Friday, February 21, 2020

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends!  It's a fun day around here - Mason is competing in an ACSI speech competition and we are so proud of and excited for him! 

Erika, Narci and I are so excited that lots of y'all are linking up with us and if you're linking up with us make sure you grab our graphic, link back to one (or all!) of us and share your own Friday Favorites post.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

7 Questions

Y'all never cease to surprise me with your awesome questions.  Will we ever run out?!?!  Here we go with seven more today!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bacon Chicken Ranch Mac and Cheese

I made  this recipe a couple of weeks ago and Luke has asked for it again repeatedly!  Every member of my family raved about it and everyone asked for leftovers for lunch the next day.  I was afraid it was going to be too "ranchy" but it was the perfect amount of flavor without being too much.  Seriously. So. Good.  

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Weekend Top 10

This weekend was such a full and fun one but I'm going to try and condense it down into my top 10...

Dave surprised me with flowers for Valentine's Day/my birthday and they were INCREDIBLE!!!

Monday, February 17, 2020


My birthday was this past weekend and in anticipation of having a fun family weekend I prepped this post sharing 36 things you may not know about me.  Now... this was HARD for me because I do feel like I've been an open book on here for so many years but I'm hoping the majority of this list will be things most of y'all don't already know. ;)

1 - Cereal is my favorite dessert.  Seriously.  I'll take a bowl of Cap'n Crunch or Froot Loops over a cookie pretty much any day of the week.

2 - I HAVE to have a heavy blanket on when I sleep.  Dave can sleep on top of the covers with no problems which I just don't understand.  I need everything to be covered by sheets and a blanket except for my face and MAYBE a foot.

3 - I had a cat growing up named Snowball the Snow Queen Snow Princess.  And she wasn't completely white.

4 - When I get stressed out I clean/organize.  Making one area of my life feel "together" somehow makes the rest feel more manageable.

5 - I'm a "sympathetic blusher".  If something happens to someone else that's embarrassing my face will turn bright red.

6 - In the third grade my mom and I sponge painted my bedroom and I don't think I've ever been so happy with how a room makeover turned out.  It was purple and turquoise and pink and SCREAMED 1993.

7 - My favorite chips are salt and vinegar.  I'll eat them until my tongue hurts :)

8 - In the 8th grade I went to Hurricane Harbor (a local water park) and my bathing suit bottom got caught on something on a slide and RIPPED.  I hit the water at the bottom and the lifeguard kept blowing his whistle for me to get out.  I had to wait for a friend to bring me a towel and still have a hard time going down a waterslide without shorts over my suit.

9 - The only team sport I played growing up was soccer when I was about 5.  My team was The Fraggles and I loved braiding grass on the sidelines :)

10 - I have a really hard time eating eggs that other people have prepared.  Buffet eggs are a definite no.

11 - I won an art contest when I was young (like 4/5) and the prize was an armoire (seriously).  That white armoire was in my room almost through high school :)

12 - My locker in 7th grade was #711

13 - I read A Tree Grows in Brooklyn no less than a dozen times in middle and high school.  Cried every time.

14 - My mom and I used to knit scarves and sell them at craft fairs.

15 - I attended the '86 Olympics in Calgary (I was 2)

16 - My least favorite noise in the entire world is sniffling/snorting.  JUST BLOW YOUR NOSE!!!

17 - When I lived in NC I used to ride horses and I competed in hunter jumping.  I rode an ex-race horse who was almost 18 hands tall and loved every minute of it.

18 - As far as I'm concerned the only gum anyone should be chewing is Spearmint :)

19 - I'll pick a mechanical pencil over a regular pencil all day every day.

20 - I don't like ice in my water.  I like it chilled... but not icy.

21 - I went to year-round school in NC and would switch to year-round school in a HEARTBEAT if it was offered here.

22 - I had no idea that tea could be "iced" until I moved to NC

23 - I don't eat anything that comes from the ocean.  I've tried it all and I'm sorry... but it all tastes fishy.  All of it.  Everyone always raves about fish and I really wish I liked it, but I just can not.

24 - After an unfortunate "exorcist-style" incident my Freshman year of high school I can no longer drink red Gatorade.  Even the smell of it makes my eyes water a little bit.

25 - I stink at bowling.  Also, my thumb hurts every time I bowl.

26 - I had my appendix removed in the 5th grade.

27 - I went to a sleepover with a new friend in 6th grade and didn't realize until I showed up that her dad was the surgeon who had removed my appendix the year before.

28 -I once ate chicken foot stew in Jamaica.

29 - In college I got a job as a hostess at Rock Fish... I quit during training because it smelled too much like fish.

30 - I love the smell of coffee but can't stand the taste.

31 - I got banned from kayaking at camp after multiple tipovers and rescues :)

32 - I use the seat warmer in my car every day.  Even when it's 100 degrees outside. 

33 - I had my ears pierced when I was around 5 and they grew over.  I had them repierced by a friend in the bathroom during a middle school dance.  I know. 

34 - I spent over a week on a boat on the Amazon river during college - the sky at night was UNREAL and is something I'd love to experience again.

35 - My middle name is Jean after my dad's grandmother Nana Jean who, from the stories I've been told, was a PARTY ;)

36 - I once made a model of the Colosseum out of a cheese wheel box.

HAPPY Monday, friends!!!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Friday Favorites

Erika, Narci and I are so excited that lots of y'all are linking up with us and if you're linking up with us make sure you grab our graphic, link back to one (or all!) of us and share your own Friday Favorites post.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Three Things

Happy Thursday, friends!  Usually on my three things posts I share recent pics of the kids to go along with their three things BUT I feel like it's been so gross outside all week and almost dark by the time we've gotten home so instead I'm going to share some Valentine's Day throwback pics :)

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Conversation Heart Activities

It's conversation heart season which has some of us VERY excited and some of us VERY grossed out.  I feel like I've eaten WAY too many TUMS in my 2+ years of pregnancy to enjoy a conversation heart ;)

In case you happen to have a bag on hand at your house and/or find a few packages in your kids valentine's loot this weekend I thought I'd share a couple quick and easy activity ideas using the chalky treat...

I first came across  the idea of dissolving candy hearts on a random teachers pay teachers search for a math worksheet and I knew that my kids would  be all over it.  We had  this set of beakers on hand and started off putting the candy hearts into different temperatures of water to see what would happen.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Happy Tuesday, friends!  I can't believe that Valentine's Day is on FRIDAY!  It always kinds of sneaks up on me and I wanted to share a few gift ideas in case you're shopping last minute. 

Quick note - I know that everyone does Valentine's Day differently... a card and candy before school, heart pancakes, a gift basket, small gift, BIG GIFT, a family present, dinner out, dinner in... we all do holidays differently which is why I've tried to share a variety of ideas, price points, etc.  

We typically do one gift for each of our kids and it varies year to year.  One year they each got a new movie, one year Griffin got a Princess Belle costume and last year we got our boys tickets to go see Monster Jam with Dave.

However you celebrate I hope you find a fun idea or two for this week or a couple to file away for later ;)

You can click on any of the images below to shop

TENZI is one of our family's very favorite games.  There are a TON of different ways to play, it's great for all ages and the rounds are quick.  

Puzzles are one of our favorite things to do together as a family and  this one looks so good!  I'm picky about our puzzles... I look for ones that even if they're large, have defined areas and everyone can work on them.

I LOOOOOOVE Saranoni blankets and  their toddler to teen size blankets are PERFECT for kids of all ages.  My kids still use them on car trips and on their beds at night. 

I haven't personally tried  the MoonLite projector but it looks so cool!  It's a projector that goes onto your iPhone and projects your favorite storybooks onto the ceiling!  Bedtime stories have always been a big deal at our house and I absolutely love this idea.

Rainbow in my room is on my short list for Griffin because the girl can't get enough rainbows :)  It projects a rainbow into your room and I can't really think of anything more fun than that!

I have  this set of basketball guys in my cart for Mason's birthday because it seriously is right up his alley.  If he's not outside playing he's pretending that he's outside playing :) 

Quirkle is another family favorite because all ages can play it.  There's more strategy involved as your kids get older but younger kids can still "get it" and play.  it's a perfect family game.

We're HUGE Snap Circuit fans and  this Snapino set has 20 coding projects which I think sounds super cool.  This is going on the list for my boys birthdays for sure!

I shared all of my favorite Valentine's Day books in  THIS POST but  Bagel In Love was on the tip top of our list this year.

I feel like I talk about OSMO in every gift guide and that's because we love it SO MUCH!   A new OSMO game would be an awesome gift. 

This flower garden set is $12 and one of Griffin's very favorite toys from when she was a toddler.  All the pieces come apart and kids can design and build their own flower garden.  It's SO CUTE and would be perfect in an Easter basket as well.

Our FAVORITE stuffed animals are always Jellycat and I'm DYING over  this plush avocado.  I think I may need it for Valentine's Day :) hahaha

Valentine's Day could be a great time to restock your art supplies like rolls of  white craft paper,  paint sticks and  Play Doh.

We LOVE  our hydroflasks and this one is the perfect size for kids and comes with the straw lid which is PERFECT.  The little handle makes it really easy for kids to carry as well.

A Nerf gun because nothing says love like shooting your brother, right? :)  I think that if you have boys (or girls!) it would be SO FUN to get everyone a new nerf gun and have a family nerf fight as their Valentine's Day gift - pizza, nerf guns, ice cream, movie - done.

My kids can't get enough of  these Sticker By Number books!

This little heart purse is what I picked up for Griffin because GLITTER HEART and a rainbow strap!  I'm planning on putting a little notebook, a few pens and a Lip Smacker in there for her.

Mason can be hard to buy for because his favorite thing to do is play outside and there's only so many basketballs and footballs a kid needs but I am SO EXCITED about  this sky projector for his room. Click on the link and check out the photos because it looks SO COOL!!!  I wish I had had this for our To The Moon and Back lunch!

I started putting together gift guides for teachers and guys and just plain ran out of time.  UGH!  
As a middle school teacher I'm not sure I've ever received anything other than candy for Valentine's Day (which is AWESOME) but several of y'all asked for teacher gift ideas... for the teachers in your life I can't say enough GIFT CARDS are the way to go!  A $5 gift card with a quick note and call it a day!  If you're wanting to buy something other than a gift card here are some of my tried and true ideas.  I shared this same gift guide at Christmas and you can check them out below...

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Monday, February 10, 2020

Weekend Top 10

Happy Monday, friends!  This weekend was HEAVENLY!!!  We had NOTHING on our agenda and it was so so so nice.

We painted...

Friday, February 7, 2020

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday, friends! My kids were sooooo hoping for a snow day this week but we made it through which I am really excited about because mama is counting on that "bad weather day" we have off in a couple of weeks :)  

My first FAVORITE of the week is this haiku I put up on my board because PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Valentine's Day Gift Guide for Women

Today I'm sharing a Valentine's Day gift guide for women so you can drop a link to this post in an email to your husband/boyfriend/etc. and pass along a few hints.  My lofty plan was to share guides for women, men, kids and teachers but somehow I forgot how long these guides take and so here we are :)   I'm going to work on the others this weekend and hopefully publish them in a single post next week.  You can click on any of the pictures below to shop the item and if you have any questions just let me know!

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