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The Battle of The Summer Bucket Lists


The Summer Bucket List is probably the best of all the bucket lists.I know there are all the pumpkin-spice-fall-loving lists that are pretty good, but summer is just something special. I should fill you in a little. 
I have a summer birthday, disliked school as a kid and really liked 4-H/4th of July/fairs, etc.. Even as an adult those things make summer a revered time of year for me. 
The problem with Summer Bucket lists are that they are often in conflict with reality. Or they create a giant to-do list. This problem isn't limited to just moms, but I do think we fill it a bit more with school age kids  at home. 
Please refer to the evidence below for further explanation.
 And enjoy. 😊

What are you doing to make your summer less stress and more fun ? 

Exhibit A.


Exhibit B.


I had to end the mom's list on a good note. Doing fifty different summer activities may seem like a good thing, but only do them if they make you happy too. I have had years where I created what felt like a non-stop schedule and some years that were more relaxed. My daughter is turning nine this summer. She has survived and enjoyed both. Relax mommas! Whatever works for your will be good for the kids. 

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Happy Friday 2017: 5.27


Happy Friday!
I'm back from a bit of a break right in time for the start of summer ☀
I am just going to jump right into things that have been going on.

Last Day of Second Grade
Yep, I have now have a third grader. Yesterday was her last day. First grade had been very bumpy for Sophie. I was relieved that second grade went smoothly. 
That's little sissy following her into the school on the last day. 


Dentist Appointment
A brain malfunction convinced me schedule Sophie a dentist appoint at 9:30 AM on her first day out of school. It's 45 minutes away. Evidently the day I made the appointment I didn't think I would want to sleep in. 


Facebook Page
I started a Facebook page to go with this blog. The Off The Vine Facebook page focuses more on saving money, bargains online, organizational tips, and sharing great things that can help you live better. 
You should like+follow. Really. I think you will ❤ it. 
(Like right now at the Disney store there are $45 dollar costumes marked down to $10. They are having a HUGE sale on lots of GREAT stuff.  )

I am going to keep this post a bit short.
I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

The Busy Mom's Shopping Guide for Easter

This post contains affiliate links, but using them to shop doesn't cost you anything extra. 

This post is for the busy moms, lazy moms, procrastinating moms, bargain shopping moms, i-don't-like-shopping moms, i-love-online-shopping moms, Amazon Prime-loving moms, and all the other moms (and dads). 

Here is the scoop: I am a bargain shopper. I love after holiday clearance sales! It saves you money to pick up discounted items for the following holiday if you are sure you can use them. So my Easter basket items were bought last year. I will pick up a bit of candy/trinkets for Egg fillers, but that's it. 

To be honest, I hit the mother load last year and have Easter books for my toddler to fill up her basket for next couple years. Literally. 

With that being said, I don't always find things after the holidays or life gets crazy so I don't get a chance to shop. I end up online at the last minute or in-store paying way too much out of desperation. I definitely get it if you wait until the holiday approaches.

So for all you moms that are waiting, for whatever reason, I put together an online shopping list to help you out ❤



I wanted to be sure to list items to teach about the story of Jesus and meaning of Easter. I found some faith based items that look really fun and included one we have already. Definitely check these items out. I also made sure to have some faith focused books that are reasonably priced. 
*Also, Amazon prices change quickly, so hurry if you want these deals. These are as of the posting date. 

Faith Based Items 
-Glow In The Dark Egg Hunt Kit (See The Light of Jesus)--Glow in the dark egg hunt AND learning about Jesus?!?! Sound like yes for the kids to me! → http://amzn.to/2naYYm5
-Resurrection Eggs--We have had these for years. Really nice tradition.→ http://amzn.to/2nrozsV
-Wooden Resurrection "Toy" Set → http://amzn.to/2mUmDoS

Books
Bright Baby Touch and Feel Easter → http://amzn.to/2muPdSE
Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs? → http://amzn.to/2npWe6y
Clifford's Happy Easter → http://amzn.to/2nq43sH
The Story of Easter → http://amzn.to/2nq43sH
My Day With Jesus → http://amzn.to/2n9PQOr
The Beginner's Bible Come Celebrate Easter Activity Book →http://amzn.to/2n9JoXD
The Week That Led to Easter → http://amzn.to/2nGGZqf

Prefilled Easter Eggs and Candy
Car filled Easter Eggs (12)→http://amzn.to/2nsx3ju
Marvel Avengers Eggs (16)→http://amzn.to/2nsDjbc
Zoo Eggs → http://amzn.to/2nc1jNq
110 Pieces of Candy (M&Ms, Snickers, etc.) → http://amzn.to/2ncbLob

I hope this list helps you out!

Again, Amazon prices change frequently. Hurry if you want these deals!
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A Little Life Update: March 2017


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 What's exciting this week?
*The swim awards banquet--Sophia got Rookie of the Year for her age group Monday. Woohoo!
*Grandparent's week at school

*Book fair
*Finally got my replacement phone yesterday--so glad I got the phone insurance. 


What's for dinner?
M: Dinner at sports banquet
T: Cheeseburgers, coleslaw
W: Steak Fajitas
Th: Pot Roast
F: Tacos

Bell's Palsy Update
I had a really bad weekend. Saturday was particularly awful. My head hurt so bad I was dizzy and puking. I called the doctor and they sent over a prescription and scheduled another appointment for this week. 
So I went to the doctor yesterday and found out some good news. Nothing abnormal on my MRI. They were checking for tumors. So that's really good.  I should know in the next few days how the other test turn out. 

What's on my mind? Easter!
I can't be the only person "window shopping" online. I actually got a lot of basket stuff already, but check out these goodies: 

Prefilled eggs without the candy → http://amzn.to/2moN1Mj
 Really Cute Easter burlap banner (super cheap) →http://amzn.to/2nGc9hS 
My First Easter Boardbook (another bargain) → http://amzn.to/2n9js01
Resurrection Eggs--these are such a great way to tell the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. We love them! → http://amzn.to/2nGf7D7 


Just a quick little update! 
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