If I Could Write a Letter to 5-Year-Old Me…

a letter to 5 year old me

How many of us would change our life's course if we could? If you could write a letter to 5-year-old you, what would you say? Here's my Letter to 5-Year-Old Me. If I could change some things, I would. Dear 5-Year-Old Christy, Hi! I hope this letter finds you well. I hope you had fun on the playground today. I hope you didn't let that little mean boy get to you today. You're tiny for your age. So what? That won't change by the way, so get used to it, and embrace it. He doesn't matter. Mean people suck. You'll learn that soon enough. Way too soon in fact. I'm sorry. I wish grown-up me were there to hold you right now. I'm not, but I've always been with you and I'm here with you now. If you're reading this (you're not), you'll avoid the hot mess that is your life in your 40's. It's not all bad. In fact much of it is awesome, but things could be better. Hang on, baby, because I have some things I want you to learn at 5, and I want you to carry those lessons into your 20's, 30's, 40's, … [Continue]

Boo-tify Your Home with Affordable Halloween Decor

ot halloween big reaper hero

Terrorize your neighborhood this Halloween season by having the most spectacular (spooktacular?) haunted mansion with affordable Halloween decor, ghouls, and party goods from Oriental Trading. Just so you know, I received product from Oriental Trading to facilitate this post. All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own. I love Halloween. Like, love it, love it. There's a term my close friends and I use to explain how excited I get about this holiday, but I digress because that term isn't suitable for my family-friendly site. Anyway, there are three "holidays" that excite me beyond belief...Halloween, Christmas, and Mardi Gras. For my three favorite times of year, I always turn to Oriental Trading for all of my festive home decor, party goods, craft supplies, and in this case...ghouls! Seriously, your one-stop shop for affordable Halloween decor and more. Like ghouls...have I mentioned the ghouls? Darkness falls across the land, the midnite hour is close at … [Continue]

It’s Fall! Are Your Kids’ School Uniforms Ready?

French Toast School Uniforms for Fall

If your kids are in need of new school uniforms for fall, don't go from store to store looking for something in their size, visit FrenchToast.com instead. They sent my babies fall uniforms to facilitate this post and we're hooked! School uniforms. They're a great equalizer and I'm kind of a fan. Well, I'm a fan of equalizing the haves and have nots and the no drama morning outfit debate that I don't have to deal with, but I'm not a fan of trying to find these uniforms at my limited local stores in the right colors, the right sizes, and the right seasonal attire. Until now. Now that I've found French Toast, that hopping from store to store to never find what we needed struggle (the struggle was real, y'all) is over! You see, my babies are tiny, and our weather is crazy on the island this time of the year. By tiny I mean, Bug just turned 9 and she wears a size 7 in clothes, but the pants are way too short, and so are the shorts, so we always get skorts with leggings. Bubby will be … [Continue]

Excuse My Absence, I’ve Been Under the Elbow

Life Lessons from a broken elbow 9 29 15

If you've ever broken a bone as an adult, you'll relate with this post. If you've ever shattered an elbow and were still left to adult, these life lessons learned while under the elbow will resonate with you. Sit down, grab a coffee, and come feel my pain. Y'all, the past month (OK, 25 exact excruciating days) has been rough. I've been absent from here, I've been absent from social media, and honestly, I've been pretty absent from life. Why you ask? I've been pretty much under the elbow. Most people are occasionally under the weather, they're gone a few days, they been come back. But you see, when you fall "under the elbow", you're pretty much down and out for a good long while. Why do I keep saying pretty much? Well it's either the pain meds or the fact that no matter how broken (literally) I am, I still have to adult. Honestly, I really haven't felt like adulting, but I've pretty much been pulling it off. Anyway...before I get on to the lovely life lessons I've learned as a … [Continue]

Dear Kids, About that Allowance You Never Got from Me

Dear Kids, About that allowance I don't give you. You're welcome. Love, Mom

An open letter to my kids, all six of them, about that allowance that they never got from me no matter how hard they begged, no matter how hard they worked, no matter how hard they tried to state their case about how much they earned it. Dear Kids, you're welcome! Dear Kids, About that allowance you never got from me? You're welcome. All of you have asked for it over the years (except you, Bubby, my youngest and current favorite, but you will). You see, I'm one of those moms that doesn't believe in a traditional "allowance" because, really, I already pay you enough. I pay you too much, in fact. Let's dissect allowance, shall we? Allowance the amount of something that is permitted, especially within a set of regulations or for a specified purpose. Huh? Every time you broach this topic, my dear lovelies, I scratch my head. Can I have an allowance? By definition, it makes no sense. With practicality in mind, it makes even less sense. You cleaned your room and you want an … [Continue]

1st Day of School 2015: The Making of a Meltdown

My 3rd grader had a meltdown. How do you cope with the first day of school?

The first day of school is a joyous occasion for many, a new year of learning and making new friends. But in our house, it's often the making of a meltdown. I'm never sure who is going to breakdown, be it me or one of the kids, but I know it's bound to happen. How do you deal with a childhood meltdown? Here's our story of the first day of school 2015! The first day of school around our house is a pretty big deal. We bend the rules significantly during the summer months and truly give the babies a break. It's always been that way in our house, with all 6 kids, but possibly more with the youngest two for obvious reasons (hello, I'm not ready to let go of two more AND I know how quickly it passes). But with that said, when school time rolls around, specifically the day before, it gets real up in here. The day before is chaotic at best, scrambling around to get last-minute supplies ready, lunches made, uniforms laid out, dinner on the table on time, BED TIME...that kind of thing. I … [Continue]