• 2016 Year in Review

    You guys, January isn’t getting off to a very good start as far as blogging going. I have every intention to blog and I have many posts semi ready to share, however, I just cant seem to make/find time do actually do it. So here we are.

    I thought I’d start with a quick 2016 recap.

    January we spent a lot of time inside because it was soo old outside! We we to Trav’s work dinner, so I had to go before hand to try on dresses and we spent time with friends. Oh, and worked out.

    February warmed up a little and we hit the park several times. I turned 33, We attended friend’s birthday parties, we grew grass just because we can, we did math and I won tickets to a Justin Bieber concert. (And Yes, I was super excited) #noshameinmygame

    March we headed to Grandpa’s house for a long weekend, saw a HUGE herd of elk along the way. We went fishing and enjoyed the sunshine, but didn’t really enjoy the crazy wind! We picked buttercups at Papa’s house, we celebrated Daddy’s birthday, celebrated Easter, and I took my niece to Justin Bieber. And yes, I took pictures of him shirtless. (See above hashtag.)

    In April we attended Zachary’s track meets, Summer and I had a girls weekend while the boys went to Montana, we spent a lot of time at the park, celebrated Zachary’s birthday, and went to a fun day at Daddy’s work.

    May was spent outside a lot! We played at the park with friends, lunch dates with friends, Tyler played T-ball, Zachary ran track, we sent birthday balloons to Grandma in heaven, celebrated Papa’s birthday, ran through the sprinklers and Tyler graduated preschool.

    June I got to have a girls night with my best friend, kid less, which never happens! We had a play date with cousins from Seattle, we picked strawberries, we finished up the school year, Summer caught her first fish, I made “best friend” shirts for Summer and I. We celebrated our bestie Haidyn’s birthday, Summer got her ears pierced, We celebrated father’s day, we had a huge storm make it’s way through and we watched my sweet niece Kaylee graduate from high school. We played outside on the slip n slide, saw Finding Dory, we swam in the river a ton, and had a big BBQ with our friends.

    July was spent almost entirely at the lake, river or pool. Sometimes with friends, always with family. We watched fireworks with our besties, celebrated a sweet girls first birthday, watched many beautiful sunsets, colored Zach’s hair green, went fishing, picked and canned an insane amount of cherries, went to the local theme park and took a fun ride on a boat with friends.

    August was another month outside. Lots of time at a beautiful lake, sprinklers and water fights in the back yard, we make bird feeders, we visited the sunflowers, went to the movies with friends, and spent a ton of time at the park. Tyler got to go to his Kindergarten open house and meet his teacher! Zach and I went to Watershed, which is a big Country music festival. We saw some of our favorites, like Chris Janson, Travis Tritt, Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Keith Urban. It was three days for of amazing music, fun food, rides and interesting people!

    September was another busy month. Zach started high school. Tyler started Kindergarten. Summer started preschool.

    That’s enough for any mom, right?

    We also celebrated Summer’s 4th birthday with a fun tea party full of fun girls. We finally got a new dishwasher after ours went belly up, so we changed out our stove and put in a new microwave while we were at it. We went to the fair, where we rode the rides, ate fun food and fed the animals. Plus, Tyler rode a sheep!

    In October Summer and I got to have another girls weekend while the boys went to Montana. (where they caught some huge fish!) Summer went on her first field trip to the pumpkin patch, then Tyler had his first field trip to the pumpkin patch. Zach went to his first high school dance and my little Batman and Cowgirl enjoyed Halloween. Tyler turned 6 and we celebrated by having an awesome Batman birthday party. No superhero party is complete with out capes and masks, right?

    In November Summer had career day where a Dr and Cop both came to speak in her class. She loved both and now wants to be both. Papa took Tyler to Dad’s and Donuts at school and taught Summer about birds. We did lots of crafts, celebrated Thanksgiving and Travis did a lot of fishing. He also found this awesome arrowhead! Plus the green in Zach’s hair is just about gone. (yeah, that is something to celebrate!)

    December was a cold month! We got a new fridge to match our other new appliances, we went to Tyler’s school friends birthday party, enjoyed Summer’s preschool Christmas concert, had a wonderful long weekend at Christmas and rung in the new year with friends.

    We had a wonderful year and I look forward to the amazing memories we are already making in 2017!

  • Fall; kids crafts; DIY; kids

    Fun Fall Activities with Pepperidge Farm Goldfish

    It is no secret that we are Goldfish cracker eaters in this house. So when I have a chance to combine them with Fun Fall Activities for the kids it makes for a happy family.

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    Because of the time of the year it felt obvious that we should make something geared toward Halloween. There are so many Fun Fall Activities that we could have made. I thought about making many different crafts. Maybe a spider out of an egg carton and pipe cleaners, or handprint Frankensteins, Tin can ghosts, but we decided on these fun popsicle stick spider webs.

    I ran to the store and grabbed our favorite snacks! Who doesn’t love Pepperidge Farm Goldfish? I actually don’t know anyone who doesn’t love them! And my kids will pick Goldfish crackers over just about any other option! And I love the new Goldfish Baked with Whole Grain.

    A few things I love about Goldfish crackers:

    1. Always Baked with Real Cheese
    2. No Artificial Flavors or Preservatives
    3. Colors Sourced from Plants, such annatto extracted from the reddish seeds of the Achiote Tree
    4. Baked with Whole Grain Cheddar has 12 g of WG per serving
    5. And ultimately, it is a snack I feel comfortable giving to my kids

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    Then we got to work on our fun fall activities, which was making a popsicle spider web.

    Of course, before hand I used my hot glue gun and put together the popsicle sticks because I didn’t want little hands touching the hot glue! But then it was all up to them. I made one and showed them how I was doing it then it was up to them how they wanted to make a spider web!

    All I used was some yarn, popsicle sticks and hot glue (not shown). Then if you want to add a spider to make it a little more fun, you’ll need one of those too!

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    Check out Tyler making his awesome spider web!

    We had a fun time full of smiles making our fun fall crafts and snacking on Goldfish Colors while we were at it!

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    I went and dug into our Halloween decorations and found these plastic spiders that were the perfect touch for our new creative spider webs!

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    What do you think? Is this a craft your kids would love?

    Visit the campaign landing page to get inspired and learn how to enter the Goldfish Tales promotion for a chance to win $1000 plus lots of other fun prizes!

  • JORD Wood Watches

    Recently I was approached about doing a review for JORD Wood Watches. I didn’t immediately say yes because I don’t typically wear a watch, but after looking at their website and all the watches, I realized that I needed one of these beauties in my life.

    But believe me, I was so excited to get the cool watch I chose in the mail.

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    I received a women’s watch from the Cora Series and got the Zebrawood and turquoise wooden watch.

    When it first came the box was so light that I was wondering if there was actually anything in it. Because these unique watches are so light weight it really did feel like I was holding an empty box, but when I opened it I found this amazing watch.

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    It might seem silly, but I love the way the watch opens and closes. There is a spot on each side that you press and it opens right up.

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    I really wasn’t sure how I would feel once I actually had the watch on, because like I said earlier, I don’t typically wear a watch. I haven’t worn one in years- But I love it. Because it is so light weight I don’t realize it is there most of the time. (No pun intended)

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    Luxury Wood Watch

    Want your very own JORD Wood Watch? Check out this contest where you can get a $75 e-voucher to shop!! All other entrants will get a $20 e-voucher just for entering! So whether you are looking for a men’s watch or a women’s watch, you can get the one that is perfect for you!

    Click here to enter!!!

    I was provided with a JORD Wood Watch for free to review, however, all opinions expressed are that of TheColbertClan alone. And a HUGE Thank You to JORD for letting me share this unique watch.

  • Summer’s Tea Party

    This past weekend my baby girl turned 4 years old. Yep, Summer is four years old and that called for a Tea Party with her friends.

    So we rounded up the best girlfriends a girl can have, and had some snacks, drinks and played some games.

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    Months ago I decided to have a Tea Party for Summer’s birthday. Of course, I turned to Pinterest because, obviously you can find everything there. And several weeks ago I started collecting things here and there to complete her party. Then I made her invites and got them into the mail.

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    Then this last week I was in Party mode to get things done and make it happen!

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    Thank goodness for my Cricut because I was able to make so much of my decorations with it! I made doily’s, a banner, photo booth props, tea hats, pieces for Pin the tea cup on the tea pot, it was awesome, I made so much of it myself and that always feels great!

    I am going to be sharing some individual posts on a few of the things I made over the next few days, so keep your eyes out for those too!

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    In the past I always attempt making my own cakes, and it never works as good as I hope for it to so this year I just bought a cake from a local box store. I struggled to find a teapot or something similar so I ended up going with this princess cake since it was gardeny and flowery and I went with it! Plus Summer loved it and that is really what matters.

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    I love my chalkboard wall. We never get tired of drawing on it!

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    Using the Home Made Sand from the other day we put it to good use and made fun sand bottles. I used a coffee bottle that I washing to fill with sand. The kids all loved it!

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    Then finally we did the photo booth all through out the party. It sort of got messed up because I planned to do the photo booth in my back yard with this beautiful wire chair my friend Kara lent me but it was pouring buckets and I had to set it up in my entry way instead! But it all worked out!

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    We really had the best day and Summer had so much fun! She loved seeing her friends, playing games, eating cake and getting some super fun gifts!

    Thank you to all of our friends that made this day possible for her! We love you!

  • Give Extra, Get Extra

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #GIVEEXTRAGETEXTRA #Walgreens #CollectiveBias

    Who likes to get things? I do! I love when a friend sees something that reminds them of me, or something we’ve done and grabs it for me. But you know what I love even more than that? Giving!

    I love finding little things that remind me of a friend of family member and grabbing it for them. Maybe it is something simple like a Daryl Dixon t-shirt for my sister, or making coffee mugs for my friends, I am always on the lookout for something fun to give.

    So I decided that I wanted to Give Extra, Get Extra!

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    I ran down to Walgreens and got some gum for me and one to giveaway. I grabbed two kinds:

    • Extra® Gum Spearmint
    • Extra® Gum Polar Ice®

    Both are kinds I already love and are classics, so I know my giveaway winner will feel the same! And I grabbed Extra because of the new Extra® 35-Stick pack. Who doesn’t love a bigger pack of gum? Another thing is that it now comes in a super durable recycled package which makes it easier to carry and share with a friend, keep in the car, or in your desk at work.

    I also wanted to make something that my winner will love too!

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    So I ran to the fabric store and grabbed a couple of fat quarters. I felt like I had this genius idea to make a carrying case for my gum.

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    I started out grabbing some lining and cutting my fabric to fit the lining.

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    And make sure the “good sides” of your fabric are facing each other. So you are looking at both of the “outsides” of the material.

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    Then I pinned some ribbon on the inside that will make a handle on the outside. Does that even make sense?

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    Then I sewed a line all the way around the edge of my material/liner.

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    Make sure you leave a small space to push the material through so it is right facing.

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    Then I folded up the bottom to make a pocket. I pinned it and then again sewed all the way around the edge to hold it together.

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    Now it is all together!

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    Give it a nice little iron to straighten it all out. I also used a piece of iron on Velcro to give it a way to latch together.

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    And Voila! You have yourself a fun little gum holder that can slide right on to the strap of your purse, or your gym bag, or your summer tote!

    The possibilities are endless what you can do with your Extra® Gum Spearmint! So who are you going to share yours with?