Friday, August 22, 2014

Who's Ready for Ice Cream?

What better way to end the summer and welcome all the current and new students back to school than an ice cream social?
Today we are hosting the ice cream social for our school and for the occasion, we designed a new party suite to match! 

Here's a sneak peek: 



We will share photos and the rest of the party suite next week, so make sure you come back to see all the delicious goodies we will be sharing! Until then, have an I scream, You scream, We all scream for Ice Cream Day!!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Triple Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake Recipe

This past Sunday it was dreary here in Dallas. It didn't just rain, it down poured almost all day! So what's a girl to do in weather like that? Why bake a cake! I have been wanting to bake this particular cake for awhile now and Sunday was the perfect day! We found the recipe here, but made a few changes to it. 

Triple Chocolate Fudge Bundt Cake {yummmm!!} Makes my mouth water just saying the name!

Ingredients needed:
1 (18.25 oz) package chocolate cake mix {we used Chocolate Fudge}
1 (3.9 oz) box instant chocolate pudding mix
1 cup sour cream
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup chocolate chips

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the cake and pudding mixes, sour cream, oil, beaten eggs and water. Stir in the chocolate chips and pour batter into a bundt pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until top is springy to the touch and a wooden toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool cake completly in pan for about 90 minutes before inverting onto a plate. If desired, dust the cake with powdered sugar or top with your favorite chocolate frosting.

or try:

Our Favorite Chocolate Frosting
1/2 cup butter OR margarine, softened
1/4 cup milk
1-2 teaspoons vanilla (depending on your taste)
3 Tablespoons cocoa
2-3 cups of powdered sugar
Mix all ingredients together and either spread or pipe on top of cooled cake.
 
And there you have it, a delicious sweet drink a glass of milk kind of cake!
 
 
My family loved it and the whole house was filled with a wonderful scent! 

If you make one for you and your family, we'd love to see photos! 

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Giving is recieving

Last week we were invited to attend a Special Birthday Party by The Birthday Party Project! If you haven't heard of them you can find out more information here
Last month, for my daughter's birthday, she requested no presents be given to her, instead she wanted to donate new clothing and shoes to kids which are less fortunate than herself. My daughter is a very caring and loving little girl and I thought it was petty special that she wanted to do this at such a young age.
My husband and I thought it would be a great experience for all of us to take part in the birthday party. We helped decorate and run the craft tables. My kids helped with Sand Art table.





About 48 kids showed up, of which 8 wee celebrating birthdays this month.
It was so fun to watch the kids excitedly go from craft to craft and make something that was their own.






Everyone gets a cupcake, but the birthday kids get their own mini cake! I thought that was a great idea! The kids felt so special receiving their own cake!




The kids enjoyed opening their gifts and seemed to love them! We brought a huge bag full of clothes and shoes for ages 12 months to 10 years old. The Birthday Party Project was very grateful for our donation. This is such a worthy cause and we are so excited we got to be a part of it!


Both my kids said they liked helping others and want to do it again! I love when a life lesson can be enjoyed by all! 
If you would like to donate to this awesome cause or learn more about the organization, click here!
Do you volunteer? If so, where?

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Friday, August 15, 2014

A Sweet Year Back to School FREE Printable

Happy Friday friends!! We hope you have had a GREAT week!! We know we have really enjoyed sharing all these fun FREE Back to School Printables with you! If you missed them you can check them out here, here and here!


We kept our personal favorite for last! This is a great way to wish your new teacher a "Sweet" year! We filled our mini jar with our favorite chocolate bite size candy ~ Dove Dark Chocolate! So glad we gave it all away, because I'm pretty sure I could a whole bag by myself! 

Hope you have fun creating something special for your new teacher or add these tags to Teacher Appreciation gifts later in the year. 

Have a great weekend! 

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Back to School ideas + Free Printables


Hello friends!
We are on day 4 of our Back to School Free printables!
  Have you been visiting us this week so far? If not, you can download the others here and here!
If so, awesome! You have been able to take advantage of all our FREE Back to School Printables thus far! 

Today's printables, yep there is two,  is a fun one! If you have a younger school aged child or children, this is made just for them in mind!

{Same wrapper different angle} 

Love it because its so colorful! 

 
We gave the mini jar above to my son's teacher and she LOVED it! We filled it with delicious Dark Chocolates by Dove! Those are my favorite, come to find out they are hers too!! SCORE!

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