My Secret Weapon for On-The-Go Mom Life + A Look Inside My Bag

Thank you to the makers of 5-hour™ TEA shots for sponsoring this post.


It’s been a wild start to 2019!

With Brooks’ Birthday so soon after Christmas, the transition from the craziness of the holidays to the kids going back to school, add in a trip to Kalahari, a month of Whole30 and the fact that we are trying to get our house ready to be put on the market – we’ve been pretty busy around here.

And I think it’s going to be an even busier Spring!

But with all that going on it has still been a priority for me to make time for myself and continue on with my fitness journey. The Whole30 has been a great change – I’ve been loving the meals, trying new recipes, and cooking again – but finding the time to exercise isn’t always easy. I recently joined a new gym – one where the kids can take classes like arts & crafts, gymnastics, soccer {and so much more!} all while I get myself in a workout and maybe even a shower + sauna. Life is good at the gym – more on that in another post!

Today I wanted to share with you a little addition I’ve made to my crazy, busy #momlife – a little secret weapon I’ve had on hand during this past month – 5-hour™ TEA shots. It’s been so much fun to try this out over the past few weeks. Each contains caffeine from green tea leaves and has helped give me the energy I need for my on-the-go lifestyle.

Because sometimes mama needs a little pick me up!

This has been my first time trying an energy supplement.  I removed coffee from my diet this past month and so I didn’t have any issues removing coffee from my diet the last few days. While coffee wasn’t something I planned to remove, I did and it felt good!

This is where the 5-hour™ TEA shots came in handy – It was nice to have something quick and easy to grab and go when I was starting to drag after a crazy day. I was really excited to learn each bottle contains zero sugar and 4 calories and is packed with vitamins, nutrients and about as much caffeine as a cup of the leading premium coffee.

I got to try out three amazing flavors – Raspberry Tea, Peach Tea and Lemonade Tea – They were all so good, but the Lemonade is my favorite – I love the hint of sweetness with the lemony taste. Raspberry is definitely a close second!

Aside from giving that energy burst, I loved that each one calmed a sweet craving I had throughout the day. I didn’t have one every day, just once in a while – and they were great to have when I needed one!

If you are looking for something to keep in your back pocket for when you need a little boost after a busy day of work or mommin’ or whatever, be sure to give these a try!

Learn more about 5-hour™ TEA shots and if you want to try it out yourself, you can find 5-hour™ TEA at your local Wawa, CVS Pharmacy, or Walmart! Check out all the locations here!

Thanks so much to my friends at 5-hour™ TEA for the goodies! And if you’ve had them before, I love to know what you think about them and what YOUR favorite flavor is!! Please share!

Quick + Easy St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Door Decor – Arts + Craft Idea for Kids

I can’t believe it’s already March!

Where did January and February go? Can anyone tell me?! In honor of the new month and St. Patrick’s Day happening in a few weeks, I put together a quick + easy little Irish inspired arts & crafts project for the boys.

For about $3, they created a new little door hanging that I love. Here’s a look at what we did, check it out and let me know what you think!

Since we’ve been doing so many good morning games + breakfast invitations, I’ve been frequenting the arts & crafts and dollar stores. So many good things to pick up to add a little fun and creativity to the boys days.

Most recently I spent $3 on three wooden shamrocks, for the boys to make a new door hanging for March.

Best $3 spent ever!

Wooden Shamrock Inspiration

They picked out 3 different shades of acrylic green paint, which we already had on hand, so that was easy and I was excited to see the ombrè affect they unknowingly created.

B + G each painted a different shamrock a different solid color and then we added some silver glitter paint for good measure. I would have added gold glitter if I had it on hand, but I think the leprechauns will still enjoy the silver.

After we let everything dry, the boys continued to have fun with the green paint on the paper I laid out. Bonus extra built in painting activity. All the greens were so pretty and so festive for the month.

We decided which order we wanted to hang the shamrocks, then I grabbed some jute I had + my glue gun {love mine, its on sale!} and we spaced them out and attached them to the jute.

I had a wreath hanger already on the doors so I just attached it to that, but next time I might just use more string and attach it to the top of the door so you don’t see it as much, but it turned out great!

It reminds me of the DIY Easter egg door hanging the boys made two years ago {can’t believe it was that long ago!} but I love that door hanging just as much as I love this!

Our new door hanging, paired with our St. Patricks Day countdown calendar {which has every holiday on it – got in the Target Dollar Spot, love it!} a little green plant, two gold shamrocks – that we use to play a Hide & Seek game – my favorite Salt Lamp and the T-Rex air plant the boys got me for Valentines Day – we’ve got a nice little St. Patrick’s Day set-up, wouldn’t you agree?

I’d love to know – do you decorate for St. Patrick’s Day? Any fun Irish Inspired arts & crafts projects in the works?? Please share – we’d love to hear about them!

New Favorite Everyday Kicks – The Earth Flow Sneaker Review

Ladies, Gents + little dogs of the blog ->

I’d like you to meet my new favorite sneakers.

Earth Flow Sneaker / Jeans {my FAVORITE – on sale!} / Backpack

I’ve talked about it on the ‘gram A TON, but I’ve got to spread the love on the blog too. I’m currently transitioning my wardrobe to a bit of a ‘capsule’ – focusing on blacks, whites, grey and a few simple neutrals.

After my #konmari Tidying Up experience, I’m finding life is so much simpler with less choices, especially in the #momuniform department.

Let’s say, I’m leaning more and more towards all.the.black {my two messy boys have a thing or two to do with that!} I cleaned out my closet and I have been able to see what I really wear, what I reach for everyday, what I love and a few things I’m missing in my wardrobe.

One of those missing pieces would be black sneakers!

Sure, I’ve got black shoes I use at the gym, but they aren’t great for everyday – and I wanted to elevate my black shoe game a bit – which the Earth Flow Sneaker totally does!

These also come in a taupe and a grey {which I am still lusting after!} but I needed the black, so I got the black!

And I’m so glad I did!

These are so perfect for any busy mama on the go for so many reasons – they are a slip on style with elastic laces {WIN!} a removable insole with arch support {SUPER comfortable!} and they are ergonomic too!

If you are looking for something you can easily throw on and look cute – these are it! Plus I love the brown leather detail on the front and heel of the shoe, totally steps up the chicness of these kicks!

I can’t continue this post with also gushing about these incredible HIGH WAISTED denim – I have these in distressed and non-distressed in blue denim as well. They are so comfortable and easy to wear. Love them – they are on sale – defiantly grab a pair or two!

Also, backpacks are TOTALLY having a moment right now. I love a black one that I can throw on and wear whenever/wherever. This one is amazing, doubles as a gym bag + computer bag for me and I am obsessed with the rose gold detail.

On backorder, but totally worth the wait! And I’ve found with this company, they usually ship out earlier than predicted – WIN!

I also want to take a moment to highlight Earth Shoes and their focus on sustainability –

Did you know that for EVERY online order of shoes sold, they plant a tree?!

How amazing is that?

I’ve worked with Earth shoes a few times over the years and always have had an amazing experience – love their shoes and LOVE their mission!

Thanks to my friends at EARTH for my new shoes, you’ll be seeing me wearing them all.the.time!

Now I’d love to hear from you – what is your favorite pair of Earth Shoes you are loving right now?! Check them out here – https://earthshoes.com – and let me know what you think!

How To / DIY FLISAT IKEA {Doll} House with Painted Peg People

The boys and I have been working on a little project at home that I’m so excited to finally share with you!

Brooks used some money he got for his Birthday and requested a trip to IKEA! I was more than on board for this little excursion. I think he really just wanted to go for a visit to Småland and get a $1 ice cream cone {because those two things really make for a great day in and of themselves!}

So we made the trek there and both boys enjoyed their time in the play area while I took a lap around the store solo- basically the best day ever. After our ice cream treat, we took a visit to the Kids Section – which is always so much fun and full of great ideas.

Brooks stumbled upon the FLISAT doll house and said – “Mom, can we build this together?”

Oh, sweet boy – you BET we can!

He decided he wanted to get it with some of his birthday money and I was more than happy to oblige. We spent the rest of the afternoon planning out what colors we would paint it and what the different rooms would be. It was instantly fun for all of us! Brooks wanted to make rooms for his different robots to live in and he decided he wanted to “paint the house blue, like Sonic” with a gray roof “because gray is mommy’s favorite color”

swoon.

So that’s how our color palate on the house came to be. We ended up on a lighter blue because we were able to use paint we already had in the house – the Gray is Silver Screen by Valspar – which is the colors of the boys room in our house and the Blue is a greenish/blue – Homestead Green by Benjamin Moore – which is the color of our basement. I love that whenever we move, we can now take these colors of our first home as a family with us!

Ok, but let’s get back to the actual building of the house. I have to say, it wasn’t easy.

In true IKEA form – the directions were lacking. And for it only having 8 or so pieces, it – in theory – should have been easy. Not the case. But there were some helpful directions on YouTube that I was able to follow and eventually the boys and I got it together.

We figured out our plan with the paint and we were ready to go!

Since we are in the process of getting our home freshened up to be listed – I have a newfound love for spackling – so I spackled up some of the nail holes before we got started. We taped off the areas where we wanted to separate the paint colors – and because it would be easier for the boys, incase it got messy.

Time to paint!

We painted the roof first and then worked our way down.

The first coat was a little light so we let it dry and then did a second coat all around.

The house ended up sitting a few days between paint layers because the boys were enjoying playing with it.

Since he made the connection between the paint in their room and basement being the same as the house he was making, he requested the floor match our living room – so then it was time to stain the wood.

We did a few layers of this to try to darken it up, but the IKEA wood didn’t really hold up to the stain since we didn’t sand it before. So eventually we ended up getting a separate brown acrylic paint, which did stick!

Then as a little bonus surprise for the kiddos, I decided to make them some Peg People, to go along with their new wooden house. This was surprisingly fun + satisfying for me! I ordered this variety pack of Peg People, 40% right now, great deal! They are well made and lovely.

I liked the variety of the shapes and sizes. I taped off the top of the wooden figures, so to have a straight line from where the paint would stop. I’ve seen tons of beautiful Peg People on IG so I had some great inspiration.

There are lots of things you can use the Peg People for – Numbers, Letters, Months, Days of the Week, Holidays, Seasons – I’ve seen a little of everything. I just went with a colorful rainbow this time, but I can see myself adding to our collection in the future!

So easy, quick and fun to make – and {I think} they turned out beautiful!

I gave each little person two coats of acrylic paint and then covered them in Mod Podge to seal the color – they have a perfect glossy finish, and I know this sealant will keep them looking fresh and new.

Brooks had requested when the house was finished it have a “Open for Business” sign with it. So obviously I had to make that happen. I surprised them with it all set up on the kitchen table and ready to go one morning.

They were surprised, instantly loved it and went right into PLAY!

It turned out perfectly and the boys love playing with the house and the new Peg People every day. It’s a beautiful toy that I don’t mind having out and about – the calming colors were a great choice.

Brooks + Graham loving putting the “families” together by color and by sizes. It’s really sweet to see how they play with it. As a #boymom I’m proud to say that doll houses aren’t just for girls, and I am even more excited to say that something like this easily calms them down and brings them into a more relaxed playtime, which I very much enjoy!

For around $40 this was something so special that the boys and I were able to create together. It took days of painting and prepping and was a great little project during these cold winter months. Its fun to watch them play with it with other toys as well – and we are talking about adding a thing or two along the way, possibly another floor – ha!

I’d love to know if you’ve made or plan to make anything like this with your kiddos? Anything fun in the works?! Please share!

And thanks for following along our little DIY house project! I hope you enjoyed reading about it as much as we did making it!

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