Monday, November 24, 2014

Snow Bunny

All of our snow is pretty much gone now.
But she got a few good moments of play in before it disappeared.

I'm not sure what it is, but I just want to squish this little face.
With love of course.

Happy Monday!


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Thursday, November 20, 2014

My kids are addicts.

I said it in a post earlier this week, but this bears repeating..

Snow is like crack for kids.

You heard it here first folks.
And I brought evidence.
Gone are the sweet images of my children frolicking in a winter wonder land, 
with rosy cheeks,

and gleeful smiles.
And hello to this:
 Ice cycles doubling as nose pickers/refreshments. 
Which I must say, I do appreciate. 
This way all boogers stay outdoors.

Because, one thing no one told me about parenting is the amount of time and energy I would spend scrubbing boogers off walls.
I sometimes feel the need to just throw in the towel and paint over them.
But that would be gross. 
And I would never do that... but my friend did once.. yes, a friend.

Moving along...

Children are equipped with the ability to feel no pain while on snow crack.
In terms of cold that is.
But your sister bumping you with the delicateness of a downy feather??
Well that entices howling pain and possible collapse on the ground.

True story.

 But chilling temps, cold wet feet, red hands and looming darkness will not detour a child from the snow.
This only leads me to believe that it's a crazy kid drug.

And what I wouldn't give to be on it.

No rules weekend

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Snow, Ice and Fog.. Oh my!

Many of us may be hating the recent weather...
Single digits anyone?

But this guy?
He's loving it.
Cold weather means he gets to become an inside dog.
Which translates into....
 he likes to lick himself right in front of me anytime I plan on eating something.

And let me just say, lesson learned on giving him Dave's Killer Bread high fiber crust leftovers from last nights grilled cheese.

It was borderline lethal up in here.

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Fix it Friday - Week 5

Today's Fix it Friday is a photo I received along with week two's submission. 
You can see that edit here.
When they were sent in I couldn't decide which one to feature...
(decisions aren't my strong point)
Then I realized, I don't have to choose 'cause I'm the boss of this joint.
Uh huh.
 So I edited both. 

I was going to feature both edits at the same time, but ultimately decided to split them into two different Fix it Friday weeks.

Here is the original Jess sent in: 

The after:
Thank you so much to Jess at Keep it Together for submitting her photos! - See more at:

Thank you so much to Jess at Keep it Together for submitting her photos!
- See more at:

Isn't she adorable? 
I love her expression and had a lot of fun editing both images.
There was a lot of tweaking involved for this shot, from straightening the photo, to removing houses and even the words on the wagon, but that's what I LOVE about editing. 
I even added little firefly-like sparkles.
Now, I've never seen fireflies.. and I'm not even sure she has them where she lives, but it was a fun little addition.

As you can probably tell, 
I did a very similar edit to this photo as I did to other submission.
If your interested in learning how to edit your photos can check out my Tutorials Page
I even wrote a step by step Photoshop Tutorial (using week twos Fix it Friday submission) on how to add a dramatic sky to your photos that was featured on 5minutesformom.

Once again, thank you to Jess from Keep it Together for her submission!

Happy snow day!! 
It hasn't stopped snowing here since yesterday morning and my kids are on a crazy snow high.'s like crack for kids or something.

Friday Flash

Thank you so much to Jess at Keep it Together for submitting her photos! - See more at:
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Mental Downgrade

 It started snowing this morning. 
Ever so slightly.
Our girls were very excited.
I usually remain quite the skeptic when it comes to winter storms and how hyped up the meteorologists get around here.
It's like when someone tells you they caught a fish 'THIS' big and you mentally downgrade the size by about half?
That's what I do when it comes to forecasts.
When the news flashes warnings on the bottom of my Dr. Phil episode advising record lows, wind, snow etc. I downgrade by 50%. 

But, I still look out the window at 4am when they forecast overnight snow.
I still get a little excited when the first few flakes fall.
Even though I very much dislike winter.
And since I'm working with percentages today I broke down winter for me like this:
95% dislike
4% residual childhood love
1% confusion on how to make those two mesh 

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Huff Post Moms

Huffington Post published one of my recent blog posts from last week. 
It made it to the front page of Huff Post Moms
Pretty exciting!
Read it here:
Mothers Everywhere, You Are Welcome.
If you have a chance to like and share the article via Huff I would love you forever.

Titus 2 Tuesday

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Monday, November 10, 2014

I will keep you and love you. For 5 minutes.

I have yet to meet a kid who doesn't love animals.
Not so sure a grasshopper really qualifies as 'animal', more insecty, but my girls and the neighbors spent many minutes creating a new home for their enslaved grasshopper pet.
Luxury accommodations via a whip cream bowl filled with vegetation and a cup of water that he may or may not drown in (its happened before).
It was an intense love that lasted a borderline five minutes and included a loss of a limb. 
Poor grasshopper.

Speaking of pets, we have a surprise in store for our girls next weekend. 
We plan on getting them something.....
A real pet something.
  I can already hear the squeals and delights.
It's going to be awesome.

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