TBB Asks, August 2017

Hello Monday, Hello Back to school!

It’s here, our first day of the 2017-2018 school year. I can’t believe it is finally here. I’m excited, nervous, and a bit anxious over how this first week will go. I feel like it sets the tone for our entire year, even though I know that isn’t true. So think a happy thought and say a little prayer today if you think of us. 

I had so much fun linking up for The Blended Blog Asks last month that I knew I had to join again when Andrea invited me. These question are so simple and fun. It’s the perfect way to get to know a little more about the blogger behind the blog and a super easy read for a Monday morning. Because Mondays are hard enough, especially on the first day of school, keeping things simple is always best.

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Friday Favorites 8.4.17

Hello Friday!

Well, it’s here… our last weekend before we start school Monday morning. Goodness, summer went by fast. Typically we spend our last weekend before school starts back celebrating with pool time, pizza, ice cream, you name it! We call it Back to School Eve. It started out as a one night celebration and has slowly evolved into a whole entire weekend. But this weekend it’s supposed to be unseasonably cold and will likely rain all weekend long *sigh*. I guess we’ll have to be a little more creative with our celebration this year.

Let’s take a look at this weeks Friday Favorites!

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Monthly Goals, August 2017

Let’s take a look at what I completed…Let’s take a look at what I completed…

* Complete the 14 Days of Summer photo challenge.
* Organize a blog hop for August.
* Consider ways to scale back in August.
* Post a shouse update.
* Work on our summer bucket list.
* Average 4 workouts a week or 16 for the month.
* Complete weekly long runs (2, 5 mile & 2, 6 mile runs).
* Snack on fruit more often.
* Continue working on my Bible study. 
* Enjoy our summer off.
* Work on reading.
* Accomplish something else on the new build (septic, electric, gravel, anything).
* Take the girls for milk shakes.
* Buy Russ’ anniversary present.
* Read 4 books.
* Work more on our house floor plans.

And what I didn’t …

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No Bake S’more Pie & S’more Recipe Round-up 2017

There are approximately 4 flavor combos that are guaranteed to win you some major points with me. Pumpkin spice, coconut (no globs of shredded stuff please), lemon or key-lime, and s’more. Today’s post is all about that magical last one and celebrating the holiday, that celebrates it.

Did you know that National S’more day is coming up in less than a week?! My girls have been BEGGING me to make s’mores with them all the summer long and now, thanks to a ” national holiday”, we have the perfect excuse to indulge.

To prepare for the upcoming “big day”, I am teaming up with 11 other bloggers to inspire you with some creative ways to celebrate. From s’more inspired desserts and snacks to exciting twists on the classic treat, you’ll find a little bit of everything.

What is my contribution, you ask?!

Easy no-bake pie that is the perfect summer treat for celebrating National S'more Day or just because!

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JOMO Wall Crawl

I am so excited to finally be sharing this post with you. I’ve been wanting to take the girls on a wall crawl for months now, maybe even closer to a year. But we had one huge problem, too much sun. Most of the murals in Joplin all face the south. That makes photos in front of them on a sunny or overcast day nearly impossible. My blue-eyed babies don’t enjoy standing in the heat with their squinty eyes and wrinkled noses. I knew if we were ever going to do a wall crawl it would have to be on a summer evening.

While Russ was on a business trip to New York, the girls and I finally made my wall crawl dreams come true. I’m not gonna lie, it was a lot of work. So many trips in and out of the car, so many photos to sort through, and two little girls that were feeling done with the process by the end. Once we finished I rewarded them with milkshakes and all the “work” was quickly forgotten.

The moral of the story is this: If you have little ones and want to do a wall crawl, break it up over several days to keep your sanity. Remember to bring treats with you or plan to celebrate after… both would probably be best 😆 ! 

When I first started planning our photos I thought I would be lucky if we managed to find 10 murals. I was pleasantly surprised to discover we probably could’ve shared closer to 20. I guess I never realized just how many there are. The vast majority of them can be found in the downtown area, all within an approximate 1 mile radius.

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