Enzo Update: One Year without Seizures!

Tonight we finished up Parent Teacher conferences and decided to celebrate the first night of our Spring Break with a trip to Applebee’s. They sat us in the big corner booth – the only table that really is big enough for a family of 7. While we were waiting on our food, I was having flashbacks to another family night at Applebee’s a little over a year ago. We were sitting at the very same table. Our food had just been delivered. Enzo had a seizure and smashed his forehead into the table. There was blood EVERYWHERE. We had to load up all 5 hungry kids, crying because they wanted their food, and head home. We examined another head wound. We decided against going to the hospital for stitches. We probably could have, but his poor forehead had been stitched so many times… if there was ever any chance we could avoid an ER trip, we did.

Our life for one year and 3 months. Hoping Enzo wouldn’t have a seizure, that he wouldn’t hurt himself. Praying that he’d have a “normal” life, that he’d be able to do the things his brothers could do, that he could take his helmet off and not need a foam placemat to sit safely at a table. Falling apart when we knew we were headed back to the ER, that we’d be holding him down for stitches, again. It was a miserable path to walk down, a long, never-ending miserable path.

But then a miracle happened. On March 10, 2016 – one year ago tomorrow – Enzo didn’t have a seizure. And then none the next day or the next or the next after that. And tomorrow marks one full year without a single seizure! We didn’t change anything. His medicine stayed the same, his environment was constant, there’s no magic oil, no medical explanation. God decided that it was time to heal him. I don’t know if the healing is temporary, I don’t know why God would choose to heal Enzo and not others. All I do know is that Enzo is a living, walking miracle. I know that in his short little life, God has used Enzo to touch and change people, including me. And God has great big plans for him.

Tonight at his parent teacher conference, I was told that he’s right on track in school, that he plays and recognizes letters and raises his hand to answer questions. Last year there were days he wouldn’t speak or make eye contact. He couldn’t color a picture or use a potty. And now he wants his schoolwork on the fridge, he makes friends and plays t-ball and tells the weirdest, most random stories. We sat at that table at Applebee’s tonight and he ate his chicken fingers and fought with his brother and made me laugh… and I feel like my heart might explode with gratefulness.

Thank you all for praying for him. Thank you GOD for giving Enzo back to us. What an incredible year it has been!

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Saving Money with Groupon Coupons!

This post is sponsored by Groupon. However, all opinions and thoughts shared in this post (and all posts on Pop Goes Perfection) are all my own!

If we’ve been friends for any length of time, then you know I refuse to check out online without a coupon code. I can usually find an online coupon faster than baby D can find me hiding in a closet eating my Oreos (that’s really fast if you were wondering). But I did not discover until very recently that you can find coupon codes for many popular online retailers on Groupon! The service is called Groupon Coupons!

Wanna see what I’m talking about? Check out all of THESE coupons for Nike! You know in a family where we buy (at least) 7 pairs of tennis shoes in a year we can use all the discounts we can get. Right now there’s an EXTRA 20% off code! We’d be throwing away money if I didn’t take a second to check Groupon Coupons before submitting my order! Nobody likes to throw away money, am I right?!

Other featured coupons on Groupon Coupons RIGHT NOW:

  • 10% off Clearance at American Eagle
  • 30% off at the Container Store
  • 10% off Hertz Rental Car
  • $20 off Turbo Tax Deluxe

As you can see, there is a huge variety of coupons at your disposal, so go check it out, bookmark the page, and be sure to check Groupon Coupons before you make your next online purchase!

You can also follow Groupon on Twitter and Facebook to insure that you never miss out on the latest and greatest of what they’re offering!

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Family Day with the Harlem Globetrotters!

When we heard the Harlem Globetrotters were coming to OKC, we didn’t waste any time claiming our tickets. We jump at any chance to take all five kids to do something that ALL five of them will enjoy! I’d seen the Globetrotters once when I was a kid, and they were just as fun to watch as an adult!

Between the fun music, the mascots, the silly skits, audience interaction and insane basketball skills – we were all entertained and laughing the whole time, even baby D who normally has an attention span of 5 seconds!

If you’re planning to take your kids I feel like I should prepare you that they will start selling basketballs at half-time. Every. single. kid. in that auditorium will have a basketball. I’m pretty sure some near us had TWO and cotton candy and peanuts and popcorn and jugs of Dr. Pepper. The basketballs are $25 each, so budget accordingly. Last thing you wanna do is get to the game, have a great time, and leave with the only disappointed kid. We managed to leave with only 2 balls instead of five, half-way dodged that bullet. But, in all honesty, the players stick around to sign the balls after the game, and it’s really pretty special for the kids, especially for the basketball-lovin’ 7 year old.

I’m pretty certain our kids will be talking about this adventure for a long time to come! Be sure to check HarlemGlobetrotters.com to see when they’ll be near you! And don’t forget to use code FUNFAM to get 25% off!*

All those happy faces!

 

*Excludes premium seats!
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Save 25% on Harlem Globetrotter Tickets!

Micah and I are so excited to have the chance to take the kids to see the Harlem Globetrotters this weekend! Even more exciting… Pop Goes Perfection readers can SAVE 25% on Harlem Globetrotters tickets by using promo code FUNFAM at http://www.harlemglobetrotters.com/tickets
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to towns across the US this month. They’ll be in OKC THIS weekend! The famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. You won’t want your family to miss it!

We’ll be sharing our experience next week, so stay tuned!

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Meeting Together & Trying to Escape!

Christmas has rolled up on me like a freight train. Wasn’t it August like last week? I still have cute little Trick or Treat ghosts hanging on my front door and the little family of elves that made a grand festive entrance before Thanksgiving last year are currently hiding out in a tub in my garage, maybe permanently. Making time for anything ‘extra’ these past few weeks has been next to impossible, so I’m extra grateful we’d pre-planned a Saturday away with some of our friends!

First stop, Moore Escape Rooms. I’d heard about these kinds of places. They sounded fun, but I had no idea what to expect. I was honestly pretty nervous it was gonna be scary (because I’m a big chicken like that). When we arrived we had to sign a waiver, which I did not read. Come to think of it, I may have signed away my inheritance or something crazy. Guess we’ll find out soon enough… We were assigned to the Codebreaker Room, which – as it would turn out – was not scary at all. We were guided into a little office, read a back story about our Code-Breaking grandfather, and locked in. I won’t give away any of the details in case you decide to do this yourself, but, basically, you have to scavenge around the room looking for clues, solving puzzles, and unlocking locks. It might be helpful if you know your presidents and how to read a decoder ring, but that’s the only hints you’re getting out of me!

There are leaderboards, and we were sure we’d be record-breakers! We unlocked the last lock 2 minutes under the leaders’ time, but it only led us to another room of puzzles and clues. (Womp. Womp.) We did, however, escape the second room (after using all 5 of the available clues and a lot of teamwork) with only ONE SECOND to spare! (Or TWO according to Stephen’s sign; we may need to check the replay clock.)

If you’re looking for something fun to do with your friends and family during the holiday break, I can’t recommend this place enough. All 6 of us had so much fun, and I can’t wait to go back and try another room!

Here’s some information you’ll want to know if you’d like to try this out:

  • All rooms cost $20 per person. (Use code FHFG81 to get 20% off your online booking)
  • There are 3 rooms to choose from. Two of them accommodate 4-10 players and if you don’t book a ‘private room’ or have a full deck of players, you may play with a few strangers. The third room accommodates only 2 people, making it perfect for a date!
  • You can book your Moore Escape Room right now by visiting https://www.MooreEscapeRooms.com

Becoming escape artists makes a crew hungry, so we went to Cheevers Cafe to celebrate our Escape Room victory. If you’ve never been, it’s another great place to check out in the city. Quaint, hole in the wall atmosphere… and pretty great food. Prices are on the high side, don’t skip the queso!

Special thanks to Micah at Moore Escape Rooms for providing us with our Codebreaker private room reservations! Be sure to tell him we sent you when you visit!

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Don’t forget GROUPON GOODS for your Christmas shopping!

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own and are not influenced in any way.

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel like the older my kids get the harder it gets to find gifts for them. My older two are suddenly too old for Barbie houses and race tracks, but still too little to be overly excited about socks and underwear. We usually do one bigger gift for each kid. Dylan is getting a play kitchen, the little boys want a train table… but I’ve just been stumped on Jaylin and Zander. Well, I decided to do a little hunting on Groupon Goods.

What is Groupon?

If you aren’t familiar with Groupon, it’s a deal site where you can find discounted activities, travel, goods and services offered by local merchants. You have to subscribe and select your location to see deals close to you, and the deals are each only available for a limited amount of time and only while supplies last. Most of the goods I’ve seen on Groupon are offered in many areas, most nationwide. In addition to purchasing a handful of the goods over the years that I’ve been a member, we’ve also bought several for travel. If you’re in the Oklahoma/Dallas area, be sure to watch for deals on Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine! We’ve bought that one several times because it’s such a good deal.

Gift Ideas

I’ve spent my Sunday afternoon browsing through the available Groupon Goods, and I’ve found a few ideas! Jaylin would love this over-the-door jewelry armoire. The child seriously has more jewelry than I do, and she’s asking Santa (and her grandmothers) for more!  

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It comes in lots of fun, girly colors. What do you think? Is it too big for an 8 year old? It’s regularly $239, on Groupon for $84.99! But I only have until the end of the day to decide…

Zander was hopped all over a beanbag at Sam’s yesterday, so I was thinking he’d probably love a chair or beanbag to sit on when he’s watching movies or playing games. Groupon has this one for only $54.99.

groupon-2I love that it’s a little more compact than the giant beanbag he wanted yesterday, but I’m not sure if he’d be disappointed. …and I’m not sure if I’d have to buy 5 or face a fight for the chair every single night for the rest of its life.

Do you shop Groupon? I’d love to hear some of your favorite deals! Also, if you have any gift ideas for Jaylin and Zander, send those my way too! Momma needs help!

 

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All NEW Reynolds(TM) Disposable Heat & Eat containers!

I pulled into my driveway the other day and noticed a big pile of plastic containers and lids thrown all over the yard. After a little investigating and a quick phone call, I discovered they were the containers Micah had taken his lunch to work in all week… thrown in the yard because they were covered in ants. He’s wonderful and perfect in so many ways, that husband of mine, but… sometimes I have no clue how that engineer brain works. Luckily, Reynolds(TM) included me in a perfectly-timed campaign to try one of their newest products, Reynolds(TM) Disposable Heat & Eat containers! You see that disposable part?! Thank you Reynolds(TM)!

I picked up both the 24oz and the 32oz sizes of the Reynolds(TM) Disposable Heat & Eat containers in the food storage aisle at Walmart. They’re right next to the Reynolds(TM) foil if you go on a hunt for them. They’re affordable, a great alternative to plastic, perfect for the microwave, and did I mention disposable? No cleaning. No piles of ant-filled plastic in the front yard… yes, please and thank you!

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Early morning, Micah wasted no time filling up a container with leftover dinner for his lunch!

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Lucky for me, he forgot it on the counter, and I got to heat & eat… and only had to wash was a fork! Poor Micah probably had a honey bun from the vending machine.

There are a whole slew of coupons on the Reynolds(TM) website for you to print off and use next time you go shopping, including a $1 off coupon for the Reynolds(TM) Disposable Heat & Eat containers! Not ready to make the $3 commitment? You can learn more about Reynolds(TM) Disposable Heat & Eat containers by clicking here! Then I’m sure you’ll want to head to Walmart to pick some up for your family!

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What do you do? I try out Trolley Bags.

I’m not sure if you guys have picked up on this or not, but sometimes I head to Walmart with the sole purpose of gathering information (or pictures) for a blog post. Yesterday I walked in with my giant Trolley Bags, and was immediately stopped by security.

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Ma’am, I have to ask, what is that you’re carrying?

Trolley Bags.

I’m sorry?

Oh, I’m a blogger and I’m trying out these Trolley Bags so I can write a post about them.

You’re a what?

A blogger.

That’s what you do?

Yes.

How I wanted to answer that question: I’m an entrepreneur, an on-trep-a-nu-er! I have a store, write a blog post occasionally, look after 5 little kids (and a big husband), clean house, AND, if you must know, I have a bachelor’s degree that I half-earned online. Totally have a paper diploma I can show you and will probably frame in my living room some day. I also got straight A’s once, in fourth grade… and I have fun trying out cool products like Trolley Bags!

What are Trolley Bags?

Trolley Bags are four reusable shopping bags that Velcro together and have rails that allow them to fit perfectly in a shopping cart! You can sort fragile items, produce, cleaning supplies, frozen goods, the options are endless. When I was trying them, I was even thinking how nice these would’ve been to have while we were school supply shopping… sorting into 4 corners of the basket did not work so well.

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I’m the type that loves to sort my Walmart haul. I sort when I put stuff in the cart, sort when I get to checkout (and always avoid the aisles with young male checkers, because they will throw ANYTHING in with ANYTHING else and it makes me cuckoo), sort when it goes back in the cart, sort when I get to my car, and then again when I get home. These lovely creations are a dream come true!

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You can purchase a set of Trolley Bags for yourself in either Original Pastels (like mine) or Original Vibe (Orange, Green, Red, and Blue), and they’ll all fit into any standard shopping cart! They’re $29.95 per set and can be purchased by clicking this link! These would make a fun, unique Christmas gift too!

Next time I’m taking these with me to Target. I bet I can fill a whole bag in the dollar section! And one for clothes, and one for kids’ stuff… and maybe that smallest one for groceries? Sounds like a plan to me.

Special thanks to Trolley Bags for sending us a set to try! Opinions expressed in this post are all our own.

 

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Gerber Lil’ Beanies for the Carline Win!

Guys. It has been a crazy couple of weeks. I honestly thought once all the kids started school I’d have time to get things done, the house would be spotless, I’d finally be able to keep all those crumbs out of the van (yeah right)… It’s been quite the opposite. I spend over half my day dropping off and picking up. The dropping off part has been pretty smooth, but the picking up? Painful. Today I picked up Roman and Dylan at 2 and headed straight to Walmart for snacks to keep them happy while we waited to get Enzo at 3. We’ve tried Gerber Lil’ Beanies before – easy containers, plenty to share (double yeah right), and the kids LOVE them.

gerber-sponsored-2-1They were a little excited to be snack shopping! Roman loaded the cart, but I made him narrow it down to two: Gerber Lil’ Beanies Original and Geber Lil’ Beanies White Cheddar & Broccoli.

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gerber-sponsored-2-4And to think I thought I’d have to stage pictures to show you all how much they love these things! Added bonus, they’re made from navy beans, so they have 2 grams of protein, 1 gram of fiber, and 10% daily value of Vitamin E in every serving! And they’re baked, not made with any genetically engineered ingredients! Its a win-win-win!

We made it through Walmart with no problems, and once we were back in the car they each had their own can of snacks to enjoy!

gerber-sponsored-2-3It sure made for a happier (and quieter) wait in the carline! I was hoping they’d save some for their big brother, but 15 minutes proved to be just enough time for these two to demolish both cans. Oops, sorry Enzo. I guess next time we’ll have to buy 4 cans, and have a discussion about portion control!

If you’re interested in trying Lil’ Beanies with your kiddos, they’re easy to find in the baby snack aisle at Walmart! And if you act fast, you can click here to get 50 cents cash back on the ibotta app! (While supplies last!)

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Stitch Fix #16: Fall is here!

*This post contains affiliate and referral links, and I will be compensated (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase or sign up for a box after clicking them. Thank you for supporting Pop Goes Perfection!*

We finally felt a little break in the hot weather here in Oklahoma, and its got me fully ready to embrace all things fall… including the clothes! I was so excited to see fall-ready items in this month’s fix!

What is Stitch Fix?

Stitch Fix is a clothing subscription box for women (men’s version coming soon!). You can sign up here,  fill out a style profile, link your style pinterest board, and your personal stylist will choose five clothing and accessory items to send to you based on your preferences. You will be 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.

In this month’s box…

Let’s start with the things that are for sure going back. First, the Ellis Elephant Print Infinity Scarf by Octavia ($28). I loved the colors, but didn’t like anything else about this one. Elephants aren’t really my thing I guess.

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This Honey Punch Layla Elbow Patch Detail Cardigan ($48) seems to be pretty popular on the Stitch Fix group boards, but I’m just not a fan. It’s very comfortable, but I felt like it made me look like a box.

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And the last definite no, these Ink Love & Peace Sophia Wide Leg Pants ($68). These are super comfortable and I’d probably wear them all the time, but I just can’t justify nearly $70 on lounge pants.

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The ole budget is only going to allow me to keep one thing out of this box, so I need to decide between these last two tops. First, the Brixon Ivy Fierro Elbow Patch Crew Neck Sweater ($58). It’s comfortable, has cute lace patches on the elbows, and would go with just about any kind of pants… including my Kut from the Kloth Chrissy flare jeans I’m wearing in almost every pic in this post.

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Or, the Market & Spruce Barty Henley Tunic ($58). This one is also super comfortable, but a little dressier. My hair is covering them in the pic, but it has little gold buttons down the front. I love the length and the cut and, of course, the color.

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Which do you think I should keep? Please don’t say both or I’ll tell Micah it’s all your fault that I HAD to blow the budget.

If you think you’re finally ready to give Stitch Fix a try, I would love for you to use my referral link! (It helps feed my family… and also my subscription box addiction, so we all thank you!)

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