Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Valentine's Day Gifts! (For me!)

My husband and I don't really do gifts for Valentine's Day anymore. We used to, until maybe the last year or so. The life of a grown up! (We do go out, which is always a fun time and perfect for me!)

But that doesn't mean I don't like any excuse to I thought I would put together a list of some of my current wants. I would not be upset if any or all of these showed up on my doorstep.

1.) S'well Water Bottle in Bikini Pink (S'well, $30) - I have some friends who have this water bottle and they are really hyping it up. Marc thinks $40 for a water bottle is ridiculous though so I don't really see it in my future.
2.) Kate Spade Stemless Wine Glasses (Macy's, $50) - I have really been wanting some stemless wine glasses. And these have POLKA DOTS on them. My signature in wineglass form.
3.) Tieks in Ballerina Pink (Tieks, $175) - I'm all about cute and comfy flats. The ballerina pink ones are calling my name!
4.) Kate Spade metro watch (Nordstrom, $195) - This is just a fun watch that is also speaking to me.
5.) Room Essentials Home Doormat (Target, $13) - I am all for a warm and inviting door mat. I think our new house needs this!
6.) Casetify Many Hearts iPhone case (Casetify, $40) - My cousin introduced me to this website and they have the cutest phone cases. She has one and it is just as adorable in real life!

What is on your Valentine's Day Wish List?

Note: You may have noticed I am back from a blog hiatus! I have a lot to catch everyone up on! I skipped over some big events, but I'm back and ready to spread some O'Leary Love throughout 2016.

Friday, December 11, 2015

The O'Learys take on The Polar Express!

This has been such a fun year with P. Watching his personality grow has been something I've truly enjoyed. It makes me so extremely thankful that I get to stay home with him. He is your typical boy, loving anything to do with trains, trucks, cars, dinos, and dirt. His absolutely favorite thing lately are trains.

Every time we go to the zoo P wants to ride the "choo choo" and honestly I don't mind one bit. He thinks riding that thing in a 5 minute circle is the best thing in the world. So when we bought tickets to go on The Polar Express, I knew he would lose his mind!

Sure enough, as soon as we pulled in the station and he heard that train whistle, he literally started sprinting! The joy on his face is something I will never forget. Marc, P, and myself had a wonderful time! There were lights on the train and as we pulled away from the station and The Polar Express song started playing, well, Patrick's smile could not have gotten any bigger. He waved out the window to passing cars and he was so happy when he got his very own cookie and hot chocolate. Marc and I had so much fun just watching him! 

It only got better when the train got to "The North Pole" and SANTA came out! I wish I could describe P. Basically, when Santa ran out of his workshop he almost cried with excitement. I was a little nervous when "ho ho ho" got on the train P would be a little scared, but he really did great! P chatted with Santa for a bit and he rang the bell Santa gave him the whole ride back.

I know these Christmas memories are ones that I'll keep in my heart forever.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Handprint Holiday Kids Crafts

I don't know about you, but I am having the best time with the SSM Holiday Blog Hop!

I'm thrilled to be a hostess this week for Holiday Crafts for Kids with these other lovely ladies!

You crafts have a special place in my heart. I cherish the memories I made growing up making crafts with my mom, at VBS, with my friends at school, etc. I loved surprising people with my homemade goodness and seeing the joy on their faces. I loved walking by and seeing my artwork  proudly displayed and hanging in the hallways of my home. So it is no wonder that I love crafting and creating memories with little P.

Let me just say, crafting with a toddler is a true test of patience. P is almost two and LOVES to craft but he loves to get a little rowdy. Stomping and marching on the paper with paint on his foot makes it a little challenging to create what I was envisioning but I always treasure the outcome.
I wanted so bad to make a cute Christmas tree with little P hands but sometimes you have to go with the flow. I turned it into a wreath because I couldn't see a tree anywhere on the paper. BUT, the memory is the best part...right?

This year I have been big into sending the grandparents hand or foot crafts for every holiday. Just something little they can hang on their fridge and enjoy. That is why I had the tree-turned-wreath idea! 

We also tried this sleigh/reindeer picture...

Now is the fun part, you get to join in! Christmas is my favorite holiday and I want to make LOTS of fun crafts with P, so I cannot WAIT to see what you all come up with! 

Here's what you need to do:
  1. Link up to your favorite holiday craft for kids 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 Drinks!

Friday, December 4, 2015

O'Leary Lovin': the jimmyCASE!

Continuing on in the holiday gift giving spirit, I wanted to share another perfect gift idea! I personally have multiple members in my family who I can never think of a gift for. I spend hours looking online, searching stores, only to come up short. Well, who doesn't need a perfectly functional cell phone case?

I am loving all these different options from jimmyCASE! I personally am favorable to anything pink, like this iPhone 6s case, but I love how they have a lot of different color options. Even colors for the pickiest of people, like those brothers of mine.

As a mom, I'm always looking for an extra set of hands. I'm constantly running into stores with my cell phone, wallet, and toddler all while leaving something behind. (Thankfully it is never the toddler, ha!) I LOVE how convenient and easy the jimmyCASE is. I now have one less thing to remember since I can safely put my cards and cash in the cell phone case and be on my way. Gone are the days of me constantly searching through my diaper bag for my wallet and holding up lines, when now I can just pull my cell phone right out of pocket and slide out my card. I am always excited about being better organized.

Another thing that I appreciate about this case is that it provides excellent protection for your iPhone. I have shattered my screen multiple times so I don't take cell phone cases lightly anymore. The jimmyCASE has full frame protection, which I love. The elastic pocket is also uniquely designed to stretch without losing elasticity which is obviously important when you are carrying around valuables. Another perk is that the case can hold multiple cards. It holds my ID, a couple cards, and cash comfortably.

If you are looking for the perfect stocking stuffer for anyone on your Christmas list, be sure to check out all of the different options that jimmyCASE has available!

Finally you can be relieved to leave your wallet at home, I know I am. 

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! 

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