Saturday, July 24, 2021

Hey there, friends!

I wanted to pop on over to the blog and share with you this simple and fun outdoor summer activity - painting the playhouse with washable paints!


We had messy moments, and in hindsight we probably should've used a tarp - oops! ;)

Luckily the "messy" part of this activity also included washable Crayola paints!  I used these... and let's be honest - one can never not have washable paints of hand with wee little ones around, am I right?!

I also had some paintbrushes on hand, but bought sponge paint brushes like these, just in case.

Eliza and Jane painted for most of the morning!


Some of the messy fun.  Love her!


Big sister, who's 8 years old, really enjoyed enjoyed getting creative!  It was fun to watch Eliza add the polka dots at the end!


A large sponge, a bit of soap and a hose should clean this right up and then we get to do it all over again!  WooHoo!


Let me know if you give this a go!  I'd love to see all the pretty painted playhouses out there!

Happy playhouse painting!

Marie :)


Saturday, July 3, 2021

Tablecloth Fourth of July Bunting


Happy Fourth of July weekend!  I wanted to swing by the blog and share this super easy and affordable dollar store plastic tablecloth bunting with all of you!


I very much wanted to decorate our deck.  However, waiting until the last minute left me with limited options and the decor that was left seemed to be more than I was willing to spend.  

Enter plastic tablecloths and zip ties!

I spent $9.00 for this quick and easy decor idea - the zip ties I had on hand, but if you get a variety pack like the one below you’ll find yourself using them for so many projects, I promise!   

The kids and I set out the tablecloths like so…



I wanted the long rectangular ones for this project.  


We then folded the tablecloths in half…


Set them one top of each other - red on top, white, then blue on the bottom…


We zip tied the center…


We used the 8 inch zip ties for the center.


Then we zip tied the ends with just a little bit of tablecloth left out.  Also, if you look closely I pulled the red tighter than the white and the white tighter than the blue so that when it was displayed all the colors would show.  


(Ignore my ferns - there’s a nest in the first one and I don’t dare water it!)


The kids cuts off the excess zip ties and I zhuzhed it up to make it a little wider and prettier!  

That’s it!  I have a feeling I’ll be making these in the future for all sorts of occasions!  I’d love to hear and see if you give it a try! 

Stay safe and as always, thanks for following along!

Marie :)

Friday, July 2, 2021

Rosemary Beach - 2021

It's the Fourth of July on Sunday and I'm bound and determined to finally post our winter/spring break trip to Rosemary, Florida before the Fourth actually arrives!

So here we are and here we go!

All those months ago, we picked up the kids from school and quite literally headed south!

My sister had made me little gifts to open hourly.  First up - a little gift of a note pad and fun pens to play the game MASH!  This was fun to play with Jon and some of his answers were...well, not surprising in so many ways.  Ask me about it sometime and I'll tell you.  ;)


We had decided to stop somewhere halfway to Florida and wouldn't you know it - a waterpark in Nashville happened to be almost perfectly halfway.  We stayed at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Spa in Nashville, Tennessee.  The kids were thrilled to be able to visit a waterpark after months of being stuck inside.


We made sure to check it all out!

This place is massive and absolutely stunning!  We joked that we had arrived only to "mess it all up!"  Hello Toddler-ville!

*insert nervous laugh here*

Also, total Beauty and the Beast vibes, am I right?!



Water park time (Woohoo!) and apparently crazy eyes for me - it had been a long year.  Haha!

It felt so weird to be in an indoor space without our masks!  



Jane and I stayed away from the crowds and decided to play it safe up in the children's pool area which was perfect because there weren't many people in this spot!


More exploring!  We wanted to find the indoor boat!  Yes, you heard right - indoor boat!



I took Jane back to the room for naptime while Jon and the kids stayed back to play.  Jon at one point left me a Starbucks outside of the hotel room door for me to enjoy while I waited for Sleeping Beauty to finish her two hour nap.  :) 100 points for Jon!



Here we are watching the fountains - sooo cool!  This place is on steroids, I swear!



After a two night stay we continued our journey to Florida, but not without stopping to see a space shuttle rocket at a rest stop in Huntsville, Alabama!  I mean, when you see a rocket ship at a rest stop, one must stop and prove they were there, right???!!!


Jon and I jokingly told the kids that this was Florida and that we were going to be camping at this parking lot of a fast food chain.  They didn't find us comical.  We're those parents.  *facepalm*


Made it to Florida and Jane FINALLY decided to nap...that only took 15 hours.  Oy.


We made it to Rosemary!

I had planned for us all to look nice for our first dinner out or to get groceries and eat in, but everyone was starving and tired so we ventured into Cowgirl Kitchen!  I'm sure we all smelled, were super greasy and looked a hot mess, but it was the "gotta do whatcha gotta do" mentality that kicked in at this point!


We woke up the next day we were pumped for the kids to see the ocean for the first time!  We had thought about going the night before but due to the tiredness and darkness we decided against it and I'm so happy we did!



The cutest post office ever!


This downtown!!


Here we go - ocean time for our love bugs!








When we weren't at the ocean we were poolside.

The pools in Rosemary are crazy gorgeous!  I do believe we had access to three or four of the pools and they did not disappoint!


Coquina Pool...




We rode our bikes over to Alys Beach.  All the buildings are white and it's a beautifully unique area.


We ate at LA CREMA for dinner.  I knew the kids would absolutely love the chocolate fondue!


Post dinner family selfie!


The Pearl at Rosemary Beach - it's the epitome of picturesque.


A rainy, cold day at the ocean, but with our Michigan blood....and a dose or two of pure craziness, we went for it!  





I tried everything in my ability to NOT look like this walking back to the condo.

Thank goodness for HUGE bags!


A couple of rainy days called for shopping and a visit to WonderWorks over in Panama City!













We ate a yummy dinner at Lola Coastal Italian!  It was fairly empty due to the off season and weather, but we loved that we had the place to ourselves!  So good!


Dessert at Smallcakes Cupcakery and Creamery - soooooo good!  So much so that Jon went back again later in the week to pick up some more delicious goodness.


Another cool day called for another visit to a pool!



Sky Pool...




It finally warmed up...well into the 60s and we were at it once again!





We made sure to breathe in this sunset.





For dinner we ate at the Donut Hole - they brought us this huge basket of donuts for free as an appetizer!!!  I'm still not certain if this was customary but we sure as heck didn't decline.  ;)



The next day we woke up and rode our bikes to Alys Beach to see if we could find Charlie's Donuts!






Mission Accomplished.



We sat at a different part of the beach on this day.  The weather was perfection and we could finally see those emerald colors of the ocean.

A major bonus - Henry found a perfectly intact sand dollar!






There's an Air Force Base not far from Rosemary so seeing all sorts of cool aircraft became a daily occurrence!


I forced my family into taking beach jumping pictures as well as more-than-I-care-to-admit handstand attempts!











The kids still had some school work to attend to so on a bit of downtime they'd work on getting their paper packets done.  We were pros by this point, thanks 2020.  


These were the only two pictures I took of this area in the kitchen/dining room at the condo.  It was beyond beautiful.  

Oh and for those who follow influencers and know Natasha from her Hello Happiness blog, she was just a few units away and I was basically starstruck as I rode by on my bike one day and saw her!  Seriously, such a highlight of my trip to see (from a distance) an influencer I look up to so much!



Our last day.  Boo!

We hit up the beach and made a visit to The Hub at 30A!





There you have it AND before the holiday weekend officially begins!  Thanks, as always, for following along!  Happy Fourth of July!!!

Marie :)

Hey there, friends! I wanted to pop on over to the blog and share with you this simple and fun outdoor summer activity - painting the playho...