Celebrate on a budget!

I love to entertain. But my favorite people to entertain are my KIDS! Which is why I am so in love with the dollar section at Target. I’m able to get a bunch of cute and inexpensive items to make my kid’s faces light up. You can even create an adorable Valentine’s inspired breakfast for dinner, using inexpensive heart-shaped cookie cutters in various sizes and milk jugs.

Share pictures of you and your loved ones celebrating Valentine’s Day! Our favorite picture will be sent a signed copy of my book “The Seasoned Life”.  (contest entry deadline February 15th at 12 pm (PST.)

Heart Shaped French Toast and Eggs

3 Eggs.
3/4 Cup of milk or heavy cream.
1 Teaspoon cinnamon.
1 Teaspoon pure vanilla extract.
1 Teaspoon granulated sugar.
Pinch salt.
Any type of bread. (3-4 slices)

*Tip* Mix together 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of cinnamon in a separate bowl and sprinkle on each side as cooking.

Beat eggs, vanilla, and cinnamon in shallow dish. Stir in milk.

Use heart shaped cookie cutter to make your shapes.

Dip bread in egg mixture, turning to coat both sides evenly. (Don’t be the victim of soggy bread!)

Cook bread slices on greased nonstick griddle or skillet over medium heat until browned on both sides. (Butter baby!)

For the eggs. I simply sprayed a heart shaped cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray. Put it in a heated skillet and crack an egg inside of each one. Cook it to your liking! And season with salt and pepper.

*Tip* Placing a pan lid over the top ensures fully cooking your egg. Usually about 2-3 minutes.

Hope you all have a great day celebrating LOVE!

XO Ayesha

 

Oreo Snowman

Looking for a super cute fun and easy holiday treat to do with you’re family? Then look no further! These little guys are SO simple to make and are a great addition to any holiday get together. Super indulgent! But so worth it. We decided to make snowmen but feel free to be imaginative and create whatever you want by switching the colors up. Green for Grinch! Red hat for Santa! I hope you have just as much fun making and eating these little guys as my family did. Happy eating!

Giving it a try? Show us your finished product and tag us on instagram @ayeshacurry

Oreo Snowmen
Package of sandwich cookies
Cake Pop sticks
Parchment paper
Package candy melts
Decorating gel (Black, and red)

Twist apart all of the Oreo cookies very carefully. ( don’t be barbaric and crush ya cookies. Be gentle with these munchkins.)

Melt the Candy Melts in the microwave according to the instructions on the package, stirring until completely melted and smooth.

Dip the tip of the pop stick in the melted chocolate before making an indentation in the filling of each cookie.

Place the top of the cookie back on and allow chocolate to harden for a few minutes.

Then carefully dip each cookie into the melted chocolate covering it completely.

Allow to set on the parchment paper and harden completely. Give it about ten minutes.

Once hardened you may decorate it! Black for the eyes and mouth. Orange for a carrot nose. Tie a ribbon on the stick for a cute scarf!

Enjoy!

 

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FITNESS FRIDAY: Easy Caprese (and video update)

Hi Guys !

I hope you all enjoyed your week! Here is a super simple caprese salad recipe that i’ve been making and eating all week long! So easy and so delicious! I also wanted to update you all by video this week about my/our fitness journey. Please share yours in the comments below. Enjoy the weekend!

Easy Caprese Salad 

Ingredients

6 -8 small fresh mozzarella balls

8-10 Cherry tomatoes

salt and pepper to taste

3 Leaves of fresh Basil (chopped)

A Drizzle of Aged Balsamic Vinegar

Directions 

Comine all of the ingredients into a bowl, drizzle with balsamic and enjoy! It’s really that simple, I love it. Be sure to use aged balsamic as it has a thicker and sweeter consistency.

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Golfing For A Great Cause!

My husband and father in law hosted their annual Curry Celebrity Classic golf tournament  last week. We had an absolute blast and were able to raise 70,000 dollars for the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson, NC. It is always so wonderful to see the community raise both awareness and money to help our youth. As cliche as it sounds, “the children are our future”,  and it is so very important to make sure that every child is given the attention and tools they need to flourish in life through education and extracurricular activities.

We really enjoyed the day on the course, and I had a great time hitting it off of the tee box for most of the holes Stephen played. He even eagled the 10th hole on a par 4!!!  I am starting to LOVE the game of golf and have a pretty good swing. With some practice I could be a decent golfer! One can only hope. Here are some photos I snapped throughout the day on the River Run golf course. Until next year! Enjoy!

Also, check out  www.adajenkins.org  to learn more!

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An Afternoon Of Baby Fun!

My husband surprised me last week with a small family adventure. He took us to the Discovery Place Kids Center in Huntersville,NC. We had an absolute blast. Riley had a little dance party all by herself and even got to splash in some water. I can’t wait to go back. It was so sweet of my husband to research family friendly places in our area and execute the trip all on his own. He is such an amazing husband and father, I can’t say it enough.

If you’re in the Charlotte area and have little ones, I definitely recommend checking this place out. If you see us there say HI !!! Here are some photos and video from our little afternoon of baby fun. Enjoy!

https://vine.co/v/bl301laYzn7

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Riley’s 1st time at the beach (VIDEO)

We got to spend the entire week with our family at the beach. It has become a tradition in our family to spend some time at our favorite beach when summer hits. It was a bit gloomy this time around but we found little peak a boos of sunshine here and there. I wanted to share this video my little brother made of Riley in the ocean and on the sand for the first time. This is also the first official video post I am doing here on the blog. I hope you enjoy! Do you remember your first time at the beach?

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Mommy Beach Essentials

Hi Guys!

I’ve been absent from my blog because we are on our annual family beach trip! We are having an absolute blast. It’s always nice to take a moment to enjoy your family alongside deliciously warm weather and icy cold drinks.

I wanted to some time out to share a couple of essentials that i’ve been taking with me everyday down to the beach. These are my “mommy must-haves.” Let me know if you use any of these products and if you like them. If not, what are your must haves for the beach?

Enjoy!

The List 

*A sun hat! It’s so important to protect your face from the sun, regardless of if you’re wearing sunscreen or not. I bought mine from www.shopbop.com a couple of years ago.

*Leave-in! I always bring some sort of leave in hair product with me to the beach. The sun and salt water can be so damaging to hair. I put the product in my hair before, during, and after my day on the beach. It keeps my hair moisturized and protected from all of the factors of the beach. Any product will do.

*Sunscreen! It’s so important to protect your skin even on a daily basis. I use The Honest Company’s sunscreen (see side bar for link!). Remember to always reapply your sunscreen every 40 mins-1hr. I love this sunscreen beacause it’s baby safe so i use it on riley too!

*Face sunscreen! Your regular sunscreen will do just fine, but I like a product that’s specially formulated for the face. Most times this will ensure that you don’t get a mean white cast on your face from the product. The face sunscreens usually have a stronger spf and some sort of moisturizer in it to keep your skin hydrated. I love the Josie Maran broad spectrum spf 40 lotion. I bought it at sephora.

*Chapstick! To keep your lips moist and hydrated! Any lip product will do, one with an SPF is even better.

*Sunglasses! To shield your windows to the soul 😉 (Your favorite pair is most definitely necessary while at the beach)

*Detangling Comb! To avoid tangles after after you get out of the water! Mason Pearson makes an amazing comb, but any comb will do.

*WATER WATER WATER !!! It is so important to stay hydrated when your in the sun. Tons of water is key everyone! 

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A Weeks Worth!

The past week has been a busy one. It’s been quite hectic but extremely fun nonetheless. Riley, my in laws and a few close friends watched my husband and the Warriors fight their butts off to make it to game 7 in the 2nd round of the playoffs. It was an extremely close game, but in the end our guys were tired and simply needed rest. They accomplished more this season than any of the critics and media thought they would. We had 0% chance of even making it to the playoffs! Next season is going to be incredible so get ready Warriors fans!

After a whirlwind season, we hopped on a red eye the following evening and headed to Charlotte, NC (our hometown). I was there attending a blogging seminar. It was great and I learned some great tips that I can’t wait to implement into my blog. I literally went from the airport, changed at the house and went straight to the seminar. We were then able to spend the rest of the weekend with our family. It was AWESOME!!! Riley got some much needed grandparents time on monday while Stephen and I had a date day!

What did we do?

Naturally, we went to the arcade to play games and then hit some softballs at the batting cages. Chic Fil A for lunch? Why yes of course! We ended off our date by seeing The Great Gatsby at a great theatre in Charlotte called “Cinebarre”. COOLEST PLACE EVER! They have a full food and drink menu and you can order and eat in your seats while you watch the film!

The craziness continued the next morning when my little family hopped on a 7 am flight and headed back to the bay just in time to head to (GET THIS) the Mayor’s office! Stephen was presented with the key to the city! Such an honor. It was amazing to see the city come out and support the Warriors for their wonderful accomplishments this season. I was definitely a proud wife, as I see all of the hard work he puts in on a daily basis. Everyone at the event was warm and welcoming and you could genuinely feel what a great place the city of San Francisco and the bay area is. We are so happy to be living here!

Well that’s all I have for now! I am off to the dentist… yikes! Here are a couple of photos and links to vine videos from over the weekend. Enjoy!

1)   https://vine.co/v/b9JJ9qqhBKa

2)   https://vine.co/v/b9Jin1UjFeV

3)   https://vine.co/v/b953hPX19la

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Everyday Makeup

Hey guys! I hope the week has been treating you well! We have been super busy over here in the Curry house. We just got back from San Antonio and are settling back in. I wanted to quickly share with you guys what makeup I use on a daily basis. These are the products I carry around with me in my purse and travel with. I almost have no time to get ready each day with a 9 month old ALMOST running around. If you have 3 mins, you’ll be able to apply these products and not worry about looking crazy! Let me know if you use any of the products.  Enjoy!

Products

1) Suki Tinted Moisturizer

2) Hourglass Eyebrow pencil (I love a bold brow!)

3) Benefit “Speed Brow” Brow Gel

4) L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara (I’ve been using it since high school!)

5) Tarte Cheek Stain or Hourglass Bronze Light cream to powder bronzer (depends on how I am feeling that day, but I always use a non powder cheek product because its easier to apply)

6) All Natural Lip Balm (so I don’t have to worry about giving Riley any toxic kisses!) (I like the Honest Co lip balm in sweet orange vanilla!)

That’s pretty much it! If I am going to a game or out with my husband, I’ll usually spice it up a bit more but i’ll save that for another post.

(Clearly a little angel name Riley got into my bronzer compact!) See photo below photo copy 10

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Date Nights Made Easy w DATELIVERY!!!

My husband and I had the privilege of being one of the first couples to try out a new in home date night experience. The new company Datelivery makes date nights fun, easy and interesting! They provide you with everything you need to have a great date night with your loved one in the comfort of your own home! This is perfect for my husband and I since we have a new baby and a super hectic schedule. Being able to have this one fully planned date night a month is going to be amazing for us! I would love for you guys to be able to try it out and experience the fun with us! Datelivery was kind enough to offer  a 25% discount to my readers for June’s one month subscription!!! You guys have to try it out and let me know what you think! I don’t want to give any of the exciting details away for June’s date night box, so you’ll just have to order and see what all of the excitement is about! Just know that the date is completely planned out for you and so much fun! Enjoy!

www.datelivery.com

Enter discount code: “LITTLELIGHTS “at checkout for 25% off of June’s date box. (Valid for June’s box only)

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