Sunday, September 27, 2020

Spooky Brownie Spiders Are Definitely a Halloween Hit!

Halloween is one of Scarlett's favorite occasions.  What child doesn't love getting dressed up in a costume of their choice and going door to door to get candy? I have some great childhood memories of trick-or-treating and I love that I get to do it all over again with my children.  It really is a special event! Scarlett is a unicorn this year again and Jack will be Elmo.

I have no idea what Trick or Treating will look like this Halloween.  Hopefully they will be able to do it, or at least go to some trunk or treats. Our house is already decorated for Halloween and Scarlett is eagerly awaiting using her purple pumpkin candy basket!

Since Halloween is all about tasty sugary treats, I wanted to share an adorably delicious brownie recipe with you today.  These Brownie Spiders would be perfect for a family Halloween party at your house.  You can guarantee these yummies will be gobbled up quickly!

1 pan of brownies
1/2 cup of semisweet chocolate chips
2 cups chow mein noodles
Candy eye balls
1.5-inch diameter circle cookie cutter or biscuit cutter 


Use a circle cookie/biscuit cutter to cut out your desired size of circles for the spider "bodies." Place on wax paper for prep, or right on a serving tray.  In the microwave or a double boiler, melt the chocolate chips in a medium-sized bowl.  Then remove 1 tablespoon of the melted chocolate and set it aside.  Gently stir the chow mein noodles into the remaining melted chocolate until all of the noodles are coated.  Spread the noodles out somewhat on a plate covered with wax paper (you don't need to completely separate them), and then put it in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill and re-harden the chocolate.  

Once chilled, remove the chocolate covered noodles and pick out some long ones to use as the spider "legs." Use a toothpick to poke 8 holes on the top of the brownie circles around the edges, then poke the noodles into the holes to be the legs.  Next, take the tablespoon of melted chocolate that you set aside, and use the toothpick to transfer a dot of melted chocolate to the back of each of the candy eyes to be the glue.  Place the eyes on the front of the brownie circles.  Serve the spider brownies immediately or cover to keep for up to 4 days.  


*Recipe taken from GimmeSomeOven*
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Stylish Eyewear Trends You Should Try in 2020

The world of fashion is always changing and evolving. And for most of us, it's difficult to keep up, especially if you're more worried about the clothes your children are wearing than your own! But did you know, that just as fashion styles change throughout the year, so do eyewear trends? Even if you don’t see yourself as someone who follows fashion, updating your eyewear and choosing the latest frames can help you feel ahead of the fashion curve or even help you to develop your own style.

Unsure of where to start? Here we’ll look at some stylish eyewear trends you should try in 2020.

Retro styles

In the fashion world, nostalgia is king and previous trends and styles are often returned to decades later. 70s glasses have seen a huge resurgence in popularity recently and it’s easy to see why. Striking colours, interesting shapes and effortless style - retro frames certainly turn heads for all the right reasons! Eyewear has evolved enormously within the last few years, but when you choose a retro-styled frame, you get to enjoy the nostalgia with a modern twist.

Clear frames

Clear frames have always guaranteed compliments. They were popular in the early 00s but then fell by the wayside in favour of other styles. Now they're back and look better than ever! You probably already know that oversized frames are all the rage these days, which means a clear and oversized look will certainly keep you looking on-trend.

If you have a pale skin tone, then these will complement your skin effortlessly. They’re elegant, cool and ideal for professionals and busy moms alike!

Thick rimmed frames

Another testament to how quickly fashion trends come back around are thick-rimmed frames. These classic frames are the style your grandparents once rocked when you were little, and now it's your turn. Thankfully, thick-rimmed glasses are much more lightweight these days, and they also come in various shapes such as geometric and oval designs. Not forgetting the vast array of bright colours, you can choose – if you're more of a trendsetter than a trend follower of course.


Think of round glasses and it’s easy to imagine icons like John Lennon and Harry Potter. But these styles aren’t just confined to the faces of music and literary legend, they’re perfect for those looking to liven up their outfits, look professional and draw attention to their beautiful features. Available in a wide range of textures, materials, patterns and colours, it’s never been easier to find a set of frames that complement your face, skin tone and hair colour!

Lightweight frames

Thin frames aren’t just for engineers and sports enthusiasts, thin, lightweight frames are proving popular everywhere. Lightweight metal frames are delicate and gentle on the face, perfect for those who want to look good, but aren’t too fussed about making a statement.

Final thoughts…

Your perfect pair of frames could be just a few clicks away. Check out the latest styles online!

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

One Week Until Kindergarten

The thought of Kindergarten scares me slightly.  It's been heavy on my mind for a while now, and Scarlett starts in one week! For the first time in Scarlett's life, her day won't be centered around learning through play like in preschool.  She'll be expected to sit at a desk and learn valuable subjects and information beyond a preschool level.  Scarlett will have to write in sentences, retain essential information, and her performance and behavior will be graded. 

We had a Zoom with her new teacher this afternoon and it went well.  The teacher was in the classroom so we got to see the set up and learned valuable information about her day.  Scarlett will have to wear a mask most of the day except for a few mask breaks and at lunch. I will not be able to walk her into her classroom or even see it in person at all.  That one stings a little. There's so many rules to follow for the kids, I hope she does ok with it.  PE, art, and music will be brought to the classroom and nobody is to leave it.  We have the ClassDojo app which allows me to receive school news on my phone as well as message her teacher whenever I need to. Scarlett's progress and grades will be on there too. I'm so glad this was not around when I was in school! I would have hated my parents being able to check up on me whenever they wanted! 

What if she doesn't like Kindergarten? What if she's behind and not remembering what she should be? What if she isn't listening to the teacher? What if she can't adapt to being in "real" school since it will be harder than preschool? I have a laundry list of thoughts and concerns that are floating in my head.  All I can do is hope for the best.  The school day is long too and ends at almost 4 PM.  I know she'll come home either hungry or tired.  Plus, having to wear a mask and keep her distance from everyone isn't easy.  She's only 5! I just want her to have the best time and make friends.  

I'll have one child five days a week now since Scarlett will be in Kindergarten on a full-time basis.  I know Jack will enjoy the one-on-one without fighting for attention when his sister's around.  I am hoping to socialize him more since he hasn't been around too many kids because of covid. 

While I know that Kindergarten is a huge milestone, it would be nice if Scarlett could just stay little forever and never leave me. Why do they have to grow up? All I can do is wish Scarlett the best transition to elementary school possible, and I'll be waiting if she needs anything at all.