Our Mammoth Vacation + Have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Last week we took a family vacation to beautiful Mammoth and it was like we were in a real life snow globe.  We stayed at condos with a creek in the back and an endless area for snow play and sledding.  The kids (well one of them at least) had a blast.  We couldn't get Max to come inside he loved the snow so much and Ronin was happiest when he was dry and out of the snow inside haha.

Here are a few pictures from our trip...

The second day we were there it snowed!  It was pretty magical and I loved stomping around post snow in the brand new fluffy powder.

Max had his very first snowboarding lesson and he kicked butt!  It was the cutest thing ever to watch him come down the mountain and I am pretty sure we have a snowboarding lover on our hands now.

The whole skiing/boarding gang.  We went up there with my Dad, Step Mom and Brother Collin and since my Dad and Ronin were both much happier in the warm cabin it worked out perfect so we could snowboard.  There were no lines getting on and off the lifts and the top of the mountain was pretty surreal.

I can't wait to go back again hopefully soon! Best family vacation we have had to date.

I will be taking the rest of the week off to enjoy all of the Christmas festivities.  You can always follow along on Instagram if you want to keep up with the happenings.

Thank you all for reading Delighted Momma and I hope you have a very merry Christmas! xo

A Few Family Pics

Monday, December 15, 2014

Well guys it is that time of year again where I have to bribe my boys with all kinds of things in order to get everyone to cooperate and participate in family pictures.  But...I must say compared to previous years this years picture taking shenanigans were not as painful and I could not have been more happy with the whole vibe and fun-ness of this shoot.

Here are a few of our recent family pictures taken by my awesome friend and photographer Leslie...

Love this family of mine so much!

Eggnog Mug Cake (Paleo)

Monday, December 8, 2014

The holidays are in full swing around here and this weekend was pretty much awesome.  We got our Christmas tree, hung our lights, made eggnog mug cakes annddddd I got the Christmas cards ordered.  Boom!  Every year it seems like I am always doing everything at the very last minute so the fact that so much is done makes me want to shout it from a rooftop :)  And if you have not done any of this yet then I probably sound super annoying right about now haha.

Anywhoo this mug cake is by far the most moist and spongy creation that I have made to date (as far as mug cakes go).

What you will need:
  • 2 rounded tbs of coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp of baking powder
  • dash of sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp of cinnamon 
  • 1 tbs of honey
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs of dairy free eggnog (regular is fine if you are not dairy free)
  • 1 tbs of ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together in a microwave safe mug.
  2. Microwave for 2 minutes. 
  3. Enjoy!

This is unbelievably good and it's basically like a Christmas party in your mouth.  You must make it!

Things That Make Me Say Yeay

Friday, December 5, 2014

Elf on the Shelf has arrived at our house and the boys have named him Smarty Pants.  So far Smarty Pants has pooped out a Tootsie Roll, toilet papered our whole living room, made a zip line with candy canes, and hijacked all of the boys stuffed animals. Being a mom is so much freaking fun.

Max opening the first chocolate of the advent calendar.  And since he wakes up before Ronin each morning he usually is the one that gets it.

Sugar cookie making.  Our reindeer cookies all turned out slightly deformed with super skinny necks and some with their necks cut right off haha...but oh well they all tasted awesome and that's the whole point in my book.

It has been raining like crazy in California.  So I finally got to wear my favorite rain boots that have been collecting major dusk in my closet all year.  YEAY!

My 90 year old Grandpa hanging out with the boys and I like it's no big deal at all.  He is so with it! You can read all about his secrets to living to 90 here.

Happy December! This is my favorite month of the year and we are getting our festive on like no other.  This weekend we are getting our tree and hanging our lights.

A Trip To The Railway Museum

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A few days ago the boys and I took a trip to the Railway Museum.  This was complete heaven for them as they ran around and jumped on and off all of the old trains.  So many people have asked me recently if we are going to try for a girl.  And the answer plain and simple is no.  I love having two boys more then anything and I wouldn't change that for the world.  They are both messy, rough, way too loud and light up when trains, cars, bikes or bugs are around. And who knows...maybe a girl puppy is in our near future ;)

Here are a few pictures from our afternoon...

(Outfit deets for those of you who like to know: Current Elliott Jeans , Target ShirtForever 21 Boots, H&M Flannel) 
I will be taking the rest of the week off to hang with my family but I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Latest Life Snippets + A Santa Spotting

Friday, November 21, 2014

Happy Friday! I am so happy it's Friday because well duh other than the obvious (it's Friday)....it's the start of a fun relaxing and family filled Thanksgiving week!

Here are a few snippets of life lately according to my iPhone and Instagram.  Also, if you are not following me on the Instagram you are really missing out on awesome stuff like pictures of my feet and leaves haha!

1. Date night.  You can never have too many of these.

2. Tractor rides with Grandpa.  Ronin is the driving champ and Max has no desire to drive at all. Max said, "I will drive it when I'm 18, Grandpa." Ha funny boy.

3. Coffee, shopping and laughing my butt off with my awesome friend.  Girl time is the best medicine for so many things.

4. Cute little things all over our house made by Max at Pre-K.  I love this stuff so much and must think of a better way to save and organize it all.  Any thoughts?

5. Last weekend we went to our town's annual tree lighting and Santa spotting show complete with fake snow and fireworks at the end ;)  The husband and I were super claustrophobic since there was a bajillion people there so we decided to skip out about 20 minutes before the show was officially over and look who we spotted and got so close to! Max was trying to chase him down but his security team was pretty intense.  So we explained to Max that they had to whirl him through the mall as quickly as possible to get him to the roof (where his sleigh and reindeers were of course) from a secret indoor entrance so he could make it back to the North Pole in time for dinner.

6. My weekend uniform.  Giant sweaters, comfy jeans and super soft slippers.

Have an awesome weekend!

DIY Polymer Clay Gumball Garland

Thursday, November 20, 2014

I am going to start this post by saying making felt balls sucksssss.  Earlier this week I had this not so awesome idea to try and make a giant felt ball garland.  So I went to Hobby Lobby and picked up like $20 worth of felt.  I got home, got all my supplies ready and after a billion attempts I was left with little soggy, soapy shapes that did not even slightly resemble balls.  Plus one ball takes like 10 minutes to make...so ya that idea was axed. And to be honest I like the polymer clay version so much better!  You have so many more options with colors since you can blend them together and it takes like 1/100th of the time it would to make a felt ball garland.

I was going to wait until after Thanksgiving to post this but I just couldn't wait that long.  Plus I figured this is a great craft to do with the kids or just by yourself if you have any time off next week.

What you will need:
  • An assortment of polymer clay (found at any craft store) 
  • Waxed cotton cord
  • A bead making tool or a toothpick 
  1. Start by conditioning your clay to soften it up. 
  2. Decide how big you want to make your gum balls and rip off a small chunk and roll it into a ball in between your hands.  Continue to do this with all the colors that you decided to use. 
  3. Once all your gum balls are made (I made 60 to reach from one end of my mantel to the other), use the bead making tool to poke a hole into the center of each ball. 
  4. Place all of the balls into a designated craft baking sheet and bake at 275 degrees for 30 minutes. 
  5. Let the gum balls cool and then string them onto the waxed cotton cord in whatever color pattern you like. 
  6. Hang your garland on your tree or on your mantel.
  7. Have fun! 

Have fun! The color and pattern options are endless!

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