Tuesday, April 29, 2014

FREE Pirate Sign Printable

I made this sign a few years back as part of my son's Pirate Birthday Decor. And it was recently requested that I share the printable! So, for your convenience here it is!
 
To download this printable, just right click on it. 
Hit "open link in new tab", then click on it to bring it to full size.
Right click on it again, then hit "save as" to save it to your computer.

This is made to print as an 8x10

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Trick Or Treat 2013

 This Momma wore heels to a costume party, but put on boots while actually out trick or treating! ♥
Here is a closer look at my costume.
Halloween is always a fun time of year. You get to dress up, and be all kinds of crazy and no one cares. 
Plus you get tons of candy for free. I am an adult and I still love to dress up. The candy part... 
Well, its great, but when youre trying to lose weight, its not so great. :)

Still I love watching my kids enjoy this silly strange Holiday.
Zander kept exclaiming "This is the BEST Holiday, EBER!!"
Haha Gotta Love it.

Did you dress up for Halloween? What did you go as?
What did your kids dress up as?

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Coming Out From Behind The Camera


For a long time I used to hide behind the camera. I loved taking photos of my kids... But never WITH my kids. I always wanted to get them playing, doing their thing, or with The Daddy. It was always "Oh I'll take the pictures... I know what I am doing." But the truth was... I just hated being in front of the camera! Though I wanted pictures of me with the kids, so they didnt look back on their childhood and wonder where Mommy was.. But when ever I did get in the photos I just hated it. Hated the way I looked. Hated how I felt... Hated having proof of just how big I was.. Especially next to my adorable little kids... Or my fit husband. But ever since this mommy got her butt into gear, Ive decided I need to step out from behind the camera....

The kids always see me taking pictures and ask if they can. Usually I am hesitant, since they usually come out blurry and I worry they will drop my camera. But yesterday I threw my cares to the wind! They each wanted to take photos of me and with me... So I let them! They are not perfect, they are blurry... But they are AMAZING in my opinion. I love my kids and am glad to finally be coming out from behind the camera!

What I am Wearing:
Tank Top: Walmart
Skinnies: Walmart
Shoes c/o: Sugar Love Boutique
Necklace c/o: Wild Butterfly Boutique
Earrings: Charlotte is ChaCha


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Playroom Inspiration for My Large Family

Between my kids, Kiah, Bruce & Zander, and my husband, my family is pretty big and I couldn’t be more excited! My youngest baby, Zander, turned 4 in March and soon neither Mommy nor Daddy will be able to keep him in one spot for too long. I’ve started entertaining the idea of having a space dedicated for our kids; a space that they can use as a safe and comfortable place to play and explore their creativity. I’ve been looking for playroom inspiration, and have found some amazing stuff I would love to replicate on my own.
 Inspiration from the Willow Glen Residence on LMInteriorDesign.com The first thing I noticed about the space was the series of letters and numbers written on the black wall to the left. I’d love to replicate this, but would love to do it with chalkboard paint. This way we can half one wall in the room dedicated to practicing ABCs. What I love most about this room are the pops of color the beanbags add to the space. I think beanbag chairs are great – they’re easy to move around by children and don’t have any sharp corners or hard surfaces that could hurt them.

 I’ve found a huge beanbag chair from BeanBagBoss.com to replicate the look. I can definitely see Zander and Bruce Jr. having just as much fun! 
Inspiration from 3 Things to Love on SimplyGrove.com The thing I love most about this room is the contrast between the white walls and the brightly colored yellow shelf and orange-hooked rack. The shelf was hung at just the right height, making it easy for the little ones to grab anything they may need. I’m also admiring the plastic panel, with cups of varying sizes molded into it. Kids can store their pens, pencils and paint brushes neatly away – but this arrangement still leaves them easily accessible.

I’ve actually found this Uten.Silo wall-mounted organizer on Design Within Reach to replicate this look. Didn’t expect something so simple to be so expensive!

Inspiration from JLOOP on FloDesignStudio.com Other than the to-die-for floors (Is that wood? Glazed cement?), the thing that impresses me most about this last playroom is the ample storage. Large cabinet shelves for large items neatly conceal the mess, while smaller cabinets, set closer to the ground, are easily accessible to the children. The shallow shelves conveniently display the books making it easier for Kiah to pick the one that she wants to read (or the book they want mommy and daddy to read!).

I found the Holman Shelf from Pottery Barn, which comes in 2” and 4” that would replicate this look nicely.

Inspiration from The Ultimate Kids’ Playroom on Comfree.com What I love most about this set-up is the multicolored carpet, adding a punch of color to an otherwise black and white room. This room combines a few of the things that I love from some of the others: calk-board painted walls, cubbies, and bookshelves for the kids.

The paper chandelier looked very familiar, and after a bit of digging I couldn`t believe it took me more than a few seconds to realize it was pure Ikea. I’ll continue to look for other inspiring playrooms, and hopefully we’ll get one for our growing family soon. If you have any other ideas or suggestions, please let me know!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Words Of Wisdom

We have a BIG family, and I am thoroughly blessed to have many many amazing women in my life whom I look up to and can go to for advice, wisdom and comfort. Not only do I have my mom, my grandmother, and my beautiful sisters, but I also have been blessed by friendship with women in my church. Both my age and older.Women who have taken me under their "wings", love me like a daughter and are there for me. I love that. I so appreciate the love support and especially words of wisdom I have gained from many of these amazing women in my life.

Some of my favorites are:

"Never go to bed angry."

"Don't be afraid to show love and affection to your spouse in front of your kids. They need to see what a good marriage and relationship looks like."

"Don't eat your kids' left overs."

"When you are weak, God is strong. Lean on Him."

"When you fight with your spouse, keep it to yourself. You two will make up and forgive each other... I may not."

"Wear sunscreen."

Something that I always have told myself (and will tell my kids) is that "you can always follow your heart if God is the one leading it."

Another piece of wisdom I live by and also share with my kids is this: "Don't drink your calories. Drink plenty of water!"

If you know me at all, you know water is my drink of choice! Which is why I think that  the Nestlé® Pure Life® Hydration Movement - pledging to swap one sugary beverage a day with water for a year to cut 50,000 calories from their diet, and then share their family’s story of healthy hydration on the Facebook page mosaic, is so cool!
Become a fan of Nestlé® Pure Life® on Facebook and stay tuned for the launch of this year’s Hydration Movement in late July! Nestlé® Pure Life® will continue to focus on healthy hydration, while also embracing Mom’s Wisdom – sharing and discovering all of the little things that moms have shared over the generations that make our lives better. And one thing all moms can agree on is that it’s important to keep the family healthy, hydrated and happy.

This year, Nestlé® Pure Life® is asking fans to take a simple online pledge to drink more water.  You can also enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes and share your own wisdom through the Facebook mosaic. I'm all for mom's wisdom and keeping families healthy and hydrated. How about you!?

What words of wisdom do you cherish from your mom or grandmother? What words of wisdom will you pass down to your kids? Be sure to share with me in a comment below and dont forget to stop by Nestlé® Pure Life® on Facebook as well to take the pledge and share your words of wisdom too!

Full disclosure: this article is financially supported by Nestlé® Pure Life® Purified Water

Monday, May 27, 2013

Easy Canvas Prints Giveaway!

Hello, hello!
How many of you Mommas are like me and LOOVE taking photos of your kids?
If you are like me, those photos often end up piled up in folders on your computer.
Rather than printed out in frames or photo albums. :(
I can be so bad at keeping up with printing all the photos I take. 

Of course when  I get around to printing I just love the results, 
seeing fun captured moments of my family up around my home.
And my favorites are always the beautiful canvas prints!

If you are like me, then you are in luck, because I have partnered up with
Easy Canvas Prints to offer one lucky winner a FREE 8x10 Canvas Print!
To enter for your chance to win simply fill out the rafflecopter widget below!
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

6 Flags

For Bruce's 7th Birthday this year, we kind of weren't sure what to do. After having just thrown such a huge party for Zander the month before, we were pretty burnt out. But we still wanted to do something special. So The Daddy and I decided to surprise them all with a trip to 6 Flags! They had never been to an amusement park before, and have only been to a town fair like once before. So this was going to be a big special treat for them!

We had a blast of course, it was great to see their faces. And see them enjoy this family fun day! The only real downside was that towards the end of the day, Zander fell and bumped his head real good. Got himself a nice big goose egg. :( Poor guy. He is ok now. We got him checked by a medic and  he toughed it out. But boy was it scary!

Also we had the pleasure of a family friend (Whom has been dubbed as my Washington Mom, since she took that role on. while The Daddy was in Iraq, when we lived in WA and I was so far away from my own mom and family!) visiting with us for Brucey's birthday that week, so she joined us and was a nice help too. So now I'll let the photos do the talking... I tried to narrow them down and collage them so it wouldn't be so overwhelming. Still its going to be a photo heavy post.

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