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6 Reasons I Love Spring Break

Yesterday started our week of Spring Break and I am so excited. No really, I’m so ready! I remember when all my kids were little and Spring Break seemed like an albatross around my neck. Entertain all the little kids for a week? Oy. But now that they are all getting older? Spring Break rocks. 

 

6 Reasons I Love Spring Break

 

1. Sleeping in. And not the sarcastic “oh I slept in until 7am this morning” kind of sleeping in either. The real, oh-my-gosh is it really 9am kind of sleeping in. I love having older kids who don’t wake up early. Or if they do wake up early they don’t wake me up early. Maia is an early riser but she gets her own breakfast, walks the dog, and entertains herself. Mase and Zoey both sleep in when we don’t have to wake them up for school. They usually don’t get up until around 8:30 or 9 if they wake up naturally. Matt is so good to me, he leaves them cups of juice in the fridge and breakfast bars on the table so they eat before waking me up. Ty….well we won’t see him before noon. And nobody gets into trouble because they all know another sibling will tattle on them when mom gets up. It’s the perfect system. Yesterday they slept in until 9:20. 

 

 

2. No schedules, no plans. We don’t plan anything during Spring Break week. No vacations, no days full of stuff, nothing. The kids play outside, we go to the park, we go for frozen yogurt, we might go to the movies….but nothing is scheduled. It’s all spontaneous and fun. 

 

3. Cupcakes for dinner and ice cream for dessert. We pick one night during Spring Break and let the kids eat whatever they want for dinner. Even if it’s cupcakes and ice cream. They get to choose. I think it’s their favorite night of the year.

 

4. No bedtime battles. We fight a hard bedtime battle around here. The little kids are in bed by 7:30 normally and asleep by 8 on most nights. But Matt doesn’t get home from work until 6:30 or a little later which does not leave much time for dinner and showers before we have to start the bedtime routine. During Spring Break there is no bedtime. They can eat dinner, take a shower, and still have time to spend with daddy. We might even take an evening stroll to the park. They get to take their Kindle’s to bed and watch a show before falling asleep. Everyone is happy.

 

5. Less laundry. On a normal school day the kids wear their nice clothes to school then come home and change into play clothes to go outside and then of course, pajamas at night time. Doesn’t sound like much but when it’s 3 kids doing it that’s a lot of laundry! During Spring Break they just start out in play clothes….and some days might just stay in pajamas! 

 

6. A special treat at the end. The kids don’t know it yet but Matt took the Thursday and Friday of Spring Break off so we can do some fun stuff as a family. Plus, on Saturday we are driving up to see my parents and Cam along with my sister’s family. We’re going to celebrate Easter together and we are taking the kids’ Easter baskets with us. We’re planning a big BBQ and an Easter egg hunt for the kids. I can’t wait! And we just bought a Mifi for the car so the kids can watch movies on their tablets during the drive, which means Matt and I don’t have to listen to kiddie movies blaring through the radio speakers. I love technology.

 

I love Spring Break. 

 

I’m going to do another one of my Easy Pirate Treasure Hunts this week. Have you tried one yet? And if you’ve run out of Spring Break ideas, don’t forget about all the great kids activities I have pinned to 5 of my favorite boards! While the kids are playing you can always use my tips for organizing a closet in your house and get a jump on the Spring cleaning!

 

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The Morning Car Line Is Bad For My Health

Let’s talk about the absurdity of the morning car drop off line at my little kid’s school for a moment, shall we? More specifically, let’s talk about how it’s really bad for my health. Even more specifically, my blood pressure. I have an admittedly low tolerance for idiots and inconsiderate jerks. Unfortunately the morning car drop off seems to include an abundance of both. The picture below was taken out of my very dirty side window as I sat in the car line the other morning. See the blue awning at the top left of the picture? That’s the front door of the school. You see how far back I am? That’s where I sat for 6 minutes while the parents at the front played around getting their kids out of the car. It’s not that hard. See the sidewalk on the top right? That’s the sidewalk that a dad used to try and cut through the line. Sigh. 

 

 

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The Parents Who Drive Me Crazy In The Car Line

 

1. Parents who try to jump the line. Do I really need to reinforce the concept that the sidewalk is not an appropriate alternative to waiting your turn? Really? Jumping the sidewalk to cut in front of 8 cars just because you own a 4 wheel drive SUV is not okay. And if your mama didn’t see fit to teach you common courtesy then I’ll be happy to finish the job with my baseball bat. Get in line and wait your turn like everyone else. 

 

2. Parents who form a second line. There is only one line. The reason there is only one line is for safety. These are little kids who should not be walking out in front of other cars. So I refer you to number 1. Get in line and wait your turn like everyone else. Douchebag.

 

3. Parents who drop their kids off in the wrong place. Again, one line and one drop off area. You are not special. Dropping your kid off in the middle of the parking lot and expecting them to cut across the car line is unsafe, inconsiderate, and downright stupid. Again, refer to number 1. 

 

4. Parents who are talking on their phone instead of paying attention. Sigh. I’m sure whomever you are talking to on the other end of the phone can wait 2 minutes while you make sure your kid gets safely into the school. Almost running over your own kid because you are too busy having a conversation on the phone makes you look stupid. And rest assured, if you almost run over someone else’s kid because your on the phone I will cheer them on should they decide to introduce you to their baseball bat.

 

5. Parents who try to turn left out of the school despite the big NO LEFT TURN sign. I’m trying to get 4 kids to 3 different schools within 20 minutes. I do not have time to wait for your self-entitled, inconsiderate, jerk face to hold up the line for 10 minutes while you try to make a left turn out of the school. You see that big ole sign that says NO LEFT TURN? That means you too, douchebag. You are not special. Repeat after me. YOU. ARE. NOT. SPECIAL. Now hang a right like the rest of us before I help you get out of the way.

 

I feel better now. I’m so tired of the douchebags in the car drop off line. This is not rocket science, people. Follow the rules, wait your turn, and don’t be a jerkface. It’s very simple. I’m going to have to start putting on make-up and wearing something besides pajamas when I drop off the kids just in case I end up on the 6 o’clock news. I’ll be the one waving the baseball bat with the crazy eyes if you want to watch. 

 

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Putting The Spring In My Clean

Once the weather warms up around here I start to feel the itch to clean and purge. It happens every year and I can’t even explain it. I can’t sit still, I can’t focus on anything else, I feel like I have ants in my pants. I need to purge and organize all the things. This year is no exception. The weather has been steadily warming up for a couple of weeks now and it’s as if I suddenly woke up and discovered what a disaster my house has become during the long winter. That’s Disaster with a capital D. It’s bad y’all. 

 

I started last week with some easy organizing. I went through all the papers that had been cluttering up my counters and desk for the past few months. I tossed the outdated stuff and organized the rest into the proper places. Then I moved on to the drawers in the kitchen that had been driving me nuts. Finally I tackled the laundry area. It felt so good. Next up were the closets. I got Maia’s done in one afternoon and then did the little kids’. I couldn’t believe how much my kids had outgrown. All 3 of them needed new shorts and tees- very few things from last year still fit any of them. The kids went through all their toys and books and made a huge pile of stuff to donate. 

 

I’ve just started my own closet and holy crap- where did all this stuff come from? I swear I just cleaned it out a few months ago but I can’t find anything and I have nowhere to put the new stuff I just bought. Time for a major purge. I’ve lost a lot of weight over the past 6 months- over 22 lbs to be exact- and I need to weed out the stuff I don’t want anymore. I’m not keeping my fat clothes. Period. Knowing I don’t have any bigger clothes should keep me motivated! I bought me some new spring clothes for the first time in awhile and it feels great! Now I just need somewhere to hang them!

 

It just feels so good to clean up and get ready for a new season. I moved everything off the hardwood floors and mopped them down this weekend. I did the baseboards. I still need to do the big windows in the living room but those are going to wait for another weekend. I added them to my rather large to-do list that just keeps growing and growing. I think this coming weekend I’m going to focus on cleaning the carpets and cleaning out the front closet. I’m sure there are a ton of shoes in there that need to be tossed out or taken to Goodwill. Speaking of Goodwill, we took a huge trunk load of stuff over there this weekend and I swear I feel 10 pounds lighter.

 

If you need some spring cleaning inspiration and ideas, check out the video featuring Sabrina Soto!

 

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He Said, She Said: Selective Blindness

 
 
 
 
{You know all those funny and/or stupid little moments that happen in every marriage but nobody ever talks about? Well welcome to He Said, She Said: True Stories where I give you an unprecedented glimpse inside the marital dysfunction. You are welcome.}
 
 
 

Setting the Scene: Matt has what I like to refer to as selective blindness, which basically means he cannot find things that are not directly in front of his face. If he has to actually look for them or move something then forget it. The following conversation took place when Matt decided he wanted a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and had to actually find the ingredients himself.

 

He Said: Where’s the peanut butter?

 

She Said: Bottom shelf.

 

He Said: I don’t see it.

 

She Said: Left side.

 

He Said: Still don’t see it.

 

She Said: Behind the spaghetti sauce.

 

He Said: I still don’t–oh.

 

She Said: Yep.

 

He Said: How about the–

 

She Said: New jelly is in the fridge.

 

He Said: Where?

 

She Said: Bottom shelf.

 

He Said: I don’t–

 

She Said: In the door.

 

He Said: It’s grape.

 

She Said: Yep.

 

He Said: Do we have–

 

She Said: Strawberry jam is in the pantry.

 

He Said: Where?

 

She Said: Right next to the peanut butter.

 

He Said: Are you sure?

 

She Said: I’m not getting up. Make your own sandwich.

 

He Said: Damn.

 

She Said: Nice try though.

 

The End.

 

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Getting The Jump On Spring Cleaning

 
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Preparations for Spring are in full force around my house, despite the fact that winter seems to want to hang around a lot longer than I deem necessary this year. I saw my first Daffodil flower a few days ago, so clearly Spring is coming. The trees are in full bloom, the grass is turning green again, more flowers are trying to add some color to my front lawn, my kids have outgrown their jeans, and my allergies are already starting up. These are all signs of Spring in my humble opinion. And you know what that means, right? Other than daily trips to the playground after school?  

 

Spring cleaning!  

 

I admit to being one of those people who actually love to do Spring cleaning. There’s something about the smell of a freshly cleaned house and sunshine that speaks to my soul. I have a tried and true system for Spring cleaning. I utilize a one-bag-a-day system to get my house cleaned out. Each day I take one room and I fill at least one bag full of stuff to get rid of. Most of the time that one bag turns into three or four bags because once I start I just cannot stop. Cleaning out all the clutter not only helps me keep the house clean but it seems to refresh my moods just in time for warm weather.   

 

One of the biggest jobs is organizing the closets. We are blessed to have fairly large closets in our house, but bigger closets also means more stuff. It’s easy to just shove things in the closet and close the door. Over the years I’ve made a real effort at keeping the closets cleaned out and organized. I have it down to a science now and I can get all 4 closets done in one afternoon now.   

 

1. Remove anything stained, ripped, or outgrown. I keep a very small stack of clothes for outdoor play but the rest is bagged up.   

 

2. Remove anything you have duplicates of- nobody needs 7 white tees in the same size. This year I found 6 pairs of black tights in one of my kid’s closets and she hasn’t worn tights in 2 years. Get rid of the excess.   

 

3. Have your kids try on anything you are thinking of saving for next year. If it’s a little tight now then chances are it will be way too small next year. Bag it up. In my little kids’ closet I use a large tub to store their off season clothes. I limit it to one tub per kid and anytime I buy something on clearance for next winter I will pop it in the correct tub.   

 

4. Have your kids try on anything you saved from last year. My kids love to play fashion show. I have them try on anything I saved in the tub from last summer. Anything too small gets bagged up and the things that still fit are hung. I don’t buy anything until all the existing clothes are tried on and I have a list of what is needed.  

 

I do the same process in my own closet on a smaller scale. I weed through and pull out anything I haven’t worn in the past 2 years so I can donate it. I try on anything I’m unsure about and only keep the items I know I will wear. What good is having 52 short sleeve shirts when you only wear 9 of them? It’s clutter and I can’t stand clutter.    

 

 

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I love Spring. I adore the warm sunshine on my face, the birds chirping outside my window, the sounds of kids laughing in the yard, and seeing all my neighbors emerge from winter hibernation. The only thing that puts a crimp in my love of Spring is my seasonal allergies. It would be lovely to enjoy the warm weather minus the itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, persistent coughing and inevitable scratchy, dry throat which is why I am eager to try HALLS® Drops for some allergy relief this season. 

 

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