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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!!

Cookie:

  • 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

Frosting:

  • 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 Poke Cake

Because of all the pumpkin puree I made, we have been eating all sorts of pumpkin desserts lately. One of my favorites was this Pumpkin Poke Cake!

It is one of those desserts that needs to sit overnight or at least all day. So don’t be like me and think that you can just whip it up and eat it right then!

One afternoon I decided I wanted it for after dinner that night. So not thoroughly reading the directions I started making the cake…. And realized I would be eating it the next day…. Bummer for me!

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But it is definitely a cake that tastes better after you let it sit! So don’t skip that step because you are impatient! I really thought it was better even on the second and third days. Then I had to stop eating it because it was just a lot! It is so rich but amazingly delicious! So make sure you make this when you can share with your friends or family.

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With the cake mix, you do NOT add the ingredients from the box! I was a little nervous but trusted the recipes and it worked perfectly.

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After your cake is done, let it cool to room tempurature.

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Once it is cooled down use the handle end of a wooden spoon and poke all over the cake.

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Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, making sure to get some in each of the holes.

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Next you will spread on the cool whip. Sorry for this terrible night picture!

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And add on teh Heath bites

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Now drizzle the caramel all over the cake and let rest in the fridge over night. You really do want to let this sit for as long as you can. Mine sat for about 24 hours before we dug in.

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I loved every delicious bite of this Pumpkin Poke Cake!

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Pumpkin Poke Cake recipe from Something Swanky

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 C pumpkin puree (NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. container cool whip
  • 1/2 bag Heath Bits
  • Caramel Sundae Sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix together the cake mix, the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until a batter forms. (Do NOT use the other ingredients from the cake mix instructions!!!)
  2. Put your batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350º for 35-45 minutes. You want to insert a knife and make sure it comes out clean.
  3. Let the cake completely cool. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the top of the cake
  4. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, filling each of the holes. Refrigerate for 60 minutes to let the sweetened condensed milk soak into the cake.
  5. Spread the cool whip over top of cake. Add the Heath bits, and drizzle caramel over top. Refrigerate at least 5+ hours but overnight would be ideal.

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Have you ever tried Pumpkin Poke Cake? Or any other poke cakes?