Friday Favorites + $100 Target Giftcard Giveaway!

Happy Friday!
Today I'm linking up with Friday Favorites!
Hosted by: Andrea, Erika & Narci

This week has been crazy busy, but that's okay because as of 12pm today I will officially be on SPRING BREAK!!!!!

I have 10 favorites to share with you today!

Did you see this announcement?!?!?
Dreams do come true!
All Pink Starbursts arriving for a limited time in April!
Pink Starburst are my favorite!

My sister got the girls this book a couple months ago.
It's all about how scarce clean water is in Africa & it's one of Claire's favorite books.

One of the women in our town owns a fencing company with her husband and in the past year, she has been creating signs from old fence boards. Recently, she started hosting Mom's nights out for us to make our own signs.

 It was an Easter themed night...here are the signs we made:

It was such a fun night! I can't wait to go again.

Avocado Toast.
It is my current favorite thing to have for lunch.

So good!!
I toasted a slice of sourdough bread, added half a mashed up avocado, lime juice, sea salt, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese & a dash of crushed red peppers. 

Celebrating Holidays is my FAVORITE!

2 weeks ago was St. Patty's Day
Here is what we did to celebrate..
The girls made a trap the night before. This was all Kate...she made some sort of pulley so that the leprechaun would be trapped and couldn't get out of the box.

The leprechaun came & brought Lucky Charms....
The Leprachaun left a note saying Nice Try on trying to trap him :)

 The kids were so excited about the trail of gold coins (Rolos)
 The leprechaun leaves a map every year letting them know where the treasure is.

 And usually leaves some candy & those frosted Lofthouse cookies they always beg me to buy, but I always say no.

This year he brought Kate m&m's, Claire got Sour Watermleon & Luke got Sour Patch kids.
He also left a mess in the bathroom:

Yay for fun, chessey holidays!

Speaking of favorite holidays.... now it's time to focus on Easter, since it's 2 weeks from Sunday!
Here are some fun activities that you can do with your kids this week to get you in the Easter Spirit! Many of these will help you focus on the true meaning of Easter....that Jesus died on the cross for all of us and rose again 3 days later.  Some of the other activities are just for fun!

Planting Jelly Beans
We do this on Good Friday & have the lollipops appear on Easter Sunday representing that God has taken the old and given us new life. 
 You can read Luke Chapter 18 in the Bible with this activity.
 Talk about how Jesus’s body was laid in the tomb then on the 3rd day was raised from the dead and lived again.
 Bunny Prints
 On our front walkway made with flour on Easter Morning:

Bunny Trail 
(Marshmallows leading them to their Easter Baskets)
Empty Tomb Easter Cookies with Scripture 
(Recipe & Instructions HERE

Resurrection Rolls:

(Recipe HERE)

Easter Egg Coupons:
Instead of filing eggs with candy, you can add these coupons to some of your kids eggs!
My girls LOVE getting these in their eggs!

Download them HERE if you haven't already!
These are a HIT at Easter. My girls can't wait to find the coupon eggs!

 Tie Dyed Easter Eggs:

{Instructions HERE}
You can see our tie-dyed eggs from 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014
This year I want to try out dying eggs with Cool Whip? I saw it on Buzz Feed and want to try it with my kids! I will let you know if it works....stay tuned :)

Happy Easter to one of my favorite Peeps Printable:

Get the printable {HERE}

You've been Egged Printable:
A couple years ago, I posted a "You've Been Egged" Printable.
We have had so much fun "egging" our friends last year..can't wait to do it again this year!

Download it {HERE}
Bunny Tails Easter Popcorn is my kids favorite Easter Treat:

Recipe {HERE}

March Madness.....this is my FAVORITE time of year!!!
I LOVE it. I have done a bracket every year for the past 20+ years.
This year my bracket is officially busted:

 I am in charge of my school staff bracket every year.
This year, I even did a bracket challenge with my students.
They are loving it. The winners will get a donut party :)
We also have our kids fill out brackets.
Parenting tip: Have your kids fill out brackets & make it a friendly family competition.
For the past 5 years we created online family pool & let the kids their own pick brackets.
They love it & this way they don't mind that we have college basketball constantly on the TV during March Madness #parentsoftheyear
The winner gets to chose where we get frozen yogurt/ice cream (all 5 of us have different places we like) and the winner doesn't have to do any chores for a week :)
It looks like Claire is going to win our family pool this year.
Got to start them young in gambling ;)

Are you doing a bracket?
Who do you have winning?

 Speaking of March Madness....
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Target is my Favorite.
Target was (is?) my happy place.
Then I had kids and going to Target with 3 kids is not so fun.
Know what is fun?
Giving away a $100 Target Gift Card to one of YOU!

What would you buy with a $100 Target Gift Card?
I would use it on a new bathing suit & swimsuit coverup. 
And, some new Spring/Summer clothes!
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Giveaway ends next Friday April 7th

Happy Friday & Happy Spring Break to me!
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What's Up Wednesday :: March 2017

It's the last Wednesday of the month, that means it's time for our What's Up Wednesday Link Up!

Link up with  me, Sheaffer & Shay the LAST Wednesday of each month so we can read about What's Up with YOU!

Here we go!
What We’re Eating this week.....
Monday: Chicken & Veggie Stir Fry

Tuesday:  Calzones and Caesar Salad
Wednesday: Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Thursday:  Baked Santa Fe Tacos

Friday: Friday Night Pizza Night!

For an afternoon snack this week, I have a bunch of bananas, so I am making my kids favorite:
Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins:

What I'm Reminiscing about.....
Since Easter is in a couple weeks, I am reminiscing about Easter Bunny photos.
If you have read my blog for awhile, you know I love crying kids with Santa & the Easter Bunny.
This one is one of my favorites of the girls circa 2010.

So good. LOL!

 What I'm Loving.....
I'm loving the   Rodan + Fields March Madness Sale is going on & ends on Friday!
I LOVE that I can offer you guys such a great discount!
You get $20 cash back, 17% off your order and FREE Shipping!
 If you order now through Friday, you also get a FREE Sunless Tanner!!
This always sells out in the Spring, get yours now....for FREE!
Have you been thinking about Lash Boost? Now is the time to get it at an amazing price.
I would LOVE to help you with your skin care needs!
  2 of my top sellers (besides Lash Boost!) are our Reverse line (for sun damage/pregnancy melasma/age spots) 
Unblemish is also a top seller..because it works! It was named the #1 Acne Skin care line in the US.
Here are Olivia's results after 8 months:
We have products for all skin types. 
 You can take this quick 6 question survey to find out what products are best for your skin {HERE}
All our products come with a 60 day empty bottle 100% money back guarantee. 
You have nothing to lose...what are you waiting for?
I would love to help you get started! 
 Email me: melissa_larson17@yahoo.com
What We've been up to.....
Tahoe, Tahoe, Tahoe.
We've gone almost every other weekend since Christmas. We actually got snowed in & stuck in Tahoe the first weekend of March. It was crazy the amount of snow we got...look at our neighbors cabin!
We just got back from another weekend in Tahoe and it was our 10th day skiing this winter. Kevin had the brilliant idea of getting us season passes for Christmas this year.
Who knew the snow this winter would be record breaking? It made it that much more fun. I don't remember the last time I skied 10 days in one season. All 3 kids have become such great skiers this year.
 Winter 2017, we will never forget you....so many memories & the year all 5 of us could finally ski together as a family.

What I'm Dreading.....
 I have SO much grading to do by Friday.
Next week is Spring Break, so I want to make sure that I am all caught up!
I have 150 homework packets & 150 Tests to grade in the next 2 days.

What I'm Working On.....
 Besides working on all that grading,  I am also working on an itinerary for an impromptu Spring Break Road Trip we are going on next week!
You gotta love living in California....snow & mountain a few hours away in one direction and if you drive a few hours in the other direction, it's all beaches!
What I'm Excited About.....
See above photo....Spring Break next week!
It's been a fun winter with all the rain, snow & skiing..... but now bring on the sand, sun & flip flops!
It's going to be a fun road trip :)

What I'm Watching........
It's March, so that means we have been watching tons of basketball!

TV shows....
Switched at Birth

Grey's Anatomy
And, most recently I just started...Gossip Girl.
Ugh...I have a love/hate with this show. Have you seen it?
What I'm Reading.....
Last month I read The Perfect Girl & really liked it so, I read another book by the same author....
What She Knew:
One of you recommended the Will Trent series to me, so I read the first one:

 It was good...very intense & graphic.... so I needed a lighter read after that.

The Magnolia Story

I didn't think I could love Chip & Jo Jo more than I already did. This book was so great, I loved hearing about how they met & how they started Magnolia. If you watch Fixer Upper, then you need to read this book!

This is book 2 in the Will Trent Series. I am about halfway through and I like it so far!

What I'm Listening to.....
One of my current favorites is Lady Gaga's Million Reasons:
I'm also still loving Pandora's Tops Hits,

What I'm Wearing.....
 Spring in California means saying goodbye to sweaters & saying hello to layers & light weight tops paired with jeans & booties or flats!

Here are 3 outfits I wore a lot this month:

 Shirt // Vest  // Jeans // Booties

Shirt // Jeans // Booties

Shirt Stitch Fix // Jeans //  Flats 
What I’m doing this weekend.....
 The girls each have a birthday party to go to and I will also be packing/getting ready for our road trip!

What I'm Looking Forward to next month.....
This is one of my favorite times of year.
My kids and I can't wait to "Egg" their friends the week of Easter.
This is one of our favorite traditions.
Free Printable & Instructions on this post!

What else is new.....
I got an Apple Watch as prize a couple months ago (thanks Rodan + Fields!) but I've never worn it.
I finally charged it & synced it with my phone...but now what?
 Tell me why you love it and why I need to start wearing it.

Question of the month is:
What is your favorite Spring Wardrobe piece?
Spring in California is all about layers because it can be cooler temps in the morning/evening but warm during the day, so these 2 jackets are some of my go-to pieces in the Spring:

  Denim Jacket:

If I am not wearing my denim jacket, I am wearing this Cargo Jacket:

You can get it HERE


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Can't wait to read about What's up with all of YOU!



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