Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy 4th Birthday, Jack!

Sweet Jack. My last baby and you're already turning four. For some reason, you turning four is a hard one for me. Your dad and I always say that if all our future children could have your temperament you would have twelve more siblings.

Joy is the perfect word to describe you. Joy for life, your family, and especially food. You've loved food since the minute you were born and if someone is eating something you always want to know what it is. Usually followed by, I want some. You still hate salad (lettuce) as well as cucumbers and raisins, and you are less than thrilled when those are snack at pre-school. 

You're a complete momma's boy and I hope that never changes. I deeply cherish the bond we have and our nightly ritual where I say I love you, you say I love you more, I say I love you the mostest, and you always say no I love you the mostest mostest. I hope you never stop saying that to me. And although you love me an awful lot, you're also pretty fond of your brother. You fight like typical brothers, but you know you can always count on Ben to help you and protect you. 

You love to talk about anything and everything and I love the way your "r" sounds like "w." You are a homebody just like your daddy and while you like being outside, you're not a fan of taking long walks or running :) Your obsession with Paw Patrol has been replaced with Ninja Turtles and I can't say I'm too sad about it. You like to color and cut out teeny tiny shapes which you think are the BEST CREATION EVER. Every time I pick you up from school you have little scraps you have cut out in your cubby and are so excited to show them to me. 

And even though you're turning four, I hope you'll still let me hold you, read to you, and sing You Are My Sunshine before bed. I hope you'll still want to sleep in my bed on the weekends, and run up to me saying, "mooommmmyyy" when I pick you up from school. I hope you stay your sweet, funny, lovable self, and that you always know how very much we love you.

xoxo, Mommy

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Five

Happy Friday! Anyone else having a heat wave where they live? It's supposed to be almost 100 degrees here tomorrow so we're planning to be at the pool or in the air conditioning. For today's 5, I thought I'd do something a little different and bring you 5 of my favorite posts that you may have missed.





And last but not least, don't forget to check out my post from earlier this week on The Best Summer Accessories and they're all under $20!

Linking up with ChristinaAmanda, & Karli.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The 10 Best Summer Accessories Under $20

I can't get enough of fun, bright accessories lately. All the bright colors scream Summer and accessories are a great way to spruce up your wardrobe without spending a ton. You know I love me a good bargain so I've rounded up my 10 favorite summertime accessories under $20.

*This post contains affiliate links. All opinions remain my own.
Monday, June 12, 2017


Another great weekend is in the books which always make Monday that much harder. This is a super busy time of year for my husband's work which means he's been working some long hours so Saturday we soaked up the family time, just the four of us.

What better way to start the weekend than gummy bears on donuts. 

My husband doesn't make much of an appearance on the blog or my social media since it's not really his thing, but here's proof he does exist. And to stick with the healthy eating train, we opted for shaved ice for lunch followed by flying kites.

The wind was perfect and since there's no power lines in our neighborhood we didn't have to worry about any of us dying :)

This kid. He didn't understand why he couldn't be on our porch in the nude. Hello neighbors!

Sunday we grabbed lunch at one of our favorite breweries and then the boys and their cousin swam at the pool while my friend Alissa and I relaxed and supervised the chaos. 

Before taking my niece home we stopped by a local ice cream shop where their flavors are as unique as the artwork.

And last but not least, I ordered these adorable earrings from Ali Express. If you've never been to this site you need to check it out. These earrings are $2.25 and ship free! They do come from China so it takes a few weeks, but I've ordered jewelry from them before and the quality is always great. And this is not sponsored, I just love the site.

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

3 Ingredient Chocolate Pastries

I'm not sure what attracted me to this recipe the most? Chocolate? Pastry? Three ingredients? Yes, yes, and yes! These taste like something you'd find at a bakery, but no one would ever know they only require three ingredients and less than 5 minutes to assemble. 

What You'll Need:
-Frozen Puff Pastry 
-1 egg
-Hershey Chocolate Spread (I found mine at Walmart by the Nutella) 
-Powdered sugar (optional)

What To Do:
-Thaw puff pastry sheet for 10-15 minutes then roll on a floured surface. This helps it bake faster and more evenly
-Cut pastry into 9 squares
-On each square, place a tablespoon of chocolate spread near one of the corners
-Fold pastry corner to corner and use a fork to seal the edges
-Whisk one egg and brush the tops of each pastry with egg
-Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes
-For an extra special touch, sprinkle with powdered sugar

Monday, June 5, 2017

Weekend Recap & Life Lately

Since returning home from Denver last Tuesday, I've been soaking up as much time as possible at home with the kids. Memorial Day unofficially kicked off Summer and we jumped right into all things Summer including 3 trips to the new snow cone hut within the last week. So get ready, there's lots of pictures coming your way.

I finally cleaned out our water table and almost gagged. The stuff that gets in there is disgusting. My kids are the type that will dunk their heads in it and I'm pretty sure I've seen them drink the water so I like it to be pretty clean. I will say all the work was worth it and they've played with it almost every day since.

So far I've tried the pink lemonade, pomegranate, and strawberry daiquiri, which was probably my least favorite. 

Jack's stuffed animal pile was growing out of control and he was having a hard time letting them go. He wanted to hug each one and demanded a picture with them. I also caught him moving several from the donate bag back into his closet. 

This sun-dried tomato sauce is lick the pan good. It was my first time cooking with sun-dried tomatoes and I don't know what took me so long.

I got the boys signed up for Summer Reading at the library. Ben is really into chapter books and it makes my heart so happy.

Not the best picture, but the sunset the other night was gorgeous. 

90 degree weather plus 90% humidity called for a lightweight cotton dress and top knot.

On Saturday we went to J's aunt's house for their cousins' birthday party. J's aunt's dog is the sweetest, but anytime he comes near Jack, Jack heads in the other direction. The boys were sitting on the edge of the pool and the dog came up behind them. Jack jumped into the water so fast and we we're dying laughing. 

Homemade banana orange popsicles.

I love how my DIY wreath turned out and decided to go ahead and hang it. The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. 

And that's a wrap. Today was back to our normal routine and after being out of the office for over a week it's hard to go back. Wish me luck!

Linking up with Biana for Weekending. 

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Summer Bucket List {2017}

It's the first day of June which makes it unofficially Summertime. I'm determined to make this Summer one of our best ones yet and one of my personal goals for this Summer is to really let go of control and focus on being fun which can be hard for my type A self. Want to play in the rain? Sure. Wear your favorite shirt 3 days in a row? Why not. 

I created this Spring Bucket List back in March but we didn't get to much on the list so I'm adding some of them to our Summer one.

//Try as many flavors of shaved ice as possible//
Because why not. A new place opened up in town and with over 50 flavors the possibilities are endless.

//Go on a picnic//
I found the cutest picnic basket at a yard sale that needs to be put to good use.

//Camp in our living room//
The boys still talk about this from last Summer.

//Make homemade popsicles//
We made these Triple Berry ones, but after browsing Pinterest I think I need to step up my game.

//Fly a kite//
The boys got kites a few years ago and they've just been sitting in the closet so it's time to break them out. Now if only we can keep them in the air.

//Explore 3 new (to us) state parks//
There's several that have waterfalls or swimming holes that look like fun.

//Go Berry Picking//
We've got an appointment scheduled at our favorite spot and can't wait to try all the fresh berries!

//Visit the farmer's market//
And keep Jack from eating every tomato in sight.

//Watch a movie in the park//
Our city does this once a month and while it was on our list last Summer, we got rained each time we tried to go.

//Attend a baseball game//
Ben's attended a few games, but Jack's never been (2nd child problems). 

//Go to the state fair//
Our annual tradition.

//Make homemade strawberry shortcake//
Maybe using some of our freshly picked strawberries.

//Make a bird feeder//
Jack is obsessed with birds at the moment so we might as well feed them while we're looking at them.

//Go on a nature scavenger hunt//
Exercise for me, fun activity for the kids. Win win. 

//Trip to Arkansas//
J has some family that lives there plus they've got some amazing parks and hiking trails.

//Summer reading program at our library//
Gotta keep their brains sharp over summer break :) 

//Make homemade ice cream//
I have an ice cream maker that attaches to my KitchenAid Mixer so all I need to do is find the perfect recipe.

What are you up to this Summer?

Linking up with Annie for Thoughts on Thursday