Hug Them While You Can: Soon They Will Be Teens

Hug Them While You Can: Soon They Will Be Teens

Hug Them While You Can: Soon They Will Be Teens

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Scholarshare.

Colton had his first guitar recital last weekend.

I awoke the morning of the recital to him slamming the refrigerator door at around 5:15 a.m. He had played his song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star over and over in the weeks leading up to his big day and this morning was no exception. Ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping, ping…he finally came bouncing into our room at six o’clock.

“Do you know what today is?” he asked us with a big smile. Guesses of Christmas, Easter, April Fools day were met with fits of giggles and giant squeals of, “NO!” We all got out of bed and headed to the bathroom to brush our teeth. He talked non-stop the entire time, even while brushing. He talked over breakfast, over the tv, over snack, while zooming around on his scooter, while I was on the phone, over lunch…

As we got closer to our 3:30 departure time he was in full blown crazy mode. His hands were being rubbed together at fire starting speed and his sentences were no longer making sense as he was talking so fast his words were being jumbled. I watched as my older boys sat around giggling at him and making fun of his “spazziness” and was taken back to no so long ago when my now 19 and 17 year old almost men were this little and being spazzes of nervousness themselves.

I headed to my bedroom to shower and get ready for the big event. I could hear Colt’s jabbering as I entered the shower and the second I opened the door to get out, there it was, still going and going. “I am so nervous. Hey want to hear a funny joke? Did you know that the tallest animal on earth is a giraffe?” Then the pinging of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. “MAMAAAAAAA. Where are you?”

“I’m in my bathroom Colt,” I shouted back.

He rounded the corner into my bathroom making some bizarre animal noise then stopped in his tracks. I was fully dressed for the event, had put on my makeup and was finishing the final touches of my blow dry. He stared at me for several seconds, silent for the first time all day. Then his face lit up into the sweetest most beautiful smile.

“Mama, you’re doing all this for me?”

My eyes were filled with tears the second the last syllable left his mouth. I couldn’t speak, I just walked over and put him in a giant bear hug trying to stop the tears so they wouldn’t ruin my mascara. As I stood clinging to my sweet little baby boy, I heard Keenan, my now college student who just a few short years ago allowed me to hold him in these long embraces allowing the weight of all the world to melt away, yelled from the living room.

“MERM, CAN I HAVE GAS MONEY SO I CAN DRIVE MYSELF TO COLT’S RECITAL?”

I hugged my little one even tighter. Someday, in the not so distant future this tiny little pile of fabulousness was going to be living far away from me at college and asking for gas money when he was home for the summer. But for right now, in this moment, he was still my sweet baby boy.

They grow up fast. I know it’s hard to think about now, but very soon your little ones will be in college. I have been saying it a lot around here lately, a wing and a prayer doesn’t work when it comes to paying for college. We learned that the hard way the first time around. Colt’s Scholarshare 529 has already been set up. Have you started yours? Don’t wait, some day soon you will be hearing those special words, “Mom, can I have gas money?”

This post is sponsored by Scholarshare. All opinions are my own. I would never waste your time with a product I didn’t fully back. 

5 Things We Need to Stop Saying to Girls

5 Things We Need to Stop Saying to  Girls

5 Things We Need to Stop Saying to  Girls

Guest post from the lovely Theresa Seid. 

Can we all just agree that you should never say any of the five things below in front of or directly to your daughter or any young impressionable girl. I bet you can all remember something that was said to you early on that you have remembered forever and it has altered your image of yourself. We need to think before we speak, be aware of the ramifications of our comments and choose phrases and words that build up, not tear down. 

1. He’s picking on you because he likes you.   Teach your daughter to respect herself and not to accept this.  Teach her  to walk away from this kind of behavior.  Letting her believe that this is acceptable is not ok.  Later in life when she’s dating a guy who treats her terribly it’s because you let her believe that it was ok. Remember that.

2. I wish your hair was thicker, eyes were blue/brown,  you were taller or anything you’d change about her physical appearance.  What she hears is that she’s not good enough the way she is.

3. Act like a lady.  What does a lady act like?  How about, “Act like a caring, well-mannered, respectful human being?”

4. I look fat today. Not in your daughters eyes.  In your daughters eyes you are beautiful! What she hears is that she needs to be worried about how “fat” she looks.

5. One day your prince will come.   So what is she supposed to do until then? Put her life on hold while waiting for her prince? Teach your daughters to live their life.  To be happy without a boy!  A man will not, can not make her happy.  Only she has the power to make herself happy.

What would you add to this list?

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Theresa Seid RockonMommiesTheresa is a blogging/vlogging mama. With the goal of reminding moms (and herself!) that they are more than just “moms,” Theresa founded the popular blog Rock On Mommies in 2007. Theresa has grown Rock On Mommies into a reputable brand name and has had the opportunity to work with major companies such as Kenmore Appliances, Tropicana, Nissan USA, P&G and KSL Properties.

POM Hula Spritzer: Creates a Delicious Summer Cocktail

POM Hula Spritzer: Will it make you a good hula hooper?

POM Hula Spritzer: Will it make you a good hula hooper?

This post is sponsored by POM Yum Bunch. The opinions are mine and you don’t have to watch the video of me hula hooping. In fact, you shouldn’t. 

I have loved me some POM a long time. Recently I was introduced to their new Yum Bunch flavors. POM Hula, POM Coconut and POM Mango. I was particularly interested in the POM Hula flavor. Because? I used to be able to hula hoop, when I was young, and now I can’t, because I’m old…er. So I thought, well maybe this is the elixir that will bring back my youth. And my hips. I downed the magic elixir and then I donned my hula hoop and hoped. 

Can POM Hula make a 40ish year old mother of three hula hoop like a 16 year old? 

Good news? You can use POM Hula to make a mean vodka drink that will help me forget I ever made that video. 

POM Hula Spritzer
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Ingredients
  1. 2 ounces POM Hula
  2. 1 ounce Vodka
  3. 2 ounces sparkling water
  4. kiwi for garnish
Notes
  1. Mix, drink, forget.
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 I highly recommend you try out the POM Yum Bunch. And? I HIGHLY recommend you NEVER video yourself hula hooping. But if you do, please link to this post. 

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 Healthy, sweet and irresistibly delicious. Join the fun with the POM Yum Bunch at YumBunch.com

This post was sponsored by POM Yum Bunch. I suspect they now highly regret that decision. 

Make Those Pesky Underwear Lines Go Away: Plus win a $5,000 Style Consultation with Rachel Zoe #SkimmiesPromo

Win a $5,000 style consultation with Rachel Zoe! #SkimmiesPromo

Win a $5,000 style consultation with Rachel Zoe! #SkimmiesPromo

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jockey. 
A $5,000 style consultation with Rachel Zoe giveaway included.

In my book, the single most offensive fashion faux pas is a glaring underwear line worn under anything. Workout  clothes. White jeans. Jeans in general. Skirts. My butt can use all the help it can get. Let’s just say it has enough grooves (and I am not talking hot dance moves here) without adding a gully down the middle of each cheek in the form of an underwear line. 

Therefore *TMI alert* I am a commando kind of girl. Well, let’s just say, I WAS a commando type of girl. A couple of weeks ago a little box showed up at my door. Inside were the fabulous new Jockey Skimmies® see above.

I LOVE them. I wear them under everything. Bye bye tacky underwear lines, HELLO comfort. The fabric is smooth and silky feeling. I feel breezier when I wear them. It’s like the fabric has a cooling effect.  

Not only have Jockey Skimmies® solved my underwear line problem, they've saved the world from my nether regions. Because I am a tom boy at heart and when forced to wear a dress, I will, but I have never quite mastered the art of ladylike. And I know a few socialites who could use a pair or two of Skimmies® for those pesky "climbing out of the car moments".

See the difference? Tacky. Not tacky. Groovy. Not groovy. 

They are also FAB under dresses. No underwear lines. And? I am a tom boy kind of girl. I have never mastered the art of ladylike. While I try and cross my legs and stand and sit in a dainty way as often as possible in usually actually happens about 10% of the time. These lovely little silky shorty shorts are saving the world from my “overexposure”. There are a few socialites that might want to snag a pair or two for those peskly “getting out of the car moments.”

Now on to you!

Jockey® is challenging you to expand your fashion comfort zone and enjoy everyday adventures with its Seize the Day in Skimmies® challenge. The notion behind the challenge? Studies show that most women often have only one or two outfits we consistently wear when we’re going out. They’re comfortable, but they also signal we’re stuck in a rut, worrying about how our outfits “fit” us and choosing dresses, pants or skirts that embrace comfort over fashion. My personal rut is jeans and a t-shirt. Flip flops or boots, depending on the season. Jockey wants you to step outside our comfort zone and wear something different, stylish and fabulous. 

Head over to the Jockey Facebook page to join the challenge and enter for your chance to win $5,000 toward an adventure of a lifetime—a style consultation from Rachel Zoe Studio, a $1,000 shopping spree and a bunch of other cool prizes.

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Ooph Summer Contract 2014: Free Printable

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It’s June and the kids are either already out or about to be out of school. The rules for summer are completely different and setting expectations is the best way to keep you from screaming, “When does school start??” before July 1st. Below is a printable contract for you and the kids. Cross out what you don’t need, add what you do. I promise, this will make your summer go WAY smoother. 


10 Ways To Make The SAT Relevant To Teens

10 Ways to Make the SAT Relevant to Teens

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Guest post by Peyton Price, Suburban Haiku

Did you hear about the changes to the SAT? If you ask me, they didn’t go far enough. To really measure the aptitude of today’s teenagers, the testing board should add these new sections.

1. Text abbreviations: Translate this message into a text, using only abbreviations: Mother, I am with my friends Harrison, Alex, and Jeremy. We are on the way home from school, but would like to stop and get something to eat at the wing place. This will delay my arrival by about 30 minutes. May I please do so? Thank you for your consideration.You are a good mom.

2. YouTube comprehension: Explain the appeal of watching other people do things. Your answer must describe in detail why you wouldn’t rather do the thing yourself.

3. How to bypass parental controls: In numbered steps that a college-educated 45-year-old can understand, explain how to watch Game of Thrones without an HBO subscription. Include all necessary web addresses and passwords. Print clearly.

4. Eye rolling: Points will be deducted if any part of the iris is visible. Bonus points will be awarded for degrees of head tilt, as well as volume of sound generated during exhale.

5. Compare and contrast Forever 21 and dELiA*s: Use at least three specific examples of clothing items that you will die without. Describe them in detail. Use extra paper if needed.

6. Rank celebrities on a scale from Hot to Not Hot: For bonus points, write one paragraph explaining your choice for “ultimate hottie.” Fanfiction will not be credited.

7. Demonstrate righteous indignation while simultaneously making pathetic excuses: Present an oral argument why you should not be punished for arriving home after curfew. For bonus points, convince the panel it is actually their fault.

8. Sleeping: Students will be tested on both duration and ability to sleep through multiple alarms. Bonus points will be awarded to students who can sleep without their phones in the room.

9. Emoji comprehension: What is the meaning of this?

10. All of the above

Peyton Price is the “meanest mom of anyone” and the author of Suburban Haiku: Poetic Dispatches from Behind the Picket Fence. You can find her at suburbanhaiku.com.

Family Chatter: Summer, Stripes and Sandwiches

Get your family talking tonight with over 750 questions!

How do I get my kids to talk to me?

Listening and talking are learned behaviors. How your children will communicate with others and you is something they are learning from you.

Get your teens and tweens talking to you today!Are you talking with and listening to them every day? About things that don’t matter, not just peppering them with questions? Is your homework done? Is your room clean? Did you do what I asked you to do?

Start young and create an “atmosphere of conversation” in your home.

When they are teens it is UNBELIEVABLY important that they trust you to listen when they talk. They need to be able to come to you and talk about both the meaningless and the meaningful.

I am 18 years into parenting and my teenagers talk with me. Often and about all topics. The reason they do is because I have been talking, asking and listening to them for years. Talk with your kids, do it often, you will reap the rewards when it matters most.

It’s always a good time to talk with your tweens and teens about giving back, however there is something about the holiday season that makes it even more important. This week on Ooph you will be provided with a couple of ways to help your kids give back to others. These questions are a good way to get started. Enjoy getting to know your kids.

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Over 750 Questions for you and your family to have fun with tonight over dinner! 

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The 2 Day Disney Cruise: Should You Board?

The 2 Day Disney Cruise: Should You our Shouldn't You?

 The 2 Day Disney Cruise: Should You our Shouldn't You?

My husband and I have considered taking Colt on a Disney cruise since he was a toddler. My husband was super excited at the idea. Me? Not so much. I enjoy a good day at Disney, but by the time the fireworks have gone dark I am ready to sprint to my car, Usaine Bolt style. The idea of being the feature act in the Disney version of Groundhog day? The stuff my nightmares are made of.

So when a friend told me about the Disney Cruise to Nowhere, a two day cruise out of San Diego, I was all over it. We talked it over, decided it was the perfect solution to our Disney differences and booked our trip.

A month before you board, you receive your luggage tickets and boarding passes in the mail. Also included in the packet is a boatload (see what I did there?) of information. I highly recommend you read it. 

Boarding
When you register you are given a specific time to board. Because I was late to register our boarding time was the latest time, 3:00 p.m. I was super bummed at myself for this mistake. Turns out it was a blessing. Apparently Disney doesn’t actually honor those times. Everyone showed up at 1:00 to board instead and our friends who got there at 1:00 p.m. spent over two hours, with three kids, in line. When they arrived the line was wrapped around the block. And then some. Arriving at 3:00, we stood in line just over an hour. Which to me is an unacceptable wait time to board. 

Price
It definitely is not an inexpensive two days. We wanted a room with a view and a veranda. Our total cost was $1,800 for the two night stay. That does include all the food you can possibly eat.

Disney Portal

Total On Board Time
As I stated above we boarded the ship at around 4:00 p.m. Saturday. We disembarked at 7:30 a.m. on Monday. Our total on ship time was 39.5 hours. It was the perfect amount of time for me.

The Shows
We took the kids to dinner each night and then to a show. The shows were fabulous. Probably my most favorite part. We saw The Golden Mickeys, a spin on the Golden Globe awards, the first night and loved it. The second night we took in Disney Dreams, an award winning show, and we were not disappointed. I would highly recommend both. 

The Fireworks
Don’t stay up for them. Though beautiful, they are about three minutes long and they don’t start until 10:45. They aren’t worth a cranky kid who got no sleep the night before the only full day on the ship.

Disney Hall

The Disney Characters
Luckily we didn’t have kids who wanted to get their photos taken with the characters. The lines are long and the characters leave when their time is up, even if there are still kids waiting. So get in line early!

The Food & Service
Excellent! You can find any kind of food you like. Healthy. Not healthy. Somewhere in between. The staff is amazing. Every. Single. Person. Smiles abound and helpful tips were constantly rolling off their tongues. Not included: Magical wine & spirits, and they aren’t cheap.

The Pools
There are three pools onboard; an adult pool, a 0-10 pool and a 10-14 pool. The kids pool area is CRAZY amounts of fun. Especially for the kids. I have no idea how many times Colt climbed the stairs to go down the slide, but I can assure you he left that ship with double the muscle mass in his legs. There poolside service was FABULOUS.

The 2 Day Disney Cruise: Should You our Shouldn't You?

Kids Activities
Make sure you sign your kids up for things like, hair braiding, instead of just showing up and watching their magical faces become tear stained because you need an appointment and they are all booked up. We didn’t put the kids into any activities as we were only on the boat 39 hours and wanted to hang out with them, but they have plenty if that is what you are looking for. Sign up as soon as you arrive.  

NOTE: If the pool gets shut down for three hours because of a floater or vomit, we never determined the true reason, DO NOT send your kids to the arcade with their key cards. They can spend as much as their little hearts desire. Luckily we found that out after only $20 had been spent.

The 2 Day Disney Cruise: Should You our Shouldn't You?

Overall it was a great experience. Pricey I think for the amount of time spent on the ship, but if it is your dream to take a Disney cruise this is a great way of testing the waters.

Kale Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette & Pistachios

Kale Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette and Pistachios

Kale Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette and Pistachios

I am a lover of all salads. I have one every single day and most days twice. Since I eat so dang many, I am always on a quest to find new ways to salad. This weekend I made a delicious kale salad. Not only did I love it, but my husband and Noah did too. They devoured it. I am pretty sure one of them actually licked the bowl because by the time I went to wash it, I couldn’t determine if someone already had. 

I used this as a side dish to our meal. Add chopped chicken, steak or salmon and BAM, it is the meal. Happy eating!

Kale Salad with Grapefruit Vinaigrette and Pistachios
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Dressing
  1. 2 tablespoons grapefruit balsamic (I get mine from baker & olive)
  2. 3 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon chopped shallots
  4. 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. pinch of pepper
Salad
  1. 1 large bunch kale, washed and shredded
  2. 2 cups shredded raw Brussels sprouts
  3. 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
  4. 1 cup pistachios
Instructions
  1. Combine all dressing ingredients at least one hour before serving. Shake often.
  2. Combine all salad ingredients in a bowl. Toss with dressing. Devour.
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Win $2500 Towards a ScholarShare College Fund

Win $2500 Towards a ScholarShare College Fund
Sponsored by ScholarShare

I’ve talked recently about setting up a college fund for your kids. I have one already in college and one heading there next year. (insert sobbing) As they grow so does the price of college and trust me when I tell you, you do not want to arrive at their freshman year in high school and start contemplating how you are going to pay for their advanced education or how many student loans they will need to cover it on their own. I didn’t have a plan in place for my boys. I just assumed it would somehow work out.

Apparently there is no college paying fairy godmother. Who knew?

I’ve considered selling a kidney, but my dad only has one, so I think I should keep mine just in case. Also? I don’t think I could get enough to make a dent. Something about chardonnay and being old. And? My dad would probably pay more, so I’m holding out for that.

You may not be able to pay for ALL of their college and maybe you don’t think you should. But? If you start now, you can at least pay for some of it and save them decades of debt and stress.

May 29th is National 529 Day and my partner, ScholarShare, is hosting a 529 Day Sweepstakes on their Facebook page. What does that mean to you? Money, money, money, money, muuuuuunay. (Anyone know what song I am singing in my head right now?) YOU can enter for a chance to win $2,500 toward an existing or new ScholarShare college savings account.

Win $2500 Towards a College Fund from Scholarshare

If you already have an account you can add $2500. How great would that feel? I don’t know about you, but we add slowly. That sounds like a nice chunk.

If you don’t have a college fund started, you can start it with the $2500. The hardest part of a college fund? Starting it. Once you do, it’s easy to add a little bit here and there. Starting? Deer in headlights hard. This would give you the gentle push you need.

I would implore you today to do two things.

1. Go enter to win.

2. Even if you don’t win, look into the Scholarshare 529 program. What do you have to lose? Start the conversation with your family. Learn about it. We started a 529 for our eight year old (because we may be slow learners, but we eventually figure it out) before ScholarShare even came to me and asked about a partnership. Second best discovery of my life. If you are a long time reader, you can probably guess my first.

Disclaimer: I am blogging on behalf of ScholarShare. The views expressed, as always, are solely mine. I wouldn’t waste your time or mine writing about a product I didn’t believe in. We are all too busy for that. 

Your Child’s First Driving Lesson? Good Luck

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I took my oldest son out for his very first driving lesson. I couldn’t unleash him on a driving instructor without at least a little bit of instruction. That wisdom? Stupid. His driving instructor owes me. Big. Time. I will accept diamonds or college tuition as payment.

The Magical Eject Button: It Stops the Whining

The Magical Eject Button: It Stops the Whining.

The Magical Eject Button: It Stops the Whining.

A few years ago when Colton was fourish he, as fourish year olds do, dove head first into the whine and tears phase childhood. 

Every day begins with, “I don’t want to” (insert ANYTHING here because that is exactly what Colton doesn’t want). He whines, he cries, he complains, my head hurts. By noon I have scolded, reprimanded, redirected, given timeouts, locked myself in the bathroom and breathed, breathed, breathed until I could re-enter the world of Colton. A whiny, non-stop talking, crying world of noise, noise, noise.

Last week I had a loaner car while mine was in the shop being serviced. The car was brand new and had all the current spaceshipish technology. A screen that pops up when you are reversing. A touch screen that operates the radio. A remote entry button that pops the trunk door up and then if you push it again it lowers it back down and weirder than weird to me is the fact that you don’t even need a key to start the damn thing.

Colton was beside himself. He wanted to open and close the trunk over and over and if he had his way I would have driven around in reverse the entire day so that he could watch it all on the screen. Also. He whined. In the car. At home. In class. He whined. ALL. DAY.

2:00 p.m. rolled around and we were on our way to pick Keenan up from school. We got in the car and immediately he began to whine because he wanted, while I was driving, to push the button to open and close the trunk door. Let me think. NO.

He cried hysterically. With real tears, for several minutes. I seriously thought my head was going to explode into a million tiny pieces of mombrain smattered all over the car. I couldn’t take ONE MORE SECOND of the whining and crying. I was desperate. 

“Colton,” I said calmly, “If you don’t stop whining right now, I am going to hit the eject button for your seat.”

Silence. Beautiful, whine and cry free silence.

After a few seconds of thought, tears and whining now forgotten, he said questioningly, “There isn’t an eject button.”

“Oh yes there is,” I said reaching my hand toward the dashboard, “Want me to push it?”

“NO,” he shouted. Panicked.

“Okay then. Stop whining. My ears hurt and I need some silence,” I said smiling smugly at my brilliance.

A few minutes of GLORIOUS silence followed. No sound. Nothing. I think he was even breathing quieter than usual. After several minutes, as four year olds do, he forgot about the eject button.

“Can we stop for ice cream today?” He asked.

“Not today sweetie,” I said, “we have too much to do.”

“I want ice cream,” he said in a whiny voice and instantly the tears started flowing.

Dramatically I lifted my arm and reached towards the dashboard and what he thought was an “eject” button.

Silence. Beautiful, whine and cry free silence.

Yes. I know. I am pure evil. Am I proud of myself? No. Would I do it again? Absolutely.

It’s Been a Fiery Week

San Diego Firestorm 2014 Photos

I haven’t been able to write this week as I have been too busy taking photos of giant plumes of smoke, while saying over and over in my head, “I won’t freak out. I won’t freak out.”, and staring at a bottle of chardonnay praying for the moment I can open it and dump a little calm over my hot nerves. 

We evacuated the first night of the fires, but have stayed put for the subsequent days. It’s at about 3:00 every afternoon, when the heat reaches it’s peak and the winds get swirly, that I think for sure we will have to pack up and head out, but somehow the winds have remained our friend and blown the fire away from our house.  Still, we remain packed and ready. Our car is filled with all of our family photos, clothes for a week, our valuable documents and maybe a bottle or two of chardonnay. 

Such is not the case for many others who have lost their homes or have been evacuated and watch the news diligently to see if their home is still standing. One life has been lost so far. Fire fighters found the body of a poor homeless person who had no means to flee. My heart aches greatly that they died alone, with no way out, no one to call. 

A GIANT shout out, I get teary just thinking out it, to our First Responders and Firemen and women for what they have done to protect the lives of so many. It is nothing short of miraculous. No amounts of trying to express my gratitude would do justice. 

They are now reporting that it appears to be an arsonist. Something about “suspicious ignition points”. Why fire? Why couldn’t this person’s passion be Legos? Legos are fun. And way less prisony.

I thought you would be interested in seeing some of the photos we have taken from our new house sitting high up on the hill.  

The view from our house on Tuesday:

San Diego Firestorm 2014 Photos

Later the same day. 

San Diego Firestorm 2014 Photos

From the same vantage point on Wednesday. You can see four separate fires burning at once. 

San Diego Firestorm 2014 Photos

In a desperate attempt to find some joy and carve out some space for our sweet Colt that wasn’t filled with fiery fear, we headed down to the beach. We were greeted with a beautiful sunset. Smoky, but beautiful. 

San Diego Firestorm 2014 Photos

Kids can always find joy and bring it out in you. He is jumping up to see a double sunset. If you’ve never done it, you should. Squat down low, watch the sun set, then jump. BAM. You see it twice. Doesn’t the untied shoelace just make you swoon. Oh how I love my boys. 

San Diego Firestorm 2014 Photos

Later that night when we got home, for the first time all week, we saw flames from a fire instead of just smoke plumes. I didn’t sleep that night. 

San Diego Firestorm 2014 Photos

The view right now. Miles of smoke as far as the eye can see.  

San Diego Firestorm 2014 Photos

The weather is changing and the winds have died down. We around San Diego are hopeful that the worst is behind us and that every day going forward brings us closer to resuming life as normal. Yet, in the time that it has taken me to type this post, another fire has started.  

Thank You Card Cheatsheet for Teens and $150 Minted Giveaway

Thank You Card Sheatsheet: Sample Wording for Tweens & Teens

This is a sponsored $150 giveaway from Minted. My most favorite place for all things stationary. 

It is that time of year again. Graduation. Thankfully for me, I get to sit this one out, because last year nearly did me in. WARNING: Next year? Another tear-fest. Put it in your calendar. March – September stay far away from Ooph. Unless of course you like to watch middle-aged women go through their second mid-life crisis. In which case, Ooph is the place to be. See you in March.

Thank You Card Sheatsheet: Sample Wording for Tweens & TeensWith graduation comes the dreaded thank you cards. Unless your teen has been taken to a hypnotist or had a lobotomy, getting them to write thank you cards is about as easy as getting them to invite you to sit in the back seat of the car during their first date. 

So, I have made it easy for you. Minted and Ooph collaborated and came up with this fabulous PDF that has ten suggested sample wordings for thank you cards your teens can use. I know, you are welcome. And tell your teens they are to. 

EVEN BETTER?

We are also giving away a $150.00 Minted gift card to be used to buy those thank you cards and you can even personalize them. How fantabulous is that?

To recap, I have given your kids the wording for their thank you cards and potentially you the money to buy them. You can send my thank you card to PO Box 2425, RSF, CA 92067. Or wine. I am good with either. 

Thank You Card Sheatsheet: Sample Wording for Tweens & TeensClick on the image above for the PDF with all ten thank you sample wordings. Print it out for your teens, take away all technology and tell them they can have it back when they are finished! 

Don’t have a grad? I won’t tell anyone. Use them for birthdays or the holidays. Good luck. I hope you win!

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This is a sponsored $150 giveaway from Minted. My most favorite place for all things stationary. 

 

A Mother’s Day Public Service Announcement

Mother's Day Public Service Announcement. You're welcome.

A Mother's Day PSA: For those moms wanting to stay home with the kids this Mother's Day.

You can do whatever you want for Mother’s Day. But? I’ve been doing this a long time. Perhaps a day at the spa would do you some good. 

A Mother's Day PSA: For those moms wanting to stay home with the kids this Mother's Day.