Exciting Changes in our House!

10613874_10204525553082504_1628446142_n

We have had a busy last few weeks! Getting ready to go back to school has been eventful in our house! Our youngest, Maci, broke her leg the week before school started. Poor thing did it a week before her 6th birthday…which of course was very sad because her Birthday party was a POOL party! It has been extra eventful for us because her break is high on her Tibia and she is in a FULL leg cast…this means she has to be pushed in a wheelchair, has to have help going to the bath room, and pretty much has lost all independence. If you have a 6yr old, you know this is a BIG problem! She will be casted until mid-October. Besides this crazy unexpected change for our family.

10592624_10204608281830671_8024273731950827989_n

The next exciting thing that has kept us busier then normal is that we got a Foreign Exchange student! She’s 15 and from South Korea! The girls are loving having an older sister! She’s super sweet and so far it’s been very easy! She’s a teenager, so we do expect a few bumps in the road! She will be with us thru the first week of June. We are excited for her to join us in our crazy adventures!

Any of course, we’ve had the first week of school this week! Here are the girls picts! 11th grade, 4th, 2nd, and 1st!

backtoschool

Chickfila: Fun Boredom Busters

Check out this fun that Chickfila has created for familys to enjoy together.

Disney’s Club Penguin Frozen Party

image001
Oh my goodness! i might not see my kids for the next few days! Why you ask? Because there is Disney Club Penguin Frozen Party going on right now!!

From August 21-September 3, your kiddos can dress up like their favorite characters from the film, participate in a snowflake quest, and decorate their own Ice Palace Igloo. This fun and exciting party will also feature a special instrumental performance of “Let it Go,” and even give members the chance to create their own snowman Puffle!

During the Frozen Party, Club Penguin and “Disney’s Frozen” fans can:

· Choose from a number of member-only costumes to dress their penguin characters in, including Olaf, Sven, Anna, Elsa and Kristoff themed outfits
· Search for seven magic snowflakes that will give members special powers to freeze items around the island. All players can thaw frozen objects by using the heart emote
· All players can visit Elsa’s Ice Palace igloo to hear a special instrumental performance of “Let it Go,” as well as decorate their own free Ice Palace themed igloo
· Members will also be able to transform themselves into Marshmallow or Olaf or even create their own snowman Puffle

Check out this video review that my daughter did for you! She is SOO loving this! (As a mom, I am totally cool with this VERY safe Club Penguin play time!)

Club Penguin, is Disney’s #1 virtual world for children. Club Penguin works to maintain a fun and safe online entertainment experience by using filtering technology and live moderators. The award-winning virtual world of Club Penguin contains no third-party advertising and is free to use and enjoy, however a subscription membership provides access to additional features that enhance the play experience. Club Penguin, headquartered in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, is enjoyed by children around the world, and can be played in English, German, Portuguese, French, Russian and Spanish.

Disney’s Frozen Birthday Party Fun

We were sent a few Frozen themed items for the purposes of this review. 

frozen

You are not surprised to read that we had a Frozen party today for my (almost) 6 yr old! Frozen has been a very  popular party choice for the past year and it’s still the first choice of many. With it being so popular, it can be difficult to find party supplies. I am fairly creative and can accent with simple colors and basic items. The plates and napkins are hard to find instore….so I went to my favorite online party supplier, Oriental Trading and they had plenty and it was IN STOCK! They have free shipping often and I was able to score all that I needed for our party! Their prices are great and I love that they offer such a huge variety of options.

I also got the fun blue rock candy and pink striped straws from Oriental Trading. Check out their whole line of Frozen items!

Right now you can get FREE shipping on orders of $39 or more when you use coupon code: CY1480014

*If you are near North Dallas and want the most delicious cake pops around, reach out to Megan at BlackFlour. Those pictured above are from her amazing bakery! She is super talented and make almost anything!

Handmade Frozen Jewelry for Little Girls

necklace

I have a friend who has an amazing talent for making adorable jewelry! She posted this one today and my girls were smitten! The Frozen craze is still going strong and of course finding adorable custom handmade jewelry like this is not so easy. Check out Playful and Posh on Etsy! You can custom order yours by contacting her thru her store! There is are so many options! She has other princess and Minnie Mouse ones as well as Sofia!

Go like her Facebook page Playful and Posh, LLC for your chance to WIN a necklace for the little girl in your life!

 

AD: Pay it Forward with Tyson Hunger Heros

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias

pov
As you have read in my last few weeks of posts, we are working hard to get everything organized and ready for back to school craziness! In order to stay organized and feel prepared, I have been stocking up on lunch box foods and more important quick and easy meals for those evenings that we are dashing off to a ball game, or other school related function. I will admit, it only took one trip to Sam’s to feel stocked! There is a new campaign that you will want to hear about and it’s awesome because not only do you score a great deal on kid friendly foods that you love, but you also get to help pay it forward and help hungry kids!

tyson

This past weekend, we were able to sample some of my kids favorite items: Kraft Mac ‘n Cheese, Tyson Chicken Nuggets, and Capri Suns. My kids would prob eat this for every meal if they could! You can check out this awesome sampling again THIS weekend, August 9-10th.

IMG_1481

While we were sampling, we noticed this awesome promo:

Tyson and KRAFT have partnered for an awesome Champions for Kids initiative! Tyson and KRAFT will help feed a child in need each time these products are purchased: Tyson® Fully-Cooked Chicken Nuggets 5 lb. bag, a KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner 7.25 oz. 12-pack, and/or a Capri-Sun 6 oz. 40-pack are purchased at Sam’s Club during the month of August.

The prices are great, and we were buying these items anyways! I love that we can pay it forward and help feed hungry kids! It’s a real problem in Texas.

purchase

This inspired us to pay it forward even more! We bought the 5 lb bag of Tyson Fully-Cooked Chicken Nuggets, the 12 pack Kraft Macaroni & Cheese Dinners, and the 40 pack of Capri-Sun and we donated them to the local food pantry. Texas has a large number of kids who go hungry. In fact, there are many churches that help the food banks out and pack backpacks with food for the kids to take home on the weekends. This is heart breaking to me.

sadfact

Together with Tyson and Kraft we can pay it forward and help hungry kids! Stop by your local Sam’s Club and pick up the Tyson® Fully-Cooked Chicken Nuggets 5 lb. bag, a KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner 7.25 oz. 12-pack, and/or a Capri-Sun 6 oz. 40-pack!

Trio

Read more about how to partner with Tyson to be a Hunger Hero! And follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see post under the hashtag #HungerHero to see how others are paying it forward!

Mourning the loss of Summer

summerfun

The time is growing near that you will depart. I am going to miss you dearly. I’ve enjoyed all of the nice dates we’ve had at the pool, and fun at the park. I’ve enjoyed being with you at SeaWorld, Disneyland, and Hawaiian Falls as well. You have been overly kind to me this year and I will miss you greatly.

I will think of you when my toes are frozen and when hot chocolate doesn’t warm me up. You my friend, will be dearly missed. I love how you have given me and my kids so many great memories this year and we will treasure those forever.

You will be gone in a few sort weeks…so until then, I will be enjoying and savoring every last second with you.

 

Pay it Forward with Walgreens Get a Shot, Give a Shot

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #GiveaShot

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 10.16.47 AM

Getting ready to go back to school is time consuming to say the least. The new school supplies, clothes, shoes, backpacks and more. It’s a lot of work. Not to mention making appoints for physicals and getting immunizations. It’s not always convenient to wait at a Dr. office to get this.

Walgreens has made this easier then ever and you can pay it forward at the same time! When your kids get their school immunization at Walgreens you are helping them Give a Shot to a child in need. School immunizations, like whooping cough or meningitis are a few of the ones that help give life saving vaccines to a child in a developing country through the United Nation Foundation’s Shot@Life Campaign.

Screen Shot 2014-08-07 at 10.18.15 AM

My girls are up to date (for now) but with their giving hearts, I know that they would choose to participate in this life saving campaign to pay it forward. Here are a few tips on preparing your kids for shots:

  1. Remain calm, if you are anxious about it, they will be as well.
  2. Be matter of fact, it’s part of preventative health care
  3. Be sympathetic, tell them you had them as a child as well.
  4. Offer a distraction to them while they are getting the shot
  5. Offer a small treat for being brave after the shot is all over

walgreensGiveaShot

Paying it forward to help those who are less fortunate is such a blessing. I am thankful to pass on this information about Walgreens partnership with Shot@Life. Please consider using their clinic for your back to school needs this year.

school

 

Rebound Insomina: Coming off Ambien

ambien

I have been taking Ambien for three years now. I started taking it after I had my spinal fusion and have had zero issues with it! In fact, it changed my marriage! I was able to get the rest that my body needed, despite my husbands snoring!

I had mommy guilt at first about it as I did not hear my kids wake in the middle of the night with leg aches or scary dreams. Hubby was able to comfort them and secretly, I wasn’t upset about missing the 2AM parties! There were a few times when the 2AM get togethers included puking. For those, I felt bad.

There were a few times that I forgot to take one (while traveling) and I was in a zombie sleep those nights! You know, you lay there exhausted and want to sleep but can’t. That made for rough mornings and unhappy moments. I was clearly addicted to Ambien.

My insurance covers it, and the out of pocket was less then $6 a month.

Wanting to be free from having to take a pill to sleep, I researched the detox. The first game plan I had was to take half a pill. I tried this for three nights and stopped. I had really crazy dreams and didn’t like the way I woke up feeling. I felt distressed and not rested.

So I scrapped the hope of getting off of Ambien for a few months. Last month, I decided that I was going to go for it…cold turkey. Here is how things went for me:

Night One: did not sleep at all

Night Two: did not sleep at all

Night Three: slept an hour or two, fell asleep around 5AM

Night Four: slept 3 hours

Night Five: slept 4 hours

Night Six: slept 6 hours

Night Seven: slept 6 hours

I’m a few weeks without Ambien now and am still sleeping around six hours a night. I have a months supply of pills that tempt me each night, but I am staying strong and pushing thru!

Here are three tips to help you sleep better at night:

  1. Turn off electronics an hour before bed
  2. Turn off all lights and stimulation and STAY in bed
  3. Don’t eat an hour or two before bed…this helps because it keeps you out of the bathroom.

Personally, I would like to thank my friends and family who offered me support and wisdom as I was going thru the detox stage! I would also like to thank coffee for helping keep me awake those first few days! :)

Girls Night Out fun at Painting with a Twist, Denton

I was invited to check out the new Painting with a Twist in Denton, TX. I knew it was going to be fun because I did a date night with my hubby at the Painting with a Twist in Grapevine.

Of course, with a few friends and a fun painting to create, it was definitely a lot of fun! I really enjoy painting and our teacher was so much fun!

Plan a girls night out and enjoy creating a fun canvas painting! Here is our finished paintings (me with Dawn from The Frugal Mom, and Arena from The Nerds Wife!)

Photo Credit: Dawn Monroe, The Frugal Mom

Photo Credit: Dawn Monroe, The Frugal Mom

Go here to see what upcoming classes are being offered and to book one for your night out! Classes run $35.