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Currently -- May + a GIVEAWAY

This post has been sponsored by #MCDMiamiValleyAngryBirds but our love of ice cream and family movie dates is all our own. 

Happy Memorial Day! This weekend has been so full of family fun, I love weekends like these. James was out of town last week, Monday thru Friday, and Connor and I had a busy week so a three day weekend was exactly what we needed. So today, I'm going to play catch up and share what's "Currently" going on in our world.


LOVING
The community events that are taking place now that it's Summer. The weather has finally turned, giving us hot days and warm evenings to spend outdoors. Festivals and free classes with our metro-park have been a ton of fun. I am trying to put my dislike of hot weather to the side and get outdoors with Connor more. 

READING
I have about 100 pages left in The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. This book is good but for whatever reason, I'm struggling getting through. I've been reading 30-50 pages a day for the last 2 weeks so I'm eager to finish it and move on. I shared my reading list in last week's Reading Wednesday post and will be moving on to Seven: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker.

EATING
More ice cream than I should be. I mentioned the warm weather and with that brings the need to indulge with some cold, tasty ice cream. I'm trying to balance it with healthier food decisions and have done a pretty good job so far. I've made zucchini boats, Mississippi beef and chicken fried cauliflower rice; all which have been so so so good.

DRINKING
All the water. Plus an occasional lemonade. I try to up my water intake in the warmer months. I'd love to be able to drink closer to a gallon a day but after a while, I get so tired of just plain water so I add in a glass of lemonade at lunch or dinner. I have backed off the coffee because I can not for the life of me make a good iced coffee at home. Someone give me some tips.

LISTENING TO
Blake Shelton's new CD "If I'm Honest". I am a huge fan of Blake's and have been since his first hit "Austin". I remember working the Summer after graduation and hearing that song on the radio every morning when we were opening up the store. But this CD is awesome and gives a lot of insight into this failed marriage to Miranda. Or at least, that's how I'm taking many of the songs on this album.

MAKING
Plans for our Summer. I'm all about spending time with Connor but will openly admit that we still need to have some scheduled time apart. I've got signed up for swim lessons, VBS and soccer. The only time I will be away from him is during VBS but the other lessons will at least give me a bit of a break each day, even if it is just 45 minutes.

WATCHING
Angry Birds. We took Connor, my baby brother and the Underwood's to the movie on Saturday for a movie date night. I am amazed that a cell phone app was made into a movie but it was and I loved seeing it. It's really good and I love the adult humor that's thrown in. The kids did, too! Jason Sudeikis is the voice of Red and I'm a huge fan of his so it was fun hearing him in bird form. Oh and Blake Shelton has a song in the movie so double win. Afterwards we splurged on ice cream from McDonald's. I love their vanilla cones.

VISITING
Friends an hour away. We've made friends with a family that relocated an hour north so we try to see them once a month if not more and we have plans to see them in June and July. Connor loves both of their kids so it's important to me for us to keep that friendship intact. It doesn't hurt that their parents are some of my favorite people. Hi Stephanie! Hi Levi!

WEARING
My new FitBit Blaze that was a gift for our anniversary. I've been using my FitBit Flex for a little over 2.5 years but it doesn't give me all the information I want so I sometimes ditch it to wear my Garmin but then I lose steps on my FitBit. To remedy that, James upgraded my Flex to the Blaze and I am in love with it. I am joining a walking/jogging/running challenge in June so I'll be putting it to use for sure.

WANTING
For the heat to come and go without taking the break from school from us. Impossible for sure but that's what I'd love to have. I hate being hot and sweating unless I'm running and now you can't be outdoors for more than 15 minutes without dripping sweat. I've said that if I make it through this Summer with long hair, I'll shocked. Momma don't do hot.

OBSESSED WITH
Making homemade ice cream. I was dying for a sweet treat and decided to make my own. I went to my go to search engine Pinterest for inspiration. We had a ton of fresh fruit on-hand so I whipped up a batch of Very Berry Banana ice cream. It's simple to make, too. Blend 2 bananas, 1 1/2 cup of strawberries, 1 cup raspberries and 1/3 cup of almond milk. Pour into a container with a lid and freeze for 3 hours and enjoy. It's the perfect amount of sweet that you'll soon forget your ice cream cravings.

PLAYING
Angry Birds 2. After seeing the movie on Saturday, Connor asked to download the app and I totally forgot how much fun the Angry Birds games are, almost therapeutic. I love that it's a game C and I both can play together, taking turns on each level. I used to play so many games on my phone but the novelty of them wore off so it was fun to discover a new app to enjoy with Connor.

And as an added bonus, I have a gift card for McDonald's up for grabs this morning courtesy of McDonald's and Angry Birds. Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter below and the winner will be announced later this week.

 


Free To Be: All Boy, All Summer + 5 Upcycle Crafts

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Summer has finally arrived here in Ohio. Today's high is forecasted to be close to 90. With sunny days and warm temps comes a peak in Connor's allergies. I shared before how having such an extreme grass, tree and dust allergies was worrisome to me. How could I allow Connor to be a normal 3 year old kid with such big allergies to deal with? Let's not forget that kids are messy. While I love seeing Connor enjoy himself when playing outdoors, I want to be sure his clothes are taken care of, too. Lucky for my family, I've found the perfect solution for inside fun and the messy clothes that come with being a kid.


We can't always spend days outdoors. We tend to schedule our time outside around the pollen index. But that's okay with us because staying in doesn't have to dampen our summer at all. Because I knew Connor wouldn't get as much outside time as most kids thanks to his allergies, we've prepped for Summer fun with 5 adorable toilet paper crafts. Start collecting and saving those used toilet paper rolls, you are going to love these adorable crafts.


Craft #1: Apple Tree
Since trees make us sneeze, why not enjoy one indoors! Using green construction paper cut out your tree. Add apples by dipping a q-tip in red paint and dotting your tree. To create a trunk for your tree, cut 2 slits on the each side of your toilet paper roll so that you can slid your green leafing tree in.

Craft #2: Binoculars
This just might be my favorite. Let you little one explore inside with their own set of colorful binoculars. Tape 2 rolls together using scotch tape. Pick out 4 different colors of construction paper for your pattern, cutting them into 1 inch strips. Wrap one strip at a time around the 2 rolls, using tape to secure them in place. Repeat this 4 times to completely cover the cardboard. Next, add a hole punch to each side of your binoculars, adding a ribbon so that you can wear the binocular while you are exploring.

Craft #3: Rainy Day Clouds
Create a cloud using white construction paper and glue it to the top portion of your blue sky (construction paper). Glue cotton balls to your cloud to give it the soft fluffy look of a summer sky. Next, use your toilet paper rolls to create raindrops. Simply fold in your roll to create a oval or drop shape. Dip the oval in white and shades of blue paint to create different shapes and colors of rain.

Craft #4: Squid
Summertime is all about time spent in water and visiting the beach. What about creating your own sea creature with this adorable squid? This was Connor's favorite. Paint your squid whatever color you'd like (Connor picked pink; his current favorite color). Once the paint is dry, cut 6 (more or less is okay, too!) tentacles. Using whatever color you like, add the suction cup portion of the tentacles by dotting paint with a q-tip. Create a friendly face by adding eyes and a mouth.

Craft #5: Send Your Love
This craft is perfect for sending a little bit of Summer snail mail love to friends and family. I created cards by folding sheet of computer paper into fourths. Mold and fold your cardboard roll into the shape of a heart. To keep the shape, use a piece of tape to hold the top crease in place. Dip your heart into paint - red, pink, purple - and once dry, add a sweet message and then send your loved ones some hand-crafted love.


Speaking of family, when it comes to parenting, we want our kids to have fun, but we also pride ourselves in teaching our children to take care of their clothing and that means knowing that when play time is over there is still a need to look presentable. Clean clothes, free of stains, is definitely important to me. That's when I call on the all® free clear liquid detergent or free clear mighty pacs®. You know why? These products lets our son “live free” from bothersome allergies and I am “worry free” knowing that I’m using the #1 Recommended laundry detergent brand by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians for sensitive skin and allergy suffers.


Other benefits of using all® free clear include:
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Clinically proven to be gentle on the skin
  • Actually removes up to 99% of allergens!

What does that really mean for you and your family? It means if you’re allergic to trees, grass or dust like CJ, washing clothing you've worn outside or been given as a hand me down with all® will remove 99% of the most common allergens. Other allergens include: cats, dogs and ragweed. But since using all® free clear liquid detergent or free clear mighty pacs® we are able to finally live free from the irritants and allergens that can get in the way of having fun! While all® free clear is not intended to treat or prevent allergies, I feel comfortable knowing I'm washing our clothing, bedding and towels in detergent that helps minimize our contact with every day allergens. As always, be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging correctly when using your detergent.


We've made our crafts, we've visited Target to get our all® free clear liquid detergent and free clear mighty pacs® and now we are ready to tackle Summer. Are you ready? Be sure to put your empty toilet rolls to use and don't forget to protect your sensitive skin and allergies by picking up your bottle or two of all® free clear today. Join the all® free clear community and connect with families just like ours. 

Rewind Friday - The Best of Wife Mommy Me: Motherhood Edition

Happy Friday! I am really excited about today's post. Not only is it our first installment of the Rewind Friday series giving me the chance to share my favorite Wife Mommy Me posts but it also provides me with the opportunity to read some of your best work too. Be sure to link up your Rewind Friday posts below. We will be promoting the most clicked link in our party so make sure you mingle.

This month, I am going to focus my Rewind Friday on motherhood. My blog is very much a mom blog and with Mother's Day in May, I thought this would be the perfect time to share some of my most loved motherhood pieces.

Parenting 101: Never Say Never is my Mom confession of all I said I would never do but have done. It's easy to think you have it all figured out before having children. But there is nothing like motherhood to humble you and your expectations.

What I've Learned from Motherhood is nine simple lessons that I've been handed over the last 3 and half years. It's amazing how big the influence is of someone who depends on you to thrive. The biggest lesson I've learned has been that putting your needs to the side is never a sacrifice. It's done without thought. You would give anything to make your child's life extraordinary.

My Thoughts: One & Done still rings true as much as it did when I published this post in January of 2015. I love my family exactly how it is. Sure there are things we will never experience again nor experience for the first time but I wouldn't trade my family of 3 for a family of 4 or more. No way. I love my life with James and CJ. It's pure perfection. Most days.

Becoming a Confident Mother is something that I think resonates with so many Mommas. You go from being you, a single individual, to being someone's Momma, having someone totally, completely depending on you. You question your ability, your strengths, you common sense. But you grow and you learn and you embrace your motherhood. I'm still growing into my Mommy role. It's a process that will never stop.

10 Lessons Motherhood Has Taught Me is a raw and true collection of lessons that often times come across as smacks in the face, humbling moments and/or times of pure madness. Personal space and bathroom habits are mentioned and with each lesson learned, you slowly realize that you are truly at the mercy of your children. No matter how "together" you think you have it. You don't. I promise.

Motherhood has been such an amazing journey. Personally and for our family, we've experienced so much joy. It's amazing really want becoming a parent does to someone. I never pictured myself as a Mommy but here I am, thriving in my role, living every minute of it, the good and bad.

Now it's your turn. The link up is a chance for you to share your favorite overlooked content. Fresh eyes and new love on posts that you've poured your heart out on. Link up a collection of posts like mine or add a single post. It's up to you, no rules. Be sure to use hashtag #RewindFridayParty when sharing your posts so we can check it out. Grab my Rewind Friday button and join the party.
 
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