaxed that the first couple days were rough! I can't complain though because next week he has a camp that starts at 8am #whatwasithinking

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I thought this was hilarious

This weekend is going to be a good one! Tonight is just practice for Brayden, if the rain holds out, if no practice, we'll go out for pizza and tomorrow is the All Star game and Brayden was picked to play on it so that will be very exciting to watch! Sunday we are seeing Incredibles 2 with my Mom, sister, BIL and nephew and we can't wait!

Here's this weeks favorites!


Our towns farmers market is back and the one thing I go there for is this salsa! It's AMAZING!! I hear the other flavors are good too so I need to try!

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It's almost Brayden's birthday so I went ahead and ordered him some shirts that I know he is going LOVE!!


My Mom got the kids this bubble wand and it's sooooo fun!!! I love that all my kids are still entertained by bubbles :)


I had to return something at Old Navy this week and I grabbed this tank for just $4!!!! We all know finding a deal is a favorite of mine :)

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OMG I saw this meme on FB and I about died! Is this true for anyone else?!???

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I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Girl Chat {June 2018}

Hey Hey friends! Today is going to be fun, it's our monthly Girl Chat linkup and the topic is all about favorite hair products! I am excited to read through what everyone posts about, I feel like I could use some help in this department :)

I'm pretty basic when it comes to hair - most days it's thrown up, but I must say ever since chopping it, I have been doing it more than before. I don't really use tons of products but here is what I do use:

Batiste Dry Shampoo

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I've been using this for a couple of years now and I love this stuff - best part is it's cheap! You can find it here

Shea Moisture Detangler Spray

SheaMoisture├é® Coconut & Hibiscus Kids Extra-Moisturizing Detangler - 8 Fl Oz - image 1 of 1

I bought this on others recommendations for the kids after the pool, but I have been using it too! Works great and smells heavenly!

L'ange Salt + Sea Spray

Salt + S├â©a Texturizing Spray

This stuff is awesome! I use it when I'm done curling or if I throw it up wet

Wet Brush

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I discovered this brush years ago and it's been the best thing ever. I use it on the kids and myself and it's just honestly the best!!

L'ange Curling Wand

Ondul├â© - Blush 1

I've been using this for a while now and LOVE it!! There is always a promo code too, just google it!

Flat Iron

Style Series Tourmaline Ceramic Flat Iron 1" - image 1 of 1

I would say I 80% curl my hair and 20% straighten it when I do actually do it. I have this flat iron and it gets the job done, although I would like to get one with wider clamps one day

So there you have it, the not-so many hair products I use!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Weekly Recap {6.19.18}

Happy Tuesday! Wow, Summer is turning out to kick my butt in the blogging dept, I just find myself with no time! And the little time I do have I'm just trying to stay awake for 30 minutes to hang with Rick. I guess it's a good thing in a way, because we are enjoying our days to the fullest!!

Here's a look back at a super fun week we had!

Monday was our errands day, grocery shopping and what not and chill at the house day - we played games, played some Wii Sports and I got a little housework done.


Tuesday we went bowling with some friends and the kids had a blast! After a couple hours of bowling, the same friends came over to play for a few hours - the kids played so nice, as long as I kept the girls separate from the boys and vice versa LOL

Tuesday night we had nothing going on so we took the kids to see a semi-professional baseball game - we are lucky that the stadium is 5 minutes from our house. Me and Rick laughed that on a night off from baseball, we took the girls to a baseball game LOL Once their snacks were done they kept asking to leave, so we made it to the 6th inning even though Brayden begged us to stay longer.  Rick did manage to get Brayden a foul ball and he was thrilled!


Wednesday we met up with some friends at another towns splash pad/park - we packed lunch and made a day of it staying there for over 4 hours! The kids have been begging to go back ever since



Thursday we had plans with my Mom - we were taking the kids on the train to a train restaurant a few towns over (they bring the food out on a train) The morning started off great, and the kids were so excited, then we got on the train and Ella & Avery got a little nervous, I'm not sure why since they have been on the train before, but anyway, they announced our stop and by the time we walked down the doors had shut and we were on our way to the next stop - WHOOPS! We totally didn't realize you need to be already down waiting when they announce the stop, LOL. The kids freaked a little bit and then calmed down - we go to the next station and had to wait 40 minutes for the next train - given the situation, the kids were so patient and I was so proud of them.

We arrived an hour later than expected at the train restaurant and we were ready to eat! The kids had so much fun as did my Mom and I. After the restaurant, I had arranged with my cousin (who is a cop) earlier in the day to get a tour of the department since it was right by the restaurant. Unfortunately my cousin wasn't working but his co-worker hooked the kids up with sweet swag bags filled with awesome goodies and a tour - the kids, especially Brayden, were in Heaven!!



After the police station tour, we walked around the little town and stopped a cute shop, did some shopping then headed back to the train. It was another fun filled day!!

Friday we went to Hobby Lobby and Target then it was an afternoon spent cleaning the house while the kids entertained themselves. Friday night Brayden had a baseball game then we all came home and crashed

Saturday morning was another baseball game then since it was in the 90's we headed to my in laws to swim. My friend and her kids came over too since our husbands went together to get fireworks and were going to be gone most of the day. Once they got back into town, they met up with us and it turned into an entire day/night hang out which is always fun. I think the kids swam for a straight 6.5 hours!

Sunday was Father's Day and wouldn't you know it, we had a baseball game. It was a good game although again, it was in the 90's, but the boys played well even though they lost. Afterwards we headed to my in laws for another fun filled day full of swimming and BBQ'ing. We came home and were exhausted from all the sun we got over the weekend!

And now we're full swing into this week - Brayden started his first camp of summer yesterday and the rest of the week is up in the air of what we'll do when he gets out.

And just a reminder, we have our monthly Girl Chat linkup this Thursday - this months topic is Favorite Hair Products! I'm excited because I don't use that many so I want to see what everyone recommends!