Thursday, July 31, 2014

Think It Thursday: Back to School Shopping

It's almost time for the kids to go back to school! And although I've looked forward to it since the first day of summer break, it all seems to be moving along so fast now. Of course that could have something to do with my extreme procrastination when it comes to school shopping. Especially now that I have two children to shop for. 

I have to admit something, it's the supplies that really do me in every year. They just seem like so much on paper like that. And what is with some of them being finicky about the brand? I mean, to me, a pencil is a pencil no matter who makes them. But regardless, school supplies are always the last things I buy (in case it wasn't apparent by my total of three things checked off - which are just things leftover from the previous year). I have a hard enough time keeping my kids from wearing their new school clothes before the official start of school (my son wore an entire 5pk of underwear in one day just last week for no apparent reason), but school supplies...they'd be lucky to last an hour! And even that's pushing it. So roughly 2-3 days before the first day, I'll be the mom desperately searching from store to store (& maybe making an Amazon order), just to get what's on the list. To some, that seems just downright idiotic. But, I'd rather do it that way once because I haven't gotten any of it yet, rather than do it that way to replace what my kids have gotten into already. (Makes total sense, right?)

Okay, now for the clothing aspect. Recently, I discovered that my kids tend to have a growth spurt right after the beginning of school. So I don't want to go crazy just to replace it all. The main reason being that that's pointless. But then again, I couldn't afford to do it that way either. Which means that we'll do one full week of outfits, a couple extra shirts, a couple pairs of shoes & then the basics of socks & underwear. That should be good considering the growth spurts, followed by birthdays & Christmas. 

Ugh! Who knew that shopping would make a girl so stressed! 

When do you like to do your back to school shopping? 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Work it Wednesday: My Pinterest Closet at a Glimpse

If I had every article of clothing or accessory in my Pinterest closet, I may need another house. Not for the extra closet space, but to convert the whole thing into a closet. Separated by seasons I'm sure. 

With 2,675 pins to my "My Style" board at last count, I'm pretty sure an extra house (or three) as a closet would work. 

What are some of your favorite fashion pins?

Sunday, July 27, 2014

good2grow Juices

**Disclaimer: I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC. or the manufacturer of the product.

As a mom, I have to say that finding drinks my kids love is never a problem. But finding drinks that I love them to have usually is. Until now of course.

good2grow juices are the perfect blend of fun & nutrition! 

So let's start with the juices themselves, shall we. 

•No added sugar
•No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

good2grow juices come in three forms - 100% Fruit Juice (apple & fruit punch), Organic (apple) & Fruit & Veggie V-blend (strawberry kiwi & tropical fruit juice medley). And while my kids loved the 100% apple juice, I have to say that the V-Blends were the favorite all around. They loved the taste & I loved them drinking one combined serving of fruits & vegetables. 

The patented spill-proof SippaTopbottle topper is just that - spill-proof (go ahead & hold it upside down, I double dog dare you). These BPA free tops also come in fun characters that kids love. Mostly because of the partnership between good2grow & companies like Disney, Marvel & Nickelodeon. (For a full list of characters, click HERE.) 

Did I mention that the SippaTop™ is reusable? How about dishwasher safe (top rack)?! And the bottles are recyclable! I swear, good2grow thought of everything! Which is something that is very much appreciated by this mom.

Over 100,000 good2grow® locations. Find the closest to you HERE!
good2grow grows with kids too. Which means that they come in three sizes, 4oz, 6oz & 8oz. But if you ask me, the 6oz is the perfect size. They also retail for $2.49-$2.99 for a single serve bottle & $2.99-$3.49 for a refill pack.

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Simple Sunday: A Day to Read

Storms are starting to roll in for the day, which means it's the perfect day to catch up on some reading.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Snacktastic Saturday: Buffalo Wing Hummus

Let's be honest here, shall we. I try to eat healthy, but I'm a total foodie & love to indulge. So when the two collide, it's like a match made in heaven. Much like Buffalo Wing Hummus.

Of course buffalo wings always come with celery, so this hummus is no different. And pita bread (not pictured because it got devoured within minutes of getting made).

print recipe

Buffalo Wing Hummus
  • 1-15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed & drained
  • 1/3C. tahini
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/4C. buffalo wing sauce
  • 1/4C. water
Combine all ingredients in a food processor & process until smooth, scraping down sides with a rubber spatula as needed.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield:

Friday, July 25, 2014

Fun Friday: DIY Elastic Ribbon Hair Ties

Between my 8 year old & I, we have a decent collection of elastic ribbon hair ties. I love them because they don't pull or tear my hair, she loves them because they can double as a bracelet & come in a ton of different colors. But we wanted more! A lot more actually. Like at least two of every color or print (less fighting that way). But what I didn't want, was to pay anywhere from $4-$9 for a pack of them. So we decided to make our own! And let me tell you, it is so beyond simple, that you'll wonder why you ever paid for them in the first place!

All you need is some colorful elastic ribbon & a good pair of scissors. 

•First, start by measuring the ribbon by wrapping it around your wrist (just like a bracelet), but leaving a bit of excess to tie a knot.

•Then fold the ribbon in half, making sure the bottom side is facing each other, pull taut slightly & tie a single knot in the end. (At this point you can place the hair tie on your wrist & tighten the knot accordingly.)

•For the finishing touch, take your scissors & cut the end at an angle for a more polished look.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Think It Thursday: Planning a Staycation

Have you ever noticed how expensive taking a vacation actually is? Especially for a family of five. And then there's always the fact that you feel like you need a mini vacation to recover from your other vacation. Then there's the actual planning a vacation that can be downright tricky, or make you think you have angina. It's all so overwhelming! Good thing there's a simple solution to all of that.

It's a staycation! 

A staycation is when you stay close to home, but actually feel like you're on vacation. For some, this can be quite difficult to not keep up with the day to day activities. But for others, this is the time to finally check out all of those places that you've been meaning to since you moved into the neighborhood. 

•Be sure to plan ahead, at least a little bit. Make a list of all the nearby places you want to visit & all the things you want to do. From that list, find out dates, hours of operation & other needed details to make sure you get most of your list checked off. 

•Still keep a budget. If you eat out for every meal, visit theme parks, or take a mini shopping spree, you'll go broke - quick! Just remember that you wouldn't spend vicariously if you took a Disney vacation, so don't do it on a staycation.

•Rules on staycation?! For some, the only way to really relax on a staycation, is to completely disconnect. No phone? No email? No internet? Your decision. Just decide ahead of time & be sure that you stick to the rules too. 

•A staycation doesn't mean you have to stay home every day. An overnight stay is completely fine during staycation. After all, you can't always make it through every square inch at the theme park in one day. 

•Make everyone happy! OK, so if you have children, that's not always going to happen. But you can definitely try! The kids want a breakfast of pancakes with ice cream in bed? No problem! The hubs is an avid golfer & is itching to get on the green? Find a place with driving range or putt-putt for the kids too. You have been yearning for a massage? Give the hubs & the kids 60 min. of video game bliss at the arcade down the plaza while you relax. After all, relaxing is what a staycation is all about!