A twist on Movie Night

Lately Corinne is all about having Movie Nights!  Our usual routine is we lay out a blanket on the floor and prop the couch cushions against the couch and each girl gets a bowl of popcorn.  Pretty standard right?  Well last week while trolling Pinterest (of course,)  I saw a cute idea to make Treat Necklaces!  They were so simple it was almost silly!  The hardest part was finding a variety of snacks that the girls like that are circular with a hole in the middle!

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We used Fruit Loops, Cheerios, Chex Mix pretzels and Gummy Life Savers.  Not the healthiest foods but that’s why they are called Treat Necklaces and not regular snack necklaces!

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Clearly they were a hit!  Try them out and send me a picture!

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Adventures in Walmart

 

So riddle me this one.  Why do people, most people, feel that it is okay or their right to educate MY children on matters of the World?  For the life of me I can not figure this one out!  I sure do not go around teaching other people’s children life lessons or schooling them on medical matters.  So what made the woman in the fabric section of Walmart feel that it was appropriate to have a conversation with my girls about skin cancer?  Yup!  Skin cancer!  Let me explain.

Today while the girls were napping I realized I really needed a few things from the store.  Normally I would drive the extra distance and go to a Target a few towns over but it was already a little late and I did not have the time for the extra driving or the traffic we would get stuck in on the way home.  So against my better judgement the girls and I headed to our local Walmart.  Anyone else ever watch that old show Super Market Sweep?  That is what I envisioned our trip to look like!

So we get to Walmart, I get the girls settled and we start tackling our list.  2nd to last on our list is 3 yards of pink fabric so Aubrey and I can add obnoxiously large bows to the back of our tank tops for our Run or Dye 5k this Saturday.  So we pick out our fabric we want and the girls and I wait for what seems like forever for an Associate to come to the counter and cut out how much we want.  While we are waiting a younger family is near us digging through the $5 DVD bin.  Now they have their son in their cart who is around the same age as the girls so of course he has Corinne and McKenzie’s attention.  Now the Fabric Associate comes over and begins cutting out our 3 yards of pink and talking to the girls about what she assumes I am making.  Corinne, who is ignoring the Woman, asks me why the little boy does not have a shirt on.  Perfectly acceptable question that I do not have an appropriate answer for!  Before I can even fix my lips to say something the Fabric Woman takes it upon herself to answer for me.  My Hand to God I am not making this up!  This is what she says:

“Yeah, he don’t have a shirt on.  That’s not good because he is going to get too much sunlight.  And when you get too much sunlight you get skin cancer.  And it makes you look old and wrinkly like me.  Do you want to look old and wrinkly like me?  No you don’t you’re beautiful, your Momma should have you in those Cheerios commercials.  Do you want skin cancer?  They say it’s bad, but you know how they are always making things up so you’ll by things.  Skin Cancer aint that bad.”

I really don’t even know where to begin!  It was just one long ramble!!!  Who does that?  1st of all I don’t think the sun exposure inside of Walmart is going to wrinkle this poor Toddlers skin!  2nd Corinne did not ask her why he didn’t have a shirt on she asked me!  And 3rd if she really felt compelled to answer my daughter’s question a simple “His Mommy must have forgotten his shirt in the car”  would have been more than enough!  And lastly, “skin cancer aint that bad”  really?

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This picture has nothing to do with our trip but it’s just so darn cute I had to add it!

 

Summer Fun

Where have we been you may be asking? Well let’s see…

We’ve been playing in our fabulous new kiddie pool

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Making some fun crafts including Super Hero Capes!

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Having a picnic lunch in honor of National Teddy Bear Picnic Day!

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Lots of movie nights

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Our 1st trip to the movie theater!

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Tons of ballerina dancing in our 1st Dance Recital!

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Getting our faces painted,

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Trying some new recipes

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And since it’s summer eating lots of ice cream!

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We have been having a blast!  We are enjoying our summer to the fullest and making sure we fill it with smiles, laughter and food!  Lol  I am going to try and get a few posts in soon.  I can’t wait to you all about my super exciting accomplishment, my latest birth I attended, Corinne’s third birthday, Corinne’s recital, and how much McKenzie has turned into a little woman!

Amazing Workshop Opportunity

I am squealing with excitement over here!  I am so unbelievably honored to announce that I will be hosting a Bereavement Workshop for Birth Professionals.  Here is a description of the workshop coming in October!

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Birthworkers are entrusted to companion clients during the most intense, wonderful and joyous experience of their lives! But when a pregnancy does not go as expected and ends in miscarriage or stillbirth or a difficult or fatal diagnoses is received, how can we enter into that space in a way that is respectful, empowering, and supportive? What essential knowledge and heart-centered wisdom do we need when assisting a client through a pregnancy loss? In this workshop, filled with practical information and hands-on activities, Angie guides your community birthworkers through the ‘Ten Essential Wisdoms for Pregnancy Loss”. (ICEA accreditation pending).

If you are an aspiring doula, birth doula, postpartum doula, monitrice, midwife or nurse, this workshop is right for you.

Cost is $100 to the first 15 registrants and $150 after. Payments can be made via Eventbrite at:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/4656596004#

Further information can be found at http://hearthsidematernityservices.com/2013-webinars/

Super Hero Capes

 

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Ok so this may go down as one of my best projects yet with the Girls!  Today we made Super Hero Capes out of old t-shirts and decorated them with puffy paint!  I saw the idea on Pinterest and did a very modified version which meant I didn’t have to sew at all!

After the paint dried the girls put their capes on and immediately transformed into Super Go Girls!  The girls must have run laps around the downstairs for at least an hour!  Corinne and McKenzie are both in love with them and are sleeping with them in their beds tonight!

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3rd Birthday Festivities

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We recently celebrated Corinne’s 3rd Birthday with a Music themed party.  This year we decided to have a party for her friends and a separate small get together with family at our house.  Not sure about you but this whole Birthday party thing is getting out of control and we chose to scale back this year and I am so happy!  Corinne, McKenzie and I have been taking weekly Music Together classes and to say they are in love with this class is a huge understatement!  They are constantly walking around singing the songs and making music throughout our house!  So when the idea of having a Music themed party came up it seemed like the perfect fit!

We started her party off with a 30 minute music class taught by the wonderful Leslie Pratt of Soulshine Arts Ct.  I give her a lot of credit, she ran a class with 18 children under the age of 5 and 13 adults and rocked it!

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After our music class we all headed into a separate room and enjoyed some great music, snacks and a craft.  Since it was a party full of little ones we did a snack bar instead of a meal since we all know how much they would rather snack!  For a craft we made instruments out of plastic water bottles and some easy fillers.  The playlist was a mix of Motown, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber and Fresh Beat Band!

All in all Corinne and her friends had a blast!  Now get ready for the flood of pictures coming your way!

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Can we talk about this gorgeous dress?  It’s one of those dresses that as soon as you put in you start twirling and dancing with a smile on your face!

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This is why

This picture right here sums it all up.  This is why I (we) do it every day.  Why I haven’t had a full nights sleep in over three years.  Why after all of the long days of refereeing, changing diapers, cleaning up art projects and doing laundry I still have a smile on my face.  Watching them together and seeing the love they have for one another genuinely warms my heart.  At almost 3 and 19 months these girls put smiles onto others faces, they make bad days better and long days bearable.  They are amazing little individuals who have beautiful hearts and I am so proud to call them my daughters.

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Here it goes

So I know it’s been 3 days since I promised to tell my 2nd Epic Mommy Failure Moment but… Oh boy did things head In a crazy direction! When I wrote my last post on Thursday it was after we had attempted to take the girls to Coco Key Waterpark earlier that day. We purchased tickets via Groupon about 2 months ago and at that time I had looked at the park hours which said it opened at 10am. Well, unlike my usual super planning self, I didn’t recheck the website and we showed up for 10. Let me stop for a second and give you a little more back story.

On Wednesday evening we told the girls that tomorrow was the say we were finally going. As expected they were so excited! We went upstairs and picked out their bathing suits and towels am hung them in their rooms! Of course Corinne had to call Ha Cha Cha (my Mother) and tell her the exciting news.  The next morning when I went into Corinne’s room we found this:

375024_10200656230160122_222466313_nYup!  She slept in her bathing suit all night!  Notice her Dora panties poking out, love this Chick!  We spent all morning promising Corinne that we were going soon and that we had to wait for the park to open.  Well…we get to the park, lights are off and doors are locked!  Yup!  The sign in the lobby (only visible by pressing my whole face up against the glass door) says they open at 1pm!!!  So here we are, all 4 of us in our suits with our big bag of towels and snacks standing on the sidewalk in shock.  This is when I felt like the Worse Mom ever!!!  How could I not have rechecked the website?  It honestly never even dawned on me which is very unlike me.  I looked down at Corinne realizing that I now had to somehow get her back in the car and wanted to cry!  We explained to Corinne the obvious, the park was not open yet, and bribed her with a Dunkin Donuts bagel and a promise that we would be back very soon.  Needless to say she was not very happy with us but she took it pretty well for an almost 3 year old.

Well from here things turned even worse and it was all out of my control!  We let Corinne skip a nap, woke McKenzie up early from her nap and went back to the park at 2pm.  Nope!  Still not open, the sign was wrong!!!!  Honestly, I really think Corinne thought we were using this as payback for all of her tantrums at this point!  So we get back in the car, go home again with the promises that the park would open soon and we would go back.  Fast-forward 2 hours and we get back into the car and drive to the water park.  Thankfully the waterpark is only 1 exit from our house or this would be a very different story.  Now it is a huge thunder storm and pouring rain!  We pull into waterpark relieved to see the lights on and the parking lot full of cars.  Phew!  So we pile out (for the 3rd time) and run inside.  We join a large crowd of parents and over excited children waiting in line and I start wondering why we are in a line that is not moving and no one is going inside?  Yup!  They are temporarily closed because there is lightning within 10 miles, company policy!  I swear I am not making this up!

This is the girls on the wrong side of the glass!  Watching all of the teenage lifeguards running around in the waterpark and truly convinced that we are intentionally messing with them!

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After about 45 minutes of waiting and watching radar we left.  Locally there were severe thunderstorm warnings until 7:30pm so there was not going to be any swimming that day.

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These faces say it all!

After three failed attempts we did not go to Coco Key Waterpark that day.  But we were able to bring them the following day and guess what?  They didn’t even like it!  Figures right?

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In their defense it was pretty cold in there!  And then there is this big bucket that fills with water and tips over pounding you with water should you be within it’s range.  Now for the older kids it’s a blast!  But to a toddler it knocks them to the ground if you do not hold them tightly and scares the crap out of them.  The buckets dumps like every 3 minutes or so and everyone spends the majority of the time worrying about when it’s coming.  Well we can’t say we didn’t try, and try try again right?

Epic Mommy Failure Moment

Yup! The title says it all. Today was my 2nd biggest Mommy Failure moment. You know what I mean right? Those moments were you can’t possibly face palm yourself hard enough!
My 1st moment was about 2 1/2 years ago. We were about 45 minutes away from home when I realized I had packed Corinne’s formula but no bottle! Since Corinne was only about 4 months at the time this was a huge problem! Oh and of course this revelation came to me as I was frantically digging through the diaper bag and Corinne is screaming her head off. So I feel like the worse Mom ever and immediately start crying, Josh who thank goodness is the yin to my yang in the situations, calms me down and drives us to a nearby Babies R Us. I run inside and by one of the ready to go formula bottles and a pack of nipples. I am in the checkout aisle literally trying to convince myself that Corinne is not going to contract some horrible disease from using an un-sterilized nipple and that the most important thing is that she eats. I get outside to the car where Josh is trying his hardest to entertain her and quickly assemble the bottle and nipple and hand it over to Josh and my starving (practically malnourished) baby and BAM! This Chick didn’t screw the nipple on all the way and the WHOLE thing dumps all over the both of them. To the point Corinne is now choking because it went up her nose! I look over at Josh and he is covered in putrid smelling formula and a baby that is screaming bloody murder. And now I am balling! I usually handle situations like this pretty well but not this time! I literally say down on the ground in the Babies R Us parking lot and cried. I vaguely remember Josh undressing Corinne and getting a 2nd bottle ready but I was too busy crying. Yup, face palm!
We’ve all had these moments right? Parenting is hard, being a Mom is even harder! We all make mistakes but when they involve and effect our children it hits us even harder. At the time I was convinced I was like the worse Mom ever and I was doomed to fail. Now, I can’t stop laughing at myself while I am typing this!
Well fast forward 2 1/2 years and I almost topped myself! What did I do your wondering? Stop by tomorrow to find out!

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Paleo Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

One of our go to treats (as we call them) are these cookies.  They are super easy to make and Josh is always happy when he can have a sweet snack that stays within the Paleo lifestyle.  These cookies are also Gluten Free!

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Paleo Coconut Chocolate Chip Cookies

Ingredients:

2 1/2 Cups Almond Flour

3/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 Teaspoon Salt (I like to use Kosher)

1 Cup Chocolate Chips (soy free)

1/4 Cup shredded Coconut Flakes

2 Large Eggs

1/3 Cup All Natural Raw Honey

1 Teaspoon Vanilla

2 Tablespoons melted Coconut Oil

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  In a medium sized bowl combine all dry ingredients and stir.  In a separate large bowl add eggs and vanilla and stir until combined than add the honey and coconut oil.  Slowly add the dry ingredients to your wet mixture until combined.  Your batter will be moist but not sticky.

Spoon batter onto an ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 11 minutes.  I tend to make smaller cookies so I don’t feel as bad when I eat so many!  If you make larger cookies than increase your baking time accordingly.

If you try these let me know and I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!