Friday, March 22, 2019

5 Things on Friday

Good morning. It's Friday, yay! I'm sitting here with my coffee and reflecting a little bit on my week. Let me fill you in on the latest.

1. I love this weather. A little bit of sun totally brightens my mood. I even wore capris to work yesterday. Yes, I received a few weird looks, but I don't care. I was enjoying every minute of it. It's usually always a good day when the sun is shining.

2. If you know me, you know that my three hobbies are eating out, shopping and traveling. Wow, those are all expensive hobbies. This is the first year in as long as I can remember that we aren't going someplace warm for spring break. 

This year we're doing kind of a staycation between our two houses. Of course, there still will be lots of adventures, food and trying new places. I let each kid plan a day. It looks like we will be doing some archery (my shoulder is still not 100% I will be watching) and CJ Barrymore's. 

My primary goal is to get a few projects done at the beach house before the rental season starts. I want to update our home a little each year.

3. We took the kids to see Five Feet Apart. It was a good movie. Keira had asked to see it a while back, but when I learned that Justin Baldoni from Jane the Virgin made it, I was geeked. Keira sobbed and immediately came home and ordered the book. Go see it!

4. I started my second week back weightlifting. I stopped lifting in November when my shoulder froze. My first week I was sore for 5 days. This week hasn't been as bad. I'm so excited to be back in the swing of things. I still can't work my shoulder, but things are going well. Seriously, I'm feeling great with the lifting and all of the walking and carrying I do with Shipt.

5. Both of my girls are back in karate and enjoying it. I love that they will know how to defend themselves. Well, that and ninja dad spoils them. Heck, I should join (not really). They usually get bagels, eat somewhere cool in Clarkston and have ice cream. Someone is jealous over here while she's working.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We have a jammed pack weekend as normal. One of these days I'm going to have a sit and do nothing weekend. 

Sunday, March 17, 2019

5 Things That I've Been Up To This Week

5 things that I've been up to this week

Things have been hectic as of late. We've had some significant changes in our household. Let's catch up!

1. My oldest has been doing homeschool through Classical Conversations which is Christian based. We're about 5 or 6 weeks into it. My daughter is the one that wanted to be pulled from her high school. She's doing really well. 

A few things I've noticed is the homeschool program is a year behind in math. Well, my daughter continues from where she was in high school. I decided I'm cool with that because half of the math you learn in school you will never use.

I love the hands-on learning she's been doing. She is working on being an attorney in a mock trial and will be playing her role in a courtroom.

I'm not going to lie; some of it has been intense. Faith has been taking a logic course, and it's been a bit of a strain. 

Most of all I love it's Christian based, and I love that she's not around as many bad influences. There are lots of drugs that go on at the high school.

2. I've been planning my vacations for the summer. I have quite a few fun ones coming up with my friends. I'm excited about the beach, the sun, and trying new places to eat. 

3. Faith and I have been going to this excellent eyebrow salon in Sterling Heights for a few months. The girl has been transforming our eyebrows. I have them threaded and tinted, and in between visits I'm not allowed to touch them which drives me a little batty. They have filled in quite a bit.

4. Since the girls are older and we are no longer limited to G and PG movies we have been going to see a film just about every week. In the last week, we have seen Captain Marvel and Five Feet Apart. I love being able to just sit and relax for a few hours.

5. I was a table leader this year for MOPS. This week we had a pie night, and my table hosted a Mom's night out. I've been horrible food wise this week. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day. Having fun with friends is priceless.

Those are just a few things going on in my household. What has your family been up to?

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Benefits of Teaching Babies to Swim

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This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are my own.

I grew up afraid of the water. I think it was a from my parents fear rubbing off on me. When I had kids, I was determined that my kids would learn to swim as soon as possible.

Benefits of Teaching Babies to Swim

If my memory serves me correctly, I started both of my girls in swim lessons when they were six months old. I wanted the water to feel like a natural place and not someplace to be afraid of. I wanted it to be as natural as walking for them.

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My girls are now teenagers. They've both had years of swim lessons and spent lots of time in the water. I'm so thankful that I started getting them comfortable in the water before they could even walk.

  • Water acclimation and safety are essential skills to learn before they know any different or have the ability to develop fear. Aqua-Tots Swim Schools start swim lessons for babies starting at four months old.
  • Parents can stand comfortably in Aqua-Tots 4 foot deep pools while working with their child.
  • The pool is heated for the comfort of the child and the parents.
  • This is terrific quality time and bonding with your child not to mention fantastic exercise.
  • Best of all swimming is fun. What kid doesn't love to splash in the water?
Did you know that Aqua-Tots Swim Schools has a FREE Tiny-Tots open swim? The open swim is for newborns to the age of six months. Call your local Aqua-Tots Swim School to find out the day and time. 

The benefits of teaching babies to swim are numerous. I'm so glad and relieved my kids are like mermaids in the water. Call your local Aqua-Tots Swim School today!

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Sunday, March 10, 2019

How We Rock St. Patrick's Day & Giveaway

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Over the last few years, St. Patrick's Day has become more special to me. It used to be about having fun, but it's a little bit more now. Let's just say I had a few significant events that happened in my life that I'm going to share with you. 

How We Rock St. Patrick's Day & Giveaway

Close to four years ago we gave up our family home to move to help take care of a family member. We lived there for eight months. We were promised we could make it our house but that all changed once we moved in. My kids were mistreated by the person we were taking care of, and we needed to find a home quickly. 

I felt imprisoned. We weren't allowed to use the kitchen or unpack or laugh or mainly live. I would leave hours early to pick up the girls from school so I could escape. Three months in I knew we couldn't stay. I felt like we're suffocating as a family.

It took us five months to find a home which doesn't seem like long, but when you feel like you can't make it another day in the situation you are in, it felt like an eternity.

The first house I fell in love with which was only a few years old the owners were upside down, and it went to a short sale which wasn't approved. We then found another home we liked, but the owner wanted us to wait until their new house was built. 

The market was FIERCE. Matt fell in love with the house that's now ours. With my offer which had to go above the asking price because there were four other offers on it. We were selected based on the letter I had written. I told her that her home would be the perfect place to raise my children. 

We received our keys on St. Patrick's Day three years ago. We received our lives back from a terrible situation that we placed ourselves in.

We could laugh again. We could dance and be ourselves again. We could celebrate the holidays again. 

The lesson for me was we should be thankful for everything. Not being able to use my kitchen taught me a big lesson. 

We are happy and content again. Our lives have changed, and even though I occasionally miss my old house, I would never go back. God has taken care of us.

St. Patrick's day means a lot to me because I recently took a DNA test. I always thought I was Cherokee Indian and Irish. Well, it turned out I'm 80% British and 20% Irish. So, my blood runs green.

My family is going to rock St. Patrick's Day this year! We will be going out to dinner and celebrating our Irish heritage (well my husband can pretend).

Here are some other great ways to enjoy St. Patrick's Day.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Sound of Music Metro Detroit & Giveaway

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Rodgers + Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is coming to the Fox Theatre for three performances from Saturday, April 13 through Sunday, April 14. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.

The Sound of Music Metro Detroit & Giveaway

The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, suggested by “The Trapp Family Singers” by Maria Augusta Trapp.

The Sound of Music enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in December 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history. 

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