An amazing weekend

I honestly wish every weekend could be like this past weekend. The kids got to see all 5 grandparents, Hubs got to catch up with old friends, we caught up with more friends and had a great time playing in the crick. Lexie and Dada went on a daddy daughter date to a fishing derby and watching model (6ft) airplanes fly while Jax and I took a trip to the farmers market and got some stuff done around the house. It was busy, it was crazy, it was amazing!

Take a look…

Saturday morning started with smiles

Saturday morning started with smiles

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then a discussion about what to do today…

off to the Farmers market with GG and Grandpa Jim,

off to the Farmers market with GG and Grandpa Jim,

while Lexie and Dada were catching fish

while Lexie and Dada were catching fish

and she was in her glory!

and she was in her glory!

then off to the air field to watch the planes

then off to the air field to watch the planes

Sunday started with more Smiles

Sunday started with more Smiles

some time in the crick

some time in the crick

or at the crick

or at the crick

college friends, have to get the picture every few years or so

college friends, have to get the picture every few years or so

now, what to do next weekend?

now, what to do next weekend?

How was your weekend?

#GREATLIST with Great Clips

**Thank you to Great Clips for sponsoring today’s discussion and inspiring my family to support teachers!**

It’s that time again, you’ve seen the commercials right You know you can’t hide from it; it jumps out at you in every store you shop at. No, I’m not talking about Christmas (though I’ve seen those items sneaking in too) I”m taking about Back to School time.

Depending on how long you’ve been visiting our little piece of the internet, you may or may not know that for as long as I could remember I wanted to be a teacher. So much so that I have my 4 year degree with a major in history and dual minors in special education and adolescent education, I just never finished my certification {that’s a story for another day}. I know first hand just how much blood, sweat and tears goes into teaching, the planning, the learning, the evaluating; but one thing that tends to get forgotten is the cost. Having job shadowed in many different school districts during college, and now having many close friends that are teachers I know how much money they put into their classrooms; and I’m not just talking the classroom decor but the supplies themselves.

not that decor isn't important...

This is where Great Clips comes in. Great Clips has recently launched an “Adopt a Classroom” campaign, with every download of the Great Clips Online Check-In app, Great Clips will contribute to adoptaclassroom.org (up to $20,000)!  The Check-In app allows you to add your name to the waiting list at your local Great Clips salon helping you save time.  On top of saving YOU time, Great Clips also wants to save you MONEY! Many salons are offering back-to-school pricing for haircuts as well (please check with your local Great Clips for details).


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On top of helping AdoptAClassroom.org, Great Clips is running a #GREATLIST contest on their webpage. Simply upload your school supply list to the Great Clips home page and daily winners will get their uploaded back-to-school supply list shipped directly to their home (winners won’t even pay shipping, up to $100 value). The contest has already started so be sure to upload soon, it ends on September 5, 2014 and more information can be found on the Great Clips site.  #GREATLIST contest entrants receive a $2-off Great Clips coupon with their confirmation email the first time they submit a school supply list (One coupon per customer).

So, what are you waiting for? Save yourself some time with Great Clips Check-In app, and save yourself $2 on your service while possibly getting your kids school supplies free; all while helping Great Clips sponsor classrooms throughout the United States and Canada.  I don’t know about you but I think Great Clips #GREATLIST contest is a win/win for everyone!

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This post is sponsored by Great Clips, but (as always) all opinions are my own.

Anne Geddes “Under the Sea”

If I passed Anne Geddes on the street I may walk right by her without even noticing who she is, but if I pass one of her photographs I know in an instant; “that’s an Anne Geddes.”

Anne Geddes is one of the most well know baby/child photographers of our time, possibly the most well known. Her images inspire creativity only an artist can see from behind the lens, yet anyone can enjoy the finished product.

Searching newborn and baby photo ideas when Lexie was born, and again when Jax was born you would see people try to recreate her work; but there was (and is) only one original. The colors, poses and props she chooses make her as unique as the image itself; but it all works beautifully together- perfectly at that.

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I’ve had the above image as a wall paper on my computer, bought merchandise it was on and seen it countless times; and it will forever be one of my favorites.

When I learned that she would be a special guest at Blogger Bash I was in awe, she is one artist I have admired for some time. I knew from her Facebook page she had a new project launching called “Under the Sea” and knew she would be promoting that; I became almost giddy and quickly did a Google search to find out more…and I may have a new favorite photo.

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The whole “Under the Sea” collection is adorable though I’m not sure if the mermaid (above) or the sea turtle picture is my favorite.

Anne Geddes is one of a kind, and one of the greats; I love this new collection and can’t wait to see what more she has in store.

Do you have a favorite Anne Geddes’ photo?

 

 

 

Movie night made easy with Pop Secret

Thank you to Pop Secret for sponsoring this post, and feeding my popcorn addiction!

IMG_3734 One thing you may not know about me is I am a popcorn addict, and honestly; Pop Secret Popcorn has always been my favorite! I love it, and could eat it every day {and some days I do}. My earliest memories of popcorn were movie nights at my “proxy grandmas.” We’d have hot cocoa (or root beer floats depending on the season) and popcorn; lay out on the floor and enjoy a new rental from blockbuster {yes, a VHS. Don’t know what that is? Google it while I feel old for a minute}.   Hubs and I recently started movie nights with Lexie and we make quiet a big deal about our every other Saturday night dates; because that’s what you do when a parent works crazy retail hours. Each of us has our own “way” of eating popcorn. I like my bowl while drinking milk, hubs needs a soda; and Lexie, well she has her own blend {see below}.   Hubs and I learned quickly that we cannot share a bowl of popcorn, I think that’s one of those secrets to a successful marriage; it’s like not sharing blankets… he eats it by the handful, I like to enjoy it one pop at a time; but one things for sure- there is NOTHING worse than burned popcorn. The taste, ick; and oh. my. gosh. the smell? Ugh!   Pop Secret has you covered no more burned popcorn with their “Perfect Pop App”, it’s so easy to use Lexie has mastered it and even taught Hubs how to use it.  “Dada it’s just 3 special steps, that’s all you need”   Step 1: Put a bag of Pop Secret in the microwave and turn it on per the directions on the box (we used the popcorn button on the microwave).  251_3d21023b3b30a0550591dce0cacd0e5a Step 2: Turn the volume on your iPhone all the way up, and point the speaker to the microwave (be sure to keep the phone within 3 feet of your microwave).   Step 3: Start the microwave, then start the app! {there are even fun facts for your to enjoy  PicMonkey Collage   Now be ready for the fun and wait for the popcorn! It even works with the snack bags {otherwise known as Lexie bags in this house}, just be sure to change the slider from regular bag to snack bag! Please note; at this time the Perfect Pop App is only available for iPhone 5’s using iOS7 (or higher). 251_866d52b36389d5374cc1f6a6adeee182

 Have a minute while you’re waiting for the app to download? Click here for a one question survey about popcorn!   IMG_3768 What is Lexie’s blend? It’s a sweet and salty trail mix we threw together one night, that is now her favorite snack. IMG_3767 It’s simple to make, just take Homestyle Pop Secret popcorn, pretzels, you’re favorite cereal, caramel bits, dried berries, chocolate chips, and honey roasted peanuts; mix them together and you’re good to go!  IMG_3786 Although this post is sponsored by Pop Secret, as always; all opinions are my own.

Y3W: Blogger Bash 2014

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I don’t do things for me. You could say it’s a mom thing, or a wife thing, but I think it’s always been that way; I’ve always put everyone else first.  A few months ago when a few friends started talking about this exciting event coming to NYC, I hemmed and hawed about maybe considering going, you read that right; not considered going- considered considering it.

As details came out Hubs heard about it and asked if I was going and I replied something to the fact of “naw Jax is too little, with the medical bills it’s not the smartest idea right now.” He asked who was going, when was it, and how much. We talked about it and I was 99% sure  I wasn’t going; it was hard enough to leave Lexie when she was just shy of 2 years old for Blogher’12 (I can still remember her screaming and crying as the train pulled away). The next day Hubs came home and told me he took the days off from work and I was going. Huh? Didn’t we already talk about this? He looked me dead on and asked “when was the last time you did something for you?” I couldn’t answer him. When I was pregnant with Jax all I could do was lay on the couch, before that maybe go for a walk kid free? Yeah, it’s sad I know…

That night I started making plans, found another blogger friend was going and we decided to be roomies, and the plan was in place. It’s hard to believe we’ve now been planning this for months (and have over 125oz of expressed milk stored); and while I’m super excited I’m still anxious about how Jax will be (especially at night) but as Hubs keeps reminding me: “let me worry about that”.

Steph from a Grande Life has come up with few questions for those of us going to get to know each other…
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1. Name: mel 

2. Where are you from? Central New York, seen OITNB? Litchfield isn’t far away, and yes it’s a real place; but without the prison.

3. How long have you been blogging? About 4 years. I followed a lot of bloggers from the bump when I was pregnant with Lexie but never started my own until after.

4. What is the meaning behind your blog name? Exactly as it is, in our world there is “Never a dull moment”.

5. What are you most looking forward to at Blogger Bash? Seeing blogger friends is first, followed closely by meeting people from some of our favorite brands.

6. What three words describe you the best? Bubbly, Optimistic, Multitasker.

7. Got kids? How many? 2: Lexie {4 years} and Jax {4 months}.

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8. We all have a pet peeve. What is your #1? Inconsiderate/rudeness.

9. If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Eleanor Roosevelt

10. Show me your face! Most recent picture I have, taken at the hot air balloon fest a few weeks ago (more pictures from that coming Wends!)