Life Lately

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I hope you are all staying warm, wherever you are. Well, while most of the United States probably freezing their hiney off, we are having a beautiful yucky rainy day. I miss having a little cold but when Atlanta is frozen over--it;s not even snow, I am quite content being in Miami. 

Friday night we went out for pizza with some friends to celebrate the hubs getting his General Contracting license. I haven't mentioned this on here yet but I am so incredibly proud him. He's worked so hard for this!

We ran our first 5k together as a family on Valentine's Day at the Miami Zoo, pushing the double stroller with an extra 70 pounds between G and about a work out. My sister-in-law ran it with us too so between Gus, her and I we switched off pushing the kiddos. 

They absolutely LOVED it! mainly because they were getting pushed and they felt like they were racing too. Gus kept saying "this is soooo cooool" and "hurry papa, hurry!!". He just wanted to go faster while we were in the middle of a severe struggle. ha. it was funny. 

The course went right through the zoo, so we ran past all the animals ---the kids were loving it. Don't ask me about my time. We did horrible but my intention is to start running so I had to start somewhere. I knew if i didnt sign up for an organized running event I would never start. So that's exactly what i did. And the hubs was already starting to change his mind about running it. And when we got there Saturday morning, he decided to run it and LOVED it!!! 

We're running another one on Saturday! I'm pumped! 

We came home and took a family nap and exchanged V-day gifts and had a Valentine's dinner at home with the kiddos ;) We were too tired and in too much pain to go anywhere. Plus we didn't even want to attempt to take on a restaurant on the year Valentine's Day fell on a Saturday in Miami. I am not friends with Miami traffic or intense crowds. 

Sunday, was a family day. We spent it with my in-laws and my sister-in-law. These four are partners in crime!

And yesterday was just a rough day. It started out great. I got a lot accomplished while Gus was at school and then he came home and nap-time was cut short due to a bad cough he has developed within the past 24 hours. so naturally, he woke his sister up because they are partners in crime like that. 

so yeah...

we had a very longgggg afternoon. we did every activity inside that we have and that I could come up with, without having to take them outside, because of Gus' cough. 

And of course, Gus had to work late. 

okay i'm done, venting. 

Hope you had a great Valentine's Day! 

And today is Aah Wednesday and the start of Lent of Christians and Catholics. That said I should probably share what I'll be giving up for Lent, except for I haven't decided. I can tell you one thing...It most definatley will NOT be wine. 

You Make My World so Colorful || DIY Preschool Valentine's

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

I'm back today with some DIY heart crayon valentine's I made with the kiddos earlier this week, for his preschool class. 

I really love Valentine's day because there is soooo much pink involved. However, for a little boy, it tends to be a little more difficult to find "cute" valentine ideas without getting tooo girly. 

So I got this idea from a blogging friend, Chrissy, she did it with her little girl and I loved it! I think mainly because it is pretty gender neutral and I became another activity for us to do. You can never have too many activities for toddlers. Gotta keep them busy ;). 

heart shaped silicone mold (local craft store, Wilton brand) 
treat bags
Printable (found here)

Remove the wrappers off the crayons and break the crayons into small pieces so they fit inside the mold. I did this while the little ones were napping because I didnt want them to get any ideas. Everything they see, they do. I didnt want them breaking the crayons we have here at home. 

Fill the molds with several colors of crayons--the littles loved this part!! Then pop them in the oven for about 10-15 minutes at 250 degrees. 

When you take them out they will look like this and they will be melted into liquid. Let them sit on the counter until they are completely cooled down and have hardened. They should just pop out. 

I found this FREE printable here...I'm not that talented to design the printable. I wish!! I sent them to Staples to print on cardstock. Attached the crayon hearts to the printables...

I put the completed Valentine's in little treat bags, I found at Micheals and they're ready to go!! 

Gus was soooo excited when he saw how they turned out and he's thrilled to had these out to his classmates during their Valentine's Day party! 



Valentine's Gift Guide || For the Lady

Thursday, February 5, 2015

I've rounded up some Valentine's Day gift ideas for all those special women in your life!! Sometimes gifting can be tough but I love thinking of gifts for people! Hope this helps ;) 

On another note, I think I have found a terrific mom's group for Olivia and I to go to once a week while Gus is at school. We went today and she had a blast! 

She seems to be getting bored at home with me and has been showing signs of wanting to start school but I'm not quite ready to let her go. Gus didn't start school until he was 2 1/2 and he only went twice a week for a few hours. She's not even two yet. 

I know every child is different and they each have their own timing for everything. but still.  #momproblems 



Valentine's Day with little ones....

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Gus and I don't always go out for Valentine's Day because with two under 3, takeout and a bottle of wine a lot of times, seems like a better option. Which is totally fine. But we do have a tradition where we include little Gus and Olivia in Valentine's Day since it is a celebration of love. We are a family and families love each other. 

 The kids always get a little something from us on Valentine's Day. It is typically something practical...a book, a new pair of pj's a bath toy. Nothing extravagant but we want them to feel loved on this holiday. 

We have a Valentine's Day themed breakfast here at the house with a lot of pink and red....and that's how we make it special. 

Above are some practical gift ideas for your little ones for this holiday all about love!!! 

Do you have any traditions for Valentine's Day???? 


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