Summer break is in full force around here. David only has two days of college this semester, so we’ve been…
Summer break is in full force around here. David only has two days of college this semester, so we’ve been…
Summer break is in full force around here. David only has two days of college this semester, so we’ve been squeezing in all the fun adventures on non class days.
We visited our favorite fishing spot over Memorial Day weekend, and phew it was packed. It was a gorgeous day, a nice trip, and a fun time… we just remembered why we don’t go do much on holidays – so peopley.
We have made lots of trips to the local library already this year with many more in our future. The kids have discovered that they can ask the lady’s at the desk to help them find books and put books on hold for us. Maddie’s new favorite thing is to check to see if any of our holds are in – even though I get a notification when they come in, we still stop to check every time we go.
We’ve already done a fair amount of hiking this summer as well. We even saw a rattle snake a few hikes back. I can’t remember if I mentioned that here already or not.
David turned 33 earlier this month and we “surprised him” with a renewed zoo membership and a zoo trip. Owen was SO excited to finally get a picture with the otters. Ignore his end of the year shoes. haha. You know it’s summer time when shoes have holes and pants are too short. Haha.
And Bo loves boxes as usual.
Otherwise so far our summer has been hot & lazy & absolutely wonderful. I hope your summer has been enjoyable so far. 🙂
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Every now and again I get to try new products before they even hit the stands. Cool, right?! I was so excited to give this new line specifically for curls a try. I mean, have you guys seen Owen’s hair?! It’s a mess like 95% of the time, but his curls make him. Could you imagine Owen without his long curls? It’d be so weird.
Taking care of them though has turned into a bit of a struggle lately. He doesn’t like brushing his hair because that usually makes his hair poofy and that bothers him. We almost didn’t make it to preschool one day because we’d brushed his hair & he was so upset over the poof. David finally convinced him to wear a beanie and that would help contain the poofy. He did, off to school we went. Crazy child. Thank goodness for David being home that moring though because this momma was NOT in the mood for that. I understand his grumpiness though, bad hair days are just no good.
Now though, he’s got his own special shampoo, condition, and curl spray. He’s SO excited about it. And he’s proud that it’s just his. Thanks to SoCozy.
A bit of info from SoCoZy
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While I’ve got your attention, let me tell you about the current sweepstakes SoCozy is offering! It’s pretty awesome if you ask me. Anyone who purchases any of the SoCozy products at Target, CVS & Walgreens from Jan 9th – Feb 13th should save their receipt. You’ll then log on & upload a picture of the receipt. Just like that, you’ll be entered into the sweepstake. No limit on spend. *IN-STORE PURCHASES ONLY.
The Sweepstake Package includes:
An all-expense paid 5 days, 4 nights, deluxe family vacation includes – four (4) roundtrip coach airfare tickets, roundtrip airport transportation, one (1) Oceanfront Superior Room hotel room for five (5) nights at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, FL; one (1) date complimentary Poolside Cabana, two (2) complimentary 50-minute Diplomat Signature Massages; two (2) complimentary full-day Kid’s Club passes, Daily Breakfast and Lunch for four (4) people, one (1) dinner certificate for four (4) people to Portico; one (1) dinner certificate for four (4) people to Bristols; three (3) additional dinner certificates for four (4) people valued at $200 each and $100 to spend daily at resort.
The total value of this prize is $10,000! (read more here)
If you have a curly haired kiddo in your life, I highly recommend that you give these a try.
Happy Monday, friends. I hope you guys had a nice weekend. We had an unusually warm (I’m talking almost in the 80s) weekend and we took full advantage of it.
Friday Fin got an award, Owen took selfies and other random pictures. That child… he’s obsessed with himself.
On Saturday we headed to the park where Miss Madelyn decided to ride without training wheels. She struggled, the wind was in her hair, she got frustrated, banged and bruised but overall she did GREAT! She didn’t cry, she didn’t whine (too much). She got a little poo butt but I made her take a break to calm down and once she started back again, she pedaled on down the hill & was SO proud of herself.
While Maddie & I practiced bike riding, the boys tossed around a football. I’m surprised they didn’t end up with jammed fingers and busted open heads. Owen got smacked in the head right where earlier that morning he’d fallen into a table after spinning himself super dizzy… and poor Fin got smacked RIGHT in the face. Both were totally fine. Little champs.
And our Sunday consisted of a quick trip to Home Depot (our home away from home) and a new project that I’ll be sharing later… once it’s done. Right now, my kitchen looks like a tornado blew threw and ugh… it’s KILLING me. But I’m super excited about this one. If you follow me on Snapchat (AmberNMcCain) you’ve probably seen some sneaks, but I’ll share the finished product when we’re done.
In other news, on the blog this week I’ll be sharing some No Bake Fall Treats as well as a fun little Halloween printable. Be on the lookout for both of those.
I hope you all have a great week! See you soon!
I love Groupon. (referral link) Sometime at the start of summer, I bought a Groupon for Glow Golf. I paid $20 for it. We finally redeemed it over the weekend. One round would have cost us $30 and the Groupon was for UNLIMITED games. You can’t beat that!
After Glow golf, we grabbed candy apples. My mom had given the kids each a coupon for a free candy apple.
They took their time carefully choosing the one that they wanted.
Owen and underwear just don’t always see eye to eye.
We only spent a few hours out of the house, but by the time we go home, the kids were so pleased with the day, that they were happy little clams the rest of the afternoon. And we spent a whoppin’ $5 that day because David and I split an apple. Ha!
I came across a post on Facebook the other day about a lady that had forced her 15 year old son to cut off his long hair. It made me sad to read. I scrolled through some of the comments on the post and saw a comment that she had made saying that she was suffering his wrath now. All I could think was, “Why would you force him to cut his hair?!” Then I realized that not everybody thinks like I do about boys having long hair.
I won’t force my boys to cut their hair. It is just more important to me that they are intelligent, kind, polite, well mannered, good moral having people. Hair length just isn’t a priority to me. Below I’m sharing 5 reasons why.
1. As long as my boys maintain their hair (keep it clean, and brushed) then I’ll let it go. I’ve been trying to teach the kids that if something doesn’t affect them, it’s not their business. The length of the hair doesn’t really impact me in any way, so it’s not my business.
2. It is simply not worth the fight. With everything else we have going on, a haircut simply is not worth the fight.
3. It’s not my hair. While, yes… I do realize that I am their mother (please don’t point that out, I am WELL aware of that fact) and I have final say, it’s their long hair. I love that both of my boys have both decided to grow out their hair. I love that they love their hair. I want each of my kids to be his/her own person. I want them to think for themselves and to figure out what they like for themselves.
4. As long as they are kind, good kids and their grades stay up, I don’t care to put a lot of pressure on their appearance. As long as their clothes are clean, and appropriate, (weather and modestly) I’m pretty much OK with whatever. For instance, yesterday my daughter wore a dress with a skort under it. I laughed it off and let her go about her day.
5. It is just hair.
It should be noted that I encourage good hygiene as well as hair trims. Oh, and my daughter prefers her hair shorter.
This post is brought to you by KidloLand but all opinions are my own.
Have you guys heard of the app, KidloLand? Kidloland is a nursery rhyme app. The free version offers 3 songs and 12 activities to try. If you subscribe, you can get access to over 500+ Nursery Rhymes, songs, activities, and games. I’ve had it for about two weeks now and have nothing but good things to say about it. It’s full of Nursery Rhymes, songs, and games for kids. It’s geared for kids ages 0-5, but all three of mine love it. I’ve even caught Fin starring over Owen’s shoulder watching him play around.
The app itself is simple enough to use for parents and children. Owen’s figured it out like a pro. I think it took me longer to work it than it did him. This app is a great way to push education through app play. My kids love screen time, but I try to keep it to a minimum, so I’m very thankful for an app like that that lets them learn while they play.
I love that this app is so interactive. It doesn’t just play the songs for the kids, It holds my kids’ attention. Unlike most apps that they get bored with after a short period of time, KidloLand allows the child to play while learning. For example, in the song “The Wheels on the Bus”, you can beep the horn, you can tap the people and they jump in their seat, etc etc. The app even tells you where to click.
It’s such a neat little app! The people of KidloLand were also kind enough to host a giveaway. Enter below to win a 3 month subscription to KidloLand! There will be 5 winners. Good luck.