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Friday, August 26, 2016

Fall Favorites | Rewind Friday

While it's still hot here and we have 11 days until school starts, I can't help but get excited for Fall!  I'm ready for some cooler weather, watching the season change while going on long walks, and spending weekends at the farm and fall festivals!  It will be a couple more weeks until we can do these fun activities here, so in the meantime I will reminisce by reading some of my fall themed posts from last year...

And since this is our fourth Rewind Friday, I'd love to read some of your older posts too! In case you missed it, BethWhitneyStephanie and I are hosting this new linkup as a way to share your favorite overlooked content. As a blogger, we are constantly creating and sharing content that we are proud of, and that we've often put a ton of time and effort into. Sometimes a post that we love and worked really hard to put together doesn't get the kind of attention (comments, visits, shares, pins, what have you) that we think it deserves. Now's your chance to get some new eyes on these posts! So grab my Rewind Friday button and link up some of your favorite overlooked posts!  #RewindFridayParty

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Now for the fun part... when we feature the bloggers with the most clicked links.  Here is the Spotlight Post for July!    Make sure you link up this month for the chance to be showcased next month!

Here are the dates of our future link ups! 
September 30th | October 28th | November 25th | December 30th 

I'm also linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday" and with A. Liz Adventures for "Five on Friday"!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Our New "Back to School" Routine

In just less than two weeks, Noah will be going back to pre-school.  Last year he went two mornings a week, but this year he will be going three.  While Noah has no problem waking up early, we have gotten used to taking our time in the morning this summer... sometimes we don't even go downstairs for breakfast until 9:30!!!  Since we will need to leave the house by 8:30 on the days he has school, I figured it was time to make a plan on how we will get everything done in time without a lot nagging.  Next week will be the perfect time to ease into this new routine before the "live show".

Noah is a huge fan of Daniel Tiger and the "get ready" episode is one of his favorites.  In case you aren't familiar with the episode, it has a song that helps kids go through the steps of getting ready for school in the morning (as well as getting ready for bed).

Clothes on
Eat breakfast
Brush teeth
Put on shoes
And off to school

We've sung this song in the past and found it to be super helpful with keeping him on track.  While we may switch the order up a little bit and maybe add a few steps, I think the song is so catchy and worth using in our morning routine!  

When creating our new back to school schedule/routine, I worked backwards from when we need to be out the door.  And since kids can be unpredictable, I added a lot of extra time for each step to act as a buffer.  Here's the plan...

7am: While Noah is usually already up by 7, this is when I will have an alarm go off as a "just in case".  We both go to the bathroom and then head back into bed for some morning snuggles.  I may check some emails while Noah watches a show or two on his iPad or maybe read some books.  Anything to help us wake up slowly.  

7:30: Time to go downstairs.  (This is the step I need to stay on top of.  In the summer, we usually lose track of time and snuggle time lasts longer expected.)  I've decided to keep Noah in his pajamas until after breakfast just in case he has a spill.  I will let him watch one show while I make and we eat breakfast.  Once he's finished eating, it's time to get dressed.  While we are working on Noah putting his own clothes on, he still needs some guidance.   

8am: Noah gets to have some play time while I go upstairs to get myself dressed.  I imagine Noah will play with his magnatiles, do some puzzles, or draw some pictures during this time.  Some days, I envision him following me around like a shadow ;)  

8:25: Brush teeth and gel his hair.  In the past, I've had him go to the bathroom right before leaving the house.  But I want him to get used to using the school bathroom, so I think I will have him hold off and instead take him to the school bathroom right before entering his classroom.  

8:30: Put on shoes and grab his school bag.

And off to school!

Wish us luck with the "back to school transition"!

I would love to hear how you manage to get out the door on time for school every morning!  And for more back to school inspiration, make sure to check out these amazing school related posts (and link up your own)!  You have until September 15 to linkup any and all back to school posts. If you aren't a blogger and want to join in, use #2016B2S (B2S = back to school) when you share photos on Facebook and Instagram so we can check them out. Additionally, use that same hashtag to share any photos of your family preparing for the new school year along with any posts you may have including the topic "back to school". Grab our button and add it to your side bar, social media sites and posts to spread the school spirit this fall!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Knock Knock...

On our 3 hour drive this weekend, we had to get creative with things to keep Noah entertained.  Somehow we started telling Noah some jokes.  He got so into it that Chris started looking up kid jokes on his phone.  While many went over Noah's head, he thought they were hilarious and kept asking for more.  He even guessed the answers for two of them!  Here are a few of our favorites...

What do you call a bear with no socks?
this is one of the jokes Noah guessed the answer to!  

How do you get a tissue to dance?
Put a boogie in it!
we've been telling this joke non stop since!

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Smell mop
Smell mop who?
Smell my poo... ewww!

Why was Tigger looking in the toilet?
He was looking for Pooh!
and we wonder why Noah's so obsessed with the bathroom humor!  

Knock Knock
Who's there?
Cash who?
No thanks, I'll have peanuts

Why did the muffin/cookie go to the doctor?
It was feeling crumby!

What do elves learn in school?
The elf-abet

Where do cows go on Saturday night?
To the moo-vies!

The best part is that Noah didn't mind if we repeated jokes.  On the way home, he was so excited for us to tell them same jokes and to see if he remembered the answer.  

Do your kids like jokes?  I'd love to hear some of your favorite kid-friendly jokes!  

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weekend Unexpected...

Today I planned to do a recap on our day at the Little League World Series.  We went last year and had a lot of fun, but this year did not go at all as I expected.  If you follow me on Instagram or Snapchat (megflinn33), you already know what I'm talking about, but if not, here's the story.  

We drove out to Williamsport, PA to meet up with our friends.  We then headed over to the Little League World Series stadium to save some seats.  While it's nice that they don't charge admittance, it means there aren't assigned seats.  We got there two hours before the game and we could barely find six seats together.  Our seats were in the direct sun, so we did our best to stay cool.  The guys took the boys on little trips around the grounds to play games, collect pins, and have some photo ops, and we made sure to have a constant stream of drinks, smoothies, and ice cream.  

And while everyone else (including the kids) handled the heat well, I didn't do so well.  At first it was just the normal feeling hot and sweaty, but when I stood for the national anthem, I felt like I was gonna fall over if I didn't sit down.  Chris was out walking with Noah, so I texted him to come back.  We left Noah with our friends and he was gonna walk with me to the bathroom.  I barely got down 2 steps before I was seeing black spots and had to sit down before I passed out.  The ushers immediately came over and told me they'd call for help.  I was then walked over to first aid, which was air conditioned, and given some cold water while they checked my blood pressure and sugar level.  My blood pressure was low, but didn't raise any red flags.  And Noah was excited because he got two first aid pins.  I joked that he should thank me for getting sick so that he could get some special pins most kids wouldn't collect ;)  He got so many pins that we just ordered this pin case.  

After resting in the cool room and drinking lots of water, I felt good enough to go home.   The good news is, the kids couldn't really care less about the actual game.  Instead, we headed back to our friend's house where the guys took the boys swimming next door while I rested inside.  At this point, I felt much better and only had a residual headache.  So we continued on with our plans to go out for dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings.  But I guess the heat and the swimming tired Noah out, because he fell asleep while we waited for our table.  He was out!  He stayed asleep the entire time despite being moved from my shoulder to my lap so I could eat my food.  He stayed asleep when we checked into the hotel, changed him into his pajamas, and didn't wake up til the next morning.  I guess he really needed the sleep!  

The next day, Noah was up bright and early, so Chris took him swimming at the hotel pool.  Then we were off to meet our friends at Knoebels.  In case you aren't from around here, Knoebels is an amusement park where you just pay per ride and there isn't an admission fee.  We were really excited to take the kids for their first time (it would have been Chris' and my first time too), so we were really bummed when it was raining on our way over.  We hoped that it would stop soon, but it just never gave up.  We finally gave up and decided to find alternative (and indoor) plans.  We found a bounce place within half an hour and an Olive Garden right across the street... win win for everyone!  The kids got to bounce and we got to have unlimited salad and breadsticks :)

So while we didn't get to see the baseball game or go to Knoebels, it doesn't matter because we still had a wonderful weekend with our friends.   And now we know what we want to do next summer!  

Monday, August 22, 2016

School Paper Organization

When it came time to organizing the papers Noah gets from school, I wanted to have a plan set in action.  So last year, I started scouring Pinterest for ideas, and instantly loved Simply Kierste's method!   I immediately bought a file boxfile folders  and labels and downloaded the labels she provides in her blog post.  While I love the label she added to the front of the box, and intend to add one to my box (eventually), right now it really isn't an issue since Noah is an only child ;)   It was super easy to put together and now I have a place to store all of those papers at the end of each year.  And the best part is, that if Noah wants all his school memorabilia when he's older, he can take the box and everything will be in one place.

While I loved this method for storing everything after each school year ends, I wanted something I could have at my fingertips during the year.  I decided to create a school binder with some folders and page protectors inside for all those important papers that come home.  Right now, I have Noah's class list in the front folders as well as some paperwork outlining payment information and medical forms that I still need to submit.   The page protectors are perfect for storing (and displaying) notes sent home from the teachers and drawings that Noah makes (on regular sized paper).   As for the larger artwork, after I photograph it, I either display it in our kitchen or store it in this art box until I make my "art photo album" at the end of the year.

Noah still has a few more weeks left of summer, but once we get closer to his first day of school, I will have him answer some questions with our "first day of school questionnaire". I started this tradition last year and am excited to see how his answers (and writing) changes over the years.   You can download the "My first day of..." for 3 year olds and 4 year olds by clicking on the links below.  If you would like to use the printable but need it customized, just shoot me an email!

I would love to hear how you keep all those papers organized throughout the school year!  And for more back to school inspiration, make sure to check out these amazing school related posts (and link up your own)!  You have from today until September 15 to linkup any and all back to school posts. If you aren't a blogger and want to join in, use #2016B2S (B2S = back to school) when you share photos on Facebook and Instagram so we can check them out. Additionally, use that same hashtag to share any photos of your family preparing for the new school year along with any posts you may have including the topic "back to school". Grab our button and add it to your side bar, social media sites and posts to spread the school spirit this fall!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Friday Favorites

Happy Friday!  Chris worked late a few nights this week.  And when I say worked late, he was walking in the door after 10pm.  While I feel bad for him, I'm so glad that Noah's at an age now where the late nights are too hard on me.  While he was at work, we had a nice mix of enjoying our last bit of summer (by going to the pool) and getting ready for school to start (some back to school clothes shopping and getting his feet measured).  I'm so glad Chris was able to get home on time last night... he and Noah were both ready for some boy time playing in the basement!  I know we are ready for some family time this weekend!  While we countdown to daddy getting home tonight, I figured I'd share some of our favorite things from this week...


Yesterday, we went with some friends to this old school toy store.  They have been many times before and love it because they have a bunch of train tables and even an old fashioned electric train for the kids to play with.  They even host birthday parties here!  The boys had a blast hopping from train to train pretending to be conductors.  I heard the phrase "full steam ahead" a lot!  While you technically don't have to buy anything, and the owner wasn't pushy AT ALL, it's rare for Noah and I to leave a store without at least something.  We ended up getting a couple of activity books and some new Melissa and Doug stamps and giant ink pad.  It was the perfect activity for yesterday afternoon!  

^^^ that fire station in the upper right corner is $190 all on it's own... train collecting is expensive!  


Noah's newest obsession is Super Wings!  He had seen the show on YouTube and was begging to get the toys when we saw them at Toys R Us last weekend (went in to get gifts for birthday parties).  While he wanted the larger transforming toys, I talked him into getting this set of 4 mini transforming airplanes instead.  Figured he was getting 4 for the price of one.  They take up less space in the play room and he can easily bring them in the car and out to restaurants!  He absolutely loves these guys... they come up to bed with us each night (and sleep on his bedside table) and come back down with us every morning.  Mira (the green one) even came with us to the pool.  Since he loves them so much, we ordered the second 4 pack so that he will have all the planes from the show.  It arrives today and he's anxiously awaiting for the delivery man to ring our doorbell!  

Super Wings 4 pack "B" arriving today!
Note: while we love Amazon, the first 4 pack is more expensive there and the second 4 pack isn't even available.  My recommendation is to order from Walmart (linked above) or check your local toy store.  


Big Brother!  Chris got me into this show a few years ago and I have to say it's one of my favorite summer traditions now!  While I haven't watched last night's episode yet (don't worry, no spoilers here), can we just spend a minute or two discussing how hot these two guys are that were both nominated for eviction.  Forget about personality and game play, it will be a sad day when these shirtless guys are gone ;)   


Oh goggles, why do we have such a hard time finding a pair we love!  Surprisingly, finding Noah a pair was the easy part (he tried a bunch on in swim class and then we ordered the ones he liked).  For me, I bought a pair at the beginning of the summer and then left them somewhere :(  Chris got a pair in a swag bag from a golf outing, so when I lost mine, I totally tried to poach them from him.  One day, I was at the pool with Noah alone and I totally "borrowed" them.  Chris ordered a new pair, still not sure who they were for (hehe) but after 2 wears, they were burning the skin under our eyes... I thought Chris was overreacting until I tried them and felt the same thing!  So this past week, I ordered some new goggles hoping these will be winners.  Hopefully they will be as good as they are cute and colorful :)


Finally, here are some of my posts from the past week... hopefully one will end up being a favorite of yours ;)

Summer "Mommy" Style

I'm linking up with The Farmer's Wife and September Farm for "Oh Hey Friday" and with A. Liz Adventures for "Five on Friday"!

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Summer "Mommy" Style

Today I'm sharing a sampling of my wardrobe from the past four weeks.  Going through these photos, I realized a few things.  First, I wear a lot of black!  I never really thought I had a problem of not having color in my wardrobe, but this post would suggest otherwise.  And second, I tend to wear the same earringssunglasses, and sandals almost every single day!

So let's start with my black and white outfits...

Back to school clothes shopping for Noah.

top | shorts | sandals (no longer available at Old Navy) | sunglasses | earrings  

Lunch and errands with my mom.  The white napkin at Cheesecake Factory did a number on my black dress!

dress (new print) | sandals (no longer available at Old Navy) | sunglasses  | earrings 

A 4 year old birthday party.  I actually wore different sandals... alert the media!

dress (I'm usually a large, but ordered a tall medium for length) | bracelets  | sandals (in black) | sunglasses  

A 2 year old birthday party.

striped shirt (similar) | maxi skirt (similar | similar necklace  | sunglasses 

Running errands, including a trip to the dentist with Noah. 

And once again, Noah had to get in on the action!  Our stripe game is strong ;)

tank | skirt - old Loft (similar) | necklace - similarsimilar 
Noah's pajamas (other colors) | camera remote 

With all that black and white, it was time to add some color.

Hibachi dinner with friends.

kimonotank | jeans | sandals (in black) | necklace | earrings 

Lowes Build & Grow.

shirt | shorts (solid and printed options) | sandals (no longer available at Old Navy) 

And then there are times when I go for comfort and opt against doing my hair...

Running errands in 110 degrees after a day at the pool.  I tried to wear as little as possible while Noah opted for pants.  I do not know how he stood wearing pants in that heat!

 pineapple tank - similar | shorts - I ordered Tall for extra length (no longer available on Gap online, similar) 
similar metallic sandals | cross-body (other colors) | sunglasses 
Noah's camo shirt (in blue) and pantssandals  

Dropping my car off to be fixed... and then spending the day at home.

t-shirt (old Old Navy) | shorts (similar) 

The past few weeks, we've spent a lot of days at the beach or pool.  Since I only have a few swimsuits and coverups, sharing them over and over again would get rather boring. Here's a sample of how you'll find me most days... with a hat and sunnies or wet from the pool hair!

  dress, no longer available on Loft - similar sunglasses  | earrings | hat, no longer available on Old Navy - similar 
 caftan (similarsimilar) | sunglasses  | earrings | hat, no longer available on Old Navy - similar 
 tankini (and on sale!) | sunglasses  | hat, no longer available on Old Navy - similar 

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