Two weeks ago, HJ and I loaded up the car and headed to Chicago.  Well, actually a suburb of Chicago.  My friend from college, Danielle, just had her 2nd sweet boy…and I wanted to snuggle him.

We arrived on Sunday afternoon, and spent the evening grilling out while the boys ran.  And ran.  Monday, HJ and I headed into the city and spent the morning at Shedd’s Aquarium.  HJ and I got to see a show, enjoy 2 minutes of a 4-D movie called SEA MONSTERS (HJ freaked out and we had to leave…4-D was a bit too intense for him), pet sting rays, and see all sorts of fish from pretty to freaky.  HJ declared his favorite part was the dog.

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In the show, there was a dog that came out and did a few tricks.  Forget the jumping whales, they have a dog that can shake!

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We then took a water taxi to the Navy Pier and walked around a bit, before heading back to the ‘burbs.

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The next day, I was put in charge of 3 kids for about an hour and a half…and only one injury to report (this picture was seconds before Oliver crashed head first out of his chair).

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We then went to the Brookfield Zoo.  We actually went there 2 years before with Danielle and Oliver, so it was fun to see it again.  They had lots of baby animals to see, like a dolphin, gorilla and a not so tiny baby bison.

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It was hot…like hot enough that I understood why this tiger was not getting out of the water.  But we still had fun, and HJ and Oliver had a blast running around and see all the animals.

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Hard to believe there is only 1 short week of summer left, and then it’s back to school!

Wow, my summer blogging slump is crazy this year.  HJ and I have been enjoying our summer, and can’t believe in a few short weeks he will be a kindergartener.  We found out his teacher…and don’t know anyone in the class.  Luckily, HJ isn’t too shy and should make new friends quickly.

We went to Chicago for a few days last week, which is what ultimately led to my “zero” posts.  I will be posting pictures of our trip soon!

Also, I was offered a new job!  To add to the craziness of last week, it was also my last few days at Target.  Yesterday, I started my new job!  As of now, I have a lot to learn, but I can not wait.  This position is a great fit for me :).

I hope you are all having a summer that is filled with craziness like us!

IMG_3531Two years ago, I found a bed on the side of the road.  I sanded and stained it, and set it up in HJ’s room.  It was cute, it was a work of labor.  And it was uncomfortable.  It creaked.  It didn’t have a box spring.

But I also didn’t do anything about it.

Then one day, 3 little monkeys were jumping on the bed.  And, BOOM!  It broke.  Split right down the middle.  It could maybe had been saved (probably looking crappy, but saved), but it was not worth it.  So for the past 6 months or so, HJ had no headboard.  In fact, for a few months his mattress was even on the floor.

His mattress was actually a hand me down from one of my friend’s childhood room, so it was around 30 years old.  Lucky me, for Mother’s Day my dad bought a mattress and bedspring for HJ ( I swear that wasn’t sarcasm, I really was happy about it).

I kept my eyes peeled for new headboards.  I knew HJ needed a bookshelf one, because his room is full of his treasures.  And his dresser was packed full of treasures.

Then I saw this one for sale:


Not great, but I saw potential.  I had to work the day of the garage sale, so I asked a friend to confirm it was real wood.  And to then throw it in her minivan and drop it off.  It was real wood, and in great shape.  However, they had to take the seats down, drop kids off, etc. just to deliver it for me (Thank goodness for friends like that).

I stared for a few days before deciding what to do with it.

I went with a navy chalk paint (Dutch boy brand), and the stripes are in a cream (non chalk paint).


I sanded and wiped down the bed and put about 3 coats of paint on.  I was going to do stripes down the top, but decided just on the shelf portion would be enough.  I then finished it off with a matte protector to help keep the paint form chipping (hopefully this helps!).  I also painted a sweet little note to HJ on the bottom on the shelf…I wonder how old he will be before he sees it!


HJ loved decorating the shelves with his treasures.  It is so fun to see what he thinks are his “prized possessions”.  The drawings are from our local art festival, the book on top is a pokeman card book.  The penguin is something he typically dislikes, so I am not sure why he got a prime spot.  He also was sure to put a picture of Ty, his light he falls asleep with and his fox mask.  You know, the important stuff.


Now I am ready for our next diy project.  On that note, if anyone knows where I can get my hands on a wash tub and/or bar cart let me know!


HJ and I love the Despicable Me movies.  When we heard about the new Minion movie coming out, I knew that would be a summertime movie that HJ would need to see.  After all, he did make the cutest little minion a few Halloween’s ago.


And the Minion fun isn’t just in the theaters this summer.  After seeing them on the big screen this summer, you can also check out the Minions on specially marked boxes of your favorite fruit flavored snacks at retailers near you, including Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit by the Foot. From Gushers made with the Minions signature colors to themed comic strips on your Fruit by the Foot and even customizable pirate accessories for Fruit Roll-Ups Minion cut-outs, you can enjoy family fun that promotes imaginative and cognitive play—plus even more Minions fun on each box with games and clues to solve puzzles!

General Mills wants to help make sure you are enjoying summertime Minion style.  They are giving one of YOU a box of a participating General Mills cereal, a box of a participating Betty Crocker fruit flavored snack, an exclusive Minions Buddy and a $25 Fandango gift card to see the film in theatres next month.

How awesome is that?  To win, just leave a comment!  The winner will be randomly selected nest Tuesday, July 28th.  Good Luck!

Talk about summer just flying by!  Somehow, it is mid-July.

I didn’t even realize I didn’t post last week.

It’s like the week just didn’t exist.  There is no way school supplies should be showing up at the Target stores already.  But somehow, summer is halfway gone and I feel like we haven’t accomplished so many things I wanted to do.

Starting with losing ten pounds.

In June, I figured by my friends July 18th wedding, I wanted to be 10 pounds lighter.  And then this past week, I was thinking I should start working on that.

And now the wedding is in a week, and I am like, “well, forget that!”

Luckily my friend Courtney and I decided to get serious about our weight again.  We have tried other things on our own, but nothing worked as well as when we had our monthly contests and weigh-ins.  Now, I am hoping to be down 10 pounds in 6 weeks.  Wish me luck!


Starting now, when I lost 10 pounds, she is sending me a gift.  How’s that for motivation?  I love getting presents in the mail!


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.