i should be mopping the floor: July 2013

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Vanilla Bean Mega Mocha Milkshake

This post is brought to you by Seattle's Best Coffee.

This Vanilla Bean Mega Mocha Milkshake 
is the perfect afternoon {or anytime} pick-me-up.

This is such an easy milkshake...guaranteed to, well, bring all the boys to your yard.

Recently Seattle's Best Coffee sent me a box of YUMMY...it included a few bags of these Frozen Coffee Blends to try out. They were an instant hit. 

To make these milkshakes, I used a bag of the blends, a couple of {BIG} scoops of Vanilla Bean ice cream, and vanilla creamer to get the consistency of the shake that I wanted {which for me was about half a cup}.

Pour everything into the blender and blend until desired consistency is achieved.

I also rimmed my glasses with honey followed by chocolate jimmies.

Super easy and yummy.

There's several flavors of the frozen coffee blends...
think of all the FUN possibilities!

And why not keep it simple sometimes, too? 
Simply blend the coffee with milk for a two-ingredient treat that tastes fantastic!

The first FIFTY readers to fill in the form below will be mailed a coupon for a free bag of Seattle's Best Frozen Coffee Blends! SCORE!

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Summer Fun in my Morning Coffee #IScream4ID

How is it almost August? We're trying our best to preserve what's left of the summer fun around here. Even momma's morning coffee has its own summery twist in the form of a delicious ice cream treat! 

Two Scoops of Summer in My Morning Coffee: Loving the new International Delight Coldstone Creamery Flavors #IScream4ID, @indelight,  #summer
The ultimate mash-up? Coffee and ice cream.
One scoop or two in your mug?

While my boys are enjoying their own summery ice cream treats, my cup is filled with caffeine and creamer. And not just any creamer...I'm totally digging the new International Delight Coldstone Creamery Flavors! My absolute favorite is the Hot for Cookie one. It really tastes like an honest to goodness hot cookie. Like, seriously. My coffee to creamer ratio is getting dangerously close to 1:1 these days. 
It's that good. 

Two Scoops of Summer in My Morning Coffee: Loving the new International Delight Coldstone Creamery Flavors #IScream4ID, @indelight,  #summer

Since it's hotter than hookus around here in Texas, it's fun to have friends drop by for coffee and treats after a hot day of play and work {when it's finally starting to cool off}. I'm thinking it would be WAY fun to throw an ice cream social one evening: frozen treats for the littles and International Delight Coldstone Creamery flavors for the adults' coffee cups. 

What would you need to throw the ultimate ice cream social?

International Delight's Pin to Win Sweeps #IScream4ID {ishouldbemoppingthefloor.com}

Love ice cream + coffee? This summer, International Delight is bringing your favorite Cold Stone Creamery ice cream flavors to coffee and they're celebrating by giving away five $400 grand prizes to throw this summer’s ultimate Ice Cream Social!  To enter, visit the ID + Ice Cream Pinterest board and pin your favorite image using the #IScream4ID hashtag. Good luck! 


Two Scoops of Summer in My Morning Coffee: Loving the new International Delight Coldstone Creamery Flavors #IScream4ID, @indelight,  #summer

Our mashup photo shoot was super fun!
Thanks to my youngest son, Jonathan, for joining the fun with me.
 
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.


Sunday, July 28, 2013

Inspiration Monday | Today We're Inspired By Awesome Upcycles

Super excited about this week's party! 
Today we're inspired by AWESOME UPCYLES.

It's  also our {very first} fourth Monday guest hostess edition.
Krista from The Happy Housie is today's guest hostess. 
If you're linking up via Krista's blog, welcome to the party! 
We're so very happy you're here.


This week {and all fourth Mondays}, 
your links are seen simultaneously on FOUR blogs at the same time!
It's certainly not required, but we would love it if you would take a moment 
and add the party button or link to your linky party page or list.

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Krista jumped right into our fun this week

and picked all of the fabulous features below. 
Loving all of these AWESOME UPCYLES!
Be sure to grab a button for your blog if you were featured:
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Free Printable Froggy Thank You Notes

These free printable fill-in-the-blank thank you notes are perfect 
for little ones to fill in the blanks. 

Free printable fill-in-the-blank thank you notes. Perfect for kiddos to fill in after birthdays or holidays. Choose from blue or pink. Instant download.

My boys have used fill-in-the-blank thank you notes for years. It makes it so nice after a birthday or the holidays to send off a lil' appreciation. These print two per letter-sized sheet, to be cut. Prints best on cardstock. 

Free printable fill-in-the-blank thank you notes. Perfect for kiddos to fill in after birthdays or holidays. Choose from blue or pink. Instant download.

Free printable fill-in-the-blank thank you notes. Perfect for kiddos to fill in after birthdays or holidays. Choose from blue or pink. Instant download.








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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Beach Condo Tour

I love looking into other people's homes for inspiration.
This is the beach condo we enjoy staying in when we visit the shore.
The owners have decorated it beautifully and it's a great place to get away to.

Beach Condo Tour with lots of great decorating ideas.

I grew up spending a week {or sometimes more} at the beach with my family. We've started our own tradition of doing this with our boys as well. I want them to grow up with memories of sandy summers and lots of great family time.

Our favorite getaway spot every summer is Mustang Island...a Texas beach a few hours down the road from us. We stumbled onto this condominium complex a few years ago and always enjoy staying there {if you'd like the name of it and more details on renting this particular unit, just drop me at email}. I enjoy the "roll out of bed and walk down to the beach factor" as well as having all the comforts of home {like a kitchen, separate bedrooms, etc.} right there with me. 

I love how this condo is decorated. 
So beachy and relaxing.

Seriously wanted to take this coffee table home with me. 
This is just my style, y'all. Love.

This was my curl up and read spot after a day of play.
{My husband jokes that I may not get to read but one week a year, but when I do, I devour about five books in a row in that week. He's not even kind of kidding.}

Loved these chairs around the dining table.
And check out those hand-scraped floors? Perfect for tracking in all the sand and surf that seems to make it with you everywhere you go when you're on the beach.
{Photobombed by the hubs.}

Is that paneling around the bar area not gorgeous? Love it. Also love the mosaic subway-style tiled backsplash. 

really like cooking when we're on vacation. Some people aren't into that, but to me it's fun. We will cook or grill by the pool about half of the nights we're there and eat out the other half {seafood restaurants only at the beach}. One of the days we're there, we take a beach break and head into town to see the sites. On that day, we'll eat a big lunch in town and come back to the condo to make homemade ice cream for summer...that's one of my favorite vacation traditions. Although these kitchens come fully equipped, I do drag my ice cream maker all the way to the beach {it may or may not take us four hotel luggage carts just to unload our car when we arrive}.

Love the little half bath on the first floor. 
Look at that mosaic glass tiled wall! It sparkled. Sparkled.

The master bedroom upstairs was super spacious.

It had fun details, like this precious cross-stitched pillow.

And that capiz-style lamp? I die.
I'm a sucker for capiz anything.

The master bathroom was pretty awesome.
Once we got home, I contemplated taking a sledge hammer to ours.

Beautiful shower. It made me like glass block again...which I had given up on years ago. It also had another shower head on the wall to the right. It was a shower for two...but we could fit ten people in here, easily. Not that we did that. Just to be clear.

Pebble rock tile.

I liked how the lights were on front of the mirror.

The pebble tile extended along the bottom of the mirror area.

The second bedroom was cozy, but still pretty.
Love that the rattan from downstairs was carried upstairs, too.

Cute little bedside table.

The bath for the second bedroom had more fun rock tile...or whatever that's called. 
It was on the floor, too. 

This was the view from the balcony out of the master bedroom.
Perfection to sit here and enjoy a morning cup of coffee. My husband and I also sat out here nightly after everyone else was tucked in. It was beautiful to just watch the moon light up the ocean. The only thing you can hear at night here is the waves and crickets. Awesome.

{Oh, and those pools were pretty sah-weeet to enjoy, too.}

But, let's be honest.
This is what the beach is really all about.

What's YOUR favorite vacation tradition?







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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

My 25 Favorite Free Chalk Fonts

You guys know I love a good chalkboard free printable
Here are my go-to fonts for creating them, links to download included: 
{and two free chalkboard backgrounds}

25 Awesome FREE Chalk Fonts and 2 Chalkboard Backgrounds. Includes download links and examples.
I've been kind of amazed at the amount of emails and messages you sweet peeps have sent me about the chalk fonts I use. The truth of it is, I spend way too much time on font sites...looking for fun ones. I thought I'd share my absolute favorite free ones with you here. I've included the well known 'quick brown fox' line so you can see how every character looks in the font {upper and lower cases, when available}. Below the images are links for you to go and download them for your own font library.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Pamper Yourself: Pin to Win Giveaway


Who doesn't LOVE being pampered? 
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1.Gorgeous Coach Purse {available in several colors}
2. $400 Visa Gift Card
3. A Michael Kors Watch and Matching Toggle Bracelet
4. A Tiffany & Co. Necklace 
{You get to pick which one you want!}
  

Pin it to Win it - Pamper Yourself! You pick the prize!

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