• Favorite Things {SIC Cup Edition}

    This post has been compensated by IHelpMoms.com and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.

    I love coming across awesome products. And these SIC cups from SIC – Seriously Ice Cold – are amazing. I have had my SIC cups for just a couple of weeks and I am obsessed. Zach asked if he could have one of them and I haven’t let him yet because I can’t decide which one I am willing to part with.

    Anyone else out there like me with a cup obsession? If you do, try these SIC cups, you will not regret it and you’ll immediately have a new favorite cup. One of my favorite things about them is how long they keep things warm or cold. The last few weeks of soccer have been pretty brutal with how cold it was during practice and games. I loved that I poured hot tea into them before I leave the house and long after I get home my tea is still hot!

    Since I most always have a cup of ice water near me I love that my 30 oz tumbler will keep ice for 24 hours! Luckily I haven’t had a reason to need ice in a cup for 24 hours yet, but I am thinking ahead to summer days at the lake with my ice cold cup of water while I am playing in the hot sun. (Yes, I know it is only November and I am dreaming of the hot sun… It is the only thing that will get me through the cold winter that is ahead of me! Guys, it is 18 degrees outside as I type this, so let a girl dream!)

    These are the three that I have:

    A 27 oz SIC Bottle, a 12 oz wine/coffee/cocktail cup and the 30 oz tumbler. Any guesses which is my favorite?

    Check out my Instagram page where I will be sharing which cup is my favorite!

    And how fun are these colors? Salmon, Seafoam blue and white. I love everything about them and I’m drooling over all the other fun colors!

    Feel free to check them out the SIC cups in the Ihelpmoms Holiday Gift Guide as well —> HERE

    A few of my favorite things about the SIC cups:

    • They stay super hot or super cold for ridiculous amount of hours! (24 hours ice cold is awesome!)
    • There are a ton of fun colors like salmon, orange, lemon and sea foam blue.
    • They fit in your cup holders – even the bigger cups!
    • Lifetime warranty – Do I even need to say more?
    • These cups don’t sweat!

    Something else that I thought was cool is that these cups are powder coated, not painted. Which makes them less likely to scratch or chip. And the surface is perfect for putting a decal on…. I’m already trying to decide what I want to put on it!

    Right now you can get a 15% discount on your own SIC cups by using code: ihelpmoms

    So now that you have the code, which cup do you want to get? Leave me a comment below! 


  • 2016 Year in Review

    You guys, January isn’t getting off to a very good start as far as blogging going. I have every intention to blog and I have many posts semi ready to share, however, I just cant seem to make/find time do actually do it. So here we are.

    I thought I’d start with a quick 2016 recap.

    January we spent a lot of time inside because it was soo old outside! We we to Trav’s work dinner, so I had to go before hand to try on dresses and we spent time with friends. Oh, and worked out.

    February warmed up a little and we hit the park several times. I turned 33, We attended friend’s birthday parties, we grew grass just because we can, we did math and I won tickets to a Justin Bieber concert. (And Yes, I was super excited) #noshameinmygame

    March we headed to Grandpa’s house for a long weekend, saw a HUGE herd of elk along the way. We went fishing and enjoyed the sunshine, but didn’t really enjoy the crazy wind! We picked buttercups at Papa’s house, we celebrated Daddy’s birthday, celebrated Easter, and I took my niece to Justin Bieber. And yes, I took pictures of him shirtless. (See above hashtag.)

    In April we attended Zachary’s track meets, Summer and I had a girls weekend while the boys went to Montana, we spent a lot of time at the park, celebrated Zachary’s birthday, and went to a fun day at Daddy’s work.

    May was spent outside a lot! We played at the park with friends, lunch dates with friends, Tyler played T-ball, Zachary ran track, we sent birthday balloons to Grandma in heaven, celebrated Papa’s birthday, ran through the sprinklers and Tyler graduated preschool.

    June I got to have a girls night with my best friend, kid less, which never happens! We had a play date with cousins from Seattle, we picked strawberries, we finished up the school year, Summer caught her first fish, I made “best friend” shirts for Summer and I. We celebrated our bestie Haidyn’s birthday, Summer got her ears pierced, We celebrated father’s day, we had a huge storm make it’s way through and we watched my sweet niece Kaylee graduate from high school. We played outside on the slip n slide, saw Finding Dory, we swam in the river a ton, and had a big BBQ with our friends.

    July was spent almost entirely at the lake, river or pool. Sometimes with friends, always with family. We watched fireworks with our besties, celebrated a sweet girls first birthday, watched many beautiful sunsets, colored Zach’s hair green, went fishing, picked and canned an insane amount of cherries, went to the local theme park and took a fun ride on a boat with friends.

    August was another month outside. Lots of time at a beautiful lake, sprinklers and water fights in the back yard, we make bird feeders, we visited the sunflowers, went to the movies with friends, and spent a ton of time at the park. Tyler got to go to his Kindergarten open house and meet his teacher! Zach and I went to Watershed, which is a big Country music festival. We saw some of our favorites, like Chris Janson, Travis Tritt, Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Keith Urban. It was three days for of amazing music, fun food, rides and interesting people!

    September was another busy month. Zach started high school. Tyler started Kindergarten. Summer started preschool.

    That’s enough for any mom, right?

    We also celebrated Summer’s 4th birthday with a fun tea party full of fun girls. We finally got a new dishwasher after ours went belly up, so we changed out our stove and put in a new microwave while we were at it. We went to the fair, where we rode the rides, ate fun food and fed the animals. Plus, Tyler rode a sheep!

    In October Summer and I got to have another girls weekend while the boys went to Montana. (where they caught some huge fish!) Summer went on her first field trip to the pumpkin patch, then Tyler had his first field trip to the pumpkin patch. Zach went to his first high school dance and my little Batman and Cowgirl enjoyed Halloween. Tyler turned 6 and we celebrated by having an awesome Batman birthday party. No superhero party is complete with out capes and masks, right?

    In November Summer had career day where a Dr and Cop both came to speak in her class. She loved both and now wants to be both. Papa took Tyler to Dad’s and Donuts at school and taught Summer about birds. We did lots of crafts, celebrated Thanksgiving and Travis did a lot of fishing. He also found this awesome arrowhead! Plus the green in Zach’s hair is just about gone. (yeah, that is something to celebrate!)

    December was a cold month! We got a new fridge to match our other new appliances, we went to Tyler’s school friends birthday party, enjoyed Summer’s preschool Christmas concert, had a wonderful long weekend at Christmas and rung in the new year with friends.

    We had a wonderful year and I look forward to the amazing memories we are already making in 2017!

  • EggNog Cookies

    I know, I know… EggNog Cookies? I am sure some people are gagging at the thought right now. It seems that people either LOVE eggnog or HATE eggnog. I am one of those that loves it!

    But I will say this about these delicious cookies – They taste creamy and practically melt in your mouth but they don’t really taste like eggnog.

    Yesterday I shared about attending a cookie party over the past weekend and the S’mores Cookies I made for the exchange. After browsing Pinterest I also found these eggnog cookies that I wanted to give a try. I understand that they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I thought they were delicious!

    I found the recipe over on Coupon Cravings and I was super excited to make them. Since I am always up for making something new and I think these will be a regular Christmas cookie that I will make again each year!

    They seemed to be a hit as they tasted a little more like a sugar cookie with nutmeg and a hint of eggnog. And it made a pretty huge batch. I had plenty to take to the cookie exchange and more than enough for home!!


    • 1 c. softened butter
    • 1 c. sugar
    • 1 c. eggnog
    • 1 egg, beaten
    • 3 3/4 c flour
    • 1 t. baking powder
    • 1 t. baking soda
    • ½ t. salt
    • ½ t. nutmeg


    • 1 and ½ c. powdered sugar
    • ¼-1/2 c. eggnog
    • 1 tsp. light Karo Syrup
    1. Mix together butter and sugar.
    2. Add in eggnog and egg.
    3. Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.
    4. Chill for atleast one hour.
    5. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheet.
    6. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.
    7. When you pull them out out the oven, push the top down with a jar to flatten
    8. Cool on drying rack.
    9. Frost with eggnog frosting and sprinkle with nutmeg

    So which are you? An Eggnog lover or hater?


  • S’mores Kiss Cookies

    Everyone around here is in full Christmas spirit. We have been using our Chocolate Advent calendar to countdown, we have a chain countdown, presents are about half wrapped, Friendsmas 2016 is in the books and this past weekend I went to my sister in laws annual Christmas Cookie exchange.

    Typically around this time I make all sorts of treats, so making something for a cookie exchange is no biggie. But this year I really wanted to make something different from the normal toffee, fudge, peanut butter balls that I make each year.

    I headed to Pinterest and searched for Christmas Cookies. Of course there are a million different kinds that sounded amazing. But I picked two and stuck with them. The ones I am sharing today are S’mores Kiss Cookies.

    Sounds easy enough, right? It certainly was. These cookies were not only super easy to make but amazingly soft (even a couple of days later)!

    The kids loved helping with these because not only did they get the job of unwrapping chocolate kisses, they were able to sneak a couple!

    I love s’mores. But roasting marshmallows over a fire isn’t something I get to do often. So I have no problem settling for something as delicious as these S’mores Kiss cookies!

    S’mores Kiss Cookies – Recipes from Six Sister’s Stuff

    • 1 c graham cracker crumbs
    • 1 1/4 c all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 c unsalted butter, at room temperature
    • 1/2 c light brown sugar
    • 1/3 c granulated sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 20 large marshmallows, cut in half
    • About 40 chocolate kisses (I ended up using 36)
    1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Using a large bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, flour, baking soda, and salt.  Set aside.
    3. In a mixing bowl, beat the butter and sugars together until creamy and smooth.
    4. Add in the egg and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
    5. Slowly add the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
    6. Put tablespoons of dough onto a baking sheet, 1″ apart. (I use a small cookie scoop which is basically just a small ice cream scoop)
    7. Bake for 6 minutes and edges are just getting golden brown.
    8. Remove from oven and press half of a marshmallow, sticky side down, into each cookie.  Let cool completely.
    9. Let all cookies cool completely then preheat broiler.
    10. Put all of the cookies back on baking sheets and broil for 1 minute. Don’t let them burn!
    11. Remove from the broiler and place a chocolate kiss on top of each cookie.

    What are your favorite Christmas Cookies to make?


  • Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

    While everyone is sharing all their Christmas desserts, I am over here still sharing pumpkin everything! But that is because I made so many delicious pumpkin treats this fall that I can’t keep them all to myself! And these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are no exception!


    I am always browsing Pinterest for recipes to try and if you have ever looked at my pinterest, you already know, I have waay too many recipes pinned. But what you don’t see are my secret boards full of more recipes that I think I need to try right away!!

    Lately I have shared the Pumpkin Puree I made and an amazing Pumpkin Poke Cake, so today I want to share some delicious Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. This recipe made a great amount of cookies and I froze abut half of them. It is always nice to pull out a package of cookies in a couple of weeks and eat them again!


    There are not too many ingredients, so this is pretty fast cooking! But after you make your dough you do need to let the dough sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to chill. I should have let them sit longer because my dough wasn’t interested in rolling. It was still pretty sticky! I ended up just scooping out my and sprinkling with the sugar.


    Home made pumpkin puree is just amazing. You really know where your food is coming from and the ingredients in it: Pumpkin!






    These pumpkin sugar cookies really are delicious and they have the perfect amount of pumpkin in them too!


    Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe adapted from Wine and Glue

    • 1 1/2 c sugar
    • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    • 14 Tbsp butter (1 3/4 stick) room temperature
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 egg yolk
    • 1/2 c pumpkin puree


    1. Preheat oven to 350®
    2. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together and set aside.
    3. Using a mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
    4. Add in the egg yolk, vanilla, and the pumpkin until well combined.
    5. On low, mix in the flour mixture until well combined.
    6. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 20 minutes.
    7. Roll the dough into one inch sized balls. Roll in sugar and ut onto a lined baking mat.
    8. Bake for 10 minutes
    9. Let cool on the pan for a couple of minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.


    What are your favorite cookies?