Friday, August 28, 2015

Back to School with a Printable

We are Back to School.

One week into the 2015-16 school year. WHEW. That first week always seems to be the toughest. 

The back to school pictures were taken. 

The classes were found- especially when you start a high school that houses almost 1300 Freshman.

The bus routes were a success. 

Two PTA meetings down, YAY Mrs. President! 

Basketball practices have begun. 

Mom's Taxi Service has commenced with ZERO tips. 

Only one class schedule change. And it was just a flip flop, same classes different hours. 

A new church year started. Classes and Services were changed. And yes, it is a change for us. Lots of new faces. Change is good. 

My "little" man allowed me ONE more year of first day bus stop pictures. One of my friends from church stopped me and told me that she used him as a shining example for her 8 year old.

Word of advice boys: You will always be your Moma's baby boy. Let her take that picture. My favorite picture quote is from the movie Safe Haven- 2013.
"Take a lot of photos. You will only regret the ones you didn't take." 

I love taking pictures of their new shoes and gear. Their feet grow so much, just like they do. Why yes. That is an $80 backpack. WHAT?!?! I admit it. I did it. Only I got it for $60. And you better believe I paid to have it embroidered with his name. It has a place for the basketball equipment and a special pocket for the ChromeBook that the school district blessed ALL Freshman with this year. He doesn't have a locker, so this backpack will be well worth the moolah, hopefully for all of high school.

Miss K. What can I say. Of all the shots I took this ended up being my favorite. Her sweet but sassy personality! The first day of school was an unseasonable cool August morning in Oklahoma, so she got to wear one of her favorite accessories- her jean jacket. She is growing up fast. In the past week I have only been allowed to fix her hair two times. Don't you just love her Rustic Cuff bracelet. We have matching ones, She wears her Cate and knows that I am wearing my Catherine and thinking of her while she is away from me. Such a cute idea. 

See. Shoes and backpack. We are all about our Chuck's this Fall. And my girl and her Vera. She truly is Sassy and Trendy. I am in trouble. Good thing I know how to "shop".

Miss K took this gift for her teacher on the first day of school. Cake balls in a jar. Did you know that if you don't have chalkboard vinyl you can make it yourself? It will probably wash off, but it made the effect I wanted. I had an Avery label and cut it the shape I wanted with my Cricut, the used chalkboard paint. Then we used this printable that I made last year. You can download here

So. How is your Back to School going so far?

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

My Boy

Today we picked up his school schedule. The sign inside the entry way said welcome Class of 2019. The schedule we picked up marked another milestone for him. For me. His high school years are about to begin in only 9 days. 

My boy is a Freshman. Where has the time gone? My boy who has served as a life changer for me in so many ways. Ways he may never understand. You see there was a time when it was just he and I, and then another time when it was just the two of us again. He prayed. Then there was three. Then came four. Then we were complete. 

My boy. My big hearted boy. So talented, so patient. Patient with everyone but his little sister. I'm told that is normal. Did I mention talented? His love for sports, especially basketball is going to take him far. Between the love of the game and his love for Christ.  I pray that his life experiences are well learned lessons. Lessons that one day can mentor those from similar situations. He will be an excellent teacher. An excellent coach and mentor. 

My boy makes me proud each day. There will be lots of growing for both of us in the next four years. Four years that I have to hold him as close as he will allow and cherish each precious moment. Four years to call him my baby boy even though at  almost 6'2" and 187lbs he is far from a baby. My boy will forever be my pride and joy, this Moma's baby boy. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Girl

In 10 days my girl starts third grade. Her new school box is bought, yes it is pink on top and ready to be filled with new crayons, markers, glue, and scissors. She picked out her second brand new backpack of her school career, a Vera Bradley. My girl loves her some Vera patterns, especially in hues of purples and pinks. It is currently at the embroidery shop awaiting the perfect stitches of the seven letters that make up her name. Her school clothes are bought. Styles ranging from athletic to casual dressy. Her favorite accessories are probably the black slip-on Converse Chuck Taylor's and new undergarments she picked out. My girl may just follow in her Moma's footsteps in that area- I got Chuck's also! 

My girl is growing up. Third grade pressures will be here soon enough. She knows. I know. But we are not going to focus on what we know is to come at the end of her third grade year. The single tests that determine whether or not she and her friends continue on to fourth grade with their other friends who pass the tests. Math and reading, how we love you, but you aren't fun anymore. It's not your fault. It's certainly not our teachers or students fault, but rather the lawmakers. 

My baby girl is no longer a baby. We choose to focus on what must be done today and will take each day of third grade as it comes. Today, ten days before she becomes an official third grader she put on her ballet leotard for the first time with Nair Baby Soft legs. She fixes her own hair now, and even figured a way to get a pink streak in it this past weekend. Thankfully it wasn't permanent. Thankfully I still get to do all ballet buns. 

Her imagination is infinite. Her generosity is great. No life is untouched by the impression she makes. I pray she will always carry the light she has now. Even though I wish I could slow down time, I look forward to seeing my girl grow even more.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chunky Mustard Potato Salad Recipe

Summer is in full heat here in Oklahoma. You can probably tell due to my lack of posts lately. Sorry. Actually I'm not. Lack of posts for my family blog means that I am probably just getting in some quality family time and refreshing myself for more great content later. So far this summer- 33 days so far- we have:

1. Spent days admitted in the hospital (me). Looks like I will be having surgery in late summer. Diverticulitis is not fun. We were supposed to have gone to South Dakota the week I was in the hospital, but that didn't get to happen.
2. B spent time at Papa & Nana's playing with cousins.
3. B went to basketball camp.
4. B went to another basketball camp.
5. Miss K started Sleeping Beauty practice.
6. B started lifting weights and open gym time at school.
7. Swimming.
8. Working only three days/week.
9. PTA preparation.
10. EATING- oh my goodness these kids are eating me out of house and home. Anyone else experiencing the empty pantry syndrome after spending $160 only five days before?

How many hot dogs, corn dogs, PB&J, and boxes of mac & cheese will be consumed this summer?

Will Reasors please have a 12 hours sale every Saturday?

Tonight I made "mustard potatoes" for the family. Really B? Thanks. That sounds so appetizing. Okay, it was a side dish. I really made brisket. Then added the potato salad, pork n beans, and corn on the cob. I love summer dinners.

A lot of people do not know how to make mustard potato salad. Seriously. They like to go "buy" it. To me that is just shocking and a waste of money. Here is my recipe. Let me know if you make it!

(download card here)

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day 2015

Ten Years of Father's Days. 

This man of mine celebrates ten years of Father's Days today because he became the man he didn't have to be, and became the man God wanted him to be. A Daddy to B in 2005, then in 2007 became the Daddy of a GIRL! We love you more and more each day. Thank you for living, laughing, learning and loving with us each and every day! 

We love you, Happy Father's Day!

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Check Out the New YouTube Channels from DCKids & Warner Bros & Win! #Sponsored

Have you seen the videos from DCKids & Warner Bros' new YouTube channels? If you are a Super Hero obsessed family check them out! With summer right around the corner, this will become one thing to add to the summer to do list. There are lots of favorites such as Batman Unlimited, DC Super Friends and Scooby-Doo! There will be many more updates over the next year, so don't forget to subscribe to their channels!

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My son was obsessed with Batman when younger and still has to watch when he can. I can't wait to show him these channels. Since I have been looking through pictures this week in honor of mine and my husband's ten year wedding anniversary, here is my son's Halloween picture from 2005. How adorable was he? When did he grow up?  He just had to have that light up Dark Knight Batman costume.

Are you ready to see the playlists? Here is the Batman playlist. Let me know what you think.

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Ten Years of Wedded Bliss

Jason and I celebrated our TEN year anniversary yesterday. If you are any friend of mine you already know because of the countless posts on Facebook and Instagram.

May 19, 2005

 I posted a 10 picture slide show of us at 4:30 am so he could see it as soon as he got to work. It contained the following three slides.

I loved this slide and it really surprised him. Throughout this blog I have documented our stories. The story of how we met. Our engagement story. Our wedding story. After all this is what this blog is all about. Our family: living, laughing, learning and loving. 

I found myself humming a little Shania over the past few weeks. Romantic, huh?

He asked me how I figured all those hours and minutes. Thank you Pinterest. LOL!

I made a cake. A bundt cake. Our son was rather upset that he couldn't dig in as soon as he got home from school. Funny story. I ran to the store to get a can of frosting for this cake. I decided to make a glaze instead. Canned frosting may never be used again at my house.

Chocolate Glaze
2 T melted butter
3 T Cocoa
1 1/2 C Powdered Sugar
1 t vanilla
4 T warm water

Melt butter over low heat, add other ingredients. Stir until smooth. Pour over cake. 

I fixed my hair, did my makeup, and put my boots on. We went to dinner at Charleston's. ALONE!!!

May 19, 2015

As far as anniversary gifts....#10 is supposed to be jewelry, my new Nikon D 3300 DSLR fits beautifully around my neck and in my hand!!! He always has had a knack for adorning me.

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 5: Spirit FlipFlops

It wouldn't be Teacher Appreciation for my kid's teachers if they didn't get this gift. I have made them every year since Miss K has been in school. My boy has even had me make a few pair for his teachers over the year. I love making beaded Spirit Flip Flops. I make and sell usually for $15 a pair. They began years ago as a football fundraiser and now when I make them they help fund any and all extracurricalar activities my kids participate in. 

I even made a new printable this year. It's simple and says it all. Without great teachers to make the year a success, it really would be a flop! I printed it as a 3x5 and it worked great. 

This concludes Teacher Appreciation Week 2015. Be sure to check every day this week for the gifts that were given to our special teachers this year. 

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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week 2015, Day 4: EOS Lip Balm Printable

Day 4 of National Teacher Appreciation week and the teacher deserves an apple, or like the printable below says the entire tree! It never ceases to amaze me that when I need to print something my ink runs out and so does my paper. I guess that is what happens in a crafty household. 

Have you seen all the EOS Lip Balm crafts on Pinterest? They are awesome. I actually had to come up with this gift to replace another gift that did not come in on time. Anyway. my Miss K was very curious as to how I was going to make that "apple" stick to the paper. Here's the trick. Take it out of the original packaging. Once you cut the circle out of the printable, open the lip balm and then close it back between the piece of paper. I promise, the teacher is not going to mind. Just don't use their yummy lip balm. 

This is how the printable is supposed to look. Ignore my terrible ink job. This blog and blogger are real. We are not perfect. Things happen. Thoughts matter the most.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Teacher Appreciation 2015, Day 3: Thanks for Being A Sweet TEAcher

We are on day three of National Teacher Appreciation Week. My daughter's teacher just so happens to love sweet tea! 

You can download the printable here. I printed it as a 4x6. 

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

MakeUp Eraser, Just Add Water.

Y'all. Confession time. I am 40 years old and I have terrible makeup removal habits. My facial cleanser stays in the shower. I usually shower in the morning unless I have an evening workout. 4 out of 7 days per week in the Winter I don't even wear makeup, because I do not step out into public. My job doesn't require me to, so why waste a pretty face? With Spring here, activities are increasing and the need for that pretty face is a MUST. Also comes time for sunscreen and waterproof mascara and eyeliner. So, I have to add an eye makeup remover. Who has time for that?

My cousin Beverly recently sent me a pink box. In this box was a pink polyester cloth called the MakeUp Eraser. I couldn't wait to try this out.

The MakeUp Eraser directions were simple enough. Add water. Use the side without the tag to remove your makeup and use the side with the tag to exfoliate. Okay. 

Oh my WOW! Check it out. The proof is on the pink eraser. All of my makeup was removed including my waterproof eyeliner and mascara. I even used it on my 3D Fiber Lashes one evening. I had ZERO raccoon eyes. My face was so smooth and clean and the next morning it even felt great. I was then worried about how my pretty little pink cloth would clean up. I put a little bit of Dawn dishwashing soap on it and it is good as new. The cloth boasts of going through 1000 machine washes before getting a new one. At $19.97 plus tax and shipping that is cheaper than my regular cleanser...

Makeup Eraser LLC, was established in 2012 by three generations of women in one family. After research and lots of makeup, they found the product that removed their makeup with just water. They even developed an affiliate program that would help give women financial freedom while selling a product that every woman needs. 

The MakeUp Eraser has even been featured on NBC's Bobbie's Buzz. Check it out. 

Chemical Free. Uses only water. Machine washable. Reasonably priced at $19.97 plus shipping and handling,  A 30 day money back guarantee. Potentially saving hundreds of dollars on other cleansers and wipes. The MakeUp Eraser is absolutely priceless. 

What are you waiting for? Get one today! While your at it grab a few for gifts. By the way...the men love these also and will really love the new color black that will be released in June. Did I mention that they clean chrome and grease also? Imagine all the household uses. Let me know what you think. 

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*I was not monetarily compensated for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Teacher Appreciation Week, Day 2: Pencil Pretzels Rods

Today is the day that all the specials teachers and the bus driver get appreciated. My daughter is also giving one to her teacher and her teacher from last year. 

These are inspired from Parents magazine a few years ago. I love that magazine.  

I will say that theirs are much brighter and better covered than mine (not sure why the first picture isn't very bright, maybe because it is packaged). It must be the candy melts. Mine came from Hobby Lobby along with the tags and bags. They were a lot of fun to make. And to be honest with you very yummy. One thing I do know about teachers, is they like fun food! 

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