Thursday, March 31, 2016

Monthly Moments :: March

Happy Friday Eve! Happy last day of March. How is it possible that the first quarter of the year has come and gone? While I wish time wasn't going by so dang fast, I'm lovin' the idea of warmer temperatures, days outdoors, going on family adventures and just being outside. Winter has token it's toll on us and I know we will use and abuse the sunny days coming our way. It's time for March's Monthly Moments so enough weather talk, here is some fun we had this month.


Here are a handful of my favorite photos that we snapped in March.

I discovered our water bead collection and Connor earned himself 2 hours (!!!!) of water bead play. 

Brushing his teeth by himself reminds me that babies don't keep. 

3 year old old boredom buster while waiting for the ENT? Selfies.

Someone is awfully proud of himself for climbing "Lookout Tower" at the arboretum. 

Over the hills and throw the woods to Mammaw and Pappaw's we go.

Decorating Easter Cookie with "Cousin Jesup". 

These two. So much personality. 

I'm an oily Momma and I'm not one big sad about it. I use it on all the things. Details coming soon!

When looking back through my camera roll, I'm quickly reminded of how fun life is with my tribe, my people. Life is so good with these people.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Reading Wednesday - March 2016

For Reading Wednesday this month, I have two new books to share with you. I had planned to read and share with you "To Know You" but I didn't finish in time to share a review in today's post. I have book club this evening to discuss it so I hope to have it finished by then. Fingers crossed! Today, I'm going to share my reviews of "Room" and "The Nightingale". The latter is actually my book club pick for April so I'm ahead for April but behind for March. Go figure. Here are this month's book reviews.

My Personal Pick
Room by Emma Donoghue
To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.


My Review
When I shared a photo of this book on Instagram I had so much feedback on how amazing this read was so I high expectations. I have to admit, I was not let down. I was a bit thrown off at first because the book is in Jack's point of view but the more I read, the more I was accustomed to his unique way of thinking. As someone who is a fan of real life thriller stories, this one was a bit too close to home in the sense that as a mother, I would do and give anything to protect my child. No spoilers here but Mommas, this one will hit you hard. The ending was just as I had hoped once the story picked up the pace. As soon as I finished the book, I rented the movie and all I can say is Ma was portrayed beautifully.

My Book Club Pick
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
 In love we find out who we want to be.
In war we find out who we are.


FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France...but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can...completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real--and deadly--consequences.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France--a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.


My Review
Two things -- one) I am falling in love with books based on historical events and two) I am totally completely head over heels fan-girling over Hannah. Between her and Jojo Moyes, I'm beginning to discover that once you find a good writer who has written a ton of books, you'll never not have a book to read and love. 

But about the book. Clearly from the above statement I was a fan. The story line was captivating, the characters left footprints on my heart and I cried more times than not as I read about love, loss, war, triumph. This book was hard to put down and each time I did have to stop reading, I found myself thinking and pondering on what I had read and what might happen next. You can "see" the story unfolding very clearly in your mind's eye. I've learned so much historically from this one WWII novel that I recently added a handful of other historical novels to my to-read list. I am truly hooked!


For March, I will be reading The Mapmakers' Children by Sarah McCoy (Personal Pick)
and To Know You by Shannon Ethridge (March's Book Club Pick).

Now it's your turn to share what you've been reading. Add our button to your book themed post and linkup your book reviews and list. You have until April 26 to add your March reads to this linkup.


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Declutter Your Home Printable Checklist

Spring has finally showed up here in the Midwest. Just last week we had snow flurries in the forecast but luckily the sun is shining more and warmer temps are on their way. Having been home more than usual this winter thanks to illness after illness, I have the inch to give our home a much needed deep cleaning. I would love to just toss everything but the Mister isn't down with that so I'll stick to decluttering. With the bulk of the holidays and special occasions behind us, it's time to focus on purging our home of the extra we have.


A cleaning list that involves your entire home can be overwhelming. Where do you start? If you are like me and stay home with your little one, it's tough to do it all in a day so I broke our home into rooms and then rooms into areas. It's much more sensible for me to focus an hour or two (if I'm lucky!) on a particular task or project and being able to complete it in one afternoon instead of having multiple tasks started but none close to being finished.

And let's be honest, while I'm busying cleaning out the fridge, my little guy is busy tearing about the living room. You win some, you lose some! And as long as I have my boy at home, this is going to be the case. But knowing that I've checked one chore off my list on a daily basis gives me such a since of accomplishment. While it may not seem like much on day 1, after 30 days of completely one core a day, you will be so proud of the progress you've made.

Are you struggling as to where to start? Here is my checklist that allows you to break each room into sections, giving you the ability to declutter your home in just 30 days with just one chore a day.


Many of these areas can be decluttered, organized and cleaned in 30 minutes or less. I'm looking at your spice cabinet, craft supplies and entry way. And if you schedule a 30 day declutter every 3-5 months, you'll soon discover that the tasks get easier and completed quicker because you haven't been neglecting rooms in your home for months on end. I usually declutter 3 times a year -- January, April, September.

When was the last time you focused on removing the extra stuff from your home? If you need a starting point, print off my checklist by following this link, pick a room and start tossing. You will be so happy you did when you discover how freeing it is to live more with less!
Erinn @ Strawberry Swing & Other Things - Pantry Organization  

The ladies and I have teamed up for a Spring Cleaning giveaway you don't want to miss out on. Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter to win one of 4 Mrs. Meyer’s Variety Gift Buckets. Is that not the best gift to kick-off a cleaner home this Spring and Summer? Good luck! 

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter 2016 Recap

What an Easter we had! I shared last week that I was hosted dinner for the first time ever and I am thrilled to report that it went well, no one was poisoned by my cooking and everyone left our home with happy hearts and full bellies. Because hosting was such a big deal to me this year, I wanted to take some time and recap the fun we had. 


Saturday we attended Easter service at church. While I really really wanted to attend church on Sunday morning, I was worried that we would be cutting our time short to prepare dinner so we opted for the 6:30 night service. As always, I loved the message our pastor delivered and was again reminded of how good our God is and how faithful Christ is. 

Sunday morning was go time! I stuck to a really simple menu. I could have spent much more time in the kitchen making Pinterest worthy meals but instead, I made what I know and love and like I said, everyone who came hungry left full. In case you were curious as to what a simple menu is for me, here it is. Take in consideration I'm a really picky eater. Appetizers where deviled eggs and a cheese/meat tray with crackers along with a side salad. Our main dish was of course oven baked ham, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, green beans and corn with rolls. Remember I said simple! 

Connor loved his Easter basket! I think it's safe to say that his My Little Pony was the highlight of his day. I tried to keep his basket reasonable this year but in true Stephanie fashion, I just kept adding goodies to it. I love how grown up his basket is this year. If you know our little guy, you know it screams all things Connor. Even if it includes a pony.


CJ was the lucky recipient of a toddler Bible, a sketch book, a travel book with crayons, Batman plate with a fork and spoon set, Mudding Blazer, AppleJack pony, a new bank, new figurines (finally Superman!!, a 24 piece puzzle and Paw Patrol and Inside Out travel packs. So much for going light, right? I will say that the bulk of his treats came from the Target Dollar Spot, even his basket. And did you notice that his basket was candy/sugar free? I'm really working hard on removing the extra junk from his diet. #momwin #Connorloss  

We indulged too much, caught up with family, played games, made memories. All in all, it was a fabulous Easter spent with family! I hope you had a blessed Easter weekend, too, friends!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Dr. Seuss's ABC -- Game and Letter Match

Connor has been in school 2 days a week since November. I am so impressed with how much he has picked up just going those 3 hours a day twice a week. One area that I've notice he still struggles with is the ability to tell me what lower cases letters are which. He has the easy ones down, you know the ones that look the same "big" or "little"? So while he knows a good chunk of them, I wanted to see if we could focus on learning all 26. With that in mind, I went to the Doc himself for some inspiration.


We've been doing themed lessons for 2 months now at home so Connor knows that we will read a book, do a craft of some sort and play a game or watch a movie. This month I picked hands-on activity so that CJ could really see the difference in letters and pick a few more along the way. First up, we went fishing for letters!

 

Thanks to The Kindergarten Connection I found a fishing for letters game and was able to really excite Connor as fishing has been a huge interest of his lately. You print off the capital letters and hide them in the "sea". I used poms poms. Then the kiddos fish (search) for the letters and match them to their lower case and color the bubble in. I suggest laminating your fish cards so you can use them again and again.

Next, I took the foam ABC's (as seen in my very first photo) and hid them throughout the main floor of our home. I then asked Connor to find the letters and match them with it's lower case partner. This was a huge hit as he loves running around the house. And for once he was allowed to! Some times he would struggle but in about 45 minutes, we had worked our way though the entire alphabet.

Teaching a little one is no east feat. I've focused on simple areas that I want Connor to be completely proficient in before heading to 4yo preschool in the Fall. Thanks to these activities over the last month, he now knows the letters C, F, I, J, K, M, O, P, S, T, W, X, Z, Next, I want to tackle his use of scissors and holding the pencil/crayon the proper way. Do you have any suggestion for us?

Find more "If You Give a Moose"activities, recipes, crafts and more over at Raising Fairies and Knights.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Happy FOURTH Wife Mommy Me!

Happy FOURTH Blogiversary, sweet little blog of mine! 

Never in a million years did I think I would be celebrating four year of blogging but here we are! Over the last four years, we've shared with you the highs and lows of our life. We've celebrated with you. We've grown together and will continue to do so. I never imagined myself as a stay at home Mom/blogger but here I am. Not only am I both but I'm pretty comfortable with both titles. Heck, sometimes blogger is easier than Momma.

Because I love giving back to others, celebrating with those that are important to me, I have a blogiversary giveaway for you today. To tell you thank you for supporting me as a wife, mom and blogger. For reading my words. For lending a shoulder for support. For joining us as we survive parenthood. For lovin' Connor the way we do. So THANK YOU! Four years has gone by so quickly... I can't imagine where we will be in the next four!


One lucky reader is going to walk away with a collection of gift cards to spend on whatever they wish. $10 to each of the following stores/online shops -- Target, Starbucks, Amazon and Paypal. 4 gifts cards totally $40 in honor of Wife Mommy Me turning 4! Winner will be announced on the 31st via email. GOOD LUCK! 

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Spring Snail Mail Exchange - Announcement & Sign-up

Confession: I am the only one in our household that's "allowed" to check our mailbox. The Mister knows that checking the mail is often the highlight of my day. #sadbuttrue If there is one thing that really gets me is excited is discovering fun snail mail waiting for me. Whether it's a quick note, a postcard or a small package, I love the surprise of finding something other than bills and junk in our mailbox. You can't enough imagine the amount of happy I am during the Christmas holiday because of the constant parade of holiday cards we receive. Because I can't be the only one that loves sending and receiving snail mail, today I'm kicking off my first ever snail mail exchange.


The idea is pretty self explanatory and I really hope you will join me in this fun exchange but let me dish out the details. For the next 3 months, you and your partner will mail each other HANDWRITTEN snail mail twice a month for a total of 6 letters at the end of the quarter (June). Did you get that? Handwritten... so no typing your letters up in Word, folks! Also, no large packages, just simple letters, postcards and/ore greeting cards. Think of your letters as a little bit of sunshine via the post office. You never know when a positive note or word of encouragement is needed in someone's life. Your snail mail could be that in someone's day.

You can send small tokens of friendship with your letter but the idea is to go old-school and if it can't fit in a small envelope, then it's too big and not what I have in mind. There will be 6 writing prompts provided to help get the thoughts flowing - the first will be a Q&A that you'll both answer and share with each other. This Q&A will give you a brief rundown on the person you will be corresponding with this Spring. If you are a blogger, at the end of the quarter, I'd love for you to do a partnered post sharing your experience with the exchange (details on that will be sent later!) So to recap the exchange:

  • From April 1st to June 22nd you'll be partnered with 1 person to exchange letters with
  • 6 letters (postcards, cards or small envelope) will be sent total - 3 to you and 3 from you
  • At the end of the quarter, bloggers will combine forces and create a post to recap their Spring Snail Mail experience
  • Share the fun of the exchange by using the hashtag #WMMSnailMail on social media


I can't wait to kick off the exchange with you on April 1st.
To sign up, just complete this Google doc form.
If you have any questions please reach out to me by email - sacox65@gmail.com.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Beginner's Guide to Easter Dinner

Thank you to Evite for kindly sponsoring this post. #LifesBetterTogether @Evite
All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.

On Easter Sunday, I will be hosting my first ever holiday dinner. To say I'm a bit overwhelmed by the idea is a huge understatement. After attending church Sunday, we will host dinner for my brother-in-law and his family, making our dinner party a party of 8. Seeing as this is my first Easter dinner to prepare, I've decided to make the most of it and really go out! I want to be sure to do it right so that it's one that we can look back on fondly. Because I can't be the only one hosting a holiday party for the first time this season, I thought I'd share my check-list with you in hopes that it helps you along the way.


Stephanie's Check List for a Fool Proof Easter Dinner 
 
1. Send the invite for your party 2-3 weeks beforehand. You want to give your family and friends plenty of time to RSVP. My go to way to send invites is to use Evite. I've been using the online company for birthdays, holiday parties, thank you notes and just because notes since discovering the site in 2013. Evite has everything you are looking for -- free and premium options that you can personalize with your own photos and designs. Invites are sent directly to your guest via their email address. Evite's user-friendly site also allows you to see who has RSVP, making the next steps in your party planning easier. Here is a few of my favorites from their Easter collection.

 


2. Once you have our finally head count, it's time to plan your meal. For 8-10 people it's safe to say that you will need the following items for your dinner party: 5-8 pounds of ham (with extra for leftovers), 2 appetizers, 1 salad, 2 starchy sides, 2 veggie sides, 2 desserts and 4 bottles of wine. If you are uncertain as to what to make for the dinner, visit Pinterest or ask for suggestions from those that have hosted family dinners in previous years. There are plenty of ideas and options out there if you do a bit of research. 

3. Have fun with your decorations. I love decorating for the holidays so I tend to go overboard a bit. Decorating for each holiday doesn't have to break the bank, either. I find most of my decor at Hobby Lobby, Kirkland's and Target. In addition to decorating, I'll add fresh flowers to our dining room table along with our entry table. I love the flowers that available this time of year. Calla Lilly and Lilacs are my favorite.

4. Plan games or crafts for your littlest guests. Connor is the baby of the family but at almost 3 1/2 he loves playing games or putting together a craft with his grandparents, uncles and cousins. Because cooking and hosting takes a lot of energy, think small when it comes to entertainment. A simple Easter egg hunt is always a hit or you can do this easy fingerprint cross activity. If a hunt and craft aren't enough, try playing board games. A little bit of friendly competition is always fun in our household.  

Opening up our home and hosting parties is something that I love doing. Being able to share the holiday with our family in our home is something that I've been wanting to do for a while. 

What are you Easter plans? Are you hosting or visiting family for the holiday? However you are spending it, I wish you a Happy Easter! 

A little Easter through back to last year. I can't believe how big he is now compared to just a year ago.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Target Dollar Spot -- Spring Finds

When it comes to Target, I have no control. It's sad but true and something that I'm not one single bit willing to change. I have this all or nothing mentality when shopping. Either I buy everything that my little heart desires or I don't visit the store at all. Just recently I went in and spent only $37 and felt like this should have been news worthy. But when shopping for this month's $10 at Target goodies, I was really torn. I wanted everything that the Dollar Spot offered. I dug deep and found a bit of self-control and stuck to the $10 spending limit. Here is what I came away with this month.


My Target had the best Spring goodies this time around. I've learned that to score the "good stuff" before it's totally picked over is that you have to shop for the new season the day after the holiday. I usually shop it first thing in the morning. I've been known to shop the bins WHILE they are stocking the shelves. There is really no shame in my Dollar Spot game.

But back to this months items. I scored a feather banner with colorful tips, more thank you cards because I use them nearly every week, a new to do list pad because nothing gets done in my world if I don't write it down, pencils because they are fun and mini clips for an upcoming craft idea I have. I was able to stay within my $10 budget but that doesn't mean I stopped there. I went back later in the week and picked up some other Spring/Easter goodies.

What did you score from Target this month? Any sweet deals or great clearance finds? Be sure to link-up with us this month and share your $10 or less finds. 



Friday, March 18, 2016

Blogger Love Vol. 2

Good morning friends! What a week it's been. From every day things to school to play dates to doctors visits and everything in between, this has been one jammed packed week. But enough talk about how busy we are. I want to share with you a handful of must read posts from this week.


STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE MUFFINS shared by Macke Monologues
You can never go wrong with one of Desiree's recipes. I've made nearly every pastry she has shared and each one is delicious. I can't want to add them to our list of "to bake". I love trying to bake on the weekends and this are going to be added to our rotation.

OUR MELISSA & DOUG FAVORITES by Work it Mommy
We are hug fans of Melissa & Doug. I think it's safe to say we have every. single. one. of their puzzles. Whitney's list includes items for boys and girls and would make great additions to your little ones Easter basket. Speaking of, I need to finish Connor's before next weekend.

HOW TO MAKE ST. PATRICK'S DAY RAINBOW RICE from Sweet Turtle Soup
Even though St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, this post and recipe is still useful of us mommas looking for a great way to make colored rice for crafts, activities and sensory bins. The best part? You probably have every ingredient needed on hand already.

THE BEST LOADED POTATO DIP made by Our Pretty Little Girls
Dear Beth, you aren't helping my diet. This dip looks to die for. I'm hosting a Bunco night in April and this would be a great addition to the menu. Made with just a handful of ingredients, I think I could pull this one off.

LUCKY TO HAVE YOU shared by Polka-Dotty Place
Again, I know St. Patrick's Day was yesterday but I adore this simple craft idea from Whitney and her sweet baby girl Olive. I think this could be snail mail sent out anytime in the spring. Family and friends would love to discover something other than bills or junk in their mailbox. And it's a easy enough craft that you could tackle it in a single afternoon. 

What post inspired you this week?
Enjoy your weekend, friends!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday Thoughts

You know the nights when you lay in bed and just think? Your mind is going, going, going and you can't turn it off. That's been me this week. I don't know what's happened but I can't seem to find the off switch. That being the case, Thoughts on Thursday is going to be all kinds of here and there today. You've been warned.

 ... I have to take my car into the shop this morning. I shared a bit about this on IG over the weekend but during a routine oil change, the mechanic discovered I have a HUGE oil leak. My entire engine is covered in oil and I've noticed oil residue where I park, too. While I love my car (it's the first one I've ever had in my name), it's been one thing after another with it. This is the 2 second time it's been in the shop and I've had more than a handful of recalls on it. I'm just praying that it's something simple and doesn't require us to mortgage our home to pay for the repairs.

... Connor had his ENT visit on Tuesday. The verdict? He DOES NOT need surgery!! Praise Jesus! I couldn't even handle the idea of surgery. But we have decided to work on some other things --- aka his desire to not sleep! The ENT asked questions which lead to us talking about how CJ doesn't do well with sleep, never has really. So we are going to be slowly cut sugar out of his diet because we think maybe that's the reason he can't sleep. Did you know a 1/4 of a cup of raisins has 24 grams of sugar?!? And because he drinks Vanilla Almond Milk, he gets 15 grams just a single serving. So now I get to be the "mean" Mommy and cut out sugar where I can and find new foods and snacks that aren't ridden with sugar.

... In the Fall, which is just 5 months away for us (school starts in August for C), we will have something every morning expect for Thursdays. Connor will be attending school M/W/F and we have MOPS on Tuesdays. I'm moving into a new leadership role in the Fall and I believe I'll have a bit more responsibilities with that change. I'm going to have to find a new balance that allows me to manage it all. I can't image doing it all and working like some of you working mamas do it. I know you do what you have to but I am already tired thinking of all that we will have going on in your lives in a few short months.

... We took Connor voting with us on this week in the primaries and I experienced such a feeling of pride when he wished me luck with my pick. While I'm never one to talk politics, I loved having Connor with us when we voted on Tuesday. I want him to always know that his voice matters. That while it may just be one voice when paired with others of like mind, it can be powerful.

...  My .com is due to be renewed in April and I think I have it squared away but because Google is IMPOSSIBLE to work with or understand, there's a very good chance I may disappear sometime next month. This makes it all the more important for me to figure out the easiest way to move from Blogger to WordPress. While Beth is a boss and did it herself, I think I'm going to have to pay someone to do it for me. I can only imagine the stress I'll experience trying to be techy. Because I'm not. But the price tag associated with moving domains is hefty and I'm cheap.

... I've been working on something BIG and can't wait to share it with you, my family and friends. We are still figuring out all the details but I'm hoping to have everything together and in place by April 1st. While I mentioned that life is going to get crazy this Fall, when this news drops, I'll hopefully experience a bit of craziness now. I guess it's safe to say I don't know how or when to just say no or leave things be.

What's going on in your world? Please tell me I'm not the only one with a full plate! I often feels like I'm running on fumes but I couldn't image it any other (chaotic, caffeine fulled) way.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Favorite Fonts -- Spring Edition

The official start to Spring is just days away. With that in mind, I thought today would be the perfect chance to introduce you to my favorite Spring time fonts. The best part? Each is a FREE download. Check out my suggestions and download a few (or all) and add a bit of Spring to your blog design or photos.



Downloading is super easy, too! Follow the links above to download. Save to your computer. Once you've downloaded your choices, you'll need to restart your computer. Once we restart you can instantly put these pretty script fonts to use on your blog and images. Additionally, what I love about adding new fonts to my collection is that they work in Word and PicMonkey, which are my top two (free) blogger tools.


Which is your favorite? I'm partial to Lilly Belle and Stackyard. Happy downloading, font lovers!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Ultimate Road Trip Basket

With warm temps on the way, it's the perfect time to plan road trips to visit family and friends. Just this past weekend, we drove an hour or so to spend time with friends up north. As always the company was well worth the drive. Not to mention, the weather was perfect, making travel careful and easy. We have plans to travel a bit this month and next and before we hit the road, we will putting together an ultimate road trip basket.


Between stopping for gas or to potty, road trips can start to get really boring really fast. I love to stock up on snacks and essentials so that we can travel a bit easier. When it comes to taking a trip, I'm one of those "need to plan ahead" type of people. I don't like to get on the road and worry about whether we might have any car problems or worse yet, run out of snacks before we reach our destination. Here are my must have road trip essentials:
  1. Snacks like chips, trail mix and chocolate
  2. Wet wipes for both you and the littles
  3. Caffeine for when you need a mid-trip pick me up
  4. Hand sanitizer for when the restroom is out of soap (this has happened far too many time to us!)
  5. Gum and candy to share
  6. Hand lotion to keep your hands for getting dry from the harsh restroom soaps
  7. Magazines to keep you busy for a bit (HGTV is my #1 suggestion!)

Some other items you can add to your kit are tissues, napkins, aspirin, small first aid kit, sunblock, small garbage bag for trash and bottles of water. I often pack a small backpack for Connor with his snacks, a drink cup and a change of clothes. And you can't forget to charge your electronics before hitting the road and be sure to bring your car chargers, too. Those suckers aren't cheap when you have to purchase them on the go.

I can't wait to hit the road this Spring with my guys. Connor has grown so much since we moved back home, I feel like traveling with him is going to go a bit smoother than previous years. Putting together a road trip basket is a sure way to make traveling with little ones a bit easier! Safe travels, friends!


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Monday, March 14, 2016

The Mommylogue Series - A Guest Post

Good morning friends! Today's post is going to be short and sweet on my end. Today I'm taking over The Mommylogues Series hosted by Whitney of Work it Mommy. Head over to Whitney's blog for my full post but here is a sneak peak of what I'm sharing...

So as we raise Connor, my husband and I repeat this one mantra over and over again: Take It One Day At A Time. We have to remind ourselves that as adults we are still learning and so is our son. We are learning to enjoy life together, to embrace the teachable moments and to pray through the tantrums.

... head over to read more ...

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