Life Lessons Learned from a Family Reunion at My House

Family visits and picky eaters

Family. It's complicated, especially when you grow up. Everyone moves on. Life goes on. You call each other. You text. You share Facebook space. You love and amuse each other...from a distance. But you don't share your "space". There's a reason for that. You each create your own space, and it's a beautiful thing. You all have your own rules, again beautiful. But what happens when you try to blend that family back together for an extended visit? CHAOS! That's what. We, my family, did just that last week and let me share the "life lessons" I learned from this family reunion at my house. Disclosure: This might piss off some family members, but you know what? They can't deny truth and I hope they laugh along with me on this one. There was fun, lots of fun, but there was chaos and I learned a lot from Galvestongeddon 2015.  If you're planning a family reunion AT YOUR HOUSE any time soon, I urge you to read this list first. Because, for real, it might be rough on you and I think you … [Continue]

Dream a Little Dream with Disney’s Teen Beach 2

Dream a Little Dream with Disney's Teen Beach 2

Enjoy wholesome family fun while sparking your child's imagination with a family movie night watching Disney's Teen Beach 2. We received a complimentary copy of the DVD, now available at retailers everywhere, from Click Communications to facilitate this post, but all opinions are entirely my own. Family movie night can be a pretty big deal around here. We take the time to select a movie everyone will enjoy, whip up themed food and drinks, or just pop some popcorn, then we sit down on the couch huddled together as a family and watch our new movie of choice. Kind of makes a mom's heart happy so I try to encourage one every single week. This past weekend we had a lot to celebrate and one of those celebrations included watching the newly released DVD of Disney's Teen Beach 2. Bug loved the first one and she watches it absolutely every time it comes on TV so she was especially thrilled when she found out this was the movie of choice this weekend. As for the rest of the family, anything … [Continue]

Tropical Storm Bill Visits Galveston in June 2015

Tropical Storm Bill 6 16 15 31st Street Jetty

Photos from The Seawall in Galveston, TX on June 16, 2015 when Tropical Storm Bill touched shore. On June 16, 2015, my family and I listened to the news and watched for the arrival of Tropical Storm Bill. It was supposed to be huge and B's job site was even shut down so he stayed home. I worked...of course...but I really wanted to go to the Seawall to see how bad it really was. It sure didn't seem like more than just a typical storm from the house and it certainly wasn't all that the every-once-in-awhile-right weather men were predicting. There was a lot of rain, flooding in the streets, and wind. Literally just like a typical storm on the island. But storms on the island always make the ocean angry, and for some odd reason, I'm a fan of watching an angry ocean. Apparently, I'm not alone because there were plenty of locals and tourists taking in the scenery too. The Gulf of Mexico along Galveston Island is typically pretty calm, so the waves always fascinate me. It's no Hawaii, I … [Continue]

Happy Calm Focused: A WAHM’s Best Friend

Stay Calm with Happy, Calm, Focused

When life gets hectic, a mom has to turn to something for help. If you find yourself struggling with sleep, emotional control, or just an overall nervous feeling, I highly recommend trying Happy Calm Focused. The supply of Happy Calm Focused that I received to facilitate this post has been helping this WAHM stay more on task, stay in control of my emotions, and get a good night's sleep. We all know life can get hectic and we all think, at least at times, that our lives are more overwhelming than others. I'm a full-time work from home mom of 6 kids from the ages of 25 down to 6, I'm married, and I manage my household. I cook daily, I drop the kids off at school, pick them up, deal with the chaos while taking calls from my grown children about whatever might be happening, good or bad, in their lives that day. I handle all of our finances and my husband works ridiculous hours and teaches school at night. All of this to say, I get overwhelmed, as we all do. About a month ago, I … [Continue]

Strange Magic Party Plan: Everyone Deserves to be Loved!

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Just so you know, I received an early release copy of Strange Magic on DVD and some other really fun products to facilitate this party plan post from Click Communications, but all ideas, opinions, and photos are entirely my own.  Oh my singing stars, y'all! Strange Magic was released in stores on DVD today, 5/19/15, and I'm in love. Have I ever told you about my love of musicals, and animation, and stories of true love? No? I've failed you. I was in my first musical production at the age of 11 (the cut off age was 12, but they made an exception because I was SOOO close and my audition was that awesome...so they said), and well...to this day, it's still one of the highlights of my life. I was in a few more productions over the years and was bound for the big screen (in my head), but life got in the way. Mommyhood was my destiny and I'm totally cool with that, but I've never lost my love for musicals, the stage, and the silver screen in general. I try to pass that love along to my … [Continue]

Galveston Pearl Diver Highball

Galveston Pearl Diver #highball #SummerCocktail

About a year ago, we sat down to watch Django for the first time and I, in particular, loved the movie. It was a great story with just enough violence to keep me entertained, and enough humor to make us laugh. If you haven't seen the movie with Jamie Foxx and Christoph Waltz, you really should. Not great if you have the kids around, but it's a really good movie which brings me to my point. At some point in the movie, Jamie Foxx sat down to have a highball and I didn't even know what that was at the time, but apparently a highball is just a term that means a family of mixed drinks that are composed of an alcoholic base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer. Anyway, the highball he was drinking was called a Polynesian Pearl Diver and it looked really good. I found the original recipe (although there are many versions of this drink if you Google it) and tweaked it here and there to suit my personal tastes. It's a real favorite around here and everyone that comes to visit … [Continue]