INSPIRATION: Our Outdoor Movie Night


The plans are well underway and we’re so excited for what’s ahead. The invites were sent out via Paperless Post and only a few lovely people are testing my patients waiting for the last moment to reply (hello mother!). With a mind staggering 59 guests invited, it looks like we’re going to see this event hit 30+ attendants. To be honest I didn’t expect this type of turn out, come on it’s Summer holidays, don’t people go away? Shame on me for being overzealous, looks like this little party of ours took precedence over a trip to the cabin or a family backyard BBQ. In all honesty though, I couldn’t be more excited to host the event, I’m happy to share our backyard with this army of friends and family that have oddly enough all RSVP’d yes.

Choosing a movie, now that was probably about the toughest thing I had to endure this entire event thus far, as we all know come d-day when I have 25 kids to entertain this may change slightly. Why the predicament? Well that would be because we have an even split of boys and girls ranging in age between 1 and 6; finding a middle ground wasn’t easy. After much deliberation I chose to go with Cars, here is a few reasons why:

1) The main character isn’t a frolicking, twirling, singing princess or; a beastly, burly, angry bad guy.
2) It doesn’t have any terribly scary parts (Um, Hello!? Bambi, I’m lookin’ at you!)
3) and; It’s super funny for both kids and parents. #winwin

I figure I will win the hearts of the kids and parents by playing this flick (not so much the neighbors), and ensuring I send no littles’ home with the beginnings of a horrible evening of nightmares. May their dreams be full of farting tractors, crazy fast cars, and Mater’s two front teeth.

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Inspiration has been drawn from everywhere, and I mean everywhere (pinterest is great/horrible for that), the only definite thing I know is, we must have great popcorn. Because let’s be real, what’s a movie without fresh, buttery, delicious popcorn, right? Don’t you worry, this I got under control, well me and a little friend named Kernels Popcorn that is. Besides this, the plans are all still in the works, but I do know that it will be fun. Quite possibly too much fun.

Sundays, they’ve always been there for recovery, and this Sunday, the one after this event will be no different!

HOW TO: Worry Free Used Car Shopping


Buying anything used can feel just as worrisome as betting your life savings on the black jack table. You just never know the outcome... UNTIL NOW! My first car was purchased off a used car lot located in a far from ideal neighborhood, from a far from ideal sales man. It was one of those moments where I fell in love with the idea of owning "that car" I would do nearly anything to get my butt into it (which included a payment of $500 a month for far too long). I was purchasing this car blind as I knew nothing about its past life, other than the imperfections I could see with my own two eyes. Looking back that was a pretty stupid bold move considering how much I was going to … read more...

{SERIES} Links I Love


Because I love you, we got a great set of links this week that need you attention; not now but RIGHT NOW: 1. 5 Facts You Didn't Know About Robin Williams (via Huffington Post) 2. Hiking Mexico To Canada, In 3 Minutes  (via Sunny Skyz) 3. What If I Knew I Was Beautiful (via Story of my Life) 4. Worlds Best Travel Jacket (via KickStarter) 5. Drugstore Haul With Princess Ellie (via Kandee Johnson) *i just love moms who vlog* 6. I Must Dance (via Isla The Great) 7. Your Only Child Needs A Sibling (via Babble) … read more...

HOW TO: Applying Lip Gloss At Three


Sofia is at the age now where she totally understands this "blogging" thing. She knows "I writes words on my laptop" and then I "putz it on the computer for the peoplez to read". So when I told her that I was going to need her help for a post that involved Lip Smacker's she said "don't worriez mama, I can dooz this okay!? I'll show the peoplez how to put the lip balmz on, okay?!" And so here we have it, a post driven by my 3 year old on teaching all of you "peoplez of the computer" how to apply your lip gloss, with step by step visual and verbal instructions. Because you know, just in case. She also made it very clear that out of all the amazing glosses we received, the cotton … read more...

PARENTING: If I Believed Everything She Said


As parents, I think it's fair to say we come pretty close to taking the cake for having heard it all, next to law enforcement of course. We've been told stories that you'd think were a wild and epic dream, that or a story from your 20's you made your best friend to promise to never speak of again. It's actually inspiring to talk with a child who has zero boundaries when it comes to life, stories, and the future. I love my random conversations with Sofia, so much so I have been writing them down for a day like today where I can share them with those that need a little less "serious" in their lives. Today's break from reality is brought to you by a 3 year olds imagination hopped … read more...

{SERIES} Links I Love


I know it's early in the week to say, but this week (thus far) these links have my undivided attention: 1. Amazing Potato Stamp Projects (via Pinterest) 2. Sexy Motha (via Joseph Gordon-Levitt) 3. Perfectly Timed Photos That Make Dogs Look Like Giants (via The Dodo) 4. 16 Kids That May Have All The Answers In Life (via StumbleUpon) 5. Ellen's Motivational Mondays (via Ellen TV) 6. Alfalfa All Grown Up (via BuzzFeed) 7. Kiddie Pool Kickball (via REMiX Ministries) 8. DIY Denim Cutoffs & 3 Ways To Wear Them (via ...Love Maegan) 9. Surfer Fights Off Shark On Live TV (via YouTube) … read more...

CRAFT: Octo-Roll


I may have saved every single toilet paper roll over the course of a year, and I may need to stop thinking of ideas on what to do with them and start actually doing them. So to start this Sunday off right, I give you our ridiculously adorable Octo-roll's. Thanks to a few empty toilet paper rolls, some paint, glue, yarn, googly eyes and a black marker we put together these little stinkers last week and they're just too cute for words. They hang on the wall above Sofia's art station and she nearly giggles every time she seems them. Olly and her find the legs are like a lucrative invitation to ruffle and tug on every time they pass. I would say this was one for the books, and by … read more...

FASHION: #RockTheCrop Movement

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I posted this to Facebook the other day but felt like it needed far more attention that just a social media rant share. You guys! Can you believe it? Body shaming is still something that goes on in 2015? People still feel the need to judge others choice of clothing solely based on their body type. I'm mean it's like we're all in elementary school and our parents still have control over our wardrobes and just how much skin is appropriate. Why is this still happening? And of all people, why did Oprah let this happen in the pages of her magazine? Q: Can I pull of a crop top? A: If (and only if!) you have a flat stomach feel free to try one. First things first, I wanna know more … read more...