Christmas Baking

November 30, 2011

I personally LOVE to bake! As a wedding gift, my Aunt & Uncle from Montreal gave me the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. I usually only get to pull it out and actually use it during the holidays, so when it does get used, butterflies develop in my tummy out of pure excitement! (It's the little things in life, eh?!)
For Thanksgiving, I made a pumpkin swirl cheesecake.  Let's 1st talk about the oopsy that happened after making this... it was around 11 p.m. when the cheesecake got finished baking, so I took it out of the oven & let it sit for a few before sticking it in the fridge... except I went straight upstairs after taking it out of the oven, so it sat on my stove OVERNIGHT!! Big 'ol Oopsy! Thanksgiving morning we wake up to realize the mistake & I knew if I didn't want the whole family in the ER Thanksgiving night, I'd better make a whole new one.  Eric ran to HEB & got the ingrediants Thanksgiving morning at 6 a.m.! I was able to make a new cheesecake & the family loved it! Success!!
And since I suck at photographing food, here's a picture from the All Recipes website! (Just imagine mine looked just EXACTLY like that!)


Every Christmas growing up, I'd go to my 2nd Mom's house (aka my Momma's best friend) and she'd have homemade fudge waiting for me.  Although I'd eat a pound of it by the time we left, I remember always craving more a few days later.  It was yummo! This year, I've decided to make my own fudge to start the tradition in our own casa. 

The last Christmas baking on my list this year is Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread! I've never made this before but when I read the recipe, I knew I had to add it to my baking list.  I love pumpkin bread & adding chocolate chips to it, pure perfection!!


So, I ask you, what's your favorite things to bake for the holidays?! I'd love recipes of any yummo cakes, cookies, fudge, etc.!

Polyvore & Pinterest Obsessed!

November 29, 2011

As you all know, I am crazily a little obsessed with Polyvore & Pinterest.  I've posted many times about them & my obsession continues today! I made another Polyvore concoction labeled Perfect Sunday Outfit, and personally, I'd love to have all these pieces in my wardrobe for Christmas!

Tell me this outfit isn't cute & comfy! I'm officially in love with the jeans tucked into comfy boots craze & personally wear it often. (Which I know my hubs & friends are probably extremely sick of!)

Okay this outfit is exactly a little similar to the one above, but I can't get over how cute and comfy the fashion for Fall & Winter are.  Just perfect!

I have officially added this sweater to my Christmas wish list on Amazon! It's just so adorable!! Okay, okay, getting off the sweater kick now...


This has nothing to do with fashion & sweaters, promise!! I read The Small Things Blog on a daily basis.  She has great videos on how to do your hair, and the newest she posted yesterday isn't necessarily for me (I have lots of hair and don't need any more volume! Ha!) but it's perfect for anyone with fine/thin hair.  Kate is awesome and posts where she gets her clothes in the pictures from too. You know I want to know!

Family Picture Time

November 28, 2011

Every year around Thanksgiving, Eric's family takes our family pictures.  They're mainly for our holiday cards, and they always come out super cute! Here's the one's from this year... enjoy!
My Munoz Family Thanksgiving 2011

The Munoz/Reyes Family
This made the Holiday Card picture! LOVE!

Friday Loves - Thanksgiving Edition

November 25, 2011

Now that all the turkey has been eaten (or is being reheated for a yummy turkey sandwich today!), the prayers have been prayed, the thankfulness has been given, and the family time together has been spent, it's time for Friday Loves.  This is the Thanksgiving edition because I am still craving some more turkey! 


This is more true than I know.  I say it constantly & give thanks to God, but sometimes it's just not enough for everything he's given me. 


I adore Anthropologie! I have gotten my cousins & Aunts addicted to this store when we were in NYC over the summer, and I always make a pit stop there when I'm at the mall. This weekend we went & I saw these adorable monogrammed mugs & had to buy them! They are only $6 each & are super cute and sturdy!  I got an E & S for me & the hubs and we both love them!


You know my obsession with 7 for All Mankind jeans, and the Dojo's are my absolute favorite pair I own.  They have a nice stretch to them that most designer jeans don't, so they get more comfy as you wear them.  They are super cute with heels, flats, boots, or sandals.  I adore these darn jeans!



I have never been a Dooney & Bourke fan.  They've got cute handbags, but they always seemed so simple to me.  Then I was walking through Nordstrom's and saw this bag out of the corner of my eye.  I made a quick run to it (which Eric & Bella made a hugh sigh when they saw me turn away from them without notice!) I think this bag is perfection for the Fall! It's so spacious & sturdy!  I am in LOVE with this!! (Hint Hint Honey!!)
Happy Black Friday! What great deals did you get?!

Wishing You...

November 24, 2011


The Muppets - Now in Theaters!

November 23, 2011


I am so excited that The Muppets opens in theaters TODAY!!  I got to see an advanced screening of it with my family & loved it!  Bella didn't know the greatness of the Muppets until we went to see this movie & she was laughing the entire time! Eric & I were brought back to our childhoods while laughing and singing along to the songs we know and love! I hope you get to go see it this holiday weekend with your family, it really is a great family movie!
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011.

Giving Thanks

November 21, 2011

 With cooking, pictures, cleaning, etc., my week is getting busy. 
Eventhough, I will be blogging this week, I feel it's a good time to start giving thanks.
So I will leave you with this & say I wish everyone in blogosphere a very Happy Thanksgiving!!


As we all get together with family & friends, I just wanted to send a little bit of thankfulness to the blogosphere. 

I am incredibly thankful for my hubs & Bella.  They are my rock, the people who crack me up dancing together in the living room together, who give me loves when I so desperately need it, etc. 

I am thankful for my family close and far away.  We wish we could be in New York celebrating with everyone, but know we are there in spirit! We love you all!

I am also so thankful for the great friends I've made this year by blogging. I love meeting new people all over the world, and getting to know about them.  I hope to meet many more in the coming years!

So Happy Thanksgiving, we hope everyone near and far gets a day to be thankful for everything in their lives. 

Lastly, Hook 'Em Horns!
 Let's beat the crud out of A&M.  Send them to the SEC knowing exactly why they are leaving the Big 12!! (One can wish right?!)

Love, My Munoz Family


Giveaway Ends Tonight

November 20, 2011

Tiny Prints 50 Christmas / Holiday Cards giveaway ends at MIDNIGHT TONIGHT!!  Make sure to get your entries in! Good luck!!


Friday Loves

November 18, 2011

I think it's time for my hodge podge loves this week.  Everything from lotions to clothes to sayings, I am all over the place this week & I love it!! Let's get this party started!!

I desperately need some new body lotion this past week.  I ONLY buy Gold Bond, because honestly, it's the only lotion I've tried that actually hydrates my skin.  I mean seriously, I've tried them all, the expensive to the cheapos and Gold Bond is perfection for me.  Then on the shelves was this new Gold Bond Ultimate Sheer Ribbons so I knew I had to try it! (And the $3 off HEB coupon didn't hurt either!)  I am in love!! The way it comes out like whipped cream, the smell is heavenly, & it lasts on my skin forever!  Hello Love!


Another fabulous idea for New Year's! I love that top! I went onto the site that sells this dress & found out the skirt is a wee bit short, so I'll just dream of the top & wish they made these dresses for women who are over the age of 21 & not a size 0!!


This is definitely a DREAM purse! Alexander McQueen is the idea of true perfection when it comes to handbags (and clothes, and shoes, etc. etc. etc.) but with the $1540.00 price tag, I'll have to sit here at my desk, stare at this beautiful handbag, and wish they made this for people who can afford something a little in the lower price range!

Happy Friday, what are your loves for this week?!


Disney's Tangled Ever After

November 17, 2011

Okay so if you're an avid reader to this blog (which I'm sure has to be lots! Haha) you know that my daughter is insanely in love with anything and everything Disney, so since becoming a Disney Insider, I've been lucky enough to find out about all the new up and coming Disney movies.  (I'm super excited to see "The Muppets"!!!) Bella has Tangled on Blu Ray at home and watches it religiously, and today I found out there's a short film coming out called, Tangled Ever After!  She's going to freak out I know!!

Here's some information on the new Disney short film, Tangled Ever After:

The Walt Disney Studios proudly announced today that directors Nathan Greno and Byron Howard, the talented team behind Disney Animation Studio’s global blockbuster Tangled, will premiere a delightful new animated short film spotlighting the royal wedding of Rapunzel (Mandy Moore) and Flynn Rider – a.k.a Eugene – (Zachary Levi) in front of each screening of Beauty and the Beast in 3D, which opens on January 13, 2012.  

By popular demand, Greno and Howard are bringing back some of Disney’s most beloved characters when Tangled Ever After picks up where Tangled left off. The Kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus, as flower chameleon and ring bearer, respectively, lose the gold bands, a frenzied search and recovery mission gets underway.  As the desperate duo tries to find the rings before anyone discovers that they’re missing, they leave behind a trail of comical chaos that includes flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade and a very sticky finale. Will Maximus and Pascal save the day and make it to the church in time?  And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?


The Muppet Saga - Muppet Domination

November 16, 2011

Can you believe that the new Muppets movie comes out next week?! (Nov. 23rd!!) Bella is uber excited about it & that makes me tickled pink, because the Muppets were my absolute fav when I was her age! I'd watch my Muppets VHS tapes (Gosh I just dated myself didn't I?!) over and over until literally I wore those darn tapes down!
Now they have the new Muppets movie for my daughter to enjoy as much as me! And these cuties I adore because A) Well, it the Muppets for crying out loud! & B) They are also kinda having fun with another movie I cannot wait to see... the new Twilight movie!! Enjoy!


Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, I am just uber excited for both of these movies!!

Cha Cha Cha Changes...

So I searched all over the blogosphere for weeks looking at designers, emailing questions, looking at their portfolio's, etc.  I absolutely fell in love with the designs at 733 Blog Design! Kim @ 733 was extremely sweet and put up with me changing my mind and my vision for this blog a few times over! She did the perfect job & I just love the final design!
Thanks Kim for my new blog design!! It's perfection!
Also, make sure to enter my 2 giveaways going on!
50 Christmas Cards from Tiny Prints
Yo Gabba Gabba Live CD/DVD Combo

Christmas Presents Ideas?

November 15, 2011

Lately I have been trying to decide what to get my hubby for Christmas.  The man is seriously picky when it comes to presents for him! I've been looking at the Samsung tv sales going on now for a new flat screen tv.  Ever since we I got him a Blu Ray player, his flat screen tv isn't good enough, so that's definitely an idea on my list. 

So what do you get the guy in your life that has everything?! He could always use some cologne since he seems to use it like water, or now that he's training for the Livestrong 1/2 Marathon in January, some of those new fandangled running shoes?  Any suggestions??

I have almost all of my family & daughter's presents bought, now is time for wrapping, which is always one of my favorite parts! I love picking out the new wrapping paper for the holidays, deciding which bow goes with which present, etc.  I love seeing the tree lit with beautiful presents underneath just waiting to be opened Christmas morning! So, here's to finding that perfect gift, wrapping it up beautifully, and seeing the joy on their faces when they unwrap it!

Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! {CD/DVD Combo Giveaway}

Bella absolutely adores watching Yo Gabba Gabba, so when I found out there is a LIVE TOUR coming to Austin, I was so excited! For her to get to see them live, especially with the dancing and singing would be pure perfection!! We're actually going to surprise her & take her there, because honestly, if she knows ahead of time, she will ask me over & over again when we get to go! She adores Yo Gabba Gabba!

November 14, 2011


Friday Loves

November 11, 2011

Ahhh Friday again & with it, my Friday Loves! This New Year's, my SIL & I are throwing our annual New Year's Eve Bash at my house.  We started this tradition last year and had so much fun, we decided to make in an annual event.  So I've been hunting for a cute dress or top that screams New Year's Eve! And how does bling & sparkles not make you think of the holidays?!  Here's my favorites for New Year's!

Banana Republic, I <3 you! This dress is simply fabulous for the occasion! Too bad I don't look like that and that it's probably going to be in the low 30's that night! Still so adorable!!

Ya'll know my obsession love for American Eagle.  I mean they have cute, comfy, & affordable clothes, how could I not love them?! This sweater would be just perfect for my NYE celebration.  It looks dressy, but not overly & still nice and warm!

LOVE!  Too bad there is no way I could make that look pretty on me!!

Okay this one is the winner! I could definitely pull this look off, plus I adore one shoulder dresses!  So cute & maybe even a little comfy?!  I'll just throw my white dress coat over it and be cute and warm that night!  Score!

Btw, Happy 11-11-11!! How awesome is that date?! Must be magical!

Also, don't forget to enter to win 50 Tiny Prints Christmas/Holiday cards! Ends Nov. 21st!!


Tiny Prints Christmas Cards {Giveaway}

November 9, 2011

Okay so it's getting close to crunch time on ordering Christmas cards! We're taking our yearly family pictures this weekend so by next week, I can place my order at Tiny Prints for our beautiful Christmas cards! When the sweet folks at Tiny Prints asked me if I'd like to host a giveaway for 50 free Christmas cards, how could I possibly say no?! (You MMF'ers know I love you too much!)

IPhone Love

November 8, 2011

Today's lesson is on IPhone Apps... and the greatness that is the IPhone! I've had an IPhone for over 3 years now, and upgraded to the IPhone 4 as my Mother's Day gift from my hubby & daughter this past year.  I adore this phone! I take thousands of pictures on it and now with the new 4S upgrade, I can take out red-eye, crop, & enhance the photo right after taking it! Hello technology!!

So my favorite apps right now all have to do with pictures & photo taking... shocking I know!
Pic Collage
The idea is to make cute collages out of your pictures you've already taken.  You get to pick the background, as many pictures as you want, and move them around/make them smaller or larger before storing it or posting to Facebook or Twitter.  I think it makes an adorable collage of my favorite pictures over the year!

Pic Frame
This one allows you to pick your canvas & how many pictures you want, & for an extra little fee, you can add wording onto the photos! (I think the total cost is $2!) I love this one for different holidays & especially for me to make for Bella's next birthday party!


Okay, anyone who has an IPhone & takes tons of pictures with it probably knows about Instagram, but it is still one of my very favorite apps I've ever downloaded! (And it's FREE!!) It can literally change your entire picture and make it look older or more artsy! And since I don't have an artsy bone in my body, I can use all the help I can get!

Hello?! Look how dark & pretty we all look in this picture!! Ah-maz-ing!!

So, what are your favorite IPhone apps?! I'd love to get more than my gazillion I already have!


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