My first ever foodie penpals reveal! May Reveal

I am so excited to do my first ever reveal for Foodie Penpals!!  This program was another reason I wanted to start my blog.  I really wanted to participate in this! I know you don’t need to be a blogger to be involved, but I wanted to start a blog anyway so this gave me a little extra push!

Thanks so much to Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean for organizing this! I know she puts A LOT of time into it and I am thankful for her!

My pen pal for May was Rachel from Palate for Life.  It was her first time participating too and she did an amazing job!

Here is the first view of the package I received.  I was so excited when I opened it up!

It was like my birthday!

My favorite thing was this delicious little snack mix.  It had dried cherries, mini peanut butter cups, cashews, and pecans.  Yummy!  Needless to say that was the first thing to be eaten!

 Another treat was this delicious cereal that Hailey and I gobbled right up!  I am always looking for healthy things to add to our food choices so when Hailey likes to eat something that makes me a huge fan!  She loved this cereal.

Rachel also included some delicious real maple syrup which Hailey and I ate on these pancakes that I had leftover in the freezer for breakfast supper.

Also included in my gift package was some yummy banana chips, a yummy fruit bar,  and some fabulous french vanilla granola.  All devoured without photos!!  I was too caught up in the taste!

Thank you so much Rachel for being such a great foodie penpal!  I loved everything you sent!

In case you would like to see who I sent my package to check out this ladies awesome blog!

To learn more about how you can participate in this awesome deal check out Lindsay’s link!

And now it’s time for some details about Foodie Penpals.  In case you’re a new reader, here’s a reminder of what the program is all about:

-On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions. -You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal! -The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination! -You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!) -Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month. -Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by June 4th as pairings will be emailed on June 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send me an email and I’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

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Dance Competition – First Experience

Today Hailey and I experienced our first dance competition.  When I say the words ‘dance competition’ the images from the show Dance Moms comes to mind.  All the drama, pressure, and overbearing moms.  The fake spray tans, the fake hair, fake eyelashes.  Fake fake fake!!!However the studio Hailey dances at is not a huge promoter of competition.  For that I am thankful!  The teacher seems to be on the same page as me – competitions can easily get way out of control and she feels that while it is a good experience once a year for the dancers it is not a way of life.

I did put makeup on Hailey, but definitely not nearly as much as a lot of other girls were wearing.

After Hailey’s class performed we watched the rest of the dancers and then stayed for the awards ceremony.

While I was a bit disappointed our girls didn’t get something individual to bring home, they did win a High Gold trophy.  Each team that danced won either a Lightening Gold, High Gold, or Gold trophy to share with their team.

Our first experience with competition was definitely a positive one.  Hailey really enjoyed performing and watching all of the others perform.

She also had some personal cheerleaders in the crowd!  Aunt Debbie, Daddy, Charlie, and of course me!

Experimenting In the Kitchen 2

One of our favorite meals is breakfast for supper!  Something about having a delicious breakfast in the evening just seems fun!  One of Hailey’s favorites is pancakes.  Normally I buy the yellow bottle of bisquick pancakes that you just add the water and shake.  In my quest for a healthier lifestyle I searched out a way to make some delicious pancakes for us that were a bit healthier.

I searched one of my favorite blogs for a recipe and found one that I knew I could handle.

Again the recipe called for whole wheat flour but I wasn’t nervous this time since these turned out so fabulous!  I followed the recipe except I didn’t put the banana in.

Unfortunately we didn’t have any fresh fruit to top the pancakes with, but we did have quite a few other options to choose from.

My favorite topping was the honey apple butter from Trader Joe’s.  Hailey tried a few things but went back to her original favorite syrup.

So, this was another easy recipe that was a healthier choice – – seriously if I can make pancakes from scratch anyone can!

 Another hit and a new favorite!

Kids say the darndest things

Hailey has a dance competition coming up this weekend.  We hadn’t tried the costume on since we got it a few months ago but since she had pictures two weeks ago I brought it out.  The straps were a bit long, so I just pinned them for pictures knowing you wouldn’t see the back.  However with the competition coming up this weekend I knew I needed to get it sewn stat!

At the pictures I told her dance instructor that I would have the costume sewn in time for the competition.  She kinda laughed when I told her I was going to have someone do it.  She says, “Jaime, you can do it yourself!”

I might have mentioned previously that I am not a sewer.  I learned to sew from my Grandma Betty (Grannie B!) when I was little, but never did any sewing as an adult.  I still have the sewing basket we made together when I was a kid!

I decided that it couldn’t be that hard to sew the straps and decided I would give it a whirl.  I hauled out my sewing basket and told Hailey I was going to fix the straps on her costume myself.

Normally Hailey is supportive and positive and like me enjoys trying new things.  So when she said the darndest thing it kinda blew me away.  Hailey has asked me once or twice in the past to fix something sewing related and I told her I couldn’t because I didn’t know how to sew.  She knows a lady I work with at the bank (Bobbye) sews so a couple of times we have asked her to fix something for us.

After I had proudly announced to Hailey that I was going to do the sewing, she looks at me, tilts her head to the side shaking it ever so slightly and says “Mom, just have Bobbye fix it.”  I still laugh and shake my head when I think of how her face looked and how matter of fact she sounded.

I decided to ask Bobbye if she would help me with the adjustment.  I brought my sewing kit and the  costume to work so she could look at it and asess the situation.

Bringing out this sewing basket and going through it flooded me with memories from my childhood with Grannie B.

After we looked at the straps Bobbye said it would be best for her to just throw it on her machine at home to stich it up.

So even though I didn’t actually sew the costume myself, I was able to get someone to help us out, chuckle at my daughter’s unfiltered thoughts, and take a walk down memory lane with my sewing kit from Grannie B.

Kids say the darndest things!