9 Coffee Mugs Every {Cool} Mom Needs

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When Jay and I first found out we were expecting, we added these super cute Baby Mama & Baby Daddy coffee mugs to our collection and I think we drink out of them at least 4 mornings a week. I decided this morning that I probably need some other coffee mugs to add to my cool mom coffee cup collection and started searching around. I think I’ve ordered at least one for every day of the week now! You probably need some too, because you’re an awesome mom and you need to let the world know it!  Plus, these would make great gift ideas for a new or expectant mother in your life! Christmas, birthday, mother’s day… all a perfect excuse to gift a cool mom coffee mug!

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I’m a Cool Mom from TwinkleTwinkleLilJar

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May Your Coffee Be Stronger Thank your Toddler from GigglingGooseShop

 

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Mommin’ Ain’t Easy from SGBoutiqueTN

 

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Baby Mama & Baby Daddy Mugs from MakeLoveLive

 

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Mama Bear from CraftyCornerBoutique

 

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#MomLife from ByTracy

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I Chase Toddlers from Zuilily

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#MomJuice from LittlePrettiesBoutiuq

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This is Probably Wine from SweetWaterDecor


 

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches

Crockpot french dip sandwiches with Au Jus Sauce- Easy Recipe for lunch or dinner! Crockpot dump meals!

Last week Jay and I had a rare occurrence to go out on the town for a date night! It was wonderful! We frolicked around the city just like we were young again (sigh).

While we were out, we stopped into the Tommy Bahama restaurant for a quick bite.  We have been to the restaurant dozens of times. It’s one of our favorites because the menu is so large and there is always something new to try!

This time around, I ordered the French Dip Sandwich and I was left so inspired. It was wonderful! So I wanted recreate it at home! Here’s what you will need:

  • 3 lbs chuck roast
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1 can Beef Consume Soup
  • 2 Cans French Onion Soup ( I opted for Campbell’s on both soups!)
  • Choice of bread for sandwiches (We did Pepperidge Farm Hoagie Rolls)
  • Provolone cheese, sliced
  • Your trusty crock pot!
  1. Start by browning the roast in a tablespoon or so of oil on the stove top
  2. While it is browning, add both types of soup so your crockpot
  3. Once your roast is browned, move it to the crockpot.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours
  5. Once cooked, remove and shred meat using two forks or an electric knife. (My husband and I both agreed that we prefer our mead a little more sliced than shredded; you lose less of it when dipping!)
  6. Add shredded/sliced meat to sandwich bread and top with a slice of provolone
  7. You can melt the cheese in the oven under broil. I like to stand directly next to the oven while doing this final step, no one likes a burnt bun!
  8. Serve with a small bowl of sauce from the crockpot for dipping

Enjoy!

 

Popsicle Stick Christmas Crafts

popsicle-stick3Christmas crafts are really just the greatest, aren’t they? My mom still decorates the tree every year with popsicle stick and paper plate crafts my sister made when we were younger.  Hopefully these fun crafts can become a staple ornament on your tree too!

popsicle-stickFor the Rudolph, simply paint 9 popsicle sticks brown. For some added sparkle, we sprinkled on brown glitter to his antler sticks. Once the sticks were glued together, we added plastic eyes, a pipe cleaner nose and his mouth cut out of black construction paper.

 

popsicle-stick1For the snowman, start by painting 9 popsicle sticks white. The nose, hat and mouth are all from construction paper. We used a hole punch to make the circles for his mouth. Twist together a few colorful pipe cleaners to make the scarf for his hat!

 

popsicle-stick2To make santa, glue together 9 popsicle sticks, add his hat and mouth from construction paper. For his beard, we unrolled cotton balls and glued them right on! Add eyes and a tassel for his hat and Saint Nick is complete!

 

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These Popsicle Stick Christmas Trees could easily be made into tree ornaments too!

Drunken Pumpkin Spice Latte

1Because sometimes you just need a little bit of kick in your coffee…

As I stood at Starbucks on Monday morning ordering my PSL with my baby strapped to my body, spit up in my hair and day old mascara circling my eyes, I thought to myself “what I wouldn’t give for there be to a little bit of vodka in this coffee”…

And so became my Drunken Pumpkin Spice Latte

Can you imagine how pumped your friends and family will be when they show up to your house for Thanksgiving only to find out you’re serving SPIKED PSL’s? Try not to let the admiration go to your head. Here’s how to whip these up.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup milk of your choice
  • 1 pump Starbucks Dolce Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1/4 cup Rumchata
  • 2 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Pinnacle Vodka
  • 1 cup brewed coffee of your choice
  • Optional : Whipped cream, sugar, ground cinnamon to taste.

Start by adding 1/4 cup milk, Rum Chatta, Startbucks Doce Cinnamon Syrup Vodka to a coffee mug. Slowly add 1 cup of coffee on top. If you want to be really fancy, you can slowly drip down a large spoon to separate it the same way your favorite barista does. Add Sugar, whipped cream and cinnamon if you prefer. Sit back and enjoy!

15 Fun Fall Crafts- FOR KIDS!

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The pumpkin spice latte has been released meaning it’s officially Fall! Here are some of my favorite crafts to inspire creativity in you kiddos this Fall while mama sits back and enjoys her Venti PSL 🙂

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What a great way to encourage your kids to spend some time outside watching the birds feed on their homemade pine-cone feeders!  Fine the how-to at Freebie Finding Mom.

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I love crafts that show kids you can take an everyday used product and turn it into something completely different with a little imagination! Paper Plate Owl created by Huppie Mama.

q-tip-painting

This could inspire some frame worthy artwork! Q-Tip trees brought to you by La Classe Del La Maestra Valentina.

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If you follow my blog, you know I LOVE a good popsicle stick craft. See it here.

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This is a great craft with an added education bonus! LOVE! Via I heart crafty things.

 

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What a great way to teach your kiddos fine motor skills! Brought to you by Ashley at Simply Designing

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Get the kiddos involved in the Holiday decor! See the details at eHow.

fall-friends

Remember how I said I love popsicle crafts! Here’s another great one! Brought to you by yours truly.

autumn-mobile

Again- more decor! This one could be for inside or outside!  Brought to you by Red Ted Art.

handprint-acorn-craft1Anything involving tiny little hand prints is a winner! Via Crafty Morning.

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Snack time and craft time in one! Way to teach your kids to muti-task! Via Crafty Morning. (can you tell i LOVE her blog??)

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Because hedgehogs are the cutest! Crafty morning

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Tiny handprints AND educational? Right up my alley. Via Education.