Mommy Monday



Hey, Momma! Looking for something to do with the kiddos this Independence Day that isn’t popping fireworks? I’ve rounded up some awesome American-themed activities (thanks, Pinterest!) to keep your kiddos busy and in the patriotic spirit!

Playdough to Plato has an amazing exploding pop rocket activity that’s not only fun, but also educational!



I know some moms are 110% done with making slime, but for those of you that aren’t, check out this Star Spangled Slime from I Can Teach My Child!



Summer is great time to do messy crafts outdoors! The kids get to go crazy and you don’t have to worry about cleaning up after them! This shaving cream firework craft (also from I Can Teach My Child) can be done in the backyard and then cleaned up with a run through the sprinkler! Everybody wins!



Learning 4 Kids has an awesome way for kiddos that may not like the sound of firecrackers to still get in on the fun! Plus, you probably have all the necessary items already!



Would you rather keep the festivities simple? Babies to Bookworms has a great list of Fourth of July books that will keep your kid’s attention and let them learn!



Have you done any of these crafts? What’s your favorite way to spend the Fourth? Share in the comments below!

Mommy Monday



Tomorrow is the Fourth of July and I know many of you with small children will be loading up the family and taking them to see fireworks. May I offer you a piece of advice?




Seriously. Just don’t. Why? Oh, I’ll explain. Welcome to my presentation: The Seven Stages of Going to See Fireworks With Babies and Toddlers as told in gifs.


Stage One: Excitement

Husband: “Honey, the Air Force Base/church/local petting zoo/tire and lube express is putting on a fireworks show for the Fourth! We should take the kids!”

Kids’ reaction:

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Your reaction:

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Stage Two: Prep

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“Johnny needs diapers, wipes, a sippy cup, and hat. Suzy needs a water bottle, a change of clothes, and her favorite bear. We also need bug spray, sunblock, lawn chairs, snacks, a cooler…”


Stage Three: Finding a Spot

You will NEVER find one close enough no matter how early you arrive.



Stage Four: Waiting For the Fireworks

“Mommy, when do they start?”

“Mommy, where are the fireworks?”

“Mommy, I want to go home!”

“Mommy, I need to pee!”

“Mommy, I’m hungry/hot/thirsty/have to pee AGAIN!”

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Stage Five: Pandemonium 

The fireworks start and the children lose their ever-loving minds and scream, cower, and hide. Meanwhile, you’re trying to keep everyone calm so you don’t make a scene/ruin someone else’s time:



Stage Six: Regret




Stage Seven: Denial and Forgetfulness

The next year…

Husband: “Babe, let’s take the kids to see fireworks!”


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Sound familiar?

Fan Girl Friday

Happy Fourth of July, fangirls and boys! Sorry I was MIA yesterday. I spent the entire day painting a room for two little kids that I think will be SUPER surprised when they finally arrive in Oklahoma! I can’t give you specifics because its supposed to be a surprise, but when they get here, I’ll post some pics!


One of my New Year’s Resolutions was to find more ways to go green. We use cloth diapers, we use cloth napkins, and I’m trying to convince my sister to utilize the compost area in her backyard. But I think I found a super-easy way to conserve! Check out these pencils!


When you’re done with the pencils, just pop them in the planter and watch your plants grow! You can choose from herbs, spices, or veggies!



Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy hits theaters in just a little bit less than a month. And, if you just can’t wait to get your hands on some GotG swag, ThinkGeek has you covered!


These figurines are amazingly detailed and AWESOME! I really want the Groot one. He reminds me of Treebeard.



Even though I took a photography class in high school and college, I’m no photographer. If it goes beyond “point and click” I’m a novice. So photographer friends, rejoice! There’s a light meter attachment (does anyone even know what a light meter does?) for your iPhone!


Just snap it on top, download the app, and BAM! You’re ready for a photo shoot!


Looking for a gift for someone that seems to have everything? ModCloth has you covered. It’s a Name a Star Gift Set!

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It comes with everything you need to document the name of your individual star! Now that’s a present that’s out of this world!





Happy Fourth of July, everyone! And be safe–remember, Roman Candles are not meant to be held.

Livin’ On Tiki Time…

Happy Monday, folks!

I hope you had a great Fourth and that you still have all of your appendages (unless you held on to a Roman Candle while it went off. In which case, you deserve to lose a finger or two.)

I took a few days off because 1., I had the time off from work and 2., my family is still in town and they trump new blog posts.

But now that I’m back to the land of the living working, I thought I’d relive my weekend and rub your noses in the fun that was had.

If you’re my friend on Facebook, you know my dad has been working on a very special project the past few months. Dad loves the beach and anything tropical (although I think it’s just the Mai Tai’s) so he decided to build his own oasis in the backyard.

He’s been working on his island escape with the projected deadline of July 4th. He was successful! After months of planning, sawing, pouring cement, cutting out Tiki heads, and decorating, the Tiki Hut is officially finished!

This weekend was the grand unveiling of the hut.

We grilled:



We swung in the hammock:

Just a swingin'...

Just a swingin’…

We enjoyed each others company:

5 o'clock at the Oasis

5 o’clock at the Oasis

And got a little fresh:


Hey good lookin', whatcha got cookin'?

Hey good lookin’, whatcha got cookin’?

I wish I could capture all of the awesome little details on camera because photos just don’t do this place justice. It’s the ultimate summer hangout! I told Dad, “Between the Hut and Bridget having a pool, I don’t think I’m going to spend a minute of this summer indoors.”

Hammock's-Eye View

Hammock’s-Eye View


And here’s a video tour of the Hut!