Teach Your Child Good Habits + Giveway

6:41 PM
Am I the only one that gets pretty sick of constantly repeating themselves?
Shoes...brush your teeth..get ready for dance ect.

I hate that it can turn into arguments.

I feel like I have very accurate age appropriate responsibility expectations for my girls.
I know what they are capable of doing & what they will need me to help with or do myself.

This smart watch isn't your typical kids smart watch.
There are no games. It has a very simple interface & even simpler kids friend operations to control it.

On your phone, you make a profile for your child, or children.

Keep in mind, this is her summer wake up time :P

I choose to just get one for Kennedy as I feel she is at the age where she can take on more, & be held responsible for more good habits than Kensley.

After you make your child's profile, You set their schedule. 
You can make one time entries, or can make when weekly occurring.
& you sync with your child's watch through Bluetooth. 
I love that the bluehtooth is on only for sync then turned off so your child isn't exposed to the frequency the whole time.
When it's time for the event you have put in, it gives a gentle vibration, when your child does it they just click the side button to confirm its done. If they don't complete it in 15 mins {or however long you choose on your app} it reminds them again. Each prompt is a simple icon that easily recongizable for your child.

You can also purchase this neat nightlight companion, that also doubles a charging station for your watch at night. It is magnetic & super easy for little hands to just tap it on to charge.

Are you loving the sound of this for your child in your life too?

I am having a giveaway to win a watch & a nightlight charging station on my Instagram! Head over there to enter!

If you don't want to wait to see if you win you can purchase the watch with a discount HERE with code: MRSMUMAW

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#mfamilyfridays Family Movie Night Ideas :: The Incredibles

8:38 PM
Another fun themed family movie night!
With the release of Incredibles 2, on June 15th I decided the first Incredibles would be the perfect movie for our movie night this weekend!

I was a little low on creativity this one, but we still loved it!

 First off, Pizza! We generally always make homemade pizza on movie night. But I can never get it in a perfect circle so bought some pre made pizza doughs this time & used the toppings to make the "I" icon for The Incredibles! It turned out pefect!

Disney Incredible Pizza
 The grocery had these Juicy Juice, juice boxes & they were perfect!! I was afraid the icon would get all messed up after it was cooked, but look!! How perfect right?!

 I also made masks out of felt for the girls to wear! Use the template HERE

I also attempted to make this fruit platter I saw on Pintrest.. obvi was a huge fail! HA!

 & there you have it, for a simple Incredible Movie night!!

Summer Treats :: Home Fruit Popsicle's

5:39 PM

Blueberry Fruit Popsicle's 

It's summer & I can't keep any frozen treat in the freezer longer than 2 days!
My girls are outside from the moment they get up til they go to bed it seems & every hour I feel like someone needs a snack!

I found THESE Popsicle bags on amazon & decided I wanted to make a more healthy option for a summer time treat! These bag are so cool, & reusable!  I love that they have a ziplock like closure!

There are so many different recipes you could use to make these. You could even use a great organic juice just my itself & freeze. The options are endless!

What you need:
-Juice {I used Honest Juice}
-Blueberries {you could use any fruit}
- Vanilla Yogurt

Blend all together. I use measuring cup to pour into the baggies, a funnel would be helpful too if you have one.

Freeze for 4+ hours. 
& Enjoy!

Strawberry Fruit Dip

2:41 PM

Strawberry Fruit Dip

 School is out!
& that only means one thing SUMMER!!
We are always snacking on fruit, but even more in the summer. I can't keep our fridge full ever. I buy a carton of strawberries & in one day they are gone!
I remember one time when I was 7, I ate SO many strawberries it was unreal, & I broke out in the all of over rash; It looking like I was turning red! HA!

To switch it up every once in awhile for a sweet treat for our strawberry snacking; or when we go to a grill out & I don't want to come empty handed. I always make this super simple Strawberry fruit dip! Its simple & it's gone with in minutes! Such a crowd pleaser! Everyone asks me the recipe & no one every believes what it made of & how simple it is!

All you need is:

1 block of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
1 big jar of Kraft Marshmallow Fluff or 2 small jars
Optional: I have added Cool Whip as well

Yes that's it!!

Mix both the ingredients up in the mixer. It's sticky but boy is it good!
put it in the fridge to chill. & there you have it!
Just don't go eating too many strawberries & turn red on me!

48 Family Dinner Table Conversation Starters

8:18 PM

48 Family Dinner Table Conversation Starters

Most of us in the season of life where our children our having real conversation with us, are also in the "busy" season of life.
To & from practices, homework, just go go go all.the.time.

Dinner time sometimes, isn't at home. But when it is, I try my very best to make sure we are all siting down at the table. Electronic off, TV off, sitting at a actual table.
5 days out of the week, it is just the girls & I for dinner. & even when Brandon is home, we sit down & we are unwinding from the day, errr trying to quickly eat before we have to get up & get a child seconds..another drink..wipe up a spilled drink..pray ect..& I really want to make sure we have great, meaningful conversations. But sometimes, its hard to come up with how to get started for those conversations to happen when your mind is still going a mile per minute. & the everyday "how was your day?" just doesn't cut it because you were met with the same answer "I don't know" everyday. Amirite?

That's where these conversation starters some in handy! & don't think they need to be limited to just dinner! I made these first for a friend of mine & she keeps her in her car for their after school drive!

 Print them out & cut them into squares. We put them in a little pail to take them from. Sometimes we do one, & it leads into lots of conversations. & sometimes we like to pick a few of them to keep going!

I hope you enjoy & get some good talks in at the dinner table!

Download them Below:

Target x Disney

12:39 AM
As we all know, our entire family are huge Disney lovers!
When I heard about the Target release of their collection "Love Mickey"
I knew I would probably need all the things!

So here I am rounding up all of my favorites that are available online as in-store stock can vary!

I got a couple things from "Junk Food" & the quality is so amazing, & everything is SO soft!
If you get get anything scented, the blackberry scent is SO good.

Do yourself some "magical" shopping!!

                           SHOP THE COLLECTION                        
Shop the collection below, by clicking on the photos!

The girls have been dying to make "You Tube" videos {but honestly isn't everyones kid right now?} We decided to make a our first video of our Target haul from this collection! I am SO cringe-y in it. But they girls about pee'd their pants after I edited it! If you watch make sure you leave a comment & like it; you will absolutely make their day! I've already been asked 10000 times if we have any yet! LOL

10 Skills to Ask Your Amazon Echo Alexa

12:00 PM
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10 Skills to Ask Your Amazon Echo

Those of you that follow me on IG, know about my little friend, Alexa.
Guys, the whole family has fallen in love with her.
She is so helpful, & honestly so fun!
The girls & I generally use her for music more than anything. {at any given time in our house you can hear one of the girls yelling "ALEXA, play greatest showman. or ALEXA, play Disneys ZOMBIES.. ALEXA is in caps because they can't just say ALEXA.. its always yelled ALEXA!}

But, there is alot more to her than listening to music. 
So here is the list of what things we use her for most!
I am here to get everyone to get a Echo! So either hopefully this will make you either buy one, or know how to use yours better! 

1. Music
I am just putting this on here, even though I already mentioned it. We synced our Spotify account, but it has capabilities to use more music streaming services, as well as your prime account.

You ask:
"Alexa, play Christmas music"
"Alexa, play Taylor Swift"
"Alexa, play Believer by Imagine Dragons"

2. Weather

The girls use this every morning when getting dressed!

You ask:
 "Alexa, What is the weather today" or "how hot will be today" ect.

3. Alarms, Reminders, Times

This is a super helpful for us busy moms, or those that can get scattered brained.
You can use it as your morning alarm clock. Or to reminder you to leave, or do something at certain time. You can also ask things like how man days til a certain date, or when a certain holiday is.

The time feature is amazing during Thanksgiving, because you can set multiple timers at once.

You ask:
"Alexa, set a timer for the potatoes for 20 minutes" 
"Alexa, wake me up at 6 AM"
"Alexa, when is Easter this year?"
"Alexa, remind me to leave for dance in 15 minutes"

4. Games
This a fun one with our family.
We play jeopardy, every Friday there is new questions & topics. So when we are making our pizzas for movies night we ask to play. We also love the Disney trivia game. Though, there are so many others. Sports, Pop Culture, you name it!

You Ask:
"Alexa, Lets play Jeopardy"
"Alexa, Lets play Disney Triva"
"Alexa, Play simon says"

5. Facts
Alexa, is litterly a speaker with Wikipedia.
You can ask facts about just about anything. It comes into handy with martial arguments. Like, hypothetically of course, how children Adam Sandler has. She has the answer.

You ask:
"Alexa, Wikipedia Abraham Lincoln" 
"Alexa, How old is Kate Hudson?"

6. Break a Tie
You can also use her for things to break a tie, or help you make a decision if your family or friends are indecisive.

You ask:
"Alexa, Rock, Paper, Scissors"
"Alexa, Flip a coin"
"Alexa, Roll a dice:

7.  Intercom
If you have more than one Echo, or you can use it through you your phone, to talk to someone somewhere else in the house.
I have even used this when I have gotten in the car & a child is still inside & I am waiting on them. HA! I use my phone in the Alexa app, & "drop in" to the Living room & make sure to put some fire under their butt to get outside! LOL I just talk into my phone like I normally would and tell them to hurry, or if they need something!

You ask:
"Alexa, Drop in to Kensleys Room"
"Alexa, Drop in to the Kitchen"

8. Shopping Lists 
This one is a HUGE life saver for me. I don't know how many times, I am in the moment doing something & realize we are low or out of something. & I just don't have a moment to write it down.
Just the other day I was giving the girls a bath & ran out of shampoo. I told Alexa to add it to my shopping list, & right then it popped up into my phone & saved it to my shopping list.
You can also shop right from Alexa through Amazon!

You ask:
"Alexa, add paper towels to my shopping list"
"Alexa, buy laundry soap"

9. Sounds
Every night, Kensley uses this in her room. She asks for ocean sounds. But there is also some fun ones the girls get a kick out of..like cats, dogs & even farts! *eye roll*

You ask:
"Alexa, play ocean sounds"
"Alexa, bark like a dog"

10. Smart Home
You control your smart devices for your home through Alexa as well. I like doing this after I get into bed. I don't have to get up to turn the fan, on or off. & I won't have to curse Brandon not turning the light off AGAIN . LOL She will even start your Roomba for you ! *insert praise hands*

You ask:
"Alexa, turn off the lights"
"Alexa, turn on the fan"
"Alexa, dim the lights to 10%"

SO what are you waiting for! You have to get a Echo, & tell me all about it!
I am going to have two more posts coming up having to do with all things Alexa, stay tuned!

New {rest of the} Year Resolution

11:35 PM
So here we are in May. Can you believe it?
I feel like it was just the New Year, then BAM May.

Speaking of the New Year, since we are 5 months in now, how is your resolution going?
I imagine it's going 1 of 2 ways..either:
A) Your Killing it, going strong
B) You've moved on
If you're B, don't beat yourself up. I think, in my non-professional & lack of energy to google; the stats would show that like, more than 50% of people actually follow through.
& to the other half, way to go! You should be so proud of yourself!
This is for both you A & B people.

I know what your thinking here, & it is..where is she going with this? Why are we talking abuot this now?

I want you take a look at your past, & maybe even current resolutions..
What is the one thing they have in common?
They are you about changing yourself right?
 Something you, someone else, or society told you was wrong?

I started thinking when writing this,what does resolution even mean? The literal definition. 

a firm decision to do or not to do something

I am all for continually working on ourselves. Everyday, I wake up & think of what I can do that day to be a better mom & person than I was the day before. Be the person my girls think I am. To be the person I want to admire & look up to. As partners & now parents, Brandon & I's philosophy is always to continue to make a better life for ourselves & now our family.

BUT, what if we flipped the script for the rest of the year? We can still better ourselves of course. Never stop that.

What if we made 'a firm decision to do or not do something'? & what if that firm decision was to not think about what we think is wrong ourselves? or more so.. made a change on how we think & feel about ourselves?

Do I mean to completely go crazy & eat the entire menu at taco bell? or whatever you choose your resolution for?

No, of course not.

What I am mean is..
As women, mothers ect, we are always SO hard on ourselves.
There is always weight we want to lose, skin we want to tighten, hair we want to grow, eye brows we want fleek'd {amirite?} So much so that there are people that make money off of our insecurities everyday. Isn't that crazy?

So I was thinking as I was talking with a girlfriend, who was so down on herself about not keeping with her resolution & just tearing herself apart...
Let's make a rest-of-the-year-resolution..to LOVE ourselves. Stop focusing on what your dislike & want to change. To truly love ourselves. To be grateful, for ourselves & who we are, right now.

If we go back to my super science based statistics that I used up yonder, we have about 6
 months left in the year, so you really only have to do this for 3 months.

I think you can take 3 months & not think about what's wrong yourself, & be grateful for who we are & the life we have.
 Instead of writing down your resolution of what you want to change. I want you to write down things you love about yourself, find a positive in your negative {ex. your body carried a child ect}, write what you wouldn't change about yourself, accomplishments you HAVE made this year so far. This could be something as small as teaching yourself to cook, or something as big as buying a new home.

So let's do this together, K? 
I know we can.
Share this with other women you think could use some good postivity in their life too about themselves.

Focus on the good. Be grateful our bodies, & our lives.
& I just know the rest our year, is going to look a whole lot different.

I would love to see your list! Feel free to send it to me, or tag me in it!

What to Buy at Aldi + Giveaway

9:23 PM
Any Aldi shoppers here?
For some reason I was super nervous to shop here. Actually, I do know the reason..Does anyone else remember the whole horse meat thing?
I thought to myself yeah..no way. I also was a total, non brand food snob if you will. I just KNEW the food had to taste awful.
Then a friend in a different state was all..WHAT? She couldn't believe it. She made me go try it! & I loved it!

Did you know Aldi is the same company as Trader Joes? Most of their product are the exact same but in different package & for half the price!

First let me tell you, there is a learning curve to shopping here.
First, You need to bring your own bags, or pay for them when you get there.
Second, You also pay for your cart..but when you return it..you get your quarter back! Which brings to the end of this post for a giveaway! So keep reading!

Next, let me tell you about what we buy..& Don't for that matter.
Let me say though..I do most of the girls lunch shopping at Aldi. Not alot of our main groceries for dinner. So this is list is based on those needs.

Ready? Here we go!

  • Flowers -- this one may seem odd, but I really love fresh flowers. They can get pricey at the grocery! I can always find great fresh bouquets cheap here!

  • Baking Spices -- always only a couple bucks & great quality!
  • Coconut oil -- I use this for a lot of things..my hair, my face & I add a couple tablespoons to the girls baths!
  • Simply Nature Organic Salsa -- we go through this weekly in the summer
  • Simply Nature Organic Corn Chips -- SO GOOD
  • Live gFree gluten-free tortillas -- We do a lot of wraps. Kennedy  always is asking for them in her lunches. She loves the spinach ones! Okay so we are NOT gluten free, but you will see I buy a lot of it. I like to buy it with certain products just because it helps, particularly, Kennedys stomach with generally carb-y things to be gluten free if she eats often. As a dancer she can sometimes feel " heavy" when she eats a lot of carbs! This helps! 

Speaking of, they have a WONDERFUL gluten free section if you are gluten free! We have tried about all of them and all of the products are amazing & tasty!

  • On things we DO NOT buy here.. From our own experience we do not get any produce here. Ours always seems to go bad almost instantly. The prices are never enough of savings to make up for it. We still stick with our normal grocery for that!

  • Butter -- Butter is always the most competitively priced even without coupons at Aldi! They even have my favorite Kerrygold for the cheapest I can find!
  • Moo Tubes -- they are really great to have on hand! I hate how much sugar they have so the girls will have them as a fun snack here & there
  • Hummus-- I am not a huge hummus eater {it makes me gaggy}, but the girls are! They love the roasted peepers & ranch flavors!

  • Simpy Nature Organic Yogurt -- again very competitively priced! I get the vanilla its so yummy with the next thing I list!
  • Granola -- Any of the granola they sell there, even the gluten free. Both girls love making parfaits at home for breakfast & I pack them for lunch! They love the ones that taste like girl scout cookie flavors!
  • Frozen Fruits -- they are amazing to use for smoothies!

  • Almond butter -- it's always about half the price than what I can find anywhere else! Also great for smoothies!
  • Simply Nature Sweet Potato Chips -- Do yourself a favor & buy two bags. You will go through the first one in one sitting
  • Simply Nature Popcorn -- this come close to stealing my love for Boom Chicka Pop. It just doesn't come in as many fun flavors. This is a great yummy snack, that is guilt-ish-free!
  • Frozen Pizzas -- These are so great to have on hand for quick dinner nights when you don't want to cook..they are so tasty too!
  • Organic Apple Sauce- Apple saue is so hard to find with out a huge sugar content. But this one does the trick!
  • Dried Fruit -- we get the freeze dried anything. The apple, pears & strawberries are the faves & we also love the banana chips!
  • Beef Sticks -- Great protein snack for the girls..& me on the go!
  • Whole Grain Frozen Waffles -- Its probably cheaper for me to make them myself, & I do make a bunch at one time & freeze. But sometimes..you just don't have time. These are perfect for busy school mornings!

Now, I realize you are wondering about the meat. But I still haven't tried much. I do love their chicken sausage & things like that. But we get our meat from a local farm so I haven't really indulged in it too much!

But there you have it!
At the end of your shopping trip you take your cart over & bag all of your grocery up & then take your cart out front to get your quarter back! I hope this was helpful if you are overwhelmed trying Aldi for the first time!

On to the giveaway!
If you are a Aldi shopper you know what a pain it is sometimes to find that dang quarter to get your cart! & that is where this comes in handy! A little key-chain to hold your quarter for easy finding & keeping on you at all times for when you put it in & get it back! Find out how to enter by visiting my Facebook post HERE!

Kensley's L.O.L Surprise Doll Birthday Party

6:38 PM
I can't believe it, but somehow we celebrated Kensley turning 6 today! She turns 6 in a couple days, & I just can't comprehend how that is possible. 6 just seems so old, I don't know why. It's like 6 is a kid now. It's so bitter sweet because I love watching her grow, but she's my baby!

We haven't had very many birthday parties the last couple years. Now that they are a little older to to make decisions for themselves about these things, we give them a option of a party or a "experience" & the last couple years she had chosen to go do something! { see past parties HERE}

She is obsessed, & I mean obsessed with L.O.L surprise balls for the past 3 years. Back when they were REALLY hard to find. You had to order them, they weren't even at stores {thanks YouTube}
So it was a no brainier for her that, that is what she wanted her party to be.

I am a little off my birthday game, but with a death in the family days before; the party ended up turning out great! This was her first friend birthday, & it was so fun to see my shy girl in this environment being so goofy with her friends! 

For ya'll asking on FB & IG; I will have a Snapchat Geo filter tutorial & balloon arch tutorial coming this week!


LOL Surprise cookies

LOL Surprise Birthday

& because I couldn't choose one of her, here is 100000 pictures of Kensley doing pretty much the exact same thing in every photo.

obsessed with this pic. I just love her in it!

Kensley & Her Friends!
I had some fun & made her this snapchat geo filter for fun photos with her friends! {tutorial coming this week!}

About Me

Welcome Friends!
I am Tara. I am a wanna be southern momma, stuck in the Midwest. Huge Disney lover. I love a huge bow & all things Farmhouse style. Frequent user of "Ya'll" Grab a cup off coffee & stay awhile!