Saturday, June 29, 2013

My #WeekBackup

I'm so glad to be participating in the #WeekBackup link up with my favorite twins in the Blogosphere, Noor from Noor's Place and Areeba from Aree with Umbrella.  It's the first link up, so if you want to join next week, let's make it a date!  So let me get started now with my week in review...

My Food of the Week will definitely have to be the Red Velvet White Chip Cookies that I made for the first time.  If you like red velvet cake, I'm sure you'll love the cookies too.  Click the image to get the recipe!

I found this on Etsy and faved it right away (image is clickable - it's available for purchase - and I also pinned it here).  I LOVE it!!!


This has been a really popular pin on my Pinterest boards, and it's also my saying for the week!
I don't like Pinterest's new way of embedding pins, so the image is clickable, and the link is also directly below.  Feel free to re-pin, if you like.  =0)

I'm loving this song right now, and it's been playing in the car every time we get in to go somewhere!  Then it gets stuck in my head.

My younger daughter dropped my older daughter's Nintendo DSi into the toilet...Not pretty!  It was soaked, and by the time we found a tiny screwdriver to unscrew the battery, damage had already been done.
I'll try to get a photo before I post this, but I'm sure you can imagine the screens completely soaked with water.  =(

And that's my #WeekBackup post for this week.  Hope you had fun, because I know I had fun preparing the post.  Share something from YOUR week with me with a comment.  =0)

Thanks for visiting, and I hope you have a great weekend!  Today is also the last day to link up your family friendly blog at Meet & Greet.  Just click the button below to join us.

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Friday, June 28, 2013

Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Cookies

I'm making this a Foodie Friday here at 2justByou today!

I was looking for a new cookie recipe to try, because the end of the [year-round] school year is here, and I really didn't want to take the same old chocolate chip cookies, even though they're an all time favorite.  

I did some searching, and I found some seriously yummy-looking Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cookies.  I decided to try it out, but I ended up adapting it.  I made two batches, one for school and one for us at home!

Adapted from how sweet it is.

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp red food coloring
1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips

* Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit (oven temperatures may vary)
* Cream butter & sugars until fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time until mixed & smooth.  Add vanilla until mixed in evenly.  Beat in the red food coloring.  Stir in cocoa, flour, baking soda & salt until just combined.  Then fold in the white chocolate chips.
* Drop by teaspoonful on baking sheet and bake 9-11 minutes. (For softer, chewy cookies, bake 9 minutes and leave on baking sheet for 2 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.)
* Makes about 4 dozen.  Enjoy!

For variation, you can leave out the red food coloring and make these Chocolate White Chip Cookies!
What really happened is I had run out of red food coloring (since I made two batches - LOL), so the batch for us turned out to be this kind.  Tastes just as good!

What's your favorite cookie?
If you have a cookie recipe you'd like to share, I'd love to see what you've got!  I need some new cookie recipes to try out and add to my collection.  =0)

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Mommy Mentionables and a #Giveaway

If you blog hop with me at Meet & Greet this week, you will be familiar with today's treat: A Giveaway and Product Review by Mommy Mentionables.

I met Melanie (the Mommy at Mommy Mentionables) through facebook a short while back, and she's also one of this week's Co-Hosts at Meet & Greet.  I'm teaming up with her today as co-host to share an awesome giveaway with you!  Check out all the details from Melanie below.

Win a $35 giftcard
from Sew Cute Threads!

Hosted by: Mommy Mentionables and Co-hosted by 2justByou
Thank you to our Sponsor: Sew Cute Threads

Sew Cute Threads specializes in custom, handmade children’s apparel, accessories and one of a kind personalized handmade gifts. Each design is hand cut and sewn by the owner Priscilla Brill. Priscilla says that her favorite thing to do is to take simple patterns and re-work them to create something unique and sassy.

There are so many items to choose from on the Sew Cute Threads website that it's hard to choose a favorite. They have so many wonderful collections, including the Rompers/Sunsuits and of course their Signature Collection. In addition to apparel, Sew Cute Threads also makes other handmade items such as Chunky necklaces and even some adorable handmade Retro Aprons. Love them! 

Mommy Mentionables recently reviewed a personalized romper for her daughter, and she said it was excellent quality and really loved her daughter in it. Check out her complete review here

Sew Cute Threads has graciously offered to give readers 10% off any order placed between now and July 10. Use code mommymentionables at check-out to take advantage of this great offer! 

In addition to this awesome discount, Sew Cute Threads is also giving away a $35 giftcard to one lucky reader! Giveaway is open to US Residents only and ends July 10th. Winner will be notified by email by Mommy Mentionables and will have 48 hours to respond to claim prize.  Good luck!
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Words for my Wednesday

As the school year ends for my boys, I thought I'd share an education quote for today's Words for my Wednesday.  It's important to keep education in mind during the summer vacation so that they're ready for the next school year.  Summer reading challenges are a great way to keep the brains active, you and old.  =0)

What's on your summer reading list?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Meet & Greet Blog Hop #31

Welcome to the Meet & Greet Blog Hop! 
Join in, meet some fellow bloggers, greet them with comments, and grow your blog with new friends! 

Interested in being a Co-Host? 
Send an email to 2justByou(at)gmail(dot)com with "Co-Host" in the subject line for consideration and include your blog link! 

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Meet Everyone!
This week’s Get to know YOU question:
What is your ideal vacation?

Kim - from 2 just B you: Now that Baby Girl is a toddler and loving all things Princess, I think it would be fun to take a trip to Disneyland and the LA area. There's also Lego Land down there (for the boys), and the beach for all of us! Win, win, and win all around. I think I'll start planning ahead for this time next year. =0)  
Laurie - from Created By Laurie: I think right now it would be going over to the Big Island to see an active volcano, though with a toddler and a newborn I don’t see it happening this summer! =)

*Co Hosts*
Sleepy Single Girl
Justine – From Sleepy Single Girl: My ideal vacation would be anywhere with a beach! Preferably with a tropical adult beverage in hand as well :)
Mommy Mentionables
Melanie – from Mommy Mentionables: My Ideal vacation, now that I have kiddos, would probably going to a place like Disney World to spend some time with the family and get away from all the craziness of day to day life. I love to see my baby girl smile and have fun, so I can't wait until she's old enough to enjoy those types of things. Now it’s YOUR turn! What is your ideal vacation?

*Our Featured Guest this Week*

Courtney– from One Fine Wire “This blog has really become quite a hobby for me, covering everything from decorating my new home, every day adventures with my family, the music that I love, and the crazy, wonderful journey of motherhood!” 

Now it's YOUR turn.
What's your ideal vacation?
Link up and have fun!
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It's THAT Hard Finding "G" Rated Movies

Monday was Movie Day for my son's class at school.  Since it's the last week, they've got a week full of fun activities and end-of-the-school-year celebrations.  Students were instructed at the end of last week to bring in a G-Rated movie on Monday.  Kids would then vote on which movies would be viewed.

Well, lots of kids brought in movies, but...lots of them were rated PG.  Yes, everyone, it is that hard finding G rated movies, apparently.  When you think about it, it's really sad.  Lots of movies for kids and families have a PG rating because of just one swear word or even the smallest act of violence.  Why is it so hard to make some good, clean movies for our kids that are suitable for viewing while at school?  It shouldn't be that hard!  We don't need bad words or violence to have fun, and our kids need to know that.

I'm not saying that I don't like movies that are not G rated (huge fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, here!); I'm just saying that G rated movies seem to be in short supply, and there should be more.

Most of the G rated movies are animated.  Hats of to Disney, because most of the Top 100 G rated movies are from Disney.  Our family has always been a big Disney fan.  Happy endings and fireworks - what's not to like?  


Anyway, the kids ended up watching Meet the Robinsons and Homeward Bound (both Walt Disney titles).

If you're interested, you can view the Most Popular G Rated movies for K-12.  
How many have YOU watched?  =0)

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Monday, June 24, 2013

A Little Bit of Random

Last week I visited a few blogs that had a post full of randomness, and I loved it.  I love reading random posts from my bloggy friends, but, for some reason, I've never posted one!  So today, I thought - Why not?  Here we go...

Dinner at Chuck E. Cheese
for an End of the School Year Fundraiser

Flowers in our Front Yard

Daughter's First Attempt at a Layer Cake

I wish the photo came out better.  We have a really dark kitchen. =0(
More on this layer cake later, though, because it was also her first time working with fondant.

Current Favorite Hair Clip for my Toddler

Check out Amy's Clippie Dips blog.

Tickets from a Trip to Dave & Busters
last month to celebrate a birthday

Some Chocolate Chip Cookies 
(Oh yes, they were soft and chewy!)

So how about you?  What kind of randomness have you got going on?

Saturday, June 22, 2013

We've Been Featured...

I've got a special treat for today, because we've been featured on Ducks 'n a Row!  Click the button below and take a peek.  And if you've got time, you can check out all the Cupcakes on Parade posts (and get your sweet tooth fix for the day).  =0)

Ducks 'n a Row

Enjoy your weekend!
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Friday, June 21, 2013

More of Mom's Flowers

It's been a pretty long week, and I'm glad it's Friday.  How about you?

Let's end the week with some pretty flowers!!!  These are more pretty flowers from my mom's backyard garden.  She's great with plants (unlike me).  Hope you enjoy!

Which one is your favorite???
I really like tropical flowers, so I like the one in photo #2.  =0)

If you missed my post with Mom's Flowers from last Friday, you can see it here.  
And, if you'd like to join us at Meet & Greet and link up your blog, CLICK HERE.
Plus, there's now less than ONE week to enter the prize pack giveaway.  ENTER HERE for your chance to win a bundle of great prizes!

Happy Friday, everyone!  And Happy First Day of Summer.  Enjoy your weekend.