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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Throwing A Frozen Party!

Frozen birthday party supplies

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I have used Birthday Express for Lena's parties, including her upcoming third (gulp!) birthday, and have had such positive experiences, so when I got an email about becoming an affiliate, I definitely jumped on it! Honestly, I am a little wary of promoting products, but since I have experienced nothing but good service and quality products, I figured I'd go ahead and do it, since I would definitely recommend them (and actually have, several times!) anyway. So, since I know a ton of moms with summer babies, and a ton of kids who love Frozen, I give you some "cool" offers (pun awful and totally intended). 

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At Birthday Express, you can shop Frozen-themed party supplies, favors, decorations, costumes and more! Some of our favorite products are the 41" Olaf Jumbo Balloon and the Deluxe Anna and Elsa costumes. Right now at Birthday Express, you can Get 10% off all Frozen party supplies through 6/29. Be sure to shop this collection today and turn your next party into a winter wonderland! 


Sunday, June 15, 2014

Happy Father's Day!!

So, it's Father's Day. Did you call your dad today? I imagine not many dads are big phone talkers. Mine is not. So it will probably go like this:
Me:  "Happy Father's Day!"
Dad: "Thanks. How are you?"
Me:"Good, you? Any plans for the day?"
Dad: "Just mowing the lawn/Planting flowers/Insert awful mundane chore here"
Me: "Well, that doesn't sound fun..."
Dad: "Eh. Hang on, here's Mom."

Done and done. I just don't think most dads are huge phone talkers. It's a thing. Pretty much everyone I also also has this same "thing". So don't fret, Dad, you're normal.

HOWEVER. Upon doing this post, and looking for pictures, I have realized that there are two pictures in my possession of just me and my dad. Two. I threw in a third with my brother for funsies. Now, I do recall him being the photographer for most of our childhood, and there are pictures of all of us, and I am sure some more at my parents' house, but Dad, consider this post your fair warning: There will be more pictures taken. #SorryNotSorry.

So, give dad a call, even if he isn't really a "phone guy", tell him how much you love him, or remember a dad you're missing today. Wishing you all a wonderful day! 

And of course, my babies hanging out with their daddy:

Friday, June 13, 2014

Five Items On My Bucket List

So, this week's topic: Five Items on My Bucket List. I thought this would be easy, but it doesn't seem to be. Meh, I'll try anyway.

1. Ride an elephant. Or a camel. Or something exotic. Whatever. This guy looks friendly.

2. Go parasailing. Because I find it to be terrifying, but pretty fantastic. Plus, if my mom can jump from planes, then I can go parasailing, right?

3. Have something published. Obviously, not this post. And probably not on that typewriter.

4. Dye my hair a crazy color. Specifically, blue or something of the like. And not feel like a weirdo (I think that might be the hard part, no?)

5. Visit all 50 states (only 14 to go!) and as many countries as humanly possible. And let's skip the ones that may try to maim or kill me. Maybe a better goal would be to step foot on every continent (only 4 to go!)?

So, what is on YOUR bucket list?? 

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Friday, June 6, 2014

Five Reasons I'm On Hiatus

While this is a bit tongue-in-cheek, it is both true, and fits with the topic. I am postponing my usual list, because seriously, does anyone actually care? Nope.

1. Because I am flat out of ideas. Seriously, I can't come up with a thing to say. I stare at the screen as though something is going to flash across it saying "Write about THIS!". And then I get mad at myself because of course, nothing does, and I've just wasted an hour I don't have.

2. The pressure. Mom things are so damn complicated. I have no idea why. But for me, this has turned into just another competition. "My kid peed on a toilet first." "Well, MY blog has all the sponsors." (Spoiler alert: My kids wear diapers and I have exactly zero sponsors.) Maybe it is my imagination, or maybe it is reality, but I just feel like I can't compete in another "mom game" right now.

3. I don't have a niche. Most mom bloggers have a "thing". Many are crafty, green, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, whatever champions. I seem to be a champion of winging it. This is not to say that it isn't helpful to read about, but I simply can't do it right now without feeling all "blah" about myself and my role.

4. This thing:
This takes up a lot of my time. And I love it. Love It. And since I love it, I'd rather be dedicated to it. Four Fishies will come back around, and I will keep posting when the mood strikes, but I am kind of all-in on the book blog.

5. These things: 

They take a lot of time, and a lot of work. Worth it? Of course. And I'd rather be less stressed while spending time with them.

So, dear readers, don't fret, I am not on a permanent leave, or even a legit hiatus. I am just taking a step back, trying to redefine myself, and put more energy into things I am feeling better about at the moment! But, I still value each and every one of you, so I promise that when I do post, it will be from the heart! 

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Biking Into Summer Giveaway

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Once you have your first child you start to think about all of their firsts. With Riding their bike being one of them. You think about how you are going to teach them and all the joy that will come. Oh, did I mention the scraped knees the falling off and your kids getting mad?

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Friday, May 30, 2014

Five Favorite Movies of All Time

I feel that in a few years, this will probably read like a list of the four Hunger Games movies, with some other YA movie thrown it. But for now, that isn't the case, so we'll see what happens. Disclaimer: I am not a huge movie person, so this is not as easy as it sounds!

1. Catching Fire.  Because of course. I loved the book the most, and I loved the movie the most, and that is the end of the story. Come binge-watch with me!

2. The Hunger Games. Again, this isn't a huge surprise for anyone.

3. Mean Girls. Because I could watch this movie all day every day and never get bored. "You go, Glen Coco!"

4. Remember the Titans. I will never not cry while watching this. Ever.

5. The Mighty Ducks movies. Especially D2. Because you know, "Ducks Fly Together" and all that.

What are YOUR favorite movies of all time? 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Five Things You'd Do With a Day Off From Everything

First of all, let's be clear: This is not a thing. No one ever gets a day off from everything. It simply doesn't exist. But, for the sake of this little post, we'll all pretend (blissfully, I'm sure) that it does. Picture it: Evan has taken the children on some lovely extravaganza. My house somehow got cleaned top to bottom by fairies or gnomes or whoever. Food will be brought to me (maybe by an aforementioned gnome, I don't really know or care). The point is, there is nothing I have to do. Oh, and maybe money is no object either? Let's go with that.

1. All the sleeping. I would sleep a lot. Probably too much, considering this is my only day to do whatever I want. But my body would really hate me if I didn't show it some unconscious time. I am only too happy to oblige. I find my face would look just like Pickles' did/does, as he happily lounges.

2. Play around online. Now that I am all rested up, I have tons of time left to do dumb stuff online. Not blogging stuff, not paying bills, not anything other than useless shenanigans. Maybe I am chatting away with my lovely Facebook friends. I could be pinning Hunger Games stuff all over Pinterest. Maybe I am trying furiously to win book giveaways, or taking dumb quizzes. The point is, this simply is not constructive, and that is fine with me.

3. Take a nice, scalding hot bubble bath. The kind without a child in your midst, crying that you need to get out the tub now, because Daddy's rendition of The Berenstain Bears Please Shut Up Already wasn't up to par. Don't get me wrong, I am still using Elmo bubble bath, because that smells like a little bit of heaven. Photo credit: niseag03 via photopin cc

4. Read all the books. Now I am clean, rested, and have had my fill of online silliness. Obviously, I have some reading to do! So, since money is no object, I am going to buy all the books from my Kindle Wish-List (yeah, all 204 of them, so?) and then probably read a book I already had.

5. Drink wine. Lots and lots of wine. I love Barefoot Bubbly Citrus Fusion. Which is odd, because I generally don't like citrus. But it will be divine. Photo credit:

What do these things have in common? I have to walk no more than five feet from my bed to get to any one of these locations. Some of them, of course, occur in bed. Bliss=achieved. In pretend-land.

What would you do on a mythical day without responsibilities?