Friday, September 25, 2015

Getting creative with Dinner!

Once in a while I like to be spontaneous and take the kids unknowingly take them and go out to eat at Panda Express


In celebration of Panda's legendary Original Orange Chicken, dish that has brought so many families/friends together for decades like us. My oldest daughter loves Panda's Orange Chicken so much she decided to immortalize her dinner with a drawing in her sketchbook.

We'll be heading back for more soon!

Laugh like a kid again!

I really try and be a fun mom, so when my kids ask me to join them on the playground, I really want to join in and I don't mean just pushing them on the swings. They want me to go down the slide, spin on the merry-go-round and even race them across the monkey bars, they want mommy to be a kid. Along with being a kid again comes laughing and sometime laughing so hard I start crying or even need to run to the bathroom, especially after my daily 3 cups of java, no shame in that but there isn't always a place to run into.

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Staying Connect and Saving Too!

 It's safe to say we all would like to save on our child’s smart device.
It's such a part of our home today and it seems that everyone is somehow virtually connected in some fashion, from toddlers to grandparent and should I say even my kids great-grandparents are messaging iPhones, it can really keep us in the loop with long distance family and friends. 

But it's not just that! All 4 of my kids were issued laptops at school this year! Warning electronic overload ahead! This can present some problems for parents who may not be able to keep up with the costs (and replacements) and repairs like me.

In just a couple weeks I will officially have two teenagers in the house and as I write they are sitting across from me connecting with their old friends in NY and a few of their new friends here Alabama.  Smartphones are a must but they can be pretty expensive and an iPhone  is definitely not in my budget as a single parent who is looking ahead at having 4 kids in college at the same time and needing to save, I heard Princeton is expensive! . 

Kids all too frequently break and lose smartphones and tablets so a brand new device may not be a wise investment for a young child or teenager. Nearly 70% of parents reported that a child in their household has broken or lost at least one smartphone, according to a Gazelle survey,  Yikes! I'm definitely a member of that group.

We started using iPads as a learning tool when I homeschooled all four of my kids, with four different grades it made finding class material quick and so it was an easy transition into public school where iPads and laptops are on every desk and used for every subject. But I'll admit, the kids need to help me out from time to time, I'm pretty clueless when it comes to apps.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Lucky Heart Pennies

When you're little finding a penny on the ground is exciting! It's free money! But best of all a FREE WISH!

I used to think long and hard about what I wanted to wish for, would it be another Strawberry Shortcake doll? baby sister? or the world's biggest bowl of ice cream? The possibilities were endless! I still get excited as an adult to find a penny and make a wish, but this time the wishes are more for good health and good fortune and not so much dolls and candy.

So a few days ago the kids and I grabbed a handful of pennies from a piggy bank and some sidewalk chalk, we walked around town drawing pink and orange hearts, leaving behind a lucky penny for someone to find and bring a little joy into someones maybe not so happy day, as we walked by a few of our hand colored chalk hearts later that day the kids gleamed with excitement, the pennies were gone! We had fun talking about who would have picked the penny and what their wish might have been? Did they even make a wish or just place that shiny coin in their pocket to carry around for good luck?

What ever the outcome, adding even just a little happiness into someone's day made us feel lucky too!

Our family was inspired to do this fun project by someone else's simple gesture, we hope this will inspire others to leave a bit of joy around their town.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Summer's End

Our week in phone pics, from New Orleans to Alabama, the gulf coast is simply spectacular.
 School starts back today, but the memories of this summer will last a lifetime.

 NOLA street cars

Sunset on Mobile Bay

Playtime at the park

Our family top pick as the state with the most beautiful beaches.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Live, Laugh and Recycle

We’ve all bought the wrong product, and we know how wasteful it feels to throw it away, so why not instead recycle the unused and unnecessary period pads in light-hearted, fun, and even silly way!

I got a bit crafty and went around the house with a purpose. First thing I did was say no more to the wreath banging on the door every time someone walked in or out of the house. 

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I had it with touch up the newly painted walls from furniture scuffs and it was a great way to stop our table toppers from leaving scratches on the antique furniture.

Kids thought I was being pretty silly but in the end practicality won out. 

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Keeping up with 24 Paws

It's been 7 years since my days of potty training and like me if you have kids I'm sure your family hasn't out grown the need for Huggies Wipes, they're great for cleaning up after well pretty much everything! From an unexpected pet mess, to teenage makeup, and those ever sticky hands.

But pet care has to be our top reason we'll never stop using Huggies Wipes, with 24 furry paws in our house, I've been know to make a late night trip to the closest Walmart if we run out. 

Our use escalated when we first got our bunnies, cleaning their habitats took half my morning and if you haven't heard already you can't bathe a rabbit, getting them too wet can cause death! Yikes! Rabbits are typically clean animals but our Jelly Bell is one messy bun so those handy must have diaper wipes are a perfect way to cleaning up after not just him but all 5 of our bunnies. Brownie, Jelly, Arrow, Watson and Blueberry are equivalent to 5 teenage boys right now add in molting, fur is flying... everywhere!

I'm going to need more Wipes!

We've recently added a new member to the family, sweet Suki was found wondering the streets and sleeping in the sewer, so sad to think our adorable Italian Greyhound/ Chihuahua mix was living like that. Suki is a born runner so after her daily romps through the dirt, mud and sand we grab some wipes before she make's her way in the door to clean those tiny paws off! 

We live in the rainiest city in the country so taking Suki out in the rain can make for one messy playful pet, Huggies Wipes has been our perfect solution for a quick post-walk clean up and not just for the dog but the whole family, 4 active kids can manage to get into a lot too.

Huggies Wipes has become a huge part of our daily lives and they come in a variety of fun, convenient packaging, so whether we keep them stashed in the living room, bathroom, car or the Lapin Lounge aka bunny room, they've come a long way with stylish designs, which is good. My kids are long past wanting characters dancing around on their stuff.

Many thanks to HUGGIES for sponsoring today’s story and Walmart, my go to place to finding them.

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