Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chic Bump Watch: #GrandFinaleBaby

Hi there everyone!

I'm back from what seems like the longest blogging hiatus ever. I really wanted to blog but to be honest I was just sick and tired, literally. You never realize how much energy you have until it's gone.

If you follow me on Instagram or if you tuned into to my Periscope premiere then you already know that I am currently expecting our third little bundle of joy. I like to refer to this baby as our "grand finale baby". It's our last baby and my very last pregnancy (I think.) Now that I am no longer hovering over a toilet or trash can all day and glued to my couch I am very excited about embracing the last two trimesters of this pregnancy.

My first trimester sucked. It was a mess and I am so glad that it's over. 

I wasn't sure when I was going to share the news about our new baby. It took a while for me to get over the fear that something bad might happen again. After lots of prayer I knew that the only way to release myself of that fear would be to start telling people I was pregnant. I have to trust that everything will be okay and just enjoy this journey.

Here is the announcement I used for Instagram. I decided to use the vision board that I created to share our news! 

vision board pregnancy announcement

So. If you were wondering where I've been now you know. I still have all the same plans for this space and now that my energy is picking up again you can expect to see more of me here and on social media. 

How has everyone been? Tell me what's new with you!

Friday, May 1, 2015

May 2015 Meal Plan

Hello, May!

I can not believe it is already May. This is a busy month for us. School registration is next week, Savannah's social calendar is full of birthday parties and we have so school activities this month. Not to mention Little Mike is quite the runner and climber these days so I have been very busy chasing him.

This is my first monthly meal plan in a couple months. I didn't realize that people were enjoying them as much as they were. I appreciate all the feedback that I received on instagram. As promised, here is a meal plan for the month of May.

I hope it helps you as much as it helps my family. This time around I included links to some of my favorite recipes. Click here  or on the pic below to get the version with the links. If these monthly calendars are helping you please let me know in the comments!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Preschool at Home: Spelling Spoons

During school drop off one morning I noticed one of the activities for the morning were "alphabet spoons". It looked interesting and the kids really seemed to enjoy it. They were sounding out words and learning to spell in a fun way.

At first I wondered why they weren't using regular flashcards but then I realized that the spoons made it fun and different. I decided to make Savannah some of her own spelling spoons. There are so many ways to use them. I've thought of a few different games already.

All you need to get started is a bag of plastic spoons and a sharpie. Write each letter of the alphabet on a spoon.

preschool phonics spelling spoons

That's it. Here are some of the games and activities I've thought of to use our spoons...

-Make a phonetic sound and have your child find that spoon.

- Say a word and have your child spell it out using the spoons. Have them sound out the word as they look for the right spoons.

- Play a rhyming game. Choose an ending sound and teach them how to identify words that rhyme.

preschool activity using plastic spoons

- This game is for 2-4 players. You will need at least three sets of spoons. Hand each player 10 spoons. Place the remaining spoons in a plastic cup scoop down. Have each player create words using the spoons in their hand. If a player needs another letter have them choose from the cup. You can only pull from the "deck" once per turn. Using a timer, each player has 60 seconds to spell out their word. The first player to get rid of all the spoons in their hand wins.

- Spell a word and leave one letter space blank. Have your child fill the blank with the missing letter.

- Scramble up the letters of a word and have your child move each spoon to their correct place to spell the word correctly.

What do you think? Sounds fun, right? I'm looking forward to playing more games like this over the Summer with the kids. Will you be trying 'spelling spoons'? It's a fun a alternative to flashcards!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friendship Friday: Blogiversary $200 Giveaway Celebrating Nicole from Pharr Away

Celebrating the 3rd Blogiversary for Nicole over at Pharr-Away! Be sure to enter for your chance to win! Her story is below, enjoy and good luck!

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Today is the day that Pharr Away turns three years old! This blog has come such a long way, and I'm so proud of it's growth.  I have a heart to make this space better year after year and I am on a mission:  

To inspire, encourage and inform in a way that impacts the world, 
no matter how small, through the sharing of my own experiences and findings.


I hope you'll continue to come to this space for years to come. To share in my experiences, to discuss ideas and concepts, and to dream and take risks right along with me. I pray that we continue to work together, grow together, support and build each other up!

This community means so much to me, and I'm so glad to have met fellow bloggers along the way as well.  Like my past two blogiversaries, I wanted to do something to commemorate this milestone.  What better way to celebrate than to give something away to those who keep coming back week after week.  With that said, I've teamed up with just a few other bloggers in order to provide one lucky winner with a chance to win $200 via PayPal, and it's easy to participate. Simply enter the rafflecopter below, and get to know these beauties while you're at it.  
Just Mi! (Mionna)| Lovely You (Tasha) | The Chic Stay at Home Mom (Tia)
Life as His Mrs (Rondra) | She Got Her Own (Adeola) | Coily Locks (Alisha)

I can't wait to connect with the new and reconnect with the old. 
So what are you waiting for? Win some cash already!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Thoughtful Mother's Day Gift for the #BestMomsDayEver


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My Mother is one of the best women I know. She is my best friend and my role model for motherhood. When I think of the type of Mother I want to be it looks a lot like my Mom. My Mom is smart, funny and kind. She has been my biggest teacher of unconditional love.

I enjoy learning from and laughing with her. She has always done so much for my brothers and I so this year I want to give something back to her. My Mother is thoughtful. For my very first Thanksgiving as a married woman she made me a cookbook full of all of our family's recipes. I think it's time that I put a little something special together for her so that she knows how much I love her.

After all, she is where I got my awesomeness from so it is only right that I celebrate that!

My Mom enjoys reading and writing so I thought it would be a great idea to put together a box full of some of the things she enjoys. While in WalMart doing a little shopping I came across the One Stop Shop by American Greetings.

American Greetings One Stop Shop at WalMart

I love sending cards in the mail. My Mom saves them all so I always make sure to take my time and read through them until I find one that speaks to how I feel about her. My favorite cards are the ones with bookmarks on them. Not only will she enjoy the card but she can use the bookmark. She'll think about me every time she saves her spot in a book.

American Greetings One Stop Shop at Walmart

I really want to make her gift special. Finding a journal was super important to me. After doing some scanning at the One Stop Shop I found the perfect journal for my Mom. 

American Greetings One Stop Shop

To complete her box I'll include pictures of the kids (because what Grandma doesn't love that?!), special crafts done by my babies and of course a beautiful Mother's Day card.



The journal is my absolute favorite part of her gift this year. There are different sections in the journal that I know she'll appreciate. I'll use the tissue paper to wrap her journal and stuff the box. 

Mother's Day Gift idea for the #BestMomsDayEver

Savannah made a flower pot magnet to send in the box. I hope this gift touches my Mom the way all of her love has touched us over the years. I also have a stepmom and a mother-in-law that I needed to grab cards for and I was able to grab some things for them too. I love it when I'm able to get everything I need in one store visit. I know they'll enjoy receiving their gifts as well.

What are your plans for Mother's Day? How do you plan to give your Mom the #BestMomsDayEver? 

Be sure to visit the One Stop Shop by American Greetings in Walmart for the #BestMomsDayEver!

Enter below for your chance to win a $4000 prize...

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

#SSSVEDA TMI Tag

Happy Sunday!!!

These past few days were super busy with my Dad in town. Little Mike seems to have a bit of a cold with a tiny fever. Regular posting will resume tomorrow with an inspiring story about Mother's Day. How will you be celebrating this year?

In the meantime, enjoy this video. It's a tag that will hopefully give you a bit more info about me!


Saturday, April 18, 2015

Fiesta® San Antonio Methodist ER App

San Antonio it's time to Fiesta®!

Every April one of the biggest festivals in the United States takes place. The festival honors the memory  of the heroes  of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto. From April 16 to April 26, 2015 the city will celebrate the diverse heritage, culture and spirit that make the city of San Antonio what it is today.

With several different ways to celebrate Fiesta® it's important to remember safety precautions and ask for help when you need it.

Methodist Healthcare San Antonio has facilities all over San Antonio and will be providing emergency healthcare services during Fiesta®. At any time during the two week long celebration should you feel the need to get some help you can use the the new Methodist ER app to find the nearest emergency service station near you. Cool, right?

Whether you ate too much, drank too much or got too much sun the folks at Methodist Healthcare can help you keep calm and Fiesta®. "We want people to have a good time, but should a medical emergency arise, we want our community to know that our new app will help them get the help they need quickly and conveniently", says Palmira Allerano, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations at Methodist Healthcare.

Fiesta San Antonio Methodist ER app

The Methodist ER app lists all the Methodist hospitals and emergency centers throughout the city. The app can tell you ER wait times, addresses and distance in miles from your current location. 

Here are some safety tips to help you during Fiesta®:

Stay hydrated.
Dress for heat.
Be mindful of the foods you eat.
Wear comfortable shoes.
Put on sunscreen.
Listen to your body.

Download the new Methodist ER app for all your Fiesta® San Antonio emergencies and win two commemorative t-shirts. 

Fiesta San Antonio Methodist ER App

The Methodist ER app is available on the Fiesta® San Antonio app or through the App store on iPhone. Since emergencies can happen at any time continue to use the app after Fiesta® for all of your emergency needs.

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