Simply Modern Mom http://www.simplymodernmom.com Mon, 03 Feb 2014 14:02:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 100th Day of School Valentine’s Day Shirt http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2014/02/100th-day-of-school-valentines-day-shirt/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2014/02/100th-day-of-school-valentines-day-shirt/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:00:13 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18258 100th day Valentines shirt front

I call this the ‘Heart Attack Shirt’ where she is attacked with 100 hearts for the 100th day of school and/or Valentine’s Day. The 100th day of school crept up on me and this was totally a last minute craft where I started it and finished it the night before she had to wear it to school. Scrimping through my craft closet, I found a spare blank child size t-shirt and leftover felt from previous projects. And with Valentine’s Day coming up, I figured this shirt could also double as a Valentine’s Day shirt. So I got to work.

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If you want to make this shirt, I didn’t take pictures as I went along but I’ll tell you how to make the shirt. It’s a simple project, just took some time because you are dealing with 100 hearts! All together it took me about 4 1/2 to 5 hours to make this shirt from start to finish.

  1. Make a small heart pattern on paper and cut it out to use on felt. You can also make the hearts in various sizes.
  2. Trace 100 hearts onto the felt. I used a pen because the pencil didn’t show up very well on the felt.
  3. Cut out all 100 felt hearts. Since I used a pen, I made sure I cut right on the pen lines so it doesn’t show up on the felt.
  4. Pin all 100 hearts onto the shirt to get an idea how to spread it out. It also gives you an idea how many to put on the front of the shirt and how many to put on the back. I left a open window area on the chest area of the shirt to write “Loved.”
  5. With the sewing machine, top stitch the hearts in place by sewing a line down the middle of the heart. Start the stitch above the center of the heart and sew a straight line down until you go a few stitches below the bottom tip of the heart. Then I reversed and sew a straight line back up to the starting point. Do that 100 times and cut all the little threads.
  6. I used a fabric marker to write the word “Loved” across the chest of the shirt. Then according the instruction of the fabric marker, I heat set it by tossing it into the dryer. You can also heat set it by ironing it. Read the instruction on your fabric marker to get detailed instructions. And done!

See, pretty simple. Just takes time. But a pretty fun shirt for Valentine’s Day and 100th day of school. And I’ve tossed this shirt in the washing machine with the shirt inside out. Then I hung to dry. This is how it looks afterwards.

» Tell me… Does your children’s schools celebrate the 100th day of school? What do they usually do for it?

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Candy Bracelet Valentines Printable http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2014/01/candy-bracelet-valentines-printable/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2014/01/candy-bracelet-valentines-printable/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18245 Candy Bracelet Valentine Printable

Hello, February! I am back into the blogging world today to share with you a free printable Valentine that the kids can use at school for their friends. I designed this for my daughter’s class to hand out to other second graders. It’s a simple card with a fun candy bracelet that everyone loves. Click on the link after jump to download the printable.

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I ordered a box of candy bracelets from Amazon for a cheap price. It’s individually packaged and ready to go. Then I printed these cards out on regular 8 1/2 x 11 inch card stock paper. I actually took it to a print center that charged about $0.50 per sheet. I brought my own card stock because I wanted the cards to be a certain color. Lastly, I taped the sides of the bracelets package to the card using fabric tape I had, or you can also use washi tape to make it cute. I made 32 Valentines for $12.00 with leftover candy bracelets. If you have a color printer at home you can print it out and save yourself some printing cost.

Candy Bracelet Valentines Printable (Click to download)

And there’s also the bubble Valentines printable that you can also use too. Two fun options for a simple and quick Valentines to keep your life easy.

» Tell me… How many Valentines do your children hand out to classes and friends?

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Friday’s 5 at 5: New Things Around Here http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/10/fridays-5-at-5-new-things-around-here/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/10/fridays-5-at-5-new-things-around-here/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 09:00:21 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18227 Pinterest boards

I have been full of news lately! Today I’m here to tell you about 5 things happening around here…

  1. New Pinterest Boards. I created a bunch of new Pinterest boards that you may want to follow. Boards such as “I Wanna Dress My Kids” with cute kids clothes, mostly for girls… But what can I say? I’m a little biased to girly stuff since I have only girls here. And “I Wanna Write” with fun ideas for sending snail mail or calligraphy stuff. And of course, “I Wanna Love Me Some Shoes” with gorgeous shoes for you to drool over. And “I Wanna Be Schooled” with school ideas and teacher gift ideas. There are few more other fun boards, so go check it out!
  2. Featured on Mommy Page. Today I am being featured on Mommy Page today! I am so honored to be interviewed by the lovely ladies over there. Go see what my top 5 tips are for sewing for children and fun stuff. Link coming soon. :)
  3. Desktop Background Love. I just downloaded a new background for me desktop and my iPhone. It’s such encouraging words for me. You can bring some loveliness to your desktop too by checking out these free desktop backgrounds on Design Love Festdesktop background
  4. Fall Wreath Ideas. My Houzz ideabook this month is filled with fall wreath ideas that would look nicely in the house or on your front door. Go see them before it’s too late to put up fall decorations. houzz fall wreaths
  5. Snapware Pyrex Storage Containers. We recently made the switch from plastic storage containers for leftovers and such to glass ones. These Pyrex ones in particular. It’s awesome! They stack so much better, they don’t go everywhere, they store so much food, they are microwaveable with no BPA, they are oven safe, and so much more!

» Tell me… What’s new with you? What are you up to this weekend? Are you ready for fall and the holidays?

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Adventures of Modern Mom: When to Stop http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/10/adventures-of-modern-mom-when-to-stop/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/10/adventures-of-modern-mom-when-to-stop/#comments Wed, 09 Oct 2013 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18218 photo

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter, you heard this news last week. If you haven’t heard it yet, let me tell you… We are expecting yet another baby. And the biggest news of all, is that the baby will be another girl! Tally that up and you will get four girls in our household. We’ve been getting both congratulations and condolences, most condolences were for Nathan. It’s OK to feel sorry for that poor guy who is way outnumbered by the flow of estrogen under one roof. We are excited for this little girl though. I was praying hard for another girl. It’s what I know. It’s what I do. I would be so out of my elements if we had a boy. And that boy would be bossed around and dressed up by his sisters. The girls were hoping for a brother though.

And although this is a personal matter that varies per family, Nathan and I decided this would be our last child. I don’t think I can mentally or physically handle more than four children. And we want to be able to provide our children with a lifestyle that we see fit for our family. Nothing lavish. Just comfortable will do for us. Four would be the max with only Nathan working and me staying at home. Stay-at-home is a funny term because although I am a stay-at-home mom, I am rarely at home. I am busy running my children everywhere.

Anyway, the point is some families are comfortable with one child, others have more than four. And their reasoning are all different. It’s a personal matter and people come to terms differently on this topic. I would like to know how you knew you were done having children.

» Tell me… What was your experience like knowing when you were done having children?

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Here I Am! http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/10/here-i-am/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/10/here-i-am/#comments Tue, 08 Oct 2013 12:00:18 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18191 130912_00002

Hello there! If you are still around after my two month absence, I want to say, thank you for not giving up on me. I have to say, it has just been one thing after another. The part of June and the entire month of July, Nathan worked a.lot. We didn’t see him for a good month and half. Also in June, Nathan’s dad, in his fight with cancer, took a turn for the worst. He got out of it a month later. But it was scary that month. In August we started school and had two of our girls with birthdays. At the end of August, Nathan’s dad had a CT scan with disappointing results. That same week, Nathan’s youngest sister found out she had a cyst in her brain that was causing her horrible headaches and migraines. They had to do brain surgery right away. In September, Nathan’s dad started sloping downhill again. Darn cancer. Nathan ended up flying last minute to Washington to be with his parents and help them get some family business situated. Then we all went out to Washington to spend about 10 days with grandma and grandpa. Nathan and I continued to help his parents work on family business items while the girls had fun exploring the gorgeous surroundings where Nathan’s parents live. It was so good to be there with my in-laws. It was extremely hard to leave them. Here are some pictures from our trip. Some you may have seen already if you follow me on Instagram.

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It was a five and half hour direct flight from Atlanta to Seattle. So when we got off the plane, we made a stop at the LDS Seattle Temple (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). It was gorgeous. Just the perfect reminder for us that families can be together forever, just what we needed at this time of family trial.

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When we got to grandma and grandpa’s house, the girls were in heaven. Nathan’s parents live in such a magical place. The girls played in the yard.

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They painted and colored for hours. Leave a book of artwork for grandma and grandpa to keep.

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There is an orchard in the backyard with apples and pears. We were able to pick hundreds of dollars worth of fruit for free. Yum!

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The girls loved being able to go in the backyard, pick fruits, and eat it.

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We watched beautiful sunsets next to mountains.

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Nathan took the girls out for their first 4-wheeling ride.

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Gorgeous apples made into apple crisps that evening.

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There was also garden with peaches, tomatoes, peppers, onions, herbs, grapes, raspberries (gone by the time we were there), blueberries (also gone), squashes, and zucchinis. This little girl ate all the tomatoes she wanted, her favorite food.

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Girls practiced shooting basketballs.

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We had a whipped cream flight on our last day there. It was the highlight of the trip. Delicious and fun.

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Well, we had a lovely visit and didn’t want to come home. Now that we are home, we are getting back into the routine of things with our usual school, work, dance classes, and piano lessons. Things are still up in the air with Nathan’s dad. Some days are better than others. His sister is recovering pretty well from brain surgery but still suffers from short term memory loss. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for his family.

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I am trying to catch up on things and get back into making/crafting things. The holidays are fast approaching. I would like to be on top of things and enjoy the holidays if I could. You will be hearing from me soon. :)

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» Tell me… Where is your favorite place to visit? Where do your children like to go on vacation?

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Adventures of Modern Mom: Extracurricular Activity Blues http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/08/adventures-of-the-modern-mom-extracurricular-activity-blues/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/08/adventures-of-the-modern-mom-extracurricular-activity-blues/#comments Thu, 08 Aug 2013 12:00:58 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18136 photo-1

We are full swing back into school schedule again. Monday was our big day. Kaye went back to school with so much excitement. I am lucky that girl loves school. This week we are also starting piano lessons and next week dance will start back again. My two oldest girls have been doing dance for a few years now. And I figured second grade would be a good time for Kaye to start piano lessons. In the summer the older girls did swim lessons. A break from dance. So that’s where we are now. We are back with piano and dance.

I would like the girls to keep swimming so they can keep practicing and not lose what they learned from all the swim lessons. The girls would love to play tennis too. They did a quick session at an expo this summer with a children tennis coach. Nathan played tennis and swam on the swim team in high school. He is loving that his girls were doing swim, and especially now that they want to learn tennis. Rather than putting the girls in tennis lessons, we got everyone rackets, just their size, and we will attempt to play as a family.

Here’s my thing. Nathan and I think we are going to limit my girls’ extracurricular activities to two per person. There are lots of things I would love for my girls to do. But I don’t want to overload them with extracurricular activities. Plus it gets expensive really quick with three girls with so many interests. The budget is getting tight with two girls in dance, one in competition dance, and one in private piano lessons. And then you add in the amount of time and gas it takes me to run them to practices, performances, and so forth. I also have to keep the other girls who are not participating in the activity entertained while we wait. I keep joking with Nathan that he will have to find another job just to fund all the extra curricular activities!

» Tell me… What extra curricular activities do you have your children do or would like them to do? How do you balance it all?

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Friday’s 5 at 5: Back-To School Essentials http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/08/fridays-5-at-5-back-to-school-essentials/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/08/fridays-5-at-5-back-to-school-essentials/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 09:00:44 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18107 Majority of you probably don’t start school as early as we do in Georgia. The bell rings first thing Monday morning for us. Yes, as in next Monday. Although you might not start school yet, you are probably looking at that school supply list and gasping at it. Here are a few back-to-school things that I love to use with my children.

  • Lands’ End backpacks. They are my favorites because they come in just the right size for your child according to height and age. And I have even put them in the wash before and they came out brand new. Made with durable material and lots of pockets. Also cute styles for both boys and girls. lands end backpacks
  • Running shoes. Kids like them bright and bold these days. You can find them in just about any brand. But these Nike ones are fun and comfortable. nike kids shoes
  • Bento lunchbox. These are eco-friendly and great at not getting lunches smashed. I remember using these as a child and having hot or cool lunches in them. bento lunchbox
  • Lice repel hair spray. My kids are still in elementary school where most lice epidemics occur. And since I have so many girls and lots of hair in my household. I would rather my child doesn’t come home with lice. And every year, she comes home with that dreaded lice letter saying someone in the class had lice. So back in kindergarten, I purchased lice prevention hair spray. I sprayed it in my daughter’s hair just about every morning. I also sprayed her coats and backpacks every once in a while too. So far so good. I get it every year since. lice prevention hair spray
  • Water bottle. This Camelbak water bottle is BPA-free, spill-proof, and insulated. It filters water and it has a loop for easy carry or hook onto the backpack. camelbak water bottle

» Tell me… What are some of your back-to-school essentials? What are your favorite and durable back-to-school supplies?

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Intriguing Sites: 23 Snaps http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/07/intriguing-sites-23-snaps/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/07/intriguing-sites-23-snaps/#comments Wed, 31 Jul 2013 12:00:48 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18122 23 snaps

I love to take pictures of my children and share it with friends and family. But I am very particular with who I share the pictures with. I recently downloaded the 23 Snaps app on my iPhone because it lets me to share picture with only people I allow to see them. They also put pictures of my children into a timeline. I can write comments or captions to each picture and tag multiple children to one picture. Pretty cool.

» Tell me… What apps do you like to use for sharing photos of your children?

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Oh, Summer… http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/07/oh-summer/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/07/oh-summer/#comments Tue, 30 Jul 2013 12:00:26 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18080 So, yeah. Summer has come and gone so quickly. I can’t believe our kids start school next week. I am currently immersing myself in back-to-school shopping and getting extracurricular activities set up for the school year. I am going to have a second grader this year. How did that happen? I am not quite sure I am ready for school to start yet. I just got my kids to sleep in in the mornings. Next week we go back to waking up at 6:45 bright and early.

Our family had a fun summer full of trips and exciting activities. That’s why I was M.I.A. most of the summer. I decided to take a break to enjoy my family, hang out with the kids. And Nathan also has been working double over time at work so it’s been just me and the kids everywhere. Here’s a glimpse of our summer in snapshots…

I went on a much needed girls trip to the beach. It was so relaxing a fun. We did hit Myrtle Beach at the time of a tropical storm but that didn’t damper our beach plans at all.

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Nathan and I also went on our first child-less vacation to Tampa. Our first time child-less vacationing since the oldest was born, and our first time in Tampa. We absolutely loved Tampa. Such a fun city with so much to do!

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Went to the mall to ride the carousel and replace my iPhone that had a broken camera.

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Made a slide with cardboard and the stairs. Good ol’ fashion fun.

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Became rollerskating divas. We bought the girls rollerskates and they needed to learn how to use them. They are coming along great.

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Played at the park and said farewell to some great friends. Always sad to see good friends go.

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Indulged in a couple movies at the theater. We went to a summer movie program at the local theater that played older movies. And for $4 you get admissions, snacks, popcorn and a drink. The girls also watched Monsters University. They loved it.

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Swam at the pool a few times. I bought a new phone case for my cell phone so I could take underwater pictures and protect my phone from just about everything. I got the Lifeproof case and so far so good. The sounds are a little muffled and the case screen doesn’t touch the phone screen all the way making typing a little tricky sometimes on the phone. But other than that I like it.

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The girls had swim lessons all summer long. I will be glad at the last class on Thursday! However, they have been loving it and learning to swim.

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» Tell me… What have you been up to this summer? What do you like to do with the kids during the summer?

 

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Dorm Room Essentials http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/07/dorm-room-essentials/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/07/dorm-room-essentials/#comments Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:00:27 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18092 dorm houzz

It’s almost time for the kids to head off the school. If you are starting your back-to-school shopping, this can help you with some dorm room essentials in this month’s Houzz ideabook.

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Sevenly Helping Down Syndrome http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/sevenly-helping-down-syndrome/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/sevenly-helping-down-syndrome/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 12:00:18 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18068 lettercase 1

Today I have a couple cool things to tell you about. Cool thing #1: Not sure if you know about the website Sevenly or not, but they are a company that features a charity or non-profit each week to help them raise funds for their cause. For the entire week, any products you purchase from their website $7 of each item will go to the charity cause. Even better, Sevenly comes up with new shirt designs geared toward the cause they are featuring that week.

This bring me to cool thing #2: Sevenly is featuring Lettercase this week. An organization that creates up-to-date, accurate information for parents receiving prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome. Lettercase is all about educating mothers and providing them with resources they need to raise a Down syndrome child.

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Sevenly products also include shirts, bracelets, necklaces, and accessories for men, women, children and pets. This week’s featured shirts have saying such as, “Blessing not a burden,” and “Give a lifeline.” Now, this is not a sponsored post by Sevenly or Lettercase. A good friend of mine started Lettercase and told me about being featured on Sevenly. So I wanted to personally help them get the word out. It’s such a great cause!

So please go check out Sevenly and their great cause of helping Down syndrome this week!

» Tell me… What are some great causes you are involved with?

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Instagram: Life is a Mess http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/instagram-life-is-a-mess/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/instagram-life-is-a-mess/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:00:47 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18056 instagram messy house

Our house has been like this on and off for the last few months. Life has been crazy which means our house has been a mess. You know, I put all your energy into stuff I need to get done and at the end of the day, I am just plain tired. The last thing I want to do is clean the house. And after a few days, the house start to look like this everywhere. It drives me crazy. I am a clean and organized person. I don’t like to have a messy house. I am having to learn a balance between what I have time for and what is okay to let go. Doesn’t it seem like motherhood is always a juggling act?

» Tell me… What tricks and tips do you use to keep your house clean and neat?

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Strawberry Fields Forever http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/strawberry-fields-forever/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/strawberry-fields-forever/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 12:00:19 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18045 strawberry picking 5

We try to make this an annual tradition where we pick strawberries as a family. It is so much fun and we happen to love strawberries. It is actually a ways for us to go pick strawberries but it is so worth it everywhere. The strawberries are so sweet and slightly cheaper than grocery stores.

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The girls have a great time helping out and filling up their buckets full of red strawberries. We picked over 25 pounds of strawberries. I had intention to make freezer jam with them. But never got around to it. So we froze most of the strawberries that we didn’t digest immediately for smoothies.

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The strawberry farm had train rides for the kids. And not to mention the most delicious strawberry ice cream and homemade strawberry pies. I have to say, the Southerners know how to fry up some yummy pies.

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This was Eve’s first year picking by herself. She is strawberry’s no. 1 fan. So I was surprised when she didn’t eat as she went.

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» Tell me… Do you pick your own fruits? Or have you? What grows where you live?

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My Newest Venture… http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/my-newest-venture/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/my-newest-venture/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:00:30 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18029 Tough Old Men

So hello again. It’s me. No, I wasn’t gone for good. I was trying to survive through school finishing before Memorial Day, dance rehearsals and recitals, and this other project I have been working on… helping to start a new company.

Tough Old Men was an idea a friend had to encourage older men to be outdoors and active with their lives. Unfortunately that friend passed away unexpectedly last November. So to help our dear friend carry on his legacy, a group of his close friends decided to make his dream come to life. I was asked to help with media and public relations for the company. Since it is still a small company and starting from scratch, I was happy to take on a few other roles as well.

Tough Old Men is a brotherhood bonded by older men who loves to have an adventure. They get out to mow the lawn, or ride bikes, or run, or kayak, or swim, or participate in races, or anything they can think of to keep themselves active. The website will soon have the feature for these men to meet other Tough Old Men in their areas and start having some of these adventures together.

So far, Tough Old Men have been sponsoring a few races with a big event coming up in July, the Peachtree Road Race. It’s a huge race on the 4th of July with over 60,000 participants. So we are gearing our website and products for that event. It has been a lot of work but so much fun meeting so many inspirational older men who don’t let age stop them from working out, meeting new friends, and having an adventure.

If you have a moment, check out Tough Old Men’s website and our Facebook page. I’m sure you know of some Tough Old Men in your life. Tell them about the website. Thanks for supporting my new venture. I am so far behind on posting about Simply Modern Mom. I do have a lot to share with you. I will catch up one day soon!

» Tell me… Who is a Tough Old Men you know in your life? How do they inspire you to be better and be active?

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Instagram: Summer Hair http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/instagram-summer-hair/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/instagram-summer-hair/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 12:00:51 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18034 instagram summer hair

You know how people say You want what you can’t have? Well, I have always wanted wavy hair. Not super curly but just enough wave and volume to do that messy summer hair look. But no, that’s never going to happen with with my straight and flat Asian hair. I usually chop my hair off around this time of year because having long, heavy, black hair in the summer is just not a good idea. It absorbs heat like crazy. However, this summer I decided to let it grow out so I maybe attempt fun summer dos, like the bun. Some of you have asked me how I get perfect buns on my girls for dance. Well, I use the Whirl-A-Style. It is so fast and easy to use. That’s what I used to do my hair too. I love it.

» Tell me… What is your summer go-to hair style?

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Getting Wall Hooked http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/getting-wall-hooked/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/06/getting-wall-hooked/#comments Wed, 05 Jun 2013 12:00:42 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=18025 houzz hooks

 

My latest ideabook on Houzz filled with wall hooks that are totally awesome! I have wall hooks around my house – in the laundry room to hang reusable bags, large ones in my closet to hang purses, small ones in my closet to hang necklaces, in the living room to hang framed pictures and so forth. So these are some cool wall hooks you will want to check out!

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Instagram: 3-0 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/instagram-3-0/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/instagram-3-0/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 12:00:33 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17970 instagram birthday

This one was actually a little late. My birthday was a little over a week ago. I got behind on posting with Nathan gone on a business trip and the girls passing around a stomach bug. Anyway, I had a big birthday this year. I turned 30 this year. Yikes. I was having a hard time with it. I felt like the jump from the 20s to 30s was a big jump. I am still coming to terms with it. But I had a great time with my family on my birthday. Here’s to a great time in my 30s!

» Tell me… How well did you take turning 30? Or if you’re not there yet, what are your feelings about turning 30?

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Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses Book Review http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/sew-pretty-t-shirt-dresses-book-review/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/sew-pretty-t-shirt-dresses-book-review/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 12:00:03 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17991 sew pretty t-shirt 1

I received this book, Sew Pretty T-Shirt Dresses: More Than 25 Easy, Pattern-Free Designs for Little Girls, from the publisher and had a fun time looking through it. I featured some of the pictures of the dresses that I liked from the book. The book is pretty simple. Take girls t-shirts or tank tops and turn them into dresses by sewing skirts to the bottom of the shirts. However, they have come up with some pretty interesting techniques. There were some dresses that weren’t my style, but there were also some really cute ones. It’s a good book to learn a few skirt techniques and repurpose some of your daughter’s shirts.

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OshKosh B’gosh Winner http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/oshkosh-bgosh-winner-2/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/oshkosh-bgosh-winner-2/#comments Tue, 07 May 2013 12:00:52 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17972 oshkosh summer

Congratulations to, Jennie, for winning the $50 gift card to OshKosh B’gosh. I will email you with details. Happy shopping!!

By the way, today is the last day to enter OshKosh’s contest of $5,000 gift card to their clothes and many other prizes. All you have to do is video your child/children saying “OshKosh B’gosh” six times and upload it to their Facebook page. You can do it with your smartphone within minutes. Go here for details. Easy peasy!

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Bench Warmers http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/bench-warmers/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/bench-warmers/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 12:00:36 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17966 houzz benches

I found some gorgeous benches for the home for this month’s Houzz ideabook. Benches are great for so many things. You can put them in bedrooms, guest rooms, kitchen, entry ways or even the back porch. So versatile and great design for the rooms.

» Tell me… Do you have benches in your house? Where do you have your bench?

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Instagram: Vitamix http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/instagram-vitamix/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/instagram-vitamix/#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17955 vitamix

We have joined the Vitamix club. We’ve been looking into blenders and such as ours broke last year. Everyone kept talking about the Vitamix and I just couldn’t understand why anyone would pay $400 or more for a blender. Then we went to Costco. End of story.

But really. We happened to show up at Costco on a week night when the Vitamix demonstration was going on. I had seem them there before and just ignored them. This time, I did the same. However, Nathan and the girls stood in front of that demonstration for about an hour. They tried everything the guy made with the Vitamix – ice cream, smoothies, dips and even soups. The sales guy was very charismatic and my girls were the perfect audience to help him sell. I thought we should have gotten part of his commission because everything the girls tasted they raved, out loud, about how yummy it was. The guy sold eight Vitamixes in that hour. Two to people who already owned one and got one to upgrade.

Since we’ve had ours, I’ve used it quite a bit. Several times a week. I have been making smoothies and even soup for the family. The girls have no idea I put spinach, carrots and other vegetables in their smoothies. Ha! Ha! Mom wins.

» Tell me… Do you have a Vitamix? Have you heard of it? What do you like to use your Vitamix for?

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OshKosh B’gosh Giveaway http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/oshkosh-bgosh-giveaway/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/05/oshkosh-bgosh-giveaway/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 12:00:31 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17964 oshkosh summer

I come to you with a giveaway today! Hooray! I have partnered with OshKosh B’gosh where they are sponsoring today’s giveaway. One winner will get a shopping spree of a $50 gift card to OshKosh B’gosh. For details of this giveaway on SMM, see paragraph in bold below. I love OshKosh clothes for my girls. They are durable and the colors do not fade like other children’s clothes I have purchased in the past. Not to mention super cute styles too. They are also having their summer sale right now with 50 percent off.

But even better, OshKosh B’gosh is having their own contest where they are giving away a $5,000 gift card and other prizes to several winners. The contest ends next Tuesday so you have to hurry and enter. To enter, all you have to do is record with your camera, camcorder or smartphone a short video (30 seconds or less) of your child saying “OshKosh B’gosh” six times. Then upload it directly here. Say it with a silly dance, say it slow or fast. You can get creative with it.

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Once you have your video uploaded, you are entered to win one of these prizes…

  • One Grand Prize Winner: $5,000 OKBG gift card
  • Four Runner’s up: $500 OKBG gift cards (total $2,000)
  • Fifty Random Winners: $50 OKBG gift cards (total $2,500)

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. The Say “Oshkosh B’Gosh!” Video Contest and Sweepstakesends 5/7/13. 18+, 50 U.S./D.C./P.R. only. Go to their Facebook page for official Rules and complete details.

Anyway, I’m giving away a $50 gift card on Simply Modern Mom to one of you! All you have to do is comment below with your favorite OshKosh B’gosh style or outfit. What would you buy if you won the gift card?

  • If you want to get a second entry for the giveaway, share this giveaway via any of the social media or email to your friends.
  • For a third entry, follow SMM on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and/or Instagram.

This giveaway ends on Sunday, May 5 at midnight. I will pick a winner next week. Good luck!

I’ve included a video of my little ballerina saying OshKosh B’gosh…

Disclaimer: OshKosh B’gosh partnered with bloggers such as me to help promote the Say “OshKosh B’gosh” Video Contest and Sweepstakes. As part of the program, I received product or gift cards. OshKosh B’gosh believes that consumers and bloggers are free to form their own opinions and share them in their own words, and therefore did not tell me what to purchase or what to say about the products I used. OshKosh B’gosh policies align with WOMMA Ethics Code, FTC guidelines and social media engagement recommendations. The winner of any prize in this program will be chosen in accordance with the program’s Official Rules and gift card fulfillment will be handled by a third party.
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BarronStrong Shirts http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/04/barronstrong-shirts/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/04/barronstrong-shirts/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:00:11 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17944 barron strong shirt wrapped

A couple of months ago, I made a shirt for a dear friend who had lost her husband last year. Unexpectedly, the shirt was a huge hit. People saw her shirt and asked me to make them one. I ended up making 11 shirts before I had to turn people away. I just didn’t have time and we were heading out of town for spring break. I used the freezer paper stencil method to make these shirts. But this time I discovered that my Silhouette machine could cut the freezer paper which saved me so much time from the Exacto knife!

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» Tell me… Do you have a Silhouette or Cricut machine? What do you use your machine for – scrapbooking, cutting appliqué fabrics, cards?

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Instagram: Snuggles With Dad http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/04/instagram-snuggles-with-dad/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/04/instagram-snuggles-with-dad/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17937 instagram snuggles

Baby Eve has been a mommy’s girl since birth. She loves her dad, but definitely prefers mom over dad for anything. I could discipline her and Nathan would come to comfort her and she still wants me to hold her instead of Nathan. Well, last week, she gave her dad some snuggle time and he ate it up. It was a rare occasion. Part of it might have been she was sick. But Nathan didn’t care. He got to snuggle with that baby for almost an hour. I love sweet moments like this.

» Tell me… Do your children prefer one parent over another?

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Adventures of Modern Mom: Sick Vacation http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/04/adventures-of-modern-mom-sick-vacation/ http://www.simplymodernmom.com/2013/04/adventures-of-modern-mom-sick-vacation/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 12:00:45 +0000 http://www.simplymodernmom.com/?p=17925 sick vacation

Well hello there! I’ve been M.I.A. for a while because we were actually traveling out West for spring break. Last year when Nathan and I found out Nathan’s grandma also has cancer (Nathan’s father has cancer) we decided we needed to make a family trip to spend some time with her. She is not doing any type of treatments for her cancer. The timing turned out well because Nathan’s parents decided to come along too. It was so nice to see grandma and Nathan’s parents. We ended up spending extra time with them because a stomach virus came through and knocked majority of us out. We were totally blindsided by this bug that ruined parts of our vacation. However, we made the best of the situation and still had fun.

The stomach flu hit Nathan first second day of vacation. The baby started with a fever then moved on to throwing up and ended with an ear infection. The stomach flu passed on to the other two girls and they both had a miserable time with it. As soon as we think someone was getting better, one of the kids would puke. It was ridiculous. It got to the point where Nathan and I would just stare at each other and laugh. If we didn’t, we would cry. Not what we had imagined for our vacation. We had plans that we had to cancel. We missed seeing some family and friends. But it all worked out in the end. It was still an unforgettable trip.

» Tell me… Have you ever gone on a vacation where you or everyone got sick? How did it all pan out in the end? How did you survive it?

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