DIY Floating Confetti Tumbler


Around Valentine’s Day I came up with the idea of making a Confetti Tumbler for Sophia. I was going to full the inside with her favorite candies, but it just so happens I could not find the right Tumbler any where to get the job done.

Sophia is like me, she loves anything that sparkles..she will say “ooooh mama that’s sparkle (with the emphasis of ‘kle’ sound).”

This tumbler is beyond easy to make, it took no time at all to make it! And I could not be more please on how it turned out.

Plus you can personalize it anyway you want!

What You Need:

1 Double insulated tumbler that twists off at the bottom (I bought this one from Amazon)

Confetti- Any kind that tickles your fancy

How to Make Sparkly Tumbler

  1. Twist off the bottom
  2. Fill with Confetti
  3. Add water right in where you inserted the Confetti
  4. Twist bottom back on tight

And that is all there is to it!

I really wish I would have thought of making Confetti Tumblers as Party favors for her  Confetti Birthday Party and here are the Confetti Balloons just in case you are curious!


I got most of my Confetti from Michael Arts & Crafts, plus I also had a bunch just hanging around my craft supply box! This would make a really fun Girl Scout project! I mean who doesn’t like sparkly and fun!


It makes me want to drink out of my Tumbler more…hey…maybe it will convince me to consume more water on a daily basis!

Maybe I should start a Confetti Tumbler business on Etsy!



Fruity Pebbles on What?


You might be thinking…what is this? I would be…if I wasn’t the one writing this post. Just a little bit of honesty….BUT…if you thought what on earth are those Fruity Pebbles covering…then you might be a little shocked if I were to tell you it’s chicken…yeah that’s right…chicken.

Who Knew!

Last weekend I invited my cousin Jess over for dinner; along with her oldest son Parker and hew newest addition Jace for some… (hold the phone)…Fruity Pebble Chicken. I thought this would be a fun dinner for the kiddos…colorful…and chicken fingers…need I say more.

So last night we adventured into the world of Fruity Pebbles Chicken Fingers.

Initially, I was very skeptical..the thought of Fruity Pebbles on chicken just honestly did not sound very appealing by any means. Just yuck..right? So, to keep it from being a completely disappointing meal if that was going to be the case…I also made just plain old regular Chicken Fingers. You know just in case…


I. Was. Surprised.

Shocked. Even.


They Were Delicious.

They were like eating a a very mild Honey Chicken, a slight sweetness…but not gross…

Just Perfect.

So if you are looking for something fun to feed the kids or want to try something out of the ordinary…Fruity Pebbles Chicken Fingers.

Food for Thought..I want to meet the person that thought “put Fruity Pebbles on chicken.”

Links & Loves & Thoughts


Long time no see…it’s been quite sometime since I have done a post. It’s been absolutely crazy the last two weeks, mainly because we have caught every illness in the Pittsburgh area.

I thought I would share with you a recipe that a friend of mine shared with me the other day. Naturally I am up for trying new recipes especially when it comes to Mexican food, it’s a longtime favorite of mine. These Homemade Crunchwrap Supremes so good! And really easy to make. I don’t know if you noticed I like quick dinners!

So if you are looking for a different twist to Taco Tuesday..I would definitely try giving these bad boys a whirl…

Now onto links:

The other day I was in the shower and I totally forgot to put my new shampoo in the shower with me..and who wants to run out of the shower cold and wet…especially in the winter….thankfully I noticed my Philosophy Fresh Cream body wash can be used as shampoo…desperate enough, I tried it. IT WAS WONDERFUL! My hair smelled amazing all day and I swear I like it better than my normal shampoo.

Sophia loves these turtles! She bathes with them every night and even in the mornings, because Sophia is a mermaid and mermaids need to be in water and play.

My hair has become a lot longer in the last year…in fact it hasn’t been thing long in years. Naturally I am a shorter hair kinda gal, but I wanted a change. And with most change you come across obstacles. I found I was having to use two normal size hair ties for my hair, because it’s gotten so long and a lot heavier. I stumbled across these Hair Ties for thick hair…they are awesome! They help me out so much! If you have thick hair issues try these out!

My mom & I are HUGE fans of Chip and Joann Gaines on HGTV Fixer Upper! Do you watch their show? I have been wanting to read their book The Magnolia Story…have you read it? What are your thoughts? I am struggling to buy the book or download it on my iPad. Decisions..Decisions.

My dream vacation is to go to Turks and Caicos, I am going to be saving up to go! Should I go to a travel agency? What are your thoughts?

Do you have any fun plans this weekend? Pittsburgh is supposed to be a high of 61 degrees……61 degrees…sounds like heaven. We sure do need some sunshine!

Quick Coffee Talk

I hope everyone is having a great Saturday morning so far. Pittsburgh is really cold and dreary out, which is typically not my favorite combination. If it’s going to be cold at least be sunny.
I received an email earlier today stating that my yearly dues for my blog is coming up at the end of February! Already! I can’t believe it’s been almost an entire year of blogging…it doesn’t seem possible. I guess time does fly when you’re having fun!
That got me thinking about my future posts on here….I would really like to know what you would like to see for future posts!
I created a poll and I would love if you would take two seconds to vote! If you have any ideas that you would like to share with me please do not hesitate to comment. I would love to know!



Thanks for sticking around, I highly appreciate it!

My Favorite Cheesy Potato Soup


Nothing seems to scream winter to me than soup. I am soup gal…I love it. I eat it a lot during the winter mostly, but it doesn’t stop me any other time of the year. There is always an excuse for me to cook soup…I will always find one..

It’s such a comfort food.

Panera makes the BEST Broccoli Cheddar Soup I simply have not conquered the Broccoli Cheddar scene yet..but I’m trying. Anyone have a to-die-for Broccoli Cheddar soup to share?

There was a Crock-Pot Potato Cheddar Soup circling the Facebook scene a couple months back that I wanted to try, but I have not had much luck with Facebook recipes. They normally turn out to be blah…

But let me say this…

This Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup is ‘ahhh-mazing.’ I’m just going to leave it at that.


‘Cookin’ up some yummy bacon! Typically I am not one of those people that say “just add bacon to anything and it makes it ten times better.” BUT..BUT.. in this soup…I can’t get enough of it…it just takes it to a whole different level…and it is not overpowering by any means…


We used Yukon Potatoes instead of Idaho Potatoes…I actually prefer them….Plus..they are a softer potato and cook faster!


Look at all those beautiful potatoes!


Right here I am making a Roux. Roux’s are a thickener I actually prefer them when cooking  a creamy soup.


One tip when making a Roux is to get your whip out and get prepared to “whip it!” You don’t want your Roux lumpy at all! Keep whipping until your arm is about to fall off…seriously…


Or at least it became the consistency of a creamy mashed potato….and don’t think you’re done whipping yet…you didn’t think you were getting off that easily..did you?


Add your Chicken Broth in and get your whip ready. You don’t want to end up with lumps in your Roux…who wants lumpy soup?


Add your potatoes in slowly


Mash your potatoes up using this cooking tool…I did it about 3 times…and that’s it!!!! What is the proper name for this potato masher?


Did I mention that this isn’t a diet friendly soup?


It wouldn’t be complete without some Cheddar would it? I would be lying to you if I told you I didn’t add some extra cheese…


Look at this bad boy…I mean come on…who wouldn’t want to dive into this and forget about their New Year Eve diets for one night…The scallions are my favorite topping..they’re amazing!

Oh and by the way I doubled the recipe and make it on the stove! So if you don’t have a Crock-Pot to make this! And it makes great left overs!


We Met Peppa


A few weeks ago my friend Paula texted me and asked if Sophia and I were interested in going to a character breakfast at Chick-Fil-A. All I had to hear was Peppa was going to be attending and I knew Sophia just had to be there.

So, this past Saturday my mom, Sophia and I drove to have breakfast with Peppa. For 45 minutes all Sophia did was talk about Peppa from the backseat…”mama Peppa,” “eat with Peppa.”

I honestly thought that Peppa would get a different reaction than Santa did this year…

Boy was I wrong!

Sophia was initially so excited to see Peppa..she squealed…and screamed when Peppa made her first appearance….






The look of pure freight came over Sophia’s face…Peppa was no longer thrilling…but became a symbol of “stranger danger.” My poor child just wasn’t having it.

I think Santa at the mall…scared her for life….


Sophia and her little gal-pal Emma!


The Chick-Fil-A cow was my favorite! Does anyone know if the Chick-Fil-A cow has a name?

Maybe next time Sophia won’t be so scared of Peppa or any other characters. Once she met Peppa she was not exactly keen to meet the other characters with open arms…wait…she didn’t meet any other characters. They were viewed from a distance.

Do you kids swoon over Peppa the way mine does?






Sophia’s First Homemade Pie


Sophia is my little helper in the kitchen. No matter what I am doing she always ends up helping me out, and I LOVE it. It only seems to be natural that she enjoys being in the kitchen as much as I do, she comes from a family of cooks and bakers on both sides. It’s in her blood. I hope she continues to enjoy it as she gets older.

She always drags a chair over to the counter (like a foot away from where I am standing). Not matter what, as soon as I stand in front of the counter within seconds I have my Sous Chef!

Sophia climbs up and says “…peas,” with her big green eyes. It melts my heart every time…I mean..whose wouldn’t?

It’s wintertime in Pittsburgh, and being stuck inside all the time especially with really cold temperatures doesn’t help cabin fever. So I am finding it challenging to find some activities that will help pass the time.

That’s when I decided we would have Sophia bake a pie. Plus she has been asking for pie for days!!!

Sophia’s Process:


Chef is all prepared and ready to start!


Add some sugar & other yummy ingredients!


Make sure everything is ready to go….


Add some apples & mix in some extra love! Baking is always better when you add love into it!


Preparing the best pie crust in the world! Made with extra love!


I can do it!


I did it!


Look everyone I made my first pie!!!

I did take a photo of the finished product when it was out of the oven, but I lost the photo! Sophia’s first homemade pie was so good and I am so proud of her! She did such a fantastic job and she had so much fun!

If you are interested in the recipe we used it was this recipe!

Anyone have cabin fever yet? Ready for Spring?