This Breakfast Fondue is a fun and creative way to celebrate this Summer!  Let the kiddos help put their favorite fruit and donut holes on a stick, then whip up a simple chocolate sauce and get dipping!
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I’m going to preface this by saying that this is the exact type of recipe I expect to take heat over. Chocolate sauce, donuts, breakfast, worst mom in the land, blah blah blah…  Can someone please tell me WHY we care so much about what other people’s kids eat, what time they go to bed, which bed they sleep in, and how much screen time they get?

If we are being honest here, my kids have me completely overwhelmed 99 percent of the time.  Unless your children are in mortal jeopardy or severe emotional distress, I don’t have time to worry about their sugar intake.  Who does?

Screen time overwhelms me too.  It’s a constant fight around here.  All the iPods and Playstations and Netflixes, for the love.  I take one screen away and there are fifty others waiting right behind it.  Most of the time I do a good job of setting limits and priorities but sometimes toddlers are hard and stuff needs done and I blink and then Jon David has been on a screen most of the day.

Do not judge me, madams.  He’s still breathing, unmarked, and has a love for the Lord.  As long as we have those three in check, I think everything will come out in the wash.
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So, this breakfast. Perfectly acceptable for kiddos and adults alike.  We are kind of in an end-of-Summer slump around here, where school is right around the corner and you realize that you never did anything super awesome all Summer and you feel like the worst parent ever. Which means that I’m frantically planning afternoon outings for Sno-cones and frozen yogurt and thinking up special breakfasts.  Because almost 10-year olds eat everything in sight and toddlers are ONLY quiet and happy if they are eating, so win/win.

That’s why this Breakfast Fondue is PERFECT! Let the kiddos help you skewer their favorite fruits and donut holes on a stick, whip up this simple chocolate sauce in the microwave, and you’re set!  You’ll have an epic mess to deal with later, obvi, but I’m always willing to trade a mess for a few moments of peace.

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As you can see, I used lollipop sticks instead of actual wooden skewers.  The sharp skewer ends aren’t safe for littles, but if yours are older you may want to go the skewer route.  Cheaper. If you want, pour the sauce into small jars or cups and place several skewers inside each cup.  Super cute and fun way to serve these up, and no fighting about dipping if everyone has their own!

Enjoy!

Breakfast Fondue

Ingredients

  • For skewers:
  • Lollipop sticks or wooden skewers
  • donut holes (or even mini donuts)
  • Assorted fruit: bananas, grapes, melon, strawberries
  • Chocolate fondue:
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 5 TBS honey

Instructions

  1. Skewer your fruit and donut holes and set aside.
  2. Make fondue: In a large microwave safe bowl, combine chocolate chips and cream. Microwave for about 3 minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir until smooth. Stir in honey, adding more if sauce is too thick. Divide into four small cups or jars and serve.

Notes

Makes four servings. Fondue can be prepped ahead and stored in the refrigerator, just heat to melt before serving.

Have a very happy Wednesday!

Can a plain looking bottle of foundation deliver phenomenal results?   When it comes to Estee Lauder Double Wear, I’m going with a big fat YES!!  Read to see why I LOVE this foundation more than any other I’ve tried!

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation

Oh you guys…I am SO excited about this review today!  If you’re as obsessed with make-up as I am, or watch any number of You Tube make-up tutorials, you’ll often hear the term “holy grail” thrown around.  Very VERY seldom do I find my holy grail anything — I am almost always willing to trade in my eyeshadow, lipstick, eyeliner, for another brand that promises more and better.

But this foundation?  I am not giving it up.  Holy grail all the way — it’s amazing!

When I was looking for a long lasting foundation I came across Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation.  After comparing other products, I decided to go with the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation instead…but when I started doing these reviews here, I decided to give the Estee Lauder a try just in case I liked it better.

And…yeah. I did like it better.  I was actually shocked at how much more I loved it!  This stuff absolutely stays in place (ALL DAY!! Even in heat), does NOT look cakey, and provides medium to full coverage depending on how you put it on.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup

What it promises: A 15-hour, flawless foundation that stays looking fresh and natural through heat, humidity, and nonstop activity.

Applied With:  I moisturized with Mary Kay TimeWise Day Solution and primed with Mally Beauty Perfect Prep Poreless Primer.  I applied the foundation using my hands, then blotted all over with a slightly damp Beauty Blender Sponge.

Price:  $37

Coverage:  Medium/Full

Pros:  This stuff lasts all day (ALL DAY) even if you’re sweating or working out.  It does not look cakey, does not make you look dry, and covers my undereye circles with no concealer.  It goes on easily and doesn’t dry so fast that it’s difficult to put on.  I also love that unlike with the Kat Von D, you can use a small amount of this if you’re going for a “less done” look through the weekdays.  It also FEELS great.  Not at all heavy on your face.

Cons:  Um…none?  The price is obviously an issue, but trust me when I say that a bottle will last quite awhile.  It helps that you don’t need to freshen it up during the day.  One application and you’re good. Double Wear Foundation Review

Above are two pictures of me wearing the foundation — the photo to your left was taken right after application..the photo to your right was taken about 8 hours after application.  Obviously there are on different days…after I did the first photo I realized I never did a photo after I’d been wearing it for awhile!

No filter was used on the photos.  As you can see, both look pretty much the same as far as coverage and wear.  I am normally super pale, but with it being Summer I am tanner and am wearing the shade Dusk.  I highly recommend finding an Estee Lauder counter and getting matched — it’s too expensive to take a chance.

 

If Estee Lauder Double Wear isn’t for you, here are links to my previous foundation reviews:

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation

BareMinerals Bareskin Brightening Serum Foundation

 Revlon Colorstay Foundation

 

Are there any other foundations or beauty products you’d like me to review?  Let me hear about it! :)

Thanks for reading and have a great day!

I have the perfect Caramel Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies for you! This recipe gives you chewy cookies full of caramel that does not harden when the cookies cool.
Caramel Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies Do these cookies look amazing or what?

Right now, I could go for about twenty of them.  For real.  It’s that time of the month where my husband delicately suggests that my hormones might be causing my emotions to overreact and all I want to do is eat gooey, chocolatey, super fattening stuff.

It’s times like this that I miss being pregnant.  Only during pregnancy could I flaunt my bloat, eat what I wanted, and wear head to toe tight clothing in no shame.  Women, if you are currently or will be pregnant in the future, grab the clingiest dress you can find and wear the life out of it.  Trust me on this.

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Also, can we talk ONCE AGAIN about why husbands should never reference our hormones?  There’s just something about him pretending to understand my inside science that sets me on edge.

Or maybe that’s my hormones talking.  This is confusing.

But these cookies — THEEEESE COOKIEEEESSSS.

I’ve had it in my mind for awhile to make a caramel filled chocolate chip cookie because…well, duh.  But after taking a gander through The Googles, it appears that many caramel-filled chocolate chip recipes had a very hard center once the cookies cooled.  Apparently when normal caramels cool after melting inside a cookie, they aren’t gooey anymore.

Whomp whomp.

But then I remembered Milky Way Simply Caramel bars — I used these gems to make a super simple caramel filled brownie and they worked FABULOUSLY.  Stayed nice and gooey and plus you have the bonus of extra chocolate.

Soooo…would they work inside a cookie?

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Of course.  So perfect!  The cookies themselves are the perfect chewy, buttery flavor and texture.  I used mini M&Ms and white chocolate chips — there’s just something about that combo that is my favorite, but you can go all chocolate chip or even use peanut butter chips.  Whatever floats your boat.

The mini Simply Caramel Bites are the most important part.  If you buy the tiny ones in the bag, they are already unwrapped!  Just take two and wrap your cookie dough around them before baking.

Your life and your career in cookie baking will never be the same.  Trust me on this.

Enjoy!

Caramel Filled Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 heaping TBS instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 sticks salted butter, slightly softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg plus one large egg yolk
  • 1 cup mini M&Ms
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 (7 oz) bag unwrapped Milky Way Simply Caramel Minis

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda and pudding mix and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of your mixer, cream butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy -- about two minutes. Add the egg and egg yolk one at a time, scraping the bowl after each. Add extract and beat until blended.
  4. With the mixer on medium low, slowly add the flour mixture until fully combined. With a spatula, stir the dough from the bottom a few times to make sure that everything is well mixed. Fold in the candies and white chocolate chips.
  5. Measure out dough by 1/4 cup fulls. Roll into a ball in your hand, then flatten slightly and place TWO Simply Caramel Bites in the center. Wrap the dough around the candy, then place on a baking sheet, 3 inches apart. For flat cookies (like mine) flatten just slightly with your palm.
  6. Bake cookies for about 12-14 minutes, until puffy and golden on edges and top center. Remove from oven and let cool on sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.

Notes

Makes about 2 dozen very large cookies.

I can’t wait for you to try these — I really think you are going to love them!

Enjoy and have a great Monday!!

 

Stitch Fix time again already!

If you missed my last post or are unfamiliar with Stitch Fix, it’s a service that sends you five items of clothing per month based on a style profile you fill out.  This is based not only on style, but also on budget — you can choose if you want to go cheaper or pricier.

The service costs $20 a month – – that is the fee for getting styled and having the clothes shipped to you.  Once the clothes arrive, you try them on.  If you decide to keep any, that $20 fee is deducted from the cost.  If you send any back, it’s so easy.  There is a postage paid envelope included, so you don’t even have to make a trip to the post office!!

I’ve been using Stitch Fix for about a year now, and it’s really convenient for me.  Shopping with a toddler is basically impossible unless you want to end up crying in a dressing room while your baby eats a lipstick she dug out of your purse. So, this is a great option.  I try the clothes on when Lucy is napping and whatever I don’t want I just stick in the envelope and place in my mailbox!  Easy peasy.

Here’s what I got this month — a couple duds and a couple of cute pieces.  Overall I was pretty happy.

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Jillian Crochet Detail Tank — this shirt isn’t anything fancy, but I really liked the coral color!  I wear a lot of tanks like this in the Summer, and they carry over into Fall well, since they can be paired with a cardigan.  The back of it had a super cute crochet detail along the top.

     Jillian Crochet Detail Tank 2 I almost edited my bra strap and unfortunate tattoo out of the photo, but decided against it.  Real life has bra straps and bad decisions.  What do you do.

I decided to keep the tank!

     Amy Graphic Print V-Neck Tank

Amy Graphic Print V-Neck Tank — I really didn’t like this shirt at all.  The print was kind of cute, and blue is always a great color for me, but the neck was weird.  It’s supposed to be a v-neck but it was uneven and kind of lumpy along the neckline.  Back it went!

     Colibri Bird Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse

Colibri Bird Print Tab-Sleeve Blouse — I really wasn’t feeling this shirt.  The color was cute, and I loved all the little birds…but it was nothing special.  It might look cute with skinny jeans or leggings in the Fall, but I decided not to keep it.  Back in the envelope!

     Carlie Mixed Lace Short Sleeve Shir

Carlie Mixed Lace Short Sleeve Shirt AND Cindie Linen Short — I loved both the shirt and the shorts here.  The shirt is super cute, and the lace wasn’t so delicate that it would snag and pull on every little thing.  The linen shorts were a charcoal color and could easily be dressed up or down.  They fit perfect!  I know some people would call these “mom shorts” but I have no problem with that.  I’m a mom, I’m almost 35, I am married.  Ain’t nobody need to see the top of my thighs, thank you.

Kept both of these happily!

 

That’s it for this month!  If you want to sign up to try it for yourself, you can do so through THIS LINK (it’s a referral link, so if you sign up I get a small credit towards my own purchases).

I’d love to hear what you think about this Fix!