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Traditions and Drama

drama

I am sure that I am not the first, and won’t be the last, to acknowledge how the holidays sometimes brings out the worse in people. We typically think of the holidays as a special time, heck, even a happy time but that is not always the reality for many of us.

My extended family used to have a tradition of getting together every Thanksgiving at one of our wealthier family members homes and everyone would eat, drink and be merry. However, this tradition was quickly thwarted a few years back when a disgustingly drunk uncle and a self-righteous cousin got into a full blown fight that soon led to things being broken and Thanksgiving being ruined for the rest of us. It was at that time that I decided to start my own Thanksgiving tradition, with my children, and I must say that it seems to be going much better than dealing with the family drama that comes, without fail, every time my extended family gets together.

I should let you know that I am looking forward to Thanksgiving and this entire holiday season, much like I do every year, but it is kind of sad to not be able to be with family due to not knowing if and when a fight will break out. Maybe things will get better as the years go by or maybe we will all eventually settle into our own, individual traditions and the thoughts of coming together as a family will not matter much any longer… Only time will tell. No matter what happens with the traditions that my grandmother started I will always be thankful for the time that I did get to spend with my extended family during past holidays. As far as my family’s Thanksgiving tradition, I pray that it will be something that my children will continue long after I am gone.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Holiday Fashion

Christmas gift and baubles on defocused lights background

If you’re looking for some threads for your kids, look no further. You are in the right place! Whether you’re shopping for an infant, toddler, tween or teenager, you are sure to find some items that fit your fashion liking. So sit back, get your pen and paper out and keep reading.

When I first started shopping for holiday outfits for my children, years ago, I thought it was going to be an endless battle, especially when shopping for my son, and it kind of was. I don’t know about you but it seemed (and sometimes still seems) like there is an unlimited supply of cute things for my daughters, however, for my son it is a completely different story. I mean, I would find some good items for him but most of the super affordable places had nothing that I thought looked nice on him. It didn’t, and still doesn’t, help that my son is a little on the husky side already…yep, that’s my football player.

After always needing to go to multiple stores to find something nice for my son, I decided that enough was enough. I was now on a mission to find just one or two stores that I would be able to regularly shop at for my little boy. To my surprise, I found a store that ended up being able to work for both, my sons and my daughters. The main store that I shop at for my son is Crazy 8. The girls also get a lot of stuff from Crazy 8 and Target but I mainly shop at Justice, especially for the two older girls.

So, are you having trouble arranging a good holiday outfit for your kiddos to wear to family events this season and/or for pictures? I have come up with a few styles that I am planning to dress my children in that may also help you out. Take a look…

My Boys:

The grey check button-up shirt paired with the black and grey Argyle sweater vest goes nicely with black corduroy rocker pants. I am going to let him wear some grey and black colorblock high-top sneakers and a grey herringbone cap. Everything came from Crazy 8.

*** I love it when my little guys dress up. I get very few chances throughout the year to get them all nice and “classy” so I take the holidays very seriously and this is usually the only time of year when I can get all of the kids together and looking nice for family photos. So, yes, it is an extra special time of year for us, indeed. ***

This year I am going to let my girls dress differently than they usually have in the past. Throughout the years, I have styled all the kids outfits to be almost exactly the same and the girls have always dressed very much alike for our pictures (don’t judge me; I thought that was cute). Now that they are getting older, they have asked to be able to wear things that are more of their “style” and to be different from each other, so we will see how this works out. We are all still going to be color coordinated (there is no one that will be wearing bright pink and orange while the rest of us wear grey or black, hahaha) but we are all wearing things that are more our own individual styles. With that being said, here is what the girls have decided to wear for our holiday photos.

Oldest Daughter:

My sassy singer’s outfit of choice includes: a grey belted top with a grey jean skirt and black leggings. She is wearing a  black accessories and black Mary Janes. The clothes and accessories came from Justice. The shoes came from Gap.

Middle Daughter:

Miss Free Spirit will be wearing: a grey and black patterned sweater dress with some black tights and black Mary Janes. The clothes and accessories came from Justice. The shoes came from Gap.

Youngest Daughter:

My little princess will be dazzling them in: a grey princess-like dress and black shawl with black tights, grey accessories and grey Michael Kors shoes. The clothes and accessories came from Crazy 8. The shoes came from Macy’s.

Hope this helped with some of your styling needs. Be sure to check back every Friday for more fashion tips, tricks and styles. Happy Friday!

 

A Holiday Favorite

maccheese

What’s a holiday feast without macaroni and cheese? I mean, c’mon… Who doesn’t like mac & cheese, right??? It is almost always mentioned by any child that I have come into contact with as being their favorite food. And I don’t know about you but I happen to love this dish as well. You are sure to be in heaven once you taste this delightful creation. Be sure to save some for your guests! 🙂

Oven-Baked Macaroni and Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons whole milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/3 lb shredded sharp Cheddar Cheese ***
  • 1/3 lb shredded Colby Jack ***
  • 1/2 lb Velveeta, cubed ***
  • 1/3 lb shredded mild Cheddar Cheese (for topping) ***
  • 1/3 cup Sour Cream
  • 3 eggs, beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add 6 cups of water to  a large pot and bring to a boil. Add 1 tablespoon of salt to the water; for flavoring of the macaroni. Add macaroni noodles to boiling water and cook until soft; about 15-20 minutes. Drain in strainer and run cold water over noodles for a few minutes to bring the temperature down.

Generously grease casserole/baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Combine evaporated milk, eggs and sour cream in a mixing bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add cooked macaroni to casserole/baking dish. Stir in evaporated milk, egg and sour cream mixture. Mix thoroughly. Add butter, white and black pepper, Velveeta cubes, sharp and Colby jack cheese. Mix well while adding whole milk. Pack down mixture into casserole dish and top with mild cheddar cheese. Bake for 25 minutes or until cheese is melted and light brown.

*** If you like your mac & cheese very cheesy you can always add more cheese. Also, you can change the cheese listed here to fit your family’s liking. I have a habit of adding things like: Gouda, Mozzarella and bacon or finely chopped walnuts and breadcrumbs, as well as many other ingredients, to my mac & cheese to give it a different taste or a new “look”; so feel free to make this your own. Cooking can be fun when you let yourself go and try out different things that you may like.

As always Happy Cooking!

Halloween Fashion

According to Daily News, seven of the top 15 Halloween costumes searched, this year, are related to movies. Looks like Frozen is number one on this list. TMNT came in at number eight. Despicable Me is still a contender at number twelve. While Maleficent and Monster High hold the number 13 and 14 spots, respectively.

Who is surprised that many little girls want to be Elsa from Frozen this year? I’m sure not. I was more surprised that none of my own daughters wanted to dress up as the popular ice queen this Halloween. Maybe I didn’t get the memo or maybe my kids just happen to be unique because none of them have chosen a costume that placed in the list of popular costumes of 2014.

We have a “Drama Queen”,  Imani

Briannaa “Fairy”,

a “Prize Fighter”, jordan

Janiya     a “Storybook Girl”,

and a baby “Tigger”. LaMichael

Yes, yes, I agree, that one is going to be pretty hard to beat for sure (and I will definitely try to upload some pictures of them over the weekend.). My oldest daughter tried to get me to dress up and then she tried negotiating with me to just wear some type of hat but she quickly lost that battle. I cannot remember the last time I actually dressed up for Halloween. Do you?

Maybe next year I will try to get into the “mood” of the holiday but right now, it is cold and nasty out, and I kind of am not looking forward to trick-or-treating this year. We usually have our own little traditions that we make up for holidays like this one, when we cannot or do not want to go out, but I think the kids are pretty sold on trick-or-treating this year, especially since we did not go last year because of how bad the weather was then as well.

What are your plans this evening? Dressing up? Going to a party? On candy duty? No matter what your plans are I just want to wish you all a Spook-tacular Halloween and a wonderful weekend!