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

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!  


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!


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.


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?


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.


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!


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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20 percent off Moore Escape Room!

Have you guys heard of the Moore Escape Room? Oh my goodness, it sounds so fun! We’ll be visiting soon and posting a full review! In the meantime, I have a coupon code to share with you!

Are you ready for the challenge of conquering mind-bending puzzles, clues and mysteries? Will you be able to make it through, as locks, riddles, and codes are thrown your way? Can you unlock your true potential and escape?

The variety of room scenarios provides the perfect challenge for groups of 2-10 players. Gather your family, friends, teams, and book your adventure today!
Enjoy 20% off your booking of individual tickets or a private escape room rental by entering code FHFG81 when making a reservation at Not valid with any other offers. Must call to reserve a “special event” outside of normal hours.

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Special thanks to Moore Escape Room for working with us and providing this coupon code!

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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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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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