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. 🙂
This post is sponsored by The Libman Company but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
May is National Pet month and you guys know that we have three pets, two larger dogs and a one-eyed cat.
They are messy. They’re messier than the three kids. Missy’s favorite activity is to play in the dirt while waiting for the neighborhood squirrel to arrive for the day. Bo loves to nap in the sun and doesn’t get as messy and Missy, but he loves a good run around the yard and with them big paws, he picks up all the dirt. Cat doesn’t go outside (despite all the several times he’s tried and then freaked himself out once out there), but cats are pretty gross too. Hairballs. . . ugh.
In order to keep up with clean up (which is basically impossible) I grabbed a Libman Wonder Mop from Walmart (the Microfiber GRIPSTRIPS™ sold me in choosing which mop to go with, they lift up to 20% more dirt) put it to the dirty floor test. I also sang into it while dancing around the living room and kitchen, but that’s neither here nor there really. Who doesn’t at some point break out into a little song and/or dance while cleaning?
The power wringer lets me remove more water from the mop head, no excess water, faster floor drying time and with these fools running around, we can’t be having wet floors for very long. They’ll trip and fall all over the place . . . . or . . . . make it messy again faster than they normally would. It works on all surfaces and when I’m done, I just pop the head into the washing mashion. (It can be washed up to 50 times). That’s so easy! And I’m all about the simple life.
So, if you’re like me… standing in the mop aisle of the store looking at the mops in utter confusion trying to just pick one… pick a Libman Wonder Mop(the green handled one) y’all. I just saved you a lot of time. ha
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Christmas 2017, also known as the stomach bug Christmas. UGH.
Christmas Eve started off with some donuts from Cookie the elf. And if you look carefully, you’ll see Maddie & Owen sprinkling reindeer food outside. Poor Fin opted to skip this part and stay in bed.
I’m not even sure when the puking started, but it started a few days back with Owen… moved on to Fin and to David, now it’s on to Maddie and I just know my turn is coming. It’s been awful. We haven’t slept, we haven’t eaten… a whole Christmas dinner just packed away in leftover containers that will probably eventually get dumped just because they’ll go bad before everyone feels better. Ugh.
After a night of throwing up, Fin thankfully felt a ton better come Christmas morning. We woke up slow and took it easy. David started a fire, I made some coffee and about 4 dozen muffins (because they’re so quick and easy). We opened presents and spent the rest of the day being lazy bums, vegging out to chips & dip, lil smokies and more before the sickness crept in again and nobody wanted real food for dinner.
Remember Sant shops from school? Well, we normally give the kiddos a few bucks to take, but this year they willingly spent their own money and my heart about burst from the sweetness of it. Here are the gifts they got me. Haha. Can you guess which was from who? They were SO proud of the gifts they each chose too.
Mug from Fin. Angel from Maddie. Keychain from Owen. (we all laughed when I opened that one. It’s attached to my purse now of course and that’s where it’ll stay til I switch purses or until it breaks because #momlife. haha)
This dragon… dinosuar thing… he’s been asking for a Yellow eyes (this version in yellow) for 2 years now. TWO YEARS! We’ve searched EVERYWHERE! (found originally at walmart, but then went MIA). Finally David found this on Amazon after repeat trips to walmart and target just to browse the toys…. took the kids to spend Christmas gift cards a few days before Christmas and wouldn’t you know it, David had to talk Owen OUT of buying this exact dinosuar/dragon thing because Walmart had finally restocked em. I about fell out of my chair laughing when David told me that he had to convince Owen NOT to buy the exact thing he’s been asking for for TWO years now. And the fact that after all that crazy searching, walmart restocked and it was there.
Either way, he now takes Fin’s red dragon (red eyes is his name) and pairs it with his Blue dragon (Blue eyes, duh) and they walk around the house growling at each other and scaring the cat and confusing the dogs, so it’s pretty entertaining.
Overall, aside from the sickness that’s going to be the death of me (I’m being SLIGHTLY dramatic, but only slightly… you guys haven’t seen the way this thing hits people), our Christmas was really nice. We don’t have any family local, so we didn’t have to places to be or people to see. We just enjoyed the five of us in all our sickness.
I hope yours was awesome.
I’m ready to undecorate now and get life back to normal.
Who else is ready for 2018?! *raises hand*
Happy Hump Day, friends! I really hate that phrase. I don’t know why, probably because I’m like super modest and conservative, that and it’s just really overused… so overused that I actually used it myself even though I really hate the phrase.
On another note — is anyone else just really thrown off this week? All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Friday! Or at least SHOULD be Friday. Isn’t that just sad?! It was only Tuesday, guys! ONLY TUESDAY!
My kids are sickly. Not sickly enough to keep them home from school, but sickly enough to keep themselves up coughing half of the night. Ugh! The neverending motherly debate – do I keep them home from school and drag them to the Doctor just so their absence is excused? Do I keep them home and just let them rest and their absence be unexcused? They don’t have a fever, just a nasty cough and some stuffy noses, but who’s to say it’s not just allergies and weather changes?! UGH! Being a parent is such a struggle sometimes.
I sent poor Owen to preschool yesterday worrying about the excused/unexcused absences and then realized, “Amber! It’s PRESCHOOL! He can miss! It’s not mandatory! You’re such a dummy” but by then the damage was already done, he was at school, happily, just coughy.
They all woke up happily this morning, happier than they have the past few days so hopefully it’s skipping town and ditching my kids sooner rather than later.
In other news… Dr Seuss night at their school – so fun! They made hats, ate lots of cookies, got some new books from their book exchange, and ran around like chickens without heads. Seriously, it was chaotic and they had a blast.
Missy ate another couch pillow. We started with four. We own two now and one has a giant hole in it.
Poor Bo was just sleeping right through it until he realized I was running around, yelling at Missy, and cleaning up pillow fluff from EVERYWHERE, including his head.
Let’s move on to Owen photography. Every now and again, Owen will ask for my phone to take pictures. It usually starts with him wanting to look at a picture we just took and escalates from there. Next thing I know, I have over 100 new pictures of blurry who knows what on my phone. He is improving though, just look at these pictures!
Outfit of the day yesterday because I was cleaning off pictures off of my phone. I actually changed into black shoes because these pinches my toes funnily and it bugged me.
David had to work late the other day, Bo decided he’d keep me company. He usually ends up in David’s spot in the mornings after he goes to work anyway, but on this particular night, he straight up beat me to bed. I had to argue with him and shove him over onto his half of the bed. Such a ridiculous dog.
That’s my current life update! What’s yours?
As we close out the 2015 chapter of our lives, I thought it’d be a fine time to reflect back on the past year of this little blog by highlighting a few posts throughout each month of the year.
In January I shared what Maddie’s closet looks like as well as a few key pieces to any kids’ wardrobe and kicked off the Mini Fashionista with this post. Also in January, we lost our little Sadie Bug to the great outdoors.
February brought us some more of the Mini Fashionista, my go-to iced coffee recipe (along with thoughts of a stay at home mom), a blogger event with Graco in Atlanta, as well as how to throw a Valentine’s Day party without breaking the bank.
In March, we continued the Mini Fashionista and this time the boys were a part of it as well. March was also the month that I realized I was too short for normal people jeans & the month that Owen started part day prek in Georgia.
April brought in the Avengers, more of the Mini Fashionista showing off her new haircut. I talked about why I put myself in a mommy time out, and I just talked about life in general – car troubles, food I’ve eaten in Columbus, Georgia. April was also the month that I used Band-Aids inappropriately. Ha!
In May we started the moving to Colorado process! I also shared some super easy body scrub, a gift guide for golf lovers, a Mother’s day wrap up, and we spent lots of time at the pool! Oh, and the kids moved up to 1st & 3rd grade! Yay!
We spent June lounging around at the pool and watching all of our stuff be moved across the United States. We finally made it to Oklahoma in the end of June after more car troubles. *sigh* I also put together a Baby shower care package for my friends, Lisa & Ken.
August was a BUSY month for us! The kids started a new school. Maddie cried on the 1st day. I shared my obsession with my JORD watch. Fin encountered a bully. Oh, and we bought a house! Hooray! Oh, oh! We put on a mini school clothes fashion show!
September was a month of exploring Colorado! We visited Garden of the Gods, Garden of the Gods. I shared some easy DIY bird feeders as well as some tips for a stress free morning! Oh, I also shared photos of the updated living room (Spoiler alert: we painted that gross yellow color). Oh, and I stepped totally out of my comfort zone & shared some makeup looks with you guys!
In October I shared some thrifting hauls with you guys, as well as talked about the night that my kids all lied to me! Yikes, right?! I also shared some yummy milkshakes and some tasty pumpkin snickerdoodle cookies! Oh, we also had parent teacher conferences and Fin won an award for having a positive attitude!
That brings us all the way up to December! I shared our Christmas wrap up with you guys! I’m actually using this mug again today as I type this up. I talked about how my kids have their own little lives amongst themselves and how cool it is to see them having what I used to have with my siblings. own little lives. I shared with you how to put together a manly man’s stocking as well as how to make some Minion playdough. Oh! And I shared an EASY costume idea for your Elf-on-the-Shelf.
It’s been so fun putting this post together and looking back through a year of posts. I hope you guys have enjoyed it too and I hope you guys have a fabulous 2016!
Thanks for sticking around!
Having two dogs now instead of just Bo, David and I have struggled a bit to find a good brand that supports both of them. Missy is still young, but eats like a grown dog, Bo is a beast that’s basically never full. They share a bowl because we tried separate bowls and not only was it messy, but they’d argue about who got to eat which, when, and where! It was absolutely ridiculous! So now they have just the one bowl of food (it’s a huge bowl) and a huge bowl of water that they share. It works out well for all involved, except I feel like we are constantly refilling one or the other because they’re basically bottomless pits and always thirsty.
Anyway, in trying to find something that they could/would both eat, we went back to Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®Zero Grain™ Beef. It is made with simple, natural ingredients like real U.S. farm-raised beef, which is always the number one ingredient, combined with wholesome vegetables. And there are never any grains, glutens or fillers. Rachael Ray Nutrish to try it. We knew from past experiences that Bo loved it but we didn’t want to start Missy on it as soon as we got her because she was tiny still. Now that she’s a bit bigger and they’ve both gotten a bit pickier about foods, we decided to give it a go again.
Bo gets SO excited about any packages that come our way. Sometimes they’re for him, sometimes they aren’t. When they aren’t for him, he pouts after sniffing it and realizing it contains nothing of interest to him. If it is for him though, he basically rips the box open for me! Just look at that happy, goofy face! He’s waiting for me to open the food for him!
Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Zero Grain™ Beef with Bison Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients like real U.S. farm-raised beef, which is always the number one ingredient, combined with wholesome vegetables. And there are never any grains, glutens or fillers.
In order to make the transition to Rachael Ray Nutrish, we had to do it slowly over the course of a bit over a week. We started off mixing it in with their old dog food, then little by little, day by day, we’d up the amount of Rachael Ray Nutrish and use less of the old dog food. When introducing new food to your pets, don’t just make the switch overnight! Make sure you make it a slow transition!
Here’s a little bit more about Rachael Ray Nutrish:
◦In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish ultra-premium food and treats for dogs. In 2014, we were very excited to grow the brand into the world of cat food. Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple natural ingredients and do not contain meat or poultry by-product meal or fillers. Real meat is the #1 ingredient and all recipes were inspired by Rachael’s kitchen.
◦Even more impressive than our formula or position, Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue, a charity created to help shelter pets in need. To date we have donated over $9MM. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. Unlike our competitors, we pride ourselves on bringing pet specialty quality food to the masses. We are the first premium brand that is only available in grocery/mass retailers like Target, Walmart and Amazon. In a hyper- competitive category, we are very happy to say that we are the fastest growing dry dog food brand in the grocery/mass space. Contributing to the brand’s success is the approachability, accessibility and connection to Rachael Ray, who brings on-trend humanization of pet food and represents the charitable Rachael’s Rescue component.
Bo and Missy loved it so much! And I swear I see a change in both of them! They seem happier, and more active. That makes me happy!