Our old pup has had a rough few weeks.  He had an ongoing ear infection that he just wasn’t able to kick.  This led to vet trips 3 weeks in a row.  Tyson hates the vet.  While we sat in the waiting room, he would try to jump into my lap (not an easy task for a 90 pound dog).  I would have to drag him down the hall into the exam room.  Once in the room, he refused all attempts of the staff to cheer him up.  He even turned up his nose at their treats.

HJ and I thought a special treat from Chewy would help cheer him up.  We received a Kong Squeezz Ball with Handle.  Kong has always been one of the few brands that can stand up to my dog.  Tyson has destroyed many nondestructive toys, but his Kong items have always lasted.

This toy is also perfect for HJ and Tyson to play fetch…which always ends in Tyson being exhausted and HJ in a fit of giggles.


Tyson is now feeling better, and loves to track us down while carrying his new toy!

I did receive a free product for this review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I have started and restarted this post over the last week and a half, unsure of how to share it.  As some of you know, I advise a sorority on our local campus.

This past week and a half has truly shown how amazing the bonds that these sisters have.  On Friday, a vigil was held on campus to celebrate one of the girls who lost her life too soon.  Anna is loved to the crescent moon and back…

Last summer, I blogged on schedule.  I saw other blogs saying how hard it was to get posts done on time, and when they wanted.  And I thought, whatev, I can totally keep up in the summer.

And then along came this summer.  And holy crap, is it busy.  I can not think of the last night where I haven’t had something planned.

After scarfing down a pb&j sandwich at 9pm tonight, I am realizing I need a bit of a refocus.

I have really been liking my 2nd job of doing in-home wine tastings.  But, it does mean time away from HJ.  When I first started, I thought I would do a party every other week or so.  And then I got super excited when bookings came in.  Starting in July, I will only do one a week.

I haven’t REALLY cleaned my house in over a week.  Which is not like me.  And it is gross.  Between yardwork and life, the house has been on the back burner.

This weekend I am hoping to tackle it room by room…but I am not sure when we will have time!

Also, my dog has had to go to the vet once a week for the past 3 weeks.  I have worked early.  And late.  We left town.

I didn’t have nearly enough time with my little guy.

Tonight, HJ and I were relaxing on the couch before it was time to tuck him in.  All of a sudden, a car alarm starts going off.

And not just any car alarm, OUR car alarm.  Our car alarm in our CLOSED garage.  So while visions of serial killers and scary clowns flood my brain, I grab the keys I used for work today.  I had grabbed my spare set, because I had no clue where I had stashed my other keys the night before.

The car alarm turns off, and I start walking back to the kitchen, because I do NOT want to know what made it go off.  Then the BEEP BEEP starts again.  This time, I turn it off and open the door to our garage.  I see a shadow in the back seat, and it is obviously someone who has been hiding in there for hours to kill us.  So I open the garage door, not sure why I thought that was better, but I did.  That is when I realize there is no one in the back seat, and the alarm is going off again!

I figure something in my car has shorted, and I am trying to figure out where I can hide it overnight to not piss off the neighbors.

And a guy pulls in to my driveway.

And then gets out of his car.

And then says, “Are you Kristin?”, while walking straight in to my garage.

He then holds out my keys.  At this point, I wasn’t even aware I had lost my keys.

He says he found them this morning laying on a sidewalk about a block away (must have fallen out of my pocket while on a walk!?!?).  He said he sent me a facebook message, but I must have thought he was crazy and didn’t responded (it actually was in my “other” folder, so I didn’t see it).  I also have our pool passes on the key chain, so he saw my name, which is how he tracked me down on fb.  As well as my hy-vee fuel saver, gym pass and library card.  So he had gone to hy-vee, but they wouldn’t give him my info.

He then decided to drive around our neighborhood hitting the car alarm button hoping to hear a car alarm going off so he could return the keys.  Mission accomplished.

I love when people go above and beyond to help others.


HJ has officially graduated preschool!

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This past year has been amazing.  HJ has grown and learned so much.  And I don’t know if we just got lucky, or if this is what I should expect of teachers, but his teachers were amazing.  HJ absolutely ADORES the women that taught him preschool, and was so sad to tell them goodbye.

Luckily, he will just be down the hall next year and can stop by and say “hi”.

On May 21st, HJ had his official graduation ceremony.  Families and friends were in seats, as the class walked in to the graduation march.  The students lined up, and sang us some cute songs (that I was lucky enough to hear being practiced all week).

Between songs, we got to hear what each child wants to be when they grow up.  HJ proudly announced, “A vet!”, which has progressed from his giraffe and dinosaur trainer.  They received their diplomas, and we celebrated with cookies and juice.


HJ also got to pick where the family went for dinner.  Naturally, he picked Buffalo Wild Wings.

The next day, was his last day of school, and he was excited to celebrate with his friends and teachers.  We also celebrated by heading to Des Moines for the night, and hit up the zoo!

Hard to believe my sweet, baby boy is a kindergartener.


This amazing summer weather is absolutely killing my housekeeping.  Except for sleeping, we have been spending hardly any time inside.  All the work has been spent mowing, gardening, potting, and enjoying the sun.  Which means, the house is messy.  It is driving me crazy.  According to the weather, it should be chilly this weekend, so I am hoping to get caught up.  You know, between going away dinners, wedding showers, etc.

HJ had his graduation last week.  I will share about it next week, but I just can’t get over the fact I have a kindergartener.

This coming week, I have 3 wine parties in a row.  I am excited, but I know it is going to make the week just fly by!

I don’t understand how dogs shed so much.  I brushed Ty out, and it just kept coming and coming.  You would think you would notice thinning or a bald spot.

Speaking of hair, I got blonde highlights for summer this week.  But, I don’t love them as much as I thought.  I don’t know if I am not used to it, or if I should have had more then one shade put in?

Tomorrow night, I am going out to dinner with a friend who is moving away soon.  We both moved to Cedar Falls at the same time, and I am really sad to see her and her family leave.

Whenever I go for a run/walk/bike-ride, we go by this cute stone house.  I think it is just beautiful, and always tell myself that if I ever can buy that house I will.  On our bike-ride today, guess what house has a for sale sign?  I am super bummed, because I so wish I could live in such a cute place.  And on top of that, I looked it up online, and the inside is just as cute.  Someday.


In my last post, I mentioned that a certain side gig was taking up a bit of my time.

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I am now a rep for the Traveling Vineyard.  I get to go to people’s houses, bring them 5 different bottles of wines to try and make a little extra cash.

For a while now, I have been trying to find a second job.  Being a single mom doesn’t make this easy, as I need something with a uber-flexible schedule.  A lot of the home parties just didn’t feel right to me.  I even attended a wine party once, but didn’t like that the host had to pay for the wines.

That is why I chose The Traveling Vineyard.  I bring the 5 wines at no cost to the host.  I also give the hosts easy pairings to go with the wines we will be trying, and then we enjoy wine with friends.

I like that the Traveling Vineyard isn’t all “sales-y” on the company, because they know the wines are good and sell themselves.

I have officially had a few parties.  Both were a blast.  And both helped me improve the presentation.  Luckily, there isn’t too much talking, and I can just let everyone relax.

I have a handful of parties scheduled for June, and I am hoping that I get at least another booking at each party.  I also hope that the hosts have fun, and want to host another one down the road!

I have really enjoyed taking the online courses, and learning things about sommology to share with the guests.

Also, you would be amazed at how much the noise level can change between wine 1 and wine 4.

If you are interested in learning more about The Traveling Vineyard, or want to schedule a tasting, let me know!



You know those days where you have been running around like crazy, only to discover that when you sit down, you are exhausted?

That, is my excuse for the lack of posts last week.  Between work outs, t-ball, a new little side gig, oh and life, I haven’t had much “me” time.  But it’s ok, I have enjoyed being busy, and I love nice weather!

Here’s a rundown of our wild and fun weekend…

Friday after work, HJ and I went to a neighbors.  We ordered pizza, the moms drank some wine and we had good girl talks.  We got home late, and into bed even later.

Which led to a not-so-happy 5-year-old when I dragged him out of bed to go to my 8am TRX class.  After class, we went to Aldi’s and I had full intention of mowing when we got home.  However, the grass was completely wet from rain the night before.  This led to me digging up the garden, getting excited over my returning strawberries, getting covered in dirt and screaming over a worm and a spider.

That afternoon, we went and got seeds and small plants for our veggie garden, and HJ’s gifts for his teachers (how is it the last week of school?!).  We then met some friends to head to a park.  It was the perfect park weather day, even though it was supposed to be rainy.


Then, we went to my company picnic.  HJ was actually ok with a mascot picture (maybe this fear is gone?).  We saw a magic show, played on bounce house after bounce house and HJ got his face painted to look like a snow leopard.  Or a white tiger.  Something along those lines.


When we got home, I thought mowing seemed like a great idea.  I still hate mowing.  And I almost killed a baby rabbit that caused me to scream and run away….which caused my child to scream.  So we were both running around the yard screaming.  The bunny was so scared, it didn’t move until I poked it with a stick.  Which caused me to scream again.

Sunday, we woke up to a messy house.  Seriously messy.  While I was mowing, the living room turned into a library.  Books covered EVERY surface.  Laundry was piled up.  Even the fish was in need of a clean bowl.

And then I worked.  And grocery shopped.  And potted plants.  And made cookies for HJ’s graduation this week.   And went to my grandparents for dinner.  And frosted cookies.  And ate like 4 cookies.

And now, I am so very ready for bed.

Before becoming a mom to a little boy, there were a few things I had little to no knowledge about.  One of those things?  Star Wars.



Somehow, my baby boy fell in love with Star Wars early on.  It wasn’t a phase that he grew out of, he continues to love all things Star Wars.  When he heard there was a new movie coming out (he has seen a few with my dad, I still have not seen them), he insisted on watching the sneak peek over and over.

This past Halloween, he was Darth Vader.  He has requested to have his hair cut like Luke Skywalker, and has insisted I learn the Star Wars ABC book (“A” is for Anakin, in case you were wondering).


That is why when we learned about General Mills having Vintage Star Wars posters in specially marked cereal boxes, I knew one boy who would beg for them.

Star Wars and cereal fans alike can collect all six classic posters in each participating brand of General Mills cereals, including Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Honey Nut Cheerios, Trix, Cookie Crisp and Reese’s Puffs. The specially marked boxes of Big G cereals hit store shelves this month, for a limited time only.

HJ already has his posters hanging in his room, and we want to help another Star Wars fan do the same.  General Mills is offering a giveaway!  One lucky reader will win 2 boxes of General Mills Cereal with the Vintage Star Wars posters.

You can also check out the #cerealwars Tumblr page to see more about the Star Wars posters

All you need to do is leave a comment on this post, the winner will be randomly chosen on May 15th.  Good Luck!

In this house, we celebrate half birthdays.  On the 4th, it will be HJ’s half birthday…which we celebrated today.


We started the celebration by getting HJ’s old fish tanked cleaned up and making a trip to PetSmart.  HJ picked out a cute, blue, betta fish and instantly named it Sharkey (not to be confused with his last fish, Binky the Shark).

We spent the rest of the afternoon playing outside.  HJ ran through the sprinkler, got out a slip-n-slide, and rode his scooter for hours.  When it was time to run a few errands, HJ was more then happy to relax in the car while I stopped by the bank and filled up the car with gas.

Then, while driving home, we noticed a girl laying on her lawn with a pig.  Naturally, we had to stop.  HJ and I pet the little piggy, named Theo.  He was noisy when you picked him up, so HJ was happy to stay at a distance.

We went to my grandparent’s house for our usual Sunday dinner, and I brought half a birthday cake with 5 and a half candles to help celebrate.

HJ surprised us after dinner with a piano recital and magic show.  He started the show off by saying, “Let’s go around the room and say our names and tell something about yourself.”  I have no idea where he gets stuff like that, but it makes me laugh so hard.

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We then came home, and HJ told me he loves his fish and that it was such a good day.  And it really was.