Place to put stuffed animals

I’ve had intentions to make a bean bag cover and use it as a place to store stuff animals. But life.  Then, yesterday I couldn’t shut a drawer of blankets, so I decided to sew this old blanket together and put the stuff animals in it.  I left a bit of an opening, that maybe I’ll add some velcro or buttons.  This could definitively be a lumpy bean bag for movie watching and now I’ve freed up 2 bins that used to hold stuff animals and my blanket drawer is easy to shut once again.  Win, win, win.

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Bowling Birthday Party at Premiere Lanes



Premiere Bowling in Pleasant Hill is a fun (and easy) place to have a birthday party!  The staff was nice and accommodating and it was just fun to do something different.  My little guy was thrilled knocking down the bowling pins.  He usually gets in trouble for knocking things down, so maybe this was a nice change of pace for him!  The bowling pin souvenir with balloons was extra special and made for fun decoration in the party room.  Everyone enjoyed the game room as well, and was a nice change of pace after the bowling and cake.

I can’t wait to see what they’ve done with their addition and remodel this fall.  I imagine will be spending lots of money on the lazer tag addition when it is complete and in the upcoming years.  I’m thankful for places like this, for some great family fun and some birthday party sanity saving for those years you need it.  Have you been bowling lately?

A few fun things going this weekend around Des Moines 8/29 – 8/30

1.  If you haven’t made it to a cubs game yet, this is the last weekend to do so before they are finished for the season.  Go Iowa Cubs!

2. Altoona Palooza, kids activities 1 -4pm at Sam Wise Youth Complex in Altoona (pony rides!)

3. Learn to Bowl class 10:30 – 11:30 on Saturday, $3.50


4. Free carousel rides at Union Park’s Heritage Carousel on Sunday 11 – 4pm.  It normally cost $0.50/kid.


Things that help when my kids are sick

Guess what?  We made it to day 4 of school before someone got strep!  Ugh!  Here is what has helped me this time around.

They make amoxicillin taste so good.  I’m tempted to ask for the liquid bubble gum flavor as an adult, when I’m sick.  So I understand my children’s dilemma when the see their sibling getting it and they cannot have it.   So they get juice in a syringe.  Or if I’m out of juice, milk with strawberry syrup in a syringe.  The milk/strawberry syrup looks so similar.  It’s surprising that this works as well as it does!


After I made this, I found juice in our pantry, so I made a slushie with juice instead of kool aid syrup this time.  I ended up using

-1 cup cherry juice

-2 cups ice

and I get “thanks mom, it’s as good as pop. thanks 10,000 times”.  They seemed to like this juice as much as the kool aid syrup version.

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Hope your families are all staying healthy!


A great solution for kid hoarders

What do you do with all the Valentine’s cards your kids received from V-Day?  I had been trying to sneak them in the trash until I saw the idea to turn them into a place mat online.  It was a big hit!  I may also turn the kids National Geographic Animal Cards into place mats.  I used the last of my very smushed contact paper so it was less than perfect, but just fine for what it was.  In case you were wondering, contact paper is located in next to the dish section for lining the inside of cupboards.

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Flying with kids

We are just coming off our vacation high.  And food coma(s).  We had just a great trip visiting family in California.  Our family is just the best.

I remember when we first flew to California when we just had one kid and I was a little more than stressed out to fly with him.  Of course, he did great.  Now, we just have two and I was nervous about the boy who doesn’t sit still.  And it worked out.  I even enjoyed it.

Here’s what you need need when traveling via airplane with kids.

1. Movies and charged devices to play them.

2. Special snacks they aren’t used to getting.  I think chewing and drinking a sippy cup or sucking can really help getting ears popped.  We also did “surprised faces” and chewing motions when my youngest didn’t want to eat.  I bought a ton of milk after going through security to have on the plane because the airline we used didn’t have it on the plane and my boy has a thing for milk.  It was expensive and it was worth it.  It would be hard to be a happy kid if your ears hurt.  Sugar free tic tacs worked great for us.

3. Toys they haven’t seen.  The last 15 minutes of the flight were the most difficult for my little guy.  Electronics have been put away and the excitement of being on a plane has long worn off.  This is what you need to save some yet to be seen toys for!  Hold out.  This may also be a good time to pull out a sucker or ring pop?  After they turn off the seat belt sign and you still have to wait a ton to get out of the plane is tough too.  Having the kids talk to other people is helpful, or letting them push the light button was a great distraction too.

4. Don’t be stressed yourself and tell them what is going to happen.  Try to walk through everything with them so they kind of know what is going on.  The kids didn’t have to take off their shoes when they went through security, which was great.  You can give them a little airplane to show how it takes off and have a little count down to blast off.

5. Bring a big stroller to check at the gate right before you board the plane.  It’s so nice to have something with wheels to put kids and junk into to make walking around the airport way easier.  We also used one car seat on the plane just as a means for comfort and familiarity on the plane.  Be sure to know where it says, “approved for use in aircraft” on your car seat.  We had to check our car seat at the gate because we couldn’t find that on the first flight.  Also, make sure it is a narrow car seat so it’ll be more likely to fit.

Enjoy yourself.  You might as well.


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