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Friday, May 22, 2015

Summer Giveaway for a $30 Target Gift Card and Meal Plan 61

This has been a really busy week, y'all... this was the last FULL week of school for my kids, but it has been crammed full of activities that I've been up at school for, a last minute doctor appointment I wanted to get in for myself AND well... not a lot of time for blogging! SO, why not have another giveaway? Yes, I have a $30 Target gift card giveaway happening TODAY and I still have another Target gift card giveaway from Rachel's 30th Birthday celebration on Monday. so be sure to ENTER BOTH!!! Target ROCKS! :)

Next week is Memorial Day and the kids will start summer BREAK on Wednesday after a couple of half days... ITS ALMOST OFFICIALLY SUMMER!!!!

Which brings me to this... If you are looking for a way to THRIVE this summer, be sure to check out Keri's new summer read- Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive. I did a FULL review on her book HERE, be sure to check it out.

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Our Pretty Little Girls  Sweet Little Ones  Living In This Season

AND, even better news. Keri is offering a FREE book to the winner of the Target gift card!
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If you can't wait, she is also selling the book for only $4.99 during Memorial Day weekend, you can find the book HERE.

Now, on to this weeks Meal Plan!

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Last week I tried a new recipe that food blogger Samantha from Five Heart Home shared and it was her Lemon Blueberry Overnight Baked French Toast. This was just a quick cell phone photo I took, go to her blog to see better photos. This was seriously the bomb, it has cream cheese in it and somehow that makes a world of difference. There is a lemon sauce you make to pour over it and it is just SO delicious. Be sure to give this one a try, it may be one of the best french toasts I've ever had!!

Meal Plan Week 61

Sunday - Dinner Out
Sunday is Nathan's 9th birthday, so we are going to a Japanese stir fry place with my parents! I can't wait!

Monday - Cardinals FOOD!!!
Monday is MEMORIAL DAY and we are going to be at the Cards game, so ballpark village and ballpark food it IS!!! YUM, YUM!!!!!!

Tuesday - Cub Scout Graduation, dinner at school!
YAY! Another night I don't have to cook! Although, we are launching rockets, having a meeting and then eating at 8:00 p.m. The kids never eat that late, so I may need to give them a big snack at their usual dinner time.

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza

Frozen pizza, it is dance night!

Thursday - Simple Crock Pot Potato Soup, recipe HERE
We are planning on a zoo trip for our FIRST day of summer break, so I think I am going to make a batch of this potato soup that we LOVE in the crock pot. And, yes... I definitely still use my crock pot in the summer!

Friday - German Pancakes with bacon, recipe HERE
We have to stay around the house, because we have the irrigation folks coming out to fix one of our sprinkler heads... so, I think we'll do a simple breakfast dinner of German Pancakes!

Saturday - Dinner In
We are planning on going strawberry picking, so we may just do a simple dinner at home.


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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Thursday Fashion Files Link Up #14 - Stripes and Coral

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files!

Welcome to Thursday Fashion Files with Jill at Doused in Pink and Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom! We are excited to have you here and would love to have you link up one of your latest outfits with us.

We are always looking for Co-Hosts for Thursday Fashion Files. If you haven't signed up to Co-Host, but are interested, sign up by clicking HERE.

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Today I am sharing another one of my outlet finds from a few weeks ago when Brian took a day off work during the week to spend with me. :) This sheer blue and white striped top is from Gap Outlet and I paid only $8 for it. I paired it with a pair of capri denim trousers and my new wedge sandals in coral that I got on clearance late last summer from Charming Charlie. AND, if you remember Jill's blog's anniversary giveaway awhile back and I'm wearing the necklace and clutch that I won. Not a bad outfit and I even wore it to church, since we can dress fairly casual there. I always feel as though I'm a little more 'dressed' up in denim trousers than I am in just regular ole blue jeans. At my last job, we could even wear denim trousers in our business casual work environment... it may have been stretching the rules, but my coworkers and I were all about the comfort! ha! There is a nearby park next to our church and my husband took these pictures of me while the kids were in Sunday School!


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I kept my arm candy simple with a gold knot bracelet and another gold bracelet with a little bit of coral. I love that coral is the new orange and I much prefer blue with coral than blue and pure orange.


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What I'm Wearing:
Blue/White Striped Top - Gap Outlet, similar, similar
Denim Capri Trousers - Gap
Coral Embellished Wedge Sandals - Charming Charlie, similar, similar
Bracelets - Charming Charlie
Watch - Michael Kors, similar
Clutch - Stella & Dot
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Delilah from Pumps & Studz is our co-host this week. Delilah is married and has a daughter. She loves anything sparkly, a great bargain and lipstick. She talks about what it is like to be middle aged and a plus size blogger and how it hasn't stopped her from showing her true style. She blogs about fashion and her blog name describes her fashion style, which ranges from pumps (classic) to trendy with a bit of an edge (studz). Be sure to stop by and visit Delilah, so you can get to know her better!

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My pick this week is Marta from Sweaters, Stripes & Sweets, she is wearing this gorgeous bib necklace in turquoise and gold which is just gorgeous. I have been really wanting to get a bib necklace for myself and I love how much this statement necklace adds to her outfit! 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer Bucket List and Activity Blog Hop

Summer is approaching and today some friends and I are sharing some of our favorite summer tips, activities, and bucket lists. Hop around and find some new ideas for your summer of fun.

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Summer Activities:
Noah's Ark Themed Day from Through Clouded Glass 
Water Play from BYBMG 
Summer Bucket List from Living In This Season


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I am sharing our summer bucket list below, but first... check out this easy and fun summer activity that my kids LOVE, it is called: Snake Bubbles!


Now for our 2015 Summer Bucket List!
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I always do a Summer Bucket List for the kids, one for me and one for me and Brian. It is just more fun that way and it encourages us to do a lot of family activities and it also encourages Brian and I to have lots of date nights and other fun activities together! Oh, and it encourages me to get a couple things done during the summer!


Summer Bucket List for the Kids

1. Take the kids running in the EARLY morning on a trail to get them ready for cross country. Shoot for at least ONCE a week. As a reward, we could get breakfast afterwards.


2. Take the kids geocaching at a park this summer.

3. Karate (Nathan) and Gymnastics and a Frozen Camp at her dance school (Autumn)

4. Explore a fun place in St. Louis one day each week of the summer with the kids and my parents! Some ideas are: Zoo (see the new polar bears!), Butterfly House, Botanical Garden, Suson Park for their Farm Days, Grants Farm, downtown St. Charles, 
Windcrest dairy farm, Powder Valley, Citygarden & Gus's Pretzels, Red Covered Bridge, etc.)

5. Take the kids to the Market at Tower Grove and let them go swimming in the fountains afterwards. We didn't do this last year, so I would love to go again this summer!

6. Vacation to Disney!!

7. Make homemade ice cream

8. Library Reading Program, and Autumn will actually be reading her own books this year!


9. Take the kids to see Cahokia Mounds and have a picnic lunch

10. Cardinals baseball game with our entire family on Memorial Day!


Summer Bucket List for Me and Brian


1. A fun little trip away with Brian, not sure where yet. We may do this over a long weekend.

2. Moonlight Paddle boats Picnic at The Boat House

3. Do a sunset dinner at Montelle winery

4. Soulard Market on a Saturday morning

5. See Oklahoma at The Muny

6. Tour the new area of the art museum and make a picnic lunch or dinner. I have been wanting to try some of the foods at World Market, so making up a little picnic basket with some items from their store will be great fun, too!

7. Food Trucks Feast/Friday, I have been wanting to go to a park that has one of these nights to sample some foods from several food trucks. 


8. Riverboat Cruise on the Mississippi with Brian. We haven't done this in a couple years, I though it would be fun.

9. Go running at Fenton Park

10. Projects around the house: FINISH Autumn's bedroom (paint all her furniture, finish gallery wall AND hang a light in her room). FINISH painting master bathroom vanity (then the room is DONE!). And, FINISH a gallery wall for my office downstairs, including a peg board for the wall. I know this is a lot of stuff, but it needs to get DONE!!


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A good blog friend of mine, Keri from Living in this Season, has just launched her first ebook this week and it has come out at a perfect time. The name of the book is Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive and you can purchase it by going HERE


When the school year starts to wrap up and summer vacation is only a few weeks away, I start to stress a little... Yes, I am ready for the lazy days of summer, nights with no homework and more time to snuggle and enjoy my kids, yet... it isn't uncommon for many parents to worry about what they will do all summer long with their kids, because it is A LOT of hours! 

Here is a list of things I have caught myself worrying about in just the last few weeks:

How will I keep up with the regular cleaning and laundry with the kids needing so much of my attention? 

Will the entire house be littered with small toys after the first hour in the morning (while I try to take my shower and get ready)?

Will I keep my kids active enough? Yet, I don't want to fill our days with so many activities that we are all tired and cranky by the end of the day. 

Do I need to some educational activities with the kids? Will my son forget his multiplication facts if I don't review them over the summer? Do I need to start practicing spelling and memory words with Autumn, since she'll be starting that in first grade? 

And, since they won't be going to school or Sunday school, do I need to work on daily devotions with them? 

I also wonder if this is the year I should implement an hour or two of quiet time each day, for my sanity and so they can unwind after a busy morning. Would that be too much to ask of them?

How many playdates a week is too many? We get invited to so many!

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Keri does a wonderful job at helping you calm your fears and anxiety about the summer. She  has a section talks about how social media can sometimes be bad and how it is not constructive to compare ourselves to other moms (or to get jealous!). Her book is for moms of children of all ages, not just for moms of little kids. She also has a great resource in the back for fun activities to do with your kids during the summer... especially if you had an outdoor activity planned and it RAINS, what do you do then? Take a look at her reference section, and you'll have several ideas! I highly recommend her book, it will make your summer MUCH easier and you'll feel much better after reading it. And, if you're worried you won't have enough time to read it? No problem! Its a nice light read and I was able to finish it in a few nights after the kids were in bed.

Check out Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive HERE.

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Happy, Happy Birthday to Rachel AND a $120 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Today I have teamed up with several other bloggers in honor of Rachel of Garay Treasures 30th Birthday to bring you a giveaway for a $120 Target gift card. 

One lucky winner will be selected to win this gift, courtesy of the lovely bloggers you are about to follow and meet below. All you have to do is complete the entries in the Rafflecopter box below. The more entries you do, the more your chances are of winning. This giveaway is open to US and Canadian residents. Please follow all the entries as these will be checked for winner verification. The winner will be e-mailed when the giveaway is over and will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Along with Rachel of Garay Treasures, Melissa of Missyg.com blog celebrates her birthday today as well (you will see her in the photo collage, and as one of the lovely ladies participating in this giveaway). Please leave her a Happy Birthday as well. So without further adieu, GOODLUCK!!

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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Motivational Monday Link Up Party - 5/18/15

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Welcome back to another week of our Motivational Monday Link Up Party! We were supposed to have our school's picnic on Saturday, but they canceled it due to rain. So, we had all day Saturday with nothing to do... we actually stayed home most of the day and I got a few things together for Nathan's birthday party. It was so nice to have a day at home and nowhere to be. Today we celebrated Nathan's birthday with dinner at a hibachi restaurant, gifts and an ice cream cake. We had his class party last week, so I wanted a simple party at home on his actual birthday. It was really nice.

We have 4 full days and 1 half day of school this week and two half days next week... then, its SUMMER BREAK! The kids are super excited and I'm just trying to figure out some sort of schedule we can stick to each week and how I'm going to keep the house in some sort of order. ha! No matter what, I am sure it'll be just as much fun as last summer was!!

And, Nathan officially 'starts' karate on Monday for a 6 month session! It should be interesting as the class includes a binder with homework for each week (memory work, etc.!)... I guess we will get our moneys worth... it is NOT cheap.


Latest projects from the ladies of Motivational Monday:
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DIY Garden Hose Storage from Dwelling in Happiness.
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Sew Baby Crawler Jeans from The DIY Mommy.
DIY Boxwood Wreath from Southern Couture.
Gold Leafing a Vintage Dresser from The Logbook.
Desk Chair Revamp from Curly Crafty Mom.


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Friday, May 15, 2015

Nathan's Pole Position Party, HCF Review and Meal Plans Week 59 and 60

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My oldest is turning 9 on Sunday... I am not sure how this is happening, but in another 9 years he will be 18 and starting college soon. It is so unreal how fast time goes by and I don't like it! :,,,,,( We are doing a simple family dinner and present opening on Sunday, but last Saturday we had his class party. I let the kids have a class party every other year and it has worked out well. Nathan chose Pole Position, which is an indoor racing place where the kids even get to wear helmets!


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The kids got a little container full of quarters at the beginning of the party and they got to play video games.


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Me and my little racer.


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Getting ready to race!!


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They let Nathan go first, ahead of all of the other kids since it was his birthday!


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His classmates in their cars.


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Nathan with his birthday cookie cake


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Blowing the candles out.


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The kids going out for another race.


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All of the kids got a certificate that told them what place they were in and how fast they went. Nathan won one of the two races. Go Nathan! They also got medals.


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Nathan's presents. At age 9, they start to get a lot less toys and more card with gift cards and cash in them. My baby is growing up...


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I made up the kids goodie bags all from stuff from that store called Five Below. I filled a clear bag with a bouncy balloon, bouncy ball, fun straw and 4 pieces of candy. I then tied it on the top and stuck a sticker of a car on the bag. 


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The bouncy balls were a huge hit at the end of the party!

I was really pleased with Pole Position and would recommend it for anyone looking for a party for a kid that loves cars and racing. We had 9 kids and 2 of them did not race, because they got scared... SO, you may want to plan a party like this around kids that are at a good age for it. We were going to let Autumn race, but she was not tall enough... she still had fun, though!

And, if this post wasn't enough of a cornucopia of stuff... I have a little review of a product to share with you!

As a mom, I feel tired and frazzled half of the time... my kids are at the ages where they are bickering constantly (sigh) and this has been a record year for asthma episodes with Autumn, so I've had a lot of nights with poor sleep... and, well... it is hard being a mom. Your job never stops, it really is 24/7.  So, when the kind people at Happy Calm Focused (HCF) asked me if I wanted to try a bottle of their pills, I didn't hesitate! 

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HCF is different from other brain supplements in that it supports naturally feeding your brain's own neurotransmitters with what it is supposed to have- F&Q amino acids. This way you can stay at your best without crashing later in the day. HCF is all natural and contains no preservatives, chemicals or sweeteners. 

HCF sent me this neat little pamphlet where 101 people have written why they love HCF. People from all kinds of backgrounds... it is an interesting read. 

I have been enjoying my free sample, and I feel as though it helps me get through my busy days with the kids... especially those two hours right after school when homework and dinner need to be done and everyone is tired from the day. 



NOW, time for the last two weeks Meal Plans!
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I had to call out one of the recipes I made last week... Kendra from Joy In Our Home shared this easy omelette roll recipe. It is SO easy, but looks like its really difficult. I served it with cheese hash rounds and a little salsa. So delicious!


Meal Plan Week 59

Sunday - Dinner In
It is Mother's Day, so I am NOT cooking!!! :) Panda Express, a pizza run or anything else sounds great to me!

Monday - Spaghetti and Homemade Bread
Brian makes the best homemade bread and since he made some last week and it was SO, so good... I'm begging him to make some again! It'll be perfect with some simple spaghetti!

Tuesday - Avocado and Shrimp Salad, recipe HERE
Another Mix and Match Mama recipe... I think she has become like the Pioneer Woman to me, I must try ALL her recipes. I thought this recipe sounded light and easy for a night we have a school activity.

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza

Frozen pizza AGAIN. It must be dance night!

Thursday - Bacon Omelette Roll, recipe HERE 
This recipe was posted by one of my favorite blogs to follow, Joy In Our Home. I had never heard of an omelette roll up, but it doesn't look hard and I thought I'd try it for our breakfast for dinner night!

Friday - Baked Potato Bar (Sweet and Regular Potatoes w/ Toppings) and Baked Beans

This is always a pleaser and quick and easy. We have yet another kid activity this night!


Saturday - Dinner In
School picnic is today, so I know I am going to be too tired after volunteering at the bounce house to cook dinner... :)


Meal Plan Week 60

Sunday - Dinner Out
Sunday is Nathan's 9th birthday, so we are going to a Japanese stir fry place with my parents! I can't wait!

Monday - Tacos
Monday nights are now going to be a little busier, because Nathan is starting karate two days a week for the next 6 months. Tacos are always quick and a pleaser!

Tuesday - Gazpacho and Homemade Bread, recipe HERE
Another Mix and Match Mama recipe... I think she has become like the Pioneer Woman to me, I must try ALL her recipes. I thought this recipe sounded light and easy for a night we have a school activity.

Wednesday - Frozen Pizza

Frozen pizza AGAIN. It must be dance night!

Thursday - Lemon Blueberry Overnight Baked French Toast with Lemon Syrup, recipe HERE
I am helping out in Autumn's classroom for several hours on Thursday, so I thought I would make this up before I head up to school or even make it up the night before... then, all I have to do is throw it in the oven for an hour and we have an awesome meal for dinner! Breakfast for dinner is the best!

Friday - BBQ! Hot dogs, corn on the cob, cucumber salad and watermelon

The kids get our of school early, because they have May Madness (Field Day)... so, I thought it'd be nice to unwind with a BBQ!


Saturday - Dinner In
School picnic is today, so I know I am going to be too tired after volunteering at the bounce house to cook dinner... :)