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Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Favorites - June 23rd


It's time for the Friday Favorites Linkup with ErikaNarci and Andrea!

Favorite #1

SUMMER CAMPS!!!!!

Is that bad? And yes, I totally meant for that to be in all caps. The first two weeks of summer, I had my kids home with me, all day, every day. 

I learned a lot. Like we can't all stand to be in the same room together for more than, say...an hour. The fighting begins at about an hour and 2 minutes. Here is proof:


They, or maybe I should say, she broke a lamp because "someone" took her "spot" on the couch. She kicked and knocked it over, and bye bye lamp. 

A few days later...


This happened while we were waiting to get haircuts. Long story. Or, she threw a fit because I asked her to pick something up. Ok. Not so long.

So, the point is...summer camps are AMAZING! And good for the whole, keeping my house from being broken and also my sanity intact.

Favorite #2

This guy.

We celebrated our 16th Anniversary last week! We don't always like each other, but we always love each other. We have certainly had good times and rough patches, no perfection here. However, I am grateful every day for the life we have built together. Love him!

Please excuse the picture of the picture. This is one of my very favorite of our wedding photos. We were married way before social media existed, so we have none of them digitized. Wasn't it such a beautiful church?!


Favorite #3

Watermelon Mint Lemonade from Chick-Fil-A

I know not everyone who reads this has a Chick-Fil-A, and for that, I apologize for the next part. If you are lucky enough to have one, you MUST try this if you haven't already!!

It is sweet, and very refreshing for this very hot weather we've been having lately. It tastes a bit like a Watermelon Mojito MOCKtail. I bet if you wanted to make it a cocktail, you could add a little something something to give it the kick you are looking for. OR add seltzer water which is all the rage these days. And that would help to cut the sweetness down a bit too.


Favorite #4

Time with Gavin while the younger two are at camp! We have really enjoyed hanging out this week! Love this kid!!

Favorite #5


Above is the link to where you can get them on Amazon (We get no benefit other than being happy to share the information with you!)

We picked these up about a month ago from Sam's Club for much cheaper than Amazon's price. Let me tell you...they have been the HIT of the summer.  They are great because they are basically floating bean bags. So, they don't deflate! And as you can see below, EVERYONE loves them! Even Charlotte, the puppy!





Great for stacking! ;)


OK, maybe Charlotte likes them the most!

Happy Weekend!!

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ladies Who Link: June Edition- Summer Plans!



Happy Summer Planning everyone!


My wonderful, delightful children have already been out of school for 2 weeks. And as it turns out, my summer plan is currently...

Survival!!!

Well, the survival of my sanity, anyway. With 3 kids, it seems all they enjoy doing to driving each other bananas. Which drives me bananas. Don't get me wrong. I really do love with all my heart and enjoy spending time with them. Just maybe not THIS much time.

But seriously, we actually have plans. We have some trips planned and the kids have a few weeks of day camp they are registered for. 

First, we are taking a weekend road trip to visit the grandparents in New Jersey. I have been collecting snacks to go into their Road Trip Boxes. If you didn't see that post or can't remember, I got you, boo. ;) Road Tripping With Kids

Here are some pics to show you what I am talking about







Turns out, they love these things. I had considered not doing them for this upcoming trip. Once they heard about the trip, they started asking for them. I try to get a variety of things to keep them fed without having me constantly getting something for them! And they don't fight over someone eating all of the...you get the idea. And I pack a second set of treats for the return trip and hide them from the children. That way, there is always something to get excited about in the car on the way home!

Next up, after New Jersey,  the kids have a couple of weeks of camps. Then, we fly to Los Angeles to visit my niece. I am excited to see her and to show the kids around L.A. 

However, I am more than a little panicked at flying cross country with the kids. Even as an adult, I get fidgety after about 3 hours. So, I am in overkill prep mode for trying to find things now to keep them all occupied. My biggest challenge is Elliot, who is 4. She is what one might call...spirited. She doesn't enjoy sitting still. So, if any of you have brilliant suggestions of things to keep a little girl this age entertained, please share them with me!!!!!

This is what I posted for ideas last year...Tips for Traveling with Kids!

I will still do the hourly gifts, and definitely bring a thermos to fill with water or juice. And I am in the process of selecting movies to download. 

We are also trying to find good noise-cancelling headphones for everyone. We have also purchased pillows and cozy socks (can you tell I am hoping for everyone to sleep??) and am trying to decide the easiest way to bring everyone's own blanket.  I just read an article about how disgusting airline pillows, blankets and headphones are. I am not a huge germaphobe, but ew! And the tray tables are apparently disgusting. Sanitizing wipes are getting added to the list of things to pack too!

Hopefully, we will survive our trip to LA because a week later, we fly to Wisconsin to visit my family! Lots of flying this summer! That trip is less long, so slightly less preparation involved! 

And, finally, we head to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week close to the end of summer!! I am exhausted already! Not to mention, all the fun "bucket list" items of summer we want to accomplish, like making s'mores, going to the beach, hunting ghost crabs, hanging together in the pool, reading books, going to see movies...maybe I should make a Summer Bucket List like the Fall Bucket List I made last year! 

Please be sure to join our linkup below! Can't wait to read about all of your summer plans! And join us next month on July 20th to linkup your Travel Tips and Vacation Suggestions!

-Sara