August 22, 2014

Never A Dull Moment-- Meet The Teacher Edition

We were so excited the other day to be attending our first meet the teacher for our soon to be Kindergartner.  Well now she IS a Kindergartner.  I couldn't wait to see her classroom, cubby and see who was going to be taking care of my girl for the year!

Well I decided maybe I should go a little early since there isn't a large amount of parking at her school, and well even going early didn't work out!  It started pouring rain on the way there and when we got there, there wasn't even a piece of grass to park my car on.  So with the rain and the parking I decided to drive back to the house and pick up my husband and other daughter so that they could just drop us off and then come back and get us.

As we approached the school, I could see the dark clouds piling up in the distance, which is a very normal sight for a summer afternoon in South Florida.

I held my sweet, quiet and a little nervous, newly turned five year old's hand and we found her classroom that she would be spending her Kindergarten year in.  I was very happy with where she was placed and I was pretty impressed with her teacher.  All great things.

As I was filling out paperwork, I heard the storm getting worse and worse outside.  Again, not out of the norm for South Florida, but wow the lightning and thunder was really, really bad.  Now you see most of the schools have outdoor hallways down here.  All covered but you are still outside.  We had to walk to the cafeteria to get her P.E. clothes and her school folder.  I also had to fill out my volunteer paperwork in case I wanted to do anything with the class or in the classroom.

So we walked outside and the lightning was intense.  It was really bad out.  We get to the cafeteria and you could just tell this storm was a bad one and it was right over the top of the school.  As we are standing in line for the P.E. clothes....the lights go out, and flick back on...but only half go back on.  Now remember I have a very nervous five year old holding my hand and seeing her school for basically the first time.  So it wasn't great when the lights went out and people screamed.

So we then moved to the computers so I could do my volunteering paperwork, and the principal goes over the intercom putting us into lockdown because of the storm!

My poor daughter.  This was her first experience at school, going into lockdown!  Then someone couldn't find their child.  He was quickly found.

I must say, the administration did a great job of the entire event.  It was very stressful, being that the entire campus was filled with parents and kids, and they kept everyone safe.  I'm sure they never imagined that they would have to go on lockdown on meet the teacher day!

In the end we all finally were able to leave, but it had to happen in a hurry.  They were closing down the school because another storm was on its way.

So it was quite an interesting way for my little girl to meet her teacher and school!


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August 18, 2014

A Frozen Fifth Birthday

My little  not so little anymore girl turned five on August 12.  I remember the day she was born like it happened yesterday.  I had prayed for her since I can remember and then she was here.  I am so lucky to have been blessed with this amazing little soul.
So, guess what she picked for the theme of her Birthday?  Can you guess?

Frozen.

I know you are totally shocked! haha!

Here are some pictures from her Frozen Birthday and at the bottom you can find links to all the vendors etc. we used.

Don't you just love Olaf on the envelope!!! I die.












Thanks to for the beautiful invations and thank you notes from Delight Invite!

Thanks to Monkey Joe's for an awesome bounce house party!

Thanks to Publix for an amazing yummy cake!

Thanks to for the hit of the party our totally awesome Olaf Goody Bags from Doodle Sweet Treats on Etsy!

What was in the goody bags?


It was such a fun day!  Can't believe my baby is five.

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August 8, 2014

Birthday Party Madness

It's that time!  My older daughter is turning five next week, and her big party for all of her friends is tomorrow!  Can I tell you what planning a kids party is like?  Stressful.  I have no idea why, but every year it causes me loads of stress.

What if no one comes?

What if she is sad?

What if no one got the invitation?

What if they don't like the goody bags?

All of these stresses make me nuts, and then I am brought back to reality and I realize that as long as she is happy and has fun that is all that matters.  That I will do the best I can to make her day special.  I have boxes ready to be unpacked all over my room for her Birthday, and to be honest I can't wait until they are gone!

Birthday parties have become so crazy.  I don't try to keep up with the Jones's but I do have certain things that I like to do for the girls when it comes to their parties.  On their actual Birthdays I decorate the Dining room area for them in the theme of their choice.  I have their party at a fun kids place and I do try to have cute goody bags for their friends.  I try to keep with the theme and have nice invitations too.

This year my daughter picked Frozen, did you think she wouldn't?, and I got the cutest invitations and the cutest goody bags.  I am very excited about the whole thing.  I tried to think outside the box a little bit because every party this year has been Frozen theme.  I am sure you are experiencing the same!

We are having her party at the local bounce house place, in the Blue Room.  How could I not get the Blue room!  Pizza and juice and a Publix Cake are what is in order.  I am finally looking forward to the party that is tomorrow.  I can't wait to share with all of you the fun she has.

Do you feel the Birthday Party Stress?  and can someone tell me what is up with RSVPing!?

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August 1, 2014

Start School in Style-- A Back to School Sweepstakes




Can you believe school is just around the corner?!  I can't.  Our summer has flown by and I just can't believe I am already getting backpacks, and school supplies.  My older daughter is going to Kindergarten this year, so its a big year for me.  I am having to learn how it all works.  So many things to get.  That is why this event is so great.  10 winners and lots of back to school prizes. I am so excited to present this event to my readers!  Good Luck to Everyone!!
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July 17, 2014

Liven Up Your Drab Mommy Wardrobe

Lets face it.  Our Kids all have a cute wardrobe, and we wear the same boring outfits everyday.  Well don't ditch the basics, just add on and you can have a cute outfit any day of the week, even if your just dropping off at school!

You don't even have to spend a lot of money to get some color into your closet.  Make it fun.  Find some fun accessories and go for it.  Spend money on your basics, such as, a pair of khaki shorts, pair of black capris or pants, a skirt or two, and then add some fun!

TOPS


Cute Tops


Colorful knit tops or a jewel-tone blouses can add a splash of color to a solid color bottom.  Check out StyleCaster to find out the best colors for your skin tone.

Shoes

Fun Shoes


There are so many options for colorful shoes these days, and when you're talking color, the cheap ones are not necessarily more or less colorful than the expensive ones. Go for a pair of colorful pumps or jazzy flats, or even dress sandals (wear colorful toenail polish!). Unlike boots, pumps, flats, and sandals can be colorful without being distracting.

Necklaces and Jewelry

Sparkle


Put some sparkling color around your neck with necklaces. There are so many possibilities here, from polished glass beads to rhinestones on colorful cords. Choosing something with a nice pop of color can dress up even a drab outfit.

Bracelets and earrings can be worn for the same reasons, adding a splash of color to business attire.

Handbags

Bags to add to your basic wardrobe


Handbags are where you can bring a bit of whimsy and jazz into your basic wardrobe. Patterns and colors can spice up a plain outfit and show a bit of your personality and make it stand out. If you like, start small - carry a little handbag with pretty colors.

Scarves

Fun Scarves


Scarves were a workplace stand-by not too long ago, but you can bring them back in all kinds of ways. Folded scarves can work as a headband for your hair, or you can find various ways to tie them around your neck. You can also use them as a creative alternative to a belt. Solid colors might be a good place to start, or subtle patterns that match your outfit.

Belts

Fun Belts


Tucked-in shirts and elaborate belt buckles were popular in the 80s, but you can still dress up an outfit with a solid band of color around your waist. Belts can add color to pants or skirt outfits, and you can add a matching handbag for color coordination.  Have a plain maxi dress?  Find a thick colorful belt and it will change it to a brand new outfit!  So much can be done with belts.


So take control of that closet again, and bring life back to your outfits!


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