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Happy Summer! It certainly feels like summer, and we had a nice loud thunderstorm last night to usher it in (and for A to yell for me from his room that the wind was too loud, and could I turn it down?). We are smoking chicken legs on the grill tonight, my favorite!

I’m sure you have already heard about this scandal, but did you know that Cap’n Crunch isn’t truly a Captain?? I have to rearrange my whole way of thinking.

I love this little clock for beside my bed, so I can see what time it is in the morning without the bright glow all night.

How to make your home more kid friendly. My favorite is the backyard chalk board.

This rain chain is next on my more involved DIY project ideas with A.

I am on to the book Cooked. Loving it so far!

Love this idea for make your own poptarts. On my list to bake with A!

Frozen strawberry limeade. Headed to get the ingredients…now!

 

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Sometimes the most perfect picture comes from a very unexpected place. When I was moving a side box out to vacuum (that is normally in front of those cords, no we do not let our kids play with those, thanks), J scrambled underneath the desk to grab one of his most coveted favorites: a can of tennis balls. I randomly had my camera sitting on the bed because I had been taking pictures of window cleaning (HA!) and snapped this picture before I moved him out away from the cords.

This picture is so classically J; the piercing blue eyes, wisps of blonde hair, and that pout lipped little stare, with his arms gripping tightly to his treasure. Perfection. This is one of my favorites of the week.

Continuing on…here are some of my favorite reads and finds from the week. Happy Friday!

One of my grad school friends and fellow bloggers did a great post review about the book Desperate: Hope for the Mom that Needs to Breathe.

On reheating frozen bread. In case you couldn’t resist those two huge artisan french loaves from Costco. Just saying.

Speaking of grad school, when I was there one of my professors gave me a book about writing, and it started my love of books about writing. This one is on my list.

Sesame noodles. Or as A calls it, spaghetti without the red sauce.

A cute pair of espadrilles.

My worst road trip snack idea is always a chocolate bar. I always end up getting one some place and I always end up getting it on myself. Here are a few more

Bunnies snuggling on a hotel bed. No, I’m serious.

Jute bins for storing random toys, blankets, etc.

Some tips to know for cooking with cheese.

Quirky fish coasters, which I really think would go well in our house, and if J threw them I’m pretty sure no one would get injured.

In the words of Sheldon Cooper, you’re sitting in my spot.

And…what game night is like at our house according to the Jordans. I found it to be amazingly accurate. HA!

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Happy June! Can I tell you how ridiculously excited I am about this ice cream? My sister told me about it yesterday and, of course, I went out and bought it. Lemon ice cream with vanilla flavored creme filled cookies? Yes, please!

Anyway, just in case your husband (as well, in addition, too, also), has decided to make his way through four seasons of Breaking Bad in a month and you need something to flip through this Saturday night, here are some of my favorite stories, items, and ideas from the week!

I need to print this and put it in our kitchen for when B has to clean and dry our cast iron skillet. You know instead of saying “Hey, what do you want me to do with this?” 🙂

J loves to climb, leap, and lay on anything higher than the floor. Which is why I think he would love this cushy little pouf.

Just in case I didn’t get enough lemon from the ice cream…a lemon sorbet punch. Have I mentioned before how I have always wanted a lemon tree? It’s a true story.

A has recently become asking to go camping (which I really just want to laugh all day about that). However I have looked at a couple of tents for camping in the backyard and particularly liked this one.

This was a random thought, but one of the small appliances we use and love the most is a panini press my aunt sent to me for Christmas one year. We make most of our weekend sandwiches on it. Ours is an older version of this one here, and it has stood up well!

I really love this Mary Poppins print.

Upon seeing this tweet, my husband said “Man, Patrick Stewart is so awesome”. It’s good to be Patrick Stewart.

Have you read the book Stuck to your kids? A thinks it is HILARIOUS. I have to say I found it pretty funny, as well!

These Kate Spade plates are really adorable.

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A and I are prepping to make Popsicles today, I’ll share our recipe soon! In other news….

Astronauts are cool. Enough said.

At A’s end of the year party yesterday I was discussing with some of the Mom’s the limitless energy of boys…so here are some tips on getting more energy.

A really lovely post about the writing method (this is a MUST read if you love writing).

This article may convince me to restart the sit-up challenge B and I had going a few months ago.

If you REALLY love Minecraft…this decor may be up your alley. I on the other hand am happy to pretend tunnel to nowhere (while actually pinning things to pinterest) while B deals with zombies, bwahaha.

Baked risotto…on my list to make this weekend!

Terrific summer sandals.

This weekend I am going shopping with my Mom and sister. These Gap shorts, TMNT shirt for A, and zebra shirt for J are on my list. (You MUST check out the zebra shirt…it is hilarious!)

DIY Porch Pillows….super simple and cute.

Memorial Day preschooler craft.

Upon seeing this, my husband turned to me last night and said “We have got to go to New York this weekend!”

Happy Friday!

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Peace, love, and cupcakes

24 is back, Jack! I really don’t think my husband could be anymore excited.

Retro toy flashback. Pretty sure I owned over eighty percent of these…pretty sure a lot of them are still in my parents’ attic.

Choose your adventure: yogurt marinade style.

Nerdy baby mobiles…pretty sure my husband would want these for our room. HA!

I am kind of in love with these shoes.

I got these bracelets for a steal at Target. The website says online only, but I found them in store!

Tips for taking pictures of kiddos…just in case you are wondering what do you do when they always want to make this face:

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Happy Friday!!

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5 tips for stress free vacation

Any article that starts with “a pair of Davids slayed the Goliaths” is worth reading.

Looking for a good summer movie? Here is a preview of what’s to come.

How kids can help cook for Mother’s Day. Hint, hint.

A cute place for lost laundry socks.

Just finished Sparkly Green Earrings by Melanie Shankle. So good!

I am making these bread sticks next week. And these potatoes look a bit too delicious to pass up!

Hoping I can find this purse, these shoes, and these jeans at our outlet shopping. Knowing my boys’ patience for shopping it’s a good thing I’m thinking ahead. 🙂

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Video GamingThis, ladies and gentlemen, is how you get dinner made. And how you get little boys to stay still for more than ten seconds.

Naps = good.

Looking for some summer reading?

Wondering if the boys would eat this cilantro lime chickpea salad.

Apparently if you grow tulips you need pruning sheers. I borrowed some from my parents, but in case yours don’t have several sets laying around…these look nice!

When A was helping me pick a sandwich cutter today to shape his sandwich, he said “well it looks like I’ve already had these shapes this week…” so I’m thinking about adding this airplane one to the mix.

Since B is planning to mow when he gets home today before it starts raining like Seattle for the next three days, I put the ingredients for these chicken philly sandwiches in the crockpot for dinner.

Don’t forget tomorrow is May the Fourth be with you! So on that note:

If you are Disney World, check out these cool t-shirts!

And if you are not, Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles is FREE on the App Store today.

Happy Friday!

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Cupcakesandcommentary/Friday FavoritesJ can officially get on the couch now on his own. And my boys officially look grown-up.

I grabbed hand sanitizer out of my work bag the other day and one of my students yelled “AHH poison!” So in honor of that here are some less poisonous choices.

Parenting is not an elective sport.

Chicken curry with sweet potatoes? Yes, please.

Okay, one more link about Game of Thrones and then I will stop talking about it. Even if you don’t watch the show, this post made me laugh out loud. The trials and tribulations of being a medieval/fantasy/sci-fi fashionista.

As fast as J runs and the difficulty of getting clothes on him right now, I have been stocking up on these easy to pull on shorts. And he might need one more hat….

A has always loved the moon and there was quite a spectacular one last night that he declared a medium sized moon. He said that he wanted to see a really humungous moon and so I found these pictures of various moon images to hold him over until a really humungous moon appears.

Happy Friday!

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Happy Friday! We safely made it through our first storm of the season. A would want me to report that the grill cover almost blew away, and a few of our tulips lost their petals (he was quite distressed about the petals). I am very glad that I already planted our herbs and veggies so A will have something to look forward to once the tulips have past their prime.

Here are just a few of my favorite postings, musings, and things from the week:

As my husband was hanging out with his buddies in Oxford, Mississippi this past weekend I came across this article from none other than Bon Appetit. Between my husband’s description of their fabulous bookstore and the restaurants listed in the article I really want to visit. Road trip!

Do you buy “happys”? Ever since I was little I can remember the love of indulgence in a little “happy” item now and then (AKA gift outside of birthday/holiday). Two of my favorites that I have purchased for (and with) the boys are J’s Jellycat Bear from Anthropologie and A’s Thumper Bunny from Disney World. Coming up my sister and I are going out for spring lunch and shopping and I have been mulling over this Anthropologie spoon rest or this wrap watch as possibilities. A little happy!

I have talked a lot this week about my adventures outside with the boys. I have always been the one in our house that immediately pulls the blinds up in the morning to let the outside in. I read a really lovely article in The Atlantic this past weekend that echoes that sentiment.

I know that some of you have been reading/watching Game of Thrones as my husband and I have. I saw this great clip about the actors’ choice of who they would have “win” Game of Thrones. I’m rooting for Tyrion.

After seeing these fabulous prints in several different blog posts, I really want one for each of the boys’ rooms. The porcupine and the baby chick are seriously ridiculous.

I am marinating a flank steak tomorrow with one of my favorite marinades and making mashed potatoes. My husband and his work buddies debated about if there is any mashed potato recipe that bests the main course. I am now on a mission to make one. I’ll let you know how it goes!

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