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Here Comes The Bride

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(Disclaimer: These pictures were all taken with my iPhone, so please forgive the “not as good as my Nikon” quality.)
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I was a bridesmaid in my sweet, precious, wise, gorgeous friend Cheryl’s wedding this past weekend. It was a romantic location, perfect weather and an absolutely gorgeous event.

All the bridesmaids were allowed to pick out their own dress, as long as it was blue green. I am blown away at how well our dresses went together. And we didn’t even see them all ahead of time! I got mine at Ross for $15! Cheapest bridesmaid dress ever!

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The turquoise dresses with red accents made my little heart so happy. And Cheryl’s dress was breathtaking.

I decided to do my hair in the milkmaid braid and got huge compliments on it. Yay! I even did my friend Laura & Katie’s hair. If it’s a braid, I can do it!

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(I’m hoping in the near future to do a “30 Days Of Braids” with daily tutorials on different braided hairstyles. Would that interest anyone?)

Lastly it was so fun to catch up with old friends at the reception and hang out with my husband sans kiddos. He even danced on the dance floor with me, which if you know my husband is a BIG DEAL!!

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Congratulations Glen & Cheryl! It is apparent to anyone who meets you how much you love each other and I’m excited for you to start your life together! God bless!

Cookie Butter Rolls

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What is it about stress and eating crappy?! Why do they go hand in hand so darn well?

The other week we were going to a party where there would be food, but it was late enough that I needed to eat a snack. So, instead of going for a banana, yogurt or some other healthy choice, I decided to make these delicious goodies. Because sometimes…okay, every time you’re having a bad day, eating some buttery bready creation warm out of the oven always makes it better. ALWAYS.

(Recipe adapted from this recipe.)

INGREDIENTS

-1/2 cup white sugar

-1 teaspoon cinnamon

-1 can Pillsbury Grands Jr. Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits)

-approximately 1 cup Cookie Butter (from Trader Joe’s) *could use cream cheese, peanut butter or any type of jam/jelly as an alternative

-1/4 cup of butter

DIRECTIONS

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and spray a round 8-inch cake pan.

2. Stir the cinnamon and sugar together in a separate bowl. Melt the butter in another bowl.

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3. Flatten and roll each biscuit into a 3-inch round. Put about a tablespoon full of cookie butter into the middle and fold each side up and pinch the edges to seal.

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4. Dip each biscuit “ball” into the butter, then roll in the cinnamon and sugar. Place into the cake pan.

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5. Pour any extra cinnamon sugar mixture over the uncooked biscuits. Bake in oven for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.

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6. Take out of oven and let cool a little before you consume one or five. (I won’t judge you.) ;)

ENJOY!!!!

Life As Mom Contributor

I have been asked to be the fashion contributor to the Life As Mom blog and I couldn’t be more excited!

Check out my tips this month on the Top 5 Things To Wear To A Holiday Event!

Here’s a sneak preview:

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Can you believe Christmas is in a week?!!?

Minute to Win It Party

Last year I turned 30. This was a big milestone and I should have done something big like go skydiving (although my husband thinks that if I did this it would be irresponsible since I’m a mother) or take acrobatic classes. Can you tell I am not afraid of heights?

Unfortunately I had three weddings back to back (one of which I was a bridesmaid and one that was out of town), so my birthday got put to a back burner and not really celebrated in the typical HUGE fashion that a milestone birthday calls for because I just didn’t have the energy.

Well, this year I wanted to do something fun, but still intimate. I decided a dinner party would be a special way of spending time with my friends. My outstanding friends, Rob and Heidi, agreed to host the party since our backyard was a wreck and being prepared for sod.

I made a Chorizo Bake, but substituted it with Soyrizo (or soy chorizo). It doesn’t look like much, but it is super tasty, easy to make ahead of time and inexpensive.

We also had sangria, margaritas, chips and guacamole and salad. I am so thankful for lovely friends that volunteer to contribute to the meal.

It was awesome to get to sit and eat “family style” with all of my friends and listen to the happy conversations around me.

For entertainment, I “hosted” a Minute to Win It Challenge. The original title is a TV show (although I’ve never seen it). The point of the NBC show is that the contestants do crazy things and if they are able to complete the tasks in under a minute, they win an absurd amount of money.

Some of the challenges I got from online and others I modified or made up completely.

Here is a glimpse at the hilarity that ensued (sorry for the lousy pictures, I only had my phone with me and it was fairly dark):

Egg Blow-Contestants have to use a piece of cardboard to get their color Easter Eggs into the blue, taped-off square.

Back Flip-Contestants place pencils on the back of their hand and flip them up and catch them. They start with one pencil and work their way up to six.

Junk In The Trunk-Contestants place an empty kleenex box that contains six ping pong balls behind them and shake their booties until all of the ping pong balls come out.

A Bit Dicey-Contestants place a popsicle stick in their mouths and then stack six dice on top of the end of the popsicle stick building a tower.

Helmet Head-Contestants had to stand 6 feet away from a helmet placed on the ground and throw fifteen cards into it.

Shake It Up-Contestants hold onto a pedometer and shake it at least 150 times in under a minute.

Light As A Feather-This game originally was planned to have the contestants keep two feathers in the air by blowing them, but this proved to be too difficult, so they had to keep one feather afloat in the air, but hitting it with their hands.

Breakfast Scramble-Contestants had to put together a 4 x 5 “puzzle” of pieces I had cut out of identical cereal boxes. (This was SUPER hard…especially since for some reason pieces of one puzzle were missing. Oops!)

Bottoms Up-Contestants have a yo-yo tied to their back belt loop, then they have to swing it around to knock over four soda cans that are placed in a square around them.

Lastly, as a tie breaker, I had the teams work together to answer as many questions as they could on a “Rena is 31!” quiz I made up.

The team “Fist Wolf” (formerly known as “Iron Fist”) were the winners. Unfortunately all they walked away with were high fives and the pride of winning because I totally blanked on providing prizes. (These things happen when you throw yourself a birthday party.)

We enjoyed some ice cream sandwich cake (recipe here). So yummy.

We ended the night playing a dance game on XBox Kinect, which was super fun and a great way to work off the cake we had just consumed. ;)

All in all, I had a perfect night and am so thankful for friends that put up with my silly ideas and don’t mind laughing at themselves.

Favorites Party

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First, I made the invitation and emailed it out.

Here is how it works:

1) You pick one favorite thing that costs less than $6 (technically $5, but I didn’t want people to stress out about the amount after taxes). Then bring 5 of that item unwrapped to the party.

2.) At the party, everyone puts their names on five tickets. We used raffle tickets, but you could use any cut-up paper and throw it into a jar to be chosen from.

3.) Each person takes a turn presenting their item, describing why it’s their favorite, where they got it and what they do with it. (I brought Cookie Butter from Trader Joe’s and banana muffins to eat it with, although I could just eat it with a spoon. Addicting!!!)

4.) Then five tickets are chosen and those five people get that item, so at the end, everyone has five new “favorites” to take home.

Here are some things that I might change for next time:

-I wish I would have taken more pictures (I have the hardest time being at a party and remembering to take pictures. Boo.)

-I think it might be better to do 3 things under $10. A lot of people had a hard time finding something that was under $6, but could think of a lot of things that were in the $7-$9 range.

All in all though, it was an extremely easy party to throw (super LOW maintenance), especially since my friends ROCK at bringing yummy goodies and we had a lot of fun just hanging out. And I got to take home some pretty sweet new “favorite” things.

(P.S. That Ben & Jerry’s ice cream was gone in a day. Why do they make the containers so cute and easy to hold?! It makes it so much easier to eat quickly!)

I got this party idea from the wonderful Julie over at Joy’s Hope.

Next I want to have a Pioneer Woman Potluck. I’m salivating at the thought of it.

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