Evan’s Pre-K Counts Graduation

There was no formal celebration, just some sweet hugs and goodbyes for Evan’s Pre-K Counts Graduation today. And that was just perfect for my sweet, shy guy.

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It’s hard to believe that he is now a rising kindergartener, that soon he’ll go off on the bus and be gone all day (YAY for full day K!) with his big sister.

He’s writing his full name so well. His favorite thing is to draw, and it’s evidenced by the 100s of papers he brought home a week. Second to that, it’s bugs and animals, mostly his ant farm. When he grows up, he wants to be a soccer player.

With that sweet smile, his caring attitude, and loving heart, I know he’ll go far. But for now…I just want my babies to stay little!

Look at the difference the school year made:

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American Express Gift Card ($100) Giveaway

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Giveaway $100 American Express Gift Card

Where would you spend an extra $100 this summer? I’d probably use it to spend on some extras in New York City or maybe splurge on a water park day in Columbus. Or maybe a few extra special trips to our local food trucks or ice cream shop. But then there’s always the temptation of using it for gas to drive to the beach…

NonperfectParenting.com is hosting a Giveaway of a $100 American Express Gift Card, and they’ve asked me to help share the news. All you have to do to enter is click the link below. In the process, maybe you’ll discover some new blogs to follow! Do me a favor and hit the SHARE button of your choice, too!

American Express Gift Card ($100) Giveaway

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Easy, peasy. Who doesn’t like a chance at some extra cash?

How would you spend an extra $100 this summer? Would you share with your kids, or use it for some much needed ME time? 

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Saving with Groupon Coupons

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If I thought four mouths to feed was costly, can you imagine how things changed when the twins switched over to eating real people food? Forget us and feeding six mouths, life in general just comes with costs, right?

As you know, we’ve tried the couponing thing and it works. We still have some of those strategies in place, but technology has made it even easier…like how we’ll be saving this summer with Groupon Coupons!

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Soon, I’m going to be in the market for an updated wardrobe (more on that to come), so I headed over to see what savings with Groupon Coupons I could find. I’m super excited that Macy’s and Kohl’s (my two current department store addictions) are on the list of savings options. Yay to lower clothing bills! I’m definitely eyeing up a certain 50% off on shoes that I saw out there earlier!

Don’t worry, the family will be benefiting, too. There are deals out there for Shutterfly (to finally get the girls’ first birthday photos framed), Carter’s (for new school clothes – or clothes to fit the summer growth spurts), and Travelocity for our summer travels.

And not only are there coupons listed, there are users like you and me out there verifying that they are real, usable coupons. Plus, you can click to see what’s on sale with the coupon you are picking, grab coupons exclusive to where you live, or find coupons that you can’t find anywhere but on Groupon Coupons.

Are you looking to save money and make your wallet a little thicker this summer? We know the answer is yes. That means you definitely should see what saving with Groupon Coupons you can do.

So tell me…what coupon are you itching to redeem? Share this post with the links below.

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Superhero Saturday

Here are two of my superheroes…

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Mama is sick today, so she’s feeling pretty lucky that these two plus the other three are holding down the fort.

Now back to bed for me!

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Instead of Wishing

Instead of wishing, ask; seek; knock.

Your future is your’s. Not someone else’s to determine who you should be and what you should do.

Be willing to accept the path God’s planned for you. Ask to accept that plan.

When you do, big things can happen.

Matthew 7:7 is quite the inspiration for me right now…

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How Isla Eats

So, this is how Isla eats these days.

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Whoa. Speaking of ‘lil Becky – that face. That hair. Those eyes. That skin. But also so much Greg, too. Anyways. 

Isla prefers to have her morning pancakes, bacon, and bananas on the floor with her high chair tray. Because you know. Sitting up at the hour of 09:00 is just too much. So much that when we’ve tried she says “Night Night” (her second favorite phrase of current, first being “Uh oh” as she drops food to the dogs).

To each her own, right?

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Ava, Say Cheese!

I asked Ava to say cheese and this is what I got…

…an extremely happy baby who couldn’t stop cheesin’ it.

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It’s a sure sign I need to get my big girl camera out and do some real snapping. Or set some goals and earn myself my dream lens so I am not using just the kit lens or the set focal length 50.

Sigh.

When I look at her, I see all Greg, but then there’s this thing that connects us – she’s the real ‘lil Becky, the one who will probably cling to me long into her years. At least I hope. The other two girls? They’re so independent and Daddy’s princesses. But this one? This one is a Mama’s Girl through and through.

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Super Seller

It’s her first year of Girl Scouts and our big girl is loving it. She rocked at selling cookies and got to go on a Gateway Clipper cruise on Sunday for being a super seller.

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Arianna, we are so proud of you. You are growing into an independent young lady. We can’t believe that soon you’ll be on to second grade (Mama’s FAVORITE grade!) and bridging to Brownies.

Keep making us proud, baby girl!

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Copycat S’mores Blend

Did you know that I have a horrible addiction to coffee? Coffee itself is not so bad, but I am hopelessly devoted to two brands (including this one that currently has an AH-MAZING S’mores drink that is almost 600 calories but I’ve had two in the past two weeks and oh why can’t I drop this weight woes surround)…yeah it’s like that. I could really do fine on just black coffee and it not be a problem. It wasn’t from 2011 to 2015. But lately I’ve been bad. Hence, I needed a copycat s’mores blend drink to help me kick my habit and start making some healthier choices.

Copycat S’mores Blend

This drink is packed with protein (your favorite powder, I’m no longer partial) and can make you feel like you are being bad when you are being good. What I created fit in my snack range 150-250 calories, but could also be a breakfast drink paired with some fruit or a greek yogurt.

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Ingredients (to make a 16 oz drink)

  • 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder of choice
  • 6-8 ice cubes
  • 8 oz brewed and chilled coffee
  • 2 + 2 TBSP non-fat whipped cream
  • 1/2 TBSP mini chocolate chips
  • 1/4 of a graham cracker, chopped up

Instructions

Blend all but a few of the chocolate chips/graham cracker and 2 TBSP of the whipped cream until consistency of your choice. Top with the whipped cream, chocolate chips, and graham cracker. Enjoy, with no guilt, your copycat s’mores blend beverage. Smile.

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Energy Balls

Did you know that today is National Chocolate Chip Day? I decided to celebrate by making two of my favorite recipes that make me feel like I am indulging while still eating healthy. Today I’ll be sharing my recipe for Energy Balls, but tomorrow’s post has a small sneak peek over on my Instagram if you’re impatient and like guessing games.

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So, the energy balls. These babies became a staple back when I was eating for health, but when I was nursing the twins, I put in a milk making “secret” ingredient (that I’ll share below). They are no bake, but do take some patience. Today, for example, I had to go to and from the refrigerator several times before I had it just right and the mixture was firm enough to make balls. But, as a mom who is always needing to go to the kitchen to feed one of the six mouths in this house, it doesn’t really impact my life. Anyways.

What do I love about them?

  • They are filled with protein and really do make me feel full and energized.
  • They are quick to pop in a snack-size bag and take with on a trip to the gym or commute.
  • Feeling dried cherries and white chocolate today? No big deal – just sub them in for the “original” ingredients I’ve listed.
  • They freeze REALLY well. I took a whole batch with me (frozen) on our road trip to Nurin’s wedding last summer. They survived four days in the car (to and from) as well as Charleston June sunshine, thanks to freezing ahead and putting in snack bags.

And now, for you to also fall in love with them! I highly recommend sticking to the recipe below for SIZING, but feel free to sub in (I’ve listed some options). Note that I say this from experience. Again, I have six mouths to feed, so I am known to cook for an army. This isn’t the time to do so. Enjoy!

Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (uncooked) rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (I LOVE semi-sweet, but you can use your favorite – white, milk, etc)
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter (today I went for The Sneaky Chef No-Nut Butter in Chocolate which is great if you have nut allergies in the house, but I do find a crunchy peanut butter or almond butter works best)
  • 1/3 cup honey (our’s is a local find – can’t wait for farmer’s market season!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup add-ins (dried berries, coconut flakes, sliced almonds, chia seed, flax seed all are tasty)
  • * If you are a nursing mama, I suggest adding in 1 TBS of Brewer’s Yeast to help with milk production

Aren’t they so pretty together? 

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Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  2. Put in fridge for about 30 minutes to “set” – this makes the forming easier!
  3. Ball up the mix – I like to use my cookie baller for this and place on a baking sheet with wax paper.
  4. Freeze until set (about 1 hour) and then eat, portion for the week, or put in a freezer safe container until it’s time to enjoy!


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