Monday, January 15, 2018

Winter cupcakes


Some of my goals for the year were to live in the moment and to help others (an extension of be Thankful goal). What a better way to start that off than by making cupcakes with the girls.

My girls LOVE to bake. It's one of their favorite activities and it teaches them a life skill. So I try to let them bake fairly often. They wanted to make Olaf cupcakes, but my cupcake game isn't that strong. Luckily they settled for blue frosting and white/ sparkle sprinkles instead. πŸ˜‚


Honestly, it was a mess. But they had a blast! What is that saying? A messy house is a happy house? Well our house was definitely happy during the making of these cupcakes and I am sure I will be finding sprinkles for quite some timeπŸ˜‚. But was such a fun time with the girls I would do it again in a heartbeat.

When the girls and I bake we like to think of a family (or a couple of families depending on the treats and how many) to give some treats to. I feel like it helps the girls feel like they are doing a small act of service. They get excited to deliver them and they feel so good about themselves afterwards. I love watching them find joy in helping others, so I try to make sure we do some for of this at least once a month.

I know that giving away goodies is not a huge act of service or a huge help to others. But it is something that we enjoy and a great way to get the girls to think of others.

I am always looking for ways that the girls can help others. If you know of any service ideas small kids can participate in I would love some extra ideas!




Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Goals





Happy New Year Friends! I wish I could say we had a huge fun party on New Years Eve, but we didn't lol We traveled. We drove all day and got home right before midnight and went to bed πŸ˜‚ Hopefully that's not a reflection of our new year.

The new year snuck up on me. Part of me feels like I should continue half of my goals from last year πŸ˜… But the other part thinks I need to move on ha ha.

This year I am going to have fewer goals. I am hoping that by having less goals I will be able to better focus on the ones I have.

1.) Simplify - Minimalize. (Is that a real word?)
I want to simplify my life. I want to simplify my home as well. This is a constant struggle for me. I feel like this goal can never be "completed" just improved upon. Every time I turn around there is more I need to simplify or go through. I feel like our home is easier to keep clean when I am good at going through our things. I like the peace in keeping things simple and minimalizing our surroundings.

 2.) Be in the moment.
I want to enjoy the here and now. I often struggle with overthinking and worrying about the future. I want to slow down and enjoy the moments as they come. I want to take in the moments I have with my kids. I want to remember the fun times we had and not the stress and worry. My kids are only kids once and they are growing up so fast. I don't want to look back and feel like I missed out on really enjoying my time with them. I want to know I was really there.

3.) Be Thankful.
That doesn't mean that I am currently not thankful. But to be honest, sometimes I focus too much on wanting more. Sometimes I regrettably find myself comparing myself or things to others. While I don't feel that I am horrible at this, I do feel that I have much room to improve. I don't want to be that person. I want to live a life of gratitude, spend less time worrying about myself, and more time helping others. I feel like we are greatly blessed. We can do more to help and lessen the burdens of others.

Thank you for following along. I hope your new year is full of health and happiness!




Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Little Girl Gift Guide (Small Shop)

As you know I have 3 little girls so I am always looking into all things girlie for gifts. I found some great gift ideas and thought I would share! (sorry boy moms lol)

Here are a few items I found and love. Enjoy!

1. Pretend Play Makeup
-The kind that is 100% mess free. If you watch my Instagram stories you know that my youngest wont stay out of my makeup. I am planning on getting the girls some play makeup HERE that they can play with instead of mine.



2. Felt Ball Necklaces
My kids LOVE to accessorize but they aren't always gentle on their accessories. I really like THESE felt ball necklaces. They even make dolly and me matching sets!

3. Dresses
Its no secret that my kids love dresses. I found some awesome holiday dresses HERE and HERE. The festive colors might be great before Christmas gift to wear through the season, but both locations have lots of fun colors for anytime.

4. Felt Play Food
I love THIS little felt food shop! I personally prefer felt or wooden playfood. They last us much longer than the cheap plastic and THESE handmade ones are just tooo cute!

5. Long Sleeve Dance Leotards
My girls already have THESE ones and they have been wearing them already (since its so cold here) but they would make a fantastic gift! There are other styles and colors and they are all priced really well.

I hope these helped give you an idea or two for a fun gift idea for your little girl! Happy Holidays!



Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mommy and Me Photos

If you are following me on Instagram you have probably noticed that I love getting pictures done. I am a huge fan of family photos and photos of the girls.  I never pass up an opportunity to get photos done when I can.

My husband, however, is not always as thrilled to get photos done. That is one of the reasons I decided it would be a great idea to do a fun little mommy and me photoshoot with the girls.

We had so much fun. I had them wear their twirly dresses and I found a fun dress to coordinate that I could get a little twirl out of too! I may or may not be slightly jealous of all the girls fun twirling that they are always doing πŸ˜‚ I had to get in on some of that action.

Here are our photos!











And I love a Photographer that can face swap or move people if needed, like this picture here. Now it's perfect for the gram πŸ˜‰ 

 


I highly recommend doing a mommy and me photo shoot with your kids. It was the first time I did one with my girls and we really enjoyed it! Plus Daddy got a break... until our next family photos. Let's be honest. He isn't completely off the hook from pictures 😜

Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Cupcakes



My girls love to bake! It's one of our favorite inside activities to do together. They get to measure, mix, and create something tasty from a few small ingredients. They love seeing their finished products and they love to share treats with friends. Sharing treats is one way I have tried to teach my children to think of and serve others in a way they can understand.

I am no Betty Crocker, but I totally use her cake mixes. I like simple and easy baking. For this I used a devils food cake mix box and the Hersheys milk chocolate chip cookie recipe on the back of the bag. (Super original, I know. )

INGREDIENTS:
*Cake mix (I used Betty Crocker this time, but I have also used Pillsbury and they both turn out delicious) PLUS eggs, oil, water, Ect ( The extras the box you are using calls for)

*Hersheys Milk Chocolate Chips and all the ingredients used to make those cookies. I LOVE milk chocolate.
-You can totally use any chocolate chip cookie recipe or even the premade cookie dough.

Since I stick to boxes and a popular Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe I wont be going into details on those.

DIRECTIONS:
1. Make Chocolate chip cookie dough -Whatever recipe or premade cookie dough you choose.


2. Mix chocolate cake recipe ( We like Betty Crocker or Pillsbury).


3. Pour chocolate cake mixture into cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

4. Roll the chocolate chip cookie dough into tablespoon sized balls and drop them into the cupcake batter.


5. Bake cupcakes according to cake box directions.


6. Use left over cookie dough to bake cookies according to your chocolate chip cookie recipe.


7. Let cool and Frost. If you like you can break apart a cookie and add it to the top for a decoration. You can also crumple some cookies over the top of the frosting for another fun look.


When you bite into the cupcake you will have a yummy ball of (cooked) chocolate chip cookie in the center!

There you have it! Simple and easy to make chocolate chocolate chip cupcakes! Something fun and easy for kids to help make. Enjoy!



Xoxo, 

Momma Koyle 


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