Monday, November 30, 2015

O'Leary Lovin': Delta Children Club Chair

The Christmas season really is one of the most wonderful times of the year, but it can also be overwhelming. Especially if you have a December birthday baby like me!

Little P's birthday falls in the beginning of December and I never want him to feel like he is getting "shorted" on gifts because of Christmas. I totally get that Christmas isn't all about presents, same with birthdays, but I absolutely love special gift giving.
Right now P is big on Ninja Turtles. He was a Ninja Turtle for Halloween and he loves anything to do with turtles. When I saw this Delta Children's Club Chair I knew P would LOVE it! 

As soon as he wakes up he runs to sit in his ninja "tuuurtle" chair. He spends his morning sitting in his new favorite chair watching the choo choo circle the tree with his snacks in hand. He also loves to watch his favorite TV shows and to read his favorite stories in his chair.

I love that he has a special place to call his own. The chair itself is inflatable, but the ninja turtle cover is removable and SUPER soft. It is also super affordable which is a huge plus for me. Personally, I think any of the club chairs would be a perfect gift for under your tree this year. A gift that the kids will love but won't break the budget either!

I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Holiday Light Bulb Ornaments

The SSM Holiday Blog Hop is just getting started and this week's theme is Dazzling Holiday DIY!

I have to admit, I love a good (EASY) DIY! I think my frugal husband rubbed off on me because I love getting crafty and making things that I used to pay money for. Especially with a little one, I find DIY projects to be a nice way to have some "me" time. 

Today I'm gonna going to show you some Christmas ornaments made from recycled light bulbs. These are so fun, and so easy, and you can make them with your kids if that is your style. These also make fun gifts for loved ones. Or a fun craft for a holiday sleepover!

All you need is some acrylic craft pant, old light bulbs, and for the ornament hook, ribbon and a hot glue gun. (I'm sure you can do something different for the ornament hook too. I just made a loop with a ribbon and attached it with a hot glue gun in the back.) 

Get to painting! Any design you please! Below is Santa and a snowman that my little cousin made and they look particularly jolly on my Christmas tree.

How cute? Simple, easy, and a fun project to add a little fun to your Christmas tree!

Now it is your turn to join in! I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with for Dazzling Holiday DIY!

Be sure to check out the other hostesses this week!
Krystal of Simply Girly
Lani of Life Anchored
Lindsey of The Nashville Mom
Rebecca of Mainely Mama

Here's what you need to do:
  1. Link up to your favorite Dazzling DIY by putting the URL and name of your blog post in the InLinkz widget below.
  2. Visit 3-5 other blogs in the Holiday Blog Hop and leave a comment on their posts.
  3. Share this Holiday Blog Hop with your friends and readers on social media using the #SavvySassyHoliday hashtag. The more the merrier!
  4. Come back next week for Holiday Crafts for Kids!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Easy Caramel Sticky Buns

The Savvy Sassy Moms Holiday Blog Hop continues and I could have posted a million recipes this week because I do love most ANY sweet treats! 

I love to do Christmas baking. I used to always make cookies and pass them out to friends and family, and I'm going to try to do that again this year. Things got a little crazy when I had a baby. I mean, with a newborn, baking is pretty much impossible. BUT! This week I decided to share an easy recipe that is perfect for Christmas morning! 

Easy Caramel Sticky Buns


-1/4 cup butter
-1/4 cup packed brown sugar
-2 Tablespoons light corn syrup
-1/4 cup chopped pecans

-3 Tablespoons butter, melted
-1/3 cup granulated sugar
-1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
-1 can [7.5 oz] Pillsbury refrigerated buttermilk biscuts

  1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. In 8in round pan, place 1/4 cup butter. Heat in oven until melted. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup until well blended. Sprinkle with pecans
  2. In a small bowl, place 3 tablespoons melted butter. In a separate bowl mix sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Dip biscuits into melted butter coating well. Then dip into cinnamon and sugar mixture. Arrange biscuits, sides touching, over topping in pan.
  4. Bake for 18-22 minutes until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; turn upside down onto serving plate. Let pan remain for a minute so the caramel can drizzle over rolls. Serve warm and enjoy!

Hop around to the different hostesses this week and join the #savvysassyholiday fun! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Merry Minted Christmas!

It's the most wonderful time of the year!

I always look forward to Christmas and one of my favorite parts is sending out holiday cards to our friends and family. I also looooooove receiving cards! All December I will be running to my mailbox to see if any fun cards have arrived and then will proudly display them in our home. It is just one of the many things I love about the Christmas season.

Getting a head start is something that keeps me on track. I don't always have the best time management, but I always like to send out my Christmas cards on December 1st. That means I have to actually order the cards before Thanksgiving and then address them the week of. 

Below is a glimpse of some of our previous Christmas cards. I definitely have a style, haha! I have used multiple sites over the years, but I absolutely love Minted

The print and paper quality never disappoints and is one of my favorite things about ordering from Minted. They also have an awesome selection of unique formats and tons of different customizations available. 

We didn't have family photos this year. Sort of a bummer, but I wasn't going to let that stop me from sending out cute pictures of my P! I decided for the front to only have him (this was a picture from my brother's wedding when he was the ring bearer!) but I wanted family pictures on the back. Thankfully Minted has different backer options and I was able to put a full collage of pictures. Even the ones from my iPhone turned out amazingly. I almost went with the foil options (omgosh, they are incredible if you haven't made yours yet!) but since I went with pictures on the back I decided against it. 

I am one of the weirdos that love hand addressing Christmas cards, but for a limited time Minted has a great deal where they will do recipient addressing for free! This can definitely save a lot of valuable time. SO! If you haven't ordered your cards yet, shine bright this Holiday Season with unique and indie designed Minted Holiday Cards! Let me know what ones you all chose, I wanted them all!

Does your family send out holiday cards? What's your favorite style?

I received these products for review as part of the Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts program. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

#SavvySassyHoliday: Pita Tree Appetizer

With the holidays quickly approaching, what better way to kick off the season with a Holiday Blog Hop? 

SSM is hosting a fabulous blog hop for the holidays and I'm so excited to be a hostess this week! We are starting off the hop with the theme of appetizers and side dishes, which I'm thrilled about because those are personal favorites of mine when I'm at any holiday gathering. 

Check out the other hostesses this week below!

I've always loved to cook and bake, but cooking with a toddler can be challenging at times. I'm sharing my go-to appetizer that I make when I'm in a real pinch. Lets say the party is in an hour, you totally forgot to make a dish, the toddler is awake from his nap, and you just want to cry. (Not saying that has ever happened to ME or anything, ha!)

Pita Tree Appetizer

4 pita folds or pita pockets
16 thin pretzel sticks split in half
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup guacamole
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
1/4 teaspoon garlic-pepper blend
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper

1.) Cut each pita fold into 8 wedges. Insert pretzel stick half into center of the bottom of each wedge to form the "tree trunk."
2.) In a bowl, mix sour cream, guacamole, parsley, and garlic-pepper blend. Spread about a teaspoon of sour cream mixture on each pita wedge.
3.) Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of bell pepper on each wedge or arrange to form a garland. 
4.) Enjoy! (Or cover and refrigerate up to 8 hours before serving.)

Easy as can be! And festive, which is my favorite part.

Now it's your turn! Share with me your favorite appetizer or side dish. I am always looking for a delicious new dish to serve. 

Here's what you need to do:
  1. Link up to your favorite holiday appetizer/side dish by putting the URL and name of your blog post in the InLinkz widget below.
  2. Visit 3-5 other blogs in the Holiday Blog Hop and leave a comment on their posts.
  3. Share this Holiday Blog Hop with your friends and readers on social media using the #SavvySassyHoliday hashtag. The more the merrier!
  4. Come back next week for Sweet Treats! (Another personal favorite.)

Friday, November 13, 2015

Stocking Stuffers for Toddlers!

This will be P's SECOND Christmas! I can't believe he is going to turn 2 and then experience his second Christmas soon after.

Marc and I have already picked him up a few random items for his Christmas stocking, so I thought I would throw out some ideas for toddler stocking stuffers!

Stockings are so fun. And you don't have to spend a lot on them! I could have filled P's with random items from the dollar spot at Target (which gets me every time). I tend to pick up random items and by the time Christmas comes around, I have completely forgotten about them which is a nice surprise for me as well.

What fun things do you think Santa will leave in your toddlers stocking this year?

Friday, November 6, 2015

Halloween 2015 Recap

I was really looking forward to Halloween this year with Patrick. He is a super animated and outgoing toddler and I knew he would love dressing up as a ninja turtle.

P was so excited when he tried on his costume! The hat that came with it was too small (not surprisng) but I found a cute hat at Target (in the big boys section) that he can wear all winter.

We started out the Halloween season with Zoo Boo. P absolutely loves the zoo and so Zoo Boo was a real treat. He got to go with daddy which he thought was extra special. (Usually, I always take him to the zoo during the week.) P loved going from station to station throughout the zoo with his buddies. They had such a great time and it was just adorable watching them.

We kept the tradition alive and on Halloween night, we went trick-or-treating with the Creasons. We went in a group with some of our other friends and the weather was much more enjoyable this year. It did sprinkle on us a little, but nothing too bad! It took P a couple of houses to warm up but by the end of the night he was running from house to house yelling "moooooore." He was literally shoving the candy (including wrapper) in his mouth. We all had such a fun and memorable night!
How fun is this comparison picture? 2015 and 2014

How did your Halloween turn out?

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