HUT hates his bed. Well, he hates being in it alone. We've tried a plethora of things to get him to stay in his bed at night, but, ultimately, he ends up in ours. Seeing as school starts here next week, I'm making my grand final attempt to get this child to sleep in his own bed for the duration of the night.

The first step? Pick out a flashlight at the dollar store. The second step? Let him pick out a spray bottle and mix together this...

Usually you see monster spray around, but HUT specifically requested spray to keep the zombies away. Of course, whatever HUT gets, Ellie wants. So girlfriend got one of her own, in pink, her signature color (so she thinks).

Super simple and inexpensive to throw together. Instead of finding monster graphics or looking online, I quickly designed a label myself and printed on adhesive paper.

I plan to fill the bottles with water and some Nighty Night KidSafe essential oil from Plant Therapy. The kids can spray their rooms before bed and, if they feel the need, spritz a little if they wake up during the night.

Whether or not this will work is TBD, but it was a lot of fun to put together with them today!

Beaching It In The East


Living in Texas, the most popular places to beach it these days seem to be Alabama (Orange Beach) and Florida (Destin). We've always been a west coast family - that's where my parents grew up - but this year we are taking the plunge, loading up the kids and driving 12 hours to Rosemary Beach, Florida.

White sand, crystal blue water and a town that looks like it's straight out of Europe? I'm very, very intrigued.

Apparently there are quite a few small beach towns all within a short drive. We'll have a house with all of the amenities, so I fully plan to eat at home a lot, but we also want to try to do one meal a day out of the house, be it breakfast/lunch/dinner.

Seeing as I just started blogging again, I doubt I'll get any comments on this, but I'm throwing it out to the Interwebs - what MUST we do on this vacation?

And, also, send some positive juju our way for a road trip with a two and four year old!

The Day Designer


I've previously blogged about my personal planner experiences in the past. Plum Planner worked really well for me the past year, but I decided that I needed something simpler. I already use my own grocery/meal planner on a weekly basis, and I keep our family organized via iCalendar a lot so that the U can be alerted to everything we are up to.

But I still love paper. I don't think I'll ever be able to kick the habit of putting the pen to paper for organization.

Instead of forking over $60 for a planner this year, I learned about the Day Designer line at Target. So, this bad boy came home with me for a whopping $9.99.

I can't wait to see how it works into my schedule, but I'm loving the layout so far...

They have several designs, multiple size options, as well as desk and wall calendars. All so, so reasonably priced!

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale


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Clearly I lean toward classic pieces in a neutral palette. Here's a sampling of my favorites in a mixed price range.  I opted to do all of my shopping online this year - it was so much easier for me, and, hello Ebates (3% cash back)!

Anyone else do some damage in the preview sale?

Bathroom Game Changer


You can file this under "OMG I cannot believe she just posted about that," but I don't even care. Someone introduced me to this, then I saw it on Shark Tank, then I held off on purchasing, but then finally bit the bullet and did it and...

It's a game changer.

So much so, that I need to share it with the world. Shout from the mountain tops.

Provide you with a (affiliate) link.

Squatty Potty®

We don't need to go into any details. You just need to buy one. Pronto.

You can thank me later (anonymously, if preferred).