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Our DIY Mother’s Day Tea

My husband’s family has started a tradition the last few years of having a Mother’s Day Tea for all of the ladies in our family. This was the 3rd year that we’ve had it and I was so excited to be able to fly to Denver to be a part of it. My Mother-in-law hosted the tea at her house and I was able to help her out with lots of DIY projects to make the tea extra special.

The theme of the tea party was “pansies”, so we were all about flowers, flowers and more flowers. We had some terra cota pots that we wanted to use – so we spray painted the bottom of them with chalkboard paint and wrote each ladies’ name on the pot. They were able to take home their own pot with a pansy in it.

Mason Jar Salad, cloth napkin, Scone in a Pot & Name Card

Each lady also had a basket at their place setting (wire baskets from Dollar Tree). The baskets were filled with a cloth napkin, a mason jar salad (inspired by Pinterest) and a flowerpot scone. I didn’t get a great picture of the scone, but you can see it in the basket. The scones were absolutely delicious and baked really well in the pot.

Flowerpot Scones – How to

1. Soak the pots in water for 30+ minutes

2. Find your favorite scone recipe. (We used this incredible cream scone recipe from Savory Sweet Life)

3. Spray the pot with non-stick spray.

4. Drop the dough into the pot. They don’t raise very much so don’t be afraid to fill them pretty close to the top.

5. Bake as directed by the recipe, but expect that it will take 10-15 minutes longer. Watch to see when the top is slightly golden.

6. Serve with Devonshire Cream and preserve.

 

Oh, and we drank tea. You have to drink tea at a tea party, but it’s really all about the food. And we ate. a lot. of. food.

Mini Pie Bites // Cherry Coke Cupcakes // Scones

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Creative Genius Party #19

It’s Week 19 of the Creative Genius Link Party! Thanks for being so patient the last few weeks as I took a break while we moved into our house! Here’s a quick pic of us in front of our very first house! It’s exciting, but a lot of work.

Can’t wait to see all of your great ideas this week!

Now, on to the party!

Remember, the link that gets the most clicks, will get their blog button displayed near the top of my homepage sidebar for the next week!

The top three most clicked links will be featured Monday after the link party ends!

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Friday Favorites – Things I’ve loved about living in Mexico

1. Streetside food vendors

Now I have to admit that the results of eating off of the street are not always ideal – I have had my fair share of upset stomach after sampling street food…however, the food is so good and so cheap and most of the time, you don’t get sick. You just can’t beat a homemade tortilla made into a quesadilla over a fire filled with chorizo, mushrooms and delicious cheese. All for less than $2.

 

2. Kid’s Birthday Parties/Pinatas

I’ve done pinatas before in the States, but there’s just something great about everyone standing around in a circle singing this song:

Spanish:
Dale, dale, dale.
No pierdas el tino.
Porque si lo pierdes.
Pierdes el camino.
Ya le diste una.
Ya le diste dos.
Ya le diste tres.
Y tu tiempo se acabó.

English:
Hit it, hit it, hit it.
Don’t lose your aim.
Because if you lose it.
You lose the way.
You hit it once.
You hit it twice.
You hit it three times.
And your time is up.

 

3. Interesting Foods


We’ve definitely been able to try new and different foods. Zander loved trying Dragon fruit – mostly because of the name. He has also developed a love for mango, which I never really bought in the States, but he eats a lot here.

 

4. National Pride


I love the 4th of July – I love being an American, but it is super fun to see how other countries celebrate their independence. We had a great time being here for Mexican Independence Day in September. However, the late-night fireworks (3am) were not my favorite.

5. Hearing my lil’ man speak Spanish

Nothing beats hearing Zander come home from school and start counting in Spanish. He goes to K1 here, so he is learning new things everyday. It sometimes comes as a surprise to me when he asks for “Leche Chocolate” instead of saying Chocolate Milk. I love that he has gotten to be exposed to a new language at such a young age.

 

All that to say that we are going to be leaving Mexico in just a few short weeks! It’s been an incredible experience, but we are excited to be back in the States in time for the Holidays. I apologize in advance if my blog gets a little neglected over the next month as we pack up, sell most of our stuff, head back, find jobs and settle in. I promise I’ll be back stronger than ever once we figure out where we are going to live!  Thanks for you patience!

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the “P” word

Ok, so I hate “p” words.

I don’t even want to write them here, but I guess I have to so that you know what I’m talking about. You know…all those gross bodily function words? (poo, pee, pimple, puss, phart…ok that starts with an f)

I am just not one of those people who likes to discuss these things…I think they are private things.

Boy, how does having kids change your life! I think I talk about poo at least 5 times a day! My husband will yell to me, “Honey, come look at Pax’s diaper…it’s a weird color.” And I actually come, look and analyze the color of my son’s poo.

It’s gross, I know. But, you have to understand how far I’ve come as a mother.

However, my two (almost three) year old has entered a new phase. He’s completely potty trained and is a champ at going #2. I’ve gotten over getting grossed out when emptying the little potty and cleaning him up. I can handle it. I cannot, however, handle what my son proceeds to do after pooping.

He has to tell me what shape it looks like! Bleh.

 

“Momma, it looks like a pickle!” He exclaims.

To which (like any other good mother) I reply, “That’s great, Zander, you are such a smart boy.”

You’d think that reply would be enough. But, no.

“Momma, you didn’t look at it.”

“Zander, yes, I did. It looks like a pickle.” I’m lying…I try to avoid actually looking at the poo.

“Momma, you’re not looking at it. You have to see the pickle.”

 

Oy vey. I have to look at it. He won’t relent until I’ve studied the thing and agreed that it does indeed look like a pickle…or an octopus or an “O” or a smiley face or any other object that it remotely resembles.

Yes, each time, it’s something different and I have to examine and agree.

And honestly, he’s pretty smart.

It really did look like a pickle.

How have you changed since you’ve become a mother? I’d love to hear your stories!

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5 Months later…

Yes, it’s been 5 months since my last post. And of course, I’d like to give you all of my excuses…

1. Our family moved to Mexico – in January we moved to Puebla, Mexico and we spent the month of December enjoying our family Christmas and preparing for the move. Since January, we’ve been acclimating to the culture and language and getting settled.

2. We just had our second baby! Our son, Pax, was born in March here in Mexico and has added even more to our workload. He’s worth it though…

3. Being creative is incredibly different here…there is no Hobby Lobby. I repeat, no Hobby Lobby. It’s depressing. I know what you’re thinking…If there’s no Hobby Lobby, just go to JoAnns. Yep, there are no JoAnns either. Or Michaels. We do have a Wal-mart and the craft section is 2 feet wide. It’s been difficult to find supplies to work on crafty things. I’m going to have to be, well, creative.

Stay tuned, I promise that posts will be more often than every 5 months!

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Missing pictures…

So, I’ve been scrapbooking a lot recently. Thanks to my mom and some friends who have set up a weekly scrap date, I’ve actually been getting a lot done. I’ve realized I’m a social scrapbooker, I never get anything done when I do it alone. Because of these weekly dates, my wedding scrapbook is 95% done (pictures to come soon) and I’m getting ready to begin with the honeymoon. 

Yesterday, I got on our hard drive to order prints of our honeymoon pictures and for some reason, they weren’t there. Of course, I panicked. I couldn’t find them anywhere. I cried. And cried. And cried. I felt sick. I was sure all of the memories of our wonderful honeymoon were lost forever. But my wonderfully optimistic husband searched through CD after CD…dug through our storage shed….and found them. Oh happy day. 
But, I’m still a little sad. I wish I was laying on a beach in Cancun. Don’t you?