$10 at Target: Pretty Paper Edition

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Hello and happy Monday!  I hope you all enjoyed your Father’s Day weekend!  Our family went to a local theme park on Saturday and wore the kids out, then spent Sunday relaxing with family.  Just before the weekend got started, I had a chance to visit Target all by myself and it was a lovely hour and a half.  I didn’t have anything specific I was looking for, but knew I could only spend $10 for this month’s $10 at Target challenge.  I am a co-host for this challenge along with a group of lovely ladies and it’s been fun to see how close I can get to spending $10 or less at one of my favorite stores.  Do you think you could do it?  Let me show you what I found this month.

As always seems to be the case, I stopped at the Dollar Spot on my way in.  Our local Target is usually jam packed with a lot of items to choose from, so I was a little disappointed to see that there was one entire side of the rack that was almost completely picked over.  However, there was a still a ton to choose from and I found a few items that were interesting and threw them in the cart.

I wandered around the rest of the store at my leisure since I didn’t have any kids or time constraints looking for something fun to spend my $10 on, but ultimately, I walked out the door with the same things I found at the beginning:  a mini pack of note cards with cute sayings on the front, two packs of paper fans and one ice cream banner.  The total on my receipt was a little over the $10 limit at $10.69 with tax, which is the same amount I spent during last month’s challenge.

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As for the paper fans, one pack included 6 mini fans that could be strung together for a cute fan banner.  The other had three fans of different sizes in a mint/teal color.  I picked them out at the store because I thought the colors were fun and summer-y.  I was deciding where to hang them when my daughter suggested the space above our summer bucket list chart.  Turns out they look perfect and add some pizazz (love that word!) to the space on that wall.

It's easy to make your summer bucket list a fun part of your decor with colorful paper fans.

I’m excited to use the mini note cards this summer.  They are perfect for pretty much any occasion and I’m a little sad they only came with eight cards.

I love little cards to include with gifts, a plate of goodies or just because!

The ice cream banner was the most random purchase of the bunch because I don’t actually have any use for it at the moment, nor do I have plans for an ice cream party.  BUT this banner is practically begging me to throw an ice cream party with its bright colors and glitter, so I’ll keep you posted on whether or not that actually happens this summer.

Like I mentioned above, I am a co-host for the $10 at Target challenge and link up party.  If you’d like to join us, we post the third Monday of each month.  I’d love to see what you find at Target!  You can also check out what each of the other hosts bought with their $10 below!

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Stephanie  |  Wife Mommy Me
Becky  |  by BMG
Ashley  |  Ashley Newell
Johannah  |  The Sirois Family
Stephanie  |  The Gifty Girl
Danielle  |  Sparkles and Lattes

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May In Numbers

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

Whoosh!  Did you hear that?  It was the sound of May rushing past! *wink*  But seriously, I feel like I just wrote last months summary.  A lot of fun things happened in May, but most of them happened in single digits.

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1 – Dance recital.  We celebrated the end of my daughter’s second year of dance with her studio’s spring recital.  She performed in two dances: jazz (Dynamite – Kid Bop version) and ballet (See the Light from Rapunzel).  I am absolutely amazed at the growth she’s experienced this year and her teacher said that she can move up a level to be with the bigger girls next year!  I was also able to pick up her dance pictures I posted about last month and they turned out absolutely darling!  Although I’m dying a little at how much she’s grown and changed in a year.

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

4 – Books read.  Last month I shared my summer 2017 reading list and one of the books I wanted to read is called Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier.  It’s the first of a trilogy and I picked the first and second one up at the library.  My neighbor casually mentioned that she had the third book and that I was welcome to borrow it because she knew how quickly the series moves.  Let’s just say I texted her the next day and told her I was going to need that third book, haha.  So I finished the trilogy in about a week.  Just prior to picking up this series, I read the assigned reading for my neighborhood book club called The Knight of Redmond by Jennifer K. Clark.  I’ll be picking up more books from the library soon!

9 – Years since we got married (aka Our 9 Year Anniversary).  My husband and I had so much fun for our anniversary this year.  We didn’t do anything really big because we are hoping to go somewhere really cool for our 10 year anniversary next year.  My mom came out and watched our kids for us.  First, we went to dinner at P.F. Chang’s and ordered their lettuce wraps to share, then the crispy honey shrimp and Mongolian beef.  Afterwards, we went to a little place called Provo Beach Resort.  It’s one of those places that has a bunch of activities all in the same place.  We got a pass and did the obstacle course, bowling (my husband won both games), mini croquet and some arcade games.  Our favorite arcade game was a Pac Man air hockey where it would drop about 20 pucks onto the table at the same time and you had to try and block them and make points (I won!).

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

1 – Amazing Mother’s Day.  While I’ve enjoyed all of the Mother’s Days I’ve celebrated being a mother myself, this year was probably my favorite.  My husband got up with the kids so I could sleep in as long as I wanted.  Then he made breakfast for all of us.  Afterwards, the kids gave me the cards they’d made and my present: a new DSLR camera!  I’d had my old one for about four years, but it didn’t quite have all the capabilities I wanted so my husband had been on the lookout for a new one at a great price and he found one!  I was really surprised and so happy.  (Be on the lookout for some videos!)  After church, we had family over for a big dinner.  It was a wonderful day.

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

168 – Amount spent on new tires.  Seriously, who likes buying new tires?  They are so dang expensive!  But I had to buy them in order to get our car registered so it was a necessary purchase.

11 – Types of plants growing in my garden.  We decided to upgrade our garden boxes this year from the two smaller beds to one big U-shaped raised bed.  My husband did a great job building it and I’m so glad we did it.  Our garden seems to be growing the best it has since we started it four years ago.  We planted peas, pole beans, tomatoes (two types), carrots, radishes, raspberries, strawberries, green onions, pumpkin, rosemary and cilantro.

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

2 – Blogger events attended.  When I started blogging back in October 2015, I honestly never expected to find so many new friends.  Some I’ve met in person, others through email or social media.  It’s kind of like having a pen pal who you feel like you know because you’ve interacted with them so much, but sometimes you never meet them.  Well, I am lucky enough to live in an area where there are quite a number of bloggers so blogger events come up pretty regularly.  The first one I went to was a blogger conference the second week of the month.  The second one was just last week where we got to visit a newly opened events area at a unique little place called Gardner Village.  I rode up with Julia from The Quiet Grove and found out she knows my sister in law!  Honestly, meeting other bloggers has become one of my favorite parts of blogging.

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

1 – Preschool graduation.  My daughter completed her second year of preschool last week and she starts kindergarten this fall!  I am kind of in denial about it.  But I know she will love it.  She is a very sweet and social girl who makes friends with everyone, but also loves learning.

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

May in Numbers | A fun monthly review using only numbers!

40 – Pounds of chicken ordered.  Yes, you read that right.  I ordered 40lbs of chicken and it’s set to be picked up in a couple of weeks.  We have a deep freezer so we have the space for it, but holy moly!  I’m pretty sure we’ll be set with chicken for the next few months.  I ordered it through a company called Zaycon Fresh and they are a meat co-op.  I’ll be sharing a post about them later this month but if you’re interested in checking them out before then, you can use my link here.

5 – (more) Pairs of underwear destroyed.  We are still dealing with potty training issues over here.  Please send prayers.  And chocolate.

2 – Items crossed off our summer bucket list.  The kids and I made a summer bucket list a couple of weeks ago and I put it all on a big poster board that is now hanging in our front room/kitchen area.  We were able to cross off a hike to Battle Creek Falls on Memorial Day.  Afterwards, we made a visit to a local pet store called The Puppy Barn where they sell just puppies.  You can go in there and hold them and play with them and it is my favorite way to get my puppy fix since I don’t see us getting a dog any time soon.

My kids love this fun summer bucket list!  Just some stickers, scrap paper and a marker are all you need!

You can check out my other month in numbers posts below:

February Month In Numbers
March Month In Number: Orlando Edition 
April Month In Numbers

Also, I’m linking up with Deena from Shoes to Shiraz who hosts the month in numbers link party.  You can go see who else is linking up and see what their May in numbers looks like.

My kids are just getting over a cold, but I’m looking forward to a fun June coming up!

$10 at Target: Gearing Up For Summer

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Hey friends!  Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed Mother’s Day.  Today, I’m super excited to share a new series I am co-hosting called $10 at Target.  It is a monthly challenge where you have to try and spend…you guessed it: only $10 at Target.  Now, as we all know, Target is a wonderful lovely place where we go in for one thing and come out with 20 things way more items than we planned. *wink*  So spending $10 or less can be a real challenge!  Are you ready?

I visited Target a couple of weeks ago with this challenge in mind.  Of course, the first place I stopped was the Dollar Spot.  My thought was to pick up some things for summer since it’s finally starting to warm up here (although it’s supposed to rain this week…).  The way that I usually shop is to pick up things that I’m interested in and then look at what I have and see what I’m most interested in and then narrow it down.  Does anyone else do this?

I finally settled on these items: a baseball hat with a darling floral pattern on it for my daughter, three chalk paint squirt bottles, a package of cute, pink paper straws and a couple of glass jars with lids and plastic straws.  The total on my receipt was $10.69 with tax.  (The items I didn’t get: another package of teal paper straws, a lightweight spring scarf and hair tie bracelets.)

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My daughter wanted to pull out the hat and wear it as soon as we got into the car and she’s worn it a few times since then.  It’s so dang cute on her!

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As for the chalk paint squirt bottles, we’ve been saving those for a nice hot day when I can let the kids play and then let them run through the sprinklers in the backyard.  These would also be fun to do an art project using some inexpensive canvas and letting the kids squirt the chalk paint onto it.

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The glass jars and paper straws were just really fun.  I am thinking I’ll probably use them for summer drinks and they will make for some great photo props, so keep an eye out in the next couple of months! *wink*

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Like I mentioned above, I am a co-host for the $10 at Target challenge and link up party.  If you’d like to join us, we post the third Monday of each month.  I’d love to see what you find at Target!  You can also check out what each of the other hosts bought with their $10!

$10 at Target  |  Join us for our monthly link up party on the third Monday of each month and see what we got for $10 at Target!
Stephanie  |  Wife Mommy Me
Becky  |  by BMG
Ashley  |  Ashley Newell
Johannah  |  The Sirois Family
Stephanie  |  The Gifty Girl
Danielle  |  Sparkles and Lattes
Jess  |  Secrets of a SAHM

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April In Numbers

April in Review (by the numbers)

Happy May!  May has always been one of my favorite months because the weather finally (hopefully) starts becoming a little more consistent and a little warmer, which makes me a much happier person.  It’s also the month my husband and I got married, so I’m a little biased. *wink*  But before we can get into May, I want to share my April month in numbers with you.

If you read my March in numbers post last month, I did a special Orlando Edition talking about all the things that happened on our trip to Orlando and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  It’s a pretty fun post, so go check it out if you want a quick recap of my trip using only numbers.  That being said, April was not nearly as much fun.  Why?  Two words: potty training.  But rest assured, not all my numbers have to do with the potty. *wink*

3 – Packs of underwear bought.  A couple of weeks before we left for Orlando, my son started showing signs of being ready to be potty trained.  We’d gone through this already with my daughter a couple of years ago and I was both terrified and ready to begin the process.  I took him to the store and let him pick out a couple of packs of underwear (Paw Patrol and Disney Pixar).  We ended up buying him another pair about three weeks later due to accidents.

April in Review (by the numbers)

6 – Underwear not salvageable.  I’m not going to go into this one in too much detail.  If you’ve potty trained your kids, you know it’s a messy job and you’re going to end up throwing away some of the underwear because it’s just not worth it.

8 – Loads of just underwear washed.  No, I didn’t actually count the number of underwear only loads, but there were enough that it’s worth mentioning.  Or maybe not.  But I am anyway.  The first few days, we went through the entire two packs of underwear, which I expected, and the number of loads slowly dwindled from there.  We’ve had more and more days with no accidents and I am singing Hallelujah!

April in Review (by the numbers)

63 – Bribes made.  Okay, I didn’t really count this one either.  And if I think long enough about it, there were probably more bribes made than I’m counting.  We started out with a sticker chart and some prizes he could earn along the way, but he quickly filled out the first chart and so I made another one.  After so many stickers, he wasn’t as excited about them so we moved on to candy bribes: “If you go pee, you get one M&M.  If you go poop, you get two.”  We did run into an issue where he was having more accidents that successes so the bribe changed to screen time on Daddy’s phone playing one of the games he has on there.  That one worked pretty well and he still brings it up if he happens to have an accident: “I had an accident, so no playing on Daddy’s phone.”  Haha.

2 – Picnics in the backyard.  The weather has been all over the place lately.  Just last week, we had SNOW.  Mother Nature needs to get herself together!  But before the weather went all crazy, the kids and I were able to have a couple of backyard picnics.  They love eating their meals outside, even if they don’t stay seated to eat their food most of the time and more ends up on the grass than  in their mouth. *wink*

April in Review (by the numbers)

April in Review (by the numbers)

12 – Rainy days.  Like I mentioned above, we had snow last week, plus it rained and was windy almost every other day.  My kids and I were getting used to spending the late morning and afternoon outside so the bad weather put a damper on all of our spirits.  One good thing about the rain though (besides helping with the drought) is that our grass is a beautiful emerald green color and my garden is growing like crazy!

2 – Books read.  Earlier this month, I shared 3 books I read in 3 weeks, but all of those were actually in March.  I was only able to make it through two books in April: Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham and Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.  (Watch for the review of Throne of Glass next week.)  They are both totally different books but I really enjoyed each of them.  I’ve decided that Lauren Graham would be a pretty cool person to meet.  She seems so down to earth and likeable.

845 – Easter eggs stuffed.  Okay, this isn’t a real number either, but when you are stuffing Easter eggs, it sure seems like a lot more than it is!  When I was pulling out my Easter decor, the kids noticed the plastic eggs.  They took them and started doing their own Easter egg hunts and hiding them around the house for each other to find multiple times a week leading up to Easter and even for a while afterwards.  They were still just as excited to do the real thing when Easter came though and it was so funny watching them.

April in Review (by the numbers)

1- Girls Night Out.  The parents of a girl in my neighborhood live in a beautiful house up the canyon about 30 minutes from where I live.  They were out of town for the weekend, so she asked them if a group of us could come up and have a girls night.  There were about 30 of us girls up there, eating soup, salad and rolls, stuffing our faces with popcorn, candy and brownies and laughing hysterically during the games.  About ten of us spent the night and let me tell you, it was amazing to get a full night’s rest, knowing nothing was around to wake me up.  (Except maybe the giggling girls in the room next to mine.)  Another perk: no cell phone reception!  There was absolutely nothing that was going to interrupt us and it was so great to take time away and visit with friends and recharge.

2 – New recipes tried.  Last month, I pulled out all of the cookbooks I’ve received over the years and sorted through them.  Most of them were neighborhood cookbooks given as gifts.  I’d tried to go through them all and mark recipes I was interested in, but there were so many cookbooks and recipes to choose from that I never even opened them up.  So I decided to spend part of an afternoon looking through each one, marking ones that looked good, taking pictures of them on my phone and then throwing the cookbooks away.  It was so liberating, haha!  I found a chicken and mushroom quiche that was amazing and some brown sugar muffins that were yummy as well!  My family gobbled both of them up so you better believe I’ll be sharing them on the blog.

1 – Dance pictures taken.  My daughter is in her second year of dance (she takes jazz/ballet).  She loves dancing and getting up on stage so it’s perfect for her.  One of my favorite things about little girls and dance is seeing them all dressed up in their costumes.  Too cute!  We’ll be getting the pictures back at her recital later this month, but I manged to snap a few behind the photographer and I can’t wait to get the professional ones.

April in Review (by the numbers)

4 – Happy mail received.  I’ve been participating in the Momma Love Fellowship hosted by Little Dove.  My partner is Patricia from Life of a Minister Mom.  She and I have been sending snail mail aka happy mail to each other for a couple of months and getting to know each other better.  It’s been so fun to actually receive something other than bills in the mail!  I’ve also gotten a couple of packages which is always fun. (p.s. Be sure to follow me on Instagram and watch for a post this Wednesday for a giveaway that has to do with the packages I received!)

You can check out my other month in numbers posts below:

February Month In Numbers
March Month In Number: Orlando Edition 

Also, I’m linking up with Deena from Shoes to Shiraz who hosts the month in numbers link party.  You can go see who else is linking up and see what their April in numbers looks like.

And that’s a wrap!  I’m looking forward to what May has to offer!

Font Friday: 10 {Free} Spring Fonts

Font Friday: Spring and Easter fonts (all free!)

Happy Friday!  I hope the end of the week finds you well and ready for Easter weekend.  I always look forward to spring and Easter and what it represents to me.  Easter is easily one of my favorite holidays and having kids to celebrate it with makes it even more special.  And springtime is always a wonderful time of year, even if the weather is a bit fickle.  At least there’s no snow, right? *wink*

It’s been a while since I did a Font Friday and I wanted to share some fun new fonts with you as you head into the weekend.  If this is the first time you’ve ever heard of downloading and installing fonts on your computer, don’t be intimidated!  It’s really easy and once you know how to do it, you’ll be installing new fonts left and right. 

You can visit my tutorial HERE to learn how to download and install fonts.

All fonts listed below are free to download for personal use.  Click on the name of the font to be taken to a link where you can download it.

Font Friday: 10 Spring and Easter fonts (all free!)

Janda Flower Doodles (images only)
Easter Art (images only)
LP Rabbits 1 (images only) 

March In Numbers: Orlando Edition

March In Numbers: Orlando Edition

The month of March was full of anticipation for our trip to Orlando.  It felt like it took forever until it was time to leave and then the entire vacation went by way too fast!  But that’s pretty normal I think.  Last month I participated in a February In Numbers post and shared my month that way.  I had so much fun with that I decided to do the same thing for March, but kept it specific to our Orlando trip.  So here’s March In Numbers: Orlando Edition.

19.4 – Miles walked.  My husband has a smart watch that kept track of our steps/mileage while we were out and about.  Between our park day at Hollywood Studios and walking around Disney Springs, we did 17 miles.  I did some walking around the resort myself but I don’t have a smart watch so I kind of estimated the remaining 2.4 miles.  It actually might have been more if you count walking to and from the shuttles at the airport and the airport itself.  Suffice it to say, I definitely got my 10,000 steps in. *wink*

5 – Rides ridden at Hollywood Studios.  If you’ve been to Hollywood Studios, you know that it is a different kind of theme park in that it’s not very ride-heavy.  There are about the same number of shows as there are rides.  We rode almost all of them: Tower of Terror, The Great Movie Ride, Aerosmith Rock ‘n Roller Coaster, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania.  My absolute favorite is the Rock ‘n Roller Coaster!  I would have ridden it multiple times if we’d had more time.

March In Numbers: Orlando Edition

3 – Shows watched at Hollywood Studios.  Out of the three shows we watched–Muppet Vision 3D, Indiana Jones Stunt Show, Star Wars: Path of the Jedi–the best one was the Indiana Jones stunt show.  It’s really interactive because they bring people down from the audience and incorporate them into the show.  They do some real stunts and you get to see how it’s done and get a feel for how it might be if you were on a real movie set.

March In Numbers: Orlando Edition

1 – Star Wars Fireworks show.  At the end of our day at Hollywood Studios, there was a really cool fireworks show centered around Star Wars.  They used multiple projectors to project images onto three of the largest buildings using a combination of all the different episodes that have been released.  There were lights that looks like lasers and tons of fireworks and of course, some of the most recognizable music in entertainment.  It was a great end to the day.

3,862 –  Miles flown.  We flew direct from Salt Lake City to Orlando and were able to get a direct flight back home as well.  On our flight to Orlando, there was a little screen in the seat in front of me where I could track where we were and how much farther we had to go.  It’s crazy to me that you can fly 5+ miles in only 30 seconds!

March In Numbers: Orlando Edition

2 – Trips to the bathroom mid-flight.  This one is a little funny because although I’ve been on airplanes more than a few times, I’ve never actually used the bathroom on a plane.  My husband couldn’t believe it but whenever we’ve flown, it generally hasn’t been very far.  And after having been in one (twice) I can say that I’m terrified of being sucked down the hole!

8 hr 22 min – Time spent flying.  The flight to Orlando was pretty uneventful.  My husband watched a show, I read part of a book and the guy next to me almost fell asleep on my shoulder.  I did get a little teary-eyed as our plane lifted off thinking about our kids.  I’ve never been away from them for more than a night since our oldest was born over 5 years ago.  Our flight back was longer and harder to get through, although I was thankful for the window seat.  I read more of my book, watched Moana and dozed a little.  Oh, and used the bathroom. *wink*

253  – Pictures taken.  Yes, I literally counted all the pictures on my phone that I took during our stay in Orlando.  There are pictures of us on the plane, pictures of the hotel, food, rides, friends, my husband and I, and all the things you take pictures of when you go on vacation.  Looking back at the pictures now, a little over a week since we got back, makes it feel a little surreal since the minute we got home, we jumped right back into life.

March In Numbers: Orlando Edition

4 – Calls made to our kids. Each night, we called our kids about 30 minutes before their bedtime.  My mom watched them for the first two days and then my sister-in-law and her husband watched them the next two.  The kids were so cute and I could tell they were having so much fun.  One of the days we called, my son didn’t even want to stop what he was doing to come say hi!  Little stinker.

80 – Average daily temperature.  One of the things I was looking forward to most was warm weather and sunshine.  The forecast for home said it was supposed to rain the whole time we were gone so I was glad we missed that.  Unfortunately, it was a little bit rainy and windy one of the days we were there (the day I wanted to relax by the pool all day, of course) which was a little disappointing, but the other two days were mostly sunny and perfect for walking around without getting too hot.

2 – Girlfriends visited.  Another thing I was really looking forward to on this trip was the chance to see some friends I haven’t seen in a long time.  One was my friend Lara.  She and I danced on the ballroom team in high school and hung out a lot our junior year.  I lost track of her for a little bit until I got invited to her baby shower about 7 years ago.  I haven’t seen her since then because she and her husband moved out to Florida for his schooling.  She was sweet enough to pick me up from the airport, take me back to her house and feed me, and then take me to my hotel.  It was so great to catch up with her and we both agreed that we haven’t changed much since high school.  What do you think?

March In Numbers: Orlando Edition

The other friend I got to see was a girl named Erica.  She and my husband actually dated in high school, but she and I really good friends.  She and her family moved away about 7 years ago so her husband could go to law school and then they moved even farther away to North Carolina and we haven’t seen each other in about three years.  When she found out I was going to Orlando, she and her husband decided to turn it into a vacation for themselves and visit at the same time as us.  We got to spend all day Friday with them at Hollywood Studios and then a part day on Saturday before we had to head back home.  It was SO good to see her and our friendship is one of those that just picks right back up where it left off, no matter how long it’s been.  We even went so far as to have matching shirts!  (tutorial coming soon!)

March In Numbers: Orlando Edition

10 — Crab legs eaten.  I know I’ve already mentioned this on Instagram and my character dining post, but I LOVE crab.  It is one of my favorite foods and I wish I could have eaten more of it while we were in Florida.  The only reason I didn’t eat more than 10 legs was because I needed to leave a little room in my tummy for dessert. *wink*

0 — Items forgotten.  Woo-hoo!  Thanks to my handy packing list, I didn’t forget anything for my trip!  I’d definitely call that a win.  Especially since a toothbrush at the store in the hotel was $5. Yikes!

I hope you enjoyed my Orlando trip in numbers!  You can check out other March in Numbers posts on Shoes to Shiraz where I’m linking up.

If you’d like to read more about the hotel we stayed in, click HERE.
If you’d like to learn about our character dining experience, click HERE.

February In Numbers

February in Numbers: a unique way to show a month in review (Link up with Shoes to Shiraz)

Today I’m going to have a little fun and do a month in review using numbers.  Normally, I’m not really a numbers person.  Math is not my strong point.  I took Statistics twice in college and only barely passed both times.  However, I am really good at counting down to things like my birthday or vacations or calculating the discount on a cute shirt from a favorite store. *wink*  So without further adieu, I give you February in Numbers.

30 – Cookies consumed.  I don’t normally eat this many but we had Valentine’s Day which meant lots of parties and by default, lots of cookies.

February in Numbers: a unique way to show a month in review (Link up with Shoes to Shiraz)

3 – Snowy days.  This February had to have been one of the strangest I can remember in terms of the weather, even for Utah.  We had a couple of days where the kids played outside in short sleeve shirts, riding their bikes around and leaving the windows open all day to let some fresh air in.  Then of course we had some really horrible storms, leaving us with over a foot of snow in a matter of hours and me refusing to leave my house.

February in Numbers: a unique way to show a month in review (Link up with Shoes to Shiraz)

1 – Vacations booked!  My husband has a training he is helping with in Orlando this month and we are using it as an excuse to take a little vacation without the kids.  We’ve gone places overnight before to celebrate our anniversary each year, but this will be the first time we’ve left them for more than one night.  I have mixed feelings about this: one part of me is over the moon excited to be able to do whatever I want for four days and the other part of me knows I’m going to miss those little stinkers and it’s probably going to be harder for me to be away from them than the other way around.  Either way, it will be a nice break.  Stay tuned for some fun Orlando posts at the end of this month and the beginning of next, as well as social media updates while I’m there.  Please pray there won’t be any hurricanes, rain or other awful weather while I’m there!

61 – Candy eaten.  I might be a little off on my estimate of how much candy I ate during February, but I do know that it was more than average because of Valentine’s Day.  My favorite candy was the caramels my husband brought home from work.  He doesn’t like caramels.  I know.  Crazy.  But I can’t complain because more for me!

2 – Trips made to the Dollar Tree.  We picked up a birthday gift for my daughter’s friend and Valentine’s decorations for our family Valentine’s Day dinner.

4 – Valentines parties attended.  Valentine’s brunch at a friend’s house, preschool Valentine’s party, dance Valentine’s party and church Valentine’s dance party.  My kids loved it because they got to play with their friends and eat candy and I loved it because while the kids were playing, I got to visit with other adults.  It’s a win-win!

February in Numbers: a unique way to show a month in review (Link up with Shoes to Shiraz)

7 – Birthdays celebrated.  February is a popular month for birthdays.  Two of my best friends celebrate their birthday this month, plus my mom, my grandma, my grandpa, my step-brother and my daughter’s friend.

8 – Containers of Play-Doh bought.  Like many kids, my kids love to play with Play-Doh.  Also like many kids, mine leave it out on the table when they are done and don’t put it away which leads to dried out Play-Doh.  A few years back I noticed a tip on one of the containers which said that if the dough becomes hard, just add a little water to it and work it in.  I spent an hour doing this with the Play-Doh only to have it dry out again a week later.  From that point on, I just throw the stuff away and spend $.50 on a new container from Walmart.

February in Numbers: a unique way to show a month in review (Link up with Shoes to Shiraz)

4 – Restaurants eaten at.  I’ve been horrible at meal planning lately and as a result, I get a little burnt out trying to figure out what to eat for dinner based on what we have in the fridge/pantry.  So the days we went out were also the ones that I just didn’t have it in me to make up something for dinner and my husband suggested we go out.  Thank goodness for understanding husbands. 🙂

I hope you liked my little monthly summary.  You can check out other February in Numbers posts on Shoes to Shiraz where I’m linking up.