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A New Phase of Motherhood

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A New Phase of Motherhood

Motherhood is a strange and amazing thing.  I’m sure no one will deny that.  It’s scary, awe inspiring, frustrating, rewarding, elating, on and on and on.  From one extreme to the next and it has phases.  There’s the newborn phase, toddler phase, mom of more than one young child phase, but now I feel I’ve entered into yet another new phase of motherhood.  A more self sufficient phase, if you will.

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Roman + The Chocolate Factory

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Roman + The Chocolate Factory

This party was so much fun to plan for a few reasons.  One, this year I went with something Ro is really interested in.  I didn’t ask him what he wanted for is birthday, but I knew this would be a hit since he was asking to watch the movie at least once a day.  Two, it’s my husband’s favorite movie and he was actually really excited whenever I would show him things for the party.  And three, I’m now the proud owner of a Cricut!  So with my fancy new machine, the movie constantly playing in the background, and a little “pure imagination”, I got to work planning a Wonka-tastic birthday party.Continue reading

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Putting Together the Perfect Gender Neutral Baby Basket

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*Some items in this gift basket were given to me for review/feature.*

What do you get your best friend that is pregnant her third baby, is not finding out the gender, and already has a boy and a girl? I don’t know how people do it, waiting until birth to find out if they’re having a boy or a girl. I’m a planner to the core and while I love how far we’ve come with gender neutral baby gear (i.e. everything isn’t just yellow and green anymore), I am still a person who wants to know. I applaud anyone who can do it and has done it, my best friend, Katy, now included. But what can I get her?! I can’t personalize anything and she already has two children, one of each gender, so she has so much saved up. My solution, ESSENTIALS!Continue reading

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Invites Made Easy with Paperless Post

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*Compensation was given in exchange for an honest review of my experience.*

Hard to believe that in just over two weeks it will be Ro’s third birthday! HE’LL BE THREE! What?! Anyway, we’ll also get to have his party on his actually birthDAY this year which is always fun. So, staying true to my party planning-loving self, I’m going all out. If you’ve been around here for a little bit, you know I love themed parties (check some of them out HERE) and this year is no different. The ONE part about party planning that I dislike the most, however, is sending the actual invitation. I know, I know….makes no sense but invites are a HUGE hassle for me. Printing, postage, addresses…all of it.  But this year I was able to keep all of the fun of the themed invites, plus some extras, by using Paperless Post!Continue reading

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Back to School with Stuck On You

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Back to school with Stuck On You
*The items featured in this post were given to me in exchange for a review.  The opinion expressed is 100% mine.*

When it comes to back to school, we’re half and half at our house right now.  Gav is back in school as of Monday, big first grader, and Ro is in full on prep mode.  It’s so strange that I will have two kids in school Tuesday through Thursday come September.  Not too sure what I’m going to do with myself but I’m thinking it will involve quite a few lattes and a manicure or two.  Anyway, one of the biggest things for me is making sure the boys have a balanced lunch.  I’m trying to teach them healthy habits and we’ve got an awesome tool from Stuck On You to help out.

Back to school with Stuck On You

These bento boxes make lunches super easy and balanced, easy for mom and yummy for the kiddos.  I love the sectioned insert and there’s plenty of space to put enough in to keep my hungry hippos full.  I think my favorite part of the insert is the center circle because I’m always scrounging for a small container for dips and they get tossed around in the lunch box.  This space is perfect for hummus, ranch, or even the occasional treat if I’m feeling fancy.

Back to school with Stuck On You Back to school with Stuck On You

What’s so fun about Stuck On You bentos is the personalization.  Stuck on You is the original and best personalized labeling company so they have a great selection to choose from.  I love the designs I picked for the boys.  I mean, look at that super hero bunny!  Honestly, I want one for myself and you know it would have a unicorn on it.  I usually dread getting lunches ready because I never know what I’m going to put in there from day to day.  However, these bentos have made me excited to plan out some healthy options for the growing boys.

What are some of your kids’ favorite healthy lunch options?

You can see one of my other favorite products from Stuck On You, their name labels, in THIS POST.

Family Emergency Binder

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In addition to the summer bucket list that I created for the boys and our family, I also created one that was specific to things I’d like to do myself.  Certain things on this list include getting a mani/pedi, buying a floppy hat, and doing a large scale DIY.  I’ve checked off two of those already! Another on this list was to redo our family emergency binder. I had found a printable one on Pinterest years ago and decided that it was something that was a good idea to have but found that I hardly used any of the pages.  Time for a makeover!Continue reading

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Our Summer Bucket List (Free Printable)

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summer bucket list

Now that we are in our first full week of June (and finally getting better weather here in GA!), it feels like summer has really begun.  I love that the job I have lends itself to lots vacay time for the summer.  I get to spend more time with my boys, my mom who’s a school teacher, and my bestie!  During the yea, I’m a bit more limited on the clock with my shop/chalkboards/teaching dance classes so it’s a very welcome change.  I have plans y’all and I really want to check everything off our list!

Here’s our list…

  • Make Smores
  • Shoot Fireworks + Light Sparklers
  • Visit the Aquarium
  • Have a Cookout
  • Have Picnics at the Lake
  • Visit the Splash Pad
  • Visit the Beach
  • Collect shells
  • Build a Sandcastle
  • Go on Nature Walks
  • Paint Our Nature Finds
  • Got to the Farmer’s Market
  • Make “Dirt + Worm” Cups
  • Have a Water Balloon Fight
  • Make Fresh Lemonade
  • Make a Half Birthday Cake for Gav (yes…we love to celebrate half birthdays!)
  • Play with a Sprinkler in the Lawn
  • Make Ice Cream in a Bag
  • Meet Ms. Black at the Library (This is something that Gav’s amazing kindergarten teacher is offering to keep up their reading in the summer.)
  • Go for a Bowling Date with Gav
  • Scrapbook the Summer (I’ve REALLY let me memory keeping go since having Roman.  Ok…even before that!  So I want to get back into it.)
  • Play with Bubbles and Chalk in the Driveway
  • Splash in Puddles

Summer bucket list

Want to make one for your family?  Just print this one out and fill it up with fun times!

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Summer Bucket List

 

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Tips For Taking Pictures Of Your Kids With Just Your Phone

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I often get asked how I take such cute pictures of my boys.  I’ll be honest, it doesn’t work every time but I wanted to share some tips on what I do with my boys to get some of the images I do.  You don’t need a fancy camera, you don’t even need the latest iPhone (I have a 6s guys.  Would I love to have that portrait mode though?  You betcha!).  Photoshop is great and all, but it’s not necessary.  All you need is your current phone, a couple (FREE) apps, and a dash of patience.  All the pictures in this post were taken with my iPhone 6s.Continue reading

What I Want To Teach My Boys

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What I What To Teach My Children

Over the past few weeks (months, years…) I’ve seen a steady increase in the lack of compassion and respect in the younger generation.  Dear fellow grown ups of the world, we need to HAVE TO do better.  Whether it’s the need for stronger discipline, more love, or whatever, something needs to be done now.  What I have seen lacking in the values of today’s kids, is exactly what I want to teach my children.  I want to teach them how to be good humans.

There’s a huge difference from when I was a kid to now.  Or maybe I was in my own bubble which is a huge possibility.  I know I wasn’t a perfect kid, none of us are/were.  I know there were times when I wanted to give up or felt unmotivated, times when I let the sass fly and times I was ungrateful.  But I was taught, disciplined, put in my place, whatever you want to call it.  And this is what I intend to do with my boys.Continue reading

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4 Perils Of The Perfectionist Parent

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Becoming a parent completely throws a perfectionist for a loop.  I use the term “perfectionist parent” in the sense of someone who has always been a perfectionist and has become a parent.  I do not mean it in the sense that I expect to be the end all/be all in parenting or that my children must be perfect little robots.  I’ve remarked in past posts about my OCD/perfectionist tendencies but, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten better at realizing that pretty much no one cares about certain things as much as I do.  I’ve also learned to let some things go.  This, however, does not mean that I don’t still get irritated,itchy, or anxious from time to time.  I’m not perfect (GASP!) but my brain certainly tries to be.  There are 4 areas I’ve found that are my “triggers” or things that make me get all hot and tight chested.  If you’re a perfectionist parent like myself, I know you’ll totally understand!Continue reading

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