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Valentine’s Day Popcorn Cake

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Are you ready for the world’s easiest Valentine’s Day dessert?? I mean, super, duper easy.  If you can stir a bowl full of yumminess, then you can make this Valentine’s Day popcorn cake. I am serious!

This Valentine’s Day popcorn cake is the perfect dessert for someone who likes a little something sweet and a little something salty.  It is a crowd pleaser and a sure-fire hit for your favorite Valentine!!Looking for a super easy dessert for your favorite sweetheart? I've got you covered with this tasty Valentine's Day Popcorn Cake.

Ready to see just how easy this Valentine’s Day popcorn cake is to make?? 

Ingredients
Budt pan
Cooking spray
2 bags of microwave popcorn (approximately 12 cups of popped corn)

1 bag of mini marshmallows (approximately 8 cups) 
1 stick (1/2 cup) salted butter
2 cups of Valentine’s Day M&M’s
2 cups pretzel sticks
Sprinkles

Popcorn Cake

Directions
1. Microwave popcorn.
2. While popcorn is popping, break pretzel sticks in half until you have 2 cups worth.
3. Spray bundt pan with cooking spray.
4. Pour popcorn (discarding unpopped kernels) and broken pretzel sticks into a large bowl.
5. Pour 2 cups of M&M’s into popcorn pretzel mixture. Sprinkles with sprinkles, the more the merrier!
6. Stir mixture together.
7. On the stove, in a large pot, melt butter over medium heat.
8. Once melted, add marshmallow, stirring over low heat until the marshmallows dissolve.
9. Once the marshmallows are completely melted turn heat off and remove from hot burner.
10. Pour the popcorn mixture into the melted marshmallow.
11. Stir until all the popcorn is coated with marshmallow.
12. Transfer popcorn mixture into sprayed bundt pan.  Push the popcorn down using a spoon, spatula, or even your fingers.
13. Allow your Valentine’s Day popcorn cake to cool for 10-15 minutes before turning it over.
14. Voila! Valentine’s Day popcorn cake success.  Now cut, serve, and enjoy!

Looking for a super easy dessert for your favorite sweetheart? I've got you covered with this tasty Valentine's Day Popcorn Cake!

**You could also easily make these into popcorn balls if you didn’t want to make a cake**

So what do you think? Easy, enough? Are you making your Valentine something sweet? Let me know if you make them this tasty Valentine’s Day popcorn cake!

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Happy New Year That’s What She Said #LinkUp

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That's What She Said is going WEEKLY! Join us :)


How it works

Each week we will pick a quote, the quotes we choose are women’s words… get it? That’s What She Said.

The link up will run for 2 weeks this week.
Starting February 5th we have the linkup live for 5days!

We will pin and feature our favorites, the following month.

Each week will provide the next week’s quote.

Rules

Please only linkup posts inspired by the quote of the month. We want to see how this quote will get your creative juices flowing.

We would like for you to connect with others, please visit the person who linked up before you and go show some love.

It would be AWESOME if you would share the link up via your social media. #That’sWhatSheSaidLinkUp

Of course, it’s always fun to connect, let’s follow each other along.

Number one rule: Have fun and be creative
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Mrs AOK, a Work in Progress Courtney: What’s Up With the Wilhelms Katy: Chaos & Kiddos

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We absolutely loved hearing about Karen’s warm holiday memories, we know you will too.

This month's quote

January's That's What She Said quote: Don't Stumble Over Something Behind You

 

I love the start of a new year.  I know it may sound cliche, but the new year is a time for starting over, a fresh beginning, a blank canvas, all yours for the taking.  

That is what this weeks quote means to me.Dont Stumble Over Something Behind You

Whatever you may or may not have accomplished, move on, forget about it.  As our favorite Ice Queen would say, Let it go! 

I wrote a post at the start of the new year about my goal of being a careless mom in the new year.

This year I am working really hard and focusing on what is most important.  On noticing all that have accomplished; even the seemingly small and insignificant.  I am working on not paying attention to the dust and dirt and debris; both literally and figuratively. 

As days, turn into weeks, and weeks into months, it is my goal to learning from each day.  Remember the little moments, along with the big moments, and become a better me.  I will look to the future with a positive attitude; not allowing something to define me. 

As you read the words, “Don’t stumble over something behind you”, what do they mean to you? Join the fun and link up!

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Don’t forget to join us February 5th! Frida Kahlo will inspire us. Who is your magic?

TWSS: Take a Lover That Looks at You Like Maybe YOU Are Magic- Frida Kahlo
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10 Things I Have Learned in 35 Weeks Of Motherhood

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I can hardly believe the boys are 35 weeks old today! 35 weeks ago I was in the hospital on bed rest. 35 weeks ago I could not get out of bed without Matt’s help as my belly was just a little on the big side.  35 weeks ago I woke up to my doctor sitting on my hospital bed and a room filled with nurses.  35 weeks ago I heard the words, “Today is the day, we need to deliver these babies today.” 35 weeks ago I became a Mama.  35 weeks ago…

10 Things I Have Learned in 35 Weeks Of Motherhood

In 35 weeks I have grown and loved and stretched in ways I didn’t know possible.  I have learned so much along the way.  I am no expert in motherhood, as I don’t think such a thing could even exist.  But today I thought I would share 10 things I have learned in motherhood so far.

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1.  It is better to smile than cry.
Motherhood is hard.  And trying. And exhausting.  There are times were you feel defeated and overwhelmed.  But I always found looking taking a deep breath and smiling was better then letting those feelings of defeat overwhelm me.

2. You make more decisions in one day than ever before.
Oh the decisions.  Many small, some big.  My days are FILLED with decisions.  Should I make my own baby food or just pick some up at Target? Should we read a book or should I pull out the boys sensory balls? Is he ready for a nap or is he just bored? Is this runny nose more than a runny nose? Should I call the doctor or just text a mommy friend? And on and on and on.

3. The best things in life are free.
Sure I would love a new pair of boots or perhaps a new purse.  But nothing in life makes me happier or feel more fulfilled than my babies. The satisfaction of watching the boys grow and develop under my watchful loving eye is irreplaceable. There is nothing better than seeing the love the boys have for one another;  watching them smile and giggle with one another.

4. Shots, tumbles, first colds…. they are all harder on YOU.
When one of my little boys fell over while sitting and bumped his head on a toy, I think I cried more than he did.  He had long moved on and was happily playing again, while I sat there with my heart breaking for my precious little boy.

5.  There is no right way to do motherhood.
It is easy to catch yourself wondering, “Am I doing this right?”  But the truth to this question is there is no right way to do this.  Remember all those decisions you have to make??  Well there are hundreds of paths you can take when raising your babies.  And I honestly believe that each other paths will take you to that same place.  How you get to the end goal doesn’t matter.  All that matters is that you get there.  Wherever there may be.  And trust me, you will get there!

6. Everything can be turned into a song.
Literally everything.  Trying a new vegetable for the first time? Sing a song about it! Bath time? There’s a song.  I have lost count of how many songs about poop I have sang.  Motherhood truth right here. You will find yourself singing about poop.  Just embrace it. Sometimes I think I sing to the boys more than I actually speak to them.  They are going to think they live in a musical, but hey that wouldn’t be so bad in my book!

7. Everyone is happier if you get out of the house.
You and your baby will appreciate an outing.  It doesn’t have to be a big outing; it could be a simple walk around the block.  But get out of the house.  It does wonders for your spirit.  And perhaps even more for the babies.

8. Embrace the mess.
And truly be okay with it.  This was perhaps the hardest of the 10 things I have learned in motherhood for me to truly grasp.  For me it was hard to leave dirty dishes in the sink and baby toys all over the floor.  But I realized the importance of embracing the mess.  I wrote a whole post all about slowing down and focusing on simplicity in the year, as I resolve to be a careless mother.

9. Make time for you as a couple.
While Matt and I have only left the boys with family here and there, we still make it a priority to have time just the two of us.  We are fortunate that the boys are good sleepers, so we often have our evenings alone. We make it a priority to talk about things besides our precious babes.  After I show him the 85 pictures I took of them for the day of course.

10. My post baby body is just fine by me!
I made it 34 weeks without getting a single stretch mark.  And then in that last week, boom, I found one, and then two, and then maybe another one.  I was devastated.  I may or may not have cried and texted one of my mommy friends. Now looking at my fading stretch marks, I smile.  Sure my stomach is a little more squishy than before.  Sure there are some marks that I didn’t have before.  But I carried our two babies for 35 weeks.  I love looking back and seeing pictures of my giant belly! I wouldn’t trade my squish for anything!

 

What have you learned along the way in your motherhood journey? I would love to hear!

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Thank You, New Year

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It’s Friday, and that means it is time to write some Thank You Notes!Thank You Notes

Thank You, New Year! Who doesn’t love a fresh start? A blank page in a new book! I love all the hope and unknown the new year holds.  I love making new goals and resolutions for the new year. This year I am focusing on simplicity.

2015 Word of the Year Simplicity

Thank You, Degree Motion Sense Dry Spray Deodorant, for making something as easy as putting on deodorant EVEN EASIER. This mama of twins greatly appreciates anything that makes life easier. Also they are not kidding about the instantly dry thing.  Goodbye, deodorant on my shirt!

Thank You, Matt, for making it so easy to miss you.  We were so fortunate to have had TWO whole vacation weeks with Matt.  I am not sure who missed you more, me or the boys.  Every night that Matt came home from work this week the boys greeted him bigger than usual smiles!

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Thank You, TV, for FINALLY having new shows on! Oh how I have missed you.  Also one of my favorites, The Bachelor returned this week.  And after one episode I was sucked immediately in. However, ABC is killing me making me wait until the end of the month for the return of my Thursday night shows.  I need some How to Get Away With Murder in my life ASAP.

Thank You, Mother Nature, for calming it on the snow and crazy weather in the midwest and allowing my Mom to arrive safely! We are so happy to have Nana back in sunny AZ.

 

What are YOU thankful for this week?? Leave me a comment letting me know! If you have a blog, write a post and link up with Mrs. AOK to share yours!

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A Careless Mom in the New Year

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I am resolving to be a careless mom in the new year.

Wait, wait, wait…. before you get up in arms, let me explain.

A Careless Mom in the New Year

Right around the craziness that is the holiday season; I was feeling not enough.  Our floors were dirty, the same dishes sat in our sink for three days, our tree was barely decorated, we hadn’t done our usual holiday traditions, and I was feeling like a failure who could accomplish nothing.  

One night I said those words aloud; “Well, I failed and accomplished nothing today”.  I said those words to myself.  To an empty family room. A family room strewn with burp cloths and dirty bibs, books and toys covering nearly every inch of plush carpet. Blankets, baby bottles, and maybe even a dirty diaper looked back at me.  An empty family room that showed the exact opposite of the words I had just muttered. 

For in that moment I knew I had accomplished EVERYTHING that day.

My messy, messy family room showed me that.  I had fed and nourished my twin boys with those bottles that now grace my floors. I had loved them and kissed their tummies as I changed too many diapers to count.  We giggled together while playing with all those toys.  They continued to foster a love of reading thanks to those books spread all over the floor. 

And that’s when it hit me like a ton of bricks…I need to be a careless mom in the new year.

I needed to care less about the dog fur on my floors. I need to care less about the dishes that don’t get washed.  I need to care less about the laundry that does not get folded.  I need to care less about all of that stuff; that is just that… stuff.  

Instead I need to focus on simplicity; putting my babies and their needs first.  I need to sing, and dance, and read to them.  I need to play with them, and have adventures together.  I need to relish in these every day messes and recognize them as a gift.  For these are the moments I will never forget, nor will I ever get them back.  

Those pesky dirty dishes will still be there tomorrow.2015 Word of the Year Simplicity

So this 2015, my word of the year is simplicity. What is your word of the year?

 

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Workout While Watching the Bachelor

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I’ve ways been a sucker for reality TV and the Bachelor and Bachelorette have always been at the top of the list.

With the premier of season 19 airing tonight and considering it’s the first Monday after the New Year, aaaaand you may have missed your morning workout, I wanted you to be covered. No need to risk spoilers and skip the Bachelor to get your workout in. Thanks to me you can workout while watching the Bachelor. It’s easy. Well the workout itself might be hard…but the concept is easy!!!

Are you ready to workout while watching the Bachelor?

 

Workout While Watching The Bachelor

So what do you think?? Are you ready to get buff thanks to watching TV?

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