Weekend Wrap Up

Happy Sunday! It’s raining here today so, we are staying warm inside with lots of cuddles, baking, and movie watching! I should probably use this time to catch up on laundry too, but with a family of six, I kind of hate laundry so, I’ll just cuddle instead! Welcome to my new weekly weekend wrap up post! Each Sunday I’ll be featuring blog posts from the week, some IG accounts I’m loving, pix from the week that I never posted, and more! 

Posts from this week.

1. I made these delicious Jolly Rancher Popsicles. They were a huge hit with Jay & Kage and they are already begging me to make more! I can guarantee your kids will love them! ;) 2. I shared my February Ipsy Glam Bag a little late, but I really liked everything I got and I can’t wait to try out all of the new products! 3. Another thing my kids loved this week was the yummy Big Hero 6 treats I made. They devoured them while we watched the movie! Have you seen the movie yet? I thought it was so cute! 4. I shared a story I’ve never lived down and why I’ve already started thinking of prepaid phone plans for Jay.

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Why I’m already thinking of prepaid plans for Jay

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Wondering what my post title is about?! How about a fun little back story that I still haven’t lived down to this day. I don’t remember how old I was when I got a phone through my parents account. I think I was about thirteen, but when I was about fifteen, I had discovered that I could get on the internet on my phone and chat with my friends, mainly the guy I was crushing on back then. Little did I know, my phone didn’t have unlimited web, and my parents had no idea I was even using the internet at the time. Well, that all changed when they received the next month’s phone bill, which I had apparently ran up to a thousand dollars. Yep, a thousand big ones. My parents were beyond angry and I was in huge trouble. It didn’t matter that I hadn’t known that I was being charged for every aim message I sent from my phone, all that mattered was that I had put my parents down $1,000. I didn’t have a phone for awhile after that and I learned my lesson. I wound up with a prepaid phone plan after that happened for a little while, but that is exactly what brings me to my point about Jay. I wasn’t really introduced to computer or cell phones until I was about twelve. From then on, I grew up with internet, computers, laptops, and cell phones.

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The sweetest moment

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The sweetest moment

When we first brought Kade home from the hospital, both the boys were kind of hesitant about him. They would look at him when I held him or when he was in his bouncer, they would let Kade wrap his little fingers around their hands, but that’s as far as it went. I don’t blame them though because Kade is tiny, if I wasn’t a momma, I might be hesitant to hold him too. I’ve been offering for Jay to hold him, but he’s been saying no. Well, the other day he decided he wanted to hold him for a minute so, I let him.

It was absolutely adorable and I had to grab my camera and snap a couple of pictures. Jay was smiling almost the whole time. He truly loves his little brother. After school, Jay asks me several times, “Mommy can I give Kade a kiss.” Of course I say yes and smile as he kisses Kade’s head. Jay will sit there and talk to him and show him his toys. It is just so adorable to watch. I love watching their bond form and being able to see these sweet memories. He watches over him so much. When Kade is sleeping and Jay is talking to me, he will come up to me and say, “mommy, I love you soooo much.” :) My heart melts.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // The sweetest moment

Does your child have a younger sibling that they adore?!

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DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes

{This post contains affiliate links}Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

I have always loved Christmas. It has seriously always been my favorite holiday ever. After I started having kids, once they hit the age where they understood what Christmas was, watching their eyes light up in amazement and wonder, and being able to create fun Christmas memories with them, it became ever more wonderful! We love doing crafts in this house and we did our fair share of fun ones last year! With the chaos of life lately, I’m making sure my kids still feel the magic and fun of Christmas. I brought Elfie back this year and we’ve started Christmas crafts again. The boys and I had so much fun making these kid friendly snowflakes, I think we need to make a bunch more to put in random spots around the house!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

For these DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes, you will need:

Popsicle sticks. {$1 store for the win}
– Hot glue gun & glue sticks.
– An assortment of candy.
Glitter.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

First, grab four Popsicle sticks and use the hot glue gun to glue them together as shown in the pictures above. I made three, one for each of us. :)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Second, put glue on one part of the stick, sprinkle glitter of choice, and repeat until the snowflake is covered in glitter. Do these for each snowflake. I chose blue glitter, Jay chose green glitter, and Kage chose gold glitter.

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Third, let your kids pick out candies to add to their snowflake and glue them on! Don’t forget to pick out some for yourself! ;)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

That’s it! Easy peasy! Since the boys each put a candy cane on their snowflakes, they hung them on these little hooks I have on the backdoor and I set mine on the mantel! You could easily glue a candy cane to the back of your snowflake to use as a way to hang it or string or you can prop it up somewhere. This was seriously so easy to do and it made my kids happy and they are so proud of their snowflakes! I have to admit, it was fun for me too! :)

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // DIY Kid Friendly Snowflakes #kidcrafts #kidchristmascrafts #diysnowflakes #christmascrafts

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Happy 5th Birthday Kage!

Happy Birthday sweet boy! We celebrated your birthday last weekend since your birthday was the day after thanksgiving, and during your party, you were surrounded by people who love you. You have been a bright light in my world since the day you were born. You are outgoing and creative, sweet and stubborn, and most of all loving. I just wanted to take a moment and tell you how much I love you sweet boy! When I was going through my pictures of you, I couldn’t believe how big you’ve gotten and how proud I am of you for the wonderful little boy you are. Watching you grow and learn these past five years has been amazing and I can’t wait to watch you grow over the years. Don’t ever lose who you truly are Kage, because the personality you have is rare and it’s beautiful, don’t ever let the world take that from you! I love you Kage! Love, Momma!

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Kage’s Spider-Man Birthday Party

{This post contains affiliate links}Kage originally wanted a batman birthday party, I had all these plans to DIY most of it like I’ve done with past birthdays, but I just didn’t have the time to DIY the party with the twins being in the hospital and me being so busy. So, I ran to walmart because I had to get snacks and stuff for the party and I was going to go ahead and pick up decorations. Well, they had zero batman birthday party decorations. I sighed in frustration and called my mom {who was babysitting} and asked her to ask Kage if he would like a spider-man birthday party instead, thankfully, he was okay with that. So, I gathered all the spider-man decor I could and when I started decorating on Saturday, I was pretty pleased with everything. His actual birthday isn’t until Friday, but we had it this weekend since it’s so close to thanksgiving. Kage loved his party decorations and he had a blast at his party! Ready to see all the pictures? Here they are!

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

Live.Laugh.L0ve. // Kage's Spider-Man Birthday Party

You can find all the party decor you need for an awesome spider-man party at the links below!

Spider-man water bottle labels
Spider-man goody bags
Spider-man party swirl decor
Spider-man table decor
Spider-man napkins

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Halloween 2014

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Jay was not wanting to take pictures, he just wanted to go trick or treating, but I was happy that he let me snap a few! :)

I wasn’t allowed to take the boys Trick or Treating this year, it was the first year I missed it, but they still had a blast with Hubby, my mom, and my step-dad. :) They also looked freaking awesome in their Halloween costumes!

How was your Halloween? What was your little one{s} dressed as?!

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Why I will always encourage their dreams

I stopped reading blogs for awhile, mainly because I had a lot going on and also because I started comparing myself to other bloggers. When I start doing that, I know it’s time to take a step back. Well, I’ve recently started reading posts again and instead of comparing myself, I’m starting to get some inspiration from them. This post has been heavy on my heart after coming across a post where the blogger doesn’t want to encourage her little ones to be anything and to embrace mediocrity. There is nothing wrong with being mediocre, but that post stopped me in my tracks and actually had tears forming in my eyes. I just couldn’t imagine not encouraging my children in their dreams.

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My kids are {almost} 5 years old and 6 1/2 years old. They have some fun, crazy, do-able, and way out their dreams. Sometimes Jay wants to be a fire fighter, sometimes he wants to be a football or baseball star. Kage is the same way about sport dreams, but he also wants to be a cop and one day he apparently wants to marry mommy. That last one I had to let him down gently on. ;) The rest of their dreams though, I encourage them. You want to play football? Awesome, let’s sign you up and see how you like it. You want to be a cop? You have to do well in school and work hard.

We also do things that are about their dreams. When Kage and Jay talked about wanting to be doctors, I gladly played the patient and faked broken legs, head injuries, and so on, that way they could do their doctor thing. When it comes to cops and firemen, I’ll be the “bad guy” or we will put out fake fires. With sports, we toss the football or practice baseball or we kick the soccer ball. It might seem silly and small, but in doing these things with them, I feel like I’m apart of their dreams. I feel like they know mommy supports them and that I will help them in whatever way I can. I will believe in them and I will teach them that they can be whatever they want to be, BUT they have to work hard and put in the time and effort to achieve their dreams.

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They are young and for now their little dreams are always changing, but one day they won’t change. One day they will know what they want to do and I want them to believe in themselves. I want them to look back and remember that I always believed in them, I was always there encouraging them, I was always there helping them work toward their dream or cheering them on. I hope when they look back, they realize they can live their dreams, that they can believe in themselves, and that they will always have someone to encourage and believe in them too.

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5 Things My Kids Need From Me

As parents, we want to give our children the best of everything. We want them to have everything their little hearts desire. We look at their little faces, look into their beautiful eyes and we want them to have the world. Giving our kids everything they want isn’t always do-able, it’s also probably not good idea. However, giving them what they need, really need, is something we can and should do. As adults there are things we need for our tanks to be full, it’s no different with kids. Their little tanks need to be full, not just with things they want, but they should be filled with things they need. What one kid needs isn’t always the same as another and it differs from family to family. When I’ve really focused, slowed down, and really paid attention…. this is what I’ve learned my kids absolutely need to keep their little tanks full.

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1. They need laughter. They need to laugh, tell jokes, and be told jokes so that they can crack up. They need to be silly, they need you to be silly, and they need our laughter to fill our home. They need to know that no matter how mad they get, how hard life can be, no matter what kind of day they are having, they need to know they can laugh and we can laugh as a family. They need to know laughter is truly the best medicine.

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2. They need to know they are loved. This one really is a no brainier, but it’s part of the list. They need to know they are always and forever loved. They need to know that even when they do something that we aren’t happy about or if we are disappointed in them, that we still love them.

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3. They need fun. They need trips to the park, tickle fights, boardgames, and family nights. They need to build a city using legos, painting, riding their bikes, and friends. They need pillow fights, playing tag, and playing with friends. They need to have fun. Life as a kid should be fun and they need to know that more than anything, life is fun.

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4. They need discipline. I don’t know anyone who likes disciplining their kids and this is probably a weird one to have on this kind of list. However, kids need discipline even if we don’t like disciplining them. They need to know there is consequences for their actions. They need to know there are boundaries. They need to know they can’t do what they want, when they want, and they need to know there are rules they need to follow. It’s so good for them and will make them better adults.

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5. They need to hear yes. Life is full of no, especially when they’re kids. It’s full of no you can’t have that, you can’t do that, we don’t have time right now, it’s too late for sweets, and the list goes on. I think hearing yes when they don’t expect it is very good for their little souls and I love seeing their faces light up when I say yes instead of no.

What does your little one{s} need to keep their tanks full?

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I love that they are making friends

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The boys have really been into making friends lately. It is the cutest thing ever and I’ve really been trying to encourage it. Last weekend, we spent a lot of our day out front watching the boys ride their biked and walking with them as they rode. A few of the kids who live a couple of houses down from us were outside riding their biked and playing too. One of the little boys started waving to Jay and Kate which led to the boys asking if they could go say hi. I gave them the go ahead and sat on the curb as I watched them tide their bikes to say hi to the kids. They struck up a conversation right away and seemed to become instant friends. It was the cutest thing. The boys parents walked down and introduced themselves and let us know that anytime our kids wanted to play with their kids, to just knock on the door and ask for them to come out. Jay & Kage were pretty happy about that.

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This weekend was our first “cool” day of fall. It was way too nice outside to stay indoors so I got the boys ready and we headed to a local park. Their was a little girl there with her nanny and the boys and her hit it off right away. They were running all over the playground, chatting as they swung, and making up games. 

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I love seeing them come out of their she’ll and actively want to make friends. It’s just one of those awesome things about parenthood. :)

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