Archives for May 2016

Start Spring Cleaning and Get Organized With Snapware!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Snapware. All opinions expressed about how to get organized with Snapware are my own.

Do you have messy kids? I’ve got two out of three kids who keep their rooms and belongings pretty clean and organized. Well, one of them is extremely clean and organized while the other is relatively clean and organized. I’m not naming any names, but the third child is not even in the realm of being clean and organized. This is her room:

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Maybe it’s my fault for not making her clean her room every day, but she definitely would have it just as messy within a few hours again even if she did! I decided it was time to get her room organized. There’s no excuse for her keeping her room like this and there’s no reason to just store everything right on the floor.

Get Organized With Snapware

Snapware offers everyday storage and easy organization solutions that you can use in every room of your home. I use Snapware products because they offer a variety of sizes that allow you to store items big and small. The plastic storage containers come with corners that resist splitting and chipping. So no matter how hard the kids are on them, I don’t have to worry about them breaking them.

By using Snapware containers, this mess of baby dolls all fit into one 16″ box! With just the sound of a SNAP she can tell that the lid is secure.

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But the best part of getting organized with Snapware is that the containers are not only durable, but functional, too. They snap and stack together, and have easy-to-carry handles. So this mess of Shopkins can be put into a couple of 14″ containers that can then be stacked on top of each other for storage or she can carry them from her room to make a mess in another room!

Start your spring cleaning and get organized with Snapware! These durable containers can be used in every room of your home, even the kids' rooms! #snapware #springcleaning #ad

And because Snapware containers are see through, she can store them all under her bed and still see what’s inside each one so she doesn’t have to pull everything out to find what she’s looking for.

Start your spring cleaning and get organized with Snapware! These durable containers can be used in every room of your home, even the kids' rooms! #snapware #springcleaning #ad

You can find Snapware containers in a variety of sizes. Containers come in 12”, 14” and 16” sizes and each includes an easy-carry handle. If you haven’t checked them out yet, it’s well worth doing. And since it’s spring why not get organized with Snapware?!

If you’re a fan of Snapware or want to learn more about them, find them on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. They share lots of organizing tips and ideas (and recipes too!)

SNAPWARE GIVEAWAY!

Guess what? Snapware wants me to share the love! You can WIN a set of Snapware storage containers! You’ll receive two 12”, 14” and 16” Snapware storage containers to help you get organized. Simply leave a comment sharing one of your favorite spring cleaning or organization tips. It’s that simple! One lucky winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified on Monday, May 30th. Good luck!

My Life In Pictures: April 16 – 30, 2016

Back in October, I started what I thought was the best idea EVER: To share my Instagram pictures a couple of times a month since I can’t seem to find time to write! I decided to call it My Life In Pictures. You can see all of my previous posts here. So here’s what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks.

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I took the kids to see The Jungle Book! If you haven’t seen it, take the kids and go today! It was the best movie I’ve seen in a very long time.Ethan liked it so much he asked me if he could read The Jungle Book over the summer. I said of course we could! It will be fun to read it as a family.

And whether you’ve seen it or not, this video on how the movie was made is really amazing.

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I was so proud of Ethan and Mia for getting year end awards (Lila got one earlier this year)! Ethan got the Principal’s Award for Excellent Academics and Mia got a Teacher’ Choice Award for her journal writing…being a writer and a lover of words, my bookworm heart exploded!


The days are finally longer and so the kids are spending a ton of time playing outside. Doing stuff like this. Try to tell me this is not an accident waiting to happen!

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And we finished up April making smores….one of our favorite things to do all year long!

I got a little behind so I’ll be posting the first part of May soon. Stay tuned!

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Three of My Top Pick Must Read Books

I was reading a post over at Megan & Wendy’s blog about which 3 books that you’d want to take with you to a deserted island. Megan shared the 3 books she’d take, and I thought it would be fun to do the same. Like Megan, I chose 3 books that I love and that I could read over and over. And also like Megan, I’ve reread each of these books several times. So without further adieu, I give you three of my top choices for must read books.

Top Pick Must Read Books

If you were sent to a deserted island and could only bring 3 books with you, which would you choose? I chose my top 3 must read books - I've read them multiple times and still haven't gotten everything I need to get out of them.

We honeymooned on this island in Belize — it’s only the size of 2 football fields!

Crimson Petal and the White

This book is nearly impossible to put down! It’s such a well told story, full of twists and turns. I love historical fiction, and this one takes place back in 1870s London, where Sugar, a nineteen-year-old prostitute in the brothel of the terrifying Mrs. Castaway, yearns for escape to a better life.

Some reviewers have said that the story doesn’t really go anywhere at all, and it really doesn’t. It’s a story about life — you get to peek in and watch the lives of a variety of odd and interesting characters. It’s a character-driven book, not plot driven. And if you like books that neatly wrap up the story at the end, you won’t find it here. Which left me wanting more and more!

It’s a big book (900 pages), and I lugged the book along with us to Fiji…this is back before Kindle and ebooks were a thing. I haven’t read it in quite awhile, and look forward to getting reacquainted with the characters.

Poisonwood Bible

What can I say about this one? If nothing else, it will make you think. And it might make you sad. But it will make you feel! It’s a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959.  It’s a suspenseful epic of one family’s tragic undoing and remarkable reconstruction over the course of three decades in postcolonial Africa.

I think I’ve read this book more times than I’ve read any other book. Every time I read it I find something new to love about it.

A Prayer for Owen Meany

This is the story of two eleven-year-old boys—best friends— and while playing baseball, one of the boys hits a foul ball that kills the other boy’s mother. The boy who hits the ball doesn’t believe in accidents; Owen Meany believes he is God’s instrument. What happens to Owen after that 1953 foul ball is extraordinary.

While there are religious undertones in this book, that’s now why I like it. It’s about the humor and sorrow of life, faith, friendship and fate. I think that Owen Meany is probably the most memorable character from any book of any genre that I’ve read. There’s something about him and this story that will stay with you long after you’ve read it. The plot is complicated and the time jumping is a little confusing, but man! John Irving can tell an amazing story.

It’s hard to only pick three books that you would take with you to a deserted island, but I’ve read these so many times and I still don’t feel like I’ve gotten everything out of them that I’m supposed to. So that makes them the perfect books to take!

So what would your three must read books be that you’d take with you to a deserted island? I’m always looking for new ones to fall in love with. And if you’re on Goodreads, make sure to follow me so we can stay connected!

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Pregnant & Skinny

How much weight did you gain when you were pregnant? I was one of the lucky ones who didn’t gain much weight. About 18 pounds with Ethan and 30 pounds with the twins. It must be genetics because my mom said that she didn’t gain much weight and carried it all out front, so from the back you couldn’t even tell she was pregnant. But no matter if you gained 20 pounds like me or 80 pounds, people have a lot to say about it. And today, I’m over at Scary Mommy sharing 10 Things I Learned As A Skinny Pregnant Woman.

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My sister ready to pop anytime and I (in black) 4 weeks before I delivered the twins.

I’ve shared at Scary Mommy a couple of other times, too. I shared a yummy recipe for Olive Oil Cake (no, it doesn’t taste like olive oil!)

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I also wrote about being infertile and the jealousy I felt towards other pregnant women. And people had to say a lot about that! Some of what they had to say was not very nice…or constructive. Just cruel and insensitive. And I mean to all woman dealing with infertility, not just me. I write these types of posts to help women who are experiencing it, not to piss other people off.

I love sharing at Scary Mommy, even though some of the comments can get ugly. But that’s okay, I enjoy reading all of the different opinions and don’t take the judgement personally…especially because people can judge people more easily when they don’t know them and can hide behind a computer.

But even though it’s already gotten a couple of snarky comments, this one about being skinny and pregnant was a fun one to write. While all of it’s true, I know a lot of it will apply to women who gained a ton of weight too because I’m sure they heard a lot of the same comments. Either way, I’m sure that other skinny moms-to-be will be able to relate!

TWEET TWEET TWEET

4:59 AM:  Just outside our open bedroom window, a bird awakens and decides to greet this glorious new morning with a never ending TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET.

5:03 AM:  His neighbor joins him, and the two happily welcome the new day with the never ending song of TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET.

5:09 AM:  I get up and shut the window.

5:26 AM:  They stop! Though now that I’ve been listening to it for almost a half an hour, I think that I can still hear the never ending TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET…even though I have a pillow stuffed over my head.

5:34 AM:  They start back up.

5:45 AM:  Screw it, I’m awake. Might as well get up.

Because that damn bird wouldn’t shut up and I couldn’t go back to sleep, I decided to do some research on who the hell makes that kind of never ending racket for so damn long. Turns out, it might be a common warbler. This guy.

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Cute, isn’t he? I’ll tell you when he’s not cute. At 5 o’clock in the morning. Who knew something so little could make so much damn noise!

I’m not sure if this is him or not, but I have seen these birds around. Want to hear what the never ending TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET TWEET sounds like? I found this description of a common warbler and it sounded pretty accurate. When I played the little clip of it tweeting away, I was pretty sure I found my guy.

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Now this is not the first time I’ve had a bird violate my sleep. Back in 2012, we had a midnight warbler who kept me awake for nights on end. I wanted to kill that bird for its loud and rapid “Ah-Ahh Ah-Ahh Ah-Ahh” over and over again. I went back to read the post about that damn bird and although they have different songs, it sounds like the same bird again! I know it’s not the exact same bird, but the same kind of bird.

So much for sleeping with the windows open. I hope I don’t hear him and his buddy again tonight.

Update: I wrote this last Wednesday. I’ve heard those birds three more times since then.

Another Update: He now has a new friend. I recorded the two of them singing together for your listening pleasure.