A perfect Sunday with a hula hoop

I can not tell you how happy I am. It is Sunday evening, and I sitting here so content. I know that sounds strange to say, but a few weeks ago, I did not feel that way. But today was SO different…

Andrew and I both slept in till 8 or so. Just how I like Sundays to start. I of course started with coffee


And a new coffee recipe! This is a pumpkin spice latte recipe from civilized caveman

Next up, getting Toby 🙂 He just always makes my day. And the fall weather 😉

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We headed to Mount Pleasant Winery with a few members of my family. It was such a pretty day

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There were some hula hoops handy…

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Andrew got really good and had a competition with my cousin

We had so much fun! And I love being with Andrew and Toby, it is the perfect day. I wish it didn’t have to end.

Question for you:

What would be included in your perfect day?

Paleo Recipes and Dance Walk

This morning I made a recipe from Angela! Pumpkin Pancakes

breakfast in bed
breakfast in bed

I was looking for recipes for my picky kiddo. Luckily, Tiffany has some great places to look! French Toast Casserole

The same website has great brownie bites that I think Andrew will LOVE

Twice- Roasted Pecans by B-eing Paleofabulous

Civilized Caveman made a Pumpkin Spice Latte (kindof like this one)

Angela also has this great microwave egg omlet. I feel minutes and breakfast is ready!

I need to go get chicken wings ASAP! This recipe doesn’t use a deep fryer

And then I have to share this. It is not a recipe, but it makes me happy. Let me introduce dance walking…..

Question for you:

Have you seen/heard anything good online, blog, or good o’ facebook?

Homemade Latte

Trying to spend less money, has meant not getting my favorite gas station coffee 😦

I needed to find something to make at home. So I hit up google, and found a pretty good pumpkin spice latte 🙂



  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 (1.5 fluid ounce) brewed coffee


  1. Make your coffee (the stronger the better
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin, vanilla, honey, pumpkin pie spice and milk.
  3. Warm over medium heat, whisking constantly, until hot and frothy. Do not bring to a boil.
  4. Pour coffee incup, and then milk
  5. Enjoy!

End on a positive note, w/ a joke

Today started out with a GREAT day off work. Instead of going back to bed, after taking Andrew to school, I headed straight to the gym (best decision of the day!)

But first we made apple cinnamon oatmeal because it was in the 40s here! Even Andrew wanted this (instead of his usually cereal..blah)

I also had a pumpkinspice coffee. The first was good, but the next tasted really watery, not sure why

i did 2 miles of intervals and then 2 miles of inclines. Nice and sweaty

Home for a shower and off to run some errands! It was time to get things checked off the TO DO LIST and find a brown dress for my halloween costume!

Target for groceries and odds and ends. I picked out a wedding card.


This weekend, my son will be going to a wedding for his uncle on his dad’s side. I have been very emotional, crying at songs and for no reasons what so ever. This may seem weird. You might think- Kristen. You guys aren’t together. Why would you so emotonal.

Well. These people were at one time going to be my family. I gave them my heart. And when you break up with someone, you also lose their family. So when events like this come up, my heart still says- You should be there, but you’re not.

Its very hard for me, and probably will be for some time to come (yes we have been separated for 2 years, but tried again this summer)

ANYWHO. today I also found out that Ian (my son’s dad) will be taking a girl with him to the wedding. But hey. I only cried about three times today- thats progress haha

so picking out a wedding card was hard. I think I stood there for 5 minutes before I even looked

 I eventually got one, hit up Marshalls, Goodwill, Kohls, Bed Bath and Beyond, and finally Walmart. Where I found my halloween dress for 9 BUCKS!

I also found a fuel belt for 7 bucks at Marshalls!!!!!!!!

 I was so excited! And then I munched on the whole bag of this!

Of course dinner was the highlight of the day with acorn squash. recipe to come tomorrow!

 So. I didn’t eat AS MUCH as I could have, but I did ok. But for dinner I wanted a glass of wine (just one of the days)

Well….I don’t have a bottle opener. BUMMER!


But dont worry, I found another bottle

 And then I spilled my glass……

Insert  deep breath, and a refill (of more wine haha)

And dessert while watching Ghost Adventures


To brighten my day, I watched Ellen

Joke of the day from Ellen:

Why couldn’t the pony sing?

Because he was a little horse!

haha I had to laugh- LOVE ellen!


What isyour favorite joke?

Ohhh pumpkin

I love pumpkin! (who doesn’t!)

Whenever I find pumpkin recipes, I ALWAYS print them so I can make them ASAP

I found a few that you have to check out! 


Anne over at fANNEtastic food, she covers every meal of the day, including my favorite DESSERTS! 


iVillage has some great dessert recipes.  I can’t wait to try Pumpkin Gooey Butter Cake!


Then there are pumpkin ravoli!!! I want to try these ASAP!


If you want more of a variety, try 100 pumpkin recipes!


Of course, you have to start your morning with pumpkin spice latte


Question for you:

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Oh my hip

Saturday morning started out nice and easy with the lil guy. My son and I watched Beauty and the beast after breakfast. We then got a call from my sister in law and nephew. They were going to a parade and we decided to join them!

It sounded like a great idea. We got there around 10. And the boys were playing, while we were chatting of course. And then Andrew fell.

THey were climbing on this little area (that I guess is used as a workout place to do sit ups and pull ups). He ended up slipping off on of the metal poles, and landed right on his right thigh.

I saw it. It didn’t look good.

He wouldn’t put ANY weight on it. And wanted to go home instead of the parade. UM. what? Andrew’s never one to miss a parade. so I knew something was wrong. He was in a lot of pain and crying.

So for the next two hours, andrew and I spent some time together at the urgent care. They took two xrays. And saw nothing wrong

We then went to my parents house (where I had to carry him in, since he still wouldn’t walk on it)

He is staying with them, because while we were in the urgent care, my friend’s Sarah and Jessica where coming in from California and Tennesse. After making sure he was comfortable, I headed home to meet the girls.

They are finally here!!!!!!

We were all STARVING. We headed to Favazza’s for lunch. Which is a delicious italian restaurant on The Hill.

No pictures were taken, because eating was HIGH on the priority list haha

We shared toasted ravs, and I got a chicken caesar salad.

Then it was back to the house to let our bellies rest. We were stuffed!

but only for a few hours, before heading to get ted drews ice cream! A St Louis favorite.

This was pretty much dinner.

We then watched a little tv.

PS the movie Switched, is NOT good. we had to turn it off

After getting pretty, we headed to Fast Eddies in Illinois.

We had a few drinks (and french fries)

Me and Sarah

Me and Jessica

There was a band, so we did some dancing and singing. with LOTS of people watching haha

Then home, PJs and bed. I swear we can do some major talking. And even more laughing.

But we still missed our friend Carolyn, who couldn’t make it.


 this morning we woke up, and decided target and starbucks was in order

I bought some halloween stuff, and got a pumpkin spice latte that the blogging world has been raving about.

It. Was. Awesome.

I drank it in about 10 minutes haha

Then the girls had to leave 😦

The GOOD news is, is that Andrew is FINALLY putting weight on his right leg. So hopefully we won’t have to visit the ER today!

Question for you:

What do you and your girlfriends do for fun?

Do you see your girlfriends often?