#BeautyIs Determination

-This post is sponsored by Global Influence-

I confess that sometimes it’s easier fun to say yes than no. Desmonda Drama has been dissolving into a a crying, whiny mess every evening. And I am pretty sure it is due to her summer schedule. Summer school is open to every kid in our school district, so she has been attending that, then swimming at our swim club, and then on top of that attending adapted swim lessons every evening.

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So when she woke up this morning and said how about I stay home today and go to school tomorrow. I couldn’t help but say yes. Even though tomorrow is Saturday. well played, Desmonda Drama. Well played.
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A Gift for All Those Extra Teachers

When it comes to gifts for teachers, our go to teacher gift is a gift card. But for all those assistant teachers, counselors, art teachers, and so on, we try to put together a little something. These cups are perfect for Summer but can be customized for Winter too.

Cheap Teacher Gift Idea



Did I mention that they cost about $2 to make?
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Celebrations : My Little Pony Birthday Party

Friendship really is magic so to celebrate my twins’ seventh birthday, we invited a few friends over. Here is how I planned double the fun for way less than double the price!

My Little Pony Party How To

Food!
Decorations!
Games!
That cake!
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Wordless Wednesday : My Little Pony Party

Sneak peak at the Terror Twins’ My Little Pony birthday party. Details tomorrow!
My Little Pony Birthday Cupcakes
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(Almost) Wordless Wednesday : #365 Kids

The 365 Kids Project

You know the Project 52 that is all the rage in blogland? Where you take a portrait of your kids once a week every week? Come on now! Calling it portrait is pretentious (especially since most of the pics are taken with an iphone) and taking a picture of my kids once a week seems pretty slackerish. Perhaps there is more to it and maybe I am just not artsy enough to get it. But I decided to do something different this year and post an everyday picture of my kids to Instagram. Every day. I hashtagged it #365Kids.

And while I haven’t made it every day, I still love seeing the results. I will take these funny moments over hipster 52 portraits every time.

How to Build a Dino Terrarium


How to Make a Dinosaur Terrarium

While you can’t time travel back to the age of the dinosaurs, you can bring a little bit of the Jurassic era to your home. A terrarium filled with tropical plants is the perfect setting in which to keep a dinosaur. Your kiddo will love tackling this project from Katie Elzer Peters’s book Miniature Gardens.
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Wordless Wednesday : Spring Break

Yogurt Eaters at Monster Yogurt
It’s good to be the grandkids.
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Juice on the Go With Mott’s

A huge thank you to Mott’s for sending us their new fruit juice drinks to try and for sponsoring this post. Those mini bottle saves me from many a twin argument. It gets HOT when you are in a car for ten hours!

Juice on the Go With Motts Everyday

Though I loved our time in Texas last week with my family, it’s good to be back home in good old Columbia, MO. It’s funny how quickly I have adjusted to small city life. Everything here is so accessible and now that the girls are older, I am ready to access it all. I am really looking forward to getting them out on the Katy Trail on their bike. We’re so close to a trail access now that I am thinking we can even start heading downtown on it to some of the free concerts and festivals.

Of course that brings in a whole other level of prep: snacks and drinks that are easy to carry. As well as healthy enough to fuel the ride there and back, but tasty enough that my kids won’t be begging for concessions.
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How to Dress Your Kids for Snowy Weather

Proper Winter Gear for Kids

It’s been an especially harsh winter, darn that polar vortex. The girls were out of school all last week. And to keep sane I kept getting them to go outside and get their yayas out. As I learned during our year in Minnesota, the key to getting your kids outside is dressing them properly. And with areas that normally are mild getting inches of snow, I figured it was a good time to pass on some tips!
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Back To School Fashion With Radio Disney

The Deets: I am a member of the Everywhere Society & Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about Macy’s & Radio Disney. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

I die! Seriously, my kids are cracking me up these days. I think six may be the magical year where they stop driving my crazy. Maybe that statement should end with a ? since they did have me close to tears this afternoon with their arguing. But even that is a sign of their emerging personalities. Lately, they all are about individuality and making their own statements with everything.

Clothing is definitely a huge part of that. We have been picking outfits out for the week on Sunday nights and it’s cool to see their personalities broadcast by their choices. As you might guess, bold and bright always wins. Sometimes I do have to dial it bit a back so they don’t blind their classmates with color. But overall, I am pretty impressed with the looks they put together. I may need to have them start styling me!

If you have your own little fashionista or burgeoning metrosexual and will be in the St. Louis area this weekend, there’s an event you and your kiddo won’t want to miss at the Macy’s St. Louis Galleria on September 7th at 2pm. Macy’s is teaming up with Radio Disney for an awesome back to school fashion event. There will be games, snacks, and an appearance by Calum Worthy from Austin & Ally. Shop for some fun back to school styles and you will be rewarded. If you make a minimum of a $35 purchase of kids clothes, you’ll receive an exclusive Macy’s school lunch bag (while supplies last.) Plus, you’ll have a chance to enter to win a Radio Disney Studio adventure for four in Hollywood!