Back to School with SMILES


Only a few more weeks of lazy summer mornings and beach time. How on earth will I get 4 kids to 4 different schools through all the rain and mud puddles? School lunches, snacks and homework? Sometimes it feels less like juggling and more like I’m jumping through hoops to get everything done.  Usually after the first month the kids settle into their own routines to get all their schoolwork done. At least will still have our evenings together, helps to get out all the extra energy out. 

There will always be time to spend on our love of hula hooping and sunsets at the bay and enjoy family fun time!!


Watching them all play together always brings a smile to my face, and to keep up there smiles throughout the long school day, I like to add
 Goldfish® Snacks into the lunch boxes.
Since this year I will officially have 3 teenagers in the house, they now like to pack their own lunches and it usually includes extra Goldfish® Snacks to share with all their friends.

Find more inspiration on the Goldfish Youtube Channel HERE.

DIY: Fun Festive Holiday Dinner Plates

It’s holiday crunch time, prep, prepare and decorate the house.
We have very plain plates, white, black, yellow and clear glass, none of which are remotely festive. Our holiday table needed to be more merry and bright, it was looking a bit dull and boring. I one of those who have no china passed down from Grandma, no holiday traditions used for generations and no holiday art made by the kids at made at school, so we decided to brighten up our table using scissor, some glue, our clear glass dinner plates and holiday gift wrap paper from Hallmark Gold Crown.

Each of the kids pick out their Hallmark wrapping paper and chose an animal to adorn their holiday plate.
After a few hours of cutting, a lot of glue, one or two wrapping paper sword fights and barton twirling competition, all in good fun and we now have some awesome plates to use for our next holiday meal!
 I think my momma bird plate turned out pretty good. All the colors match our decor perfectly and layer nicely with our exciting dinner plates, the kids are so excite to use theirs!

Watch our video link for the full DIY Holiday Dinner Plate instruction. It’s pretty easy, just a some cutting and pasting, even the kiddos can join in on the fun! Hallmark has so many wonderful gifts for the holidays, we couldn’t help but picked up a couple gift items for friends.

Step by step DIY video accompanied with some great Reggae music and cute kids.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Many thanks to Hallmark Gold Crown for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to try my more creative side using gift wrap.

H A P P Y B I R T H D A Y P A P A

A couple days ago it was my Grandpa’s birthday and since we don’t live near and couldn’t visit for his big day we tried to express how much we care and love him with this very special gift. 
It was quite a production literally using everything from math to theatre skills, so if you grew up like I did watching Bert and Ernie every morning you might recognize the similarities of the video to a segment they did on Sesame Street way back I used as my inspiration and with that the Peas would like to wish their Great-Papa a very Happy Birthday!
We hope you enjoy our video as much as we did making it.
(tech details: video shot using the Canon 5D Mark II and edited in iMovie)

You can also view it on youtube HERE.