This post is sponsored by 3M but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
As the summer winds down I like looking back at some of our more memorable moments. It wasn’t all fun and games, and in fact, I struggled quite a bit with my own patience and the constant bickering between my girls. However, the sweetest things happened when we were all together and I am going to miss having them home. At least some days. 😉
I have one child who is very nervous to start school for the first time, so I’ve been trying to think of ways to make the transition as smooth as possible.
One of our favorite traditions was having a movie night so I’ve promised to continue that throughout the school year as well. They love movies like their mama, and it gives them something to look forward to. We can cuddle up on the couch together, or, thanks to 3M we can treat ourselves to a movie in the theater!
This post is sponsored by Wicked Uncle but all views and opinions are honest and my own.
My goals for the summer were simple. I wanted my girls to have a lot of fun and I didn’t want to lose my mind in the process. Lol. This meant keeping them very busy (too busy for the constant bickering), and being flexible in ways I’m typically more strict about during the school year. One example was my decision to loosen the reigns a bit when it came to screen time.
We’ve always allowed time for television or tablets, but things were far less regimented over the last few months. As the school year begun I knew I needed to make some adjustments, and limiting their viewing during the week was initially a struggle.
They asked about their devices constantly and I was tempted to give in (again, to avoid that whole losing my mind thing), until they each received gifts from Wicked Uncle!
This post is sponsored by Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
The summer is here and we’re so excited for what lies ahead! We have some scheduled fun and many impromptu adventures on the horizon as well. One place we’ll frequent is the pool because it’s hot, hot, hot in Georgia, and we look forward to congregating around the water with friends.
In fact, we went to our first pool party of the season and I really wanted to bring something tasty and refreshing to contribute. I’m not very creative in the kitchen and thought a simple salad would be nice. The difference this time, however, was the addition of Zespri SunGold Kiwifruit!
My family really enjoys kiwi but it’s not something we think to buy often. When we do, it’s typically the green kind, but who knew there was a yellow kiwi option?!!
I was intrigued when I saw this sungold kiwi in the exotic fruit section, and learned that Zespri is a New Zealand based business that focuses primarily on the kiwifruit. Packed with nutrients, kiwi is a great source of folate and potassium. It’s juicy and so easy to cut open and serve too!
When it came time to put together a salad to bring I decided to add this special ingredient. I knew I made a delicious discovery and wanted to share!!
The water, and salad were both big hits that day, and even though it seems small, trying something new with food took me out of my comfort zone. I’d like to do more things that stretch me this summer which is why I’m also excited to share Zespri’s Wander & Win Challenge!
For the next 10 weeks I encourage you to try something new and step out of your comfort zone with the challenges you can find here.
With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I’ve already heard about how commercialized it is and the reminders that you shouldn’t wait for one day a year to express affection to your family or significant other.
While I agree with these things, I always appreciate Valentine’s Day as an additional opportunity to show my loved ones I care. And no, it doesn’t always have to be the man who initiates it!
This year I’m the one planning a date night for my husband and I, and in partnership with FrontGate Media I’ve also downloaded the LoveNudge.app for couples. This app is based on Dr. Gary Chapman’s #1 New York Times bestseller, The 5 Love Languages®!
My husband and I first read Dr. Chapman’s book as newlyweds and found it so helpful. Nearly 9 years later it’s been fun to do a bit of a refresh leading up to this day of love.