Friday, February 22, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm off with Luke at Math Olympics today (as a mom of a participant and teacher sponsor) and my first FAVORITE is getting a front row seat to seeing these awesome kids get to participate and use their talents.  

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Weekend Top 10

I'm starting my recap out on Friday because it was possibly the sweetest day ever.  I turned 35 on Friday and woke up to a cat on my bed (who was supposed to be outside) and a Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuit.  Apparently Mason told Dave on Thursday night that he wanted to get up REEEEALLY early and get me a chicken biscuit and thats exactly what he did!  They were AT Chick-Fil-A at 6 a.m., y'all!  I love what a sweet thought and gesture that was and double love that Dave helped him get it done.  Dave is a BIG acts of service guy and I think that Mason is following in his footsteps.  A few homemade cards (and a poster) rounded out a perfect morning.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Day Off

Today is a day off (WOO HOO!) which I am so excited about because we had what felt like the world's busiest weekend.  With that said, I don't have a post for y'all today because the world's busiest weekend left me WIPED OUT and headed to bed pre-9 pm (which never happens!).

I hope that y'all have a great day (especially if you're home from work!) and get to rest up and enjoy!

Happy Monday!!!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  I'm not sure about your house but at our house this week has been a WHIRLWIND!  Alllll kinds of fun things but a whirlwind nonetheless.   Erika, Narci and I are all sharing our FAVORITES from the week and we'd love for you to grab our graphic, link back to one (or all!) of us and share your favorites post as well.

I kicked off "love week" with this "Love is in the air" shirt and I was cracking up before even leaving the house because Griffin kept saying, "But WHY is there a picture of that man on your shirt?!?!"  I work with several Office lovers (in fact one had on a Dwight shirt as well!) and had so many kids comment with an Office quote :)  I paired it with  these bangles and  these earrings (still on sale) as well as some MJ ruffles and a denim jacket.  Easy.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Love You Brinner

We celebrated Valentine's Day with the kids last night since Dave works tonight and I thought I'd share the details today instead of on my Friday Favorites in case you were looking for a last minute SIMPLE idea or two. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What We're Reading and Family Reading Time

I mentioned this briefly in another post - but back in December (it was actually the week in between Christmas and New Year's when we got our new couch upstairs) we decided to implement "reading time"  - where the kids read for 30 minutes to "earn" 30 minutes on their iPad.  Honestly - they hated it.  Griffin isn't reading yet and said she "didn't know how to look at books quietly" and Mason asked about every 2 minutes if time was up.... the anticipation of getting their iPads after was pretty much the sole focus of "reading time" and so we ended up re-evaluating and making reading time the last thing on our agendas at night.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Sending Love

Confession time - yesterday as I was filing in my calendar and making my to-do list which included items like "more celo bags from Hobby Lobby" and "pick up stamp pad for party craft", etc. I was feeling a little less than festive about ALLLL  the things happening in an already busy week.  
I got home in between work and football practice with about an hour for the kids to start working on putting together their class Valentine's when I hopped on Facebook and saw  this post talking about sending Valentine's to kids who are hospitalized and unable to exchange Valentine's with their class.  
I'm sure their mom would LOVE to have to make them a "stadium"-themed Valentine's Day box and figure out the craft for the kindergarten party and help their kids write 100+ names on Val-O-Grams.  
Talk about a perspective shift.  I decided to drop what I was doing and send some Valentine's love to kiddos all over the country and then called my kids into the office and let them each send Valentine's as well.  
It's free.  It only takes a minute.  It's a great perspective-shifter during a busy week.  It's a way to brighten a child's day.  
You can find the original post HERE and if you decide to take a few minutes and send some love leave a comment on this post naming something you're thankful for this week. 

NOTE: You're probably going to have your email address added to a bunch of e-mail mailing lists... I know that's a pain... but you can unsubscribe from lists that you don't want to be on usually with a single click on the bottom of an email and in this case I think it's worth the hassle :)

Texas Children's Hospital
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Choose your card, sign your name and send!
Bonus: For every card sent, Direct Energy will give $1.

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital (University of Michigan Health)
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Select a valentine, fill out the required information and hit submit.

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital (Texas)
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Fill out your information, select from four card options, personalize your wish in the "Message" section and submit.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Fill out your information.
3.) Pick your e-card and send.
*Apparently, we're not the only ones spreading this nice idea. The website includes the following message: "Due to an increase in visitors, some users may not receive a confirmation message when sending their valentine. Your message is still getting to us and will be included. We appreciate all you are doing to brighten the day for our patients!"

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Click "create a card."
3.) Select your card, your message, fill out your information and hit send.

Children's Hospital of Los Angeles
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Choose your valentine, add a note and send.
Bonus: The website says that for each card sent, Party City has pledged to donate $1 to the hospital, up to $25,000. Hospital officials also include an important note, that's probably smart to keep in mind when you're filling out any of these: "Please focus on the spirit of Valentine's Day rather than 'get well' wishes, to help keep the celebration upbeat and positive for the kids."

Arkansas Children's Hospital
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Choose your card, your message and hit send.
*Arkansas Children's Hospital is also accepting new art supplies for patients to create their own valentines. The wish list includes: watercolor paint, markers, crayons, paint brushes, rhinestones, sequins, foam stickers, googly eyes, kid scissors, glue dots and lots more, according to the website. To protect patients from infections, all art supplies donated must be new and in original packaging. To learn more or to donate, click or tap here.

Boston Children's Hospital
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Pick an animal-themed card, leave your info and hit send.

Children's Health (Dallas)
1.) Go to this website.
2.) Choose your card, personalize your message, sign your card and it's done!

Phoenix Children's
1.) Go to this website.

2.) Choose your message, fill out your information and the valentine is on its way.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Weekend Top Eight

Happy Monday, friends!  This weekend was a great one - lots of family time, catching up and staying inside because it was ICK all weekend.  I didn't take many pictures and so I actually have a top 8 for you today :)

Luke took the PSAT on Saturday morning and while he was testing I set up shop at Starbucks and graded papers and attempted to get our calendars in order for the month.

Friday, February 8, 2019

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  Erika, Narci and I are all sharing our FAVORITES from the week and we'd love for you to grab our graphic, link back to one (or all!) of us and share your favorites post as well.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Game Recommendations

It's no secret that we LOVE games!  I grew up playing games all the time and we play a game of some sort pretty much every night.

I get asked often about our favorites and recommendations and while I've mentioned games in Friday Favorites and other various posts over the years I decided to give y'all a peek into our game closet and share a fairly comprehensive list of some of our favorites.  (Yes... we have a lot of games... I know.  I think games are a great way to spend time together as a family, practice math, reading and spelling, work on critical thinking skills, and the list goes on and on)

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