Friday, May 26, 2017

Five Friday Favorites: May....

Gee golly whiz!  May has zipped right by us and here we are on the cusp of summer.  #yippeeskippee Memorial Day in my mind is the kick off to summer, anyone else?  The pools open, lake season begins, school wraps up and our schedule gets filled with all sorts of fun!  Speaking of which, I am doing a Facebook live TODAY at 1 PM CST talking all things "Summer Bucket List".  Simply like my page and join me.

Once a month I share a few of my favorites that I think you might love too :).  In no particular order, let's get sharing!


My hands may be full but you should see my heart (and my caffeine intake ;).  Us mommas can carry heavy loads!  We have been having fun talking about our favorite drinks and it was fun to see what keeps you going moms!  Make sure to follow both my Instagram and Facebook pages to join in on the fun conversations!  I even picked your brain about the great fish debate #mykidswantone.  You had SO much wisdom.  I will be asking for more advice soon and I know you will all are so wise!

The point of this favorite is actually my new jeans.  You guys I hate (shouldn't use that word) strongly dislike shopping for pants.  Anyone else?  I really wanted a pair of frayed hem jeans with a distressed look.   I found these at Old Navy.  I got my actual size but they do stretch out so I suggest sizing down.  They are super comfortable!  The price is right especially with a coupon or sale!  


Speaking of my new jeans, while I was out shopping I was alone so I actually could try things on!  I rounded up some of my favorites I am loving this season!  My favorite shorts, my go to summer purse, comfy mom sandals and more!  What are you loving right now?  I am still on the hunt for more pom-pom and tassel accents!  


Tiny, fake, potted plants!  I have the brownest thumb but  I love plants.  At our local Michaels they have these darling little potted plants in terra cotta or stone pots.  They are usually 40% off or you can use your Michael's app coupons and they ring up to around $3!  They have a ton of varieties including succulents!


Our van does not have built in DVD players so when we go on long car trips our kids have an iPad.  Long story short, we acquired 3 without purchasing any of them ;).  That's a story for another day.  So each kid has their own with a pair of headphones.  We just got the Amazon basics ($12.99) for Solon!  

The only problem was Lucy wanted to watch too!  So I looked online for a fix and I found this car headrest holder.  We have tested it out on a recent road trip and it worked great.  I will say it works best if your iPad has a case, otherwise the iPad can slip out going around corners.  We have this case, which by the way, we have had for 6 years!    I simply downloaded our digital copy of Trolls and Lucy watched that!  She was squealing with delight.  


My last favorite is hammy-downs.  They aren't just for kids!  My mom has been cleaning out and she gifted me a new purse and this cake stand (Here is a similar one).  Funny enough I asked for one for Mother's Day ;).  I got it - ha!  Have you ever gotten any good hammy-downs?  It really is true, one man's trash, is another man's treasure! 

Before you go -- 

Here are your favorite blog posts from this month...

Creating an Art Cart and I Need Help tied for first!  If you haven't read them, you should!

Our Day in the Life post was popular too.  I love those kinds of posts too!   You also were curious about 11 Finds at Wal-Mart this spring. Anyone get anything from the list????

Of course, you all have been so supportive with our Leilani's Lemonade Stand as we honor Leilani in her final days and help her cross it off her bucket list!

Here are my April Favorites!

I hope you have the best weekend.  There won't be a post on Monday, I hope to enjoy the full LONG weekend with my family before we gear up for the last 2 days of school!  Don't forget to join me this afternoon at 1PM CST on Facebook! Keep on, keeping on #tribekoko!

Linking up with Erika and Andrea for Friday Favorites, Meet @ The Barre for Friday Favorires, Cup of Tea for High Five for Friday, and Smidge of This and North Carolina Charm for Five on Friday.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

A Quick End of Year Teacher Gift...

Happy Thursday friends, you don't hear me say that very often but I had that fun extra post about Leilani's lemonade stand on Tuesday!  If you didn't read about it, go do that and then hop right back over here.

It's the end of the school year for many of us.  We are T-3 days left around here, not that we haven't been counting down for the last 180 days or anything ;).  Before we head into summer mode, it's a good time to thank our teachers for all they have done for our kiddos all year long.

Gift cards are a fan favorite friends amongst teachers.  I can say that with certainty because I was a teacher ;).  Go to Pinterest and look at all my pins of cute ways to gift gift cards, most of them require just a printer and something to affix the gift card to the printable!

Today I have a little printable to go along with a gift card to a restaurant of your choice.  Most teachers do their fair share of lunch duty so now it our turn to take over lunch duty and treat them to lunch this summer!

Simply save this graphic to your computer by right-clicking (make sure to keep the .jpg).  You can also find the pin icon in the top left hand corner so you can pin for later use.

Open up the file on your computer and prepare to print as shown in the above picture!

In the printing options choose 4 copies per page.  This makes sure the graphic is just the right size.  If you choose 6, 9 or more copies per page, the graphic will be much too small. 

I suggest printing your cards on plain white card stock for extra durability.  Once printed, you just have to cut them out.  If you want your child to write their teacher a note, simply have them write it on the back of the card before affixing the gift card!

You can attach the gift card with a circle of tape, rubber cement or photo squares.  My gift card came in a pack that already had the sticky dots so I simply unstuck it from the card and on to my card with no need for additional adhesive.   #winnerwinnerchickendinner

Your teacher is sure to remember you and be so thankful for a fun, yummy lunch this summer on you!  They don't get to go out to lunch very much during the school year.

How are you thanking your teacher this year?  Please share in the comments.  They continually keep on, keeping on.  #tribekoko :)

Don't forget to join me tomorrow at 1 PM CST for my monthly Facebook Live! Series.  This month we are talking about summer bucket lists.  I can't wait to learn with all of you.  Make sure to like my Facebook page, see you tomorrow!

Linking up with Home of Malones for Thursday Thoughts, check out her blog for more fun!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Leilani's Lemonade Stand...

Leilani arriving home with her family after 600 days in the hospital!

Leilani: A sweet 10 year old girl in our church about ready to meet Jesus face to face.  She has fought the good fight and healing is coming, just not the way we hoped.  It's heart breaking and unimaginable.  Our hearts are broken for her family.

She was born with a heart defect that required a heart transplant at a very young age.  At about 8 years old, her new heart started to give out.  She spent the next 600 days in the hospital fighting for her life.  She underwent her 2nd heart transplant in 2016.  Unfortunately the wait took a toll on her body and other internal organs.

She came home earlier this year to live her final days, was granted a Make-A-Wish trip to Florida and has continued to live out her faith and her mantra "overcomer".   She has had a bucket list full of fun things she hoped to do in her final days.  It included gardens, dates with her family, eating her favorite meals, reading the Harry Potter books and seeing Beauty and the Beast.   Things many of us take for granted.

The list also included a lemonade stand.

She is too sick now to have a stand of her own but that doesn't mean we can't help make that bucket list item a reality.

On Thursday, June 1st we invite you to have "Leilani's Lemonade Stand"  

It's the first day of summer around here and what better way to kick it off then with the age old tradition of a lemonade stand.  All while we share the remarkable story of a sweet young girl, who loves the Lord so much, has fought so hard and always shared the hope we have in Jesus, our Savior.

So are you in?  

All you need to do is host a lemonade stand on Thursday, June 1st in your neighborhood.  Post a picture with the hashtag #Leilanislemonadestand and print the graphic if you would like to display at the stand.

How to donate your proceeds -- 

Donate to Make A Wish 

Click here - select the amount you wish to donate.

Next under "options" please select "Donate in Honor or Memory", then choose a card type of your choice and fill out the Honoree information - Leilani Lahey.  If you wish, in the from category list "Leilani's Lemonade Stand by (blank)".

Last make sure to click local chapter and choose "Make-A-Wish Iowa".  Save and continue on with the next form!  


The Lahey Family Go Fund Me Account 

Please click this link here for funeral expenses and other expenses incurred during Leilani's medical stays.

Helpful Promotional Supplies -- 

Here is a Lemonade Stand tract to share the gospel with your patrons.  Simply save this photo, by right clicking.  Make sure to save it as a .jpg.  Open the file and choose print.  You can click number of copies you want to print on the print form.  I suggest print 2 or 4 copies per page.  

We hope you will join us.  If you can't participate on that day, please help spread the word by sharing the graphic found on my Facebook page or visiting a local lemonade stand!

Leilani took the lemon life gave her and always made lemonade.  If you have any questions,  please contact Erin Port at!  Thank you!

Monday, May 22, 2017

A New Kitchen Faucet...

Happy Monday!  I am stopping in with a quick fix we made this weekend.  I hope you all are having a great start to your week!  Any home improvement happen at your home this weekend?

When we built our home 4 years ago there were certain things we did not hand-pick.  The plumbing fixtures were one of them.  They have served us well, however, about 6 months ago I noticed water start to spill out of a tiny crack on the side of our faucet.  Over time the crack corroded more and it started to spray out the side and straight up leaving only one sink usable since the water would spray into the adjacent sink.  Bummer!  If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen it on my insta-stories!

Kitchen faucets are not exactly cheap!  So we have lived with it for a bit until we decided what we wanted, there was a sale (are you surprised we waited for a sale? #nope) and my Father-in-law was back home to help my husband.  Since it was water-related, he wanted a 2nd pair of eyes who knew what they were doing (that excluded me) to help with the project!



I am cheap thrifty, so when I pick things out I have a constant mind battle of cheapest vs. what I love.  Anyone else?  

When I spotted this new faucet, it was love at first sight.  As much as one can love a faucet that is.  It has a square detail on the nozzle and handle, oil-rubbed bronze and the goose-neck design which we knew we wanted to convert to.  We had heard from professional plumbers that both Delta and Moen were trusted and reliable, and they guarantee their faucets for life.  

Given our last manufacturer told us to contact our builder and our builder told us to contact the manufacturer, we felt good knowing we wouldn't have to go through that circus again should something happen!

The faucet comes with all the necessary items for 1-4 hole set-up.  Our sink has a separate water shut off that the guys turned off prior to taking out the old faucet.  Once they were done removing that, there were detailed instructions included in the box for installation of the new faucet.  The guys assured me the tubing and all the things we don't see were much better quality too.  They were excited about that, I was sure excited about the beauty and function!  It only sprays when asked now ;).  

They got it all switched out in under an hour.  Isn't this always how it is with projects, we wish we would have done it sooner!  We were nervous about install given we were dealing with water and you don't want a leak.  I am so thankful for the upgrade!  It's nice to know the investment should last us for a long time!

It has a nice long detachable nozzle, spray vs stream function and one handle.  The kids were so excited to test it out.  We might all enjoy washing dishes a little more for the next few days!

So there you have it a little weekend DIY project!  What have you been working on around your home?  Home ownership always means some sort of project to fix or update around the house.  Before you go, head over to my Facebook page, I need some advice...

Go to Facebook and give me all the information, my kids REALLY REALLY want a a momma out!

Until next time, keep on keeping on :)

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This post is not sponsored, just wanted to share we FINALLY fixed our faucet!   

I am linking up with My Glittery Heart and Johanna for Hello Monday! 

Friday, May 19, 2017

How to Beat The Year End Weariness...

My grandma used to tell me the story when I was a little girl about how they would go get some chickens from the farm, come home and chop their heads off as they prepared them for dinner.  She said they would run around the backyard like crazy.  As gruesome as the story, I always thought the vision of chickens running around headless, was funny.


I am the chicken, head cut off, running around like crazy.

It's not as funny, when you are the figurative chicken.  

It's the end of the year.  There are programs, graduations, gifts, games, awards, field days, special outfits, special days, meals and festivities to be had.  Not to mention the day to day that still needs to get done.

I am in a constant state of panic.  Crazed stricken texts to my friends -- what do I need to send for that camp, you know that one, by some funny name I can't pronounce.  Then, looking at my calendar to see when I can fit in the washing of the underwear since turning them inside out is frowned upon.  Dinner?  Are you trying to send me into a tailspin?  Where's the paper bag?

All jesting aside this time of year can leave you down-right exhausted.  Dog-tired.  Bone-weary.  Frazzled.  Limp.  Kaput.  Sapped.  Shot.  Spent.  Ready to drop.  Outta gas.  Bushed.  Wasted.  Drained. 

You get the idea.  Maybe you know the feeling.

In the heat of the moment, our knee-jerk reaction is to buckle down and get to work doing it all in our own strength.  Taking any unnecessary items off the to-do list to get the necessary items done.

I pulled the plug on time with God for a few days.  I just didn't have time to sit at His feet in prayer or  read the bible.  

Bad idea.  I didn't feel ahead or flourish.  On the contrary, I began to flounder.

I was a fish flopping on the ground searching for air.  I was the chicken flapping around like crazy without my head.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

Although the story my Grandma told made me laugh as a child, I will let the actual chickens do the crazy dance.  Instead, I made a conscious effort to carve out time for God.  Take time to sit at His feet.  Give him my cares, my worries, my frustrations, my to do lists. 

Breathe in that scripture from Matthew 11 that promises that when we go to God with our burdens and are weariness that He will give us rest.  He will give us rest.  That time will look different for all of us but when your shoulders start to sag, your mind starts running, you can't fall asleep, seek Him.


In the midst of chaos you cannot change, He will give you rest.

It doesn't mean this season of chaos will go away but in the middle of the storm, he will shelter us with His peace as only He can do.  No amount of flexing our weary muscles will bring that relief.

So weary friend, keep on, keeping on in this busy, pandemonium.  Remember whose you are and who will give you rest if you simply seek Him.  He is willing and waiting to walk with you. 


Oh, what peace we often forfeit

Oh, what needless pain we bear
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer


Linking up with Andrea for Friday Favorites, High Five for Friday with Kt Cup of Tea and Meet at the Barre for more Friday Favorites :)  Also linking up with Crystal for Fresh Market Friday.  Check out their blogs for more fun and encouragement!

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