Apr 18

Friday Favorites 4/18

DIY Game TableDIY Game Table // I need something just like this for my house so that we can play board games just about anywhere we want!

IMG_0885 copyAbandoned School // I absolutely love the charm in abandoned building especially whenever there is remnants of the buildings past left behind.

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This baby and dog // Im such a sucker for dog in people clothes, plus who doesn’t love a cute baby.
marker-decorated-easter-eggsEasy Sharpie Easter Eggs // Every single year I cringe just thinking about dyeing eggs, which turns out to be a massive whenever you are doing it with three kids. So this is just the perfect way to decorate eggs without the mess, not to mention these are so dang cute!

 OTHER AWESOME STUFF

Kate Spade Inspired Ikea Hack /// I would have these all over my house if I had an Ikea near me!

Jalapeño Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich // Oh my gosh. This looks so good that I could probably eat this every single day!

Chocolate Sugar Cookies // Sugar cookies are probably my very favorite kind of cookies, and with how much I love chocolate these are bound to be my new favorite cookies!

Apr 15

Awesome Etsy Finds // Coral

Statement necklace // Room 7070

Patchwork Pillow // The Red Pistachio

Geometric plus quilt // Petunias

Lincoln Bust Statue // Mahzer and Vee

Coral French Bulldog Pouch // The Purple Hedge Hog

coral organic cotton knit headband // Sassy Stitches by Lor

Apr 12

To hit back or not? What do YOU teach?

I hate talking on the phone, so whenever a number calls that I do not recognize I will not even bother answering the phone. But for some reason yesterday when an unknown number called I actually answered it…. and Im glad I did….

Me : Hello

School: Is this Ethans Mom?

* great, Ethans being a pain in the butt to his teacher again (he’s NOT a bad kid but he likes to be the center of certain teachers attention).

Me: *gulp* Yes….

School: Ethan got into an altercation with another student and chipped his tooth.

Me: Are you kidding?! (In hindsight I can’t believe I asked that).

School: No ma’am…. (she said something else but at this point I was raging)

Me: Ok, Im getting my husband and coming right away!

School: Ma’am…. (says something else)

Me: Look, Im freaking out, Ill be there in about 10 minutes.

 

So I slap some clothes on (yes, I work at home in my pajamas- Don’t judge), take my anxiety medicine and speed to get John from work, luckily he works literally across the street. The whole ride I am literally cursing every single car that got into my way, and every single red light that stopped me. The entire ride I trying to talk myself down so that I don’t completely lose it, and of course John was trying to cool me down a little as well (Im quite the hot head whenever I get upset).

Whenever we arrived poor Ethan was sitting in the vice principals office hunched over crying.

 

(INSERT THE MOMENT THAT I FELT MY HEART ACTUALLY BREAK)
Ethan before

I have never felt so absolutely helpless. I had one job, to protect him. Yet, there was not a single thing that I could do to protect or defend him now.

How dare someone lay their hands on my child?! How can this actually be happening?! Where was the teacher?! Was this really happening?!

Come to find out that the child who hit him was actually one of Ethans friends, this very same kid has been to our house, this same kid I have sat and talked with and joked around with. Apparently the two boys had a falling out a week or so ago and decided not to be friends any longer.

So whenever Ethan saw the kid kicking a ball against the wall in gym he decided he wanted to play as well. Apparently the boys played a little and the ball got kicked away and Ethan ran after it and the other kid thought that Ethan was taking the ball away and decided to run up to Ethan and punch him in the face.

My first problem is that this kid was clearly not taught how to correctly respond to his emotions. Who hits someone over a ball?! Especially in 6th grade!

Ethan did NOT hit the kid back. Even though I have specifically told him to knock the crap out of anyone who lays a hand on him. Which is exactly how I was raised by my mom. This proves that Ethan is more rational than me, because he knew that he wasn’t going to achieve anything by hitting this kid back because it was a totally unreasonable reason to fight.

Luckily Ethans tooth was able to be repaired with little pain to him, although he will have to have this cover replaced many times until he is 18, at which time we will have to pay to have a permeant cover put on. The tooth looks pretty good too, you can hardly tell that it isn’t his real tooth. The school is only paying for this initial time (as of right now) for the tooth to be cared for. The teacher wasnt even around when this happened, hopefully he will be reprimanded. We have a meeting with the coach to talk about what he should have done. We also (hopefully) have a meeting with the parents of the other kid. Though knowing them, and the fact that they couldn’t even bother to come to the school that day, or even call us to apologize, and even allowed the kid to continually bully and threaten Ethan even after all this happened I highly doubt that we will gain anything from this meeting. The other kid did get suspended for three days, but with the kid still threatening Ethan I highly doubt that he was affected at all.
Ethan after
Now normally I don’t post on the weekends because this is my time with my family, but I wanted to make a point to write this because 1. I need to get this off my chest 2. Quite a few of the kids friends parents read my blog, and in which case I hope this kids parents read this post and feel absolutely terrible.

Of course whenever I added the photos to instagram yesterday it got me thinking….

Do you teach your child to hit back if they are hit?

 

*Side note: whenever I finish this post I am looking into registering the kids into karate.

Apr 09

Boring Salads Watch Out!

Wendy’s provided me with a product in return for this post. However, as always all opinions expressed are my own. Pinky Promise!

For me salad has always been one of my favorite foods, but I know that is not always the case for everyone especially my husband who up until a year ago really disliked salads of all kinds. In fact he would only eat it still in small amounts and whenever it was COVERED in honey mustard salad dressing.

Wendys Salads

When we would go out to eat he would see a nice looking salad on the menu and ask if I think that he would like it, my response 9 out of 10 times was no. This mostly because I have never gotten a salad from a “fast food” place that I enjoyed, and I didn’t want to ruin him on salad completely.

That was until we got the chance to try out two of Wendy’s newest salads. I figured that he might like the BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad, between the fire-roasted corn, applewood smoked bacon, warm, grilled chicken, and Marzetti® Simply Dressed® BBQ Ranch Dressing he would probably fall in love. However I was more excited to try out the Asian Cashew Chicken Salad, the topping of fire-roasted edamame, spicy roasted cashews, warm, grilled chicken and Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Light Spicy Asian Chili Vinaigrette sounded incredible.

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We ended up eating these salads as a side to our main meal which turned out to be a big mistake because even though each of these salads only have 380-580 calories each they are incredibly filling. In fact we all agreed that these would be best as a whole meal! We all ended up liking both salads (the BBQ Ranch ended up being my favorite (that bacon and corn just sent it over the top), I was a little shocked that the whole time John kept saying “If we had more salads like these I would eat salad every single day!”.

If you ever need a quick, healthy and delicious meal I really recommend that you try these two new salads at Wendy’s. I promise they will be your new favorite!

Apr 08

Awesome Etsy Finds // Cute Kids Gear

Navy plus Baby legging // Little Nugget Republic

High Five // Earth Cadets

Stuffed Bunny Rabbit // Red Girl Design

Teepee Playhouse // Ashley Gabby

Kids sleepwear set // Milk Bebe

Space Invaders baby shoes // Little Pitter Pat

Little Boy Bow Ties // Little Gentleman

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