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01.25.2012

Snow Painting

I know, it looks like this post should be called snow peeing and I should be rushing Gavin to a urologist. But . . . . SNOW PAINTING!! We had a lot of fun doing this, and it was really simple. I gathered up all the squeezy and spray bottles I could find in my…
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01.23.2012

Brewers Birthday Goodies Part 3: Racing Sausage T-shirts

  (Can you believe that this was the best picture I could pull together???) Gavin, Nathan, and I are obsessed with the Running Sausages. Quinn is too, she just doesn’t know it yet. It’s our favorite part of the Brewer’s Game – The Sausage Race!! We are always talking about who is what sausage, and…
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01.20.2012

Breast Cancer Awareness

  I’m going take to a break from my normally witty and humorous style to talk about something serious and really very personal. (This is normally the part where I would say something like, “farting.” But for real. I’m being serious). Breast Cancer. According to breastcancer.org, just under 12% of women in the U.S. will…
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01.18.2012

Mini Volcanos

This is a new fan favorite in our house. I got the idea from this amazing mom blog – she does her own preschool, lesson plan and all, at home with her kids. She does it around the alphabet, and V is for volcano. She originally got the idea from here. (I have this really…
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01.17.2012

Conversation Heart Cookies

I think when I was a kid, Conversation Hearts were my favorite part of Valentine’s Day. They are so delightfully dorky. Remember giving them to your friends and crushes? Tiny little candies that said things like, “You’re Hot.” So awesome. (Ha! Not that I ever gave them to anyone. I was not that bold. I’m…
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01.10.2012

Bouncy Ball Art

I learned this trick many many years ago before my kids were even a twinkle . . . . really anywhere. I learned this from a very wise woman who should really publish a whole book on crafts for kids. She throws a teddy bear picnic for kids and thinks to roll out some bread…
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01.08.2012

Octupus Dogs: The Coolest Lunch Ever

This might be the coolest lunch I’ve ever made for Gavin, and it could not be easier. As a matter of fact, he pretty much can make them by himself. I put on a pot of water to boil, slice up a turkey dog, and break a tiny handful of spaghetti in half. Then I…
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12.29.2011

Ruffle Wreath {An Easy Christmas Wreath}

Ruffle Wreath | A fun and easy to make Christmas Wreath! In an ideal world I would have had a 100% home-made Christmas. As my husband says, gift giving is like a sport to me and I MUST WIN!!! I thoroughly enjoy finding the perfect thing for the people in my life. Maybe that’s why…
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12.27.2011

Happy Birthday Buddy!! (For Real.)

Long time no blog! With the holidays and with Gavin’s birthday, which we celebrated last week, life has been really busy. Holy man Christmas is crazy when you have more than one kid!! All you moms with more than two kids, you have my total respect. And by the way, how the hell do you…
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12.15.2011

Brewers Birthday Goodies Part 2: Themed Out Crayons!

When I saw this idea by the FABULOUS Jill of Homemade by Jill, I knew that I had to somehow make it a part of Gavin’s birthday party. In my wildest dreams I am almost as amazing as Jill. This woman can do it all, and she does. There is a small part of me…
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12.12.2011

Brewers Birthday Goodies Part 1 of 742: Gavin’s Greatest Hits

I will be the first to admit that I have a problem with themeing to the extreme. Or Extreme Theme Disorder (ETD) if you will. This became very clear at Gavin’s Brewer’s Birthday Extravaganza (once you start going super over board on themes all of your events will be known as “extravaganzas” rather than parties).…
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12.09.2011

Brewers Birthday Party!

This year to celebrate Gavin’s fourth birthday, we decided to go Old School Brewers! This summer Gavin went to his very first Brewers game (really, shame on us for not doing it sooner), and he had a BLAST! His absolute favorite part of the game was the sausage race, so this for sure had to…
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