Chatting Over Chocolate

Friday, May 6, 2016

Happy Friday & a Blogging Announcement!

Happy Mother's Day weekend, friends!  It's for the joy of motherhood that I've made the decision to take a summer hiatus from blogging.

My oldest is prepping for high school while my youngest will be moving on into junior high this fall.  It's clear that time slips through our fingers when we aren't looking!  So, I plan to look away from glowing screens, look up, and unplug as much as possible.  I can hardly wait to soak up a season of sweet chats, games and giggles, starlit walks, s'mores, and so much more!  

I will be back blogging at Chatting Over Chocolate this fall with many new adventures to share (including some Disney magic as our Disneyland vacation is quickly approaching)!  I'll look forward to sharing all sorts of delicious details with you when we return!

I truly appreciate your readership and friendship, dear ones!  I hope to see your smiling faces and kind comments once again when I return!  If you haven't already, I'd love it if you'd take a moment to subscribe (direct links can be found below), that way you'll be notified when my next post is published!  

Much love to you all!  Wishes for a wonderful upcoming Mother's Day weekend and an absolutely splendid summer!

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Five Loves on Friday // Special Guest Post Written by my Daughter!

Hello everyone!  This is Brenda's oldest daughter, Princess.  I'm taking over the blog today. Let's get started!!! :D

One  //  Fun with Friends 

  We had our BEST friends over and it was such a great time laughing, chatting, eating, and playing games together!

 Two  //  Food + Friends = Awesomeness!

My mom made breakfast pizza and Mickey Oreos.  Our friends brought delicious fruit and treats!

Three // Kite Flying

We went to a park to fly some kites and had a lot of fun in the wind!

Four  // Little One was in the newspaper!

While we were flying kites my sister got her picture taken.  It ended up in the newspaper the next day!

Five // Driving my Family

We went to the lake and enjoyed the view.  My parents let me drive us home on the interstate.  It was my first time driving in heavy traffic and also the first time my mom was in the car while I drove. It was fun driving with my whole family this time!

Hi, friends!  It's Brenda here, reclaiming my blog. ;)  Thanks for taking the time to read my daughter's post!  She had fun creating it and I'll enjoy looking back at it in the future!  I hope you all have a lovely weekend!    

Friday, April 22, 2016

Five Loves on Friday

Happy Friday, friends!  Is everyone ready for the weekend?  I know I am, but first I'd love to share a handful of the happiest memories from this past week! Let's get right to it, shall we?...

We'll start with a trio of fabulousness during a Dear Friend Dayte!

One  //  Donut Delightfulness

Do you all remember my dear friend Nikki?  She and her awesome kiddos made the hour drive to visit us and brought a BIG box of donuts along with the cutest donut plates and napkins!

She sure knows the way to my heart!  We were destined to be besties!

Two //  Handmade & Heartfelt Gifts

Nikki shares my love of all things Disney and has been very busy since our last get together, whipping up this adorableness which she so sweetly gifted to me!  

Hidden MICKEY! // Fresh Watermelon Lemonade Gentle Foaming Soap // Castle in PINK!
Is she talented or what?!  I absolutely adore these magical gifts!!

Our kids got in on the gifting fun as well!  Her talented son drew my favorite character from my favorite Disney animated movie, Aladdin!  Princess was thinking alike and gifted him a drawing based on their favorite photo of the two of them from one of our get togethers, along with some of his favorite treats.  Little One and Nikki's cute girly say, "Unicorns!" whenever they're excited, so I couldn't resist picking them up matching unicorn tees!  Cuteness overload! ;)

Three  // Pizza Party!

When lunch time rolled around we threw a pizza party!  Between bites we went around the table answering questions from a Disney Tag.  We enjoyed such fun conversation which led to laughter, happy tears, and more fond memories created!  

The dessert that followed was the highlight, Nikki's Minnie Mouse Fruit Pizza!  It was every bit as delicious as it was cute!!  Her daughter whipped up over a hundred of these yummy Mickey adorned pretzels which we thoroughly enjoyed snacking on too! I tell ya, Disney loving friends are the best friends! ;)

Four  //  Half Birthday!

This week marked Little One's half birthday!!  Our family celebrated with dinner at the lake and talks of all the fun she hopes to enjoy during the second half of this year! 

Once we headed home we snuggled up for a mommy/daughter tv date, marathoning one of our mutual favorites, Disney channel's Liv and Maddie.  It was a sweet time celebrating my lovely Little One!

Five  //  Let's Go Fly a Kite!

Jason ordered a stunt kite for our family and we had a ball taking it out for some high flying fun!  Little One couldn't pass up the chance to fly her My Little Pony kite alongside it too. ;)

Thank you for popping by this post today!  Wishing you a lovely weekend ahead!