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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Jude's 1st Day of FIRST Grade!

Doesn't seem possible that we are starting school or that we have a 1st grader!   Yesterday, Jude started 1st grade and he was so excited!   We started the day off with our traditional first day of school chalkboard picture on the front porch.  This year, Jude decided he wants to be a Scientist when he grows up.  Honestly, this does not surprise me!  He love science!!

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After 3 years of Preschool/Pre-k and 1 year of Kindergarten, this guy is so prepared to tackle 1st grade.  He is in class with 3 of his buddies he has been in school with for 3 years plus a new friend.  We are blessed with a great student to teacher ratio at our school!  5 kids in first grade....all boys again this year.  I know he will be getting some great one on one with this ratio.  What a great education opportunity!  

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I think Jude is most excited to have his own desk to put his own supplies in!  Such a change from the Montessori curriculum he has had for the last 4 years!  ha!!  

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Jude decided on a Pokemon backpack and lunchbox this year, I know that is surprising to you all!  Pokemon is life to this kid!!  And his shirt of choice was a bright yellow polo - his favorite color.

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And for a little throwback picture of Jude.  This was in 2013 for his very first day of school!!  That excitement and willingness and urge to learn has not changed, instead it has grown!!  I love that Jude loves to learn.  

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Jude's first day of school was great, he came home with smiles and stories.  We are looking forward to a great year ahead!!  Bring on 1st Grade!!!  Do well turtle!!!  



What did your kids say they want to be when they grow up this year?



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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Focus, Inspire, Create - My Thinking Corner

 Disclosure: This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GladeAtmosphere #CollectiveBias


Here we are over two months into my full time working from home career.  Honestly, the last two months have gone so quickly and I am loving it, however, one of my biggest challenges with being at home is staying focused!  Sometimes I cannot stop focusing on the housework and errands that need to be done.  So, I decided to find a quiet little space in my working space just for my thinking, creating and planning.  

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Let me tell you about my home office - it isn't an office.  It is literally our family room.  So, like I said, I get distracted easily.  A lot of my job is thinking, planning and creating and to do this I have to be in the zone and out of the homemaking role.  

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To make my new thinking corner even more relaxing and great for staying focused I picked up some of The Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Home Fragrance by Glade® from King Soopers.  These are no ordinary candles.  They are beautiful yet simple and come in some amazing scents. N°1 Enraptured™ – Jasmine and Cedarwood and N°2 Bright™ – Sweet Pea and Pear were the two that I decided to bring home with me. N°1 Enraptured™ is perfect because it is nice and calming and N°2 Bright™ might be my favorite because of the pears and sweet pea flowers.

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When I got home from the store I started getting everything all set up for my new space.  I cleaned off my grandmother's old sewing machine table and started placing my thinking and creating items on the table.  This is a small table but it is perfect for the work I want to do in this space.  I decided I needed a little more inspiration and decoration for my thinking corner so I created a nice printable that totally matches the mood I am in when I am in need of my thinking corner.  

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I love this new printable.  It is so cheerful and gives me a lot of motivation to do well while working from home.  My jar candles match my style perfectly.  Simple, clean and pretty!  This space is my new favorite!  My next step is finding a more comfortable chair to help me get cozy while creating!  

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It is so fun to see this space turn into something I know will be great for me. And now I have found my new favorite line of candles and PlugIns® Scented Oil. This line of products is curated and artisanal scents, crafted and layered with ingredients by world-renown fragrance designer Ann Gottlieb.  When I sit down in my thinking corner I instantly smell the great scents from my jar candles and my creativity begins flowing and my focus stays put!  

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How do you make sure you create amazing spaces in your home?

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Let Kids Be Kids at Punch Bowl Social

Disclosure:  My family and I were provided with lunch and bowling in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own. 



Jeremy and I have gone to Punch Bowl Social in Denver with friends in celebration of my birthday but we have never gone with our kids.  Now that we have had the experience as a family, I know we will be visiting again soon.  Punch Bowl Social is a place for where everyone can be themselves.  This trendy but comfortable space is more than just a restaurant with delicious food.  It is a place for people to eat, drink, play and be social!  


As summer winds down it is still important to enjoy those days with your kids before they get back into the swing of things at school.  Punch Bowl Social understands that while you love summer break, parents might be ready for a BREAK!!  So, how do you enjoy the last few moments of summer and not go crazy?  Take the kids to Punch Bowl Social!! 


Details:

Until August 30th you can bring your family to Punch Bowl Social and enjoy some food and fun! Kids Bowl Free runs Monday through Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is open to kids 15 and younger accompanied by an adult.  This includes one hour of bowling and shoes for the kiddos!  


Jude and Teagan have not been bowling that much so I wasn't sure how they would enjoy this but since our bowling outing all they have asked to do is go back to "that bowling place"!  They loved it!!  


We had such a fun time bowling as a family.  It really was a great way to spend an afternoon.  We got out of the house (YAY!), had a great lunch, and didn't have to worry about the heat!!  Punch Bowl Social for the win!!


Punch Bowl Social isn't just food and bowling, there are tons of other fun activities for all ages.  You could literally spend a good part of the day here.  They kids didn't want to leave!  We had to take a photo in front of the "I Love You So Much" brick wall, of course.  Any of you that have been to a Punch Bowl Social knows that this is a must!  


Once we were done with finding our "I Love You So Much" wall, we let the kids walk around and check out all of the fun yard games (inside), arcade games, pinball, foosball, wall Scrabble, and giant Jenga!  See, told you, this is the perfect place to enjoy a day of fun with the family!  

And now I have to tell you about the food.  To go along with the Kids Bowl Free promo, Punch Bowl Social also has a brand new kids menu that is filled with unique but totally kid friendly lunch and dinner options.  

Jude decided on the Banana Almond Butter Sandwich with Purple Potato Chips and Teagan went for the Grilled Cheddar Cheese Sandwich with Carrot Sticks and Cucumbers.  They LOVED their meals and I loved that there were some healthy options for the kids.  We also tried one of the preschool drinks that basically tasted like a Strawberry Starburst!  SO GOOD! 


To end our fun afternoon out at Punch Bowl Social we decided to let the kids split a Chocolate Milkshake.  Lucky kiddos!!  They really had a great time and so did we.  Now that we have experienced this with the kids and not just as a night out on the town with our adult friends, we are ready to add this to our family outings list for sure.  

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The countdown is on!  Get into Punch Bowl Social Denver before August 30th to enjoy this summertime promo with your family!  


Have you experienced a Punch Bowl Social before?

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Back in May I went to the Mom 2.0 Summit in Orlando Florida, it was a very overwhelming but educational experience and I am so happy I went.  It was a great influencing conference that had me meeting new bloggers/influencers, connecting with brands and learning SO MUCH!  I cannot wait for next year.  

One of the treats that we had at one of the evening events was a cabana party that included an opportunity to meet Young Adult writer Nicola Yoon and get a free copy of her book Everything, Everything.  I will be the first to admit that I LOVE YA books.  They are usually easy reads and perfect for me to escape this crazy life for a few hours.  

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So when I saw Nicola Yoon signing books I had to get in line!  Well, 3 months later, I have finally finished Everything, Everything.  I took the book on one of our cabin trips and I read it in 2 days!  Yup.  TWO!  I love going to the cabin, it makes me stop with the electronics and enjoy some reading.  


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Risk everything . . . for love.

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door . . . and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken.

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Everything, Everything will make you laugh, cry, and feel everything in between. It's an innovative, inspiring, and heartbreakingly romantic debut novel that unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, illustrations, and more.


My Review of Everything, Everything"


Like I said, I read this book in 2 days.  It is a fast read and perfect for summertime.  I enjoyed getting to know the characters and see them grow through out the story.  I believe this is a great Young Adult book - any high schooler would enjoy this book.  

To not give any secrets away, towards the end of the book I felt my heartbreak for Madeline's mother.  While some might be surprised at that, I was relating to the mother as a mother.  Goodness we want the very best for our kids.  Maybe our protection is hurting them in the end?  A question that we as parents probably have in the back of minds as our kids grow up.  

The multiple relationships that are introduced throughout the story are so raw and true.  Even though Madeline and Olly cannot have the normal high school friendship and love they build a relationship that is stronger than most.  

Everything, Everything is EVERYTHING.  This page turner had me questioning life.  What is important, who is important and how everything we do can affect those around us.  

Simply put, you must read this book and my suggestion is to read the book before you see the movie.  Create the relationships in our mind!  They are perfect!


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The instant #1 New York Times bestseller--now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly.  

I have not seen this movie yet but it is on my list to watch for sure.  I really hope the movie is as great as the book was.  

Nicola Yoon has a new book that was just recently released as well, called The Sun is Also A Star.  Since I enjoyed Everything, Everything I have decided I must read this one as well.  

    


Have you read any of Nicola Yoon's books?  What are your thoughts on her writing?


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