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There is something about when you become a mom yourself that your relationship with your mom deepens at least it did for me. You understand her a lot more, you appreciate her A LOT more because you realize that everything you are doing or putting up with as a mom, your own mom did herself and still loved you through every poopy diaper, every tantrum, every wake up time at nap especially if it is multiple times at night. Moms definitely deserve celebrating every day but especially Mothers Day.
One aspect of being a mom is busy, always busy and lets face it we don't have the time to browse around stores trying to find this or that when you have children in tow. That is why Americans Greetings One Stop Shop is perfect for a busy mom. You head straight to the American Greetings One-Stop Shop at your local Walmart Supercenter and everything you need is right there, cards, gift bags, tissue papers and gifts, lots of gift and because every mom deserves chocolate you can pick up a bag of quality chocolate right there too!
I bought the cute Family frame at the One-Stop Shop and will be painting it. After slipping in a photo, I'll wrap up the frame in the pretty tissue paper and put in the cute gift bag, all purchased at the One-Stop Shop. How easy can that be? With all the time I saved by purchasing from the One-Stop Shop instead of perusing the entire store to find exactly what I need, I could say go home and take a bubble bath, have an extra glass of wine or eat some of the chocolate I bought for myself, ahem I mean my mom as part of her gift.
Why celebrate that special mom in your life? To show her how grateful you are for the love she gives you daily, for all the boo-boos she kissed after a fall, and to say thank you for how she would give you the last slice of pie even if she really wanted it for herself. Moms sacrifice a lot and this year I am making sure to let my mom know how much I love, care and appreciate all that she has done for me and my siblings.
So how will you honor that special mom in your life and make her have the Best Mom's Day Ever?
Um.. have you checked out Gap lately? Personally I haven't but I should check it out more frequently, they have some really cute stuff! I have made one exception to my no-peplum rule, this is the only peplum top that I have found is worth making a purchase. Red, black and white are having a moment for me right now, clearly. Like these items? Check out the links of where you can purchase them.
Ok I have been feeling kinda bummed towards my blog lately because at the end of the down, all the creative brain cells have left me and I am left with mush in my brain. Believe me you wouldn't want to read these posts if I actually wrote them down. However, this week was a revelation to me. On Tuesday I shared a photo on Instagram of Caleb playing with Easter eggs because I had nothing left in me at that moment and Sean had told me he was already coming home 30 minutes after he was suppose to come home. Moms, you know the feeling when you are counting the minutes towards when your husband is suppose to be home and shortly before that golden time, you get a text or call saying sorry I'm coming home later. Whether the minutes of the day ticked by slow or fast, that extra time between when your husband was suppose to come home and when he actually comes home are slow, slow as molasses. Then yesterday I posted a photo that Caleb had napped not even an hour and Sean had left for a trip for a few days. I thought I would have at least two hours to rest, relax, clean dishes, maybe even wash the floor if I was wanting to be very successful during nap time. However, I barely got anything accomplished. Staying home in the afternoon was not an option to make sure that Caleb and I didn't loose our minds staying at home. We ended up having a very enjoyable afternoon feeding the ducks and playing at the playground. Why hadn't I thought of feeding the ducks before? As I write this tonight, I am not exhausted, I am not tired, I am ready to tackle another day of just Caleb and I.
You know as a mom, you worry and you wonder about your kid a lot. You wonder are they eating healthy enough, are they getting enough sleep, are they learning what they should be?
So here I am keeping it real.
Caleb probably has more freedom than he should be at 14 months (today!), why because we don't live in a house of glass and I can't handle all day every day telling him no no no.
Some days I look at the clock waiting for Sean to come home but this makes me feel guilty because I wanted to stay home with Caleb.
Ok those are my real mom moments for you all this Friday.
What is the awesomeness I have for you today? Chocolate chocolate chip cookies! So a quick back story I started making these cookies on Sunday. Then as the dough was already in the mixer then I read that you have to refrigerator the cookie dough for at least 2 hours and it was already 8pm. I wasn't going to stay up until 10pm to finish the cookies, which meant I got to sneak some of the raw dough and anticipate eating the baked cookies the next day.
A forewarning my cocoa powder was the special dark cocoa powder so that is why the cookies look a little black. Does the special dark cocoa powder make these cookies somewhat healthy? I thought so!
Gather your ingredients for this recipe.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, 1/4 cup (2 ounces) cream cheese, the brick kind not the whipped version, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon brewed coffee, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon espresso powder, 1 3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 2 teaspoons cornstarch, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 cups chocolate chips.
In your mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and cream cheese.
Then add in the sugars and mix until light and creamy.
Add in the egg and then brewed coffee (you can use leftover morning coffee) and vanilla extract.
Now you add in the espresso powder (if you have it) and the cocoa powder.
You add in the remaining dry ingredients.
Lastly, add in the chocolate chips.
Use a large ice cream scoop get about 1/4 cup of dough into each hand and make into a ball then flatten. Do this for all the dough and place on a baking sheet or plate and cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to 5 days. Chill the dough at least 2 hours otherwise the cookies will flatten and become too thin while baking. After the cookies have sat in the refrigerator for a sufficient amount of time, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Bake the cookies for 10 minutes.
Today is the last day to enter my Re-play giveaway for an eating set. Whether it is for your own child, your niece or nephew or a friend who is pregnant, enter and know that you are helping recycle milk jugs into a baby eating set.
Want some awesomeness to start off your week? How about a buy 3 get 1 free coupon for Ro*tel? Get the coupon at this blog post here! Want some Ro*tel inspired recipes for your Easter meal? How about a fiesta egg casserole for breakfast? Or some breakfast tacos? Or sausage Ro*tel quiche? Doesn't a tasty spinach and bacon queso dip sound perfect as an appetizer for that Easter meal?
Another awesomeness for you on this Monday, my giveaway for an eating set from Re-played. A divided plate, a spoon, fork and a cup that is made from recycled milk jugs. You have to follow my blog and my Instagram account as mandatory entries and for an extra entry, repost my photo with the hashtag henninglovereplayed. You can find the image on my Instagram account to easily repost the image. This giveaway ends tomorrow. Hurry! There are just a few entries. Your chance of winning is high.
So that is all awesomeness I have for you now. I'll be back tomorrow with some more awesomeness for you.