Friday, August 18, 2017

Last Minute Summer Fun & Giveaways!

Linking up with Andrea, Narci & Erika for...
This past weekend/week was about cramming in some last minute fun before school starts next week.
Mission accomplished!

We kicked off the weekend with haircuts for both of my guys.
This cutie was done before Mic, so he grabbed some big boy magazines and "read" them while he waited ;)

We ran a few more errands and then stopped for some donuts!
This kid got the sprinkled vanilla while I stuck to my FAVORITE - plain cake.

Mic worked outside most of the day while I worked on things inside.
But then it was time for some fun!
X has been asking us all summer to go to the go kart track, and it finally worked out on Saturday night.
While we waited for our pizza, X (and Mic) played his FAVORITE arcade games!

Once we ate it was time to drive!
Shockingly it wasn't busy, so X had the kid go kart track to himself.
Watching this kid is my FAVORITE!
The girl told him to make sure he didn't hit the sides and boy did he listen!
A couple times he even slowed down to a stop to make sure he wouldn't hit anything.

Then we moved onto Mini Golf - MY LEAST FAVORITE activity!
Honestly, I have never had the patience for it.
Even as a kid I just didn't like it.

This kid did really well for his first time and even got a hole in 1!

We then moved onto the playground area and out of nowhere a big kid showed up!
He has never been able to do the monkey bars, and on this night he did it with ease :)

On Sunday, X and I headed to Columbus to meet my dad and step mom for dinner and some swimming.
We woke up the next morning and headed to the Columbus Zoo for a day of fun!
While X seemed to enjoy looking at all the animals, his FAVORITE part was getting his picture taken every time we came across one of these statues!
He even posed himself in a few of them ;)

We finished our day with dinner at our FAVORITE, Skyline Chili before making the trip back home.

On Tuesday I joined Andrea for Show & Tell  and shared some of my FAVORITE guilty pleasures :)

And that evening we got to meet X's teacher at Kindergarten orientation!
Seeing this kid excited for school to start is my FAVORITE!

And that evening I saw this posted on Instagram and thought I had to share it!

Yesterday, I hopped on my soapbox and wrote about my thoughts on Competition, and I am not talking about sports.
I don't voice my opinions too often, but boy did it feel good :)

Of course I always find some FAVORITES on instagram :)

And just as I was writing this post, I got this picture from our babysitter....
Yesterday was X's last day at her house so they celebrated with ice cream!
I think he has had a fantastic summer with all the fun things they have done :)

We have plans to head to the Blueberry Festival tonight and enjoy some of our FAVORITE treats :)
And then tomorrow we are heading north to swim & camp with my dad and step mom along Lake Erie.
Fingers crossed the weather cooperates for us!

Do you have any big weekend plans?
Are you gearing up for your kiddos to go back to school?
How do you celebrate the first day of school?

And before you leave....

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Thursday Thoughts | Competition

Some days certain topics or situations bother me more than others and I just want to scream.
I decided to hold back my scream and write about it instead.

Why is everything such a competition?

Let me start by saying that I am pretty darn competitive when it comes to sports.
Yes, I want to do my best and win...but sometimes I don't.
And while it can sting a bit, I get over it and move on.

Believe it or not sports are actually less competitive these days than I would like.
For example: Tryouts
(Said in my old person voice)...Back in my day you used to have to tryout for the sport/team you wanted to be on.
And when tryouts were over they placed a list on door somewhere indicating who made the team.
Kids who didn't make the team were upset, but they got over it.
The ones who really wanted to be on that team practiced and worked hard and tried out again the next year.
And some of them made the team.

Nowadays everyone makes the team :(
But it is even worse than getting cut in my opinion.
If you don't make "the team", you make a second team or what some schools call the "B team".
I understand it may keep kids out of trouble, they may practice more this way than at home, etc.
But when do they ever learn the lesson that you don't always win?
Or how to lose gracefully?

Does the school your kids attend do this?

Now let's flip that to every day stuff like what clothes you wear, how tall you are, what teacher you have, what kind of car you drive, where you live, etc.
There is even competition over who is being the better mom and dad!
This drives me nuts!
I did not grow up in a super competitive family or town (again, other than sports).
Everyone seemed to be the same.
It still feels that way when I go back home.

Why is everyone so concerned with one upping each other in every aspect of their lives?
Why can't we just be ourselves, drive whatever we want, live wherever, have tall kids/short kids, etc. and just not care about how everyone else is doing it?
Why must jabs be thrown any chance someone gets for just 10 seconds of gratification?
I just don't get it.

I am the first one to downplay where I live, the car I drive, the clothes I wear, etc.
And you better believe I do it to my kid as well!
I know he is a smart, cute kid who seems to be pretty darn athletic...but most the time I downplay that too.
I never for a second want anyone to think that I feel I am better than them!
Because I don't!

So for the sake of...let's go with everyone out there, JUST STOP!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Show & Tell | Guilty Pleasures

Linking up with Andrea @ Momfessionals for...

What I love way more than I should...

Teen Dramas
I can't get enough of them!
I am not into reality TV, doctor dramas, etc. but give me a good teen drama any day of the week!
Over the years I have watched every episode of the following without the least bit of guilt :)

Are there any new ones I am missing out on?

I don't know what it is about them, but I can eat them any time of the day!
These are definitely my weakness!
I have been know to go through 2 of the large packages within a week :/

Graphic Tees
I have an unhealthy addiction to graphic tees.
I seriously only have a few times a week that I can wear them, but oh my goodness do I have a lot!
I can't pass them up!

Just when I think I need to buy "real" clothes I find another one that I can't resist!
And I have passed this trait/pleasure onto X now too!

What are some of your guilty pleasures?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Graphic Tees, Insta Love & More!

Linking up with Andrea, Narci & Erika for...

Last Thursday I headed north to go to the Cleveland Indians game with my dad.
We had dinner at Michael Symon's restaurant, Mabel's BBQ and it was so good!

We shared this tray of food, but my FAVORITE was the pork loin in the top right corner!

After we ate, we headed over to the stadium and watched my FAVORITE baseball team, in my FAVORITE city bring home a W over the New York Yankees!

In my mail on Friday was this tee promoting the new movie Kidnap in theaters now.
You know graphic tees are my FAVORITE!
It was the perfect thing to wear with my new FAVORITE coat (sold out, but currently available for your mini me in size 10 only) and jeans from the #NSALE on a cooler than normal night :)
#KidNapMovie #DontMessWithMom

While Mic had a golf outing on Saturday, X and I watched his new FAVORITE movie (Descendants 2) for the 100th time!
His FAVORITE parts are when they are singing and dancing because he loves to do it with them :)
I think I need to get him enrolled in a hip hop class soon!

I linked up with The Blended Blog on Monday for their Ask Series for August.
It is full of fun summer facts about me!
Like, hot dogs with ketchup are my FAVORITE!!!

On Tuesday I was a bit more serious than normal and talked about something that ISN'T MY FAVORITE - the stress/anxiety I have been dealing with over the past year.

That evening I enjoyed a visit with my FAVORITE stylist friend to update my locks :)
While I decided that shorter hair just isn't me for me (at least not right now), I did have a few more layers cut to give it a little pop while it grows out.

Some days these two drive me crazy together, but there are moments where they are bonding over something like "cool shoes" and my heart melts.
They are definitely my FAVORITE crazy duo!

Wednesday was all about Back to School on the blog!
I am talking about what we do to get ready for school to start in less than two weeks and a few last minute fun things we have planned.
Like picking up some new graphic tees for school :)

Instagram was killing this week in the FAVORITE posts category!

Please tell me you follow Scary Mommy?!?!
These are hilarious!!!

And after taking a year off (still not sure why), I ordered a new planner from Erin Condren the other day and I can't wait for it to arrive!
I ordered the Life Planner in the marquee style.
I still wish they made these in the 8 1/2 X 11 size (hint, hint EC).
If you are interested in ordering something from Erin Condren grab my discount code here :)
These are by far my FAVORITE planner/calendar to use!

And that is it for this week!
Looking forward a pretty low key weekend and then heading to the Columbus Zoo on Monday!
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and I will see you back here on Tuesday for Show & Tell - Guilty Pleasures!

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