Jawbone and a Coupon

I had a Fitbit for a week before I returned it. I had lots of trouble with it. I then exchanged it for a Microsoft fit watch. I really liked this watch; but it mysteriously disappeared from my bag after our flight from Las Vegas. I searched high and low through every pocket of every bag, but it is gone. I miss not having something to keep me aware of my steps and calorie burn. I think it helps keep me motivated. The Microsoft was a little bulky and a little more expensive than I wanted to spend (again).

I just bought a Jawbone watch. I met a lady wearing one and she pretty much sold me on getting one a few months ago. Since we are already looking at fall break ideas, I decided I really need to whip myself into better shape and a watch will help keep me accountable. I signed up for their email and got $10% off my first purchase and it was free shipping as well. I bought the UP2 Lightweight Thin Strap for $89.


photo credit: www.jawbone.com

Once I completed my purchase it sent me a link (now expired)to let my friends get $15 off and they would give me $15 off any future purchase. I thought that was a nice little extra.

I hope you have a super day!!

Spider-Man party games

For our Spider-Man birthday party we had several games to play.

One was “Spin The Prey”. Groups of two would take a roll of toilet paper and spin their partner in it until the roll was empty. The fastest three teams went against one another until we had a winner.

Another game was “Web Blaster”.We took a box and marked it like a dart board and shot our “web blaster” aka silly string at it.

We had our unwrapping game. I take grocery bags and layer them around a little gift . The children sit in a circle and pass the wrapped item taking off one bag then passing it to the next child. For this party, I had gotten blue and red candies from The Fresh Market.


We had a nice time at the Spider-Man birthday party and now it’s off to plan the next!

Vanilla Frappuccino Recipe {Low Carb}

imageMy children are big Starbucks fans. If calories and carbs were of no concern to me, I would love it too! One of the drinks I really enjoyed during my last pregnancy was the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino. It doesn’t have any coffee in it and is caffeine-free. Of course, that was probably a contributor to my big weight gain with my son. Every time we go to Starbucks, I think about how tasty that drink was and how I will probably never get one again. I decided to try my hand at making a low carb version of my favorite Starbucks cold drink.

It’s not a perfect copy, but it is cold, creamy, and has a great vanilla taste.


Loved in the South’s Low Carb Vanilla Frappuccino

1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

2 Tbl.sugar free vanilla syrup

2 sugar substitute packets


Put in all in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a glass and enjoy!

If calories were not a concern, I would have added 2 Tbl. of heavy whipping cream and a dollop of whipped cream on top. I believe that those additions would make it even more like that favorite coffee shop.



Good Morning

Most mornings I’m up and among non-family people before the sun comes up or at least very near that time. It always strikes me how people are so friendly in the mornings. Now, I know there are those people who detest mornings and they are not at all happy to chat it up with anybody; but I don’t usually encounter those people. Almost everyone who I see bright and early says, “Good morning.” We might even have a little chat as we walk along. It makes the day a little brighter when I meet up with nice people in those early hours of the day.

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I always say a sky like that is a reward for being up early.

I asked my husband why he thought people were much more likely to acknowledge and address one another in the morning. He believes that it’s because the stress of the day hasn’t worn people down yet and that the schedule seems a little more free to allow those extra few seconds or minutes of friendly chatter.

I think if people talked more, acknowledged one another more, and if we took a few seconds to greet one another and truly share more moments with each other, this world would be a better place. If I know someone else’s burdens or joys, even if I don’t know their last name, I’m more grateful and more caring for them and my own family than if I shut myself up in my own little world and only care about the things in my reach. I hope this morning is a good one for you and I hope that your day is a better one than yesterday!



Custom Cups

When we went on our trip to Hilton Head earlier in the summer, I wanted to get each person a customized cup for the trip. I thought it would be a cute and functional gift for each person. I also liked the idea that it would be something to keep and maybe remember the trip the next time it was used.

I found 4 Lilly Pulitzer cups at TJ Maxx. I stored them away for months with the idea to get monogram decals to put on each one. I then got my girls Sigg-like bottles with the idea to do the same to them.

I didn’t want to leave the boys or men out, so I ordered reusable red Solo cups for each of the men with their names on them. The boys got reusable blue Solo cups with their names on them.

I ordered the cups from Etsy shop, Down South Monogram.  The decals were purchased from Etsy shop, Vinylosity.

I think they all turned out really cute. They were definitely handy at the house and by the pool.




Coca-Cola Cake {Recipe}

My oldest daughter has never really liked cake. She has almost always requested pie for her birthdays. A couple of years ago, I made a Coca Cola cake one day with some Coke we had left from a party.  My children LOVE Coca-Cola, so I figured this cake might be a hit.
It definitely was! For her birthday last year, my oldest daughter requested the first cake I can remember her requesting! This was the cake.
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Photo Credit: coca-colacompany.com



Cake Ingredients: 
1 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 cup softened butter
1 3/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
Place flour, sugar, marshmallows, and salt into a bowl and stir together. In a saucepan, add the butter, Coca-Cola, and cocoa powder and bring to a boil. Stir constantly.  Pour into the flour/sugar mixture. Stir well. In a separate bowl, stir together the eggs, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Pour this egg mixture into the other bowl and stir until well combined. Pour into a greased 9×13 inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick comes out clean. It usually takes about 35 minutes. When you are within a few minutes of your cake being done, start on the frosting.
Frosting ingredients:
1/2 cup butter
6 tablespoons of Coca-Cola
3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 cups of powdered sugar
In a saucepan, place 1/2 cup butter, 6 tablespoons of Coca-Cola, and 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and gradually add 2 cups of powdered sugar. Stir until well combined.  Pour over the cake while it is still hot.

Disney: Animal Kingdom

Taking a little detour from our Spider-Man party, I thought I’d share about one of my favorite parks: Animal Kingdom.

Animal Kingdom is a must-do when visiting Disney World in my opinion. From the animals, to the rides, to the food, it is all incredible. We love the “towns” that you pass through as you walk the park. They offer that authenticity that Disney is always able to provide. We especially enjoy the music provided by people who are actually from the regions of the world represented.

We love Expedition Everest. While I’ll admit I do not like huge and scary rides, I even thoroughly enjoy this ride, as it is just right for me on the scary scale.


The show, Flights of Wonder (a bird show), is completely worth the time to see. You learn so much about these amazing creatures and get to see them fly and swoop. My parents are true bird lovers and this is a special stop for them to see these more exotic birds in action.

By far, the best part of all is the Kilimanjaro Safari. I could ride it over and over again. I absolutely look forward to it so much for each visit. The tour guide gives all kinds of facts about the animals that you are seeing. The animals are so close sometimes that you could reach out and touch them (but don’t).



David called these dragons.



I always love to see how excited my children are to see the animals. They never get tired of it either!


Photo Booth Fun

One of the things at our little man’s party that ended up being so fun was the photo booth.

We just set up the foyer with a backdrop (tablecloth) and some buildings (boxes). We provided masks (David’s collection) and some signs and let our guests have fun with it. The boxes were various ones from our many orders from Amazon. My crafty daughter painted them black and then stuck aluminum foil squares on it to make the windows.

The signs were from a blog and were part of a pack of free printables. We laminated them and placed them in the dress up box.

I loved how creative some people were.


This was just such a simple thing; but it really added such a fun and memorable touch to his party.

Spider-Man Birthday Party Goody Bags

I always love putting together a cute goody bag for the party-goers to enjoy at home. I try to make everything fit with the theme in some way. For this party, I let David paint his hand print on a white bag and when it was dry, I made it into a Spider-Man.

spiderman handprint bag


We filled the bag with fun little things. Each bag had a silly straw (Target’s dollar bin), strawberry applesauce pouch and Avenger fruit snacks (both from Kroger), Spider-man gummy, sweet tarts, and a lollipop (Wal-Mart). It also had a container of silly string (Dollar Tree or Target’s dollar bin) which had a label on it that said “Web Blaster”. It was a free printable from Reading Confetti. I also put some Spider-Man stickers  and a bug viewer (both from Oriental Trading) in each bag.

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spiderman goody bag

Everyone seemed to enjoy their treat to take home.


Spider-Man Stuff from Etsy

For my little man’s birthday party, he chose the Spider-Man theme. He has loved Spider-Man since I can remember. I ordered adorable invitations from Cindy’s Event Creations Etsy shop. I always try to make the children’s invitations with a picture of them on it;  that way the people who we invite have pictures of the children at each age. I think they turned out so cute! We put Spider-Man stickers on the back of the envelopes for a little extra Spider-Man touch.

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Since having David, I have bought him a shirt with the theme of his birthday and his name or initial for every birthday. They are sweet reminders of how he has grown. I also ordered this from another Etsy shop called  Auntie Donna’s . It is perfect and we all loved it!!

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I highly recommend both these shops as great places to get these Spider-Man necessities.

I can’t wait to share more about our Spider-Man fun!