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a farewell, a road trip, and a punch recipe

1. We are mourning the departure of one of the members of our family. My 2001 Volkswagen Jetta that my parents gave me in August of 2000, a couple of months after I finished high school, went to live with another sweet family. I asked TC to take pictures of my precious friend before it left. I was trying to find pictures of me with the car from the day I got it, but I couldn’t find them.

I got my Jetta after months of dreaming about it. I was so proud of that car! It drove me to my first day of college at Louisiana Tech all the way from Indiana. It drove me to South Carolina for graduate school. It drove me to my wedding in 2008 and then to the hospital to have Hudson is 2009. And we had it until Hayes was 5 weeks old.

I’m proud to say that I kept that dear car for 11 years and it only has about 105,000 miles on it. After Hudson was born, TC started driving the Jetta to work every day and I kept the SUV at home because it was easier to drive with a car seat in the SUV.

I’ll miss that car so much, but I’m happy to have moved on. Adios, Jetta aka “Muppet.”

I nicknamed the Jetta “the Muppet” the night I got it after my friend and I drove it for a couple of hours and decided that “the Muppet” was a proper nickname for it.

2. Hudson, Hayes, and I drove up to my parents’ house (with their help) on Sunday after the birthday party on Saturday. TC couldn’t come with us, but I’m so excited to get a quiet week with my folks and am so thankful they rode with us for the 12 hour trip.

The trip should have taken about 9.5-10 hours, but because we had to stop every three hours to feed Hayes, it took a bit longer. And I I am pretty sure I have carpel tunnel syndrome from holding a pacifier in Hayes’s mouth from the third row of the vehicle.

Here we are before we left the driveway!

3. Kelly hosted a Sip and See for Hillary last weekend and used a delicious punch recipe that I passed along to her from my mom. I’ve gotten a few requests to share the recipe, so here it is. It’s a pretty yellow punch and I’ve “borrowed” the picture of the punch from Kelly’s blog.

This punch is perfect for a brunch or a shower. It’s like dessert. I just can’t get enough of it if it’s available.

picture from Kelly’s Korner Blog

Ingredients

  • 4 ripe bananas
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice
  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 liters ginger ale

Directions

  1. In a blender, combine bananas, sugar and 3 cups water. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl and stir in pineapple juice. Blend in orange juice concentrate, lemonade concentrate and 3 cups water. Divide into 3 plastic containers and freeze until solid.
  2. Remove from freezer 3 to 4 hours before serving. Using one portion at a time, place slush in a punch bowl and pour in 1 liter of ginger ale for each.

You Are My Sunshine baby shower!

This weekend, with 5 of my friends, I co-hosted a baby shower for a very dear friend.

We decided on a You Are My Sunshine theme for the shower. We focused on yellow and orange with touches of gray for the color scheme. She’s having a baby boy, so we wanted it to be boyish without being too dark.

I called on my friends at Sweet Birdie’s Nest to do the invitations, banner, party circles and cupcake toppers. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. They’re so good!

I started looking on Pinterest a few months ago for some inspiration and found a handful of things.

For the drink table, we had water garnished with oranges (which was really good) and my mom’s yummy banana and pineapple punch. That stuff is so addicting! The banner said “Allyson’s Little Sunshine.”

The board with the You Are My Sunshine lyrics came out of my guest bedroom.

We decided to keep the food pretty monochromatic. We were able to think of lots of food items that we could serve that fit the orange and yellow color scheme. We even had things that we thought of that we didn’t use.

We served Chick-fil-A chicken nuggets (one of Allyson’s favorites), fruit salad with banana, pineapple and oranges, a pineapple pretzel salad (and now we all want the recipe), pimiento cheese sandwiches, carrots and hummus, cupcakes and miniature cheesecake bites.

Outside, we decorated with fall items that we already had like pumpkins and mums. We also blew up a few balloons and used the ribbon wreath. I also had some pinwheels from Hudson’s first birthday party and we used those outside, too.

The other hostesses and the mama-to-be are very special friends of mine. We have a lot of pregnant friends right now and I love seeing all of these families grow. I can’t wait for Allyson’s little boy to make his arrival so we can all love on him!

I saw an idea on Hostess With the Mostess to do a fun, sunshine-themed playlist for the party. I used some of their suggestions and some other sunny songs that I like. The playlist ended up being really cheery and I have been listening to these songs a lot in the last couple of days.

This is the playlist we used for Allyson’s shower.

Details and Vendors

Serving Pieces: our personal collections, Anchor for Target, and Willow House

Cupcakes: Publix

Paper goodies: Sweet Birdie’s Nest

Food: Chick-fil-A and our kitchens

Punch Recipe: My mom and there’s a link here

Pinwheels: Hobby Lobby

Ribbon Wreath: Tutorial here

You Are My Sunshine artwork: Sugarboo Designs and Etsy seller Pretty Smitten Prints

from another blue-eyed bride named Shay!

Today’s post was written by one of my newest blog friends. Shay from Mix and Match Mama is the only guest blogger I’m having this week that I don’t know in “real life.” But I absolutely consider her a friend. From the second I started reading Shay’s blog, I just loved how real she is. She gives amazing tips. She shares delicious recipes. She documents the simple every day moments of motherhood. And she’s so relatable. I just know that all of you will love reading her blog. Today, she’s sharing a little bit about herself and sharing some of her favorites for fall! 
Hi everyone!  I’m Shay…otherwise known as the Mix and Match Mama.
I have two blogs where I talk about food, family and travel.  Erin asked me to introduce myself and give you a little more insight to who I am and how I love to make the mom life a little bit simpler.
First, I’m all about making food simple in the kitchen!
The focus of my foodie blog is getting quick, simple and delicious dinners on your table in a matter of minutes.  I’m a big believer that it’s more about sitting down at the table with the ones you love and less about fretting over something complicated with a long list of ingredients.I have recipes that span from breakfast to lunch, from grilling to slow cooking, one pot meals, vegetarian, appetizers and desserts galore!  All simple and all quick.

  Plus, with fall coming up, I have a kitchen already brimming with the perfect special treats for your holiday season.  Things like this…
I also write a family blog where I chronicle my life as a mom of two preschool kids, simple tips and tricks to better organizing your home, a little fashion here and there (because even though we’re moms, it doesn’t mean we have to wear sweats all the time!), and how I love to travel the world…with my two young kids.
That’s my kids and me.  Smith is 3 and Kensington is 4.
And this is my hubby and me.  We’ve been married 9 years.
I love to talk about basic busy mom stuff on my blog.  We talk about things like…
working from home.  For me, the key is waking up early before the family gets up.  I have this sign in my office…it’s my life’s motto.
I also love to talk about some of my favorite things like beachy hair, nail polish, shortscandles, and magazines.
But the blog revolves around my primary role in life…mom stuff like this…
Crafts with my kids (easy ones!)
Time at the park
Lots of splashing in the pool!
And the much needed mom break…
My life is really, really normal.  I love Jesus, I love coffee, I love watching reality TV, I love spending time with my girlfriends, and my hubby and kiddos rock my world.  Oh yes, and this guy just happens to be my little brother…
You might know him.  He was on this little dating show.  Twice.  And then he danced on this other little show.  But to me…he will always be my little brother.
Aren’t we cute?!  In our house, he’s not the Bachelor, he’s just Uncle Seanie…
…my kiddos adore him.  And he adores them too :).
My family blog wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of fashion and travel too…
I decided a few years ago after I had my youngest, that just because I stayed home and took care of babies all day, didn’t mean I couldn’t try and fix myself up a little too.  I’m a big believer in buying a few tried and true basics that will punch up any old Tuesday and take you from frumpy mom to put-together lady.
Here are a few of my faves for this fall…
I am such a sucker for a striped shirt.  A striped shirt paired with basic shorts or jeans just looks put together.  And it’s a t-shirt.  From Gap.  Nothing could be more simple!
I also love how cords are back this fall!  Cords just seem a little more put together than a basic pair of jeans.  This pair (also from Gap) comes in 8 different colors.
I’m also pretty obsessed with a bold coat.  It doesn’t matter if you’re wearing ratty gym clothes, old sweats or your kid just spit up on you…if you throw on a bold coat, no one will notice.  You’ll look fabulous!  For other coats and jackets I love click here.
And then I adore this scarf so much that I’ve bought it twice!  Once in pink and once in white.  Thrown over a plain t-shirt, you look like you got yourself dressed (when let’s face it, some days, it’s hard to get yourself dressed!).
I’m not much of a flat shoe kind of girl (I live in wedges) but I bought these boots for the fall because they look so cute and are so comfy!  Plus, they’re pretty timeless.  When is a flat boot not in style?!?!  The zipper up the back is my favorite part of it :).
And finally…my very favorite thing for this fall…
These new faded camo Toms!  I just think they’re super cute and will be great for the fall.  I.love.them!
Food, kids, a little fashion and some travel tips (did I mention that I was a travel agent???), and you know what I’m about.  I consider myself a Walt Disney World pro…I send more families to Disney a year than any other destination.  You can check out some of my Disney tips here.
I also cover what you should pack, take with you, wear and what the most comfortable walking shoes for a vacation here too.  Traveling can be complicated but I try and simplify it.
Thanks to Erin for letting me share a little about myself today!  From one blue-eyed bride to the next, I feel very blessed to share the ups and downs of mommyhood with women like you.  Stop by and say hi some time.  There is always something yummy in my kitchen, there are always two kiddos around, and a vacation is almost always being planned.  Life is too short to make things complicated…I find that it’s the simple things  that give us the greatest happiness.
XOXO
Shay
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