We're on the last few days of Spring break around here, you guys and phew. It's been a good one, but I'm worn out. Their Spring break actually started on Friday with a snow day, but yesterday it was 70 degrees and sunny. Colorado weather, man. It's crazy. Anyway, today I thought I'd share some of our smile worthy moments with you guys and remind … // Read More...
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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 […]
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(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.
We started Friday off by heading to Owen’s preschool for a Super Bowl party. It was cute. Chicken, fries, little games. He was so glad that David and I BOTH got to go.
There’s a lot of other stuff from Friday that I just don’t want to get into. It was like awkward day or something. Seriously. It was “Let’s put Amber into ALL of the awkward situations we can muster up” to include a preschool Mom asking me if I was pregnant because she is, her kid mentioned it… Owen mentioned that his mom had a baby in her belly. So not only did I get to have an awesome conversation (sarcasm) with that preschool Mom, but with Owen too. He says, “Mom had a baby in her belly but it didn’t come out” So he gets the general concept, but now I just wonder how many other preschool Moms think that and how many other times am I going to get to have that conversation again?!
Friday night is pizza night. Homemade pizza will always be THE BEST pizza. Friday once we picked Owen up from preschool, he was trying to tell us about his voice cracking and squeaking but could barely get through it for losing his voice.
Friday is also the day that Maddie brought home a fish. Well, we stopped by the school to pick it up for her so it wouldn’t have to ride the bus home. Her class grew fish and now it was time to pass them on and out. So we grabbed one. Fred the fish.
That one fish however quickly turned into FOUR. We have FOUR fish now. David took Maddie to Walmart on Saturday to get some rocks and a tree for Fred. Some elderly lady handed Maddie $5 towards fish purchases, so now we have Nemo, Dory, and Marlin too.
David & I bathed the dogs. They needed it. They were SO dirty. Our backyard has been a muddy mess & they love that. Saturday was also spent being super lazy because poor Owen was running a fever and just looked miserable.
On Sunday I printed off some coloring pages for the kids (I’ll be sharing some cute printables on the blog later this week) and once it warmed up, we headed to the park. We thought some fresh air would/could do us all some good. We didn’t stay too long though, but it was nice to get out of the house.
Side note, on the walk back home, I had a scooter, 3 cups of water, a stuffed monkey, and my phone all in my hands. Make sense of that nonsense. I hope you guys had a nice weekend. Here’s to Monday! Let’s kick this week’s butt!
Have you ever just gotten in a crafty mood? It hits me from time to time and this time I acted on it. I took Owen to preschool and then took myself to Target to purchase the supplies needed to whip this little sign up. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine’s day sign, I did not however expect to like it so much that I added it to Maddie’s room decor instead.
To make this yourself, you will need:
*Canvas (I found a 2 pack at Target for $9) *Paints (whatever colors you’d like) *Paintbrush *Wooden letters (Oddly enough my store only had the LVE, so I had to improvise on the O which worked out even better than I’d expected) *A cookie cutter. Yup, my
Paint your canvas whichever color you picked. I went with pink.
Paint your letters whichever color. I went with purple. (I ended up not even using the red paint because of the cookie cutter)
Let everything dry, then simply hot glue everything to your canvas. Easy, huh?! I know. I love crafting, but I don’t like the overly complicated crafts. I like to keep it simple.
Maddie loves it in her room. She stores a tiny stuffed animal in the heart. It’s cute.
Courtney! Do not read this post! It’ll ruin the surprise. haha
I’m a first-time Aunt and man, I love having a nephew! It’s so fun getting to shop for him. While I was at Target the other day grabbing a few things for the kids’ Valentine’s day, I thought about what to send baby Emmett. He’s a tiny little thing still, so I was stumped. I wandered aimlessly, grabbing a few things here and there and then realized I was done. Easier than I thought.
So I thought I’d share with you guys in case you were stumped for ideas. 🙂
Some little socks from the Dollar spot that’ll probably fall right off his feet, but they’re cute and only $1.
An outfit. Well, I grabbed a onesie. They live in Florida, it’s hot, he doesn’t need pants. And it was budget friendly, $5.
Also from the Dollar Spot, a plate and matching silverware. He won’t be able to use it himself for a bit still, but oh my goodness it was too cute to not grab.
It’s nothing major, but he’s a baby and it was budget friendly and fun.
Happy Monday, friends. I hope you guys had a great weekend. We sure did.
On Saturday, we loaded up and headed to my Mom’s and spent the afternoon with her. Remember that pizza place we tried over the summer? She took us there for lunch and it was just as good as before. Yum!
Fun mirrors are fun.
Came home to find Cat super cozy.
Sunday was just a super lazy day. We didn’t go anywhere, we just hung out at home, baked stuff, played games, and watched movies. We did squeeze in a walk to the park because the weather was nice.
And I made enough potato/ham soup yesterday for dinner tonight too! Win!
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.
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I don’t really have much to say about this past weekend. It wasn’t overly exciting… we barely even left the house. haha. It was a nice weekend in.
David did some homework. I caught up on dishes & laundry. The kids gamed,watched movies and put together a puzzle. Owen’s weekend started a day early. I kept him home from school. Allergies were kicking his little butt.
Fin had a sleepover at his friend’s house. David surprised us with donuts. Maddie & Owen got ones with fruit pebbles on em. Isn’t that such a weird donut?! I mean, I kow it’s not, but in my head it’s not a normal donut.
Oh, I did make chicken noodle soup (yum) and rice krispy treats but with fruity pebbles. (The donut made me do it)
It was good, just relaxed. I hope Monday is kind to you, friends.
Muffins are a huge hit in our house! They’re quick and simple to make, they go a long way, and everyone loves to grab & go. So today I thought I’d share with you my go-to muffin recipe. It’s easy, quick, and tasty!
You will need: 2.5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 tbsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 c butter (melted and cooled) 1 c sugar 2 eggs 1 c milk 1 tbsp vanilla extract mini chocolate chips
Instructions: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl and set aside. In another bowl, whisk together the melted butter, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and milk. Slowly combine the wet ingredients mixture into the dry ingredients. Fold together, just combine the ingredients. Don’t overmix. Add chocolate chips and stir them in. (I eyeball it) Fill prepared muffin tin (I filled each a bit over 1/2 full) Bake for 13-15 minutes (times vary depending on your oven) Let sit & cool. Serve & enjoy. Or store in an airtight container. Makes 24 muffins.
#OOTD is an appropriate title, right?! Ha. I couldn’t think of anything catchy, so there ya go.
I am not a fashion blogger. You will not find $80 jeans on this blog. I am a mom, a frugal person, a thrifty lady, and overall…. I can’t justify paying $80+ for pants. I find most of my clothes at thrift stores or on sale. I did pay full price for the pants I’m wearing in these photos. You should know though that they’re from Walmart. I paid $15 for them because why would I pay $80+ for a pair I can pay $15 for?! Plus, they fit beautiflly.
Side note, I ran to Walmart the other day specifically hoping to snag a pair of pants that actually fit. I’ve been on a weird weightloss thing and all of the sudden my 12s were falling off of me. I went in hoping to walk out with a size 8. I grabbed a few pairs, a few brands, and a few sizes. Let’s talk about how the size 11s wouldn’t pull up my thighs, but I walked out purchasing an 8 petite. It’s all about the brands! And WHY WHY WHY are brands soooooo different that I bought an 8, but an 11 wouldn’t even pull up?! WTF is that nonsense?! Irritating. That’s what it is.
The point of today’s post… to show you my cute outfit and to tell you how important it is to just know your measurements. Look at my pants story above. As a matter of fact, I ordered some (major on sale) pants from Old Navy not long ago and I knew that I’d be returning them before they even got here. I just knew they wouldn’t fit right, I hoped and prayed, but I know my measurements and I knew that they just wouldn’t. Guess what — I was right! They didn’t fit properly and they left me with a saggy crotch. THAT IS SUCH AN OBNOXIOUS THING WHEN IT COMES TO PANTS!
Do you have any shopping woe stories like mine to share? I’d love to hear them! Leave a comment or shoot me an email & tell me all about it. And please, where is the best place to find some curvy, short peopled jeans? If you know, definitely share! Thanks 🙂