Summer Parties

It's hard to believe that summer is nearly coming to an end. With just a few weeks left until school starts our summer days are numbered. Here are a few summer/end of summer party ideas that I have seen floating around that I love.

I couldn't find a link for this menu, but love the idea!

Beach Theme Party

 Fun fish decor

party favor

jelly fish craft



Tired Teddies

My kids are early risers and I mean legit early risers. I sometimes hear parents complain that their kids wake up early and I think, "oh good, I'm not alone!" and then I find out that their "early" is 7 am!  Do you know what I would do for my kids to sleep in until 7?!

I have followed Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by by Dr. Marc Weissbluth, with both my girls and it really has worked wonders. I will have to save my love for that book for another post. I will just say that both my girls have slept through the night early on and have had really good nap schedules. However, the one thing that no book, advice, mother's intuition, praying has been able to do for me is get my kids to sleep in. I have been blessed/cursed with early risers. 5:30 am risers! Some days, like today it was 5 am. Occasionally we go through spurts where they sleep until 6:15-6:30 for several weeks and all is right in the world and I think we have made a break through, only for the next week for them to begin waking at 5 am once again!

Disclaimer: I'm happy to hear any advice, but let me just tell you I have tried putting them to bed earlier, putting them to bed later, black out blinds, white noise,  a timer on the light, snacks by the bed because they wake up hungry, laying with them and rubbing their backs to get them back to sleep, letting the scream and cry hoping they will go back to bed...

I told my oldest when she was barely two and just starting to talk that she was an early bird, which got her all offended and she snapped back at me, "I'm a girl. Not a bird!" As my oldest who is almost 3 1/2 transitioned into a "big girl bed" and we took her bottle away, our perfect bedtime routine would be followed by an hour and half- 2 hour battle of getting her stay in bed and because it doesn't matter what time she goes to bed, she is still up at the crack of dawn this made for a very cranky little girl monster.

Tired Teddies unfortunately has not helped her sleep in, but they have helped her to relax and go right to sleep giving her a couple extra hours of sleep and my husband and me a couple extra hours to relax and spend time together instead of fighting her. I also feel like she gets a better night sleep. She is less restless and wakes up happy, even at 5 in the morning. Wish I could say the same!

So, what are Tired Teddies? Check them out here. You can thank me later!


Favorite Resources

There are so many resources and fun, helpful, motivating blogs/websites out there. There are so many that I really enjoy, but here is a list of some of my favorites! Check them out and let me know what you think and if you have added any of these favorites to your list!


Power of Moms


Positive Parenting Solutions

Money Savers

Retail Me Not


Totally Target

Deals to Meals


Skinny Taste

Our Best Bites

Children Activity Ideas

No Time for Flash Cards



Ideas for the Husband

The Dating Divas


Beauty Redefined

Nie Nie Dialogues



God Bless the USA- 4TH of July Craft and Lesson

We love holidays and celebrating. We also love our country. With that being said the Fourth of July is one of our favorite days. It is a great opportunity to teach our children the pride and love we have for our country. 

My 3 year old made this flag. We took the opportunity to talk about what the flag symbolizes, the colors and what they represent, we talked about patterns for the stripes and colors and counted together. I picked up foam paper which had a sticky back so she just stuck it all together, but it obviously can be done with construction paper, scrapbook paper... the main point of the activity for us was discussing the flag and our country.We looked at a world map and found the United States and then looked at the United States map and found Utah, which is where we live. I have linked up some of the sources we used.