Monday, August 13, 2018

Muppet Babies Giveaway

Almost 30 years after the Muppet Babies first won the hearts of kids and families around the world, Disney Junior's reimagined MUPPET BABIES: TIME TO PLAY chronicles the hilarious playroom antics of a young Kermit the Frog, Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Animal – plus a brand-new Muppet Baby, Summer Penguin. Under the watchful eye of Miss Nanny, the Muppet Babies use their imaginations to embark on countless adventures that take them to the farthest corners of the universe and demonstrate to young viewers the power and potential of imaginative play. Enter here for a chance to win your own DVD copy:

Friday, August 10, 2018

It's A Good Day To Have A Good Day!

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

Hello Friday!
I can't believe there is only 1 more week of summer vacation before X starts school!
So today we are living it up by taking X to an indoor water park for some end of summer fun!

But first let's back up and recap some favorites from this past week.
This weekend was HOT!!!
But we were all itching to get out of the house for a little bit and move around.
We headed to the local park for some family soccer and football.
If you are new around these parts, I am not a fan of soccer at all!

Thankfully I only had to "play" goalie ;)

Now I am a huge American football fan!
It is hands down my favorite sport!
(I swear I am really supposed to live in Texas!)
So it is no surprise that I had to watch the NFL Enshrinement ceremony.
I know some people don't like him, but I loved watching Ray Lewis give his sermon motivational induction speech:)

On Monday, I joined some of my favorite ladies for the TBB Asks series.
And in case you missed it, they also announced that I am now a member of TBB!

I also had an early hair appointment to refresh my locks with my favorite stylist :)

And then X and I headed north for Cleveland Browns training camp with my dad and step nephew!
Say what you want about the Browns, I will always be a die hard fan.
And I love getting to share my love for my favorite team with X :)

These bobble heads were awesome!

X found his new favorite person in my step nephew!
X loves football, but he also loves Fortnite.
He and Kellen talked about it almost the entire 3 hours we were there!!!

It was so HOT!
We were just sitting there and I was dripping in sweat!
I don't know how those players were able to wear their pads and such and not pass out!
I didn't take a lot of pictures of the actual practice, but I do feel they looked good!
Fingers crossed that shows in the first preseason game!
(I am writing this Thursday afternoon and they play this evening.)

And then it was autograph time!
Kellen got a few before we headed out to grab some dinner.

I did have a total #momfail #fanfail moment because I didn't even bring anything with me for X or myself to get autographs. :(
Honestly, I have gone to training camp over the years with my dad and it was never that easy to get autographs so I didn't even think twice about bringing something with us.

A friend of mine was there too, but on the other side of the field and got 12 autographs!!!
Things have definitely changed!

Tuesday night Hard Knocks premiered on HBO and it is all about the Cleveland Browns this year!

Seriously it is my new favorite show!
The language isn't the best for kids, so put them to bed before watching it.
I think you will fall in love with my team too if you watch it!

Side note: We are currently obsessed with the Baker Mayfield show All The Way Up too!

Wednesday was all about school lunches and simple date night looks on the blog!

I keep seeing these shoes pop up on my Facebook feed and I keep telling myself I don't "need" them.
What do you guys think?
I love the olive green mixed with the gray!

And I am going to leave you all with this today....

Thanks for stopping by!
I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Simple Date Night Look

Mic and I rarely do date nights.
And when we do, it is usually last minute so I keep things pretty simple.
Friday night we were able to have a "just us" dinner, so I thought it was the perfect time to try out my new BP. booties I picked up in the Nordstrom sale.

Universal Thread Tee in Olive - only $8 -- These are my FAVORITE basic tees!
Vigoss Distressed Skinny Jeans - mine are at least a few years old, but these are the same brand and super similar! And they are on sale for under $36!
BP Booties in Cognac - Unfortunately, the sale is over and they are at their regular price :(

And in case you missed the announcement....I am now a member of The Blended Blog!!!
I am so stinkin' excited and nervous!
Praying I don't let them and you all down!

And I promise I will do my best to up my outfit pictures :/

Speaking of TBB, make sure you link up your fashion related posts below :)

How We...Pack School Lunches

Linking up with Erika & Shay today for...

Today is all about how we or I pack school lunches.
Honestly, this is my first year doing it so I am kind of nervous.
I have lucked out for the last few years because X went to a preschool and enrichment program that supplied the lunch for him.

But after going through lots of lunch ideas on Pinterest with X,
I think we both have a good idea what we will be packing.

He loves fruits and veggies in raw form, so that part of his lunch thankfully is pretty easy.
The drink and main item are going to be the hardest things for us.
Honestly, I think I am just going to send a mini bottle of water every day in his lunch because that is the only thing he drinks besides the occasional white milk!

Main Dish Ideas

He loved the idea of Mini waffles or pancakes with a couple of sausage links.

X does not like most lunch meats (or sandwiches for that matter - just like his mommy), but he will eat ham!
When I showed him that we could roll some up with a tortilla he was all about it!

Turkey dogs and mini corn dogs are another food I know that X would eat if he saw them in his lunch.

I buy organic chicken nuggets that X loves, so they would be easy to toss in his lunch box and I know he would eat them.

He would seriously eat scrambled eggs every day if I made them, so he was all for putting them in his lunch here and there.

Anytime X gets to have pasta for a meal he is a happy camper!

He would eat everything in all of the photos above!
And if he is anything like me, he will eat the exact same things every few days ;)

Another thing that is nice when it comes to X eating is that he is not one that wants his food hot.
Most the time he waits until things are completely cold before he actually eats them.
So sending foods in his lunch box that might get cold shouldn't be a problem.

And here is the lunch box we decided to go with.

I love the idea that it folds flat.
But even better...the entire thing freezes!
That means if there is something I want to keep cold in X's lunch I don't need to send any additional ice packs!
Now I am sure you all probably know about these things, but since this is my first year packing lunches I was super excited to find this!
You can find it on Amazon or Target for about $20, and it comes in 9 other colors.
We went with black since it would go well with his new backpack he picked out, otherwise we would have grabbed the camo one shown in the video :)

So what do you pack in your kiddos lunches?
Do you they pack all the time or are they school lunch buyers?

Side note about me:
When I first started 1st grade I loved buying my lunch!
We moved about 2 streets over and I had to switch elementary schools (within our same school system/town) about 2 months into the school year.
I was super excited to buy my lunch my first day there!
I followed the line like I was told, but the lunch lady yelled at me anyway. :(
I was so upset that I didn't buy my lunch again.
And I am not just talking about in 1st grade.
I didn't buy my lunch again the entire time I was at that elementary school....
1st through 5th grade!!!
I finally decided to give it another try when I moved to the middle school in 6th grade.

Do you have any traumatic school lunch stories?
I would love to hear them!

Two more things before you go today...
Did you see the announcement on The Blended Blog Monday?

And don't forget to enter to win the new Elena of Avalor DVD I'm giving away!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Let's Party! + A Giveaway

Hey, Hey Guys!
Linking up with The Blended Blog today for their monthly Ask Series.
Make sure you head to TBB for a super special announcement today!!!! ;)
And then come back here and let me know what you think!

1. Favorite birthday party as a child?
Hands down that has to be the surprise party my parents threw for me when I was in 4th grade!
We went out to dinner and then returned home and they walked me into our back room to open my present.
I opened the door and there was about 15-20 of my girl friends in there yelling surprise!
Even my "boyfriend" was there! lol!
It was the best!
And then they all spent the night!
We did "makeovers", danced, watched movies, and just had a great time.

2. Do you like to entertain? Yes or No?
I can't wait for our home remodel to be finished so I can start hosting parties again!

3. What kind of parties are your favorite?
I love a good theme!
So whatever the theme is, I like to dress the part, make all the corresponding food and drink, and decorate accordingly :)
Mic and I have even made specialty cocktails that go along with the event we are hosting.

4. Big or small parties?
I think I would have to say BIG!
We have friends in many different circles, so I love bringing all of them together in one place.

5. Favorite thing to do at parties?
If it were completely up to me I would dance the entire time! lol!
But that isn't really the type of parties people have anymore, I would say...Laugh!
And make sure everyone else is having a good time!

6. Party food favorites?
This probably sounds silly, but I love veggie pizza!
For some reason I only seem to get it or make it for parties, so that has to be my favorite.

7. Favorite flavor of birthday cake?
I am a simpleton....Plain chocolate with white butter cream frosting.
I shy away from all the fancy flavors, fillings, etc.

8. Balloons? Yes or No?
I can take em' or leave em'.

9. Best party song?
There are so many!
But the first that comes to mind is...

10. Do you like to dance? Yes or No?
Look at #5 ;)
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to dance!!!!
That is one of my requirements for my birthday celebration this year!

Do you like to dance?
Host parties?
What is your favorite party food?
I would love to hear from you!!

Oh, before you go I have a giveaway for you!

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On the way there, she accidentally releases a mythical forest sprite that could endanger Avalor! 
Now Elena must find the jaquins’ magical, legendary Sunbird Oracle to save the kingdom! 
Can she do it?! 
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Enter here for a chance to win your own DVD copy:

Friday, August 3, 2018

Belly Laughs, Bella Bleu's & Born Year Hats

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

There are only two more weeks until school starts, so I am trying to plan a few fun things here and there before the summer comes to an end.
On Friday X and I hit up the early show of Teen Titans Go To The Movies!
This is what happens when your mom wants to take a picture of you, but the sun is in your eyes...

With popcorn in hand, we were ready to watch the movie!

Do any of your kiddos watch the show Teen Titans Go?
Do you watch it too?
I personally think it is pretty funny :)

Seeing and hearing this guy laugh out loud was definitely a favorite moment!

Mic came home from work and told us we were heading out to Bella Bleu's for dinner.

I absolutely loved the atmosphere of the place, and the weather was perfect to sit out on the deck for dinner.
I can't lie...I am like a 6 year old when it comes to eating.
While this place was nice, and I am sure most people would love the just wasn't for me.
And when places try to be upscale....I don't typically want any part of it :/

The mail arrived on Saturday and that meant my new #BornYear hat was here!!!

It fits great and goes with everything!
My new favorite hat for sure!
And I loved the fun little facts they sent with it :)

On Monday I shared what is going on or not going on with me health wise.
I am open to all your suggestions/tips :)

I found these at the grocery store the other day and I can't believe I have never saw them before now!
These are life changing people!
No cutting.
No throwing away the unusable parts.
Just eat one of my favorite veggies :)

Instagram was killin' it this week!

I believe every single one of those applies to me except the first one!
Actually, I have the kid that makes most people not have another :/
I love him with all my heart, but he is A LOT!!!

WE X had soccer camp this week and it was great to get him out of the house to do something active!
Summer at home with a working mom isn't terribly fun :(
And I said we had soccer camp, because I literally stood there for the two hours he was there every night!

But I can't lie, it was fun to watch him get back into things :)

Look at that tongue! lol!

He had a great time getting back on the field with his friends this week.
And we found out who is on his soccer team for the next year!
He is super pumped that some of his favorite people will be playing with him this year :)

I shared all of our winners and losers of the Nordstrom Sale this week as well.

This weekend is Tax Free Shopping in Ohio, so I am placing my order online for all the school supplies, new shoes, and clothes for X :)
And that is it for this week!

Have your kiddos went back to school yet?
Do you still have back-to-school shopping to do?

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!