{Happy} Purple Monster Popcorn

It's no secret that I LOVE to indulge when it comes to eating, especially dessert. I've always been a dessert maker by heart, but I do my best to strive and eat healthy majority of the time. Over the years as I've been a 'Healthy Lifestyle' blogger, I've been finding that I don't always want to focus solely on healthy food. My goal has always been to help others build a happy and healthy life, in all aspects. A part of that is not always eating the healthiest food. I know, I know...But let me explain.

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Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish

Food is definitely a love language, and it brings people together. We get together to go out, vacation, spend holidays, and spend time with the ones we love eating delicious food that we will talk about forever. We all know that one place that made the best "such and such", and we dream of going back there again.

To me, that's 'Happy'.

That doesn't mean that healthy food doesn't make me happy, because it does. But when you allow yourself to indulge every once in a while, I truly believe that It brings forth a different kind of Happiness!

Which is why this next series that all about Happy Food vs. Healthy Food!!

Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish
Purple Monster Popcorn via The Diva Dish

Since I love to make 'Happy Food' every so often, I knew I wanted to share this with my readers. I decided to introduce a series where I will make a recipe 'Happy' and then a few days later a 'Healthy' version of the 'Happy' recipe will be posted!

Make sense?

So today is a 'Happy' chocolate covered popcorn, and in a few days, I'll have a healthier/cleaner version of this same recipe, which will be the 'Healthy' recipe!

I'm really so excited and already have a lists of recipes that are going to get Happy and Healthy makeovers!

So here is our first Happy recipe:

Purple Monster Popcorn, Happy Edition via The Diva Dish
Purple Monster Popcorn, Happy Edition via The Diva Dish

{Happy} Purple Monster Popcorn

Cook time:

5 mins

Total time:

5 mins

Serves:

9 cups

Ingredients

  • 9 cups popped popcorn*
  • 1 c. purple candy chocolates, I used Wilton
  • 2-3 TB. mini candy eyes, sprinkles
  • 2-3 TB. halloween sprinkles
  • *Use a popcorn that is lightly salted and little to no butter. If it has too much butter, the candy coating won't stick.

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, add your popcorn.
  2. Prepare a large baking sheet with parchment or wax paper.
  3. Melt you chocolate in the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, until melted.
  4. Pour chocolate over the popcorn and gently fold using a spatula until chocolate has evenly coated the popcorn.
  5. Pour the popcorn on the baking sheet, and then sprinkle the sprinkles on top. You can press them in a little so they stick to the chocolate.
  6. Allow the chocolate to harden, about 30 minutes.
  7. Break it apart and store or place in decorated bags or cups!
  8. Enjoy!

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I'm so excited to share the Healthy Version of this recipe for you! See you in a few days!

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Pirate & Pixie Birthday Party

My plan was to have this post up two weeks ago... But if you follow me on social media, you know that we just bought a house (WOO HOO!), but we had two weeks to be out of our rental and move and clean everything (Boo!!).

This year for the girl's birthday I really wanted to keep it simple, unlike THIS one...or THIS one...or THIS one...

But I have this problem where I like to plan parties for little kids who won't remember it and spend a lot of money and make it cute...I blame pinterest. So this year I halved-it. I did some cute decor, a few games, but I still kept it simple and had the party at the park and let the kids run wild on the play ground.

I have to say, it felt good to take it easy and not put TOO much stress into it! I think next year will be even more relaxed!

After all...I should save my stress (and money) for the three weddings I'll have to plan in the years down the road right??

The girls really wanted a Tinkerbell Party this year, but they have a lot of boy friends and I figured fairy wings and wands weren't really up their ally. So we changed it to Pirate and Pixie! I loved this theme so much, you really could have so much fun with it!

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Here are some party details:

Food: (We had a lot of adults/family too!)

Pirate Booty

Berries

Orange 'pirate boats' (Saw this on pinterest too! Not sure where it originally came from though.)

Garden Salad-Kale salad from Costco, which is my FAVORITE!

Berry Marshmallows in cups

Pizza

Tinkerbell cupcakes- I used my Cricut machine to cut flowers and designs for the toppings

Pirate Cupcakes

Decorations: 

Fans/Lanterns (Minted.com)

Utensils/Straws/Plates/Napkins etc. (Partypail.com)

Games:

Walk the plank

Pirate Hook Ring Toss (Not sure where this idea came from, but it's all over pinterest)

Piñata

Playing at the park

I just love being a mommy to my two darling baby girls, and every year I get a little sad that they are growing up! So grateful to have them in my life!

Thanks again for your patience friends! Love you all so much!

Pink Princess Party Part 2-The who, what, when, where, and how-to

As promised I gathered all the how-to info from the girls Pink Princess Party! I will start off by saying I am a hoarder...I love to go thrift store shopping, and a lot of times I buy a lot of crap for no reason what so ever. BUT when a party rolls around I am able to put all the crap to use :). So I would say 90% of the stuff I used for the party was bought either at a thrift store or on clearance! Otherwise my kids would be eating canned beans for the next 6 months due to party expenses... :)

I think it goes with out saying that my goal for this party was to make it pink PiNk PINK! That was including the food :)!

So here it is! If there is anything I missed or anything you would like to know just comment below or email me! :)

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Sweet Pea's Frilly Dress: I found this at a kids boutique in Las Vegas // Boo's Lace Dress // Matching Headbands

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A lot of my decorations were either re-used from last years birthday, OR I bought them on clearance or at thrift stores. For example, the pink crystal circles in the vases were only 50 cents on clearance at Hobby Lobby :). The sticks were a house decor item that was in my garage not being used. I spray painted them pink and used them for the center pieces.

I also used $1 store table clothes and draped them from the ceiling. Note: if you use a staple gun...it will make holes! ;)

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The chandeliers were made from lampshade that I bought at the thrift store. You just take off the fabric from the lampshade, and wrap ribbon around the wires.

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I also tied beads that I stranded, ribbon, and tulle bows.

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These candy filled jars I originally saw on Pink Pistachio. I of coarse gave them a pink makeover! :) I used old baby food jars that I had been saving, spray painted the lids pink, and glued silver crowns on top.// Silver Crowns from Party City.

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The pink drink table was thrifted, and I seriously contemplated whether or not to paint it because I loved the original! We spray painted it pink and my mom dressed it up in fancy tulle!

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The mason jar cups were tied with a piece of tulle and a strip of burlap. We then made tags to go along with it.

Princess Crown Stamps // White Tags // Pink Stripped Straws (I found them at marshalls, 100 for $5!)

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Princess Wands from the $1 store // Fruit Princess Wands

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Strawberry Basil Chicken Salad: I didn't really measure but I added chicken, strawberries, dried cranberries, grapes, chopped basil, and strawberry puree to make the dressing pink. I also added mayo and a little honey and dijon.

Goat Cheese Bruschetta

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Wood boards from Michaels // Paint Pen from Michaels // Wood Stain from Home Depot // Yard Sticks from Home Depot

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I think my princesses, included me, are all partied out for a while! Maybe when they are 16 right?? :) I have to give a special thanks to my wonderful family that helped a lot, especially taking care of the kids while I turned my parents house into party central. And I'm sorry dad that I used a staple gun in your walls to hang almost everything. I'm such an awesome daughter... :)

Now...Let's get back to some healthy living shall we??

Pink Princess Party!!

Time truly has gone by too fast and I now have  precious 1 AND 3 year old little girls! I'm blessed beyond measure, and I love spoiling my girls in every way! This years birthday was all about the color pink and princesses. My oldest is obsessed, (to say the least) with princesses, and she had been asking for a princess party for months. So I did my best to create any princesses dream party...I may have gone overboard...and next year's party will probably be at chuckie-cheese...

But in the end it was all worth it! And now I hope you are ready for a photo dump of pictures!

(I also plan on doing a part 2 of this party with all the food recipes, and some how-to info on some of the decorations! So for now, just enjoy the pictures! :) )

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Easy Simple Salmon

For as long as I can remember, I've never been a fan of eating fish.

Between the smell, the scales, and it's oogly eyes....no way. Not happening.

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I remember growing up my mom would make it occasionally, and each time I would SWEAR that the whole house smelled like a fishy ocean...I'd then proceed to whine and complain, while throwing myself on the couch in agony...Poor little me.

Nothing really changed until I went on a 6 week study abroad program through Central America, and a lot of times we had to eat the food we were given. I remember one night we ate at a little restaurant in Guatemala and our whole class was being served Salmon.

Obviously I wasn't thrilled that I had to eat it, but when my plate arrived I was pretty shocked.

My salmon was drenched in some sort of sauce that looked like gravy, and then there was a handful of fresh lemons on my plate. I proceeded to squeeze juice on the Salmon and take a bite...

I died.

I don't know exactly what that sauce was made of, but I have an idea it rhymes with nutter. All I can say is that it tasted like Christmas morning and Paula Deen was in the kitchen melting butter.

Some day I'll recreate that salmon...As soon as I figure out how to make a pound of butter healthier...

For now though I've learned to stomach salmon, just as long as it falls under certain guidlines.

It HAS to be fresh. The fresher it is, the less fishy it taste. It also has to have a little flavor. I know some people can eat it with just a squeeze of lemon, but like I said before...Not happenin'.

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Ingredients:

Filet of Salmon

melted coconut oil

salt

pepper

lemons

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking dish with foil, and place salmon fillets on the dish. Coat salmon with melted coconut oil, just until fully coated. (Not too much oil.) Then liberally salt and pepper salmon. (Can do both sides if the other side isn't skin, otherwise you don't have to coat skin. Also, have salmon be skin side down.)

2. Bake for 10-20 minutes, or until salmon is light pink and flakes easily with a fork. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the top and serve.

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We ate it over caramelized brussel sprouts and brown rice!

Of coarse Boo didn't touch the sprouts, but she did eat the Salmon.

I told her it was pink chicken...

Best mom advice like ever.. :)

Oh, and I never shared our Halloween costumes that we had this year! If you can guess what I am, I would be So surprised!

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I am not a hooker...

My husband was that one guy...from LMFAO...

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And no I'm not a clown hooker...wrong again. I'll give you a clue:

Kay-dollar sign-Ha.

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Boo was an owl, and she was sooo excited to flap her little wings! Except, I don't think she is going to be excited about this picture come 15 years...Her dad=wanna be gangsta=wanna be cool=totally not.

And Sweet Pea was a freaked out Pumpkin...

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Ok now onto the month of November, which came out of no where!!

Who is ready for Christmas?

Is it a Boy? Girl?

From the second I laid eyes on my dear Baby Boo, I imagined the fun times that us girls would do.

At just an early age she was covered with bows...

Poofy tutu's and hair flowers that reached to her nose.

Lots of pictures, playing dress up, and even tea parties.

Tons of laughter, hugs, and kisses and singing songs-What a smarty!

Although it's quite fancy that her life is surrounded in pink,

She still finds the time to make our hearts sink.

With cuddles an snuggles up to daddy each night,

He's wrapped around her little finger oh so very tight.

And now, almost two years later we are adding one more.

A sibling for Boo, and more snuggles galore.

We couldn't be happier, whether it's a boy or a girl...

Just as long as it's healthy and falls asleep in a whirl.

Now the day has arrived where we reveal the little one's gender,

And we wanted to announce in a way with much splendor!

I made cupcakes, of coarse, with a secret message inside...

The color in the middle will release joyful cries!

IT'S A GIRL!! IT'S A GIRL!!

Do you know what this means?

More pink bows, more dresses, matching outfits, and ballet...

(Or as the hubby sees it...)

Two weddings, two proms, meeting boyfriends..He better start to pray.

Either way that you see it, it's the greatest blessing non the less.

Are we happy, are we grateful, are we healthy...And the answer is YES!!

Thank you everybody for your sweet e-mails, comments, notes, support, etc!! We appreciate each and everyone of you, and are so glad to share this monumental time in our lives with you!

We can't wait for you to meet Baby Loo!! :-)

Vintage Circus First Birthday

It seems like just yesterday that I was holding my brand new 6 pound baby girl in my arms...

And it's hard to imagine that ONE year has flown by..and I no longer can cuddle with her unless she's asleep..

Now, she is all grown up. Talking non stop, using words like..."Ah..No!" and calling every moving animal, "Dog", but pronounced more in a British accent..Apparently in this past year she has also spent some time over seas.

And then today, as she paraded around church, disrupting the peace with her shiny pink toms and fluffy pink tutu, she started rubbing the older lady sitting next to us smooth shaven legs..up and down..Ooohing and Aaaahhing..

People were staring at me wondering if they had recently seen her on "Toddlers and Tiaras," as I fluffed her ruffles and fixed her  abnormally large pink bow, all the while handing her a pink mini purse filled with rings and bracelets...

And I realized that as sad as I am to see her little self turn into this independent little Diva...I couldn't be happier, and more honored to be her Mama. And it was I who was LuCkY to have been given the most BEAUTIFUL, happiest, silliest, and spiciest daughter a Mama could ever ask for. I look forward to cherishing every moment in life with her.

And before you know it, we will both be parading around in Pink tutu's, large bows, and purses filled with diamonds..

Well..maybe only her. I'll be dressed in rags.

Haven't you ever seen Toddlers and Tiaras?

It gets expensive.

So here is to you Baby Boo..

I hope you enjoyed your 1st birthday that you won't remember, but Mama surely will..

But don't worry. I'll remind you every year :)

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The Food:

On the menu we had An array of different salads; Green, Pasta, and Fruit. Then we had Chicken Kabobs with Teriyaki Dipping Sauce and Peanut Dipping Sauce, and PB& J sammy's for the kiddos and...me :). We also had a ton of candy, cupcakes, cake ball cones, and a cotton candy machine..

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The Decorations:

With the help of Grandmas, we had Banners, and signs painted with pinks and yellows, peanuts, and popcorn boxes, animals, and circus carts, and girly candles!

The Activities:

Although it was only a first birthday, we wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time, adults included. We had face painting, tattoos, cotton candy machine, balloons for kiddos, present opening (this was pure entertainment from Baby Boo) and then the best part..Baby Boo eating her B-day Cake.

Baby Boo needed some help :)

Overall it was a BeAuTiFuL party :) Great time with Great friends, family, yummy food..

and tons of food babies :)

Happy One Year Birthday Baby Boo!!

I love you!