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{Shirt – Vintage(Father and Sons Antiques), Pants – Victorias Secret, Shades – Armani Exchange, Necklace – Charming Charlie}

Hiya!  Yes I know, been a bit.  I admit.  SO rather than going on and on about WHY (many, many reasons) I’ll just do us all a huge favor and carry on as if nothing ever happened.  k? K.  SO – first things, Lets chat about how things have been progressing in the ol’ homestead.  We happened to score a real estate agent like, THE DAY we needed to look at houses to rent, last year.  AND so happened to find one on where else, but Craigslist.  I mean we literally called a random agent, told her how completely desperate we were on limited time (since we had 1 day to look).  Sis had the kiddos and off we went.  Long story short…found a nice place, really close to my new work in RTP, and in a nice school district.

We have really enjoyed “the South”.  I say this semi loosely, since it seems most folks that live down here are transplants from other states and many other countries.  Lot’s of techy jobs in this area, so lot’s of diversity!  We love it!

There are definitely things you start to miss after moving, especially since we have NO family or close friends nearby.  One is just those connections you make – but we are really excited for the boys to be able to feel settled and more at home down here.  Jeff and I are intently searching for a new place to call home.  We rented with the thought that we wanted to get a feel for this area, and try to scope out that town that we just fit into so perfectly.  The is our opportunity to start from scratch.  Take our time, really hunt for a gem.  And once we find that gem…I know my excitement will be too much to not share with you all :-)

Other randomness:

Frozen is a nightly soundtrack in our house.

I am obsessed with the farmers market and GIGUNDO flea market here in Raleigh.  Decorating ideas FLASH through my brain…when I am not being asked for snacks.  So like 5 good minutes while I am at the market.

We got WAY more snow than I expected this last winter.  No complaints here.

So far, totally jipped on crazy awesome storms.  Maybe 1, glued to the window, radar on, kinda storm.  Jipped.

I am THAT much closer to Disneyworld.  Husband??  Just sayin’.   Oh and not that note, I totally listen to Disney songs at work (on my headphones of course – I am not that bold!)

I am pretty sure there is an understanding and acceptance of a slower pace in life down here.

On that note.  I say goodnight.  Thanks for hanging in there with me.  Fun things are coming.  Stay tuned!

 

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The Disney countdown calendar is finally done!  This took me some time.  Not because it’s crazy crafty, cause I am telling you it’s not really.  I am the least crafty kinda gal.  I use a glue gun and paint, and that’s what gets me through my creatively crafty moments.  Don’t get me wrong, I love creating lovely things for my home, like this and this.

I present our Disney coutndown calendar:

Instead of the typical castle photo at the top I put an image of Wreck it Ralph – Their new favorite Disney movie.  Notice the font – It’s called Waltograph.  Its a free font, you can find it here.

I was so excited to get already made paint cards from Home Depot – only to find they don’t collaborate with Disney, and therefore – no more Mickey paint cards.  So while I was at Home Depot I decided to pick up paint cards anyways to use.  They have plenty – least ‘ what I talked myself into when I got them.

I hand painted the Mickey’s on.  Some came out better than others – overall the boys LOVE it and haven’t noticed a bit my shotty painting!  I think the are just excited to see what they get to do each day behind each “door”.  Right – so, I used a hot glue gun to put 2 glue dots on the left hand side of each card and glued 30 on to a poster board.  After – I had Porter help my put the number stickers on.  Then came the thinking!

Start at 30 and rip off a paint card for each day – work your way to 1 which would be the day before your trip!

Then – took me the longest to come up with 30 days of ideas.  I found a few online and created most myself based on watching old Disney movies with the boys and talking it over with the husband.

I present to you guys our 30 Day Count Down!!

Here is a breakdown:

Day:

1. Celebrate with confetti and a remote control photo of the family tossing it into the air with excitement!  (a prefect shot to add at the end of any vacation photo book!)

2.  Not your typical autograph book.  After looking around I wanted something they would be able to use and cherish (possibly even pass on to their kids someday!)  I got them these books found on Amazon for $8

3. (and 13) Pack!  get them excited by making sure to pack things they think of brining too! (stuffed animal, favorite Disney character to hold, etc)

5. (15 and 17) – Gift ideas include – pre trip Disney store items, Disney PJ’s, Disney clothes to wear on trip.

6.  Write to: WDW Communication, 10040 Lake Buena Vista, Florida 32830-0040.  We havent tried this yet – I saw this on a forum – so anyone who has let us know if this actually works!)

11.  I found a ton at Wegman’s and Target!

16.  I bought a lanyard for $1 at Five Below and plan to make ID cards with them listing our names and cell phone in case they get lost.  Also the lanyard serves as a place for their Disney Pin collection!

22.  Take the Mickey paint card down and play the hot/cold game with them to find the Mickey!

If you love this calendar – Pin it!

Hopefully this was clearer than mud for you all!  If not I love comments and would answer any questions you had for me This was a super fun way to countdown to Disney and make our trip that much more memorable!

Stop by and say hi – I am on FACEBOOK!

 

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Welcome!  If you are visiting from Pinterest  - thanks for stopping by!  I encourage you to look through some of my other posts on style and beauty – theres tons more tips and style photos to look through!  I know the Pin says 11 – BUT since there the original post with this pin I have gotten so many lovely comments!  I added even more fun ways to style your hair this summer!
Once summer starts in with it’s heat and humidity, all best are off with fancy schmancy hair.  That is of course if it’s not date night and I go straight from the car to the restaurant.  Then the curling iron may make an appearance.  But most often, when it get warm and sticky, I like to keep my hair off my back and neck.
I came up with a few cute summer hairstyles that I regularly use when the sunshine and warm summers start up!  The above Pinned picture has 11  - since then I have added a few to up the total to 15.  A mama can’t have too many styles to turn to, especially ones that don’t take very long to do!
Oh and here’s the kicker…I am also over at my lovely bloggy friend Carrie’s blog, Making Lemonade, today as well with even more ways to style your hair….Here you’ll find both the ones I wrote for her guest post and some more I threw in last minute to come up with 15 total Cute summer Hairstyles!
Cute Summer Hairstyles
The Simple Half up/Half Down

Cute Summer Hairstyles

This requires a hair tie.  But only as a guest appearance.  Pull hair into a half up pony using a hair tie.  Pull the pony loose a bit and separate hair, making a hole, at the crown above the hair tie into 2 sections.  Put pony through the hole. Secure pony under the hair tie with colored bobby pins, criss crossing from both sides.  Pull hair tie out.  Creates an “effortless” looking interesting half up hairstyle!
Side Fishtail Bun

Cute Summer Hairstyles

Braid hair into side fishtail braid.  Take braid and wrap into bun.  Secure using pins. Add a little extra prettiness with the Golden Leaf Pin from Bijoux by Allison.
Front Fishtail Braid

Cute Summer Hairstyles

Braid hair into fishtail braid  starting from side crown and working back inserting new pieces as you go until you get close to your opposite side ear.  Secure with pins.
Fun with Bobby Pins
Cute Summer Hairstyles
Part hair where you normally would.  Secure hair with multiple (3-5) pins.  This showcases the cool pin art you may have created and pulls those pesky over grown bang off your face.  Great style for quick, after beach, salty water hair!
Criss Cross Half up/Half down
Cute Summer Hairstyles
Take air only from front section (not close to ears) and pull back teasing a bit at the top,  then secure with pins, with pins inserted horizontally.  Take one section from one side of head near ears, pull across the already inserted horizontal pins, and insert bobby pin cross wise covering the original pins.  Take a section from the opposite side and repeat.
Criss Cross Half Up/Half Down with Low Bun 

Cute Summer Hairstyles

Same as above but twist remainder of hair then wrap all of it into a low bun.  Secure with many bobby’s  until confident.  (usually takes me about 5-10).
Simple Side Pull Back

Cute Summer Hairstyles

Pull hair from deep part to opposite side and secure with fun bobby’s.  (I used Bijoux by Allison – Golden Leaf)
Side Twisted Pull back

Cute Summer Hairstyles

Twist a section of hair from a deep part back incorporating new tiny sections along the way until you are above the opposite ear.
You can also see my guest post for cute summer hairstyles using only bobby pins on Making Lemonade Blog >>> HERE
The Hat Day
Yes, this totally counts, and in my book, is one of my go to’s on rainy days!  So easy and can even suffice when you are in a hurry (as most mommies are) and can’t dry your hair all the way!  Course this may only work for you on non-work days!
The Side Fishtail  Braid
Pull hair to one side and fishtail braid.  Secure with an elastic at the end.  Pull hair on each side of braid to create a purposefully messy look!  Perfect for those humid days when your hair gets out of control anyways!

Cute Summer Hairstyles

The Side Rope Braid
Separate your hair into 2 sections and twist each in  the same direction.  Take both sections and twist them together in the opposite direction as you twisted each of the sections.
Cute Summer hairlstyles
The Half up Hair Bow
Pull hair into a half up pony, but do not pull hair all the way through, leaving a “tail”.  Separate the top, (non tail) into 2 sections, and pin them with bobby pins at the back part, concealing the pins.  Take the tail and fold over the middle, pin in place.  Viola, a bow without being to Minnie Mousey!
Cute Summer Hairstyles
The Messy bun with side Braid
Part hair on a deep part.  braid normally, with out adding pieces, over to the opposite side of hair.  Secure with pin. Take remainder of hair into a low, messy bun.  Pull bun until pieces start to fall out a bit.  Secure some of the loose pieces until satisfied with messy bun.
Here is your chance to win a set of Golden Leaf bobby pins from Bijoux by Allison’s Etsy Shop!
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*This post was sponsored by Yes to.  All opinions are my own.

Hiya guys.  Long time, huh!?  I know, I know.  Moving is not as fun as everyone says it is.  Oh wait, no one says that.

In between our unpacking and setting up the new abode – I wanted to share how much I LOVE the soaking tub in my new casa.  For myself and for my boys.  I tell ya, the first thing they ran to when they met the new house was the tub.  That was numero uno on their list of wants was a biiiiig gigundo tub.  Our place in PA was not the largest nor the newest and did NOT have a tub to wash away stress after a long day.

So how appropriate is it that Yes to – one of my absolute favorite all natural brands wanted me to help spread the word that they started making bath wash in addition to all of the other cool products they make!   Of course I agreed to that!  I love their other products and I sooo wanted to try the body wash. Check out their website for all the other great products they make.

 

AND get this – Yes to is offering Latte and Legos readers an exclusive discount code when ordering from their website.

Everyone should be able to enjoy a steamy shower, and Yes to wants you to know they have created a special coupon just for you!

Visit the Yes to Body Wash page and pick two body washes you want to use in order to steam up your shower routine or bath your little ones with.

Then enter the code Y2LINQ for your savings of buy one, get one 50% off.

This code is exclusive and only available through my partnership with Yes to.

 

 

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This post was sponsored by Linqia and all OXO products pictured were provided to me to review at no cost to me.  As always all thoughts and opinions are completely my own.

Let’s chat about OXO for a sec.  In part because they were super kind to let me (and my sister) try some of their newest line of products called OXO Tot, but also because as you all know by now, I LOVE OXO.  I seriously have all of their kitchen utensils and just recently acquired by way of good ol’ Saint Nick,  the newest stay fresh longer OXO Pop Containers. {see my mini squeal about them HERE}

So you see, already a fan.  So when I heard they were soon to come out with the launch of OXO Tot I had to see for myself all the kiddo goodness they were creating for us mammas.  AND of course share the news with you all!

I tested out a few products that met my needs with my kiddos, including the OXO Tot Flippy Snack Cup and formula container.  Yea, I know, I don’t have babies, BUT I used the OXO formula container as extra storage for Cheerios and animal crackers!  One can never have too many snacks for the kids when running errands.  It’s the ideal on-the-go traveling companion to have for a fussy toddler, or, in some cases, big kid!

OXO tot Flippy

Here is some information from OXO about the OXO Tot Flippy™.

The OXO Tot Flippy™ Snack Cup with Travel Cover is great for munching at home or on the go. The soft, flexible opening gives little hands easy access to goodies, while the flaps keep even small snacks off the floor. The twist-on lid stays secure when the Cup is dropped (or thrown!), and the shape of the non-slip handle is just right for tots. The Cup comes with a snap-on cover to keep snacks fresh and secure.

- Soft, comfortable flaps provide easy access to snacks
- Flaps keep snacks in the Cup and off the floor
- Twist-on lid won’t pop off, even when Cup is dropped
- Travel cover snaps on to keep snacks contained while on the go
- Non-slip handle conveniently hooks onto strollers and is easy for little hands to hold
- Capacity is 8-ounces

 

My sister just had a baby so I gave her some of the newest baby items to test out including the OXO Baby Blocks™.  She and I are both very into health and wellness. So we naturally love the idea of making great creations in batches and freezing them.  I did that with my boys and she is doing the same.  The OXO Baby Blocks™ are perfect for the task of freezing batches of baby food.

Here is information from OXO on the OXO Baby Blocks™.

Easily portion, store, freeze, heat, and serve the meals you’ve cooked especially for your baby using Containers in convenient two-ounce sizes. Each container fits into the freezing tray, and has measurement markings to make portioning a snap. On the go? The containers are airtight, watertight and leakproof.

- Six 2-ounce Containers in tray
- Portion, store, freeze, heat and serve baby food with ease
- Ideal for storing large batches of pureed foods, and serving baby on the go
- Airtight, watertight, leakproof seal prevents messes
- Measurement markings indicate portion sizes
- Convenient storage tray rests flat on a freezer shelf or in a freezer drawer and can be stacked to save space
- BPA, phthalate and PVC free
- Microwave and freezer safe

We gave the roll up a bib and travel spoon a test drive as well with my sister’s oldest.

The great part about it is that you can just roll the bib up with the spoon in it when your through and throw it in your diaper bag!

 Excited by the sneak peek of some of OXOtot’s newest tot products and items that will soon be on sale? Go to the OXO tot Facebook page, and ‘like’ OXO for the latest product information and helpful tot tricks. Enter your email on the giveaway page and you will be entered to win the tots travel prize pack of items featured in this campaign (valued over $70). By entering the giveaway, you are signing up to receive helpful parenting tips and the latest product information.”

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Ever want a Cheesesteak, and think, you wish it were healthier?  Then you have come to the right recipe!

Awesomely, Philly Cow Share selected me to try out some of their meats as a way of having a taste test for their grass-fed beef.  I’ve had many different cuts of grass-fed and organic cuts of beef from different places.  The meat we got from Philly cow share was fantastic!

We were able to try their Sirloin, ground beef, beef snack sticks and chipped steak.

Here is what I used:

Grilled Zucchini Philly Cheesesteak

Whatcha Need:

2 lbs Philly Cow Share Chipped Steak

1 Large Zucchini

~6-8 slices of Cheddar Cheese

1/4 cup onion

1/2 cup green bell pepper

1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

salt and pepper to taste

Start by cutting the zucchini in half lengthwise and scrapping out the inside leaving about 1/4 inch thick wall to house the yummy cheesesteak filling.

Chop the insides you just cut out into bite size pieces.

Combine the zucchini pieces / chipped steak / Worcestershire shire sauce / onion and pepper all in a pan on medium until the beef is cooked.  Took about 10-15 minutes since the beef is so thin and the zucchini was so small.

Line zucchini with long pieces of cheese on bottom and put Philly Cheesesteak filling on top.  Add more cheese on top if desired covering the filling.

Grill for about 10-15 minutes or until the zucchini boat (outside part) is tender and not crunchy.

Annnnnd that’s it!! Super easy and a MUCH healthier way to eat Philly cheesesteak –  grass-fed beef and no bread!!

 You can purchase as little as an 1/8 cow at Philly cow share find out more info on that.  >>HERE

Also the more you buy the more you save.  Organize a group purchase with your friends, share the bounty from a cow and save money. It costs us less to deliver a cow to one address instead of many addresses and we benefit from the extra work you do organizing your group. We’re delighted to pass the savings back to you.

A bit more about Philly Cow Share and how it works >> HERE

 

Disclosure: I was given a few cuts of meat to comprise a recipe and review the meat from Philly Cow Share.  As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.  

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How to make homemade lemonade

Hi!  Welcome to Latte and Legos!  You are here because you are looking to make homemade lemonade right?  Well, not only is there a recipe for that, but keep reading and you’ll find the Ultimate Lemonade!  I modern twist on the already delicious all time favorite summer drink.

hoe to make homemade lemonade

Let’s get down to business!  I know you have all seen recipes for lemonade.  There are so many different ways to make homemade lemonade.  Using all kinds of methods.  I love trying new versions of making lemonade.  I finally tried a variation and made it my own.  Of course I’d share it with all of you!

This version, can be made with or without the cucumber basil addition.  But, if you want the ultimate experience  in lemonade drinking, you MUST add the cucumber basil.  Here guys, you will find the BEST way to make homemade lemonade!!  This can be adapted to make more or less.

Homemade Lemonade

The star players:

10-12 lemons

2 cups water

2 cups sugar

Make the lemonade syrup first.

Juice the lemons.  Boil the water and sugar mixture.  Once the sugar water mix boils, remove from stove and let cool.

Lemon juice should equal about 2 1/4 cups.  Add the lemon juice to cooled sugar syrup.  This is your lemonade base.;

To Make Homemade Lemonade

Add ice to a glass.  Use a ratio of 3/4 water to 1/4 lemon syrup.  This is your basic lemonade.

NOW comes the fun part.  There are a couple ways to do this.

Cucumber basil addition

Star players:

Did you guess….

about a half english cucumber  (kind with no seeds)

about 10-12 larger basil leaves

AT THIS POINT…

Put cucumbers and basil in a bowl with about 1/4-1/2 cup gin. Let soak overnight.

OR

Just puree the cucumber and basil mixture with about 1/4 cup water.  It should look like this when done.

You can decide…I tried both ways, and both are equally good.  Whatever suits your fancy here guys.

Add about 1 1/2 tsp cucumber basil to a glass of already made lemonade, stir, enjoy.

Or for a slightly different option, add the already made lemonade to a blender with 1 1/2 tsp cucumber basil  mixture and create the ultimate in homemade lemonade…

Cucumber Basil Lemonade Slushy

I opted for a non slushy this time around.

Cheers!!

 

 

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Hi there blog hoppers!  If you are stopping by from the Progressively perfect dinner party — Welcome!  When all of the participating bloggers started chatting about out virtual dinner – I immediately wanted to do an after dinner coffee drink. I LOVE, one, love, did I mention love, a yummy latte.  Not a surprise.  Amiright?

Going along with the theme for *tonights* virtual dinner—Hot and Cold—Jeff and I decided {since he really the braun behind most latte’s} to make a Spiced Vanilla Chai Latte – infused with a bit of orange and cayenne pepper for just the right amount of kick!  This is sure to impress your guests after a wonderfully made dinner!

For your after dinner coffee I present:

:Spiced Vanilla Chai Latte:    :Makes 6 {12oz} cups:

The Team Players

1 c. Water

2 Black Tea Bags

1 Cinnamon Stick

Dash {!~1/4 tsp}  Cardamom/Nutmeg/Ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

Pinch Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp Vanilla syrup

2 tbsp Honey

1/4 c. Raw Cane Sugar

1 Orange

18 oz.{~ 2 c.} brewed espresso

3 c. Milk

Combine: Water | Tea | Cinnamon Stick 

In a saucepan, bring to boil.  As soon as it starts to boil remove from heat.  Take tea bags and cinnamon stick out.

 

Add: Honey | Sugar | All Spices | Vanilla Syrup 

{see recipe for homemade vanilla syrup HERE}

Bring tea mixture back to boil.  Remove after sugar dissolves.

This is your Vanilla Chai Latte Chai-Concentrate.

Cut Orange into quarters.  Squeeze half of a quarter into each coffee mug.  Add about 2-3 oz Vanilla Chai Concentrate to each mug.

Brew extra strong coffee.  This can be done either by auto-pod coffee makers like Kuerig, or an espresso maker.  Just be sure you are not brewing regular coffee.

Froth milk.  This can be done easily for a large group by heating milk on the stove and using a hand blender.  DO NOT ALLOW MILK TO BOIL – boiling the milk will ruin it and create a slimy film…yuck!  You can also use a milk frother.

Add 6-8 oz frothed milk to each mug.  Enough to fill mug to the top.

Garnish with orange peel.  Wanna know a secret?  We literally peeled almost an entire orange trying to get the perfect looking orange garnish.  I am not going to pretend I can make super pretty garnishes.  Nope.  I can say I try – for presentation purposes.  It was funny between the 2 of us trying to see who can make the prettiest orange peel garnish!

If  you want you can omit the garnish.  I do not think anyone would really care ;-)

See my post on Coffee Chop Jargon HERE, if your interested in the difference between a

latte | cappuccino | macchiato | cafe americano | coffee.

You can join the dinner party by hopping through the rest of the posts.

All around a complete super satisfying, virtual dinner if I do say so.

  To get the full Progressively Perfect Virtual Dinner Party blog hop experience, click the links below in order:

 Appetizers

Salad

Drinks

Entrees

Coffee, Tea & Dessert

Late Night

Decorations, Outfits and Music

Hope you have as much fun reading through the party as we did planning it!

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{Shirt – Thrifted, Shorts- Express, Broach – Vintage, Necklace – Thrifted, Shoes – Kohls/Jennifer Lopez}
This my friends is a little quick hello!  It’s what happens when I pack way too much into a week without the kiddos!
I was invited to the Philly Fashion Expo Launch party last night – and what ya see is what i wore!  I took a shirt that was a little to wide for me and pinned it back with a vintage broach to make it more slim and flattering to my figure.  I LOVE how it turned out!
 Here is a pic I snapped after our Cirque show last night next the the Walt Whitman Bridge  - LOVE the Philly Skyline at night :)
Alrighty – that’s it for me catch ya next week!!  Have a fantastic weekend!!

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Hiya guys!!

Our staycation is going sooo lovely!  We are keeping soo busy – actually a little too busy at times.  But, oh my gosh it has been so fun.

 

Thought I’d pop on the ol’ computer and give a quick sneak peek into what we’ve been up to since we handed the kiddos AKA legos as we are referring to them on FB, off with the grandparents.  We have been getting all kinds of cute photos from Jeff’s parents (who have them first – next week it’s off to my parents) – I know you know by now that we are high school sweethearts – our parents live 15 minutes from each other.  Annnnd if your a newbie to my blog – check out this post about 101 staycation ideas – you’ll feel right at home on Latte and Legos – like we know each other IRL – Cause I am planning on having a huge party once I get big and famous, and of course you are all invited.

Right, so about the staycation.

We went river tubing, was soooo much fun.  Started, and I emphasize that since we are no where near done, tearing apart the boys’ rooms.  Started painting doors.  6 years of grimy hands makes for some pretty gross looking doors.  Took on projects.  Used chalkboard paint for the first time ever.  Project post will make its debut at some point!  Took a trip to Ikea, spent way too much money.

Enjoyed each others company at Seasons 52 for our 8th wedding anniversary.  Did you know you get a free glass of champaign and a complimentary photo of you and your loverboy at Seasons?  Pretty awesome if you ask me!

 

Sat in the audience to be a part of the first ever David’s Food Court with  Classy MommyMommies with StyleThe Vintage MomBehind the Lens MomLook What Mom Found.

{Wearing: Dress – Artifact, Belt – Zara, Shoes – Steve Madden, Earrings – F21} Partner in crime – Lauren from Vintage Mom

 

Jeggings – before the were officially called jeggings, were QVC’s best seller!!

Such a good sport tagging along with all of us social media hungry bloggers.

 

Melinda and I testing out the kitchen!

 

Tonight.  Heading to the Philly Fashion Expo launch party, and then straight to a Cirque Du Soleil {Totem} show!

Night all!