Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Back to School Frustrations and Funnies

Today is the 9th day of the 2016-2017 school year. The boys are in 1st grade and seem to like it so far. For the first few days, I went in and dropped them off at their classrooms. I also picked them up in person.

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When I did this, I PARKED MY CAR in the parking lot. I didn't leave it in the way of drivers. I didn't park in a red zone. I didn't park in an area that was marked NO Parking. I have been driving for half my life so I know the basics. I figured everyone else did too. For some reason, when parents get to school, they forget everything. (Which is ironic since we are expecting for our kids to go into school, pay attention, follow the directions, and learn. Maybe we should try to do the same. Well, THEY should. I am good.)

This morning was RIDICULOUS. I got the boys to school early. They are not allowed to be dropped off until 8:20 am, which is when we pulled into the parking lot. They qualify for the free breakfast and lunch program - so they get a hot breakfast (or cereal) every morning. Much better than what I can accomplish in the morning between breaking up fights and finding shoes!

Who else can relate? Share your stories in the comments. Follow me on Instagram for more pictures of my ridiculous crazy life with Sam and Jay.

OK, that was the funny. Next for a combo. Most Parents think Common Core is a major frustration. I think this is funny. My brain has always worked differently than others. (I am #crazy so it isn't hard to believe.) Go to the next page to read more...

Monday, August 22, 2016


People assume that when I call myself a #FatGirl it is an insult.

To me,  it isn't!  It is a descriptive word.  I am fat.  I am a girl. I am a fat girl. I have come to an understanding with my body. It is going to be a large, curvy, fluffy, big booty, covered in freckles and a side of sass.

I like who I am. I like myself. I am fairly healthy.  I am smart. I work from home around my limitations and earn income for the boys and myself. I am pretty.  I am a great storyteller.

I hope this new school happens to be great !

Friday, August 12, 2016

Pete's Dragon Opens Today!

In honor of Pete's Dragon opening in theaters today I have some coloring pages, activity sheets, and funny videos to show you. The boys can not wait to see this movie. Sadly, we were not able to attend the special advance screening; so I will be watching it this weekend along with all of you.

Click on this link to see the trailer: https://youtu.be/fPOamb6d_20

 In Theaters August 12, 2016

Will you be seeing the movie this weekend?
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I remember watching the live-action/animated movie as a small child. It was released in 1977 so it is as old as I am. I think the digital effects of this movie will be amazing.

So, you know I love making cupcakes so I had to include this video. Bryce Dallas show you how to make dragon cupcakes.

To get ready for the movie, 
have the kids color these pictures.
(Click on the Pop-Out icon to open them in a new window. You should then be able to print copies.)

After you seen have the movie, come back to this post and leave a comment. I want to know your favorite part of the movie.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Chef Boyardee Deal - "No" News is Good News

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With the back to school season approaching, I am looking for easy weeknight meal solutions. By spending less time in the kitchen, we can enjoy other after-school activities together. Now through August 29, 2016, each 14.5 to 15 ounce can of Chef Boyardee is on Rollback at Walmart for only $0.80! Purchase five cans for $4 in a variety of flavors that include: Mini Ravioli, Beefaroni, and Spaghetti and Meatballs. You can enjoy a week’s worth of quality meals at an affordable price.

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Monday, August 8, 2016

40 BEFORE 40!

I turn 40 years old in February 2017. I saw a post from a blogger friend and some of her adventures before her 40th birthday. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? So here is my list of 40 things I want to do before I turn 40 years old.

40 BEFORE 40!

  1. Take the boys to the Grand Canyon.
  2. Go Camping. (I have never been, seriously.)
  3. Make a dance video.
  4. Sleep on a trampoline under the stars.
  5. Buy lunch for a stranger. 
  6. Give a second chance to a food I don't like.
  7. Go on the Alpine Pedaler with friends. (Possibly October 12, 2016)
  8. Buy coffee for the car behind me in the drive thru lane.
  9. Finally go to karaoke at a bar downtown.
  10. Try a new food.
  11. Take the boys on the Polar Express.
  12. Dress up and see a performance of The Nutcracker
  13. Take a trip via an Amtrak train. Hopefully to...
  14. Go to Chicago for my brother's wedding.
  15. Visit the Field Museum and take a picture with Sue.
  16. Go underground and see a Coal Mine.
  17. Look for Nemo and Dory at The Shedd Aquarium.
  18. Look at my favorite painting at The Art Institute of Chicago.
  19. Take the boys to see Wrigley Field.
  20. Take the boys to the 103rd Floor and show the boys the best skyline in the world.
  21. Step up to a leadership position in my community.
  22. Sing in public.
  23. Take a ride on the scenic chairlift at Snowbowl.
  24. Register for a 3K or 5K or a Color Run. Even if I have to walk to the finish line.
  25. Bungee Jump. 
  26. Do some target practice.
  27. Take a trip to Vegas. Say YES to everything.
  28. See a show on the strip.
  29. Do a photoshoot and be proud of the pictures.
  30. See a Broadway Show.
  31. Attend a Disney event as a blogger.
  32. Have a spa day. Massage, pedicure, facial.
  33. Hire a housekeeper for occasional cleaning.
  34. Plan and be part of a Flashmob.
  35. Take a break from social media for 48 hours straight. Ok, maybe only 24.
  36. Geocaching. Figure it out and go do it.
  37. Make a save jar for a Disney cruise.
  38. Plan a Walt Disney World vacation for the boys and I in 2017.
  39. Host a dinner party. Like an adult thing with fancy napkins and extra silverware.
  40. Throw myself the BEST DAMN 40TH BIRTHDAY PARTY!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Road Trip Essentials

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How is it August already? I had so many plans for this summer that didn't get checked off the list. I wanted to travel more with the boys. I wanted to organize my house. I wanted to refinish a piece of furniture. Oh well, there is always this Fall. 

Plus I can use an road trip as part of my 40 before 40 (stay tuned for that post soon.)

Any trip in the car with the boys can be exhausting. If I plan to be in the car for an hour or more, I need to plan ahead. Sam and Jay will be thirsty within 5 minutes of getting their seat belts on and pulling out of the driveway. Within twenty minutes they are hungry. By the time we hit the hour mark, they need a potty break. I am sure that a lot of other moms can understand my pain and frustration. The best part of a road trip is when the kids fall asleep. You can listen to your music, sing along and drive without distractions!

My must have item whenever I am in the car is an ice-cold cola. I will drink soda from the can or the bottle but I love fountain drinks. When we stop at Walmart for all the snacks on our list, we also take care of the most important thing for a road trip. THE CAR! The Auto Care Center will do a full oil change while you shop. This is the smartest thing you can do before you start driving. You don't want an unknown issue to leave you stalled on the side of the highway. 

Find your Auto Care Center by clicking on the picture.
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