7QT: 4th of July, My Birthday, & More

- 1 - #Updates - TODAY IS MY 6 YEAR WEDDING ANNIVERSARY!!! - 4th of July was awesome! - My husband threw me an awesome surprise party! - At the party I got a Bed Bath & Beyond gift card, which I used to buy a laminator! - I got a very nice package in the mail for a very nice person for my birthday!  It's called a RAK (random act of kindness) and I was blown away!  Picture on my IG. - I met a friend for lunch this past week because she's moving out of state!  It was really nice; I … [Read more...]

Taking Matters Into His Own Hands, Thing with Two Wheels & other Saturday Laughs

5. I call this photo, "Taking Matters Into His Own Hands".  Don't ask why the baby had access to the cereal box, but he did and he removed the bag.  Then he attempted to pour some onto the table to eat.  I am in love with this picture.   4. I'm also in love with this picture.  I mainly think it's just so cute!  Little Man is so small compared to his big sister, but that doesn't stop him from causing big destruction.  Here he removed the entire sink! … [Read more...]

Motivate Your Child [a Book Review]

I received the book, Motivate Your Child: A Christian Parent's Guide to Raising Kids Who Do What They Need to Do Without Being Told by Dr. Scott Turnansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN in exchange for the book review I have written here. As a former teacher, I like to think that I have a pretty good handle on discipline and such, but Cupcakes definitely needs help self-motivating.  (Who doesn't, really??)  I know that some kids are able to clean up their toys and put them away when they're … [Read more...]

All the Babies, Sunglasses Swiper & other Saturday Laughs

5. Tootsie Roll stood up using his walkie toy and then practically raced across the room with it.  You can tell by the adorable sounds he's making that he was QUITE proud of himself! Unfortunately, Instagram won't let me embed the video (grr), so if you want to see it you'll have to click this link: Baby Runs Across Room!  Sorry.  But I promise it's worth it! 4. This picture is funny because we were trying so hard to take a family zoo picture... which is tricky when you have to do it … [Read more...]

7QT: Colds, Missing Post, Yummy & More

- 1 - #Updates All my kids are sick!  Tootsie Roll is starting to get over his cold, *starting* to sleep in his own bed again, but it is slow-going.  And now poor little Cupcakes has it.  Fortunately Hylands has come out with a new natural remedy for colds that children under 6 years can take! What's new with you? - 2 - Blog Stuff One of my posts is missing!  My Filofax Week 7 post is just gone... I have no idea what happened to it.  So sad.  I'll just paste the picture here I … [Read more...]

Keeping Kids Active During Winter with Honey Maid Go Bites

We have been SOOO cooped up here in Chicago!!  Getting my kid to stay active has been a struggle since most days we can't even go outside.  We're using what we have available to us, though!  To combat cabin fever, we've been scheduling play dates, going to the library, walking around malls, and playing at McDonald's play places.  Our best gross motor activity to do while we're at home is Freeze Dance / having Dance Parties.  I just posted a list of 101 Free (or cheap) Winter Activities for Kids, … [Read more...]

101 Free (or Cheap) Winter Activities for Kids

Baby, it's COLD outside!  Are your kids going as stir-crazy as mine?  Here are 101 ways to combat cabin fever.  Please let me know if you have any great ideas to add to the list! 1. Freeze bubbles. 2. Build a snowman family. 3. Build an igloo. 4. Help shovel snow. 5. Bake cookies. 6. Make Cranberry Bliss Bars, like the ones at Starbucks. 7. Drink Hot chocolate. 8. Have a New Years Eve Party with your kids. Let them open a treat bag on every passing hour. 9. Go see the zoo … [Read more...]

Yay, Touchdown & other Saturday Laughs

5. So babies are the cutest and most fun things ever. Tootsie Roll has learned two tricks. Is it too reminiscent of dogs to call them tricks? Anyway, here's one of them: TOUCHDOWN! 4. We went to the mall with my mom the other night, and she (my mom) was very shocked to find out that Cupcakes does not yet have all of the Ty My Little Pony stuffed animals.  We saw them at our local Japanese Import store, and she found out about the lack of MLP stuffies.  So she got Cupcakes a Twilight Sparkle. … [Read more...]

{Wordless} My Adorable Family

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7QT: Pajama Christmas Adventure!

- 1 - Happy Friday! Can you BELIEVE we're about to be entering into Christmas week?!  This is such an incredibly exciting time of year! - 2 - Dessert of the Week My sister got the family a French Silk pie from Baker's Square (as you know that's my favorite pie), but shockingly no one at my parents' house ate it.  (?!?!?!)  So my mom brought it over to my house.  We ate it after bedtime over the course of a few days and it was absolutely delicious.  PLUS it was Christmas decorated - red … [Read more...]