Monday, September 30, 2019

little leightons’ fav #7

Y’all. It’s the last day of September. WHAT? It’s also 90 degrees here (though it feels like 98 degrees). If it doesn’t start to cool down soon, I swear I’m moving. I’m tired of sweating in my flannel (albeit lightweight), while I drink my PSL. It’s just ridiculous. (Or maybe I’m ridiculous? Who knows? The heat exhausts me.)

It’s been a bit since I wrote a fun list. Y’all know I love a good list! Since we’re currently sharing My Little Ladies’ Favourites, I thought I would document all of their current random must-haves.


Up first: Little Leighton!

1. Favourite Show? Hallmark Movies! Yes, y’all. She ADORES them. Nothing brings me more joy! We currently watch them on Saturday mornings before everyone else gets up (because, God bless her, LL wakes up before the crack of dawn). I drink my coffee. She eats her Lucky Charms in a bowl. It’s delightful.
2. Favourite Color? Purple, though she would also add pink and teal, too.
3. Favourite Toy? LEGOS!
4. Favourite School Subject? Art, with theater a very close second place!
5. Favourite New Trick? Tying her shoes!
6. Favourite Clothes? SKIRTS. A skirt layered over leggings is absolutely mandatory. Every. Single. Day.
7. Favourite Thing To Do Outside? Scooter!
8. Favourite Stuffed Animal? Hallmark, the Bear, from Grammy’s house. (See #1 above.) Lola the Lion (that I purchased before she was born). Fuzzy, the Beanie Boo that shares her birthday. (He was originally named Gatsby.) Glamour, her OG Beanie. Glamour will always make the list.
9. Favourite Thing To Pretend? Grocery Store at Grammy’s!



Elle’s Turn!

1. Favourite Show? Peg + Cat
2. Favourite Color? PINK! She loves all shades of pink!
3. Favourite Toy? Her dollhouse, which is actually a hand-me-down from LL. She plays with it everyday. Word on the street is, Santa might be bringing her a “big girl dollhouse” this year!
4. Favourite “School” Subject? Music! She LOVES music.
5. Favourite Book? The “Amelia Bedelia” Early Readers. She wants to read them every night!
6. Favourite Food? Cucumbers and Fruit Chews. (Not necessarily in that order.)
7. Favourite Lovey? Her “DD.” It’s half-blankie/half-bunny. DD is almost always in her little hands.
8. Favourite Thing To Do at Grammy’s? Playing with the rocks outside.
9. Favourite Animal? A penguin!

Cheers to September! Hello, October!

Thursday, September 26, 2019

little leightons’ fav #6!

So ALL Leightons—and Elle—ADORE ice cream! Alot of ice cream is inherently gluten free. But, of course, this family MUST have ice cream specifically labelled gluten-free. No guessing. If a container is not labelled? But we think the ingredients seem to all be GF? We go to websites or make phone calls.

Haagen Das? Many MANY flavors of this DELICIOUS ice cream are gluten-free. And labelled that way. This Grammy found these teeny containers a few weeks ago! They’re in front of a pint of Haagen Das. To give you context of size. Have they been around awhile? Probably. New to me! And TLC.


Little Leighton and Elle? These make them truly happy. We start by letting them eat about a third of the container and THEN we add whipped cream. Chocolate syrup. Sprinkles!

They’ll be coming Saturday to spend the day with me and Pa-Pa and they’ll be super excited when they find out these will be their afternoon snacks.

Happy Friday Jr.! (Have some ice cream. Soon. It’s good for our souls. Winky. Wink.)

ELC

Friday, September 20, 2019

little leightons’ fav #5!

These. Books. (There’s actually at least one other. About a hamster. I currently have no clue where it is or if I still have it. When I bought it, I didn’t “preview” it before reading it. I dove in to it with Little Leighton—cold turkey—one sleepover-with-Grammy-and-Pa-Pa-night when she was about four years old. I confessed to TLC later that I should have checked it out first. I feel that that one is more appropriate for an older child. Maybe eight or nine years old. Just my humble opinion. There’s a really mean cat. FUNNY. But, still...I think it’d be easier for an older child to see the point of the cat.)


These are HILARIOUS. With stories that are teaching life lessons in a CLEVER and hugely humorous way. 

A very dear friend of ours originally gifted Little Leighton with the goldfish book. Her two precious sons loved it. Then we discovered there was one about a parrot and the hamster story. 

We all love the goldfish book THE BEST. The parrot is truly CUTE, too. 

The illustrations are beautiful. 

These would be GREAT birthday gifts. Individually or as a pair. For children around two and older. 

It’s FriYAY! Been a pretty brutal week in my life. Long story. (Actually a brutal three months. I’ll share with Y’all what’s been happening soon. October. Ish.) 

In the meantime—ENJOY the weekend! Read! READ to a child! LAUGH! Be grateful for God’s blessings...

Hugs!
ELC

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

little leightons’ fav #4!

Today, I’m sharing FOUR of my girls’ most favourite items from Trader Joe’s! (They are, obviously, all gluten-free!)


First up—Little Leighton LOVES these tortilla chips. They have a hint of lime and pair perfectly with guacamole.

Second—The TJ’s version of “Pirate’s Booty.” We ALL actually prefer this to the name-brand. It’s puffier and cheesier!

Third—These taco shells ROCK. Bonus? They’re only $2!!! Bake them in the oven, versus microwaving. They are legitimately so delicious.

Fourth—STOCK UP. I literally just bought FOUR boxes of this GF Pumpkin Muffin Mix. Both of my girls LOVE muffins for breakfast. If we ever had a lot of leftovers, I would freeze them. They are so quick and easy to heat up before school.

Y’all know Trader Joe’s can be hit or miss for me. What I love? I LOVE. I especially love TJ’s during the FALL, though. It’s MY most favourite.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

little leightons’ fav #3!

I’d first like to comment on TLC’s last post. When I first started reading it, I wanted to call her and tell her she got an “F” on this assignment. This month is to be The Little Princesses’ Favs. Not hers. But as I read it, I remembered that Little Leighton and Elle have both told me they really like that spray. They actually asked me, the last time they spent the night with us, why I didn’t have any of it at our casa. So I calmed down and knew TLC had presented the “fav” accurately.

Also, I immediately recognized the fact that she’s transitioned from calling Baby Belle to Elle. And I’m still saying Belle. For Baby Elle. Elle is My Sweet Hubby’s and my youngest grandchild. Of seven. I’ll try to switch to Elle. (I think I’ve done it in past posts. I’m not consistent. I’m 65. It’s part of aging. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.) After today? I can make no promises. She's THE BABY!!!

Now their Fav #3!


This game is SO MUCH FUN. Elle loves Olaf. She’d been seeing a picture of this game for several months when we played the Princess Cupcake game. Grammy finally got Mom TLC to order it for my house a few weeks ago. 

This is another game that says 3+. Elle mostly loved the little Beanie Olaf you hide. The actual game? Notsomuch. But I LOVED IT!

I CAN’T WAIT to play it with Little Leighton this weekend! She and Elle are spending Saturday night. She is going to ADORE it!

Happy Friday Eve, Friends EVERYWHERE!

Be safe. Be happy. Be kind. Put up your cells. Turn off your iPads and the TV and PLAY A GAME!

Hugs,
ELC

Sunday, September 8, 2019

little leightons’ fav #2!

Okay, so technically this might be a favorite of mine for my girls. Potato. Pa-tah-toe. I read about this online sometime over the summer and quickly hit “Add to Cart” via Amazon. Y’all. I’m downright scared of lice. Little Leighton sleeps with approximately nine million stuffed animals. The time it would take me to rid my house of bugs? I might as well just burn it all down and start over. I think I have pre-post traumatic stress just thinking about it.


BONUS: This is Gluten-Free!

Now that Elle is in school, as well, I spray them both. After I’ve fixed their hair in the morning, it goes something like this:

Me: Time for your magic hair spray!

Them: Ugh. Let me cover my eyes and hold my breath!!!

Me: Spritz. Spritz. Spritz.

Me: DONE. Now you have your Fairy Shield to protect you from bugs!

Honestly, they’re not huge fans of the smell. Personally, I think it’s delightful! It’s very herbal. Clean. I dig it. This also legitimately holds their hair in place, without it being crunchy! (You know what I mean by “crunchy,” right?)

While we haven’t been using this long, I’ve put all my hope, faith and trust in this product! It certainly can’t hurt.

Happy Monday Eve!

Thursday, September 5, 2019

little leighton’s fav #1!

Nearly three years ago, I found this game. For Little Leighton. At Walmart.


She fell in love with it immediately! And, frankly, so did Grammy. (It’s also major hilarious when a Dad or Granddad plays.)

If you like Disney Princesses and cupcakes? It’s. Just. Simply. Fun.

The box says 3+. I want to suggest this: With some help, I guess 3-year-olds can (semi) successfully play. Little Leighton was probably getting close to 5 years old when I found this. Belle is now 3 years and 5 months old now. When she plays? It’s an iffy situation. Just bein’ real.

WARNING: The cupcake “toppers” are tiny. I actually mean they are TEENY TINY. So keeping them from being lost (especially if your child wants to play “cupcake store” and borrow said cupcakes from this game) might be a challenge. (Once I open most children’s games—out come my sandwich and snack Ziplocs to attempt to keep the game in tact.)

ALSO: You don’t get that pretty pink cupcake plate-stand. It ain’t in there. Or it wasn’t in the three games we’ve bought.

By the way: TLC has given this game a few times for a birthday gift! It’s $16. Ish. So a great price for a great gift.

Belle will be up next...this Grammy can’t wait!

Happy Friday Eve, Sweet Friends Everywhere...
ELC

Monday, September 2, 2019

September Favs!

September. I NEED to find a way to slow this next season down. Because Y’all REMEMBER: TLC is going to bombard us with PUMPKIN EVERYTHING. Sigh.

As promised in July, September will be Little Leighton and Belle FAVS!!! (TLC and I may actually ask them to come up with their lists. But we can assure Y’all—we’ve got this covered! We know Their Little Princess Unicorn selves so well, we’d never have to actually consult them. Trust us.)

We can both EASILY come up with at LEAST 20 Favs for each of them. Easy. Peasy. Lemon. Squueezy. (However...don’t get excited. We’ll plan to do 4-6 each. Duh. We over-promise. Under-deliver. It’s who we are. Wink. Wink.)

I’ll start us off in a couple of days! Meantime, Y’all get busy preparing yourselves for EVERYTHING Pumpkin via TLC. Oh. Lawdy.

TLC is who she is...

Sapphire Hugs,
ELC