Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Spaghetti and Hotdog Monsters!

This is such a simple and fun meal that the kids will love to help make!

All you need are some hotdogs and spaghetti

 Cut your hot dogs into 2 inch pieces and begin sticking pieces of spaghetti through in random order (This works best when the spaghetti is broken in half)

Keep going until all of your Spaghetti Hotdog monsters and ready to cook

Pop the monsters into boiling water until your spaghetti is cooked through

Now your monsters are ready to eat! 

Serve with some butter and Parmesan cheese and enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

America's Biggest Tree House!!

A few weeks ago Tara and Alison went on a road trip from NJ to Nashville, and they tried to stop at some interesting places along the way
That's when they came across..

The Biggest Tree House in America! 

Introducing - The Minister's Tree House

The Ministers tree house is located in Crossville TN. Minister Horace Burgess began building the tree house in 1993 when, he says God came to him during prayer and told him "If you build a tree house I'll make sure you never run out of material." He was inspired by God's vision and set out to build the largest tree house in the world.  Horace spent 14 years building, and he never ran out of material.  

Today the tree house is 90 feet tall, contains 80 rooms 
and stretches 5 stories high. 

 Walk through the tree house and you'll find a church, a bell tower and countless other random treasures. 

The tree house has never been closed to the public, and the owners are rarely there. Because of this nearly every wall inside the tree house has been touch by graffiti - 

Some of it is beautiful - 

Some of it is inspiring -

And some is totally random -

Every where you turn there is something new to discover!

After climbing up the 5 flights of maze-like steps here is the view from the top

If you're ever in the area we definitely encourage you to stop by the Minister's Tree House 
It's something you wont forget!

p.s check out this little guy we saw on the way out!
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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Beautify It Monday #11

1 PB Cup Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookies - French Press . 2 Updated Grill - The JS Chronicles . 3 Crochet Hook Pouch - Feltasaurus . 4 I Want to Marry You Cookies - Yummy Healthy Easy

Now let's get on to this week's party! 

Even if you don't have anything to share this week - stick around and get inspired!

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Beautify It Monday #10

Welcome back to Beautify It Monday! 
We are so sorry about missing last weeks party - 
things have been hectic over here
But we are back this week and we can't wait to see what you've been up to! 

1 Strawberry Coconut Pound Cake - Eat Cake for Dinner . 2 DIY Sandbox- The NY Melrose Family . 3 DIY Fabric Tapes - Nifty Thrift Things . 4 Love Language Soft Baby Blocks - Sew Can Do . 5 Pinwheel Table Runner - There Was a Crooked House . 6 Chive Garlic and Herb Rolls - Will Cook for Smiles 

So what have you been working on this week? 
Don't have anything to share - stick around anyway and get inspired!

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Because It's Friday - Beat the Heat with Cool Summer Treats

What better way to stay cool this summer then with some delicious cold treats?  

Freeze up some Fruit

1 Frozen Grape Pops - Make and Takes . 2 Chocolate Banana Pops - Craftzine . 3 Frozen Fruit Pops - Skinny Taste . 4 Strawberries and Yogurt - Glamour . 5 Frozen Fruit Cubes - Babble

Turn Your Ice Cream into a Sandwich

1 Chocolate Dipped - Mr Food . 2 Colorful Ice Cream Sandwiches - Such Pretty Things . 3 Brownie Sandwiches - Taste Of Home . 4 Strawberry Ice Cream Sandwiches - Sweet Paul . 5 Cake & Ice Cream Sandwiches - Come Together Kids

Unique Treats

1 Mexican Coffee Popsicle - Tablespoon . 2 Candied Bacon Ice Cream - David Lebovitz . 3 Toasted Marshmallow Shake - Cooking Channel . 4 Avocado Milkshake - Taste For Adventure

Just For Grown-ups
1 Frozen Mango Margarita - Pink Parsley . 2 Blackberry Prosecco - Glitter Guide . 3 Cherry Apple Whiskey Sour Pops - Bakers Royale . 4 Watermelon Frosty - Bamboo Banga . 5 Frozen Cocktail Push-pops - Mazelmoments . 6 Dirty Pirate Popsicles - Endless Simmer

We hope that we've left you with some inspiration to stay cool this weekend! 

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

We need a Vacation!

This post brought to you by Newport Beach. All opinions are 100% mine.

The weathers warming up - but life is certainately not winding down!

Does anyone else feel like they are in major need of a vacation?! We do!

How does warm sunny weather, white sandy beaches, fun family adventures and relaxation sound? Newport Beach CA has all of that and more!

The VisitNewportBeach website makes planning your Newport Beach vacation a breeze!  The website offers information on everything you could ever need - Hotels, Restaurants, Acctivities, Beaches and more! You can even make your hotel reservations right from the website!

When I clicked on the "Things to do" tab I was amazed to learn of the seemingly endless amount of activites that Newport Beach has to offer! I know my family would love to try out some surf lessons and the boys will definitely be excited to go kayak fishing.

While they are busy on their kayaks, the girls I can can hit up one of the many spas and treat ourselves to some relaxation.  In my family a vacation isn't complete without some shopping - and Newport Beach offers tons of options!  They have all different types of shopping from the Boardwalk Shops at the Pier to Fashion Island which offers great shopping and dining options. 

Speaking of dining there are over 300 restaurants to choose from! My mouth was watering as I was looking over the different options.  I can't wait to try the homemade pastas at Villa Nova, especially the Lemon Linguine with Shelled Dungeness Crab Legs, Fresh Tomatoes, Shallots and Asparagus Tips in a Creamy Tomato Sauce! Tell me you're not hungry now!  If fresh pasta isn't your thing (then your crazy!) But there are still plenty of options to choose from.  If you prefer a relaxed environment then the Beachcomber and Crystal Cove sounds perfect! Who wouldn't enjoy some Blackened Swordfish Tacos or a Filet Mingon Cobb Salad while looking out at the ocean?

There are also tons of great camps and activities for the kids!  They offer so many amazing camps that it would be hard to choose which ones to sign up for! No matter what your kids are interested in, they have a camp for it - There are beach camps, water camps, sports camps, science camps and much more!

Now is the perfect time for families to book a room at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach Hotel because they have a special family promotion going on - When you book one room a full price you recieve a connecting room for children 18 and under at half price! This way your kids are just a room away and you still get some private time to relax, sounds good to me! Plus with three pools, whirlpools, shuffleboard, ping pong and golf all at your hotel you can't go wrong! Call 800-233-1234 and mention the Family Plan to book today!

Check out this great video to learn more

We love to hear from you guys so tell us, Why are you in desperate need of a vacation?

What would you love to do in Newport Beach?

Thanks for stopping by!

Now I'm off to dream about sunsets on the beach.....




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