Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Fun Easter DIY project...anyone can do it!


Hey every-bunny 🐰...Can you believe Easter is right around the corner???

If you follow me you know I love to create fun, new stuff and when I created this adorable Easter Bunny printable I just fell in love!

And I knew you would too!

So why not share?!


Here's what you'll get, watermark will be removed

Click Here to Download FREE Bunny Printable
((IMPORTANT: This link will take you to a Google Drive file folder, once there click on the 'printer' icon, in the new window look for 'more settings', click on that drop down arrow and then click 'fit to page'...then hit 'print'...easy as pie!))

This can be used in all sorts of fun ways.

* DIY project with your kids...as you can see the bunny is missing a tail. All you need to do is pop on a cotton ball and there you go...you're very own 'Peter Cottontail' is born!

* Play pin the tail on the bunny at your Easter get-together.

* You can also print it on white card stock (or send it to Walgreens) and use it as a greeting card or place setting for Easter gatherings...

* Use as gift tags for friends, family, teachers, anyone really...just print, cut apart, use a hole punch and tie them to any sweet gift with some ribbon.

* The possibilities are endless with a little imagination!

Enjoy...and please share with a friend or two...the more the merrier!

For more fun ideas check out my Etsy Shop: Dream Designs Now. You can also follow on Facebook at Facebook Dream Designs Now.

BONUS: MORE FREEBIES!!! If you leave a comment below and your name & email in the upper right-hand corner of the blog I will also include this adorable 5x7 download print via email...it makes a great gift or welcome sign...just pop it in a frame and you are good to go!!!  (watermark will be removed).

ps...I also do custom designs....just ask...I can design anything you can dream up!



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Monday, March 4, 2019

Why I took a break from blogging...EXCITING NEWS!!!



I don't know about you but I CAN NOT believe it's already March 2019...first of all, how can we already be 3 months into the new year and seriously how in the heck is it almost TWO THOUSAND TWENTY???

It truly seems crazy to me to even say that.

Lord, do I feel ancient...I mean I was born WAY BACK IN THE 1970s...it sounds like the dark ages for goodness sake! And my kids are happy to remind me of that whenever given the chance! (My achy bones remind me daily as well!)

Time is truly flying by, sometimes at what seems like warp speed, especially now that my kids are getting older (Jake is going to his HIGH SCHOOL orientation this week and Baylie will turn 12 in a few days...wow, just wow!)

WHAT IS GOING ON??? I swear it seems like yesterday we were having playdates with friends at the park, now they go to the park ALL BY THEMSELVES πŸ₯Ί...

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy the alone time, but the sad reality is that my alone time is just going to start increasing exponentially over the next few years until one day I will I open my eyes and poof, they'll be gone...

UGHHH...ok, that's too much to think about right now...baby steps...

So my point is this...now that my kids are getting older and more independent it's time for mommy to find herself again...find a purpose and a passion!

As some of you might already know, I've been craving a creative outlet for a long time now. Hence, the reason for this blog. And yes, I know I've been on a long break, but I REALLY need to be inspired to write...I need something to spark my creative juices...something to really light a fire under my butt...something big enough to fill the void that's been growing inside of me since leaving my full-time job many years ago at FOX 13 to start a family.

I have always had a passion for creating things...back in my 20s it was a newscast, a show, a well-written script to tease a story, evoke emotion or to simply retell the day's news.

In my 30s and 40s, my attention turned to volunteer work....the PTA, the YMCA Advisory Board and charity events to raise money for the community and less fortunate children...things that filled my days and more importantly work that filled my heart.

But I craved something new...a new challenge, a new passion...a new outlet for my creativity...

And I'm so very happy to say that I have finally found what I've been looking for...

Introducing my new side *hustle* if you will:



Click here---->>> DREAM DESIGNS NOW to check it out!

Your one stop shop for creative digital designs and products...

My motto: "If you can dream it, we can design it!" ((ha, "we"...it's really only me (for now), but saying "I" sounded so lonely - lol!)...

If you're looking for a custom design, I can do it!!!

I'm in the very beginning stages, but I'm excited about the possibilities! I have so many ideas and I wake up every morning with a renewed passion to CREATE!

Please follow me on DREAM DESIGNS ON FACEBOOK and DREAM DESIGNS INSTAGRAM for the very first look at my latest creations. And I'd really appreciate it if you'd tell a friend!

Thanks for taking the time to read this and if you'd like you can leave a comment below...I'd love to hear about something that inspired you!

ps...if you drop your email in the upper right hand corner of this post I will send you a free printable in the mail, something fun for the kids!


*HUSTLE: "To have the courage, confidence, self-belief and self-determination to go out there and work it out until you find the opportunities you want in life."


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Friday, December 7, 2018

A moment of nature can truly soothe the soul...ENJOY!

We've all heard the saying  "A picture is worth a thousand words"...

So that must mean a video is worth a MILLION...

Which is why I will let this video speak for itself...

Consider it my gift to you πŸ’–


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

The PERFECT HOLIDAY GIFT for EVERYONE on your list!



I don't know about you, but EVERY SINGLE YEAR I stress out about what to get everyone for Christmas. 

I know, I know, I'm not alone, we all do it...

But I swear, every year right after the craziness of the holidays is over I think to myself:

OK, NEXT YEAR WILL BE DIFFERENT...

I WILL PLAN EARLY...


I WILL BE PREPARED...


I WILL KEEP NOTES ON MY PHONE...


I WILL REMEMBER WHEN SOMEONE SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THAT ONE THING THEY REALLY WANT...


I WILL TAKE SCREENSHOTS SO I DON'T FORGET...


I WILL. FIND. THE PERFECT GIFT...


And every year, without fail... I FAIL...miserably!

Here we are, already one week into December and I'm scrambling, racking my brain, trying to figure out what to get everyone on my list...

So I figured I'd take a quick break...take a deep breath and share some great gifts I have given and received over the years in hopes that it might help you with your list and maybe you can share some of your ideas with me in return...a win/win!

So here goes...things I really LOVE to give and have really enjoyed receiving over the years!
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First, I truly believe you can not go wrong with photo gifts:

I absolutely πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ’• Photo Coffee Mugs!!!



I designed all of these online at Walgreens. I include my favorite pictures from throughout the previous year.

Perfect gifts for grandparents and under $20. 


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Another big favorite of mine is photo ornaments. 

I try to make one for the family every year...here's one I found on Amazon:





You can pop your favorite picture right into the ornament. Super cute keepsake for a baby's first Christmas and you can't beat the price!

I also like this one...



...such a sweet keepsake for a great price and it's available on Amazon Prime, so FREE SHIPPING...
(honestly, is there any other way to shop?!) 

I have also made my own homemade ornaments over the years for friends and family...a fun DIY craft with the kids!



In my opinion, giving a PHOTO GIFT really shows you care. It shows that you have really put some time into thinking about the specific picture, the type of gift and MOST IMPORTANTLY, the special person you are giving it to...

In other words, it's NOT one of those last-minute, after-thought type of a gifts...

BUT, it is a gift, that in many cases, can be ready in less than an hour!

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Ok, the next gift is a SPLURGE...but trust me when I tell you... THIS IS WORTH IT...it's the gift that keeps on giving...

THE SONOS SOUND SYSTEM...
We use this almost every single day. So while it might be a bit pricey, it's worth it! 

It's honestly the best and only sound system you will ever need. 

Simply put, you buy the components (we have one in our living room, kitchen, office, bathroom and outside), plug them in, download the app, pick a song from whatever source you choose and voila...you have amazing surround sound in every room of your house! 

I'm listening to it right now...love flooding the house with holiday music this time of year!

It's IDIOT-PROOF...promise! 

And the best part (besides being idiot-proof) you can play different songs in every room of your house. 

Honestly SONOS is a game-changer!


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Last, but certainly not least, is something I got at the checkout at Ulta Beauty as a giveaway/freebie...


It's "EXUVIANCE BIONIC OXYGEN FACIAL"

I honestly threw it to the side when I got home and didn't even think twice about it at first...

But WHOA NELLY am I glad I tried it...

This stuff is the BOMB DOT COM

Trust me when I tell you it feels AMAZING

Seconds after you massage it in, it starts to go to town on your face!

I actually had to get out of the shower & look in the mirror to see what was happeningπŸ˜‚...

What started out as a simple face cream turned into a FULL-ON FOAM FACIAL IN SECONDS!

You can feel it working...it's like snap, crackle and pop...but on your face...I know, that sounds strange...so strange, but it's the only way I can think to describe the sensation.

It's seriously so cool! 

I am so-not-one to keep up with a skin-care regime, but this is so easy and so awesome and I'm hooked.

This would be a great gift for anyone on your list...especially yourself 😜...


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So there you have it...some of my favorite holiday gift ideas

For the love of God I beg of you to share some of your favorite gift ideas below in the comments....please...I'm desperate!!!

Trying to pick the perfect gifts for teens is going to be the death of me!

Thanks again for taking the time to read my blog...

I wish you and yours the HAPPIEST OF HOLIDAY SEASONS!

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

25 things I'm THANKFUL for...but probably won't share at the Thanksgiving dinner table (#24 might be my favorite)



It’s that time of year…time to gather ‘round the dinner table with family and friends and share what we are MOST THANKFUL for…

Well this year, I thought I’d shake things up…

Instead of sharing the obvious things I'm thankful for: health, happiness and a loving family…

I’m keeping it real and sharing things that I’m TRULY THANKFUL for…but probably won't share at the dinner table.

So here goes:

  1. When I open up the washer or dryer fully expecting to find it full of clothes and it’s EMPTY!
  2. When I’m making a salad and I grab a knife sharp enough to cut a tomato…you know, like so sharp it slices right through and keeps all the tomato insides intact so they don’t leak all over the other stuff
  3. Days my dog doesn’t jump out of bed at the crack of dawn to go to the bathroom and instead let’s me sleep in and maybe even sneak out of bed to grab a cup of coffee and return before he wakes…or any day my husband let’s him out to pee for me
  4. When I’m folding clothes and actually find the match to EVERY SINGLE SOCK I put in the washer
  5. When I get to the checkout at Publix or Target and I’m 4th in line and a cashier in the next line signals me over and turns on the light (THE BEST!)
  6. When I’m in a hurry and EVERY SINGLE LIGHT IS GREEN!
  7. People with COMMON FREAKIN’ SENSE.
  8. When I have a free day to BINGE WATCH WHATEVER THE HELL I WANT!
  9. A super cold Coke Zero
  10. When no one sits next to me at the movie theater or on the plane or really anywhere for that matter
  11. That one second at the end of the day when no one is asking me for something.
  12. That one second at the beginning of the day when no one is asking me for something
  13. A nice, long, hot shower without any visitors
  14. When the shampoo comes out like it’s supposed to without me having to squeeze the bah-jesus out of it or bang it against my hand
  15. When I order a glass of wine and get a proper pour
  16. Valet parking
  17. Moms who keep it real
  18. Kids who say please and thank you and look you in the eye
  19. People who keep their political opinions to their self
  20. When there’s no toilet paper left, but someone remembered to put an extra roll behind me
  21. When I’m talking to someone and don’t actually hear what they’ve said but somehow manage to come up with the right reaction to whatever it was and we both laugh
  22. When I witness someone doing the right thing when no one else is looking
  23. When I see my son/daughter do or say something to a stranger that makes me proud and let’s me know they actually are LISTENING & that I'm raising them right
  24. When I find extra french fries at the bottom of my McDonald's bag
  25. And last, but certainly not least, of course I’m thankful for all of you for supporting my silly little blog and taking the time to read it and let me know that you have read it and that you enjoy it…even if you are just being nice!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Here's a great example of a mom raising her daughter right!

This is the RIGHT WAY TO RAISE KIDS! 

Teach them the CLASSICS... 

The earlier the better...

Watch as this sweet 3 year old phenom from Scotland belts out Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody from her car seat! πŸ˜‚



SHE'S JUST TOO CUTE FOR WORDS!

Her mom says she sings the song multiple times a day and is dying to see the new movie out in theaters this week!

Friday, November 2, 2018

THE BEST iPHONE FEATURE EVER

It seems like every month iPhone comes out with some sort of new update...

A lot of times they are "fixes" for bugs triggered by previous updates...

But sometimes they are ACTUALLY PRETTY COOL and USEFUL!

I take A LOT of pictures...

Like I mean A LOT...

Yes, you read right, that's more than 93,000 PHOTOS on my iPHONE!!!
(Don't judge...or do, whatever ;)

I also have close to 9,000 VIDEOS on my phone...like this one of Baylie stunting at Cheer Express:


And countless SCREENSHOTS, like this one I took of Jake's football playoff schedule, I grabbed it off of Facebook:


Screenshots are a lifesaver for me, they are like a substitute for my short-term memory which seems to be non-existent these days...(hence the name of the blog: My Kids Stole My Brain!)

So....as you can see I love to take pictures & videos...which is a blessing and a curse...

It's GOOD THING because I have pretty much documented my kids' ENTIRE CHILDHOOD on my iPhone...

It's also a good thing for my friends...because I have also documented most of THEIR kids' childhood as well.

I'm pretty much the "go-to" mom when you're looking for that one photo you took on so-and-so date in so-in-so's class or at so-and-so event...you get the "picture" - ha! (pun not intended, but love that it happened!)

So, the NOT-SO-GOOD part...up until recently....was trying to sort through tens-of-thousands-of-pictures to find the picture I was looking for...it was like, yes, you know it's coming...like trying to find a NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK.

Well that's all changed!

iPhone has come out with what I consider a GAME CHANGER!

Introducing...
THE BEST iPHONE FEATURE EVER:
(in my mom opinion)

THE SEARCH FEATURE IN PHOTOS:


Simply type in a KEYWORD: CAT, DOG, BEACH, POOL, PUMPKIN, CHAIR and voila...every picture you have ever taken that includes that word pops up!

I've put together a short video to show you EXACTLY how it works...check it out:

In case you missed the ending...you must search "brassiere"...it's a HOOT!!! (AGAIN, PUN INTENDED!!!) I won't share what came up on my phone πŸ˜‚πŸ˜³...

So there you have it, what I truly consider the BEST iPHONE FEATURE EVER!!!
IT'S A TIME SAVER...LIFE CHANGER & I SWEAR YOUR FRIENDS WILL THINK YOU ARE A WIZARD next time you are reminiscing about that "one day" and you pull up a picture lickity-split!

So what's your favorite iPhone feature?

I'd love to hear from you...drop a line below in comments...

And if you like the blog...please take a moment to share it with friends! Sharing is CARING :)