Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Met | MACBETH Giveaway

You can enjoy the classic MACBETH from THE MET: LIVE IN HD 2017 SUMMER ENCORE SERIES with the opportunity to win Cinemark Tinseltown tickets valid June 28 -

Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers a searing portrayal as Lady Macbeth, the murderously cunning consort of Željko Lučić’s doomed Macbeth. Adrian Noble’s chilling production of Verdi’s tragic Shakespearean adaptation also features Joseph Calleja as Macduff and René Pape as Banquo, with Fabio Luisi conducting.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

What, Why & more...

Linking up with Ashley & Erika for...

Today's randomness is a lot of What's, Why's and more.

What happened to the LIKE button on Pinterest and where did all my LIKED items go?
Actually, I found the answer here.
But it doesn't mean I like it :(
I loved that little heart button.

Thankfully, my likes aren't gone forever but I don't like not having that option anymore.

How do you feel about the big change on Pinterest?

Why is it such a big deal if I say we have a pool at our house?
And why is it some how cooler to go to a pool than to have one at your house?
When I was a kid we had a pool at our house.
Actually, so did most of my friends.
We swam All.The.Time!!!!
There was a community pool that you could join, but the only time I went there as a kid was to take swimming lessons before we put our pool in.

So fast forward to today and we have a pool at our house.
Reminder, this is Mic's childhood home and it is the same pool that he grew up with.
When he was a kid he had friends over from time to time, but they typically went to a community pool to see all their friends, flirt with girls, etc.
That seems so odd to me.
I am pretty cheap, so I can't imagine spending money on a membership to a community pool when you have one in your backyard.
Just invite those friends over!
Am I missing something?

Back to that first question...why is it weird if I say we have a pool?
We do have one.
Granted, right now it is a hot mess and not working correctly, but it is still there.

I told Mic how someone asked me what pool we belonged to and I said "we don't". And that we have an old one at our house.
He was like, "you don't tell someone you have one".
What the what?
Why not?
I am by no means bragging that I have one...I really laid it out how old it was.

Also, why do I feel like I am being looked down upon because I don't belong to a pool?
Ugh! I may never understand it :/

Do you have a pool at your house?
Do you belong to a community pool?
Am I am completely out of my mind on all of this?
Before you answer that last question, read the rest of this post ;)

Why is it so hard for some people to tell the truth?
Especially about something that won't hurt or upset someone!

Seriously, I get you don't want to hurt some one's feelings, but isn't the truth better than lying?

Please don't tell me you are going somewhere and then just don't show up because you never intended to go, but couldn't face just saying so.
Or don't tell you like something if you don't.
Etc, etc.!

Plain and simple....don't lie to me.
And don't try to sugar coat things either.
Give me the truth.
Trust me, I will respect you for it.

I felt very Peter Griffin like writing this post ;)

And now I want to know...What grinds your gears?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Be Happy, It Drives People Crazy!

Linking up with Andrea, Narci & Erika for...

Over the weekend X and I ran a few errands and had to make a stop in my least favorite store, Walmart.
However, they bumped themselves up my list when X and I were able to pick up some of our very favorite ice cream!
It is Toft's Super Duper Scoop, but it will always be #superman to us!

I also picked up a new, super cheap blender while we were there.
Side note: I picked up an amazing Ninja blender about year before we moved to our current home.
Unfortunately, ever since the move I can't find all the pieces to use it! :(
I do not believe they will be gone forever, but I really needed a blender.
So I grabbed a cheap one and immediately tested it out over the weekend by making my favorite summer cocktail :)

After going gaga over my Nickel & Suede earrings I picked up a few weeks ago, I was on the hunt for some more super lightweight options.
I found Leafy Treetop Leather Co on Etsy and immediately fell in love!
I ordered the mini camo tear drop ones and the distressed brown leather rectangles.
I swear they were here like 2 days later!
And they even came with another pair of earrings because they are celebrating their birthday!
You all know I have a thing for all things camo!
These are easily my most favorite earring I have ever owned!

I picked up X from the babysitter the other day and he stated they were watching Chopped on the Food Network.
He came home and couldn't wait to make something.
Does anyone else freak out when their kid wants to "cook"?
The mess, the wasted food, the time, etc. UGH!
Thankfully, we had a few things we could throw together and TA DA...strawberry parfaits!
I loved seeing how proud my favorite little guy was of himself!

I linked up with Andrea for Show & Tell Tuesday and talked about some of my daily struggles.
One of those being my love for my favorite treat...

Also on Tuesday, it rained. A LOT!
We had flash flood and severe thunderstorm warnings from about 1-10pm!
I have never driven through so much standing water or flowing water!
This was our creek when X and I arrived home...

And this is how things looked about 10 minutes later...

Another 10 minutes and it was flowing across our driveway!
It was nuts!
Storms like this one are not my favorite!
Thankfully, there was no damage and we never lost power.
The rain stopped after awhile and all that water receded pretty quickly.

For Workin' It Wednesday, it was all about how to keep your kiddos entertained over the summer.
Simple, get a babysitter to handle it for you! lol!
Seriously, they are going to some of mine and X's favorite spots every week!

Another week, more Instagram Favorites :)

I have found myself listening to my Sirius radio on my phone a lot while I am at work.
This past week there have been quite a few throwback favorites getting me through the day :)

Localish ladies, don't forget to check out my giveaway yesterday for The Met summer series!

X has been attending Safety Town this week at his future elementary school and is loving it!
I mean, when you get to hang out with some of your favorite people - policemen and firemen - you know it is going to be a good week!
I decided to take off Thursday to get a few things done and hangout with him for a bit, so I surprised him by picking up some of his favorite blueberry donuts!

I wish you could smell the sweet sugary goodness through your screens because these truly are AMAZING!!!

When I was picking X up at the school they gave me this letter stating who his Kindergarten teacher will be!
We are so stinkin' excited for the school year to start!
We opened it in the car because we just couldn't wait!
Unfortunately, it stated he was attending Kindergarten in the afternoon and that is incorrect so we don't know if he will have this teacher or not :(
Fingers crossed this mix up is settled soon so we can get ready for what we anticipate to be his most favorite year of school yet!

And on that note, I am calling it a week!
We have a t-ball game, birthday party, and graduation party all on Saturday, and then it is time to celebrate our favorite dads on Sunday!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your Father's Day celebrations with the guys in your life!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The MET: Summer Encore Series Giveaway

Experience the wonder of LES PÊCHEURS DE PERLES from THE MET: LIVE IN HD 2017 SUMMER ENCORE SERIES by entering to win a pair of Cinemark Tinseltown theatre tickets valid June 21 –

In Les Pêcheurs de Perles, soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her affection. Tenor Matthew Polenzani and baritone Mariusz Kwiecien are her suitors, who sing the rapturous duet “Au fond du temple saint,” adored by opera fans worldwide. Director Penny Woolcock explores enduring themes of love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly depicts the mystical wonder of Southeast Asia., and conductor Gianandrea Noseda breathes new life in to Bizet’s lush score.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Summer Fun for Kids

 Linking up with Shay & Erika for...

Today's Topic:

How do I keep my kid entertained all summer?

Send them to the babysitter! lol!
I hate to say it, but I am being honest.
I work outside of the home full-time, so I have to send X to a babysitter all day, every day of the summer.

Last year we had someone come to our home so X could be home to enjoy his own things, but that meant no other interaction with kids.
They did go to the library, park and gym but that just wasn't enough for my social butterfly.

This year we are sending him to someone else's home who has two little girls.
She has been amazing so far!
Almost every day they are going somewhere or doing activities together.
And even though she has girls, X seems to be having a great time :)

They went to Kingwood Center and walked with the peacocks and made crafts...

They picked up passes for Cinemark's Summer Movie Clubhouse...

They burn off some energy at the local parks or the gym on Wednesdays...

They enjoy picnics, ducks, and fish at Clearfork Reservoir...

They do crafts like making slime, coloring and painting...

And they even do some old fashioned fun like running through the sprinkler :)

Other plans include a trip to Cosi!
I am so jealous of this one because when I was a kid I would see the commercial and so badly want to go so I could make my hair do this....

And they might even join some friends at a local pool on those extra hot days!

And so much more!

Aside from having fun with the babysitter, X is in T-ball,
he has lots of birthday parties this summer to go to,
and he is currently in a two week Safety Town program through the school :)

What activities do you have planned for your kiddos?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Show & Tell | The Struggle is real

 Linking up with Andrea @ Momfessionals for...

Today is all about the daily struggles in life, motherhood, work, etc.
I feel there are so many things I could list in this post!
So let's jump right in!

Washing my feet before getting into bed.
Even if I wore my closed toe Sketchers, do not expect me to put my feet under the covers until I have washed them with soap and water.
Unfortunately, I can't control Mic on this matter nearly as much as I would like but thankfully still have the upper hand when it comes to X ;)

I struggle buying new clothes or shoes for myself.
I seriously hate shopping, but seriously need to update my wardrobe in every way.
I love Stitch Fix, but I don't get enough for my money...#imkindofcheap
I want quantity over quality most the time when it comes to clothes because I like LOTS of options.

I sit at a desk all day long.
Every now and then I get up and talk to our receptionist, or go ask Mic a question.
But most days I am just sitting there at my desk staring working at my computer.
So I snack :( UGH!
After doing math all day and filling out legal documents I am so stinkin' bored!
Twizzlers are my weakness!
I seriously pick up two packages every weekend at the grocery store and they don't even make it to Friday!

I have never understood how someone can go workout with makeup, jewelry, hair done, etc.
I am a sweaty mess!
Typically I am dripping with sweat, my hair falls out of my ponytail or bun a million times even with a stretchy headband's help.
Even for t-ball games I am drenched by the end of the game from all that running around with the kiddos.

I can't commit to those running shorts or spandex shorts.
What happened to basketball shorts?
I am a 90's girl who doesn't care to wear skin tight clothing every moment of the day.
I need loose shorts to run around in, coach t-ball, etc.
I am seriously wearing the same ones I had in high school because I can't find them anymore :(

And last, but certainly not least...bath time.
While I love the fact that X doesn't like anyone else giving him a bath, it still drives me nuts!
I swear the whole stinkin' process is an hour long (or more)!
I get the water ready, tell him it is time to get in, then proceed to tell him another million times before he actually stops dancing around and being silly before he even gets his clothes off!
Then there is more dancing before he actually gets in the tub.
Once in there, he then proceeds to say he just wants to play, play, play.
I finally get him cleaned, rinsed off and fight with him to get out of the tub.
Even when drying him off and gettting his pj's on is a production.
It is exhausting!

But then I think to myself that I won't get this time with him for very much longer,
he is just 5 years old,
let him be silly,
and be thankful he is a happy kid :)
That is what it is all about after all..right?

What do you struggle with?
I just thought of a million more things I could list now :/
Maybe I will do a part 2 in the future! lol!

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