Hi, friendsWe got our little lady spayed on Friday. It was a sad day, but she's doing great. She was a mess the first day (totally to be expected), she layed around on Saturday just resting. (And threw up her medicine) But come Sunday, she was eating, drinking, and feeling better. She's been able to keep the medicine down, her incision … // Read More...
Hi, friends We got our little lady spayed on Friday. It was a sad day, but she’s doing great. She was a mess the first day (totally to be expected), she layed around on Saturday just resting. (And threw up her medicine) But come Sunday, she was eating, drinking, and feeling better. She’s been able […]
Renewing our zoo pass was probably one of the best purchases of 2017 so far. Fin pet a snake! And then a lizard. We’ve gone 4x since renewing it. One trip would have cost our large-ish family about the same amount it cost us to renew our yearly membership. We’ve gone 4x already since renewing! […]
Affiliate links are used below. Each time you purchase through an affiliate link, the owner of this blog & her family gets a very teenie tiny commission off of that. That all adds up if she’s lucky. Thank you for your continued support. I love a good prank. Unfortunately, I’m usually on the receiving end. […]
Hi, friends. I’m popping in to drop some photos and share with your our past couple of days. Thursday was Dr Seuss night at Fin & Maddie’s school. This was Maddie’s David asked Owen to find his scariest dinosaur, then he went to change… Owen did and lined em up to scare David. haha David […]
We got our little lady spayed on Friday. It was a sad day, but she’s doing great. She was a mess the first day (totally to be expected), she layed around on Saturday just resting. (And threw up her medicine) But come Sunday, she was eating, drinking, and feeling better. She’s been able to keep the medicine down, her incision looks great, and she’s back to her normal self.
I love Heartbreaker. I’m not the biggest fan of Pink Ice on me (I kept it because Miss Madelyn loves it and asked me to) but it is like the perfect color to layer. I layered it with my Heartbreaker and it was soooooo pretty. I layered it the other day with my Violette, also sooooo pretty.
We went to the zoo on Friday while waiting for Missy. David had photography homework, and we thought we could get a few good shots from the zoo. He did, kicked butt on that homework but these are just phone pics that I snapped.
Some kind lady saw me attempting a giraffe selfie & offered to snap a pic of us. I LOVE when people do that. It’s such a simple and kind gesture. I’m NEVER in pictures with my people because someone has to take them. It’s not the greatest photo of the 3 of us, but overall I really love it because it’s a little group shot.
David actually got a close up of this guy.
That’s all I’ve got today, guys. The rest of the weekend was spent at home, cleaning (cuz PHEW) and keeping our eyes on Missy. I hope you guys had a nice weekend.
Renewing our zoo pass was probably one of the best purchases of 2017 so far. Fin pet a snake! And then a lizard. We’ve gone 4x since renewing it. One trip would have cost our large-ish family about the same amount it cost us to renew our yearly membership. We’ve gone 4x already since renewing! Isn’t that insane? It’s such a nice little get out of the house “free” thing to do.
I swatched my hand with a few LipSense colors on Tuesday morning. I gave the dog a bath that afternoon. Didn’t budge. Side note: it’s Thursday and I still have more color than not on my hand. Here’s my group if you’d like to join & want to learn more.
I ordered this for Fin because you can’t be $4 and free 2-day shipping. I planned to save it for a birthday gift, buuuuuuut someone (David) ripped it open, and yelled “FIIIIIINNNNN!!!!!” haha.
Bo being Bo. He doesn’t realize that he’s a dog.
The people of Harry’s sent me and David new razors. I seriously love them. David does too. He uses his to clean up his neck. He was really hesitant to try it because razors in the past have always broken him out. He woke up the day after first trying it and showed me his neck — nothing. No breakout, no rash, nothing! It was great. Mine is the orange (showering handle) David’s isn’t made for the shower.
They’re also offering you a shave club free trial — get a Truman razor handle, razor blade, travel blade cover, and travel sized foaming shave gel for free –just cover the $3 shipping. TOTALLY worth it! The kit comes with soooooo much!
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I love a good prank. Unfortunately, I’m usually on the receiving end. My husband and son prank me all the time. It’s hilarious and awful. I’m always nervous about what’s coming next. haha.
Since April Fool’s Day is just around the corner, I wanted to put together some ideas for all of you pranksters out there.
Here are some of my favorite from Amazon. (Free Two day shipping for PRIME members. Not a member, sign up here)
Today’s post is brought to you with the help of CK Mondavi Wines. All thoughts & opinions are my own.
I love a good BBQ get together, don’t you? Food smells amazing, it’s a nice day, you’re together with your group of friends, what could you not love about that?! Over our decade of Army life, David and I have hosted more than our fair share of BBQs and attended more than our fair share of BBQs.
So today, I thought I’d share with you some BBQ hosting tips as well as a simple dessert because game days and BBQ season are upon us!
Plan: I make a list of who we’re inviting and what food we want to make. Sometimes we have people bring things, and sometimes we don’t. Make sure you have a full menu, and appetizers, and desserts. People at BBQ love food. The more, the better. You’ll want drinks as well. Don’t forget something for kids, and adults.
Meal –> Burgers & Hotdogs, (the meat usually depends on the amount of people we have coming). Potato salad, Macaroni, Corn cobs,
Desserts –> Anything from ice cream to cake or cookies. It just depends on my mood, who’s coming, how many kids, etc etc. If it’s a larger BBQ, more people = more food, we usually skip desserts. I like simple desserts, grab & go. (This Monkey Bread is one of my go-tos)
Drinks –> We always offer up whatever we have in the fridge (juice, milk, water) but for BBQs we also set out beer, soda, and wine. (You know for wine, I’m gonna recommend CK Mondavi)
CK Mondavi has a game day special promotion going on until March 31st! It’s the perfect game-day wine, amazing quality and great taste! (Keep reading to see which pairs best with your food choices)
Next up, prep your yard. You don’t want people to hang out in your backyard if the grass hasn’t been cut, or if the dogs haven’t been cleaned up after… take a bit and just do some yard work. Make it look appealing, the best you can.
(tidy up inside too if you plan to entertain inside – if not, at least tidy up your bathroom)
Don’t forget the kids. If you know that there will be kids, try to plan something fun for them as well. I like to set up a DIY bubble station and I always stock up on chalk.
Entertainment –> Assuming there isn’t a game on to be watched, you’ll want to provide your guests with some entertainment of some sort. It doesn’t have to be anything too crazy. We usually just pull out the cornhole boards and people take turns with that. Other options include cards, darts, board games, etc etc. Just know your guests and plan for what they enjoy.
See, simple tips. Nothing major. Now onto the recipe I promised above.
Mini No-bake cheesecake bites
To make the crust you will need:
1 package of graham crackers (crushed up) 5 tablespoons of melted butter 1 tablespoon of sugar
Crush the graham crackers. Stir in the melted butter and sugar. Spread into mini muffin pan. Let sit in the fridge while prepping the filling.
For the filling you will need:
8 ounces of cream cheese (room temp) 1/2 can (14oz) sweetened condensed milk 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/8th cup lemon juice
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese (medium-high) until smooth. Beat in condensed milk slowly, followed by the lemon juice and vanilla.
Spoon into crust, cover and refridgerate for an hour. Top with whatever you feel like topping them with. This time, I topped them with diced strawberries and caramel syrup.
CK Mondavi Sauvignon Blanc Tasting Notes: Sauvignon Blanc is always a crowd pleaser and pairs well with almost any food which is why its goes great with appetizers. CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio Tasting Notes: Pinot Grigio is bright with balanced acid and pairs well with seafood, chicken and light sauces. CK Mondavi Moscato Tasting Notes: Moscato is a sweet and juicy wine. Delicious with spicy foods or fruit.
I’m popping in to drop some photos and share with your our past couple of days.
Thursday was Dr Seuss night at Fin & Maddie’s school. This was Maddie’s
David asked Owen to find his scariest dinosaur, then he went to change… Owen did and lined em up to scare David. haha
David & I spent most of Sunday making a cat tree for Crowley. It was easier than expected, just a bit of a pain and time-consuming. WAY better than spending $100+ on one because it cost us $10 to make ours. And cat loves it. We just need to finish tacking the carpet down (ran out of nails).
We spent Saturday afternoon and all of it’s gorgeous weather at the zoo.
And Maddie attended a birthday party on Sunday morning. RSVPing is a very important thing. Maddie was the only one in the class to show. I was the only one to RSVP. Isn’t that just rude?! The little girl’s dad thanked me for actually RSVPing.
And for nonphoto updates…. On Monday I had a dentist appointment. I broke a tooth over the weekend. Oh and our garbage disposal died. Oh, and we lost the 3 goldfish Maddie added to her tank. She spent her own money and bought another guppie. Fingers crossed the guppie lives, okay?! Thanks. Cat loves his house. He’s currently sleeping on the top of it. He gets mad at you if you try to mess with him while he’s on his tree.
People keep asking me how we’re doing, and how life is now that David’s out of the Army. I thought I’d take today to just update you guys on our new life.
It’s weird. It seems surreal. It seems like David’s just on a vacation, or on leave still. Yesterday was his last official day in the Army. (He had 2 months of leave saved up and took full advantage of that PAID time). But it’s officially official. We went yesterday morning to get our new I.D. Cards. His is blue, blue = retired!
Life so far for us has been … interesting. Again though, it doesn’t seem like he’s actually out of the Army, it just seems like a long mini vacation so far. We’re in that weird month of no paychecks coming, so that’s TONS of fun (read: VERY stressful for Amber, the bill payer, and money controller) but other than that, I’d say we’re doing OK.
College is going well. The only class he’s not loving is the “Welcome to college/ how to be an adult” class, but he’s an almost 32 Combat Vet and it’s full of 17/18-year-olds that are fresh out of High School. And it’s taught by a former Mil spouse that emphasizes that she’s a FORMER Mil spouse (divorce that left a bad taste in her mouth about Military members). That’s been interesting to say the least, but overall classes are going well for David.
As far as the kids and I adjusting… well, the kids are excited that Daddy now takes them to school in the mornings & they don’t have to ride the bus. Otherwise, I think they’re enjoying having him home for longer periods than what they’ve ever been used to.
I have witnessed my children approach him and say, “Daddy… can I blah blah blah” <-- Do you know how HUGE that is?! Usually, it's "Mom! MOM! MOM! Dad, have you seen Mom?!" because I've been the main parent for so long. I've been the parent that they rely on, that they know will be there. It's so weird now that David is that parent too. We like share responsibilities, you guys. If you're a Mil spouse with kiddos, you totally get how huge of a deal this is!
They keep asking when Daddy has to go to work again, or if Daddy has to go to the field anytime soon, or if Daddy's gonna leave again soon which breaks my heart, but I excitedly get to say, "Nope! Daddy isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Remember, he's OUT of the Army now, so doesn't have to do that anymore" and they skip off happily. Seriously, it's a dream, you guys! IT IS SO NICE HAVING HIM HOME STEADILY!You guys, I like our new life. While we definitely have our struggles with David's medical stuff, life just seems a lot calmer without all of the day to day Army life stressors. Don't get me wrong, life is far from perfect, but I definitely am enjoying spending more time with my husband. That's a huge bonus.And in case you're wondering how he keeps in shape....
Haha. Bo is loving all the extra attention he’s been getting as well. (Missy too). Even the cat seems happier. <-- THEY GET ALL THIS NEWLY DISCOVERED LOVE AND ATTENTION!I don't really have much else to update with. We've honestly just been enjoying having David home and just hanging out as a family.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Head & Shoulders. The opinions and text are all mine.
I’ve talked before with you guys about my scalp psoriasis (read that here) – so when I got an email about trying the Head & Shoulders Dry Scalp Care Clinical Solutions Itch Relief Dandruff Shampoo and Leave-On Dandruff Treatment, I was honest to goodness pretty excited. Colorado is SUCH a dry place to live, and it messes with my psoriasis. I just stay so dry and my scalp stays itchy and flakey.
Let me give you a quick run down about each product that I was sent.
Below is a photo of the packaging, so you know what you’re looking for when you go to purchase these for yourself (which I HIGHLY recommend if you suffer from a dry, itchy scalp). It really is the best dandruff shampoo!
I liked the shampoo and that it moisturizes my hair leaving it feeling soft and clean. I love the Leave-on Dandruff Treatment. I was really hesitant about it; worried that it would leave my hair greasy, stinky, or just feeling weird… but nope. None of that. I really like this stuff. I didn’t end up scratching at the back of my head while using it which is HUGE because usually by the end of the day, my head is just flakey & itchy. Especially if it’s a day that I have just washed it.
So, if you’re looking for remedies for dandruff, I recommend giving Head & Shoulders Clinical Solutions a try! It works wonders for me and my scalp.
I hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been quite lately. A stomach bug hit our house and it’s not been fun. Today though, I wanted to pop in and update you a bit… so I’m doing it in a “5 things” form. Ready?!
1. I came across these photos from some that David had saved to my computer. Look at my Broseph. He’s my favorite dog. He drives me insane, he annoys the crap out of me, but man, looks at that goofy face. Ha.
2. My little Valentines. Aren’t they cute?! *insert heart eyes here*
If you’re interested, you can join my group to learn more, to enter giveaways, to order, to lurk, just whatever. Here’s the link for that —> Pucker Up!.
4. I AM SO TIRED! Seriously, I’m always tired, but with this stomach bug… it’s like a whole new level. I’m just drained. *yawn*
5. If you’d like to keep up with me/us and our shenanigans, follow me on my social media profiles linked at the top of the blog’s sidebar. Or search for me. I’m amberNmccain (a lot of times that N gets overlooked) on everything. I do a lot more social posts than blog posts lately. It’s an easy way to keep up with us. <3
(Skip to the bottom of this post for all and any Valentine’s Day printable needs)
I love love. I love Valentine’s Day. But not because I’m a romatic, or David’s super romantic, but because I love Holidays in general. Any excuse to print out some cute printable, coloring page, or whip up a fun little gift for the kids is just my favorite. Holidays are so much more fun when you’re a parent (and a heck of a lot more stressful if I’m being completely honest). I love making cute things for the kids and for their classes. This year, I knew I wanted to make my own cards. I just needed the perfect little saying and item to include. I knew that I didn’t want to pass out candy so when I came across this 72 pack of sticky hands ($6.42) I knew what I had to do! Add to cart.
That’s enough for ALL THREE CLASSES! Do you know how awesome that is? To find one package that contains enough to pass out to three different classes? Even though Fin’s class isn’t participating. Apparently, that stops at 3rd grade. *insert sad face here*
If you’d like them, just click the picture and it should open a new tab for you. I printed em 4 to page
I knew that I’d need cardstock over regular printer paper, so I price checked Walmart & Amazon. I found it WAY cheaper on Amazon, but it was an add-on item. (Which wasn’t an issue for me since I had other things to order) Found it here for $5.99. You could even get some crafting scissors or a paper trimmer (this would’ve been nice to have) for cutting them out. I just let the kid use whatever scissors we had because it’s what we had.
You should also check out these Heart Shaped Animals from Personal Creations to give to friends and family. They’re super easy to make with young kids. Simply print out the shapes, cut and glue. There’s a color version for a quicker craft or a black and white version to let kids pick their own colors. I printed out them all. The kids had fun making them. They made for the perfect sick day activity for Owen. I actually had to print out more for Fin & Maddie because Owen did them all.
Tiny Print’s has a few things to offer as well.
15 different Valentine’s Day coloring pages. I printed off the dinosaur one for Owen. After I read what it said to him, he said, “Oh! because it’s a triceratops, mom” and then he laughed.