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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus -LEGENDS

My family received tickets to attend the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus last night and to say it was The Greatest Show on Earth would be an understatement.  If you are near Las Vegas, this is a night you won’t forget.  Check out our discount code at the bottom of this post to get a great deal on this amazing family night out. Oh to be a kid again!  I knew my boys would like it but I wasn’t quite sure if the youngest two would be able to sit through the entire thing.  Well…they were glued to the show the entire time and haven’t stopped talking about it since. (Do you see anything funny about this picture?  It’s kind of like Where’s Waldo and I didn’t even realize it until I was editing the photos. If you aren’t sure, check out the floor. 😉 ) […]

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Holiday Shopping with OshKosh B’gosh

“I participated in an Influencer Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for OshKosh B’gosh.  I received a gift card to facilitate my shopping trip and to thank me for participating.” OshKosh B’Gosh I remember the moment when I found out I was having my first baby boy like it was yesterday.  I “knew” all along I was having a boy but once it was confirmed one of the first things I put on my list of “to-buys” was a pair of OshKosh B’Gosh overalls.  My mother-in-law came through for me and bought us our first pair and I was so excited for when he would finally grow into them.  These pictures above were almost 10 years ago, (I can’t believe that!) and OshKosh B’Gosh has continued to be my favorite brand of clothing that I purchase for my boys. […]

Simple Service: Fighting Childhood Hunger

A few months ago I attended a blogging conference in which the keynote speaker Brooke Walker from Studio 5 talked to bloggers about being able to use the blogging platform as a way to influence the world for good.  Since that time I have been on the look out for opportunities to serve families who are less fortunate than mine.  When the opportunity came to partner with Odwalla and Champions for Kids to help fight childhood hunger over the summer, I jumped at the chance to contribute. When my children are hungry, all they have to do is open the pantry or fridge and choose from a variety of food options.  They have never had to worry about where their next meal will come from, and in fact I don’t think they have ever skipped a meal in their entire life.  With school ending soon, there are many children who have been receiving meals at school who will face the possibility of now being hungry.  And that breaks my heart! […]

10 Reasons to Visit Legoland CA

This past week I have been recovering from our family vacation to Southern CA. 🙂  If you have ever traveled for any amount of time with little kids, you know the week after your vacation is all about recuperating from your vacation.  Agree? As promised, this week I will be sharing my favorite things we loved about Legoland and a few tips to make any Legoland vacation “SO MUCH FUN” (words that were repeated and repeated by 4 year old the entire time we were there).  I’ll start today with our  favorite things about Legoland. (This post is in no way compensated.  We just had a great time and I wanted to share. ) […]

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Ready for Easter with Cookie’s Kids

When  you have 4 kids of the same gender it seems as though the youngest ones rarely have new clothes because why would you buy clothes when you can pass down gently used clothes from your older kids.  But after looking at the spring church clothes of my youngest two boys, I realized that they really needed something new and nice and with Easter around the corner, it is the perfect time to get them new Easter outfits for church.  My boys are rough on kids clothes and most of the week I let them wear whatever they want to play in but I love seeing my boys all dressed up on Sunday for church. […]

Family, Tradition and Wrangler Jeans

It was an absolutely gorgeous day today!  I spent the morning going on a walk and spending time in my garden.  There is just something about springtime that makes me happy.  Also, springtime around here means we are getting ready for the County Fair.  This is the first year my oldest son has been old enough to show an animal in the fair.  We’re starting him off with a pig even though I’m sure my 100%, strictly cattleman grandpa probably wouldn’t like that very much. 🙂  I grew up on a farm/cattle ranch and I started showing steers in our Livestock show when I was my sons age so it has been fun being outside and teaching him how to work with and be around animals.  Being around the farm so much lately has me thinking a lot about my grandparents. This past month marked 2 years since my grandpa passed away and next week marks 5 years since grandma has been gone.   It seems like just yesterday that I was a little girl exploring their farm.  We would spend our time there exploring the pastures, riding horses and “Big Red” the 3-wheeler, working in the garden, mowing the lawn and feeding the cattle and stray cats, or just sitting on the front porch enjoying the perfect summertime weather with a Popsicle in hand, listening to grandpa tell stories. My grandpa was the epitome of an All-American cowboy and cattleman.  And my grandma was a perfectly patient cattleman’s wife. […]

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