Thursday, August 25, 2016


I just want to thank all you that have stuck with me this summer as the content on my blog as taken a downward spiral.
I hate that work/home life has to come first, but that the end of the day that is the most important thing right?!
Not gonna lie, trying to blog while working full-time and some nights practically being a single parent is rough.
Last thing I want to do is write a blog post.
In fact, my computer doesn't even come home from the office with me most nights.

But I love this blog.
I love this community and the friendships I have made.
I don't want to give that up!
And I don't want to give up this outlet that helps me get to know who I really am.
Does any of that make sense?
I know I am kind of rambling right now.

I am sorry if I have never responded to your comments :(
I have read every single one of them :)
I just don't always have the time to respond right then.
And then days go by, and weeks, and possibly months and I haven't responded :(
I hate to say it, but I am starting fresh.
Hitting delete so to speak on all those emails causing me to stress out.
From this day forward I will be responding :)

So thank you again for being there for me during this crazy time in my life.
I really do appreciate it!

Now, who wants to join me for my annual blogger scarf exchange this year?
Just comment below or send me an email at (subject Scarf Exchange) to join the fun!
Deadline to sign up is Monday, September 5th.
I will notify you of your partners by the end of that week.
I will have more details on the mailing deadline and group post date at that time.

Last order of business for today...

Link your #ThinkingOutLoudThursday posts below,
and don't forget to link back to X-tremely V & Penny's Passion!
And grab our new image too!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Show & Tell | Advice to HS self

Linking up with Andrea @ Momfessionals for

Today we are giving advice to your high school selves.

So first up, here is who I am talking to...
That is me as a freshman in high school.

And here is me as a senior...

Looking at those last two pictures, I am wondering why we had to take pictures next to an extremely dirty wall! Twice! lol!

At first thought I am struggling to think of what advice I would give myself.
Honestly, I LOVED high school!
Favorite time of my life!
You hear a lot that you meet your best friends in college, but I made mine in high school.
Actually, I made mine way back in elementary school :)
Ok, so if I have to give myself some advice here it goes.

Don't be so nervous or scared all the time.
Kind of hard to tell my teenage self when I am still that way at 37 years old :/
I have always been a nervous nelly.
I can still remember feeling like I was going to pass out when I had to stand in front of the class and read a report.
Ugh! That was the worst!
I still struggle with that :(
But my advice would be, try not to sweat it.
Not many of those kids are paying attention anyways ;)

Have fun! Take a risk!
Being the nervous nelly that I was, I would hesitate and most the time say no to invites or dates.
If I heard there would be alcohol at a party or the parents weren't going to be there I didn't even think about going.
While I am proud of my teenage self for holding my ground, I could have still said yes to a few invites.
Wasn't like I was going to drink anyway.
I guess I just didn't want to even have to be around it.

One thing I wish I would have done in high school was try out for the drama club.
I so badly wanted to act and sing in the school plays, but was way too terrified to actually do it!
So I sat for four years in awe of the kids who had the guts to perform in front of the school/parents/etc.

While it is great that you have a ton of Brookside pride, you can venture of our SL.
I grew up in a pretty small town.
You are friends or at least know of everyone there it is that small.
SL was and still is a place I am proud to call home.
It breeds good, honest, down to earth people in my opinion.
But you can leave.
And people who aren't from SL or Brookside aren't bad...they are just different than you.
That is ok!
You can get to know them.
And you actually might like them!

And last, but certainly not least...
While some high school relationships last, yours does not have to.
Oh how I wish you know what I know ;)
Yes, there are quite a few people that I went to school with that went on to marry their high school sweetheart.
Good for you!
There are also quite a few that ended in divorce. #keepinitreal
And then there are those that thankfully grew apart and ended before any of that came about.
I fall into that last one.
Don't get me wrong, as every teenage girl does, I felt like my life was over!
I was never going to find someone.
Blah, blah, blah.
But life did go on.
And I did find someone.
And he is great!
And so is the little guy I have with him :)


And there you have it!
What type of advice would you give your high school self?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Star Wars Rebels Giveaway

May the force be with you as you embark on the opportunity to win STAR WARS REBELS: SEASON 2! 
Enter here, available on Blu-ray August 30 -

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Back to the grind

Friday, you snuck up on me.
Thankfully, that is a very good thing :)
I am ready for the weekend!

Linking up with Andrea, Narci & Erika for

We got back from our 2016 family vacation late Saturday night.
Despite some rain, we had a great time!
Check out Part 1 here :)
This was definitely my favorite part of our trip to Destin, Florida!
That water is insane!
So beautiful!

And you can check out Part 2 here :)
Not my favorite, but the best we could do for our family photo for the week :/

On Sunday, I ran to Target to pick up a new backpack for X.
His favorite thing these days are dinosaurs!
I couldn't go wrong with this one :)

And I decided to upgrade his nap time blanket this year too.
I snagged both of these blankets below on sale at
I even got an online discount and free shipping with my Red Card :)
Free shipping is my favorite!
And these are sure to be X's favorite!
 Jurassic World Throw Blanket

I then headed to Kroger and was pleased to see all things Pumpkin Spice :)
It's starting to be my favorite time of year!

I came home Monday completely exhausted from trying to play catch up from work :(
Thankfully, one of my favorite TV shows of all time was on to relax me :)

When you are in desperate need of a haircut (it has been like 12 weeks!) and you have a good hair day you document it!
And this top I got from Stitch Fix back in January is still one of my favorites!
Sorry about the dirty mirror :/

Outshine Popsicles are my new favorite summer treat!
So good!

X was channeling his favorite character from Turbo the other night with his shades and bike :)
This guy is MY favorite!

One of my favorite things to make in the summer is BBQ ribs!
Love when they fall off the bone!

And that is it for this week!
Looking forward to our last weekend before X goes back to school next week!
We will be enjoying a pizza party with friends and the Blueberry festival :)

What are you doing this weekend?
Did your kids go back to school yet?

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Vacation 2016 | Part 2

Back today with part 2 of our Florida vacation!
You can check out Part 1 here if you missed it :)

Another photo heavy post coming your way!

Monday morning we headed out for breakfast at The Donut Hole before hitting Big Kahuna's water park.
I loved the simple mug, but non-flavored coffee is rough!
Mic tried out two different donuts since that is their specialty.
Red velvet & Angel Cream (I believe)

The only picture I took the entire time we were at the water park was when we were leaving.
I had my phone locked up.
Unfortunately, it rained while we were there and we even saw a few bolts of lightning.
Meaning, the park shut down all rides and such for an hour before reopening :(
We didn't go on many slides, but X did take a nap during the rain delay and loved playing in the kid section.
On our way back we decided to swing into Fudpucker's for dinner.
We had heard the wait can be crazy, so we hit it up early.
Honestly, the food wasn't anything special but X loved getting to look at all the gators.

Why take a just one good picture when you can take silly ones too?

X was ecstatic that his pizza was served with a toy gator on it!

After dinner we headed back to Baytowne for more games.
Notice a theme yet?

After games we stopped in Moo La La for some dessert.
Key Lime pie for me!

On Tuesday the weatherman was calling for another day of rain:(
We hit up some of the outlet stores, and enjoyed some giant cookies while we walked :)

We then went further into Destin to check out Harbor Walk.
X loved this fake tree in front of Margaritaville and insisted on having his picture taken :)

We had dinner at Jackacuda's.
The sushi was pretty good, but the whole restaurant smelled like a porta-potty!
We ate very quickly and got back outside.

I think we need one of these trucks for festivals in Ohio!

And I am so bummed I didn't stop for a crepe at this truck, but I was too full from dinner.

We got back to Baytowne just before Kid's Night ended.
So we let X have some fun on the big blow up maze and slide before heading back to watch the Olympics :)

One sweaty, but happy guy :)

On Wednesday it rained.
And then rained some more :(
So we ventured out for an early lunch at Buffalo Jack's Legendary Wings.
This was my type of place!
TV's were everywhere!
Even at our table :)

Since the rain wasn't stopping, we headed to the Gulfarium.

We decided to skip dinner that night since we ate a big lunch, but did swing back through The Donut Hole for their homemade Key Lime pie :)

No dinner meant we could go straight to the arcade. Again.
Have any of you ever played Fruit Ninja?
X loved this game!
Heck, all three of us loved it!
We downloaded it our tablet for the ride back to Ohio it was so fun!

Thursday morning brought more rain, so we grabbed brunch at the Sunset Bay Cafe.

Since the rain stopped for a short time, we walked over to the park for X to burn off some energy.
But first we wanted to take a picture together.
His exact words were "Mommy, pretend like you are eating my head.".
And that is exactly what I did :)

Back to the arcade for what felt like the millionth time!
But when you see that face, you know it is worth it :)

We headed back to clean up before having our best dinner of the week at Fat Clemenza's.
Oh my goodness, the garlic knots were amazing!

Friday morning we awoke praying for no rain.
We wanted to get back to the beach one more time before leaving.
Unfortunately, that didn't happen :(
We settled with spending our day at the pool.
It actually worked out well since our room was super close.
We just headed back to our room if the rain started up again.

We tried to get a family picture since we hadn't taken one all week.
Honestly, you wouldn't really know I was there with X and Mic if I hadn't!
I took all the pictures during the week so I am not in many :(
Pouty pants and the lighting is all wrong.
This was the best we got.
Honestly, it is the perfect picture of us!
Exactly how we are :)

That night I talked Mic into a chain restaurant because I was dying for steak!
How are there only 4 steakhouses in Destin and 3 of them are chains?
While we waited for our table at Longhorn, X was super excited to watch a helicopter take off and land right next door.

Last night at Baytowne Wharf meant it was our final night of arcade games!
And X got to cash in his tickets for some junk great prizes ;)

Saturday morning we packed up the car and headed back to Ohio.
We drove the entire day.
14+ hours in the car!
While there were some moments that looked like this...
we had a some fun too :)

And the next morning X was happy to be back at home with Diamond :)

And that was our 2016 family vacation to Florida!
It is always great to get away and try to disconnect, but it is great to come home as well.
Now I am ready for Fall!
Bring on all things Football, Pumpkin spice everything, sweaters, boots, and more!

Now it is time to link your #ThinkingOutLoudThursday post!
Don't forget to link back to X-tremely V & Penny's Passion!

Happy Thursday!

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