Friday, October 12, 2018

The BEST HALLOWEEN TRICK I ever played on my kids!

Notice the pumpkins next to their feet

So I don't know about you, but when my kids were younger, I lived for this ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿ‘†reaction...

I mean, c'mon...isn't that face THE BEST?!

I guess I still do, but as they get older, let's be honest, kids aren't as easy to surprise or delight or...ANYTHING๐Ÿ˜‚ 

We all lose that little bit of "wonder" as we grow up. That's what makes moments like this one so special!

So what garnered this particular reaction from Baylie? 

Honestly, she was completely FREAKED OUT that the pumpkin seeds she planted the night before, not only turned into a real-life pumpkin, but also had her favorite Disney princess (at the time) stenciled on it! 
Star Wars for Jake, Snow White for Baylie

Such a fun "trick" 
**scroll down to see how the magic happened!

SCORE ONE for mom!

Jake was also surprised, but I didn't catch it on camera๐Ÿ˜†

Gawwwd, do I miss the days of these cute little Disney PJs!

Fast forward to the "tween" stage ๐Ÿ‘ป๐Ÿ‘‡


Halloween Lansbrook style!
The kids always come up with the cutest costumes!
Here's my baby boy's first costume...aw, puppy love!
Jake's first costume

If you're like me and haven't found a costume for yourself yet... CLICK HERE for some fun "MOM" options! 

These are super cute and FUN!

I'm all about KEEPING IT REAL! ENJOY! 

**oh yeah, for those of you who didn't figure it out, the trick is to take some pumpkin seeds and "plant" them the night before, then place the pumpkins in the same spot the next morning before waking the kids ๐Ÿ‘ป

If you read down this far, thank you! 

Leave your email up in the box on the right and I will send a fun Halloween freebie to your inbox! 


Sunday, October 7, 2018

One of my ALL-TIME, ABSOLUTE FAVORITE FAMILY VACATIONS!


I love to travel and friends always ask me about my favorite family vacation. 

And without a doubt, I always say Stone Mountain Park, Georgia!

My husband was traveling a lot in the summer of 2012, so the kids and I decided to do the same. 

We hit a lot of GREAT destinations that summer:

*Key West
*The beautiful beaches of North Carolina
*Montreal, Canada
*The Cove at The Atlantis, Bahamas...

Of course, they were all beautiful and amazing places...

But the one that really stands out is 

Stone Mountain Georgia!

And I really think it's because there was SO MUCH TO DO!

A TRULY WHOLESOME, SLICE OF AMERICANA, FAMILY-FRIENDLY & ALL-AROUND FUN EXPERIENCE...

The best part is we hadn't even planned this getaway and I live for spontaneous travel. 

We were visiting my high school BFF in Atlanta and she mentioned how awesome it was.

So next thing you know, I googled it and booked a room at the Stone Mountain Inn (more on our room later ๐Ÿ‘‡) and we hit the road.

We didn't even have to travel that far...Stone Mountain is literally only a stone's throw northeast of Atlanta (20 or so miles to be exact-ish).


Here's a little snippet of all the fun things we did!

So fun, huh?!
Here's everything we did:
* Ziplining
* Rock climbing
* Took a Sky Hike - AMAZING!
* Took a Skyride to the summit of Stone Mountain and hiked down (btw: it was about 102 degrees that summer with a "feels like temperature of 110-115 ๐Ÿ”ฅ)
* Duck tour
* Played in the Geyser Towers! 
* Watched the AMAZING/HISTORIC laser light show on the mountainside while having a picnic dinner by the moonlight
Kids being silly!
That's Stone Mountain behind them






















There's honestly sooooooooo much to do! 

The kids were super excited when we reached the top!

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You can see the Atlanta skyline way off in the distance...

Oh yeah...a little more about our accommodations. Like I said, we stayed at the Stone Mountain Inn:
Aerial view
Front view



and it was absolutely lovely. I mean, the room could have definitely used some updating, but it was HUUUUGGEEE! 

No bells and whistles, but exactly what we needed and so close to everything. 

There's also a campground option and the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort.

If you ever decide to visit Stone Mountain with your family please let me know if you have any questions :) 

I'd love to hear about your FAVORITE FAMILY VACATION SPOTS! Drop me a line in the comment section below!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

One of my FAVORITE Halloween traditions!






Halloween is right around the corner!

And one of my favorite Halloween traditions is the 
"You've been BOOed" game!

In case you're not familiar, it's "sort of" like the Halloween version of Secret Santa. 

One neighbor puts together a fun little (or big) treat basket, a BOO poem, BOO instructions and a BOO sign and secretly delivers it to your doorstep!
The lucky BOO recipient then tapes the sign to their door, letting others know that "WE'VE BEEN BOOed!" 

That way no one gets BOOed twice!

Then you simply follow the instructions (see FREE PRINTABLES BELOW) and BOO two other neighbors...

Before you know it, the whole neighborhood has been BOOed!

It's a super fun way to get into the Halloween SPIRIT!

And the kids LOVE it! 

I mean who doesn't love sneaking around in the dark, BOO-ing others and leaving treats...

SO MUCH FUN!

Wanna get it started? 

Great!

I've done all the design work for you! 

All you need to do is print these FUN FREEBIES & you're on your way!
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Being a kid is just the BEST!




I mean...how awesome is this? 

Going down a waterslide at warp speed without a care in the world!

Those faces at the end are priceless!

That's why being a kid is THE BEST!

Too bad, we don't really realize its AWESOMENESS until we're older. 

When we are young, all we want to do is GROW UP...

And now that we are GROWN UPS, all we want to do is BE YOUNG AGAIN!

Am I right???

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By the way, I recently figured out how to make my own GIFs (see the video at the top) and I'm obsessed!  

Let me know if you'd like a "how-to" blog about it!


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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Some of the BEST MAMA ADVICE I have EVER RECEIVED!


Now that I’m 46 (yes, 46 and I don’t care who knows)…something a friend said to me when my kids were little finally makes sense. 

I was probably complaining that so-and-so didn’t include my daughter in so-and-so activity and it hurt her feelings…

I wanted my friend to commiserate with me, validate my feelings, share her mom “war story” with me and tell me how to “fix it”. 

And maybe she did for a hot second.

But it’s what she said next that has stuck with me. And something I feel compelled to share with other moms (with young kids) who might need to hear this today:

“Small kids, small problems…BIG KIDS, BIG PROBLEMS”…

I’ll never forget it.

At the time, it was the LAST thing I wanted to hear. 

Didn't help me AT ALL.

I didn’t have BIG KIDS, I had small kids...and that’s all my exhausted mama mind could care about at the time.

BUT DAMN…fast forward 8-10 years (although it seems like the blink of an eye) and what she said is no doubt some of THE BEST MAMA ADVICE I’ve ever received.

Her point...it's all about PERSPECTIVE!

When you are in the thick of it…I’m talking about the stage of life when your kids are still pretty much 100% dependent on you and you haven’t slept a full night in years, showered in days (maybe a week), peed in privacy or eaten anything besides leftover, half-eaten chicken nuggets since the last time you can remember…it’s hard to comprehend that things could get MUCH WORSE…

OH, BUT THEY WILL… AND THEY DO…

I’m only at the middle school stage right now…God help me! (I'm serious people, pray for me!)

And I hear my friend in my head, every day repeating this: small kids, small problems...BIG KIDS, BIG PROBLEMS...

She was RIGHT!!! Every day the problems do get bigger and BIGGER!

I know, I know, it’s all part of growing up. But this is my first time on the “PARENT” side of the growing up process.

THIS SHIT IS HARD!

And now, I GET IT!

Oh man, what I would do to have little people problems again. (**btw: my kids are perfect angels)
then and now
What is the BEST MAMA ADVICE you've ever received?

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Who else has that "FRIDAY FEELING"?


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Oh, to be 3 and carefree again! Those were the days! 

Those moves though๐Ÿ˜‚! (she's gonna kill me!)

Watch out JT (insert your favorite here: John Travolta or Justin Timberlake...I'm going with Justin :)

↑↑↑ THIS  ↑↑↑

This right here folks, perfectly sums up what it means to have that "FRIDAY FEELING!"

T.G.I.F.  Thank God (or goodness, whatever you prefer) IT'S FRIDAY!!!

In honor of my FAVORITE DAY OF THE WEEK...(in fact, not surprisingly, America's favorite day of the week) I have complied my...

"FAV FRIDAY FUN FACTS & STUFF!!!"

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1.  OK, the first one is a fun fact that involves math, which no one likes to do on Friday, but bear with me. Have you ever wondered how many FRIDAYS there are in an average lifetime? Well, I did. And here's the answer: There are 52 FRIDAYS in a year, the average person lives 79-ish years, so that works out to 4,108 FRIDAYS! (I know you just pulled out your calculator, how many do you have left?)

2.  Not as interesting, but still note-worthy: Did you know Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen were born on Friday the 13th 1986! That makes them 32 years old! How old do you feel now?๐Ÿ‘ต
FRIDAY THE 13TH TWINSIES

3.  So what are the odds of being born on Friday the 13th? Glad you asked...
There is roughly a 1 in 30 chance that a person is born on the 13th day of any given month. There is a 1 in 7 chance that a person's 13th birthday falls on a Friday. Multiplying these two probabilities, 7 times 30 = roughly 1 in 210 chance that a person's 13th birthday occurs on Friday the 13th.

Ok, enough math, this post is about Friday afterall...

I LOVE these next two (both inspired by my kids):

4.  One of my FAVORITE FRIDAY traditions is a middle school rite of passage around these parts: FRIDAY SLURPEES at 7-Eleven afterschool, followed by a GOLF CART ride in the 'hood!

5. Another awesome Friday tradition started by our very good family friends is "PANCAKE FRIDAYS!" All the kids look forward to these special mornings when they are invited to a before-school pancake breakfast where they  eat   scarf down flapjacks, swig some OJ and have some time to hang out and do what tweens and teenagers do. These fall on the final Friday of every month. THEY ARE AWESOME!
PANCAKE FRIDAY!


*BONUS*: Had to throw this one in the mix:
THE MOST IMPORTANT FRIDAY FUN FACT (this week anyways):

For those of us who live in the Tampa Bay area, this particular Friday means we are ONE DAY CLOSER to MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL when Ryan Fitzpatrick casts his spell on the PITTSBURGH STEELERS & the Bucs win #3 to continue their UNDEFEATED season :)
I may be slightly obsessed #FITZMAGIC #GOBUCS!



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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

My "TOP 5 FITZPATRICK FUN FACTS" that will make you love him even MORE!

IF THAT'S POSSIBLE!?
Whoops! Notice the misspelling?
(the producer in me JUST WON'T QUIT!) 
OMG! How much do we love this GUY? The sunglasses, the chains...the CHEST HAIR???

I. JUST. CAN'T!๐Ÿ˜

Ryan Fitzpatrick is THE TALK OF TAMPA BAY...the whole country for that matter, after leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a 2-0 start, their best since 2010!

Ok, not only is he killing it at QUARTERBACK, his SWAG is ON POINT! Well, tbh (to be honest) it's not exactly his swag, he borrowed this BLING from teammate Desean Jackson...true story...it's on twitter๐Ÿ‘‡

Check out Desean Jackson to the left - shirtless & chainless :)

I'm loving this guy (simmer down KB, not that kinda love ๐Ÿ˜‚)...

Loving him in a way like I got ALL THE FEELS for him because he seems like SUCH A GOOD GUY & man, oh man, can this country use a GOOD GUY STORY for a change? 

Can I get an AMEN?!

So without further ado...

MY TOP 5 FITZPATRICK FUN FACTS
(that will make you love him even more than you already do):

#1. HE'S A FAMILY MAN: he's got 6 freaking kids! Check out this family photo from 2015 from the New York Post. His oldest, Brady, was 8 in this picture. Zoey is the baby held by his beautiful wife Liza...Maizy is on his shoulders, Lucy is front and center, her brother Tate is behind her and that's Brady sporting the Nike hoodie. Ruby, the newest Fitzpatrick, wasn't born yet!
Fitzpatrick Family (2015, minus Ruby, credit: NYP)

#2. HE'S SUPER SMART! Yeah, we all know by now that he GRADUATED FROM HARVARD (fyi, so did his wife!) But did you know that he scored the highest WONDERLIC test score EVER achieved among NFL quarterbacks. It's not super clear whether he scored a 48, 49 or a perfect 50, but he did finish the test in 9 minutes flat!

#3.  THAT BEARD! Honestly, I could leave it right there, but can we please talk about this facial hair? Don't even get me started on his chest hair ๐Ÿ˜†If he doesn't score some sort of endorsement deal for BRAWNY or L.L. Bean flannel shirts, something is WRONG WITH THIS WORLD!

#4. HE'S FUNNY AF! I mean, did you see that POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE?
If not, do yourself a favor and check it out (if you are new to the blog or the internet in general, you just click on the highlighted link above that says: POST-GAME PRESS CONFERENCE). Watch the whole thing if you have time, if not, scroll into around 5:30ish where a reporter asks about WOMEN SPORTING BEARDS because of him!


#5.  Last, but not least...the #5 REASON you're gonna love you some FITZ even more than you thought you already did...get ready to SWOON ladies...this one is a doosey...like a big-tug-on-your-heart-strings-reason to man crush on this guy:

HE NEVER TAKES OFF HIS WEDDING BAND...

LIKE I MEAN HE WEARS IT DURING EVERY GAME

ALL. THE. TIME!

That's him KISSING his WEDDING RING!
When asked why? He kissed his ring and simply said, "BECAUSE I LOVE MY WIFE!"๐Ÿ˜

Is this guy for real?

I'M DEAD!


Can I get a TAMPA...BAY...TAMPA...BAY...

I don't know about you, but I hope the BUCS keep this #FITZMAGIC alive, because I know a lot of Tampa Bay Fans are LOVIN' being under this spell!

So there you go, my "TOP 5 FITZPATRICK FUN FACTS"! 

I'm just keeping it real :) 

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But wait...there's MORE:

FREEBIE: Here you go! Now you can be an OFFICIAL "FITZ FAN". I have created a fun way to show off your FITZ FAN-DOM!
A FREE PRINTABLE "FITZ FAN". Just click on the pic below!



You can print it at home or Walgreens or whatever, laminate it and tape on two popsicle sticks, POOF, you have your very own FITZ FAN! And the best part...it can also be used as an ACTUAL FAN to keep you cool in the Florida heat!

EXTRA EXTRA: One more thing...This twitter account spoofing Fitzpatrick gives me life. Not sure whose behind it, but it is EVERYTHING! Check it out here: Unofficial Ryan Fitzpatrick Twitter account

ONE LAST THING: READ ALL ABOUT IT: MORE BAD NEWS FOR JAMEIS WINSTON.

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