Our Week in Photos (Week 29)

What Happened?
*Girls Day Out at Forge
*Brunch at Frodo Joe’s
*HM Planning
*Brunch at 85 Degree Bakery
*Lunch at Minami
*Family Group Walk
*Toms Warehouse Sale

What’s Happening?
*Young families outing to Golfland
*Nothing else set but probably lots of park playdates

What We Blogged This Week
We will update one day… :p

 - Joyce

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Our Week in Photos (Week 28)

What Happened?
*Bubbles Playdate
*Moms’ Night Out
*Parents’ Night Out
*Friends’ Potluck

What’s Happening?
*Girls Day Out

What We Blogged This Week
*A’s  vs. Tigers {Baseball 2014}

Another full and wonderful week. It was nice to get some friends time, kids time, mom time, fam time, and time with Norm this week. :) Looking forward to the week ahead, as the girls attend their 2nd VBS of the summer. I don’t have to help out at this one, so it will be nice to get some me time. How’s the summer going?

 - Joyce

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A’s vs. Tigers {Baseball 2014}

We usually only attend one A’s game each year, but I guess we are going to 3 this year. We went to the A’s vs. Mariners game in April where we got free fleece blankets. In May, we met Stomper at the BART station and got free BART tickets and tickets to the A’s vs. Tigers game. And we will head to another game in September with the vouchers we got from their educational programs. Notice a theme in our game attendance…there’s something free involved. :p

The A’s vs. Tigers game was a night game, which we haven’t been to in a long time. Luckily, it didn’t go too long, so yay!

I can’t remember what time the game was, but the sun was making its way down.

Waiting for the game to start

In between eating our garlic fries, we did watch the game. ;)

Love my people :)

It was neat to watch the sun set in the stadium too.

We had gotten 6 free tickets, so we invited my brother, and he invited a friend.

Waiting for the A’s to win :)

And they did! :)

Didn’t get a good fam pic, but thank goodness for those free fleece blankets from the last game we attended!!!! It got cold after the sun set.

Do you like watching baseball? Been to any games lately? What’s your favorite sport to watch?

Our Week in Photos (Week 27)

What Happened?
*Arrived home from Southern California trip
*Nephew’s Birthday
*Alameda County Fair
*Marina and Snowflake with Len & Bonnie

What’s Happening?
*Bubbles Playdate
*Parents’ Night Out

What We Blogged This Week
*Book List 2014 {June Update}
*I Need Some Help Here!

Since we got back from our trip, we have been trying to rest and also play catch up. Hope you will see our Disneyland/San Diego trip pics soon. Our laptop is also on its last leg, so here’s hoping to have everything backed up before it dies. :/ Have you been on a trip lately? How old is your laptop?

- Joyce

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I Need Some Help Here!

So…if there’s a day when things seem to be going crazy, you know, those days when you think either all your kids have gone crazy or you yourself have gone crazy, here’s what you do:

inshhGo into the garage and lock yourself in the car. BUT don’t forget your copy of I Need Some Help Here! by Kathi Lipp because you will end up reading at least half of it. True story. (Also, make sure your kids are with a trusted adult while you are locked in the car.)

<—— This was obviously NOT taken on the day when things were crazy.

If you have a child in your life, there will be one of those days. Trust me. And if you have a child in your life, you will need this book. Trust me on this one too.

kathilippIf you have been ’round these parts for some time, you have already heard me mention Kathi. She basically rocks!

Hey, look! —–>
There’s a pic of me and Kathi! :p

Don’t let the cover of this book fool you. This book isn’t just for moms with little ones. This book isn’t just for moms who have out-of-the-box bouncing-off-the-wall kids. It is for ANY and EVERY mom with kids. Hey, it’s can even be for dads! It covers a whole range of topics, from bullying to illness to suicide. Some of the chapters:

  • When My Child Is Different
  • When My Child Is Overwhelmed
  • When My Child Is Running Away from God
  • When My Child is Lacking Character
  • When My Child is Struggling

Kathi is all about keeping it real, and you will hear her heart for giving moms hope as she shares her own stories with her kids, as well as other moms’ stories about their struggles and frustrations with their own kids, and how they all dealt with issues that have come up in their lives. What I love about Kathi’s books is that she doesn’t add a bunch of fluff. She has practical steps to give us hope when our kids don’t go according to plan. (That’s the tagline of the book you know. ;p) And the best part? The end of each chapter is filled with Bible verses and prayers for our child/ren and prayers for ourselves. Whether your child/ren is struggling with an issue or not, I Need Some Help Here! offers parents hope for their child/ren’s futures. And I know it has opened up my eyes to how I can be more aware of children’s (not just my own) emotions and behaviors, and how my actions or reactions can help and guide them in their life.

Here’s a little more about Kathi and how you can connect with her:

kathilippKathi Lipp inspires thousands of women each year to take beneficial steps in their personal, marital and spiritual lives through purposeful living. With humor and wisdom, Kathi offers hope paired with practical steps to live each facet of our lives with meaning.

Kathi is the author of ten books with Revell Publishers and Harvest House Publishers. She is a national speaker and is often featured on Focus on the FamilyMOPS InternationalCrosswalk.com, and Nickelodeon TV’s Parent Connect as well as a number of other reputable organizations around the country.

She and her husband Roger are the parents of four young adults in San Jose, CA. When she’s not doing laundry, Kathi is speaking at retreats, conferences and women’s events across the US.

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Book List 2014 {June Update}

With all the end-of-school-year activities and summer vacation, my reading had slowed down a bit. When we came back from our trip, I got back into it so I can get some reading done for the Summer Reading Programs through the libraries. So here’s how I’m doing with my Book List 2014 reads.

Chasing God
Finding Mommy Bliss (not on my list, launch team)
I Need Some Help Here! (not on my list, launch team)

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode
Undivided Mom (incourage group)
Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom (Balanced Challenge)

The Ministry of Motherhood

Have you read any good books so far this year?

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Thirty-One Gifts (10% off for our blog readers!)

Y’all know I’m not a big fan of shopping, so when I do shop for something, and I really like it, you will know I like it, because I let you know about it!

Recently, I bought my very first Thirty-One Gifts products! My friend had an online Facebook party, and I won free personalization. You know I was a serious wreck debating on whether or not to buy something. And then after deciding I would buy, I was a wreck debating what to buy. :p There must be a group for us shop-aphobics…that or a therapy session or two…

Anyhow, I order some items, they came, and I’M IMPRESSED! There were a few products that we would have really liked, but we knew we had to buy something we would love and use for a long time. We ended up choosing the Hang-Up Activity Organizer in Black Cross Pop and the Fresh Market Thermal in Navy Wave. I also have the Large Utility Tote to review as well!

20140616_195516Activity Organizer in Black Cross Pop
Great for home or car, this creative organizer keeps a tablet in its PVC window and water bottles, diapers, toys and magazines in its many pockets. Easily straps to a seat-back or hangs from a bedroom door handle. Size: Approx. 24″H x 15″W

Melody has an organizer on her side of the car, but it is usually overcrowded with random papers and other assorted items that make their way into our car, so it was time for Emily to get an organizer on her side of the car. :) There is also a slot for an iPad on the top right side for when we take our road trip down to Southern California. I also love that the girls can both put their water bottles in the organizer so it doesn’t take up the cupholder spaces in the front of the car because you know I always have my own Thermos of water with me too! :)

20140610_122648Fresh Market Thermal in Navy Wave
This roomy thermal can fit up to two 9″x13″ pans inside, so it’s perfect for potlucks and family picnics! It also has expandable sides that are just the right size to fit 2-liter bottles inside. Plus, it comes with long handles so it’s super easy to carry! Size: Approx. 10.5″H x 15.5″W x 10″D (snapped); 15″H (expanded)

I got to try out this thermal at our first MOPS park playdate of the summer. It’s PERFECT!!! Usually, I am carrying my own bag, the girls’ water bottles, another thermal for our lunch. I was able to put everything in there!! It could fit lunch for all 3 of us, plus 2 huge containers of frozen grapes (long story short, our fridge was broken and we froze everything, but that night the freezer broke too) to share with friends, plus my bag, plus our cardigans (it got breezy!!). All I carried was this thermal and the free picnic blanket we got using Swagbucks!

toteLarge Utility Tote
You’ll be amazed at how much this classic tote can hold. The structured metal frame keeps it open for bulky items and provides strength for durability. Use it to keep your closet in order, carry toys or groceries while you’re on the go, haul camping gear and so much more. It even collapses for easy storage! Size: Approx. 11.75″H x 21.5″W x 10″D

We are not quite ready for the new school since summer is just arriving, but I do have a few things ready to go when school starts. It was all in a pile on the floor before the utility tote arrived. The tote is great to store all our workbooks and art supplies. I haven’t figure out if I want to keep it next to the girls’ table when school starts, or do something else, but it does fit perfectly underneath our Ikea board if we wanted to use it for just art supplies! We are going on a road trip soon, and I think we will also be using it to hold some of our stuff when we hit the road.
31So….all that to say, you check out Thirty-One Gifts products! Here is my event link: https://www.mythirtyone.com/shop/eventhome.aspx?eventId=E4617171&from=MYEVENTS Just click “Shop Now” to get started. For our lovely blog readers, 10% will be deducted off your order after the online event is closed.

Another favorite of mine is the FANTASTIC monthly product specials! Look at what you can get this month only! The Large Utility Tote is one of 31′s TOP products and it’s on sale! With every $35 spent, you can get the Large Utility Tote for $10 or the Deluxe Utility Tote for $25. There are a TON of designs to choose from too!


If you want to hear more about the monthly product specials, check out my friend’s Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/668385383227595/.

Let me know if you have any questions, and I can get the answer for you! :)