It’s the little things {lilies & long weekends}

My beautiful Valentine’s Day flowers are opening up and look (and smell) FANTASTIC. Seriously our WHOLE house smells like flowers. Why is it that every time I have fresh flowers in the house I always vow to make more of an effort to buy them more often and I never do!Image

We are also looking forward to this nice long three day weekend.

Monday we are scheduled to have a power outage for almost the entire day.  They need to do some repair work on a utility pole and it will leaving the housing section of the base with no power. Seriously what the heck would I do all day? Clean? Yuck! So I am taking the kids on a field trip to Vejer de la Frontera. Should be a fun quick trip!


Linking up with Lindsey from Hello Hue!

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Valentine’s Day Recap

Totally phoned it in this Valentine’s Day.

I was planning on getting up early and making the kids a cutesy breakfast of pink heart pancakes… well, I overslept a bit.  Rushing around getting everyone and everything ready for the day and M asks me if I am making a special breakfast. Sorry honey, no!  So she makes a couple of poptarts and right before she eats them I pop over and use a heart cookie cutter on them.

There, there is your super special Valentine’s breakfast.

Then my husband calls me at work to ask me to run home and let the dog out on my lunch break because he wasn’t able to… I run home and see the dog sitting outside the patio door.  I call my husband and ask what the heck is he talking about, the dog is already outside.  He asks where I am and I say right by the door looking at the dog.

Let the dog inside then a few minutes later walk back outside with him with his lunch and see a huge bouquet of flowers laying on the table. Duh. So I called my husband and said oh yeah, saw the flowers. Sorry I am oblivious! He also gave me a new watch which was greatly appreciated because I just busted the crystal out of my watch the day before. Yay!

Was going to make a nice steak dinner for the family but didn’t feel like stopping at the commissary to pick up steak after work. So somehow we had a very polish Valentine dinner. Kielbasa, sauteed cabbage and pierogis.  I don’t even know.  But it was yummy.  We’re planning on going out this weekend for dinner, weekdays are too crazy.

Hope everyone had a lovely day with plenty of chocolate involved!

It’s the little things {spicy & sweet}

Wrapping up a fun week and just wanted to recap some of the little things that made my week!

First off I did a little Valentine’s decorating, I found this cute printable online.  I love all of the holiday subway art that is free online… I have a frame by my front door and I am planning on just replacing the image according to the holiday/season!

Also found a cute ceramic white heart bowl and filled it with peanut butter m&m’s (terrible, terrible idea, I can’t leave them alone)

I also picked up these super adorable votive holders… I have some red candles in there for the holiday (Yankee Mackintosh) but I think they may find their way into my bathroom when I’m done with them on the entryway table.

Next up a little hot sauce making!  My husband has a habanero habit that was supplied for quite awhile by pepper plant that was growing peppers constantly.  We stuck them in the freezer for a rainy day (or a cold winter’s day).  He generally will eat them straight up (I’ll stick them whole into a pot of rice so they cook without making everything else spicy) but also loves hot sauce.  He had ordered some but half of the bottles broke en route so we wanted to try a homemade recipe.

Out comes a bag of frozen peppers: Chopped of the stem and added them to some cooked carrots, onions, garlic and lime juice.

*For the love of God, make sure you do NOT get any of the juice on your fingers. It does NOT wash off and you will regret it when you rub your eye an hour later… I learned my lesson the hard way a few years ago*

Everything gets tossed in the blender. I left the seeds in for heat, but if I had a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth I would have strained this to get any remaining chunks out.

The finished product! It’s very orange and apparently VERY spicy!

My daughter did also decide to start puking right before her basketball skills assessment this morning… And daddy had taken her. This happened in the gym. On the bleacher. And on the basketball court. Honey, I am so sorry you were on parenting duty this morning and had to deal with it on your own!

Linking up with Lindsey from Hello Hue!

Aisle to Aloha

Plaza de Espana, Sevilla, Spain

When my mom came for a visit in September one of our day trips was to Seville or Sevilla (seh-vee-ya).  Sevilla is only about an hour or so from Rota and makes for a great day trip.  I had been wanted to go to the Plaza de Espana for ages and we finally got the chance to go! I tell you, nothing gets you out and about like having people visit you!

Oh this is one of my favorite places… I had no idea how beautiful this building was going to be or how HUGE it was!

Here is some background information on the plaza in case you were interested.

We're here!


We happened to go at a perfect time, there weren’t many people there and we had the chance to take one million pictures!

Even the light posts are beautiful!

There is a little moat/river/waterway between the plaza and the building and you can rent a rowboat for a few Euro… I highly recommend this, it is a LOT of fun… 

We're on a boat!

Oh this girl... she kills me.


Photobomb! He did this about 20 times... I forgive him because he is adorable.


I liked hanging out in the shade under the bridges. It was REALLY hot...


The bridges all had different tile work. So pretty!


Not pictured on our boat ride… constant fighting about WHO got to hold the oars and help row… also complaining about how hot it was and were we done yet…

Time to cool off with some ice cream...

One of the things I love about Spain and Europe in general is how they assume you are not an idiot.  See the railing above? A child could easily fall into the water. But guess what, they assume you will be watching your children! 

(See also: German Zoo missing fences with only plastic strung from post to post, hotel in the Canaries with open window on the fourth floor with no screen or bars, alligator farm with minimal safety measures. Gotta love it)

Happy girl, Mimi let her pick out a fan!

All around the plaza are sections dedicated to each province in Spain.  Of course we had to take pictures in each area that we love!

Cadiz! Home sweet home!

Barcelona, we've been a couple times, I love it there!

Canary Ilands, aka Las Canarias! Go there if you can, we LOVED Tenerife!


A big door mommy, take a picture!


M hanging on one of the bridges...


Fab floors


Mom posing on the steps


I love this type of stone floors... simple idea but lots of hard work!




 Now off to search for something to eat!

Rainbow Birthday Party!

Friday night was M’s 10th birthday party/slumber party.  She hadn’t requested a theme but that dang Pinterest kept popping up with all these super cute rainbow decorations and crafts! So I informed her that I would be doing a rainbow party and she was super excited!

Garland and tissue paper pom poms!

Tissue paper pom pom tutorial can be found here!

Entry way table...

I just used some 6×6 rainbow paper I had and laid that on the table and found that super cute birthday printable online!

Birthday Banner!

This was a midnight craft where I wanted one more thing to hang up! I had the paper, stickers and cardboard garland base sitting in my massive pile of scrapbook supplies! I like how it turned out and I’ll be able to pull it out for future birthdays!

M&M’s and sour patch kids used for rainbow decoration!

Rainbow fruit kebabs, super easy to make and the kiddos LOVED eating them!

Rainbow cake tutorial can be found here! 

Rainbow ice cubes, just used food coloring to dye some lemonade… Put in glasses of Sprite!

Birthday breakfast! The rainbow waffles would have been cute with a circle waffle iron, then cut in half with whipped cream on either side… but they were a hit regardless.  I used the same idea as the rainbow cake. Some of the colors did look a little brownish after cooking but the inside was pretty!

Rainbow Waffles!

This dishware from Ikea is something everyone should have.  I’ve had it for years and love it!

Happy Birthday M!

Rainbow Tissue Paper Pom Poms Tutorial

I think these are originally a Martha creation but they are everywhere right now and super simple to make.

Here’s how.

Open up your tissue paper and lay them in piles of 8-10 pieces.  You can use single colors, rainbow or any combination of colors to match a party theme.


Fold them up like a fan (accordian fold, whatever)  Then tie the center.  Wire was recommended but I didn’t have any. I did have some of those paper ties that are used in kids toys to attach them to the cardboard so I used those. Then round the ends using some scissors.

Then start separating the layers and fluffing them up.


Fluffing, fluffing, fluffing!

And of course covering yourself with pom poms is an essential part of the process.


Hang from ceiling… I just used some kite string and packing tape. Try to ignore the packing tape! For the smaller one I just cut the layer of tissue paper in half first then used the same process.