Monday, June 16, 2014

Menu Plannin’ Monday 6.15.14

Monday – Papa Murphy’s

Tuesday – Chicken & Gravy

Crockpot Chicken and Gravy

Wednesday – Chicken Parmesan & Broccoli

Chicken parmesan, broccoli and spaghetti

Thursday – Chicken & Spinach Salad


Friday – In-n-Out

(I know…2 “eat out” meals in one week! I’m traveling and super busy. Don’t judge! Winking smile Oh, and sorry to all you non-Californians)

Saturday & Sunday – Whatevs….at my mom’s with the kids. Woot!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friday Faves–Apps

In sitting down to type up today’s blog post, I quickly scanned through my local drafts to see if I had started anything in the past I could finish up and post. And I’m glad I did! I found the start of #1 below (dated from April…2013, eek!), and came across two similarly adorable apps by the same maker that I had yet to download, “Endless Reader” and “Endless Numbers”. So, enjoy if you haven’t already downloaded these (for kids, obviously). And BONUS…they’re ALL free!!

(for Endless Numbers, I think only #1-5 come with it, you have to purchase the remaining #’s, but you can check it out for free)

#1. Endless alphabet

Endless ABC

For starters, this gem of an app is FREE, and essentially teaches your kids letter sounds, spelling of words AND their definitions!

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It shows a word, like above, and you drag the letters to where they belong. As you drag the letters, it repeats the letter sound over and over in a cute, fun voice! Then it says the word, followed with a short little skit depicting the definition, and then the word and definition are read one last time to wrap it all up.


Belch is ONE of my kids favorites, go fig!

#2. Endless reader


Seriously can’t wait for my soon to be kindergartner to dive into this one! Same idea, except AFTER you put the letters together for the word, a sentence pops up and you drag the words into place as they are said aloud.

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Then, another cute skit to act out the sentence, and the sentence is read aloud, reinforcing reading skills.

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#3. Endless numbers

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While my son will likely get bored quickly with this one, I’m thinking it might be a huge help for my daughter. But, it does touch on addition, which might be helpful for my son, too.

Hope you enjoy these! At the very least, it makes me feel better when I let my kids have “screen time”. At least they’re actually learning something! Winking smile

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday–Don’t Overthink

Family Prayer Jar - cut out photos of family members, tape to popsicle sticks, put in jar and have your child choose one or two each night at prayer time! This is ADORABLE!

I saw this ADORABLE idea over at Happy Home Fairy to create a visual prayer aid for my kiddos. I’ve been meaning to create one for months!

Today during lunch, I grabbed a pad of paper and a pen and said to my kids, “God tells us in the Bible that we ought to be praying ALWAYS. And that we should pray for our friends and family. So, who do you guys think we should pray for?”

My intent was to get a list of whose pictures I needed to print out to slap on a popsicle stick. But instead, this happened…

My son said, “Oh! For that boy that cut his chin!”

Our neighbor’s nephew cut his chin earlier this week and my amazing hubby utilized his medical training to help them out (so madly in love with him – side note). And my kiddo remembered, and thought to pray for him!


Here I am trying to overthink prayer for my kids, when in reality, prayer can come very naturally.

We continued with our list, and I would still like to carry out the “family prayer jar” to help in consistency, but my son’s response today was such an amazing reminder that with a technology-filled, Pinterest loving world and about a million amazing ideas flooding our brains daily, sometimes, doing something in its most simplest of manners might be best.

I want to cut off the piece of my brain that is doing all this overthinking

So as you REALLY delve into your summers (i.e. spend 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no break from your kids), feel free to ignore those blog-perfect pictures and just BE with your kids. Don’t overthink the activities you do with them. They’ll love you for it!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday–Embracing “Imperfection”


What is perfection anyway, right?

My daughter potty trained in the last few months and seeing those adorable little undies on her bum makes me ridiculously happy. It also made me realize that she has my exact body type!

STRONG, muscular legs. There was a time in my life (if I’m honest, I still occasionally struggle) when I yearned for the “model-like” thin figure. But, the older I get, the more I realize I need to be not just content, but HAPPY with my body type! God gave me a very strong, muscular build. And it’s GORGEOUS!

Looking through my pics from today was a good reminder to embrace that gift God has given me.


Shirt – Chelsea & Theodore (Sam’s Club, new)

Shorts – Banana Republic (old)

Tank top – Mossimo long & lean (Target – 3 for $24 right now)

Shoes – Merona (Target, they were on sale in store)


My second pair of “grown up” sandals.

And I love the little detail on the shirt…


So how about it? Can you work towards embracing the body God has given you? Do it! There won’t be any regrets!

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Trick of the Trade–Keep Your Fonts Straight

First world problem here.

I have an unhealthy love of fonts.

So much so, that when I’m putting something together and am pondering which font to use, I can’t even grasp my favorites because I have so many.

Here’s my solution…


I keep a word file with an alphabetical list of my favorite fonts IN the font so I can readily see it. This way I don’t have to sort through my other fonts I use seldomly in the font drop down. I just open the word document and quickly scroll through to spot the perfect font for said project.

Here are my non-script faves…














And my script favorites…




Monday, June 9, 2014

Menu Plannin’ Monday 6.9.14

Monday – Sesame Chicken Stir Fry Salad

Tuesday – Taco Chicken Bowls

pinned it...slow cooker taco chicken bowls...made it...the family loved it, and used it for leftover burritos the next night.

Wednesday – Spicy Thai Chicken Wraps

Spicy Thai Chicken Wraps

Thursday – Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Friday – Turkey & Pesto Paninis

Saturday – Southwestern Chopped Salad

Southwestern Chopped Salad With Cilantro Lime Dressing. Yum.

Sunday – Warm Goat Cheese Salad

In an attempt to keep the blog rollin’, I’m going with imperfection. Sorry, no recipes for some, just couldn’t find them. But drool over the others, ready….go! =)

Menu Plan Monday for the week of June 9/14

Friday, June 6, 2014

Friday Favorites–Polident, Wall Tracks & Toilet Wands

#1. Polident

First off, yes. You read that correctly.

It says polident, like the old fizzy tablets your grandparents used to clean their dentures at night.

It’s still me writing the blog, not an 80 something year old Grandma. Although my daughter did just recently utter the words, “Mommy, here’s your teeth!” while running up the stairs with my RETAINERS! Invisilign

Anybody else wear these every night?

That is not actually MY retainer, I just pulled a pic from the interwebs. I wouldn’t dare show you mine!! It has a gray stain where I’ve got a ghetto old filling. How EMBARRASSING!

Cue: eye roll akin to Eep from the Croods

Anyone else get sick and tired of BRUSHING them old school style? My husband mentioned trying polident, semi-jokingly and I simply refused on principle. Then, I came across this Pinterest post that said you could use polident to whiten your nails. I thought, well, why not. It’ll serve 2 purposes!

And guess what? I tried whitening my nails with them. Meh.

BUT…the ease of cleaning my retainers! It’s seriously…heavenly.

#2. hot wheels wall tracks


Santa MAY have gone overboard buying Hot Wheels wall tracks for my son’s room, but boy howdy am I glad he did! They’re so cool! I read a whole bunch of reviews and they were all pretty good, so I figured I’d give them a go. They work like a charm! And it simply uses command strips to adhere them to the wall. Pretty much everyone that comes over likes playing with them.

#3. Clorox toilet wands

Not much to be said here, other than, makes cleaning the toilet easier and much more pleasant. Who wouldn’t want that? Love these bad boys!!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Thoughtful Thursday–Return the cart

Okay. This is a major pet peeve of mine.

Shopping carts left either hitched up on a curb, or simply out in the parking lot. I have MAYBE hitched a cart up at Costco WELL out of the way of a cart “stall” as well as any car MAYBE 3 times in my life. Other than that, I always bring it back. Raining, 2 whiny children, whatever.

This isn’t a rant blog post, allow me to explain.

I’ve heard the excuses. They have someone who specifically works at the store, that is paid to go around and collect the carts (this excuse certainly was not uttered by my husband, no!!). I’m sorry, have you ever heard of common courtesy? That’s why they HAVE the cart stall! For you to return it, so your cart doesn’t unexpectedly try to escape and ding up a fellow shopper’s car.

All this to say…other than returning my cart out of respect for the store’s employees, I have discovered yet another reason which is even more special! Read and listen closely…


I want my kiddos to display that common courtesy. And we all know that being selfless simply does NOT come naturally. So any and every opportunity I have to display that for them, I’m going to do!

One of my absolute favorite “common courtesy” things my son has picked up on is wiping down the sink in public bathrooms, and picking up any paper towels that miss the trash (WITH another paper towel mind you, thank GOODNESS he learned that from me, too, otherwise, EWW!). It WITHOUT FAIL, makes me smile each and every time I see him do it. It’s a baby step mind you, but it’s a step. It’s a glimmer of hope that he has it in him! =)

So, will you think twice before leaving the cart? What other ways do you model to your kids other common courtesies?

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

What I Wore Wednesday–End of May

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I need to remember that my blog is far from perfection, so anything I share is what I make it. I’d rather post a quick snippet full of imperfections rather than nothing. So…here’s what I wore, during the end of May.


Sunglasses – Target (I’ve bought like 5 of the same pair)

Earrings – Premiere Jewelry

Shirt – Kohl’s Lauren Conrad (Click the link to see the shirt, I LOVE it! I bought it on sale with Kohl’s cash. It’s comfy and my daughter says I look like a princess, bonus!)

Shorts – Banana Republic (2 years ago)

Shoes – Faded Glory – Walmart (So cheap, comfy, love these, too. Actually, I’m thinking I might buy the same pair in the camel color, too!)


This was snapped at our neighborhood block party on Memorial Day. I couldn’t pass up this steal at Kohl’s. Minnie & Mickey…patriotic! So sweet. Follow this link, you could still nab one for 4th of July!



This is a traditional picture we take on my kiddos first and last days of school. I just bought the shirt at Sam’s Club. I’m lovin’ the yellow. And the reason that I put the picture on the bottom is because you can see my shoes.

I got them at Kohl’s, too and they are one of my new go-to shoes! They were a bit more than I normally spend on flats (especially for not being super high quality), but they were just too comfy and cute to pass on. They have them in white, black, coral and a silver metallic. Try them on if you have a hard time finding comfy flats. Here’s the link.

Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Trick of the Trade - How to Apologize

I don’t know how apologies run in your household, but in mine, it frequently involves a mean-spirited “Forry” (that’s right, they can’t even take the proper time to enunciate the word sorry) blurted in the siblings face and then they proceed to run away in the opposite direction.
No seriousness, no actual meaning behind it. I generally work to get some sort of authenticity behind said apology, often times with a hug instead of words. But there are many times when it simply does not seem worth the battle.
Quite frankly, because the child simply is not sorry. *sigh*
About a month ago I came across this article on Cuppacocoa.
I’ll let you read it over there, PLEASE do, it’s amazing and has great examples of how to teach your children how to properly apologize. But in a nutshell, it has the following guidelines for how to properly apologize:
How to Apologize
I created this to put on our refrigerator, as well as one upstairs in the hallway. We just used it and went through why for the first time after my daughter hit my son, for…no apparent reason.
Here’s how it went down:
I’m sorry for hitting.
This is wrong because it hurts people.
I can make it right by kissing brother’s ouchie.
In the future, I will keep my hands to myself.
Brover, (again with the pronunciation, although I am kind of in love with this mispronunciation!) will you forgive me?
That simple! I might even have to use it for myself when I find myself in a place where I owe them an apology. Anywho, I know I’ve been absent from the blog for quite awhile, but I just had to share this and need to remind myself that my blog doesn’t have to be about perfection, simply sharing things that help me as a wife and mom. So, I hope this helps the pitiful apologies in your household turn into something a bit more…sincere. =)