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hot chocolate floats

by @according2kelly on November 9, 2011

hot-chocolate-floatsrich & decadent double fudge hot chocolate, served with just a touch (okay, maybe a double scoop) of ice cream. hot chocolate floats- the ultimate late night anytime snack on a cold winter day.

hot chocolate floats

1 mug of hot chocolate

1/4 cup of international delight creamer of your choice

1 scoop (or 2) of ice cream of your choice

combine hot cocoa, international delight creamer in a mug and stir to blend. top with a scoop (or 2) of ice cream, & serve immediately. my “standard” hot chocolate float is made with french vanilla international delights creamer, and french vanilla ice cream or mint chocolate chip ice cream.

but sometimes, i like to mix it up & live on the wild side…. pumpkin pie spice international delights creamer & pumpkin ice cream, peppermint mocha international delights creamer & peppermint ice cream. the possibilities are truly endless.

the only thing that could make hot chocolate floats even better? a couple of candy cane joe joe’son the side. better wipe my mouth, i’m drooling.

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have you met my friend?

by @according2kelly on January 19, 2010

okay, this is probably random, but i just had to share. sure, it might be the bar keepers friend, but the stuff is seriously my BEST friend. to be honest, i don’t know who first introduced me to bar keepers friend, although i’m going to credit my mom – she’s pretty much all-knowing. if you haven’t had the good fortune of meeting bar keepers friend yet, don’t be afraid to introduce yourself, you’ll be thanking me, i swear! the stuff is amazing. although it sounds like some super duper, top secret, cocktail hour ingredient, it’s anything but. it’s more like a super duper, top secret, cleaning machine. it works on pretty much anything & everything… porcelain sinks, bathtubs, tile walls, countertops, cooktops, cookware (it’s the only way to keep my pots & pans looking shine-y & new), stainless steel, chrome, copper, brass, fiberglass, cement, ceramic tile, grout & more. (i’ve even used it on a painted wood surface to remove permanent marker!) really & truly, the stuff is amazing! & to think it only costs about $3 and can be found at most major retail, grocery and drug stores. although i’m sure it is a “bar keepers friend,” it’s definitely a mother’s best friend.

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domesticated bliss.

by @according2kelly on January 15, 2010

today, i tied on my apron, put on my pearls, slipped into my favorite pair of heels & channeled my inner june (as in my grandma june… not june cleaver) & baked bread. i had to take this little lady out for her inaugural mission. & nothing beats the smell of freshly baked bread wafting through the air. grandma june would be so proud.

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new year resolutions.

by @according2kelly on January 8, 2010

 image via flickr.
have you noticed? it’s a new year. twenty ten. yep! i don’t know about you, but it kinda snuck up on me. over the past few days i’ve been working on my resolutions. but frankly it’s hard. & bound to be disappointing. honestly, i don’t think i’m ready for any disappointment quite yet. i’d rather twenty ten be a year of opportunity. so instead of making a list of things i’m going to do, that deep-inside i know i probably won’t,  i thought i’d make a list of things that i will not do in 2010, in no particular order.

* i will not pretend i’m super mom.
* i will not stop crafting.
* i will not stop saying hell & damn, but i can promise you – that’s the worst of it.
* i will not cut my own bangs
* i will not stop loving the target $1 aisle.
* i will not stop blogging, although i won’t promise that it will be daily.
* i will not maintain my eyebrows on my own.
* i will not use my husband’s razor to shave my legs.
* i will not stop wishing i had a maid & a cook.
* i will not be afraid to get dirty.
* i will not stop going to disneyland weekly.
* i will not forget the truths about motherhood. 
* i will not stop traveling. (even if i never travel past utah, at least i’m traveling.)
* i will not let life get me down.
* i will not let having children, stop me from snowboarding.
* i will not become a professional karaoke-er.
* i will not leave the toilet seat up.
* i will not be afraid of being real.
* i will not stop reading.
* i will not stop eating dessert.
* i will not stop wishing i could sleep more.
* i will not stop running, biking, swimming,or exercising in genearl.
* i will not be afraid to be me.
* i will not stop making spontaneous purchases.
* i will not stop ohhhing & ahhhing over my little girl.
* i will not stop eating cookies for breakfast.
* i will not stop trying to break my addiction.

so what will you not do in 2010?

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’twas days before christmas

by @according2kelly on December 22, 2009

’twas days before christmas, when all through the house
all the creatures were stirring, even the mouse;
wet undies were hung by the chimney with care,
in hopes that they would dry, much faster there.
the family was gathered around the john,
hooting & hollering, cheering little owen on.
& i in my ‘kerchief, and pa in his cap,
had just awoken owen, dry from his nap.
when out in the bathroom there arose such a clatter,
i sprang from the couch to see what was the matter.
away to the “can” i flew like a flash,
tore open the door, after my mad dash
there was pee, i could see, in the toilet bowl.
meaning owen had aimed at the cheerios.
when, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
completely dry undies, & him smiling ear-to-ear.

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my muddy hubby & me.

by @according2kelly on November 17, 2009

7 miles, 5 obstacles & one mud pit later,
the hubby & i crossed the finish line together.

i guess it’s true what they say…
boys like dirty girls.

can’t wait until next year.

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the new me.

by @according2kelly on November 13, 2009

new baby. new life. new ‘do.

what do you think?

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the power of positive thinking.

by @according2kelly on November 9, 2009

there definitely is power in positive thinking. so, i’m surrounding myself with positive energy, good thoughts and all the warm fuzzies & love you’ve sent my way. i’m not going to let life get me down. so pull up a chair & read a quote or two. & if i’ve missed YOUR favorite quote, be sure to let me know. i need all the help i can get. i’m hoping that sending all these positive thoughts out into the universe is going to get me (& a few of you too), through this. in the words of one of my very favorite willie nelson songs: you’ve got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don’t mess with mister in-between. 

what seems impossible one minute becomes, through faith, possible the next. -norman vincent peale

today is the first day of the rest of your life. -american proverb

we should all do what, in the long run, gives us joy, even if it is only picking grapes or sorting the laundry. -e.b. white
everything happens for a reason. -american proverb

just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. -anonymous

never let the odds keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. -h. jackson brown, jr.

the best is yet to be! -robert browning

never never never give up. -churchill
if you’re going through hell, keep going… -churchill

finish each day and be done with it. you have done what you could. some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. tomorrow is a new day. you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. -ralph waldo emerson

be the change you wish to see in the world… -gandhi

whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it. boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. -goethe

overcome the notion that you must be regular. it robs you of the chance to be extraordinary. -uta hagen

go with a spirit that fears nothing! -homer

when one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us. -helen keller

have faith in yourself and in the future. -ted kennedy

believe in yourself and all that you are. know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. -christian d. larson

it’s never too late to be what you might have been. -george eliot

whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. -max ehrmann

do not go where the path may lead. go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. -ralph waldo emerson

find life experiences and swallow them whole. travel. meet many people. go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. try everything. exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life. -lawrence k. fish

whatever you are, be a good one. -abraham lincoln
go into the world and do well. but more importantly, go into the world and do good. -minor myers r. 
life does not put things in front of you that you are unable to handle. -unknown
life isn’t about finding yourself. life is about creating yourself. -unknown
i think i can. i think i can. i know i can. i know i can. -the little engine that could
anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he has been robbed. the fact is that most putts don’t drop, most beef is tough, most children grow up to be just like people, most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration, and most jobs are more often dull than otherwise. life is just like an old time rail journey … delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed. the trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride. -gordon b. hinckley

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cheaper than therapy.

by @according2kelly on November 4, 2009

it’s been one of those days, er weeks, okay… months. it feels good to say it out loud, let the healing process begin.

as much i wish i were, i’ve never claimed to be super mom, or to live a practically perfect life. that’s the stuff fairy tales are made of. & while i am living my own version of “happily ever after,” it’s definitely not disney material. but lately, things aren’t even close to being perfect, in fact, life seems to be utter chaos. these days, i’ve been fighting the blues, you might say i’ve been just a wee bit grumpy. i don’t know, maybe you can relate, or maybe you’ll think i’m completely off my rocker – but it feels as though i’m slowly drowning. i try not to let it show… that’s what i do, what i’ve always done. i like to build a wall or fortress around myself, slowly shutting out friends, family & the world – transforming myself into what jeffy lovingly calls the “ice princess.” sweet of him, huh? it’s the sad, but real, truth. i can feel it happening. so i’m trying hard to fight it. each and every day i wake up & try to put on a brave face. i try to think of all the things i’m grateful for, for all of the wonderful blessings and opportunities i have & have had throughout my life. and most days i manage to come out on top. but not lately.

if you know me, you may or may not have noticed a difference. maybe you’ve realized that i don’t call as much, that i’m not as “bubbly” as usual, or that i’m just not any fun to be around anymore. but, if you were to ask me about it, i probably brushed you off, or simply said “i’m fine.” but that’s just it, i’m not fine. but, i don’t really want to complain, & i definitely don’t want to talk about myself. yet here i am, doing both – complaining & talking about myself.

but, i’ve finally decided, instead of drowning in my own personal sea of sorrow, i’m going to “put it all out there.” i’m going to open myself up, think good thoughts, & hope the universe takes pity on me. either that, or maybe i’ll just move to austrailia – i hear the weather’s nice & maybe i’ll run into alexander, he knows what it’s like to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day month. but don’t mind me, pretty soon this blog will be back to it’s regularly scheduled programming, that is if anyone is even reading it still. & if you do happen to still be reading, i hope i didn’t just scare you off.

image via here.

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friday five: my most recently "starred" blog posts

by @according2kelly on October 16, 2009

this week i thought i’d share the five blog posts that i most recently “starred” in my google reader… maybe you’ll find a favorite you’ll want to “star” yourself.

1. peanut butter pie: an oreo cookie crust & reese’s peanut butter cups… oh yum!

2. nie nie’s red hat and his brown eyes:i don’t think i’ve mentioned it before – but when i grow up, i hope i can be as amazing as miss nie nie, she’s my hero.

3. gettin’ crafty, a little mod podge is an amazing thing: a new-to-me spin on freezer paper stenciling that uses one of my favorite crafting supplies – mod podge.

4. party in the usa music video: i’m loving this home-made miley video

5. $5 refashion, the ruffled tuxedo: this might just be the project that breaks my sewing machine out of hibernation

now that i’ve shared some of my recent favorites, what’s the most recent blog post that you’ve “starred?”

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