And Hattie Makes Three

The Cowans in The Dells

If you followed along on our vacation last week, you'll know that we were in the Wisconsin Dells. This was our second year going, but this year, we went with my mom and stepdad...hello babysitter! We decided to go 5 days and have a few extra days at home for a staycation, since no one really likes jumping right back into the old routine, right?

We left late on Saturday morning and drove the 6 1/2 hours up to the Dells. Miss H did great. I had stopped at the $1 store and picked up a few fun things to play with including color changing frogs. Who knew sticking plastic frogs in the car air vents would be so entertaining!

We stopped made our first pit stop and Miss H decided we needed to build a campfire. Thanks, Peppa Pig. She's obsessed with picking up sticks and building campfires!

 My mom has a timeshare through bluegreen and the timeshare is across the parking lot from Mount Olympus Water Park & Theme Park Resort. You get a bracelet and you can do whatever you'd like!

The next morning we had breakfast with my parents and Miss H insisted on piggy tails. I mean, can I can't really say no to all that level of adorableness. Also, she can still fit in her 18-24 month dresses. She's big and tiny all at the same time.

Of course while we were there, we had to celebrate National Ice Cream Day (with froyo). The Frozen Bear is a great spot with lots of flavor and topping choices!

 There are SO many options for playing with kiddos at the resort. There were indoor and outdoor play areas, but the water was COOOOOLD! Miss H was reluctant on the slides, but had a blast jumping off the edge into the water.

We of course has to bring a matchy matchy outfit. We decided to match at Buffalo Phils, I was so excited when I found a match to my top on a swap board a few weeks ago in mint condition! Buffalo Phil's is a really unique and fun spot that serves you all your food and drinks via toy train. Your table is parked right next to a track and the trains come out. Perfect for kids. They even send the trains out with a bubble machine and you know how that turned out!

Probably her favorite place to play was oddly enough, the Tidal Wave! She loved standing in a tube and pushing it all around and when the waves began she'd sit on Jeff's lap and just laugh the whole time. She's truly a water baby. I can't wait to get her into more challenging swim lessons soon!

5 days is just the right amount of time at the resort. You can only do so much water and rollercoasters, right? Thanks to my mom we were able to sneak away a few times to ride some of the crazy water rides and a couple of roller coasters and go carts. I seriously haven't gone on a coaster in years, so we didn't agree so well. Jeff couldn't handle them either! But, I do love a good wooden rollercoaster.

 Overall, we had such a fun week. Our week continued on and I'm so glad we got to have that time as a family. Bonus - Miss H is NAPPING AGAIN! Praise the Lord! So, we had naps every day too! I'm so thrilled. Here is to another fun filled family vacation in Seaside in less than 6 weeks! I can't wait!

Our favorite places to eat

Buffalo Phil's - Trains deliver your food - HUGE hit!
The Frozen Bear - Classic Froyo
Monk's Bar & Grill - Great Burgers
High Rock Café - Probably our favorite spot, not touristy and amazing food!

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Friday Five

We're officially home from vacation. We drove the 6 hours back from Wisconsin yesterday. The house is still standing. My parsley plant, dead. But you know, You can't win them all. We've got 3 days here to relax and have family time before Jeff heads back to work on Monday. Luckily, we don't have much going on except getting my iPhone fixed (Thanks Apple) and maybe taking a peek over at Nordstrom for the anniversary sale. I may have already gotten all my boxes here. I'll do a full recap of vacation next week, but in the mean time, here are my Friday Five!

Here We Go...


Incase you missed it, my yummy Easy Toll House Pie is on the blog. It's seriously so easy, I can't handle it.

2) kidzxplor

I'm super excited to be beta testing a new program here in St. Louis called kidzexplor. If you've ever bought a fitness pass to try different classes, well this is exactly that for kids but with kid classes! From cooking to music to swimming, the works! I'll be trying this out for the next month and I'm excited to see the concept play out. Really neat idea! We go to our first class next week!

3) Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

I came home yesterday to a quite a few boxes including all of my Anniversary sale items! I didn't buy much, but I was really needing new barre socks and crops. Our studio gets SO hot that I had to jump on it. I needed navy so navy I got! I also loved these shoes for Miss H and yet another mug. What did you find at the sale? *This does contain an affiliate link. If you click on it, I get a little something, but all in the name of keeping the blog to be alive and thrive!

4) Romper

Well, let it be documented I wore my first romper on vacation. My mom informed it looked like lounge wear, but I kinda love it. I just started wearing shorts, so this is a break into wearing more shorts. Eek. What has happened to me?!?!

5) Lilly Pulitzer New Shipment -

I've been waiting patiently to check out the new shipment and this lady is on her way to me. I'm a sucker for a swing dress and I've always loved this type of detail in a Lilly. I may have a few already. This may be the perfect dress for beach photos in September! We'll see!

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Easy Toll House Pie

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A couple of times a year, my girlfriends and I decide that we need to be fancy and head to our favorite Tea House in the area. It's called Miss Aimee B's. After we stuff ourselves full of chicken salad, girl talk and as much sweet tea as we can drink, it never fails that the dessert menu arrives at the table.

You can't say no to Miss Aimee B's dessert. I'm a creature of habit and I always order the Toll House Cookie Pie. It's warm, gooey and just the perfect amount of decadence to put you over the edge. 

I'm sure it takes a while to make these delicious pies and I wanted to find a quick and easy way to make it at home.  I love having quick dessert options on hand to whip together and I found a way I can make my own pie at home with just a few ingredients. Nestle Toll House Baking Mix is a great option to make your favorite treats at home. From cookies to brownies and all your favorite chocolate chips and Butterfingers mix-ins, you can't go wrong.

Here is what you need:
  • 1 Box NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Cookies & More Cookie Baking Mix with Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels + Egg, Water and Butter as directed on package 
  • 1 9inch Deep Dish Pie Crust 
  • 1 Extra Egg
  • Whipped Cream for garnish 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix ingredients together and pour into 1 thawed pie crust. Bake for 45-55 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean. Serve warm with whipped cream or even a drizzle of chocolate syrup. 

Gone are the days of having to plan out to make your favorite Toll House Treat. With Nestle Toll House Baking Mix being so versatile and customizable, I can easily prepare a sweet treat for my family or if I am needing it for a game night with my girlfriends or moms group.

I find all of my Nestle Toll House Baking Mix items in the Cake Mix section of the baking aisle at my local Walmart. You can find all 4 varieties there, including cookie and brownie options with chocolate morsels and Butterfingers pieces. 

I'm so excited, I've stocked up on these mixes. The possibilities are endless. Check out for even more insipiration, too! I'm even more excited that I can easily prepare a Toll House Cookie Pie with minimal ingredients I always have on hand. What would you use Nestle Toll House Baking Mixes for to simplify your baking?

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