National Park and Cabela's Giveaway!

It's Summertime!! We are pretty excited about that here in our neck of the woods. In fact, we have teamed up with a group of fabulous bloggers to do a Giveaway for the start of Summer! Wahoo! Remember that post we did about the Firework Shirts? That was part of a series on "Get Your Kids Moving in May" series and there were so many great ideas. 


 To bid farewell to such an awesome series we're giving away 1 FREE National Park Pass ($80 Value) which will allow you to access over 2000 National Parks! See a complete list HERE ...How cool is that! So load up the kids and get out there and get your road trip on! And since you'll need supplies -- we're also giving away a $75.00 gift card to Cabela's. I mean, seriously, how cool is that?
Shop online or in one of their gazillion locations nationwide to get everything you will need to make memories this summer. 

If you missed some of the awesomeness check out these super cool posts!! 



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Flirty Apron Giveaway!


UPDATE: We have a winner!! Drumroll please! ......................


Remember, if you didn't win, you can still snag an awesome Flirty Apron for 25% off by using our discount code SPRINKLES! Seriously! That code is good through the end of June. They also have great aprons for all of the guys in your life and Father's Day is coming up....
Amanda, check your email!



Let us tell you about Flirty Aprons. They are adorable. Period. We love them. Our husbands love them. We love that our husbands love them. Who wouldn't, right?! Here's the deal. We are going to let you in on a little secret today....Flirty Aprons aren't just for the kitchen!! Seriously.
Ready to see what we mean?









We love our aprons so much, we are going to give one away to a lucky reader! You can enter the giveaway below for your chance to win an apron of your choice. In the meantime, you can head over to Flirty Aprons and take a look at all of the adorable aprons they have to choose from. When you find several that you like (because we know you will), you can use the code SPRINKLES for 25% off! Seriously! That code is good through the end of June. They also have great aprons for all of the guys in your life and Father's Day is coming up....

Ready to enter the giveaway for your free apron? Here you go!


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Best of luck to you! Keep coming back everyday to get more entries! 





Photography by CeeCee Photography

Firework Shirts - Maybe I Will


Today we are guest posting on Maybe I Will! It's a cute blog with lots of great ideas to get your kids moving! Head on over to check out our post on DIY Fireworks Shirts. Enjoy!


Perfectly Pretty Print

Haleigh, from Bloomfieldia, is back again with another fabulous outfit. She can make anything look great! Enjoy!

Hello again! This outfit is comfy & simple, and that's just how I like 'em. (Of course maybe some of you would beg to differ on the comfy factor because of the heels, but I am SO short, therefore I wear them quite often.)
I found this top at a thrift store and fell in love! It's really light and flowy, and has a pretty print- bonus!
You could wear this outfit anywhere; grocery shopping, on a date, out to lunch- it's very versatile. 





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Lone Survivor

There are certain things that leave an impact in your life and you remember the details surrounding it.  For me it was June 12, 2007.  I was walking on the treadmill at the gym  (we'll just say I was warming up for my more strenuous workout to follow), while watching the Today Show.  Matt Lauer was interviewing Marcus Luttrell, a former Navy Seal about his book, 'Lone Survivor'.  Before I knew it I had tears in my eyes, as he said to Matt, "I died on that mountain too, sir."
Marcus Luttrell's Interview - 2007

I purchased this book after hearing Luttrell's interview.  As I read it I received a deeper measure of gratitude for the men and women that give their lives for our country.  I remember reading one night, tears streaming down my face as he talked about the loss of his fellow Navy Seals, his friends, his warriors.  I remember having extreme guilt for laying warm in my bed that night, it was hard for me to sleep. 

This true story changed my life and gave real meaning to Memorial Day.  I pray we can all be thankful for the wonderful country in which we live and appreciative to those that protect it with their lives.

 

Flirty Aprons



In our opinion, Flirty Aprons aren't just for the Kitchen. Next week, we will show you what we mean and even give away a fabulous apron to one lucky reader! Are you ready?

Where do you wear your aprons?

Thrift Store Find - Chess Pieces (Before)



Have you ever walked through a thrift store and found something that you knew could be cool with the right touch? That's how these old cologne bottles were for us. Rebekah spotted them and immediately saw the potential. I would have walked right past them without a second glance.

What would you do if you found these? 


Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies



In honor of National Chocolate Cookie Day today, I thought I would share my favorite cookie recipe with you! I found this little gem of a recipe on the back of a Crisco Jar long ago, and have tweaked it a little to my own taste. It's an easy recipe and the best part is how soft the cookies turn out. I love my cookies soft. I love to eat them right out of the oven with a nice cold glass of milk.

Super Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies 

1 1/4 cups firmly packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup milk chocolate chips
1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. While the oven is heating up, combine the brown sugar, shortening, milk, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat until mixture is light and fluffy. Beat in the egg.
Combine the flour, salt, and baking soda and then add to the sugar mixture. Stir in the chocolate chips.

Drop rounded tablespoonfuls onto cookie sheet about 3 inches apart. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool on a cooling rack.

Enjoy!



One Mom's Fitness Story - Couch to 5K



I hate running. Seriously, hate it. But after having Little Miss M, I need to get back in shape. With summer coming and the weather slowly getting warmer, my good friend (and neighbor), Anndrea, and I decided to start running. Our goal - to run a 5K this summer.

Last summer, my hubby and I ran the Color in Motion 5K in Rexburg. It was a blast! My husband is an amazing runner, and running a 5K was no biggie for him. He didn't have to train or run in advance - he just did it. I told him he didn't have to run with me and he ended up finishing waaaaaay before I did. I was 18 weeks pregnant with little M, and I pretty much walked most of it. I had little spurts of jogging, but not much.


This year I want to be able to run the entire 5K without stopping. The Color in Motion 5K is July 5th and we are starting now! We actually started last week using an app called, Couch to 5K. It slowly starts getting you ready to run a 5K and we are doing it!
I'm going to keep posting about my progress as we get closer. If you want to join me, do it! Let's get in shape! Believe me....if I can do it - so can you!



Fantastic Paint Party

Simple ways to make a Fantastic Paint Party!


Most children enjoy painting and I find parties easier if there is a theme and an activity for the kids to engage in.  This party was very simple and the kids enjoyed themselves.

You Will Need:
- Birdhouses
- Paintbrushes
- Vinyl Tablecloth
- Terra Cotta Pots
- Sticks
- Faux Bird or Butterflies (optional)
- Candy - Food - Birthday Cake!
- Smiles

Most of the items we purchased were from Michael's, with coupons of course.  We primed the birdhouses so the paint would go on easier and the kids wouldn't need so much.  The table was set with a vinyl tablecloth and painted terra cotta pots, full of candies, with painted sticks stuck in them and clip-on decorative birds.  Although, I don't have a picture of the invitations we attached a small paintbrush to them for character.  We served simple kid friendly picnic food and allowed time later for cake and presents! 


Enjoyable & Easy!


Why I am grateful for "Mom Guilt"

Motherhood. It is the hardest job in the world, but also the most rewarding. I have been trying to write down my thoughts on how wonderful being a mom is for weeks now. The funny thing is, every time I go to write about it I have a hard mom day. You know, those days when you run out of patience and your kids are constantly fighting or throwing fits? Those days when bedtime can't come soon enough? I have had a lot of those days over the last few weeks. How am I supposed to write a post on how much I love motherhood when somedays it's really hard?! Has anyone else ever been there?


I tend to be extremely hard on myself when it comes to my skills as a mother. When I have days like
that I feel awful inside. After my kids are asleep and my sanity comes back, all I want to do is wake my kiddos up and tell them how sorry I am. I want to tell them how much I love them and that I will be better tomorrow. I ask the Lord for forgiveness and to help me be a better mother. Then I start the mental list of all of the things that I want/need to be better at. My kids deserve the best - and I need to be that for them. I make lists of all the things I want to do with my kids and read article after article on how to be a great mom. I wear myself out with all of the guilt I place on myself for not being perfect.

And then I stop.

I know that I am a good mom, because I know that everyday I give my very best. Somedays my best isn't at the same level as other days - and that's ok. I'm not perfect. No mother is. I may do things differently than every other mom out there. My house may be a mess and my mountain of laundry that needs to be folded might be higher than the bed. My kids might eat macaroni and cheese for dinner multiple times in one week and they might have syrup in their hair from yesterday. I might stay in my pjs all day and realize at bedtime that I never even brushed my teeth that day (yes, it has happened). I might take a nap when my kids do instead of picking up the house because I am exhausted from getting up 5 times a night. I might let my kids climb in bed with me in the middle of the night because I'm too tired to fight that battle, and I want to hold their hand while they sleep. I might raise my voice at my little ones when they don't deserve it and I don't play on the floor enough.

Everyday I am trying to be better than I was the day before.

People have told me over and over again that I should know I'm a good mom. Deep down, I do. But here is the thing - if I thought I was a perfect mom I wouldn't feel the need to improve. I might not spend so many hours pouring over books, reading articles, and searching the internet for ways to help my children and ways to teach them what they need to know. If I just knew I was a great mom, I might not be humble enough to ask for the Lord's help each and every day. I might not be so worried about making sure they learn everything they need to know to stay strong in such a cruel world.

As weird as it may sound, somedays I am grateful for the "mom guilt" I place on myself. I am grateful for it because it means that I am still trying to be better every day.

My kids deserve that from me. 

Being a mother is a sacred calling. It is one I wouldn't trade for anything. I am lucky enough to be at home with my kids, a blessing that brings tears to my eyes every time I think about it. My kids deserve to have all of me - every exhausted piece. Heavenly Father has trusted me with them and I need to be there for every moment possible. I am grateful that I can be. For me, it is what matters most in this world.

I hope on this Mother's Day you celebrate the mother that you are. Whatever your situation, whatever your skills, whatever your weaknesses may be - celebrate it all. Your kids love you. They need you. You are wonderful.


Everything Will Be Okay

        Everything Will Be Okay

When I was an infant, my mother said,
     My eyes looked worried as she rocked me to bed.

She felt I was missing and longing for home,
     Home with my Heavenly Father, the only one I had known.

She told me then, that all would be well,
     That now was my time on earth to dwell.

She would take care of me, I was her child.
     And I relaxed in her arms, comforted, and smiled.

Ever since then she's helped me along,
     I learned to be smart, confident and strong.

I was taught to be kind and loving to all,
     I had guidance, acceptance and love through it all.

And the thing most important, that my mother has taught...
     (It is something to me, that means quite a lot.)

My Mom's testimony, that through thick and thin,
     Through good times and bad times and struggles within.

Through trials and sadness there ever has been,
     A loving Heavenly Father and Jesus, Savior of men.

She taught me this truth, with her faith she did say,
     Don't worry dear daughter,
             
             "Everything Will Be Okay!"

'Rockstar' Mom

My husband, Mark, calls me a 'Rockstar' Mom.  I wish this was because I was a total hottie with an unlimited budget for travel, fashion and food.  But, the meaning happens to be just a tad-bit different.  You see, what makes me a  'Rockstar' Mom is...
I have 'Groupies' that follow me to the bathroom 
& I'm always in demand!!!


The fact is, motherhood is the toughest and greatest work you will ever do.  It completely runs the gamut of all things emotional and physical, thus, there is nothing else like it.  Although being a mother is work, it is our greatest work and we are taught to find joy in our work.  I am blessed to be a mom to five lovely (crazy) children.  They each bring something unique to our family dynamic and I am humbled that God has entrusted them to my care. There are many reasons I love being a mom, and some reasons that make it less desirable, but attitude is everything and these are some of the many reasons I love it:

infant fingers circling mine - snuggle bug mornings - giggles - big brown adoring eyes - Looking smart when doing elementary homework - sun-kissed noses - shower time with the cutest bodies on the planet - laughter from underdog swings  - growing testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ - do-it-yourself, 1 year old, soup eaters - language expressed in funny, witty ways - hugs   - popcorn eating, movie watching family time  - mismatched style  - "Mom, I like you." - power of a kiss to heal - unconditional love - blessings from God - being a favorite - being a friend - being a hero 
- simply being a mom!

HaPpY Mothers Day and lots of love to all mom's everywhere!