Family, Motherhood, Uncategorized

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

1) An extra hour of sleep in the morning!

2) Cuddling up with your favorite book!

3) Having a clean house and no laundry to fold!

4) Your spouse cooking dinner!

5) Dancing to music with your son!

6) Opening your favorite box of candy!

7) A new outfit that makes you feel fabulous!

8) Exploring a new hiking trail!

9) Cuddling with a sleeping baby!

10) Going to the library and checking out a new book!

11) Movie theatre popcorn with extra butter!

12) Finding a great deal at the store!

13) Watching your child learn something new!

14) Being called momma!

15) A hug from your spouse!

16) Sitting outside by the fire for hours!

17) Hearing the words “I love you,” and knowing they mean it!

18) Homemade chocolate chip cookies and a glass of milk!

19) Looking at art for hours!

20) Walking through a garden and smelling all the flowers!

21) Visiting your favorite museum!

22) Cuddling and playing with your dog!

23) Crawling into bed after a long and busy day!

24) Baby giggles!


25) Spending time reminiscing with family!

While laying in bed the other night trying to fall asleep, I was plagued by some negative emotions. I decided that instead of focusing on the negativity of life, I needed to make a list of what happiness meant to me. This list is just a few things that make me smile and love the life God gave me. I am truly lucky to wake up everyday to a new start and have a loving family who surrounds me. Sometimes I think we need a reminder of what happiness is. It can be as small as finding a quarter on the ground or as big as falling in love. With all the negativity and sadness in the world, we all need to take a moment and recognize what happiness is to us! Remember to start everyday with a smile!

Blessings and love,


Aidan, Arts and Crafts, Creating Memories, Family, Motherhood

Tie Dye With The Tyke 

As summer draws near, Aidan is in need of some new play clothes. My child is growing like a weed! I decided to buy some cheap, white onesies I wouldn’t mind him getting dirty or torn up. I bought a three pack from Walmart for $6.79. 

Rather than leaving them a boring white color, I found a recipe on Pinterest to make my own tie dye. Since these outfits would be worn by the little man, he of course had to help dye them. In fact, we made it a family affair. First I took all three onesies and soaked them for thirty minutes in a bowl of 1 cup water and 1 cup vinegar. 

After they finished soaking, I wrung them out and twisted them into different designs and tied them with twine. I didn’t have any rubber bands so I used what I had on hand. I then took a muffin tin and filled it with water. Using food coloring I picked up for $2 at Walmart, I placed five drops of each color in the tin cups and mixed with a spoon. I mixed red and yellow to get an orange dye and blue and red to make a purple dye. 

I also covered my counter in a trash bag to prevent stains. After the colors were mixed it was time to start tie dying. We let Aidan go first. We tried to get him to dip the onesie in the colors, but he ended up throwing it at them instead. For the parts he wasn’t able to dip himself, we had him point to the color he wanted us to use and I dipped it for him. 

Nathan and I each designed a onesie as well. This was the first time Nathan has ever tie dyed anything. It was a fun experience to share with both my guys. After all the onesies were dyed, we placed them in ziplock bags. 

We let them sit overnight and then I washed them in cold water with 1/2 cup of salt. The salt is suppose to help the dye to set. After rinsing them under cold water and ringing them out, I let them air dry. I plan on washing them in the washing machine separately on cold, before Aidan wears them. Unfortunately after rinsing them, all the blues and greens washed out of the onesies. Now Aidan has three different style red onesies. With every new activity I try, there is always trial and error. Next time I will have to attempt something different, so some of the colors don’t rinse out. 

This activity was cheap and fun to do. By using food coloring I was able to let Aidan mess with the dye, without worrying about him swallowing anything dangerous. I absolutely love doing fun activities with my family. It not only creates lasting memories, but allows us to spend time together. Plus, Aidan now has three new outfits! If you try out this activity, let me know how it goes in the comments below. I would love to see pictures of your designs. 

Happy crafting, 


Aidan, Creating Memories, Family, Motherhood

Lions, Tigers and Bears… Oh My!

One of the best parts of growing up in St. Louis, is visiting the zoo. This past weekend, I was able to share in my son’s first experience at the world famous St. Louis Zoo. Aidan loves looking at pictures of animals in books, but getting to see them in person was a whole new experience. It was a perfect day to visit the zoo as a family. My dad and his wife Debby were able to join us, which is always an added bonus. Aidan loves spending time with his Grandpa and MiMi. 

Our first stop was the reptile house, which is my least favorite exhibit. Aidan was in awe of the big snakes and the turtles. Nathan held Bubba and I snapped pictures. I wasn’t going to get any closer to the snakes than I had to. 

We then went to the primate house, where Aidan decided he would take his afternoon nap. While Aidan slept, the rest of us were entertained by the leaping lemurs. He woke up just as we reached the giraffes, my favorite animal. 

We couldn’t get him to stay still for pictures, he kept wanting to get closer to the animals. After chasing Debby’s flyaway hat, we moved onto the sea lions. 

This was the first time I had seen the new sea lion enclosure. If you haven’t been to the St. Louis Zoo and visited the sea lions, you need to drop everything you are doing and go! It is such a wonderful experience. The sea lions swim right up to the glass and try to play with you. When you walk under the tunnel they swim and splash over you. This had to be Aidan’s favorite part of his visit. He pressed his face against the glass and was trying to pet them, like they were his dog. His expressions made my day. He had the biggest smile on his face. His smiles and giggles kept getting bigger as we finished our visit by looking at the hippos, elephants and gorillas. 

To see such wonderment in your child’s eyes, makes your heart happy. We had an absolutely wonderful day with family, and enjoyed every minute of our visit to the zoo. I am definitely looking forward to when he is a little older and can start to recognize and name the animals. Our little man is getting so big and loves to learn and explore. Creating lasting memories is so important to Nathan and I. This weekend was such a joy for me as a mom. Not only did we introduce Aidan to a favorite place of mine, we were able to spend it with those we love. Nathan and I cherish every moment we have with our Bubba. 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter holiday! We sure did!

Lots of love and blessings,