The Joys Of A Simple Weekend

Have you ever had one of those really good weekends? I mean really good – full of simple beauty? Well, that was my weekend. It was amazing from start to finish. There was no grant plan. We just made things up as we went along and let the day fold itself into one beautiful memory.

Our weekend morning began as they always do, with chocolate chip pancakes glory. I can hear the all of the kitchen commotion from my bedroom. Cabinets opening and closing, the clanging of pots and pans, and the oldest asking for more chocolate chip as my husband indulges her. The giggles and screeches, as the girls play together while the pancakes are cooking on the griddle.

Our breakfast conversation consisting of giggles and imaginary ideas. My husband chiming in, suggesting we spend the early afternoon at our local grocery store where they were having some outdoor activities for children.

The weather was beautiful. It was a breezy day, full of shine sun. My husband and I took turns holding the baby as our preschooler ran between bounce houses and playing games filled with sugary prizes. It was so lovely just being in the moment, that we stayed much longer than intended.

As the day moved slowly and quietly forward, my husband suggested an evening movie in the next town over. We were in luck. The theater was playing Captain Underpants. My daughter giggled at the title, so I knew it would be a success. Who doesn’t love an early evening filled with popcorn and laughter!?

Have you ever seen the t.v. show Gilmore Girls? Well this theater definitely has a small town, Stars Hollow vibes with it’s cute, eclectically decorated foyer. It’s something to marvel at. A true diamond in the rough.

The movie was followed by dinner at home and a much anticipated walk to the park. I swear my daughter would live at the park if she could. As for me, I enjoy the walk more than the destination. Funny isn’t it!? Especially since I have been trying to focus on enjoying the journey when it comes to my own creative path.

Walks are different. They are my time to just be and enjoy the world around me. We often take the scenic route to the park because I cannot get enough of these glorious summer days… My preschooler has learned to adapt, understanding she will have to wait the extra 10 minutes before the swing set is within reach.

Our little family finally reaching the park. It was a cool summer night and we had the park all to ourselves. As day turned to night, we found ourselves catching fireflies among the crisp, cool air. As we walked home, the anticipation of s’mores and bedtime stories lingered in the air.

Our Sunday seemed to be a sweet repeat of the day before, with a few variations. After breakfast, I got ready and left to help set up a children’s carnival. My husband held down the fort at home – feeding the girls lunch and getting them ready to meet me for some fun. Once again, my girl ran between bounce houses as I talked with some other sweet mamas.

“And though she be but little, she is fierce.” -Shakespeare

It was a fun filled afternoon, but my favorite part – our walk to the park. As we made our way towards the equipment, my daughter shouted with excitement, “kids!” Mostly elementary boys, donned in their stained up baseball uniforms. It didn’t seem to intimidate my girl! I quickly realized I could learn a thing or two from this fearless little girl, who didn’t seem to notice that she stuck out like a sore thumb in her pink, ruffle dress. She ran around, like she owned the place. Not bothered in the least by all the commotion.

Sometimes we really can learn so much from our children and their willingness to forge ahead. My girl never seemed to waver in her confidence to ran about the park as if no one was there.

It’s the joys of a simple weekend, that are blessed with the most beauty and grace. I feel like the Lord always knows when they are most needed and he places them in our path. This weekend is one beautiful memory, starting with chocolate chip pancakes and finishing with fairy tale endings.

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You






Holiday Gift Guide For {Mom}

Gift cards are the golden ticket to a women’s heart! This list, although short, is a culmination of ideas for women, whether they are in mommy mode or need a little ME time. So, whether your shopping for your wife, mother, mother-in-law, daughter, or daughter-in-law, there is sure to be something for everyone!

Holiday Gift Guide For Mom

1. Mommy Mode – Shutterfly Gift Cards

I love Shutterfly! It’s the perfect place to store all those precious photos. This is #1 on my personal list, especially since I just recently decided I wanted to have hard copies of all my children’s photos. Having photographs stored digitally and in several places is great, but computers crash and thumb drives get lost. Plus, when we were kids our moms would spend a weekend going through family photos. So much history spread out on the living room floor… I don’t want my kids to miss out on those sweet and simple memories. So here I am, still working on printing photos from my 3 year olds first year on life.


2. Restaurant Gift Cards

This is great for any occasion whether its date night, girls night, or lunch with the kids! It’s nice to give moms and dads a break from the kitchen! Restaurant gift cards are perfect for date night or dinner as a family. But also consider gift cards to places children really enjoy, such as; Chick-fil-A, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, KFC, etc.

3. Movie Theater Gift Cards

Who doesn’t enjoy seeing a new release on the big screen?! My personal favorite – movie theater popcorn! Seriously, what is it about movie theater popcorn that makes it taste so much better!?

4. Gift Cards to a Salon and Spa

As moms we often get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we forget the simple things, like getting a hair cut. Or maybe that is just me? Either way, its nice to get in a little “me”, while feeling pampered!

So, instead of making your way through a crowded shopping center, consider purchasing a gift card for the special lady in your life! What are your go-to gifts for {her} this holiday season?

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

Tips for a Successful Movie Theater Experience with Toddlers

When my husband and I first began spending time together, we ended up going to the movie theater. Unbeknownst to us, movies somehow became our thing. Until we had our daughter, most weekends were spent at the movie theater. Our rewards card was always filled with an endless amount of points. Vacations were always planned with finding the closest theater in mind. Summers included road trips to the local drive-in.

Needless to say, when we were planning our daughters arrival one of the things we were egger to share with her was our love of movies. Fast forward two years later and now movies are a sweet, memorable family affair! Of course, any new outing with a toddler does come with its own set of challenges. Luckily, through several movie going experiences we have worked out all the kinks. Our sweet, beautiful little girl loves movies just as much as we do!

Here are my top 3 tips for a successful movie theater experience with a toddler:

1. Movies at Home

The best way to assess whether or not your child is ready to go to the movie theater is to begin movie night at home. Shortly after our daughter turned two we began checking out animated movies from our local library. My husband and I would toss a bag of popcorn into the microwave and watch the movie as a family of three. This allowed our child to move around the room freely without disturbing others.

2. Popcorn

Through our at home movie nights we discovered our daughters obsession with popcorn! When I say obsession, its no exaggeration. She is truly in love with popcorn! If you can find a snack your children love, having it during a movie works wonders! Our daughter sat still for a much longer length of time thanks to popcorn. When we took her to see her first movie, we miscalculated the amount of popcorn necessary to sustain our busy toddler. Once the popcorn was gone she became instantly upset and begged for more. But with the price of concessions it was not possible. Now, of course, we consider two important factors in deciding the size of popcorn.   1. Whether its just my daughter and I heading to a movie or if my husband will be joining us.   2. Whether the movie we are seeing will hold her interest on it own.

3. Plan Ahead

When it comes to taking a toddler somewhere that they will need to be quiet and sit for any length of time its VERY important to plan ahead!

Start with selecting a movie. Choose a movie you feel your child will really enjoy seeing. For us, it was the Minion Movie. My daughter is obsessed with them! The more they enjoy watching a film, the less likely they are to become restless.

Next, check out the movie theater website and give them a call. Our theaters don’t start charging admission until age 3. As a parent, this is a huge blessing because when you take a toddler to see a movie you have to be prepared to leave early for any reason. Recently, my husband and I enjoyed a date night. We drove to a theater that was quite a distance from us only to realize the prices were much higher. As I was reading their admission prices, I noticed they begin charging admission starting at age 2. I immediately directed my husband to the board and commented how relieved I was that we did not bring our daughter.

Potty Time: Once we began potty training, I had to bring her portable potty chair everywhere. The regular sized toilets scared her, so this was the perfect option. Luckily, all of our theaters are very child friendly and allow us to bring it in with us!

If you are as fortunate as us, we have always lived near multiple theaters. Having more than one theater near by can be very beneficial. Sometimes one theater or another may show older children’s movies for a discounted admission and concession price.

When it comes to taking a child to see their first movie I recommend choosing a movie that has already been in the theater for at least a few weeks. Thus, giving you a fairly empty theater in case your tot feels the need to move around a bit.

My final tip to creating a great movie going experience, be mindful of the showtimes. If we are seeing a movie with an 11:00am showtime, you can bet we are just pulling into the parking lot at that time. Why? I want my daughter to sit still for as long as humanly possible! Watching fifteen minutes of previews is fifteen less minutes she will be able to sit for the actual movie. So we always arrive to the theater just as the showtime begins. This gives us fifteen minutes of previews to park, buy tickets, and concessions. Thus, heading in just as the movie begins!

Lastly, grab a bag of buttery, salty popcorn and enjoy a movie with your little ones!

Copyrighted By: Boldly Bravely You

(Ready to go to the movies!)



(Waiting for the movie to start!)