Friday, March 27, 2015

I have been searching and searching all over for a spring treat for Xavier's class that has nothing to do with Easter....anyone else find this impossible. Well, I was on Pinterest (of course, where else do I spend my day) and I found cute ice-cream cones filled with M&M's in plastic to make it look like an ice-cream cone! They are adorable, but I thought to myself... "25 sugar cones filled with M&M's is going to be expensive....". Seriously, think about that. I came to the decision I was going to use Jelly Beans....not too easterish, but a little cheaper. I went to Wal-Mart today and priced everything, yea, jelly beans would still cost a pretty penny to fill...and I didn't want to get the cheap ones because I do want the kids to be able to eat them. Have you tasted the cheap ones? GAG. I thought I was going to have to scratch the whole idea until I looked down..........COTTON CANDY! Yes....big tubs of cotton candy cheap, and I thought "that would mold like a scoop of ice-cream". I came home and tried it.......IT WORKS!!!!!!!!!!

I was so excited....I am going to make 25 "ice-cream" cones for Xavier's class, put them in plastic baggies with a cute little "happy spring" tag!

I am in a nice mood....and ya'll know that never happens (lol) I am going to even share the tag with everyone for FREE. All you have to do is print it out, or have it sent to your local Walgreens or CVS to have printed cheaply on a 4 by 6 photo.....it makes it soo much heavier and neater to cut out!

I hope everyone has a happy spring and makes these for your son or daughters class.....!!! Please, if you use my idea....let me know how it works and what they look like. I love it!




Want the cute tag? Click below for the FREEBIE! 




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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Since Xavier was sick for his Christmas party and Valentines Day party at school this year I told him I would find something fun for him to take for St. Patrick's Day. They don't have a party for it, but I thought the kids would like something cute and special. We sat on Pinterest together and I found some cute ideas and this is what we made....I thought I would share because his class loved it, and I actually got a book of  Thank You's, every kid in his class drew me a thank you picture and made it into a book. It melted my heart. Also....I added a link for you to download the cute little tag I made for the bags! Enjoy!!!


What do you need?


  • Rainbow Twizzlers (with 25 Kids in Xavier's class, I used 3 bags)
  • Red Twizzlers (Rainbow has pink and not red....my OCD wouldn't let me use pink as red)
  • Rolos (Family Size.....because of course you have to eat some while you are making the treats)
  • Clear Treat Bags (I buy mine at WalMart)
  • Stapler
  • Cute Tags (click here for some cute ones made by me)


How to make them?

You can totally use the whole Twizzler, I chose to cut them in half. I thought they were cuter being shorter, but that is completely up to you. I cut all the Twizzlers up and separated them into Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple piles to make it easier.

I then stuffed each bag with one of each Twizzlers in a row the color of the rainbow.

After that I added 3 Rolo's. You totally can use as many as you want (you can also use gold coins, I just couldn't find them)

Fold down the plastic bag and staple it closed with the cute little tag....and that is it! COMPLETE!



FREE LABELS CLICK HERE

Here are the tags I made for the bags....feel free to download them and use them. They are made 4 by 6 to be easy to send and have printed as a picture at Walgreens (or any place that you can send pictures to be printed) It made them thicker and shiny....easier to cut and to me just more put together. 

FREE LABELS CLICK HERE


Happy St. Patrick's Day! 





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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Dear Angelina Jolie,

First let me start to say that I think you are a very brave women to undergo preventive surgery of Ovarian Cancer. I would do the same if I found out that I could possibly be at risk for this disease, because I too would do anything to be able to see my children have grandchildren and maybe even great grand children.....but I would never have that option.

Image result for angelinaI understand you are trying to get the message out to the public that we should not be scared of our health, we should take control to be healthy. I get this, I really do....but there is the one little thing holding us back, insurance.

Us "normal" people do not get to make the choices about our health that a person does of your stature. We do not have the money to pay for our elective surgeries and have to fight with our insurance companies just to get emergency room visits covered. We do not have the privilege to decide what organs or body parts we want to have removed to prevent diseases.

I want to take the time to tell you that, even though I understand where you are coming from in trying to educate women, I think you are doing it in a selfish way. You have to remember you have a privilege of being able to choose and pay for your surgeries, but we can't. We have to jump through hoops to get normal everyday appointments to be covered and usually then still have to pay a copay.

I want to thank you for showing us what money buys....! I know this is not what you meant by you opening up your body to us, but some things should be kept within your family, kept private.

Thank you,

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Saturday, March 21, 2015

No Bake Lucky Charm Pie








Ingredients


  • Family Size Box of Lucky Charms
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 pack of cream cheese
  • 2 cups of Marshmallow Fluff
  • 2 cups of Heavy Cream
  • 1 cup of powdered sugar



What to do....

Sit down and separate the whole Family Size Box of Lucky Charms. Yes, I am serious...but it doesn't take as long as you may think. I did this during nap time, put the little one down and did it while getting caught up on a show (believe me, it is worth the work).


Crust

Use the food processor and make the cereal into crumbs. After this blend in the 1 stick of melted butter. Do this and then press it into the pie pan.....stick it in the freezer while you do the rest of the
work. (this is the crust....so you can make it as thick or as thin as you want).

Filling

In a mixer add the cream cheese and marshmallow fluff.....mix together and add in HALF of the heavy cream. Mix on high until nice and fluffy. Once it is nice and fluffy fold in 1-2 hand fulls of theMmmmmm.....
Lucky Charm marshmallow. Don't mix a lot, they will start to break apart. I suggest just doing it on low. Add the filling to the pie crust......as you try not to eat it.

Whipped Topping

In the mixer on high add the rest of the cream and add the powdered sugar....mix it on high until it is thick....basically so that it can stand up on its own......

Add that to the top of the pie....and then make it pretty with the rest of the marshmallows. (This is fun for the kids...if they don't eat them all, they can decorate it for you)

You can eat right away or stick it in the fridge until ready to serve!



I promise you.....this is worth the time, it is soo good. I am making this a new tradition, every St. Patrick's Day from here on out we will be having this for dessert!











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Wednesday, March 11, 2015


As always, I was flipping through Facebook and came across a recipe that I had to try....it was so good I thought I would share it with everyone. I usually post the link of where I got it but I made it a little different then the recipe so I am just going to give it to you on how I made it. I have got so many requests for it since I "instagramed" (if that isn't a word it should be) the photo....and let me tell you...it tastes as good as it looks! If you like spaghetti squash, you will LOVE this.




Please remember...I do not measure anything, I do it all to taste, measuring just takes up too much time and just adds too much thinking to everything, with 2 kids I just kinda throw things together! 






Ingredients
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Olive Oil
  • Chopped Broccoli (I used frozen)
  • Garlic
  • Red Pepper
  • Mozzarella/Italian Cheese
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper

What to do...

Cut the squash in half and take the seeds out (ice cream scoop works wonders doing this part) add a little drizzle olive oil on both halves, add some salt and pepper.....be generous with garlic and Italian seasoning.....throw those halves face down on a cookie sheet in the oven on 350 for a good 40 minutes.

As those bad boys are cooking....defrost or if your fancy chop up your broccoli, add cheeses, red pepper flakes (not too many I figure you can always add more to taste later), and a lot of Italian seasoning and garlic.....put those all together in a big bowl.

KEEP YOUR SQUASH HALVES IF YOU WANT THIS TO LOOK PRETTY, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO, YOU CAN BAKE IT ALL IN A CASSEROLE DISH, BUT IT WON'T LOOK AS PRETTY AS MINE, AND YOU DON'T WANT THAT DO YOU?

When the squash is done...take it out and let cool or if you are like me fight with it while it is hot...cuss and swear as you use a fork to scrape out the insides and add that to your broccoli mixture you made.......this will melt all the cheeses and mix it all up.

Once that is all shredded and mixed up.....fill those squash halves up with all the good stuff....top with cheese.....put it back into the oven until the cheese is a nice golden pretty yummy brown......TAKE IT OUT AND ENJOY!

Seriously it is so simple....and it is so good. I admit, I was nervous adding Italian seasoning to broccoli, it just didn't sound right to me, but it works....promise!

Remember if you make it....leave me some comments on it! ENJOY!


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Monday, March 2, 2015


So I am sitting on Facebook this morning and found a few people were posting "What Girls Want" in my feed.....! I couldn't believe how much things change once you become a women. I used to want these things when I was in high school...but now I had to make a "What Women Want" to compare. Ladies...do you agree with these!?





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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

I have been dealing with Anxiety for years, but within the past few years it has got worse. I have been on different medications for it, and just learning how to get through it. Anxiety attacks are not something to "breath through." Anxiety attacks are different for everyone, from feeling that you have a ton of bricks on your chest to the walls closing in on you. During that time for me personally I get very emotional because I honestly do not know how to handle it. Little things can set me off, I can get mean or just quiet and need to be left alone. It is hard. It is not a joke. Anxiety is real.

Ever lay in bed with your mind racing to the point of not being able to shut it off? That is me every night. Ever have someone say something to you when you first wake up, then when you go to sleep you sit there and analyze it, think about it, then make a huge story out of it when it might of had the meaning some something completely opposite.....that is me. I can make a "mountain out of a mole hill" in 1.2 seconds.

This is just a taste of what I have been dealing with for years. Honestly, this is not even half of it, this is just what I can explain. There is so much more with this "disease"that I can't even begin to explain. I can explain this....!

When someone with anxiety pulls away from you, or even just stops talking...they need their space. I personally will stop talking to someone in a heartbeat, when I stop talking to you....you should take it as a favor because I know what can come out of my mouth in different situations, so when I stop talking to someone it is so that I do not say the wrong things. I could be quiet for a day, a week, a month, and maybe a year....but guess what.....that is something that I have to deal with. It has nothing against anyone. When a person does this, and someone keeps pushing to get back into their lives....you are not helping anyone and you are really hurting the person with anxiety. A person that pushes and pushes can really do damage to the person with Anxiety.

You also do not push someone and use other family members or friends to get to that person. This can set a person with Anxiety off to the point of never wanting to talk to you again. Let me try to explain....when a person with Anxiety "thinks about situations" we replay things over in our minds so much it makes us crazy, so when you are pushing that person and we are now given more things to think about...it can make us crazy...literally crazy. Using other family members or doing things to get to the person just pushes these people away more. Doing things to make yourself feel better is selfish. Sending texts, cards, gifts, and everything else......this is to make YOU feel better....because you are doing so much harm to the person with Anxiety. Believe me.

I have been having a bad few months. I actually started a new medication about 6 months ago, and it was working so well. I was never the happiest.....I told my mom I really felt "normal" I was sleeping again, I was happy, I felt like coming around again. I felt like opening up and trusting people in my life....then I get one stupid little text....just a "push" text...........and that opened it all up to me again. Then the holidays came, people kept pushing then, next kids birthdays, pushing again. I seriously think I am worse now over situations that I cannot control then I have ever been.

It is so annoying that when I am quiet and just keep to myself there are people that just can't handle that and have to push. It is selfish, it is harmful.

Please.....just think about it next time someone just backs off a little bit. Maybe stop thinking about your needs and think about theirs. They might just need a break....

Sorry, I try not to get this personal in my life, I keep my anxiety to myself, but I am to the point that I am breaking.....and I just don't think people get that.

It is hard to start feeling better and then a person makes another situation for me to get upset and emotional over. I do not know what to do....I understand I cannot live in a bubble, but I can blog about it. This just might be the outlet I need. Writing.



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