Friday, October 24, 2014

Sweet & Salty Chex Mix

Fall means CHEX MIX in our house. I am obsessed with it but only in the fall and winter. Not sure why but that is just how I roll. Same with cutouts and peanut butter kiss cookies! The outside temperature must be just chilly enough for them to come out! I have finally perfected the best sweet and salty mix. It's almost like the normal mix but I add some other items! I just love the sweetness that the honey nut chex and other honey cereals. 
I literally do not measure I just pour into our huge baking dish but here is an idea of what I use.
3 cups of Honey Nut Chex
2 cups of Rice Chex
2 cups of Honey Nut Cherrios
2 cups of Honey Kix 
1 cup of bite sized Pretzels
Bag of Walnuts 

Top with: (I legit usually almost double this) 
6 TBS melted butter
2 TBS Worcestershire sauce
2 tsp Seasoning Salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder 

Pour on top and bake at 200 stirring every 15 mins or so until it is not longer wet! 
Get ready for it all to be gone in 2 days. It is THAT good. The honey cereal just really adds that extra yumminess. Let me know if you make it like this! My boys LOVE it!!! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cowabunga Dude

I posted last month about our costume decision. I wasn't in love with the Sonic the Hedgehog and Knuckles idea for Vincent and Luke because I selfishly wanted them all to match because honestly there are only so many years where my input will matter. So I did what any good mom would do and ignored the face they wanted Sonic and let it simmer for a few weeks before I broached the subject again. Last week I was online getting ready to order their costumes when I pulled up the Party City site and on the page were the Ninja Turtles. Not sure why it never dawned on me that there were indeed 4 ninja turtles, perfect for a family with 4 boys. And beyond perfect when I saw they even carried an infant sized get up!! The boys honestly have never seen the ninja turtle show but I asked them anyway! "Vincent how cool would it be if you guys were ninja turtles for Halloween!!!!" If you give the right tone to anything kids will usually jump at it! And they did. Luke and Vincent sprinted over to see the costumes online and of course fell in love with the awesome idea that turtles were ninjas. And hello, they had swords and nunchucks!

Of course they all wanted to be red but I just picked whatever was in stock. It ended up Sam is the red one and the other 3 are whatever color that fits haha. They didn't even care when they arrived, they were just pumped to be turtles. Vincent has worn his the past two days, doing his ninja moves all over the house, swiping his sword and making crazy ninja noises.

Here are a few peeks of the little ninjas. I die. Seriously. Way too cute.
What are your little ones being for Halloween??? 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Whew! I do not know if it was just my wonderful time of the month or a combination of that and the fall weather but holy heck last week I was out of commission. Was just in a complete funk and wanted to do nothing. I wish it was that easy. I still did a lot but the workouts got pushed to the back burner. I started back Sunday with a double workout and am back on track! I am actually feeling more like a functioning human being now. Holler! I am down 2 lbs and have 2 weeks left to go! I am finally starting to see the fluff in my midsection go away. This summer I could sit down without any buldge and let's just say that is NOT the case right now. My goal is to have that almost gone in 2 weeks. We will see what happens. The reason I adore this workout is because all I have to do is push play. I don't have to get dressed or go somewhere. It's so nice. Anyways here is an update.
Tomorrow I have a post of the boys costumes ready to go!! 
Funny thing is now I need to find them all. They all ran off with them when we bought them so I need to wrangle in the chaos and find them before trick or treat! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Jewelery Maker? Sure!

I was being crafty today and made a cure bangle and posted it on IG just to show how adorable it was. Well like 20 people asked if I would make them one! So I investigated a little into if I could easily get other states and I can! So I will offer these for October for $13 shipped. 
The turn around time is 1-2 weeks MAX!
To order for now
Paypal to jordandarr at gmail dot com.
Pay through friends and family.
$13 times how ever many you would like.
Specify which state in the comments along with your address to send. Once I sell a few I will totally offer a giveaway as well!!!

If you have any questions or need a bulk order just message me!
Let the crafting begin!!!!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15th

Today is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day. I honestly do not think about miscarriage as much anymore since we have been insanely blessed. It does come up in passing from time to time when someone else is going through their miscarriage or infant loss situation. I know when people think of me they automatically think; 4 healthy baby boys. 4 healthy pregnancies. But in reality it went 2 healthy pregnancies and baby boys. One miscarriage. 2 healthy pregnancies and baby boys. 
We were on vacation a few years ago in FL with Vincent and Luke and I found out that we were once again pregnant! I was so excited. WOULD IT FINALLY BE A GIRL, I thought to myself. On the LONG drive home we talked about how exciting it would be to welcome baby #3 to the family! We arrived home and all was well for a few weeks and then one afternoon I went to the bathroom and wiped and saw the tiniest bit of blood. I am talking MAYBE a drop! AND I FREAKED! I have always had no blood during pregnancies so I of course bee-lined to the ER to get checked. I had not had my first OB appt because I was only 6-7 weeks along. Long story short I called my sister in law to come along since Jordan was out of town. Lucky for her she had NO IDEA I was even pregnant, (that actually makes me tear up writing that!). I was there a few hours getting checked and having an U/S. The ultrasound showed a baby but the heart was slower than it should be. I left with a 50/50 shot that the little bean would survive. The next day I was at a playdate and felt a gush so I ran to the bathroom and BLOOD everywhere. I was faced with the fact that this was most likely the end and the babies heartbeat must have stopped between when I was at the ER and now. I was in full blown miscarriage mode. The next few weeks were insanely hard. I did not understand why or how we were going through this. Now that I am on the flipside I can easily talk about it. But man it was a rough time. VERY VERY rough. I feel like the minute you find out you are pregnant, you are already in love. I envisioned everything about the baby and was full blown in love with him or her. Than in an instant it was gone. 

Luckily weeks later, I felt not so hot so I decided to take a random pregnancy test. I had not even had my check up with the OB after the miscarriage and they had said it would take a few cycles of my period for things to get back on track! Well plain as day a PLUS sign appeared. And 8 months later Jude was welcomed into our family. I call him the miracle baby because he was formed legit seconds after the miscarriage happened. My doctors were insanely weirded out by the timeline of events but all I jnow is he is now a happy and healthy 2 year old. Following Jude we welcomed Sam. We have been INSANELY blessed so it's really hard for me to get too focused on our miscarriage. Not that I ever EVER want to go through it again but it opened my eyes and made me focus on what's important. It made me not want to take any day for granted. It helped me realize how BLESSED we are with these 4 happy and healthy babies! I will never ever know what went wrong but I do know that I will always have an attachment to our baby in heaven. One day we will meet him or her. PS I am almost 100% sure it was a girl haha! I always think that! But maybe she is up there smiling down on us and giving me the extra patience I need to handle these crazy boys!
So today I am praying for all of you who have had a loss! I pray no one has to go through this and if you are or know someone please reach out and talk to them. That was such a HUGE help for me was talking about it! You are NOT alone! Its more common than you think! Speak out and help others. You never know who is reading and who you are helping by sharing your story! I hope that my story of 2 additional pregnancies after a miscarriage will give you some hope! xoxo

The momma who started it was in my birth club when she went through her loss. I remember being so heartbroken for her. She is helping so many through this site now.