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Sunday, July 22, 2018

Cyber Bullying and Our Teenagers - Growing Up Digital

This is a simple, yet profoundly needed message in today's society. I'm talking about cyber bullying. I'm dealing with this myself, as we speak. Kids can be mean. Cruel, even. They claw their way to the center of their social circle, at the expense of someone else's feelings. It's hard, as parents, to know ALL of our kids friends (or enemies) and ALL that's going on in their little lives. But, friends, it's SO important to be all up in their business!!! ALL. UP. IN. IT!

I've gone to bat for my kids, when I feared for their safety, a few times. I don't bother to get involved in their silly arguments, I do want them to learn how to deal with some stuff on their own. But, you better believe, as soon as some mouthy kid starts telling my kid what they're going to "do" to them, I intervene. I've seen it more times than I ever should have in the last few years.

Growing up, I didn't have social media. I didn't have a computer. I didn't even get a cell phone until I turned 18 and bought it myself. There weren't mean kids hiding behind their devices calling me ugly names. If someone wanted to bully me, they would either talk about me behind my back, prank call my house, or follow me home from the bus stop. All of which happened to me. Because kids are mean. But, those opportunities weren't as prevalent as the opportunities that our children are facing in today's very digital social society.

Something else that comes to mind when speaking about bullying, or cyber bullying, is our kids fear of "snitching." Another reason to be all up in their business is they will likely NOT TELL YOU what's going on, in fear of being a snitch. I've heard it come out of my boys mouths numerous times over the years, something I didn't hear as a kid, "snitches get stitches." What? I get it. The mouthy kid doesn't want to get in trouble for his ugly, mean-hearted attitude. But, kids being fearful to speak up? No, ma'am.

I'm not telling you to be your kids best friend. We all know better than that. But, be their advocate. Have a presence and relationship with their school and its administrators. Stand up for them. Fight for their right to feel safe in school (and out of school). Love them unconditionally. Do NOT tolerate bullying!

Have you dealt with bullying or cyber bullying with your children? What school grade(s) were they in? How did you handle it? I'm genuinely curious. After all, I still have many years of parenting school-aged kids ahead of me.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

16 Father's Day Gifts to Keep Dad Healthy

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We’ve curated a list of Father’s Day gift ideas that will give the gift of fitness and health, long after the holiday has gone. Whether you have a father, grandfather, godfather, father-in-law, brother, beloved uncle, or someone else who takes a father’s place in your heart—it’s time to celebrate the special men in your life.


Also called a “door gym,” this strengthening apparatus attaches to any doorway without the need for screws or any other hardware. Perfect for getting in a quick “pump” before your man takes on the day. You can also take it down and use it on the floor for crunches and pushups!


The Fitbit Alta HR is a wearable fitness tracker to help keep track of heart rate, steps, calories, distance and more. It can even be programmed to give him reminders to exercise—so you don’t have to! If your man is like mine, you won't really need to remind him. We recommend the black and stainless steel model, but it’s also available in colors like blue-gray, stainless steel, black, and gunmetal.


These cooling towels help keep you cool up to two hours, thanks to hydro active technology. He can bring it to the gym, on hikes, bicycling, or wherever he’s likely to break a sweat. I mean, you could even take these to Walt Disney World Resort. It's HOT in Florida, y'all!


Your man will work out in style when he walks into the gym with his new monogrammed gym bag. It’s handsome, southern, and stylish, enough to make him want to use it as often as he can!


Help him eat healthy at home by getting him a food box subscription like Blue Apron. This particular company allows you to modify the meals to accommodate your taste buds and personal nutrition needs. Plus, he’ll be able to experience the joy of cooking at home with the included step-by-step instructions. Best part, he'll be cooking for YOU!!


This is a fun and easy way to exercise at home. With this system, he can keep track of calories burned, learn to balance better, and learn more about training. This is a great gift for a guy who enjoys the TV, and is in the early stages of getting fit.


A stand up paddle board is just the thing for heading out to the lake, river, or beach this summer. Paddle boards help develop core and arm strength. For this gift, be sure you have an accurate height—appropriate board and pole lengths are dependent on this information.


Massages are beneficial for everyone and do wonders for mental relaxation. Treat your man to a massage—any style he likes! Some gyms even offer this extra service for a small fee.


A GoPro camera may be all the incentive the man in your life needs to get out there and be active. Don’t forget to include an activity accessory so he can really take advantage of all that the GoPro is capable of.


Flipping through the pages of this leading men’s magazine will encourage your Father’s Day gift recipient to get in shape and stay in shape. It even includes a substantial men’s fitness section with diet and exercise tips. Then, we ladies can steal and drool. 


On the weekends, this decidedly masculine water bottle is perfect to bring to the gym, take on hikes, or even sit in the cup holder in his golf cart. And, because it’s made of insulated stainless steel—on weekdays he can use it to hold his Pink Drink on-the-go. That's HOT, ladies!


Give your Father’s Day gift recipient the gift of freedom with this hydrating backpack “system.” These roomy backpacks are stylish, comfortable, and above all, functional. H20 hands free? Yes, please!


This hand gripper helps to strengthen hands, wrists, and arms. Any man on your gift list would love to receive this convenient way to exercise at the office, at home, on the commuter train, or anywhere else.


These resistance bands are an excellent Father’s Day gift for your grandfather or a favorite uncle! He can use them while sitting down to increase his upper body strength, at a level that he feels comfortable with.


What better way to entice your guy to get more active than by arranging the whole experience for him? These exciting experience options range from balloon trips, to flying lessons to NASCAR driving! This kind of gift is also a great way to spend more time with the man you love, since many of the experiences are for two.


This is definitely an out of the box kind of Father’s Day Gift, but hear us out. With the information your brother, dad, husband, or whatever man you’re looking to buy for gets from the 23 and Me test, he will have greater insight into his health, including what kinds of diseases he should look out for, and where his physical strengths and weaknesses are. The whole process is done through the mail, and results arrive by email in about a week.
This list of 16 Father’s Day Gifts for 2018 ensures you’re not at a loss for gift ideas. Whether it’s for your dad, grandpa, hubby or son, no matter which gift you choose, you’re sure to get a big ‘ole thanks!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Walt Disney World Resort's Silver and Weekday Annual Passholder Blackout Select Dates Lifted


The rumor is true! Walt Disney World Resort is FABULOUS and has lifted select blackout dates for Silver and Weekday Annual Passholders. Beginning June 8, running through June 29, you can enjoy all four Parks (Disney's Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios), when your passes would've ordinarily been blacked out! Weekday Passholders still have Saturdays and Sundays blacked out.

This added benefit comes just before Disney's Hollywood Studios NEW Toy Story Land's Grand Opening on June 30. Don't worry, Annual Passholders will have the opportunity to experience Toy Story Land in an exclusive event in September 2018.

Now that you've heard the news, are you planning any trips in June? I am checking my calendar now, to plan for some day trips!!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

How to Make a ChapStick® Holder Key Fob

The ChapStick® product, information and gift have been provided by Pfizer Consumer Healthcare.


I'm a mom. I'm a mom to five kids. Five. That's five set of lips [not including my own and my husband's] that often get chapped or cracked or sunburned. With five kids, you can imagine all of the time I have to be searching for a tube of ChapStick® at the bottom of my purse. Not. Ain't nobody got time for that!

If AWOL ChapStick® is a problem for me, I know it must be a problem for other busy moms. So, I've created a post that will give you step-by-step instructions on how to make a ChapStick® Holder Key Fob. You can attach it to your keys, the diaper bag, your purse, your favorite beach tote, your gym's so easy to make that you can make one for ALL of those locations, so you NEVER have to search for your ChapStick® again!

Let's get started! 

First, you'll need 
  • either heavy weight fabric [like duck cloth] or cotton fabric lined with fusible interfacing to give it a bit of thickness
  • key fob hardware [found here]
  • scissors
  • thread
  • a pair of pliers 
  • a kitchen towel or a wash cloth
  • sewing machine
Now, let's SEW!

Cut your fabric into 2 1/4 x 15 inches. If you aren't using duck cloth, cut the interfacing the same size and iron to wrong side of cotton fabric.

Fold your fabric in half, right sides together. Using a 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew each side of your fabric piece. Do not sew the ends.
Chapstick holder tutorial

Clip corners.

Turn your now 7 1/2 inch piece of fabric right side out, and press seams. 
Chapstick holder tutorial

Zig zag stitch the open end closed.
Chapstick holder tutorial

Fold the zig zag stitched end down 1 1/4 inches. Sew first at 5/8 inch allowance and then again at 1/2 inch allowance.
Chapstick holder tutorial

Here's what the back looks like...
Chapstick holder tutorial

We're almost finished, I told you this was easy-peasy!!

Next, fold the end you've just sewn onto itself 2 1/2 inches. [the zig zag shouldn't be seen]
Chapstick holder tutorial

Sew at 1/4 seam allowance and 1/8 inch seam allowance to finish it up. [see photo below]
Chapstick holder tutorial

It's time for the key fob hardware. Place the hardware on the end of your new ChapStick® Holder, fold your kitchen towel or wash cloth over it [this helps prevent scratches from the pliers], and press closed with your pliers. 
Chapstick holder tutorial

TADA!! You're finished!! Now, make another for your friend, and one for your each of your kids teachers, and for all of your one should have to search for another tube of ChapStick® ever again! 

Chapstick holder tutorial

Chapstick holder tutorial


Have you seen all of the amazing varieties of ChapStick® flavors??  Strawberry, Raspberry, Mango, Green Apple, Aloha Coconut [available exclusively at Walmart]...and so, so many more!

**GIVEAWAY CLOSED - CONGRATS, Amber F.** Want to WIN a selection of ChapStick® ? Leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Summertime memory. I'll choose a winner on March 17. 



Original tutorial found here.

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Friday, May 4, 2018

SOLO: A Star Wars Story | New Clip Now Available

SOLO: A Star Wars Story

Happy May The 4th (Be With You)!

On STAR WARS Day, I am excited to share with you a brand-new clip from SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY which opens in theatres everywhere this Memorial Day weekend (May 25th).

And tickets are now on sale everywhere that tickets are sold! For more information about in-theater events and giveaways visit

SOLO: A Star Wars Story

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.

SOLO: A Star Wars Story

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SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theatres everywhere on May 25th! 


Thursday, May 3, 2018

50th Annual Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL

Shrimp Festival Logo

This past weekend the kids and I ventured out to the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL. We waited until Sunday to go because McKinley had her first dance recital on Saturday {more on that later} and it had been raining for days and days prior. Sunday's forecast promised sunny skies. Yay!!!

It had been years since the last time I went to the Shrimp Fest...I was dying to get down there and people watch and antique window shop. The food, of course, was a deciding factor in our going. Who doesn't love some fresh, fried shrimp and hushpuppies?? Did someone say Fresh Squeezed Lemonade?? Funnel Cakes? Bring it on!! It can all be found at the Shrimp Fest!

Eating a Funnel Cake
{look at all of those vultures, I tell ya!}

The sights are beautiful at the Festival! There are, of course, shrimp boats.

Shrimp Boat

Jonah in front of the boat
{that's our Jonah up front there...growing up so fast!}

Capt Jack
{my favorite shot of the day!}

Shark on Dock
{Jonah and Jett spotted a shark!!}

You are sure to see a pirate, or five, while enjoying your day!

More Pirates
{we found these fellas waiting by the restrooms. the kids thought it was so funny. pirates have to potty too!}


My Little Pirates
{be sure to catch the "How To Be A Pirate" show if you do take the kiddos. my littles thoroughly enjoyed every moment!}

Kids and a Pirate Statue

What else is there to do other than eat, shop, take in the scenery and watch for pirates?? Make memories with the kiddos, of course! But, don't forget your wallet!!

Kitten Face Painting
{before we even got there McKinley was asking to have her face painted like a kitten. wish granted, baby girl!}
{{a little tip // see that ice cream in her hand? if you make your way all the way to the little Marina Shop on the water you will find ice cream treats for less than $2.00 each. that's a significant savings to what you'll pay the vendors inside the festival!}}

McKinley on a Pony
{pony rides!! McKinley's day was made right under this tent!}

Girl on a Horse

Miniature Horse
{there was a tiny horse, that was no bigger than a goat, that you could feed!}

Policeman Feeding a Horse
{out of nowhere this really HOT police officer comes over and started feeding the ponies with us!! my day was made!! #itwasHubs}

Jett on Rock Climbing Wall
{Jett braved the rock-climbing wall.}

Jett Rings the Bell
{and made it all the way to the top! proud momma moment!}

Jett at the Rock Climbing Wall

Lots of people bring their dogs to the festival too.

Meet Espy. McKinley fell in love with Espy and didn't want to leave his side.
McKinley and a Huge Dog

Espy is a Bouvier Des Flandres, a real life *dog with a blog*! {you may only know that reference if you have children who watch the actual TV show, Dog With A Blog.}

Have you ever been to the Shrimp Festival in Fernandina Beach, FL?? What is your favorite memory of going?

This is an oldie, but a goodie post. The Shrimp Festival is in its 55th year this year. We'll be going on Saturday, will I see you there?


Saturday, April 28, 2018

Fiesta on Cinco de Mayo Like There's No Ma┼łana

I love Mexican food. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas, they're all avenues to get the sour cream, queso and salsa in my mouth. I LOVE Mexican food!

I LIVED on Mexican food with each of my pregnancies. Especially with my first one. I could put a #4 dinner special away like it was nobody's business. {that may have had something to do with the 60 pound weight gain with him...}

With Cinco de Mayo a mere 4 days away, I thought I would gather a few yummy recipes up for you to make for your own fiesta. Or, just make them because you love the food as much as I do. Add them to your weekly dinner menu. Or, eat them every day, I won't judge.

Tex Mex Chicken
/1/ Tex-Mex Chicken - This is a recipe I created for Blissfully Domestic. It's a family favorite in my house. We eat it on the regular. I'd love for you to give it a try and tell me what you think. {Top it with sour cream and guac for an added umph of flavor!}

Mexican Pizza
/2/ Mexican Pizza - Diva Eats the World call this one "Party on a Plate." Judging by the picture alone, I'm gonna have to agree with her!

/3/ Loaded Sweet Potato Nachos - I love me some nachos! Recently, I've also discovered my love for sweet potato chips. It only makes sense to make nachos with them. My nacho addiction just became healthy! After all, the calories are in the chips, right?!

Want more great recipes for your Cinco de Mayo Fiesta? Check out my recent post on Blissfully Domestic!