3 DIY Memorable Tree Ornaments

Happy Tuesday everyone!

I’m super excited for today’s post because we’re talking about creating Christmas tree ornaments that you can make yourself with the troops! I can’t wait to decorate our tree and add these cute DIY’s.

Stick to the end even if you don’t celebrate Christmas as these are some activities you can adapt to celebrate your family’s holiday!

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On to the fun stuff! Our beautiful DIY ornaments.

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1.Picture frame ornament.

My mom has ornamens that my twin sister and I made when we were younger. It’s a cute picture frame made out of popsicle sticks. With a photo of rough haired , smiling,  4 year old twins. These ornaments have lasted 22 years!

What you’ll need:

Ribbon

Popsicle Sticks

Hot glue gun with glue sticks

Photo of choice (Wallet size)

Glitter

Elmer’s liquid paste

Glue Stick

Construction paper

Deocorative stickers and charms

Permanent marker

Modpodge

Sponge brush

Paper plate

Laminator and sleeves (optional)

Stapler

 

Instructions:

1. Choose color of construction paper you want to have as a background for your photo.

2.Glue photo to construction paper using glue stick. Cut out shape you want your frame to be and place into laminate sheet. Close sheet and slowly add into ready laminator to preserve photo. (Optional, if you don’t have a laminator skip this part.)

3. Take popsicle sticks and drizzle liquid glue on them. (You can also use modpodge and sponge brush for this part.) Not too much! Just enough for the glitter to stick to it beautifully. Shake desired colored glitter on top of sticks and shake off excess glitter. (Do over paper plate for easy clean up.)

4. Allow sticks to dry completely! Once the glitter sticks are dry add a layer of Modpodge on top. Don’t worry the Modpodge will allow the glitter to stay attached and prevents shedding. Without the white pasty look.

5. Once sticks are dry, place them in a frame shape around photo making sure it fits the photo you’ve glued to construction paper earlier. Place glue sticks glitter side face down. Carefully dot hot glue on points of connection with the glue sticks. Hold in place, be quick as hot glue hardens quickly.

6. Take the  photo you laminated and fit to frame. Using hot glue around it’s boarders secure photo to frame. Add desired stickers, gems, and other decorations to customize your frame.

7. Measure ribbon to frame. Center ribbon on back of frame and staple to place. Tie ribbon into bow and wollah, it’s ready to hang on your tree.

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2. Hand Print Ornament

This is something I wish I started when Faith was a baby. But no worries, we’re starting now! A way for us moms and dads to remember our babies as they grow up and can do with the future troops.

What you’ll need

4 cups of All purpose flour

1 Cup of Salt

1 1/2 Cups of Warm Water

Paint

Cookie Sheet

Oven mits

Instructions

Mixing Bowl

Rolling pin

Cookie cutters

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.

2.  Place flour, salt, and water in bowl. Knead from 5 to 10 minutes until dough is formed. If too dry add water, too wet add flour.

3. Flour surface. Once complete roll out dough onto surface . Have children place hand prints into dough. (Option cut out shapes using cookie cutter and then have children add hand prints)

4. Once you have handprints cut out desired shape of ornament. You can use the hand and shape the dough as an ornament. You can cut a heart. Use your imagination.

5. When you have desired shape of ornament add it to the prelined cookie sheet. Use straw to poke hole in center of ornament or corner. Place into oven for1-1.5 hours until set. (Keep an eye on it because you don’t want it to crack!)

6. Remove ornaments and allow to cool completely before decorating.

7.Paint frame. Let dry before adding decorations. When you finish decorating add name, age, and year of the person it belongs to on the back.  Once complete add ribbon and place on tree!

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3. Personalized Ornament

I love the monogrammed or named ornaments you can have made. But what would make it super special is customizing it at home and it’s so simple!

What you’ll need

Bulb ornament, color of choice.( I recommend getting child’s favorite color.)

Alphabet and number sticker sheets. (I reccommend the sticker sheets that have 2 rows of each letter if you can find them. Walmart and Michael’s have them!)

Stickers

Ornament hooks or ribbon.

Instructions

1. Have each member of the family grab their favorite color for their ornament.

2. Have them place their sticker name on the ornament. (Nicknames are the cutest) Caleb will have Boogey because he loves to dance lol.

3. Add their number for the age they are when they make the ornament.

4. Have them add stickers of things they love this year on the ornament.

5. Add modge Podge layer to secure everything in place.

6. Add ribbon or hook and it’s ready to hang.

 

Hope you enjoyed the post and use one one of these to create ornaments for your loved ones to look back on. You can even use these for a Christmas party activity!

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For those of you celebrating Hannukah instead of Christmas ornaments you could create shapes that represent your holiday. The menorah, dreidels, gold coins, etc. as cute keepsakes for your family.

A very happy holiday from my family to yours.

-Ashley

 

 

(Photo Credit: Google Images. I do not own the tights to these images. No copyright infringement was meant by the post.)

Love Story

Hi guys! 

Happy Tuesday. If you‘re new welcome, if you’re a returning reader welcome back. Please make sure to like, share, or comment if you like what you see. Don’t forget to follow for future content. 

Today’s post is extremely special because November 20th is the day I married the love of my life!

Discalimer: If you are in an abusive situation please get help. This post does not support domestic abuse or violence. Please get counseling and if it’s a physically violent situation please seek protection from qualified emergency shelters. Love does not equate to abuse. Hugs and prayers for you.  

So I wanted to  take you guys on through The love journey of Joshua and I. If you are still interested please keep reading. 

In Aug of 2014 I was in a dead end relationship. I had a 1 year old and had been seeing a young man that I knew I  didn’t want to spend my life with. I had tried to shape myself around who I thought he wanted to be with. But I didn’t like who I was becoming.

So, I took time for myself and started to become who I wanted to be. I got into prayer, scripture, and even went back to church. 

One day I was sitting in church when unexplainably I heard in my spirit (if you don’t believe in these things that’s fine but I do) to have Joshua pray for me. It was a strong urge. I didn’t know who Joshua was, and I attended a huge mega church so he could have been anyone. I tried shaking it off but it came to me again. This time Josh had walked down the aisle (I still didn’t know who he was). I leaned over and asked my mom if that man‘s name was Joshua pointing him out. She said it was, I told her I think I am supposed to have him pray for me. 

I debated asking him to pray for me believing he would think that I was crazy. Church ended and I kept trying to say ok God if this is supposed to happen let a series of things happen. The series of things happened and I wasn’t going to follow through with it. In fact, it was going to be my last Sunday at that church. So, if it didn’t happen then it wasn’t going to happen. 

My mom forced me to speak to him. I told him I had heard God in my spirit to have him pray for me. I didn’t know what for and I know it sounded crazy. 

He indeed prayed for me and invited me to these classes he would be teaching starting the following week. I wasn’t driving so he offered to pick me up to attend the classes with his friends at church. We exchanged information. As I walked up the stairs that same voice told me that Joshua would be my husband. I of course thought I was going crazy. 

The first night of classes started and he picked me up as promised. Literally with in 10 minutes I gave this guy my life story. I’m like surely he wouldn’t want to have anything outside of being a mentor or prayer partner. Because let’s just say it was a STORY! He didn’t say anything to stop me or to condemn me. Picked up his friends and had a great class. 

I  continued to attend his classes and even attended church together a few times. (Always having someone with us.) Specifically as friends. I ended the relationship with the guy. Josh didn’t really say anything or even try to court me for a while. I thought it was because I was an unwed mother (though he knew my daughter was conceived of rape). I was in school online but unemployed and was going through a crazy courtcase with my daughters bio. 

He still remained to be a strong support system and friend. Nothing more and I was ok with that. 

He spent time with my daughter, family, friends,  and I. We talked about Scripure, prayers, things I wanted to know about the Bible. Eventually we got into talking about our personal lives and he was not really showing any interest in me. I thought that it must have been a sign that I was crazy though the more time we spent around each other the more infatuated I became. 

Long story short we took our friendship to a courting relationship (with chaperons with a mutual friend.) My mother tried to tell Josh I wasn’t ready for marriage, I fill guys up with hope, get bored, and then move on. Etc. Joshua decided that if we were going to continue courting that would be OUR decision.

We got engaged in July of 2015. Started planning a wedding and I kept saying I wanted to elope. We went through the process of planning a wedding anyways because he wanted to do it for our families and friends. When we finally came to the conclusion of it would be a ton of money just to please other people we decided that we should get married how we saw fit. 

We talked about it and finally decided that we would get married Nov 20th of 2015. My mom tried to talk me out of it. But I knew that this was the man I wanted to spend my life with. 

We said our I do’s. Me reciting the vows but only putting positives in place of negatives, example through sickness and health became from health and great health, richer and poorer became richer and richer. And that day I became his first and his last. 

Over the past three years we have survived miscarriage, rumors, starting a church that we ended up closing 2 years later (story for another day). We’ve experienced loss and new beginnings. Including the birth of our son and daughter. 

 

 

Though many may see a lot of the things we’ve gone through and see struggle. I’ve seen growth, I’ve received unconditional love and given unconditional love. I can say I’m married to my best friend and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

God has blessed me with 3 years of a beautiful marriage in a time marriage is scoffed at. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me and my love. 

Hope this post gives some of you readers hope for beautiful unions. Know that nothing worth having comes easy.

If you’re struggling in marriage I pray that you take a step back and start to love your spouse as God loves you. Offer true forgiveness, and prayer for yourself. Know that marriage isn’t easy but it can be beautiful as long as you and your spouse make it intentional. 

If you are looking for love give that desire to God. And allow Him to be the author of your love story. It may sound cliche, but marriage is a testimony of its own. If you marry the wrong person it can mean hell. 

With love, 

 

Ashley 

 

 

Family Fun Night: Fall Treats

Happy Friday my beautiful readers!

I hope you all had an amazing week and for those of us who had a challenging week a well deserved weekend is upon us!

So, I figure why not make a few fall treats with my babies and enjoy them while watching some Fall favorites on Netflix.

If you’re interested in trying out some delicious recipes to enjoy with your family please continue reading.

Don’t forget to like, share, or comment if you like what you see. Make sure to follow for future content.

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Pumpkin Bread

You guys hubby bought home some AMAZING pumpkin muffins the other day. Everyone loved them so much I decided to make a bread version so we can enjoy it for brunch tomorrow morning.

I found this amazing recipe on simplyrecipe.com and tailored it to my family’s taste.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups (200g) flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 cup (240 ml) pumpkin purée* (I used canned pumpkin from Aldi’s)
  • 1 cup (200 g) sugar
  • 4 ounces (1 stick, 112 g) butter, melted (can sub 1/2 cup light olive oil)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) chopped pecans or walnuts (optional)

In place of molasses and 1 cup sugar substitute for 1 1/4 cup Dark brown sugar.

Directions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Pre grease loaf pan.  I used a butter flavored nonstick cooking spray from Aldis. (No loaf pan no problem you can substitute for a brownie pan as I did. Still comes out delicious.)

2. In large bowl combine all dry ingredients listed above. (Flour, all spice, cinnamon, sugar, salt, baking soda, and ground ginger.) Once combined make a well in the center of the dry mix to prepare for the wet ingridents.

3. In separate bowl beat butter and sugar until creamed together. Add eggs one at a time folding them into mixture. (I find doing this adds a softer texture than the original recipe.)  Add vanilla, pumpkin purée, and water. Stirring until blended.

4.Add wet ingredients to the dry and fold together until all ingredients are well combined.

5.Add mixture into pregreased pan. Bake 40-45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

6. Let cool before slicing.

Optional : Top with cream cheese glaze: Softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup powdered sugar (or more) depending on consistency, 1/2 Teaspoon vanilla, 1/2 tablespoon butter melted. 1/2 Teaspoon orange Extract (Optional)

Combine all ingredients until smooth. Add on top of bread. Adjusting until you achieve desired consistency.

Serve. Makes 8-12 slices or 2 loaves

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Candy Apples/ Caramel Apples

From my nannying days. I had the recipe in my email but the published website I got them from is no longer available. But, I did want to give them credit.

Ingredients:

  • 6 small red apples, 6 small green apples (any variety. We’re using Honeycrisp) 
  • 12 lollipop or popsicle sticks
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
  • Caramels or Caramel sauce (I’m using a brand from Aldi’s)
  • Heavy cream
  • Chopped nuts (Optional)
  • Equipment: candy thermometer

*Caution: Mixtures will be HOT and can cause serious burns. Handle with care, and if allowing children to chip in I suggest only allowing them to pat dry, insert sticks, and add nuts to apples once you’ve handled the candy mixture.

1. In pot add sugar, corn syrup, and water into large sauce pot. Stirring occasionally until contents reach a temp of 300 degrees F. With the candy thermometer.

2. Quick wash apples in boiling water and 1 tbsp. of white vinegar to remove debris and wax so candy can stick. Dry apples. Add sticks in top center of apples to prepare for dipping into mixture. Line on parchment paper.

3.Once sugar mixture meets required temp. Remove from heat and add a few drops of food coloring until it reaches desired color.

4. Quickly dip and coat apples in sugar mixture.  Let excess mixture drop off. Place on parchment paper until solidified.

*Store in fridge. Good for 3-5 days.

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1. Add caramels or caramel sauce to sauce pan on medium heat. Allow caramels to melt and then add splash of milk. Add more if needed.

2. Coat apples with caramel mixture. Top with chopped nuts. (Optional)

3. Allow to dry before consuming.

Store in fridge for 3-5 days.

Let me know what types of fall treats you and your family like to enjoy together!

Hope you enjoyed these recipes.

Until next time.

Enjoy your weekend loves.

Hugs

Ashley

(Photo Credit: Google Images)

 

Organization Series: Command Centers

Hey guys!

Hope everyone is having a great Tuesday. If you’re new welcome, if you’re a returning reader welcome back!

SN: If you haven’t gone out to vote make sure you do so. All 435 seats are up for grabs and we want to make sure the right people get into office who have the best intenetions for America and not just a select few. Governors and Mayors are also on the ballots. Research their stance on policies that affect your family such as healthcare, gun control, etc. in order to make an informed decision!

On to Today’s Topic: Command Centers. If you don’t know what a command center is let me tell you what you’ve been missing.

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A command center is an area in your home or office that keeps you organized  on all things going on with your family for that day, week, or month. You can customize it to fit YOUR family needs and it’s so simple to create!

What you’ll need:

 

Calendar: I just purchased a beautiful dry erase calendar from Target but you can use a paper one you have on hand.

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A notepad or dry erase board: I’ll be using a picture frame from the dollar store with some card stock paper on the inside and the dry erase markers I’ll have on hand. You use this area as a place for to do list and reminders for yourself. You can also use a board to post your meal plans and shopping list for the week!

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(Photo Credit: Amazon: Retails $129.00)

A desk or table: This would be used for your baskets and storage purposes for things like pens, Dry erase markers, etc. I am waiting on my desk portion to come in. I am DIY’ing this item because I refuse to pay $129.00 right now as it’s just way out of my budget. Plus, I can customize it to address my specific needs for my family! Checkout the link below to see where I obtained the idea and stay tuned for my own DIY tutorial on how I plan to do my desk! My customization costs less than $40.00!

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Baskets for incoming and outgoing: I have these baskets I purchased from target that match the gold in my calendar. This is where Mail, Faith’s folders for school, etc. will go for you to look over.

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A basket or bowl: This item doesn’t need to be big. It’s just a drop area for things that usually get misplaced such as your keys, checkbooks, and wallet. If you or your significant other are anything like my husband this will save you so much time in the mornings. I’ll be using baskets and bowls like this onebecause they are on hand from Target. I’ll just be spray painting the inside gold so it matches my theme.

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Additional boards: You can make the command center as specific as you want! You can add additional boards for everyone in your family to keep track of their chores, activities, etc.

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Coat hooks: Awesome for storing book bags, keys, jackets, and purses for on the go in the morning!

Your command center can be as simple or complex as you want to make it. The purpose is to have everyone on the same page simplifying your day because you would be able to plan accordingly.

For some motivation on command center ideas checkout Pinterest. Don’t forget to stay tuned for my command center transformation. I’m just waiting on the desk shipment and ai’ll be Able to get that up for you guys!

Hugs,

Ashley

 

Q&A: All About Me

Happy Monday you guys!

I hope you all had a great weekend. If you are a returning reader I love and thank you for your support. If you are a new reader please don’t forget to checkout some of my previous posts on organization, family, wellness, and more!

Don’t forget to follow, like, share and/or comment for future content if you like what you see.

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If not, stay tuned for future posts for this week. Trust me if you’ve been enjoying the organization series or would like a DIY you’ll want to stay tuned in!

If you guys have questions you want me to answer in a future blog post please comment or email me at momvibez1120@gmail.com. I’d love for you guys to get to know me more. *smiles

On to the questions:

28933E90-B0CC-4FBC-B025-7CED8AF6FC741.How old are you?

I am 26 years old going on 46. Joking of course. I will be 27 on January 31st.

*Neat fact: I have a twin sister so I get to share my birthday with one of my best friends.

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2.What made you start a blog? How do you come up with topics?

I honestly wanted to start a blog to share some of the information I have. It may not always be life changing information but, I wanted to create a safe space to say how a lot of moms have been feeling, and address concerns they may have. Along with sharing my knowledge on things I’m passionate about such as family, organizing, DIY’s (I am OBSESSED with Pinterest), recipes, experiences, and more!

An interesting fact. I had a blog series from 2014 that was faith based called AshleyHisJuliet (His referencing God).

But, I have since evolved and wanted to bring that to a different platform for where I am currently in life.

As far as where I get topic ideas and content from. I honestly just use what I am doing in the moment to inspire me. Example, Famil Fun Friday activities are just things my family and I plan on doing.

2D8F98B2-B660-4FCD-80CD-E21A415DF5433. What do you do?

I am currently a stay at home mom, with an organization company where individuals can get organized physically and virtually. I am also an author and developer.

I can now add to this list by saying vlogger as my husband and I will be launching our YouTube series “A Roger’s Thing” SOON! So if you’re interested in seeing what life is like for me and my family I would suggest tuning in because it’s going to be interesting and crazy. (Mostly crazy because my son Caleb is a CHARACTER!) Stay tunes for our launch date.

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Church! November 20th will be our 3rd year wedding anniversary. So I will be doing a blog post on our love story that week. We will also be doing a Q&A that week (pre-recorded) for our vlog channel to answer some questions you may have on all things marriage, parenting, intimacy, finances, etc! So tune in for that! Make sure to get your questions in because we are going to be as transparent as we can.

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5. What do I aspire to achieve from this blog?

Honest answer, I just really want to help people (moms specifically) who may be going through some of the things I have gone through and I am currently going through. I have friends but, they can’t really relate to where I am in life. We have things in common, but as far as the most important aspects things like marriage they can’t relate to because they aren’t married yet.

I consider you guys family as some of you are actually family. Lol but I just want to be supportive and hope to achieve that same support. As a lot of us don’t always have people in our corners.

Sidenote: In the future I do plan on bringing some sponsorships and things like ads. But I will ALWAYS be honest with guys in regards to the brands and things I am working with.  There’s nothing more I dislike than someone who isn’t honest about their intentions. I’ll always strive to be that way with you guys. I am far from perfect but I do always want to keep my transperancy as that’s just apart of my nature.

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6. What are my dreams and goals?

Lol, this is one of my favorite questions because they just keep evolving. But as of now I want to be able to influence others through my blog. I want to have successful businesses and different streams of income by using the things I love such as my planners, organizing, parenting, writing. etc. My dream is to travel the world and be able to share that with the ones I love and inspire you guys to do the same.

Whatever comes from the above I’ll be sure to keep you guys informed? *Wink

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8. What are you afraid of?

I’m not really a fearful person to be honest. I do have things I pray about and give to God. But, the one thing I wish I could control more is my anxiety. If you read my post on Domestic Violence you know that I struggle with some anxiety from dealing with that situation. But it’s nothing prayer and my support system can’t help me through.

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9. What is my faith? How does it motivate my life?

I am a Christian. I’ll be doing a future post on what got me to where I am in my faith later. But I definitely believe God exists and that He loves us.

Please feel free to disagree but I hope that doesn’t discourage you from continuing on this journey with me.

My faith motivates me to take risks and to live a life of joy and happiness.

*Surprising Fact: My husband is actually a minister and he is currently enrolled in a college to receive his Doctorate in Theology. (I think I said that right) lol

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10. If you could do one thing in life what would that be?

That’s an easy question. I would travel the world with my family as I said earlier. There are so many beautiful things in life people don’t have the opportunity to see. I don’t want to be one of those people.

I hope you guys enjoyed learning a little bit about me. I look forward to doing another post like this in the future.

Feel free to ask some questions in the comment section and I’ll be happy to answer them for you. Don’t forget to follow the 4mommyvibez social media accounts for content as well.

Lots of love,

Ashley

Family Fun: Dance Party

Happy Friday my loves!!!!!

We made it to the weekend wooooo hooooo!

If you’re a returning reader welcome back if you’re new welcome to the 4mommyvibez community. If you like what you read please feel free to like, comment, share, and don’t forget to follow for future content.

November is possibly my most favorite time of year. Fall is my favorite season but, November is super special to me because my husband and I will be celebrating 3 years of marriage on the 20th! So, we’ll be keeping activities pretty light with pretty inexpensive family fun nights so we can treat ourselves for our anniversary.

For this family fun night activity we decided to host a dance party. Everyone in my family LOVES music. From Faith who’s 5, Caleb 1, down to Jessye who is going to be the big 6 months a week from today!

Dance parties are a great way for everyone to bond and get that pint up energy out of their system. If you’re interested in having a great dance party please keep reading!

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Disclaimer: If you have neighbors please be considerate. We live in a 2 bedroom apartment, so though we do pump up the music we make sure to remind our kids to respect our neighbors. Fun doesn’t mean you should be rude. Everyone deserves respect. -Smiles

What you’ll need:

Lights

Kid friendly Music

Dress up clothes

The ones you love

Your best dance moves (for the dance off)

Snacks

Drinks

797A07E1-CA26-49E0-9D99-D34678443CD31. Find your songs for the party. I suggest creating a playlist specific for this night to avoid any interruptions. Who likes the crazy interruptions from pandora ads?

032FEB65-0DF9-4919-A890-BE9CEE3E9AF12. Set the snack station. Whatever snacks you have on hand should be fine. However, make it more party like with themed snacks such as cookies, cupcakes, fruits and veggie with their respective dips. I usually use ranch dressing, and a whipped cream or caramel dip. If you don’t feel like cooking pick up a few frozen pizzas and wings. You can however diy it for your family’s specific tastes. Gatorade or water to replenish those electrolytes.

D77F442D-9796-4418-9EF7-3C8AC250497D3. Pump up the volume, and get the party started. If you have glow sticks, bubble machines, or disco lights (investments I will be making this month) feel free to turn them on to make it even more legit!

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4. Dress up. It is a party after all. We are going to make it a pajama dance party so that once it’s over we can just crash together in our living room. But you can get creative as you want! Try out costumes, go 70’s theme. Just make sure you all are having fun! Get to showing off your best moves!

Enjoy your laughs and fun with your kiddos.

Happy weekend,

Ashley

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Try it Thursday: Asian Inspired

Hey guys!

We’re so close to the weekend! I hope you guys are as excited for this weekend as I am.

For today’s Try it Thursday I thought it be fun to make some chicken teriyaki with some vegetable fried rice and a green tea and ginseng iced tea.   Joshua and I have been missing some of the delicious habachi restaurants from back home. So, we decided to make one of our favorites right at home. (We haven’t had the best of luck with take out restaraunts where we live). What makes this even better is it’s super easy to make and affordable!

*Tip for my vegetarians or vegans you could always substitute the chicken for mushrooms or tofu.

Substitute Fried rice for plain steamed Jasmine Rice if desired.

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Ingredients

Chicken pieces of choice (we’re choosing tenderloins)

Frozen vegetable mix

Soy Sauce

Minced Garlic

1/2 chopped onion (small)

Seasoning of Choice

Jasmine Rice

Oil of Choice (I’m choosing coconut oil)

Teriyaki sauce (it’s a lazy day so we’re using  FUSIA Asian Inspirations) but feel free to make your own

1.Prepare Jasmine rice according to instructions. Place some aside for those who don’t enjoy fried rice. My family loves it so we’ll be using all of it for fried rice.

Wash chicken and pat dry. Season chicken with seasonings of choice. We’re using onion powder, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper,and garlic powder. Toss in bowl of teriyaki sauce (save some sauce for later). Place in fridge to marinate for 30 mins- 1 hr.

2. Preheat pan with oil of choice. I’ll be using coconut oil. Take chicken out of marinade and cube. Add chicken and marinade to preheated pan and cook thoroughly. Keep warm on low until ready to serve.

3.Preheat pan with oil of choice (as you know I will be using coconut oil.) Chop onion during this time. Once onion is chopped add to pan and cook until translucent. Once translucent add minced garlic and frozen veggies. Cook veggies until tender stirring occasionally.

4. Add rice to cooked veggies. Top with soy sauce and fold the rice and veggies until combined. (You can add salt and pepper at this time for taste but it’s not necessary as soy sauce adds tons of delicious flavor on its own.)

5. Serve chicken and rice together. Serve with warmed teriyaki sauce on the side or  place on top of chicken and rice for added flavor!

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Green tea and gensing iced tea

Ingredients

Greentea and Ginseng tea bags

Raw honey or sweetener of choice

Lemon (optional)

1.Boil water. Once boiled turn pot off and add tea bags. (I use between 4-6 for 1 pitcher.)

2. Let tea bags sit for 5-10 mins.

3. Add honey or sweetener of choice to tea to taste. (Be careful because raw honey is VERY sweet.)

4. For added flavor add lemon juice from 1 lemon. Chill.

5.Serve over ice with lemon slice.

*Tip: Prep tea and chill while preparing teriyaki chicken and fried rice.

I hope you guys try this recipe out! It’s one of our quick go to dinners that gives us the satisfaction of the habachi restaraunts at an affordable price!

Happy Thursday,

Ashley

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Actual photos can be found on the 4mommyvibez IG page.)