Pizza pizza

27 Oct

Sometimes you just need to sit back, relax, and eat a pizza the size of your trunk. This is a dose of realness. As much as I try to feed my family healthy food, we will totally dig into this cheesy goodness (all except for the wee babe, she gets some vegan deliciousness due to allergies). The best thing about gigantic pizza? Husband could indulge in it all week for lunch.

Here’s some visual proof that this beast of a pizza exists. That’s the back of my Prius. Epic. Simply epic.

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I totally realize that this post has no substance whatsoever. I’m ok with that if you are 🙂

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The Magical Land of Aldi!

24 Oct

How many times have you heard (or even said), “We try to eat organic, but it is so expensive?” Let me tell you, ladies and gentlemen, that at least some of that can be answered by shopping at your local Aldi!

I don’t know about everyone else, but I feel like Aldi markets have a bad rap. The German based company is well known for super low prices and is often met with skepticism. Well, I’m here to kick that skepticism in the butt (at least a little bit). I recently had an Aldi store open nearby and was so pleasantly surprised by their variety and prices. They also carry some “all natural” products, of course, people’s comfort level varies with that particular label, but they are a great value while still eliminating some questionable ingredients. Seeing is believing, so I went through the store like a crazy person a few weeks ago and snapped pictures all over with my phone. Ready? Set? Go!

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(Not at all) Spooky (but rather very) Cute Halloween Bat Craft

6 Oct

We’ll be making these awesome bats this week! How fun!

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I’m always looking for inexpensive ways to deck the halls for the holidays. Today’s craft is courtesy of my mother, she brought over a bunch of paper towel tubes that we were supposed to use for a castle 😉

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To make these cute little bats you’ll need:

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cardboard tubes (tp size or paper towel tubes cut into halves or thirds)
poster paint
construction paper
googly eyes
white glue

First you want to paint the tubes the desired color.

While the paint is drying draw the outline of bat wings onto construction paper, we printed a template out from the internet, there are tons out there!

Cut the wings out and decorate as desired.

When the paint is dry attach the wings to the back of the bat with white glue.

Glue on some googly eyes and you’re done! Cuteness overload!

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TIP: If you do like things on the spookier side…

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Kiwi Crate-September!

6 Oct

I have a minor love affair with subscription boxes. The idea of getting something fun in the mail every month excited my inner child like none other. Lets not forget that I actually *have* children that share the excitement of getting the mail. Kiwi Crate has sealed the deal with getting my business! Most boxes cater to the 5 and under crowd, so they already win by providing items for my big kid. It is a monthly box full of crafts! They provide all of the supplies needed and all kinds of extra goodies! Take a peek! Continue reading

Museum of Science and Industry-Tampa

30 Sep

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This isn’t quite as word-heavy of a post. Deal with it! MOSI was a blast and I highly recommend going if you are in the Tampa area. Tons to do for every age and if you are a member of your local science center, you get free admission with your card! How cool is that? I love reciprocal memberships.

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Why yes, that is a 3-D printed Tardis. We’re kind of nerdy like that. The kiddo really enjoyed seeing how 3-D printers work. They had a few of them running so the kids could watch it in real time. I’m pretty sure the kiddo and my husband are convinced we need one.

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For me, one of the coolest parts was watching the kiddo build a robot! They had the LEGO Mindstorm kits out for the kids to

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You may be wondering, how on Earth are you managing all of these fantastic things with the tiny one in tow? Because yes, she’s definitely a rambunctious toddler at this point. Well, let me tell you. BABY WEARING. Yes, strap that little bambino to your body and go at it. She’s perfectly content chilling back there and taking in the sights. Don’t believe me? Take a look at that grin. I wouldn’t lie to you 🙂

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YAY MOSI! Now go! What are you waiting for?

Field Trip to the Florida Solar Energy Center

30 Sep

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We had an a-maz-ing field trip to the Florida Solar Energy Research Center. They are a facility partnered with the University of Central Florida that is dedicated to…wait for it…solar energy research. I know, big surprise! Well, as it turns out, they offer a great program for children in traditional schools and homeschool. During their visit, the kids learned all about solar energy. How it is harvested, how it is used, and all sorts of amazing technology.

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By far, the best part was getting to play around with the tech. They tested out a solar oven and did experiments with itty bitty solar panels.

If you’re interested in learning more about solar energy at home with your littles, check out their website HERE! If you’re local, check out their annual Energy Whiz Olympics.

We’re officially homeschoolers!

30 Sep

Yes, we’re now one of *those* families.

I was once like you. Sitting there on the couch, raising an eyebrow when the word homeschool popped up. That was until I stopped worrying about what everyone else thought and took a good look at our life. Was the Bug’s school really the best place for him? Not really. If not, what were my options? Public school, private school, homeschool, and each came with their own set of pros and cons.

Husband and I are educated people. Why could’t we play to our strengths and school him ourselves? Luckily enough, I have a good number of friends that homeschool and one in particular had some great conversations with me about it. One of the big sticking points was that with public school, a child goes a mile wide in topics, but only an inch deep in all of them. With homeschool, you have the option of going inch wide and a mile deep. No moving on when the child has more questions for the sake of getting through material for the big test. For my kiddo, that is huge. He loves research.

Either way, we made the leap and are pretty happy with it. I’m calling it our one year experiment. We’ll reevaluate at the end of this school year (sooner if need be) and go from there. Don’t worry he’s plenty socialized. Between field trips and play groups, he is definitely taken care of.

Sooooo yep. Now I can share all of our homeschool awesomeness!