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Summer Bucket List

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


With tomorrow being the official first day of summer, I thought today would be a great day to share my summer bucket list. First, here’s a look back at our spring fun list.


The only item we did not do on the list is the art museum. As it turned out, only Zachary and I were interested in going, so we didn’t make it there over spring break or after school ended. I would still like to go there at some point this year! But now, on to summer!


Tampa Aquarium * Disney World * Toy and Miniature Museum * Steamboat Arabia Museum * July 4th Traditions * Zoo * Camps * Road Trip * Yellowstone * Glamping * Get Ready For School

What’s on your summer list?


Three Things Tuesday

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


The last time I did a “three things” post was back in January, so we’re certainly due for a new one! In posts like these, you get an update on each child (or family member) in three bullet points per person. Here are ours.



1. Last week, she got on her bottom braces. She has had braces for three months now and we can already see a difference in her top teeth, which previously were too high in her mouth and now have started to move into place.

2. She loves to sleep late, so I didn’t plan any morning activities for her this summer. Her afternoon camps consist of Sign Language, Creating a Mural, and Quilting.

3. We went for a mommy – daughter pedicure last week!



1. Zachary’s favorite thing is swimming and he could stay in the pool an entire day if his brother and sister didn’t get bored and force us to leave!

2. What he thought was his worst stroke has earned him his fastest time so far – back stroke.

3. Besides swim team, this summer he is taking camps in Roblox, Sign Language, Aeronautics, Wands and Wizards, Brain Games, Technology, Mad Lab, and Lego Engineering!



1. Simon’s only specialty camps this summer were Sign Language and Science. In July, he’ll go to his regular local Jewish camp.

2. Right now he is obsessed with Roblox and certain very annoying vloggers on YouTube.

3. He started taking baths again instead of showers. I’m not sure why other than to play with the baby bath toys!

Three things on my mind right now? My hair, summer plans, and blog posts – all three of these things are scheduled to appear on this blog this week!


$10 at Target–Hair Products

Monday, June 18, 2018


For awhile now I have been participating in the $10 at Target challenge. The idea is to spend $10 and only $10 buying items at Target. We link up our finds on the 3rd Monday of every month, so feel free to head to Target, spend $10, and share your finds – scroll to the end of this post and you will find the link up! I always love checking out what everyone else decided to get!

When I went to Target this month, I thought I might find a few more summer décor items, as I really need to update my entry way décor for this season. So of course, I started by checking out the dollar spot.

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Target has birthday balloons! Fun for photo shoots! And these mini Walkie Talkies – Simon wants Walkie Talkies for his birthday. I wonder if these will suffice.

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Zachary has Glow In The Dark Stars in his room and I’m pretty sure we spent more than $1 on them! These camping essentials are really cute too.

Lots of 4th of July décor.

Simon also wants to have a lemonade stand on his birthday like he did last year. These signs are so cute!

So what did I buy? None of those things!


There was a sale going on for L’Oreal hair products. They were $4 each but when  you bought 4, you got a $5 gift card back. So essentially, I spent $11 on these products:


CURVE IT Curl Elastic Mousse
SLEEK IT Iron Straight Heatspray
LOCK IT Bold Control Hairspray
AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray

I will be blogging more about these items later in the week!

Now, show us what you found at Target this month!

What do you think of my finds?


Hooray, It’s Friday! Google Home and Swim

Friday, June 15, 2018


Time for another random Friday update!


Monday was one of the most hectic days I’ve had in awhile! My kids are in two different camp locations this summer. This week, Zachary was at one of them in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Simon was at that one all day, and Gabbie was there in the afternoon. Somehow it worked out that I never have to pick up two kids at the same time in different locations, but the schedule this week was busy! Especially Monday. I took Zachary to camp at 8 and then Simon to camp at 9. Then Gabbie had an orthodontist appointment. I picked up Zachary at 12 and brought him and Gabbie to their afternoon camp at 1. I picked up all 3 kids at 4 and brought Zachary straight to swim practice. Then Gabbie had dance at 5 and I had to pick up Zachary at 5, so I dropped Gabbie off at 4:45, picked up Zachary, and finally got to sit still for a bit! Gabbie got a ride home from dance! Phew.



This week we got a Google Home Mini from Wikibuy. The kids are really enjoying telling it to play music and asking it the weather. I like it, but it annoys me that I have to say Hey Google before everything, and it hasn’t let us set up Voice Match, so it doesn’t know the difference between us like it is supposed to. It seems like it’s some kind of Google Home issue. By the way, if you have every heard the saying “what does that have to do with the price of tea in China?” and you have a device with Siri, you should definitely ask it what’s the price of tea in China!


Zachary had his second swim meet this week. We are required to volunteer twice per season, and because I knew I had conflicts with the third and fourth meet, I signed up to volunteer at time trials and the 2nd meet (I didn’t do the first meet because I wanted to see how things went at time trials before I chose another shift and by the time time trials passed, the first meet shifts were full). At time trials they said they didn’t need me for the job I signed up for and yesterday I saw I didn’t get credit for it! I don’t think that’s fair because I signed up and was there, it wasn’t my fault that they didn’t credit me. So I sent an email and they gave me the credit. Phew. Anyway, at the 2nd meet I was a timer for two hours. It went pretty well. And Zachary swam four times – two in freestyle and two in back stroke.



Earlier this week on our nightly walk, we saw a beautiful sky post sunset. I didn’t have my camera with me but I couldn’t help taking cell phone photos – I usually don’t enjoy cell phone photos!


We also saw a deer dart across the street twice and narrowly miss getting hit by a car twice!


In case you missed it, this week I posted about:


Have a great weekend!


Disney Favorites and Plans

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Disney Favorites and Plans

In light of our upcoming trip to Disney World, I thought today I would share a list of my Disney World favorite things. Instead of writing a bucket list like I did for our last trip, this is just a list of things we would like to do and hopefully will get to experience while we are there! Of course, some of these items were on my list from last time, because they are my favorites after all!

Disney Springs


I love starting off my trip with Disney Springs! I recently realized I haven’t been there since it updated during the day, so it should be fun to actually see it! While there, we will definitely be pin trading!

Disney Hollywood Studios

We did not go to DHS on our last trip. This time we will be there for half a day. We don’t have fast passes because the app only allowed us to have fast passes at one park and we have one later in the day for Epcot. These are the things I want to do at DHS:

Toy Story Mania
Muppets 3D
Tower of Terror – possibly just Dave and Zachary
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster – Single Rider Line


Possibly find Billy Joel’s handprint in front of the Chinese Theater



Epcot is a favorite all around. We will be going there in the evening and then the following day. It is where Gabbie is dancing. I was hoping to get on Test Track first thing, but I think we have to go straight to the dance show, so I’m not sure we will get to it. We have Fast Passes for Frozen, Soarin’, and Spaceship Earth. My favorites at Epcot include:

Photos in the Countries
Frozen Ride
Mexico Ride
Illuminations Show
The Land
The Seas With Nemo and Friends
Spaceship Earth


Photos by Epcot famous walls
Gabbie’s parade

Magic Kingdom


Obviously another favorite! We are spending a full day at MK followed by a second half day. We have Fast Passes for Seven Dwarves Mine Train, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, and Splash Mountain. Other plans include:

The new opening castle show
Space Mountain – possibly just Dave and Zachary
Buzz Lightyear Ride + Photo Recreation
Journey of the Little Mermaid
It’s A Small World
Mickey’s Philharmagic
Peter Pan
Winnie The Pooh
Haunted Mansion


Pirates of the Caribbean
Jungle Cruise
Tom Sawyer’s Island
Carousel of Progress
Zachary wants to go on the Main Street Vehicles


Castle pictures
Tomorrowland Wall pictures
Balloon pictures

Animal Kingdom

We have a half day saved for the Animal Kingdom. We have Fast Passes for Na’vi River Journey and Everest. We also want to go on the Safari and see the Lion King show.


Tree of Life photos
Flamingo photos

Boardwalk Area


We usually stay at the Swan or Dolphin hotels and enjoy exploring the Boardwalk and the Beach Club! We also like swimming in our hotel pool!

The last thing I always like to do is to look for Hidden Mickeys! Have I missed any favorites that you recommend?