A Real Urban Mom riding the 2015 Subaru Legacy

Guys I’m super excited to say this… my family and I are test driving the 2015 Subaru Legacy! We will have the car for a whole week and we’ve already been putting that baby to use. We’ve ran errands, did last minute Christmas shopping, dropped off gifts and picked some up from family and friends. Whew!

The funny thing is the car just fits perfectly in our life. It’s not too big and it’s not too small. Our boys fit comfortably in the back and have some room to move around and Dennis has enough leg room when driving and being a passenger (he’s 6ft.) Since I’m short I love the fact the seats can be moved by a push of a button.

The gas mileage on this car has been amazing, we have been all over Chicago and we still have more than a half tank of gas! I’m impressed. I’ll keep you guys posted on what else the Subaru can do later this week!

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Keep an eye out on us on social media because videos and pictures are being uploaded constantly! We are loving this car and super blessed to have it for a whole week!

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

So I joined my friend Natasha from HousefulOfNicholes on her #HousefulOfCookies challenge! 11 days of cookies recipes are on her blog and my recipe will make it 12. I’m not a baker at all, but I wanted to push myself this Holiday season. So I attempted to make Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies with the kiddos!

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So I’ll be honest my husband Dennis helped me mix the ingredients together because my mixing skills aren’t the best. Another confession I left the cookies in a little to long so they weren’t super chewy. But they were good! And I will make them again soon, but won’t keep them in the oven as long. All my friends enjoyed them so that’s all that matters!

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The time it took me (my husband) to  blend and prep was about 10 minutes.

Baking time was around 10 minutes.

These cookies are good, simple, and cheap to make!

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What do I need to make them?

1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1 stick of butter

How to make them??

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Mix all ingredients except chocolate chips.
When blended, mix in the chocolate chips.
Make 2 inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. You don’t want to make them too big because they do spread.
Bake for 9 to 10 minutes. Let the cookies sit on the cookies sheet for about 30 seconds to 1 minute before letting cool on a wire rack.
Makes around a dozen small cookies.

Make a dozen and let me know how it goes!

HGTV reveals SANTA HQ!

It’s that time again. Yes, Christmas time! I know it feels like you just went “trick or treating” with the kiddos, but it’s time to put the scary masks away and get ready to head to Santa’s Headquarters! Thanks to HGTV, 10 Macerich malls across the country will host Santa’s HQ for kids of all ages. Forget the traditional visit with Santa at the mall and step into a hands on 21st century winter wonderland with an authentic holiday experience.

When you enter the magical structure, families can enjoy the wonder of Santa’s Workshop and Observatory by using innovative technology to customize their individual experience. Another cool thing is you can download the “ELF-RAY” Vision app or use a provided tablet to explore in the enchanting world of Santa HQ to see the night sky, the secret inner-workings of clocks and gears and to meet a playful pair of elves! Can you imagine your kids eyes when they see this? And what about the smile on their face when they realize they can touch it too? Priceless!

Can you please tell me where can kids take a Selfie with a ELFIE? Or even star in their own holiday video? Where can one go to test out the ‘Naughty o’ Nice Meter? Only one place I know and it’s Santa’s HQ, because when you are there anything is possible.

After the exploring you and the kiddo(s) can continue the adventure with a custom photo, followed by the ultimate moment with Santa inside his modernized sleigh! I think my favorite aspect of this is that you can totally plan a head and reserve your time in advance via the Santa HQ website. I know me personally I set a whole day centered around our trip to visit Santa. I keep in mind the long lines, the bathroom breaks, lunch, and even some Christmas shopping so to have the option of having a set time for you adventure is pretty amazing to me.

So now that you are sold on this adventure here are the important details! Santa HG will be available for a little more than six weeks Nov. 4th to Christmas eve, Dec 24th 2014. Santa HQ will be featured at 10 Macerich properties including Danbury Fair Mall in Danbury, Conn., opening on Nov. 4; Deptford Mall in Deptford Township, N.J., opening on Nov. 5; Vintage Faire in Modesto, Calif., opening on Nov. 5; Los Cerritos Center in Cerritos, Calif., opening Nov. 7; FlatIron Crossing in Broomfield, Colo., opening Nov. 7; Washington Square in Portland, Ore., opening Nov. 7; Lakewood Center in Lakewood, Calif., opening Nov. 7; Tysons Corner Center near Washington, D.C., opening Nov. 14.; Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Ariz., opening on Nov. 7; and Scottsdale Fashion Square in Scottsdale, Ariz., opening Nov. 14.

Don’t miss the chance for your kid to have an amazing visit with Santa with the help of cutting-edge technology. For more information on Santa HQ please visit their website.