Saturday, June 29, 2013

Cosmic Kids Yoga

We are officially on our summer vacation! I flew with both girls from Kansas to Georgia while Bryan drove with all our luggage & necessary kid gear.
We hadn't even been at my parents' house for 24 hours when Marlie started saying she was bored.  She has been (randomly) frequently talking about wanting to do yoga, so I decided to see what I could come up with for her.  
After striking out with Netflix, I searched for kids yoga on YouTube. 
Winner winner chicken dinner!
We gave Cosmic Kids Yoga a try & Marlie loved it!

http://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Each episode the "instructor" tells a story as she takes the child through movements and poses where they pretend to be an animal on an adventure.


 

Marlie is very high energy and always wants to be active, but at the same time can benefit from things that help her relax.  If you have a child like her who would enjoy a way to focus her energy like this, check out Cosmic Kids Yoga.  Come back soon & let me know what y'all think about it!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Win a Trip to Chicago & Support the March of Dimes!

Think your child is the cutest ever? Now’s your chance to make them a star! Enter Kmart’s March of Dimes® IMBORNTO® Contest and your son or daughter could be featured in a Kmart circular ad! 

The winner will receive a trip to Chicago in August, complete with round-trip airfare for four, a hotel stay for three days and two nights and transportation to a photo shoot featuring them as the star of the show.

To enter, submit a recent photo of your child on Kmart’s Shop Your WaySM social shopping site, and fill in the blank for the following statement: “My child was born to ___.” Easy enough! Entries will be judged on originality, sincerity and how it conveys their unique talent. 

And, what’s even better is that Kmart will donate $1 for every entry to March of Dimes to support the organization’s mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. 

The deadline for entries is Saturday, June 22, so hurry and get your entry in soon! All kids up to age 10 are eligible to enter. To view complete rules, click here. 

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Irresistible Cookies

This is one of my favorite cookie recipes.  I made them for end of the year treats for some of Marlie's teachers and then made more for us because I find them so hard to resist!  Bryan's sister said the flavor reminded her of Samoas a little bit, so that may be why I'm such a fan of them!    


Irresistible Cookies

Makes 4 1/2 dozen
Prep 15 minutes
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup vegetable shortening
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups old-fashioned oats
2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1 cup sweetened flake coconut
1 bag (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Place parchment paper on baking sheet and set aside.

In small bowl, blend flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt with a whisk; set aside.

In large bowl, beat shortening and both sugars on medium-high speed about 3 minutes or until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.

On low speed, gradually add flour mixture and beat until just combined.  Stir in oats, Rice Krispies, coconut and chocolate chips.

Form balls with 2 tablespoons of dough and place 2 inches apart on prepared sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Cool on sheets for 5 minutes then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely.



Friday, June 14, 2013

Major Promotion

I'm sorry, but I couldn't resist giving this post it's cheesy name!  Bryan was recently promoted to the rank of Major in the Army and we are so proud of him.  It is tradition for you to have a small ceremony and reception for your promotion, so that is how we brought in the month of June.
Bryan would just say that this promotion is the normal next step in his career, but as his #1 fan, I certainly believe he has earned every honor that he has received.  He has taken care of us through 7 PCS moves, he has spent months in the "field" training, and served 1 deployment to Iraq and 2 to Afghanistan.

During his first deployment, he was a platoon leader patrolling the streets of Baghdad every day and studying for the GRE in the little bit of downtime he had.  When he came home to Germany for 2 weeks of R&R leave, he took the GRE so that he could apply for the Army's ACS/EGSP program.  Through that program he was able to receive his Master of Public Administration degree at UGA in one of the top public programs in the country.  In addition to his civilian education, Bryan has successfully completed many military schools and courses He's earned numerous awards and decorations both in combat and in garrison.  I would love to list them all here but it would really just look like a foreign language to anyone not affiliated with the military.

Bryan opted for a very low key and laid back promotion ceremony and reception.  He is currently working in an office in the old USDB and chose to have the event in a small bar and grill there.  Bryan's COL started the ceremony by speaking about Bryan and then removing Bryan's Captain rank from his uniform.


Marlie then placed Bryan's new rank on his uniform, while I changed the rank on his beret.


The kiss is pretty much a tradition and requirement.

When Bryan was repeating his oath back to the COL, Emma thought they were going for a high five.  She wanted in on the fun!

COL Layton presenting Bryan with his promotion certificate.

The receiving line is another tradition that seems to be a part of all Army functions!


Our attempt at a family picture.  For some reason these are rarely successful.

This girl had so much fun running around the room and sneaking a few bites of food here and there!

Congratulations Major Fanning!  We are so proud of you and look forward to supporting you as you continue to do great things in your career!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Under Construction!

My blog is currently getting a makeover.  Check back soon to see my new and improved look by HasneoRNG!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Stitch Fix #3

Since #4 is on it's way to me, I figured I'd better get around to finally sharing Fix #3!  Each month I get so excited about receiving a box of clothes that were chosen specifically for me!  You can read my original post here explaining how Stitch Fix works and how you can sign up

Now on to the clothes!

Kut From The Kloth - Callie Denim Jacket

Papermoon - Dellora Button-Up Zig-Zag Blouse

41Hawthorn - Wren V-neck Cap Sleeve Jersey Top

Marjorie Baer - Triangular Spear Danglers

Tulle - Charlise Cotton Knit Skirt

I already own a denim jacket, so there was no need for me to have a second one.  I was VERY tempted to keep the zig zag blouse, but decided to let that go too.  I was hopeful that the red top would make a nice addition to my closet, but it was not flattering on me at all.  The only keeper this time was the skirt.   It is SO soft and comfortable and I like the simple details on it.  The versatility of it was also a big selling point for me.  I've worn it with a plain white cotton t-shirt, but also cuter tank tops. 

If you would like a stylist to select some great items just for you, I would really appreciate it if you used my referral code to sign up.  http://stitchfix.com/sign_up?referrer_id=3058499

If you're already using Stitch Fix, what is your favorite item that you've received?

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Omaha, Nebraska Trip Recap

Bryan had a long weekend for Memorial Day, so we decided to head out of town.  We love to travel but Emma is still young enough where even a short trip can be a lot of work.  We made the best of our little getaway though and we all survived!

We left our house early on Saturday morning and drove to downtown Omaha.  We walked to the Old Market district and loved our first impression of the city.  The Saturday morning Farmers Market was going strong and we walked through the vendors while listening to street musicians.  Marlie was even able to get a dog shaped balloon from one of the entertainers.

After leaving the Old Market, we walked up to Shucks Fish House.  We were a little leery about getting "fresh" seafood in the middle of the country, but it was as good as advertised.  I had a shrimp po' boy, slaw and baby cakes.  Bryan had the blackened tilapia with vegetables.

From Shucks we walked over to the Omaha Children's Museum.  The main areas were for pretend play, art and science.  Both girls had so much fun but we eventually had to give Emma a break for a little afternoon nap.  Kids could spend hours in here running from one thing to the next.  One afternoon was just right for us this trip.  It's a must do for family with kids, and as always, we appreciate that they offer a military discount.

There was an inside play structure for the kids to climb on.  Emma loved going down the slide.   


Fanning Firewomen to the rescue!

Emma always heads straight for any water she can find

Marlie spent most of her time in the art area.  She kept returning to this face painting station.

Emma was dangerous behind her shopping cart, but she had lots of fun collecting toy groceries.

Right before we left, Marlie and I learned about bubbles in a special show

The museum is easy to find by the colorful structure out front.
Before heading to our hotel room for the evening, we stopped by Ted & Wally's which is well known for it's homemade ice cream.  They had a few unique flavors that I would like to try, but none of the ones available that day worked for me.  We enjoyed the ice cream we did get though.
Across the street from Ted & Wally's was another cool place to check out if you have a sweet tooth.  From the outside, you can't quite tell what Hollywood Candy actually is, but I'm so glad we walked through the door.  They have tons of bulk candy and old fashioned candy that you never see anymore.  I wish I could have walked through there with my parents (and maybe even grandparents) so they could tell me about which ones were their favorites!

By the end of the day we were all pooped, so we decided to just have dinner in our hotel room.  We got some food to go from Starsky's Bar & Grill, which was featured on an episode of Man v. Food.  Bryan wanted to try their pig wings that they are known for and he was very pleased!
When you've got young children, no hotel stay is complete without a swim in the pool.  After dinner we let the girls spend a few minutes in the indoor pool.  If you asked them, they might even say it was the highlight of their trip!

Our priority on Day 2 was visiting Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.  We had heard nothing but rave reviews about this zoo.  This was the 4th zoo we've visited though and we feel like there are pros and cons to all of them.  We had a fun first half of the day but once again the wheels started falling off for Emma by mid afternoon.  We are definitely glad we visited though and again appreciate that the zoo offers a military discount.

Inside the Lied Jungle, America's largest indoor rainforest

Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium


This was probably the highlight for me - the closest we've ever been to a giraffe!



We somehow missed these our first time in the area, so I'm glad we happened to walk back by.  These spider monkeys were so funny.  We were standing on a wooden bridge and people could throw food to them and the fish.  The monkeys were basically doing whatever they could to get your attention so you would throw them something!  

From the time we entered the zoo in the morning, Marlie had wanted to ride the Skyfari which is basically a skylift that goes from the front to the back of the zoo.  
At the end of the day, she finally got her wish.

Just in case you've ever wanted a view of the top of a rhino...

Since Bryan got his TV food fix on the first night, I requested that we go check out Jones Bros. Cupcakes, which was a winner on Cupcake Wars.  Marlie ordered a chocolate and I tried a red velvet.  I have to say that they were both really good.  I usually don't like for my red velvet to be made with cocoa and even though they did, I still gave it a shot.  We were surprised that even this local business offered us a military discount!  

Dinner was a little crazy on Sunday night because in typical Fanning fashion, we couldn't make up our minds what to eat.  We ended up sitting down for a little dinner at Upstream Brewing Company and then getting a couple of slices of pizza to go from Zio's Pizzeria!

Once we got up and moving on Monday, we made our way back home.  This girl lives the good life doesn't she? ;)