Fit of the Week

We’re pretty much damn near in May yet the weather is like a box of chocolates, you never know what ya gonna get. This week was fairly chilly so we had to revert to semi warm weather clothing. I love this leggings and sweatshirt combo because it’s bright and keeps you warm for those in between days. 


Top: Circo (Target)

Leggings: Le Gap

Boots: Timberland

DIY PJ Masks Sleepover

In my previous post Ohhhhh It’s Party Time! I talked about how Cakes decided on a birthday theme that we loved but had no merchandise in stores yet.  PJ Masks is a Disney cartoon that came out I’d say about 4 months ago, there is only one season and there are no toys, no socks, no t shirts, no table clothes, no nothing produced yet.  So we took the bull by the horns and decided to make this a DIY project.  This was a sleepover with a twist, I decided that I wanted it to be an activities fueled party as to keep them from playing in the room and pulling out every single toy which would lead to me pulling out every single hair on my head.

***almost everything seen in these pictures were hand made by me, Mr. Grumps and my team (super special shout out to Auntie Punkin who helped me realize my DIY abilities and kept me focused in our own OCD’ish sorta way***.

We wizened up after the first 2 birthdays and instead of buying a big ole cake that we would end up putting in the freezer and forgetting about we started doing cupcakes.  So here’s our little cupcake/PJ Mask display setup.  My mom decorated her cupcake stand and made the “4” at the top with coffee filters.  Don’t ask me how that’s a little too advanced for me.  Also seen, our DIY PJ Mask table toppers, party favor boxes with our stickers and t shirts we made.  We thought that t shirts would be a cool way to reiterate the theme and a fun take away gift.

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My sissy found the perfect post on pinterest which was just what was needed for the activities portion of the sleepover.  You write down different activities on a little piece of paper, fold it and put it in a balloon, blow it up and then write a time on it.  The girls took turns popping the balloon with the corresponding time and that’s what activity they participated in.  Not only did the girls have a ball popping the balloons and seeing the surprise activity inside but we had hella fun assembling this task.

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Once the girls changed into their PJ Masks shirts and owlette masks we popped the first balloon which was photo shoot/tattoo time.  The cartoon’s slogan is “PJ Masks we’re on our way, into the night to save the day”.  So we created a photo booth with the PJ Masks characters patrolling the city.  This was super fun and the girls got to take lots of fun pictures all night long (confession: the photo booth is still up).  (Owlette masks were ordered from Etsy).  IMG_8767

 

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Since the sleepover was PJ Masks who are little superheros we kept with the superhero theme by having them design their own superhero masks.  May I just say for 4 & 5 year olds they made some impeccably designed masks.

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For our DIY ring toss game, you get a stack of paper plates, cut holes in the middle and there you have your rings.  The cardboard in the middle of the paper towel roll is the post.  The weekend before the sleepover we got the girls together and had them paint the plates.  They didn’t know what it was for, they just enjoyed painting the plates.  So when party time came around and they got to see their painted plates and what it was for they were super excited to see and claim their paintings.

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We had pin the badge on owlette:

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For our DIY cupcake holders all you need are 2 plastic cocktail cups, ribbon and a hole puncher.  These were perfect for a take away gift for the girlies to take home, so they could get pumped up with sugar and drive their parents crazy lol.

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Overall the party was a success, we got super big thank you hugs from Cakes and the whole gang said it was the best sleepover ever.  As stressful as it was and as many times as I just wanted to go to party city and get hello kitty stuff I would do it over and over again.  Yet another thing to add to my jane of all trades master of none title.

 

Kids get on my nerves.  Whoa whoa come back.  Not in the way that you’re thinking.  In the way that they force you to have serious grown up convos when all you really wanna do is laugh.  Also, because they think they are just soooooooo damn smart.

A little while ago, I’m minding my business trying to binge catch up on Game of Thrones…from season 4 don’t judge me, in prances Cakes to tell me she’s ready to take a bath.  I immediately notice she has on a different pair of undies from last I saw her 15 minutes ago, this usually means 1 thing and that sparks said serious grown up convo:

Me: Why did you change your undies?  Did you have an accident?

Cakes: nods head

Me: sigh of disappointment

Cakes: But not in my bed (as if that makes it ok).

Me: *going into a mental frenzy wondering all the other horrible places she could have had this accident if not in the bed (on her couch, ON MY COUCH!, on the floor while playing with her toys which are now sitting in a puddle of “accident” that was really fun to clean up last time ugh)* I digress.  Where Cakes?

Cakes: Um just in my undies.

Me: *sigh of relief* why didn’t you go to the bathroom?

Cakes: I did but, but I forgot to wipe myself so my undies got wet.

Me: Why didn’t you wipe yourself?  Didn’t I tell you to wipe yourself?

Cakes: Yes.

Me: So why didn’t you.

Have you ever noticed that when having one of these serious talks with a kid or chastizing a child they suddenly become super focused on something in the hopes that you’ll become super focused on the same thing and totally forget the “they’re in trouble” part?  Well it was at this point in the convo that Cakes starts scratching her back and twisting and turning and lifting and lowering her shirt.  I sat in amusement for about a good 3 minutes trying not to laugh at the thought that she totally thought she was getting away with something.  I even appeased her a bit with concern and scratched her ever itching back with the caring mommy soothing voice.  And just when she stopped “itching” and thought she was off the hook.  BOOM.  Back at it again with the convo.  I guess she figured she had no wins and that’s when she went in for the kill and tried to hug me.  I’m usually a sucka for a hug but not now, I had a point to prove which was you can’t bamboozle me kid, I know all the tricks.  Which made me remember when my parents used to tell me “you can’t bullshit a bullshitter” and then I realized whoa I sound like my parents, this is getting too deep so I gave her the narrowed eyed, pluck finger formation and let her off with a warning of “don’t do it again” and let her go play.  Once she was gone I laughed my head off.  This kid.

 

 

When I Should Have Been….

You should probably know that I’m late….as a person, that’s just who I am.  I’m not proud of it and I’ve been working to correct it but for the most part I’m just late.

Today, on this beautifully warm and sunny morning, when I should have been at work…

I was roaming the streets of the Upper East Side, stopping and smelling the roses, not in the actual sense because I have the world’s worst allergies (I can’t even remember the last time I was able to breathe through my nose), but you know what I mean.  I’m usually hustling and bustling on my 12 block walk to get to work from the bus, but today I was hyper aware of all the dope things I’m too in a rush to notice any other day.

Like this building, as many times as I’ve passed it I never noticed how it just stands out from all the other brownstone-like buildings on the block and just how cool it is *oh how I love a sitting window*:

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I have noticed this next one because it’s kind of hard not to and I even gave it my own little nickname “the yellow brick road”.  This is the entrance way into the NY School of Interior Design.  Dead smack amidst all these concrete blocks is this little yellow brick road:

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You wouldn’t know by looking at my mostly black, white & grey wardrobe that I looooooooooooove color.  This Gracious Homes window display was too colorful and fun looking to bypass without sharing it with you my friends:

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Another thing that stood out to me was while stopping to take these pictures everyone was gracious enough to stop in their tracks to allow me to take all these pics.  I was totally taken aback at how cool that was…and they say us New Yorkers are rude, tuh!

Needless to say I was super late to work but at least I was in a really reaaaaaaalllly good mood.  Sometimes you just gotta time the time.

 

 

 

 

Fit of the Week

I usually don’t like to put skirts or dresses on Cakes when she goes to school but since last week was her birthday it was an excuse to get her a little dolled up.

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Princess Crown headband: Anna Belen hair accessories.

Tutu dress: Old Navy

Denim shirt: Osh Kosh

Sneakers: Good Ole Converse

Sass: Designed by God lol.

 

 

& a Cocktail: Jell-O Shots

  
This past weekend was the birthday sleepover diy decoration extravaganza (post & pics coming soon).

While putting together a list of things needed you know #1 was COCKTAILS and lots of em. Judge if you must but cocktails or wine of some form is needed when dealing with these 4 particular wise beyond their years, personality for days and days and days, snappy comeback, keep you on your toes 4 & 5 year olds. Just saying.

My sissy Kay put me on to this app/site called Yummly that has breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers and drinks recipes galore.  So I took to Yummly to get my drink menu together and find some fun recipes to try.  My thought was to have 1 shot and 1 drink on deck.  But these Jell-O shots were hands down the showstopper.

The recipe calls for:

  •  Whipped Cream flavored Vodka
  • Pack of Jell-O (I used orange and strawberry)
  • Milk
  • Whipped Cream
  • Rainbow Sprinkles

how simple is that!

  1. Place 1 cup of milk in a glass bowl (emphasis on glass bowl)
  2. Heat 1 cup of Whipped Cream flavored Vodka until it boils
  3. Once the Vodka begins boiling whisk Jell-O into the Vodka until it dissolves
  4. Then slowly pour and whisk simultaneously the Vodka/Jell-O mix into the glass bowl containing the milk
  5. After the mix gets a nice and creamy consistency pour into the silicone mold (or little plastic shot cups).
  6. Place in refrigerator and let set.
  7. Once set add some whip cream and sprinkles
  8. Enjoy!

***for one batch we used whipped cream flavored Vodka AND Hennessy to make it a little stronger and boy did it not disappoint***

This recipe is def a must have at any party or just to have in your fridge for those “just one of those days” days.

What do you think of this shot recipe?  Would you/have you tried?

 

recipe credit to Yummly.com

 

 

Ohhhhh It’s Party Time!

It’s that time of year again.  Birthday party time!  Last year I told myself there was no use trying to fight the pressure and anxiety, I would just succumb to the party planning madness.  Pop some Xanax and drink a couple bottles of wine each day and just remain in a constant state of euphoria….for the entire month.

Birthdays aren’t what they once were.  When I was a kid I remember having and attending a couple birthday parties at McDonalds, each location was a little different so it seemed like I was going someplace I’d never been and having the best party ever.  But now kids birthday parties are a big fucking deal.  Huge (Pretty Woman voice).  I blame these damn well to do people on reality shows, they throw these massively ridiciously outrageous parties for their kids and turned it into a whole thing.  People started realizing kids parties and play spaces were a gold mine and an untapped market, charge an arm, leg and a foot and voilá chaos ensues.  Yup!  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

We thought we were off the hook this year because Cakes is in school now and we could throw a simple 1,2,3 party in school.  That is until she started discussing party themes with us and set her mind on a theme that was completely appropriate, super cute and not yet merchandized.

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She wanted her theme to be of her current fav cartoon which is fairly new and therefore toys and the like haven’t started being produced just yet.  Of course we didn’t figure that out until after we gave Cakes the okay and got all hype.  Yeah we could jedi mind trick her into changing her mind but now I feel like this is a personal challenge and baby I gots something to prove.  I’m not a crafty person AT ALL, shit I bust a complete and total sweat at the mere thought of paper, scissors, tape or glue.  My mom on the other hand can see a picture, figure out the mechanics and produce an even better version of just about any and everything, I so envy her this very moment.  I guess craftiness is one of those things that skips a generation.  Womp wooooomp!

All I have to say is thank the good Lord for Etsy, Pinterest, Google and my sissies who are always willing to roll up their sleeves with me.  I’ve turned into a craftster, making t-shirts, stickers, cut outs, cupcake toppers, you name it we’re all over it.  The scary part is I’m really getting into this whole crafting thing and am excited thinking about all the finished products.  ME!  The girl who once rolled her eyes and would have multiple mini seizures just thinking about “making shit”.  I’m willing to deal with it all though, all for the love of Cakes!

Although she will have no idea what we went through to make this birthday happen or that we made most of the stuff on our own for that matter.  The fact that I know and the smile on her face will mean the world.  And so cheeers to making this crafty birthday my bitch!  😉

Cause a party ain’t a party til the crafts come through.

 

 

 

Now We’re Cooking: Hasselback Potatoes

I keep seeing recipes for Hasselback potatoes all over recipe blogs and sites.  As a potato lover I couldn’t resist giving it a try.

Again the ingredients are simple everyday ingredients that you probably already have in your fridge and spice rack:

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6 russet potatoes

1 stick of softened butter

1/2 cup of olive oil

Salt/Pepper

1/3 cups finely chopped chives (I didn’t realize I didn’t have chives until I had already started cooking soooooo they’re missing from my version)

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Slice potatoes in 1/4 inch thick slices without cutting all the way through the potato

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3. Mix the softened butter, olive oil, salt/pepper and chives in a bowl

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4. Brush the butter/olive oil mix onto the potato, make sure to get in between each slice (warning: the mixture looked kind of gross and the consistency looked a little suspect to me but after brushing it on the potatoes it made a little more sense. it’s a little bit of a messy process)

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5. Bon Apetit

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I had to sprinkle a little more salt/pepper on after I took them out of the oven.

Confession: During the process I for sure thought I was going to have to title this post EPIC FAIL! Sometime around 30 minutes in the oven I checked on them and they looked dried out and I just knew that by the time it reached 55 minutes they were all going to be burned to a crisp.  Surprisingly, the inside were just right, nice and soft and the outside was a little crispy, the perfect combo.  While prepping the potatoes Cakes protested her dislike for potatoes (even though she could survive off french fries and mashed potatoes alone) after some persuading she tried the hasselbacks and loved them.  I’m sure it was partly because she was able to eat them like a finger food by peeling off each slice and partially because the skin was crispy.  Even Mr. Grumps had seconds (he ain’t low).

Have you or would you try this hasselback recipe?  Let me know what you think.

Credits to foodnetwork.com for the recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fit of the Week

This New York weather has been quite schizophrenic lately you can experience all 4 seasons in just one week. I try to lay Cakes’ clothes out the night before and check the weather because it’s been like a box of chocolates, you never know what ya gonna get, but this past week I’ve been so tired I was lucky we made it outside fully clothed with matching shoes….except for that one day I had one black shoe and one camel shoe but this isn’t about me.  This fit is just as effortless as it is cute. And yes I’m in love with her jacket so you’ll probably see it ALOT!

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Jacket: Keep It Kute Clothing (www.keepitkute.com)

Sweatsuit: H&M

Sneakers: Jordans (don’t ask me which ones because I have no clue, her daddy is the Jordan aficionado of the house)

Oh and I just went a spring clothes haul for her.  Can’t wait for you to see some of her new pieces.