29 January 2015

Bennett's 5th Birthday Outing

I've mentioned before that we don't throw birthday parties for our kids (at least not yet), and I still totally stand by that idea. Instead, we take out kids out and do something out of the norm, something special. We usually drop the other sibling off with a family member so we can be sure that we are really making the day all about the Birthday Boy. But this year, we decided to go all as a family. Bennett & Easton are best friends and seem to really be happiest when they are together, so it made sense! :)

So this year, Bennett's birthday landed on a Monday. So Philip took the day off of work, and we pulled Bennett out of school, and then picked up my Mom, and headed downtown to enjoy the day.

Winter Birthday's are hard, because they are usually wet and cold. But this is the second year in a row that Bennett's Birthday has been sunny and gorgeous! This past Monday, it was in the low 60's! So warm and wonderful. And the day, was perfect! Bennett had a blast!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY again sweet boy!! We love you so much!!

















27 January 2015

Happy 5th Birthday, Bennett!!!

My sweet, loving, amazing first born son turned five yesterday. FIVE YEARS OLD you guys. I'm not going to sit here and talk about how crazy fast time seems to be flying by, because that's a given.

I'm really having a hard time (as usual) getting any thoughts out, so I'll just make it short and sweet.

Bennett,

I'm sitting here at the computer, trying to figure out how to put into words what I'm feeling. Five years ago, your Dad and I were on our way to the hospital, feeling both anxious and excited about meeting you! I never realized how instantly and unconditionally I could love someone, until you were born. Over the years, you have taught me about purity and kindness in a way that no one else could. I've mentioned this before, but you truly have a heart of gold. You are a people pleaser, and want nothing more than to bring happiness to others, and believe me when I say that you do. You bring a smile to so many people's faces, because your sweet spirit is contagious. You set that example to so many, every single day.

At Five Years Old, here are a few of your favorite things! 

How old are you turning today? Five.
Favorite color? Yellow
Favorite toy? Train tracks
Favorite food? Mac n' cheese
Favorite snack? Pretzels
Favorite holiday? Christmas
Favorite TV show? Mickey Mouse 
Favorite movie? The Lego Movie
Favorite animal? Dinosaurs
Favorite drink? Apple juice
Favorite song? "Black Venom" - by Budos Band
Who is your best friend? Easton
Favorite place to go? The park
What do you want to be when you grow up? Pilot





26 January 2015

Building Memories, By Building Forts

*Thank you Pop Secret for sponsoring today's discussion, and inspiring me to make memories with my family! #PopSecretForts 

I feel like I've always had a bucket list (of sorts) of things that were absolutely mandatory to do with my kids, or to get for them. For example: bunk beds, getting a playhouse for the backyard, building gingerbread houses at Christmas time, taking them to baseball games, baking chocolate cookies, introducing them to Mickey Mouse, building forts... etc. I feel like all of these things are just such classic kids and family activities, that bring us all closer together. They are things I envisioned doing with my boys before they were even born.

But let's back up for a second.

I don't know if you knew this, but there is actually an art to building a fort. Well, that's according to my Husband. He considers himself to be a pro fort builder. Like, don't even try to question him when he's building a fort. Whereas I, I am what you call an amateur in the fort building department. But in my opinion, all you need for a good fort, is something to go underneath. Well, I suppose there are a couple of other necessities as well. But we'll get to those in a minute!



This fort particular fort this was my personal creation. I hung some rope between curtain rods and then draped a blanket over it. Ta-da! My kids don't need anything fancy, like I said, they just need something to go underneath. They actually call it their "tent." As soon as they saw what I was doing, they run to their rooms and get their pillows, blanky's and of course, their lantern and some flashlights.






There are a couple of other necessities for forts, if you ask me. 1) Legos, and 2) Popcorn. I'm sure I'm not the only one, but when it comes to popcorn, the more butter, the better. Just like the movie theaters. Honestly, I think the popcorn is their favorite part of fort building, I can't say I blame them. Who doesn't love to shovel popcorn in their mouth by the fistfulls?? ;-)

I think doing simple activities like this, can be a a great way to carve out time as a family, and also give the kids something special & different to do. I want my kids to be able to look back at their childhood, and have the kinds of memories that they want to pass onto their children one day.




Okay truth be told, a little while after this, my Husband took my fort down and rebuilt it. I told you, he legit thinks he's the king of building forts. He doesn't mess around.

Do you build forts with your kiddos?? If so, or even if you don't, I encourage you to!! It's such a fun, easy activity. And right now, if you create your own pillow fort and submit the photo to the Pop Secret Facebook page (via the hashtag: #PopSecretForts), you will be eligible to win some super fun prizes and rewards from Pop Secret!! Pretty neat, right?

But first, don't forget to hop over and grab your $1 off coupon for your bag of Pop Secret Popcorn!! It's a fort essential, remember! :)


22 January 2015

Boys Fashion - T-Rex Style

This weather lately, has been so nice! We've had sunshine for the past few days, and even when it's not sunny, its been warm-ish. It's been a really mild winter, which is always fine with me. And Monday's forecast? SUNNY AND SIXTY DEGREES. Bless it, bless it all.

I feel super lame talking about the weather, but really, it dictates so much of my mood. Did you know that seasonal depression is a real thing? Well actually it's called Seasonal Defective Disorder (SAD). Sorry, I'm being a big fat downer right now. Okay but my point is, that I don't have SAD because the weather has been lovely.... like the day I took these photos of Bennett. He went outside without a jacket and was totally fine.

I'm rambling. Let's stop talking about the weather and start talking about this super cute outfit! Ever since Bennett was little, he has loved Dinosaurs. So when I saw this outfit from FabKids, I showed B immediately, and without hesitation, he said "That's mine!" ha ha. Okay buddy, it's yours.

Oh and since this is a fashion post, I have a quick word on denim! I used to always buy skinny jeans for Bennett, but as he's gotten older, he's gotten super tall & slender. Well, he's always been tall and skinny, but it's extra extra these days. So I've actually been leaning toward a looser fitting jean for him, I feel like it's actually more flattering on his body type. What do you think?

*I was provided this outfit for the purpose of this blog post, but all opinions are my own!

If you haven't heard of FabKids, or haven't seen my previous posts about them, let me give you the run down on this awesome service.

FabKids is JustFab's newest fashion club, started by a team of parents, including mom and actress, Christina Applegate. FabKids makes it super easy & convenient for parents to shop because you get monthly selections of affordable, high-quality fashions that are personalized just for your kids.

You can order through their website at anytime with a regular membership, but the awesome VIP Memberships include tons of perks! Such as:
  • First outfit is $15 plus free shipping!
  • Save up to 50% off retail prices
  • Skip any month you want
  • Exclusive VIP pricing
  • Earn FabKids rewards points
  • Cancel anytime!
So now all you need to do is head over to the FabKids website and take a style profile quiz about your kiddo, so that they can get to know your child. And then based on those results, FabKids will give you outfit suggestions. You can buy an outfit, or not. Or just shop around the site. But I dare you not to buy something.



I knew the day would come that he would develop a signature cheese face. And this ^^ is it. lol.

Have you checked out FabKids yet??! If you haven't, you need to. They have the most adorable outfits, I have yet to be disappointed with their selection!