Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday Favorites

 Like most Friday's I am linking up with Erika, Andrea, and Narci. I am so happy it's FINALLY Friday. This week seemed to drag on forever...the kids don't have school today so we plan to have all sorts of fun together!! We have been super busy lately and trying to enjoy every second of this fall season. Below is picture day, school fall fest, and a Lego Build date...ALL FUN!!!

Sloane had some friends over the other day...they had so much fun! They didn't sit still for very long...but long enough to get this super cute picture!!

We had dinner at Mark's brothers last weekend. We decided it would be fun for everyone to just bring some "heavy" appetizers for dinner. It was perfect! It's my new favorite way to do a dinner together! Mark and I went all. out. Pinterest. and brought this:

There were a few rainy days this week. I wasn't feeling the best one day and these 2 made it all better...I mean, when did they get so big!?!?!?

Wyatt doesn't like to sit in the waiting area during Sloane's Maw Maw to the rescue. ;) I drop him off with her on our way so I get a little one on one time with this little lady. She is so much fun and never stops talking!! LOL!

We have another busy weekend ahead but are looking forward to some down time as well. Yahoo for the weekend!!!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Sam A. Baker 2016

Another weekend spent at Sam A. Baker state park. It's such an awesome tradition that keeps getting more fun each year! Time spent at age 30+ with your cousins, aunts, uncles, and g-parent's is something that doesn't happen for most families....and we get it once a year without question!!

 Saturday and Sunday morning egg, bacon, and cheese sandwiches are served...cooked over an open flame. ;)

We take a hike each year but Mark and I have stayed back the past few years because the kids were too little. This year we decided Wyatt would be able to "hang." LOL! We left Sis with my sister and the rest of the little's and joined the fun! We had a blast!

Sam A. Baker wouldn't be complete without pumpkin carving and baking pumpkin seeds...

It was such a fun weekend with family. Sunday afternoon was spent washing off the campfire smell from EVERYTHING we took with us and resting! Another busy week awaits...

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

What's Up Wednesday

I am linking up with The Larson Lingo, Shay, and Scheaffer today for What's Up Wednesday. It's the last Wednesday of every month...and yes, I can't believe it's last week of September. We are sharing the answer to this fun set of questions.

*What we are eating this week...
Thanks to Shay and her awesome cookbook, Meal Planner, I have a great week of meals planned.
I did find the breakfast sandwich recipe on Pinterest. I have been wanting to try them for a while but finally made it happen. They were a sucess for sure and there are so many different options on what to put inside...everyone was happy!!!

and the rest from Shay...
Sweet Potato Pie
Cheeseburger meatballs
enchilada chili

*What I am loving...
This week's weather. It has been in the low 70's and the leaves are falling. It's so pretty! I have been taking advantage of driving with my windows down...since I can't have the windows open at the house thanks to dumb allergies. ;( I am hoping we get at least a few solid weeks of fall weather!!!

*What we have been up to...
School, weekend, school, weekend- it seems it's on repeat. Even though I am still not loving this whole school thing (LOL) I am thankful for a routine each day.

*What I am dreading...
Our busy Oct. EVERYTHING in it is fun but it all adds up and makes me tired to even look at the calendar right now. I am taking it a day at a time and being intentional with my time. Memories are being made and I love it!

*What I am working on...
The this just me or does being a homeowner make you feel like you are never finished with projects!?!? Goodness, every season brings more chores. Boo!! I am currently trying to tackle our basement. It needs some major organization and toy clean out.

*What I am excited about...
This weekend...I share a little more about this weekend in a few questions down. ;)

*What I am watching/reading...
Monday I posted a Let's Talk link up all about entertainment. You can read it HERE

*What I am listening to...
I discussed that as well on Monday. ;) I linked the post above.

*What I am wearing...
FINALLY jeans and am anxiously waiting to pull out the booties too LOL!!

*What I am doing this weekend...
I am so excited!! This weekend is the annual Sam A Baker trip. We look forward to this weekend every year. We can't wait. I have posted about the past weekends at Sam A Baker:
 2015 2013 2012 2011 2010

*What I am looking forward to next month...
Fall fun!! We have so many fun things we do in the fall and I can't wait to get them started. Apple picking, Boo at the Zoo, pumpkin carving...and so much more!!!

*What else is new...nothing much, this post seems to cover it all!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Blue Byrd Boutique

I am SUPER excited for this post! Emily contacted me and asked if I would partner with her and share about the boutique clothing she has to offer. I couldn't wait for my package to arrive! Emily and I had lots of contact and she couldn't be sweeter. I asked her to share a little about herself and the Blue Byrd Boutique. This is what she shared:

"I am 31, married to my husband for 6 years. We have 3 kids...2 boys and 1 princess. We have called West TN our home our entire lives. I am a Medical social worker for a home health agency. We are a part of a wonderful church, Englewood Baptist Church. We attend small group, assist with preschool ministry, and are involved in the choir. I use my job to minister to others, but this business venture is allowing me to minister as well. I am all about instilling a confidence in girls, and ladies, no matter your age. I especially want to make young girls (pre-teen) feel a beautiful confidence about themselves. I HATED middle school because I had no confidence whatsoever and was miserable. I wouldn't wish that feeling on anyone. After having 3 kids my body is no where near I want it to be, but I will say, since starting this I am slowly becoming more accepting of how my body looks after having 3 babies in 4 years! I am also sooo thankful God led me to Hayley to model. I knew of Hayley in high school. What is funny is my husband knew her husband when they were in high school. I didn't meet my husband until college! Now here we all are living in the same town, at the same church, with kids the same age. I have always been so envious of Haylee's gorgeous looks. But I can tell you that beauty goes all the way into her soul. I do not believe I chose her by accident to help me with this business venture. Finally, and most important, I thank the Lord for the direction he has given me thus far and continues to give. I think this is only the beginning of good things to come for BBB. 1 Peter 3:3-4"

If you can't tell Sloane loved her outfit! The material was so soft. She took off running so that's a win in my book. LOL! The tassles were icing on the cake for this particular outfit. I have seen the tassles on different outfits for this fall, but none seemed age appropriate (too short, belly showing, too tight, etc.) for Sloane until I got this outfit.

Emily has 2 facebook pages...Blue Byrd Boutique and the Blue Byrd Boutique VIP page
You have to check out all of the clothing. There is both women's and children. I can't wait to place my order.

And the best part of this ENTIRE post is....

NOW through Friday you can visit Blue Byrd Boutique (Business Page) and shop the in-stock album and pre-sale album. You will get 10% off plus free shipping!!! All you have to do is use my blog name, They Call Me Mama, as the discount code. YAHOO ladies....


Monday, September 26, 2016

Let's Talk

It's Monday again!?!? Where do the weekends go? I hate that they fly by so fast. ;( We had a great one for sure. I spent Thursday and Friday with my mom and sister. We had a little "get-a-way" together! It was perfect much needed girl time. Today I am linking up with Erika and Andrea to talk about ENTERTAINMENT.

I have been totally slacking in the BOOKS department. I recently finished:

It was awesome! I love thrillers like this and I might have read it in less than 48 hours. LOL! I can't wait for the movie to come out!! 

Ok, so I know this one will make you laugh but I totally read it because I wanted to actually know what "they" kept referencing on Bachelor in Paradise. I was totally one of those viewers who fell into the trap and made me want to know all about what she said referencing Josh. LOL!! About 3 pages in I realized it was a self help get over a dating relationship book and it totally made me laugh out loud. I am a happily married woman but I just wanted to read about Josh. Ha ha ha!! There wasn't much but it laid my curiosity to rest. ;) 

Next up on my list is...

As far a TELEVISION goes we are loving fall t.v. over here!!! We watch our fair share of football and golf over here but are loving that our shows are back on. Blacklist, Modern Family, and Blindspot are a few from last year that we watched and are recording again. We started watching Designated Survivor and are loving it so far...we have a few more that haven't started yet but thank goodness for DVR and kids with an early bedtime!!!

MUSIC We recently purchased one of these and I LOVE IT!! It's sound and clarity are amazing!! I can hear it every where in my house. It's Bluetooth so I just run it off the Pandora on my phone. My current favorite station is "classic goes pop." It's perfect for the house, kids, and no tv!!!

If you want to read any of the past Let's Talk you can see them below:

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Apple Investigation

If you have been reading my blog for any period of time you know we love us some apples! Wyatt eats an apple almost every night at bedtime. We go apple picking each fall and we LOVE to bake with apples as well! I have even let my love for apples leak over into a few gifts I have made for the teachers at school. We have enjoyed a few "themed" days that where we complete fun activities along with the book. 

I started talking to the kids about some things they wanted to do this fall. Last year we went to the Millstadt Ekerts and that is totally on their list again this year. We had a blast! 
Instead of a book with coordinating activities I decided to change it up and just pick "apples" to do some fun stuff with....

Since Wyatt is at school every day and Sloane 3 days we don't have the amount of time we did during the summer. We completed these activities over a period of a few days. I started with a Apple YouTube video that has great information and cute sing a long with it. 

We colored, painted, and even sketched anything that had to do with apples. Sloane loves to paint. I drew some apples and she went to town painting with watercolors...

I created a fun worksheet about apples. It asked questions about the different colors of apples. We weighed the apple. We measured how tall the apple was using LEGO's and I also left a spot for them to draw a picture of an apple too! 

Nothing would be complete without baking...Wyatt helped in the beginning but by the end it was just Sis and I in the kitchen making Mix and Match Mama's cute apple hand pies. We also have slow cooker Autumn applesauce  on the menu for this week as well. 

Wyatt and Sloane both LOVE Science experiments. They enjoyed this little erupting apples experiment...we laughed so hard!! 

Lastly there were a few more questions I didn't put on their little worksheets but I still thought they would have fun answering. We concluded our apple fun with a apple investigation...

We had so much fun learning about apples together. I am already brainstorming some fun pumpkins activites and they are looking forward to it as well!!! 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday

Today is a link up with Andrea where we share some of favorite blog posts. I was searching back through my archives to find some of my favorites but decided it would be fun to share a few of the posts that had the most readers...;)

One of the most read posts is this one: Our kitchen remodel

Moving on....

A fun evening filled with marshmallow activities...

And lastly a post where I shared about a few "raw emotions
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