Melissa Kaylene: March 2016

Monday, March 14, 2016

3 Ways to Make Sparkly Easter Eggs

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I love Easter. We never really do too much for Easter - sometimes we go and visit my Dad, other years we just stay home...but there is something about the impending spring and summer months that make Easter just special.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Two Things You Need Before Your Next Travel Trip

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Master Lock. All opinions are 100% mine.

Last year I was able to travel to a couple different amazing places: upstate New York for the Wine Bloggers Conference, and Burbank, California for the New Entertainment Media Network Conference. I was also able to fly up to Seattle overnight and spend many day trips exploring Portland and other Oregon towns. 

Traveling to me is exhilarating and exciting. I love finding new adventures and places that I can share with you. Since I’m so new to this traveling and writing thing there is still a lot of little things that I need to learn, like different travel hacks and what I really need to pack to survive a few days away from home. 

Monday, March 7, 2016

British Soccer Camps: Summer Camp Fun

Last year Anika attended a summer soccer camp held by Challenger Sports, and this year I think that I will have Noah attend soccer camp. He has fallen in love with soccer and I think he is at the perfect age to attend something like this.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Marvel Universe Live: 2 Hours of Non-Stop Action For Fans

A review of Marvels Universe Live #marvelUniverseLive

Last Friday we drove up to the Moda Center to see Marvel Universe Live. We took Noah’s best bud with him since he hasn’t had the opportunity to hang out with friends as much as the girls have. I knew it would be a performance that they would like, but I wasn’t sure how much the rest of the family would be entertained.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

Living Locally: The Wizard of Oz at The Keller Auditorium

The Company of The Wizard of Oz in “Merry Old Land of Oz.” PHOTOGRAPHY: © DANIEL A. SWALEC
Next week the U.S. Bank Broadway in Portland series is presenting the North American tour of the new stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz! It is playing at the Keller Auditorium on March 8th - 13th.
I’m excited to see this production of one of the most classic stories around. This production is developed from the popular MGM screenplay and shares everyone’s favorite characters including the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy, and Toto. We will follow along with the iconic moments we love as they journey through the magical Land of Oz to meet the Wizard, plus there will be a few new surprises along the way, including new songs from Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Zootopia Makes for a Fun Family Movie Night

Last Monday I took the kids to a preview of Zootopia. We don't go see many movies all together because the kids all have such a big age gap (7 years between Anika and Noah) so we don't all find movies that really entertain the whole family. Zootopia pretty much accomplishes it.

Zootopia is Walt Disney Animation Studio's 55th animated feature. The movie is set in a different time where animals are all modern and civilized. Judy Hopps is a rabbit who grew up on a carrot farm and had always dreamed of becoming a cop in the city of Zootopia. Problem was, no rabbit had ever become a cop before.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Walnut Pie Recipe

How to make a walnut pie recipe @melissakaylene

A couple of months ago I made something that I had never created before -walnut pie. Remember me telling you about all of those hazelnuts we have received from my husband’s coworker? Well, we were also given a few large bags of walnuts as well, so naturally I began searching through my cookbooks and Pinterest for recipes that I could make with them.

Pecan pie has always been one of my favorite pies (are there really any bad homemade pies though?) and I had heard of people making a walnut pie like a pecan pie...I think I had even tasted one before, so I went through my recipes and used walnuts instead of pecans.

It did not disappoint.