I killed the Tooth Fairy.

About two weeks ago Jaylin lost a tooth. I’ll go out on a limb and guess it’s about the 8th one she’s lost so far. She put it under her pillow that night, but the tooth fairy didn’t show. The next day she lost ANOTHER tooth. Now two under the pillow, still no tooth fairy.  She carried the two teeth around all day and misplaced one. Now one tooth and a ‘please leave money anyway’ note for the tooth fairy. Still a no show. We blamed noisy brothers, late bedtimes, and early stirrings. But after 7 or 8 nights, I was out of excuses… so I just told her the truth. The tooth fairy isn’t real. It’s me, and I keep forgetting. She took it surprisingly well. ‘So, what have you been doing with my teeth?’ Throwing them away. ‘Are you also the Easter Bunny?’ Yep. ‘Well, I know Santa isn’t you, because no way you and Dad would buy us that many presents!’ Um, ok. ‘Can you go ahead and put money under my pillow anyway? I won’t tell the boys it’s you.’ Smart girl, takes after her momma.

After the ‘Did you plan to have so many kids?’ question, the thing I hear most from people is ‘I don’t know how you do it.’ And the truth is, I just don’t. I don’t do it. I never get it all done. Shoot, I rarely get most of it done. Sometimes I drop Dylan off at Sunday School with no shoes, sometimes I forget to brush teeth, sometimes my poor husband goes for days without clean underwear (you can ask him how he deals with that), and sometimes I give up and kill the stupid tooth fairy. And you know what? Life goes on.

If you look at me and see ‘Supermom’, then we really need to work on building a closer friendship. And I’m obviously doing a poor job of sharing our reality on Instagram. I will give you some advice though. Take it easy on yourself. There’s no such thing as supermom. We all crawl into bed some nights and wonder if we did enough, if we played with the kids enough, cleaned the house enough, if people like us enough, if we’ve scarred our daughter for life by crushing her magical tooth fairy castle dreams (or maybe that one’s only me?)… Extend yourself some grace Mom. We’re doing good things, important things, and I’d venture a guess that if you’ve spent time worrying about how good of a job you’re doing, then you’re doing 100 times better than you think you are…

You know, on second thought, I had all 5 kids asleep by 8:15 tonight. By myself. Maybe I am supermom.

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Earn Double Box Tops on Back to School products at Walmart!

The planets must’ve aligned at some point last night, because all 5 of my kids decided to sleep past 9! Two of them weren’t up until 10:30! I haven’t felt this rested in a very long time. What to do with all the energy? Back to school supply shopping and haircuts! Yipee, what a party. I know you’re all jealous. At least I can get it all done in one store, good ‘ole Walmart!

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The haircutters in Duncan Walmart are really great with kids. Of the many different ladies that have had to suffer through cutting one of these boys’ hair, only one seemed to be the slightest bit irritated. The others have all been very patient and get the job done fast! And boys under 10 only cost $10!

The kids were so well behaved during the cuts that I agreed to take a little detour through the toy department on our way to the school supply aisle. Two more hot wheels for Enzo (because 1,000 isn’t enough), a ball for Roman (because the rest are over the fence), and a Poke-watch for Zander (because ?). I maybe should’ve held off on the prizes until the very end of our Walmart adventure, because by the time we finally made it to the school supplies they were a little excited…

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They were mostly cooperative though. They helped me hunt down all of the back to school items with Box Tops on them, including the ones that have DOUBLE Box Tops (only at Walmart and for a limited time)! If your kids go to Plato Elementary, the Box Tops Summer Challenge is going on right now! The student who turns in the most before August 19th will win an iPod Nano! We might put all our eggs in one basket and send our entire Box Top collection with Zander. Last year we took turns who took all the Box Tops for each school competition… I’m pretty sure it’s Zander’s turn. Not sure he’ll have a chance at winning though; we have some box-top-collectin’ mommas at our school! Win or not, the school gets 10 cents for every Box Top turned in, and that’s a win for everybody!

Products with Double Box Tops

Viva Vantage Big Rolls – 6 Rolls

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Kleenex Everyday Facial Tissue (4 pack)

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We hunted all over the tissue aisle for these. They ended up being on an endcap at the front of the store!

Scott 1000 (20 rolls)

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Click here to find even more products at Walmart with double Box Tops! You’re probably buying most of this stuff anyway, may as well choose the ones that help your school!

The kids were pretty excited to get those Box Tops cut off as soon as we got home. We added 32 to our little Box Top collection!

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Here they are, Mom!

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We didn’t finish getting everything on our supply lists because Dylan had had enough shopping, but we put a pretty big dent in them. The boys no longer have afros, and Micah met us for pizza for lunch. All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good day!

Bonus Story: When we walked in Pizza Hut, the boys needed to pee. Micah took all 3 of them – plus Dylan – into the single-toilet bathroom. I could hear screaming from the table, but I wasn’t moving. He was on his own there! Turns out Enzo and Roman had tried to pee at the same time, in the single toilet. Roman peed on Enzo’s hand and his new hot wheel. Enzo was the one I heard screaming. While Micah tried to calm him down, Dylan decided to stick her hand in the urinal Zander had just peed in. Micah shouted at her, scared her, and she covered her mouth with her pee-drenched hand. Gross. Gross. and Double Gross. There’s never a dull moment! Poor Daddy.

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Trying Sam’s Club – Club Pickup for the first time!

If you’ve been in Sam’s Club recently, you’ve probably seen the new Club Pickup kiosk right up front. I don’t mind being the guinea pig with this kind of stuff… I’ll try anything to save some time (and my sanity) in the grocery store. I’ve been trying to be brave this summer, frequently taking all 5 kids with me grocery shopping. I laugh about it, but honestly it’s probably the closest thing to torture I’ve ever experienced. Of course I’m exaggerating, a little.

Anyway, here’s how it went down. First, I got on the Sam’s website and registered. You have to have a membership to register. I’m pretty sure you can do that online too, but I’m not 100% certain because I’ve been a member since the beginning of time (that’s 2011 for those of you wondering). Then, you just start shopping. I’ve always loved online shopping. No browsing, no kids begging for junk food that will disappear in a day, just search and add what you want. I also love that your online cart gives you a running total, and you can add and remove items easily… much less embarrassing than doing it in the checkout line.

You then have the option to checkout online or wait and pay at the store. Obviously checking out online saves more time, so I went that with that option. I did remember about 45 things I forgot to add, but I’d already reached the budget for the week anyway, so we’ll just have to make do with the things I did remember. You have to wait 24 hours to pick up your order. Mine was scheduled for pickup between 10:30-11:30 the following day.

There are two ways to check-in once you get to Sam’s to pick up your groceries. You can download the app, which is very easy to use, and the option I chose. Or, you can scan your Sam’s card at the little kiosk in the front of the store. That sounds pretty easy too. I clicked ‘check-in’ on the app when I got there, and it told me to proceed to the Club Pickup area and wait for an associate. I had to ask where the Club Pickup area was, and – FYI – it’s up front with a big sign that a normal person could probably find without having to ask anyone.

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We waited there about 10-15 minutes before I got impatient and asked an employee if I was in the right place. Turns out the phone that notifies them that someone is waiting at Club Pickup was dead. Great. If you try this and no one shows up right away to help you, look for an employee wearing a green vest and ask them. They seem to be the ones in charge. Once they knew I was there, they sent somebody to the back to get my cold items from the freezer, checked my ID, and we were on our way. Even with the delays, we were in and out in 20-25 minutes, and I have no funny conversations to report like last time.

It would’ve been a lot easier if they’d helped me out to my car. The girl offered, but I could tell she was reluctant to do so and let her off the hook. I had to have Zander push a buggy full of kids, and I pushed the groceries. It also would’ve been nice if any one of them had noticed me standing there by the Club Pickup sign and asked if I needed help. Overall though it did save me a lot of time, and I think it’ll help me stay on track with our new budget (gross, I know.)

Have you tried it out yet? Would love to hear your experience!

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Pink Blush isn’t just maternity clothes? + $50 gift card giveaway!

I’ve been pregnant 6 times in the last 8 years, which means I’ve spent the better part of the last decade wearing maternity clothes. I know where to find the good stuff! Target, Motherhood, and Old Navy might be great for the basics, but Pink Blush has been my go-to for picture-ready maxi dresses and oh-so-comfy linen pants. Until recently, I thought they only sold maternity clothes. Boy was I missing out! They still have all the cute maternity clothes I’ve known them for, but they also have tons of cute styles for those of us transitioning out of the pregnancy stage. Yes, Dylan is 2. Yes, I’m still transitioning!

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You can’t even imagine my excitement when Pink Blush offered to let me try a dress from their women’s line and offer you guys a chance to win a $50 gift card! Trust me when I say it will be very, VERY hard to decide what to buy! I spent a lot of time on their site and finally landed on this black and white stripe cold shoulder maxi. I love a good maxi dress, and this one is everything I wanted it to be and more. The neutral stripes provide a great backdrop for every kind of necklace, colorful scarves, jackets, cardigans… the possibilities are endless! Added bonus: it’s mega comfortable!

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My runner up choices were this magenta cold shoulder dress and this royal blue floral dress. Only thing I’m loving more than cold shoulders these days is floral print, and Pink Blush has plenty of both! I can’t wait until we plan our next family pictures; I know where I’ll be shopping!

Now that you have your Pink Blush shopping cart all loaded up with goodies, maybe I should offer a little assistance… a chance to win FIFTY dollars to shop sound good? You can enter below!

 

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* Please note that you are only allowed to win one Pink Blush giveaway every 3 months, so if you’ve won recently you will be disqualified from winning this one.

Special thanks to Pink Blush for sponsoring this post and giveaway!

 

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Lyon + Post Review #4

*This post contains referral links and I will be compensated (at not cost to you) if you make purchases after clicking them.

You may have seen a preview of this one on Instagram. Every time I get a Lyon+Post box in the mail, I’m pleasantly surprised by the quality of the clothes. They’re always better in person than on the website. Unfortunately, I’m also always in for a little sticker shock. I mean, they are great quality, name brand clothes… but it’s hard for a Target girl to get used to! Thank goodness for the referral program – more on that after the pictures!

What is Lyon+Post?

Lyon+Post is a clothing subscription service, but it works a little differently than the ones you may already know about. After you sign up on their website, you begin shopping and adding things to your queue. Once you have 1-4 items in your queue that are available, they’ll send them to you. If you have more than 4 available items in your queue, they’ll send the top 4. You want to be sure to arrange it so that your favorites are on top! Once your box arrives, you have 7 days to try everything on and return unwanted items. Shipping is free both ways, no styling fees, and you only pay for what you keep!

What’s in the box?

Greylin Laya Colorblock Woven Dress ($99.75 on sale)

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I’m loving everything about this dress, the fit, the soft (and forgiving) fabric, the length, the bold color-blocking… only thing holding me back is the price. It is my birthday this week, so I might can swing it. We’ll see.

BB Dakota Caleb Blazer ($59.06 on sale)

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I really wanted to like this. The price is great, and I have several white blazers pinned over on my Pinterest style board. But Jaylin was totally right when she said it looked like a lab coat. She also asked if I was going to start working in a big, tall building. She’s got lots of jokes apparently… probably because she was mad at me for making her take a bazillion pictures in the 100 degree heat. At any rate, the blazer is already in the box to go back.

BB Dakota Desilva Dress ($59.25 on sale)

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This dress was super cute and very comfortable. If it were about 3 or 4 inches longer it would be in my closet. As it is though, one small wind gust and we’d have problems. I could probably wear it as a tunic with leggings, but it’s almost too long for that… and definitely too hot outside for leggings!

My 4th item in this box were the n:Philanthropy Christi Pants. I didn’t get a pic in them because they were so big they fell right off of me. They’re super cool, light denim with splatter-painted bleach spots all over them. I may put them back in my queue in a smaller size for next time!

I’m still debating the red dress, but everything else is going back this time. What would you do? I’d love to hear what you thought about the box. Be sure to leave me a comment, I read and appreciate them all!

Ready to join in the fun? If you use my referral link to sign up with Lyon+Post, you’ll get $30 credit! That means you can get a great deal on your first piece, maybe even something for FREE! Full disclosure: I’ll also get $30 credit, but not until you make a purchase. PS: $30 a pop for referrals adds up quickly, and you can start referring friends as soon as you sign up!

 

 

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Oh the Sweetness! Candy Club Box #2

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By far the kids most favorite kind of box to get in the mail… CANDY! We put the toothbrushes on standby and headed out to the backyard to give everything a taste… and wouldn’t you know the little scavengers had already snuck into the box and eaten all of the sweet little baby blue cotton candy saltwater taffy sprinkled in the box! I didn’t even get a picture, much less a taste! They must’ve been good… you’ll have to ask the kids. No worries though, Candy Club sent three other sweet treats, and I did NOT miss out on those!

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What is Candy Club?

If you haven’t already guessed, it’s a monthly candy subscription box. You can pay month-to-month ($27.99), or save by paying for 6 or 12 months up front. Once you sign up, there are a couple options. In the past, you simply would choose to be in Club Sweet, Club Sour, or Club Mix. Candies were chosen for you based on the club you chose. You can still get a box this way and have everything be a surprise… or, if you’re a control freak like me, Candy Club now has a custom option! You can choose the exact candies they’ll send! Either way, your sweet tooth will thank you… your dentist, not so much.

What’d we get?

DORVAL® SOUR POWER® WILD CHERRY BELTS
‘Pucker up and savor! These delicious sour belts will tantalize your taste buds with cherry flavor that will have you smacking your lips and begging for more. Hold on tight and get ready for a wild cherry flavored thrill ride!’
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Initial thought: Sweet. Final thought: Sour. These were so good that the kids (and Mom and Dad) were fighting over them. Candy Club packs each little canister with candy though, so there was plenty to go around!

GIMBAL’S® ORANGE N’ CREME SOFT CHEWS
‘These bite-sized candies are sweetly satisfying with the classic flavors of orange and cream. Your taste buds will be treated to the memory of an old-fashioned Creamsicle® with every chewy bite.’
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I did not like these at all. They remind me of those little gummy peanut things my grandmama always had in her pantry. We used to go door to door selling them for a nickel a piece until we had enough to buy ice cream instead. Her neighbors were suckers for smiling kids! Anyway, back to the candy. I didn’t like them, but the canister was empty by nightfall, so safe to say the kids loved them!

GIMBAL’S® 41 FLAVOR GOURMET JELLY BEANS
‘Get ready for endless combinations of delicious gourmet jelly beans! Gimbal’s delights our taste buds with a myriad of flavors like new pomegranate, ice cream cake, super fruit fusion, honey, mango, sour cherry, and kiwi strawberry smoothie to name just a few!’
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I mean, it’s jelly beans. Everybody loves jelly beans! Some were good, some were ok, and some – of course – were spit out. These actually lasted a few days around the house because there were so many! They make for great potty training rewards!
As always, Candy Club did not disappoint. We had a blast trying everything, and the kids were thrilled for the treat! If you’re ready to give them a try (or send a box as a gift!), you can sign up here!
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The kids and I send a big thank you to Candy Club for sending us their box to review. Opinions expressed in this post are all our own!
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Conversations at Sam’s Club

I did it. I survived yet another glorious outing with all 5 of my little Tasmanian devils (without assistance from another adult). The boys have been 3 days without #1 accidents, we need food, and I needed a break from the house… so off we went to Sam’s. Needless to say, it was quite the adventure. I thought I’d share some of the happenings with you… might give you a good afternoon laugh.

Leaving the house

Me: …and we’re off!

Dylan: (screaming) puppy! puppy! puppy!

Me: (turns the car around and retrieves puppy) …and we’re off!

Jaylin: Did you remember your Sam’s card?

Me: (turns the car around and retrieves card) …and we’re off!

Gas light: Hey! I’m on and pretty sure you’ve been ignoring me.

Me: (turns the car around and into the gas station) …and we’re off, for real!

Customer Service

Me: Last time I was here I was approved for a Sam’s Club credit card, but I haven’t received one in the mail… how do I use it?

CS: Oh, you probably thought it was junk mail and threw it away. You can’t use it today.

Me: I always open my mail, but maybe. (prays my bank card works)

Random Strangers

Man: Hey there, how’s your day going?

Me: (Dylan is half-in, half-out of the cart… dangling and flopping around like a lunatic, Roman is screaming, the other 3 are hiding in the boxes) Not too good sir.

Man: (chuckles loudly)

Me: That’s not helpful.

Man: (chuckles louder)

 

Sample Giver: Here kids have a sample of salad.

Me: This won’t end well.

Boys: (spit salad on floor)

Me: Tried to tell you, got a napkin?

Sample Giver: (heavy sigh, hands over napkins)

 

Roman: (removes penis from his pants in the cereal aisle)

Me: Roman! Wait! We’re almost to the potty!

Sam’s employee: Please don’t let your son pee on the floor, I’m the one who’ll have to clean it up.

Me: Um, ok. That’s never our goal, so…

Potty Breaks

Me: (shouting into the men’s restroom) Boys! Please don’t pee on the walls!

Man exiting bathroom: They’re ok; they’re sharing a stall.

Me: Boys! Please don’t pee on each other!

Boys: (exit bathroom in all out sprint) That was fun! (uncontrollable laughter)

Here’s hoping that lady that has to clean pee accidents from the cereal aisle doesn’t also have to clean the men’s restroom. If so, sorry lady. And on that note, I’m off to find a corner of my house to hide in until Micah gets home from work… Have a fun weekend!

 

 

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Three Things Thursday: the Sickness, Potty Training, and a Barbie movie screening

Oh, hey there. I’ve slacked off the Three Things Thursday thing, again. It’s really one of my favorite posts to write, but these subscription boxes have been keeping us busy! And, by the way, you should definitely sign up for some if your kids are getting bored with summer (does that even happen?)

Mommy is sick

Yep. Woke up this morning with a bad case of the stomach bug, accompanied by fever and headache. Things are NOT good around here when I get sick. I don’t think I even realize how much I do in a day until I can’t do it. Good news is – Jaylin successfully prepared her first batch of cinnamon rolls with very minimal help from me, Zander learned to put a diaper on a baby, and I got to take a nap! You read that last part right, a nap! Bad news – the boys climbed the back fence (again) and landed in a bed of stickers, Dylan pooped in the grass and the dogs ate it, and there are literally piles of DIRT on my sofa. Here’s hoping I wake up better tomorrow, Momma ain’t got time for this!

Potty Training

If you know us personally, or have been following along here for any length of time, you already know our potty training struggles. Enzo’s epilepsy really set him back in this department. And it’s been a real struggle for me to focus on training Roman first. I just haven’t been able to make myself do it. I felt like it was taking something away from Enzo. Crazy, I know. That’s my life. Anyway, Dylan recently decided she would start training herself. She takes her diaper off constantly (thus the pooping in the grass…). I guess Enzo didn’t want to be outdone by his baby sister, so he jumped on board! Finally! And, of course, Roman wouldn’t be outdone by Enzo, so he’s on board the potty train too! In just one week, both boys are completely pee-trained. We’ve also been semi-successful with the pooping, but not quite 100% there yet. You guys. Going from 3 kids in diapers to 1 is like winning the lottery!

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I guess we should call it ‘grass training’ rather than ‘potty training’ but whatever works!

I need to add that this has been a complete personal mom struggle for me. I’ve felt like such a failure because I couldn’t make this happen for my kids. Like I wasn’t doing enough, or trying hard enough, or being consistent enough, or something! Well, last weekend I broke down and prayed. I hadn’t talked to God about this before because I have this idea in my head that he doesn’t care or have time to deal with such petty stuff. I’m so wrong. He loves me. He’s my Father. He cares. In the few days before the boys were successful at training, I had TWO friends message me asking advice about how to train their older (age 4-5) children. I know that this was Jesus telling me I’m not alone, not a failure. And maybe, just maybe, He’s been waiting all this time for me to hand this over. Good grief, one day I will NOT be so hard headed.

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Our trip to Dollar Tree for ‘1st Day of No Accidents’ prizes. Yes, Roman is pointing at Enzo’s ‘boy parts’! Micah told them, ‘Yay, no accidents, point at the ‘boys’! 😉

Barbie Starlight Adventure

So, being sick has its perks. I was able to catch up on my emails today, and I have to share this one with you! Fathom Events and Mattel are bringing Barbie™ to the big screen with Barbie™ Star Light Adventure in select theaters nationwide! It would be so fun to take your little girls back to school shopping, and then go see Barbie™ in the theater! The full Barbie screening experience will include an introduction from Barbie, an exclusive “Firefly” music video featuring Lindsey Stirling and sing-a-long lyrics to the “Shooting Star” music video.

I would definitely be taking Jaylin, but the screening is on July 30, which happens to be our 11th anniversary… and we have kid-free plans (woohoo)!

If you’re interested in going, you can check theater locations here and buy your tickets in advance. (Local friends: Sorry, it’s not coming to Duncan… but it will be in Norman and Oklahoma City.) Here’s the trailer! If you get to go, be sure to post pics so we can live vicariously through you!

PS: I just realized I didn’t say anything about Enzo’s seizures! Today he is 20 weeks seizure free! Our ‘normal’ has changed again and if it weren’t for us having to give him meds twice a day, we might forget about his epilepsy completely! Praise only to Jesus!

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A Surprise Ride for Zander!

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My kids love projects. Love them. I have to give credit to Micah’s mom, their Mimi. She does an incredible job of bringing arts and crafts and little activities for them to do every time she comes to visit. She’s taught them to love to create and use their imagination, and we’re always looking for new ways to do just that. That’s why we were so excited to find Surprise Ride. It’s a children’s subscription box that offers a surprise monthly adventures, including activities that encourage creativity, a perfect fit for our kids!

how does surprise ride work?

Surprise Ride is the creation of sisters, Donna & Rosy. If you’re a Shark Tank fan, you may have seen them introduce the sharks to this subscription box! Each one is inspired by one of the fun, easy, and creative DIY projects they used for entertainment when they were children. A monthly subscription will cost you $29.99 per month, and shipping is always free! You can pay up front for 6 or 12 month plans to save even more! If you want a one-time box, you can purchase one of the available themes for $34.99 in their online store. Some of the available themes include Birds, Mars, Whales, Costa Rica, Rockets, and – Zander’s pick – Kid Boss! Each box contains two activities, a book, a snack, fun extras, and instructions. Boxes are geared toward children ages 6-11.

My little kid boss

Zander was so excited to get his box! I let him look on the Surprise Ride website and pick which theme he wanted. He’s only 6, but he’s already such a little entrepreneur. He loves coming up with ways to make money and actually saves it! Needless to say, it was not a big surprise when he chose the Kid Boss theme, a box that teaches kids how to set up their own lemonade stand! Duncan’s ‘World’s Largest Garage Sale’ was this past weekend, and – lucky us – one of our neighbors was having a sale. It turned out to be the perfect weekend to set up the stand!

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Activity #1: Create a Chalkboard Sign

What’s included: Wood Board, Chalkboard Paint, Foam Brush, Paint Dish, Apron, Easel, Chalk, and Eraser

Step 1: Paint the Sign!

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Step 2: Design and attach the easel!

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Step 3: Enlist the help of little bro! #trafficstopper

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Activity #2: Make and Sell Lemonade

What’s Included: Natural Lemonade Mix, Stirring Spoon, Cups, Sales Report, and Pencil.

Step 1: Make the lemonade!

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*Only one packet of lemonade mix was included. We had to add a second packet to make this size pitcher… because, you know, we expected a LOT of customers! They did include instructions on how to make fresh lemonade if you needed more. We might try that next time. We also bought extra cups; the box only came with a few.

Step 2: Setup the stand!

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Step #3: Bring in the customers and sell the lemonade!

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He had a few helpers! He’s in for a rude awakening when he realizes they don’t work for free…

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The Extras

Lemon Burst Mini Cookies Snack

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Freaky Fact or Fiction Inventions Book

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Kid Boss Temporary Tattoo & Kid Boss Clipboard (You can see these both pictured above; the tattoo is on his hand.)

I was so proud of Zander. He woke up early on Saturday and was ready to work. He did (almost) everything all by himself. He learned how to make lemonade, count money, give change, provide customer service, and manage employees (really difficult employees at that)! In the end, the kids made $29, 58 cups of lemonade sold! Good thing we bought extra cups!

We will definitely be ordering another Surprise Ride in the future… and maybe a couple as gifts too! If you’re ready to try one with your kids, please enter our giveaway! Your first one could be FREE!

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Stitch Fix #15: My stylist is back!

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If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve had a few disappointing Stitch Fix boxes in a row. I didn’t even post my last fix because I just wasn’t excited about it. (Yes, technically, this is box #16!) When this one arrived, I started pulling things out and trying them on before I even read my note… I was too excited about everything. I should’ve known it had come from my favorite stylist, Julie. She’s been on an extended vacation, but she’s back… and I’m a happy camper! Her note was very personal, mentioning my need for longer maxi dresses, my request (from months ago) for more neutral sandals, a bag perfect for a busy mom… she even referenced my Pinterest board! She really does her homework and makes me feel important. Thanks Julie!

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription box for women (men’s version coming soon!). You fill out a style profile, link your style pinterest board (here’s mine), and a personal stylist picks five clothing and accessory items to send to you based on your preferences. You are charged a $20 styling fee when you’re box ships, but it’s applied to anything you decide to keep. You can choose how often you receive a fix; I get mine monthly.

What’s in the box?

Here’s what I got this month…

Gilli Ryland Maxi dress ($78)

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I loved the floral print and colors on this one. Julie went up one size to make sure it was long enough for me, and it was! It’s also super comfortable and bra-friendly. Win-win-win! My only issue is the side view makes my rear look even bigger than it already is. I may regret it, but I’m probably sending this one back.

DV8 Darma Fringe Ankle Strap Sandal ($65)

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These are really cute. I love the fringe tassel, love the neutral color, and the price isn’t too bad. Unfortunately, they seem a little two wide for my narrow feet. Almost great, but these are going back too.

Dear John Finnegan Roll Cuff Short ($58) and Ezra Maud Mixed Material Knit Top ($48)

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These shorts. I’ve heard Dear John shorts were great, but this was the first time I’d tried them on for myself. I love the length, love the color, love the fit. I’ve already worn these out of the house, so – obviously – they’re staying with me! Julie sized up in the shirt because they were out of my size, and she knew I’d love it… and she’s right. I do love the shirt. But it’s just a tad too big, and I don’t love that the back is sheer. I don’t like having to layer in summer time.

Octavia Kavita Graphic Tote ($48)

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I’m about 85% sure I have ‘no bags’ checked in my profile. Bags aren’t really my thing… but Julie saw something on my Pinterest board that made her think I might like this. And wouldn’t you know, she’s right. It’s even better in person than the pic. I love big bags, and I love all the color. Last thing I need is another bag, but I’m thinking about keeping this one anyway!

My tiny photographer

I have to give a shout out to my little sidekick, Jaylin. My full-length mirror had all it could take and shattered. I wasn’t sure how I was going to get pictures of all my outfits this month… Micah does NOT know how to get my good side! …and then Jaylin volunteered to help. I wasn’t optimistic about the outcome, but she was so sweet and did such a good job. We had so much fun! “Turn your head a little this way.” “You’re smiling a bit too big.” “Let’s try this spot over here by the fence.” “Mom, you look amazing!” I just love her to pieces! (For those that don’t know us personally, Jaylin is my 7 year old daughter.)

Are you ready to give Stitch Fix a try? If you use my referral link, we’ll both get $25 credit! But hurry, you have to receive your first box by July 28 for this offer to be valid! And Jaylin would be happy to help you snap some pics if you want to show your friends what you get! 😉

 

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