School is back in full swing again, and a sense of routine is beginning. My maternity leave has also ended, and I’m getting in the groove of working again, just with another little person at home waiting for me! With all of the routines comes homework each night, running kids to school, and sports practices. It also seems to come with a healthy dose of back-to-school grouchiness in the evenings. We’ve tried a few strategies this year to combat new routine stress like spending evenings outdoors, going for walks, and playing some games. While we all love games, it’s sometimes … …..
Life has been rather crazy around the Harper household. We just got back from our family vacation to Destin, Florida. Alleigh and Kaelyn had their first day back to school. And soccer season started again. I’ve been running here and there and everywhere while working up a sweat in this hot humid weather. And I’m not just talking about my pits. Before I go any further I’m just going to throw out a friendly public service announcement that this post is for the ladies. And so if you don’t have a V then you might want to click over to … …..
Our family has always been a fan of competition and team building. From the time my husband and I first met each other, we’ve always been a bit more than slightly competitive. From church camp sports teams as kids to paintball as teens and now tabletop board games as a family, we love to compete and challenge each other. Our boys have definitely followed in our footsteps as they have entered the world of sports, and have taken full advantage of our big yard this summer to try out different games. Recently, we were able to invite other families and … …..
This #BackToSchoolSImple shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. Only 18 more days until my two oldest daughters head back to school. It’s hard to believe I will be driving a third grader and first grader to school this year. A few days ago I took them to get all of their school supplies and while we were at it decided to make a trip through Giant Eagle to get some ideas for school lunches. I really prefer to do my grocery shopping at Giant Eagle because they have a great selection … …..
A few weeks ago my sister, the girls, and I had the pleasure of attending a media trip to explore Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. As a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan I have visited the city a few times to cheer on my team during games. From those visits I knew that Pittsburgh is an absolutely gorgeous city. The rivers that surround the city and bridges that span over the water are simply breathtaking. I could spend an entire day just driving around and taking in the gorgeous architecture. And even in the middle of a huge bustling city you will still find … …..
This post was sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Children’s as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Roughly fifteen years ago my parents came to me and explained that my dad had been diagnosed with cardiomyopathy (heart muscle disease). As a child a virus had attacked his heart which is what caused it to become abnormally enlarged. As a result his hearts ability to pump blood had become weakened and his ejection fraction was very low. Ejection fraction is a measurement of how much blood the left ventricle pumps out with each contraction. … …..
Happy Fourth of July weekend! Later this afternoon the Harper household will be heading to Portage Lakes State Park to enjoy this beautiful weather with my sister, her boyfriend, my parents, and some close family friends. The girls are so excited to spend some time on the water relaxing on a pontoon boat and playing on the private beach. I can’t wait to spend time with family, grill out, and watch the amazing Portage Lakes fireworks display over the lake. There’s just something about being on the water that just forces you to relax by escaping the stresses of the … …..
This #SummerofGrilling shop has been compensated by #CollectiveBias Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. One of my favorite things about summer is grilling out. While the hubby mans the grill our girls have fun playing in the backyard. Plus there’s just nothing better than enjoying a big juicy cheeseburger fresh off the grill with the entire family gathered around the table on our back patio. But before we can enjoy that yummy food I have to make a stop by the grocery store. My favorite local retailer for all of my grilling needs is by far Giant … …..
It’s amazing how much toilet paper our family of six goes through on a daily basis. It seems at least once a day I hear one of my children calling from the bathroom that they need more toilet paper. I head to the linen closet to grab them a fresh roll, but more times than I would care to admit I realize we are completely out. I know why this happens. I see the stock pile dwindling as I replace the rolls day after day. I make a mental note that I need to buy more toilet paper the next … …..
Last week while her big sisters were at Vacation Bible School in the evening I spent some quality time hanging out with my little Lilah Rose. One of those evenings we used that time to wander around Target checking out the dollar spot as well as peeking at all of the clearance end caps. We also swung by the baby food aisle to stock up on some Gerber snacks for Lilah. All four of my girls have been big fans of Gerber Lil’ Crunchies, but while selecting a few flavors a new product caught my eye on the shelf above. … …..