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[Life] Fourth of July Desserts: 3 Easy & Last Minute Sweet Treats

It’s the 4th of July, so grab your drink of choice and take a seat!

I’ve got you covered with a few super simple red, white, and blue treats!

America’s birthday isn’t complete without the typical family-friendly backyard BBQ. With the hamburgers and hot dogs covered, don’t forget about a patriotic dessert to end the night while watching fireworks light up the sky. Check out these easy ways to take a simple sweet treat and add a little red, white, and blue flair to take to your 4th of July celebration this year!

Firework Sprinkle Cookies

These are my go-to cookie when I need a SUPER quick, SUPER easy cookie that’s been dressed up a bit. Dip break-apart cookie dough bites into red, white, and blue sprinkles to make these Firework Sprinkle Cookies. Kids and sprinkles are the perfect combination, so enlist your kids to help you with the dipping!

Items Needed:

  • Break-apart cookie dough bites (from the refrigerated section of the grocery store — or balls of real cookie dough that you’ve just whipped up, if you’ve got the time for that, Miss Betty Crocker)
  • Holiday-themed sprinkles (red, white, and blue) + small dish/container to put sprinkles in
  • Cookie sheets

Directions for Making:

  1. Preheat oven as directed
  2. Pour sprinkles into small dish/container + break apart cookie dough bites
  3. Individually dip top face of cookie dough bites into sprinkles, one at a time + place dough bite on cookie sheet (sprinkle side up)
  4. Bake dough bites in oven as directed + let cool on cookie sheet
  5. Enjoy these dressed up cookies with family and friends!

Birthday Celebration Sandwiches

Every summer celebration calls for ice cream! Take away the mess of scooping and cones and have ice cream sandwiches instead! Let the kids help with the dipping of the sandwiches in the sprinkles. This sweet treat can be made ahead of time (just keep the sandwiches in a stack separated by parchment paper in the freezer until you’re ready to dive in)!

Items Needed:

  • Ice cream sandwiches (pick your favorite flavor!)
  • Holiday-themed sprinkles (red, white, and blue) + larger dish/container to put sprinkles in
  • Parchment/wax paper

Directions for Making:

  1. Unwrap ice cream sandwiches from paper
  2. One at a time, dip sides of ice cream sandwich into sprinkles
  3. Repeat with remaining ice cream sandwiches + place parchment/wax paper in between sprinkled sandwiches (to help them not stick)
  4. Store in freezer until ready to serve
  5. What’s better than ice cream on a warm summer night!? (Um, ice cream with SPRINKLES! Enjoy!)

          

          

American Flag Brownies

Brownies are an easy treat to bake, so why not pipe a little frosting and turn them into the grand ol’ flag! Every 4th of July celebration needs a little chocolate bite, and you can even turn the piping of the frosting flag into a mini history lesson about our flag’s 13 stripes and 50 stars (though you obviously can’t fit them all)!

Items Needed:

  • Box of brownie mix (or ingredients for whipping up brownies from scratch, Betty) + ingredients needed to make brownies, as directed
  • Brownie pan + knife for cutting (Have you used this? I’m obsessed with the OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Cut and Serve Turner!)
  • Can of white frosting (or again, ingredients for whipping up frosting from scratch — PS: Can I have some of your spare time in life, please?)
  • Red + Blue food coloring + 2 bowls (for mixing)
  • Plastic zip-top bags + scissors

Directions for Making:

  1. Make + bake brownies as directed
  2. Cut cooled brownies into rectangles + remove from pan
  3. Using frosting and food coloring, make 1 bowl of red frosting and 1 bowl of blue frosting
  4. Scoop red frosting into zip-top baggie, the scoop blue frosting into different baggie. Cut off one small corner on each baggie (in order to make self-piping bags)
  5. Pipe red frosting onto brownies as stripes + blue frosting onto brownies to make stars
  6. Enjoy these sweet chocolaty flag treats!

           

Happy 4th of July, sweet friends!

[Life] Stitch Fix Review: Summer Style {June 2017}

Hello, Summer Style!

I’m an avid Stitch Fix fan, and my stylist, Shelley, rocked my Fix yet again. If I ever met Shelley in person, I swear we’d be BFFs, just based on the sole fact that she can read my fashion and style sense inside and out (just from a little fashion questionnaire and my Pinterest fashion board). To be able to understand my messy mom bun/always-on-the-move kindergarten teacher/sometimes need-a-date-night style is pretty amazing. For this Fix, I asked Shelley to include summer pieces that would be easy for playdates and library time with my kids, as well as a few dresses for summer parties/BBQs and evenings out. Shelley is my homegirl (in the style department), and man, did she deliver on this summer style Fix!

Allison’s Summer Style Fix – June 2017

LIVERPOOL Mirabella Roll Cuff Skinny Jean ($78.00)

Status: Returned

These white cuffed jeans came rolled as capris, and they were adorable on. The color would have been perfect for summer activities, and they would have been easily paired with any top. However, they felt heavy, and when I’m chasing two babies at the park or marathoning through Target because I’m pushing naptime limits, this mama sweats. I don’t like heavy pants, and these were a bit too much of that with the white denim. Also, the waistband on these LIVERPOOLs felt like a waistband on a pair of maternity pants – a thick, elastic band. If I’m not pregnant, I don’t want to feel like I’m wearing pants made for a sweet mama with a bump. Don’t get me wrong, I love those thick elastic bands, but only on maternity pants, when I barely have enough energy to wear pants. And finally, I should have let my fashion goddess Shelley know, but I’m good on white pants/capris for now, and it’s difficult for me to keep something from my Fix if I don’t need it (unless it makes more sense for the “Buy All 5” discount).

41HAWTHORNE Sari Eyelet Top ($64.00)

Status: Returned

This top was cute on, but I didn’t love the sleeve-less style. I feel manly in tops with no sleeves (like thick tank top status), and this style wasn’t my jam. I did love how light this top was, along with the eyelet overlay material, and it would have been an easy-to-throw-on top to match any colored shorts or capris (like the yellow LIVERPOOL Coretta Cuffed Short, below). And let’s be real – I can’t justify spending $64 on a top I just don’t swoon over.

LIVERPOOL Coretta Cuffed Short ($58.00)

Status: Kept

What screams summer more than a pair of pastel yellow shorts!? HELLO! I’m loving these. They’re comfy, casual, and will be my summer staple. The length isn’t too short (because I am 31 and don’t want Daisy Dukes) or too long (my knees look huge with that long short style) – so, perfect #momwardrobe length. They’re soft, and they’ll go with almost any easy graphic tee or fancier top in my closet. After numerous Fixes, I’m a huge fan of LIVERPOOL bottoms (jeans, pants, and now shorts). You need these!

LOVEAPPELLA Aleicia Knit Maxi Dress ($74.00)

Status: Kept

OMG. Every girl needs a dress like THIS in her summer wardrobe. Seriously! It’s bright, comfy, flattering and fitting in all the right places, and will be an overall summer staple for me. It’ll be an easy wear on Saturdays to the Farmer’s Market, as well as a good summer BBQ dress at a friend’s house, always paired with camel gladiators, a large-brimmed sunhat, and a jean jacket when the sun goes down. The capped sleeves on this are perfect, and the print is very summer. (I can even wear a regular bra with this one – WINNING!)

LOVEAPPELLA Kaisey Cold Shoulder Knit Maxi Dress ($78.00)

Status: Kept

I’ve been hesitant on buying any “off the shoulder” tops that are in style right now, as I didn’t know if that Boho-chic would feel right on me. Now I can finally say, BRING ON THE BOHO! This dress is absolutely darling, and I’m loving the off-the-shoulder flair. It adds a bit of sexiness that I don’t typically show off (hello, mother chasing after two wild ones at 31), but it’s definitely the perfect amount with not too much fancy-ness going on while running after a toddler and almost-preschooler. The flower print on navy is stunning for warm summer days and evenings, and a cream or light pink cardigan (both staples I’ve got in my closet) is easy to throw on when needed. This dress is everything and perfect for wine country living.

 

Hey, hey! How did I rate my June Summer Fix overall? 4.5 out of 5

(Pretty personalized, okay in the $ department, and great fits overall)

 

A few months ago, Stitch Fix started offering a “fill your empty box up with items you don’t want and send it back in” to be donated to Goodwill service for free (just print the label and attach it to the empty box now filled with your old clothes). I’ve never been good about clearing out my closet (though I’m REALLY good at adding to my closet). So, when Stitch Fix started offering this free service, I came up with a new rule for myself — Add 1, toss 1. If I keep one piece from my Fix, I have to get rid of one old piece in my closet that I never wear anymore (out of style, wrong size, haven’t worn it in two seasons). If I keep all five pieces, I have to toss five old closet pieces. For this Fix, I added three new pieces to my closet, so I had to toss three old ones (I promise – I really did!). Take this “add 1, toss 1” rule on for yourself, too (and you, or your spouse, will thank me later – wink!).

 

If you LOVE any of these pieces and are dying to have them in your next Fix, be sure to let your stylist know in your “note to my stylist” box on your Stitch Fix homepage. After this Fix, I feel summer ready! Those yellow shorts will be a playdate staple, and the LOVEAPPELLA dresses are fab for summer dinners out and my sister’s wedding events (showers, bachelorette, etc.). Cheers to a summer of style, sweet fashion lovin’ friends of mine!

 

— Interested in trying out a Fix? Click here for my referral link!

— Be sure to check out and follow my Pinterest “Style: Stitch Fix Look Book” Board here! I’m always on the look out for fashion PINspiration for my Stitch Fix stylist, Shelley, to take a peek at!

— Don’t forget to check out and follow me on Pinterest here! Some drop it like it’s hot; I PIN IT LIKE IT’S HOT.

[Life] New Year, New Goals (or Lists, because I like lists)

A new year!? Again!? I swear time flies more and more quickly. It’s probably because I’m getting older. Or now I have kids, and kids come with chaos. You know, the chaos that makes you forget what day it is because you’re running on four hours of staggered sleep, your baby-recently-turned-toddler is making you heavily rethink your “no baby proofing here, only natural consequences” philosophy, and your Puffs-crumb-filled family room hasn’t been vacuumed in days because your three-year-old insists we can’t move the zillion Paw Patrol toys for a matter of seconds to push the Dyson around (and I’d let Hell freeze over before picking that Paw Patrol fight). Hot damn. So yes, time is flying, and ready or not, here comes a new year! Read More

Hello, and Welcome!

Hello, and welcome! I’m Allison, and Mommy, Wife, Teacher, and Life is my little piece of the blogging world! I plan on sharing aspects of motherhood, marriage, teaching, and my lifestyle that others can connect with. Whether you’re a mommy (or daddy) looking for a review on the latest baby gear or an activity to keep your toddler busy, a wife (or husband) looking for “date night on a budget” ideas or simple ways to keep your marriage exciting, a teacher looking for classroom inspiration or primary activities (or a parent looking for academic inspiration for your child at home!), or even a wanderer who has stumbled upon my blog, finding style reviews or a new recipe, this place is for you! Mommy, Wife, Teacher, and Life is a blog for learning, inspiring, supporting, encouraging, and uplifting each other, so I hope you join me on this journey.

I wear a lot of hats during my days — mommy, wife, and teacher are my main gigs. I’m super passionate about each of them, and so passionate, in fact, that sharing the joys, smiles, memory making moments, trials, and tribulations with you was a bit of a light-bulb-moment when I turned the big 3-0 earlier this year. Since having littles, I haven’t been able to shake my “mommy guilt” of having much fun through personal hobbies. I’m the mom that feels every little thing should revolve around my kids, and if something doesn’t, then that major “mom guilt” sets in. I’ve been trying to shake that. So, “Let’s blog!” I thought. It was a win-win — a fun outlet and hobby for me, all while sharing my favorite parts of life with you (motherhood, marriage, teaching, and so very much more).

Here’s a bit more about me…

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