My Current Obsessions: Summer 2017

I live for summer. I love the sunshine, the afternoon rain showers (and the rainbows that follow), the unscheduled downtime, the family vacations, and the glorious food that is associated with this time of year. It all makes me so stinkin happy! And the items on this season’s My Current Obsessions list made this summer even better… Maybelline Baby Lips Lip Balm: I have one in my car, one in my purse and one in my vanity. I’ve used them all summer because they’re an easy, quick way to pamper my lips (soo…

Turning Work Into Play!

I recently attended a 3-day conference in Orlando and decided to take the family along for a fun getaway. The boys’ Disney passes had blackout dates during the time we’d be there, so I was worried there wouldn’t be enough at the hotel to keep all my boys occupied all day. Silly girl. Jeff and the boys had a blast! I enjoyed the conference, but also wished I was in the pictures Jeff would send me each day. They were splashing in the pools (yes, plural), playing yard games, riding down water slides, playing…

Hold Onto Me, Little One

You know how sometimes a single photo can completely overwhelm you and make you stop to catch your breath? This one from our 4th of July weekend did it to me. I took this picture of my youngest son, Finley, holding onto me as we stood ankle-deep in the water and let the waves crash against our legs over and over again. He was smiling and laughing as the waves would roll in closer and closer until they finally splashed up on us and made his whole body rock back. Each time, he clenched my leg until the water…

This is 39ish Life: Yanetta

Giving birth to my 40s… My 30s have been good to me, but there’s something special about entering my 40s. I’m a single mother of two beautiful children, ages 13 and 7. I forgot what it felt like to do what I want to do a long time ago. 🙂 As a mother, educator, bible study teacher and youth leader, it’s important that while dinner is in the oven, I find the time to ride my bike, text a friend, or cry when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Sometimes I do get tired of hearing, “Mom!” over and over…

Are You Ready For The 4th of July?

What are you doing for the 4th? Going to the beach or lake? Grilling out? Hanging with friends or family? However you plan to celebrate, there will be a shopping list of goodies you’ll need before the fireworks! I know I’ll be making several late-night online purchases (shh!) before our trip. Here are some of my favorites to get you and your family ready for a red, white and blue celebration! Mama needs new sunnies and these rose gold ones caught my eye! Love! And some fun flag-themed ones for the kiddos so everyone…

This is 39ish Life: Christa

My 39ish life is likely different from many of those I know; I am not the typical 39-year-old woman. I don’t have my own children and I do not yet own my own home (and I won’t until my Ph.D. is finished, that’s my reward). I am on my second marriage and I am a student working on her Ph.D. I used to wonder if I was a little out of place because my life didn’t fit the stereotypical persona. However, I don’t think I will ever fit in with a…

This is 39ish Life: Maggie

When Dana asked me to write a piece for this series, I was touched that she would think of me, and also slightly terrified. I would have to look at my current reality, and stop pretending time isn’t moving at warp speed. At 39, I find myself a month away from being an empty nester (the tears well up just at the thought of it). I live in Southern California, and I am the mother of two incredible daughters; Karley (22) and Sadie (18). Karley very recently moved to Boston to start her career, and Sadie will be heading…

Roaring Through Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

“I wish I could live here.” This was my 10-year-old’s statement as we walked through the final exhibit before heading to the buses. I think we can say this field trip was pretty high on his favorites list! Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo is already an amazing place, from the gorgeous animals and fun rides to the yummy food and awesome gift shops, but then you add their Dinos Alive exhibit, and you have some VERY happy fifth graders! My group of kiddos actually walked through Dinos Alive twice because they loved it…

21 Sundresses To Wear All Summer

When I think of summer, I think of sunshine, lemonade, vacation and sundresses! I wear a sundress almost every day during the summer because, A) it’s EASY, B) it’s sooo hot outside and sundresses let my skin breathe, and C) they can be worn wherever your day takes you. I like no-brainers when I’m entertaining four little people every day. 🙂 I’ve been looking for a few dresses to add to my summer wardrobe and I’ve fallen in love with Old Navy’s dress collection. Sweet, light, colorful, easy…

Red Noses For Some Good Fun!

One of my parent goals is to teach my boys to be generous in giving. I know they see Jeff and me giving to charities here and there, and twice a year they clean out their toys and clothes to donate, but I’m always looking for other ways to show them ways to give. When I heard about Red Nose Day, I knew it would be a FUN way to get them involved and in the giving spirit. We bought our red noses at Walgreens and popped them on for some silly pictures to help spread the word. The…