Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Between the costumes, fall festivals, and the candy who could ask for more?
Since I was a kid I have made milkshakes using Halloween candy and I want to share my recipe with you. So tonight, after everyone is in bed pull out your blender and enjoy a homemade milkshake while watching your favorite spooky film!
2 cups of quality vanilla ice cream (homemade vanilla from Blue Bell is my favorite)
1/3 cup of whole milk
1 handful of your favorite candy bar (Butterfinger and Snickers are my favorite)
Combine all ingredients in a blender.
Blend until desired consistency.
Comment below with your favorite candy to put in your milkshakes and share with your friends!
It is funny how there are times in your life where you feel like you have it all together, and then there are those times that make you second guess everything and how you’re doing it.
This happens in all aspects of life, at least in mine, I like to analyze things and really read into them. Which, who am I kidding, that is probably not always a good thing.
As a mother of two boys, I have seen myself analyze my parenting skills and then re-analyze them again and each time I come up with a new resolution or epiphany. When Cale was born, I focused so much on raising a nice, kind, well-mannered little boy who would be well liked by others. So much so, that I may have taken away from his self-worth. This is my most recent epiphany.
You may be thinking I did something so horrible and how dare she take away from her own child’s self-worth, but it was as simple of an action as making him share his toys. This is what we mothers obsess over. The little things that could or could not make the biggest difference in our child’s life.
I started thinking about this after I read a blog another mother wrote about why she wasn’t going to make her child share. When I went to our next play date, I watched as everyone’s children played and some moms made their children share and others didn’t. I felt like I may have had it wrong the whole time watching these other mothers protect their child from another child trying to take a prized toy away. Maybe the basics of sharing would alter their ability to be successful in the future, maybe by not sharing these children would learn to fight for what they are passionate about and not give into others. All of this over whether my child learns to share or not?! – Now, that just sounds crazy. But, in that moment, I couldn’t help to question everything I thought I knew.
Motherhood makes us feel crazy. Sometimes it is a good crazy and sometimes it is straight loony bin crazy.
So since that day, I have been obsessing over how this one action of mine may have impacted his life. When Cale was younger and would have a play date I would be right there, ready as soon as another child wanted the toys he was playing with, telling him “you need to share, why don’t you let them play with the toy and you play with this instead.” I didn’t just do this sometimes; I did it every single time. Every. Single. Time.
Now that I have a second child who is a toddler and in that same stage, I see myself second guessing those actions. I don’t do this, must-share-with-everyone-all-the-time thing, as much with Jace as I did with Cale. And when I realize that, I obsess over if I should or shouldn’t. I still haven’t made up my mind on the answer to that yet.
But when it comes to Cale, I worry if I may have taught him that his needs come second to other individuals. When in fact his needs are a top priority of mine, but putting others first is a skill many admire. So, I haven’t been able to decide if that is a bad thing or not.
I worry if he will be a push over and agree to easily without sharing other ideas or solutions to a problem in the future.
I worry and obsess over questions and scenarios I will never know the answer to. And then I ask myself, why is parenting so hard?
I will never know if I am doing the right thing as a parent, there was never a rule book given to any of us and sometimes I wish there had been. As of right now, I can say that I am very proud of Cale though. He is very well liked in school and made friends easily. He plays well with other kids and is sensitive to their needs, especially his little brother. He loves and he is passionate.
Maybe obsessing over what we may or may not be doing as parents doesn’t matter; as long as we are trying to do the best we can in that moment.
I don’t know how much I have done to have caused Cale to turn out to be the kid who he is right now, but there are times when I look at him and realize: I have done something amazing in raising him, and in those moments my obsessive analyzing stops and I am able to enjoy just being a mother.
Eyebrows are all the rage right now in the cosmetics world. I remember walking into Ulta one day and seeing tons of different eyebrow kits and feeling overwhelmed. So I decided to avoid them and stick to what I knew. This just so happened to be an $8 waxing at the random nail salon, in which ever shopping center I just so happened to be at when I felt my brows needed to be re-shaped.
You won’t catch me doing that any more though.
A few months ago I met Judy Maness, the Owner of Spa On The Plaza, she invited me watch her perform an eyebrow service on one of her clients. I was very intrigued and knew that once I needed an appointment for my eyebrows I was going to try out her salon.
So this week I made an appointment and brought my over grown and scraggly brows into her spa to let her fix them up!
First let me tell you a little bit about my brows: I have a pretty decent brow in my opinion, it is a good length but it isn’t very full and I have one spot that doesn’t grow which causes my shape to look a little funny. So typically I try to pencil them in and shadow them to give them the fuller look. This doesn’t always work well and sometimes I feel like I look like a clown, which let’s be honest clowns are creepy and that just isn’t a good look on anyone.
So anyways, I lied down on her table, on top of a pillow that felt literally like heaven, and she brought over her giant eyeglass to study my brows. She explained to me what the current popular trend is and told me how we could get my brow to that point.
With a little bit of graphite brow tint we were able to darken some of the blonde hairs within my brow to make them look fuller. She then used a technique called sugaring to remove the hair that was out of place. Once done with that, we checked them over together in order to discuss what to do with my spot that lacked the hair growth needed to make my eyebrow the right shape, and decided on some brown extensions, which let me tell you are the best thing ever! Just a few added hairs and my brows went from “looking good” to #eyebrowsonfleek!
Over all my appointment took 45 minutes versus the 10 I would normally take at the nail salons for my waxing. But I think of this as a good thing because it gave me time to relax and treat myself. Besides, the last time I spent 45 minutes on my eye brows I ended up over plucking while sitting on my couch and had uneven eyebrows for months.
I cannot tell you enough how much I enjoyed having someone take the time to study my brows and make them to where I won’t HAVE to pencil them in anymore. For the price of a pedicure, I will be going back once a month to get my brows touched up at Spa On The Plaza.
Like just about every other women in the country, I love Fall. I love the colors, the weather, the food, the holidays, the festivals etc. and since my birthday is the first week of October I am always successful in convincing my husband to take me to a pumpkin patch for a family outing.
This year we were invited out to Jahn’s Pumpkin Hill in Cyril, Oklahoma which is about an hour and 20 minutes North of Wichita Falls so we decided to turn it into a day trip! Jahn’s Pumpkin Hill is a family owned farm that is on its fourth generation of farmers since 1942.
When you arrive at the Jahn's family farm you are met with a beautifully decorated yard full of pumpkins and fall colored mums, this is a great area to get some amazing fall photos of the kids. I may have taken about 30 since it is really hard to convince a 2 year old to look at the camera while your 5 year old just wants to go check out the tractor!
Once you purchase your ticket, you’ll hop onto the trailer of their tractor and experience an agricultural tour of their farm. This was very different from other farms that I have visited, we got to hear about their neighbors, the crops they grow, and the animals they raise. It was beautiful seeing the land and watching the monarch butterflies that were migrating through.
As soon as the tour was over we unloaded and got to go to their pumpkin hill where they had their farm animals, a concession stand with the most important food group-at least to our boys: snacks, a hay bale maze, a zip line, and tons of different sized and different shaped pumpkins. There were also ride on toys, picnic areas, pony rides and photo stand-ins for even more photo ops!
We had a great time visiting Jahn’s Pumpkin Hill, you could tell since neither of the boys wanted to leave and by how both boys napped the whole way home! Check out their website and be sure to head up to their farm this October!
I am originally from the mountainous state of Vermont (no that is not in Canada!) - my passion is event planning and spending time with my little family consisting of my husband, two little boys and four fur children.
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