Wordless Wednesday : The Terror Twins Take on St. Louis

Terror Twins do Saint Louis
While I was at Bloggy Boot Camp, the girls took on St. Louis…
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Sunday Funny : Feminist Blurred Lines

Still feeling bummed about the crazy double standards women face? Read my post and then watch this.

We ain’t good girls
We are scholastic
Smart and sarcastic
Not fucking plastic

Keeping Your Dog Safe This 4th of July With Made in the USA Nudges Dog Treats

Disclosure: Thank you to the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community and Nudges for sponsoring this post about dog safety! This shop has been compensated but my thoughts and words are my own!

Fourth of July Safety With Nudges

Thanks to Nudges’ healthy dog treats, my dog Peanut Butter is all prepped for the fourth of July!
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Summer Suppers

Summer Suppers

It’s time to set up the garden parasols and spread the quilts!
Summer is here and it’s time to take supper outside!

Supper is my favorite meal to eat outside during the summer because the air is cooler and the family is sleepier. Instead of running around like maniacs, my kids are content to snack with up. They tend to only get up for flower picking breaks and random dancing. These interruptions bother us way less than the usual suppertime shenanigans. And it turns out almost like a mini date for us!

So now I am on the hunt for more meals to share outside… please comment with some of your favorites! We love to eat panzanella, sandwiches, grilled pizza, and hummus and pita. Anything that is simple and requires little to no clean up. Cocktails and lemonade suggestions are welcome too!

Monday Giveaway : Quinny Yezz

The Quinny Yezz

Designed using the latest technology and lightest materials, the Quinny® Yezz weighs only 11 pounds. And unlike any stroller on the market, the Yezz features an adjustable carry strap that transforms the stroller for hands free backpack-like carrying which makes it ideal for travel! I would have loved to have two of these when the girls were small and we often traveled by public transit!

The stroller switches from pushing to carrying and back again within seconds. The Quinny® Yezz features six interchangeable seats so parents can pick their own fashion (or refresh for the next kiddo!) It is available in the following fashions: Blue Loop, Yellow Move, Blue Track, Grey Road, Red Signal and Purple Rush. Made for children from 6 months to 40lbs, so if you have skinny minnies like me you could use this stroller for a LONG time.

Quinny had an exciting day on Sunday as the new Quinny Yezz conquered New York City. 400 lucky Big Apple Moms lined the streets of Manhattan to receive a free Yezz stroller. Some Quinny fans braved the rain to line up as early as 2:00 a.m. But no waiting in line for you my friends! You can enter to win a brand new stroller right here on The Guavalicious Life!

Click through to enter!
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Creating Family Rituals

Creating Family Rituals
One of the movies that struck me the most at the True/False film festival was The Crash Reel. The family bond was so evident and strong even before the tragic accident that forms the center of the film. It is a bond that I really hope to emulate. I plan to start by copying one of their rituals, having a moment of meditation before starting a meal. The father would ring a small meditation bowl and the family would close their idea in silence until the gong stopped. I thought it was a lovely way to reconnect and reflect at the end of the day… a sort of prayer for the non-religious.

As I read Nurturing the Soul of Your Family
last week, I noted other ways I could help to nurture myself and my family. And though I really think you should read the book for yourself, I did want to share a few of the things
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Going to Miss This Guy!

A Great Dad

Snow Days (Or Why I Haven’t Been Blogging)

Snow Fort
Nature Snow Girl
(these two have gone to school two days in the last eight school days)

Winter Wonderland
(this is the view from our window)

Sled Slayer
(I broke my sled, and (almost) my ass)

Wednesday Drinks : The Democrat Daiquiri

In honor of the debates tomorrow, here’s a cocktail I invented during the Democratic convention… The Democrat Daiquiri. I am planning a twist on the rum and coke for the Republicans. Just to be fair and all.

The Democrat Daiquiri

  • shot of rum (I prefer Flor de Cana)
  • five medium frozen strawberries
  • juice of one lime

Blend until slushy, serve with lime slices.

Happy Fall Ya’ll! Plus a Monday Giveaway!

Can I just say how glad I am that it is Fall? When we pulled into our driveway last night after completing the Coastline to Combine tour, we saw that the girls had decorated the house for Halloween. Seeing the spiderwebs stretched across the front of the house made me smile. I just love decorating for this season!!

And by decorating, I mean DECORATING. I am usually pretty laid back when it comes to decor, as in I won’t be winning any Suzy Homemaker awards anytime soon. But when it comes to the holidays, I go a little crazy. Not only do I put up a Halloween village, complete with spooky lights, when November 1st rolls around and the spider webs have to go away I have a whole separate Fall decorating scheme that goes up. Yes, I drive my husband a bit crazy.

One of my tricks is to use candles. Well made ones add a flair that turns into atmosphere with a light of the wick. I love these ones from Crafted Candles…

I can just see them floating in a bowl with acorns at the bottom. The site has a ton more Halloween Candles and Fall Candles that I am crushing on!

Want some Crafted Candles to amp up your Fall decorating? Click through to enter!
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