Thursday, September 15, 2016

Shopping with Groupon Goods

Disclaimer: This post has been sponsored.  However, the opinions in this post are honest and all mine!

I am always on the look out for a great deal on kid's toys.  Having two kiddos in different stages of life, I'm interested in learning toys, books, puzzles, anything that will engage their minds and imaginations!  Also with Winston attending preschool we are in season of birthday parties galore!  So it never hurts to have a few things in the gift drawer, ready to go at a moment's notice.  

Enter Groupon Goods.  Not only do they have a plethora of any kind of item you would ever need or want to purchase at great prices, they have an amazing variety of items for the kiddos!  These are a few things that are in my cart now to purchase!  

These foam blocks are amazing, not just for Winston to build and create, but also for Truman to start to learn how to stack....and chew.  #teethingproblems #cheweverything

The next time you are stumped on what to get for a friend's birthday {child or adult}, take a gander at Groupon Goods and be surprised by their selection!  And be sure to by something for yourself too!  #treatyoself

Have you used Groupon before?  I'd love to know what you purchased!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Kids Behind the Blog: September Interview

Hall Around Texas

1.  What is your favorite sport?  Why?
Swimming!  Because I can dive to find the squid and swim and swim.

2.  If someone gave you a million dollars, what would you buy?
I would buy a lot of toys!  A race car that I could drive all by myself!

3.  Tell me 3 things that kids do better than mommies and daddies?
Play with Truman, sleep in my bed and give Winston hugs and hugs!

4.  What is your favorite thing to do in the fall?
Dressing up for Halloween and going to the pumpkin patch at my school.

5.  Share with me three things you like about yourself.
Jesus is in my heart, my silly and my laugh.  That's it Mommy, that's it!

I wasn't sure how Winston would do answering this series of questions - but he aced it!  I am so thankful that I have done this series.  It's so fun to be able to hear what he thinks is important, fun and memorable to him!  

One of my favorite things that Winston has been aware of for a while now is that Jesus lives in his heart.  He says it out of the blue, when we are singing Bible songs, when we are driving around town.  My heart just melted when that was the first thing he responded to what does he like about himself.  I am just in awe of how aware he is of that.  My prayer is that he would continue to be sensitive to the calling of the Lord on His life.  

Next month's questions are all about Halloween and the link up is on October 12th!  Click here for the list!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Pumpkin Decorating: Timmy the Turtle

Come every September, we receive a crafting pumpkin to decorate as part of our office's Annual Staff Pumpkin Decorating Contest.  Each staff member, doctors included, must decorate a pumpkin.  All of the pumpkins then get displayed at the offices for our patients to vote on during the months of October and November.  My favorite part is seeing the creativity of our staff and then trying to guess which pumpkin will be the favorite for that year!

Our first year we did the Cheeseburger {and won!}.  Two years ago we did Metal Mouth.  Last year we decided to keep it simple.  Since Benjamin loves turtles, we thought that might be something unique that no one else would create.  After slicing the pumpkin in two, we enlisted Winston's help in turning our orange pumpkin green!  We made sure he had on the proper hand protection and away he went!
Winston was properly supervised {with an empty spray can!} at all times.  Did you really think we'd let a two year old really handle a loaded can of spray paint?!  
Once satisfied with his work, we left the two halves to dry.  The next steps involved Crayola air dry modeling clay.  And quite a bit of it too!
I molded a head, fins and legs out of the modeling clay and attached it to the pumpkin.  Timmy was starting to shape up nicely, but his shell was looking a little blandish.  I busted out the paints and tried to make his shell have a little more depth. 
The last and final step for our little friend was to give him eyes!  What kind of eyes do I hear you ask?  Why, googly eyes of course!!  The only kind that exist in our house!
Timmy turned out perfectly!  Although he didn't place in the finals, he is one of my favorite pumpkins that we've made so far.  

Here are a few of my favorites from last year's contest:

Our blank pumpkin is staring at me as I type this and our ideas are swirling.  I'm excited to get started on preparing our creation for competition!  What are some of your favorite pumpkin decorating ideas?
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