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Favorite Things {SIC Cup Edition}

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I love coming across awesome products. And these SIC cups from SIC – Seriously Ice Cold – are amazing. I have had my SIC cups for just a couple of weeks and I am obsessed. Zach asked if he could have one of them and I haven’t let him yet because I can’t decide which one I am willing to part with.

Anyone else out there like me with a cup obsession? If you do, try these SIC cups, you will not regret it and you’ll immediately have a new favorite cup. One of my favorite things about them is how long they keep things warm or cold. The last few weeks of soccer have been pretty brutal with how cold it was during practice and games. I loved that I poured hot tea into them before I leave the house and long after I get home my tea is still hot!

Since I most always have a cup of ice water near me I love that my 30 oz tumbler will keep ice for 24 hours! Luckily I haven’t had a reason to need ice in a cup for 24 hours yet, but I am thinking ahead to summer days at the lake with my ice cold cup of water while I am playing in the hot sun. (Yes, I know it is only November and I am dreaming of the hot sun… It is the only thing that will get me through the cold winter that is ahead of me! Guys, it is 18 degrees outside as I type this, so let a girl dream!)

These are the three that I have:

A 27 oz SIC Bottle, a 12 oz wine/coffee/cocktail cup and the 30 oz tumbler. Any guesses which is my favorite?

Check out my Instagram page where I will be sharing which cup is my favorite!

And how fun are these colors? Salmon, Seafoam blue and white. I love everything about them and I’m drooling over all the other fun colors!

Feel free to check them out the SIC cups in the Ihelpmoms Holiday Gift Guide as well —> HERE

A few of my favorite things about the SIC cups:

  • They stay super hot or super cold for ridiculous amount of hours! (24 hours ice cold is awesome!)
  • There are a ton of fun colors like salmon, orange, lemon and sea foam blue.
  • They fit in your cup holders – even the bigger cups!
  • Lifetime warranty – Do I even need to say more?
  • These cups don’t sweat!

Something else that I thought was cool is that these cups are powder coated, not painted. Which makes them less likely to scratch or chip. And the surface is perfect for putting a decal on…. I’m already trying to decide what I want to put on it!

Right now you can get a 15% discount on your own SIC cups by using code: ihelpmoms

So now that you have the code, which cup do you want to get? Leave me a comment below! 

 

10 Ways to get Mom Time during the Summer

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School is out, kids are home and your “mom time” just went out the door. Am I right?

Today I put together 10 Ways to get Mom Time during the Summer. I’ll be sharing everything from my Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® Coffee Drink 13.7 oz Single Serve item only (not available in 4-pack) to Bubble Baths. 
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I think sometimes people have a preconceived notion that because I am a stay at home mom it means I have all the down time in the world. I recently have a friend say to me, “I’d love a month of not doing anything.” when I said I was looking forward to summertime.  Now don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of time for sun bathing and binge watching my favorite shows, but I am running to swim lessons, play dates, sports and mall drop offs.

So having mom time has to be carved in just like the kid’s events. And that is why I wanted to share a little of what I am doing to share a little of what I am doing to still get some time to myself.

  1. Wake up Early
    Getting up early isn’t something I love to do. I consider myself an early bird but that is still 7 am. And getting up before my kids rarely happens. So I like to grab some coffee and head out to the back deck and enjoy a little bit of quiet before we start out day.
  2. Go for a Walk
    In one way I am pretty spoiled. With Zach being 15 now he has become a pretty reliable babysitting source. So it doesn’t take much for me to grab my shoes and head out on a walk. Which leads me to my next one….
  3. Go to an exercise class.
    Maybe you don’t have a built in teenage babysitter, but even if you don’t, recruit a friend to watch the kids for an hour so you can hit the elliptical or do some Zumba.  Still not workable? Grab an exercise DVD and hide in your room to do it!
  4. Get yourself an Adult Coloring Book.
    I won’t lie, I am not a good colorer. I don’t stay in the lines well. But I was surprised at how relaxing is was. You could even print off some pages from online and enjoy the time.
  5. Read a book or magazine.
    I’ve always been a reader. I got that from my mom and ever since I was a kid, reading is something I have done a lot of. This year is the first year I have actually set a goal for myself, which was 30 books. And so far I have done pretty well, despite an couple of them dragging on and on.
  6. Relax in the sunshine.
    Nothing makes me happier than a beautiful day full of sunshine. And taking my current book and a blanket out to relax in the sun is one of my all time favorite things to do.
  7. Put on your favorite music.
    Lounging in the sun, hanging out at the river…. it all goes hand in hand with music. Turn it up and belt out those tunes.
  8. Spa Day.
    To me a spa day doesn’t have to mean some expensive, fancy place. For me it means relaxing, getting my nails done, toes painted, a facial… All things I can do in the comfort of my own home.
  9. Bubble Bath.
    I am not really a bath person. Maybe because growing up we never had a bath tub, only a shower. But every so often a bath just sounds so nice and relaxing. And it is always accompanied by my current book.
  10. Schedule some girl time.
    Grab your bestie and hit up a current chick flick, or have a coffee date. When it comes to you and your best friend I’m sure it doesn’t take a lot to have a fun and relaxing time. It is great to have play dates and all but don’t forget adult time too!

One sure way for me to relax is to grab a nice cold drink and sit back for a few minutes. Luckily I can get the new Starbucks® Bottled Dulce de Leche Frappuccino® Coffee Drinks at Walmart and they are the perfect size. These single serve drinks are perfect for our on the go nature, ready for me to drink right from the bottle with the pop of a cap and come in other flavors.

Also if you Buy 3 Ready to Drink products get 35 stars, which if you are a Starbucks Rewards member you know how fast those stars can add up and that makes for more Mom Time!

What are your favorite ways to sneak in Mom Time during the Summer when your kids are home?

Showing our Appreciation with a DIY Glitter Dipped Mug

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The school year’s end is right around the corner. But before that can wrap up we need to share our appreciation for the school staff. Our school’s Staff Appreciation week is coming up and I wanted to find something fun for Tyler’s teacher. For me, there is nothing better than coffee so I basically always include it in some way when I am giving gifts.

Tyler’s teacher is really fun and outgoing and I remember her saying once that her family loves to camp. So I immediately thought of a glitter dipped mug and coffee as part of her gift.

I headed to the store to get a few things, but before that I ran to Safeway to grab a bag of Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast. It is my favorite roast and I love to share it!

  • One of my favorite things about Starbucks is how giving they are.
  • For every bag of Starbucks® 10-12z & 20z Ground or Whole Bean coffee purchased at participating Albertsons Company stores in the U.S. from May 1st through May 28, Starbucks provides one disease-resistant coffee tree to a farmer in Mexico, Guatemala or El Salvador,
  • Starbucks® will donate 70¢ to Conservation International for every bag of coffee sold at participating Albertsons Company stores in the U.S. from May 1st through May 28 to foster thriving coffee communities.
  • To learn more, visit conservation.org/onetree.

Check out the special Starbucks “One Tree One Bag” commitment display in the coffee aisle!

I have only made glitter dipped cups/mugs a couple of times before, but they are super easy and add a touch of fun to your cup!

  1. Take some painters tape and tape around your clean, dry cup. (Make sure it’s even!)
  2. Use a decoupage glue and a foam brush and paint the glue on the area your glitter will be.
  3. Quickly sprinkle on the glitter. I used two paper bowls and held my cup over one bowl and poured the glitter from the second bowl. I turned the cup as I poured to make sure everything was covered.
  4. Wait about 15 minutes and sponge another layer of decoupage on the glitter. You don’t want to “paint” this layer on but just lightly sponge it. If you need to add another layer of glitter you’ll do it now. Wait another 15 minutes and sponge on more decoupage.
  5. Wait another 15 minutes and carefully peel off the painter’s tape.
  6. You want to wait several hours to let the glue completely dry before touching.

After I had let my mug completely dry I added the cute little decal I made for it.

Now our fun mug is all ready for staff appreciation week and ready to be full of a delicious cup of Starbucks® Pike Place® Roast.

I am hoping our teacher is a “Happy Camper” when she gets this fun gift!


What are some of your favorite ways to celebrate the staff at your local school?

Delicious Crock pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

It is a rainy day here in the Pacific NorthWest and sometimes I might complain about that but not today. Today I am grateful for this rain and watching is wash away some of this insane snow we have had that doesn’t want to go away!

That is why today I wanted to share this Crock pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole with you.

It is so easy to make and it is a perfect warm meal to have on a cooler rainy day.

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The ingredients are few, which I love, and with in just a few hours you’ll have a yummy dinner.

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I started with spraying the inside of the crockpot with non stick cooking spray and cover the bottom with tater tots.

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Add half of the bacon bits

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Then a layer of cheese.

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Now add in your diced chicken

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Next you’ll add another layer of cheese and then tater tots

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Add the rest of the bacon bits

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And top with cheese.

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Turn on the crockpot and let it cook!

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Then enjoy every last bite!

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  • 1 32 oz. bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 3 oz. bag bacon pieces
  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • salt & pepper
  1. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray
  2. Cover the bottom of the crockpot with tater tots
  3. Sprinkle with half of the bacon bits
  4. Top with a layer of the shredded cheese
  5. Add diced chicken on top
  6. Layer of shredded cheese
  7. Top with the rest of the tater tots
  8. Add the last of the bacon bits and shredded cheese
  9. Pour milk over the top.
  10. Cover and cook on low about 4 hours.

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We are tater tot casserole lovers but this was really a fun change from how I normally make it with hamburger!

Have you ever had this? Did your family love it as much as mine?

American Girl Doll Closet

There was a time when my life only knew boys. I had two sons and we didn’t find out what we were having with baby number 3. We were going to be done after 3 no matter if we had a girl or a boy and while I was secretly thinking I was having a girl I told everyone I thought I was having a boy. I think I was trying to convince myself I was having a boy so that when I had another boy, I was mentally prepared.

I wasn’t sure if a girl was in my future. But luckily that day I had Summer my life changed for the good. There are so many fun things I get to do with Summer, like painting our nails, doing fun hair styles and playing with dolls.

For Christmas, Reese joined our family. Summer was so excited to get Reese and plays with her every single day. She has lots of clothes for her, but that hasn’t stopped me from buying more fabric than I need to make matching outfits for Summer and Reese.

It has also opened up so many opportunities to make fun things like this doll closet.

It couldn’t have been easier. I bought one of these crates for $10, a rod for .29 and the plank for $2. And I also just used some paint that I already had from DecoArt and some hot glue!

Because it was a little rough I did use a piece of sand paper to sand down my box a little, but it only took a few minutes.

These were Summer’s paint choices! Bubblegum and Purple Cow!

She wanted the inside to be pink, so that is just what we did!

Then the outside was purple! And I used a glossy clear coat to give it a shine!

I cut a couple pieces of the peg off and painted them pink, and one longer piece purple. Then, using the hot glue I put the “rod” in to hang the hangers on, and the smaller pegs I used to prop up the board on the side for a shelf.

I’m thinking of grabbing another piece of wood to put up above the rod because that might be a better place for the shoes to go. What do you think?

Look how happy this girl is to have Reese’s closet finished? She was so in love!

I also grabbed this mirror from the dollar store. It has the suction cups on the back, but I just filled them with hot glue and stuck it on!

I have so many more projects that I want to do for Reese and Summer. What would you like to see me make?