Friday, June 24, 2016

Friday Favorites {6.24.16}

Wohoo for Friday! This week has been a doozy! We have had something going on every night except Monday, and the fun isn't stopping yet.  We have a baseball party tonight, tomorrow an early baseball game and then the hubs and I are taking Brayden & Ella to their first professional baseball game downtown! I am going to be ready for bed by 7pm tomorrow....

But for now, on to the link up


Summer TV really makes me wonder why we have cable (wait, every season makes me wonder that) but there are a couple of shows that I'm loving right now.

The Bachelorette is one of them.  I love Jo Jo and think she is of course drop dead gorgeous but right now, I'm really not feeling any of the guys she has.  I know Jordon is a huge front runner but he doesn't seem right to me (you know, since I know these things because I'm some sort of professional or something, ha ha)

Either way, it's a guilty pleasure that I love to watch and my husband is forced to. If you watch and want to read hilarious recaps, you should check out Jessica's and Sheaffers' blogs.  Seriously, friggin' hilarious!

Mistresses is another favorite of mine! I love this show much, if you don't watch you totally should. It's just a fun, cheesy drama that I cannot get enough of. It's on on Mondays too so usually I watch this Tuesday since Bachelorette is on same night.

So there's my PSA for what shows you should be watching :) If you have some good ones, please let me know because after those 2, I got nothing.


I shared some bathing suit ideas yesterday for the whole family.  You can see it here.   I swear, I could collect bathing suits especially for my little gals!


Why oh why does Summer make me want to shop all the time!? I can't be the only one??? My friend bought these shoes and now I want them baaaaaaaaaad.  I just can't justify it at the moment, but I will be watching them to see if they go on sale!


These and these are a good cheaper alternative though (both on really good sale too!)

I did just purchase this tank however, because um, how could you not for under $14 and free shipping!!



Last weekend for Father's Day, I made these delicouse cookies I saw on Andrea's blog.  They took a long time to make, but I thought they were soooo worth it!


Our backyard is HUGE and while we don't have plans to get a pool right now, I would love to get one of these inflatable bouncers.  Do you have one? If so, please let me know if you like it and which one you have.  These are not cheap but I see tons of fun happening if we got one...

I saw this one  but would like to see if it comes down in price at all.

Then there's this one that is slightly cheaper, I just don't know which I like better.

That's a wrap for today! I'm off to take my little man to his last day of S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) camp then maybe head to a splash pad later. 

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summa, Summa Time!

Summer is here and in full swing around our neck of the woods.  We've been in the 80's and even 90's this past week and we've all spent more time in a bathing suit than any other type of clothing.

Ella's suit can be found here and is on sale!

I've rounded up some cute suits for the whole family, take a look!

For the men.....

For us ladies....

               Cocoship Floral French Blue Elegant Retro Boy-Leg One Piece Vintage Ruched Beachwear Swimsuit 8(FBA)                    Cocoship Black & Pink Floral Women One Piece Backless Sexy Swimsuit Bandeau Monokini Beachwear XXL(FBA)

For the little girls....

For the little boys.....

If I could justify it, I would buy my kids at least 5 swimsuits each just because there are SO many cute ones!! Although it is just a little more fun picking out the little girl suits :)

*linking up with Annie for Thoughts for Thursday

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Handprint American Flag

The other day we made a giant handprint American Flag and I LOVE how it turned out.

I am all about the handmade/homemade cheesy decorations - they are what I love to fill our home with.  I'm so happy we now have this to add :)

With 4th of July around the corner, this is fitting perfectly in our house!

All we did to make this was buy a giant foam board at Hobby Lobby (I think it was around 2$ with a coupon) - we already had the paint at home so literally all I spent on this project was a couple bucks!

I first painted out a corner where the stars (aka Avery's hands) would go - after that dried, Avery went first, then Ella did the top and 3rd row of the stripes and Brayden did the 2nd and 4th - the whole thing took us less than 15-20 minutes to complete and we did it outside to avoid paint everywhere :)

My kids loved making this!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Show & Tell Tuesday: Pets

Today I'm linking up with Andrea to talk about our pets for Show & Tell Tuesday.

When I was little, we had 2 dogs and I always knew I wanted one when I got older.  Fast forward to a month after I got married. I started seriously discussing getting a puppy with the hubs who wanted no part of it.  He never had a dog and didn't want that responsibility.

Weeeellll I'm not a very good listener because I started contacting breeders and picked out our dog! I was telling him about it but he kept saying he didn't want it.  Again, didn't listen, and my Mom came with me for the 2 hour drive to go pick up beloved Maxwell!

I'll never forget that first day I got home with our pup - the hubs was for sure mad at me and at first he wouldn't even look at our new dog, but within 30 minutes everything changed.  The little pup went right up to him and the hubs was done.  He was in love.  And has been ever since :)

Before having kids, Maxwell was my kid.  I would say he was my first born. I was OBSESSED with him!!

Then, Brayden came along. I always swore I wouldn't be that person who forgot about her dog once she had kids, but I'm super sad to say it happened, and without me even realizing at first.

Dogs are hard work, but kids are harder and all of my attention went to Brayden when he was a baby and my poor pup was neglected by his Mama.  Thankfully the hubby was always there to give him the attention he needed.



Max has been the BEST dog to our kids.  They love on him, hang on him, jump on him, play with him, all of the time and he never once gets tired of it.  He loves them to pieces which makes me so happy!!


I have been making more of an effort to pay some more attention to Max, but the reality is my 3 kids take up ALOT of my time so it doesn't always happen. I at least no there is no shortage of love when it comes to Max, our whole family loves him so much, so if I'm not the one loving on him, someone else always is.


I'm so happy my kids are growing up with a dog.  Brayden is in charge of feeding him and Ella gets his water and they always want to help walk him.  We love having Max as part of our family!

Monday, June 20, 2016

weekly recap {6.20.16}

Happy first day of summer friends! I hope everyone had a nice weekend! Ours was really great and we were blessed with AMAZING weather so that helped :)

I've got a lot to recap so I'll get to it :)

We spent the day at the library last week and did story time - the kids loved it and of course Miss A was walking around like she owned the place


After the library we headed for froyo! (not sure why Brayden's making that face, he was thoroughly enjoying his froyo, ha)

Brayden got the MVP at his game last week! He was so proud and so were we!!

The one park he plays at is in our neighborhood so we get to walk, and I just love watching Rick and Avery walk together :)

Through our town, Chevrolet was hosting a free baseball camp and it just so happened to be at our local baseball teams field.  When I got the email, I was sure to sign Brayden up right away because it was first come first serve and I thought it would be so fun! Originally I had planned to drop him off and pick him up but when I got there I saw all the parents were just sitting in the seats watching the camp which was on the field, so the girls and I stayed.  It was 3 hours and after all my snacks ran out and the girls realized there was nothing else for them to do but run up and down grass, we left for a few to grab coffee and donuts.

Brayden seemed a little nervous when we got there and I noticed him on the field not really trying as hard as he could be. It was really hot out but still I could sense something else was up.  I never really knew what that was, but there was some moments where I saw him crying out there and when it was over he told me he got hit with a ball a few times while playing catch with another kid and he was sad he didn't bring his bat (you weren't suppose to bring a bat, but try explaining that to a 5yr old)


He was happy with the lunch they gave when it was over and I think overall he enjoyed himself.  I am very proud that he went with it and stuck it out even though I know he would have left if he could have. 

little sister the chip stealer

I took the kids to finally see the Angry Birds movie and thankfully we went to a 9:30am show so there was barely anyone there.  Brayden and Ella were great, but Avery was over it after about an hour, which is far longer than I thought she would last.  She managed to make it through but we did a lot of walking up and down the isles.

Michaels craft stores has this summer craft camp going on all summer so we popped in last week for a session.  The theme was dinosaurs which Brayden loved! Ella did really well too given I left them in the classroom alone while me and Miss A walked around and shopped.

Avery HATES being in a cart now, like really hates it.  Even if she has snacks/phone, whatever, she doesn't want to be in there. I let her roam the isles at Michaels because I felt so bad for all the screaming she was doing in the cart...but her getting out means she just finds a way to cause trouble :)


The kids were so happy with their projects and so was I! They made dinosaur fossils and a dinosaur matching game.  Well worth the $5/ea!


It's been really hot lately which we love (it would be even better if we had a pool!!) so we had a water balloon fight the other day - of course these 2 won :)


Avery is getting so big! I can't believe she can do the climbing wall on our swing set!

She's also been brushing her own teeth and it's probably the cutest thing I've ever seen...

We headed to a local splash pad last Friday and the kids had a freaking blast.  Seriously, whoever invented splash pads are a GENIUS!

Friday afternoon while the girls napped, Brayden asked me to watch a movie with him.  How could I say no to that!? He picked a movie and told me to close my eyes, and when I opened I saw he chose my favorite movie (from when I was a kid) Monkey Trouble.  He is so sweet, I swear!  On top of it, he went and got us our monkeys to watch with us.  I love this boy so much!

 Friday night Costco trip = froyo!

Saturday morning my friend who just moved to LA was in town and stopped by for a few.  She walked down to Brayden's game with us and stayed for a little - he was so happy!!

Little man also loved having his Papa and Grandma Deb there too!


Saturday we swam all afternoon at my in laws then headed out for a friends surprise 30th.  We ubered there and back, which was smart of us, but what wasn't so smart was the 5 martini's I had.... I was definitely hurting Sunday morning. I NEVER have that much to drink, but it was a really fun night, so it was worth it.

Sunday morning the hubs opened his gifts then we were off back to my in laws for grilling and swimming.  We all had a great day filled with too much sun and I am collapsing right after I'm done typing 9pm. 


That's a whole lot of recap for ya! I'm off to bed so I can be up bright and early to start our week! Brayden starts a S.T.E.M. camp tomorrow and my sister and nephew are coming over :)