Happiness is ______ {2014-W15} #happinessis

soccer taking it up the field all alone

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W13} #happinessis

flower-picking

We spent 52 weeks in 2013 celebrating what made us happy, and it WAS a fantastic year. Let’s make 2014 the year where we really truly focus on surrounding ourselves with only joy and happiness all year round, every month, every week, every day.Tell me, what makes you happy? What is it that you do [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Fifty-One & Fifty-Two} #happinessis

baby helper under the tree

2013 WAS a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so very many things [...]

School Holiday Performances 2013

Eighth grade holiday performance 2013

Yesterday we had quite the busy day with holiday performances. My first grader’s performance was at 6:30pm, and I had to have my eighth grader back at his school five minutes away at 6:50pm for his 7:10 band performance at the junior high. While that was happening, my husband, first grader, and a couple kids [...]

Just Dance Kids 2014 Review for the Wii U #JustDanceKids2014

Just Dance Kids 2014 Wii U

This post is sponsored by Just Dance Kids® and Burst Media. We’ve always loved LOVED loved the Just Dance games for the Wii (can ya tell?), and we are SO RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED to see the new games now available for the Wii U, too. Just Dance Kids® 2014 took what made Just Dance Kids® so [...]

Family Bike Ride Fun

family bike ride

We slept late for our day off on Veteran’s Day. The sun awoke us through the window, trickling in through the blinds and curtains, and we felt the warmth from it almost immediately. After a few somewhat chilly days in Texas, we welcomed milder weather with open arms, and were pleasantly surprised and elated the [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Forty-Five} #happinessis

soccer game siblings

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Connecting with Our Teens Using Walmart Family Mobile

Walmart Family Mobile #shop

As you know, we’re a huge sports family. My children have practices, games, as well as social lives, and are at the age that they could really use a phone of their own. Sometimes practice gets out early. Sometimes their after-school activities are canceled. Sometimes they have to stay later, and need to get a [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-Nine} #happinessis

Baby Dude's birthday candles

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Sneak Attack on Our Teens with a Walmart Family Mobile Wireless Phone and Plan

holy cheap wireless unlimited plans batman #shop

As soon as my kids started school and soccer this year, I knew we were going to need to invest in a cell phone for them. Our current mobile plan asks for a two-year commitment (yikes) and costs $45 (with taxes) for a non-smartphone and $50+ (with taxes) for a smartphone for EACH DEVICE. (Of [...]

Hell Has a Name, It’s Called “Yesterday”

smoke

Admittedly, in the waning days of summer, I let the house go. We were living too much in the moment, so busy with living these last summer days, I figured, once school started, that I’d get all Rambo on the chores and into Full House Cleaning Mode™. That is, until the enormity of the task [...]

My Daughter’s Locks of Love Donation

locks of love donation

We’d been growing out her hair for some time, now. We knew the “goal” we wanted to attain – to successfully grow her hair out enough to donate it to Locks of Love. It wasn’t the easiest of tasks for my poor girl. Her hair, since becoming that thickened adult-type hair, had become tougher to [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Thirty-One} #happinessis

girl bonding over nail polish

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Eight} #happinessis

sleepy kids

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Seven} #happinessis

sesame street at seaworld san antonio

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Twenty-Six} #happinessis

flying on feet

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

New Trampoline (and I Did It! Woohoo!)

new trampoline

Originally, this trampoline-putting-together task was going to be a “fun” activity for my two middle-schoolers. An afternoon project, if you will. I figured it couldn’t be TOO HARD to put together the poles in the bottom to create the base of the trampoline, right? WRONG. All the kids were outside helping – even the littler [...]

Fun Things To Do with Kids During Summer Vacation – Neighborhood Walk with Bikes #daysofsummer

walk with bikes

I don’t know about you, but I’m always looking for fun things to do with kids during summer vacation. I’ve vowed to make 2013 rock, and so every day this summer (and some days more than once), I’m going to be doing something special, something awesome, and fun for (and with) my kids. I hope you’ll join [...]

Happiness is ______ {Week Three} #happinessis

sunny weather sundress

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Happiness is ______ {New Series} #happinessis

sunshine at the park

2013 is going to be a fantastic year – a year where we collectively focus on the happy and the joy in our lives. What makes you happy? What is it that you do that you can’t get enough of? What makes your soul shine, your eyes beam, and your insides sparkle? Happiness is so [...]

Top 10 Things Parenting Books Don’t Tell You (and I Wish They Did!)

kids draw on everything

Oh, if only there was some magical book out there that cracked the “kid” code of all the goofy stuff they constantly do that makes you scratch your head. I’ve compiled a list of the Top Ten things I wish they WOULD put in those parenting books: Why, after you spend your time washing, drying, [...]

Addicted to Dress Up

halloween family collage

Halloween’s over? I DON’T CARE. The costumes are still out. E-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. I figure, as long as there is lingering Halloween candy, we should celebrate with dress-up, no? Besides, I canNOT stand the adorableness of an infant in a tutu, ruffles, and headband. Evidence: CAN YOU DIE FROM CUTENESS OVERLOAD? I think so. We love dressing [...]

Dear Wednesday – You Sucked. Bring on Thursday. Love, Lisa

crying-v

Maybe it was sprinting up the stairs after twenty-minutes had gone by before I realized her alarm didn’t go off. It could have been the fog that draped over everything, blinding you while you drove, causing parents to drop off their kids in droves, and drive maniacally in order to do so. Perhaps it may [...]

The Birthday Fail and Lesson Learned

birthday4

During every walk this week, Baby Dude and I concocted a plan about how we were to “picnic” on his birthday yesterday, having lunch on a blanket, at the park, eating our PB&Js and carrotsticks in the sunlight while sipping water and swinging swings. It wasn’t the most dazzling plan of all plans, but it [...]

Back to School, Back to Me

prettied me

I will readily admit I was vehemently against sending the kids back to school. I loved our lazy summer mornings, unlimited in-bed tickling wars chock-filled with wet bathing suits everywhere, squealing happy and tanned-skin kids, and a momma without a crazy, schedule-filled calendar of extra curriculars. I dreaded the 5:45am alarm for this year with [...]

The Lattice Braid Tutorial and Fun with Girly Hair

lattice-braid

It all started when I found this “bow braid headband” tutorial on Pinterest (it usually happens like that, right? Pinterest is the root of all “evil” with new things lately, huh?), I looked at this lady’s website and found her knotted headband tutorial and tried it on my daughter. IT WORKED! I then decided to [...]

Sponge Bomb Tutorial

how to make sponge bombs water fun for kids

In searching for summer fun awesomeness on Pinterest, I came across this adorable post idea for “Sponge Bombs.” (Not Sponge Bob, which I inadvertently say EVERY. FREAKING. TIME.) Sponge Bombs are essentially cut-up colorful kitchen sponges, zip-tied together* in the middle, and moistened to become wet sponge “balls” to throw and play tag with. Sounds spectacularly awesome, [...]