bubble guppies: a blessing or a curse??

I think I’ve mentioned before that I allow nearly unlimited screen time for my kids. And rarely feel guilty about it. And I’m too lazy to find the link to my post praising Daniel Tiger. Sorry, Friends.

Today I’m here to talk about my love/hate relationship with Avery (and Callie’s) current obsession. Bubble Guppies.

bubble guppiesIn case you aren’t well acquainted with these adorable little fish people (they aren’t mermaids even though that’s what I would call them) let me give you a run-down. The 6 guppies go to school everyday where they learn about a new subject each episode. The bug fish is their teacher. There’s even an adorable puppy. Obviously. It’s mostly educational, so I really don’t mind that the girls love it so much. But…

Here’s where the confessional starts. The songs they sing are complete ear worms. I sing them in the shower. I have them in my head while I’m trying to sleep. My husband and I have had conversations in Bubble Guppy songs before. It’s bad. I don’t know who I’m becoming.

Avery has learned so many great things from the show. About dinosaurs, our solar system, colors, and even about the organs in our body. At Callie’s one year check up she put this knowledge to good use. The doctor was asking Avery if she knew what the stethoscope was used for. She did. And proceeded to tell the doctor what her heart does, how her lungs work and where her stomach was. Avery even made a loud gurgling noise to show how it works.  Our doctor looked so impressed. She told me she’s never had a conversation that detailed with a three-year old about organs and using the correct terms and knew the functions. Of course I let her think I’m an amazing parent teaching my kids this stuff. When in reality the BG crew is to thank. People think my kid’s a genius. And I gladly take all the credit.

wpid-20150412_145755-01_wm.jpgThis next one, well, I’m only telling you because we’re friends. Callie really likes this show too. So much dancing along and bopping to the songs. Pretty adorable.

Callie’s first words were “up” “Dada” and then “bubbub gup.” And I wish to God I was making that up. My daughter’s third legitimate words were freaking Bubble Guppies. Before Mama. She is 12 months old and can ask for her favorite show.

I know this is just another obsession that will run its course. We had a whole 6 weeks of nothing but Big Hero 6. And before that it was Tangled and Frozen.

I just miss Baymax.

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weekend in wisconsin

Mid-June we had the opportunity to take a long weekend away. Jeremy’s dad rented a cabin on Balsam Lake in Wisconsin and offered to let us use it for the weekend. After packing up 70% of our house in the van (kids need a lot of junk) we were off!

The cabin was basically just a trailer home with an added on porch. But it had air conditioning and was a short walk to the water. So it was perfect. And it even came with a large guard turtle.

wpid-img_20150613_155834_wm.jpgOur first evening there was for exploring and playing by the docks. Avery was eager to try out her brand new Frozen fishing pole. And they made a new pal.

wpid-img_20150613_174621_wm.jpgThe bedroom Avery was sleeping in had a trundle-bed. I’m pretty sure that was the greatest thing Avery had ever seen. She loved it. It’s the little things, right?

The second day we rented a pontoon. And enjoyed every minute of it! Especially our driver.

wpid-img_20150614_150033_wm.jpgIt was a gorgeous day to be on the water. I tried my hand at fishing for the first time in 10+ years. And I really enjoyed it. Until my 3-year-old caught more fish than me.

wpid-img_20150614_231327_wm.jpgIt was the luck of the Frozen fishing pole. My brother-in-law even caught a fish with it.

Both girls ended up falling asleep while we were on the boat. It was nice and relaxing for those 20 minutes.

Our last day there was relaxed. We spent time packing up. And did a little more exploring. Avery and I went on a feather hunt. There were a bunch of feathers just near the shore. I loved seeing her excitement when she found another one!

wpid-img_20150615_135953_wm.jpgIt seemed like such a short time there, but we had so much fun. I love that the girls are so much easier to travel with than last summer. It gives me hope for future family vacations!!


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Avery turns three

Avery turned three in April. So obviously the time to post about it is July!

wpid-img_20150412_165207_wm.jpgWe had a great party with just family. And her beloved Bubble Guppies cake.

My sister got her this cute little play tent. It takes up the whole room, but the girls play in it everyday. So it makes up for it.


I thought this year I would do a birthday questionnaire. Since Avery has some pretty firm opinions. I have no idea where she gets that from.

:: Birthday Interview ::

What is your name?
Avery. What’s your name?

How old are you?
I’m free.

What is your favorite thing to do?

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A super hero or ballerina.

What is your favorite food?
Spaghetti & meatballs and pancakes.

Who do you like to spend time with?
Sam and you and Callie and myself.

What do you do really well?
Playing with Callie.

What makes you laugh?
Callie and Mommy.

What’s the best time of day?

What are you afraid of?

Who is your best friend?

What do you like to do with your family?
Play with Play Doh.

What do you love to learn about?
Macaroni & cheese.

Where do you like to go?
To Auntie and Sam’s.

What is your favorite book?
My Little Ponies

If you had one wish what would it be?
For a birthday cake.

And there you have it. I have a three year old.


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callie :: nine

Oh Callie. My sweet, sweet second born. I haven’t written an actual update for you since you were 3 months old. You’ve just been keeping me on my feet ever since! So here we are at 9 months!! Insane.

wpid-img_20150125_170235_wm.jpgwpid-img_20150225_190909_wm.jpgYou are a little mover and shaker. You started crawling at 6 months. And about 2 days later started pulling yourself to a standing position. Hashtag trouble.

wpid-img_20150216_153645_wm.jpgYou also got your first two teeth when you were 6 months. You added two more quickly after. And you are no longer interested in baby food. At all. So we try to give you what we are eating. As much as we can. 4 teeth will only get you so far.

wpid-img_20150309_191526_wm.jpgYou are so curious and love discovering new things. You love waving to yourself in the mirror. And giving yourself kisses. It’s just about the cutest thing in the entire world.

Since spring is slowly creeping in, you have been to the park a few times. You seem amazed by the slide. And love the swings.

wpid-img_20150313_055240_wm.jpgYou have so much joy in you. Always smiling. You love laughing with Avery. We just need to work on sleeping better. And not growing up so fast.


9 months. 19 lbs. 29.25 inches.

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MN bloggers favorite things 2015

One of my favorite blogger events happened this past weekend. The annual Favorite Things Party! You can read my recap from last year and how it works here.

wpid-img_20150328_133937_wm.jpgMy goodies I brought are hidden in this bag. But I forgot to take a pic of them!! I brought some EOS lip balm, a tiny flower in a tiny pot, some hair binders, and put them all inside a cute little basket from the dollar section from Target. I wish I had bought a basket or two for myself.

wpid-img_20150328_190122_wm.jpgI came home with a cute mug I couldn’t pass up! Some basil that I can’t wait to plant. And a lip stick that turns my lips a cure shade of coral. Perfect for spring.

I missed out on these cute little succulents that have magnets to hang on the refrigerator. So I went out yesterday and bought them myself!

wpid-img_20150330_095429_wm.jpgI love going to these blogger events to see friends I don’t have a chance to see otherwise. And I love meeting new people and finding more blogs to read!

wpid-fb_img_1427761489409_wm.jpgI can’t wait to see you all again soon!!

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it’s spring! a travel pack giveaway!

Spring is finally here, and I’m teaming up with Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus to share five travel hacks that you’ll love, along with a great giveaway offer. One lucky winner will take home a Travel Pack from Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus valued at $150 (including a $50 Target gift card!)

Five Travel Hacks You’ll Love

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And by iron, we mean Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus. The 3 oz travel size meets airline standards. Slip it into your carry-on bag, and with a simple spray, you’ll be wrinkle free all trip long. (It’s also a great fabric refresher if you have to wear your clothes more than once on vacation.) Click here to read more and grab a coupon.

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After you get through security, several airports have filtered water stands to fill your bottle. You’ll also find that most airport cafes will gladly fill your water bottle as well.

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If you’re checking your luggage, snap a picture of your suitcase contents before you leave the house. If the airline loses your luggage, you’ll be able to use the picture to prove the value of the contents.

5. BYO Blanket
Blankets on airlines are hard to come by these days – and they’re not always washed between flights. If you tend to get cold on planes, or you’re going to be flying overnight, pack your own blanket to stay comfortable.

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currently [march]

So when is somebody going to make it possible for more hours in a day?? I miss being able to sit down to write a blog post! I miss you! Let’s catch up a bit, shall we?

:: dreaming ::

wpid-img_20150218_142548_wm.jpgDreaming about spring. One. Hundred. Percent.

wpid-img_20150303_012525_1_wm.jpgDreaming about sleep. Callie has been awful the last few nights. And will only sleep in the bed with me. I can’t sleep if anyone is touching me. So co-sleeping isn’t ideal for me. I’m hoping that once this tooth pops out, she will be back to normal. Please.

:: planning ::

Birthday parties. Avery turns 3 next month. I’m trying to figure out something fun and not super expensive.

Then Callie is 1 in June. I’m just starting to toss some ideas around for her. It will be here in a blink.

:: making ::

Elaborate sculptures out of Play-Doh. Avery has recently become obsessed with “play clay” as she calls it. I’ve made rainbows, bunnies, snowmen, butterflies, and dinosaurs. They all kinda look the same.

:: baking ::

Ha! Nothing. Next.

:: watching ::

These two loving on each other.

wpid-20150206_161247_1_wm.jpgwpid-img_20150218_102200_wm.jpgwpid-img_20150301_144451_wm.jpgAll day. Everyday. It’s the best.

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cheers pablo

For Christmas Jeremy bought me some vouchers for Cheers Pablo. They recently opened a location in Burnsville, not too far from home. Cheers Pablo is like a canvas and wine type place where they show you how to paint a masterpiece step-by-step. Something I’ve been afraid to try before. Fearless this year.

We got there a little early. We checked in, got a spot, and stopped by the bar for some snacks. Everyone working there was so nice and very helpful. It was a relaxing, welcoming atmosphere.

Each canvas had some pencil lines outlining the main structure of the painting. We then painted over the pencil lines and added some buildings.

wpid-img_20150216_100830_wm.jpgTo be honest, those lines took away a lot of my nerves. I felt a bit more confident knowing I couldn’t screw up that part!

Melissa, our instructor, went at a great pace. I felt like I had plenty of time to complete each step. And a few times I had time to perfect some lines.

Our next step we put down some base colors and added some arches to our bridge.

wpid-img_20150215_141452_wm.jpgI was most nervous about the arches. That was definitely a make-or-break step. But they turned out not horrible!

Next we added some shading and depth to the bridge and sky. We finished off the painting by adding details to the buildings and bringing in some white to contrast the dark colors of the bridge.

wpid-20150215_152031_1_wm.jpgI think my sky turned out a little wonky, but other than that, I like it a lot.

wpid-2015-02-16-10.04.21_wm.jpg.jpegI love that everyone’s paintings turned out different. Jeremy’s is on the right. He even had a great time! We were just so proud that we didn’t massively screw anything up!

The Stone Arch Bridge is one of my favorite places in Minneapolis. I’m so excited to have this hanging in our living room.

wpid-img_20150215_154139_wm.jpgYou can see a bunch of paintings on the back wall. I spotted a few that I would like to try. I guess we will just have to come back for another date night!

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valentine’s day reality

I want to start out by letting you know I am very pro-Valentine’s Day. I love pink, and hearts, and chocolate, and flowers. I love any excuse to tell my loved ones how I feel about them. Even on a made up holiday. wpid-2015-02-16-13.00.25.jpg.jpegHonestly though. This year kinda sucked. By Saturday, Avery and I were going on day 3 of being sick. And Callie has been teething. So runny nose, clingy, and not sleeping very well. And since I had been sick, I didn’t have time/energy to shop for fun gifts. Thankfully I picked up a couple little things the last time I was at Target (impulse buying FTW). And I ordered some cute dolls for the girls beforehand, too. wpid-img_20150214_121031_wm.jpgAnd, yes. I cleaned up my sick, snotty kids and made them take pictures. Jeremy was great and braved the insane cold temperatures and bought me my favorite food. wpid-img_20150214_112819_wm.jpgWhat can I say? He loves me. Avery and I spent the afternoon making valentines. I cut out some hearts and she glued them together, put on some stickers and colored them. She loves arts and crafts. And it keeps her busy/not bored for a long time. Win-win! That night we had our favorite Valentine’s Day dinner. Heart-shaped pizza! wpid-img_20150214_193437_wm.jpgAnd the evening just deteriorated after that. Both girls put up a fight going to bed. Avery eventually went to sleep. But it took Callie until almost 1:30 am. So much screaming. It was a pretty up and down Valentine’s Day. I’m just glad we all survived.

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taking care of me

It’s been a few weeks since I shared with you my mental health issues. I’m going to share with you what I plan on doing to take care of myself.

I called my doctor. They gave me a nice little questionnaire over the phone. That confirmed (to them) that I do have anxiety issues. I have started taking a low dose medication. It’s supposed to take about two weeks to build up enough to start working. But I fell like it’s taken off some of the edge already. Maybe it’s a placebo effect, but I’m glad for some sort of improvement already.

I have a referral for a therapist. I’m a little nervous to call and make an appointment. That’s my goal this week. I have heard some good things about her, so I hope this step will be good for me.

Yoga is one thing I really enjoy and I’m making it a goal to attend more classes. It really helps me clear my mind and I usually feel so good after the hour is up. If for no other reason, I need to keep going because it makes me feel good.

A few times each week, after Jeremy come home from work, I plan on locking myself in my room and writing. Or reading. Or doing my nails. I just need to get some alone time. To reboot. To do things that will make me feel good.

Okay. Now you tell me: What are some of your favorite ways to take care of yourself??

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