Erika and I are no strangers to seeing each other in our pjs and sweats…we each love wearing our comfy clothes (and going to each other’s houses in our comfys too!). Today, we’re curled up in front of the TV (because after this PJ Party talk, we’re totally going to watch Real Housewives together!), drinking coffee (mine with a splash of creamer and Erika’s with about 30 splashes) and eating coconut macaroons. It’s time for our pajama party!
First up…food. Both of us girls love some yummy food!
What is your favorite thing to make for supper this time of year?
is going to sound like a Mix and Match Mama advertisement…ha!! But…my very favorite thing to make for supper
is Shay’s Spinach and Sun Dried Tomato Meatballs. Delish!!!
My family of five all loves them.
I love that I’m feeding them all meatballs filled with spinach!
Me: We love meatballs too! But we also love, love, love Pasta with Bacon and Corn. So yummy!
What is your favorite treat to make with your kiddos this time of year?
love Mix and Match Mama’s Easter Rice Krispies Treats. My daughter loves that they’re pink and my
son just loves that they taste good!!
Shay: My kids are all about the Cadbury Creme Eggs right now…and my Cadbury Creme Egg Brownies are their favorites!
Speaking of Easter…we now start talking about Easter traditions, food, and crafts (well, she talks about crafts and I pretend to know what she’s talking about…I don’t even own a glue gun, remember?).
What is your traditional Easter meal?
don’t have a “traditional” thing we do for Easter every year. We don’t have a lot of family who live close,
so it tends to change based on who is in town. In the past, we’ve actually gone out to eat
just because it’s easier than make a big meal for only the seven of us. (Tab’s parents included). This year my plan is to cook brunch-type
foods. I’m super excited about giving it
a go! What are the odds the night before
I suggest a restaurant?? We’ll see!
Shay: Since before I was born, my mom’s side of the family has met for lunch after church. Right now, this is still the tradition that we do with our kiddos…however, we’re contemplating starting a new tradition beginning next year that is more personal to the Shull kids (and doesn’t require the hour drive from church to lunch).
year I tried something a little different.
I bought some very neutral Easter/Spring pieces. I’m loving it!! I have some bunnies, eggs, and some added
things thrown in. I was going for a more
Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware look and I love the way it turned out.
Me: This year, we are packing and moving into the new house (yay!), so our house is decorated with cardboard boxes this Easter ;).
What do you put in your kids’ Easter baskets?
of my kiddos have birthdays around Easter every year, so I try to be super
practical in Easter baskets. I like
putting things they really need like a beach towel, pool toys, or flip
flops. I always throw in some little toy
and a couple pieces of candy.
Me: In our family, the grandparents provide the Easter baskets for the kids. I have no idea how or why this tradition started…but growing up, I always received my Easter basket from my grandparents and now, my kids receive their baskets from Lovie. I’m off the hook until I’m a grandma (which let’s all pray isn’t for a looooooong time!).
How do you keep Jesus in Easter?
have the Resurrection Eggs and I strongly recommend those for preschoolers or
toddlers!! We do that activity a LOT
leading up to Easter. We talk about Jesus all year long, but we really try to
talk about why Easter is so important.
This year we’re also doing the Resurrection Rolls.
Shay: Andrew and I always feel like if we’re talking about Jesus 365 days a year and keeping Him in the center of our lives, then it’s easy to keep Him in holidays too. We don’t really talk about the Easter Bunny and stuff like that…they’ll hunt eggs and wave at the Bunny at Easter lunch but it’s just fictitious (like Mickey Mouse at Disney World). They know that the real reason we celebrate is to recognize Christ’s death and resurrection.
Now…Erika always has great birthday ideas for her kiddos’ in April. I asked her what her biggest tip is for the combo party and here is what she said…Plan,
plan, plan!!! When my kiddos were
younger, I did parties together because it was easier. I didn’t want my friends to have to
spend too much time celebrating with
us. I’d strongly recommend doing that!! Now they’re older and they have different
friends and different interests. It just
doesn’t work for us anymore. I also work
hard to make their actual birthday a special day. You don’t have to do anything crazy or over
Here’s a look back at Erika’s parties…
Ebby Lee (2) and Nixon (1) combo party: Lumberjack and Jill Theme
What is your favorite cosmetic?
my very favorite. I LOVE this
mascara!!! It really makes my eyelashes
look longer and fuller.
What is your favorite beauty product (not
Agave’s Healing Oil. I have extremely
dry hair and this completely changes the texture…from dry to smooth. Yes, please!!
What is your favorite TV show?
Dateline….hahaha!! I’m very diverse in
my t.v. watching!
What is your favorite vacation destination?
I LOVE a vacation where I can lay on a super soft lounge chair by a
pool. One of our favorite places was the
Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. We spent
a day there on a cruise so we haven’t officially stayed there. But…we will!!
It was gorgeous!! And…it’s a
great place to go with or without kiddos.
What is your favorite pair of shoes?
What is your favorite nail polish?
What is your favorite chick-flick movie?
Days or Sweet Home Alabama!
What is your favorite book?
Different as Me. It’s a GREAT story with
a GREAT message!
What is your favorite ice cream?
Who would star in a movie based on your life?
told I resemble….Heather Graham, Molly Mesnick, or Katy Perry! If I’m going on my favorite actress, I’d
choose Sandra Bullock!! She could dye her hair, right?
What is your least favorite household chore?
I don’t mind the washing and drying part but putting it away gets me
What’s one quirky fact about yourself that most
people don’t know?
small town out in the country. My
parents still live there…on a gravel road.
I’m from Zalma, Missouri, population 92.
My graduating class had 12 people!!
It’s a BEAUTIFUL place, but it’s very different from my current town of