End of Summer Fun

fun in the sun

I am in denial that summer is almost over. School starts next week for us, and I’m not ready. This summer has been a fantastic one, and I’m not ready for 5:30am mornings and practice schedules yet. We’ve been busy setting up our new house here, and drinking in all the delicious sunshine (when we […]

10 Netflix Shows and Documentaries to Help Avoid Summer Brain Drain

10 Netflix Shows and Documentaries to Help Avoid Summer Brain Drain

I’m a compensated member of the Netflix Stream Team. I don’t know about you, but the second summer starts on that very last second of the very last day of school, I secretly become Mel Gibson in Braveheart screaming “FREEEDOMMMM!!!” because SUMMER and POOL PARTIES and SLEEPING LATE and general summertime awesomeness. Except, summer brain […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W29} #happinessis

kissy tickle face

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 […]

Summer Fun with Hasbro! #summerfun

Nerf Super Soaker fun with Dad

It’s SUMMER! (Said in my best Olaf voice.) Summertime fun comes in all shapes and sizes. I love having tons for the kids to do to keep them happily entertained amongst themselves, and I’ve partnered with Hasbro to feature some of their fun toys and sets to showcase all kinds of fun! Can it get […]

Baby V Learned to Swim! (Kinda)

Baby V smiling and learning to swim

Yesterday, we had the pleasure of joining other San Antonio bloggers for a pool party! Baby V is such a water baby, but she’s been pretty dependent on one of us because of her inability to control her lifevest and stay afloat… until now. Yesterday, she learned to swim! (Kinda.) We’d purchased her a new […]

Summertime Fun – Chalk on the Trampoline

drawing with chalk on the trampoline

We’ve already had a ton of fun on our new trampoline (even though summer’s not even a week old for us yet). It was a perfect summer day – sun beating down, windy enough to keep us moderately cool. The kids had been playing as hard as they could, but were getting to that “bored” […]

Happiness is ______ {2014-W23} #happinessis

dad being awesome

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 […]

Trampoline Sprinkler Fun – A Poem

having a blast on the trampoline with the sprinkler

Bathing suits snap against skin, tightening knots on waistbands, water spout creaks, sliding into the “on” position, forcing icy retreat through the snake-like rubber hose, sprinkler hissing, flailing water to and fro. Happiness and jubilation beneath the blue sky. Summer has arrived.

Summer, I Can’t Quit You

sprinkler fun on the trampoline

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 […]

Grilled Pizza Recipe #daysofsummer

grilled pizza

This shiny bad-boy is my husband’s new bad@$$ grill. (The one he promises won’t need replacing because he’s going to take care of it this time. Ahem.) Every day we’ve owned this thing so far, we’ve been out there grilling our meals in one way or another. Like our smores. Why, you ask? THIS IS […]

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 […]

Fun Things To Do with Kids During Summer Vacation – Playdate at the Park #daysofsummer

playdate at the park

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 Twenty-Three} #happinessis

new family portrait

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 […]

Fun Things To Do with Kids During Summer Vacation – Play in the Rain #daysofsummer

bikes in the rain

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 […]

Fun Things To Do with Kids During Summer Vacation – Squirt Guns #daysofsummer

summer fun squirt guns

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 […]

Fun Things To Do with Kids During Summer Vacation Day One – Sprinkle Pancakes #daysofsummer

sprinkle pancakes

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 […]

When Birds Attack – {Video Proof the Bird on my Porch Hates Me}

porch birds

I’ve spoken about our “pet” birdies on our porch before, sharing the images on Instagram about how cute they are, how excited the kids (and we) are about having front porch “pets.” See the parent birds? Aren’t they so cute? See the baby bird, how sweet he is, sleeping there? See those babies? Aren’t they […]

Baby Sprinkler Photo Humor

baby sprinkler humor collage

Take heed, young children. Don’t throw your toy cars onto the lawn in front of the sprinkler, and you shall be spared a wet fate like my daughter’s. She may not have liked being sprayed in the face, but I call it KARMA. (Bet ya think twice before being a terrorist to me again, eh!?)

Almost

baby v in pink

I’m almost well. It’s almost school. V is almost sitting up. She almost scoots across the floor. My oldest is almost seventeen. I can almost fit some pre-pregnancy clothes. My five-year-old is almost in school for the first time, and my heart is almost breaking. I almost had V down for a whole two minutes […]

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, […]

Family Summer Daily To Do List

summer-family-to-do-list

I’m going to do my best, each day, to ensure everything gets done properly, ensuring everyone’s needs are met (including mine), and that we have a great time. It isn’t easy to remember everything with eleventy-billion kids running around here, though. To help me stay sane, I’ve created a Daily Summer Family To Do List. […]

Sunburnt But Soul-Filled – SeaWorld’s First #AdventureCon

baby dude at aquatica

SeaWorld San Antonio threw their first little-big shindig this weekend called “AdventureCon.” A weekend of learning for bloggers, like myself, along with under-the-sea family fun for our families, spanning both SeaWorld AND their new baby, Aquatica. We had plenty of time to work AND play (and get sunburnt, ahem). From the second I laid eyes […]

Big Families: How Do You Do It? {Summer Break}

tips for summer break

“How do you do it?” Series hosted by Lolli from Better in Bulk, Lisa from Crazy Adventures in Parenting, Christine from From Dates to Diapers, Kadi from Our Seven Seeds, and Kate from The Guavalicious Life. Join us each week for more tips from moms of big families! Oh, friends. It’s summer. It’s exciting, because you dream of lazy days at […]

Why Summer is Going To Kill Me

death-by-front-door

12pm After mom puts the baby to sleep, she mistakenly thinks she can actually get some work done since the kids are amusing themselves outside. 12:11pm – Eight-year-old comes in proclaiming he’s “bored.” I instruct him that there are many things he can do, or he can do chores, but he will NOT play video […]

Flashback Friday: Summer!

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This week’s Flashback Friday is focusing on SUMMER! Have your children had their last day of school yet? Yesterday was my kids’ last day, and they are SO EXCITED for the summer! (I, personally, can’t wait to swim!) You might be looking for some cool summer-related things to do. Today’s post has a TON of […]

Post #BlogHer11 in Which BlogHer is Like Chuck Norris and I Melt Away

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I think instead of BlogHer they should call it “ChuckNorrisHer” because it kicks ass in so many ways, to include your own. I feel a thousand-years-old, and could nap a week and still not feel any better. Do you know what sucks about being in the land-that-doesn’t-ever-get-above-seventy-five-degrees for almost a week? Coming back to hundred-degree-plus […]