Monthly Archives: May 2014
|May 30, 2014||Posted by Holly Marie under Life and Times in our House|
Friend without kids, “You went to the pool today? Lucky!”.
Friend with kids, “You went to the pool today?!?!?”
Up with the sun, before 6AM. Breakfast before 7AM.
Looked up the weather and it was going to be another 108 degree day. Temps were already in the 90s. So I packed up the car, readied the babies: sunscreen, swimsuits, towels, snacks, change of clothes, diapers, water bottles. Drove to our local splash pad that opens at 9AM. Unpacked the car, the babies, strolled over to the splash pad(not visible from car) and it is closed down for repairs.
Well, now. Both little ones were squealing with delight because they knew where we were.
Splash Pad: 1 Mom: 0
Load them back in the car. Decide to drive over to the local pool that has a splash pad. But first I had to drive home to grab my swimsuit. Yoga pants and a workout tank were not going to be kosher for a dip in the pool. Pull into our driveway, both of them realize we are home and let out cries of frustration. We all run in(too hot to leave in the car) and grab my swimsuit. This now calls for snacks, changes of diapers, and putting them back in the car. We drive over to the pool that opens at 10AM. We unload, pack up the stroller and go to get in line. There are about twenty people already in line and I am mentally “high-fiving” myself because it will be so much easier with less people around at the pool.
Except they are having an emergency meeting.
And instead are opening at 11AM. It is now 10:05AM and I alert the other twenty people in line that the window says 11AM- instead of 10AM. Most of us head back to the cars, save for a few diehards(I prefer other terms but this blog is G rated).
The Toddler and Em are now being turned away from their second excursion because there was no way we were going to wait in a line for an hour with no shade in 100 degree weather. Tears upon tears. They once again knew where we were and were so darn happy-they prefer the pool over the splash pad and I was ripping out their dream AGAIN.
Pool: 1 Mom: 0
Both of them know what Starbucks is so I tell them that we are taking a Coffee Trip and load up the car. The Toddler understands that after coffee we will come back to the pool. I probably should have given up at this point but hey, it’s hot out and well what else were we going to do in our swimsuits(we play outside in water every day). I load them up in the car, and all of our worldly belongings- Side Note: Why do kids need so many things?
Off to coffee we go. A frappocino for the win! Until I realize I am in my bathing suit(it’s a one piece) as I pull-up to the drive-thru window. Poor employee.
Mom: 1 Barista: -100
Off to the pool we go. It’s now 11AM. The kids are being unloaded for the umpteenth time and there are over 150 people in line. Goodtimes people. The pool is a blur. Splash pad fun. Water slides and giggles galore. I almost forget about our morning, almost. The kids both had a blast! Sure having two kids that can’t swim at the pool with just one adult is stressful(understatement of the century) but they played their hearts out and are now passed out- napping quite peacefully.
Mom’s sitting in your lounge chairs sipping on those “beverages” enjoying your pool time- hats off to you- some day I will join you when both of them can swim! For now I will be the one frantically chasing down two little ones- too busy to worry about my body-lord knows I should be- and watching them relish another blistering summer day at the pool.
There are many more pool days in our future… although hopefully they are much better planned out than today’s escapades.
|May 30, 2014||Posted by Holly Marie under Life and Times in our House||
|May 29, 2014||Posted by Holly Marie under Reviews||
Invisalign Teen is available to Pre-teens and teens. Sigh heard round the world people. Now if our orthodontist in the future thinks it is prudent our little ones, even as pre-teens can receive treatment!
Invisalign Teen clear aligners are removable and can straighten teeth without a mouth full of metal and all the disruption and sacrifice that comes with it.
With Invisalign, Teens can play sports without fear of injury and continue cheer-leading, musical instruments, acting and singing without interference.
Invisalign Teen eliminates emergency ortho visits for broken wires and brackets and requires fewer appointments since several aligner sets are provided in advance.
MYTH: I won’t be able to tell if my child is wearing Invisalign often enough for it to be effective.
Setting it Straight: Invisalign Teen aligners are made with small blue dots, officially called compliance indicators, that gradually fade as aligners are worn. It’s a quick visual check for parents and teens to confirm they are wearing aligners long enough to get results. In fact, clinical data from orthodontists confirms that teens wear their aligners an average of 21 hours per day, just as recommended.
Not all orthodontists specialize in Invisalign Teen. Visit www.invisalign.com and select “find a doctor” to locate experienced Invisalign and Invisalign Teen doctors in your area.
With Invisalign, teens look better and feel more confident than they ever could in traditional braces. Take the Invisalign Smile Assessment to find out if Invisalign is right for you or your child.
Truth be told? The Hubby took this assessment because we know that he needs treatment. Easy to use and navigate.
Money-Money-Money- something all of us parents surely worry about when it comes to making sure that our little ones are cared for! The Cost Calculator helps you figure out what you could be expected to pay for treatment.
Invisalign Teen is covered by most dental insurance policies just like traditional braces- up to 50% of the cost may be covered by insurance! For more information on cost and insurance coverage, visit the Invisalign website.
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for Invisalign. All thoughts and opinions are always honest and 100% my own.
|May 23, 2014||Posted by Holly Marie under Friday Favorites||
1. Sleeve-less Top from Old Navy:
I LOVE how airy this feels in the hot desert! Temperatures got up to 106F this past weekend and this was my go-to shirt for a friend’s birthday party. I own this in mint and dark blue-thanks Darcy for my fabulous mint tank! I would buy this in every color… perhaps by the end of summer I may have quite the collection.
2. Freshly Picked Moccasins:
Goodness gracious are these one beautiful pair of shoes! I am head over heals in love with this beautiful pair in Aruba! Miss Em will be sporting this pair on our trip to California in June. Stay tuned for a fabulous giveaway with Freshly Picked for my lovely readers!
Little Em and The Toddler sport these exact pairs EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. Desert living is rough on their poor eyes, so if they have to cover up, might as well look good doing so. The Toddler has yet to be able to destroy them-he has wrecked three pairs of mine, one of my husband’s, and three generic “toddler” brands. So… they hold up nicely.
4. Girl’s Headband:
Sweet Em has three of these headbands from Target-white, dark blue, and the flavorful flower one pictured. She doesn’t pull these off, nor are they too tight. I love the retro feel and how adorable she looks in them!
5. Avenno Positively Radiant:
So I just saw the commercial with Jennifer Aniston- And no, I did not purchase this because she put her name on it. For as long as I can remember my cheeks, forehead, and nose have had a rosy hue to them. Oh, and I breakout-like a thirteen year old. So… I am almost thirty, rosy, and breakout. Well, most moisturizers make me too oily, breakout, or more irritated. This moisturizer is the Bees Knees. I have tried most everything in the moisturizer aisle that is within my price point(can’t get addicted to something expensive) and in all my years this is the one that has helped clear up my skin, it has clearly evened my skin tone, and does not make me shiny. Plus, the added benefit of SPF makes this active mom super happy!
We are off to National Geographic Kids this morning… singing, dancing- going to be a blast! Our plans for the weekend are to BBQ- hit the pool and splash pad- and relax at home.
Do you have any favorite finds? Please share!
What are your plans for the holiday weekend?
*This is not a sponsored post- I truly do love all of these products- opinions are always 100% my own.
|May 19, 2014||Posted by Holly Marie under Life and Times in our House||