Paw Patrol Cardboard Vehicles

Cardboard Box Vehicles - Rocky's Trash Truck and Zuma's Hovercraft

Every year at the kids' preschool, they host a Father's Day drive in movie extravaganza.  The dads work with the kids to turn ordinary cardboard boxes into cars, trucks, planes, or even hover crafts.   Aubrey's first year Jon did a regular truck.  Her second year he created Marshall's (from Paw Patrol)  fire truck.  This year he had two to create since both kids now attend the preschool.  He asked them what they wanted and of course they said Paw Patrol! Jon did most of the work since this year he went and used spray paint instead of wrapping the boxes in wrapping paper. We also had to … [Read more...]

Be Cooler – NewAir WAT40W Bottom loading water cooler – Review

Be Cooler - NewAir WAT40W Bottom loading water cooler - Review

NewAir was kind enough to provide me with this awesome water cooler to use and review.  I feel like such an adult. Read on! When you were younger, and someone said "what would make you feel like an adult" - how did you answer? Was it when you would be able to drive? Get married? Graduate college? Start your career? Have a mortgage?  If you're like me, you might have hit new milestones and thought NOW I feel like an adult!  And then the next one would come, and you'd say the same thing.  I've now realized, having your own water cooler to dispense cold (or hot!) water in an instant definitely … [Read more...]

Finding My Blissful Moments

Betty Crocker Sweet Rewards Bars | #BlissfulMoments

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BlissfulMoments#CollectiveBias When I started back at work when my maternity leave was up, I was trying to find a way to find blissful moments to get some quality "me time" in.  With three kids, it required a bit more thought as to where I'd find this magical time to just do something to fulfill me.  Thank God Ryan is a great sleeper so I didn't mind the idea I came up with - Be ready by 6:15 (or, 6:30 if I'm super tired) to have some quiet moments before it becomes complete chaos … [Read more...]

Stocking Up with Everyday Essentials

Everyday Essentials from Sam's Club

This is a sponsored post with Acorn Influence and Sam's Club.  I only partner with brands that are a true fit for our family. Thank you for reading. Last year, Jon and I went from a family of 4, to a family of 5 with my mom joining our home.  And this year, we go to a family of 6.  While there wasn't a huge adjustment period to intertwining the lives of our families, what WAS a huge adjustment was the food shopping and stock-piling of items for everyone.  When you live in separate households, you get accustomed to certain brands and meal choices.  You have your own routine of how to shop, … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Mermaid Tail Blanket

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If you've spent more than 5 minutes on Facebook, you've probably come across 5-10 mentions of the super hot Mermaid Tail Blanket. Whether it's crocheted, sewn, knitted - it's an adorable version that every little girl envisions. And if you read the comments on those posts - you'll find grown women wanting them too after growing up with the time of Ariel.  My friend Kat from Rocket Mommy  created this quick (AND inexpensive) tutorial that is perfect for toddlers. Why toddlers? Because she rocks the sales on remnant fabric and explains why it's best to stop there … [Read more...]

How To Get Your Kids To Sleep Longer…

how to get your kids to sleep longer - blackout curtains

When we purchased this home, we knew it would be our forever home.  We knew that my mom would come live with us, and we knew that the layout was perfect.  Each kid had their own room, and we had pretty decent sleepers.  What we wouldn't realize (due to the time of year we purchased - Fall) was that the larger kid room - Aubrey's - would turn into a sauna during the summer. Each room has big beautiful dual paned windows that let in some great light. Luke's room is located at the back of the home and nuzzled between our bedroom and the living room. His room always stays an even temperature. … [Read more...]