Friday, June 10, 2016

Five on Friday!

First, I want to say thank you to all of you who reached out to me in response to my Day in the Working Mama Life post! You certainly made me feel like I have my stuff together when truthfully I oftentimes feel like a huge mess, succeeding in one area only to fail in another. So thank you for all your kind words!

And to the stay at home mamas who sent me kudos on "doing it all"...HA! I have something to say to you (which I have already told many of you offline)...

Dear Mamas, I don't know how YOU do it. No, seriously. You operate on the same amount of sleep that I do but without child-free coffee runs throughout the day. Your clients require 24 hour assistance with sippy cup refills, potty escorts and so much more. Throughout the day I work on projects with deadlines and you work on a toddler schedule. While I run from conference calls to meetings, you are busy running from play dates to play grounds to keep your kiddos engaged and happy. You don't get paid time off or sick days. And while you don't miss any of your baby's "firsts," you also don't miss a diaper change, a feeding or a tantrum. You pick up endless messes, your home is loud all day and your "breaks" are for eating or showering. So while our days may look different, you are the true hero and I admire you so!
one. Pampers Points! We recently redeemed TWO YEARS of Pampers Points for a tricycle for Caroline! If you are a Pampers user you should absolutely be submitting your points! Like many of you we spend a fortune each month on diapers and wipes. So with two kids in diapers it is easy to rack up the points. We cashed in 6,500 points for the tricycle and gave it to Caroline for her birthday. And she loves it. If you also have 2+ kids in diapers (or even 1 kid) you may be thinking "I don't have time to cut codes off packaging, log-in to the Pampers website to submit a code for 30 points!" I agree with ya, mama! I rip the codes off the packages as we go through them and store them in a little pile. When I have 2 free minutes I use my Pampers app to scan them all in at once. Done. And now we have a free tricycle for the kids to fight over.
two. Austin's Dig-it 2nd Birthday Party! Last weekend Caroline celebrated her best friend from school 2nd birthday. Upon arrival each kiddo received a shovel to dig in mini pools filled with sand and bugs and insects! They also received canvas aprons to collect their bugs in. I've never seen Caroline so excited about a scorpion, centipede, spider, etc. We will totally be adding some bugs and insects to our sand boxes for Thomas' birthday party. Such a cute party theme!
three. Matt and I cut carbs recently so we've been eating a LOT of meat, which means I've been frying lots of bacon. I love using the tip of running your bacon under water before cooking to reduce shrinking and I've totally seen a difference! And it seems to cook better!

four. Last week we attended Food Truck Friday with 8 other families. It was SO HOT, maybe too hot, but all of the kids had a great time running around, eating grilled cheese and chips. And they collapsed into bed without a fight. 
five. I've loved hearing from many of you that you purchased Couples Table Topics for your next date night!! I also wanted to let you know that Table Topics comes in lots of other sets too - Girls Night Out, Family, Grandparents, Teen, Cocktail, Therapy, Road Trip, Dinner Party and more!!! There's really an edition for every occasion and these make for fun gifts too!

Happy weekend friends!

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19 comments:

  1. I will have to try that with bacon. Loving the Table Topics, I need to get that for our next get together! Of course the babies are precious as always. Happy weekend!

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  2. Precious pics of the kids and that bug-themed party is too creative-love that. You inspired me and I ordered the table topics for my husband as part of his Father's Day present. I'm excited to try them out!!

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  3. I totally agree. Being a working mom is hard, but that doesn't mean that being a stay at home mom is easy! I know on my mat leave there were days when I just needed a break! I read an article this week about finding the sweet spot of being a working mom. And it said there isn't one. Some days you will just want to go home to your babies and some days you just need to get out of the house to get away from them, and that's ok!

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  4. What a fun idea for a birthday party - love the pictures! I really like the idea of the Table Topics, we need to try those!

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  5. that construction party is so cute! i love the little home depot aprons. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  6. You should try to bake your bacon (yes it sounds crazy) - but seriously WAY less mess. I use a baking sheet, line with aluminum foil, lightly spray w/ cooking spray, and 350 for 15ish minutes. Plus it frees up an oven eye!

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  7. Thank you for the SAHM note. I have been one for 5 years almost and it's a tough job!

    We did the points too. I didn't get a big prize like you but it was free, nonetheless! Some blogs post free points too. SouthernSavers just posted a free 10 point code. Sometimes they post 50 point codes! I always added those into my account.

    I bake my bacon! It is SO good that way! Lay bacon on a cooling rack and place the rack in a large baking sheet(with enough room) The bacon bakes flat and the grease drips into the baking pan. Try it and you may like it!

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  8. I am going to have to try using that bacon tip, another one that Pioneer Woman says is to cut the bacon strips in half for more even cooking, totally works, but now your bacon strips are shorter, but you get less shrinkage I think :) Have to go look into those game cubes...

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  9. This has been one of my fave Five on Fridays yet! Loved the bacon tip (my mom is in town, and I just told her about it, too!); thanks for reminding me about the Pampers points (I, too, stash mine in a ziplock bag, and then enter them at once - GREAT tip on the Pampers app!!!!!); and that is the BEST theme for a little boy's birthday party! Happy weekend!

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  10. I just ordered the Couples TableTopics along with the Family one and the "Not your Mom's" Dinner Party! Haha! I cannot wait!

    XO
    Ami
    www.becomingthebehars.com

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  11. I'm on the same carb cutting plan so thanks for the bacon tip!! I'll have to try it out!!

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  12. That SAHM note was the best thing I have read in a long time! Thank you!!! I can't wait to try the bacon trick.

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  13. Thanks for sharing the Table Topics idea, so cute! I feel like I want to get the family one for my in-laws for our trip this summer. So adorable! Also, I love the Food Truck Fridays. We have fun neighborhood get-togethers in our local neighborhood, but I would LOVE to have Food Trucks in the community. Awesome!

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  14. Your note is so sweet :) I still think you sound like superwoman, though! I guess either way, raising babies isn't easy!

    www.thetollandhome.wordpress.com

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  15. I need to try the bacon tip thank you for sharing!!!

    www.sophobsessed.com

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  16. I've been meaning to try the bacon thing! Those are two cute kiddos!!!

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  17. Pampers points! Someone else mentioned these but I had forgotten. I wish we had been doing this all along but I didn't know about that. Dang it! That bike is awesome!

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  18. I love your shout out to SAHM's, your so sweet! I read your day in the life post and totally thought (and still do) the world of you and other working Mom's! I think there are so many challenges to either working/non working and we are deserving of the kudos, appreciation, and utmost respect! I especially love following along with you because I soon will have two little one's (16 mo apart) and I am so scared of how it's going to be! Your definitely an inspiration and a sign of relief when I feel like there's no way I can survive! Haha! :)

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  19. I love the idea of table topics!! I might have to grab a cpl of those!!

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