Tiny Tales Thursday...

Y'all. I do a lot of things wrong when it comes to parenting.

We eat cereal for dinner more than I should admit.
We skip baths. Lots.
Sometimes I'm not sure if the kids are in the front yard or back yard.
You get the idea.

But. I am pretty sure I should get a trophy for teaching my kids about good music. We listen to everything.

The girls have been on an Adele kick with Landry's favorite being...

And she sounds just like her...

Landry: Momma?
Me: Yes...
Landry: I weally wuv this song.
Me: Me too
Landry: I wuv the la la las
Me: Me too
Landry: I also know what it's about
Me: You do?
Landry: Yes. She wuvs the boy and he used to wuv her and now he wuvs someone else. 

She clearly nailed it. 


Royally Waiting: Linkup #9

Welcome back Royally Waiting - a place to share a peek into your week and let us all know what you're waiting on! Shelly, Holly and I hope you link up today!

I'm basically waiting on one thing...

April is my BUSY season at work. We (all of Texas A&M) try to shove as much as possible into 30 days. This Saturday is my students' biggest program of the year followed by a week of banquets, awards, celebrations and induction ceremonies. It's fun and exciting and EXHAUSTING! Ha! So, I'm looking forward to May 1 when work slows down a bit. (Although end-of-year school stuff picks up for the kids.) (Enjoy college, kids.) (Last lazy days of your life.) (You only think you're busy now.)

I am just waiting on a slower schedule so I can spend time binge watching some favorites. Ryan and I recently started The West Wing - we will probably finish it in August since we are committed to only watching it together.

I'm also waiting to start 13 Reasons Why - heard so many mixed thoughts on this with the majority feeling that this is an important topic that we should all discuss. Anyone watch yet?

And I honestly can't wait for Jane the Virgin Season 3 to hit Netflix. Have you seen this show?!? Holy cow - so so so so so so good!!!

Any other shows I should add to my list? What are you waiting to watch on Netflix?? 

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Katy the Cleaning Lady: Detergent Review

For as far back as I can remember, I have loved to clean. Like unusually enjoyed the practice of cleaning house. All my friends wanted to play teacher or house - not me. I literally played "Katy the Cleaning Lady." I remember asking for a broom and cleaning supplies for Christmas. One summer, I convinced Jenni that we should be chemists and invented our own cleaning solution.

I have tried having housekeepers and I just didn't enjoy it. I mean, it was nice to come home to vacuumed house, but I am that person that just was never satisfied. Just call me Alexander Hamilton. (Double points if you get the reference.)

So I'm pretty darn excited to debut this new little series where I review cleaning products for you dear readers. (I wish I would have thought to take an awesome picture of me holding some cleaning supplies or paid someone to make a me an image, but let's be honest - I'll get sidetracked and won't follow through with this.) But in case I do... Let me know if you've been dying to try something and I will do my best to try it for you!

I'm starting with an oldie but a goodie because I posted a picture on instagram a couple of weeks ago while we were making a batch of laundry detergent and got tons of questions. So, back by popular demand - I'm going to give you some of my opinions on using homemade laundry detergent.

In short...

WE LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Catch that?

I did a three month review way back in 2015 and I haven't really changed my tune. We still love this stuff! Wanna know why?

1. Annoying odor that comes with front load washers - gone
2. Saves tons of money! (I'd estimate $200/year)
3. Less waste because you aren't buying detergent
4. Clothes feel and smell so fresh and our whites are brighter than normal
5. Super duper easy to make...

The original recipe calls for... 
  1. 1 box of Arm & Hammer Baking Soda
  2. 1 box of Borax (4lb 12oz)
  3. 3 bars Fels Naptha soap - grated**
  4. 4lb Oxi Clean**
  5. 1 box Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
  6. Purex Crystals (optional)
** Y'all. Save yourself time and tips of fingers and buy the Zote washing flakes instead
** There is no such thing as a 4lb box of Oxi Clean - we just estimate

Clearly if you are looking for a green, all natural laundry detergent recipe, this isn't it. But if you want your clothes clean and smelling great - see above.

A little goes a super long way which is why this lasts so long. We have a house of 5 people and I do on average, 6-10 loads each week. In the summer, I do at least one load every day because I can't stand damp bathing suits and towels sitting around.

Other things to note:

1. Some recipes call for Ivory soap, I actually use Ivory soap to clean stains from clothes prior to washing
2. I love the new Purex Crystals we bought - smells so good! Curious how Downy unstoppables would work.
3. I still use liquid Downy to soften clothes - but my next project may be homemade fabric softener. Any recipes I should try?

You basically feel like you invented biscuits in a can after you make this. I mean how much more Martha can I be??

Happy Tuesday and happy washing!!!


Easter Blessings...

Sometimes you just want to go home - Easter has become that holiday for us. The kids and I headed to Waco on Friday afternoon for a whirlwind tour of the mall, HEB and hanging out at Gigi and Pops. Jenni came over on Saturday to take me to a fabulous flea market while the kids drove Pops and Gigi crazy spent quality time with the grands.  As soon as we got back, we had a request for the first confetti egg fight of the weekend.

A. I'm not sure who told them they could grow up so much. Karli will be TEN in May. TEN. 
B. He is so excited about the 1/2 inch he currently has on her.
C. Frousins are the best kind of relatives.

 We parted ways Saturday at lunch - the girls hit up Schmaltz and Target while the boys played four holes of golf. When we all got settled back at the house, it was time to dye some eggs.

The girls kept throwing their eggs in a cup and then would run off to practice their gymnastics/dare devil skills. They have learned how to climb to the top bar, hang do a flip and then let go. I am equally proud and terrified.

Ghosts of Easters past live in that ziplock baggie.

He hates it when I take random pictures of his face. But I want to remember every tiny detail... like that barely there scar that remains from when he fell and scraped his cheek on a door frame, his shaggy hair, those long eyelashes, and brown eyes that make me feel like I'm looking in a mirror. 

I look at him and try to imagine for just one second what the sacrifice God made for us feels like. I can't emotionally or physically take the pain - I can't even fathom what He must have felt knowing that His son was born to die. A painful death to save a bunch of sinners. That would just keep sinning. I look at him and see grace. 

We all voted that this year was the best our eggs have ever looked. Emmy's "King family" egg got voted best in show with it's rainbow hombre effect.

Mom pulled out this darling old table cloth and we both voted that it would make the perfect backdrop for a newborn Easter baby - we also voted that someone else would need to provide said baby.

Early bedtimes on Saturday for some early risers on Sunday! 

Ol EB did not disappoint with swimsuits all around!

Emersyn had an especially hard time decided between two bathing suits this year - but EB (ehm, GiGi) came through and got them their next favorite).

The girls also got matching pjs with their American Girls and Rad lucked up with this awesome game - I may do an entire post on how much fun we had making things up for it!

They all hurried and got dressed so they could find all the treasures that EB had left in the backyard, too!

What do you know... the Tooth Fairy celebrates Easter, too!

I need to confess - I didn't buy the girls new Easter dresses... I KNOW! I love these so much from last summer that I took all the risks and did a repeat. We survived.

Also. I wore pants.

You'd think that was all the fun we can handle for one weekend, but Gigi and Pops had one more surprise left. We stayed up late filling plastic eggs with coins. Each kid got to hunt for an egg of each color/type (I'm not sure why we never thought of this before). 

We had so much fun watching them and instead of fighting over eggs they helped each other find colors. Major wins all around!

Landry even made time to stop and pick some flowers.

Hope you all had a blessed Easter weekend. He is Risen and we are free!



Here's a glance of our days from my phone's perspective...

Last Sunday we woke up to a kid free house which meant a slow and easy morning. Y'all. I could eat this breakfast every day for all the days of my life.

Chicken Sausage
Roasted bell peppers
Crispy smashed potatoes
Fried eggs


By Sunday evening, we were back in the swing of things and Emmy insisted on making dessert for everyone. Since we are all friends here, I'll share her recipe.

Cinnamon Toast Crunch
Chocolate Chips
Redi Whip

Not Whole30 compliant.

In case you missed my post on Tuesday, I shared this gem and so many others.

I'm not sure if you all have guessed yet, but I'm a goober. I try to pretend that I have it together but most of the time I'm just winging every single thing in my life. I can't tell you how many pictures like this I send to my friends. This one was sent to Jennifer, a Stella and Dot consultant. I earned that necklace by hosting an online party and by me hosting - I really think Jennifer did all the work so she earned that necklace for me. I wanted her to know I loved it. 

Know what else I love?

Being mistaken for a college kid. 

These sweet 8th graders were doing a scavenger hunt on campus and they needed a picture with a professor or a student. They asked if I was a student - I hugged them and we took a picture anyway.

Ryan ordered me the softest purple cardigan for my birthday in honor of Camp King being purple. (More on all that later - long story for non-Aggies) Well, he ordered it in January and finally arrived in April. I was so excited for a random cool spring morning!

Easter Egg Hunts: A Lesson in Parenting

1st kid: Eggs are purchased, filled with themed goodies and delivered two weeks prior to party
2nd kid: Eggs are reused, filled with goodies and delivered week prior to party
3rd kid: You tell kid to go find eggs, fill with random items like stickers, Valentine's candy and army men and you deliver 1 week after they were due

We love Miss Elizabeth, but Emersyn has been having some hard days lately. Her teeny tiny body is filled with a huge attitude sometimes. What she thinks is "playing" comes across as being rude and disrespectful. We had a long talk about this and she went to writing an apology letter for me to hand deliver. I can't even with the cuteness.

There is a new wine/coffee bar on our side of town that is so fabulous!

We had the best time laughing it up and drinking in the sweetness of friendship!

I heart causal Friday.
And jeans that remind me of college.
And shoes that remind me of Dazed and Confused that reminds me of college.
And shirts that are $4.

My whole outift - Target head to toe.

My momma and I snuck away to one of our favorite spots in Waco on Saturday and couldn't stop laughing at all these signs. We couldn't decide on one... what would you pick?

Also - I will take one of each of these tea towels.

Saturday evening we were treated to a special performance of song and dance by Emmy. Over 30 years of little girls performing under that spotlight on Jason Street... they just keep getting better and better!

We celebrated Easter blessings all weekend long!

And that's us in an instant!