A Valentine’s Day Breakfast

Recently I devoured Gretchen Rubin's Happier at Home. I love self help books, but they do often make me a little depressed. Because the thought of doing all of this improvements makes me want to take a nap. So my favorite part of Happier at Home was when she suggested something I am already doing... a Valentine's Day breakfast. Special breakfasts are my favorite because of the no pressure atmosphere. The kids haven't had time to get all hyped up. They literally stumble their way to the table and are awed by the confetti, balloons, and unusual food. When they are normally greeted by a bowl of cereal, it doesn't take much. And then the evening is free for a romantic date with the husband. Or more likely a night of us sitting around eating the candy from the girls' school valentines. Want to do your own table? Resources below the cut! … [Read more...]

Family Nesting; It’s a Thing

In partnership with U.S. Cellular, I am particularly happy on this gloomy day to share some smart ways to melt away the winter blues. The hygee movement has been all the rage lately. And why not? The Danish idea of snuggling in with family and friends and celebrating the simple pleasures of being together sounds perfectly delightful when faced with the alternative of dragging your set to crowded and loud indoor entertainment centers. Sure, we could be out there enjoying the winter weather. But let's get real; we live in Missouri. There are no picturesque winter hikes here. No ice skating and skiing. The closest we get is some sledding when it snows. Otherwise, it's all bleak flat walks where you search desperately for signs of Spring. I will take forts and hot chocolate and board games, thank you very much! To drag the girls away from the screens, we actually (wait for it) involve screens. But instead of holing up separately and doing our own thing, we have been getting them … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Outfits for Your Little Sweethearts

Who else is a sucker for holiday themed clothes? Maybe it's the Southerner in me but I can't help but drape my kids from head to toe in heart gear every February 14th. Even if you are more restrained, now is the time to pick up a touch or two of red for your kids to wear next month. As I have found, this stuff sells out fast! Valentine's Day outfits don't have to be cutesy as these looks from one of my stores (Crazy 8) for holiday gear prove... Click through for a Pinterest board with more of my favorites! … [Read more...]

Get Your Kids Dancing With the Peanuts Movie

Hope your weekend was great! We started off ours by seeing the Peanuts Movie with a while posse of moms and kids thanks to Fandango (who sponsored this post!) We were three moms and six kids, ranging from three to eight. There's something so fun about seeing movies with my friends and their kids. Someone is sure to love the film and get the rest of us engaged. Along for this trip was my mom movie buddy BJ. We've seen films that our kids love (like Inside Out, Spongebob, and the Lego Movie) and films we'd never let our kids see, no matter how hard they beg, such as Jurassic World, Trainwreck, and Straight Outta Compton. But this is the first time I have seen a movie with her two boys. I may have to drop her for her youngest because his love for the Peanuts movie was infectious. … [Read more...]

So Many Tasks; So Little Weekend

As the weekend draws to a close, all I can think about it how everything I needed to get done that I didn't get too. That's why this sponsored post with CVS MinuteClinic is so timely. If I am going to do something like a flu shot, it has got to be quick and super easy. I know some people don't think they need the flu shot but this mama has NO time to get sick. And while a common cold is not going to bring me down, the fever headache, sore throat, dry cough, stuffy or runny nose and muscle aches that come with the flu sideline me every time. Plus since it's a respiratory infection, my weak lungs put me at greater risk. Not to mention the possibility of infecting my husband or kid who both have asthma and breathing problems. And even though the flu season doesn't peak until January it starts now. And it takes about two weeks for antibodies to develop in your body to provide protection, so it’s never too soon! Get to the shots ASAP friends. I did the research so you don't have … [Read more...]

The Prettiest Mouths in the World

We presently have the prettiest mouths in the world thanks to this sponsored post by LISTERINE®. I know you may argue with me that your teeth are shiner, etc. but throw me a bone here. It's been a tough couple of weeks and my parenting pride is withering. So getting the terror twins to take care of their oral health feels like a HUGE win! I have convinced them (with the help of the LISTERINE® Frozen themed bottle) that all princesses have really lovely teeth and gums as pink as pearls. Because while most of us think we are doing a good enough job, way more of us suffer from some form of oral disease than you would think. I inherited poor gums from my dad (thanks dad) and don't want my kids to every have to spend the quality time with a pick that I have. Plus when I instill a good oral health routine in my kids; I am helping their overall wellness. And then I feel way less guilty about all of those vegetables they didn't eat at dinner. LISTERINE® put together an awesome … [Read more...]

Back to School with Teenage Drivers

Is everyone finally back to school now? I feel like today is the VERY LAST FIRST DAY which is makes it a perfect day to post this sponsored post from U.S. Cellular. Because back to school brings a lot of new changes and more teen drivers on the road. Even with the most responsible teens, driving is a major milestone. If you are looking to get your new drive an upgraded phone (or gasp) their first smartphone, U.S. Cellular is a great choice because it provides a high-quality network and national coverage that keeps your teen and all its customers connected in big and small cities and rural communities. And it has several resources that can help families with young drivers have some peace of mind. … [Read more...]

Let Tinderize Parenting

This peek into the tech dating culture is sponsored by US Cellular. Being in Texas for Spring Break has allowed me to see how the other half live... the young, single half. I spent last night hanging out at a hot bar scene. And after I got over ordering $15 (FIFTEEN DOLLAR) cocktails on an iPad Air (a little pretentious no?), I then was free to be outraged over how out of touch I am. … [Read more...]

10 Easy Valentine’s Day Class Party Ideas

So every year there is a sucker and this year that sucker was me. I am of course, speaking of the job of class parent. It's up to me to throw three holiday (but not holiday specific parties a year.) Each one needs to be amusing enough for twenty kids, not involve anything messy, take less than five minutes to set up, but be thirty minutes long. Yeah. But my favorite one is coming up, the Valentine's Party! Not only do I get to involve the actual holiday but it's also the last one. With two under my belt, I know what works and what doesn't. So now, I am sharing the best tips with you. Here's the top ten for easy Valentine's Class Party tips! … [Read more...]

And Then There’s This

The invitation to my friend's New Year's Day party said "2015, Be Better." I feel you, boy do I feel you. At the beginning of the December, we found out that daughter one needs two different therapy appointments a week, appointments that aren't covered by insurance. And then the next day we found out that the school wants to pull assistance. Then daughter two was diagnosed with ADHD. In the four years we have been in and out of testing this has never been suggested. But it's not totally shocking because SQUIRREL But I digress. I am not sure why ADHD has thrown me for such a loop. In comparison to the other issues she is dealing with, ADHD is relatively mild. There is a lot that can be done for it. It is something that can be managed, something that we can teach her about. There's so much information out there. And that's probably the issue; I am overwhelmed with information. Diet, meds, non meds, essential oils, magnesium, therapy, books, guides, etc. Where to … [Read more...]