Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Monday, July 16, 2012

Weekend Recap: Toddler Yoga, Throwing Pennies & ICE CREAM!

This weekend FLEW by. As all good summer weekends do, no?

Our weekend kicked off early with a visit from this mama and one of Trey's besties, Greyson! We met up another mutual friend and her little one for a morning of toddler yoga.


Totally sounds like an oxymoron. I know.

Trust me. I thought the same thing as you. I even texted this chica before class to say. "I really hope we don't get ourselves kicked out...."

Much to everyone's surprise the boys all did AWESOME. They were super well behaved, and loved trying out different poses. The teacher was fun, turned all of the poses into animals and really captured their attention. We will definitely be going again!!

After class we hit up a great park that's on the sand and had some girl talk, play time and just overall fun in the sun!

Later that evening I got to have dinner & fro-yo with our besties. J and I laughed about how sometimes we feel like Trey and Addie are on a date and we are all just tagging along. They crack me up how much they love each other!

Saturday morning we hung out, made breakfast, played and then since it was raining a little I decided to break out a fun pinterest-inspired activity. They are these weird jelly beads that you can buy at Michael's (I think?) but I stumbled upon some a dollar store inside one of our malls. They're good for textures, colors, fine motor skills, etc. Trey loved watching them grow and I think I'm going to find a plant to use with them and see if they really live up to their "Soil Replacement" claim.

Saturday night we went and ran some errands, had dinner at CPK and hung out at our town center. J.D. taught Trey how to throw pennies in the fountain. Each throw included a "whoa!!" or "cooool". So simple. But such a great time.

J.D. and I came home and watched some old Episodes of Breaking Bad in excitement of the next (and final) season premiere tonight. Did anyone else watch??

This morning we woke up, went and got our crack coffee, and headed to the park. As you can tell by looking at Trey - it was so muggy/humid/hot. 

Side-note: Why don't toddlers seem to care about the heat? I swear it could be a million degrees out and this kid would still want to play! 

To finish it off we headed to a friend's house for a cookout and some sprinkler fun. Trey plays so well with their daughters and a few of their friends came too. We all had an amazing time just sitting outside laughing and watching the little ones have the time of their lives.

Did you know today was national ice cream day - I had a random lady in Target tell me (don't ask, the crazies were out in full force today...) so I immediately scooped up some vanilla ice cream, cones and sprinkles to take with us!

It was basically your quintessential Summer night.

And it was perfect.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Party Prep ~ DIY: Waterproof Water Bottle Labels

I really shouldn't even be writing a DIY post about making these because they are SO EASY.

A while ago J.D. and I were in Target and had a convo that went like this:

Me: Look babe! Paul Frank Duct Tape! We need this for Trey's party!

J.D.: What are you going to do with that?

Me: I don't know..... Um.... SOMETHING

J.D.: No Lis, put it back...

Me: *Huff puff*

And ever since I thought to myself "oh I am GOING to find a way to use that darn tape"!

Fast forward a few weeks I was trying to figure out how to do water bottle labels for Trey's birthday, I knew I would want to laminate them because ice + paper labels on water bottles = ick! And I knew that the water needed to be ice cold for a party in August!!


Couldn't I just use the duct tape ON the bottles? Um yep.

So I went and got the tape (without J.D. thankyouverymuch) and went on the search for smooth water bottles. (OCD much?) You know bottles that weren't all bumpy where the label was going to be.

(And in case you were in walmart in the middle of the night last week and saw some rough looking crazy lady FEELING up water bottles... well. You should have said hi.) 

So I found these smaller Aquafina ones on sale this week at Target. I think that they will be perfect for   kids and adults alike.

I just removed the labels that come on the water and replaced with the duct tape! Easy peasy!!!

(Target has a good selection of different designs back by the home improvement area, and Michaels had a ton when I was there recently too!! )

Wordless Wednesday

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Monogrammed Bangles & Headbands for Sale!

After some very sweet and very convincing emails and instagram comments I have decided to go ahead and sell some of the monogrammed bangles (and headbands)!

Pricing is as follows:

1 for $10
2 for $18 
3 for $24

Shipping is $3 for one $5 flat for more than one. 

The Large bracelets on the far left come in white, red, pink and orange. These are the ones that I am worried might be a smidge too big for some. They are measuring at 2 3/4" inside versus the rest of these measuring at 2 1/2". Please make sure you check your other bracelets before ordering. I would hate for you to get one and be unable to wear it comfortably!! 
I can also do the plain black headband (shown top left) for the same price as a bracelet! (I only have these in black)

As far as monograms go, I have pretty much any color vinyl that you could want! 

Just send me an email or leave me a comment with your email, and a description of what you would like - if you'd like to order one!! 

Thanks so much everyone!! Let me know if you have any questions or don't see what you are looking for! 

Friday, July 6, 2012

Monogrammed Bangle: A Cricut Tutorial

Let me start this post off by saying that I have only had my cricut for a few hours. These are the first things that I have ever made with it (I have used machines before that have belonged to friends of mine - so I am somewhat familiar with them - but by NO means a pro!) 

I knew I wanted to try out some of the vinyl that I bought when I ordered my machine right away so I figured "what the heck?" and got down to business!


Cricut Machine
Cutting mat
Any font cartridge - I used Plantin Schoolbook
Vinyl - I got this on Amazon but they have them at Michael's, AC Moore, etc
Transfer Tape - Picked up at Michael's
Bracelet/Bangle of choice - I found these in the $1 section at Michael's. They are smidge too big for my wrist so I'm going to keep my eye out for some smaller ones.

Step 1: Cut out your letters. I cut at a very slow setting, and slightly deep. I made the m's 1" and the S 1 1/2".

Step two: Peel your letters off of the vinyl and stick them onto your transfer tape.

Step 3: Adhere to your bracelet. Take the wooden stick and press down thoroughly before removing your transfer tape.

Step 4: All done!!!

This pink one is a gift for my sweet friend over at Preppy Girl Meets World

Let me know if you have any questions and PLEASE if you have any advice for me as a new Cricut owner please pass it my way! 

Friday Funnies

Ahhh! It's F-R-I-D-A-Y!!!

Despite the holiday - it has felt like the worlds longest week at the Beach Bum household!

I thought I'd start the best day of the week with some laughs!

Source: via Beach on Pinterest

Source: via Beach on Pinterest

Source: via Beach on Pinterest

That last one was for M - she and I just found out that we are birthday twinsies -  T-minus 14 days!  And once upon a time wanted nothing more than to take cupcakes to school ON our birthday!! 

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Toddler Dining Out Kit

Since Trey was about 10 months or so old I have kept a "dining out kit" in my car. It's just a really small tote with things to make our dining out experiences go smoothly.

(I personally think that going out to eat with him consistently since he was teeny-tiny is key! We've been having weekly mexican dates with this crew for forever!)

This picture is from when Trey was right around a year old. I don't always take it now but sometimes I do! I also have LOTS of stickers and plain drawing paper in it now!!


  • coloring book
  • no roll crayons
  • disposable bibs (you could get the disposable place mats too!) 
  • flexi straws in a travel toothbrush holder (nice to have when they are really little) 
  • Melissa & Doug wooden toy - it has suction cups on the bottom to stick to the table! 
  • Toddler sized silverware (I love this set by Sugar Booger) 
I also asked two of my awesome "Mom-friends" (hi girls!!!) what else they would include and they said:

  • CARS!
  • Simple snacks like puffs/cheerios in case the little ones get hungry before the food comes out
  • Chalkboard placemat - like this one

So here's my question for y'all - what do you bring with you when dining out with your little one?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

4th of July Cake Pops

I've had a few family members asking me to make cake pops again for a while now. Truth be told, I don't love making them. I did before I had Trey but they are super time consuming.

But since I love my family and friends (hi J!) I figured I'd throw together some 4th of July ones!

If you need help making them for the first time I have a tutorial here - it includes some tips and tricks that I have learned along the way! And always feel free to email me if you have any questions!

Happy 4th Y'all!!

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Mommy Fitness Box by Joel Harper for Bluum

Y'all have heard me profess my love for Bluum boxes for months now. I STILL get so excited each month when I open my mailbox to new goodies for me and for Trey. (Basically it's like Birchbox for babies!) 

Bluum doesn't usually share a sneak peek of what is going to be inside of the boxes. So imagine my excitement when I got an email letting me know a little more about what is going to be inside of July's box. 

July's box is curated by Joel Harper - the fitness expert for the Dr. Oz show! The box will apparently have some full size products (it's usually deluxe sample sizes) as well as Joel Harper goodies! I absolutely cannot wait to see what they have put together for this!!  I had to share this with you all in case you were thinking about signing up for your own Bluum box subscription - this would definitely be the month to do it!! Just make sure that you sign up by July 10th to guarantee that you are included. 

And yes, I will definitely be posting pictures of what is inside this box once it arrives!

Let me know if you have any questions!! You can also find Bluum's FAQ right here

*p.s. This was not a sponsored post - I just really love this company and am excited about next month's box!* 

Sunday, July 1, 2012

DIY: Toddler-Made Gift Wrap

Trey had a second birthday party to go to for one of his sweet friends. His mom is a former teacher and so good with all sorts of kids crafts and projects. So I wanted to make the gift wrap extra fun. 

We used some kraft paper that I had leftover from my Christmas gifts this past year. 

And decided to let Trey go to town with some crayons. 

Since it was for a boy I decided to forgo the bow and add one of these awesome "Kid Made Modern" Giant crazy crayons from Target (in the stationary section, for about $4) and just tie it on with some Jute string!

I threw a fun Erin Condren label on the back (similar to my Christmas ones) and we were good to go!!

The gift was a big hit and we had an awesome time at the party!!!