Monday, July 21, 2014

Wichita Wingnuts Baseball!

The Wichita Wingnuts are are a AA baseball team based in Wichita.  After going to a game a couple years ago, we were excited to go again.  Konnor is a little older now and would enjoy it more, which also meant, Eric and I would enjoy it more.  ;-)

Katie and I painted our nails special for the game.

We packed a backpack full of snacks for Konnor, but the rest of us were excited to indulge in some stadium food!!  Katie especially enjoyed her popcorn!  

Konny was excited to meet the mascot!

We got a little giddy around the 7th inning.

I think the kids favorite part was running that bases at the end.

Even though they were behind most of the game, they won at the very end by stealing home!  It was such a fun game and we hope to make another by the end of the season!

Sunday, July 20, 2014


Konnor was finally old enough to participate in a sport this summer.  We were all so excited to sign him up for Blast Ball.  It's a little like tball.  The kids hit the ball of a tee, but don't run all the bases.   They just run towards first, where there's a base that makes a loud HONK sound when they jump on it.  While Konny is doing so awesome gross motor wise, he's still a bit below the average 4 yr old.  Because of that, the soy FPIES (and because how fun would it be coaching 4 yr olds!?), Eric signed up as the asst coach.

Small but mighty, Konny did awesome and had so much fun even though there were some super hot evenings!  Eric had a great time too and already plans on coaching again next year.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Review : North American Herb & Spice SinuOrega Sinus Spray

I was provided complimentary products for my review.  See full disclosure below.

Especially since becoming a parent, I have always been been interested in more natural ways to stay healthy. As a health care professional, I do see the need for conventional medicine, but I also am a firm believer that we can do a lot to fend off illness and treat ourselves naturally as well.

I have often heard the benefits of oregano oil in treating upper respiratory symptoms. 

The oregano oil in used in North American Herb & Spice products isn't just any oregano oil either, it's oregano P73 oil.  This oil is produced without chemicals using old fashioned cold-pressing and steam distillation.  Because this oregano is grown in the mineral rich soil in the mountains of the Mediterranean, free of all chemical and pesticides, it's idea for human consumption and superior to oils produced from other oregano.

It's for these reasons, I jumped at the chance to try SinuOrega.

SinuOrega is the first natural sinus spray to combine the wild spice oils of oregano, bay leaf, sage and clove in a spring water and sea salt base.  Because it's natural, it's also nonaddictive.

The directions state to insert nozzle next to inner nasal membrane and gently squirt.  Immediately sniff contents deeply to distribute throughout the sinuses.  Repeat with each nostril.  For best results, sniff deeply.  Repeat as needed.  Temporary burning, stinging, sneezing or increased nasal discharge my occur. 

Easy enough, right?  Should I mention I'm not a fan of nasal sprays and while I will use the neti pot, we aren't exactly friends.  I do however have some pretty constant sinus issues from living here in good old windy, allergy laden KS.  More than once a week, a sinus headache gets the best of me.  In the past 10 yrs, I've only taken an antibiotic only a handful of times and the majority of them were for sinus infections I couldn't manage to kick naturally.

So...squirt and sniff!!  The temporary burning and stinging?  Yea, that's not a lie.  Katie followed me around asking if I was okay.  Haha!!  Shortly after I blew my nose and my sinuses felt more clear than than they had in ages!  I felt great enough that I actually used it again and again!  The temporary (very minor) discomfort is more than worth the extended relief!  I'm excited to tell my fellow allergy suffers about this great product and even more excited at the possibility of no more sinus infections!

I also had the opportunity to review OregaSpray.   It is a completely natural, edible, multipurpose spray with hundreds of uses including : veggie wash, air cleanser, hand cleaner, toothbrush spray, odor neutralizer, kitchen and bathroom cleaner, pet deodorizer, body or foot deodorant, public disinfectant and breath freshener.  Personally, I like using it to clean our veggies and being able to spray it directly on the dog!

North American Herb and Spice products are available to purchase HERE and HERE.  I haven't had a chance to look where I shop yet, but I would bet you can find some of the products at your local health food stores also.

Disclosure: I was provided complimentary SinuOrega and OregaSpray products for my personal review.  The opinions expressed here are my own and may differ from other's experience.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Summer is here!

After a fast and furious last couple weeks of school, summer is finally here!  I always take first and last day pictures, although this year I'm not sure there's a huge difference.  Kelton looks maybe more tired!  Ha!  Is that an age thing?  Katie has definitely matured a bit though with her haircut and earrings.

This year we decided to write down everything we wanted to do and check it off as we went along.  So our summer fun bucket list was born.  Ta Da....

Right away we checked off making italian sodas and popsicles.  We're full speed ahead in the summer reading program too.  I even signed up this year!  What a great excuse to sit down with a book!

Of course (in keeping tradition) one of the first things we did to celebrate good grades was drive through Starbucks! We did this one the way to pick up packets for the River Fest 10K, which was the next day.

Summer rec started on Monday for Kelton.  I'm driving on my days off and I'm thankful for some other mommies who are able to drive while I'm working.

While Kelton is busy at his classes, Katie is getting a chance to start helping with more chores.  She also enjoys helping Konny work on his letters.

To help keep things interesting, we have a new pet.  He adopted us apparently and finds our garage to be quite cozy.  I just hope he doesn't decide he would prefer the cooler house!

I already see the summer flying to far to quickly but we are going to enjoy every second!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Teacher Appreciation 2014

Teacher Appreciation week is so fun!  I think we have the best teachers in our little town and I love letting them know how much they're appreciated!  I enjoy being a part of the PTO teacher appreciation committee, but I also send a small gift for my kid's teachers every day.

Coming up with ideas is super easy thanks to pinterest!  I have a Teacher Gifts board so that I can always refer to it when I want to send a quick gift.  The day after Halloween, after a snow day, after Christmas break and other random times in between I also like to send a little something.

Monday, I sent M&Ms.  There were so many ideas to use M&Ms, but I had made my own printable a couple years ago, so I just used it again with some cute chevron cardstock.  I also made sure find out their favorite M&M flavor!

Tuesday, I sent B12 gummies for Katie's teacher and bacon jerky for Kelton's.  These two were my ideas!

Wednesday was hand soap.  I like having the kids trace and cut out their hands to go with this one.  The printable is great and one I will continue using for years, I'm sure!

Thursday was mountain dew for Kelton's teacher and gum for Katie's teacher.  I believe this was the 3rd time I'd sent soda for him, but hey you do what works!  There's a great printable pack that I used for the gum.

Friday, Katie's teacher got a candle and Kelton's teacher got deer sticks.  I found the candle saying on pinterest with no link, so I created my own printable.  Obviously Kelton and I came up with the deer printable as deer sticks probably aren't a common teacher gift.  The kids liked signing their names on these ones.

Katie insisted all the kindergarten teachers needed a treat from her.  I found this cute saying on pinterest also, but again no link so I created my own printable.  Kelton gave out some to other teachers he liked also.

We also had payday candy bars and 100 grand candy bars for the nurses, secretaries and principals.

The secretaries at Katie's school got these cookies.

One of my friends is a para at Katie's school,
so we couldn't leave her out!

Last but not least, I had to make sure Learn and Grow knows how much we appreciate them.  I saw this little saying on pinterest but the link was to etsy.  I'm certainly not paying for a printable when I can make one myself!

Whew!  It was a busy week but our teachers are worth it!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Katie's EXCITING Kindergarten field trip

This year for the Kindergarten field trip, the kids got to go to Botanica.  The gardens are beautiful and the children's play area is amazing!  Our little group had a great time with the scavenger hunt, finding specific flowers and bugs.

Just shortly before we were supposed to leave, Katie tripped coming off one of the toys in the children's area and landed flat on her face.  It was bleeding quite a bit and I could tell it was going to need stitches.  Thankfully one of our friends was able to drive us to immediate care to get sewn back up.

We got done quick enough to grab a milk shake for being so brave and get to the park to finish out the field trip.

Thank evening, she had fun showing off her stitches for some pictures.

She became infamous among her friends pretty quickly.  The next day at soccer, her coach already knew about it when we arrived at her game!  She was pretty worn out from all the excitement and had a long nap that afternoon.

Needless to say, I bet this is a field trip she will never forget!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Soccer times two!

Katie signed up for soccer again this year, but unlike last year actually played!  She said she really wanted to try again and at the first practice waved to me from the field, shouting, "Look mom, I'm not crying!"  I feel like it was the right decision not to push her to continue last year when she decided she didn't like it, otherwise she might not have decided to try again this year.  She had a great season and is excited to play again next year.  Not to mention, preK/K girls soccer might be one of the cutest things there is to watch.  They are all adorable!

As always, Kelton had a great season.  There was only one game he played that he didn't score a goal.  He even scored 2 during one game and the last game scored the only goal of the game!  I can't say it enough, but I love watching him play.  I could seriously watch him play soccer all. day. long.

Now for pictures!

I'm always thankful for the coaches.  They volunteer their time so our kids can enjoy playing soccer, so we make sure to give them a treat at the end of the season.

I do have to admit, we've enjoyed the less hectic evenings now that soccer has ended.  We're excited for Konnor to start blastball next week!