Lifestyle

How My Family Follows Their Art

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Our family is into all different types of art and since I studied fashion design, I LOVE shopping for new clothes.  Art and fashion go hand in hand in our household and oftentimes, they blend together. 

One of our favorite things to do as a family is go to the local hardware store on the weekends where they do kid’s craft workshops.  We build whatever kit is available that weekend; sometimes a birdhouse or a tool caddy.  After the project is put together, we get to our favorite part which is PAINTING!!  My kids love to draw, but painting really lets them let loose and brings out their creative side. 

Occasionally we make HUGE messes and ruin our favorite shirt, but I try not to worry about it too much because it leads to MY favorite pastime of shopping!  I am a major shopaholic, so I love buying new clothes.  Gymboree is one of my favorite brands.  They make such adorable collections of clothing that are affordable and very well made.  Not only do they already have good prices, but they run awesome sales all the time such as the Spring Markdown Event where you can get up to 60% off on the cutest clothes for your critters! 

Charlise Lee

I am a Crunchy Mama of 5 rowdy boys and 2 sweet girls! […]

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Lifestyle

How to Clean Your Bathroom—Naturally!

Check out these safe and delicious smelling ways to clean your bathroom!! These are perfect if you have kids that help do chores. It lets them get those dirty, stinky areas SPOTLESS without exposing them to dangerous chemicals.

 

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Charlise Lee

I am a Crunchy Mama of 5 rowdy boys and 2 sweet girls! […]

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Entertainment

Dallas Arboretum’s Autumn Festival 2017: Wizard of Oz

The Dallas Arboretum is one of my favorite places to go around the DFW area.  I received complimentary tickets to take my family to visit for their fall pumpkin exhibit which I have been wanting to check out again for YEARS.  The last time I was there for this exhibit, my oldest (who is 12!!) was in Pre-K.  Fall is definitely my favorite season and our last trip to the Arboretum, we just missed the pumpkin display.  This year, there was a really cool Wizard of Oz theme that we all enjoyed. 

It was a little windy, but otherwise, the weather was perfect.  My second oldest, Remy, was being a grouch which is why he isn’t in a couple of the group pictures but once he remembered how awesome the Arboretum was, he started having fun.  What I love most about this place is that it gives me a great backdrop for super cute pictures to send to family AND there are loads of things for my kids to do so they don’t get BOOOORRRREEEEDDD. 

The Children’s Garden is full of fun activities that teach you about things like solar power and water energy.  My kids really love playing in the water as well as in the big tree house.  Ok, maybe my four-year-old wasn’t a huge fan of the tree house.  He isn’t much for heights and I can’t blame him there.  We had fun getting lost in the maze though! […]

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Lifestyle

It’s been a while…

Oh, hi!  It’s been quite a while since I have been on here.  Last year was a doozy.  There was some extreme ups at the beginning of the year and then everything kind of fell apart for a while.  Lots of extreme downs.  Loss, abuse, depression, stress, sadness, confusion. 

2016 was not always kind to me. […]

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Lifestyle

Organize Your Life!

I can’t remember one minute to the next with all of the things I have going on in my life. All of the kids, all of the jobs, all of the school events, Navigators events, family events… I could go on and on for days. I am terrible at keeping track of things, so it is very important that I write everything down. An awesome planner lets me be responsible and have fun because I can customize and decorate it all I want. […]

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Food

Dallas GFAF Expo 2016

Whoa!!  Is it already that time of year??  It’s getting dangerously close to one of my favorite events of the year…  The Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo is coming to Dallas, Texas this September 10th and 11th.  This will be my THIRD year attending as a member of the press!  Can you tell that I am excited?! […]

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Lifestyle

Review: Neilmed Naspira Nasal-Oral Aspirator

I received from product via MomsMeet in exchange for my honest opinion.

Let’s see a show of hands…  Who loves to suck out their baby’s snot?  Me??  HECK YES I DO.  Ok, no.  I don’t really, but sometimes it is a necessary evil.  When kids get sick, they get stuffy noses.  When kids get stuffy noses, they get cranky.  They can’t breathe.  No one is happy. 

Have you ever tried one of those big blue or green bulb suckers?  You have to shove that giant tip into your baby’s tiny nostril and try not to suck their brain out in the process.  I have never been able to achieve such a task without wailing and flailing. 

The Neilmed Naspira is a new-fangled nose sucker.  It has the features and functions of the regular type of bulb sucker that you know and may or may not love as well as the option to be a Nasal-Oral suction device.  I know.  It sounds gross.  Believe me, the first few times I try these type of things, I always dry heave a bit, but they are SO effective.  They are actually quite amusing once you get the hang of it. […]

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Food

Review: al fresco Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage with Giveaway

I was sent a sample of the Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage from al fresco as well as a pack of the precooked chicken bacon to test out in some recipes.  I think I was more excited about the bacon because, well…  BACON!!  It’s precooked so that makes my life ten times easier.  I hate cooking bacon.  It’s literally on my top five list of despised activities. 

For my first recipe, I decided to make some breakfast tacos after dropping the boys at the bus one morning.  I used a couple pieces of bacon because I knew I wanted to save the sausage for a meal when all of the kids were home so I could see how they liked it. […]

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Food

Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest 2016

I am SO excited to announce that Liz and I will be headed to Austin this weekend to cover the Gluten-Free Food Allergy Fest.  Last year, Liz was unable to make it, so I am super stoked to have her along with me this year.  I am really looking forward to checking out all of the new vendors as well as those that are already favorites of ours. 

I have a pair of weekend passes to the Fest to give away, so if you would like to enter to win, follow the steps on the widget below!  Winner will be emailed Friday morning and tickets will be available to pick up at Will Call. 

 

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I am a Crunchy Mama of 5 rowdy boys and 2 sweet girls! […]

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