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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Hi friends!!

Confession: this is going to be the lamest blog post ever. HA!

We had SUCH a fun weekend- we went to the pool a couple of times, got a lot of stuff done around the house, ran errands, went to church and had a Memorial Day cookout with our great friends.

So while we were having all that fun...my computer remained shut and tucked away in a corner of our living room :)

Insert lamest blog post ;)

I hope you all had the BEST weekend! 
(and if you didn't for some reason...please know I was keeping you in my prayers. I am acutely aware that life is not all sunshine and pool days and popsicles- and if that is your "story" right now- rest assured your struggles are part of my daily prayers :)

My two oldest girls have field day today- and Aaron was able to get off the day to volunteer at the tug-of-war station!! They are SO pumped Daddy is going to be at their school today! :)
Tomorrow is the girls last day of school and then we are officially on summer break. 
I can't really believe it. It went by SO fast! My girls had such an amazing year!!

(If you happen to live in the Northeast suburbs of Indianapolis and are looking for an incredible private school- email me- I would love to tell you about where my girls have gone for the last 3 years!!)

Hope you all have an AWESOME day!
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Friday Favorites!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Friday!!
We are pretty excited at our house...this is our last Friday of the school year!!!!!!
And the outdoor pool at our YMCA opens this weekend!!!
Basically- it's like we are going to live in Cinderella castle at Disney World. HA!

Hope you've had a great week....our's has been really good but not without a few bumps in the road :) I am looking forward to a long weekend of hanging out, tackling our oversized pile of laundry (it never goes away!!) and hopefully getting some more packing done and some projects completed!!

Here's a few things that have made my FAVORITES list this past week!

//ONE//
Our Celine is an official no training wheels girl!!!
Last weekend, on Saturday afternoon, she told us she wanted to learn how to ride a two-wheeler. She did SO great and by Monday afternoon, she was riding without any help and starting and stopping by herself. She is a rockstar!
Now, all she wants to do is ride her bike and she keeps trying to tell me that it's okay for me to let her ride by ALL BY HERSELF while I stay inside with her brothers...as long as she stays on the sidewalk ;) 
Um. No Celine...but good thinking about staying on the sidewalk! HA!
//TWO//
We have a new FAVORITE treat at our house!
I posted a super simple recipe for these M&M cheerio bars yesterday- you can check it out HERE!
If you're headed to a cookout this weekend- and need to bring a treat- these would be perfect! They are a "no-bake" dessert and don't need to be refrigerated!
//THREE//
How cute is this Large Utility Tote in this starfish print??? This tote is seriously one of my all time FAVORITES and the uses for it are endless!! Just a friendly reminder...this super functional and cute bag along with the stand tall inserts are on special for just a couple more days! If you are looking for way to be organized when you head to the pool, beach or lake this summer- I can't recommend picking up one of these enough!
//FOUR//
Oh my. The love of my life snuggling my angel baby. 
Not too much else to say about this one :) Love both of these guys SO much!!!
 
//FIVE//
So- our neighbors must think we are total freaks. As long as the weather is good, we are ALWAYS outside. Making SO MUCH NOISE. And we have way too much fun on the trampoline :) This past Sunday we all piled up on the trampoline and Charlotte decided it was time for a "family selfie." We look like a bunch of nuts- but gosh- I LOVE my people. 
Life is BEAUTIFUL, hard, filled with so much JOY and can be so messy. 
I am just so thankful I have that man in the middle and those 5 crazy kids to be on the journey with me!!

I hope you have the BEST day and a wonderful weekend!

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites Link Up!

 I am also linking up with April for Five on Friday!

And lastly, linking up with KatieTifDella & Caitlin for High Five for Friday!

A FUN, EASY Recipe!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Thursday!!
How has your week been going???

I had every intention of sharing some weekly Walmart finds yesterday- but my little James has had a rough couple of days...he has terrible allergies- which in turn almost always turns into an upper respiratory infection, ear infection or even pneumonia!!
This past weekend we were outside A LOT and the pollen was flying around like crazy. Wouldn't you know it, he started coughing and wheezing the next day and woke up from his nap on Tuesday with a fever. He barely slept Tuesday night- poor thing was miserable! 
I took him to the doctor yesterday and he has a yucky double ear infection. We are having to do breathing treatments 5 times per day until his cough clears up- so needless to say- I have been a little extra busy trying to wrangle my crazy 2 1/2 year old to sit still to take his medicine and get his breathing treatments done! 
While I really don't like seeing James or any of my kids for that matter, not feel well, I am just always so thankful we have access to a wonderful pediatrician and medicine that I know will clear up his ear infection!!! 

Okay- enough about my boring last couple of days. HA!

I bought Marshall a big box of cheerios to snack on a couple of weeks ago and the precious little guy doesn't like them :) They were on their way to getting stale- so I did a quick search to see if I could find a recipe I could use them in!

Quite a few recipes came up in my search- but I decided to go with this one from Taste of Home- because MARSHMALLOWS and PEANUT BUTTER and M&M's.

Here's what you need to make these super simple and ridiculously yummy cheerio bars!

Ingredients:
3 tablespoons butter
1 bag of mini marshmallows
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
5 cups cheerios
1 cup M&Ms
Place butter and marshmallows in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1-2 minutes or until melted. Stir in peanut butter until blended. Then add the cheerios and M&M's. Spoon into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. pan; press down gently. 
I let them sit for about an hour before I served them to my kiddos!
 And here's the finished product!!

Friends: These are SO YUMMY. And SO easy! Especially since you melt the marshmallows and butter in the microwave! This would be the perfect treat to make with your kiddos!!
And I love that these are "no-bake" so when a craving for something sweet hit this summer- you don't need to heat up your kitchen with turning on the hot oven!
My kids LOVED these! And so did I :) I had to stop myself after a couple of bites- because I seriously could have eaten the whole pan. HA!

Easy, Yummy, Simple. My kind of recipe!!

Hope you have the BEST day friends!

Linking up with Annie and Natalie today!

Tuesday Talk!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Tuesday!
I hope your week is off to a great start! 
My girls are in their last full week of school and then next week they only go on Tuesday and a 1/2 day on Wednesday!! Then we are officially on SUMMER BREAK!!

We are so excited for a slower pace, not having to rush out the door every morning, and just having a more flexible schedule!
With that being said, I have found as my girls have gotten older, while it's nice to not have every.single.thing. planned out- they really do better when they know the "plan" for the day.

So even in the summer- we follow a routine and make sure our calendar is filled with activities- even if it's as simple as "crafting" or "baking." 
I have found that when I just kind of leave our days wide open without any sort of structure is when I see start to see SUPER SPECIAL behavior start to happen. HA! 

I have shared this chalkboard we keep up in our kitchen will all of you before- but this is one really BIG thing (even though it's really not a big deal at all) that helps my girls feel like they are in the "know." One of my daughters, especially, always wants to know what we are eating next- so having our menu written down is SO helpful!
I also write down major (I use that term SUPER loosely) events that are happening during the week. We also have a daily schedule we follow- and we keep that in a different place.
The reason I wanted to share a little bit more about my menu/schedule board today is because I just got these AMAZING chalkboard markers from Amazon - and I LOVE them!!
I was using just a plain white chalkboard marker I picked up at Walmart (it worked great!) but was looking for something a little more fun to make our board more cheerful. After doing a quick search on Amazon, I found these Chalktastic markers and immediately put them in my cart. They are currently on sale for almost 50% off- which makes them an incredible deal! And if you have a Prime membership- you can have them in 2 days!
I write out our menu/schedule every Sunday night after the kids have gone to bed and when the girls came down for breakfast yesterday morning and saw that I wrote in NEW FUN COLORS they were so excited :)
I love finding little ways to make my girls smile! :)

 Just curious- once the girls are out of school next week, we will create our summer daily "schedule." It's nothing you probably haven't seen before or most likely very similar to what you do at your own house- but would you be interested in me sharing it?

Hope you have the BEST day!!

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Friday Favorites!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Hi friends!!! Happy Friday!!
It has been a fun, busy week at our house!
The weather has been GORGEOUS!
My youngest daughter had her last day of school yesterday and my two older girls have 8 days left!! We are SO excited for summer break to start!! 

Here's some FAVORITES from this past week that have warmed my heart and put a smile on my face!

//ONE//
One of the first people to comment on my blog when I started it over 2 1/2 years ago was a wonderful person named Amy. Amy used to write a blog- but now just sticks to posting super adorable pictures of her two precious boys on Instagram. She is an amazing photographer, a SUPER awesome mama and extremely creative. I got a cute card from her in the mail last week and it just totally made my day!! How kind and thoughtful of her to take time out of her day just to send me an encouraging note in the mail!! THANK YOU Amy!!
Snail mail is one of my FAVORITE things ever!
//TWO//
We celebrated our precious Celine's 5th birthday last Saturday and had SO much fun!
Celine requested a "family" party and we played pin the tail on the pony and cracked open a My Little Pony piƱata. The weather was absolutely fabulous- so we were able to play outside a TON and enjoy our birthday cupcakes outside! It was an awesome day and I couldn't love these 6 people more if I tried!
Gotta love the $5 selfie stick we got Aaron for his birthday this past January...it's how we get our family pictures these days! HA!

//THREE//
My oldest daughter Charlotte had a class picnic to celebrate all of the students making their First Holy Communion this past week and it was such a FUN time! The picnic was held at a local park by their school and all of the students got to walk there (with supervision, OF COURSE)! The boys and I met up with Charlotte and her class and had the best time playing and enjoying a picnic lunch with her. Time with my Charlotte is always a FAVORITE!!

//FOUR//
Speaking of Charlotte, on Mother's Day, she asked me if she could paint my nails :)
I will be honest- initially I hesitated to say "yes" because I didn't really want a messy manicure. 
But God totally nudged me and made me realize that messy things can be beautiful too. 
So we set up my nail polish in the backyard and I got a FABULOUS Mother's Day manicure!!

She did such an AWESOME job!! She was SO cute and super excited about how lovely my manicure turned out :) 
We had to take this picture about 10 times- because every time she took and looked at it- she said, "Mom- we need to re-take the picture- it looks like you have old lady hands." HA HA!
//FIVE//
These 5 precious and WILD kiddos will ALWAYS be my FAVORITE!!!

What are your plans for the day and this upcoming weekend??

I am off to the gym with my 3 youngest kiddos this morning and then we're going to my daughter's preschool picnic!  We don't have any major plans for the weekend except 'Operation Get Some Moving Boxes Packed.'
HA!

I hope you have the BEST day and a wonderful weekend!

I am linking up with Andrea and Erika for their Friday Favorites Link Up!

 I am also linking up with April for Five on Friday!

And lastly, linking up with KatieTifDella & Caitlin for High Five for Friday!

Weekly Walmart Find: A Fun, Functional Gift Idea!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Wednesday!!

I have a fun Walmart find to share with you today!
It's actually an item I have already previously shared with you- but I wanted to show you it again- because I think it's that good :)

The Mainstays Outdoor Blanket is one of my FAVORITE things ever. I have had mine for a little over a year now- and keep it in the back of my van, so it's always handy when we are out and about!
It is a GREAT size (60X70), machine washable, has water repellent backing, zips up into it's own carrying case and is $9.97!!!
 I always like to get my daughters' teachers a Teacher Appreciation/End of the Year present- and I was having a hard time thinking of what to get them this year. 
Then I remembered seeing the outdoor blankets at Walmart and decided they would be the PERFECT gift!
I always try to give gifts that are not only FUN, but functional.
This blanket totally fits the bill- it comes in so many colors- look how adorable and cheerful this watermelon pattern is- and it's something that is so useful!
I used this blanket when we went to the beach for a week last summer and it was SO great. We didn't have to set out a bunch of random towels, it's made of a material that repels water on the back and the top of it drys SUPER quick. It really is a MUST have item if you spend a lot of time outside!!
Isn't this pattern SO pretty?
This outdoor blanket would be such a great gift for so many different occasions.

How fun would it be to get this blanket and pair it with a thermal bag like this one, add in some fun plastic plates, cups and silverware, a couple bottles of wine and a gift card to Whole Foods or another upscale grocery store- so they could pick up some yummy "picnic" food- and give the whole "bundle" as a gift to a bride at her bridal shower or a newly married couple?!?

Or get the blanket, a couple fun magazines, some cute flip flops and a gift card to Jimmy John's or Chipotle for a graduation present!! 

I love the idea of getting this blanket and pairing it with a gift card for pizza and dropping it off to a family with a new baby (especially if they have other kiddos). 
A fun night, spent enjoying the fresh, summer air + a night of no cooking/clean up = every mama's dream!
Since I had 6 teachers I needed to buy gifts for, the blanket was at the perfect price point for me. And I feel like the blanket, even by itself, is a very lovely gift!

I bought several different patterns of the blankets and let the girls decide which one their teacher would like. They LOVED getting to do that :)
We picked up some super cheerful gift bags from the Dollar Tree (I LOVE that place!!) and they made handmade cards for their teachers. 

Such a fun, happy "THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING" gift!
Do you have one of these outdoor blankets??
If you don't- trust me- you should get one :)

Our local Walmart had all of the patterns that are online, available in the store.
And remember- if you spend $35- TWO DAY shipping is FREE!
(that is seriously such a game changer for me!! I just ordered a bunch of household items/toiletries we need on Monday and they are getting delivered today!)

Hope you have the BEST day!!


Tuesday Talk!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hi friends!! Happy Tuesday!!

How was your weekend??
Is your week off to a good start?

We have been movin' and groovin' the last few days! My three youngest kiddos and I went on a little trip last Thursday and arrived home on Saturday- just in time to spend the day celebrating my precious daughter Celine's 5th birthday! Mother's Day was a lovely day filled with special handmade cards, some super fun, thoughtful gifts, a couple really good tantrums, some tears (thankfully none shed my me! HA!), a delicious dinner and one tired/happy/grateful mama at the end of the day. HA! It was a day that TRULY represented what motherhood looks like, at least for me ;) and I am so very thankful for my perfectly IMPERFECT life!!

One of my Mother's Day "surprises" were these beautiful flowers!
Aaron and the girls picked out these gorgeous roses and put them in several different mason jars (the pink carnations were left over from Charlotte's First Communion last weekend) and I just LOVE how bright and cheerful they are!! 
PSA: These roses are from ALDI!!! If you haven't bought flowers from Aldi before- you should start NOW! They always have several different types of bouquets- including 1/2 dozen roses for $3.99!! 
Just reason #427 why my love for Aldi runs deep :)

So- a couple weeks ago I shared about this journal I got for my oldest daughter- we are still loving it and I would highly recommend it for any of you looking for another way to communicate with your school-age daughter!
Well- Charlotte just received another wonderful book from my sister-in-law and brother for her First Communion and I just had to share it! 
You can find it HERE on Amazon- they have several versions of this devotion- including one for teens, boys, women, men and families! 
The girls and I have been reading a devotion from this book every morning before school and we are LOVING it! I especially love the message that is shared and the way the prayers and devotion are written are SO perfect for school age girls. If you are looking for a way to connect with your daughter (or son)- or maybe looking for a devotion for yourself- check out all the 3-minute devotion books!
Now that the sun is FINALLY rising before 7 am again, I went for an early morning run yesterday and it was AMAZING. I found this quote on Pinterest and it couldn't be more true of the feelings I have when I am ona a "sunrise" run!!
Just curious- anyone else out there love morning runs??
My neighbor gets up every morning at 5 am and runs with her friend- it's not only their time to exercise- but their time to chat!!
She has invited me to join them several times...and I always politely decline :)

A little random fact about me: I LOVE people- just NOT when I am working out. HA! 
I like to do my own thing and if you try to talk to me- I just pretend like I can't hear you;)
The only person I will workout "with" is my husband- and that's only because he's the exact same way. HA!

Okay...this turned into another one of my rambling, random posts...it's just what I do best :)

Hope you have a fabulous day!!
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