David's Birthday Cakes

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Now that I've been married to David for almost six years, I've gotten a bit of a portfolio of amateur birthday cakes that I've made for him, highlighting some of his favorite things.


The Stargate Cake (shown side by side with a picture of the Stargate)
This is David's favorite TV show and my first audacious attempt! 
 I'd love to try my hand at this one again.



Beatles Cake
I actually introduced David to the Beatles' music and now he's a full blown fan.  Other than their music, which I can't put on a cake, what is more iconic than their hair?

R2D2 (Star Wars) Cake
Needs no explanation!

Despicable Me Minion Cake
I fell asleep the first time we watched this movie.  The next morning, David told me we had to rewatch it so I could see it before we returned it.  And who doesn't love Minions?

Adidas Cake
David has one pair of signature shoes and has for the past 15 some years.  He has backups in case something ever happens to them, but so far nothing has, so he continues to wear his same Adidas sandals every time he can get away with it, frigid weather and church are no exceptions.

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Purex Powershot Giveaway Winners!

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And the winners are...

 Rachel E.
 Rebekah M.
Congratulations to the winners of the Purex Powerwshot giveaway!  I am emailing each of you, and you have 48 hours to respond or new winners will be chosen.  Thank you to everyone who entered!

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Purex PowerShot Detergent GIVEAWAY!

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Do you feel like there is too much guesswork involved in measuring out the correct amount of laundry detergent, especially the super concentrated kinds that use a different amount than other detergents?   Purex has introduced a new, no-spill auto-dosing lid that does all the measuring automatically for you.  It comes with their super concentrated Purex PowerShot detergent so you can be sure that you're using the right amount.  All you do is - Flip. Dose. Done.  There is no measuring, no guesswork, and no mess.  In the video link below, I show you how the new bottle works.  Check it out!  It's my first vlog! (yeah, not a fan of videos of myself, but it does it make it easier to show you how to use the new bottle. :) )

Personally, I don't think it is that difficult to measure laundry detergent by myself.  Now if my detergent started folding my laundry for me, that I would definitely get behind.  But if you like to have one less thing to have to think about, check out this new detergent.  And it does have 50% more stain fighting power in each drop, so that alone is worth checking out!

For your chance to win one of three coupons for a free bottle of Purex PowerShot detergent, check out the giveaway below.

I will contact the winners via email after the giveaway is ended and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

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**Purex sent me a sample of Purex PowerShot Detergent to try in exchange for a review.  However, no other compensation was received and all opinions expressed here are my own.

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English Muffin Tuna Melts

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Over the weekend, I made one of those dinners that just blew us away.  Recently I'd been craving tuna melts, but I didn't really feel like spending a few dollars on a small pack of English muffins at the store so I decided to make my own for the first time.  These homemade English muffin tuna melts tasted like something you'd get at a gourmet sandwich shop.  Every bite was perfect and delicious, and way better with the homemade muffins.

I used the English muffin recipe here:


I made the following changes:  I used coconut oil instead of shortening, as we've been baking with coconut oil more for health reasons.  I also used almond milk instead of regular milk.  I followed some reviewers' suggestion to bake them at 375 for 7 minutes on each side.

To make the tuna melts, split the English muffins on half and place on the cookie sheet.  For the tuna, I mixed 1 can tuna (drained), 1 chopped hard boiled egg, 2 Tbs. mayo, 1 tsp. mustard, 2 tsp. pickle relish, and salt, pepper, garlic powder & dried minced onion to taste.  Spoon the tuna mixture onto the English muffin.  Top with chopped avocado, sliced tomato and a slice of cheddar cheese.  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.

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this fall

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Here I am!  Having time to update the SAME EVENING that I actually have a shred of energy left!  Wow!  It seems like whenever I have time to sit down and do something (which actually happens almost every day), all I want to do is sleep with that time.  I make it a point to do my chores while the boys are awake so that I can rest guilt-free while they rest.  In fact, today I was washing the dishes with Mac (love my double sink, he washes dishes with me almost every day because I can put him at the second sink with whatever plastic dishes I just washed and he can pour and splash to his heart's content) and Seth on my back because he didn't want to miss out on any of the fun.  It was the first time I'd tied Seth on my back though, so he didn't last the whole time because he got tired of it.

So am I the only person who can't find a single thing to pin on Pinterest during spring and summer, but then when fall hits, all of a sudden my Pinterest boards light up!  And nothing will make a full girl feel hungry quicker than Pinterest.  I have a few projects on my radar that I have pinned as I look ahead to the holidays, but it just isn't the same this year.  Most years when fall hits, I get into project mode and start canning apple butter and crocheting baby hats and stuff.  This year, I look at Pinterest and think "oh that's cute, it would be nice if someone made it for my kids."  I have like no motivation to do any projects.  I'm sure it has nothing to do with having a 22 month and 4 month old.  *See above sentence about resting while they rest.  I have done one project though, I had to come up with a stocking for Seth because I don't have any fabric left of the skirt I made the rest of us stockings from two years ago.  I'm pretty happy with the top I found at Goodwill to make Seth's stocking out of - it was half price that week and I think this stocking will go really well with the three I already had.

Other than that, I've been busy keeping the children alive, shopping, winning Swagbucks (I made goal each day in October, yay), and scrubbing liquid foundation out of the futon in Mac's room.  He got into my makeup one day and I didn't realize it until he had foundation and mascara all over himself, the futon, the carpet, and a little on the chair.  I mean handprints of foundation on the futon.  It was such a large area that got affected and I don't really like scrubbing things.  So far I've tried plain water, makeup remover, Tide, and club soda on it and I also tried using my dirt devil spot shot thingy on it but I got it at a garage sale and it doesn't have the user manual and I'm not really sure how it works so I need to look up the manual online.

Seth is pretty laid back but I'm trying to make the most of his babyhood before he grows up too fast.  I can't believe he's 4 months already. :(  He plays in the Jumparoo now (which we didn't even get until Mac was like 9 months old)  and has gotten the hang of jumping now.  He still eats every 2 hours (sigh) and is awake once or twice in the night.  But since he's only in the 15th percentile for his weight, I have a hard time making him wait longer to eat even though he is so old to be eating so often.  He really loves Mac, despite all that Mac puts him through, and loves Mac's attention.

David has some changes at his job that has him commuting 15 minutes further each day than he was before.  This was pretty discouraging to us because he already commutes so far.  We're super thankful for consistent work, though.  Praise God he's worked there for a whole year already!

Mac's picking up more and more words.  He's at the stage now where he says "uh oh" about everything that isn't right, even if he did it on purpose.  Sometimes he deliberately tries to do something and then when he accomplishes it, he says "uh oh." haha!  His most recent word is "snack", sometimes it sounds like "rock" and sometimes like "shack" which is funny because those two don't sound like each other.  He likes to throw rocks outside and then clap for himself and say "yay" when he does.
ok I'm gonna scoot because hubby's home now.  There's a peek into what's been going on.  by the way, is it just me or does it seem like everyone has started spelling "peek" like "peak"?  so annoying!

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Purex UltraPacks with Oxi Detergent Giveaway Winners!

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Thank you to all who entered the Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi Detergent giveaway!  The winners are:

Entry #5Phillips F.
Entry #2Ashley H.
Entry #15Ada G.

Congratulations!  You have 48 hours to claim your prizes or new winners will be chosen.

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Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi Detergent Giveaway!

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Have you tried laundry detergent gel-pacs yet?  I've been using the dishwasher ones, but have not tried the laundry variations yet - until Purex sent me a package of the new Purex UltraPacks with Oxi liquid laundry detergent gel-pacs to try.  They are super easy and convenient to use.  Purex makes it easy to fight stains (the concentrated DirtLift Action formula has 2x the cleaning power), while maintaining a simple laundry routine. 

 Honestly, I was a little unsure of how clean these would get my laundry.  After all, I use half a cupful of detergent in every load, and it didn't look like there was very much detergent in these little pacs.  However, they claim to contain a full load's worth of concentrated liquid detergent and they dissolve quickly in your wash.
I used these just like I use my regular Purex detergent, and I was pleased with how clean my laundry came out.  It was an abnormally LARGE load, too (I kept thinking I could fit one more thing in...!)  Still, some of the baby's clothes had poop leaks on them, and they came out clean, without any extra stain remover used.  I'm not sure that I would buy these over regular detergent though, because they seem expensive - only 18 pacs in one package.

But let me know what you think! I have THREE coupons for a FREE pack of new Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi detergent to give away!  I will contact the winners via email after the giveaway is ended and they will have 48 hours to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

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**Purex sent me a sample of Purex UltraPacks plus Oxi to try in exchange for a review.  However, no other compensation was received and all opinions expressed here are my own.

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