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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Instagram Wednesday! Come join the fun.

Instagram is one of my favorite social media sites. I love how you can tell a story just from one picture. Here are some of my photos from this week. Come join me in the fun and follow me on Instagram. Make sure to let me know so I can follow back :)




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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

DIY Sail Boat

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#WhereFunBegins #CollectiveBias



With school ending this week for Luke and next week for Nolan means summer will be in full force and having the kids home all day, every day, can sometimes get overwhelming. I have found over the past few summers that making fun DIYs and spending time at the park and pool are a great way to keep the kids occupied and keep me from going insane. 

This summer I plan on trying to go a little more green in my DIY projects and use products that I already have or even products that would typically be thrown in the trash. Being that my children love SunnyD and drink it on a daily basis I had tons of empty SunnyD bottles left over to play with. Knowing that once this rain stops (I'm so over the rain) and the sun comes out we will be heading to the pool with the kids I decided to make some fun DIY Sail Boats.

Making these sail boats were fun, simple and easy to get the kids involved. With just a few simple ingredients (as if we were baking) you are on your way to having fun, keeping the kids busy and adding a little competition to your next pool visit. 


What you will need: 
  1. Empty, rinsed SunnyD bottles
  2. Hot Glue gun.
  3. Baking sticks (I had some left over from some pops I had made.)
  4. Scrapbook paper
  5. Scissors
  6. Spray adhesive (optional)
  7. Glitter (optional) 
  8. Paint
How to make your sail boats: 

  • First take your rinsed out SunnyD bottle and cut right down the middle. 
  • Paint the outside of your bottle any fun color/colors that you want. In this case I went with blue. 
  • Cut and hot glue your sticks, cut out paper as you wish for your sail boats. 
  • Let paint dry before spraying on your adhesive and adding your glitter (if you use glitter like I did) 

You are now ready to go to the pool and have a little extra fun with the kids. I also decided to use the extra left over SunnyD bottles and make some cute Crayon Holders.


After cutting the tops off of the bottle I took some left over ribbon I had from making bows for Ryan, wrapped it around, hot glueing as I went and voila. Simple and easy.

I picked up my SunnyD while shopping at Sam's. My boys love it so much and I love the roll back prices on their 24 pack that Sam's offers me. You can find yours on the end cap in the refrigerated section of the store.

I hope you have a chance to make these fun DIY projects this summer and have some unapologetically fun with SunnyD.

Leave me a comment below on your favorite summer DIY project to do with the kids. I'm always looking for more fun things to try.




Friday, May 15, 2015

To the SISTER you are.

Dear Sister,

I've been meaning to sit down and write this letter for some time now. My heart is full of joy and love for you as my SISTER even though we may not be related. Yes our husbands grew up together and technically we are sisters by marriage but you have become so much more. I know this may be a corny thing to write but I feel the need to write it all out.

Growing up with two brothers, one younger and one older, I never knew what it was like to have a sister.

We first meet on odd circumstances with me jumping into our family in a blink of an eye. We had to learn how we worked together and I had to learn your ways, your moods and your just get it done attitude. Although you're strong headed and I more free spirited over the years those two things seemed to click and I feel as if you have been here my whole life.

I can talk to you about everything and anything and not feel judged. I can tell you things and know that it will be between us and of course our husbands. Nothing gets past those crazy men.

NO we may not agree on everything but that's ok because I know we know we love each other. Who agrees on everything anyways right?

I know your moods and you know mine just by looking at each other.

I know your heart and you know mine. Heck I can say VAGINA and we both know the story behind the word, laugh and move on.

We pray together, love together and cry together if need be.

I have no words to express how grateful I am to have you in my life as a sister. From the back roads of a small town to a country concert and a good movie. You are there.

Thank you for being someone I can tell anything to and be myself around without a second thought about what might come out of my non existing filter.

I love you,

Erica

P.S. Vagina :)


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ryan's first time swimming in her Baby Spring Float

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This past weekend was not only Mother's Day but it was an amazing time spent with my family. Being that we live in Texas spring means it's time to pull out the swim suits and floats for the kids. 

Ryan was born late October and this was her very first time in the water or pool I should say and boy oh boy did she love it thanks to her new Baby Spring Float. They always say you should start them young and since this mama was in need of a nice tan (one I'm still working on) there was no time like now to get her started. 


Being a mom of three one of three it's not always easy to go swimming with the young ones. You always have to have your eye on them. Ryan's Baby Spring Float did just what I needed it to do and since the Baby Spring Float is the single best baby float on the market makes it perfect for my family. I want Ryan to love the water and always feel safe and one day become a confident swimmer. That's why SwimWays, Swim Steps line is perfect not only for her but for the boys and me as a parent as well. 


I also love that SwimWays believes that swimming is an important life skill and that all children should have the opportunity to learn to swim. Since National Learn to Swim Day is on May 16th my family and I will be hitting the pool once more and teaching them not to be afraid of the water but to learn to love it and always feel safe with their SwimWays floats. 


I cannot wait to get this gem back into the water with her big brothers and family. If you're interested in learning more about SwimWays or to go ahead and buy the best baby float on the market head on over to ToysRUs and start your summer off right. In the pool.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Happy Mother's Day

364 days ago today my mom gave birth to me. I came into this world screaming, pink and bald but if I knew any better she loves me just as much now as she did that very day. 

I've had the pleaser of spending this weekend with not only her but my husband and kids as well. We also got to take Ryan swimming for the first time, sleep a little, get snow cones and take the kids to see the air plains pass over our heads. 

Although I'm spending this Mother's Day with the mom who gave birth to me I can't forget the other mom who may have not given birth but has been there for me over the last 6 years and has taken me in as her own. My mother n law Diane. She has truly shown me that blood doesn't matter when it comes to being a parent. How to love and cherishing and to be a true woman of God. 

When it comes to my moms I feel truly blessed with what God has given me. As for being a mom words cannot explain the love I have for my children. I now have 3 children all 5 and under and although they like to tempt me and push me to my limits I don't know what I'd do without them. 

The saying is true my mom always use to say... You'll never know how much I love you until you have your own children. 

May you all have a blessed Mother's Day! 

Ps. I'm on my phone and wish I could write so much more so forgive me for any miss haps this post may have.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Keep Spring with you everywhere you go with Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™

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


Life can get crazy. At least for me it is. I feel like I am working all the time, trying to keep up with three kids and a husband and so much more with family and church I feel like I hardly have any time to stop and "smell the roses".  Not to mention that this time of year comes with amazing 70 degree weather and that includes the rain and the thunderstorms, flowers, cool breezes.  Dressing for spring weather can be tricky with the constant change but why not take the smell of Spring wherever you go with you as well? Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls keeps the smell of spring with me everywhere I go.


Lately my husband and I have been using Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls and Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioner for our clothes. We of course have to wash our clothes separate from the boys due to allergy reasons, but now I will never go back. Since the first time we used Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls in the wash it was like walking through a spring day all day long even if I didn't have time to "smell the roses".


Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls come in two amazing fragrances. My favorite would have to be Field Flowers but it also comes in Lavender as well. If you're not to sure what they are exactly, they are in-wash scent boosters. So if you're anything like me and have to buy non-scented detergent for your children you no longer have to buy two different detergents because Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls  last 5x longer. 


It is SPRING! Time to put away the jackets along with the scarfs and gloves. Head out to Walmart and pick up your Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls and carry Spring around with you every where you go.


Don't forget to pick up your Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ samples on select Suavitel® liquid fabric conditioners in store. 




Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thor Dr Pepper Brownies pre MARVEL's Avenger: Age of Ultron party

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The time has come that we have all been patiently waiting for. A long three years and much anticipation for the new MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron movie. But first our house must get ready for this marvelous experience.

Not only is this a big day for my home but for my friends at work as well. We have all grown to love our super hero's over the years but for some it has dated back to our childhood. My husband for one. Who would read all the MARVEL comics and could not be more thrilled about the characters coming to life on the big screen.

I had to make this day special for him so I decided to throw us a small welcome party for MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron. With that party came something amazing. Thor Dr Pepper Brownies.  I headed off to Walmart and picked up every item I could find that was sharing the excitement with us and had the MARVEL's The Avengers: Age of Ultron plastered on the front to make our party a little more fun. Nolan ran around the store and when I would pick up something without "super hero's" on the front he would tell me "NO mom that one won't work for what were doing". I couldn't help but laugh at how excited he got.


One cool thing thing I did with Nolan while shopping for our party was downloading the Super Heroes Assemble app that's available for both iTunes and Google Play store. With Super Heroes Assemble not only can you keep up to date with exclusive MARVEL's Avengers: Age of Ultron content but also the latest movie and behind-the-scenes action and while shopping you can scan Avengers displays at Walmart and Walmart.com to become your favorite Avenger, explore a Hulkbuster training facility in a cool 360 degree interactive space and to bring your favorite MARVEL'S Avengers: Age of Ultron characters to life.


The real fun came in when I decided to make Thor Dr Pepper brownies. That right I said it: Thor Dr Pepper brownies. A fun and simple treat for us to get excited about.


Ingredients:


  • 10 oz of Dr Pepper
  • 1 egg
  • Duncan Hines: milk chocolate brownies mix
  • Pretzels sticks
  • large marshmallows



Directions: 

**** Do not make brownie's as box instructs****

Whisk the brownie mix with your one egg and 10 oz of Dr Pepper
Poor mix in greased pan and cook on 350 for 25 min or until cooked through
Stick your pretzels through your marshmallows and stick onto of brownies. 

See simple and easy. Ready for you to have your own MARVEL's Avengers: Age of Ultron party. 

As far as our pre-movie party went... 


You can only imagine....



Our memories are now up to date and we are ready to hit the theatre on Friday. 

Who is your favorite Avenger? Did you read the MARVEL comics as a kid like my husband? 


I love that I got to kiss my own super hero! 



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