Sour Cream Banana Bars

Sunday, April 19, 2020

We had some overripe bananas the other day. Like most people I use my overripe bananas for banana bread or muffins. However, a few years ago my life was changed forever when I tried to make banana bars. Guys! These bad boys are so yummy! I combined a few recipes and tweaked things where I thought needed and I'll tell you what, these things are soo good! The sour cream makes the bar soo moist and the brown sugar glaze just ties it all in perfectly. The glaze was a concoction I made while pregnant with with Oaks because I was craving something with the salted caramel flavor. I'm telling you, my best recipes come when I'm pregnant and craving things haha. Anyways, these bars are soo yummy and I hope you love them as much as we do! Let me know if you make them!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Sour cream banana bars 
-3/4 c white sugar 
-3/4 c brown sugar
-1 c sour cream
-1/2 c softened butter
-2 eggs 
-2-3 overripe bananas (mashed) 
-2 tsp vanilla 
-2 c flour
-1 tsp salt 
-1 tsp baking soda 

Brown sugar glaze 
-1 c butter 
-1 c brown sugar 
-1 c powdered sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-dash of Salt (Just like a shake or two from your salt shaker. If you're using salted butter just do one shake but if you're doing unsalted you might want more. Just taste test it!)

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Line jelly roll pan with parchment paper (or grease and flour a jelly roll pan) Mix sugars, sour cream, butter, and eggs in a stand mixer (or with a hand mixer) until well combined. Beat in mashed bananas and vanilla. Mix until combined. Slowly add in flour, baking soda, and salt until combined. Pour into the pan and bake until golden. (20-25 minutes) Let bars sit for about 10 minutes and then poke several times with a fork and pour glaze over the top. 

To make glaze:
Melt butter in saucepan. Add in brown sugar, vanilla, and dash of salt. Continually whisk until smooth. Let boil for 5 minutes whisking occasionally. Slowly add in sifted powdered sugar in 3 increments whisking each time. Pour glaze over banana bars and use a rubber spatula to spread evenly. Let cool for 10 minutes. Cut, and enjoy!

A Little Life Update

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

I used to do these often and then just kinda fell off of it when my life got insane. Last year I decided to coach cheer at my old high school. I had no idea what I was getting myself into and it ended up taking over my life, ha. In a good way... most of the time! Blogging is truly one of my passions and something I love doing, but there just weren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. Sooo blogging ended up getting cut from the lineup. Sad. I'm really hoping to make more time for it now though because I love and miss it! I've been getting quite a few messages on Instagram asking how we're doing and if something happened to make me stop sharing and posting as much. The answer is that nothing happened but life just got a lot busier. So, here's a little catch up post to hopefully answer my most asked questions as well as share just what we're up to!

-Working at GA still and excelling. I never doubted or worried about him but he just keeps getting incredible performance reviews. Good job Hunter!
-Working from home during this quarantine and being so good being patient with the little ones running around crazy all the time, haha. 
-Teaches Sunday school to the 12 and 13 year olds at church. I've had the opportunity to sit in during a few lessons and he is a wonderful teacher. I'm so grateful he's the one helping me teach our children!
-Coached the JV basketball team at our old high school last season. I didn't get to go to many of his games since I was coaching at the varsity games but from the few I did get to see and the practices I got to see him in action at, I can tell that's yet another thing he's a rockstar at. 
-Wakes up around 6am even when he doesn't set an alarm. Ha, he gets most everything done before I even wake up!

-Finished up my first year coaching varsity and competition cheer. We actually got cut short due to the quarantine. I was sad to have things end so abruptly but still made lots of wonderful memories over the year. Yes, year. Cheer is completely year round which makes it much different than other sports. We started in May and would've gone til April if the quarantine didn't happen. Tryouts are ion the Spring. We practice over the summer, start competition practice in the Fall. Cheer for football in the Fall. Work on halftime routines and pep rally routines in the Fall. Compete in the Winter. Cheer for basketball in the Winter. Finish with any school performances in the Spring.
-Got called to being an advisor in Young Women's at church. I was really enjoying getting to know the girls and spending time with them. Hoping we can return to that soon!
-Doing little homeschool lessons with Oaks to fill our time up now that preschool is done.
-Remembering how much I love cooking now that I have time to again!

-Finished up her second year of preschool. It obviously ended sooner than we thought it would but we're looking forward to her starting Kindergarten in the Fall. She made some really awesome little friends and learned SO much!
-Taking hip hop classes and honestly... not totally loving it, ha! I thought she would since it's faster paced but she just keeps saying she wants to be a cheerleader. I can't blame her since she was surrounded by it constantly for the past year. She's currently doing her classes virtually and we are really hoping the recital will still happen this June. 
-Turned 5 in February. (WHAT)
-In CTR 4 at church and we are LOVING seeing her in Primary Programs. 
-Acts like a teenager and is definitely giving us a run for our money. But, she is also very thoughtful and kind when she wants to be... ha. 

-2.5! She will be turning 3 in August and I literally cannot believe it. These last 2.5 years have actually flown by.
-Grows an inch of hair each day, I swear. Her hair is gorgeous!
-Such an active little squirt but also such a snuggle bug. She loves to be held and snuggled in a blanket next to anyone she loves.
-Working on potty training. She's doing amazing with pee! Poop however has been quite a struggle...
-Still taking a nap but figured out how to climb out of the crib. And how to open doors... I may or may not have found her in the backyard during nap time. Don't worry, we figured out how to contain her 😓 
-She's still an easy, happy go lucky child with a hint of sass now. She's such a funny little stinker and her vocabulary is becoming hilarious. 

As for a family update... we are still living in San Diego but are planning on moving next summer! Where? Not totally sure yet. We're pretty sure we know where but nothing is set in stone. We'll definitely share more during the process of moving and are getting really excited for a change! As for now, we're enjoying where we're at and are trying to take things day by day rather than wishing time would speed up. There's a lot to be grateful for right now so we're trying hard not to be too anxious! I feel like the most asked question I get is, when will there be Baby Moore #3? Haha! The answer is, we absolutely want more kids! We're very excited to have more kids but it just hasn't felt like the right timing. We definitely don't feel done at two, but we're also not in a rush for three. I guess time will tell... ha! Sorry there isn't more exciting news there. 😉 

Here's to hoping this isn't the last post for a while... I'm going to work on posting more, yay! Let me know anything you guys want to see more of!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Dresses were found at my local Marshalls. They have the best and most reasonably priced dresses!

A Quick Date Night Touch Up!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020
This post was sponsored by Gray Away as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own

When did you get your first gray hair? Or are you one of the lucky ones that still doesn't have any? I remember seeing my first gray hair in high school... yes I'm serious! Of course at that point in time it was just one or two that would pop up once in a blue moon so it wasn't much to worry about. After having kids though, I started noticing them much more often as well as some discoloration surrounding my roots. When I dyed my hair for the first time last year, I did a balayage. I love the way it looks but with the top of my hair being much darker than the bottom, the gray and lighter colored hairs surrounding my face really show up! I really don't want to dye my hair all over or do anything else that requires a bunch of maintenance so I've been trying to figure out what to do! Luckily, I came across the perfect solution!

I normally have my hair in a braid, ponytail, or bun but I love getting dressed up and putting more effort into my appearance for special things like date night with Hunter. Being a mom of two little ones, I clearly have limited time to get ready and definitely don't have time to go sit in a salon chair. That's why I'm so grateful I found Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer! It's such a quick and easy solution when you are in between salon appointments. It is  a quality root concealer that can be used at home and fits perfectly with an on-the-go lifestyle!

In case that didn't already make you want to run to ULTA beauty to grab some for yourself, here are a few more reasons you definitely need to try it!

-Instant gray hair and root coverage in 10 seconds. 
-Washes out easily with shampoo
-Perfect size for traveling
-Fast drying and sweat resistant
-Wax free formula that doesn't flake and leaves hair shiny and natural

ULTA beauty is the perfect one top shop for all my beauty needs. Make sure to stop by your local store to grab some Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer and the Gray Away Root Touch-Up Quick Stick! The stick has a dual-ended angled tip that helps with precise application and a sponge tip on the opposite side that is perfect for blending!

Now check out my before and after... I can't believe what a difference it makes! The Gray Away Temporary Root Concealer comes in three shades Lightest brown/blonde, light brown, and dark brown. Here I'm wearing light brown. Each one of these cans will last you 40 applications and has self-adjusting color technology that blends with hair color and covers 9 shade levels!

Getting ready for date night and every other night out just got so much easier! Gray Away is conveniently located in store or online at ULTA beauty! 

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

The Perfect Christmas Dresses.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

This post is sponsored by Bonnie Jean Dress. All opinions are mine alone. #partner

When I found out Oaklyn was a girl, I was completely shocked. For some reason everyone and their dog was telling me they just had a feeling my baby was a boy. I got used to the idea of having a boy so by the time we found out she was a girl, I didn't know what to think! I had to completely shift gears and at first it was kind of hard for me. Then, I started thinking about all the girly things I love and I kid you not, one of the things I was MOST excited about was Christmas dresses. I pictured a little girl dressed up in a pretty dress every Christmas with her hair curled and big bow atop her head... suddenly having a girl was all I ever wanted! I have absolutely loved putting Oaklyn in a pretty little Christmas dress every year. Then Cam came along and it was double the fun! Seriously matching little girlies is practically the cutest thing in the entire world. I had a problem though... they quickly started outgrowing the "matching" sizes. Luckily I found a company that has the absolute cutest Christmas dresses and always has the perfect size range for my two little girls. We used Bonnie Jean Dress last year and if you follow me on instagram, you know the girls wore them like every other week this year. Oaklyn LOVED that red "spinny" dress and Cam loves being just like Oaklyn. It's a good thing those dresses are dang cute because they wore them nonstop! This year I let Oaklyn take her pick for their Christmas dress and she immediately chose the Emily Sparkle Lace Dress. Her eyes completely lit up when she saw it and that was all I needed to have it ordered that day. When the dresses arrived Oaklyn was so excited I thought she might rip it out of my hands, ha! The whole time we took pictures she was spinning around and smiling ear to ear. Gosh I love that girl and her love of all things girly. Cam followed suit and it was precious. They absolutely cannot wait to wear their dresses again on Christmas Sunday! 

Their sizing is true to size, Cam is wearing a 3T and typically wears a 3T. Oaklyn is wearing a 5t and also typically wears that size. The quality is incredible and I know it'll hold up for them to wear all year long this year. The lace is sturdy and holds shape rather than being fragile and thin. The rhinestones are perfectly in their place and made it through the girls constant dancing while taking photos. The tulle is the perfect amount of thickness and made for a great twirl. 

They have an entire holiday shop where you can view all of their Christmas dresses here.  Trust me, you'll asolutely find something you love. We want them all! I hope you love dressing up your little girlies in their Bonnie Jean Dresses!
All my love,
Aleigh Joy

2019 Christmas Cards

Sunday, December 8, 2019
This post is sponsored by Shutterfly. All opinions are mine alone. #partner

I'm so excited to share our 2019 Christmas card with all of you! It may just be my favorite yet! Somehow, we actually managed to get a few good pictures during our disaster of an afternoon taking family photos. I have a hard time paying for family photos each year when I know how to take them myself. It sure is more challenging being behind and in front of the camera, but it definitely saves money! This year we spent soo much time trying to get a few good shots and after ending photos super discouraged, (cue the two year old meltdowns here) I thought there was no way we'd have enough to do a bigger card... but I'm so glad they turned out better than I thought. With over 50 photos in our family album this year, I knew I'd need a big card to display my favorites. Thankfully, I knew just which company to look at for a card that fits all my wants and needs! We've used Shutterfly/Tiny Prints for over 4 years now on both Christmas cards and birth announcements. Every single time, they have been delivered better than I expected them to be! Shutterfly has so many options you are bound to find at least one card you love, but I can promise you'll find more! The past two years I have gone with a tri-fold card to have enough space to display all of our family photos. I love the tri-fold options but they also have flat cards, folded cards, and gate folds! On the side bar you can pick which type of card you're looking for, select colors you are wanting, how many pictures you want to display, size, trim options, and even a theme! Once you've found the card of your dreams, you can simply upload the photos straight from your computer into your card and drag the photos where you want them. You can add text and change both the font and size. You can get custom addressed envelopes by simply inputting the addresses of your friends on your list and even add a fancy insert or get custom stamps. Not to mention, they are always running the BEST deals! Thank you Shutterfly for making one of my favorite traditions a breeze!
See the card I picked here.

A Little Fall Decor Inspo + Update

Thursday, October 24, 2019
Well hello old friends! My goodness, it has been a while since I've written a blog post! As many of you know, I took a job to be the head cheer coach at my old high school. It was super unexpected and sudden but has been fun to get back into cheer. It has also come with a lot of challenges such as finding a balance between cheer stuff, mom stuff, church calling stuff, wife stuff, and blog stuff... I think it's clear which one got pushed out. But, I don't want to give up blogging! I'm still working on finding a balance and making it all work but I figured the first year coaching would be a lot so this is to be expected. Hunter works his full time job then comes home to take care of the girls while I'm at practice. In a couple weeks he is also going to be coaching the jv basketball team at the same high school as me. Sooo life is about to get even more insane! Oaklyn is in her second/last year of preschool and killing it. Every time I talk to her teachers they speak highly of her and she does awesome on all the worksheets they give her. She's a sassy child so I'm wishing she acted that way at home all the time...but I guess I'd rather her be good for others than me. She's also taking gymnastics/tumbling and loving that. Cam is my little bestie these days. She practically never leaves my side and we both like it that way. She'll be going to preschool next year and it's actually breaking my heart. I just want her to be my baby forever. 

I had fully planned on posting this in September... HA! But I guess better late than never! If you're like me, you already have Christmas on your mind. But if you're not like me, fall will be staying up for another month so I guess this post isn't superrr late. Right? I absolutely love this time of year. Fall is soo much fun. It's still too hot in San Diego so I can at least decorate for fall to feel festive! When Hunter and I first got married I bought a lot of fall decor with really strong and bright oranges. The traditional fall decor with leaves and orange pumpkins. While I don't mind that look, it was really clashing with the way my decor style has evolved so I tried to transition into more neutrals and muted burnt orange. 

Little fall signs are from the Target dollar section a few years ago. Fabric pumpkins are from the dollar section. Friend pumpkin is a chalkboard pumpkin and a friend did the calligraphy. The white pumpkin is from Hobby Lobby. I then bought fall florals and arranged them on the top of the pumpkin to my liking. The wood bead and tassel banner is from Hobby Lobby. 

The wood tray is from a cute local store called Finely Home. The mini fall sign and buffalo check pumpkin pillow is from the dollar section along with the orange ceramic pumpkin. The florals and vase are from Hobby Lobby. 

The grey and white vase is from Hobby Lobby and the stems and ceramic pumpkin are both from Target's fall section. 

Blanket ladder was a DIY and can be found here. Pumpkins are from Michaels and I did the ombre and glitter design on them. Little Happy Fall sign and leaf wood block are also DIY projects. All supplies were found at Michaels. Cotton wreath is from Hobby Lobby.

Metal wall hangers are from Hobby Lobby and spray painted silver. Stems inside of them are from Michaels. Buffalo check fabric pumpkins and wood signs are from Target Dollar Section. 

Little wood signs come in a two pack in the Target dollar section. 

Letterboard and wood beads from Hobby Lobby. Chalkboard from Walmart. Wood pumpkin from Target Dollar Section. "Home" cutout from Michaels and hot glued on. 

Grey and white pumpkins are from the Target dollar section. Cactus is from Shop Liv3. Black Pumpkin is old and I can't remember, ha! Buffalo Check pumpkin was a DIY project. The wood pumpkin cutout is from Hobby Lobby along with the M. I taped sections off and painted the stripes on then hot glued the M.

So there's a little fall inspo! I can't promise it'll be up much longer though... I'm kind of a Christmas fanatic. Anyone else??

Now on to finishing up our family costumes and getting ready for all the festivities next week! I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

All my love,
Aleigh Joy

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

In 2015 Hunter and I binge watched the show Friday Night Lights faster than we had ever watched a show before. Actually, it's probably the only series Hunter has ever actually finished. We were obsessed. If you haven't seen the show, it's on Hulu and is a must! It's about a high school football team in Texas with an incredible coach. It follows the life of the players and the coach and whether or not you like football, I promise you'll like this show. And if you don't... then I have no words! Ha! In the show, the team chants "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't lose" before every game. Hunter and I became obsessed with this saying, along with half of America. We ended up adding it to our family motto because the saying holds so much meaning that we want our girls to embrace. Here's what the saying means to me...

Clear Eyes: Living life with a clear focus. I know that life gets hard. I know that things will always get thrown our way that may distract and deter us from becoming who we were meant to be. However, I think that living your life with clear eyes means having the ability to see clearly during the hard times rather than letting the end goal become blurry.

Full Hearts: I think that going through life with a full heart means living each day with gratitude. It means not taking what you have for granted and appreciating even the smallest things. When you have a heart full of gratitude, you're sure to see the good in each situation. I also think it means keeping your heart full of love, passion, confidence, honesty, humility, and dedication. It means working on yourself to become your best self and the best way to do that is to keep your heart full and your path (eyes) clear. 

Can't Lose: At the end of the day, if you've given it all you've got, you cannot lose. This slogan means so much more than simply winning the game, but also imparts the importance of being the best version of yourself. Because if you win with a hard heart and blurry vision, did you really win at all? By approaching life with honesty, heart, and accountability, the "loss" is not really a loss. Instead, this saying imparts the value of doing one's best and accepting that it doesn't always mean "winning" in the world's eyes. The important element here, is that it does not mean the non-winner is a loser, but rather that by upholding values of perseverance, humility, and dedication, the individual is a winner regardless of what the "scoreboard" says.

As the girls get older and life gets tougher, I hope they always remember to keep their eyes clear, their hearts full, and remember that winning isn't all about a number or a "prize" but rather what's on the inside. 

All my love,
Aleigh Joy