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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Katie's Closet

I'm hoping everyone is enjoy this fun holiday season! I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from Christmas!

I'm obsessed with my necklace from I Love Jewelry Auctions ! I got a "K" in gold and wear it all the time!

Ready to soak up the sun with these fabulous Burberry sunglasses.

Possibly my favorite gift from Christmas! Marc Jacobs watch.

  
Can't wait to stack my wrist swag with this cute monogram bracelet from etsy .

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Engagement Party

I had so much fun decorating for my friend's engagement party a few weeks ago! Here are a few of my favorite details from the party:

Chalkboards were used throughout the house. This fun sign was by the front door.

Paper hearts were hung throughout the house to add some fun and festive color!



Fun way to display cookies in this stand accented with ribbon.



I love this huge lantern! It can be used for so many different things!



My favorite part of the party-the cake! The groom is a hunter and this cake is so perfect!  Unbelievable job by More Than Cakes !!


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Katie's Closet

Shirt: Old Navy
Sweater: Gap
Jeans: Citizens of Humanity
Shoes: Michael Kors
Necklace: Vera Wang from Kohls

Sunday, December 23, 2012

New Year's Eve Printable

I can't believe 2012 is almost over! It's been quite an eventful year for me and I can't wait to see what happens in 2013! I wanted to share this printable worksheet (right click and save image) with you. My husband and I fill it out every year and keep them in a book to look back on. It's a fun little tradition that helps us reflect on our past and look forward to the future!



Friday, December 21, 2012

Reindeer Games

Pin the nose on the reindeer can be played in your classroom, at home, or at a work party! My students absolutely loved it! Even though no one got close (including 6 adults!), we still had a blast trying!

Caution: Not as easy as I recall when I was a child!


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Crock Pot Veggie Soup

Nothing makes me happier than a delicious soup on a cold day! This soup hits the spot every time!




Ingredients:

-3 summer squash
-4 zucchini
-diced onion
-2 cups cherry tomatoes
-1/2 cup dry white beans
-1 cup water
-4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
-1 cup pasta sauce
-1/2 cup pasta
-salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 

1. Wash squashes well and slice.
2. Add all items (except pasta) in crock pot.
3. Cook on low heat for 8-10 hours.
4. The last 20 minutes, stir pasta into crock pot.
5. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Katie's Closet

Shirt: Forever 21
Belt: H & M
Skirt: Forever 21
Tights: Target
Shoes: Steve Madden
Watch: Marc Jacobs
Bracelet: Target

Monday, December 17, 2012

Classroom Elf

Our classroom elf, Bella, got into a lot of trouble this past week! Some days she was nice, and others she was very naughty!
Bella read a lovely story to her friends.

Just hanging around the classroom.

Bella built a Jenga fort!
She was so tired and decided a tissue box was the best spot for her nap. 
 Just catching up on some Christmas shopping.
Snow angel fun!
An intense game of tic-tac-toe going on in class.





Thursday, December 13, 2012

12 Days of Christmas Gift Giving


This year I decided to make Christmas a little more fun! I purchased items for my husband to open every day for twelve days, starting today! He's participating in our first ever twelve days of Christmas gift exchange! Some days he'll get something simple, like a candy bar. Other days he'll get much nicer gifts. Here are the gifts that he'll be unwrapping over the next twelve days:
1. candy
2. socks
3. clothes
4. back scratcher
5. book
6. magazine subscription
7. cuff links
8. video game
9. tie
10. gloves
11. watch
12. fishing pole

Obviously, these items are specific to my husband and his hobbies and interests. Here are some other items that would be great for any man in your life:
-movies
-itunes gift certificate
-concert tickets
-massage
-pocket knife
- ihome
-apple T.V.
-tools
-coffee mug
-alcohol of any sort
-tickets to a sporting event
-gym membership
-personalized flask
-money clip
-travel bag
-dart board
-ipad
-slippers


Any other ideas you have? Women unite! Let's help each other out! 




Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Katie's Closet

Tunic: H & M
Necklace: Ily Couture
Leggings: Macys
Boots: Cathy Jean

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Bites

This sweet treat has become my late night guilty pleasure when I don't readily have access to chocolate or other desserts! Yumm! 

1. Cut up banana.
2. Scoop peanut butter on banana.
3. Sprinkle with brown sugar.

Ta Da! Sweet tooth has now been satisfied! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Katie's Closet

Dress: Express
Sweater: Target
Belt: Target
Tights: Old Navy
Boots: Cathy Jean
Watch: Michael Kors

Friday, December 7, 2012

Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Salsa Crock Pot Chicken 

 

This simple recipe packs a big punch of flavor. Can't ever go wrong with a crock pot recipe! When I made this, the chicken almost pulled apart by itself which was perfect for leftover tacos!

Ingredients:
-frozen chicken (I used chicken tenders but breasts work too.)
-1 can salsa
-1 package of taco seasoning
-1 1/4 cup fat free cream cheese
-shredded cheese to liking

Directions:
1. Place chicken, salsa, and taco seasoning in crock pot. 
2. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. 
3. The last ten minutes, add cream cheese. Garnish with cheese and enjoy over rice, in a burrito, etc!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Katie's Closet


Shirt: LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Blazer:  LC Lauren Conrad for Kohls
Infinity scarf: Forever 21
Leggings: Express
Boots: Steve Madden

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Katie's Closet


Shirt: Express
Scarf: Old Navy
Pants: Express
Boots: Steve Madden

Friday, November 30, 2012

Elf on the Shelf in the Classroom

I just introduced "Elf on the Shelf" in my classroom today and the students loved it! It's such a fun way to get into the holiday spirit and is a great tool to use to enforce good behavior.

First, I read the story to the class.
Next, we voted on a name for our classroom elf. After many choices, the class voted on Bella!

Once our elf had a name, we decorated the door. After all, she needs a way to get in and out of the classroom!
Lastly, we did a craft activity. Students created their own elf and wrote about it!
 
I printed the craft activity from Teachers Pay Teachers using a variety of worksheets:

Both activities are free to download! 

On Monday, the class will walk into Bella's first mischevious activity!
Someone was a bad elf!


Stay tuned for updates on Bella's adventures!


Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Katie's Closet

  

Scarf: Old Navy
Jacket: Express
Sweater: Express
Leggings: Macy's
Leg warmers: Target
Boots: Cathy Jean

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip

I recently made this dip for a party and it disappeared too quickly! With it's light and fluffy consistency, it's no surprise everyone loved it!



Fruity Peanut Butter Yogurt Dip
Ingredients(Makes 6-8 servings):
  • 1/2 cup fruit-flavored yogurt*
  • 1/2 cup natural runny peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • Fruit/veggies for dipping
*To customize the flavor, use 6 tablespoons of yogurt and 2 tablespoons of any fruit jam.


Recipe from thewannabechef.net

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Katie's Closet

Dress: Calvin Klein
Sweater: Express
Scarf: Old Navy

Monday, November 19, 2012

Chubby Hubby Truffles

I absolutely love truffles because they're incredibly easy to make and so delicious! sixsistersstuff.com always has yummy and easy recipes to make and as always, this recipe didn't disappoint!



Chubby Hubby Buckeye Truffles Recipe:
(Recipe from The Brown Eyed Baker)
Yield: About 18 truffles
Prep Time: 20 minutes | Chill Time: 1 hour, total

1½ cups pretzel pieces
½ cup creamy peanut butter
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 cup milk or semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

1. Put the pretzel pieces into a resealable plastic bag and crush into very small bits (a rolling pin works great for this).
2. In a small bowl, combine the peanut butter, butter, brown sugar and salt. Stir until all of the ingredients are completely blended and smooth. Add the pretzel bits to the peanut butter mixture and mix thoroughly. Add the powdered sugar and mix until completely combined.
3. Line a small baking sheet with wax paper. Using a small cookie scoop, or about 2 teaspoons worth of peanut butter mixture, gently shape into a ball with your fingertips. Place the ball on the wax paper-lined cookie sheet and repeat with the remaining peanut butter mixture. Place the baking sheet into the refrigerator and chill for at least 30 minutes.
4. When ready to dip the truffles, microwave the chocolate chips and vegetable shortening together in a small bowl at 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring after each, until completely melted and smooth.
5. Working one at a time, dip one peanut butter-pretzel ball into the melted chocolate and use a fork to roll it around, ensuring that it is completely coated with chocolate. Let any extra chocolate drip off and place back on the wax paper-lined sheet. Repeat with all of the peanut butter-pretzel balls.
6. Return the baking sheet to the refrigerator and again chill for at least 30 minutes. Garnish with a drizzle of melted peanut butter and crushed pretzels, if desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Katie's Closet


Dress: Old Navy
Necklace: Ily Couture
Boots: Cathy Jean

Monday, November 12, 2012

Airplane Baby Shower

My cousin had her baby shower a few weeks ago and it was so adorable! She met her husband while she was a flight attendant, so the theme ended up being airplanes! My aunt and cousin-in-law did such an awesome job with everything!


Due Date: January 16th!







Airplane cupcake toppers.



Such cute cookie favors!

I love the yarn covered letter.

Baggage claim- for the presents!

Cute and simple centerpieces.

In-Flight beverages at the drink station.