November 25, 2013

Gift guide for HER

If you're anything like me, you may have trouble actually giving out a list of what you want for Christmas. I can never think of anything when I'm put on the spot like that and I never really want people to spend money on me, especially a lot of money! I get super thankful when someone buys my coffee for crying out loud and that's $5, people!
So I thought I'd put together a little gift guide of a few different things I'd been drooling over. Maybe it'll give you a few ideas for your own list!



1. These shoes. I'm so in love with them. I see so many people pairing them so many different ways that I just drool each time.

2. This blanket. The throw blanket for the living room currently is actually one of David's random army blankets and it drives me batty! I want a real throw for the living room. This little Holiday one is just too cute. I'd get excited to use it every year like I do my Christmas coffee cups.

3. This dress from Country Couture. I just love it so much! I love that it's a dress and not a skirt, it's just adorable and I think every girl needs one in her closet. Me included!

4. A new planner. This one by Emily Ley is just GORGEOUS!! Anyone wanna order it for me?! Pretty please with sugar on top? A cherry? But seriously though, this planner does it all! I highly suggest you click and watch the video about it, you will want to order a million for everyone you know! It does it all! And it's so pretty!

5. Scarves. Hello, scarves are always a great accessory and this one (again from Country Couture) is no exception! The infinity scarves are dreamy. And there is a great variety of colors to choose from. I love the gray, the rust, the brown and the ivory/gold the best.

6. House shoes. I constantly have to sweep my kitchen. Between the dog playing outside and the kids playing outside, they all track in mud and leaves and dirt and I HATE stepping on it. I need some of these in my life to not only keep my feet warm for the days that Bo insists on spending 30 minutes outside doing his business and just messing around and for the moments that I step in mud barefoot. Someone save my poor feet!

7. A fancy camera bag. Like this one. I would pretty much die if I got a fancy camera bag. I am so in love with this Missy-chocolate one from Jo totes.

8. This ring from Glitz and Love etsy shop. Oh my goodness, it's just SO so pretty along with absolutely everything else in this shop!


So tell me, did my list help you? 
What's your #1 most wished for gift this year?

November 22, 2013

That's a wrap!

It's Friday! YAY! That really means nothing to me except I don't have to get up AND DRESSED to take the kids to school in the morning. We'll still be up at the crack of dawn but I'm okay with that (sort of) as long as I don't have to be rushed (or rushing kids) out the door.

Anyway, I thought I'd recap our week a little.

In blogland we had:

A recipe for chicken pot pie and a pretty rad giveaway.

We had an update on my 52 weeks of Kindness challenge.
I've still been doing a lot of good deeds just not really blogging about them.

I showed you an easy/less messy way to do cupcakes- super kid friendly! Seriously, WAY less of a mess for kids.

I also rambled a bit about blogging and rambling in general.
And there was also a pretty freakin' fantastic giveaway happening there too.
SO head over and check those out. Catch yourself up on all things My Three Bittles blog.

In real life:

Fin mad a 100 on his spelling test.
Maddie told me the difference in Holidays and Seasons and then listed all 4 seasons which truly caught me off guard because I had no idea she even knew there was such a thing.
Owen started saying, "thank you" (FINALLY) and is saying sentences. Yesterday he said, "Mom! It raining?" and when I said yes, he said, "It wet! Ewww!" HA!

Fin had guitar lessons with Mr Steve on Wednesday.
Maddie had ballet.
Owen walked to Publix with daddy to get us drinks while we waited.

Fin is convinced that today is the last day of school forever so I had to explain to him that it's only for a week for Thanksgiving. Then I had to show him a calendar to show him when he goes back to school and explain that it was only a bit til Christmas break and that just confused him even more. Poor kid.
Maddie discovered commercials. I went to a friends house to sit and wait to let her kiddo in from school (she was at a Dr appt) and while there we were watching cartoons when a commercial came on and Maddie made it clear that she didn't wanna watch that cartoon! I had to explain to her it was just a commercial and that the cartoons would be right back. She then announced each commercial as it came on letting me know it was only a commercial. We don't have cable.
Owen ate dinner dressed up as spider-man and then woke up the next morning at 5:30AM (diaper rash woes) and watched two episodes of Super Hero Squad and went to find his Spider-man costume and insisted on wearing it while eating goldfish and watching.

David's back at work after his monthish off for the fractured tailbone. He has a Doctor appointment coming up soon to see where we're at on that mess.
I'm anxiously awaiting the weekend after Thanksgiving so that we can decorate! At first I FULLY planned on decorating before Thanksgiving so that when we have friends over the house looks all festive but then I realized that our friends have kids and that might not be a good idea but the kids do have the whole week off so we may still do it. I'll keep you posted that on that!

Speaking of Thanksgiving... we're having it here. On top of our five there will be seven other kids and seven other adults.
That's a total of 10 kids and 9 adults. 19 people plus a Bo devil dog in our house. It's going to be nuts.
Also, Owen turns two on Thanksgiving. I'm dying inside. It's too soon! I JUST had him! JUST had him!!

That's about it for our week so I'll leave you with some pictures from the week.


The strawberry powder on the top shelf.... I'm short. It was a mess.
Maddie's hair- it's rare she lets me fix it so I always take a picture to show her how pretty it looks.
Spider-man and snow white joined us for dinner and once again Fin sort of refused to take a good picture.

Happy weekend, friends.

November 21, 2013

Homemade Chicken Pot Pie {recipe}

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of PAM Cooking Spray.


Today I thought I'd share with your one of our go-to recipes around here; Sort of Homemade chicken pot pie.


Keep in mind, you can cut this recipe in half and make it smaller but we're a big bunch and I made extra to take to a friend.
You will need all of the following (Plus another can of cream of chicken or mushroom){I've actually used gravy before and that was pretty stinkin' tasty too!}

I used: 5 med/large potatoes, 4 carrots, a pound of fresh green beans and 3/4 bag of frozen peas.
Also: boiled chicken, shredded or diced, however you prefer.
And you could use corn but David doesn't much care for corn so I leave it out.
Anyway, dice up your veggies and bring them to a nice boil until they're soft (I actually cook them in my chicken water and add chicken bouillon to it to add a bit more flavor).


Mix all of your ingredients together in a giant bowl, make sure it's not going to be too dry (hence my extra can of Cream of mush/chicken-oops)


DO NOT FORGET TO SPRAY YOUR PAN! I'm a HUGE user of PAM Cooking Spray! It leaves 99% less residue than butter or bargain-brand cooking sprays!  I once made Maddie a birthday cake and forgot to spray the pan with PAM first- it wasn't a pretty site.  It took a lot of extra frosting to hide all of the missing cake chunks.  Thankfully she was like 2 and didn't even notice or care but I was devastated! I use PAM for everything now, even the things that say not to spray the pan. I still do just for safe measures.


Next, make one of your pie crusts, spray your pan, carefully add the first pie crust to the bottom of your pan, fill with your bowl of everything, top with the second pie crust. (if you split this recipe in half, you'll only need one box of pie crust).


Cut out a cute little design in your top pie crust.
Pop in the oven, 375 for about 30 minutes (oven temp may vary)


YUM! Cut up, serve and enjoy.
I like to add some cheese and hot sauce to mine.


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November 20, 2013

A 52 weeks update.

Do you guys remember my 52 weeks of kindness challenge?

52 weeks


So I know a while back I got a bit discouraged and quite blogging about my good deeds after one good deed went sour
I later tweeted that I hadn't stopped, that I just stopped blogging about them.
After a bit of time I eventually forgot to try to do a good deed every week and found myself just doing them, just to do them.

I smile at strangers, I compliment girls on their boots or purses, I let my friend use my ebay & paypal account to sell a few baby items, I took a friend snacks in the hospital when she had her baby boy, I took her a few dinners, I stopped by her house with coffee and just tidied up a bit while she slept, we've stored stuff in our house for people, we've helped people pack and move, I've taken the neighbors kid with us to a school function when her mom & dad had lots of homework to catch up on, I've yet to kill Bo the dog (I really feel like this one should count almost daily) (I'd never really kill a dog, just to clarify), we hosted Thanksgiving here, we continually invited the flaky people over for things knowing that they'd flake just to be nice, I've given away Owen's old clothes to friends, I've given away random baby items or toys that the kids have outgrown, I've bought people's drinks behind me, I've left Starbucks cards for the next person that comes in, I've called my grandmother, I've tried to be a better friend, I've spread blog love and posts around just because, and so on and so forth.

My point is, it really doesn't take much at all to make someone smile or to make someone's day.

Try it.

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