The busy life plus three

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


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I have been an iced coffee lover for a very loooong time now. For a while my husband would tell me, "Go work at Starbucks® because that's where you are every morning".... (and this is where you insert an eye roll) but I couldn't get mad because he was so right. For many years I hated hot coffee and could not stand taking one sip. Pouring it with cold ice cubes or blending it with a mix of crushed ice was the way to go for me. It wasn't until last year that my husband got me hooked on hot coffee and I haven't looked back since. So now I am enjoying the best of both worlds. Iced or sizzling hot I love it 'cause I am all about needing my morning coffee to get me through the day.

Some days, okay, most days I look forward to the kids early nap time to get some alone time and do some "me" time. I mean from the moment we are up it's constantly all about our mom duties and keeping up with the family. Making sure everything is clean and everyone is where they need to be. To be honest, there are some days when all I have managed to have is coffee until my kids are down napping. I am sure it is not the healthiest thing to do..but it's completely common with many other busy moms out there like myself. 

When it comes to straight up relaxing I tend to hurry to the kitchen and prep me something fast, turn on the TV and get my reality shows on like the Bachelorette and push play while I can, catch up on some reading or blogging and definitely enjoy the peace and quiet with the new Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® , iced coffee is one of my best ways to stay cool during this hot summer time when I am alone and if you like a touch of sweet then this is for you too. 

I am all about sweet drinks with a limit to it of course and Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® fits my needs because it is ready to go. But I also have an obsession for my in home frappe I used to make years ago. I actually never shared this recipe with anyone. Years ago when I would invite my friends over for a girls night I would grab my Ninja blender and mix this baby up. It's been a hit ever since and now here it is for you to try! Secret is it is super easy to do at home with no trick to it.

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Starbucks® Frappuccino® at Home
If you enjoy their iced frappes you will love this. You can use the Mocha Frappuccino® bottle for this recipe
  • 13.7 fl oz Starbucks® Mocha Frappuccino
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1/4 2% milk
  • 1/2 *optional banana
  • 1 tsp caramel syrup
  • 1 tsp chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream
1. Mix Starbucks® Frappuccino Bottle with milk, ice, and *optional banana into the blender2. Blend until the ice is completely crushed and the ingredients are well mixed3. Drizzle chocolate syrup into your glass of choice and then pour contents into the glass.4. Add whipped cream on top with chocolate and caramel syrup if desired. 5. And now you can Enjoy!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 serving

Right now Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® Coffee Drink is NEW at your local Walmart. You can find it in the coffee aisle as shown above. There is a special offer when purchased at Walmart. Buy 3 ready to drink products and receive 35 stars ( In- store only, receipt verification)  If you are a Gold Star Rewards member this is so convenient to fuel up and collect all your stars. With my purchased I also grabbed a Mocha which is also my all time favorite to take and blend at home with my Ninja blender, there is always a variety to choose from. 

*Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® Coffee Drink 13.7 oz Single Serve item only (not available in 4-pack) 

Now tell me when you get alone time what is your favorite thing to do to? I'd love to know in the comments below. 

Sunday, June 11, 2017


Taking pictures of my kids is one of my favorite things to do. To capture their sweet faces on camera is the absolute best. I am no photographer by any means. I am just a mom with a camera. A camera that I enjoy bringing along. Something that has become a hobby. Snapping photos on regular basis has gotten my kids to become comfortable with it. But that doesn't mean we also don't have bad days.. because with kids you are guaranteed at  least one tantrum for the day. Yet that doesn't stop me from planning photo sessions with our photographer- who I tend to call every month for new photos. 
But that ugly truth is it can be quite a struggle. It can become painful if your kids are not in the mood for photos. So if you scheduled a session with a professional photographer start planning ahead. You have to keep in mind that photos cannot be forced because kids cannot be staged. You might have a certain pose in mind and you might want to follow through with it but chances are it may not happen. 
Keep in  mind not to get disappointed. 
Also planning their outfits to coordinate with each other is a top on the to do list. Start with the youngest or with yourself and focus on that person as the main focal point. Plan the pattern and colors as you are putting only one outfit in your mind and go from there. 
With all that in mind I want to share the "behind the scenes" of the not so pretty out-takes that my husband took while we went out for lunch. You know the ones that don't make it out on social media because.. 

KIDS will be KIDS!
Here are some tips to get your kids to smile when you have a photo session: 
  • Let Them Be-  the best advice is to stay away from poses, or the famous saying of "cheese" just don't. Let them act silly, be themselves. Candid shots capture your child's personality the best. When they act themselves you are able to get the most innocent moments. 

  • Get Social- start talking to your kids. Distract them so they relax and get comfortable. Ask them about their day, or what they want to eat after they are done with their pictures. Snapping the genuine expressions on their faces are quite irresistible for us parents. 

  •  Make it Fun- Let them run wild if you have to. The best way to capture those smiles is when they are naturally smiling and laughing. You don't have to force it, it'll come on its own. 

  • Bring Your Diaper Bag Packed- Get your everyday essentials. All the things you know your kids will need to calm them down and stay entertained ex: snacks, juices, an iPad, and also can't forget the wipes to clean them up for photos, the hand sanitizer and those Kleenex Go Anywhere packs to wipe their noses or dirty face. With allergy season here I know it can get messy so why not stay prepared with something easy to take on the go plus it's gentle on your kid's faces. Going out with all kids can get hectic so wipes, sanitizer and Kleenex tissues are a must for me! All I do is strap it my Lily Jade diaper bag and I am ready to go. 

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How do You plan photos with kids? What tips have helped you accomplished family sessions with good results?